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Thompson High School Wrestling Program Placed on Restrictive Probation by AHSAA

     Thompson High School has been fined and placed on restrictive probation for the remainder of the 2015-16 school year by the Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) for numerous violations of Contest bylaws in its wrestling program. The violations were self-reported.
      Restrictive probation limits the school’s wrestling participation to regular-season dual matches only and prohibits the school from participating in any interscholastic contest involving more than two schools, including championships, for the entirety of the restrictive probation.
     Head wrestling coach Shawn Weltzin and assistant coach Chris Pike have been suspended for the duration of the restrictive probation period by the AHSAA and Thompson High School.
      On Jan. 4, 2016, Thompson High School may apply for relief from the restrictive period.
     “Restrictive probation indicates the seriousness of these violations,” AHSAA Executive Director Steve Savarese said. “Though disappointed, I feel confident the school administration will take the necessary corrective measures to be compliant with AHSAA by-laws.  We will evaluate these measures. If the school has demonstrated that corrective measures are securely in place, we will consider removing the restrictive probation, thus allowing the student-athletes to participate in championship play this season.”

McGill-Toolen at Central-Phenix City 7A Semifinal Is RAYCOM AHSAA Playoff Game of the Week Tonight

  MONTGOMERY – Raycom Network will televise McGill-Toolen at Central-Phenix City tonight in its third installment of the Raycom/AHSAA High School Football Playoff Game of the Week. The Class 7A semifinal game features two schools with rich traditions.
   Mobile’s McGill-Toolen (11-1) of Coach Caleb Ross is the largest parochial school in the AHSAA. A charter member since 1921, the Yellow Jackets are hoping to reach the Super 7 state finals for the first time in school history. Central-Phenix City (9-3) last reached the state finals in 1993. Coach Jamey Dubose, in his second season as head coach, has the Red Devils in the semifinals for the first time since 2011.  McGill-Toolen reached the semifinals in 2013.
    Kickoff is set for 7:05 p.m. Play-by-play is being handled by Graham Dunn with Mike Peacock the color commentator and Kim Canova the sideline reporter. Ken Dunbar is the statistician in the booth.
    The Raycom/AHSAA Playoff Game of the Week is a weekly live TV telecast over the Raycom Network’s Alabama affiliates. It will run through the first four rounds of the state playoffs. Raycom will conclude is series with the Super 7 state championship games (all classes) at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa in December.
   All games will be live over the Raycom TV Network on either the main channel or Raycom’s Bounce channels and the Raycom affiliate websites as well as live on Raycom’s you tube channel on the internet. Go to www.pathtotheplayoffs.com for more specific channel information. Raycom stations include WAFF TV 48 in Huntsville, WBRC TV 6 in Birmingham, WSFA TV 12 in Montgomery, WDTX TV 34 in Dothan and WTVM TV 9 in Columbus, Ga., and non-Raycom station WFNA TV 55 (Bounce) in Mobile.

Six playoff games are set to be live-streamed Friday as part of the NFHS Network’s School Broadcast Program.  McGill-Toolen’s NFHS School Broadcast Program crew will live-stream the Class 7A semifinal game at Central-Phenix City tonight as well.  The Hoover High School SBP broadcast team will be live-streaming Hoover (10-2) vs. Spain Park (11-1) in the other Class 7A semifinal game tonight.
    The headliner in the quarterfinals is Opelika (12-0) at Spanish Fort (12-0), to be live-streamed the Opelika High School NFHS School Broadcast Program. The battle of Class 6A unbeatens pits two brothers as head coaches – Ben Blackmon for the Toros and Brian Blackmon for the Bulldogs.
      The link for each live-streamed telecast can be found below and at the NFHS Network:   www.nfhsnetwork.com
      All contests will be available through the NFHS Network SBP subscriber program.
     The complete list of NFHS Network games and the Raycom AHSAA Game of the Week are below.


McGill-Toolen (11-1) at Central-Phenix City (9-3) (Check www.pathtotheplayoffs.com for stations in your area)


November 20, 2015

Class 7A
McGill-Toolen vs. Central-Phenix City –

Hoover vs. Spain Park – http://bit.ly/1HPn51t

Class 6A
Opelika vs. Spanish Fort – http://bit.ly/1MxkPIO

Clay-Chalkville (12-0) vs. Minor (8-4) – link not available at this time
Class 5A
Alexandria vs. Russellville –

Class 3A
Hillcrest-Evergreen vs. T.R. Miller – http://bit.ly/212oiJ4

AHSAA Hall of Fame Selects 11 for Class of 2016 Induction

     MONTGOMERY – Eleven major contributors to prep athletics in Alabama have been selected from a field 59 nominations to be inducted into the 26th class of the Alabama High School Sports Hall of Fame next March.

     The 2016 class, which includes coaches, administrators, officials, media and an “oldtimer,” will be inducted at the 26th annual banquet at the Renaissance Hotel and  Convention Center at Montgomery, March 21, 2016, at 6:30 p.m.
   Selected for induction are football coaches Richard Beverly, Tandy Gerelds and Ike Grant, basketball coaches Mike Cochran and Jerome Sanders, volleyball coaches Frances Crapet and Brenda Mayes, baseball coach Earl Miller, wrestling coach Dwight Buzbee, volleyball official Apple Kridakorn and coach/administrator Alfred Peavy, who was selected in the “oldtimer” division. Peavy and Gerelds are deceased.
    Sponsors of the Hall of Fame program are the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association (AHSADCA) and the AHSAA. The corporate sponsors include Alabama Power, Coca-Cola, Encore Rehabilitation, Russell Athletic, TeamIP, Wilson Sporting Goods, Cadence Bank and TNT Fireworks.
      WSFA TV sports director Jeff Shearer will emcee the banquet. The NFHS Network is scheduled to live-stream the banquet.
      The first class was inducted in 1991. These 11 new inductees will run the total enshrined into the Alabama High School Sports Hall of Fame to 320.
       A profile of each selectee:
RICHARD BEVERLY:  A long-time football coach and administrator, Beverly’s career spanned 42 years. He compiled a 145-78-4 record as head football coach at Clay County High School from 1967-1988. His 1968 team went 10-0 in the regular season and then played St. Jude at Cramton Bowl in the first integrated AHSAA playoff game following the Merger of the AHSAA and AIAA. He served as principal at Wadley High School from 1988-92 and then worked as an assistant coach at Smiths Station High School and Russell County High School.
  Beverly, 72, graduated from Handley High School in 1961 and Auburn University in 1966.

The Alexander City native returned to his alma mater in 1977 working at Alex City Junior High. He moved to Benjamin Russell High School in 1978, serving as teacher, assistant football and head wrestling coach. In eight seasons as wrestling coach, the Wildcats won three AHSAA state team titles with seven individuals winning state weight-class championships. He served as athletic director for Alexander City Schools from 2001-09 and retired after 37 years of teaching and coaching in 2014. He has been one of the AHSAA’s top wrestling officials for the last 32 years. Buzbee, 62, played football and wrestled at Benjamin Russell High School, finishing second individually in his weight class as a senior for Coach Charles Lee, already a member of the Alabama High School Sports Hall of Fame.
    Buzbee graduated from high school in 1971 and Auburn University in 1977.

Cochran, 54, became one of the state’s most successful girls’ basketball coaches during his 28-year head-coaching career at Fyffe High School. He guided the Lady Red Devils to a 627-226 record with seven state championships–including four in a row (1994-97) in the first four years of the AHSAA Final Four state tournament  at the BJCC. His teams won 16 DeKalb County championships, 14 area championships and had one state runner-up finish. He coached in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Classic four times and saw his teams average 30-plus wins during the decade of the 1990s (302 victories). He was inducted into the DeKalb County Sports Hall of Fame in 2013.
    Cochran graduated from Fyffe High School in 1979 and earned his college degree and Masters in English from the University of Alabama.

The Birmingham native returned to her roots and became one of the AHSAA’s top volleyball and softball coaches. She began her teaching and coaching career at W.A. Berry High School in 1984 but moved to John Carroll Catholic High School in 1986 where she has served as athletic director since 2014. Crapet compiled a 635-415 volleyball coaching record with state championships in 1996 and 1997 and state runner-up finishes in 1998 and 1999. Her softball teams were 294-208 from 1987-2004 with three trips to the state tournament. Several of her former students have followed her into coaching.
   Crapet, who is a Eucharistic Minister at Our Lady of the Lake Church, graduated from Ensley High School in1976 and the University of Montevallo in 1980.

Gerelds, now deceased, was a high school teacher and coach for more than 25 years with stops at Woodlawn and Deshler in Alabama and closed out his coaching at Belmont, MS.  He also served as principal at Shoals Christian. He compiled a 101-36 coaching record at Deshler with state 4A championship in 1990 and runner-up in 1991. After stepping down as head football coach, he guided the Deshler boys’ golf team to a 1996 state runner-up finish in Class 4A and a state championship in 1997. He began his coaching career at his own alma mater, Woodlawn High School in Birmingham, as baseball coach for three years. He became head football coach in 1971 and coached the Colonels to a 36-14 record over the next five years. His strong faith-based approach helped Woodlawn overcome racial strife to become one of the top programs in the state – culminating with more than 42,000 fans attending the 1974 Woodlawn versus Banks football game at Legion Field.  That inspirational saga was made into a popular movie, “Woodlawn,” which chronicles those times and the life of star player Tony Nathan and is currently showing in theatres across the nation.
    The 1960 Woodlawn graduate earned his college degree at Auburn in 1965.

One of two Benjamin Russell High School graduates in this year’s class, Grant, 62, has spent his entire teaching and coaching career in Chambers County as head football coach and athletic director for a total of 17 years. He served for 10 years from 1978-1986 as head coach and again from 2001-2009 and compiled an overall 85-89 record and four trips to the state playoffs. His 2003 and 2005 teams were 10-2. He has coached in the Alabama-Mississippi Football All-Star Game and North-South All-Star Game. Grant has also served as a football official since 1987 and is currently serving on the AHSAA Central Board of Control.
    He graduated from Benjamin Russell in 1972 and Alabama State University in 1976.

KITTILAX “APPLE” KRIDAKORN: Born in Bangkok, Thailand, in 1947, Kridakorn, 68, has worked as an AHSAA volleyball official for more than 45 years. She served as state tournament referee coordinator and the AHSAA state volleyball rules interpreter for 15 years. Considered an influential teacher, mentor and visionary for volleyball officials, she has served as a camp instructor for a decade. Kridakorn has also officiated college volleyball for 30 years, including the 2015 NAIA National Championship, and USA Volleyball for 20. She received the NFHS Section 3 Distinguished Service Award in 2011, the AHSAA Distinguished Service Award in 2004 and the PAVO Excellence in Service Award in 2011. She was also named Southeast District Volleyball Official of the Year in 2013.
    She served as Tri-County coordinator for Special Olympics from 1993-98. Kridakorn graduated from Ramsay High School in 1966 and the University of Montevallo in 1970. She earned her Masters from Auburn in 1975 and a Doctorate of Education from Auburn in 1983.

BRENDA MAYES: A coaching icon in the Shoals area for the past 28 years, Mayes, 52, has served as associate athletic director, head volleyball and girls’ basketball coach during her teaching/coaching career that spanned from 1987 through 2015 at Muscle Shoals High School. Her volleyball teams compiled a 1,143-368 record with four state titles from 1998-2001. Her basketball teams were 359-348 and qualified for the Northwest Regional tournament twice.  She was named Regional and NFHS National Volleyball Coach of the Year in 2001. Mayes, who also has coached track and softball during her tenure, served on the AHSAA Central Board of Control, has been a key volunteer for the AHSADCA’s all-star competitions and is considered a mentor to numerous current coaches and teachers. She was named the AHSAA Class 6A Making A Difference Award recipient in 2015.
   An outstanding high school and college basketball player in her own right, Mayes has been inducted into the Mississippi Community/Junior College Sports Hall of Fame, Northeast Mississippi Community College Sports Hall of Fame, University of North Alabama Athletic Hall of Fame and Colbert County Sports Hall of Fame. She is a 1980 graduate of Biggersville (MS) High School and 1986 graduate of the University of North Alabama.

One of the state’s most successful high school baseball coaches, Miller, 62, led G.W. Long High School’s program from 1991-2005. The Rebels compiled a 407-133 record during that span with 14 playoff trips in 26 years. Miller’s teams won seven Class 1A state baseball championships and three Class 2A state titles in that stretch. His team won six state crowns in a row in the 1990s. He was inducted into the Alabama Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame in in 2003. His program produced two Mr. Baseball recipients and 23 all-state selections. His son Drew followed his dad as head baseball coach at G.W. Long.
    Miller graduated from Escambia County High School in 1971 and Troy University in 1976.

JEROME SANDERS: The long-time boys’ head basketball coach and athletic director at J.F. Shields High School compiled a 465-151 career record with a 359-158 slate at his alma mater from 1995-2014. He also coached at Dozier, Luverne and Monroe County in a career that spanned 30 years. His Shields teams won three state titles, finished second twice and reached the AHSAA State Tournament semifinals seven times. His teams won seven regional titles. He coached in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game twice. He received the NFHS Section 3 Coach of the Year in 2007 and was the AHSAA Class 1A Making A Difference Award recipient in 2014.
   Sanders was a senior member of J.F. Shields’ 1972 Class 2A state championship team. He earned his college degree from Daniel Payne College in 1976.

ALFRED PEAVY: Selected in the “Old Timer” category, Peavy, now deceased, served as a teacher, coach and administrator in Alabama schools from 1956-1991. One of the young leaders of the AIAA when it merged with the AHSAA in 1968, Peavy led Coppinville High School to a 9-0 record in 1968. He compiled 96-42 football coaching record and 200-75 basketball coaching record at Coffee Country Training and Coppinville from 1956-69. He was also an outstanding track coach with four championships and four runner-up finishes.  He moved to Enterprise Junior High in 1970 as a coach, then to Enterprise High School in 1971 and became assistant principal in 1975 – serving in that capacity until his retirement in 1991. He served on the AHSAA Central Board of Control for eight years and the District 2 Board for 14 years. He was honored with the AHSAA Distinguished Service Award in 1991. He also was named the recipient of the Martin Luther King Community Awareness Award in 1995 and was inducted into the Wiregrass Sports Hall of Fame in 1998. Peavy Park in Enterprise was named in his honor in 1986.
   Peavy was a 1948 graduate of Clarke County Training School and 1856 graduate of Alabama State University. He earned his Masters from Troy University in 1975.

2015 Boys AHSAA State XC Championships Runner Paul Barlow, Auburn Roll to Second 7A Title

    MOULTON – Auburn High School senior Paul Barlow won his second consecutive state cross country title and the Tigers of Coach Dan Norton captured their second Class 7A team championship as the 60th annual AHSAA State Boy’ Cross Country Championships concluded Saturday at Oakville Indian Mounds and Museum Park cross country course.
     The 43rd annual girls’ state championships also concluded.
     Barlow clocked the fastest boys’ time of the day over the 3.1-mile (5,000 K) course with a winning time of 15:30.52. He edged out Oak Mountain junior Cole Stidfole by just two seconds in what was the tightest finish of the day.
     Also winning boys’ state championships were Cold Springs (1A-2A), American Christian (3A), Trinity Presbyterian (4A), Lawrence County (5A) and Homewood (6A).
Class 7A
    Auburn scored 46 points with Mountain Brook second with 54 in the 7A competition. Hoover was third with 89 points.
    Paul Barlow’s strong finish (15:30.52) sparked Coach Dan Norton’s Tigers to their eighth state championship overall. Oak Mountain junior Cole Stidfole was second at 15:32.48. Juniors Jack Rogers and Joshua Escoe were third and 10th, respectively, for Auburn. Rogers crossed the finish line at 15:37.79.
Class 6A
    Homewood won its fourth straight state championship as Coach Lars Porter’s squad placed four runners in the top eight finishers of a field including 212 participants.  The Patriots finished with 32 points, tied for best score of the day with 1A-2A winner Cold Springs. Opelika was 6A runner-up with 60 points. Scottsboro (71) was third.
     Senior Dillon Dean of Benjamin Russell won the individual championship with a winning time of 15:45.71.  Ben Garner of Opelika was third at 15:58.98, followed by  Homewood trio, senior Hunter Poole, freshman Will Stone and senior Andy Smith, finishing only five seconds apart at 3-4-5.
Class 5A
     Lawrence County, coached by Stanley Johnson, totaled 57 points to win its second consecutive boys’ state cross title and eighth overall. The win gave the Red Devils a sweep of the 5A boys’ and girls’ championships.
    Sheldon Britton, a senior at Alabama Christian, clocked 16:06.07 to claim first place individually.  Senior Zachary Duclos paced Lawrence County with a 16:31.70 time to take second place over Saint John Paul II freshman Noah Flynn. Flynn clocked 16:31.80 in the photo finish.
   Saint John Paul II was second with 71 points, and Beauregard finished third with 92.
Class 4A
    Trinity Presbyterian captured its first AHSAA state cross country championship scoring 64 point to edge out Loveless Academy of Montgomery (LAMP) (66) by two points. Defending champion Northside was third with 71 points.
     Coach Monica Lott’s Wildcats placed three runners in the top 12, led by freshman Charlie Lott’s fourth-place finish (16:26.89). Junior T.A. Sluis was eighth and sophomore Dawson Oliver was 12th.
      Westminster Christian’s Ryan Ford, a senior, captured first place with a winning time of 15:50.48 – improving by almost 32 seconds on his 2014 time and runner-up finish. James Patrick Brinyark of Northside finished second at 16:18 .10.
Class 3A
   American Christian won the state championship with 56 points. Defending champion Montgomery Academy was second with 67 points and Cottage Hill, third, at 88.
   Ash Midyett, a senior at Bayside Academy in Daphne, was overall individual champion crossing the finish at 16:23.16.  Montgomery Academy’s Jack Barganier for the second straight year with a time of 16:30.04.  Senior Nick Klein of Winfield, the 2014 winner, improved his 2014 time by four seconds but finished third (16:46.23).
    Leading Coach Charles Tiller’s winning Patriots was sophomore David Barrett, who finished sixth.
Class 1A-2A
    Dylan Pausic of Shades Mountain improved his 2014 winning time by 13 seconds, clocking 16:20.40 Saturday, and claimed his second state 1A-2A individual cross country state crown. Casey Guthery was second (16:41.54).
    Coach Claborn Campbell’s Cold Springs Panthers scored 32 points, tying for low team score in all classes, and rolled to its second straight 1A-2A state title. Three runners pacing in among the top five finishers.  Sophomore C.J. Lang was third overall at 16:50.85, senior Kramer Crider was fourth (16:51.84) and junior Jared Stanley was fifth (17:13.27). Freshman Mason Harris crossed in 10th place for Cold Springs. St. Bernard was second with 67 points and Hatton was third with 94.

2015 Girls AHSAA State Cross Country Championships Mountain Brook Sweeps 13th Straight Girls’ Title

    MOULTON – Freshman distance runner Amaris Tyynismaa of Montgomery Catholic High School broke 18 minutes for the second straight year to claim the AHSAA Class 4A girls’ individual cross country championship Saturday at Oakville Indian Mounds and Museum course.
      Tyynismaa clocked 17:52.25 to win by almost a full minute over runner-up Cele Moon of Wilson. Her time was best among the 815 girls running in the 43rd state cross country championships held by the AHSAA.
     Moon’s time of 18:51.47 led the way for the Warriors of Coach Robin Phillips to capture their second straight Class 4A girls’ team title. Mountain Brook also won the Class 7A state championship for the second time in a row – and extended the Lady Spartans’ current streak of state cross titles to 13 – including 11 in Class 6A from 2003-2013.
     Other girls’ state champions at the 2015 AHSAA girls’ championships were: John Carroll Catholic (6A), Lawrence County (5A), Pleasant Valley (3A) and St. Bernard of Cullman (1A-2A).
Class 7A
    Mountain Brook, coached by Michael McGovern, placed six runners in the top 17 finishers with senior Frances Patrick clocking 18:18.78 to claim the individual championship over sophomore Grace Jensen of McGill-Toolen. Jensen clocked 18:36.63 for second place.  Patrick finished fourth as a junior.
     Lady Spartans junior Anna Grace Morgan also finished in the Top 10 with a fifth-place finish. Mountain Brook, which now own s 23 girls’ cross country state titles, had 43 points and Hoover (79) was second, followed by Spain Park (92) and Auburn (95).
Class 6A
     John Carroll Catholic won its second consecutive girls’ state cross country championship as sisters Lauren and Lindsey Granier finished almost in a dead heat at 3-4 in the 195-runner field.
     The Lady Cavaliers of Coach Bryan Burgess totaled 55 points and Scottsboro finished second with 87.
      Pelham senior Mary Grace Strozier won her second consecutive individual 6A title with a winning time of 18:36.38. Karsyn Whitehead of Scottsboro was second at 19:15.32, followed by Lauren Grainer at 19:22.02 and her sister Lindsey, 19:22.12. Th sisters finished 9th and 10th last season.
Class 5A
    Coach Stanley Johnson’s Lady Red Devils edged out runner-up Randolph for the fourth time overall and the second year in a row with a winning total of 41 points. The Raiders were three back at 44. Only two points separated the two in 2014.
    Eighth grader Isabel Valenzuela won her second individual title with a winning time of 18:23.14 – 1:10 faster than her closest challenger and second fastest time overall in any class in the 2015 competition..  Randolph’s Zoe Evans was second (19:33.44), Abby Nunnelly of Alexandria was third at 19:34.56.  Eighth grader Emily Daniel paced Lawrence County with a fourth-place finish (19:37.20). Seventh grader Sadie Grace Thompson crossed the finish in fifth place just 10 seconds later.

Class 4A
    Amaris Tyynismaa did not beat her state all-time, all-class record of 17:03 she ran last year at the 2014 meet but still managed the fastest time of all girls running on Saturday.
    Wilson had 54 points to edge runner-up Rogers (69) and West Limestone (73) for the state title. Catholic finished fourth with 82 points.
    Wilson sophomore Phoebe Moon was 36 seconds behind her sister, senior Cele Moon (18:51.47), to finish fourth. West Limestone eighth grader Cassidy Winter was third at 19:15.96.
Class 3A
   Pleasant Valley, coached by Brad Hood, posted its first state championship since 1997 and its second girls’ title overall with 66 points in the 3A girls’ race.  Defending champion American Christian was second at 78 and T.R. Miller was third with 83.
   Montgomery Academy freshman Tara Katz clocked 18:46.73 to win her first state title. Allie Nelson of T.R. Miller was second (19:07.00). Leading Pleasant Valley freshman Juliana Ballew and eighth grader Emma Hood, finishing 11th and 12th, respectively.
Class 1A-2A
St. Bernard of Cullman edged Westminster of Oak Mountain by one point, 48-49, to claim its second straight Class 1A-2A title.  Freshman Ivy Edge won her second straight individual title with a winning time of 19:30.61, three seconds off her winning 19:27 time of 2014.
     Leahrose Mami of. St. Bernard was second at 19:43.70, and Hatton’s Ally Amerson was third.

7A Semifinals Set 11 Unbeaten Teams Advance To Round 3 of AHSAA State Playoffs

     MONTGOMERY – Two teams coached by brothers are among the 11 unbeaten teams and seven defending state champions that survived round two of the Alabama High School Athletic Association 2015 State football Playoffs Friday.
     Coach Brian Blackmon’s Opelika Wildcats (12-0) will square off in the Class 6A quarterfinals against Coach Ben Blackmon’ Spanish Fort (12-0) at “The Hill” in Baldwin County Friday night as the 52-team field heads into round three.  All games are scheduled Nov. 20 at 7 p.m. This marks the 50th year of the AHSAA state football playoffs.
     The Class 7A playoffs, which has one less round, conducts its semifinal round this week with Central-Phenix City (9-3) hosting McGill-Toolen (11-1) and Spain Park (11-1) at home versus defending champion Hoover (10-2).
     The state playoffs will culminate with The Super 7 Championships at the University of Alabama’s Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa. The Super 7 will feature state championship games in all seven classifications as well as a Unified Sports exhibition game to be played over a three-day period, Dec. 2-4.
      Coach Josh Niblett’s Bucs avenged one of two regular-season losses with a 24-0 win over Vestavia Hills in round 2. The win sets up a rematch with the other team that handed Hoover a rare region loss – Spain Park. The Jaguars beat Hoover 17-0 in the regular season on Oct. 1. It was the first victory in the series for Spain Park. The two teams played twice in the same season just once before, 2004, with Hoover winning the regular-season and playoff games.
     The Jaguars beat James Clemens 13-10 in the second round. Central-Phenix City downed Lee-Montgomery 20-13 and McGill-Toolen beat Auburn 42-3. The 7A schools will be idle during week four of the playoffs with the third-round winners advancing to the Super 7 state championship game set for Wednesday, Dec. 2, at 7 p.,.
       Two defending champions had narrow escapes. Class 6A Clay-Chalkville (12-0) posted its 27th consecutive victory beating Homewood 40-39 Friday. Class 5A St. Paul’s Episcopal (10-2) edged previously unbeaten Greenville 24-23.  Other defending champions posting first-round victories were Maplesville (10-1) in 1A, Fyffe (11-1) in 2A, Madison Academy (11-1) in 3A and Leeds (10-2) in 4A.
     Three games feature unbeaten teams this week. In Class 2A, Cleveland (12-0) is at Randolph County (12-0, in Class 5A, Beauregard (11-0) is at Jackson (12-0), and in 6A, Spanish Fort and Opelika meet. Other unbeaten teams advancing to round three include: Class 2A: G.W. Long (11-0); Class 3A: Gordo (12-0); Class 3A: Gordo (11-0); Class 4A: UMS-Wright (11-0) and Cordova (11-0); and Class 5A: Guntersville (11-0).
       In addition to the unbeaten teams, 19 teams still alive have just one loss, 11 have two losses, six have just three losses, and five have 4 or more losses.
     In Class 3A, three schools remain from Region 1 (T.R. Miller (10-2), Bayside Academy (9-3) and Hillcrest-Evergreen (7-5), and Region 8 (Madison Academy, Lauderdale County (9-3) and Colbert County (9-3). Also, in Class 4A, Region 5, Cordova (12-0), Fayette County (8-4) and Hamilton (6-6) advanced.  The Aggies, coached by Rodney Stidham, recorded the school’s 600th win with its 21-14 victory over Cherokee County in the second round. Hamilton is now 600-346-36 in its storied history, which dates back 103 years to 1912. The Aggies become just the 13th school in AHSAA history to record 600 football wins. The leader is Oneonta (662) and T.R. Miller (661), still alive in the 3A playoffs, is next. Rounding out the state’s 600-game winners are Fayette County (660), Deshler (646), Benjamin Russell (630), Enterprise (628), Bessemer City (625), Colbert County (624), Thomasville (623), Decatur (619), Demopolis (611) and Russellville (603). Hartselle (593) and UMS-Wright (592) are next in line for that major football milestone.
      The 50th annual state playoffs began with four teams competing for one state championship in what was then Class 4A in 1966. Championship play for all schools was implemented the following year in 1967 with four divisions. The six-class system began in 1984 and was replaced in 2014 with the new seven-classification system.
     The semifinals for Classes 1A-6A are set for Nov. 27.
    Raycom Media, which televises live a playoff game each Friday, plans to feature McGill-Toolen at Central-Phenix City Friday night as its AHSAA Game of the Week. Raycom will also televise all seven state championship games over its affiliate stations in the AHSAA TV Network. The NFHS Network will live-stream the Unified Sports exhibition game, which is set for Dec. 2 at 3:30 p.m.
     The AHSAA Radio Network will also broadcast live all games at the Super 7.
AHSAA 50th Annual State Football Playoffs
Quarterfinal Pairings (Nov. 20)

Georgiana (11-1) at Maplesville (10-1)
Linden (9-2) at Brantley (10-2)

Berry (10-2) at Decatur Heritage (11-1)
Cedar Bluff (11-1) at Wadley (10-1)

G.W. Long (11-0) at Flomaton (10-2)
Elba (11-1) at Washington County (10-2), Chatom

Ranburne (10-1) at Fyffe (11-1)
Cleveland (12-0) at Randolph County (12-0), Wedowee

Bayside Academy (9-3) at Gordo (12-0)
Hillcrest-Evergreen (7-5) at T.R. Miller (10-2), Brewton

Piedmont (11-1) at Madison Academy (11-1)
Colbert County (9-3) at Lauderdale County (9-3), Rogersville

Andalusia (11-1) at Munford (9-3)
Leeds (10-2) at UMS-Wright (12-0), Mobile

Brooks (11-1) at Fayette County (8-4), Fayette
Hamilton (6-6) at Cordova (12-0)

St. Paul’s Episcopal (10-2) at Demopolis (10-2)
Beauregard (11-0) at Jackson (12-0)

Alexandria (10-1) at Russellville (11-1)
Guntersville (12-0) at Mortimer Jordan (11-1), Kimberly

Bessemer City (8-4) at Benjamin Russell (11-1), Alexander City
Opelika (12-0) at Spanish Fort (12-0)

Clay-Chalkville (12-0) at Minor (8-4), Adamsville
Austin (9-3) at Gardendale (10-2)

McGill-Toolen (11-1) at Central-Phenix City (9-3)
Hoover (10-2) at Spain Park (11-1), Jaquars Stadium, Hoover

Second Round Results
Georgiana 28, Billingsley 0
Maplesville 50, Marengo 6
Linden 26, Notasulga 14
Brantley  47, Verbena 26

Berry 46, Victory Christian 14
Decatur Heritage 30, Spring Garden 22
Cedar Bluff 37, Hackleburg 14
Wadley 29, South Lamar 8

G.W. Long 48, Mobile Christian 23
Flomaton 49, Fayetteville 10
Elba 64, Pickens County 14
Washington County 48, Providence Christian 21

Ranburne 56, Tanner 55 (2 OT)
Fyffe 14, Red Bay 7
Cleveland 38, Sulligent 13
Randolph County 56, Falkville 27

Bayside Academy 49, Daleville 41
Gordo 33, Opp 14
Hillcrest-Evergreen 30, American Christian 27
T.R. Miller 49, Pike County 8

Piedmont 64, Oakman 22
Madison Academy 44, North Sand Mountain 7
Lauderdale County 48, New Hope 0
Colbert County 26, Winfield 20

Andalusia 44, Dadeville 26
Munford 25, Straughn 15
Leeds 62, Montevallo 7
UMS-Wright 49, Trinity Presbyterian 14

Fayette County 40, Cleburne County 23
Brooks 50, North Jackson 21
Hamilton 21, Cherokee County 14
Cordova 39, West Limestone 7

St. Paul’s Episcopal 24, Greenville 23
Demopolis 28, Vigor 17
Beauregard 30, Helena 7
Jackson 48, Eufaula 21

Alexandria 36, Pleasant Grove 14
Russellville 41, Parker 21
Guntersville 26, Hayden 10
Mortimer Jordan 30, Wenonah 20

Bessemer City 10, Blount 7
Benjamin Russell 34, McAdory 3
Opelika 48, Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa 0
Spanish Fort 51, Northridge 14

Clay-Chalkville 40, Homewood 39
Minor 23, Muscle Shoals 16
Austin 27, Briarwood Christian 0
Gardendale 48, Walker 28

McGill-Toolen 42, Auburn 3
Central-Phenix City 20, Lee-Montgomery 13 (OT)
Spain Park 13, James Clemens 10
Hoover 24, Vestavia Hills 0


  MONTGOMERY – Raycom Network will televise Homewood at Clay-Chalkville Friday night in its second installment of the Raycom/AHSAA High School Football Playoff Game of the Week. The key Class 6A second-round battle pits two schools with storied histories.
   The defending state champion Cougars (11-0) of Coach Jerry Hood are riding a 26-game winning streak heading into the contest. Homewood, which won four Class 5A state titles in a six-year span from 2000-2005, are currently 9-2 this season with losses to Walker (9-2) and Vestavia Hills (9-2). Coach Ben Berguson’s Patriots have won four straight games and eight of its last nine heading into Friday’s playoff contest.
    Kickoff is set for 7:05 p.m. Play-by-play is being handled by Graham Dunn with Mike Peacock the color commentator and Kim Canova the sideline reporter. Ken Dunbar is the statistician in the booth.
    The Raycom/AHSAA Playoff Game of the Week is a weekly live TV telecast over the Raycom Network’s Alabama affiliates. It will run through the first four rounds of the state playoffs. Raycom will conclude is series with the Super 7 state championship games (all classes) at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa in December.
   All games will be live over the Raycom TV Network on either the main channel or Raycom’s Bounce channels and the Raycom affiliate websites as well as live on Raycom’s you tube channel on the internet. Go to www.pathtotheplayoffs.com for more specific channel information. Raycom stations include WAFF TV 48 in Huntsville, WBRC TV 6 in Birmingham, WSFA TV 12 in Montgomery, WDTX TV 34 in Dothan and WTVM TV 9 in Columbus, Ga., and non-Raycom station WFNA TV 55 (Bounce) in Mobile.

Seven other playoff games are set to be live-streamed Friday as part of the NFHS Network’s School Broadcast Program. Two of the games, Class 7A Vestavia Hills vs. Hoover at the Hoover Met and Class 6A Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa at Opelika, are being live-streamed by each school. The link for each live-streamed telecast can be found below and at the NFHS Network:   www.nfhsnetwork.com
      All contests will be available through the NFHS Network SBP subscriber program.
     The complete list of NFHS Network games scheduled is below.



Homewood (9-2) at Clay-Chalkville (11-0) (Check www.pathtotheplayoffs.com for stations in your area)


Class 1A
Georgiana vs. Billingsley – http://bit.ly/1LbSeXA

Class 5A
Russellville vs. Parker – http://bit.ly/1MH9ght

Class 6A
Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa vs. Opelika – http://bit.ly/1QsM3W0 (Opelika production)
Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa vs. Opelika –
http://bit.ly/1LbSAxs (Hillcrest production)

Muscle Shoals vs. Minor – http://bit.ly/1XZIRDE

Class 7A
Auburn vs. McGill-Toolen – http://bit.ly/1NIfbYF

Lee-Montgomery vs. Central-Phenix City – http://bit.ly/1MMbtIn

Vestavia Hills vs. Hoover – http://bit.ly/20HbZSg (Hoover production)
Vestavia Hills vs. Hoover –
http://bit.ly/1iO8t6H (Vestavia production)

Strong Field of Returning Champions Set to Battle At AHSAA State Cross Country Championships

     MONTGOMERY – All 12 defending state championship teams will be in the field for the AHSAA State Cross Country Championships that will take place Saturday, Nov. 14, at Oakville Indian Mounds State Park and Museum cross-country course near Moulton.
   Mountain Brook’s girls will be going for a 13th straight state title and second straight in Class 7A when the competition commences with the 7A girls’ race at 8:30 Saturday morning. The Lady Spartans have 22 state titles overall. The girls’ competition will be the 43rd for the ladies since Tuscaloosa High School won the first competition in 1973. The Class 6A boys’ race kicks off the 60th AHSAA Boys’ Cross Country Championships at 8:50 a.m.
    Girls’ team defending champions are Mountain Brook (7A), American Christian (3A), Wilson (4A), Lawrence County (5A), John Carroll Catholic (6A), and St. Bernard (1A-2A).
    Defending boys’ team champions include Auburn (7A), Homewood (6A), Lawrence County (5A), Northside (4A), Montgomery Academy (3A), and Cold Springs (1A-2A).
   Among the top individuals returning in the girls’ competition are Amaris Tyynismaa of Montgomery-Catholic and Mary Grace Strozier of Pelham. Tyynismaa, a freshman, set the AHSAA all-time 5,000-meter record for all classes in the state meet last year with a 17:03.04 time to win the Class 4A individual crown. Earlier this season, she ran 17:42.54 in the 17th annual Jesse Owens Classic to finish third overall, and she has a personal best of 16:57 on the year.  Stozier, the Class 6A defending champion, ran 18:26.39 in the Jesse Owens race to finish 14th. Her 5K best came in last year’s 2014 Class 6A state championship race when she ran 18:07 to win first place.
     Defending 1A-2A state champion St. Bernard’s Ivy Edge is back to defend the Gold she won last year as an eighth grader. Isabel Valenzuela of St. Paul’s Episcopal is defending champ in the 5A field, and freshman Abbey Weitenbeck of Huntsville returns in Class 7A to defend her 2014 title. Weitenbeck’s personal best is 18:16.59.
    Junior Cole Stidfole of Oak Mountain, who finished third in Class 7A last season at 15:57.97, clocked 15:20.45 earlier this fall at the Jesse Owens Invitational to finish second. Paul Barlow of Auburn won the individual 7A state title last year with a winning time of 15:51.03. Now a senior, he climbed from 22nd in Class 6A as a sophomore to win the first 7A state championship race in 2014.
    Senior Dylan Pausic of Shades Mountain Christian is back to defend his 1A-2A individual title. Nick Klein of Winfield and Jack Barganier of Montgomery Academy are back in the 3A field after finishing 1-2, respectively, last season with just five seconds between them.
   Murphy High School won the first AHSAA boys’ state cross country championship in 1956 and followed with state crowns in 1957, 1958, 1960, 1061, 1962 and 1964.

AHSAA State Cross Country Championships
Saturday’s Schedule
Class 7A Girls                        8:30 a.m.
Class 6A Boys                        8:50 a.m.
Class 3A Girls                        9:10 a.m.
Class 7A Boys                        9:30 a.m.
Class 6A Girls                        9:50 a.m.
Class 3A Boys                        10:10 a.m.
Class 1A-2A Girls                  10:30 a.m.
Class 5A Boys                        10:50 a.m.
Class 4A Girls                        11:10 a.m.
Class 1A-2A Boys                 11:30 a.m.
Class 5A Girls                        11:50 a.m.
Class 4A Boys                        12:10 a.m.

AHSAA Round 1 Prep Spotlight Sophomore Kicker Juan Castro Kicks Field Goal In Closing Seconds As Cleveland Takes Playoff Win

    MONTGOMERY – Sophomore place-kicker Juan Castro kicked a 19-yard field goal as time expired to lift Cleveland to a 23-20 Class 2A first-round playoff victory over Reeltown and the Panthers advanced to the second round of the 50th AHSAA state football playoffs.
     The heroes were many as Coach Gardner Gilliland’s team improved to 11-0 and captured the AHSAA Prep Spotlight for the playoffs’ first round.
    Castro booted three field goals--20, 24 and his game-winning 19-yarder, but it wasn’t without some drama.  He missed on his first try with 1.8 seconds left but Reeltown was penalized for roughing the snapper giving the sophomore kicker another try.
     Talented senior quarterback Peyton Gilliland, the son of the head coach and named after NFL great Peyton Manning, held in check for most of the night by the Reeltown defense but came to life late as the Panthers rallied from a 20-6 third-quarter deficit by scoring the final 17 points of the game. 
     Gilliland completed 7-of-14 passes for 158 yards with a touchdown and rushed for 72 yards on 19 tries and scored Cleveland’s other TD on a 27-yard run with less than two minutes to play that tied the game. He then picked off a Reeltown pass and returned it 45 yards to the Rebels’ 5-yard line with 54 seconds left to set up the game-winning field goal. He also had 12 tackles on defense to lead the Panthers.
     Tristan Rittenhouse also had four receptions for 72 yards, six tackles and two interceptions on defense for the Panthers. Coach Jackie O’Neal got a big game from senior running back Martez McCullough, who had 161 yards rushing and two touchdowns on 24 carries in the setback.
    Cleveland returns home in round two to host Sulligent, a 63-27 winner over Cold Springs last week.
     Other top performances reported in round one included:

REED BLANKENSHIP, WEST LIMESTONE: Totaled 181 yards rushing and accounted for four touchdowns in a 42-36 Class 4A road playoff victory over Saks. He scored two rushing touchdowns, added a 15-yard TD reception and passed for a 10-yard score. He also had an outstanding game on defense with 20 tackles, a blocked field goal and a forced fumble.
BRANDON SIMMONS, PLEASANT GROVE: Piled up 256 yards on 27 rush attempts and scored three touchdowns as the Spartans moved to round 2 of the 5A state playoffs with a 35-14 win over Madison County.
IVORY STARR, CEDAR BLUFF: The workhorse running back had 239 yards on 35 carries, including a 14-yard touchdown, in the Tigers' 47-26 Class 1A playoff victory over Ragland. Teammate Josh Decker accounted for five total touchdowns, including four rushing (1, 1, 3 and 2 yards) and a 22-yard touchdown pass.
STACY WILLIAMS, ETOWAH: Rushed for 232 yards and three touchdowns on 31 carries in the Blue Devils' first-round 27-21 overtime loss to Parker in the Class 5A playoffs.
OSTIN McPHERSON, ST. PAUL’S EPISCOPAL: Rushed for 221 yards and two touchdowns to lead defending state champion St. Paul’s to a 42-17 Class 5A first-round win over Sylacauga.
BRANDON RODGERS, VIGOR: Piled up 235 yards rushing on 14 carries and scored four touchdowns as the Wolves beat Central-Clay County 26-14 to advance to round two in Class 5A.
NIC ROLLO, COLD SPRINGS:  Had 186 yards rushing and three touchdowns in a 63-27 Class 2A playoff loss at Sulligent. His scoring runs covered 5, 5 and 24 yards. Teammate Christian Crandall also had 132 rushing yards and a touchdown.
QUINTON DOWNEY, SPRING GARDEN: Had 178 rushing yards and four touchdowns on 29 carries and ran in a 2-point conversion in the Panthers' 39-16 Class 1A victory over Talladega County Central. It was Spring Garden's first home playoff win in school history.
KOBE SMITH, WEST POINT: Ran for 174 yards, including 116 in the fourth quarter, and three touchdowns in a 41-21 Class 5A first-round loss at Alexandria. The senior finished the season with 2,222 rushing yards, a new Cullman County record. The previous Cullman County record (2,214 yards) was set by Vinemont’s Ty Jones in 2013.
ALEX McNEAL, DALEVILLE: Rushed for 166 yards and four touchdowns (13, 70, 32 and 7 yards) on 13 carries in a 40-18 Class 3A playoff win over Greensboro. Quarterback Coley Locke added 130 yards rushing on just eight carries scored on runs of 9 and 19 yards in the win.
DEMARCUS WILLIAMS, JACKSON:  Rushed for 113 yards on 10 carries with three TDs and passed 53 yards for a fourth score as the Aggies beat Tallassee 35-7 in the Class 5A playoffs.
LEONARD JOHNSON, HAYDEN: The junior running back had 19 carries for 124 yards and three touchdowns (5, 55, 5 yards) in the Wildcats’ 19-0 win over East Limestone. It was Hayden’s first playoff win since 1992 and the program’s first-ever playoff victory in Class 5A.
KEYSHAUN ABSTON, WASHINGTON COUNTY: Gained 187 yards rushing on 10 carries and scored three touchdowns on runs of 55, 44 and 31 yards as Washington County posted a 39-0 Class 2A win over Goshen.
TAYLOR HAYES, PIEDMONT: Ran for 140 yards on 15 carries and scored a touchdown in the Bulldogs' 34-0 Class 3A playoff victory over Lexington.
MICHAEL MATTHEWS, UMS-WRIGHT: Had 13 of his 35 carries in a game-clinching 16-play drive late in the game to lift the Bulldogs past Handley 20-8. He had the last nine carries on the drive to finish with 125 yards as UMS-Wight moved to Round 2 of the Class 4A playoffs.
TREY HARRIS, NORTH JACKSON: Ran for 152 yards and two touchdowns (2 and 55 yards) on 13 carries, and threw a 75-yard TD pass in a 28-6 Class 4A win over Haleyville.
WALKER MINOR, VESTAVIA HILLS: Had 27 carries for 133 yards and two touchdowns as the Rebels advanced to round 2 with a 28-17 Class 7A win over Bob Jones.
JORDAN BENTLEY, GUNTERSVILLE:  Pounded out 108 tough yards on 28 carries with one touchdown in the Wildcats’ Class 5A first-round 14-6 playoff win over Ramsay. Bentley, who now has 1,964 yards rushing this season and 103 career touchdowns, added seven tackles on defense.

TYREN DUPREE, CHEROKEE COUNTY: Completed 17-of-28 pass attempts for 309 yards and pair of touchdowns (10, 8 yards) and ran for 72 yards on 10 carries with a 3-yard touchdown in the Warriors' Class 4A playoff 45-26 victory at Deshler. The win was the first postseason victory for the Warriors in six years.
SHAQUILLE JOHNSON, LEE-MONTGOMERY: Was 10-of-16 passing for 274 yards, including an 87-yard TD strike to Keniaus Johnson, and the Generals beat Murphy 37-21 in the first round of the Class 7A playoffs. Shaquille also rushed for 54 yards with TD runs covering 2, 1 and 4 yards.
TYLER JOHNSTON, SPANISH FORT: Remained undefeated as a starting quarterback, completing 14-of-21 passes for 176 yards and three second-half touchdowns as Spanish Fort beat Pell City 24-10 in Class 6A.
ORLANDO LACEY, OPP: Was 6-of-9 passing for 192 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for 56 yards on 12 carries as the Bobcats beat Midfield 49-20 in Class 3A first-round road win.
CHADARIUS TOWNSEND, TANNER: Was 7-of-11 passing for 132 yards and added five rushes for 164 yards to account for five touchdowns in the Rattlers’ 73-7 Class 2A first-round win over Phil Campbell. He ran for TDs covering 40, 91 and 28 yards and his TD passes were 33 and 21 yards.
PARIS CHAMBERS, McTOOLEN: Combined for 275 total yards in a 30-13 Class 7A playoff win over Enterprise. He had 138 yards passing and 137 rushing with one TD pass and a 68-yard run to set up another TD.
JACOBY McDANIEL, DOTHAN: Completed 15-of-26 passes for 228 yards with three touchdowns in a 48-21 Class 6A loss to Northridge.
ANTONIO STANTON, BESSEMER CITY: Passed for 144 yards and rushed for 98, including a 24-yard run late to seal the Tigers’ 28-24 Class 6A win over Park Crossing.
RYAN SULLIVAN, FALKVILLE: Completed 15-of-21 passes for 199 yards and three touchdowns and ran for two more scores in s 35-34 overtime Class 2A win over Hatton.

DAIMION WRIGHT, LEE-MONTGOMERY: Had nine receptions for 154 yards in the Generals’ 37-21 Class 7A win over Murphy.
REAGAN PADGETT, GARDENDALE: Caught seven passes for 124 yards and two touchdowns in a 38-14 Class 6A playoff win over Hartselle. He also had 10 tackles and an interception in the secondary and blocked a Tigers’ field goal attempt.
QUARTEZ HENDERSON, CHEROKEE COUNTY: Caught six passes for 139 yards and an 8-yard touchdown in the Warriors' 45-26 Class 4A victory at Deshler. Teammate Jacob Graves also had five catches for 102 yards and had a touchdown run.
CHARLES SHEPHERD, BLOUNT: Caught three touchdown passes as Blount came-from-behind beat Chelsea 41-28 in the first round of the Class 6A playoffs.
JEFF HUNTER, DECATUR HERITAGE: Snared a 36-yard TD pass with 20 seconds remaining to lift Decatur Heritage over Meek 28-28 in Class 1A. He finished with six receptions for 114 yards and three scores and added an interception on defense.


RICKY HALL, PROVIDENCE CHRISTIAN: Had 20 tackles, including four for losses, in a 17-6 Class 2A win over Thorsby. Teammate Gray McClendon added 17 tackles as the Eagles limited Thorsby to 138 total yards.
CARAVION MYERS, PIEDMONT: Posted nine tackles and had an interception in the Bulldogs’ 34-0 Class 3A playoff opening-round win over Lexington. He also threw a 36-yard touchdown pass to Bayley Blanchard in the win. The Bulldogs defense held Lexington to only one pass completion, 143 yards total offense and forced four turnovers.
TUFFY CASEY, ARITON: Led the Purple Cats with 10 tackles and had three touchdown receptions on offense in a 35-26 Class 2A playoff loss to Fayetteville.

ARCHER CHARLES, GUNTERSVILLE: Returned an interception 52 yards for a touchdown as unbeaten Guntersville (11-0) beat Ramsay 14-6 in the Class 5A state playoffs.
GARRETT SANDERS, G.W. LONG: Scored four first-half touchdowns, one coming on an interception return, to lead the Rebels to a 55-0 Class 2A first-round win over Francis Marion. He scored on runs of 50 and 3 yards and also had a 50-yard TD reception to finish with 139 total yards on offense.

COBY NEENAN, NORTHVIEW: Kicked 3-of-3 field goals, hitting from 48, 22 and 22 yards, as the Cougars fell to Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa 36-15 in the Class 6A playoffs.

CAMERON MOORE, WEST POINT: Returned a kickoff 92 yards for a touchdown, his third kickoff return for a TD in the last three weeks, in a Class 5A 41-21 setback versus Alexandria.
JORDAN GRADDY, MOBILE CHRISTIAN: Returned the opening kickoff 81 yards for a touchdown and Mobile Christian beat Luverne 43-19 in the 2A playoffs. He finished with 157 yards on 15 carries and added a 15-yard TD run.
Returned a punt 80 yards for a touchdown and had a 62-yard kickoff return to set up another score in a 33-0 Class 7A win over Hewitt-Trussville. Alexandria.
DAVION FIFE, CEDAR BLUFF: Dashed 85 yards on the game-opening kickoff, putting Cedar Bluff in front 7-0 en route to the Tigers' 47-26 Class 1A playoff victory over Ragland.

Seven Defending Champions Advance to Round 2 of AHSAA State Playoffs

     MONTGOMERY – All 17 unbeaten teams and all seven defending state champions from 2014 survived round one of the Alabama High School Athletic Association 2015 State football Playoffs Friday and will be in the 104-team field for round two this Friday. All games are scheduled Nov. 13 at 7 p.m. This marks the 50th year of the AHSAA state football playoffs.
     The state playoffs will culminate with The Super 7 Championships at the University of Alabama’s Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa. The Super 7 will feature state championship games in all seven classifications as well as a Unified Sports exhibition game to be played over a three-day period, Dec. 2-4.
      Class 3A Madison Academy and Class 7A Hoover each posted first-round victories as each school keeps its hopes alive for a fourth straight state title. The Mustangs, which broke open a 21-21 halftime tie with 35 unanswered second-half points Friday, won the 3A title in 2012, 2013 and 2014.  Hoover registered its 15th consecutive playoff victory with a 38-7 win over Buckhorn Friday night. The Bucs captured the 6A state championship in 2012 and 2013 and won the first 7A title last season. Madison Academy currently owns a 16-game playoff winning streak.
       Other defending champions posting first-round victories were Maplesville (9-1) in 1A, Fyffe (10-1) in 2A, Leeds (9-2) in 4A, St. Paul’s Episcopal (9-2) in 5A and Clay-Chalkville (11-0) in 6A. Coach Jerry Hood’s Cougars extended the AHSAA’s current longest winning streak to 26 games with their 48-18 win over Cullman on Thursday.
      Clay-Chalkville hosts Homewood (9-2) in round 2. Other pairings involving defending champs include Maplesville at Marengo (7-4) in 1A, Fyffe goes to Red Bay (11-0) in 2A, Madison Academy hosts North Sand Mountain (7-4) in 3A, Leeds is at home versus Montevallo (9-2) in 4A, St. Paul’s goes to Greenville (11-0) in 5A and Hoover hosts Vestavia Hills (9-2) in 7A.
     The Rebels awarded Coach Buddy Anderson the 320th win of his head-coaching career with a 28-17 win over Bob Jones Friday. Anderson, the state career leader with a 320-134 record in 38 years as a head coach, has spent his entire coaching career at Vestavia Hills.
     Five unbeaten teams remain in Class 2A: G.W. Long (10-0), Tanner (11-0), Red Bay (11-0), Cleveland (11-0) and Randolph County (11-0). All five will be at home this week in round 2.
     Other unbeaten teams include: Class 3A: Gordo (11-0); Class 4A: UMS-Wright (11-0) and Cordova (11-0); Class 5A: Greenville (11-0), Beauregard (10-0), Jackson (11-0), Guntersville (11-0) and Wenonah (10-0); Class 6A: Opelika (11-0), Spanish Fort (11-0), Muscle Shoals (11-0) and Clay-Chalkville (11-0). No unbeaten teams remain in Class 1A and Class 7A.
      Region champions won 45 of 52 first-round games, and region runners-up won 40 of 52 first-round games. Third seeds posted 12 wins and No. 4 seeds won seven contests. Three regions, Class 6A, Regions 4 and 5 and Class 3A, Region 1, swept all four first-round games. In 6A, Region 4, top seed McAdory (10-1) beat Wetumpka, No. 2 seed Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa (8-3) beat Northview, No. 3 seed Northridge (9-2) beat Dothan and No. 4 seed Bessemer City (7-4) beat Park Crossing. In 6A, Region 6, top seed Walker (9-2) beat Scottsboro, No. 2 Homewood (9-2) beat Lee-Huntsville, No. 3 Minor (7-4) edged Albertville and No. 4 Briarwood Christian (5-6) beat Fort Payne. And in 3A, Region 1, top seed T.R. Miller (9-2) beat Central Coosa, second seed Bayside Academy (8-3) downed Fultondale, third seed Opp (8-3) defeated Midfield and fourth seed Hillcrest-Evergreen (6-5) beat Montgomery Academy.
     A total of 52 games are set for Friday with eight contests in each of the AHSAA’s 1A thru 6A classifications and fourth in Class 7A.
      The 50th annual state playoffs began with four teams competing for one state championship in what was then Class 4A in 1966. Championship play for all schools was implemented the following year in 1967 with four divisions. The six-class system began in 1984 and was replaced in 2014 with the new seven-classification system.
    The quarterfinals for classes 1A-6A will be Nov. 20 and semifinals Nov. 27. Class 7A semifinals will be Nov. 20. The Class 7A finals will be Wednesday, Dec. 2 at 7 p.m. at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Classes 3A, 1A and 5A will have finals on Thursday, Dec. 3 at 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m., respectively. Classes 4A, 2A and 6A will follow the same time schedule for Super 7 finals on Friday, Dec. 4. The Unified Sports game will be at Dec. 2 at 3:30 p.m.
     Raycom Media will televise the seven state championship games over its affiliate stations in the AHSAA TV Network, and the NFHS Network will live-stream the Unified Sports exhibition game. The AHSAA Radio Network will also broadcast live all games at the Super 7.


AHSAA 50th Annual State Football Playoffs
Second Round Pairings

Georgiana (10-1) at Billingsley (6-5)
Maplesville (9-1) at Marengo (7-4), Dixons Mills
Linden (8-2) at Notasulga (9-2)
Brantley (9-2) at Verbena (8-3)

Victory Christian (8-2) at Berry (9-2)
Spring Garden (8-3) at Decatur Heritage (10-1)
Hackleburg (10-1) at Cedar Bluff (10-1)
South Lamar (7-4) at Wadley (9-1)

Mobile Christian (10-1) at G.W. Long (10-0), Skipperville
Fayetteville (9-2) at Flomaton (9-2)
Pickens County (8-3) at Elba (10-1)
Providence Christian (8-2) at Washington County (9-2), Chatom

Ranburne (9-1) at Tanner (11-0)
Fyffe (9-1) at Red Bay (11-0)
Sulligent (8-3) at Cleveland (11-0)
Falkville (9-2) at Randolph County (11-0), Wedowee

Bayside Academy (8-3) at Daleville (10-1)
Gordo (11-0) at Opp (8-3)
American Christian (10-1) at Hillcrest-Evergreen (6-5)
Pike County (9-1) at T.R. Miller (9-2), Brewton

Oakman (8-3) at Piedmont (10-1)
North Sand Mountain (7-4) at Madison Academy (10-1)
Lauderdale County (8-3) at New Hope (7-4)
Winfield (10-1) at Colbert County (8-3), Leighton

Andalusia (10-1) at Dadeville (6-5)
Munford (8-3) at Straughn (5-5)
Montevallo (9-2) at Leeds (9-2)
Trinity Presbyterian (8-3) at UMS-Wright (11-0), Mobile

Fayette County (7-4) at Cleburne County (9-2), Heflin
North Jackson (7-4) at Brooks (10-1), Killen
Cherokee County (7-4) at Hamilton (5-6)
Cordova (11-0) AT West Limestone (8-3)

St. Paul’s Episcopal (9-2) at Greenville (11-0)
Demopolis (9-2) Vigor (7-4), Prichard
Helena (9-2) at Beauregard (10-0)
Eufaula (9-2) at Jackson (11-0)

Pleasant Grove (8-3) at Alexandria (9-1)
Russellville (10-1) at Parker (7-4), Birmingham
Guntersville (11-0) at Hayden (8-3)
Mortimer Jordan (10-1) at Wenonah (10-0), Birmingham

Blount (10-1) at Bessemer City (7-4)
Benjamin Russell (10-1) at McAdory (10-1), McCalla
Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa (8-3) at Opelika (11-0)
Spanish Fort (11-0) at Northridge (9-2), Tuscaloosa

Homewood (9-2) at Clay-Chalkville (11-0)
Muscle Shoals (11-0) at Minor (7-4), Adamsville
Austin (8-3) at Briarwood Christian (5-6)
Gardendale (9-2) at Walker (9-2), Jasper

Auburn (7-4) at McGill-Toolen (10-1), Mobile
Lee-Montgomery (8-3) at Central-Phenix City (8-3)

James Clemens (10-1) at Spain Park (10-1), Hoover
Vestavia Hills (9-2) at Hoover (9-2)



First Round Results

Billingsley 53, Millry 28
Georgiana 34, Keith 0
Marengo 30, Loachapoka 26
Maplesville 49, Kinston 12
Linden 38, McKenzie 28
Notasulga 22, Chickasaw 7
Brantley 35, A.L. Johnson 12
Verbena 21, J.U. Blacksher 13

Victory Christian 33, Woodville 19
Berry 38, Vina 14
Spring Garden 39, Talladega County Central 16
Decatur Heritage 29, Meek 28
Hackleburg 49, Hubbertville 34
Cedar Bluff 47, Ragland 26
South Lamar 54, Phillips 42
Wadley 50, Valley Head 0

Mobile Christian 43, Luverne 19
G.W. Long 55, Francis Marion 0
Flomaton 26, New Brockton 20
Fayetteville 35, Ariton 26
Pickens County 38, Samson 32
Elba 46, Sweet Water 14
Providence Christian 17, Thorsby 6
Washington County 39, Goshen 0

Ranburne 35, Gaston 7
Tanner 73, Phil Campbell 7
Fyffe 50, LaFayette 15
Red Bay 56, Addison 15
Sulligent 63, Cold Springs 27
Cleveland 23, Reeltown 20
Falkville 35, Hatton 34
Randolph County 70, Collinsville 7

Bayside Academy 42, Fultondale 10
Daleville 40, Greensboro 18
Opp 49, Midfield 20
Gordo 42, Wicksburg 14
American Christian 38, Slocomb 13
Hillcrest-Evergreen 35, Montgomery Academy 7
Pike County 14, Aliceville 6
T.R. Miller 67, Central-Coosa 16

Oakman 37, Plainview 19
Piedmont 34, Lexington 0
North Sand Mountain 27, Susan Moore 13
Madison Academy 56, Weaver 21
Lauderdale County 22, Walter Wellborn 7
New Hope 28, Winston County 13
Colbert County 20, Glencoe 7
Winfield 34, Geraldine 7

Dadeville 54, Thomasville 53 (2 OT)
Andalusia 48, West Blocton 0
Munford 20, W.S. Neal 0
Straughn 7, Bibb County 6
Montevallo 21, Saint James 7
Leeds 43, Clarke County 0
Trinity Presbyterian 14, Northside 7
UMS-Wright 20, Handley 8

Fayette County 49, DAR 38
Cleburne County 31, Wilson 12
North Jackson 28, Haleyville 6
Brooks 35, Jacksonville 21
Cherokee County 45, Deshler 26
Hamilton 29, Priceville 28
West Limestone 42, Saks 36
Cordova 33, Oneonta 14

St. Paul’s Episcopal 42, Sylacauga 17
Greenville 42, Dallas County 15
Vigor 26, Central-Clay County 14|
Demopolis 48, Charles Henderson 13
Helena 24, Sidney Lanier 7
Beauregard 44, Williamson 20
Eufaula 48, Calera 27
Jackson 35, Tallassee 7

Pleasant Grove 35, Madison County 14
Alexandria 41, West Point 21
Parker 27, Etowah 21
Russellville 10, Anniston 7
Hayden 19, East Limestone 0
Guntersville 14, Ramsay 6
Mortimer Jordan 46, Lawrence County 20
Wenonah 48, Randolph 0

Blount 41, Chelsea 28
Bessemer City 28, Park Crossing 24
Benjamin Russell 41, Saraland 10
McAdory 35, Wetumpka 3
Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa 36, Northview 15
Opelika 51, Daphne 0
Northridge 48, Dothan 21
Spanish Fort 24, Pell City 10

Homewood 49, Lee-Huntsville 14
Clay-Chalkville 48, Cullman 14
Minor 37, Albertville 35
Muscle Shoals 36, Huffman 0
Austin 35, Pinson Valley 7
Briarwood Christian 30, Fort Payne 26
Gardendale 38, Hartselle 14
Walker 35, Scottsboro 9

Auburn 45, Theodore 15
McGill-Toolen 30, Enterprise 13
Lee-Montgomery 37, Murphy 21
Central-Phenix City 34, Foley 14

James Clemens 22, Hewitt-Trussville 0
Spain Park 31, Hazel Green 7
Hoover 38, Buckhorn 7
Vestavia Hills 28, Bob Jones 17