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AHSAA Prep Spotlight for Week 6 Fort Payne Kicker Evan McPherson Puts His Best Foot Forward in Win over Brewer

    MONTGOMERY – Fort Payne High School senior kicker Evan McPherson has certainly been putting his best foot forward this season. Friday night, McPherson had a punt and a field goal that came up one yard shy of the longest kicks of all time to grab the AHSAA Football Spotlight for Week 6.
    McPherson, rated the top kicking specialist in the nation in the Class of 2018, booted a 60-yard field goal with 40 seconds remaining in the first half versus Brewer to give Coach Paul Ellis’ Wildcats a 17-7 lead on the way to a 39-14 win. That kick tied Michael Proctor of Pelham with the second-longest field goal made in AHSAA state history. Sage Ledbetter of Auburn kicked a 61-yarder versus Smith Station in 2015 on a free kick, and Proctor booted his 60-yarder against Mountain Brook in 1991 – also on a free kick.
     McPherson’s field goal came via the more traditional method with Carson Burt delivering the snap to holder Alex McPherson, Evan’s younger brother. Alex is an eighth grader.  The senior kicker also delivered an 84-yard punt, which was one yard shy of the 85-yard boot delivered by Russellville’s Joe Kirkpatrick in 1969 against Cherokee Vocational.  McPherson’s punt moved him into No. 2 ahead of Taylor Pharr of Shades Valley, who kicked an 81-yard punt versus Carver-Birmingham in 2005.
     McPherson sent a warning two weeks ago when he kicked a 54-yard field goal in a 27-24 loss to Etowah. The ball was kicked just shy of the 45-yard line making it officially 54 yards. Also an outstanding soccer player, he led Fort Payne to the Class 6A state title as a freshman in 2015. He earned MVP honors scoring the championship match’s only goal – ironically with a header coming in the 87th minute of the two-overtime, sudden-death win over Northview.
   His spectacular kicking effort versus Brewer edged out Boaz’s 45-44 win over Crossville, a game that netted 954 yards of total offense by both teams. The total ranked fourth all-time in the AHSAA with Hewitt-Trussville and Manatee (FL) setting the current record (1,287 yards) last season in the 78-56 Huskies’ win.
 The Pirates of Coach Jeremy Sullivan had 261 yards rushing and 198 passing for 459 yards, and the Lions of Coach Miles Holcomb had 228 rushing, 267 passing and 495 total yards. A plethora of players got into the act.
    Christian Collins had 28 carries for 272 yards and four touchdowns and five catches for 37 yards to account 309 of the total yards. Quarterback Easton Hardin was 15-of-24 passing for 198 yards and two TDs with Jason Smith making six catches for 132 yards and a score. Crossville’s leader was Blanton Jones, who completed 23-of-29 passes for 267 yards and a TD.  He also had 67 yards rushing for 334 total yards.
     His favorite target was Banks Jolley, who had 15 catches for 232 yards and a TD. Jay Luther also had 17 carries for 144 rushing yards and three scores. Jolley’s receiving yards rank 33rd on the AHSAA list of most yards receiving in a single game. The leader is Chris Simpson, who had 412 yards receiving on 20 catches in a win over Alabama Christian in 2000.
     Other top performances reported this week include:

MILESTONES
EAST LIMESTONE NOTCHES PUGH’S 100TH WIN: 
• East Limestone’s 16-6 homecoming win over  Lawrence County also produced Coach Jeff Pugh’s 100th career coaching win. Pugh is 100-90 overall with a 69-58 record at East Limestone. He is in his 12th year as the Indians’ head coach. Pugh also had 11 wins at Crossville and 18 at West Limestone.
JERMAINE BROWN, ST. LUKE’S EPISCOPAL:
Rushed for 267 yards and passed for 209 to account for seven touchdowns as the Wildcats beat J.U. Blacksher 56-21. He had four passing TDs, three rushing TDs and 476 total yards on the night. The 476 total yards ranks 23rd on the AHSAA Record Book’s total yardage list. Jack Poundstone of Trinity Presbyterian set the current record (614 yards) in 2008 with 492 yards passing and 122 rushing in a playoff win over Cordova. Brown moves ahead of current University of Alabama freshman running back Brian Robinson, who had 470 yards for Hillcrest-Tuscalossa in a 41-40 loss to Clay-Chalkville in 2015. Robinson had 447 yards rushing and 23 passing receiving in that game.
SERGIO ALVAREZ, PELL CITY: Kicked four field goals, including a game-winning 32-yarder in the second overtime, in a 19-16 victory over Cullman. The four field goals in a game ties 13 others for second most in a contest. The record (5) has been set five kickers with Crosby Gray of Spain Park and Sage Ledbetter of Auburn the most recent kickers to accomplish the feat in 2015 and 2013, respectively. Athens’ Bram McGrady, Deshler’s Carson McGregory and Anderson Jacks of Cleburne County each kicked four field goals in a single game in 2013.
RILEY RUSSELL, CHEROKEE COUNTY: The senior linebacker posted 29 tackles in the Warriors’ 45-0 loss to unbeaten Saks. The total ties him for fourth all-time with Adam Crosby of New Brockton (2006) and Carlos Salinas of Frisco City (1999). Hamilton’s Andy Stidham holds the record with 36 versus Haleyville in 1996. Melvin Cotton had 31 for Holt versus Bibb County in 1998, Joshua Carpenter had 30 in a Jackson win over Thomasville last season, and Mike DuBose had 30 for Opp in a 1968 win over Pike County. Russell’s career total now stands at 415.
ROBERT HOUSTON, LAFAYETTE: Rushed 23 times for a school-record 336 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Bulldogs to a 40-0 win over Horseshoe Bend. He has 1,302 yards on 108 carries (12.6 avg.) and 15 rushing TDs this season.
CAMERON PETTUS, LAUDERDALE COUNTY: Returned a kickoff 80 yards for a touchdown, returned a fumble 13 yards for a touchdown, intercepted two passes and caught two passes for 75 yards in Lauderdale County’s 55-21 win over Lexington. Teammate Levi Greer also returned a kick 79 yards and a punt 69 yards for touchdowns.

RUSHING
JOHN MARK ABERCROMBIE, MEEK:
Rushed 35 times for 344 yards and five touchdowns in Meek's 42-28 win at R.A. Hubbard. Abercrombie had touchdown runs of 63, 37, 1, 3 and 21 yards. He added three 2-point conversions for 36 total points scored
ASA MARTIN, AUSTIN: The senior running back piled up 305 yards on 25 carries and scored two fourth-quarter touchdowns to lead the Black Bears to a 28-12 victory over Florence.
CAM PEOPLES, CENTRAL-CLAY COUNTY: Rushed 27 times for 285 yards and four touchdowns in a 40-14 win over Lincoln.
CHRIS HARDIE, VINCENT: The 255-pound running back had 275 yards rushing and three touchdowns on 20 carries as the Yellow Jackets beat Woodland 34-7.
TAE PROVENS, MADISON COUNTY: Totaled 249 yards rushing and four touchdowns on 20 carries and also caught a 72-yard pass for a TD in a 48-28 win over DAR. His rushing TDs came on runs of 69, 74, 2 and 12 yards.
JARED WILSON, CHARLES HENDERSON:  Piled up 220 yards rushing and scored on a 24-yard run in Charles Henderson’s 51-22 victory over Trinity Presbyterian.
CARDAVION MYERS, PIEDMONT: Rushed for 209 yards and three touchdowns (55, 6 and 7 yards), threw for 62 yards and a 37-yard score to Darien Bossie, and had an interception on defense in the Bulldogs' 33-27 win at Weaver.
JAYSON JONES, FULTONDALE: Rushed for 203 yards and scored on runs of 5 and 84 yards, threw for 57 yards, and scored on 74-yard punt return in a 56-8 victory over J.B. Pennington.
XAVIER FLORENT, ELBA:
Led a trio of Elba running backs over 100 yards in the Tigers’ 62-34 win over Central-Hayneville. Florent had 16 carries for 193 yards and two touchdowns, Deborian Wilkerson added 136 yards and three TDs on eight carries, and Bryon Johnson totaled 104 yards and one score on 10 carries as Elba totaled 433 rushing yards and 516 total yards in the win.
AUSTIN CALHOUN, KINSTON:
Gained 235 yards on 22 rush attempts with TD runs of 6, 25 and 38 yards as the Bulldogs downed McKenzie 57-28. Kinston teammate Brody Horton added 189 yards on 18 carries with TD runs covering 60, 14 and 10 yards.
JONATHAN FELLS, CARROLL: Helped the unbeaten Eagles (6-0) beat Rehobeth 24-8 with 201 rushing yards on 24 carries. He scored once.
TRAJAN PUGH, BLOUNT: Rushed for 191 yards on 20 carries and scored four touchdowns on runs of 2, 43, 93 and 7 yards as the Leopards lost a close 52-49 decision to Spanish Fort.
DREW BLACKBURN, WINFIELD: Rushed for 168 yards on 23 carries and scored three touchdowns to lead Winfield past Good Hope 28-12.
LANIER CHEATTOM, SHEFFIELD: Accounted for six touchdowns in a 41-22 win over Hatton. He ran 10 times for 163 yards, including TDs of 5, 46 and 11 yards, and was 6-of-9 passing for 85 yards and three TDs (34, 8 and 18 yards).
RASHAD CLARK, MOODY: Ran for 162 yards and three touchdowns and added a fourth score with a 77-yard kickoff return as the Blue Devils beat Woodlawn 35-12. He also had seven tackles and a fumble recovery on defense.
DAYMOND EASON, MAY JEMISON: Had 141 yards rushing on 19 carries and completed 4-of-7 passes for 80 yards in a 29-26 win over Brooks. He scored on runs of 1 and 60 yards and also completed a key pass for 2-point conversion.
J.R. TRAN-RENO, BRIARWOOD CHRISTIAN:  Had only eight touches but turned them into four touchdowns as Briarwood Christian beat St. Clair County 31-6. He rushed for three TDs covering 70, 1 and 1 yards and caught a 63-yard touchdown pass.
JAHZARIAN LAMPLEY, PIKE COUNTY: Returned a kickoff 83 yards for a touchdown and rushed for 152 yards and three scores on nine carries as the Bulldogs beat Coosa-Central 65-0. He had rushing TDs of 32, 17 and 54 yards).
QUINTIN YOUNG, CLAY-CHALKVILLE: Ran for 150 yards and three TDs in a 41-7 victory over Gardendale.
ALEX CARPENTER, MADISON ACADEMY: Ran 10 times for 170 yards and two touchdowns (76 and 44 yards) in the Mustangs’ 52-0 win over Haleyville.
PAYTON ANDERSON, FYFFE: Rushed for 131 yards and four touchdowns on 14 carries – in just over two quarters – and the Red Devils (6-0) beat Sand Rock for their 21st straight victory.

PASSING

DESHMOND TROTTER, SHADES VALLEY: Rushed for 198 yards and four touchdowns on 26 carries and completed 18-of-22 passes for 175 yards and another TD as the Mounties nipped Parker 35-32. He finished with 373 total yards.

PAUL TYSON, HEWITT-TRUSSVILLE:  Completed 26-of-35 passes for 338 yards and five touchdowns and added a rushing TD in a 52-18 victory over Bob Jones as the Huskies (6-0) remained unbeaten. The victory was the 16th regular-season triumph in a row for Hewitt.

KRISTIAN STORY, LANETT: The sophomore was 5-of-12 passing for 247 yards and three touchdowns and rushed five times for 71 yards and one TD as Lanett (7-0) beat Fayetteville 42-7. Story is now 60-of-95 passing this season for 1,617 yards and 19 TDs despite attempting just 13.6 passes per game.
NOAH LOWERY, CHARLES HENDERSON:
Passed for 271 yards and four touchdowns in a 51-22 win over Trinity Presbyterian. He had TD passes of 13 and 68 yards to Kelshun Campbell and also connected with Chance Pollard for touchdowns covering 30 and 72 yards.
MALACHI BENNETT, FAIRFIELD: Completed 10-of-14 passes for 271 yards and four touchdowns in a 30-6 victory over Shelby County.

REGGIE THOMPSON, OPP: Totaled 306 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Bobcats past Slocomb 35-14. He was 12-of-18 passing for 180 yards and a TD and rushed for 126 yards and a TD on 10 carries. Teammate Ashton Patel added 134 yards on 17 rush attempts and scored three touchdowns.
DEVIN MITCHELL, FAIRHOPE: The junior was 17-of-22 passing for 285 yards and three touchdowns in the Pirates’ 30-14 win over Baker. He also rushed for 70 yards and a 12-yard TD and finished with 355 total yards.
TAYLOR GOVER, EUFAULA: Passed for 233 yards and a touchdown as Eufaula beat Greenville 40-14.
ALEX MOORE, MOBILE CHRISTIAN: Led the unbeaten Leopards (6-0) to a 51-19 win over Flomaton completing 12-of-18 passes for 235 yards and five touchdowns.
JACK SAMSEL, SPANISH FORT: Completed 17-of-20 passes for 233 yards and a touchdown as the Toros built a big lead, then had to rally to beat Blount 52-49.

LOGAN SMOTHERS, ATHENS: Completed 23-of-32 passes for 200 yards and two touchdowns and ran for a score in a 27-14 win over Decatur.
CONNOR CANTRELL, JAMES CLEMENS: Was 14-of-22 passing for 199 yards and four touchdowns in the Jets’ 42-0 win over Grissom.
ETHAN WILSON, ANDALUSIA: Had 213 total yards and accounted for four touchdowns in the Bulldogs’ 38-28 win over Thomasville. He was 0-of-18 passing for 143 yards and two scores and rushed 12 times for 70 yards and two TDs.

SHELDON LAYMAN, McGILL-TOOLEN CATHOLIC: Passed for 191 yards and three touchdowns in the Jackets’ 55-7 win over Alma Bryant. He also rushed three times for 66 yards.

KALEB MOORE, HACKLEBURG: The junior rushed for 113 yards and passed for 120 for 233 total yards and accounted for three TDs as the Panthers came from behind to nip Phillips 26-20. He was 8-of-15 passing with two scores and had 15 rush attempts with one TD. Hackleburg trailed 14-0 at the half but outscored the Bears 26-6 in the second half.
GRAHAM PEPPER, WEST LIMESTONE: Completed 9-of-14 passes for 185 yards and two touchdowns in a 20-7 victory over Danville.
TREY HIGGINS, OXFORD: The freshman was 9-of-16 for 173 yards and three touchdowns in his first career start as the unbeaten Jackets (7-0) beat Southside-Selma 42-0. He also rushed for 45 yards.
JACK WEST, SARALAND: The senior completed 10-of-13 passes for 147 yards and three touchdowns in the Spartans’ 41-3 victory over Gulf Shores.
LUKE IVEY, SPRING GARDEN: Completed 7-of-11 pass attempts for 135 yards and three touchdowns (15, 10 and 5 yards) in the Panthers' 42-8 victory at Coosa Christian. Teammate Luke Welsh added 122 yards and two scores on 13 rush attempts and also had an interception for Spring Garden.

PASS RECEIVING
MYRON MONROE, FAIRFIELD:
Caught seven passes for 170 yards and three TDs, including a 59-yard score, in a 30-6 victory over Shelby County.
BRAYDON HILL, HOKES BLUFF: Caught five passes for 155 yards and four touchdown grabs (of 26, 37, 42 and 40 yards) as the Eagles edged Oneonta 27-21.

JALEN McMILLIAN, SPAIN PARK: Caught five passes for 114 yards, with TDs of 38 and 49 yards, in a 35-26 victory over Huffman.
STONE FINCHER, HACKLEBURG: Had seven catches for 112 yards and two touchdowns and rushed 12 times for 112 yards and two scores, including a 52-yard run, in a 26-20 Panthers’ win over Phillips.

JAELYN FLEMING, GADSDEN CITY: Caught four passes for 99 yards, with TD catches of 34 and 44 yards, in a 41-0 victory over Buckhorn.

 

DEFENSE
AMAREEA ABNEY, SAKS: In a span of 57 seconds in the third quarter, Abney made two interceptions on defense and caught an 84-yard TD pass on offense in between the two steals as the Wildcats (6-0) beat Cherokee County 45-0.
BRANDON BISHOP, HILLCREST-TUSCALOOSA: Returned an interception 70 yards for the game-winning touchdown in a 22-15 victory over Paul Bryant.

HAYDEN PARKER, PROVIDENCE CHRISTIAN: Had 16 tackles and recovered two fumbles as the Eagles rebounded from a 12-0 deficit to beat Daleville 28-20. Teammate Will Solomon was also credited with six tackles and 10 assists.
DREW ROGERS, LOCUST FORK: The senior linebacker and fullback sparked the Hornets to a 20-8 win over Holly Pond with 15 tackles, two quarterback hurries and two fumble recoveries on defense. He also rushed for 103 yards and two TDs on 15 carries, caught two passes and punted four times.
KALEB WHATLEY, GAYLESVILLE: Recorded 14 tackles and an interception in a 21-20 overtime loss to Woodville. He also scored a rushing TD on offense.
WYATT GRICE, NEW BROCKTON: Had eight solo tackles, six assists and one quarterback sack in the Gamecocks' 42-14 win over Cottonwood.

KEVIN PARREIRA, OPP: Had 12 tackles, including three quarterback sacks, and also had a pass break-up in the Bobcats' 35-14 win over Slocomb.

TREVELL SMITH, HOUSTON COUNTY: Recorded 12 tackles on defense and rushed for 147 yards and two scores on offense in the Lions’ 46-24 loss to Brantley.
COLLIN BUSSMAN, MOUNTAIN BROOK: Returned an interception 35 yards for a touchdown, recovered a fumble and tackled the punter on a broken play as Mountain Brook defeated Tuscaloosa County 31-7.

GARRETT SANDERS, ST. CLAIR COUNTY: Intercepted two passes and caused a fumble in a 31-6 loss to Briarwood Christian.
STEVEN MOON, SATSUMA: Was in on 14 tackles as Satsuma beat Escambia County 30-14. He also rushed for 82 yards and two TDs.
MALIK LANGHAM, LEE-HUNTSVILLE: Blocked a punt that was recovered for a touchdown, assisted on a safety, made 10 tackles (including four for a loss) and broke up two passes in a 40-22 win at Ardmore.


AHSAA Cross Country Spotlight Smiths Station’s Silas Franklin Speeds To Panther Invitational Boys’ Title

  MONTGOMERY -- Smiths Station High School junior Silas Franklin turned in the best time of the week for AHSAA runners with a meet-winning 15:56.83 to win the Smiths Station Panther Invitational boys cross country race. He was first in a field of 115 runners and captured the AHSAA Cross Country Spotlight for Week 5 of the 2017 season.
   Alex Salgado helped Auburn to the team title with a third-place finish and 16:30.98 time.  The Tigers had 30 points and runner-up Smiths Station scored 49.
   Other cross country highlights from the past week include:
BOYS
OAK MOUNTAIN INVITATIONAL:
Northside runner Tanner King ran the Heardmont Park course in 16:31.60 to nip John McCrackin of Hoover, who a ran a 16:44.49 time to finish second in the field of 227. Coach Devon Hind’s Bucs won the team competition with 50 points. Oak Mountain was second with 53.
HUNTSVILLE CITY CHAMPIONSHIPS: Grissom won the meet with a perfect 15 score and had 12 runners finish in the top 16. Senior Jackson Thomas won the two-mile race in 10:53.94.
ARAB INVITATIONAL: Randolph won the team championship in the 1A/4A division boys’ race with 47 points and Matthew Estopinal beat the field of 120 runners with a winning time of 17:01.56 over the Arab City Park Course. Daniel Tully of Ashville was second at 17:42.54.
COLD SPRINGS 13TH KUDZU HILLS INVITATIONAL: St. Bernard’s Andrew Sweeney recorded a strong time of 16:16.12 to beat the field of 195 runners to win the Class 1A-3A race at the annual invitational. Asher Desai of Altamont was second at 16:28.38. Pleasant Valley won the team title with 81 points with Matisse Miller finishing fourth for the Raiders with a 16:39.28 time. Cold Springs was second with 96 points.  A field of 182 runners competed in the Class 5A-7A race with Lawrence County winning the team competition with 78 points over runner-up Decatur (105). Haleyville’s Hamza Abusammour finished first with a time of 16:44.61, and Blake Terry second for the winning Red Devils clocking 17:08.48.
HOUSTON ACADEMY INVITATIONAL: Enterprise dominated the boys’ competition in the race held on the campus of Troy University-Dothan with the Wildcats placing the first five runners in the 95-participant field to record a perfect 15 team score.  Gabriel Henneberger won the race with a winning time of 17:12.04.  Houston Academy was second in the team competition with 68 points.
DAPHNE INVITATIONAL: Thompson junior Brandon DeMarcus Lee ran the 5,000-meter race at Blakeley State Park in Spanish Fort to win the meet with a 15:59.70 time. Warriors’ teammate Jace Jones was second clocking 16:36.30. Thompson won the team competition with 28 points. Baker was second with 54.
MORTIMER JORDAN INVITATIONAL: Shades Valley runner Sebastian Sanders won the 5,000-meter race held at North Jefferson Middle School with a time of 18:13.12 in the 89-runner field. Seth Lord finished second at 19:02.67 for Pinson Valley to lead the Indians to the team title. Pinson totaled 37 points.
WARRIORS INVITATIONAL: Hatton junior Kagen Sutton ran the course at Wilson High School in 17:18.58 to beat the field of 113 runners in the Class 1A-3A race. Elkmont’s Chase Prater was second at 17:26.26. Grant Brown of Florence and Davis Holdbrooks of Winfield were 1-2 in the Class 4A-7A race with a dazzling photo finish. Brown was clocked at 16:46.68 and Holdbrooks was timed at 16:46.69.

GIRLS
HUNTSVILLE CITY CHAMPIONSHIPS: Grissom won the title with 15 points as Janey McManus clocked a 12:02.08 over the two-mile course to win the individual title. Hannah Tarwater of Whitesburg Christian was a close second at 12:05.13.  Westminster Christian finished second in the team competition with 46 points.
OAK MOUNTAIN INVITATIONAL: Hoover’s Ava Weems ran the 5,000-meter course at Heardmont Park in 20:07.38 to take first place in the field of 140 runners. Bucs teammate Sydney Steely finished second with a 20:19.64 time as Hoover won the team title with 21 points. Oak Mountain was second with 75.
ARAB INVITATIONAL: Randolph swept the girls’ competition in the 1A/4A division of the meet held at Arab City Park scoring 23 points. DAR was second with 40. Emma Hudson led the Raiders with a winning time of 21:31.47. Finishing second in the field of 81 runners was Ashville’s Meghan McCarthy, who clocked 21:52.71.
COLD SPRINGS 13TH KUDZU HILLS INVITATIONAL: Whitesburg Christian’s Hannah Tarwater and Caroline Summers finished 1-2 in 129-runner field of the annual meet’s Class 1A-3A division with times of 19:22.58 and 19:32.05, respectively.  Pleasant Valley won the team competition with 35 points and runner-up Hatton had 89. Lawrence County won the championship in the Class 5A-7A competition with 18 points – placing five runners in the top six finishers. Savannah Williams won with a time of 19:49.02 for Coach Stanley Johnson’s Lady Red Devils. Emily Daniel was second just four seconds behind her teammate.
SMITHS STATION PANTHER INVITATIONAL: Junior Amaris Tyynismaa averaged just under six minutes a mile to win the Panther Invitational in 18:36.38. The Montgomery Catholic runner finished 19 seconds ahead of runner-up Samantha Rogers, who led Auburn to the team title with a time of 18:55.76. The Tigers placed five runners in the top six finishers of the 75-participant field to score 20 points. Catholic was second with 45.
DAPHNE INVITATIONAL: McGill-Toolen Catholic senior Grace Jensen won the meet at Blakeley State Park clocking 18:13.50. Junior McKenzie Hogue of Thompson finished a close second with a time of 18:13.50 in the field of 121 runners. Baker won the team title with 28 points.
HOUSTON ACADEMY INVITATIONAL: Enterprise swept the team competition with 20 points. Northview runner Makennah Mills crossed the finish line first. The Northview runner clocked 20:28.52 to finish ahead of Enterprise’s Sarah Francis, who was second in the field of 72 runners at 21:20.34. Northview finished second with 69 points.
MORTIMER JORDAN INVITATIONAL: Tatiana Padgett clocked 22.13.13 to win the meet for Pinson Valley. Savannah Englisee of Mortimer Jordan was second at 23:23.72.
WARRIORS INVITATIONAL: Sophomore runner Kasey Eziekel of Colbert Heights clocked 21:28.38 over the 5,000-meter course to win the Class 1A-3A race at the meet hosted by Wilson High School. Hatton’s Ally Amerson was second with a time of 21:36.89. Winning the 5A-7A division was Mary Claire Ridgeway, a freshman from Florence. Her time was 19:14.38. Wilson senior Phoebe Moon was second at 20:21.48. More than 170 girls competed in the two races.


32 AHSAA Events Set for NFHS Network through Oct. 10 Andalusia at Thomasville is AHSAA’s Feature Game on the NFHS Network Friday night

   MONTGOMERY – The NFHS Network has 25 AHSAA football games and seven volleyball matches scheduled to be live-streamed, beginning tonight and running through Tuesday, Oct. 10. All contests are being produced by AHSAA member schools participating in the NFHS Network School Broadcast Program or by third-party NFHS Network producers.
      Headlining the volleyball action tonight is a Class 7A battle of powerhouses, defending state champion Mountain Brook at red-hot Hoover. The Lady Bucs reeled off 10 wins last week to claim their own tourney.
    One varsity football game tonight features Dothan and unbeaten Sidney Lanier.
    Friday’s football lineup is one of the strongest yet with the AHSAA’s NFHS Network featured game pitting Andalusia (5-1) at unbeaten Thomasville (5-0) in a game that will go a long way in deciding the champion of Class 4A, Region 1. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. Two of Class 4A’s premier coaches will be on the sidelines, Bulldogs’ head coach Trent Taylor and Tigers’ head coach Jack Hankins. Taylor, 211-126 in 30 seasons, has guided Andalusia to a 28-5 record since taking over in 2015.  Hankins, who has been the head coach at Thomasville since 2002, has compiled a 144-47 record – all at his current school. His 2010 Tigers won the Class 4A state title and finished 15-0.
     Among the other top games is unbeaten Thompson (5-0) at Vestavia Hills (3-2) in Class 7A, Region 3. The Warriors are averaging 44.8 points per game, third best in Class 7A, will take on a Rebels team that is allowing only 10.2 points per outing, second in Class 7A. Linden (3-1) and Sweet Water (3-2) will be live-streamed in a top Class 1A game Friday, and on Saturday, the Jeff Davis High School broadcast team will live-stream the Vols’ 7A, Region 2 battle with arch-rival Lee-Montgomery at Cramton Bowl. Jeff Davis is 4-2 and the Generals are 4-1.
       At least one game in each class is being live-streamed over the NFHS Network Friday night with 12 games being live-streamed in Classes 6A and 7A.
    To subscribe to the NFHS Network, click on: http://watch.nfhsnetwork.com/rewards-signup/.
   
The complete schedule currently on the NFHS Network is listed.

NFHS NETWORK SCHEDULE OF AHSAA EVENTS
THURSDAY, October 5
VOLLEYBALL                                            Producer                                Air Time
Vestavia Hills JV at Hoover JV                     Hoover HS SBP                      5 p.m.
Vestavia Hills vs. Hoover (varsity)                 Hoover HS SBP                      6:30 p.m.
FOOTBALL                                                  Producer                                Air Time
Homewood MS at Mountain Brook               Mountain Brook HS SBP       5 p.m.
Dothan at Sidney Lanier                                 Montgomery Sports Net SBP 6:30 p.m.

FRIDAY, October 6
FOOTBALL                                                  Producer                                Air Time
Class 1A
Linden at Sweet Water                                   Sweet Water HS SBP             7 p.m.
Class 2A
Goshen at Zion Chapel                                   Goshen HS SBP                      7 p.m. 
Class 3A
Geneva at Straughn                                        Geneva HS SBP                      7 p.m.
Class 4A
Andalusia at Thomasville                                Andalusia HS SBP                  7 p.m.
Childersburg at Handley                                 102.3 FM NFHS Net              6:30 p.m.
Haleyville at Madison Academy                    Madison Academy SBP          7 p.m.
Class 5A
Greenville at Eufaula                                      Eufaula HS SBP                     7 p.m.
Russellville at St. John Paul II                       Russellville HS SBP               7 p.m. 
Class 6A
Austin at Florence                                           Florence HS SBP                    6:45 p.m.
Blount at Spanish Fort                                    Spanish Fort HS SBP             6:40 p.m.
Carver-Montgomery vs. Park Crossing          Montgomery Sports Net SBP 6:30 p.m.
Cullman at Pell City                                       Cullman HS SBP                    7 p.m.
Hazel Green at Hartselle                                 Hartselle HS SBP                   7 p.m.
Helena at Opelika                                           Opelika HS SBP                     7 p.m.
Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa at Paul Bryant               Hillcrest HS SBP                    6:30 p.m.
Muscle Shoals at Columbia                            Muscle Shoals HS SBP          6:30 p.m.
Class 7A
Central-Phenix City at Enterprise                   Enterprise HS SBP                 7 p.m.
Murphy at Foley                                             Foley HS SBP                         6:45 p.m.
Oak Mountain at Hoover                                Hoover HS SBP                      7 p.m.
Thompson at Vestavia Hills                           Vestavia Hills HS SBP           7 p.m.

SATURDAY, Oct. 7

FOOTBALL                                                  Producer                                Air Time
Jeff Davis vs. Lee-Montgomery                     Jeff Davis HS SBP                 7 p.m.

MONDAY, October 9
FOOTBALL                                                  Producer                                Air Time
Clay-Chalkville at Mountain Brook JV          Mountain Brook HS SBP       6 p.m.
Prattville at Auburn JV                                   Auburn HS SBP                      6 p.m.

TUESDAY, October 10
VOLLEYBALL                                            Producer                                Air Time
Daphne at Spanish Fort (varsity)                    Spanish Fort HS SBP             5:10 p.m.
Hayden at Cullman (varsity)                           Cullman HS SBP                    4:30 p.m.                    
Mountain Brook at Hoover (varsity)              Hoover HS SBP                      5 p.m.
Thompson JV at Vestavia Hills JV                Vestavia Hills HS SBP           5 p.m.
Thompson at Vestavia Hills (varsity)             Vestavia Hills HS SBP           6 p.m.


FOOTBALL                                                  Producer                                Air Time
Clay-Chalkville at Mountain Brook Fresh.    Mountain Brook HS SBP       5:30 p.m.
Dothan at Sidney Lanier                                 Montgomery Sports Net SBP 6:30 p.m.

AHSAA Volleyball Spotlight, Week 6 Setter McKinley Ferguson Leads Jasper to 30-Match Win Streak

    MONTGOMERY – Sophomore setter McKinley Ferguson turned in an all-around performance to lead Class 6A Jasper (30-1) to nine volleyball wins last week. She had 128 assists, 84 kills, 66 digs and 25 service aces to lead the Lady Vikings of Coach Bobby Daniels to 10 wins last week and grabbed the AHSAA Volleyball Spotlight for Week 5.
      Ferguson and her Lady Vikings teammates headed into the week at 20-0 and stretched the state’s longest winning streak of the season to 30 before Daphne beat Jasper 2-1 in in the Over-the-Mountain invitational tourney hosted by Hoover High School last weekend. Alex Oliver added 66 kills, 58 digs and nine aces, and Kensley Farris contributed 45 kills, 18 blocks and 11 aces during last week’s strong showing.
    Other top performances from across the state last week:
 
KILLS/BLOCKS
PAIGE SHAW, HOOVER:
Had 84 kills, nine blocks, 31 digs and 16 service to lead Hoover (17-6) to seven wins and the title of the Over-The-Mountain Classic tournament.
ALANA COX, BOB JONES: Helped the Lady Patriots win eight of nine matches delivering 81 kills and 29 blocks.
JOSIE HUGHES, CROSSVILLE: Registered 18 kills and five aces in a match versus Scottsboro. She had 81 kills, 16 blocks and 28 aces over seven matches for the week.
LIBBY KIRBY, ST. PAUL’S EPISCOPAL: Had 37 kills, 19 digs and seven service aces in three matches for the Saints.
MEKAILA HILL, CLAY-CHALKVILLE: Had 35 kills in three wins for the Cougars.
KELSEY GIBSON, GOSHEN: Had 28 kills in a 22-25, 25-29, 20-25, 25-17, 20-18 loss to Ariton. She also had 30 kills in three matches over the weekend.
TIA ROGERS, PIKE COUNTY: Led the Bulldogs to a 3-2 win over Abbeville with nine blocks, seven kills and eight assists.
LAKYN PRATT, ARITON: Totaled 21 kills and five blocks in a marathon 3-2 win over Goshen and also had 38 kills to lead the Purple Cats (17-2) to the finals of the Carroll Invitational.
POLLY GLASS, REHOBETH: Recorded 13 kills, five blocks, 14 digs and four aces in a grueling 22-25, 15-25, 25-19, 25-13, 15-11 match as Rehobeth fought back from an 0-2 start to win 3-2 over Headland as the Rebels celebrated senior night.
JAMYAH JACKSON, HEADLAND: Recorded 10 blocks and eight kills in the Rams’ 3-2 loss to Rehobeth.

ASSISTS
EMILY POUNDSTONE, SAINT JAMES:
Went over 2,000 assists for her career with 42 in two matches last week.
ERIN LANGLEY, SAND ROCK: Recorded 56 assists, 17 digs and six aces in three matches to lead Sand Rock to its second consecutive Cherokee County tournament championship and seventh overall.
AINSLEY SCHULZ, VESTAVIA HILLS: Recorded 246 assists and 11 service aces in seven matches for the Rebels.
JAMIE GREGG, HOOVER: Totaled 178 assists for Hoover in a 7-0 week.
AIJA ABELE, BOB JONES: Registered 177 assists in nine matches for Bob Jones.
LIBBY GRACE GANN, MOUNTAIN BROOK: The setter had 168 assists for the Spartans in seven matches.
MOLLY KATE ATKINS, CARBON HILL: Led the Bulldogs (37-4) to seven straight wins with 165 assists, 33 digs and 24 service aces on the week.
AUTUMN BRAGWELL, BELGREEN: Had 111 assists in three wins for Belgreen.

DIGS
SAVANNAH GIBBS, HOOVER:
Had 148 digs in seven matches for the Lady Bucs.
TAYLOR BROWN, WILSON: Had 90 digs in four wins. Wilson beat two ASWA-ranked teams Deshler and Muscle Shoals. 
MADALYNN OWEN, PRICEVILLE: Had 89 digs as Priceville went 7-1 and reached the finals of the Decatur Heritage tourney.

SERVICE ACES
SYDNY OMTVEDT, DAPHNE:
Had 21 service aces in seven matches for the Trojans. She also had 55 kills and 63 digs.
EMMA DEMPSEY, BELGREEN: Served 11 aces in three match wins for Belgreen.



AHSAA Prep Spotlight for Week 5... 3 Times are a Charm as Alabama Christian Returns Kickoff for Unbeaten Eagles

    MONTGOMERY – Alabama Christian Academy head coach Nate Sanford opted to have Prattville Christian kick off again when Friday night’s opening kickoff went out of bounds.
    By NFHS rules he had the option of taking the ball where it went out of bounds, taking it 25 yards from the where it was kicked or having the kicking team back up five yards and kick off again, and when the next kick sailed out of bounds too, he made a very unconventional decision to force the Panthers to boot its next kick from its own 30-yard line.
    On the third kickoff try, Alden Stroud, a 5-foot-9, 165-pound Eagles senior, collected the kick at his own 15-yard line and raced up the middle untouched for an 85-yard kickoff return for a touchdown. Alabama Christian went on to beat Prattville Christian 52-14 to grab the AHSAA Prep Spotlight for Week 5 of the 2017 high school football season.
     The Eagles (6-0) showed marked improvement last year in Sanford’s first season as head coach by finishing 4-7 and clinching the school’s first playoff berth since 2009. ACA had struggled to four straight losing seasons and a 10-30 record before Sanford arrived.
      The 6-0 start topped the school’s previous best start, a 9-3 campaign in 1990 that included five wins to open the year.  Alabama Christian’s best record to date came in 1981 when the Eagles finished 8-1 but played outside the AHSAA in a private school league. This year’s 6-0 start also includes a 3-0 Class 4A, Region 2 record which has the Eagles on top of the region standings heading into the second half of the regular season.
    Quarterback Reece Solar fired four touchdown passes and rushed for one TD in the win over Prattville Christian. The Eagles jump back into region play this week with a road game at Ashford. A win could move Alabama Christian closer to clinching its first region title since the playoff format was instituted in the 2000 season.
     Other top performances reported this week include:


MILESTONES
WRIGHT IS PASS PERFECT: West Blocton quarterback Curtis Wright was 11-of-11 for 168 yards and two touchdowns in a 33-6 win over Verbena to write his name in the AHSAA Record Book. The 11-of-11 effort is second only to Oakman's Jon Avery, who set the best passing percentage record with his 15-for-15 performance in a win over Lamar County earlier this season. The previous record was set Hayden Maples of Fairview (10-of-10) in a 47-14 win over Holly Pond in 2013. Wright also rushed for 57 yards and another TD in the win.
PEDMONT’S STANLEY JOINS 3,000-YARD CLUB: Senior running back Lee Stanley became the sixth Bulldog to rush for more than 3,000 yards in a career with his 206-yard, two-touchdown performance as Piedmont beat Leeds 41-19. Stanley now has 3,166 career yards for Coach Steve Smith and joins a list of Piedmont rushers that includes Greg Nation (4,859), Taylor Hayes (3,846), Michael Ball (3,730), Darnell Jackson (3,217) and Derrick Griffie (3,188).

TWICE IS NICE: Dadeville 5-foot-10, 190-pound senior running  back Kadore Glenn rushed for more than 300 yards in back-to-back games with his 21-carry, 307-yard performance in a 28-25 loss to Valley last week. He Had TD runs of 12, 47, 36 and 4 yards to account for all the Tigers’ TDs Two weeks ago he had an identical performance, 21 carries for 307 yards, and scored three touchdowns covering 53, 50 and 61 yards as Dadeville beat Holtville 48-26.
SCOTTSBORO’S TRIPLE THREAT:  Wildcats defenders Peyton Grant, Noah Linville and Blaiz Johnson each returned interceptions for touchdowns as Scottsboro beat North Jackson 56-27. It was the first time in school history that an SHS team has scored three touchdowns in a game on interceptions.
McGILL-TOOLEN EXTENDS REGULAR-SEASON WIN STREAK: Senior Eric Garror picked off two passes and recovered a fumble as the Yellow Jackets beat Blount 22-7 for McGill’s 20th consecutive regular-season win.

BUZZER BEATERS
MOHAMMAD NAKHIEH, BUCKHORN: 
Kicked three field goals of 38, 31 and 30 yards, including the last one in overtime as the Bucks handed Mae Jemison (5-1) its first loss of the season 16-13.
LiALLEN DAILEY, PINSON VALLEY: Caught a 39-yard touchdown pass in the final minute to force overtime and added a 9-yard, game-winning touchdown catch in the extra period in a 28-27 victory over Shades Valley to keep the Indians (6-0) undefeated.

ETHAN WELLS, WICKSBURG: The Panthers safety broke up a pass in the end zone with 10 seconds left to preserve Wicksburg’s 42-35 win over Houston County rival Rehobeth. The Rebels were facing a fourth-and-15 when Wells broke up the pass to preserve the win. Rehobeth’s Brady Herring finished 10-of-22 passing for 207 yards and two touchdowns. Panthers quarterback Shawn Bowden rushed 22 times for 158 yards and four TDs and put Wicksburg ahead for good with a touchdown with 7:25 remaining.

RUSHING
JOHN ROBERTSON, NORTHSIDE:
Rushed for 279 yards and scored four touchdowns on runs covering 64, 84, 1 and 6 yards in the Rams’ 49-21 win over Brookwood.
LA’DAMIAN WEBB, BEAUREGARD: The senior and reigning Mr. Football had 14 carries for 258 yards and four touchdowns ina 42-6 win over Northview.
KOBI McCOY, COLBERT COUNTY: Rushed for touchdowns of 75, 75 and 51 yards to finish with 250 yards overall in a 35-20 loss to unbeaten Deshler (5-0).
DEVIN RICHARDSON, FAIRFIELD: Ran 26 times for 238 yards and two TDs in a 41-39 victory over Midfield.

UZIAH McDANIELS, PARK CROSSING: Rushed for 234 yards and three touchdowns to pace the Thunderbirds to a 65-21 win over Gadsden City.
DARRIAN MEADS, HOKES BLUFFF: The sophomore rushed for 185 yards on 25 carries and scored six touchdowns in a 41-21 win over Glencoe. His 81-yard kickoff return to open the game set up his first score, a 2-yard run.
TODD HOOVER, GULF SHORES: Ran for 214 yards and two touchdowns on 30 carries to lead Gulf Shores to a 31-30 win over Faith Academy.
CHRIS HARDIE, VINCENT: Ran 20 times for 213 yards and four TDs in a 41-20 victory over Sumiton Christian.
ISAAC HUGULEY, WEST MORGAN: Picked up 208 yards rushing on 23 carries and had three touchdowns in a 35-7 win over Cherokee.
SETH WADSWORTH, SOUTHEASTERN: Piled up 193 yards rushing on 12 carries and scored four touchdowns as Southeastern beat Brilliant 41-21 for its first win of the season. He also completed 3-of-4 passes for 42 yards and another TD.
JACOB DENDY, ALBERTVILLE: Has 191 rushing yards and four touchdowns in a 49-19 win over Boaz.
DEAUNDRE CARLTON, JACKSON-OLIN: Rushed for 190 yards and scored twice to lead Jackson-Olin to a 33-13 win over Calera.
JAHZARIAN LAMPLEY, PIKE COUNTY: Rushed for 192 yards and three touchdowns on runs of 6, 41 and 40 to spark the Class 3A Bulldogs to a 33-8 win over previously unbeaten Abbeville.

ARMONI GOODWIN, FLORENCE: The freshman ran for 181 yards and three touchdowns and caught a 17-yard pass for a TD on offense and also had an interception on defense in a 55-31 loss to Bob Jones.
HUNTER GIBSON, SPARKMAN: Gained 172 yards on 27 rush attempts and scored once to lead the Senators to a 20-14 win over Hazel Green.
SHADRICK BYRD, THOMPSON: Rushed for 169 yards and a 32-yard touchdown on 12 carries as Thompson (5-0) beat Pelham 51-21.
PAYTON ANDERSON, FYFFE: Rushed for 154 yards and four touchdowns on 19 carries, had 144 yards on kick returns and intercepted a pass on defense as the defending Class 2A state champion Red Devils (5-0) downed Plainview 43-27.

STONE FINCHER, HACKLEBURG: Rushed for 142 yards on 24 carries and caught three passes for 51 yards in the Panthers’ 22-6 win over Hubbertville.
DREW BLACKBURN, WINFIELD: Totaled 27 carries for 165 yards and one touchdown in the Pirates’ 21-7 win over Sulligent.


PASSING

MICHAEL CROWDER, GARDENDALE: Was 23-of-32 passing for 333 yards and two touchdowns as the Rockets beat Chelsea 41-28.
IAN THIES, WESTMINSTER CHRISTIAN: Completed 18-of-21 passes for 304 yards and five touchdowns in s 66-36 win over Hayden. He also rushed for two TDs to account for seven on the night.
JACOB HAMMAC, FLORALA: The sophomore quarterback was 24-of-34 passing for 285 yards and three touchdowns as the Wildcats downed St. Michael’s 41-27. His favorite target was junior Shun White, who had nine catches for 131 yards and all three TDs. Hammac was 27-of-39 for 365 passing yards and five touchdowns in the Wildcats’ 42-35 win over McKenzie two weeks ago The game was the first varsity match in St. Michael’s young football history.
CHAPPELLE WADE, CARVER-BIRMINGHAM: Completed 14-of-29 passes for 254 yards and two touchdowns (59 and 35 yards) in the Rams’ 41-13 victory at Cherokee County.

WILLIE MILLER, CLAY-CHALKVILLE: Was 17-of-30 passing for 238 yards and three touchdowns in the Cougars’ 28-0 win over James Clemens.
GRAHAM PEPPER, WEST LIMESTONE: Had 330 total yards and accounted for four touchdowns in a 42-14 win over Elkmont. He passed for three TDs and rushed for one.

JAMES FOSTER, SIDNEY LANIER: Completed 16-of-31 passes doe 235 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for 73 yards on 10 carries to lift the unbeaten Poets (6-0) to a 34-20 come-from-behind win over Jeff Davis.
HAYDEN BRYANT, BRILLIANT: Completed 15-of-24 passes for 227 yards and one TD, rushed for 128 yards on 18 carries and scored two touchdowns in a 41-21 loss to Southeastern. His favorite target was his younger brother Kade Bryant, who had 179 receiving yards, including the touchdown pass.
CASEY BAYNES, TALLASSEE: was 15-of-24 passing for 167 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for a fourth score to lead the Tigers from 22-point second-half deficit to a 33-29 win over T.R. Miller.
ETHAN WILSON, ANDALUSIA: Led the Bulldogs to a 47-7 win over Opp connecting on 12-of-14 pass attempts for 224 yards and two touchdowns. He also rushed for a TD.
LUKE NAIL, MADISON ACADEMY: Was 10-of-15 passing for 212 yards and three touchdowns in a 49-7 win at Tanner.
AUSTIN CALHOUN, KINSTON: Accounted for four touchdowns and 272 yards of offense, rushing for 186 yards and two scores and passing for 86 yards and two TDs on a 6-of-12 passing performance in the Bulldogs’ 56-22 win over Zion Chapel.

TUCKER BROWN, WILSON: Wilson: Brown was 10-of-18 passing for 210 yards and one touchdown and ran for two scores in a 28-7 win over Lauderdale County to keep Wilson (5-0) unbeaten.
RICK RODGERS, LAMAR COUNTY: Was 10-of-11 passing for 187 yards and a touchdown in 49-19 win over Berry.

PASS RECEIVING
SETH WILLIAMS, PAUL BRYANT: Pulled down four catches for 201 yards and two touchdowns in a 28-15 win over Tuscaloosa Central.  He had TD reception of 87 and 81 yards in the third quarter to help the Stampede overcome a 15-14 deficit.
CAMERON McKINNEY, CARVER-BIRMINGHAM: Caught eight passes for 172 yards and two touchdowns (59 and 35 yards) in the Rams’ 41-13 victory at Cherokee County.

AUSTIN HILL, NORTH SAND MOUNTAIN: Caught eight passes for 159 yards, including an 83-yarder for a TD that forced the game into overtime, and also rushed for 59 yards and a touchdown as the Thundering Herd edged Ider 34-28.
CONNER HOWELL, GARDENDALE: Caught 11 passes for 156 yards and a 29-yard touchdown and added an interception on defense in a 41-28 victory over Chelsea.

C.J. WILLIAMSON, GUNTERSVILLE: Caught five passes for 160 yards, and one touchdown in a 35-13 win over Madison County.

JAY WILLIAMS, SARALAND: Snagged seven passes for 145 yards and one touchdown in the Spartans’ 25-21 win over Murphy.
DAN PARKER, AMERICAN CHRISTIAN: Had six catches for 131 yards and a TD in the Patriots’ 47-6 victory over Holt.
KOBIE STRINGER, G.W. LONG: Snared eight passes for 128 yards and a 41-yard touchdown in the Rebels’ 28-7 loss to New Brockton.

B.J. ANDERSON, ANDALUSIA: Caught four passes for 103 yards and two touchdowns in a 47-7 win over Opp.

DEFENSE
TREVOR YOUNG, WOODVILLE:
Recorded 18 tackles and a fumble recovery on defense and had three catches for 59 yards and a touchdown on offense as the Panthers nipped R.A. Hubbard 21-20.
LAMONT MITCHELL, PARK CROSSING: Scored two touchdowns on defense in Park Crossing’s 65-21 road win over Class 7A Gadsden City. He returned a fumble 15 yards and an interception 67 yards for his scores.
HUNTER JEDNAT, SATSUMA: Intercepted three passes and recovered a fumble in Satsuma’s 20-19 win over Citronelle.
J.D. PETTAWAY, COTTAGE HILL CHRISTIAN: Intercepted two passes and had 10 tackles in a 33-13 win over Chickasaw. He returned one of his picks 86 yards for a touchdown.
CORNELIUS SMITH, HEADLAND: Totaled 15 tackles in a 35-14 loss to Providence Christian.
KALEB WHATLEY, GAYLESVILLE: Posted 14 tackles, including one tackle for a loss, and rushed for 75 yards on 11 carries in the Trojans’ 35-6 loss at Appalachian.

AUSTIN KEASLER, SOUTH LAMAR: Recorded 12 tackles with two sacks in a 14-8 win over Curry.
TREVELL SMITH, HOUSTON COUNTY: Had 16 tackles and teammate Dorien Collier had 15 as the unbeaten Lions (6-0) nipped Ashford 23-20.
JALEN SIMS, FULTONDALE: Had 15 tackles to lead the Wildcats to s 37-13 win over Hale County.
KHARI McREYNOLDS, GENEVA: The defensive back had two interceptions in the Panthers’ 21-7 win over Samson.

TIM McCLENDON, CARROLL: swiped two interceptions to lead the unbeaten Eagles (5-0) to a 26-13 win over W.S. Neal.
COLBY COPELAND, KINSTON: Picked off two passes for interceptions and forced two fumbles In the Bulldogs’ 56-22 win over Zion Chapel.
CADE DICKINSON, BRIARWOOD CHRISTIAN: Made two interceptions as the Lions (5-0) beat Mortimer Jordan 25-17.
KAMERONE BROWN, THEODORE: Made two interceptions on defense as the Bobcats shut out Enterprise 39-0.
TREVOR SISK, HEWITT-TRUSSVILLE: Returned an interception for a touchdown as the Huskies (5-0) beat Center Point 59 -0 for their second shutout win in a row.
JAYDON HILL, BOB JONES: Intercepted two passes and forced a fumble in a 55-31 win at Florence.

 

SPECIAL TEAMS
JACOB MANNING, SCOTTSBORO: Returned the second-half kickoff 80 yards for a touchdown to spark the Wildcats to a 56-27 win over North Jackson. He had 152 yards on three returns, caught five passes for 68 yards and threw a 38-yard TD pass as Scottsboro overcame a 21-14 deficit at halftime with 42 second-half points.
KAKIYAH JOHNSON, CALERA: Returned a kickoff 99 yards for a TD in the Eagles’ 33-13 loss to Jackson-Olin.
HENRY BECKETT, HOUSTON ACADEMY: Nailed field goals of 43 and 44 yards and punted four times for s 43-yard average in a 37-13 loss to Goshen. He also booted all four kickoffs into the end zone for touchbacks.
JUSTYN ROSS, CENTRAL-PHENIX CITY:  Returned a punt 57 yards for a touchdown and caught three passes for 74 yards and a 43-yard TD as the Red Devils beat Opelika 46-19.
NATE TOMEY, CEDAR BLUFF: Kicked two 36-yard field goals in the first quarter and booted three extra points in a 35-21 win over Collinsville.

JOHN BANNISTER, CHEROKEE COUNTY: Blocked a punt which was recovered for a Warriors’ touchdown in Cherokee County’s 41-13 loss to Carver of Birmingham.
JUAN GOMEZ, SCOTTSBORO: Tied a school record with eight point-after kicks as the Wildcats beat North Jackson 56-27.
JACE STEWART, REHOBETH: Returned a kickoff 80 yards in the Rebels’ 42-35 loss to Wicksburg.
JEREMIAH WHITE, GENEVA COUNTY: Scored three touchdowns, including a 75-yard kickoff return, and rushed for 121 yards in a 59-50 loss to Highland Home. The 109 points was the most in a game in both teams’ school history.
D’QUARIOUS FRYER, CARROLL: Blocked a punt and returned it five yards for a touchdown as Carroll thumped W.S. Neal 36-13.


32 AHSAA Events Set for NFHS Network through Oct. 5 Opelika at Central-Phenix City is Featured Game on AHSAA’s NFHS Network Friday Night

   MONTGOMERY – Fifteen volleyball contests and 17 football games are scheduled to be live-streamed over the NFHS Network this weekend through next Thursday by AHSAA member schools.
      The volleyball totals include Gulf Shores at Spanish Fort today, two varsity battles at Lawrence County and Cullman next Monday and five volleyball matches across the state on Tuesday.
      The 75th meeting between Class 6A Opelika High School (3-2) and Central-Phenix City (4-0) headlines 13 games on tap Friday night. The AHSAA’s NFHS Network featured game will kick off at 7 p.m. The Red Devils own a 42-32 edge in the East Alabama rivalry that dates back to 1928. Central won last year’s meeting at Opelika 35-28, but the Bulldogs won three of the previous four and seven of the last 12 games.
     Among the other top games include Opp (2-2) at Andalusia (4-1) in a South Alabama rivalry that was first played 91 years ago. The Bulldogs hold a 48-36-4 edge as the teams prepare for the 89th meeting thanks in part to an eight-game winning streak in the series dating back to 2009. The two teams played twice that year with the Bobcats winning in the regular season and Andalusia winning in the playoffs.
      Murphy (2-2) is also at Saraland (3-1) Friday night in a game broadcast by the Spartans’ NFHS School Broadcast Program, unbeaten Sidney Lanier (5-0) takes on Jeff Davis (4-1) at Montgomery’s Cramton Bowl in a game produced the Jeff Davis SBP. Russellville (0-4) is at Hartselle (3-2) in a game that is being live-streamed by both schools’ SBP programs.
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The complete schedule currently on the NFHS Network is listed.

NFHS NETWORK SCHEDULE OF AHSAA EVENTS
THURSDAY, Sept. 28
VOLLEYBALL                                            Producer                                Air Time
Gulf Shores at Spanish Fort                            Spanish Fort HS SBP             6:40 p.m.

FRIDAY, Sept. 29
FOOTBALL                                                  Producer                                Air Time
Class 3A
Geneva at Samson (2A)                                  Geneva HS SBP                      7 p.m.
Goshen (2A) at Houston Academy                Goshen HS SBP                      7 p.m. 
Class 4A
Opp (3A) at Andalusia                                    Andalusia HS SBP                  7 p.m.
Class 5A
East Lawrence (3A) at Lawrence County      Lawrence County HS SBP     6:45 p.m.
Class 6A
Fayette County (4A) at Cullman                     Cullman HS SBP                    7 p.m.
Russellville (5A) at Hartselle                          Russellville HS SBP               7 p.m.
Russellville (5A) at Hartselle                          Hartselle HS SBP                   7 p.m.
Class 7A
Enterprise at Theodore                                    Enterprise HS SBP                 7 p.m.
Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa (6A) at Tuscaloosa Co. Hillcrest HS SBP                    6:30 p.m.
Murphy at Saraland (6A)                                Saraland HS SBP                    6 p.m.
Opelika (6A) at Central-Phenix City              Opelika HS SBP                     7 p.m.
Sidney Lanier (6A) vs. Jeff Davis                  Jeff Davis HS SBP                 7 p.m.             
Vestavia Hills at Helena (6A)                         Vestavia Hills HS SBP           7 p.m.

MONDAY, Oct. 2
VOLLEYBALL                                            Producer                                Air Time
Carbon Hill at Cullman                                   Cullman HS SBP                    4:30 p.m.
Fairview at Lawrence County                        Lawrence County HS SBP     4:15 p.m.
Hewitt-Trussville (freshmen) at Mtn. Brook Mtn. Brook HS SBP               5 p.m.
Homewood (freshmen) at Vestavia Hills       Vestavia Hills HS SBP           5 p.m.
McAdory (freshmen) at Mrn. Brook              Mtn. Brook HS SBP               6 p.m. 



FOOTBALL                                                  Producer                                Air Time
Auburn (JV) at Eufaula                                  Eufaula HS SBP                     5:30 p.m.
Helena (JV) vs. Vestavia Hills                       Vestavia Hills HS SBP           5:30 p.m.
Helena (freshman) vs. Vestavia Hills             Vestavia Hills HS SBP           5:30 p.m.

TUESDAY, Oct. 3
VOLLEYBALL                                            Producer                                Air Time
Beauregard at Smiths Station                         Smiths Station HS SBP          4:30 p.m.
Brewer at Cullman                                          Cullman HS SBP                    4:30 p.m.
East Limestone at Lawrence County              Lawrence County HS SBP     4:25 p.m.
Oak Mountain (JV) at Mtn. Brook                 Mtn. Brook HS SBP               5 p.m.
Oak Mountain at Mtn. Brook                         Mtn. Brook HS SBP               5 p.m.
Thompson (JV) at Hoover                              Hoover HS SBP                      5 p.m.
Thompson at Hoover                                      Hoover HS SBP                      6:30 p.m.

THURSDAY, OCT. 5
VOLLEYBALL                                            Producer                                Air Time
Vestavia Hills (JV) at Hoover                        Hoover HS SBP                      5 p.m.
Vestavia Hills at Hoover                                Hoover HS SBP                      6:30 p.m.

FOOTBALL                                                  Producer                                Air Time
Dothan at Sidney Lanier                                 Montgomery Sports Net         6:30 p.m.
Homewood (MS) at Mtn. Brook                    Mtn. Brook HS SBP               5 p.m.
Simmons (7th) at Vestavia Hills                      Vestavia Hills HS SBP           4:55 p.m.        
Simmons (8th) at Vestavia Hills                      Vestavia Hills HS SBP           6:35 p.m.   
     

AHSAA Volleyball Spotlight for Week 4 Chelsea Senior Ashley Mock Leads Hornets To Eight Wins and Husky Challenge Title

   MONTGOMERY – Class 6A Chelsea’s Lady Hornets (20-3) rolled to an 8-0 record last week with senior setter Ashley Mock at the throttles. Mock recorded 72 digs, 111 assists, 28 kills and 20 service aces in one of the most complete all-around performances of the season to grab the AHSAA Volleyball Spotlight for Week 4.
    Coach Jessica Pickett’s team won the Husky Challenge volleyball tournament at Hewitt-Trussville over the weekend beating Clay-Chalkville in the final match. Other wins came over Pleasant Valley, Oxford, Mortimer Jordan, Indian Springs, Pell City, Childersburg and the host Huskies.
    Sophomore Victoria Schmer added 74 digs and 22 aces. Junior Jules Hamer was on the receiving end a majority of Mock’s assists and finished with 66 kills.
     Chelsea’s performance edged out another perfect week for Lexington. Coach Melissa Hammond guided the Class 3A Bears (25-2) to a 10-0 record and the championship of the Brooks Invitational tourney with seniors Kinsley Hanback and Hannah Underwood leading the way. Hanback had 102 kills and 36 kills over the 10-match stretch, and Underwood had 91 kills and 17 blocks.  Lexington beat Lawrence County in the finals of the tourney Saturday and also had regular-season wins earlier in the week over Wilson, Brooks, Hatton, Colbert County, Mars Hill Bible and Loretto (TN).
    A special thanks to Dennis Victory of al.com for his contributions to this spotlight.
    In other highlights reported:

MILESTONES
KATE SHARP, JAMES CLEMENS: Helped Coach Amanda Smith’s Class 7A Jets win the Bronze Bracket of the Kentucky Challenge tourney recording 101 assists and 26 kills in eight matches. The senior setter now has 2,322 career assists.
MACKENZIE DAVIS, ATHENS BIBLE: Went over 1,000 assists for her career with 55 on Saturday in four matches at the Priceville Invitational. Athens Bible reached the tourney semifinals and finished 3-1 for the tourney.

KILLS/BLOCKS
LAUREN MAYES, LAWRENCE COUNTY: Led the Red Devils (28-3) to a runner-up finish in the Brooks Invitational and an 11-1 record for the week with an all-around effort including 108 kills, 38 blocks and 20 service aces.
AVERY NANCE, GENEVA: Totaled 26 kills, 11 blocks and six service aces to lead the Panthers to a grueling 27-25, 23-25, 23-25, 25-22, 15-13 win over Andalusia in one of the top matches of the season for both teams.
EMRY WRIGHT, SIPSEY VALLEY: Had 10 kills and 20 aces to lead the Bears to a 3-0 win over Oak Grove.
KARLEE HALE, GERALDINE: Helped the Bulldogs (23-6) win 10 matches, including six in their own tourney en route to the title. She had 79 kills, 31 blocks, 34 digs and 20 service aces.
SKYLER BENSON, PRICEVILLE: Finished the week with 80 kills in 10 games as Priceville went 8-2 in that span.
EMORIE LONG, PELHAM: Had 65 kills and 25 blocks in nine matches. The Panthers went 4-2 in the HeffStrong Invitational at Spain Park to reach the semifinals.
LEXIE SMITH, HARTSELLE: The junior recorded 53 kills, five blocks and 26 digs as the Tigers won six of seven matches for the week.
HANNAH VINES, VESTAVIA HILLS: Helped the Rebels win four of six matches with 43 kills and 33 digs.
MIKAELA GRUBB, ENTERPRISE: Had 41 kills and 34 digs as Enterprise went 5-1 on the week and finished runner-up to Providence Christian in its own tourney.
ALANA COX, BOB JONES: Led her team to a 4-0 record with 35 kills, 11 blocks and six aces for the week.
JEANNA THOMAS, AUSTIN: Recorded 56 kills, 22 blocks and seven aces to lead the Black Bears to the Priceville Invitational championship and a 5-1 record for the week.

ASSISTS
LAEKYN BENNETT, LAWRENCE COUNTY:
Had 247 assists as her team won 11 of 12 matches last week.
GEORGIA STONICHER, PELHAM: Recorded 211 assists in nine matches as the Panthers went 7-2. Pelham also reached the semifinals of the HeffStrong Tourney at Spain Park.
REILLY VOUGHT, SPANISH FORT:  Led Spanish Fort to seven wins in eight matches with 162 assists, 50 digs and 10 aces.
ALLIE ISOM, ARAB: Handed out 153 assists as Arab went 6-3 for the week.
KAYLA DOLLAR, MORTIMER JORDAN: Registered 150 assists as the Blue Devils went 5-3 – notching Coach Kelsey Treadway’s 100th career victory in the process.
KIRBY SMITH, GERALDINE: Distributed 96 assists and also had 19 digs to lead Geraldine to six straight wins and the Geraldine Invitational title. The Bulldogs won 10 matches over the week.
KIRSTEN BOYD, THOMPSON: Had 96 assists as the Warriors (19-8) finished fifth in the 24-team field at the Kentucky Challenge. Thompson was 4-2 on the week.
ISABELLE FUELL, HUNTSVILLE: Totaled 81 assists as Huntsville won three of four matches.
AIJA AVELE, BOB JONES: Had 66 assists as Bob Jones (16-3) went 4-0 for the week, including a 2-0 victory over defending Class 7A state champion Mountain Brook.

DIGS
PAIGE NORRIS, SAND ROCK:
Totaled 123 digs as Sand Rock went 7-3 on the week.
ALEXIS SNOW, DANVILLE: Had 122 digs in nine matches for the Hawks.
TAYLOR FONTENELLE, SPANISH FORT: Recorded 102 digs and 10 aces as the Toros (20-5) went 7-1.
MORENA PERAL, MOODY: Had 73 digs as the Blue Devils (21-6) went 10-0 on the week and won its own invitational tourney.
SHELBY BROTHERS, GERALDINE: Had 65 digs and 16 aces in 10 wins last week.
ERICA SCHILLING, McGILL-TOOLEN CATHOLIC: Had 65 digs and six aces in seven matches for the Dirty Dozen last week.


AHSAA Cross Country Spotlight for Week 4 Vestavia Hills’ James Sweeney Clocks Best AHSAA Time of Season at Huntsville Meet

    MONTGOMERY – Vestavia Hills senior cross country runner James Sweeney ran the AHSAA’s fastest 5,000-meter time of the season to win the individual boys’ title at the Twilight Panther Prowl cross country meet hosted by Huntsville High School at John Hunt Park last Saturday.
    Sweeney won the meet with a time of 15:32.26, almost 17 seconds ahead of runner-up Cameron Cox of Huntsville, also a senior, and beating a field of 116 participants. Sweeney’s time was faster than last year’s Class 7A state championship winning time (15:39.70) clocked by Hoover’s Tommy McDonough and 42 seconds faster than his own 19th-place finish time of 16:22.38).
  Cox
, who finished 29th in last year’s state meet at Oakville, improved his 2016 time by 32 seconds to help Huntsville win the team title in the Twilight Panther Prowl. The Panthers placed four runners in the top 11 finishers and posted 42 points to take the championship.  Vestavia Hills was tied for second with 97 points and Scottsboro finished fourth with 135.
    The fastest AHSAA state-meet winning time in history came in 1996 when LeFlore’s Cordell Seals won the 5,000-meter race in 15:18.70. Seals went on to run cross country at LSU in the late 1990s.
      Junior Kagen Sutton of Hatton, who was fifth in last year’s Class 1A/2A state meet, beat his 2016 time by two seconds to win the 1A/4A boys’ race at John Hunt Park with a 16:56.11 time. The Hornets won the team title as well with 71 points, three better than runner-up DAR. James Cain of Priceville was second (17:03.07) in the 104-runner field.
    In the girls’ competition at the Panther Prowl meet, Auburn won the team title in the big-school division with 21 points. Sophomores Samantha Rogers and Harper McGowan finished 1-2 for the Coach Naomi Bergh’s Tigers with times of 18:25.46 and 18:43.72, respectively. The pair finished in the top five of the Class 7A state meet last year with McGowan crossing the finish line fourth and Rogers fifth. Huntsville was second with 41 points. 
    Junior Julianne Hill of Madison Academy won the 1A/4A division in 21:07.72.  Hatton won the team competition with 45 points.
    In other cross country highlights reported:
BOYS
TANNER KING, NORTHSIDE: Crossed the finish line with a winning time of 16:13.64 to win the TCBY Invitational’s Class 4A/7A division at Sokol Park in Tuscaloosa on Saturday. Hunter Harwell led Mountain Brook to the team title with a second-place finish and a time of 16:28.92 in the field of 103 runners.  The Spartans totaled 26 points and Lawrence County was runner-up with 83.
TAYLOR RAY, AMERICAN CHRISTIAN: Led the Patriots to the 1A/3A division championship of the TCBY Invitational at Tuscaloosa’s Sokol Park with a winning time of 16:43.18 Altamont’s Asher Desai was second (17:16.49). American Christian had 34 points and Altamont had 47 to finish second.
BRANDON DEMARCUS LEE, THOMPSON: Won the Shelby County Cross Country Championship race with a solid time of 16:39.22 over the 5,000-meter Veterans Park Course at Alabaster on Monday. Teammate Jace Jones was second at 17:03.94. Oak Mountain won the boys’ title with 37 points, and the Warriors were second 42. The Eagles placed five runners in the top 10 with Jonah Barrett crossing fifth with a time of 17:17.66.
CHARLIE LOTT, TRINITY PRESBYTERIAN: Won the Central Alabama Cross Country Invitational at Montgomery’s Gateway Park with a winning time of 16:42.0. The junior won the 111-runner competition finishing 16 seconds ahead of runner-up Matthew Estopinal of Randolph by almost 16 seconds. Auburn won the team title with 43 points. Trinity was second with 60.
JAKE MOORE, WHITE PLAINS: Won the Volunteer Spirit Classic hosted by Central-Clay County with a winning time of 18:40.90. Jaylon Hudson of Lincoln was second (18:58.60). The race had 103 runners. Pleasant Valley won the team competition with 35 points, and White Plains was second with 56.
JONATHAN BERTUCCI, ST. PAUL’S EPISCOPAL: Turned in a solid time of 16:37.70 to finished third in 313-runner field at Gulf Coast Cross Country Stampede invitational at Pensacola, FL. Teammate Evan Hendry was fourth at 16:44.30. The Saints tied Niceville, FL with 98 points in the team competition but finished second in the tie-breaker.
ANDREW SWEENEY, ST. BERNARD: The Saints senior and 2016 Class 1A/2A state meet runner-up won the 1A/4A division of the Fairview Invitational meet in Cullman County with a winning time of 16:39.93 in the field of 101 runners. He bettered his time in last season’s AHSAA Class 1A/2A state meet by eight seconds. Brindlee Mountain’s Brandon Mendez was second at 18:18.42. J.B. Pennington won the team competition with 49 points, and St. Bernard was second with 74.
ELI WILHITE, CULLMAN: Led a strong contingent of Bearcats runners with a winning time of 16:31.55 to finish first in the Class 5A/7A field of 89 participants at the Fairview Invitational meet last Saturday. Cullman totaled 20 points to finish first over runner-up Hartselle, which had 58 points. The senior finished 10th in the Class 6A state championships at Oakville last season. Jackson Tucker, Tucker Adkison, Edgar Medina and Will Thompson also finished among the top eight runners. Tucker was second at 17:03.98, and Adkison was third at 17:10.31.

GIRLS
PRESLEY MILES, SAINT JAMES: The freshman clocked 19:02.38 over the 5,000-meter course at Tuscaloosa’s Sokol Park to win the individual title in the Class 4A/7A division of the TCBY Invitational meet Saturday. Miles, who was state runner-up in the 4A meet last season, was just 14 seconds off her 2016 time, to beat the 88-runner field. Mountain Brook won the team title with 23 points. Anna Balzli led six Spartans in the top 10 with a second-place time of 19:13.54. Lawrence County was second with 50 points.
BECCA BILLMAN, AMERICAN CHRISTIAN: Clocked 19:53.00 to win the individual competition at TCBY Invitational’s 1A/3A division. Isabella Rowland led Montgomery Academy to the team championship by finishing second with a time of 20:41.68. The Eagles had 43 points and Altamont was second with 46.
McKENZIE HOUGE, THOMPSON: Won the Shelby County Cross Country girls’ individual title Monday with a winning time of 20:17.52 in the 96-runner field at Veterans Park. Oak Mountain won the team title with 23 points and Briarwood was second with 70. Leading the Eagles was Evie Bell, who finished third with a 20:56.36 time. Nicole Payne, Kate Van Beek, Emma Grace Phillips and Anna McGowan also finished in the top 10 for Oak Mountain.
AMARIS TYYNISMAA, MONTGOMERY-CATHOLIC: The junior beat the 74-runner field by 90 seconds as the Lady Knights won the team championship of the Central Alabama Cross Country Invitational at Montgomery’s Gateway Park. She finished with a time of 19:26.70 over the 5,000-meter distance. Fairhope seniors Lexie Williams and Audrey Clark finished 2-3 with times of 20:56.12 and 21:12.13. Randolph was second with 51 points and Fairhope was third with 73.
ABBY NUNNELLY, ALEXANDRIA: The junior, who finished fifth the Class 5A state championships last season, clocked 21:12.30 to win the Volunteer Spirit Classic meet at Central-Clay County on Saturday. Rachel Faucett and Trinity Roberts finished 2-3 to lead Pleasant Valley to the team title of the 66-runner field.
GRACE JENSEN, McGILL-TOOLEN CATHOLIC: The runner-up and top returning finisher from the 2016 Class 7A state championships ran strong at the Gulf Coast Cross Country Stampede race at Pensacola with a time of 18:42.70 to finish second. John Carroll Catholic senior Lindsey Granier and T.R. Miller freshman Olivia Blackmon also finished in the Top 10 at fourth and sixth, respectively.  McGill-Toolen was sixth overall, best of any AHSAA school. Niceville won the title.
LEAHROSE MAMI, ST. BERNARD: Last season’s AHSAA Class 1A/2A state meet runner-up won the Class 1A/4A race at Fairview Invitational on Saturday with a time of 21:15.47 to lead the Saints to the team championship. St. Bernard scored 49 points and Sardis was second with 66. Brea Bryan of Falkville was second clocking 22:43.09. A total of 81 runners competed.
MEGAN SCHWARZE, ARAB: Captured the individual title of the Fairview Invitational’s Class 5A/7A competition clocking 20:25.35 to beat the field of 49 runners. Teammate Emma Stewart was second (21:05.94). Cullman won the team title with 29 points with Della Kelly finishing fifth.


AHSAA mourns death of Andalusia’s Ethel Robertson

    MONTGOMERY – The Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) is saddened to learn of the death of retired Andalusia teacher Ethel Robertson, the wife of AHSAA Hall of Fame Coach Richard Robertson. She passed away Sunday night after a long illness.
   Mrs. Robertson accompanied Coach Robertson, the long-time boys’ basketball coach at Andalusia High School (AHS) and former president of the AHSAA Central Board of Control, to many school and AHSAA functions in this state and across the nation. She was one of AHS’s biggest supporters and will be sorely missed.
      “Our thoughts and prayers go out to Richard and the entire Robertson family,” AHSAA Executive Director Steve Savarese said. “Ethel and Richard Robertson have been a long-time personal friends of ours and an even longer friend to the AHSAA. Her love for her husband and family, for high school sports and for the many student-athletes they mentored together will be a lasting legacy. She was indeed a great lady of strong faith. She and her husband have taught us all how to serve by their example of a servant’s heart.”
     The memorial service will at First Baptist Church of Andalusia on Saturday, September at 2 p.m.


AHSAA Spotlight, Week 4 Briarwood Christian’s Win over Fairfield Hands Coach Fred Yancey his 300th Career Win

     MONTGOMERY – Briarwood Christian scored three first-half touchdowns en route a 23-6 win over Fairfield Friday night and presented long-time head coach Fred Yancey his 300th career coaching victory in the process.
     The milestone win, which puts Yancey in a select group of just six prep coaches, grabbed the AHSAA Spotlight for Week 4 of the 2017 prep football season. Yancey, now 300-111-1 overall in a career that has spanned 34 years, is 259-91 at Briarwood, a Shelby County record. That total ranks him third in AHSAA history with career victories at a single school.

    “It is always great to get any (win),” Yancey told reporter Chris Megginson of Starnes Publications, “but this one is pretty special.”
    Quarterback Michael Hiers completed touchdown passes of 30 and 6 yards to Carson Eddy in the first half and ran for a another TD following a blocked Fairfield punt late in the second quarter to give Briarwood a 20-6 lead at intermission. Noah Nall closed the scoring with a 28-yard field goal in the second half. The Lions defense did the rest – coming up with nine sacks in the win.
      “The Lord has blessed me by surrounding me with good people and friends,” Yancey said. “I have been fortunate to have great coaches to work with and to also have great kids to coach.”
      Yancey came to Briarwood in 1990 after two out-of-state coaching stints, and has led the Lions to three state titles (1998 and 1998 in Class 3A and 2003 in Class 5A). Vestavia Hills’ Buddy Anderson stands as the AHSAA’s all-time leader at 327-142. He is in his 40th season as the Rebels’ head coach.
      Yancey’s 259 wins at Briarwood include 24 straight playoff appearances, a 54-22 playoff record and rank him behind Anderson (327) and Jamie Riggs of T.R. Miller (293) for most wins at one school. Glenn Daniel of Luverne, the state’s first prep coach to reach 300 wins, had 251 at Luverne, fourth best.
    Briarwood’s milestone victory edged out a fine special-teams effort by Sidney Perry of Cherokee County, who became the 15th player in AHSAA history to return two kickoffs for touchdowns in the same game. Perry returned a kickoff 85 yards for the game-winning touchdown with just 21.8 seconds remaining as the Warriors nipped Oneonta 44-41. He also returned an earlier kickoff 75 yards for his first TD and tacked on an 80-yard run for a third score to complete his outstanding night. Teammate Tyren Dupree, who passed for 102 yards, rushed for 66 yards and accounted for two Cherokee County TDs, sealed the win with an interception with 2.9 seconds left.
   Other highlights included:

FOR THE AHSAA RECORD BOOK
TAULIA TAGOVAILOA, THOMPSON: Passed for 402 yards and four touchdowns in just three quarters as the unbeaten Warriors (4-0) downed Oak Mountain 49-14 in a key Class 7A, Region 3 game at Heardmont Park. The transfer from Kapolei, Hawaii, who completed 25-of-30 passes with 93-yard TD strike to Ahmad Edwards on the first play of the game, is the younger brother of University of Alabama freshman quarterback Tua Tagovailoa. Edwards finished with 13 catches for 233 yards and Mo Edwards had eight receptions for 130 yards and two scores for Thompson. Tagovailoa became the 43rd quarterback in AHSAA history to pass for more than 400 yards in a game and first since James Raines passed for 563 yards in 2016 to beat Brilliant 70-22. The Thompson QB is also just the third player in Class 7A history to pass for more than 400 yards in a game.
   Edwards also wrote his name in the AHSAA Record Book with 13 catches (tied for 23rd) and 233 yards (tied for 28th). His total was most in a game since 2013 when Jordan Gandy of East Limestone had 262 yards on six catches versus Auburn in a 56-28 loss.
KOBI MCCOY, COLBERT COUNTY: Rushed for 426 yards and four touchdowns in a 42-41 loss to West Morgan. Isaac Huguley led West Morgan to the win with 205 yards rushing and five touchdowns, including a 10-yard TD run with 21 seconds remaining for the winning score. McCoy’s total ranks seventh all-time in the AHSAA and was the first recorded in the AHSAA since 2015 when current University of Alabama freshman Brian Robinson ran for 447 yards on 29 carries for Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa in a 41-40 loss to Clay-Chalkville.

MILESTONES
PIEDMONT WINS 500TH
The Bulldogs reached two major milestones Friday night in their Class 3A 48-13 win over Pleasant Valley. The victory was the school’s 500th win since its first win in 1924 (over Cave Spring, GA) and was the 150th triumph at the Field of Champions, which became Piedmont’s home stadium in 1980. The Bulldogs’ all-time record is 500-400-2, including back-to-back state championships in 2015 and 2016. Cardavion Stanley rushed for 118 yards and passed for 68 yards and two touchdowns and teammate Lee Stanley ran for 111 yards and three scores for Coach Steve Smith’s team in Friday’s win.
AUSTIN RECORDS PERKINS’ 50TH WIN: Head coach Jeremy Perkins notched the 50th win of his prep head coaching career as the Black Bears downed Columbia 56-0. Perkins, in his eighth season with the Black Bears, is the second-winningest coach in Austin history behind Tom Calvin’s 60 victories from 1978-88.
RAJAI BOWIE, ALMA BRYANT: Rushed for 252 yards on 22 carries and scored four touchdowns on 22 carries as Alma Bryant beat Mary Montgomery 34-26 to snap a 25-game region losing streak.

LAST-MINUTE WINS
HAMP SISSON, MOUNTAIN BROOK: 
Completed 17-of-21 passes for 243 yards and rushed 22 times for 80 yards and two touchdowns to lift the Spartans to a 51-50 double-overtime win over Spain Park. His two-point pass to Wilson Higgins in the second overtime provided the winning margin. Braxton Barker of Spain Park also passed for 311 yards and four touchdowns, including a TD in the final seconds of the fourth quarter to send the game into overtime.
KE’ANDRE JONES, ATHENS: Ran for 115 yards and two touchdowns, including a 24-yard scoring scamper with less than a minute left in a 28-24 victory over Florence.
JACKSON COX, WESTBROOK CHRISTIAN: Was 12-of-15 passing for 159 yards and connected with Caeden Godfrey in the final minute of the game for a game-winning touchdown pass as the Warriors beat Section 28-21. Westbrook trailed 21-7 at intermission.
DREW VAUGHN, SARDIS: Rushed 23 times for 162 yards and two touchdowns, including a game-winning 13-yard run late in the fourth quarter, to spark the Lions past North Jackson 19-13.
DEVIN MITCHELL, FAIRHOPE: Completed 15-of-21 passes for 226 yards, including a game-winning TD in overtime, as the Pirates beat Daphne 20-17 in overtime.

RUSHING
DWAN JAMES, LEFLORE:
Had an ironman effort with 31 carries for 275 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Rattlers past Gul Shores 26-14.
AUSTIN CALHOUN, KINSTON: Rushed for 273 yards and five touchdowns on 15 carries in a 44-0 win over Red Level. Calhoun scored on runs of 48, 2, 50, 21 and 40 yards.
TYETUS SMITH-LINDSEY, OXFORD: Rushed 20 times for 265 yards and 5 touchdowns in the 43-0 win over Albertville.
DAQUAN JOHNSON, FLOMATON: Rushed for 256 yards on 39 carries to lead Flomaton past Cottage Hill Christian 20-7.
BRADEN POWELL, SAMSON: Totaled 292 all-purpose yards as Samson beat Cottonwood 20-15. He rushed for 181 yards and two touchdowns on 24 carries, had seven catches for 67 yards and two kickoff returns for 46 yards.
KYLEN CROSS, TALLADEGA COUNTY CENTRAL: The senior running back rushing for 229 yards and three touchdowns on just seven carries in a 54-42 win over Victory Christian.
SINCERE BAKER, ONEONTA: Picked up 250 yards rushing on 22 carries with touchdowns of 62 and 10 yards in a 44-41 loss to Cherokee County. Teammate Taveris Hill added 121 yards and three TDs on 18 carries and was 5-of-11 passing for 103 yards and another score.
DARRIAN MEADS, HOKES BLUFF: Rushed for 203 yards and three touchdowns in the Eagles’ 49-19 win over White Plains.
HARRY CRUMP, MAE JEMISON: Picked up194 yards rushing and four touchdowns in a 56-10 win over Russellville for the unbeaten Jaguars (5-0).
RICHMON SINGLETARY, ELBA: Rushed for 179 yards on 10 carries and two scored third-quarter touchdowns on runs of 49 and 73 yards as the Tigers beat Goshen 20-14. He also completed 3-of-5 passes for 23 yards and had five tackles on defense.
ROYDELL WILLIAMS, HUEYTOWN: Had 21 carries for 177 yards and touchdowns of 51 and 5 yards in a 30-20 loss to Shades Valley.
RUSSELL BRAZELTON, ARAB: Had 26 carries for 172 yards and one touchdowns in a 46-24 win over Boaz.
CAMERON DAVIS, ELKMONT: Piled up 178 yards rushing and scored three touchdowns in a 40-12 win over East Lawrence. He also had nine tackles and an interception on defense.
ASA MARTIN, AUSTIN: Ran for 113 yards and a touchdown on nine carries, and he did not play in the second half of Friday’s 56-0 victory over Columbia. Martin has now run for 860 yards and 13 touchdowns on 62 carries this season. He has committed to Auburn.
HAROLD JOINER, MOUNTAIN BROOK: Rushed for 85 yards on 16 carries and scored three touchdowns on runs covering 38, 1 and 10 yards as Mountain Brook nipped Spain Park 51-50 in double overtime. He also threw a 2-point conversion pass.
CHASE LAY, ARDMORE: Gained 145 yards rushing and scored four touchdowns in a 42-21 win over St. John Paul II Catholic.
PAYTON ANDERSON, FYFFE: Scored five rushing touchdowns on 15 carries and finished with 109 yards as the Red Devils beat Ider 48-0.
NOAH TURBYFILL, BROOKS: Ran for 109 yards and four touchdowns and added 68 yards on 5 catches as Brooks held off Lawrence County 42-35. Turbyfill’s TD runs were 2, 6, 4 and 1 yards.
CONNER HEGAN, SPANISH FORT: Scored three rushing touchdowns and picked up a fourth a pass receptions as the Toros downed Baldwin County 51-28.  He finished with 132 yards rushing and 188 total yards.

PASSING
ZACK SELF, BREWER:
Rushed for 263 yards and two touchdowns and passed for 247 yards and two more scores in 31-29 loss to Pell City. He totaled 411 total yards.
DESMOND TROTTER, SHADES VALLEY:  Was 24-of-35 passing for 248 yards and three TDs and added 24 rushes for 153 yards in a 30-24 victory over Hueytown. He also caught a pass for a 2-point conversion. He finished with 403 total yards.
ALEX MOORE, MOBILE CHRISTIAN: Completed 15-of-20 passes for 363 yards and five touchdowns in a 35-21 win over T.R. Miller in Class 3A, Region 1.
AARON DOVE, FALKVILLE: Completed 17-of-22 passes for 312 yards and four touchdowns in a 63-7 win over Cold Springs.
SHELDON LAYMAN, McGILL-TOOLEN CATHOLIC: Was 17-of-21 passing for 285 yards to lead the Class 7A Jackets past Foley 35-13.
STIHL RODENBAUGH, DALE COUNTY: Accounted for 323 yards and four touchdowns in the Warriors' 37-12 win over Bullock County. He passed for 255 yards, including a 73-yard TD pass to Virgil Swindle and a 94-yard TD pass to Dontai Farmer. He also rushed for 68 yards and touchdown runs of 4 and 8 yards.
CHANNING MARMANN, DESHLER: Was 11-of-14 passing for 248 yards and four touchdowns in a 48-10 win over Priceville. His TD passes covered 5, 26, 5 and 53 yards.
WILL BAILEY, DAR: Completed 10-of-12 passes for 217 yards and four touchdowns as the Patriots defeated New Hope 55-0 for a homecoming win.
PAUL TYSON, HEWITT-TRUSSVILLE: The junior quarterback was 10-of-18 passing for 235 yards and two touchdowns as the Huskies beat Buckhorn 49-0.
DAQUON KINCEY, ABBEVILLE: Completed 10-of-16 passes for 202 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for a 12-yard TD as Abbeville beat Geneva County 26-20. His TD passes covered 74 and 15 yards to Jaquan Kincey and 22 yards to Craig Kincey.
LUKE IVEY, SPRING GARDEN:
Completed 10-of-13 pass attempts for 205 yards and two touchdowns (20 and 21 yards) and added an 8-yard rushing touchdown as Spring Garden beat Valley Head 42-6.
JALEN PARKER, HOOVER: Completed 8-of-10 passes for 204 yards and three touchdowns and scored on an 11-yard run as the Bucs downed Tuscaloosa County 63-0.
CHASE STARLING, HAZEL GREEN: Was 11-of-17 for 153 yards passing and rushed for 110 yards in a 41-38 win over Decatur. He had two passing touchdowns.
CAM TAYLOR, PARK CROSSING: Led the Thunderbirds to a 35-0 won over Russell County with an 8-of-12 passing performance for 158 yards and eight rushes for 52 yards and a TD.
ANTHONY BROWN, MIDFIELD: Was a standout on offense and defense as the Patriots beat Montevallo 42-34. He was 11-of-22 passing for 153 yards and two touchdowns, ran for 82 yards and four TDs on 11 carries and also had eight tackles on defense.

PASS RECEIVING
TYE LINDSEY, OPP:
Caught six passes for 138 yards, including a 58-yard TD, and earned 14 tackles and a fumble recovery on defense in a 30-19 win over Houston Academy.
MATTHEW FLINT, MADISON COUNTY: Caught eight passes for 176 yards and two touchdowns in a 17-14 loss to Randolph. He also anchored his team’s defense at middle linebacker.
JAVARRIUS JOHNSON, ST. CLAIR COUNTY: Caught seven passes for 122 yards and two TDs (60 and 30 yards) and rushed for 104 yards on 11 carries in a 34-14 win over Woodlawn.
DEMONTREZ BROWN, BOB JONES: Grabbed seven passes for 91 yards and a touchdown and also threw a 29-yard touchdown pass in a 34-20 Class 7A win at Huntsville.


DEFENSE
BRYCE PEAVY, ARITON:
 Returned an interception 32 yards to lead an Ariton defense that forced seven turnovers and scored three defensive touchdowns in a 45-20 win over Barbour County. Blake Carroll also returned an interception nine yards for a score and Jeb Maund picked up a fumble and raced nine yards for another TD.
LEVI TALIAFERRO, HOKES BLUFF: Made 17 tackles to lead the Eagles to a 49-19 victory over White Plains.
C.D. DANIELS, HOMEWOOD: Intercepted two passes and returned one for a touchdown in the Pats’ 37-7 win over Helena.
BLAKE HABYAN, SOUTHSIDE-GADSDEN: Made two interceptions to help the Panthers beat Fairly (TN) 24-6 for Southside’s first win of the season.
COLBY WILLIAMS, OPP: Notched 16 tackles and teammate Ethan Baker added 14 in the Bobcats’ 30-19 win over Houston Academy.
NICK LUNDBERG, KINSTON: Made 14 tackles in a 44-0 shutout win over Red Level.
CARON SMITH, GARDENDALE: Had 13 tackles, two for sacks and two more that resulted in lost yardage, and the Rockets beat Minor 42-14.
JORDAN WALKER, PLEASANT GROVE: Made 13 tackles in a 16-0 win over Moody.
DEZMION ROBERSON, ELBA: Had 12 tackles in the Tigers' 20-14 win over Goshen.
ANDRES FOX, MOBILE CHRISTIAN: Totaled 12 tackles with four quarterback hurries as the unbeaten Leopards downed T.R. Miller 35-21.
SAM KIMEL, RANDOLPH: Returned an interception for one score and broke up a pass on the last playoff of the game in the zone to preserve a 17-14 Raiders’ win over Madison County. He also caught a fake-punt pass and turned it into s 56-yard gainer.
CAMERON OWENS, DAVIDSON: The senior linebacker had 11 tackles and caused a fumble as the Warriors shut out Theodore 17-0.
JAMARCUS ROBINSON, CITRONELLE: Had two interceptions, returning one for a TD, and the Wildcats beat Faith Academy 35-14.
MYLES MASON, HEWITT-TRUSSVILLE: Had eight tackles on defense and rushed for 86 yards and a TD as the unbeaten Huskies (4-0) downed Buckhorn 49-0.

SPECIAL TEAMS
DREW HUDSON, ARAB: Returned a punt 80 yards for one touchdown, kicked two field goals and four extra points as the Knights beat Boaz 46-24. He also had an interception on defense, was 6-of-9 passing on offense for 68 yards and rushed 13 times for 87 yards and two TDs.
ISAI LOPEZ, ARITON: Returned a kickoff 60 yards for a touchdown in a 45-20 victory over Geneva County as Ariton ran back a kick for the second straight week.
DARRION MARSHALL, CEDAR BLUFF: Helped the Tigers beat Woodville 54-0 with a 69-yard punt return for a touchdown.
JACOB JONES, COLLINSVILLE: Returned a punt 88 yards for a touchdown and teammate Mason McKinney returned an interception 30 yards for another score in a 55-0 win over Asbury.
SERGIO ALVAREZ, PELL CITY: Kicked a game-inning 27-yard field goal with 4:35 remaining to lift the Panthers past Brewer 31-29.
JUSTYN ROSS, CENTRAL-PHENIX CITY: Returned a punt 43 yards for a touchdown, and caught four passes for 55 yards and another TD as the Red Devils beat Smiths Station 62-7.
GAREK HALL, MORTIMER JORDAN: Raced 67 yards for a touchdown on a kickoff return as the Blue Devils beat Fairview 34-3.