MONTGOMERY – Cedar Bluff High School junior running back Isaiha Jones was a workhorse for the Tigers Friday night with numerous big plays while rushing for 260 yards and four touchdowns on 20 carries in a 29-24 win over previously unbeaten Spring Garden.
His biggest run of the night came with 1:09 left in the fourth quarter, however, when he bulled ahead for five yards inside the Panthers’ 10-yard line to notch a final first down that allowed Coach Jonathan McWhorter’s team to clinch the Class 1A, Region 6 title and a top seed in next week’s AHSAA Class 1A state playoffs.
Jones grabbed the AHSAA Prep Spotlight for Week 9 with the effort for Cedar Bluff (7-2). Teammate Ivory Starr added 166 yards on 29 carries for the Tigers.
Spring Garden (8-1), coached by Jason Howard, got a big effort from Ben Ivey, who had 175 yards on 23 carries and scored two touchdowns. The Panthers clinched second in Region 6.
The effort edged out another outstanding rushing performance by C.J. Roberts of Carroll High School in Ozark. He set a single-game school record with 346 yards rushing and four touchdowns as the Eagles (9-0), coached by Roger McDonald, beat Greenville in Class 5A, Region 2 to close out their first region title since winning the area crown in 1989.
YANCEY WINS 251ST: Fred Yancey, the head football coach at Briarwood Christian (8-1) guided the Lions to a 12-7 win over Pleasant Grove and the 5A, Region 5 title with a perfect 7-0 record – and recorded the 251st win of his outstanding career in the process. Briarwood’s 43-21 win over Shelby County the previous week placed the veteran coach in an elite group of just five active AHSAA prep football coaches with at least 250 wins. The others include: Buddy Anderson, Vestavia Hills (325-239); Danny Horn, Benjamin Russell (280-77); Terry Curtis, UMS-Wright (274-82); Dale Pruitt, Albertville (263-118). Yancey is 251-90 in 27 seasons at Briarwood and 292-110-1 overall. He coached 41 wins out of state early in his career.
The Lions clinched a playoff berth for the 24th year in a row. Yancey’s teams have won three state championships and are 51-20 overall in playoff contests.
ALABAMA ALL-STAR WATCH:
MARLON WILLIAMS, McGILL-TOOLEN CATHOLIC: Williams, a Southern Cal commitment who was selected to play in the 30th annual Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Football Game at Cramton Bowl Dec. 10, had eight receptions for 156 yards and three touchdowns as defending state champion McGill-Toolen beat Theodore 43-7 to win its 18th straight game,. His TDs went for 10, 41 and 55 yards.
JUSTIN THOMAS, SPANISH FORT: The Toros linebacker had nine tackles, including three behind the line of scrimmage, as defending Class 6A state champion Spanish Fort beat B.C. Rain 31-20. Thomas was selected as a member of the defense for the upcoming Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game.
Other top performances reported included:
SPENCER BROWN, MORTIMER JORDAN: Had 328 yards rushing and six touchdowns to help the Blue Devils beat Hayden 60-36 and claim the Class 5A, Region 6 crown. He had 220 yards and four TDs at the half.
TRAKEVON HUGHEY, REELTOWN: Gained 291 yards rushing on 16 carries and had four touchdowns in the Rebels’ 52-42 win over Fayetteville.
LANDON LAWSON, GAYLESVILLE: Ran for 277 yards on 20 carries with four touchdowns to lead the Trojans to a 50-24 victory and ended a seven-game losing streak.
DARIUS BRACY, BAKER: Had 235 yards rushing on 19 carries and scored twice as Baker beat Foley 42-14. He also completed 9-of-17 passes for 101 yards and another score to finish with 336 total yards.
DEKARLOS BILLINGSLEY, SCOTTSBORO: The senior rushed 25 times for 222 yards and four touchdowns in a 56-26 win over Etowah to give the Wildcats (9-0) the Class 5A, Region 7 championship.
DILAN KILPATRICK, FYFFE: Rushed 19 times for 217 yards and three touchdowns in the Red Devils’ 56-14 win over Gaston. Teammate Payton Anderson added 101 yards and two scores on just four carries.
ZALON REYNOLDS, CHELSEA: Ran for 211 yards on 20 carries and had three touchdowns as the Hornets sewed up second seed in Class 6A, Region 3 with a 51-23 win over Helena. He scored on runs of 11, 29 and 59 yards. Chelsea defeated Helena 51-23.
JEREMIAH WHITE, GENEVA COUNTY: Rushed for 203 yards and three touchdowns on 22 carries in the Bulldogs’ 48-19 win over Barbour County.
MACKENZIE HICKS, G.W. LONG: Rushed for 197 yards on just 12 carries including a 73-yard TD run in a 41-13 win over Cottonwood.
MICHAEL MATTHEWS, UMS-WRIGHT: Totaled 197 rushing yards and five touchdowns on 18 carries as the Bulldogs downed Monroe County 42-0.
REGGIE WASHINGTON, OPP: Rushed for 184 yards and three touchdowns and added a 58-yard interception return for a touchdown, helping Opp edge Daleville 32-29 and win the Class 3A, Region 2 title.
ANTONIO ROBINSON, AUSTIN: The Black Bears’ workhorse had 33 carries for 167 yards and all three touchdowns as Austin captured the Class 6A, Region 8 title with a 20-13 win over Athens.
DONTE EDWARDS, DAVIDSON: Helped the Warriors clinch the second seed in Class 7A, Region 1 with 162 yards rushing and two TDs on 14 carries as Davidson beat Murphy 41-14.
JAXTON CARSON, CENTRAL-PHENIX CITY: Ran 15 times for 160 yards with three touchdowns in the Red Devils' 58-3 victory over Prattville High. That gave the senior running back 1,040 yards in nine games this season. The Red Devils had six different players score touchdowns in the contest while rolling up 588 total yards of offense.
BRADY SHERRILL, HALEYVILLE: The senior running back had 213 total yards and five touchdowns in Haleyville's 38-0 win over Fayette County. He had 123 yards rushing and three scores on 14 carries and eight receptions for 90 yards and two scores.
KAINAN POUNCY, DALEVILLE: Rushed for 195 yards and two touchdowns on 25 carries in a 32-29 loss to Opp.
DAMON WILLIAMS, GADSDEN CITY: Rushed for 176 yards and three touchdowns on 13 carries as the Titans beat Huntsville 48-21. Teammate Ryan Sparks also completed 8-of-13 passes for 148 yards and three touchdowns.
BRANDON COSBY, MAE JEMISON: Had 14 carries for 177 yards and three touchdowns (64, 31 and 22 yards) in a 34-21 win over Lawrence County.
CHRISTIAN COLLINS, BOAZ: Ran for 167 yards and four touchdowns in a 42-0 win at Douglas.
JACOB FREE, BRANTLEY: Passed for 296 yards and five touchdowns on a 13-of-19 performance as Brantley sealed second seed in 1A, Region 2 with a 63-7 win over McKenzie.
MALIK CUNNINGHAM, PARK CROSSING: Was 13-of-18 passing for 243 yards and four touchdowns and tacked on 156 yards rushing and two more scores on 16 carries as the Thunderbirds downed Clay-Chalkville 56-17.
GRAYSON EDGEMON, MADISON ACADEMY: Completed 21-of-25 passes for 273 yards and four TDs in a 54-14 win over DAR.
CADE PRICE, SLOCOMB: Passed for 261 yards and three touchdowns in a 47-27 win over Straughn.
SCOTT McALPINE, HALEYVILLE: Was 16-of -28 passing for 246 yards and two touchdowns as the Lions blanked Fayette County 38-0 to win the Class 4A, Region 6 title – the school’s first region crown since 1993.
GRAYSON WAKEFIELD, DECATUR HERITAGE: Was 8-of-13 passing for 267 yards and three touchdowns and ran for 76 yards and another TD on eight carries in the Eagles’ 42-26 win over Lynn.
TYREEN DUPREE, CHEROKEE COUNTY: Accounted for 253 total yards and three-touchdowns as the Warriors knocked off previously unbeaten Jacksonville 35-21 to clinch the Class 4A, Region 6 championship. Dupree finished the game rushing for 110 yards on 23 carries and three touchdowns (1, 5, 35 yards). He also completed 10-of-17 pass attempts for 143 yards.
CASEY BAYNES, TALLASSEE: Was 9-of-11 passing for 2054 yards and four touchdowns and rushed for 98 yards and a TD on 14 carries in a 56-22 win over Elmore County.
BUBBA McDANIEL, DOTHAN: Passed for 190 yards with a touchdown and rushed for 79 yards on 22 carries and caught a TD pass as the Tigers came from a 20-0 deficit to beat rival Northview 21-20.
PAYNE STANCIL, WEST END: Threw five touchdown passes as the Patriots rolled past Winston County 73-28 to earn a playoff spot. Teammate Jordan Malin rushed for three scores on the night.
DALEN MORRIS, MADISON COUNTY: Accounted for six touchdowns in a 51-21 win over Westminster Christian with TD passes covering 43, 40, 26 and 10 yards two scoring runs for 50 and 20 yards. He also had a two-point conversion.
CODY COLLIER, ALBERTVILLE: Caught eight passes for 213 yards and two TDs in a 42-28 win over Southside-Gadsden.
TRACE MEADOW, HORSESHOE BEND: Had two receptions for 114 yards and two scores, one coming on a 99-yard connection from quarterback Cade Worthy, and had a TD rushing in a 33-8 win over Woodland. Worthy finished 6-of-8 for 183 yards and two TDs.
DARIUS SMITH, SLOCOMB: Caught five passes for 168 yards and two scores and rushed 31 times for 159 yards and a pair of touchdowns as the Red Tops beat Straughn 47-27.
CONNER HOWELL, GARDENDALE: Had 148 yards receiving with TD receptions covering 78 and 40 yards as the Rockets beat Center Point 55-26.
JONATHAN NORRIS, BALDWIN COUNTY: Had 12 tackles, two fumble recoveries and returned an interception 20 yards for a TD in Baldwin County’s 28-20 win over LeFlore.
COLIN DUNCAN, SAINT JAMES: Had three interceptions, returning one 52 yards for a TD, and the Trojans beat Trinity Presbyterian 31-21 to finish the Class 4A, Region 2 race unbeaten.
TYLER McCLUNG, WEST MORGAN: Helped his team seal a playoff spot in Class 3A, Region 8 with two interceptions in a 17-7 win over Lexington.
QUARTEZ HENDERSON, CHEROKEE COUNTY: Returned an interception 50 yards for the game-tying touchdown with less than a minute left in the first half in the Warriors' 35-21 victory over previously unbeaten Jacksonville to clinch the Class 4A, Region 6 championship. He also caught six passes for 61 yards.
EVANS WRIGHT, SCOTTSBORO: Made 11 tackles with four for losses in the Wildcats’ 56-26 win over Etowah. Teammate Justin Culver added 10 stops.
WILL SMITH, GAYLESVILLE: Led the Trojans defense with nine tackles and two fumble recoveries in a 50-24 victory over Jacksonville Christian.
TRAVIS SAUNDERS, VESTAVIA HILLS: Scored two touchdowns on fumble returns near the goal line as the Rebels beat Tuscaloosa County 41-0. His returns were 6 and 3 yards.
REED WALKER, WEST LIMESTONE: Had two interceptions on defense in West Limestone’s 26-19 win over Deshler.
JEFF KIRKLAND, DECATUR: Kicked a game-winning 32-yard field goal in the closing seconds of a 23-22 victory over Muscle Shoals.
DEE WILLIAMS, ELBA: Accounted for five touchdowns in four different ways during a 48-21 win over Zion Chapel. He returned a kickoff 92 yards for a TD, rushed for two scores, caught a 71-yard TD pass and tossed a touchdown pass.
CAMERON BUSH, CHARLES HENDERSON: Kicked three field goals (22, 27 and 31 yards) and converted all three extra-point attempts as the Trojans beat Headland 44-10.
BAILEY POTTER, SCOTTSBORO: The senior kicked eight extra point to run his current consecutive streak to 32 in a row as the Wildcats (9-0) beat Etowah 56-36.
MYLES HENDERSON, DAPHNE: Returned a punt 60 yards for one TD and caught a 56-yard TD pass as Daphne beat Robertsdale 41-7 for its seventh straight win.