MONTGOMERY – Raycom Network will televise Blount (10-2) vs. Park Crossing (12-0) Friday in its third installment of the Raycom/AHSAA High School Football Playoff Game of the Week. The Class 6A quarterfinal game features two schools with contrasting traditions.
Blount, located in Mobile County, won the Region 1 title this season and has a long history of playoff success with an overall playoff record of 40-19 in 24 appearances. Coach Lev Holley’s Leopards are 20-4 in his two season as head coach. Blount won state title in 1990, 1992, 1996, 1997 and 1998 while compiling an amazing 109-22 record in the 1990s – after a 38-67-1 run during the 1980s.
Park Crossing has a 27-6 record sent opening its doors in 2014. Coach Smitty Grider, who started the Thunderbirds’ program after a successful stint at Beauregard, is currently 96-39 overall. Park Crossing reached the playoffs last year in its second year losing to Bessemer City in the first round. The school’s overall playoff record is now 2-1.
Kickoff is set for 7:05 p.m. Play-by-play is being handled by Graham Dunn with Mike Peacock the color commentator and Christina Chambers as the sideline reporter.
The Raycom/AHSAA Playoff Game of the Week is a weekly live TV telecast over the Raycom Network’s Alabama affiliates. It will run through the first four rounds of the state playoffs. Raycom will conclude is series with the Super 7 state championship games (all classes) at Jordan-Hare Stadium at Auburn Nov. 30-Dec. 1-2.
All games will be live over the Raycom TV Network on either the main channel or Raycom’s Bounce channel 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.
NFHS NETWORK FEATURES 12 AHSAA PLAYOFF GAMES
Twelve live-stream telecasts are set to be live-streamed Friday as part of the NFHS Network’s School Broadcast Program. McGill-Toolen’s NFHS School Broadcast Program crew will live-stream the Class 7A semifinal game featuring the defending champion Yellow Jackets (12-0) and Central-Phenix City (10-1) at Mobile, and the Hoover High School SBP broadcast team will be live-streaming Hoover (10-2) at Gadsden City (7-5) in the other Class 7A semifinal game tonight.
The headliner in the 6A quarterfinals is Opelika (11-1) at defending state champion Spanish Fort (10-2), to be live-streamed the Opelika High School NFHS School Broadcast Program. This is second year in a row the two former Lee High School players have squared off in the state playoffs. The Toros won last year’s meeting.
Ramsay (10-2) is at Minor (11-1) in another key 6A game. A special NFHS Network crew will be at that game as well as the Briarwood vs. Mortimer Jordan and the Jackson vs. St. Paul’s Episcopal Class 5A quarterfinal games.
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The link for each live-streamed telecast can be found below and at the NFHS Network: www.nfhsnetwork.com
All contests will be available through the NFHS Network SBP subscriber program.
The complete list of NFHS Network games and the Raycom AHSAA Game of the Week are below.
RAYCOM MEDIA AHSAA TV GAME OF THE WEEK
Central-Phenix City (10-1) at McGill-Toolen Catholic (12-0), (Check www.pathtotheplayoffs.com for stations in your area)
NFHS Network Live-Stream Events (Nov. 17-18)
Nov. 17 - 6 PM
Boaz vs. Cullman (G)
Cullman HS SBP
Nov. 17 - 7:30 PM
Boaz vs. Cullman (B)
Nov. 18 - 5 PM
Russell County vs. Smiths Station (G)
Smiths Station HS SBP
Nov. 18 - 6 PM
Lawrence County vs. Cullman (G)
Albertville vs. Arab (G)
Albertville HS SBP
Nov. 18 - 6:30 PM
Russell County vs. Smiths Station (GB)
Nov. 18 - 7:30 PM
Albertville vs. Arab (B)
Lawrence County vs. Cullman (B)
Nov. 18 - 7 PM
Maplesville at Sweet Water
Sweet Water HS SBP
Elba at Aliceville
Randolph Co. at Ohatchee
Eagle 102.3 SBP
FNN Network SBP
Handley at Thomasville
Madison Academy at Rogers
Briarwood Christian at Mortimer Jordan
JacKson at St. Paul's Episcopal
Nov. 18 - 6:45 PM
Muscle Shoals at Austin
Muscle Shoals HS SBP
Opelika at Spanish Fort
Opelika HS SBP
Ramsay at Minor
Nov. 18 - 6:50 PM
Hoover at Gadsden City
Hoover HS SBP
MONTGOMERY – Twelve major contributors to prep athletics in Alabama have been selected from an outstanding field of 50 nominations for induction into the 27th class of the Alabama High School Sports Hall of Fame next March.
The 2017 class, which includes an “old-timer,” will be inducted at the 27th annual banquet at the Renaissance Montgomery Hotel and Spa, March 20, 2017, at 6:30 p.m.
Selected for induction are football coaches Peter Braasch, Wayne Grant, Danny Horn, Russell Jacoway and Dwight Sanderson; basketball coaches Wayne Bowling, Richard Carter, Bob Harpe; volleyball and softball coach Rebecca Lee; softball coach Tony Scarbrough; tennis coach David Bethea; and coach/administrator Lorenzo Jackson, who was selected in the “old-timer” division. Jackson is deceased.
Sponsors of the Hall of Fame program are the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association (AHSADCA) and the AHSAA. The corporate sponsors include Alabama Power, ALFA, Cadence Bank, Coca-Cola, Encore Rehabilitation, Jack’s, Russell Athletic, TeamIP and Wilson Sporting Goods.
Veteran sportscaster Jeff Shearer will emcee the banquet. The NFHS Network is scheduled to live-stream the banquet.
The first class was inducted in 1991. These 12 new inductees will run the total enshrined into the Alabama High School Sports Hall of Fame to 332.
A profile of each selectee:
DAVID BETHEA: Montgomery Academy’s boys’ tennis coach since 1985, Bethea has carved a niche’ in state annals that includes 14 state championships, nine state runners-up, 32 sectional championships and an overall 878-145 head-coaching record. He also served as MA boys basketball coach from 1986-90 compiling a 33-36 record and has served as head junior high/middle school football coach since 1979. His football teams have won 19 city championships and compiled a 191-81-3 record.
Bethea, 61, is a 1973 graduate of Huntsville’s Butler High School. He received his degree from the University of North Alabama in 1977 and earned a Masters from South Alabama in 1979. He serves as department chair of physical education for the Montgomery Academy. He is a member of Center Point Church.
WAYNE BOWLING: Bowling, 75, was the boys’ basketball coach at Danville High School in Morgan County from 1963-2000. He also was head baseball coach from 1963-85.
Considered one of the coaching leaders in North Alabama, Bowling compiled a 683-388 basketball coaching record that included four Morgan County championships (1965, 1985, 1988, 1992); 12 area championships; five regional championships; two sub-state titles (1991 and 1992); five state tournament appearances (1976, 1977, 1985, 1991, 1992); and one state runner-up in 1992.
He graduated from Austinville High School in 1959 and St. Bernard College in 1963 and began his high school teaching and coaching career immediately. He was inducted into the Morgan County Sports Hall of Fame in 2002. Highly respected by his coaching peers in Morgan County, the MVP Award for the Morgan County basketball tournament is named in his honor.
He is a member of Central Park Baptist Church.
PETER BRAASCH: Braasch, 61, has been a teacher and coach at Vestavia Hills High School since 1977. He is the VHHS Physical Education Department chair.
A longtime assistant coach, he served as defensive coordinator and assistant head coach alongside another Hall of Fame Coach, AHSAA’s all-time winningest football coach Buddy Anderson, since 1982. The Rebels won state championships in 1980 and 1998 and reached the finals in 1978 and 1979.
Braasch also served as assistant head coach of the Rebels basketball alongside AHSAA HOF member Coach George Hatchett – winning state 6A titles in 1992 and 2009 and reaching the Final 48 State Tourney two more times (2000 and 2011. He was an assistant track coach from 1978-94 and won a 1993 state freshman championship as head coach of the VHHS ninth-grade team.
One of the most highly-decorated “assistant” coaches in AHSAA history, Braasch was named Alabama Football Coaches Association assistant coach of the year in 2009; received the prestigious AHSAA “Making a Difference” Award for Class 6A in 2012; and was inducted into the Vestavia Hills Sports Hall of Fame in 2012.
Braasch graduated from Homewood High School in 1973 and UAB in 1977. He earned a Masters at the University of Montevallo.
RICHARD CARTER: Growing up in Chambers County, Carter has spent most of his teaching and coaching career “at home,” serving as head boys’ basketball coach at Valley from 1975-99, and has been athletic director and head boys’ coach at Lanett since 2012. He began his coaching career at Bullock County in Union Springs where he was head football coach for three years (15-13). He also coached track.
His overall basketball coaching record is 534-111 – including 301-62 at Valley and 125-20 at Lanett. He guided the Panthers to a 29-6 record and the Class 2A state championship in 2016 with a 73-48 win over St. Luke’s Episcopal in the finals. It was Carter’s first state title as head coach.
Dedicated to molding the character of the young men he coaches, Carter has also served as a pastor for the past 42 years and is very active in civic affairs in East Alabama. He has mentored 75 members of his faith to become ministers themselves and has coached six players who went on to play in the NFL or NBA during his coaching career.
Carter graduated from Rehobeth High School of Fairfax in 1965 and Alabama State University in 1969. He earned a masters from Troy University.
WAYNE GRANT: Grant, 61, is one of just seven high school football coaches in the AHSAA to coach at least five state championship teams. He accomplished the feat at Pike County High School during two tenures as head coach.
Grant served as head coach at the Pike County from 1980-91 compiling a 97-33 record and winning the Brundidge school’s first two state titles in 1988 and 1989. He moved to Talladega High School from 1992-97 but returned in 1997 after the Bulldogs’ fortunes had fallen on hard times. Taking over a program that had gone 6-24 over the three previous seasons, he led Pike County back to prominence quickly with a winning season in 1999 and a state championship by 2003. The 2003 team, with just 18 players, rolled to a 14-1 record. The Bulldogs also were 15-0 and state 3A champs in 2005 and won again in 2006. He was 100-19 in his second tenure to close out his coaching career with a 231-94 record.
His Pike County teams were region champs 22 times, made 18 playoff appearances in 21 years, reached the quarterfinals 13 times and were 5-0 in Super 6 championship appearances. His overall playoff record was 44-14 (76 percent). He coached in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game twice and the North-South Game once with all three teams winning.
Grant also coached two Mr. Football winners (Chris Nickson and Steven Coleman) and two that had stellar NFL careers (Fred Baxter and Cornelius Griffin).
The 1972 Zion Chapel High School graduate earned his college degree and Masters at Troy University.
BOB HARPE: A native of basketball-crazy Morgan County, Harpe began his coaching career as the seventh-grade coach at Oak Park Middle School in his hometown of Decatur. That first team went undefeated and ignited a coaching career that led him to Austin High School from 1976-1998 and later at Arab High School from 2003-06. He also served as Austin head golf coach.
Harpe’s teams compiled a 306-143 record and averaged over 21 wins per year. His 1996 team reached the AHSAA Final 48 State Tourney and his 1993 team won the state crown. Austin also reached the state tourney in 1987.
More than 20 of his players signed college scholarships. Active on AHSAA basketball and golf committees, Harpe helped develop the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Basketball Games and served as administrative coach from 1990-95. He also was a member of the District 8 Legislative Council for nine years (1990-98) and was selected to the Central Board of Control. He has also volunteered his time in his retirement to assist the AHSAA at its state tournament since 2010,
Harpe graduated from Decatur High School in 1965 and Athens College in 1974. He earned a Masters from UAB.
DANNY HORN: Horn, 54, has served only two schools as head football coach in his 28 years as a head coach. Currently the head football coach and athletic director at Benjamin Russell, Horn is 55-39 in eight seasons (2009-16). His overall coaching record of 280-79 (78.1%) and 61-19 in the state playoffs includes an incredible 225-40 slate in 20 years at his alma mater, Clay County High School at Ashland.
He served the Panthers as head coach from 1989-2008 capturing six state championships (1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2002, 2005) and posting a state-record 55-game winning streak that stretched from 1994-97. The Panthers outscored opponents 1,974 to 194 during that streak with 34 shutouts and allowed only 3.2 points per game.
Horn’s 1994 team also outscored opponents 408-22 in 15 games and had 10 shutouts. His 1995 and 1996 teams allowed only 42 points in 15 games with 10 and 11 shutouts, respectively.
He has coached in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game twice (1994 and 2001), in the North-South game once (2007) and was named ASWA Coach of the Year three times.
He graduated from Clay County High School in 1980, from Jacksonville State in 1984 and completed his Masters at JSU in 1989.
LORENZO JACKSON (OLD TIMER Division): Jackson, born in 1929, was selected to represent the “Old Timer” division in the Hall of Fame Class of 2007.
He attended Decatur Negro High School graduating in 1947. He then got his degree from Alabama A&M in 1957. He also earned his Masters and AA.
He was head football, basketball and track coach at Lakeside High School in Decatur from 1955-69. He was named the AIAA North Alabama High School Association Coach of the Year in 1958, 1959 and 1964.
When Lakeside and Decatur merged following the 1968 Merger Act, Jackson served as assistant football and track coach at Austin High School for nine years. In 1977 he became the principal at Leon Sheffield Elementary School in Decatur where he serve through 1989.
Active in civic affairs, he was a member of the Civitan Club and Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity, served as an elder at Macedonia Cumberland Presbyterian Church, was a member of the Decatur Planning Commission and Alabama Democratic Conference, and was instrumental registering voters in Morgan County. He also worked as a Decatur Parks/Recreation Aquatic Supervisor.
Jackson, now deceased, has been inducted into the Morgan County Sports Hall of Fame and Athletic Booster Hall of Fame.
RUSSELL JACOWAY: The head football coach and athletic director at Sand Rock High School from 1983-2014, Jacoway began his coaching career in 1978 as an assistant coach at Early County High School in Blakely, Ga., where he remained for four years. He then moved to Smiths Station as an assistant coach for three.
He came to Cherokee County’s Sand Rock High School in 1983 inheriting a team that went 1-9 in 1982. His first team in ’83 was 0-10. His third season, however, the Wildcats were 15-0 and won the Class 1A state championship. That team outscored opponents 400-54. He went on to compile a 228-132 head-coaching record at Sand Rock over 32 seasons and reached the Super 6 2A finals at Legion Field in 1997.
The football stadium at Sand Rock was named in his honor in 1999. A book chronicling his 1985 championship was published in 2010, and he was inducted into the Cherokee County Sports Hall of fame in 2014. He coached in the North-South All-Star Game in 2002 and was named Coach of the Year by the Alabama Sportswriters Association in 1985 and 1997.
He graduated from Collinsville High School in 1975 and Auburn University in 1978.
REBECCA LEE: Lee, 68, retired from coaching at Hatton High School with 1,320 varsity volleyball and softball wins to her credit. She began her teaching and coaching career at East Lawrence High School in 1978 where she compiled a 109-33 volleyball record over a five-year period. Her 1980 team was Class 2A state runner-up.
She moved to her alma mater, Hatton High School, in 1983 where she remained until retiring from coaching in 2002. Her volleyball teams were 771-258 in 20 seasons with four Class 2A state championships in a row (1990, 1991, 1992 and 1993). She also became one of the top slow-pitch softball coaches in the AHSAA with her teams compiling a 400-177 record with state titles in 1992, 1993 and 1996. She was named NFHS Slow-Pitch Coach of the Year in 2000.
The Moulton Advertiser selected her Female Coach of the Decade for Lawrence County in 1990.
She graduated from Hatton High School 1966 and earned her degree from Athens State College in 1978. She became one of the state’s top volleyball officials during her retirement, serving as vice-president of the Quad-Cities Volleyball Officials Association for six years.
DWIGHT SANDERSON: Sanderson, 75, spent 29 years teaching and coaching in the AHSAA. He spent 14 years as head football coach at Notasulga High School from 1967-81. His first four years notched only eight wins but provided the foundation for what would come over the next 10 years.
The Blue Devils were 76-24-2 during that stretch with five state appearances. His 1977 team was Class 1A state runner-up. The early years were extremely important, however, since it came just as the AHSAA and AIAA merged. His leadership and direction helped the school move into the new era smoothly.
He had stops at Valley High School and Chambers County High School before retiring from Alabama in 1993. He then spent 13 years teaching in Georgia from 1994-2006.
Sanderson has been active in the community serving as a Sunday school teacher at New Site Methodist Church, a youth director in Ashland and working with senior citizens in Tallassee. He is a member of the Notasulga Lions Club.
A 1959 graduate, he is one of two Clay County High School alumni to be selected for the Class of 2017 Hall of Fame. He earned his college degree from Jacksonville State in 1964 and a Masters at Troy University.
TONY SCARBROUGH: The AHSAA’s winningest softball coach has been at Baker High School in Mobile as a teacher/coach since 1986. His career high school softball-coaching record is 1,525 wins and 428 losses. His fast-pitch teams have compiled a 937-267 slate and slow-pitch teams (1987-1998) a 563-171 record. Scarbrough had coaching stops early in his career at Evangel Christian, Chickasaw Academy and Shaw High School in Alabama and Gautier (MS) and McLean County (KY).
His slow-pitch teams won state championships in 1991, 1992, 1993 and was runner-up in 1989. The fast-pitch program captured state championships in 2003, 2005, 2007 and 2016. The Honey Bees have reached the fast-pitch state tournament 13 of the last 16 years. The 2007 team set a state record with 79 wins, which broke the previous record (78) set by Baker in 2005 that broke the previous mark (77) set by Baker in 2004.
Scarbrough has been a leader among coaches serving on the AHSAA Softball Coaches Committee. He devised the basic plan to develop the very popular regional softball tournament format, a move that has improved softball throughout the state and has provided “state tournament” type experiences for a larger number of schools.
He was inducted into the Mobile Softball Hall of Fame in 1992 and was NFHS Section 3 Softball Coach of the Year in 2005 and 2015. He was named the Gulf Coast Writers Coach of the Year in 2015.
Scarbrough is a graduate of Vigor High School (1967) and the University of South Alabama (1972).
MONTGOMERY — Defending state champion McGill-Toolen Catholic High School senior quarterback Bubba Thompson and senior receiver Larry Rembert pulled out a 27-23 victory in dramatic fashion over Enterprise in the Class 7A state playoffs last week to grab the AHSAA Prep Spotlight for the second round of the state football playoffs.
Trailing 23-20 with 1:04 remaining, the Yellow Jackets of Coach Caleb Ross were backed up to their own 15-yard line when Rembert, who had two catches for 125 yards, lined up on the right side and streaked downfield. Thompson heaved a strike the receiver hauled in near midfield in stride on the way to a game-winning 85-yard touchdown pass.
The victory extended the AHSAA’s current longest football winning streak to 21 games and advanced the Yellow Jackets (12-0) to the Class 7A state semifinals to face Central-Phenix City (10-1) Friday night. The game will be at Archbishop Lipscomb Athletic Complex in Mobile, home of McGill-Toolen.
Enterprise place-kicker Andrew Osteen put Enterprise (10-2) ahead 23-20 with 2:03 to play with his third field goal of the game to set up the last-ditch heroics of the Jackets’ duo.
Thompson, one of two quarterbacks chosen for the upcoming 30th annual Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game at Cramton Bowl Dec. 10, finished 12-of-19 for 253 yards and two TDs. He also connected with Marlon Williams, also selected for the Alabama-Mississippi Game, for a 6-yard TD earlier in the game.
The McGill-Toolen heroics edged out an outstanding performance by Beauregard running back La’Damian Webb, who rushed for 260 yards and scored six touchdowns (3, 8, 9, 10, 25 and 49 yards) in a 48-20 Class 5A win over Vigor at Prichard Memorial Stadium. The Hornets (10-1) advanced to the quarterfinals to host unbeaten Carroll (12-0) of Ozark this week.
ZION WEBB KEYS 100TH CAREER WIN FOR COACH JAMEY DUBOSE: Zion Webb, a senior quarterback, was 10-of-14 passing for 145 yards and three touchdowns as Central of Phenix City (10-1) beat Auburn 48-9 in the Class 7A state playoffs for Coach Jamey DuBose’s 100th career win. Jaxton Carson added 103 yards rushing and a TD on 10 carries, and Christian Allen caught three passes for 68 yards and two scores. DuBose, who graduated from Opp High School in 1988, has compiled a 100-36 head-coaching record in 11 seasons and at four stops: Susan Moore, Prattville, Florence and Central.
DuBose is 29-7 in his third year at the helm of the Red Devils’ program. The win over Auburn advanced Central to the 7A semifinals for the second year in a row. He was 45-10 at Prattville with Class 6A state championships in 2008 and 2011 and a runner-up finish in 2009. Florence was 16-8 with one trip to the 6A quarterfinals and Susan Moore was 10-11 in two seasons (2002 and 2003) at his first head-coaching stop.
ISAIHA JONES, CEDAR BLUFF: Ran for 295 yards on 31 carries and scored five touchdowns in the Tigers'42-41 overtime loss in the Class 1A playoffs to Decatur Heritage. Teammate Ivory Starr added 100 yards on 30 rush attempts and had a TD.
MARKEVIOUS MATTHEWS, TALLASSEE: The Tigers’ sophomore running back gained 246 yards rushing on 27 carries and scored two touchdowns on runs of 39 and 90 yards in a 42-14 Class 4A win over Saint James.
SPENCER BROWN, MORTIMER JORDAN: The workhorse running back had 35 carries for 236 yards to lead the Blue Devils (10-2) to a 44-30 Class 5A playoff win over Etowah. He scored twice in the fourth quarter.
ROBERT HOUSTON, LAFAYETTE: Rushed for 181 yards and two scores for the Bulldogs (12-0), A 40-34 winner over Sheffield, who travel to unbeaten Fyffe (12-0) Friday for the third round of the 2A playoffs.
GARRETT SANDERS, G.W. LONG: The Rebels running back rushed for 222 yards and three touchdowns on 39 carries and was a perfect 5-for-5 passing for 41 yards with one TD in G.W. Long’s 41-10 Class 2A playoff win over New Brockton. Sanders also had an interception and three tackles on defense, one punt for 47 yards and converted all five point-after kicks he attempted.
C.J. ROBERTS, CARROLL: The Ozark runner picked up 227 yards on 20 carries as the Eagles (12-0) advanced to the third round of the 5A playoffs with a 28-8 win over Calera.
D.K. BILLINGSLEY, SCOTTSBORO: Ran for 204 yards and four touchdowns on 19 carries in a 49-28 Class 5A win over Fairfield. He also threw a 13-yard pass to quarterback Bo Nix.
JORDAN GARRETT, MADISON ACADEMY: Rushed for 196 yards and scored two touchdowns on 29 carries in a 36-0 Class 4A win over Fayette County.
JAELYN FLEMING, GADSDEN CITY: Rushed 22 times for 134 yards and a touchdown and caught four passes for 75 yards and a score in the Titans' 29-28 Class 7A win over previously unbeaten Hewitt-Trussville. Teammate Damon Williams also had 29 carries for 113 yards and caught a game-winning 15-yard touchdown pass with 3:10 remaining for Gadsden City.
GRAYSON WAKEFIELD, DECATUR HERITAGE: Ran for 164 yards on 20 carries and scored four touchdowns in the Eagles’ 42-41 Class 1A playoff overtime win over Cedar Bluff. He also was 11-of-20 passing for 72 yards and another score.
TAYLOR HAYES, PIEDMONT: Rushed for 170 yards and was 9-for-15 passing with two touchdowns in the defending Class 3A state champion Bulldogs' 38-21 victory over Colbert County. The win extended Piedmont’s current winning streak to 20 games. Teammate Lee Stanley added 191 yards rushing and two touchdowns.
DARRIAN MEADS, HOKES BLUFF: Rushed 33 times for 131 yards and a touchdown as the Eagles beat North Jackson 24-14 to secure a quarterfinal berth in the Class 4A playoffs for the first time since 2004. Teammate Landon Johnson completed 8-of-15 passes for 101 yards and two scores.
REED BLANKENSHIP, WEST LIMESTONE: Rushed for 179 yards on 14 carries and caught four passes for 105 yards in the Wildcats’ 39-38 Class 4A loss to Cherokee County. He also had an interception on defense.
KADARIUS TONEY, BLOUNT: Was 16-of-19 passing for 269 yards and four touchdowns in a 27-25 come-from-behind Class 5A playoff win. He connected with LeBarron Jones with 49 seconds remaining for the final score to take the lead for good.
PAXTON MONTGOMERY, AUSTIN: Completed three touchdown passes, two in overtime, as Class 6A Austin (9-3) beat Pinson Valley 44-38 in four overtimes.
TYREN DUPREE, CHEROKEE COUNTY: Completed 6-of-11 pass attempts for 152 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for 180 yards on 24 carries and scored a 10-yard touchdown with 1:51 remaining in the in the Warriors' 39-38 Class 4A victory over West Limestone. Teammate Jacob Graves added 121 yards rushing on 14 carries and scored on a 55-yard run and 30-yard pass reception.
CHADARIUS TOWNSEND, TANNER: Was 7-of-11 passing for 149 yards and three touchdowns, and had 56 yards and another TD on seven rush attempts as the Rattlers posted a 49-14 Class 2A win over Sand Rock.
BANIKO HARLEY, RAMSAY: Completed 11-of-13 passes for 199 yards and three touchdowns as the Rams (10-2) beat Decatur 34-6 in the Class 6A playoffs. He also rushed for a TD.
CHASE LANCASTER, WEST LIMESTONE: Completed 9-of-15 passes for 181 yards and three touchdowns in a 39-38 Class 4A loss to Cherokee County.
CASEY BAYNES, TALLASSEE: The junior quarterback completed 5-of-7 passes for 81 yards and three touchdowns, rushed 24 times for 119 yards and one TD, punted once for 47 yards and had two interceptions on defense in the Tigers’ 42-14 Class 4A win over Saint James.
QUARTEZ HENDERSON, CHEROKEE COUNTY: Caught four passes for 105 yards and two touchdowns and also preserved the Warriors’ 39-38 Class 4A playoff victory over West Limestone by blocking a 22-yard field goal attempt with seven seconds remaining.
TRIKWEZE BRIDGES, LANETT: The sophomore free safety had three of Lanett’s five interceptions as the Panthers beat West End 53-14.
MARKEL LEWIS, CARROLL: Swiped two interceptions, returning the first one 12 yards for a touchdown early in the second quarter to jump-start the Eagles (12-0) to a 28-8 Class 5A playoff win over Calera. He finished with eight tackles.
TYLER MILLER, SPANISH FORT: Intercepted a Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa pass and returned it for a touchdown, giving the defending 6A champion Toros (10-2) the lead in a 23-13 state playoff win. Hillcrest finished the season 11-1.
MALIK WILSON, ETOWAH: Finished with 16 tackles, two fumble recoveries and an interception in the Blue Devils' 42-30 Class 5A loss to Mortimer Jordan.
JAMAL BEATY, G.W. LONG: Had 10 tackles on defense with a sack and also batted a pass that teammate Carlos Smith intercepted and returned for 22 yards as G.W. Long beat New Brockton 41-10 in the 2A playoffs. He also caught four of G.W. Long’s five completed passes for 37 yards, including a fourth-down pass that resulted in a TD.
WILL SINGLETON, HOOVER: Led a strong defensive effort with a fumble return for a touchdown as the Bucs nipped James Clemens 14-7 to advance to the Class 7A semifinals.
ROBERT COLEMAN, MINOR: Snagged two interceptions in the first half as the Tigers beat Hartselle 48-17 in the 6A playoffs.
ISAIAH DONALDSON, NEW BROCKTON: Accounted for 19 tackles, blocked a punt and a point after attempt and also recovered a fumble in the Gamecocks’ 41-10 Class 2A loss to unbeaten G.W. Long. Teammate Clay Kelley was credited with 14 tackles.
LABRYAN RAY, JAMES CLEMENS: Recorded nine solo tackles, two assists, five tackles for a loss and two quarterback hurries in a 14-7 Class 7A loss at Hoover.
MARCUS JONES, ENTERPRISE: Returned a punt 68 yards for a touchdown in the Wildcats’ 27-23 loss to top-ranked McGill-Toolen in the 7A playoffs. It was his third punt return for a TD on the season and his second in as many weeks.
JADARIUS REDWINE, WENONAH: Ran 80 yards on a fake punt for a touchdown and also caught a TD pass as the Dragons posted a 42-14 Class 5A playoff win over Brooks.
MONTGOMERY -- The second-round Class 2A football playoff game between Elba and Samson postponed last Friday will be played tonight at 7:30 p.m., after the Alabama State Supreme Court ruled Monday on two conflicting Alabama Judicial Court rulings issued last Thursday. The Supreme Court upheld the AHSAA Executive Director’s ruling.
On Thursday, Nov. 10 at 11:42 a.m., the Circuit Court of Geneva County entered an Order that the AHSAA enforce and abide by the decision of the AHSAA Executive Director and the AHSAA District 1 Board that Washington County High School is ineligible for participation in the high school football playoffs. Later that day, at 4:17 p.m., the Circuit Court of Washington County entered an Order enjoining the AHSAA from removing Washington County High School from the playoffs.
Legal Counsel for the AHSAA filed a Petition with the Alabama Supreme Court Thursday night seeking direction as to the Circuit Court Orders.
Washington County High School was removed from the playoffs last week after AHSAA Executive Director Steve Savarese ruled that Washington County had played an ineligible player in its first playoff game Nov. 4 in violation of the AHSAA Home Rule. WCHS beat Samson in that Class 2A playoff contest. Consequently, Samson was reinstated into the playoffs following Washington County’s removal and advanced to meet Elba in the second round.
WCHS appealed that ruling to AHSAA District 1 and the AHSAA ruling was upheld by that board last Tuesday.
“We are glad to have this matter resolved and on behalf of all our member schools we greatly appreciate the State Supreme Court for ruling so quickly,” Savarese said. “The playoffs will now continue with remaining games to be played according to the playoff schedule.”
MOULTON – Huntsville (7A), Homewood (6A), St. Paul’s Episcopal (5A), Randolph (4A), Pleasant Valley (3A) and Westminster of Oak Mountain (1A/2A) each captured state championships Saturday at the AHSAA 61st State Cross Country Championships.
Freshman Isabel Valenzuela of St. Paul’s and sophomore Amaris Tyynismaa of Montgomery Catholic each won their third straight individual state championships in Class 5A and 4A, respectively.
CLASS 7A GIRLS: Huntsville Wins First Championship Since 1989
Huntsville High School placed four runners in the top 12 Saturday and the Panthers captured their first Class 7A girls’ state cross country championship at Oakville Indian Mounds Museum and Park Saturday morning.
Huntsville, coached by Graciela Bryant, totaled 51 points to nip defending state champion Mountain Brook. The Spartans finished with 61 points, and Auburn was third with 64.
Senior Anna Grace Morgan of Mountain Brook won the individual championship with a winning time of 17:46.01, the fastest time among all girls’ runners in all classes Saturday. McGill-Toolen Catholic junior Grace Jensen was second at 18:18.06, followed by Huntsville senior Abbey Zane’s 18:23.45 finish. Panther teammates Abbey Weitenbeck, Rachel Jones and Hannah Bloom finished 6th, 7th and 12th, respectively.
CLASS 6A GIRLS: Homewood’s Phelps Leads Patriots to Title
Homewood freshman Lainey Phelps won the individual championship in the Class 6A competition with a winning time of 18:02.13, the second fastest time of the day in all classes, and beat the rest of the 185-runner field by 81 seconds.
Coach Lars Porter’s girls and boys swept championships Saturday. The Lady Patriots had 51 points. Florence was second at 103, Fort Payne, third with 118, and two-time defending state champion John Carroll Catholic was fourth at 132.
Eighth grader Mary Claire Ridgeway (129:21.73) was second. Celie Jackson, another Homewood freshman, was fifth (19:32.26).
CLASS 5A GIRLS: St. Paul’s Valenzuela Takes 3rd Straight 5A Championship
Freshman Isabel Valenzuela clocked 18:21.33 Saturday to cross the finish line first for the third year in a row and St. Paul’s Episcopal won the school’s 19th girls’ championship overall and first in 16 years.
Coach Jim Tate’s Saints totaled 54 points to edge runner-up Scottsboro (57) and defending state champion Lawrence County (60) for the team championship. Valenzuela bested her 2015 winning time by more than two seconds. Scottsboro senior Karsyn Whitehead and Lexie Burfield of Lawrence County finished 2-3 with times of 19:16.16 and 19:25.68, respectively.
CLASS 4A GIRLS: Catholic’s Tyynismaa Wins 3rd Individual Title
Sophomore Amaris Tyynismaa of Montgomery Catholic swept her third state AHSAA Class 4A state championship Saturday at Oakville Indian Mounds Park and Museum running the 3.1-mile distance in 18:07.76, the third fastest girls’ time of the day in all classes.
Randolph won the girls’ team championship with 55 points. Catholic was second with 65 and West Limestone was third with 69.
Juniors Katherine Hunter and Carolina Stucky finished sixth and seventh, respectively, to lead the winning Raiders. Eighth grader and teammate Emma Hudson also finished ninth for Randolph.
Saint James eighth grader Presley Miles was 41 seconds behind Tyynismaa at 18:48.11 to take second place individually.
CLASS 3A GIRLS: Pleasant Valley Repeats as State Champs
Eighth grader Trinity Roberts’ third-place finish helped Pleasant Valley secure its second AHSA Class 3A state championship in a row Saturday.
T.R. Miller senior Allie Nelson won the individual title running 18:53.29 over the 3.1-mile Oakville course. American Christian junior Becca Billman (19:55.05) finished second and Roberts came in at 19:55.05 to finish third.
Pleasant Valley, coached by Brad Hood, had 70 points and T.R. Miller was second at 86. American Christian was third with 92.
CLASS 1A/2A GIRLS: Westminster of Oak Mountain Wins First Championship
Westminster of Oak Mountain placed four runners in the Top 12 Saturday to lead the Lady Knights to their first girls’ AHSAA state cross country championship. Competing in the 1A/2A divison, Westminster, coached by Leslie Callahan, posted four times under 21 minutes to score 42 points. Hatton was second with 88 and defending state champion St. Bernard of Cullman was third with 89.
Senior Maddie Hoaglund finished fourth overall with a time of 19:53.61 to pace Westminster.
Hannah Tarwater, a Whitesburg Christian junior, won the individual gold with a 19:18.73 winning time. St. Bernard junior Leahrose Mami was second at 19:24.75. Ivy Edge of St. Bernard, who won the 1A/2A title as a freshman in 2015, clocked 20:04.96 to finish sixth.
MOULTON – Auburn (7A), Homewood (6A), Scottsboro (5A), LAMP (4A), American Christian (3A) and St. Bernard Prep (1A/2A) each won boys’ state titles Saturday as the 61st annual AHSAA State Cross Country Championships concluded at Oakville Museum and Park.
Coach Charles Tiller’s American Christian squad scored an incredible team score of 24 points to take the 3A state crown.
CLASS 7A BOYS: Auburn Places 3 Runners in Top 5 to Win 4th Straight Title
Auburn High School’s cross country team placed three runners in the top five finishers as Coach Dan Norton’s Tigers captured the school’s fourth straight state championship with 59 points. Mountain Brook (69) was second and Hoover (93), third.
Seniors Joshua Escoe, Jack Rogers and Nate Pudner crossed the finish just 13 seconds apart. Escoe’s team-leading time of 15:42.26 was just seven seconds behind individual winner Tommy McDonough of Hoover. The Bucs senior clocked 15:39.70 to edge runner-up, Hewitt-Trussville senior John Ngaruiya, by a tenth of a second. Ngaruiya’s time was 15:39.80 in what was one of the closest finishes in the 61-year history of the AHSAA State Championships.
Rogers’ fourth-place time was 15:52.55, and Pudner was fifth at 15:55.62. Senior Carson Chambliss was next for the Tigers with a 25th-place finish. Auburn has now won all three 7A state titles in AHSAA history. Norton’s team also won the 6A title in 2013, the last year of the AHSAA six-classification system.
CLASS 6A BOYS: Stone Leads Homewood to 5th Straight CC Crown
Sophomore Will Stone captured the Class 6A individual cross country championship with a 16:01.40 time and the Patriots rolled to their fifth consecutive state team championship at Oakville.
Coach Lars Porter’s runners finished with 55 points. Runner-up Cullman had 72 and Helena was third with 95.
Stone finished 12 seconds ahead of runner-up Ben Garner of Opelika. Garner clocked 16:13.60 and Stone’s Homewood teammate, senior Paul Selden, was third at 16:17.57.
Conner Sims of Brewer (16:35.60) and Joey Franklin of Cullman (16:37.56) finished just two seconds apart to claim 4th and 5th.
CLASS 5A BOYS: Scottsboro Claims 12th State Championship
Scottsboro High School senior Colton Smith ran the 3.1-mile course in 16:09.60 to claim the Class 5A individual championship Saturday at Oakville Indian Mounds Park and Museum to lead the Wildcats to the team championship. Scottsboro, coached by Benjamin Robinson, has now won 12 state boys’ cross country titles dating back to 1991.
The Wildcats scored 47 points with runner-up St. John Paul II Catholic second at 57. Briarwood Christian finished fourth at 96.
Sophomore Noah Flynn of St. John Paul II was second behind Smith at 16.37.33. Beauregard sophomore Jonathan Jenkins was third (16:38.60). Sophomore Will Coleman was also eighth, junior Devin Berry finished 12th and eighth grader Cooper Atkins was 14th to round out Scottsboro’s top four runners.
CLASS 4A BOYS: LAMP Captures First Cross Country Championship
Loveless Academic Magnet School (LAMP) of Montgomery, coached by Christopher Colvin, captured state boys’ cross country title Saturday nipping runner-up Randolph by two points. The Golden Tigers scored 88 and the Raiders 90. Defending champion Trinity Presbyterian was third at 95.
Junior Won Heo crossed the finish line sixth to lead LAMP’s squad. He clocked 16:49.82 – 47 seconds behind individual medalist Tanner King. The Northside junior ran the course in 16:22.32. Madison Academy senior Will Oglesby (16:25.55) was second and Matthew Estophinal of Randolph (16:31.66) was third.
Junior Adam Peck finished 14th and was the second LAMP runner to cross the finish line.
MONTGOMERY -- Fourteen unbeaten teams remain advanced through the second round to the quarterfinals of the Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) State Football Playoffs. Class 7A teams are advancing to the semifinals.
This week’s games will be played Friday, November 19.
The slate includes 26 games, four each in Classes 1A through 6A, and two in Class 7A. Defending state champion McGill-Toolen Catholic (12-0) goes on the road Friday to Central-Phenix City (10-1) and Hoover (10-2) goes to Gadsden City (7-5) in Friday’s 7A semifinals with the winners advancing to the Super 7 Class 7A championship game Nov. 30 at Jordan-Hare Stadium.
One defending state champion was eliminated Friday night with Andalusia’s 40-0 win over Leeds in Class 4A. Coach Trent Taylor’s Bulldogs (11-1) are on the road again Friday at Tallassee (9-3).
In Class 3A, defending champion Piedmont (12-0) won its 20th straight game with a 38-21 win over Colbert County. The Bulldogs were one of four teams from Region 5 clinching quarterfinal berths – assuring the tough region of a team in the state finals. Piedmont hosts No. 4 qualifier Weaver (9-3) and No. 2 seed Ohatchee (11-1) hosts No. 3 qualifier Randolph County (10-2). Randolph County beat Sylvania 38-24, Ohatchee downed Lauderdale County 49-21 and Weaver beat Lexington 42-0.
Other defending state champions advancing include: Maplesville (11-0) in 1A; St. Paul’s Episcopal (9-3) in 5A; Spanish Fort (10-2) in 6A. Defending 2A state champion Elba’s second-round game was postponed.
Four No. 4 seeds advanced with Weaver winning in 3A, Hokes Bluff (8-4) beating North Jackson 24-14 in Class 4A; Muscle Shoals (7-5) edging Gardendale 17-3 in 6A; and Gadsden City (7-5) knocking off previously unbeaten Hewitt-Trussville 29-28 in 7A.
Unbeaten teams by class advancing include: (Class 1A) Maplesville (11-0); Georgiana (12-0), Linden (12-0), Addison (12-0); (Class 2A) G.W. Long (11-0); Fyffe (12-0); LaFayette (12-0); (Class 3A) Gordo (12-0); Piedmont (12-0); (Class 4A) Rogers (12-0); Class 5A: Carroll (12-0); Scottsboro (12-0); (Class 6A) Park Crossing (12-0); (Class 7A) McGill-Toolen Catholic (12-0). Austin also won its second-round Class 6A game over Pinson Valley 44-38 in four overtimes.
Two quarterfinal matchups pit unbeaten teams: Georgiana at Linden in 1A and LaFayette at Fyffe in 2A.
Raycom Media will announce the contest to be featured next Friday on the Raycom/AHSAA Playoff Game of the Week. The NFHS Network also plans to live-stream several games produced by member schools belonging to the NFHS Network School Broadcast Program. An NFHS Network crew will also live-stream the McGill-Toolen vs. Central-Phenix City contest at Mobile Friday. The complete slate will be announced early next week and will be listed at www.nfhsnetwork.net.
Third-round pairings and second-round results:
AHSAA STATE FOOTBALL PLAYOFFS
(All games, Friday, Nov. 18, 7 p.m.)
Georgiana (12-0) at Linden (12-0)
Maplesville (11-0) at Sweet Water (9-2)
Pickens County (9-3) at Decatur Heritage (10-2)
Addison (12-0) at Hubbertville (10-1)
G.W. Long (11-0) at Southern Choctaw (10-1), Gilbertown
Aliceville (11-1) vs. TBA
LaFayette (12-0) at Fyffe (12-0)
Tanner (9-3) at Lanett (10-2)
Mobile Christian (11-1) at Oakman (8-4)
Bayside Academy (8-4) at Gordo (12-0)
Weaver (9-3) at Piedmont (12-0)
Randolph County (10-2) at Ohatchee (11-1)
Andalusia (11-1) at Tallassee (9-3)
Handley (10-2) at Thomasville (9-2)
Hokes Bluff (8-4) at Cherokee County (10-2), Centre
Madison Academy (9-3) at Rogers (12-0)
Carroll (12-0) at Beauregard (10-1)
Jackson (8-3) at St. Paul’s Episcopal (9-3), Mobile
Briarwood Christian (10-2) at Mortimer Jordan (10-2), Kimberly
Scottsboro (12-0) at Wenonah (9-2), Birmingham
Blount (10-2) at Park Crossing (12-0), Montgomery, Cramton Bowl
Opelika (11-1) at Spanish Fort (10-2)
Ramsay (10-2) at Minor (11-1), Graysville
Muscle Shoals (7-5) at Austin (9-3), Decatur
Central-Phenix City (10-1) at McGill-Toolen Catholic (12-0), Mobile
Hoover (10-2) at Gadsden City (7-5)
Tonight’s second-round Class 2A football playoff game between Elba and Samson has been postponed pending a ruling by the Supreme Court of Alabama.
Yesterday at 11:42 a.m., the Circuit Court of Geneva County entered an Order that the AHSAA enforce and abide by the decision of the AHSAA Executive Director and the AHSAA District 1 Board that Washington County High School is ineligible for participation in the high school football playoffs.
At 4:17 p.m., the Circuit Court of Washington County entered an Order enjoining the AHSAA from removing Washington County High School from the playoffs.
Legal Counsel for the AHSAA filed a Petition with the Alabama Supreme Court last night seeking direction as to the Circuit Court Orders. The AHSAA will continue to provide updates on this matter.
Washington County High School was removed from the playoffs Monday after AHSAA Executive Director Steve Savarese ruled that Washington County had played an ineligible player in its first playoff game Nov. 4 in violation of the AHSAA Home Rule. WCHS beat Samson in that Class 2A playoff contest. Consequently, Samson was reinstated into the playoffs following Washington County’s removal and advanced to meet Elba in the second round. The original pairing had Elba scheduled to play at Washington County.
WCHS appealed that ruling to AHSAA District 1 and the AHSAA ruling was upheld by that board Tuesday.
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2016 AHSAA Football Playoffs
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Raycom Media Network
5A G 20
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St. Paul's Episcopal
Clay County - Central
NFHS Eagle 1023 Net
1A G 19
NFHS Goshen SBP
2A G 18
NFHS Elba SBP
2A G 20
NFHS Tri County Sports
2A G 22
NFHS FNN Network
4A G 18
NFHS Madison Academy SBP
4A G 24
NFHS Russellville SBP
5A G 22
NFHS Brooks SBP
5A G 23
NFHS Hillcrest SBP
6A G 19
NFHS Opelika SBP
6A G 20
NFHS Hartselle SBP
6A G 21
NFHS Muscle Shoals SBP
6A G 24
NFHS McGill-Toolen SBP
7A G 09
NFHS Enterprise SBP
NFHS Hoover SBP
7A G 11
NFHS Prattville SBP
7A G 12
4A G 21
5A G 19
Clay County Central
Scottsboro Electric Power Board
5A G 24
Opelika Power Board
Husky Fast Net
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94.3 FM / Greenville
102.3 FM/Lagrange, GA
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WVVL FM Radio
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2A G 19
106.1 FM/Grove Hill
WRLA 1490 AM
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1490 AM/LaGrange, GA
3A G 17
1240 AM / Jasper
3A G 20
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94.7 FM / Troy
3A G 21
97.9 FM / Oxford
3A G 22
WCKA AM 810
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4A G 17
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WSBM Fox Sports Shoals
4A G 23
1340 AM / Florence
WLDX AM 990
97.7 FM/Union Grove
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WOAB FM 104.9
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WQSI FM 95.5
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WGOL 100.7 FM and 920 AM
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AHSAA / NFHS Network Schedule (Nov. 10-11-12)
THURSDAY, NOV. 10 (Basketball)
Boaz HS SBP
FRIDAY, NOV. 11 (Football Playoffs)
Sweet Water vs. Wadley
Samson vs. Elba
KIR Network (Elba HS)
Sheffield vs. LaFayette
Southern Choctaw vs. Goshen
Goshen HS SBP
Andalusia vs. Leeds
Fayette County vs. Madison Academy
Madison Academy SBP
Russellville vs. Briarwood Christian
Russellville HS SBP
Wenonah vs. Brooks
Brooks HS SBP
Gardendale vs. Muscle Shoals
Minor vs. Hartselle
Hartselle HS SBP
Opelika vs. Daphne
Spanish Fort vs. Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa
Hillcrest-Tusc. HS SBP
Enterprise vs. McGill-Toolen Catholic
Enterprise HS SBP
Gadsden City vs. Hewitt-Trussville
James Clemens HS vs. Hoover
SATURDAY, NOV. 12 (Cross Country)
2016 AHSAA Cross Country Championships