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58th AHSAA Swimming & Diving Championships Westminster, St. Paul’s, Auburn and Huntsville Repeat as AHSAA State Swimming Champions

AUBURN – Fifteen AHSAA state swimming records were set Saturday and defending champions Westminster Christian, Auburn, St. Paul’s Episcopal and Huntsville repeated as team winners as the 58th AHSAA State Swimming & Diving Championships concluded at James. E. Martin Aquatics Center at Auburn University.
    Huntsville’s boys, coached by Arthur Fortin, won the 6A/7A state title with 321 points as the Panthers notched their fourth state title in the last 16 years and recorded their 14th overall. Auburn was second with 259 points. Auburn’s girls of Coach Jeff Dellinger posted 339.50 points captured the Tigers’ fifth girls’ AHSAA crown in a row to beat runner-up Huntsville (263). Westminster Christian, coached by  Roger Von Jouanne, out-pointed runner-up and Huntsville rival St. John Paul II Catholic of 331-285 to claim its second Class 1A/5A girls’ state championship, and St. Paul’s Episcopal, coached by Tyler Kerns, accumulated 357 points to win the Saints’ fourth consecutive Class 1A/5A boys’ crown.
   Of the 15 records that fell in the swimming competition this weekend, senior Kolbie Melton of Athens broke one all-time mark – winning the Class 1A/5A 100-yard backstroke in a record 54.67-second time. Paige Madden of UMS-Wright had held the previous record (54.91) since 2014. Eight boys’ AHSAA records fell and seven girls’ records were broken in the 2017 state meet.
   Two additional records were set by senior Kailee Lusk of Thompson in the Adaptive Sports 50 and 100-yard freestyle events. She bettered her prelim time in the 50-yard race from 41.29 seconds to 39.83 in the finals to establish an AHSAA record in the adaptive division. She also swam 1:32.62 in the 100-yard freestyle prelims and then established the adaptive record in the event in the finals with a time of 1:29.39.
    For complete event results, go to the following link at www.ahsaa.com.
http://www.ahsaa.com/Portals/0/Sports/Swimming/2017/State/complete%20results.pdf?ver=2017-12-02-185855-803

For complete team results go to:

http://www.ahsaa.com/Portals/0/Sports/Swimming/2017/State/team%20scores.pdf?ver=2017-12-02-185855-620

      
AHSAA 58th annual Swimming & Diving Championships
At James E. Martin Aquatics Center, Auburn University
AHSAA STATE RECORDS SET

CLASS 6A/7A BOYS
200-Yard Medley: Huntsville clocked 1:36.43 in the finals to beat the previous record of 1:36.65 set by Auburn in 2016. The Panthers’ relay team consisted of Caleb Chance, Alexander Nurre, Evan Vela and Stephen O’Neil.
100-Yard Freestyle: Northview junior Wen Zhang tied his own 6A/7A record set in 2016 with a winning time of 44.78 in the finals Saturday.
500-Yard Freestyle: Sophomore Ward Lockhart of Spain Park set the 6A/7A state record in the prelims with a time of 4:40.91 in the prelims and broke his own mark in the finals with a 4:38.88.
100-Yard Backstroke: Huntsville’s Caleb Chance set a new 6A/7A record in the prelims with a time of 50.54 and bettered that mark in the finals (40.46) to set a new record on Saturday.
100-Yard Breastroke: Daphne’s Trey Sheils won the event Saturday with a time of 57.51 seconds – just shy of the 57.08 time he swan in Friday’s prelims to set a new 6A/7A record.

 

CLASS 1A/5A BOYS
50-Yard Freestyle: Junior Dexter Brown of Jackson set a new 1A/5A record in the prelims with a 21.50 time and broke that mark in the finals swimming 21.39.

200-Yard Freestyle Relay: The St. Paul's Episcopal relay ream of Addison Sims, Antoine Seurot, Stephen Conrad and Noah Prevost swan 1:33.91 to set a new Class 1A/5A state meet mark – topping the Saints’ record-setting time of 1:34.22 swan in 2016.
100-Yard Breastroke: Senior Kyle Vosen of Scottsboro clocked 58.48 in the finals to better the 1A/5A record he set in 2016 and won the event by almost two seconds.

 

Class 6A/7A Girls
200-yard Medley Relay: Auburn’s relay team of Maggie Casey, Annie Frances Dallas, Hadley Dowdle and Anna Kate McGinty swam the distance in 1:46.24, just shy of the record set by Auburn in 2016.
100-Yard Backstroke: Athens senior Kobie Melton clocked 54.67 seconds in the finals to set the 6A/7A record she set Friday in the prelims (55.08) and also broke the AHSAA’s all-time mark of 54.91 set by UMS-Wright’s Paige Madden in 2014.
100-Yard Breastroke: Grissom’s Alison Hu clocked 1:03.19 in the finals to break the 6A/7A state record of 1:03.77 set in the prelims by freshman Letitia Sims of Spanish Fort. Sims bettered her own prelim time in the finals swimming 1:03.64 and finished second in the event.
Adaptive 50-Yard and 100-Yard Freestyle: Kailee Lusk, a senior at Thompson, established the AHSAA record with a time of 39.83 seconds in the finals. She followed with a time of 1:29.39 in the 100-yard freestyle finals to set another adaptive record.

 

CLASS 1A/5A GIRLS
200-Yard Freestyle:
Freshman Rebekah Hamilton of Westminster Christian set a new AHSAA Class 1A/5A state record with a prelims time of 1:51.85 and then broke that mark with a 1:50.04 time in the finals. She set the previous record (1:51.85) last year as an eighth grader.
200-Yard IM: Katie Pollard of Madison Academy clocked 2:06.85 to win the event break her own record time. The sophomore set the AHSAA mark for 1A/5A in 2016 with a 2:07.19.
100-Yard Freestyle:  Westminster Christian freshman Eboni McCarty set a new AHSAA 1A/5A record in the prelims (51.69) but Altamont’s Anna-Julia Kutsch topped that mark in the finals with a 50.39 time. McCarty finished second at 51.96.
400-Yard Freestyle Relay: Westminster Christian’s relay team bettered Friday’s prelim time by 16 seconds to win the event Saturday with a 1A/5A record time of 3:39.10. The team consisted of Rebekah Hamilton, Amanda Dowling, Lauren McAdams and Eboni McCarty. St. John Paul II Catholic’s relay team finished second with a 3:42.94 time – just short of their prelim-winning 3:42.31 mark that set a short-lived state record on Friday.  

58th AHSAA Swimming & Diving Championships Underway at Auburn Pruitt Wins AHSAA Diving Title for 4th Time

AUBURN – Opelika High School senior Conner Pruitt posted a 510.95 score in the finals Friday afternoon to win the AHSAA State Diving Championship for Class 6A/7A for the fourth year in a row.
    Pruitt fell just short of the AHSAA state-meet record (532.90) he set last year in the 1-meter competition, but still finished 119.45 points ahead of runner-up Zachael El-Fallah of Spain Park. The Jaguars junior scored 391.50 to edge Grissom’s James Hughes for second place.
    The 58th annual AHSAA State Swimming & Diving Championships got underway Friday at Auburn University’s James E. Martin Aquatics Center with diving semifinals and finals. Swimming event prelims were scheduled for Friday night. The swimming finals will get underway Saturday at 2 p.m. All finals will be live-streamed by the NFHS Network Saturday with veteran announcer Jerry Young handling the commentary. The link for NFHS Network subscribers is: http://www.nfhsnetwork.com/events/ahsaa/d1dabc183c
    None subscribers can sign up by registering at www.nfhsnetwork.com
    Madison Academy junior Taylor Young won the Class 1A/5A boys’ diving competition for the second year in a row Friday with a 369.85 score. Dominic Bechen, a sophomore at St. John Paul II Catholic, finished second at 244.65.
    In the girls’ competition, Auburn junior Ava Talorico edged defending state champion Emilie Hunter of Daphne by 401.25 to 400.05 to capture the Class 6A/7A 1-meter diving title Friday. Hunter, a junior, improved her winning score from 2016 by 94 points but it wasn’t enough to hold off Talorico. Finishing third was Huntsville’s Julie Keller (365.95).
    Eighth grader Blakeslee Elliott of UMS-Wright posted a 307.80 score to win the Class 1A/5A competition. She also won as a seventh grader in 2016 with an almost identical score (306.25). Freshman Lexi Cubitt of Cottage Hill Christian finished second at 272.75 and Elliott’s UMS teammate Tori Waters, a seventh grader, was third with a 252.05 point total.
    Huntsville’s boys and Auburn’s girls are defending 6A/7A state champions while St. Paul’s Episopal and Westminster Christian are the defending 1A/5A state champs.

AHSAA 58th annual Swimming & Diving Championships
At James E. Martin Aquatics Center, Auburn University

Friday’s Diving Results
BOYS
Class 1A/5A
Top 4
1. Taylor Young, Madison Academy                       369.85
2. Dominic Bechen, St. John Paul II Catholic         244.65
3. David Clary, Randolph                                         220.85
4. Ross Cummings, St. Paul’s Episcopal                 207.20

Class 6A/7A
Top 5
1. Conner Pruitt, Opelika                                        510.95
2. Zachiary El-Fallah, Spain Park                             391.95
3. James Hughes, Grissom                                      387.10
4. Alex Benzek, James Clemens                              312.00
5. Hampton Jarres, Huntsville                                304.75

GIRLS
Class 1A/5A
1. Blakeslee Elliott, UMS-Wright                            307.80
2. Lexi Cubitt, Cottage Hill Christian                      272.75
3. Tori Waters, UMS-Wright                                   252.05
4. Maddie Guilbert, St. John Paul II Catholic         237.90
5. Olivia Brookins, Westminster-Oak Mtn             232.50

Class 6A/7A
1. Ava Talorico, Auburn                                           401.25
2. Emilie Hunter, Daphne                                        400.05
3. Julia Keller, Huntsville                                         365.95
4. Cameron Wilson, Davidson                                336.95
5. Olivia Foster, Saraland                                        331.60

9 AHSAA Football Playoff Live-Streams set for NFHS Network Raycom AHSAA Game of the Week Features

     MONTGOMERY – Raycom Media has selected Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa at Wetumpka as the  Raycom/AHSAA State Playoff Game of the Week tonight. The Class 6A semifinal game will be shown live over the television network’s stations in Alabama. To find local listings, go to: www.pathtotheplayoffs.com.
    AHSAA Corporate Partner ALFA has also designated Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa at Wetumpka as its ALFA Game of the Week.
    The NFHS Network  Playoff Game of the Week will be the other Class 6A semifinal featuring Clay-Chalkville at Pinson Valley.  The NFHS Network, through its AHSAA School Broadcast Program, will feature nine football playoff live video-streaming productions tonight as the AHSAA state football playoffs determine next week’s Super 7 participants. Raycom will broadcast all seven Super 7 State Football Championships Dec. 6-8 from Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa and the Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa NFHS Network School Broadcast Program will live-stream the Super 7 Unified Sports Game between Vestavia Hills and Baldwin County on Wednesday.
     The NFHS Network will also live-stream the finals of the 58th annual AHSAA State Swimming & Diving Championships Saturday at Auburn University’s Martin Aquatics Center beginning at 2 p.m.
   Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa (10-3) rolls into Wetumpka (12-1) following a 26-24 victory over Opelika in the Class 6A quarterfinals. Coach Sam Adams’ Patriots opened the season at 0-2 but have since won 10 of their last 11 games. The only loss was to Class 7A Thompson 33-27 in the last game of the regular season.  Wetumpka (12-1), coached by Tim Perry, beat Spanish Fort 69-41 last week. The Indians scored 34 points in the third quarter to break open a game tied at 21 all. The defense intercepted five passes with Malik Davis returning on 68 yards for a TD to jump-start the third-quarter rally. Teammate Rico Bozeman also returned a fumble 17 yards for another score in the same quarter.   
    The NFHS Network AHSAA Game of the Week will feature two Jefferson County rivals. Clay-Chalkville (10-3) beat previously undefeated Oxford 31-15 and Pinson Valley (13-0), led by Bo Nix’s 400 yards passing, beat another undefeated team Austin 51-50 in overtime.
      The NFHS Network is producing this game with veteran announcer Jerry Young handling play-by-play. Producer is Stacy Mills. The game will be live-streamed over the NFHS Network’s subscriber-based network. The Cullman High School NFHS School Broadcast program is also live-streaming the St. Clair County vs. Briarwood Christian Class 5A semifinals tonight at Briarwood. Producer is John Drake.
     Jerry Young is teaming with J.J. McCormick and Zach Myers to live-stream the state swimming championships Saturday.
         In addition to the live video and TV telecasts, 22 radio/internet audio broadcasts have been approved for this week’s playoffs.
   To check out the football games on the NFHS Network, go to: http://www.nfhsnetwork.com/alabama/football
    To subscribe to the NFHS Network, click:
http://watch.nfhsnetwork.com/rewards-signup/

    The NFHS live-stream of the Clay-Chalkville vs. Pinson Valley game may be accessed at:
http://www.nfhsnetwork.com/events/ahsaa/35db1503dc

To access the AHSAA State swimming championships, go to the following link:
http://www.nfhsnetwork.com/events/ahsaa/d1dabc183c

   Those who currently have not joined the Network can view the delayed version (beginning next Tuesday) once they sign up for the free membership.

 

FRIDAY’S FEATURED GAMES
Raycom Game of the Week
Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa at Wetumpka, 7 p.m.
NFHS NETWORK PLAYOFF GAME OF THE WEEK
Clay-Chalkville at Pinson Valley, 7 p.m.
ALFA AHSAA GAME OF THE WEEK
Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa at Wetumpka, 7 p.m.

NFHS NETWORK SCHEDULE OF AHSAA PLAYOFFS
FRIDAY, DEC. 1
FOOTBALL  PLAYOFFS                           Producer                                    Air Time
Class 1A
Sweet Water at Wadley                                  NFHS Net (WELR)               6:29 p.m.
Class 2A
Leroy at Goshen                                             Goshen HS SBP                       7 p.m. 
Leroy at Goshen                                             NFHS Network (House)        7 p.m.
Sulligent at Lanett                                           NFHS Network (WELR)       7 p.m.
Class 3A
Randolph County at Piedmont                       NFHS Net (WEHR)               7 p.m.
Class 4A
UM S-Wright at Andalusia                             Andalusia HS SBP                       7 p.m.
Class 5A
St. Clair County at Briarwood Chr.                Cullman HS SBP                       6:59 p.m.
Class 6A
Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa at Wetumpka                 Hillcrest HS SBP                      6:30 p.m.
Clay-Chalkville at Pinson Valley                   NFHS Network (Mills)          7 p.m.

OTHER EVENTS
BASKETBALL                                             Producer                                    Air Time
Hazel Green at Hoover (JV Girls)                  Hoover HS SBP                       4:30 p.m.
Hazel Green at Hoover Var. Girls)                 Hoover HS SBP                       6 p.m.
Ben.  at Smiths Station (Var. Boys)               Smiths Station HS SBP          7 p.m.

SATURDAY, DEC. 2
SWIMMING & DIVING                             Producer                                    Air Time
58TH AHSAA Championships                        NFHS Network                      2 p.m.

AHSAA Central Board Approves Classification System For 2018-19 and 2019-20 School Years

      MONTGOMERY – The Alabama High School Athletic Association Central Board of Control unanimously approved Thursday a seven-classification system for championship play for the 2018-19 and 2019-20 school years. The seven-class system, which began in 2014-15, was approved once again for all sports. For the first time, however, for classification, non-traditional students were included in the average daily membership figures reported for member public schools by the Alabama State Department Education and a competitive balance factor was approved for AHSAA member private schools based on the recommendation of the AHSAA Classification Task Force.
      The action came during the Central Board’s quarterly meeting at the AHSAA Office.

       Non-traditional students, which gained eligibility for the first time in the 2016-17 school year, include home-school and virtual school students that enroll in at member public school.

       In accordance with the AHSAA constitution and by-laws, the AHSAA Central Board of Control manages championship play and classification. Member schools are reclassified every two years. The high schools are currently divided into seven classifications (1A, 2A, 3A, 4A, 5A, 6A and 7A) for competition in championship programs.
       Classification is based on Average Daily Membership (ADM) figures furnished by the State Department of Education for public schools for the upper three grades plus ninth-grade students that are retained in the ninth grade. Member private schools report that same data directly to the AHSAA. An index of 1.35 is used to determine the enrollment figure for classifying each private school member. Each private school student counts 1.35 for classification purposes.
     Alignments are made for each sport in a classification based on the number of schools participating in a sport. Some programs may include two or more classes in a division. The alignments for each sport in a class are published in the AHSAA Sports Book each year.
      The AHSAA Classification Task Force, made up of superintendents, principals, athletic directors, administrators and coaches from across the state and chaired by Madison County Schools Superintendent Mark Massey and Montgomery Academy Athletic Director Anthony McCall, addressed many issues concerning the membership including competitive balance between schools in the respective classes. The committee unanimously recommended adding a competitive balance factor to private schools by sport. While private schools are classified based on the membership data and 1.35 multiplier, those affected by the competitive balance factor will move up one class or division from where they are this school year for the respective sport but will remain in their respective classification for all other sports. 
    Reclassification, according to the AHSAA Constitution and By-Laws, is conducted every two years by the AHSAA Central Board of Control.

      “This reclassification system will allow more student-athletes to participate in championship events,” Central Board President John Hardin said.

      The 2018-19 and 2019-20 football alignment places the 32 largest high schools in the new Class 7A and 55 in Class 6A. The remaining six classes were divided equally with 60 schools in each remaining class.

      “I want to thank the Classification Task Force, Central Board and AHSAA staff for the hard work they put in and the recommendations they made,” AHSAA Executive Director Steve Savarese said. “It was a difficult job, but everyone worked together to find the best solution as we move forward.”
      Hardin said he also wanted to thank the Classification Task Force and member schools for their input and patience throughout the reclassification process. “Their recommendations came after many hours of study and discussion. They gave of their valuable time to evaluate our classification system thoroughly and provided valuable input in ways to improve that system,” he said. “On behalf of the Central Board of Control and our member schools, I want to thank Mr. Savarese and his staff for their hard work. I also want to thank our Central Board for their commitment and dedication to providing a first-class athletic program to all our student-athletes, and for making decisions that are best for all of our member schools.”
      The reclassification alignment data for each sport and the private school competitive balance chart can be found at the following link located at www.ahsaa.com. Reclassification by enrollment data is located on the home page of www.ahsaa.com.

http://www.ahsaa.com/Home/2018-20-Classification-and-Alignments

 


In other Central Board action:

 

 

  • Heard a report on Super 7 from Knight Eady Sports and approved the Super 7 budget
  • Approved the Summer Conference Profit-Loss Statements
  • Heard a School Audit Update from Associate Executive Director Tony Stallworth
  • Approved the AHSAA Return to Learn Policy
  • Heard and denied an appeal from Eufaula High School.
  • Approved dates for future board meetings (Jan. 31, 2018, April 12, 2018 and July 25, 2018)

AHSAA Football Spotlight for Week 13 Martin and Smoke Run Wetumpka Past Spanish Fort in Class 6A Quarterfinals

    MONTGOMERY – Wetumpka High School junior quarterback J.D. Martin and senior running back Kavosiey Smoke have quietly provided a powerful 1-2 punch for Coach Tim Perry’s Indians (12-1) all football season.
    After last Friday night’s performances, however, the secret is now out.  The mighty duo combined to rush for 445 yards and seven touchdowns in the Indians’ 69-41 Class 6A quarterfinal football playoff win over Spanish Fort last Friday to thrust Wetumpka into the AHSAA Football Spotlight for the third round of the state playoffs.
    Martin rushed for 261 yards and three touchdowns in and Smoke ran for 184 yards and four touchdowns as Wetumpka moved into the semifinals of the Class 6A state playoffs for the first time in school history. The 69 points was the most for WHS in a playoff game and the combined 110 points is the most by both teams in school history.
     That history began in 1902 when Wetumpka, then known as Fifth District Agricultural School, played Starke Academy and lost 12-6. The school changed its name to State Secondary Agriculture School in 1917 and was renamed Wetumpka High School in 1932. For 116 seasons (they did not field a team in 1918) football has been a fall passion for the residents of this Elmore County town.
     The Indians had more than 600 yards total offense in the playoff win at Hohenburg Field. Wetumpka will be at home again Friday as Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa (10-3) comes in after beating Opelika 26-24. Opelika has been the only team to beat Perry’s Indians this year, winning 20-19 on a last-play field goal during the regular season. Since then, Wetumpka has won four games in a row, including three playoff games.
    Smoke and Martin have given WHS the ability to score from any yard line on the field. And they have done so often. Wetumpka is averaging 43.2 points per game and giving up only 18.4. The 559 points scored this season has already broken the school record (505), which was set in 1995 when the Indians finished 13-1 and reached the semifinals in Class 5A. Blount beat the Indians 20-14 that season. Wetumpka defeated the Leopards in the first round of the playoffs this season 41-7.
    The duo’s efforts edged out tremendous performances by Jermaine Brown and Bo Nix.
     Brown,
a junior running back at St. Luke’s Episcopal, closed out a stellar junior season with 38 carries, 470 yards and six touchdowns as the Wildcats lost a heart-breaking 56-52 Class 2A quarterfinal playoff contest to Goshen. The 470 rushing yards tied second Jerry Stancil of Gaylesville for second highest single-game rushing total in AHSAA history. Stancil rank for 470 yards in a 48-28 win over Spring Garden in 2004. The state single-game record of 531 yards was set by Tony Dixon of Parrish in an 81-58 win over Hubbertville in 2003. Dixon, who went to Kentucky where he had a stellar college career, had 21 carries, all in the first three quarters.

    Nix, a junior quarterback at Pinson Valley, completed 31-of-39 passes for 400 yards and seven touchdowns and also tacked on a pair of 2-point conversion passes as the unbeaten Indians (13-0) nipped Austin (12-1) in overtime 51-50 in the Class 6A quarterfinals. The seven touchdown passes tied for third-most in AHSAA history. He connected with seven different receivers. His final pass of the game came on a 2-point conversion that gave Pinson the win.
    In other top playoff performances reported:

PASSING

CADE BLACKMON, OPELIKA: Completed 26-of-37 passes for 367 yards, three touchdowns for the Bulldogs (9-4) in a 26-24 loss to Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa in the Class 6A playoffs.

WILLIE MILLER, CLAY-CHALKVILLE: Was 11-of-19 passing for 203 yards and two touchdowns in a 31-15 victory over previously unbeaten Oxford (21-1) in the Class 6A quarterfinals. Clay (11-2) advanced to the semifinals with the win.

CHANCE STEVENSON, FAYETTE COUNTY: Was 12-of-24 passing for 206 yards, rushed 22 times for 54 yards and accounted for all five Fayette County touchdowns in a 34-27 victory by the Tigers (11-2) over Hokes Bluff in the Class 4A quarterfinals.

 

RUSHING
ASA MARTIN, AUSTIN:
The senior running back selected for the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game in December closed out his career at Austin (12-1) with  379 yards rushing and three touchdowns (70, 39 and 68 yards) on 29 carries in a wild 51-50 Class 6A quarterfinal overtime loss to Pinson Valley (13-0). He also threw a 41-yard pass to Collin Moses. Teammate Antonio Robinson also had 160 yards and two TDs (8 and 33 yards) in the game.

KELSTON FIKES, LEROY: Led the Bears (11-2) to a 38-20 Class 2A playoff win over Luverne with 264 yards rushing and three touchdowns. Fikes scored on runs of 42, 29 and 2 yards and now has 27 total touchdowns for the season. He surpassed 2,000 all-purpose yards in the quarterfinal victory.
DARRIAN MEADS, HOKES BLUFF: Ran 29 times for 251 yards and TDs of 13, 58 and 68 yards in a 34-27 loss to Fayette County in the Class 4A quarterfinals.
SYMON SMITH, UMS-WRIGHT: Rushed for 201 yards, including a 62-yard touchdown in the second quarter, to lead the Class 4A Bulldogs (11-2) to a 31-7 Class 4A playoff victory over Bibb County (11-2).
LARRY McCAMMON, HOOVER: Rushed for 196 yards and three touchdowns on 32 carries in a 31-12 victory over Thompson in Class 7A semifinals. Defending state champion Hoover (10-3) clinched a spot in the Super 7 Class 7A finals for the 16th time since 2000.
CARDAVION MYERS, PIEDMONT:  Piled up 129 yards rushing on 17 carries and threw a touchdown pass as defending 3A state champion Piedmont (12-1) beat Colbert Heights (11-2) in the quarterfinals of the playoffs 34-13. His 24-yard touchdown pass to Lee Stanley came on a 4th-and-18 play.
AUSTIN KINSEY, CLARKE COUNTY: Picked up 101 of his 132 rushing yards in the second half as the Bulldogs (11-2) beat Mobile Christian 21-16 to advance to the Class 3A semifinals. He had a 52-yard touchdown run and caught a 58-yard pass to set up another Clarke County score.
JORDAN INGRAM, ST. PAUL’S EPISCOPAL: Rushes for 123 yards on 11 carries and scored on runs of 35, 3 and 42 yards as the Saints (12-1) beat defending 5A state champion Beauregard 52-20 to advance to the semifinals.
ANTONIO BESTEDER, DEMOPOLIS:  Had 112 yards rushing on 28 carries with 87 yards coming in the second half as the Tigers downed Vigor 35-24 in the Class 5A quarterfinals.


PASS RECEIVING
JORDAN HEARD, OPELIKA:
Caught six passes for 192 yards and a touchdown as the Bulldogs (9-4) lost 26-24 to Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa in the Class 6A quarterfinals.

ANTHONY HUDSON, WENONAH: Had nine receptions for 150 yards and a touchdown and intercepted three passes on defense in a 27-26 Class 5A quarterfinal overtime loss to St. Clair County.
AVION CHRISTON, ST. CLAIR COUNTY: Finished with nine receptions for 115 yards and two touchdowns and added 80 yards rushing in a 27-26 overtime victory over Wenonah in the Class 5A quarterfinals.
LiALLEN DAILEY, PINSON VALLEY: Caught 10 passes for 113 yards and touchdowns of 17 and 10 yards in a 51-50 overtime victory over Austin in the Class 6A quarterfinals.

GEORGE PICKENS, HOOVER: Caught six passes for 112 yards and a 59-yard touchdown in a 31-12 victory over Thompson (12-1) in Class 7A semifinals.

DEFENSE
CHARLES RUSSELL, BRIARWOOD CHRISTIAN:
Recovered a fumble and recorded a sack to lead a defense that shut out Etowah (11-2) as the Lions (13-0) beat the Blue Devils 31-0 in the Class 5A playoffs.
JACQUEZ JONES, HILLCREST-TUSCALOOSA: Caused a fumble and recovered it for a touchdown in a 26-24 victory over Opelika in the Class 6A quarterfinals.

 

SPECIAL TEAMS
WILL REICHARD, HOOVER:
The punter ran 10 yards for a first down on a fake punt in the fourth quarter in a 31-12 victory over Thompson (12-1) in the Class 7A semifinals. He also averaged 44.5 yards on four punts, with a 61-yard punt downed at the Thompson 1 and a 44-yard punt downed at the 3.
CAGAN CAMPBELL, HILLCREST-TUSCALOOSA: Had two long punt returns for the Patriots (10-3), including a 45-yarder for a touchdown, in a 26-24 victory over Opelika in the Class 6A quarterfinals.
BRYCESON MASSEY, McGILL-TOOLEN CATHOLIC: B
locked a PAT in overtime as the Yellow Jackets (13-0) edged Central-Phenix City 27-26 to earn a berth in the Super 7 championship game for the third straight season.
KAEDON JENKINS, PIEDMONT: Returned the opening kickoff 76 yards for a touchdown in the Bulldogs’ 34-13 victory at Colbert Heights.
SIDNEY PERRY, CHEROKEE COUNTY: Returned a blocked field goal attempt 73 yards in the fourth quarter and caught a TD pass in the first half in the Warriors’ 42-14 loss to Saks in the Class 4A playoffs.


Classification Process Important to Balancing AHSAA’s Changing Membership

                   By STEVE SAVARESE
                   Executive Director, AHSAA

 

MONTGOMERY – In an effort to provide fair play among member schools, the Alabama High School Athletic Association reclassifies its member schools every two years based on enrollment data in accordance with the AHSAA Constitution and by-laws. Thanks to the State Department of Education and modern technology, the AHSAA now has a program designed specifically for its member schools that provides enormous assistance in aligning the schools geographically more accurately and more timely.
    The Central Board of Control is expected to address classification for the 2018-19 and 2019-20 school years at its board meeting Thursday at the AHSAA Office in Montgomery. For the first time in the AHSAA’s long history, classification will include non-traditional students such as home-school and virtual school students in its average daily membership totals.
     The AHSAA mission has not changed over its long history which started with its formation in the 1920-21 school year. The mission statement states: The AHSAA serves member schools through interscholastic competition by enhancing student learning, sportsmanship, safety and lifelong values. With integrity as its foundation, the AHSAA consistently governs the rules created by its member schools.
    The member schools have written the organization’s constitution and continue to establish the by-laws. The AHSAA Constitution states in Article 7, Item 4 (l): The Central Board shall have the power to classify member schools into two or more divisions for the purpose of athletic competition. No school’s classification shall be changed during the classification period after the schools have been classified.
    In accordance with the AHSAA constitution, high schools are currently divided into seven classifications (1A, 2A, 3A, 4A, 5A, 6A and 7A) for competition in championship programs. Classification is based on Average Daily Membership (ADM) figures furnished by the State Department of Education for public schools for the upper three grades plus ninth grade students that are retained in the ninth grade. Member private schools report that same data directly to the AHSAA. An index of 1.35 is used to determine the enrollment figure for classifying each private school member. Each private school student counts 1.35 for classification purposes.
     Alignments are made for each sport in a classification based on the number of schools participating in a sport. Some programs may include two or more classes in a division. The alignments for each sport in a class are published in the AHSAA Sports Book each year.
      The AHSAA Classification Committee, made up of superintendents, principals, athletic directors, administrators and coaches from across the state, has spent countless hours studying ways to improve the current classification process. The task force, chaired by Madison County Schools Superintendent Mark Massey and Montgomery Academy Athletic Director Anthony McCall, addressed many issues concerning the membership including ways to improve competitive balance between schools in the respective classes.
     The AHSAA staff has worked closely with the committee to provide any historical data that might be helpful. The committee, in turn, will make recommendations to the Central Board they think might help to improve the current system for our member schools. We appreciate the efforts of this committee, the leadership of its co-chairmen, and the Central Board of Control. Their input is vital as the AHSAA continues to evolve into the 21st Century.
     Classification is important to the membership for many reasons. Seven classes, which was approved by the Central Board of Control for the 2014-15 school year, has been a very positive move for our member schools. A record number of schools participate in post-season championship play and a number of schools have participated in state championship events for the first time as a result.
    Classification has changed as the AHSAA membership has changed. The AHSAA was formed in 1920-21 with the first “official” state champion crowned in basketball that winter. A total of 248 public and private schools made up that first charter with all competing in one class for the championship. That one-class system remained until 1947 with championships in basketball, golf, outdoor track and baseball as 320 member schools were divided into two classes. By 1963, the AHSAA had expanded to include 352 public and private schools with additional champions crowned in wrestling and boys’ and girls’ tennis and a four-class system was introduced. Three years later, the football playoffs were added, and in 1968-69, the AHSAA merged with the Alabama Interscholastic Athletic Association (AIAA) with 524 member public and private schools making up the AHSAA as a result.
   Many school systems merged schools in the early 1970s, and by 1974, the total number of schools were reduced to 416. That number remained constant for the next 10 years, and in 1984-85, the AHSAA expanded its classifications to six – with a full array of girls’ sports, including golf, volleyball, indoor and outdoor track and cross country among the AHSAA’s championship sports offered. Softball was added in 1986, boys’ and girls’ soccer in 1991.
   A total of 410 member schools competed in six classes until the seven-class system was approved in the 2014-15 school year. Bowling, which was offered for a short time for girls only in the 1970s, was added as a championship sport for boys and girls in 2016.
    Classification provides new experiences and opportunities for our changing membership. As the AHSAA continues to serve its membership best, it is important that we all remember the original mission that created this organization. We should always treasure the opportunity to experience the life lessons that can be learned from participating in educational-based sports and other activities.


AHSAA Class 1A-6A Semifinals Pairings Set for Fourth Round Of AHSAA State Football Playoffs

     MONTGOMERY – Six unbeaten teams and two defending state champions advanced through the third round of 2017 Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) State Football Playoffs this weekend including defending Class 7A state champion Hoover (10-3) and McGill-Toolen Catholic (13-0). Those two schools won Class 7A semifinal games at Thompson and Central-Phenix City, respectively, Friday, will play in the Super 7 state championship game at Bryant-Denny Stadium Dec. 6. All other classes play semifinal contests Friday, Dec. 1.
   A total of 12 games are slated for the semis in remaining six classes.
   Five defending state champions and seven unbeaten teams were on the road Friday night, and road wasn’t very kind. Three-time defending Class 1A state champion Maplesville (11-1) saw its 34-game winning streak and 17-game playoff winning streak come to an end as Sweet Water won at home 26-21. It took a valiant goal-line stand late in the fourth quarter to seal the win. The Bulldogs (11-1) travels to Wadley (12-0) in a 1A semifinal match Friday.
      In Class 2A, defending state champion Fyffe (12-1) also saw its 27-game winning streak end at Sulligent (12-1). The Blue Devils will now go on the road to face another unbeaten opponent Lanett (13-0) next Friday in the Class 2A semifinals.
    And in Class 5A, St. Paul’s Episcopal (12-1) downed defending Class 5A state champion Beauregard 52-20 to set up Friday’s semifinal game at Demopolis (11-2). In addition to defending 7 champ Hoover, defending 3A state champion Piedmont (12-1) beat Colbert Heights 34-13 to advance to the semifinals to face Region 5 rival Randolph County (12-1) this week at Piedmont.
     Five unbeaten teams lost with five set to play in this week’s semifinals. Unbeaten teams by class advancing include: (Class 1A) Wadley (12-0); (Class 2A) Lanett (13-0); (Class 4A) Saks (13-0); Class 5A: Briarwood Christian (13-0); (Class 6A) Pinson Valley (13-0); and (Class 7A) McGill-Toolen Catholic (13-0) moved to the finals.
    A total of 16 No. 1 seeds, seven No. 2 seeds and one No. 3 seed will be among the 24 teams playing in the semifinals in Class 1A through 6A. Six will play teams from their same regions.
     In Class 1A, Region 5 champion Pickens County (11-2) hosts runner-up South Lamar (10-3). In Class 3A, Region 1 champion Hillcrest-Evergreen (12-1) hosts runner-up Clarke County (11-2), and Region 5 champion Piedmont (12-1) hosts Randolph County (12-1). In Class 4A, Region 1 runner-up UMS-Wright (11-2) travels to No. 1 seed Andalusia (12-1). In Class 5A, Region 5 winner Briarwood Christian (13-0) hosts third seed St. Clair County (10-3). And in Class 6A, Region 6 runner-up Clay-Chalkville (11-2) will be at Region 6 champion Pinson Valley (13-0). The Indians won a 51-50 overtime thriller over previously undefeated Austin in the quarterfinals.
     While Hoover and McGill-Toolen advance to the Class 7A championship game Wednesday, Dec. 6, teams advancing from the remaining semifinals will move to the Super 7 finals Dec. 7 and 8. Classes 1A, 3A and 5A will play championship games at Tuscaloosa on Thursday, Dec. 7, and Classes 2A, 4A and 6A conclude the 2017 Super 7 State Championships with finals on Friday, Dec. 8. All games will be televised live over the Raycom Media AHSAA Network.
        UNIFIED TEAMS NAMED FOR SUPER 7: Vestavia Hills and Baldwin County unified football teams have captured berths in the fourth annual AHSAA/Special Olympics Alabama unified game at 3 p.m., on Dec. 6. It will precede the Class 7A finals, which is scheduled for 7 p.m.

AHSAA 2017 Football Playoffs
Semifinal Pairings
(All games, Friday, Dec. 1, 7 p.m. CST)
CLASS 1A
Sweet Water (11-1) at Wadley (12-0)
South Lamar (10-3) at Pickens County (11-2), Reform

CLASS 2A
Leroy (11-2) at Goshen (12-1)
Sulligent (12-1) at Lanett (13-0)

CLASS 3A
Clarke County (11-2) at Hillcrest-Evergreen (12-1)
Randolph County (12-1) at Piedmont (12-1)

CLASS 4A
UMS-Wright (11-2) at Andalusia (12-1)
Saks (13-0) at Fayette County (11-2), Fayette

CLASS 5A
St. Paul’s Episcopal (12-1)at Demopolis (11-2)
St. Clair County (10-3) at Briarwood Christian (13-0)

CLASS 6A
Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa (10-3) at Wetumpka (12-1)
Clay-Chalkville (11-2) at Pinson Valley (13-0)

SUPER 7 CHAMPIONSHIPS
Dec. 6-7-8, Bryant-Denny Stadium, Tuscaloosa
WEDNESDAY, DEC. 6
UNIFIED GAME
Baldwin County vs. Vestavia Hills, 3 p.m.
CLASS 7A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP
McGill-Toolen Catholic (13-0) vs. Hoover (10-3), 7 p.m.

THURSDAY, DEC. 7
Class 3A State Championship, 11 a.m.
Class 1A State Championship, 3 p.m.
Class 5A State Championship, 7 p.m.

FRIDAY, DEC. 8
Class 4A State Championship, 11 a.m.
Class 2A State Championship, 3 p.m.
Class 6A State Championship, 7 p.m.

AHSAA 2017 Football Playoffs
Quarterfinal Results
AHSAA 2017 Football Playoffs
Quarterfinal Results (Friday, Nov. 24)

CLASS 1A
Wadley (12-0) 34, Marengo (9-4) 20
Sweet Water (11-1) 26, Maplesville (11-1) 21

South Lamar (10-3) 34, Addison (10-3) 20
Pickens County (11-2) 37, Cherokee (9-4) 8

CLASS 2A
Leroy (11-2) 38, Luverne (10-3) 20
Goshen (12-1) 56, St. Luke’s Episcopal (10-2) 52

Sulligent (12-1) 35, Fyffe (12-1) 28
Lanett (13-0) 48, Lamar County (8-5) 7

CLASS 3A
Clarke County (11-2) 21, Mobile Christian (9-4) 16
Hillcrest-Evergreen (12-1) 29, American Christian (9-4) 21

Randolph County (12-1) 55, Sylvania (11-2) 24
Piedmont (12-1) 34, Colbert Heights (11-2) 13

CLASS 4A
UMS-Wright (11-2) 31, Bibb County (11-2) 7
Andalusia (12-1) 45, Aabama Christian (10-3) 13

Fayette County (11-2) 34, Hokes Bluff (10-3) 27
Saks (13-0) 42, Cherokee County (6-7) 14

CLASS 5A
St. Paul’s Episcopal (12-1) 52, Beauregard (10-2) 20
Demopolis (11-2) 35, Vigor (9-4) 14

St. Clair County (10-3) 27, Wenonah (10-2) 26 (OT)
Briarwood Christian (13-0) 31, Etowah (11-2) 0

CLASS 6A
Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa (10-3) 29, Opelika (9-4) 27
Wetumpka (12-1) 69, Spanish Fort (11-2) 41

Pinson Valley (13-0) 51, Austin (12-1) 50 (OT)
Clay-Chalkville (11-2) 31, Oxford (12-1) 15

CLASS 7A (Semifinals)
McGill-Toolen Catholic (13-0) 27, Central-Phenix City (11-1) 26 (OT)
Hoover (10-3) 31, Thompson (12-1) 12


AHSAA Football Playoff Spotlight, Round 2 Cherokee County’s ‘Cinderella Story’ Continues after Second-Round 4A Playoff Win

    MONTGOMERY – Cherokee County started the season with three straight losses and was just 2-5 heading into the eighth week of the 2017 football season. The Warriors of Coach Thomas Curry didn’t lose hope, however.
    They finished strong in Class 4A, Region 5 to capture the fourth region spot in the playoffs, and now, after two straight playoff wins, Cherokee County (6-6) is the only four seed still playing and is just two victories away from the state championship game. The ‘Cinderella Story’ continues for the boys from Centre as they grabbed the AHSAA Football Spotlight for Week 2 of the state playoffs.
     Quarterback Tyren Dupree was almost perfect in last week’s 28-24 win over Region 8 runner-up Wilson (10-2) as the Warriors pulled out a 28-24 win and moved into round three this week to face Region 6 winner Saks. Dupree was 10-of-11 passing for 152 yards and three touchdowns and ran for 154 yards on 21 carries with a 58-yard scoring run. He connected with Marcus Barrington four times for 72 yards and two touchdowns as Cherokee County overcame a fine performance by Wilson quarterback Tucker Brown. He was 14-of-21 passing for Wilson (10-2) for 214 yards and one TD and rushed for 121 yards and two scores on 23 carries in the loss.
     The Warriors have a rich playoff history. Curry, in his 22nd season as a head coach, is 167-94 overall and 118-80 in 17 seasons at Centre. His 2008 team finished 4A runner-up with a 14-1 record and the 2009 team was 15-0 and won the state title. Cherokee County is 20-9 in 10 playoff appearances during Curry’s tenure and 30-23 overall in 24 trips to the playoffs dating back to 1967, the first year the state playoffs were held for all schools.
     Saks (12-0) beat Cherokee County 45-0 earlier this season on the way to a perfect 10-0 regular season. Saks will host Friday’s quarterfinal game thanks to winning the Region 5 title. All four of the playoff qualifiers from Region 5 won the first week of the playoffs with third seed Hokes Bluff (10-2) knocking off Madison Academy 12-10, Saks beating Westminster Christian 42-21, Cherokee County downing Region 7 champion Sardis 21-14 and second seed Jacksonville beating Randolph.
    Jacksonville fell on the road to Region 6 champion Fayette County 32-16 last Friday, Hokes Bluff won over Region 8 champ and previously unbeaten Rogers 12-0 and Saks downed Dora 31-24.
     Class 4A, Region 7 isn’t the only region with three teams still in the playoffs. In Class 3A, Region 1, Hillcrest-Evergreen (11-1), Clarke County (10-2) and Mobile Christian (9-3) are still alive, and in Class 5A, Region 5, Briarwood Christian (12-0), Wenonah (10-1) and St. Clair County (9-3) are also playing this week.
    In other playoff highlights from Round 2:

MILESTONES
STANLEY ECLIPSES 4,000 CAREER YARDS:
Piedmont senior Lee Stanley rushed for 213 yards on 19 carries and scored once on a 75-yard run as the defending 3A state champs beat J.B. Pennington 28-13. His last carry of the night covered 11 yards and put him over 4,000 rushing yards for his career – just the second Bulldogs running back in history to reach that milestone. He heads into this week’s Class 3A quarterfinals at Colbert Heights with 4,003 career rushing yards.
TYSON GOES OVER 400 YARDS: Junior quarterback Paul Tyson of Hewitt-Trussville connected on 25-of-46 passes for a career-high 409 yards and three touchdowns in a 56-21 Class 7A playoff loss to Hoover. Hewitt finished its season 11-1.
COLBERT HEIGHTS GAMBLE CLINCHES SPOT IN QUARTERFINALS: Quarterback
Kevin Shaw rushed for 161 yards and two scores and passed for 101 yards and two touchdowns in a 36-35 overtime win over Weaver in the 3A playoffs. A gamble in overtime paid off. After Weaver scored first and kicked the extra point to take a 35-28 lead, the Wildcats (11-1) scored and decided to go for two – scoring the two-point conversion and clinching a spot in the quarterfinals of the state playoffs for the first time in the school’s 52-year football history.


RUSHING
PAYTON ANDERSON, FYFFE: Had a career-high 347 yards rushing and three touchdowns on 21 carries as the Class 2A Red Devils (12-0) beat LaFayette in the second round for their 27th win in a row.
JERMAINE BROWN, ST. LUKE’S EPISCOPAL: Accounted for six touchdowns as the Wildcats (10-1) advanced in the 2A playoffs with a 69-34 win over Abbeville. He rushed for four touchdowns, passed for two and had 470 all-purpose yards.
TREVOR CAMERON & COLBY NUNN, WADLEY: The Bulldogs' rushing duo combined for 289 yards and five touchdowns on 30 carries as Wadley (11-0) defeated Isabella 55-19 in the second round of the 1A playoffs.  Cameron led the way with 172 yards and two scores on 18 carries, while Nunn had 117 yards and three touchdowns on 12 carries.

JAQUON KINCEY, ABBEVILLE: The Yellow Jackets’ quarterback rushed for 203 yards and three touchdowns (40, 64 and 98 yards) on 13 carries and completed 6-of-14 passes for 97 yards in the 69-34 Class 2A playoff loss to St. Luke's.

WILLIE PADRON, CHEROKEE: Had 13 carries for 195 yards and four touchdowns as Cherokee knocked off previously undefeated Lynn 35-14 in the 1A playoffs.
JAYLAND WHITSETT, VIGOR: Gained 164 yards rushing on 17 carries and scored once as the Wolves edged past Eufaula 19-3 in the Class 5A playoffs.
LARRY McCAMMON, HOOVER: Ran for 150 yards and two TDs on 11 carries in a 56-21 Class 7A victory over Hewitt-Trussville.
ISAIHA JONES, CEDAR BLUFF: Finished with 157 yards rushing on 21 carries and 60 receiving yards on four receptions with a 2-point conversion in the Tigers’ 21-14 loss to South Lamar.
J.R. TRAN-RENO,  BRIARWOOD CHRISTIAN: Scored five touchdowns and rushed for 106 yards on 25 carries, scoring on runs of 2, 13, 5, 8 and 6 yards, in a 35-14 Class 5A victory for the Lions (12-0) over Lee-Huntsville.

PASSING

DESMOND TROTTER, SHADES VALLEY: Passed for 320 yards and three TDs and rushed for 117 yards and a TD, finishing with 427 yards of total offense and four TDs in a 42-28 Class 6A playoff loss to Austin.
BO NIX, PINSON VALLEY: Passed for 291 yards and four TDs as the Indians (12-0) advanced in the 6A state playoffs with a 41-13 win over Ramsay.
TAULIA TAGOVAILOA, THOMPSON: The junior led the Warriors (12-0) to 34-10 victory over Mountain Brook with a 25-of-40 passing effort good for 251 yards and three touchdowns.
PAYTON MONTGOMERY, AUSTIN: Led the Black Bears (12-0) to a 42-35 Class 6A playoff win over Shades Valley with a strong passing effort. He completed 14-of-20 passes for 242 yards and three touchdowns.
CARLOS ROGERS, WENONAH: Finished 13-of-21 passing for 209 yards and two TDs and added eight carries for 64 yards in a 21-14 Class 5A playoff victory over Mortimer Jordan.
BROCK SNIDER, GOSHEN: The Eagles quarterback completed 9-of-22 passes for 194 yards and two touchdowns (33 and 46 yards) and added 20 yards rushing on four carries with one TD in Goshen's 42-8 Class 2A win over Thorsby. Six of the nine pass completions accounted for a first down.
JACK SAMSEL, SPANISH FORT: Was 9-of-11 passing for 224 yards and five TDs in a 48-26 Class 6A playoff victory over Sidney Lanier. He also had a 1-yard TD run.
SWIFT LYLE, ST. PAUL’S EPISCOPAL: Completed 11-of-16 passes for 186 yards and three touchdowns as the Saints (11-1) beat Carroll (11-1) 37-13 in the 5A state playoffs.
NATHAN TAYLOR, LEROY: Connected on 15-of-20 passes for 194 yards and three TDs as the Bears downed Ariton 35-21 in the Class 2A playoffs.
NOAH ALLISON, J.B. PENNINGTON: Completed 15-of-24 passes for 183 yards and a 6-yard touchdown added 28 yards rushing in the Tigers’ 28-13 Class 3A playoff loss at Piedmont.

LUKE HAMPTON, CEDAR BLUFF: Completed 8-of-14 pass attempts for 151 yards and two touchdowns, both to Davion Fife, in a 21-14 loss to South Lamar.

PASS RECEIVING
LIALLEN DAILY, PINSON VALLEY: Caught seven passes for 187 yards and three TDs for the Indians (12-0) in a 41-13 Class 6A victory over defending state champion Ramsay.
ELLIOTT McELWAIN, HEWITT-TRUSSVILLE: Caught 12 passes for 173 yards and added 54 yards rushing in a 7A playoff 56-21 loss to Hoover.
ZACK ALFORD, GOSHEN: Caught six passes for 156 yards and two touchdowns (33 and 46 yards) on offense and added two interceptions on defense in the Eagles' 42-8 win over Thorsby.
CHASE GREEN, WENONAH: Pulled in five catches for 114 yards in a 21-14 Class 5A playoff victory over Mortimer Jordan.
MAURICE GRAY, WEST MORGAN: The senior receiver caught six passes for 105 yards and one touchdown in the Rebels’ 48-21 Class 3A playoff loss to Sylvania. For the season, he finished with 32 catches for 675 yards and nine touchdowns.
JACKSON LANDERS, AUSTIN: The senior caught four passes for 100 yards in the Black Bears’ 42-35 Class 6A victory over Shades Valley.
RODERICK McCLOUD, CLAY-CHALKVILLE: Caught five passes for 95 yards, including a 70-yard TD, in a 30-0 Class 6A playoff victory over Homewood.
ALONDAE VASSAR, THOMPSON: Grabbed seven receptions for 76 yards and two touchdowns, all in the second half, as the Warriors (12-0) beat Mountain Brook 34-10 in the 7A playoffs.

DEFENSE
ERIC GARROR, McGILL-TOOLEN CATHOLIC: Intercepted a pass and returned it 32 yards to the Auburn 5-yard line to set up one first-quarter score and blocked a field goal later in the period to set up another Jackets TD en route to a 31-13 Class 7A playoff win over the Tigers.
JALEN SIMS, FULTONDALE: Recorded 22 tackles in a 35-28 Class 3A loss to Randolph County. The Wildcats finished 11-1.
DEVON SCOTT, HOOVER: Recorded six of the Bucs' eight sacks in a 56-21 Class 7A playoff victory over previously unbeaten Hewitt-Trussville (11-1).
SAM WATKINS, AUSTIN: The outside linebacker had an interception with just over three minutes left in the game, stopping a Shades Valley drive and setting up an Austin touchdown that sealed the Black Bears’ 42-35 Class 6A playoff win.
JA’VARRIUS JOHNSON, ST. CLAIR COUNTY: Blocked a punt, scored on a 50-yard run and caught a 45-yard TD pass in the Saints’ 48-21 Class 5A victory over Mae Jemison.


Quarterfinals Set for Nov. 24 12 Unbeaten Teams Head into Third Round Of AHSAA State Football Playoffs Nov. 24

     MONTGOMERY – Twelve unbeaten teams and five defending state champions advanced through the second round of 2017 Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) State Football Playoffs this weekend. The third round of the playoffs is set for Friday, Nov. 24.
     A total of 24 games are slated for the quarterfinal round of Classes 1A through 6A and two semifinal games are slated in Class 7A. Two games pit teams that are undefeated.
     In Class 7A, McGill-Toolen Catholic (12-0) beat Auburn 31-13 in round two and will travel to Central-Phenix City (11-0), a 42-14 winner over Lee-Montgomery, in a semifinal battle. Class 7A teams play only four playoff rounds and Friday night’s winners will advance to the Super 7 State Championships Dec. 6 at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa.  Thompson (12-0) hosts defending 7A state champion Hoover (9-3) in the other 7A semifinal at Alabaster in a Region 3 rematch. The Warriors, a 34-10 winner over Mountain Brook in round two, beat the Bucs for the first time in school history week nine of the regular season 35-25 at the Hoover Met to capture the school’s first Class 7A, Region 3 title. Hoover ousted previously unbeaten Hewitt-Trussville Friday with a 56-21 victory at Trussville.
    In Class 6A, Pinson Valley (12-0) will go to Decatur Friday to face Austin (12-0) at Ogle Stadium. The Indians, coached by Patrick Nix, are 12-0 for the first time in school history. Austin is 12-0 for just the second time in school history. The first came in 1983 with legendary coach Tom Calvin at the helm. The 12 wins are the most in a season for Coach Jeremy Perkins, now in his eighth season. His 2016 and 2015 teams reached the semifinals with 10-4 records.. Nix is in his first year at Pinson after guiding Scottsboro to a 12-1 season last year.
       Six teams that went through the regular season unbeaten were defeated Friday night. Unbeaten teams by class advancing this week include: (Class 1A) Maplesville (11-0); Wadley (11-0); (Class 2A) Fyffe (12-0); Lanett (12-0); (Class 3A) none; (Class 4A) Saks (12-0); Class 5A: Briarwood Christian (12-0); (Class 6A) Austin (12-0); Oxford (12-0); Pinson Valley (12-0); (Class 7A) Central-Phenix City (11-0); McGill-Toolen Catholic (12-0); and Thompson (12-0). Nine of the unbeaten teams go on the road this week.
      The five defending state champions advancing include: Class 1A Maplesville; Class 2A Fyffe; Class 3A Piedmont (11-1); Class 5A Beauregard (10-1); and Class 7A Hoover (9-3). Handley, the 2016 state champion, did not reach the state playoffs this season, and defending 6A champ Ramsay was ousted Friday by Pinson Valley 41-13. Maplesville travels to Sweet Water (10-1) Friday riding a 34-game winning streak. Fyffe is also on the road at Sulligent with a 27-game winning streak on the line. Piedmont is at Colbert Heights (11-1), and Beauregard goes to St. Paul’s Episcopal (11-1), the 2015 state champs.
       While the 7A winners this week advance to the Class 7A championship game Wednesday, Dec. 6, the winners in Class 1A through 6A will advance to the semifinals Dec. 1, with those winners moving on to the Super 7. Classes 1A, 3A and 5A will play championship games at Tuscaloosa on Thursday, Dec. 7, and Classes 2A, 4A and 6A conclude the 2017 Super 7 State Championships with finals on Friday, Dec. 8.
        UNIFIED TEAMS NAMED FOR SUPER 7: Vestavia Hills and Baldwin County unified football teams were announced recently as the participants in the fourth annual AHSAA/Special Olympics Alabama unified game at 3 p.m. It will precede the Class 7A finals, which is scheduled for 7 p.m. Both unified teams advanced from play at Trussville last week.
 

AHSAA 2017 Football Playoffs
Quarterfinal Pairings (Friday, Nov. 24)

CLASS 1A
Wadley (11-0) at Marengo (9-3), Dixons Mills
Maplesville (11-0) at Sweet Water (10-1)

Addison (10-2) at South Lamar (9-3), Millport
Pickens County (10-2) at Cherokee (9-3)

CLASS 2A
Luverne (10-2) at Leroy (10-2)
Goshen (11-1) at St. Luke’s Episcopal (10-1), Mobile

Fyffe (12-0) at Sulligent (11-1)
Lanett (12-0) at Lamar County (8-4), Vernon

CLASS 3A
Mobile Christian (9-3) at Clarke County (10-2), Grove Hill
American Christian (9-3) at Hillcrest-Evergreen (11-1)

Sylvania (11-1)at Randolph County (11-1), Wedowee
Piedmont (11-1) at Colbert Heights (11-1), Tuscumbia

CLASS 4A
Bibb County (11-1) at UMS-Wright (10-2), Mobile
Andalusia (11-1) Alabama Christian (10-2), Montgomery

Fayette County (10-2) at Hokes Bluff (10-2)
Cherokee County (6-6) at Saks (12-0), Anniston

CLASS 5A
Beauregard (10-1) at St. Paul’s Episcopal (11-1), Mobile
Demopolis (10-2) at Vigor (9-3), Prichard

St. Clair County (9-3) at Wenonah (10-1), Birmingham
Etowah (11-1) at Briarwood Christian (12-0)

CLASS 6A
Opelika (9-3) at Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa (9-3)
Spanish Fort (11-1) at Wetumpka (11-1)

Pinson Valley (12-0) at Austin (12-0), Decatur
Oxford (12-0) at Clay-Chalkville (10-2)

CLASS 7A
McGill-Toolen Catholic (12-0) at Central-Phenix City (11-0)
Hoover (9-3) at Thompson (12-0), Alabaster

Second-Round Results

CLASS 1A
Wadley (11-0) 55, Isabella (10-2) 19
Marengo (9-3) 18, Georgiana (11-0) 0
Maplesville (11-0) 36, Talladega County Central (7-4) 0
Sweet Water (10-1) 41, Brantley (8-4) 13

Addison (10-2) 41, Hackleburg (10-2) 16
South Lamar (9-3) 21, Cedar Bluff (8-4) 14
Cherokee (9-3) 35, Lynn (11-1) 14
Pickens County (10-2) 51, Spring Garden (8-4) 9

CLASS 2A
Luverne (10-2) 34, Aliceville (6-5) 30
Leroy (10-2) 35, Ariton (10-2) 21
Goshen (11-1) 42, Thorsby (8-3) 21
St. Luke’s Episcopal (10-1) 69, Abbeville (9-3) 34

Sulligent (11-1) 35, Reeltown (7-5) 25
Fyffe (12-0) 56, LaFayette (9-3) 6
Lamar County (8-4) 17, Ranburne (5-7) 7
Lanett (12-0) 41, Sand Rock (9-3) 16

CLASS 3A
Mobile Christian (9-3) 24, Gordo (10-2) 0
Clarke County (10-2) 41, Wicksburg (10-2) 14
American Christian (9-3) 35, Montgomery Academy (9-3) 21
Hillcrest-Evergreen (11-1) 42, Oakman (8-4) 14

Sylvania (11-1) 48, West Morgan (10-2) 21
Randolph County (11-1) 35, Fultondale (11-1) 28
Colbert Heights (11-1) 36, Weaver (7-5) 35
Piedmont (11-1) 28, J.B. Pennington (9-3) 13

CLASS 4A
Bibb County (11-1) 41, Tallassee (10-2) 16
UMS-Wright (10-2) 28, Montgomery Catholic (10-2) 14
Alabama Christian (10-2) 38, W.S. Neal (6-6) 7
Andalusia (11-1) 30, Saint James (8-4) 0

Hokes Bluff (10-2) 12, Rogers (11-1) 0
Fayette County (10-2) 32, Jacksonville (8-4) 16
Cherokee County (6-6) 28, Wilson (10-2) 24
Saks (12-0) 31, Dora (9-3) 24

CLASS 5A
Beauregard (10-1) 30, Calera (7-5) 17
St. Paul’s Episcopal (11-1) 37, Carroll (11-1) 13
Demopolis (10-2) 17, Central-Clay County (8-4) 6
Vigor (9-3) 19, Eufaula (9-3) 13

St. Clair County (9-3) 48, Mae Jemison (10-2) 21
Wenonah (10-1) 21, Mortimer Jordan (9-3) 14
Etowah (11-1) 42, Brooks (8-3) 21
Briarwood Christian (12-0) 35, Lee-Huntsville (8-4) 14

CLASS 6A
Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa (9-3) 34, Saraland (8-4) 27
Opelika (9-3) 27, Park Crossing (10-2) 21
Wetumpka (11-1) 27, Carver-Montgomery (5-7) 7
Spanish Fort (11-1) 48, Sidney Lanier (10-2) 26

Austin (12-0) 42, Shades Valley (8-4) 35
Pinson Valley (12-0) 41, Ramsay (6-6) 13
Oxford (12-0) 34, Muscle Shoals (9-3) 7
Clay-Chalkville (10-2) 30, Homewood (10-2) 0

CLASS 7A
McGill-Toolen Catholic (12-0) 31, Auburn (10-2) 13
Central-Phenix City (11-0) 42, Lee-Montgomery (7-4) 14

Thompson (12-0) 34, Mountain Brook (8-4) 10
Hoover (9-3) 56, Hewitt-Trussville (11-1) 21



16 AHSAA Football Playoff Games set for NFHS Network Raycom Game of the Week Features Class 6A Clay-Chalkville at Homewood

   MONTGOMERY – Sixteen second-round football playoff games are set to be streamed live over the NFHS Network tonight as the AHSAA State Football Playoffs move into its second round.
   Raycom Media, the AHSAA’s TV partner, will also feature Class 6A Clay-Chalkville (9-2) at Homewood (10-1) in its AHSAA Playoff Game of the Week tonight at 7 p.m. Veteran announcer Graham Dunn will be handling play-by-play, sports radio personality and former college coach Max Howell will be doing color and WBRC TV 6 sports reporter Christina Chambers will be the sideline reporter.
    Drew Gilmer is in his first season as head coach for the visiting Cougars, a 21-0 winner over Athens last week. Clay has been one of the most dominant teams in the 6A playoffs over the last six years – going 14-4 with one state title and one runner-up finish. Ben Berguson is in his fourth season with the Patriots. The team clinched its 10th win in a come-from-behind 28-21 win over Fort Payne last week. The 10 wins are the most for Homewood in s season since the 2005 team rolled to a 15-0 record and the Class 5A state championship.
    The AHSAA’s NFHS Playoff Game of the Week is Talladega County Central (7-3) at defending state champion Maplesville (10-0) in a Class 1A battle. Jerry Young will be handling play-by-play. Coach Brent Hubbert’s Red Devils are riding a 33-game winning streak with 16 playoff wins in a row. Maplesville won the 1A state title in 2014, 2015 and 2016 and was runner-up in 2014. The last playoff loss a 38-18 setback to Pickens County in the 2013 state finals. Hubbert’s squad has out-scored playoff opponents 969-299 over a 20-1 stretch since 2013. Their last playoff defeat in a preliminary round was a 22-12 loss to McIntosh in the third round of the 2012 playoffs.
       Maplesville beat Linden 49-28 last week and Talladega County Central beat Houston County 39-7. Coach Chris Mahand is in his second tenure as head coach for the Tigers. He guided TCC to a 14-1 record and the state finals in 2007. He is 66-25 overall in seven seasons as head coach.
     The weekend slate over the NFHS Network slate is shaping up to be another busy one with 10 events total in wrestling, bowling, boys’ and girls’ basketball already lined up through next Wednesday.
    To check out the football games on the NFHS Network, go to: http://www.nfhsnetwork.com/alabama/football
    To subscribe to the NFHS Network, click:
http://watch.nfhsnetwork.com/rewards-signup/

    The Talladega County Central-Maplesville game may be accessed by subscribers for live-stream or for Network non-subscriber members at:
http://www.nfhsnetwork.com/events/ahsaa/5510ba6e6c

   Those who currently have not joined the Network can view the delayed version (beginning next Tuesday) once they sign up for the free membership.

 

 

 

 

TONIGHT’S FEATURED GAMES
Raycom Game of the Week
Clay-Chalkville at Homewood, 7 p.m.
NFHS NETWORK PLAYOFF GAME OF THE WEEK
Talladega County Central at Maplesville, 7 p.m.
ALFA AHSAA GAME OF THE WEEK
J.B. Pennington at Piedmont, 7 p.m.


NFHS NETWORK SCHEDULE OF AHSAA EVENTS
FRIDAY, Nov. 17
FOOTBALL  PLAYOFFS                           Producer                                    Air Time
Class 1A
Brantley at Sweet Water                                 Sweet Water HS SBP                        7 p.m.
Talladega Co. Central at Maplesville             NFHS Net (Game of Week)  6:30 p.m.
Class 2A
Thorsby at Goshen                                          Goshen HS SBP                       7 p.m. 
Class 3A
Colbert Heights at Weaver                             NFHS Net (FNN)                   6:15 p.m.
Randolph County at Fultondale                      NFHS Net (WEHR)               7 p.m.
Class 4A
Saint James at Andalusia                                Andalusia HS SBP                       7 p.m.
Jacksonville at Fayette County                       Jacksonville HS SBP              7 p.m.
Class 5A
Brooks at Etowah                                           Brooks HS SBP                       7 p.m.
Class 6A
Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa at Saraland                    Hillcrest HS SBP                      5:30 p.m.
Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa at Saraland                    Saraland HS SBP                       6 p.m.
Muscle Shoals at Oxford                                Muscle Shoals HS SBP           6:30 p.m.
Park Crossing at Opelika                                Opelika HS SBP                       7 p.m.
Sidney Lanier at Spanish Fort                        Spanish Fort HS SBP               5:40 p.m.
Wetumpka at Carver-Montgomery                Montgomery HS SBP             6 p.m.
Class 7A
Hoover at Hewitt-Trussville                           Hoover HS SBP                       7 p.m.
Mountain Brook at Thompson                       Mtn Brook HS SBP                        7 p.m.

SATURDAY, Nov. 18

BASKETBALL                                             Producer                                    Air Time
Pell City vs. Mtn Brook (Girls Varsity)         Mtn Brook HS SBP                        12:30 p.m.
Selma vs. Mtn Brook (Boys Varsity)             Mtn Brook HS SBP                        7:30 p.m.
WRESTLING                                                Producer                                    Air Time
Vestavia Hills JV Wrestling                           Vestavia Hills HS SBP  9 a.m.

MONDAY, Nov. 20
BASKETBALL                                             Producer                                    Air Time
Homewood vs. Lee-Mont. (Boys Varsity)     Vestavia Hills HS SBP  3 p.m.
Helena vs. Spain Park (Boys Varsity)                        Vestavia Hills HS SBP           4:30 p.m.
Central-Tusc. vs. Hartselle (Boys Varsity)    Vestavia Hills HS SBP  6 p.m.
Calera vs. Vestavia Hills  (Boys Varsity)       Vestavia Hills HS SBP  7:30 p.m.
WRESTLING                                                Producer                                    Air Time
Hoover JV Wrestling                                      Hoover HS SBP                       TBA
Hoover Wrestling Varsity                               Hoover HS BP             6 p.m.

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 22
WRESTLING                                                Producer                                    Air Time
Vestavia Hills at Hoover Varsity                    Hoover HS BP             9 a.m.