MONTGOMERY – Hokes Bluff High School junior running back Darrian Meads did all he could and then some … to make Eagles head coach Mike Robertson’s special night even more memorable last Friday.
Meads needed only 17 rush attempts to set a school record with 401 yards rushing as Hokes Bluff beat Cleburne County 49-10 for the first win in Eagles stadium under its new moniker “Michael Robertson Stadium” to share the AHSAA Football Spotlight this week with his much beloved coach. The stadium was named in his honor in a pre-game ceremony Friday.
Meads made his impact felt immediately racing 89 yards on Hokes Bluff’s second offensive play of the game. He added TD runs of 1 and 60 yards and caught a 42-yard touchdown pass to finish the night with 443 total yards and four scores despite playing very little in the second half. He had 336 yards rushing in the first half.
“I appreciate the people who contributed to doing this (stadium renaming ceremony) for me and my family,” Robertson told the Gadsden Times. “Thanks to everyone who had a part in it.”
The victory was also the 150th of Robertson’s head-coaching career. He is currently in his 23rd season as the Eagles head coach. Hokes Bluff (7-0) is off to its best start since 2001 – when Robertson, 150-104, guided his alma mater to a 13-2 record and the Class 3A state football championship beating Tarrant 23-0 in the finals. His 2004 team finished 10-4 and also reached the Class 3A semifinals.
The head coach, who also serves as head baseball coach and coached girls’ basketball at the school for many years, told the Gadsden Times that Meads showcased a team that is playing really well together.
“ I was worried (the stadium dedication) might be a distraction for them,” he said. “They were really hyped up before the game …bouncing off the walls. But I am really proud of them. Darrian had some big runs and our offensive line and defense may have had their best games. But we need to keep on improving.”
Meads and Robertson edged out two outstanding passing performances by Montevallo quarterback Malik Inabinette and last week’s spotlight winner Aaron Dove of Falkville and a rare special teams accomplishment by Oxford defensive standouts Keon Fomby and Denico Tanner.
Inabinette completed 23-of-39 passes for 433 yards and four touchdowns, ran for 45 yards and scored a 2-point conversion as the Bulldogs (6-1) posted a 38-24 victory over Sumter Central. Dove was over 400 yards passing for the second straight week completing 23-of-32 pass attempts for 442 yards and seven touchdowns in a 70-41 win over Decatur Heritage. The Blue Devils (8-0) clinched the Class 1A, Region 7 title. He passed for 503 yards and eight TDs last week and has completed 100-of-142 passes for 1,613 yards and 24 touchdowns this season.
Oxford’s senior linebacker Fomby blocked a Shades Valley punt in the first quarter that was scooped up by Tanner and returned for the first Oxford touchdown of the night. Then, in the third period the same two struck again. Fomby blocked his second punt of the night and Tanner was there to pick it up and again to take the ball into the end zone for his second defensive TD of the night.
Other top performances reported include:
BOB GODSDEY, HARTSELLE: Picked up the 137th win of his head coaching tenure at Hartselle with the Tigers’ 35-14 victory over Decatur last Friday to clinch the Class 6A, Region 7 title and move into a tie with former coach Don Woods as the school’s all-time football wins leader. Godsey is now 137-50 in 16 seasons at Hartselle and 179-65 overall. He was 42-15 in five seasons at Brooks before moving to Hartselle. Godsey guided the Tigers to a 15-0 record and the Class 5A state championship in 2011.
Woods spent 17 years as head coach for the Tigers compiling a 137-64 record with two appearances in the Class 3A state finals (1980 and 1981). Godsey’s father, R.L. Godsey, was a head coach in the AHSAA for 20 years compiling a 102-86-10 record at Wicksburg, Abbeville, Geneva County and Rogers in a career that spanned from 1955-81. The Tigers play Cullman this week and a Tigers victory will put him at 138 wins and all alone atop the school’s football-coaching leaderboard at the school.
Godsey’s son Luke Godsey had 165 yards rushing and 136 yards passing in the Decatur win. He also had a rushing touchdown and a passing touchdown for the Tigers.
BO NIX JOINS 10,000-YARD CLUB: The senior at Pinson Valley (6-1) completed 26-of-40 passes for 390 yards and six touchdowns as the Indians downed Huffman 41-6 last week. In the process the Alabama All-Star selection became just the fourth player in AHSAA history to go over 10,000 total yards for his career. He now has 10,310 yards total offense, including 8,421 yards passing and 99 passing TDs. His TDs accounted for are now up to 129. He ranks fourth all-time in total yards and seventh all-time in career passing yardage.
WITHERSPOON SCORES EIGHT TDS … AGAIN: The North Jackson senior running back and Alabama All-Star selection for the upcoming Alabama-Mississippi Game in December rushed for 227 yards and eight touchdowns on just 11 carries as the Chiefs (7-0) beat Priceville 69-7. He became the first player in AHSAA history to score eight TDs in consecutive games.
He now has 1,721 yards and 34 touchdowns this season on just 78 rush attempts.
HOLIFIELD RETURNS TWO KICKOFFS FOR TDS: LeFlore’s Christopher Holifield helped the Rattlers post their first win of the season with six touchdowns in a 61-6 triumph over Wilcox Central. He had two kickoffs for touchdowns, two TD passes and two rushing TDs on the night.
CURTIS WILSON, JEFF DAVIS: Gained 207 yards rushing on 17 carries and scored four touchdowns and also completed 13-of-30 passes for 208 yards and a fifth TD in the Vols’ 47-32 loss to Prattville.
TAULIA TAGOVAILOA, THOMPSON: Was 25-of-36 passing for 322 yards and two touchdowns as the Warriors (6-1) nipped Vestavia Hills 21-20 in a key Class 7A, Region 3 win.
LUKE BARNWELL, PHIL CAMPBELL: Completed 17-of-29 passes for 295 yards and three touchdowns in a 52-46 loss to Lauderdale County.
WILLIE MILLER, CLAY-CHALKVILLE: Completed 18-of-24 passes for 204 yards and three touchdowns and added seven carries for 49 yards and another TD in a 61-0 victory over Pell City.
KYLE WALKER, VIGOR: Passed for 270 yards and three touchdowns as the Wolves (7-0) beat Faith Academy 41-0.
KALVIN LEVETT, TALLASSEE: Completed 10-of-11 passes for 193 yards and rushed for 184 yards and two touchdowns on 11 carries in a 39-14 win over Rehobeth.
ROBBY ASHFORD, HOOVER: Passed 16 times and completed 10 for 177 yards and three touchdowns as the Bucs beat Spain Park 32-7. He also rushed eight times for 49 yards to finish with 226 total yards.
TUCKER KILCREASE, BRANTLEY: Was 10-of-11 passing for 200 yards and four touchdowns as the Bulldogs beat Red Level 53-14.
CHRISTIAN IVEY, MONTGOMERY CATHOLIC: Turned in a 10-of-14 passing effort for 165 yards and three touchdowns in a 41-0 win over B.T. Washington. He also rushed for a fourth score.
BRADY TROUP, ETOWAH: Threw touchdown passes of 53, 10, 33 and 38 yards to lead the undefeated Blue Devils over Douglas 54-0.
PAUL TYSON, HEWITT-TRUSSVILLE: Completed 18-of-28 passes for 187 yards in the Huskies’ 20-17 loss to Mountain Brook.
JACKSON COX, WESTBROOK CHRISTIAN: Completed 9-of-12 passes for 125 yards and one touchdown (14 yards) and rushed seven times for 96 yards and two scores (22 and 18 yards) in a 48-0 defeat of Gaston.
JAMES WILLIAMS, BLOUNT: Rushed for 311 yards and three touchdowns on 28 carries as the Leopards defeated Gulf Shores 32-22.
LUKE ALISON, RANDOLPH: Ran for 260 yards and two touchdowns (15 and 59 yards) and recorded eight tackles on defense in a 45-35 win over St. John Paul II.
RAYSHAWN REYNOLDS, PIKE COUNTY: Rushed for 222 yards on 18 carries with three touchdowns and also caught a touchdown pass to help the Bulldogs (6-1) rally from 10-0 halftime deficit to a 32-10 win over Slocomb.
JACOB MANNING, SCOTTSBORO: The sophomore running back rushed 26 times for 218 yards in the Wildcats’ 44-27 win over Arab despite playing the game with a cast on his right arm due a fracture suffered earlier in the season.
DONTAVIOUS BRITTON, COOSA CHRISTIAN: Rushed 11 times for 201 yards and touchdown runs of 23, 5 and 65 yards in a key 34-6 region victory over Gaylesville.
CHRISTIAN COLLINS, BOAZ: Had 38 carries for 200 yards and scored five touchdowns in a 42-14 Pirates win over Sardis. He scored on runs of 4, 7, 5, 7 and 2 yards and teammate Briley Ramey had 118 yards on 15 carries with a 3-yard TD run. Collins now has 28 TDs on the season and Boaz has clinched its first playoff berth since 2014.
D.J. PATRICK, ELMORE COUNTY: Rushed for 185 yards and a TD on 26 carries in a 24-14 victory over Childersburg.
KAMERON JONES, LAUDERDALE COUNTY: Accumulated 176 rushing yards on 21 carries and scored three TDs in a 52-46 win over Phil Campbell. He also had a 76-yard kickoff return in the fourth period.
ROYDELL WILLIAMS, HUEYTOWN: Ran 25 times for 153 yards and two TDs and added a third score on a 99-yard kickoff return on the opening kickoff to lift the Gophers to a 33-14 win over Bessemer City.
COOPER BISHOP, VESTAVIA HILLS: Ran 28 times for 168 yards and two touchdowns in a 21-20 setback versus Thompson.
LAKE SPURGEON, BROOKS: Gained 153 yards on 13 rush attempts and scored four touchdowns in the Lions’ 48-7 win over Deshler. He was also 14-of-19 passing for 138 yards and two more scores and made two interceptions on defense.
DEMETRIUS BEAN, R.A. HUBBARD: Picked up 164 yards rushing and two touchdowns on 12 carries in a 42-33 victory over Woodville.
ZACH COSBY, EAST LIMESTONE: Rushed 21 times for 156 yards and three touchdowns in a 34-0 win over Ardmore.
TYHLEN WILLIAMS, AUSTIN: Gained 151 yards rushing and three touchdowns (11, 26 and 57 yards) on eight carries in a 40-3 win over Huntsville.
COLTON BAGWELL, GOOD HOPE: Rushed for 144 yards on 11 carries and scored on a 63-yard run in the fourth quarter to seal the Raiders’ 23-7 win over Haleyville. Bagwell replaced an injured Matt Dixon at running back in the second half, gaining 129 of his rushing yards on six runs in the fourth period.
RYAN MORROW, MAPLESVILLE: Led the Red Devils (6-1) to a 32-0 win over Isabella with 153 yards rushing and a TD on 10 carries.
JACOREY MERRITT, SIDNEY LANIER: Ran for 135 yards on 20 carries and scored two TDs in the Poets’ 35-25 win over previously unbeaten Carver-Montgomery. His 88-yard TD run gave Lanier a 21-0 first-half lead. He also caught three passes for 57 yards with on going 16 yards for a TD.
A.J. GATES, MOUNTAIN BROOK: Ran for 128 yards, including an 80-yard TD run just before halftime, in Friday's 20-17 victory over Hewitt-Trussville.
CADEN HUBBARD, CHEROKEE COUNTY: Rushed for 121 yards on 18 carries and scored three touchdowns (14, 14 and 3 yards) and also snagged a 51-yard pass in the Warriors’ 54-13 win at Ashville.
TONY AMERSON, SAINT JAMES: Rushed 21 times for 122 yards and one TD and returned a kickoff 96 yards for another score in the Trojans’ 49-20 win over Beulah.
J.J. EVANS, MONTEVALLO: Caught 10 passes for 269 yards and two touchdowns in a 38-24 victory over Sumter Central.
NOAH HOLMES, FALKVILLE: Had nine receptions for 246 yards and three touchdowns in a 70-41 win over Falkville.
JAYDEN GRISSOM, AUSTIN: caught five passes for 195 yards and three touchdowns in a 37-point win over Huntsville. His longest catch of the night was a 78-yard touchdown.
BRAYDEN LEWIS, DAR: Caught seven passes for 168 yards and four touchdowns in a 59-12 win over Danville.
GEORGE PICKENS, HOOVER: Caught eight passes for 163 yards and three touchdowns in a 32-7 victory over rival Spain Park.
COLBY SCOTT, WILSON: Pulled down six pass receptions for 159 yards and a touchdown and rushed three times for 48 yards and another score as the Warriors beat Elkmont 21-0.
MICHAEL PETTWAY, THOMPSON: Grabbed six passes for 134 yards and one TD in the Warriors’ 21-20 win over Vestavia Hills. Teammate Kyle Smoak hauled in an 8-yard TD reception in the fourth period for the winning touchdown.
BRAYDEN STORDAHL, GAYLESVILLE: Completed 9-of-13 pass attempts for 164 yards in the Trojans’ 34-6 loss at Coosa Christian. Colby Scott had five receptions for 129 yards.
JULIAN LATTY, CHEROKEE COUNTY: Caught eight of quarterback Slade Alexander’s 11 completions for 123 yards and three receiving touchdowns in a 54-13 victory over Ashville.
DEMARIUS AGEE, McADORY: Caught two touchdown passes covering 82 and 62 yards in a 35-26 victory over Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa.
CARTER WALLIS, MONTGOMERY ACADEMY: Grabbed five pass receptions for 104 yards and three touchdowns as the Eagles beat Southside-Selma 33-23.
JOHN RANDALL FOSTER, SAND ROCK: Caught four passes for 89 yards, including a 53-yard touchdown, in the Wildcats’ 24-14 loss at Section.
AUSTIN HILL, NORTH SAND MOUNTAIN: Caught touchdown passes of 60 and 36 yards and returned a kick 80 yards for another score in a 64-20 win over Ider.
MICHAEL McFARLAND, JACKSON-OLIN: Led the Mustangs (7-0) with eight tackles, a fumble recovery, a sack and a two quarterback hurries in a 40-28 victory over Pelham. His hit on the Panthers QB gave teammate Ahmad Williams an opportunity to step in front of the pass and race 97 yards for a touchdown.
COLIN CHAPPELL, HAYDEN: The sophomore had 3 interceptions, one a 48-yard return for a touchdown and one in the end zone for a touchback. He also had three passes broken up and three tackles in the Wildcats’ 32-15 victory over Corner.
COLTON ADAMS, WETUMPKA: Totaled 11 tackles and returned an interception 53 yards in the Indians’ 23-7 win over Benjamin Russell.
TY DAILEY, HEADLAND: Recorded 11 tackles in the Rams' 41-7 win over Ashford that clinched home field advantage in the playoffs for Headland for the first time since 1989. The Rams are also unbeaten at 7-0 for the first time since 1988.
LADARIUS GRAY, CHELSEA: Intercepted two passes and blocked a field goal in a 34-7 loss to Homewood.
MICHAEL SULLIVAN, PROVIDENCE CHRISTIAN: Had 11 tackles and fellow defenders David Warren and Grayson Stewart each scored a touchdown, on a punt return and interception, respectively, as the Eagles beat Opp 61-0.
JOHN FIRNBERG, HOMEWOOD: Intercepted a pass and returned it two yards for a momentum-stealing touchdown in a 34-7 victory over Chelsea.
COLE BOWLING, BOAZ: The sophomore made two interceptions and recovered a fumble as Boaz beat Sardis 42-14.
JA’LEN SIMS, FULTONDALE: Had 10 tackles for Wildcats in a 16-14 win over Midfield.
JERMAHRI HILL, MIDFIELD: Picked off a pass on defense and raced 70 yards for a touchdown in the Patriots’ 16-14 loss to Fultondale.
LUKE WELSH, SPRING GARDEN: Returned an interception 75 yards for a touchdown on defense and rushed 12 times for 88 yards and a score on offense in a 39-12 Panthers win over Victory Christian. Teammate Gaines Petty added two interceptions, returning one 30 yards for a TD.
BRADFORD WOMACK, SCOTTSBORO: Recorded 10 tackles in a 44-27 win over Arab.
SETH TILLMAN THEODORE: Booted two field goals and pinned McGill-Toolen Catholic at its 1-yard line with a 33-yard punt that led to a safety as Theodore (6-1) won 15-3.
HENRY BECKETT, HOUSTON ACADEMY: The Raiders’ kicker connected on three field goals (44, 39 and 29 yards), with the last two coming in the final nine minutes to help the Raiders post a 37-28 win over Geneva. He also averaged 42.5 yards on two punts, made 4-of-4 extra points and kicked seven of his eight kickoffs into the end zone for touchbacks.
NOAH HART, SIDNEY LANIER: Returned the opening kickoff of the second half 78 yards for a touchdown and also caught a 95-yard TD reception late in the game with his team leading 28-25 to close out the 35-25 win over previously undefeated Carver-Montgomery.
DAMIEN MILLER, FAIRFIELD: Returned a punt 64 yards for a touchdown, ran back a kickoff 80 yards for a touchdown and caught a 31-yard TD pass in a 43-13 victory over Woodlawn.
WILKES PIERCE, TUSCALOOSA COUNTY: Kicked a 35-yard field goal with seven seconds remaining to lift Tuscaloosa County to a 10-7 victory over Oak Mountain.
JASON PEREZ, COLLINSVILLE: Had eight kickoffs for a 53-yard average, booted four extra points, ran for a 2-point conversion, and connected on a 36-yard field goal in the Panthers’ 59-13 win over Asbury.
KALEB JONES, COLLINSVILLE: Returned a kickoff 77 yards for a TD as the Panthers defeated Asbury 59-13. He also passed for two TDs on a 4-for-4 performance.
Video of the Hokes Bluff stadium dedication can be seen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hp7i2UCggLA
MONTGOMERY – The NFHS Network’s subscriber-based AHSAA School Broadcast Program has 72 events currently scheduled for October 11 through October 18 to be video live-streamed over its on-line platform. One varsity football game is set for tonight (James Clemens vs. Grissom) and 34 varsity football games are planned for Friday, October 12 – bringing the total on the NFHS Network to 223. Overall events, including volleyball, cross country and other special events, are approaching 600 already in this school year.
Five varsity and two junior varsity volleyball matches are slated for tonight while one varsity football game and eight middle school contests are scheduled.
This week’s AHSAA/NFHS Network Game of the Week is Deshler (4-3) at Brooks (5-1) at Killen Friday. Brooks High School will produce the game, which kicks off at 7 p.m., through its NFHS Network School Broadcast Program. Jacob Fowler is the executive producer.
The Lions of Coach Brad Black are 3-0 in Class 4A, Region 8 averaging 40.1 points per game this season, which ranks eighth in Class 4A. Deshler (4-3), coached by Bo Culver, is 3-1 in Region 8. The Tigers are scoring 36.7 ppg and allowing 15.7, the best among the region schools.
Deshler holds a 27-6 edge in the series, which was played annually from 1982 to 2015 with Brooks winning 31-28 in the ’15 game. The Lions moved to 5A in 2016, however, and the two teams did not meet in 2016 or 2017. Brooks dropped back to 4A in the current classification. Brooks was off last week after clawing from behind to post a thrilling 36-35 win over previously unbeaten Class 1A Mars Hill Bible. Deshler beat defending region champion Rogers 35-12 last week.
Volleyball action continues to have a strong presence on the NFHS Network with 15 varsity matches tonight through next Thursday already posted on the NFHS Network schedule. NFHS Network subscribers will have access to all the contests.
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The complete AHSAA schedule of events currently set to be livestreamed over the NFHS Network Oct. 11-18 can be found at www.ahsaa.com by clicking on the following link:
AHSAA NFHS Network Broadcast Schedule (Oct. 11-Oct. 18)
Thursday, October 11
Opp (at Houston Ac)
Friday, October 12
St. Paul's Episcopal
Monday, October 15
Tuesday, October 16
Wednesday, October 17
Thursday, October 18
MONTGOMERY – Falkville senior quarterback Aaron Dove made a special night even more special last Friday with a career high 503 yards passing and eight touchdowns as the Class 1A Blue Devils (7-0) beat Coosa Christian 70-27 in the second annual Kick Cancer Classic to claim the AHSAA’s Football Spotlight.
For Coach Joel Schrenk and his senior-laden team, the win improved the Falkville record to 7-0, but more importantly raised approximately $7,500 to fight cancer. The school uses its athletic platform to shine a spotlight on the need for everyone to do their part in fighting the dreaded disease, said Schrenk. “We tell our kids we have a great opportunity to use our football platform to do something very important for others.”
The game raises funds for the “Prayers for Kayleigh” Foundation, which was started in memory of Hartselle youngster Kayleigh McClendon, who was diagnosed with cancer in 2016 at age 7. She passed away six months later. The PFK Foundation works with St. Jude Children’s Hospital.
“Our volleyball team played some matches earlier in the week, and our cross country team had a relay run where the team members ran with a football from our stadium to the home of another (Morgan County) youngster in Danville who was recently diagnosed with cancer and back to the stadium. We had skydivers dressed in pink.
“We want to teach our kids that using their talents to benefit others is much more important.”
Those in attendance certainly went away getting their money’s worth. Dove was 20-of-27 for the night connecting with a host of receivers for the eight TD passes. Fellow senior Christian Angulo was the leader with seven catches for 262 yards and four touchdowns. Running back Fred Walls had 19 carries for 212 rushing yards and two touchdowns as Falkville rolled up 737 total yards.
While Dove’s passing yardage ranks eighth best in AHSAA history, his TD passes tied several others for second most in a game. Nine is the record. Argulo’s receiving yardage ties for 11th best and the team’s 737 total yards ranked third all-time.
And for good measure, Coosa Christian quarterback Caiden Lipscomb was 27-of-50 passing for 429 yards and three touchdowns (66, 24 and 14 yards) to make the contest the first in AHSAA history to have two quarterbacks pass for more than 400 yards. His top receiver was Evan Delp, who had eight receptions for 230 yards and two TDs.
The week provided an abundance of incredible performances.
Check out the highlights reported:
BO NIX, PINSON VALLEY: Was 12-of-24 passing for 246 yards and three touchdowns and rushed six times for 44 yards and a fourth TD to lead the Indians (5-1) to a 42-7 win over Gardendale. His passing performance moved him over 8,000 yards for his career and moved him closer to the 10,000-yard mark for career total yards. The senior, who was recently selected to the 40-member Alabama All-Star squad which will play Mississippi Dec. 17 at Cramton Bowl, is now 522-of-956 passing for 8,031 yards on his career. He also has 1,889 yards rushing on 230 carries and 30 TDs – giving him 9,920 total yards as a high school player and 123 touchdowns accounted for. His career total yardage ranks fourth all-time in the AHSAA currently, and his 123 TDs accounted for ranks ninth. His 8,031 career passing yards ranks 12th all-time and his 93 TD passes rank sixth.
ROYDELL WILLIAMS, HUEYTOWN: Ran 15 times for 409 yards and five TDs in a 70-3 Gophers victory over Northridge. He played sparingly in the second half. Williams now has 118 carries for 1,629 yards and 22 touchdowns while averaging of 13.8 yards per carry and 271.2 yards per game.
LEE WITHERSPOON, NORTH JACKSON: Had 11 rush attempts for 373 yards and seven touchdowns and returned a punt 57 yards for an eighth TD as the Chiefs (6-0) beat Fairview 78-12. North Jackson improved their state-leading points-per-game average to 63.8 in the process. Witherspoon’s eight TDs were the most in a single game since Hubbertville’s Tommy Haley-Hicks set the AHSAA single game record with nine versus Vina in a 76-52 win in 2008. The eight TDs scored tie the Chiefs’ senior with five others for second, according to the AHSAA Record Book.
JAYLEN TAYLOR, CENTER POINT: Had 14 carries for 132 yards and two touchdowns as the Eagles (3-3) of first-year head coach George Bates beat Springville 54-24 for their third win in the last four games. Center Point was 1-9 last season and just 3-37 in the previous four seasons.
WILL BAILEY, DAR: Accounted for six touchdowns, three rushing and three passing, and was also crowned homecoming king as the Patriots beat Randolph 49-14. Bailey was 14-of-17 passing for 272 yards with Brayden Lewis catching six passes for 113 yards.
IN THE CLUTCH
MARLON HUNT, STANHOPE ELMORE: The Mustangs cornerback scooped up a Wetumpka fumble with 38 seconds remaining and raced 85 yards for the winning touchdown as Stanhope Elmore knocked off previously unbeaten Wetumpka 34-28. Teammate T.J. Jackson also had a 40-yard fumble return for another Stanhope Elmore TD in the school’s first win over Wetumpka since 2014. The Mustangs now hold a 30-20 edge in the series with their Elmore County rivals. It began in 1970 and has been played every year since.
DANIEL FRANKLIN, MORTIMER JORDAN: With his team trailing 27-26 and attempting a potential game-winning field goal on the last play of the game, Franklin reacted quickly after Clay County Central blocked the kick. He scooped up the loose ball at the Cougars 7-yard line and ran into the end zone for the winning TD as the Blue Devils pulled out a 32-27 victory. He also scored two TDs in the first half on runs off 1 and 20 yards.
CESAR SANCHEZ, ATHENS: Kicked a 32-yard field goal at the end of regulation to tie the score 16-16 at Cullman, then nailed the 18-yard game-winner in overtime to win 19-16.
HENRY BECKETT, HOUSTON ACADEMY: Houston Academy kicker Henry Beckett hit a game-winning 35-yard field goal as time expired to give the Raiders a 27-24 win over Slocomb and helped move head coach Jamie Riggs into sole possession of second place on the state's all-time win list for victories in the state of Alabama. Riggs now has 310 coaching wins, breaking out of a tie with retired Waldon Tucker, who had 309. Beckett's kick ended a strong night for the senior, who made 2-of-3 field goals, three extra-point kicks and boomed six kickoffs into the end zone for touchbacks. He also had one punt for 40 yards.
JOEFFREY HUTCHERSON, CITRONELLE: Rushed for 149 yards on 22 carries and scored four touchdowns, including the game winner in the second overtime, to spark the Citronelle (5-1) past Satsuma 34-31.
JAY BRAMBLETT, HILLCREST-TUSCALOOSA: Completed 18-of-25 passes for 326 yards and five touchdowns and also caught a 6-yard TD himself as the Patriots downed Bessemer City 53-34.
TAULIA TAGOVAILOA, THOMPSON: Was 12-of-23 passing for 323 yards and four touchdowns and rushed for the Warriors’ other TD in a 35-7 Class 7A, Region 3 win over Spain Park. His TD passes covered 6, 59, 11 and 7 yards.
TREY LINDSEY, MONTGOMERY ACADEMY: Led the Eagles to a 37-26 win over Dadeville with a 15-of-30 passing performance for 314 yards passing and four touchdowns.
WILLIE MILLER, CLAY-CHALKVILLE: Completed 24-of-31 passes for 306 yards and one score in a 31-6 Cougars victory over Shades Valley. He also rushed for 86 yards and three touchdowns on runs of 22, 12 and 3 yards.
PETER PARRISH & TUCKER MELTON, CENTRAL-PHENIX CITY: Combined to complete 20-of-26 passes for 304 yards four touchdowns with no turnovers in a 48-0 win over Enterprise. The Red Devils (7-0) improved to 3-0 in 7A, Region 2.
NICHOLAS SELLERS, JOHN CARROLL CATHOLIC: Completed 27-of-45 passes for 300 yards and one touchdown in the Cavs’ 42-12 loss to Briarwood Christian.
PAUL TYSON, HEWITT-TRUSSVILLE: Completed 20-of-23 passes for 268 yards and two touchdowns to led the Huskies (6-1) to a 41-6 win over Vestavia Hills.
LUKE NAIL, MADISON ACADEMY: Completed 15-of-25 passes for 280 yards and four touchdowns (51, 13, 90 and 45 yards) in a 35-8 win over Guntersville.
KOLE WILLIAMS, CARVER-MONTGOMERY: Passed for 257 yards and two TDs on an 8-of-18 passing performance in the Wolverines’ 47-13 victory over Northview. He tossed a 53-yard pass to Donald Steele III on the final play of the first half and connected with Shang Thomas on the second play of third quarter for a 76-yard score.
K’SHUN STOKES, HEADLAND: Threw for 243 yards and three touchdowns and added 93 yards rushing and three scores in helping the Rams to a 74-44 win over Alabama Christian, setting a school record for points in game. Stokes completed 12-of-15 passes and had 15 carries. He also completed five two-point conversions.
IAN THIES, WESTMINSTER CHRISTIAN: Was 14-of-24 passing for 241 yards and three touchdowns (37, 25 and 10 yards) and ran for 60 yards and a 24-yard TD on seven carries in a 40-7 win over Phil Campbell for unbeaten Westminster (7-0).
DAQUON KINCEY, ABBEVILLE: Threw for 226 yards and three touchdowns on 10-of-13 passing effort and added 99 yards rushing with one TD in a 30-0 shutout win over Ariton.
POOKA JONES, CHARLES HENDERSON: Passed for 299 yards and two touchdowns in a 42-17 loss to Greenville.
JACOB HAMMAC, FLORALA: Kept his team's Class 1A, Region 2 playoff hopes alive with 207 yards passing and four touchdowns on a 20-of-29 performance and added three touchdowns rushing in a 68-26 win over Red Level. He had 105 rushing yards on 17 carries.
CORY ALEXANDER, COTTAGE HILL CHRISTIAN: Was 9-of-16 passing for 181 yards and four touchdowns and added a fifth score on a 1-yard sneak en route to a 40-8 win over R.C, Hatch. The victory improved Cottage Hill to 6-0.
TRA EDWARDS, PRATTVILLE: Was 10-of-16 passing for 183 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 116 yards and another TD in the Lions’ 35-22 win over Lee-Montgomery.
TYQUAN RAWLS, WETUMPKA: Was 10-of-18 passing for 143 yards and had 18 rush attempts for 143 yards and one touchdown as the Indians (6-1) fell to Stanhope Elmore 34-28.
ASHTON GULLEDGE, HOKES BLUFF: Passed for 148 yards on a 7-of-13 passing performance and tossed two touchdowns covering 65 and 34 yards to Braydon Hill in the Eagles’ 52-0 win over Ashville. Gulledge also rushed four times for 70 yards, including a 47-yard TD, to finish with 218 total yards.
PAYTON PALMER, CENTRAL-FLORENCE: Was 10-of-12 passing for 148 yards and four touchdowns in a 51-20 win over Elkmont.
ETHAN SMITH, COLBERT COUNTY: Piled up 382 rushing yards on 33 carries and scored two touchdowns as the Indians downed Addison 35-8.
KEEVON HANKINS, MUSCLE SHOALS: Gained 323 yards rushing on 21 carries and scored three touchdowns as the Trojans beat Decatur 41-28.
CADE PRICE, SLOCOMB: Accounted for 303 yards and three scores in a 27-24 loss to Houston Academy. Price totaled 163 yards rushing and three touchdowns on 18 carries and was 9-of-15 passing for 140 yards.
RISHARD DENSMORE, BESSEMER CITY: Rushed for 253 yards and two touchdowns and passed for 164 yards and two more scores for 417 total yards in a 53-34 loss to Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa.
KOLBE BLUNT, DAVIDSON: Scored on runs of 54 and 10 yards to finish with 213 yards rushing as the Warriors beat Mary Montgomery 25-0.
LUKE WELSH, SPRING GARDEN: Ran for 202 yards on 19 carries and scored three touchdowns (4, 12 and 70 yards) in the Panthers' 42-14 victory at Talladega County Central.
SETH BROWN, ST. JOHN PAUL II: Ran for 201 yards and four touchdowns on eight carries and completed 6-of-10 passes for 186 yards and three TDs in the Falcons’ 56-6 victory over West Morgan.
PAYTON ANDERSON, FYFFE: Rushed 12 times for 200 yards four touchdowns as the Red Devils (6-0) remained unbeaten with a 48-7 win over Sand Rock. He now has 924 yards and 22 TDs this season on just 75 carries and is averaging 12.3 yards per carry and averages scoring a TD every 3.4 carries.
CHRISTOPHER BURTON, PRICEVILLE: Rushed for 199 yards and two touchdowns and also had a pass reception for a TD in a 27-6 win over Danville.
TEDARRIAN MURRAY, LEE-MONTGOMERY: Rushed for 198 yards on 20 carries and completed 7-of-24 passes for 129 yards and a TD in the Generals’ 35-22 loss to Prattville.
NICK ELLIS, MOBILE CHRISTIAN: Had 184 yards on 23 rush attempts to lead Leopards to a 28-25 win over previously unbeaten T.R. Miller.
CHRISTIAN COLLINS, BOAZ: Rushed 20 times for 178 yards and scored three touchdowns in a 35-3 Pirates win over Crossville. He had TD runs of 13, 33 and 25 yards and also connected with Riley Clements for a 2-yard jump pass for another TD.
ANDREW PARRIS, EAST LIMESTONE: Gained 164 yards rushing and scored three touchdowns on just five carries to pace the Indians to a 42-0 win over Arab. His TD runs covered 56, 69 and 33 yards. Parris also was 6-of-9 passing for 65 yards and one TD pass covering 11 yards.
ANTHONY “A.J.” MIX, BALDWIN COUNTY: The freshman ran for 168 yards and passed for 108 in a 20-14 victory over Daphne.
TYLER DANZEY, HEADLAND: Rushed for 161 yards and two touchdowns on just five carries and also caught a pair of two-point conversion passes in a 74-44 Rams win over Alabama Christian.
SYMON SMITH, UMS-WRIGHT: In a battle of teams that each won state titles in 2017, Smith scored four touchdowns and rushed for 124 yards on 18 carries as defending Class 4A state champion UMS-Wright downed Hillcrest-Evergreen 45-7. Hillcrest won the 3A title last year. Smith scored on runs of 15, 3, 10 and 43 yards.
KENNETH BOTHWELL, SOUTHSIDE-GADSDEN: Rushed for three touchdowns (14, 4 and 36 yards) and caught a 38-yard TD pass as the Panthers defeated Douglas 63-0.
JAMARI JAMISON, MINOR: Caught five passes for 223 yards, including TD catches of 82, 34 and 63 yards, in the Tigers’ 31-28 loss to Homewood.
MALIK SMITH, PRATTVILLE: Caught five passes for 175 yards and two touchdowns in the Lions’ 35-22 Class 7A, Region 2 victory over Lee-Montgomery.
JAQUON KINCEY, ABBEVILLE: Snared four receptions for 155 yards and two touchdowns (49 and 43 yards) in the Jackets' 30-0 victory over Ariton.
ERIC WILLIAMS, BLOUNT: Hauled in five receptions for 207 yards and three touchdowns in the Leopards’ 41-7 victory over Alma Bryant.
MICHAEL PETTWAY, THOMPSON: Snagged nine passes for 152 yards and three touchdowns as Thompson (5-1) beat Spain Park 35-7.
JA’VARRIUS JOHNSON, HEWITT-TRUSSVILLE: Caught seven passes for 148 yards, including a 49-yard TD, and had four carries for 42 yards and a TD as the Huskies beat Vestavia Hills 41-6.
JAPETH LONG, FYFFE: Caused three fumbles on defense -- recovering one, and had six of his seven tackles resulting in lost yardage in a 48-7 win over Sand Rock.
REDDY STEWARD, AUSTIN: Had two interceptions, returning one 59 yards for a touchdown, to lead the Black Bears to a 38-10 win over Sparkman.
MASON McKINNEY, COLLINSVILLE: Returned an interception 81 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter of the Panthers’ 51-0 victory at Section. Teammate Michael Tucker also snared an interception and raced 40 yards for a TD in the same period.
O’BRIAN BLACK, McADORY: Recorded 13 tackles to lead the Yellow Jackets to a 14-0 win over Paul Bryant. It was the second consecutive shutout of the year for McAdory (7-0).
RYAN JEWELL, PELHAM: Totaled nine tackles, had two sacks and recovered a fumble in a 28-6 Saturday win over Carver-Birmingham.
QUANYA GAMBLE, ST LUKE’S EPISCOPAL: Had 10 tackles, including two sacks, as the Wildcats beat J.F. Shields 55-0. The defense limited the Panthers to just 31 total yards.
ZYDARIEN BROWN, HOUSTON COUNTY: Recorded eight tackles with one going for a safety in the Lions' 49-0 win over Barbour County. He also had a 45-yard punt return for a touchdown in the game.
DESMOND LITTLE, VIGOR: Returned an interception 31 yards for a touchdown, had seven tackles, two for losses, and 1.5 sacks as the Wolves (6-0) remained unbeaten with a 55-16 victory over LeFlore.
JAYDEN McCANTS, THEODORE: Recorded three sacks, a forced fumble and a pass break-up for Theodore in its 47-0 win over Murphy.
CHAZ POPE, SPRING GARDEN: Had an interception and six tackles in the Panthers’ 42-14 win at Talladega County Central.
DOMONIQUE THOMAS, OHATCHEE: Scored five touchdowns in Ohatchee’s 70-22 win over West End returning two punts for touchdowns (77 and 65 yards) and returned another 50 yards to the 2. He had 144 yards on punt returns total. Place-kicker Gage Harrell was also 10-for-10 on extra-point kicks, equaling fifth best all-time in the AHSAA, as the Indians downed West End 70-22.
AUSTIN CALHOUN, KINSTON: Had a 62-yard kickoff return for a touchdown, had rushing TDs covering 66 yards and 56 yards, kicked a 23-yard field goal and threw a 41-yard TD pass to Hunter Davis for Kinston in a 43-21 win over McKenzie.
MONTGOMERY – Deshler High School has been fined, placed on probation for one year and ordered to forfeit one varsity football game for violating the AHSAA eligibility rules. The school self-reported the violation.
Deshler played an ineligible student in violation of the “Transfer Rule” specifically “Bona Fide Transfer Rule”. The school must forfeit all contests its team won in which the student participated. The school is forfeiting its Class 4A, Region 8 win over Elkmont.
The probationary period is a warning that other violations of this nature could bring further sanctions against the school.
MONTGOMERY – The NFHS Network’s subscriber-based AHSAA School Broadcast Program has 79 events tonight through October 11 planned to be video live-streamed over its on-line platform. A record 38 varsity football games are planned for Thursday, Friday and Saturday – bringing the total this season on the NFHS Network to 188. Overall events, including volleyball, cross country and other special events, are approaching 500 with 485 already in this school year.
That slate begins tonight with nine varsity and JV volleyball matches, two varsity football games and one middle school game.
This week’s headliner is Hewitt-Trussville (5-1) at Vestavia Hills (4-1) in a key Class 7A, Region 3 game. The Vestavia Hills High School NFHS Network School Broadcast Program is producing the game that is being featured as the AHSAA’s NFHS Network Game of the Week.
The Huskies are coming off a 41-0 win over Huffman, the first shutout of the season for Coach Josh Floyd’s team and the first since Sept. 29 of last year. Vestavia Hills beat Shades Valley 41-21 last week. The victory was No. 333 for head coach Buddy Anderson, the state’s all-time wins leader with a 333-147 career slate over the last 41 years – all at Vestavia. He was inducted into the NFHS National Hall of Fame last summer and has been a member of the Alabama High School Sports Hall of Fame since 2003. His father Dovey Anderson, inducted into the AHSAA Hall of Fame in its inaugural 1991 class, served as head coach at Thomasville High School from 1932-1961 compiling 180-82-27 record. Combined, the Andersons are the state’s all-time father-son football coaching leaders with 513 wins, 229 losses and 27 ties – all at just two schools.|
Floyd, 38-14 at Hewitt-Trussville since becoming head coach in 2014, came from Shiloh Christian High School in Arkansas where his teams compiled a 99-29-1 record and won four state titles. His 2016 and 2017 teams at Hewitt finished 11-1. Quarterback Paul Tyson, the great grandson of University of Alabama coaching legend Paul “Bear” Bryant, has been sensational for the last two seasons. He has passed for 5,106 yards over the last 18 games completing 357-of-510 passes for 54 touchdowns with only three interceptions. He is 119-of-174 this season for 1,714 yards and 18 TDs with just one pick. Tyson, who is completing 68.4% of his passes, threw for 409 yards in a season-opening 34-30 loss to Cedar Grove (GA). His top receiver is Ja’Varrius Johnson, a senior recently selected for the Alabama All-Star squad that will meet Mississippi in December at Cramton Bowl. Johnson has 40 catches for 810 yards and seven TDs, and Dazalin Worsham had 49 receptions for 590 yards and eight scores. Running back Armoni Goodwin has 777 yards rushing on 118 carries and eight TDs. Another Alabama All-Star selection Pierce Quick anchors the offensive line.
Anderson, who has coached Vestavia Hills to 62 shutout wins in his coaching span, features a more traditional run-first offense led by senior running back Cooper Bishop, who has 108 carries for 708 yards and 10 touchdowns this season. Quarterback Eli Sawyer, a 6-2, 215-pound junior, has completed 45-of-86 passes for 735 yards and three TDs this season with just two interceptions. Senior tight end Michael Vice (6-4, 246), has caught 34 passes for 336 yards and three scores. He is also an Alabama All-Star selection. Defensive leaders include middle linebacker Rob Barrentine and defensive lineman Andrew Sims.
NFHS Network subscribers have plenty to choose from this weekend. Among the other top games is Gardendale (4-2) at Pinson Valley (4-1) in Class 6A, Region 6 where senior quarterback Bo Nix will be attempting to become just the fourth player in AHSAA history to reach the 10,000-yard total offense mark in history, Nix has 9,630 yards in his career and needs 371 yards to crack 10,000. Nix has compiled a 31-2 record as a starter including 15-0 in leading the Indians to the Class 6A state title in 2017. He is 510-of-932 passing for his career for 7,785 yards and 90 touchdowns with no sacks this season and only three over the last three years in 647 pass attempts. Nix has also rushed for 1,845 career yards and 29 touchdowns on 224 carries.
The all-time AHSAA career total offense leader is Terrance Hollingsworth of Class 1A Berry High School, who amassed 11,788 yards from 2009-13 (9,819 rushing, 1,240 receiving, 729 passing). Zane Smith of Susan Moore (2004-06) and Mitch Stults of Hamilton (2009-12) were two quarterbacks who totaled 11,266 and 11,004 yards, respectively, in their prep careers to rank 2-3.
At Mobile, defending Class 4A state champion UMS-Wright (5-0) hosts Hillcrest-Evergreen (4-2), last year’s Class 3A state champion now competing in 4A, Region 1 with the Bulldogs. Other key games on the NFHS Network include Class 7A Lee-Montgomery (4-2) vs. Prattville (3-2) tonight at Cramton Bowl and Mountain Brook (5-0) at Oak Mountain (1-4) at Heardmont Park. Other top games set for Friday over the NFHS Network include: (2A) Sheffield (4-2) at Red Bay (3-2); (3A) Providence Christian (6-0) at Pike County (5-1) and Weaver (4-1) at Randolph County (4-1); (6A) St. Paul’s Episcopal (4-1) at Spanish Fort (4-1); and Decatur (4-2) at Muscle Shoals (4-2).
Volleyball action continues to have a strong presence on the NFHS Network with 20 varsity matches over the next week.
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AHSAA NFHS Network Broadcast Schedule (Oct. 4-Oct. 11)
Thursday, October 4
Friday, October 5
Saturday, October 6
Monday, October 8
Tuesday, October 9
MONTGOMERY – Instant Replay had its first touchdown play reversed last week as the AHSAA’s DVSport Instant Replay program completed its sixth week of the 2018 season.
AHSAA Director of Officials Mark Jones reported four challenges from five games with one challenge reversed.
Central-Phenix City challenged a touchdown pass by Park Crossing at the 7:37 mark of third period. The Thunderbirds were facing and second down and 2 at the Central 3-yard line when a touchdown was signaled on the ensuing pass play. After review, which took only a minute and 39 seconds, it was determined the receiver never had possession of the ball and it the ground prior to possession. The touchdown was nullified. Central was penalized for illegal substitution on the play and the ball was moved half the distance to the goal and set for replay of second down.
None of the other three challenges, one by Minor versus Auburn, one by Lawrence County versus Decatur and one by Athens versus East Limestone, were reversed with the calls on the field stood as called. Two games using Instant Replay had no challenges.
On the season there has been Instant Replay in 36 games with a total of 28 challenges with five overturned – a percentage of 17.9%. This week there will be six games using DVSport Instant Replay, all on Friday, Sept. 28.
Seven games are slated to utilize DVSport Instant Replay this week with Vestavia Hills hosting its first game using instant replay Friday versus Hewitt-Trussville. A total of eight schools will be participating in the project this week for the first time, including: (4A) Elmore County; (5A) Arab and Jackson; (7A) Enterprise, Hewitt-Trussville, Spain Park, Sparkman and Vestavia Hills.
Nine games are slated to use instant replay Oct. 12 with eight more schools participating for the first time – bringing the total by week eight to 60.
Those games, with classification of each school, include:
FRIDAY, OCT. 5
· Arab (5A) at East Limestone (5A)
· Elmore County (4A) at Handley (4A), Roanoke
· Enterprise (7A) at Central-Phenix City (7A)
· Hewitt-Trussville (7A) at Vestavia Hills (7A)
· Jackson (5A) at Thomasville (3A)
· Sparkman (7A) at Austin (7A), Decatur
· Spain Park (7A) at Thompson (7A), Alabaster
FRIDAY, OCT. 12
· Benjamin Russell (6A) at Wetumpka (6A)
· Haleyville (4A) at Good Hope (4A)
· Jackson-Olin (6A) at Pelham (6A)
· Lee-Montgomery (7A) at Central (7A), Phenix City
· Phillips (1A) at Hackleburg (1A)
· Shades Valley (6A) at Oxford (7A)
· Smiths Station (7A) at Auburn (7A)
· Vestavia Hills (7A) at Thompson (7A), Alabaster
· Walker (5A) at Lawrence County (5A), Moulton
TOTAL SCHOOLS PARTICIPATING THUS FAR (43)
(At least one game)
Class 1A District Games
Hackleburg D-7 3
Hubbertville D-7 1
Sweet Water D-3 2
Waterloo D-7 1
Class 2A District Games
Tanner D-8 1
Class 3A District Games
Bayside Academy D-1 1
Thomasville D-1 2
Class 4A District Games
B.T. Washington D-4 1
Clarke County D-1 1
Cordova D-5 1
Good Hope D-8 3
Handley D-6 1
Oak Grove D-5 1
West Limestone D-8 1
Class 5A District Games
East Limestone D-8 3
Lawrence County D-7 2
Madison Academy D-8 1
West Point D-8 1
Wilcox Central D-3 1
Class 6A District Games
Athens D-8 1
Buckhorn D-8 1
Calera D-5 1
Carver-Montgomery D-3 1
Decatur D-8 2
Minor D-5 2
Opelika D-4 4
Oxford D-6 2
Park Crossing D-3 1
Pell City D-6 1
Pelham D-5 2
Pinson Valley D-5 1
Selma D-3 1
Wetumpka D-4 4
Class 7A District Games
Auburn D-4 4
Austin D-8 1
Baker D-1 1
Central-Phenix City D-4 3
Fairhope D-1 1
James Clemens D-8 1
Jeff Davis D-3 1
Oak Mountain D-5 2
Thompson D-5 2
Meridian (MS) NA 1
District Exposure Breakdown
District Schools Opportunities
D-1 5 6
D-2 0 0
D-3 6 7
D-4 5 16
D-5 8 12
D-6 3 4
D-7 4 7
D-8 11 16
Out-of-State 1 1
TOTAL 43 69
Class Exposure Breakdown
Class Schools Opportunities
1A 4 7
2A 1 1
3A 2 3
4A 7 9
5A 5 8
6A 14 24
7A 9 16
Out-of-State 1 1
TOTAL 43 69
MONTGOMERY – A gutsy call by Lincoln High School Coach Matt Zedaker to run a “hook and lateral” from inside the Bears’ own 1-yard line on fourth and 19 worked like a charm and catapulted Lincoln to a game-winning 99-yard touchdown in the final two minutes as the Golden Bears posted a 28-27 win over Munford last week to earn the AHSAA Football Spotlight for Week 5.
Tony Nathan fans remember the Miami Dolphins’ use of one of football’s most legendary “trick plays” in the 1982 AFC Championship Game versus San Diego when Nathan took a pitch from receiver Wide receiver Duriel Harris, who ran a “hook” route to catch 20-yard pass from quarterback Don Strock in the final seconds of the first half, then pitched to Nathan, who raced untouched the final 25 yards for a touchdown that ignited Miami to an overtime win over the Chargers.
The situation was more dire for Lincoln. The Bears (4-1) had built a 21-7 lead by halftime but saw that cushion evaporate in the second half when the Lions (1-5) took the lead late in the fourth period with a long play of its own. Munford senior Pernell Mitchell got loose on a 95-yard run to the Lincoln 1-yard line to set up a go-ahead TD. He was knocked out of bounds just shy of the goal line by Lincoln defensive back Montez “Teddy” Hall to prevent the TD. On the next play however, Munford quarterback Jay Tuck’s 1-yard sneak gave the visitors a 27-20 lead.
On the following series, Lincoln mishandled the kickoff and started the drive from its own 10-yard line. The Bears were called for intentional grounding on third down – just inches away from their end zone to set up the fourth-and-19 with 2:31 remaining. Zedaker decided to call the play that offensive coordinator Will Hill had introduced to the team just four days earlier at the team’s Monday practice.
Junior quarterback Javion Surles stepped into his end zone and fired a strike to sophomore receiver Brian Garrett just 10 yards from the right sideline. Junior running back Cam Reynolds sped around the corner and grabbed the perfect lateral from Garrett. He broke a tackle near the 10, out-raced a trio of Munford defenders hot in heels turning back toward the center of the field near the 50 and picked up good blocks from Tre Garrett and Hall. He somehow fought his way into the end zone to complete the state-record tying 99-yard touchdown pass play. The Bears converted the PAT and closed out the game with a fumble-causing sack on fourth down by Lincoln linebacker Jamichael Johnson and recovered by Keyshone Townsend to escape with the 28-27 win.
“It was a gutsy effort,” Zedaker told Talladega Daily Home sports writer Will Heath after the game. “You give a ton of credit to that Munford team. They fought hard in the second half. We’ve been preaching since the off-season, we have to play four quarters. As long as that final whistle hasn’t blown, you’re never out of it.”
Surles finished with 172 yards rushing, 119 yards passing and had a hand in all four touchdowns.
HOUSTON ACADEMY PRESENTS RIGGS WITH 309TH CAREER WIN: Houston Academy won its third straight game on the road and new Raiders coach Jamie Riggs reached a major career milestone with a 42-39 win over Florala. The veteran high school coach has now won 309 games as a head coach and is tied with retired coach Walden Tucker for second place in all-time wins in the state on the prep level. The all-time leader is Vestavia Hills’ Buddy Anderson (333-147-0), who captured his 333rd career victory Friday with the Rebels’ 41-21 triumph over Shades Valley. Now in his 41st season, all his career coaching wins have been for the Rebels. Fred Yancey of Briarwood Christian (314-113-1) is currently second among active coaches. However, his record in the AHSAA is 273-93. His other wins came at out-of-state schools.
Chase Swain keyed the victory over Florala rushing for 237 yards and three touchdowns, including a 3-yarder with 1:25 left to give the Raiders the three-point win. Swain also scored on runs for 51 yards and 1 yard. Riggs (309-82) came out of retirement this year to take over a struggling Houston Academy program that was spiraling in a 19-game losing streak when he arrived. The Raiders are currently 4-1 on the season.
Other prep coaches with ties to the AHSAA with 300 wins include Jimmie Moore (317-105-5) and Billy Livings (315-108-4). Moore, who won over 200 games in Mississippi, closed his career at Colbert County going 91-30 with three Class 3A state championships in nine seasons with the Indians before retiring. Livings, who started the Jeff Davis program in 1968, was 104-22-4 with the one 6A state championship (1978) over 12 seasons for the Vols before closing out his career with 211 wins at Vero Beach (FL).
Two active AHSAA coaches are approaching 300 wins, Terry Curtis of UMS-Wright (294-85-0) and Danny Horn of Central-Clay County (190-85-0). Both have coached their entire careers in in the AHSAA.
RUDOLPH HAULS WAY INTO AHSAA RECORD BOOK: Cottage Hill Christian receiver Samario Rudolph nabbed six receptions for 269 yards and five touchdowns as Cottage Hill (5-0) improved to 5-0 for the first time since joining the AHSAA in 2008 with a 35-3 win over Bayside Academy. His 269 yards tied for 10th in the AHSAA Record Book for most yards receiving in a single game, and the five TD receptions ties five others for second most receiving touchdowns in state history. The record (6) is shared by three receivers, including the Ja’Michael Willis of Gardendale, the most recent to accomplish the feat with six in a 51-26 win over Bessemer City in 2010.
HEADLAND’S DRU NEWMAN SPARKS COME-FROM-BEHIND VICTORY: With Headland trailing 27-16 with just over four minutes remaining, Newman scored two TDs on a 55-yard run and 40-yard punt return to help the Rams (5-0) remain unbeaten with a 32-27 win over previously undefeated Pike Road (5-1). K’Shun Stokes scored two 2-point conversions after each TD for the final margin. The Rams of Coach Danny Raines are unbeaten at 5-0 for the first time since 1988, when Headland opened the season 8-0 and finished 10-2.
Coach Patrick Browning’s Patriots suffered their first loss in what is their new era – competing at the varsity level for the first time since 1933 – 84 years ago. Newman finished with six tackles and two interceptions on defense, 92 yards rushing on eight carries and a 2-point conversion.
DOUGLAS SNAPS 19-GAME LOSING STREAK: Quarterback Jonathan Ray threw two touchdown passes (45 and 22 yards) and scored on an 18-yard run as the Eagles snapped a 19-game losing streak with a 37-6 win over Brindlee Mountain.
Other highlights reported include:
JACOB DENDY, ALBERTVILLE: Ran for a school-record 349 yards and five touchdowns on 24 carries as Albertville beat Boaz 32-27. His scoring runs covered 42, 52, 45, 6 and 78 yards). In the same game, Christian Collins of Boaz gained 308 yards on 36 carries and scored four times (1, 2, 4 and 46 yards).
ZAYE BOYD, RUSSELLVILLE: Rushed 20 times for 267 yards and 3 touchdowns as Russellville (5-0) remained unbeaten with a 35-19 win over Haleyville.
ROYDELL WILLIAMS, HUEYTOWN: Ran 21 times for 316 yards and TD runs of 43, 49, 54 and 48 yards as the Gophers defeated Cullman 42-7.
EYREN BOYD, FULTONDALE: Accumulated 257 yards rushing and three touchdowns on 22 carries to lead the Wildcats past John Carroll Catholic 55-26.
DARRELL GIBSON, MONTGOMERY-CATHOLIC: Gained 249 yards on 26 rush attempts and scored two rushing TDs in a 29-28 loss to Beauregard. He also caught a 44-yard TD pass.
KATON COLEMAN, GREENE COUNTY: Piled up 233 yards rushing and scored five touchdowns in the Tigers’ 32-30 win over Sumter Central.
DESHONTAE KIRKLAND, ASHFORD: Had 18 carries for 206 yards and four touchdowns as Ashford beat Houston County 28-18. His TD runs covered 38, 12, 1 and 15 yards.
A.J. PHILLIPS, CHICKASAW: Rushed for 151 yards and two touchdowns on nine carries – all in the second half -- to help Chickasaw overcome a 21-0 halftime deficit on the way to a 28-21 win over St. Michael’s Catholic.
CURTIS WILSON, JEFF DAVIS: Rushed for 176 yards on 26 carries and scored two touchdowns in a 26-21 win over Sidney Lanier.
LUKE WELSH, SPRING GARDEN: Ran for 175 yards on 23 carries and scored two touchdowns (14, 29 yards) in the Panthers’ 35-0 victory over Sand Rock.
ISAIAH PERDUE, MADISON COUNTY: Rushed 12 times for 172 yards and three touchdowns in a 27-7 win over New Hope.
DARRIAN MEADS, HOKES BLUFF: Playing in the first half and one series on the second half, the junior halfback rushed 14 times for 167 yards and four touchdowns in the Eagles’ 47-7 win over Glencoe. He scoring runs covered 47, 38, 1 and 6 yards.
PAYTON ANDERSON, FYFFE: Had 12 carries for 163 yards and three touchdowns as Fyffe (5-0) beat Plainview 55-7. He now has 63 carries for 724 yards and 18 TDs on the season. He also has seven kick returns for 293 yards and two TDs. He is averaging 41.9 yards per return.
TERRANCE WEBSTER, CARVER-MONTGOMERY: Had 19 carries for 133 yards and one TD and had a 31-yard run to set up the Wolverines’ winning score with 53 seconds remaining in a 21-20 win over Lee-Montgomery.
TEDARRIAN MURRAY, LEE-MONGOMERY: Rushed for 143 yards on nine carries and scored all three touchdowns for the Generals on runs of 35, 13 and 31 yards as Lee fell 21-20 to Carver-Montgomery.
DYLAN PETERSON, PELHAM: Had four rushing touchdowns and 134 yards on 15 carries in the Panthers’ 52-21 win over Oak Mountain.
ZAVIEN WILKINS, ALICEVILLE: Scored a touchdown in each overtime to lead the Yellow Jackets (4-1) to a 16- win over Pickens County. His TD runs covered 1 and 10 yards. The teams battled to a scoreless tie at the end of regulation.
WILLIAM GUTHERIE, ADDISON: The Bulldogs’ quarterback rushed for two touchdowns, threw for a TD and caught a pass for another score as Addison won its homecoming game over Vinemont 38-12. He also passed for three 2-point conversion after touchdowns.
PAUL TYSON, HEWITT-TRUSSVILLE: Completed 16-of-25 passes for 207 yards, including three touchdowns, to set a new Hewitt-Trussville career passing touchdown record, as the Huskies beat Huffman 41-0. Brandon Cox held the previous record (50) in a career that spanned 2000-01.
NICHOLAS SELLERS, JOHN CARROLL CATHOLIC: Had a 25-of-46 passing performance for 307 yards and two touchdowns in the Cavaliers’ 55-26 loss to Fultondale.
CORNELIUS BROWN, CALERA: Passed for 271 yards and four touchdowns in a 34-33 loss to Bibb County.
CADE PRICE, SLOCOMB: The Red Tops quarterback had a 200-200 night with five touchdowns, rushing for 203 yards and four touchdowns on 20 carries and completing 12-of-17 passes for 232 yards and another TD in a 35-32 loss to Ariton.
AARON DOVE, FALKVILLE: Completed 15-of-19 passes for 233 yards and five touchdowns (47, 12, 2, 20 and 2 yards) ran for a 48-yard TD and completed a 2-point pass in a 48-28 win over Priceville.
LANDON GREEN, NORTH SAND MOUNTAIN: Was 10-of-17 passing for 232 yards and two touchdowns and ran for two scores in a 44-15 win over Sylvania.
GOOSE CROWDER, GARDENDALE: Passed for 224 yards and two touchdowns on a 16-of-26 performance as the Rockets nipped Hazel Green 16-9. He also rushed for 42 yards.
KOURTLAND MARSH, MORTIMER JORDAN: Was 15-of-23 passing for 222 yards and a touchdown and added two TD runs in the Blue Devils’ 41-0 win over Hayden.
CAMERON MORSON, DECATUR: Was 7-of-11 passing for 168 yards and three touchdowns (8, 75 and 11 yards) and scored on a 2-yard run in a 35-7 win over Lawrence County.
LAKE SPURGEON, BROOKS: Passed for 199 yards and scooted into the end zone for a 7-yard TD with 53 seconds left and then ran the deciding 2-point conversion as the Lions came from behind to be Mars Hill Bible 36-35.
JACKSON ELKIINS, WINFIELD: Was 12-of-17 passing for 204 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for another score in the Pirates’ 38-14 win over Hamilton. Teammate Chris Broyles also rushed for 173 yards and two TDs.
IAN THIES, WESTMINSTER CHRISTIAN: Completed 15-of-20 passes for 205 yards and a 40-yard TD in a 48-0 win over rival Randolph.
KARSON GREEN, SATSUMA: Was 7-of-8 passing for 200 yards and two touchdowns, all in the first half, in a 54-0 win over Pleasant Home.
TREY LINDSEY, MONTGOMERY ACADEMY: Let MA to a 24-23 win over Trinity Presbyterian with a 12-of-20 passing performance for 190 yards and two touchdowns. He also made an interception on defense.
CAIDEN LIPSCOMB, COOSA CHRISTIAN: Completed 18-of-31 passes for 187 yards, including a game-winning 25-yard TD strike to Evan Delp as the Conquerors beat Victory Christian 10-7.
TYQUAN RAWLS, WETUMPKA: Completed 7-of-10 passes for 133 yards and four TDs and rushed for 127 yards and a 59-yard TD as the Indians beat Prattville 49-23. He had 260 total yards.
TRA’ EDWARDS, PRATTVILLE: Completed 10-of-22 passes for 184 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 118 yards on 18 carries as the Lions fell to Wetumpka 49-23.
AARON DOVE, FALKVILLE: Passed for five touchdowns and also ran for one in Falkville’s 48-28 win over Priceville.
JOHN-MICHAEL RILEY, BOB JONES: Caught seven passes for 227 yards and four touchdowns (70, 57, 32 and 51 yards) in a 35-21 win over Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa.
JAYLON STEVENSON, HOLY SPIRIT CATHOLIC: Snared 12 receptions for 135 yards and two touchdowns as the Titans (5-10 beat Fayetteville 31-0.
JACE STEWART, SLOCOMB: Caught 10 passes for 156 yards, including a 56-yard touchdown pass, in the Red Tops' 35-32 loss to Ariton.
ZION BLACK, ROGERS: Returned a fumble and interceptions for touchdowns as Rogers beat Lauderdale County 35-14.
ZYDARIEN BROWN, HOUSTON COUNTY: Recorded 19 tackles the Lions’ 28-18 loss to Ashford. Teammate Dorien Collier also had 13 stops.
DERICKEY WRIGHT, ETOWAH: Intercepted two passes, returning one 37 yards for a touchdown, and rushed for a 5-yard touchdown and a two-point conversion to lead the unbeaten Blue Devils (6-0) to a 21-14 win over Fort Payne.
COLTON ADAMS, WETUMPKA: The Indians’ linebacker had 14 tackles and two sacks in a 49-23 victory over Prattville.
JACOB BURLESON, CEDAR BLUFF: Returned an interception 50 yards for a touchdown in the Tigers’ 55-0 win at Gaylesville. Teammate Ambre Leek also had a 69-yard fumble return for another Cedar Bluff defensive score.
VONTA BENTLEY, JACKSON-OLIN: The senior linebacker’s 17 tackles anchored a defense that earned its second shutout in the last three weeks as the Mustangs blanked Clarke County 22-0. The shutout included a successful goal-line stand that started with first-and-goal at the 3.
ANDREW WADE, McADORY: Intercepted two passes to lead the Yellow Jackets to a 10-0 win over Greensboro – limiting the Raiders to just 61 yards total offense.
BENNETT WHISENHUNT, VESTAVIA HILLS: Totaled nine tackles and an interception in the Rebels’ 41-21 win over Shades Valley.
KRIS BRAMBLETT, BREWER: Returned an interception 55 yards for one TD and caught two TD passes as the Patriots downed West Morgan 60-14.
ANDY LAMB, HARTSELLE: Intercepted a pass on the final play over overtime to give Hartselle the 14-7 win over undefeated Briarwood Christian.
DYLAN CREECH, GENEVA: Finished with 11 tackles, including two quarterback sacks, in the Panthers' 16-0 shutout over Samson. Creech also had a 20-yard TD catch in the game.
CONNER GERMAN, HEADLAND: Recorded 16 tackles and also caused a fumble in the Rams' 32-27 win over Pike Road.
HORANDO WHEELER, PIKE COUNTY: Accounted for 10 tackles, including two for losses, in the Bulldogs' 20-14 win over previously unbeaten Abbeville.
ZACH PYRON, FYFFE: Intercepted a pass and returned it 40 yards for one TD, was 3-of-4 passing for 64 yards and rushed for 92 yards and a TD on seven carries as the Red Devils beat Plainview 55-7,
ERIC THOMAS, VIGOR: Managed 11 tackles, including a sack and three others for losses, as the Wolves (5-0) downed Murphy 21-7.
JACKSON LEACH, PAUL BRYANT: Booted three field goals, including a 31-yarder as time expired, to life Paul Bryant past Mae Jemison 29-26.
NOAH ALLISON, J.B. PENNINGTON: Kicked two field goals, including a 27-yarder with two seconds remaining, to lift the Tigers past Cleveland 31-28. He was also 16-of-29 passing for 236 yards and a TD.
SAM RAYBORN, FAIRHOPE: Booted two field goals, including a 32-yarder in overtime, as the Pirates nipped Daphne 21-17.
CALEB McDOUGLE, MUSCLE SHOALS: Blocked a punt that set up Trojans’ only touchdown, blocked a field-goal attempt and had an interception in the Class 6A Trojans’ 10-7 win over Class 7A rival Florence.
LEE WITHERSPOON, NORTH JACKSON: Returned a punt 60 yards and an interception 65 yards for two touchdowns and rushed for 127 yards and two more scores on 15 carries to lead the Chiefs (5-0) past Scottsboro 56-3. The victory snapped a three-game losing streak to the Wildcats in a series that has been played annually since North Jackson opened in its doors in 1988. The Chiefs hold a 21-10 edge in the series.
NICK POWE, MARY MONTGOMERY: Returned a kickoff 97 yards for a touchdown and caught three passes for 39 yards and another score in the Vikings’ 27-19 win over Citronelle.
T.J. FAIRS, PIEDMONT: Returned a punt 44 yards for a touchdown in the Bulldogs’ 28-21 loss to Jacksonville.
JAMEL ROBINSON, R.A. HUBBARD: Returned a kickoff 80 yards for a touchdown and caught a 75-yard TD pass in R.A. Hubbard’s 28-26 loss to Sheffield.
Video of the Hook & Lateral play by Lincoln can be seen here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EOv0oQneEls&feature=youtu.be&a
MONTGOMERY – Senior quarterbacks Taulia Tagovailoa of Thompson High School and Bo Nix of Pinson Valley headline the 2018 40-player All-Star roster for Alabama for the upcoming 32th annual Alabama-Mississippi Classic set to be played at Cramton Bowl on Monday, December 17 at 6:30 p.m.
The squad was announced by Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association (AHSADCA) Director Jamie Lee. The AHSADCA, in conjunction with the Mississippi Association of Coaches (MAC), administers the all-star game each year. Raycom Media will be televising the game live.
Alabama holds a 22-9 edge in the series, which began in 1988 at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. Mississippi won last year’s game at Hattiesburg 42-7 – the largest margin of defeat for Alabama in the series history.
“We thank the selection committee for doing an outstanding job selecting this year’s team,” Lee said. “We are excited about all the players chosen, but these two quarterbacks are special.”
Both quarterbacks have had already committed to Southeastern Conference Schools. Tagovailoa has committed to the University of Alabama, where his brother Tua is currently the starting quarterback. And Nix has committed to Auburn, where his dad and head coach Patrick Nix was a quarterback from 1992-95.
The team is comprised of 40 seniors selected by the AHSADCA All-Star Selection Committee, which has been meeting and studying players nominated for several months. The team must have at least one player chosen from each of the AHSAA’s eight districts and at least one player from each of the seven AHSAA classifications. Three players may be chosen from two AHSAA member schools, but no more than two players may be selected from any other member schools. Head coach is Josh Niblett of Hoover.
Tagovailoa has compiled an 18-1 record at Thompson High School since moving to Alabaster prior to the 2017 season. He led the state in passing last season completing 287-of-435 passes attempted for 3,820 yards and 36 touchdowns. He is off to an even faster start this season with 1,991 yards passing and was ranked second in the nation heading into last week. He is 144-of-225 with 20 touchdowns and just two interceptions while leading the Warriors to a 5-0 record thus far this season. He has passed for a career-high 507 yards in one game and has thrown for more than 400 yards in two other games.
Nix is 32-2 as a starter since his sophomore season. He led Scottsboro to a 12-1 record in 2016 and guided Pinson Valley to a 15-0 season and the school’s first ever Class 6A state title last year as a junior while completing 196-of-307 passes for 2,872 yards and 35 TDs. He was named Super 7 Class 6A MVP in the finals. This season he is 82-of-156 for 1,194 yards and 13 touchdowns for the Indians (5-1). Nix has passed for 409 yards in one game.
Niblett, 197-50 overall with seven state titles to his credit, will be making his second head-coaching appearance in the All-Star Classic. He coached the Alabama team to a 21-13 win in 2009. The rest of his coaching staff includes Patrick Nix, Pinson Valley; Sam Adams, Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa; Shawn Rainey, Spain Park; Pat Thompson, Sweet Water; Clifford Story, Lanett; Clinton Smith, Hillcrest-Evergreen; Steve Mask, St. Paul’s Episcopal; and Jason Kervin, Hoover High School, who will serve as the scout coach.
Alabama’s All-Star team is loaded with players already committed to play in the SEC next season. One of the highest profile players, Oxford offensive lineman and AHSAA defending Class 6A heavyweight wrestling champion Clay Webb is still uncommitted – considering offers from virtually every major college in the U.S., including Alabama and Georgia – rumored to be his top choices at this time.
Other current Auburn commitments selected include Hoover receiver George Pickens, and Hewitt-Trussville receiver JA’Varrius Woolen-Johnson. Alabama commitments include defensive back Christian Williams of Daphne; defensive lineman D.J. Dale of Clay-Chalkville; offensive linemen Pierce Quick of Hewitt-Trussville and Amari Kight of Thompson; and Hoover place-kicker Will Reichard.
Other major-college commitments are defensive back Ray Thornton of Central-Phenix City and linebacker LaVonta Bentley of Jackson-Olin (Clemson); linebacker Kendall McCallum of Oxford (LSU); linebacker Brandon Mack of Jeff Davis (Pittsburgh); defensive back Desmond James of Spanish Fort (Mississippi State); defensive lineman Daevion Davis of James Clemens (Vanderbilt); defensive lineman LaDarrius Cox of McGill-Toolen Catholic (Tennessee); defensive lineman Checardo Person of Montgomery Catholic (Indiana); defensive lineman Patrick Lucas of Wetumpka (Ole Miss); running back Amontae Faison of Central-Phenix City (Arkansas); and receiver Trikweze Bridges of Lanett (Oregon).
The complete team is listed below.
2018 ALABAMA ALL-STAR ROSTER
Central - Phenix City
Josh Niblett, Hoover High School
Sam Adams, Hillcrest High School, Tuscaloosa
Shawn Raney, Spain Park High School
Pat Thompson, Sweet Water High School
Clifford Story, Jr., Lanett High School
Clinton Smith, Jr., Hillcrest High School, Evergreen
Steve Mask, St. Paul's Episcopal School
Patrick Nix, Pinson Valley High School
Jason Kervin, Hoover High School
MONTGOMERY – The NFHS Network’s subscriber-based AHSAA School Broadcast Program will live-stream 80 events tonight through October 4 – putting the AHSAA over 350 events on the year.
The headliner will be Friday night’s Enterprise at Northview battle Dothan’s Rip Hewes Stadium, which will be the AHSAA/NFHS Network Game of the Week. Week 5 is a non-region week for most schools across the state, and this long-running rivalry pits the Class 6A Cougars and Class 7A Wildcats, both looking to use the contest as a chance to gain momentum heading into the second half of the 2018 season.
The contest is one of 31 football games slated for the NFHS Network, tonight and Friday. Enterprise High School’s NFHS Network School Broadcast Program will be producing the contest for the NFHS Network.
Coach David Faulkner, in his seventh season as head coach, has a career 67-51 record with a 38-33 slate with EHS. The Wildcats finished 10-2 in 2017 but struggled to 2-8 last year. Enterprise opened the year with two straight wins but lost to Prattville 46-28 last week to fall to 0-3 in Class 7A, Region 2 last week. The program is a proud one with a 644-315-34 record overall and two state titles.
Northview and Enterprise have played annually since the Dothan school opened its doors in 1978. Coach Josh Parrish, in his second year as head coach, directed the Cougars to a 23-22 win over their rivals last year to help set the stage for a new beginning under his direction. Northview, 2-3 this season, is 1-2 in 6A, Region 3 after downing Russell County 38-23 last week. Northview has compiled a 191-230 record overall over the last 40 years with Parrish’s dad Harry Wayne Parrish guiding the Cougars to a 91-51 record in the school’s first 13 years of existence – including state championships in 1981 and 1985. Since he stepped down in 2000, his son became the ninth head coach at the school over the last 28 years.
A total of 50 football games, 29 volleyball matches and one dance/cheerleading competition are currently listed on the NFHS Network schedule log for tonight through next Thursday. Jeff Davis and Sidney Lanier will be live-streamed from Montgomery’s Cramton Bowl as part of the Montgomery Public Schools SBP tonight at 7 p.m. Other top games set for Friday include: unbeaten Class 5A Briarwood Christian (4-0) at unbeaten Class 6A Hartselle (4-0); Class 5A LeFlore (1-3) at Class 6A Saraland (5-0) in the Mobile area, Minor (2-3) at unbeaten Auburn (5-0) and Albertville (2-2) at Boaz (5-0) two other top games in East Alabama.
All seven classifications will be represented with Donoho broadcasting its home game with Berry in a 1A contest at Anniston.
Volleyball action continues to have a strong presence on the NFHS Network beginning tonight with three varsity matches. Enterprise hosts Prattville, Eufaula hosts Northview and Smiths Station hosts Auburn tonight.
NFHS Network subscribers will have access to all the games. To subscribe to the NFHS Network, go to the following:
AHSAA NFHS Network Broadcast Schedule (Sept.27-Oct. 4)
Thursday, Sept. 27
Friday, September 28
Holy Spirit Catholic
Mars Hill Bible
Monday, October 1
John Carroll Catholic
Tuesday, October 2
Wednesday, October 3
MONTGOMERY – Jacksonville High School junior Rontarius Wiggins broke the 1,000-yard rushing mark in just the fifth game of the season Friday night – and wrote his name in an exclusive list of shareholders in the AHSAA Record Book in the process.
Wiggins eclipsed the 400-yard mark with 409 yards on 21 carries and had five total touchdowns as the Golden Eagles of Coach Clint Smith downed Cleburne County 55-33. The top rushing performance in the state this season thrust the Jacksonville standout into AHSAA Football Spotlight for Week 4.
Wiggins scored four rushing touchdowns on treks of 18, 75, 4 and 58 yards and tacked on a fifth converting a screen pass into an 80-yard TD score. His 409 yards is the 12th best all-time in AHSAA history, according to results reported for the AHSAA Record Book. He is also the first running back since Oxford’s Roc Thomas ran for 424 yards versus Spain Park in 2013 to reach the 400-yard mark. The state record (531 yards) was set by Tony Dixon of Parrish in an 81-58 win over Hubbertville 15 years ago in 2003. He had 21 carries as well.
Wiggins, who now has 1,184 yards rushing in five games this season, finished with 489 total yards counting his 80-yard TD reception. His 489 yards total offense also ranks 21st all time, tying quarterback Chance Ellsworth of Priceville, who had 489 yards passing in 2011. Wiggins’ performance ranks him third for running backs, however.
Cleburne County, which trailed 28-21 at the half, had an outstanding performance vs. Jacksonville as well with Isavia Brown compiling 409 all-purpose yards (including kick returns). Brown had 124 yards rushing, 63 passing and 222 yards on kick returns. He scored three TDs, one on a 33-yard run, another on a 31-pass reception and the other on an 86-yard kickoff return.
“It was pretty exciting,” Wiggins told East Alabama Sports after the game. “At halftime I came in and just looked at my phone, and I had gotten a tweet that said I had 258 rushing yards. That was surprising, and after that I just wanted to keep going. Then I was told after the game I ended up with 400-some (yards) and my mouth just dropped.”
Smith said he is not surprised by anything his running back accomplishes.
“There’s no doubt in my mind Ron is definitely one of the best running backs around her,” said Coach Smith. “I think he’s much underrated. He played extremely hard. … I’m proud of Ron and his accomplishments and some of the things he’s been able to do the last few weeks.”
Jacksonville quarterback Luke Jackson was also 9-of-20 passing for 160 yards.
Wiggins edged out two long-distance interception returns by R.J. Orr of Center Point and Austin Pruett of Cherokee County for this week’s AHSAA Spotlight.
Orr swiped a John Carroll Catholic pass in the middle of the Eagles’ end zone and raced 105 yards for a TD as Center point beat the Cavaliers 36-6. The 105-yard return tied for third longest in AHSAA history. Tommy Wilson of Demopolis set the record with a 108-yard return in a 49-7 win over American Christian in 2012. Guntersville’s Kevin Gentle, better known for his 60-yard field made in 1993, returned a Dora pass 107 yards for a score in a 20-17 win in 1993. Damiean Archibald returned an interception 105 yards in a 66-18 Sipsey Valley win over Curry in 2014, and Jake Peavey had a 105-yard return in 2013 for Madison County versus Butler.
Cherokee County’a Pruett also had the fourth longest interception return in state history Friday night when he sped 103 yards for a touchdown in the final 20 seconds of the first half of the Warriors' 22-13 victory at White Plains.
Other top performances reported include:
MAPLESVILLE STARTS NEW WIN STREAK: Red Devils defensive standout Tristen Thetford recovered a fumble to set up one Maplesville touchdown and sacked the quarterback in the end zone for a safety for another score as Maplesville beat Keith 57-0 in a Class 1A, Region 3 contest last Friday. Coach Brent Hubbert’s Red Devils (3-1) started a new region winning streak with the win – just one week after Linden beat Maplesville 37-28 to snap the school’s 54-game region winning streak that dated back to 2009. Maplesville outscored region opponents 2,855-325 or (52.9 to 6.0) during that stretch, won three Class 1A state championships and had one runner-up finish. The Chilton County school, currently in its 85th season, has compiled a 567-325-19 overall record and 64.6% winning percentage overall. The Red Devils have also produced 53 winning seasons (63.9%) with two break-even years during that span.
ELBA TURNS TO MULTI-TALENTED RICHMON SINGLETARY: The talented skill player accounted for 46 points, seventh most in a single game in AHSAA history, rushed for 347 yards and added 69 yards in kick/punt returns, giving him 416 all-purpose yards, in a 60-24 win over Florala. Singletary scored on runs 13, 14, 51, 24, 15 and 8 yards, returned an interception 18 yards for a touchdown and scored on two 2-point conversions for his 46 points. In addition, he had a punt return of 37 yards and a kick return of 32 yards in the game – plus seven tackles and one interception on defense.
THIES THROWS FOR 400 YARDS: Westminster Christian quarterback Ian Thies was 18-of-22 passing for 400 yards and seven touchdowns in a 60-14 win over Clements. He became the fifth quarterback this season to reach the 400-yard passing mark. He rushed for another TD, accounting for eight TDs total on the night. His seven TDs passing were the most in a single game since Pinson Valley’s Bo Nix tossed seven in a 51-50 Class 6A playoff win over Austin in 2017. The state record is nine – last accomplished in 2015.
LEE WITHERSPOON, NORTH JACKSON: Ran for 359 yards and five touchdowns on 13 carries and made four tackles in a 49-7 win over St. John Paul II Catholic for the unbeaten Chiefs (4-0).
AUSTIN OWENS, WINSTON COUNTY: Rushed 25 times for 325 yards and three touchdowns as the Yellow Jackets rallied for a 40-35 home win over Sulligent. Winston County trailed 21-8 at the half. Owens had touchdown runs of 38, 61 and 8 yards.
DARTAVIOUS BRITTON, COOSA CHRISTIAN: Rushed 22 times for 294 yards and five touchdowns (54, 64, 2, 64 and 45 yards) as the Conquerors defeated Decatur Heritage Christian 54-42.
TONY AMERSON, SAINT JAMES: Picked up 284 yards rushing and four touchdowns on 28 carries to lead the Trojans to a 27-14 win over Dadeville.
DAQUON KINCEY, ABBEVILLE: The Yellow Jackets quarterback rushed for 266 yards on just 18 carries with four touchdowns and added 72 yards passing and another to amass 338 total yards in Abbeville’s 44-17 win over Houston County. Kincey threw a 52-yard TD pass to Keven Mills and had TD runs of 5, 4, 81 and 41 yards.
TYQUAN RAWLS, WETUMPKA: The junior quarterback rushed 18 times for 265 yards and two touchdowns and passed for a third as the Indians (5-0) downed Buckhorn 23-7 in a game played at Jacksonville State University’s Burgess-Snow Field. His TD runs covered 57 and 59 yards.
ASHTON PATEL, OPP: Rushed for 261 yards on 22 carries with three touchdowns and added a punt return for fourth score in the Bobcats’ 49-33 loss to Geneva.
RASHAWN McALPINE, SARALAND: Needed just 11 carries to pile up 246 yards rushing as Saraland beat Robertsdale 35-0. It was McAlpine’s fourth straight 200-yard rushing performance this season.
WISE GORDON, PROVIDENCE CHRISTIAN: Gained 244 yards rushing and two touchdowns and also caught a touchdown pass in the Eagles’ 35-12 win over Slocomb. Gordon scored on two TD runs of 15 yards each and had a 30-yard TD pass as Providence improved to 5-0.
ROYDELL WILLIAMS, HUEYTOWN: Piled up 230 yards rushing on just eight carries with scoring runs of 34, 74, 30 and 18 yards as the Gophers beat Brookwood 57-0. He added a fifth TD with a 15-yard reception.
LARRY McCAMMON, HOOVER: The senior ran for 225 yards on 20 carries and scored five touchdowns in a 48-20 victory over Oak Mountain. His TD runs covered 10, 1, 3, 79 and 54 yards.
MALACHI HARVEY, NORTHVIEW: Had 17 carries for 216 rushing yards and three touchdowns as the Cougars beat Russell County 38-23. He had 171 yards and all three scores in the second half, including a 96-yard TD run with 5:15 left that sealed the Cougars’ first Class 6A, Region 2 win of the season.
TERRANCE WEBSTER, CARVER-MONTGOMERY: Had 209 yards rushing on 15 carries to lead the Wolverines past Dothan 43-7. He had five runs of 25 yards or more including a 64-yard scoot on his first carry of the night.
SYMON SMITH, UMS-WRIGHT: Rushed for 196 yards and three touchdowns on just 14 carries as defending Class 4A state champion UMS-Wright (4-0) remained undefeated with a 35-7 win over Clarke County
KAMERON HAWKINS, GASTON: Rushed for 191 yards and two touchdowns in the Bulldogs’ 45-38 loss to Woodland.
DA’VION JOHNSON, WOODVILLE: Ran for 178 yards and two touchdowns on 21 attempts in a 34-14 win over Appalachian.
CHRISTIAN COLLINS, BOAZ: Had seven rush attempts for 168 yards and three touchdowns (1, 2 and 84 yards) in a 35-14 win over Pisgah. The 84-yard run was the fifth longest in school history, according to Greg Bell, WWIC Radio broadcaster and SHS sports historian.
COOPER BISHIP, VESTAVIA HILLS: Ran 19 times for 156 yards, including TD runs of 74 and 21 yards, in a 28-14 loss to Mountain Brook.
MASON McKINNEY, COLLINSVILLE: Rushed for 152 yards and two touchdowns (71,
76 yards) on just three carries in the Panthers' 50-20 victory over Ider. Teammate Kaleb Jones was also 7-of-12 passing for 170 yards and four touchdowns.
LUKE PERCER, OAK MOUNTAIN: Had a 96-yard TD run among his 18 rush attempts and finished with 149 yards in the Eagles’ 48-20 loss to Hoover.
A.J. WILLIAMS, SHADES VALLEY: Ran for 112 yards and scored the game-winning TD with 10.4 seconds remaining in the Mounties’ 35-28 victory over Stanhope Elmore.
JACORY MERRITT, SIDNEY LANIER: Had three second-half touchdowns and 193 all-purpose yards as the Poets downed Park Crossing 35-28. He had 130 yards rushing on 23 carries with TD runs of 11 and 19 yards. He also caught a 13-yard TD pass.
TAULIA TAGOVAILOA, THOMPSON: The senior continued his passing mastery with a 25-of-48 performance good for 350 yards and two TDs as the Warriors (4-1) blanked Tuscaloosa County 35-0. He also added a 2-yard rushing TD.
CAMERON MORSON, DECATUR: The Red Raiders’ leading receiver was moved to quarterback after an injury sidelined outstanding starter Trentin Dupper, and he responded by passing for 264 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for two more scores in a 48-18 win over Lee-Huntsville. He was 16-of-21 for the game, including a perfection in the second half for the Red Raiders (3-2), completing 9-of-9 pass attempts for 179 yards and both TDs covering 58 and 36 yards to receiver Kenny Williams. It was the first start at QB for Morson since middle school.
ZYQUEZ PERRYMAN, PLEASANT GROVE: Completed 16-of-23 passes for 268 yards and three TDs in a 38-33 victory over Parker. He also added a rushing TD.
REECE SOLAR, ALABAMA CHRISTIAN: Had 397 total yards and five touchdowns in a 39-38 overtime loss at Dale County – completing 10-of-17 passes for 179 yards, rushed 23 times for 197 yards and four touchdowns and caught a 21-yard TD pass.
ANDREW PARRIS, EAST LIMESTONE: Completed 8-of-13 passes for 233 yards and a touchdown, ran for a TD and picked off a pass on defense in a 28-13 win over Scottsboro.
LANDON GREEN, NORTH SAND MOUNTAIN: Was 11-of-17 passing for 203 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for two more scores in a 48-0 win over Sand Rock.
JOSH RALSTON, RANBURNE: The Bulldogs' senior quarterback completed 9-of-13 passes for 203 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for 128 yards and a score on 19 carries to lead his team to a 35-28 overtime win over Cleveland and keep the Bulldogs (4-0) unbeaten on the season.
LUKE HAMPTON, CEDAR BLUFF: Completed 11-of-17 pass attempts for 174 yards and three touchdowns (70, 10 and 4 yards) in the Tigers' 40-7 homecoming win against Section. The unbeaten Tigers (4-0) also got a strong effort from running back Ivory Starr, who rushed for 187 yards on 24 carries with three touchdowns (5, 1 and 2 yards).
AARON DOVE, FALKVILLE: Was 12-of-21 passing for 186 yards and one TD as Falkville (5-0) beat R.A. Hubbard 19-6.
DESHONTAE KIRKLAND, ASHFORD: Completed 8-of-9 passes for 182 yards and three touchdowns and added 60 yards rushing on nine carries with a 2-yard TD for a fourth score in the Yellow Jackets’ 48-14 win over Booker T. Washington. His TD passes covered 31 and 45 yards to Jacorey Underwood and 73 yards to Kehion Walker.
JACK HILL, VINEMONT: Connected with Hudson Wood for a 31-yard touchdown pass for the winning score with 42 seconds remaining Vinemont beat Hanceville 22-14. He finished with seven completions for 125 yards and two TDs. The TD toss to Wood capped a 66-yard, 6-play drive in the final two minutes to break the tie.
WILL BAILEY, DAR: Accounted for five touchdowns, three passing and two rushing, as the Patriots bear West Morgan 61-33.
GRAHAM COPELAND, RANDOLPH: Completed 5-of-7 passes for 143 yards and three touchdowns (25, 24 and 47 yards) and ran for an 82-yard TD in a 41-6 win over Danville.
KAHARI McREYNOLDS, GENEVA: Scored three different ways to account for five total touchdowns in the Panthers’ 49-33 victory over Opp. McReynolds scored on touchdown receptions of 40, 29 and 37 yards, on a 12-yard TD run and on a 44-yard interception return. Offensively, he finished with four receptions for 116 yards with three TDs 61 yards rushing and defensively, he had the interception return for touchdown, a fumble return of 36 yards plus five tackles with one for a loss. Quarterback Mason Coskrey was also a perfect 7-of-7 passing for 161 yards with three touchdowns to McReynolds. He also had 72 yards rushing on 11 carries and give tackles on defense.
J.J. EVANS, MONTEVALLO: Caught five passes for 167 yards and four touchdowns in the Bulldogs’ wild 70-54 loss to American Christian.
P.J. WELLS, WESTBROOK CHRISTIAN: Caught nine passes for 146 yards and a 20-yard touchdown grab as the Warriors nearly beat undefeated Ohatchee before falling 37-30.
KEYONTEZE JOHNSON, PINSON VALLEY: Caught four passes for 120 yards, including a 52-yard TD, in a 28-13 victory over Oxford that snapped the Yellow Jackets’ regular-season winning streak at 24 in a row.
XAVIER LOPNG, HOOVER: Caught six passes for 154 yards and a TD in a 48-20 victory over Oak Mountain.
BRYSON PEAVY, ARITON: Caught four passes for 106 yards and a 55-yard touchdown and rushed for 100 yards and two more scores (2 and 12 yards) in the Purple Cats’ 42-20 win over Daleville.
XAVIER HILL, PLEASANT GROVE: Had five receptions for 110 yards and two TDs and ran three times for 70 yards and two more TDs in a 38-33 victory over Parker. He also added a rushing TD.
JA’VARRIUS JOHNSON, HEWITT-TRUSSVILLE: Snagged five passes for 104 yards and a TD in the Huskies' 44-13 victory over Spain Park.
JADEN BAKER, AUSTIN: The Black Bears wide receiver pounced on a bad snap in the end zone for a touchdown to give Austin a one-point lead late in the game en route to a 21-13 win over Grissom.
KENDRICK FIFE, CHEROKEE COUNTY: Had 19 tackles, including three behind the line of scrimmage for losses, and two sacks as the Warriors beat White Plains 22-13.
SHAKWAN BICKLEY, ELMORE COUNTY: Had eight tackles and an interception defense and caught two touchdown passes in the Panthers’ 42-35 overtime win over Holtville. His final catch, an 18-yard TD, came in the OT period to seal the win.
DAKOTA CORNELIUS, OPP: Managed 16 tackles and teammate Thomas Glisson had 15 plus a blocked extra-point kick in the Bobcats’ 49-33 loss to Geneva.
JA’LEN SIMS, FULTONDALE: Totaled 15 tackles, including a sack, as the Wildcats beat Holly Pond 22-6.
PRESTON ANDERSON, HOUSTON COUNTY: Had 12 tackles and teammate Markevious Allen also had a dozen stops in the Lions’ 44-17 loss to undefeated Abbeville.
SPENCER SMITH, PROVIDENCE CHRISTIAN: Recorded 11 tackles in the Eagles’ 35-12 win over Slocomb.
CHAUNCEY LIGHTNER, BARBOUR COUNTY: Accounted for 11 tackles in the Jaguars’ 42-0 setback to Geneva County.
TRENT PRESLEY, SARDIS: Returned an interception for a touchdown and recovered a fumble to set up another TD in the Lions’ 43-7 win over Douglas. He also threw a TD pass on offense.
HUNTER JEDNAT, SATSUMA: Picked off two Wilcox-Central passes on defense and hauled in an 86-yard TD reception on offense in a 45-22 victory. He returned one of his picks 23 yards for a score.
NOAH LINVILLE, SCOTTSBORO: The sophomore safety had 13 tackles in a 28-13 loss to East Limestone.
TIM KEENAN, RAMSAY: Finished with 12 tackles and three sacks in a 28-0 Rams victory over Fairfield.
LAVONTA BENTLEY, JACKSON-OLIN: Led the Mustangs' defense with 11 tackles and a sack on defense and scored three rushing TDs in a 34-13 victory over Carver-Birmingham. Teammate Quindarrius Robinson added three sacks in the win.
CARSON EUBANKS, HOKES BLUFF: Had 10 tackles, a sack and an interception in a 28-18 win over Anniston for the unbeaten Eagles (4-0).
KALEB WHATLEY, GAYLESVILLE: Had 10 tackles and caused a fumble on defense and rushed for 78 yards and a TD on offense in a 26-13 win over Valley Head.
CREED PARKER, HEWITT-TRUSSVILLE: Intercepted two passes in the Huskies' 44-13 victory over Spain Park.
FRED AUSTIN, VIGOR: Had two sacks to anchor a defense that limited Jackson to minus-2 yards rushing as the Wolves (4-0) downed Jackson 40-6.
ETHAN RINKE, ATHENS: Recovered two fumbles and caught a 10-yard touchdown pass in a 37-3 win over Hazel Green.
RONNIE WRIGHT, MORTIMER JORDAN: Intercepted two passes in a 12-7 victory over Sylacauga.
DEONTAE LAWSON, MOBILE CHRISTIAN: The sophomore linebacker returned a fumble 39 yards for a touchdown as Mobile Christian defeated Thomasville 27-7 in a key Class 3A, Region 1 battle.
JACK MARTIN, NORTHVIEW: Boomed a 53-yard field goal, the second longest field goal in Cougar history, late in the first quarter of Northview’s 38-23 win over Russell County. Martin also converted 5-of-5 extra-point kicks and put six of his seven kickoffs deep in the end zone for touchbacks. He also punted once for 40 yards.
WILL REICHARD, HOOVER: Kicked field goals of 36 and 54 yards and was 6-for-6 on extra points in a 48-20 victory over Oak Mountain.
BAY CUMMINGS, McGILL-TOOLEN CATHOLIC: Kicked a 47-yard field goal to tie the game with Mary Montgomery at 10-10 as time expired to send the Yellow Jackets into overtime. McGill-Toolen went on to win in the extra period 17-10.
TREY LEWIS, MILLRY: Returned a punt 85 yards for a touchdown, ran an interception back 60 yards for another score and grabbed a 30-yard TD reception as Millry beat McIntosh 35-14.