MONTGOMERY – Class 1A Appalachian High School’s passing tandem of quarterback Jasper Hutchens and receiver Peyton Dean made the clutch connections from start to finish as the Eagles nipped Woodville 34-28 in overtime to highlight Week 7 of the AHSAA prep football season last weekend.
Hutchens was 18-of-34 passing for 403 yards and four touchdowns, and Dean caught nine of his completions for 227 yards and three scores as both grabbed the AHSAA Prep Spotlight. Hutchens provided the winning points with his 5-yard TD run in overtime.
The duo of Coach Zach Jones each etched themselves into the AHSAA Record Book. Hutchens is one of just 41 quarterbacks in AHSAA history to pass for more than 400 yards in a single game. His total is second in Eagles’ history to current Buckhorn head football coach John Holladay’s 461 yards in a 47-46 loss to Oakman in 1988. Dean became just the 31st player in AHSAA history to go over 225 yards receiving in a single game.
The performances edged out another 400-yard performance by Joseph Cotton of New Hope and an amazing effort by Enterprise kicker Andrew Osteen.
Cotton rushed for 419 yards and three touchdowns on 19 carries in a 36-30 loss versus Pisgah. His effort ranks ninth in the AHSAA for most yards rushing in a game. Jordan Jeffery also rushed for 245 yards and three touchdowns on 32 carries, returned a kick 80 yards for a score and picked off a pass to lead Pisgah.
The AHSAA single-game rushing record, set by Parrish’s Tony Dixon in an 81-58 win over Hubbertville in 2003, is 531 yards. The next seven performances are: (470) Jerry Stancil of Gaylesville vs. Spring Garden in 2004; (457) Michael Perry of Cherokee County vs. Hokes Bluff in 1991; (454) Charles Johnson of Keith vs. Shades Mountain Christian in 2011; (447) Brian Robinson of Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa vs. Clay-Chalkville in 2015; (440) Steve Carson of Keith vs. Calhoun in 1985; (424) Roc Thomas of Oxford vs. Spain Park in 2013; and (420) Tommy Haley-Ricks of Hubbertville in 2008.
Osteen kicked a 37-yard field goal, converted all seven extra point attempts and boomed 7-of-8 kickoffs for touchbacks as the Wildcats beat Smiths Station 52-7. Osteen’s only kickoff not sailing into the end zone was an onside-kick attempt that he recovered. He also punted three times for a 36.0 average with one being downed inside the 20.
RUSSELL COUNTY ENDS SKID– Snapped the state’s longest current winless streak with a 20-17 win over Northview. The Warriors had lost 29 in a row since a 35-0 victory over Booker T. Washington of Tuskegee Oct. 25, 2013.
McADORY PRESENTS POWELL WITH 200TH WIN: Coach David Powell, currently in his 23rd year as head football coach, registered the 200th win of his prep coaching career with McAdory’s 30-13 win over Bessemer City. Powell is now 200-68 – all at McAdory.
RILEY NOTCHES 100TH WIN AT DAVIDSON: Defensive end Tabyron Nettles had four tackles, a sack and three quarterback hurries as the Warriors beat Fairhope 31-7 – giving head coach Fred Riley the 100th win during his tenure at the Mobile Class 7A school. Davidson is 6-1 this season with its only loss a 39-36 three-overtime thriller to defending 7A state champion McGill-Toolen. Riley, in his 13th season, is the school’s winningest head coach (100-45). He is 144-102 overall with stops at Ensley, Robertsdale, Coffee and Lenoir City, Tennessee.
JOHN CARROLL NAMES STADIUM FOR PAT SULLIVAN: Demetrius Battle had three touchdowns rushing to key the Cavaliers’ 40-7 win over Springville as the school honored former player Pat Sullivan by re-naming the stadium Pat Sullivan Field for the school’s most decorated prep athlete. Sullivan, who recently retired as head coach at Samford University, was an all-state quarterback at John Carroll, graduating in 1968. He then moved to Auburn where he became the state’s first player to win the Heisman Trophy (1971).
DEKARLOS BILLINGSLEY, SCOTTSBORO: The senior running back rushed 13 times for 106 yards and four touchdowns in a 59-7 win over Arab to put him over 1,000 yards rushing for the third straight season.
GARRETT SANDERS, G.W. LONG: Rushed for 385 yards and four touchdowns on 28 carries in the Rebels’ 42-36 win over Abbeville. Sanders scored on runs of 2, 96, 4 and 8 yards. He also had seven tackles on defense.
CLAY KELLEY, NEW BROCKTON: Rushed for 361 yards and six touchdowns to lead the Gamecocks to a 49-33 win over Luverne. Kelley scored on a 13-yard run in the first half, but after New Brockton fell behind 20-14 midway through the third quarter he scored five times. The first came on a 3-yard run set up by his 63-yard run. He followed with TD runs of 71, 23, 21 and 50 yards.
LADARIUS WOODS, DECATUR: Accumulated 243 yards rushing and a touchdown in the Red Raiders’ 26-22 victory over Florence.
ALARIC WILLIAMS, SOUTHSIDE-GADSDEN: Picked up 224 yards rushing and three touchdowns on 11 carries to lead the Panthers to a 42-14 victory over Brewer.
C.J. ROBERTS, CARROLL: Rushed for 223 yards and three touchdowns (5, 18 and 31 yards) as Carroll (7-0) beat Booker T. Washington 42-0. The 7-0 start is the best for the Ozark school since 1930 when the Eagles finished 10-0.
TANNER TALLEY, SUMITON CHRISTIAN: Picked up 222 yards rushing on 11 attempts in the Eagles’ 45-14 win over Lynn.
DAMON WILLIAMS, GADSDEN CITY Rushed for 220 yards and two touchdowns in the Titans' 46-41 victory over Bob Jones.
SPENCER BROWN, MORTIMER JORDAN: Picked up 213 yards rushing on 29 carries with two touchdowns in the opening quarter covering 60 and 11 yards in a 42-20 win over West Point.
JOHNATHON PERRYMAN, SARALAND: Gained 208 yards rushing and scored all four touchdowns in a 28-14 win over Baldwin County.
TREY HARRIS, NORTH JACKSON: Rushed for 162 yards and three touchdowns on runs of 39, 25 and 25 yards and caught a 21-yard TD pass as the Chiefs beat Westminster Christian 57-21.
DAQUON GODFREY, MAY JEMISON: Ran for 152 yards and three touchdown (38, 18 and 17 yards) on 29 carries in a 32-14 win over Lee-Huntsville.
IVORY STARR, CEDAR BLUFF: Gained 168 yards rushing on 26 carries and scored three touchdowns (40, 2, 12 yards) as Cedar Bluff beat Coosa Christian 32-14.
DAKOTA LAMBERT, SPRING GARDEN: Gained 143 yards on just six carries with a touchdown and caught two passes for 73 yards as unbeaten Spring Garden (7-0) defeated Jacksonville Christian 55-12. Teammate Quintin Downey added 128 yards rushing on 13 carries and scored once.
MIKE FRANKLIN, DAPHNE: Scored five touchdowns, four rushing and one receiving, as the Trojans (5-2) downed Gulf Shores 52-7 for the school’s fifth straight win of the season.
ZACH SMITH, DAR: Scored three rushing touchdowns in a 41-27 loss at Sardis.
JATARVIOUS WHITLOW, LAFAYETTE: Compiled 511 all-purpose yards and accounted for seven touchdowns as the Bulldogs (7-0) beat Reeltown 58-8 to remain unbeaten in Class 2A. Whitlow rushed for 211 yards and four TDs on 11 carries, passed for 128 yards and two scores, and returned three punts for 172 yards – including one for 86 yards and another score.
DALEN MORRIS, MADISON COUNTY: Completed 11-of-19 passes for 342 yards and five touchdowns (33, 45, 88, 77 and 29 yards) in a 32-28 win over Madison Academy.
BRADY POLSON, BOB JONES: Passed for 320 yards and four touchdowns on a 20-of-31 performance in a 46-41 loss to Gadsden City.
REGGIE THOMPSON, OPP: Accounted for 284 yards and five touchdowns in Opp’s 43-22 win over Providence Christian. Thompson threw for 156 yards and three scores and added 128 yards rushing on just 10 carries with two TDs.
CONNOR ADAIR, HEWITT-TRUSSVILLE: Was 12-of-23 passing for 246 yards and four touchdowns as the unbeaten Huskies (8-0) beat Sparkman 42-14. His TD passes covered 9, 9, 35 and 77 yards.
PAXTON MONTGOMERY, AUSTIN: Was 20-of-25 passing for 188 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 53 yards on 11 carries as the Black Bears handed Hartselle its first loss of the season 24-16.
SWIFT LYLE, ST. PAUL’S EPISCOPAL: The junior completed 15-of-18 passes for 244 yards and a TD in the Saints’ 35-14 win over Citronelle.
WILLIE MILLER, CLAY-CHALKVILLE: Was 15-of-26 passing for 202 yards and four touchdowns as the Cougars edged Carver-Birmingham 44-41. He led Clay to the winning drive in the final two minutes of the game.
BO NIX, SCOTTSBORO: Completed 9-of-20 passes for 207 yards and a touchdown and rushed 10 times for 131 yards and another score as the unbeaten Wildcats (7-0) downed Arab59-7. Nix, a sophomore, set the Scottsboro career mark for passing yards with his first completion of the game. He now has 2,932 passing yards in 23 games played and is on the verge of breaking career marks for pass attempts, completions and touchdowns.
BANIKO HARLEY, RAMSAY: Was 13-of-22 passing for 218 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 111 yards and two more scores on seven carries to lead Ramsay past Homewood 40-14. The win clinched the Class 6A, Region 5 title for the Rams.
LOGAN GASKIN, SARDIS: Completed 9-of-12 passes for 207 yards and three touchdowns and rushed 18 times for 108 yards and another score in a 41-27 win over DAR.
GRAYSON WAKEFIELD, DECATUR HERITAGE: Was 7-of-10 passing for 151 yards and three TDs and rushed for 104 yards and three more touchdowns on seven carries in a 52-13 win over Southeastern.
JOSH DECKER, CEDAR BLUFF: Returning to action after undergoing an emergency appendectomy three weeks ago, Decker completed 7-of-15 pass attempts for 154 yards and a touchdown and also rushed for another score as Cedar Bluff stopped Coosa Christian 32-14.
TYREN DUPREE, CHEROKEE COUNTY: Accounted for 258 total yards and three touchdowns in leading the Warriors to a 37-7 victory at White Plains. Dupree ran for 122 yards and two scores (36 and 40 yards) on 13 carries and completed 16-of-21 pass attempts for 136 yards and a 4-yard touchdown.
MAJOR HENDERSON, GUNTERSVILLE: Passed for 111 yards, rushed for 115 and accounted for four touchdowns in a 49-6 win over Crossville.
DARIUS BRACY, BAKER: Rushed eight times for 144 yards and was 6-of-6 passing for 140 in a 35-7 win over Alma Bryant. He had one TD rushing and one passing.
DAQWAN BRYANT, MONTEVALLO: Caught six passes for 163 yards and three touchdowns, including a 67-yarder in the final two minutes. as the Bulldogs (7-0) remained unbeaten with a 23-21 win over Oakman. He also had 11 tackles on defense.
ISAIAH JONES, CEDAR BLUFF: Caught four passes for 131 yards, including a 61-yard touchdown pass, in the Tigers' 32-14 victory over Coosa Christian. Jones also had two interceptions on defense.
DAMARIUS FARMER, SPAIN PARK: Returned an interception 96 yards to tie the game with Thompson at 14-all and the Jags eventually won 17-14. Teammate Damon Wright had six tackles, including two sacks on the Warriors’ final drive of the night, to help seal the win.
COBEY McFRY, PIEDMONT: Recovered three fumbles in the first half, two leading to Bulldogs touchdowns, as defending 3A state champion Piedmont (8-0) beat Walter Wellborn 47-16 for its Bulldogs’18th win in a row.
LUKE NELSON, SARDIS: Recorded 14 tackles and two sacks in a 41-27 victory over DAR.
DEARIOUS DAVIS, HUEYTOWN: Had three sacks among his six tackles in a 22-18 win over Parker (6-1).
KOLBY LINDSAY, ATHENS: Picked off two passes in a 17-0 win at Columbia.
KEENAN ISAAC, MIDFIELD: Returned his fourth interception of the season 95 yards and Midfield beat Greene County 36-28.
TAHJ TAYLOR, ETOWAH: Finished with 10 tackles, including five for a loss, in the Blue Devils' 51-10 win over Boaz.
COHEN TUBBS and ETHAN EDMONDSON, SCOTTSBORO: The two junior defensive linemen had 10 tackles each and combined for nine tackles that resulted in lost yardage as the Wildcats beat Arab 59-7.
DARIUS BROWN, HOUSTON COUNTY: Returned a punt 89 yards for one touchdown as the Lions beat Florala 56-6. Houston County scored two other times off Wildcats’ kicks with Immanuel Dawsey taking a 56-yard punt return to the end zone, Tobias Daniels scooping up a blocked punt and scooting 38 yards for another TD.
JEFFERY LEE, MINOR: Returned a punt 60 yards for one score and raced 95 yards for a touchdown on a fake-punt pass play to lead Minor past Benjamin Russell 56-22.
MICHAEL HOLT, DALE COUNTY: Booted a 25-yard field goal with 2.4 seconds left to give Dale County a 24-21 non-region win over Rehobeth.
CHADARIUS TOWNDSEND, TANNER: Blocked a punt, intercepted a pass, threw a 36-yard touchdown pass and rushed for 95 yards and a TD on 19 carries in an all-around performance for Tanner in its 49-26 win over Tarrant.
ERIC FELTS, VIGOR: Booted the game-winning field goal in overtime as the Wolves knocked off Jackson 17-14. He also had an interception in the end zone to end one Aggies threat in the second half.
BAILEY POTTER, SCOTTSBORO: Was 8-for-8 on extra points and booted a 40-yard field goal as the Wildcats beat Arab 59-7. It was the second consecutive week he has contributed 11 points kicking.