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10th annual Champions Challenge Madison Academy Nips Leeds 19-14 In Battle of Defending State Champs

     Madison Academy edged Leeds in the battle of defending state champions Friday night – beating Leeds 19-14 in the AHSAA’s 10th annual Champions Challenge prep football classic at Cramton Bowl.
     The game hosted by the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association (AHSADCA), was the first of three in the classic to be played at Cramton Bowl this weekend and officially opened the 2015 AHSAA football season.  Saturday’s double-header kicks off at 5 p.m. Saturday with 2014 Class 3A playoff semifinalists Glencoe and Gordo at 5 p.m., followed by Carver-Montgomery and Bob Jones in the big school finale at 7:30.
     All games are being televised live by AHSAA TV partner Raycom Media over its Raycom affiliates’ D-2 channels. At WSFA TV 12 in Montgomery the games can be found on the NBC station’s Bounce Channel. The AHSAA Radio Network is also broadcasting the games live over the internet. See www.ahsaa.com for the link.
     Coach Eric Cohu’s Class 3A state champion Mustangs (1-0) extended their current winning to 15 games with the win over the Class 4A Green Wave (0-1), which had a seven-game winning streak snapped in the process.  Leeds beat Madison Academy 28-24 to open last season – ending the Mustangs’ 25-game win streak at the time. Coach Keith Etheredge’s team went on to finish 14-1 and win the Class 4A state title at Auburn University’s Jordan-Hare Stadium last December in the Super 7 state finals. Madison Academy won its next 14 games to also finish 14-1 and won the 3A state title at AU for its third state crown in a row.
     Madison Academy’s punishing ground game dominated the first half and then sealed the victory by grinding out a 19-play drive that started at the Mustangs’ own 20-yard line and ended up at the Leeds 16 to eat up the final 8:20 of the game.
      The Mustangs had the ball for all but four plays in the first quarter and for 29 of the 47 plays in the first 24 minutes.  Still, the Green Wave was still tied 0-0 until Kishawn Matthews’ 5-yard run at 7:29 of the second period gave MA the lead 7-0.  Senior running back Malik Miller was the workhorse with 146 yards rushing on 24 carries made it 13-0 with a 15-yard TD run with 3:10 to go in the half.
     Coach Keith Etheredge’s Green Wave did mount some offense late in the second quarter and carried that momentum into the second half behind senior Tre’ Nation picking up most of game-high 211 yards rushing in the second half. He had 24 carries and scored both Leeds touchdowns on runs of 2 and 9 yards.  His final TD came with 8:20 to play, setting up MA’s final march.
     Quarterback Grayson Edgmon was 10-of-13 passing for 200 yards for the Mustangs. His 19-yard TD pass to Cole Tomlinson on fourth down with 22 seconds left in the third period turned out to be the play of the game.
      Tomlinson finished with four catches for 67 yards and Jaelin Ferdinand added three grabs for 72 yards.
     Madison Academy ran 53 offensive plays for 353 total yards. Leeds had 39 rushes for 235 yards. The Green Wave did not complete a pass.
    Robbie Orfield led Madison Academy on defense with nine tackles including two sacks.  Tomlinson had seven and Bronson Schad, seven.   Kori Freeman led Leeds with eight tackles while Nation,  Josephus Smith and Alex Nickell had seven each.
    The Mustangs won the time of possession battle keeping the ball for 28:12 and Leeds for just 19:48.

10th Annual Champions Challenge Set for Cramton Bowl Friday, Saturday

            Six high schools, including two defending state champions and two 2014 semifinalists, will play Friday night and Saturday at Cramton Bowl as the 10th annual Champions Challenge officially kicks off the 2015 prep football season for the Alabama High School Athletic Association.
            The head coaches and selected players gathered at the AHSAA Tuesday for the Champions Challenge press conference. Media on hand came in early for the annual AHSAA Media Day. Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange was on hand to welcome the media there to cover the press conference.
           Three-time defending Class 3A state champion Madison Academy  will be riding a 14-game winning streak into Friday night’s Champions Challenge opener against defending Class 4A state champion Leeds.  Kickoff will be at 7 p.m.  The Mustangs lost to the Green Wave 27-24 in the season opener last season at Huntsville – a loss that snapped a 25-game winning streak.
          Coach Eric Cohu’s team rebounded to win 14 in a row, beating Glencoe 31-28 on a last-second field goal in the Class 3A semifinals and then beat Dale County 70-34 in the 3A championship game at Auburn University’s Jordan-Hare Stadium last December.
          Leeds won seven in a row to open the 2014 season, then lost to Dadeville 20-14, then Coach Keith Etheredge’s Green Wave reeled off seven more wins to claim their third state title since 2009 with a 30-0 triumph over Deshler in the 4A finals at Jordan-Hare.
          Etheredge, 94-32, has seen his team compile a 66-7 on-the-field record over the last five years while Cohu’s team has gone 64-7 during that same stretch. Leeds posted four shutouts in five playoff wins last season, outscoring those opponents 206-14. Madison Academy scored 722 points on the season. Cohu has a 114-22 overall record including 76-10 with the Mustangs.
          The Champions Challenge will continue on Saturday with a double-header featuring Class 3A semifinalists Glencoe and Gordo in the 5 p.m. game at Cramton Bowl and Class 6A Carver-Montgomery versus Class 7A Bob Jones in the final game at 7:30 p.m.
         Gordo , 13-1 last year, lost on the final play of its semifinal game versus Dale County  32-28. The Green Wave of Coach Ryan Lolley has compiled a 20-5 record in his two seasons as head coach. Led by linebacker Ben Davis, Gordo touts a strong defensive team – reflective of the school’s storied history dating back to its first season in 1915. The Green Wave has a 555-348-32 record overall during that span. Glencoe, which fielded its first team in 1922, is 491-381-26 overall with Coach Lee Ozmint’s Yellow Jackets compiling a 45-16 record over the last five seasons.
         Carver-Montgomery won the Class 6A, Region 2 title last season and finished 9-3 overall in 2014. The Wolverines have gone 38-12 in Coach Billy Gresham’s four seasons as head coach and are 46-16 over the last five seasons.  Bob Jones, 8-3 in 2014, finished second in Class 7A, Region 8 behind region winner Gadsden City.  The Patriots fell to Tuscaloosa County in the state playoffs last year 28-21.
        Coach Kevin Rose, who joined the Bob Jones staff in 2008, has been head coach the last seven seasons compiling a 57-15 record which ties for second among 7A schools during that span. Only defending 7A champion Hoover has won more games in that span.
         The Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association (AHSADCA) hosts the series, which played its first Champions Challenge at Cramton Bowl in 2006.
          Last year was the first year that schools have had 11 weeks to play 10 games and the first year for the new seven-classification system. Schools still have a choice whether to count any week one contest as a regular-season or jamboree contest. The Carver-Bob Jones and Gordo-Glencoe games will remain as exhibition games and will not count on either team's record since all four already have 10 regular-season games scheduled.  The Leeds vs. Madison Academy clash will be a regular-season game. Both schools will have 10 weeks to play their remaining nine games.
         All six schools are taking the playoff-type approach, however. “Our kids were really devastated with the season ended like it did last year,” Gordo’s Lolley said. “We are a hungry team. I am sure Glencoe felt the same way. We feel this is such a big honor to be able to kick off the season in the Champions Challenge on such a big stage.”
        The 2015 Champions Challenge will be televised live and web-streamed by AHSAA TV partner Raycom Media. Stations in the network can be found at www.ahsaa.com. The AHSAA Radio Network will also broadcast all three games live. The AHSAA Radio Network affiliates can also be found at www.ahsaa.com.  Live stats will also be available online at www.ahsaa.com.
        The Champions Challenge schedule is:

        Friday, August 21 – 7 p.m.: Madison Academy (14-1) vs. Leeds (14-1)
        Saturday, August 22 – 5 p.m.: Glencoe (13-1) vs. Gordo (13-1)

        Saturday, August 22 – 7:30 p.m.: Carver-Montgomery (9-3) vs. Bob Jones (8-3)

CHAMPIONS CHALLENGE HISTORY

2014
Spanish Fort 42, Stanhope Elmore 14
Opelika 20, Carver-Montgomery 16
Dadeville 14, Piedmont 8
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 Beats South 14-13 in 56th All-Star Football Game

    MONTGOMERY -- The North All-Stars captured the 56th AHSAA All-Star Football Game at Cramton Bowl Friday night with a 14-13 victory over the South. The South now holds a 30-24-2 edge in the series that dates back to 1948.
    Two first-quarter goal-line stands by the North defense limited the South to just two field goals and a blocked punt in South territory in late in the third quarter set up the winning touchdown drive.
     Trailing 13-7 with 2:25 remaining in the third period, Mortimer Jordan defensive end Dontrez Green blocked a South punt and then tackled South blocker Wade Castle of Dale County from behind to set up the North’s game-winning drive at the South 40-yard line. 
     North MVP, quarterback Blake Hawkins of Florence, directed a nine-play drive that climaxed with his second touchdown of the game with 8:29 remaining. Hawkins scooted in from the 8-yardf line to tie the game at 13-13 and place-kicker Enrique Aquilar kicked the extra point to put the North ahead for good.
    North head coach Lamar Harris of Hubbertville turned to his defense to keep the South out of the end zone, and the offense ate up 7:55 of the final 10 minutes with ball-control drives to seal the win.
    Hawkins finished with 39 yards rushing on nine carries and was 5-of-9 passing for 28 yards to earn North MVP honors.
      South MVP Wendell Harris of Foley had three interceptions, including a 37-yard pick in the second quarter he returned for a touchdown that put the South ahead 13-7.  His first interception came on the second play of the game at the North 44-yard line and set up a 20-yard Jose Mendoza field goal four minutes later.
     The big play offensively on that South march was a 33-yard pass connection to Hillcrest-Evergreen receiver Keyshawn Green from Charles Henderson quarterback Austin Ingram to the  1-yard line. The North goal-line defense stuffed the South on three straight downs with Muscle Shoals defensive lineman Hollis Abernathy nailing Montgomery Catholic running back Thomas Stokes for as 2-yard loss and the South settled for Mendoza’s field goal with 5:36 remaining in the period.
    The place-kicker from Foley set up his second field goal with an onside kick on the ensuing kickoff that was recovered by Castle. He capped the drive with the 25-yard field goal two minutes later to give the South a 6-0 lead.  He hit the upright on a 37-yard try in the third period that bounced away and finished 2-of-3.
    The North took the lead quickly 7-6 in the second quarter marching 79 yards on 11 plays. Fyffe’s Austin Stiefel  reeled off a 36-yard run, and Hawkins followed with a 10-yard  to set up his 1-yard keeper over left guard  for the touchdown.  Enrique Aquilar kicked the extra point to put the North ahead with 8:29 left in the half.
     The North netted 134 yards rushing on 36 carries and 46 passing for 180 yards total. Stiefel was the game’s leading rusher with 69 yards on 11 carries, and Moregan Sharp of Pelham added 38 on 10 carries. 
    The South totaled  114 yards with only 17 rushing.  Isiah Long of Dothan led the South, head-coached by Billy Gresham of Carver-Montgomery, with 22 yards on five carries.  Ingram finished 11-of-28 passing for 97 yards with four receivers, LaDarrell Pettway of Spanish Fort, Lazarius Head of Elmore County, Johnny Williams of Northview and Khaliq Jones of Wetumpka grabbing two catches each.
     Ke’Vontae Hayes of Decatur led the North defensive with five tackles. Blake Wood of Wilson added four stops with three for losses of 20 yards. 
    Harris added two tackles and broke up one pass in the end zone to go with his three picks.  Jason Williams of Notasulga and Maurice Cole of Spanish Fort had eight tackles each for the South.

AHSAA to Take Extra Heat Precautions For 56th North-South All-Star Football Game

     The 56th AHSAA North-South All-Star football game at Cramton Bowl Friday night will include special heat safety precautions, Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association director Alvin Briggs announced Thursday.
     The changes will include two heat timeouts per quarter and shortening each period from 12 minutes to 10.
     “We want to keep the game as safe for the players as possible,” Briggs said.
     The teams have conducted workouts around the heat all week – with a morning workout starting at 8:30 a.m., and night practices at 7 p.m. During the peak heat of the day, the players have been treated to special festivities including a trip to the Hyundai Assembly Plant Thursday afternoon.
     The South comes into the contest with a two-game winning streak in the series which started in 1948.  Teams are comprised of 74 AHSAA member-school graduated seniors from the Class of 2015.
      Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. Friday night at Cramton Bowl. Lamar Harris is serving as the North team head coach and Billy Gresham of Carver-Montgomery is the South head coach.  Tickets will be available at the Cramton Bowl box office.
      The NFHS Network is video live-streaming the game and the AHSAA Radio Network is broadcasting the contest over its network. Check
www.ahsaa.com for details.
       The game is conducted by the AHSADCA, which operates under the auspices of the Alabama High School Athletic Association. Membership includes coaches of all sports and administrators of AHSAA member schools.
       The year-by-year history of the North-South football series is below.

NORTH-SOUTH FOOTBALL ALL-STAR
CLASSIC YEAR-BY-YEAR (1948-2014)

(Overall Series: South leads 30-23-2)


At Cramton Bowl, Montgomery
2014—South 20, North 12

2013—South 22, North 21

2012—North 34, South 12
2010—North 14, South 7

2011—South 37, North 33

Alabama A&M, Huntsville

2010—North 14, South 7

2009—North 14, South 7

2008—South 12, North 0

2007—South 10, North 0

At Troy University

2005—(December) – South 16, North 7

2004— (December) – North 7, South 3

At All-Star Sports Week

Cramton Bowl, Montgomery

2004—North 17, South 7

2003—South 17, North 10

2002—South 34, North 0

2001—North 6, South 3

2000—North 17, South 0

1999—South 10, North 7

1998—South 21, North 0

1997—South 14, North 0

At Auburn

Jordan-Hare Stadium

1984—North 21, South 20 (1A-2A)

At Tuscaloosa

Bryant-Denny Stadium

1984—South 7, North 6 (3A-4A)

1983—South 34, North 7

1982—North 3, South 0

1981—North 14, South 6

1980—South 20, North 7

1979—South 3, North 0

1978—South 21, North 14

1977—South 17, North 7

1976—South 14, North 6

1975—North 7, South 6

1973—North 22, South 15

1972—South 14, North 13

1971—North 9, South 7

1970—South 13, North 9

1969—South 16, North 0

1968—South 27, North 7

1967—South 14, North 10

1966—North 13, South 7

1965—North 13, South 6

1964—South 34, North 7

1963—North 20, South 6

1962—South 20, North 14

1961—South 13, North 0

1960—North 7, South 0

1959—North 10, South 7

1958—South 20, North 6

1957—North 12, South 7

1956—South 0, North 0 (tie)

1955—North 26, South 7

1954—North 7, South 6

1953—South 26, North 0

1952—North 7, South 7 (tie)

1951—South 31, North 0

1950—South 12, North 7

1949—North 7, South 6

1948—North 33, South 0


North-South Rosters Finalized with 3 Additions As Teams Prepare for 56th All-Star Classic

       Two linemen and one wide receiver were the latest additions to the South squad head-coached by Carver-Montgomery’s Billy Gresham. The North and South worked out Wednesday morning and were scheduled for s 7 p.m. workout Wednesday night.
      Lazarius Head of Elmore County filled the vacant wide receiver spot while Montgomery linemen Tawanya Carter of R.E. Lee and Jemicha Perdue of Gresham’s own Wolverines also reported Tuesday.
      The South, which is practicing at Trinity Presbyterian School, has won the last games in the series that dates back to 1948 and holds a 30-23-2 edge. The North is practicing at St. James High School.  Thursday morning, the North is scheduled to practice at Cramton Bowl at 8:30 and the South will be at Cramton Bowl for its 7 p.m. practice.
      The game remained at Tuscaloosa from 1948-1983 and in 1984, two games were played. The large-school (3A-4A) game was at Tuscaloosa and the small-school (1A-2A) game was played at Auburn.   The Classic was discontinued from 1985-1996 – resurfacing when the All-Star Sports Week and Summer Conference began in 1997 in Montgomery. It remained at Cramton Bowl from 1997-2004, moved to Troy University in 2005, then to Huntsville’s Alabama A& M University from 2007-2010. It returned to Montgomery’s Cramton Bowl in 2011 where it has been played ever since.
      The game, which kicks off at 7 p.m. Friday night, will be live-streamed over the NFHS Network and will be broadcast live over the AHSAA Radio Network. Check
www.ahsaa.com for more details. The NFHS Network will also live-stream all six North-South all-star competitions including baseball, softball, girls’ and boys’ soccer, girls’ and boys’ basketball and volleyball next week, July 21-23 during the AHSAA Summer Conference.
The teams got into the competition mode Wednesday afternoon with North vs. South team bowling at Brunswick Lanes. The teams will tour the Hyundai Assembly Plant Thursday afternoon.
       The North-South football series was first played in 1948 with the North winning 33-0. The first MVPs were a pair of Decatur High School backs Joe Brewer and Bobby Golden. Bobby Marlowe of Troy and Clell Hobson of Tuscaloosa were the MVPs of the 1949 game won by the North 7-6. Marlowe, who became an All-America running back at the University of Alabama, also was  first-round draft pick of the New York Giants in the 1953 NFL Draft – the eighth player picked overall. However, he signed with the Canadian Football League where he played for the Saskatchewan Roughriders for eight seasons amassing 4,291 rushing yards and 34 touchdowns in his pro career. He was named to the CFL’s All-Decade Team.
     Hobson, the father of former major league manager and player Butch Hobson, rose all the way to AAA in a pro baseball career.
     NFL Hall of Famer Bart Starr, who prepped at Sidney Lanier, was MVP along with Jim Cunningham of Winfield in the 1952 game that ended in a 7-7 tie.  The famous Sullivan-to-Beasley passing connection earned future Heisman Trophy winner Pat Sullivan and future Auburn All-American Terry Beasley co-MVP honors.  In 1961, Banks High School’s Jimmy Sidle and Enterprise’s Gaylon McCullough were named MVPs. Sidle went on to star at quarterback for Auburn and McCollough at center for the Crimson Tide.
      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 complete 2015 North-South all-star schedule is listed below.

North-South Football                        July 17, Cramton Bowl, 7 p.m.
North-South Baseball                       July 21, Riverwalk Stadium. 4 p.m. (2 games)
North-South Softball                        July 21, Lagoon Park, 5 p.m. (2 games)
North-South Girls Soccer                 July 21, Emory Folmar Soccer Complex, 5 p.m.
North-South Boys Soccer                 July 21, Emory Folmar Soccer Complex, 7 p.m.
North-South Girls Basketball          July 22, Dunn-Oliver Acadome, 6 p.m.
North-South Boys Basketball           July 22, Dunn-Oliver Acadome, 8 p.m.
North-South Volleyball                     July 23, Cramton Bowl Multiplex, 4 p.m.

NORTH-SOUTH FOOTBALL ALL-STAR GAME MVP’S
YEAR-BY-YEAR (1948-2014)

MOST VALUABLE PLAYERS

1948—Joe Brewer, Decatur

            Bobby Golden, Decatur

1949—Clell Hobson, Tuscaloosa

            Bobby Marlow, Troy

1950—Charles Littles, Andalusia

            Roy Freeman, Decatur

1951—Charles Madison, Atmore

            Fendley Bedsole, Greensboro

1952—Bart Starr, Sidney Lanier

            Jim Cunningham, Winfield

1953—Noojin Walker, Falkville

            Nolan Moore, Florala

1954—Jerry McBee, Ensley

            Gary Snyder, Gadsden

1955—Chuck Jackson, Tuscumbia

            Toby Deese, Talladega

1956—Cecil Hurt, Woodlawn

            James Earl Hubbert, Fayette

            Don Cochran, Woodlawn

1957—Tootie Hill, Coffee

            Henry O’Steen, Anniston

1958—Bobby Hunt, Lanett

            Joe Baughan, Bessemer

1959—Butch Wilson, Hueytown

            David Watson, Eufaula

1960—Ronnie Mason, Hueytown

            Harvey Morris, Decatur

1961—Jimmy Sidle, Banks

            Gaylon McCullough, Enterprise

1962—Ashby Cook, Sidney Lanier

            Jimmy Mitchell, Decatur

1963—Gene Rayburn, Jasper

            Tom Bryan, Hartford

1964—Kenny Stabler, Foley

            Charles Harris, Murphy

1965—Junior Davis, Minor

            Bob Childs, Sidney Lanier

1966—Bobby Long, Oneonta

            Richard Grammer, Hartselle

1967—Ronnie Gunter, Chatom

            Tommy Yearout, Ramsay

1968—Pat Sullivan, John Carroll

            Terry Beasley, Robert E. Lee

1969—Steve Wade, Dothan

            Wayne Hall, Huntsville
           B. T. Law, Cherokee County

           Fred Brackett, Mary Montgomery

1970—Bucky Phillippi, T. R. Miller

            Larry McCollough, Lanett

1971—Mike Washington, Robert E. Lee

            Lee Gross, Robert E. Lee

            Rex Bramlett, West End (B’ham)

1972—David Peoples, Marion County

1973—Phil Gargis, Colbert County

            Danny Neel, Banks

1974—Johnny Davis, Sidney Lanier

            Byron McDougald, Andalusia

1975—Vince Boothe, Fairhope

            Kelsey Finch, Sheffield

1976—Rusty Byrd, Baldwin County

            Curtis McGriff, Cottonwood

1977—Tim Hill, Cherokee County

            Byron Braggs, Carver (Mtgy.)

1978—Thomas Brown, Jeff Davis

            Thomas Boyd, Lee (Huntsville)

1979—Bruce Thompson, Lee (Huntsville)

            Joe Rowe, Robert E. Lee

1980—Sam DeJarnette, Selma

            Linzal Chapman, Enterprise

1981—Ricky Moore, Lee (Huntsville)

            Hardy Walker, Grissom

            Tandy Rogers, Parker

1982—Cameron Mims, Hartselle

            Willie Pless, Anniston

1983—Cornelius Bennett, Ensley

            Phillip Brown, Parker

            Tommy Compton, Vigor

            Lydell Mitchell, Vigor

1984—Anthony Looney, Ashville (1A-2A)

            John Tucker, Handley (1A-2A)

            Darryl Pearson, Southern Choctaw (1A-2A)

            Larry Ashley, Geneva (1A-2A)

            Joe Mickles, Gardendale (3A-4A)

            Tommy Cole, Walker (3A-4A)

            Boobie Nathan, B. C. Rain (3A-4A)

            Willie Shephard, Blount (3A-4A)

1997—Rajohn Myles, Clay County

           Jeffery Aaron, Jeff Davis

1998—Gerald Gayles, Jackson-Olin

            David Morris, McGill-Toolen

1999—Victor Horn, Huntsville

            Kennard Williams, B. C. Rain

2000—Derrion Gee, Pelham

             Demarcus Rodgers, Southern Choctaw

2001—Dustin Dunning, Hoover
            Zach Woodfin, Prattville
2002--George Summers, North Jackson
         Quinton Griffin, Stanhope Elmore

2003—Durrell Fuqua, Russellville
            Roderiquez Wright, Jeff Davis
2004—Trent Dean, Decatur
           Ty Griswold, Prattville

2004 – (December) Tim Rawlinson, Prattville
            Max Lerner, Hoover

2005 – (December) Roosevelt Byrd, Foley
            Zach Smith, Susan Moore

2007 – James Jackson, Pike County

            Erich Crowson, Madison Academy
2008 – Darrell Reynolds, Pike County

            Pabloe Makepeace, Red Bay

2009 – Armadeus “Dez” Polk of Speake

             Trenere Johnson, Daphne

2010 -- Justin Evans, Midfield

            Taylor Hughes, Chilton County
2011 –  Kyle Caldwell, Dadeville
             Montale Hale, North Jackson

2012 –  Jacob Thomas, Clay-Chalkville
             Barnard McGhee, Dothan
2013 –  Alphonso Stewart, Robertsdale
             NK’Vsante Williams, Decatur

2014 –  Montel Lee, Andalusia
             Jermarcus Brown, Pickens County


Players Added To North-South Rosters For Friday’s 56th North-South All-Star Game

       Some roster changes became necessary Monday as the North-South All-Star squads reported to Montgomery to begin preparation for the 56th annual All-Star Football Game. The game is set 7 p.m. Friday night at Montgomery’s Cramton Bowl.
      The game will be live-streamed over the NFHS Network and will be broadcast live over the AHSAA Radio Network. Check
www.ahsaa.com for more details.
      Three players were added on the North squad and four on the South squad, according to Alvin Briggs, Director of the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association (AHSADCA). The changes were necessary when some players withdrew for personal reasons.
      For the South team coached by Carver-Montgomery High School head coach Billy Gresham, defensive back Anthony Scott of Baldwin County, defensive lineman Kelvin Temple of Jeff Davis, offensive lineman Arrington Gilbert of Wetumpka and offensive lineman Daviun Belser were added. All had joined the team Tuesday afternoon.
      Not reporting were Spanish Fort defensive back Morgan Baker, Pike County defensive lineman Isaac Nickson, Theodore offensive lineman Ezekiel Mayblen, Greenville wide receiver Raheem Moore and Northview offensive lineman Bryce Sadler.
     Added to the North roster were Hubbertville linebacker Nathan Young, Oak Mountain linebacker Riley Fowler and Fultondale kicker Enrique Aguilar. Withdrawing from the game Monday was linebacker Carson Styles of Bob Jones.
      The teams had their first practice Monday night with the South at Trinity Presbyterian High School and the North at St. James High School football facilities. The teams also practiced early Tuesday morning and again Tuesday night.  The players and coaches enjoyed a fellowship at Montgomery’s Alley and Dreamland Barbecue Tuesday afternoon and will tour the Hyundai Assembly Plant Wednesday afternoon.

       The South holds a 30-23-2 edge in the North-South series which began in 1948. The South won 20-12 last year.
B.T. Washington, Tim Perry of Wetumpka and Michael Summers of Alabama Christian, who will serve as administrative coach.
        Updated numerical North-South rosters can be found at
www.ahsaa.com at the following link: 
http://www.ahsaa.com/Coaches-ADs/AHSADCA/All-Star-Sports-Weeks/2015-All-Star-Games

         The NFHS Network will live-stream all six North-South all-star competitions including baseball, softball, girls’ and boys’ soccer, girls’ and boys’ basketball and volleyball next week, July 21-23 during the AHSAA Summer Conference. More than 4,000 coaches, administrators and contest officials will be in Montgomery July 21-25 for the annual AHSAA summer meeting.
            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 complete 2015 North-South all-star schedule is listed below.

North-South Football                        July 17, Cramton Bowl, 7 p.m.
North-South Baseball                       July 21, Riverwalk Stadium. 4 p.m. (2 games)
North-South Softball                        July 21, Lagoon Park, 5 p.m. (2 games)
North-South Girls Soccer                 July 21, Emory Folmar Soccer Complex, 5 p.m.
North-South Boys Soccer                 July 21, Emory Folmar Soccer Complex, 7 p.m.
North-South Girls Basketball          July 22, Dunn-Oliver Acadome, 6 p.m.
North-South Boys Basketball           July 22, Dunn-Oliver Acadome, 8 p.m.
North-South Volleyball                     July 23, Cramton Bowl Multiplex, 4 p.m.

NORTH-SOUTH FOOTBALL ALL-STAR
CLASSIC YEAR-BY-YEAR (1948-2014)

(Overall Series: South leads 30-23-2)


At Cramton Bowl, Montgomery
2014—South 20, North 12

2013—South 22, North 21

2012—North 34, South 12
2010—North 14, South 7

2011—South 37, North 33

Alabama A&M, Huntsville

2010—North 14, South 7

2009—North 14, South 7

2008—South 12, North 0

2007—South 10, North 0

At Troy University

2005—(December) – South 16, North 7

2004— (December) – North 7, South 3

At All-Star Sports Week

Cramton Bowl, Montgomery

2004—North 17, South 7

2003—South 17, North 10

2002—South 34, North 0

2001—North 6, South 3

2000—North 17, South 0

1999—South 10, North 7

1998—South 21, North 0

1997—South 14, North 0

At Auburn

Jordan-Hare Stadium

1984—North 21, South 20 (1A-2A)

At Tuscaloosa

Bryant-Denny Stadium

1984—South 7, North 6 (3A-4A)

1983—South 34, North 7

1982—North 3, South 0

1981—North 14, South 6

1980—South 20, North 7

1979—South 3, North 0

1978—South 21, North 14

1977—South 17, North 7

1976—South 14, North 6

1975—North 7, South 6

1973—North 22, South 15

1972—South 14, North 13

1971—North 9, South 7

1970—South 13, North 9

1969—South 16, North 0

1968—South 27, North 7

1967—South 14, North 10

1966—North 13, South 7

1965—North 13, South 6

1964—South 34, North 7

1963—North 20, South 6

1962—South 20, North 14

1961—South 13, North 0

1960—North 7, South 0

1959—North 10, South 7

1958—South 20, North 6

1957—North 12, South 7

1956—South 0, North 0 (tie)

1955—North 26, South 7

1954—North 7, South 6

1953—South 26, North 0

1952—North 7, South 7 (tie)

1951—South 31, North 0

1950—South 12, North 7

1949—North 7, South 6

1948—North 33, South 0


Prep Football Squads Set to Report For 56th North-South All-Star Game

       North-South All-Star squads report Monday to begin preparation for the 56th All-Star Football Game set for Friday night, July 17 at Montgomery’s Cramton Bowl.
       Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. The game will be live-streamed over the NFHS Network and will be broadcast live over the AHSAA Radio Network. Check www.ahsaa.com for more details.
      Both squads, comprised of 2015 seniors, were selected by a special coaches’ committee of the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association (AHSADCA), said Alvin Briggs, the AHSADCA director.
      The teams will be housed on the campus of Auburn University-Montgomery. The North will practice at St. James High School and the South will practice at Trinity Presbyterian High School. AHSAA Hall of Fame coach Lamar Harris of Hubbertville is head coach for the North, and Carver-Montgomery’s Billy Gresham is head coach for the South.
      The game will be played the week prior to the 2015 AHSAA Summer Conference, which will be held July 21-25 at Montgomery’s Renaissance Hotel and Convention Center. North-South all-star competition for baseball, softball, boys’ and girls’ soccer, boys’ and girls’ basketball and volleyball will be held during the Summer Conference.
     
Harris became the head football coach at Class 1A Hubbertville in the fall of has been the head football coach at Hubbertville for 38 seasons -- beginning in 1979. His tenure at Hubbertville is one of the longest in Alabama high school football history. He has a 219-188 career record including 14-1 last season, best in school history. His team lost in the Class 1A state finals at Auburn’s Jordan-Hare Stadium to Maplesville in 2014. Twenty-five of his teams have advanced to the AHSAA state playoffs.
        Harris coached in the 1999 state North-South all-star football game. He was inducted into the Alabama High School Athletic Association's Hall of Fame in 2002.
        One of the AHSAA’s most versatile coaches, Harris has also served as Hubbertville’s softball coach for 16 years with three state championships and a 403-135 record. He coached girls' basketball for 23 years and captured two state titles with an overall record of 293-170. His 24 boys' basketball teams have won four area crowns. |
        Gresham Billy Gresham will be entering his fifth season as head football coach this fall. He has compiled a record of 38-12 over the last four seasons. His teams have qualified for the playoffs every year, reaching the semifinals in 2012 and quarterfinals in 2013. Carver has won two region titles (2012 and 2014) under his reign. He served as defensive coordinator for three years at Carver before being named head coach in 2011. His overall record at Carver is 69-19 as defensive coordinator and head coach. His Wolverines will open the season versus Bob Jones in the 10th annual Champions Challenge at Cramton Bowl Aug. 22.
        The South holds a 30-23-2 edge in the North-South series which began in 1948. The South won 20-12 last year.
        Five players have been added to the North roster since the team was announced in May, including Madison Academy offensive lineman John Crider, Oak Mountain linebacker Riley Fowler, Clay-Chalkville offensive lineman Tyon Hardy, Ranburne wide receiver Kyle Lovvorn and Pelham running back Morgan Sharp.
    Added to the South squad are Greenville wide receiver Raheem Moore, Hillcrest-Evergreen all-purpose athlete Keyshawn Roache and Notasulga linebacker Jason Williams.
      Coaches named to Gresham’s South staff are Deric Scott of Vigor, Nathan McDaniel of Baldwin County, Pate Harrison of Dale County, Ashley Kilcrease of Brantley, Maurice Heard of B.T. Washington, Tim Perry of Wetumpka and Michael Summers of Alabama Christian, who will serve as administrative coach.
      Named to the Harris’ North staff are Mark Hastings of Oakman, Scott Mansell of Hueytown, Larry Strain of Handley, Jason Howard of Spring Garden, Danny Miller of Hanceville, Mike Bates of Holly Pond and Darby Palmer of Alabama Christian, the North administrative coach.
      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.

        All North-South rosters can be found at www.ahsaa.com at the following link: 
http://www.ahsaa.com/Coaches-ADs/AHSADCA/All-Star-Sports-Weeks/2015-All-Star-Games

The NFHS Network will live-stream all six North-South all-star competitions.

The complete 2015 North-South all-star schedule is listed below:
North-South Football                         July 17, Cramton Bowl, 7 p.m.
North-South Baseball                        July 21, Riverwalk Stadium. 4 p.m. (2 games)
North-South Softball                         July 21, Lagoon Park, 5 p.m. (2 games)
North-South Girls Soccer                  July 21, Emory Folmar Soccer Complex, 5 p.m.
North-South Boys Soccer                 July 21, Emory Folmar Soccer Complex, 7 p.m.
North-South Girls Basketball            July 22, Dunn-Oliver Acadome, 6 p.m.
North-South Boys Basketball           July 22, Dunn-Oliver Acadome, 8 p.m.
North-South Volleyball                      July 23, Cramton Bowl Multiplex, 4 p.m.

NORTH-SOUTH FOOTBALL ALL-STAR
CLASSIC YEAR-BY-YEAR (1948-2014)

(Overall Series: South leads 30-23-2)


At Cramton Bowl, Montgomery
2014—South 20, North 12

2013—South 22, North 21

2012—North 34, South 12
2010—North 14, South 7

2011—South 37, North 33

Alabama A&M, Huntsville

2010—North 14, South 7

2009—North 14, South 7

2008—South 12, North 0

2007—South 10, North 0

At Troy University

2005—(December) – South 16, North 7

2004— (December) – North 7, South 3

At All-Star Sports Week

Cramton Bowl, Montgomery

2004—North 17, South 7

2003—South 17, North 10

2002—South 34, North 0

2001—North 6, South 3

2000—North 17, South 0

1999—South 10, North 7

1998—South 21, North 0

1997—South 14, North 0

At Auburn

Jordan-Hare Stadium

1984—North 21, South 20 (1A-2A)

At Tuscaloosa

Bryant-Denny Stadium

1984—South 7, North 6 (3A-4A)

1983—South 34, North 7

1982—North 3, South 0

1981—North 14, South 6

1980—South 20, North 7

1979—South 3, North 0

1978—South 21, North 14

1977—South 17, North 7

1976—South 14, North 6

1975—North 7, South 6

1973—North 22, South 15

1972—South 14, North 13

1971—North 9, South 7

1970—South 13, North 9

1969—South 16, North 0

1968—South 27, North 7

1967—South 14, North 10

1966—North 13, South 7

1965—North 13, South 6

1964—South 34, North 7

1963—North 20, South 6

1962—South 20, North 14

1961—South 13, North 0

1960—North 7, South 0

1959—North 10, South 7

1958—South 20, North 6

1957—North 12, South 7

1956—South 0, North 0 (tie)

1955—North 26, South 7

1954—North 7, South 6

1953—South 26, North 0

1952—North 7, South 7 (tie)

1951—South 31, North 0

1950—South 12, North 7

1949—North 7, South 6

1948—North 33, South 0


Prep Football Squads Announced For 56th North-South All-Star Game

     

North-South All-Star squads for the upcoming 56th AHSAA North-South All-Star Football Game have been selected. The two teams comprised of 2015 seniors were announced by Alvin Briggs, Director of the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association (AHSADCA) Monday.
      The North-South Game will be played Friday, July 17th  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 played the week prior to the 2015 AHSAA Summer Conference.
      Head coach for the North is Hubbertville High School Coach Lamar Harris.
South head coach is Carver-Montgomery’s Billy Gresham.
     
Harris became the head football coach at Class 1A Hubbertville in the fall of 1979 where he has remained the past 38 seasons. His tenure at Hubbertville is one of the longest of all-time in Alabama high school football history. He has a 219-188 career record including 14-1 last season, best in school history. His team lost in the Class 1A state finals at Auburn’s Jordan-Hare Stadium to Maplesville in 2014. Twenty-five of his teams have advanced to the AHSAA state playoffs.
        Harris coached in the 1999 state North-South all-star football game. He was inducted into the Alabama High School Athletic Association's Hall of Fame.
        One of the AHSAA’s most versatile coaches, Harris has also served as Hubbertville’s softball coach for 16 years with three state championships and a 403-135 record. He coached girls' basketball for 23 years and captured two state titles with an overall record of 293-170. His 24 boys' basketball teams have won four area crowns. |
        Gresham Billy Gresham will be entering his fifth season as head football coach. He has compiled a record of 38-12 over the last four seasons. His teams have qualified for the playoffs every year, reaching the semifinals in 2012 and quarterfinals in 2013. Carver has won two region titles (2012 and 2014) under his reign. He served as defensive coordinator for three years at Carver before being named head coach in 2011. His overall record at Carver is 69-19 as defensive coordinator and head coach.
       
The South holds a 30-23-2 edge in the North-South series which began in 1948. The South won 20-12 last year.
      Seven players who helped their teams win state championships last December have been selected to play for the North squad in this summer’s game, including Fyffe running back Austin Stiefel, who was named MVP of the Class 2A championship game. He finished the year with over 2,300 yards rushing and 47 touchdowns scored including 46 rushing.
      Others selected for the North squad from state championship teams are offensive lineman Jeremy Clark, linebacker Tyler Wright and defensive back Jacoby Lockhart of Leeds, defensive lineman Jordan Sharbutt and offensive lineman Tyon Hardy of Clay-Chalkville and place-kicker Nathan Geis of Madison Academy, one of the most prolific kickers in AHSAA history.
      South players selected who played in state championship games last year include defensive back Wade Castle of Class 3A Dale County, defensive lineman Ricky Franklin and wide receiver Seth Knotts of Class 7A Prattville and linebacker Tyler Armstrong of Class 1A champion Maplesville. Gresham’s own Carver linebacker Sirderrick Banks is also in the game.
      Coaches named to Gresham’s South staff are Deric Scott of Vigor, Nathan McDaniel of Baldwin County, Pate Harrison of Dale County, Ashley Kilcrease of Brantley, Maurice Heard of B.T. Washington, Tim Perry of Wetumpka and Michael Summers of Alabama Christian, who will serve as administrative coach.
      Named to the Harris’ North staff are Mark Hastings of Oakman, Scott Mansell of Hueytown, Larry Strain of Handley, Jason Howard of Spring Garden, Danny Miller of Hanceville, Mike Bates of Holly Pond and Darby Palmer of Alabama Christian, the North administrative coach.
      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:

2015 FOOTBALL ROSTERS

NORTH ALL-STAR TEAM

First

Last

School

Pos.

Ht.

Wt.

Maurice

Mayo

Homewood

ATH

5'7

165

Thomas

Ozmint

Glencoe

DB

6'0

200

Ja'mal

Jackson

Hartselle

DB

5'8

162

Jacoby

Lockhart

Leeds

DB

5'8

145

Robert

Cooks

McAdory

DB

5'10

160

John

Coger

Oakman

DB

6'0

170

Jordan

Sharbutt

Clay-Chalkville

DL

6'0

250

Dontrez

Green

Mortimer Jordan

DL

6'3

230

Hollis

Abernathy

Muscle Shoals

DL

5'10

280

Blake

Wood

Wilson

DL

6'1

260

Nathan

Geis

Madison Academy

K

5'8

160

Carson

Styles

Bob Jones

LB

5'10

196

KeVontae

Hayes

Decatur

LB

5'10

215

Tyler

Wright

Leeds

LB

5'9

214

Jacob

Hamilton

Russellville

LB

6'1

215

MauTaveus

Young

Saks

LB

6'2

230

Landon

Machristie

Walter Wellborn

LB

6'1

215

Nathan

Cunningham

Pinson Valley

LB

6'1

225

Colby

Seymoure

Buckhorn

OL

6'4

312

Call

Dyer

Gordo

OL

6'4

350

Jordan

Ives

Lamar County

OL

6'3

300

Jeremy

Clark

Leeds

OL

6'1

275

Nick

Deluna

Muscle Shoals

OL

6'2

260

Hunter

Barclay

Ohatchee

DL

6'2

275

Austin

Kilgore

Saks

OL

6'1

260

Tyon

Hardy

Clay-Chalkville

OL

6'0

215

Mike

Bernier

Bob Jones

P

6'2

215

Blake

Hawkins

Florence

QB

6'5

218

Brickton

Pugh

East Limestone

QB

6'1

182

Austin

Stiefel

Fyffe

RB

6'0

185

Gabe

Ford

Gadsden City

RB

6'1

215

Jeremy

Denton

Lamar County

RB

6'3

235

Jason

Futrell

Wilson

RB

5'10

170

Jaylan

Jackson

Hartselle

WR

5'9

170

Tyler

Crumpton

Phillips

WR

6'4

175

Eddie

Williams

Tuscaloosa County

WR

6'2

192

Kevin

Greene

Vincent

WR

6'1

170

COACHES

Lamar

Harris

Hubbertville, Head

Mark

Hastings

Oakman

Scott

Mansell

Hueytown

Larry

Strain

Handley

Jason

Howard

Spring Garden

Danny

Miller

Hanceville

Mike

Bates

Holly Pond

Darby

Palmer

Alabama Christian, Adm.

SOUTH ALL-STAR TEAM

First

Last

School

Pos.

Ht.

Wt.

Luke

Phillips

St. Luke's

ATH

6'1

190

Morgan

Baker

Spanish Fort

DB

6'0

190

Wade

Castle

Dale County

DB

5'9

172

Willie

Ezell

Stanhope Elmore

DB

6'0

190

Wendell

Harris

Foley

DB

5'9

178

Bryce

Nettles

Baldwin County

DB

5'11

160

Maurice

Cole

Spanish Fort

DL

6'2

230

Ricky

Franklin

Prattville

DL

6'2

272

Jay

Hughes-Buford

Daphne

DL

6'1

240

Isaac

Nickson

Pike County

DL

6'4

255

Camarcus

Williams

Central - Phenix City

DL

6'3

260

Jose

Mendoza

Foley

K

6'0

150

Tyler

Armstrong

Maplesville

LB

6'1

200

Sirderrick

Banks

Carver - Montgomery

LB

5'9

197

Cameron

Compton

Wetumpka

LB

6'2

215

Jamerious

Miles

Washington, B. T.

LB

5'8

215

Skylar

Mosley

Saraland

LB

6'1

205

Mykhael

Sanford

Daphne

LB

5'10

195

Joshua

Smiley

Lee, R. E.

LB

6'0

210

Cullen

Bush

Brantley

OL

6'3

315

Landon

Davidson

Baker

OL

6'4

290

Ezra

Lane

Stanhope Elmore

OL

6'2

320

Christian

London

Charles Henderson

OL

6'3

280

Ezekiel

Mayblen

Theodore

OL

6'5

280

Bryce

Sadler

Northview

OL

6'2

290

Joshua

Williams

Vigor

OL

6'4

300

Austin

Ingram

Charles Henderson

QB

6'0

210

Stephan

Jackson

Fairhope

QB

6'2

218

Ger'Kerry

Jackson

Jeff Davis

RB

5'6

160

Isiah

Long

Dothan

RB

5'8

185

Thomas

Stokes, Jr.

Montgomery Catholic

RB

5'9

195

Decarlos

Tyson

Baldwin County

RB

5'10

240

Khaliq

Jones

Wetumpka

WR

6'0

185

Seth

Knotts

Prattville

WR

6'3

210

LaDarrell

Pettway

Spanish Fort

WR

5'9

155

Johnny

Williams, III

Northview

WR

6'2

190

COACHES

Billy

Gresham

Carver-Montgomery, Head

Deric

Scott

Vigor

Nathan

McDaniel

Baldwin

Pate

Harrison

Dale County

Ashley

Kilcrease

Brantley

Maurice

Heard

B. T. Washington

Tim

Perry

Wetumpka

Michael

Summers

Alabama Christian, Adm.

 


Central Board Adopts Current Football Practice Contact Safety Guidelines As AHSAA By-Law

     The Alabama High School Athletic Association Central Board of Control approved the current recommended football practice contact guidelines in place for health and safety to become a by-law Tuesday at the AHSAA Spring Central Board meeting at the AHSAA Office.
      The guidelines require the first two days of fall practice to be in shorts and helmets, followed by shoulder pads and helmets on the third day not to exceed 90 minutes. On the fourth day, shoulder pads and helmets are to be used with the practice not exceeding 120 minutes. On the fifth practice day, one full speed contact practice, not to exceed 90 minutes of full speed contact is allowed.
     Week 2 would allow alternating days of full-speed contact practice, not to exceed a combined total of 120 minutes of full-speed contact practice per week. In addition, one intra-squad scrimmage would be allowed in week 2.
     Beginning week 3, alternating days of full-speed contact practice, not to exceed a combined total of 120 minutes of full-speed contact practice per week, will be permitted. One interscholastic scrimmage or contest will be allowed in week 3.
     Week 4 through the end of the season, 90 minutes of full-speed contact practice is permitted.
      During Spring Evaluation, alternating days of full-speed contact practice, not to exceed a combined total of 120 minutes of full contact per week, are allowed. One interscholastic scrimmage contest is allowed during the spring evaluation. The complete guidelines can be found at www.ahsaa.com.
      The board voted to require all schools to follow the guidelines that were recommended in 2013 that restrict football practice contact. The AHSAA, along with Texas, Arizona and Maryland, has been a national leader in developing good health and safety practices. The NFHS, in its recent report on football contact, cited the AHSAA’s safety recommendations and its reduction of injuries as a result.
      The AHSAA Medical Advisory Board, co-chaired by Dr. Jimmy Robinson of Tuscaloosa and Dr. Lawrence Lemak of Birmingham, also more clearly defined “contact” in its latest recommendation.
      “This is a landmark decision by the Central Board,” AHSAA Executive Director Steve Savarese said. “Our medical advisory committee, at our meeting last February, agreed that the AHSAA’s recommendations in place were adequate and necessary. They also asked us to define more clearly the definition of “contact” and the Central Board agreed. We thank our medical advisory committee, which we think is the best in the nation, and our Central Board for helping us take a leadership role in developing these very important guidelines.”
      The practice requirements for high schools and middle schools will be placed in the AHSAA Handbook and go into effect beginning with the 2015-16 school year.
       Hartselle High School head football coach Bob Godsey, a member of the AHSAA Football Coaches Committee and the Alabama Football Coaches Association, was also present to express coaches’ support for these guidelines.
      The Central Board also approved requiring all schools to have athletic emergency plans on file for all sports and all facilities by June 1, 2015. A template will be developed by the AHSAA and will be made available to member schools. The Central Board approved requiring CPR training for all coaches to include AED training.
     The Central Board also instructed  the AHSAA, in conjunction with its Baseball Coaches Committee, to study baseball’s current length of season, total number of games played, the pitching limitation rule and to clearly define of what constitutes a tournament. The group was asked to bring back recommendations to the July Central Board meeting. 
    In other Central Board action, Spring Garden High School principal Mike Welsh was elected to serve as Central Board president for the 2015-16/2016-17 two-year term. Hackleburg principal John Hardin was elected vice president.
      The AHSAA Legislative Council also voted on 21 legislative proposals submitted by member schools for 2015 and ratified one.
      The Legislative Council voted 27-5 to ratify a proposal submitted by Bob Jones High School to restrict floor access at regular-season wrestling tournaments to a specific number of school or team personnel.  

        Passage of a legislative proposal requires a two-thirds vote of the 32-member council.

In other board action Tuesday:

§  Approved Covenant Christian School of Mobile as a middle-school member of the AHSAA beginning the 2015-16 school year.

§  Approved Lindsay Lane Christian Academy of Athens for associate membership of the AHSAA beginning 2015-16.

§  Approved the 2014 Super 7 audit, the 2015 State and Regional Basketball Tournament audits, Super Section and State Wrestling audits and Indoor Track financial report.

§  Approved Regional Basketball Tournament sites (Dothan, Alabama State, Jacksonville State, Wallace-Hanceville) for 2015-16 season.

§  Approved the State Swim Meet contract (with Auburn University) for the next three years, 2015-17.

§  Approved the projected expenses for the 2015 NFHS Summer Meeting in New Orleans.

§  Approved the 2015-16 Calendar of Events, 2015-16 Sports Calendar and five-year Sports Calendar.

§  Heard an update from AHSADCA Director Alvin Briggs concerning the 2015 Summer Conference and All-Star Sports Week in Montgomery July 20-25.

§  Heard a report from Assistant Director Denise Ainsworth detailing results of the recent member-school AHSAA survey.
Set June 18, 2014 as the date for new Central Board Member Orientation.

§  Set dates for future Central Board meetings – July 29, 2015, Oct. 21, 2015, Feb. 3, 2016 and April 12, 2016.

§  Set June 18, 2015 as the date for new Central Board Member Orientation.

 


Kerryon Johnson Named 33rd Mr. Football Award Recipient

    Kerryon Johnson of Madison Academy became the 33rd recipient of the Alabama Sports Writers Association's Mr. Football Award Wednesday at the ASWA's annual Player of the Year Awards luncheon. 
   The Alabama High School Athletic Directors and Coaches Association hosted the annual luncheon attended by more than 250 coaches, administrators and family members of the 48 finalists at the Alabama Activity Center in Montgomery.
    Johnson, a multi-talented,  6-foot-1, 205-pound senior running back, helped the Mustangs go 14-1 in 2014 en route to Madison Academy’s third straight Class 3A state title. He rushed for 1,659 yards and 25 touchdowns as a senior. The Class 3A Super 7 MVP also caught 25 passes for 598 yards and eight TDs, totaled 71 tackles on defense and six interceptions. He returned three interceptions for touchdowns and finished with 34 total TDs.
    The Auburn University commitment set a Super 7 record with six touchdowns in the 70-34 championship win over Dale County. He also was named MVP of the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star football game won by Alabama 36-30 in December. 
    He finished his prep career with 5,274 rushing yards on 483 carries – a 10.9-yards-per-carry average. He caught 88 passes for 1,554 yards, made 204 career tackles, had 19 interceptions with eight more scores, and had four kick returns for TDs for 109 total touchdowns.
    Johnson is the first Mr. Football winner from the Huntsville area. His brother Kerron was named ASWA Mr. Basketball following the 2009 season.
    Johnson picked up 148 points and eight of the 13 first-place votes from the ASWA prep committee to capture the 2014 award. Dale County's Jamarius Henderson, the Class 3A Lineman of the Year, and Clay-Chalkville quarterback Ty Pigrome, the 6A Back of the Year, tied for second with 137 points each.
   The ASWA also announced Back and Lineman of the Year recipients in each of the AHSAA’s seven classifications and the AISA.

ASWA Back of the Year Class winners:
Class 1A:
Tyler Crumpton, Phillips, WR
Class 2A: Austin Stiefel, Fyffe, RB
Class 3A: Kerryon Johnson, Madison Academy, RB
Class 4A: Troy Dixon, UMS-Wright, RB
Class 5A: Brandon Baynes, Tallassee, RB
Class 6A: Tyrell Pigrome, Clay-Chalkville, QB
Class 7A: Grey Jackson, Fairhope, QB

ASWA Lineman of the Year Class winners
Class 1A:
Tyler Armstrong, Maplesville, LB
Class 2A: Deshon Kilpatrick, Sweet Water, OL
Class 3A: Jamarius Henderson, Dale County, LB/Athlete
Class 4A: Anfernee Jennings, Dadeville, DL
Class 5A: A.J. Smoot, Dora, DL
Class 6A: Tyler Carr, Southside-Gadsden, OL
Class 7A: R.J. Arnold, Hoover, LB

 

 

ASWA Mr. Football

 


 

 

Winners, 1982-2014

 


 

 

Year

Player

School

Pos.

College

 

2014

Kerryon Johnson

Madison Academy

RB

Auburn

 

2013

Racean “Roc” Thomas

Oxford

RB

Auburn

 

2012

Jeremy Johnson

Carver-Montgomery

QB

Auburn

 

2011

Timothy Yeldon

Daphne

RB

Alabama

 

2010

Jamal Golden

Wetumpka

QB

Georgia Tech

 

2009

Coty Blanchard

Cherokee County

QB

Jacksonville State

 

2008

Clint Moseley

Leroy

QB

Auburn

 

2007

Julio Jones

Foley

WR

Alabama

 

2006

Larry Smith

Prattville

QB

Vanderbilt

 

2005

Andre Smith

Huffman

OL

Alabama

 

2004:

Jarod Bryant

Hoover

QB

Naval Academy

 

2003:

Chris Nickson

Pike County

QB

Vanderbilt

 

2002:

JaMarcus Russell

Williamson

QB

LSU

 

2001:

Brandon Cox

Hewitt-Trussville

QB

Auburn

 

2000:

Carnell Williams

Etowah

RB

Auburn

 

1999:

Cory Whisenant

Springville

RB

UAB

 

1998:

DeMarco McNeil

Blount

DL

Auburn

 

1997:

Mac Campbell

Alexandria

RB

UAB

 

1996:

Antoneyo Williams

Central-Tuscaloosa

RB

Alabama/Southern U.

 

1995:

Gorman Thornton

Jeff Davis

TE/DE

Auburn

 

1994:

Dawud Rasheed

Shades Valley

RB

Duke

 

1993:

Thomas Banks

West Jefferson

RB

UAB

 

1992:

Freddie Kitchens

Etowah

QB

Alabama

 

1991:

Robert Davis

Homewood

RB

LSU/UAB

 

1990:

David Palmer

Jackson-Olin

RB

Alabama

 

1989:

Steven Coleman

Pike County

RB

Grambling/Troy State

 

1988:

Darrell Williams

Vigor

RB

Auburn

 

1987:

Robert Jones

Parker

RB

Alabama

 

1986:

Larry Ware

Lee-Montgomery

RB

Georgia

 

1985:

Pierre Goode

Hazlewood

RB

Alabama

 

1984:

Roderick Green

Gardendale

WR

Southern Miss

 

1983:

Freddie Weygand

Etowah

WR

Auburn

 

1982:

Tommy Compton

Vigor

QB

Southern Miss