Hoover 17, McGill-Toolen Catholic 7
AUBURN – Hoover High School’s last defensive series of the Super 7 Class 7A state championship game Wednesday night was perhaps the best series of the 2016 season.
Three straight sacks on second, third and fourth down left defending state champion McGill-Toolen Catholic (13-1) some 36 yards shy of a first down and closed the final chapter on the Bucs’ 17-7 victory and the 12th state title in school history.
The Super 7 Championships continue Thursday at Jordan-Hare Stadium with defending state champion Piedmont (14-0) facing Mobile Christian (13-1) in the 3A title game at 11 a.m., followed by defending state champion Maplesville (13-0) vs. Pickens County (11-3) in the 1A finals at 3 p.m. Beauregard (12-1) and Wenonah (11-2) close out Thursday’s schedule with the 5A finals at 7 p.m. All games are being televised live over the Raycom Media Network. Go to www.pathtotheplayoffs.com for more details. Tickets are also available at www.preptix.com.
Led by 2016 7A Championship Game MVP Kholbe Coleman, Hoover (12-2) finished the night with nine sacks and 82 lost yards for the Yellow Jackets’ talented offense. Coleman finished with eight tackles, one sack for a 15-yard loss and 3.5 tackles resulting in 23 negative McGill-Toolen yards. Coach Caleb Ross’s Jackets finished with minus-43 yards rushing on the night. Quarterback Bubba Thompson was 26-of-39 passing for 280 yards but finished with a negative 58 yards rushing on 16 carries.
The Hoover offense was solid – building a first-half 10-0 lead on junior place-kicker Barret Pickering’s 42-yard field goal late in the first quarter and C.J. Sturdivant’s 2-yard TD run midway through the second period. The kick was the 19th field goal of the season for Pickering, a Hoover school record.
Sturdivant, who finished with a game-high 96 yards rushing on 16 carries, dashed 37 yards with 8:50 left in the third quarter for his second touchdown of the night to give Hoover a 17-0 lead.
McGill-Toolen clawed back, however. Thompson connected with Jalen Tolbert with 4:13 remaining for a 30-yard TD pass to cap a 10-play, 80-yard march. Tolbert finished with four catches for 60 yards. Hoover got the onside kick, and then turned to its defense to seal the win.
Hoover defensive end Christon Taylor added three sacks and six tackles and Ben Abercrombie had nine stops. Jayden Jordan also had a key interception.
McGill-Toolen, which saw its 22-game winning streak come to an end, got a strong defensive effort Carlton Martial. The linebacker had 11 solo tackles and six assists for 17 total stops. Receiver Trey Roberson also had six catches for 78 yards, and Larry Rembert, five catches for 51 yards.
Hoover has won 10 state titles in the last 16 seasons.
Lee County 18, Vestavia Hills 15
AUBURN – Lee County Unified Team wide receiver Porter Caldwell was a jack-of-all-trades Wednesday afternoon scoring two touchdowns to lead his team to an 18-15 win over Vestavia Hills in the AHSAA/Alabama Special Olympics Unified football game which opened the 2016 Super 7 Championship week at Auburn.
The Unified game, set to be played at Jordan-Hare Stadium, was moved to the Auburn University Indoor Football Practice Facility due to weather conditions. The two teams adjusted admirably, both showing strong passing games from the get-go.
Vestavia Hills, coached by Terry Tingle, scored first when Andrew Knight caught a perfect pass from quarterback Thad Smith for a 38-yard score on the opening series of the game. Harris Baker then caught a pass on the one-point try to give the Rebels a 7-0 lead.
Lee County, which won the game for the second year in a row, clawed back to score when Steven Clark caught a 1-yard pass from Drew Williams. Caldwell put Coach Dana Stewart’s Tigers ahead with an 8-yard touchdown reception thrown by Williams.
Vestavia Hills took a 13-12 lead into the half scoring on a 1-yard pass from Smith to Knight on the last play of the first half.
Caldwell’s 12-yard run at 17:32 of the second half put Lee County on top 18-13. The TD was set up by a 25-yard pass from Caldwell to Williams.
Vestavia Hills closed the margin to three with a safety later in the half, and had a chance to take the lead with first and goal from the 1 after Smith tossed a 31-yard pass to Parker Turner with just over six minutes to play.
The Lee County defense forced four straight incomplete passes to hold on for the win.
Smith finished with an outstanding 8-of-28 passing performance for 175 yards and two scores. Knight caught six passes for 115 yards.
For Lee County, Williams was 9-of-15 passing for 68 yards. Caldwell was 2-of-3 for 28 yards. Matt Baker had one big 5-yard catch and played well as the Lee County center.
The Unified Game began in 2014 at Auburn and was in 2015 at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa.
Wednesday’s game was live-streamed by the Opelika High School NFHS Network School Broadcast Program.
2016 SUPER 7 UNIFIED GAME BOXSCORE
Vestavia Hills 13 2 -- 15
Lee County 12 6 – 18
VH – Andrew Knight 38 pass from Thad Smith (Harris Baker pass from Smith)
LC – Steven Clark 1 pass from Drew Williams (Pass failed)
LC – Porter Caldwell 8 pass from Williams (Pass failed)
VH – Knight 1 pass from Smith (Pass failed)
LC – Caldwell 12 run (Pass failed)
VH – Safety, ball touched ground in end zone
Vestavia Hills Lee County
6 First Downs 4
6-25 Rush Att/Yds 4-10
27/8/2 Pass Att/Com/Int 19/11/3
150 Pass Yards 107
175 Total Yards 117
3-18 Penalties 5-18
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact: Ron Ingram
November 30, 2016 firstname.lastname@example.org
AHSAA Super 7 Championships remind fans of clear bag policy
AUBURN, ALA. – The AHSAA Super 7 Championships kickoff today at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, Alabama and will follow the stadium’s clear bag policy. Fans are advised to review the policy prior to traveling to the games this week. The full policy and frequently asked questions can be accessed here.
The clear bag policy is an effort to enhance public safety and make stadium access more efficient. Fans are encouraged to review the guidelines for approved and non-approved bags on the Auburn game day website. Additionally, there will be a bag check and drop-off station at the corner of Thach Avenue and Donahue Drive (just to the Northwest of Jordan Hare Stadium).
The NFL and many college football programs have adopted the clear bag policy. The Department of Homeland Security certifies this new policy.
MONTGOMERY – Jackson-Olin High School senior linebacker T.D. Moultry and Minor receiver Jaylond Adams have been added to the Alabama All-Star Team roster for the 30th annual Alabama-Mississippi All-Star football game.
Alabama and Mississippi will square off Saturday, Dec. 10 at Cramton Bowl. Kickoff is set for noon with the game set to be televised live over the Raycom Network over its network in Alabama and Mississippi.
The 6-foot-3, 225-pound Moultry, an Auburn commitment, led Jackson-Olin to the Class 6A state playoffs in 2016 averaging more than 10 tackles per game. He had 13 stops and two sacks in the final regular season game versus Fairfield. He has also been selected to play in the U.S. Army All-America Game in San Antonio, Texas, Jan. 7. He replaces Central-Phenix City’s Markail Benton.
Adams was a standout running back, wide receiver and kick returner while leading Minor (11-2) to the Class 6A, Region 6 championship and its best season since 2000. The Tigers scored a school record 631 points.
Adams had over 1,500 yards rushing and went over 2,000 yards including receiving and kick returns. He replaced Zech Byrd of Stanhope Elmore.
UMS-Wright Coach Terry Curtis is serving as head coach for this year’s game. Alabama holds a 21-8 edge in the series. Mississippi won last year 28-21 at Hattiesburg, MS. It was the first time the game had been played outside Alabama and snapped a seven-game winning streak for the Alabama All-Stars.
MONTGOMERY – Three defending state champions and four schools Making their first AHSAA Super 7 championship game appearance are among the 14 schools that have advanced to the 51st AHSAA State Football Championships at Auburn University’s Jordan-Hare Stadium Nov. 30-Dec. 1-2.
The Super 7 format, which began in 1996 while the AHSAA had six classifications, is in its 21st year of having all football championships in one location.
Maplesville (13-0) beat previously unbeaten Linden (13-1) in the Class 1A semifinals 36-14 to move into the Class 1A state finals for the fourth straight year. Coach Brent Hubbert’s Red Devils will be going for third state title in a row Thursday afternoon at 3 p.m. against Pickens County (11-3), a 23-6 winner over Addison (13-1) in the other semifinal game. The Tornadoes were the last 1A school to beat Maplesville in the playoffs – posting a 38-18 win over the Red Devils in 2013 state finals.
Hubbert’s squad has compile a 99-8 record since 2009, currently owns a 22-game winning streak and has won 41 of its last 42 games.
Defending Class 7A state champion McGill-Toolen Catholic (13-0) will be facing perennial powerhouse Hoover (11-2) in the 7A championship game Wednesday night at 7 p.m., and defending Class 3A state champion Piedmont (14-0) , coached by Steve Smith, are riding a 24-game winning streak into Thursday’s 11 a.m. game versus Mobile Christian (13-1). Coach Ronnie Cottrell’s Leopards are one of four teams making their first Super 7 appearance.
Birmingham city schools Wenonah (11-2) and Ramsay (12-2) and Class 5A Beauregard (12-1) are in Super 7 Championships for the first time. The Dragons of Coach Ronald Cheatham avenged their only region loss of the year beating Briarwood Christian 14-8 to set up Thursday night’s Class 5A finals versus Beauregard. Coach Rob Carter’s Hornets jumped on Jackson early 24-0, then fell behind 25-24 before rallying to win their semifinal battle 45-25.
Ramsay, which played football from 1939-1976, disbanded its program for 38 years before hiring Coach Reuben Nelson away from Midfield to start the program back from scratch in 2014. Now, three years later the Rams are 12-2 and in the 6A state finals Friday night, Dec. 2, to face powerful Opelika (13-1) at 7 p.m. The Bulldogs of Coach Brian Blackmon downed Park Crossing (13-1) in the semifinals 41-23.
The remaining championship matchups include: Fyffe (14-0) and Aliceville (13-1) in Class 2A; Handley (12-2) and Madison Academy (11-3) in Class 4A.
The third annual Unified Sports flag football game, in a partnership with Special Olympics Alabama, will feature Lee County and Vestavia Hills Wednesday afternoon at 3:30 p.m.
Raycom Media will televise all seven state championship games over its affiliate stations in the Raycom/AHSAA TV Network. Opelika High School’s NFHS School Broadcast Program team will live-stream the Unified Sports game. The AHSAA Radio Network will broadcast all seven championships over its statewide network of radio stations.
The AHSAA state football playoffs began in 1966 with four schools in the largest class (4A) playing semifinals and finals. Sidney Lanier beat Lee-Montgomery 9-7 in the first championship game. The next year, state championships were conducted in all four classes with Marengo County (1A), Lamar County (A), Russellville (3A) and Sidney Lanier (4A) posting wins.
That format continued until 1984 with six classifications were instituted. The AHSAA moved all championships at one site in 1996 at Birmingham’s Legion Field where the “Super 6” was born. The playoffs continued with that format until 2009 when the AHSAA began a rotation between Tuscaloosa and Auburn.
In 2014, the six-class format was replaced by the seven-class format, hence, the “Super 7” championships. In conjunction with Special Olympics Alabama, the first Unified Sports flag football game was also played for the first time in 2014 at Auburn. Ticket information can be found at: www.preptix.com/ahsaa.
21ST ANNUAL SUPER 7 STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS
Jordan-Hare Stadium, Auburn University
WEDNESDAY, NOV. 30
Vestavia Hills vs. Lee County, 3:30 p.m.
McGill-Toolen Catholic (13-0) vs. Hoover (11-2), 7 p.m.
THURSDAY, DEC. 1
CLASS 3A FINALS
Piedmont (14-0) vs. Mobile Christian (13-1), 11 a.m.
CLASS 1A FINALS
Pickens County (11-3) vs. Maplesville (13-0), 3 p.m.
CLASS 5A FINALS
Wenonah (11-2) vs. Beauregard (12-1), 7 p.m..
FRIDAY, DEC. 2
CLASS 4A FINALS
Madison Academy (11-3) vs. Handley (12-2), 11 a.m.
CLASS 2A FINALS
Fyffe (14-0) vs. Aliceville (13-1), 3 p.m.
CLASS 6A FINALS
Ramsay (12-2) vs. Opelika (13-1), 7 p.m.
MONTGOMERY – Raycom Network will televise Park Crossing (12-0) at Opelika (12-1) Friday night in the Class 6A semifinals as its fourth installment of the Raycom/AHSAA High School Football Playoff Game of the Week. Kickoff is set for 7:03 p.m.
Park Crossing, coached by former Opelika assistant coach Smitty Grider, won a wild 54-51 decision last week over Blount at Cramton Bowl in the Raycom / AHSAA Game of the Week. Jake Lane’s 41-yard field goal as time expired gave the Thunderbirds the win. Opelika came from behind to beat defending 6A state champion Spanish Fort in the quarterfinals as Coach Brian Blackmon of the Bulldogs avenged a 2015 loss to the Toros, coached by his younger brother Ben Blackmon.
Play-by-play is being handled by Graham Dunn with Mike Peacock the color commentator and Christina Chambers as the sideline reporter.
The Raycom/AHSAA Playoff Game of the Week is a weekly live TV telecast over the Raycom Network’s Alabama affiliates. It will run through the this week’s semifinals and conclude with the Super 7 state championship games (all classes) at Jordan-Hare Stadium at Auburn Nov. 30-Dec. 1-2.
All games will be live over the Raycom TV Network on either the main channel or Raycom’s Bounce channel and the Raycom affiliate websites as well as live on Raycom’s you tube channel on the internet. Go to www.pathtotheplayoffs.com for more specific channel information. Raycom stations include WAFF TV 48 in Huntsville, WBRC TV 6 in Birmingham, WSFA TV 12 in Montgomery, WDTX TV 34 in Dothan and WTVM TV 9 in Columbus, Ga., and non-Raycom station WFNA TV 55 (Bounce) in Mobile.
NFHS NETWORK FEATURES 6 AHSAA SEMIFINAL GAMES
Six semifinal games are set to be live-streamed Friday as part of the NFHS Network’s School Broadcast Program.
The headliner in the 6A quarterfinals at Birmingham’s Lawson Field between Ramsay (11-2) and Austin (10-3). The NFHS Network broadcast will be produced by Stacy Mills of the Prattville High School NFHS School Broadcast Program and NFHS play-by-play announcer Jerry Young.
Opelika High School’s SBP program will handle the other 6A semifinal between Park Crossing and Opelika. The OHS broadcast team will also live-stream next week’s AHSAA Unified Team flag football game between Vestavia Hills and Lee County at Jordan-Hare Stadium. Kickoff will be at 3:30 p.m. on Nov. 30. It will be the second time Opelika High School’s broadcast program led by Becky Brown has broadcast this game. Special Olympics Alabama is organizing the game for the third year in a row.
Other semifinals slated for live-stream are Aliceville at G.W. Long, Ohatchee at Piedmont, Handley at Andalusia and Wenonah at Briarwood Christian.
The link for each live-streamed telecast can be found below and at the NFHS Network: www.nfhsnetwork.com.
All contests will be available through the NFHS Network SBP subscriber program.
The complete list of NFHS Network games and the Raycom AHSAA Game of the Week are below.
RAYCOM MEDIA AHSAA TV GAME OF THE WEEK
CLASS 6A SEMIFINALS Park Crossing (13-0) at Opelika (12-1), (Check www.pathtotheplayoffs.com for stations in your area)
NFHS Network Live-Stream Events (Nov.25)
Aliceville at GW Long
Scenic NFHS SBP
Ohatchee at Piedmont
FNN NFHS SBP
Handley at Andalusia
Eagle 102.3 SBP
Wenonah at Briarwood Christian
Tri-County NFHS SBP
Park Crossing at Opelika
Opelika HS SBP
Austin at Ramsay
Delayed Video Events (Nov.25)
Gordo at Mobile Christian
TV 15 and TV 44, Mobile
Park Crossing at Opelika
Opelika Power Board
Check local listing
Live Radio Broadcasts (Nov.25)
Maplesville at Linden
98.3 FM / Selma
980 AM / Clanton
Addison at Pickens County
92.1 FM / Cullman
106.5 FM / Vernon
Aliceville at G.W. Long
99.7 FM / Dothan
Fyffe at Lanett
92.7 FM / Arab
1490 AM / Lagrange, GA
105.5 FM / Mobile
810 AM / Jacksonville
1390 AM / Anniston
1280 AM / Piedmont
102.3 FM / Roanoke
Madison Academy at Hokes Bluff
930 AM / Gadsden
97.7 FM / Union Grove
Beauregard at Jackson
94.5 FM / Jackson
95.5 FM / Auburn
97.7 FM / Clanton
101.1 FM / Birmingham
Austin vs. Ramsay
1490 AM / Decatur
MONTGOMERY – Wenonah High School junior quarterback Carlos Rogers picked a perfect time to shine.
The 6-foot, 180-pound signal caller led the Dragons of Coach Ronald Cheatham to a 49-21 win over previously unbeaten Scottsboro (12-1) last week to advance to the Class 5A semifinals of the AHSAA’s 61st annual state football playoffs. Rogers was 10-of-17 passing for 341 yards and four touchdowns and rushed for two more scores to grab the AHSAA Prep Playoff Spotlight for the quarterfinals.
Wenonah (10-2) travels to Briarwood Christian (12-1) Friday with the winner securing a spot in the 2016 Super 7 State Finals at Auburn’s Jordan-Hare Stadium Dec. 1.
Hoover (11-2) and defending champion McGill-Toolen Catholic (13-0) clinched Class 7A championship game berths last week and will open the Super 7 Wednesday, Nov. 30, at 7 p.m. in the first of seven state championship clashes. Lee County and Vestavia Hills will play first at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday in the third annual AHSAA Special Olympics Alabama Unified Game.
Senior wide receiver Demond Brown caught four of Rogers’ completions for 101 yards and three TDs, and senior running back Telvin Miller gained 173 yards on 30 rush attempts while scoring one TD.
“All week Coach said we were playing a good team that hasn’t been beaten,” Rogers told al.com reporter Anton Williams. “So when we got the ball, we just wanted to score on every possession. Through the week (Coach Cheatham) told us we could (win).”
Wenonah finished with 537 total yards, did not punt and did not commit a turnover. Rogers’ touchdown passes covered 22, 24 and 26 yards to Brown, and 31 yards to Anthony Hudson. Rogers sneaked in from the 1 on both his scores. The Dragons’ defense did the rest limiting Scottsboro’s strong offense to just 29 yards passing. Senior DeKarlos Billingsley led the Wildcats of Coach Pat Nix with 179 yards rushing on 27 carries and scored three TDs on runs of 63, 15 and 4 yards.
The trip to the football semifinals is the first in Wenonah school history. Cheatham, 158-128 in 28 seasons as head coach, led the Dragons to a 6-1 record and second-place finish in Region 5 this season. Briarwood won the region title beating Wenonah 15-14 at Wenonah in the regular season to finish 7-0.
The Lions, coached by Fred Yancey, beat Mortimer Jordan 15-0 last week to advance to the semis for the first time since 2011. Yancey, 255-90 in 27 seasons at Briarwood and 296-110-1 overall, guided his team to state 3A titles in 1998 and 1999 and the 5A crown in 2003. Briarwood has finished runner-up three times (2004, 22007 and most recently (2010).
Rogers’ Spotlight performance edged out two strong efforts by Kadarius Toney of Blount and Garrett Sanders of G.W. Long. Toney, a University of Florida commitment and member of the Alabama All-Stars set to play Mississippi in the 30th meeting of the Classic Dec. 10, passed for 493 yards and five touchdowns and ran for 108 yards and two more scores as Blount fell 54-51 to Park Crossing in the 6A quarterfinals. The 601 total yards ranks second behind AHSAA state record-holder Jack Poundstone’s 614 yards for Trinity Presbyterian against Cordova in the 2008 state playoffs. The 493 yards passing is 10th best in AHSAA history.
Sanders accounted for 338 all-purpose yards and scored six touchdowns – four different ways –as the Rebels (12-0) beat Southern Choctaw 42-14 in the Class 2A state playoffs. He rushed for 190 yards on 30 carries with three rushing touchdowns on runs of 24, 11 and 2 yards, caught a 68-yard touchdown pass from Dylan Register, returned a kickoff 80 yards for a score and raced 52 yards with an interception on defense another TD. He was also a perfect 6-of-6 on point-after kicks to account for all 42 of G.W. Long’s points.
McKEEN BREAKS STATE RECORD: Briarwood Christian senior swimmer Sadler McKeen swam a 4:27.05 in the 500-yard style race at the AHSAA Central Sectional meet at Birmingham’s CrossPlex to break the AHSAA state record (4:27.36) set in 2013 by Spain Park’s Will Freeman. Freeman is now a sophomore at Alabama.
The record set by McKeen, the only senior on the Lions’ team, was the first set in the AHSAA Sectional in state history. All previous records were set in the state meet. It was also the first to be set in the 1A-5A divisions. In previous years, all swimmers competed in the same division.
ALABAMA ALL-STAR TEAM WATCH:
BUBBA THOMPSON, McGILL-TOOLEN CATHOLIC: The senior quarterback passed for 366 yards and four TDs and also scored the go-ahead TD as the defending state champion Yellow Jackets (13-0) advanced to the Super 7 Class 7A state finals for the second year in a row with a 35-21 win over Central-Phenix City. Thompson is one of two quarterbacks selected for the 30th annual Alabama-Mississippi All-Star football game at Cramton Bowl, Dec. 10.
MARLON WILLIAMS, McGILL-TOOLEN CATHOLIC: Had seven catches for 141 yards and two scores in McGill’s semifinal win over Central-Phenix City. His 59-yard TD reception sealed the victory late in the fourth quarter. Like Thompson, he is also a member of the Alabama All-Star Team set to play Mississippi’s all-stars Dec. 10.
CHADARIUS TOWNSEND, TANNER: Was 11-of-20 passing for 294 yards and four touchdowns in a 48-42 Class 2A loss to Lanett. Townsend was selected as a defensive back for the Alabama All-Stars.
Other top performances reported included:
LA’DAMIAN WEBB, BEAUREGARD: Rushed for 190 yards on 22 carries and scored six touchdowns as the Hornets (11-1) moved into the Class 5A semifinals with a 56-21 win over previously unbeaten Carroll (12-1). Webb’s scoring runs covered 20, 16, 36, 3, 11 and 29 yards. He heads into Friday’s semifinal battle at Jackson with 2,581 yards rushing on 219 carries with 40 rushing touchdowns. He has 45 TDs overall.
DILAN KILPATRICK, FYFFE: Ran for 310 yards and six touchdowns on 25 carries as the undefeated Red Devils (13-0) downed LaFayette 53-20 in the Class 2A quarterfinals to hand the Bulldogs ( 12-1) their first loss.
DEQUAN CHARLESTON, LINDEN: Scored five touchdowns on just eight touches as unbeaten Linden (13-0) beat previously unbeaten Georgiana (12-1) in the Class 1A quarterfinals 52-12. Charleston rushed for 140 yards and three TDs on six carries, caught a 17-yard TD pass and returned a punt 48 yards for his fifth score. Charleston also intercepted a Panthers pass to set up one of his touchdowns.
DARRIAN MEADS, HOKES BLUFF: Rushed 26 times for 194 yards and caught a 33-yard touchdown pass as the Eagles reached the state semifinals for the first time since 2004 with a 28-21 Class 4A comeback win over Cherokee County.
LEE STANLEY, PIEDMONT: Gained 170 yards on 11 carries, including a 51-yard touchdown in the first half, AS Bulldogs (13-0) beat Weaver 52-28 in the Class 3A quarterfinals.
WELDRIN FORD, OPELIKA: Had 32 carries for 153 yards and two touchdowns as Opelika knocked off defending Class 6A state champion Spanish Fort 21-17.
ANTONIO ROBINSON, AUSTIN: Rushed for 124 yards and two touchdowns in a 27-21 Class 6A third-round win over Muscle Shoals. He also converted two key third downs to help the Black Bears (10-3) run out the clock to seal the win.
TYLER ABSTON, JACKSON: Ran for 108 yards on eight carries as Class 5A, Region 1 third seed Jackson knocked off Region 1 top seed and defending state champion St. Paul’s Episcopal 35-9 in the 5A quarterfinals. He scored on a 51-yard run and had a 40-yard gain to set up the Aggies’ first score.
DEE WILLIAMS, ELBA: Rushed for four touchdowns and 110 yards in the defending state champion Tigers’ 52-44 Class 2A loss to Aliceville.
TRE STORY, LANETT: Completed 13-of-18 passes for 287 yards and three touchdowns as the Panthers (11-2) downed Tarrant 48-42 in the Class 2A quarterfinals.
LANDON JOHNSON, HOKES BLUFF: Completed 5-of-8 passes for 91 yards and two touchdowns, including the game-winning 6-yard scoring pass to Braydon Hill early in the fourth quarter and scored a TD in a 28-21 Class 4A victory over Cherokee County. He also and made an interception on defense with 1:17 left to seal the win as the Eagles.
TYREN DUPREE, CHEROKEE COUNTY: Rushed for 98 yards on 13 carries and two touchdowns, including a 54-yard score on just the third play of the game. He also completed 5-of-10 pass attempts for 85 yards before suffering an ankle injury in the third quarter of the Warriors' 28-21 Class 4A loss to Hokes Bluff.
C.J. YARBROUGH, TANNER: Had four catches for 132 yards and three scores as the Rattlers lost to Lanett 48-42 in the 2A playoffs.
QUARTEZ HENDERSON, CHEROKEE COUNTY: Caught five passes for 101 yards, including a 49-yard touchdown, in the Warriors' 28-21 Class 4A loss to Hokes Bluff.
TAYLOR HAYES, PIEDMONT: Fired three touchdown passes to Austin Brazier and ran for two more scores in the Bulldogs' 52-28 Class 3A playoff victory over Weaver. Hayes finished the game rushing for 160 yards on 16 carries.
KENDARIAN HANDY-HOLLY, JACKSON: Made two interceptions on defense and scored a rushing TD on offense in the Aggies’ 35-9 Class 5A playoff win over St. Paul’s Episcopal.
JAYSON EVANS, HOOVER: Recovered a Gadsden City fumble in the end zone for a TD right before the half to spark a 35-point rally as Hoover (11-2) downed the Titans 42-14 in the Class 7A semifinals to earn a berth in the Class 7A state finals Nov. 30.
HOLT WATSON, G.W. LONG: Intercepted two passes in the Rebels’ 42-14 Class 2A win over Southern Choctaw.
KAEDON JENKINS, PIEDMONT: Picked off a Weaver pass and returned it 89 yards for a touchdown in the Bulldogs' 52-28 Class 3A playoff win over their Calhoun County rivals.
TROY YOUNG, MOBILE CHRISTIAN: Intercepted a pass and rushed for two first-quarter TDs as the Leopards (12-1) advanced to the 3A semifinals with a 44-12 win over Oakman.
JAKE LANE, PARK CROSSING: Booted a 41-yard field goal as time expired to lift Park Crossing (13-0) to a 54-51 win over Blount. The win sends the Thunderbirds into the Class 6A semifinals for the first time. Lane, who had four field goals on the night, 41, 24, 26 and his final 41-yard kick. It also marked the second time he has had a game-winning field goal in the last five games for Coach Smitty Grider’s team.
MAURICE GOODMAN, WEAVER: Ran back the opening kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown to put the Bearcats up 7-0 in Weaver's 52-28 Class 3A loss at Piedmont.
DEVORIAN WILKERSON, ELBA: Returned a kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown during Elba’s 52-44 Class 2A loss to Aliceville.
MONTGOMERY – Three defending state champions and nine undefeated teams emerged from the third round of the AHSAA State Football Playoffs Friday night.
McGill-Toolen Catholic (13-0) beat Central-Phenix City 35-21 in the Class 7A semifinals to advance to the Super 7 state championship game at Jordan-Hare Stadium Nov. 30. Hoover (11-2) beat Gadsden City in the other semifinal 42-14 to set up the final game.
The other six classes completed quarterfinal rounds with winners advancing to the semifinals this Friday, Nov. 25, with all kickoffs set for 7 p.m.
In Class 1A, defending champ Maplesville (12-0) advanced to the semifinals to face Linden (13-0) with a 60-34 victory Sweet Water. Linden beat Georgiana 52-12.
In Class 3A, defending state champion Piedmont (13-0) extended its current winning streak to 23 games with a 52-28 win over Weaver. The Bulldogs will host Calhoun County and Region 5 rival Ohatchee (12-1) Friday night in the semis in a much anticipated rematch.
Defending Class 2A champ Elba lost 50-44 to Aliceville (12-1), defending 5A state champ St. Paul’s Episcopal lost to Region 1 rival Jackson 35-9, and defending 6A state champ Spanish Fort was beaten 21-17 by Opelika in a battle of head-coaching brothers. Brian Blackmon got the upper hand this time and Ben Blackmon won last year’s game on the way to a perfect 15-0 season.
This week’s slate includes 12 semifinal games. All winners will advance to the Super 7 State championships at Auburn Nov. 30-Dec.1-2.
Unbeaten teams by class in the playoffs include: (Class 1A) Maplesville (12-0); Linden (13-0), Addison (13-0); (Class 2A) G.W. Long (12-0); Fyffe (13-0); (Class 3A) Gordo (13-0); Piedmont (13-0); (Class 6A) Park Crossing (13-0); (Class 7A) McGill-Toolen Catholic (13-0).
Advancing to the next round are 20 region champions, four region second seeds, one third seed and one fourth seed.
Hokes Bluff (9-4), the fourth seed in Class 4A, Region 5, beat the Region 4 champ Cherokee County6 28-21 to earn the right to host Madison Academy (10-3) Friday. Jackson (9-3), the third seed in Class 5A, Region 1, advanced by knocking off St. Paul’s.
Raycom Media will announce the contest to be featured next Friday on the Raycom/AHSAA Playoff Game of the Week. The NFHS Network also plans to live-stream several games produced by member schools belonging to the NFHS Network School Broadcast Program. Those games will be announced early next week and will be listed at www.nfhsnetwork.net.
All seminal pairings and quarterfinal results are listed.
AHSAA STATE FOOTBALL PLAYOFFS
(All games, Friday, Nov. 25, 7 p.m.)
Maplesville (12-0) at Linden (13-0)
Addison (13-0) at Pickens County (10-3), Reform
Aliceville (12-1) at G.W. Long (12-0), Skipperville
Fyffe (13-0) at Lanett (11-2)
Gordo (13-0) at Mobile Christian (12-1)
Ohatchee (12-1) at Piedmont (13-0)
Handley (11-2) at Andalusia (12-1)
Madison Academy (10-3) at Hokes Bluff (9-4)
Beauregard (11-1) at Jackson (9-3)
Wenonah (10-2) at Briarwood Christian (12-1)
Park Crossing (12-0) at Opelika (12-1)
Austin (10-3) at Ramsay (11-2), Birmingham
(Finals, Nov. 30, Jordan-Hare Stadium, Auburn)
McGill-Toolen Catholic (13-0) vs. Hoover (11-2), Nov. 30, 7 p.m.
Linden (13-0) 52, Georgiana (12-1) 12
Maplesville (12-0) 60, Sweet Water (9-3) 34
Pickens County (10-3) 48, Decatur Heritage (10-3) 12
Addison (13-0) 30, Hubbertville (10-2) 20
G.W. Long (12-0) 42, Southern Choctaw (10-2) 14
Aliceville (12-1) 52, Elba (10-3) 44
Fyffe (13-0) 53, LaFayette (12-1) 20
Lanett (11-2) 48, Tanner (9-4) 42
Mobile Christian (12-1) 44, Oakman (8-5) 12
Gordo (13-0) 55, Bayside Academy (8-5) 21
Piedmont (13-0) 52, Weaver (9-4) 28
Ohatchee (12-1) 31, Randolph County (10-3) 0
Andalusia (12-1) 51, Tallassee (9-4) 7
Handley (11-2) 36, Thomasville (9-3) 18
Hokes Bluff (9-4) 28, Cherokee County (10-3) 21
Madison Academy (10-3) 25, Rogers (12-1) 7
Beauregard (11-1) 56, Carroll (12-1) 21
Jackson (9-3) 35, St. Paul’s Episcopal (9-4) 9
Briarwood Christian (12-1) 15, Mortimer Jordan (10-3) 0
Wenonah (10-2) 49, Scottsboro (12-1) 28
Park Crossing (13-0) 54, Blount (10-3) 51
Opelika (12-1) 21, Spanish Fort (10-3) 17
Ramsay (11-2) 40, Minor (11-2) 20
Austin (10-3) 27, Muscle Shoals (7-6) 21
McGill-Toolen Catholic (13-0) 35, Central-Phenix City (10-2) 21
Hoover (11-2) 42, Gadsden City (7-6) 14
CL / GM
Raycom Media Network
5A G 20
Live TV GOW
NFHS Sweet Water SBP
1A G 26
NFHS Elba SBP
2A G 26
NFHS Eagle 1023 Net
3A G 28
NFHS FNN Network
NFHS NET SBP
4A G 25
4A G 26
NFHS Madison Academy SBP
4A G 28
NFHS Network (Saraland HS)
5A G 26
NFHS Cullman SBP
5A G 27
NFHS Opelika SBP
6A G 26
NFHS Prattville SBP
6A G 27
NFHS Muscle Shoals SBP
6A G 28
NFHS McGill-Toolen SBP
7A G 13
NFHS Hoover SBP
7A G 14
5A G 25
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Scottsboro Electric Power Board
5A G 28
1A G 25
94.3 FM / Greenville
1A G 28
2A G 25
106.1 FM/Grove Hill
WVVL FM Radio
2A G 27
WRLA 1490 AM
2A G 28
1490 AM/LaGrange, GA
3A G 25
1240 AM / Jasper
3A G 26
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WCKA AM 810
3A G 27
97.9 FM / Oxford
1360 AM / Roanoke
4A G 27
990 AM / Centre
97.7 FM/Union Grove
WSBM Fox Sports Shoals
1340 AM / Florence
WOAB FM 104.9
WQSI FM 95.5
St. Paul's Episcopal
91.3 FM/Muscle Shoals
WAGH 101.3 FM
101.3 FM/Phenix City
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