December 5, 2017
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Community Volunteers Embrace Super 7
to Make Special Memories for Teams, Fans
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Once the Alabama High School Athletic Association Super 7 State Football Championships begin on Wednesday, it will be easy for fans to spot their favorite team. The team most responsible for the success of the event may not be quite as conspicuous, but it has been putting in extra hours making memories from three days at Bryant-Denny Stadium last a lifetime.
“The volunteers that each community provide for our championship events are the foundation of the event,” said AHSAA Executive Director Steve Savarese. “Without those volunteers, we could not provide the quality event we do. We have so many people who give of their time to give back to the community.”
The long tradition of community support for AHSAA championship events began in Birmingham when the Monday Morning Quarterback Club and the Birmingham Tipoff Club got involved in the football and basketball championships decades ago. Now, with the football championships rotating between Tuscaloosa and Auburn, those communities and universities have taken up the mantle and taken it to a new level.
According to the Tuscaloosa Tourism & Sports staff, there will be 434 volunteers working more than 1,700 hours during Super 7 week.
“Tuscaloosa Tourism & Sports values our community partnerships above all else,” said Don Staley, the CEO and president of the tourism group. “Nothing is more vital to the success of our events than the selfless commitment of all those involved.”
Volunteers work as team hosts, selling and taking tickets at the gates, providing suite hospitality and staffing the press box. There are 62 volunteers per shift.
“I am a team host and having been doing this since 2009,” said Richard Powell, staff civil engineer at the University of Alabama. “My role is to coordinate everything that the team needs while in Tuscaloosa, which includes making sure that their hotel is ready for them when they arrive, restaurants can accommodate them, they have a place to have a walk-through or practice if needed and whatever else they need.”
It’s not just people who provide the vital support necessary to make the Super 7 a success. The universities and business community are critical partners.
“Both universities embrace our event,” Savarese said. “They treat us just like it’s any college football game that they’re hosting. It’s the most humbling experience I’ve been part of. It’s been such a great experience to watch Auburn and Alabama, who compete at the highest level, work together in the same fashion. It’s been a tremendous experience and I’ve gained a tremendous respect for both universities because of their commitment, their selflessness and their service to our member schools.”
Max Karrh, a senior vice president at Bryant Bank, said the finance professionals enjoy sharing their expertise – and getting out to the stadium. “Bryant Bank is proud to provide Super 7 volunteers each time it rolls around to Tuscaloosa,” he said. “With about 10 bankers, we have the fun opportunity to engage with, and welcome, the guests by helping sell tickets at the front gate. As a bank, we can lend our expertise and experience of handling cash properly and securely to enhance this statewide event that is a huge economic boost to Tuscaloosa. It’s a win-win situation for all involved!”
The teams involved in the Super 7 recognize how volunteers make the event run as smoothly as possible. The volunteers know how important their efforts are to the community and the participants, but they also get something extra from giving their time.
“I volunteer because I feel like it is vital to help people in need, which I feel is a worthwhile cause, while helping the community and hopefully making it a better place,” Powell said. “I believe that volunteering is a two-way street. It benefits the individual as much as it benefits the organization that you are helping. I believe that the more you volunteer, the more benefits you’ll experience. Volunteering allows me to connect with others that, in turn, brings fun and fulfillment to my life.
“This experience has allowed me to make new friends, and has expanded my network by exposing me to people with common interests,” he said. “Finally, I enjoy volunteering because it allows me to establish strong relationships, it is good for society and it gives me a sense of purpose.”
Savarese pointed out a monetary benefit of having such an outpouring of community support at the Super 7 venues. “Because of our volunteers, we’re able to give back to our schools with guarantees for playing in the playoffs,” he said. “Whether they have five fans or 5,000 – they are going to get a guarantee because of the universities’ commitment to the event and the communities’ commitment. It lowers our expenses and we’re able to do more for our member schools.”
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The Alabama High School Athletic Association, founded in 1921, is a private agency organized by its member schools to control and promote their athletic programs. The purpose of the AHSAA is to regulate, coordinate and promote the interscholastic athletic programs among its member schools, which include public, private and parochial institutions.
MONTGOMERY – All seven AHSAA Super 7 state championship football games will be available to viewers across the state at a Raycom affiliate or over the affiliate’s Bounce Channel and over the internet on You Tube by live video-stream. There is no Raycom station is located in Mobile, but viewers from that area will have several ways to view the championships.
According to Raycom Producer Rich Michaelson of Broadview Media, WKRG TV, over its D-3 channel (My TV), is carrying all games live – including McGill-Toolen Catholic vs. Hoover in the 7A state finals Wednesday night; St. Paul’s Episcopal vs. Briarwood Christian in the 5A finals on Thursday night; and UMS-Wright vs. Fayette County in the 4A finals Friday.
WKRG’s My TV channel can be found on the following Mobile area cable networks:
Comcast – Channel 177
Cox – Channel 699
Mediacom – Channel 81
Cable channels showing the Super 7 Championships can be accessed for any community in the state by going to: http://www.pathtotheplayoffs.com/ and clicking on “Where to Watch.”
Live video-streaming of all seven championship games can be accessed at the following You Tube links:
· McGill-Toolen v. Hoover 7A
Direct Link: https://youtu.be/_9vMLkhGHtY
· Hillcrest-Evergreen vs. Randolph Co 3A
Direct Link: https://youtu.be/8RJGu0b_UTU
· Sweet Water vs. Pickens County 1A
Direct Link: https://youtu.be/zFt_J6Bny0w
· Briarwood Christian vs. St. Paul’s Ep 5A
Direct Link: https://youtu.be/vWqD_ARIe2Q
· Fayette County vs. UMS-Wright 4A
Direct Link: https://youtu.be/rLHYuWbdRKA
· Lanett vs. Leroy 2A
Direct Link: https://youtu.be/cscyiyPmfoY
· Wetumpka vs. Pinson Valley 6A
Direct Link: https://youtu.be/9RSiT5QWMs0
MONTGOMERY – Raycom Media is pleased to announce the TV schedule for the 2017 AHSAA Super 7 Football games to be televised live and web-streamed from Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa this week. Raycom announced today the slate of games airing December 6-8 from Bryant-Denny stadium in Tuscaloosa. As an AHSAA TV Partner the live broadcast of the Super 7 championships game will are available on 5 Raycom affiliates in-state WAFF, WBRC, WSFA, WTVM, WDFX and WKRG Dot 3 in Mobile many on main channels in their markets. The games will be either on Raycom’s Bounce channel or main channel. Check the chart below for more details. The AHSAA/Special Olympics Alabama Unified Game, which is being produced by Brent Jones and the Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa High School’s NFHS Network School Broadcast Program, will also be free to all viewers over the NFHS Network. Go to http://www.nfhsnetwork.com/explore/upcoming/school/79b4a0a4a9 for more information. The link for the game should be uploaded by the end of the day Tuesday.
Wednesday 12/6 7:00 PM
McGill-Toolen v. Hoover
WKRG - Mobile
Comcast - 177
Cox - 699
Mediacom - 81
Thursday 12/7 11:00 AM
Hillcrest-Evergreen vs. Randolph Co
Thursday 12/7 3:00 PM
Sweet Water vs. Pickens Co.
Thursday 12/7 7:00 PM
Briarwood Christian vs. St. Paul’s Ep
Friday 12/8 11:00 AM
Fayette County vs. UMS-Wright
Friday 12/8 3:00 PM
Lanett vs. Leroy
Friday 12/8 7:00 PM
Wetumpka vs. Pinson Valley
McGill-Toolen v. Hoover 7A
Direct Link: https://youtu.be/_9vMLkhGHtY
Hillcrest-Evergreen vs. Randolph Co 3A
Direct Link: https://youtu.be/8RJGu0b_UTU
Sweet Water vs. Pickens County 1A
Direct Link: https://youtu.be/zFt_J6Bny0w
Briarwood Christian vs. St. Paul’s Ep 5A
Direct Link: https://youtu.be/vWqD_ARIe2Q
Fayette County vs. UMS-Wright 4A
Direct Link: https://youtu.be/rLHYuWbdRKA
Lanett vs. Leroy 2A
Direct Link: https://youtu.be/cscyiyPmfoY
Wetumpka vs. Pinson Valley 6A
Direct Link: https://youtu.be/9RSiT5QWMs0
Viewers can go to www.pathtotheplayoffs.com for more information and channel schedule for the games airing in your area.
Tickets can be purchased on line. For ticket information, go to: https://gofan.co/app/school/AHSAA/Super7
MONTGOMERY – Four unbeaten teams and one defending state champion advanced to the 2017 Super 7 State Football Championships set for the University of Alabama’s Bryant-Denny Stadium, Dec. 6-7-8.
Randolph County (13-1) avenged a regular-season 41-31 loss to two-time defending Class 3A state champion and Region 5 rival Piedmont in the semifinals Friday with a dramatic 35-28 win over the Bulldogs to clinch a berth in championship game. Coach Pat Prestridge’s Tigers from Wedowee scored the winning touchdown with 1.6 seconds remaining in the game. Randolph County had a chance to tie the game at 28-28 a few minutes earlier but failed on a two-point try.
“It was an incredible finish,” Prestridge said of the semifinal win. Piedmont won the 2015 and 2016 Class 3 state titles. The Tigers, 36-5 over the last three seasons with two losses coming at the hands of Piedmont, will face Hillcrest-Evergreen (13-1), which beat Region 1 rival Clarke County 20-14 to reach the Super 7 finals for the first time in school history. Randolph County last reached the finals in 1998.
Leroy (12-2) went for two in its 28-21 win over Goshen in the semifinals. The Bears of Coach Jason Massey took the lead 22-21 with 1:26 left going for two after trailing for most of the game, then blocked a 45-yard field goal attempt by the Eagles in the final seconds and ran the blocked kick back for a final touchdown. Lanett (14-0) downed Sulligent (12-2) 59-28 to capture the other 2A championship game berth.
In Class 5A, St. Paul’s Episcopal (13-1) and Briarwood Christian (14-0) won close game in the semifinals to reach the finals. Coach Steve Mask’s Saints edged Demopolis 20-19 and Coach Fred Yancey’s Lions rebounded from a 27-10 halftime deficit to beat St. Clair County 37-33.
The Saints and Lions, with eight state titles between them, played in the 2007 state finals – a game that included two blocked kicks in the final minutes. St. Paul’s won 14-13. Both starting quarterbacks in that game, A.J. McCarron of St. Paul’s and Barrett Trotter of Briarwood, met again in college in the Iron Bowl as starters for Alabama and Auburn, respectively.
In Class 6A, Wetumpka (13-1) beat Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa 44-27 and Pinson Valley (14-0) beat Clay-Chalkville 37-7 to reach the finals for the first time in school history. In Class 4A, Fayette County (12-2) beat previously undefeated Saks 34-7 and UMS-Wright (12-2) nipped Andalusia 35-28 to set up the 4A championship game. And in Class 1A, Pickens County (12-2) scored 29 points in the fourth quarter to beat South Lamar 35-7 and Sweet Water (12-1) edged Wadley 27-21 in the other semifinal to advance to the Super 7.
Hoover (10-3) and McGill-Toolen Catholic (13-0) clinched spots in the 7A finals on Nov. 24. The Bucs are the only defending champion to advance to the finals this season. The Yellow Jackets are one four teams still unbeaten. Lanett, Briarwood Christian and Pinson Valley are the other unbeaten teams in the Super 7.
Schools reaching the Super 7 championships for the first are: Hillcrest-Evergreen, Lanett, Wetumpka, Pinson Valley and Baldwin County’s Unified team.
Raycom Media, the AHSAA’s TV partner, will televise all seven championships over its Raycom network of affiliates. The AHSAA Radio Network will broadcast all seven finals as well.
UNIFIED TEAMS IN SUPER 7: Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa’s NFHS Network School Broadcast Program will live-stream the fourth annual Unified Sports game between Vestavia Hills and Baldwin County, which kicks off the Super 7 Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. at Bryant-Denny Stadium. The AHSAA partners with Special Olympics Alabama to host the annual flag football game.
Complete Super 7 pairings:
SUPER 7 STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS
Bryant-Denny Stadium, Tuscaloosa
Wednesday, Dec. 6
Baldwin County vs. Vestavia Hills, 3:30 p.m.
McGill-Toolen Catholic (13-0) vs. Hoover (10-3), 7 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 7
Hillcrest-Evergreen (13-1) vs. Randolph County (13-1), 11 a.m.
Sweet Water (12-1) vs. Pickens County (12-2), 3 p.m.
Briarwood Christian (14-0) vs. St. Paul’s Episcopal (13-1), 7 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 8
Fayette County (12-2) vs. UMS-Wright (12-2), 11 a.m.
Lanett (14-0) vs. Leroy (12-2), 3 p.m.
MONTGOMERY – Raycom Media has selected Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa at Wetumpka as the Raycom/AHSAA State Playoff Game of the Week tonight. The Class 6A semifinal game will be shown live over the television network’s stations in Alabama. To find local listings, go to: www.pathtotheplayoffs.com.
AHSAA Corporate Partner ALFA has also designated Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa at Wetumpka as its ALFA Game of the Week.
The NFHS Network Playoff Game of the Week will be the other Class 6A semifinal featuring Clay-Chalkville at Pinson Valley. The NFHS Network, through its AHSAA School Broadcast Program, will feature nine football playoff live video-streaming productions tonight as the AHSAA state football playoffs determine next week’s Super 7 participants. Raycom will broadcast all seven Super 7 State Football Championships Dec. 6-8 from Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa and the Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa NFHS Network School Broadcast Program will live-stream the Super 7 Unified Sports Game between Vestavia Hills and Baldwin County on Wednesday.
The NFHS Network will also live-stream the finals of the 58th annual AHSAA State Swimming & Diving Championships Saturday at Auburn University’s Martin Aquatics Center beginning at 2 p.m.
Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa (10-3) rolls into Wetumpka (12-1) following a 26-24 victory over Opelika in the Class 6A quarterfinals. Coach Sam Adams’ Patriots opened the season at 0-2 but have since won 10 of their last 11 games. The only loss was to Class 7A Thompson 33-27 in the last game of the regular season. Wetumpka (12-1), coached by Tim Perry, beat Spanish Fort 69-41 last week. The Indians scored 34 points in the third quarter to break open a game tied at 21 all. The defense intercepted five passes with Malik Davis returning on 68 yards for a TD to jump-start the third-quarter rally. Teammate Rico Bozeman also returned a fumble 17 yards for another score in the same quarter.
The NFHS Network AHSAA Game of the Week will feature two Jefferson County rivals. Clay-Chalkville (10-3) beat previously undefeated Oxford 31-15 and Pinson Valley (13-0), led by Bo Nix’s 400 yards passing, beat another undefeated team Austin 51-50 in overtime.
The NFHS Network is producing this game with veteran announcer Jerry Young handling play-by-play. Producer is Stacy Mills. The game will be live-streamed over the NFHS Network’s subscriber-based network. The Cullman High School NFHS School Broadcast program is also live-streaming the St. Clair County vs. Briarwood Christian Class 5A semifinals tonight at Briarwood. Producer is John Drake.
Jerry Young is teaming with J.J. McCormick and Zach Myers to live-stream the state swimming championships Saturday.
In addition to the live video and TV telecasts, 22 radio/internet audio broadcasts have been approved for this week’s playoffs.
To check out the football games on the NFHS Network, go to: http://www.nfhsnetwork.com/alabama/football
To subscribe to the NFHS Network, click:
The NFHS live-stream of the Clay-Chalkville vs. Pinson Valley game may be accessed at:
To access the AHSAA State swimming championships, go to the following link:
Those who currently have not joined the Network can view the delayed version (beginning next Tuesday) once they sign up for the free membership.
FRIDAY’S FEATURED GAMES
Raycom Game of the Week
Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa at Wetumpka, 7 p.m.
NFHS NETWORK PLAYOFF GAME OF THE WEEK
Clay-Chalkville at Pinson Valley, 7 p.m.
ALFA AHSAA GAME OF THE WEEK
Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa at Wetumpka, 7 p.m.
NFHS NETWORK SCHEDULE OF AHSAA PLAYOFFS
FRIDAY, DEC. 1
FOOTBALL PLAYOFFS Producer Air Time
Sweet Water at Wadley NFHS Net (WELR) 6:29 p.m.
Leroy at Goshen Goshen HS SBP 7 p.m.
Leroy at Goshen NFHS Network (House) 7 p.m.
Sulligent at Lanett NFHS Network (WELR) 7 p.m.
Randolph County at Piedmont NFHS Net (WEHR) 7 p.m.
UM S-Wright at Andalusia Andalusia HS SBP 7 p.m.
St. Clair County at Briarwood Chr. Cullman HS SBP 6:59 p.m.
Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa at Wetumpka Hillcrest HS SBP 6:30 p.m.
Clay-Chalkville at Pinson Valley NFHS Network (Mills) 7 p.m.
BASKETBALL Producer Air Time
Hazel Green at Hoover (JV Girls) Hoover HS SBP 4:30 p.m.
Hazel Green at Hoover Var. Girls) Hoover HS SBP 6 p.m.
Ben. at Smiths Station (Var. Boys) Smiths Station HS SBP 7 p.m.
MONTGOMERY – Wetumpka High School junior quarterback J.D. Martin and senior running back Kavosiey Smoke have quietly provided a powerful 1-2 punch for Coach Tim Perry’s Indians (12-1) all football season.
After last Friday night’s performances, however, the secret is now out. The mighty duo combined to rush for 445 yards and seven touchdowns in the Indians’ 69-41 Class 6A quarterfinal football playoff win over Spanish Fort last Friday to thrust Wetumpka into the AHSAA Football Spotlight for the third round of the state playoffs.
Martin rushed for 261 yards and three touchdowns in and Smoke ran for 184 yards and four touchdowns as Wetumpka moved into the semifinals of the Class 6A state playoffs for the first time in school history. The 69 points was the most for WHS in a playoff game and the combined 110 points is the most by both teams in school history.
That history began in 1902 when Wetumpka, then known as Fifth District Agricultural School, played Starke Academy and lost 12-6. The school changed its name to State Secondary Agriculture School in 1917 and was renamed Wetumpka High School in 1932. For 116 seasons (they did not field a team in 1918) football has been a fall passion for the residents of this Elmore County town.
The Indians had more than 600 yards total offense in the playoff win at Hohenburg Field. Wetumpka will be at home again Friday as Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa (10-3) comes in after beating Opelika 26-24. Opelika has been the only team to beat Perry’s Indians this year, winning 20-19 on a last-play field goal during the regular season. Since then, Wetumpka has won four games in a row, including three playoff games.
Smoke and Martin have given WHS the ability to score from any yard line on the field. And they have done so often. Wetumpka is averaging 43.2 points per game and giving up only 18.4. The 559 points scored this season has already broken the school record (505), which was set in 1995 when the Indians finished 13-1 and reached the semifinals in Class 5A. Blount beat the Indians 20-14 that season. Wetumpka defeated the Leopards in the first round of the playoffs this season 41-7.
The duo’s efforts edged out tremendous performances by Jermaine Brown and Bo Nix.
Brown, a junior running back at St. Luke’s Episcopal, closed out a stellar junior season with 38 carries, 470 yards and six touchdowns as the Wildcats lost a heart-breaking 56-52 Class 2A quarterfinal playoff contest to Goshen. The 470 rushing yards tied second Jerry Stancil of Gaylesville for second highest single-game rushing total in AHSAA history. Stancil rank for 470 yards in a 48-28 win over Spring Garden in 2004. The state single-game record of 531 yards was set by Tony Dixon of Parrish in an 81-58 win over Hubbertville in 2003. Dixon, who went to Kentucky where he had a stellar college career, had 21 carries, all in the first three quarters.
Nix, a junior quarterback at Pinson Valley, completed 31-of-39 passes for 400 yards and seven touchdowns and also tacked on a pair of 2-point conversion passes as the unbeaten Indians (13-0) nipped Austin (12-1) in overtime 51-50 in the Class 6A quarterfinals. The seven touchdown passes tied for third-most in AHSAA history. He connected with seven different receivers. His final pass of the game came on a 2-point conversion that gave Pinson the win.
In other top playoff performances reported:
CADE BLACKMON, OPELIKA: Completed 26-of-37 passes for 367 yards, three touchdowns for the Bulldogs (9-4) in a 26-24 loss to Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa in the Class 6A playoffs.
WILLIE MILLER, CLAY-CHALKVILLE: Was 11-of-19 passing for 203 yards and two touchdowns in a 31-15 victory over previously unbeaten Oxford (21-1) in the Class 6A quarterfinals. Clay (11-2) advanced to the semifinals with the win.
CHANCE STEVENSON, FAYETTE COUNTY: Was 12-of-24 passing for 206 yards, rushed 22 times for 54 yards and accounted for all five Fayette County touchdowns in a 34-27 victory by the Tigers (11-2) over Hokes Bluff in the Class 4A quarterfinals.
ASA MARTIN, AUSTIN: The senior running back selected for the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game in December closed out his career at Austin (12-1) with 379 yards rushing and three touchdowns (70, 39 and 68 yards) on 29 carries in a wild 51-50 Class 6A quarterfinal overtime loss to Pinson Valley (13-0). He also threw a 41-yard pass to Collin Moses. Teammate Antonio Robinson also had 160 yards and two TDs (8 and 33 yards) in the game.
KELSTON FIKES, LEROY: Led the Bears (11-2) to a 38-20 Class 2A playoff win over Luverne with 264 yards rushing and three touchdowns. Fikes scored on runs of 42, 29 and 2 yards and now has 27 total touchdowns for the season. He surpassed 2,000 all-purpose yards in the quarterfinal victory.
DARRIAN MEADS, HOKES BLUFF: Ran 29 times for 251 yards and TDs of 13, 58 and 68 yards in a 34-27 loss to Fayette County in the Class 4A quarterfinals.
SYMON SMITH, UMS-WRIGHT: Rushed for 201 yards, including a 62-yard touchdown in the second quarter, to lead the Class 4A Bulldogs (11-2) to a 31-7 Class 4A playoff victory over Bibb County (11-2).
LARRY McCAMMON, HOOVER: Rushed for 196 yards and three touchdowns on 32 carries in a 31-12 victory over Thompson in Class 7A semifinals. Defending state champion Hoover (10-3) clinched a spot in the Super 7 Class 7A finals for the 16th time since 2000.
CARDAVION MYERS, PIEDMONT: Piled up 129 yards rushing on 17 carries and threw a touchdown pass as defending 3A state champion Piedmont (12-1) beat Colbert Heights (11-2) in the quarterfinals of the playoffs 34-13. His 24-yard touchdown pass to Lee Stanley came on a 4th-and-18 play.
AUSTIN KINSEY, CLARKE COUNTY: Picked up 101 of his 132 rushing yards in the second half as the Bulldogs (11-2) beat Mobile Christian 21-16 to advance to the Class 3A semifinals. He had a 52-yard touchdown run and caught a 58-yard pass to set up another Clarke County score.
JORDAN INGRAM, ST. PAUL’S EPISCOPAL: Rushes for 123 yards on 11 carries and scored on runs of 35, 3 and 42 yards as the Saints (12-1) beat defending 5A state champion Beauregard 52-20 to advance to the semifinals.
ANTONIO BESTEDER, DEMOPOLIS: Had 112 yards rushing on 28 carries with 87 yards coming in the second half as the Tigers downed Vigor 35-24 in the Class 5A quarterfinals.
JORDAN HEARD, OPELIKA: Caught six passes for 192 yards and a touchdown as the Bulldogs (9-4) lost 26-24 to Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa in the Class 6A quarterfinals.
ANTHONY HUDSON, WENONAH: Had nine receptions for 150 yards and a touchdown and intercepted three passes on defense in a 27-26 Class 5A quarterfinal overtime loss to St. Clair County.
AVION CHRISTON, ST. CLAIR COUNTY: Finished with nine receptions for 115 yards and two touchdowns and added 80 yards rushing in a 27-26 overtime victory over Wenonah in the Class 5A quarterfinals.
LiALLEN DAILEY, PINSON VALLEY: Caught 10 passes for 113 yards and touchdowns of 17 and 10 yards in a 51-50 overtime victory over Austin in the Class 6A quarterfinals.
GEORGE PICKENS, HOOVER: Caught six passes for 112 yards and a 59-yard touchdown in a 31-12 victory over Thompson (12-1) in Class 7A semifinals.
CHARLES RUSSELL, BRIARWOOD CHRISTIAN: Recovered a fumble and recorded a sack to lead a defense that shut out Etowah (11-2) as the Lions (13-0) beat the Blue Devils 31-0 in the Class 5A playoffs.
JACQUEZ JONES, HILLCREST-TUSCALOOSA: Caused a fumble and recovered it for a touchdown in a 26-24 victory over Opelika in the Class 6A quarterfinals.
WILL REICHARD, HOOVER: The punter ran 10 yards for a first down on a fake punt in the fourth quarter in a 31-12 victory over Thompson (12-1) in the Class 7A semifinals. He also averaged 44.5 yards on four punts, with a 61-yard punt downed at the Thompson 1 and a 44-yard punt downed at the 3.
CAGAN CAMPBELL, HILLCREST-TUSCALOOSA: Had two long punt returns for the Patriots (10-3), including a 45-yarder for a touchdown, in a 26-24 victory over Opelika in the Class 6A quarterfinals.
BRYCESON MASSEY, McGILL-TOOLEN CATHOLIC: Blocked a PAT in overtime as the Yellow Jackets (13-0) edged Central-Phenix City 27-26 to earn a berth in the Super 7 championship game for the third straight season.
KAEDON JENKINS, PIEDMONT: Returned the opening kickoff 76 yards for a touchdown in the Bulldogs’ 34-13 victory at Colbert Heights.
SIDNEY PERRY, CHEROKEE COUNTY: Returned a blocked field goal attempt 73 yards in the fourth quarter and caught a TD pass in the first half in the Warriors’ 42-14 loss to Saks in the Class 4A playoffs.
MONTGOMERY – Six unbeaten teams and two defending state champions advanced through the third round of 2017 Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) State Football Playoffs this weekend including defending Class 7A state champion Hoover (10-3) and McGill-Toolen Catholic (13-0). Those two schools won Class 7A semifinal games at Thompson and Central-Phenix City, respectively, Friday, will play in the Super 7 state championship game at Bryant-Denny Stadium Dec. 6. All other classes play semifinal contests Friday, Dec. 1.
A total of 12 games are slated for the semis in remaining six classes.
Five defending state champions and seven unbeaten teams were on the road Friday night, and road wasn’t very kind. Three-time defending Class 1A state champion Maplesville (11-1) saw its 34-game winning streak and 17-game playoff winning streak come to an end as Sweet Water won at home 26-21. It took a valiant goal-line stand late in the fourth quarter to seal the win. The Bulldogs (11-1) travels to Wadley (12-0) in a 1A semifinal match Friday.
In Class 2A, defending state champion Fyffe (12-1) also saw its 27-game winning streak end at Sulligent (12-1). The Blue Devils will now go on the road to face another unbeaten opponent Lanett (13-0) next Friday in the Class 2A semifinals.
And in Class 5A, St. Paul’s Episcopal (12-1) downed defending Class 5A state champion Beauregard 52-20 to set up Friday’s semifinal game at Demopolis (11-2). In addition to defending 7 champ Hoover, defending 3A state champion Piedmont (12-1) beat Colbert Heights 34-13 to advance to the semifinals to face Region 5 rival Randolph County (12-1) this week at Piedmont.
Five unbeaten teams lost with five set to play in this week’s semifinals. Unbeaten teams by class advancing include: (Class 1A) Wadley (12-0); (Class 2A) Lanett (13-0); (Class 4A) Saks (13-0); Class 5A: Briarwood Christian (13-0); (Class 6A) Pinson Valley (13-0); and (Class 7A) McGill-Toolen Catholic (13-0) moved to the finals.
A total of 16 No. 1 seeds, seven No. 2 seeds and one No. 3 seed will be among the 24 teams playing in the semifinals in Class 1A through 6A. Six will play teams from their same regions.
In Class 1A, Region 5 champion Pickens County (11-2) hosts runner-up South Lamar (10-3). In Class 3A, Region 1 champion Hillcrest-Evergreen (12-1) hosts runner-up Clarke County (11-2), and Region 5 champion Piedmont (12-1) hosts Randolph County (12-1). In Class 4A, Region 1 runner-up UMS-Wright (11-2) travels to No. 1 seed Andalusia (12-1). In Class 5A, Region 5 winner Briarwood Christian (13-0) hosts third seed St. Clair County (10-3). And in Class 6A, Region 6 runner-up Clay-Chalkville (11-2) will be at Region 6 champion Pinson Valley (13-0). The Indians won a 51-50 overtime thriller over previously undefeated Austin in the quarterfinals.
While Hoover and McGill-Toolen advance to the Class 7A championship game Wednesday, Dec. 6, teams advancing from the remaining semifinals will move to the Super 7 finals Dec. 7 and 8. Classes 1A, 3A and 5A will play championship games at Tuscaloosa on Thursday, Dec. 7, and Classes 2A, 4A and 6A conclude the 2017 Super 7 State Championships with finals on Friday, Dec. 8. All games will be televised live over the Raycom Media AHSAA Network.
UNIFIED TEAMS NAMED FOR SUPER 7: Vestavia Hills and Baldwin County unified football teams have captured berths in the fourth annual AHSAA/Special Olympics Alabama unified game at 3 p.m., on Dec. 6. It will precede the Class 7A finals, which is scheduled for 7 p.m.
AHSAA 2017 Football Playoffs
(All games, Friday, Dec. 1, 7 p.m. CST)
Sweet Water (11-1) at Wadley (12-0)
South Lamar (10-3) at Pickens County (11-2), Reform
Leroy (11-2) at Goshen (12-1)
Sulligent (12-1) at Lanett (13-0)
Clarke County (11-2) at Hillcrest-Evergreen (12-1)
Randolph County (12-1) at Piedmont (12-1)
UMS-Wright (11-2) at Andalusia (12-1)
Saks (13-0) at Fayette County (11-2), Fayette
St. Paul’s Episcopal (12-1)at Demopolis (11-2)
St. Clair County (10-3) at Briarwood Christian (13-0)
Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa (10-3) at Wetumpka (12-1)
Clay-Chalkville (11-2) at Pinson Valley (13-0)
SUPER 7 CHAMPIONSHIPS
Dec. 6-7-8, Bryant-Denny Stadium, Tuscaloosa
WEDNESDAY, DEC. 6
Baldwin County vs. Vestavia Hills, 3 p.m.
CLASS 7A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP
McGill-Toolen Catholic (13-0) vs. Hoover (10-3), 7 p.m.
THURSDAY, DEC. 7
Class 3A State Championship, 11 a.m.
Class 1A State Championship, 3 p.m.
Class 5A State Championship, 7 p.m.
FRIDAY, DEC. 8
Class 4A State Championship, 11 a.m.
Class 2A State Championship, 3 p.m.
Class 6A State Championship, 7 p.m.
AHSAA 2017 Football Playoffs
AHSAA 2017 Football Playoffs
Quarterfinal Results (Friday, Nov. 24)
Wadley (12-0) 34, Marengo (9-4) 20
Sweet Water (11-1) 26, Maplesville (11-1) 21
South Lamar (10-3) 34, Addison (10-3) 20
Pickens County (11-2) 37, Cherokee (9-4) 8
Leroy (11-2) 38, Luverne (10-3) 20
Goshen (12-1) 56, St. Luke’s Episcopal (10-2) 52
Sulligent (12-1) 35, Fyffe (12-1) 28
Lanett (13-0) 48, Lamar County (8-5) 7
Clarke County (11-2) 21, Mobile Christian (9-4) 16
Hillcrest-Evergreen (12-1) 29, American Christian (9-4) 21
Randolph County (12-1) 55, Sylvania (11-2) 24
Piedmont (12-1) 34, Colbert Heights (11-2) 13
UMS-Wright (11-2) 31, Bibb County (11-2) 7
Andalusia (12-1) 45, Aabama Christian (10-3) 13
Fayette County (11-2) 34, Hokes Bluff (10-3) 27
Saks (13-0) 42, Cherokee County (6-7) 14
St. Paul’s Episcopal (12-1) 52, Beauregard (10-2) 20
Demopolis (11-2) 35, Vigor (9-4) 14
St. Clair County (10-3) 27, Wenonah (10-2) 26 (OT)
Briarwood Christian (13-0) 31, Etowah (11-2) 0
Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa (10-3) 29, Opelika (9-4) 27
Wetumpka (12-1) 69, Spanish Fort (11-2) 41
Pinson Valley (13-0) 51, Austin (12-1) 50 (OT)
Clay-Chalkville (11-2) 31, Oxford (12-1) 15
CLASS 7A (Semifinals)
McGill-Toolen Catholic (13-0) 27, Central-Phenix City (11-1) 26 (OT)
Hoover (10-3) 31, Thompson (12-1) 12
MONTGOMERY – Cherokee County started the season with three straight losses and was just 2-5 heading into the eighth week of the 2017 football season. The Warriors of Coach Thomas Curry didn’t lose hope, however.
They finished strong in Class 4A, Region 5 to capture the fourth region spot in the playoffs, and now, after two straight playoff wins, Cherokee County (6-6) is the only four seed still playing and is just two victories away from the state championship game. The ‘Cinderella Story’ continues for the boys from Centre as they grabbed the AHSAA Football Spotlight for Week 2 of the state playoffs.
Quarterback Tyren Dupree was almost perfect in last week’s 28-24 win over Region 8 runner-up Wilson (10-2) as the Warriors pulled out a 28-24 win and moved into round three this week to face Region 6 winner Saks. Dupree was 10-of-11 passing for 152 yards and three touchdowns and ran for 154 yards on 21 carries with a 58-yard scoring run. He connected with Marcus Barrington four times for 72 yards and two touchdowns as Cherokee County overcame a fine performance by Wilson quarterback Tucker Brown. He was 14-of-21 passing for Wilson (10-2) for 214 yards and one TD and rushed for 121 yards and two scores on 23 carries in the loss.
The Warriors have a rich playoff history. Curry, in his 22nd season as a head coach, is 167-94 overall and 118-80 in 17 seasons at Centre. His 2008 team finished 4A runner-up with a 14-1 record and the 2009 team was 15-0 and won the state title. Cherokee County is 20-9 in 10 playoff appearances during Curry’s tenure and 30-23 overall in 24 trips to the playoffs dating back to 1967, the first year the state playoffs were held for all schools.
Saks (12-0) beat Cherokee County 45-0 earlier this season on the way to a perfect 10-0 regular season. Saks will host Friday’s quarterfinal game thanks to winning the Region 5 title. All four of the playoff qualifiers from Region 5 won the first week of the playoffs with third seed Hokes Bluff (10-2) knocking off Madison Academy 12-10, Saks beating Westminster Christian 42-21, Cherokee County downing Region 7 champion Sardis 21-14 and second seed Jacksonville beating Randolph.
Jacksonville fell on the road to Region 6 champion Fayette County 32-16 last Friday, Hokes Bluff won over Region 8 champ and previously unbeaten Rogers 12-0 and Saks downed Dora 31-24.
Class 4A, Region 7 isn’t the only region with three teams still in the playoffs. In Class 3A, Region 1, Hillcrest-Evergreen (11-1), Clarke County (10-2) and Mobile Christian (9-3) are still alive, and in Class 5A, Region 5, Briarwood Christian (12-0), Wenonah (10-1) and St. Clair County (9-3) are also playing this week.
In other playoff highlights from Round 2:
STANLEY ECLIPSES 4,000 CAREER YARDS: Piedmont senior Lee Stanley rushed for 213 yards on 19 carries and scored once on a 75-yard run as the defending 3A state champs beat J.B. Pennington 28-13. His last carry of the night covered 11 yards and put him over 4,000 rushing yards for his career – just the second Bulldogs running back in history to reach that milestone. He heads into this week’s Class 3A quarterfinals at Colbert Heights with 4,003 career rushing yards.
TYSON GOES OVER 400 YARDS: Junior quarterback Paul Tyson of Hewitt-Trussville connected on 25-of-46 passes for a career-high 409 yards and three touchdowns in a 56-21 Class 7A playoff loss to Hoover. Hewitt finished its season 11-1.
COLBERT HEIGHTS GAMBLE CLINCHES SPOT IN QUARTERFINALS: Quarterback Kevin Shaw rushed for 161 yards and two scores and passed for 101 yards and two touchdowns in a 36-35 overtime win over Weaver in the 3A playoffs. A gamble in overtime paid off. After Weaver scored first and kicked the extra point to take a 35-28 lead, the Wildcats (11-1) scored and decided to go for two – scoring the two-point conversion and clinching a spot in the quarterfinals of the state playoffs for the first time in the school’s 52-year football history.
PAYTON ANDERSON, FYFFE: Had a career-high 347 yards rushing and three touchdowns on 21 carries as the Class 2A Red Devils (12-0) beat LaFayette in the second round for their 27th win in a row.
JERMAINE BROWN, ST. LUKE’S EPISCOPAL: Accounted for six touchdowns as the Wildcats (10-1) advanced in the 2A playoffs with a 69-34 win over Abbeville. He rushed for four touchdowns, passed for two and had 470 all-purpose yards.
TREVOR CAMERON & COLBY NUNN, WADLEY: The Bulldogs' rushing duo combined for 289 yards and five touchdowns on 30 carries as Wadley (11-0) defeated Isabella 55-19 in the second round of the 1A playoffs. Cameron led the way with 172 yards and two scores on 18 carries, while Nunn had 117 yards and three touchdowns on 12 carries.
JAQUON KINCEY, ABBEVILLE: The Yellow Jackets’ quarterback rushed for 203 yards and three touchdowns (40, 64 and 98 yards) on 13 carries and completed 6-of-14 passes for 97 yards in the 69-34 Class 2A playoff loss to St. Luke's.
WILLIE PADRON, CHEROKEE: Had 13 carries for 195 yards and four touchdowns as Cherokee knocked off previously undefeated Lynn 35-14 in the 1A playoffs.
JAYLAND WHITSETT, VIGOR: Gained 164 yards rushing on 17 carries and scored once as the Wolves edged past Eufaula 19-3 in the Class 5A playoffs.
LARRY McCAMMON, HOOVER: Ran for 150 yards and two TDs on 11 carries in a 56-21 Class 7A victory over Hewitt-Trussville.
ISAIHA JONES, CEDAR BLUFF: Finished with 157 yards rushing on 21 carries and 60 receiving yards on four receptions with a 2-point conversion in the Tigers’ 21-14 loss to South Lamar.
J.R. TRAN-RENO, BRIARWOOD CHRISTIAN: Scored five touchdowns and rushed for 106 yards on 25 carries, scoring on runs of 2, 13, 5, 8 and 6 yards, in a 35-14 Class 5A victory for the Lions (12-0) over Lee-Huntsville.
DESMOND TROTTER, SHADES VALLEY: Passed for 320 yards and three TDs and rushed for 117 yards and a TD, finishing with 427 yards of total offense and four TDs in a 42-28 Class 6A playoff loss to Austin.
BO NIX, PINSON VALLEY: Passed for 291 yards and four TDs as the Indians (12-0) advanced in the 6A state playoffs with a 41-13 win over Ramsay.
TAULIA TAGOVAILOA, THOMPSON: The junior led the Warriors (12-0) to 34-10 victory over Mountain Brook with a 25-of-40 passing effort good for 251 yards and three touchdowns.
PAYTON MONTGOMERY, AUSTIN: Led the Black Bears (12-0) to a 42-35 Class 6A playoff win over Shades Valley with a strong passing effort. He completed 14-of-20 passes for 242 yards and three touchdowns.
CARLOS ROGERS, WENONAH: Finished 13-of-21 passing for 209 yards and two TDs and added eight carries for 64 yards in a 21-14 Class 5A playoff victory over Mortimer Jordan.
BROCK SNIDER, GOSHEN: The Eagles quarterback completed 9-of-22 passes for 194 yards and two touchdowns (33 and 46 yards) and added 20 yards rushing on four carries with one TD in Goshen's 42-8 Class 2A win over Thorsby. Six of the nine pass completions accounted for a first down.
JACK SAMSEL, SPANISH FORT: Was 9-of-11 passing for 224 yards and five TDs in a 48-26 Class 6A playoff victory over Sidney Lanier. He also had a 1-yard TD run.
SWIFT LYLE, ST. PAUL’S EPISCOPAL: Completed 11-of-16 passes for 186 yards and three touchdowns as the Saints (11-1) beat Carroll (11-1) 37-13 in the 5A state playoffs.
NATHAN TAYLOR, LEROY: Connected on 15-of-20 passes for 194 yards and three TDs as the Bears downed Ariton 35-21 in the Class 2A playoffs.
NOAH ALLISON, J.B. PENNINGTON: Completed 15-of-24 passes for 183 yards and a 6-yard touchdown added 28 yards rushing in the Tigers’ 28-13 Class 3A playoff loss at Piedmont.
LUKE HAMPTON, CEDAR BLUFF: Completed 8-of-14 pass attempts for 151 yards and two touchdowns, both to Davion Fife, in a 21-14 loss to South Lamar.
LIALLEN DAILY, PINSON VALLEY: Caught seven passes for 187 yards and three TDs for the Indians (12-0) in a 41-13 Class 6A victory over defending state champion Ramsay.
ELLIOTT McELWAIN, HEWITT-TRUSSVILLE: Caught 12 passes for 173 yards and added 54 yards rushing in a 7A playoff 56-21 loss to Hoover.
ZACK ALFORD, GOSHEN: Caught six passes for 156 yards and two touchdowns (33 and 46 yards) on offense and added two interceptions on defense in the Eagles' 42-8 win over Thorsby.
CHASE GREEN, WENONAH: Pulled in five catches for 114 yards in a 21-14 Class 5A playoff victory over Mortimer Jordan.
MAURICE GRAY, WEST MORGAN: The senior receiver caught six passes for 105 yards and one touchdown in the Rebels’ 48-21 Class 3A playoff loss to Sylvania. For the season, he finished with 32 catches for 675 yards and nine touchdowns.
JACKSON LANDERS, AUSTIN: The senior caught four passes for 100 yards in the Black Bears’ 42-35 Class 6A victory over Shades Valley.
RODERICK McCLOUD, CLAY-CHALKVILLE: Caught five passes for 95 yards, including a 70-yard TD, in a 30-0 Class 6A playoff victory over Homewood.
ALONDAE VASSAR, THOMPSON: Grabbed seven receptions for 76 yards and two touchdowns, all in the second half, as the Warriors (12-0) beat Mountain Brook 34-10 in the 7A playoffs.
ERIC GARROR, McGILL-TOOLEN CATHOLIC: Intercepted a pass and returned it 32 yards to the Auburn 5-yard line to set up one first-quarter score and blocked a field goal later in the period to set up another Jackets TD en route to a 31-13 Class 7A playoff win over the Tigers.
JALEN SIMS, FULTONDALE: Recorded 22 tackles in a 35-28 Class 3A loss to Randolph County. The Wildcats finished 11-1.
DEVON SCOTT, HOOVER: Recorded six of the Bucs' eight sacks in a 56-21 Class 7A playoff victory over previously unbeaten Hewitt-Trussville (11-1).
SAM WATKINS, AUSTIN: The outside linebacker had an interception with just over three minutes left in the game, stopping a Shades Valley drive and setting up an Austin touchdown that sealed the Black Bears’ 42-35 Class 6A playoff win.
JA’VARRIUS JOHNSON, ST. CLAIR COUNTY: Blocked a punt, scored on a 50-yard run and caught a 45-yard TD pass in the Saints’ 48-21 Class 5A victory over Mae Jemison.
MONTGOMERY – Twelve unbeaten teams and five defending state champions advanced through the second round of 2017 Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) State Football Playoffs this weekend. The third round of the playoffs is set for Friday, Nov. 24.
A total of 24 games are slated for the quarterfinal round of Classes 1A through 6A and two semifinal games are slated in Class 7A. Two games pit teams that are undefeated.
In Class 7A, McGill-Toolen Catholic (12-0) beat Auburn 31-13 in round two and will travel to Central-Phenix City (11-0), a 42-14 winner over Lee-Montgomery, in a semifinal battle. Class 7A teams play only four playoff rounds and Friday night’s winners will advance to the Super 7 State Championships Dec. 6 at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa. Thompson (12-0) hosts defending 7A state champion Hoover (9-3) in the other 7A semifinal at Alabaster in a Region 3 rematch. The Warriors, a 34-10 winner over Mountain Brook in round two, beat the Bucs for the first time in school history week nine of the regular season 35-25 at the Hoover Met to capture the school’s first Class 7A, Region 3 title. Hoover ousted previously unbeaten Hewitt-Trussville Friday with a 56-21 victory at Trussville.
In Class 6A, Pinson Valley (12-0) will go to Decatur Friday to face Austin (12-0) at Ogle Stadium. The Indians, coached by Patrick Nix, are 12-0 for the first time in school history. Austin is 12-0 for just the second time in school history. The first came in 1983 with legendary coach Tom Calvin at the helm. The 12 wins are the most in a season for Coach Jeremy Perkins, now in his eighth season. His 2016 and 2015 teams reached the semifinals with 10-4 records.. Nix is in his first year at Pinson after guiding Scottsboro to a 12-1 season last year.
Six teams that went through the regular season unbeaten were defeated Friday night. Unbeaten teams by class advancing this week include: (Class 1A) Maplesville (11-0); Wadley (11-0); (Class 2A) Fyffe (12-0); Lanett (12-0); (Class 3A) none; (Class 4A) Saks (12-0); Class 5A: Briarwood Christian (12-0); (Class 6A) Austin (12-0); Oxford (12-0); Pinson Valley (12-0); (Class 7A) Central-Phenix City (11-0); McGill-Toolen Catholic (12-0); and Thompson (12-0). Nine of the unbeaten teams go on the road this week.
The five defending state champions advancing include: Class 1A Maplesville; Class 2A Fyffe; Class 3A Piedmont (11-1); Class 5A Beauregard (10-1); and Class 7A Hoover (9-3). Handley, the 2016 state champion, did not reach the state playoffs this season, and defending 6A champ Ramsay was ousted Friday by Pinson Valley 41-13. Maplesville travels to Sweet Water (10-1) Friday riding a 34-game winning streak. Fyffe is also on the road at Sulligent with a 27-game winning streak on the line. Piedmont is at Colbert Heights (11-1), and Beauregard goes to St. Paul’s Episcopal (11-1), the 2015 state champs.
While the 7A winners this week advance to the Class 7A championship game Wednesday, Dec. 6, the winners in Class 1A through 6A will advance to the semifinals Dec. 1, with those winners moving on to the Super 7. Classes 1A, 3A and 5A will play championship games at Tuscaloosa on Thursday, Dec. 7, and Classes 2A, 4A and 6A conclude the 2017 Super 7 State Championships with finals on Friday, Dec. 8.
UNIFIED TEAMS NAMED FOR SUPER 7: Vestavia Hills and Baldwin County unified football teams were announced recently as the participants in the fourth annual AHSAA/Special Olympics Alabama unified game at 3 p.m. It will precede the Class 7A finals, which is scheduled for 7 p.m. Both unified teams advanced from play at Trussville last week.
AHSAA 2017 Football Playoffs
Quarterfinal Pairings (Friday, Nov. 24)
Wadley (11-0) at Marengo (9-3), Dixons Mills
Maplesville (11-0) at Sweet Water (10-1)
Addison (10-2) at South Lamar (9-3), Millport
Pickens County (10-2) at Cherokee (9-3)
Luverne (10-2) at Leroy (10-2)
Goshen (11-1) at St. Luke’s Episcopal (10-1), Mobile
Fyffe (12-0) at Sulligent (11-1)
Lanett (12-0) at Lamar County (8-4), Vernon
Mobile Christian (9-3) at Clarke County (10-2), Grove Hill
American Christian (9-3) at Hillcrest-Evergreen (11-1)
Sylvania (11-1)at Randolph County (11-1), Wedowee
Piedmont (11-1) at Colbert Heights (11-1), Tuscumbia
Bibb County (11-1) at UMS-Wright (10-2), Mobile
Andalusia (11-1) Alabama Christian (10-2), Montgomery
Fayette County (10-2) at Hokes Bluff (10-2)
Cherokee County (6-6) at Saks (12-0), Anniston
Beauregard (10-1) at St. Paul’s Episcopal (11-1), Mobile
Demopolis (10-2) at Vigor (9-3), Prichard
St. Clair County (9-3) at Wenonah (10-1), Birmingham
Etowah (11-1) at Briarwood Christian (12-0)
Opelika (9-3) at Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa (9-3)
Spanish Fort (11-1) at Wetumpka (11-1)
Pinson Valley (12-0) at Austin (12-0), Decatur
Oxford (12-0) at Clay-Chalkville (10-2)
McGill-Toolen Catholic (12-0) at Central-Phenix City (11-0)
Hoover (9-3) at Thompson (12-0), Alabaster
Wadley (11-0) 55, Isabella (10-2) 19
Marengo (9-3) 18, Georgiana (11-0) 0
Maplesville (11-0) 36, Talladega County Central (7-4) 0
Sweet Water (10-1) 41, Brantley (8-4) 13
Addison (10-2) 41, Hackleburg (10-2) 16
South Lamar (9-3) 21, Cedar Bluff (8-4) 14
Cherokee (9-3) 35, Lynn (11-1) 14
Pickens County (10-2) 51, Spring Garden (8-4) 9
Luverne (10-2) 34, Aliceville (6-5) 30
Leroy (10-2) 35, Ariton (10-2) 21
Goshen (11-1) 42, Thorsby (8-3) 21
St. Luke’s Episcopal (10-1) 69, Abbeville (9-3) 34
Sulligent (11-1) 35, Reeltown (7-5) 25
Fyffe (12-0) 56, LaFayette (9-3) 6
Lamar County (8-4) 17, Ranburne (5-7) 7
Lanett (12-0) 41, Sand Rock (9-3) 16
Mobile Christian (9-3) 24, Gordo (10-2) 0
Clarke County (10-2) 41, Wicksburg (10-2) 14
American Christian (9-3) 35, Montgomery Academy (9-3) 21
Hillcrest-Evergreen (11-1) 42, Oakman (8-4) 14
Sylvania (11-1) 48, West Morgan (10-2) 21
Randolph County (11-1) 35, Fultondale (11-1) 28
Colbert Heights (11-1) 36, Weaver (7-5) 35
Piedmont (11-1) 28, J.B. Pennington (9-3) 13
Bibb County (11-1) 41, Tallassee (10-2) 16
UMS-Wright (10-2) 28, Montgomery Catholic (10-2) 14
Alabama Christian (10-2) 38, W.S. Neal (6-6) 7
Andalusia (11-1) 30, Saint James (8-4) 0
Hokes Bluff (10-2) 12, Rogers (11-1) 0
Fayette County (10-2) 32, Jacksonville (8-4) 16
Cherokee County (6-6) 28, Wilson (10-2) 24
Saks (12-0) 31, Dora (9-3) 24
Beauregard (10-1) 30, Calera (7-5) 17
St. Paul’s Episcopal (11-1) 37, Carroll (11-1) 13
Demopolis (10-2) 17, Central-Clay County (8-4) 6
Vigor (9-3) 19, Eufaula (9-3) 13
St. Clair County (9-3) 48, Mae Jemison (10-2) 21
Wenonah (10-1) 21, Mortimer Jordan (9-3) 14
Etowah (11-1) 42, Brooks (8-3) 21
Briarwood Christian (12-0) 35, Lee-Huntsville (8-4) 14
Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa (9-3) 34, Saraland (8-4) 27
Opelika (9-3) 27, Park Crossing (10-2) 21
Wetumpka (11-1) 27, Carver-Montgomery (5-7) 7
Spanish Fort (11-1) 48, Sidney Lanier (10-2) 26
Austin (12-0) 42, Shades Valley (8-4) 35
Pinson Valley (12-0) 41, Ramsay (6-6) 13
Oxford (12-0) 34, Muscle Shoals (9-3) 7
Clay-Chalkville (10-2) 30, Homewood (10-2) 0
McGill-Toolen Catholic (12-0) 31, Auburn (10-2) 13
Central-Phenix City (11-0) 42, Lee-Montgomery (7-4) 14
Thompson (12-0) 34, Mountain Brook (8-4) 10
Hoover (9-3) 56, Hewitt-Trussville (11-1) 21
MONTGOMERY – Pinson Valley High School junior quarterback Bo Nix returned to the lineup for the Indians’ first-round state playoff game Friday night after being sidelined several games with an ankle injury.
He responded to lead the unbeaten Indians (11-0) to a 45-20 Class 6A state playoff win over Florence. Nix, the son of head coach and former Auburn starting quarterback Patrick Nix, completed 22-of-36 passes for 368 yards and five touchdowns as Pinson advanced to round two to face defending state champion Ramsay at Pinson Friday night.
The victory closed out the first 10-0 regular season in the school’s history and catapulted the junior into the AHSAA Football Spotlight for Week 1 of the state playoffs. The 10-0 current record also marks the first 10-win season for the school since it opened its doors in 1970.
Bo Nix, who quarterbacked Scottsboro to a 12-1 season as a sophomore before his dad took over at Pinson this season, comes by his talent naturally. His dad was an All-State QB in high school at Etowah before playing at Auburn. Patrick Nix is 39-18 as a head coach in his fifth season – including 22-1 over the last two years. He quarterbacked Etowah to a 10-1 season as a senior in high school and was a sophomore on Auburn’s 11-0 team in 1993.
Bo is also the grandson of longtime high school coach Conrad Nix. Grandpa Nix finished his 35-year head-coaching career with a 300-105-1 record. He was 260-55 with two state championships over 27 seasons at Northside (GA). He spent eight years in the AHSAA with coaching stints at Albertville, Haleyville and Lincoln.
Other top efforts for week one of the state playoffs reported include:
KYLE ARTHUR, WICKSBURG: Arthur rushed seven times for 51 yards, including a 22-yard touchdown run in the second half, had an interception and three tackles on defense during the Panthers’ 28-6 Class 3A state playoff win over Midfield Friday night. Less than seven hours later, Arthur hit the road for a four-hour trip over 270 miles to the Oakville Indian Mounds where he placed 32nd in the Class 3A boys’ state cross country meet.
QUINADRIOUS CREWS, CALERA: Caught a game-winning 10-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Cornelius Brown on the final play of the game to lift Calera to a 28-27 Class 5A playoff victory over Jackson.
RICARDO MENDOZA, BEAUREGARD: Kicked a 37-yard game-winning field goal on the last play of the game to give the defending Class 5A state champions a 24-21 win over Greenville in the first round of the state playoffs. The Tigers beat the Hornets (9-1) in the first game of the season 34-31 for Beauregard’s only loss of the year.
ANDRES RIOS, MUSCLE SHOALS: Booted a game-winning 25-yard field goal with one second to play as the Trojans (9-2) beat Gardendale 23-20 in the Class 6A playoffs.
RODNEY JONES, ST. CLAIR COUNTY: Blocked a punt and returned it 40 yards for the game-winning TD in a 28-21 Class 5A playoff victory over Guntersville.
LANDON JOHNSON, HOKES BLUFF: Scored on a 63-yard game-winning run, completed 6-of-15 passes for 79 yards and had three tackles and an interception on defense as the Eagles ousted Madison Academy from the 4A state playoffs with a 12-10 win. The first-round loss was the first for Madison Academy since 2007. The Mustangs failed to make the playoffs in 2008, then went on a run over the next eight years that included three state championships and two runner-up finishes.
IVORY STARR, CEDAR BLUFF: Rushed for 134 yards and two touchdowns on 14 carries and sealed the Tigers’ 33-28 Class 1A playoff win over Waterloo with his interception at the Cedar Bluff 14-yard line with 1:06 remaining.
HAMP SISSON, MOUNTAIN BROOK: Completed 9-of-15 passes for 136 yards, ran for 61 yards on 15 attempts and was involved in 10 of Mountain Brook's 13 first downs. In the game-clinching drive, he converted three first downs to preserve a 23-22 Class 7A playoff victory over Bob Jones for the Spartans (8-3).
RICHMON SINGLETARY, ELBA: Rushed for 295 yards on 24 carries with two touchdowns (4 and 10 yards) in a 42-20 Elba loss to Leroy in Class 2A playoff action.
PAYTON ANDERSON, FYFFE: Rushed 24 times for 269 yards and five touchdowns as the Red Devils (11-0) rolled to their 26th straight win in a 48-0 Class 2A playoff win over Sheffield.
KELSTON FIKES, LEROY: Piled up 245 yards rushing and four touchdowns on just 17 carries as the Bears (9-2) defeated Elba 48-20 in the 2A playoffs.
KAPE McRAE, ARITON: The Purple Cats running back rushed for 240 yards and two touchdowns (22 and 12 yards) on 22 carries as Ariton (10-1) posted its first state playoff win since 2006 with a 44-14 Class 2A victory over R.C. Hatch.
JOE GREEN, EUFAULA: Had 236 yards rushing yards and four touchdowns (1, 11, 7, 21 yards) and teammate Zy Tennille had 153 yards and three scores (60, 1 and 14 yards) to help Eufaula (9-2) overcome a 24-14 first-half deficit en route to the Tigers’ 48-31 Class 5A playoff win over Sylacauga.
DESMOND TROTTER, SHADES VALLEY: Ran for 235 yards on 26 carries and scored one touchdown as the Mounties (8-3) beat Pell City 34-7 in the 6A playoffs.
SYMON SMITH, UMS-WRIGHT: The sophomore gained 211 yards rushing on 24 carries and scored twice as UMS-Wright (9-2) beat Leeds 42-7 in the 4A state playoffs.
NOAH TURBYFILL, BROOKS: Rushed for 205 yards and scored four touchdowns as Brooks (8-2) beat West Point 41-20 in the Class 5A playoffs. He scored on runs of 3, 2 and 10 yards and caught a 41-yard TD pass.
DANIEL MITCHELL, ROGERS: Mitchell ran for 205 yards and two touchdowns to power Rogers (11-0) past Haleyville 45-7 in the Class 4A playoffs. He scored on runs of 1 and 75 yards and also caught a 66-yard TD pass.
ASA MARTIN, AUSTIN: Ran 10 times for 201 yards and three touchdowns in the Black Bears’ 48-0 Class 6A win over Carver-Birmingham. His touchdown runs covered 87, 62 and 26 yards. He also threw a 20-yard pass out of the wildcat formation and returned a punt 65 yards that would have been longer and for a TD if not for a penalty. He also played on defense in the secondary.
CHANNING MARMANN, DESHLER: Rushed for 201 yards and 2 touchdowns and threw for 128 yards, including an 80-yard TD connection, in a 29-20 Class 4A playoff loss at Dora. Marmann’s TD runs covered 4 and 48 yards.
KEONTAY JONES, WENONAH: Had 16 rush attempts for 175 yards and two touchdowns as the Dragons (9-1) beat Alexandria 40-14 in the 5A playoffs. Teammate Carlos Rogers rushed for 102 yards and two TDs and passed for 104 yards and another TD.
WALKER BLAIR, FULTONDALE: rushed for 170 yards on nine carries, including TD runs of 99 and 12 yards, as the Wildcats (11-0) posted a 39-3 Class 3A playoff win over Colbert County.
TYREN DUPREE, CHEROKEE: Led the Warriors (5-6), seeded fourth in Class 4A, Region 5, with 158 yards rushing on 20 carries with touchdown runs of 10 and 18 yards in a 21-14 playoff win over Region 7 champion Sardis.
SHAWN BOWDEN, WICKSBURG: Rushed for 147 yards and two touchdowns in a 28-6 Panthers’ Class 3A playoff victory over Midfield. Wicksburg improved to 10-1 with the victory.
BRYAN HILL, McGILL-TOOLEN CATHOLIC: Rushed for 145 yards and three touchdowns as Class 7A McGill-Toolen (11-0) beat Jeff Davis 35-14 in the first round of the state playoffs.
LEE STANLEY, PIEDMONT: Ran for 143 yards on 11 carries with an 88-yard touchdown as Piedmont (10-1), the defending Class 3A state champions, beat Geraldine 26-6 in the first round of the playoffs. Teammate Cardavion Myers also contributed TD passes of 58 and 21 yards and ran 50 yards for another TD.
AUSTIN KINSEY, CLARKE COUNTY: Rushed for 140 yards and three touchdowns, all in the first half, to lead the Bulldogs (9-2) to a 56-8 Class 3A state playoff win over Southside-Selma.
DAVID ROBERTSON, HOMEWOOD: Had 24 carries for 135 yards in a 28-21 come-from-behind Class 6A playoff victory over Fort Payne for the Patriots (10-1).
TAULIA TAGOVAILOA, THOMPSON: Completed 29-of-39 passes for 394 yards and three scores as the Warriors (11-0) beat Huntsville 35-0 in the first round of the 7A state playoffs. It was the first playoff win for Thompson since 2006 and the 185th career win for Coach Mark Freeman.
JACK SAMSEL, SPANISH FORT: Rolled up 350 yards and five touchdowns completing 18-of-21 passes as the Toros (10-1) beat Pelham 49-14. Most of his yardage came in the first half.
BROCK SNYDER, GOSHEN: Completed 9-of-16 passes for 267 yards and three touchdowns to lead Goshen (10-1) past Southern Choctaw 27-6 in a first-round Class 2A playoff win. Snyder had TD passes of 66 and 63 yards to Zack Alford and 34 yards to Iyan Hinkle.
PAUL TYSON, HEWITT-TRUSSVILLE: The junior quarterback completed 20-of-28 passes for 257 yards and two touchdowns and ran for another score as the Huskies (11-0) beat Spain Park 33-21 in the 7A state playoffs.
ARIAN STRONG, CHEROKEE: Was 13-of-22 passing for 218 yards and five touchdowns and rushed for 36 yards on nine carries as the Indians (8-3) beat Coosa Christian 49-0 in the first round of the Class 1A state playoffs.
JACK WEST, SARALAND: The senior quarterback was 12-of-15 passing for 204 yards and two touchdowns and added a rushing touchdown as the Spartans (8-3) beat Benjamin Russell 35-7 in a 6A playoff game played at Alexander City.
KYLE WALKER, VIGOR: Was 8-of-11 passing for 183 yards and four touchdowns as the Wolves (8-3) beat Jemison 55-7 in the 5A state playoffs.
SWIFT LYLE, ST. PAUL’S EPISCOPAL: Completed 12-of-13 passes for 175 yards and three touchdowns as St. Paul’s (10-1) beat Marbury 48-6 in the Class 5A playoffs.
GABE PELUSO, WEST MORGAN: Passed for 136 yards and a touchdown and rushed for 123 yards and three touchdowns for the Rebels (10-1) in a 35-0 Class 3A playoff victory over Holly Pond.
LUKE IVEY, SPRING GARDEN: Completed 7-of-10 pass attempts for 104 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 86 yards on nine carries with a 34-yard TD run as Spring Garden (8-3) downed Phillips 40-14 in the 1A playoffs. Both TD passes were to Dylan Rogers covering 1 and 29 yards. Rogers had six receptions for 90 yards, two fumble recoveries and an interception on defense.
KRISTIAN STORY, LANETT: Passed for four touchdowns with two going to senior Anquaevious Pollard for 5 and 25 yards as the Panthers (11-0) scored 41 first-half points on the way to a 41-8 win over Tanner in the 2A playoffs.
MO EDWARDS, THOMPSON: Had eight catches for 151 yards and two TDs in a 49-0 Class 7A playoff victory over Huntsville.
ANTONIO ROBINSON, AUSTIN: Made three receptions for 127 yards and two TDs and rushed for 108 yards and another TD on 12 carries as Austin (11-0) beat Carver-Birmingham 48-0 in the Class 6A playoffs. One TD reception went for 81 yards and his rushing TD covered 58 yards.
CARSON EDDY, BRIARWOOD CHRISTIAN: Caught a 48-yard TD on the game's first offensive snap, added a 55-yard TD catch on the next possession, and finished with three catches for 117 yards in a 62-0 Class 5A playoff victory for the Lions (11-0) over Crossville.
JUSTIN ANDERSON, MORTIMER JORDAN: Caught four passes for 128 yards and a TD in a 28-12 Class 5A playoff victory for the Blue Devils (9-2) over Lawrence County.
MAURICE GRAY, WEST MORGAN: Caught five passes for 110 yards, including a 71-yard touchdown, in West Morgan’s first-round 3A playoff victory over Holly Pond.
COLT SMITH, MARS HILL BIBLE: Had 19 tackles, including five for losses, in the Panthers’ 14-13 loss to Sand Rock.
BLAKE CARROLL, ARITON: Recorded 13 tackles, including for two losses, and had a blocked punt in the Purple Cats’ 44-14 Class 2A playoff win over R.C. Hatch.
TREVELL SMITH, HOUSTON COUNTY: Earned 15 tackles in a 39-7 Class 1A playoff loss to Talladega County Central.
BRIAN KELLEY, SPRING GARDEN: Recovered a fumble and had an interception in Spring Garden’s 40-14 win over Phillips in the 1A state playoffs. Teammate Austin Slayton also had five tackles, forced three fumbles and recovered one.
KYLE DAVIS, MAE JEMISON: Picked off a pass and recovered two fumbles in a 44-0 Class 5A playoff win over Corner for the Jaguars (10-1).
GEORGE PICKENS, HOOVER: Returned a punt 85 yards for a TD and added two catches for 27 yards in a 49-7 Class 7A victory for the defending state champion Bucs (8-3) over Sparkman.
CHRIS REID, LEE-HUNTSVILLE: Returned a punt 85 yards for a touchdown as Lee (8-3) beat Hayden 31-21 in the 5A state playoffs.
STARLING THOMAS, RAMSAY: Returned a punt 69 yards for a touchdown in a 14-0 Class 6A playoff victory over Cullman for the defending state champion Rams (7-4).
JACOB WOODS, SHADES VALLEY: Intercepted two passes to pace a defense that allowed less than 100 yards total offense as the Mounties (8-3) beat Pell City 34-7 in the 6A state playoffs.