MONTGOMERY -- McGill-Toolen Catholic High School (12-3) rolled to seven straight victories last week to capture the prestigious 36th annual Juanita Boddie volleyball tournament played at Hoover High School’s Finley Center – thanks in big part to the domination of senior Kenya McQuirter up front. McQuirter finished the tourney with 78 kills, 17 blocks, 23 digs and six service aces to push her school into the AHSAA Volleyball Spotlight for Week 1 of the 2018 season.
The tournament field included 44 of the top teams from the AHSAA and surrounding states. McGill-Toolen’s seven wins included five over out-of-state teams. Three of the four teams in the semifinals were from outside the state.
The defending Class 7A state champion Dirty Dozen (12-3) opened the week beating Mountain Brook in a regular-season match, then followed with tournament victories over nationally ranked Columbus (GA), Briarcrest (TN) and finally, a victory over Brentwood (TN) in the finals of the Boddie finals. It was McGill-Toolen’s second Boddie Tourney title in the last three years and its third since 2011.
Coach Kate Wood also got outstanding play from senior setter Lillie Fromdahl, who had 201 assists, 16 kills, 15 digs and 12 aces for the week. Courtney Langham added 24 kills and 12 blocks and Imani Nicholson had 51 kills and 11 blocks as McGill also downed Riverdale (TN), Houston Academy (GA), and AHSAA powers Jasper and John Carroll Catholic.
McGill-Toolen’s Boddie Tourney championship edged out two other top team efforts turned in by unbeaten Lawrence County (13-0) and unbeaten Carbon Hill (11-0). The Red Devils of Coach Robyn Hutto went 5-0 to win the Briarwood Invitational last weekend. Lawrence County downed the host Lady Lions in the finals. Savannah Graham had 65 kills and 39 assists and Laekyn Bennett had 185 assists in the five tournament matches and three regular season wins.
Carbon Hill, coached by Dadrian Beaty, rolled to six straight wins in the Carbon Hill Invitational and finished 8-0 for the week. The Bulldogs, led by Alyssa Dutton with 78 kills, 46 digs and 11 service aces and Grayson Evans with 64 kills, 11 blocks and 12 aces, beat Wilson in the finals. Setter Sidney Keeton recorded 155 assists for the week.
Other top performances reported included:
MARY MONTGOMERY POSTS 1,200TH WIN FOR SHOQUIST: Vikings Coach Nancy Shoquist picked up career coaching win 1,200 in Mary Montgomery’s Boddie Tourney win over Alma Bryant. Setter Beatrice Linquist helped the Vikings go 5-2 with 115 assists in the seven matches.
GEORGIA STONICHER, PELHAM: Had 153 assists and 14 service aces in seven matches for Pelham (6-2).
STEPHANIE SHARP, BUCKHORN: Recorded 149 assists for Buckhorn (14-4), which went 7-2 for the week and won the Silver Division of the Boddie Tourney.
KAYLA KESHOCK, SPANISH FORT: Handed out 130 assists in six matches for the Toros (8-2), who finished 3-1 in the Boddie Tourney.
SAVANNAH RUTLEDGE, ALBERTVILLE: Led the Aggies (13-3) to an 8-1 record for the week and a runner-up finish in the Albertville Invitational tourney with 129 assists.
ALLIE ISOM, ARAB: Had 128 assists in seven matches as Arab went 5-2 for the week.
EMILY THORNTON, ALABAMA CHRISTIAN: Totaled 126 assists as ACA won the Silver bracket of the Mayor’s Cup Tourney at Montgomery.
AMY VANDEVELDE, MOUNTAIN BROOK: Had 124 assists in seven contests, including four matches in the Juanita Boddie Tourney.
JESSICA VEAL, SPAIN PARK: Accumulated 121 assists in nine matches – six in the Boddie tourney.
KAYLA CHAMPION, PROVIDENCE CHRISTIAN: Had 120 assists in nine victories for the Eagles as PCA rolled to the championship of the Mayor’s Cup tourney in Montgomery.
EMMA NESTER, WILSON: Had 109 assists as Wilson (8-3) finished second to the host team at the Carbon Hill Invitational.
JAYDEN WATKINS, ALBERTVILLE: Picked up 94 kills as Albertville (13-3) won seven of eight matches last week and finished second in the Albertville Invitational tourney.
A.K. GRIGGS, ARAB: Had 80 kills, 10 blocks and 12 aces to lead the Knights to a 5-2 record for the week.
MAEGAN MILLIGAN, WEST MORGAN: Had 72 kills as West Morgan (9-2) rolled to an 8-0 record and won its invitational tourney with a win over Danville in the finals.
AUTUMN MAYES, PROVIDENCE CHRIDSTIAN: Led the Eagles (9-0) to the Mayors Cub tourney championship at Montgomery with 65 kills. PCA downed Class 7A Enterprise in the finals.
CARSON ANN CROW, SAINT JAMES: Managed 63 kills and 36 digs for the Trojans (4-2) in six matches. Saint James finished 3-2 in the Mayor’s Cup Tourney at Montgomery.
RYA McKINNON, HOOVER: Had 62 kills, 37 digs and 10 service aces foe Hoover (11-2) as the Lady Bucs finished 5-2 for the week.
LEXIE SMITH, HARTSELLE: Had 56 kills and 15 blocks and teammates Hailey Holshouser and Lillyanna Cartee added 53 and 52 kills, respectively, in 11 matches for the Tigers (10-6).
SARAH GUTHRIE, PELHAM: Accounted for 52 kills, 62 digs and 15 service aces in seven matches for the Panthers (6-2). Teammate Erin Long also had 52 kills.
ALEX PRESSNELL, BUCKHORN: Helped the Lady Bucks (14-4) go 7-2 for the week with 104 digs. Buckhorn won the Silver Division title of the Boddie Tourney.
ABBY ARIAS, HARTSELLE: Had 104 digs in 11 matches for the week.
ERIN EISENHIART, MADISON ACADEMY: Led the Mustangs (8-1) to the championship of the Albertville Invitational with 87 digs.
GRACE CARR, MOUNTAIN BROOK: Recorded 86 digs and added 47 kills in seven matches.
AHSAA Football Spotlight for Week 1
Elba Scores Six Different Ways to Beat Opp 53-33
MONTGOMERY -- Elba High School scored touchdowns six different ways – and needed them all in a 53-33 victory over Opp Friday night to claim the AHSAA Football Spotlight for Week 1 of the 2018 prep football season.
Coach Pate Harrison, in his first season as head coach after moving over from Dale County High School, saw his team recover an Opp fumble in the end zone and pick up another one at the Bobcats 4-yard line and returned it for a score. The Tigers also scored on a kickoff return, punt return, a pass and three rushing plays.
Seven different players got into the scoring action. Richmon Singletary scored on a 58-yard run and 86-yard kickoff return; Branden Epps pounced on the fumble in the end zone; Alex Wright scooped up the second fumble and returned it four yards for a TD; Jaquez Prince scored an 84-punt return; Collin Harrison and Byron Johnson scored on runs of 2 yards and 1 yard, respectively, and Johnson fired 34-yard TD pass to Dezmion Robinson to round out the scoring.
Elba’s amazing effort edged out a state-record tying performance by Geneva defensive back Dylan Creech and a special performance on special teams by Riley Evans of R.A. Hubbard. Creech returned two interceptions for touchdowns covering 42 and 41 yards in the Panthers’ 47-22 win over Geneva County, tying a feat managed by four others. The win at Hartford was the first meeting between the two county rivals in 15 years.
Others reported accomplishing the record were: Tyler Danzey of Headland had two returns last week in the Rams’ 43-0 win over Straughn; Damiean Archibald of Sipsey Valley had two picks for TDs in a 66-28 win over Curry in 2013; Berry’s J.C. Finch accomplished the feat vs. Brilliant in 2013; and Clements’ Demarcus Johnson had two interception returns for TDs in a win over St. John Paul II, also in 2012.
Evans, a senior, helped the Chiefs beat Shoals Christian 46-21 returning a punt 55 yards for a touchdown, a kickoff 78 yards for another TD. He also picked off a pass returned the interception 70 yards for a third TD.
TYLER PERINE, PRATTVILLE: Kicked a 28-yard field goal with 5.9 seconds left to lift the Lions to a 19-16 win at Stanhope Elmore. He also boomed a 75-yard punt on a free kick after the Mustangs scored a third-quarter safety and made another 28-yard field goal early in the fourth quarter to give Prattville a 16-8 lead.
AUSTIN McCARDLE, COTTONWOOD: Threw a 45-yard TD pass to Peyton Byrd on 4th-and-20 with 43 seconds left to give Cottonwood the lead and Clayton Gilmore intercepted a pass at the 10-yard line with 11 seconds left to give the Bears a 14-7 win over Slocomb.
AUSTIN WINS FIRST HOME GAME: Black Bears quarterback Kulyn Hubbard completed 10-of-18 passes for 308 yards and three touchdowns as the Black Bears opened play in their new football stadium beating arch-rival Decatur 60-45. In previous years Austin held its home games at Ogle Stadium on the campus of Decatur High School. Receiver Jayden Grissom caught TD passes of 70 and 81 yards for touchdowns and returned an onside kick 50 yards for a third score. Decatur quarterback Trentin Dupper rushed for 132 yards and passed for five touchdowns for the Red Raiders. The 105 points set a record for most points in the series, which Decatur leads 36-20. Ironically, each team recorded series highs for points. The two teams have played annually since 1965.
RIGGS DEBUT AT HOUSTON ACADEMY: Raiders running back Jake Ogletree rushed for five touchdowns (5, 5, 3, 5 and 30 yards) and 119 yards and teammate Chase Swain added 118 rushing yards in a 48-12 win over McKenzie. The victory snapped a 19-game losing streak and handed new head coach Jamie Riggs the 306th victory of his career and the first since retiring at T.R. Miller after the 2015 season with a 305-81 record. His wins are second-most all time in the AHSAA.
VESTAVIA HILLS HANDS ANDERSON HIS 330TH WIN: The Rebels won their traditional season opener over Homewood 17-10 – giving head coach Buddy Anderson his 330th career coaching win. Anderson, the state’s all-time winningest football coach, is now 330-146 in his 41st season at Vestavia Hills. The Rebels are 28-19 versus Homewood in his tenure and 6-1 in season openers versus the Patriots since the game was moved to the first date of the season in 2012. Anderson was inducted earlier this summer into the NFHS National High School Hall of Fame at a ceremony held in Chicago at the 99th annual NFHS Summer Meeting.
FLORENCE’S HESTER RECORDS FIRST WIN: Florence recorded its first shutout since 2005 and handed new coach Will Hester his first win with a 21-0 win over Buckhorn. Gardner Flippo and DaMarcus Beckwith each threw a TD pass and Jakailar Coleman added a touchdown run. Florence’s defense limited Buckhorn to 161 total yards, 50 of which came on a third-quarter run.
WILSON HANDS POARCH HIS FIRST WIN: Wilson downed Colbert Heights 41-27 presenting new head coach Matt Poarch his first career head-coaching victory. Poarch, a Wilson alumnus, took over for Scott Brown, who stepped down after last season.
D.J. DALE, CLAY-CHALKVILLE: The 320-pound defensive lineman scored on runs of 1 and 5 yards to help the Cougars down James Clemens 31-24. He also had two sacks on defense.
Other top performances reported:
CADEN ROSE, BOB JONES: Completed 17-of-24 passes for 396 yards and three touchdowns (27, 17 and 23 yards) and had TD runs of 24 and 2 yards in the 39-36 win over Mainland (FL).
IAN THIES, WESTMINSTER CHRISTIAN: Passed for 383 yards and three touchdowns on a 20-of-32 performance in a 36-20 win over Madison County. He also rushed for a fourth score.
SCOTT McALPINE, HALEYVILLE: Passed for 287 yards and scored on runs of 1, 1 and 7 yards as the Lions beat Central-Florence 21-7.
CAIDEN LIPSCOMB, COOSA CHRISTIAN: Was 16-of-31 in passing with 258 yards and five touchdowns in the Conquerors’ 45-22 win over Appalachian. Teammate Caleb Cates had six receptions for 97 yards and three touchdowns.
TAULIA TAGOVAILOVA, THOMPSON: The Warriors senior was 23-of-33 passing for 254 yards and five touchdowns as Thompson (20) blanked Foley 47-0. His TD passes covered 11, 1, 23, 8 and 20 yards.
SETH BROWN, ST. JOHN PAUL II CATHOLIC: Was 9-of-10 passing for 237 yards and five touchdowns as the Falcons (2-0) set a school record for points scored in a 51-0 win over East Lawrence.
AARON FENN, ZION CHAPEL: Was 10-of-17 passing for 196 yards and accounted for four touchdowns as the Rebels beat Red Level 40-33. He rushed for 21 yards and two TDs and passed for two to Andrew Crawley to give Zion Chapel its first season-opening win since 2011.
ALEX ROGERS, ROGERS: The Pirates’ quarterback was 11-of-14 passing for 189 yards and threw touchdown passes of 34 and 19 yards in a 34-7 win over county rival Lexington.
GANNON REYES, SCOTTSBORO: The sophomore was 13-of-19 passing for 185 yards and a TD in a 26-13 triumph over Fort Payne. Senior Hatton Metz, the Wildcats’ starting QB as a junior, hauled in seven receptions for 83 yards and a touchdown.
KALEB JONES, COLLINSVILLE: Completed 5-of-7 passes for 164 yards and four touchdowns (58, 59, 20 and 5 yards) and recorded an interception on defense in the Panthers' 47-14 victory over Crossville.
JAKOBI HUNTER, LEEDS: Rushed 14 times for 277 yards and TDs of 30 and 32 yards in a 55-24 victory over John Carroll Catholic.
DARTAVIOUS BRITTON, COOSA CHRISTIAN: Rushed for 262 yards and two touchdowns on 17 carries in the Conquerors’ 45-22 victory over Appalachian. He also had four receptions for 104 yards and two TDs and returned a kickoff 40 yards to finish with 406 all-purpose yards.
JOE GREEN, EUFAULA: Had 258 yards rushing and five touchdowns in Eufaula's 42-26 win over Beauregard. Green scored on the game's second play from scrimmage with a 63-yard scoot and added TD runs of 1, 23, 8 and 69 yards in the triumph.
DAQUAN JOHNSON, FLOMATON: Rushed for 238 yards and four touchdowns on 23 carries and passed for 98 yards and another TD in a 41-19 win over Northview (FL).
TATE WARR, MILLRY: Was 5-of-8 passing for 202 yards and two touchdowns, rushed 12 times for 105 yards and another score and accumulated 307 total yards as Millry beat Washington County 55-7.
RASHAWN McALPINE, SARALAND: Rushed for 220 yards and four touchdowns on just nine carries as the Spartans defeated B.C. Rain 50-0.
DAQUON KINCEY, ABBEVILLE: The Jackets’ quarterback rushed for 226 yards and two touchdowns and passed for 31 yards and another score in a 22-15 win over Ashford. Kincey scored on runs of 88 and 90 yards and threw a 24-yard TD pass to Trey Glanton.
ROYDELL, WILLIAMS, HUEYTOWN: Ran 21 times for 222 yards and two touchdowns, added four catches for 55 yards and a third TD, and completed his only pass for three yards in a 28-7 victory over Helena.
SAMARIO RUDOLPH, COTTAGE HILL CHRISTIAN: Has nine rush attempts for 220 yards, returned a kickoff 90 yards and a TD and intercepted two passes on defense to lead Cottage Hill past Florala 42-14.
KEON HORNSBY, SAMSON: Rushed for 208 yards and four touchdowns on 27 carries in the Tigers' 37-18 win over Kinston.
JORDAN INGRAM, ST. PAUL’S EPISCOPAL: Had 22 rush attempts for 205 yards and four touchdowns as the Saints downed St. Stanislaus (MS) 35-7.
KOBE BLUNT, DAVIDSON: Rushed for 202 yards and three touchdowns to lead Davidson past Alma Bryant 32-21.
DARRIAN MEADS, HOKES BLUFF: Rushed 25 times for 201 yards and two touchdowns covering 29 and 50 yards in the Eagles’ 42-13 win over Southside-Gadsden.
ZAC BOYD, RUSSELLVILLE: Rushed for 188 yards and five touchdowns on 22 carries to lead Russellville past Deshler 40-34 in double overtime. The win was the first for Coach John Ritter as Russellville’s coach. Boyd’s 2-yard run in the second overtime was the game winner. He also scored on runs of 34 , 1, 7 and 61 yards.
TONY AMERSON, SAINT JAMES: Recorded 15 carries for 192 yards and three TDs in a 37-0 win over Straughn.
DORIAN McCULLOUGH, CLEMENTS: Rushed 11 times for 183 yards and three touchdowns as the Colts beat Tanner 32-6.
SATYLER WILSON, LUVERNE: Gained 180 rushing yards on 29 attempts and scored three times in the Tigers’ 26-12 victory over Georgiana.
JARRIS WILLIAMS, BLOUNT: Rushed for 172 yards on 21 carries and caught two passes for 23 yards as the Leopards downed Robertsdale 31-7.
KENNETH BOTHWELL, SOUTHSIDE-GADSDEN: Rushed for 167 yards and two touchdowns on 15 carries in the Panthers’ 42-13 loss to Hokes Bluff.
TANNER CLANTON, SAND ROCK: Ran for 164 yards, two 1-yard touchdowns and a 2-point conversion in the Wildcats' 21-12 victory over Gaston.
IVORY STARR, CEDAR BLUFF: Had 163 rushing yards on 21 carries and scored three touchdowns (1, 70, 4 yards) and added two 2-point conversions in the Tigers' 28-6 victory over Spring Garden.
PAYTON ANDERSON, FYFFE: Had 13 carries for 162 yards and three TDs and added 51 yards on kick returns as the Red Devils beat Geraldine 41-7.
JERMAINE BROWN, ST. LUKE’S EPISCOPAL: Rushed for 160 yards and three touchdowns on 11 carries and was 5-of-9 passing for 105 yards in a 41-0 victory over Chickasaw.
JACOB DENDY, ALBERTVILLE: Ran 27 times for 158 yards and three touchdowns in a 33-0 win over Columbia.
D.J. PATRICK, ELMORE COUNTY: Ran for 152 yards and two TDs on 14 rush attempts in a 21-0 win over Marbury.
TERRANCE THOMAS, WETUMPKA: Rushed 12 times for 147 yards and one TD as the Indians (2-0) downed Northview 44-14. Teammate DeAngelo Jones added 129 yards and three TDs on 10 carries.
REECE SOLAR, ALABAMA CHRISTIAN: Rushed for 142 yards and two scores in a 16-0 win over Pike County.
D.J. LEE, GAYLESVLLE: Scored three first-quarter touchdowns, including a 45-yard fumble return, as the Trojans beat Asbury 34-0 to snap a nine-game winless streak. He also rushed two times for 127 yards and scored twice. The shutout was Gaylesville’s first since 2011.
DEION PICKENS, SATSUMA: Had five receptions for 120 yards and three TDs in a 39-20 win over W.S. Neal.
GEORGE PICKENS, HOOVER: Hauled in seven passes for 119 yards in the Bucs’ 42-14 loss to St. John’s of Washington D.C.
JA’VARRIUS JOHNSON, HEWITT-TRUSSVILLE: Caught five passes for 98 yards and two touchdowns and also returned a kickoff 97 yards for a third score in a 38-20 win over West Forsythe (GA).
BRAYDON HILL, HOKES BLUFF: Caught three passes for 86 yards and two touchdowns, had an 83-yard punt return for a touchdown and forced a fumble in the Eagles’ 42-13 win over Southside-Gadsden.
KRIS BRAMLETT, BREWER: Caught three passes for 86 yards and three touchdowns in a 42-0 win over Danville.
LUKE ALISON, RANDOLPH: Scored two receiving touchdowns on passes covering 23 and 33 yards, had a 67-yard punt return and a 64-yard run for TDs and accounted for 176 of the Raiders' 280 total yards in a 30-28 win over Lauderdale County.
D.J. JAMES, SPANISH FORT: Made two interceptions in the fourth quarter to seal the Toros’ 20-13 win over Daphne.
CARSON EUBANKS, HOKES BLUFF: Swiped two interceptions in the Eagles’ 42-13 win over Southside-Gadsden.
TRENT PRESLEY, SARDIS: Had two interceptions on defense and rushed for another score on offense in the Lions’ 27-3 win over Sylvania.
HUNTER SCHRADER, MADISON ACADEMY: Made 14 tackles on defense and scored twice on offense in the Mustangs’ 54-20 win over Lawrence County.
CRIMSON BIVENS, EAST LIMESTONE: Accounted for 13 tackles in a 34-3 win over West Limestone.
KHALIL ARRINGTON, LEE-MONTGOMERY: Recorded 12 tackles, including two sacks and three for sacks, to pace the Generals (2-0) to a 20-7 win over Sidney Lanier. Teammate Reggie Fowler added 10 tackles, including three for loss, and a forced fumble for Lee’s defense.
KALEB WHATLEY, GAYLESVILLE: Let the Trojans’ defense to their first shutout win since 2011 with 11 tackles in a 34-0 victory over Asbury. He also caused two fumbles and had a sack.
ZACK CORBITT, HEADLAND: Led a strong defensive effort with 13 tackles as the Rams beat Highland Home 30-27. Teammate Brandon Grubbs added 13 stops with Jesse Kinsey and Seth Faison credited with 11 tackles each in the win.
CAGE COCHRAN, FYFFE: Had 11 tackles in Fyffe’ 41-7 win over Geraldine.
JOSH CHAMBERS, DALE COUNTY: Totaled 11 tackles and Nate Curry had 10 as the Warriors’ shut out G.W. Long 56-0.
TRAVIS WOODALL, NORTH JACKSON: Had 10 tackles, an interception and forced a fumble in a 48-0 win over Plainview.
TASHAWN GRANT, BALDWIN COUNTY: Keyed a 31-0 shutout of Gulf Shores with eight tackles and two forced fumbles.
BLAKE CARROLL, ARITON: Had nine tackles and teammate Daniel Hicks had eight stops, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries in the Purple Cats’ 29-6 win over Goshen.
TERRY WILLIAMS, CARROLL: Blocked a punt and recovered it in the end zone for a touchdown in helping the Eagles to a 26-7 win over Russell County.
BRAYDEN LEWIS, DAR: Returned a kickoff 85 yards for a touchdown and a punt 43 yards for another score in the Patriots’ 59-0 win over Douglas. He also hauled in a 40-yard pass for a TD.
BRANDON BASAVE, BESSEMER CITY: Kicked a 27-yard field goal with 1:27 remaining to lift Bessemer City to a 16-14 win over Spain Park.
DAMIEN MILLER, FAIRFIELD: Returned a kickoff for a touchdown for the second week in a row. Fairfield lost to Carver-Birmingham 18-12.
FERIRAM SANCHEZ, MORTIMER JORDAN: Kicked a game-winning 18-yard field goal with 1:56 remaining as the Blue Devils beat Cullman 18-16.
EMIL SMITH, ETOWAH: Return a punt 52 yards for a touchdown and rushed for another score in the Blue Devils’ 19-0 win over Moody.
MASON McKINNEY, COLLINSVILLE: Returned a kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown and caught two passes for 79 yards and two more scores in a 47-14 win over Crossville. He also had an interception on defense.
JASON PEREZ, COLLINSVILLE: Connected on a 42-yard field goal and six extra points. He also had three punts and an interception in the Panthers' 47-14 victory at Crossville.
MONTGOMERY – Saint James sophomore runner Presley Miles clocked 18:25.15 at the Saucony Battle of Atlanta girls’ cross country championships last weekend to win the event – and captured the AHSAA Spotlight for the first week of the 2018 cross country season.
Miles turned in the best time of the first week’s competition to take first place in the strong field or runners from across the Southeast. Her effort edged out a strong effort from Hayden
Judge, a junior from Scottsboro.
Miles won her race by 39 seconds over runner-up Mackenzie Walls of Veterans High School (GA).
The two performances topped a strong list of contenders as the cross country season opened with several meets across the state.
Judge ran a strong 16:16.77 to capture the 8th annual Pepsi Challenge Cross Country Championships large-school boys’ title over a field of 153 runners at the 5K course located at H.A. Alexander Park in Moulton. Huntsville won the team title, however, with 24 points as four runners crossing in the seven spots. Jackson Danner led the Panthers with a second-place finish and 16:20.89 time. Scottsboro was second with 53 points.
Other top performances included:
SAM MOULTRIE, GUNTERSVILLE: The Wildcats’ junior runner clocked 16:23.39 to win the Montevallo Early Bird Twilight boys’ Class 5A-7A Gold division 5K cross country race by almost 24 seconds over runner-up Jonah Barrett, an Oak Mountain senior. He was second at 16:47.91 in the 109-participant field to help Oak Mountain win the team title with 44 points. Hoover was second with 65 in the competition held at the University of Montevallo.
BRETT BONIKOWSKI, LAMP: The senior Finished first in the Montevallo Early Bird Twilight Class 1A/4A boys’ white division cross-country race with a winning time of 17:53.18. Junior teammate Jack Porter was second (18:39.91). LAMP won the team title with 33 points. American Christian was second with 50. The race had 79 participants.
CHARLIE LOTT, TRINITY PRESBYTERIAN: Opened the season Aug. 23 with a 17:08.60 time over the AUM cross country course to claim the Trinity Trailblazer 5,000-meter cross country boys’ championship. Six other runners finished under 18 minutes. In the field of 93 runners. Hewitt-Trussville took the title with 32 point. Montgomery Catholic was second with 49.
JAMES CAIN, PRICEVILLE: Won the small-school division of the Pepsi Challenge Championships with a winning time of 17:40.46. Cold Springs won the team championship with 51 points. A total of 162 runners were in the field.
WILL SCOTT, HEADLAND: Claimed first place with a winning time of 19:09.09 at the Cougar Invitational hosted by Northview in Dothan. Wicksburg won the team title with 19 points.
AMARIS TYYNISMAA, MONTGOMERY-CATHOLIC: Breezed over the 5,000-meter course at AUM in 18:50.10 to finish first at the Trinity Trailblazer season-opening cross country competition. She won by more 2:37 over her nearest challenger, teammate Lily Bachi, in the 49-runner field. The Knights finished first in the team competition with 24 points.
ABBEY WEITENBECK, HUNTSVILLE: Clocked 19:46.85 to claim the girls’ individual title at the 8th annual Pepsi Challenge Cross Country Championships. She competed in the large-school race comprised of 74 runners. Huntsville won the team title with 32 points. Lawrence County was runner-up with 62.
CAMILIA CHAMBERS, HOLLY POND: Posted a 20.20.37 time in the 94-runner field to win the small-school division race of the Pepsi Challenge Championships at Moulton. Cassidy Winter of West Limestone was second (21:09.57). with a winning time of 17:40.46. St. Bernard had 67 points to win the team title.
EVIE BELL, OAK MOUNTAIN: The Eagles junior posted a 20:25.92 time to win the girls’ Class 5A-7A Gold Division championship of the Montevallo Early Bird Twilight cross-country race. Oak Mountain was first with 44 points. Hoover’s Haley Stallworth, a senior, was second with a 20:42.06 time.
KATHY HAMMOND, LAMP: The junior from Montgomery swept the girls’ Class 1A/4A White Division title at the Montevallo Early Bird Twilight cross country competition. Isabella Lovvorn and Theresa Billman finished 2-3 more than a minute behind the victor to lead American Christian to the team title. The Lady Patriots had 26 points and LAMP was second with 52.
KATE SMITH, DOTHAN: Finished first in the field of 18 runners with a winning time of 24:31.34 to win the Cougars Invitational girls’ division. Wicksburg won the team title with 24 points.
47 AHSAA Events Set for NFHS Network Live-Stream Thru Sept. 6
MONTGOMERY – The NFHS Network’s AHSAA School Broadcast Program will live-stream three varsity football games Thursday night and 21 on Friday as the high school season moves into week 1.
The headliner, Daphne (1-0) at Spanish Fort (0-0), will be the AHSAA’s Game of the Week. The Spanish Fort High School NFHS Network School Broadcast Program, headed by producer Brian Williamson, will produce the game.
Daphne opened its season last week with a 16-13 win over Theodore, and Spanish Fort played a pre-season game during Week Zero with McGill-Toolen Catholic, which won 48-13.
The Trojans are coached by Kenny King and the Toros are coached by Ben Blackmon. Spanish Fort holds a 5-1 edge in the state’s newest series.
Other games of note include, on Thursday, Sidney Lanier (0-1) at Lee-Montgomery (1-0) in the 64th playing of that legendary series at Cramton Bowl, and Geneva at Geneva County in one of the state’s top small-school rivalries set for Hartford Friday night. The series is resuming for the first time since 2003 with the Panthers holding a 39-34-2 edge. The two teams first played in 1926 and played yearly from 1950-2003.
Decatur (1-0) will also face Austin (0-1) in one of the state’s top big-school rivalries on Friday with that game making history as it becomes the first game played at the Black Bears’ new stadium. The series, which dates back to 1965, has been played every year since then at Decatur’s Ogle Stadium.
Other key rival games to be showcased Friday are Opelika at Auburn, Homewood at Vestavia Hills, Charles Henderson at Enterprise, Elba at Opp, Tuscaloosa County at Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa and Red Bay at Phil Campbell.
Red Bay holds a 46-30-0 edge in the Tigers’ longest running series with Phil Campbell, which has been played annually since 1946 except for one year (1950). It is the Bobcats’ second longest series. The first is with rival Hackleburg – Phil Campbell’s opponent for the final week of the regular season. That series began in 1926 and this year’s meeting on Nov. 1 will be the 83rd of the Northwest Alabama rivalry.
The NFHS Network has 11 varsity volleyball matches, eight JV matches and two freshmen matches set Aug. 29 through Sept. 6. Homewood and John Carroll Catholic will be one of six matches featured Thursday at 6 p.m., and Spain Park at Hoover will be one of five matches live-streamed on Tuesday, Sept. 4.
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The complete AHSAA schedule of events set to be live-streamed over the NFHS Network August 29 through Sept. 6 are listed.
MONTGOMERY – Etowah High School Coach Drew Noles says his big 6-foot-6, 240-pound senior defensive end Jamin Graham is not committed – to any college yet.
But he also says, he has never seen a player more committed – to his team and to his grandfather.
Graham turned that commitment into two defensive touchdowns in the final 1:15 of the Blue Devils’ season-opening game versus Gadsden City August 23 as Etowah posted a 32-23 victory.
His granddad, longtime Etowah School System teacher, bus driver and coach James Graham, passed away on August 18. Mr. Graham’s funeral was the next day.
“It was just an amazing effort,” Noles said. “Jamin was extremely close to his grandfather, who was a legend in the town to Attalla. Jasmin dedicate that game to his grandfather. Hs is a great kid from a great family. I think it was the best game of his high school career.”
Jasmin Graham’s performance grabbed the AHSAA Prep Spotlight for the first week of the AHSAA high school football season – a week where outstanding performances were plentiful.
None, however, was more inspiring than his efforts.
Gadsden City, holding a slim 23-20 lead late in the game, had a goal-line stand stopping Etowah on four downs inside the 2-yard line. With 1:15 remaining, the Titans had an errant snap sail into the end zone where Graham was there to recover for an Etowah touchdown.
Coach Bart Sessions’ team then drove quickly into Etowah territory following the kickoff. With eight seconds remaining, however, Graham broke through to sack the runner at the Blue Devils 25-yard line, forcing a fumble that he scooped up and returned for the game’s final touchdown.
Noles said he expected the packed crowd on hand to storm the field in celebration. “Instead, I think they were standing up in awe,” he said. “And Jasmine, well, I was so happy for him that it brought tears to my own eyes. But Jasmin just acted like he’d done this kind of thing many times before.”
The win was the first over Gadsden City since the school was formed by merging Gadsden, Emma Sansom and Litchfield in 2006. The two schools met four times (2006-09) with the Titans winning all four, but discontinued the series until this season.
Graham’s heroics edged out several outstanding efforts, including a super effort by Oxford’s defense in its 28-0 shutout of Munford and Hewitt-Trussville senior quarterback Paul Tyson’s 404-yard passing effort in the Huskies’ 34-30 loss to Cedar Grove (GA) in a game played at Hoover High School and televised live by ESPN. Tyson was 31-of-47 passing with four TD passes.
Coach Ryan Herring’s Oxford defense limited Munford to minus-34 yards on 33 rush attempts and held the Lions to just 50 yards total offense as the Yellow Jackets shut out Munford 28-0 for Oxford’s 22nd straight regular season victory dating back to 2015. Quarterback Trey Higgins connected with 6-4, 220-pound receiver Roc Taylor for eight completions, 149 yards and one score for Oxford. iggins Higgins finished 13-of-18 for 180 yards and two TDs.
Three other quarterbacks, Thompson’s Taulia Tagolailovoa, Hoover’s Robby Ashford and Calera’s Cornelius Brown all passed for 350 or more yards in their season openers. Tagovailova was 26-of-39 passing for 385 yards and four touchdowns in Thompson’s 38-7 Champions Challenge win over James Clemens. He had 309 yards at the half.
Ashford, making his first start as defending Class 7A state champion Hoover’s quarterback, was 23-of-34 with 383 yards and four TDs in the Bucs’ 52-14 win over Pinson Valley – ending the defending Class 6A Indians’ winning streak at 15 games. Brown completed 27-of-48 passes for 357 yards and two TDs in a 45-24 loss to Pelham.
Other highlights for Week Zero included:
JUSTIN TEMPLETON, ASBURY: Ran for two touchdowns as Coach Jeff Powell’s Rams won the first game in program history and christened their new stadium with a 19-7 victory over Brindlee Mountain. The Class 2A school had its first varsity season in 2016 – going 0-10 that year and in 2017.
JACOB LOCKHART, THORSBY: Rushed for 100 yards on 13 carries and scored two touchdowns, one coming on an 85-yard kickoff return, as Thorsby beat Jemison 44-26 for the first win over its Chilton County rival since 1970. More than 2,300 attended the season opener. Jemison holds a 14-2 lead in the series which started in 1968 and was resumed last Friday for the first time since 1995. The Panthers won the previous six meetings (1982, 1983, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995) by a combined score of 244-0.
MAC YOUNG, WHITE PLAINS: Ran for 143 yards with touchdowns of 43 and 29 yards in a 49-18 victory over Vincent. It was the first time White Plains has opened the season with a win since 2013.
TYLER DANZEY, HEADLAND: Danzey tied a state record with two interceptions returned for touchdowns in Headland’s 43-0 win over Straughn. Danzey returned his first interception 46 yards for a score late in the second quarter to put Headland up 30-0. He added a 19 yard interception return for a touchdown in the early moments of the third quarter. Danzey also finished with nine tackles.
MICAH DORSEY, PROVIDENCE CHRISTIAN: The linebacker had eight tackles and an interception in the Eagles’ 35-10 win over New Brockton. His milestone came off the field when he recently scored a perfect 36 on his ACT college entrance exam.
JONATHAN FELL, CARROLL: The running back rushed for 220 yards and four touchdowns on 26 carries as Carroll beat Booker T. Washington of Tuskegee 33-6 for Eagles’ 24th straight regular-season win.
ZYQUEZ PERRYMAN, PLEASANT GROVE: Completed 16-of-23 passes for 268 yards and three TDs in a 34-27 victory over Mortimer Jordan.
GRANT THORNTON, ENTERPRISE: Was a near perfect 19-of-20 passing for 266 yards
and three touchdowns in the Wildcats’ 44-21 win over Dothan. He completed the last 16 passes of the game with his only miss coming on his fourth pass attempt in the game’s opening series.
WILL BAILEY, DAR: Was 19-of-28 passing for 251 yards and rushed for 87 yards as the Patriots rolled up more than 500 yards total offense in a 58-33 setback to Westminster Christian.
TRENTIN DUPPER, DECATUR: Passed for 224 yards and four touchdowns covering 17, 37, 29 and 34 yards in the Red Raider’ 38-21 win over Huntsville.
LUKE JACKSON, JACKSONVILLE: Passed for 219 yards and three touchdowns with a 10-of-15 performance as the Golden Eagles beat J.B. Pennington 34-21.
BO NIX, PINSON VALLEY: Completed 20-of-41 passes for 210 yards and one TD in a 52-14 loss to Hoover.
BRETT NEZAT, SARALAND: Making his first start at quarterback for the Spartans, he passed for 201 yards and three touchdowns en route to a 41-3 win over Andalusia.
REECE SOLAR, ALABAMA CHRISTIAN: Was 17-of-26 passing for 195 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 106 yards and a touchdown for 301 total yards in a 35-22 loss to Saks. He also had three punts, averaging 54 yards with his longest going for 60 yards.
STROTHER GIBBS, MOUNTAIN BROOK: Completed 11-of-15 for 174 yards and a TD and added another 51 yards rushing and two TDs in a 30-14 victory over Northridge.
KALVIN LEVETT, TALLASSEE: Completed 8-of-14 passes for 160 yards and three touchdowns and rushed 20 times for 146 yards and a 38-yard TD as the Tigers downed Montgomery Catholic 28-7.
COLE SAUNDERS, GENEVA COUNTY: The Bulldogs quarterback accounted for 244 yards and four scores, including two in the second half to help Geneva County rally past Samson 41-33. He completed 6-of-7 passes for 164 yards, including a 65-yard TD pass to Colby Fuller, and added 80 yards rushing on 21 carries with TD runs of 14, 7 and 3 yards, including the final two scores of the game in the comeback win.
DAMARIUS JENKINS, DALE COUNTY: Warrior quarterback accounted for 200 yards and three touchdowns in Dale County’s 41-19 win over Ariton. He completed 4-of-8 passes for 174 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 26 yards on four carries with one touchdown.
BRYCE PALMER, WATERLOO: Threw for 195 yards and three touchdowns in a 47-7 win over Woodville. Palmer also intercepted two passes on defense, returning one 52 yards for a touchdown.
EASTIN HARDIN, BOAZ: Was 10-of-17 passing for 191 yards and one TD in the Pirates’ 42-17 win over Arab.
TYQUAN RAWLS, WETUMPKA: Becoming the starter after All-State quarterback J.D. Martin’s pre-season injury, Rawls completed 9-of-15 passes for 175 yards and two touchdowns in a 35-17 win over Fairhope.
JACKSON COX, WESTBROOK CHRISTIAN: Completed 7-of-12 passes for 173 yards and a touchdown in the Warriors’ 35-6 victory over Coosa Christian.
TONY FRANKLIN, LEE-MONTGOMERY: Had 168 passing yards and two touchdowns in a 26-15 win over Park Crossing.
COLE WALES, CLEMENTS: Completed 10-of-22 passes for 149 yards and three touchdowns (12, 25 and 18 yards), added a 2-point conversion pass and made an interception on defense in the Colts’ 29-0 win at Elkmont.
A.J. PHILLIPS, CHICKASAW: Had 14 rush attempts for 275 yards and three touchdowns in Chickasaw’s 32-12 win over Resurrection Catholic (MS). He also returned an interception 40 yards for a fourth score.
SHAMAR SPINKS, WEAVER: Needed just 17 carries to pile up 265 yards rushing Friday night as the Bearcats ran past Cleburne County 49-35. Spinks scored three touchdowns and teammate Robert Gaines added 113 rushing yards, 136 passing and two TDs. Spinks scored on runs of 1, 54 and 53 yards. Gaines threw a 57-yard touchdown pass to Josh Lowe and an 8-yard opposite-hander to Caleb Allison.
MEL DANTSLER, GRISSOM: The workhorse running back had 38 rush attempts for 249 yards and four touchdowns (10, 3, 10 and 5 yards) in a 26-21 win over Hazel Green.
NOAH TURBYFILL, BROOKS: Rushed 11 times for 255 yards and three scores, returned an interception 64 yards for another touchdown and recovered a botched punt in the end zone for a fifth TD as the Lions beat Lauderdale Count 55-0.
CHRISTIAN COLLINS, BOAZ: The senior rushed for 243 yards on 29 carries and scored four touchdowns to lead Boaz to a 42-17 win over Arab in the season opener for both teams. Collins scored touchdowns on runs of 49, 3, 3, and 12.
NICK MARTINDALE, WEST LIMESTONE: Had 29 carries for 237 yards and four touchdowns on runs of 6, 34, 4 and 26 yards in a season-opening win over Tanner 39-20.
RISHARD DENSMORE, BESSEMER CITY: Gained 191 yards rushing, 150 in the second half, and rushed for two touchdowns in a 21-14 victory over Huffman He also passed for 94 yards and one score to account for 285 of the team's 336 yards of total offense.
CLAY CRAFTON, ROGERS: Ran 21 times for 174 yards and three touchdown as Rogers beat Loretto (TN) 35-14.
JOSH MARTIN, MARY MONTGOMERY: Rushed for 173 yards on 31 carries and scored two touchdowns as the Vikings snapped an 11-game losing streak with a 14-0 win over Robertsdale.
JALEN HENDERSON, SPAIN PARK: Ran 31 times for 172 yards and scored two TDs in a 24-14 victory over Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa.
IAN THIES, WESTMINSTER CHRISTIAN: Ran for 163 yards and two scores on 10 carries, and completed 9-of-17 passes for 162 yards and two TDs in a 58-33 win at DAR.
CAMERON FAISON, REELTOWN: Scored every touchdown for the Rebels in s 35-8 win over Bullock County. He ran for 155 yards and four touchdowns and returned a kickoff 75 yards for his fifth score.
SYMON SMITH, UMS-WRIGHT: Picked up 151 yards rushing on 38 carries and scored the game's only touchdown as UMS-Wright defeated St. Paul's 10-0 in the Battle of Old Shell Road. UMS-Wright won the Class 4A state title last season and St. Paul’s won the 5A state crown.
CARSON PETREE, THARPTOWN: Rushed 10 times for 145 yards and 2 touchdowns, threw a TD pass and caught a TD pass as Tharptown knocked off Shoals Christian 41-30.
KEON HORNSBY, SAMSON: Rushed for 147 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries and added a 5-yard TD reception in the Tigers’ 41-33 loss to Geneva County.
TERRANCE WEBSTER, CARVER-MONTGOMERY: Had 16 carries for 144 yards and two touchdowns in a 19-3 win over Jeff Davis.
TRE AUSMER, HOMEWOOD: Caught four passes for 152 yards and a touchdown in the Patriots’ 18-7 victory over Hueytown.
JA’VARRIOUS JOHNSON, HEWIT-TRUSSVILLE: Snared 11 catches for 151 yards and two TDs in the Huskies’ 34-30 loss to Cedar Grove (GA).
JAEDEN BARKSDALE, JACKSONVILLE: Caught five passes for 128 yards and two TDs (40 and 81 yards) in the Eagles’ 34-21 win over J.B. Pennington.
ROYDELL WILLIAMS, HUEYTOWN: Caught seven passes for 127 yards and a 28-yard score in the Gophers’ 18-7 loss to Homewood. He also rushed for 51 yards on 16 carries.
TAYLOR SMITH, BOAZ: Caught four passes for 119 yards and two touchdowns covering 33 and 18 yards in the Pirates’ 42-17 win over Boaz.
MICHAEL PETTWAY, THOMPSON: The junior receiver had five catches for 118 yards and two scores, both coming in the first quarter, covering 27 and 53 yards, in the Warriors’ 38-7 win over James Clemens at the Champions Challenge played at Cramton Bowl.
KEYONTEZE JOHNSON, PINSON VALLEY: Pulled down 11 receptions for 119 yards and a TD in the Indians’ 52-14 loss to Hoover.
SIDNEY WILLIAMS, VIGOR: Hauled in three touchdown passes covering 14, 36 and 62 yards as the Wolves snapped a three-year losing streak to arch-rival Blount 19-6.
JIMMY PITTS, NOTASULGA: Had two pass receptions for 87 yards and two scores, returned a punt 36 yards for a TD and also had an interception on defense to lead the Blue Devils to a 46-7 win over Barbour County.
CHRISTOPHER HOLIFIELD, LEFLORE: Caught five passes for 97 yards and one TD, had 51 yards rushing and also returned an interception 43 yards for a score in a 26-14 win over B.C. Rain. He finished with two interceptions and had another nullified on a penalty.
JEFFREY LIGHTNER, DALE COUNTY: Had 13 tackles, an interception and an 81-yard kickoff return in the Warriors’ 41-19 win over Ariton. Teammate Avery Beasley also had 13 tackles and Tanner Mathis had 11.
CONNER GERMAN & DRE NEWMAN, HEADLAND: German was in on 15 tackles and Newman earned nine tackles in the Rams’ 43-0 win over Straughn.
A.J. CHERRY, SHEFFIELD: Swiped two interceptions to help preserve Sheffield’s 22-7 win over Wilson.
BRANDON BUTTS, PRATTVILLE: Blocked a 41-yard field goal attempt and returned it 51 yards for the senior defensive back's first career touchdown in the Lions' 37-0 win over Foley.
SAMUEL ADKINSON, GENEVA COUNTY: Returned a fumble 25 yards for a touchdown and recorded 10 tackles, including four solos, in a 41-33 win over Samson.
DYLAN BONNER, ASHFORD: Recorded 10 tackles, and forced a fumble in the Yellow Jackets’ 31-7 win over Rehobeth. Teammate Noah Jackson also had 10 stops on defense and added 89 yards rushing.
J’DARIUS WASHINGTON, LEE-MONTGOMERY: Returned an interception 35 yards for a TD in the Generals’ 26-15 win over Park Crossing.
JACKSON COLLEY & WILL SOLOMON, PROVIDENCE CHRISTIAN: Both returned interceptions for touchdowns, helping the Eagles to a 35-10 win over New Brockton. Colley finished with seven tackles and Solomon five.
PHILLIP DUKE, PELHAM: Intercepted two passes and added four tackles in a 45-24 victory over Calera.
TIMOTHY KEENAN, RAMSAY: The Rams’ defensive lineman intercepted a pass and anchored a stingy defense in a 13-8 victory over Minor.
DIEGO GUAJARDO, DAPHNE: Kicked three field goals, an extra point and added a 12-yard run on a fake field-goal try as Daphne knocked off Theodore 16-13.
JASON PEREZ, COLLINSVILLE: Connected on two 38-yard field goal attempts, an extra point, and had three punts totaling 94 yards in the Panthers’ 13-0 victory over Plainview. The two DeKalb County teams were meeting for the first time since 1979. He also booted two of his three kickoffs into the end zone and the other sailed to the 5-yard line.
CHRISTIAN HERNANDEZ, DALE COUNTY: Kicked two field goals (43 and 28 yards) and converted three point-after kicks in the Warriors’ 41-19 win over Ariton.
LARRY McCAMMON, HOOVER: Returned a kickoff 91 yards for a score in the Bucs’ 52-14 victory over Pinson Valley.
ROBERT MARSH, CENTRAL-PHENIX CITY: Scored Central’s first TD on an 80-yard kickoff return as the Red Devils went on to score five different ways in a 42-18 win over Benjamin Mays of Atlanta in the Cam Newton Classic. The Red Devils also scored on a 69-yard pass, a 65-yard run, a blocked punt and a 27-yard interception return.
BIRMINGHAM, AL – The Board of Directors of the Bryant-Jordan Scholarship Program are proud to announce an increase in the amount of its scholarship awards beginning in 2019. The annual scholarship program, founded in 1986 in partnership between the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame (ASHOF) and the Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA), annually recognizes the state’s best and brightest high school student-athletes.
Beginning with the 34th Annual Bryant-Jordan Scholarship Awards Banquet on Monday, April 8, 2019, each level, from regional winners to class winners, to the two overall winners, will receive an increase in the amount of scholarship dollars awarded by the Bryant-Jordan Foundation.
The increases are as follows:
104 Regional Winners will increase from $2,500 to $3,000,
14 Class Winners go from $3,000 to $3,500 and,
2 Overall Winners are increasing from $3,000 to $4,000 each!
In total, the 104 Bryant-Jordan Regional Winners will each receive a $3,000 scholarship; 14 Class Winners will receive $6,500; and the 2 Overall Winners will each be awarded a total of $10,500 -- $321,000 overall and an increase of $61,000 over the previous scholarship payout. The initial payout in the first year of the program in 1986 was $32,000 in total.
In addition, several other individuals and organizations have also joined the Bryant-Jordan Program and present additional scholarships as well. Since the Bryant-Jordan Scholarship Program’s inception, approximately 3,000 senior student-athletes have received more than $10 million in scholarships.
This increase marks the first time the Bryant-Jordan Foundation has raised the scholarship amounts since April 2009. Board Chairman, Edgar Welden said, “With the continuing rise in college tuition, we feel that this increase is very timely. From the beginning, it has been the mission of this program to grow in order to affect as many young lives as possible. We’re extremely pleased with this initiative in order to award these young men and women for the outstanding achievements." AHSAA Executive Director Steve Savarese said, “On behalf of our member schools and our student-athletes, we are extremely grateful for our partnership with the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame and the Bryant-Jordan Program. There is no other scholarship program anywhere like it.The Bryant-Jordan Program not only provides educational opportunities for our students, but they have also been able to shine the light just how much educational athletics makes a difference in the lives of our young people. It has also been able to showcase the poignant struggles and successes of so many of our outstanding student-athletes.”
MONTGOMERY – Thompson quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa, who led the AHSAA in passing as a junior with 3,820 yards in 13 games, opened his senior season with a bang completing 10-of-13 passes in the first quarter for 185 yards and three touchdowns and had 309 yards by halftime to pace the Warriors (1-0) to a 38-7 win over James Clemens in the final game of the AHSAA’s 2018 Champions Challenge at Cramton Bowl.
Tagovailoa finished 26-of-39 for 385 yards and four touchdowns as Coach Mark Freeman’s team out-gained the Jets (0-1) 490 total yards to 353.
Junior receiver Michael Pettway had five catches for 118 yards and two scores, both coming in the first quarter covering 27 and 53 yards. Tagovailoa’s other first-half scoring toss went to senior Kyle Smoak for five yards – rolling up 309 passing yards by halftime and Thompson led 28-7. He found Will Hoffman for a 25-yard score early in the third period.
Running back Shadrick Byrd, who had 65 yards rushing on 14 carries, scored on a 3-yard run in the first half for Thompson, and Evan McGuire kicked five extra points, booted a 44-yard field goal with 3:26 left in the game to close out the scoring.
While Tagovailoa was red hot, James Clemens’ quarterback, senior Jamil Muhammad, caught fire in the second period – directing a 10-play, 82-yard drive delivering a 16-yard TD pass to Austin McGhee as the clock struck zero to cut the lead to 28-7. Muhammad was 11-of-13 in the first two quarters for 193 yards and finished 17-of-25 for 242 yards. Dylan Blackburn rushed for 76 yards on 15 carries and McGhee had six catches for 80 yards. Trevor Hunziker added five receptions for 78 yards. Coach Wade Waldrop’s punter Drew Blackwell averaged 39.3 yards on six punts.
Defensively, Jaylin Grigsby and Zach Hopkins had 11 tackles each for the Jets. Gage Motes had 13 stops, David Douglas and Sam Reynolds added eight each for Thompson.
Each team had one challenge per the AHSAA’s new Instant Replay program administered by DVSports. The first one, a James Clemens running play ruled a lost fumble, was overturned when officials reviewed the play. It was the first overturned call in the Instant Replay’s short history. The other challenge, by Thompson, confirmed the official’s call on the field that a Warriors receiver came down after matching a spectacular catch inside the James Clemens 15 in the final quarter.
NATIONAL FEDERATION OF STATE HIGH SCHOOL ASSOCIATIONS
High School Sports Participation Increases for 29th Consecutive Year
FOR RELEASE 7:45 AM EST Contact: Bruce Howard
FRIDAY, AUGUST 24, 2018
INDIANAPOLIS, IN (August 24, 2018) — Led by an additional 15,009 participants in girls sports programs, the overall number of participants in high school sports increased for the 29th consecutive year in 2017-18, according to the annual High School Athletics Participation Survey conducted by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS).
The number of participants in high school sports in 2017-18 reached an all-time record high of 7,979,986, according to figures from the 51 NFHS member state high school associations, which includes the District of Columbia. The number of girls participating in high school sports reached an all-time high of 3,415,306, and boys participation also set a new standard at 4,564,680.
While the number of additional participants this year (16,451) was not as substantial as the previous year (94,635), a steady increase in several boys and girls sports extended the streak to a record-breaking 29th year.
Among boys sports, soccer registered the largest gain with 6,128 additional participants. Other boys sports with sizeable gains were cross country (3,824), volleyball (3,767) and golf (2,558). For the second consecutive year, competitive spirit had the largest increase among girls sports with an additional 18,426 participants, followed by swimming and diving (4,797), lacrosse (3,431) and golf (3,176).
With 1,035,942 participants, 11-player football remains the No. 1 participatory sport for boys in high school by a large margin. Outdoor track and field is No. 2 with 600,097 participants, followed by basketball (551,373), baseball (487,097), soccer (456,362), cross country (270,095), wrestling (245,564), tennis (158,151), golf (144,024) and swimming/diving (138,935).
Outdoor track and field continues to lead the way for girls with 488,592 participants, followed by volleyball (446,583), basketball (412,407), soccer (390,482), fast-pitch softball (367,861), cross country (223,518), tennis (190,768), swimming/diving (175,594), competitive spirit (162,669) and lacrosse (96,904).
Despite remaining the top participatory sport for boys, 11-player football dropped for the second consecutive year. The decline in numbers, however, was not as high as 2016, and participation in 6-player and 8-player football continued to trend upward. In 2017, participation in 11-player football was 1,035,942, a two-percent decline of 21,465 from the previous year. The decline from 2015 to 2016 was 27,865, or 2.5 percent.
While there have been some recent reports about schools dropping the sport of football for the 2018 season because of declining numbers, the overall number of schools discontinuing 11-player football before the 2017 season was minimal – a decline of 20 schools from 14,099 to 14,079.
With 14,079 schools sponsoring 11-player football nationally, the loss of 21,465 participants amounts to 1.5 per school. And, although the 11-player numbers were down, the number of schools sponsoring 6-player football increased from 259 to 317, and school sponsorship of 8-player football increased from 841 to 847. Overall, the number of high schools sponsoring football (combining 6-, 8-, 9- and 11-player) increased by 29 schools – from 15,457 to 15,486.
The overall number of participants in football (6-, 8-, 9- and 11-player) in 2017 was 1,067,970, which includes 2,401 girls playing the various levels of the sport. The 21,465 decline in 11-player participation was evenly distributed across the country with no states reporting significant drops in football numbers.
“There are many positives about the numbers in this year’s sports participation survey,” said Karissa Niehoff, who began her duties as NFHS executive director earlier this month after eight years as executive director of the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference-Connecticut Association of Schools. “First, the upward trek of interest in high school sports continued for the 29th consecutive year. The model of sports within the education-based school system continues to thrive in the United States.
“Second, we are encouraged that the decline in high school football has slowed due, in part, to our efforts in reducing the risk of injury in the sport. While there may be other reasons that students elect not to play football, we have attempted to assure student-athletes and their parents that thanks to the concussion protocols and rules in place in every state in the country, the sport of football is as safe as it ever has been.”
In addition to playing rules in place that remove an athlete from a game when a concussion in suspected, states have enacted rules that limit the amount of contact before the season and during practices. With a more directed focus on risk minimization related to concussions the past 10 years, two recent studies have revealed that the rate of concussions has decreased the past couple of years due to more stringent rules related to protecting the head.
Amazingly, this year’s survey indicated participation by high school students in 65 different sports, as well as 13 adapted sports for students with disabilities. Some of the more popular non-traditional sports were badminton (17,898), archery (10,460) and fencing (4,513), along with two relative newcomers – bass fishing and ultimate frisbee.
Some of the emerging sports during the past decade continued their rise on the charts. Lacrosse now has 210,217 combined participants (113,313 boys, 96,904 girls), and bowling is up to 60,039 participants nationwide (32,159 boys, 27,880 girls).
“It is great to see new sport opportunities created to involve as many students as possible in high school sports,” Niehoff said. “While we continue to try to make football a viable option, we understand that some parents continue to have a concern about the physical nature of the sport. Certainly, the goal is to involve more and more young people in sports and activity programs because the benefits of participating in sports and activities is the same whether it is football, baseball, lacrosse, music, band or debate.”
The top 10 states by participants remained the same; however, Ohio moved ahead of Illinois into fourth place this year. Texas and California topped the list again with 824,619 and 819,625 participants, respectively, followed by New York (378,065), Ohio (347,567), Illinois (338,848), Pennsylvania (319,867), Florida (311,361), Michigan (296,625), New Jersey (281,800) and Minnesota (240,433).
The participation survey has been compiled in its current form by the NFHS since 1971 through numbers it receives from its member state associations. The top 10 sports for boys and girls and the year-by-year participation totals are listed below. The complete 2017-18 High School Athletics Participation Survey is available via the following link: http://www.nfhs.org/ParticipationStatistics/ParticipationStatistics/
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About the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS)
The NFHS, based in Indianapolis, Indiana, is the national leadership organization for high school sports and performing arts activities. Since 1920, the NFHS has led the development of education-based interscholastic sports and performing arts activities that help students succeed in their lives. The NFHS sets direction for the future by building awareness and support, improving the participation experience, establishing consistent standards and rules for competition, and helping those who oversee high school sports and activities. The NFHS writes playing rules for 16 sports for boys and girls at the high school level. Through its 50 member state associations and the District of Columbia, the NFHS reaches more than 19,500 high schools and 12 million participants in high school activity programs, including almost 8 million in high school sports. As the recognized national authority on interscholastic activity programs, the NFHS conducts national meetings; sanctions interstate events; offers online publications and services for high school coaches and officials; sponsors professional organizations for high school coaches, officials, speech and debate coaches, and music adjudicators; serves as the national source for interscholastic coach training; and serves as a national information resource of interscholastic athletics and activities. For more information, visit the NFHS website at www.nfhs.org.
MEDIA CONTACTS: Bruce Howard, 317-972-6900
Director of Publications and Communications
National Federation of State High School Associations
Chris Boone, 317-972-6900
Assistant Director of Publications and Communications
37 AHSAA Events Set for NFHS Network through August 27
Champions Challenge Classic Headlines AHSAA First Week of Prep Football Action on TV
MONTGOMERY – Raycom Sports and the NFHS Network kick off the AHSAA’s 2018-19 school year Thursday night with the first game of the 13th annual Champions Challenge Classic at Cramton Bowl. The NFHS Network plans 37 events total for the first weekend of the new school year – including middle school and junior high football and volleyball.
Raycom, which will televise live on its D-2 (Bounce) channel over its Raycom Network of stations across the state, will have Graham Dunn and Christina Chambers behind the mikes. Thursday’s football battle pits the defending Class 1A defending state champion Sweet Water Bulldogs and 2017 Class 3A semifinalist Clarke County (11-3). Friday’s final Champions Challenge contest features Thompson (12-1), a Class 7A semifinalist in 2017, and Class 7A James Clemens. Both games kick off at 7 p.m., and both will also be live-streamed over the NFHS Network’s subscriber-based network. The links can be found at www.ahsaa.com and at www.nfhsnetwork.com.
The AHSAA Radio Network will broadcast both games over its network of radio affiliates across the state and will be available via the internet via www.ahsaa.com. The Radio Network will also provide the NFHS Network audio.
The NFHS Network has eight AHSAA football games and two volleyball matches scheduled to be live-streamed Thursday night. Friday’s schedule has 18 football games scheduled and five more on Saturday. The headliner outside the Champions Challenge games is Saturday’s battle between defending Class 6A state champion Pinson Valley (15-0) and defending Class 7A champion Hoover (11-3). Kickoff for that game is set for 11 a.m. at Hoover Stadium.
Three AHSAA teams will be playing in Atlanta on Saturday with all games set for the NFHS Network thanks to the Atlanta Public School NFHS Network School Broadcast Program. Sidney Lanier plays Westlake at 2 p.m., Clay-Chalkville takes on Griffin (GA) at 4 p.m. and Central-Phenix City faces Benjamin Mays (GA) at 7 p.m.
Hoover and Vestavia Hills are scheduled to play the first varsity volleyball match of the season over the AHSAA’s NFHS Network School Broadcast Program. The Bucs and Rebs tip off Thursday at 7 p.m. at HHS. Geneva and Kinston have a match set for the NFHS Network on Saturday at 4 p.m.
Andalusia and Saraland are each broadcasting Friday’s football contest over the NFHS Network. Opelika goes to Callaway (GA) Friday with both schools also planning to live-stream the contest via the NFHS Network SBP.
NFHS Network subscribers will have access to all the games. To subscribe to the NFHS Network, click on: http://watch.nfhsnetwork.com/rewards-signup/.
The complete schedule for this weekend on the NFHS Network is listed.
NFHS NETWORK SCHEDULE OF AHSAA EVENTS
THURSDAY, August 23
VOLLEYBALL Producer Air Time
Vestavia Hills JV at Hoover JV Hoover HS SBP 5 p.m.
Vestavia Hills vs. Hoover (varsity) Hoover HS SBP 6:30 p.m.
FOOTBALL Producer Air Time
Clarke County vs. Sweet Water AHSAA/NFHS Net 7 p.m.
Brooks at Lauderdale County Brooks HS SBP 7 p.m.
Carver-Montgomery vs. Jeff Davis NFHS Montgomery Net 7 p.m.
Dothan at Enterprise Enterprise HS SBP 7 p.m.
Jasper at Cullman Cullman HS SBP 7 p.m.
Muscle Shoals at Deshler Muscle Shoals HS SBP 6:45 p.m.
Hewitt-Trussville 7th at Hoover Hoover HS SBP 5 p.m.
Hewitt-Trussville 8th at Hoover Hoover HS SBP 6:45 p.m.
FRIDAY, August 24
FOOTBALL Producer Air Time
Thompson vs. James Clemens AHSAA 7 p.m.
Andalusia at Saraland Saraland HS SBP 6:30 p.m.
Andalusia at Saraland Andalusia HS SBP 7 p.m.
Austin at Hartselle Hartselle HS SBP 7 p.m.
Blackman (TN) at Florence Florence HS SBP 6:45 p.m.
Early Co. (GA) at Eufaula Eufaula HS SBP 7 p.m.
East Limestone at Russellville Russellville HS SBP 7 p.m.
Gardendale at Mae Jemison Gardendale HS SBP 7 p.m.
Handley at LaFayette NFHS (Eagle 102.3) SBP 6:30 p.m.
Jacksonville at JB Pennington Jacksonville HS SBP 7 p.m.
Oak Mountain at Chelsea Chelsea HS SBP 7 p.m.
Opelika at Callaway (GA) Opelika HS SBP 6 p.m.
Park Crossing vs. Lee-Montgomery BTW Magnet HS SBP 7 p.m.
Red Bay at Colbert Heights Colbert Heights HS SBP 6:30 p.m.
Russell County vs. Smiths Station Smiths Station HS SBP 7 p.m.
Spain Park at Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa Hillcrest HS SBP 6:45 p.m.
Spanish Fort at McGill-Toolen Catholic Spanish Fort HS SBP 7 p.m.
Tuscaloosa County at Demopolis Demopolis HS SBP 7 p.m.
Wilcox Central at Auburn Auburn HS SBP 7 p.m.
SATURDAY, August 25
VOLLEYBALL Producer Air Time
Geneva at Kinston Geneva HS SBP 4 p.m.
FOOTBALL Producer Air Time
Briarwood at Vestavia Hills FR. Vestavia Hills HS SBP 6 p.m.
Briarwood at Vestavia Hills VAR Vestavia Hills HS SBP 7 p.m.
Central-Phenix City vs. B. Mays (GA) Atlanta PS SBP 7 p.m.
Clay-Chalkville vs. Griffin (GA) Atlanta PS SBP 4 p.m.
Pinson Valley at Hoover Hoover HS SBP 11 a.m.
Sidney Lanier at Westlake (GA) Atlanta PS SBP 2 p.m.
MONDAY, August 27
FOOTBALL Producer Air Time
Central-Phenix City at Auburn JV Auburn HS SBP 5 p.m.