Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa High School junior running back Brian Robinson ran for 447 yards on 29 rush attempts and scored five touchdowns as the Patriots’ lost a nail—biting 41-40 decision to defending Class 6A state football champion Clay-Chalkville.
Robinson had scoring runs of 55, 81, 64 and 4 yards and tacked on a 23-yard TD pass reception for Coach Sam Adams’ Patriots to finish with 470 total yards. His performance earned the running back the AHSAA Prep Spotlight for Week 2 of the young 2015 football season.
The 447 rushing yards was the fifth best individual game on record and just the 12th 400—yard rushing effort in AHSAA prep history, according to the AHSAA Record Book found at www.ahsaa.com. Tony Dixon of Parrish set the single-game with 531 yards on 21 carries in a 2003 Class 1A victory over Hubbertville. Jerry Stancil of Gaylesville rushed for 470 yards in a win over Spring Garden in 2004, Cherokee County’s Michael Perry had 457 yards in a 1991 win over Hokes Bluff, and Charles Johnson of Keith had 454 yards in the Bears’ 2011 win over Shades Mountain.
Robinson’s effort is the best ever by a Class 6A running back and the only 400-yard plus rushing total accomplished in a loss.
Clay-Chalkville (3-0), coached by Jerry Hood, extended its current winning streak to 18 games with the one-point win.
Finishing a close second in this week’s AHSAA Spotlight was a 405-yard passing performance by Kadarius Toney of Blount in the Leopards’ 56-21 win over Daphne, and a team defensive effort by New Brockton that accounted for four scores in the Gamecocks’ 56-0 win over Calhoun.
Toney was 16-of-26 passes for 405 yards and five touchdowns for Coach Lev Holly. His total was the first 400-yard passing game registered in the AHSAA in 2015 and the 39th in history. Eight of those performances were over 500 yards including American Christian QB Chris Smelley’s 565 yards in 43-31 loss to Brantley in the 2005 Class 1A state playoffs. Reginald Todd, a New Mexico State basketball commitment, caught six of Toney’s passes for 222 yards and two scores as the Leopards rolled up 620 yards total offense the night.
DEFENSE IS BEST OFFENSE: New Brockton's defense accounted for four scores -- three touchdowns and a safety -- and the Gamecocks of Coach Justin Jones also got a punt return for a touchdown during a 56-0 win over Calhoun.
Already up 7-0, New Brockton got a 26-yard interception return for A TD by Grant Griffin, a safety by Michael Morris and a recovered fumble in the end zone for a touchdown by Wyatt Moore for a 23-0 lead. The Gamecocks' last score of the game also came on defense as Tyler McIntosh returned a fumble 8 yards to the end zone. In between, Clay Kelley had a 34-yard punt return for a score.
In other highlights from last weekend’s action:
SCHILLING REGISTERS 1,300TH VOLLEYBALL VICTORY: Bayside Academy coach Ann Schilling, who has guided Bayside Academy to 20 state volleyball titles including a current streak of 13 in a row, registered her 1,300th career win with the Lady Admirals’ victory over host McGill-Toolen in the finals of the Dirty Dozen Invitational tourney last weekend hosted by McGill. Schilling started the 2015 season with a 1,288-359 head-coaching record. Glenda Wright, who stepped down after leading Walker to the 6A state tournament last season, is the AHSAA’s all-time leader with a 1,457-590 record. Tammy Richardson, who also stepped down at St. Luke’s after last season, owns a 1,358-546 career record.
FORMER HOOVER COACH REGISTERS 250TH WIN: Former Hoover High School football coach Rush Propst, who guided the Bucs to five Class 6A state titles and a 110-16 overall record from 1999-2007, notched the 250th win of his high school coaching career Friday night as Colquitt County (GA) beat Crisp County 37-7. Propst, an Ohatchee native who is 250-86 overall, served as head coach at Ashville, Eufaula, Alba and Alma Bryant in Alabama before moving to Hoover. He is 74-25 at Colquitt County including directing his current team to the GHSA state title last season for the sixth state championship overall captured by teams he has coached. Propst’s team will take on an Alabama opponent Friday night when Colquitt County hosts Enterprise.
Josh Niblett, who followed Propst at Hoover in 2008 as the school’s seventh head coach in school history, has kept the winning tradition alive going 99-8 since then with a 50-2 region record, 31-3 playoff record and four state championships (2009, 2012, 2013, 2014) and two runner-up finishes (2010, 2011). He will be going for his 100th win at the school Friday night at Oak Mountain.
Bob Finley, who guided the Bucs from 1968-1993 until his untimely death just prior to the 1994 season, is Hoover’s wins leader with a 198-87-5 record. He guided the Bucs to the state crown in 1977 and tied Enterprise in 1982 10-10 to earn a co-championship. The three coaches have combined for 407 of the school’s 454 all-time wins and own a combined 407-111-5 record and winning percentage of 78.3 percent.
JORDAN BENTLEY, GUNTERSVILLE: Broke two Guntersville single-game records in the Wildcats’ 49-39 win over Madison County. Bentley rushed 34 times for 336 yards and scored seven touchdowns, six rushing and one on a 41-yard pass reception. The previous record was 312 yards rushing and five TDs scored. The senior, who also had four tackles and an interception on defense, now has 4,347 career rushing yards and 77 touchdowns. Ironically, the Wildcats running back found himself in a Guntersville police car at halftime. The reason – coaches felt they needed to cool their workhorse down and the visitors’ dressing room was too crowded. The Guntersville Police Department provides an escort to all away games and proved to be an excellent way to cool Bentley down.
ANDREW BROWN, WINSTON COUNTY: The senior needed just 10 carries to rush for 350 yards and five touchdowns as the Yellow Jackets downed Hanceville 48-20. His scoring runs covered 26, 57, 80, 48 and 98 yards.
JAY CRAIG, DEMOPOLIS: Had 212 yards rushing on 30 carries and five touchdowns — 29, 25, 19, 15 and 2 yards — in a 42-23 victory over Calera.
TADARRYL MARSHALL, LEEDS: Had 24 carries for 183 yards and five touchdowns and passed for 100 yards and two more scores in the Green Wave’s 49-48 overtime loss at Munford. Marshall had rushing TDs of 33, 2, 1, 54 and 5 yards and passed for two TDs (10 and 43 yards). He also converted two 2-point conversions.
DESMON TURNER, FORT PAYNE: Had 274 yards on 29 carries with two touchdowns, including the go-ahead touchdown in the fourth quarter, to lead the Wildcats to a 21-14 win over Arab. He also had a 32-yard punt return and a 29-yard kickoff return.
MICHAEL MATTHEWS, UMS-WRIGHT: Had 19 carries for 220 yards and three touchdowns in a 56-23 win over Faith Academy.
CHRISTIAN CRANDALL & NIC ROLLO, COLD SPRINGS: Combined for 358 rushing yards and four touchdowns on just 16 first-half carries in a 55-0 win over Southeastern. Crandall ran for 216 yards and Rollo, 142. Each scored two touchdowns.
DILAN KILPATRICK, FYFFE: Gained 215 yards rushing on 25 carries and scored a touchdown in the Red Devils’ 21-14 setback to Cleveland. The loss snapped a 16-game winning streak for defending 2A state champion Fyffe.
JAY JONES, McADORY: Ran for 207 yards with scoring runs of 57 and 82 yards as the Jackets beat Northridge 35-10. Jones also passed for a 68-yard TD.
SEAN LONG, SARALAND: Rushed eight times for 191 yards and four touchdowns to lead Saraland to a 45-7 win over Robertsdale. All four scores came in the first half.
GABE OZIO, MADISON COUNTY: Totaled 186 yards rushing and scored three touchdowns in a 49-39 loss to Guntersville.
DEVIN LEPS, VALLEY HEAD: Rushed for 180 yards and scored five touchdowns in the Tigers' 57-22 win against Coosa Christian. He scored on runs of 65, 15, 9, 10 and 2 yards.
KALEB SHADWICK, WEST BLOCTON: Rushed for 166 yards and three TDs on 21 carries in a 32-14 victory over Sipsey Valley.
COLTON KNIGHT, REHOBETH: The Rebels’ running back rushed for 163 yards and four touchdowns (5, 21,5 and 40 yards) in a 46-0 win over Alabama Christian.
GARRETT APPLING, HOLY SPIRIT: Gained 150 yards rushing on 30 carries, scored two rushing TDs and another on a 34-yard pass reception as the Titans beat Vincent 21-6.
GARY FEARN, HUNTSVILLE: Ran for 144 yards on 25 carries and scored three touchdowns (1 yard, 12 and 3 yards) in the first half of a 26-0 win over Grissom.
STONE FINCHER, HACKLEBURG: The freshman running back ran eight times for 132 yards and two touchdowns in the Panthers’ 45-6 win over Tharptown.
TYLER BLAKELY, COLLINSVILLE: Rushed 10 times for 126 yards and three touchdowns (1, 27 and 57 yards) and made an interception on defense to lead the Panthers past West End 54-35.
AUSTIN HARRIS, FAIRVIEW: Recorded his third straight 100-yard plus rushing performance with 27 carries for 109 yards and three TDs as the Aggies fell to Randolph 38-27. Harris also caught three passes for 25 yards and played well on defense.
TAYLOR HAYES, PIEDMONT: Had 203 total yards, 96 rushing and 107 passing, and accounted for three touchdowns in a 62-21 win over Ashville. Teammate Darnell Jackson added 136 yards rushing on 13 carries with one TD – all in the first half.
AVERY HARRIS, MUNFORD: The quarterback was 20-of-33 passing for 300 yards and five touchdowns in the Lions’ 49-48 overtime win over defending Class 4A state champion Leeds. The junior led Munford from two-touchdown deficits twice in the fourth quarter to force the extra period. His 22-yard TD pass to Austin Campbell and 10-yard toss to Kyle Ross in the final four minutes of the fourth quarter drew the Lions to within two at 42-40. His two-point completion to Chase Gaither tied the score. Harris then passed to Quantavius Elston for a 10-yard score in overtime for the winning score. He also scored the other two TDs himself on keepers.
RAMSEY RIGBY, ELBA: The Tigers’ quarterback was nearly perfect, completing 11-of-12 passes for 397 yards and six touchdowns in a 68-13 win over Elba.
NOAH LOWERY, CHARLES HENDERSON: completed 17-of-22 passes for 313 yards with five touchdowns in a 63-20 win over Dale County.
JORDAN AUBREY, MOBILE CHRISTIAN: Led the Leopards to a 51-7 win over Southern Choctaw with a 9-of-13 passing performance for 310 yards and four touchdowns.
SHAWN JENNINGS, DADEVILLE: The University of Alabama commitment was 13-of-14 passing for 180 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for another score before leaving the game in the second quarter with an injury in Dadeville’s 68-33 loss to Beauregard.
AHMAD DERAMUS, GADSDEN CITY: Was 8-of-10 passing for 206 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for another score as the Titans beat Sparkman 66-34. All DeRamus’ yards and TDs came in the first half.
ADAM BROWNER, NEW HOPE: Completed 12-of-15 passes for 196 yards and a touchdown, and ran for two scores in a 50-21 win over Good Hope.
KOY CHAPMAN, GORDO: Was 15-of-25 for 183 passing yards and two touchdowns in a 55-16 victory over Greene County.
JOSEPH SCHAUER, WESTBROOK CHRISTIAN: Completed 13-of-18 passes for 163 yards with two touchdowns and rushed we times for 109 yards and two more scores as the Warriors came from behind to edge Ohatchee 35-34.
FORREST WEBBER, RANDOLPH: Was 12-of-18 passing for 86 yards and two scores and rushed for 139 yards on 13 carries with a 96-yard TD scamper as the Eagles beat Fairview 28-27.
KADE YOUNG, AMERICAN CHRISTIAN: Led ACA to a 60-6 win over Lamar County completing 9-of-14 passes for 160 yards and three touchdowns. He also rushed for a fourth TD.
JOHN MARK PRESTRIDGE, RANDOLPH COUNTY: Completed 10-of-18 passes for 167 yards and two touchdowns in a 21-14 win over arch-rival Ranburne.
JOSH DECKER, CEDAR BLUFF: Was 13-of-21 passing for 149 yards and three touchdowns (6, 9 and 5 yards) and rushed for a 2-yard TD as the Tigers downed Spring Garden 35-18. Teammate Ivory Star added 142 yards rushing on 20 carries with one TD.
MYRON MITCHELL, WALKER: Caught nine passes for 215 yards and two scores in Walker’s 48-17 win over John Carroll Catholic.
MILES STRICKLAND, BOB JONES: Caught a 98-yard pass and added two rushing touchdowns in a 27-24 win over James Clemens.
BAYLOR BARNES, CHARLES HENDERSON: Caught six passes for 130 yards and two touchdowns in a 63-20 Trojan win over Dale County.
AUSTIN CAMPBELL, MUNFORD: Made seven catches for 119 yards and three touchdowns in Munford’s 49-48 overtime win over Leeds.
MALIK TALLEY, SCOTTSBORO: Had 5 catches for 105 yards and 10 rushes for 113 yards and 1 TD in a 24-22 win over Brewer. Talley started at QB for the injured Bo Nix and split time with freshman Tanner Woodall, who was 14-of-24 passing for 221 yards and two touchdowns.
DARNELL MOONEY, GADSDEN CITY: Caught touchdown passes of 27, 12 and 12 yards and returned a punt 55 yards for a score in the Titans’ 66-34 over Sparkman.
KOI FREEMAN, LEEDS: Had five receptions for 100 yards and another 80 yards in kick returns in the Green Wave’s 49-48 overtime loss at Munford.
DFYLAN RICE, HOUSTON ACADEMY: Caught six passes for 99 yards with one touchdown (26 yards) and added a rushing touchdown to account for two of the three Raiders’ scores in a 20-8 win over Geneva County.
PACE OZMINT, GLENCOE: Had 22 tackles in the Yellow Jackets’ 28-27 overtime win over Walter Wellborn.
CARLTON MARTIAL, McGILL-TOOLEN: Recorded 15 tackles with a sack in McGill-Toolen’s 14-3 win over Fairhope.
SEAN DUNN, COLD SPRINGS: Totaled 11 tackles, including two sacks and two others resulting in losses, as the Panthers shut out Tharptown 55-0. Teammate Fisher Willoughby added a pair of interceptions.
JARVIS SMITH, SLOCOMB: Was credited with 13 tackles, including three for losses, as the Red Tops shut out Wicksburg 7-0.
K.J. WALKER, DALEVILLE: Playing in just the first half, Walker forced three fumbles and had eight tackles during the Warhawks' 32-6 win over Barbour County.
ALEX HERNANDES, WEST POINT: Accounted for 12 tackles on defense and contributed 50 yards rushing and three TDs on eight carries in a 31-20 win over Columbia.
TROY LOCKE, BERRY: Finished with 10 tackles, two sacks and a pass deflection in a 22-16 victory over Meek.
GRANT SIMMONS, SAMSON: Scored three different ways to account for all the scoring in the Tigers' 21-13 win over Ariton. Simmons scored on a 55-yard touchdown pass from J.T. Wise, a 55-yard fumble recovery and a 4-yard carry as Samson overcame an early 7-0 deficit to take the come-from-behind win.
KAEDON JENKINS, PIEDMONT: The freshman defensive back returned an interception 55 yards for a score to give Piedmont a 42-14 halftime lead en route to a 62-21 victory over Ashville.
ANTHONY JONES, CHELSEA: Scored four touchdowns, including an 82-yard punt return, as the Hornets beat Southside-Gadsden 43-10. Jones also had a 21-yard pass reception and rushes of 20 and 4 yards for his three other scores.
COBY NEENAN, NORTHVIEW: The Cougars’ place-kicker drilled a 44-yard field goal with 2:59 left to give Northview a 21-20 win over Stanhope Elmore. Neenan also kicked a 29-yard field goal earlier in the game, converted his only extra point kick and punted twice for a 39.5 average.
DAWSON HAMLIN, ZION CHAPEL: Booted two field goals of more than 40 yards during the Rebels' 68-13 loss to Elba. Hamlin hit field goals of 42 and 43 yards.
BAILEY McGATHA-POTTER, SCOTTSBORO: Kicked all three extra points and a 31-yard field goal as the Wildcats beat Brewer 24-22.
The two volleyball teams will square off on Thursday, July 23 at Faulkner University’s Tine Davis Gymnasium at 4 p.m.
The AHADCA All-Star Games also include in-state all-star games in boys’ and girls’ soccer, baseball, boys’ and girls’ basketball and softball. The 55th North-South All-Star football game will be played the previous week on Friday, July 17, at Cramton Bowl.
The AHSAA Summer Conference is a week-long conference that includes sports’ specific clinics and special sessions for coaches, principals, athletic directors, cheerleading coaches and officials. Also, an All-Sports Equipment Expo and other related activities are scheduled throughout the week.
Among the conference’s highlights will be the Sportsmanship Luncheon honoring all schools that have not had an ejection or fine during the 2014-15 school year and the Championship Coaches Awards Banquet that includes the naming of the 2014-15 Making A Difference Award Recipients, Coaches of the Year, and the AHSADCA Athletic Director of the Year. Both banquets will be Friday, July 24.
Concluding the week will be the 19th annual Officials Awards Banquet set for July 25 at noon. The featured speaker for 2015 will be Joe Dean, Jr., Birmingham-Southern athletic director and college basketball TV sports commentator.
Coaching the South All-Stars will be Perry Robinson, of Class 6A 2014 runner-up Pelham, and Heather Nazat of Faith Academy. Administrative coach is Carver-Montgomery’s Virginia Franklin. North coaches are Haven O’Quinn, of 2014 Class 7A state champion Mountain Brook, and Amanda Smith of James Clemens. Sue Marshall of Randolph is administrative coach.
Among the outstanding volleyball players selected are North juniors Sara Carr and Sara Mitchell of Mountain Brook, who helped Coach O’Quinn’s team win the first-ever Class 7A state title. John Carroll Catholic’s Kelsi Hobbs also played on the Cavaliers’ Class 6A state championship team.
Julia Martin of Bayside Academy headlines the South squad. She helped the Lady Admirals win a state-record 13th straight state championship winning the 3A title in 2014. Outside hitter Kristy Odom
Danville 2, Jacksonville 1
Danville closed out the 2014 AHSAA State Volleyball Championships Thursday night by winning its first state championship with a 25-16, 25-18, 17-25, 25-17 triumph over defending champion Jacksonville in the Class 4A finals at the Birmingham CrossPlex.
Coach Spencer Cole’s Hawks (51-11) jumped out to a 2-0 lead and then closed out with a strong fourth-set finish to notch the title. Tournament MVP Sydni Shelton had 18 kills and 19 digs to lead her team. Kellee Styles also had 18 kills and 13 digs. Setter Charlee Anderson had 46 assists and 10 digs.
Leading Coach David Clark’s Golden Eagles (40-10) were paced by Blessing Dunn’s 26 kills and 21 digs. Darrien Martin also had eight kills and 16 digs and Ashley Clingan had 33 assists.
Class 4A All-Tournament Team
Sydni Shelton, Danville (MVP); Kellee Stiles, Danville; Charlee Anderson, Danville; Blessing Dunn, Jacksonville; Sierra Stone, Jacksonville; Zori Foster, St. James; Julia Burton, Deshler.
Athens Bible 3, Meek 1
Athens Bible fought off stubborn Meek in the Class 1A state volleyball finals Thursday to win the school’s third state championship and first since 2009 when new head coach Elizabeth Anne Shaver was still a player for the Lady Trojans.
Shaver, 21, saw her team claw out a 20-25, 25-23, 25-22, 25-22 win over the Tigers (28-22) to take the title. In the process she may have become the youngest head coach in AHSAA history to win a state volleyball title.
Kara Ward led Athens Bible (32-17) with 19 kills, 28 digs and two blocks. Emma Jarrett added 11 kills, Loren Gilliam had seven kills, 35 assists and 15 digs, and Lyndsey Sherrod had 23 digs. Holly Persell also had eight kills.
Meek, coached by young Tara Branstetter, 23, got strong showings from Morgan Hudson and Jordan Waldrep, who recorded 19 and 18 kills each. Jayden Waldrep had 40 assists.
Class 1A All-Tournament Team
Kara Wood, Athens Bible (MVP); Emma Jarrett, Athens Bible; Holly Persell, Athens Bible; Jordan Waldrep, Meek; Morgan Hudson, Meek; Kayla Grimes, Decatur Heritage; Maddie Vinton, Decatur Heritage.
Mountain Brook 3, Hoover 1
Mountain Brook’s Lady Spartans downed Hoover 25-16, 25-20, 18-25, 25-10 Thursday at the Birmingham CrossPlex to capture the first Class 7A state volleyball championship in AHSAA history. It was also Mountain Brook’s first volleyball state title.
Coach Haven O’Quinn’s Spartans (49-10) jumped out to a 2-0 lead in part due to the play of outside hitter Sara Carr. The junior finished with 16 kills, 14 digs and three blocks to earn MVP honors. Emmy Kilgore had eight kills, Payton Selmon, Abby Garrett and Kendrall Crumbaugh added seven each.
Setter Sara Chandler Mitchell also handed out 38 assists and Smith had 21 digs.
Hoover (38-9) , coached by Chris Camper, was led by Ali Lowe’s 13 kills. Nora Webster added seven. Jamie Gregg had 18 assists and Olivia Portera 16 digs.
Hoover and Mountain Brook were the first two Birmingham schools to meet in the large school state finals. Both were 6A last year.
Class 7A All-Tournament Team
Sara Carr, Mountain Brook (MVP); Sara Chandler Mitchell, Mountain Brook; Julia Smith, Mountain Brook; Ali Lowe, Hoover; Kathryn Cather, Hoover; Abby Hutchens, McGill-Toolen Catholic; Haley Hop, Bob Jones.
Addison 3, Providence Christian 1
Addison (58-2) used a strong front line Thursday to beat Providence Christian 25-20, 23-25,25-20, 25-18 in the AHSAA State Volleyball Tournament Class 2A championship match at the Birmingham CrossPlex.
Tourney MVP Jessy Taylor led the attack with 20 kills and 13 digs as the Bulldogs won their seventh state championship since 2003. Addison was 1A state champs in 2013. Summer Hinton also had 10 kills, Holly Posey had nine and Callie Brewer with six. Posey also had 30 assists and 17 digs.
Providence Christian (58-2) came into the finals with a 56-match winning streak, longest in school history. Coach Bill Oldfield’s Eagles finished second in 2013 and won back-to-back titles in 2011 and 2012. Hannah Harris and Kristy Odom turned in outstanding performances with 18 kills and 16 kills, respectively. Emma Cary also had 34 assists and 22 digs.
Class 2A All-Tournament Team
Jessy Harris, Addison (MVP); Summer Hinton, Addison; Holly Posey, Addison; Hannah Harris, Providence Christian; Emma Cary, Providence Christian; Sydney Terry, Hatton; Dani Townson, Ider.