MONTGOMERY – Briarwood Christian scored three first-half touchdowns en route a 23-6 win over Fairfield Friday night and presented long-time head coach Fred Yancey his 300th career coaching victory in the process.
The milestone win, which puts Yancey in a select group of just six prep coaches, grabbed the AHSAA Spotlight for Week 4 of the 2017 prep football season. Yancey, now 300-111-1 overall in a career that has spanned 34 years, is 259-91 at Briarwood, a Shelby County record. That total ranks him third in AHSAA history with career victories at a single school.
“It is always great to get any (win),” Yancey told reporter Chris Megginson of Starnes Publications, “but this one is pretty special.”
Quarterback Michael Hiers completed touchdown passes of 30 and 6 yards to Carson Eddy in the first half and ran for a another TD following a blocked Fairfield punt late in the second quarter to give Briarwood a 20-6 lead at intermission. Noah Nall closed the scoring with a 28-yard field goal in the second half. The Lions defense did the rest – coming up with nine sacks in the win.
“The Lord has blessed me by surrounding me with good people and friends,” Yancey said. “I have been fortunate to have great coaches to work with and to also have great kids to coach.”
Yancey came to Briarwood in 1990 after two out-of-state coaching stints, and has led the Lions to three state titles (1998 and 1998 in Class 3A and 2003 in Class 5A). Vestavia Hills’ Buddy Anderson stands as the AHSAA’s all-time leader at 327-142. He is in his 40th season as the Rebels’ head coach.
Yancey’s 259 wins at Briarwood include 24 straight playoff appearances, a 54-22 playoff record and rank him behind Anderson (327) and Jamie Riggs of T.R. Miller (293) for most wins at one school. Glenn Daniel of Luverne, the state’s first prep coach to reach 300 wins, had 251 at Luverne, fourth best.
Briarwood’s milestone victory edged out a fine special-teams effort by Sidney Perry of Cherokee County, who became the 15th player in AHSAA history to return two kickoffs for touchdowns in the same game. Perry returned a kickoff 85 yards for the game-winning touchdown with just 21.8 seconds remaining as the Warriors nipped Oneonta 44-41. He also returned an earlier kickoff 75 yards for his first TD and tacked on an 80-yard run for a third score to complete his outstanding night. Teammate Tyren Dupree, who passed for 102 yards, rushed for 66 yards and accounted for two Cherokee County TDs, sealed the win with an interception with 2.9 seconds left.
Other highlights included:
FOR THE AHSAA RECORD BOOK
TAULIA TAGOVAILOA, THOMPSON: Passed for 402 yards and four touchdowns in just three quarters as the unbeaten Warriors (4-0) downed Oak Mountain 49-14 in a key Class 7A, Region 3 game at Heardmont Park. The transfer from Kapolei, Hawaii, who completed 25-of-30 passes with 93-yard TD strike to Ahmad Edwards on the first play of the game, is the younger brother of University of Alabama freshman quarterback Tua Tagovailoa. Edwards finished with 13 catches for 233 yards and Mo Edwards had eight receptions for 130 yards and two scores for Thompson. Tagovailoa became the 43rd quarterback in AHSAA history to pass for more than 400 yards in a game and first since James Raines passed for 563 yards in 2016 to beat Brilliant 70-22. The Thompson QB is also just the third player in Class 7A history to pass for more than 400 yards in a game.
Edwards also wrote his name in the AHSAA Record Book with 13 catches (tied for 23rd) and 233 yards (tied for 28th). His total was most in a game since 2013 when Jordan Gandy of East Limestone had 262 yards on six catches versus Auburn in a 56-28 loss.
KOBI MCCOY, COLBERT COUNTY: Rushed for 426 yards and four touchdowns in a 42-41 loss to West Morgan. Isaac Huguley led West Morgan to the win with 205 yards rushing and five touchdowns, including a 10-yard TD run with 21 seconds remaining for the winning score. McCoy’s total ranks seventh all-time in the AHSAA and was the first recorded in the AHSAA since 2015 when current University of Alabama freshman Brian Robinson ran for 447 yards on 29 carries for Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa in a 41-40 loss to Clay-Chalkville.
PIEDMONT WINS 500TH: The Bulldogs reached two major milestones Friday night in their Class 3A 48-13 win over Pleasant Valley. The victory was the school’s 500th win since its first win in 1924 (over Cave Spring, GA) and was the 150th triumph at the Field of Champions, which became Piedmont’s home stadium in 1980. The Bulldogs’ all-time record is 500-400-2, including back-to-back state championships in 2015 and 2016. Cardavion Stanley rushed for 118 yards and passed for 68 yards and two touchdowns and teammate Lee Stanley ran for 111 yards and three scores for Coach Steve Smith’s team in Friday’s win.
AUSTIN RECORDS PERKINS’ 50TH WIN: Head coach Jeremy Perkins notched the 50th win of his prep head coaching career as the Black Bears downed Columbia 56-0. Perkins, in his eighth season with the Black Bears, is the second-winningest coach in Austin history behind Tom Calvin’s 60 victories from 1978-88.
RAJAI BOWIE, ALMA BRYANT: Rushed for 252 yards on 22 carries and scored four touchdowns on 22 carries as Alma Bryant beat Mary Montgomery 34-26 to snap a 25-game region losing streak.
HAMP SISSON, MOUNTAIN BROOK: Completed 17-of-21 passes for 243 yards and rushed 22 times for 80 yards and two touchdowns to lift the Spartans to a 51-50 double-overtime win over Spain Park. His two-point pass to Wilson Higgins in the second overtime provided the winning margin. Braxton Barker of Spain Park also passed for 311 yards and four touchdowns, including a TD in the final seconds of the fourth quarter to send the game into overtime.
KE’ANDRE JONES, ATHENS: Ran for 115 yards and two touchdowns, including a 24-yard scoring scamper with less than a minute left in a 28-24 victory over Florence.
JACKSON COX, WESTBROOK CHRISTIAN: Was 12-of-15 passing for 159 yards and connected with Caeden Godfrey in the final minute of the game for a game-winning touchdown pass as the Warriors beat Section 28-21. Westbrook trailed 21-7 at intermission.
DREW VAUGHN, SARDIS: Rushed 23 times for 162 yards and two touchdowns, including a game-winning 13-yard run late in the fourth quarter, to spark the Lions past North Jackson 19-13.
DEVIN MITCHELL, FAIRHOPE: Completed 15-of-21 passes for 226 yards, including a game-winning TD in overtime, as the Pirates beat Daphne 20-17 in overtime.
DWAN JAMES, LEFLORE: Had an ironman effort with 31 carries for 275 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Rattlers past Gul Shores 26-14.
AUSTIN CALHOUN, KINSTON: Rushed for 273 yards and five touchdowns on 15 carries in a 44-0 win over Red Level. Calhoun scored on runs of 48, 2, 50, 21 and 40 yards.
TYETUS SMITH-LINDSEY, OXFORD: Rushed 20 times for 265 yards and 5 touchdowns in the 43-0 win over Albertville.
DAQUAN JOHNSON, FLOMATON: Rushed for 256 yards on 39 carries to lead Flomaton past Cottage Hill Christian 20-7.
BRADEN POWELL, SAMSON: Totaled 292 all-purpose yards as Samson beat Cottonwood 20-15. He rushed for 181 yards and two touchdowns on 24 carries, had seven catches for 67 yards and two kickoff returns for 46 yards.
KYLEN CROSS, TALLADEGA COUNTY CENTRAL: The senior running back rushing for 229 yards and three touchdowns on just seven carries in a 54-42 win over Victory Christian.
SINCERE BAKER, ONEONTA: Picked up 250 yards rushing on 22 carries with touchdowns of 62 and 10 yards in a 44-41 loss to Cherokee County. Teammate Taveris Hill added 121 yards and three TDs on 18 carries and was 5-of-11 passing for 103 yards and another score.
DARRIAN MEADS, HOKES BLUFF: Rushed for 203 yards and three touchdowns in the Eagles’ 49-19 win over White Plains.
HARRY CRUMP, MAE JEMISON: Picked up194 yards rushing and four touchdowns in a 56-10 win over Russellville for the unbeaten Jaguars (5-0).
RICHMON SINGLETARY, ELBA: Rushed for 179 yards on 10 carries and two scored third-quarter touchdowns on runs of 49 and 73 yards as the Tigers beat Goshen 20-14. He also completed 3-of-5 passes for 23 yards and had five tackles on defense.
ROYDELL WILLIAMS, HUEYTOWN: Had 21 carries for 177 yards and touchdowns of 51 and 5 yards in a 30-20 loss to Shades Valley.
RUSSELL BRAZELTON, ARAB: Had 26 carries for 172 yards and one touchdowns in a 46-24 win over Boaz.
CAMERON DAVIS, ELKMONT: Piled up 178 yards rushing and scored three touchdowns in a 40-12 win over East Lawrence. He also had nine tackles and an interception on defense.
ASA MARTIN, AUSTIN: Ran for 113 yards and a touchdown on nine carries, and he did not play in the second half of Friday’s 56-0 victory over Columbia. Martin has now run for 860 yards and 13 touchdowns on 62 carries this season. He has committed to Auburn.
HAROLD JOINER, MOUNTAIN BROOK: Rushed for 85 yards on 16 carries and scored three touchdowns on runs covering 38, 1 and 10 yards as Mountain Brook nipped Spain Park 51-50 in double overtime. He also threw a 2-point conversion pass.
CHASE LAY, ARDMORE: Gained 145 yards rushing and scored four touchdowns in a 42-21 win over St. John Paul II Catholic.
PAYTON ANDERSON, FYFFE: Scored five rushing touchdowns on 15 carries and finished with 109 yards as the Red Devils beat Ider 48-0.
NOAH TURBYFILL, BROOKS: Ran for 109 yards and four touchdowns and added 68 yards on 5 catches as Brooks held off Lawrence County 42-35. Turbyfill’s TD runs were 2, 6, 4 and 1 yards.
CONNER HEGAN, SPANISH FORT: Scored three rushing touchdowns and picked up a fourth a pass receptions as the Toros downed Baldwin County 51-28. He finished with 132 yards rushing and 188 total yards.
ZACK SELF, BREWER: Rushed for 263 yards and two touchdowns and passed for 247 yards and two more scores in 31-29 loss to Pell City. He totaled 411 total yards.
DESMOND TROTTER, SHADES VALLEY: Was 24-of-35 passing for 248 yards and three TDs and added 24 rushes for 153 yards in a 30-24 victory over Hueytown. He also caught a pass for a 2-point conversion. He finished with 403 total yards.
ALEX MOORE, MOBILE CHRISTIAN: Completed 15-of-20 passes for 363 yards and five touchdowns in a 35-21 win over T.R. Miller in Class 3A, Region 1.
AARON DOVE, FALKVILLE: Completed 17-of-22 passes for 312 yards and four touchdowns in a 63-7 win over Cold Springs.
SHELDON LAYMAN, McGILL-TOOLEN CATHOLIC: Was 17-of-21 passing for 285 yards to lead the Class 7A Jackets past Foley 35-13.
STIHL RODENBAUGH, DALE COUNTY: Accounted for 323 yards and four touchdowns in the Warriors' 37-12 win over Bullock County. He passed for 255 yards, including a 73-yard TD pass to Virgil Swindle and a 94-yard TD pass to Dontai Farmer. He also rushed for 68 yards and touchdown runs of 4 and 8 yards.
CHANNING MARMANN, DESHLER: Was 11-of-14 passing for 248 yards and four touchdowns in a 48-10 win over Priceville. His TD passes covered 5, 26, 5 and 53 yards.
WILL BAILEY, DAR: Completed 10-of-12 passes for 217 yards and four touchdowns as the Patriots defeated New Hope 55-0 for a homecoming win.
PAUL TYSON, HEWITT-TRUSSVILLE: The junior quarterback was 10-of-18 passing for 235 yards and two touchdowns as the Huskies beat Buckhorn 49-0.
DAQUON KINCEY, ABBEVILLE: Completed 10-of-16 passes for 202 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for a 12-yard TD as Abbeville beat Geneva County 26-20. His TD passes covered 74 and 15 yards to Jaquan Kincey and 22 yards to Craig Kincey.
LUKE IVEY, SPRING GARDEN: Completed 10-of-13 pass attempts for 205 yards and two touchdowns (20 and 21 yards) and added an 8-yard rushing touchdown as Spring Garden beat Valley Head 42-6.
JALEN PARKER, HOOVER: Completed 8-of-10 passes for 204 yards and three touchdowns and scored on an 11-yard run as the Bucs downed Tuscaloosa County 63-0.
CHASE STARLING, HAZEL GREEN: Was 11-of-17 for 153 yards passing and rushed for 110 yards in a 41-38 win over Decatur. He had two passing touchdowns.
CAM TAYLOR, PARK CROSSING: Led the Thunderbirds to a 35-0 won over Russell County with an 8-of-12 passing performance for 158 yards and eight rushes for 52 yards and a TD.
ANTHONY BROWN, MIDFIELD: Was a standout on offense and defense as the Patriots beat Montevallo 42-34. He was 11-of-22 passing for 153 yards and two touchdowns, ran for 82 yards and four TDs on 11 carries and also had eight tackles on defense.
TYE LINDSEY, OPP: Caught six passes for 138 yards, including a 58-yard TD, and earned 14 tackles and a fumble recovery on defense in a 30-19 win over Houston Academy.
MATTHEW FLINT, MADISON COUNTY: Caught eight passes for 176 yards and two touchdowns in a 17-14 loss to Randolph. He also anchored his team’s defense at middle linebacker.
JAVARRIUS JOHNSON, ST. CLAIR COUNTY: Caught seven passes for 122 yards and two TDs (60 and 30 yards) and rushed for 104 yards on 11 carries in a 34-14 win over Woodlawn.
DEMONTREZ BROWN, BOB JONES: Grabbed seven passes for 91 yards and a touchdown and also threw a 29-yard touchdown pass in a 34-20 Class 7A win at Huntsville.
BRYCE PEAVY, ARITON: Returned an interception 32 yards to lead an Ariton defense that forced seven turnovers and scored three defensive touchdowns in a 45-20 win over Barbour County. Blake Carroll also returned an interception nine yards for a score and Jeb Maund picked up a fumble and raced nine yards for another TD.
LEVI TALIAFERRO, HOKES BLUFF: Made 17 tackles to lead the Eagles to a 49-19 victory over White Plains.
C.D. DANIELS, HOMEWOOD: Intercepted two passes and returned one for a touchdown in the Pats’ 37-7 win over Helena.
BLAKE HABYAN, SOUTHSIDE-GADSDEN: Made two interceptions to help the Panthers beat Fairly (TN) 24-6 for Southside’s first win of the season.
COLBY WILLIAMS, OPP: Notched 16 tackles and teammate Ethan Baker added 14 in the Bobcats’ 30-19 win over Houston Academy.
NICK LUNDBERG, KINSTON: Made 14 tackles in a 44-0 shutout win over Red Level.
CARON SMITH, GARDENDALE: Had 13 tackles, two for sacks and two more that resulted in lost yardage, and the Rockets beat Minor 42-14.
JORDAN WALKER, PLEASANT GROVE: Made 13 tackles in a 16-0 win over Moody.
DEZMION ROBERSON, ELBA: Had 12 tackles in the Tigers' 20-14 win over Goshen.
ANDRES FOX, MOBILE CHRISTIAN: Totaled 12 tackles with four quarterback hurries as the unbeaten Leopards downed T.R. Miller 35-21.
SAM KIMEL, RANDOLPH: Returned an interception for one score and broke up a pass on the last playoff of the game in the zone to preserve a 17-14 Raiders’ win over Madison County. He also caught a fake-punt pass and turned it into s 56-yard gainer.
CAMERON OWENS, DAVIDSON: The senior linebacker had 11 tackles and caused a fumble as the Warriors shut out Theodore 17-0.
JAMARCUS ROBINSON, CITRONELLE: Had two interceptions, returning one for a TD, and the Wildcats beat Faith Academy 35-14.
MYLES MASON, HEWITT-TRUSSVILLE: Had eight tackles on defense and rushed for 86 yards and a TD as the unbeaten Huskies (4-0) downed Buckhorn 49-0.
DREW HUDSON, ARAB: Returned a punt 80 yards for one touchdown, kicked two field goals and four extra points as the Knights beat Boaz 46-24. He also had an interception on defense, was 6-of-9 passing on offense for 68 yards and rushed 13 times for 87 yards and two TDs.
ISAI LOPEZ, ARITON: Returned a kickoff 60 yards for a touchdown in a 45-20 victory over Geneva County as Ariton ran back a kick for the second straight week.
DARRION MARSHALL, CEDAR BLUFF: Helped the Tigers beat Woodville 54-0 with a 69-yard punt return for a touchdown.
JACOB JONES, COLLINSVILLE: Returned a punt 88 yards for a touchdown and teammate Mason McKinney returned an interception 30 yards for another score in a 55-0 win over Asbury.
SERGIO ALVAREZ, PELL CITY: Kicked a game-inning 27-yard field goal with 4:35 remaining to lift the Panthers past Brewer 31-29.
JUSTYN ROSS, CENTRAL-PHENIX CITY: Returned a punt 43 yards for a touchdown, and caught four passes for 55 yards and another TD as the Red Devils beat Smiths Station 62-7.
GAREK HALL, MORTIMER JORDAN: Raced 67 yards for a touchdown on a kickoff return as the Blue Devils beat Fairview 34-3.