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AHSAA Zero Week Prep Spotlight Bob Jones RB Sets State Record with two 99-yard TD Runs

   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:

RUSHING
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.

PASSING
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.

PASS RECEIVING
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
Deshler 35-12. 
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.

 

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.

SPECIAL TEAMS
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.


Andalusia Beats Brooks 34-13 In Champions Challenge Saturday

     MONTGOMERY – Andalusia downed Brooks 34-13 Saturday to claim the win in the third game of the 2016 AHSAA Champions Challenge prep football classic at Cramton Bowl.
     The game, which started at 7 p.m., was interrupted twice by lightning and inclement weather delays and took four hours and 30 minutes to complete from start to finish.
      The game was interrupted for over almost two hours in the first quarter by lightning delays. In the minute and 52 seconds between the delay, Andalusia (1-0) took a 7-0 lead when quarterback Ethan Wilson streaked 52 yards on a keeper for the touchdown. Wain Youngkuma kicked the extra point at 5:55 in the period.
    The Champions Challenge, an event of the Alabama High School Athletic Directors and Coaches Association (AHSADCA), the AHSAA’s coaches’ wing, closed out the 2016 Classic Saturday night with the Andalusia-Brooks clash. Hoover beat Central-Phenix City 23-7 on Friday and Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa downed Demopolis 42-7 on Thursday in the opener.
    After the second delay, Brooks (0-1) drove to the Andalusia 2-yard line before being stopped on fourth down by Coach Trent Taylor’s Bulldogs defense on fourth down. Andalusia then marched 98 yards on nine plays with Antonio Gurley’s 2-yard run helping extend the lead to 14-0 with 10:48 in the second quarter.
     Coach Brad Black’s Lions responded with a nine-play, 74-yard drive culminated by Lazarius Decatur’s 12-yard pass from Lake Spurgeon for a touchdown. With 6:10 still to play in the first half, Brooks trailed 14-7.
     The Bulldogs  took full advantage of their last possession of the half, heading 57 yards on six plays – taking just 1:01 to take a 21-7 lead.  B.J. Anderson hauled in a strong throw from Wilson just inside the pylon on the right side of the end zone with nine seconds left for the score.
       Brooks closed the score to 21-13 when Spurgeon connected with Decatur for a 27-yard touchdown connection with 58 seconds left in the third period.  Andalusia roared back, however, scoring two fourth-quarter touchdowns on Gurley’s 1-yard TD run at 10:04 and Jamel Hourel’s 5-yard score with 6:32 remaining.
     Hourel, who gained over 2,300 yards and scored 36 touchdowns last season, finished with 108 yards and one TD on 18 carries for the Bulldogs. Wilson had 80 yards and a score on nine carries and was 13-of-20 passing for 189 yards and another score.  Gurley had just two carries for three yards but scored two times. Anderson caught five passes for 85 yards and a score.
    Deondre Hampton had 83 yards rushing on 24 carries for Brooks. Spurgeon was 15-of-22 for 148 yards and two scores passing. Noah Turbyfill caught six passes for 63 yards and Decatur had the two TDs and 39 total receiving yards.
    Andalusia’s Allan George had an interception he returned for 34 yards and seven tackles. Riley Graham had eight stops, Will Clark had seven and Andrew Holmes had five with three sacks for 17 yards in losses. Roosevelt Weaver also had an interception.
    Matthew Rainey had 14 tackles and Colin Anderson 10 to pace the Lions’ defense. Seth Yerby also had eight stops.

Hoover Scores Quickly to Beat Central In Champions Challenge Friday

     MONTGOMERY --  Hoover scored twice in the final 3:36 of the second quarter Friday night and then weathered a 51-minute lightning delay to post a 23-7 win over Central-Phenix City in the 11th annual AHSAA Champions Challenge high school football classic at Cramton Bowl.
    The Champions Challenge, an event of the Alabama High School Athletic Directors and Coaches Association (AHSADCA), the AHSAA’s coaches’ wing, closes out the 2016 Classic Saturday night at 7 p.m. with Andalusia taking on Brooks in the third and final game.
     Central took a 7-0 lead midway through the first quarter on Jaxton Carson’s 8-yard touchdown run that capped an eight-play, 55-yard march. Alvin Rentaria kicked the extra point.  Hoover put together is own eight-play, 55-yard drive late in the second quarter to tie the game at 7-7. Coach Josh Niblett’s Bucs scored when quarterback Garrett Farquhar turned a pass-run option into a 2-yard TD strike to Joseph Timpa with 3:36 left in the period.  Barrett Pickering tied the game with the first of two first-half PATs.
     Hoover’s defense forced a punt on Central’s next possession, and Bucs return specialist Cortez Hall took the kick on one bounce at the Red Devils’ 48 and raced 35 yards to the Central 1. Five plays later, Farquhar scored on a 3-yard keeper with 53 seconds left in the half for a 14-7 lead.
    Coach Jamey DuBose’s team wasn’t done, however. A 15-yard penalty on Hoover and an 18-yard Carson run moved the Red Devils into Hoover territory near mid-field and quarterback Zion Webb added runs of 21 and 13 yards to get Central in scoring position at the Bucs 3 with three seconds left. With timed for only one play, Hoover stuffed Webb short of the goal line to send Hoover into intermission ahead.
    Hoover’s momentum continued in the second half as the Bucs posted nine more points on three Barrett Pickering field goals in a game that was delayed almost an hour due to inclement weather and lightning. Pickering’s kicks were 32, 37 and 29 yards. He also punted four times for a 35.2-yard average.
    Central (0-1) finished with 208 total yards and Hoover had 214.  Farquhar finished 8-of-25 passing for 153 yards and one TD.  Webb, who was the game’s leading rusher with 90 yards on 21 carries, was 6-of-26 passing for 51 yards for Prattville. Carson also had 64 yards on 15 carries and the Lions’ only TD.
     Hoover’s rusher was Vonte Brackett with 37 yards on 15 carries.  Shedrick Jackson had three pass receptions for 75 yards and Cortez Hall had three catches for 69 yards. Hall also had the 35-yard punt return.
     Bucs linebacker Ben Abercrombie register a game-high 11 tackles and Kholbe Coleman had eight stops. He also had an interception he returned 51 yards.
    Central’s Jarious Upshaw had 10 tackles and Markail Benton had seven stops. 

Bob Jones RB Sets State Record with two 99-yard TD Runs

    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


Hillcrest Thumps Demopolis 42-7 In Champions Challenger Opener

     MONTGOMERY --  Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa High School’s veteran offense posted 42 points in the first half en route to a 42-7 win over Demopolis as the two teams opened the 2016 prep football season at Cramton Bowl in the first of three games in the 11th annual Champions Challenge high school football classic.
    The AHSAA Champions Challenge has been hosted each year since 2006 by the Alabama High School Athletic Directors and Coaches Association (AHSADCA). Hoover and Central-Tuscaloosa play Friday night at 7 p.m. in game 2 of the Classic, and Andalusia meets Brooks Saturday night at 7 in the final game which opens the season for each school.
     Coach Sam Adams’ Patriots (1-0) combined a strong running game anchored by senior tailback Brian Robinson and the solid passing of senior quarterback Cole Frederick. Frederick earned MVP honors last May as Hillcrest won the Class 6A state baseball championship just blocks from Cramton Bowl at Riverwalk Stadium in Montgomery.
   Frederick’s 41-yard touchdown pass to Torin Mayhew just two minutes into the game put the Patriots ahead 6-0. By the time the half was done, Frederick had completed 12-of-16 passes for 177 yards and three touchdowns. He attempted only one pass in the second half. Mayhew had three first-half catches for 58 yards and Jahi Brown caught four for 41 yards with touchdowns covering 17 and 10 yards in the second period.
     Robinson gained 55 yards on 10 carries, all in the first half, and scored twice with runs of 6 and 9 yards. Demopolis’ special teams play had two miscues on kickoffs, one leading to a safety and the other to the Patriots’ fifth score of the half.
     Demopolis quarterback Logan McVay streaked 42 yards down inside the 15 with 10 seconds left in second quarter for the Tigers’ biggest play of the night. The spark carried over to the second half as Coach Stacy Luker’s team kept the ball for more than six minutes to start the second half. His defense also played much better, keeping the Patriots to zero yards – albeit Adams’ reserves as head coach cleared his bench in the season-opening win.
    A.J. Jackson capped an 11-play, 72-yard drive in the fourth quarter to score Demopolis’ only TD of the night with a 7-yard run with 5:01 remaining.  The Tigers (0-1), with just 69 yards total offense in the first two quarters, finished with 151 yards rushing and 52 passing for 203 total yards. McVay was 3-of-6 passing for 27 yards and had 48 yards rushing on 11 carries. Jackson finished with 74 yards on 22 carries.
    Adams’ defense was led by Kenyaques Marshall’s eight tackles. Carson Williams added seven, Jaquez Jones and Cole Kizziah, six each.  Kionte Taggart also had an interception in the end zone right before the first half ended.
    Russ Logan’s nine stops led Demopolis. Tavian Brown added seven tackles with three resulting in 10 yards lost.   

Six Teams To kick off 2016 Season At 11th annual Champions Challenge

      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.
    Tickets may be purchased online at www.ahsaa.com by clicking on the PrepTix link or by going to: http://www.preptix.com/ahsaa.
         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

2015
Madison Academy 19, Leeds 14
Gordo 28, Glencoe 21
Bob Jones 37, Carver-Montgomery 30

2014
Opelika 20, Carver-Montgomery 16
Dadeville 14, Piedmont 8
Spanish Fort 42, Stanhope Elmore 14
2013

Benjamin Russell 28, Walker 14
Straughn 35, Walter Wellborn 26
Bob Jones 23, Enterprise 20
2012

Spanish Fort 33, Muscle Shoals 22
Central of Clay County 25, Beauregard 13
McGill-Toolen 27, Northridge 0
2011
Hueytown 36, Thomasville 27
Hamilton 38, Sweet Water 35
Daphne 24, Clay-Chalkville 21

2010
Opelika 34, Greenville 6
Auburn 30, Spain Park 3
Jackson 30, Trinity 8                                     

2009
Prattville 37, Carver-Montgomery 0
T.R. Miller 27, Leeds 7
Hoover 32, Oxford 27

2008
Prattville vs. Oxford, canceled due to inclement weather

2007
Prattville 36, North Gwinnett, Ga. 3

2006
Hoover 38, UMS-Wright 0
Clay-County 41, Addison 6

 


North Wins Weather-Shortened All-Star Football Game 14-0

     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.


Raycom Announces Raycom/AHSAA TV Game of the Week Slate

       Raycom Media announced Thursday the slate of high school football games lined up for the 2016 Raycom/AHSAA Thursday Night Game of the Week series. 
     Raycom, the AHSAA’s TV Partner for the Super 7 football championships and State Basketball Tournament, will show 11 football games beginning with three Champions Challenge games Aug. 18-20, four regular season games and one playoff game over each of the first four rounds of the 2016 state playoffs. Raycom will also televise live all seven 2016 Super 7 state championship games set to be played at Auburn University’s Jordan-Hare Stadium Nov. 30 through Dec. 2.
      The slate kicks off with Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa vs. Demopolis on Thursday, Aug. 18 at Montgomery’s Cramton Bowl. The 7 p.m. game will be the first of three games played in the 11th annual AHSAA Champions Challenge series hosted by the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association (AHSADCA).
     Class 7A powers Hoover and Central-Phenix City will play in the second game of the Champions Challenge on Friday, Aug. 19, and Andalusia takes on Brooks in the third game on Saturday at Cramton Bowl. Each game will kick off at 7 p.m. with a veteran broadcast team returning including Montgomery radio personality Graham Dunn handling play-by-play, Mike Peacock doing color and sideline announcer Christina Chambers, sports reporter for Raycom affiliate WBRC TV Fox 6.
       The regular-season Thursday Night Game-of-the-Week schedule includes: Oct. 6: Spain Park at Thompson; Oct. 13: Cordova at Hamilton; Oct. 20: Lee-Montgomery at Enterprise; and Oct. 27: James Clemens vs. Austin at Decatur’s Shorty Ogle Stadium.
       Raycom’s four playoff games will be Friday night games Nov. 4, 11, 18 and 25 and will be selected each week.
       “We have an outstanding lineup of games for this first year,” said Broadview Media’s Rich Michaelson, Raycom executive producer for the telecasts. “The games selected should be very competitive.”
             Raycom, which plans to broadcast all three Champions Challenge contests at Cramton Bowl Aug. 22-23 over its network of six stations as well as its internet site, will also make the games available through its mobile link each week.
       Stations in the network include Raycom stations WAFF TV 48 (Huntsville), WBRC Fox 6 (Birmingham), WSFA TV 12 (Montgomery), WDFX TV 34 (Dothan) and WTVM TV 9 (Columbus, Ga.).
      More information will be available about the Thursday Night Game of the Week package at www.pathtotheplayoffs.com.

Prep Football Squads Announced For 57th North-South All-Star Game

      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.   

      The rosters:

 

 

 

 

2016 NORTH SOUTH ALL-STAR FOOTBALL ROSTERS

 

NORTH TEAM

First

Last

School

Pos.

Ht.

Wt.

Dylan

Wiggins

Ranburne

ATH

6'1

190

Andrew

Styles

Bob Jones

DB

5'9

185

Nick

Battle

Clay-Chalkville

DB

5'10

165

Blake

Stidham

Hamilton

DB

6'2

200

Darnell

Jackson

Piedmont

DB

5'10

185

Justen

Little

Tuscaloosa County

DB

6'0

165

Quatavius

Barber

Clay-Chalkville

DL

6'3

238

Kyler

Madden

Florence

DL

5'10

315

Josephus

Smith

Leeds

DL

5'11

290

Rashad

Clay

Minor

DL

6'1

245

Austin

Bohannon

Russellville

DL

6'4

240

Morgan

Coston

Leeds

K

5'10

170

Justin

Patterson

Cullman

LB

6'1

220

Caleb

Finn

Hartselle

LB

6'0

180

Austin

Stephens

Munford

LB

5'11

215

Cameron

DeArman

Russellville

LB

6'0

195

Hunter

Armstrong

Southside

LB

6'0

230

Perry

Young

Spain Park

LB

5'11

195

KaMaury

Avery

Wadley

LB

5'11

225

Dakota

Sams

Alexandria

OL

6'3

260

Cory

Eddy

Dora

OL

6'3

312

Spencer

White

Florence

OL

5'10

230

Zack

McCutcheon

Madison County

OL

6'3

295

Houston

Johnson

New Hope

OL

6'4

268

William

McKinney

Oneonta

OL

6'2

275

Grey

Best

Spain Park

OL

6'2

255

Zach

Cupps

Gardendale

QB

6'0

180

Mason

Edwards

Sparkman

QB

6'1

190

Denzel

Mitchell

Hamilton

RB

6'1

200

Gabe

Ozio

Madison County

RB

5'9

165

David

Mitchell

Minor

RB

5'8

180

Aaron

Pride

Sheffield

RB

5'10

180

Noah

Ard

Cordova

WR

6'0

190

Denzel

Mooney

Gadsden City

WR

6'2

185

Jordan

Bentley

Guntersville

WR

6'1

200

Austin

Campbell

Munford

WR

6'2

182

Josh

McKenzie

Shades Valley

WR

5'9

170

COACHES

Frank

Tucker

Alexandria, Head

Richie

Busby

Fultondale

George

Bates

Minor

David

Hufstedler

Sheffield

J. B.

Wallace

Florence

Chris

Cagle

Sparkman

Scott

Peavey

Madison County

SOUTH TEAM

First

Last

School

Pos.

Ht.

Wt.

Daijon

Flowers

Enterprise

Ath

5'5

150

Bobby

Flott

Baker

DB

6'2

175

Jaret

Powell

Foley

DB

5'9

175

Jacquez

Payton

Georgiana

DB

5'10

170

Kolby

Easley

Northview

DB

6'3

183

Tylous

Humphrey

Wetumpka

DB

5'10

168

Joe

Thomas

Beauregard

DL

5'11

305

Manuel

Johnson

Dothan

DL

6'2

307

Daron

McMullen

Jackson

DL

6'4

250

De'Quarius

Rivers

Lee, R. E.

DL

6'3

285

Sidney

Mims

Montgomery Academy

DL

6'5

250

Tyler

Wittner

Mary G. Montgomery

K

5'8

150

Anthony

Howard

Auburn

LB

5'11

210

Trevor

May

Beauregard

LB

5'11

200

J'lan

Carson

Central - Phenix City

LB

5'10

260

DeAnthony

Philon

McGill-Toolen

LB

6'0

220

Justin

Hosea-Williams

Theodore

LB

6'1

210

Tyler

King

Theodore

LB

5'10

195

Kahlil

Traywick

UMS-Wright

LB

5'10

225

Robert

Moore

Auburn

OL

6'4

318

Shonye

Reams

Dothan

OL

6'5

305

Will

Wilson

Horseshoe Bend

OL

6'2

270

Ray

Worthy

Jackson

OL

6'2

315

Paul

Coleman

Jeff Davis

OL

6'1

281

Dustin

Hardy

Robertsdale

OL

6'5

300

Brian

Ankerson

Theodore

OL

6'2

255

Heath

Senn

Beauregard

P

6'0

180

Shaquille

Johnson

Lee, R. E.

QB

5'10

180

Paris

Chambers

McGill-Toolen

QB

6'2

180

Von

Street

Enterprise

RB

6'0

225

Daniel

Miller

Fairhope

RB

6'0

195

Bennie

Smith

Stanhope Elmore

RB

5'9

182

Kendrick

Moore

Vigor

RB

5'10

180

Holden

Verdin

Baker

WR

6'4

175

Mikell

Floyd

Elmore County

WR

5'10

160

Cory

Smith

Jeff Davis

WR

5'9

173

Reginald

Todd

Mattie T. Blount

WR

6'5

190

COACHES

Eric

Collier

Theodore, Head

David

Faulkner

Enterprise

Brad

McCoy

Charles Henderson

Tyrone

Rogers

R. E. Lee

Tyson

McLean

Billingsley

Jason

Franklin

Horseshoe Bend

Rob

Carter

Beauregard


John Carroll Catholic High School Football Program Placed on Restrictive Probation by AHSAA

     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.”

      The AHSAA Recruiting Rule can be found in the 2015-16 Handbook on