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Class 2A Boys Semifinals R.C. Hatch 51, Sheffield 27

    R.C. Hatch downed Sheffield 52-27 Tuesday in the Class 2A boys’ state tournament semifinals to advance  to Friday’s championship game for the first time since 2009.
    The Bobcats of Coach Home Davis won three state titles in a four-year period from 2006-09 – reaching the championship each year. The school has 10 state titles, most of any AHSAA school in state-tournament history beginning with the first in 1978.
Davis said the goal for his team all year has been to “Never quit.”
    R.C. Hatch (24-2) built a nine-point lead by halftime and then outscored the Bulldogs (23-11) in the second half 27-12 thanks to a swarming defense that forced 23 turnovers for the game.
    Jalen Lockett led the Bobcats with 12 points, Venantris Lipscomb added 11,  Tyler Rhone had 10 and Antwan Powell scored eight. Rhone also had eight rebounds, and Freddie ward had four assists.
     Malik Smith had seven points for Sheffield. JaVaria Nalls added six, Dontarius Hughes and Emmanuel Ford had five each for Coach Ski Anderson’s Bulldogs. Ford also had eight rebounds.
    The 95th AHSAA State Basketball Championships continues this week with Class 3A and Class 4A girls’ and boys’ semifinals getting underway Tuesday, Classes 5A and 6A Wednesday and Class 7A Thursday. Finals get underway Thursday Finals for 2A, 3A and 4A will be Friday and 5A, 6A and 7A finals close out the 2017 championships Saturday.
        All semifinals are being live-streamed by the NFHS Network, and the finals will be televised live by Raycom Sports. The AHSAA Radio Network is also broadcasting all games over its statewide radio network and internet link.
      The Class 2A boys’ finals are set for Friday at 10:45 a.m.     

Class 2A Girls Semifinals Tanner 60, R.C. Hatch 24

    Tanner (28-2) held R.C. Hatch (22-6) to just five points in the first half and moved into Friday morning’s AHSAA Class 2A girls’ basketball championship game with a 60-24 win in the semifinals Monday at the BJCC Legacy Arena.|
     The 95th AHSAA State Basketball Championships continues this week with Class 3A and Class 4A girls’ and boys’ semifinals getting underway Tuesday, Classes 5A and 6A Wednesday and Class 7A Thursday. Finals get underway Thursday Finals for 2A, 3A and 4A will be Friday and 5A, 6A and 7A finals close out the 2017 championships Saturday.
        All semifinals are being live-streamed by the NFHS Network, and the finals will be televised live by Raycom Sports. The AHSAA Radio Network is also broadcasting all games over its statewide radio network and internet link.
      Tanner led 30-5 at intermission. Kirstin Brown finished with 25 points and 24 rebounds to lead the Rattlers. Teammate Jessika Milton added 15 points and eight rebounds and Nautica Nobles had eight points.
     R.C. Hatch was paced by Patiniquia Collins’ 10 points, eight rebounds and four steals. Shakia Dudley added six points and Alaysia Norfleet had four.

1A Boys Semifinals Sacred Heart Catholic 82, Georgiana 55

    Two-time defending state champion Sacred Heart Catholic (27-8) will be playing for a third AHSAA Class 1A boys’ state basketball title Thursday night after beating Georgiana 82-55 in the Class 1A semifinals Monday at the BJCC Legacy Arena.
        Sacred Heart will meet South Lamar in the finals Thursday afternoon at 5:45 p.m. at Legacy Arena. The 95th annual AHSAA State Basketball Championship semifinal games are being live-streamed by the NFHS Network, and the finals will be televised live by Raycom Sports. The AHSAA Radio Network is also broadcasting all games over its statewide radio network and internet link.
      Coach Ralpheal Graves’ Cardinals used a big third quarter to break open the rematch from last year’s finals. Sacred Heart led 36-29 at the half but outscored Coach Kirk Norris’ Panthers (27-3) in the third period 28-11. Georgiana never recovered.
      D.J. Heath scored 27 points, had four assists and three steals for the Cardinals. Dakota Myers added 20 points, Diante Wood and Kevion Nolan chipped in 15 each. Wood also had 10 rebounds and five assists. Nolan and Heath each had three 3-point goals.
    Nizaiah Smith led Georgiana with 20 points and 11 rebounds. He was also 6-of-7 at the foul line and the Panthers finished 16-of-20 as a team. Ja’Micha Stallworth added 12 points and Keinderus Mobley added eight.

1A Girls Semifinals Spring Garden 48, J.F. Shields 38

    Defending state champion Spring Garden (26-7) downed J.F. Shields 48-38 Monday in the Class 1A girls’ semifinals to move back into the championship game for the third consecutive year.
    Coach Ricky Austin’s Panthers will face R.A. Hubbard in the state finals Thursday at 4 p.m. at the BJCC Legacy Arena.
    Spring Garden, one of the most storied programs in AHSAA girls’ basketball history, has won five state titles in school history (1987, 2004, 2005, 2008, 2016) and has finished runner-up three additional trips to the finals.
    The Panthers dominated the first half Monday, building a 33-15 lead by halftime. Coach Linda Hollinger’s J.F. Shield squad turned up its defense in the third quarter and out-scored Spring Garden 16-6 to pull to within eight, 39-31, heading into the fourth quarter. After see the lead cut to six (39-33) early in the final period, Austin’s team rallied back out to a 10-point lead with three minutes left.
   Tiyonna Rogers had 19 points and 13 rebounds to pace Spring Garden. Savannah Dempsey and Payton McGinnis added 14 each. McGinnis also had 11 rebounds. Dempsey was 6-for-6 at the foul line, and point guard Kerstin Bryant had six assists.
    Mar’quaja Brown had 22 points and Ti’Ajah McCrery had nine for J.F. Shields.  Shamiya Johnson also had seven points, nine rebounds and two blocked shots.

Class 1A Boys Semifinals South Lamar 80, Cornerstone 67

    South Lamar (21-8) jumped to a quick lead Monday morning in its Class 1A boys’ semifinal battle with Cornerstone of Birmingham then had to claw from behind with a big fourth quarter as the Stallions advanced to the state finals with an 80-67 win.
    South Lamar will play in the finals Thursday afternoon at 5:45 p.m.
     Chase Gore and Malik Cox finished with 23 and 20 points, respectively, sparking Coach Chris Tucker’s Stallions to a 10-0 lead early and a 25-9 advantage in the final eight minutes. In between, however, Coach Ronald Steele’s Eagles (15-10) outscored South Lamar 43-32 to take a 58-55 lead into the fourth period.
     Gore had two 3-point goals, was 9-of-11 at the foul line, and had six rebounds and four assists. Cox, who had a game-high 15 rebounds, was 8-of-10 at the foul line. Carson Lindsey added 15 points, four assists and four steals.
    Cornerstone’s Darryl Grayson nailed six 3-pointers and finished with 21 points. Kelton Wilson added 12 points and John Stanford had 11.
    South Lamar reached the finals on the 25th anniversary of the Stallions’ only state championship won in 1992.

Class 1A Girls Semifinals R.A. Hubbard 48, Westminster-Oak Mountain 44

    A’Nautica Bibbs sank four key free throws in the final 39 seconds to spark R.A. Hubbard (21-8) to a come-from-behind 48-44 victory over Westminster-Oak Mountain (21-6) Monday morning as the 95th annual AHSAA State Basketball Championships got underway at the BJCC Legacy Arena.
    Down 44-41 with 90 seconds to play, Chiefs teammate Alexandria Orr made two free throws to cut the Lady Knights’ lead to one. Bibbs put her team ahead 45-44 with 39 seconds left and added to the lead 12 seconds later as Coach Candace Byrd’s team took control 47-44.
    Bibbs finished with four points. She also had 13 rebounds. Kee-Undria Bolden led R.A. Hubbard with 18 points.
    Westminster, coached by Dana Gache’, was led by freshman guard Morgan White’s 14 points and four assists. She also had six rebounds.  Macy Mixon and Rachel Price added nine points each. Anna Richburg had four points, four rebounds and a game-high seven blocked shots before fouling out late in the fourth quarter.

Seven Defending Champions in 56-Team Field As AHSAA 95th State Basketball Tourney Gets Underway

   BIRMINGHAM – Seven teams that won state titles last season will be in the 56-team field as the 95th annual Alabama High School Athletic Association State Basketball Tournament tips off Monday at the BJCC Legacy Arena here at 9 a.m..  
     Defending girls’ champion Spring Garden (25-7) and defending boys’ champion Sacred Heart Catholic (26-8) will be in the Class 1A field as the tournament gets underway  Monday. Coach Ricky Austin’s Lady Panthers play J.F. Shields (19-3) at noon and Coach Ralpheal Graves’ Cardinals will meet Georgiana (27-2) at 1:30 p.m. That game is a rematch of last year’s state finals.
     Defending 2A boys’ state champion Lanett (22-7) will face Barbour County (18-11) in the final game of Monday’s slate at 7:30 p.m.
      Classes 1A and 2A will play girls’ and boys’ semifinals Monday, Classes 3A and 4A on Tuesday, Classes 5A and 6A on Wednesday  and  Class 7A on Thursday morning. Championship games will begin Thursday afternoon (1A girls and boys)) with six finals (2A, 3A and 4A) on Friday and six (5A, 6A and 7A) on Saturday.
    The State Tournament is scheduled for Feb. 29-March 5 at the BJCC with Classes 1A and 2A playing semifinals on Monday, Classes 3A and 4A on Tuesday, Classes 6A and 5A on Wednesday and Class 7A on Thursday. Girls’ and Boys’ finals for Class 1A will be Thursday afternoon. Classes 2A, 3A and 4A will play championship games on Friday while Classes 5A, 6A and 7A concluding the tournament Saturday.
     All semifinal games will be live-streamed by the NFHS Network and all finals will be televised by Raycom Media. The AHSAA Radio Network will broadcast all finals over its network and will provide the audio for the NFHS Network live-streams. More information can be found at www.ahsaa.com, www. http://statefinalsal.com/ and  www.nfhsnetwork.com.
      Three defending girls’ champions are in the field and four defending boys champions  -- five if you include Mae Jemison of Huntsville, which opened its doors last August. The school replaces J.O. Johnson, which won the 5A state title in 2016 and 2015. Johnson head coach Jack Doss is the head coach for Mae Jemison.  Doss (810-329), who recorded his 800th career win earlier this season, has guided the Jaguars (32-4) to national prominence in a hurry. His team had a big win over St. Anthony  (N.J.), ranked 13th nationally in the Hall of Fame Classic at Springfield, Mass., on Martin Luther King Day last month.
    Doss, inducted into the Alabama High School Sports Hall of Fame in 2015, will be going for his 10th state title as a head coach with titles at Birmingham-Hayes in 1981 and 1982, Huntsville Butler in 2004, 2005, 2008, 2009, and 2011 and at J.O. Johnson the last two years. Senior John Petty, Alabama’s Mr. Basketball as a junior, is averaging 20.7 points a game this season as a senior.
    Other boys’ defending champions in the field are  McGill-Toolen Catholic (7A) and Madison Academy, last year’s 3A winner now playing the Class 4A semifinals.
    Deshler (4A) and Wenonah (5A) are also girls’ defending champions returning this week. Deshler (33-0), coached by Jana Killen, comes in with a 67-game winning streak after claiming the Northwest Regional Class 4A title last Wednesday. Killen (697-177) is just three wins from her 700th career victory.  Wenonah is going for its 5A title in a row with head coach Emanuel Bell just 17 wins shy of 500 wins.
      The complete schedule is listed below.

AHSAA 95th State Basketball Championships
At BJCC Legacy Arena

MONDAY, FEB. 27

CLASS 1A

Girls

Westminster Oak Mountain (21-5) vs. R.A. Hubbard (20-8), 9 a.m.

J.F. Shields (19-3) vs. Spring Garden (25-7), noon

Boys

Cornerstone (15-9) vs. South Lamar (24-6), 10:30 a.m.

Georgiana (27-2) vs. Sacred Heart (26-8), 1:30 p.m.

CLASS 2A

Girls

R.C. Hatch (22-5) vs. Tanner (27-2), 3 p.m.

Geneva County (29-2) vs. Fyff e (23-7), 6 p.m.

Boys

R.C. Hatch (23-2) vs. Sheffi eld (23-10) 4:30 p.m.

Barbour County (18-11) vs. Lanett (22-7), 7:30 p.m.

TUESDAY, FEB. 28

CLASS 3A

Girls

Montgomery Academy (28-4) vs. Locust Fork (33-1), 9 a.m.

Hillcrest-Evergreen (23-0) vs. Pisgah (26-7), noon

Boys

Midfi eld (25-6) vs. Holly Pond (32-1), 10:30 a.m.

Hillcrest-Evergreen (22-5) vs. Plainview (30-4), 1:30 p.m.

CLASS 4A

Girls

Greensboro (22-4) vs. Deshler (33-0), 3 p.m.

B.T. Washington Magnet (15-7) vs. Madison Academy (33-1), 6 p.m.

Boys

Hale County (26-4) vs. Cordova (23-8), 4:30 p.m.

Monroe County (22-4) vs. Madison Academy (24-6), 7:30 p.m.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 1

CLASS 5A

Girls

Sylacauga (25-5) vs. Wenonah (28-3), 3 p.m.

Charles Henderson (29-5) vs. Arab (21-13), 6 p.m.

Boys

Sylacauga (26-7) vs. Mae Jemison (32-4), 4:30 p.m.

Faith Academy (21-8) vs. Talladega (26-8), 7:30 p.m.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 1

CLASS 6A

Girls

Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa (31-2) vs. Hazel Green (36-1), 9 a.m.

Carver-Montgomery (11-16) vs. Homewood (32-2), noon

Boys

Paul Bryant (22-11) vs. Aus􀆟 n (29-5), 10:30 a.m.

Spanish Fort (25-8) vs. Parker (27-7), 1:30 p.m.

THURSDAY, MARCH 2

CLASS 7A

Girls

Central-Phenix City (26-4) vs. Hoover (27-7), 9 a.m.

McGill-Toolen Catholic (27-6) vs. Spain Park (21-11), noon

Boys

Auburn (22-9) vs. Vestavia Hills (19-14), 10:30 a.m.

McGill-Toolen (24-9) vs. Mountain Brook (29-5) 1:30 p.m.

CHAMPIONSHIPS

CLASS 1A GIRLS: Thursday, 4 p.m.

CLASS 1A BOYS: Thursday, 5:45 p.m.

CLASS 2A GIRLS: Friday, 9 a.m.

CLASS 2A BOYS: Friday, 10:45 a.m.

CLASS 3A GIRLS: Friday, 12:30 p.m.

CLASS 3A BOYS: Friday, 2:15 p.m.

CLASS 4A GIRLS: Friday, 4 p.m.

CLASS 4A BOYS: Friday, 5:45 p.m.

CLASS 5A GIRLS: Saturday, 9 a.m.

CLASS 5A BOYS: Saturday, 10:45 a.m.

CLASS 6A GIRLS: Saturday, 12:30 p.m.

CLASS 6A BOYS: Saturday, 2:15 p.m.

CLASS 7A GIRLS: Saturday, 4 p.m.

CLASS 7A BOYS: Saturday, 5:45 p.m.


AHSAA 95th State Basketball Tourney Starts Monday at BJCC

   BIRMINGHAM -- Fifty-six high school basketball teams travel to the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex Legacy Arena this week as the 95th annual Alabama High School Athletic Association State Basketball Tournament tips off Monday, Feb. 27 and concludes Saturday, March 4.
   Classes 1A and 2A will play girls’ and boys’ semifinals Monday, Classes 3A and 4A on Tuesday, Classes 5A and 6A on Wednesday  and  Class 7A on Thursday morning. Championship games will begin Thursday afternoon (1A girls and boys)) with six finals (2A, 3A and 4A) on Friday and six (5A, 6A and 7A) on Saturday.
    The State Tournament is scheduled for Feb. 29-March 5 at the BJCC with Classes 1A and 2A playing semifinals on Monday, Classes 3A and 4A on Tuesday, Classes 6A and 5A on Wednesday and Class 7A on Thursday. Girls’ and Boys’ finals for Class 1A will be Thursday afternoon. Classes 2A, 3A and 4A will play championship games on Friday while Classes 5A, 6A and 7A concluding the tournament Saturday.
     All semifinal games will be live-streamed by the NFHS Network and all finals will be televised by Raycom Media. The AHSAA Radio Network will broadcast all finals over its network and will provide the audio for the NFHS Network live-streams. More information can be found at www.ahsaa.com, www. http://statefinalsal.com/ and  www.nfhsnetwork.com.
     Three defending girls’ champions are in the field and four defending boys champions  -- five if you include Mae Jemison of Huntsville, which opened its doors last August. The school replaces J.O. Johnson, which won the 5A state title in 2016 and 2015. Johnson head coach Jack Doss is the head coach for Mae Jemison.  Doss (810-329), who recorded his 800th career win earlier this season, has guided the Jaguars (32-4) to national prominence in a hurry. His team had a big win over St. Anthony  (N.J.), ranked 13th nationally in the Hall of Fame Classic at Springfield, Mass., on Martin Luther King Day last month.
    Doss, inducted into the Alabama High School Sports Hall of Fame in 2015, will be going for his 10th state title as a head coach with titles at Birmingham-Hayes in 1981 and 1982, Huntsville Butler in 2004, 2005, 2008, 2009, and 2011 and at J.O. Johnson the last two years. Senior John Petty, Alabama’s Mr. Basketball as a junior, is averaging 20.7 points a game this season as a senior.
    Other boys’ defending champions in the field are Sacred Heart Catholic (1A), Lanett (2A), McGill-Toolen Catholic (7A) and Madison Academy, last year’s 3A winner now playing the Class 4A semifinals.
     Spring Garden (1A), Deshler (4A) and Wenonah (5A) are girls’ defending champions returning this week. Deshler (33-0), coached by Jana Killen, comes in with a 67-game winning streak after claiming the Northwest Regional Class 4A title last Wednesday. Killen (697-177) is just three wins from her 700th career victory.  Wenonah is going for its 5A title in a row.
      Hillcrest-Evergreen (23-0) also comes into the tourney unbeaten in the Class 3A girls’ semifinals. Hazel Green  (36-1) is in the 6A girls’ semifinals, and Locust Fork (33-1) is in the 3A field after knocking off Lauderdale County in the Northwest finals. The Tigers had won the last five Class 3A girls’ state championships.
     On the boys’ side, Holly Pond rolls into the Class 3A semifinals at 33-1.
   The complete schedule is listed below.

AHSAA 95th State Basketball Championships
At BJCC Legacy Arena

MONDAY, FEB. 27

CLASS 1A

Girls

Westminster Oak Mountain (21-5) vs. R.A. Hubbard (20-8), 9 a.m.

J.F. Shields (19-3) vs. Spring Garden (25-7), noon

Boys

Cornerstone (15-9) vs. South Lamar (24-6), 10:30 a.m.

Georgiana (27-2) vs. Sacred Heart (26-8), 1:30 p.m.

CLASS 2A

Girls

R.C. Hatch (22-5) vs. Tanner (27-2), 3 p.m.

Geneva County (29-2) vs. Fyff e (23-7), 6 p.m.

Boys

R.C. Hatch (23-2) vs. Sheffi eld (23-10) 4:30 p.m.

Barbour County (18-11) vs. Lane􀆩 (22-7), 7:30 p.m.

TUESDAY, FEB. 28

CLASS 3A

Girls

Montgomery Academy (28-4) vs. Locust Fork (33-1), 9 a.m.

Hillcrest-Evergreen (23-0) vs. Pisgah (26-7), noon

Boys

Midfi eld (25-6) vs. Holly Pond (32-1), 10:30 a.m.

Hillcrest-Evergreen (22-5) vs. Plainview (30-4), 1:30 p.m.

CLASS 4A

Girls

Greensboro (22-4) vs. Deshler (33-0), 3 p.m.

B.T. Washington Magnet (15-7) vs. Madison Academy (33-1), 6 p.m.

Boys

Hale County (26-4) vs. Cordova (23-8), 4:30 p.m.

Monroe County (22-4) vs. Madison Academy (24-6), 7:30 p.m.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 1

CLASS 5A

Girls

Sylacauga (25-5) vs. Wenonah (28-3), 3 p.m.

Charles Henderson (29-5) vs. Arab (21-13), 6 p.m.

Boys

Sylacauga (26-7) vs. Mae Jemison (32-4), 4:30 p.m.

Faith Academy (21-8) vs. Talladega (26-8), 7:30 p.m.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 1

CLASS 6A

Girls

Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa (31-2) vs. Hazel Green (36-1), 9 a.m.

Carver-Montgomery (11-16) vs. Homewood (32-2), noon

Boys

Paul Bryant (22-11) vs. Aus􀆟 n (29-5), 10:30 a.m.

Spanish Fort (25-8) vs. Parker (27-7), 1:30 p.m.

THURSDAY, MARCH 2

CLASS 7A

Girls

Central-Phenix City (26-4) vs. Hoover (27-7), 9 a.m.

McGill-Toolen Catholic (27-6) vs. Spain Park (21-11), noon

Boys

Auburn (22-9) vs. Vestavia Hills (19-14), 10:30 a.m.

McGill-Toolen (24-9) vs. Mountain Brook (29-5) 1:30 p.m.

CHAMPIONSHIPS

CLASS 1A GIRLS: Thursday, 4 p.m.

CLASS 1A BOYS: Thursday, 5:45 p.m.

CLASS 2A GIRLS: Friday, 9 a.m.

CLASS 2A BOYS: Friday, 10:45 a.m.

CLASS 3A GIRLS: Friday, 12:30 p.m.

CLASS 3A BOYS: Friday, 2:15 p.m.

CLASS 4A GIRLS: Friday, 4 p.m.

CLASS 4A BOYS: Friday, 5:45 p.m.

CLASS 5A GIRLS: Saturday, 9 a.m.

CLASS 5A BOYS: Saturday, 10:45 a.m.

CLASS 6A GIRLS: Saturday, 12:30 p.m.

CLASS 6A BOYS: Saturday, 2:15 p.m.

CLASS 7A GIRLS: Saturday, 4 p.m.

CLASS 7A BOYS: Saturday, 5:45 p.m.


New Blocking, Kicking Rules Address Risk Minimization in High School Football

INDIANAPOLIS, IN (February 22, 2017) — New rules on blindside blocking are the most recent steps taken by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Football Rules Committee in minimizing the risks associated with the sport.

The establishment of a new definition of a blindside block in Rule 2-3-10 and the addition of Rule 9-4-3n prohibiting a blindside block were two of 11 rules changes recommended by the NFHS Football Rules Committee at its January 20-22 meeting in Indianapolis. All rules changes were subsequently approved by the NFHS Board of Directors.

“The NFHS Football Rules Committee’s actions this year once again addressed risk minimization, officiating, competitive balance and game administration,” said Bob Colgate, director of sports and sports medicine at the NFHS and staff liaison for football.

The definition of a blindside block established by the committee is “a block against an opponent other than the runner, who does not see the blocker approaching,” and now results in a 15-yard penalty.

The committee stated that the blindside block “involves contact by a blocker against an opponent who, because of physical positioning and focus of concentration, is vulnerable to injury. Unless initiated with open hands, it is a foul for excessive and unnecessary contact when the block is forceful and outside of the free-blocking zone.”

“As has been the case for many years, the NFHS Football Rules Committee continued to place their main emphasis on risk minimization,” said Todd Tharp, chair of the NFHS Football Rules Committee and assistant director of the Iowa High School Athletic Association. “With this new definition of a blindside block and the penalty to be assessed, the committee stresses the importance of proper coaching techniques under the rules and accurate enforcement by the game officials.”

Another significant risk-minimization change was elimination of a pop-up kick in new Rule 6-1-11. A new definition of a pop-up kick in Rule 2-24-10 is defined as “a free kick in which the kicker drives the ball immediately to the ground, the ball strikes the ground once and goes into the air in the manner of a ball kicked directly off the tee.”

The committee implemented this change in an effort to reduce risk of injury due to the increased use of the pop-up kick on onside kickoffs. Such kicks will be penalized as a dead-ball free-kick infraction, as noted with new Rule 6-1-11 PENALTY.

The NFHS Football Rules Committee also expanded Rule 2-32-16 regarding a defenseless player by adding specific examples of a defenseless player. Those examples include, but are not limited to:

a)      A player in the act of or just after throwing a pass;

b)      A receiver attempting to catch a pass who has not had time to clearly become a runner;

c)      The intended receiver of a pass in the action during and immediately following an interception or potential interception;

d)      A runner already in the grasp of a tackler and whose forward progress has been stopped;

e)      A kickoff or punt returner attempting to catch or recover a kick, or one who has completed a catch or recovery and has not had time to protect himself or has not clearly become a ball carrier;

f)       A player on the ground including a ball carrier who has obviously given himself up and is sliding feet-first;

g)      A player obviously out of the play or not in the immediate vicinity of the runner; and

h)      A player who received a blindside block with forceful contact not initiated with open hands.

A great deal of time was spent by the committee creating specific criteria to define exactly what a defenseless player is,” Tharp said. “Coaches can use these examples to focus on the proper mechanics of blocking and tackling, and game officials now are able to use this expanded definition to focus on continued risk minimization of the players.”

Changes to Rule 7-1-6 expand on the situations required for encroachment to occur after the ready-for-play and after the snapper has placed his hand(s) on the ball. The rule previously stated that encroachment occurred if “any other player breaks the plane of the neutral zone.” In addition, now defensive players are restricted from contacting the ball prior to the end of the snap or making contact with the snapper’s hand(s) or arm(s) until the snapper has released the ball.

The remaining changes approved by the NFHS Football Rules Committee touched on a new ball specification (1-3-1h), uniforms [(1-5-1b(3)], game officials (1-5-4), post-scrimmage kick fouls (2-16-2h), penalty time clock management (3-4-7), prosthetic limbs (4-2-2l) and forward-pass interference (7-5-10), in which the previous foul for non-contact face guarding was eliminated as forward-pass interference.

Regarding the uniform change in Rule 1-5-1b(3), effective with the 2021 season, “the jerseys of the home team shall be a dark color that clearly contrasts to white.”

“The committee revised the rule to provide schools and manufacturers more clarification regarding the game’s current trend of utilizing lighter gray shades,” Colgate said. “The requirement for teams to wear contrasting colors to white is not a new rule, and it is the committee’s expectation that this new clarification will allow changes to be made during normal replacement cycles.”

A complete listing of all rules changes will be available soon on the NFHS website at www.nfhs.org. Click on “Activities & Sports” at the top of the home page, and select “Football.”

According to the 2015-16 NFHS High School Athletics Participation Survey, football is the most popular sport for boys at the high school level with 1,083,308 participants in 11-player football. Another combined 28,943 boys participated in 6-, 8- and 9-player football. In addition, 2,140 girls participated in one of the four football offerings during the 2015 season.


Vestavia Hills, Oxford, Arab Claim AHSAA State Wrestling Championships at Von Braun Center

   HUNTSVILLE – Vestavia Hills High School won its second Class 7A state championship in a row, Arab picked up the 1A-5A championship for its fifth consecutive state crown and Oxford posted 195 points to grab the Class 6A state crown as the AHSAA Class 2017 State Wrestling Championships concluded Saturday at Huntsville’s Von Braun Center.
   Coach Monterrious Adams picked up the first state championship of his head-coaching career as Vestavia compiled 131.5 points to edge runner-up and arch-rival Hoover. The Bucs had 107.5 points, Thompson was third with 97 and Hewitt-Trussville finished fourth with 94. It was the Rebels’ 15th state crown overall, an AHSAA state record.
   Coach Michael Pruitt’s Arab Knights extended their state-championship streak to five – scoring 176.5 points with runner-up Cleburne County scoring 123. Tallassee was third with 110 and Alexandria was fourth with 104.5. The Knights won 6A state titles in 2015 and 2016 and the Class 5A crowns in 2013 and 2014. Arab also won the 5A title in 2011.
  Oxford, coached by Matt Hicks, captured the school’s first state title in school history with 195 points. Southside-Gadsden was second with 171.5, Pinson Valley was third at 148 and Homewood was fourth with 115.5.
    Saturday’s finals were highlighted by Montgomery Catholic senior Zachary Van Alst’s win in the 1A-5A 138-pound finals. Val Alst (67-0) joined an elite group of wrestlers to win six state titles. He beat Hayden’s Chace Phillips (60-2) with a 12-4 major decision.
    Upsets were prominent, especially in the Class 6A heavyweight bout and the Class 1A-5A 113-pound finals. Stanhope Elmore junior Jacob Andrews (37-3) beat sophomore Clay Webb of Oxford (56-2) in a 4-3 decision. That match was judged as the best in Class 6A Saturday.
    Hayden junior Landon Castleberry (60-9) beat Fultondale junior Macon of Edwards (73-1) of Fultondale in the 113-pound finals with a 16-7 major decision. Edwards was defending state champion after finishing 90-0 in 2016. The winning streak extended to 163 matches until Saturday’s final bout.
     In other highlights, Carial Tarter of Mortimer Jordan finished with a perfect 47-0 record  with an 8-6 win over Kolton Scott of Scottsboro (37-4) in the 145-pound Class 1A-5A championship bout. That match was judged the top bout of Class 1A-5A and Tarter earned MVPs for his division with the win.
   Ethan Pippin of Westminster Christian (53-0) also finished unbeaten with a win in the Class 1A-5A 170-pound finals. Other wrestlers winning state championships with unbeaten records included 182-pounder Christian Knop of Alexandria (58-0) in Class 1A-5A; Class 6A 182-pound winner Carlos Miguel Figueroa of Homewood (27-0); Class 7A 182-pound senior Brooks Schrimsher of Huntsville (41-0); and Vestavia Hills 220-pound champion James Edwards (421-0). Edwards’ twin brother Jacob Edwards (39-4) was beaten the 285-pound finals by Hoover senior Austin Carter (20-3).
    Landon Thompson of Southside-Gadsden (74-2) won the 152-pound Class 6A championship with a technical fall (21-6) at 3:38 over Isaac Jackson of Park Crossing (22-3) and earned Class 6A MVP honors.
    In Class 7A, sophomore Sam Latona (71-1) won the 113-pound championship for Thompson pinning Sullivan Tipton of Oak Mountain at 3:32 in the finals. He had most pins in 7A.  Junior Barrett Blakely of Oak Mountain (45-3) was name Class 7A MVP. He won the 160-pound title with a 7-3 decision over Bowman Hill of Vestavia Hills in the championship bout.
    Vestavia, Oxford and Arab also swept the AHSAA Duals Tournament first-ever titles earlier this month.

AHSAA 2017 STATE WRESTLING CHAMPIONSHIPS
CLASS 1A – 5A FINAL RESULTS

Team scoring
Arab 176.5; Cleburne County 123; Tallassee 110; Alexandria 104.5; Mae Jemison 95; Weaver 84; Moody 83; Hayden 79; Madison County 75.5; Scottsboro 73.5; Leeds 64.5; Deshler 57; Dora 54; Walter Wellborn 52; Westminster Christian 48; Ohatchee 45; Mortimer Jordan 44; St. Clair County 42; Holtville 39; Susan Moore 38; Fultondale 34; Montgomery Catholic 31; Oak Grove 28.5; Lee-Huntsville 20; Sumiton Christian 18.5; American Christian 15; Alabama School for Blind 13; Elmore County 12; Piedmont 12; Saint James 11; Shelby County 10; Saks 9, Wilson 9; Beauregard 7; New Hope 6; Montevallo 5; Corner 4; Prattville Christian 4; Ranburne 4; East Limestone 3;2; Ashville 1; Gordo 1.
Most Valuable Wrestler: Carial Tarter, Mortimer Jordan.
Most Pins: Will Spencer, Arab (3 pins, 3:57 total).
Best Match: (145 Pounds) Carial Tarter, Mortimer Jordan vs.  Kolton Clark, Scottsboro.

CLASS 1A – 5A INDIVIDUAL RESULTS
1A-5A 106 Pounds:

Championship Match
Jailen Young (Mae Jemison) 63-3, Sr. over Jaden New (Alexandria) 56-5, 7th. (Dec 13-6).
3rd Place Match
Joseph Martin (Arab) 56-3, So. over Jackson Elder (American Christian) 36-5, So. (Dec 7-4).
5th Place Match
Cody Souder (Weaver) 52-15, 8th. over Will Jeffcoat (Leeds) 43-8, So. (Dec 8-2).

1A-5A 113 Pounds:
Championship Match
Landon Castleberry (Hayden) 60-9, Jr. over Macon Edwards (Fultondale) 73-1, Jr. (MD 16-7).
3rd Place Match
Zack Haynes (Tallassee) 50-6, Fr. over Stephen Williams (Moody) 52-9, Sr. (Dec 9-3).
5th Place Match
Kaleb Matthews (Alexandria) 49-12, Fr. over Dylan Turner (Cleburne County) 38-11, Jr. (Dec 4-2).

1A-5A 120 Pounds:
Championship Match
John Mcalpin (Scottsboro) 36-3, Jr. over Will Patterson (Moody) 57-6, Sr. (Dec 6-0).
3rd Place Match
Kage Robertson (Susan Moore) 52-7, Jr. over Garrett Mcclendon (Arab) 56-11, So. (Fall 2:01).
5th Place Match
Fletcher Swindall (Alexandria) 51-7, So. over Zachary Clayton (Dora) 67-9, Jr. (Dec 7-2).

1A-5A 126 Pounds:
Championship Match
Nick Souder (Weaver) 63-1, Sr. over Brantley Mchugh (Madison County) 39-5, Jr. (Dec 10-6).
3rd Place Match
Max Miller (St. Clair County) 54-11, Sr. over Sebastian Berres (Mae Jemison) 60-14, Fr. (Dec 4-3).
5th Place Match
Peyton Weber (Arab) 32-11, Jr. over Chase Melton (Fultondale) 63-13, Sr. (MD 14-1).

1A-5A 132 Pounds:
Championship Match
Michael Land (Moody) 61-2, Sr. over Seth Hyatt (Arab) 53-10, Sr. (Dec 9-6).
3rd Place Match
Tanner Hallmark (Hayden) 53-10, Jr. over Tommy Woodall (Sumiton Christian) 46-6, Sr. (Fall 4:03).
5th Place Match
Jordan Price (Tallassee) 47-8, Sr. over Hunter Beason (Cleburne County) 29-19, So. (Fall 2:18).

1A-5A 138 Pounds:
Championship Match
Zachary Van alst (Montgomery Catholic) 67-0, Sr. over Chace Phillips (Hayden) 60-2, Sr. (MD 12-4).
3rd Place Match
Clay Jones (Arab) 62-6, Jr. over Gannon Womack (Alexandria) 50-16, Sr. (Dec 6-5).
5th Place Match
Zachary Williamson (Cleburne County) 40-6, Fr. over Isiah Franklin (Mae Jemison) 62-18, Jr. (Fall 2:31).

1A-5A 145 Pounds:
Championship Match
Carial Tarter (Mortimer Jordan) 47-0, Jr. over Kolton Clark (Scottsboro) 37-4, So. (SV-1 8-6).
3rd Place Match
Aaron Whittaker (Alexandria) 49-9, Jr. over Jaquan Rhodes (Mae Jemison) 56-11, Sr. (Dec 5-3).
5th Place Match
Chandler Teems (Leeds) 48-8, . over Brady Richardson (Holtville) 57-6, Jr. (For.).

1A-5A 152 Pounds:
Championship Match
Tyler Mayfield (Cleburne County) 39-1, Sr. over Channing Marmann (Deshler) 35-8, So. (Dec 4-0).
3rd Place Match
Tristen Blair (Dora) 63-6, Sr. over Patrick Harden (Arab) 54-15, Jr. (MD 13-4).
5th Place Match
Dawson Anderson (Leeds) 60-6, Sr. over Gavin Rogers (Mortimer Jordan) 39-13, Sr. (Dec 3-0).

1A-5A 160 Pounds:
Championship Match
Will Spencer (Arab) 53-4, Sr. over Shon`derious Spralling (Mae Jemison) 62-3, Sr. (Dec 8-3).
3rd Place Match
Seth Shelton (Madison County) 37-11, Sr. over Brandon Franklin (Leeds) 47-8, Sr. (Dec 2-0).
5th Place Match
Clayton Conner (Walter Wellborn) 42-11, Sr. over Jason Higgins (Cleburne County) 33-17, Jr. (Fall 3:42).

1A-5A 170 Pounds:
Championship Match
Ethan Pippin (Westminster Christian) 53-0, Jr. over Christian Seale (Cleburne County) 34-10, Fr. (TF-1.5 4:00 (15-0)).
3rd Place Match
Hayden Pitts (Ohatchee) 25-9, Sr. over Peyton Johnson (Holtville) 59-7, Sr. (Dec 7-5).
5th Place Match
Samuel Bramlett (Madison County) 38-16, Sr. over Kyle Clapper (Weaver) 53-11, Sr. (For.).

1A-5A 182 Pounds:
Championship Match
Christian Knop (Alexandria) 58-0, So. over Davion Watkins (Lee-Huntsville) 28-3, Jr. (Fall 2:47).
3rd Place Match
Monquavias Ricks (Deshler) 46-10, Jr. over Samuel Pate (Cleburne County) 35-7, Sr. (Dec 3-1).
5th Place Match
Jacob Humphries (Oak Grove) 42-6, Sr. over Hudson Deem (Tallassee) 38-11, Sr. (Fall 4:36).

1A-5A 195 Pounds:
Championship Match
Ian Scott (Arab) 59-3, Sr. over Stephen White (Madison County) 47-8, So. (Dec 9-4).
3rd Place Match
Andy Baker (Tallassee) 53-2, So. over Slater Fuller (Deshler) 40-11, Sr. (Dec 7-0).
5th Place Match
Curtis Taylor (Alabama Sch. For Blind) 43-8, Sr. over Cade Smith (Cleburne County) 36-9, So. (Fall 3:57).

1A-5A 220 Pounds:
Championship Match
Caleb Montgomery (Ohatchee) 34-5, Sr. over Sean caleb Allison (Weaver) 46-5, So. (Dec 2-1).
3rd Place Match
Skyler Mizzell (St. Clair County) 54-5, So. over Zachery Chandler (Walter Wellborn) 32-16, Sr. (Dec 6-4).
5th Place Match
Caleb Anderson (Scottsboro) 27-13, So. over Jack Tindall (Arab) 59-9, Jr. (Dec 3-1).

1A-5A 285 Pounds:
Championship Match
Jake Baker (Tallassee) 45-1, Sr. over Kendall Farr (Westminster Christian) 47-6, Sr. (Dec 5-3).
3rd Place Match
Matt Jenkins (Dora) 61-7, Sr. over Hunter Alexander (Arab) 58-14, Sr. (Dec 4-2).
5th Place Match
Connor Uesry (Weaver) 36-19, Sr. over Nathan Smith (Holtville) 51-11, Sr. (Dec 5-2).

CLASS 6A FINAL RESULTS

Team scoring
Oxford 195; Southside-Gadsden 171.5; Pinson Valley 148; Homewood 115.5; Athens 111.5; Wetumpka 105.5; Clay-Chalkville 92; Chelsea 69; Gulf Shores 68; Gardendale 66; McAdory 47; Columbia 44; Helena 43; Park Crossing 42; Austin 41; Spanish Fort 40; Stanhope Elmore 40; Pelham 33.5; Pell City 33; Muscle Shoals 30; Opelika 26; Benjamin Russell 24; Shades Valley 22; Minor 21; Fort Payne 18; Carver-Montgomery 17; Daphne 12; Center Point 11; Hueytown 11; Northview 11; Brookwood 10; Paul Bryant 10; Florence 7; Baldwin County 6; Hartselle 5; Northridge 5; Sidney Lanier 5; Carver-Birmingham 4; Russsell County 3; Walker 1.
Most Valuable Wrestler: Landon Thompson, Southside-Gadsden.
Most Pins: Joseph Green, Muscle Shoals (4 pins, 14:05 total).
Best Match: (285 Pounds) Jacob Andrews, Stanhope Elmore vs. Clay Webb, Oxford.

CLASS 6A INDIVIDUAL RESULTS
6A 106 Pounds:

Championship Match
Andrew Smith (Southside-Gadsden) 71-4, Jr. over George Vazquez (Pinson Valley) 43-7, So. (Dec 7-2).
3rd Place Match
Dylan Lesueur (Clay-Chalkville) 42-7, So. over Chase Hicks (Oxford) 66-20, 8th. (Dec 5-2).
5th Place Match
Russ Boackle (Gardendale) 46-22, Fr. over Gabriel Warren (Spanish Fort) 43-11, 7th. (Dec 7-4).

6A 113 Pounds:
Championship Match
Trent Young (Athens) 35-11, Jr. over Brantley Ledbetter (Chelsea) 44-10, Jr. (Fall 1:17).
3rd Place Match
Jacob Dease (Southside-Gadsden) 42-20, 8th. over Landon Burrage (Oxford) 63-18, So. (SV-1 6-4).
5th Place Match
Bryce Wanagat (Pelham) 23-12, 7th. over Mason Shell (Pell City) 33-16, Fr. (Fall 4:15).

6A 120 Pounds:
Championship Match
Jacob Smith (Southside-Gadsden) 70-4, Sr. over Jakob Chisolm (Oxford) 46-20, 8th. (TF-1.5 6:00 (19-0)).
3rd Place Match
Gage Hudson (Gulf Shores) 48-7, So. over Marshall Stone (Homewood) 28-5, Sr. (Dec 6-3).
5th Place Match
Jacob Smith (Clay-Chalkville) 26-9, Jr. over Brandon Seawright (Minor) 20-18, Fr. (Fall 2:31).

6A 126 Pounds:
Championship Match
Wesley Slick (Oxford) 32-7, So. over Cole Blackwell (Wetumpka) 54-6, So. (Dec 5-2).
3rd Place Match
Quenmarius Byrd (Pinson Valley) 30-10, Jr. over Samuel luke Blalock (Clay-Chalkville) 35-12, Fr. (Dec 11-6).
5th Place Match
Coleman Kim (Gardendale) 6-3, Jr. over Desmond Shuman (Opelika) 48-19, Jr. (Dec 2-0).

6A 132 Pounds:
Championship Match
Justin Ingram (Spanish Fort) 53-1, Jr. over Colin Edwards (Southside-Gadsden) 54-11, Jr. (Dec 9-5).
3rd Place Match
Deacon Cowart (Athens) 28-15, So. over Jackson Stocks (Pell City) 24-15, So. (Dec 10-4).
5th Place Match
Ryan Spradley (Benjamin Russell) 30-22, Fr. over Jacob Williams (Clay-Chalkville) 19-20, So. (Dec 6-2).

6A 138 Pounds:
Championship Match
Sam Colvin (Southside-Gadsden) 66-4, Sr. over Josh Walker (Pinson Valley) 40-6, Sr. (MD 16-7).
3rd Place Match
Bailey Roan (Gulf Shores) 47-5, Sr. over Desmond Dempsy (Austin) 26-12, Sr. (Dec 12-5).
5th Place Match
Joe Harmon (Chelsea) 42-14, Sr. over Logan Farmer (Athens) 28-20, Fr. (Fall 1:30).

6A 145 Pounds:
Championship Match
Joseph Green (Muscle Shoals) 34-1, Sr. over Javonic Turner (Homewood) 28-5, Jr. (Fall 4:57).
3rd Place Match
Clint Glaze (Chelsea) 31-19, Jr. over Mason Blackwell (Wetumpka) 34-15, 8th. (Dec 3-2).
5th Place Match
Justus Venn (Southside-Gadsden) 45-28, Jr. over John paul Uter (Gulf Shores) 45-12, Fr. (Dec 10-7).

6A 152 Pounds:
Championship Match
Landon Thompson (Southside-Gadsden) 74-2, Sr. over Isaac Jackson (Park Crossing) 22-3, Sr. (TF-1.5 3:38 (21-6)).
3rd Place Match
William Cummings (Helena) 52-10, Sr. over Christian Hopkins (Pinson Valley) 41-10, Jr. (Dec 6-5).
5th Place Match
Zaquarius Harris (Columbia) 38-17, So. over Ryan Tibaldo (Athens) 29-21, Jr. (Dec 3-1).

6A 160 Pounds:
Championship Match
Matt King (Oxford) 63-4, Jr. over Trevor Muncey (Gardendale) 57-7, Jr. (MD 13-3).
3rd Place Match
Sam Ingram (Chelsea) 43-9, So. over Devin Hackworth (McAdory) 59-9, Sr. (Fall 4:54).
5th Place Match
Tobias Garrison (Stanhope Elmore) 50-8, Jr. over Ethan Stevenson (Southside-Gadsden) 52-30, So. (SV-1 7-5).

6A 170 Pounds:
Championship Match
Thomas Carter (Athens) 42-3, Jr. over Nathan Dunaway (Helena) 61-5, Fr. (MD 16-8).
3rd Place Match
Khymel Chaverst (Pinson Valley) 52-4, Jr. over Isaiah Mcdougal (Columbia) 45-9, Jr. (Fall 4:29).
5th Place Match
Johon Peavey (Oxford) 55-8, Sr. over Jabari Blackmon (Homewood) 17-9, Jr. (Fall 4:48).

6A 182 Pounds:
Championship Match
Carlos miguel Figueroa (Homewood) 27-0, So. over Tony Norman (Austin) 31-5, Jr. (Dec 9-3).
3rd Place Match
Alex Montgomery (Pelham) 36-6, Sr. over Trent Barrett (Wetumpka) 45-6, Sr. (Dec 5-3).
5th Place Match
Thad jackson Prater (Athens) 33-14, Sr. over Justin Lewis (Carver-Montgomery) 39-9, Jr. (Fall 2:04).

6A 195 Pounds:
Championship Match
Carlos jesus Figueroa (Homewood) 30-3, Sr. over Joshua Thomas (Oxford) 28-14, Sr. (For.).
3rd Place Match
David Pike (Pinson Valley) 38-5, Sr. over David Hunter (McAdory) 56-11, Jr. (Fall 3:15).
5th Place Match
Noah Barclay (Wetumpka) 37-14, So. over Dremere Woods (Paul Bryant) 25-11, Jr. (Dec 5-1).

6A 220 Pounds:
Championship Match
Jackson Jones (Clay-Chalkville) 49-1, So. over Reynard Ellis (Shades Valley) 22-2, Sr. (Dec 9-6).
3rd Place Match
Jacquez Dixon (Park Crossing) 18-5, Sr. over Dangelo Humphrey (Columbia) 34-15, Sr. (Dec 4-3).
5th Place Match
John ellis Rawls (Wetumpka) 51-2, Sr. over Michael Dawson (Opelika) 32-10, Fr. (Dec 6-1).

6A 285 Pounds:
Championship Match
Jacob Andrews (Stanhope Elmore) 37-3, Jr. over Clay Webb (Oxford) 56-2, So. (Dec 4-3).
3rd Place Match
Trent Holley (Wetumpka) 50-4, Sr. over Taylor Rhodes (Pinson Valley) 41-5, Sr. (Fall 2:03).
5th Place Match
Nasir Hilaire (Minor) 24-6, Sr. over Brian Gardner (Hueytown) 30-15, Jr. (Fall 5:29).

CLASS 7A FINAL RESULTS
Team scoring
Vestavia Hills 131.5; Hoover 107.5; Thompson 97; Hewitt-Trussville 94; Oak Mountain 78.5; Huntsville 71.5; Central-Phenix City 44; Sparkman 42; Grissom 39; Bob Jones 33; Spain Park 21; Auburn 19; James Clemens 16; Prattville 16; Jeff Davis 12; Mountain Brook 12; Fairhope 10; Buckhorn 8; Smiths Station 5; Lee-Montgomery 3.
Most Valuable Wrestler: Barrett Blakely, Oak Mountain.
Most Pins: Sam Latona, Thompson (3 pins, 7:49 total).
Best Match: (132 Pounds) Heath Willliamson, Hewitt-Trussville vs. Jawaun Doughty, Huntsville.

CLASS 7A INDIVIDUAL RESULTS
7A 106 Pounds:

Championship Match
Sam Latona (Thompson) 71-1, So. over Sullivan Tipton (Oak Mountain) 29-11, Fr. (Fall 3:32).
3rd Place Match
James Hughes (Grissom) 30-2, Jr. over Jack Rivers (Spain Park) 42-14, So. (SV-1 4-2).

7A 113 Pounds:
Championship Match
Chandler Akins (Thompson) 60-11, So. over Tyler Ivey (Grissom) 47-3, So. (Dec 6-4).
3rd Place Match
Kobe Frazier (Jeff Davis) 34-2, Sr. over Cole Thomas (Oak Mountain) 25-10, So. (Dec 5-3).

7A 120 Pounds:
Championship Match
Stone Barden (Hewitt-Trussville) 29-3, So. over Alex Thomas (Vestavia Hills) 23-3, Jr. (Dec 6-4).
3rd Place Match
Emmanuel Oliver (Thompson) 47-26, Fr. over Marc Hurt (Central-Phenix City) 52-16, Jr. (MD 8-0).

7A 126 Pounds:
Championship Match
Gabe Hixenbaugh (Thompson) 75-4, So. over Braden Treglown (Hewitt-Trussville) 41-16, Sr. (MD 16-5).
3rd Place Match
Maxwell Kauffman (Central-Phenix City) 56-3, Jr. over Gage Camp (Hoover) 13-6, Sr. (Dec 10-4).

7A 132 Pounds:
Championship Match
Heath Williamson (Hewitt-Trussville) 52-11, Sr. over Jawaun Doughty (Huntsville) 58-3, Sr. (Dec 8-7).
3rd Place Match
Blake Randle (Oak Mountain) 42-5, Sr. over Larry Wallace (Hoover) 23-16, Jr. (Dec 8-4).

7A 138 Pounds:
Championship Match
Patterson Huff (Hoover) 40-4, Sr. over Carson Lester (Oak Mountain) 28-10, Sr. (Dec 2-1).
3rd Place Match
Jacob Megois (Thompson) 57-25, Sr. over Peter Dazzio (Vestavia Hills) 38-10, So. (Fall 2:52).

7A 145 Pounds:
Championship Match
Conner Smith (Hewitt-Trussville) 57-5, Jr. over Jack Stoves (Vestavia Hills) 38-6, Sr. (Dec 3-2).
3rd Place Match
Jonathan Handy (Grissom) 46-7, Jr. over Cameron Harbin (Sparkman) 35-11, Sr. (Fall 2:14).

7A 152 Pounds:
Championship Match
Robert Morales (Central-Phenix City) 37-1, Jr. over Houston Curtis (Huntsville) 52-2, Sr. (Fall 3:04).
3rd Place Match
Spencer Haddock (Vestavia Hills) 24-4, Jr. over Cole Holmes (Mountain Brook) 43-8, Sr. (Dec 6-0).

7A 160 Pounds:
Championship Match
Barrett Blakely (Oak Mountain) 45-3, Jr. over Bowman Hill (Vestavia Hills) 37-8, Jr. (Dec 7-3).
3rd Place Match
Charlie Freidenreich (Auburn) 42-9, Jr. over Jordan Hunter (Buckhorn) 22-7, So. (Fall 4:24).

7A 170 Pounds:
Championship Match
Randy Jenkins (Hoover) 23-3, Sr. over Braedon Keith (Hewitt-Trussville) 39-13, Sr. (Dec 13-10).
3rd Place Match
Zachary Nelson (Vestavia Hills) 18-4, Sr. over George Francovitch (Bob Jones) 25-4, So. (Fall 1:06).

7A 182 Pounds:
Championship Match
Brooks Schrimsher (Huntsville) 41-0, Sr. over Zack Noble (Prattville) 40-4, Sr. (Dec 10-5).
3rd Place Match
Seth Bruder (James Clemens) 26-5, Jr. over Rob Barrentine (Vestavia Hills) 36-16, So. (Fall 2:54).

7A 195 Pounds:
Championship Match
D`angelo Dewitt (Hoover) 35-3, Jr. over Jaeger Clark (Huntsville) 55-3, Jr. (Dec 9-4).
3rd Place Match
Manny Allan (Spain Park) 40-3, Sr. over Joshua Little (Sparkman) 47-14, Sr. (Dec 6-5).

7A 220 Pounds:
Championship Match
James Edwards (Vestavia Hills) 41-0, Sr. over Branden Moore (Sparkman) 46-10, Sr. (Dec 8-2).
3rd Place Match
Seth Dupree (Bob Jones) 29-6, Jr. over Jack Smith (Fairhope) 19-3, So. (Fall 4:27).

7A 285 Pounds:
Championship Match
Austin Carter (Hoover) 20-3, Sr. over Jacob Edwards (Vestavia Hills) 39-4, Sr. (Dec 5-2).
3rd Place Match
Zackary Cangelosi (Sparkman) 35-7, Sr. over Drimitri Anderson (Auburn) 33-6, Jr. (Dec 1-0).