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Finals set for 46th AHSAA Volleyball State Championships

  
    BIRMINGHAM – Hoover and Mountain Brook advanced to the 7A state finals as the 46th annual AHSAA State Volleyball Championships at the CrossPlex moved into the semifinals Wednesday night.
    Bayside Academy won its semifinal match and moved into the finals for the 15th straight year in Class 3A to face South Super Regional rival Providence Christian.
    Other finals set include: Alexandria and St. Paul’s Episcopal in Class 5A; defending champion Spanish Fort and Hazel Green in 6A; Winston County and St. Luke’s Episcopal in Class 2A; Saint James versus Madison Academy in 4A; Addison and Decatur Heritage in 1A.
     Recaps of the semifinal matches are below:

Class 7A Semifinals
   Hoover 3, Huntsville 0: Coach Chris Camper’s Lady Bucs (39-14) clawed out a tough 25-22, 25-22, 25-21 win over Huntsville (38-11) at the Birmingham CrossPlex Wednesday afternoon to advance to the AHSAA Class 7A State Volleyball Tournament finals. Hoover will meet two-time defending state champion Mountain Brook in the championship match Thursday at Bill Harris Arena next door at 2 p.m. All finals will be live-streamed over the NFHS Network.
   Leading Hoover were Kenya Hunter and Nora Webster with 11 kills each. Paige Shaw added nine kills and six digs and Hunter added six blocks. Sabrina Duncan’s 13 kills led Huntsville. Savannah Combs also had 19 digs and Hannah Barrett added 12 assists.
   Mountain Brook 3, McGill-Toolen 1: Emmy Kilgore’s 22 kills led the Spartans (43-8) to the 7A finals with a 25-20, 24-26, 28-26, 25-20 triumph over McGill-Toolen. Lacey Jeffcoat added three service aces and 35 digs and setter Libby Grace Gann had 50 assists, 15 digs and three kills for Mountain Brook. Coach Haven O’Quinn’s team will be making their third straight Class 7A state championship match appearance with Thursday’s finals versus Hoover.
   McGill-Toolen (49-10), the 2015 state runner-up, had strong front-row play from Shaunta Battle, Jaylen Daffen and Kirsten Carter. The trio had 10, 9 and 9 kills, respectively. Sofia Bruno added 24 digs and Lillie Fromdahl had 24 assists.

Class 6A Semifinals
   Spanish Fort 3, Hartselle 1: Defending state champion Spanish Fort (58-4), coached by Gretchen Boykin, beat the Tigers (68-12) in four sets 18-25, 25-23, 25-21, 25-20 advancing to  Thursday’s Class 6A championship match versus Hazel Green at 4 p.m. at Bill Harris Arena on the CrossPlex campus.
    Carley Hamric and Savannah Lee each had 16 kills for the Toros. Lee also had 21 digs, and Reilly Vought recorded 37 assists.
     Leading Hartselle was Megan Zuck with 19 kills and 32 digs. Hayden Hanserd added 15 kills while setter Gabrielle Bili dished out 44 assists.
Class 5A Semifinals
   Alexandria 3, St. John Paul II Catholic 1: Senior Tori Rae Stillwell and junior Taylor Spradley dominated inside with 16 kills and 15 kills, respectively, as Coach Whitney Welch’s Valley Cubs (48-9) beat St. John Paul II Catholic 25-13, 25-11, 22-25, 25-19. Alexandria moves to the Class 5A finals to face St. Paul’s Episcopal. The 5A championship match will be Thursday at 10 a.m. at Bill Harris Arena.
    Gracie Muncher had six service aces and 42 assists, and Kinsley Gregoria had 19 digs.
    Setter Madison Lozen had 30 assists, Alex Pressnell had 19 digs and seven kills, and Marissa Koch added 10 kills for the Falcons (39-27).
    St. Paul’s Episcopal 3, Lawrence County 1: Seniors Konner Wilks and Mary Scott Hollingsworth paced St. Paul’s (43-7) to a 25-21, 20-25, 25-16, 25-15 victory in the other Class 5A semifinal. Wilks had 29 digs while Hollingsworth had 13 kills, two blocks and 20 digs for Coach Lisa Marston’s Saints.
    Lawrence County (46-14) was led by Ally Craig’s 10 kills and eight blocks. Bradee Garner also had eight kills and eight blocks and setter Laekyn Bennett had 35 assists.

Class 4A Semifinals
   Saint James 3, Jacksonville 1: The Trojans (35-10) moved to the Class 4A finals with a 25-18, 25-18, 19-25, 26-24 victory over Jacksonville. They advance to the 4A finals Thursday at noon to face Madison Academy.
     Senior Sydney Stone and sophomores Carson Ann Crow and Hannah Dailey had 11, 10 and 10 kills respectively for Saint James, coached by Karen Lee. Samantha White had 31 assists and Emily Poundstone had 22.  Jacksonville finished its season 43-12.
   Madison Academy 3, Danville 2: The Mustangs (44-20), moving up to 4A this season, advanced to Thursday’s Class 4A finals thanks in part to a super performance from outside hitter Abby Brooks. The junior had 25 kills and 34 digs, and Emma Wade had 35 digs and 29 assists. Macy Moore also had 10 kills for Coach Mandy Kerce’s Mustangs.
    Shelby Ziegler and Mikayla Koins had 20 and 19 kills, respectively. Ziegler also had a first-day state-tournament high 12 blocks. Courtney Watts recorded 46 assists.


Class 3A Semifinals
   Bayside Academy 3, West Morgan 0: Coach Ann Schilling’s Lady Admirals (56-5) kept their hopes of a 15th straight state championship alive with a 25-12, 25-15, 25-14 sweep of West Morgan (40-22) in the Class 3A semifinals. The win sends Bayside, which has won eight Class 3A state championships in a row after capturing six Class 2A state titles from 2001-2007, against Providence Christian in Thursday’s finals at 6 p.m. at Bill Harris Arena.
    Lauren Chastang had 14 kills and 14 digs for Bayside, also seeking its 25th state title overall, and Ansley Dailey added 29 assists. Ariel Dulaney also served five aces and had eight kills. West Morgan’s Savannah Stephenson led the Rebels with eight kills and 11 digs.
   Providence Christian 3, Carbon Hill 0:  Coach Bill Oldfield’s Eagles (45-8) set up another showdown with Bayside in the state finals with a 25-14, 25-14, 25-16 win over Carbon Hill (69-9).  Providence, moving up from 2A to 3A this season, met Bayside in the South Super Regional finals last weekend.
   Ashlyn Byrd had 34 assists and Hannah Harris had 26 kills in the win. Autumn Mayes also had 23 digs. Carbon Hill, coached by Saige Beaty, got nine kills and 13 digs from sophomore Lacey Evans and 18 assists from Molly Kate Atkins.

Class 2A Semifinals
   Winston County 3, Fyffe 2: The Yellow Jackets (28-15), coached by Tiffany Cole, won the five-set marathon 20-25, 25-12, 22-25, 25-10, 15-13 to advance to Thursday’s Class 2A finals versus St. Luke’s Episcopal. The 2A finals will kick off Championship Thursday at Bill Harris Arena with the first championship match at 8 a.m.
    Saige Blanton led Winston County with 19 kills and 20 digs. Andrea Jacques had 24 digs and eight fills, Presley Billups added nine kills and 19 digs, and Macy Green distributed 43 assists.
     Fyffe finished its season (33-13).
   St. Luke’s Episcopal 3, Altamont 2: Coach Meredith McDonald’s Wildcats  (45-14) pulled out the 25-13, 22-25, 22-25, 25-21, 15-13 victory coming from a 2-1 deficit to reach the 2A finals. Natalie Bonner had 12 kills and eight blocks, Kellan Hensley and Jordan Odom had  32 and 30 digs, respectively, and Brooke Threlkeld  recorded 21 assists.
   Altamont (28-5) got 41 assists from Ashley Sharff. Abby Sharff had 62 digs and 16 kills.

Class 1A Semifinals
   Addison 3, Isabella 0: Addison won the Class 2A state championship in 2015, moved down to 1A this season and will be playing for the Class 1A title Thursday night after its 25-19, 25-19, 25-10 win over Isabella in Wednesday’s semifinals.
   Coach Kayla Woodard’s Bulldogs (42-19) will face Decatur Heritage in the finals at Bill Harris Arena. The 5,500-seat facility is adjoined to the Birmingham CrossPlex where all the first-day action took place.
    Abbie Chambless had 13 kills and Allie Chambless had 10 to lead Addison. Abbie also had 11digs and Savannah Manley had 12 blocks, which tied for most in a match in all seven classifications Wednesday.  Maison Evans served four aces and led with 18 digs.
   Isabella (37-4), coached by Glen Graham, was led by Hailey Underwood’s 13 digs. Synia Chattman had five blocks and Kinley Tuttle had four.
   Decatur Heritage 3, Donoho 1: The Eagles (45-10) of Coach Kelly Garland  reeled off the last 14 points of the final set to thwart a Donoho comeback and captured the other finals slot 20-25, 25-11, 25-12, 25-14.
    Trailing 14-11 in the fourth set, senior Kayla Grimes took over at the net as Decatur Heritage closed out the win on a 14-0 run. She finished the match with 28 kills and seven blocks. Teammate Timara Bowers was also dominant inside with 22 kills and three blocks.  Setter Kaitlyn Cheatham had 56 assists and 25 digs.
    Katie Brown led Donoho (33-19), coached by Janice Slay, with 44  assists and 31 digs. Madison Gaines and Peyton Suco added 16 and 10 kills, respectively. Suco also had 27 digs.


Finals set for 7A, 5A and 2A at the 46th AHSAA Volleyball State Championships

   BIRMINGHAM – Hoover and Mountain Brook advanced to the 7A state finals as the 46th annual AHSAA State Volleyball Championships at the CrossPlex moved into the semifinals Wednesday night.
    Alexandria and St. Paul’s Episcopal posted Class 5A semifinal wins while Winston County and St. Luke’s Episcopal squeaked out five-set win in the Class 2A semifinals.
     Class 1A, 3A, 4A and 6A semifinals were underway at 6 p.m.

Class 7A Semifinals
   Hoover 3, Huntsville 0: Coach Chris Camper’s Lady Bucs (39-14) clawed out a tough 25-22, 25-22, 25-21 win over Huntsville (38-11) at the Birmingham CrossPlex Wednesday afternoon to advance to the AHSAA Class 7A State Volleyball Tournament finals. Hoover will meet two-time defending state champion Mountain Brook in the championship match Thursday at Bill Harris Arena next door at 2 p.m. All finals will be live-streamed over the NFHS Network.
   Leading Hoover were Kenya Hunter and Nora Webster with 11 kills each. Paige Shaw added nine kills and six digs and Hunter added six blocks. Sabrina Duncan’s 13 kills led Huntsville. Savannah Combs also had 19 digs and Hannah Barrett added 12 assists.
   Mountain Brook 3, McGill-Toolen 1: Emmy Kilgore’s 22 kills led the Spartans (43-8) to the 7A finals with a 25-20, 24-26, 28-26, 25-20 triumph over McGill-Toolen. Lacey Jeffcoat added three service aces and 35 digs and setter Libby Grace Gann had 50 assists, 15 digs and three kills for Mountain Brook. Coach Haven O’Quinn’s team will be making their third straight Class 7A state championship match appearance with Thursday’s finals versus Hoover.
   McGill-Toolen (49-10), the 2015 state runner-up, had strong front-row play from Shaunta Battle, Jaylen Daffen and Kirsten Carter. The trio had 10, 9 and 9 kills, respectively. Sofia Bruno added 24 digs and Lillie Fromdahl had 24 assists.

Class 5A Semifinals
   Alexandria 3, St. John Paul II Catholic 1: Senior Tori Rae Stillwell and junior Taylor Spradley dominated inside with 16 kills and 15 kills, respectively, as Coach Whitney Welch’s Valley Cubs (48-9) beat St. John Paul II Catholic 25-13, 25-11, 22-25, 25-19. Alexandria moves to the Class 5A finals to face St. Paul’s Episcopal. The 5A championship match will be Thursday at 10 a.m. at Bill Harris Arena.
    Gracie Muncher had six service aces and 42 assists, and Kinsley Gregoria had 19 digs.
    Setter Madison Lozen had 30 assists, Alex Pressnell had 19 digs and seven kills, and Marissa Koch added 10 kills for the Falcons (39-27).
    St. Paul’s Episcopal 3, Lawrence County 1: Seniors Konner Wilks and Mary Scott Hollingsworth paced St. Paul’s (43-7) to a 25-21, 20-25, 25-16, 25-15 victory in the other Class 5A semifinal. Wilks had 29 digs while Hollingsworth had 13 kills, two blocks and 20 digs for Coach Lisa Marston’s Saints.
    Lawrence County (46-14) was led by Ally Craig’s 10 kills and eight blocks. Bradee Garner also had eight kills and eight blocks and setter Laekyn Bennett had 35 assists.

Class 2A Semifinals
   Winston County 3, Fyffe 2: The Yellow Jackets (28-15), coached by Tiffany Cole, won the five-set marathon 20-25, 25-12, 22-25, 25-10, 15-13 to advance to Thursday’s Class 2A finals versus St. Luke’s Episcopal. The 2A finals will kick off Championship Thursday at Bill Harris Arena with the first championship match at 8 a.m.
    Saige Blanton led Winston County with 19 kills and 20 digs. Andrea Jacques had 24 digs and eight fills, Presley Billups added nine kills and 19 digs, and Macy Green distributed 43 assists.
     Fyffe finished its season (33-13).
   St. Luke’s Episcopal 3, Altamont 2: Coach Meredith McDonald’s Wildcats  (45-14) pulled out the 25-13, 22-25, 22-25, 25-21, 15-13 victory coming from a 2-1 deficit to reach the 2A finals. Natalie Bonner had 12 kills and eight blocks, Kellan Hensley and Jordan Odom had  32 and 30 digs, respectively, and Brooke Threlkeld  recorded 21 assists.
   Altamont (28-5) got 41 assists from Ashley Sharff. Abby Sharff had 62 digs and 16 kills.


46th Annual State Volleyball Championships Commence Wednesday at Birmingham CrossPlex

    BIRMINGHAM – Four defending state champions will be in the 56-team field as the 46th annual AHSAA State Volleyball Championships get underway at the Birmingham CrossPlex Wednesday morning.
     Eight teams will be competing in each of the seven classifications Wednesday with quarterfinal and semifinal matches set to be completed. State champions will be crowned in the championship matches Thursday at Bill Harris Arena next door. All championship matches will be live-streamed by the NFHS Network.
      Class 3A Bayside Academy (54-5) will be going after its 14th consecutive state title and 24th volleyball championship overall. Coach Ann Schilling’s Lady Admirals take on Plainview (36-11) at 11 a.m. in their first match of the 3A eight-team bracket. Among the strongest challengers are North Super Regional champion Carbon Hill and South Super Regional runner-up Providence Christian (43-8).
      Other defending champions in the field are two-time 7A champion Mountain Brook (41-8), Class 6A Spanish Fort (56-4) and Addison (40-19), the 2A state champs in 2015. The Bulldogs of Coach Kayla Woodard are competing this season in Class 1A.
    Six runners-up from 2015 are also in the field: Class 7A McGill-Toolen Catholic; Class 4A Saint James; Class 5A Lawrence County; Class 1A Donoho; Class 4A Madison Academy and Class 3A Providence Christian, which competed last season in Class 3A and Class 2A, respectively.
    Matches begin at 8 a.m. Wednesday with two 7A matches, two 2A matches and two 5A matches.  First-round matches will be followed by semifinals beginning at 3:30 p.m. in Classes 7A, 2A and 5A; at 5:30 p.m. in Classes 4A, 2A and 5A; and at 7:30 for Class 1A.
    The championship matches Thursday will be at two-hour intervals beginning with Class 2A at 8 a.m.; 3A at 10 a.m.; 4A at noon; 7A at 2 p.m.; 6A at 4 p.m., 3A at 6 p.m.; and 1A at 8 p.m.
    Last year’s state tournament set an AHSAA record for attendance.
    In addition to the NFHS Network broadcasts on Thursday, two NFHS Network school broadcast programs (McGill-Toolen and Jacksonville) plan to live-stream matches involving their teams in Class 7A and 4A, respectively.
    First-round pairings:

AHSAA VOLLEYBALL STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS
At CrossPlex, Birmingham
Wednesday, Oct. 26 Schedule

(Check brackets at  www.ahsaa.com for courts and times)

CLASS 1A
Quarterfinal Pairings
N-4: Sacred Heart Catholic (24-24) vs. S-1: Isabella (36-3)
S-3: Pleasant Home (21-8) vs. N-2: Addison (40-19)
S-4: Kinston (17-14) vs. N-1: Decatur Heritage (43-10)
N-3: Donoho (33-17) vs. S-2: Ragland (23-16)

CLASS 2A
Quarterfinal Pairings
N-4: Ider (17-25) vs. S-1: St. Luke’s Episcopal (43-14)
S-3: New Brockton (20-14) vs. N-2: Altamont (22-4)
S-4: Washington County (23-3)  vs. N-1: Winston County (26-15)
N-3: Fyffe (33-12) vs. S-2: Goshen (22-21)

CLASS 3A
Quarterfinal Pairings
N-4: Plainview (36-11) vs. S-1: Bayside Academy (54-5)
S-3: T.R. Miller (27-9) vs. N-2: West Morgan (39-21)
S-4: Straughn (34-6) vs. N-1: Carbon Hill (68-8)
N-3: Lexington (53-3) vs. S-2: Providence Christian (43-8)

CLASS 4A
Quarterfinal Pairings
N-4: Deshler (42-13) vs. S-1: Saint James (33-10)
S-3: Saks (33-20)  vs. N-2: Jacksonville (42-11)
S-4: Andalusia (20-15) vs. N-1: Madison Academy (42-20)
N-3: Danville (37-23) vs. S-2: Alabama Christian (33-16)

CLASS 5A
Quarterfinal Pairings
N-4: Guntersville (30-28) vs. S-1: St.  Paul’s Episcopal (41-7)
S-3: Briarwood Christian (19-22) vs. N-2: Lawrence County (45-13)
S-4: Rehobeth (31-9) vs. N-1: St. John Paul II Catholic (38-26)
N-3: Alexandria (46-9) vs. S-2: Faith Academy (24-17)

CLASS 6A
Quarterfinal Pairings
N-4: Oxford (40-17) vs. S-1: Spanish Fort (56-4)
S-3: Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa (44-6) vs. N-2: Hartselle (67-11)
S-4: Blount (14-8) vs. N-1: Hazel Green (53-10)
N-3: Walker (55-11) vs. S-2: Daphne (35-16)

CLASS 7A
Quarterfinal Pairings
First Round
N-4:Oak Mountain (28-18) vs. S-1: McGill-Toolen Catholic (48-9)
S-3: Murphy (38-12) vs. N-2: Mountain Brook (41-8)
S-4: Prattville (27-19) vs. N-1: Huntsville (37-10)
N-3: Hoover (37-14) vs. S-2: Enterprise (30-14)

THURSDAY SCHEDULE
Championship Matches
Bill Harris Arena
Class 2A Finals          8 a.m.
Class 5A Finals          10 a.m.
Class 4A Finals          noon
Class 7A Finals          2 p.m.
Class 6A Finals          4 p.m.

Class 3A Finals          6 p.m.
Class 1A Finals          8 p.m.


AHSAA Prep Spotlight for Week 9 Cedar Bluff’s Isaiha Jones Shines As Tigers Clinch 1A, Region 6 Title

    MONTGOMERY – Cedar Bluff High School junior running back Isaiha Jones was a workhorse for the Tigers Friday night with numerous big plays while rushing for 260 yards and four touchdowns on 20 carries in a 29-24 win over previously unbeaten Spring Garden.
    His biggest run of the night came with 1:09 left in the fourth quarter, however, when he bulled ahead for five yards inside the Panthers’ 10-yard line to notch a final first down that allowed Coach Jonathan McWhorter’s team to clinch the Class 1A, Region 6 title and a top seed in next week’s AHSAA Class 1A state playoffs.
    Jones grabbed the AHSAA Prep Spotlight for Week 9 with the effort for Cedar Bluff (7-2). Teammate Ivory Starr added 166 yards on 29 carries for the Tigers.
    Spring Garden (8-1), coached by Jason Howard, got a big effort from Ben Ivey, who had 175 yards on 23 carries and scored two touchdowns. The Panthers clinched second in Region 6.
    The effort edged out another outstanding rushing performance by C.J. Roberts of Carroll High School in Ozark. He set a single-game school record with 346 yards rushing and four touchdowns as the Eagles (9-0), coached by Roger McDonald, beat Greenville in Class 5A, Region 2 to close out their first region title since winning the area crown in 1989.

MILESTONE
YANCEY WINS 251ST: Fred Yancey, the head football coach at Briarwood Christian (8-1) guided the Lions to a 12-7 win over Pleasant Grove and the 5A, Region 5 title with a perfect 7-0 record – and recorded the 251st win of his outstanding career in the process. Briarwood’s 43-21 win over Shelby County the previous week placed the veteran coach in an elite group of just five active AHSAA prep football coaches with at least 250 wins. The others include: Buddy Anderson, Vestavia Hills (325-239); Danny Horn, Benjamin Russell (280-77); Terry Curtis, UMS-Wright (274-82); Dale Pruitt, Albertville (263-118).  Yancey is 251-90 in 27 seasons at Briarwood and 292-110-1 overall. He coached 41 wins out of state early in his career.
    The Lions clinched a playoff berth for the 24th year in a row. Yancey’s teams have won three state championships and are 51-20 overall in playoff contests.

ALABAMA ALL-STAR WATCH:
MARLON WILLIAMS, McGILL-TOOLEN CATHOLIC:  Williams, a Southern Cal commitment who was selected to play in the 30th annual Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Football Game at Cramton Bowl Dec. 10, had eight receptions for 156 yards and three touchdowns as defending state champion McGill-Toolen beat Theodore 43-7 to win its 18th straight game,. His TDs went for 10, 41 and 55 yards.
JUSTIN THOMAS, SPANISH FORT: The Toros linebacker had nine tackles, including three behind the line of scrimmage, as defending Class 6A state champion Spanish Fort beat B.C. Rain 31-20.  Thomas was selected as a member of the defense for the upcoming Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game.

Other top performances reported included:

RUSHING
SPENCER BROWN, MORTIMER JORDAN: Had 328 yards rushing and six touchdowns to help the Blue Devils beat Hayden 60-36 and claim the Class 5A, Region 6 crown. He had 220 yards and four TDs at the half.
TRAKEVON HUGHEY, REELTOWN: Gained 291 yards rushing on 16 carries and had four touchdowns in the Rebels’ 52-42 win over Fayetteville.
LANDON LAWSON, GAYLESVILLE: Ran for 277 yards on 20 carries with four touchdowns to lead the Trojans to a 50-24 victory and ended a seven-game losing streak.
DARIUS BRACY, BAKER: Had 235 yards rushing on 19 carries and scored twice as Baker beat Foley 42-14. He also completed 9-of-17 passes for 101 yards and another score to finish with 336 total yards.
DEKARLOS BILLINGSLEY, SCOTTSBORO: The senior rushed 25 times for 222 yards and four touchdowns in a 56-26 win over Etowah to give the Wildcats (9-0) the Class 5A, Region 7 championship.
DILAN KILPATRICK, FYFFE:  Rushed 19 times for 217 yards and three touchdowns in the Red Devils’ 56-14 win over Gaston. Teammate Payton Anderson added 101 yards and two scores on just four carries.
ZALON REYNOLDS, CHELSEA: Ran for 211 yards on 20 carries and had three touchdowns as the Hornets sewed up second seed in Class 6A, Region 3 with a 51-23 win over Helena.  He scored on runs of 11, 29 and 59 yards. Chelsea defeated Helena 51-23.
JEREMIAH WHITE, GENEVA COUNTY: Rushed for 203 yards and three touchdowns on 22 carries in the Bulldogs’ 48-19 win over Barbour County.
MACKENZIE HICKS, G.W. LONG: Rushed for 197 yards on just 12 carries including a 73-yard TD run in a 41-13 win over Cottonwood.
MICHAEL MATTHEWS, UMS-WRIGHT: Totaled 197 rushing yards and five touchdowns on 18 carries as the Bulldogs downed Monroe County 42-0.
REGGIE WASHINGTON, OPP: Rushed for 184 yards and three touchdowns and added a 58-yard interception return for a touchdown, helping Opp edge Daleville 32-29 and win the Class 3A, Region 2 title.
ANTONIO ROBINSON, AUSTIN: The Black Bears’ workhorse had 33 carries for 167 yards and all three touchdowns as Austin captured the Class 6A, Region 8 title with a 20-13 win over Athens.
DONTE EDWARDS, DAVIDSON: Helped the Warriors clinch the second seed in Class 7A, Region 1 with 162 yards rushing and two TDs on 14 carries as Davidson beat Murphy 41-14.
JAXTON CARSON, CENTRAL-PHENIX CITY: Ran 15 times for 160 yards with three touchdowns in the Red Devils' 58-3 victory over Prattville High. That gave the senior running back 1,040 yards in nine games this season. The Red Devils had six different players score touchdowns in the contest while rolling up 588 total yards of offense.
BRADY SHERRILL, HALEYVILLE: The senior running back had 213 total yards and five touchdowns in Haleyville's 38-0 win over Fayette County. He had 123 yards rushing and three scores on 14 carries and eight receptions for 90 yards and two scores.
KAINAN POUNCY, DALEVILLE: Rushed for 195 yards and two touchdowns on 25 carries in a 32-29 loss to Opp.
DAMON WILLIAMS, GADSDEN CITY: Rushed for 176 yards and three touchdowns on 13 carries as the Titans beat Huntsville 48-21. Teammate Ryan Sparks also completed 8-of-13 passes for 148 yards and three touchdowns.
BRANDON COSBY, MAE JEMISON: Had 14 carries for 177 yards and three touchdowns (64, 31 and 22 yards) in a 34-21 win over Lawrence County.
CHRISTIAN COLLINS, BOAZ: Ran for 167 yards and four touchdowns in a 42-0 win at Douglas.

PASSING
JACOB FREE, BRANTLEY: Passed for 296 yards and five touchdowns on a 13-of-19 performance as Brantley sealed second seed in 1A, Region 2 with a 63-7 win over McKenzie. 
MALIK CUNNINGHAM, PARK CROSSING: Was 13-of-18 passing for 243 yards and four touchdowns and tacked on 156 yards rushing and two more scores on 16 carries as the Thunderbirds downed Clay-Chalkville 56-17.
GRAYSON EDGEMON, MADISON ACADEMY: Completed 21-of-25 passes for 273 yards and four TDs in a 54-14 win over DAR.
CADE PRICE, SLOCOMB: Passed for 261 yards and three touchdowns in a 47-27 win over Straughn.

SCOTT McALPINE, HALEYVILLE: Was 16-of -28 passing for 246 yards and two touchdowns as the Lions blanked Fayette County 38-0 to win the Class 4A, Region 6 title – the school’s first region crown since 1993.

GRAYSON WAKEFIELD, DECATUR HERITAGE: Was 8-of-13 passing for 267 yards and three touchdowns and ran for 76 yards and another TD on eight carries in the Eagles’ 42-26 win over Lynn.
TYREEN DUPREE, CHEROKEE COUNTY: Accounted for 253 total yards and three-touchdowns as the Warriors knocked off previously unbeaten Jacksonville 35-21 to clinch the Class 4A, Region 6 championship. Dupree finished the game rushing for 110 yards on 23 carries and three touchdowns (1, 5, 35 yards). He also completed 10-of-17 pass attempts for 143 yards.

CASEY BAYNES, TALLASSEE: Was 9-of-11 passing for 2054 yards and four touchdowns and rushed for 98 yards and a TD on 14 carries in a 56-22 win over Elmore County.
BUBBA McDANIEL, DOTHAN: Passed for 190 yards with a touchdown and rushed for 79 yards on 22 carries and caught a TD pass as the Tigers came from a 20-0 deficit to beat rival Northview 21-20.
PAYNE STANCIL, WEST END: Threw five touchdown passes as the Patriots rolled past Winston County 73-28 to earn a playoff spot. Teammate Jordan Malin rushed for three scores on the night.

DALEN MORRIS, MADISON COUNTY: Accounted for six touchdowns in a 51-21 win over Westminster Christian with TD passes covering 43, 40, 26 and 10 yards two scoring runs for 50 and 20 yards. He also had a two-point conversion.

 

 

PASS RECEIVING
CODY COLLIER, ALBERTVILLE: Caught eight passes for 213 yards and two TDs in a 42-28 win over Southside-Gadsden.
TRACE MEADOW, HORSESHOE BEND: Had two receptions for 114 yards and two scores, one coming on a 99-yard connection from quarterback Cade Worthy, and had a TD rushing in a 33-8 win over Woodland. Worthy finished 6-of-8 for 183 yards and two TDs.

DARIUS SMITH, SLOCOMB: Caught five passes for 168 yards and two scores and rushed 31 times for 159 yards and a pair of touchdowns as the Red Tops beat Straughn 47-27.
CONNER HOWELL, GARDENDALE: Had 148 yards receiving with TD receptions covering 78 and 40 yards as the Rockets beat Center Point 55-26.

DEFENSE
JONATHAN NORRIS, BALDWIN COUNTY: Had 12 tackles, two fumble recoveries and returned an interception 20 yards for a TD in Baldwin County’s 28-20 win over LeFlore.
COLIN DUNCAN, SAINT JAMES: Had three interceptions, returning one 52 yards for a TD, and the Trojans beat Trinity Presbyterian 31-21 to finish the Class 4A, Region 2 race unbeaten.
TYLER McCLUNG, WEST MORGAN: Helped his team seal a playoff spot in Class 3A, Region 8 with two interceptions in a 17-7 win over Lexington.
QUARTEZ HENDERSON, CHEROKEE COUNTY: Returned an interception 50 yards for the game-tying touchdown with less than a minute left in the first half in the Warriors' 35-21 victory over previously unbeaten Jacksonville to clinch the Class 4A, Region 6 championship. He also caught six passes for 61 yards.
EVANS WRIGHT, SCOTTSBORO: Made 11 tackles with four for losses in the Wildcats’ 56-26 win over Etowah. Teammate Justin Culver added 10 stops.
WILL SMITH, GAYLESVILLE: Led the Trojans defense with nine tackles and two fumble recoveries in a 50-24 victory over Jacksonville Christian.
TRAVIS SAUNDERS, VESTAVIA HILLS: Scored two touchdowns on fumble returns near the goal line as the Rebels beat Tuscaloosa County 41-0. His returns were 6 and 3 yards.
REED WALKER, WEST LIMESTONE: Had two interceptions on defense in West Limestone’s 26-19 win over Deshler.

SPECIAL TEAMS
JEFF KIRKLAND, DECATUR: Kicked a game-winning 32-yard field goal in the closing seconds of a 23-22 victory over Muscle Shoals.
DEE WILLIAMS, ELBA: Accounted for five touchdowns in four different ways during a 48-21 win over Zion Chapel. He returned a kickoff 92 yards for a TD, rushed for two scores, caught a 71-yard TD pass and tossed a touchdown pass.
CAMERON BUSH, CHARLES HENDERSON: Kicked three field goals (22, 27 and 31 yards) and converted all three extra-point attempts as the Trojans beat Headland 44-10.
BAILEY POTTER, SCOTTSBORO: The senior kicked eight extra point to run his current consecutive streak to 32 in a row as the Wildcats (9-0) beat Etowah 56-36.
MYLES HENDERSON, DAPHNE: Returned a punt 60 yards for one TD and caught a 56-yard TD pass as Daphne beat Robertsdale 41-7 for its seventh straight win.


Robert E. Lee Forfeits 6 Football Wins

Robert E. Lee High School of Montgomery has been fined, placed on probation for one year and ordered to forfeit six varsity football wins for violating the AHSAA eligibility rules. The school self-reported the violation.

Lee played an ineligible student in violation of the AHSAA Suspensions Rule found on page 36 of the 2016-17 AHSAA Handbook, which states a transfer student must in in good standing with the student’s previous school(s). The school must forfeit all contests its team won in which the student participated. Forfeits include Class 7A, Region 2 wins over Smiths Station, Prattville and Jeff Davis and non-region wins over Sidney Lanier, Park Crossing and Carver-Montgomery high schools. Consequently, Jeff Davis is now the fourth seed and will advance the first round of the Class 7A state football playoffs next week. 

The probationary period is a warning that other violations of this nature could bring further sanctions against the school.


19 Events Slated for NFHS Network Raycom / AHSAA Game of the Week Features Cordova at Hamilton

       MONTGOMERY – Raycom Media will televise Robert E. Lee High School at Enterprise tonight at Wildcats Stadium in a Class 7A football
 contest tonight as the Raycom / AHSAA Game of the week.
     The Generals (6-2) of Coach Tyrone Rogers and the Wildcats (8-1) of Coach David Faulkner are rivals in Region 2.
    The NFHS Network also plans to live-stream at least 19 events including 16 football games Thursday and Friday – four designated as NFHS
Network Alabama Games of the Week – and four NFHS Network school broadcast programs plan to live-stream volleyball action from the North
Super Regional volleyball championships Friday and Saturday.
      Raycom, which plans to televise over its Raycom Network a Game of the Week each Thursday through the regular season and then
one game each Friday during the state football playoffs, features the outstanding broadcast team of play-by-play announcer Graham Dunn,
color commentator Mike Peacock and sideline reporter Christina Chambers. Raycom will also televise live all seven AHSAA Super 7 state
championship games at Auburn Nov. 30-Dec. 2 and the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game at Cramton Bowl on Dec. 10.
The playoff game to be telecast will be announced each week.
     Next Thursday’s final regular-season Game of the Week will be James Clemens vs. Austin. Raycom will televise an AHSAA state playoff
Game of the Week the next four Friday nights and then culminate its football coverage with all seven Super 7 state championship games
at Auburn University Nov. 30-Dec. 2 and the 30th annual Alabama Mississippi All-Star Classic at Montgomery’s Cramton Bowl on Dec. 10.
To find the cable channel serving your area, go to www.pathwaytotheplayoffs.com or go to www.ahsaa.com and click on the Raycom link.

NFHS SLATE INCLUDES 16 FOOTBALL GAMES
   
The NFHS Network announced earlier this week three games designated as NFHS Network “Alabama Games of the Week.” Those include: tonight’s
Class 7A Lee-Montgomery at Enterprise contest and Class 6A Muscle Shoals vs. Decatur and Class 5A Arab vs. Guntersville Friday.
     A total of 16 football contests will be live-streamed over the NFHS Network School Broadcast Program platform this weekend. Albertville,
Hartselle, Jacksonville and Randolph also plan to live-stream their schools’ matches at the North Super Regional Volleyball Tournament at
Huntsville Friday and Saturday.
    All games currently uploaded are listed below.
     Those with NFHS Network subscriptions can tune in to any of these football contests. For more information and instructions on how to
subscribe, go to www.ahsaa.com and then click on the NFHS Network icon on the front page of the website or go to www.nfhsnetwork.com.
     AHSAA member high schools produce these contests through the NFHS Network School Broadcast Program (SBP). Interested schools can

contact Matt Abramson at: matt.abramson@nfhsnetwork.com or call 843-324-8695.

 

 

RAYCOM / AHSAA THURSDAY GAME OF THR WEEK

 

Oct. 20 - 7:00 PM

R.E. Lee vs. Enterprise

 

 

NFHS NETWORK SCHOOL BROADCAST PROGRAM LIVE-STREAM SCHEDULE

TIME

EVENT

NFHS SBP PRODUCER

URL


Volleyball (North Super Regional)

Oct 21- 12:45 PM

Ramsay vs. Albertville

Albertville HS

http://www.nfhsnetwork.com/events/albertville-high-school-albertville-al/289b6ff9f2

Oct. 21 - 10:15 AM

Randolph vs. Cordova

Randolph HS

TBA

Oct. 21 - 10:15 AM

Jacksonville vs. Priceville

Jacksonville HS

TBA

Oct. 21 - 10:15 AM

Harselle vs. Gardendale

Hartselle HS

TBA

Football

Oct 20- 7:00 PM

7A: R. E. Lee vs. Enterprise

Enterprise HS

http://www.nfhsnetwork.com/events/enterprise-high-school-enterprise-al/c398d87edf

Oct 21- 6:20 PM

7A: Foley vs. Baker

Foley HS

http://www.nfhsnetwork.com/events/foley-high-school-foley-al/9640dc426e

Oct 21- 7:00 PM

7A: McGill-Toolen vs. Theodore

McGill-Toolen HS

http://www.nfhsnetwork.com/events/mcgilltoolen-catholic-high-school-mobile-al/4dd1eedd4e

Oct 21- 7:00 PM

7A: Ramsay vs. Smiths Station

Smiths Station HS

http://www.nfhsnetwork.com/events/smiths-station-high-school-smiths-al/f5e254a5fe

Oct 21- 7:00 PM

6A: Albertville vs. Southside-Gadsden

Albertville HS

http://www.nfhsnetwork.com/events/albertville-high-school-albertville-al/959c2010ff

Oct 21- 7:00 PM

6A: Cullman vs. Brewer

Cullman HS

http://www.nfhsnetwork.com/events/cullman-high-school-cullman-al/628ab87550

Oct 21- 6:35 PM

6A: Muscle Shoals vs. Decatur

Muscle Shoals HS

http://www.nfhsnetwork.com/events/muscle-shoals-high-school-muscle-shoals-al/94b689f736

Oct 21- 7:00 PM

6A: Northview vs. Dothan

Northview HS

http://www.nfhsnetwork.com/events/northview-high-school-dothan-al/d287267bc3

Oct 21- 6:45 PM

6A: Opelika vs. Pelham

Opelika HS

http://www.nfhsnetwork.com/events/opelika-high-school-opelika-al/0649ca3854

Oct 21- 7:00 PM

6A: Shades Valley vs. John Carroll

Shades Valley HS

http://www.nfhsnetwork.com/events/shades-valley-high-school-birmingham-al/015258a74c

Oct 21- 7:00 PM

5A: Arab vs. Guntersville

Arab HS

http://www.nfhsnetwork.com/events/arab-high-school-arab-al/e309168ab0

Oct 21- 6:40 PM

5A: Brooks vs. East Limestone

Brooks HS

http://www.nfhsnetwork.com/events/brooks-high-school-killen-al/5d879f2fd9

Oct 21- 7:00 PM

5A: Russellville vs. Ardmore

Russellville HS

http://www.nfhsnetwork.com/events/russellville-high-school-russellville-al/4da856b3a5

Oct 21- 6:30 PM

1A: Donoho vs. Wadley

Eagle 102.3 Radio

http://www.nfhsnetwork.com/events/eagle-1023/350b2c11ae

Oct 21- 6:30 PM

1A: Fruitdale vs. Sweet Water

Sweet Water HS

http://www.nfhsnetwork.com/events/sweet-water-high-school-sweet-water-al/04dc7e159b

 

 


Central Board Approves 2 Items Concerning Contest Officials

     MONTGOMERY – The Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) Central Board of Control unanimously approved two items affecting contest officials at its quarterly meeting at the AHSAA office Wednesday.
      A proposal that would allow host schools to provide chain crews with the chain crew chief being assigned by the AHSAA for the first round of the AHSAA state football playoffs was approved beginning this year.  The chain crew chief will also serve as observer and alternate official.  Mark Jones, AHSAA Director of Officials, made the recommendation as a cost-saving move for member schools and to address a shortage of available officials for the first round. In all other rounds of the football playoffs, the chain crew will be assigned by the AHSAA. 
    The plan will be evaluated after the 2016 playoff season.
     The second recommendation the Board approved allows contest officials who are not officiating an event an opportunity to be admitted free of charge to any playoff contest in the sport they are officiating by presenting their officials’ card.  Previously, officials not working a game were charged admission to playoff events.
     AHSAA Executive Director Steve Savarese also announced during the meeting that Wanda Gilliland, senior member of the AHSAA executive staff, plans to retire June 1, 2017, after 20 years of service.
     “We will be forever grateful for her service to this organization,” said Savarese. The Central Board gave her a standing ovation.
     “I have had two jobs I love,” said Gilliland, who coached and taught for 16 years at Hamilton High School before joining the AHSAA in 1996. “I have also had two families that I love. The AHSAA has been my second family.”
    The board heard presentations from the Nurse Practitioners Alliance of Alabama and from Dr. James Robinson, co-chairman of the AHSAA Medical Advisory Committee, concerning the AHSAA’s longstanding policy requiring medical doctors’ signatures on pre-participation physicals. The Board took no action at this time, electing to have the AHSAA Medical Advisory Board and Legislative Council review the policy.
    The board also heard updates concerning the Classification Task Force and the AHSAA Investigators’ data being collected through visits with member schools. 
    In other Central Board action:
    -- Heard a presentation from David Knight of Knight-Eady concerning the upcoming Super 7 Football Championships and approved the 2016 Super 7 budget.
   -- Approved expenses for the Strategic Planning Committee (2017-2021)
   -- Approved the 2016 Summer Conference Profit-Loss Statement.
   -- Approved assessing penalties for schools violating Coaches’ Card policy.
   -- Approved changing the AHSAA office hours to 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. beginning Nov. 1.



AHSAA Assistant Director Gilliland Plans to Retire

 

     MONTGOMERY – Wanda Gilliland, the first female to become an assistant director with the Alabama High School Athletic Association, announced Wednesday her plans to retire effective June 1, 2017. She made the announcement at the AHSAA Central Board of Control’s October meeting held at the AHSAA office.
     “
It has been an honor and privilege to work with Wanda Gilliland,” AHSAA Executive Director Steve Savarese said. “She is the consummate professional and a dedicated educator. Wanda was the first woman hired as a member of the AHSAA Executive Staff.
      “She worked first with former Executive Director Dan Washburn. She has worked vigorously on behalf of the AHSAA since 1996 to elevate athletic opportunities for all students, particularly the female student-athletes. We wish her well in her retirement. We will be forever grateful for her service to this organization and to the student-athletes in this state.”
      Gilliland, who spent 16 years as a teacher and coach at Hamilton High School before joining the AHSAA in 1996 when Dan Washburn was serving as executive director, will conclude 20 years with the AHSAA next June.
     “I have been blessed to have had two jobs in my life that I have loved, and I also have had two families that I also love,” said Gilliland. “The AHSAA has been my second family for the past 20 years, and I will miss them all so much. Working at the AHSAA has been such a rewarding experience. It is a great organization. I have been fortunate to work for two outstanding executive directors, first Mr. Washburn and currently Mr. Savarese. Both men are incredible leaders who gave me a chance to make a difference.”
    Gilliland has served in many leadership roles in the AHSAA and nationally with the National Federation of High School Associations (NFHS). She currently is serving as the chairperson of the NFHS Softball Rules Committee. The NFHS honored her in 2015 in New Orleans at its 96th annual Summer Meeting with the prestigious NFHS Citation Award. The award honors individuals who have made contributions to the NFHS, state high school associations, athletic director and coaching professions, the officiating avocation and fine arts/performing arts programs. It is one of the most highly regarded achievements in high school athletics and performing arts.

      A graduate of Marion County High School and Athens State College, she served as a teacher and coach/athletic director at Hamilton High School from 1979-1996 where her girls’ basketball teams compiled a 301-96 record, won a state championship in 1990, finished runner-up the next year and won the Marion County tournament seven times.
       She has played a vital role in the development of state championship programs in volleyball, softball, basketball and cross country. She has helped govern eligibility requirements through involvement with school audits, investigations and foreign exchange student regulations. Also, she has played a key role in developing state championship venues at neutral sites for all championships.

      “My reward comes when I see the smiles on the faces of the players who have an opportunity to compete in a regional or championship event,” she said. “The experiences and memories for them will last a lifetime.”
      Gilliland has received several coach-of-the-year honors and has served on the NFHS basketball, softball and spirit rules’ committees. She currently chairs the NFHS Softball Rules Committee. She was inducted into AHSAA Sports Hall of Fame in 2011 and the Marion County Sports Hall of Fame in 2001.

 

AHSAA Prep Spotlight for Week 8 Four Touchdowns on Four Consecutive Plays Propel Randolph and DAR into AHSAA Prep Spotlight

  MONTGOMERY – A scoring flurry in the third quarter of Randolph’s 56-21 victory over DAR resulted in four touchdowns on four consecutive plays – propelling the Class 4A, Region 7 rivals into the AHSAA Football Record Book and into the AHSAA Prep Spotlight for Week 8.
    It started with 3:00 on the clock when receiver Antonio Nichols of DAR, coached by Robert Rhoades, hauled in a 5-yard pass from quarterback Will Bailey to cut the Raiders’ lead to 42-7. On the ensuing kickoff, Randolph running back Sam Kimel returned the kickoff 81 yards for a touchdown as the Raiders of Coach Nick Flanagan stretched the lead to 48-7. On Randolph’s kickoff, Patriots return man Brayden Lewis raced 92 yards for a DAR TD. Kimel, waiting at his own 20-yard line, took the following DAR kickoff at his 21 and raced 78 yards for yet another score.
    The three kickoffs in a row tied the AHSAA state record set in 2012. Elba and Vincent were the first two high school teams in the nation to accomplish the feat when the Tigers and Yellow Jackets opened the second half of their 2012 Class 2A state playoff game won by Elba 59-22. Elba had the first and third returns and Vincent got the one in the middle.
     According to research conducted in 2012, no schools at the high school, college or NFL level had any evidence of back-to-back-to-back kickoff returns for TDs in football history.
    Kimel’s efforts didN'T end with the two kickoff returns. He also scored twice on interception returns covering 75 and 35 yards, respectively, to give him four touchdowns without an offensive snap in Randolph’s win.
    The scoring flurry edged out the passing effort of Davidson senior quarterback Cephus Johnson and his favorite receiver Demorris Coleman. The Warriors of Coach Fred Riley nipped Jackson 50-49 as Johnson passed for a school-record 410 yards. He was 21-of-34 with four touchdown passes. Coleman had nine catches for 228 yards and two scores.

MILESTONES
KAITLYN ROGERS, SPRING GARDEN: Connected on 3-of-4 extra points and was also crowned homecoming queen during the Panthers' 45-0 victory over Holy Spirit.

JAXTON CARSON, CENTRAL-PHENIX CITY: Ran for 226 yards on 20 carries with three touchdowns as Central rushed for 606 of its 745-yard total in a 59-28 win over Lee-Montgomery. The win gave the Red Devils their third consecutive region title under Coach Jamey DuBose. It was the first time in school history that the team has won three titles in a row. The 606 rushing yards and 745 total yards are also school records. Quarterback Zion Webb also ran for 172 yards on 12 carries with a TD and passed for another 139 yards with a TD in the win.
   A large number of outstanding performances were reported over the weekend.

 

RUSHING

ALEX THOMASON, SYLACAUGA: Had 35 rush attempts for 366 yards and three touchdowns in a 49-34 loss to Central-Clay County. He also had a catch for nine yards.
KOBI McCOY, COLBERT COUNTY: Rushed for a career-high 337 yards and five touchdowns as Colbert County beat Lexington 49-6 in a key, Class 3A, Region 8 battle. McCoy scored on runs of 68, 6, 2, 45 and 52 yards. Colbert County led only 7-0 at the half.
LEE HISBON, TANNER: Rushed for 304 yards and four touchdowns (1, 17, 73 and 57 yards) as the Rattlers beat Cold Springs 50-21 to clinch the Class 2A, Region 7 title.
DWAN JAMES, LEFLORE: Had 20 rush attempts for 302 yards and three touchdowns in the Rattlers’ 30-20 win over Robertsdale.
LEONARD JOHNSON, HAYDEN: The Duke University commitment had 241 yards rushing on 15 carries with three touchdowns on runs of 66, 56 and 59 yards as the Wildcats downed Fairview 50-40. Hayden (7-1), off to its best start since 1992, had 506 yards rushing and 81 passing for 587 total yards. . Junior FB/LB Levi Snider also added 124 yards on four carries with TDs covering 43 and 40 yards.
JACOB DENDY, ALBERTVILLE:  Ran for 287 yards and two touchdowns (87 and 37 yards) on 22 carries in a 41-14 win over Fort Payne.
TREVELL SMITH, HOUSTON COUNTY: Rushed for 265 yards and three touchdown on just eight carries as the Lions beat Kinston 55-14.
ANGEL DUARTE, SUSAN MOORE: The senior scored a pair of touchdowns in the closing minutes to break a 21-21 tie and give the Bulldogs a 35-21 victory at Vinemont. He scored first on a 33-yard run with 3:09 to play to put the Bulldogs up 28-21.  Then, with Vinemont driving, he intercepted an Eagles pass and streaked 87 yards for another TD to put the game away. He finished the night with 141 yards and a touchdown on just 12 carries, completed his only pass attempt for 15 yards, registered nine tackles and two interceptions on defense and kicked five extra points.
JACOBY BELUE, DESHLER: Ran for a season-high 260 yards and three TDs on 21 carries in a 41-14 win over Danville. Belue scored on runs of 6, 1 and 2 yards for the Tigers.
WILL SPENCER, ARAB: Picked up 248 yards rushing on 11 carries and scored four touchdowns in Arab’s 67-6 win over Douglas.
MICHAEL MOWRY, ARITON: Rushed for 239 yards and a TD on 38 carries and teammate Kape McRae added 91 yards and scored five times (1, 4, 2,, 7 and 3 yards) as the Purple Cats beat Ariton 54-46.
BRADEN CARVER, SAND ROCK: Ran for 267 yards and three touchdowns (9, 55, 9 yards) on 18 carries and also broke a scoreless tie in the second quarter with his 35-yard touchdown catch from junior quarterback Jansen Alexander in the Wildcats' 34-0 victory over Collinsville.
TAYLOR HAYES, PIEDMONT: Finished with 205 yards rushing, four touchdowns and a 2-point conversion on 31 carries as the defending 3A state champion Bulldogs (9-0) won the battle of unbeatens with a 45-35 win over Ohatchee (45-35). Hayes also completed 7-of-10 pass attempts for 88 yards as Piedmont clinched the Class 3A, Region 5 championship.
DARRIAN MEADS, HOKES BLUFF: Rushed 21 times for 207 yards and four touchdowns as the Eagles beat Anniston 35-6 to clinch their first playoff spot since 2007.
KEYSHAWN HARPER, B.C. RAIN: Rushed for 214 yards and three touchdowns as B.C. Rain beat Baldwin County 24-21.
TAJ WOODS, CORDOVA: Rushed for 205 yards on 25 carries and scored one TD as the Blue Devils beat Hamilton 28-7. Teammate Ty Chatman also had an incredible 90-yard catch and run in the third quarter of a Demetrius Kirk pass that set up the clinching TD.
CALEB VINSON, FALKVILLE: Had 19 carries for 179 yards and four touchdowns (22, 12, 9 and 5 yards) 47-14 win at Winston County.
DA’QUARIOUS FRYER, CARROLL: The freshman ran for 187 yards and three touchdowns as unbeaten Carroll (8-0) beat Escambia County 45-0.
JAYLOND ADAMS, MINOR: Scored five touchdowns in the unbeaten Tigers’ 54-28 win over Clay-Chalkville.
GRAYSON WAKEFIELD, DECATUR HERITAGE: Accounted for four offensive touchdowns three different ways as the Eagles beat Sumiton Christian 42-20. He ran for two touchdowns, threw a TD pass and made a touchdown reception. Wakefield finished with 137 yards rushing.
DAMON WILLIAMS, GADSDEN CITY: Rushed 25 times for 172 yards and a touchdown in the Titans' 62-27 win over Sparkman. 

PASSING
JAYCE FISCHER, ST. CLAIR COUNTY: Passed for 373 yards and six touchdowns as the Saints beat Moody 39-35 to snap a six-game losing streak in the series.
TUCKER BROWN, WILSON: Threw a career-high five touchdown passes and ran for another score as Wilson beat Priceville 48-7. Brown’s TD passes went to four different receivers as he threw for 234 yards and rushed for 162 for 396 total yards.
GRAYSON EDGEMON, MADISON ACADEMY: Completed 13-of-16 passes for 275 yards and three touchdowns (30, 29 and 25 yards) as the Mustangs beat North Jackson 49-7.
CAMERON WILLIAMS, VIGOR: Was 15-of-28 passing for 220 Yards and three touchdowns as Vigor knocked off defending 5A state champion St. Paul’s Episcopal 38-35 to clinch the Class 5A, Region 1 championship. Williams, who rushed for 74 yards on 17 carries, directed the game-winning 60-yard drive in the final 30 seconds to seal the victory.
BUBBA THOMPSON, McGILL-TOOLEN: Was 16-of-26 passing for 249 yards and three touchdowns – all to Brandon Hinton on throws of 7, 4 and 21 yards – and added a 16-yard TD run as the Yellow Jackets won their 17th straight game, 42-7 over Baker.
RYAN BRUNER, CITRONELLE:  Completed 10-of-17 passes for 249 yards and three touchdowns as Citronelle clinched a Class 5A, Region 1 playoff  berth with a 50-26 win over Williamson. He also ran for 77 yards and a pair of scores.
TAYLOR GOVER, EUFAULA: Was 8-of-12 passing for 224 yards and three TDs to lead Eufaula past Headland 55-15.
JEREMIAH HARRIS, ABBEVILLE: Was 10-of-23 passing for 212 yards and four touchdowns and rushed for 151 yards on 11 carries and two more scores in a 54-46 loss to Ariton.
CADE PRICE, SLOCOMB: Was a near-perfect 17-of-18 passing for 220 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Red Tops to a 34-8 win over Houston Academy.
ETHAN WILSON, ANDALUSIA: Was 12-for-18 passing for 203 yards and three touchdowns as the Bulldogs defeated W.S. Neal 35-8. His touchdown passes covered 22, 30, and 44 yards.
BO NIX, SCOTTSBORO: Was a perfect 7-of-7 passing for 191 yards and two touchdowns in a 56-14 win over Boaz. He also rushed for 90 yards and two scores as the Wildcats remained unbeaten at 8-0.
ALEX MARKS, DECATUR: Was 9-of-10 passing for 169 yards and three touchdowns and ran for a 58-yard TD as the Red Raiders beat Hartselle 41-28.
PAXTON MONTGOMERY, AUSTIN: Threw an 8-yard TD pass late in the fourth quarter to give the Black Bears a 24-21 win over Muscle Shoals. He was 17-of-25 on the night for 155 yards and two touchdowns and tacked on 37 yards rushing.
JACKSON HOLLADAY, BUCKHORN: Completed 24-of-39 passes for 188 yards and two touchdowns (16 and 30 yards) in the Bucks’ 21-14 loss to James Clemens.
GRANT AKRIDGE, ELBA: Completed 6-of-8 passes for 178 yards and four touchdowns in the Tigers’ 50-15 win over Luverne to clinch the Class 2A, Region 3 title.
JACE MILLS, COOSA CHRISTIAN: Completed 12-of-19 passes for 147 yards and a touchdown and rushed for a 17 -yard score that was set up by his interception on defense as the Conquerors beat Gaylesville 21-18 to secure a playoff  berth for the first time since 2010.
RYAN SPARKS, GADSDEN CITY: Was 6-of-13 passing for 157 yards and four touchdowns as the Titans locked up a postseason bid with a 62-27 win over Sparkman. Teammate Damon Williams also rushed 24 times for 187 yards and a score.
HAMP SISSON, MOUNTAIN BROOK: Accounted for 262 total yards in the Spartans’ 41-27 win over Oak Mountain. He passed for 141 yards and rushed for 121 yards and three scores.

PASS RECEIVING
HENRY RUGGS, LEE-MONTGOMERY: Caught seven passes for 161 yards and two TDs (59 and 74 yards) and rushed for 98 yards, including a 68-yard TD run, on seven tries as the Generals fell to Central-Phenix City 59-28.
LEVI ELLIS, PISGAH: Made seven receptions for 159 yards and two touchdowns (58 and 30 yards), picked off a pass and blocked a punt in a 20-14 win at North Sand Mountain.
VICTOR McCLINTON, EUFAULA: Nabbed four passes for 155 yards and two touchdowns in a 55-15 win over Headland.

JOHN DAVID HAGLER, SLOCOMB: Caught eight passes for 129 yards and one touchdown and added a 65-yard interception return for a TD in a 34-8 Red Tops win over Houston Academy.

CONNER HOWELL, GARDENDALE: Caught a game-winning pass from Michael Crowder on the final play of the game to give the Rockets a 34-31 victory over Pinson Valley.
CADEN DAVIDSON, COOSA CHRISTIAN: Caught seven passes for 94 yards in the Conquerors' 21-18 victory over Gaylesville, securing Coosa Christian's first playoff berth in nine years.
QUARTEZ HENDERSON, CHEROKEE COUNTY: Caught four passes for 106 yards and three touchdowns (27, 10, 54 yards) in the Warriors' 57-22 victory at Ashville.


DEFENSE
THOMAS JOHNSTON, SPANISH FORT: Had 22 tackles in a 33-7 win over Saraland for the Toros. He now has 109 tackles on the season.
KALEAHL JOHNSON, DAPHNE: Intercepted three Blount passes to lead Daphne to a 28-18 Class 6A, Region 1 win over the Leopards.
ALEXANDER ALLEN, GASTON: Returned an interception 23 yards for a touchdown and returned a fumble 21 yards for a score to lead a defense that accounted for four touchdowns as the Bulldogs locked up a playoff berth with a 54-10 win over Westbrook Christian.
MONTY RICE, JAMES CLEMENS: Had 11 tackles, including a tackle on third and goal inside the Jets’ 5-yard line to help thwart a last-minute drive by Buckhorn in a 21-14 win. Teammate LaBryan Ray added 10 tackles and deflected three passes and cornerback Torolla Walker intercepted a pass following Rice’s tackle to close out the defensive stand.
JUSTIN BALL, WOODVILLE: Had nine tackles with two sacks on defense in a 20-8 win over Valley Head. He also passed for 86 yards and a TD and rushed for 78 yards and another score on offense.

ANTHONY BROWN, WENONAH: Intercepted two Fairfield passes as the Dragons beat the Tigers 33-6.
DeWAYNE PARKER, GADSDEN CITY: The senior linebacker had two interceptions, one which he returned for a touchdown, in the Titans' 62-27 win over Sparkman. 
BRYCE PALMER, WATERLOO: Returned an interception 18 yards for a touchdown on defense and accounted for three TDs on offense as Waterloo beat Phillips 29-20.                                                                                                      Palmer ran for two scores and tossed a 25-yard TD pass.
AUSTIN FREEMAN, SCOTTSBORO: Recorded the 10th interception of his high school career and also returned the opening kickoff  70 yards for a touchdowns as Scottsboro (8-0) beat Boaz 56-14. He also had a 29-yard punt return in the game.
CARDAVION MYERS, PIEDMONT: Stripped a ball from an Ohatchee runner and returned it 90 yards for a touchdown in the Bulldogs' 45-35 victory over Ohatchee.
AUSTIN STORDAHL, GAYLESVILLE: Recovered a pair of fumbles, caused another and picked off a pass in the Trojans' 21-18 loss at Coosa Christian. 


SPECIAL TEAMS
ANTARIUS MITCHELL, HOMEWOOD: Returned two blocked punts 33 and 23 yards, respectively, for touchdowns in the Patriots’ 27-21 win over Shades Valley.
BAILEY POTTER, SCOTTSBORO: Was 8-for-8 on extra points in extending his consecutive PATs to 24 as Scottsboro beat Boaz 56-14.


Ellwood Christian Forfeits 2 Football Wins

Ellwood Christian Academy of Selma has been fined, placed on probation for one year and ordered to forfeit two varsity football wins for violating AHSAA eligibility rules. The school self-reported the violation.

Ellwood Christian played an ineligible student in violation of the AHSAA Suspensions Rule found on page 36 of the 2016-17 AHSAA Handbook, which states a transfer student must be in good standing with the student’s previous school(s). The school must forfeit all contests its team won in which the student participated. Forfeits include ECA’s Class 1A, Region 3 win over Autaugaville High School and its non-region win over Class 2A Francis Marion High School.

The probationary period is a warning that other violations of this nature could bring further sanctions against the school.