AHSAA Zero Week Prep Spotlight Bob Jones RB Sets State Record with two 99-yard TD Runs

   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.

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
Deshler 35-12. 
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.


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.

Hoover Scores Quickly to Beat Central In Champions Challenge Friday

     MONTGOMERY --  Hoover scored twice in the final 3:36 of the second quarter Friday night and then weathered a 51-minute lightning delay to post a 23-7 win over Central-Phenix City in the 11th annual AHSAA Champions Challenge high school football classic at Cramton Bowl.
    The Champions Challenge, an event of the Alabama High School Athletic Directors and Coaches Association (AHSADCA), the AHSAA’s coaches’ wing, closes out the 2016 Classic Saturday night at 7 p.m. with Andalusia taking on Brooks in the third and final game.
     Central took a 7-0 lead midway through the first quarter on Jaxton Carson’s 8-yard touchdown run that capped an eight-play, 55-yard march. Alvin Rentaria kicked the extra point.  Hoover put together is own eight-play, 55-yard drive late in the second quarter to tie the game at 7-7. Coach Josh Niblett’s Bucs scored when quarterback Garrett Farquhar turned a pass-run option into a 2-yard TD strike to Joseph Timpa with 3:36 left in the period.  Barrett Pickering tied the game with the first of two first-half PATs.
     Hoover’s defense forced a punt on Central’s next possession, and Bucs return specialist Cortez Hall took the kick on one bounce at the Red Devils’ 48 and raced 35 yards to the Central 1. Five plays later, Farquhar scored on a 3-yard keeper with 53 seconds left in the half for a 14-7 lead.
    Coach Jamey DuBose’s team wasn’t done, however. A 15-yard penalty on Hoover and an 18-yard Carson run moved the Red Devils into Hoover territory near mid-field and quarterback Zion Webb added runs of 21 and 13 yards to get Central in scoring position at the Bucs 3 with three seconds left. With timed for only one play, Hoover stuffed Webb short of the goal line to send Hoover into intermission ahead.
    Hoover’s momentum continued in the second half as the Bucs posted nine more points on three Barrett Pickering field goals in a game that was delayed almost an hour due to inclement weather and lightning. Pickering’s kicks were 32, 37 and 29 yards. He also punted four times for a 35.2-yard average.
    Central (0-1) finished with 208 total yards and Hoover had 214.  Farquhar finished 8-of-25 passing for 153 yards and one TD.  Webb, who was the game’s leading rusher with 90 yards on 21 carries, was 6-of-26 passing for 51 yards for Prattville. Carson also had 64 yards on 15 carries and the Lions’ only TD.
     Hoover’s rusher was Vonte Brackett with 37 yards on 15 carries.  Shedrick Jackson had three pass receptions for 75 yards and Cortez Hall had three catches for 69 yards. Hall also had the 35-yard punt return.
     Bucs linebacker Ben Abercrombie register a game-high 11 tackles and Kholbe Coleman had eight stops. He also had an interception he returned 51 yards.
    Central’s Jarious Upshaw had 10 tackles and Markail Benton had seven stops. 

Bob Jones RB Sets State Record with two 99-yard TD Runs

    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

North Wins Weather-Shortened All-Star Football Game 14-0

     MONTGOMERY – The North All-Stars posted two first-quarter touchdowns Thursday night to build a 14-0  lead in the 57th AHSAA North-South All-Star football game at Cramton Bowl. Lightning and heavy rains forced the game to be called at 8:16 of the second quarter with the North still holding that two-touchdown lead.
     Quarterback Zach Cupps of Gardendale was 5-of-6 passing for 96 yards and a 51-yard touchdown pass to Sheffield wide receiver Aaron Pride to earn MVP honors for head coach Frank Tucker’s North squad.  The score came at 5:19 of the first quarter and just 3 ½ minutes after Minor’s David Mitchell’s 14-yard TD run. It was Mitchell’s only run of the night. Morgan Coston of Leeds kicked both extra points.
     Mitchell’s score capped a six-play, 40-yard march the North’s first possession of the game.
     The South, head-coached by Theodore’s Eric Collier, drove to the North 29-yard line on its second possession of the game but McGill-Toolen quarterback Parish Chambers was sacked for a 6-yard loss back to the 35 by Leeds defensive lineman Josephus Smith. The South turned the ball over on downs at the 31.
     It took just four plays for the North to score again. Cupps connected with Denzel Mooney of Gadsden City for 19 yards to midfield. Two plays later, he found Pride open down the right sideline for the 51-yard score.
    The North defense limited the South to four plays on their next possession. Cupps moved the North offense from its own 15 to the South 46 before the drive stalled. Each team would get one more drive each before the lightning forced the teams to the locker room just before 8 p.m. The game was finally called an hour later as lightning continued and heavy rains began to fall.
    With Sparkman quarterback Mason Edwards directing the offense, the North moved from its own 14-yard line to the South 34 – with 50 yards coming on a pass from Edwards o West Point’s Kobe Smith – when the teams were forced to leave the field. The game never was able to be resumed.
    The North finished with eight first downs, 49 yards rushing on 12 carries and 163 yards passing for 212 total yards. Cupps also rushed for 10 yards on one carry and finished with 106 total yards. Edwards was 3-of-5 passing for 67 yards.
    Leeds’ Smith had four tackles, including two for losses, to lead the North defense. Justin Little of Tuscaloosa County added two tackles and Blake Stidham of Hamilton was in on three stops.
    The South had three first downs, had a net of zero yards on six rush attempts and completed 7-of-12 passes for 75 yards. Chambers was 3-of-6 passing for 52 yards, and Montgomery-Lee quarterback Shaquille Johnson was 4-of-6 for 23 yards. Beauregard’s Heath Senn had one catch for 44 yards, Von Street of Enterprise caught two for 17 yards and Kolby Easley of Northview, two for eight yards. Daniel Miller of Fairhope was the leading rusher with 11 yards on three carries.
    Kahlil Traywick of UMS-Wright, the South MVP, had four tackles and two assists and Quantravis Kelly of Lee had two tackles and three assists for the South defense.
     The South holds a 30-24-2 lead in the series that was first played in 1948. Since the game moved back to Cramton Bowl in 2011, the North and South have each won three games with the North now winning two in a row.

John Carroll Catholic High School Football Program Placed on Restrictive Probation by AHSAA

     John Carroll Catholic High School has been fined and placed on restrictive probation for the 2016 football season by the Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) for violations of the Recruiting Rule. The violations were self-reported.
      Restrictive probation limits the school’s football participation to regular-season contests only and prohibits the school from participating in any interscholastic (football) contest involving more than two schools, including championships, for the entirety of the restrictive probation.
     Coaches Donald Cunningham and Arthur Stokes have been suspended from coaching at any AHSAA member school and the student-athletes involved are permanently ineligible at JCCHS. Moreover, should incidents of this nature occur in the future, John Carroll Catholic High School could be suspended from the AHSAA.
      “We appreciate the John Carroll administration for self-reporting the violations,” AHSAA Executive Director Steve Savarese said. “We also commend JCCHS for their commitment to upholding the bylaws and mission of the AHSAA and for the corrective measures they have already taken to be compliant with AHSAA by-laws in the future.”

      The AHSAA Recruiting Rule can be found in the 2015-16 Handbook on page 57, Rule VI-Administration, Section 12. RECRUITING.

Muscle Shoals High School Football Program Placed on Restrictive Probation by AHSAA

     Muscle Shoals High School has been fined and placed on restrictive probation for the 2016 football season by the Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) for violations of the Recruiting Rule. The violations were self-reported
      Restrictive probation limits the school’s football participation to regular-season contests only and prohibits the school from participating in any interscholastic (football) contest involving more than two schools, including championships, for the entirety of the restrictive probation.
     Assistant football coach Chris Balentine has been suspended from coaching at any AHSAA member school for one year and the student-athlete involved is permanently ineligible at MSHS. Moreover, should incidents of this nature occur in the future, Muscle Shoals High School could be suspended from the AHSAA.
      “We thank the Muscle Shoals administration for their cooperation throughout this process,” AHSAA Executive Director Steve Savarese said. “Although we regret any time violations occur, we are encouraged to see how our schools strive with diligence to put into place protocol that will prevent these kinds of errors in the future.” 

      The AHSAA Recruiting Rule can be found in the 2015-16 Handbook on page 57, Rule VI-Administration, Section 12. RECRUITING.

Alabama Win Streak Ends at 7 As Mississippi Wins 28-21 in 29th Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Classic

     HATTIESBURG, MS --  The passing tandem of quarterback Keon Howard and receivers Arthur Brown and D.K. Metcalf sparked the Mississippi All-Stars to a 28-21 win over Alabama Saturday two streaks came to an end.
   The victory snapped a seven-game Alabama winning streak (2008-2014) and also was the first game in the 29-year history of the all-star game to be hosted outside the state of Alabama. The Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association (AHSADCA) and Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) have produced the game from the onset in cooperation with the Mississippi Association of Coaches (MAC) and the Mississippi High School Activities Association.  The MAC hosted this year’s game.
     The contest was played at the University of Southern Mississippi’s M.M. Roberts Stadium. The first 29 games were played at Mobile’s Ladd-Peebles Stadium (1988-2010) and Montgomery’s Cramton Bowl (2011-14). The 2016 game will return to Montgomery.
    Howard, from Laurel High School, was 17-of-27 passing for 304 yards and four touchdowns for Mississippi.  Starkville’s Brown caught nine passes for 137 yards and two touchdowns and Oxford’s Metcalf had five catches for 151 yards and two scores. Brown and Metcalf earned co-MVP honors for Mississippi.
    Alabama MVP was linebacker Ben Davis of Gordo. Davis was in on 11 tackles and scored the game’s first touchdown on a 76-yard interception return.
   Alabama Head coach Mark Freeman of Thompson depended on a defense that made three interceptions and recovered one fumble to keep the Alabama close.
   The first big play was Davis’ pick just 1:34 into the game when he grabbed a Howard pass at his own 24-yard line and then raced down the left sideline for a touchdown. Auburn place-kicker Sage Ledbetter’s extra point gave the visitors a 7-0 lead.
     Howard redeemed himself 45 seconds later with a quick pass to the speedy Metcalf that he turned into a 69-yard touchdown reception to tie the game at 7-7.
    Alabama responded with a 12-play, 71-yard march that culminated with a 10-yard TD pass from Spanish Fort quarterback Tyler Johnston to Clay-Chalkville receiver T.J. Simmons at  the mid-point of the first quarter to take a 14-7 lead.  The fireworks of the first period were far from over, however.
   Howard connected with Arthur Brown of Starkville for a 35-yard TD pass to tie the game again at 14 all with four minutes later at 1:48 left in the opening period.
     The game settled into a defensive struggle for the next two quarters as mistakes plagued both offenses.   Mississippi, coached by Jeff Breland of Lake, took the lead 21-14 on the last play of third quarter when Brown hauled in his second TD reception from Howard – scoring with ease on the 17-yard hookup. Five minutes later, Metcalf caught his second TD pass, a 32-yard strike from Howard in the corner of the end zone, and Mississippi led 28-14.
     Quarterback Ty Pigrome of Clay-Chalkville directed a late scoring drive for Alabama – running 36 yards to set up his 21-yard TD pass to Clay teammate T.J. Simmons with 39 seconds left to play to cut the lead to 28-21.  An onside kick was recovered by Mississippi to seal its first win of this decade.
     Alabama rushed for 155 yards and passed for 154 for 309 yards on 64 offensive snaps. Theodore running back La’Mical Perine of Theodore 48 yards on seven carries with 47 coming on one play.   Johnston, who completed 8-of-18 passes for 87 yards, added 38 yards rushing on six carries and Pigrome, 6-of-13 passing for 67 yards, had 36 rushing yards on six tries.
    Carver-Montgomery’s Xavier Lanier had six catches for 59 yards and Simmons added four for 68 yards.
    Mississippi totaled 395 yards with 326 passing and only 69 rushing.
       P.J. Hall of Hoover made two interceptions on defense, and Bucs teammate Jeremiah Moon had   six tackles and two fumble recoveries for Alabama. Wenonah’s Quinnen Williams added six stops.
    Quin’Chaughn Jones of LaFayette and Jeffery Simmons of Noxubee County had seven tackles each for Mississippi.

Alabama-Mississippi All-Stars Set for 29th Game Saturday

     HATTIESBURG, MS – Alabama and Mississippi all-star squads went through two more practice sessions Thursday and one practice Friday morning as the high school seniors finalized preparations for Saturday’s 29th Alabama-Mississippi All-Star football game.
    Kickoff is set for noon.
    “We have had a great week,” said Alabama head coach Mark Freeman of Thompson High School.
     Quarterbacks Tyler Johnston of Spanish Fort and Ty Pigrome of Clay-Chalkville will be leading the offense as Alabama strives to win its eighth straight game in the series and 22nd overall since its inception in 1988. The game, being played in Mississippi for the first time, will be played at M.M. Roberts Stadium on the campus the University of Southern Mississippi.  
         Alabama all-star fullback Jarrion Street of Hewitt-Trussville has committed to Ole Miss and running back La’Mical Perine of Theodore has committed to Florida.  The Gators and Alabama each have three commitments on the squad. The Crimson Tide lists wide receiver T.J. Simmons of Clay-Chalkville, offensive lineman Deonte Brown of Austin and defensive lineman Quinnen Williams of Wenonah. The Gators also list Hoover defensive end Jeremiah Moon and Park Crossing defensive back Jeawon Taylor among their commitments.
    Also selected to the Alabama All-Star squad are Auburn commitments John Broussard of Central-Phenix City and Marlon Davidson of Greenville. Broussard is a defensive back and Davidson is a defensive lineman.
    Freeman’s assistant coaches include 2015 state championship coaches Brent Hubbert of Maplesville (1A), Keith Etheredge of Leeds (4A) and Steve Mask of St. Paul’s Episcopal (5A). All three coaches have directed their teams to back-to-back Super 7 state titles. Other members of the coaching staff are Jerry Hood of Clay-Chalkville (6A), Paul Benefield of Fyffe (2A), Eric Cohu of Madison Academy (3A), J.B. Wallace of Florence (6A) and Chris Yeager of Mountain Brook (7A). Hood, Benefield and Cohu directed teams to state titles in 2014. Hood and Benefield led Clay-Chalkville and Fyffe back to the finals this year.  
      Alabama’s All-Stars have won the last year’s game 36-31 on the last play of the game and holds a 21-7 edge in the 28-game series. The game was played at Mobile from 1988-2010 and at Montgomery’s Cramton Bowl from 2011-14. It will return to Cramton Bowl in 2016.    This will be the fourth year that Cramton Bowl has been the host site.
    TV/RADIO INFORMATION: Raycom Media will broadcast the game live over its affiliates in Alabama and Mississippi Saturday and will also live-stream the game. The AHSAA Radio Network will broadcast the game live as well over its network. More information is available on line at
   A banquet attended by players and parents is planned for tonight Thad Cochran Center at USM.  A special Meet-and-Greet session on will be held at M.M. Roberts Stadium from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday preceded by a Fellowship of Christian Athletes Breakfast for players and coaches at the stadium at 8:30 a.m.

Kickoff for 29th Alabama-Mississippi Classic Saturday Alabama All-Stars Honorary Captain is Dr. Rob Pate


    Accomplished author and former Erwin High School and Auburn University standout Dr. Rob Pate is Alabama’s honorary captain for Saturday’s 29th Alabama-Mississippi All-Star football game. Kickoff is set for a noon Saturday at M.M. Roberts Stadium on the University of Southern Mississippi campus in Hattiesburg.
     Pate was a four-year starter at Birmingham’s Erwin High School in football, basketball and baseball where he earned All-State and Super All-State honors in football. An outstanding student, he was also named the Class 5A Bryant-Jordan Scholar-Athlete of the Year in 1997.
Chosen to play in the Alabama Mississippi Game in 1997, he was named captain by his teammates and helped Alabama win 10-6.
     He then attended Auburn University on football scholarship where he was four-year starter in the Tigers’ secondary. He earned All-Conference and was a two-time GTE Academic All-America All-District selection, a four-time SEC Honor Roll recipient, and the Pat Dye Leadership Award winner. Pate graduated from Auburn University in May 2002 with a bachelor’s degree in zoology and spent a year with the San Diego Chargers.
    Injuries cut his NFL career short and he opted for medical school where he graduated from the UAB School of Optometry in May 2007 – earning Dean’s List every quarter in Optometry School. He currently practices in Auburn. He lives in Chelsea with his wife of 9 years, Dana, and their three daughters, Claire McKinley, Ellie Brooklyn, and Jenna Kathryn.
    Very popular with Auburn fans, Dr. Pate has authored two books, including his latest, A Tiger’s Walk, which chronicles his battles with the highs and lows of championships and losing seasons, coaching hirings and firings, and personal success and tragedy – as well as giving poignant insights into the daily lives of college football players as they strive to also be college students.
     He also authored Memoirs of an Auburn Football Player, which was published in 2004.
     Dr. Rob Pate is a member of the American Optometric Association, the Alabama Optometric Association, served as president of the Birmingham Area Optometric Society in 2013, the Hoover Area Chamber of Commerce and the Birmingham Auburn Club. He served as Alabama Special Olympics Opening Eyes Chairman in 2012. He earned induction into the Beta Sigma Kappa Optometric Honor Society, was named Southern Council of Optometrists’ Young Optometrist of the Year in 2015 and the American Optometric Association Young Optometrist of the Year in 2013.
    Alabama holds a 21-7 edge in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star series including a current seven-game winning streak dating back to 2007. This marks the first year the game is being played outside Alabama. The Mississippi Association of Coaches (MAC) is hosting the event which has been a project of the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association in conjunction with the AHSAA.
    Pate will speak to the two teams Friday night in Hattiesburg at the annual Players & Parents banquet. He will also attend the game on Saturday and take part in the pre-game ceremonies. 

Marshall added to Alabama roster

    Leeds High School senior quarterback TaDarryl Marshall was added to the Alabama All-Star roster Tuesday replacing Scottsboro wide receiver Malik Talley.
    Talley left the team for personal reasons.
     Marshall, a Tennessee commitment who quarterbacked Leeds to the Class 4A state championship the last two seasons, is joining the team tonight. He will be considered as an athlete with possible multiple positions including wide receiver, said All-Star head coach Mark Freeman of Thompson High School. “He is a very talented athlete who can help us in a lot of ways,” Freeman said.
    The squad, comprised of 40 high school seniors, will meet play the Mississippi All-Stars Saturday at noon at the University of Southern Mississippi’s M.M. Roberts Stadium. Kickoff is set for noon. The game will be televised live by AHSAA TV partner Raycom Media.
    Alabama holds a 22-7 edge in the series which began in 1988.  This will be the first time the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star football game is being played outside the state of Alabama. The game is a product of the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association (AHSADCA) in conjunction with the Mississippi Association of Coaches (MAC). MAC is serving the host this year.
    Marshall was named MVP of the 2014 Class 4A state championship game won over Deshler 30-0 at Auburn’s Jordan-Hare Stadium. Last week, he directed Coach Keith Etheredge’s Green Wave to a 55-7 win over Fayette County at the University of Alabama’s Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa.
    He finished the season 54-opf-99 passing for 912 yards and 12 touchdowns and rushed for 951 yards and 12 scores on 126 carries and finished his career with 3,739 yards rushing and 33 TDs on 491 carries and was 226-of-458 passing for 3,772 yards and 38 scores.
    He is expected to play wide receiver in Saturday’s game.