MONTGOMERY – All seven defending state football champions and 20 unbeaten teams are among the 208-team state playoff field announced by the Alabama High School Athletic Association Saturday morning.
The state football playoffs get underway Thursday night, Nov. 3, with two Class 6A first-round games, and 102 games are scheduled for Friday, Nov. 4. All contests are scheduled to kick off at 7 p.m.
State champions will be crowned in seven classifications with 32 schools competing in Classes 1A through 6A through five rounds of play, and 16 competing in four playoff rounds in Class 7A. The ultimate goal of each is to compete in the Super 7 State Football Finals at Auburn University’s Jordan-Hare Stadium Nov. 30-Dec. 2.
The playoffs began in 1966 with just four teams competing for the Class 4A state title. The playoffs expanded to four classifications in 1967, to six in 1984 and seven in 2014. This will be the third year of competition in seven classes.
This year’s playoffs mark the 51th anniversary of the AHSAA’s storied playoff completion. One school, Sidney Lanier, competed in the first playoff in 1966 that featured four schools and will be in the field for the 2016 playoffs.
AHSAA TV partner Raycom Media will for the second straight year telecast the Raycom / AHSAA Playoff Game of the Week over the next four weeks, culminating with Raycom televising all seven state championship games at Auburn. Next Friday’s Game of the Week will be Auburn (7-3) versus Davidson (9-1) in Class 7A first-round battle at Ladd-Peebles Stadium at 7 p.m. Coach Fred Riley’s Warriors will be home team finishing second to McGill-Toolen Catholic in Region 1. McGill beat Davidson 39-36 in overtime
The seven defending state champions include Class 1A Maplesville (9-0); Class 2A Elba (8-2); Class 3A Piedmont (10-0); Class 4A Leeds (8-2); Class 5A St. Paul’s Episcopal (7-3); Class 6A Spanish Fort (8-2); and Class 7A McGill-Toolen (10-0).
Piedmont head coach Steve Smith notched the 200th win of his prep coaching career earlier this season, His Bulldogs won the AHSAA’s current longest football winning streak (20) heading into the 3A playoffs. McGill-Toolen, coached by Caleb Ross, has a 19-game winning streak and Maplesville, coached by Brent Hubbert, is currently riding an 18-game streak.
In addition, 17 other unbeaten schools head into the state playoffs including Carroll-Ozark (10-0). The Eagles, coached by Roger McDonald, finished 10-0 in the regular season for the first time since 1930 after going just 1-9 in 2014. Class 4A Rogers (10-0), coached by Randall Martin, recorded its first unbeaten regular season in school history.
Montgomery’s newest high school Park Crossing, coached by Smitty Grider, is undefeated a 10-0 in just its third season.
Unbeaten teams by class in the playoffs include: (Class 1A) Maplesville (9-0); Georgiana (10-0), Linden (10-0), Wadley (9-0), Addison (10-0); (Class 2A) G.W. Long (9-0); Fyffe (10-0); LaFayette (10-0); (Class 3A) Gordo (10-0); Piedmont (10-0); (Class 4A) Rogers (10-0); Class 5A: Carroll (10-0); Scottsboro (10-0); (Class 6A) Park Crossing (10-0); Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa (10-0); Oxford (10-0); (Class 7) McGill-Toolen Catholic (10-0); and Hewitt-Trussville (10-0).
The NFHS Network plans to live-stream selected games each week with several member schools planning to live-stream contests over the NFHS Network School Broadcast Program as well.
All games will be listed at www.ahsaa.com as well www.nfhsnetwork.com. More than 50 first-round games are expected to be broadcast by local radio stations as well. The AHSAA Radio Network will also host a statewide scoreboard show during the state playoffs. Check the AHSAA website for more details.
Second-round playoff games are scheduled for Friday, Nov. 11, followed by the quarterfinals on Nov. 18, the semifinals Nov. 25.
John Carroll Catholic High School has been fined, placed on probation for one year and ordered to forfeit two varsity football wins for violating the AHSAA eligibility rules. The school self-reported the violation.
John Carroll played an ineligible student in violation of the AHSAA Overlapping School Zones Rule found on page 35 of the 2016-17 AHSAA Handbook, which states a student that transfers from a school within overlapping school zones is ineligible for one year at the new school. The school must forfeit all contests its team won in which the student participated. Forfeits include victories over Moody and Springville high schools.
The probationary period is a warning that other violations of this nature could bring further sanctions against the school.
AHSAA member high schools produce these contests through the NFHS Network School Broadcast Program (SBP). Interested schools can contact Matt Abramson at: email@example.com or call 843-324-8695.
RAYCOM MEDIA/AHSAAFOOTBALL GAME OF THE WEEK
Oct. 6: 7 PM
Spain Park vs. Thompson
See www.pathtotheplayoffs.com for channel information
NFHS NETWORK SCHOOL BROADCAST LIVE-STREAMING SCHEDULE (Oct. 6-7)
Oct. 6: 3 p.m.
Oct. 6: 3:20 p.m.
Lawrence County vs. Brooks
Hazel Green vs. Muscle Shoals (6A)
Oct. 6: 6:45 PM
Auburn vs. R.E. Lee
Oct. 7: 6:30 PM
Victory Christian School vs. Wadley (1A)
Oct. 7: 7 PM
Central-Hayneville vs. Goshen (2A)
McIntosh vs. Sweet Water (2A)
Jacksonville vs. Oneonta (4A)
Oct. 7: 6:40 PM
Russellville vs. Brooks (5A)
Scottsboro vs. Arab (5A)
Austin vs. Hartselle (6A)
Baldwin County vs. Saraland (6A)
Oct. 7: 6:30 PM
Carver-Mont. vs. Stanhope Elmore (6A)
Oct. 7: 6:45 PM
Chelsea vs. Opelika (6A)
Florence vs. Decatur (6A)
Foley vs. Spanish Fort (6A)
Jackson-Olin vs. Shades Valley (6A)
Pell City vs. Albertville (6A)
Russell County vs. Northview (6A)
Central-PC vs. Jeff Davis (7A)
Oct. 7: 6:50 PM
Huffman vs. Hoover (7A)
McGill-Toolen vs M. Montgomery (7A)
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Prattville High School has been fined, placed on probation for one year and ordered to forfeit one varsity football game victory for violating AHSAA eligibility rules. The school requested the AHSAA to make an official ruling on the student’s eligibility.
Prattville played an ineligible student prior to his completion of a bona fide move in violation of the “Transfer Rule”. The school must forfeit all contests its team won in which the student participated. PHS forfeited its 28-23 win over Stanhope Elmore. The probationary period is a warning that other violations of this nature could bring further sanctions against the school.
New Brockton High School has been fined, placed on probation for one year and ordered to forfeit one varsity football game victory for violating AHSAA eligibility rules. The school self-reported the violation.
New Brockton played an ineligible student in violation of the “Transfer Rule”. The school must forfeit all contests its team won in which the student participated. New Brockton forfeited its 34-20 win over Georgiana. The probationary period is a warning that other violations of this nature could bring further sanctions against the school.
MONTGOMERY – Opp High School senior quarterback Orlando Lacey came very close to accomplishing a feat that has never been done before in AHSAA football annals.
He was just 15 rushing yards and three passing yards shy of having 300 yards rushing and passing in the same game.
Lacey directed the Bobcats to a very tough 55-32 victory over Straughn Friday night by personally totaling 582 yards and accounting for six touchdowns to grab the AHSAA Spotlight for Week 2 of the 2016 prep football season.
Lacey was 16-of-19 passing for 297 yards and three touchdowns and had 19 rush attempts for 285 yards and three scores. His 582 total yards placed him tied for sixth in the AHSAA Record Book for total yards in a single game with Speake’s Brandon Brown, who had 502 yards passing and 80 rushing in a 1992 game. Lacey’s total, however, is by far the most balanced between rushing and passing in state history and came in a difficult and very important region contest.
Coach Brent Hill’s senior playmaker averaged 15.3 yards per each of his 38 total touches. Jack Poundstone of Trinity Presbyterian held the record before Friday night with 614 total yards (492 passing and 122 rushing) in a 54-40 loss to Cordova in the Class 3A state playoffs in 2008.
James Raines of Berry High School broke Poundstone’s total offense record last Friday night with 631 total yards in a 71-22 win over Brilliant. Raines passed for 563 yards and eight touchdowns, rushed for 68 yards and a ninth score. Berry led 57-14 at the half. Raines’ passing yards was two shy of the state record (565) set by Chris Smelley of American Christian in a 43-31 loss to Brantley in the semifinals of the Class 1A state playoffs in 2005. Smelley is now head coach at American Christian.
The nine touchdowns accounted for by Raines tied a state record shared by Hubbertville’s Tommy Haley-Hicks and Victory Christian’s Brent Gulledge. Haley-Hicks’ nine rushing TDs came in a 76-52 win over Vina in 2008 and Gulledge’s nine TD passes came in a 70-6 win over Lyman Ward in 2004.
COACH ERNIE WILLINGHAM, COLLINSVILLE: Recorded the 100th coaching victory of his prep football coaching career in a 27-6 win over Ider. Now in his 16th year, Willingham is 100-70 including a coaching stint at Appalachian. Quarterback Grant Jones completed 9-of-11 passes for 166 yards and two touchdowns (42 and 61 yards) in the Panthers' victory.
AUSTIN BEATS DECATUR 37-35 IN 3 OT: In what turned out to be the highest scoring game in the Decatur-Austin series history, the Black Bears won in three overtime 37-35 at Ogle Stadium. Coach Jeremy Perkins’ team had several heroes including: Antonio Robinson (3 rushing TDs), Tony Norman (10-yard TD run and 2-point conversion in the second overtime and a 9-yard TD run in the third overtime; Collin Moses’ winning 2-point conversion in the third OT; and defensive back Kiyan Tapscott, who broke up a Decatur pass for the tying 2-point try in the third OT to seal the win.
Coach Jere Adcock and his Red Raiders, now 36-18 in the series, also had its share of heroes, including LaDarius Woods who made a diving catch of a pass from QB Alec Marks at the goal line in the third OT to set up the final 2-point try. Josh Marsh’s 2-yard TD run with 3:11 left in the fourth quarter sent the game into overtime tied at 14 all. Marsh also had s TD in the second OT and 2-point conversion.
LOACHAPOKA AND AUTAUGAVILLE SCORE 126: Coach Jerome Tate’s Loachapoka Indians set a school record with its 82-44 win over Autaugaville. The Eagles, 11-5 in the series, winning the first eight dating back to 1984. The combined 126 points tied Phillips’ 82-44 win over Vina in 2008 as the eighth most points scored by both teams in a single game in AHSAA history.
AHKIM WALDEN, DOTHAN: Kicked a 22-yard field goal with one second left to lift the Tigers to a 15-14 victory over Russell County. Dothan clawed back from a 14-0 deficit with Devanir Martin returning a kickoff 91 yards following the second Warriors’ touchdown to jump-start the Tigers comeback.
ZACH FORD, CALERA: Kicked a 40-yard field goal as time ran out to lift the Eagles past Dallas County 25-22.
PEYTON NICHOLS, RUSSELLVILLE: Russellville’s Peyton Nichols connected with Colin Garrison on an 11-yard touchdown pass with two seconds left in the game to lift the Golden Tigers to a 38-35 win over Lee-Huntsville.
TANNER STAMPS, CENTRAL-FLORENCE: Fired a 39-yard TD pass to Connor Bevis with less than a minute to play as Central-Florence beat Deshler 27-21 for its first win over the Tigers in 32 years.
In other highlights from last weekend’s games:
JARTAVIOUS WHITLOW, LAFAYETTE: Was 15-of-18 passing for 193 yards and four touchdowns and had 191 yards rushing and two scores on 10 carries as the unbeaten Bulldogs (3-0) downed Vincent 62-6. He finished with 384 total yards and accounted for six touchdowns.
DEVIN KIMBROUGH, SPARKMAN: Completed 25-of-36 passes for 320 yards and three touchdowns and also ran for another score in a 29-22 win over Buckhorn.
SCOTT McALPINE, HALEYVILLE: Completed 28-of-29 passes for 359 yards and two touchdowns in a 42-0 win over Hamilton. His TD passes covered 41 and 78 yards.
LAKE SPURGEON, BROOKS: Was 14-of-16 passing for 318 yards and three TDs (49, 5 and 76 yards) as the Lions downed Ardmore 64-14.
TUCKER DRISKELL, WICKSBURG: Passed for 283 yards and three touchdowns on a 12-of-17 passing performance on a 41-33 loss at Daleville. Driskell also had 64 rushing yards and a TD to finish with 347 total yards.
GRAYSON EDGEMON, MADISON ACADEMY: Completed 12-of-20 passes for 296 yards and five touchdowns in a 42-7 win over Sardis. Receiver Jaelin Ferdinand was on the receiving end of three of his TD connections.
JACURE JACKSON, MINOR: Was 11-of-21 passing for 263 yards and four touchdowns as the Tigers downed Pinson Valley 45-13.
LASHAWN WILLIAMS, CHICKASAW: Completed 12-of-19 passes for 237 yards and two touchdowns (31, 54 yards) in a 32-8 win over Choctaw County. He also scored on a 15-yard win.
MALIK SMITH, SHEFFIELD: Passed for 225 yards and four touchdowns in a 28-25 win over Sulligent. Smith, 16-of-25 on the night, threw two touchdown passes each to Mannie Ford (35 and 28 yards) and Donavon Goodwin (28 and 29 yards). The 29-yarder clinched the win with 1:25 to play.
BO NIX, SCOTTSBORO: The sophomore quarterback rushed nine times for 192 yards and two touchdowns in a 63-21 win over Crossville. He also completed 5-of-10 passes for 106 yards and three touchdowns for the 12th 100-yard plus passing effort in his career. Senior running back Dekarlos Billingsley added 158 yards rushing and two scores on 10 tries in the Wildcats win.
DARIUS BRACY, BAKER: Combined for 341 yards as Baker beat Theodore 41-34. Bracy rushed 26 times for 200 yards and TDs of 29 and 66 yards and also passed for 141 yards.
MATTHEW NOWLIN, HUNTSVILLE: Completed 10-of-16 passes for 130 yards and four touchdowns (19, 14, 21, 35 yards), and ran for 172 yards and a 21-yard score on eight carries in a 67-14 win over Grissom. He played the first half and one series of the third quarter.
TYREN DUPREE, CHEROKEE COUNTY: Completed 8-of-14 pass attempts for 150 yards and two touchdowns to Quartez Henderson (24 and 14 yards) and ran for 112 yards on 13 carries with an 18-yard touchdown in the Warriors' 30-7 win over Hokes Bluff.
HUNTER HOWELL, SPAIN PARK: Helped the Jaguars to a 28-14 win over Vestavia Hills with a 19-of-22 passing performance for 218 yards and three touchdowns.
TAYLOR HAYES, PIEDMONT: Completed 14-of-24 pass attempts for 155 yards and two touchdowns and rushed eight times for 80 yards two TDs (17 and 31 yards) in the Bulldogs' 33-0 win at Glencoe.
CHADARIUS TOWNSEND, TANNER: Ran 18 times for 291 yards and four touchdowns - including long scores covering 95 and 82 yards - in a 41-16 win over West End.
OMAR BROWN, NORTH JACKSON: Rushed for 273 yards and five touchdowns on 24 carries in a 40-18 win over DAR.
KENNETH BOTHWELL, SOUTHSIDE-GADSDEN: The sophomore halfback rushed 15 times for 269 yards and two touchdowns in the Panthers' 34-31 win over Fort Payne.
TREVELL SMITH, HOUSTON COUNTY: Rushed for 264 yards and had TD runs of 6 and 5 yards in Houston County's 34-20 win over Red Level in helping the Lions improve to 3-0 for the first time since 2004.
TANNER TALLEY, SUMITON CHRISTIAN: Rushed for 260 yards and three touchdowns on 24 carries and caught one pass for another 18 yards and a touchdown as the Eagles beat R.A. Hubbard 60-22. Through two games, Talley has rushed 57 times for 561 yards and seven touchdowns. He also had a pair of catches for 23 yards and another touchdown.
JAYLN JONES, LAUDERDALE COUNTY: Rushed for 259 yards and two touchdowns on 18 carries as the Tigers beat West Morgan 39-13. Among his TDs were runs of 58, 49 and 43 yards.
JACOBY JOHNSON, HUFFMAN: Had 27 rush attempts for 247 yards with touchdowns covering 70 and 80 yards as the Vikings beat Oak Mountain 21-11.
JAHZARIAN LAMPLEY, PIKE COUNTY: Rushed for 227 yards and three touchdowns as the Bulldogs blanked B.B. Comer 27-0.
TATE OZBIRN, RED BAY: Led the Tigers to a 30-8 win over Mars Hill Bible with 201 yards rushing and three touchdowns covering 4, 8 and 3 yards.
WISE GORDON, PROVIDENCE CHRISTIAN: The freshman had 31 carries for 195 yards and two touchdowns as PCA downed Slocomb 20-15. Teammate Edwin Colley also rushed 18 times for 151 yards and the other Eagles TD, a 53-yard scamper.
DANIEL THROWER, HAZEL GREEN: Ran for 160 yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries in a 56-6 win at Columbia.
WELDRIN FORD, OPELIKA: Rushed for five touchdowns (8, 2, 4, 6, 14 yards) as Opelika beat Carver-Montgomery 56-28. He had 21 carries and 132 total yards.
TAE HENDERSON, DALE COUNTY: Sparked 28-17 win over Trinity Presbyterian with 158 yards rushing and two touchdowns on 23 carries.
JORDAN STOVER, HARTSELLE: Ran for 131 yards and four touchdowns on 17 carries in a 41-7 win over Athens. He had 100 yards and three scores by halftime.
CHRIS SULLIVAN, THEODORE: Caught nine passes for 210 yards and three touchdowns (62, 7 and 11 yards) as the Bobcats fell to Baker 41-34.
JALEN WAYNE, SPANISH FORT: Caught seven passes for 194 yards and three touchdowns as the defending Class 6A state champion Toros defeated Gulf Shores 38-10.
COLLIN WOODS, BLOUNT: Keyed the Leopards’ 41-10 win over Baldwin County with five receptions for 119 yards and touchdowns of 24 and 53 yards.
MANNIE FORD, SHEFFIELD: Caught nine passes for 103 yards and two touchdowns in a 28-25 win over Sulligent.
DARIEN BOSSIE, PIEDMONT: Caught six passes for 108 yards and two touchdowns in the Bulldogs' 33-0 win at Glencoe.
EMIL SMITH, ETOWAH: The sophomore receiver caught six passes for 97 yards and a touchdown in the Blue Devils' 35-7 victory over Douglas.
JAYSON JONES, FULTONDALE: Returned an interception 102 yards for one score, raced 45 yards for a touchdown on a punt return and also had a 34-yard TD run from scrimmage as Fultondale beat Hanceville 59-8.
LEE DAVIS, SAMSON: Had 15 solo tackles and three assists as the Tigers beat Abbeville 34-5. Davis had four tackles for losses, blocked a punt, broke up one pass and had one reception on offense for an 8-yard touchdown.
ROB ENGLISH, ELBA: Had 15 tackles, but recorded the biggest play of the game with a 70-yard interception return for a touchdown in the final 15 seconds to preserve a slim six-point lead and give defending Class 2A state champion Elba a 28-14 win over New Brockton. English also had a fumble recovery and caught a 30-yard pass to round out his performance.
TEPPEI DAISAKU, COOSA CHRISTIAN: Had 10 tackles as the Conquerors snapped an 18-game losing streak with a 7-6 win over Valley Head.
RICKY HALL, PROVIDENCE CHRISTIAN: Was credited with 24 tackles, including 16 solos, in Providence Christian's 20-15 win over Slocomb.
MARCUS JONES, ENTERPRISE: Intercepted two passes and recovered a fumble, returning it 18 yards for a touchdown, all in the first half of the Wildcats' 50-14 rout of Prattville. He also had one pass break up in the game. Teammate Chris Ross also recovered two fumbles, returning one 30 yards for a touchdown, and a caused a fumble in the win.
P.J. PHILLIPS, HOUSTON COUNTY: Had 17 tackles, caused fumble and had a sack in the Lions’ 34-20 win over Red Level. Teammate Keith Barkley added 10 tackles, including three sacks, for the Houston County defense.
BARRETT PICKERING, HOOVER: Kicked four field goals as the Bucs downed Mountain Brook 19-3.
JACK LANE, PARK CROSSING: Booted two 42-yard field goals and finished with a school record four field goals total in the Thunderbirds’ 19-0 win over Stanhope Elmore.
BAILEY POTTER, SCOTTSBORO: Kicked 9-of-9 extra points in Scottsboro’s 63-21 win over Crossville. The nine PATs extended his current streak to 23 in a row.
EDDIE SOLIS, SCOTTSBORO: The junior blocked a Crossville punt and returned it two yards for a touchdown in the Wildcats’ 63-21 win over the Lions.
TAE PROVENS, MADISON COUNTY: Returned a kick 85 yards for a touchdown and ran for two scores in a 49-12 win over Hatton.
Mobile Christian High School has been fined, placed on probation for one year and ordered to forfeit its season-opening varsity football game win and one junior varsity win for violating the AHSAA eligibility rules. The school self-reported the violation.
Mobile Christian played an ineligible student in violation of the “Transfer Rule” specifically “Overlapping School Zone Rule”. The school must forfeit all contests its team won in which the student participated. Mobile Christian forfeited its 49-6 varsity win over Lighthouse Private Christian School of Pensacola, and also forfeited a junior varsity win over Excel.
The probationary period is a warning that other violations of this nature could bring further sanctions against the school.
Bob Jones High School senior running back Brad Anderson grabbed the AHSAA Prep Spotlight for Zero Week with a performance of a lifetime as the 2016 prep football season kicked off officially last weekend.
Anderson had a 99-yard touchdown run in the second half of a 35-14 win over Dorman, S.C., at Madison City Stadium to join an elite group of only 11 before him AHSAA prep football history. Then a few minutes later, he did it again – becoming what is believed to the first high school football player in the nation to accomplish such a feat twice in one game. The NFHS does not list records for long plays. None of the other 11 listed in the AHSAA Record Book had two 99-yard runs from scrimmage in their careers.
The Bob Jones 5-foot-8, 170-pound senior finished the game with 17 carries for 310 yards and three touchdowns.
Also, no player in AHSAA history has had two touchdown runs of 99 yards in the same game. In fact, only one other player has been reported with two TD runs over 90 yards, Reayundo Sturdivant accomplished the feat in 2002 with TD runs of 90 and 92 yards in a 46-14 Sumter County win over Francis Marion.
The last player to enter the AHSAA record books with a 99-yard rush attempt was Westminster Christian’s Jared Smith in a 21-12 win over Oneonta in 2015. Collinsville’s Jalyn Martin had a 99-yard TD run in 2014 in the Panthers’ 41-24 victory over Cedar Bluff. The first player listed with the feat is Joseph Hutto of East Lawrence in a 22-12 victory over Madison County in 1992 – 24 years ago.
The first week’s action was highlighted with special commemorations at Prattville and Foley high schools that honored two of the state’s all-time favorite high school football standouts.
KENNY STABLER NUMBER RETIRED: At Foley, the high school jersey number (12) of recent NFL Hall of Fame inductee, the late Kenny Stabler, became the first number in school history to be retired. The ceremony took place prior to the Lions’ 41-14 season-opening win over Robertsdale Aug. 19.
Stabler, Foley’s quarterback from 1961 through 1963 when the Lions rolled to a 29-1 record and a 23-game winning streak, went on to a standout career at Alabama and in the NFL. He succumbed to colon cancer in 2015. Several members of his family attended Friday night's ceremony, which in addition to the number retirement, included a Hometown Hall of Fame program presented by the Pro Football Hall of Fame and Ford Motor Company.
After Foley's current No. 12, Garrett Mayo, completes his prep career, no Lion will wear the jersey again, according to school officials.
"I've never played a down of football in my life, but I do know how special this place was to our dad," Alexa Stabler Adams, one of Stabler's three daughters, said at the ceremony. "Foley was home. Foley gave Dad the skills to perform at the highest level. It gave Dad the relationships that carried him to Tuscaloosa, to Oakland, to New Orleans, to Houston and, ultimately, back here.”
PRATTVILLE NAMES FIELD IN HONOR OF KEVIN TURNER: Prior to Prattville’s season-opening 55-53 setback to Wetumpka at Stanley-Jensen Stadium Friday night, Prattville High School named the field in honor of former Lions’ standout Kevin Turner. And in what is believed to be a “first,” PHS also named the sideline in front of the Prattville team in honor of longtime local sportswriter, team statistician and PHS historian Jimmy White, 82, who died earlier this year. White wrote a sports column locally for many years for the Prattville Progress and covered all PHS sports events for more than 60 years. , The City of Prattville honored Mr. White by painting his name along with the logo of his beloved Boston Red Sox on the spot where he followed his Lions for over six decades.
Turner, whose life has been documented by HBO, attended Prattville High School where he played on the 1984 Class 6A state championship team. He went on to play at Alabama and in the NFL from 1992-99. Turner, diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) referred to as Lou Gehrig's disease, in 2010, and died last March. The Kevin Turner Foundation now offers education and support for other ALS victims.
In other highlights from Zero Week:
JATARVIOUS WHITLOW, LAFAYETTE: Rolled up 425 yards total offense, including 279 yards rushing and 146 passing, as the Bulldogs beat Dadeville 44-29. Whitlow rushed for four scores and passed for another.
JORDAN STOVER, HARTSELLE: Ran for 273 yards on 25 carries and scored twice as the Tigers beat I-65 rival Cullman 27-17.
DONTE EDWARDS, DAVIDSON: Rushed for 266 yards and three touchdowns on 18 carries as Davidson opened the season with a 35-28 win over Daphne. Edwards’ first TD came in a 90-yard drive on the first play from scrimmage.
ALARIC WILLIAMS, SOUTHSIDE-GADSDEN: The senior running back had 237 combined yards and five touchdowns in the Panthers' 48-33 victory over Etowah. Williams rushed 17 times for 187 and four TDs and caught three passes for 50 yards and another score.
QUENTIN YOUNG, CLAY-CHALKVILLE: Rushed for a school record 292 yards on 25 carries and scored four touchdowns (1, 21, 64, 32 yards) in the Cougars' 53-48 win over Florence. Young's last touchdown regained the lead for the Cougars late in the come-from-behind win.
TREVELL SMITH, HOUSTON COUNTY: Rushed for 212 yards and four touchdowns from his tailback position and added 10 tackles on defense to help the Lions beat Cottonwood 35-14 and end a 24-game losing streak, the second longest in the state.
MITCHELL BESS, HOUSTON ACADEMY: Rushed for 201 yards and three touchdowns on 22 carries as the Raiders downed Geneva County 28-19.
JONATE COTTON, NEW HOPE: Sparked the Indians to a 15-6 win over Westminster Christian with 199 yards rushing and s 41-yard touchdown run. He also anchored the defense at linebacker.
NICK PHILLIPS, WILSON: Ran for a career-high 193 yards on 29 carries with an 11-yard TD run as Wilson beat Sheffield 17-14.
SAM EVERETTE, MOUNTAIN BROOK: Ran for 191 yards on 18 carries and scored three touchdowns as the Spartans beat Gulf Shores 56-6.
JORDAN JEFFERY, PISGAH: The senior rushed for 190 yards on 11 carries, scored three touchdowns (9, 80 and 20 yards) and two 2-point conversions in a 48-0 win over Section.
ZALON REYNOLDS, CHELSEA: Ran for 183 yards on 29 carries as the Hornets beat Oak Mountain 49-33. Reynolds scored four rushing touchdowns as Chelsea beat Oak Mountain for the first time in five tries.
REED BLANKENSHIP, WEST LIMESTONE: The senior rushed for 101 yards on 11 carries, and threw a 55-yard touchdown late in the game that led to the winning 2-point conversion in a 15-14 win over Tanner. It was the Wildcats’ first win over the Rattlers since 1999 and snapped a four-game losing streak to the Limestone County foe.
ALLEN VINSON, FALKVILLE: Had 170 yards rushing and three scores, but his biggest play came on defense when he made the tackle on Decatur Heritage’s 2-point conversion try late in the game to seal a 20-19 win.
SAM McALPINE, HALEYVILLE: Was 21-of-31 passing for 341 yards and a TD as the Lions recorded their first win over Deshler since 1975 with the 35-12 decision. The Tigers had won 11 straight during that stretch. The two schools’ previous meeting came in 2007 with Deshler winning 44-0.
CONNOR ADAIR, HEWITT-TRUSSVILLE: Completed 27-of-34 passes for 340 yards and two touchdowns in his debut as the Huskies’ starter in a 33-25 comeback win over Montgomery Bell Academy in Nashville. His TD passes covered 70 and 26 yards.
MONTE TURNER, FLORENCE: Passed for 311 yards and a career-high five touchdowns and ran for a sixth score in a 53-48 loss to Clay-Chalkville. His TD passes covered 27, 17, 22, 25 and 49 yards.
SWIFT LYLE, ST. PAUL’S EPISCOPAL: Was 20-of-31 passing for 314 yards and two touchdowns as the defending Class 5A state champions beat Fairhope 41-14. It was Lyle’s debut as the starting QB.
WILL APPLETON, ALBERTVILLE: The quarterback led the Aggies to a 42-13 win over Columbia with 14 rush attempts for 130 yards and 13-of-24 passing for 186 yards and three scores for 316 total yards.
CAM TAYLOR, PRATTVILLE: Combined for 305 yards passing and seven touchdowns (4 passing, 3 rushing) in the 55-53 loss to Wetumpka.
TAYLOR HAYES, PIEDMONT: Scored the game-winning touchdown with 22.1 seconds remaining, lifting the defending Class 3A state champion Bulldogs to a 29-22 victory over Cedartown, Ga. Hayes rushed for 73 yards on 17 carries with the score. He also completed 7-of-11 pass attempts for 105 yards and two touchdowns (6 and 49 yards).
PRESTON HERRING, ARITON: Was 10-of-11 passing for 200 yards and two TDs in a 33-26 win over McKenzie.
ETHAN WILSON, ANDALUSIA: Rushed for 80 yards and a score on nine carries and was 13-of-20 passing for 189 yards and another score as the Bulldogs beat Brooks 34-13.
COLE FREDERICK, HILLCREST-TUSCALOOSA: Completed 12-of-17 passes for 177 yards and three touchdowns and also rushed for 27 yards in a 42-7 Champions Challenge win over Demopolis at Cramton Bowl. All his yardage came in the first half.
KADARIUS TONEY, BLOUNT: Rushed for 101 yards on nine carries with TD runs of 73 and 11 yards and completed 13-of-25 passes for 181 yards and a TD as the Bobcats beat Vigor 29-20 in the ‘Battle of Prichard’.
CASEY BAYNES, TALLASSEE: In his first start at quarterback, Baynes completed 7-of-8 passes for 180 yards and a 27-yard TD in a 25-0 win over Russell County. He also rushed for 90 yards and a 31-yard TD scamper on 13 carries.
TAYILOR GOVER, EUFAULA: The 15-year-old freshman completed 12-of-14 passes for 199 yards and three touchdowns in his first start with the game-winning TD coming on a 24-yard TD pass to break a tie with 7:44 left as Eufaula beat Early County (GA) 27-13.
KOLBY BRAGWELL, RED BAY: Completed the game-winning 15-yard TD pass to Ricky Thompson with 30 seconds to play as the Tigers beat Colbert Heights 33-26.
KAPE McRAE, ARITON: Hauled in five pass receptions for 153 yards and two touchdowns in a 33-26 Ariton win over McKenzie.
CAL TAYLOR, HALEYVILLE: Caught five passes for 150 yards in a 35-12 win over
JOE GREEN, EUFAULA: Caught seven passes for 126 yards and two touchdowns in the Tigers' 27-13 win over Early County (GA).
BAILEY DEMPSEY, J.B. PENNINGTON: Had 164 all-purpose yards, including three catches for 73 yards and three touchdowns, in a season-opening 40-0 victory over Brindley Mountain. He also had four tackles on defense.
JERMAINE ELY, B.C. RAIN: Recovered two fumbles and returned both for scores in a 41-0 win over Chickasaw. His first score covered 55 yards and the second 42. Ely also had 12 tackles and recovered as third Chickasaw fumble for the contest.
KADE LUCIOUS and DEMAREOUS SMITH, ROGERS: Each returned fumbles for touchdowns as Rogers forced seven turnovers en route to a 27-12 win over Lauderdale County. Lucius returned a fumble 55 yards, and Smith returned a fumble 28 yards for a touchdown.
MATTHEW RAINEY, BROOKS: Had 14 tackles in a 34-13 Champions Challenge loss to Andalusia.
DARIUS JONES, ENTERPRISE: Recorded six tackles with four resulting in losses and also had two quarterback pressures as the Wildcats downed Dothan 38-12.
RICKY HALL, PROVIDENCE CHRISTIAN: Was in on 17 tackles, including 11 solos--two for losses and one for a quarterback sack, during a 22-6 loss to Alabama Christian.
JOSH SULLIVAN, ARITON: Registered 12 tackles, one for a loss, in Ariton's 33-26 win over McKenzie.
CARLTON MARTIAL, McGILL-TOOLEN: Had 12 tackles, including two sacks and another stop for a loss, as the defending Class 7A state champions beat defending 6A champs Spanish Fort 24-3.
LEVON FLETCHER, RANDOLPH: Swiped two interceptions as the Raiders forced nine turnovers in a 28-2 win over Brewer.
DEVIN MARCH, HOUSTON COUNTY: Had 11 tackles, including three quarterback sacks, in a 35-14 in that snapped the Lions’ 24-game losing streak. Teammate Keith Barkley recorded eight tackles with a sack and fumble recovery in the win.
BEN ABERCROMBIE, HOOVER: Had 11 tackles and teammate Kholbe Coleman had eight stops plus an interception he returned 51 yards to set up a score as the Bucs beat Central-Phenix City 23-7.
JARED LOWE, COTTONWOOD: Recorded 11 stops a 35-14 loss to Houston County. Don Mathis also had 10 tackles for the Bears.
MARCUS SHELTON, BESSEMER CITY: Had eight tackles, including five sacks, as the Tigers limited Central-Tuscaloosa to minus-15 yards rushing in the first half of the 26-0 shutout win.
DAMARIUS FARMER, SPAIN PARK: Intercepted a Gadsden City pass on the Titans’ final play of the game to seal Spain Park’s 21-17 victory.
JARIOUS UPSHAW, CENTRAL-PHENIX CITY: Had 10 tackles in the Red Devils’ 23-7 Champions Challenge loss to Hoover.
ELLIS DYKES, HOUSTON ACADEMY: Had an interception at the 7-yard line in the fourth quarter and a fumble recovery in the first half during the Raiders' 28-19 win over Geneva County.
JEREMY AMBURGERY, DALE COUNTY: Blocked two punts, one that teammate Josh Mauldin returned for a touchdown, during the Warriors' 14-6 loss to Headland.
BARRETT PICKERING, HOOVER: Booted three field goals in the second half as Hoover beat Central-Phenix City 23-7 in the Champions Challenge at Cramton Bowl. Pickering also kicked two extra points in the second quarter to finish with 11 points. He also punted four times for a 35.6-yard average.
ETHAN DELAY, LYNN: Sparked the Bears’ 66-0 win over Brilliant by returning a punt 57 yards for a touchdown. He also had six carries for 192 yards and four more scores in the win.
AHKIM WALDEN, DOTHAN: Kicked field goals of 32 and 42 yards in Dothan's 38-12 loss to Enterprise.
JAYDEN WASHINGTON, LEEDS: Returned a second-half touchdown 98 yards as the defending Class 4A state champions beat Lincoln 21-7. He also had a rushing touchdown.
MADISON – Bob Jones High School senior running back Brad Anderson joined an elite group Friday night as the Patriots beat visiting Dorman, S.C. 35-14 in the season opener at Madison.
Anderson, 5-foot-8 and 170 pounds, became just the 12th player in AHSAA history to race 99 yards for a touchdown on a rush attempt. Before the night was over, however, he joined another elite group – of one – when he sped 99 yards for a second touchdown on another from scrimmage. He finished the game with 17 carries for 310 yards and three touchdowns.
No player in AHSAA history has had two touchdown runs of 99 yards in the same game. In fact, only one other player has been reported with two TD runs over 90 yards , Reayundo Sturdivant accomplished the feat in 2002 with TD runs of 90 and 92 yards in a 46-14 win over Francis Marion.
The last player to enter the AHSAA record books with a 99-yard rush attempt was Westminster Christian’s Jared Smith in a 21-12 win over Oneonta in 2015. Collinsville’s Jalyn Martin had a 99-yard TD run in 2014 in the Panthers’ 41-24 victory over Cedar Bluff.
Those prior to Anderson listed in the AHSAA record book with 99-yard runs include:
99 Jared Smith, Westminster Christian (21) vs. Oneonta (12), 2015
99 Jalyn Martin, Collinsville (41) vs. Cedar Bluff (24), 2014
99 Demarcus Bennette, John Essex (6) vs. Sumter Central (54), 2011
99 Kendarius Fritts, Linden (51) vs. Autaugaville (0), 2009
99 Brett Moore, Cottonwood (30) vs. Dale County (13), 2009
99 Rodney Ellis, Keith (32) vs. Highland Home (6), 2009
99 Anthony Moore, Oxford vs. Erwin, 2005
99 Ryan Powers, Tanner (41) vs. Phil Campbell (8), 2005
99 James Bryant, John Essex (28) vs. Sunshine (22), 2003
99 Tadere White, Keith (46) vs. R. C. Hatch (8), 2003
99 Joseph Hutto, East Lawrence (22) vs. Madison County (12), 1992
Source: AHSAA Record Book