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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:

RUSHING
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.


PASSING
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.


PASS RECEIVING
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.

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.

SPECIAL TEAMS
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.
IMMANUEL WILDER, JAMES CLEMENS:
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

CLASS 1A
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)

CLASS 2A
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

CLASS 3A
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

CLASS 4A
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)

CLASS 5A
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

CLASS 6A
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

CLASS 7A
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

CLASS 1A
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

CLASS 2A
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

CLASS 3A
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

CLASS 4A
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

CLASS 5A
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

CLASS 6A
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

CLASS 7A
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


17 Unbeaten Teams; 7 Defending Champions In Field as AHSAA State Football Playoffs Begin

     Seventeen unbeaten teams and all seven defending state champions from 2014 are in the 208-team first-round field as the Alabama High School Athletic Association 2015 State football Playoffs get underway Friday, Nov. 6. Two games are set to be played Thursday night, Nov. 5, and all contests are scheduled to kick off at 7 p.m.
      For the first time, seven defending state champs will be the field as the AHSAA conducts its seven classification football playoffs for the second straight year. The playoffs began in 1966 with just four teams competing for the Class 4A state title. The playoffs expanded to four classifications in 1967, to six in 1984 and seven in 2014.
       This year’s playoffs mark the 50th anniversary of the AHSAA’s storied playoff completion.
        Classes 1A through 6A will compete in five playoff rounds culminating with the Super 7  State Championships at Tuscaloosa and Bryant-Denny Stadium Dec. 2-3-4. Class 7A will lay four rounds with the championship game at Bryant-Denny set for Dec. 2 at 7 p.m.
          The seven defending state champions in the 2015 field include Class 1A Maplesville (8-1), Class 2A Fyffe (9-1), Class 3A Madison Academy (9-1), Class 4A Leeds (8-2), Class 5A St. Paul’s Episcopal (8-2), Class 6A Clay-Chalkville (10-0) and Class 7A Hoover (8-2). Coach Jerry Hood’s Cougars carry a 25-game winning streak, longest active streak in the AHSAA, into the post-season. Hoover and Madison Academy will be going for four straight state titles, the Mustangs in Class 3A, and Hoover, going for its second in 7A after winning the 2012 and 2013 titles in Class 6A.
          In addition to Clay-Chalkville, other unbeaten teams in the 6A 32-team playoff field include Spanish Fort (10-0), Opelika (10-0) and Muscle Shoals (10-0). In 5A, five teams are unbeaten, Jackson (10-0), Greenville (10-0), Guntersville (10-0), Beauregard (9-0) and Wenonah (9-0).
        Other unbeaten teams include, in Class 2A: Randolph County (10-0), Tanner (10-0), Cleveland (10-0), Red Bay (10-0) and G.W. Long (9-0); in Class 3A, Gordo (10-0); and in Class 4A, UMS-Wright (10-0) and Cordova (10-0).
         Raycom Media, the AHSAA TV Partner, will be featuring Class 6A powers Bessemer City versus Park Crossing at Montgomery’s Cramton Bowl Friday night as the Raycom AHSAA Game of the Week shifts to playoff games and moves to Friday night for the first four playoff rounds. Raycom will also broadcast all seven AHSAA state football championship games.
        The NFHS Network plans to live-stream selected games each week with several member schools planning to live-stream contests over the NFHS Network School Broadcast Program as well.
       All games will be listed at www.ahsaa.com as well www.nfhsnetwork.com. The AHSAA Radio Network will also host a statewide scoreboard show during the state playoffs. Check the AHSAA website for more details.
    Second-round playoff games are scheduled for Friday, Nov. 13, followed by the quarterfinals on Nov. 20, the semifinals Nov. 27.

AHSAA Revised Football Playoff schedule

AHSAA 50th Annual State Football Playoffs
First Round, Nov. 6
CLASS 1A
Billingsley (5-5) at Millry (7-3)
Keith (4-6) at Georgiana (9-1)
Marengo (6-4) at Loachapoka (4-6)
Kinston (5-5) at Maplesville (8-1), rescheduled for Thursday
McKenzie (6-3) at Linden (7-2)
Chickasaw (4-6) at Notasulga (8-2)
A.L. Johnson (3-6) at Brantley (8-2), rescheduled for Thursday
Verbena (7-3) at J.U. Blacksher (7-3), Uriah

Woodville (4-6) at Victory Christian (7-2), Pell City, rescheduled for Thursday
Vina (5-5) at Berry (8-2), rescheduled for Thursday
Talladega County Central (6-3) at Spring Garden (7-3)
Meek (7-3) at Decatur Heritage (9-1), , Thursday, TBA
Hubbertville (6-3) at Hackleburg (9-1), rescheduled for Thursday
Ragland (3-7) at Cedar Bluff 9-1), rescheduled for Thursday
Phillips (6-4) at South Lamar (6-4), Millport, rescheduled for Thursday
Valley Head (3-6) at Wadley (8-1)

CLASS 2A
Luverne (6-4) at Mobile Christian (9-1)
Francis Marion (4-6) at G.W. Long (9-0), Skipperville
Flomaton (8-2) at New Brockton (9-1)
Ariton (5-5) at Fayetteville (8-2), rescheduled for Thursday
Samson (7-3) at Pickens County (7-3), Reform, rescheduled for Thursday
Sweet Water (5-5) at Elba (9-1)
Thorsby 6-4) at Providence Christian (7-2), Dothan
Goshen (4-6) at Washington County (8-2), Chatom

Gaston (7-3) at Ranburne (8-1)
Phil Campbell (4-6) at Tanner (10-0), rescheduled for Thursday
LaFayette (6-4) at Fyffe (9-1), rescheduled for Thursday
Addison (5-5) at Red Bay (10-0), rescheduled for Thursday
Cold Springs (6-4) at Sulligent (7-3), rescheduled for Thursday
Reeltown (6-4) at Cleveland (10-0), rescheduled for Thursday
Hatton (5-5) at Falkville (8-2), rescheduled for Thursday
Collinsville (6-4) at Randolph County (10-0), Wedowee

CLASS 3A
Fultondale (5-5) at Bayside Academy (7-3), Daphne
Greensboro (5-5) at Daleville (9-1), rescheduled for Thursday
Opp (7-3) at Midfield (6-3)
Wicksburg (7-3) at Gordo (10-0), rescheduled for Thursday
Slocomb (7-3) at American Christian (9-1), Tuscaloosa, rescheduled for Thursday
Hillcrest-Evergreen (5-5) at Montgomery Academy ((-1)
Aliceville (6-4) at Pike County (8-1), Brundidge
Central-Coosa (5-5) at T.R. Miller (8-2), Brewton

Plainview 6-4) at Oakman (7-3), rescheduled for Thursday
Lexington (6-4) at Piedmont (9-1), rescheduled for Thursday
Susan Moore (4-6) at North Sand Mountain (6-4), Higdon, rescheduled for Thursday
Weaver (5-5) at Madison Academy (9-1), rescheduled for Thursday
Walter Wellborn(603) at Lauderdale County (7-3), Rogersville, rescheduled for Thursday
Winston County (7-3) at New Hope (6-4), rescheduled for Thursday
Colbert County (7-4) at Glencoe (9-1), rescheduled for Thursday
Geraldine (6-4) at Winfield (9-1), rescheduled for Thursday

CLASS 4A
Dadeville (5-5) at Thomasville (6-4), rescheduled for Thursday
West Blocton (5-5) at Andalusia (9-1)
W.S. Neal (8-2) at Munford (7-3)
Straughn (4-5) at Bibb County (7-3), Centreville, rescheduled for Thursday
Saint James  (6-4) at Montevallo (8-2), rescheduled for Thursday
Clarke County (4-6) at Leeds (8-2), rescheduled for Thursday
Northside (7-2) at Trinity Presbyterian (7-3), Montgomery
Handley (8-2) at UMS-Wright (10-0), Mobile

DAR (8-2) at Fayette County (6-4), Fayette, rescheduled for Thursday
Wilson (6-4) at Cleburne County (8-2), Heflin, rescheduled for Thursday
Haleyville (6-4) at North Jackson (6-4), Stevenson
Jacksonville (6-4) at Brooks (9-1), Killen, rescheduled for Thursday
Cherokee County (6-4) at Deshler (5-5), Tuscumbia, rescheduled for Thursday
Hamilton (4-6) at Priceville (8-2), rescheduled for Thursday
West Limestone (7-3) at Saks (8-2), Anniston
Oneonta (5-5) at Cordova (10-0), rescheduled for Thursday

CLASS 5A
Sylacauga (7-3) at St. Paul’s Episcopal (8-2), Mobile
Dallas County (6-4) at Greenville (10-0), rescheduled for Thursday
Vigor (6-4) at Central-Clay County (6-4)
Charles Henderson (5-5) at Demopolis (8-2), rescheduled for Thursday
Sidney Lanier (4-6) at Helena (8-2)
Williamson (5-5) at Beauregard (9-0)
Calera (7-3) at Eufaula (8-2)
Tallassee (5-5) at Jackson (10-0), rescheduled for Thursday

Madison County (6-4) at Pleasant Grove (7-3)
West Point (6-4) at Alexandria (8-1), rescheduled for Thursday
Parker (6-4) at Etowah (7-3), Attalla
Anniston (4-5) at Russellville (9-1), rescheduled for Thursday
Hayden (7-3) at East Limestone (8-2), Capshaw, rescheduled for Thursday
Ramsay (7-3) at Guntersville (10-0)
Lawrence County (6-4) at Mortimer Jordan (9-1), Kimberly, rescheduled for Thursday
Randolph (7-3) at Wenonah (9-0), Birmingham, rescheduled for Thursday

CLASS 6A
Chelsea (7-3) at Blount (8-2), Prichard
Bessemer City (6-4) at Park Crossing (8-2), Cramton Bowl, Montgomery
Saraland (8-2) at Benjamin Russell (9-1), Alexander City
Wetumpka (4-6) at McAdory (9-1), McCalla, rescheduled for Thursday
Northview (4-6) at Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa (7-3), rescheduled for Thursday
Daphne (6-4) at Opelika (10-0)
Northridge (8-2) at Dothan (6-4), Rip Hewes Stadium
Pell City (4-6) at Spanish Fort (10-0)

Lee-Huntsville (6-4) at Homewood (8-2)
Cullman (6-4) at Clay-Chalkville (10-0), rescheduled for Thursday
Minor (6-4) at Albertville (7-3)
Huffman (4-6) at Muscle Shoals (10-0)
Pinson Valley (7-3) at Austin (7-3), Ogle Stadium, Decatur, rescheduled for Thursday
Briarwood Christian (4-6) at Fort Payne (8-2), rescheduled for Thursday
Hartselle (7-3) at Gardendale (8-2), rescheduled for Thursday
Scottsboro (5-5) at Walker (8-2), Jasper

CLASS 7A
Theodore (7-3) at Auburn (6-4)

Enterprise (5-5) at McGill-Toolen (9-1), Archbishop Lipscomb Complex, Mobile
Lee-Montgomery (7-3) at Murphy (7-3), Ladd-Peebles Stadium, Mobile
Foley (6-4) at Central-Phenix City (7-3)

Hewitt-Trussville (6-4) at James Clemens (9-1), Madison City Stadium, Thursday
Hazel Green (5-5) at Spain Park (9-1), Hoover
Buckhorn (6-4) at Hoover (8-2), Hoover Met Stadium
Vestavia Hills (8-2) at Bob Jones (9-1), Madison City Stadium

 


AHSAA Prep Spotlight for Week 8 Walker Defense Forces 9 Turnovers To Claim First Shutout Since 2013

     In a year dominated by high-scoring offenses, Walker High School’s Vikings went “old school” last Friday in its 24-0 shutout win over Jackson-Olin.
    The Vikings (7-1) clinched one of the top two playoff berths from Class 6A, Region 5 by forcing nine Mustangs’ turnovers to improve to 5-1 in region play. A win over Hueytown this week gives Coach Heath Brunner’s team the region title.
    Senior defensive back Ethan Walker made three interceptions, had three more pass deflections and 10 tackles to pace the defensive effort as the Vikings grabbed The AHSAA Prep Spotlight for Week 8.  Teammate Lane Davenport also had eight tackles and an interception, his seventh pick of the season, and Alex Medina added 15 tackles to boost his total to 104 in 2015. The shutout was Walker’s first since blanking Hayden 42-0 in week 6 of the 2013 season.
    Lyndon Harris had two fumble recoveries, Garrett Davenport had an interception and Everett Green recovered a fumble for Brunner’s defense.  Receiver Myron Mitchell caught eight passes for 143 yards and a 43-yard touchdown on offense.
Walker and Homewood are now tied at 5-1 atop Region 5, but the Vikings hold the edge with a close 17-14 win over the Patriots. Both will be at home in the first round of the state playoffs.
     The Walker defensive effort edged out one of the most versatile efforts of the season by Leeds High School quarterback Tydarryl Marshall and an emotional effort turned in by Cold Springs’s offensive line.
    Marshall scored on a 9-yard run, a 45-yard punt return, a 45-yard TD reception and also fired a touchdown pass from his quarterback position as the Green Wave beat Childersburg 54-0 to move to the top of Class 4A, Region 3. The Green Wave (7-2) are tied at 4-1 with Handley (7-1) but holds the tiebreaker after beating the Tigers 20-7 earlier in the season.
     Cold Springs’ Panthers rallied around Jon Campbell, a mainstay on the offensive line, to the tune of almost 400 yards rushing in a 42-14 win over Sumiton Christian. Campbell’s dad passed away earlier in the week following a long battle with leukemia. Running back Christian Crandall ran behind the offensive line for 182 yards and four touchdowns on just seven carries.

MILESTONES

CHEROKEE COUNTY WINS 100TH IN CURRY TENURE: Tripp Curry, head football coach at Cherokee County, registered the 100th coaching win of his coaching tenure when the Warriors beat Sardis 39-6. Curry is 100-69 in his 15th season at Cherokee County, including the school’s only football state title in 2009. His overall record (149-83) includes five seasons at Springville.
    In other top performances reported last week:

DEFENSE

CAIN HEATH, ALEXANDRIA:
Returned two interceptions for touchdowns as Alexandria clinched its first region title since 2012 with a 56-14 win over Moody. Heath's returned the two picks 33 and 53 yards in the first half. The Valley Cubs also returned another interception for a score in the second half.
ETHAN WALKER, WALKER: Had three interceptions for 36 return yards, 10 tackles and three pass deflections in Walker's 24-0 win over Jackson-Olin. The Vikings forced nine turnovers in the win. Teammate Lane Davenport also had eight tackles an interception, his seventh pick of the season, and Alex Medina added 15 tackles to boost his total to 104 this season.
RYAN RODRIGUEZ, EAST LIMESTONE: Recorded 20 tackles in a 28-25 win over West Point. Teammate Sylvaughn Turner sealed the win with a 65-yard pass reception for the winning touchdown with 14 seconds left in the game.
JOE ROGERS, SPRING GARDEN: Had a pair of interceptions, a pass deflection and a tackle on defense and also caught an 11-yard touchdown pass in the Panthers' 52-6 victory over Woodville.
RYAN GRIDER, SCOTTSBORO: Recorded 19 tackles as the Wildcats beat Southside-Gadsden 41-39. Teammate Stephen Jackson also had 13 stops.
ISAAC HOLT, HORSESHOE BEMD: Had 18 tackles and forced a fumble in a 49-42 loss to Woodland.
CHANDLER DAVIS, NORTHVIEW: Registered 14 tackles in the Cougars' 30-28 win over Wetumpka that clinched Northview's first playoff berth in 15 years.
HUNTER GREEN, CEROKEE COUNTY: The junior linebacker had 14 tackles, including four for losses, and a sack in the Panthers’ 49-12 win over Ider.
JERVONTAY CAMERON, B.C. RAIN: Had 13 tackles in a 38-28 B.C. Rain win over Faith Academy.
ETHAN McMINN, CULLMAN: Had an interception near his own goal line, recorded 10 tackles and scored the game-winning touchdown on a 3-yard run as the Bearcats nipped Decatur 13-10.
LOGAN HURLEY, GAYLESVILLE: Posted 10 tackles, including a sack and a tackle for loss, in the Trojans' 31-7 win over Coosa Christian.

 

RUSHING

NELSON WHYTE, MONTGOMERY ACADEMY:
Piled up 263 yards rushing on 13 carries and scored five touchdowns as the Eagles beat Central-Coosa 65-24. His scoring runs covered 59, 5, 67, 1 and 85 yards.
DREW HILL, HORSESHOE BEND: Ran for 211 yards and three touchdowns on 17 carries in a 49-42 loss to Woodland. Hill also caught a 20-yard TD pass and returned a kickoff for a fifth touchdown in the game.
TYSON WILLIAMS, DOTHAN: Rushed for 151 yards and two touchdowns, had two receptions for 50 yards, a long kick return and a game-sealing interception inside the 5-yard line to preserve the Tigers' 38-36 win over Carver-Montgomery. The win notched the second seed in Class 6A, Region 2 in the process.
B.J. SMALLS, HANCEVILLE: Rushed for 253 yards and four touchdowns on 28 carries in a 60-50 comeback win over Holly Pond. He had scoring runs of 8, 45 and 33 yards as Hanceville posted 30 straight points against the Broncos to seal the win. Branen Hurst also had 163 yards passing with one TD and rushed for three others in the win.
RECO HANNAH, RANDOLPH COUNTY: The senior running back rushed 15 times for 192 yards and two touchdowns and caught four passes for 41 yards and another score in his team's 35-14 win over Reeltown. The victory clinched Randolph County's first region championship since 1998.Hannah scored on runs of 41 and 42 yards and caught a 21-yard touchdown pass.
WALKER LOTT, THOMPSON: Rushed for 232 yards and threw for 106 yards to lead the Warriors past Tuscaloosa County 27-0. He scored on runs covering 58 and 89 yards and threw a 40-yard TD pass.
KOBE SMITH, WEST POINT: The workhorse had 40 rush attempts for 179 rushing yards and a touchdown in a 28-25 loss to East Limestone.
TREY HARRIS, NORTH JACKSON:  Rushed for 185 yards and two touchdowns, racing 90 yards for one score and 59 yards for another, in a 45-21 win over Oneonta. Harris had 13 carries and also tossed a 65-yard TD pass.
JAELYN FLEMING, GADSDEN CITY: Rushed for 171 yards and three touchdowns on 13 carries in the Titans’ 38-33 loss to Hazel Green.
GABE OZIO, MADISON COUNTY: Returned the opening kickoff 85 yards for a touchdown, and ran for 171 yards and two scores (14, 17 yards) on 20 carries in a 49-28 win over Randolph.
IVORY STARR, CEDAR BLUFF: Rushed for 164 yards on 12 carries and scored four touchdowns (5, 27, 70, 5 yards) to lead the Class 1A Tigers to a 35-10 football victory over Section.
AUSTIN HARRIS, FAIRVIEW: Rushed for 160 yards and four touchdowns on 23 carries in a 48-15 homecoming victory over Douglas.
KOBE justice, SUSAN MOORE: The senior quarterback rushed for 176 yards and four touchdowns (4, 43, 46, 18 yards) on just 14 carries in the Bulldogs’ 40-7 win over Vinemont.
PEYTON GILLILAND, CLEVELAND: The senior quarterback had 173 yards rushing and five touchdowns (64, 5, 51, 9, 16 yards) on just 11 attempts in the Panthers’ 49-12 win over Ider. He also completed 4-of –8 passes for 69 yards.
JASHUN CAMMERON, Gaston: Rushed 16 times for 161 and two touchdowns in a 35-28 victory over Collinsville.
PACE OZMINT, GLENCOE: Scored a pair of second-half touchdowns as the Yellow Jackets rallied to beat Weaver 15-14. Ozmint finished with 123 yards rushing on 23 carries and also had seven tackles on defense.
BRANDON BARNES, GAYLESVILLE: Rushed for 130 yards and three touchdowns and teammate Derek Hill had 128 yards and one TD on 14 attempts as Gaylesville beat Coosa Christian 31-7.
CHRIS ARMSTRONG, FOLEY: Ran for 157 yards on 32 carries and scored five touchdowns to lead a 48-33 win over Theodore in a Class 7A, Region 1 game.



PASSING

 

J.T. WISE, SAMSON: Accounted for 400 yards and six touchdowns in the Tigers' 40-20 win over Cottonwood. Wise completed 12-of-17 passes for 268 yards with three touchdowns and added 132 yards rushing and three TDs on 20 carries.
CHRISTOPHER ROBERTSON, LINDEN: Was a near perfect 10-of-11 passing for 219 yards and two touchdowns as the Patriots beat Billingsley 25-6. Robertson also rushed for one score.
MICHAEL LAMBERT, HOLLY POND: Was 19-of-33 passing for 332 yards and three touchdowns in a 60-50 loss to Hanceville.
BO NIX, SCOTTSBORO: Completed 14-of-24 passes for 291 yards and three touchdowns as the Wildcats beat Southside-Gadsden 41-39.
ZACH CUPPS, GARDENDALE: Was 16-of-26 passing for 269 yards and three TDs and scored another on a 332-yard run as the Rockets beat Fort Payne 38-28.
BLAKE JOHNSON, MONTGOMERY-CATHOLIC: Completed 18-of-32 passes for 284 yards and two TDs in a 47-23 loss to Andalusia.
RAGAN ASHLEY, FAIRVIEW: Was 11-of-19 passing for 229 yards and two touchdowns in a 48-15 win over Douglas. He also had 10 carries for 98 rushing yards and another score, and had an interception on defense.

RHETT FETNER, HANDLEY: The junior quarterback completed 10-of-15 passes for 261 yards and three touchdowns as Handley (7-1) beat Abbeville 48-14. Fetner's touchdown throws covered of 70, 25 and 27 yards.
TYREN DUPREE, CHEROKEE COUNTY: Completed 16-of-23 pass attempts for 207 yards and two touchdowns (11 and 53 yards) and also had a 15-yard touchdown run in the Warriors' 39-6 victory over Sardis.
DALEN MORRIS, BUCKHORN: Completed 10-of-17 passes for 190 yards and three touchdowns and ran for another score in a 44-7 win over Grissom.
BEN IVEY, SPRING GARDEN: Completed 5-of-6 passes for 203 yards and five touchdowns (54, 21, 11, 80 and 37 yards) in leading Spring Garden to a 52-6 victory over Woodville.
BRADY POLSON, BOB JONES: Completed 14-of-18 passes for 198 yards and four touchdowns to lead the Patriots past Huntsville 45-14.
VICTOR GARTH, AUSTIN: Had 207 yards passing – just on his four first-half touchdowns –

as the Black Bears beat Athens 55-27.

PASS RECEIVING

MALIK TALLEY, SCOTTSBORO:
Caught 10 passes for 290 yards and three touchdowns as Scottsboro beat Southside-Gadsden 41-39. His 10 catches moved him to No. 1 for career receptions at Scottsboro, and his 290 yards is also an SHS single-game best.
DARNELL MOONEY, GADSDEN CITY: Caught nine catches for 170 yards in the Titans’ 38-33 loss to Hazel Green.
DYLAN MORTON, HOLLY POND: Caught five passes for 169 yards and three touchdowns (38, 9 and 71 yards) as the Broncos fell to Hanceville 60-50.
SAMBO WOODS, FAIRVIEW: Snared eight passes for 150 yards and two TDs in a 48-15 win over Douglas.
KYLE HAYNES, PRICEVILLE: Caught four passes for 134 yards and a touchdowns as the Bulldogs (8-0) beat Locust Fork 26-22 to clinch the Class 4A, Region 7 title for the first time in school history.  Quarterback Kaleb Barker completed 9-of-10 passes for 196 yards and his 23rd TD pass on the year. Barker is now 137-of-218 for 2,177 yards and has accounted for 40 touchdowns (including 17 rushing).
MYRON MITCHELL, WALKER: Grabbed eight passes for 143 yards and a touchdowns in a 24-0 win over Jackson-Olin in Class 6A, Region 5.
LANDON PRITCHETT, MONTGOMERY CATHOLIC: Caught seven passes for 170 yards and two scores in a 46-23 loss to Andalusia.
LARRY REMBERT, McGILL-TOOLEN: Caught five passes for 159 yards and a touchdown as McGill-Toolen beat Murphy 35-28 in the 84th “Battle for the Cannon” at Mobile.
GRANT SIMMONS, SAMSON: Caught four passes for 112 yards and one touchdown in the Tigers' 40-20 win over Cottonwood.

SPECIAL TEAMS

HAYDEN TERRAL, FAIRHOPE:
Kicked three field goals, 39, 32 and 19 yards, to lead the Pirates to a 23-20 win over Davidson.
NIKO RICHMOND, JACKSONVILLE: Returned a kickoff 93 yards for one score and rushed for 96 yards and four more TDs in a 47-20 win over Hokes Bluff.
JACOB GRAVES, CHEROKEE COUNTY: Returned a punt for a 59-yard touchdown and scored on a 35-yard touchdown run in the Warriors' 39-6 victory over Sardis.
CALEB JONES, HOLLY POND: Returned a kickoff 80 yards for a touchdown and added two rushing TDs in a 60-50 Holly Pond loss to Hanceville.
PAUL RUIZ, ETOWAH: Returned a punt 60 for a touchdown and caught touchdowns passes for 56 and 24 yards in the Blue Devils’ 42-0 win over Boaz. 
TRENTON NASH, COLLINSVILLE: Returned a kickoff 89 yards for a touchdown in the Panthers' 35-28 loss at Gaston.


RAYCOM TO TELEVISE DOTHAN VS. CARVER AT CRAMTON BOWL IN TONIGHT’S RAYCOM/AHSAA FOOTBALL GAME OF THE WEEK

     Raycom Network will televise Dothan High School (4-4) versus Carver-Montgomery (3-4) tonight in the Raycom/AHSAA Prep Football Game of the Week. The key Class 6A, Region 2 football clash at Cramton Bowl in Montgomery pits two teams fighting for No. 2 behind leader Park Crossing (7-1) for the region title.
    Coach Kelvis White’s Tigers are 4-1 in region play while Coach Billy Gresham’s Wolverines are 3-2 in region play. The Thunderbirds lead Region 2 with a 5-0 record. The Thunderbirds take on Russell County Friday. Other Region 2 games have Wetumpka at Northview and Stanhope Elmore at Carroll Friday.
    Kickoff is set for 7:05 p.m. tonight’s Game of the Week with Play-by-play 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 Game of the Week is a weekly live TV telecast over the Raycom Network in Alabama. It will run through the regular season on Thursday night and then switch to Friday night for 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.
   The Raycom AHSAA Game of the Week crew will head to Cramton Bowl next Thursday (Oct. 15) for the Dothan vs. Carver-Montgomery Class 6A, Region 2 contest.

NFHS NETWORK FEATURES 12 AHSAA GAMES
   
A total of 12 AHSAA football games are currently listed to be live-streamed as part of the NFHS Network’s School Broadcast Program this weekend, beginning tonight with Lee-Huntsville vs. Arab at 7 p.m. at Arab.  Eleven games are set for Friday with more expected to be posted today and tomorrow. Among tomorrow’s key games will be McGill-Toolen vs. Murphy in Mobile in a key Class 7A, Region 1 game that could decide the region champion. Florence visits Hartselle in another game to be live-streamed by Florence’s award-winning SBP team of students directed by Florence Coach Randy Bruce. Both teams are battling for second behind unbeaten Muscle Shoals in Class 6A, Region 8.
    McGill-Toolen also plans to live-stream its volleyball match versus Daphne today at 5:30 p.m.
   The complete list of NFHS Network games scheduled is below.

   

RAYCOM MEDIA AHSAA TV GAME OF THE WEEK

Thursday, Oct. 15
Dothan vs. Carver, Montgomery, Cramton Bowl (Check www.pathtotheplayoffs.com for stations in your area)

 

AHSAA GAMES ON THE NFHS NETWORK
FOOTBALL
THURSDAY, OCT. 15
Lee vs. Arab (Oct. 15) – http://bit.ly/1LNOJ0n

FRIDAY, OCT. 16
Class 7A
Murphy vs. McGill-Toolen –
http://bit.ly/1PkWlHe

Class 6A
Albertville vs. Brewer – http://bit.ly/1MkLFYg

Cullman vs. Decatur – http://bit.ly/1GdJrJ5

Florence vs. Hartselle – http://bit.ly/1JXk6Ow (HHS)

Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa vs. Paul Bryant – http://bit.ly/1NuM4J6

Huffman vs. Shades Valley – http://bit.ly/1R2tplG

Opelika vs. Chilton County – http://bit.ly/1OprHgR

Pell City vs. Chelsea – http://bit.ly/1jhIrsQ
Robertsdale vs. Gulf Shores – link not available

Class 5A
Madison County vs. Randolph – http://bit.ly/1Ll5R8d

Class 2A
Highland Home vs. Goshen – http://bit.ly/1VJB2nQ

VOLLEYBALL
THURSDAY, OCT. 15
Daphne vs. McGill Toolen – link not available


RAYCOM remaining Game of the Week Schedule

Oct. 22 – Central-Phenix City vs. Enterprise, Enterprise HS Stadium
Oct. 29 – Hamilton vs. James Clemens, Madison City Stadium
Nov. 6 – First round, state playoffs (TBA)

Nov. 13 – Second round, state playoffs (TBA)

Nov. 20 – Third round, state playoffs (TBA)

Nov. 27 – Semifinals, state playoffs (TBA)

Dec. 2 – Super 7 Class 7A state finals, 7 p.m. – Bryant-Denny Stadium, Tuscaloosa

Dec. 3 – Super 7 Class 3A state finals, 11 a.m. – Bryant-Denny Stadium, Tuscaloosa

Dec. 3 – Super 7 Class 1A state finals, 3 p.m. – Bryant-Denny Stadium, Tuscaloosa

Dec. 3 – Super 7 Class 5A state finals, 7 p.m. – Bryant-Denny Stadium, Tuscaloosa

Dec. 4 – Super 7 Class 4A state finals, 11a.m. – Bryant-Denny Stadium, Tuscaloosa

Dec. 4 – Super 7 Class 2A state finals, 3 p.m. – Bryant-Denny Stadium, Tuscaloosa

Dec. 4 – Super 7 Class 6A state finals, 7 p.m. – Bryant-Denny Stadium, Tuscaloosa


RAYCOM TO TELEVISE THE RAYCOM/AHSAA GAME OF THE WEEK TONIGHT

  Raycom Network will televise 16 games live over the remainder of the 2015 prep football season, beginning with West Point at J.O.  Johnson tonight.
  The Class 5A, Region 8 battle between Warriors (4-1) and Jaguars (2-3) at Huntsville’s Milton Frank Stadium will kick off the Raycom/AHSAA Game of the Week, which will run through the regular season and first four rounds of the state playoffs.
  The Raycom series began in August with the three Champions Challenge games at Cramton Bowl and will conclude with the Super 7 State Championships 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.
    Play-by-play is being handled by Graham Dunn with Mike Peacock the color commentator and Kim Cannova the sideline reporter. Ken Dunbar is the statistician in the booth.
   The next four weeks the Raycom/AHSAA GOW will be televised statewide on Thursday nights. The playoffs will feature Friday games.


AHSAA Prep Spotlight for Week 1 Lawrence County Beats East Lawrence 62-54 In AHSAA-Record-Tying Thriller in 7 Overtimes

     Lawrence County High School’s 62-54 football triumph over East Lawrence last Friday night was a game for the record books.
     The two Northeast Alabama rivals battled for almost four hours from start to finish, enduring four regulation quarters and an AHSAA-record-tying seven overtime periods before the Red Devils finally secured a 62-54 win. The marathon game grabbed the AHSAA Prep Spotlight for Week 1 of the 2015 high school football season.
   “Never as a player, assistant or head coach have I seen a seven-overtime game,” Lawrence County coach Rich Dutton told reporter J.R. Tidwell of the Moulton Advertiser following the game.
     The seven overtimes tied the AHSAA state record for most overtime periods in a single game dating back 36 years to Murphy’s 33-26 win over Theodore in 1979 at Mobile.  Etowah beat Oxford 69-63 in 1991 in the AHSAA’s only six overtime game of record, and three schools have battled to five overtimes, including Smiths Station vs. Chavala in a 32-26 Panthers’ win in 1974, Tarrant’s 35-28 win over Cherokee County in 1988 and Gardendale’s 45-42 win over Erwin in 2000.
     Homewood’s 41-34 Class 5A state championship game at Birmingham’s Legion Field in 2000 went five overtimes as well.  Lauderdale County and Northview have the distinction of being the only schools on record to play five overtime games in one season (1986 and 1985, respectively).
     The NFHS National Record was set on Nov. 29, 2010, when Jacksonville (TX) nipped Nacogdoches (TX) 84-81 in a game that finally ended after 12 overtime periods. According to the NFHS Record Book, two games have endured nine overtimes, five have gone eight overtimes and the Lawrence County-East Lawrence game is the 10th to go seven and the first since 1997.
     “I’ve never been to seven overtimes, so it was uncharted water for myself and everyone else,” said East Lawrence coach Jarrod Helms said. Helms is in his first year as head coach.
     Jakob Terry, Lawrence County’s sturdy running back scored four touchdowns – the game’s first on a 5-yard run in the first quarter and the last one in the final overtime. Quarterbacks Dallas Keenum of Lawrence County and Chase Ratliff of East Lawrence scored four and three TDs, respectively, in the overtime periods. Each also scored two 2-point conversions.
    The game was tied at 26-26 at end of regulation, 32-32 after the first OT, 40-40 after the second, 48-48 after the fourth and 54-54 after the fifth extra period. Neither team scored in the third and sixth overtime periods.
    “Right now I feel numb,” Dutton said. “There were so many highs and lows in the game, you are just zapped. You know it is over, but it has not sunk in yet. East Lawrence did a phenomenal job. (Coach) Jarrod Helms has them going in the right direction.”
     Helms said, “I know that our kids are disappointed, but in a game like this there really are no losers… We learn things every day and during every game we play.”
    In other highlights from last weekend’s prep football games:

MILESTONE
FUMBLE-LESS STREAK ENDS:  Jordan Bentley of Guntersville had a streak of more than  carries without a fumble dating from a playoff game November of 2013 until last Friday night’s come-from-behind 33-21 win over North Jackson. On his 10th rush of the game, the streak ended at 321. His outstanding play did not, however. He rushed 24 times for 193 yards and three touchdowns, threw a halfback pass 28 yards for a fourth touchdown and also was the Wildcats’ defensive leader from his safety position with 7 tackles and an interception.  Bentley led Guntersville from a 15-point deficit to the victory.  A 6-foot-1, 220-pound senior, he upped his career rushing totals to 4,011 yards and 68 rushing touchdowns with his stellar performance and started a new fumble-less streak that now stands at 14 heading into this week’s game versus Madison County at Gurley.
LEE BEAT CARVER FOR FIRST TIME SINCE 2002:  Junior running back Damion Wright had 126 yards rushing and two touchdowns on 22 carries as the Generals (2-0) beat Carver-Montgomery 34-13 – the first Lee win in the series since 2002.
SAND ROCK COACH GETS FIRST: New Sand Rock head coach Steven Chesnut earned his first victory as head coach of the Wildcats with a 41-6 victory over visiting Gaylesville Friday night. Chesnut, who was the Wildcats' offensive coordinator, took over for longtime Sand Rock coach Russell Jacoway, who retired after 32 years as the Wildcats’ head coach last February. Jacoway, who went 0-10 in his first season in 1983 and 15-0 in his third season (1985) winning the 2A state title, finished his career 228-132 – all at Sand Rock.
CORNER DEFENSE SMOTHERS VINCENT: Coach Zac Willis’ Yellow Jackets limited Vincent to minus-47 yards rushing and no passing yardage in a 63-6 win. The minus-47 yards rushing ranked third all-time behind Greensboro’s minus-67 yards in a win over Uniontown in 1977 and Cedar Bluff’s minus-48 yards allowed versus Donoho in 2012. The minus-47 total yards ranks first all-time reported to the AHSAA for total yards allowed.

RUSHING
JACOB WASHBURN, J.B. PENNINGTON:
The senior running back rushed for 279 yards and four touchdowns (1, 5, 40, 62 yards) on 29 carries in the Tigers’ 36-18 win over Boaz. On defense, he had eight tackles and broke up two passes.
ANDREW CASH, FLOMATON: The Hurricanes quarterback ran for 275 yards and three touchdowns in a 55-26 win over Jay, FL.
TYSON WILLIAMS, DOTHAN: Rushed for 237 yards on 21 carries with three touchdowns and had five receptions for 64 yards and a score in a 31-28 loss to Smiths Station.
DEONDRE HAMPTON, BROOKS: Rushed for 239 yards and six touchdowns on 26 carries as the Lions beat Sheffield 56-20. The 6-foot, 185-pound junior had TD runs covering 6, 6, 3, 6, 16 and 46 yards.
OSTIN McPHERSON, ST. PAUL’S EPISCOPAL: Had 20 carries for 245 yards and three touchdowns as St. Paul’s won its 17th game in a row with a 51-28 win over St. Stanislaus, MS.
ALARIC WILLIAMS, SOUTHSIDE-GADSDEN: Rushed for 175 yards and three touchdowns on 10 carries in the Panthers' 49-14 win over Hokes Bluff. Williams scored on runs of 65, 5 and 19 yards, all in the first half.
STEFAN PALMER, AUTAUGAVILLE: The senior had 212 totals yards, 135 rushing on eight carries and 77 receiving on three catches, as the Eagles beat Calhoun 38-0.  He rushed for two TDs and had a third on a pass reception.
AUSTIN HARRIS, FAIRVIEW: Picked up 180 rushing yards and three touchdowns on 19 carries in a 34-12 road win over Hanceville. The senior also caught two passes for 58 yards, including a 39-yarder for a score.
BEN ROBINSON & NOAH RICE, ADDISON: Combined for four rushing touchdowns and more than 300 yards rushing in a 42-33 road win over Vinemont. Rice ran for 156 yards and scores of 55, 48 and 17 yards while Robinson picked up 165 yards and a TD.
PEYTON GILLILAND, CLEVELAND: The senior quarterback rushed just four times but picked up 163 yards and three touchdowns (63, 33 and 49 yards) in the Panthers' 42-21 win over Pisgah. He also completed 4-of-5 passes for 59 yards and had seven tackles and an interception on defense.
DAVION STOVALL, HEADLAND: Rushed for 231 yards and four touchdowns on 18 carries in a 53-0 win over Dale County.
GARRETT SANDERS, G.W. LONG: Had only five rush attempts but scored four touchdowns and added a fifth score on a 55-yard reception as the Rebels beat Barbour County 61-0.
JACQUEZ, HALL, BESSEMER CITY: Had 20 rush attempts for 203 yards and two TDs as the Tigers beat Shades Valley 24-17.
KEYVONTAE MAYFIELD, SHELBY COUNTY: The junior had 203 yards rushing on 22 tries and scored three TDs in a 32-31 loss to Helena.
ELDRIC JONES, CENTRAL-TUSCALOOSA: Rushed for 198 yards on 21 carries, including a 94-yard touchdown run, in a 14-2 victory over Brookwood.
DAX BENTON, HUBBERTVILLE: Ran for 183 yards on 10 carries and one touchdown in a 34-12 victory over Holy Spirit.
DONTE EDWARDS, DAVIDSON: Had 172 yards rushing and two touchdowns on 26 carries as the Warriors edged Mary G. Montgomery 38-36.
COLEY LOCKE, DALEVILLE: The Warhawks quarterback rushed for 165 yards on 12 carries, including TD runs of 41 and 80 yards, in Daleville's 27-9 win over Charles Henderson.

DAMON WILLIAMS, GADSDEN CITY: Ran 14 times for 166 yards with touchdown runs of 45 and 47 yards and had a 26-yard catch to set up another score in Gadsden City’s 41-19 victory over Oxford.
DESMON TURNER, FORT PAYNE: Totaled 158 yards rushing and three touchdowns on 23 carries to lead the Wildcats to a 42-7 win over New Hope. He also had one pass reception for 15 yards and two punt returns for 62 yards.

DILAN KILPATRICK, FYFFE: Had 26 carries for 203 yards and two touchdowns as the Red Devils beat Geraldine 31-14.

TAYLOR HAYES, PIEDMONT: Rushed for 145 yards on 26 carries, including a 17-yard touchdown, and passed for 79 yards and another score in the Bulldogs' 35-20 victory at Cherokee County.
AUSTIN BUSH, GLENCOE: In his first varsity start at running back, the junior rushed 17 times for 119 yards and four touchdowns (6, 20, 4 and 10 yards) in the Yellow Jackets’ 43-13 win over Plainview.
TORREY TERRY, EUFAULA: Touched the ball only three times, scoring two rushing touchdowns and one pass receiving TD (34, 24 and 61 yards) in a 61-6 Tigers’ win over Russell County. He averaged 38.3 yards per touch.

 

 

PASSING
KALEB PARKER, PRICEVILLE: Had 552 total yards and accounted for seven touchdowns in a 63-18 win over West Morgan. Barker ran for 166 yards and six touchdowns and threw for 386 yards and a score.
GARRETT BOLAND, VINEMONT: Accounted for 351 total yards in a 42-33 loss to Addison. The junior quarterback connected with seven different receivers during a 19-of-26 passing display for 218 yards. He also collected 133 rushing yards and touchdowns of 30, 1 44 and yards. Colby Nicholas was Boland’s most frequent target with seven catches for 100 yards.
TY PIGROME, CLAY-CHALKVILLE: Was 15-of-21 passing for 324 yards and four touchdowns and rushed for 63 yards and two more scores as the Cougars beat Minor 49-14 for their the 17th straight win.
HEATH BURCHFIELD, JAMES CLEMENS: Was 14-of-17 passing for 251 yards and three touchdowns (17, 26, 69 yards) in a 45-7 win over Athens.
DREW GUY, FAYETTE COUNTY: Was 18-of-37 passing for 284 yards and two touchdowns in a 19-14 loss to Gordo.
COLE FREDERICK, HILLCREST-TUSCALOOSA: Completed 14-of-21 passes for 257 yards and three touchdowns in a 31-0 victory over Oak Mountain.
BO NIX, SCOTTSBORO:  The freshman quarterback completed 14-of-21 passes for 271 yards and a touchdown in the Wildcats’ 32-30 loss to Sparkman.
PRESTON HERRING, ARITON: Completed 9-of-14 passing for 251 yards and three touchdowns in the Purple Cats' 50-13 win over Florala.
DALTON ADKINSON, NEW BROCKTON: Completed 11-of-16 passes for 226 yards and two touchdowns and added a rushing touchdown in the Gamecocks' 47-0 win over Pleasant Home.
KENNON CASEY, G.W. LONG: Was a perfect 7-of-7 passing for 172 yards with three touchdowns in the Rebels' 61-0 win over Barbour County.

HUNTER GRANT, WEST END: Was 13-of-18 passing for 234 yards and three TDs in the Patriots' 41-28 win over Susan Moore. Grant also had 103 rushing yards and three more scores on 12 carries to account for 337 total yards and six touchdowns.
JORDAN KING, SLOCOMB: Completed 13-of-16 passes for 160 yards and three touchdowns and added 67 yards rushing on 14 carries in a 35-0 win over Rehobeth.
TYCE THOMAS, BROOKS: Passed for 214 yards and rushed for 82 in a 56-20 win over Sheffield. He had a 29-yard TD pass to Lazarius Decatur.
JOSH DECKER, CEDAR BLUFF:
Completed 9-of-15 pass attempts for 188 yards and three touchdowns (37,38, 40 yards) and rushed for 103 yards on 20 carries with two 2-yard TD runs to lead the Tigers past rival Collinsville 33-26.

PASS RECEIVING
DE’QUAN JOHNSON, SOUTHSIDE-SELMA:
Had five touchdowns in the Panthers' 38-32 overtime win over Keith. Johnson had six receptions for 201 yards and four touchdowns, including the game-winning reception in OT. He also returned an interception 80 yards for a fifth TD and added three rushes for 28 yards. Southside rallied from a 16-0 deficit in the game, which started on Friday night but finished Saturday after storms forced suspension in the first quarter.
DARIUS SMITH, SLOCOMB: Caught three passes, all for touchdowns, as Slocomb beat Rehobeth 35-0.
MALIK TALLEY, SCOTTSBORO: The senior receiver caught 6 passes for 175 yards and a TD in the Wildcats’ 32-30 loss to Sparkman.
ANDRE LITTLE, WEST END: Caught eight passes for 126 yards and a touchdown in the Patriots' 41-28 win over Susan Moore.
JUSTIN McKNIGHT, CHEROKEE COUNTY: Caught seven passes for 108 yards, including a 38-yard touchdown reception, in the Warriors' 35-20 loss to Piedmont.
JOSE OROZCO, HANCEVILLE: Grabbed three passes for 77 yards, including a 39-yard touchdown catch, and had more than 100 yards on kickoff returns in Hanceville’s 34-12 loss to Fairview.

DEFENSE
ETHAN McMINN, CULLMAN:
Registered 15 tackles, made an interception and ran for a 10-yard TD on offense to lead the Bearcats to a 31-6 win over Etowah. 
BRANDON WILLIAMS, OPP: Recorded 15 tackles in Opp's come-from-behind 21-18 win over Straughn.

JORDAN BARNES, BUCKHORN: Had two interceptions, recorded nine solo tackles and seven assists, and broke up a pass in a 22-20 win over Austin.
COLE REVIS, HACKLEBURG: Recorded 4.5 sacks and teammate Tanner Swinney had four as Hackleburg beat Marion County. The Panthers defense had 10 sacks on the night.

DARNELL JACKSON, PIEDMONT: Had 10 tackles and scored Piedmont's first touchdown on a 25-yard fumble return in the Bulldogs' 35-20 victory at Cherokee County. Jackson also rushed for 135 yards on 14 carries with two touchdowns (71, 10 yards). Teammate Austin Brazier also posted five tackles and three sacks in the win.
TYSON WOODS, SCOTTSBORO: The sophomore linebacker had 11 tackles, including three for losses, as the Wildcats lost a close 32-30 decision to Sparkman.
ROMAN PAYTON, NORTHRIDGE: Made two interceptions on defense, one in the end zone and the other at the Northridge 2-yard line, to help preserve a 24-17 win over Tuscaloosa County. He also rushed for 89 yards and two TDs on 11 carries.
DREW McCLENDON, COLD SPRINGS: Registered 12 tackles, including four for loss, in a 21-20 loss to Danville.
CALEN MURRY, HEADLAND: Returned an interception and a fumble for touchdowns in the Rams' 53-0 win over Dale County.
RICKY HALL, PROVIDENCE CHRISTIAN: Had 15 stops in the Eagles' 44-0 win over Zion Chapel.

LEVI HAMMACK, ADDISON: Had had back-to-back sacks on a second-half defensive stop capped off by a safety as the Bulldogs beat Vinemont 42-33.
DEZMOND JOHNSON, SLOCOMB: Returned an interception 95 yards for a touchdown and had four tackles on defense in the Red Tops’ 35-0 win over Rehobeth. He also rushed for 49 yards on eight carries with a touchdown, caught three passes for 55 yards and had 45 yards on two punt returns.

SPECIAL TEAMS
HUNTER GIBSON, SPARKMAN: Scored the game-winning touchdown on a 72-yard punt return as the Senators beat Scottsboro 32-30. He also scored on a 97-yard kick return and 55-yard run.
KAINAN SMITH, GOOD HOPE: Returned the opening kickoff 89 yards for a touchdown and returned the next kickoff 69 yards before exiting early with an injury in a 46-14 loss to Cordova. KEENAN LEWIS, SARDIS: The senior halfback returned a punt 77 yards for a TD and rushed for 129 yards on 11 carries with two more scores in a 50-35 Lions win over Sylvania.
ISAAC RODRIGUEZ, CULLMAN: In just his second football game, the sophomore soccer standout kicked a 43-yard field goal and made all four of his extra-point attempts as Cullman beat Etowah 31-6.


AHSAA to Take Extra Heat Precautions For 56th North-South All-Star Football Game

     The 56th AHSAA North-South All-Star football game at Cramton Bowl Friday night will include special heat safety precautions, Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association director Alvin Briggs announced Thursday.
     The changes will include two heat timeouts per quarter and shortening each period from 12 minutes to 10.
     “We want to keep the game as safe for the players as possible,” Briggs said.
     The teams have conducted workouts around the heat all week – with a morning workout starting at 8:30 a.m., and night practices at 7 p.m. During the peak heat of the day, the players have been treated to special festivities including a trip to the Hyundai Assembly Plant Thursday afternoon.
     The South comes into the contest with a two-game winning streak in the series which started in 1948.  Teams are comprised of 74 AHSAA member-school graduated seniors from the Class of 2015.
      Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. Friday night at Cramton Bowl. Lamar Harris is serving as the North team head coach and Billy Gresham of Carver-Montgomery is the South head coach.  Tickets will be available at the Cramton Bowl box office.
      The NFHS Network is video live-streaming the game and the AHSAA Radio Network is broadcasting the contest over its network. Check
www.ahsaa.com for details.
       The game is conducted by the AHSADCA, which operates under the auspices of the Alabama High School Athletic Association. Membership includes coaches of all sports and administrators of AHSAA member schools.
       The year-by-year history of the North-South football series is below.

NORTH-SOUTH FOOTBALL ALL-STAR
CLASSIC YEAR-BY-YEAR (1948-2014)

(Overall Series: South leads 30-23-2)


At Cramton Bowl, Montgomery
2014—South 20, North 12

2013—South 22, North 21

2012—North 34, South 12
2010—North 14, South 7

2011—South 37, North 33

Alabama A&M, Huntsville

2010—North 14, South 7

2009—North 14, South 7

2008—South 12, North 0

2007—South 10, North 0

At Troy University

2005—(December) – South 16, North 7

2004— (December) – North 7, South 3

At All-Star Sports Week

Cramton Bowl, Montgomery

2004—North 17, South 7

2003—South 17, North 10

2002—South 34, North 0

2001—North 6, South 3

2000—North 17, South 0

1999—South 10, North 7

1998—South 21, North 0

1997—South 14, North 0

At Auburn

Jordan-Hare Stadium

1984—North 21, South 20 (1A-2A)

At Tuscaloosa

Bryant-Denny Stadium

1984—South 7, North 6 (3A-4A)

1983—South 34, North 7

1982—North 3, South 0

1981—North 14, South 6

1980—South 20, North 7

1979—South 3, North 0

1978—South 21, North 14

1977—South 17, North 7

1976—South 14, North 6

1975—North 7, South 6

1973—North 22, South 15

1972—South 14, North 13

1971—North 9, South 7

1970—South 13, North 9

1969—South 16, North 0

1968—South 27, North 7

1967—South 14, North 10

1966—North 13, South 7

1965—North 13, South 6

1964—South 34, North 7

1963—North 20, South 6

1962—South 20, North 14

1961—South 13, North 0

1960—North 7, South 0

1959—North 10, South 7

1958—South 20, North 6

1957—North 12, South 7

1956—South 0, North 0 (tie)

1955—North 26, South 7

1954—North 7, South 6

1953—South 26, North 0

1952—North 7, South 7 (tie)

1951—South 31, North 0

1950—South 12, North 7

1949—North 7, South 6

1948—North 33, South 0


North-South Rosters Finalized with 3 Additions As Teams Prepare for 56th All-Star Classic

       Two linemen and one wide receiver were the latest additions to the South squad head-coached by Carver-Montgomery’s Billy Gresham. The North and South worked out Wednesday morning and were scheduled for s 7 p.m. workout Wednesday night.
      Lazarius Head of Elmore County filled the vacant wide receiver spot while Montgomery linemen Tawanya Carter of R.E. Lee and Jemicha Perdue of Gresham’s own Wolverines also reported Tuesday.
      The South, which is practicing at Trinity Presbyterian School, has won the last games in the series that dates back to 1948 and holds a 30-23-2 edge. The North is practicing at St. James High School.  Thursday morning, the North is scheduled to practice at Cramton Bowl at 8:30 and the South will be at Cramton Bowl for its 7 p.m. practice.
      The game remained at Tuscaloosa from 1948-1983 and in 1984, two games were played. The large-school (3A-4A) game was at Tuscaloosa and the small-school (1A-2A) game was played at Auburn.   The Classic was discontinued from 1985-1996 – resurfacing when the All-Star Sports Week and Summer Conference began in 1997 in Montgomery. It remained at Cramton Bowl from 1997-2004, moved to Troy University in 2005, then to Huntsville’s Alabama A& M University from 2007-2010. It returned to Montgomery’s Cramton Bowl in 2011 where it has been played ever since.
      The game, which kicks off at 7 p.m. Friday night, will be live-streamed over the NFHS Network and will be broadcast live over the AHSAA Radio Network. Check
www.ahsaa.com for more details. The NFHS Network will also live-stream all six North-South all-star competitions including baseball, softball, girls’ and boys’ soccer, girls’ and boys’ basketball and volleyball next week, July 21-23 during the AHSAA Summer Conference.
The teams got into the competition mode Wednesday afternoon with North vs. South team bowling at Brunswick Lanes. The teams will tour the Hyundai Assembly Plant Thursday afternoon.
       The North-South football series was first played in 1948 with the North winning 33-0. The first MVPs were a pair of Decatur High School backs Joe Brewer and Bobby Golden. Bobby Marlowe of Troy and Clell Hobson of Tuscaloosa were the MVPs of the 1949 game won by the North 7-6. Marlowe, who became an All-America running back at the University of Alabama, also was  first-round draft pick of the New York Giants in the 1953 NFL Draft – the eighth player picked overall. However, he signed with the Canadian Football League where he played for the Saskatchewan Roughriders for eight seasons amassing 4,291 rushing yards and 34 touchdowns in his pro career. He was named to the CFL’s All-Decade Team.
     Hobson, the father of former major league manager and player Butch Hobson, rose all the way to AAA in a pro baseball career.
     NFL Hall of Famer Bart Starr, who prepped at Sidney Lanier, was MVP along with Jim Cunningham of Winfield in the 1952 game that ended in a 7-7 tie.  The famous Sullivan-to-Beasley passing connection earned future Heisman Trophy winner Pat Sullivan and future Auburn All-American Terry Beasley co-MVP honors.  In 1961, Banks High School’s Jimmy Sidle and Enterprise’s Gaylon McCullough were named MVPs. Sidle went on to star at quarterback for Auburn and McCollough at center for the Crimson Tide.
      The AHSADCA operates under the auspices of the Alabama High School Athletic Association. Membership includes coaches of all AHSAA sports as well as administrators of member schools.


The complete 2015 North-South all-star schedule is listed below.

North-South Football                        July 17, Cramton Bowl, 7 p.m.
North-South Baseball                       July 21, Riverwalk Stadium. 4 p.m. (2 games)
North-South Softball                        July 21, Lagoon Park, 5 p.m. (2 games)
North-South Girls Soccer                 July 21, Emory Folmar Soccer Complex, 5 p.m.
North-South Boys Soccer                 July 21, Emory Folmar Soccer Complex, 7 p.m.
North-South Girls Basketball          July 22, Dunn-Oliver Acadome, 6 p.m.
North-South Boys Basketball           July 22, Dunn-Oliver Acadome, 8 p.m.
North-South Volleyball                     July 23, Cramton Bowl Multiplex, 4 p.m.

NORTH-SOUTH FOOTBALL ALL-STAR GAME MVP’S
YEAR-BY-YEAR (1948-2014)

MOST VALUABLE PLAYERS

1948—Joe Brewer, Decatur

            Bobby Golden, Decatur

1949—Clell Hobson, Tuscaloosa

            Bobby Marlow, Troy

1950—Charles Littles, Andalusia

            Roy Freeman, Decatur

1951—Charles Madison, Atmore

            Fendley Bedsole, Greensboro

1952—Bart Starr, Sidney Lanier

            Jim Cunningham, Winfield

1953—Noojin Walker, Falkville

            Nolan Moore, Florala

1954—Jerry McBee, Ensley

            Gary Snyder, Gadsden

1955—Chuck Jackson, Tuscumbia

            Toby Deese, Talladega

1956—Cecil Hurt, Woodlawn

            James Earl Hubbert, Fayette

            Don Cochran, Woodlawn

1957—Tootie Hill, Coffee

            Henry O’Steen, Anniston

1958—Bobby Hunt, Lanett

            Joe Baughan, Bessemer

1959—Butch Wilson, Hueytown

            David Watson, Eufaula

1960—Ronnie Mason, Hueytown

            Harvey Morris, Decatur

1961—Jimmy Sidle, Banks

            Gaylon McCullough, Enterprise

1962—Ashby Cook, Sidney Lanier

            Jimmy Mitchell, Decatur

1963—Gene Rayburn, Jasper

            Tom Bryan, Hartford

1964—Kenny Stabler, Foley

            Charles Harris, Murphy

1965—Junior Davis, Minor

            Bob Childs, Sidney Lanier

1966—Bobby Long, Oneonta

            Richard Grammer, Hartselle

1967—Ronnie Gunter, Chatom

            Tommy Yearout, Ramsay

1968—Pat Sullivan, John Carroll

            Terry Beasley, Robert E. Lee

1969—Steve Wade, Dothan

            Wayne Hall, Huntsville
           B. T. Law, Cherokee County

           Fred Brackett, Mary Montgomery

1970—Bucky Phillippi, T. R. Miller

            Larry McCollough, Lanett

1971—Mike Washington, Robert E. Lee

            Lee Gross, Robert E. Lee

            Rex Bramlett, West End (B’ham)

1972—David Peoples, Marion County

1973—Phil Gargis, Colbert County

            Danny Neel, Banks

1974—Johnny Davis, Sidney Lanier

            Byron McDougald, Andalusia

1975—Vince Boothe, Fairhope

            Kelsey Finch, Sheffield

1976—Rusty Byrd, Baldwin County

            Curtis McGriff, Cottonwood

1977—Tim Hill, Cherokee County

            Byron Braggs, Carver (Mtgy.)

1978—Thomas Brown, Jeff Davis

            Thomas Boyd, Lee (Huntsville)

1979—Bruce Thompson, Lee (Huntsville)

            Joe Rowe, Robert E. Lee

1980—Sam DeJarnette, Selma

            Linzal Chapman, Enterprise

1981—Ricky Moore, Lee (Huntsville)

            Hardy Walker, Grissom

            Tandy Rogers, Parker

1982—Cameron Mims, Hartselle

            Willie Pless, Anniston

1983—Cornelius Bennett, Ensley

            Phillip Brown, Parker

            Tommy Compton, Vigor

            Lydell Mitchell, Vigor

1984—Anthony Looney, Ashville (1A-2A)

            John Tucker, Handley (1A-2A)

            Darryl Pearson, Southern Choctaw (1A-2A)

            Larry Ashley, Geneva (1A-2A)

            Joe Mickles, Gardendale (3A-4A)

            Tommy Cole, Walker (3A-4A)

            Boobie Nathan, B. C. Rain (3A-4A)

            Willie Shephard, Blount (3A-4A)

1997—Rajohn Myles, Clay County

           Jeffery Aaron, Jeff Davis

1998—Gerald Gayles, Jackson-Olin

            David Morris, McGill-Toolen

1999—Victor Horn, Huntsville

            Kennard Williams, B. C. Rain

2000—Derrion Gee, Pelham

             Demarcus Rodgers, Southern Choctaw

2001—Dustin Dunning, Hoover
            Zach Woodfin, Prattville
2002--George Summers, North Jackson
         Quinton Griffin, Stanhope Elmore

2003—Durrell Fuqua, Russellville
            Roderiquez Wright, Jeff Davis
2004—Trent Dean, Decatur
           Ty Griswold, Prattville

2004 – (December) Tim Rawlinson, Prattville
            Max Lerner, Hoover

2005 – (December) Roosevelt Byrd, Foley
            Zach Smith, Susan Moore

2007 – James Jackson, Pike County

            Erich Crowson, Madison Academy
2008 – Darrell Reynolds, Pike County

            Pabloe Makepeace, Red Bay

2009 – Armadeus “Dez” Polk of Speake

             Trenere Johnson, Daphne

2010 -- Justin Evans, Midfield

            Taylor Hughes, Chilton County
2011 –  Kyle Caldwell, Dadeville
             Montale Hale, North Jackson

2012 –  Jacob Thomas, Clay-Chalkville
             Barnard McGhee, Dothan
2013 –  Alphonso Stewart, Robertsdale
             NK’Vsante Williams, Decatur

2014 –  Montel Lee, Andalusia
             Jermarcus Brown, Pickens County


Players Added To North-South Rosters For Friday’s 56th North-South All-Star Game

       Some roster changes became necessary Monday as the North-South All-Star squads reported to Montgomery to begin preparation for the 56th annual All-Star Football Game. The game is set 7 p.m. Friday night at Montgomery’s Cramton Bowl.
      The game will be live-streamed over the NFHS Network and will be broadcast live over the AHSAA Radio Network. Check
www.ahsaa.com for more details.
      Three players were added on the North squad and four on the South squad, according to Alvin Briggs, Director of the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association (AHSADCA). The changes were necessary when some players withdrew for personal reasons.
      For the South team coached by Carver-Montgomery High School head coach Billy Gresham, defensive back Anthony Scott of Baldwin County, defensive lineman Kelvin Temple of Jeff Davis, offensive lineman Arrington Gilbert of Wetumpka and offensive lineman Daviun Belser were added. All had joined the team Tuesday afternoon.
      Not reporting were Spanish Fort defensive back Morgan Baker, Pike County defensive lineman Isaac Nickson, Theodore offensive lineman Ezekiel Mayblen, Greenville wide receiver Raheem Moore and Northview offensive lineman Bryce Sadler.
     Added to the North roster were Hubbertville linebacker Nathan Young, Oak Mountain linebacker Riley Fowler and Fultondale kicker Enrique Aguilar. Withdrawing from the game Monday was linebacker Carson Styles of Bob Jones.
      The teams had their first practice Monday night with the South at Trinity Presbyterian High School and the North at St. James High School football facilities. The teams also practiced early Tuesday morning and again Tuesday night.  The players and coaches enjoyed a fellowship at Montgomery’s Alley and Dreamland Barbecue Tuesday afternoon and will tour the Hyundai Assembly Plant Wednesday afternoon.

       The South holds a 30-23-2 edge in the North-South series which began in 1948. The South won 20-12 last year.
B.T. Washington, Tim Perry of Wetumpka and Michael Summers of Alabama Christian, who will serve as administrative coach.
        Updated numerical North-South rosters can be found at
www.ahsaa.com at the following link: 
http://www.ahsaa.com/Coaches-ADs/AHSADCA/All-Star-Sports-Weeks/2015-All-Star-Games

         The NFHS Network will live-stream all six North-South all-star competitions including baseball, softball, girls’ and boys’ soccer, girls’ and boys’ basketball and volleyball next week, July 21-23 during the AHSAA Summer Conference. More than 4,000 coaches, administrators and contest officials will be in Montgomery July 21-25 for the annual AHSAA summer meeting.
            The AHSADCA operates under the auspices of the Alabama High School Athletic Association. Membership includes coaches of all AHSAA sports as well as administrators of member schools.


The complete 2015 North-South all-star schedule is listed below.

North-South Football                        July 17, Cramton Bowl, 7 p.m.
North-South Baseball                       July 21, Riverwalk Stadium. 4 p.m. (2 games)
North-South Softball                        July 21, Lagoon Park, 5 p.m. (2 games)
North-South Girls Soccer                 July 21, Emory Folmar Soccer Complex, 5 p.m.
North-South Boys Soccer                 July 21, Emory Folmar Soccer Complex, 7 p.m.
North-South Girls Basketball          July 22, Dunn-Oliver Acadome, 6 p.m.
North-South Boys Basketball           July 22, Dunn-Oliver Acadome, 8 p.m.
North-South Volleyball                     July 23, Cramton Bowl Multiplex, 4 p.m.

NORTH-SOUTH FOOTBALL ALL-STAR
CLASSIC YEAR-BY-YEAR (1948-2014)

(Overall Series: South leads 30-23-2)


At Cramton Bowl, Montgomery
2014—South 20, North 12

2013—South 22, North 21

2012—North 34, South 12
2010—North 14, South 7

2011—South 37, North 33

Alabama A&M, Huntsville

2010—North 14, South 7

2009—North 14, South 7

2008—South 12, North 0

2007—South 10, North 0

At Troy University

2005—(December) – South 16, North 7

2004— (December) – North 7, South 3

At All-Star Sports Week

Cramton Bowl, Montgomery

2004—North 17, South 7

2003—South 17, North 10

2002—South 34, North 0

2001—North 6, South 3

2000—North 17, South 0

1999—South 10, North 7

1998—South 21, North 0

1997—South 14, North 0

At Auburn

Jordan-Hare Stadium

1984—North 21, South 20 (1A-2A)

At Tuscaloosa

Bryant-Denny Stadium

1984—South 7, North 6 (3A-4A)

1983—South 34, North 7

1982—North 3, South 0

1981—North 14, South 6

1980—South 20, North 7

1979—South 3, North 0

1978—South 21, North 14

1977—South 17, North 7

1976—South 14, North 6

1975—North 7, South 6

1973—North 22, South 15

1972—South 14, North 13

1971—North 9, South 7

1970—South 13, North 9

1969—South 16, North 0

1968—South 27, North 7

1967—South 14, North 10

1966—North 13, South 7

1965—North 13, South 6

1964—South 34, North 7

1963—North 20, South 6

1962—South 20, North 14

1961—South 13, North 0

1960—North 7, South 0

1959—North 10, South 7

1958—South 20, North 6

1957—North 12, South 7

1956—South 0, North 0 (tie)

1955—North 26, South 7

1954—North 7, South 6

1953—South 26, North 0

1952—North 7, South 7 (tie)

1951—South 31, North 0

1950—South 12, North 7

1949—North 7, South 6

1948—North 33, South 0