Bob Jones High School senior running back Brad Anderson grabbed the AHSAA Prep Spotlight for Zero Week with a performance of a lifetime as the 2016 prep football season kicked off officially last weekend.
Anderson had a 99-yard touchdown run in the second half of a 35-14 win over Dorman, S.C., at Madison City Stadium to join an elite group of only 11 before him AHSAA prep football history. Then a few minutes later, he did it again – becoming what is believed to the first high school football player in the nation to accomplish such a feat twice in one game. The NFHS does not list records for long plays. None of the other 11 listed in the AHSAA Record Book had two 99-yard runs from scrimmage in their careers.
The Bob Jones 5-foot-8, 170-pound senior finished the game with 17 carries for 310 yards and three touchdowns.
Also, no player in AHSAA history has had two touchdown runs of 99 yards in the same game. In fact, only one other player has been reported with two TD runs over 90 yards, Reayundo Sturdivant accomplished the feat in 2002 with TD runs of 90 and 92 yards in a 46-14 Sumter County win over Francis Marion.
The last player to enter the AHSAA record books with a 99-yard rush attempt was Westminster Christian’s Jared Smith in a 21-12 win over Oneonta in 2015. Collinsville’s Jalyn Martin had a 99-yard TD run in 2014 in the Panthers’ 41-24 victory over Cedar Bluff. The first player listed with the feat is Joseph Hutto of East Lawrence in a 22-12 victory over Madison County in 1992 – 24 years ago.
The first week’s action was highlighted with special commemorations at Prattville and Foley high schools that honored two of the state’s all-time favorite high school football standouts.
KENNY STABLER NUMBER RETIRED: At Foley, the high school jersey number (12) of recent NFL Hall of Fame inductee, the late Kenny Stabler, became the first number in school history to be retired. The ceremony took place prior to the Lions’ 41-14 season-opening win over Robertsdale Aug. 19.
Stabler, Foley’s quarterback from 1961 through 1963 when the Lions rolled to a 29-1 record and a 23-game winning streak, went on to a standout career at Alabama and in the NFL. He succumbed to colon cancer in 2015. Several members of his family attended Friday night's ceremony, which in addition to the number retirement, included a Hometown Hall of Fame program presented by the Pro Football Hall of Fame and Ford Motor Company.
After Foley's current No. 12, Garrett Mayo, completes his prep career, no Lion will wear the jersey again, according to school officials.
"I've never played a down of football in my life, but I do know how special this place was to our dad," Alexa Stabler Adams, one of Stabler's three daughters, said at the ceremony. "Foley was home. Foley gave Dad the skills to perform at the highest level. It gave Dad the relationships that carried him to Tuscaloosa, to Oakland, to New Orleans, to Houston and, ultimately, back here.”
PRATTVILLE NAMES FIELD IN HONOR OF KEVIN TURNER: Prior to Prattville’s season-opening 55-53 setback to Wetumpka at Stanley-Jensen Stadium Friday night, Prattville High School named the field in honor of former Lions’ standout Kevin Turner. And in what is believed to be a “first,” PHS also named the sideline in front of the Prattville team in honor of longtime local sportswriter, team statistician and PHS historian Jimmy White, 82, who died earlier this year. White wrote a sports column locally for many years for the Prattville Progress and covered all PHS sports events for more than 60 years. , The City of Prattville honored Mr. White by painting his name along with the logo of his beloved Boston Red Sox on the spot where he followed his Lions for over six decades.
Turner, whose life has been documented by HBO, attended Prattville High School where he played on the 1984 Class 6A state championship team. He went on to play at Alabama and in the NFL from 1992-99. Turner, diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) referred to as Lou Gehrig's disease, in 2010, and died last March. The Kevin Turner Foundation now offers education and support for other ALS victims.
In other highlights from Zero Week:
JATARVIOUS WHITLOW, LAFAYETTE: Rolled up 425 yards total offense, including 279 yards rushing and 146 passing, as the Bulldogs beat Dadeville 44-29. Whitlow rushed for four scores and passed for another.
JORDAN STOVER, HARTSELLE: Ran for 273 yards on 25 carries and scored twice as the Tigers beat I-65 rival Cullman 27-17.
DONTE EDWARDS, DAVIDSON: Rushed for 266 yards and three touchdowns on 18 carries as Davidson opened the season with a 35-28 win over Daphne. Edwards’ first TD came in a 90-yard drive on the first play from scrimmage.
ALARIC WILLIAMS, SOUTHSIDE-GADSDEN: The senior running back had 237 combined yards and five touchdowns in the Panthers' 48-33 victory over Etowah. Williams rushed 17 times for 187 and four TDs and caught three passes for 50 yards and another score.
QUENTIN YOUNG, CLAY-CHALKVILLE: Rushed for a school record 292 yards on 25 carries and scored four touchdowns (1, 21, 64, 32 yards) in the Cougars' 53-48 win over Florence. Young's last touchdown regained the lead for the Cougars late in the come-from-behind win.
TREVELL SMITH, HOUSTON COUNTY: Rushed for 212 yards and four touchdowns from his tailback position and added 10 tackles on defense to help the Lions beat Cottonwood 35-14 and end a 24-game losing streak, the second longest in the state.
MITCHELL BESS, HOUSTON ACADEMY: Rushed for 201 yards and three touchdowns on 22 carries as the Raiders downed Geneva County 28-19.
JONATE COTTON, NEW HOPE: Sparked the Indians to a 15-6 win over Westminster Christian with 199 yards rushing and s 41-yard touchdown run. He also anchored the defense at linebacker.
NICK PHILLIPS, WILSON: Ran for a career-high 193 yards on 29 carries with an 11-yard TD run as Wilson beat Sheffield 17-14.
SAM EVERETTE, MOUNTAIN BROOK: Ran for 191 yards on 18 carries and scored three touchdowns as the Spartans beat Gulf Shores 56-6.
JORDAN JEFFERY, PISGAH: The senior rushed for 190 yards on 11 carries, scored three touchdowns (9, 80 and 20 yards) and two 2-point conversions in a 48-0 win over Section.
ZALON REYNOLDS, CHELSEA: Ran for 183 yards on 29 carries as the Hornets beat Oak Mountain 49-33. Reynolds scored four rushing touchdowns as Chelsea beat Oak Mountain for the first time in five tries.
REED BLANKENSHIP, WEST LIMESTONE: The senior rushed for 101 yards on 11 carries, and threw a 55-yard touchdown late in the game that led to the winning 2-point conversion in a 15-14 win over Tanner. It was the Wildcats’ first win over the Rattlers since 1999 and snapped a four-game losing streak to the Limestone County foe.
ALLEN VINSON, FALKVILLE: Had 170 yards rushing and three scores, but his biggest play came on defense when he made the tackle on Decatur Heritage’s 2-point conversion try late in the game to seal a 20-19 win.
SAM McALPINE, HALEYVILLE: Was 21-of-31 passing for 341 yards and a TD as the Lions recorded their first win over Deshler since 1975 with the 35-12 decision. The Tigers had won 11 straight during that stretch. The two schools’ previous meeting came in 2007 with Deshler winning 44-0.
CONNOR ADAIR, HEWITT-TRUSSVILLE: Completed 27-of-34 passes for 340 yards and two touchdowns in his debut as the Huskies’ starter in a 33-25 comeback win over Montgomery Bell Academy in Nashville. His TD passes covered 70 and 26 yards.
MONTE TURNER, FLORENCE: Passed for 311 yards and a career-high five touchdowns and ran for a sixth score in a 53-48 loss to Clay-Chalkville. His TD passes covered 27, 17, 22, 25 and 49 yards.
SWIFT LYLE, ST. PAUL’S EPISCOPAL: Was 20-of-31 passing for 314 yards and two touchdowns as the defending Class 5A state champions beat Fairhope 41-14. It was Lyle’s debut as the starting QB.
WILL APPLETON, ALBERTVILLE: The quarterback led the Aggies to a 42-13 win over Columbia with 14 rush attempts for 130 yards and 13-of-24 passing for 186 yards and three scores for 316 total yards.
CAM TAYLOR, PRATTVILLE: Combined for 305 yards passing and seven touchdowns (4 passing, 3 rushing) in the 55-53 loss to Wetumpka.
TAYLOR HAYES, PIEDMONT: Scored the game-winning touchdown with 22.1 seconds remaining, lifting the defending Class 3A state champion Bulldogs to a 29-22 victory over Cedartown, Ga. Hayes rushed for 73 yards on 17 carries with the score. He also completed 7-of-11 pass attempts for 105 yards and two touchdowns (6 and 49 yards).
PRESTON HERRING, ARITON: Was 10-of-11 passing for 200 yards and two TDs in a 33-26 win over McKenzie.
ETHAN WILSON, ANDALUSIA: Rushed for 80 yards and a score on nine carries and was 13-of-20 passing for 189 yards and another score as the Bulldogs beat Brooks 34-13.
COLE FREDERICK, HILLCREST-TUSCALOOSA: Completed 12-of-17 passes for 177 yards and three touchdowns and also rushed for 27 yards in a 42-7 Champions Challenge win over Demopolis at Cramton Bowl. All his yardage came in the first half.
KADARIUS TONEY, BLOUNT: Rushed for 101 yards on nine carries with TD runs of 73 and 11 yards and completed 13-of-25 passes for 181 yards and a TD as the Bobcats beat Vigor 29-20 in the ‘Battle of Prichard’.
CASEY BAYNES, TALLASSEE: In his first start at quarterback, Baynes completed 7-of-8 passes for 180 yards and a 27-yard TD in a 25-0 win over Russell County. He also rushed for 90 yards and a 31-yard TD scamper on 13 carries.
TAYILOR GOVER, EUFAULA: The 15-year-old freshman completed 12-of-14 passes for 199 yards and three touchdowns in his first start with the game-winning TD coming on a 24-yard TD pass to break a tie with 7:44 left as Eufaula beat Early County (GA) 27-13.
KOLBY BRAGWELL, RED BAY: Completed the game-winning 15-yard TD pass to Ricky Thompson with 30 seconds to play as the Tigers beat Colbert Heights 33-26.
KAPE McRAE, ARITON: Hauled in five pass receptions for 153 yards and two touchdowns in a 33-26 Ariton win over McKenzie.
CAL TAYLOR, HALEYVILLE: Caught five passes for 150 yards in a 35-12 win over
JOE GREEN, EUFAULA: Caught seven passes for 126 yards and two touchdowns in the Tigers' 27-13 win over Early County (GA).
BAILEY DEMPSEY, J.B. PENNINGTON: Had 164 all-purpose yards, including three catches for 73 yards and three touchdowns, in a season-opening 40-0 victory over Brindley Mountain. He also had four tackles on defense.
JERMAINE ELY, B.C. RAIN: Recovered two fumbles and returned both for scores in a 41-0 win over Chickasaw. His first score covered 55 yards and the second 42. Ely also had 12 tackles and recovered as third Chickasaw fumble for the contest.
KADE LUCIOUS and DEMAREOUS SMITH, ROGERS: Each returned fumbles for touchdowns as Rogers forced seven turnovers en route to a 27-12 win over Lauderdale County. Lucius returned a fumble 55 yards, and Smith returned a fumble 28 yards for a touchdown.
MATTHEW RAINEY, BROOKS: Had 14 tackles in a 34-13 Champions Challenge loss to Andalusia.
DARIUS JONES, ENTERPRISE: Recorded six tackles with four resulting in losses and also had two quarterback pressures as the Wildcats downed Dothan 38-12.
RICKY HALL, PROVIDENCE CHRISTIAN: Was in on 17 tackles, including 11 solos--two for losses and one for a quarterback sack, during a 22-6 loss to Alabama Christian.
JOSH SULLIVAN, ARITON: Registered 12 tackles, one for a loss, in Ariton's 33-26 win over McKenzie.
CARLTON MARTIAL, McGILL-TOOLEN: Had 12 tackles, including two sacks and another stop for a loss, as the defending Class 7A state champions beat defending 6A champs Spanish Fort 24-3.
LEVON FLETCHER, RANDOLPH: Swiped two interceptions as the Raiders forced nine turnovers in a 28-2 win over Brewer.
DEVIN MARCH, HOUSTON COUNTY: Had 11 tackles, including three quarterback sacks, in a 35-14 in that snapped the Lions’ 24-game losing streak. Teammate Keith Barkley recorded eight tackles with a sack and fumble recovery in the win.
BEN ABERCROMBIE, HOOVER: Had 11 tackles and teammate Kholbe Coleman had eight stops plus an interception he returned 51 yards to set up a score as the Bucs beat Central-Phenix City 23-7.
JARED LOWE, COTTONWOOD: Recorded 11 stops a 35-14 loss to Houston County. Don Mathis also had 10 tackles for the Bears.
MARCUS SHELTON, BESSEMER CITY: Had eight tackles, including five sacks, as the Tigers limited Central-Tuscaloosa to minus-15 yards rushing in the first half of the 26-0 shutout win.
DAMARIUS FARMER, SPAIN PARK: Intercepted a Gadsden City pass on the Titans’ final play of the game to seal Spain Park’s 21-17 victory.
JARIOUS UPSHAW, CENTRAL-PHENIX CITY: Had 10 tackles in the Red Devils’ 23-7 Champions Challenge loss to Hoover.
ELLIS DYKES, HOUSTON ACADEMY: Had an interception at the 7-yard line in the fourth quarter and a fumble recovery in the first half during the Raiders' 28-19 win over Geneva County.
JEREMY AMBURGERY, DALE COUNTY: Blocked two punts, one that teammate Josh Mauldin returned for a touchdown, during the Warriors' 14-6 loss to Headland.
BARRETT PICKERING, HOOVER: Booted three field goals in the second half as Hoover beat Central-Phenix City 23-7 in the Champions Challenge at Cramton Bowl. Pickering also kicked two extra points in the second quarter to finish with 11 points. He also punted four times for a 35.6-yard average.
ETHAN DELAY, LYNN: Sparked the Bears’ 66-0 win over Brilliant by returning a punt 57 yards for a touchdown. He also had six carries for 192 yards and four more scores in the win.
AHKIM WALDEN, DOTHAN: Kicked field goals of 32 and 42 yards in Dothan's 38-12 loss to Enterprise.
JAYDEN WASHINGTON, LEEDS: Returned a second-half touchdown 98 yards as the defending Class 4A state champions beat Lincoln 21-7. He also had a rushing touchdown.
MADISON – Bob Jones High School senior running back Brad Anderson joined an elite group Friday night as the Patriots beat visiting Dorman, S.C. 35-14 in the season opener at Madison.
Anderson, 5-foot-8 and 170 pounds, became just the 12th player in AHSAA history to race 99 yards for a touchdown on a rush attempt. Before the night was over, however, he joined another elite group – of one – when he sped 99 yards for a second touchdown on another from scrimmage. He finished the game with 17 carries for 310 yards and three touchdowns.
No player in AHSAA history has had two touchdown runs of 99 yards in the same game. In fact, only one other player has been reported with two TD runs over 90 yards , Reayundo Sturdivant accomplished the feat in 2002 with TD runs of 90 and 92 yards in a 46-14 win over Francis Marion.
The last player to enter the AHSAA record books with a 99-yard rush attempt was Westminster Christian’s Jared Smith in a 21-12 win over Oneonta in 2015. Collinsville’s Jalyn Martin had a 99-yard TD run in 2014 in the Panthers’ 41-24 victory over Cedar Bluff.
Those prior to Anderson listed in the AHSAA record book with 99-yard runs include:
99 Jared Smith, Westminster Christian (21) vs. Oneonta (12), 2015
99 Jalyn Martin, Collinsville (41) vs. Cedar Bluff (24), 2014
99 Demarcus Bennette, John Essex (6) vs. Sumter Central (54), 2011
99 Kendarius Fritts, Linden (51) vs. Autaugaville (0), 2009
99 Brett Moore, Cottonwood (30) vs. Dale County (13), 2009
99 Rodney Ellis, Keith (32) vs. Highland Home (6), 2009
99 Anthony Moore, Oxford vs. Erwin, 2005
99 Ryan Powers, Tanner (41) vs. Phil Campbell (8), 2005
99 James Bryant, John Essex (28) vs. Sunshine (22), 2003
99 Tadere White, Keith (46) vs. R. C. Hatch (8), 2003
99 Joseph Hutto, East Lawrence (22) vs. Madison County (12), 1992
Source: AHSAA Record Book
MONTGOMERY, AL – Six prep football powers are set to kick off the 2016 high school football season this weekend at the 11th annual Champions Challenge Football Classic hosted by the Alabama High School Athletic Association and its coaches’ wing, the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association, at Cramton Bowl Aug. 18-20.
All six head coaches were on hand Tuesday at the AHSAA office for Champions Challenge press conference. The press conference concluded the AHSAA’s annual Media Day, attended by more than 85 media, coaches, players and special guests.
Sam Adams is beginning his third season as head football coach at Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa. He was quick to point at the press conference that while the six head coaches had accumulated more 600 wins between them, he had not contributed many to that total.
Adams, 17-8 in his first two seasons, says just being in the company of such talented coaches and teams is good for his program. The Class 6A Patriots, 8-4 in 2015, plays Demopolis (10-3) in the opening game of the Champions Challenge Thursday night at Cramton Bowl at 7 p.m. Hoover (10-3) faces Central-Phenix City (9-4) in Friday night’s 7 p.m. contest, and Andalusia (11-2) faces Brooks (11-2) in Saturday’s final game, also set to kick off at 7 p.m.
The six coaches have a combined 670-285 record with 12 state championships and a .702 winning percentage collectively. The six teams were 59-18 overall in 2015All three contests will be broadcast live over Raycom Media’s AHSAA TV Network. The cable channels in each part of the state can be found by visiting www.pathwaytotheplayoffs.com.
The AHSAA Radio Network will also broadcast all three games and all six schools will have local radio stations in the booth. Hillcrest’s NFHS Network School Broadcast Program will also tape-delay Thursday’s game over the NFHS Network platform, Hoover’s NFHS SBP will tape-delay Friday’s game, and Saturday’s game will also be tape-delayed over the NFHS Network by local producers.
Adams’ coaching counterpart Stacy Luker, who has a 187-74 head-coaching record with five state championships to his credit, said Adams’ Patriots will be a strong opponent. “We know they have a talented team, and we are looking forward to playing them,” Luker said. The former Sweet Water head coach was 10-3 in his first season at Demopolis last year.
Hillcrest features one of the state’s top running backs in senior Brian Robinson. Robinson rushed for 1,329 yards and 15 touchdowns last season on 227 carries – with his finest showing coming in a wild 43-42 loss to Clay-Chalkville when he set the AHSAA Class 6A single-game state record with 447 yards rushing. Quarterback Cole Frederick, who earned MVP honors last spring while helping Hillcrest win the 6A state baseball title in Montgomery at Riverwalk Stadium, completed 132-of-232 passes for 1,829 yards and 15 TDs last season.
Luker said his team doesn’t have a 1,000-yard rusher in its midst but said, “we have four or five backs who we think can get the job done.” What the Class 5A Tigers do have is a defense back almost intact that allowed only 115 yards rushing per game last season. The defense, led by leading tacklers R.J. Cox (72 tackles), Russ Logan (59), Khyrim Bryant (40) and Logan McVay (28 tackles and two interceptions), gave up only 204.6 total yards per game.
“No doubt we have six of the top programs in the state playing in the Champions Challenge this year,” said Alvin Briggs, Director of the AHSADCA. “We have six outstanding coaches that have won 12 state championships between them.”
For the first time since the inception of the Champions Challenge in 2006, all three games in the Classic will be regular-season openers. The teams have the choice of playing a jamboree game or a regular season game in week zero, he said. “We are looking at three very exciting match-ups.”
Friday’s game pits Class 7A powers Hoover and Central-Phenix City. Coach Josh Niblett, Hoover’s boss, has an amazing 106-11 record for the Bucs in the last eight years with seven trips to the state finals and two state crowns. Jamey DuBose, Central’s coach, is no stranger to Niblett and the Bucs. DuBose was head coach at Prattville facing the Bucs in the state finals in 2008, 2009 and 2011. Prattville won 16-13 in ’08 and 35-34 in ’11 while Hoover won 28-23 in ’09.
“This is the kind of game that lets you find out just where you program is,” said DuBose, 90-35 in 11 seasons as a head coach with stops at Susan Moore, Prattville, Florence and Central. He is beginning his third season for the Red Devils after going 19-6 in his first two seasons. “We are looking forward to this week’s game with Hoover.”
Both thanked the AHSAA for setting up contests like the Champions Challenge, agreeing that these kinds’ of contests are important for their teams and schools.
Andalusia head coach Trent Taylor coached in the Champions Challenge with Straughn in 2013 – winning 35-26 over Walter Wellborn. Saturday night his team will take on Class 5A Brooks. “This is as close as it gets to playing in a bowl game for our high school players. Our entire community is excited,” Taylor added.
The Class 4A Bulldogs (11-2) and Lions (11-2) are meeting for the first time school history.
“That makes this game even more exciting,” said second-year Brooks head coach Brad Black. “Coming to Montgomery to play in a game of this magnitude really means a lot to our program.”
The game will feature two of the state’s premier runners from 2015. Andalusia features senior running back Jamal Hourel, who rushed for 2,396 yards and 35 touchdowns last season on 236 carries. Brooks’ tailback Deandre Hampton, a 6-foot, 195-pound senior, gained 1,855 yards on 264 carries in 2015 with 26 rushing touchdowns.
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In last year’s Champions Challenge, Madison Academy beat eventual 4A state champ Leeds 19-14, Gordo downed Glencoe 28-21 and Bob Jones defeated Carver-Montgomery 37-33.
CHAMPIONS CHALLENGE HISTORY
Madison Academy 19, Leeds 14
Gordo 28, Glencoe 21
Bob Jones 37, Carver-Montgomery 30
Opelika 20, Carver-Montgomery 16
Dadeville 14, Piedmont 8
Spanish Fort 42, Stanhope Elmore 14
Benjamin Russell 28, Walker 14
Straughn 35, Walter Wellborn 26
Bob Jones 23, Enterprise 20
Spanish Fort 33, Muscle Shoals 22
Central of Clay County 25, Beauregard 13
McGill-Toolen 27, Northridge 0
Hueytown 36, Thomasville 27
Hamilton 38, Sweet Water 35
Daphne 24, Clay-Chalkville 21
Opelika 34, Greenville 6
Auburn 30, Spain Park 3
Jackson 30, Trinity 8
Prattville 37, Carver-Montgomery 0
T.R. Miller 27, Leeds 7
Hoover 32, Oxford 27
Prattville vs. Oxford, canceled due to inclement weather
Prattville 36, North Gwinnett, Ga. 3
Hoover 38, UMS-Wright 0
Clay-County 41, Addison 6
MONTGOMERY – The North All-Stars posted two first-quarter touchdowns Thursday night to build a 14-0 lead in the 57th AHSAA North-South All-Star football game at Cramton Bowl. Lightning and heavy rains forced the game to be called at 8:16 of the second quarter with the North still holding that two-touchdown lead.
Quarterback Zach Cupps of Gardendale was 5-of-6 passing for 96 yards and a 51-yard touchdown pass to Sheffield wide receiver Aaron Pride to earn MVP honors for head coach Frank Tucker’s North squad. The score came at 5:19 of the first quarter and just 3 ½ minutes after Minor’s David Mitchell’s 14-yard TD run. It was Mitchell’s only run of the night. Morgan Coston of Leeds kicked both extra points.
Mitchell’s score capped a six-play, 40-yard march the North’s first possession of the game.
The South, head-coached by Theodore’s Eric Collier, drove to the North 29-yard line on its second possession of the game but McGill-Toolen quarterback Parish Chambers was sacked for a 6-yard loss back to the 35 by Leeds defensive lineman Josephus Smith. The South turned the ball over on downs at the 31.
It took just four plays for the North to score again. Cupps connected with Denzel Mooney of Gadsden City for 19 yards to midfield. Two plays later, he found Pride open down the right sideline for the 51-yard score.
The North defense limited the South to four plays on their next possession. Cupps moved the North offense from its own 15 to the South 46 before the drive stalled. Each team would get one more drive each before the lightning forced the teams to the locker room just before 8 p.m. The game was finally called an hour later as lightning continued and heavy rains began to fall.
With Sparkman quarterback Mason Edwards directing the offense, the North moved from its own 14-yard line to the South 34 – with 50 yards coming on a pass from Edwards o West Point’s Kobe Smith – when the teams were forced to leave the field. The game never was able to be resumed.
The North finished with eight first downs, 49 yards rushing on 12 carries and 163 yards passing for 212 total yards. Cupps also rushed for 10 yards on one carry and finished with 106 total yards. Edwards was 3-of-5 passing for 67 yards.
Leeds’ Smith had four tackles, including two for losses, to lead the North defense. Justin Little of Tuscaloosa County added two tackles and Blake Stidham of Hamilton was in on three stops.
The South had three first downs, had a net of zero yards on six rush attempts and completed 7-of-12 passes for 75 yards. Chambers was 3-of-6 passing for 52 yards, and Montgomery-Lee quarterback Shaquille Johnson was 4-of-6 for 23 yards. Beauregard’s Heath Senn had one catch for 44 yards, Von Street of Enterprise caught two for 17 yards and Kolby Easley of Northview, two for eight yards. Daniel Miller of Fairhope was the leading rusher with 11 yards on three carries.
Kahlil Traywick of UMS-Wright, the South MVP, had four tackles and two assists and Quantravis Kelly of Lee had two tackles and three assists for the South defense.
The South holds a 30-24-2 lead in the series that was first played in 1948. Since the game moved back to Cramton Bowl in 2011, the North and South have each won three games with the North now winning two in a row.
North-South all-star squads for the upcoming 57th AHSAA North-South All-Star Football Game have been selected. The two 37-member teams comprised of 2016 seniors were announced Monday by Alvin Briggs, Director of the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association (AHSADCA).
The North-South Game will be played Friday, July 21, at Montgomery’s Cramton Bowl. Kickoff will be at 7 p.m. The annual game will be live-streamed by the NFHS Network and broadcast by the AHSAA Radio Network.
The game will be the last all-star game of in this year’s AHSAA Summer Conference. The AHSACDA will also host all-star games in baseball, softball, boys’ and girls’ soccer, boys’ and girls’ basketball and volleyball.
Head coach for the South is Theodore High School Coach Eric Collier. South head coach is Alexandria’s Frank Tucker.
The South holds a 30-24-2 edge in the North-South series which began in 1948. The North won 14-13 last year.
Four players who helped their teams win state championships last December have been selected to play for the North squad: defensive back Darnell Jackson of Class 3A state champion Piedmont, defensive linemen Michael Rankins, Josephus Smith and place-kicker Morgan Coston of Leeds.
South players selected who played in state title games last year include McGill-Toolen linebacker DeAnthony Philon and quarterback Paris Chambers, who helped the Yellow Jackets win their first-ever state crown with a 14-12 win over Spain Park in Class 7A.
Coaches named to Collier’s south staff are David Faulkner of Enterprise, Brad McCoy of Charles Henderson, Tyrone Rogers of Robert L. Lee, Tyson McLean of Billingsley, Jason Franklin of Horseshoe Bend and Rob Carter of Beauregard.
Named to the Tucker’s North staff are Richie Busby of Fultondale, George Bates of Minor, David Hufstedler of Sheffield, J.B. Wallace of Florence, Chris Cagle of Sparkman and Scott Peavey of Madison County.
The AHSADCA operates under the auspices of the Alabama High School Athletic Association. Membership includes coaches of all AHSAA sports as well as administrators of member schools.
2016 NORTH SOUTH ALL-STAR FOOTBALL ROSTERS
Lee, R. E.
Mary G. Montgomery
Central - Phenix City
Mattie T. Blount
R. E. Lee
John Carroll Catholic High School has been fined and placed on restrictive probation for the 2016 football season by the Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) for violations of the Recruiting Rule. The violations were self-reported.
Restrictive probation limits the school’s football participation to regular-season contests only and prohibits the school from participating in any interscholastic (football) contest involving more than two schools, including championships, for the entirety of the restrictive probation.
Coaches Donald Cunningham and Arthur Stokes have been suspended from coaching at any AHSAA member school and the student-athletes involved are permanently ineligible at JCCHS. Moreover, should incidents of this nature occur in the future, John Carroll Catholic High School could be suspended from the AHSAA.
“We appreciate the John Carroll administration for self-reporting the violations,” AHSAA Executive Director Steve Savarese said. “We also commend JCCHS for their commitment to upholding the bylaws and mission of the AHSAA and for the corrective measures they have already taken to be compliant with AHSAA by-laws in the future.”