BIRMINGHAM – Fourteen outstanding volleyball teams advanced through quarterfinal and semifinal play Wednesday to advance to the 2017 AHSAA State Volleyball Championships Thursday.
Defending champions Addison (1A), St. Luke’s Episcopal (2A) and Bayside Academy (3A) each claimed semifinal victories at Birmingham’s CrossPlex Wednesday. The 46th annual championships move to the Bill Harris Arena next door beginning at 8 a.m., with 1A finals at the 5,500-seat arena. The remaining schedule features the Class 6A finals at 9:45 a.m.; Class 7A at 11 a.m.; Class 5A at 1:15 p.m.; Class 4A at 3 p.m.; Class 2A at 4:45 p.m.; and Class 3A closing out the seven championship matches at 6:30 p.m.
Each championship will be live-streamed over the NFHS Network with veteran announcer Jerry Young handling the play-by-play.
Bayside Academy (41-10) nipped Carbon Hill (69-10) in the Class 3A semifinals Wednesday 3-1 to move into the 3A finals Thursday. The Lady Admirals of Coach Ann Schilling will striving to claim their 16th consecutive state crown facing Montgomery Academy (44-12) in the championship at 6:30 p.m. That match will close out the 46th annual state tournament.
Senior setter Ansleigh Daily had 39 assists and senior outside hitter Brantley Rhodes had 18 kills in the tough semifinal win over Carbon Hill. The Bulldogs were led by junior Alyssa Dutton’s 14 kills. Bayside owns 25 state championships dating back to 1981. Schilling’s team won three in a row from 1998-2000, failed to win in 2001 and has won ever since. The 2002-2007 championships came in Class 2A and the rest since then have come in Class 3A.
Montgomery Academy beat Providence Christian 3-2 in the other semifinal battle. Coach Julie Gordon’s Eagles won the 2A state crown in 2013.
Addison (50-8) is going for its fourth championship in a row – winning in Class 2A in 2014 and 2015 and last year in Class 6A. Coach Kayla Woodard’s Bulldogs will face arch-rival Meek (46-17), insuring that Winston County schools will own the crown for one more year.
St. Luke’s (33-15) will meet Goshen (28-13) in the 2A finals. The Wildcats won their first state championship last season and the Eagles are playing in the finals for the first time in school history.
Deshler and Saint James will meet in the 4A finals. The Tigers of Coach Jana Killen will be vying for the school’s first volleyball state title. Killen has coached the Lady Tigers (43-14) to five state basketball championships, however, winning the 4A titles in 2003, 2004, 2005, 2015 and 2016. Saint James (36-9) captured volleyball titles in 2001 and 2003. Lawrence County (59-4) and Alexandria (43-9) square off in the 5A championship match. The Red Devils have five state championships with the last one coming in 1999. Alexandria won back-to-back titles in 1993, 1994 and 1995.
In Class 6A, Pelham (40-9) is taking on Jasper (59-4). The Panthers won state titles 1993 and 1997 and the Vikings will be playing for their first state crown. McGill-Toolen Catholic insured a new 7A champion will be crowned by knocking off Mountain Brook in the semifinals. The Spartans won the first three 7A titles since the new class was added (2014, 2015 and 2016). McGill (45-7) has 19 state titles to its credit with the last one coming in 2005. The Dirty Dozen will be facing Bob Jones, which knocked off Oak Mountain in the other 7A semifinal. The Patriots (41-10) have two state titles with the most recent coming in 2013.
AHSAA 46th Annual Volleyball Championships
THURSDAY’S CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE
At Bill Harris Arena
(All matches lived-streamed by the NFHS Network)
Addison (50-8) vs. Meek (46-17), 8 a.m.
Goshen (28-13) vs. St. Luke's Episcopal (33-15), 4:45 p.m.
Bayside Academy (41-10) vs. Montgomery Academy (44-12), 6:30 p.m.
Saint James (36-9) vs. Deshler (43-14), 3 p.m.
Lawrence County (59-4) vs. Alexandria (43-9), 1:15 p.m.
Jasper (57-4) vs. Pelham (40-9), 9:45 a.m.
Bob Jones (41-10) vs. McGill-Toolen Catholic (45-7), 11:30 a.m.
MONTGOMERY – Thompson High School junior quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa directed a 14-play, 99-yard drive in the fourth quarter Friday night to seal the Warriors’ 32-25 Class 7A, Region 3 victory over defending state champion Hoover to secure the school’s first-ever 7A region championship. Hoover came into the contest holding a 20-0 edge in the series dating back to 1988.
Tagovailoa, who moved to Thompson from Hawaii over the summer, completed 16-of-31 passes for 231 yards and a touchdown to lead his team into the AHSAA Football Spotlight for Week 9. The younger brother of the University of Alabama’s back-up quarterback Tua Tagovailoa completed third-down passes of 13 and 18 yards on the game-winning drive that culminated with his 12-yard TD pass before a capacity crowd at the Hoover Met.
Coach Mark Freeman’s Warriors improved to 9-0 for the first time since Thompson’s 1982 Class 3A state championship season which culminated in a 14-0 slate. Larry Simmons was head coach of that team. The Thompson stadium now bears his name.
Freeman, in his third year at Thompson, owns a 183-47 career record over 19 seasons. He led Thompson to two straight 5-5 seasons after coming to the Alabaster school following the 2014 season. The Warriors were 2-40 in region play in the six years prior to Freeman’s arrival.
He was 50-7 at Spanish Fort with two state titles in four seasons (2011-14) and 13-9 at Gulf Shores from 2009-10. He coached 10 years at non-member school Bessemer Academy compiling a 101-21 record en route to four AISA state titles.
Hoover (7-2), which owns 12 state titles, has gone 39-3 in its last six seasons in region play. Coach Josh Niblett, who has a 190-47 career slate, is 125-15 with five state crowns since becoming the Bucs’ head coach in 2008. Larry McCammon finished with 148 yards on 13 carries and scored twice for the Bucs in Friday’s setback. Hoover will be Region 3 second seed heading into next week’s state playoffs.
CEDAR BLUFF HANDS COACH McWHORTER HIS 100TH WIN: Cedar Bluff beat Spring Garden 34-7 Friday to claim the Tigers’ third straight Class 1A, Region 6 title and also notch the 100th career win for Coach Jonathan McWhorter. He is now 100-43 in 12 seasons as head coach. McWhorter has guided Cedar Bluff to five region championships and two Class 1A state runner-up finishes. Isaiha Jones was a catalyst in the Tigers’ victory over the Panthers rushing for 208 yards on 19 carries with four touchdowns. He also scored a 2-point conversion and had two interceptions on defense.
JAMIE PATTERSON, ISABELLA: Kicked 10-of-10 extra points to etch his name in the AHSAA record book as the Mustangs beat Ellwood Christian 70-0. His total ranked tied for third behind leader Grant Gillis of Clarke County, who set the record 96 years ago in 1921 with 14 extra points in a 111-0 win over Washington County. Three players have kicked 11 PATs in a game and Patterson tied Nathan Geis of Madison Academy, who set a Super 7 record with 10 extra-point kicks in a 70-34 win over Dale County in the 2014 Class 3A finals. Isabella’s defense also limited Ellwood to 2 yards rushing and minus-9 yards passing for minus-7 yards total offense, which ranks first all-time.
PAUL TYSON, HEWITT-TRUSSVILLE: Threw for 282 yards and three touchdowns and ran for a fourth TD in a 44-13 victory over James Clemens as the Huskies closed out their second straight unbeaten season in region play and extended Hewitt’s region-game winning streak to 14.
BRANTLEY DEFENSE SCORES THREE TDs: The Bulldogs returned three interceptions for touchdowns in a 55-0 win over McKenzie with Tyler Booker (80 yards), Mack Wise (55 yards) and D’Andre Sinclair (52 yards) coming up with the picks.
ELBA NOTCHES FIFTH SAFETY: For the third straight game, Elba’s defense posted a safety, beating Zion Chapel 62-0, and now has registered five safeties for the year.
A.R. MARTIN, CARROLL: Recovered a punt blocked by teammate Markel Lewis in the end zone with 3:06 left, helping Eagles overcame an 8-6 deficit for a 14-8 victory over Greenville. The play extended Carroll’s regular-season winning streak to 22. Greenville had taken an 8-6 lead on a blocked punt of its own that Jeremiah Owens returned 40 yards for a touchdown and a two-point conversion early in the third quarter.
JACKSON BRUNO, HUNTSVILLE: Kicked a 42-yard field goal in the final seconds for a 38-35 win at Gadsden City to clinch the fourth playoff spot in Class 7A, Region 8.
LANDON CORNUTT, ASHVILLE: The quarterback rushed 19 times for 170 yards and two TDs, finished 8-of-16 passing for 133 yards and two TDs, including a game-winning TD pass on the final play in a 26-20 victory over White Plains. He also has five tackles, a pass break-up, and returned an interception 23 yards for a touchdown.
ETHAN JEFF, MOODY: Caught a 6-yard TD in the final minute to rally the Blue Devils from a 12-0 deficit to beat Fairfield 13-12.
ARMONI GOODWIN, FLORENCE: Rushed for 313 yards and five TDs as Florence beat Hazel Green 49-27 to qualify for the Class 6A playoffs. Goodwin scored on runs of 80, 77, 4, 9 and 59 yards.
CHANNING MARMANN, DESHLER: Ran for 235 yards and 3 touchdowns in Deshler’s 20-14 win over West Limestone. Marmann scored on runs of 7, 55 and 48 yards.
HARRY CRUMP, MAE JEMISON: Piled up 245 rushing yards and on 20 carries and scored all five touchdowns in a 32-27 win over Lawrence County.
ISAAC HUGULEY, WEST MORGAN: Gained 232 yards rushing on 23 carries and scored twice as the Rebels beat Lexington 31-21.
KALEB JONES, COLLINSVILLE: Totaled 211 yards with 123 yards rushing and two touchdowns on 15 carries and 88 yards passing with another score as the Panthers beat Section 35-14 to snap a four-game losing streak.
KELSTON FIKES, LEROY: Picked up 201 yards rushing and scored four touchdowns on 11 carries to lead the Bears to a 48-8 win over J.U. Blacksher.
BERNARD PHINIZEE, RUSSELLVILLE: Totaled 205 rushing yards and four touchdowns and also caught an 83-yard TD pass for a fifth score as the Golden Tigers beat Ardmore 44-6. Phinizee scored on runs of 2, 45, 55 and 25 yards.
JOE GREEN, EUFAULA: Rushed for 160 yards and four touchdowns in less than two and a half quarters of the Tigers’ 47-0 rout of Rehobeth.
CADE PRICE, SLOCOMB: Rushed for 167 yards and three touchdowns and also passed for 79 yards and one TD on 4-of-6 passes, helping the Red Tops clinch a state playoff spot with a 32-10 win over Straughn.
CRIMSON BIVENS, CLEMENTS: Ran for 160 yards and a touchdown on 32 attempts in a 7-0 win over Elkmont.
ANTONIO ROBINSON, AUSTIN: Scored five touchdowns, including rushing for TDs covering 22, 15, 5, and 7 yards and a 47-yard screen pass TD as the Black Beats beat Athens 69-28.
JACOB MANNING, SCOTTSBORO: Scottsboro freshman Jacob Manning was called on to fill several roles in the Wildcats’ 47-27 loss to Etowah. He stepped in at quarterback in the second half when starter Hatton Metz was injured and responded with 133 yards rushing on 12 attempts and scored three touchdowns over the rest of the game. He also caught an 8-yard pass in the first half, returned three punts for 50 yards and two kickoffs for 37 yards, made 7 tackles on defense and broke up two passes. Manning’s touchdown runs were of 5, 6 and 74 yards.
MILES FRANKLIN, DAPHNE: Had nine rush attempts for 154 yards and two touchdowns, all in the first half, to lead the Trojans to a 35-7 win over Robertsdale. The victory clinched a playoff spot for Daphne for the 20th season in a row.
CADEN ROSE, BOB JONES: Completed 10-of-18 passes for 355 yards and three touchdowns, and scored on a 1-yard run in a Class 7A, Region 8 win over Buckhorn 48-20.
AUSTIN CALHOUN, KINSTON: The Bulldogs quarterback rushed for 309 yards and six touchdowns on 25 carries and threw for 115 yards and another TD to finish with 424 total yards in Kinston’s 58-50 win over Florala. He scored on runs 53, 13, 12, 5, 69 and 52 yards and his TD pass was good for 36 yards.
DESMOND TROTTER, SHADES VALLEY: Completed 18-of-24 passes for 290 yards and one TD as the Mounties beat John Carroll Catholic 49-36. He also rushed for 127 yards and two scores on 17 carries to finish with 417 total yards. Teammate Braelon Shields also logged 20 rush attempts for 150 yards and four touchdowns.
BAILEY MARA, JOHN CARROLL CATHOLIC: Completed 17-of-26 passes for 304 yards and a touchdown and an interception in a 49-36 loss to Shades Valley.
LANE ROTCH, JACKSON: Passed for 278 yards and four touchdowns as the Aggies snapped a four-game losing streak with a 31-0 victory at Citronelle.
EASTON HARDIN, BOAZ: Completed 9-of-13 passes for 255 yards and three touchdowns and scored on a 31-yard run in a 58-0 win over Douglas.
PAYNE STANCIL, WEST END: The senior quarterback was 9-of-18 passing for 185 yards and a touchdown, rushed for 39 yards and two TDs and kicked two extra points in the Patriots' 26-19 win over Winston County. He also had an interception on defense that ended the final Yellow Jackets drive of the game.
JACK SAMSEL, SPANISH FORT: Passed for four touchdowns and ran for another as the Toros beat B.C. Rain 42-6 and clinched the Class 6A, Region 1 championship.
JUSTIN HENDRIX, WOODLAWN: An eighth-grader, the Colonels’ quarterback, threw three TD passes and ran for a fourth in a 34-32 victory over Shelby County as the Colonels snapped a 12-game losing skid.
CHANCE WARREN, ENTERPRISE: Caught 14 passes for 228 yards and two touchdowns (23, 15 yards) in a 49-27 loss to R.E. Lee.
MALCOLM RUSSELL, JOHN CARROLL CATHOLIC: Caught 10 passes for 201 yards and two TDs in a 49-36 loss to Shades Valley. He also scored a 2-point conversion, made five tackles on defense and broke up a pass.
CAMERON McKINLEY, CARVER-BIRMINGHAM: Caught nine passes for 201 yards, including a 54-yard TD, in the Rams’ 39-15 loss to Pinson Valley.
LOGAN PITTS, HEWITT-TRUSSVILLE: Finished with 163 yards receiving, including a 78-yard touchdown catch on the first play, in a 44-13 victory over James Clemens.
CHRISTIAN BLACKWELL, FOLEY: Caught eight passes for 141 yards and a touchdown in the Lions' 10-7 win over Baker.
C.J. WILLIAMSON, GUNTERSVILLE: Caught three passes for 111 yards and two touchdowns and returned an interception 98 yards or a touchdown as the Wildcats downed Arab 42-0.
BROOKS REINHARDT, WESTMINSTER CHRISTIAN: Caught five passes for 111 yards and three touchdowns in a 31-21 win at Madison County.
ZACHORY ANDERSON, DAVIDSON: Had three interceptions in the second half to set up three Warriors’ touchdowns as Davidson clinched a playoff berth in Class 7A, Region 1 with its 31-14 win over Murphy.
ZACH NELSON, OAK MOUNTAIN: Intercepted three Spain Park passes to lead the Eagles to a 29-3 win over the Jaguars.
ROSS JOHNSON, CEDAR BLUFF: Recovered two fumbles, one of which he returned 72 yards, in the Tigers’ 34-7 victory at Spring Garden.
KELAND LANGHAM, McADORY: Returned an interception 42 yards for a touchdown on the game's first offensive snap in a 22-9 victory over Northridge.
NICK LUNDBERG, KINSTON: Was credited with 17 tackles and recovered three fumbles in the Bulldogs’ 58-50 win over Florala.
SPURLIN KELLEY, OPP: Totaled 16 tackles in the Bobcats’ 30-25 loss to Daleville.
JEREMIAH HAMMOND, JASPER: Had 12 tackles on defense and rushed 16 times for 73 yards and a TD on offense as the Vikings fell to Minor 28-7.
DARRYL GILLILAND, CLEVELAND: Recorded 11 tackles in a 33-0 victory over Cold Springs.
NOAH JACKSON, LYNN: Returned an interception 55 yards for a touchdown and rushed for two more as the Bears captured the Class 1A, Region 7 championship with a 27-13 win over Decatur Heritage.
ALEX HOWARD, ETOWAH: The junior defensive end had a tackle for a safety, recovered a fumble in the end zone for a touchdown and also had a key sack in the Blue Devils’ 47-27 win over Scottsboro.
ADAM HERNANDEZ: CLEVELAND: The senior linebacker tied a state record with three fumble recoveries in a 33-0 victory over Cold Springs. He also had seven tackles.
BRIAN KELLEY, SPRING GARDEN: Blocked two extra point attempts in the Panthers’ 34-7 loss to Cedar Bluff.
COHEN TUBBS, SCOTTSBORO: Blocked two extra points in a 47-27 loss to Etowah.
Pleasant Grove and Briarwood high schools have announced plans to “Stand Up for Ben” on October 27 prior to the Spartans and Lions varsity football game. The two schools are asking AHSAA member schools to join them in this endeavor.
Ben Abercrombie, a 2017 graduate of Hoover High School and a freshman on the Harvard University football team, sustained a serious neck injury in his first collegiate game versus Rhode Island on September 16 that currently has left him paralyzed.
Pleasant Grove head football coach and athletic director Jim Elgin is asking other AHSAA schools at their own games to join the Spartans and Lions Friday night with a show of support for improving health of Ben. A special “Stand Up for Ben!” cheer will be held at 6:45 p.m., he said.
“We hope on Friday, October 27, at 6:40 p.m., that everyone in the AHSAA will join us and Stand Up for Ben with their thoughts and prayers and charitable contributions if they so choose,” Elgin said. “Marty and Sherri Abercrombie, Ben’s parents, are graduates of Pleasant Grove High School, and as a school and community we see this as a way to help them in their time of need,” Elgin said. “(Coach Fred Yancey and) the Briarwood family has graciously agreed to help in our endeavor to raise awareness and funds to assist the family.”
According to recent report on WBRC TV Fox 6, Ben is out of the Intensive Care Unit at Atlanta’s Shepherd Center and he is continuing to recover, based on a report at CaringBridge update posted by Ben’s father.
"Ben is doing better," said Christopher Cole, who is a close family friend. "We actually got some really good news that Ben is out of the ICU. He's actually now in a rehab room at the Shepherd Center in Atlanta."
Elgin described the step-by-step plans they will set in motion Friday.
The festivities at Spartans Stadium Friday night will get underway at 6:15 p.m. with fans, bands and cheerleaders sitting on the home side of the field in assigned seats. The two teams will join their classmates on the home sideline and sit in designated areas. At 6:35 p.m., the public address announcer will open with remarks about the purpose of the ceremony
At 6:30 p.m., members of both teams will enter the stands and sit in the area marked in front of their bands. The public address announcer will open with remarks about Ben Abercrombie and his family and the reason for the evening’s events. At this time, Ben’s father Marty Abercrombie will join head coaches Elgin and Yancey on the field for a presentation of the ceremonial game ball.
At approximately 6:45 p.m., after a special moment of reflection dedicated to a speedy recovery for Ben and the needs of Ben and his family, the announcer will ask all in attendance, on the count of three, to follow the cheerleaders’ lead. In unison on the count of three, they will all stand and cheer “Stand Up for Ben!”
Elgin said he hopes fans and teams in stadiums across Alabama will stand with them at this exact time in a show of unity.
The program will conclude with the Pleasant Grove band playing the school’s fight song as the teams return to their dressing rooms or warm-ups and the visiting band, cheerleaders and fans move to their own side of the stadium. Kickoff will be at 7 p.m., as planned.
“There is so much power that comes when all of us are praying for the same purpose,” Elgin said. “I want to thank all the schools in advance who plan to join us Friday night.”
A special fund has been set up for Ben at Regions Bank locations across the state. For more information, contact Elgin at Pleasant Grove High School.
To see more about the event, check out the video link at WBRC:
MONTGOMERY – Twenty-one football contests are scheduled to be live-streamed tonight and Friday over the NFHS Network as the season heads into its ninth week. All games will be key region contests as all AHSAA region play comes to an end except for 6A, Region 1 and 7A, Region 1. Those regions have nine teams and will conclude region play next week.
Perhaps the biggest will take place Friday near the Tennessee border when Rogers High School (8-0) meets Wilson (8-0) in a battle that will decide the Class 4A, Region 8 title. Both are squaring off unbeaten this late in the season for the first time in the rivalry’s history. The contest will be featured as the AHSAA’s NFHS Network’s School Broadcast Program Game of the Week. Wilson’s SBP will be live-streaming the contest at 7 p.m. Friday.
For the two schools, it could better described as the Game of the Century. Few rivalries in the state have been more even with Wilson holding a slim 21-20 edge in the series that has been played annually since the Warriors and Pirates met for the first time in 1976. Wilson has averaged 17.7 points per game in the series and Rogers, 16.5 – only 1.2 points per game separating the two teams.
Another key game scheduled for the NFHS Network Friday night is unbeaten Thompson (8-0) at defending state champion Hoover (7-1) in a battle that will determine the Class 7A, Region 5 champion. The Hoover High School Broadcast Program will be live-streaming with veteran announcer Jeff Lloyd bringing the play-by-play.
The NFHS Network slate of AHSAA events also includes one swimming event today as well as a bowling event next Thursday being live-streamed by the Cullman High School SBP. The seven state championship matches at the 46th annual AHSAA State Volleyball Championships on Nov. 2 at the Birmingham CrossPlex will also be live-streamed by the NFHS Network.
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The Wilson-Rogers game will be available free for viewing on a delayed basis Tuesday, Oct. 17, after 11 a.m., to NFHS Network members. Those who currently have not joined the Network can view the delayed version once they sign up for the free membership.
MONTGOMERY – All seven defending state champions have qualified for the AHSAA Super Regional Volleyball Championships and will be in the field when the two tournaments get underway Thursday.
Defending state champions St. Luke’s Episcopal (Class 2A), Bayside Academy (Class 3A) and St. Paul’s Episcopal (5A) will be in the 56-team field at South Super Regional at Montgomery’s Cramton Bowl MultiPlex. The North Super Regional, at Huntsville’s Von Braun Center, will have the remaining four defending champs, Addison (1A), Madison Academy (4A), Hazel Green (6A) and Mountain Brook (7A) in its 56-team field.
Sixteen teams in Classes 1A through 6A and eight in Class 7A will be vying at each Super Regional to advance to next week’s 46th annual AHSAA State Championships at Birmingham’s CrossPlex. Tomorrow’s action gets underway with Class 6A at 9 a.m. Classes 1A, 2A and 4A also play Thursday morning at 9 a.m. Classes 3A, 5A and 7A open play on Friday with first matches at 9. Defending 1A state champion Addison (44-8), going for its third state crown in a row, will be in action at 2 p.m., at the Von Braun Center’s South Hall taking on Cherokee in its first-round game at 2 p.m.
Mountain Brook opens play Friday morning at 9 a.m., against Huntsville. The Lady Spartans have all three Class 7A state crowns since the AHSAA expanded its classifications from six to seven in 2014.
Daphne’s Bayside Academy plays at 12:45 p.m. Friday at the MultiPlex against Randolph County with Coach Ann Schilling’s Lady Admirals (36-8) riding a streak of 15 state championships in a row. Bayside has 25 state titles overall. Both totals are AHSAA state records.
Last year’s Super Regional tournaments and the State tournament set an AHSAA record for attendance.
Brackets for the North Super Regional can be found at the following link:
Brackets for the South Super Regional can be accessed at:
First-round pairings are also located at:
The Super Regional championship match schedule at each is as follows:
FRIDAY, OCT. 27
Class 1A Finals: 6:30 p.m.
Class 2A Finals: 5 p.m.
Class 4A Finals: 5 p.m.
Class 6A Finals: 5 p.m.
SATURDAY, OCT. 28
Class 3A Finals: 1 p.m.
Class 5A Finals: 1 p.m.
Class 7A Finals: 6:30 p.m.
MONTGOMERY – Oak Mountain High School’s Bryce Keefover edged Thomas Wolfe of Hewitt-Trussville by just 1.18 seconds to win the boys’ championship at the 26th annual Husky Challenge high school cross country championships last week.
Jonah Barrett of the Eagles and Will Couch of Hoover were only seconds behind the leaders to finish 3-4 in the 105-runner field at the Trussville race. Their efforts in the meet that began its run almost three decades ago grabbed the AHSAA Cross Country Spotlight for week eight of the 2017 season.
A total of 109 runners and 12 teams were in the field. Hoover won the team title with 39 points with its runners averaging 17:08.53 to nip Oak Mountain, which had 42 points. The Eagles’ runners averaged 17:09.70 in one of the closest team competitions top-to-bottom of the season.
Hoover and Oak Mountain finished 1-2 in the girls’ competition that included 73 participants. The Lady Bucs had 29 points and the Eagles had 75. Lindsey Granier of John Carroll Catholic won the girls’ race with a time of 19:54.42, a second faster than Hoover’s Ava Weems, who clocked 19:55.93.
Other cross country highlights reported include:
AUBURN TIGER CLASSIC (5A-7A): Juniors Silas Franklin of Smiths Station, Evan Rogers of Auburn and Allan Anderson of Grissom crossed the finish line of the Tiger Classic large-school competition at Keisel Park with only 4.8 seconds separating the trio. Franklin won with a time of 16:24.96, followed by Rogers at 16:28.44 while Anderson was clocked at 16:29.76. Auburn edged Smith Station 60-62 to win the team competition in the race that featured 172 runners and 13 teams.
AUBURN TIGER CLASSIC (1A-4A): Sophomore Judson Hardin of Alabama Christian clocked 16:56.70 to finish first in the Class 1A-4A boys’ race held at Auburn’s Keisel Park. Senior Dawson Oliver and freshman Carter Clark finished 2-3 in the 143-runner field for Trinity Presbyterian, which won the team championship with 28 points. Montgomery Catholic was second with 47.
BALDWIN COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIPS: Fairhope totaled 18 points at the race held at Loxley Municipal Park to win the Baldwin County title. Jared Touart led the Pirates with a winning time of 16:58.70 and Saxon Kilpatrick was second behind his teammate at 17:27.30 in the 91-runner field. Bayside Academy took second place.
MOBILE COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIPS: Mary Montgomery runner Caleb Troy Smith won the Mobile County boys’ championship with a winning time of 16:55.44 at Municipal Park. Myles Stoots of Faith Academy was second (17:16.02). Baker placed the next four finishers to win the meet with 26 points. Cody Becker was third for the Hornets clocking 17:23.31. Mary Montgomery finished second with 86 points. Fifteen schools and 130 runners competed.
OKTOBERFEST INVITATIONAL: St. Bernard’s Andrew Sweeney won the Class 1A-3A division race held at St. Bernard Abbey in Cullman with a winning time of 16:52.29. Nate Collins of Westminster-Oak Mountain was a close second with a 16:54.69 time. Westminster won the team competition with 32 points. St. Bernard was second with 67.
Cullman’s Eli Wilhite ran the 5,000-meter course in 16:52.52 to edge out Florence’s Grant Brown (16:57.33) to win the Class 4A-7A division race. The Bearcats won the team title with 37 points and the Falcons were second with 47.
LAST CHANCE CLASSIC: St. John Paul II Catholic’s Noah Flynn and Faud Qushair finished 1-2 in the race held at Madison’s Palmer Park and hosted by James Clemens High School. Flynn’s winning time was 15:52.56 in the 136-runner field. Huntsville won the team title with 25 points. The Falcons were second with 47.
PAUL W. BRYANT INVITATIONAL: Juniors John Niller, Adam Bolton and Nathan Shamwell finished 1-2-3 for Northridge as the Jaguars won the meet with 19 points. Niller posted a 19:05.58 to win.
DEMOPOLIS INVITATIONAL: Demopolis sophomore Jensen Hammons ran the 5,000-meter course at Demopolis Sports Park in 18:36.28 to claim first place. The Aggies scored 18 points to win the team title.
PISGAH INVITATIONAL: Ben Hembree finished first for Pisgah with a winning time of 19:20.40 and teammate Jase Moore was second just 13 seconds behind. The Eagles also won the team title with 32 points.
WILDCAT FALL CLASSIC: Ohatchee junior Gabe Hammonds sped to the finish line in 17:31.10 to nip runner-up Miciah Myles of Anniston and third-place finisher Reed Robinson of Oxford by two seconds. Anniston hosted the meet that featured 138 boys’ participants. The team race was just as close with the Bulldogs winning with 59 points over White Plains (60).
AUBURN TIGER CLASSIC (1A-4A): Three-time defending AHSAA state cross country champion Amaris Tyynismaa won the 1A-4A competition at the Tiger Classic at Auburn’s Keisel Park in convincing fashion with a winning time of 18:33.41 – 74 seconds ahead of runner-up Olivia Blackmon of T.R. Miller. A total of 107 girls competed in the race. Catholic also won the team title with 22 points. T.R. Miller was second with 52.
AUBURN TIGER CLASSIC (5A-7A): Host Auburn placed four runners among the top six to win the Tiger Classic at Auburn with 23 points. Sophomore Samantha Rogers finished second at 19:06.93 to lead the winning Tigers. Grissom senior Jenny McManus won the race with an 18:59.93 time over a field of 120 runners.
LAST CHANCE CLASSIC: Huntsville’s girls ran away with the title posting 18 points to beat runner-up and host James Clemens (48). Rachel Jones won the individual title for the Panthers clocking 18:55.20. Huntsville teammates Kaitlyn Johnson and Hannah Bloom finished 2-3 and Genevieve Schaefer was fifth.
BALDWIN COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIPS: Lexie Williams and Audrey Clark crossed the finish line 1-2 for Fairhope to lead the Pirates to the meet win at Loxley. Williams’ winning time was 20:08.47. Fairhope posted 27 points and runner-up Daphne had 72. Eighty-six runners participated.
MOBILE COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIPS: Baker swept the girls’ team title with three runners in the top seven, led by Leslie Baxter, who was fourth. The Hornets totaled 39 points, and runner-up McGill-Toolen Catholic was second with 53. Grace Jenson of the Jackets clocked 18:48 .06 to beat the rest of the field of 85 runners.
OKTOBERFEST INVITATIONAL: Southside-Gadsden’s Camryn Davis won the Class 4A-7A division race held at St. Bernard Abbey in Cullman with a winning time of 20:18.84. Leahrose Mami of St. Bernard took first place in the 1A-3A division with a time of 20:28.22. A total of 135 runners competed in both races with Lawrence County taking the 4A-7A team crown with 42 points and Westminster of Oak Mountain posting a 26 total to win the 1A-3A championship.
PAUL W. BRYANT INVITATIONAL: Hillcrest eighth grader Sophie Smelley ran the 5,000-meter course in 24:03.54 to take first place in the meet held at Tuscaloosa. Asia Pleasants of Paul Bryant finished second. The Patriots also won the team title with 26 points.
DEMOPOLIS INVITATIONAL: Demopolis won the team title with 15 points and junior Amindy Mullen took first place with a winning time of 23:31.00 at Demopolis Sports Park.
PISGAH INVITATIONAL: Madison Academy’s Julianne Hill beat Pisgah runners Kaylynn Morgan and Kristen York to win the meet with a 21:50.20 time. The Eagles duo helped Pisgah win the team with 32 points.
WILDCAT FALL CLASSIC: Junior Abby Nunnelly of Alexandria won the Anniston race with a 20:30 time. Alexandria won the team competition over Oxford with 28 points. The Jackets had 68.
MONTGOMERY – Slade Berryman, a freshman quarterback at Hatton High School, passed for 323 yards and five touchdowns, including a state-record tying 99-yard touchdown pass to receiver senior Matt Sherrill, to lead Hatton to a 40-8 win over Phil Campbell last Friday It was the Hornets’ first win of the season and catapulted Berryman and Sherrill into the AHSAA Football Spotlight for Week 8.
Sherrill, who started the season as a quarterback for Coach Denton Bowling, finished with nine catches for 249 yards and all five of Berryman’s TD throws. The 249 yards receiving is the most in a single game in the AHSAA since Justin Pride’s 249 yards for Butler in a 49-34 loss to DAR in 2011.
The five TDs ranks second in a single game to three receivers who had six TD receptions in one game: Ja’Michael Willis, Gardendale (2010); David Morrison, Berry (2009); and Brandon Greer, Westbrook Christian; and ties four others who have had 5 – Tyler Crumpton, Phillips (2012); Sam Collins, Fayette County (1997); Bart Hyche, Winfield (1992); and Brian Chastain, Chilton County (1991).
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SCOTTSBORO POSTS 500TH WIN: The Wildcats beat Boaz 30-14 for the school’s win. The school posted a 168-140-32 record as Jackson County High School from 1913-1956 and has been 332-302-6 since the school was renamed Scottsboro High School. Coach Don Jacobs, who quarterbacked the Wildcats to an 8-2-1 season as a player in 1976 before moving on to the University of Alabama, saw junior QB Harold Metz rush for 132 yards and a TD on 23 carries and complete 10-of-12 passes for 66 yards and a TD in Friday’s win.
The most renowned Scottsboro alumnus is Pat Trammell, an Alabama Sports Hall of Famer who led Crimson Tide to the 1961 national championship. Trammell started as a freshman in 1954 at Scottsboro and led the Wildcats to 9-1 season by his junior year. He was quarterback in 25 of the wins in his prep career. He was named a high school All-American in 1957 and Academic All-American in 1961 and MVP of the SEC. He joined his teammates at the White House, accepting the MacArthur Trophy along with Coach Paul “Bear” Bryant from then president John F. Kennedy. Trammell died of cancer on December 10, 1968 at the age of 28 — only two years after earning his M.D. degree. He is still one of the most popular players in UA and AHSAA state football history.
ISABELLA ECLIPSES 600 YARDS IN WIN: The Class 1A Isabella Mustangs (7-1) piled up 604 yards rushing and finished with 620 total yards in a 48-22 win over Notasgula. The rushing effort ranks ninth all-time in the AHSAA for rushing yards in a single game. Three senior running backs went over 100 yards for Coach Rex Littleton with Jaqarise Stacy gaining 170 yards on 14 carries. Jarrod Campbell added 127 yards on 13 attempts and Austin Brasher had 125 on 14 tries. Nine players had carries in the win.
CULLMAN’S JENNINGS PASSES FOR 431 YARDS: Cullman High School senior Fletcher Jennings turned in the top passing performance in the AHSAA this season completing 17-of-25 pass attempts for 431 yards and four touchdowns as the Bearcats beat Southside-Gadsden 42-40. The passing yards ranks 28th all-time on the AHSAA single-game record list.
KAPE McRAE LEADS ARITON TO REGION CROWN: The senior accounted for six touchdowns -- four rushing, one passing and one on defense -- to lead the Class 2A Purple Cats to a 55-12 Region 2 win over Abbeville and their first region title since 1998. He finished with 22 carries for 221 rushing yards, caught a 9-yard TD pass and scored on a 13-yard fumble return. He started the game recovering a fumble on the game’s opening kickoff and scored one play later on a 13-yard run.
CARVER CLINCHES PLAYOFF BERTH: Birmingham-Carver running back Chappelle Wade scored three touchdowns in a 34-0 victory over Jasper clinching the Rams’ first playoff berth since 2003.
WILLIAMS PACES PATS TO COME-FROM-BEHIND WIN: Homewood quarterback Larkin Williams completed 15-of-23 passes for 281 yards and four TDs to lead the unbeaten Patriots of Coach Ben Berguson from a 27-13 halftime deficit to a 37-27 victory over Shades Valley. The 8-0 start is the best for Homewood since the Patriots’ only perfect season in state history, a 15-0 slate on the way to the 2005 Class 5A state title.
TYLER SELLERS, OPELIKA: Kicked field goals of 26 and 32 yards, the latter boot coming on the last play of the game to give the Bulldogs a 20-19 win over previously unbeaten Wetumpka in a key Class 6A, Region 3 battle. Opelika drove the length of the field on the final drive of the night to set up Sellers’ winning kick.
LUKE IVEY, SPRING GARDEN: Was 10-of-15 passing for 171 yards and two touchdowns, engineering an 80-yard drive for the winning touchdown coming with 14 seconds remaining in a 23-18 win over Holy Spirit Catholic.
DEILO RICHARDSON, PAUL BRYANT: Threw a 79-yard TD pass and caught the game-winning 23-yard TD with 1:14 to go in a 25-20 victory over Bessemer City.
D.J. PATRICK, ELMORE COUNTY: Rushed for 256 yards on 30 carries and scored all four Elmore County touchdowns in the Panthers' 30-28 win over Holtville. Patrick also completed 5-of-9 passes for 45 yards, recovered an onside kick and intercepted a Holtville pass in the game's final seconds to ice the Elmore County win.
SCOTT McALPINE, HALEYVILLE: Was 28-of- 41 passing for 317 yards and two touchdowns as Haleyville beat Dora 20-14. His 24-yard TD pass to Jackson Kennedy with 41 seconds to play was the game winner.
GARRETT MAYO, FOLEY: Threw for 396 yards and six touchdowns to lead the Wolves to a 45-7 win over Mary Montgomery. His longest TD connection covered 87 yards.
TUCKER BROWN, WILSON: Completed 9-of-15 passes for 330 yards and 3 touchdowns, rushed for 126 yards and two more scores to finish with 456 total yards as unbeaten Wilson beat Priceville 52-17. His TD passes were 65, 30 and 50 yards. His TD runs covered 42 and 26 yards.
PAUL TYSON, HEWITT-TRUSSVILLE: Completed 18-of-24 passes for 342 yards and five touchdowns in a 45-3 victory over Huntsville.
JON AVERY, OAKMAN: Completed 22-of-26 passes for 278 yards and five touchdowns in a 40-14 win over Carbon Hill. Avery had touchdown passes of 9, 14, 64, 43 and 25 yards.
MATT KALIFEH, BAYSIDE ACADEMY: Was 15-of-25 passing for 281 yards and a touchdown in the Admirals’ 17-14 overtime win over T.R. Miller.
CASEY BAYNES, TALLASSEE: Was 11-of-16 passing for 223 yards and four touchdowns in the Tigers’ 36-21 win over Leeds. His TD passes covered 15, 54, 20, and 22 yards.
JANSEN ALEXANDER, SAND ROCK: Returning from an ankle injury suffered two weeks ago, Alexander completed 7-of-9 pass attempts for 210 yards and three touchdowns (73, 68 and 29 yards) in the Wildcats’ 48-27 victory at Collinsville.
ETHAN WILSON, ANDALUSIA: Completed 14-of-18 passes for 201 yards and two touchdowns and rushed 11 times for 93 yards and three scores to lead the Bulldogs to a 52-28 win over W.S. Neal.
KOLBE BLUNT, DAVIDSON: Picked up 259 yards rushing on 29 carries and scored all four Davidson touchdowns as the Warriors beat Jackson 28-6.
D’ARIE JOHNSON, SPAIN PARK: Totaled 22 carries for 248 yards and TD runs of 8 and 72 yards in the Jaguars’ 24-19 victory over Tuscaloosa County.
DAQUAN JOHNSON, FLOMATON: Had 324 yards total offense in Flomaton’s 35-20 win over Excel with 267 yards rushing and two TDs on 27 carries and 87 yards passing and two more scores with a 5-of-11 performance.
CARDAVION MYERS, PIEDMONT: Selected last week to play in the Alabama-Mississippi Game, Myers rushed for 229 yards on 24 carries and scored three touchdowns in the Bulldogs’ 41-20 victory over Ohatchee. The win secured the Bulldogs’ third consecutive Class 3A, Region 5 title.
NATE AMMONS, SLOCOMB: Rushed for 219 yards on 26 carries with a game-sealing 42-yard touchdown run in the final minute of the Red Tops’ 31-17 win over Houston Academy.
DARTAVIOUS BRITTON, COOSA CHRISTIAN: Rushed 15 times for 210 yards and two touchdowns as the Conquerors rolled over Gaylesville 33-6.
DWAN JAMES, LEFLORE: Rushed for 203 yards and a touchdown on 27 carries to lead the Rattlers past Robertsdale 28-27.
DREW ROGERS, LOCUST FORK: Rushed 26 times for 200 yards on 26 carries and scored three touchdowns in the Hornets’ 48-24 win over Hanceville. He also logged 17 tackles on defense and punted twice for a 35-yard average.
ROYDELL WILLLIAMS, HUEYTOWN: Rushed for 200 yards and first-half touchdowns of 25, 8, 86 and 12 yards in a 46-14 victory over Jackson-Olin.
JERMAINE BROWN, ST. LUKE’S EPISCOPAL: Ran for three touchdowns and passed for two more as St. Luke’s Episcopal defeated Washington County 41-7. He rushed for 179 yards on 18 carries and completed 6-of-14 passes for 94 yards and two scores.
DARREN MEADS, HOKES BLUFF: Rushed 20 times for 179 yards and touchdown runs of 3, 33 and 35 yards in the Eagles' 41-16 win over Anniston.
TYREN DUPREE, CHEROKEE COUNTY: Ran for 162 yards on 11 carries and scored two touchdowns (1 and 63 yards) and tossed a 6-yard touchdown pass to DeMarcus Barrington in the Warriors’ 49-19 victory over Ashville.
NOAH TURBYFILL, BROOKS: Led the Lions to a 67-7 win over St. John Paul II Catholic with 173 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 12 carries.
CHANCE BATES, COLBERT COUNTY: Rushed for 151 yards and two TDs and J’Daryus Nance added 128 yards and three TDs in the Indians’ 42-7 win over Colbert County.
EVAN CROWE, HACKLEBURG: Crowe scored three touchdowns, including a 91-yard run, and finished with 145 yards rushing, in Hackleburg’s 41-6 win over Vina. Teammate Stone Fincher added 145 yards rushing and three scores in the win.
DYLAN CHANDLER, COLBERT HEIGHTS: Rushed for 151 yards and two touchdowns on 23 carries as Colbert Heights beat Lauderdale County 28-13.
TRENTIN DUPPER, DECATUR: Ran for 140 yards and a touchdown and completed 11-of-14 passes for 127 yards and a TD in a 24-13 win over Hartselle.
C.J. EDWARDS, FAIRHOPE: Snared nine passes for 232 yards and four touchdowns as Fairhope defeated Murphy 46-26 on Thursday night. Edwards also had a 58-yard run to set up another score.
MAHJA ARMSTRONG, FOLEY: Caught four passes, all for touchdowns, and 216 yards in the Lions’ 45-7 win over Mary Montgomery.
LIALLEN DAILEY, PINSON VALLEY: Caught four passes for 173 yards and three touchdowns in a 55-7 victory over Gardendale.
CAL TAYLOR, HALEYVILLE: Hauled in12 receptions for 162 yards in the Lions’ 20-14 win over Dora.
DEMONTREZ BROWN, BOB JONES: Chosen an Alabama All-Star for the upcoming 31st annual Alabama-Mississippi Game in December, Brown had 156 yards receiving and all three Patriots touchdowns in a 21-0 win over Grissom.
CARSON CARVER, SAND ROCK: Caught four passes for 150 yards and two touchdowns (73 and 68 yards) in the Wildcats’ 48-27 win at Collinsville.
B.J. ANDERSON, ANDALUSIA: Caught eight passes for 141 yards and a TD in the Bulldogs’ 52-28 win over W.S. Neal.
LOGAN TURBYFILL, BROOKS: Caught five passes for 103 yards and three touchdowns in a 67-7 win over St. John Paul II Catholic. His scoring plays covered 18, 32 and 27 yards.
CHRIS HOPE, JAMES CLEMENS: Hauled in six passes for 103 yards and a pair of 10-yard touchdowns and had a 53-yard reception that set up a TD in a 33-7 win over Buckhorn.
DEVONTAE HOUSTON, HANDLEY: Totaled 211 yards on 14 touches and scored four touchdowns as defending 4A state champion Handley beat Dadeville 46-20 to post its first win of the season, a 46-20 victory. Houston rushed 11 times for 120 yards and three touchdowns and caught three passes for 90 yards and another score.
ETHAN CASELBERRY, SPARKMAN: Had three interceptions for the Senators in a 38-13 win over Gadsden City to clinch Sparkman’s first playoff berth since 2006.
MARSHALL CLARK, MUNFORD: Recorded 19 tackles, including 1.5 sacks, and a pass break-up on defense and added nine catches for 92 yards and two TDs on offense in a 28-7 victory over Childersburg.
DEVON MATTHEWS, WENONAH: Recorded seven sacks as the Dragons limited Fairfield to 97 total yards in a 34-0 win over the Tigers.
TYLER ELLENBURG, WICKSBURG: Led Wicksburg’s defense with a team-leading eight tackles, an interception and a fumble recovery as the Panthers blanked Providence Christian 21-0.
CALEB JORDAN, SAMSON: Recorded 16 tackles an interception in the last four minutes of the game to preserve the Tigers’ 22-21 win over G.W. Long.
ETHAN BAKER, OPP: Had 13 tackles, including a quarterback sack, in a 29-19 loss to Geneva.
ZYDARIEN BROWN, HOUSTON COUNTY: Had 17 tackles and teammate Dorien Collier had 15 in the Lions’ 48-14 win over Kinston.
JOE JONES, PLEASANT GROVE: Intercepted two passes, returning one 45 yards for a touchdown, and recovered a fumble in a 41-8 victory over Woodlawn.
JACQUEZ ALLEN, HOOVER: Returned the second-half kickoff 87 yards for a touchdown in a 17-7 victory over Vestavia Hills.
STARLING THOMAS, RAMSAY: Thomas, named to the Alabama All-Star Team last week, returned a punt and a kickoff for touchdowns in a 53-35 victory over Carroll.
BRYCESON MASSEY, MCGILL-TOOLEN CATHOLIC: Scored a pair of TDs – one on a blocked punt and the other on a fumble recovery – as the Jackets beat Baker 48-6.
MONTRELL CAMPBELL, MADISON ACADEMY: Returned a kickoff 65 yards for the go-ahead TD with 5:32 left in the game in a 26-22 win at North Jackson.
MONTGOMERY – Two quarterbacks and a placekicker/punter fill out the 40-player Alabama All-Star Team that will face Mississippi in the 31th annual Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Football Game Dec. 16 at the University of Southern Mississippi at Hattiesburg.
The roster, comprised of current high school seniors, was being released by position this week. Defensive linemen were announced Monday, offensive linemen on Tuesday, linebackers and defensive end on Wednesday, running backs Thursday, defensive backs Friday and receivers Saturday.
The quarterbacks/kickers were officially announced Sunday to close out the player series, according to Alvin Briggs, Director of the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association.
The annual all-star contest is an event of the AHSADCA and the Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) and the Mississippi Association of Coaches (MAC). Steve Smith of Piedmont is serving as Alabama’s head coach.
The quarterbacks selected are James Foster of Sidney Lanier and Jack West of Saraland, and the place-kicking and punting duties will be handled by Ethan McPherson of Fort Payne. West has committed to Stanford University, Foster has committed to Missouri and McPherson has announced plans to sign with Mississippi State.
Photos, videos, statistics and other information on each of the all-stars can be found at www.ahsaanow.com.
The all-star game, which has been played annually since 1988, was played in Mississippi for the first time in 2015 with Mississippi winning 28-21. Alabama rebounded to win 25-14 last year at Cramton Bowl and improved its edge in the series to 22-8.
The game will be televised live over the Raycom Network of stations in Mississippi and Alabama. The contest will also be broadcast live over the AHSAA Radio Network.
MONTGOMERY – Six receivers and a tight end have been selected to the 40-player Alabama All-Star Team that will face Mississippi in the 31th annual Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Football Game Dec. 16 at the University of Southern Mississippi at Hattiesburg.
The roster, comprised of current high school seniors, was being released by position this week. Defensive linemen were announced Monday, offensive linemen on Tuesday, linebackers and defensive end on Wednesday, running backs Thursday, defensive backs Friday and quarterbacks and a kicker Sunday.
The wide receivers and tight end selections were officially announced Saturday, according to Alvin Briggs, Director of the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association.
The annual all-star contest is an event of the AHSADCA and the Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) and the Mississippi Association of Coaches (MAC). Steve Smith of Piedmont is serving as Alabama’s head coach.
The tight end selected is Michael Parker of Westminster Christian. The receivers include: Demontrez Brown, Bob Jones; Shedrick Jackson, Hoover; Anquaevious Pollard, Lanett; Justyn Ross, Central-Phenix City; Seth Williams, Paul Bryant; and Nathaniel Watson, Maplesville, was chosen in the athlete position.
Photos, videos, statistics and other information on each of the all-stars can be found at www.ahsaa.now.