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RAYCOM TO TELEVISE CENTRAL-PHENIX CITY AT ENTERPRISE IN TONIGHT’S RAYCOM/AHSAA FOOTBALL GAME OF THE WEEK

  Raycom Network will televise Central-Phenix City (7-2) at Enterprise (4-4)   as tonight’s Raycom/AHSAA Prep Football Game of the Week. The key Class 7A, Region 2 football clash at Wildcats Stadium will pit the Region 2 champion Red Devils versus a red-hot Enterprise team still hoping to qualify for one of the four playoff berths.
    Kickoff is set for 7:05 p.m. tonight with Play-by-play being handled by Graham Dunn with Mike Peacock the color commentator and Kim Cannova the sideline reporter. Ken Dunbar is the statistician in the booth.
    The Raycom/AHSAA Game of the Week is a weekly live TV telecast over the Raycom Network in Alabama. It will run through the regular season on Thursday night and then switch to Friday night for the first four rounds of the state playoffs. Raycom will conclude is series with the Super 7 state championship games (all classes) at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa in December.
   All games will be live over the Raycom TV Network on either the main channel or Raycom’s Bounce channels and the Raycom affiliate websites as well as live on Raycom’s You Tube channel on the internet. Go to www.pathtotheplayoffs.com for more specific channel information. Raycom stations include WAFF TV 48 in Huntsville, WBRC TV 6 in Birmingham, WSFA TV 12 in Montgomery, WDTX TV 34 in Dothan and WTVM TV 9 in Columbus, Ga., and non-Raycom station WFNA TV 55 (Bounce) in Mobile.
   The Raycom AHSAA Game of the Week crew will head to Cramton Bowl next Thursday (Oct. 15) for the Dothan vs. Carver-Montgomery Class 6A, Region 2 contest.
NFHS Network School Broadcast Program Has Strong Slate of Games
   
With playoff berths riding on most of the outcomes, the NFHS Network School Broadcast Program will feature at least 10 games this week – starting with Billingsley vs. Autaugaville tonight. More are expected to be added by tomorrow.
      Houston Academy and Randolph are also live-streaming Super Regional volleyball matches tomorrow in Classes 2A and 5A for their respective teams.
     The subscriber-based SBP games may be accessed by going to www.nfhsnetwork.com and then following the prompts with Alabama.
     The list of football games, with links, currently posted include:

October 22, 2015

Billingsley vs. Autaugaville – http://bit.ly/1W4IN2L

 

October 23, 2015
Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa vs. Brookwood –
http://bit.ly/1LGNQF6

Arab vs. Scottsboro – http://bit.ly/1GPw9NS

Decatur vs. Florence – http://bit.ly/1kkJuci (DHS) or

Goshen vs. Zion Chapel – http://bit.ly/1MPVrly

Pinson Valley vs. Shades Valley – http://bit.ly/1GeV5Uz

Muscle Shoals vs. Cullman – http://bit.ly/1LGOvpP (MSHS)

McGill-Toolen vs. Theodore – http://bit.ly/1Lzwtm3

Saks vs. Jacksonville – http://bit.ly/1GQXgbB

Hillcrest-Evergreen vs. Saraland – http://bit.ly/1KoB4FV


Central Board Approves Baseball Pitch Count Rule Beginning the 2017 Baseball Season

     The Alabama High School Athletic Association Central Board of Control unanimously approved changing the current pitching rule for baseball from innings pitched to a pitch count, beginning with the 2017 AHSAA baseball season.
     The action was taken at the Central Board of Control quarterly meeting at the AHSAA office Wednesday.
      Lee Gann, head baseball coach at Mountain Brook High School and the chairman of the AHSAA Baseball Coaches Committee, asked the Board to adopt the change. The Baseball Coaches Committee was unanimous in its recommendation, Gann said. Alabama becomes the first state association in the NFHS’s Section 3 to adopt the pitch count as a way to regulate arm safety and becomes one of the first in the nation.
     The current AHSAA Pitching Rule, adopted in 1989, states that pitchers can pitch up to 14 innings in one week but must rest three calendar days once pitching seven innings in one day or makes two appearances over consecutive days.
      The Pitch Count Rule adopted will require a varsity pitcher to rest three calendar days after throwing 76 to 120 pitches in one day. The maximum pitches allowed for a junior-varsity pitcher will be 100 and for junior high or middle school 85. 
      “After spending time with the (AHSAA) Medical Advisory Committee last February, we understand just how important limiting pitches thrown is to the health safety of a player’s arm,” Gann said.  “No two innings are the same.”
       AHSAA Executive Director Steve Savarese lauded the Central Board’s decision as well as the leadership of Gann and the Baseball Coaches Committee.
      “Our Medical Advisory Board made it clear that limiting the number of pitches thrown is much more important than innings pitched,” Savarese said. “We think this rule change is a landmark decision by the Central Board. Health and safety is a chief concern in all our sports, and this is a positive move toward making baseball safer for our student-athletes.”
     Complete details of the Pitch Count Rule will be posted at www.ahsaa.com in the coming days.
     The Central Board also adopted the Baseball Coaches Committee recommendation to change from the current 18 playing dates during the regular season to 28 total games for Classes 1A through 6A and 32 games in Class 7A. In addition, games played during a school’s defined “Spring Break” will not count toward total number of games allowed. The change will begin in the 2016-17 school year for the 2017 season.

In other board action Wednesday:

§  Denied an eligibility appeal from St. Paul’s Episcopal High School.

§  Heard a presentation from Chris Nix and Michael McGreevey of Knight-Eady concerning the upcoming 2015 Super 7 State Football Championships and approved the Super 7 projected expenses.

§  Approved an increase in Summer Conference registration and Expo exhibitor fees, Hall of Fame banquet ticket prices, Principal and AD Conference registration fees and AHSADCA Coaching Card fees beginning with the 2016-17 school year.

§  Tabled a vote on the baseball playoff rotation for the 2016-17 school year until after the new classification has been determined.


AHSAA Prep Spotlight for Week 8 Walker Defense Forces 9 Turnovers To Claim First Shutout Since 2013

     In a year dominated by high-scoring offenses, Walker High School’s Vikings went “old school” last Friday in its 24-0 shutout win over Jackson-Olin.
    The Vikings (7-1) clinched one of the top two playoff berths from Class 6A, Region 5 by forcing nine Mustangs’ turnovers to improve to 5-1 in region play. A win over Hueytown this week gives Coach Heath Brunner’s team the region title.
    Senior defensive back Ethan Walker made three interceptions, had three more pass deflections and 10 tackles to pace the defensive effort as the Vikings grabbed The AHSAA Prep Spotlight for Week 8.  Teammate Lane Davenport also had eight tackles and an interception, his seventh pick of the season, and Alex Medina added 15 tackles to boost his total to 104 in 2015. The shutout was Walker’s first since blanking Hayden 42-0 in week 6 of the 2013 season.
    Lyndon Harris had two fumble recoveries, Garrett Davenport had an interception and Everett Green recovered a fumble for Brunner’s defense.  Receiver Myron Mitchell caught eight passes for 143 yards and a 43-yard touchdown on offense.
Walker and Homewood are now tied at 5-1 atop Region 5, but the Vikings hold the edge with a close 17-14 win over the Patriots. Both will be at home in the first round of the state playoffs.
     The Walker defensive effort edged out one of the most versatile efforts of the season by Leeds High School quarterback Tydarryl Marshall and an emotional effort turned in by Cold Springs’s offensive line.
    Marshall scored on a 9-yard run, a 45-yard punt return, a 45-yard TD reception and also fired a touchdown pass from his quarterback position as the Green Wave beat Childersburg 54-0 to move to the top of Class 4A, Region 3. The Green Wave (7-2) are tied at 4-1 with Handley (7-1) but holds the tiebreaker after beating the Tigers 20-7 earlier in the season.
     Cold Springs’ Panthers rallied around Jon Campbell, a mainstay on the offensive line, to the tune of almost 400 yards rushing in a 42-14 win over Sumiton Christian. Campbell’s dad passed away earlier in the week following a long battle with leukemia. Running back Christian Crandall ran behind the offensive line for 182 yards and four touchdowns on just seven carries.

MILESTONES

CHEROKEE COUNTY WINS 100TH IN CURRY TENURE: Tripp Curry, head football coach at Cherokee County, registered the 100th coaching win of his coaching tenure when the Warriors beat Sardis 39-6. Curry is 100-69 in his 15th season at Cherokee County, including the school’s only football state title in 2009. His overall record (149-83) includes five seasons at Springville.
    In other top performances reported last week:

DEFENSE

CAIN HEATH, ALEXANDRIA:
Returned two interceptions for touchdowns as Alexandria clinched its first region title since 2012 with a 56-14 win over Moody. Heath's returned the two picks 33 and 53 yards in the first half. The Valley Cubs also returned another interception for a score in the second half.
ETHAN WALKER, WALKER: Had three interceptions for 36 return yards, 10 tackles and three pass deflections in Walker's 24-0 win over Jackson-Olin. The Vikings forced nine turnovers in the win. Teammate Lane Davenport also had eight tackles an interception, his seventh pick of the season, and Alex Medina added 15 tackles to boost his total to 104 this season.
RYAN RODRIGUEZ, EAST LIMESTONE: Recorded 20 tackles in a 28-25 win over West Point. Teammate Sylvaughn Turner sealed the win with a 65-yard pass reception for the winning touchdown with 14 seconds left in the game.
JOE ROGERS, SPRING GARDEN: Had a pair of interceptions, a pass deflection and a tackle on defense and also caught an 11-yard touchdown pass in the Panthers' 52-6 victory over Woodville.
RYAN GRIDER, SCOTTSBORO: Recorded 19 tackles as the Wildcats beat Southside-Gadsden 41-39. Teammate Stephen Jackson also had 13 stops.
ISAAC HOLT, HORSESHOE BEMD: Had 18 tackles and forced a fumble in a 49-42 loss to Woodland.
CHANDLER DAVIS, NORTHVIEW: Registered 14 tackles in the Cougars' 30-28 win over Wetumpka that clinched Northview's first playoff berth in 15 years.
HUNTER GREEN, CEROKEE COUNTY: The junior linebacker had 14 tackles, including four for losses, and a sack in the Panthers’ 49-12 win over Ider.
JERVONTAY CAMERON, B.C. RAIN: Had 13 tackles in a 38-28 B.C. Rain win over Faith Academy.
ETHAN McMINN, CULLMAN: Had an interception near his own goal line, recorded 10 tackles and scored the game-winning touchdown on a 3-yard run as the Bearcats nipped Decatur 13-10.
LOGAN HURLEY, GAYLESVILLE: Posted 10 tackles, including a sack and a tackle for loss, in the Trojans' 31-7 win over Coosa Christian.

 

RUSHING

NELSON WHYTE, MONTGOMERY ACADEMY:
Piled up 263 yards rushing on 13 carries and scored five touchdowns as the Eagles beat Central-Coosa 65-24. His scoring runs covered 59, 5, 67, 1 and 85 yards.
DREW HILL, HORSESHOE BEND: Ran for 211 yards and three touchdowns on 17 carries in a 49-42 loss to Woodland. Hill also caught a 20-yard TD pass and returned a kickoff for a fifth touchdown in the game.
TYSON WILLIAMS, DOTHAN: Rushed for 151 yards and two touchdowns, had two receptions for 50 yards, a long kick return and a game-sealing interception inside the 5-yard line to preserve the Tigers' 38-36 win over Carver-Montgomery. The win notched the second seed in Class 6A, Region 2 in the process.
B.J. SMALLS, HANCEVILLE: Rushed for 253 yards and four touchdowns on 28 carries in a 60-50 comeback win over Holly Pond. He had scoring runs of 8, 45 and 33 yards as Hanceville posted 30 straight points against the Broncos to seal the win. Branen Hurst also had 163 yards passing with one TD and rushed for three others in the win.
RECO HANNAH, RANDOLPH COUNTY: The senior running back rushed 15 times for 192 yards and two touchdowns and caught four passes for 41 yards and another score in his team's 35-14 win over Reeltown. The victory clinched Randolph County's first region championship since 1998.Hannah scored on runs of 41 and 42 yards and caught a 21-yard touchdown pass.
WALKER LOTT, THOMPSON: Rushed for 232 yards and threw for 106 yards to lead the Warriors past Tuscaloosa County 27-0. He scored on runs covering 58 and 89 yards and threw a 40-yard TD pass.
KOBE SMITH, WEST POINT: The workhorse had 40 rush attempts for 179 rushing yards and a touchdown in a 28-25 loss to East Limestone.
TREY HARRIS, NORTH JACKSON:  Rushed for 185 yards and two touchdowns, racing 90 yards for one score and 59 yards for another, in a 45-21 win over Oneonta. Harris had 13 carries and also tossed a 65-yard TD pass.
JAELYN FLEMING, GADSDEN CITY: Rushed for 171 yards and three touchdowns on 13 carries in the Titans’ 38-33 loss to Hazel Green.
GABE OZIO, MADISON COUNTY: Returned the opening kickoff 85 yards for a touchdown, and ran for 171 yards and two scores (14, 17 yards) on 20 carries in a 49-28 win over Randolph.
IVORY STARR, CEDAR BLUFF: Rushed for 164 yards on 12 carries and scored four touchdowns (5, 27, 70, 5 yards) to lead the Class 1A Tigers to a 35-10 football victory over Section.
AUSTIN HARRIS, FAIRVIEW: Rushed for 160 yards and four touchdowns on 23 carries in a 48-15 homecoming victory over Douglas.
KOBE justice, SUSAN MOORE: The senior quarterback rushed for 176 yards and four touchdowns (4, 43, 46, 18 yards) on just 14 carries in the Bulldogs’ 40-7 win over Vinemont.
PEYTON GILLILAND, CLEVELAND: The senior quarterback had 173 yards rushing and five touchdowns (64, 5, 51, 9, 16 yards) on just 11 attempts in the Panthers’ 49-12 win over Ider. He also completed 4-of –8 passes for 69 yards.
JASHUN CAMMERON, Gaston: Rushed 16 times for 161 and two touchdowns in a 35-28 victory over Collinsville.
PACE OZMINT, GLENCOE: Scored a pair of second-half touchdowns as the Yellow Jackets rallied to beat Weaver 15-14. Ozmint finished with 123 yards rushing on 23 carries and also had seven tackles on defense.
BRANDON BARNES, GAYLESVILLE: Rushed for 130 yards and three touchdowns and teammate Derek Hill had 128 yards and one TD on 14 attempts as Gaylesville beat Coosa Christian 31-7.
CHRIS ARMSTRONG, FOLEY: Ran for 157 yards on 32 carries and scored five touchdowns to lead a 48-33 win over Theodore in a Class 7A, Region 1 game.



PASSING

 

J.T. WISE, SAMSON: Accounted for 400 yards and six touchdowns in the Tigers' 40-20 win over Cottonwood. Wise completed 12-of-17 passes for 268 yards with three touchdowns and added 132 yards rushing and three TDs on 20 carries.
CHRISTOPHER ROBERTSON, LINDEN: Was a near perfect 10-of-11 passing for 219 yards and two touchdowns as the Patriots beat Billingsley 25-6. Robertson also rushed for one score.
MICHAEL LAMBERT, HOLLY POND: Was 19-of-33 passing for 332 yards and three touchdowns in a 60-50 loss to Hanceville.
BO NIX, SCOTTSBORO: Completed 14-of-24 passes for 291 yards and three touchdowns as the Wildcats beat Southside-Gadsden 41-39.
ZACH CUPPS, GARDENDALE: Was 16-of-26 passing for 269 yards and three TDs and scored another on a 332-yard run as the Rockets beat Fort Payne 38-28.
BLAKE JOHNSON, MONTGOMERY-CATHOLIC: Completed 18-of-32 passes for 284 yards and two TDs in a 47-23 loss to Andalusia.
RAGAN ASHLEY, FAIRVIEW: Was 11-of-19 passing for 229 yards and two touchdowns in a 48-15 win over Douglas. He also had 10 carries for 98 rushing yards and another score, and had an interception on defense.

RHETT FETNER, HANDLEY: The junior quarterback completed 10-of-15 passes for 261 yards and three touchdowns as Handley (7-1) beat Abbeville 48-14. Fetner's touchdown throws covered of 70, 25 and 27 yards.
TYREN DUPREE, CHEROKEE COUNTY: Completed 16-of-23 pass attempts for 207 yards and two touchdowns (11 and 53 yards) and also had a 15-yard touchdown run in the Warriors' 39-6 victory over Sardis.
DALEN MORRIS, BUCKHORN: Completed 10-of-17 passes for 190 yards and three touchdowns and ran for another score in a 44-7 win over Grissom.
BEN IVEY, SPRING GARDEN: Completed 5-of-6 passes for 203 yards and five touchdowns (54, 21, 11, 80 and 37 yards) in leading Spring Garden to a 52-6 victory over Woodville.
BRADY POLSON, BOB JONES: Completed 14-of-18 passes for 198 yards and four touchdowns to lead the Patriots past Huntsville 45-14.
VICTOR GARTH, AUSTIN: Had 207 yards passing – just on his four first-half touchdowns –

as the Black Bears beat Athens 55-27.

PASS RECEIVING

MALIK TALLEY, SCOTTSBORO:
Caught 10 passes for 290 yards and three touchdowns as Scottsboro beat Southside-Gadsden 41-39. His 10 catches moved him to No. 1 for career receptions at Scottsboro, and his 290 yards is also an SHS single-game best.
DARNELL MOONEY, GADSDEN CITY: Caught nine catches for 170 yards in the Titans’ 38-33 loss to Hazel Green.
DYLAN MORTON, HOLLY POND: Caught five passes for 169 yards and three touchdowns (38, 9 and 71 yards) as the Broncos fell to Hanceville 60-50.
SAMBO WOODS, FAIRVIEW: Snared eight passes for 150 yards and two TDs in a 48-15 win over Douglas.
KYLE HAYNES, PRICEVILLE: Caught four passes for 134 yards and a touchdowns as the Bulldogs (8-0) beat Locust Fork 26-22 to clinch the Class 4A, Region 7 title for the first time in school history.  Quarterback Kaleb Barker completed 9-of-10 passes for 196 yards and his 23rd TD pass on the year. Barker is now 137-of-218 for 2,177 yards and has accounted for 40 touchdowns (including 17 rushing).
MYRON MITCHELL, WALKER: Grabbed eight passes for 143 yards and a touchdowns in a 24-0 win over Jackson-Olin in Class 6A, Region 5.
LANDON PRITCHETT, MONTGOMERY CATHOLIC: Caught seven passes for 170 yards and two scores in a 46-23 loss to Andalusia.
LARRY REMBERT, McGILL-TOOLEN: Caught five passes for 159 yards and a touchdown as McGill-Toolen beat Murphy 35-28 in the 84th “Battle for the Cannon” at Mobile.
GRANT SIMMONS, SAMSON: Caught four passes for 112 yards and one touchdown in the Tigers' 40-20 win over Cottonwood.

SPECIAL TEAMS

HAYDEN TERRAL, FAIRHOPE:
Kicked three field goals, 39, 32 and 19 yards, to lead the Pirates to a 23-20 win over Davidson.
NIKO RICHMOND, JACKSONVILLE: Returned a kickoff 93 yards for one score and rushed for 96 yards and four more TDs in a 47-20 win over Hokes Bluff.
JACOB GRAVES, CHEROKEE COUNTY: Returned a punt for a 59-yard touchdown and scored on a 35-yard touchdown run in the Warriors' 39-6 victory over Sardis.
CALEB JONES, HOLLY POND: Returned a kickoff 80 yards for a touchdown and added two rushing TDs in a 60-50 Holly Pond loss to Hanceville.
PAUL RUIZ, ETOWAH: Returned a punt 60 for a touchdown and caught touchdowns passes for 56 and 24 yards in the Blue Devils’ 42-0 win over Boaz. 
TRENTON NASH, COLLINSVILLE: Returned a kickoff 89 yards for a touchdown in the Panthers' 35-28 loss at Gaston.


RAYCOM TO TELEVISE DOTHAN VS. CARVER AT CRAMTON BOWL IN TONIGHT’S RAYCOM/AHSAA FOOTBALL GAME OF THE WEEK

     Raycom Network will televise Dothan High School (4-4) versus Carver-Montgomery (3-4) tonight in the Raycom/AHSAA Prep Football Game of the Week. The key Class 6A, Region 2 football clash at Cramton Bowl in Montgomery pits two teams fighting for No. 2 behind leader Park Crossing (7-1) for the region title.
    Coach Kelvis White’s Tigers are 4-1 in region play while Coach Billy Gresham’s Wolverines are 3-2 in region play. The Thunderbirds lead Region 2 with a 5-0 record. The Thunderbirds take on Russell County Friday. Other Region 2 games have Wetumpka at Northview and Stanhope Elmore at Carroll Friday.
    Kickoff is set for 7:05 p.m. tonight’s Game of the Week with Play-by-play being handled by Graham Dunn with Mike Peacock the color commentator and Kim Canova the sideline reporter. Ken Dunbar is the statistician in the booth.
    The Raycom/AHSAA Game of the Week is a weekly live TV telecast over the Raycom Network in Alabama. It will run through the regular season on Thursday night and then switch to Friday night for the first four rounds of the state playoffs. Raycom will conclude is series with the Super 7 state championship games (all classes) at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa in December.
   All games will be live over the Raycom TV Network on either the main channel or Raycom’s Bounce channels and the Raycom affiliate websites as well as live on Raycom’s you tube channel on the internet. Go to www.pathtotheplayoffs.com for more specific channel information. Raycom stations include WAFF TV 48 in Huntsville, WBRC TV 6 in Birmingham, WSFA TV 12 in Montgomery, WDTX TV 34 in Dothan and WTVM TV 9 in Columbus, Ga., and non-Raycom station WFNA TV 55 (Bounce) in Mobile.
   The Raycom AHSAA Game of the Week crew will head to Cramton Bowl next Thursday (Oct. 15) for the Dothan vs. Carver-Montgomery Class 6A, Region 2 contest.

NFHS NETWORK FEATURES 12 AHSAA GAMES
   
A total of 12 AHSAA football games are currently listed to be live-streamed as part of the NFHS Network’s School Broadcast Program this weekend, beginning tonight with Lee-Huntsville vs. Arab at 7 p.m. at Arab.  Eleven games are set for Friday with more expected to be posted today and tomorrow. Among tomorrow’s key games will be McGill-Toolen vs. Murphy in Mobile in a key Class 7A, Region 1 game that could decide the region champion. Florence visits Hartselle in another game to be live-streamed by Florence’s award-winning SBP team of students directed by Florence Coach Randy Bruce. Both teams are battling for second behind unbeaten Muscle Shoals in Class 6A, Region 8.
    McGill-Toolen also plans to live-stream its volleyball match versus Daphne today at 5:30 p.m.
   The complete list of NFHS Network games scheduled is below.

   

RAYCOM MEDIA AHSAA TV GAME OF THE WEEK

Thursday, Oct. 15
Dothan vs. Carver, Montgomery, Cramton Bowl (Check www.pathtotheplayoffs.com for stations in your area)

 

AHSAA GAMES ON THE NFHS NETWORK
FOOTBALL
THURSDAY, OCT. 15
Lee vs. Arab (Oct. 15) – http://bit.ly/1LNOJ0n

FRIDAY, OCT. 16
Class 7A
Murphy vs. McGill-Toolen –
http://bit.ly/1PkWlHe

Class 6A
Albertville vs. Brewer – http://bit.ly/1MkLFYg

Cullman vs. Decatur – http://bit.ly/1GdJrJ5

Florence vs. Hartselle – http://bit.ly/1JXk6Ow (HHS)

Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa vs. Paul Bryant – http://bit.ly/1NuM4J6

Huffman vs. Shades Valley – http://bit.ly/1R2tplG

Opelika vs. Chilton County – http://bit.ly/1OprHgR

Pell City vs. Chelsea – http://bit.ly/1jhIrsQ
Robertsdale vs. Gulf Shores – link not available

Class 5A
Madison County vs. Randolph – http://bit.ly/1Ll5R8d

Class 2A
Highland Home vs. Goshen – http://bit.ly/1VJB2nQ

VOLLEYBALL
THURSDAY, OCT. 15
Daphne vs. McGill Toolen – link not available


RAYCOM remaining Game of the Week Schedule

Oct. 22 – Central-Phenix City vs. Enterprise, Enterprise HS Stadium
Oct. 29 – Hamilton vs. James Clemens, Madison City Stadium
Nov. 6 – First round, state playoffs (TBA)

Nov. 13 – Second round, state playoffs (TBA)

Nov. 20 – Third round, state playoffs (TBA)

Nov. 27 – Semifinals, state playoffs (TBA)

Dec. 2 – Super 7 Class 7A state finals, 7 p.m. – Bryant-Denny Stadium, Tuscaloosa

Dec. 3 – Super 7 Class 3A state finals, 11 a.m. – Bryant-Denny Stadium, Tuscaloosa

Dec. 3 – Super 7 Class 1A state finals, 3 p.m. – Bryant-Denny Stadium, Tuscaloosa

Dec. 3 – Super 7 Class 5A state finals, 7 p.m. – Bryant-Denny Stadium, Tuscaloosa

Dec. 4 – Super 7 Class 4A state finals, 11a.m. – Bryant-Denny Stadium, Tuscaloosa

Dec. 4 – Super 7 Class 2A state finals, 3 p.m. – Bryant-Denny Stadium, Tuscaloosa

Dec. 4 – Super 7 Class 6A state finals, 7 p.m. – Bryant-Denny Stadium, Tuscaloosa


Alabama Squad Named For 2015 Ala-Miss Football Game

     MONTGOMERY, AL. – Sixteen players already committed to Division I-A schools have been selected to the 40-player Alabama All-Star Team that will face Mississippi in the 29th annual Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Football Game Dec. 12 at the University of Southern Mississippi’s M.M. Roberts Stadium in Hattiesburg.
      The roster, comprised of current high school seniors, was announced Tuesday by Alvin Briggs, Director of the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association.  The annual contest, an event of the AHSADCA and the Alabama High School Athletic Association, will be played in Mississippi for the first time.
      Head coach for Alabama is Thompson High School’s Mark Freeman.
The annual all-star event has been played in Alabama since its inception in 1988. Alabama, 21-7 in the series, has won the last seven games with the last four being played at Montgomery’s Cramton Bowl. The game was played at Mobile’s Ladd-Peebles Stadium from 1988-2010 with the exception of 2007 – when two games were played in the series. The first, in June, was played at Mobile and the second game was played at Troy University in December. Since then, the game has been played in December.
         “The selection committee has worked extremely hard to once again put together an outstanding group of players,” Briggs said.  “Several of the players have already committed to Division I schools and most will have a chance to play at that level after high school. We are excited about playing the game in Mississippi. We know, however, that Mississippi’s team is also very talented. Last year’s game came down to the final play. We are expecting another great game.”
     Among the players selected to the Alabama squad are two running backs already committed to SEC schools.  Jarrion Street of Hewitt-Trussville, a 6-foot-2, 200-pound running back, has committed to Ole Miss and La’Mical Perine of Theodore, 5-11, 220 pounds, has committed to Florida.  The Gators and Alabama each have three commitments on the squad. The Crimson Tide lists wide receiver T.J. Simmons of Clay-Chalkville, offensive lineman Deonte Brown of Austin and defensive lineman Quinnen Williams of Wenonah. The Gators also list Hoover defensive end Jeremiah Moon and Park Crossing defensive back Jeawon Taylor among their commitments.
    Also selected to the Alabama All-Star squad are Auburn commitments John Broussard of Central-Phenix City and Marlon Davidson of Greenville. Broussard, 6-1, 178, is a defensive back, and the 6-4, 270-pound Davidson is a defensive lineman.
    Other players chosen who have already made verbal commitments are Saraland wide receiver Velus Jones (Southern Cal), North Jackson tight end Austin Cummins (Louisville), Auburn offensive lineman Tyler Pritchett (North Carolina), Spanish Fort offensive lineman Jacob Johnson (Southern Miss), athlete Bailey McElwain of Hewitt-Trussville (Stanford), defensive lineman Darius Whitfield of St. Paul’s (South Carolina) and defensive end Erroll Thompson of Florence (Mississippi State).
     Among the top players still uncommitted are outside linebacker Ben Davis of Gordo and inside linebacker Lydell Wilson of Carver-Montgomery. Davis, the son of former University of Alabama standout Wayne Davis, is rated by most recruiting services as the No. 1 outside LB prospect in the South. Wilson is rated No. 1 inside LB.
     Quarterbacks chosen are Tyler Johnston of Spanish Fort and Tyrell Pigrome of Clay-Chalkville. The duo have three state titles between them. Johnston is being reunited with his former coach for this year’s game. The Toros won 5A titles in 2012 and 2013 when Freeman served as head coach. Clay-Chalkville won the 6A crown last season. Both teams, now in Class 6A, are still undefeated this season at 7-0.
     Alabama’s All-Stars won last year’s game 36-30 with the game-winning touchdown coming on the final play of the game. Alabama game MVP in 2014 was Kerryon Johnson of Madison Academy, now a freshman at Auburn. Among the recent MVPs have been two Alabama standouts, current Crimson Tide linebacker Rashaan Evans (2013) and current Jacksonville Jaguars running back T.J. Yeldon (2011).  
    The 40-man roster and coaching staff:

2015 ALABAMA ALL-STAR ROSTER

Dist.

Class

Pos.

Player First

Player Last

School

HT.

WT.

Coach

1

6A

QB

Tyler

Johnston

Spanish Fort

6'2

210

Ben Blackmon

5

6A

QB

Tyrell

Pigrome

Clay-Chalkville

5'11

190

Jerry Hood

8

7A

RB

Miles

Strickland

Bob Jones

5'10

190

Kevin Rose

5

7A

RB

Jarrion

Street

Hewitt-Trussville

6'2

200

Josh Floyd

4

6A

RB

Josh

Johnson

Opelika

5'9

215

Brian Blackmon

1

7A

RB

La'Mical

Perine

Theodore

5'11

220

Eric Collier

8

6A

WR

Malik

Talley

Scottsboro

6'3

190

Patrick Nix

3

6A

WR

Xavier

Lane

Carver-Montgomery

6'4

205

Billy Gresham

5

6A

WR

T. J.

Simmons

Clay-Chalkville

6'2

194

Jerry Hood

1

6A

WR

Velus

Jones

Saraland

6'

180

Jeff Kelly

3

1A

WR

Stevonta

Bradley

Maplesville

6'2

190

Brent Hubbert

8

4A

TE

Austin

Cummins

North Jackson

6'6

240

Mark Rose

8

6A

OL

Deonte

Brown

Austin

6'4

340

Jeremy Perkins

5

7A

OL

Adam

Raschilla

Tuscaloosa County

6'6

310

Lee Gibson

4

7A

OL

Tyler

Pritchett

Auburn

6'4

305

Adam Winegarden

6

7A

OL

Jamahl

Jelks

Gadsden City

6'3

315

Matt Scott

5

6A

OL

Cole

Garrison

Clay-Chalkville

6'4

285

Jerry Hood

8

6A

OL

Ben

Berry

Decatur

6'3

260

Jere Adcock

3

7A

OL

Cody

Wyatt

Prattville

6'3

275

Chad Anderson

1

6A

OL

Jacob

Johnson

Spanish Fort

6'5

300

Ben Blackmon

4

7A

P/K

Sage

Ledbetter

Auburn

6'

175

Adam Winegarden

5

7A

A

Bailey

McElwain

Hewitt-Trussville

6'

235

Josh Floyd

2

5A

DL

Marlon

Davidson

Greenville

6'4

270

Josh McLendon

2

6A

DL

Nicholas

Fields

Dothan

6'2

270

Kelvis White

1

5A

DL

Darius

Whitfield

Saint Paul's

6'3

285

Steve Mask

5

5A

DL

Quinnen

Williams

Wenonah

6'4

265

Ronald Cheatham

5

6A

DL

Kurtis

Beaman

Huffman

6'1

320

Alex Wilson

3

6A

LB

Lyndell

Wilson

Carver-Montgomery

6'3

235

Billy Gresham

5

7A

DE

Jeremiah

Moon

Hoover

6'4

210

Josh Niblett

7

3A

DE

Benjamin

Davis

Gordo

6'4

235

Ryan Lolley

3

6A

DE

Prentice

Blue

Park Crossing

6'3

205

Smitty Grider

4

7A

DE

Walter

Pritchett, II

Central-Phenix City

6'2

225

Jamey DuBose

7

6A

DE

Erroll

Thompson

Florence

6'2

250

J. B. Wallace

3

6A

DB

Jeawon

Taylor

Park Crossing

6'2

190

Smitty Grider

4

7A

DB

John

Broussard

Central-Phenix City

6'1

178

Jamey DuBose

8

7A

DB

Brandon

Alexander

Bob Jones

6'

180

Kevin Rose

5

7A

DB

P. J.

Hall

Hoover

5'11

196

Josh Niblett

2

6A

DB

Tyrez

Lindsey

Dothan

6'2

198

Kelvis White

4

6A

DB

Charlie

Benton

Opelika

6'3

190

Brian Blackmon

8

2A

S

Peyton

Gilliland

Cleveland

6'

215

Gardner Gilliland



Head Coach

Mark Freeman, Thompson High School

Assistant Coaches

Brent Hubbert, Maplesville High School

Jerry Hood, Clay-Chalkville High School

Paul Benefield, Fyffe High School

Eric Cohu, Madison Academy

J. B. Wallace, Florence High School

Chris Yeager, Mountain Brook High School

Steve Mask, Saint Paul's Episcopal School


AHSAA Prep Spotlight for Week 7 Hanceville Turns to Big Plays to Beat Oakman 50-40

    Victories have been hard to come by for Class 3A Hanceville in 2015. That changed last weekend when the Bulldogs (2-5) exploded for 43 first-half points and then held on to take a 50-40 win over Oakman (5-2).
     Oakman came into the game with a perfect 4-0 Class 3A, Region 5 record while Hanceville came in a 1-2 in region play. The Bulldogs lived by big plays to pull the upset and grab the AHSAA Prep Spotlight for Week 7 of the prep football season.
    Hanceville Coach Danny Miller told the Cullman Times: “I don’t know if I’ve ever been a part of a team that scored 43 points in a half. And I’m not sure if I’ve ever been on a team that scored 50 points and only won by 10. I am extremely proud of those guys.”
    Isaac Weissand set the pace with a 34-yard interception return for a touchdown on the game’s first play from scrimmage. The offense got on board on its first offensive play when Branen Hurst connected with Kaine Yates for a 78-yard touchdown.
    Hurst finished 10-of-15 passing for 284 yards and three touchdowns – including a 52-yarder to Weissend. Running back B.J. Smalls added 211 yards rushing on 15 carries with two TDs coming on runs of 72 and 70 yards.

MILESTONES

PIEDMONT’S SMITH NOTCHES 100TH: Running back Darnell Jackson rushed for 170 yards and three touchdowns, and Bayley Blanchard returned a punt 34 yards for a TD as Piedmont (6-1) beat Cedar Bluff 35-0 – the 100th win for the Bulldogs under current head coach Steve Smith. Smith, 185-68 overall, is 100-23 at Piedmont, is in his 21st season as a head coach. He was 85-45 at Cedar Bluff in 11 seasons.
BARKER GOES OVER 3,000 YARDS: Priceville senior quarterback Kaleb Parker was 16-of-19 passing for 265 yards and three TDs as Coach Dirk Strunk’s  Bulldogs (7-0) remained unbeaten with a 42-14 win over Good Hope. Barker, a senior, also rushed for 66 yards and another TD on five carries to improve his season total offense to 3,163 yards and 38 touchdowns accounted for – and Class 4A Priceville, 5-0 in Region 7, is off to its best start in school history. Barker is 128-of-208 passing this season with 1,981 yards and 22 TDs to six different receivers. He has also rushed 110 times for 1,182 yards and 16 scores. Leading receiver Kyle Haynes had five catches for 123 yards and one TD in the Good Hope win.
   In other top performances reported for Week 7:

RUSHING

GABE ORIO, MADISON COUNTY: Ran for 340 yards and five touchdowns in a 53-40 win over Douglas.
RECO HANNAH, RANDOLPH COUNTY: The senior running rushed for 299 yards and five touchdowns on 25 carries in the Tigers' 49-12 win over LaFayette Friday. Hannah has scored 19 total touchdowns (on offense, defense and special teams) in his past four games for Randolph County (7-0).

DESMON TURNER, FORT PAYNE: Had 406 all-purpose yards and four touchdowns in Fort Payne’s 38-21 victory against Scottsboro. He rushed for 216 yards on 38 carries with three touchdowns, caught two passes for 71 yards and a touchdown and had four kick returns for 119 yards. Teammate Tyler Ellis was 8-of-11 passing for 142 yards and two TDs in the win.
JAY JOHNSON, EUFAULA: Rushed for 285 yards on 24 carries with three touchdowns in a 47-28 win over Charles Henderson.
NICK KRITNER, SATSUMA:  Rushed for 251 yards and three touchdowns on 18 carries in a 35-19 win over Cottage Hill Christian. His scoring runs covered 32, 60 and 50 yards.
DAKOTA LAMBERT, SPRING GARDEN: Gained 200 yards on just 12 rush attempts and scored four touchdowns (34, 25, 52, 41 yards) to lead the Panthers past Jacksonville Christian 61-21. Teammate Quintin Downey added 146 yards on 13 carries and scored two touchdowns.

JORDAN BENTLEY, GUNTERSVILLE: Had 26 carries for 240 yards and four touchdowns – boosting his career TD total to 94 – and the Wildcats (7-0) won over Fairview 45-0 to notch their 25th straight regular-season game in a row.
DEION DOZIER, DOTHAN: Rushed for 211 yards on 32 carries with one touchdown and scored the game-ending two-point conversion in the Tigers' 43-42 double overtime Class 6A win over arch-rival Northview.

RODERICK MELTON, NORTHVIEW: Had 180 yards rushing and three touchdowns on 26 carries and added three pass receptions for 20 yards and fourth TD in the 43-42 two-overtime loss to Dothan.
JERROD KEYES, OAK GROVE: Rushed for 224 yards and three TDs in a 35-29 win over Sipsey Valley.
JOSHUA LACEY, VIGOR: Ran for 200 yards and a touchdown as Vigor beat Faith Academy 33-7.
STEFAN CALDWELL, ELBA: Had eight carries for 195 yards and four touchdowns in a 46-13 Class 2A win over Luverne.

DESHON COWLING, PIKE COUNTY: Rushed for 171 yards and three touchdowns on just 12 carries and returned a punt 70 yards for a touchdown in the unbeaten Bulldogs' 47-8 win over Wicksburg. The Panthers’ TD was the first points scored versus Coach Fred Holland’s Pike County defense all season. The Bulldogs (6-0) have outscored opponents 318-8 on the year.
LEMUEL DANTZLER, COLUMBIA: Ran for 191 yards and three touchdowns (19, 5, 25 yards) on 11 carries in a 62-21 win over St. John Paul II.
WILL COX, BAYSIDE ACADEMY: Totaled 168 yards rushing and four touchdowns in Bayside Academy’s 42-32 Class 3A win over Hillcrest-Evergreen 42-32.
AUSTIN BUSH, GLENCOE:  Rushed 16 times for 155 yards and two touchdowns in the Yellow Jackets’ 21-7 victory over Ohatchee.

ADAM BROWNER, NEW HOPE: Ran for 150 yards and two touchdowns on 19 carries and threw for 100 yards in a 17-0 win over North Sand Mountain.

BRANDON BARNES, GAYLESVILLE: Rushed for 155 yards and two touchdowns on 19 carries and had five tackles on defense in the Trojans' 37-28 victory at Woodville.
JOHN MICHAEL DYE, VINEMONT: Helped the Eagles post their first win of the season with 154 yards rushing and three touchdowns on 25 carries in a 29-25 win over Holly Pond.
TROY YOUNG, MOBILE CHRISTIAN: Had 154 yards rushing and three touchdowns in a 42-41 double-overtime win over Flomaton. His 4-yard TD run with 59 seconds remaining in regulation sent the game to overtime.
LEONARD JOHNSON, HAYDEN: Scored on the first carry of the game on an 80-yard run and finished with 220 tandem yards in the Wildcats’ 32-7 win over Springville. Johnson finished with 102 yards rushing on seven carries, caught two passes for 50 yards and returned an interception 70 yards in the final period for another TD.
TRE’ NATION, LEEDS: Rushed for 135 yards and three TDs in a 59-0 win over Dadeville to become the Green Waves’ career rushing leader.

 

PASSING
HUNTER GRANT, WEST END:  Completed 24-of-44 passes for 393 yards and three touchdowns in the Patriots’ 44-36 loss to Gaston.
TY PIGROME, CLAY-CHALKVILLE:   Accounted for 354 yards total offense as the unbeaten and defending 6A state-champion Cougars to a 52-14 win over Shades Valley. He passed for 217 yards and four TDs and rushed for 137 yards.
DRAMARCUS WATFORD, MURPHY: Led the Class 7A Panthers past Foley 37-17 completing 16-of-26 passes for 270 yards and two touchdowns.
MALIK CUNNINGHAM, PARK CROSSING: The junior completed 15-of-25 passes for 241 yards and four touchdowns in the Thunderbirds’ 48-27 victory over G.W. Carver. He also ran 14 times for 63 yards and a fifth touchdown.
MATT HIOTT, BIBB COUNTY: Was 14-of-18 passing for 243 yards and two touchdowns in Bibb County’s 24-21 win over Montevallo.
JORDAN DOUGLAS, GASTON: Completed 11-of-14 passes for 212 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for 119 yards on 19 carries in the Bulldogs’ 44-36 win over West End.

MATTHEW SAUTER, COLUMBIA: Was 21-of-30 passes for 236 yards and a TD as Columbia beat St. John Paul II Catholic 62-21. Sauter also rushed for a score.
MATT HARPER, HACKLEBURG: The junior quarterback piled up 356 total yards to guide the unbeaten Panthers (7-0) to a 50-6 win over Vina. Harper was 11-of-13 passing for 196 yards and two scores, and rushed nine times for 150 yards and three scores. He also ran for two 2-point conversions.
PRESTING HERRING, ARITON: Completed 16-of-21 passes for 209 yards and four touchdowns, leading the Purple Cats to a game-winning touchdown drive late in a 41-38 win over Houston Academy.
TYREN DUPREE, CHEROKEE COUNTY: Completed 8-of-13 pass attempts for 207 yards and three touchdowns (81, 31, 9 yards) in the Warriors' 49-10 victory over Crossville.
BARTON LESTER, MONTGOMERY ACADEMY: The senior completed 7-of-9 passes for 107 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for 145 yards on 12 carries with another TD as the Eagles beat Midfield 35-26.

PASS RECEIVING

ANDRE LITTLE, WEST END: Caught nine passes for 140 yards and one touchdown in the Patriots’ 44-36 loss to Gaston.
WILL MOORE, BIBB COUNTY: Had five receptions for 127 yards and one TD in the Choctaws’ 24-21 win over Montevallo.
QUARTEZ HENDERSON, CHEROKEE COUNTY: Caught three passes for 124 yards, including and 81-yard touchdown, in the Warriors' 49-10 win over Crossville.

 

DEFENSE

ROB ENGLISH, ELBA: Was in on 17 tackles, including one sack, and also recovered a fumble in the Tigers' 46-13 win over Luverne.
DEREK HILL, GAYLESVILLE: Posted 13 tackles, two assists, four tackles for loss, two pressures, two forced fumbles and returned two fumbles for touchdowns, added a 75-yard punt return for a touchdown in the Trojans’ 37-28 win over Woodville. Hill also rushed for 122 yards on 13 carries as Gaylesville posted its first win of the season.
JEVONTE LEE, NORTHVIEW: Returned an interception 68 yards for a touchdown and recovered a fumble in the end zone to prevent a Dothan score in the Cougars’ 43-42 double overtime loss to the Tigers.

JUSTIN PATTERSON, CULLMAN: Had 11 tackles, including two sacks for minus-25 yards, in a 14-13 loss to Hartselle.
TUFFY CASEY, ARITON: Totaled a team-high 10 tackles and also caught two touchdown passes in the Purple Cats' 41-38 win over Houston Academy.

JEREMAH KING, LEE-HUNTSVILLE: Made 10 tackles and picked off a pass in the end zone with 1:54 remaining to preserve in a 21-16 win over Southside-Gadsden.

GARRETT BOLAND, VINEMONT: Intercepted two passes and broke up two others in a 29-25 win over Holly Pond. He also had 125 yards total offense at quarterback.
VINCENT BURRELL, BESSEMER CITY: Recorded 10 tackles, including two sacks, and had two interceptions in the Tigers’ 59-0 win over Selma. He returned one pick for a TD.
KEENAN JERNIGAN, NORTHVIEW: Had 19 tackles, including one sack, in the Cougars’ 43-42 loss to Dothan.
REED BLANKENSHIP, WEST LIMESTONE: Scored on a 25-yard fumble return and also had an interception in a 54-28 win over East Lawrence. The two-way standout also scored on a 15-yard catch and 37-yard run
RICKYI HALL, PROVIDENCE CHRISTIAN: Recorded 15 tackles, including three for losses, in a 29-14 loss to G.W. Long.

JEREMY STANDFIELD, HAYDEN: The senior linebacker totaled 11 tackles, including two sacks, in a 32-7 win over Springville. Senior Teammate Coltin Shirley also had seven tackles and an 83-yard fumble return for a touchdown.
THOMAS WIRTZFIELD, CEDAR BLUFF: Returned a fumble 87 yards for a touchdown in the Tigers' 69-0 homecoming win over Coosa Christian.

SPECIAL TEAMS
MATTHEW QUINN, SPANISH FORT: The freshman kicked two fourth-quarter field goals, including a 27-yarder as time expired, to lead the Toros past Blount 41-38.
ALEX ORTIGOZA, BIBB COUNTY: Booted a 39-yard field goal on the last play of the game to lift the Choctaws past previously unbeaten Montevallo 24-21.
VELUS JONES, SARALAND: Scored on a 68-yard pass on his first touch of the game and followed with a 77-yard kickoff return for a TD on his second touch as Saraland beat Baldwin County 56-35. Jones finished with 233 all-purpose yards and four touchdowns in the win.
KYRIQ McDONALD, JAMES CLEMENS: Blocked a punt and returned it 22 yards for the go-ahead touchdown in the third quarter of a 13-7 win over Gadsden City.

MALIK TALLEY, SCOTTSBORO: Returned a kickoff 97 yards for a touchdown and caught two TD passes for all Scottsboro’s scores in a 38-21 loss to Fort Payne. The kickoff return was the second longest in school history, according to SHS historian Greg Bell, and the TD receptions made him the school career leader (14).
ILLAIR GARCIA, GERALDINE: Kicked a 35-yard field goal with five minutes remaining in the fourth quarter to lift the Bulldogs past Sand Rock 9-7.
DALTON PARKS, DAR:  Returned a kickoff 85 yards for a TD and added three rushing touchdowns in a 43-26 win over Locust Fork. 


RAYCOM TO TELEVISE FOLEY VS. MURPHY AT LADD-PEEBLES STADIUM IN TONIGHT’S RAYCOM/AHSAA FOOTBALL GAME OF THE WEEK

      Raycom Network will televise Foley High School versus Murphy as tonight’s Raycom/AHSAA Prep Football Game of the Week. The key Class 7A, Region 1 football clash at Ladd-Peebles Stadium will pit two hoping to clinch one of four playoff bids from Class 7A’s only nine-team region.

   The Panthers of Coach Rick Cauley are currently 4-2 on the season and tied with McGill-Toolen (5-1) atop the Region 1 standings with a perfect 4-0 region record. Foley (5-2), coached by first-year head coach Tad Niblett, opened the season with three straight wins but lost two close region games to drop to 3-2 in region play. 
    Kickoff is set for 7:05 p.m. tonight with Play-by-play being handled by Graham Dunn with Mike Peacock the color commentator and Kim Cannova the sideline reporter. Ken Dunbar is the statistician in the booth.
    The Raycom/AHSAA Game of the Week is a weekly live TV telecast over the Raycom Network in Alabama. It will run through the regular season on Thursday night and then switch to Friday night for the first four rounds of the state playoffs. Raycom will conclude is series with the Super 7 state championship games (all classes) at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa in December.
   All games will be live over the Raycom TV Network on either the main channel or Raycom’s Bounce channels and the Raycom affiliate websites as well as live on Raycom’s you tube channel on the internet. Go to www.pathtotheplayoffs.com for more specific channel information. Raycom stations include WAFF TV 48 in Huntsville, WBRC TV 6 in Birmingham, WSFA TV 12 in Montgomery, WDTX TV 34 in Dothan and WTVM TV 9 in Columbus, Ga., and non-Raycom station WFNA TV 55 (Bounce) in Mobile.
   The Raycom AHSAA Game of the Week crew will head to Cramton Bowl next Thursday (Oct. 15) for the Dothan vs. Carver-Montgomery Class 6A, Region 2 contest.

  

Two NFHS Network Games Set For Tonight
      
The NFHS Network will live-stream two AHSAA games tonight with more than a dozen others already scheduled through the NFHS Network’s School Broadcast Program.
       The two games set for tonight are Chelsea at Benjamin Russell and Foley vs. Murphy. Among Friday’s games will be Arab at Albertville and Decatur at Muscle Shoals, both set to be live-streamed by each school competing.
       A list of AHSAA games set to be live-streamed over the NFHS Network, with the links, are below. Others may still be posted by tomorrow night. Check www.NFHSnetwork.com for the latest updates.



AHSAA Football Games on the NFHS Network
Thursday, Oct. 8
Class 6A
Chelsea vs. Benjamin Russell          http://bit.ly/1JPU3J3
Class 7A
Foley vs. Murphy                                 http://bit.ly/1WPd2g7

Friday, Oct. 9
Class 7A
Davidson vs. McGill-Toolen                http://bit.ly/1FRCnlE

Prattville vs. Enterprise                      http://bit.ly/1PjQsKz
Class 6A
Arab vs. Albertville                             http://bit.ly/1Pgs24G  (Albertville feed)
Arab vs. Albertville                             http://bit.ly/1VGOfbO (Arab Feed)

Athens at Florence                              http://bit.ly/1Rs94Hl
Clay-Chalkville vs. Shades Valley        http://bit.ly/1FUC35d
Decatur vs. Muscle Shoals                  http://bit.ly/1VCXrhp  (MSHS feed)
Decatur vs. Muscle Shoals                  http://bit.ly/1WPdyuz (DHS feed)
Hartselle vs. Cullman                          http://bit.ly/1Pk5joe
McAdory vs. Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa       http://bit.ly/1j3BwU9
Class 4A
White Plains vs. Jacksonville               http://bit.ly/1FZu4E2
Class 2A
Goshen vs. Central-Hayneville            http://bit.ly/1OVwvKO


AHSAA Prep Spotlight For Week 6 Class 3A Pike County Registers Fifth Straight Shutout in 58-0 Win over Barbour County

    Pike County High School’s football team has scored 271 points in five straight wins this season to sit atop Class 3A, Region 2 tied with Daleville at 3-0 in region play. That computes to a 3A-leading 54.2 points per game.
   But now for the rest of the story. Coach Fred Holland’s Bulldogs (5-0) have not allowed a point in 2015 – the only team in the state to accomplish that feat at this stage of the season.
    Last week, Pike County beat Barbour County 58-0 – scoring a touchdown on defense and on special teams – to build a 52-0 lead by intermission. Holland turned over the second half to reserves as the Bulldogs grabbed the AHSAA Week 6 Prep Spotlight with their fifth straight shutout.
    Deshon Cowling set the pace in the first half with touchdown runs of 84 and 46 yards on his first two official carries. The senior had one run of 40 yards sandwiched in between called back for a penalty. He scored his final TD late in the second quarter on a 45-yard punt return.
    Michael Rumph, a senior 5-foot-5 linebacker, also recovered a bad Jaguar’s snap in the end zone for the final first-half TD. Holland’s roster lists only three players over six feet.
    Fans who want to see the Bulldogs’ swarming defense, can tune into the NFHS Network Friday night when Pike County, a member of the NFHS Network school broadcast program, will host Wicksburg in a game to be broadcast live over the NFHS Network.
    The Bulldogs’ performance edged out two super efforts by West Point running back Kobe Smith and LaFayette quarterback Jatarvious Whitlow to earn the Spotlight top honor.
    SMITH totaled 362 rushing yards and three touchdowns on 25 carries, including scores of 83 and 96 yards, in a 42-21 loss at Huntsville’s Milton Frank Stadium to J.O. Johnson. The senior also had a late 70-yard sprint to set up his final TD and accounted for all but 48 of the Warriors’ total yards in the setback.
WHITLOW quarterbacked his team to a 44-21 win over Woodland with an amazing performance that included five touchdowns three different ways. He had nine carries for 176 yards and two scores, completed 6-of-12 passes for 124 yards and another TD and also returned two punts -55 and 48 yards- for touchdowns to finish with 403 all-purpose yards.
   

MILESTONES
JORDAN BENTLEY, GUNTERSVILLE: Joined an elite group of prep running backs by going over 5,000 yards rushing for his career as unbeaten Guntersville (6-0) downed Etowah 21-20 in a key Class 5A, Region 7 win over Etowah. Bentley had 29 rush attempts for 134 yards and two touchdowns to push his career totals to 5,075 rushing yards and 90 TDs. He currently ranks third on the all-time AHSAA list for rushing touchdowns scored and is 31st in career rushing yardage with the rest of the 2015 season remaining.
JACKSONVILLE’S CLARK LANDS 1,000TH CAREER WIN: Volleyball Coach David Clark of Jacksonville watched his volleyball team defeat Jacksonville Christian at the Calhoun County tournament last weekend.  Clark’s friend and chief rival Jimmy Latta of Guntersville notched the 500th match victory of his volleyball career with a Wildcats win against Alexandria last week.  Two players also reached person milestones – Madison Sides of Spring Garden and Whitney Hinton of UMS-Wright. Hinton recorded the 1,500th career dig in a match versus Daphne last weekend, and Sides posted her 1,000th career kill in a win over Gadsden City.
Whitney Hinton of UMS-Wright recorded career dig No. 1,500 during a match against Daphne in Saturday’s Battle for Old Shell Road Tournament.

Top football performances included:

PASSING

TYLER JOHNSTON, SPANISH FORT: The Toros senior was 18-of-23 for 312 passing yards and three touchdowns in Spanish Fort’s 56-35 win over Baldwin County. He also ran for two TDs.
HUNTER GRANT, WEST END: The senior finished with 405 combined yards and six touchdowns in the Patriots' 48-12 win over Ider. Grant rushed 11 times for 125 yards and one touchdown and was 14-of-18 passing for 280 yards and five touchdowns. Dustin Goodwin made three TD receptions.
JAY JONES, McADORY: Was 7-of-14 passing for 174 yards, two touchdowns, and rushed 21 times for 189 yards and three scores as the Yellow Jackets beat Bessemer City 41-35. He ran for 95 yards for one of the five TDs while totaling 363 yards on the night.
HOLDEN VERDIN, BAKER: Completed 14-of-19 passes for 290 yards and three touchdowns as Baker beat Foley 21-14.
KADARIUS TONEY, BLOUNT: Helped the Leopards remain unbeaten with a 13-of-18 passing performance in a 42-14 win over Robertsdale. Toney finished with 257 yards passing and two TDs and added 102 yards and two more scored on five rush attempts to finish with 359 total yards.
KEKE PRUITT, THEODORE: Was 7-of-13 passing for 253 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for another score as the Bobcats beat Mary Montgomery 42-7.
ZACH CUPPS, GARDENDALE: Passed for 249 yards while passing for one TD and running for another as Gardendale beat Shades Valley 36-34
LOGAN GASKIN, SARDIS: The senior quarterback was 7-of-16 passing for 234 yards and two touchdowns in the Lions’ 21-19 victory over White Plains.
MICHAEL LAMBERT, HOLLY POND: Completed 15 passes for 226 yards and four scores in a 49-24 loss to Winston County. Teammate Dylan Morton was on the receiving end of three TDs covering 16, 20, and 35 yards.
VICTOR GARTH, AUSTIN: Passed for 213 yards and rushed for 53 as Austin beat Florence 38-17. He had TD passes of 69 and 85 yards.
RAMSEY RIGBY, ELBA: Completed 13-of-19 passes for 208 yards and four touchdowns in Elba's 58-7 win over Goshen.
JOSH DECKER, CEDAR BLUFF: Completed 12-of-17 pass attempts for 204 yards and rushed for a TD in the Tigers' 62-6 win over Woodville.
JACOB FREE, BRANTLEY: Was 8-of-13 passing for 230 yards and five touchdowns as Brantley beat Florala 68-6.
TYREN DUPREE, CHEROKEE COUNTY: Completed 8-of-11 pass attempts for 200 yards and three touchdowns (3, 33, 55 yards) in the Warriors' 48-17 victory at Hokes Bluff.
TANNER, ALLEN, UMS-WRIGHT: The Bulldogs quarterback was 8-of-9 passing for 202 yards and three TDs in a 48-0 win over Thomasville.
TAYLOR HAYES, PIEDMONT: Was 8-of-14 passing for 200 yards and threw four touchdowns (69, 9, 40, 13 yards) and rushed for 92 yards in the Bulldogs' 49-0 victory at Pleasant Valley.
JACOBY McDANIEL, DOTHAN: Completed 15-of-19 passes for 201 yards and two touchdowns and added 58 yards rushing on four carries with one touchdown in a 33-19 win over Carroll.
CHARLIE TROTMN, JR., TRINITY PRESBYTERIAN: Was 14-of-24 passing for 199 yards and three TDs as the Wildcats beat Ashford 35-0.
CAYDE ELLIOTT, COLD SPRINGS: Was 8-of-13 passing for 183 yards and three touchdowns as the Eagles beat Addison 45-26. The quarterback also ran in a short score as the Panthers beat the Bulldogs for the first time since 1993.
T.J. LOWE, VALLEY: Was 7-of-11 passing for 141 yards in a 25-21 win over Chilton County. He passed for two TDs, but his biggest may have been a clutch fourth-down completion to the Tigers’ 4-yard line late in the fourth quarter to set up his game-winning touchdown run keeper on the next play.
J.T. WISE, SAMSON: Connected with Grant Simmons on a 35-yard touchdown pass with 33 seconds left, helping Samson rally from 15-6 with two fourth-quarter scores in a 19-15 win over Houston Academy.

RUSHING

JERROD KEYES, OAK GROVE: The Tigers’ running back pounded out 336 yards rushing and seven touchdowns on 28 carries in a 63-34 win over Holt. Keys scored on runs of 13, 47, 6, 5, 33, 4 and 20 yards.
ANDREW BROWN, WINSTON COUNTY: Rushed 24 times for 306 yards and two touchdowns) and also caught two touchdown passes in the Yellow Jackets 49-24 win over Holly Pond.
MALIK CUNNINGHAM, PARK CROSSING: Was 11-of-18 passing for 154 yards and three scores and rushed for 139 yards and a TD on 16 carries as the Thunderbirds downed Northview 41-34.
DESMON TURNER, FORT PAYNE: Piled up a single-game school record 286 yards on 32 carries and scored three touchdowns to go over 1,000 yards on the season (1,208 yards) as Fort Payne downed Lee-Huntsville 28-14. He threw a jump pass for eight yards and the Wildcats’ other TD.
OMAR BROWN, NORTH JACKSON:  Had 283 yards rushing and four touchdowns in a 56-6 win over J.B. Pennington. His TD runs 32, 66 1 and 2 yards.
KINGSTON DAVIS, PRATTVILLE: Had a career high 277 yards rushing on 38 carries, another career best, as the Lions beat Jeff Davis 38-20. He scored three rushing touchdowns.
CHRIS SHUFFORD, McKENZIE: Gained 255 yards rushing on 23 attempts with five touchdowns (11, 8, 15, 14 and 39 yards) to lead McKenzie past Red Level 41-8.
AUSTIN KINSEY, WASHINGTON COUNTY: The Bulldogs’ workhorse had 35 carries for 248 yards and three touchdowns as the Bulldogs beat Mobile Christian 30-21. He had 197 of those yards in the second half.
TYRE GRAY, BENJAMIN RUSSELL: The senior quarterback rushed for 240 yards and two touchdowns in a 27-7 win over Oxford. The performance pushed him over 1,000 yards on the year, and he now has scored 20 touchdowns for the Wildcats (6-1).
SAM MUELLER, PLAINVIEW: Rushed for 233 yards on 10 carries with three touchdowns in the Bears’ 35-24 win against Pisgah.
KADE SEAY, PROVIDENCE CHRISTIAN: Ran for 214 yards and three touchdowns, added a 27-yard field goal and hit 5-of-5 extra-point kicks in a 38-20 win over Ariton.
BRADON CARVER, SAND ROCK: Rushed for 212 yards on 17 carries and an 11-yard touchdown and also grabbed a 22-yard touchdown pass and had five tackles (2 for loss) on defense in leading the Wildcats to a 28-14 win at Sylvania.
AARON CARTEE, PRICEVILLE: Totaled 24 rush attempts for 211 yards and three touchdowns in a 36-28 win over Oneonta for the unbeaten Bulldogs (7-0)...
IVORY STARR, CEDAR BLUFF: Ran for 208 yards and four touchdowns (4, 34, 1, 29 yards) on 13 carries in the Tigers' 62-6 victory at Woodville.
DILAN KILPATRICK, FYFFE: Had 207 yards rushing on 13 carries with three touchdowns in Fyffe’s 56-14 win against Gaston.
DARIUS SMITH, SLOCOMB Rushed for 209 yards on 19 carries with four touchdowns in the Red Tops' 45-18 win over Abbeville.
EVANS ALISON, RANDOLPH: Had 19 carries for 182 yards and three touchdowns (55, 37 and 5 yards) as Randolph beat Hatton 31-0.
JOSH JOHNSON, OPELIKA: The senior had 171 yards rushing and four touchdowns as the Bulldogs remained unbeaten with a 40-25 win over Opelika.
ALARIC WILLIAMS, SOUTHSIDE-GADSDEN: The senior running back rushed 15 times for 170 yards, including a 74-yard touchdown run, and caught one pass for 65 yards in the Panthers’ 24-21 win over Albertville.
GABE OZIO, MADISON COUNTY: Rushed for 166 yards and three touchdowns and returned a kick 78 yards for a four score in a 49-19 win over Fairview. He streaked 95 yards on one TD.
LEE HISBON, TANNER: Rushed for 168 yards and two touchdowns and added a third score receiving as the Rattlers beat Tarrant 56-2.
MEMPHIS SISTRUNK, COTTONWOOD: Rushed for 167 yards and three touchdowns on runs of 60, 2 and 8 yards and also caught an 11-yard TD pass in the Bears' 46-19 win over Houston County.

STACY WILLIAMS, ETOWAH:  Williams, a senior, rushed 26 times for 165 yards and two touchdowns in the Blue Devils’ 21-20 loss to Guntersville.
QUINTON DOWNEY, SPRING GARDEN: Ran for 157 yards on 20 carries and three touchdowns (5, 5, 10 yards). He also rushed for a 2-point conversion in the Panthers' 50-6 victory over Valley Head.
CLAY KELLEY, NEW BROCKTON: Rushed for 152 yards on nine carries with touchdown runs of 78 and 7 yards and recovered two fumbles on defense in the Gamecocks' 55-0 win over Highland Home.
DEREK HILL, GAYLESVILLE: Ran for 149 yards on 16 carries and scored two touchdowns (9 and 5 yards) in the Trojans' 28-22 loss in overtime at Jacksonville Christian.
KENNON CASEY, G.W. LONG: The Rebels quarterback rushed for 144 yards on 10 carries with four touchdowns (31, 23, 39 and 18 yards) and also threw a 30-yard touchdown pass in G.W. Long's 49-0 win over Geneva County.

PASS RECEIVING

VELUS JONES, SARALAND: The Southern Cal commitment caught eight passes for 230 yards and four touchdowns in Saraland’s 42-8 win over Citronelle.
ROBERT ADAMS, TRINITY PRESBYTERIAN: Had 10 receptions for 136 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Wildcats to a 34-0 win over Ashford. It was his third straight 125-yard plus receiving performance.
QUARTEZ HENDERSON, CHEROKEE COUNTY: Caught four passes for 140 yards, including a 55-yard touchdown, in the Warriors' 48-17 win at Hokes Bluff.
AUSTIN HALLMARK, SARDIS: The senior receiver finished with four catches for 136 yards, including a 65-yard touchdown catch, in the Lions’ 21-19 victory over White Plains.
TOMMY SPIVEY, BRANTLEY: Grabbed three catches for 134 yards and three touchdowns as the Bulldogs beat Florala 68-6. Spivey has had seven TD receptions in Brantley’s last two games.
DALLAS REED, COLLINSVILLE: Caught touchdown passes of 63 and 61 yards in the Panthers' 34-10 win at Section.
FISHER WILLOUGHBY, COLD SPRINGS: Caught seven passes for 128 yards and two touchdowns and recovered two fumbles, including a 50-yard scoop-and-score, in a 45-26 homecoming victory over Addison. His TD receptions covered 42 and 33 yards. Teammate Christian Crandall chipped in 120 rushing yards and two touchdowns (14 and 53 yards) on 14 carries and took a screen pass 55 yards for another score.
DARRIAN STEELE, CARVER-MONTGOMERY: Caught four passes for 116 yards and three scores as the Wolverines beat Russell County 55-14.
BLAKE EDWARDS, ELBA: Caught five passes for 90 yards with two touchdowns and also had a 51-yard interception return for a touchdown in the Tigers' 58-7 win over Goshen.

 

DEFENSE

TONY NELSON, CARVER-MONTGOMERY: Returned an interception 100 yards for a touchdown as Carver beat Russell County 55-14.
JOSHUA DRAPER, LEE-HUNTSVILLE: Recorded 17 tackles, including three stops behind the line, in a 28-14 loss to Fort Payne.
LOGAN HURLEY, GAYLESVILLE: Posted 14 tackles, including three for lost yardage, in the Trojans' 28-22 loss in overtime at Jacksonville Christian.
WALTER PRITCHETT, CENTRAL-PHENIX CITY: The defensive lineman led a Red Devils defense that had eight sacks with four stops behind the line in a 41-14 win over Smith Station.
PATE SMITH, G.W. LONG: Earned nine tackles, including two sacks, and recovered a fumble for a touchdown in the Rebels' 49-0 win over Geneva County.
TRAE PRATER, FORT PAYNE:  Made an interception in the Wildcats’ end zone to foil one scoring threat to lead a Fort Payne defense in a 28-14 win over Lee-Huntsville. The secondary had three interceptions in the final period with Tyler Berry and Daurice Maddox picking off the other two.
ZACH GLENN, CULLMAN: Picked off a pass that led to a touchdown and had 11 tackles in a 20-7 region win at Athens. Teammate Justin Patterson added 10 tackles and two sacks.
DREW VANCE, CHEROKEE COUNTY: Returned a fumble 50 yards for a touchdown in the Warriors' 48-17 victory at Hokes Bluff.
DAKOTA LAMBERT, SPRING GARDEN: Returned an interception 62 yards for a touchdown and scored on a 4-yard touchdown run in the Panthers' 50-6 victory over Valley Head. Teammate Chase Jennings also returned a pick 35 yards for another score for Spring Garden’s defense and added a 9-yard TD run.

SPECIAL TEAMS

COBY NEENAN, NORTHVIEW:
Kicked 2-of-3 field goals, missing only on a 56-yarder that sailed wide left, while converting 4-of-4 on extra points and punting for a 44-yard average on three punts in the Cougars' 41-34 loss to Park Crossing. He also looped two kickoffs that resulted in Park Crossing fumbles that the Cougars recovered.
KOBE BAGGETT, DOTHAN: Booted a punt 74 yards in Dothan’s 33-19 win over Carroll. The kick was Baggett’s only punt of the night.
CARDAVION MYERS, PIEDMONT: Scored two touchdowns on a 60-yard punt return and a 63-yard run in the Bulldogs' 49-0 victory at Pleasant Valley.
B.J. SMALLS, HANCEVILLE: Returned a kickoff 88 yards for a touchdown and added 86 rushing yards in a 49-35 loss at Winfield.


RAYCOM TO TELEVISE THE RAYCOM/AHSAA GAME OF THE WEEK TONIGHT

  Raycom Network will televise 16 games live over the remainder of the 2015 prep football season, beginning with West Point at J.O.  Johnson tonight.
  The Class 5A, Region 8 battle between Warriors (4-1) and Jaguars (2-3) at Huntsville’s Milton Frank Stadium will kick off the Raycom/AHSAA Game of the Week, which will run through the regular season and first four rounds of the state playoffs.
  The Raycom series began in August with the three Champions Challenge games at Cramton Bowl and will conclude with the Super 7 State Championships at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa in December.
   All games will be live over the Raycom TV Network on either the main channel or Raycom’s Bounce channels and the Raycom affiliate websites as well as live on Raycom’s you tube channel on the internet.  Go to www.pathtotheplayoffs.com for more specific channel information. Raycom stations include WAFF TV 48 in Huntsville, WBRC TV 6 in Birmingham, WSFA TV 12 in Montgomery, WDTX TV 34 in Dothan and WTVM TV 9 in Columbus, Ga., and non-Raycom station WFNA TV 55 (Bounce) in Mobile.
    Play-by-play is being handled by Graham Dunn with Mike Peacock the color commentator and Kim Cannova the sideline reporter. Ken Dunbar is the statistician in the booth.
   The next four weeks the Raycom/AHSAA GOW will be televised statewide on Thursday nights. The playoffs will feature Friday games.