MONTGOMERY -- The second-round Class 2A football playoff game between Elba and Samson postponed last Friday will be played tonight at 7:30 p.m., after the Alabama State Supreme Court ruled Monday on two conflicting Alabama Judicial Court rulings issued last Thursday. The Supreme Court upheld the AHSAA Executive Director’s ruling.
On Thursday, Nov. 10 at 11:42 a.m., the Circuit Court of Geneva County entered an Order that the AHSAA enforce and abide by the decision of the AHSAA Executive Director and the AHSAA District 1 Board that Washington County High School is ineligible for participation in the high school football playoffs. Later that day, at 4:17 p.m., the Circuit Court of Washington County entered an Order enjoining the AHSAA from removing Washington County High School from the playoffs.
Legal Counsel for the AHSAA filed a Petition with the Alabama Supreme Court Thursday night seeking direction as to the Circuit Court Orders.
Washington County High School was removed from the playoffs last week after AHSAA Executive Director Steve Savarese ruled that Washington County had played an ineligible player in its first playoff game Nov. 4 in violation of the AHSAA Home Rule. WCHS beat Samson in that Class 2A playoff contest. Consequently, Samson was reinstated into the playoffs following Washington County’s removal and advanced to meet Elba in the second round.
WCHS appealed that ruling to AHSAA District 1 and the AHSAA ruling was upheld by that board last Tuesday.
“We are glad to have this matter resolved and on behalf of all our member schools we greatly appreciate the State Supreme Court for ruling so quickly,” Savarese said. “The playoffs will now continue with remaining games to be played according to the playoff schedule.”
MONTGOMERY -- Fourteen unbeaten teams remain advanced through the second round to the quarterfinals of the Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) State Football Playoffs. Class 7A teams are advancing to the semifinals.
This week’s games will be played Friday, November 19.
The slate includes 26 games, four each in Classes 1A through 6A, and two in Class 7A. Defending state champion McGill-Toolen Catholic (12-0) goes on the road Friday to Central-Phenix City (10-1) and Hoover (10-2) goes to Gadsden City (7-5) in Friday’s 7A semifinals with the winners advancing to the Super 7 Class 7A championship game Nov. 30 at Jordan-Hare Stadium.
One defending state champion was eliminated Friday night with Andalusia’s 40-0 win over Leeds in Class 4A. Coach Trent Taylor’s Bulldogs (11-1) are on the road again Friday at Tallassee (9-3).
In Class 3A, defending champion Piedmont (12-0) won its 20th straight game with a 38-21 win over Colbert County. The Bulldogs were one of four teams from Region 5 clinching quarterfinal berths – assuring the tough region of a team in the state finals. Piedmont hosts No. 4 qualifier Weaver (9-3) and No. 2 seed Ohatchee (11-1) hosts No. 3 qualifier Randolph County (10-2). Randolph County beat Sylvania 38-24, Ohatchee downed Lauderdale County 49-21 and Weaver beat Lexington 42-0.
Other defending state champions advancing include: Maplesville (11-0) in 1A; St. Paul’s Episcopal (9-3) in 5A; Spanish Fort (10-2) in 6A. Defending 2A state champion Elba’s second-round game was postponed.
Four No. 4 seeds advanced with Weaver winning in 3A, Hokes Bluff (8-4) beating North Jackson 24-14 in Class 4A; Muscle Shoals (7-5) edging Gardendale 17-3 in 6A; and Gadsden City (7-5) knocking off previously unbeaten Hewitt-Trussville 29-28 in 7A.
Unbeaten teams by class advancing include: (Class 1A) Maplesville (11-0); Georgiana (12-0), Linden (12-0), Addison (12-0); (Class 2A) G.W. Long (11-0); Fyffe (12-0); LaFayette (12-0); (Class 3A) Gordo (12-0); Piedmont (12-0); (Class 4A) Rogers (12-0); Class 5A: Carroll (12-0); Scottsboro (12-0); (Class 6A) Park Crossing (12-0); (Class 7A) McGill-Toolen Catholic (12-0). Austin also won its second-round Class 6A game over Pinson Valley 44-38 in four overtimes.
Two quarterfinal matchups pit unbeaten teams: Georgiana at Linden in 1A and LaFayette at Fyffe in 2A.
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. An NFHS Network crew will also live-stream the McGill-Toolen vs. Central-Phenix City contest at Mobile Friday. The complete slate will be announced early next week and will be listed at www.nfhsnetwork.net.
Third-round pairings and second-round results:
AHSAA STATE FOOTBALL PLAYOFFS
(All games, Friday, Nov. 18, 7 p.m.)
Georgiana (12-0) at Linden (12-0)
Maplesville (11-0) at Sweet Water (9-2)
Pickens County (9-3) at Decatur Heritage (10-2)
Addison (12-0) at Hubbertville (10-1)
G.W. Long (11-0) at Southern Choctaw (10-1), Gilbertown
Aliceville (11-1) vs. TBA
LaFayette (12-0) at Fyffe (12-0)
Tanner (9-3) at Lanett (10-2)
Mobile Christian (11-1) at Oakman (8-4)
Bayside Academy (8-4) at Gordo (12-0)
Weaver (9-3) at Piedmont (12-0)
Randolph County (10-2) at Ohatchee (11-1)
Andalusia (11-1) at Tallassee (9-3)
Handley (10-2) at Thomasville (9-2)
Hokes Bluff (8-4) at Cherokee County (10-2), Centre
Madison Academy (9-3) at Rogers (12-0)
Carroll (12-0) at Beauregard (10-1)
Jackson (8-3) at St. Paul’s Episcopal (9-3), Mobile
Briarwood Christian (10-2) at Mortimer Jordan (10-2), Kimberly
Scottsboro (12-0) at Wenonah (9-2), Birmingham
Blount (10-2) at Park Crossing (12-0), Montgomery, Cramton Bowl
Opelika (11-1) at Spanish Fort (10-2)
Ramsay (10-2) at Minor (11-1), Graysville
Muscle Shoals (7-5) at Austin (9-3), Decatur
Central-Phenix City (10-1) at McGill-Toolen Catholic (12-0), Mobile
Hoover (10-2) at Gadsden City (7-5)
Tonight’s second-round Class 2A football playoff game between Elba and Samson has been postponed pending a ruling by the Supreme Court of Alabama.
Yesterday at 11:42 a.m., the Circuit Court of Geneva County entered an Order that the AHSAA enforce and abide by the decision of the AHSAA Executive Director and the AHSAA District 1 Board that Washington County High School is ineligible for participation in the high school football playoffs.
At 4:17 p.m., the Circuit Court of Washington County entered an Order enjoining the AHSAA from removing Washington County High School from the playoffs.
Legal Counsel for the AHSAA filed a Petition with the Alabama Supreme Court last night seeking direction as to the Circuit Court Orders. The AHSAA will continue to provide updates on this matter.
Washington County High School was removed from the playoffs Monday after AHSAA Executive Director Steve Savarese ruled that Washington County had played an ineligible player in its first playoff game Nov. 4 in violation of the AHSAA Home Rule. WCHS beat Samson in that Class 2A playoff contest. Consequently, Samson was reinstated into the playoffs following Washington County’s removal and advanced to meet Elba in the second round. The original pairing had Elba scheduled to play at Washington County.
WCHS appealed that ruling to AHSAA District 1 and the AHSAA ruling was upheld by that board Tuesday.
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FRIDAY, NOV. 11 (Football Playoffs)
Sweet Water vs. Wadley
Samson vs. Elba
KIR Network (Elba HS)
Sheffield vs. LaFayette
Southern Choctaw vs. Goshen
Goshen HS SBP
Andalusia vs. Leeds
Fayette County vs. Madison Academy
Madison Academy SBP
Russellville vs. Briarwood Christian
Russellville HS SBP
Wenonah vs. Brooks
Brooks HS SBP
Gardendale vs. Muscle Shoals
Muscle Shoals HS SBP
Minor vs. Hartselle
Hartselle HS SBP
Opelika vs. Daphne
Opelika HS SBP
Spanish Fort vs. Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa
Hillcrest-Tusc. HS SBP
Enterprise vs. McGill-Toolen Catholic
Enterprise HS SBP
Gadsden City vs. Hewitt-Trussville
James Clemens HS vs. Hoover
Hoover HS SBP
SATURDAY, NOV. 12 (Cross Country)
2016 AHSAA Cross Country Championships
Cullman HS SBP
MONTGOMERY – Raycom Media will televise live the Class 5A second-round state football playoff game between defending Class 5A state champion St. Paul’s Episcopal (8-3) and Central-Clay County (9-2) Friday night at Lineville as the Raycom/AHSAA Playoff Game of the Week. To find the cable channel serving your area, go to www.pathwaytotheplayoffs.com or go to www.ahsaa.com and click on the Raycom link.
Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. and will follow a special Veterans Day presentation to be held just prior to the playing of the National Anthem. Veterans Day is Friday, November 11 and is a day set aside to pay tribute to all Americans who have served in one of the armed forces.
Special recognition will take place at each host school stadium, including the Volunteers’ stadium in Clay County.
“Over the years and across this great nation thousands of individuals in the military forces have served and sacrificed so that we may live free,” AHSAA Executive Director Steve Savarese said. “We invite our schools to honor local veterans by any means approved by their administration.”
St. Paul’s, coached by Steve Mask, won the 2014 and 2015 state football titled beating Mortimer Jordan in the Super 7 finals at Bryant-Denny Stadium last year and downing Pleasant Grove at Jordan-Hare Stadium in ’14. Coach Kris Herron’s Volunteers are in their third year in Class 5A and in their fifth year of existence. The Clay County School System merged arch-rivals Clay County and Lineville in 2012 – bringing two of the state’s most storied programs together to form the new school located midway between the two communities of Ashland and Lineville. Herron served as head coach at Clay County for three years leading his team to the Super 7 Class 2A finals in his first year as head coach in 2009 and to the 3A semifinals in 2011.
Clay County and Lineville met in the AHSAA’s first Super 6 Class 2A finals at Legion Field in 1996 with Herron on the staff as an assistant coach. Clay set the state record with 55 straight wins during a stretch from 1994 to 1997. The two schools combined for 1,158 wins with Lineville compiling a 575-322-25 record and Clay County, 583-333-38.
The merger of the two schools has been one of the AHSAA’s top success stories of bringing two communities together.
Raycom will pick a playoff game of the week each week leading up to the Super 7 championships at Auburn’s Jordan-Hare Stadium Nov. 30-Dec. 2.
MONTGOMERY – An act of kindness and outstanding sportsmanship captured the AHSAA Prep Spotlight for the first round of the State Football Playoffs.
Saks High School Principal Jody Whaley has nothing but praise for Fayette County High School and its administration – led by Principal Jeremy Madden.
Fayette County hosted the Class 4A, first-round football game versus Saks last Friday with the host Tigers winning the hard-fought game 20-7.
Fayette also won the admiration of Whaley and the large Saks fan base that followed their team to the contest. Their acts off the field and the response it garnered catapulted Fayette and Saks into this week’s Prep Spotlight.
Whaley explained in this poignant email:
“I haven’t missed a single high school football game in the 19 years that I have been a school administrator and I am telling you that Fayette County is the best kept secret in the state. Let me name some of the reasons.
- Fayette County’s principal – He sent me a complete itinerary earlier in the week that provided vital information to my head coach, band director, cheer coach, even my fans. He also answered my phone call one hour before kickoff (the most hectic time possible for a high school principal). I told him our spirit bus broke down 30 miles from the school. He made me feel like we were his number one concern. He told me he would get us some help and that is exactly what he did.”
- The Transportation supervisor – He called me seconds after I hung up with the principal and he told me that mechanics were on the way to the stranded bus. Rather than letting us chance it on a bus that may or may not make it back to Saks High, he provided us with a Fayette County bus to return home in after the game. Countless (other) people from Fayette County pulled over to offer assistance to my students on the stranded bus.
- The Fayette County band students who went out of their way to tell our fans how great our Saks band was.
- All of the Fayette County fans who wanted to know the condition of the Saks player that was carted off and sent to the Fayette County Medical Center. Thank you for your prayers. He was released from the medical center and is going to need to see an orthopedic specialist. It was very noticeable how every single fan in the stadium went to complete silence every time an injured player was getting medical assistance on the field. (Fayette) fans are second to none.
- The two volunteer Fayette County deputies who stayed on our side the entire night to provide us with any assistance we needed (We never needed any).
- The head football coach - (Lance Tucker) personally called me earlier in the week and answered about 20 questions that I had ranging from where to park the band busses to the best three places to eat in Fayette County. He answered every question and he even gave me his personal cell number and told me to call if I had any more questions. FYI, I chose Sam’s Smoke House, WOW!
Whaley said he has heard numerous compliments from Saks fans about the generosity of everyone at Fayette County High School.
“ I’m certain I will hear more as the week goes on. I am going to call their principal and tell (Jeremy Madden) that his entire community deserves an extra 10-minute break for showing so much class.”
In other highlights from the first week of the AHSAA 2016 football playoffs:
TROJANS WELCOMES COACH BACK WITH PLAYOFF WIN: Saint James head football coach Jimmy Perry was on the operating table having multiple stents placed in the arteries near his heart just days before last Friday night’s 49-21 Class 4A state playoff win over Satsuma. Perry, who won his first playoff game at St. James and picked up his first postseason win since 2011, said prior to the game that the events gave him an even clearer perspective on the important things in life and made him appreciate more the relationships he has shared with family, coaches, players and friends.
The win give him a 99-52 career coaching record in 13 seasons, five at Saint James, three at St. Paul’s Episcopal and five at Robert E. Lee. He also spent nine years (2000-09) as an off-the-field assistant coach at Auburn.
CITRONELLE’S LB RECORDS 28 TACKLES: Justin Roberts, a linebacker, had 28 tackles in a 35-21 Class 5A playoff loss to unbeaten Carroll of Ozark. His total ties him for sixth most tackles in a single game in AHSAA history. The all-time record of 36 tackles was made by Hamilton’s Andy Stidham in a 20-13 win over Haleyville in 1996. Melvin Cotton of Holt had 31 in a 1998 game versus Bibb County; Mike DuBose 30 versus Pike County in 1968; Adam Crosby of New Brockton and Carlos Salinas of Frisco City 29 each in 2006 and 1999, respectively; Clarence Brown of Berry and Sean Anderson of Abbeville 28 each in games played in 2012.
HACKLEBURG NOTCHES HUDSON’S 75TH WIN: The Panthers (9-2) beat Lynn 35-6 in the first round of the Class 1A state playoffs as Stone Fincher ran for 171 yards and three touchdowns on 12 carries to give Coach Rod Hudson his 75th career win in just his eighth season at the helm. Hudson is 75-22, a winning percentage of .757.
CHIPPER LARTIGUE and ZACH MOODE, HEWITT-TRUSSVILLE: The offensive linemen helped open holes for Huskies running backs to score seven rushing touchdowns as Hewitt-Trussville (11-0) beat Oak Mountain 63-21 in the 7A playoffs.
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SPANISH FORT’S JOHNSTON SETS AHSAA RECORD: The Toros senior increased his season total to 161 tackles with last Friday’s performance versus Carver-Montgomery in a 23-22 playoff win and now has 638 career tackles, a new AHSAA record. The record was previously set by former Alabama All-Star Demarco McNeil of Blount (622) from 1996-98.
Johnston and Spanish Fort teammate Justin Thomas, who has 136 career tackles, will both be in the 30th annual Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game Dec. 10 at Cramton Bowl.
JAXTON CARSON, CENTRAL-PHENIX CITY: One of three running backs chosen for the Alabama All-Star Team, Carson ran nine times for 123 yards to lead the Red Devils past Murphy 56-7 in the Class 7A playoffs. His 49-yard TD run opened the second half for Central-Phenix City.
DAULTON HYATT, ETOWAH: One of two quarterbacks chosen for the Alabama All-Stars, he completed 11-of-14 passes for 236 yards and four touchdowns in the Blue Devils' 44-27 Class 5A playoff win over Mae Jemison.
CHADARIUS TOWNSEND, TANNER: The all-purpose back, who was selected to play for the Alabama stars as a defensive back, ran for 144 yards and three scores (67, 47 and 8 yards) on eight carries and also completed 5-of-9 passes for 206 yards with two touchdowns (75 and 40 yards) in the Rattlers’ 42-14 Class 2A win over Sulligent.
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IVORY STARR, CEDAR BLUFF: Churned out 303 yards rushing on 26 carries and scored three touchdowns (43, 1, 46 yards) in the Tigers' 41-20 Class 1A playoff victory over Berry.
GARRETT SANDERS, G.W. LONG: Rushed for 287 yards and four touchdowns and also threw an 8-yard touchdown pass to Kevin Janish to spark the Rebels (10-0) to a 54-21 Class 2A win over J.U. Blacksher.
ANTONIO ROBINSON, AUSTIN: Ran for 197 yards and three touchdowns in the first half as the Black Bears built a 41-0 lead en route to a 41-19 Class 6A playoff win over Pell City. Robinson finished with 22 carries and 223 yards total.
LADARIUS WOODS, DECATUR: Ran for 224 yards and three touchdowns on 29 carries in a 35-10 win over Cullman.
ZACK ALFORD, GOSHEN: Rushed for 212 yards and two touchdowns on 14 carries in a 48-26 Class 2A win over Verbena. Alford’s TD runs were 44 and 48 yards.
TREY HARRIS, NORTH JACKSON: Rushed for 199 yards and four touchdowns (75, 38, 20 and 4 yards) and passed for s 34-yard score as the Chiefs beat Wilson 41-7 in Class 4A.
JAHARI BROWN, NEW BROCTON: Had 196 yards and three touchdowns (1, 62 and 58 yards) as the Gamecocks won its 2A playoff opener 45-16 over Keith.
DAMON WILLIAMS, GADSDEN CITY: Rushed for 191 yards and a touchdown on 35 carries in the Titans' 15-7 Class 7A win over Mountain Brook.
LEE STANLEY, PIEDMONT: Rushed for 185 yards and two touchdowns on 11 carries in the Bulldogs' 55-26 Class 3A victory over Holly Pond.
DEE WILLIAMS, ELBA: Had 182 yards and five touchdowns (14, 30, 7, 42, 14 yards) on 21 carries and added two receptions for 22 yards in the defending state champion Tigers’ 40-8 Class 2A win over R.C. Hatch.
DEKARLOS BILLINGSLEY, SCOTTSBORO: Had 21 attempts for 164 yards and two touchdowns, caught three passes for 41 yards and defensively made 21 tackles as the unbeaten Wildcats (11-0) beat Lawrence County 38-27.
KHYMEL CHAVERST, PINSON VALLEY: Rushed 21 times for 160 yards, including two fourth-quarter TDs, as Pinson Valley downed Jackson-Olin 31-5 in a Class 6A playoff contest.
DAKOTA LAMBERT, SPRING GARDEN: Returned an interception 60 yards for a touchdown, hauled in a 25-yard TD pass from Ben Ivey and rushed for 120 yards and two touchdowns on 14 carries in the Panthers' 40-14 Class 1A victory over South Lamar.
CORY THOMAS, ETOWAH: Rushed 19 times for 154 yards and a touchdown in the Blue Devils' 44-27 win over Mae Jemison.
MICHAEL MATTHEWS, UMS-WRIGHT: Ran for 169 yards and two TDs as the Bulldogs won its 4A playoff opener over Dale County 36-0.
KOY CHAPMAN, GORDO: Completed 15-of-21 passes for 327 yards and five touchdowns in a 55-14 Class 3A victory over Prattville Christian.
COLE FREDERICK, HILLCREST-TUSCALOOSA: Was 19-of-25 passing for 286 yards and four touchdowns as the Patriots (11-0) beat Benjamin Russell 40-16 in the 6A playoffs.
MATT HIOTT, BIBB COUNTY: Scored on a 1-yard run in the first possession of overtime to lead the Choctaws to a 41-34 playoff win over Munford. He was 11-of-18 passing for 157 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for 77 yards and the game-clinching TD.
BO NIX, SCOTTSBORO: Had 266 totals yards and accounted for three TDs in the Wildcats’ 38-27 Class 5A win over Lawrence County. He was 10-of-20 passing for 138 yards and rushed for 128 yards and three scores on 15 carries.
KADARIUS TONEY, BLOUNT: Passed for 174 yards and rushed for 105 yards and two TDs as Blount nipped Dothan 15-7 in the 6A playoffs.
MALCOLM ASKEW, McADORY: Was 13-of-19 passing for 213 yards and three touchdowns in the Jackets’ 24-7 Class 6A win over Wetumpka. Willie Langham had all three TD receptions.
JACOB FREE, BRANTLEY: Was 7-of-12 passing for 184 yards and an 80-yard TD connection to Adrian Person Jr., as Brantley beat Marengo 55-38 in the 1A playoffs.
GRAYSON EDGEMON, MADISON ACADEMY: Was 14-of-21 passing for 210 yards and five touchdowns (33, 18, 10, 10 and 4 yards) in a 51-13 Class 4A win over Central-Florence.
TYREN DUPREE, CHEROKEE COUNTY: Completed 10-of-15 pass attempts for 161 yards and two touchdowns (52, 24 yards) and rushed for 97 yards on 18 carries in the Warriors' 29-22 Class 4A victory over Winfield.
LANDON JOHNSON, HOKES BLUFF: Was 8-of-10 passing for 193 yards and two touchdowns and ran for another in the Eagles' 24-8 victory over Haleyville.
BRANDON CROSBY, MAE JEMISON: Completed 11-of-25 passes for 147 yards and three touchdowns (15, 11 and 4 yards), and ran for 80 yards on 21 carries in a 44-27 Class 5A loss at Etowah.
ANDY NOLES, ETOWAH: Had four catches for 161 yards and three touchdowns in the Blue Devils' 44-27 win over Mae Jemison.
REED BLANKENSHIP, WEST LIMESTONE: Snagged TD passes of 20 and 17 yards and threw a 2-yard TD pass in the Wildcats’ 28-26 Class 4A win over Madison County.
JAYLOND ADAMS, MINOR: Had 253 all-purpose yards to lead Minor in a come-from-behind 42-21 Class 6A win over Homewood. He had two TDs as the Tigers scored 30 points in the final quarter.
JAHMIANR FILS-AIME’, DALEVILLE: Recorded 21 tackles in a 21-14 Class 3A loss to Bayside Academy.
TRENT COCHRAN-GILL, TALLASSEE: Had two interceptions and eight tackles on defense and also had nine carries for 142 yards with a 56-yard touchdown on offense in the Tigers’ 29-26 Class 4A win over Hale County.
ETHAN WELLS, WICKSBURG: Returned an interception 20 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter to give the Panthers a two-score lead on the way to a 34-28 Class 3A playoff win at T.R. Miller. Wells also had six receptions for 96 yards and ran for 58 yards on nine carries with one touchdown.
BEN ABERCROMBIE, HOOVER: Snatched two of the four interceptions made by Hoover’s defense, returning one for a TD, and the Bucs beat Bob Jones 31-10 in the Class 7A playoffs.
BEN McGOUGH, DECATUR HERITAGE: Made 15 tackles and caught an 8-yard touchdown in a 35-8 Class 1A win over Phillips.
JUSTIN CULVER, SCOTTSBORO: Made 12 tackles, including two for losses, in a 38-27 win over Lawrence County.
JACKSON JOHNSON, McGILL-TOOLEN CATHOLIC: Had two interceptions, returning one for a 21-yard touchdown, to lift the defending Class 7A state champion Yellow Jackets (11-0) to a 46-14 win over Jeff Davis.
ISAIHA JONES, CEDAR BLUFF: Returned an interception 50 yards for a touchdown in the Tigers’ 41-20 Class 1A win over Berry.
CALEB RANSUM, CHEROKEE COUNTY: Posted a sack for a 12-yard loss on fourth down inside Warriors territory in the fourth quarter, then later recovered a fumble inside the Cherokee County 10-yard line to help preserve a 29-22 Class 4A playoff victory over Winfield.
TY REYNOLDS, DAPHNE: Had a 71-yard interception return for a touchdown as Daphne beat Sidney Lanier 24-6 in the opening round of the Class 6A state playoffs at Cramton Bowl. It was the Trojans’ ninth straight win after opening the season 0-2.
JORDAN GRADDY, MOBILE CHRISTIAN: Recovered a Straughn fumble and also intercepted a pass as the Leopards beat the Tigers 21-7 in the 3A playoffs.
TRE’SHAWN BROWN, MONTEVALLO: Had nine tackles, returned an interception for a touchdown and caught a TD pass as the Bulldogs posted a 45-18 Class 3A playoff win over Southside-Selma.
CLAY KELLEY, NEW BROCKTON: Had 11 tackles in New Brockton’s 45-16 Class 2A win over Keith. He also rushed for 169 yards and three touchdowns (44, 8 and 2 yards).
BRADON CARVER, SAND ROCK: The senior had 10 tackles on defense, rushed for 104 yards and a TD on 22 carries and also tossed a TD pass as the Wildcats nipped Reeltown 20-18 in the 2A playoffs.
MARTIN CHAFFIN, MORTIMER JORDAN: Had an interception on a two-point try with 33 seconds remaining to seal the Blue Devils’ 22-20 Class 5A win over Pleasant Grove.
QUINTON DOWNEY, SPRING GARDEN: Registered nine tackles on defense and rushed for 133 yards and two TDs on 19 carries on offense as Spring Garden beat South Lamar 40-14.
MATTHEW QUINN, SPANISH FORT: Kicked a 21-yard field goal as time expired to lift the defending state champion Toros to a 23-22 Class 6A playoff win over Carver-Montgomery.
JONATHAN KILGO, GADSDEN CITY: Kicked field goals of 21, 32 and 46 yards in the Titans' 15-7 playoff win at Mountain Brook.
ANDREW OSTEEN, ENTERPRISE: Booted three field goals in four attempts, making attempts of 27, 37 and 38 yards, and was perfect on all six extra-point tries in the Wildcats’ 51-14 Class 7A win over Baker. Osteen also kicked seven of 10 kickoffs for touchbacks and had one punt for 47 yards.
MARCUS JONES, ENTERPRISE: Returned a punt 82 yards for a touchdown and added another 44-yard return to set up a Wildcat field goal in a 51-14 win over Baker.
RAUL HERNANDEZ, ETOWAH: Kicked a 45-yard field goal and was 5-for-6 in extra points in the Blue Devils' 44-27 win over Mae Jemison.
BAILEY POTTER, SCOTTSBORO: The senior kicker was true on five extra points and extended his current streak of successful extra-point kicks to 44 in a row as the Wildcats advanced in the 5A playoffs with a 38-27 win over Lawrence County. He also booted a 23-yard field and is now 7-of-8 on field goal tries this season.
Washington County High School of Chatom has been fined, placed on probation for one year and ordered to forfeit its Class 2A first-round football playoff win over Samson for violating the AHSAA eligibility rules. Washington County High School self-reported the violation to the AHSAA once notified of the potential infraction.
MONTGOMERY -- All seven defending state football champions and 17 unbeaten teams survived the first round of the Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) State Football Playoffs and advance to the second round of games Nov. 11.
The games will be played on Veterans Day, and in honor of the nation’s veterans, the AHSAA is asking all host schools to have a program honoring veterans prior to the playoff contest at each stadium. Instructions have been provided to each host school to assist them in honoring the veterans during a special pre-game program. All games are set to kick off at 7 p.m.
This week’s slate includes 52 games in the second round – eight each in classes 1A through 6A and four games in Class 7A. Among the 104 participants are defending champions Maplesville (1A), Elba (2A), Madison Academy (4A), Leeds (4A), St. Paul’s Episcopal (5A), Spanish Fort (6A) and McGill-Toolen Catholic (7A). Madison Academy won the 3A state title in 2015, but moved up to 4A this season.
McGill-Toolen (11-0), coached by Caleb Ross, extended its current winning streak to 20 games with a 46-14 victory over Jeff Davis in the first round.
The five rounds of playoffs (only four for 7A) will conclude with the Super 7 State Football Finals at Auburn University’s Jordan-Hare Stadium Nov. 30-Dec. 2.
Class 6A, Region 8 and Class 3A, Region 5 were the only regions to advance all four teams in the first round.
A total of 15 regions advanced three of four qualifiers to the second round including: Regions 3 and 7 in Class 1A; Regions 1, 3 and 7 in Class 2A; Regions 1, 4 and 5 in Class 3A; Regions 1 and 3 in Class 4A; Regions 1 and 3 in Class 6A; and Regions 2 and 4 in Class 7.
The seven defending state champions include Class 1A Maplesville (10-0); Class 2A Elba (9-2); Class 3A Piedmont (11-0); Class 4A Leeds (9-2); Class 5A St. Paul’s Episcopal (8-3); Class 6A Spanish Fort (9-2); and Class 7A McGill-Toolen (11-0).
Unbeaten teams by class in the playoffs include: (Class 1A) Maplesville (10-0); Georgiana (11-0), Linden (11-0), Wadley (10-0), Addison (11-0); (Class 2A) G.W. Long (10-0); Fyffe (11-0); LaFayette (11-0); (Class 3A) Gordo (11-0); Piedmont (11-0); (Class 4A) Rogers (11-0); Class 5A: Carroll (11-0); Scottsboro (11-0); (Class 6A) Park Crossing (11-0); Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa (11-0); (Class 7A) McGill-Toolen Catholic (11-0); and Hewitt-Trussville (11-0).
Advancing to the second round are also 18 teams with just one loss, 27 with two losses and 24 with three losses. Three schools advancing still have records under. 500 on the year.
Round two winners in Classes 1A through 6A will advance to the quarterfinals on Nov. 18 and the semifinals Nov. 25. Class 7A will have quarterfinal games this week with semifinals Nov. 18.
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.
Second-round pairings and first-round results:
AHSAA STATE FOOTBALL PLAYOFFS
All games, Nov. 4, 7 p.m. unless otherwise denoted
AHSAA STATE FOOTBALL PLAYOFFS
Isabella (10-1) at Georgiana (11-0)
Linden (11-0) at Notasulga (7-4)
Sweet Water (8-2) at Wadley (10-0)
Brantley (7-4) at Maplesville (10-0)
Decatur Heritage (9-2) at Cedar Bluff (8-3)
Pickens County (8-3) at Sumiton Christian (9-2)
Hubbertville (9-1) at Hackleburg (9-2)
Spring Garden (10-1) at Addison (11-0)
New Brockton (7-4) at G.W. Long (10-0), Skipperville
Southern Choctaw (9-1) at Goshen (8-3)
Leroy (8-3) at Aliceville (10-1)
Samson (7-4) at Elba (9-2)
Cleveland (8-3) at Fyffe (11-0)
Sheffield (9-2) at LaFayette (11-0)
Lanett (9-2) at West End (6-5), Walnut Grove
Sand Rock (9-2) at Tanner (8-3)
Oakman (7-4) at Hillcrest-Evergreen (5-6)
Montevallo (10-1) at Mobile Christian (10-1)
Gordo (11-0) at Wicksburg (8-3)
Pike County (9-2) at Bayside Academy (7-4), Daphne
Lexington (8-3) at Weaver (8-3)
Colbert County (9-2) at Piedmont (11-0)
Ohatchee (10-1) at Lauderdale County (7-4), Rogersville
Sylvania (8-3) at Randolph County (9-2), Wedowee
Tallassee (8-3) at Saint James (10-1), Montgomery
Andalusia (10-1) at Leeds (8-3)
Thomasville (8-2) at Bibb County (8-3), Centreville
Handley (9-2) at UMS-Wright (9-2), Mobile
North Jackson (6-4) at Hokes Bluff (7-4)
West Limestone (10-1) at Cherokee County (9-2), Centre
Rogers (11-0) at Cordova (9-2)
Fayette County (5-6) at Madison Academy (8-3)
Calera (8-3) at Carroll (11-0), Ozark
Beauregard (9-1) at Vigor (8-3), Prichard
St. Paul’s Episcopal (8-3) at Central-Clay County (9-2)
Jackson (7-3) at Lincoln (4-7)
Etowah (9-2) at Mortimer Jordan (9-2), Kimberly
Russellville (8-3) at Briarwood Christian (10-1)
Wenonah (8-2) at Brooks (9-2), Killen
Scottsboro (11-0) at Fairfield (7-4)
Park Crossing (11-0) at Bessemer City (7-4)
McAdory (8-3) at Blount (9-2), Prichard
Spanish Fort (9-2) at Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa (11-0)
Opelika (10-1) at Daphne (9-2)
Minor (10-1) at Hartselle (9-2)
Decatur (10-1) at Ramsay (9-2), Birmingham, Legion Field
Austin (8-3) at Pinson Valley (8-3)
Gardendale (8-3) at Muscle Shoals (6-5)
Enterprise (10-1) at McGill-Toolen Catholic (11-0), Mobile
Auburn (8-3) at Central-Phenix City (9-1)
James Clemens (8-3) at Hoover (9-2), Hoover Met
Gadsden City (6-5) at Hewitt-Trussville (11-0)
AHSAA STATE FOOTBALL PLAYOFFS
Georgiana (11-0) 28, Millry (4-7) 6
Isabella (10-1) 46, Winterboro (6-5) 6
Linden (11-0) 77, Houston County (6-5) 7
Notasulga (7-4) 37, Ragland (7-4) 36
Wadley (10-0) 50, Loachapoka (3-8) 7
Sweet Water (8-2) 47, McKenzie (7-4) 6
Maplesville (10-0) 61, Talladega County Central (4-6) 6
Brantley (7-4) 55, Marengo (6-5) 38
Cedar Bluff (8-3) 41, Berry (5-6) 20
Decatur Heritage (9-2) 35, Phillips (3-8) 8
Pickens County (8-3) 55, Coosa Christian (3-8) 7
Sumiton Christian (9-2) 49, Cherokee (5-6) 28
Hackleburg (9-2) 35, Lynn (7-4) 6
Hubbertville (9-1) 47, Woodville (5-6) 15
Addison (11-0) 63, Shoals Christian (3-8) 20
Spring Garden (10-1) 40, South Lamar (6-5) 14
G.W. Long (10-0) 54, J.U. Blacksher (5-6) 21
New Brockton (7-4) 45, Keith (6-5) 16
Southern Choctaw (9-1) 41, Abbeville (4-7) 20
Goshen (8-3) 48, Verbena (6-5) 25
Aliceville (10-1) 47, Luverne (7-4) 14
Leroy (8-3) 26, Ariton (6-5) 0
Elba (9-2) 40, R.C. Hatch (5-6) 8
Samson (7-4) 1, Washington County (6-4) 0 (forfeit)
Fyffe (11-0) 56, Horseshoe Bend (6-5) 7
Cleveland (8-3) 41, Red Bay (8-3) 14
LaFayette (11-0) 26, Collinsville (6-5) 6
Sheffield (9-2) 27, Cold Springs (5-6) 14
West End (6-5) 41, Lamar County (6-5) 7
Lanett (9-2) 68, Gaston (6-5) 13
Tanner (8-3) 42, Sulligent (6-5) 14
Sand Rock (9-2) 20, Reeltown (6-5) 18
Hillcrest-Evergreen (5-6) 28, Opp (9-2) 25
Oakman (7-4) 21, Montgomery Academy (7-4) 0
Mobile Christian (10-1) 21, Straughn (4-6) 7
Montevallo (10-1) 45, Southside-Selma (7-4) 18
Gordo (11-0) 55, Prattville Christian (5-6) 14
Wicksburg (8-3) 34, T.R. Miller (8-3) 28
Pike County (9-2) 27, American Christian (5-6) 22
Bayside Academy (7-4) 21, Daleville (8-3) 14
Weaver (8-3) 37, Fultondale (8-3) 7
Lexington (8-3) 25, North Sand Mountain (6-5) 14
Piedmont (11-0) 55, Holly Pond (6-5) 26
Colbert County (9-2) 31, Plainview (6-5) 20
Lauderdale County (7-4) 55, Geraldine (5-6) 16
Ohatchee (10-1) 49, Locust Fork (7-4) 28
Sylvania (8-3) 42, West Morgan (7-4) 6
Randolph County (9-2) 28, J.B. Pennington (8-3) 6
Saint James (10-1) 49, Satsuma (6-5) 21
Tallassee (8-3) 29, Hale County (5-6) 26
Andalusia (10-1) 42, Alabama Christian (4-7) 24
Leeds (8-3) 19, Greensboro (5-6) 12
Bibb County (8-3) 41, Munford (6-5) 34 (OT)
Thomasville (8-2) 20, Montgomery Catholic (8-3) 6
Handley (9-2) 49, West Blocton (6-5) 7
UMS-Wright (9-2) 36, Dale County (7-4) 0
Hokes Bluff (7-4) 24, Haleyville (9-2) 8
North Jackson (6-4) 41, Wilson (8-3) 7
Cherokee County (9-2) 29, Winfield (7-4) 22
West Limestone (10-1) 28, Madison County (6-5) 26
Rogers (11-0) 42, Randolph (6-5) 6
Cordova (9-2) 46, Jacksonville (8-2) 23
Madison Academy (8-3) 51, Central-Florence (4-7) 13
Fayette County (5-6) 20, Saks (6-5) 7
Carroll (11-0) 35, Citronelle (6-5) 21
Calera (8-3) 35, Sylacauga (8-3) 34
Vigor (8-3) 47, B.T. Washington (7-4) 0
Beauregard (9-1) 41, Dallas County (6-5) 0
Central-Clay County (9-2) 56, Jemison (3-8) 14
St. Paul's Episcopal (8-3) 45, Charles Henderson (7-4) 7
Lincoln (4-7) 27, Demopolis (7-4) 24
Jackson (7-3) 41, Eufaula (8-3) 21
Mortimer Jordan (9-2) 22, Pleasant Grove (4-7) 20
Etowah (9-2) 44, Mae Jemison (6-5) 27
Briarwood Christian (10-1) 42, Corner (7-4) 17
Russellville (8-3) 35, Guntersville (6-5) (28)
Brooks (9-2) 56, Arab (6-5) 30
Wenonah (8-2) 42, West Point (6-5) 8
Scottsboro (11-0) 38, Lawrence County (5-6) 27
Fairfield (7-4) 14, Hayden (8-3) 7
Park Crossing (11-0) 45, Saraland (6-5) 14
Bessemer City (7-4) 31, at Chelsea (8-3) 23
Blount (9-2) 15, Dothan (4-7) 7
McAdory (8-3) 24, Wetumpka (8-3) 7
Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa (11-0) 40, Benjamin Russell (3-8) 16
Spanish Fort (9-2) 23, Carver-Montgomery (5-6) 22
Opelika (10-1) 48, Paul Bryant (4-7) 12
Daphne (9-2) 24, Sidney Lanier (8-3) 6
Minor (10-1) 42, Homewood (5-6) 21
Hartselle (9-2) 21, Albertville (8-3) 7
Ramsay (9-2) 38, Clay-Chalkville (6-5) 28
Decatur (10-1) 35, Cullman (6-5) 10
Austin (8-3) 41, Pell City (6-5) 19
Pinson Valley (8-3) 31, Jackson-Olin (8-3) 5
Muscle Shoals (6-5) 31, Oxford (10-1) 17
Gardendale (8-3) 28, Hueytown (8-3) 26
McGill-Toolen Catholic (11-0) 46, Jeff Davis (5-6) 14
Enterprise (10-1) 51, Baker (6-5) 14
Central-Phenix City (9-1) 56, Murphy (6-5) 7
Auburn (8-3) 34, Davidson (9-2) 10
Hoover (9-2) 31, Bob Jones (7-4) 10
James Clemens (8-3) 21, Spain Park (8-3) 12
Hewitt-Trussville (11-0) 63, Oak Mountain (3-8) 21
Gadsden City (6-5) 15, Mountain Brook (8-3) 7