INDIANAPOLIS, IN (November 12, 2014) — The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) has finalized its position paper from the NFHS Concussion Summit Task Force, which met in July to develop recommendations for minimizing the risk of concussions and head impact exposure in high school football.
The recommendations, which have been shared with the 51 NFHS-member state high school associations, and approved by the NFHS Sports Medicine Advisory Committee (SMAC) and the NFHS Board of Directors, will be discussed by state associations at the NFHS Winter Meeting in early January for implementation in the 2015 football season.
The 24-member task force, which featured medical doctors, athletic trainers, high school coaches and key national leaders in high school sports, developed nine fundamentals for minimizing head impact exposure and concussion risk in football. They were designed to allow flexibility for state associations that collectively oversee the more than 15,000 high schools across the country that have football programs. As a result, each state high school association will be developing its own policies and procedures for implementation in the 2015 season.
Many of the recommendations focus on reducing the amount of full contact, including limiting the amount of full contact in practices during the season.
The Concussion Summit was the latest effort by the NFHS to minimize risk for the almost 7.8 million student participants in high school sports. In 2008, the SMAC advocated that a concussed athlete must be removed from play and not allowed to play on the same day. For the past five years, all NFHS rules publications have contained guidelines for the management of a student exhibiting signs, symptoms or behaviors consistent with a concussion. In 2010, the NFHS developed on online course – “Concussion in Sports – What You Need to Know” – and about 1.7 million individuals have taken the course through the NFHS Coach Education Program at www.nfhslearn.com.
The “Recommendations and Guidelines for Minimizing Head Impact Exposure and Concussion Risk in Football” position paper is posted on the NFHS website at www.nfhs.org.
MONTGOMERY – Tuscaloosa County High School cornerback Justin Little had a near state record four interceptions Friday night as the Wildcats went on the road to defeat Bob Jones 28-21.
For his efforts, Little grabbed the AHSAA Prep Spotlight for the first week of the state playoffs.
Only three others have intercepted five passes in a single game in the AHSAA. Georgiana’s Charlie McCoy was the first with his five picks in a 26-14 win over Florala 33 years ago in 1981. Meek’s Phillip Williams tied the mark in 2001 in a 33-7 win over Phillips, and most recently Devyn Murphree of J.P. Pennington equaled the record in a 27-3 win over Falkville in 2006. Little's four tie him with 18 others to have four picks in one game.
Tuscaloosa County had five interceptions on the night with Alex Payne getting the last one with just eight seconds remaining to seal the Class 7A first-round playoff win for Coach Lee Gibson’s team.
Quarterback Seth Franks sparked the offense with 309 yards passing and three touchdowns with 20-of-27 completions. His effort came just two weeks after suffering a separated shoulder that forced him to miss the final game of the regular season.
Tuscaloosa County (6-5) will be on the road in round two at Hoover (9-2).
Little’s performance edged another near-state-record-tying performance by Opp standout Raheem Bonham and an incredible effort by Dale County senior Jamarius Henderson.
Bonham scored eight touchdowns, one shy of the state mark set by Tommy Haley-Ricks of Hubbertville in a 76-52 win over Vina in 2008. Haley-Ricks’ 9 TDs had broken the record held by five others and equaled by Bonham Friday in the Bobcats’ 70-36 Class 3A playoff win over Lamar County.
Bonham totaled 423 all-purpose yards rushing for 262 yards and six touchdowns on seven carries, had three kickoff returns for 130 yards including an 89-yard scamper for a TD, and added a 31-yard pass reception for his eighth score.
Henderson helped Dale County (11-0) remain unbeaten in Class 3A with a start to remember. He scored the first three times he touched the ball – on runs of 68, 49 and 65 yards – as the Warriors beat Prattville Christian 62-20. He finished with 308 yards and five touchdowns on just 10 carries, added a sixth score on a 31-yard pass reception and record a team-high 13 tackles on defense. His other two rushing scores covered 12 and 54 yards.
MILSTSTONE: Amacis Tyynismaa set a new course record at the Oakville Indian Mounds & Park to win the Class 4A girls’ individual state cross country championship Saturday. Montgomery Catholic’s Tyynismaa, an eighth grader, averaged 5:29 per mile in clocking an amazing 17:03.04 to finish first in her competition by a minute and 20 seconds. Her time was the fastest of the day in all divisions.
Other top playoff performances reported from week 1 of the state playoffs:
DYLAN STONE, GLENCOE: Totaled 329 combined yards and seven touchdowns in the Yellow Jackets’ 56-19 win over Sylvania. Stone rushed 14 times for 244 yards and five touchdowns and was 6-of-7 passing for 85 yards and two more TDs. Stone ran for touchdowns of 46, 16, 17, 47 and 14 yards and had touchdown passes covering 48 and 13 yards.
JAMEL GRACE, FLOMATON: Ran for 365 yards and four touchdowns on 38 carries as the Hurricanes defeated Pickens County 35-20 in the Class 2A playoffs. The setback eliminated the Tornadoes, last year’s 1A state champs, from the competition.
KYLE NALLS, FAYETTE COUNTY: Rushed for 295 yards and five TDs on 17 carries in a 56-41 Class 4A playoff victory over Central-Florence.
DEMETRICE VAUGHAN, BLOUNT: Had 32 carries for 281 yards and a TD in a 21-20 Class 6A playoff loss to McAdory.
BRIAN ROBINSON, HILLCREST-TUSCALOOSA: Piled up 243 yards rushing with five touchdowns on 30 carries as the Patriots defeated Daphne 56-28 in the 6A playoffs.
JORDAN BENTLEY, GUNTERSVILLE: The junior running back rushed for 202 yards and scored four touchdowns on runs of 18, 5, 2 and 2 yards as the unbeaten Wildcats (11-0) beat Moody 33-7 in the Class 5A state playoffs. The Wildcats are 11-0 for the first time in school history. Bentley's four TDs gave him 31 on the season. He has scored 66 TDs in his GHS career, a school record.
CONNER KISER, HALEYVILLE: Gained 218 yards rushing on 17 carries and scored four touchdowns in Haleyville’s 45-21 Class 4A playoff win over Elkmont. He also completed 14-of-20 passes for 110 yards and a TD. Teammate Brady Sherrill added 129 yards rushing and a TD on 18 carries and also had 12 tackles on defense.
HAROLD SHADER, OAK MOUNTAIN: Keyed the Eagles’ 542-yard offensive night with 281 yards rushing and five touchdowns on18 carries as Oak Mountain beat James Clemens 60-43 in the 7A playoffs. He scored on runs of 3, 15, 68, 75 and 79 yards.
BRADRICK SHAW, HOOVER: Had 151 yards rushing on five carries, highlighted by a 95-yard scamper for a TD, as Hoover beat Buckhorn 38-13 in the first round of the 7A state playoffs.
SHAKEITH TYES, CALERA: Helped the Eagles post their first-ever Class 5A playoff win, a 28-26 victory over Vigor, by pilling up 220 yards rushing and four touchdowns on 31 carries.
KRISTIAN JONES, HACKLEBURG: Had 26 carries for 181 yards, two touchdowns and a pair of 2-point conversions as the Panthers (10-1) advanced to the second round of the 1A playoffs with 58-40 win over Talladega County Central. He also had a 33-yard kickoff return and eight tackles on defense. Hackleburg gained 460 rushing yards on 61 tries.
A.J. JOHNSON, BERRY: Rushed for 205 yards on 21 carries with three touchdowns (8, 56, 61 yards) and had a 32-yard TD reception in a 46-34 Class 1A loss to Cedar Bluff.
NIC ROLLO, COLD SPRINGS: Ran 25 times for 167 yards and a pair of touchdowns in a 27-26 Class 2A loss at Gaston. He scored both TDs on fourth-down plays covering 26 and 10 yards.
HEATH BURCHFIELD, JAMES CLEMENS: In James Clemens’ first playoff game ever, Burchfield completed 20-of-32 passes for 389 yards and four touchdowns (8, 83, 89, and 5 yards) in a 60-43 Class 7A loss at Oak Mountain.
TYLER CAMERON, FOLEY: Completed 12-of-20 passes for 237 yards and three touchdowns in the Wolves’ 35-31 in Class 7A and rushed 11 times for 33 yards in a win at Auburn.
CORY GILL, COTTONWOOD: Was 16-of-27 passing for 230 yards and five touchdowns in a 32-14 Class 2A win over Luverne.
BO NIX, SCOTTSBORO: The eighth-grader completed 8-of-22 passes for 188 yards and five touchdowns (43, 45, 45, 2 and 15 yards) in an 85-50 Class 6A playoff loss at Clay-Chalkville. The five TDs tied a school record held by Pat Trammell. Malik Talley, who had 162 yards receiving, had four TD receptions.
ZACH DIMMOCK, ONEONTA: Led the defending Class 4A state champion Redskins to a 50-26 win over Sardis, completing 15-of-22 passes for 198 yards and four touchdowns. He also ran for a 25-yard TD.
NICO COLLINS, CLAY-CHALKVILLE: The sophomore had six catches for 183 yards and two touchdowns in an 85-50 Class 6A playoff win over Scottsboro. The 135 points scored set a state playoff record for most points and is the third highest a single game total in AHSAA state history.
SOLOMON MUHAMMAD, PARKER: Caught nine passes for 130 yards and three touchdowns in a 28-9 Class 5A playoff win against West Point.
MACKENZIE GRAHAM, BUCKHORN: Caught 10 passes for 166 yards and touchdowns of 7 and 69 yards in a 38-13 Class 7A loss to Hoover.
GAGE CASH, BOAZ: The senior receiver caught six passes for 146 yards, including a 78-yard touchdown, in a 24-7 loss to Lincoln in the 5A playoffs.
COREY BROWN, B.C. RAIN: Hauled in a game-winning 72-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Carl Williams in the final minute of play as fourth-seeded B.C. Rain knocked off Region 4 champion Demopolis 28-27 in the Class 5A playoffs.
DENZEL WOODARD, LEROY: Caught five passes for 112 yards and accounted for three touchdowns as Leroy knocked off Thorsby 46-20 in the 2A playoffs.
RICHARD McBRYDE, CHARLES HENDERSON: Recorded 18 tackles on defense, stops resulting in 11.5 yards in losses, to help Charles Henderson nip Beauregard 48-42 in overtime. It was his 15-yard score in overtime that proved to be the winning touchdown.
ZAC OGLESBY, GADSDEN CITY: Made two big defensive plays in the fourth quarter to help secure Gadsden City’s 54-37 Class 7A playoff win over Hewitt-Trussville. The senior defensive end had a sack for a 9-yard loss on fourth down that led to a GCHS score, then on the next series recovered and returned a fumble 41 yards for another touchdown.
DEZMOND JOHNSON, SLOCOMB: Intercepted two passes on defense in a 14-0 Class 3A shutout win over Midfield, the Red Tops ‘first playoff win in six years. He also caught a 68-yard TD pass to seal the victory.
PATE SMITH & DEWAYNE WHIGHAM, G.W. LONG: Both had 13 tackles and Whigham added a fumble recovery in the Rebels’ 35-0 Class 2A win over New Brockton. The duo helped the Rebels improved to 10-0.
CHANCE DUNCAN, GLENCOE: Had eight tackles, including three for a loss, and two sacks in the Yellow Jackets’ 56-19 Class 3A win over Sylvania.
TYLER GREEN, GARDENDALE: The linebacker had nine tackles and two sacks in a 24-3 Class 6A playoff win over Fort Payne.
WILL EVANS, HALEYVILLE: Had nine tackles and returned an interception for a TD in the Lions’ 45-21 Class 4A playoff win over Elkmont.
TAVARIUS HUTCHINSON, McADORY: Had two key plays on defense to help seal unbeaten McAdory’s 21-20 Class 6A playoff win over Blount. Hutchison returned a blocked punt 44 yards for a touchdown with 2:19 left to play for the game-winning score, and then added an interception in the final minute to seal the win.
GARRETT SANDERS, G.W. LONG: Returned a punt 56 yards for a touchdown and converted 5-of-5 extra-point kicks in the Rebels’ 35-0 Class 2A win over New Brockton.
The AHSAA Cross Country Championships will be shown live over the NFHS TV Network Saturday morning for the second year in a row. The broadcast from Oakville Indian Mounds and Museum Park will begin with the first race at 8:30 a.m. (1A-2A girls) and will continue through the final race of the day (7A boys) scheduled to start at 12:10 p.m.
The subscription-based webcast can be accessed at the following link on the NFHS TV Network site:
The 2014-15 slate of AHSAA events to be live-streamed over the NFHS TV Network began last week with the Volleyball State Finals, the first national event on the Network this school year. That event made history in 2013 as the first state championship live-streamed over the NFHS TV Network. The first national event live-streamed was the AHSAA’s Champions Challenge football triple-header in 2013 at Cramton Bowl in Montgomery.
RECORD NUMBER OF PLAYOFF GAMES SET FOR NFHS TV NETWORK LIVE STREAM
The NFHS TV Network will have a record number of live-streaming webcasts tonight with 22 school productions of AHSAA high school football playoff games on the schedule. Viewers can access the network by subscribing and logging in at:
The AHSAA ranked third nationally in the latest NFHS Network rankings for referrals. Illinois and Michigan ranked 1-2 with Alabama leading Section 3 associations with 4,725 referrals for the month. Tennessee was fifth and Georgia ranked ninth.
The AHSAA ranked eighth nationally with NFHS Network visits (16,015). Illinois ranked No. 1. The AHSAA also ranked eighth in new subscriptions (335) with ranked first nationally.
AHSAA member schools can participate year-round in the NFHS TV Network by joining through the NFHS Network’s School Broadcast Program. A record number of regular-season games were live-streamed by the school-produced, student-driven programs.
The NFHS TV Network announced Thursday the network now has more than 1,100 high schools in its School Broadcast Program. The Network also 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 of their own school events.
NFHS TV Network Live-Streaming Broadcasts
Week I (Football Playoffs – 22 productions)
Buckhorn at Hoover (Hoover HS is producer)
Foley at Auburn (Foley HS is producer)
Arab at Shades Valley (Arab HS is producer)
Arab at Shades Valley (Shades Valley HS is producer)
Bessemer City at Saraland (Saraland HS is producer)
Briarwood Christian at Florence (Florence HS is producer)
Daphne at Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa (Daphne HS is producer)
Daphne at Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa (Hillcrest HS is producer)
Hartselle at Homewood (Homewood HS is producer)
Minor at Muscle Shoals (Muscle Shoals HS is producer)
Pell City at Carver-Montgomery, Cramton Bowl (Carver HS is producer)
Wetumpka at Opelika (Wetumpka HS is producer)
Wetumpka at Opelika (Opelika HS is producer)
Moody at Guntersville (Guntersville HS is producer)
Jacksonville at Locust Fork (Jacksonville HS is producer)
North Jackson at Saks (Saks HS is producer)
Fultondale at Pike County (Pike County HS is producer)
Prattville Christian at Dale County (Dale County HS is producer)
Winston County at Madison Academy (Madison Academy is producer)
Geneva County at Goshen (Goshen HS is producer)
Houston Academy at Elba (Houston Academy HS is producer)
R.C. Hatch at Sweet Water (Sweet Water HS is producer)
Guntersville recorded its first 10-0 perfect season since 1955 by defeating arch rival Albertville 21-16 Friday night in the 100th meeting between the Wildcats and Aggies, the longest running high school rivalry in Alabama.
The historic rivalry grabbed the AHSAA Prep Spotlight for Week 11 of the 2014 prep football season.
Coach Lance Reese’s unbeaten Wildcats head into the Class 5A state playoffs this week against Moody (5-5) Friday night. Albertville, coached by interim coach Cliff Mitchell, finished its season 4-5.
The rivalry began in 1914 with Albertville winning the first game 27-0. Guntersville, holding a 49-45-6 edge in the series, has outscored the Aggies 1,589-1,450 – just over a point per game in the long series.
Clarke County and Thomasville completed its 100th meeting this year as did Clarke County and Jackson, according to Ross Wood of the Clarke County Democrat. The Alabama High School Football Historical Society, however, only lists 99 games in each of those two series.
Leading the Wildcats was Jordan Bentley with 23 carries for 124 yards and a touchdown. He returned an interception for a score and David Smith also recovered a fumble for a touchdown.
Lee Menefee and Ernesto Cordova each had 8 total tackles for the Wildcats defense and Jackson Menefee had seven stops.
Other top performances reported in Week 11 included:
TYLER RENFROW, VINA: Rushed for 319 yards and four TDs and added a fifth score with a 32-yard fumble return as the Red Devils beat Holy Spirit 46-28.
REED BLANKENSHIP, WEST LIMESTONE: Had 16 carries for 321 yards and touchdowns runs of 63, 16 and 78 yards in a 34-32 win at Ardmore. He also had an interception on defense.
DEKARLOS BILLINGSLEY, SCOTTSBORO: The sophomore running back rushed 52 times for 259 yards and one touchdown in a 13-6 overtime loss to Madison County. Billingsley had all his team’s carries but one on the night. The 52 carries is a new Scottsboro single-game record. Billingsley also set a Scottsboro single-season tandard for most rushing attempts with 275 through week 11. Billingsley has rushed for 1,588 yards on the season, the fifth best single-season mark entering the first round of the playoffs, and has scored 20 touchdowns.
AUSTIN STIEFEL, FYFFE: Had 252 yards rushing on 18 carries with four touchdowns as the Red Devils (10-0) closed the regular season unbeaten with a 59-28 win over Plainview.
STEFAN CALDWELL, ELBA: Rushed for 225 yards and four touchdowns on 17 carries, pacing unbeaten Elba to a 48-19 win over Opp. Caldwell scored on runs of 3, 80 and 2 yards in the first half, helping the Tigers to a 28-6 halftime lead, and added a 53-yard TD run in the third quarter.
BRANDON BAYNES, TALLASSEE: Ran for 184 yards and three touchdowns in a 20-14 victory over Elmore County to finish the regular season with over 2,300 yards rushing. He scored on runs of 1, 20 and 49 yards and also completed 3-of-4 passes for 55 yards.
TYLER REACH, RED BAY: Rushed 16 times for 256 yards and four touchdowns as Red Bay beat Marion County 47-6.
CAMERONE BLANKS, COTTONWOOD: Accounted for 231 yards and four touchdowns on offense on just 13 touches and added 12 tackles on defense in a 40-20 Bears win over Wicksburg. Blanks rushed for 131 yards and a TD on 10 carries and caught 3 passes – all touchdowns – for 100 yards.
TERENCE HUMPHREY, COLUMBIA: Carried 37 times for 285 yards and six touchdowns (1, 89, 15, 15, 14, 13 yards) in a 42-29 victory over Central-Florence.
SHAKEITH TYES, CALERA: Had 34 carries for 291 yards and three touchdowns while throwing a 56-yard touchdown pass in a 39-28 victory over Chilton County.
CHRIST AUSTIN, OAKMAN: Rushed 20 times for 247 yards and four touchdowns in a 49-12 win over Berry. Austin had touchdown runs of 4, 58, 26 and 2 yards.
DANT’E REESE, HANCEVILLE: Ran for 168 yards and two touchdowns on 34 carries in a 22-21 comeback win at Good Hope. The senior’s 11-yard scoring scamper and subsequent 2-point conversion late in the fourth quarter put the Bulldogs up for good.
AUSTIN HARRIS, FAIRVIEW: Rushed for 164 yards and three touchdowns on 20 carries in a 34-27 comeback on the road at county-rival Vinemont. The junior, who had missed three games with an injury, scored the game-winner on a 42-yard tote.
REID RIALS, SATSUMA: Was 14-of-23 passing for 246 yards and two TDs and rushed 11 times for 101 yards four TDs as Satsuma nipped Chickasaw 49-48. He added a seventh score with a 39-yard punt return and sealed the win on defense with a late interception.
CHANDLER RIDGON, CHICKASAW: Finished 21-of-29 passing for 309 yards and five touchdowns in the 49-48 loss to Satsuma. He also ran for 162 yards on 21 carries.
BRADY POLSON, BOB JONES: Completed 17-of-25 passes for 338 yards and six touchdowns (9, 3, 37, 20, 77 and 76 yards) in a 62-45 win at Austin.
BLAKE HAWKINS, FLORENCE: Was 23-of-34 passing for 199 yards and two TDs and also 128 yards rushing on eight carries to lead the Falcons past Huntsville 50-20.
DAULTON HYATT, ARAB: Threw for 309 yards and a touchdown, and ran for 98 yards and a score in a 35-14 win over Moody.
MATT MARQUET, CHELSEA: Completed 13-of-19 passes for 262 yards and a touchdown and added 17 carries for 120 yards and two more scores in a 34-20 victory over ThompsonJON AVERY, CARBON HILL: Completed 13-of-17 passes for 322 yards and five touchdowns in a 52-6 victory over Lynn. His TD passes covered 27, 45, 47, 21 and 69 yards.
TANNER NELSON, COLLLINSVILLE: Threw four touchdown passes, including two to Jordan Leath, in the Panthers' 46-18 victory at Valley Head on Thursday. His scoring strikes covered 65, 68, 65 and 50 yards totaling 248 yards passing just on his TD passes.
HUNTER GRANT, WEST END: Was 5-of-9 passing for 100 yards and rushed 29 times for 136 yards with the game-winning TD as West End beat Appalachian 30-27.
MICHAEL CHISEM, MINOR: Caught eight passes for 189 yards and three touchdowns in a 27-9 victory over Pinson Valley.
LAWTON DOROUGH, HOMEWOOD: Caught four passes for 147 yards in a 24-12 victory over playoff-bound Tuscaloosa County. He hauled in an 80-yard touchdown pass and also added a 49-yard kick return for Homewood's eighth straight win.
REESE HARBISON, GOOD HOPE: Caught five passes for 120 yards in a 22-21 loss to Hanceville. The freshman’s longest reception covered 61 yards.
WESLEY BURNS, BOAZ: The senior caught eight passes for 128 yards in the Pirates come-from-behind 12-7 win over Sardis. Burns now has a school single-season record 58 receptions.
WILL WRENN, WEST POINT: Caught three passes for 111 yards and two touchdowns and snagged an interception in a little more than a half of a 52-21 home win over Priceville. The senior covered 27 and 66 yards on the scoring receptions.
JARED STEWART, FULTONDALE: Grabbed three interceptions as the Wildcats beat Oak Grove 30-26.
DAKOTA NEWSOME, FYFFE: Recorded 21 tackles and recovered a fumble as Fyffe beat Plainview 59-28.
FISHER WILLOUGHBY, COLD SPRINGS: Picked off a pair of second-half passes, broke up another and made five tackles in a 39-13 road win at Holly Pond. The Eagles’ 8-2 regular season record is their best since 2003.
COLLIN DAY, COLD SPRNGS: Compiled seven tackles, including two for loss and a pair of sacks, in a 39-13 road rout of Holly Pond. The senior drove the Broncos back a combined 28 yards on his two sacks.
MASON BROWN, GLENCOE: Had 16 tackles and a key sack late in the game to help the Yellow Jackets post a 17-10 win over Cleburne County
JOEL BROCK, SAND ROCK: Picked off two passes and caught a 48-yard touchdown pass in the Wildcats' 42-0 victory over Cedar Bluff on Thursday.
TYLER SMITH, SLOCOMB: Earned 10 tackles and blocked a punt in the Red Tops 37-7 win over Geneva County.
CODY BLACKWOOD, CLEVELAND: Had two interceptions, returning one 37 yards for a TD, added three pass break-ups and four tackles in a 36-6 victory over Southeastern.
COLEMAN TAYLOR, ST. JAMES: Booted a 33-yard field goal on the final play to give the Trojans a 20-17 victory over Marbury.
TRISTAN SKINNER, WEST POINT: Made a 37-yard field goal and all seven of his extra-point attempts in a 52-21 home win over Priceville.
KAINE YATES, HANCEVILLE: Blocked a punt and recovered a late fumble inside the Bulldogs’ own 5-yard line in a 22-21 thriller over county-rival Good Hope.
KAINAN SMITH, GOOD HOPE: Returned the second-half kickoff 85 yards for a touchdown and caught three passes for 44 yards and another score in a 22-21 loss to Hanceville. He made a diving catch for a spectacular 35-yard grab down the right sideline to set up his second touchdown.
COBY NEENAN, NORTHVIEW: Hit field goals of 48 and 27 yards and was 3-of-3 on extra points in a 41-34 win over Charles Henderson. He also punted five times for a 43.4 average (217 yards).
QUINTON SHAW, R.C. HATCH: Scored on a punt return and a run in a 68-20 at Autaugaville that clinched the first winning season in school.
Nineteen unbeaten teams and all six defending state champions of 2013 are in the 208-team first-round field as the Alabama High School Athletic Association 2014 State football Playoffs get underway Friday, Nov. 7. All games are scheduled for 7 p.m.
For the first time in AHSAA history, seven state champions will be crowned when the playoffs culminate the five-week regimen at the Super 7 State Championships at Auburn’s Jordan-Hare Stadium Dec. 3-4-5.
The new seven classification system shifts some of the defending champions into new classifications and pits two – Pickens County (7-3) and Tanner (8-2) – in Class 2A this year. Pickens County won the 2013 state title in Class 1A.
Madison Academy (9-1) returns to defend its Class 3A state championship and Oneonta (8-2) its 4A crown. Spanish Fort (9-1), the 2012 and 2013 Class 5A champions, are now battling in Class 6A and defending 6A champ Hoover in the new 7A.
Among the 19 teams heading into the state playoffs unbeaten are five schools in Class 2A, four each in 1A and 3A, three in 5A, two in 6A and one in Class 7A. No teams are unbeaten in the 32-team Class 4A field.
Fairhope (10-0) is the only unbeaten team in the new 7A division. The Pirates will open the playoffs at home Nov. 7 against Jeff Davis (5-5).
Other unbeaten teams include: Class 1A: Brantley (10-0), Donoho (10-0), Maplesville (9-0) and Hubbertville (9-0); Class 2A: Washington County (10-0), Elba (10-0), Fyffe (10-0), Ranburne (9-0) and G.W. Long (9-0); Class 3A: Dale County (10-0), Montgomery Academy (10-0), Gordo (10-0) and Glencoe (10-0); Class 4A: none. Class 5A: St. Paul’s Episcopal (10-0), Guntersville (10-0) and East Limestone (10-0); Class 6A: McAdory (10-0) and Clay-Chalkville (10-0).
A total of 104 games are set Friday with 16 in each of the 1A thru 6A classifications and eight in Class 7A.
The 49th 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 last January with the new seven-classification system.
Second-round playoff games are scheduled Friday, Nov. 14, followed by the quarterfinals Nov. 21 and the semifinals Nov. 28.
AHSAA State Football Playoffs
FIRST ROUND PAIRINGS
(All games Friday, Nov. 7, 7 p.m.)
Loachapoka (3-6) at Brantley (10-0)
Chickasaw (4-6) at Linden (6-3)
Kinston (6-4) at Billingsley (7-2)
Ellwood Christian (4-6) at J.U. Blacksher (6-4), Uriah
Millry (7-3) at Maplesville (9-0)
Isabella (6-2) at McKenzie (8-1)
A.L. Johnson (5-5) at Fruitdale (8-2)
Georgiana (7-3) at Notasulga (7-3)
Jacksonville Christian (4-6) at Hubbertville (9-0)
Wadley (7-3) at Phillips (9-1), Bear Creek
South Lamar (4-6) at Valley Head (5-4)
R.A. Hubbard (6-4) at Ragland (9-1)
Talladega Co. Central (6-4) at Hackleburg (9-1)
Cedar Bluff (5-5) at Berry (7-3)
Decatur Heritage (6-4) at Donoho (10-0), Anniston
Marion County (5-5) at Spring Garden (7-3)
New Brockton (7-3) at G.W. Long (9-0), Skipperville
Leroy (5-5) at Thorsby (7-3)
Houston Academy (4-5) at Elba (10-0)
R.C. Hatch (6-4) at Sweet Water (7-3)
Flomaton (7-3) at Pickens County (7-3), Reform
Luverne (5-5) at Cottonwood (8-2)
Vincent (4-6) at Washington County (10-0), Chatom
Geneva County (6-3) at Goshen (6-4)
Ider (7-3) at Tanner (8-2)
Randolph County (8-2) at Sulligent (6-4)
Tarrant (4-6) at Fyffe (10-0)
Hatton (6-3) at Reeltown (9-1)
Woodland (7-3) at Red Bay (9-1)
Cleveland (8-2) at Addison (7-3)
Phil Campbell (4-6) at Ranburne (9-0)
Cold Springs (8-2) at Gaston (7-3)
Prattville Christian (4-6) at Dale County (10-0), Midland City
Geneva (5-5) at Aliceville (9-1)
Daleville (5-5) at Montgomery Academy (10-0)
Greensboro (7-3) at T.R. Miller (9-1), Brewton
Hillcrest-Evergreen (4-6) at Gordo (10-0)
Fultondale (6-4) at Pike County (6-3), Brundidge
Lamar County (7-3) at Opp (7-3)
Slocomb (6-4) at Midfield (5-4)
Sylvania (4-6) at Glencoe (10-0)
Vinemont (5-5) at Lauderdale County (8-2), Rogersville
Weaver (4-6) at Plainview (8-2), Rainsville
Colbert County (6-4) at Winfield (6-4)
Winston County (5-5) at Madison Academy (9-1)
Pisgah (6-4) at Piedmont (7-3)
Lexington (7-3) at Oakman (9-1)
Walter Wellborn (6-3) at Geraldine (8-2)
Munford a(7-3) t St. James (8-2), Montgomery
W.S. Neal (6-3) at Northside (8-2), Samantha
Ashford (7-3) at Leeds (9-1)
Bibb County (6-4) at Clarke County (8-2), Grove Hill
Thomasville (5-5) at West Blocton (9-1)
Childersburg (6-4) at Straughn (8-1)
Sipsey Valley (4-6) at UMS-Wright (9-1), Mobile
Trinity Presbyterian (5-5) at Dadeville (6-4)
Westminster Christian (6-4) at Cleburne County (8-2), Heflin
Cordova (7-3) at Wilson (9-1)
Sardis (5-3) at Oneonta (8-2)
Elkmont (8-2) at Haleyville (8-2)
Hamilton (7-3) at Deshler (9-1), Tuscumbia
North Jackson (7-3) at Saks (9-1), Anniston
Central-Florence (5-5) at Fayette County (7-3), Fayette
Jacksonville (8-2) at Locust Fork (8-2)
Sylacauga (7-3) at Greenville (8-2)
Vigor (5-4) at Calera (9-1)
Rehobeth (5-5) at Tallassee (7-3)
Central Tuscaloosa (6-4) at Jackson (8-2)
B.C. Rain (4-6) at Demopolis (8-2)
Beauregard (7-2) at Charles Henderson (7-3), Veterans Stadium, Troy
Helena (5-5) at St. Paul’s Episcopal (10-0), Mobile
Eufaula (5-5) at Clay County Central (7-3), Lineville
Boaz (6-4) at Lincoln (6-4)
Pleasant Grove (8-2) at Russellville (8-2)
Moody (5-5) at Guntersville (10-0)
J.O. Johnson (7-3) at Ramsay (9-1), Lawson Field, Birmingham
Dora (5-5) at East Limestone 10-0)
Etowah (6-4) at Mortimer Jordan (9-1), Kimberly
West Point (7-3) at Parker (9-1), Birmingham
Alexandria (6-3) at Madison County (7-3), Gurly
Pell City (6-4) at Carver-Montgomery (8-2), Cramton Bowl, Montgomery
Daphne (7-3) at Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa (7-3)
Wetumpka (6-4) at Opelika (8-1)
Bessemer City (5-5) at Saraland (9-1)
Blount (7-3) at McAdory (10-0), McCalla
Oxford (5-5) at Dothan (5-5), Rip Hewes Stadium
Northridge (6-4) at Spanish Fort (9-1)
Stanhope Elmore (5-5) at Benjamin Russell (9-1), Alexander City
Scottsboro (4-6) at Clay-Chalkville (10-0)
Minor (7-3) at Muscle Shoals (7-2)
Pinson Valley (5-5) at Southside-Gadsden (8-2)
Decatur (7-3) at Walker (6-4), Jasper
Briarwood Christian (4-6) at Florence (8-2), Braly Stadium
Arab (7-3) at Shades Valley (8-2), Frank Nix Stadium, Irondale
Hartselle (7-3) at Homewood (8-2)
Gardendale (6-4) at Fort Payne (7-3)
Jeff Davis (5-5) at R1 W: Fairhope (10-0)
Foley (7-3) at R2 RU: Auburn (4-5)
Murphy (7-3) at R2 W: Central-Phenix City (9-1)
Prattville (8-2) at Baker (9-1), Mobile
Buckhorn (6-4) at Hoover (8-2)
Tuscaloosa County (5-5) at Bob Jones (8-2), Madison City Schools Stadium
Hewitt-Trussville (5-5) at Gadsden City (8-2)
James Clemens (7-3) at Oak Mountain (9-1), Heardmont Park
Danville 2, Jacksonville 1
Danville closed out the 2014 AHSAA State Volleyball Championships Thursday night by winning its first state championship with a 25-16, 25-18, 17-25, 25-17 triumph over defending champion Jacksonville in the Class 4A finals at the Birmingham CrossPlex.
Coach Spencer Cole’s Hawks (51-11) jumped out to a 2-0 lead and then closed out with a strong fourth-set finish to notch the title. Tournament MVP Sydni Shelton had 18 kills and 19 digs to lead her team. Kellee Styles also had 18 kills and 13 digs. Setter Charlee Anderson had 46 assists and 10 digs.
Leading Coach David Clark’s Golden Eagles (40-10) were paced by Blessing Dunn’s 26 kills and 21 digs. Darrien Martin also had eight kills and 16 digs and Ashley Clingan had 33 assists.
Class 4A All-Tournament Team
Sydni Shelton, Danville (MVP); Kellee Stiles, Danville; Charlee Anderson, Danville; Blessing Dunn, Jacksonville; Sierra Stone, Jacksonville; Zori Foster, St. James; Julia Burton, Deshler.