MONTGOMERY – Sophomore place-kicker Juan Castro kicked a 19-yard field goal as time expired to lift Cleveland to a 23-20 Class 2A first-round playoff victory over Reeltown and the Panthers advanced to the second round of the 50th AHSAA state football playoffs.
The heroes were many as Coach Gardner Gilliland’s team improved to 11-0 and captured the AHSAA Prep Spotlight for the playoffs’ first round.
Castro booted three field goals--20, 24 and his game-winning 19-yarder, but it wasn’t without some drama. He missed on his first try with 1.8 seconds left but Reeltown was penalized for roughing the snapper giving the sophomore kicker another try.
Talented senior quarterback Peyton Gilliland, the son of the head coach and named after NFL great Peyton Manning, held in check for most of the night by the Reeltown defense but came to life late as the Panthers rallied from a 20-6 third-quarter deficit by scoring the final 17 points of the game.
Gilliland completed 7-of-14 passes for 158 yards with a touchdown and rushed for 72 yards on 19 tries and scored Cleveland’s other TD on a 27-yard run with less than two minutes to play that tied the game. He then picked off a Reeltown pass and returned it 45 yards to the Rebels’ 5-yard line with 54 seconds left to set up the game-winning field goal. He also had 12 tackles on defense to lead the Panthers.
Tristan Rittenhouse also had four receptions for 72 yards, six tackles and two interceptions on defense for the Panthers. Coach Jackie O’Neal got a big game from senior running back Martez McCullough, who had 161 yards rushing and two touchdowns on 24 carries in the setback.
Cleveland returns home in round two to host Sulligent, a 63-27 winner over Cold Springs last week.
Other top performances reported in round one included:
REED BLANKENSHIP, WEST LIMESTONE: Totaled 181 yards rushing and accounted for four touchdowns in a 42-36 Class 4A road playoff victory over Saks. He scored two rushing touchdowns, added a 15-yard TD reception and passed for a 10-yard score. He also had an outstanding game on defense with 20 tackles, a blocked field goal and a forced fumble.
BRANDON SIMMONS, PLEASANT GROVE: Piled up 256 yards on 27 rush attempts and scored three touchdowns as the Spartans moved to round 2 of the 5A state playoffs with a 35-14 win over Madison County.
IVORY STARR, CEDAR BLUFF: The workhorse running back had 239 yards on 35 carries, including a 14-yard touchdown, in the Tigers' 47-26 Class 1A playoff victory over Ragland. Teammate Josh Decker accounted for five total touchdowns, including four rushing (1, 1, 3 and 2 yards) and a 22-yard touchdown pass.
STACY WILLIAMS, ETOWAH: Rushed for 232 yards and three touchdowns on 31 carries in the Blue Devils' first-round 27-21 overtime loss to Parker in the Class 5A playoffs.
OSTIN McPHERSON, ST. PAUL’S EPISCOPAL: Rushed for 221 yards and two touchdowns to lead defending state champion St. Paul’s to a 42-17 Class 5A first-round win over Sylacauga.
BRANDON RODGERS, VIGOR: Piled up 235 yards rushing on 14 carries and scored four touchdowns as the Wolves beat Central-Clay County 26-14 to advance to round two in Class 5A.
NIC ROLLO, COLD SPRINGS: Had 186 yards rushing and three touchdowns in a 63-27 Class 2A playoff loss at Sulligent. His scoring runs covered 5, 5 and 24 yards. Teammate Christian Crandall also had 132 rushing yards and a touchdown.
QUINTON DOWNEY, SPRING GARDEN: Had 178 rushing yards and four touchdowns on 29 carries and ran in a 2-point conversion in the Panthers' 39-16 Class 1A victory over Talladega County Central. It was Spring Garden's first home playoff win in school history.
KOBE SMITH, WEST POINT: Ran for 174 yards, including 116 in the fourth quarter, and three touchdowns in a 41-21 Class 5A first-round loss at Alexandria. The senior finished the season with 2,222 rushing yards, a new Cullman County record. The previous Cullman County record (2,214 yards) was set by Vinemont’s Ty Jones in 2013.
ALEX McNEAL, DALEVILLE: Rushed for 166 yards and four touchdowns (13, 70, 32 and 7 yards) on 13 carries in a 40-18 Class 3A playoff win over Greensboro. Quarterback Coley Locke added 130 yards rushing on just eight carries scored on runs of 9 and 19 yards in the win.
DEMARCUS WILLIAMS, JACKSON: Rushed for 113 yards on 10 carries with three TDs and passed 53 yards for a fourth score as the Aggies beat Tallassee 35-7 in the Class 5A playoffs.
LEONARD JOHNSON, HAYDEN: The junior running back had 19 carries for 124 yards and three touchdowns (5, 55, 5 yards) in the Wildcats’ 19-0 win over East Limestone. It was Hayden’s first playoff win since 1992 and the program’s first-ever playoff victory in Class 5A.
KEYSHAUN ABSTON, WASHINGTON COUNTY: Gained 187 yards rushing on 10 carries and scored three touchdowns on runs of 55, 44 and 31 yards as Washington County posted a 39-0 Class 2A win over Goshen.
TAYLOR HAYES, PIEDMONT: Ran for 140 yards on 15 carries and scored a touchdown in the Bulldogs' 34-0 Class 3A playoff victory over Lexington.
MICHAEL MATTHEWS, UMS-WRIGHT: Had 13 of his 35 carries in a game-clinching 16-play drive late in the game to lift the Bulldogs past Handley 20-8. He had the last nine carries on the drive to finish with 125 yards as UMS-Wight moved to Round 2 of the Class 4A playoffs.
TREY HARRIS, NORTH JACKSON: Ran for 152 yards and two touchdowns (2 and 55 yards) on 13 carries, and threw a 75-yard TD pass in a 28-6 Class 4A win over Haleyville.
WALKER MINOR, VESTAVIA HILLS: Had 27 carries for 133 yards and two touchdowns as the Rebels advanced to round 2 with a 28-17 Class 7A win over Bob Jones.
JORDAN BENTLEY, GUNTERSVILLE: Pounded out 108 tough yards on 28 carries with one touchdown in the Wildcats’ Class 5A first-round 14-6 playoff win over Ramsay. Bentley, who now has 1,964 yards rushing this season and 103 career touchdowns, added seven tackles on defense.
TYREN DUPREE, CHEROKEE COUNTY: Completed 17-of-28 pass attempts for 309 yards and pair of touchdowns (10, 8 yards) and ran for 72 yards on 10 carries with a 3-yard touchdown in the Warriors' Class 4A playoff 45-26 victory at Deshler. The win was the first postseason victory for the Warriors in six years.
SHAQUILLE JOHNSON, LEE-MONTGOMERY: Was 10-of-16 passing for 274 yards, including an 87-yard TD strike to Keniaus Johnson, and the Generals beat Murphy 37-21 in the first round of the Class 7A playoffs. Shaquille also rushed for 54 yards with TD runs covering 2, 1 and 4 yards.
TYLER JOHNSTON, SPANISH FORT: Remained undefeated as a starting quarterback, completing 14-of-21 passes for 176 yards and three second-half touchdowns as Spanish Fort beat Pell City 24-10 in Class 6A.
ORLANDO LACEY, OPP: Was 6-of-9 passing for 192 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for 56 yards on 12 carries as the Bobcats beat Midfield 49-20 in Class 3A first-round road win.
CHADARIUS TOWNSEND, TANNER: Was 7-of-11 passing for 132 yards and added five rushes for 164 yards to account for five touchdowns in the Rattlers’ 73-7 Class 2A first-round win over Phil Campbell. He ran for TDs covering 40, 91 and 28 yards and his TD passes were 33 and 21 yards.
PARIS CHAMBERS, McTOOLEN: Combined for 275 total yards in a 30-13 Class 7A playoff win over Enterprise. He had 138 yards passing and 137 rushing with one TD pass and a 68-yard run to set up another TD.
JACOBY McDANIEL, DOTHAN: Completed 15-of-26 passes for 228 yards with three touchdowns in a 48-21 Class 6A loss to Northridge.
ANTONIO STANTON, BESSEMER CITY: Passed for 144 yards and rushed for 98, including a 24-yard run late to seal the Tigers’ 28-24 Class 6A win over Park Crossing.
RYAN SULLIVAN, FALKVILLE: Completed 15-of-21 passes for 199 yards and three touchdowns and ran for two more scores in s 35-34 overtime Class 2A win over Hatton.
DAIMION WRIGHT, LEE-MONTGOMERY: Had nine receptions for 154 yards in the Generals’ 37-21 Class 7A win over Murphy.
REAGAN PADGETT, GARDENDALE: Caught seven passes for 124 yards and two touchdowns in a 38-14 Class 6A playoff win over Hartselle. He also had 10 tackles and an interception in the secondary and blocked a Tigers’ field goal attempt.
QUARTEZ HENDERSON, CHEROKEE COUNTY: Caught six passes for 139 yards and an 8-yard touchdown in the Warriors' 45-26 Class 4A victory at Deshler. Teammate Jacob Graves also had five catches for 102 yards and had a touchdown run.
CHARLES SHEPHERD, BLOUNT: Caught three touchdown passes as Blount came-from-behind beat Chelsea 41-28 in the first round of the Class 6A playoffs.
JEFF HUNTER, DECATUR HERITAGE: Snared a 36-yard TD pass with 20 seconds remaining to lift Decatur Heritage over Meek 28-28 in Class 1A. He finished with six receptions for 114 yards and three scores and added an interception on defense.
RICKY HALL, PROVIDENCE CHRISTIAN: Had 20 tackles, including four for losses, in a 17-6 Class 2A win over Thorsby. Teammate Gray McClendon added 17 tackles as the Eagles limited Thorsby to 138 total yards.
CARAVION MYERS, PIEDMONT: Posted nine tackles and had an interception in the Bulldogs’ 34-0 Class 3A playoff opening-round win over Lexington. He also threw a 36-yard touchdown pass to Bayley Blanchard in the win. The Bulldogs defense held Lexington to only one pass completion, 143 yards total offense and forced four turnovers.
TUFFY CASEY, ARITON: Led the Purple Cats with 10 tackles and had three touchdown receptions on offense in a 35-26 Class 2A playoff loss to Fayetteville.
ARCHER CHARLES, GUNTERSVILLE: Returned an interception 52 yards for a touchdown as unbeaten Guntersville (11-0) beat Ramsay 14-6 in the Class 5A state playoffs.
GARRETT SANDERS, G.W. LONG: Scored four first-half touchdowns, one coming on an interception return, to lead the Rebels to a 55-0 Class 2A first-round win over Francis Marion. He scored on runs of 50 and 3 yards and also had a 50-yard TD reception to finish with 139 total yards on offense.
COBY NEENAN, NORTHVIEW: Kicked 3-of-3 field goals, hitting from 48, 22 and 22 yards, as the Cougars fell to Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa 36-15 in the Class 6A playoffs.
CAMERON MOORE, WEST POINT: Returned a kickoff 92 yards for a touchdown, his third kickoff return for a TD in the last three weeks, in a Class 5A 41-21 setback versus Alexandria.
JORDAN GRADDY, MOBILE CHRISTIAN: Returned the opening kickoff 81 yards for a touchdown and Mobile Christian beat Luverne 43-19 in the 2A playoffs. He finished with 157 yards on 15 carries and added a 15-yard TD run.
IMMANUEL WILDER, JAMES CLEMENS: Returned a punt 80 yards for a touchdown and had a 62-yard kickoff return to set up another score in a 33-0 Class 7A win over Hewitt-Trussville. Alexandria.
DAVION FIFE, CEDAR BLUFF: Dashed 85 yards on the game-opening kickoff, putting Cedar Bluff in front 7-0 en route to the Tigers' 47-26 Class 1A playoff victory over Ragland.
MONTGOMERY – All 17 unbeaten teams and all seven defending state champions from 2014 survived round one of the Alabama High School Athletic Association 2015 State football Playoffs Friday and will be in the 104-team field for round two this Friday. All games are scheduled Nov. 13 at 7 p.m. This marks the 50th year of the AHSAA state football playoffs.
The state playoffs will culminate with The Super 7 Championships at the University of Alabama’s Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa. The Super 7 will feature state championship games in all seven classifications as well as a Unified Sports exhibition game to be played over a three-day period, Dec. 2-4.
Class 3A Madison Academy and Class 7A Hoover each posted first-round victories as each school keeps its hopes alive for a fourth straight state title. The Mustangs, which broke open a 21-21 halftime tie with 35 unanswered second-half points Friday, won the 3A title in 2012, 2013 and 2014. Hoover registered its 15th consecutive playoff victory with a 38-7 win over Buckhorn Friday night. The Bucs captured the 6A state championship in 2012 and 2013 and won the first 7A title last season. Madison Academy currently owns a 16-game playoff winning streak.
Other defending champions posting first-round victories were Maplesville (9-1) in 1A, Fyffe (10-1) in 2A, Leeds (9-2) in 4A, St. Paul’s Episcopal (9-2) in 5A and Clay-Chalkville (11-0) in 6A. Coach Jerry Hood’s Cougars extended the AHSAA’s current longest winning streak to 26 games with their 48-18 win over Cullman on Thursday.
Clay-Chalkville hosts Homewood (9-2) in round 2. Other pairings involving defending champs include Maplesville at Marengo (7-4) in 1A, Fyffe goes to Red Bay (11-0) in 2A, Madison Academy hosts North Sand Mountain (7-4) in 3A, Leeds is at home versus Montevallo (9-2) in 4A, St. Paul’s goes to Greenville (11-0) in 5A and Hoover hosts Vestavia Hills (9-2) in 7A.
The Rebels awarded Coach Buddy Anderson the 320th win of his head-coaching career with a 28-17 win over Bob Jones Friday. Anderson, the state career leader with a 320-134 record in 38 years as a head coach, has spent his entire coaching career at Vestavia Hills.
Five unbeaten teams remain in Class 2A: G.W. Long (10-0), Tanner (11-0), Red Bay (11-0), Cleveland (11-0) and Randolph County (11-0). All five will be at home this week in round 2.
Other unbeaten teams include: Class 3A: Gordo (11-0); Class 4A: UMS-Wright (11-0) and Cordova (11-0); Class 5A: Greenville (11-0), Beauregard (10-0), Jackson (11-0), Guntersville (11-0) and Wenonah (10-0); Class 6A: Opelika (11-0), Spanish Fort (11-0), Muscle Shoals (11-0) and Clay-Chalkville (11-0). No unbeaten teams remain in Class 1A and Class 7A.
Region champions won 45 of 52 first-round games, and region runners-up won 40 of 52 first-round games. Third seeds posted 12 wins and No. 4 seeds won seven contests. Three regions, Class 6A, Regions 4 and 5 and Class 3A, Region 1, swept all four first-round games. In 6A, Region 4, top seed McAdory (10-1) beat Wetumpka, No. 2 seed Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa (8-3) beat Northview, No. 3 seed Northridge (9-2) beat Dothan and No. 4 seed Bessemer City (7-4) beat Park Crossing. In 6A, Region 6, top seed Walker (9-2) beat Scottsboro, No. 2 Homewood (9-2) beat Lee-Huntsville, No. 3 Minor (7-4) edged Albertville and No. 4 Briarwood Christian (5-6) beat Fort Payne. And in 3A, Region 1, top seed T.R. Miller (9-2) beat Central Coosa, second seed Bayside Academy (8-3) downed Fultondale, third seed Opp (8-3) defeated Midfield and fourth seed Hillcrest-Evergreen (6-5) beat Montgomery Academy.
A total of 52 games are set for Friday with eight contests in each of the AHSAA’s 1A thru 6A classifications and fourth in Class 7A.
The 50th annual state playoffs began with four teams competing for one state championship in what was then Class 4A in 1966. Championship play for all schools was implemented the following year in 1967 with four divisions. The six-class system began in 1984 and was replaced in 2014 with the new seven-classification system.
The quarterfinals for classes 1A-6A will be Nov. 20 and semifinals Nov. 27. Class 7A semifinals will be Nov. 20. The Class 7A finals will be Wednesday, Dec. 2 at 7 p.m. at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Classes 3A, 1A and 5A will have finals on Thursday, Dec. 3 at 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m., respectively. Classes 4A, 2A and 6A will follow the same time schedule for Super 7 finals on Friday, Dec. 4. The Unified Sports game will be at Dec. 2 at 3:30 p.m.
Raycom Media will televise the seven state championship games over its affiliate stations in the AHSAA TV Network, and the NFHS Network will live-stream the Unified Sports exhibition game. The AHSAA Radio Network will also broadcast live all games at the Super 7.
AHSAA 50th Annual State Football Playoffs
Second Round Pairings
Georgiana (10-1) at Billingsley (6-5)
Maplesville (9-1) at Marengo (7-4), Dixons Mills
Linden (8-2) at Notasulga (9-2)
Brantley (9-2) at Verbena (8-3)
Victory Christian (8-2) at Berry (9-2)
Spring Garden (8-3) at Decatur Heritage (10-1)
Hackleburg (10-1) at Cedar Bluff (10-1)
South Lamar (7-4) at Wadley (9-1)
Mobile Christian (10-1) at G.W. Long (10-0), Skipperville
Fayetteville (9-2) at Flomaton (9-2)
Pickens County (8-3) at Elba (10-1)
Providence Christian (8-2) at Washington County (9-2), Chatom
Ranburne (9-1) at Tanner (11-0)
Fyffe (9-1) at Red Bay (11-0)
Sulligent (8-3) at Cleveland (11-0)
Falkville (9-2) at Randolph County (11-0), Wedowee
Bayside Academy (8-3) at Daleville (10-1)
Gordo (11-0) at Opp (8-3)
American Christian (10-1) at Hillcrest-Evergreen (6-5)
Pike County (9-1) at T.R. Miller (9-2), Brewton
Oakman (8-3) at Piedmont (10-1)
North Sand Mountain (7-4) at Madison Academy (10-1)
Lauderdale County (8-3) at New Hope (7-4)
Winfield (10-1) at Colbert County (8-3), Leighton
Andalusia (10-1) at Dadeville (6-5)
Munford (8-3) at Straughn (5-5)
Montevallo (9-2) at Leeds (9-2)
Trinity Presbyterian (8-3) at UMS-Wright (11-0), Mobile
Fayette County (7-4) at Cleburne County (9-2), Heflin
North Jackson (7-4) at Brooks (10-1), Killen
Cherokee County (7-4) at Hamilton (5-6)
Cordova (11-0) AT West Limestone (8-3)
St. Paul’s Episcopal (9-2) at Greenville (11-0)
Demopolis (9-2) Vigor (7-4), Prichard
Helena (9-2) at Beauregard (10-0)
Eufaula (9-2) at Jackson (11-0)
Pleasant Grove (8-3) at Alexandria (9-1)
Russellville (10-1) at Parker (7-4), Birmingham
Guntersville (11-0) at Hayden (8-3)
Mortimer Jordan (10-1) at Wenonah (10-0), Birmingham
Blount (10-1) at Bessemer City (7-4)
Benjamin Russell (10-1) at McAdory (10-1), McCalla
Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa (8-3) at Opelika (11-0)
Spanish Fort (11-0) at Northridge (9-2), Tuscaloosa
Homewood (9-2) at Clay-Chalkville (11-0)
Muscle Shoals (11-0) at Minor (7-4), Adamsville
Austin (8-3) at Briarwood Christian (5-6)
Gardendale (9-2) at Walker (9-2), Jasper
Auburn (7-4) at McGill-Toolen (10-1), Mobile
Lee-Montgomery (8-3) at Central-Phenix City (8-3)
James Clemens (10-1) at Spain Park (10-1), Hoover
Vestavia Hills (9-2) at Hoover (9-2)
First Round Results
Billingsley 53, Millry 28
Georgiana 34, Keith 0
Marengo 30, Loachapoka 26
Maplesville 49, Kinston 12
Linden 38, McKenzie 28
Notasulga 22, Chickasaw 7
Brantley 35, A.L. Johnson 12
Verbena 21, J.U. Blacksher 13
Victory Christian 33, Woodville 19
Berry 38, Vina 14
Spring Garden 39, Talladega County Central 16
Decatur Heritage 29, Meek 28
Hackleburg 49, Hubbertville 34
Cedar Bluff 47, Ragland 26
South Lamar 54, Phillips 42
Wadley 50, Valley Head 0
Mobile Christian 43, Luverne 19
G.W. Long 55, Francis Marion 0
Flomaton 26, New Brockton 20
Fayetteville 35, Ariton 26
Pickens County 38, Samson 32
Elba 46, Sweet Water 14
Providence Christian 17, Thorsby 6
Washington County 39, Goshen 0
Ranburne 35, Gaston 7
Tanner 73, Phil Campbell 7
Fyffe 50, LaFayette 15
Red Bay 56, Addison 15
Sulligent 63, Cold Springs 27
Cleveland 23, Reeltown 20
Falkville 35, Hatton 34
Randolph County 70, Collinsville 7
Bayside Academy 42, Fultondale 10
Daleville 40, Greensboro 18
Opp 49, Midfield 20
Gordo 42, Wicksburg 14
American Christian 38, Slocomb 13
Hillcrest-Evergreen 35, Montgomery Academy 7
Pike County 14, Aliceville 6
T.R. Miller 67, Central-Coosa 16
Oakman 37, Plainview 19
Piedmont 34, Lexington 0
North Sand Mountain 27, Susan Moore 13
Madison Academy 56, Weaver 21
Lauderdale County 22, Walter Wellborn 7
New Hope 28, Winston County 13
Colbert County 20, Glencoe 7
Winfield 34, Geraldine 7
Dadeville 54, Thomasville 53 (2 OT)
Andalusia 48, West Blocton 0
Munford 20, W.S. Neal 0
Straughn 7, Bibb County 6
Montevallo 21, Saint James 7
Leeds 43, Clarke County 0
Trinity Presbyterian 14, Northside 7
UMS-Wright 20, Handley 8
Fayette County 49, DAR 38
Cleburne County 31, Wilson 12
North Jackson 28, Haleyville 6
Brooks 35, Jacksonville 21
Cherokee County 45, Deshler 26
Hamilton 29, Priceville 28
West Limestone 42, Saks 36
Cordova 33, Oneonta 14
St. Paul’s Episcopal 42, Sylacauga 17
Greenville 42, Dallas County 15
Vigor 26, Central-Clay County 14|
Demopolis 48, Charles Henderson 13
Helena 24, Sidney Lanier 7
Beauregard 44, Williamson 20
Eufaula 48, Calera 27
Jackson 35, Tallassee 7
Pleasant Grove 35, Madison County 14
Alexandria 41, West Point 21
Parker 27, Etowah 21
Russellville 10, Anniston 7
Hayden 19, East Limestone 0
Guntersville 14, Ramsay 6
Mortimer Jordan 46, Lawrence County 20
Wenonah 48, Randolph 0
Blount 41, Chelsea 28
Bessemer City 28, Park Crossing 24
Benjamin Russell 41, Saraland 10
McAdory 35, Wetumpka 3
Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa 36, Northview 15
Opelika 51, Daphne 0
Northridge 48, Dothan 21
Spanish Fort 24, Pell City 10
Homewood 49, Lee-Huntsville 14
Clay-Chalkville 48, Cullman 14
Minor 37, Albertville 35
Muscle Shoals 36, Huffman 0
Austin 35, Pinson Valley 7
Briarwood Christian 30, Fort Payne 26
Gardendale 38, Hartselle 14
Walker 35, Scottsboro 9
Auburn 45, Theodore 15
McGill-Toolen 30, Enterprise 13
Lee-Montgomery 37, Murphy 21
Central-Phenix City 34, Foley 14
James Clemens 22, Hewitt-Trussville 0
Spain Park 31, Hazel Green 7
Hoover 38, Buckhorn 7
Vestavia Hills 28, Bob Jones 17
After three years of close losses, Holly Pond finally turned its despair into joy. The Broncos finally broke through on Thursday night, edging Cold Springs 49-40 to snap the state’s current longest losing streak at 29 games. The Broncos finished the season 1-9.
The victory propelled Coach Mike Bates’ team into the AHSAA Prep Spotlight for the final week of the football regular season.
“I was just hoping that it wasn’t going to turn out like another Vinemont or Hanceville,” junior quarterback Michael Lambert told the Cullman Times. “I wouldn’t have been able to take that. Not again. I’ve held back a lot of emotions, but that would have been awful. This win is worth some of those emotions. We’ve worked so hard for this. It feels amazing.”
Lambert turned in an exceptional effort completing 13-of-19 passes for 336 yards and two touchdowns. Teammate Caleb Jones had seven catches for 203 yards and both scores and also rushed for 82 yards and three more touchdowns.”
Bates, who has also coached a team to the state championship in his storied career, took the win in stride. “Coach (Bear) Bryant once said, ‘Every game sooner or later gets jaw to jaw and cheek to cheek.’ We made big plays where, in the past, we couldn’t do it. I was confident we could do some things coming in this game. I knew we’d get a win one day. We just didn’t know when it’d be.”
Christian Crandall led Cold Springs (6-4) with 195 yards rushing and three touchdowns on 19 carries.
Cold Springs Coach Rod Elliott praised Holly Pond’s effort. “Holly Pond played fantastic,” he said. “They came ready. Congrats out to them.”
TYRONE PIGROME, CLAY-CHALKVLLE: Completed 13-of-20 passes for 272 yards and five touchdowns and rushed 11 times for 127 yards and two scores in a 53-35 win over Hewitt-Trussville as Coach Jerry Hood’s Cougars closed out a second straight undefeated regular season at 10-0.
Receiver T.J. Simmons caught six passes for 133 yards and four TDs in the win.
HUNTER GRANT, WEST END: Completed 11-of-16 passes for 224 yards and five touchdowns and rushed for 183 yards on 12 carries in the Patriots’ 48-15 victory over Appalachian. He had 407 total yards. He finished his season with 43 touchdowns accounted for (31 passing and 12 rushing) and had 3,428 total yards in 10 games. Grant was 151-of-259 passing for 2,611 yards and rushed 104 times for 817 yards. His season best was a 402-yard passing performance versus Gaston (27-of-44 for four TDs).
PIKE COUNTY DEFENSE: Beat Washington County 35-0 to register the school’s sixth shutout of the season in nine games by forcing a season-high eight turnovers. Coach Fred Holland’s Bulldogs had six interceptions in the final regular season game. Jahmir Lampley intercepted three passes for Pike County (8-1) and Jerrell Lawson, Michael Rumph and Cory Batie had one each with Batie returning his for a touchdown. Batie and Kamari Jackson also recovered fumbles. Five of the turnovers came in the fourth quarter.
In other top performances reported for Week 10:
CALVIN FIGUEROA, SAKS: Rushed for 325 yards on 23 attempts and scored five touchdowns in a 63-34 win over LaFayette. He went over 2,000 yards for the season with the effort. His scores came on runs of 1, 5, 58, 73 and 19 yards.
KOBE SMITH, WEST POINT: Helped West Point beat Priceville 49-21 with 309 yards rushing and four touchdowns. He now has over 2,000 yards on the year heading into the playoffs.
JERMAINE BROWN, ST. LUKE’S: Rushed for a season-high 306 yards and three touchdowns and also passed for two scores in a 53-50 win over Cottage Hill Christian.
KEENAN WOODRUFF, ALEXANDRIA: Rushed for 274 yards and three touchdowns and also scored on a 97-yard kickoff return in the Valley Cubs' 65-49 shootout victory over Cherokee County. Teammate Jamal Tucker added 128 yards and scored the Valley Cubs' first three touchdowns on his first four carries of the game.
JAHARI BROWN, NEW BROCKTON: Rushed for 230 yards and four touchdowns (60, 46, 28 and 9 yards) on just 10 carries as the Gamecocks (9-1) beat Kinston 44-6 to finish its best regular season since 1986.
JACOB WASHBURN: J.B. PENNINGTON: The senior running back had 237 yards and three touchdowns on 19 carries in the Tigers' 47-14 victory over Susan Moore. It was just his second game back after missing more than four games with a dislocated elbow.
ZACH ALFORD, GOSHEN: Rushed for 216 yards and three touchdowns (67, 5 and 53) and added a 90-yard kickoff for a touchdown in a 55-48 overtime loss to Brantley. Alford amassed 379 total yards, also earning 120 in kick returns and 43 yards off three receptions.
CARLOS STEPHENS, THOMPSONJ: Rushed for 212 yards and three touchdowns on 14 carries as the Warriors beat Chelsea 56-21.
DERRICK UNDERWOOD, HOMEWOOD: Had 206 yards rushing and scored three touchdowns in the Patriots’ 34-14 win over Tuscaloosa County.
JONATHAN FELLS, CARROLL: Rushed for 200 yards and three touchdowns and teammate C.J. Roberts had 95 yards and three scores in a 66-14 win over Booker T. Washington. Both backs surpassed the 1,000-yard rushing mark in the game.
DERRICK DUNIGAN, BILLIGNSLEY: Ran 29 times for 191 yards and four touchdowns and caught four passes for 33 yards and a score in a 44-34 win over Montevallo. He has 1,661 yards and 19 TDs rushing this season heading into this week’s 1A state playoffs.
DESHON COWLING, PIKE COUNTY: had 184 yards rushing, scored on runs of 15 and 80 yards and also caught a 57-yard TD pass as the Bulldogs (8-1) beat Washington County 35-0.
QUINTON DOWNEY, SPRING GARDEN: Rushed for 168 yards on 18 carries and scored three touchdowns (13, 17, 51 yards) as the Panthers closed out the regular season with a 50-25 victory over Gaylesville.
BRANDON BARNES, GAYLESVILLE: Led the Trojans with 200 yards on 25 carries and a 3-yard touchdown in a 50-25 loss at Spring Garden.
PACE OZMINT, GLENCOE: Rushed 14 times for 151 yards, caught three passes for 129 yards and three touchdowns, recorded six tackles and had an interception in the Yellow Jackets’ 38-20 win over Cleburne County.
J.T. WISE, SAMSON: The Tigers quarterback accounted for 328 yards rushing and passing and four touchdowns in a 40-21 win over Pleasant Home. Wise completed 8-of-14 passes for 196 yards with three touchdowns (6, 59 and 44 yards) and had 132 yards rushing on 13 carries with a 69-yard TD scamper.
JOSEPH SCHAUER, WESTBROOK CHRISTIAN: Completed 18-of-25 passes for 271 yards and four touchdowns while adding 52 rushing yards in the Warriors’ 36-30 loss to Ranburne.
TYREN DUPREE, CHEROKEE COUNTY: Completed 20-of-31 pass attempts for 277 yards and a 19-yard touchdown in a 65-49 loss to Alexandria. He also rushed for 47 yards and a score on 13 carries.
BO NIX, SCOTTSBORO: The freshman QB completed 14-of-18 passes for 170 yards and two touchdowns in a 45-21 win over Madison County. He also ran five times for 57 yards and another score.
DERRICK McCARTY, THEODORE: Caught four passes for 180 yards and two touchdowns in a 28-21 Class 7A playoff-clinching win over Fairhope.
ANDRE LITTLE, WEST END: Caught five passes for 109 yards with touchdown receptions of 30, 13, 10 and 44 yards in the Patriots’ 48-15 victory over Appalachian.
QUARTEZ HENDERSON, CHEROKEE COUNTY: Caught eight passes for 124 yards and a 19-yard touchdown in the Warriors' 65-49 loss at Alexandria. Teammate Justin McKnight also had nine receptions for 94 yards.
TYRIC RICHARDSON, DAPHNE: Returned an interception 103 yards as the Trojans clinched their 18th straight playoff berth with a 27-6 victory over LeFlore at Ladd-Peebles Stadium.
TREY PRATER, FORT PAYNE: The Wildcats cornerback had an interception returned 70-yards for a touchdown and blocked the game-tying extra point to preserve a 27-26 win over Anniston.
TUFFY CASEY, ARITON: Had 16 tackles on defense and also caught a 2-yard TD pass in the Purple Cats' 35-17 win over Zion Chapel.
ETHAN McMINN, CULLMAN: Totaled 12 tackles, including one for a long loss, and forced and recovered a fumble in a 6-0 loss at Russellville.
TRAMEKQUEZ LANE, OPP: Had 10 tackles and recovered a fumble on Elba's last drive, sealing a 20-14 win over the previously-undefeated Tigers.
COBY NEENAN, NORTHVIEW: Converted a 40-yard field goal, his 10th field goal this season, hit all four extra-point kicks and punted for a 41.3 average on three punts, including a 58 yarder, in a 35-31 loss to Charles Henderson.
CALEB ROEBUCK, SYLVANIA: Returned a kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown and rushed for 146 yards and two TDs in a 36-0 win over Ider.
NATE MITCHELL, SAND ROCK: Blocked a punt which teammate Braden Carver scooped up and returned for a touchdown in the Wildcats' 16-13 victory at Cedar Bluff. Mitchell also had six tackles on defense in the win.
Seventeen unbeaten teams and all seven defending state champions from 2014 are in the 208-team first-round field as the Alabama High School Athletic Association 2015 State football Playoffs get underway Friday, Nov. 6. Two games are set to be played Thursday night, Nov. 5, and all contests are scheduled to kick off at 7 p.m.
For the first time, seven defending state champs will be the field as the AHSAA conducts its seven classification football playoffs for the second straight year. The playoffs began in 1966 with just four teams competing for the Class 4A state title. The playoffs expanded to four classifications in 1967, to six in 1984 and seven in 2014.
This year’s playoffs mark the 50th anniversary of the AHSAA’s storied playoff completion.
Classes 1A through 6A will compete in five playoff rounds culminating with the Super 7 State Championships at Tuscaloosa and Bryant-Denny Stadium Dec. 2-3-4. Class 7A will lay four rounds with the championship game at Bryant-Denny set for Dec. 2 at 7 p.m.
The seven defending state champions in the 2015 field include Class 1A Maplesville (8-1), Class 2A Fyffe (9-1), Class 3A Madison Academy (9-1), Class 4A Leeds (8-2), Class 5A St. Paul’s Episcopal (8-2), Class 6A Clay-Chalkville (10-0) and Class 7A Hoover (8-2). Coach Jerry Hood’s Cougars carry a 25-game winning streak, longest active streak in the AHSAA, into the post-season. Hoover and Madison Academy will be going for four straight state titles, the Mustangs in Class 3A, and Hoover, going for its second in 7A after winning the 2012 and 2013 titles in Class 6A.
In addition to Clay-Chalkville, other unbeaten teams in the 6A 32-team playoff field include Spanish Fort (10-0), Opelika (10-0) and Muscle Shoals (10-0). In 5A, five teams are unbeaten, Jackson (10-0), Greenville (10-0), Guntersville (10-0), Beauregard (9-0) and Wenonah (9-0).
Other unbeaten teams include, in Class 2A: Randolph County (10-0), Tanner (10-0), Cleveland (10-0), Red Bay (10-0) and G.W. Long (9-0); in Class 3A, Gordo (10-0); and in Class 4A, UMS-Wright (10-0) and Cordova (10-0).
Raycom Media, the AHSAA TV Partner, will be featuring Class 6A powers Bessemer City versus Park Crossing at Montgomery’s Cramton Bowl Friday night as the Raycom AHSAA Game of the Week shifts to playoff games and moves to Friday night for the first four playoff rounds. Raycom will also broadcast all seven AHSAA state football championship games.
The NFHS Network plans to live-stream selected games each week with several member schools planning to live-stream contests over the NFHS Network School Broadcast Program as well.
All games will be listed at www.ahsaa.com as well www.nfhsnetwork.com. The AHSAA Radio Network will also host a statewide scoreboard show during the state playoffs. Check the AHSAA website for more details.
Second-round playoff games are scheduled for Friday, Nov. 13, followed by the quarterfinals on Nov. 20, the semifinals Nov. 27.
AHSAA Revised Football Playoff schedule
AHSAA 50th Annual State Football Playoffs
First Round, Nov. 6
Billingsley (5-5) at Millry (7-3)
Keith (4-6) at Georgiana (9-1)
Marengo (6-4) at Loachapoka (4-6)
Kinston (5-5) at Maplesville (8-1), rescheduled for Thursday
McKenzie (6-3) at Linden (7-2)
Chickasaw (4-6) at Notasulga (8-2)
A.L. Johnson (3-6) at Brantley (8-2), rescheduled for Thursday
Verbena (7-3) at J.U. Blacksher (7-3), Uriah
Woodville (4-6) at Victory Christian (7-2), Pell City, rescheduled for Thursday
Vina (5-5) at Berry (8-2), rescheduled for Thursday
Talladega County Central (6-3) at Spring Garden (7-3)
Meek (7-3) at Decatur Heritage (9-1), , Thursday, TBA
Hubbertville (6-3) at Hackleburg (9-1), rescheduled for Thursday
Ragland (3-7) at Cedar Bluff 9-1), rescheduled for Thursday
Phillips (6-4) at South Lamar (6-4), Millport, rescheduled for Thursday
Valley Head (3-6) at Wadley (8-1)
Luverne (6-4) at Mobile Christian (9-1)
Francis Marion (4-6) at G.W. Long (9-0), Skipperville
Flomaton (8-2) at New Brockton (9-1)
Ariton (5-5) at Fayetteville (8-2), rescheduled for Thursday
Samson (7-3) at Pickens County (7-3), Reform, rescheduled for Thursday
Sweet Water (5-5) at Elba (9-1)
Thorsby 6-4) at Providence Christian (7-2), Dothan
Goshen (4-6) at Washington County (8-2), Chatom
Gaston (7-3) at Ranburne (8-1)
Phil Campbell (4-6) at Tanner (10-0), rescheduled for Thursday
LaFayette (6-4) at Fyffe (9-1), rescheduled for Thursday
Addison (5-5) at Red Bay (10-0), rescheduled for Thursday
Cold Springs (6-4) at Sulligent (7-3), rescheduled for Thursday
Reeltown (6-4) at Cleveland (10-0), rescheduled for Thursday
Hatton (5-5) at Falkville (8-2), rescheduled for Thursday
Collinsville (6-4) at Randolph County (10-0), Wedowee
Fultondale (5-5) at Bayside Academy (7-3), Daphne
Greensboro (5-5) at Daleville (9-1), rescheduled for Thursday
Opp (7-3) at Midfield (6-3)
Wicksburg (7-3) at Gordo (10-0), rescheduled for Thursday
Slocomb (7-3) at American Christian (9-1), Tuscaloosa, rescheduled for Thursday
Hillcrest-Evergreen (5-5) at Montgomery Academy ((-1)
Aliceville (6-4) at Pike County (8-1), Brundidge
Central-Coosa (5-5) at T.R. Miller (8-2), Brewton
Plainview 6-4) at Oakman (7-3), rescheduled for Thursday
Lexington (6-4) at Piedmont (9-1), rescheduled for Thursday
Susan Moore (4-6) at North Sand Mountain (6-4), Higdon, rescheduled for Thursday
Weaver (5-5) at Madison Academy (9-1), rescheduled for Thursday
Walter Wellborn(603) at Lauderdale County (7-3), Rogersville, rescheduled for Thursday
Winston County (7-3) at New Hope (6-4), rescheduled for Thursday
Colbert County (7-4) at Glencoe (9-1), rescheduled for Thursday
Geraldine (6-4) at Winfield (9-1), rescheduled for Thursday
Dadeville (5-5) at Thomasville (6-4), rescheduled for Thursday
West Blocton (5-5) at Andalusia (9-1)
W.S. Neal (8-2) at Munford (7-3)
Straughn (4-5) at Bibb County (7-3), Centreville, rescheduled for Thursday
Saint James (6-4) at Montevallo (8-2), rescheduled for Thursday
Clarke County (4-6) at Leeds (8-2), rescheduled for Thursday
Northside (7-2) at Trinity Presbyterian (7-3), Montgomery
Handley (8-2) at UMS-Wright (10-0), Mobile
DAR (8-2) at Fayette County (6-4), Fayette, rescheduled for Thursday
Wilson (6-4) at Cleburne County (8-2), Heflin, rescheduled for Thursday
Haleyville (6-4) at North Jackson (6-4), Stevenson
Jacksonville (6-4) at Brooks (9-1), Killen, rescheduled for Thursday
Cherokee County (6-4) at Deshler (5-5), Tuscumbia, rescheduled for Thursday
Hamilton (4-6) at Priceville (8-2), rescheduled for Thursday
West Limestone (7-3) at Saks (8-2), Anniston
Oneonta (5-5) at Cordova (10-0), rescheduled for Thursday
Sylacauga (7-3) at St. Paul’s Episcopal (8-2), Mobile
Dallas County (6-4) at Greenville (10-0), rescheduled for Thursday
Vigor (6-4) at Central-Clay County (6-4)
Charles Henderson (5-5) at Demopolis (8-2), rescheduled for Thursday
Sidney Lanier (4-6) at Helena (8-2)
Williamson (5-5) at Beauregard (9-0)
Calera (7-3) at Eufaula (8-2)
Tallassee (5-5) at Jackson (10-0), rescheduled for Thursday
Madison County (6-4) at Pleasant Grove (7-3)
West Point (6-4) at Alexandria (8-1), rescheduled for Thursday
Parker (6-4) at Etowah (7-3), Attalla
Anniston (4-5) at Russellville (9-1), rescheduled for Thursday
Hayden (7-3) at East Limestone (8-2), Capshaw, rescheduled for Thursday
Ramsay (7-3) at Guntersville (10-0)
Lawrence County (6-4) at Mortimer Jordan (9-1), Kimberly, rescheduled for Thursday
Randolph (7-3) at Wenonah (9-0), Birmingham, rescheduled for Thursday
Chelsea (7-3) at Blount (8-2), Prichard
Bessemer City (6-4) at Park Crossing (8-2), Cramton Bowl, Montgomery
Saraland (8-2) at Benjamin Russell (9-1), Alexander City
Wetumpka (4-6) at McAdory (9-1), McCalla, rescheduled for Thursday
Northview (4-6) at Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa (7-3), rescheduled for Thursday
Daphne (6-4) at Opelika (10-0)
Northridge (8-2) at Dothan (6-4), Rip Hewes Stadium
Pell City (4-6) at Spanish Fort (10-0)
Lee-Huntsville (6-4) at Homewood (8-2)
Cullman (6-4) at Clay-Chalkville (10-0), rescheduled for Thursday
Minor (6-4) at Albertville (7-3)
Huffman (4-6) at Muscle Shoals (10-0)
Pinson Valley (7-3) at Austin (7-3), Ogle Stadium, Decatur, rescheduled for Thursday
Briarwood Christian (4-6) at Fort Payne (8-2), rescheduled for Thursday
Hartselle (7-3) at Gardendale (8-2), rescheduled for Thursday
Scottsboro (5-5) at Walker (8-2), Jasper
Theodore (7-3) at Auburn (6-4)
Enterprise (5-5) at McGill-Toolen (9-1), Archbishop Lipscomb Complex, Mobile
Lee-Montgomery (7-3) at Murphy (7-3), Ladd-Peebles Stadium, Mobile
Foley (6-4) at Central-Phenix City (7-3)
Hewitt-Trussville (6-4) at James Clemens (9-1), Madison City Stadium, Thursday
Hazel Green (5-5) at Spain Park (9-1), Hoover
Buckhorn (6-4) at Hoover (8-2), Hoover Met Stadium
Vestavia Hills (8-2) at Bob Jones (9-1), Madison City Stadium
Enterprise High School’s defense mounted a goal-line stand to stop Central-Phenix City in the waning moments of its 17-14 victory.
The triumph sealed a playoff berth for the Wildcats – and sealed the team a special place in the hearts of EHS fans everywhere for many years to come while grabbing the AHSAA Prep Spotlight for Week 9.
Keonte White led the stand – which culminated one of the greatest season comeback efforts in school history. White had 13 tackles, including stopping a Red Devils runner short of the goal line at the 1 on fourth down with just 30 seconds left to seal the win. He also had a hand in making the stop on third down – just inches from the end zone. The win on Thursday night, which was featured statewide as the Raycom AHSAA Game of the Week over the Raycom/AHSAA TV Network, secured a third-seed playoff berth for Enterprise.
“I can’t tell you just how proud I am of these kids,” head coach David Faulkner said of this signature win. “This is the kind of victory our program has been really needing.”
Enterprise (5-4) opened the season with two non-region wins but lost its first three region games to Jeff Davis, Auburn and Lee-Montgomery to find itself setting all alone at the bottom of the Class 7A, Region 2 standings on Oct. 2. Since then, Enterprise beat Prattville 28-20, Smiths Station 14-7 and Central to finish 3-3 in league play.
EHS football tradition runs deep, but since 1997, the Wildcats have missed the state playoffs six times and were beaten in the first round on 10 other occasions. Faulkner is the fourth head coach in the storied program since Hall of Fame coach Bill Bacon retired after the 2000 season.
Enterprise, which travels to unbeaten Opelika (9-0) this week to close the regular season, ranks tied for fifth all-time with a 628-287-34 record dating back to 1913. EHS has a 68.6 winning percentage, which ties T.R. Miller as the best among the state’s 10 winningest programs. The Wildcats posted its last state championship in 1982 – 33 years ago.
The goal-line stand edged out a record-setting performance by Auburn High School senior place-kicker Sage Ledbetter and a sensational rushing effort by DAR’s Dalton Parks.
Ledbetter booted a state-record 61-yard field goal as the first half came to an end in the Tigers’ 31-7 Class 7A, Region 2 win over Smiths Station. The victory secured the No. 2 playoff seed for the upcoming state playoffs.
The field goal, which came on a free kick after a fair catch, broke the previous record (60 yards) set by Pelham place-kicker Michael Proctor in a 39-16 win over Mountain Brook in 1991. Proctor’s kick was also a free kick following a fair catch at the 50-yard line.
Ledbetter tied the AHSAA record for most field goals in a game (5) versus Jeff Davis in 2013. He had 19 points kicking in that win, which is also a single-game state record for kicking points scored.
Parks ran for 342 yards and five touchdowns in a 49-47, double-overtime victory over previously unbeaten Priceville. He also ran in a 2-point conversion to force OT, and had the game-winning 2-point run in the second overtime. He scored 34 points in the game. His effort overcame a 423-yard total offense effort by Kaleb Parker, Priceville’s senior quarterback, Barker completed 14-of-23 passes for 221 yards and four touchdowns, and ran for 201 yards and three scores (including runs of 57 and 66 yards) on 21 carries in the double-overtime loss.
Several other milestones also made this week’s Prep Spotlight highlights.
TYLER DURHAM, BRILLIANT: The Brilliant High School senior tied a state record and for a brief moment tied a rare national record with his exceptional performance in a 35-34 loss to Lynn last week. His report was submitted after last week’s AHSAA Prep Spotlight had been published. The 5-foot-10, 150-pound speedster returned two kickoffs 88 and 80 yards for touchdowns in the one-point setback to equal an AHSAA state record shared by 12 others. Durham also had a 79-yard kickoff return for a third score – which would have tied the NFHS national record for a single game – but the third return was nullified for a penalty. He finished the night with 198 return yards on three returns, added a 55-yard TD run from scrimmage and a 26-yard interception return for a touchdown to close out his phenomenal performance.
The last player in the AHSAA to return two kickoffs for touchdowns in a single game was Nick Thorn of Red Bay in 2014 in a 69-13 win over Phil Campbell.
The first on record was John Arnett of Coffee Springs in a 44-22 loss to Uriah in 1971.
BROTHER-SISTER DUO SCORE TOUCHDOWNS: With 4:01 left in the fourth quarter, behind the block of her brother, senior lineman Ethan Rogers, Kaitlyn Rogers found the end zone on a 6-yard run for Spring Garden’s final touchdown in a 50-6 victory. Kaitlyn and Ethan Rogers Earlier in the game, Ethan Rogers scored on a 1-yard touchdown run as the two became the first brother and sister duo to score touchdowns in the same high school game in Alabama. Kaitlyn is believed to be the only female to score a TD in a high school game in the AHSAA. That feat has been accomplished a few times in leagues outside the AHSAA.
RICHARD ROBERTSON, ANDALUSIA: The long-time boys’ basketball coach and former president of the AHSAA Central Board of Control became the first former board member to receive Central Board Emeritus status at last week’s October Central Board meeting. Robertson won almost 750 games as a basketball coach in a career that spanned 50 years. The AHSAA Hall of Fame member served faithfully on the Central Board and District 2 Board during much his tenure. He retired after 2014-15 and was also recently honored by Andalusia High School for his many years of outstanding service.
CEDAR BLUFF REGISTERS SCHOOL’S 500TH WIN: The Tigers won their 500th football game in school history with a 46-20 win over their longtime Cherokee County rival Gaylesville last week. Ivory Starr rushed for 275 yards, including 206 in the third quarter, on 14 carries and scored three touchdowns on runs of 69, 43 and 42 yards.
Coach Jonathan McWhorter’s Tigers improved the Class 1A school’s overall record to 500-301-21 – dating back to the first season in 1930. In that time, there’s been 15 area/region championships won, including a Class 1A, Region 7 title this season. There has also been three state championships awarded to the Tigers by The Birmingham News (1959, 1961, 1962), and a state runner-up finish in the AHSAA state playoffs in 2006. Cedar’s Bluff faithful celebrated the program’s 85th anniversary by honoring all former football players and coaches at halftime of the Tigers’ 80th meeting with Gaylesville.
TRIPP CURRY NOTCHES 150TH CAREER WIN: One week after earning his 100th victory with the Cherokee County Warriors’ football program, Curry clinched his 150th win overall as a head coach with a 45-6 victory at White Plains. Curry is 101-69 in his 15th season with the Warriors, including the school’s only football state title in 2009. Including his five seasons at Springville, Curry is now 150-83 in his head coaching career.
In other top performances reported for Week 9:
KOBE JUSTICE, SUSAN MOORE: Operating out of the single-wing offensive set, Justice helped the Bulldogs clinch a playoff berth in Class 3A, Region 6 with 318 yards rushing and five touchdowns on 25 carries in Susan Moore’s 56-48 win over Hanceville. He also scored an AHSAA state single-game record six 2-point conversions to total 42 points on the night. Hunter Duncan added 159 yards rushing and two TDs for the Bulldogs.
CHRIS SHUFFORD, McKENZIE: Piled up 307 yards on 27 carries and scored all three touchdowns in his team’ 20-8 win over J.U. Blacksher.
MICHAEL MATTHEWS, UMS-WRIGHT: The junior rushed for five touchdowns and 306 yards as UMS-Wright (9-0) beat Satsuma 51-14.
DESMON TURNER, FORT PAYNE: Had 30 carries for 275 yards and three touchdowns, giving him a school record 37 on the season, as the Wildcats beat Southside-Gadsden 38-14.
ANDREW BROWN, WINSTON COUNTY: Rushed for 290 yards and six touchdowns on 20 carries and added a 16-yard touchdown reception as Winston County clinched a playoff berth in a 73-20 win over Vinemont. Brown had 229 yards and four scores on 14 carries in the first half.
B.J. SMALL, HANCEVILLE: Carried 9 times for 259 yards and three touchdowns (22, 24 and 70 yards) in a 56-48 loss to Susan Moore.
ZACH ALFORD, GOSHEN: Rushed for 233 yards and four touchdowns (13, 92, 10, 62 yards) and added two receptions for 61 yards, including a 48-yard TD reception, in the Eagles' 48-3 win over Zion Chapel that clinched a 2A state playoff berth.
BLAKE ADAMS, HAYDEN: Had 261 of the Wildcat’ 483 yards rushing 40-21 win over St. Clair County. He had 25 carries and scored three touchdowns. The win secured the Wildcats’ first playoff berth in 11 years and the first ever as a Class 5A school.
DEZMOND JOHNSON, SLOCOMB: Rushed for 233 yards and five touchdowns on just 12 carries in Slocomb's 55-18 win over Barbour County. Johnson had scoring runs of 17, 28, 26, 55 and 23 yards for Slocomb, which had three guys rush for better than 100 yards in the game, Darius Smith (123 yards) and Malik Troupe (116).
JABRONSKI WILLIAMS, CHARLES HENDERSON: Rushed for 219 yards and five touchdowns (5, 9, 10, 15 and 17 yards) on 19 carries in the Trojans' 64-26 win over Barbour County.
CHRISTIAN CRANDALL, COLD SPRINGS: Ran for 217 yards and three touchdowns in the Eagles’ 48-7 win over Tarrant.
OSTIN McPHERSON, ST. PAUL’S EPISCOPAL: Grinded out 188 yards on 37 carries in a tough 20-1 win over Vigor.
C.J. ROBERTS, CARROLL: Rushed for 196 yards and four touchdowns on 21 carries during the Eagles' 49-35 win over Northview.
TYLER EZELL, ARITON: Rushed for 210 yards and five touchdowns on runs of 14, 1, 5, 1 and 4 yards in the Purple Cats' 51-49 win over Cottonwood that clinched a state playoff spot.
JARED SMITH, WESTMINSTER CHRISTIAN: Rushed for 189 yards on 18 carries with two TDs, including a 99-yard run to seal a 21-12 win over Oneonta.
T.C. LOWE, AUSTIN: Had just six carries but totaled 192 yards, including touchdown runs of 94 and 89 yards, as the Black Bears beat Hartselle 62-31.
MEMPHIS SISTRUNK, COTTONWOOD: Rushed for 201 yards on 22 carries with five touchdowns, scoring on runs of 6, 44, 1, 17 and 4 YARDS, in a 51-49 loss to Ariton.
GARRETT SANDERS, G.W. LONG: Rushed for 214 yards and three touchdowns in the Rebels' 53-12 win over Houston County, which capped a second-straight unbeaten regular season for G.W. Long (9-0).
DYLAN KILPATRICK, FYFFE: Totaled 179 yards with 138 coming on 19 rush attempts and 41 on two pass receptions as the Red Devils beat Collinsville 42-14.
REED BLANKENSHIP, WEST LIMESTONE: Had Attempted 13 rush attempts for 144 yards and two touchdowns, completed 3-of-5 passes for 51 yards and had 12 tackles on defensive 21-14 victory over Wilson.
JORDAN BENTLEY, GUNTERSVILLE: Led the Wildcats (9-0) with 12 carries for 142 yards and four touchdowns en route to a 76-0 win over rival Boaz, the 19th straight home win for Guntersville. Bentley’s rushing totals for the season are 1,636 yards and 29 touchdowns after nine games. He has 31 total TDs this season and 98 for his career.
TAYLOR HAYES, PIEDMONT: Ran for 140 yards on 14 carries and scored on a 44-yard touchdown run in the Bulldogs' 35-14 victory over Weaver to clinch the Class 3A, Region 6 title.
JACKIE MATTHEWS, PINSON VALLEY: Was 17-of-30 passing for 302 yards and four touchdowns as the Indians stormed from a 22-17 deficit to beat Shades Valley 35-21.
TYLER JOHNSTON, SPANISH FORT: Was 14-of-18 passing for 301 yards and two touchdowns as the Toros (9-0) remained unbeaten with a 56-0 win over Robertsdale. The victory clinched the 6A, Region 1 title.
RAMSEY RIGBY, ELBA: Completed 14-of-16 passes for 265 yards and three touchdowns, all in the first half, as the Tigers beat Highland Home 64-6.
WARREN SHADER, OAK MOUNTAIN: Passed for 297 yards and one touchdown, and scored four rushing TDs in a 41-37 comeback win over Thompson. He scored two of his four rushing touchdowns in the final three minutes of the fourth quarter to cap the comeback effort.
BO NIX, SCOTTSBORO: Was 9-of-15 passing for 174 yards and three TDs, rushed for 82 yards on five carries and punted four times for a 37.2-yard average as Scottsboro clinched a 6A playoff berth with a 38-13 win over Arab.
QUINTAN SEWELL, ABBEVILLE: Completed only four passes, but each went for touchdowns and 133 total yards in the Yellow Jackets' 35-28 win over Dale County.
DAMON WILLIAMS, GADSDEN CITY: Rushed 21 times for 126 yards and four touchdowns as the Titans remained alive for a playoff berth with a 47-30 win over Class 7A, Region 4 foe Buckhorn.
PACE OZMINT, GLENCOE: Gained 144 yards and three touchdowns on 14 carries and caught a 60-yard touchdown pass in a 48-8 win over Pleasant Valley.
REGINALD TODD, BLOUNT: Had three catches for 188 yards as Blount beat LeFlore 57-0.
CAVAOSEA STINSON, ELBA: Accounted for six touchdowns, three receiving and three rushing, in a 64-6 win over Highland Home.
JOEL BROCK, SAND ROCK: Caught three passes for 100 yards and two touchdowns (6, 55 yards) and picked off two passes, including one for a 75-yard score, in the Wildcats' 41-7 victory over Pisgah.
ALEX McNEAL, DALEVILLE: Knocked Pike County's Kamari Jackson out of bounds at the 1-yard line on the game's final play, preserving Daleville's 20-15 win over Pike County (7-1) to clinch the Class 3A, Region 2 title. The Warhawks' Coley Locke scored on a 2-yard run with 7.7 seconds left to put Daleville in front, capping a six-play 49-yard drive beginning with 1:08 drive left after Pike County went ahead 15-14. McNeal also rushed for 89 yards and scored one of the three DHS scores.
WILL ANDERSON, FORT PAYNE: Made two interceptions and four tackles to lead the Wildcats defense in a 38-14 win over Southside-Gadsden.
ETHAN McMINN, CULLMAN: Had 15 tackles in a 43-3 loss to Muscle Shoals.
ALEX MEDINA, WALKER: Had 14 tackles and a fumble recovery in Walker's Class 6A, Region 5 championship-clinching 7-3 victory over Hueytown.
TUFFY CASEY, ARITON: Was in on 14 tackles in Ariton's playoff-clinching 51-49 win over Cottonwood.
38-13 win over Arab.
STEPHEN JACKSON, SCOTTSBORO: Had 17 tackles and teammate Avery Sartain added 13 as the Wildcats beat Arab 38-13.
WYATT MOORE, NEW BROCKTON: Recorded 10 tackles and had an interception return to help New Brockton earn second place in Class 2A, Region 3 with a 65-0 win over Luverne.
JEREMY STNDFIELD, HAYDEN: The senior linebacker had 11 tackles, three for loss, in the Wildcats’ 40-21 victory over St. Clair County.
MARYON WILLIAMS, BAKER: Totaled 13 tackles, including two for losses, and returned an interception 38 yards for a touchdown as the Hornets beat Mary Montgomery 38-7.
BRANDON BARNES, PROVIDENCE CHRISTIAN: Earned eight tackles, and blocked a field goal attempt on defense and added three receptions for 49 yards and a TD as the Eagles beat rival Houston Academy 28-10. Teammate Ricky Hall added 18 tackles.
BRAXTON PREUITT, ADDISON: Snared a pair of interceptions in a 43-14 win at Southeastern.
FISHER WILLOUGHBY, COLD SPRINGS: Had nine tackles and an interception in a 48-7 victory against Tarrant. He also scored two TDs on offense.
ISAIHA JONES, CEDAR BLUFF: Returned a fumble 77 yards for a touchdown, recovered another fumble on a kickoff, and caught a 57-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Josh Decker in the Tigers' 46-20 victory over Gaylesville.
KOBE SMITH, WEST POINT: Returned a kickoff 84 yards for a touchdown and ran for 136 yards and another score on 23 carries in a 28-27 loss to Lawrence County. Teammate Cameron Moore also returned a kickoff 76 yards to give the Warriors two in the first half.
JOHN JENKINS, JAMES CLEMENS: Returned a blocked punt 30 yards for a score and had a 70-yard interception return in a 59-7 win over Huntsville.
BRANDON PERDUE, DAPHNE: Returned a kickoff 85 yards for a TD and added two 50-yard TD receptions as the Trojans beat Baldwin County 42-14.
Raycom Network will televise Central-Phenix City (7-2) at Enterprise (4-4) as tonight’s Raycom/AHSAA Prep Football Game of the Week. The key Class 7A, Region 2 football clash at Wildcats Stadium will pit the Region 2 champion Red Devils versus a red-hot Enterprise team still hoping to qualify for one of the four playoff berths.
Kickoff is set for 7:05 p.m. tonight with Play-by-play being handled by Graham Dunn with Mike Peacock the color commentator and Kim Cannova the sideline reporter. Ken Dunbar is the statistician in the booth.
The Raycom/AHSAA Game of the Week is a weekly live TV telecast over the Raycom Network in Alabama. It will run through the regular season on Thursday night and then switch to Friday night for the first four rounds of the state playoffs. Raycom will conclude is series with the Super 7 state championship games (all classes) at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa in December.
All games will be live over the Raycom TV Network on either the main channel or Raycom’s Bounce channels and the Raycom affiliate websites as well as live on Raycom’s You Tube channel on the internet. Go to www.pathtotheplayoffs.com for more specific channel information. Raycom stations include WAFF TV 48 in Huntsville, WBRC TV 6 in Birmingham, WSFA TV 12 in Montgomery, WDTX TV 34 in Dothan and WTVM TV 9 in Columbus, Ga., and non-Raycom station WFNA TV 55 (Bounce) in Mobile.
The Raycom AHSAA Game of the Week crew will head to Cramton Bowl next Thursday (Oct. 15) for the Dothan vs. Carver-Montgomery Class 6A, Region 2 contest.
NFHS Network School Broadcast Program Has Strong Slate of Games
With playoff berths riding on most of the outcomes, the NFHS Network School Broadcast Program will feature at least 10 games this week – starting with Billingsley vs. Autaugaville tonight. More are expected to be added by tomorrow.
Houston Academy and Randolph are also live-streaming Super Regional volleyball matches tomorrow in Classes 2A and 5A for their respective teams.
The subscriber-based SBP games may be accessed by going to www.nfhsnetwork.com and then following the prompts with Alabama.
The list of football games, with links, currently posted include:
October 22, 2015
Billingsley vs. Autaugaville – http://bit.ly/1W4IN2L
October 23, 2015
Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa vs. Brookwood – http://bit.ly/1LGNQF6
Arab vs. Scottsboro – http://bit.ly/1GPw9NS
Decatur vs. Florence – http://bit.ly/1kkJuci (DHS) or
Goshen vs. Zion Chapel – http://bit.ly/1MPVrly
Pinson Valley vs. Shades Valley – http://bit.ly/1GeV5Uz
Muscle Shoals vs. Cullman – http://bit.ly/1LGOvpP (MSHS)
McGill-Toolen vs. Theodore – http://bit.ly/1Lzwtm3
Saks vs. Jacksonville – http://bit.ly/1GQXgbB
Hillcrest-Evergreen vs. Saraland – http://bit.ly/1KoB4FV
In a year dominated by high-scoring offenses, Walker High School’s Vikings went “old school” last Friday in its 24-0 shutout win over Jackson-Olin.
The Vikings (7-1) clinched one of the top two playoff berths from Class 6A, Region 5 by forcing nine Mustangs’ turnovers to improve to 5-1 in region play. A win over Hueytown this week gives Coach Heath Brunner’s team the region title.
Senior defensive back Ethan Walker made three interceptions, had three more pass deflections and 10 tackles to pace the defensive effort as the Vikings grabbed The AHSAA Prep Spotlight for Week 8. Teammate Lane Davenport also had eight tackles and an interception, his seventh pick of the season, and Alex Medina added 15 tackles to boost his total to 104 in 2015. The shutout was Walker’s first since blanking Hayden 42-0 in week 6 of the 2013 season.
Lyndon Harris had two fumble recoveries, Garrett Davenport had an interception and Everett Green recovered a fumble for Brunner’s defense. Receiver Myron Mitchell caught eight passes for 143 yards and a 43-yard touchdown on offense.
Walker and Homewood are now tied at 5-1 atop Region 5, but the Vikings hold the edge with a close 17-14 win over the Patriots. Both will be at home in the first round of the state playoffs.
The Walker defensive effort edged out one of the most versatile efforts of the season by Leeds High School quarterback Tydarryl Marshall and an emotional effort turned in by Cold Springs’s offensive line.
Marshall scored on a 9-yard run, a 45-yard punt return, a 45-yard TD reception and also fired a touchdown pass from his quarterback position as the Green Wave beat Childersburg 54-0 to move to the top of Class 4A, Region 3. The Green Wave (7-2) are tied at 4-1 with Handley (7-1) but holds the tiebreaker after beating the Tigers 20-7 earlier in the season.
Cold Springs’ Panthers rallied around Jon Campbell, a mainstay on the offensive line, to the tune of almost 400 yards rushing in a 42-14 win over Sumiton Christian. Campbell’s dad passed away earlier in the week following a long battle with leukemia. Running back Christian Crandall ran behind the offensive line for 182 yards and four touchdowns on just seven carries.
CHEROKEE COUNTY WINS 100TH IN CURRY TENURE: Tripp Curry, head football coach at Cherokee County, registered the 100th coaching win of his coaching tenure when the Warriors beat Sardis 39-6. Curry is 100-69 in his 15th season at Cherokee County, including the school’s only football state title in 2009. His overall record (149-83) includes five seasons at Springville.
In other top performances reported last week:
CAIN HEATH, ALEXANDRIA: Returned two interceptions for touchdowns as Alexandria clinched its first region title since 2012 with a 56-14 win over Moody. Heath's returned the two picks 33 and 53 yards in the first half. The Valley Cubs also returned another interception for a score in the second half.
ETHAN WALKER, WALKER: Had three interceptions for 36 return yards, 10 tackles and three pass deflections in Walker's 24-0 win over Jackson-Olin. The Vikings forced nine turnovers in the win. Teammate Lane Davenport also had eight tackles an interception, his seventh pick of the season, and Alex Medina added 15 tackles to boost his total to 104 this season.
RYAN RODRIGUEZ, EAST LIMESTONE: Recorded 20 tackles in a 28-25 win over West Point. Teammate Sylvaughn Turner sealed the win with a 65-yard pass reception for the winning touchdown with 14 seconds left in the game.
JOE ROGERS, SPRING GARDEN: Had a pair of interceptions, a pass deflection and a tackle on defense and also caught an 11-yard touchdown pass in the Panthers' 52-6 victory over Woodville.
RYAN GRIDER, SCOTTSBORO: Recorded 19 tackles as the Wildcats beat Southside-Gadsden 41-39. Teammate Stephen Jackson also had 13 stops.
ISAAC HOLT, HORSESHOE BEMD: Had 18 tackles and forced a fumble in a 49-42 loss to Woodland.
CHANDLER DAVIS, NORTHVIEW: Registered 14 tackles in the Cougars' 30-28 win over Wetumpka that clinched Northview's first playoff berth in 15 years.
HUNTER GREEN, CEROKEE COUNTY: The junior linebacker had 14 tackles, including four for losses, and a sack in the Panthers’ 49-12 win over Ider.
JERVONTAY CAMERON, B.C. RAIN: Had 13 tackles in a 38-28 B.C. Rain win over Faith Academy.
ETHAN McMINN, CULLMAN: Had an interception near his own goal line, recorded 10 tackles and scored the game-winning touchdown on a 3-yard run as the Bearcats nipped Decatur 13-10.
LOGAN HURLEY, GAYLESVILLE: Posted 10 tackles, including a sack and a tackle for loss, in the Trojans' 31-7 win over Coosa Christian.
NELSON WHYTE, MONTGOMERY ACADEMY: Piled up 263 yards rushing on 13 carries and scored five touchdowns as the Eagles beat Central-Coosa 65-24. His scoring runs covered 59, 5, 67, 1 and 85 yards.
DREW HILL, HORSESHOE BEND: Ran for 211 yards and three touchdowns on 17 carries in a 49-42 loss to Woodland. Hill also caught a 20-yard TD pass and returned a kickoff for a fifth touchdown in the game.
TYSON WILLIAMS, DOTHAN: Rushed for 151 yards and two touchdowns, had two receptions for 50 yards, a long kick return and a game-sealing interception inside the 5-yard line to preserve the Tigers' 38-36 win over Carver-Montgomery. The win notched the second seed in Class 6A, Region 2 in the process.
B.J. SMALLS, HANCEVILLE: Rushed for 253 yards and four touchdowns on 28 carries in a 60-50 comeback win over Holly Pond. He had scoring runs of 8, 45 and 33 yards as Hanceville posted 30 straight points against the Broncos to seal the win. Branen Hurst also had 163 yards passing with one TD and rushed for three others in the win.
RECO HANNAH, RANDOLPH COUNTY: The senior running back rushed 15 times for 192 yards and two touchdowns and caught four passes for 41 yards and another score in his team's 35-14 win over Reeltown. The victory clinched Randolph County's first region championship since 1998.Hannah scored on runs of 41 and 42 yards and caught a 21-yard touchdown pass.
WALKER LOTT, THOMPSON: Rushed for 232 yards and threw for 106 yards to lead the Warriors past Tuscaloosa County 27-0. He scored on runs covering 58 and 89 yards and threw a 40-yard TD pass.
KOBE SMITH, WEST POINT: The workhorse had 40 rush attempts for 179 rushing yards and a touchdown in a 28-25 loss to East Limestone.
TREY HARRIS, NORTH JACKSON: Rushed for 185 yards and two touchdowns, racing 90 yards for one score and 59 yards for another, in a 45-21 win over Oneonta. Harris had 13 carries and also tossed a 65-yard TD pass.
JAELYN FLEMING, GADSDEN CITY: Rushed for 171 yards and three touchdowns on 13 carries in the Titans’ 38-33 loss to Hazel Green.
GABE OZIO, MADISON COUNTY: Returned the opening kickoff 85 yards for a touchdown, and ran for 171 yards and two scores (14, 17 yards) on 20 carries in a 49-28 win over Randolph.
IVORY STARR, CEDAR BLUFF: Rushed for 164 yards on 12 carries and scored four touchdowns (5, 27, 70, 5 yards) to lead the Class 1A Tigers to a 35-10 football victory over Section.
AUSTIN HARRIS, FAIRVIEW: Rushed for 160 yards and four touchdowns on 23 carries in a 48-15 homecoming victory over Douglas.
KOBE justice, SUSAN MOORE: The senior quarterback rushed for 176 yards and four touchdowns (4, 43, 46, 18 yards) on just 14 carries in the Bulldogs’ 40-7 win over Vinemont.
PEYTON GILLILAND, CLEVELAND: The senior quarterback had 173 yards rushing and five touchdowns (64, 5, 51, 9, 16 yards) on just 11 attempts in the Panthers’ 49-12 win over Ider. He also completed 4-of –8 passes for 69 yards.
JASHUN CAMMERON, Gaston: Rushed 16 times for 161 and two touchdowns in a 35-28 victory over Collinsville.
PACE OZMINT, GLENCOE: Scored a pair of second-half touchdowns as the Yellow Jackets rallied to beat Weaver 15-14. Ozmint finished with 123 yards rushing on 23 carries and also had seven tackles on defense.
BRANDON BARNES, GAYLESVILLE: Rushed for 130 yards and three touchdowns and teammate Derek Hill had 128 yards and one TD on 14 attempts as Gaylesville beat Coosa Christian 31-7.
CHRIS ARMSTRONG, FOLEY: Ran for 157 yards on 32 carries and scored five touchdowns to lead a 48-33 win over Theodore in a Class 7A, Region 1 game.
J.T. WISE, SAMSON: Accounted for 400 yards and six touchdowns in the Tigers' 40-20 win over Cottonwood. Wise completed 12-of-17 passes for 268 yards with three touchdowns and added 132 yards rushing and three TDs on 20 carries.
CHRISTOPHER ROBERTSON, LINDEN: Was a near perfect 10-of-11 passing for 219 yards and two touchdowns as the Patriots beat Billingsley 25-6. Robertson also rushed for one score.
MICHAEL LAMBERT, HOLLY POND: Was 19-of-33 passing for 332 yards and three touchdowns in a 60-50 loss to Hanceville.
BO NIX, SCOTTSBORO: Completed 14-of-24 passes for 291 yards and three touchdowns as the Wildcats beat Southside-Gadsden 41-39.
ZACH CUPPS, GARDENDALE: Was 16-of-26 passing for 269 yards and three TDs and scored another on a 332-yard run as the Rockets beat Fort Payne 38-28.
BLAKE JOHNSON, MONTGOMERY-CATHOLIC: Completed 18-of-32 passes for 284 yards and two TDs in a 47-23 loss to Andalusia.
RAGAN ASHLEY, FAIRVIEW: Was 11-of-19 passing for 229 yards and two touchdowns in a 48-15 win over Douglas. He also had 10 carries for 98 rushing yards and another score, and had an interception on defense.
RHETT FETNER, HANDLEY: The junior quarterback completed 10-of-15 passes for 261 yards and three touchdowns as Handley (7-1) beat Abbeville 48-14. Fetner's touchdown throws covered of 70, 25 and 27 yards.
TYREN DUPREE, CHEROKEE COUNTY: Completed 16-of-23 pass attempts for 207 yards and two touchdowns (11 and 53 yards) and also had a 15-yard touchdown run in the Warriors' 39-6 victory over Sardis.
DALEN MORRIS, BUCKHORN: Completed 10-of-17 passes for 190 yards and three touchdowns and ran for another score in a 44-7 win over Grissom.
BEN IVEY, SPRING GARDEN: Completed 5-of-6 passes for 203 yards and five touchdowns (54, 21, 11, 80 and 37 yards) in leading Spring Garden to a 52-6 victory over Woodville.
BRADY POLSON, BOB JONES: Completed 14-of-18 passes for 198 yards and four touchdowns to lead the Patriots past Huntsville 45-14.
VICTOR GARTH, AUSTIN: Had 207 yards passing – just on his four first-half touchdowns –
as the Black Bears beat Athens 55-27.
MALIK TALLEY, SCOTTSBORO: Caught 10 passes for 290 yards and three touchdowns as Scottsboro beat Southside-Gadsden 41-39. His 10 catches moved him to No. 1 for career receptions at Scottsboro, and his 290 yards is also an SHS single-game best.
DARNELL MOONEY, GADSDEN CITY: Caught nine catches for 170 yards in the Titans’ 38-33 loss to Hazel Green.
DYLAN MORTON, HOLLY POND: Caught five passes for 169 yards and three touchdowns (38, 9 and 71 yards) as the Broncos fell to Hanceville 60-50.
SAMBO WOODS, FAIRVIEW: Snared eight passes for 150 yards and two TDs in a 48-15 win over Douglas.
KYLE HAYNES, PRICEVILLE: Caught four passes for 134 yards and a touchdowns as the Bulldogs (8-0) beat Locust Fork 26-22 to clinch the Class 4A, Region 7 title for the first time in school history. Quarterback Kaleb Barker completed 9-of-10 passes for 196 yards and his 23rd TD pass on the year. Barker is now 137-of-218 for 2,177 yards and has accounted for 40 touchdowns (including 17 rushing).
MYRON MITCHELL, WALKER: Grabbed eight passes for 143 yards and a touchdowns in a 24-0 win over Jackson-Olin in Class 6A, Region 5.
LANDON PRITCHETT, MONTGOMERY CATHOLIC: Caught seven passes for 170 yards and two scores in a 46-23 loss to Andalusia.
LARRY REMBERT, McGILL-TOOLEN: Caught five passes for 159 yards and a touchdown as McGill-Toolen beat Murphy 35-28 in the 84th “Battle for the Cannon” at Mobile.
GRANT SIMMONS, SAMSON: Caught four passes for 112 yards and one touchdown in the Tigers' 40-20 win over Cottonwood.
HAYDEN TERRAL, FAIRHOPE: Kicked three field goals, 39, 32 and 19 yards, to lead the Pirates to a 23-20 win over Davidson.
NIKO RICHMOND, JACKSONVILLE: Returned a kickoff 93 yards for one score and rushed for 96 yards and four more TDs in a 47-20 win over Hokes Bluff.
JACOB GRAVES, CHEROKEE COUNTY: Returned a punt for a 59-yard touchdown and scored on a 35-yard touchdown run in the Warriors' 39-6 victory over Sardis.
CALEB JONES, HOLLY POND: Returned a kickoff 80 yards for a touchdown and added two rushing TDs in a 60-50 Holly Pond loss to Hanceville.
PAUL RUIZ, ETOWAH: Returned a punt 60 for a touchdown and caught touchdowns passes for 56 and 24 yards in the Blue Devils’ 42-0 win over Boaz.
TRENTON NASH, COLLINSVILLE: Returned a kickoff 89 yards for a touchdown in the Panthers' 35-28 loss at Gaston.
Raycom Network will televise Dothan High School (4-4) versus Carver-Montgomery (3-4) tonight in the Raycom/AHSAA Prep Football Game of the Week. The key Class 6A, Region 2 football clash at Cramton Bowl in Montgomery pits two teams fighting for No. 2 behind leader Park Crossing (7-1) for the region title.
Coach Kelvis White’s Tigers are 4-1 in region play while Coach Billy Gresham’s Wolverines are 3-2 in region play. The Thunderbirds lead Region 2 with a 5-0 record. The Thunderbirds take on Russell County Friday. Other Region 2 games have Wetumpka at Northview and Stanhope Elmore at Carroll Friday.
Kickoff is set for 7:05 p.m. tonight’s Game of the Week with Play-by-play being handled by Graham Dunn with Mike Peacock the color commentator and Kim Canova the sideline reporter. Ken Dunbar is the statistician in the booth.
The Raycom/AHSAA Game of the Week is a weekly live TV telecast over the Raycom Network in Alabama. It will run through the regular season on Thursday night and then switch to Friday night for the first four rounds of the state playoffs. Raycom will conclude is series with the Super 7 state championship games (all classes) at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa in December.
All games will be live over the Raycom TV Network on either the main channel or Raycom’s Bounce channels and the Raycom affiliate websites as well as live on Raycom’s you tube channel on the internet. Go to www.pathtotheplayoffs.com for more specific channel information. Raycom stations include WAFF TV 48 in Huntsville, WBRC TV 6 in Birmingham, WSFA TV 12 in Montgomery, WDTX TV 34 in Dothan and WTVM TV 9 in Columbus, Ga., and non-Raycom station WFNA TV 55 (Bounce) in Mobile.
The Raycom AHSAA Game of the Week crew will head to Cramton Bowl next Thursday (Oct. 15) for the Dothan vs. Carver-Montgomery Class 6A, Region 2 contest.
NFHS NETWORK FEATURES 12 AHSAA GAMES
A total of 12 AHSAA football games are currently listed to be live-streamed as part of the NFHS Network’s School Broadcast Program this weekend, beginning tonight with Lee-Huntsville vs. Arab at 7 p.m. at Arab. Eleven games are set for Friday with more expected to be posted today and tomorrow. Among tomorrow’s key games will be McGill-Toolen vs. Murphy in Mobile in a key Class 7A, Region 1 game that could decide the region champion. Florence visits Hartselle in another game to be live-streamed by Florence’s award-winning SBP team of students directed by Florence Coach Randy Bruce. Both teams are battling for second behind unbeaten Muscle Shoals in Class 6A, Region 8.
McGill-Toolen also plans to live-stream its volleyball match versus Daphne today at 5:30 p.m.
The complete list of NFHS Network games scheduled is below.
RAYCOM MEDIA AHSAA TV GAME OF THE WEEK
Thursday, Oct. 15
Dothan vs. Carver, Montgomery, Cramton Bowl (Check www.pathtotheplayoffs.com for stations in your area)
AHSAA GAMES ON THE NFHS NETWORK
THURSDAY, OCT. 15
Lee vs. Arab (Oct. 15) – http://bit.ly/1LNOJ0n
FRIDAY, OCT. 16
Murphy vs. McGill-Toolen – http://bit.ly/1PkWlHe
Albertville vs. Brewer – http://bit.ly/1MkLFYg
Cullman vs. Decatur – http://bit.ly/1GdJrJ5
Florence vs. Hartselle – http://bit.ly/1JXk6Ow (HHS)
Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa vs. Paul Bryant – http://bit.ly/1NuM4J6
Huffman vs. Shades Valley – http://bit.ly/1R2tplG
Opelika vs. Chilton County – http://bit.ly/1OprHgR
Pell City vs. Chelsea – http://bit.ly/1jhIrsQ
Robertsdale vs. Gulf Shores – link not available
Madison County vs. Randolph – http://bit.ly/1Ll5R8d
Highland Home vs. Goshen – http://bit.ly/1VJB2nQ
THURSDAY, OCT. 15
Daphne vs. McGill Toolen – link not available
RAYCOM remaining Game of the Week Schedule
Oct. 22 – Central-Phenix City vs. Enterprise, Enterprise HS Stadium
Oct. 29 – Hamilton vs. James Clemens, Madison City Stadium
Nov. 6 – First round, state playoffs (TBA)
Nov. 13 – Second round, state playoffs (TBA)
Nov. 20 – Third round, state playoffs (TBA)
Nov. 27 – Semifinals, state playoffs (TBA)
Dec. 2 – Super 7 Class 7A state finals, 7 p.m. – Bryant-Denny Stadium, Tuscaloosa
Dec. 3 – Super 7 Class 3A state finals, 11 a.m. – Bryant-Denny Stadium, Tuscaloosa
Dec. 3 – Super 7 Class 1A state finals, 3 p.m. – Bryant-Denny Stadium, Tuscaloosa
Dec. 3 – Super 7 Class 5A state finals, 7 p.m. – Bryant-Denny Stadium, Tuscaloosa
Dec. 4 – Super 7 Class 4A state finals, 11a.m. – Bryant-Denny Stadium, Tuscaloosa
Dec. 4 – Super 7 Class 2A state finals, 3 p.m. – Bryant-Denny Stadium, Tuscaloosa
Dec. 4 – Super 7 Class 6A state finals, 7 p.m. – Bryant-Denny Stadium, Tuscaloosa
J. B. Wallace
Mark Freeman, Thompson High School
Brent Hubbert, Maplesville High School
Jerry Hood, Clay-Chalkville High School
Paul Benefield, Fyffe High School
Eric Cohu, Madison Academy
J. B. Wallace, Florence High School
Chris Yeager, Mountain Brook High School
Steve Mask, Saint Paul's Episcopal School
Victories have been hard to come by for Class 3A Hanceville in 2015. That changed last weekend when the Bulldogs (2-5) exploded for 43 first-half points and then held on to take a 50-40 win over Oakman (5-2).
Oakman came into the game with a perfect 4-0 Class 3A, Region 5 record while Hanceville came in a 1-2 in region play. The Bulldogs lived by big plays to pull the upset and grab the AHSAA Prep Spotlight for Week 7 of the prep football season.
Hanceville Coach Danny Miller told the Cullman Times: “I don’t know if I’ve ever been a part of a team that scored 43 points in a half. And I’m not sure if I’ve ever been on a team that scored 50 points and only won by 10. I am extremely proud of those guys.”
Isaac Weissand set the pace with a 34-yard interception return for a touchdown on the game’s first play from scrimmage. The offense got on board on its first offensive play when Branen Hurst connected with Kaine Yates for a 78-yard touchdown.
Hurst finished 10-of-15 passing for 284 yards and three touchdowns – including a 52-yarder to Weissend. Running back B.J. Smalls added 211 yards rushing on 15 carries with two TDs coming on runs of 72 and 70 yards.
PIEDMONT’S SMITH NOTCHES 100TH: Running back Darnell Jackson rushed for 170 yards and three touchdowns, and Bayley Blanchard returned a punt 34 yards for a TD as Piedmont (6-1) beat Cedar Bluff 35-0 – the 100th win for the Bulldogs under current head coach Steve Smith. Smith, 185-68 overall, is 100-23 at Piedmont, is in his 21st season as a head coach. He was 85-45 at Cedar Bluff in 11 seasons.
BARKER GOES OVER 3,000 YARDS: Priceville senior quarterback Kaleb Parker was 16-of-19 passing for 265 yards and three TDs as Coach Dirk Strunk’s Bulldogs (7-0) remained unbeaten with a 42-14 win over Good Hope. Barker, a senior, also rushed for 66 yards and another TD on five carries to improve his season total offense to 3,163 yards and 38 touchdowns accounted for – and Class 4A Priceville, 5-0 in Region 7, is off to its best start in school history. Barker is 128-of-208 passing this season with 1,981 yards and 22 TDs to six different receivers. He has also rushed 110 times for 1,182 yards and 16 scores. Leading receiver Kyle Haynes had five catches for 123 yards and one TD in the Good Hope win.
In other top performances reported for Week 7:
GABE ORIO, MADISON COUNTY: Ran for 340 yards and five touchdowns in a 53-40 win over Douglas.
RECO HANNAH, RANDOLPH COUNTY: The senior running rushed for 299 yards and five touchdowns on 25 carries in the Tigers' 49-12 win over LaFayette Friday. Hannah has scored 19 total touchdowns (on offense, defense and special teams) in his past four games for Randolph County (7-0).
DESMON TURNER, FORT PAYNE: Had 406 all-purpose yards and four touchdowns in Fort Payne’s 38-21 victory against Scottsboro. He rushed for 216 yards on 38 carries with three touchdowns, caught two passes for 71 yards and a touchdown and had four kick returns for 119 yards. Teammate Tyler Ellis was 8-of-11 passing for 142 yards and two TDs in the win.
JAY JOHNSON, EUFAULA: Rushed for 285 yards on 24 carries with three touchdowns in a 47-28 win over Charles Henderson.
NICK KRITNER, SATSUMA: Rushed for 251 yards and three touchdowns on 18 carries in a 35-19 win over Cottage Hill Christian. His scoring runs covered 32, 60 and 50 yards.
DAKOTA LAMBERT, SPRING GARDEN: Gained 200 yards on just 12 rush attempts and scored four touchdowns (34, 25, 52, 41 yards) to lead the Panthers past Jacksonville Christian 61-21. Teammate Quintin Downey added 146 yards on 13 carries and scored two touchdowns.
JORDAN BENTLEY, GUNTERSVILLE: Had 26 carries for 240 yards and four touchdowns – boosting his career TD total to 94 – and the Wildcats (7-0) won over Fairview 45-0 to notch their 25th straight regular-season game in a row.
DEION DOZIER, DOTHAN: Rushed for 211 yards on 32 carries with one touchdown and scored the game-ending two-point conversion in the Tigers' 43-42 double overtime Class 6A win over arch-rival Northview.
RODERICK MELTON, NORTHVIEW: Had 180 yards rushing and three touchdowns on 26 carries and added three pass receptions for 20 yards and fourth TD in the 43-42 two-overtime loss to Dothan.
JERROD KEYES, OAK GROVE: Rushed for 224 yards and three TDs in a 35-29 win over Sipsey Valley.
JOSHUA LACEY, VIGOR: Ran for 200 yards and a touchdown as Vigor beat Faith Academy 33-7.
STEFAN CALDWELL, ELBA: Had eight carries for 195 yards and four touchdowns in a 46-13 Class 2A win over Luverne.
DESHON COWLING, PIKE COUNTY: Rushed for 171 yards and three touchdowns on just 12 carries and returned a punt 70 yards for a touchdown in the unbeaten Bulldogs' 47-8 win over Wicksburg. The Panthers’ TD was the first points scored versus Coach Fred Holland’s Pike County defense all season. The Bulldogs (6-0) have outscored opponents 318-8 on the year.
LEMUEL DANTZLER, COLUMBIA: Ran for 191 yards and three touchdowns (19, 5, 25 yards) on 11 carries in a 62-21 win over St. John Paul II.
WILL COX, BAYSIDE ACADEMY: Totaled 168 yards rushing and four touchdowns in Bayside Academy’s 42-32 Class 3A win over Hillcrest-Evergreen 42-32.
AUSTIN BUSH, GLENCOE: Rushed 16 times for 155 yards and two touchdowns in the Yellow Jackets’ 21-7 victory over Ohatchee.
ADAM BROWNER, NEW HOPE: Ran for 150 yards and two touchdowns on 19 carries and threw for 100 yards in a 17-0 win over North Sand Mountain.
BRANDON BARNES, GAYLESVILLE: Rushed for 155 yards and two touchdowns on 19 carries and had five tackles on defense in the Trojans' 37-28 victory at Woodville.
JOHN MICHAEL DYE, VINEMONT: Helped the Eagles post their first win of the season with 154 yards rushing and three touchdowns on 25 carries in a 29-25 win over Holly Pond.
TROY YOUNG, MOBILE CHRISTIAN: Had 154 yards rushing and three touchdowns in a 42-41 double-overtime win over Flomaton. His 4-yard TD run with 59 seconds remaining in regulation sent the game to overtime.
LEONARD JOHNSON, HAYDEN: Scored on the first carry of the game on an 80-yard run and finished with 220 tandem yards in the Wildcats’ 32-7 win over Springville. Johnson finished with 102 yards rushing on seven carries, caught two passes for 50 yards and returned an interception 70 yards in the final period for another TD.
TRE’ NATION, LEEDS: Rushed for 135 yards and three TDs in a 59-0 win over Dadeville to become the Green Waves’ career rushing leader.
HUNTER GRANT, WEST END: Completed 24-of-44 passes for 393 yards and three touchdowns in the Patriots’ 44-36 loss to Gaston.
TY PIGROME, CLAY-CHALKVILLE: Accounted for 354 yards total offense as the unbeaten and defending 6A state-champion Cougars to a 52-14 win over Shades Valley. He passed for 217 yards and four TDs and rushed for 137 yards.
DRAMARCUS WATFORD, MURPHY: Led the Class 7A Panthers past Foley 37-17 completing 16-of-26 passes for 270 yards and two touchdowns.
MALIK CUNNINGHAM, PARK CROSSING: The junior completed 15-of-25 passes for 241 yards and four touchdowns in the Thunderbirds’ 48-27 victory over G.W. Carver. He also ran 14 times for 63 yards and a fifth touchdown.
MATT HIOTT, BIBB COUNTY: Was 14-of-18 passing for 243 yards and two touchdowns in Bibb County’s 24-21 win over Montevallo.
JORDAN DOUGLAS, GASTON: Completed 11-of-14 passes for 212 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for 119 yards on 19 carries in the Bulldogs’ 44-36 win over West End.
MATTHEW SAUTER, COLUMBIA: Was 21-of-30 passes for 236 yards and a TD as Columbia beat St. John Paul II Catholic 62-21. Sauter also rushed for a score.
MATT HARPER, HACKLEBURG: The junior quarterback piled up 356 total yards to guide the unbeaten Panthers (7-0) to a 50-6 win over Vina. Harper was 11-of-13 passing for 196 yards and two scores, and rushed nine times for 150 yards and three scores. He also ran for two 2-point conversions.
PRESTING HERRING, ARITON: Completed 16-of-21 passes for 209 yards and four touchdowns, leading the Purple Cats to a game-winning touchdown drive late in a 41-38 win over Houston Academy.
TYREN DUPREE, CHEROKEE COUNTY: Completed 8-of-13 pass attempts for 207 yards and three touchdowns (81, 31, 9 yards) in the Warriors' 49-10 victory over Crossville.
BARTON LESTER, MONTGOMERY ACADEMY: The senior completed 7-of-9 passes for 107 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for 145 yards on 12 carries with another TD as the Eagles beat Midfield 35-26.
ANDRE LITTLE, WEST END: Caught nine passes for 140 yards and one touchdown in the Patriots’ 44-36 loss to Gaston.
WILL MOORE, BIBB COUNTY: Had five receptions for 127 yards and one TD in the Choctaws’ 24-21 win over Montevallo.
QUARTEZ HENDERSON, CHEROKEE COUNTY: Caught three passes for 124 yards, including and 81-yard touchdown, in the Warriors' 49-10 win over Crossville.
ROB ENGLISH, ELBA: Was in on 17 tackles, including one sack, and also recovered a fumble in the Tigers' 46-13 win over Luverne.
DEREK HILL, GAYLESVILLE: Posted 13 tackles, two assists, four tackles for loss, two pressures, two forced fumbles and returned two fumbles for touchdowns, added a 75-yard punt return for a touchdown in the Trojans’ 37-28 win over Woodville. Hill also rushed for 122 yards on 13 carries as Gaylesville posted its first win of the season.
JEVONTE LEE, NORTHVIEW: Returned an interception 68 yards for a touchdown and recovered a fumble in the end zone to prevent a Dothan score in the Cougars’ 43-42 double overtime loss to the Tigers.
JUSTIN PATTERSON, CULLMAN: Had 11 tackles, including two sacks for minus-25 yards, in a 14-13 loss to Hartselle.
TUFFY CASEY, ARITON: Totaled a team-high 10 tackles and also caught two touchdown passes in the Purple Cats' 41-38 win over Houston Academy.
JEREMAH KING, LEE-HUNTSVILLE: Made 10 tackles and picked off a pass in the end zone with 1:54 remaining to preserve in a 21-16 win over Southside-Gadsden.
GARRETT BOLAND, VINEMONT: Intercepted two passes and broke up two others in a 29-25 win over Holly Pond. He also had 125 yards total offense at quarterback.
VINCENT BURRELL, BESSEMER CITY: Recorded 10 tackles, including two sacks, and had two interceptions in the Tigers’ 59-0 win over Selma. He returned one pick for a TD.
KEENAN JERNIGAN, NORTHVIEW: Had 19 tackles, including one sack, in the Cougars’ 43-42 loss to Dothan.
REED BLANKENSHIP, WEST LIMESTONE: Scored on a 25-yard fumble return and also had an interception in a 54-28 win over East Lawrence. The two-way standout also scored on a 15-yard catch and 37-yard run
RICKYI HALL, PROVIDENCE CHRISTIAN: Recorded 15 tackles, including three for losses, in a 29-14 loss to G.W. Long.
JEREMY STANDFIELD, HAYDEN: The senior linebacker totaled 11 tackles, including two sacks, in a 32-7 win over Springville. Senior Teammate Coltin Shirley also had seven tackles and an 83-yard fumble return for a touchdown.
THOMAS WIRTZFIELD, CEDAR BLUFF: Returned a fumble 87 yards for a touchdown in the Tigers' 69-0 homecoming win over Coosa Christian.
MATTHEW QUINN, SPANISH FORT: The freshman kicked two fourth-quarter field goals, including a 27-yarder as time expired, to lead the Toros past Blount 41-38.
ALEX ORTIGOZA, BIBB COUNTY: Booted a 39-yard field goal on the last play of the game to lift the Choctaws past previously unbeaten Montevallo 24-21.
VELUS JONES, SARALAND: Scored on a 68-yard pass on his first touch of the game and followed with a 77-yard kickoff return for a TD on his second touch as Saraland beat Baldwin County 56-35. Jones finished with 233 all-purpose yards and four touchdowns in the win.
KYRIQ McDONALD, JAMES CLEMENS: Blocked a punt and returned it 22 yards for the go-ahead touchdown in the third quarter of a 13-7 win over Gadsden City.
MALIK TALLEY, SCOTTSBORO: Returned a kickoff 97 yards for a touchdown and caught two TD passes for all Scottsboro’s scores in a 38-21 loss to Fort Payne. The kickoff return was the second longest in school history, according to SHS historian Greg Bell, and the TD receptions made him the school career leader (14).
ILLAIR GARCIA, GERALDINE: Kicked a 35-yard field goal with five minutes remaining in the fourth quarter to lift the Bulldogs past Sand Rock 9-7.
DALTON PARKS, DAR: Returned a kickoff 85 yards for a TD and added three rushing touchdowns in a 43-26 win over Locust Fork.