MONTGOMERY – Senior quarterback Jayce Fisher picked an opportune time to turn in the best performance of his high school football career last week. The 6-foot-3, 175-pound senior led St. Clair County to a 52-49 comeback win over Lincoln in dramatic fashion to earn the AHSAA Prep Spotlight for Week 1 of the 2017 season.
Fisher was 12-of-26 passing for 280 yards and five touchdowns and also rushed 15 times for 103 yards and a sixth TD as the Saints battled from a 42-38 deficit in the fourth quarter to post the win. The victory was the first at St. Clair County for new head coach Matt Glover.
Fisher’s touchdown passes covered 12, 40, 6, 35 and 30 yards, and he ran 15 yards for the other TD. Senior receiver Noah Bruce was his favorite target catching six passes for 179 yards and two scores. Bruce caught a 30-yarder to put the Saints ahead for good in the final period and also had a 60-yard connection to set up another TD. The win was the first at St. Clair County for new head coach Matt Glover.
Lincoln senior quarterback Earl Wells also a career night – running for four touchdowns (71, 60, 15 and 25 yards) and completing tossed two TD passes covering 35 and 72 yards for Coach Matt Zedaker’s Bears.
The 102 points scored by both teams ranks 41st on the AHSAA all-time list but does not either school’s most points list. Lincoln beat Coosa Central 86-36 (122 points) in a game in 2008 and St. Clair County lost to Central-Florence 58-45 (103 points) in a 2013 playoff game. The state record for most points scored (146) was set last year in Childersburg’s 82-64 win over Coosa Central.
The prep shootout edged out a perfect performance by Oakman senior quarterback Jon Avery in the Wildcats’ 40-14 win over Lamar County. He set an AHSAA state record completing 15-of-15 passes for 271 yards and a TD. The 15 completions broke the old record set by Hayden Maples of Fairview (10-of-10) in a 47-14 win over Holly Pond in 2013.
Week 1 was highlighted by several outstanding performances including some milestone wins and a host of buzzer-beater finishes.
AGGIES NOTCH PRUITT’S 280TH WIN: Albertville exploded for 34 unanswered points Friday night to beat Arab 41-14 as head coach Dale Pruitt recorded his 280th career coaching win. Pruitt, the father of University of Alabama defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt, is 280-128 overall and 17-7 at Albertville.
SPARKMAN HANDS WHITE HIS FIRST 7A WIN: Sparkman's 48-11 victory over Athens was the first in new head coach Laron White’s tenure as the Senators’ head coach. White, the brother of Mae Jemison head coach Kelvis White and the son of Alabama High School Hall of Famer Courtland Coach Louis White, is now 149-30 and in his 15th season as a head coach. He came to Sparkman from Class 2A Tanner, where he guided the Rattlers to state titles in 2012 and 2013 and a runner-up finish in 2011. Tanner came into this season with a 53-game region game winning streak dating back to 2009. White guided Tanner to a 91-6 over region record and 29-12 playoff record. His 83.3% winning percentage is best among active head coaches in the AHSAA with 100 or more wins. Fyffe’s Paul Benefield (256-52) is right behind at 83.1%.
FUMBLE RETURNS HIGHLIGHT AHSAA'S LONGEST CURRENT RIVALRY: Jalem King of Jackson ran two fumbles back for touchdowns in the Aggies’ 40-26 win over Clarke County in the 102nd playing of the state’s longest continuously running series in state history. The teams have played annually each season since 1919. Jackson holds a 66-29-7 edge in the series after last week’s win.
GREENVILLE ENDS BEAUREGARD WIN STREAK: The visiting Tigers got strong rushing performances from Javion Posey and Arick Boggan to beat defending 5A state champion Beauregard 34-31. The victory snapped the Hornets’ eight-game winning streak overall and a 23-game home winning streak. Posey rushed 38 times for 151 yards and three touchdowns and Boggan had 29 carries for 171 yards and one score. La’Damian Webb, who rushed for 3,247 yards and a state-record 47 touchdowns last season for Beauregard, finished with 14 carries for 102 yards and a TD but was injured and missed most of the second half.
JACK MARTIN, NORTHVIEW: Kicked a 28-yard field goal with 16.8 seconds left to lift Northview over Enterprise 23-22. The kick climaxed a dramatic Cougars’ comeback that erased an Enterprise 22-0 lead. The win also snapped a 14-game NHS losing streak, was the first win over Enterprise since 1994 – and handed new head football coach Josh Parrish the first win of his head-coaching career. Parrish is the son of Harry Wayne Parrish, the legendary coach who started Northview’s program in 1977. He led the Cougars to state titles in 1981 and 1985. Martin also kicked two extra points.
ALEX ROGERS, ROGERS: Under intense defensive pressure by Lauderdale County, Rogers rolled to his left and found Harris Anerton in the back of the end zone for an 8-yard touchdown connection as time expired as the Pirates won 20-18. Lauderdale County had taken the lead 18-14 with 41 seconds remaining with quarterback Slade Brown’s 1-yard sneak -- a 24-yard scoring drive set up by a botched punt attempt by the Pirates with 2:18 left. RHS went 53 yards in the final drive to to get the win. Rogers and Anerton also hooked up on a 14-yard TD pass in the first quarter for the Pirates.
TYSNE COKER, DANVILLE: The Hawks running back scored in the final seconds as Danville overcame a 13-point deficit in the fourth quarter to nip Falkville 28-27.
Senior Kane Hogan’s return to the field was a major motivating factor for the winners. Following his freshman season, Hogan was diagnosed with leukemia. Last June, doctors cleared him to play football again. Hogan, also a running back, had the first carry of the game
MATTHEW QUINN, SPANISH FORT: Kicked the fourth game-winning field goal of his prep career with an 18-yarder as time expired in the Toros’ 8-7 win over rival Daphne. He booted a career-long 50-yard field goal earlier in the game.
MATTEW EVANS, BUCKHORN: Caught a game-clinching 10-yard touchdown pass with three seconds left as the Bucks beat Hazel Green 22-21. He also ran for his team’s two other TDs.
JAIDEN WILSON, PIKE COUNTY: Completed four clutch passes in the game’s final drive, including a 27-yarder to Rayshawn Reynolds with 35 seconds remaining for the game-winning touchdown as Pike County knocked off Elba 25-24. Wilson engineered the game-winning drive which began at the Bulldogs’ own 18-yard line with 1:55 remaining. Reynolds, who had a 23-yard catch to start the march, also returned a fumble 53 yards for a TD for Coach Fred Holland’s team. Wilson also had a 5-yard TD pass to Spencer Givens and rushed for a 1-yard score early in the fourth period. Following that TD, Elba’s Richmon Singletary returned the kickoff 91 yards for a touchdown to put Elba back in front.
In other highlights reported:
TUCKER BROWN, WILSON: The senior quarterback totaled 422 yards and accounted for four touchdowns in a 42-24 victory over West Point. He was 14-of-18 passing for 301 yards and added 12 carries for 121 yards, including touchdown runs of 39 and 10 yards.
PAUL TYSON, HEWITT-TRUSSVILLE: The junior quarterback completed 19-of-24 passes for 285 yards and four touchdowns covering 31, 20, 11 and 29 yards in a 65-28 victory over Callaway (MS).
CARDAVION MYERS, PIEDMONT: The senior quarterback accounted for 424 yards of total offense with five touchdowns in the Bulldogs’ 42-20 win over Cherokee County. He was 6-of-9 passing for 270 yards and four scores (58, 45, 52, 40 yards) and ran for 154 yards on 13 carries with a 49-yard touchdown. T.J. Fairs had two TD catches (58 and 40 yards) and Cardavion’s younger brother Carl Myers made two interceptions on defense, returning one 49 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter, caused a fumble, and posted nine tackles in the win.
LANDON CORNUTT, ASHVILLE: Rushed 12 times for 201 yards and completed 18-of-27 passes for 175 yards and another TD in the Bulldogs’ 33-32 win over Ragland. He also had six tackles on defense.
WILLIE MILLER, CLAY-CHALKVILLE: Was 15-of-24 passing for 258 yards and two touchdowns and added a 5-yard TD run in a 43-20 victory over Bessemer City.
ETHAN WILSON, ANDALUSIA: Was 15-of-20 passing for 230 yards and two touchdowns in Andalusia’s 31-12 win over Trinity Presbyterian.
BROCK SNYDER, GOSHEN: Completed 17-of-20 passes for 216 yards and three touchdowns in the Eagles' 28-10 win over Ariton. Zack Alford had seven receptions for 73 yards with two touchdowns and made an interception on defense for the Eagles.
NOLAN EARLE, BEULAH: Passed for 209 yards and two TDs and rushed for 79 yards as the Bobcats beat Spring Garden 35-6. It was the debut for new head coach Cody Flournoy.
MICHAEL CREAR, JASPER: Completed 8-of-13 passes for 201 yards and three touchdowns and added 88 yards rushing on 21 carries in a 35-7 victory over Hueytown.
JACOB AMBERSON, GLENCOE: Completed 12-of-14 passes for 201 yards and two touchdowns in the Yellow Jackets' 28-17 win over Westbrook Christian. Noah Huff caught six passes for 62 yards.
PHILLIP DUKES, PLAINVIEW: Completed 10-of-18 passes for 190 yards with an 84-yard touchdown and rushed for 70 yards and one score on 13 carries as the Bears beat Sand Rock 35-21.
JACK WEST, SARALAND: Was 11-of-18 passing for 173 yards and four TDs in a 42-24 win over LeFlore
MAURICE ROBINSON, MURPHY: Passed for 148 yards, rushed for 101 and accounted for four touchdowns in the Panthers’ 42-14 win over Alma Bryant. He rushed for two scores and passed for two.
DEVIN MITCHELL, FAIRHOPE: Amassed 315 yards in total offense and accounted for two touchdowns as Fairhope held off Foley 28-23.
LANDON JOHNSON, HOKES BLUFF: Was 9-for-14 passing for 159 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 47 yards on eight carries as the Eagles beat Southside-Gadsden 30-7 to snap a six-year losing streak to the Panthers.
KOBI McCOY, COLBERT COUNTY: Gained 386 yards rushing on 32 carries and scored three touchdowns in a 44-27 victory over Sheffield.
CHRISTIAN COLLINS, BOAZ: The junior rushed for 236 yards on 31 carries and scored three touchdowns as the Pirates beat J.B. Pennington 39-27. He also caught two passes for 17 yards. He scored on a 54-yard run and a pair of 1-yard runs.
TYLER CHRISTOPHER, PLEASANT GROVE: Rushed for 243 yards on 24 carries, including a 22-yard touchdown for the game's opening score, in a 47-6 win over Cordova.
DEANDRE CARLTON, JACKSON-OLIN: Registered 15 carries for 214 yards in the Mustangs' 25-12 win over Central-Tuscaloosa.
JADARIOUS MARTIN, WETUMPKA: The quarterback sparked a team that scored five of its seven touchdowns on plays that covered 30 or more yards in a 48-24 win over Eufaula. The visiting Indians got scoring runs of 63 and 82 yards from Martin, a 55-yard TD run from Kevosiey Smoke, a 51-yard interception return for a TD from Nicholas Turner and a 30-yard TD pass from Martin to Edward Rogers.
SYMON SMITH, UMS-WRIGHT: Rushed for 226 yards, including TD runs of 38 and 61 yards, in the Bulldogs' 27-22 win over Charles Henderson.
ZACK SELF, BREWER: The senior quarterback scored five touchdowns in a 32-13 victory over Westminster Christian with scoring runs covering 1, 18, 20, 33 and 68 yards.
CALEB VINSON, FALKVILLE: Ran for more than 200 yards, scored three touchdowns and added a 2-point conversion in a 28-27 loss to Danville.
DARIUS GARRETT, PELL CITY: Rushed for 212 yards and two touchdowns on 12 carries in the Panthers' 56-26 win over Childersburg.
WYATT WILBURN, EAST LIMESTONE: Had 207 yards rushing and three touchdowns on 17 carries to lead the Indians past West Limestone 21-19. His TD runs covered 4, 34 and 59 yards.
TAYLOR EASTERLING, HARTSELLE: The senior rushed for 175 yards and a 63-yard touchdown in the Tigers’ 40-0 victory over Lawrence County. He had 149 yards rushing at halftime.
ASA MARTIN & ANTONIO ROBINSON, AUSTIN: Martin rushed for 200 yards and four touchdowns and Robinson ran for 163 yards and scored on runs of 27 and 71 yards in a 41-14 victory over Bob Jones.
CRAIG KINSEY, ABBEVILLE: Rushed for 144 yards and one TD and caught two passes for 83 yards and two more scores in the Yellow Jackets’ 28-0 win over Ashford.
DARTAVIOUS BRITTON, COOSA CHRISTIAN: Ran 20 times for 165 yards and a touchdown while adding another 46 yards receiving in the Conquerors' 30-13 win over Appalachian.
CHANNING MARMANN, DESHLER: The Tigers’ quarterback rushed eight times for 122 yards and two touchdowns. He also completed 8-of-12 passes for 71 yards and two more TDs in a 35-3 victory over Russellville.
NATHAN NELSON, DAR: Had 15 carries for 123 yards and three TDs in a 57-7 victory over Douglas.
BLANTON JONES, CROSSVILLE: Rushed for four touchdowns and completed two touchdown passes in the Lions’ 47-28 win over Collinsville. Jones scored on runs of 2, 7, 1 and 4 yards and connected with Banks Jolley for TD passes covering 8 and 10 yards.
DYLAN CHANDLER, COLBERT HEIGHTS: Rushed for 120 yards on 13 carries and scored four touchdowns in a 30-0 win over Phil Campbell.
SETH WILLIAMS, PAUL BRYANT: Caught nine passes for 233 yards and a touchdown in a 22-19 loss to Minor.
ANQUAVIOUS “QUA” POLLARD, LANETT: Had two catches —his 99th and 100th career receptions — and had one TD to help Lanett defeat Notasulga 21-6. Pollard is a two-time, two-sport, all-state selection in both basketball and football. He led the Lanett basketball team to back-to-back state championships in 2016 and 2017 and helped the football team reach the 2A semifinals last season.
B.J. ANDERSON, ANDALUSIA: Hauled in seven pass receptions for 114 yards and two touchdowns as the Bulldogs downed Trinity Presbyterian 31-12.
JALEN HUMPHREY, LEE-HUNTSVILLE: Recorded 18 tackles, returned a fumble 47 yards for a touchdown, made a tackle in the end zone for a safety and had two sacks as the Generals nipped Grissom 24-23.
DYLAN BLOUNT, WICKSBURG: Had three interceptions in the Panthers’ 42-9 win over Geneva County.
ETHAN EDMONDSON, SCOTTSBORO: Recorded two quarterback sacks, giving him 15 for a new school record, and returned a fumble 27 yards for a TD in a 34-14 loss to Fort Payne. He finished with six tackles.
BRADLEY SCOTT, GLENCOE: Finished with 13 tackles in the Yellow Jackets' 28-17 win over Westbrook Christian.
JACKSON MURPHY, OAK MOUNTAIN: Stripped the ball from a Patriots’ runner and then returned the fumble 50 yards for a touchdown in a 28-27 win over Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa.
JAKE McDOWELL, COOSA CHRISTIAN: Forced and recovered a pair of fumbles leading to two touchdowns as the Conquerors beat Appalachian 30-13.
ARIES LAWSON, BAKER: Intercepted a pair of passes, returning one for a touchdown, as Baker nipped Vigor 17-13.
DALTON DYKES, SLOCOMB: Had eight tackles and an interception as the Red Tops blanked Rehobeth 6-0. Teammate Brantley Nelson also had eight stops and recovered a fumble for Slocomb.
SAM SAMFORD, HOOVER: Returned an interception 37 yards for a TD in the Bucs’ 42-7 victory over Meridian (MS).
CORTLIN MARTIN, BLOUNT: Recorded six tackles, two sacks and a forced fumble in the Leopards’ 42-0 win over Robertsdale.
JALEN McMILLAN, SPAIN PARK: Returned a kickoff 85 yards for a score and caught four passes doe 80 yards in the Jaguars' 40-7 triumph over Muscle Shoals.
ARCHER CHARLES, GUNTERSVILLE: Returned a kickoff 81 yards for a touchdown and rushed for 90 yards and two TDs as the Wildcats beat Oneonta 35-6.
JALYN ARMOUR-DAVIS, ST. PAUL’S EPISCOPAL: Returned a punt 52 yards in the first half as the Saints beat St. Stanislaus (MS) 35-12. He also had four receptions at wide receiver.