Auburn, Ala. – The teams for the Alabama High School Athletic Association’s Class 7A state football championship game are set with Hoover and Prattville each winning semifinal games last weekend.
That game will kick off the 2014 Super 7 Championships at Auburn University’s Jordan-Hare Stadium Dec. 3-5. This Friday the AHSAA’s remaining six classifications will determine the other championship pairings in their respective semifinal games.
Now is the time to avoid the long lines and last-minute rush. Tickets to all Super 7 Championship games are now on sale online at www.preptix.com/ahsaa.
The Class 7A state championship game is set Wednesday, Dec. 3 at Jordan-Hare Stadium with a 7 p.m. kickoff. The AHSAA’s first Unified Sports flag football state exhibition game will be played earlier in the day at 3:30 p.m.
The AHSAA Class 3A finals are scheduled Thursday, Dec. 4, at 11 a.m., followed by the 1A championship game at 3 p.m. and 5A title game at 7 p.m. Class 4A will open the Super 7 Championship three-game schedule Friday, Dec. 5, at 11 a.m., followed by the Class 2A finals at 3 p.m. The Class 6A championship game will close out the competition later that night at 7 p.m.
This is a special year for the AHSAA since history will be made with seven state champions crowned for the first time with the addition of the 7A classification.
All schools, teams, students and fans are encouraged to be a part of this historic event and join in supporting the final teams of each classification as they compete for state titles.
Advance tickets at $12 are valid only for all games that day. Group tickets are also available at a discounted price and can be purchased online through PrepTix.
Additionally, fans have the opportunity to watch this year’s Super 7 from one of Jordan-Hare Stadium’s luxury suites. These suites are fully furnished, air-conditioned/heated, and offer the opportunity to order private catering. Suites range from $800 per game to $2,400 for the entire week. Suites can also be purchased online at www.preptix.com/ahsaa.
The daily schedule of games is as follows:
· Wednesday, December 3
o 3:30 p.m. – Unified Sports State Game: Hewitt-Trussville vs. Lawrence County.
o 7:00 p.m. – 7A Championship: Prattville Lions vs. Hoover Bucs.
· Thursday, December 4
o 11:00 a.m. – 3A Championship: TBD
o 3:00 p.m. – 1A Championship: TBD
· 7:00 p.m. – 5A Championship: TBD
Friday, December 5
o 11:00 a.m. – 4A Championship: TBD
o 3:00 p.m. – 2A Championship: TBD
o 7:00 p.m. – 6A Championship: TBD
For more information about the championships or purchasing tickets, contact Mike Vest at Mike@knighteady.com.
Glencoe High School’s powerful running attack stoked the Yellow Jacket to 21-0 lead last Friday night as Coach Lee Ozmint’s team rolled into the AHSAA Class 3A state football playoff semifinals with a 49-19 win over Colbert County.
Thomas Ozmint, son of the head coach, gained 203 yards and scored four touchdowns on 23 rushing attempts and teammate Dylan Stone also had 194 yards and three scores on 16 carries as Glencoe grabbed the AHSAA Prep Spotlight for round three of the playoffs. The victory avenged last year’s 45-44 overtime setback to the Indians in round two of the playoffs and improved Glencoe’s record to 13-0 for the first time since the Yellow Jackets won the Class 2A state title in 1973.
Both running backs are well over 1,000 yards on the season as Glencoe heads into this week’s Class 3A semifinals at home against two-time defending state champion Madison Academy (12-1).
Glencoe’s tradition is rich – sporting a 490-380-25 record dating back to the first season in 1922. In 1926, Coach Clair Strickland’s Jackets produced the school’s first unbeaten season (8-0). The next one came in 1938 with Coach Dewitt Dunn’s squad finishing 8-0-1. Coach Lyle Darnell, who coached the 1973 state championship team, led the Yellow Jackets to a 9-0-1 record in 1970 and a 12-1 season in 1979.
Ozmint, in his ninth season as head coach, is 68-34 overall and ranks third in the school’s all-time coaches’ wins list. Darnell and E.C.Wilson rank ahead of Ozmint with 97 and 93 wins each.
The 2014 team has scored a school-record 525 points in 13 games (40.4 per game) and yielded 171 (13.2 points per game) overall.
Glencoe’s big win edged out several top performances, including Austin Stiefel’s 264 yards rushing in a 49-21 win over Tanner and a last-second field goal by eighth grader Matthew Quinn as Spanish Fort nipped McAdory 24-21.
Stiefel had 21 carries and scored four touchdowns as the Red Devils (13-0) beat the defending Class 2A state champion Rattlers. His TD runs covered 1, 80, 12 and 78 yards. He added a fifth TD with a 27-yard pass reception and finished with two catches for 68 yards and totaled 364 all-purpose yards. Fyffe hosts
Quinn kicked an 18-yard field goal as time expired to give the Toros a 24-21 Class 6A playoff win over previously unbeaten McAdory. The victory sends Spanish Fort into the semifinals for the fourth time in the last five years. Quarterback Javon Brown also completed 18-of-21 passes for 181 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for 88 yards on 18 carries in the win.
Other highlights reported:
JAMARIUS HENDERSON, DALE COUNTY: Rushed for 270 yards and four touchdowns and had three receptions for 88 yards in the Warriors' 48-21 win over Montgomery Academy. He is now 18 yards shy of 3,000 heading into the semifinals Friday versus Gordo.
ART SMITH, CLAY-CHALKVILLE: The Cougars’ workhorse had 20 rush attempts for 223 yards and three touchdowns as Clay-Chalkville (13-0) beat Decatur 38-10 to move into this week’s Class 6A state semifinals. His scoring runs covered 1, 15 and 66 yards.
KAMERON DAVIS, FLORENCE: Ran for 124 yards on 12 carries and scored once in a 49-14 Class 6A playoff victory over Gardendale.
TROY DIXON, UMS-WRIGHT: Totaled 191 yards rushing and five touchdowns on 21 carries in a 49-19 Class 4A playoff win over Straughn.
DERRICK DUNNIGAN, BILLLINGSLEY: Anchored the Bears’ upset of previously unbeaten Brantley (12-1) with 102 yards rushing on 18 carries in the 20-14 Class 1A playoff triumph. His go-ahead touchdown with 1:48 to go sealed the win.
PEYTON WATES, MARION COUNTY: Ran for 139 yards and two touchdowns (21 and 2 yards) in the Red Raiders' 56-22 Class 1A win over Cedar Bluff.
TYLER GURLEY, MADISON COUNTY: Rushed for three touchdowns, passed for a fourth and had an interception on defense as the Tigers beat East Limestone (12-1) in the Class 5A quarterfinals 28-7.
CHADARIUS TOWNSEND, TANNER: Returned a kickoff 85 yards for a TD in a 49-21 Class 2A playoff loss to Fyffe. On offense, he carried 17 times for 147 yards for Tanner, the state champions in 2012 and 2013. The setback snapped a 12-game playoff winning streak for the Rattlers.
JOSH DECKER, CEDAR BLUFF: Completed 11-of-26 pass attempts for 227 yards, two touchdowns (4 and 49 yards) and passed for two 2-point conversions in the Tigers' 56-22 loss to Marion County.
COLE SPENCER, MAPLESVILLE: Completed 12-of-16 passes for 264 yards and three touchdowns (43, 6 & 8 yards) and rushed for two additional scores in a 42-22 Class 1A quarterfinal playoff win over Notasulga.
DEMARCUS WILLIAMS, JACKSON: Passed for 213 yards and two TDs with a 12-of-16 passing performance as the Aggies beat Greenville 30-7 in the Class 5A quarterfinals. He also rushed for 119 yards and one TD.
KEITH WASHINGTON, PRATTVILLE: Was 10-of-15 passing for 196 yards and two touchdowns as the Lions moved into the Class 7A state finals with a 42-17 win over Foley. Washington also ran for another score.
AARON POLLARD, MARION COUNTY: Completed 10-of-23 pass attempts for 158 yards and a 33-yard touchdown and rushed for two more scores (1 and 2 yards) in the Red Raiders' 56-22 Class 1A playoff victory at Cedar Bluff.
D.J. CHAPMAN, CEDAR BLUFF: Caught eight passes for 172 yards in the Tigers' 56-22 Class 1A loss to Marion County.
GRANT BARBER, UMS-WRIGHT: Caught four passes for 174 yards and a touchdown in a 49-19 victory over Straughn.
NOAH ARD, CORDOVA: Caught four passes for 101 yards and added one rushing touchdown in a 35-16 victory over Class 4A, Region 5 rival Haleyville.
BLAKE EDWARDS, ELBA: The Tiger wide receiver threw a 72-yard touchdown pass on the game's first play and caught two short passes and turned them into 70-yard and 21-yard scoring receptions in Elba's 33-10 Class 2A playoff win over G.W. Long. He finished with three receptions for 93 yards.
KERRYON JOHNSON, MADISON ACADEMY: Blocked a punt and returned it 36 yards for one TD, intercepted a pass and set up another TD with a 65-yard kickoff return as the defending 3A state champion Mustangs (12-1) moved into the semifinals for the fourth straight year with a 56-8 win over Walter Wellborn. He also rushed for two touchdowns on offense.
ADAM MITCHELL, LEEDS: Intercepted three passes in a 62-0 Class 4A playoff win over Munford.
PATE SMITH, G.W. LONG: Had 17 tackles in a 33-10 Class 2A loss to Elba.
KE’JUAN FEAGAN, PLEASANT GROVE: Returned an interception 50 yards for a touchdown in a 26-0 Class 5A playoff victory over previously unbeaten Guntersville (21-1). He also rushed for two TDs on offense.
BLAKE JOHNSON, ELBA: Recorded 12 tackles, including three for losses, in Elba's 33-10 Class 2A win over previously unbeaten G.W. Long as the Tigers (13-0) held the Rebels (11-1) to 41 points below their season average.
TAMAURICE SMITH, ST. PAUL’S EPISCOPAL: Had two interceptions in the Saints’ 38-0 Class 5A playoff win over B. C. Rain. The St. Paul’s defense finished with six picks on the night.
CHANCE DUNCAN, GLENCOE: Had eight tackles, including four for a loss, and three sacks in the Yellow Jackets’ 49-19 Class 3A win over Colbert County.
CADE ADKINS, CORDOVA: Managed three quarterback sacks and caused a fumble in the Blue Devils’ 35-16 Class 4A playoff win over Haleyville.
The Alabama High School Athletic Association will kick off its first-ever Super 7 State Football Championships next week at Auburn University’s Jordan-Hare Stadium. While seven state champions will be crowned for the first time in AHSAA playoff history, an eighth game will actually get the Super 7 Week underway.
In conjunction with Alabama Special Olympics, the AHSAA will host the first Unified Sports state game featuring teams from Hewitt-Trussville High School and Lawrence County’s school system Wednesday, Dec. 3, at 3:30 p.m. The AHSAA Class 7A state championship game between Hoover and Prattville will follow at 7 p.m.
A ticket purchased for the Unified Sports exhibition game will also entitle the holder admission to the Class 7A championship game later that night.
Unified Sports is an inclusive sports program that combines an approximately equal number of students with intellectual disabilities with “partners” (individuals without intellectual disabilities) on teams for training and competition. The concept was inspired by the principle: “Training together and playing together is a quick path to friendship and understanding.”
The Unified Sports game will be a flag football contest played on the Jordan-Hare Stadium surface with modifications to make the field 25 yards by 60 yards. The NFHS Network plans to live-stream the game over its extensive web-based network with Opelika High School’s Student Broadcast Program handling the production. A link for the contest will be available at www.ahsaa.com and at www.NFHSnetwork.com.
According to Special Olympics Alabama (SOAL), Unified Sports has proven to be highly effective in achieving social inclusion. Athletes feel a sense of belonging and can meaningfully interact with others and develop mutually rewarding relationships. They are recognized as contributors and received with acceptance and respect.
AHSAA Executive Director Steve Savarese sees this Unified Sports competition as a way to teach the life lessons of education-based athletics.
“We strongly believe in providing as many opportunities as possible for all students from our member schools to participate and share in the many benefits of education-based athletics,” Savarese said.
Hewitt-Trussville head coach is Tim Meacham and Lawrence County head coach is Steve Jones.
The AHSAA State Swimming & Diving Championships will unveil its new two-division championship format with sectionals this weekend as swimmers take part in three sectional meets across the state.
Now in its 55th year, the Swimming & Diving Championships have consisted of one division with all schools competing in one state meet since its inception in 1960.
This Friday and Saturday, however, three sectional meets – at Huntsville, Birmingham and Mobile – are set to qualify swimmers in two divisions (Class 1A-5A and Class 6A-7A) for the state meet Dec. 12-13 at Auburn University.
“This is a big step for high school swimming,” AHSAA Assistant Director Marvin Chou said. “The AHSAA is excited to host the first-ever North, Central and South Sectionals. We are hoping these new meets will grow the sport.”
Bishop State Community College will host the South Sectional, Birmingham CrossPlex the Central Sectional and the Huntsville Natatorium the North Sectional. Swimming prelims will begin at 5 p.m. Friday with diving competition set for 10 a.m. Saturday and swimming finals scheduled to begin at 2 p.m.
Chou, the assistant director overseeing the swimming championships, said the increased opportunity for swimmers to compete has already made a dramatic impact.
“We have already seen 20 new schools declare swimming this year,” he said. “ We can now consider our state swim and dive meet a true championship meet. The AHSAA would like to thank Huntsville, Birmingham and Mobile for their willingness to host these meets. We are excited for the sport and we hope to see it grow even more as our programs continue to strive for excellence.”
Bob Jones High School edged Madison rival James Clemens to capture the first Class 7A varsity division of the AHSAA State Cheer Competition Nov. 15 at Wallace State Community College in Hanceville.
Other high school varsity squad winners were Meek (1A); Fyffe (2A); Opp (3A); North Jackson (4A); Boaz (5A); and Cullman (6A). Discovery School of Huntsville won the Middle School (large) title, Monrovia Middle School the Middle School (medium) crown and Liberty Park Middle the Middle School (small) division. Bob Jones captured the high school JV title.
A total of 1,496 cheerleaders from 99 teams participated in the 18th annual event administered by the Universal Cheerleaders Association. Competition also included categories of Time Out Cheer, Time Out Dance and High School Fight Song events.
High School Division
Class 1A: Winner-Meek; RU-Gaylesville; Class 2A: Winner-Fyffe; RU: Zion Chapel;
Class 3A: Winner-Opp; RU-Winfield; Class 4A: Winner-North Jackson; RU-Sardis;
Class 5A: Winner-Boaz; RU-St. Clair County; Class 6A: Winner -Cullman; RU-Hartselle;
Class 7A: Winner-Bob Jones; RU-James Clemens; COED: Winner - Sparkman; RU-Cherokee County.
High School Junior Varsity: 1. Bob Jones; 2. Sparkman; 3. Hazel Green.
Junior High (Small): 1. Liberty Park Middle; 2. McAdory Middle; 3. Centre Middle.
Junior High (Medium): 1. Monrovia Middle; 2. Liberty Middle; 3. Hokes Bluff Middle.
Junior High (Large): 1. Discovery Middle; 2. Hewitt-Trussville Middle; 3. Sand Rock JH.
Time Out Dance
High School: 1. West Blocton; 2. Prattville Christian; 3. Excel.
High School Junior Varsity: 1. Excel.
Junior High: 1. Hokes Bluff Middle; 2. Millbrook JH (8th); 3. Millbrook JH (7th).
Time Out Cheer
High School: 1. Florence; 2. West Blocton; 3. Cleburne County.
High School Junior Varsity: 1. Madsion County
Junior High: 1. Oneonta; 2. Millbrook JH.
High School: 1. New Hope; 2. West Blocton; 3. Oneonta.
High School Junior Varsity: 1. Madison County.
MONTGOMERY – Senior running back Jamarius Henderson rushed for 283 yards on offense and had 18 tackles on defense as Dale County (12-0) beat Geneva 34-6 to advance to this week’s quarterfinals of the AHSAA Class 3A state football playoffs.
Henderson, who headlines AHSAA Prep Spotlight for playoff round two, also had 308 yards rushing and five TDs on just 10 carries in a 62-20 first-round win over Prattville Christian. He currently has 2,712 yards rushing on the season and is just 372 yards shy of the AHSAA single-season state rushing record of 3,083 yards set by Kendal Gibson of Aliceville in 2000 in 15 games.
Two others cracked 3,000 yards--Lee Cagle of Lynn with 3,018 yards in 15 games in 1996 and Sherman Williams of Blount with 3,004 in 1990 – also in 15 games.
Henderson’s current total in his 12 games this season currently ranks 11th all time. He had 2,294 yards and 34 touchdowns on 208 carries in 13 games last season.
He also had a quarterback sack from his linebacker position in the second-round win and has recorded 32 tackles in the two 2014 playoff games. He has also rushed 31 times for 591 yards with nine
scored (one coming on a 31-yard reception) in the two games.
This week Coach Pate Harrison’s Warriors, 23-1 the last two seasons, put their unbeaten record on the line at home against another undefeated team when Montgomery Academy (12-0) visits Midland City Friday. The Eagles beat T.R. Miller 30-28 last week.
One other playoff game pits two unbeaten teams, ironically, at nearby Skipperville where another Dale County school, G.W. Long (11-0), hosts Elba. Kickoffs for all playoff games are Friday night t 7 p.m.
Friday night’s quarterfinal battle will be live-streamed live over the NFHS TV Network. The link can be found at: http://www.nfhsnetwork.com/associations/ahsaa
A total of nine NFHS TV Network football playoff games will be live-streamed Friday including: Brantley at Billingsley (1A); Fyffe at Tanner (2A); Montgomery Academy at Dale County (3A); Madison Academy at Walter Wellborn (3A); Guntersville at Pleasant Grove (5A): Florence at Gardendale (6A); Saraland at Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa (6A); Prattville at Foley (7A); and Gadsden City at Hoover (7A). The Saraland-Hillcrest contest will be produced by both schools.
In other highlights reported from week 2 of the state playoffs:
KRISTIAN JONES, HACKLEBURG: Had 24 carries for 285 yards, four touchdowns and added a pair of 2-point conversions, four touchdowns and two 2-point conversions in the Panthers’ Class 1A 56-48 playoff loss to Cedar Bluff before leaving the game early in the fourth quarter with an injury. He also had 11 tackles on defense.
D’SHAWN FIFE, CEDAR BLUFF: Rushed for 224 yards on 34 carries and scored six touchdowns (8, 3, 3, 4, 33, 14 yards) in the Tigers' 56-48 Class 1A victory over Hackleburg. In two playoff games this season, Fife has 539 rushing yards and 10 TDs.
TYLER GURLEY, MADISON COUNTY: Ran 15 times for 101 yards and five touchdowns, including the game-winning 11-yard score in overtime, to lift the Tigers to a 35-28 Class 5A playoff win over Parker. He also completed 10-of-13 passes for 106 yards.
GABE FORD, GADSDEN CITY: Finished with 215 combined yards and three touchdowns in the Titans’ 45-28 Class 7A win over Oak Mountain. Ford rushed 15 times for 143 yards and touchdown runs of 4 and 57 yards and also caught three passes for 72 yards and a 49-yard score.
STEFAN CALDWELL, ELBA: Rushed for 141 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries and caught a 9-yard pass to help unbeaten Elba (12-0) beat Sweet Water 42-20 in the Class 2A playoffs. He also had a key quarterback sack for a 14-yard loss to help seal the win.
JORDAN BENTLEY, GUNTERSVILLE: Had 44 carries for 178 yards and a 3-yard touchdown in a 10-7 Class 5A playoff victory over Ramsay.
JAMEL GRACE, FLOMATON: Rushed for 187 yards and a touchdown on 31 carries in a 43-32 Class 2A victory over Cottonwood.
CHADARARIUS TOWNSEND, TANNER: Scored three touchdowns on runs of 25, 56 and 62 yards and finished with 240 yards on 19 carries as the defending Class 2A state champs beat Randolph County 41-14.
SHAKEITH TYES, CALERA: Had 212 yards rushing and two touchdowns on 21 carries in the Eagles’ 34-31, double-overtime Class 5A loss to Greenville.
ZACH SIMBECK, LAUDERDALE COUNTY: Rushed for 203 yards and two TDs in a 17-14 Class 3A playoff loss to Glencoe. Simbeck had TD runs of 55 and 56 yards.
SHAQUILLE TERRY, McADORY: Ran for 193 yards on 11 carries as the undefeated Yellow Jackets posted a 40-38 Class 6A victory over Oxford.
DeANTHONY HOLCOMBE, WASHINGTON COUNTY: Ran for 184 yards and three touchdowns on 32 carries as the unbeaten Bulldogs (12-0) beat Geneva County 35-14 in the 2A playoffs.
ISAIAH LEWIS, FOLEY: Ran for 170 yards on 23 carries in a 34-7 Class 7A victory over arch-rival Fairhope.
TYLER SIMS, SARALAND: Ran for 152 yards on nine carries with an 85-yard TD as the Spartans held off Opelika 27-21 in overtime in the 6A state playoffs.
KERRYON JOHNSON, MADISON ACADEMY: Rushed for 136 yards and two touchdowns on eight carries, caught a 47-yard TD pass and returned an interception 50 yards for a touchdown in a 42-20 Class 3A victory over Piedmont. His rushing TDs covered 1 and 59 yards.
KERVAE QUALLS, COLBERT COUNTY: Rushed for 148 yards, including TD runs of 36, 43 and 42 yards as the Indians beat Plainview 34-7 in the 3A playoffs.
DE'JUAN FEAGAN, PLEASANT GROVE: Helped the Spartans advance to the third round of the 5A playoffs with 148 yards and two touchdowns on 15 carries, 93 yards passing and another touchdown in a 28-10 victory over Lincoln.
CHASE TROTTER, CORDOVA: Completed 14-of-19 passes for 281 yards and four touchdowns (7, 59, 60 and 67 yards) as the Blue Devils beat Cleburne County 35-34 in the Class 4A playoffs. He also scored the game-winning TD on a 1-yard sneak with 1:59 remaining.
AARON POLLARD, MARION COUNTY: Was 15-of-27 passing for 298 yards and three touchdowns (22, 42 and 66 yards) as the Red Raiders beat previously unbeaten Donoho 29-18 in the Class 1A playoffs.
BRANDON SIMMONS, GREENVILLE: Completed 24-of-49 passes for 289 yards and five touchdowns in a 34-31, double-overtime Class 5A victory over Calera.
BLAKE HAWKINS, FLORENCE: Completed 15-of-22 passes for 226 yards and four touchdowns (17, 14, 40 and 33 yards) and added one TD rushing in the Falcons’ 43-21 Class 6A triumph over Shades Valley.
MATTHEW CHRISTIAN, OPELIKA: Completed 26-of-31 passes for 290 yards and three touchdowns in a 27-21 overtime loss to Saraland. He had touchdown throws of 17, 29 and 8 yards and finished the season with 157 straight pass attempts without an interception.
CARL WILLIAMS, B.C. RAIN: Passed for three touchdowns and rushed for three to account for six scores as B.C. Rain (6-6) advanced to the third round of the Class 5A playoff with a 50-14 win over Charles Henderson.
JOSH DECKER, CEDAR BLUFF: Completed 8-of-20 pass attempts for 219 yards and a 53-yard touchdown in the Class 1A Tigers' 56-48 win over Hackleburg.
JARED WALLACE, MARION COUNTY: Hauled in five receptions for 171 yards and three touchdowns (22 and 66 yards) in a 29-18 Class 1A win over Donoho. Teammate Braden Pyron also had seven catches for 97 yards and a 42-yard TD.
TYLER CRUMPTON, PHILLIPS: Caught 10 passes for 150 yards and three touchdowns (7, 15 & 25 yards) in a 40-34 Class 1A loss to undefeated Hubbertville.
LEONARD WOOD, HOOVER: Finished with four catches for 169 yards and a touchdown in a 42-7 Class 7A Bucs victory over Tuscaloosa County.
ASHTON GAY, OAKMAN: Caught seven passes for 160 yards and a touchdown in the Wildcats' 24-23 Class 3A loss to Walter Wellborn.
D.J. CHAPMAN, CEDAR BLUFF: Caught four passes for 127 yards and a 53-yard touchdown as the Tigers (7-5) advanced in the 1A playoffs with a 56-48 win over Hackleburg.
SETH KNOTTS, PRATTVILLE: Caught four passes for 106 yards and two touchdowns in a 26-7 Class 7A victory over Central-Phenix City.
AUSTIN HICKS, GARDENDALE: Caught six passes for 101 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 16 yards for another score as the Rockets advanced in the 6A playoffs with its 35-14 win over Homewood.
TREVOR CARVIN, FOLEY: Intercepted a Fairhope pass on the final play of the first half and ran it back 95 yards for a momentum-changing score as Foley beat region foe Fairhope 34-7 in the 7A playoffs.
XAVIUS COLEMAN, BRANTLEY: Had 15 tackles with three sacks in a 20-12 victory Class 1A over Linden.
GREENE, SWEET WATER: Had 14 tackles in 42-20 Class 2A loss to Elba.
STEVEN CROWDER, GARDENDALE: Managed 10 tackles and two sacks in a 35-14 Class 6A victory over Homewood.
WADE CASTLE, DALE COUNTY: Had 11 tackles and also caught a 51-yard touchdown pass on offense in Dale County’s 34-6 Class 3A win over Geneva.
JIM RICHARDS, G.W. LONG: Returned a fumble 33 yards for a touchdown, had an interception and seven tackles in the Rebels' 44-12 Class 2A win over Leroy. Teammate Bo Walding also had seven tackles including three sacks and rushed for three touchdowns on offense.
NICKY ERWIN AND ERNESTO CORDOVA: Tackled a Ramsay runner in the end zone for a safety to seal the unbeaten Wildcats’ Class 5A 10-7 playoff win over the Rams.
ROSS JOHNSON, CEDAR BLUFF: Returned an interception 33 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter of the Tigers' 56-48 Class 1A victory over Hackleburg.
JIMMY MASSEY, MONTGOMERY ACADEMY: Kicked three field goals, including a 33-yarder with 1:21 to play, to lift the unbeaten Eagles (12-0) to a 30-28 win over T.R. Miller in the Class 3A state playoffs.
MONTGOMERY – Twelve major contributors to prep athletics in Alabama have been selected to the 25th class of the Alabama High School Sports Hall of Fame.
The 2015 class, which includes coaches, administrators, officials, media and an “oldtimer,” will be inducted at a special Silver Anniversary banquet commemorating all 25 years of the event March 23, 2015, at the Renaissance Hotel at the Convention Center in Montgomery.
Selected were tennis coach Nancy Becker, basketball coaches Steve Jefferson, Jack Doss and Bobby Wright, football coaches Steve Rivers, Doug Goodwin and John Tatum, athletic director Myra Miles, track official Houston Young, and administrators Alan Mitchell and Ron Ingram. Selected in the “Old Timer” category was longtime Geneva County football coach James D. Chesteen.
The 18-member Hall of Fame Committee made the selections from the 50 nominations on the Hall of Fame ballot. The Hall of Fame is located at the Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) office in Montgomery.
Sponsors of the Hall of Fame program are the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association (AHSADCA) and the AHSAA. The corporate sponsors are Cadence Bank, Coca-Cola, EBSCO Media, Encore Rehabilitation, Farmers Insurance, Russell Athletic, TeamIP and Wilson Sporting Goods.
To order tickets ($40 each), mail requests along with check or money order (payable to AHSADCA) to: Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association, P. O. Box 242367, Montgomery, AL 36124. Additional information is available at 334-263-6994.
A thumbnail sketch of each 2015 inductee:
NANCY BECKER: One of the most successful girls’ tennis coaches in AHSAA state history, Becker began teaching as a business education teacher at Jacksonville (FL) in 1962, moved to John Carroll High School in 1965 and then to Vestavia Hills High School in 1984. Her tennis teams won 10 Class 6A state championships, had eight runner-up finishes, finished third four times and won 20 sectional championships. Her teams won over 200 matches in her 23-year career at Vestavia Hills and several prestigious tournaments, including the Chattanooga Rotary Tournament three times.
She was named NFHS State Tennis Coach of the Year in 2008 and 2010 and was honored by the Birmingham Kiwanis Club as Outstanding Teacher/Coach in 2011. She came out of retirement in 2013 to serve as an assistant coach and helped Vestavia Hills win the state championship. A 1957 graduate of Gadsden High School and 1961 graduate of Auburn University, Becker has been involved in many civic organizations, including Charity League, Civettes and the Birmingham Inter-Club and Tennis League.
JAMES “J.D.” CHESTEEN: A long-time head football coach in the Wiregrass, Chesteen, is being inducted in the “Old-Timer” category. He compiled an 86-64-6 overall record over a 16-year head-coaching career with stops at Coffee Springs, Samson and Geneva County. He coached three teams to the Peanut Bowl, one to the Lions Bowl and had teams win the South Alabama Conference 2A Championship twice. He served as president of the South Alabama Conference in 1964, was elected vice president of the AHSADCA in 1962 and president in 1963. He was head coach of the South All-Stars in the 1963 North-South Game and inducted into the Wiregrass Sports Hall of Fame in 1994.
He totaled 38 years and nine months as a teacher and coach in the Geneva County School System, retiring in 1989. Active in civic and church activities, he has been Chairman of Deacons at Hartford Baptist Church for 12 years.
He graduated from Brantley High School in 1946 and Troy University in 1951. He also spent three years in the Air Force (1946-48). His son Donnie Chesteen is currently the head football coach at Geneva High School.
JACK DOSS: One of the state’s most successful high school boys’ basketball coaches in history, Doss captured the 700th win of his prep coaching career in 2014.
His head-coaching career has produced seven state championships – two at Hayes in 1981 and 1982 in his first two seasons as a head coach. His teams won five at Butler in Huntsville (2004, 2005, 2007, 2008 and 2011). He is currently coaching at J.O. Johnson which has reached the state finals the last two years.
Doss has had two games televised nationally over ESPN, his basketball character development strategies have been showcased on CBS Sports, and he has coached three players that were named Mr. Basketball in Alabama. His teams have produced more than 30 Division I players, including former NBA standout Buck Johnson. He also coached future NBA stars Charles Barkley and Ennis Whatley in the North-South All-Star Game and Eric Bledsoe in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game.
He has been inducted into the Madison County Sports Hall of Fame, named Birmingham News Coach of the Year seven times and selected to coach in the AHSAA’s two all-star games four times.
He graduated Oxford High School (1965) and after a stint in the Air Force, earned his college degree at Jacksonville State University.
DOUG GOODWIN: A member of the AHSAA’s 200-win club as a prep football coach, Goodwin began his head-coaching career at Marion County from 1987-92, then at Lineville (1993-98), Demopolis (1999-2006), Russellville (2007-10) and Homewood (2011-13). He led Lineville to the state finals in 1996 and 1998, won a state title at Demopolis in 2004 while setting a state single-season scoring record (761 points) in the process. His Russellville teams reached the state finals in 2008 and 2009 and his Homewood teams won region titles in 2012 and 2013.
His career record is 234-91 with five state championship appearances and was the first coach in AHSAA history to guide three different schools to the state finals.
He was selected ASWA Class 4A Coach of the year in 2004 and the Alabama Football Coaches Association 5A Coach of the year in 2008. He coached in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game in 2005 and the North-South All-Star Game in 1998. A graduate of Sylacauga High School (1980) and Auburn University (1984), he currently serves as Director of High School Relations and NFL Liaison for Auburn University.
RON INGRAM: The AHSAA Director of Communications since 2007, Ingram has served on the National Federation Hall of Fame Screening Committee and the National Records Committee, currently serving as chairman. A sports journalist before joining the AHSAA, he served as sports editor of the Dothan Progress from 1975-1981 and the Dothan Eagle from 1981-1984. In 1984 he became prep sports editor of the Birmingham News where he remained for 24 years before joining the AHSAA staff. The award-winning writer has been named the Alabama Sports Writers Association Sports Writer of the Year and captured the ASWA’s sweepstakes writing award twice (1987 and 1994). He started and chaired the ASWA state football and basketball rankings and also the All-State teams from 1978 until 2008. He also managed the Birmingham News All-State Teams for football, basketball, softball, baseball, wrestling and volleyball.
Ingram graduated from Pike County High School (1970) and the University of Alabama (1974). He was inducted into the ASWA Sportswriters Hall of Fame in 2013, the Wiregrass Sports Hall of Fame in 2009 and was named Alabama Community Journalist of the Year in 2012 by Auburn University. He has authored two books, Tales of Alabama High School Football and Sammy Dunn--Dynasty on the Diamond.
STEVE JEFFERSON: The highly-respected boys’ basketball coach recorded over 650 career wins in his 31-year career at Carver in Birmingham. He led the Rams to back-to-back Class 4A state championships in 1978 and 1979 – playing before the largest high school crowd in AHSAA state tournament history at Coleman Coliseum against Parker in the 1978 finals. His Carver teams also reached the state finals three more times (1983, 1997 & 1998). He served as an assistant coach on Carver’s 1981 Class 4A state runner-up team. Jefferson also coached Conecuh County Training School from 1965-68 with one trip to the AIAA state tournament. He was head football coach at Birmingham’s Ullman High School for one year.
He was named Birmingham City Schools Coach of the Year 10 times, the Birmingham Tip-Off Club Coach of the Year twice (1979 and 1998) and received the 1998 Frank Nix Distinguished Service Award presented by the Tip-Off Club. He was named Birmingham Times Coach of the Year four times. Jefferson is a graduate of Escambia County Training School (1958) and Alabama State University (1962).
MYRA MILES: Considered one of the top high school administrators in the nation, Miles served as athletic director at Hoover from 2008-2014 after serving one year as interim AD. She also taught and coached at Hoover from 2002-2007. During her tenure the school won more than 20 state championships in 10 different sports.
Her first teaching/coaching assignment was at Haleyville (1984-88), followed by stops at Brooks (1989-99), St. James (1999-2000) and Coffee (2000-02). She coached volleyball, softball and girls’ basketball and taught physical education during her teaching/coaching career. Her volleyball team at Haleyville won the Class 4A state championship in 1987 and finished runner-up in 1985 and 1986, then her softball team won the Class 4A state title at Brooks in 1994. Her career records were 546-201 in softball, 355-152 in volleyball, and 192-124 in basketball – a total of 1,062 prep wins in the three sports.
Miles served on the AHSAA Central Board of Control from 2012-14, was president of the AHSADCA (2013-14) and an officer for five years. She has been active in working with special needs students and Special Olympics and helps sponsor a fishing trip for special needs children in Eutaw annually.
Miles is a graduate of Bradshaw (1979) in Florence and the University of North Alabama (1984). She also attended Freed-Hardeman College.
ALAN MITCHELL: The veteran Assistant Director of the AHSAA served as the association’s first Director of Publicity and Publications during five different decades while working with three different executive directors. A dedicated individual who has championed the AHSAA’s education-based athletics mission his entire career, Mitchell was recognized by the NFHS with the National Citation Award for Section 3 at the 2011 NFHS Summer Conference in Philadelphia. The AHSAA Central Board of Control also issued a resolution honoring Mitchell’s 32-year career with the AHSAA.
Mitchell joined the AHSAA after spending 14 years as a newspaper journalist and five years in college public relations. The 1960 Robert E. Lee High School graduate completed his college degree at Huntingdon College in 1964. He was a sports writer for the Montgomery Advertiser from 1958-66 while also holding down the Huntingdon College sports information director position from 1959-66. He served as Publicity Director at Tennessee Wesleyan College from 1966-71 before returning to Montgomery as sports editor of the Alabama Journal in 1971 where he remained until joining the AHSAA. He has served in various leadership roles at Aldersgate United Methodist Church and currently directs the Praise Singers ensemble.
STEVE RIVERS: The veteran football coach had head-coaching stops at Pelham (1979-80), Decatur (1981-95), Athens (1996-99) and Wakefield, N.C. (2000-05). A graduate of Sylacauga High School (1967) and Mississippi State University (1971), his overall head-coaching record is 188-95.
Rivers had unbeaten regular seasons at three different schools: 1993 (Decatur), 1997 (Athens) and 2005 (Wakefield) during his 27-year head-coaching career. The father of current NFL quarterback standout Philip Rivers and current Vanderbilt quarterback Stephen Rivers, he led 16 teams to the state playoffs. He played in the North-South All-Star Game in 1967 and later served as head coach of the North team in the 1997 game. He was an assistant in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game in 1999.
Rivers, who won the state prep doubles tennis championship in 1967, also coached tennis and basketball at Decatur and was inducted into the Morgan County Sports Hall of Fame in 2008 and named the Decatur Daily Football Coach of the Year five times. He played at Sylacauga for AHSAA Hall of Fame coach Tom Calvin and served as an assistant in his first coaching job under Hall of Fame coach Earl Webb.
JOHN TATUM: A graduate of Montgomery’s Robert L. Lee High School (1964) and Troy University (1969), Tatum spent 16 years as athletic director, head football and track coach at Montgomery Academy (1984-2000). He also had coaching stops at DeKalb County (GA), Norcross (GA) and Everitt Junior High in Panama City, Fl. He also worked with AHSAA STAR Sportsmanship developer Learning Through Sports in 2007-08 and served as principal at St. James School for three years before officially retiring. His Montgomery Academy teams compiled a 170-95 record, including 24-17 in playoff games. His 1987 team finished 14-0 and won the Class 1A state title. His 2006 team was 10-0 in the regular season and closed out 12-1. Three of his teams reached the state semifinals.
His overall head-coaching record was 196-112-1 with 21 trips to the state playoffs in 27 years. In 1987 Tatum was named Class 1A Coach of the Year, Montgomery Quarterback Club and Birmingham Monday Morning QB Club Coach of the Year. The 2005 AHSADCA Athletic .Director of the Year was also named Montgomery Advertiser Coach of the Year eight times. He was an assistant coach in the first Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game in 1988, coached in the North-South Game in 1999 as an assistant and as head coach of the South in 2007. A member of the prestigious Jimmy Hitchcock Award selection committee, he was inducted into the Robert E. Lee High School Hall of Fame in 1999.
BOBBY WRIGHT: The Central-Phenix City boys’ head basketball coach since 1989, Wright also served 26 years as defensive coordinator for the football team. His Red Devils basketball team has compiled a 449-160 record in 22 seasons with an average of 22 victories per year. His 1992-93 and 1998-99 teams each finished 29-3 and the 1994-95 team compiled 27-2 record. He guided teams to the Final Four five times and to the Class 6A finals in 1999. Prior to becoming head coach, he served as Coach James Redd’s assistant and coached the JV team for several years.
Central football teams compiled a 215-82 record during his coordinator tenure that included the Class 6A state championship in 1993. The Red Devils posted 59 shutouts during that span and allowed only 10.8 points per game.
Wright has won numerous Coach-of-the-Year honors from the Columbus Ledger Enquirer and Opelika-Auburn Daily News. He graduated from Buena Vista (GA) High School in 1960 and Fort Valley State College (GA) in 1974.
HOUSTON YOUNG: One of the top track officials in the nation, Young was awarded the NFHS National Citation Award as Track Official of the Year in 2010. A track and field official since 1968, he has worked the state track meet for the last 48 years and currently serves as a State Track Meet Director. He was named AHSAA State and Southwest District Official of the Year in 2008. An Olympic Torch Bearer in 1996, he has also officiated at several regional and national college track meets.
The 1963 Uniontown High School graduate became a college track standout at Livingston University where he set the 100-yard dash record that still stands. He became a teacher at Beatrice in 1968, moved to Lowndes County Training for one year and then joined Selma High School as teacher and track coach where he served from 1971-79. He moved into administration at Wallace Community College in Selma for 22 years. He is active in his community and church, serving as a deacon at Elkdale Baptist Church and as president of the Selma Jaycees in 1971. He is also a member of the Board of Directors for the Selma-Dallas County Red Cross and received the Education Award from the Prattville Fire Department.
MONTGOMERY – Seventeen unbeaten teams survived round two of the Alabama High School Athletic Association 2014 State Football Playoffs Friday and will be in the 52-team field for the quarterfinal round set Friday. All games are scheduled Nov. 21 at 7 p.m.
For the first time in AHSAA history, seven state champions will be crowned when the playoffs culminate the five-week playoff with the Super 7 State Championships at Auburn’s Jordan-Hare Stadium Dec. 3-4-5.
Round two started with 19 undefeated teams, but Class 1A Donoho lost to Marion County 29-18 and Class 7A Fairhope fell to Baldwin County rival Foley 34-0 Friday.
In Class 2A, five of the remaining eight teams are unbeaten on the year. That will change this week, however, since at least two are squaring off and another faces the two-time defending state champion. G.W. Long (11-0) will host Elba (12-0) at Skipperville while Fyffe (12-0) puts its perfect record on the line at Tanner (10-2). The Rattlers of Coach Laron White won the 2A state title in 2012 and 2013. Washington County (12-0), state runner-up the last two years, will be at home in Chatom against Region 1 rival Flomaton (9-3) and Ranburne (11-0 will host Region 5 rival Woodland (9-3).
In Class 3A, four unbeaten teams remain with Montgomery Academy (12-0) taking on Dale County (12-0) at Midland City in round three. Glencoe (12-0) will be at Colbert County (8-4) and Gordo (12-0) travels to Opp (9-3).
In Class 1A and 5A, three unbeaten teams are still alive. All three 1A teams travel this week with Brantley (12-0) at Billingsley (9-2), Maplesville (11-0) at Notasulga (9-3) and Hubbertville (11-0) at Ragland (11-1). In Class 5A, Guntersville (12-0) travels to Pleasant Grove (10-2), East Limestone (12-0) plays Madison County (9-3) at Gurley, and St. Paul’s (12-0) is at home against Region 1 fourth seed B.C. Rain (6-6).
In Class 6A, McAdory (12-0) will be at home to face Spanish Fort (11-1), the 5A state champs in 2012 and 2013, and Clay-Chalkville (12-0) goes to Decatur (10-2).
In addition to 2013 champs Tanner (2A) and Spanish Fort (5A), Madison Academy (3A) remained in this year’s field after knocking off Piedmont. The Mustangs will travel to Walter Wellborn (8-3) Friday.
And in Class 7A, which heads into the semifinals this week, 2012 and 2013 Class 6A state champion Hoover will be at home to Gadsden City (10-2), and Foley (9-3) will host Prattville (10-2).
Twenty-eight region champions advanced to round three and three teams qualifying as No. 4 seeds (Class 2A Flomaton and Woodland and Class 6A B.C. Rain) also advanced.
A total of 26 games are set Friday with four contests in each of the 1A through 6A classifications and two semifinal bouts in Class 7A. The annual state playoffs began in 1996 with four teams competing for one state championship in what was then Class 4A. Championship play for all schools was implemented the following year with four divisions. The six-class system began in 1984 and was replaced last January with the new seven-classification system.
The semifinals for classes 1A thru 6A will be Nov. 28. The Class 7A finals will be Wednesday, Dec. 3 at 7 p.m. at Jordan-Hare Stadium on the Auburn University campus.
Classes 3A, 1A and 5A their champions Thursday, Dec. 4, 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. 5.
The AHSAA’s first Unified Football Championship will be played Dec. 3 at 3:30 p.m. This year’s exhibition finals will feature teams from Lawrence County and Hewitt-Trussville in the historic game.
AHSAA 2014 FOOTBALL PLAYOFFS
Friday, Nov. 21
Brantley (12-0) at Billingsley (9-2)
Maplesville (11-0) at Notasulga (9-3)
Hubbertville (11-0) at Ragland (11-1)
Marion County (7-5) at Cedar Bluff (7-5)
Elba (12-0) at G.W. Long (11-0), Skipperville
Flomaton (9-3) at Washington County (12-0), Chatom
Fyffe (12-0) at Tanner (10-2)
Woodland (9-3) at Ranburne (11-0)
Montgomery Academy (12-0) at Dale County (12-0), Midland City
Gordo (12-0) at Opp (9-3)
Glencoe (12-0) at Colbert County (8-4), Leighton
Madison Academy (11-1) at Walter Wellborn (8-3), Anniston
Munford (9-3) at Leeds (11-1)
UMS-Wright (11-1) at Straughn (10-1)
Cordova (9-3) at Haleyville (10-2)
Deshler (11-1) at Fayette County (9-3), Fayette
Greenville (10-2) at Jackson (10-2)
B.C. Rain (6-6) at St. Paul’s Episcopal (12-0), Mobile
Guntersville (12-0) at Pleasant Grove (10-2)
East Limestone (12-0) at Madison County (9-3), Gurley
Saraland (11-1) at Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa (9-3)
Spanish Fort (11-1) at McAdory (12-0), McCalla
Clay-Chalkville (12-0) at Decatur (9-3)
Florence (10-2) at Gardendale (8-4)
Prattville (10-2) at Foley (9-3)
Gadsden City (10-2) at Hoover (10-2), Hoover Met
Brantley 20, Linden 12
Billingsley 72, Ellwood Christian 12
Maplesville 69, McKenzie 20
Notasulga 38, Fruitdale 20
Hubbertville 40, Phillips 34
Ragland 20, South Lamar 12
Cedar Bluff 56, Hackleburg 48
Marion County 29, Donoho 18
G.W. Long 44, Leroy 12
Elba 42, Sweet Water 20
Flomaton 43, Cottonwood 32
Washington County 35, Geneva County 14
Tanner 41, Randolph County 14
Fyffe 34, Reeltown 0
Woodland 23, Cleveland 10
Ranburne 20, Gaston 0
Dale County 34, Geneva 6
Montgomery Academy 30, T.R. Miller 28
Gordo 21, Pike County 20
Opp 33, Slocomb 17
Glencoe 17, Lauderdale County 14
Colbert County 34, Plainview 7
Madison Academy 42, Piedmont 20
Walter Wellborn 24, Oakman 23
Munford 29, W.S. Neal 22
Leeds 31, Clarke County 0
Straughn 30, West Blocton 0
UMS-Wright 21, Dadeville 7
Cordova 35, Cleburne County 34
Haleyville 41, Oneonta 14
Deshler 36, Saks 14
Fayette County 29, Jacksonville 26
Greenville 34, Calera 31 (2 OT)
Jackson 34, Tallassee 12
B.C. Rain 50, Charles Henderson 14
St. Paul’s Episcopal 38, Clay County Central 7
Pleasant Grove 28, Lincoln 10
Guntersville 10, Ramsay 7
East Limestone 10, Mortimer Jordan 0
Madison County 35, Parker 28
Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa 35, Carver-Montgomery 14
Saraland 27, Opelika 21 (OT)
McAdory 40, Oxford 38
Spanish Fort 33, Benjamin Russell 24
Clay-Chalkville 35, Muscle Shoals 14
Decatur 19, Southside-Gadsden 7
Florence 43, Shades Valley 21
Gardendale 35, Homewood 14
Foley 34, Fairhope 7
Prattville 26, Central-Phenix City 7
Hoover 42, Tuscaloosa County 7
Gadsden City 45, Oak Mountain 28
The NFHS TV Network will feature a total of 14 live-streaming webcasts of AHSAA football playoff contests tonight. Twenty-two school productions were live-streamed week 1.
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The NFHS TV Network announced last week the network now has more than 1,100 high schools in the network’s s School Broadcast Program. The Network announced it is launching a school recognition program to honor and recognize those schools that produce events at the highest level and excel at marketing and promoting their online events. There are two levels of recognition: NFHS Network Select and NFHS Network Elite. Both will be eligible to earn extra revenue producing programing for the network outside their own school events.