Hoover 35, Prattville 21
Hoover High School scored two touchdowns in the final two minutes of the first half Wednesday night and held on to beat Prattville 35-21 at Auburn University’s Jordan-Hare Stadium to claim the first Class 7A state football championship in AHSAA state playoff history.
Coach Josh Niblett’s Bucs (12-2) won their third state title in a row, 12th game in a row, captured their 39th straight win against AHSAA competition and their 11th state football crown in school history. Game MVP Marcus Webb rushed 22 times for 153 yards and one touchdown to earn MVP honors. Teammate Bradrick Shaw added 101 yards and two scores on 19 tries as Hoover piled up 244 yards on the ground.
The Bucs scored first, taking the opening drive 80 yards on 12 plays culminating with quarterback Jack Hucheson’s 7-yard pass to Quincy Cox for the touchdown. The march ate up 5:37 of the first quarter and set the tone with the strong running attack.
Webb scored on a 20-yard run midway through the second quarter and Shaw followed with a 5-yard TD run with 2:04 left in the half.
Prattville (11-3) cranked up its offense a minute later when quarterback Keith Washington connected with Seth Knotts for a 50-yard touchdown pass to cut the Hoover lead to 21-7.
But the Bucs were not done, however. Leonard Wood scored with 20 seconds left in the half on a 41-yard pass from Hutcheson to take a 28-7 lead into intermission. Hutchison finished 9-of-15 for 150 yards and two TDs with Alex Elam the leading receiver with three catches for 67 yards.
Coach Chad Anderson’s Lions drove 67 yards on nine plays to open the third quarter and cut the lead to 28-14 on Washington’s short sneak into the end zone. Hoover bounced right back on Shaw’s 20-yard TD run two minutes later to stretch its lead to 35-14.
Prattville closed out the scoring when Derek Gappa hauled in a 41-yard TD pass from Washington with 4:51 to play. Washington finished 11-of-23 for 170 yards with Knotts catching five passes for 170 yards. Gappa also had five receptions for 86 yards. Joseph Burke had 58 yards rushing on 16 carries for the Lions.
Defensively, Hoover linebacker Jeremiah Mood had a game-high 10 tackles and Micah Bagley had eight. Anthony Brown was in on seven stops with one sack.
Hoover has now won nine state championships since 2000, including 6A titles in 2012 and 2013. The last loss in-state came in a 35-34 loss to Prattville in the 2012 state championship game.
The Super 7 State Championships continue at Auburn Thursday with Dale County (14-0) facing Madison Academy (13-1) in the 3A finals at 11 a.m., Hubbertville (13-0) versus Maplesville (13-0) in the 1A championship at 3 p.m., and St. Paul’s (14-0) taking on Pleasant Grove (12-2) in the 5A finals at 7.
All games will be televised live over the Raycom Network.
Lawrence County 26, Hewitt-Trussville 18
Lawrence County receiver Josh Smith had five receptions for 59 yards with one touchdown to lead his team to a 26-18 win over Hewitt-Trussville in the first Unified Sports state flag football game in AHSAA history Wednesday at Auburn University’s Jordan-Hare Stadium.
The teams, consisting of Special Olympic student-athletes and regular student peer partners, battled on a 25x60-yard field over two 20-minute halves.
Smith, who also made an interception on defense, had a 24-yard catch from partner Jesse Childress to set up Lawrence County’s first TD. Childress then connected with Timmy Chaney for a 3-yard TD pass with 15:26 remaining in the first half.
Hewitt-Trussville tied the game at 6-6 with 11:43 left in the half when partner Dylan McCormick tossed a 10-yard TD pass to athlete Andrew White. White had a good game rushing for 29 yards on four carries, catching two passes for 18 yards and throwing a 7-yard TD pass to McCormick.
Tyler Ball, who rushed for 33 yards on five carries, scored Hewitt’s other TD on a 10-yard run.
Lawrence County receiver Timmy Chaney had two catches for TDs covering 1 and 3 yards. Bobby Le Griffith scored the final touchdown with a 9-yard run.
Lawrence County, coached by Steve Jones, used six different passers to complete 14-of-27 passes for 124 yards. Hewitt-Trussville, coached by Tim Meacham, was 9-of-24 passing for 100 yards and also rushed for 61 yards on 11 tries.
The 2014 Alabama High School Athletic Association’s 2014 Super 7 State Football Championships kickoff today at Auburn University’s Jordan-Hare Stadium making history on several fronts.
The AHSAA will crown its first Class 7A state champion tonight when perennial state finalist Hoover (11-2) faces Prattville (11-2) at 7 p.m. The AHSAA playoffs consisted of six classifications since 1984 and the finals were dubbed the Super 6 State Championships from 1996-2013.
Last winter the AHSAA approved seven classes - adding16 teams to the playoff field that raised the number from 192 to 208. Tonight’s game will be the culmination of that major change.
In conjunction with Special Olympics of Alabama (SOAL), the AHSAA will also host its first-ever Unified Sports state game today at 3:30 p.m. at Jordan-Hare. The Unified game will be an exhibition between a team comprised of students from Lawrence County High School’s system and a team from Hewitt-Trussville.
The Unified Game is a 5-on-5 flag football game featuring Special Olympic student-athletes and regular student “peer partners.” The lineup consists of three athletes and two partners at all times. The game is being live-streamed over the NFHS Network by Opelika High School’s School Broadcast Program. The link is http://www.nfhsnetwork.com/events/ahsaa/a1b2bf17e7
and can be found at www.nfhsnetwork.com.
Hoover won the last two Class 6A state titles in 2012 and 2013. The Bucs and Lions have squared off in the finals five times since 2004 with Prattville winning 35-34 in 2011 in the last meeting. Coach Chad Anderson’s Lions hold as 3-2 edge in the championship series.
Coach Josh Niblett’s Bucs lost its first two games of the season to out-of-state powers to snap a 30-game winning streak. Since then Hoover has reeled off 11 straight wins and has not lost a game to an in-state team since that 2011 title game versus Prattville.
Raycom Network is televising tonight’s game live over its vast network of Raycom stations and will also televise the six remaining games Thursday and Friday. Games will be shown teach Raycom station’s main channel or its Bounce channel. Channel listings can be found at: http://www.pathtotheplayoffs.com/tv-channel-listings/
Thursday’s three-game schedule features three schools making their state championship debuts. The action gets underway at 11 a.m. with Dale County (14-0) meeting two-time defending state champion Madison Academy (13-1) in the 3A finals. It is the first state championship appearance for the Warriors and the fourth straight for the Mustangs.
Hubbertville (13-0), also making its first state championship appearance, faces Maplesville (13-0) at 3 p.m. Pleasant Grove (12-2), in its first final, will close out Thursday’s schedule in the 5A finals versus St. Paul’s Episcopal (14-0) of Mobile at 7 p.m.
On Friday, Deshler (13-1) and Leeds (13-1) open play at 11 a.m. in the 4A championship game. Elba (14-0) and Fyffe (14-0) put their unbeaten records on the line in the 2A finals at 3 p.m., and in the final game of the Super 7, Saraland (13-1) will meet Clay-Chalkville (14-0) in the 6A finals at 7 p.m. It marks the first time in the finals for the Spartans.
A special fireworks display by TNT Fireworks will be featured after the 7A, 5A and 6A night games.
The AHSAA state football playoffs, in its 49th year, played championships at home sites until 1996 when all state finals were moved to one site with the introduction of the Super 6. Birmingham’s fabled Legion Field served as host until 2009 when the AHSAA switched to a rotation between Alabama and Auburn on alternating years opposite the site of the annual Iron Bowl. Alabama hosted the Super 6 in 2009, 2011 and 2013. Auburn hosted in 2010 and 2012.
The AHSAA Radio Network will also broadcast all games over its network. The on-line link for the audio broadcast is at http://mixlr.com/ahsaaradio/.
Auburn, Ala. – The teams for the Alabama High School Athletic Association’s Class 7A state football championship game are set with Hoover and Prattville each winning semifinal games last weekend.
That game will kick off the 2014 Super 7 Championships at Auburn University’s Jordan-Hare Stadium Dec. 3-5. This Friday the AHSAA’s remaining six classifications will determine the other championship pairings in their respective semifinal games.
Now is the time to avoid the long lines and last-minute rush. Tickets to all Super 7 Championship games are now on sale online at www.preptix.com/ahsaa.
The Class 7A state championship game is set Wednesday, Dec. 3 at Jordan-Hare Stadium with a 7 p.m. kickoff. The AHSAA’s first Unified Sports flag football state exhibition game will be played earlier in the day at 3:30 p.m.
The AHSAA Class 3A finals are scheduled Thursday, Dec. 4, at 11 a.m., followed by the 1A championship game at 3 p.m. and 5A title game at 7 p.m. Class 4A will open the Super 7 Championship three-game schedule Friday, Dec. 5, at 11 a.m., followed by the Class 2A finals at 3 p.m. The Class 6A championship game will close out the competition later that night at 7 p.m.
This is a special year for the AHSAA since history will be made with seven state champions crowned for the first time with the addition of the 7A classification.
All schools, teams, students and fans are encouraged to be a part of this historic event and join in supporting the final teams of each classification as they compete for state titles.
Advance tickets at $12 are valid only for all games that day. Group tickets are also available at a discounted price and can be purchased online through PrepTix.
Additionally, fans have the opportunity to watch this year’s Super 7 from one of Jordan-Hare Stadium’s luxury suites. These suites are fully furnished, air-conditioned/heated, and offer the opportunity to order private catering. Suites range from $800 per game to $2,400 for the entire week. Suites can also be purchased online at www.preptix.com/ahsaa.
The daily schedule of games is as follows:
· Wednesday, December 3
o 3:30 p.m. – Unified Sports State Game: Hewitt-Trussville vs. Lawrence County.
o 7:00 p.m. – 7A Championship: Prattville Lions vs. Hoover Bucs.
· Thursday, December 4
o 11:00 a.m. – 3A Championship: TBD
o 3:00 p.m. – 1A Championship: TBD
· 7:00 p.m. – 5A Championship: TBD
Friday, December 5
o 11:00 a.m. – 4A Championship: TBD
o 3:00 p.m. – 2A Championship: TBD
o 7:00 p.m. – 6A Championship: TBD
For more information about the championships or purchasing tickets, contact Mike Vest at Mike@knighteady.com.
Glencoe High School’s powerful running attack stoked the Yellow Jacket to 21-0 lead last Friday night as Coach Lee Ozmint’s team rolled into the AHSAA Class 3A state football playoff semifinals with a 49-19 win over Colbert County.
Thomas Ozmint, son of the head coach, gained 203 yards and scored four touchdowns on 23 rushing attempts and teammate Dylan Stone also had 194 yards and three scores on 16 carries as Glencoe grabbed the AHSAA Prep Spotlight for round three of the playoffs. The victory avenged last year’s 45-44 overtime setback to the Indians in round two of the playoffs and improved Glencoe’s record to 13-0 for the first time since the Yellow Jackets won the Class 2A state title in 1973.
Both running backs are well over 1,000 yards on the season as Glencoe heads into this week’s Class 3A semifinals at home against two-time defending state champion Madison Academy (12-1).
Glencoe’s tradition is rich – sporting a 490-380-25 record dating back to the first season in 1922. In 1926, Coach Clair Strickland’s Jackets produced the school’s first unbeaten season (8-0). The next one came in 1938 with Coach Dewitt Dunn’s squad finishing 8-0-1. Coach Lyle Darnell, who coached the 1973 state championship team, led the Yellow Jackets to a 9-0-1 record in 1970 and a 12-1 season in 1979.
Ozmint, in his ninth season as head coach, is 68-34 overall and ranks third in the school’s all-time coaches’ wins list. Darnell and E.C.Wilson rank ahead of Ozmint with 97 and 93 wins each.
The 2014 team has scored a school-record 525 points in 13 games (40.4 per game) and yielded 171 (13.2 points per game) overall.
Glencoe’s big win edged out several top performances, including Austin Stiefel’s 264 yards rushing in a 49-21 win over Tanner and a last-second field goal by eighth grader Matthew Quinn as Spanish Fort nipped McAdory 24-21.
Stiefel had 21 carries and scored four touchdowns as the Red Devils (13-0) beat the defending Class 2A state champion Rattlers. His TD runs covered 1, 80, 12 and 78 yards. He added a fifth TD with a 27-yard pass reception and finished with two catches for 68 yards and totaled 364 all-purpose yards. Fyffe hosts
Quinn kicked an 18-yard field goal as time expired to give the Toros a 24-21 Class 6A playoff win over previously unbeaten McAdory. The victory sends Spanish Fort into the semifinals for the fourth time in the last five years. Quarterback Javon Brown also completed 18-of-21 passes for 181 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for 88 yards on 18 carries in the win.
Other highlights reported:
JAMARIUS HENDERSON, DALE COUNTY: Rushed for 270 yards and four touchdowns and had three receptions for 88 yards in the Warriors' 48-21 win over Montgomery Academy. He is now 18 yards shy of 3,000 heading into the semifinals Friday versus Gordo.
ART SMITH, CLAY-CHALKVILLE: The Cougars’ workhorse had 20 rush attempts for 223 yards and three touchdowns as Clay-Chalkville (13-0) beat Decatur 38-10 to move into this week’s Class 6A state semifinals. His scoring runs covered 1, 15 and 66 yards.
KAMERON DAVIS, FLORENCE: Ran for 124 yards on 12 carries and scored once in a 49-14 Class 6A playoff victory over Gardendale.
TROY DIXON, UMS-WRIGHT: Totaled 191 yards rushing and five touchdowns on 21 carries in a 49-19 Class 4A playoff win over Straughn.
DERRICK DUNNIGAN, BILLLINGSLEY: Anchored the Bears’ upset of previously unbeaten Brantley (12-1) with 102 yards rushing on 18 carries in the 20-14 Class 1A playoff triumph. His go-ahead touchdown with 1:48 to go sealed the win.
PEYTON WATES, MARION COUNTY: Ran for 139 yards and two touchdowns (21 and 2 yards) in the Red Raiders' 56-22 Class 1A win over Cedar Bluff.
TYLER GURLEY, MADISON COUNTY: Rushed for three touchdowns, passed for a fourth and had an interception on defense as the Tigers beat East Limestone (12-1) in the Class 5A quarterfinals 28-7.
CHADARIUS TOWNSEND, TANNER: Returned a kickoff 85 yards for a TD in a 49-21 Class 2A playoff loss to Fyffe. On offense, he carried 17 times for 147 yards for Tanner, the state champions in 2012 and 2013. The setback snapped a 12-game playoff winning streak for the Rattlers.
JOSH DECKER, CEDAR BLUFF: Completed 11-of-26 pass attempts for 227 yards, two touchdowns (4 and 49 yards) and passed for two 2-point conversions in the Tigers' 56-22 loss to Marion County.
COLE SPENCER, MAPLESVILLE: Completed 12-of-16 passes for 264 yards and three touchdowns (43, 6 & 8 yards) and rushed for two additional scores in a 42-22 Class 1A quarterfinal playoff win over Notasulga.
DEMARCUS WILLIAMS, JACKSON: Passed for 213 yards and two TDs with a 12-of-16 passing performance as the Aggies beat Greenville 30-7 in the Class 5A quarterfinals. He also rushed for 119 yards and one TD.
KEITH WASHINGTON, PRATTVILLE: Was 10-of-15 passing for 196 yards and two touchdowns as the Lions moved into the Class 7A state finals with a 42-17 win over Foley. Washington also ran for another score.
AARON POLLARD, MARION COUNTY: Completed 10-of-23 pass attempts for 158 yards and a 33-yard touchdown and rushed for two more scores (1 and 2 yards) in the Red Raiders' 56-22 Class 1A playoff victory at Cedar Bluff.
D.J. CHAPMAN, CEDAR BLUFF: Caught eight passes for 172 yards in the Tigers' 56-22 Class 1A loss to Marion County.
GRANT BARBER, UMS-WRIGHT: Caught four passes for 174 yards and a touchdown in a 49-19 victory over Straughn.
NOAH ARD, CORDOVA: Caught four passes for 101 yards and added one rushing touchdown in a 35-16 victory over Class 4A, Region 5 rival Haleyville.
BLAKE EDWARDS, ELBA: The Tiger wide receiver threw a 72-yard touchdown pass on the game's first play and caught two short passes and turned them into 70-yard and 21-yard scoring receptions in Elba's 33-10 Class 2A playoff win over G.W. Long. He finished with three receptions for 93 yards.
KERRYON JOHNSON, MADISON ACADEMY: Blocked a punt and returned it 36 yards for one TD, intercepted a pass and set up another TD with a 65-yard kickoff return as the defending 3A state champion Mustangs (12-1) moved into the semifinals for the fourth straight year with a 56-8 win over Walter Wellborn. He also rushed for two touchdowns on offense.
ADAM MITCHELL, LEEDS: Intercepted three passes in a 62-0 Class 4A playoff win over Munford.
PATE SMITH, G.W. LONG: Had 17 tackles in a 33-10 Class 2A loss to Elba.
KE’JUAN FEAGAN, PLEASANT GROVE: Returned an interception 50 yards for a touchdown in a 26-0 Class 5A playoff victory over previously unbeaten Guntersville (21-1). He also rushed for two TDs on offense.
BLAKE JOHNSON, ELBA: Recorded 12 tackles, including three for losses, in Elba's 33-10 Class 2A win over previously unbeaten G.W. Long as the Tigers (13-0) held the Rebels (11-1) to 41 points below their season average.
TAMAURICE SMITH, ST. PAUL’S EPISCOPAL: Had two interceptions in the Saints’ 38-0 Class 5A playoff win over B. C. Rain. The St. Paul’s defense finished with six picks on the night.
CHANCE DUNCAN, GLENCOE: Had eight tackles, including four for a loss, and three sacks in the Yellow Jackets’ 49-19 Class 3A win over Colbert County.
CADE ADKINS, CORDOVA: Managed three quarterback sacks and caused a fumble in the Blue Devils’ 35-16 Class 4A playoff win over Haleyville.
MONTGOMERY – Senior running back Jamarius Henderson rushed for 283 yards on offense and had 18 tackles on defense as Dale County (12-0) beat Geneva 34-6 to advance to this week’s quarterfinals of the AHSAA Class 3A state football playoffs.
Henderson, who headlines AHSAA Prep Spotlight for playoff round two, also had 308 yards rushing and five TDs on just 10 carries in a 62-20 first-round win over Prattville Christian. He currently has 2,712 yards rushing on the season and is just 372 yards shy of the AHSAA single-season state rushing record of 3,083 yards set by Kendal Gibson of Aliceville in 2000 in 15 games.
Two others cracked 3,000 yards--Lee Cagle of Lynn with 3,018 yards in 15 games in 1996 and Sherman Williams of Blount with 3,004 in 1990 – also in 15 games.
Henderson’s current total in his 12 games this season currently ranks 11th all time. He had 2,294 yards and 34 touchdowns on 208 carries in 13 games last season.
He also had a quarterback sack from his linebacker position in the second-round win and has recorded 32 tackles in the two 2014 playoff games. He has also rushed 31 times for 591 yards with nine
scored (one coming on a 31-yard reception) in the two games.
This week Coach Pate Harrison’s Warriors, 23-1 the last two seasons, put their unbeaten record on the line at home against another undefeated team when Montgomery Academy (12-0) visits Midland City Friday. The Eagles beat T.R. Miller 30-28 last week.
One other playoff game pits two unbeaten teams, ironically, at nearby Skipperville where another Dale County school, G.W. Long (11-0), hosts Elba. Kickoffs for all playoff games are Friday night t 7 p.m.
Friday night’s quarterfinal battle will be live-streamed live over the NFHS TV Network. The link can be found at: http://www.nfhsnetwork.com/associations/ahsaa
A total of nine NFHS TV Network football playoff games will be live-streamed Friday including: Brantley at Billingsley (1A); Fyffe at Tanner (2A); Montgomery Academy at Dale County (3A); Madison Academy at Walter Wellborn (3A); Guntersville at Pleasant Grove (5A): Florence at Gardendale (6A); Saraland at Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa (6A); Prattville at Foley (7A); and Gadsden City at Hoover (7A). The Saraland-Hillcrest contest will be produced by both schools.
In other highlights reported from week 2 of the state playoffs:
KRISTIAN JONES, HACKLEBURG: Had 24 carries for 285 yards, four touchdowns and added a pair of 2-point conversions, four touchdowns and two 2-point conversions in the Panthers’ Class 1A 56-48 playoff loss to Cedar Bluff before leaving the game early in the fourth quarter with an injury. He also had 11 tackles on defense.
D’SHAWN FIFE, CEDAR BLUFF: Rushed for 224 yards on 34 carries and scored six touchdowns (8, 3, 3, 4, 33, 14 yards) in the Tigers' 56-48 Class 1A victory over Hackleburg. In two playoff games this season, Fife has 539 rushing yards and 10 TDs.
TYLER GURLEY, MADISON COUNTY: Ran 15 times for 101 yards and five touchdowns, including the game-winning 11-yard score in overtime, to lift the Tigers to a 35-28 Class 5A playoff win over Parker. He also completed 10-of-13 passes for 106 yards.
GABE FORD, GADSDEN CITY: Finished with 215 combined yards and three touchdowns in the Titans’ 45-28 Class 7A win over Oak Mountain. Ford rushed 15 times for 143 yards and touchdown runs of 4 and 57 yards and also caught three passes for 72 yards and a 49-yard score.
STEFAN CALDWELL, ELBA: Rushed for 141 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries and caught a 9-yard pass to help unbeaten Elba (12-0) beat Sweet Water 42-20 in the Class 2A playoffs. He also had a key quarterback sack for a 14-yard loss to help seal the win.
JORDAN BENTLEY, GUNTERSVILLE: Had 44 carries for 178 yards and a 3-yard touchdown in a 10-7 Class 5A playoff victory over Ramsay.
JAMEL GRACE, FLOMATON: Rushed for 187 yards and a touchdown on 31 carries in a 43-32 Class 2A victory over Cottonwood.
CHADARARIUS TOWNSEND, TANNER: Scored three touchdowns on runs of 25, 56 and 62 yards and finished with 240 yards on 19 carries as the defending Class 2A state champs beat Randolph County 41-14.
SHAKEITH TYES, CALERA: Had 212 yards rushing and two touchdowns on 21 carries in the Eagles’ 34-31, double-overtime Class 5A loss to Greenville.
ZACH SIMBECK, LAUDERDALE COUNTY: Rushed for 203 yards and two TDs in a 17-14 Class 3A playoff loss to Glencoe. Simbeck had TD runs of 55 and 56 yards.
SHAQUILLE TERRY, McADORY: Ran for 193 yards on 11 carries as the undefeated Yellow Jackets posted a 40-38 Class 6A victory over Oxford.
DeANTHONY HOLCOMBE, WASHINGTON COUNTY: Ran for 184 yards and three touchdowns on 32 carries as the unbeaten Bulldogs (12-0) beat Geneva County 35-14 in the 2A playoffs.
ISAIAH LEWIS, FOLEY: Ran for 170 yards on 23 carries in a 34-7 Class 7A victory over arch-rival Fairhope.
TYLER SIMS, SARALAND: Ran for 152 yards on nine carries with an 85-yard TD as the Spartans held off Opelika 27-21 in overtime in the 6A state playoffs.
KERRYON JOHNSON, MADISON ACADEMY: Rushed for 136 yards and two touchdowns on eight carries, caught a 47-yard TD pass and returned an interception 50 yards for a touchdown in a 42-20 Class 3A victory over Piedmont. His rushing TDs covered 1 and 59 yards.
KERVAE QUALLS, COLBERT COUNTY: Rushed for 148 yards, including TD runs of 36, 43 and 42 yards as the Indians beat Plainview 34-7 in the 3A playoffs.
DE'JUAN FEAGAN, PLEASANT GROVE: Helped the Spartans advance to the third round of the 5A playoffs with 148 yards and two touchdowns on 15 carries, 93 yards passing and another touchdown in a 28-10 victory over Lincoln.
CHASE TROTTER, CORDOVA: Completed 14-of-19 passes for 281 yards and four touchdowns (7, 59, 60 and 67 yards) as the Blue Devils beat Cleburne County 35-34 in the Class 4A playoffs. He also scored the game-winning TD on a 1-yard sneak with 1:59 remaining.
AARON POLLARD, MARION COUNTY: Was 15-of-27 passing for 298 yards and three touchdowns (22, 42 and 66 yards) as the Red Raiders beat previously unbeaten Donoho 29-18 in the Class 1A playoffs.
BRANDON SIMMONS, GREENVILLE: Completed 24-of-49 passes for 289 yards and five touchdowns in a 34-31, double-overtime Class 5A victory over Calera.
BLAKE HAWKINS, FLORENCE: Completed 15-of-22 passes for 226 yards and four touchdowns (17, 14, 40 and 33 yards) and added one TD rushing in the Falcons’ 43-21 Class 6A triumph over Shades Valley.
MATTHEW CHRISTIAN, OPELIKA: Completed 26-of-31 passes for 290 yards and three touchdowns in a 27-21 overtime loss to Saraland. He had touchdown throws of 17, 29 and 8 yards and finished the season with 157 straight pass attempts without an interception.
CARL WILLIAMS, B.C. RAIN: Passed for three touchdowns and rushed for three to account for six scores as B.C. Rain (6-6) advanced to the third round of the Class 5A playoff with a 50-14 win over Charles Henderson.
JOSH DECKER, CEDAR BLUFF: Completed 8-of-20 pass attempts for 219 yards and a 53-yard touchdown in the Class 1A Tigers' 56-48 win over Hackleburg.
JARED WALLACE, MARION COUNTY: Hauled in five receptions for 171 yards and three touchdowns (22 and 66 yards) in a 29-18 Class 1A win over Donoho. Teammate Braden Pyron also had seven catches for 97 yards and a 42-yard TD.
TYLER CRUMPTON, PHILLIPS: Caught 10 passes for 150 yards and three touchdowns (7, 15 & 25 yards) in a 40-34 Class 1A loss to undefeated Hubbertville.
LEONARD WOOD, HOOVER: Finished with four catches for 169 yards and a touchdown in a 42-7 Class 7A Bucs victory over Tuscaloosa County.
ASHTON GAY, OAKMAN: Caught seven passes for 160 yards and a touchdown in the Wildcats' 24-23 Class 3A loss to Walter Wellborn.
D.J. CHAPMAN, CEDAR BLUFF: Caught four passes for 127 yards and a 53-yard touchdown as the Tigers (7-5) advanced in the 1A playoffs with a 56-48 win over Hackleburg.
SETH KNOTTS, PRATTVILLE: Caught four passes for 106 yards and two touchdowns in a 26-7 Class 7A victory over Central-Phenix City.
AUSTIN HICKS, GARDENDALE: Caught six passes for 101 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 16 yards for another score as the Rockets advanced in the 6A playoffs with its 35-14 win over Homewood.
TREVOR CARVIN, FOLEY: Intercepted a Fairhope pass on the final play of the first half and ran it back 95 yards for a momentum-changing score as Foley beat region foe Fairhope 34-7 in the 7A playoffs.
XAVIUS COLEMAN, BRANTLEY: Had 15 tackles with three sacks in a 20-12 victory Class 1A over Linden.
GREENE, SWEET WATER: Had 14 tackles in 42-20 Class 2A loss to Elba.
STEVEN CROWDER, GARDENDALE: Managed 10 tackles and two sacks in a 35-14 Class 6A victory over Homewood.
WADE CASTLE, DALE COUNTY: Had 11 tackles and also caught a 51-yard touchdown pass on offense in Dale County’s 34-6 Class 3A win over Geneva.
JIM RICHARDS, G.W. LONG: Returned a fumble 33 yards for a touchdown, had an interception and seven tackles in the Rebels' 44-12 Class 2A win over Leroy. Teammate Bo Walding also had seven tackles including three sacks and rushed for three touchdowns on offense.
NICKY ERWIN AND ERNESTO CORDOVA: Tackled a Ramsay runner in the end zone for a safety to seal the unbeaten Wildcats’ Class 5A 10-7 playoff win over the Rams.
ROSS JOHNSON, CEDAR BLUFF: Returned an interception 33 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter of the Tigers' 56-48 Class 1A victory over Hackleburg.
JIMMY MASSEY, MONTGOMERY ACADEMY: Kicked three field goals, including a 33-yarder with 1:21 to play, to lift the unbeaten Eagles (12-0) to a 30-28 win over T.R. Miller in the Class 3A state playoffs.
MONTGOMERY – Seventeen unbeaten teams survived round two of the Alabama High School Athletic Association 2014 State Football Playoffs Friday and will be in the 52-team field for the quarterfinal round set Friday. All games are scheduled Nov. 21 at 7 p.m.
For the first time in AHSAA history, seven state champions will be crowned when the playoffs culminate the five-week playoff with the Super 7 State Championships at Auburn’s Jordan-Hare Stadium Dec. 3-4-5.
Round two started with 19 undefeated teams, but Class 1A Donoho lost to Marion County 29-18 and Class 7A Fairhope fell to Baldwin County rival Foley 34-0 Friday.
In Class 2A, five of the remaining eight teams are unbeaten on the year. That will change this week, however, since at least two are squaring off and another faces the two-time defending state champion. G.W. Long (11-0) will host Elba (12-0) at Skipperville while Fyffe (12-0) puts its perfect record on the line at Tanner (10-2). The Rattlers of Coach Laron White won the 2A state title in 2012 and 2013. Washington County (12-0), state runner-up the last two years, will be at home in Chatom against Region 1 rival Flomaton (9-3) and Ranburne (11-0 will host Region 5 rival Woodland (9-3).
In Class 3A, four unbeaten teams remain with Montgomery Academy (12-0) taking on Dale County (12-0) at Midland City in round three. Glencoe (12-0) will be at Colbert County (8-4) and Gordo (12-0) travels to Opp (9-3).
In Class 1A and 5A, three unbeaten teams are still alive. All three 1A teams travel this week with Brantley (12-0) at Billingsley (9-2), Maplesville (11-0) at Notasulga (9-3) and Hubbertville (11-0) at Ragland (11-1). In Class 5A, Guntersville (12-0) travels to Pleasant Grove (10-2), East Limestone (12-0) plays Madison County (9-3) at Gurley, and St. Paul’s (12-0) is at home against Region 1 fourth seed B.C. Rain (6-6).
In Class 6A, McAdory (12-0) will be at home to face Spanish Fort (11-1), the 5A state champs in 2012 and 2013, and Clay-Chalkville (12-0) goes to Decatur (10-2).
In addition to 2013 champs Tanner (2A) and Spanish Fort (5A), Madison Academy (3A) remained in this year’s field after knocking off Piedmont. The Mustangs will travel to Walter Wellborn (8-3) Friday.
And in Class 7A, which heads into the semifinals this week, 2012 and 2013 Class 6A state champion Hoover will be at home to Gadsden City (10-2), and Foley (9-3) will host Prattville (10-2).
Twenty-eight region champions advanced to round three and three teams qualifying as No. 4 seeds (Class 2A Flomaton and Woodland and Class 6A B.C. Rain) also advanced.
A total of 26 games are set Friday with four contests in each of the 1A through 6A classifications and two semifinal bouts in Class 7A. The annual state playoffs began in 1996 with four teams competing for one state championship in what was then Class 4A. Championship play for all schools was implemented the following year with four divisions. The six-class system began in 1984 and was replaced last January with the new seven-classification system.
The semifinals for classes 1A thru 6A will be Nov. 28. The Class 7A finals will be Wednesday, Dec. 3 at 7 p.m. at Jordan-Hare Stadium on the Auburn University campus.
Classes 3A, 1A and 5A their champions Thursday, Dec. 4, at 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m., respectively. Classes 4A, 2A and 6A will follow the same time schedule for Super 7 finals on Friday, Dec. 5.
The AHSAA’s first Unified Football Championship will be played Dec. 3 at 3:30 p.m. This year’s exhibition finals will feature teams from Lawrence County and Hewitt-Trussville in the historic game.
AHSAA 2014 FOOTBALL PLAYOFFS
Friday, Nov. 21
Brantley (12-0) at Billingsley (9-2)
Maplesville (11-0) at Notasulga (9-3)
Hubbertville (11-0) at Ragland (11-1)
Marion County (7-5) at Cedar Bluff (7-5)
Elba (12-0) at G.W. Long (11-0), Skipperville
Flomaton (9-3) at Washington County (12-0), Chatom
Fyffe (12-0) at Tanner (10-2)
Woodland (9-3) at Ranburne (11-0)
Montgomery Academy (12-0) at Dale County (12-0), Midland City
Gordo (12-0) at Opp (9-3)
Glencoe (12-0) at Colbert County (8-4), Leighton
Madison Academy (11-1) at Walter Wellborn (8-3), Anniston
Munford (9-3) at Leeds (11-1)
UMS-Wright (11-1) at Straughn (10-1)
Cordova (9-3) at Haleyville (10-2)
Deshler (11-1) at Fayette County (9-3), Fayette
Greenville (10-2) at Jackson (10-2)
B.C. Rain (6-6) at St. Paul’s Episcopal (12-0), Mobile
Guntersville (12-0) at Pleasant Grove (10-2)
East Limestone (12-0) at Madison County (9-3), Gurley
Saraland (11-1) at Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa (9-3)
Spanish Fort (11-1) at McAdory (12-0), McCalla
Clay-Chalkville (12-0) at Decatur (9-3)
Florence (10-2) at Gardendale (8-4)
Prattville (10-2) at Foley (9-3)
Gadsden City (10-2) at Hoover (10-2), Hoover Met
Brantley 20, Linden 12
Billingsley 72, Ellwood Christian 12
Maplesville 69, McKenzie 20
Notasulga 38, Fruitdale 20
Hubbertville 40, Phillips 34
Ragland 20, South Lamar 12
Cedar Bluff 56, Hackleburg 48
Marion County 29, Donoho 18
G.W. Long 44, Leroy 12
Elba 42, Sweet Water 20
Flomaton 43, Cottonwood 32
Washington County 35, Geneva County 14
Tanner 41, Randolph County 14
Fyffe 34, Reeltown 0
Woodland 23, Cleveland 10
Ranburne 20, Gaston 0
Dale County 34, Geneva 6
Montgomery Academy 30, T.R. Miller 28
Gordo 21, Pike County 20
Opp 33, Slocomb 17
Glencoe 17, Lauderdale County 14
Colbert County 34, Plainview 7
Madison Academy 42, Piedmont 20
Walter Wellborn 24, Oakman 23
Munford 29, W.S. Neal 22
Leeds 31, Clarke County 0
Straughn 30, West Blocton 0
UMS-Wright 21, Dadeville 7
Cordova 35, Cleburne County 34
Haleyville 41, Oneonta 14
Deshler 36, Saks 14
Fayette County 29, Jacksonville 26
Greenville 34, Calera 31 (2 OT)
Jackson 34, Tallassee 12
B.C. Rain 50, Charles Henderson 14
St. Paul’s Episcopal 38, Clay County Central 7
Pleasant Grove 28, Lincoln 10
Guntersville 10, Ramsay 7
East Limestone 10, Mortimer Jordan 0
Madison County 35, Parker 28
Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa 35, Carver-Montgomery 14
Saraland 27, Opelika 21 (OT)
McAdory 40, Oxford 38
Spanish Fort 33, Benjamin Russell 24
Clay-Chalkville 35, Muscle Shoals 14
Decatur 19, Southside-Gadsden 7
Florence 43, Shades Valley 21
Gardendale 35, Homewood 14
Foley 34, Fairhope 7
Prattville 26, Central-Phenix City 7
Hoover 42, Tuscaloosa County 7
Gadsden City 45, Oak Mountain 28
The NFHS TV Network will feature a total of 14 live-streaming webcasts of AHSAA football playoff contests tonight. Twenty-two school productions were live-streamed week 1.
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MONTGOMERY – Tuscaloosa County High School cornerback Justin Little had a near state record four interceptions Friday night as the Wildcats went on the road to defeat Bob Jones 28-21.
For his efforts, Little grabbed the AHSAA Prep Spotlight for the first week of the state playoffs.
Only three others have intercepted five passes in a single game in the AHSAA. Georgiana’s Charlie McCoy was the first with his five picks in a 26-14 win over Florala 33 years ago in 1981. Meek’s Phillip Williams tied the mark in 2001 in a 33-7 win over Phillips, and most recently Devyn Murphree of J.P. Pennington equaled the record in a 27-3 win over Falkville in 2006. Little's four tie him with 18 others to have four picks in one game.
Tuscaloosa County had five interceptions on the night with Alex Payne getting the last one with just eight seconds remaining to seal the Class 7A first-round playoff win for Coach Lee Gibson’s team.
Quarterback Seth Franks sparked the offense with 309 yards passing and three touchdowns with 20-of-27 completions. His effort came just two weeks after suffering a separated shoulder that forced him to miss the final game of the regular season.
Tuscaloosa County (6-5) will be on the road in round two at Hoover (9-2).
Little’s performance edged another near-state-record-tying performance by Opp standout Raheem Bonham and an incredible effort by Dale County senior Jamarius Henderson.
Bonham scored eight touchdowns, one shy of the state mark set by Tommy Haley-Ricks of Hubbertville in a 76-52 win over Vina in 2008. Haley-Ricks’ 9 TDs had broken the record held by five others and equaled by Bonham Friday in the Bobcats’ 70-36 Class 3A playoff win over Lamar County.
Bonham totaled 423 all-purpose yards rushing for 262 yards and six touchdowns on seven carries, had three kickoff returns for 130 yards including an 89-yard scamper for a TD, and added a 31-yard pass reception for his eighth score.
Henderson helped Dale County (11-0) remain unbeaten in Class 3A with a start to remember. He scored the first three times he touched the ball – on runs of 68, 49 and 65 yards – as the Warriors beat Prattville Christian 62-20. He finished with 308 yards and five touchdowns on just 10 carries, added a sixth score on a 31-yard pass reception and record a team-high 13 tackles on defense. His other two rushing scores covered 12 and 54 yards.
MILSTSTONE: Amacis Tyynismaa set a new course record at the Oakville Indian Mounds & Park to win the Class 4A girls’ individual state cross country championship Saturday. Montgomery Catholic’s Tyynismaa, an eighth grader, averaged 5:29 per mile in clocking an amazing 17:03.04 to finish first in her competition by a minute and 20 seconds. Her time was the fastest of the day in all divisions.
Other top playoff performances reported from week 1 of the state playoffs:
DYLAN STONE, GLENCOE: Totaled 329 combined yards and seven touchdowns in the Yellow Jackets’ 56-19 win over Sylvania. Stone rushed 14 times for 244 yards and five touchdowns and was 6-of-7 passing for 85 yards and two more TDs. Stone ran for touchdowns of 46, 16, 17, 47 and 14 yards and had touchdown passes covering 48 and 13 yards.
JAMEL GRACE, FLOMATON: Ran for 365 yards and four touchdowns on 38 carries as the Hurricanes defeated Pickens County 35-20 in the Class 2A playoffs. The setback eliminated the Tornadoes, last year’s 1A state champs, from the competition.
KYLE NALLS, FAYETTE COUNTY: Rushed for 295 yards and five TDs on 17 carries in a 56-41 Class 4A playoff victory over Central-Florence.
DEMETRICE VAUGHAN, BLOUNT: Had 32 carries for 281 yards and a TD in a 21-20 Class 6A playoff loss to McAdory.
BRIAN ROBINSON, HILLCREST-TUSCALOOSA: Piled up 243 yards rushing with five touchdowns on 30 carries as the Patriots defeated Daphne 56-28 in the 6A playoffs.
JORDAN BENTLEY, GUNTERSVILLE: The junior running back rushed for 202 yards and scored four touchdowns on runs of 18, 5, 2 and 2 yards as the unbeaten Wildcats (11-0) beat Moody 33-7 in the Class 5A state playoffs. The Wildcats are 11-0 for the first time in school history. Bentley's four TDs gave him 31 on the season. He has scored 66 TDs in his GHS career, a school record.
CONNER KISER, HALEYVILLE: Gained 218 yards rushing on 17 carries and scored four touchdowns in Haleyville’s 45-21 Class 4A playoff win over Elkmont. He also completed 14-of-20 passes for 110 yards and a TD. Teammate Brady Sherrill added 129 yards rushing and a TD on 18 carries and also had 12 tackles on defense.
HAROLD SHADER, OAK MOUNTAIN: Keyed the Eagles’ 542-yard offensive night with 281 yards rushing and five touchdowns on18 carries as Oak Mountain beat James Clemens 60-43 in the 7A playoffs. He scored on runs of 3, 15, 68, 75 and 79 yards.
BRADRICK SHAW, HOOVER: Had 151 yards rushing on five carries, highlighted by a 95-yard scamper for a TD, as Hoover beat Buckhorn 38-13 in the first round of the 7A state playoffs.
SHAKEITH TYES, CALERA: Helped the Eagles post their first-ever Class 5A playoff win, a 28-26 victory over Vigor, by pilling up 220 yards rushing and four touchdowns on 31 carries.
KRISTIAN JONES, HACKLEBURG: Had 26 carries for 181 yards, two touchdowns and a pair of 2-point conversions as the Panthers (10-1) advanced to the second round of the 1A playoffs with 58-40 win over Talladega County Central. He also had a 33-yard kickoff return and eight tackles on defense. Hackleburg gained 460 rushing yards on 61 tries.
A.J. JOHNSON, BERRY: Rushed for 205 yards on 21 carries with three touchdowns (8, 56, 61 yards) and had a 32-yard TD reception in a 46-34 Class 1A loss to Cedar Bluff.
NIC ROLLO, COLD SPRINGS: Ran 25 times for 167 yards and a pair of touchdowns in a 27-26 Class 2A loss at Gaston. He scored both TDs on fourth-down plays covering 26 and 10 yards.
HEATH BURCHFIELD, JAMES CLEMENS: In James Clemens’ first playoff game ever, Burchfield completed 20-of-32 passes for 389 yards and four touchdowns (8, 83, 89, and 5 yards) in a 60-43 Class 7A loss at Oak Mountain.
TYLER CAMERON, FOLEY: Completed 12-of-20 passes for 237 yards and three touchdowns in the Wolves’ 35-31 in Class 7A and rushed 11 times for 33 yards in a win at Auburn.
CORY GILL, COTTONWOOD: Was 16-of-27 passing for 230 yards and five touchdowns in a 32-14 Class 2A win over Luverne.
BO NIX, SCOTTSBORO: The eighth-grader completed 8-of-22 passes for 188 yards and five touchdowns (43, 45, 45, 2 and 15 yards) in an 85-50 Class 6A playoff loss at Clay-Chalkville. The five TDs tied a school record held by Pat Trammell. Malik Talley, who had 162 yards receiving, had four TD receptions.
ZACH DIMMOCK, ONEONTA: Led the defending Class 4A state champion Redskins to a 50-26 win over Sardis, completing 15-of-22 passes for 198 yards and four touchdowns. He also ran for a 25-yard TD.
NICO COLLINS, CLAY-CHALKVILLE: The sophomore had six catches for 183 yards and two touchdowns in an 85-50 Class 6A playoff win over Scottsboro. The 135 points scored set a state playoff record for most points and is the third highest a single game total in AHSAA state history.
SOLOMON MUHAMMAD, PARKER: Caught nine passes for 130 yards and three touchdowns in a 28-9 Class 5A playoff win against West Point.
MACKENZIE GRAHAM, BUCKHORN: Caught 10 passes for 166 yards and touchdowns of 7 and 69 yards in a 38-13 Class 7A loss to Hoover.
GAGE CASH, BOAZ: The senior receiver caught six passes for 146 yards, including a 78-yard touchdown, in a 24-7 loss to Lincoln in the 5A playoffs.
COREY BROWN, B.C. RAIN: Hauled in a game-winning 72-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Carl Williams in the final minute of play as fourth-seeded B.C. Rain knocked off Region 4 champion Demopolis 28-27 in the Class 5A playoffs.
DENZEL WOODARD, LEROY: Caught five passes for 112 yards and accounted for three touchdowns as Leroy knocked off Thorsby 46-20 in the 2A playoffs.
RICHARD McBRYDE, CHARLES HENDERSON: Recorded 18 tackles on defense, stops resulting in 11.5 yards in losses, to help Charles Henderson nip Beauregard 48-42 in overtime. It was his 15-yard score in overtime that proved to be the winning touchdown.
ZAC OGLESBY, GADSDEN CITY: Made two big defensive plays in the fourth quarter to help secure Gadsden City’s 54-37 Class 7A playoff win over Hewitt-Trussville. The senior defensive end had a sack for a 9-yard loss on fourth down that led to a GCHS score, then on the next series recovered and returned a fumble 41 yards for another touchdown.
DEZMOND JOHNSON, SLOCOMB: Intercepted two passes on defense in a 14-0 Class 3A shutout win over Midfield, the Red Tops ‘first playoff win in six years. He also caught a 68-yard TD pass to seal the victory.
PATE SMITH & DEWAYNE WHIGHAM, G.W. LONG: Both had 13 tackles and Whigham added a fumble recovery in the Rebels’ 35-0 Class 2A win over New Brockton. The duo helped the Rebels improved to 10-0.
CHANCE DUNCAN, GLENCOE: Had eight tackles, including three for a loss, and two sacks in the Yellow Jackets’ 56-19 Class 3A win over Sylvania.
TYLER GREEN, GARDENDALE: The linebacker had nine tackles and two sacks in a 24-3 Class 6A playoff win over Fort Payne.
WILL EVANS, HALEYVILLE: Had nine tackles and returned an interception for a TD in the Lions’ 45-21 Class 4A playoff win over Elkmont.
TAVARIUS HUTCHINSON, McADORY: Had two key plays on defense to help seal unbeaten McAdory’s 21-20 Class 6A playoff win over Blount. Hutchison returned a blocked punt 44 yards for a touchdown with 2:19 left to play for the game-winning score, and then added an interception in the final minute to seal the win.
GARRETT SANDERS, G.W. LONG: Returned a punt 56 yards for a touchdown and converted 5-of-5 extra-point kicks in the Rebels’ 35-0 Class 2A win over New Brockton.