MONTGOMERY – Seventeen unbeaten teams survived round two of the Alabama High School Athletic Association 2014 State Football Playoffs Friday and will be in the 52-team field for the quarterfinal round set Friday. All games are scheduled Nov. 21 at 7 p.m.
For the first time in AHSAA history, seven state champions will be crowned when the playoffs culminate the five-week playoff with the Super 7 State Championships at Auburn’s Jordan-Hare Stadium Dec. 3-4-5.
Round two started with 19 undefeated teams, but Class 1A Donoho lost to Marion County 29-18 and Class 7A Fairhope fell to Baldwin County rival Foley 34-0 Friday.
In Class 2A, five of the remaining eight teams are unbeaten on the year. That will change this week, however, since at least two are squaring off and another faces the two-time defending state champion. G.W. Long (11-0) will host Elba (12-0) at Skipperville while Fyffe (12-0) puts its perfect record on the line at Tanner (10-2). The Rattlers of Coach Laron White won the 2A state title in 2012 and 2013. Washington County (12-0), state runner-up the last two years, will be at home in Chatom against Region 1 rival Flomaton (9-3) and Ranburne (11-0 will host Region 5 rival Woodland (9-3).
In Class 3A, four unbeaten teams remain with Montgomery Academy (12-0) taking on Dale County (12-0) at Midland City in round three. Glencoe (12-0) will be at Colbert County (8-4) and Gordo (12-0) travels to Opp (9-3).
In Class 1A and 5A, three unbeaten teams are still alive. All three 1A teams travel this week with Brantley (12-0) at Billingsley (9-2), Maplesville (11-0) at Notasulga (9-3) and Hubbertville (11-0) at Ragland (11-1). In Class 5A, Guntersville (12-0) travels to Pleasant Grove (10-2), East Limestone (12-0) plays Madison County (9-3) at Gurley, and St. Paul’s (12-0) is at home against Region 1 fourth seed B.C. Rain (6-6).
In Class 6A, McAdory (12-0) will be at home to face Spanish Fort (11-1), the 5A state champs in 2012 and 2013, and Clay-Chalkville (12-0) goes to Decatur (10-2).
In addition to 2013 champs Tanner (2A) and Spanish Fort (5A), Madison Academy (3A) remained in this year’s field after knocking off Piedmont. The Mustangs will travel to Walter Wellborn (8-3) Friday.
And in Class 7A, which heads into the semifinals this week, 2012 and 2013 Class 6A state champion Hoover will be at home to Gadsden City (10-2), and Foley (9-3) will host Prattville (10-2).
Twenty-eight region champions advanced to round three and three teams qualifying as No. 4 seeds (Class 2A Flomaton and Woodland and Class 6A B.C. Rain) also advanced.
A total of 26 games are set Friday with four contests in each of the 1A through 6A classifications and two semifinal bouts in Class 7A. The annual state playoffs began in 1996 with four teams competing for one state championship in what was then Class 4A. Championship play for all schools was implemented the following year with four divisions. The six-class system began in 1984 and was replaced last January with the new seven-classification system.
The semifinals for classes 1A thru 6A will be Nov. 28. The Class 7A finals will be Wednesday, Dec. 3 at 7 p.m. at Jordan-Hare Stadium on the Auburn University campus.
Classes 3A, 1A and 5A their champions Thursday, Dec. 4, at 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m., respectively. Classes 4A, 2A and 6A will follow the same time schedule for Super 7 finals on Friday, Dec. 5.
The AHSAA’s first Unified Football Championship will be played Dec. 3 at 3:30 p.m. This year’s exhibition finals will feature teams from Lawrence County and Hewitt-Trussville in the historic game.
AHSAA 2014 FOOTBALL PLAYOFFS
Friday, Nov. 21
Brantley (12-0) at Billingsley (9-2)
Maplesville (11-0) at Notasulga (9-3)
Hubbertville (11-0) at Ragland (11-1)
Marion County (7-5) at Cedar Bluff (7-5)
Elba (12-0) at G.W. Long (11-0), Skipperville
Flomaton (9-3) at Washington County (12-0), Chatom
Fyffe (12-0) at Tanner (10-2)
Woodland (9-3) at Ranburne (11-0)
Montgomery Academy (12-0) at Dale County (12-0), Midland City
Gordo (12-0) at Opp (9-3)
Glencoe (12-0) at Colbert County (8-4), Leighton
Madison Academy (11-1) at Walter Wellborn (8-3), Anniston
Munford (9-3) at Leeds (11-1)
UMS-Wright (11-1) at Straughn (10-1)
Cordova (9-3) at Haleyville (10-2)
Deshler (11-1) at Fayette County (9-3), Fayette
Greenville (10-2) at Jackson (10-2)
B.C. Rain (6-6) at St. Paul’s Episcopal (12-0), Mobile
Guntersville (12-0) at Pleasant Grove (10-2)
East Limestone (12-0) at Madison County (9-3), Gurley
Saraland (11-1) at Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa (9-3)
Spanish Fort (11-1) at McAdory (12-0), McCalla
Clay-Chalkville (12-0) at Decatur (9-3)
Florence (10-2) at Gardendale (8-4)
Prattville (10-2) at Foley (9-3)
Gadsden City (10-2) at Hoover (10-2), Hoover Met
Brantley 20, Linden 12
Billingsley 72, Ellwood Christian 12
Maplesville 69, McKenzie 20
Notasulga 38, Fruitdale 20
Hubbertville 40, Phillips 34
Ragland 20, South Lamar 12
Cedar Bluff 56, Hackleburg 48
Marion County 29, Donoho 18
G.W. Long 44, Leroy 12
Elba 42, Sweet Water 20
Flomaton 43, Cottonwood 32
Washington County 35, Geneva County 14
Tanner 41, Randolph County 14
Fyffe 34, Reeltown 0
Woodland 23, Cleveland 10
Ranburne 20, Gaston 0
Dale County 34, Geneva 6
Montgomery Academy 30, T.R. Miller 28
Gordo 21, Pike County 20
Opp 33, Slocomb 17
Glencoe 17, Lauderdale County 14
Colbert County 34, Plainview 7
Madison Academy 42, Piedmont 20
Walter Wellborn 24, Oakman 23
Munford 29, W.S. Neal 22
Leeds 31, Clarke County 0
Straughn 30, West Blocton 0
UMS-Wright 21, Dadeville 7
Cordova 35, Cleburne County 34
Haleyville 41, Oneonta 14
Deshler 36, Saks 14
Fayette County 29, Jacksonville 26
Greenville 34, Calera 31 (2 OT)
Jackson 34, Tallassee 12
B.C. Rain 50, Charles Henderson 14
St. Paul’s Episcopal 38, Clay County Central 7
Pleasant Grove 28, Lincoln 10
Guntersville 10, Ramsay 7
East Limestone 10, Mortimer Jordan 0
Madison County 35, Parker 28
Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa 35, Carver-Montgomery 14
Saraland 27, Opelika 21 (OT)
McAdory 40, Oxford 38
Spanish Fort 33, Benjamin Russell 24
Clay-Chalkville 35, Muscle Shoals 14
Decatur 19, Southside-Gadsden 7
Florence 43, Shades Valley 21
Gardendale 35, Homewood 14
Foley 34, Fairhope 7
Prattville 26, Central-Phenix City 7
Hoover 42, Tuscaloosa County 7
Gadsden City 45, Oak Mountain 28
The NFHS TV Network will feature a total of 14 live-streaming webcasts of AHSAA football playoff contests tonight. Twenty-two school productions were live-streamed week 1.
A number or regular season events are also available this week.
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The NFHS TV Network announced last week the network now has more than 1,100 high schools in the network’s s School Broadcast Program. The Network announced it is launching a school recognition program to honor and recognize those schools that produce events at the highest level and excel at marketing and promoting their online events. There are two levels of recognition: NFHS Network Select and NFHS Network Elite. Both will be eligible to earn extra revenue producing programing for the network outside their own school events.
MONTGOMERY – Tuscaloosa County High School cornerback Justin Little had a near state record four interceptions Friday night as the Wildcats went on the road to defeat Bob Jones 28-21.
For his efforts, Little grabbed the AHSAA Prep Spotlight for the first week of the state playoffs.
Only three others have intercepted five passes in a single game in the AHSAA. Georgiana’s Charlie McCoy was the first with his five picks in a 26-14 win over Florala 33 years ago in 1981. Meek’s Phillip Williams tied the mark in 2001 in a 33-7 win over Phillips, and most recently Devyn Murphree of J.P. Pennington equaled the record in a 27-3 win over Falkville in 2006. Little's four tie him with 18 others to have four picks in one game.
Tuscaloosa County had five interceptions on the night with Alex Payne getting the last one with just eight seconds remaining to seal the Class 7A first-round playoff win for Coach Lee Gibson’s team.
Quarterback Seth Franks sparked the offense with 309 yards passing and three touchdowns with 20-of-27 completions. His effort came just two weeks after suffering a separated shoulder that forced him to miss the final game of the regular season.
Tuscaloosa County (6-5) will be on the road in round two at Hoover (9-2).
Little’s performance edged another near-state-record-tying performance by Opp standout Raheem Bonham and an incredible effort by Dale County senior Jamarius Henderson.
Bonham scored eight touchdowns, one shy of the state mark set by Tommy Haley-Ricks of Hubbertville in a 76-52 win over Vina in 2008. Haley-Ricks’ 9 TDs had broken the record held by five others and equaled by Bonham Friday in the Bobcats’ 70-36 Class 3A playoff win over Lamar County.
Bonham totaled 423 all-purpose yards rushing for 262 yards and six touchdowns on seven carries, had three kickoff returns for 130 yards including an 89-yard scamper for a TD, and added a 31-yard pass reception for his eighth score.
Henderson helped Dale County (11-0) remain unbeaten in Class 3A with a start to remember. He scored the first three times he touched the ball – on runs of 68, 49 and 65 yards – as the Warriors beat Prattville Christian 62-20. He finished with 308 yards and five touchdowns on just 10 carries, added a sixth score on a 31-yard pass reception and record a team-high 13 tackles on defense. His other two rushing scores covered 12 and 54 yards.
MILSTSTONE: Amacis Tyynismaa set a new course record at the Oakville Indian Mounds & Park to win the Class 4A girls’ individual state cross country championship Saturday. Montgomery Catholic’s Tyynismaa, an eighth grader, averaged 5:29 per mile in clocking an amazing 17:03.04 to finish first in her competition by a minute and 20 seconds. Her time was the fastest of the day in all divisions.
Other top playoff performances reported from week 1 of the state playoffs:
DYLAN STONE, GLENCOE: Totaled 329 combined yards and seven touchdowns in the Yellow Jackets’ 56-19 win over Sylvania. Stone rushed 14 times for 244 yards and five touchdowns and was 6-of-7 passing for 85 yards and two more TDs. Stone ran for touchdowns of 46, 16, 17, 47 and 14 yards and had touchdown passes covering 48 and 13 yards.
JAMEL GRACE, FLOMATON: Ran for 365 yards and four touchdowns on 38 carries as the Hurricanes defeated Pickens County 35-20 in the Class 2A playoffs. The setback eliminated the Tornadoes, last year’s 1A state champs, from the competition.
KYLE NALLS, FAYETTE COUNTY: Rushed for 295 yards and five TDs on 17 carries in a 56-41 Class 4A playoff victory over Central-Florence.
DEMETRICE VAUGHAN, BLOUNT: Had 32 carries for 281 yards and a TD in a 21-20 Class 6A playoff loss to McAdory.
BRIAN ROBINSON, HILLCREST-TUSCALOOSA: Piled up 243 yards rushing with five touchdowns on 30 carries as the Patriots defeated Daphne 56-28 in the 6A playoffs.
JORDAN BENTLEY, GUNTERSVILLE: The junior running back rushed for 202 yards and scored four touchdowns on runs of 18, 5, 2 and 2 yards as the unbeaten Wildcats (11-0) beat Moody 33-7 in the Class 5A state playoffs. The Wildcats are 11-0 for the first time in school history. Bentley's four TDs gave him 31 on the season. He has scored 66 TDs in his GHS career, a school record.
CONNER KISER, HALEYVILLE: Gained 218 yards rushing on 17 carries and scored four touchdowns in Haleyville’s 45-21 Class 4A playoff win over Elkmont. He also completed 14-of-20 passes for 110 yards and a TD. Teammate Brady Sherrill added 129 yards rushing and a TD on 18 carries and also had 12 tackles on defense.
HAROLD SHADER, OAK MOUNTAIN: Keyed the Eagles’ 542-yard offensive night with 281 yards rushing and five touchdowns on18 carries as Oak Mountain beat James Clemens 60-43 in the 7A playoffs. He scored on runs of 3, 15, 68, 75 and 79 yards.
BRADRICK SHAW, HOOVER: Had 151 yards rushing on five carries, highlighted by a 95-yard scamper for a TD, as Hoover beat Buckhorn 38-13 in the first round of the 7A state playoffs.
SHAKEITH TYES, CALERA: Helped the Eagles post their first-ever Class 5A playoff win, a 28-26 victory over Vigor, by pilling up 220 yards rushing and four touchdowns on 31 carries.
KRISTIAN JONES, HACKLEBURG: Had 26 carries for 181 yards, two touchdowns and a pair of 2-point conversions as the Panthers (10-1) advanced to the second round of the 1A playoffs with 58-40 win over Talladega County Central. He also had a 33-yard kickoff return and eight tackles on defense. Hackleburg gained 460 rushing yards on 61 tries.
A.J. JOHNSON, BERRY: Rushed for 205 yards on 21 carries with three touchdowns (8, 56, 61 yards) and had a 32-yard TD reception in a 46-34 Class 1A loss to Cedar Bluff.
NIC ROLLO, COLD SPRINGS: Ran 25 times for 167 yards and a pair of touchdowns in a 27-26 Class 2A loss at Gaston. He scored both TDs on fourth-down plays covering 26 and 10 yards.
HEATH BURCHFIELD, JAMES CLEMENS: In James Clemens’ first playoff game ever, Burchfield completed 20-of-32 passes for 389 yards and four touchdowns (8, 83, 89, and 5 yards) in a 60-43 Class 7A loss at Oak Mountain.
TYLER CAMERON, FOLEY: Completed 12-of-20 passes for 237 yards and three touchdowns in the Wolves’ 35-31 in Class 7A and rushed 11 times for 33 yards in a win at Auburn.
CORY GILL, COTTONWOOD: Was 16-of-27 passing for 230 yards and five touchdowns in a 32-14 Class 2A win over Luverne.
BO NIX, SCOTTSBORO: The eighth-grader completed 8-of-22 passes for 188 yards and five touchdowns (43, 45, 45, 2 and 15 yards) in an 85-50 Class 6A playoff loss at Clay-Chalkville. The five TDs tied a school record held by Pat Trammell. Malik Talley, who had 162 yards receiving, had four TD receptions.
ZACH DIMMOCK, ONEONTA: Led the defending Class 4A state champion Redskins to a 50-26 win over Sardis, completing 15-of-22 passes for 198 yards and four touchdowns. He also ran for a 25-yard TD.
NICO COLLINS, CLAY-CHALKVILLE: The sophomore had six catches for 183 yards and two touchdowns in an 85-50 Class 6A playoff win over Scottsboro. The 135 points scored set a state playoff record for most points and is the third highest a single game total in AHSAA state history.
SOLOMON MUHAMMAD, PARKER: Caught nine passes for 130 yards and three touchdowns in a 28-9 Class 5A playoff win against West Point.
MACKENZIE GRAHAM, BUCKHORN: Caught 10 passes for 166 yards and touchdowns of 7 and 69 yards in a 38-13 Class 7A loss to Hoover.
GAGE CASH, BOAZ: The senior receiver caught six passes for 146 yards, including a 78-yard touchdown, in a 24-7 loss to Lincoln in the 5A playoffs.
COREY BROWN, B.C. RAIN: Hauled in a game-winning 72-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Carl Williams in the final minute of play as fourth-seeded B.C. Rain knocked off Region 4 champion Demopolis 28-27 in the Class 5A playoffs.
DENZEL WOODARD, LEROY: Caught five passes for 112 yards and accounted for three touchdowns as Leroy knocked off Thorsby 46-20 in the 2A playoffs.
RICHARD McBRYDE, CHARLES HENDERSON: Recorded 18 tackles on defense, stops resulting in 11.5 yards in losses, to help Charles Henderson nip Beauregard 48-42 in overtime. It was his 15-yard score in overtime that proved to be the winning touchdown.
ZAC OGLESBY, GADSDEN CITY: Made two big defensive plays in the fourth quarter to help secure Gadsden City’s 54-37 Class 7A playoff win over Hewitt-Trussville. The senior defensive end had a sack for a 9-yard loss on fourth down that led to a GCHS score, then on the next series recovered and returned a fumble 41 yards for another touchdown.
DEZMOND JOHNSON, SLOCOMB: Intercepted two passes on defense in a 14-0 Class 3A shutout win over Midfield, the Red Tops ‘first playoff win in six years. He also caught a 68-yard TD pass to seal the victory.
PATE SMITH & DEWAYNE WHIGHAM, G.W. LONG: Both had 13 tackles and Whigham added a fumble recovery in the Rebels’ 35-0 Class 2A win over New Brockton. The duo helped the Rebels improved to 10-0.
CHANCE DUNCAN, GLENCOE: Had eight tackles, including three for a loss, and two sacks in the Yellow Jackets’ 56-19 Class 3A win over Sylvania.
TYLER GREEN, GARDENDALE: The linebacker had nine tackles and two sacks in a 24-3 Class 6A playoff win over Fort Payne.
WILL EVANS, HALEYVILLE: Had nine tackles and returned an interception for a TD in the Lions’ 45-21 Class 4A playoff win over Elkmont.
TAVARIUS HUTCHINSON, McADORY: Had two key plays on defense to help seal unbeaten McAdory’s 21-20 Class 6A playoff win over Blount. Hutchison returned a blocked punt 44 yards for a touchdown with 2:19 left to play for the game-winning score, and then added an interception in the final minute to seal the win.
GARRETT SANDERS, G.W. LONG: Returned a punt 56 yards for a touchdown and converted 5-of-5 extra-point kicks in the Rebels’ 35-0 Class 2A win over New Brockton.
The AHSAA Cross Country Championships will be shown live over the NFHS TV Network Saturday morning for the second year in a row. The broadcast from Oakville Indian Mounds and Museum Park will begin with the first race at 8:30 a.m. (1A-2A girls) and will continue through the final race of the day (7A boys) scheduled to start at 12:10 p.m.
The subscription-based webcast can be accessed at the following link on the NFHS TV Network site:
The 2014-15 slate of AHSAA events to be live-streamed over the NFHS TV Network began last week with the Volleyball State Finals, the first national event on the Network this school year. That event made history in 2013 as the first state championship live-streamed over the NFHS TV Network. The first national event live-streamed was the AHSAA’s Champions Challenge football triple-header in 2013 at Cramton Bowl in Montgomery.
RECORD NUMBER OF PLAYOFF GAMES SET FOR NFHS TV NETWORK LIVE STREAM
The NFHS TV Network will have a record number of live-streaming webcasts tonight with 22 school productions of AHSAA high school football playoff games on the schedule. Viewers can access the network by subscribing and logging in at:
The AHSAA ranked third nationally in the latest NFHS Network rankings for referrals. Illinois and Michigan ranked 1-2 with Alabama leading Section 3 associations with 4,725 referrals for the month. Tennessee was fifth and Georgia ranked ninth.
The AHSAA ranked eighth nationally with NFHS Network visits (16,015). Illinois ranked No. 1. The AHSAA also ranked eighth in new subscriptions (335) with ranked first nationally.
AHSAA member schools can participate year-round in the NFHS TV Network by joining through the NFHS Network’s School Broadcast Program. A record number of regular-season games were live-streamed by the school-produced, student-driven programs.
The NFHS TV Network announced Thursday the network now has more than 1,100 high schools in its School Broadcast Program. The Network also announced it is launching a school recognition program to honor and recognize those schools that produce events at the highest level and excel at marketing and promoting their online events. There are two levels of recognition: NFHS Network Select and NFHS Network Elite. Both will be eligible to earn extra revenue producing programing for the network outside of their own school events.
NFHS TV Network Live-Streaming Broadcasts
Week I (Football Playoffs – 22 productions)
Buckhorn at Hoover (Hoover HS is producer)
Foley at Auburn (Foley HS is producer)
Arab at Shades Valley (Arab HS is producer)
Arab at Shades Valley (Shades Valley HS is producer)
Bessemer City at Saraland (Saraland HS is producer)
Briarwood Christian at Florence (Florence HS is producer)
Daphne at Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa (Daphne HS is producer)
Daphne at Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa (Hillcrest HS is producer)
Hartselle at Homewood (Homewood HS is producer)
Minor at Muscle Shoals (Muscle Shoals HS is producer)
Pell City at Carver-Montgomery, Cramton Bowl (Carver HS is producer)
Wetumpka at Opelika (Wetumpka HS is producer)
Wetumpka at Opelika (Opelika HS is producer)
Moody at Guntersville (Guntersville HS is producer)
Jacksonville at Locust Fork (Jacksonville HS is producer)
North Jackson at Saks (Saks HS is producer)
Fultondale at Pike County (Pike County HS is producer)
Prattville Christian at Dale County (Dale County HS is producer)
Winston County at Madison Academy (Madison Academy is producer)
Geneva County at Goshen (Goshen HS is producer)
Houston Academy at Elba (Houston Academy HS is producer)
R.C. Hatch at Sweet Water (Sweet Water HS is producer)
Guntersville recorded its first 10-0 perfect season since 1955 by defeating arch rival Albertville 21-16 Friday night in the 100th meeting between the Wildcats and Aggies, the longest running high school rivalry in Alabama.
The historic rivalry grabbed the AHSAA Prep Spotlight for Week 11 of the 2014 prep football season.
Coach Lance Reese’s unbeaten Wildcats head into the Class 5A state playoffs this week against Moody (5-5) Friday night. Albertville, coached by interim coach Cliff Mitchell, finished its season 4-5.
The rivalry began in 1914 with Albertville winning the first game 27-0. Guntersville, holding a 49-45-6 edge in the series, has outscored the Aggies 1,589-1,450 – just over a point per game in the long series.
Clarke County and Thomasville completed its 100th meeting this year as did Clarke County and Jackson, according to Ross Wood of the Clarke County Democrat. The Alabama High School Football Historical Society, however, only lists 99 games in each of those two series.
Leading the Wildcats was Jordan Bentley with 23 carries for 124 yards and a touchdown. He returned an interception for a score and David Smith also recovered a fumble for a touchdown.
Lee Menefee and Ernesto Cordova each had 8 total tackles for the Wildcats defense and Jackson Menefee had seven stops.
Other top performances reported in Week 11 included:
TYLER RENFROW, VINA: Rushed for 319 yards and four TDs and added a fifth score with a 32-yard fumble return as the Red Devils beat Holy Spirit 46-28.
REED BLANKENSHIP, WEST LIMESTONE: Had 16 carries for 321 yards and touchdowns runs of 63, 16 and 78 yards in a 34-32 win at Ardmore. He also had an interception on defense.
DEKARLOS BILLINGSLEY, SCOTTSBORO: The sophomore running back rushed 52 times for 259 yards and one touchdown in a 13-6 overtime loss to Madison County. Billingsley had all his team’s carries but one on the night. The 52 carries is a new Scottsboro single-game record. Billingsley also set a Scottsboro single-season tandard for most rushing attempts with 275 through week 11. Billingsley has rushed for 1,588 yards on the season, the fifth best single-season mark entering the first round of the playoffs, and has scored 20 touchdowns.
AUSTIN STIEFEL, FYFFE: Had 252 yards rushing on 18 carries with four touchdowns as the Red Devils (10-0) closed the regular season unbeaten with a 59-28 win over Plainview.
STEFAN CALDWELL, ELBA: Rushed for 225 yards and four touchdowns on 17 carries, pacing unbeaten Elba to a 48-19 win over Opp. Caldwell scored on runs of 3, 80 and 2 yards in the first half, helping the Tigers to a 28-6 halftime lead, and added a 53-yard TD run in the third quarter.
BRANDON BAYNES, TALLASSEE: Ran for 184 yards and three touchdowns in a 20-14 victory over Elmore County to finish the regular season with over 2,300 yards rushing. He scored on runs of 1, 20 and 49 yards and also completed 3-of-4 passes for 55 yards.
TYLER REACH, RED BAY: Rushed 16 times for 256 yards and four touchdowns as Red Bay beat Marion County 47-6.
CAMERONE BLANKS, COTTONWOOD: Accounted for 231 yards and four touchdowns on offense on just 13 touches and added 12 tackles on defense in a 40-20 Bears win over Wicksburg. Blanks rushed for 131 yards and a TD on 10 carries and caught 3 passes – all touchdowns – for 100 yards.
TERENCE HUMPHREY, COLUMBIA: Carried 37 times for 285 yards and six touchdowns (1, 89, 15, 15, 14, 13 yards) in a 42-29 victory over Central-Florence.
SHAKEITH TYES, CALERA: Had 34 carries for 291 yards and three touchdowns while throwing a 56-yard touchdown pass in a 39-28 victory over Chilton County.
CHRIST AUSTIN, OAKMAN: Rushed 20 times for 247 yards and four touchdowns in a 49-12 win over Berry. Austin had touchdown runs of 4, 58, 26 and 2 yards.
DANT’E REESE, HANCEVILLE: Ran for 168 yards and two touchdowns on 34 carries in a 22-21 comeback win at Good Hope. The senior’s 11-yard scoring scamper and subsequent 2-point conversion late in the fourth quarter put the Bulldogs up for good.
AUSTIN HARRIS, FAIRVIEW: Rushed for 164 yards and three touchdowns on 20 carries in a 34-27 comeback on the road at county-rival Vinemont. The junior, who had missed three games with an injury, scored the game-winner on a 42-yard tote.
REID RIALS, SATSUMA: Was 14-of-23 passing for 246 yards and two TDs and rushed 11 times for 101 yards four TDs as Satsuma nipped Chickasaw 49-48. He added a seventh score with a 39-yard punt return and sealed the win on defense with a late interception.
CHANDLER RIDGON, CHICKASAW: Finished 21-of-29 passing for 309 yards and five touchdowns in the 49-48 loss to Satsuma. He also ran for 162 yards on 21 carries.
BRADY POLSON, BOB JONES: Completed 17-of-25 passes for 338 yards and six touchdowns (9, 3, 37, 20, 77 and 76 yards) in a 62-45 win at Austin.
BLAKE HAWKINS, FLORENCE: Was 23-of-34 passing for 199 yards and two TDs and also 128 yards rushing on eight carries to lead the Falcons past Huntsville 50-20.
DAULTON HYATT, ARAB: Threw for 309 yards and a touchdown, and ran for 98 yards and a score in a 35-14 win over Moody.
MATT MARQUET, CHELSEA: Completed 13-of-19 passes for 262 yards and a touchdown and added 17 carries for 120 yards and two more scores in a 34-20 victory over ThompsonJON AVERY, CARBON HILL: Completed 13-of-17 passes for 322 yards and five touchdowns in a 52-6 victory over Lynn. His TD passes covered 27, 45, 47, 21 and 69 yards.
TANNER NELSON, COLLLINSVILLE: Threw four touchdown passes, including two to Jordan Leath, in the Panthers' 46-18 victory at Valley Head on Thursday. His scoring strikes covered 65, 68, 65 and 50 yards totaling 248 yards passing just on his TD passes.
HUNTER GRANT, WEST END: Was 5-of-9 passing for 100 yards and rushed 29 times for 136 yards with the game-winning TD as West End beat Appalachian 30-27.
MICHAEL CHISEM, MINOR: Caught eight passes for 189 yards and three touchdowns in a 27-9 victory over Pinson Valley.
LAWTON DOROUGH, HOMEWOOD: Caught four passes for 147 yards in a 24-12 victory over playoff-bound Tuscaloosa County. He hauled in an 80-yard touchdown pass and also added a 49-yard kick return for Homewood's eighth straight win.
REESE HARBISON, GOOD HOPE: Caught five passes for 120 yards in a 22-21 loss to Hanceville. The freshman’s longest reception covered 61 yards.
WESLEY BURNS, BOAZ: The senior caught eight passes for 128 yards in the Pirates come-from-behind 12-7 win over Sardis. Burns now has a school single-season record 58 receptions.
WILL WRENN, WEST POINT: Caught three passes for 111 yards and two touchdowns and snagged an interception in a little more than a half of a 52-21 home win over Priceville. The senior covered 27 and 66 yards on the scoring receptions.
JARED STEWART, FULTONDALE: Grabbed three interceptions as the Wildcats beat Oak Grove 30-26.
DAKOTA NEWSOME, FYFFE: Recorded 21 tackles and recovered a fumble as Fyffe beat Plainview 59-28.
FISHER WILLOUGHBY, COLD SPRINGS: Picked off a pair of second-half passes, broke up another and made five tackles in a 39-13 road win at Holly Pond. The Eagles’ 8-2 regular season record is their best since 2003.
COLLIN DAY, COLD SPRNGS: Compiled seven tackles, including two for loss and a pair of sacks, in a 39-13 road rout of Holly Pond. The senior drove the Broncos back a combined 28 yards on his two sacks.
MASON BROWN, GLENCOE: Had 16 tackles and a key sack late in the game to help the Yellow Jackets post a 17-10 win over Cleburne County
JOEL BROCK, SAND ROCK: Picked off two passes and caught a 48-yard touchdown pass in the Wildcats' 42-0 victory over Cedar Bluff on Thursday.
TYLER SMITH, SLOCOMB: Earned 10 tackles and blocked a punt in the Red Tops 37-7 win over Geneva County.
CODY BLACKWOOD, CLEVELAND: Had two interceptions, returning one 37 yards for a TD, added three pass break-ups and four tackles in a 36-6 victory over Southeastern.
COLEMAN TAYLOR, ST. JAMES: Booted a 33-yard field goal on the final play to give the Trojans a 20-17 victory over Marbury.
TRISTAN SKINNER, WEST POINT: Made a 37-yard field goal and all seven of his extra-point attempts in a 52-21 home win over Priceville.
KAINE YATES, HANCEVILLE: Blocked a punt and recovered a late fumble inside the Bulldogs’ own 5-yard line in a 22-21 thriller over county-rival Good Hope.
KAINAN SMITH, GOOD HOPE: Returned the second-half kickoff 85 yards for a touchdown and caught three passes for 44 yards and another score in a 22-21 loss to Hanceville. He made a diving catch for a spectacular 35-yard grab down the right sideline to set up his second touchdown.
COBY NEENAN, NORTHVIEW: Hit field goals of 48 and 27 yards and was 3-of-3 on extra points in a 41-34 win over Charles Henderson. He also punted five times for a 43.4 average (217 yards).
QUINTON SHAW, R.C. HATCH: Scored on a punt return and a run in a 68-20 at Autaugaville that clinched the first winning season in school.
Nineteen unbeaten teams and all six defending state champions of 2013 are in the 208-team first-round field as the Alabama High School Athletic Association 2014 State football Playoffs get underway Friday, Nov. 7. All games are scheduled for 7 p.m.
For the first time in AHSAA history, seven state champions will be crowned when the playoffs culminate the five-week regimen at the Super 7 State Championships at Auburn’s Jordan-Hare Stadium Dec. 3-4-5.
The new seven classification system shifts some of the defending champions into new classifications and pits two – Pickens County (7-3) and Tanner (8-2) – in Class 2A this year. Pickens County won the 2013 state title in Class 1A.
Madison Academy (9-1) returns to defend its Class 3A state championship and Oneonta (8-2) its 4A crown. Spanish Fort (9-1), the 2012 and 2013 Class 5A champions, are now battling in Class 6A and defending 6A champ Hoover in the new 7A.
Among the 19 teams heading into the state playoffs unbeaten are five schools in Class 2A, four each in 1A and 3A, three in 5A, two in 6A and one in Class 7A. No teams are unbeaten in the 32-team Class 4A field.
Fairhope (10-0) is the only unbeaten team in the new 7A division. The Pirates will open the playoffs at home Nov. 7 against Jeff Davis (5-5).
Other unbeaten teams include: Class 1A: Brantley (10-0), Donoho (10-0), Maplesville (9-0) and Hubbertville (9-0); Class 2A: Washington County (10-0), Elba (10-0), Fyffe (10-0), Ranburne (9-0) and G.W. Long (9-0); Class 3A: Dale County (10-0), Montgomery Academy (10-0), Gordo (10-0) and Glencoe (10-0); Class 4A: none. Class 5A: St. Paul’s Episcopal (10-0), Guntersville (10-0) and East Limestone (10-0); Class 6A: McAdory (10-0) and Clay-Chalkville (10-0).
A total of 104 games are set Friday with 16 in each of the 1A thru 6A classifications and eight in Class 7A.
The 49th annual state playoffs began with four teams competing for one state championship in what was then Class 4A in 1966. Championship play for all schools was implemented the following year in 1967 with four divisions. The six-class system began in 1984 and was replaced last January with the new seven-classification system.
Second-round playoff games are scheduled Friday, Nov. 14, followed by the quarterfinals Nov. 21 and the semifinals Nov. 28.
AHSAA State Football Playoffs
FIRST ROUND PAIRINGS
(All games Friday, Nov. 7, 7 p.m.)
Loachapoka (3-6) at Brantley (10-0)
Chickasaw (4-6) at Linden (6-3)
Kinston (6-4) at Billingsley (7-2)
Ellwood Christian (4-6) at J.U. Blacksher (6-4), Uriah
Millry (7-3) at Maplesville (9-0)
Isabella (6-2) at McKenzie (8-1)
A.L. Johnson (5-5) at Fruitdale (8-2)
Georgiana (7-3) at Notasulga (7-3)
Jacksonville Christian (4-6) at Hubbertville (9-0)
Wadley (7-3) at Phillips (9-1), Bear Creek
South Lamar (4-6) at Valley Head (5-4)
R.A. Hubbard (6-4) at Ragland (9-1)
Talladega Co. Central (6-4) at Hackleburg (9-1)
Cedar Bluff (5-5) at Berry (7-3)
Decatur Heritage (6-4) at Donoho (10-0), Anniston
Marion County (5-5) at Spring Garden (7-3)
New Brockton (7-3) at G.W. Long (9-0), Skipperville
Leroy (5-5) at Thorsby (7-3)
Houston Academy (4-5) at Elba (10-0)
R.C. Hatch (6-4) at Sweet Water (7-3)
Flomaton (7-3) at Pickens County (7-3), Reform
Luverne (5-5) at Cottonwood (8-2)
Vincent (4-6) at Washington County (10-0), Chatom
Geneva County (6-3) at Goshen (6-4)
Ider (7-3) at Tanner (8-2)
Randolph County (8-2) at Sulligent (6-4)
Tarrant (4-6) at Fyffe (10-0)
Hatton (6-3) at Reeltown (9-1)
Woodland (7-3) at Red Bay (9-1)
Cleveland (8-2) at Addison (7-3)
Phil Campbell (4-6) at Ranburne (9-0)
Cold Springs (8-2) at Gaston (7-3)
Prattville Christian (4-6) at Dale County (10-0), Midland City
Geneva (5-5) at Aliceville (9-1)
Daleville (5-5) at Montgomery Academy (10-0)
Greensboro (7-3) at T.R. Miller (9-1), Brewton
Hillcrest-Evergreen (4-6) at Gordo (10-0)
Fultondale (6-4) at Pike County (6-3), Brundidge
Lamar County (7-3) at Opp (7-3)
Slocomb (6-4) at Midfield (5-4)
Sylvania (4-6) at Glencoe (10-0)
Vinemont (5-5) at Lauderdale County (8-2), Rogersville
Weaver (4-6) at Plainview (8-2), Rainsville
Colbert County (6-4) at Winfield (6-4)
Winston County (5-5) at Madison Academy (9-1)
Pisgah (6-4) at Piedmont (7-3)
Lexington (7-3) at Oakman (9-1)
Walter Wellborn (6-3) at Geraldine (8-2)
Munford a(7-3) t St. James (8-2), Montgomery
W.S. Neal (6-3) at Northside (8-2), Samantha
Ashford (7-3) at Leeds (9-1)
Bibb County (6-4) at Clarke County (8-2), Grove Hill
Thomasville (5-5) at West Blocton (9-1)
Childersburg (6-4) at Straughn (8-1)
Sipsey Valley (4-6) at UMS-Wright (9-1), Mobile
Trinity Presbyterian (5-5) at Dadeville (6-4)
Westminster Christian (6-4) at Cleburne County (8-2), Heflin
Cordova (7-3) at Wilson (9-1)
Sardis (5-3) at Oneonta (8-2)
Elkmont (8-2) at Haleyville (8-2)
Hamilton (7-3) at Deshler (9-1), Tuscumbia
North Jackson (7-3) at Saks (9-1), Anniston
Central-Florence (5-5) at Fayette County (7-3), Fayette
Jacksonville (8-2) at Locust Fork (8-2)
Sylacauga (7-3) at Greenville (8-2)
Vigor (5-4) at Calera (9-1)
Rehobeth (5-5) at Tallassee (7-3)
Central Tuscaloosa (6-4) at Jackson (8-2)
B.C. Rain (4-6) at Demopolis (8-2)
Beauregard (7-2) at Charles Henderson (7-3), Veterans Stadium, Troy
Helena (5-5) at St. Paul’s Episcopal (10-0), Mobile
Eufaula (5-5) at Clay County Central (7-3), Lineville
Boaz (6-4) at Lincoln (6-4)
Pleasant Grove (8-2) at Russellville (8-2)
Moody (5-5) at Guntersville (10-0)
J.O. Johnson (7-3) at Ramsay (9-1), Lawson Field, Birmingham
Dora (5-5) at East Limestone 10-0)
Etowah (6-4) at Mortimer Jordan (9-1), Kimberly
West Point (7-3) at Parker (9-1), Birmingham
Alexandria (6-3) at Madison County (7-3), Gurly
Pell City (6-4) at Carver-Montgomery (8-2), Cramton Bowl, Montgomery
Daphne (7-3) at Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa (7-3)
Wetumpka (6-4) at Opelika (8-1)
Bessemer City (5-5) at Saraland (9-1)
Blount (7-3) at McAdory (10-0), McCalla
Oxford (5-5) at Dothan (5-5), Rip Hewes Stadium
Northridge (6-4) at Spanish Fort (9-1)
Stanhope Elmore (5-5) at Benjamin Russell (9-1), Alexander City
Scottsboro (4-6) at Clay-Chalkville (10-0)
Minor (7-3) at Muscle Shoals (7-2)
Pinson Valley (5-5) at Southside-Gadsden (8-2)
Decatur (7-3) at Walker (6-4), Jasper
Briarwood Christian (4-6) at Florence (8-2), Braly Stadium
Arab (7-3) at Shades Valley (8-2), Frank Nix Stadium, Irondale
Hartselle (7-3) at Homewood (8-2)
Gardendale (6-4) at Fort Payne (7-3)
Jeff Davis (5-5) at R1 W: Fairhope (10-0)
Foley (7-3) at R2 RU: Auburn (4-5)
Murphy (7-3) at R2 W: Central-Phenix City (9-1)
Prattville (8-2) at Baker (9-1), Mobile
Buckhorn (6-4) at Hoover (8-2)
Tuscaloosa County (5-5) at Bob Jones (8-2), Madison City Schools Stadium
Hewitt-Trussville (5-5) at Gadsden City (8-2)
James Clemens (7-3) at Oak Mountain (9-1), Heardmont Park
Blount High School’s Demetrice Vaughan was a jack-of-all-trades last week as the Leopards beat LeFlore 25-22 in a key Class 6A, Region 1 football win.
Down 22-0 in the fourth quarter, Vaughan rallied Blount with two rushing touchdowns covering 20 and 32 yards to tie the game at 22-22, then booted a 39-yard field goal with seven seconds left to seal the win.
For his efforts, Vaughan headlines the AHSAA Prep Spotlight for Week 10. He finished with 156 yards rushing on 20 carries as the Leopards rallied from a 22-0 fourth-quarter deficit to beat LeFlore 25-22. Vaughan finished with 156 yards on 20 carries and scored on runs of 32 and 20 yards.
His performance edged out another outstanding kicking effort by Auburn place-kicker Sage Ledbetter and a seven-touchdown effort by North Jackson running back Octavious Matthews.
Ledbetter was 4-of-4 on field goals, including a career-long 50-yarder that marked the second-longest field goal in school history captured the 2 seed in Region 2 with a 40-14 win over Smiths Station. Ledbetter also was 4-of-4 on extra-point tries for 16 kicking points total and had eight of his nine kickoffs go for touchbacks in the important win.
Matthews rushed for 309 yards on nine carries and scored seven touchdowns in the first half of a 62-14 victory over Good Hope. He had six rushing TDs and a returned a punt for another TD. Among his scores was a state-record trying 99 yard run – the longest run in North Jackson school history.
Other top performances reported include:
GREY JACKSON, FAIRHOPE: Passed for 307 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for 77 yards and two more scores as the Pirates beat Murphy 54-30.
ANTONIO STANTON, BESSEMER CITY: Was 17-of-29 passing for 314 yards and three touchdowns in a 27-8 win at Center Point.
SAM HOWARD, DESHLER: Had 252 yards passing and touchdowns covering 76 and 8 yards as the Tigers posted an emotional 36-14 win over Rogers. Howard also rushed for two touchdowns.
KENNON CASEY, G.W. LONG: Was 12-of-16 passing for 240 yards and four TDs and added 81 yards rushing and two more scores as the unbeaten Rebels (9-0) beat Houston County 59-7.
JOSH THOMAS, MONTGOMERY ACADEMY: Completed 9-of-10 passes for 239 yards and three TDs and ran nine times for 63 yards and two more touchdowns in a 49-0 victory over Prattville Christian.
ZACH THOMAS, HEWITT-TRUSSVILLE: Completed 18-of-33 passes for 249 yards and rushed for 50 yards and three TDs as the Huskies fell to Hoover 38-24.
ELI REYNOLDS, HUNTSVILLE: Threw for 105 yards and two touchdowns and also ran for 80 yards and a score in a 35-34 upset of James Clemens. His first touchdown pass came with 25 seconds left in the game to force overtime. The second came in the OT period for winning score.
BRICK PUGH, EAST LIMESTONE: Was 9-of-14 passing for 185 yards and four touchdowns and rushed for a fifth – all in the first half – and East Limestone (9-0) beat Ardmore 37-7 to finish unbeaten in Class 5A, Region 8.
JAKE TIFFIN, HARTSELLE: The junior was 12-of-16 passing for 249 yards and two scores (including a 92-yard TD) as the Tigers beat Austin 34-13.
GARRETT BOLAND, VINEMONT: The sophomore completed 15-of-21 passes for 256 yards and three touchdowns in the Eagles’ 27-21 win over Winston County.
JOSH DECKER, CEDAR BLUFF: Completed 11-of-12 pass attempts, including 8-of-8 in the first half, for 216 yards and five touchdowns (59, 13, 2, 9, 22 yards) in the Tigers' 47-20 win at Gaylesville.
BANIKO HARLEY, RAMSAY: Completed 14-of-26 passes for 238 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 138 yards on 13 carries with another TD in a 25-22 win over Corner.
JOHNNY GRIZZARD, COOSA CHRISTIAN: Finished with 392 combined yards and five touchdowns in the Conquerors’ 72-42 loss to Spring Garden. Grizzard threw for 260 yards and a 34-yard touchdown and rushed for 132 yards and touchdowns of 60, 38, 1 and 5 yards.
PAYTON NICHOLS, RUSSELLVILLE: Was 17-of-20 passing for 257 yards and five touchdowns as Russellville beat St. John Paul II 49-14.
TYREN DUPREE, CHEROKEE COUNTY: Completed 12-of-18 pass attempts for 199 yards and two touchdowns (21, 30 yards). He also rushed for 75 yards on 20 carries and a 2-yard touchdown and had two 2-point conversion runs in the Warriors' 37-31 win over White Plains.
CHASE GARRETT, SAND ROCK: Completed 12-of-24 pass attempts for 252 yards and two touchdowns (59, 66 yards). He also rushed for a 21-yard touchdown in the Wildcats' 33-26 loss at Pisgah.
KYLE NALL, FAYETTE COUNTY: Rushed for 311 yards and three touchdowns in a 35-14 victory over Cordova
GARY JOHNSON, DOUGLAS: Running out of the legendary Notre Dame Box offensive set much of the night, Johnson had 24 carries for 277 yards and five touchdowns--the second best single game rushing yardage in Douglas history, as the Eagles beat Randolph 35-15.
TROY DIXON, UMS-WRIGHT: Gained for 251 yards and three touchdowns as the Class 4A unbeaten Bulldogs blanked Satsuma.
LUKE PHILLIPS, ST. LUKE’S EPISCOPAL: Scored three touchdowns, including the game winner with less than a minute left, as the Wildcats beat Mobile Christian 28-21. Phillips completed a 43-yard pass to J.D. Favors on a fake punt to set up the winning score. He finished with 115 yards passing and 134 rushing.
BRANDON BAYNES, TALLASSEE: Rushed for 230 yards and four TDs on 18 carries in Tallassee’s 34-7 victory over Sylacauga.
LEE HISBON, TANNER: Ran 12 times for 226 yards and touchdowns of 51, 50 and 9 yards in a 77-24 win over Falkville.
MARCUS WEBB, HOOVER: Had a career high 182 yards rushing on 25 carries and two touchdowns as the Bucs rallied from a 24-24 tie late to beat Hewitt-Trussville 38-24. Teammate Bradrick Shaw added 124 yards on 21 carries with two touchdowns.
TERRELLE WEST, CLAY-CHALKVILLE: Ran for 224 yards on 21 carries in a 45-20 victory over Gardendale. He scored on a 97-yard run.
MARLON BRIDGES, LANETT: Finished with 287 all-purpose yards, including 193 rushing yards and a touchdown on 30 carries, in a 26-19 loss to Reeltown. On defense, he returned a fumble recovery 65 yards for a TD.
KRISTIAN JONES, HACKLEBURG: Rushed for 144 yards and three touchdowns as the Panthers claimed the Class 1A, Region 8 title with a 36-15 victory over R.A. Hubbard. Jones went over the 1,000-yard mark with the performance and now has 1,033 yards rushing and 15 TDs on 116 carries for the year. Teammate Matt Harper added 165 yards and two TDs on 20 rush attempts and was also 8-of-13 passing for 74 yards in the win. He has 933 yards rushing and 988 passing on the year while accounting for 27 points.
CHASE JENNINGS, SPRING GARDEN: Ran for 131 yards and four touchdowns (12, 16, 40, 40 yards) and also had an interception on defense in the Panthers' 72-42 victory over Coosa Christian. Backfield mate Matt Mullinax added 121 yards and three scores in the win.
MICAH STEPHENS, LOCUST FORK: Rushed for 224 yards and a TD on 14 carries in a 36-28 win over J.B. Pennington. His TD came on an 80-yard trek.
KEARVAE QUALLS, COLBERT COUNTY: Scored five touchdowns in the Indians’ 42-15 win over Sheffield. He had nine carries for 133 yards and four rushing scores and also caught a 28-yard pass for his fifth TD of the night.
LOGAN BROOKS, FAIRVIEW: Had 27 carries for 201 rushing yards and three touchdowns in a 33-0 shutout of over Butler.
AUSTIN STIEFEL, FYFFE: Had 18 carries for 181 yards and three touchdowns to lead the unbeaten Red Devils (9-0) to a 49-7 win over Collinsville.
NIC ROLLOW, COLD SPRINGS: Rushed for 171 yards and two scores on 21 attempts as the Eagles beat Tarrant 36-33. The sophomore scored on runs of 4 and 82 yards. Fisher Willoughby also had 135 yards on 12 carries with a 37-yard TD run.
MITCHELL SMITH, GASTON: Rushed 16 times for 113 yards and four touchdowns, including the game-winning 11-yard score with 24 seconds left, as Gaston upset Cleveland 35-28 to secure the No. 2 seed in Class 2A, Region 7.
TYLER CRUMPTON, PHILLIPS: Hauled in seven catches for 147 yards and four touchdowns as Phillips beat Decatur Heritage 40-33.
JUSTIN PERDUE, CARVER-BIRMINGHAM: Caught six passes for 179 yards and four touchdowns in a 44-28 loss to Fairfield. His TDs covered 12, 20, 62 and 74 yards.
GRAHAM, BUCKHORN: Had five catches for 181 yards and touchdowns of 5, 73 and 47 yards as the Bucks upset Gadsden City 37-20. He also scored and fourth time on an 11-yard run.
WESLEY BURNS, BOAZ: Caught 11 passes, a school record, for 107 yards and a touchdown in a 28-14 loss to Guntersville.
TREY GUTHERY, VINEMONT: Caught seven passes for 183 yards and two touchdowns in a 27-21 road win at Winston County. The senior, who also had a forced fumble, fumble recovery, six tackles and two pass breakups, sealed the victory with an interception deep inside Vinemont territory with eight seconds remaining.
DEE WILLIAMS, MOODY: Had six catches for 163 yards and two TDs and added 113 yards rushing as Moody beat Lincoln 27-26. He now has over 3,000 rushing yards for his career.
JAYLAN JACKSON, HARTSELLE: Had just six touches for 215 yards and three touchdowns as Hartselle beat Austin 34-13. He had 105 yards rushing on three carries with TD runs of 19 and 68 yards. He also caught three passes for 110 yards with the big one a 92-yard TD reception.
RILEY COLE, ONEONTA: Had 19 tackles, four for loss, and a sack in a 33-13 victory over Westminster Christian.
RENARDO PRATT, BESSEMER CITY: Intercepted three passes and broke up four others as the Tigers beat Center Point 28-7.
QUENERIS POLLARD, MOODY: The senior defensive end had 18 tackles, two sacks and blocked a punt as Moody nipped Lincoln 27-26.
CULLEN AMSTRONG, HOUSTON ACADEMY: Had 16 tackles, caused one fumble and recovered two others to set up two touchdowns as the Raiders beat Providence Christian 13-10.
CHANCE DUNCAN, GLENCOE: Had 15 tackles, including three for a loss, and two sacks in the Yellow Jackets' 56-0 win over Pleasant Valley.
HUNTER GREEN, CLEVELAND: Was credited with 23 tackles and a pass break-up in a 35-28 loss to Gaston.
RYDER JONES, WEST POINT: Had seven tackles, including two for loss and a sack, and also batted down two passes in a 21-14 overtime win over Lawrence County. The senior also had three pass receptions for 42 yards and a touchdown (17 yards) to help the Warriors clinch their first Class 5A playoff berth. Teammate Trent Campbell also had 10 tackles, including two sacks.
ETHAN WILLIAMS, MIDFIELD: Recorded 11 tackles and returned a blocked punt 45 yards for a TD in a 23-8 victory over Fultondale. He also caught four passes for 110 yards.
RUSS LOGAN, DEMOPOLIS: Recovered two fumbles and intercepted a pass from his linebacker position in a 41-18 victory over Dallas County.
DAVONTA WILLIAMS, ASHFORD: Recovered two fumbles, returning one for a touchdown, had nine tackles and two sacks in a 63-0 win over Headland.
EDSON CASSARRUBIUS, FLORENCE: Kicked three field goals, including a 42-yarder, as the Falcons beat Decatur 23-6.
WIL MURPHY, CENTRAL-FLORENCE: For the second straight week Murphy kicked a game-winning 21-yard field goal with 6:55 to play as Central secured a playoff berth with a 5-3 win over Brooks.
The 6-foot-3, 190-pound senior playing his first season on the varsity, missed an assignment a play earlier and his coach took him out of the lineup to explain his mistake. However, Blacksher lined up in the red zone with a chance to score and Myrthil frantically rushed his player back onto the field.
“He got out there before the play got underway and found himself lined up at cornerback instead of his linebacker position,” Myrthil said.
A pass was fired in the corner of the end zone where Bouler was positioned. The ball bounced off another player into the senior’s hands two yards from the back line. “He just took off running,” Myrthil said. “And nobody caught him. It was a 108-yard return for a touchdown. It was the biggest play of the game.”
The touchdown sealed a 52-36 Class 1A, Region 1 win that keeps Marengo’s playoff hopes alive for another week. It also landed Bouler in the AHSAA Prep Spotlight for Week 9 of the prep football season.
“The difference,” Myrthil said, “is Dajaquon’s athletic ability. He is a first-year player with tremendous talent. I’d like to tell you it was great coaching strategy, but it was just our good fortune. He made us as coaches look pretty smart I guess.”
The interception return ties the state record set by Demopolis defensive back Tommy Wilson versus American Christian in 2012 for the longest interception return. Demiean Archibald of Sipsey Valley and Jack Peavey of Madison County each had 105-yard interception returns in 2013.
Opelika’s Malcolm Buggs had a 102-yard interception return in the Class 6A state playoffs versus Carver-Montgomery in 2012, John Coger of Oakman had a 100-yard return in 2013 versus Berry, and Greg Mcclin of Tanner had a 100-yarder versus Phil Campbell in 2012.
Bouler’s return was the finishing touch of his big defensive night versus the Pirates. His performance edged out two other special defensive efforts from Juray Smith of Pinson Valley and Darian Jones of Brantley for the AHSAA’s top spotlight.
Smith, a senior cornerback who suffered a debilitating knee injury last March, had three interceptions from his DB position in a 31-0 Pinson win over Center Point. He returned one of the picks for a 30-yard touchdown and now has five picks on the season.
Jones returned a punt 54 yards for a touchdown and also caught two TD passes covering 74 and 12 yards as Brantley (8-0) posted a 49-6 win over McKenzie (7-1) in a key Class 1A, Region 2 battle of unbeatens. For Jones, it was his fourth kick return for a touchdown in the last four games. For Brantley, the win clinched the Region 2 title for the fourth straight year and for the 12th time in the last 13 seasons.
McKenzie snapped the Bulldogs’ 62-region game winning streak to win the region title in 2010. Over the last 13 seasons, Brantley has compiled an 87-1 record against region opponents.
Other top performances reported for Week 9 included:
TERENCE HUMPHREY, COLUMBIA: Ran for 252 yards and seven touchdowns (1 yard, 2, 5, 24, 36, 48 and 78 yards) in a 50-39 win over Ardmore. The seven TDs tied the third-highest single-game total in state history. He also converted a 2-point run.
DILLON EVANS, GAYLESVILLE: Rushed for 274 yards on 34 carries and scored four touchdowns in the Trojans' 51-32 victory at Coosa Christian.
T.J. STEELE, DAR: Had over 400 all-purpose yards as the Patriots fell 63-40 to Good Hope. He rushed 24 times for 225 yards and passed for 166.
TRE NATION, LEEDS: The junior running back had 29 carries for 290 rushing yards and two scores as the Green Wave beat Childersburg 42-7. Leeds finished with 572 rushing yards on 52 attempts.
J.T. HYCHE, AMERICAN CHRISTIAN: Rushed for 216 yards and two touchdowns in a 45-22 victory over Ellwood Christian.
QUAY WRIGHT, BEAUREGARD: Accounted for 377 total yards and four touchdowns in a 49-34 victory over Tallassee. He rushed for 229 yards and a pair of scores and completed 5-of-7 passes for 117 yards and two touchdowns.
ALERIC WILLLIAMS, SOUTHSIDE-GADSDEN: Ran for 235 yards and three touchdowns and caught a 38-yard touchdown pass in the Panthers' 42-16 win over Scottsboro. Williams scored on runs of 11, 90 and 52 yards.
DAVE KIRKSEY, FAIRHOPE: Rushed 20 times for 239 yards and four touchdowns as the Pirates beat Davidson55-28. He also had three receptions for 87 yards and two more scores to finish with six touchdowns in the win.
NICK CARROLL, GENEVA COUNTY: Rushed for 236 yards on 26 carries with two touchdowns and had six tackles, a sack, and a pass break-up on defense in a 38-25 win over Providence Christian.
DEPRIEST TURNER, MURPHY: Rushed for 257 yards and four touchdowns as the Panthers won the “Battle for the Cannon” with a 48-21 victory over McGill-Toolen. He scored on runs of 30, 16, 78 and 25 yards. Turner also threw a pair of TD passes to account for six TDs overall.
AUSTIN STIEFEL, FYFFE: Needed only 15 carries to pileup 251 yards rushing and four touchdowns as the Red Devils beat West End 62-6.
KEENAN LEWIS, SARDIS: Scored four touchdowns, including an 86-yard kickoff return, and rushed for 225 yards on 19 carries in the Lions' 42-36 win over Cherokee County. Lewis scored on runs of 34, 66 and 67 yards.
DELVECCHIO JOHNSON, BESSEMER CITY: The Tigers running back had 19 rushing attempts for 233 yards to lead Bessemer City to a 35-14 win versus Northridge.
TROY DIXON, UMS-WRIGHT: Ran for 214 yards and five touchdowns as the Bulldogs rolled over Monroe County 55-0.
MALCOLM HAWTHORNE, W.S. NEAL: Gained 210 yards rushing and scored five touchdowns on 18 carries as the Blue Eagles beat Satsuma 47-21. Hawthorne scored on runs of 1, 18, 1, 76 and 38 yards.
PAUL RUIZ, ETOWAH: Piled up 205 yards rushing and two touchdowns on 23 carries and caught a TD pass in the Blue Devils' 40-14 win over Boaz.
WARREN SHADER, OAK MOUNTAIN: The Eagles quarterback had 27 carries for 197 yards and touchdowns from 1 and 10 yards in a 34-27 victory at Spain Park. He also was 8-of-12 passing for 91 yards with a 24-yard TD toss to his brother, Harold Shader.
TYLER THORNTON, WENONAH: The two-way standout delivered four touchdowns in a 49-35 victory against Corner. He ran 13 times for 197 rushing yards with touchdowns of 5, 19 and 52 yards. He also returned an interception on defense 40 yards for a touchdown.
DERRICK UNDERWOOD, HOMEWOOD: Led the Patriots to a 28-14 win over Hueytown with 211 yards rushing on 26 carries. He scored on two short runs but had four runs over 20 yards, including a 61-yard scamper.
QUINTIN DOWNEY, SPRING GARDEN: Ran for 180 yards on 18 carries and scored two touchdowns (5 and 1 yards) in the Panthers' 53-20 victory at Woodville. Teammate Dakota Lambert added 133 yards and a TD in the win.
DAMONTA BROOKS, TARRANT: He had 186 yards rushing on 18 carries with scoring runs of 8 and 55 yards in a 26-13 win against Addison.
DANT’E REESE, HANCEVILLE: Rushed 17 times for 163 yards and two touchdowns in a 27-7 homecoming win over Holly Pond. The senior’s first scoring scamper was a 67-yarder on the game’s second play from scrimmage.
THOMAS OZMINT, GLENCOE: Piled up 155 yards and six rushing touchdowns - five in the first half - on 22 rushes as Glencoe beat Weaver 56-7 to clinch the Class 3A, Region 7 title.
LOGAN BURNETT, PELHAM: The junior quarterback was 20-of-26 passing for 360 yards and six touchdowns – to five different receivers – as Pelham blanked John Carroll Catholic 47-0.
RILEY EISNER, GOOD HOPE: Was 18-of-30 passing for 371 yards, six touchdowns in a 63-40 homecoming win over DAR. He completed two TDs each to Kainan Smith (28 and 59 yards), Austin Reid (26, 22) and Reese Harbison (9, 26) as the Raiders set a school record for points in a game. The previous best was 61 in last season’s opener against Holly Pond.
JOHNNY GRIZZARD, COOSA CHRISTIAN: Completed 12-of-26 passes for 247 yards and three touchdowns and rushed eight times for 169 yards and two touchdowns in a 51-32 loss to Gaylesville. He finished with 416 total yards.
BRADY POLSON, BOB JONES: The sophomore quarterback was 22-of-25 passing for 299 yards and five TD's in a 42-21 win over Huntsville. Deondre Douglas hauled in six catches 90 yards two scores.
RAMSEY RIGBY, ELBA: Completed 9-of-14 passes attempted for 282 yards and four touchdowns (75, 24, 94 and 51 yards) in the Tigers’ 51-6 rout of Calhoun.
AUSTIN INGRAM, CHARLES HENDERSON: The senior finished 21-of-24 passing for 248 yards and four touchdowns, including 13-of-13 and three touchdowns in the second half as the Trojans pulled away from a 9-7 halftime lead to down Rehobeth 30-7. Ingram completed his last 17 passes attempted.
DAULTON HYATT, ARAB: Completed 18-of-27 passes for 235 yards and three touchdowns (40, 13, 11 yards), and ran for a 79-yard score in a 34-27 win over Lee-Huntsville.
TYLER GURLEY, MADISON COUNTY: Completed 14-of-20 passes for 222 yards and two touchdowns (13, 26 yards) and ran for two more scores (7, 6 yards) in a 67-14 win over Randolph.
CORY GILL, COTTONWOOD: Completed 13-of-16 passes for 202 yards and two touchdowns and added a 25-yard field goal in the Bears’ 38-7 win over Samson.
DREW GUY, FAYETTE COUNTY: Completed 11-of-12 passes for 217 yards and four touchdowns to pace the Tigers to a 54-33 win over Curry.
KADARIUS TONEY, BLOUNT: Was 10-of-16 passing for 175 yards and five touchdowns as the Leopards beat Baldwin County 37-13.
TREY McMILLIAN, DALE COUNTY: The Warriors quarterback was 10-of-11 passing for 211 yards and four touchdowns, including two scores in the second half, as Dale County pulled away from a five-point halftime lead to beat Daleville 53-27.
CHASE GARRETT, SAND ROCK: Completed 17-of-37 pass attempts for 185 yards and two touchdowns (15, 12 yards), both to Joel Brock, in the Wildcats' 24-21 loss at New Hope.
TYLER LUSK, PIEDMONT: Was 9-of-11 passing for 185 yards and two touchdowns (71, 15 yards), both to C.J. Savage, in the Bulldogs' 49-0 win at Westbrook Christian.
TODD GOODWIN, LOCUST FORK: Completed 8-of-12 passes for 192 yards and three touchdowns (34, 72, 30 yards) in a 50-35 win over Priceville. He also ran four times for 83 yards with a 38-yard scoring run.
WESLEY GRIZZARD, COOSA CHRISTIAN: Caught seven passes for 185 yards and three touchdowns in a 51-32 loss to Gaylesville.
C.J. SAVAGE, PIEDMONT: Caught six passes for 146 yards and two touchdowns (71, 15 yards) in the Bulldogs' 49-0 win at Westbrook Christian.
REESE HARBISON, GOOD HOPE: Snagged seven receptions for 143 yards and a pair of touchdowns in the Raiders’ 63-40 win over DAR. The freshman’s touchdowns covered 9 and 26 yards.
TYSON WILLIAMS, DOTHAN: Caught 11 passes for 79 yards and a touchdown in the Tigers’ 28-17 loss to Carver.
GARRETT DAFFRON, PROVIDENCE CHRISTIAN: Recorded 25 tackles in the Eagles’ 38-25 loss to Geneva County. Teammate Rowan Godwin also had 11 solo stops.
TYLER WRIGHT, LEEDS: Had 15 tackles as Leeds beat Childersburg 42-7. He also had 121 yards rushing and three TDs.
LYNDELL WILSON, CARVER-MONTGOMERY: Had 10 tackles, three sacks, a forced fumble and an interception return of 42 yards for a touchdown as the Wolverines beat Dothan 28-17.
KAINE HANCEVILLE: Had three of the Bulldogs’ six sacks in a 27-7 win over Holly Pond that snapped an eight-game losing streak dating back to the first round of last year’s playoffs.
TRISTAN DAUGHERTY, SAND ROCK: Posted nine tackles and a sack in the Wildcats' 24-21 loss at New Hope.
FRANCISCO TIRADO, DECATUR: Kicked four field goals (42, 35, 29 and 20 yards) in a 33-13 win at Cullman.
TYLER WITTNER, MARY MONTGOMERY: Nailed a 19-yard field goal as time expired to lift Mary G. Montgomery over Alma Bryant 17-14.
JALYN MARTIN, COLLINSVILLE: Returned a punt 60 yards for one score and added another rushing TD in the Panthers’ 26-14 loss to Gaston.
OCTAVIUSE HARDRICK, COTTONWOOD: Returned a punt 69 yards for a touchdown, was in on nine tackles and had six pass receptions for 91 yards in the Bears’ 38-7 win over Samson.
Veteran UMS-Wright High School head football coach Terry Curtis joined an elite group of state prep coaches last Friday when the Bulldogs beat Southside-Selma 49-16.
Curtis joined the rare 250-career win club. For his team’s milestone victory, Curtis and UMS-Wright captured the AHSAA Prep Spotlight for Week 8 of the 2014 football season.
The Bulldogs (7-0) have won five state titles under the direction of Curtis, now 250-77 overall in 26 years as a head coach with stops at three Mobile schools. He coached 31 wins in four years at Shaw, 46 at Murphy over six seasons and 173 victories in 16 years at UMS-Wright with state titles in 2001, 2002, 2005, 2008 and 2012.
Buddy Anderson of Vestavia Hills (311 wins) is the current leader in the AHSAA. Anderson also leads the active head coaches with a 311-129 record over his 37-year career – all at Vestavia. Jamie Riggs of T.R. Miller (280-58) is next among active coaches with all wins in the AHSAA. Danny Horn of Benjamin Russell (263-68) is third and Curtis is now fourth.
The milestone win edged out big performances by Tyrelle Pigrome of Clay-Chalkville and James Clemens quarterback Heath Burchfield for the week's spotlight honor.
Pigrome completed 14-of-20 passes for 270 yards and four touchdowns and added 122 yards and another touchdown on 13 carries to lead Clay-Chalkville to a 59-27 win over Shades Valley Saturday in a battle of Class 6A unbeatens.
Burchfield had the second 400-yard passing game of his prep career, completing 31-of-45 passes for 426 yards with five touchdowns and two interceptions in a 42-35 loss at Gadsden City.
STEVIE SIMERLY, CARBON HILL: Rushed 20 times for 286 yards and four touchdowns in Carbon Hill's 36-20 win over Curry as the Bulldogs snapped a 26-game game losing streak. Simerly had touchdown runs of 2, 10, 63 and 74 yards and also completed 2-of-4 passes for 38 yards.
CHRIS SCOTT, ALABAMA SCHOOL FOR DEAF: Had 29 carries for 350 yards and five touchdowns as the Silent Warriors beat Louisiana School for the Deaf 70-64 in eight-man football Saturday. Eddie Thomas had a 42-yard screen pass for TD for the winning touchdown as time expired.
An incredible number of other outstanding performances were reported from across the state, including:
SHAKEITH TYES, CALERA: Ran 26 times for 353 yards and four touchdowns in a 45-21 victory at home against Helena.
DOMINIQUE MARSHALL, BESSEMER CITY: Had 26 carries for 309 yards and three touchdowns in a 28-21 victory over Selma.
JAMARIUS HENDERSON, DALE COUNTY: Rushed for 285 yards with five touchdowns on 20 carries and also threw a 3-yard TD pass in the Warriors’ 47-7 win over Slocomb. He added seven solo tackles on defense as Dale County (8-0) won its eighth straight game.
RASHAD LYNCH, DEMOPOLIS: Had 16 carries for 248 yards and touchdown runs of 50, 17 and 73 yards in 42-16 win over Central-Tuscaloosa.
JOHN LEE, RED LEVEL: Rushed for 276 yards on 23 carries and five touchdowns in a 42-20 victory over Pleasant Home. He had scoring runs of 1, 10, 40, 63 and 10 yards.
DENZEL MITCHELL, HAMILTON: Rushed for 254 yards on 20 carries and scored three touchdowns as the Aggies beat Haleyville 42-24. He also made an interception on defense.
TYRE GRAY, BENJAMIN RUSSELL: Led the Wildcats with 251 yards rushing and three touchdowns on 12 carries in a 42-13 road win over Chelsea. He scored on two long runs of 71 and 82 yards.
BRADRICK SHAW, HOOVER: Had seven carries for 220 yards and TD runs 81, 30 and 64 yards in the Bucs’ 66-27 win over Tuscaloosa County.
MYRON SMITH, COLBERT COUNTY: Rushed for 269 yards and five touchdowns as Colbert County beat Lexington 49-24. His scoring runs covered 6, 28, 36, 67 and 40 yards.
TYRUS FLAKES, AUBURN: Had 227 rushing yards on 24 carries in Auburn's 42-16 win over Lee-Montgomery. He also had a 95-yard kickoff return for a touchdown.
DYLAN STONE, GLENCOE: Gained 217 yards rushing and four touchdowns on eight attempts as the Yellow Jackets blasted Ohatchee 42-12.
GABE FORD, GADSDEN CITY: Rushed for 180 yards and a touchdown on nine carries as the Titans clinched a home playoff game in Class 7A, Region 4 with a 42-35 win over James Clemens.
MALCOM HAWTHORNE, W.S. NEAL: Had 209 yards rushing on 15 carries in a 41-7 victory over Thomasville. He scored on runs of 2 and 3 yards, threw a 47-yard touchdown pass and had a reception for 45 yards.
KERRYON JOHNSON, MADISON ACADEMY: Ran for 209 yards, including touchdowns of 58 and 89 yards, on 12 carries in a 34-7 win over Lauderdale County. He also caught a 26-yard touchdown pass.
ZACC WELDON, G.W. LONG: Rushed 13 times for 176 yards and four touchdowns, including one of 54 yards, in a 56-7 win over Providence Christian.
D'SHAWN FIFE, CEDAR BLUFF: Rushed for 173 yards on 14 carries and five touchdowns (64, 10, 1, 21, 13 yards) in the Tigers' 69-6 victory at Coosa Christian.
DAKOTA LAMBERT, SPRING GARDEN: Rushed for 154 yards on 13 carries with two touchdowns (8 and 9 yards). He also picked off a pass on defense in the Panthers' 55-34 victory over Jacksonville Christian.
PEYTON GILLILAND, CLEVELAND: Had 449 total yards on offense in a 41-21 win over Section. He was 7-of-14 passing for 208 yards and two touchdowns and rushed 23 times for 241 yards and three more scores.
CONNER KISER, HALEYVILLE: Passed for 377 yards and three touchdowns in 42-24 loss to Hamilton.
DAYLON BRACKETT, JACKSONVILLE CHRISTIAN: Was 16-of-26 passing for 329 yards and four touchdowns in a 55-34 loss to Spring Garden. He also rushed for 91 yards and a TD.
LOGAN WALTERS, JACKSON: Completed 9-of-11 passes for 383 yards and five touchdowns in North Jackson's 69-42 win over Westminster Christian.
DAVID WHITLOW, JEFF DAVIS: Was 9-of-13 passing for 257 yards and three touchdowns in a 38-33 victory at Smiths Station.
REID RIALS, SATSUMA: Was 14-of-19 passing for 171 yards while rushing for 100 yards on seven carries as the Gators beat Cottage Hill Christian 34-14. Rials scored on runs of 61, 2 and 15 yards.
JAMES RAINES, BERRY: The sophomore quarterback was 18-of-26 passing for 286 yards and four touchdowns as the Wildcats beat Brilliant 50-6. He also ran for another TD and accounted for four two-point conversions – one rushing and three passing.
ORLANDO LACEY, OPP: Completed 6-of-10 passes for 249 yards and four touchdowns in helping the Bobcats to a 61-24 win over Excel. The 61 points were the most for Opp since 1949.
TODD GOODWIN, LOCUST FORK: Completed 7-of-12 passes for 230 yards and four touchdowns as the Hornets beat DAR 54-13. His TD passes covered 73, 27, 35 and 27 yards.
RILEY EISNER, GOOD HOPE: Was 13-of-26 passing for 374 yards and four touchdowns in the Raiders’ 49-34 victory over Priceville. Aaron Cartee, Priceville’s quarterback, also tossed five touchdown passes (7, 58, 5, 15, 27 yards) in the loss.
SETH FRANKS, TUSCALOOSA COUNTY: Completed 14-for-26 passes for 291 yards and three TDs in a 66-27 loss to Hoover.
MATT HARPER, HACKLEBURG: Passed for 153 yards and three touchdowns in the Panthers’ 48-20 win over Vina. Harper was 7-of-9 passing and rushed three times for 64 yards. For the season he has rushed for 657 yards and passed for 850 yards and 16 TDs. Teammate Kristian Jones added two first-quarter carries for touchdowns of 60 and 45 yards.
BO NIX, SCOTTSBORO: Nix, the son of head coach Patrick Nix, completed 10-of-27 passes for 120 yards and two touchdowns in a 20-12 loss to Fort Payne to become the first eighth grader in Scottsboro High School history to start at quarterback for the varsity Wildcats.
DILLON POSEY, HALEYVILLE: Caught 12 passes for 214 yards and three touchdowns in a 42-24 loss to Hamilton.
ANDREW HARDRICK, COTTONWOOD: Caught four passes for 159 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 100 yards and a TD on five carries in the Bears’ 41-12 win over Geneva County.
GAGE CASH, BOAZ: Caught six passes for 135 yards and three touchdowns and had TD receptions of 38, 28 and 3 yards from quarterback Matthew Smith, who was 17-of-27 passing for 232 yards. Cash also recovered a fumble that set up a touchdown.
STONE COLLINS, WICKSBURG: Recorded 20 tackles in a 39-12 loss to Pike County.
JORDAN ALLEN, SPARKMAN: Had 15 tackles and a 92-yard fumble return as the Senators won over Buckhorn 42-24.
WIGHT WILLIAMS, VIGOR: Had two interceptions and returned a kickoff 51 yards to set up a TD as the Wolves beat Faith Academy 31-13.
BRODY GRIDER, NORTH JACKSON: Intercepted three passes in a 69-42 victory over Westminster Christian.
BRANDON HOLLINS, CLARKE COUNTY: Had eight tackles and returned an interception 100 yards for a TD in a 40-14 victory over Monroe County.
DELO FORBES, WEAVER: Intercepted two passes, including one returned for a touchdown, in a 41-28 win over Westbrook Christian. He also rushed for 139 yards on 20 carries.
PATE SMITH, G.W. LONG: Had eight tackles and blocked a punt for the second straight week in the Rebels’ 56-7 win over Providence Christian.
JAEWON TAYLOR, PARK CROSSING: Had a 58-yard interception return for a touchdown in a 29-22 overtime win over Carver-Montgomery.
LOGAN HURLEY, GAYLESVILLE: Had nine tackles in the Trojans' 32-14 victory over Woodville.
JOHNNY WILLIAMS, NORTHVIEW: Returned a kickoff 75 yards to the 1-yard line and a punt 25 yards to inside the 30, setting up his own 1-yard and 3-yard touchdown runs in the Cougars’ 31-14 win over city rival Dothan. The victory at Rip Hewes Stadium, which is shared by both schools, ended a five-game losing streak for Northview in the annual series.
HOLLIS ABERNATHY, MUSCLE SHOALS: Blocked a potential game-tying field goal late in the fourth quarter as the Trojans edged Decatur 10-7.
MICHAEL JACKSON, SPAIN PARK: Blocked a field goal and an extra point in the fourth quarter to seal a 14-13 win over Vestavia Hills.
DARIAN JONES, BRANTLEY: Returned a punt 52 yards for a touchdown and caught four passes for 96 yards and two scores in a 62-12 win at Barbour County.