MONTGOMERY – Houston County (4-0) limited McKenzie to minus 5 yards total offense in its 55-0 Class 1A, Region 2 victory Friday night to land in the AHSAA Spotlight for Week 3 of the 2017 football season.
The victory was the third straight shutout of the season for Coach Mike Atkins and his Lions as Houston County dominated from start to finish.
Defensive coordinator Michael Stevens listed these superlatives. The Lions had 14 plays that resulted in negative yardage for a total of minus-3 yards rushing; limited the Tigers to minus-2 yards passing; allowed only one first down – coming late the fourth quarter; and limited McKenzie to 12 series with three plays and out.
Houston County's Zydarian Brown returned two fumbles for touchdowns, plays covering 20 and 15 yards, and Immanuel Dawsey had a 40-yard interception return for a score as the Lions defense scored three times in the win. The defense came up with six turnovers.
The minus-3 yards rushing allowed ranks ninth best in AHSAA history, according to the AHSAA Record Book online at www.ahsaa.com. The minus-5 yards total offense also is the only game reported where the opposing team finished with negative yards rushing and passing.
Greensboro limited Uniontown to minus-67 yards rushing in 1977 for the AHSAA’s top defensive performance (against the rush).
The third week was highlighted by several strong defensive efforts and some clutch plays that led to milestone wins for several schools.
Highlights reported this week include:
BRENAN ASHMORE, EAST LIMESTONE: The team manager for East Limestone score a touchdown in a pre-arranged play following the 51-26 win over Limestone County rival Ardmore. Ashmore was born with hydrocephalus, a condition in which cerebrospinal fluid accumulates within the brain, and is unable to play sports. Ashmore took a handoff on his special play, went around the right end and crossed the goal line for his touchdown as fan from each side stood in unison to show their appreciation of this extraordinary display of sportsmanship by both teams.
RHETT POWERS, ROGERS: The place-kicker kicked a 27-yard field goal, his first of the season, and also had five extra points, in a 44-7 win over West Limestone. Powers, who has Asperger’s syndrome, has made 21 point-after kicks this season for unbeaten Rogers (3-0) this season.
ETHAN MOORE, WINSTON COUNTY: Was 10-of-15 passing for 135 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 94 yards and another score to lead Winston County past Tanner 32-27. He also added a 69-yard kickoff return for a fourth TD as Yellow Jackets handed the Rattlers their first region defeat since 2009. Tanner had won 54 region games in a row.
ZAE BOYD, LAWRENCE COUNTY: Rushed for one touchdown and also caught a pass for a second score to help the Red Devils beat Russellville 25-6. It was the school’s first win over the Golden Tigers in 72 years. Boyd played at Russellville last season but moved to Lawrence County this year. Quarterback Austin Blankenship also passed for two touchdowns and rushed for another for Lawrence County.
ROBERT HOUSTON, LAFAYETTE: The senior gained 294 yards rushing on just 14 carries and scored five touchdowns as the Bulldogs (3-1) beat Fayetteville 45-7. He now has 3,052 rushing yards and 35 rushing touchdowns for his career. Jartavius Whitlow set the record last year finishing his prep career with 4,025 rushing yards and 48 rushing TDs. Houston had 734 yards through four games this season – 183.5 yards per game.
LOGAN GASKIN, SARDIS: Finished with 157 combined yards and accounted for seven touchdowns in the Lions' 46-27 win over Geraldine. The senior quarterback passed for 78 yards and four touchdowns while rushing for 79 yards with three scores.
BOB JONES WINS NO. 75 FOR COACH ROSE: The Patriots beat Sparkman 17-14 to give head coach Kevin Rose his 75th win at Bob Jones. Rose, in his ninth season as head coach, is 75-23 overall at the school with eight straight playoff appearances. He also was head coach at Sheffield for seven seasons where his teams made the playoffs six times and amasses a 43-35 record. He is 118-58.
JOE GREEN, EUFAULA: Scored on an 8-yard run with 12.5 seconds left, giving the Tigers a 28-23 win over (3-1) a 28-23 win over Central-Clay County. Green finished with 100 yards and two touchdowns. The Tigers have now won two straight weeks at the buzzer – beating Booker T. Washington of Tuskegee 29-22 with the tying TD coming with 22 seconds remaining in regulation to tie the game. Eufaula then won in overtime.
GUSTAV JENSEN, CHEROKEE COUNTY: The junior foreign-exchange student from Denmark connected on the game-winning 20-yard field goal in overtime, lifting the Warriors to a 15-12 victory over Anniston.
RILEY RUSSELL, CHEROKEE COUNTY: The senior linebacker had a school record 28 tackles to lead the Warriors to a 15-12 victory over Anniston in overtime. He also had four sacks among his stops.
HUNTER MOSLEY, LEXINGTON: Mosley tipped three passes at the line of scrimmage, blocked a field goal and returned it 70 yards for a touchdown and forced a fumble that led to a touchdown in Lexington’s 13-0 win over Clements.
LUKE CASSITY, J.B. PENNINGTON: The junior linebacker had 23 tackles and recovered a fumble in the Tigers' 20-14 win over Locust Fork.
JACOB WALDING, G.W. LONG: Returned a fumble interception for touchdowns in a 47-6 win over Barbour County. The Rebels forced eight Jaguars’ turnovers with Hunter Wofford recovering two fumbles, Kevin Janish, Dane Willis and Austin Johnson also had one each, and Dane Willis had an interception.
TRIKWESE BRIDGES, LANETT: Recorded 12 tackles, caused one fumble and recovered another one as the Panthers beat Vincent 55-14.
CHASE CARDWELL, NEW BROCKTON: Accounted for 12 tackles, including two sacks, as the Gamecocks shut out Zion Chapel 49-0.
DARIEN BOSSIE, PIEDMONT: Intercepted a pass that set up the Bulldogs’ go-ahead score in a 41-31 victory at Randolph County, and teammate Kaedon Jenkins had an interception in the final minute to seal the win.
GABRIEL RUSSELL, BRIARWOOD CHRISTIAN: Finished with 18 tackles, three sacks, for losses and 2 forced fumbles in Friday’s 34-0 victory over Wenonah.
BRETT JACKSON, SAND ROCK: Led the Wildcats’ defense with 12 tackles in Sand Rock’s 28-20 victory over Ider.
WES BAUMHOWER, FAIRHOPE: Intercepted Theodore’s first pass attempt of the game and returned it 25 yards for a touchdown as Fairhope posted a 17-14 win over the Bobcats.
B.J. ANDERSON, ANDALUSIA: Had two interceptions on defense and caught three passes for 139 yards and a touchdown on offense as the Bulldogs (3-1) beat UMS-Wright (2-1) in overtime 27-21.
TYREN DUPREE, CHEROKEE COUNTY: Had two interceptions on defense, rushed for 106 yards and a TD and passed for another score on offense as the Warriors nipped Anniston 15-12 in overtime.
LUCKY BOLEN, SPRING GARDEN: Made two interceptions for the Panthers’ defense, returning 11 yards for a touchdown, and Spring Garden beat Woodville 40-0.
KALEB JONES, COLLINSVILLE: Completed 5-of-9 pass attempts for 164 yards and two touchdowns (52 and 60 yards) and rushed for 43 yards and two scores on nine carries in the Panthers’ 41-0 victory over Gaston. He also had one interception on defense.
JAMES FOSTER, SIDNEY LANIER: Completed 13-of-19 passes for 330 yards and six touchdowns in Thursday’s 51-7 victory over Russell County.
RYAN SPARKS, GADSDEN CITY: Was 19-of-31 in passing for 320 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Titans to their first victory of the season, a 38-35 win over James Clemens.
ETHAN WILLIAMS, ANDALUSIA: Was 7-of-15 passing for 189 yards and a touchdown and rushed for 114 yards on 14 carries with another score in Andalusia’s Class 4A, Region 1 27-21 overtime win over UMS-Wright.
BRAXTON BARKER, SPAIN PARK: Complete 22-of-34 passes for 290 yards and two TDs in a 27-24 loss to Hoover.
MAURICE ROBINSON, MURPHY: Passed for 209 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 86 yards and another TD on just two carries in Murphy’s 48-12 win over Mary Montgomery.
PAUL TYSON, HEWITT-TRUSSVILLE: Completed 14-of-15 passes for 287 yards and three touchdowns in Hewitt-Trussville’s 49-7 victory over Grissom. He was 12-for-12 in the first half.
BRADY HERRING, REHOBETH: Completed 15-of-25 passes for 289 yards and four touchdowns in the Class 5A Rebels' 28-8 win over Booker T. Washington. Three of the TD passes were to Jace Stewart, covering 16, 42 and 62 yards, and the other was a 28-yard connection Preston Peterson.
JALEN PARKER, HOOVER: Was 13-of-21 passing for 227 yards and two touchdowns, including the game-winning 25-yard TD pass with 1:18 remaining, in a 27-24 victory over Spain Park.
JACK WEST, SARALAND: Was 11-of-14 passing for 183 yards and four touchdowns as the Spartans downed Blount 42-14.
KRISTIAN STORY, LANETT: The Panthers’ sophomore quarterback was 8-of-13 passing for 250 yards and four touchdowns as Lanett (4-0) beat Vincent 55-14. He was 16-of-19 for 334 yards and three touchdowns in a 50-6 win over Horseshoe Bend the previous week.
NATHAN TAYLOR, LEROY: Completed 21-of-28 passes for 219 yards and rushed for two TDs in the Bears’ 28-6 win over Citronelle.
LUKE HAMPTON, CEDAR BLUFF: Was 5-of-5 passing for 159 yards and three touchdowns (57, 35 and 2 yards) in a 47-8 win over Gaylesville.
JAYSON JONES, FULTONDALE: Ran for 149 yards and two touchdowns and complete 9-of-14 passes for with 134 passing yards in a 46-21 victory over St. James.
ISAAC HUGULEY, WEST MORGAN: The running back rushed for 308 yards and three touchdowns on 27 carries to lead West Morgan to a 45-24 victory over Colbert Heights.
MARVIN MADDOX, W.S. NEAL: Rushed for 257 yards and three touchdowns on 18 carries as W.S. Neal beat Satsuma 42-32.
ASA MARTIN, AUSTIN: Rushed for 253 yards and three touchdowns on eight carries and also threw a 56-yard TD pass as the Black Bears defeated Hazel Green to improve to 4-0. The Auburn commitment also had 36 yards receiving on two catches. His scoring runs covered 90, 60 and 56 yards.
DREW SIMSON, NEW BROCKTON: Rushed for 293 yards and four touchdowns on runs of 25, 21, 8 and 3 yards in the Gamecocks' 49-0 win over Zion Chapel.
ARMANI GOODWIN, FLORENCE: The FHS track star had 20 rushing attempts for 243 yards and two touchdowns in a 35-14 victory over Hartselle. His 65-yard run on the game’s third play let to his 1-yard TD run on the next play to set the tone for the night. His 90-yard touchdown run with 5:03 left sealed the Falcons’ win.
CRAIG KINSEY, ABBEVILLE: Picked up 213 yards rushing and scored twice in the Yellow Jackets' 38-14 win over Cottonwood.
TODD HOOVER, GULF SHORES: Had 28 carries for 206 yards and three touchdowns as Gulf Shores snapped a 15-game losing streak with a 37-20 victory over B.C. Rain. Hoover also had three catches for 76 yards.
KOLBE BLUNT, DAVIDSON: Gained 203 yards rushing on 29 carries and scored three touchdowns as Davidson shut out Baker 28-0. DANIEL MITCHELL, ROGERS: The running back rushed for 203 yards and three touchdowns on four carries as the Pirates beat West Limestone 44-7. Mitchell scored on runs of 97, 42 and 53 yards.
JONATHAN FELLS, CARROLL: Ran for 203 yards and three touchdowns on 19 carries as the Eagles ((3-0) blanked Headland 29-0.
STONE FINCHER, HACKLEBURG: Led the Class 1A Panthers (2-1) to a 48-17 win over Tharptown rushing for 220 yards and three touchdowns on just nine carries. His scoring runs were 73, 49 and 54 yards – all three coming in a nine-minute stretch of the second quarter.
CAM BORDEN, WINTERBORO: Rushed for 121 yards on 10 carries with a 50-yard TD and a 61-yard punt return for another score in Winterboro beat Donoho 36-6. Teammate Nyjavion Brown also had 123 yards on 17.
LEE STANLEY, PIEDMONT: Picked up 136 of his game-high 191 yards in the fourth quarter as defending 3A state champion Piedmont beat Randolph County 41-31. He had scoring runs of 38 and 79 yards. The final TD put the Bulldogs ahead for good. Teammate Cardavion Myers added 163 rushing yards and four touchdowns and was 5-of-6 passing for 79 more yards.
B.J. SMITH, VALLEY: The sophomore running back rushed for 194 yards on 28 carries to help the Class 5A Valley beat Cleburne County 13-0 to end a two-year, 11-game losing streak. It was the first win for new head coach Buster Daniel.
NASSIR BOYD, HILLCREST-TUSCALOOSA: Ran 30 times for 186 yards and three touchdowns in a 37-7 victory over Bessemer City.
TY SMITH-LINDSEY, OXFORD: Had 23 carries for 167 yards and three TDs in a 38-14 victory over Cullman.
SHADRICK BYRD, THOMPSON: Carried 14 times for 162 yards and TD runs of 36, 4, 2 and 60 yards in a 40-13 victory over Mountain Brook.
BRYSON PEAVY, ARITON: Caught eight passes for 122 yards and a touchdown in the Purple Cats' 41-20 win over Geneva County.
TORRENCE POLLARD, LEEDS: Caught TD passes of 93 and 15 yards, ran 18 yards for a score and returned an interception for a touchdown in a 42-14 victory over Dadeville.
BRADEN PYRON, MARION COUNTY: Totaled 172 total yards with 95 receiving and 77 rushing and scored two touchdowns in a 44-14 loss to Pickens County. He also kicked two extra points and had an interception on defense for the Red Raiders.
JARROD BARKLEY, COLLINSVILLE: Caught two passes for 112 yards for touchdowns covering 52 and 60 yards in the Panthers’ 41-0 win over Gaston.
LiALLEN DAILEY, PINSON VALLEY: Caught seven passes for 167 yards and two TDs in a 34-32 victory over Clay-Chalkville.
CARSON CARVER, SAND ROCK: Carver’s fake punt on 4th-and-13 at the Wildcats’ 36-yard line with 8:53 remaining in the third quarter proved to be the pivotal play in a 28-20 victory against Ider. Carver ran 64 yards down the right sideline for the go-ahead score. He also caught and scoring passes of 8 and 39 yards. The first game right before halftime, and the last one came with 5:26 left in the fourth quarter.
JALEN EDWARDS, EUFAULA: Blocked a punt in the third quarter, setting up one Tigers touchdown, and Eufaula edged Central-Clay County 28-23.
DYLAN BLOUNT, WICKSBURG: Blocked an Opp punt leading to a 36-yard touchdown scamper by teammate Garren Richards and the Panther shut out Opp 41-0.
MICHAEL MOWRY, ARITON: Returned a kickoff 78 yards for one touchdown and rushed for 94 yards and another TD in Ariton’s 41-20 win over Geneva County.
D.J. HORTON, CEDAR BLUFF: Returned the opening kickoff 65 yards for a touchdown in the Tigers’ 47-8 victory over Gaylesville.
SHEDRICK JACKSON, HOOVER: Broke free of a would-be tackler in the second half and sped 58 yards for a touchdown on punt return to help push Hoover past arch-rival Spain Park 27-24 in the key Class 7A, Region 3 contest.
MONTGOMERY – This week’s NFHS Game of the Week on the AHSAA network features UMS-Wright and Andalusia Friday night at Andalusia in a key Class 4A, Region 1 football battle. A total of 27 school contests, seven volleyball matches and one football today, and 190 football games Friday, highlight this week’s NFHS Network schedule involving AHSAA schools.
Andalusia High School’s School Broadcast Program will produce and live-stream the game over the NFHS Network. UMS-Wright is 2-0 this season ad Andalusia is 2-1 – riding a two-game winning streak after an opening loss to Class 6A Shades Valley in August.
The Volleyball Match of the Week is set at Moulton where Lawrence County is hosting Brooks in a key Class 5A match tonight.
Other key football games Friday include two big Class 7A contests in Region 3, defending state champion Hoover at Spain Park and Oak Mountain at Vestavia Hills. In Class 6A, Cullman is at Oxford, Florence is at Hartselle and Northview takes on Park Crossing at Cramton Bowl in other headliners. Cramton Bowl will also be the side of tonight’s Sidney Lanier vs. Russell County game being live-streamed the Montgomery Sports Network for the Montgomery County public schools. The Poets are 3-0 and Russell County is off to a surprising 2-0 start.
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NFHS NETWORK SCHEDULE OF AHSAA EVENTS
Thursday, Sept. 14
Brooks vs. Lawrence County Lawrence County SBP
Crossville vs. Boaz Boaz SBP
Etowah vs. Boaz Boaz SBP
Harris County (GA) vs. Smiths Station Smiths Station SBP
Opelika vs. Smiths Station Smiths Station SBP
Tuscaloosa County vs. Vestavia Hills Vestavia Hills SBP
Tuscaloosa Co. JV at Vestavia Hills Vestavia Hills BP
Thursday, Sept. 14
Russell County at Sidney Lanier (Cramton) Montgomery Sports Net SBP
Friday, Sept. 15
Marengo at Sweet Water Sweet Water SBP
Luverne at Goshen Goshen SBP
Slocomb at Geneva Geneva SBP
UMS-Wright at Andalusia Andalusia SBP
Central-Clay County at Eufaula Eufaula SBP
Lawrence County at Russellville Russellville SBP
Athens at Muscle Shoals Muscle Shoals SBP
Cullman at Oxford Cullman SBP
Florence at Hartselle Florence SBP
Florence at Hartselle Hartselle SBP
Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa at Bessemer City Hillcrest SBP
Northview at Park Crossing (Cramton) Montgomery Sports Net SBP
Opelika at Chilton County Opelika SBP
Saraland at Blount Saraland SBP
Spanish Fort at Saraland Spanish Fort SBP
Spain Park at Hoover Hoover SBP
Jeff Davis at Enterprise Enterprise SBP
Lee-Montgomery at Smiths Station Smiths Station SBP
Oak Mountain at Vestavia Hills Vestavia Hills SBP
MONTGOMERY – Junior setter Lillie Fromdahl had 123 assists last week as McGill-Toolen Catholic High School reeled off 10 straight match wins to headline this week’s AHSAA Volleyball Spotlight. The Dirty Dozen, coached by Kate Wood, is off to a strong start at 16-1 on the year.
McGill-Toolen opened the week with regular-season wins over Pope John Paul II of Slidell, LA, and Class 6A Spanish Fort. The Dirty Dozen then reeled off eight wins in the School Bash Invitational tournament hosted by Fairhope. Wood also got strong net play from hitters Kenya McQuirter abd Reanna Burroughs, who had 53 and 39 kills, respectively, as McGill-Toolen beat Daphne, Mobile Christian, Foley, McAdory, Robertsdale, St. Luke’s Episcopal, host Fairhope finally, Daphne again in the tournament championship match.
Other top performances reported this week:
LAWRENCE COUNTY ROLLS TO 11 WINS: The Lady Red Devils (15-2) went 11-1 last week and won the Large School division of the Muscle Shoals First Metro Tourney. Coach Robyn Hutto’s team beat Saint James in the finals. Lauren Mayes had 112 kills and 43 blocks for the week. Laekyn Bennett also had an astounding 332 assists. Lawrence County beat Haleyville, Deshler twice, Russellville, Ardmore, Central-Florence, Cullman, Pope John Paul II, Wilson and St. James twice in the tournament. Carson Ann Crow led Saint James in the tourney with 79 kills, 57 digs and 11 blocks as the Lady Trojans (11-5) went 8-2 l to reach the finals.
Saint James also beat Auburn, Providence Christian and Alabama Christian in regular-season matches.
LEXINGTON CAPTURES SMALL-SCHOOL DIVISION: The Class 3A Bears (13-2) won the Lower Division of Muscle Shoals’ First Metro Tournament, downing defending Class 1A state champion Addison in the finals. Lexington, led by Kinsley Hanback and Hannah Underwood, didn’t lose a set in the best-of-three play with wins over Hatton, Winston County and Decatur Heritage in pool play, followed by victories over East Lawrence, Decatur Heritage and Addison in championship play. Hanback had 72 kills and 14 blocks in the tourney and Underwood had 67 kills and 17 aces. Addison (12-2) went 7-1 for the week and reached the tourney finals with Abby Chambless notching 45 kills and 23 digs. Kendra Tyree also had 39 digs and 12 aces for the Bulldogs.
BOB JONES SECOND IN HUNTSVILLE IRONMAN TOURNEY: Bob Jones reached the tournament finals before falling 2-1 to Blessed Trinity of Roswell, GA, to finish runner-up. The Lady Patriots went 9-1 for the week with wins over ASWA top-10 teams James Clemens and Spain Park in a tri-match.
Setter Aija Abele had 186 assists, 37 digs and 14 aces in the Ironman tourney. Teammate Alana Cox had 81 kills and 16 blocks. Emma Jarrett and Juanita Monerio-Pai had 57 and 56 kills, respectively, for the Patriots (12-3).
GANN HAS 160 ASSISTS FOR MOUNTAIN BROOK: Senior setter Libby Grace Gann handed out 160 assists in seven Ironman tournament games and one regular-season match as the defending Class 7A state champion Lady Spartans went 4-4 for the week. Grace Carr responded with 64 kills.
BUTLER, PORTER LEAD HAZEL GREEN: The defending Class 6A state champs (12-6) were 9-3 on the week with a strong showing in the Ironman Tourney going 5-3. Hitters Gracie Lee Butler and Tierra Porter led The Trojans. Butler had 47 kills and 11 blocks in the tourney and Porter had 43 kills and 43 blocks. Setter Catherine Smith issued 130 assists and had 39 digs.
CARBON HILL NOTCHES 4 WINS IN TENNESSEE: The Lady Bulldogs (12-2) went 6-2 on the week, including going 4-2 in the Rocky Top Classic at Gatlinburg, TN. Alyssa Dutton had 57 kills, 12 blocks and nine aces and teammate Molly Kate Atkins registered 146 assists and 42 digs.
ISABELLA WINS MUSTANG INVITATIONAL: Synia Chattman had 36 kills and 19 blocks and Kasey Grimes registered 57 assists as Isabella (12-0) remained unbeaten and won its own invitational tourney. Isabella beat LAMP in the finals.
TRINITY CLAIMS PARTY ON THE PLAINS TITLE: The Wildcats (11-3) went 6-1 in the tournament hosted by Auburn High School with a win over Tuscaloosa County in the finals. Lucy Williams had 31 kills and 10 service aces and Drue Walker had 104 digs. Mary Emily Taylor handed out 83 assists and also had 13 aces. Tuscaloosa County (107) was 4-2 in the tourney with Zoe Lollar recording 27 kills to lead the Wildcats.
PELHAM’S LONG HAS 18 KILLS: Emorie Long led Pelham (9-2) to regular-season wins over John Carroll Catholic and Ramsay. She had 18 kills in three matches, including a loss versus Jasper. Setter Georgia Stonicher also had 64 assists and 11 kills.
SCOTTSBORO’S KRITNER GETS FIRST WIN: The Lady Wildcats (2-1) beat Lee-Huntsville 2-0 in the season opener to give new coach Patrick Kritner his first coaching win at Scottsboro. Abby Jones had 15 kills and 14 blocks in three matches to pace the Wildcats.
MONTGOMERY -- Sophomore Ja’Quan Myles returned two kickoffs for touchdowns Friday night to lead Daphne High School to a key 26-20 Class 6A, Region 1 football victory over Saraland to land in the AHSAA Spotlight for Week 2 of the 2017 football season.
Trojans head coach Kenny King said it was a first for him in his coaching career. He said it also helped drive home something he has been preaching to his players since his arrival back at his alma mater as head coach last season.
“Our defense has been playing well all year, but our offense has been struggling,” King said. “Our special teams play has more or less been neutral. You must win two of those three areas in a game to have a chance to win the game.”
King said he did witness two kickoff returns in a single game once before – during his NFL career when the Devin Hester of the Chicago Bears returned two versus King and his Arizona Cardinals teammates.
“It was good to be on the other side this time,” King said. “We tell our players if everyone does their job then it is possible to return a kickoff for a touchdown. Still, when it happens it is still a shock. We had a lot of high fives and chest bumps on the sideline Friday night. We had to have both returns to win the game.”
Myles returned a kickoff in the second quarter 95 yards just moments after Saraland had taken the lead, and then opened the second half with an 82-yard return to score. He became just the 15th player in AHSAA history to return two kickoffs for touchdowns in a game, according to the AHSAA Record Book found online at http://www.ahsaa.com/Sports/Football/Football-Individual-Records.
Randolph’s Sam Kimel was the last player to accomplish the feat, returning two kickoffs versus DAR in 2016. Kimel’s 81 and 78-yard returns were sandwiched around a 92-yard kickoff return for a TD by DAR’s Brayden Lewis, earning both schools a spot in the record book. The back-to-back-to-back returns for TDs was just the second time that feat had been accomplished in NFHS history, according to the NFHS Record Book. Elba and Vincent were the first two schools to return three kickoffs in a row – in a Class 2A playoff game in 2011.
John Arnett of Coffee Springs was the first player reported to return two kickoffs for scores in an AHSAA game in 1971 versus J.U. Blacksher of Uriah in a 44-22 loss.
Myles’ performance overshadowed a strong effort by Saraland senior quarterback Jack West. The Stanford commitment was a perfect 15-for-15 passing in the second half and finished 25-of-30 overall for 192 yards and a touchdown in 26-20 loss.
In other highlights reported for Week 2:
SARDIS SHOCKS MADISON ACADEMY … AGAIN: Sardis edged Madison Academy 18-17 Friday night with Jake Ross scoring the game-winning touchdown on an end-around play with 1:08 remaining. The Lions of Coach Gene Hill trailed 17-0 midway through the third quarter but roared back to notch the region win over the Mustangs. Madison Academy has won 55 of its last 58 region games this decade – losing to Madison County 32-28 last year. Of the three losses, Sardis has won two. The Lions beat Madison Academy, 28-14, in the second week of the 2011 season, and the Mustangs started its 38-game region win streak the next week.
AGGIES NOTCH STIDHAM’S 100TH WIN: Running back Tristen Stewart rushed 23 times for 187 yards and three touchdowns, including two in the final quarter, to help Hamilton beat Haleyville 28-21. For head coach Rodney Stidham’s 100th career victory Stidham, 100-52 overall, got his first victory in 1996 in his lone season as head coach at Vina. He has been head coach at Hamilton since 2005.
CATHOLIC SNAPS STREAK WITH WIN: The Knights of Coach Aubrey Blackwell turned in their best defensive performance of his three-year coaching tenure to beat Montgomery rival and Vaughan Road next-door-neighbor Saint James 7-6. The victory was the first for Montgomery Catholic in the series since 2009 snapping a seven-game losing streak to the Trojans.
CROSSVILLE GETS RARE WIN OVER SCOTTSBORO: Crossville (2-0), coached by Miles Holcomb, scored 21 straight points to take a 21-0 lead, then held off a Scottsboro comeback to win 28-21. The victory was the first win by the Lions over the Wildcats since winning 28-14 in 1944. The two teams played for three years in a row from 1942-44 when Scottsboro was known as Jackson County. The series resumed in 2016 after 72 years with the Wildcats winning 63-21 last year. The series is now 2-2-1.
ALMA BRYANT SNAPS LOSING STREAK: The Hurricanes beat Robertsdale 29-22 to snap a nine-game losing streak. Ced Johnson rushed for 90 yards on 22 carries and scored three touchdowns to lead Alma Bryant. The win was also the first for new head Coach Doug Hoehn.
HATTON HONORS FIRST HOF CLASS: Before Hatton’s 45-6 loss to Madison County last Friday, the school recognized its first Hatton High Sports Hall of Fame inductees. The inductees included Rebecca Lee, Robyn Hutto, Rickey Johnson, Don Bradford and William Hagood, who was on the first Hornets team to play at night.
DECATUR TENNIS CHAMPS HONORED: The Decatur High School girls’ tennis team, which won the 2017 Class 6A state championship, was recognized at Ogle Stadium prior to the 55th annual Austin-Decatur football clash with the netters receiving their state championship rings.
EUFAULA’S TENNILLE SPARKS OT WIN: Running back Zy Tennille rushed for 182 yards and all four Eufaula touchdowns, including a 1-yard TD with 22 seconds left in regulation, as the Tigers nipped Booker T. Washington in overtime 29-22. His 7-yard run on the first play in OT set up his 3-yard game-winning TD. Eufaula, coached by Bryan Moore, extended is record in the series with BTW to 21-0 with the first overtime win in the series with the Tuskegee school, which dates back to 1991.
ARITON DEFENSE TURNS IN BIG PLAY IN OT: Ariton defensive back Josh Sullivan knocked down a Cottonwood pass on a two-point try in overtime to seal a 14-13 win over the Bears. Sullivan finished the night with nine tackles. He had one sack and another tackle for a loss and teammate Damien Aldridge added nine tacklers with four QB sacks for the Purple Cats of Coach Steven Kilcrease
LAUDERDALE COUNTY WINS ON LAST PLAY OF GAME: Tigers won on the last play of the game to beat West Morgan 21-15. The Rebels tied the game just 54 seconds earlier. It was the first time West Morgan head coach John Ritter, a former All-State QB and 2003 graduate of Lauderdale County, had returned to coach against his alma mater. Logan Mangum led LCHS with 224 yards rushing on 34 carries in the win.
COLBERT HEIGHTS NIPS CLEMENTS: Kevin Shaw’s 18-yard touchdown pass to Korey Saint on fourth down with 19 seconds to play lifted Colbert Heights to a 17-14 win over Clements. The Colts had taken a 14-10 lead with two fourth quarter scores.
BRETT NEZAT, COTTAGE HILL CHRISTIAN: Passed for 351 yards and five touchdowns in a 40-34 overtime loss to T.R. Miller. He was 19-of-25 with no interceptions.
AARON DOVE, FALKVILLE: The junior passed for 309 yards and three touchdowns in a 35-28 victory over Cleveland.
CADEN ROSE, BOB JONES: Was 18-of-29 passing for 277 yards and three touchdowns as the Patriots beat Madison city rival James Clemens 40-14. The sophomore also rushed for 57 yards on nine carries to finish with 334 total yards.
JAMES FOSTER, SIDNEY LANIER: The senior was 24-of-31 passing for 262 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Poets past Northview 26-6.
HATTON METZ, SCOTTSBORO: Completed 21-of-36 passes for 291 yards and two touchdowns in the Wildcats’ 28-21 loss to Crossville. The 291 passing yards ties Metz with Bo Nix and Anthony McCamey for the Scottsboro single-game record. Metz was a wide receiver prior to this season and had never played quarterback at any level before Coach Don Jacobs made the position change this season.
ETHAN WILSON, ANDALUSIA: Was 14-of-18 passing for 229 yards and four touchdowns in Andalusia’s 54-0 win over Monroe County.
WILL BAILEY, DAR: Completed 10-of-18 pass for 265 yards and three touchdowns in a 26-24 loss to North Jackson.
BO NIX, PINSON VALLEY: Completed 12-of-16 passes for 267 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 88 yards and a TD on four carries as the Indians beat Minor 48-8.
MICHAEL CROWDER, GARDENDALE: Passed for 261 yards and one TD and rushed for 91 yards and another score as the Rockets beat Pell City 53-7.
JAQUAN WILLLIAMS, JEFF DAVIS: The Volunteers’ quarterback was 13-of-15 passing for 251 yards and five touchdowns as JD beat Smiths Station 50-2.
C.J. YARBRBOUGH, TANNER: The quarterback passed for 219 yards and two touchdowns and also ran 28 yards for a score in the Rattlers’ 28-10 win over West End.
CAIDEN LIPSCOMB, COOSA CHRISTIAN: Passed for 214 yards and three touchdowns, all in the second quarter, as the Conquerors defeated Valley Head 25-6. Coosa Christian improved to 2-1 for the first time since 2009. Ashton Clemmons caught two of Lipscomb’s TD passes covering 43 and 14 yards.
KOURTLAND MARSH, MORTIMER JORDAN: Was a perfect 8-of-8 passing for 192 yards and two TDs and rushed for another score in the Blue Devils’ 41-14 win over Springville.
CARDAVION MYERS, PIEDMONT: Completed 9-of-14 pass attempts for 155 yards and two touchdowns (64, 29 yards) and rushed for 77 yards with two more scores (30, 5 yards) in the Bulldogs’ 61-14 rout of Glencoe. Teammates Lee Stanley and Braylon Cole rushed for 130 and 117 yards, respectively. Stanley scored once and Cole had three touchdowns in the second half.
PETER PARRISH, CENTRAL-PHENIX CITY: Completed 12-of-19 passes for 115 yards and rushed for 101 yards and a TD on 16 carries in a 34-28 win over Auburn.
TYREN DUPREE, CHEROKEE COUNTY: Completed 13-of-18 pass attempts for 178 yards and a 30-yard touchdown and added 65 yards and a two TDs rushing in the Warriors’ 27-21 loss at Hokes Bluff.
REECE SOLAR, ALABAMA CHRISTIAN: The quarterback was 11-of-19 for 128 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 140 yards and three more scores on 13 carries in the Eagles’ 38-12 win over Bullock County.
NATHAN LADNER, DECATUR HERITAGE: Passed for 103 yards and scored on a 2-yard run with 7:24 to play to give the Eagles a 2-point 28-26 victory over Hackleburg.
KEEFE WHITE, MONTGOMERY ACADEMY: Led the Eagles to a 34-22 win over Beulah with 328 yards rushing and two touchdowns. His long run was an 82-yard scoring scamper.
ROYDELL WILLIAMS, HUEYTOWN: Had a workhorse 31-carry effort for 282 rushing yards and two touchdowns in the Gophers’ 23-21 loss to John Carroll Catholic. He also had six catches for 59 yards and another TD for 341 total yards on the night.
ELLIOTT McELWAIN, HEWITT-TRUSSVILLE: Rushed for 170 yards on 25 carries and caught four passes for 45 yards in the Huskies’ 38-24 win over Gadsden City. He scored four touchdowns on runs of 19, 2, 5 and 4 yards.
DARRIAN MEADS, HOKES BLUFF: Rushed 30 times for 207 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Eagles (2-0) past Cherokee County 27-21 and to their first 2-0 start since 2009.
WILL FOREMAN, CLARKE COUNTY: Ran for 204 yards and two touchdowns in Clarke County’s 41-10 win over Bayside Academy.
CARLOS DAVIS, MUSCLE SHOALS: Rushed 18 times for 202 yards and four touchdowns as the Trojans downed Florence 47-29.
KADE ABBOTT, NORTH JACKSON: Rushed for 195 yards and a touchdown on a school-record 38 carries in North Jackson's 26-24 win over DAR.
K.J. HALL, HIGHLAND HOME: Led the Flying Squadron to a 55-8 win over Ellwood Christian with four touchdowns, 191 yards rushing on 12 carries and 75 yards receiving on two catches.
ASA MARTIN, AUSTIN: The senior running back ran for 188 yards and two touchdowns in Austin’s 49-0 victory, the Black Bears’ biggest margin of victory in the 55th playing of the city rivalry since 1982.
AMONTAE SPIVEY, CENTRAL-PHENIX CITY: Ran for 173 yards and four touchdowns on 12 carries as the Red Devils beat 7A rival Auburn 34-28. His scoring runs were 5, 43, 79 and 20 yards.
KOLBE BLUNT, DAVIDSON: Ran for 174 yards on 32 carries and scored three touchdowns as the Warriors beat Foley 24-7.
KEONTAY JONES, WENONAH: Had 16 rush attempts for 165 yards as the Dragons downed Woodlawn 38-12.
KOBE BELCHER, RAMSAY: Gained 160 yards rushing and scored one touchdowns in the Rams’ 22-14 victory over Shades Valley.
GENE SLEDGE, BROOKWOOD: Rushed for 156 yards and four touchdowns on 26 carries in a 45-26 loss to Paul Bryant.
JAMONTAVIOUS WOODS, GADSDEN CITY: Ran 19 times for 155 yards and a 66-yard TD in a 38-24 loss to Hewitt-Trussville.
JACOREY JACOBS, ST. LUKE’S EPISCOPAL: Rushed for 117 yards on 13 carries and caught two passes for 72 yards in a 57-12 win over Luverne. He scored two rushing touchdowns and had a third on a pass reception.
BRAYDEN LEWIS, DAR: Snagged seven receptions for 220 yards and three touchdowns in the Patriots’ 26-24 loss to North Jackson.
TIMOTHY HARRIS-EDWARDS, THOMPSON: Caught 10 passes for 165 yards and a 34-yard TD pass in the Warriors’ 63-22 victory over Tuscaloosa County.
DEMONTREZ BROWN, BOB JONES: Caught eight passes for 171 yards and two touchdowns as Bob Jones beat city rival James Clemens 40-14.
SETH WILLIAMS, PAUL BRYANT: Had three catches for 112 yards and a score as the Stampede beat Brookwood 45-26.
SHEDRICK JACKSON, HOOVER: Caught eight passes for 100 yards and a TD in the Bucs’ 31-21 win over Mountain Brook.
BRADLEY COOPER, NORTH JACKSON: The senior caught seven passes for 87 yards, including the game-winning score with 2:23 remaining as the Chiefs beat DAR 36-24. Cooper also rushed for 82 yards and a touchdown, returned a kickoff 79 yards for a touchdown and caused a DAR fumble that the Chiefs recovered with on DAR’s final series to seal the two-point triumph.
BRANDON SANDERS, JEFF DAVIS: Hauled in six passes for 115 receiving yards and two touchdowns in the Vols’ 50-2 win over Smiths Station.
C.J. PAYMON, MONTGOMERY ACADEMY: Led the MA defense with 21 tackles and an interception and also rushed for a TD on offense as the Eagles beat Beulah 34-22.
DREW ROGERS, LOCUST FORK: Had 18 tackles at linebacker and rushed for 108 yards and four touchdowns on 18 carries at fullback to lead the Hornets past Vinemont 44-6.
CORTEZ BROOKS, LEE-HUNTSVILLE:: Made 15 tackles and returned an interception 30 yards for a touchdown in a 45-0 win over Russellville.
ALLEN PURDUE, CALHOUN: The linebacker had 13 tackles in 51-0 loss to Goshen.
ANDRES FOX, MOBILE CHRISTIAN: Had 10 tackles, caused a fumble and recovered another miscue in the Leopards’ 27-0 win over Excel.
TYRONE HALL, THEODORE: Had nine tackles as the Bobcats’ defense limited Baker to just 57 total yards and two first downs in the 26-14 win.
CARSON CARVER, SAND ROCK: Recorded two interceptions, made five tackles and kicked a 27-yard field in a 17-3 Wildcat win over Westbrook Christian. He also punted twice for a 37.5-yard average in the all-around performance for Sand Rock.
YORK GAMBLE, SLOCOMB: Had 11 tackles with three quarterback sacks and also teamed with Adam Newton to force a fumble as the Red Tops beat Providence Christian 26-7. Newton also had 11 tackles.
JOSHUA MILLER, BESSEMER CITY: Recorded 10 tackles on defense and added 10 carries for 86 yards and three TDs on offense in a 54-26 victory over Selma.
ALFRED THOMAS, SIDNEY LANIER: The defensive end had nine tackles and two sacks to lead the Poets past Northview 26-6.
LUKE DORRIETY, GENEVA COUNTY: Returned an interception 51 yards for a touchdown and had nine tackles as the Bulldogs beat G.W. Long 34-7. Teammates Marquez Johnson and Tyler Reeves had 11 and nine tackles, respectively. It was the first win for Geneva County in the series since 2007.
ALEX WRIGHT, ELBA: Had nine tackles and returned a fumble for a touchdown to spark Elba to a 32-21 win over New Brockton.
JUSTIN JOHNSTON, CITRONELLE: Intercepted two passes, returning one for a touchdown, and also had seven tackles in a 22-20 win over Vigor.
TYLER ROBERTSON, SAINT JAMES: Intercepted two passes and recovered fumble in the Trojans’ 7-6 loss to Montgomery-Catholic.
KHALIL GRIFFIN, BOB JONES: The sophomore defensive back snagged his first career interception in the Patriots’ 40-14 win over James Clemens and returned it 37 yards for a touchdown.
DYLAN ROGERS, SPRING GARDEN: Returned an interception 40 yards for a touchdown in the Panthers’ 49-12 victory over Gaylesville.
ZAY BRITT, MUNFORD: Returned a punt 74 yards for one score, caught four passes for 137 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 49 yards and another TD as Munford beat Dadeville 50-15. He finished with 260 all-purpose yards.
GRAHAM PEPPER, WEST LIMESTONE: Returned a punt 50 yards for a touchdown and passed for two more scores in a 27-4 win over Priceville.
HUNTER SIMS, OAK GROVE: Returned a punt 35 yards for a touchdown in the Tigers’ 39-12 win over Holt.
MONTGOMERY – A total of 26 events are scheduled to be live-streamed over the NFHS Network this weekend by AHSAA member schools. Five volleyball matches are set for today with the headliner McGill-Toolen Catholic vs. Spanish Fort being produced by the Spanish Fort School Broadcast Program. Vestavia Hills is live-streaming its junior varsity and varsity matches with defending Class 7A state champion Mountain Brook, Russellville will be live-streaming its match with Lawrence County, and Smiths Station plans to live-stream its match with Shaw of Columbus, GA.
Florence and Muscle Shoals will each be producing the Falcons-Trojans football contest at Braly Stadium Friday night at Florence in the AHSAA NFHS Network Featured Game of the Week. Coach B.J. Wallace’s Falcons (0-1) are looking for their first win and Coach Scott Basden’s Trojans (1-1) are looking to put last week’s loss to Spain Park behind them as both teams open play in Class 6A, Region 7. Both schools’ SBP programs have been recognized by the NFHS Network in past years as among the best in the nation.
A total of 20 football games are scheduled for Friday night with at least one game in each classification. In Class 3A, Ohatchee (2-0), which reached the semifinals of the state playoffs last season, faces Randolph County, which reached the quarterfinals from the same region, in a key opener for Region 5 teams Friday night. This contest is shaping up to be one of the best in the state this week. Coach Pat Prestridge’s Tigers (1-0). The game will be live-streamed by Eagle 102.3, a third-party producer for the NFHS Network SBP program.
Seven Class 6A contests are on tap and five in Class 7A.
Cullman High School plans to live-stream the Bearcats’ Class 6A, Region 7 home opener versus Albertville (2-0) Friday. CHS will also live-stream its own Bearcats 2-Mile Invitational cross country meet Saturday.
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NFHS NETWORK SCHEDULE OF AHSAA EVENTS
McGill-Toolen Catholic vs. Spanish Fort Spanish Fort SBP
Mountain Brook vs. Vestavia Hills JV Vestavia Hills SBP
Mountain Brook vs. Vestavia Hills (Varsity) Vestavia Hills SBP
Russellville vs. Lawrence County Russellville SBP
Shaw (GA) vs. Smiths Station Smiths Station SBP
AHSAA Sept. 8
Sweet Water at A.L. Johnson Sweet Water SBP
Goshen at Calhoun Goshen SBP
Geneva at Houston Academy Geneva SBP
Randolph County at Ohatchee NFHS producer Eagle 102.3
Monroe County at Andalusia Andalusia SBP
Russellville at Lee-Huntsville Russellville SBP
St. John Paul II Catholic at Lawrence Co. Lawrence Co. SBP
Albertville at Cullman Cullman SBP
Carver-Montgomery at Opelika Opelika SBP
Daphne at Saraland Saraland SBP
Gulf Shores at Spanish Fort Spanish Fort SBP
Hartselle at Athens Hartselle SBP
Muscle Shoals at Florence Florence SBP
Muscle Shoals at Florence Muscle Shoals SBP
Northridge at Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa Hillcrest SBP
Hoover at Mountain Brook Hoover SBP
James Clemens at Bob Jones James Clemens SBP
Prattville at Enterprise Enterprise SBP
Smiths Station at Jeff Davis Jeff Davis SBP
Spain Park at Vestavia Hills Vestavia Hills SBP
Cullman High School2-Mile Invitational Cullman SBP
MONTGOMERY – Pleasant Valley High School’s girls turned in a perfect score at the White Plains Twilight Cross Country Invitational held at the White Plains Youth Sports Complex and Cross Country Trail last week to open the 2017 AHSAA cross country season.
The two-time defending Class 3A state champion Lady Raiders placed the first seven runners across the finish line with the top five scoring a perfect 15 to win the competition and grabbed the AHSAA Cross Country Spotlight for Week 1 of the 2017 season.
Freshman Trinity Roberts, who finished third in last year’s Class 3A state cross country meet, clocked 20:58.83 to win the 5,000-meter race for Coach Brad Hood’s squad. Senior Rachel Faucett was second at 21:30.15.
Abby Nunnelly of Alexandria won the large-school race with a time of 21:47.46 to lead the Valley Cubs to the team title. Alexandria had 24 points runner-up while White Plains was second with 43 points. The Lady Wildcats were led by Briar Poytress’ runner-up finish just less than a second ahead of Jacksonville’s Mary Shelton with a time of 23:03.82. Shelton clocked 23:04.43.
Other highlights from the first week of cross country competition reported include:
MOBILE CROSS COUNTRY CHALLENGE OF CHAMPIONS: McGill-Toolen Catholic’s Grace Jensen clocked 19:26.20 to claim the individual championship at the Cross Country Challenge of Champions held at Langhan Park in Mobile. Lexie Williams of Fairhope was third in the very competitive invitational division with a 20:22.90 time. Ocean Springs (MS) won the team title with 43 points. Brookwood (GA) was second with 44 and McGill-Toolen was third with 87. Olivia Blackmon of T.R. Miller won the girls’ open race in 20:21.15. Daphne’s Nicole Luther was second with a 22:04.86 time. Brookwood (GA) won the team competition with 33 points. T.R. Miller was third with 73.
11TH ANNUAL WAFFLE HOUSE / YELLOW JACKETS INVITATIONAL: American Christian’s Becca Billman and Harper Roberts finished 1-2 in the meet held at Oxford with times of 19:39.04 and 20:03.36. Fort Payne, led by junior Gracie Groat’s fifth-place finish, won the team title with 47 points. John Carroll Catholic was second with 68 and ACA was third with 76.
6th ANNUAL PEPSI CHALLENGE: The host Lawrence County girls captured the first four places in the girls’ large-school division of the 5,000-K cross country race to win the 6th Annual Pepsi Challenge held at Moulton’s H.A. Alexander Park with a near perfect 17 points. Savannah Williams led the Lady Red Devils with a winning time of 21:03.88. Teammate Emily Daniel was second at 21:11.79, followed by Talor Williams (21:49.27) and Jenny Jett (22:14.28). The fifth runner to cross the finish line for Coach Stanley Johnson’s team was Paige Guess, who finished eighth overall. Scottsboro was second with 48 points. West Limestone won the small-school team title with 28 points. Altamont was second with 66. Mary Allen Murray of Altamont won the competition with a time of 21:19.81. Katie Serrato, Cassidy Winter and Yarahy Marcelino were 2-3-4, respectively, for West Limestone. Serrato’s second-place time was 21:55.97.
BROOKS INVITATIONAL: Mary Claire Ridgeway of Florence won the Class 4A-7A division with a winning time of 18:20.50. Phoebe Moon of Wilson was second at 19:44.31. James Clemens won the team championship with 57 points and Buckhorn was second with 81. The 1A-3A girls’ race was won by Hatton with 36 points. Kasey Eziekel of Cold Springs was the individual winner (21:10.12). Ally Amerson finished second and Mary Kate Sapp was third for Hatton.
TRINITY TRAILBLAZER INVITATIONAL: Three-time state AHSAA cross country champion Amaris Tyynismaa clocked 21:00.96 to win the girls’ 5,000-meter race held at Young Meadows in Montgomery. MaKennah Mills of Northview was second at 22:15.49, followed by Catholic runners Isabelle Cochran and Katie Galvin at 3 and 4, respectively. The Lady Knights won the team competition with 31 points. Montgomery Academy was second with 112.
MOBILE CROSS COUNTRY CHALLENGE OF CHAMPIONS: Fairhope’s Jared Touart clocked 16:46.75 to finish third in the strong field competing in the Cross Country Challenge of Champions at Mobile’s Langhan Park. Hunter Appleton of Brother Martin (LA) won the invitational division 5,000-meter race in 16:33.42. His team also won the meet title with 58 points. The top Alabama finisher was Baker in fourth place. Bayside Academy’s Ernest Ladd turned in the best time of the 257 runners competing in open division to win in 17:49.06. Brother Martin (LA) won the team title with 43 points. Bayside was third with 136.
11TH ANNUAL WAFFLE HOUSE / YELLOW JACKETS INVITATIONAL: American Christian seniors Joseph Wohlers and Taylor Ray clocked 16:50.91 and 16:55.51 to finish 1-2 in the 11th annual race hosted at Oxford to lead Coach Charles Tiller’s Patriots to the team title. ACA totaled 27 points and John Carroll Catholic was a distant second with 132.
6th ANNUAL PEPSI CHALLENGE: Scottsboro totaled 20 points as Wildcats’ runners finished 2 through 7 in the competition behind race winner Connor Sims of Brewer. Sims clocked 17:19.20 in the boys’ large-school division of the 5,000-K race at Moulton’s H.A. Alexander Park. Cooper Atkins led Scottsboro’s strong team effort with a time of 17:23.33 to finish second – just five seconds ahead of teammate Davin Berry, who clocked 17:28.33.
Lawrence County finished second with 66 points and Brewer was third with 71.
Asher Desai and James Dixon finished 1-2 for Altamont in the small-school competition with times of 17:24.73 and 17:42.81, respectively. Cold Springs, led by third-place finisher C.J. Lang, captured the championship with 34 points. Altamont was second with 68.
BROOKS INVITATIONAL: Florence won the boys’ 4A-7A race with 43 points. St. John Paul II Catholic was second with 62 points and James Clemens third with 72. Noah Flynn won the individual competition with a winning time of 16:50.23 for St. John Paul II. Grant Brown was second (16:55.88) to lead Florence. Junior Kagen Sutton of Hatton clocked 17:41.03 to pace the Hornets in the 1A-3A race. Hatton won with 28 points and Colbert Heights was second with 55.
WHITE PLAINS TWILIGHT MEET: Jake Moore of White Plains ran the 5,000 meters in 18:06.47 to claim the large-school division individual championship. The Wildcats won the team title with 39 points. Anniston and Alexandria were 2-3 at 66 and 67 points, respectively.
Pleasant Valley won the small-school race with 24 points as Matisse Miller finished second with a time of 18:01.87.
TRINITY TRAILBLAZER INVITATIONAL: Judson Hardin of Alabama Christian ran 18:21.26 to win the individual boys’ race held at Young Meadows in Montgomery. Hollis Johnson was second (19:02.14), leading Montgomery Catholic to the team championship. The Knights finished with 29 points and LAMP was second with 74. A total of 90 runners were in the field.
MONTGOMERY – Class 1A defending state champion Addison (5-1) won the West Morgan Tournament of Champions volleyball tournament Saturday to headline this week’s AHSAA Volleyball Spotlight.
Abbie Chambless, who was named MVP of the 2016 Class 1A state tournament, had 44 kills, 16 blocks and seven aces to lead the Lady Bulldogs to wins over Lexington, Good Hope, Lee-Huntsville, Deshler and Danville. Class 6A Florence was the only team to beat Addison during the tourney.
Coach Kayla Woodard’s team also got strong performances from Kendra Tyree, Savannah Manley and Cecilee Gaither. Tyree had 57 digs and 14 aces, Manley had 35 kills, 10 blocks and four aces and Gaither, the setter, 44 digs, 13 aces and 76 assists.
Addison has won nine state titles in the Winston County school’s storied volleyball history.
The first week’s action was highlighted by a number of tournaments including the 35th annual Juanita Boddie Invitational at Hoover and the Mayor’s Cup Invitational at Montgomery.
Highlights reported include:
LEXINGTON’S HAMMOND NOTCHES 900TH WIN: The Lexington Bears beat Central-Florence in the first match of the West Morgan Tournament of Champions invitational tourney Saturday to give head coach Melissa Hammond her 900th career win. The Bears finished 5-2 in the tourney with Kinsley Hanback recording 72 kills and 20 blocks for the tourney.
McGILL-TOOLEN REACHES SEMIS OF JUANITA BODDIE TOURNEY: The AHSAA’s oldest season-opening tourney was dominated by out-of-state teams with Class 7A McGill-Toolen Catholic the only in-state team to reach the semifinals. The Dirty Dozen fell in the semis to eventual champion Etowah (GA). Briarcrest Christian (TN) and Blessed Trinity (GA) were the other semifinal teams. Kenya McQuirter led McGill-Toolen with 56 kills and nine blocks in the 35th annual tourney while setter Lillie Fromdahl had 154 assists
Among other top performances from the Boddie Tourney: Alana Cox, Bob Jones: had 42 kills and 10 blocks in five matches as the Lady Patriots finished 3-2; Paige Shaw, Hoover: recorded 50 kills, 23 digs and 12 service aces as the Bucs finished 4-1; Alex Presnell, Buckhorn: had 105 digs as Buckhorn finished 5-3 to claim second place in the Silver Division; Mallory Odom, Baker: recorded 40 kills, 63 assists, 30 digs and eight aces in five Boddie Tourney matches for the Hornets; Myah Magwood, Hazel Green: helped the defending 6A state champs go 3-3 in the Boddie with 19 blocks and 11 kills. Teammate Catherine Smith also had 69 assists.
THOMPSON CLAIMS BRIARWOOD SERVE-OFF TITLE: The Class 7A Lady Warriors
(5-0) downed Lawrence County in the finals after rolling through the preliminary matches with straight-set wins over Geraldine, St. Paul’s Episcopal, Clay-Chalkville and Boaz. Ramsay went 4-1 to win the Silver bracket with a win over Homewood in the finals. Kaitlan Stone had 30 assists and 10 service aces and Kaylyn Howard managed 33 kills, 25 digs and 10 aces. Lauren Mayes had 39 kills and 19 blocks in the tourney for Lawrence County (4-1), and Laekyn Bennett had 74 assists. Geraldine, which went 6-1, was led by Karlee Hale, who finished with 43 kills and 15 blocks and 23 digs.
MONTGOMERY ACADEMY WINS MAYOR’S CUP TOURNEY, MONTGOMERY: Coach Julie Sinclair’s Eagles beat Class 3A rival Providence Christian in the finals, 25-14, 13-25, 21-19. MA beat Enterprise in the semifinals and PCA beat Pelham. Pacing Providence Christian was Kayla Champion, who had 155 assists, 25 digs and eight aces in the eight matches played. Autumn Mayes had 81 kills, 45 digs, nine aces and three blocks and Jordan Hollis had 46 kills, 12 blocks, four aces and six digs to lead Providence (6-2). Enterprise went 6-1 with Mikaela Grubb notching 41 kills, 40 digs and 12 blocks and Ali Wiggins registering 30 kills, 12 blocks and 44 assists. Emorie Long led Pelham (5-1) with 53 kills and 13 blocks and teammate Georgia Stonicher registered 176 assists. No individual leaders were available for Montgomery Academy.
JASPER WINS ALBERTVILLE INVITATIONAL: Jasper went 5-0, including beating Springville in the semifinals and host Albertville in the finals, to claim the tourney title. Alex Oliver and McKinley Ferguson had 23 and 21 kills, respectively, for the Vikings. Chelsea (6-1) won the Silver Bracket division as Ashley Mock recorded 70 assists, 43 digs and 23 kills and teammate Jules Hamer had 53 kills, 13 blocks and 18 aces.
ARAB CAPTURES HAYDEN INVITATIONAL: The Lady Knights wet 5-0 to claim the title with Lexi Pace leading the way with 40 kills and 21 service aces. Lauren Watson also had 34 kills and Allie Isom passed out 64 assists.
CARBON HILL CLAIMS 12TH ANNUAL BULLDOG INVITATIONAL: The host Bulldogs went 6-0 beating Meek in the finals 2-0 with Allyssa Dutton totaling 55 kills, 20 aces, 17 digs and six blocks. Setter Molly Kate Atkins had 132 assists.
ST. LUKE’S CAPTURES MARY MONTGOMERY TOURNEY: Lauren Bailey had 53 assists, Jada Carney had 46 kills and Kellan Hensley had 101 digs as St. Luke’s went 5-0 to win the Mary Montgomery Invitational.
ISABELLA WINS LINCOLN TOURNEY: The Lady Mustangs beat Sand Rock, Ragland and Lincoln in pool play, then downed St. Clair County in the quarterfinals, Cherokee County in the semifinals and Sand Rock in the championship match. Leading Sand Rock was Erin Langley with 119 assists, 41 digs and 12 aces, and August Gilliland, who had 49 kills.
Pleasant Valley also beat host Saks in the finals to claim the title of the Saks Invitational at Anniston.
MONTGOMERY – Senior quarterback Jayce Fisher picked an opportune time to turn in the best performance of his high school football career last week. The 6-foot-3, 175-pound senior led St. Clair County to a 52-49 comeback win over Lincoln in dramatic fashion to earn the AHSAA Prep Spotlight for Week 1 of the 2017 season.
Fisher was 12-of-26 passing for 280 yards and five touchdowns and also rushed 15 times for 103 yards and a sixth TD as the Saints battled from a 42-38 deficit in the fourth quarter to post the win. The victory was the first at St. Clair County for new head coach Matt Glover.
Fisher’s touchdown passes covered 12, 40, 6, 35 and 30 yards, and he ran 15 yards for the other TD. Senior receiver Noah Bruce was his favorite target catching six passes for 179 yards and two scores. Bruce caught a 30-yarder to put the Saints ahead for good in the final period and also had a 60-yard connection to set up another TD. The win was the first at St. Clair County for new head coach Matt Glover.
Lincoln senior quarterback Earl Wells also a career night – running for four touchdowns (71, 60, 15 and 25 yards) and completing tossed two TD passes covering 35 and 72 yards for Coach Matt Zedaker’s Bears.
The 102 points scored by both teams ranks 41st on the AHSAA all-time list but does not either school’s most points list. Lincoln beat Coosa Central 86-36 (122 points) in a game in 2008 and St. Clair County lost to Central-Florence 58-45 (103 points) in a 2013 playoff game. The state record for most points scored (146) was set last year in Childersburg’s 82-64 win over Coosa Central.
The prep shootout edged out a perfect performance by Oakman senior quarterback Jon Avery in the Wildcats’ 40-14 win over Lamar County. He set an AHSAA state record completing 15-of-15 passes for 271 yards and a TD. The 15 completions broke the old record set by Hayden Maples of Fairview (10-of-10) in a 47-14 win over Holly Pond in 2013.
Week 1 was highlighted by several outstanding performances including some milestone wins and a host of buzzer-beater finishes.
AGGIES NOTCH PRUITT’S 280TH WIN: Albertville exploded for 34 unanswered points Friday night to beat Arab 41-14 as head coach Dale Pruitt recorded his 280th career coaching win. Pruitt, the father of University of Alabama defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt, is 280-128 overall and 17-7 at Albertville.
SPARKMAN HANDS WHITE HIS FIRST 7A WIN: Sparkman's 48-11 victory over Athens was the first in new head coach Laron White’s tenure as the Senators’ head coach. White, the brother of Mae Jemison head coach Kelvis White and the son of Alabama High School Hall of Famer Courtland Coach Louis White, is now 149-30 and in his 15th season as a head coach. He came to Sparkman from Class 2A Tanner, where he guided the Rattlers to state titles in 2012 and 2013 and a runner-up finish in 2011. Tanner came into this season with a 53-game region game winning streak dating back to 2009. White guided Tanner to a 91-6 over region record and 29-12 playoff record. His 83.3% winning percentage is best among active head coaches in the AHSAA with 100 or more wins. Fyffe’s Paul Benefield (256-52) is right behind at 83.1%.
FUMBLE RETURNS HIGHLIGHT AHSAA'S LONGEST CURRENT RIVALRY: Jalem King of Jackson ran two fumbles back for touchdowns in the Aggies’ 40-26 win over Clarke County in the 102nd playing of the state’s longest continuously running series in state history. The teams have played annually each season since 1919. Jackson holds a 66-29-7 edge in the series after last week’s win.
GREENVILLE ENDS BEAUREGARD WIN STREAK: The visiting Tigers got strong rushing performances from Javion Posey and Arick Boggan to beat defending 5A state champion Beauregard 34-31. The victory snapped the Hornets’ eight-game winning streak overall and a 23-game home winning streak. Posey rushed 38 times for 151 yards and three touchdowns and Boggan had 29 carries for 171 yards and one score. La’Damian Webb, who rushed for 3,247 yards and a state-record 47 touchdowns last season for Beauregard, finished with 14 carries for 102 yards and a TD but was injured and missed most of the second half.
JACK MARTIN, NORTHVIEW: Kicked a 28-yard field goal with 16.8 seconds left to lift Northview over Enterprise 23-22. The kick climaxed a dramatic Cougars’ comeback that erased an Enterprise 22-0 lead. The win also snapped a 14-game NHS losing streak, was the first win over Enterprise since 1994 – and handed new head football coach Josh Parrish the first win of his head-coaching career. Parrish is the son of Harry Wayne Parrish, the legendary coach who started Northview’s program in 1977. He led the Cougars to state titles in 1981 and 1985. Martin also kicked two extra points.
ALEX ROGERS, ROGERS: Under intense defensive pressure by Lauderdale County, Rogers rolled to his left and found Harris Anerton in the back of the end zone for an 8-yard touchdown connection as time expired as the Pirates won 20-18. Lauderdale County had taken the lead 18-14 with 41 seconds remaining with quarterback Slade Brown’s 1-yard sneak -- a 24-yard scoring drive set up by a botched punt attempt by the Pirates with 2:18 left. RHS went 53 yards in the final drive to to get the win. Rogers and Anerton also hooked up on a 14-yard TD pass in the first quarter for the Pirates.
TYSNE COKER, DANVILLE: The Hawks running back scored in the final seconds as Danville overcame a 13-point deficit in the fourth quarter to nip Falkville 28-27.
Senior Kane Hogan’s return to the field was a major motivating factor for the winners. Following his freshman season, Hogan was diagnosed with leukemia. Last June, doctors cleared him to play football again. Hogan, also a running back, had the first carry of the game
MATTHEW QUINN, SPANISH FORT: Kicked the fourth game-winning field goal of his prep career with an 18-yarder as time expired in the Toros’ 8-7 win over rival Daphne. He booted a career-long 50-yard field goal earlier in the game.
MATTEW EVANS, BUCKHORN: Caught a game-clinching 10-yard touchdown pass with three seconds left as the Bucks beat Hazel Green 22-21. He also ran for his team’s two other TDs.
JAIDEN WILSON, PIKE COUNTY: Completed four clutch passes in the game’s final drive, including a 27-yarder to Rayshawn Reynolds with 35 seconds remaining for the game-winning touchdown as Pike County knocked off Elba 25-24. Wilson engineered the game-winning drive which began at the Bulldogs’ own 18-yard line with 1:55 remaining. Reynolds, who had a 23-yard catch to start the march, also returned a fumble 53 yards for a TD for Coach Fred Holland’s team. Wilson also had a 5-yard TD pass to Spencer Givens and rushed for a 1-yard score early in the fourth period. Following that TD, Elba’s Richmon Singletary returned the kickoff 91 yards for a touchdown to put Elba back in front.
In other highlights reported:
TUCKER BROWN, WILSON: The senior quarterback totaled 422 yards and accounted for four touchdowns in a 42-24 victory over West Point. He was 14-of-18 passing for 301 yards and added 12 carries for 121 yards, including touchdown runs of 39 and 10 yards.
PAUL TYSON, HEWITT-TRUSSVILLE: The junior quarterback completed 19-of-24 passes for 285 yards and four touchdowns covering 31, 20, 11 and 29 yards in a 65-28 victory over Callaway (MS).
CARDAVION MYERS, PIEDMONT: The senior quarterback accounted for 424 yards of total offense with five touchdowns in the Bulldogs’ 42-20 win over Cherokee County. He was 6-of-9 passing for 270 yards and four scores (58, 45, 52, 40 yards) and ran for 154 yards on 13 carries with a 49-yard touchdown. T.J. Fairs had two TD catches (58 and 40 yards) and Cardavion’s younger brother Carl Myers made two interceptions on defense, returning one 49 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter, caused a fumble, and posted nine tackles in the win.
LANDON CORNUTT, ASHVILLE: Rushed 12 times for 201 yards and completed 18-of-27 passes for 175 yards and another TD in the Bulldogs’ 33-32 win over Ragland. He also had six tackles on defense.
WILLIE MILLER, CLAY-CHALKVILLE: Was 15-of-24 passing for 258 yards and two touchdowns and added a 5-yard TD run in a 43-20 victory over Bessemer City.
ETHAN WILSON, ANDALUSIA: Was 15-of-20 passing for 230 yards and two touchdowns in Andalusia’s 31-12 win over Trinity Presbyterian.
BROCK SNYDER, GOSHEN: Completed 17-of-20 passes for 216 yards and three touchdowns in the Eagles' 28-10 win over Ariton. Zack Alford had seven receptions for 73 yards with two touchdowns and made an interception on defense for the Eagles.
NOLAN EARLE, BEULAH: Passed for 209 yards and two TDs and rushed for 79 yards as the Bobcats beat Spring Garden 35-6. It was the debut for new head coach Cody Flournoy.
MICHAEL CREAR, JASPER: Completed 8-of-13 passes for 201 yards and three touchdowns and added 88 yards rushing on 21 carries in a 35-7 victory over Hueytown.
JACOB AMBERSON, GLENCOE: Completed 12-of-14 passes for 201 yards and two touchdowns in the Yellow Jackets' 28-17 win over Westbrook Christian. Noah Huff caught six passes for 62 yards.
PHILLIP DUKES, PLAINVIEW: Completed 10-of-18 passes for 190 yards with an 84-yard touchdown and rushed for 70 yards and one score on 13 carries as the Bears beat Sand Rock 35-21.
JACK WEST, SARALAND: Was 11-of-18 passing for 173 yards and four TDs in a 42-24 win over LeFlore
MAURICE ROBINSON, MURPHY: Passed for 148 yards, rushed for 101 and accounted for four touchdowns in the Panthers’ 42-14 win over Alma Bryant. He rushed for two scores and passed for two.
DEVIN MITCHELL, FAIRHOPE: Amassed 315 yards in total offense and accounted for two touchdowns as Fairhope held off Foley 28-23.
LANDON JOHNSON, HOKES BLUFF: Was 9-for-14 passing for 159 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 47 yards on eight carries as the Eagles beat Southside-Gadsden 30-7 to snap a six-year losing streak to the Panthers.
KOBI McCOY, COLBERT COUNTY: Gained 386 yards rushing on 32 carries and scored three touchdowns in a 44-27 victory over Sheffield.
CHRISTIAN COLLINS, BOAZ: The junior rushed for 236 yards on 31 carries and scored three touchdowns as the Pirates beat J.B. Pennington 39-27. He also caught two passes for 17 yards. He scored on a 54-yard run and a pair of 1-yard runs.
TYLER CHRISTOPHER, PLEASANT GROVE: Rushed for 243 yards on 24 carries, including a 22-yard touchdown for the game's opening score, in a 47-6 win over Cordova.
DEANDRE CARLTON, JACKSON-OLIN: Registered 15 carries for 214 yards in the Mustangs' 25-12 win over Central-Tuscaloosa.
JADARIOUS MARTIN, WETUMPKA: The quarterback sparked a team that scored five of its seven touchdowns on plays that covered 30 or more yards in a 48-24 win over Eufaula. The visiting Indians got scoring runs of 63 and 82 yards from Martin, a 55-yard TD run from Kevosiey Smoke, a 51-yard interception return for a TD from Nicholas Turner and a 30-yard TD pass from Martin to Edward Rogers.
SYMON SMITH, UMS-WRIGHT: Rushed for 226 yards, including TD runs of 38 and 61 yards, in the Bulldogs' 27-22 win over Charles Henderson.
ZACK SELF, BREWER: The senior quarterback scored five touchdowns in a 32-13 victory over Westminster Christian with scoring runs covering 1, 18, 20, 33 and 68 yards.
CALEB VINSON, FALKVILLE: Ran for more than 200 yards, scored three touchdowns and added a 2-point conversion in a 28-27 loss to Danville.
DARIUS GARRETT, PELL CITY: Rushed for 212 yards and two touchdowns on 12 carries in the Panthers' 56-26 win over Childersburg.
WYATT WILBURN, EAST LIMESTONE: Had 207 yards rushing and three touchdowns on 17 carries to lead the Indians past West Limestone 21-19. His TD runs covered 4, 34 and 59 yards.
TAYLOR EASTERLING, HARTSELLE: The senior rushed for 175 yards and a 63-yard touchdown in the Tigers’ 40-0 victory over Lawrence County. He had 149 yards rushing at halftime.
ASA MARTIN & ANTONIO ROBINSON, AUSTIN: Martin rushed for 200 yards and four touchdowns and Robinson ran for 163 yards and scored on runs of 27 and 71 yards in a 41-14 victory over Bob Jones.
CRAIG KINSEY, ABBEVILLE: Rushed for 144 yards and one TD and caught two passes for 83 yards and two more scores in the Yellow Jackets’ 28-0 win over Ashford.
DARTAVIOUS BRITTON, COOSA CHRISTIAN: Ran 20 times for 165 yards and a touchdown while adding another 46 yards receiving in the Conquerors' 30-13 win over Appalachian.
CHANNING MARMANN, DESHLER: The Tigers’ quarterback rushed eight times for 122 yards and two touchdowns. He also completed 8-of-12 passes for 71 yards and two more TDs in a 35-3 victory over Russellville.
NATHAN NELSON, DAR: Had 15 carries for 123 yards and three TDs in a 57-7 victory over Douglas.
BLANTON JONES, CROSSVILLE: Rushed for four touchdowns and completed two touchdown passes in the Lions’ 47-28 win over Collinsville. Jones scored on runs of 2, 7, 1 and 4 yards and connected with Banks Jolley for TD passes covering 8 and 10 yards.
DYLAN CHANDLER, COLBERT HEIGHTS: Rushed for 120 yards on 13 carries and scored four touchdowns in a 30-0 win over Phil Campbell.
SETH WILLIAMS, PAUL BRYANT: Caught nine passes for 233 yards and a touchdown in a 22-19 loss to Minor.
ANQUAVIOUS “QUA” POLLARD, LANETT: Had two catches —his 99th and 100th career receptions — and had one TD to help Lanett defeat Notasulga 21-6. Pollard is a two-time, two-sport, all-state selection in both basketball and football. He led the Lanett basketball team to back-to-back state championships in 2016 and 2017 and helped the football team reach the 2A semifinals last season.
B.J. ANDERSON, ANDALUSIA: Hauled in seven pass receptions for 114 yards and two touchdowns as the Bulldogs downed Trinity Presbyterian 31-12.
JALEN HUMPHREY, LEE-HUNTSVILLE: Recorded 18 tackles, returned a fumble 47 yards for a touchdown, made a tackle in the end zone for a safety and had two sacks as the Generals nipped Grissom 24-23.
DYLAN BLOUNT, WICKSBURG: Had three interceptions in the Panthers’ 42-9 win over Geneva County.
ETHAN EDMONDSON, SCOTTSBORO: Recorded two quarterback sacks, giving him 15 for a new school record, and returned a fumble 27 yards for a TD in a 34-14 loss to Fort Payne. He finished with six tackles.
BRADLEY SCOTT, GLENCOE: Finished with 13 tackles in the Yellow Jackets' 28-17 win over Westbrook Christian.
JACKSON MURPHY, OAK MOUNTAIN: Stripped the ball from a Patriots’ runner and then returned the fumble 50 yards for a touchdown in a 28-27 win over Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa.
JAKE McDOWELL, COOSA CHRISTIAN: Forced and recovered a pair of fumbles leading to two touchdowns as the Conquerors beat Appalachian 30-13.
ARIES LAWSON, BAKER: Intercepted a pair of passes, returning one for a touchdown, as Baker nipped Vigor 17-13.
DALTON DYKES, SLOCOMB: Had eight tackles and an interception as the Red Tops blanked Rehobeth 6-0. Teammate Brantley Nelson also had eight stops and recovered a fumble for Slocomb.
SAM SAMFORD, HOOVER: Returned an interception 37 yards for a TD in the Bucs’ 42-7 victory over Meridian (MS).
CORTLIN MARTIN, BLOUNT: Recorded six tackles, two sacks and a forced fumble in the Leopards’ 42-0 win over Robertsdale.
JALEN McMILLAN, SPAIN PARK: Returned a kickoff 85 yards for a score and caught four passes doe 80 yards in the Jaguars' 40-7 triumph over Muscle Shoals.
ARCHER CHARLES, GUNTERSVILLE: Returned a kickoff 81 yards for a touchdown and rushed for 90 yards and two TDs as the Wildcats beat Oneonta 35-6.
JALYN ARMOUR-DAVIS, ST. PAUL’S EPISCOPAL: Returned a punt 52 yards in the first half as the Saints beat St. Stanislaus (MS) 35-12. He also had four receptions at wide receiver.
The AHSAA is saddened to learn of the death of former Elkmont High School student Leah Seibert. The 2017 Bryant-Jordan Ken and Betty Joy Blankenship State Achievement Award recipient, passed away Tuesday night, Aug. 29, after a long and courageous battle with cancer.
“Receiving the Bryant-Jordan Award was very special to Leah and her family, and the life she lived was a shining example of the character that Elkmont High School and the AHSAA want in all of our students,” said Elkmont assistant principal Kenny Jordan.
AHSAA Executive Director Steve Savarese said, “Leah was a very special student-athlete who personified what courage is all about and inspired all who knew her. We are very saddened by the news of her death and offer our prayers and condolences to her family and her extended family of teachers and students at Elkmont High School.”
Miss Seibert, who graduated last May, was a cheerleader and softball player at Elkmont High School in Limestone County. She had a 4.14 GPA on a 4.0 scale. Leah was diagnosed with Rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare form of childhood cancer, which required her to face many obstacles during her high school years. Even when she couldn’t participate, she was there cheering her teammates on and giving them her full support. Her positive attitude affected all who knew her.
Funeral arrangements are not available at this time.
INDIANAPOLIS, IN (August 29, 2017) —Mark Koski, director of sports, events and development at the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) for the past 10 years, has been selected chief executive officer of the NFHS Network. Koski’s appointment by the NFHS Network Board of Directors is effective September 1.
The NFHS Network, a joint venture between the NFHS, its member state associations and PlayOn! Sports, provides live and on-demand video of high school sports events through a digital network available at www.NFHSNetwork.com and on Apple TV. The NFHS Network, now in its fifth year of operation, covered more than 25,000 events last year involving 27 sports and activities.
Koski will continue to serve on the NFHS administrative staff as director of marketing and will divide his time between the NFHS Network headquarters in Atlanta and the NFHS office in Indianapolis.
“The NFHS Network Board of Directors sees in Mark Koski a person who has a powerful passion for the mission and potential of the NFHS Network,” said Jack Roberts, president of the NFHS Network Board of Directors and executive director of the Michigan High School Athletic Association. “He was involved with the Network when it was only an idea, has been instrumental in expanding its reach and has great ideas for furthering its success.
“Most important to the Board is that Mark has an excellent understanding of the needs of state high school associations, having served in the New Mexico association office and then serving all state associations during his decade on the NFHS staff; and he has gained the trust and respect of my counterparts across the country,” Roberts continued. “The hiring of Mark Koski and the location of the Network CEO in Indianapolis signal the next important phase in the development of the NFHS Network, which provides the NFHS its most significant tool ever for promoting the values of school-sponsored sports to students, schools and society.”
Since joining the NFHS staff in 2007, Koski has directed all major NFHS events and meetings. He also has been editor of the NFHS Soccer Rules Book and NFHS Field Hockey Rules Book and served on the NFHS Rules Review Committee.
Koski has been responsible for a tremendous growth in corporate partnerships for the NFHS the past five years as director of development. Currently, the NFHS has more than 20 corporate partners with total corporate revenue of $2.2 million annually. He also has led the national #MyReasonWhy public relations campaign the past two years and has been staff liaison with the NFHS Network since its formation in 2013.
“We are excited about the opportunities that Mark’s appointment brings both to the NFHS and the NFHS Network,” said Bob Gardner, NFHS executive director. “We see the integration of NFHS marketing opportunities with the NFHS Network as a win-win for both organizations.”
Prior to joining the NFHS staff in 2007, Koski was assistant director of the New Mexico Activities Association (NMAA) for four years, where he served as director of corporate development. He helped the NMAA increase its annual corporate sponsorship revenue from $27,000 to $700,000. He also was instrumental in starting the NMAA Foundation, which raised more than $100,000 in its first year of existence.
Koski graduated from Highland High School in Albuquerque, New Mexico, in 1995. He earned his bachelor’s degree in physical education from the University of New Mexico in 2000, where he was a decathlete and 400-meter sprinter for the Lobo track and field team for four years, and his master’s degree in sport administration from UNM in 2003. As a member of the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NIAAA), Koski earned his Certified Athletic Administrator (CAA) status in 2005 and his Certified Master Athletic Administrator (CMAA) in 2007. He is currently in the final phase of receiving his doctorate in educational administration.
Prior to joining the NMAA, Koski was a physical education and special education teacher at Manzano High School in Albuquerque for three years. He served as head track and field coach at Manzano for one year, where he helped increase participation from 30 to 130 student-athletes. Koski also served as assistant football coach for three years and assistant track coach for two years.
During his time with the NMAA, Koski served on the NFHS Baseball Rules Committee and the NFHS Track and Field Rules Committee. At the state level, Koski was president-elect of the New Mexico Sports Hall of Fame Board of Directors and a member of the Board of Directors of the New Mexico Games and the New Mexico Track and Cross Country Coaches Association.
“I am grateful for the opportunity to take the NFHS Network to new heights as its chief executive officer,” Koski said. “After serving 10 years at the NFHS national office, I have learned how important and influential our state associations are to the success of the NFHS and our NFHS Network. Building and fostering relationships with the state associations has always been a priority of mine, and I will take that with me to the NFHS Network. Great things lie ahead for the NFHS, its member associations and our Network – I am honored to be a part of it.”