The Alabama High School Athletic Association Central Board of Control unanimously approved Wednesday to continue the seven-classification system for championship play for the 2016-17 and 2017-18 school years.
      The action came during the Central Board’s winter meeting at the AHSAA Office. Re-classification, conducted every two years, is based on average daily membership numbers provided by the State Board of Education. Member private schools supply the same membership information for their schools or school systems.
      The AHSAA has functioned with a seven-class system since the 2014-15 year. The schools were grouped in six classes from 1984-2014, in four classes from 1964-1983 and two classes from 1947-1964. Prior to 1947, the AHSAA had just one class.
      The seven-class football alignment approved Wednesday places the 32 largest high schools in the Class 7A. The remaining six classes were divided equally with 59 football-playing schools in Classes 6A, 5A, 4A and 3A and 58 in Classes 2A and 1A. Those not participating in football championship play have been placed in the re-classification system based on their reported enrollment numbers.
      “I want to thank the AHSAA staff and Central Board for the enormous effort and time they put in to develop the re-classification plan that was approved,” AHSAA Executive Director Steve Savarese said. “The feedback from our member schools has been very positive concerning seven classifications, and we are excited about the future as we move forward.”
      Central Board president Mike Welsh, the principal at Spring Garden High School, said, “The seven-classification system has allowed more schools and student-athletes to participate in championship events.”
     Welsh said he wanted to thank the member schools for their input and patience throughout the re-classification process. “Scheduling the decision on re-classification until January allowed the AHSAA staff valuable time to evaluate our current classification system thoroughly,” 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 in providing first-class athletic programs for all our student-athletes as well as making decisions that are best for all of our member schools.”
        The Central Board also approved an endorsement by the AHSAA and the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association in support of USA Football’s Heads Up Football safety education program that will be offered to AHSAA member school football coaches. The program is supported by the National Football League. The New Orleans Saints will assist the AHSAA member schools. AHSADCA Director Alvin Briggs made the request.
        “Heads Up Football will enhance the tools we already have in place regarding health and safety and will provide another layer of education and protection for our high school and middle school football coaches,” Briggs said.
        New Central Board member Major Lane (District 2) was sworn in prior to the meeting by AHSAA Associate Director Tony Stallworth.
         The Central Board also approved the formation of an AHSAA Investigative Team that will be called on as needed dealing with school infractions.

        In other Central Board action:
        -- Approved an 8-area playoff rotation for baseball beginning in the 2016-17 school year. It was recommended by the Baseball Coaches Committee.
       -- Approved the 2015 Region and State Volleyball, Cross Country, Section and State Swimming and Alabama-Mississippi Football financial reports.
        -- Reviewed a football playoff comparison (for the first four rounds).
        -- Approved the Super 7 football championships audit.
        -- Approved expenses for upcoming the 2016 State Basketball Tournament.
        -- Approved changing next year’s Bowling format from region to area play.
        --  Heard an AHSAA technology update report.

Teams Set For 2016 Champions Challenge At Montgomery’s Cramton Bowl Aug. 18-20

      MONTGOMERY, AL – Six teams have been selected for the 11th annual AHSAA Champions Challenge Football Classic Aug. 18-20 at Montgomery’s Cramton Bowl.
      The 2016 Champions Challenge, which will kick off the 2016 prep football season, will feature one game at 7 p.m., over three nights with Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa taking on Demopolis in the Thursday night game, according to Alvin Briggs, Director of the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association (AHSADCA) that hosts the event each year.
      Friday’s game will pit 2014 Class 7A semifinalists Hoover and Central-Phenix City, then Saturday’s game will close out the series with Andalusia versus Brooks.
      “We are very excited about the three games we have lined up,” Briggs said. “Each of them has storied histories and strong communities that love high school football. We thank the City of Montgomery for helping us make these games possible each year.”
      Hillcrest (8-4), coached by Sam Adams, reached the second round of the Class 6A state playoffs last year. The Patriots have high expectations with the return of talented running back Brian Robinson, wh0 set a new Class 6A single-game rushing record last season with 447 yards against powerful Clay-Chalkville. He is considered one of the top running back prospects in the nation in the Class of 2017. Adams, 17-8 in two seasons at Hillcrest, has compiled a 10-2 region record during that span.
      Demopolis (10-3) reached the Class 5A quarterfinals in 2015 before falling to eventual state champion St. Paul’s. The Tigers
are coached by Stacy Luker, who coached Sweet Water High School to five Class 1A state titles over a seven-year period from 2004-2010. Luker has a 187-74 career record. His 71.6 winning percentage is among the best in the state.
     Hoover (10-3) and Central-Phenix City (9-4) each reached the 7A semifinals last year. The schools’ programs are among the most storied in Alabama prep circles and the two coaches are among the most successful.
    The Bucs of Coach Josh Niblett have reached the state finals every year under his tutelage except 2015 when they reached the semifinals. Niblett, 106-11 in eight seasons at Hoover and 171-43 overall, guided Hoover to 6A state championships in 2009, 2012 and 2013 and the first AHSAA 7A title in 2014. His teams also finished as state runner-up in 2008, 2010 and 2011. He also guided Oneonta to the state 3A title in 2004 and has coached his teams to 11 or more wins in 16 years as a head coach.
    DuBose, 90-35, had head-coaching stops at Susan Moore, Prattville and Florence before taking over Central in 2014. The Red Devils are 19-6 in two seasons. DuBose served as offensive coordinator at Prattville’s 6A state championship teams in 2006 and 2007 and served as head coach for the title runs in 2008 and 2011. The Lions were runner-up in 2009.
    Andalusia (11-2) and Brooks (11-2) both reached the Class 4A quarterfinals last season.   Andalusia’s storied past includes 58 regular-season wins from 1973-68 with non-losing streak of 35 games, including the playoffs, during that stretch. The streak included a 7-7 tie with Athens in the 1976 Class 3A state finals with Athens.
    Coach Trent Taylor moved back to his alma mater in 2015 from Straughn where he had coached for 25 seasons and compiled a 175-107 record. Taylor is 194-123, including a head-coaching stop at Kinston in 1988 and 1989. Taylor’s teams have won 76 games in the last nine seasons.
          Brooks, coached by Brad Black, averaged 34.8 points per game en route to a 7-0 region record in 2015 and the Region 8 title.  The Lions have gone 41-17 this decade and won nine or more games nine times since 2000.
         In last year’s Champions Challenge, Madison Academy beat Leeds 19-14, Gordo downed Glencoe 28-21 and Bob Jones defeated Carver-Montgomery 37-33.
         The 2016 Champions Challenge schedule at Cramton Bowl:

        Thursday, August 18 – 7 p.m.: Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa (8-4) vs. Demopolis (11-2)

        Friday, August 19 – 7 p.m.: Hoover (10-3) vs. Central-Phenix City (9-4)
        Saturday, August 20 – 7 p.m.: Andalusia (11-2) vs. Brooks (11-2)

Qualifiers Set For 2016 AHSAA State Bowling Championships

   Qualifiers have been set for the AHSAA’s first Regional Bowling Championships which get underway Wednesday and Thursday at Foley and Tuscaloosa.
   Four boys’ and four girls’ teams qualified from each region for the South and North Regional Tournaments set for Foley’s Gulf Bowl and Tuscaloosa’s Leland Lanes. The schools qualified through head-to-head regular-season competition.
   Regions 1 through 4 will compete at Foley Jan. 20-21, and Regions 5 through 8 will compete at Tuscaloosa, Jan. 21-22. Only two schools competed in girls’ competition in Region 2.
     Region champions in the boys’ competition include: Mary Montgomery (Region 1), Fairhope (Region 2), Prattville (Region 3), Spain Park (Region 4), Vestavia Hills (Region 5), Hewitt-Trussville (Region 6), Etowah (Region 7) and Huntsville (Region 8). Girls’ region champions are: Mary Montgomery (Region 1), Foley (Region 2), Northview (Region 3), Spain Park (Region 4), Vestavia Hills (Region 5), Pinson Valley (Region 6), Etowah (Region 7) and Bob Jones (Region 8).
    First-day competition will consist of three traditional 10-pin games to determine seeding for day two. The second-day competition will place schools in eight-team brackets with teams competing in elimination rounds consisting of one traditional and five Baker games each.
   The top eight boys’ and girls’ teams from each regional tournament will advance to the AHSAA state bowling championships to be played at Oak Mountain Lanes in Pelham, Jan. 28-29. The state tournament will follow the same two-day format.
    The qualifying teams are listed:

South Regional Qualifiers, Foley (Gulf Bowl)
Jan. 20-21
Region 1
No. 1:    Mary Montgomery
No. 2:    Baker
No. 3:    Alma Bryant
No. 4:    Satsuma
Region 2
No. 1:    Fairhope
No. 2:    Foley
No. 3:    Daphne
No. 4:    Baldwin County
Region 3
No. 1:    Prattville
No. 2:    Northview
No. 3:    Benjamin Russell
No. 4:    Valley
Region 4
No. 1:    Spain Park
No. 2:    Stanhope Elmore
No. 3:    Thompson
No. 4:    Oak Mountain

Region 1
No. 1:    Mary Montgomery
No. 2:    Satsuma
No. 3:    McGill-Toolen
No. 4:    Alma Bryant
Region 2
No. 1:    Foley
No. 2:    Spanish Fort
No. 3:    Bye
No. 4:    Bye
Region 3
No. 1:    Northview
No. 2:    Valley
No. 3:    Beauregard
No. 4:    Benjamin Russell
Region 4
No. 1:    Spain Park
No. 2:    Thompson
No. 3:    Pelham
No. 4:    Indian Springs

North Regional Qualifiers, Tuscaloosa (Leland Lanes)
Jan. 21-22
Region 5
No. 1:    Vestavia Hills
No. 2:    Huffman
No. 3:    Central-Tuscaloosa
No. 4:    Northridge
Region 6
No. 1:    Hewitt-Trussville
No. 2:    Gardendale
No. 3:    Clay-Chalkville
No. 4:    Pinson Valley
Region 7
No. 1:    Etowah
No. 2:    Gadsden City
No. 3:    Scottsboro
No. 4:    West Point
Region 8
No. 1:    Huntsville
No. 2:    East Limestone
No. 3:    James Clemens
No. 4:    Sparkman

Region 5
No. 1:    Vestavia Hills
No. 2:    Ramsay
No. 3:    Huffman
No. 4:    Mountain Brook
Region 6
No. 1:    Pinson Valley
No. 2:    Hewitt-Trussville
No. 3:    Gardendale
No. 4:    Clay-Chalkville
Region 7
No. 1:    Etowah
No. 2:    Scottsboro
No. 3:    Southside-Gadsden
No. 4:    Gadsden City
Region 8
No. 1:    Bob Jones
No. 2:    James Clemens
No. 3:    Sparkman
No. 4:    Randolph

AHSAA mourns death of Talladega High School Baseball Coach


    MONTGOMERY – The Alabama High School Athletic Association is saddened to learn of the death of Talladega High School head baseball coach Andy Blair.

    Blair died January 9 from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.
    “Our prayers go out to the family of Coach Blair and to the players, students, teachers and community of Talladega,” Savarese said. “He has been a tremendous influence on the lives of children.”
     Blair, in his 10th year as a teacher and coach, served as head coach at Coosa Central High School before becoming head coach at Talladega. He was Class of 2000 graduate of Fayetteville High School and graduated Auburn University in 2005.
     The memorial service was January 12. 

Auburn’s Ron Anders Named 2015 NFHS Coach Contributor Award Recipient by the NFHS Coaches Association

Auburn civic leader Ron Anders is one of 23 individuals selected to receive national recognition by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Coaches Association.
           Anders, who helped spearhead the current AHSAA concept of rotating the Super 7 state high school football championships between the cities of Auburn and Tuscaloosa, has been selected to receive the NFHS Coach Contributor Award.  This award is presented to one individual annually who has gone above and beyond in the coaching profession by exemplifying the highest standards of sportsmanship, ethical conduct and moral character, and who carries the endorsement of his or her respective state high school association.

      Anders, an Auburn city councilman and long-time leader in youth sports in east Alabama, envisioned the championships at Auburn University’s Jordan-Hare Stadium and the University of Alabama’s Bryant-Denny Stadium – an idea the AHSAA member schools have embraced with much enthusiasm since the rotation began in 2009.  From 1996-2008, the state football championships were played at Legion Field in Birmingham. Prior to 1996, the championships in all classes but 6A were played at home sites.
     Anders helped coordinate the rotation that has since seen AHSAA football championships played each year at the site not hosting the Iron Bowl, the Auburn-Alabama game, arguably the top rivalry in college football. Tuscaloosa and the University of Alabama hosted the championship in 2009, 2011, 2013 and last December (2015). Auburn and Auburn University have hosted the games in 2010, 2012, 2014 and will host again in 2016.
       “Ron Anders is a civic leader who uses every spare moment to find a way to help youth in Auburn and around the state of Alabama,” AHSAA Executive Director Steve Savarese said. “His tireless efforts have helped hundreds of student-athletes have life-long memories of what is right and good about high school education-based athletics.
      “His vision for our state championships has created an opportunity of a lifetime for out student-athletes to play on the same fields where Paul “Bear” Bryant and Ralph “Shug” Jordan coached and played. Other state associations have studied the AHSAA format and several have now adopted similar championship formats in their states.  We thank Ron Anders for his leadership in helping the AHSAA provide cherished memories for its student-athletes.”
        Anders will receive the award at the AHSAA Championship Coaches Awards Banquet at the conclusion of the 2016 AHSAA Summer Conference in July. The banquet will be held at the Montgomery Renaissance Hotel and Convention Center on Friday, July 22 at 6 p.m.
      The NFHS, which has been recognizing coaches through an awards program since 1982, honors coaches in the top 10 girls sports and top 10 boys sports (by participation numbers), and in one “other” sport that is not included in the top 10 listings. The NFHS also recognizes a spirit coach as a separate award category. Winners of NFHS awards must be active coaches during the year for which they receive their award. This year’s awards recognize coaches for the 2014-15 school year.
        Recipients of this year’s national awards for boys sports are: Cooper Henderson, football, Artesia (New Mexico) High School; Tom Millbrooke, track and field, Canby (Oregon) High School; Britt Cooper, basketball, Roswell (New Mexico) High School; Dom Cecere, baseball, Eastchester (New York) High School; Thomas Walston, soccer, Wendell (North Carolina) Corinth Holders High School; Tim Berrier, wrestling, Tucson (Arizona) Ironwood Ridge High School; Arnie Miehe, cross country, Darlington (Wisconsin) High School; Larry Faulkner,  tennis, Glenview (Illinois) Glenbrook South High School; Brennan Torgerson, golf, Buhler (Kansas) High School; and Linda Wiginton, swimming and diving, Altus (Oklahoma) High School.
        The recipients of the 2015 NFHS national awards for girls sports are: Linda Richter, track and field, Cameron (Texas) C.H. Yoe High School; Anthony Pappas, basketball, Waterloo (Iowa) West High School; Paula Toney, volleyball, Burns (Oregon) High School; Lucas Kollross, soccer, Weston (Wisconsin) D. C. Everest High School;  Cheri Ritz, softball, Wayland (Michigan) Union School; Kristin McWilliams, cross country, Winter Park (Florida) High School; Judith Hehs, tennis, Bloomfield Hills (Michigan) Academy of the Sacred Heart;  Marty Keating, swimming and diving, Pittsford (New York) Central Schools; Stacie Butler, golf, Youngstown (Ohio) Cardinal Mooney High School; and Jessica Battle, lacrosse, Coronado (California) High School.

The recipient of the National Coach of the Year Award for spirit is Natalie Horton of Valley Center (Kansas) High School, and Karen Kuhlmann of Holmen (Wisconsin) High School was chosen in the other sports category for Girls Gymnastics.
    The NFHS Coaches Association has an advisory committee composed of a chair and eight sectional representatives. The sectional committee representatives evaluate the state award recipients from the states in their respective sections and select the best candidates for the sectional award in each sport category. The NFHS Coaches Association Advisory Committee then considers the sectional candidates in each sport, ranks them according to a point system, and determines a national winner for each of the 20 sport categories, the spirit category and one “other” category.

     A total of 537 coaches will be recognized this year with state, sectional and national awards.

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).



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,

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

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
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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







ASWA Mr. Football




Past winners (1982-2014)











Kerryon Johnson

Madison Academy





Racean “Roc” Thomas






Jeremy Johnson






Timothy Yeldon






Jamal Golden



Georgia Tech



Coty Blanchard

Cherokee County


Jacksonville State



Clint Moseley






Julio Jones






Larry Smith






Andre Smith






Jarod Bryant



Naval Academy



Chris Nickson

Pike County





JaMarcus Russell






Brandon Cox






Carnell Williams






Cory Whisenant






DeMarco McNeil






Mac Campbell






Antoneyo Williams



Alabama/Southern U.



Gorman Thornton

Jeff Davis





Dawud Rasheed

Shades Valley





Thomas Banks

West Jefferson





Freddie Kitchens






Robert Davis






David Palmer






Steven Coleman

Pike County


Grambling/Troy State



Darrell Williams






Robert Jones






Larry Ware






Pierre Goode






Roderick Green



Southern Miss



Freddie Weygand






Tommy Compton



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
   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.