MONTGOMERY – Mortimer Jordan High School outside hitter Makayla Pharris led the Blue Devils to five wins last week, including going 4-0 to capture the championship in the Jefferson County Volleyball Tournament.
The 5-foot-11 senior had 14 kills and 14 blocks in the tourney to earn MVP honors on the way to grabbing the AHSAA Volleyball Spotlight for Week 6. The Class 5A Blue Devils (21-10) of Coach Kelsey Treadaway beat Curry earlier in the week, then reeled off victories over Pleasant Grove, Gardendale and Clay-Chalkville before beating Gardendale again in the tourney finals.
Senior setter Kayla Dollar had 46 assists and eight aces, 5-11 junior Laci Reese contributed 17 kills, eight blocks and nine service aces and junior Emma Kate Dean registered 17 digs for Mortimer Jordan.
Other top performances reported included:
ALYSSA DUTTON, CARBON HILL: Had 98 kills, 18 service aces, 22 blocks and 43 digs to lead Carbon Hill (47-5) to an 11-1 record for the week, including going 6-1 to win the Danville Tournament of Champions over the weekend. The Bulldogs beat two ranked teams in Class 3A and one in Class 7A during the stretch.
BRI TURNER, DAPHNE: Had 20 kills in two match wins to go over 1,000 career kills. Teammate Sydney Omtvedt also went over 1,000 career kills with 17.
POLLY GLASS, REHOBETH: Led the Lady Rebels to the Wiregrass Athletic Conference tournament title with 14 kills, two blocks and 10 digs in the championship match 25-17, 25-21 win over Wicksburg She also had seven kills and four blocks in Rehobeth’s semifinal victory over Headland.
SKYLER BENSON, PRICEVILLE: Had a career high 16 kills in a win over Tanner and finished the week with 44 kills in four wins.
ANNA GRIGGS, ARAB: Led the Lady Knights to a 9-2 record and runner-up finish in the Boaz Invitational tourney with 132 kills and 46 blocks.
SHYAN FLACK, BREWER: Managed 127 kills, 101 digs, 10 aces and 10 blocks as to Patriots went 8-2 on the week.
KENYA McQUIRTER, McGILL-TOOLEN CATHOLIC: Totaled 19 kills, 15 digs and four blocks to lead the Dirty Dozen (29-6) over defending 5A state champion St. Paul’s Episcopal for one of its two match wins.
ABBIE CHAMBLESS, ADDISON: Had 27 blocks, 74 kills, 11 aces and 63 digs as Addison won eight matches and reached the finals of Tournament of Champions at Danville.
TAYLOR WRIGHT, BUCKHORN: Recorded 27 kills and eight blocks as Buckhorn went 2-1 in three matches.
MARISSA KOCH, ST. JOHN PAUL II CATHOLIC: Had 92 kills and 65 digs in six matches.
GRACE PATTERSON, BRIARWOOD CHRISTIAN: Led the Lions to a 3-1 record with 46 kills and nine blocks.
MONTGOMERY – Homewood High School junior Will Stone clocked 15:22.12 to win the Gold Division of the 19th annual Jesse Owens Cross Country Invitational at Oakville Indian Mounds Park near Moulton last weekend.
The Jesse Owens meet is one of the most prestigious high school meets in the nation with 1,375 boys’ participants representing 158 teams competing this year. The girls’ division had 1,209 runners representing 138 schools. Schools competed in five different divisions (Gold, Silver, Bronze, Green and Red). More than 3,000 runners competed counting the middle school and junior varsity divisions.
A total of 303 runners participated in the Gold Division with Vestavia Hills senior James Sweeney finishing second with a time of 16:25.01.
Pope High School of Marietta (GA) captured the team championship with 155 points. Siegel of Murfreesboro (TN) was second with 179. Enterprise was the top Alabama team finishing third with 292 points.
Amaris Tyynismaa of Montgomery Catholic turned her in best time of the season and the fastest time in the state in 2017 in the girls’ Gold Division to win with a time of 17:50.51. The talented junior’s time over the 5,000-meter course at Oakhill was also the best of the year in the state. McGill-Toolen Catholic senior Grace Jensen was second at 18:07.88. Auburn won Gold Division team championship in the 27-team field with 60 points. Houston of Germantown (TN) was second with 111.
The Jesse Owens Classic highlighted the week’s competition and grabbed the AHSAA Cross Country Spotlight for week 6 of the 2017 season.
Other cross country highlights from the past week include:
JESSE OWENS CLASSIC (Silver Division): McGill-Toolen Catholic posted 195 points and finished second in the 19th annual Invitational’s Silver Division to Pearl (MS), which had 57. Connor Sims, a junior at Brewer High School, crossed the finish line in fourth place with a time of 16:46.34 for the top Alabama runner finish. Junior Alex Ponce of Merrol Hyde Magnet of Hendersonville (TN) won the race in 16:33.66.
JESSE OWENS CLASSIC (Bronze Division): Senior Fuad Qushair of St. John Paul II Catholic won the meet’s bronze division with a time of 16:42.76. Winfield junior Davis Holdbrooks was second at 16:48.2. Montgomery Catholic won the team title with 117 points. Trinity Presbyterian was second at 119. A total of 431 runners participated.
JESSE OWENS CLASSIC (Red Division): A total of 498 runners representing 39 teams competed in the Red Division race comprised of predominantly 6A and 7A schools. Franklin (TN) won with 54 points. Homewood was the top AHSAA team finishing sixth with 179 points. Prattville senior Wesley Domsalla crossed the finish line in second place with a time of 17:333.48. Gavin DeJongh, a freshman at Franklin, finished first clocking 17:31.40.
JESSE OWENS CLASSIC (Green Division): St. Bernard senior Andrew Sweeney was first in the field of 337 runners with a winning time of 16:34.71 in the Green Division consisting of teams from Class 1A-3A. Westminster of Oak Mountain senior Nate Collins was second at 16:44.66. Hebron Christian of Dacula (GA) won the team title with 44 points. Westminster was second with 74 points. Thirty-six teams competed for the championship.
T.R. MILLER CHALLENGE: Zion Chapel runner Austin Joye finished the 5,000-meter course in 18:45.87 to finish third behind Pensacola-Tate’s Brandon Knieja (17:52.83). Tailand Mitchell finished two seconds behind Joye in fourth place in the 119-runner field to lead T.R. Miller to the team championship. The Tigers had 53 points.
TITANS TRAIL INVITATIONAL: Gadsden City won its own meet with 35 points as Jonah Morris crossed the finish line first clocking 20:03.16 for the Titans. Camron McDaniel of Cedar Bluff was second running 20:16.16.
GUNTERSVILLE INVITATIONAL (1A-4A Division): Brindlee Mountain won the 1A-4A race held at Corners Island on Lake Guntersville with 21 points as Brandon Mendez finished first with 17:34.87 time. Brindlee Mountain teammates Zach Mooneyham and Brighten Davis were third and fourth, respectively, in the field of 41 runners. DAR’s Kyle Saylor finished second clocking 17:14.74 .99 to lead the Patriots to second place (38).
GUNTERSVILLE INVITATIONAL (5A-7A Division): Guntersville’s Sam Moultrie won the 5A-7A Division with a strong time of 16:29.75 in the 79-runner field. Chance Cofield led Albertville to the team title with a second-place time of 17:07.07. The Aggies had 31 points. Runner-up Guntersville totaled 51.
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MONTGOMERY – Fort Payne High School senior kicker Evan McPherson has certainly been putting his best foot forward this season. Friday night, McPherson had a punt and a field goal that came up one yard shy of the longest kicks of all time to grab the AHSAA Football Spotlight for Week 6.
McPherson, rated the top kicking specialist in the nation in the Class of 2018, booted a 60-yard field goal with 40 seconds remaining in the first half versus Brewer to give Coach Paul Ellis’ Wildcats a 17-7 lead on the way to a 39-14 win. That kick tied Michael Proctor of Pelham with the second-longest field goal made in AHSAA state history. Sage Ledbetter of Auburn kicked a 61-yarder versus Smith Station in 2015 on a free kick, and Proctor booted his 60-yarder against Mountain Brook in 1991 – also on a free kick.
McPherson’s field goal came via the more traditional method with Carson Burt delivering the snap to holder Alex McPherson, Evan’s younger brother. Alex is an eighth grader. The senior kicker also delivered an 84-yard punt, which was one yard shy of the 85-yard boot delivered by Russellville’s Joe Kirkpatrick in 1969 against Cherokee Vocational. McPherson’s punt moved him into No. 2 ahead of Taylor Pharr of Shades Valley, who kicked an 81-yard punt versus Carver-Birmingham in 2005.
McPherson sent a warning two weeks ago when he kicked a 54-yard field goal in a 27-24 loss to Etowah. The ball was kicked just shy of the 45-yard line making it officially 54 yards. Also an outstanding soccer player, he led Fort Payne to the Class 6A state title as a freshman in 2015. He earned MVP honors scoring the championship match’s only goal – ironically with a header coming in the 87th minute of the two-overtime, sudden-death win over Northview.
His spectacular kicking effort versus Brewer edged out Boaz’s 45-44 win over Crossville, a game that netted 954 yards of total offense by both teams. The total ranked fourth all-time in the AHSAA with Hewitt-Trussville and Manatee (FL) setting the current record (1,287 yards) last season in the 78-56 Huskies’ win.
The Pirates of Coach Jeremy Sullivan had 261 yards rushing and 198 passing for 459 yards, and the Lions of Coach Miles Holcomb had 228 rushing, 267 passing and 495 total yards. A plethora of players got into the act.
Christian Collins had 28 carries for 272 yards and four touchdowns and five catches for 37 yards to account 309 of the total yards. Quarterback Easton Hardin was 15-of-24 passing for 198 yards and two TDs with Jason Smith making six catches for 132 yards and a score. Crossville’s leader was Blanton Jones, who completed 23-of-29 passes for 267 yards and a TD. He also had 67 yards rushing for 334 total yards.
His favorite target was Banks Jolley, who had 15 catches for 232 yards and a TD. Jay Luther also had 17 carries for 144 rushing yards and three scores. Jolley’s receiving yards rank 33rd on the AHSAA list of most yards receiving in a single game. The leader is Chris Simpson, who had 412 yards receiving on 20 catches in a win over Alabama Christian in 2000.
Other top performances reported this week include:
EAST LIMESTONE NOTCHES PUGH’S 100TH WIN: • East Limestone’s 16-6 homecoming win over Lawrence County also produced Coach Jeff Pugh’s 100th career coaching win. Pugh is 100-90 overall with a 69-58 record at East Limestone. He is in his 12th year as the Indians’ head coach. Pugh also had 11 wins at Crossville and 18 at West Limestone.
JERMAINE BROWN, ST. LUKE’S EPISCOPAL: Rushed for 267 yards and passed for 209 to account for seven touchdowns as the Wildcats beat J.U. Blacksher 56-21. He had four passing TDs, three rushing TDs and 476 total yards on the night. The 476 total yards ranks 23rd on the AHSAA Record Book’s total yardage list. Jack Poundstone of Trinity Presbyterian set the current record (614 yards) in 2008 with 492 yards passing and 122 rushing in a playoff win over Cordova. Brown moves ahead of current University of Alabama freshman running back Brian Robinson, who had 470 yards for Hillcrest-Tuscalossa in a 41-40 loss to Clay-Chalkville in 2015. Robinson had 447 yards rushing and 23 passing receiving in that game.
SERGIO ALVAREZ, PELL CITY: Kicked four field goals, including a game-winning 32-yarder in the second overtime, in a 19-16 victory over Cullman. The four field goals in a game ties 13 others for second most in a contest. The record (5) has been set five kickers with Crosby Gray of Spain Park and Sage Ledbetter of Auburn the most recent kickers to accomplish the feat in 2015 and 2013, respectively. Athens’ Bram McGrady, Deshler’s Carson McGregory and Anderson Jacks of Cleburne County each kicked four field goals in a single game in 2013.
RILEY RUSSELL, CHEROKEE COUNTY: The senior linebacker posted 29 tackles in the Warriors’ 45-0 loss to unbeaten Saks. The total ties him for fourth all-time with Adam Crosby of New Brockton (2006) and Carlos Salinas of Frisco City (1999). Hamilton’s Andy Stidham holds the record with 36 versus Haleyville in 1996. Melvin Cotton had 31 for Holt versus Bibb County in 1998, Joshua Carpenter had 30 in a Jackson win over Thomasville last season, and Mike DuBose had 30 for Opp in a 1968 win over Pike County. Russell’s career total now stands at 415.
ROBERT HOUSTON, LAFAYETTE: Rushed 23 times for a school-record 336 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Bulldogs to a 40-0 win over Horseshoe Bend. He has 1,302 yards on 108 carries (12.6 avg.) and 15 rushing TDs this season.
CAMERON PETTUS, LAUDERDALE COUNTY: Returned a kickoff 80 yards for a touchdown, returned a fumble 13 yards for a touchdown, intercepted two passes and caught two passes for 75 yards in Lauderdale County’s 55-21 win over Lexington. Teammate Levi Greer also returned a kick 79 yards and a punt 69 yards for touchdowns.
JOHN MARK ABERCROMBIE, MEEK: Rushed 35 times for 344 yards and five touchdowns in Meek's 42-28 win at R.A. Hubbard. Abercrombie had touchdown runs of 63, 37, 1, 3 and 21 yards. He added three 2-point conversions for 36 total points scored
ASA MARTIN, AUSTIN: The senior running back piled up 305 yards on 25 carries and scored two fourth-quarter touchdowns to lead the Black Bears to a 28-12 victory over Florence.
CAM PEOPLES, CENTRAL-CLAY COUNTY: Rushed 27 times for 285 yards and four touchdowns in a 40-14 win over Lincoln.
CHRIS HARDIE, VINCENT: The 255-pound running back had 275 yards rushing and three touchdowns on 20 carries as the Yellow Jackets beat Woodland 34-7.
TAE PROVENS, MADISON COUNTY: Totaled 249 yards rushing and four touchdowns on 20 carries and also caught a 72-yard pass for a TD in a 48-28 win over DAR. His rushing TDs came on runs of 69, 74, 2 and 12 yards.
JARED WILSON, CHARLES HENDERSON: Piled up 220 yards rushing and scored on a 24-yard run in Charles Henderson’s 51-22 victory over Trinity Presbyterian.
CARDAVION MYERS, PIEDMONT: Rushed for 209 yards and three touchdowns (55, 6 and 7 yards), threw for 62 yards and a 37-yard score to Darien Bossie, and had an interception on defense in the Bulldogs' 33-27 win at Weaver.
JAYSON JONES, FULTONDALE: Rushed for 203 yards and scored on runs of 5 and 84 yards, threw for 57 yards, and scored on 74-yard punt return in a 56-8 victory over J.B. Pennington.
XAVIER FLORENT, ELBA: Led a trio of Elba running backs over 100 yards in the Tigers’ 62-34 win over Central-Hayneville. Florent had 16 carries for 193 yards and two touchdowns, Deborian Wilkerson added 136 yards and three TDs on eight carries, and Bryon Johnson totaled 104 yards and one score on 10 carries as Elba totaled 433 rushing yards and 516 total yards in the win.
AUSTIN CALHOUN, KINSTON: Gained 235 yards on 22 rush attempts with TD runs of 6, 25 and 38 yards as the Bulldogs downed McKenzie 57-28. Kinston teammate Brody Horton added 189 yards on 18 carries with TD runs covering 60, 14 and 10 yards.
JONATHAN FELLS, CARROLL: Helped the unbeaten Eagles (6-0) beat Rehobeth 24-8 with 201 rushing yards on 24 carries. He scored once.
TRAJAN PUGH, BLOUNT: Rushed for 191 yards on 20 carries and scored four touchdowns on runs of 2, 43, 93 and 7 yards as the Leopards lost a close 52-49 decision to Spanish Fort.
DREW BLACKBURN, WINFIELD: Rushed for 168 yards on 23 carries and scored three touchdowns to lead Winfield past Good Hope 28-12.
LANIER CHEATTOM, SHEFFIELD: Accounted for six touchdowns in a 41-22 win over Hatton. He ran 10 times for 163 yards, including TDs of 5, 46 and 11 yards, and was 6-of-9 passing for 85 yards and three TDs (34, 8 and 18 yards).
RASHAD CLARK, MOODY: Ran for 162 yards and three touchdowns and added a fourth score with a 77-yard kickoff return as the Blue Devils beat Woodlawn 35-12. He also had seven tackles and a fumble recovery on defense.
DAYMOND EASON, MAY JEMISON: Had 141 yards rushing on 19 carries and completed 4-of-7 passes for 80 yards in a 29-26 win over Brooks. He scored on runs of 1 and 60 yards and also completed a key pass for 2-point conversion.
J.R. TRAN-RENO, BRIARWOOD CHRISTIAN: Had only eight touches but turned them into four touchdowns as Briarwood Christian beat St. Clair County 31-6. He rushed for three TDs covering 70, 1 and 1 yards and caught a 63-yard touchdown pass.
JAHZARIAN LAMPLEY, PIKE COUNTY: Returned a kickoff 83 yards for a touchdown and rushed for 152 yards and three scores on nine carries as the Bulldogs beat Coosa-Central 65-0. He had rushing TDs of 32, 17 and 54 yards).
QUINTIN YOUNG, CLAY-CHALKVILLE: Ran for 150 yards and three TDs in a 41-7 victory over Gardendale.
ALEX CARPENTER, MADISON ACADEMY: Ran 10 times for 170 yards and two touchdowns (76 and 44 yards) in the Mustangs’ 52-0 win over Haleyville.
PAYTON ANDERSON, FYFFE: Rushed for 131 yards and four touchdowns on 14 carries – in just over two quarters – and the Red Devils (6-0) beat Sand Rock for their 21st straight victory.
DESHMOND TROTTER, SHADES VALLEY: Rushed for 198 yards and four touchdowns on 26 carries and completed 18-of-22 passes for 175 yards and another TD as the Mounties nipped Parker 35-32. He finished with 373 total yards.
PAUL TYSON, HEWITT-TRUSSVILLE: Completed 26-of-35 passes for 338 yards and five touchdowns and added a rushing TD in a 52-18 victory over Bob Jones as the Huskies (6-0) remained unbeaten. The victory was the 16th regular-season triumph in a row for Hewitt.
KRISTIAN STORY, LANETT: The sophomore was 5-of-12 passing for 247 yards and three touchdowns and rushed five times for 71 yards and one TD as Lanett (7-0) beat Fayetteville 42-7. Story is now 60-of-95 passing this season for 1,617 yards and 19 TDs despite attempting just 13.6 passes per game.
NOAH LOWERY, CHARLES HENDERSON: Passed for 271 yards and four touchdowns in a 51-22 win over Trinity Presbyterian. He had TD passes of 13 and 68 yards to Kelshun Campbell and also connected with Chance Pollard for touchdowns covering 30 and 72 yards.
MALACHI BENNETT, FAIRFIELD: Completed 10-of-14 passes for 271 yards and four touchdowns in a 30-6 victory over Shelby County.
REGGIE THOMPSON, OPP: Totaled 306 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Bobcats past Slocomb 35-14. He was 12-of-18 passing for 180 yards and a TD and rushed for 126 yards and a TD on 10 carries. Teammate Ashton Patel added 134 yards on 17 rush attempts and scored three touchdowns.
DEVIN MITCHELL, FAIRHOPE: The junior was 17-of-22 passing for 285 yards and three touchdowns in the Pirates’ 30-14 win over Baker. He also rushed for 70 yards and a 12-yard TD and finished with 355 total yards.
TAYLOR GOVER, EUFAULA: Passed for 233 yards and a touchdown as Eufaula beat Greenville 40-14.
ALEX MOORE, MOBILE CHRISTIAN: Led the unbeaten Leopards (6-0) to a 51-19 win over Flomaton completing 12-of-18 passes for 235 yards and five touchdowns.
JACK SAMSEL, SPANISH FORT: Completed 17-of-20 passes for 233 yards and a touchdown as the Toros built a big lead, then had to rally to beat Blount 52-49.
LOGAN SMOTHERS, ATHENS: Completed 23-of-32 passes for 200 yards and two touchdowns and ran for a score in a 27-14 win over Decatur.
CONNOR CANTRELL, JAMES CLEMENS: Was 14-of-22 passing for 199 yards and four touchdowns in the Jets’ 42-0 win over Grissom.
ETHAN WILSON, ANDALUSIA: Had 213 total yards and accounted for four touchdowns in the Bulldogs’ 38-28 win over Thomasville. He was 0-of-18 passing for 143 yards and two scores and rushed 12 times for 70 yards and two TDs.
SHELDON LAYMAN, McGILL-TOOLEN CATHOLIC: Passed for 191 yards and three touchdowns in the Jackets’ 55-7 win over Alma Bryant. He also rushed three times for 66 yards.
KALEB MOORE, HACKLEBURG: The junior rushed for 113 yards and passed for 120 for 233 total yards and accounted for three TDs as the Panthers came from behind to nip Phillips 26-20. He was 8-of-15 passing with two scores and had 15 rush attempts with one TD. Hackleburg trailed 14-0 at the half but outscored the Bears 26-6 in the second half.
GRAHAM PEPPER, WEST LIMESTONE: Completed 9-of-14 passes for 185 yards and two touchdowns in a 20-7 victory over Danville.
TREY HIGGINS, OXFORD: The freshman was 9-of-16 for 173 yards and three touchdowns in his first career start as the unbeaten Jackets (7-0) beat Southside-Selma 42-0. He also rushed for 45 yards.
JACK WEST, SARALAND: The senior completed 10-of-13 passes for 147 yards and three touchdowns in the Spartans’ 41-3 victory over Gulf Shores.
LUKE IVEY, SPRING GARDEN: Completed 7-of-11 pass attempts for 135 yards and three touchdowns (15, 10 and 5 yards) in the Panthers' 42-8 victory at Coosa Christian. Teammate Luke Welsh added 122 yards and two scores on 13 rush attempts and also had an interception for Spring Garden.
MYRON MONROE, FAIRFIELD: Caught seven passes for 170 yards and three TDs, including a 59-yard score, in a 30-6 victory over Shelby County.
BRAYDON HILL, HOKES BLUFF: Caught five passes for 155 yards and four touchdown grabs (of 26, 37, 42 and 40 yards) as the Eagles edged Oneonta 27-21.
JALEN McMILLIAN, SPAIN PARK: Caught five passes for 114 yards, with TDs of 38 and 49 yards, in a 35-26 victory over Huffman.
STONE FINCHER, HACKLEBURG: Had seven catches for 112 yards and two touchdowns and rushed 12 times for 112 yards and two scores, including a 52-yard run, in a 26-20 Panthers’ win over Phillips.
JAELYN FLEMING, GADSDEN CITY: Caught four passes for 99 yards, with TD catches of 34 and 44 yards, in a 41-0 victory over Buckhorn.
AMAREEA ABNEY, SAKS: In a span of 57 seconds in the third quarter, Abney made two interceptions on defense and caught an 84-yard TD pass on offense in between the two steals as the Wildcats (6-0) beat Cherokee County 45-0.
BRANDON BISHOP, HILLCREST-TUSCALOOSA: Returned an interception 70 yards for the game-winning touchdown in a 22-15 victory over Paul Bryant.
HAYDEN PARKER, PROVIDENCE CHRISTIAN: Had 16 tackles and recovered two fumbles as the Eagles rebounded from a 12-0 deficit to beat Daleville 28-20. Teammate Will Solomon was also credited with six tackles and 10 assists.
DREW ROGERS, LOCUST FORK: The senior linebacker and fullback sparked the Hornets to a 20-8 win over Holly Pond with 15 tackles, two quarterback hurries and two fumble recoveries on defense. He also rushed for 103 yards and two TDs on 15 carries, caught two passes and punted four times.
KALEB WHATLEY, GAYLESVILLE: Recorded 14 tackles and an interception in a 21-20 overtime loss to Woodville. He also scored a rushing TD on offense.
WYATT GRICE, NEW BROCKTON: Had eight solo tackles, six assists and one quarterback sack in the Gamecocks' 42-14 win over Cottonwood.
KEVIN PARREIRA, OPP: Had 12 tackles, including three quarterback sacks, and also had a pass break-up in the Bobcats' 35-14 win over Slocomb.
TREVELL SMITH, HOUSTON COUNTY: Recorded 12 tackles on defense and rushed for 147 yards and two scores on offense in the Lions’ 46-24 loss to Brantley.
COLLIN BUSSMAN, MOUNTAIN BROOK: Returned an interception 35 yards for a touchdown, recovered a fumble and tackled the punter on a broken play as Mountain Brook defeated Tuscaloosa County 31-7.
GARRETT SANDERS, ST. CLAIR COUNTY: Intercepted two passes and caused a fumble in a 31-6 loss to Briarwood Christian.
STEVEN MOON, SATSUMA: Was in on 14 tackles as Satsuma beat Escambia County 30-14. He also rushed for 82 yards and two TDs.
MALIK LANGHAM, LEE-HUNTSVILLE: Blocked a punt that was recovered for a touchdown, assisted on a safety, made 10 tackles (including four for a loss) and broke up two passes in a 40-22 win at Ardmore.
MONTGOMERY -- Smiths Station High School junior Silas Franklin turned in the best time of the week for AHSAA runners with a meet-winning 15:56.83 to win the Smiths Station Panther Invitational boys cross country race. He was first in a field of 115 runners and captured the AHSAA Cross Country Spotlight for Week 5 of the 2017 season.
Alex Salgado helped Auburn to the team title with a third-place finish and 16:30.98 time. The Tigers had 30 points and runner-up Smiths Station scored 49.
Other cross country highlights from the past week include:
OAK MOUNTAIN INVITATIONAL: Northside runner Tanner King ran the Heardmont Park course in 16:31.60 to nip John McCrackin of Hoover, who a ran a 16:44.49 time to finish second in the field of 227. Coach Devon Hind’s Bucs won the team competition with 50 points. Oak Mountain was second with 53.
HUNTSVILLE CITY CHAMPIONSHIPS: Grissom won the meet with a perfect 15 score and had 12 runners finish in the top 16. Senior Jackson Thomas won the two-mile race in 10:53.94.
ARAB INVITATIONAL: Randolph won the team championship in the 1A/4A division boys’ race with 47 points and Matthew Estopinal beat the field of 120 runners with a winning time of 17:01.56 over the Arab City Park Course. Daniel Tully of Ashville was second at 17:42.54.
COLD SPRINGS 13TH KUDZU HILLS INVITATIONAL: St. Bernard’s Andrew Sweeney recorded a strong time of 16:16.12 to beat the field of 195 runners to win the Class 1A-3A race at the annual invitational. Asher Desai of Altamont was second at 16:28.38. Pleasant Valley won the team title with 81 points with Matisse Miller finishing fourth for the Raiders with a 16:39.28 time. Cold Springs was second with 96 points. A field of 182 runners competed in the Class 5A-7A race with Lawrence County winning the team competition with 78 points over runner-up Decatur (105). Haleyville’s Hamza Abusammour finished first with a time of 16:44.61, and Blake Terry second for the winning Red Devils clocking 17:08.48.
HOUSTON ACADEMY INVITATIONAL: Enterprise dominated the boys’ competition in the race held on the campus of Troy University-Dothan with the Wildcats placing the first five runners in the 95-participant field to record a perfect 15 team score. Gabriel Henneberger won the race with a winning time of 17:12.04. Houston Academy was second in the team competition with 68 points.
DAPHNE INVITATIONAL: Thompson junior Brandon DeMarcus Lee ran the 5,000-meter race at Blakeley State Park in Spanish Fort to win the meet with a 15:59.70 time. Warriors’ teammate Jace Jones was second clocking 16:36.30. Thompson won the team competition with 28 points. Baker was second with 54.
MORTIMER JORDAN INVITATIONAL: Shades Valley runner Sebastian Sanders won the 5,000-meter race held at North Jefferson Middle School with a time of 18:13.12 in the 89-runner field. Seth Lord finished second at 19:02.67 for Pinson Valley to lead the Indians to the team title. Pinson totaled 37 points.
WARRIORS INVITATIONAL: Hatton junior Kagen Sutton ran the course at Wilson High School in 17:18.58 to beat the field of 113 runners in the Class 1A-3A race. Elkmont’s Chase Prater was second at 17:26.26. Grant Brown of Florence and Davis Holdbrooks of Winfield were 1-2 in the Class 4A-7A race with a dazzling photo finish. Brown was clocked at 16:46.68 and Holdbrooks was timed at 16:46.69.
HUNTSVILLE CITY CHAMPIONSHIPS: Grissom won the title with 15 points as Janey McManus clocked a 12:02.08 over the two-mile course to win the individual title. Hannah Tarwater of Whitesburg Christian was a close second at 12:05.13. Westminster Christian finished second in the team competition with 46 points.
OAK MOUNTAIN INVITATIONAL: Hoover’s Ava Weems ran the 5,000-meter course at Heardmont Park in 20:07.38 to take first place in the field of 140 runners. Bucs teammate Sydney Steely finished second with a 20:19.64 time as Hoover won the team title with 21 points. Oak Mountain was second with 75.
ARAB INVITATIONAL: Randolph swept the girls’ competition in the 1A/4A division of the meet held at Arab City Park scoring 23 points. DAR was second with 40. Emma Hudson led the Raiders with a winning time of 21:31.47. Finishing second in the field of 81 runners was Ashville’s Meghan McCarthy, who clocked 21:52.71.
COLD SPRINGS 13TH KUDZU HILLS INVITATIONAL: Whitesburg Christian’s Hannah Tarwater and Caroline Summers finished 1-2 in 129-runner field of the annual meet’s Class 1A-3A division with times of 19:22.58 and 19:32.05, respectively. Pleasant Valley won the team competition with 35 points and runner-up Hatton had 89. Lawrence County won the championship in the Class 5A-7A competition with 18 points – placing five runners in the top six finishers. Savannah Williams won with a time of 19:49.02 for Coach Stanley Johnson’s Lady Red Devils. Emily Daniel was second just four seconds behind her teammate.
SMITHS STATION PANTHER INVITATIONAL: Junior Amaris Tyynismaa averaged just under six minutes a mile to win the Panther Invitational in 18:36.38. The Montgomery Catholic runner finished 19 seconds ahead of runner-up Samantha Rogers, who led Auburn to the team title with a time of 18:55.76. The Tigers placed five runners in the top six finishers of the 75-participant field to score 20 points. Catholic was second with 45.
DAPHNE INVITATIONAL: McGill-Toolen Catholic senior Grace Jensen won the meet at Blakeley State Park clocking 18:13.50. Junior McKenzie Hogue of Thompson finished a close second with a time of 18:13.50 in the field of 121 runners. Baker won the team title with 28 points.
HOUSTON ACADEMY INVITATIONAL: Enterprise swept the team competition with 20 points. Northview runner Makennah Mills crossed the finish line first. The Northview runner clocked 20:28.52 to finish ahead of Enterprise’s Sarah Francis, who was second in the field of 72 runners at 21:20.34. Northview finished second with 69 points.
MORTIMER JORDAN INVITATIONAL: Tatiana Padgett clocked 22.13.13 to win the meet for Pinson Valley. Savannah Englisee of Mortimer Jordan was second at 23:23.72.
WARRIORS INVITATIONAL: Sophomore runner Kasey Eziekel of Colbert Heights clocked 21:28.38 over the 5,000-meter course to win the Class 1A-3A race at the meet hosted by Wilson High School. Hatton’s Ally Amerson was second with a time of 21:36.89. Winning the 5A-7A division was Mary Claire Ridgeway, a freshman from Florence. Her time was 19:14.38. Wilson senior Phoebe Moon was second at 20:21.48. More than 170 girls competed in the two races.
MONTGOMERY – The NFHS Network has 25 AHSAA football games and seven volleyball matches scheduled to be live-streamed, beginning tonight and running through Tuesday, Oct. 10. All contests are being produced by AHSAA member schools participating in the NFHS Network School Broadcast Program or by third-party NFHS Network producers.
Headlining the volleyball action tonight is a Class 7A battle of powerhouses, defending state champion Mountain Brook at red-hot Hoover. The Lady Bucs reeled off 10 wins last week to claim their own tourney.
One varsity football game tonight features Dothan and unbeaten Sidney Lanier.
Friday’s football lineup is one of the strongest yet with the AHSAA’s NFHS Network featured game pitting Andalusia (5-1) at unbeaten Thomasville (5-0) in a game that will go a long way in deciding the champion of Class 4A, Region 1. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. Two of Class 4A’s premier coaches will be on the sidelines, Bulldogs’ head coach Trent Taylor and Tigers’ head coach Jack Hankins. Taylor, 211-126 in 30 seasons, has guided Andalusia to a 28-5 record since taking over in 2015. Hankins, who has been the head coach at Thomasville since 2002, has compiled a 144-47 record – all at his current school. His 2010 Tigers won the Class 4A state title and finished 15-0.
Among the other top games is unbeaten Thompson (5-0) at Vestavia Hills (3-2) in Class 7A, Region 3. The Warriors are averaging 44.8 points per game, third best in Class 7A, will take on a Rebels team that is allowing only 10.2 points per outing, second in Class 7A. Linden (3-1) and Sweet Water (3-2) will be live-streamed in a top Class 1A game Friday, and on Saturday, the Jeff Davis High School broadcast team will live-stream the Vols’ 7A, Region 2 battle with arch-rival Lee-Montgomery at Cramton Bowl. Jeff Davis is 4-2 and the Generals are 4-1.
At least one game in each class is being live-streamed over the NFHS Network Friday night with 12 games being live-streamed in Classes 6A and 7A.
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NFHS NETWORK SCHEDULE OF AHSAA EVENTS
THURSDAY, October 5
VOLLEYBALL Producer Air Time
Vestavia Hills JV at Hoover JV Hoover HS SBP 5 p.m.
Vestavia Hills vs. Hoover (varsity) Hoover HS SBP 6:30 p.m.
FOOTBALL Producer Air Time
Homewood MS at Mountain Brook Mountain Brook HS SBP 5 p.m.
Dothan at Sidney Lanier Montgomery Sports Net SBP 6:30 p.m.
FRIDAY, October 6
FOOTBALL Producer Air Time
Linden at Sweet Water Sweet Water HS SBP 7 p.m.
Goshen at Zion Chapel Goshen HS SBP 7 p.m.
Geneva at Straughn Geneva HS SBP 7 p.m.
Andalusia at Thomasville Andalusia HS SBP 7 p.m.
Childersburg at Handley 102.3 FM NFHS Net 6:30 p.m.
Haleyville at Madison Academy Madison Academy SBP 7 p.m.
Greenville at Eufaula Eufaula HS SBP 7 p.m.
Russellville at St. John Paul II Russellville HS SBP 7 p.m.
Austin at Florence Florence HS SBP 6:45 p.m.
Blount at Spanish Fort Spanish Fort HS SBP 6:40 p.m.
Carver-Montgomery vs. Park Crossing Montgomery Sports Net SBP 6:30 p.m.
Cullman at Pell City Cullman HS SBP 7 p.m.
Hazel Green at Hartselle Hartselle HS SBP 7 p.m.
Helena at Opelika Opelika HS SBP 7 p.m.
Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa at Paul Bryant Hillcrest HS SBP 6:30 p.m.
Muscle Shoals at Columbia Muscle Shoals HS SBP 6:30 p.m.
Central-Phenix City at Enterprise Enterprise HS SBP 7 p.m.
Murphy at Foley Foley HS SBP 6:45 p.m.
Oak Mountain at Hoover Hoover HS SBP 7 p.m.
Thompson at Vestavia Hills Vestavia Hills HS SBP 7 p.m.
SATURDAY, Oct. 7
FOOTBALL Producer Air Time
Jeff Davis vs. Lee-Montgomery Jeff Davis HS SBP 7 p.m.
MONDAY, October 9
FOOTBALL Producer Air Time
Clay-Chalkville at Mountain Brook JV Mountain Brook HS SBP 6 p.m.
Prattville at Auburn JV Auburn HS SBP 6 p.m.
MONTGOMERY – Sophomore setter McKinley Ferguson turned in an all-around performance to lead Class 6A Jasper (30-1) to nine volleyball wins last week. She had 128 assists, 84 kills, 66 digs and 25 service aces to lead the Lady Vikings of Coach Bobby Daniels to 10 wins last week and grabbed the AHSAA Volleyball Spotlight for Week 5.
Ferguson and her Lady Vikings teammates headed into the week at 20-0 and stretched the state’s longest winning streak of the season to 30 before Daphne beat Jasper 2-1 in in the Over-the-Mountain invitational tourney hosted by Hoover High School last weekend. Alex Oliver added 66 kills, 58 digs and nine aces, and Kensley Farris contributed 45 kills, 18 blocks and 11 aces during last week’s strong showing.
Other top performances from across the state last week:
PAIGE SHAW, HOOVER: Had 84 kills, nine blocks, 31 digs and 16 service to lead Hoover (17-6) to seven wins and the title of the Over-The-Mountain Classic tournament.
ALANA COX, BOB JONES: Helped the Lady Patriots win eight of nine matches delivering 81 kills and 29 blocks.
JOSIE HUGHES, CROSSVILLE: Registered 18 kills and five aces in a match versus Scottsboro. She had 81 kills, 16 blocks and 28 aces over seven matches for the week.
LIBBY KIRBY, ST. PAUL’S EPISCOPAL: Had 37 kills, 19 digs and seven service aces in three matches for the Saints.
MEKAILA HILL, CLAY-CHALKVILLE: Had 35 kills in three wins for the Cougars.
KELSEY GIBSON, GOSHEN: Had 28 kills in a 22-25, 25-29, 20-25, 25-17, 20-18 loss to Ariton. She also had 30 kills in three matches over the weekend.
TIA ROGERS, PIKE COUNTY: Led the Bulldogs to a 3-2 win over Abbeville with nine blocks, seven kills and eight assists.
LAKYN PRATT, ARITON: Totaled 21 kills and five blocks in a marathon 3-2 win over Goshen and also had 38 kills to lead the Purple Cats (17-2) to the finals of the Carroll Invitational.
POLLY GLASS, REHOBETH: Recorded 13 kills, five blocks, 14 digs and four aces in a grueling 22-25, 15-25, 25-19, 25-13, 15-11 match as Rehobeth fought back from an 0-2 start to win 3-2 over Headland as the Rebels celebrated senior night.
JAMYAH JACKSON, HEADLAND: Recorded 10 blocks and eight kills in the Rams’ 3-2 loss to Rehobeth.
EMILY POUNDSTONE, SAINT JAMES: Went over 2,000 assists for her career with 42 in two matches last week.
ERIN LANGLEY, SAND ROCK: Recorded 56 assists, 17 digs and six aces in three matches to lead Sand Rock to its second consecutive Cherokee County tournament championship and seventh overall.
AINSLEY SCHULZ, VESTAVIA HILLS: Recorded 246 assists and 11 service aces in seven matches for the Rebels.
JAMIE GREGG, HOOVER: Totaled 178 assists for Hoover in a 7-0 week.
AIJA ABELE, BOB JONES: Registered 177 assists in nine matches for Bob Jones.
LIBBY GRACE GANN, MOUNTAIN BROOK: The setter had 168 assists for the Spartans in seven matches.
MOLLY KATE ATKINS, CARBON HILL: Led the Bulldogs (37-4) to seven straight wins with 165 assists, 33 digs and 24 service aces on the week.
AUTUMN BRAGWELL, BELGREEN: Had 111 assists in three wins for Belgreen.
SAVANNAH GIBBS, HOOVER: Had 148 digs in seven matches for the Lady Bucs.
TAYLOR BROWN, WILSON: Had 90 digs in four wins. Wilson beat two ASWA-ranked teams Deshler and Muscle Shoals.
MADALYNN OWEN, PRICEVILLE: Had 89 digs as Priceville went 7-1 and reached the finals of the Decatur Heritage tourney.
MONTGOMERY – Alabama Christian Academy head coach Nate Sanford opted to have Prattville Christian kick off again when Friday night’s opening kickoff went out of bounds.
By NFHS rules he had the option of taking the ball where it went out of bounds, taking it 25 yards from the where it was kicked or having the kicking team back up five yards and kick off again, and when the next kick sailed out of bounds too, he made a very unconventional decision to force the Panthers to boot its next kick from its own 30-yard line.
On the third kickoff try, Alden Stroud, a 5-foot-9, 165-pound Eagles senior, collected the kick at his own 15-yard line and raced up the middle untouched for an 85-yard kickoff return for a touchdown. Alabama Christian went on to beat Prattville Christian 52-14 to grab the AHSAA Prep Spotlight for Week 5 of the 2017 high school football season.
The Eagles (6-0) showed marked improvement last year in Sanford’s first season as head coach by finishing 4-7 and clinching the school’s first playoff berth since 2009. ACA had struggled to four straight losing seasons and a 10-30 record before Sanford arrived.
The 6-0 start topped the school’s previous best start, a 9-3 campaign in 1990 that included five wins to open the year. Alabama Christian’s best record to date came in 1981 when the Eagles finished 8-1 but played outside the AHSAA in a private school league. This year’s 6-0 start also includes a 3-0 Class 4A, Region 2 record which has the Eagles on top of the region standings heading into the second half of the regular season.
Quarterback Reece Solar fired four touchdown passes and rushed for one TD in the win over Prattville Christian. The Eagles jump back into region play this week with a road game at Ashford. A win could move Alabama Christian closer to clinching its first region title since the playoff format was instituted in the 2000 season.
Other top performances reported this week include:
WRIGHT IS PASS PERFECT: West Blocton quarterback Curtis Wright was 11-of-11 for 168 yards and two touchdowns in a 33-6 win over Verbena to write his name in the AHSAA Record Book. The 11-of-11 effort is second only to Oakman's Jon Avery, who set the best passing percentage record with his 15-for-15 performance in a win over Lamar County earlier this season. The previous record was set Hayden Maples of Fairview (10-of-10) in a 47-14 win over Holly Pond in 2013. Wright also rushed for 57 yards and another TD in the win.
PEDMONT’S STANLEY JOINS 3,000-YARD CLUB: Senior running back Lee Stanley became the sixth Bulldog to rush for more than 3,000 yards in a career with his 206-yard, two-touchdown performance as Piedmont beat Leeds 41-19. Stanley now has 3,166 career yards for Coach Steve Smith and joins a list of Piedmont rushers that includes Greg Nation (4,859), Taylor Hayes (3,846), Michael Ball (3,730), Darnell Jackson (3,217) and Derrick Griffie (3,188).
TWICE IS NICE: Dadeville 5-foot-10, 190-pound senior running back Kadore Glenn rushed for more than 300 yards in back-to-back games with his 21-carry, 307-yard performance in a 28-25 loss to Valley last week. He Had TD runs of 12, 47, 36 and 4 yards to account for all the Tigers’ TDs Two weeks ago he had an identical performance, 21 carries for 307 yards, and scored three touchdowns covering 53, 50 and 61 yards as Dadeville beat Holtville 48-26.
SCOTTSBORO’S TRIPLE THREAT: Wildcats defenders Peyton Grant, Noah Linville and Blaiz Johnson each returned interceptions for touchdowns as Scottsboro beat North Jackson 56-27. It was the first time in school history that an SHS team has scored three touchdowns in a game on interceptions.
McGILL-TOOLEN EXTENDS REGULAR-SEASON WIN STREAK: Senior Eric Garror picked off two passes and recovered a fumble as the Yellow Jackets beat Blount 22-7 for McGill’s 20th consecutive regular-season win.
MOHAMMAD NAKHIEH, BUCKHORN: Kicked three field goals of 38, 31 and 30 yards, including the last one in overtime as the Bucks handed Mae Jemison (5-1) its first loss of the season 16-13.
LiALLEN DAILEY, PINSON VALLEY: Caught a 39-yard touchdown pass in the final minute to force overtime and added a 9-yard, game-winning touchdown catch in the extra period in a 28-27 victory over Shades Valley to keep the Indians (6-0) undefeated.
ETHAN WELLS, WICKSBURG: The Panthers safety broke up a pass in the end zone with 10 seconds left to preserve Wicksburg’s 42-35 win over Houston County rival Rehobeth. The Rebels were facing a fourth-and-15 when Wells broke up the pass to preserve the win. Rehobeth’s Brady Herring finished 10-of-22 passing for 207 yards and two touchdowns. Panthers quarterback Shawn Bowden rushed 22 times for 158 yards and four TDs and put Wicksburg ahead for good with a touchdown with 7:25 remaining.
JOHN ROBERTSON, NORTHSIDE: Rushed for 279 yards and scored four touchdowns on runs covering 64, 84, 1 and 6 yards in the Rams’ 49-21 win over Brookwood.
LA’DAMIAN WEBB, BEAUREGARD: The senior and reigning Mr. Football had 14 carries for 258 yards and four touchdowns ina 42-6 win over Northview.
KOBI McCOY, COLBERT COUNTY: Rushed for touchdowns of 75, 75 and 51 yards to finish with 250 yards overall in a 35-20 loss to unbeaten Deshler (5-0).
DEVIN RICHARDSON, FAIRFIELD: Ran 26 times for 238 yards and two TDs in a 41-39 victory over Midfield.
UZIAH McDANIELS, PARK CROSSING: Rushed for 234 yards and three touchdowns to pace the Thunderbirds to a 65-21 win over Gadsden City.
DARRIAN MEADS, HOKES BLUFFF: The sophomore rushed for 185 yards on 25 carries and scored six touchdowns in a 41-21 win over Glencoe. His 81-yard kickoff return to open the game set up his first score, a 2-yard run.
TODD HOOVER, GULF SHORES: Ran for 214 yards and two touchdowns on 30 carries to lead Gulf Shores to a 31-30 win over Faith Academy.
CHRIS HARDIE, VINCENT: Ran 20 times for 213 yards and four TDs in a 41-20 victory over Sumiton Christian.
ISAAC HUGULEY, WEST MORGAN: Picked up 208 yards rushing on 23 carries and had three touchdowns in a 35-7 win over Cherokee.
SETH WADSWORTH, SOUTHEASTERN: Piled up 193 yards rushing on 12 carries and scored four touchdowns as Southeastern beat Brilliant 41-21 for its first win of the season. He also completed 3-of-4 passes for 42 yards and another TD.
JACOB DENDY, ALBERTVILLE: Has 191 rushing yards and four touchdowns in a 49-19 win over Boaz.
DEAUNDRE CARLTON, JACKSON-OLIN: Rushed for 190 yards and scored twice to lead Jackson-Olin to a 33-13 win over Calera.
JAHZARIAN LAMPLEY, PIKE COUNTY: Rushed for 192 yards and three touchdowns on runs of 6, 41 and 40 to spark the Class 3A Bulldogs to a 33-8 win over previously unbeaten Abbeville.
ARMONI GOODWIN, FLORENCE: The freshman ran for 181 yards and three touchdowns and caught a 17-yard pass for a TD on offense and also had an interception on defense in a 55-31 loss to Bob Jones.
HUNTER GIBSON, SPARKMAN: Gained 172 yards on 27 rush attempts and scored once to lead the Senators to a 20-14 win over Hazel Green.
SHADRICK BYRD, THOMPSON: Rushed for 169 yards and a 32-yard touchdown on 12 carries as Thompson (5-0) beat Pelham 51-21.
PAYTON ANDERSON, FYFFE: Rushed for 154 yards and four touchdowns on 19 carries, had 144 yards on kick returns and intercepted a pass on defense as the defending Class 2A state champion Red Devils (5-0) downed Plainview 43-27.
STONE FINCHER, HACKLEBURG: Rushed for 142 yards on 24 carries and caught three passes for 51 yards in the Panthers’ 22-6 win over Hubbertville.
DREW BLACKBURN, WINFIELD: Totaled 27 carries for 165 yards and one touchdown in the Pirates’ 21-7 win over Sulligent.
MICHAEL CROWDER, GARDENDALE: Was 23-of-32 passing for 333 yards and two touchdowns as the Rockets beat Chelsea 41-28.
IAN THIES, WESTMINSTER CHRISTIAN: Completed 18-of-21 passes for 304 yards and five touchdowns in s 66-36 win over Hayden. He also rushed for two TDs to account for seven on the night.
JACOB HAMMAC, FLORALA: The sophomore quarterback was 24-of-34 passing for 285 yards and three touchdowns as the Wildcats downed St. Michael’s 41-27. His favorite target was junior Shun White, who had nine catches for 131 yards and all three TDs. Hammac was 27-of-39 for 365 passing yards and five touchdowns in the Wildcats’ 42-35 win over McKenzie two weeks ago The game was the first varsity match in St. Michael’s young football history.
CHAPPELLE WADE, CARVER-BIRMINGHAM: Completed 14-of-29 passes for 254 yards and two touchdowns (59 and 35 yards) in the Rams’ 41-13 victory at Cherokee County.
WILLIE MILLER, CLAY-CHALKVILLE: Was 17-of-30 passing for 238 yards and three touchdowns in the Cougars’ 28-0 win over James Clemens.
GRAHAM PEPPER, WEST LIMESTONE: Had 330 total yards and accounted for four touchdowns in a 42-14 win over Elkmont. He passed for three TDs and rushed for one.
JAMES FOSTER, SIDNEY LANIER: Completed 16-of-31 passes doe 235 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for 73 yards on 10 carries to lift the unbeaten Poets (6-0) to a 34-20 come-from-behind win over Jeff Davis.
HAYDEN BRYANT, BRILLIANT: Completed 15-of-24 passes for 227 yards and one TD, rushed for 128 yards on 18 carries and scored two touchdowns in a 41-21 loss to Southeastern. His favorite target was his younger brother Kade Bryant, who had 179 receiving yards, including the touchdown pass.
CASEY BAYNES, TALLASSEE: was 15-of-24 passing for 167 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for a fourth score to lead the Tigers from 22-point second-half deficit to a 33-29 win over T.R. Miller.
ETHAN WILSON, ANDALUSIA: Led the Bulldogs to a 47-7 win over Opp connecting on 12-of-14 pass attempts for 224 yards and two touchdowns. He also rushed for a TD.
LUKE NAIL, MADISON ACADEMY: Was 10-of-15 passing for 212 yards and three touchdowns in a 49-7 win at Tanner.
AUSTIN CALHOUN, KINSTON: Accounted for four touchdowns and 272 yards of offense, rushing for 186 yards and two scores and passing for 86 yards and two TDs on a 6-of-12 passing performance in the Bulldogs’ 56-22 win over Zion Chapel.
TUCKER BROWN, WILSON: Wilson: Brown was 10-of-18 passing for 210 yards and one touchdown and ran for two scores in a 28-7 win over Lauderdale County to keep Wilson (5-0) unbeaten.
RICK RODGERS, LAMAR COUNTY: Was 10-of-11 passing for 187 yards and a touchdown in 49-19 win over Berry.
SETH WILLIAMS, PAUL BRYANT: Pulled down four catches for 201 yards and two touchdowns in a 28-15 win over Tuscaloosa Central. He had TD reception of 87 and 81 yards in the third quarter to help the Stampede overcome a 15-14 deficit.
CAMERON McKINNEY, CARVER-BIRMINGHAM: Caught eight passes for 172 yards and two touchdowns (59 and 35 yards) in the Rams’ 41-13 victory at Cherokee County.
AUSTIN HILL, NORTH SAND MOUNTAIN: Caught eight passes for 159 yards, including an 83-yarder for a TD that forced the game into overtime, and also rushed for 59 yards and a touchdown as the Thundering Herd edged Ider 34-28.
CONNER HOWELL, GARDENDALE: Caught 11 passes for 156 yards and a 29-yard touchdown and added an interception on defense in a 41-28 victory over Chelsea.
C.J. WILLIAMSON, GUNTERSVILLE: Caught five passes for 160 yards, and one touchdown in a 35-13 win over Madison County.
JAY WILLIAMS, SARALAND: Snagged seven passes for 145 yards and one touchdown in the Spartans’ 25-21 win over Murphy.
DAN PARKER, AMERICAN CHRISTIAN: Had six catches for 131 yards and a TD in the Patriots’ 47-6 victory over Holt.
KOBIE STRINGER, G.W. LONG: Snared eight passes for 128 yards and a 41-yard touchdown in the Rebels’ 28-7 loss to New Brockton.
B.J. ANDERSON, ANDALUSIA: Caught four passes for 103 yards and two touchdowns in a 47-7 win over Opp.
TREVOR YOUNG, WOODVILLE: Recorded 18 tackles and a fumble recovery on defense and had three catches for 59 yards and a touchdown on offense as the Panthers nipped R.A. Hubbard 21-20.
LAMONT MITCHELL, PARK CROSSING: Scored two touchdowns on defense in Park Crossing’s 65-21 road win over Class 7A Gadsden City. He returned a fumble 15 yards and an interception 67 yards for his scores.
HUNTER JEDNAT, SATSUMA: Intercepted three passes and recovered a fumble in Satsuma’s 20-19 win over Citronelle.
J.D. PETTAWAY, COTTAGE HILL CHRISTIAN: Intercepted two passes and had 10 tackles in a 33-13 win over Chickasaw. He returned one of his picks 86 yards for a touchdown.
CORNELIUS SMITH, HEADLAND: Totaled 15 tackles in a 35-14 loss to Providence Christian.
KALEB WHATLEY, GAYLESVILLE: Posted 14 tackles, including one tackle for a loss, and rushed for 75 yards on 11 carries in the Trojans’ 35-6 loss at Appalachian.
AUSTIN KEASLER, SOUTH LAMAR: Recorded 12 tackles with two sacks in a 14-8 win over Curry.
TREVELL SMITH, HOUSTON COUNTY: Had 16 tackles and teammate Dorien Collier had 15 as the unbeaten Lions (6-0) nipped Ashford 23-20.
JALEN SIMS, FULTONDALE: Had 15 tackles to lead the Wildcats to s 37-13 win over Hale County.
KHARI McREYNOLDS, GENEVA: The defensive back had two interceptions in the Panthers’ 21-7 win over Samson.
TIM McCLENDON, CARROLL: swiped two interceptions to lead the unbeaten Eagles (5-0) to a 26-13 win over W.S. Neal.
COLBY COPELAND, KINSTON: Picked off two passes for interceptions and forced two fumbles In the Bulldogs’ 56-22 win over Zion Chapel.
CADE DICKINSON, BRIARWOOD CHRISTIAN: Made two interceptions as the Lions (5-0) beat Mortimer Jordan 25-17.
KAMERONE BROWN, THEODORE: Made two interceptions on defense as the Bobcats shut out Enterprise 39-0.
TREVOR SISK, HEWITT-TRUSSVILLE: Returned an interception for a touchdown as the Huskies (5-0) beat Center Point 59 -0 for their second shutout win in a row.
JAYDON HILL, BOB JONES: Intercepted two passes and forced a fumble in a 55-31 win at Florence.
JACOB MANNING, SCOTTSBORO: Returned the second-half kickoff 80 yards for a touchdown to spark the Wildcats to a 56-27 win over North Jackson. He had 152 yards on three returns, caught five passes for 68 yards and threw a 38-yard TD pass as Scottsboro overcame a 21-14 deficit at halftime with 42 second-half points.
KAKIYAH JOHNSON, CALERA: Returned a kickoff 99 yards for a TD in the Eagles’ 33-13 loss to Jackson-Olin.
HENRY BECKETT, HOUSTON ACADEMY: Nailed field goals of 43 and 44 yards and punted four times for s 43-yard average in a 37-13 loss to Goshen. He also booted all four kickoffs into the end zone for touchbacks.
JUSTYN ROSS, CENTRAL-PHENIX CITY: Returned a punt 57 yards for a touchdown and caught three passes for 74 yards and a 43-yard TD as the Red Devils beat Opelika 46-19.
NATE TOMEY, CEDAR BLUFF: Kicked two 36-yard field goals in the first quarter and booted three extra points in a 35-21 win over Collinsville.
JOHN BANNISTER, CHEROKEE COUNTY: Blocked a punt which was recovered for a Warriors’ touchdown in Cherokee County’s 41-13 loss to Carver of Birmingham.
JUAN GOMEZ, SCOTTSBORO: Tied a school record with eight point-after kicks as the Wildcats beat North Jackson 56-27.
JACE STEWART, REHOBETH: Returned a kickoff 80 yards in the Rebels’ 42-35 loss to Wicksburg.
JEREMIAH WHITE, GENEVA COUNTY: Scored three touchdowns, including a 75-yard kickoff return, and rushed for 121 yards in a 59-50 loss to Highland Home. The 109 points was the most in a game in both teams’ school history.
D’QUARIOUS FRYER, CARROLL: Blocked a punt and returned it five yards for a touchdown as Carroll thumped W.S. Neal 36-13.
MONTGOMERY – Fifteen volleyball contests and 17 football games are scheduled to be live-streamed over the NFHS Network this weekend through next Thursday by AHSAA member schools.
The volleyball totals include Gulf Shores at Spanish Fort today, two varsity battles at Lawrence County and Cullman next Monday and five volleyball matches across the state on Tuesday.
The 75th meeting between Class 6A Opelika High School (3-2) and Central-Phenix City (4-0) headlines 13 games on tap Friday night. The AHSAA’s NFHS Network featured game will kick off at 7 p.m. The Red Devils own a 42-32 edge in the East Alabama rivalry that dates back to 1928. Central won last year’s meeting at Opelika 35-28, but the Bulldogs won three of the previous four and seven of the last 12 games.
Among the other top games include Opp (2-2) at Andalusia (4-1) in a South Alabama rivalry that was first played 91 years ago. The Bulldogs hold a 48-36-4 edge as the teams prepare for the 89th meeting thanks in part to an eight-game winning streak in the series dating back to 2009. The two teams played twice that year with the Bobcats winning in the regular season and Andalusia winning in the playoffs.
Murphy (2-2) is also at Saraland (3-1) Friday night in a game broadcast by the Spartans’ NFHS School Broadcast Program, unbeaten Sidney Lanier (5-0) takes on Jeff Davis (4-1) at Montgomery’s Cramton Bowl in a game produced the Jeff Davis SBP. Russellville (0-4) is at Hartselle (3-2) in a game that is being live-streamed by both schools’ SBP programs.
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MONTGOMERY – Class 6A Chelsea’s Lady Hornets (20-3) rolled to an 8-0 record last week with senior setter Ashley Mock at the throttles. Mock recorded 72 digs, 111 assists, 28 kills and 20 service aces in one of the most complete all-around performances of the season to grab the AHSAA Volleyball Spotlight for Week 4.
Coach Jessica Pickett’s team won the Husky Challenge volleyball tournament at Hewitt-Trussville over the weekend beating Clay-Chalkville in the final match. Other wins came over Pleasant Valley, Oxford, Mortimer Jordan, Indian Springs, Pell City, Childersburg and the host Huskies.
Sophomore Victoria Schmer added 74 digs and 22 aces. Junior Jules Hamer was on the receiving end a majority of Mock’s assists and finished with 66 kills.
Chelsea’s performance edged out another perfect week for Lexington. Coach Melissa Hammond guided the Class 3A Bears (25-2) to a 10-0 record and the championship of the Brooks Invitational tourney with seniors Kinsley Hanback and Hannah Underwood leading the way. Hanback had 102 kills and 36 kills over the 10-match stretch, and Underwood had 91 kills and 17 blocks. Lexington beat Lawrence County in the finals of the tourney Saturday and also had regular-season wins earlier in the week over Wilson, Brooks, Hatton, Colbert County, Mars Hill Bible and Loretto (TN).
A special thanks to Dennis Victory of al.com for his contributions to this spotlight.
In other highlights reported:
KATE SHARP, JAMES CLEMENS: Helped Coach Amanda Smith’s Class 7A Jets win the Bronze Bracket of the Kentucky Challenge tourney recording 101 assists and 26 kills in eight matches. The senior setter now has 2,322 career assists.
MACKENZIE DAVIS, ATHENS BIBLE: Went over 1,000 assists for her career with 55 on Saturday in four matches at the Priceville Invitational. Athens Bible reached the tourney semifinals and finished 3-1 for the tourney.
LAUREN MAYES, LAWRENCE COUNTY: Led the Red Devils (28-3) to a runner-up finish in the Brooks Invitational and an 11-1 record for the week with an all-around effort including 108 kills, 38 blocks and 20 service aces.
AVERY NANCE, GENEVA: Totaled 26 kills, 11 blocks and six service aces to lead the Panthers to a grueling 27-25, 23-25, 23-25, 25-22, 15-13 win over Andalusia in one of the top matches of the season for both teams.
EMRY WRIGHT, SIPSEY VALLEY: Had 10 kills and 20 aces to lead the Bears to a 3-0 win over Oak Grove.
KARLEE HALE, GERALDINE: Helped the Bulldogs (23-6) win 10 matches, including six in their own tourney en route to the title. She had 79 kills, 31 blocks, 34 digs and 20 service aces.
SKYLER BENSON, PRICEVILLE: Finished the week with 80 kills in 10 games as Priceville went 8-2 in that span.
EMORIE LONG, PELHAM: Had 65 kills and 25 blocks in nine matches. The Panthers went 4-2 in the HeffStrong Invitational at Spain Park to reach the semifinals.
LEXIE SMITH, HARTSELLE: The junior recorded 53 kills, five blocks and 26 digs as the Tigers won six of seven matches for the week.
HANNAH VINES, VESTAVIA HILLS: Helped the Rebels win four of six matches with 43 kills and 33 digs.
MIKAELA GRUBB, ENTERPRISE: Had 41 kills and 34 digs as Enterprise went 5-1 on the week and finished runner-up to Providence Christian in its own tourney.
ALANA COX, BOB JONES: Led her team to a 4-0 record with 35 kills, 11 blocks and six aces for the week.
JEANNA THOMAS, AUSTIN: Recorded 56 kills, 22 blocks and seven aces to lead the Black Bears to the Priceville Invitational championship and a 5-1 record for the week.
LAEKYN BENNETT, LAWRENCE COUNTY: Had 247 assists as her team won 11 of 12 matches last week.
GEORGIA STONICHER, PELHAM: Recorded 211 assists in nine matches as the Panthers went 7-2. Pelham also reached the semifinals of the HeffStrong Tourney at Spain Park.
REILLY VOUGHT, SPANISH FORT: Led Spanish Fort to seven wins in eight matches with 162 assists, 50 digs and 10 aces.
ALLIE ISOM, ARAB: Handed out 153 assists as Arab went 6-3 for the week.
KAYLA DOLLAR, MORTIMER JORDAN: Registered 150 assists as the Blue Devils went 5-3 – notching Coach Kelsey Treadway’s 100th career victory in the process.
KIRBY SMITH, GERALDINE: Distributed 96 assists and also had 19 digs to lead Geraldine to six straight wins and the Geraldine Invitational title. The Bulldogs won 10 matches over the week.
KIRSTEN BOYD, THOMPSON: Had 96 assists as the Warriors (19-8) finished fifth in the 24-team field at the Kentucky Challenge. Thompson was 4-2 on the week.
ISABELLE FUELL, HUNTSVILLE: Totaled 81 assists as Huntsville won three of four matches.
AIJA AVELE, BOB JONES: Had 66 assists as Bob Jones (16-3) went 4-0 for the week, including a 2-0 victory over defending Class 7A state champion Mountain Brook.
PAIGE NORRIS, SAND ROCK: Totaled 123 digs as Sand Rock went 7-3 on the week.
ALEXIS SNOW, DANVILLE: Had 122 digs in nine matches for the Hawks.
TAYLOR FONTENELLE, SPANISH FORT: Recorded 102 digs and 10 aces as the Toros (20-5) went 7-1.
MORENA PERAL, MOODY: Had 73 digs as the Blue Devils (21-6) went 10-0 on the week and won its own invitational tourney.
SHELBY BROTHERS, GERALDINE: Had 65 digs and 16 aces in 10 wins last week.
ERICA SCHILLING, McGILL-TOOLEN CATHOLIC: Had 65 digs and six aces in seven matches for the Dirty Dozen last week.