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Class 3A Championship

Game Stats

Madison Academy 70, Dale County 34  

    Madison Academy rolled to its third straight Class 3A state football title Thursday at Jordan-Hare Stadium on the Auburn University campus with a 70-34 win over Dale County (14-1).
    Senior all-purpose back Kerryon Johnson scored six touchdowns – with TDs coming three distinctively different ways. The Mustangs senior, who earned Game MVP honors, rushed for 178 yards on eight carries with TD runs covering 56, 25, 27 and 53 yards and caught one pass for a 66-yard touchdown.  None was bigger, however, than his 31-yard interception return for a score early in the third quarter which snuffed out any momentum the Warriors had gained with its 20-point second quarter.
    Madison Academy, coach by Eric Cohu, scored quickly and often in the first period to build a 28-7 lead.  Dale  County clawed back to a 28-14 deficit but was trailing 42-20 when the Warriors got the back one more time right before the half ended. Getting the ball back with 41 seconds remaining in the second period, Coach Pate Harrison’s team had perfect execution on a hook-and-lateral pass  when Trey McMillian fired 28 yards to Hayden Friesen who then pitched to Jamarius Henderson who rambled another 27 yards to the Mustangs 3. Two plays later, McMillian sneaked in as time expired to cut the lead to 42-27.
    Dale County got the ball to start the third period, but disaster struck when two receivers collided allowing McMillian’s pass to land in Johnson’s hands. He ran in untouched to make it 49-27.
    Johnson added his 53-yard touchdown run seven minutes later.
    Madison Academy finished with 522 total yards and Dale County had 490 – a total of 1,012 yards combined for a new Super 7 record eclipsing the old record (930) set by Vigor and Russellville in the 2008 Class 5A game. A total of 15 touchdowns were also scored.
    Malik Miller also rushed for 129 yards on 15 carries with a 45-yard TD run to open the scoring in the first period. Miller added a defensive touchdown by blocking a punt and returning it 35 yards for a score in the second half.
     The Mustangs finished with 403 yards on the ground, and Blake Coward was 2-of-6 passing for 119 yards.
      Henderson had 30 carries for a game-high 204 yards rushing and one TD. He finished his season with a state single-season record 3,483 yards rushing on 300 attempts. He had 44 rushing touchdowns, four receiving and 48 on the year.  McMillian was 9-of-14 passing for 203 yards and one TD, a 27-yard strike to Carl Rogers in the final quarter.
    Madison Academy kicker Nathan Geiss set a Super 7 record with 10 extra-point kicks. He finished the season perfect on all 86 tried and was also 9-of-10 on field goals for 113 kicking points.
    Blake Wimberly had six tackles and three assists to lead the Mustangs defense. Kishawn Matthews also had seven stops.  Jeffrey Whatley led the Warriors with seven tackles including two for 11 yards in losses.
    A number of Super 7 championship records were set or tied in the game. Madison Academy’s third 3A title tied the record set by Pike County. The 70 points scored by the Mustangs also set a 3A and overall Super 7 single-game record. The combined 104 points also set a new Super 7 overall  mark. The Mustangs’ 28 points in the first quarter tied the record set by Daphne in the 6A finals in 2001.
    Madison Academy’s 522 total yards is a new 3A Super 7 record. Johnson’s six TDs also is a new Super 7 record as is his 36 points scored.


Hoover Wins First Class 7A Title With 35-21 Win Over Prattville

Game Stats

Hoover 35, Prattville 21
    Hoover High School scored two touchdowns in the final two minutes of the first half Wednesday night and held on to beat Prattville 35-21 at Auburn University’s Jordan-Hare Stadium to claim the first Class 7A state football championship in AHSAA state playoff history.
      Coach Josh Niblett’s Bucs (12-2) won their third state title in a row, 12th game in a row, captured their 39th straight win against AHSAA competition and their 11th state football crown in school history.  Game MVP Marcus Webb rushed 22 times for 153 yards and one touchdown to earn MVP honors.   Teammate Bradrick Shaw added 101 yards and two scores on 19 tries as Hoover piled up 244 yards on the ground.
    The Bucs scored first, taking the opening drive 80 yards on 12 plays culminating with quarterback Jack Hucheson’s 7-yard pass to Quincy Cox for the touchdown. The march ate up 5:37 of the first quarter and set the tone with the strong running attack.
    Webb scored on a 20-yard run midway through the second quarter and Shaw followed with a 5-yard TD run with 2:04 left in the half.
     Prattville (11-3) cranked up its offense a minute later when quarterback Keith Washington connected with Seth Knotts for a 50-yard touchdown pass to cut the Hoover lead to 21-7.
    But the Bucs were not done, however. Leonard Wood scored with 20 seconds left in the half on a 41-yard pass from Hutcheson to take a 28-7 lead into intermission. Hutchison finished 9-of-15 for 150 yards and two TDs with Alex Elam the leading receiver with three catches for 67 yards.
    Coach Chad Anderson’s Lions drove 67 yards on nine plays to open the third quarter and cut the lead to 28-14 on Washington’s short sneak into the end zone.  Hoover bounced right back on Shaw’s 20-yard TD run two minutes later to stretch its lead to 35-14.
    Prattville closed out the scoring when Derek Gappa hauled in a 41-yard TD pass from Washington with 4:51 to play.  Washington finished 11-of-23 for 170 yards with Knotts catching five passes for 170 yards.  Gappa also had five receptions for 86 yards. Joseph Burke had 58 yards rushing on 16 carries for the Lions.
    Defensively, Hoover linebacker Jeremiah Mood had a game-high 10 tackles and Micah Bagley had eight.   Anthony Brown was in on seven stops with one sack.
    Hoover has now won nine state championships since 2000, including 6A titles in 2012 and 2013. The last loss in-state came in a 35-34 loss to Prattville in the 2012 state championship game.
     The Super 7 State Championships continue at Auburn Thursday with Dale County (14-0) facing Madison Academy (13-1) in the 3A finals at 11 a.m., Hubbertville (13-0) versus Maplesville (13-0) in the 1A championship at 3 p.m., and St. Paul’s (14-0) taking on Pleasant Grove (12-2) in the 5A finals at 7.
     All games will be televised live over the Raycom Network.


UNIFIED SPORTS GAME

Lawrence County 26, Hewitt-Trussville 18

   Lawrence County receiver Josh Smith had five receptions for 59 yards with one touchdown to lead his team to a 26-18 win over Hewitt-Trussville in the first Unified Sports state flag football game in AHSAA history Wednesday at Auburn University’s  Jordan-Hare Stadium.
    The teams, consisting of Special Olympic student-athletes and regular student peer partners, battled on a 25x60-yard field over two 20-minute halves.
   Smith, who also made an interception on defense, had a 24-yard catch from partner Jesse Childress to set up Lawrence County’s first TD. Childress then connected with Timmy Chaney for a 3-yard TD pass with 15:26 remaining in the first half.
    Hewitt-Trussville tied the game at 6-6 with 11:43 left in the half when partner Dylan McCormick tossed a 10-yard TD pass to athlete Andrew White. White had a good game rushing for 29 yards on four carries, catching two passes for 18 yards and throwing a 7-yard TD pass to McCormick.
    Tyler Ball, who rushed for 33 yards on five carries, scored Hewitt’s other TD on a 10-yard run.
    Lawrence County receiver Timmy Chaney had two catches for TDs covering 1 and 3 yards. Bobby Le Griffith scored the final touchdown with a 9-yard run.
     Lawrence County, coached by Steve Jones, used six different passers to complete 14-of-27 passes for 124 yards. Hewitt-Trussville, coached by Tim Meacham, was 9-of-24 passing for 100 yards and also rushed for 61 yards on 11 tries.


Four Teams in Super 7 Finals For First Time in Schools’ History

            The 2014 Alabama High School Athletic Association’s 2014 Super 7 State Football Championships kickoff today at Auburn University’s Jordan-Hare Stadium making history on several fronts.
           The AHSAA will crown its first Class 7A state champion tonight when perennial state finalist Hoover (11-2) faces Prattville (11-2) at 7 p.m.  The AHSAA playoffs consisted of six classifications since 1984 and the finals were dubbed the Super 6 State Championships from 1996-2013.
          Last winter the AHSAA approved seven classes - adding16 teams to the playoff field that raised the number from 192 to 208. Tonight’s game will be the culmination of that major change.
         In conjunction with Special Olympics of Alabama (SOAL), the AHSAA will also host its first-ever Unified Sports state game today at 3:30 p.m. at Jordan-Hare. The Unified game will be an exhibition between a team comprised of students from Lawrence County High School’s system and a team from Hewitt-Trussville.
       The Unified Game is a 5-on-5 flag football game featuring Special Olympic student-athletes and regular student “peer partners.” The lineup consists of three athletes and two partners at all times.  The game is being live-streamed over the NFHS Network by Opelika High School’s School Broadcast Program. The link is http://www.nfhsnetwork.com/events/ahsaa/a1b2bf17e7

and can be found at www.nfhsnetwork.com.
      Hoover won the last two Class 6A state titles in 2012 and 2013. The Bucs and Lions have squared off in the finals five times since 2004 with Prattville winning 35-34 in 2011 in the last meeting. Coach Chad Anderson’s Lions hold as 3-2 edge in the championship series.
      Coach Josh Niblett’s Bucs lost its first two games of the season to out-of-state powers to snap a 30-game winning streak. Since then Hoover has reeled off 11 straight wins and has not lost a game to an in-state team since that 2011 title game versus Prattville.
     Raycom Network is televising tonight’s game live over its vast network of Raycom stations and will also televise the six remaining games Thursday and Friday. Games will be shown teach Raycom station’s main channel or its Bounce channel. Channel listings can be found at: http://www.pathtotheplayoffs.com/tv-channel-listings/

     Thursday’s three-game schedule features three schools making their state championship debuts. The action gets underway at 11 a.m. with Dale County (14-0) meeting two-time defending state champion Madison Academy (13-1) in the 3A finals. It is the first state championship appearance for the Warriors and the fourth straight for the Mustangs.    
     Hubbertville (13-0), also making its first state championship appearance, faces  Maplesville (13-0) at 3 p.m. Pleasant Grove (12-2), in its first final, will close out Thursday’s schedule in the 5A finals versus St. Paul’s Episcopal (14-0) of Mobile at 7 p.m.
            On Friday, Deshler (13-1) and Leeds (13-1) open play at 11 a.m. in the 4A championship game. Elba (14-0) and Fyffe (14-0) put their unbeaten records on the line in the 2A finals at 3 p.m., and in the final game of the Super 7, Saraland (13-1) will meet Clay-Chalkville (14-0) in the 6A finals at 7 p.m. It marks the first time in the finals for the Spartans.
            A special fireworks display by TNT Fireworks will be featured after the 7A, 5A and 6A night games.
     The AHSAA state football playoffs, in its 49th year, played championships at home sites until 1996 when all state finals were moved to one site with the introduction of the Super 6. Birmingham’s fabled Legion Field served as host until 2009 when the AHSAA switched to a rotation between Alabama and Auburn on alternating years opposite the site of the annual Iron Bowl. Alabama hosted the Super 6 in 2009, 2011 and 2013.  Auburn hosted in 2010 and 2012.
     The AHSAA Radio Network will also broadcast all games over its network. The on-line link for the audio broadcast is at http://mixlr.com/ahsaaradio/.
 

AHSAA 2014 FOOTBALL PLAYOFFS
Super 7 Pairings
Jordan-Hare Stadium, Auburn
Dec. 3-5
Class 1A
Hubbertville (13-0) vs. Maplesville (13-0), Thursday, 3 p.m.

Class 2A
Fyffe (14-0) vs. Elba (14-0), Friday, 3 p.m.

Class 3A
Dale County (14-0) vs. Madison Academy (13-1), Thursday, 11 a.m.

Class 4A
Leeds (13-1) vs. Deshler (13-1), Friday, 11 a.m.

Class 5A
St. Paul’s Episcopal (14-0) vs. Pleasant Grove (12-2), Thursday, 7 p.m.

Class 6A
Clay-Chalkville (14-0) vs. Saraland (13-1), Friday, 7 p.m.

Class 7A
Hoover (11-2) vs. Prattville (11-2), Wednesday, 7 p.m.

Unified Sports Game
Lawrence County vs. Hewitt-Trussville, Wednesday, 3:30 p.m.

Four Teams in Super 7 Finals For First Time in Schools’ History

          Four of 14 teams advanced Friday night for the first time in school history to the Alabama High School Athletic Association’s 2014 Super 7 State Football Championships Dec. 3-5 at the Auburn University’s Jordan-Hare Stadium.
           Class 1A Hubbertville (13-0), Class 3A Dale County (14-0), Class 5A Pleasant Grove (12-2) and Class 6A Saraland (13-1) each won semifinal games and will be playing in the finals for the first time. The AHSAA championships will also be the first with seven champions being crowned. 
           Dale County, coached by Pate Harrison, will meet defending state champion Madison Academy (13-1) in the 3A finals at 11 a.m. Thursday. Veteran Coach Lamar Harris, who has been head coach at Hubbertville since 1969, will see his Lions square off against Maplesville (13-0) at 3 p.m. Pleasant Grove, coached by Jim Elgin, will close out Thursday’s schedule in the 5A finals versus St. Paul’s Episcopal (14-0) of Mobile at 7 p.m.
          On Friday, Saraland, coached by Jeff Kelly, will meet Clay-Chalkville (14-0) in the 6A finals  at 7 p.m. Other Friday games are Deshler (13-1) versus Leeds (13-1) at 11 a.m. in the 4A finals and Elba (14-0) vs. Fyffe (14-0) in the 2A championship game at 3 p.m.
         The AHSAA state football playoffs , in its 49th year, moved all state finals to one site in 1996 with the introduction of the Super 6 state championships. Birmingham’s fabled Legion Field served as host until 2009 when the AHSAA switched sites to Alabama and Auburn on alternating years opposite the host of the two state colleges’ Iron Bowl clash. Alabama hosted the Super 6 in 2009, 2011 and 2013.  Auburn hosted in 2010 and 2012.

With the addition of a seventh classification this season, the Super 7 evolved this year and makes its debut on Wednesday, Dec. 3. with Hoover (11-2) taking on Prattville (11-2) in the Class 7A finals at 7 p.m. Prior to that contest, in conjunction with Special Olympics of Alabama (SOAL), the first Unified Sports state flag football game featuring Hewitt-Trussville and Lawrence County will be played at 3:30 p.m. The teams are comprised of Special Olympics athletes and peer partners in a 5-on-5 flag football competition.
          Defending champions returning to finals this year include Hoover (in 6A last year) and Madison Academy (3A).  The Bucs of Josh Niblett are making their 14th championship game appearance since 2000 and their seventh in a row since 2008.
          The 14 teams are all that remain from the original 208-team field. The finalists have a combined 194-10 record and .951 winning percentage on the year with seven schools coming in undefeated, including Class 1A: Maplesville (13-0) and Hubbertville (13-0; Class 2A: Elba (14-0) and Fyffe (14-0); Class 3A: Dale County (14-0); Class 5A: St. Paul’s Episcopal (14-0); and Class 6A: Clay-Chalkville (14-0).
          Raycom Network will televise and live-stream all seven championship games over its network and the Unified Sports game will be live-streamed over the NFHS Network by Opelika High School’s School Broadcast Program team.
          For specific details on stations and channels carrying the game, go to www.pathwaytotheplayoff.com for Raycom information and to www.nfhsnetework.com for the Unified Sports game. The AHSAA Radio Network will also broadcast all games over its network. Information on all three networks will be available at www.ahsaa.com.

 

AHSAA 2014 FOOTBALL PLAYOFFS
Super 7 Pairings
Jordan-Hare Stadium, Auburn
Dec. 3-5

Class 1A
Hubbertville (13-0) vs. Maplesville (13-0), Thursday, 3 p.m.

Class 2A
Fyffe (14-0) vs. Elba (14-0), Friday, 3 p.m.

Class 3A
Dale County (14-0) vs. Madison Academy (13-1), Thursday, 11 a.m.

Class 4A
Leeds (13-1) vs. Deshler (13-1), Friday, 11 a.m.

Class 5A
St. Paul’s Episcopal (14-0) vs. Pleasant Grove (12-2), Thursday, 7 p.m.

Class 6A
Clay-Chalkville (14-0) vs. Saraland (13-1), Friday, 7 p.m.

Class 7A
Hoover (11-2) vs. Prattville (11-2), Wednesday, 7 p.m.

Unified Sports Game
Lawrence County vs. Hewitt-Trussville, Wednesday, 3:30 p.m.

Friday’s Semifinal Results
Class 1A
Maplesville 33, Billingsley 8
Hubbertville 45, Marion County 35

Class 2A
Elba 21, Washington County 14
Fyffe 42, Ranburne 14

Class 3A
Dale County 32, Gordo 28
Madison Academy 31, Glencoe 28

Class 4A
Leeds 42, UMS-Wright 14
Deshler 45, Cordova 22

Class 5A
St. Paul’s 31, Jackson21
Pleasant Grove 27, Madison County 13

Class 6A
Saraland 14, Spanish Fort 10
Clay-Chalkville 35, Florence 21


Hoover and Prattville make finals, 1A-6A semifinals Friday TICKETS NOW ON SALE

       Auburn, Ala. – The teams for the Alabama High School Athletic Association’s Class 7A state football championship game are set with Hoover and Prattville each winning semifinal games last weekend.
     That game will kick off the 2014 Super 7 Championships at Auburn University’s Jordan-Hare Stadium Dec. 3-5.  This Friday the AHSAA’s remaining six classifications will determine the other championship pairings in their respective semifinal games.
        Now is the time to avoid the long lines and last-minute rush. Tickets to all Super 7 Championship games are now on sale online at www.preptix.com/ahsaa.

       The Class 7A state championship game is set Wednesday, Dec. 3 at Jordan-Hare Stadium with a 7 p.m. kickoff.  The AHSAA’s first Unified Sports flag football state exhibition game will be played earlier in the day at 3:30 p.m.
     The AHSAA Class 3A finals are scheduled Thursday, Dec. 4, at 11 a.m., followed by the 1A championship game at 3 p.m. and 5A title game at 7 p.m. Class 4A will open the Super 7 Championship three-game schedule Friday, Dec. 5, at 11 a.m., followed by the Class 2A finals at 3 p.m. The Class 6A championship game will close out the competition later that night at 7 p.m.

         This is a special year for the AHSAA since history will be made with seven state champions crowned for the first time with the addition of the 7A classification.
        All schools, teams, students and fans are encouraged to be a part of this historic event and join in supporting the final teams of each classification as they compete for state titles.

     Advance tickets at $12 are valid only for all games that day. Group tickets are also available at a discounted price and can be purchased online through PrepTix.

     Additionally, fans have the opportunity to watch this year’s Super 7 from one of Jordan-Hare Stadium’s luxury suites. These suites are fully furnished, air-conditioned/heated, and offer the opportunity to order private catering. Suites range from $800 per game to $2,400 for the entire week. Suites can also be purchased online at www.preptix.com/ahsaa.

 

The daily schedule of games is as follows:

·       Wednesday, December 3

o   3:30 p.m. – Unified Sports State Game: Hewitt-Trussville vs. Lawrence County.

o   7:00 p.m. – 7A Championship: Prattville Lions vs. Hoover Bucs.

·       Thursday, December 4

o   11:00 a.m. – 3A Championship: TBD

o   3:00 p.m. – 1A Championship: TBD

·       7:00 p.m. – 5A Championship: TBD
Friday, December 5

o   11:00 a.m. – 4A Championship: TBD

o   3:00 p.m. – 2A Championship: TBD

o   7:00 p.m. – 6A Championship: TBD

 

For more information about the championships or purchasing tickets, contact Mike Vest at Mike@knighteady.com


Glencoe Running Attack Keys Third-Round Playoff Victory

   Glencoe High School’s powerful running attack stoked the Yellow Jacket to 21-0 lead last Friday night as Coach Lee Ozmint’s team rolled into the AHSAA Class 3A state football playoff semifinals with a 49-19 win over Colbert County.
   Thomas Ozmint, son of the head coach, gained 203 yards and scored four touchdowns on 23 rushing attempts and teammate Dylan Stone also had 194 yards and three scores on 16 carries as Glencoe grabbed the AHSAA Prep Spotlight for round three of the playoffs.  The victory avenged last year’s 45-44 overtime setback to the Indians in round two of the playoffs and improved Glencoe’s record to 13-0 for the first time since the Yellow Jackets won the Class 2A state title in 1973.
     Both running backs are well over 1,000 yards on the season as Glencoe heads into this week’s Class 3A semifinals at home against two-time defending state champion Madison Academy (12-1).
     Glencoe’s tradition is rich – sporting a 490-380-25 record dating back to the first season in 1922. In 1926, Coach Clair Strickland’s Jackets produced the school’s first unbeaten season (8-0). The next one came in 1938 with Coach Dewitt Dunn’s squad finishing 8-0-1. Coach Lyle Darnell, who coached the 1973 state championship team, led the Yellow Jackets to a 9-0-1 record in 1970 and a 12-1 season in 1979.
    Ozmint, in his ninth season as head coach, is 68-34 overall and ranks third in the school’s all-time coaches’  wins list. Darnell and E.C.Wilson rank ahead of Ozmint with 97 and 93 wins each.
    The 2014 team has scored a school-record 525 points in 13 games (40.4 per game) and yielded 171 (13.2 points per game) overall.
    Glencoe’s big win edged out several top performances, including Austin Stiefel’s 264 yards rushing in a 49-21 win over Tanner and a last-second field goal by eighth grader Matthew Quinn as Spanish Fort nipped McAdory 24-21.
     Stiefel had 21 carries and scored four touchdowns as the Red Devils (13-0) beat the defending Class 2A state champion Rattlers. His TD runs covered 1, 80, 12 and 78 yards. He added a fifth TD with a 27-yard pass reception and finished with two catches for 68 yards and totaled 364 all-purpose yards.  Fyffe hosts
      Quinn kicked an 18-yard field goal as time expired to give the Toros a 24-21 Class 6A playoff win over previously unbeaten McAdory. The victory sends Spanish Fort into the semifinals for the fourth time in the last five years. Quarterback Javon Brown also completed 18-of-21 passes for 181 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for 88 yards on 18 carries in the win.
   Other highlights reported:

RUSHING
JAMARIUS HENDERSON, DALE COUNTY:
  Rushed for 270 yards and four touchdowns and had three receptions for 88 yards in the Warriors' 48-21 win over Montgomery Academy.  He is now 18 yards shy of 3,000 heading into the semifinals Friday versus Gordo.

ART SMITH, CLAY-CHALKVILLE:
 The Cougars’ workhorse had 20 rush attempts for 223 yards and three touchdowns as Clay-Chalkville (13-0) beat Decatur 38-10 to move into this week’s Class 6A state semifinals. His scoring runs covered 1, 15 and 66 yards.

KAMERON DAVIS, FLORENCE:
Ran for 124 yards on 12 carries and scored once in a 49-14 Class 6A playoff victory over Gardendale.

 

TROY DIXON, UMS-WRIGHT:  Totaled 191 yards rushing and five touchdowns on 21 carries in a 49-19 Class 4A playoff win over Straughn.

 

DERRICK DUNNIGAN, BILLLINGSLEY: Anchored the Bears’ upset of previously unbeaten Brantley (12-1) with 102 yards rushing on 18 carries in the 20-14 Class 1A playoff triumph. His go-ahead touchdown with 1:48 to go sealed the win.

PEYTON WATES, MARION COUNTY:
Ran for 139 yards and two touchdowns (21 and 2 yards) in the Red Raiders' 56-22 Class 1A win over Cedar Bluff.

TYLER GURLEY, MADISON COUNTY: Rushed for three touchdowns, passed for a fourth and had an interception on defense as the Tigers beat East Limestone (12-1) in the Class 5A quarterfinals 28-7.

CHADARIUS TOWNSEND, TANNER:
Returned a kickoff 85 yards for a TD in a 49-21 Class 2A playoff loss to Fyffe. On offense, he carried 17 times for 147 yards for Tanner, the state champions in 2012 and 2013. The setback snapped a 12-game playoff winning streak for the Rattlers.

 

PASSING
JOSH DECKER, CEDAR BLUFF:
Completed 11-of-26 pass attempts for 227 yards, two touchdowns (4 and 49 yards) and passed for two 2-point conversions in the Tigers' 56-22 loss to Marion County.

COLE SPENCER, MAPLESVILLE:
Completed 12-of-16 passes for 264 yards and three touchdowns (43, 6 & 8 yards) and rushed for two additional scores in a 42-22 Class 1A quarterfinal playoff win over Notasulga.

DEMARCUS WILLIAMS, JACKSON:
Passed for 213 yards and two TDs with a 12-of-16 passing performance as the Aggies beat Greenville 30-7 in the Class 5A quarterfinals. He also rushed for 119 yards and one TD.

KEITH WASHINGTON, PRATTVILLE:
Was 10-of-15 passing for 196 yards and two touchdowns as the Lions moved into the Class 7A state finals with a 42-17 win over Foley. Washington also ran for another score.

AARON POLLARD, MARION COUNTY:
Completed 10-of-23 pass attempts for 158 yards and a 33-yard touchdown and rushed for two more scores (1 and 2 yards) in the Red Raiders' 56-22 Class 1A playoff victory at Cedar Bluff.

PASS RECEIVING
D.J. CHAPMAN, CEDAR BLUFF:
Caught eight passes for 172 yards in the Tigers' 56-22 Class 1A loss to Marion County.

 

GRANT BARBER, UMS-WRIGHT: Caught four passes for 174 yards and a touchdown in a 49-19 victory over Straughn.

 

 

NOAH ARD, CORDOVA: Caught four passes for 101 yards and added one rushing touchdown in a 35-16 victory over Class 4A, Region 5 rival Haleyville.

 

BLAKE EDWARDS, ELBA: The Tiger wide receiver threw a 72-yard touchdown pass on the game's first play and caught two short passes and turned them into 70-yard and 21-yard scoring receptions in Elba's 33-10 Class 2A playoff win over G.W. Long. He finished with three receptions for 93 yards.

DEFENSE
KERRYON JOHNSON, MADISON ACADEMY:
Blocked a punt and returned it 36 yards for one TD, intercepted a pass and set up another TD with a 65-yard kickoff return as the defending 3A state champion Mustangs (12-1) moved into the semifinals for the fourth straight year with a 56-8 win over Walter Wellborn. He also rushed for two touchdowns on offense.

ADAM MITCHELL, LEEDS: Intercepted three passes in a 62-0 Class 4A playoff win over Munford.

PATE SMITH, G.W. LONG:
Had 17 tackles in a 33-10 Class 2A loss to Elba.


KE’JUAN FEAGAN, PLEASANT GROVE:
Returned an interception 50 yards for a touchdown in a 26-0 Class 5A playoff victory over previously unbeaten Guntersville (21-1). He also rushed for two TDs on offense.

BLAKE JOHNSON, ELBA: Recorded 12 tackles, including three for losses, in Elba's 33-10 Class 2A win over previously unbeaten G.W. Long as the Tigers (13-0) held the Rebels (11-1) to 41 points below their season average.

 

TAMAURICE SMITH, ST. PAUL’S EPISCOPAL: Had two interceptions in the Saints’ 38-0 Class 5A playoff win over B. C. Rain. The St. Paul’s defense finished with six picks on the night.

CHANCE DUNCAN, GLENCOE: Had eight tackles, including four for a loss, and three sacks in the Yellow Jackets’ 49-19 Class 3A win over Colbert County. 


CADE ADKINS, CORDOVA:
Managed three quarterback sacks and caused a fumble in the Blue Devils’ 35-16 Class 4A playoff win over Haleyville.


Unified Sports Football Exhibition Contest To Kick Off AHSAA’s Super 7 State Championship Week at Auburn

     The Alabama High School Athletic Association will kick off its first-ever Super 7 State Football Championships next week at Auburn University’s Jordan-Hare Stadium.  While seven state champions will be crowned for the first time in AHSAA playoff history, an eighth game will actually get the Super 7 Week underway.
     In conjunction with Alabama Special Olympics, the AHSAA will host the first Unified Sports state game featuring teams from Hewitt-Trussville High School and Lawrence County’s school system Wednesday, Dec. 3, at 3:30 p.m. The AHSAA Class 7A state championship game between Hoover and Prattville will follow at 7 p.m.
     A ticket purchased for the Unified Sports exhibition game will also entitle the holder admission to the Class 7A championship game later that night.
     Unified Sports is an inclusive sports program that combines an approximately equal number of students with intellectual disabilities with “partners” (individuals without intellectual disabilities) on teams for training and competition. The concept was inspired by the principle: “Training together and playing together is a quick path to friendship and understanding.”

     The Unified Sports game will be a flag football contest played on the Jordan-Hare Stadium surface with modifications to make the field 25 yards by 60 yards. The NFHS Network plans to live-stream the game over its extensive web-based network with Opelika High School’s Student Broadcast Program handling the production. A link for the contest will be available at www.ahsaa.com and at www.NFHSnetwork.com.

     According to Special Olympics Alabama (SOAL), Unified Sports has proven to be highly effective in achieving social inclusion.  Athletes feel a sense of belonging and can meaningfully interact with others and develop mutually rewarding relationships. They are recognized as contributors and received with acceptance and respect.
    AHSAA Executive Director Steve Savarese sees this Unified Sports competition as a way to teach the life lessons of education-based athletics.
    “We strongly believe in providing as many opportunities as possible for all students from our member schools to participate and share in the many benefits of education-based athletics,” Savarese said.
    Hewitt-Trussville head coach is Tim Meacham and Lawrence County head coach is Steve Jones.


AHSAA To Have 10 Football Playoff Games Live-Streamed Over The NFHS TV Network Friday

    Dale County High School (12-0) and Montgomery Academy (12-0) will square off at Midland City Friday night in the third round of the AHSAA state football playoffs in what is considered one of the state’s most anticipated playoff games.
     The game is one of only two on the playoff slate that features unbeaten teams and will be one of 10 games being live-streamed over the NFHS TV Network this week. Saraland and Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa are each producing the 6A playoff contest.
     Dale County senior running back Jamarius Henderson has rushed for 2,712 yards this season, including 591 yards and nine touchdowns on just 31 carries in the first two playoff games. He needs 372 yards to break the AHSAA single-season record for rushing yards (3,083) set in 2000 by Aliceville’s Kendal Gibson.
    Coach Pate Harrison’s Warriors, 23-1 the last two seasons, will be hosting the unbeaten Eagles (12-0), a 30-28 winner over T.R. Miller last week.
    Friday night’s quarterfinal battle will be live-streamed live over the NFHS TV Network and can be accessed through the subscriber-based network at
http://www.nfhsnetwork.com/associations/ahsaa
    The other 10 NFHS TV Network games to be live-streamed will include both Class 7A semifinal games:   Prattville at Foley and Gadsden City at Hoover. The new 7A classification has only four playoff rounds with Friday’s winners advancing to the Super 7 Class 7A championship game Wednesday, Dec. 3.
    Other games being live-streamed over the NFHS TV Network Friday are Brantley at Billingsley (1A); Fyffe at Tanner (2A); Madison Academy at Walter Wellborn (3A); Munford at Leeds (4A); Guntersville at Pleasant Grove (5A); Florence at Gardendale (6A); and Saraland at Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa (6A).  The Saraland-Hillcrest contest will be produced by both schools.
    The complete schedule:

NFHS TV Network Live-Streaming Broadcasts
Round 3, Nov. 21 (Football Playoffs – 11 productions)

Class 7A
Prattville at Foley (Foley HS is producer)
Gadsden City at Hoover (Hoover HS is producer)
Class 6A
Florence at Gardendale (Florence HS is producer)
Saraland at Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa (Hillcrest HS is producer)
Saraland at Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa (Saraland HS is producer)
Class 5A
Guntersville at Pleasant Grove (Guntersville HS is producer)
Class 4A
Munford at Leeds (NFHS TV Network is producer)
Class 3A
Madison Academy at Walter Wellborn (Madison Academy is producer)
Montgomery Academy at Dale County (Dale County HS is producer)
Class 2A
Fyffe at Tanner (NFHS TV Network is producer)
Class 1A
Brantley at Billinglsey (NFHS TV Network is producer)

Henderson’s Two-Way Play Sparks Dale County Play-Off Win

     MONTGOMERY – Senior running back Jamarius Henderson rushed for 283 yards on offense and had 18 tackles on defense as Dale County (12-0) beat Geneva 34-6 to advance to this week’s quarterfinals of the AHSAA Class 3A state football playoffs.
   Henderson, who headlines AHSAA Prep Spotlight for playoff round two, also had 308 yards rushing and five TDs on just 10 carries in a 62-20 first-round win over Prattville Christian. He currently has 2,712 yards rushing on the season and is just 372 yards shy of the AHSAA single-season state rushing record of 3,083 yards set by Kendal Gibson of Aliceville in 2000 in 15 games.
   Two others cracked 3,000 yards--Lee Cagle of Lynn with 3,018 yards in 15 games in 1996 and Sherman Williams of Blount with 3,004 in 1990 – also in 15 games.
   Henderson’s current total in his 12 games this season currently ranks 11th all time. He had 2,294 yards and 34 touchdowns on 208 carries in 13 games last season.
    He also had a quarterback sack from his linebacker position in the second-round win and has recorded 32 tackles in the two 2014 playoff games. He has also rushed 31 times for 591 yards with nine

scored (one coming on a 31-yard reception) in the two games.

    This week Coach Pate Harrison’s Warriors, 23-1 the last two seasons, put their unbeaten record on the line at home against another undefeated team when Montgomery Academy (12-0) visits Midland City Friday. The Eagles beat T.R. Miller 30-28 last week.
     One other playoff game pits two unbeaten teams, ironically, at nearby Skipperville where another Dale County school, G.W. Long (11-0), hosts Elba. Kickoffs for all playoff games are Friday night t 7 p.m.
    Friday night’s quarterfinal battle will be live-streamed live over the NFHS TV Network.  The link can be found at: http://www.nfhsnetwork.com/associations/ahsaa
    A total of nine NFHS TV Network football playoff games will be live-streamed  Friday including: Brantley at Billingsley (1A); Fyffe at Tanner (2A); Montgomery Academy at Dale County (3A); Madison Academy at Walter Wellborn (3A); Guntersville at Pleasant Grove (5A): Florence at Gardendale (6A); Saraland at Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa (6A); Prattville at Foley (7A); and Gadsden City at Hoover (7A). The Saraland-Hillcrest contest will be produced by both schools.
     In other highlights reported from week 2 of the state playoffs:

RUSHING
KRISTIAN JONES, HACKLEBURG:
Had 24 carries for 285 yards, four touchdowns and added a pair of 2-point conversions, four touchdowns and two 2-point conversions in the Panthers’ Class 1A 56-48 playoff loss to Cedar Bluff before leaving the game early in the fourth quarter with an injury. He also had 11 tackles on defense.


D’SHAWN FIFE, CEDAR BLUFF: Rushed for 224 yards on 34 carries and scored six touchdowns (8, 3, 3, 4, 33, 14 yards) in the Tigers' 56-48 Class 1A victory over Hackleburg. In two playoff games this season, Fife has 539 rushing yards and 10 TDs.

 

TYLER GURLEY, MADISON COUNTY: Ran 15 times for 101 yards and five touchdowns, including the game-winning 11-yard score in overtime, to lift the Tigers to a 35-28 Class 5A playoff win over Parker. He also completed 10-of-13 passes for 106 yards.

 

GABE FORD, GADSDEN CITY: Finished with 215 combined yards and three touchdowns in the Titans’ 45-28 Class 7A win over Oak Mountain. Ford rushed 15 times for 143 yards and touchdown runs of 4 and 57 yards and also caught three passes for 72 yards and a 49-yard score. 

STEFAN CALDWELL, ELBA: Rushed for 141 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries and caught a 9-yard pass to help unbeaten Elba (12-0) beat Sweet Water 42-20 in the Class 2A playoffs. He also had a key quarterback sack for a 14-yard loss to help seal the win.

JORDAN BENTLEY, GUNTERSVILLE: Had 44 carries for 178 yards and a 3-yard touchdown in a 10-7 Class 5A playoff victory over Ramsay.

 

JAMEL GRACE, FLOMATON: Rushed for 187 yards and a touchdown on 31 carries in a 43-32 Class 2A victory over Cottonwood.

 

CHADARARIUS TOWNSEND, TANNER: Scored three touchdowns on runs of 25, 56 and 62 yards and finished with 240 yards on 19 carries as the defending Class 2A state champs beat Randolph County 41-14.

SHAKEITH TYES, CALERA:
Had 212 yards rushing and two touchdowns on 21 carries in the Eagles’ 34-31, double-overtime Class 5A loss to Greenville.

 

ZACH SIMBECK, LAUDERDALE COUNTY: Rushed for 203 yards and two TDs in a 17-14 Class 3A playoff loss to Glencoe. Simbeck had TD runs of 55 and 56 yards.

 

SHAQUILLE TERRY, McADORY: Ran for 193 yards on 11 carries as the undefeated Yellow Jackets posted a 40-38 Class 6A victory over Oxford.

 

DeANTHONY HOLCOMBE, WASHINGTON COUNTY: Ran for 184 yards and three touchdowns on 32 carries as the unbeaten Bulldogs (12-0) beat Geneva County 35-14 in the 2A playoffs.

 

ISAIAH LEWIS, FOLEY: Ran for 170 yards on 23 carries in a 34-7 Class 7A victory over arch-rival Fairhope.

 

TYLER SIMS, SARALAND: Ran for 152 yards on nine carries with an 85-yard TD as the Spartans held off Opelika 27-21 in overtime in the 6A state playoffs.

 

KERRYON JOHNSON, MADISON ACADEMY: Rushed for 136 yards and two touchdowns on eight carries, caught a 47-yard TD pass and returned an interception 50 yards for a touchdown in a 42-20 Class 3A victory over Piedmont. His rushing TDs covered 1 and 59 yards.

KERVAE QUALLS, COLBERT COUNTY:
Rushed for 148 yards, including TD runs of 36, 43 and 42 yards as the Indians beat Plainview 34-7 in the 3A playoffs.

 

DE'JUAN FEAGAN, PLEASANT GROVE: Helped the Spartans advance to the third round of the 5A playoffs with 148 yards and two touchdowns on 15 carries, 93 yards passing and another touchdown in a 28-10 victory over Lincoln.

 

PASSING
CHASE TROTTER, CORDOVA:
Completed 14-of-19 passes for 281 yards and four touchdowns (7, 59, 60 and 67 yards) as the Blue Devils beat Cleburne County 35-34 in the Class 4A playoffs. He also scored the game-winning TD on a 1-yard sneak with 1:59 remaining.

 

AARON POLLARD, MARION COUNTY: Was 15-of-27 passing for 298 yards and three touchdowns (22, 42 and 66 yards) as the Red Raiders beat previously unbeaten Donoho 29-18 in the Class 1A playoffs.

BRANDON SIMMONS, GREENVILLE:
Completed 24-of-49 passes for 289 yards and five touchdowns in a 34-31, double-overtime Class 5A victory over Calera.

 

BLAKE HAWKINS, FLORENCE: Completed 15-of-22 passes for 226 yards and four touchdowns (17, 14, 40 and 33 yards) and added one TD rushing in the Falcons’ 43-21 Class 6A triumph over Shades Valley.

 

MATTHEW CHRISTIAN, OPELIKA: Completed 26-of-31 passes for 290 yards and three touchdowns in a 27-21 overtime loss to Saraland. He had touchdown throws of 17, 29 and 8 yards and finished the season with 157 straight pass attempts without an interception.

 

CARL WILLIAMS, B.C. RAIN: Passed for three touchdowns and rushed for three to account for six scores as B.C. Rain (6-6) advanced to the third round of the Class 5A playoff with a 50-14 win over Charles Henderson.

JOSH DECKER, CEDAR BLUFF: Completed 8-of-20 pass attempts for 219 yards and a 53-yard touchdown in the Class 1A Tigers' 56-48 win over Hackleburg.

 

PASS RECEIVING
JARED WALLACE, MARION COUNTY:
Hauled in five receptions for 171 yards and three touchdowns (22 and 66 yards) in a 29-18 Class 1A win over Donoho. Teammate Braden Pyron also had seven catches for 97 yards and a 42-yard TD.

TYLER CRUMPTON, PHILLIPS: Caught 10 passes for 150 yards and three touchdowns (7, 15 & 25 yards) in a 40-34 Class 1A loss to undefeated Hubbertville.

 

LEONARD WOOD, HOOVER: Finished with four catches for 169 yards and a touchdown in a 42-7 Class 7A Bucs victory over Tuscaloosa County.

 

ASHTON GAY, OAKMAN: Caught seven passes for 160 yards and a touchdown in the Wildcats' 24-23 Class 3A loss to Walter Wellborn.

 

D.J. CHAPMAN, CEDAR BLUFF: Caught four passes for 127 yards and a 53-yard touchdown as the Tigers (7-5) advanced in the 1A playoffs with a 56-48 win over Hackleburg.

SETH KNOTTS, PRATTVILLE:
Caught four passes for 106 yards and two touchdowns in a 26-7 Class 7A victory over Central-Phenix City.

 

AUSTIN HICKS, GARDENDALE: Caught six passes for 101 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 16 yards for another score as the Rockets advanced in the 6A playoffs with its 35-14 win over Homewood.

 

DEFENSE
TREVOR CARVIN, FOLEY:
Intercepted a Fairhope pass on the final play of the first half and ran it back 95 yards for a momentum-changing score as Foley beat region foe Fairhope 34-7 in the 7A playoffs.

XAVIUS COLEMAN, BRANTLEY:
Had 15 tackles with three sacks in a 20-12 victory Class 1A over Linden.

 

GREENE, SWEET WATER: Had 14 tackles in 42-20 Class 2A loss to Elba.

 

STEVEN CROWDER, GARDENDALE: Managed 10 tackles and two sacks in a 35-14 Class 6A victory over Homewood.

 

WADE CASTLE, DALE COUNTY: Had 11 tackles and also caught a 51-yard touchdown pass on offense in Dale County’s 34-6 Class 3A win over Geneva.

 

JIM RICHARDS, G.W. LONG: Returned a fumble 33 yards for a touchdown, had an interception and seven tackles in the Rebels' 44-12 Class 2A win over Leroy. Teammate Bo Walding also had seven tackles including three sacks and rushed for three touchdowns on offense.

NICKY ERWIN AND ERNESTO CORDOVA: Tackled a Ramsay runner in the end zone for a safety to seal the unbeaten Wildcats’ Class 5A 10-7 playoff win over the Rams.

ROSS JOHNSON, CEDAR BLUFF:
Returned an interception 33 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter of the Tigers' 56-48 Class 1A victory over Hackleburg.


SPECIAL TEAMS


JIMMY MASSEY, MONTGOMERY ACADEMY:
Kicked three field goals, including a 33-yarder with 1:21 to play, to lift the unbeaten Eagles (12-0) to a 30-28 win over T.R. Miller in the Class 3A state playoffs.