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Spanish Fort’s Tyler Johnston named 2015 Mr. Football by Alabama Sports Writers Association

MONTGOMERY – Spanish Fort’s Tyler Johnston was named the 34th recipient of the Alabama Sports Writers Association’s Mr. Football Award on Wednesday at the ASWA’s annual Player of the Year Awards luncheon, presented by the Alabama High School Athletic Directors and Coaches Association. The annual luncheon was held at the Alabama Activity Center in Montgomery.

Johnston – a 6-foot-2, 210-pound senior quarterback – threw for 3,619 yards this season, completing 193 of 286 passing with 39 touchdowns and just nine interceptions. Johnson also had 129 carries for 750 yards for 13 touchdowns. Johnston was 35-0 as a starter, leading the Toros to state championships in 2013 and 2015 but missing most of the 2014 season with an ACL injury.

Johnston finished with 148 points and eight first-place votes from the ASWA’s prep committee, while Clay-Chalkville senior quarterback Ty Pigrome, the 2014 runner-up, had 139 points with four firsts. Gordo senior linebacker Ben Davis was third with 80 points, Clay-Chalkville senior wide receiver TJ Simmons was fourth (69) and Austin senior offensive lineman Deonte Brown was fifth (68).

Johnston was named the ASWA Class 6A Back of the Year and was chosen to the group’s Super 12 team. He participated in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game and is a verbal commitment to UAB. He was also an ASWA first-team all-state selection at quarterback in 2013. He also played the last game and a half this season with a torn ligament in his elbow.

Johnston becomes the first quarterback to win the Mr. Football award since Carver-Montgomery’s Jeremy Johnson in 2012 and the seventh from the Mobile area, joining Tommy Compton (Vigor, 1982), Darrell Williams (Vigor, 1988), DeMarco McNeil (Blount, 1998), JaMarcus Russell (Williamson, 2002), Julio Jones (Foley, 2007) and T.J. Yeldon (Daphne, 2011).

 

PREVIOUS WINNERS


1982 Tommy Compton, Vigor

1983 Freddie Weygand,
          Emma Sansom

1984 Roderick Green, Gardendale

1985 Pierre Goode, Hazlewood

1986 Larry Ware, Lee-Montgomery

1987 Robert Jones, Parker

1988 Darrell Williams, Vigor

1989 Steven Coleman, Pike Co.

1990 David Palmer, Jackson-Olin

1991 Robert Davis, Homewood

1992 Freddie Kitchens, Etowah

1993 Thomas Banks,
          West Jefferson

1994 Dawud Rasheed,

          Shades Valley

1995 Gorman Thornton, Jeff Davis

1996 Antoneyo Williams,         Central-Tuscaloosa

1997 Mac Campbell, Alexandria

1998 DeMarco McNeil, Blount

1999 Cory Whisenant, Springville

2000 Carnell Williams, Etowah

2001 Brandon Cox, Hewitt-Trussville

2002 JaMarcus Russell, Williamson

2003 Chris Nickson, Pike Co.

2004 Jarod Bryant, Hoover

2005 Andre Smith, Huffman

2006 Larry Smith, Prattville

2007 Julio Jones, Foley

2008 Clint Moseley, Leroy
2009 Coty Blanchard, Cherokee Co.
2010 Jamal Golden, Wetumpka
2011 T.J. Yeldon, Daphne
2012 Jeremy Johnson,
          Carver-Montgomery

2013 Racean Thomas, Oxford

2014 Kerryon Johnson,
          Madison Academy

2015 Tyler Johnston, Spanish Fort




Back/Lineman voting lists top 3 vote getters only; Super 12/Mr. Football voting is top 12 only; 33 players received votes on the ASWA Super 12. Vote totals for the AISA were not available.


Class 1A Back
Terence Dunlap, Maplesville, 36
Grayson Wakefield, Decatur Heritage, 26
Tommy Spivey, Brantley, 23

Class 1A Lineman
Cameron Longmire, Georgiana, 19
Tanner Swinney, Hackleburg, 15
Devan Wallace, Maplesville, 14

Class 2A Back
Chadarius Townsend, Tanner, 66
Dilan Kilpatrick, Fyffe, 63
Peyton Gilliland, Cleveland, 50

Class 2A Lineman
Austin Lewter, Tanner, 63
Blaine Hudson, Elba, 50
Ethan Jones, Fyffe, 44

Class 3A Back
Taylor Hayes, Piedmont, 78
Kearvae Qualls, Colbert Co., 65
Pace Ozmint, Glencoe, 55

Class 3A Lineman
Ben Davis, Gordo, 53
Austin Troxell, Madison Acad., 41
Neonta Alexander, Piedmont, 29

Class 4A Back
Kaleb Barker, Priceville, 78
Tre’ Nation, Leeds, 68
Noah Ard, Cordova, 48

Class 4A Lineman
Josephus Smith, Leeds, 68
Dee Nalls, Fayette Co., 46
Sterling Jones, St. James, 36

 

 

 

Class 5A Back
Jordan Bentley, Guntersville, 55
Ostin McPherson, St. Paul’s, 47
Demarcus Williams, Jackson, 39

Class 5A Lineman
Marlon Davidson, Greenville, 69
Quinnen Williams, Wenonah, 59
Darius Whitfield, St. Paul’s, 45

Class 6A Back
Tyler Johnston, Spanish Fort, 79
Ty Pigrome, Clay-Chalkville, 75
TJ Simmons, Clay-Chalkville, 45

Class 6A Lineman
Deonte Brown, Austin, 81
Lyndell Wilson, Carver-Montgomery, 56
Thomas Johnston, Spanish Fort, 51

Class 7A Back
La’Mical Perine, Theodore, 20
Henry Ruggs III, Lee-Montgomery, 13
Kyriq McDonald, James Clemens, 10

Class 7A Lineman
Labryan Ray, James Clemens, 17
Walter Pritchett, Central-Phenix City, 15
Carlton Martial, McGill-Toolen, 11

SUPER 12
Tyler Johnston, Spanish Fort, 148
Ty Pigrome, Clay-Chalkville, 139
Ben Davis, Gordo, 80
TJ Simmons, Clay-Chalkville, 69
Deonte Brown, Austin, 68
La’Mical Perine, Theodore, 65
Marlon Davidson, Greenville, 38
Lyndell Wilson, Carver-Montgomery, 37
Jordan Bentley, Guntersville, 37
Quinnen Williams, Wenonah, 32
Kaleb Barker, Priceville, 25
Kyriq McDonald, James Clemens, 25


ASWA Mr. Football Luncheon To Be Live-streamed Over NFHS Network

        MONTGOMERY – The Alabama Sports Writers Association’s Mr. Football luncheon to be held at the Montgomery Activities Center will be live-streamed over the NFHS Network Wednesday – a first in the 34-year history of the annual award.
        The broadcast, which is being produced by Prattville High School’s School Broadcast Program, can be accessed over the NFHS Network at the following link:  http://www.nfhsnetwork.com/events/ahsaa/4ad6062ebf
        Viewers can click on the link directly or go to www.ahsaa.com and click on the NFHS Network icon.
        The luncheon is set to begin at 11:45 a.m. Former Hazlewood High School standout Pierre Goode, Mr. Football in 1986, will be the guest speaker, and the awards presentations will follow.
        The 2015 Mr. Football Award will be presented to one of 48 finalists, three linemen and three backs, selected in each of the seven AHSAA classifications and AISA by the ASWA All-State Committee. All 48 players, their coaches and families will be attending the luncheon. A back and lineman of the year will be announced in each classification.
        Mr. Football, considered as the state high school player of the year, is selected from the class back and line winners by the ASWA. Last year’s Mr. Football recipient was Kerryon Johnson of Madison Academy, now a freshman at Auburn University.
        The Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association is host of the luncheon.
        The ASWA announced the finalists in December. Those representing AHSAA member schools are listed below.

 

Alabama Sports Writers Association
2015 Mr. Football Finalists
CLASS 7A
BACK:
Kyriq McDonald, James Clemens, DB; La’Mical Perine, Theodore, RB; Henry Ruggs III, Lee-Montgomery, WR.
LINEMAN: Carlton Martial, McGill-Toolen, LB; Walter Pritchett, Central-Phenix City, DL;
Labryan Ray, James Clemens, LB.

CLASS 6A
BACK:
Tyler Johnston, Spanish Fort, QB; Ty Pigrome, Clay-Chalkville, QB; T.J Simmons, Clay-Chalkville, WR.
LINEMAN: Deonte Brown, Austin, OL; Thomas Johnston, Spanish Fort, LB; Lyndell Wilson, Carver-Montgomery, LB.

CLASS 5A
BACK:
Jordan Bentley, Guntersville, RB; Ostin McPherson, St. Paul's Episcopal, RB;
Demarcus Williams, Jackson, QB.
LINEMAN: Marlon Davidson, Greenville, DL; Darius Whitfield, St. Paul's Episcopal, OL; 
Quinnen Williams, Wenonah, DL.

CLASS 4A
BACK:
Noah Ard, Cordova, QB; Kaleb Barker, Priceville, QB; Tre' Nation, Leeds, RB.
LINEMAN: Sterling Jones, St. James, LB; Dee Nalls, Fayette County, OL; Josephus Smith, Leeds, DL.

CLASS 3A
BACK:
Taylor Hayes, Piedmont, QB; Pace Ozmint, Glencoe, DB; Kearvae Qualls, Colbert County, RB.
LINEMAN: Neonta Alexander, Piedmont, LB; Ben Davis, Gordo, LB; Austin Troxell, Madison Academy, OL.

CLASS 2A
BACK
Peyton Gilliland, Cleveland, QB; Dilan Kilpatrick, Fyffe, RB; Chadarius Townsend, Tanner, athlete.
LINEMAN: Blaine Hudson, Elba, OL; Ethan Jones, Fyffe, OL; Austin Lewter, Tanner, OL.

CLASS 1A
BACK:
Terence Dunlap, Maplesville, RB; Tommy Spivey, Brantley, WR; Grayson Wakefield, Decatur Heritage, QB.
LINEMAN
Cameron Longmire, Georgiana, LB; Tanner Swinney, Hackleburg, OL; Devan Wallace, Maplesville, OL.


 

 

 

 

 

 


ASWA Mr. Football

 


 

 

Past winners (1982-2014)

 


 

 

Year

Player

School

Pos.

College

 

2014

Kerryon Johnson

Madison Academy

RB

Auburn

 

2013

Racean “Roc” Thomas

Oxford

RB

Auburn

 

2012

Jeremy Johnson

Carver-Montgomery

QB

Auburn

 

2011

Timothy Yeldon

Daphne

RB

Alabama

 

2010

Jamal Golden

Wetumpka

QB

Georgia Tech

 

2009

Coty Blanchard

Cherokee County

QB

Jacksonville State

 

2008

Clint Moseley

Leroy

QB

Auburn

 

2007

Julio Jones

Foley

WR

Alabama

 

2006

Larry Smith

Prattville

QB

Vanderbilt

 

2005

Andre Smith

Huffman

OL

Alabama

 

2004:

Jarod Bryant

Hoover

QB

Naval Academy

 

2003:

Chris Nickson

Pike County

QB

Vanderbilt

 

2002:

JaMarcus Russell

Williamson

QB

LSU

 

2001:

Brandon Cox

Hewitt-Trussville

QB

Auburn

 

2000:

Carnell Williams

Etowah

RB

Auburn

 

1999:

Cory Whisenant

Springville

RB

UAB

 

1998:

DeMarco McNeil

Blount

DL

Auburn

 

1997:

Mac Campbell

Alexandria

RB

UAB

 

1996:

Antoneyo Williams

Central-Tuscaloosa

RB

Alabama/Southern U.

 

1995:

Gorman Thornton

Jeff Davis

TE/DE

Auburn

 

1994:

Dawud Rasheed

Shades Valley

RB

Duke

 

1993:

Thomas Banks

West Jefferson

RB

UAB

 

1992:

Freddie Kitchens

Etowah

QB

Alabama

 

1991:

Robert Davis

Homewood

RB

LSU/UAB

 

1990:

David Palmer

Jackson-Olin

RB

Alabama

 

1989:

Steven Coleman

Pike County

RB

Grambling/Troy State

 

1988:

Darrell Williams

Vigor

RB

Auburn

 

1987:

Robert Jones

Parker

RB

Alabama

 

1986:

Larry Ware

Lee-Montgomery

RB

Georgia

 

1985:

Pierre Goode

Hazlewood

RB

Alabama

 

1984:

Roderick Green

Gardendale

WR

Southern Miss

 

1983:

Freddie Weygand

Etowah

WR

Auburn

 

1982:

Tommy Compton

Vigor

QB

Southern Miss

 


AHSAA Rescinds Restrictive Probation Placed On Thompson High School Wrestling Program

     The Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA), in accordance with AHSAA bylaws, has rescinded the restrictive probation placed on Thompson High School’s wrestling program, effective immediately.
    In November, the AHSAA fined and placed Thompson High School on restrictive probation for the remainder of the 2015-16 school year for numerous violations of Contest bylaws in its wrestling program. The violations were self-reported. The school could apply for relief from that penalty by meeting several conditions set forth by the AHSAA.
    Based on a review of evidence provided by the school’s administration, as of Jan. 4, the administrators and coaches of THS had met all requirements for reinstatement as outlined by the AHSAA and have demonstrated a commitment to an ongoing process to ensure that compliance and success of the THS wrestling program and all other athletic programs will be fully aligned with the rules, guidelines, goals, and direction of the AHSAA. 
    “The AHSAA is pleased with the cooperation of THS for fulfilling all obligations as outlined within the restrictive probation period,” Executive Director Steve Savarese said.
    The restrictive probation has been replaced with a period of non-restrictive probation for a period of one year.  Should any similar violations occur in the future, additional restrictive sanctions will be assessed.


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
www.AHSAA.com.
   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.

Alabama All-Stars Report to Hattiesburg for Saturday’s 2015 Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Football Game Riding 7-Game Win Streak

     MONTGOMERY, AL. – One new player joined Alabama’s 40-man roster Monday as the team reported to Hattiesburg, MS for the 29th playing of the Alabama-Mississippi Football Game set to kickoff at noon Saturday at the University of Southern Mississippi’s M.M. Roberts Stadium.
    Park Crossing’s P.J. Blue dropped off the squad due to an injury and was replaced by Opelika High School linebacker Zocario Bridges. The 6-foot-2, 240-pound defensive standout committed to Troy University helped the Bulldogs (12-1) reach the AHSAA Class 6A quarterfinals.
     All-Star head coach Mark Freeman of Thompson High School, has a team that is very talented with at least 17 players already committed to Division I-A college programs.
      Alabama holds a 21-7 edge in the series that has been played each year since 1988 at a site in Alabama. The Mississippi Association of Coaches (MAC) is serving as host for this year’s game. The game will be televised live by AHSAA TV partner Raycom Media over its stations in Alabama and Mississippi. Visit www.pathtotheplayoffs.com to find the channels carrying the contest in each community.
      The Alabama roster, comprised of current high school seniors, is once again outstanding, said Alvin Briggs, Director of the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association. 
ead coac      Alabama has won the last seven games with the last four being played at Montgomery’s Cramton Bowl. The game was played at Mobile’s Ladd-Peebles Stadium from 1988-2010 with the exception of 2007 – when two games were played in the series.
     Among the players on the Alabama squad are two running backs already committed to SEC schools. Jarrion Street of Hewitt-Trussville, a 6-foot-2, 200-pound running back, has committed to Ole Miss and La’Mical Perine of Theodore, 5-11, 220 pounds, 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, 6-1, 178, is a defensive back, and the 6-4, 270-pound Davidson is a defensive lineman.
    Other players chosen who have already made verbal commitments are Saraland wide receiver Velus Jones (Southern Cal), North Jackson tight end Austin Cummins (Louisville), Auburn offensive lineman Tyler Pritchett (North Carolina), Spanish Fort offensive lineman Jacob Johnson (Southern Miss), athlete Bailey McElwain of Hewitt-Trussville (Stanford), defensive lineman Darius Whitfield of St. Paul’s (South Carolina) and defensive end Erroll Thompson of Florence (Mississippi State).
     Among the top players still uncommitted are outside linebacker Ben Davis of Gordo and inside linebacker Lydell Wilson of Carver-Montgomery. Davis, the son of former University of Alabama standout Wayne Davis, is rated by most recruiting services as the No. 1 outside LB prospect in the South. Wilson is rated No. 1 inside LB.
     Quarterbacks chosen are Tyler Johnston of Spanish Fort and Tyrell Pigrome of Clay-Chalkville. The two met in last week’s Super 7 Class 6A state finals with Johnston and the Toros (15-0) posting an exciting 31-28 win over the Cougars (14-1). Both quarterbacks had outstanding games with Johnston, who finished his career 35-0 as a starter, earning MVP honors. Pigrome finished his prep career at Clay 29-1.The duo have four state titles between them.
    Johnston is being reunited with his former coach for this year’s game. The Toros won 5A titles in 2012 and 2013 when Freeman served as head coach. Ben Blackmon is the current Spanish Fort head coach. Clay-Chalkville coach Jerry Hood on the Alabama all-star staff. His team won the 6A crown last season.
     Alabama’s All-Stars won last year’s game 36-30 with the game-winning touchdown coming on the final play of the game. Alabama game MVP in 2014 was Kerryon Johnson of Madison Academy, now a freshman at Auburn. Among the recent MVPs have been two Alabama standouts, current Crimson Tide linebacker Rashaan Evans (2013) and current Jacksonville Jaguars running back T.J. Yeldon (2011).  
    The 40-man roster and coaching staff:


2015 ALABAMA ALL-STAR ROSTER

Dist.

Class

Pos.

Player First

Player Last

School

HT.

WT.

Coach

1

6A

QB

Tyler

Johnston

Spanish Fort

6'2

210

Ben Blackmon

5

6A

QB

Tyrell

Pigrome

Clay-Chalkville

5'11

190

Jerry Hood

8

7A

RB

Miles

Strickland

Bob Jones

5'10

190

Kevin Rose

5

7A

RB

Jarrion

Street

Hewitt-Trussville

6'2

200

Josh Floyd

4

6A

RB

Josh

Johnson

Opelika

5'9

215

Brian Blackmon

1

7A

RB

La'Mical

Perine

Theodore

5'11

220

Eric Collier

8

6A

WR

Malik

Talley

Scottsboro

6'3

190

Patrick Nix

3

6A

WR

Xavier

Lane

Carver-Montgomery

6'4

205

Billy Gresham

5

6A

WR

T. J.

Simmons

Clay-Chalkville

6'2

194

Jerry Hood

1

6A

WR

Velus

Jones

Saraland

6'

180

Jeff Kelly

3

1A

WR

Stevonta

Bradley

Maplesville

6'2

190

Brent Hubbert

8

4A

TE

Austin

Cummins

North Jackson

6'6

240

Mark Rose

8

6A

OL

Deonte

Brown

Austin

6'4

340

Jeremy Perkins

5

7A

OL

Adam

Raschilla

Tuscaloosa County

6'6

310

Lee Gibson

4

7A

OL

Tyler

Pritchett

Auburn

6'4

305

Adam Winegarden

6

7A

OL

Jamahl

Jelks

Gadsden City

6'3

315

Matt Scott

5

6A

OL

Cole

Garrison

Clay-Chalkville

6'4

285

Jerry Hood

8

6A

OL

Ben

Berry

Decatur

6'3

260

Jere Adcock

3

7A

OL

Cody

Wyatt

Prattville

6'3

275

Chad Anderson

1

6A

OL

Jacob

Johnson

Spanish Fort

6'5

300

Ben Blackmon

4

7A

P/K

Sage

Ledbetter

Auburn

6'

175

Adam Winegarden

5

7A

A

Bailey

McElwain

Hewitt-Trussville

6'

235

Josh Floyd

2

5A

DL

Marlon

Davidson

Greenville

6'4

270

Josh McLendon

2

6A

DL

Nicholas

Fields

Dothan

6'2

270

Kelvis White

1

5A

DL

Darius

Whitfield

Saint Paul's

6'3

285

Steve Mask

5

5A

DL

Quinnen

Williams

Wenonah

6'4

265

Ronald Cheatham

5

6A

DL

Kurtis

Beaman

Huffman

6'1

320

Alex Wilson

3

6A

LB

Lyndell

Wilson

Carver-Montgomery

6'3

235

Billy Gresham

5

7A

DE

Jeremiah

Moon

Hoover

6'4

210

Josh Niblett

7

3A

DE

Benjamin

Davis

Gordo

6'4

235

Ryan Lolley

3

6A

LB

Zocario

Bridges

Opelika

6'2

240

Brian Blackmon

4

7A

DE

Walter

Pritchett, II

Central-Phenix City

6'2

225

Jamey DuBose

7

6A

DE

Erroll

Thompson

Florence

6'2

250

J. B. Wallace

3

6A

DB

Jeawon

Taylor

Park Crossing

6'2

190

Smitty Grider

4

7A

DB

John

Broussard

Central-Phenix City

6'1

178

Jamey DuBose

8

7A

DB

Brandon

Alexander

Bob Jones

6'

180

Kevin Rose

5

7A

DB

P. J.

Hall

Hoover

5'11

196

Josh Niblett

2

6A

DB

Tyrez

Lindsey

Dothan

6'2

198

Kelvis White

4

6A

DB

Charlie

Benton

Opelika

6'3

190

Brian Blackmon

8

2A

S

Peyton

Gilliland

Cleveland

6'

215

Gardner Gilliland

Head Coach

Mark Freeman, Thompson High School

Assistant Coaches

Brent Hubbert, Maplesville High School

Jerry Hood, Clay-Chalkville High School

Paul Benefield, Fyffe High School

Eric Cohu, Madison Academy

J. B. Wallace, Florence High School

Chris Yeager, Mountain Brook High School

Steve Mask, Saint Paul's Episcopal School



Bob Jones, Auburn, St. Paul’s Repeat 2015 AHSAA State Swimming Champions

    AUBURN - Bob Jones High School’s boys and Auburn  High School’s girls repeated as state champions Saturday in the Alabama High School Athletic Association’s Class 6A/7A division as the 56th annual State Swimming & Diving Championships concluded at Auburn University’s James E. Martin Aquatic Center.
    St. Paul’s Episcopal also won its second straight Class 1A/5A state boys’ and girls’ crowns.
    The two-division state meet is in its second year. From 1960 to 2013, the AHSAA swimming championships had just one boys’ division for all schools. The girls, which competed for the first time in 1963, had one division from 1963 to 2013.
    Bob Jones totaled 250 points and runner-up Auburn had 173 in the 6A/7A boys’ final team standings. St. Paul’s tallied 113 points and Randolph 89 to top the 1A/5A team rankings. In the girls’ competition Auburn had 234 points to beat runner-up Huntsville (180). St. Paul’s scored 78 points to nip Pope John Paul II (71.5) in the 1A/5A girls’ division. All swimmers in each division competed in just one individual competition.
   Senior Helen Legg of Fairhope became just the second girl in AHSAA swimming history to win four straight diving titles. She scored 352.80 to win the girls’ 1-meter diving event for the fourth straight year. Colleen Edmonds of Auburn is the only other diving to win four diving championships. She won four in a row from 1988-91.
   Opelika sophomore Conner Pruitt won his second  1-meter diving title in a row with a 498.40 score -- up 90 points from his 2014 winning total.
    Several state-meet records fell Saturday in the swimming competition.  Bob Jones junior Andrey Tretyakov turned in a stellar performance with a new state mark in the 200-yard individual medley (1:49.88) and the 100-yard butterfly (48.07 seconds). He also swam a leg in the Patriots’ winning 200-yard medley relay effort which broke the previous state record held by McGill-Toolen since 2012. Mark Johnston, Andrew Sterns, Derek Sander and Tretyakov turned in a winning time of 1:34.52 to win the event and beat McGill’s 1:35.28 mark.
   Bob Jones beat its own state record in the 200-yard freestyle relay, winning Saturday with a 1:25.57 time to nip the old mark by 37/100ths of a second. Tretyakov swam the third leg, teaming with  Sander, Sterns and Logan Black to earn the win and the new record.
    In the girls’ competition, UMS-Wright junior Paige Madden, who came into the meet holding state-meet records in the 100-yard freestyle, 100-yard backstroke and 200-yard individual medley, added the 200-yard freestyle time to her collection with a winning time of 1:48.39. The previous record holder, Kobie Melton of Athens, set the mark in 2014 with a time of 1:49.97.
    Madden also won the 500-yard freestyle Saturday.  Anna-Julia Kutsch of Altamont tied the state mark in the 50-yard freestyle winning the event in 23.09 seconds. Megan Molnar of Auburn has held the record since 2010.
    Auburn’s 200-yard freestyle relay team comprised of Maggie Casey, Annie Frances Dallas, Peyton Dowdle and Anny Kate McGinty won with a state-record time of 1:38.27. The time erased the previous mark (1:38.50) set by Athens in 2013.
 
Boys
Team Scoring (Top 10)
Class 6A-7A
Bob Jones 250; Auburn 173; James Clemens 157; McGill-Toolen 138; Huntsville 113; Fairhope 75; Prattville 66; Spain Park 63; Northview 60; Daphne 55.
Class 1A-5A|
St. Paul’s Episcopal 113; Randolph 89; Faith Academy 59; Pope John Paul II Catholic 50; Holy Spirit Catholic 32; Oneonta 27; Westminster Christian 26; Alabama Christian 18; Jackson 5; Satsuma 4.

Individual Winners
200-yard medley: Bob Jones, 1:34.52; (Mark Johnston, Andrew Sterns, Andrey Tretyakov, Derek Sander). AHSAA state record.
200-yard freestyle: Derek Sander, Bob Jones, 1:38.31.
200-yard IM:
Andrey Tretyakov, Bob Jones, 1:49.88; AHSAA state record.
50-yard freestyle: Andrew Shea, James Clemens, 21.02.
100-yard freestyle: Derek Sander, Bob Jones, 44.60; AHSAA state record.
100-yard butterfly:
Andrey Tretyakov, Bob Jones,48.07; AHSAA state record.
500-yard freestyle: Sadler McKeen, Briarwood, 4:31.22.
200-yard freestyle relay: Bob Jones, 1:25.57 (Andrew Sterns, Logan Black, Andrey Tretyakov, Derek Sander); AHSAA state record.
100-yard backstroke: James Courtney, St. Paul's, 49.89.
100-yard breaststroke: Andrew Sterns, Bob Jones, 58.03.
400-yard freestyle relay: Auburn, 3:12.49 (Daniel Padgett, Brady Stabler, Garrison Chandler, Connor Duggan).
1-meter diving: Conner Pruitt, Opelika, 498.40.

Girls
Scoring (Top 10)
Class 6A-7A
Auburn 234; Huntsville 180; McGill-Toolen 164; Bob Jones 142; Grissom 133; Athens 131; James Clemens 122, Daphne 121; Hoover 107.5; Vestavia Hills 89.
Class 1A-5A
St. Paul’s Episcopal 78; Pope John Paul II Catholic 71.5; UMS-Wright 68; Westminster Christian 38; Altamont 36; Randolph 35; Madison Academy 23; Springville 23; Trinity Presbyterian 18.

Individual Winners
200-yard medley:
Grissom, 1:47.79 (Mary Northcutt, Alison Hu, Jia Jia Shen, Chloe Hui).
200-yard freestyle: Paige Madden, UMS-Wright, 1:48.39, AHSAA state record.
200-yard IM: Rac Cunningham, Spain Park, 2:04.88.
50-yard freestyle: Anna-Julia Kutsch, Altamont, 23.09; ties AHSAA state record.
100-yard freestyle:
Hadley Dowdell, Auburn, 50.77.
100-yard butterfly:
Dalton Chambliss, Prattville, 55.52.
500-yard freestyle: Paige Madden, UMS-Wright,4:53.77.
200-yard freestyle relay: Auburn, 1:38.27 (Maggie Casey, Annie Frances Dallas, Peyton Dowdle, Anna Kate McGinty); AHSAA state record.
100-yard backstroke:
Ann Moers, Vestavia Hill, 55.60.
100-yard breaststroke: Rachel Cunningham, Spain Park, 1:02.63.
400-yard freestyle relay: Auburn, 3:31.39 (Hadley Dowdle Anna McGinty, Peyton Dowdle, McAuley Parker), AHSAA state record.
1-meter Diving:
Helen Legg, Fairhope, 352.80.

AHSAA SUPER 7 STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS Class 6A Finals: Spanish Fort 31, Clay-Chalkville 28

   TUSCALOOSA – The final game of the 2015 Super 7 State Football Championships lived up its expectations Friday night at Bryant-Denny Stadium as Spanish Fort closed out the week with a 31-28 win over defending state champion Clay-Chalkville to capture the Class 6A state title.
    Both teams came in unbeaten at 14-0 and both senior quarterbacks were a combined 63-0 in starts for their careers.
    Senior Tyler Johnston, who had a 34-game personal winning streak heading into the contest, closed out at 35-0 with a stellar performance that garnered him MVP honors. He was 13-of-23 passing for 187 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 79 yards on 21 carries and another touchdown for Coach Ben Blackmon’s Toros (15-0). However, it was his quarterback keeper for a single yard at midfield on fourth-and-one with 54 seconds remaining that netted a first down and sealed Spanish Fort’s fourth state title since 2010 – and its first in Class 6A.
    His performance was equaled by Clay-Chalkville senior quarterback Ty Pigrome, who led the Cougars of Coach Jerry Hood to a 15-0 record in 2014 and 14 straight wins in 2015. Pigrome rushed for 124 yards on 23 carries with a spectacular 51-yard TD run and completed 17-of-32 passes for 214 yards and three more scores. For the season he accounted for 62 touchdowns – 18 rushing and 44 passing. Johnston accounted for 52 TDs for Spanish Fort – 13 rushing and 39 passing.
    The Super 7 Championships closed out with 20,141 in attendance on Friday and 45,229 over the three days. That total was up 3,974 over last year’s Super 7 championships.
    Spanish Fort jumped out to a 14-0 lead with Johnston scoring on a 2-yard run at 6:13 of the first period and Javon Brown adding a 2-yard TD early in the second period.
   Clay-Chalkville’s offense sputtered in the first half, and after two straight 10-yard losses with just over eight minutes to play in the half, the Cougars wars facing a third-and-30 situation trailing by two touchdowns. Pigrome and senior receiver T.J. Simmons changed things in one quick motion. Simmons hauled in a pass from Pigrome on the right side of the field, crossed over to the left and streaked 52 yards for a touchdown to cut the deficit to 14-7.
   Spanish Fort freshman place-kicker Matt Quinn added a 25-yard field goal with 59 seconds left in the second quarter to send the Toros in at halftime leading 17-7. The kick loomed very big in the end.
     Brown scored on a 6-yard strike from Johnston to open the second half to give Spanish Fort a 24-7 lead. Pigrome shook loose for his 51-yard TD just over a minute later and the rest of the contest turned into a real battle. Nico Collins scored on a 10-yard pass from Pigrome early in the fourth quarter to make it 24-21.
   Johnston answered with a 71-yard pass to Brown two plays later to set up a 17-yard touchdown connection to his senior receiver on the very next snap as the Toros stretched to a 31-21 lead.
    Brandon Berry capped a nine-play, 75-yard Clay-Chalkville march with a 22-yard touchdown reception from Pigrome with 3:12 remaining as the Cougars pulled to within 3. They never got the ball back.
    Brown finished with 76 yards rushing on seven carries and had six catches for 110 yards for Spanish Fort. Collins had five catches for 68 yards and Simmons had three for 87 for Clay-Chalkville.
    Colt Steiner’s 11 tackles and Brady Hall’s two sacks and seven total stops led the Toros defense.  Nick Battle and Armoni Holloway had 12 tackles each for the Cougars. Kenyon Hasberry also had 11 stops.