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Cullman, Brooks Team Performances Grab AHSAA Prep Football Spotlight

     Cullman High School celebrated homecoming in a big way Friday night, scoring three touchdowns before Athens had an offensive snap. The Bearcats went on to win 28-7 in a key Class 6A, Region 8 win and shared the AHSAA Prep Spotlight for Week 7 with a record-tying defensive performance by Brooks High School.
    Coach Mark Britton’s Bearcats opened the game with a 16-play, 83-yard scoring drive which ate up 7:03 of the first-quarter  clock. Will Crenshaw ran in from the 2-yard line for the touchdown. On the ensuing kickoff, Michael Al-Dijaili recovered an Athens fumble to set up Cullman’s second score.
    Ross Crocker and Dawson Drake combined for a 21-yard TD pass following the fumble recovery to make it 14-0. On the next kickoff, Sam Calligaris recovered Athens’ second fumble of the game to set up his a 3-yard run for a TD by Crenshaw. The fourth TD came on the last play of the first half when Crocker connected with Owen Lovell as time expired.
   Crocker, a sophomore, was 19-of-26 passing for 265 yards and two touchdowns (21 and 45 yards). Seth Donaldson finished with nine catches for 133 yards. The possession receiver had six snags for 123 yards at halftime.
   BROOKS, coached by Jerry Hill, intercepted a state-record-tying eight passes in its 38-0 win over East Lawrence. The picks were spread among five players with Brandon Atkinson, Kolton Medley and Andrew Rainey swiping two each. Matthew Rainey and Joe Gurley had one each.
   The performance tied the record set by Talladega County Central in its 25-14 win over White Plains in 1999. Four schools have had seven in a contest, including Hewitt-Trussville vs. Woodlawn in 2012, Brilliant versus Carbon Hill in 1992, Woodlawn vs. Birmingham-Phillips in 1990 and Midfield vs. Pleasant Grove 29 years ago in 1985.
  The two team accomplishments edged out individual efforts turned in by Mortimer Jordan  junior quarterback  Duncan Hodges and Holly Pond sophomore quarterback Michael Lambert.
completed 18-of-29 passes for a school-record 429 yards with four touchdowns in a 35-27 loss at Winston County.  His favorite target was Chris Richards, who hauled in five catches for 220 yards with touchdowns covering 80, 92 and 20 yards. Lambert also had a 37-yard TD. The sophomore’s TD passes all came in the first half as Holly Pond built a 27-15 lead. Leading Winston County’s comeback were Andrew Brown and Payton Taylor. Brown had 239 yards rushing and three TDs on 23 carries while Taylor was 14-of-20 passing for 212 yards and a TD.
   Hodges completed 21-of-24 pass attempts for 427 yards and six touchdowns and also rushed  for 68 yards on 10 carries for 495 total yards as the Blue Devils (6-0)  remained unbeaten with a 61-21 win over Alexandria.
   In other top performances last weekend:

Rushed 26 times for 237 yards and two touchdowns (13 and 18 yards) in a 49-8 win over Ashville.

Ran for 238 yards and two touchdowns on 25 carries with an 80-yard TD run with 4:09 left that gave Baker the lead as the Hornets beat Foley 35-32.

SPENCER RUGGS, McGILL-TOOLEN: Had 25 carries for 215 yards and three touchdowns as the Yellow Jackets defeated Alma Bryant 35-19. He also caught one pass for 30 yards.

TROY DIXON, UMS-WRIGHT: Broke the school career rushing record held by Chris Dukes with a 214-yard, 30-carry performance as UMS beat Thomasville 31-13. He scored once on a 41-yard run.

Tied a state record a 99-yard run from scrimmage for a touchdown as James Clemens beat Grissom 56-18. Booker finished with 168 yards and three touchdowns on just nine carries.

Had 12 rushing attempts for 185 yards and two touchdowns in a 49-13 win over Good Hope. The junior, who also had two receptions for 53 yards and another TD, now has 849 yards rushing and nine touchdowns on the season on 80 carries–10.6 yards per carry. Teammate Shiloh Biles added 142 yards and two scores on 13 carries versus Good Hope.

KOLBY KIRK, ADDISON: Rushed 24 times for 191 and two touchdowns in the Bulldogs’ 30-7 home win over Cold Springs. The senior scored on carries of 50 and 28 yards.

Gained for 194 yards rushing with three TDs (58, 13 and 2 yards) on 19 carries in a 60-14 victory over Chelsea.

Rushed for 163 yards and two touchdowns, including the game winner, and passed for another score in a 20-14 win over Douglas.

The senior running back gained 158 yards on 18 carries with one TD, caught three passes for 34 yards and another score, and had five tackles on defense in a 45-27 win over DAR. 

Was 12-of-28 passing for 359 yards and four touchdowns as Ramsay (5-1) fell to Parker (6-0) in a battle of Birmingham city unbeatens 40-34.  His TD passes covered 33, 75, 25 and 20 yards.

Completed 19-of-28 passes for 300 yards and two scores in the Lions’ 35-28 win over Cordova.

Completed 15-of-18 passes for 251 yards highlighted by a 93-yard TD strike to Jacob Sanders as Marion County downed South Lamar 34-27. Pollard also rushed 14 times for 64 yards, including a 48-yard TD, to finish with 315 total yards.

Was 17-of-38 passing for 260 yards and four scores in the 40-34 win over previously unbeaten Ramsay (5-1). His TDs covered 7, 34, 40 and 33 yards.

PEYTON GILLILAND, CLEVELAND: Rushed 14 times for 203 yards and five touchdowns (8, 29, 4, 9 and 61 yards) and completed 8-of-15 passes for 120 yards in a 49-35 win over Susan Moore. On defense, he intercepted two passes, one of which he returned 102 yards for a touchdown on the final play of the first half to give the Panthers a 28-21 lead.

ZACH DIMMOCK, ONEONTA: The junior completed 16-of-21 passes for 238 yards and four touchdowns in the Redskins’ 47-15 victory over Priceville.

Completed 19-of-24 passes for 221 yards and three TD passes and added two rushing touchdowns as the Patriots beat Northridge 42-28.

Was 12-of-15 passing for 224 yards and two touchdowns and ran for another score in a 41-8 win over Coosa Christian.

Completed 9-of-13 passes for 204 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for 50 yards and another score in a 48-14 win over Woodville.

MATT HARPER, HACKLEBURG: The quarterback led Hackleburg to 48-0 victory over Waterloo, completing 11-of-15 passes for 163 touchdowns in just three quarters of play. He also rushed for 39 yards on three carries. For the season Harper is 54-of-86 passing for 697 yards and 13 touchdowns. He has also rushed for 621 yards and five TDs on 83 carries.

Completed 15-of-29 pass attempts for 158 yards and two touchdowns (17 & 13 yards) and rushed for 67 yards on 13 carries with a 5-yard TD run in the Warriors' 28-14 victory over Hokes Bluff.

Had eight catches for 97 yards and two TDs for the Herd (6-0) in a 40-34 win over Ramsay. Muhammad also gained 83 yards on 22 rush attempts and had a 74-yard punt.

DILLION POSEY, HALEYVILLE: Hauled in eight catches for 167 yards and a score as the Lions beat Cordova 35-27.

D.J. CHAPMAN, CEDAR BLUFF: Caught four passes for 138 yards and two touchdowns and picked off a pass on defense in the Tigers' 48-14 victory over Woodville.

Had five receptions for 121 yards and a 75-yard TD in a 40-34 setback to Parker.

Made seven receptions for 128 yards and 2 touchdowns in a 30-21 loss to Dora.

The senior linebacker had 15 tackles--four for losses--as the Panthers beat Susan Moore 48-35.

The senior made two first-half interceptions, returning the second one 33 yards for a touchdown, as the Bucs beat Spain Park 42-14 in the Raycom AHSAA TV Game of the Week.

Returned a blocked field goal attempt 75 yards for a touchdown in the Bulldogs' 48-8 win over Pleasant Valley.

Recorded 12 tackles, two sacks and 5½  other stops that resulted in losses in the Tigers’ 30-21 loss to Dora.

ALEX BRYANT, CENTRAL-HAYNEVILLE: Returned an interception 99 yards for a TD and added a 45-yard TD pass and a 1-yard TD run in a 22-14 victory Zion Chapel.

Posted eight tackles and recorded a sack in the Trojans' 35-20 loss to Jacksonville Christian. Teammate Thomas Evans also blocked a punt, had a sack and two other stops for losses.

RICTAVEON JONES, HOLT: Totaled 12 tackles in 49-21 loss to Oak Grove.

Picked off two passes for Sand Rock’s defense in the Wildcats' 15-8 loss to Sylvania.

The senior place-kicker booted a 40-yard game-winning extra point after penalties backed up the ball to the 23-yard line with 4:30 left to play as the Patriots beat Minor 14-13.

Returned three kickoffs for 119 total yards, including an 81-yard return for a TD, as the Red Raiders nipped South Lamar 34-27. He also rushed for 114 yards and two touchdowns and caught three passes for 41 yards.

Was 6-of-6 on extra points and kicked a 27-yard field goal to help WCA beat DAR 45-27.

Dalton Vance Gives Thumbs Up Effort

    BILLINGSLEY – Seventh grader Dalton Vance was all smiles Tuesday night standing on the sidelines just moments after scoring a two-point conversion versus Prattville Christian on the first play of his middle school football career.
      The smile was no real surprise.
      Dalton, diagnosed with Down syndrome at birth, had just realized a long-time dream---playing football for his beloved Bears.   Dalton had been hoping to dress with the team all season. Finally approved to participate, assistant Bears coach J.T. Lawrence and the other coaches had an idea.
      “We thought it would be a great experience for Dalton and for the rest of our kids if he could get into a game and score,” Lawrence said.  There was one problem. Dalton did not need to have any physical contact.
      Lawrence talked to Prattville Christian athletic director Sam Peak and asked if his school would allow Dalton to go into the game and score a two-point conversion if Billingsley scored a touchdown.
     “That was an easy answer,” Peak said. “We coach our kids to be thankful for each opportunity to touch someone else’s life. This was an opportunity for us to do something good.” 
      Dalton’s mother Christie Vance said Dalton had been looking forward to the game for weeks. She stood nervously near the sideline and once he ran onto the field, she burst into tears. 
      When he scored, the first to congratulate him were the Prattville Christian players in the end zone with him.
     “This means so much to him, and it means so much to me and his father and brother,” she told the Prattville Christian team after the game. “It was such a wonderful display of kindness, of sportsmanship. Your act of kindness gave Dalton and us a memory we will cherish for the rest of our lives.”
      Dalton could hear the cheers from both sides after running through a gaping hole on the left side of the line following the Bears’ first touchdown in the 40-16 junior high win over the visiting Panthers.
     Lawrence said the attitude of Peak and the Prattville Christian players and coaches set the stage for the entire night. “It reminded us all that the opportunity to play sports is something we should be thankful for.  They helped all of us make a difference in one wonderful kid’s life and in the process we all are blessed, too.”
     Billingsley Junior High head coach Josh Robinson said the game will be one few in attendance will ever forget.
   “I truly believe that there are no words that can explain the happiness Dalton and his family experienced because of the entire event,” Robinson said. “Just as importantly, it taught our guys something about what it means to be able to be a positive influence on others.”
   As the final seconds ticked off the clock Tuesday night, Dalton turned once again to the crowd and gave his trademark “thumbs up” signal. He then led the Bears across the field to shake hands with their opponents. One by one they congratulated each other.
    It was good sportsmanship in its purest form.

Montevallo Forfeits 3 Football Games

Montevallo High School has been fined, placed on probation for one year and ordered to forfeit three varsity football games for violating the AHSAA eligibility rules. The school self-reported the violation.

Montevallo played an ineligible student in violation of the Academic Rule. The school must forfeit all contests its team won in which the student participated. Forfeits include Class 4A, Region 4 wins over Oak Grove and Holt and a non-region win over Francis Marion.

The probationary period is a warning that other violations of this nature could bring further sanctions against the school.

Gill Athletics Announced as NFHS Corporate Partner






Gill Athletics Announced as NFHS Corporate Partner

INDIANAPOLIS, IN (October 1, 2014) — Gill Athletics, the oldest and largest manufacturer of track and field equipment in the United States and around the world, has entered into a three-year agreement with the National Federation of State High School Associations as an NFHS Corporate Partner.

As a part of the agreement, Gill Athletics, based in Champaign, Illinois, will be the exclusive NFHS partner for track and field, which will include coverage in the sport’s rules book, case book, rules poster, scorebook and rules PowerPoint. 

“We are pleased to have Gill Athletics join the NFHS as a corporate partner and to be our exclusive sponsor of track and field,” said Bob Gardner, NFHS executive director. “In the high school market, Gill has been the leading supplier of track and field equipment for many years, so we believe this is a great partnership for both organizations. Track and field is No. 2 in school sponsorship for both boys and girls, so it is great to have Gill on board with the NFHS. We look forward to working with Gill over the next three years.”

Started by Harry Gill in 1918, Gill Athletics is the largest producer of track and field equipment in the world. Gill is the Official Equipment Supplier of USA Track and Field and currently produces more International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF)-certified products than any company in the industry.

“Gill Athletics considers it an honor to partner with the NFHS as its track and field equipment sponsor,” said Fred Dixon, national sales manager for Gill Athletics. “We could not have any greater appreciation for the work done by the NFHS, and we look forward to providing our full support for years to come.”

Falkville Comeback Captures AHSAA Prep Spotlight for Week 6

     Falkville High School trailed 27-12 at halftime of its Morgan County rivalry versus West Morgan last Friday night. The Blue Devils rallied, however, to outscore the Rebels 30-8 in the final two quarters en route to a 42-35 victory.
    The Class 2A Blue Devils (3-2), coached by Joel Schrenk, featured outstanding performances from a trio of players: quarterback Andy Dove, running back Patrick Knowles and receiver Logan Vinson. The Rebels (0-5) of Coach Heath Saint were led by running back Rodney “R.J.” Young, who turned in an amazing 358-yard, five-touchdown performance.
   The comeback captured the Alabama High School Athletic Association Prep Spotlight for Week 6 of the 2014 football season.
    Young was a workhorse for West Morgan with 32 carries on the night and scored all five Rebels touchdowns—four coming in the first half.
    Falkville outscored the Rebels 30-8 in the second half to notch the win. Dove completed 18-of-24 passes for 289 yards and three touchdowns.  His prime receiver was Vinson, who snagged 10 receptions for 180 yards and a score.  Knowles ran 29 times for 229 yards. His 1-yard run for a TD late in the game provided the winning touchdown and completed the comeback effort.
    Other top efforts reported for Week 6 included:

Passed for two touchdowns, rushed for two more TDs and intercepted two passes on defense (returning one of those for another touchdown) as the Patriots snapped a 15-game losing streak with a 59-30 win over Coosa Christian.

KAMAURY AVERY, WADLEY: Had 38 carries for 303 yards and all six of his team's touchdowns (and two 2-point conversions) in the Bulldogs' 42-39 win over LaFayette.

DEKARLOS BILLINGSLEY, SCOTTSBORO: The sophomore set a Scottsboro single-game rushing record with 333 yards on 29 carries in a 42-39 loss to North Jackson.  The performance broke the 300-yard record set by Blake Earl in 2004.  Billingsley, who also tied the Scottsboro single- touchdowns game rushing TD mark with five scores, now has 1,025 rushing yards and 16 TDs on the season.  It’s only the second time that a Wildcat RB has gone over the 1,000 yard mark by the 6th game of the season. 

DEMETRICE VAUGHAN, BLOUNT: The senior ran for 272 yards and four touchdowns on 33 carries as Blount beat McGill-Toolen 38-27.

Rushed for 268 yards on 17 carries with three touchdowns (61, 13, and 8 yards) in a 35-7 win over Headland.

ZACC WELDON, G.W. LONG: Rushed for 258 yards and six touchdowns on 20 carries, powering G.W. Long to a 49-7 victory over Slocomb. 

THOMAS OZMINT, GLENCOE: Rushed 33 times for 255 yards and two touchdowns and caught a 30-yard touchdown pass as the Yellow Jackets defeated arch-rivals Hokes Bluff 42-14.

for 225 yards and three touchdowns as UMS-Wright (5-0) beat Bayside Academy 43-10.

PAYTON CARTER, NEW BROCKTON: Had 208 yards rushing on 20 carries and accounted for all three scores—rushing touchdown runs of 75 and 49 yards and a 6-yard TD pass—in a 22-7 win over Providence Christian. He was also 2-of-3 passing for 52 yards.

AARON POLLARD, MARION COUNTY: The quarterback rushed 30 times for 216 yards and a 49-yard touchdown and was also 18-of-32 passing for 128 yards in a 27-6 loss to Colbert Heights.

T.J. REED, DAPHNE:  Gained 222 yards and a touchdown on 35 rush attempts in the Trojans’ 18-17 loss to Murphy.

KELDRIC GREENE, SWEET WATER: Piled up 211 rushing yards on just 13 carries and scored on a 73-yard run as the Bulldogs downed R.C. Hatch 49-24.

Had 16 carries for 198 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Generals past Collinsville 30-12.

HOLT KEELING, SOUTHSIDE-GADSDEN: Gained 164 yards and two touchdowns on 11 carries and hauled in a 27-yard TD reception as the Panthers picked up a 49-14 win over St. Clair County on homecoming.


JARED BLACKWELL, SAND ROCK: Ran for 158 yards on 27 carries and scored four touchdowns (7, 7, 5, 1 yards) in the Wildcats' 35-13 win over Crossville.

Completed 15-of-24 passes for 326 yards and three touchdowns (65, 75 and 34 yards) in a 24-7 victory over St. James. He also added 56 yards rushing on 11 carries.

Was 18-of-21 passing for 304 yards and two touchdowns and added an interception return for a TD as the Redskins beat Susan Moore 33-26.

JACOB FREE, BRANTLEY: Was 17-of-25 passing for 278 yards and three touchdowns (55, 46 and 54 yards) as the Bulldogs downed Highland Home 48-21.

CAMERON THOMAS, LEE-HUNTSVILLE: Completed 10-of-17 passes for 251 yards and four touchdowns in a 33-14 win over Columbia.

PAYTON NICHOLS, RUSSELLVILLE: Passed for 288 yards and two touchdowns and ran for another score in a 42-24 win over Sparkman.

TY EVANS, CALERA: Was 14-of-20 passing for 242 yards and four touchdowns and rushed for 133 yards and another TD as the Eagles beat Shelby County 47-6.

ZACH THOMAS, HEWITT-TRUSSVILLE: Completed 10-of-17 passes for 205 yards in a 31-27 upset of previously unbeaten Gadsden City. He also had 30 carries for 130 yards and theee touchdowns. 

KEITH WASHINGTON, PRATTVILLE: Was 10-of-11 passing for 123 yards and rushed for 67 more with five rushing TDs to lead the Lions past Carver-Montgomery 52-20.

CONNER KISER, HALEYVILLE: Was a double threat as he led the Lions to a 53-35 win over Central-Florence. Kiser was 10-of-18 passing for 172 yards and two TDs, rushed 10 times for 179 yards and two scores to total 351 yards and four TDs.

JAKE TIFFIN, HARTSELLE: Was 8-of-11 passing for 160 yards and three touchdowns and ran for 55 yards and another score, all in the first half, as the Tigers beat Grissom 38-6.

Passed for 181 yards and ran for 116 to account for four touchdowns in a 44-32 win over Chickasaw. He also intercepted a Chieftans’   pass in the end zone while playing defense.

Caught seven passes for 222 yards and three touchdowns in a 48-27 win over Dothan. The TD passes came on plays of 55, 58 and 70 yards.

MILES WHITLOW, JAMES CLEMENS: Caught 15 passes for 195 yards and a TD in a 29-26 win over Mountain Brook.

ETHAN ANDERSON, ALABAMA CHRISTIAN: Snagged seven passes for 132 yards, including touchdowns of 34 and 47 yards, in a 29-13 victory over Fultondale.

RILEY COLE, ONEONTA: Caught five passes for 152 yards and a TD to help Oneonta beat Susan Moore 33-26.

Had seven tackles, including one for loss, and blocked an extra-point attempt in a 21-18 road win at Fayette County. The Bearcats blocked two point-after attempts and thwarted a two-point conversion to preserve the win.

KENDRALL WALKER, CENTRAL-TUSCALOOSA: Intercepted two passes and caught a TD pass in a 40-37 victory over Paul Bryant,

Returned a fumble 42 yards for a touchdown and later returned an interception 20 yards for another TD in a 34-7 victory over Sipsey Valley

Intercepted two passes, returning one for a touchdown, caused a fumble and had 11 tackles in a 48-27 win over Dothan.

Intercepted two passes, returning one for a touchdown, in the Vikings’ 42-28 victory over Baldwin County.

Scored on a 96-yard interception return on the last play of the game as Satsuma beat Citronelle 41-21 to snap an 18-game losing streak to its Mobile County rival. Mercer also caught two TD passes and scored on a short run to finish with four TDs.

TYLER PHILLIPS, GOSHEN: Managed 18 tackles as the Eagles beat Houston Academy 13-6.

Made 17 tackles in a 22-7 win over Providence Christian.

The Generals’ linebacker had 16 tackles, including two  sacks, in a 30-12 win over Collinsville.

HARRISON JORDAN, NORTHVIEW: Recorded 17 tackles as the Cougars earned their second straight shutout with a 14-0 win over Lee-Montgomery. The two straight shutouts are a school record.

Had 17 tackles, including four for losses, in a 22-7 loss to New Brockton.

TRISTAN STALKER, GAYLESVILLE: Posted 12 total tackles, including two for lost yardage, in the Trojans' 35-6 loss at Gaston.

OCTAVIUS MATTHEWS, NORTH JACKSON: Totaled 340 all-purpose yards (176 rushing, 75 receiving and 89 in returns) and scored five touchdowns (three rushing, one receiving and one kickoff return) in a 42-39 victory over Scottsboro.

MAURICE SMITHERMAN, MINOR: The standout defensive back opened Minor's 50-43 road victory over Gardendale with a 99-yard kickoff return for a touchdown. He also added two interceptions, two pass break-ups and six tackles.

Returned a kickoff 99 yards for one of his five touchdowns scored in a 50-43 loss to Minor. Jackson had three rushing touchdowns (16, 19, 47 yards) and hauled in seven receptions for 124 yards and another TD.

Returned a kickoff for a touchdown, had four receptions for 104 yards and a TD and also made an interception as the Lions beat Central-Florence 53-35. 

AHSAA Mourns Death Of Volunteer/Official

     The AHSAA is saddened to learn of the death of Bob Pannone, longtime volunteer at AHSAA events, 2008 inductee into the AHSAA Sports Hall of Fame and long-time football official. Pannone died Monday morning at the age of 78.

     A two-sport letterman at Baldwin County High School, the industrial engineering graduate of Auburn University enjoyed a 42-year career in football officiating, including service as an AHSAA observer and district director, and received its Distinguished Service Award.
     Since retiring from officiating he has been a fixture at AHSAA championship and all-star events, handling various administrative duties.

     “Our thoughts and prayers go out to Bob’s devoted wife Joyce and the entire Pannone family,” said AHSAA Executive Director Steve Savarese. “His life of service is one that we all should emulate.”

Visitation will be Wednesday, October 1st at Spanish Fort Presbyterian Church located at 6620 Spanish Fort Boulevard from 5 to 7 p.m.
Burial will be Thursday at 12:30 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Cemetery located at 34904 Highway 225, Spanish Fort. A Celebration of Life memorial service will follow at 2 p.m. at Spanish Fort Presbyterian Church.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Camp Rap a Hope, 1701 Airport Boulevard, Mobile, AL  36606 or to Spanish Fort Presbyterian Church in memory of Robert “Bob” Pannone.

AHSAA mourns death of Charles Henderson student

The Alabama High School Athletic Association is saddened to learn of the death of Charles Henderson High School senior student-athlete Demario Harris. Demario collapsed during Charles Henderson’s football game versus Davidson Friday night. He passed away Sunday.

“We offer our most sincere condolences to the family of Demario and to his extended family, the Charles Henderson High School football team, coaching staff, administration, faculty and student body,” AHSAA Executive Director Steve Savarese said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the family, school, team and entire Troy community.”

Hewitt-Trussville’s 64-63 OT Victory Over Spain Park Tops AHSAA Prep Spotlight

    Hewitt–Trussville High School survived four overtimes to beat Spain Park 64-63 Friday night for the Huskies’ first Class 7A, Region 3 win of the year. The marathon battle of Birmingham area teams moved into the Alabama High School Athletic Association Prep Spotlight for Week 5 of the 2014 season.
    The Huskies of new head coach Josh Floyd led 36-28 late in the fourth quarter when Spain Park junior Wade Streeter scored on a 4-yard run and quarterback Mason Duke found receiver Parker Kelly in the end zone for the two-point conversion.
   Hewitt out-scored the Jaguars of Coach Shawn Raney 28-27 in the ensuing four overtimes with running back Jarrion Street scoring on a 10-yard run and Hewitt kicked its extra point to take a 64-57 lead. Streeter then scored on an 8-yard run. After a Huskies timeout, Spain Park missed its extra point to seal the win.
    Street finished with 238 yards rushing and five rushing touchdowns. He also had a 20-yard catch for a sixth score. Streeter was Spain Park’s workhorse with 46 carries, 195 yards and four touchdowns. Hewitt quarterback Zach Thomas added 136 yards rushing and two TDs and was 10-of-15 passing for 121 yards and two more scores.
    Duke finished 14-of-21 passing for 193 yards and one TD passing and also rushed for two scores.
    The four-overtime game etched its way into the AHSAA Record Book in several categories.
    The combined 127 points was the fifth most scored in an AHSAA game in state history. The 63 points by Spain Park tied Oxford’s 63 in a 69-63 six-overtime loss to Etowah in 1991 as the most points scored by a losing team. The combined 1,009 yards total offense is second most reported in AHSAA history and the 151 offensive plays is the most ever reported. The game’s 51 first downs also set a state mark.
    The Hewitt-Spain Park game edged out several top performances for top billing in this week’s Spotlight. Among the other top efforts:
      Tallassee’s Brandon Baynes rushed for 380 yards on 26 carries in a 31-16 win over Clay County Central. He scored four touchdowns on runs of 57, 67, 65 and 72 yards.  Baynes now has 1,384 yards rushing in five games and became the first Tallassee player in history to reach the 1,000-yard mark that fast.
    Baynes was just 12 yards shy of matching the Tallassee single game rushing mark, a record he set with his 392 rushing yards versus Talladega earlier this season.  Baynes’ grandfather Ronnie Baynes, a former Tallassee head coach, Talladega all-state player (1960), prominent NFL contest official and member of the Alabama High School Sports Hall of Fame, was honored on the same night at his alma mater.
    Coosa Christian’s Johnny Grizzard accounted for eight touchdowns in the Conquerors' 60-28 win over Class 1A rival Woodville. Grizzard completed 15-of 23-passes for 364 yards and six touchdowns and also rushed six times for 83 yards and a touchdown. On defense he returned an interception 85 yards for his eighth score of the night to help coach Jason Touart pick up his first victory as head coach and hand Woodville its first loss of the year.

 The jerseys of Kevin Turner (14) and Lorenzo Pickett  (29) were retired in a pre-game ceremony Friday night prior to the Prattville-Central Phenix City game at Stanley-Jensen Stadium in Prattville. The Lions also honored the 1984 PHS team that won the school’s first football championship and the AHSAA’s first 6A state championship. Lockett, now deceased, became an assistant coach at Prattville before his untimely death. Turner was also was a standout at the University of Alabama and in the NFL with the New England Patriots.

ROGERS MAKES HISTORY WITH FIELD GOAL: Sophomore Kaitlyn Rogers of Spring Garden made school history as the first female to kick an extra point at Spring Garden in the Panthers' 40-13 loss to Gaston. Rogers booted her first extra point after quarterback Ben Ivey connected with receiver Dylan Short for the Panthers' first touchdown with eight seconds left before halftime. She was 1-for-2 kicking extra points on the night.
A.J. TRAVIS, NORTHSIDE: Ran 22 times for 353 yards and five touchdowns (11, 19, 70, 46 and 8 yards) in a 55-27 victory over Holt. He also caught a 24-yard pass to total 377 total yards.


ISAIAH LEWIS, FOLEY: Foley’s workhorse had 45 carries for 314 yards and three touchdowns as the Lions edged Davidson 27-21 at Ladd-Peebles Stadium.


PEYTON GILLILAND, CLEVELAND: The junior quarterback rushed for 302 yards and three touchdowns (76, 33, 50 yards) on just 14 carries in the Panthers’ 49-20 win over previously undefeated Collinsville. He also completed 8-of 17- passing for 91 yards and another TD to finish with 393 total yards and four TDs accounted for.


PAUL RUIZ, ETOWAH: Rushed 17 times for 292 yards and five touchdowns to lead the Blue Devils to a 40-20 win over 5A, Region 7 foe Fairview.

JAMES LEATHERWOOD, LEFLORE: Ran for 277 yards and three touchdowns on 30 carries in a 34-30 loss to Baldwin County at Ladd-Peebles Stadium.

KYLE NALLS, FAYETTE COUNTY: Piled up 245 yards rushing and three touchdowns on 14 carries in a 41-26 victory over Danville. He scored on runs of 23, 46 and 55 yards to push his 2014 rushing totals to more than 1,000 yards.


DEANTHONY HOLCOMB, WASHINGTON COUNTY: Rushed for 209 yards and three touchdowns on 18 carries as the Bulldogs beat Sweet Water 39-0 in the Raycom AHSAA Game of the Week.


TOMOKA NELSON, WESTMINSTER CHRISTIAN: Gained 216 yards rushing and scored one touchdown on 22 carries in a 21-14 win over Priceville. He also returned an interception 79 yards for another score on defense.

Rushed for 219 yards and three touchdowns (11, 65 and 57 yards) on 23 carries in the Tigers' 28-9 win over Wetumpka.


DAIJON FLOWERS, ENTERPRISE: Picked up 208 yards rushing and three touchdowns (8, 52 and 17 yards) on 26 carries in the Wildcats' 38-21 win over Auburn.

THOMAS OZMINT, GLENCOE: Led the Yellow Jackets to a 31-28 win over rival Piedmont with 26 rushes for 192 yards and two touchdowns.


DAX BENTON, HUBBERTVILLE: Ran for 191 yards and two touchdowns in the first half of a 40-6 victory over Brilliant.


DEKARLOS BILLINGSLEY, SCOTTSBORO: Rushed 30 times for 199 yards and three touchdowns in a 24-17 win over Lee-Huntsville. He also caught two passes.

MACEO BOOKER, JAMES CLEMENS: Had 27 carries for 179 yards and two touchdowns and caught five passes for 61 yards and another score in a 19-16 win at Buckhorn.

FREDDIE CARODINE, HUNTSVILLE:   Ran 18 times for 176 yards and two touchdowns, including the game-winner with 4:41 remaining, in a 25-24 win at Sparkman.

TROY DIXON, UMS-WRIGHT: Rushed for 159 yards and four touchdowns on 24 carries as the Bulldogs beat W.S. Neal 38-16 at East Brewton.


MASON EDWARDS, SPARKMAN: Completed 21-of-28 passes for 358 yards and two scores in a 25-24 loss to Huntsville.

COLE BUTLER, COTTAGE HILL CHRISTIAN: Passed for 318 yards and three touchdowns in a 38-34 loss to Excel.

KALEN WHITLOW, NORTHVIEW: Completed 14-of-15 passes for 274 yards and three touchdowns and added a rushing TD in just over two quarters as Northview beat Russell County 62-0. The win set the school record for points in a game and margin of victory.

GREY JACKSON, FAIRHOPE: Passed for 269 yards and four touchdowns as the Pirates (4-0) beat Baker 49-21. Jackson also ran for 69 yards.

Completed 26-of-35 passes for 275 yards and two touchdowns in the Raiders’ first win of the season, a 28-21 triumph over J.B. Pennington.

CADE YOUNG, AMERICAN CHRISTIAN: Threw for 266 yards and three touchdowns on a 13-of-17 passing performance as the Patriots beat Greene County 49-21.

The quarterback led the Redskins to a 35-26 win over previously unbeaten Locust Fork by completing 16-of-18 passes for 264 yards and four touchdowns. He also rushed for another score.

was 13-of-20 passing for 259 yards and three touchdowns in the Panthers' 49-20 loss at Cleveland.


AUSTIN INGRAM, CHARLES HENDERSON: Completed 14-of-24 passes for 221 yards and four touchdowns in a 69-30 win over Alabama Christian.

Was 8-of-13 passing for 214 yards and four touchdowns in a 56-32 win over Lynn.

TYLER BELL, CENTRAL-TUSCALOOSA: Completed 15-of-20 passes for 204 yards and two touchdowns and added a third rushing TD in a 50-7 victory over Wilcox Central.


TYLER GURLEY, MADISON COUNTY:  Was 12-of-17 passing for 139 yards and a touchdown, scored on 5-yard run and recorded a 31-yard pick-6 as the Tigers handed Boaz its first loss, 52-14.

CAMERON WILLIAMS, VIGOR: Passed for 180 yards and ran for 160 more as the Wolves knocked off B.C. Rain 20-7 at Trimmier Park. He completed a 56-yard touchdown pass to Demarcus Ross.

The senior receiver caught six passes for 192 yards and three touchdowns (59, 79, 34 yards) in a 35-26 win over Locust Fork.


C.J. SAVAGE, PIEDMONT: Caught seven passes for 191 yards, including a 97-yard touchdown strike from Tyler Lusk, in a 31-28 loss to Glencoe. Savage also ran for a 40-yard touchdown and Lusk finished with 205 yards passing.


TRIPP COBB, McGILL-TOOLEN: The senior wide receiver caught 10 passes for 168 yards in the Yellow Jackets’ 34-24 loss to Mary Montgomery.


LASHAWN WILLIAMS, CHICKASAW: Caught eight passes for 180 yards and a touchdown in the Chieftains’ 26-24 loss to unbeaten J.U. Blacksher.


SAMBO WOODS, FAIRVIEW: Had seven catches for 132 yards in the Aggies’ 40-20 loss to Etowah.

Had 17 tackles, including four for loss, in a 13-7 region win at Austin. Teammate Justin Patterson also had 11 stops, including two sacks, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery in the win.

DAVONTA WILLIAMS, ASHFORD: Returned a fumble 24 yards for a touchdown and an interception 34 yards for a TD in the Yellow Jackets' 55-6 over Montgomery Catholic.


JAKE MINTZ, CEDAR BLUFF: Had eight tackles, one for loss, a sack and a 65-yard interception return for a touchdown in Cedar Bluff's 50-28 win over Jacksonville Christian.

DYLAN SEGLER, PROVIDENCE CHRISTIAN: Had 12 tackles and caused a fumble in the Eagles’ 42-12 win over Samson. He also was big on offense despite touching the ball only six times. He had three rush attempts for 112 yards and two TDs and caught three passes with another score.

Recorded 12 tackles, including one sack, and also had a fumble recovery as the Red Tops shut out Daleville 14-0.

Made a diving interception and caught a 13-yard touchdown pass on fourth-and-goal in the second half of a 13-0 shutout at Hanceville.

Kicked two field goals in the fourth quarter, including the game-winner from 32 yards out as time expired, to give the Red Raiders a 20-17 win at Hartselle.

NICK THORN, RED BAY: The junior returned two kickoffs for touchdowns and totaled 282 yards and four scores in a 69-13 win over Phil Campbell. He sped 81 and 87 yards on his kickoff returns and added two receptions for 51 yards and two more scores. Teammate Tyler Reach also scored four TDs in the win.


JORDAN WHITEHEAD, SCOTTSBORO: The senior punter averaged of 44.6 yards on five kicks--with a long punt of 56 yards--in a 24-17 2 win over Lee-Huntsville.  Two of the five punts pinned Lee inside the 20-yard line.

Kicked field goals of 39 and 28 yards as the Bears beat Montevallo 20-7.


CHRISTIAN CRANDALL, COLD SPRINGS: Returned a kickoff 82 yards for a touchdown to put the Eagles up for good in a 47-12 homecoming win over Falkville. He added 72 yards rushing on 11 carries. 

Anderson’s Rebels Hand Their Coach Win 310

   Vestavia Hills High School head football coach Buddy Anderson became the state’s all-time prep wins leader Friday as the Rebels presented victory number 310 with a 14-3 triumph over Hewitt-Trussville at Hewitt’s Jack Wood Stadium.
     With the victory, Anderson headlines the AHSAA Prep Spotlight for Week 4 and now stands all alone at the top of Alabama’s football coaches with a career record of 310-126-0. He surpassed Waldon Tucker, who retired at Fayette County with a 309-126-3 record. Tucker won 25 games at a non-member school.
    Former Colbert County Coach Jimmie Moore finished his career 305-94-6 but won over 200 of those games in Mississippi. Glenn Daniel, a member of the NFHS Hall of Fame, retired after the 1992 season, was 302-169-16 in his legendary 46-year career – with his last 275 wins coming at Luverne.
   Anderson’s entire head-coaching career has been in the AHSAA’s highest classification at Vestavia Hills.  Ironically, Friday’s victory came on the same field that produced his first win 37 years earlier in 1978.
   Inducted into the AHSAA Hall of Fame in 2003, Anderson has been a mentor and leader among state coaches.
   Senior Landon Crowder scored twice on short runs in the second half to provide the Rebels’ touchdowns. It was his trademark defense that did the rest – keeping the Huskies out of the end zone. Crowder was 2-of- 5 passing for 77 yards and rushed 14 times for 74 yards. Crowder’s 40-yard completion to Samuel Harvey in the third quarter put the Rebels at the Hewitt 14-yard and line set up a 3-yard yard touchdown.
     Jeff Sentell of al.com summed up Anderson’s coaching career at the following link:
    Check it out at al.com.
    Anderson’s 310th win edged out a tremendous defensive performance by Opelika linebacker Roy Yancey in the unbeaten Bulldogs’ 53-0 win over Pell City. Yancey, a senior, had 21 tackles, two sacks--four for losses--and two fumble recoveries in just 2 ½ quarters of play for Coach  Brian Blackmon’s team. 
   The milestone coaching victory also edged out five defensive touchdowns by Daphne’s defense in a 62-21 win over Robertsdale, and  St. James’ 21-14 win over Montgomery-Catholic that featured two lightning-fast runs in a contest interrupted by lightning of the electric kind.
    Thomas Stokes of Catholic shocked the fans with a state-record tying 99-yard run in the first half. And with time running out and the game tied 14-14, Jaylen McCoy of St. James shook loose on a 92-yard run for the game-winning touchdown. The score came with 21.3 seconds left.
Stokes finished with 185 yards on 15 carries. McCoy only had two carries on the night – the other a 3-yard run.
      Five different defensive players scored for Daphne. Tyric Richardson returned an interception 42 yards for a TD, Trenton Ellis-Brewer scored on a 70-yard pick, Peter Jabbia took an interception 16 yards into the end zone, Mario Osborne and Jarvis Johnson returned fumbles 28 and 59 yards for scores.
     Other top performances reported for Week 4 include:

 The Panthers quarterback led Hackleburg to a 58-34 victory over Phillips, rushing for 328 yards and four touchdowns on 32 carries. He was also 7-of-10 passing for 53 yards and intercepted a pass on defense.

The sophomore ran for 313 yards on just 14 carries and scored five touchdowns in a 41-31 win over McGill-Toolen. McMillian scored on TD runs of 79, 36, 78 and 55 yards and also caught a 38-yard TD pass as the Hornets rallied from a 10-point deficit on two occasions.

RASHAD LOUIE, SHADES VALLEY: The Mounties’ senior ran 11 times for 200 yards and two scores in a 39-21 victory on the road against Acadiana, LA. Louie also completed 20-of-34 passes for 222 yards and three touchdowns to finish with 422 total yards.

JOHN MICHAEL DYE, VINEMONT: Piled up 262 rushing yards and six touchdowns on just 12 carries in a 45-20 home win over Hanceville. He scored from 60 yards out on the game’s first play from scrimmage and added scoring runs of 20, 42, 50, 4 and 62 yards to snap a four-year winning streak by Hanceville in the series.

Rushed for 241 yards and three touchdowns, including 183 yards and two scores in the second half, as the unbeaten Warriors (4-0) posted a 26-0 win over Pike County.

JORDAN BENTLEY, GUNTERSVILLE: Had 21 rush attempts for 247 yards and three touchdowns in Guntersville's 33-8 victory over Douglas.

DEVIN HARRIS, SAKS: Rushed for 205 yards on 12 carries and scored five touchdowns in the Wildcats' 38-16 win at Cherokee County.

PAUL RUIZ, ETOWAH: Rushed 26 times for 230 yards and three touchdowns, including a pair in the fourth quarter when the Blue Devils were down 23-21, and caught another touchdown in a 37-23 come-from-behind win over Randolph.

LABRIJIAN BLOODSAW, DALEVILLE: Rushed for 216 yards and three touchdowns in a 35-20 win over Wicksburg.

ZACH WHITTINGTON AND CHRIS ADAIR, ZION CHAPEL: The duo combined for 275 yards rushing and six touchdowns in helping the Rebels snap a 15-game losing streak with a 49-7 win over Calhoun. Whittington rushed for 191 yards and two scores on 28 carries and Adair had 84 yards and four touchdowns on 15 carries.

MICAH STEPHENS, LOCUST FORK: The junior had 202 yards rushing and three touchdowns (94, 19 and 15 yards) in the Hornets’ 46-21 victory over Westminster Christian. Quarterback Todd Goodwin also accounted for 178 yards and three scores on just 12 attempts as Locust Fork piled up 540 yards rushing on 47 attempts. Goodwin also completed 2-of-3 passes for 50 yards and another score as the Hornets finished with 590 total yards.

KYLE HARRELL, CHELSEA: The junior needed averaged 27 yards per carry in sprinting to three touchdowns during a runaway, 43-14 win at Central-Tuscaloosa. Harrell had eight rushing attempts that picked up 218 yards and touchdowns that covered 20, 60 and 63 yards.

DREEK THOMPSON, PIEDMONT: Rushed for 197 yards on just 10 carries and scored two touchdowns (15, 58 yards) as the undefeated Bulldogs (3-0) beat Ohatchee 49-12.

TYRELL PIGROME, CLAY-CHALKVILLE: The junior led the Cougars to a 65-14 win over Huffman, completing 7-of-11 passes for 239 yards and three TDs. He also rushed for 75 yards and two more scores.

D'SHAWN FIFE, CEDAR BLUFF: Gained 185 yards on 19 rush attempts and scored three touchdowns (19, 24, 6 yards) to lead the Tigers to their first victory of the season, a 41-13 win over Valley Head.

JALYN MARTIN, COLLINSVILLE: Rushed for 182 yards on 17 carries and accounted for three Panther scores, including a game-clinching 25-yard run with 46.5 seconds to go, in the Panthers' 28-14 win at Holly Pond. Martin also had an 8-yard touchdown grab.

THOMAS OZMINT, GLENCOE: Rushed for 244 yards, including 139 yards and four touchdowns in the first half, and the Yellow Jackets defeated Westbrook Christian 56-0. He had a fifth touchdown, a 38-yard run, called back because of a penalty. 

JOSE MONTESDEOCA, WOODVILLE: Helped the Panthers (3-0) remain undefeated after two straight winless seasons with a 41-26 win over Vina. He ran for 171 yards and three touchdowns (35, 84 and 34 yards) and added 127 yards receiving and three more scores (35, 52 and 45 yards) for a total of six TDs overall. He also ran in a 2-point conversion and kicked an extra point and finished with 39 points scored.

TREY TURNER, MURPHY: Ran for 121 yards and two touchdowns and passed for 166 yards and another score as the Panthers beat Vigor 33-6. Turner scored on runs of 76 and 44 yards and threw a 15-yard TD to Stephen Murphy.

LAMICAL PERINE, THEODORE: The workhorse running back had 35 carries for 180 yards and scored both of the Bobcats’ TDs on runs of 2 and 14 yards as Theodore edged Davidson 14-7.

RAMSEY RIGBY, ELBA: Completed 26-of-30 passes for 334 yards and five touchdowns in a 54-0 win over Central Hayneville.

: Completed 17-of-29 passes for 306 yards and four touchdowns in a 52-38 win over DAR. He also rushed for 124 yards and two touchdowns on 17 carries.

CHANDLER RIGSON, CHICKASAW: Completed 14-of-19 passes for 385 yards and five touchdowns in the Chieftains’ 46-16 victory over Marengo. Senior Keivonte Gallmon was his chief target with five catches for 198 yards and three TDs.

Was 12-of-15 passing for 275 yards and four touchdowns, all in the first half, as the Titans downed Grissom 48-14.

: The junior quarterback completed 11-of-13 passes for 229 yards with two touchdowns (71, 54) and an interception. He added 48 yards rushing and a touchdown on six attempts. On defense, he had a pair of interceptions, two other pass break-ups, and six tackles.

JACK HUTCHESON, HOOVER: The Bucs senior quarterback was 12-of-19 passing for 220 yards and three touchdowns in Hoover’s 35-0 win over Oak Mountain. His first pass of the game went for 80 yards and a TD to Alex Elam.

JALANTA SMITH, CHARLES HENDERSON: Caught nine passes for 167 yards and a touchdown in a 19-16 loss to Greenville.

K.O. POWELL, ONEONTA: Had five receptions for 149 yards and a TD to help the Redskins beat New Hope 53-8.

TYLER BLACKBURN, CHELSEA: The senior had three catches for 127 yards and scored on an 80-yard reception as the Hornets beat Valley 43-20. He also blocked an extra point on defense.

RICHARD McBRYDE, CHARLES HENDERSON:  Was in on 18 tackles in a 19-16 loss to Greenville.

Earned 16 tackles, 2 for loss, in a 29-27 win over Hillcrest of Evergreen.

STONE COLLINS, WICKSBURG: Recorded 16 tackles and had two catches for 35 yards and a touchdown in a 35-20 loss to Daleville.

AARON ZAWACKI, BUCKHORN: The linebacker had two of the Bucks' four interceptions in a 42-6 victory over Huntsville as Buckhorn improved to 3-0.

Forced three fumbles and had four solo tackles in the Rebels' 49-7 win over Calhoun, snapping a 15-game losing streak.

ALBERT DOUGLAS, GASTON: Recorded two interceptions, returning one 80 yards for a touchdown, as Gaston picked up its first win of the season with a 21-12 decision over Ider.

LEVI HAMMACK, ADDISON: Recovered two fumbles, including one for a touchdown, as Addison beat Falkville 42-7.

Had a 96-yard kickoff return in the first half of the Bearcats’ 28-14 loss to Florence in the Raycom AHSAA Game of the Week. He stepped in at quarterback in the second half after Cullman’s starter was injured and completed 6-of-8 passes for 75 yards.

KERRYON JOHNSON, MADISON ACADEMY: Blocked two punts, scored on 47-yard run off a fake punt and recovered a fumble as the Mustangs rolled past Sheffield 57-7.

Returned the second-half kickoff 76 yards for a touchdown and caught a 58-yard scoring pass in a 31-6 road win over Ardmore. The return TD was his second in as many weeks. Smith also had a 93-yarder versus Columbia last week.

MAURICE MAYO, HOMEWOOD: Intercepted two passes returning one for 82 yards and a TD as Homewood beat Briarwood 28-6. He also had a 34-yard scoring reception.

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