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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:
http://highschoolsports.al.com/news/article/3324691379786252269/buddy-anderson-now-has-310-career-wins-but-just-how-good-of-a-coach-is-he-anyway-opinion/
    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:

RUSHING
MATT HARPER, HACKLEBURG:
 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.

TRE McMILLIAN, BAKER:
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.

JAMARIUS HENDERSON, DALE COUNTY:
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.

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

BRANDON BUTTS, J.B. PENNINGTON
: 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.

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

ZACH DIMMOCK, ONEONTA
: 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.

PASS RECEIVING
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.

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

DARYIAN MORRIS, GENEVA:
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.

PEYTON WILLIAMS, ZION CHAPEL:
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.

SPECIAL TEAMS
BRONTAE HARRIS, CULLMAN:
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.

KOBE SMITH, WEST POINT:
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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Valley’s Williams Ignites Fourth-Quarter Rally in the Rams Comeback Win

    Valley High School’s  Martravious "Tre" Williams rushed 18 times for 198 yards Friday night as the Rams beat Oxford 25-21.
     However, it was his fourth-quarter effort that grabbed the Alabama High School Athletic Association Prep Spotlight for Week 3 of the football season. Williams had 175 yards and all three scores in the fourth quarter as Valley battled from a 21-3 deficit to secure the victory.
    Lining up for direct snaps in Valley’s Wildcat spread alignment, he ran his way to three straight scores.
    Valley rushed 43 times for 263 yards on the night. Deangelo Dunn led the defense with nine tackles and made an interception in the Valley end zone to prevent a possible Oxford score. 
     Williams’ effort edged out a big passing performance by Spain Park quarterback Mason Duke.
    Duke
anchored the Jaguars offense in A 52-28 Class 7A win over Thompson. He was 25-of-29 passing for 401 yards and four touchdowns. Spain Park also completed three other passes to finish 28-of-32 passing for 451 yards and five touchdowns.
    In other top performances reported this week:

PASSING
CONNER KISER, HALEYVILLE:
The senior was 8-of-11 for 254 yards passing in a 54-36 win over Carbon Hill. He threw TD passes covering 90, 67 and 14 yards and rushed 3 yards for another score. Senior Dillon Posey had three receptions for 165 yards including touchdowns covering 90 and 67 yards. He also had 92 yards rushing—one a TD--and kicked three extra points.

SETH FRANKS, TUSCALOOSA COUNTY:
Completed 15-of-29 passes for 217 yards and two touchdowns as the Wildcats beat Hewitt-Trussville 28-21.

CHAD HUNTER WYATT, HILLCREST-TUSCALOOSA: Was 31-of-39 passing for 226 yards and one TD in a 48-26 loss to Clay-Chalkville.

AARON POLLARD, MARION COUNTY:
Led the Red Raiders to a 51-0 win over Brilliant, completing 9-of-17 passes for 231 yards and three touchdowns and rushing 18 times for 97 yards.

PEYTON CARTER, NEW BROCKTON: The Gamecocks quarterback accounted for 249 total yards and five touchdowns in a 60-14 win over Calhoun. Carter rushed eight times for 139 yards and three touchdowns (34, 19 and 9 yards) and was 4-of-6 passing for 110 yards and TD passes covering 37 and 26 yards.


BEN IVEY, SPRING GARDEN: Accounted for all three touchdowns in a 21-20 win over Cedar Bluff, just the third win over the Tigers in school history. His 26-yard touchdown pass to Kyle Reece with 14 seconds left in the third quarter turned out to be the game winner. He also rushed for touchdowns of 1 and 21 yards.

TREY TATE, REHOBETH:
Tate was 8-of-10 passing for 181 yards and a touchdown and added three rushing touchdowns in a 38-21 win over Alabama Christian.


TANNER NELSON, COLLINSVILLE:
Completed 8-of-13 passes for 120 yards and two touchdowns (50 and 64 yards). He also rushed for 102 yards on 10 carries in the Panthers' 34-3 rout of West End-Walnut Grove.

TYLER LUSK, PIEDMONT: Completed 11-of-15 pass attempts for 200 yards and two touchdowns (47 and 48 yards) and 6-yard touchdown run in the Bulldogs' 46-6 victory at Ashville.

PASS RECEIVING
CAHDIL ELLIS, HILLCREST-TUSCALOOSA:
Hauled in 20 receptions for 111 yards and two scores in a 48-26 loss to Clay-Chalkville.

OWEN CARR, SPAIN PARK: Caught five passes for 183 yards and two touchdowns covering 55 and 68 yards as the Jags beat Thompson 52-28.

DYLAN McQUEEN, SCOTTSBORO: The sophomore receiver set a Scottsboro single-game pass receiving yards record with 177 yards on five receptions in the Wildcats’ 33-14 win over Brewer. He had three TD receptions to tie the school mark for a single game set by Malik Talley last week. Senior quarterback Justin Whitehead completed 12-of-30 passes for 219 yards and three touchdowns – the first 200-yard passing performance for Scottsboro since 1994 according the WWIC broadcaster Greg Bell.

EDDIE WILLIAMS, TUSCALOOSA COUNTY: The Wildcats beat Hewitt-Trussville 28-21 with Williams making five catches for 88 yards with two TDS covering 39 yards each. He also had two kickoffs for 146 yards with one covering 93 yards and a TD in the win.

JOSH FREEMAN, COLD SPRINGS: Caught four passes for 109 yards and a TD, and Austin Moore added 111 yards rushing and two scores on 15 carries to lift Cold Springs (3-0) past Southeastern. The 3-0 start is the best for the Eagles since 2003.

C.J. SAVAGE, PIEDMONT:
Caught five passes for 85 yards, including a 48-yard touchdown, and also returned a punt 68 yards for a score in the Bulldogs' 46-6 victory at Ashville.

RUSHING
BRANDON BAYNES, TALLASSEE:
Had 364 yards rushing on 19 carries with four touchdowns (34, 70, 84 and 89 yards) and also scored a fifth TD with an 85-yard kickoff return – all in the first half – as Tallassee beat Talladega 40-6. Baynes finished with 383 yards on 24 carries to set a single-game rushing record for Tallassee. He finished with 468 tandem yards on the night.

JAMARIUS HENDERSON, DALE COUNTY:
With Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn in attendance, Henderson led the Class 3A Warriors to a 38-20 win over Charles Henderson with 260 yards rushing and four touchdowns on 33 carries. He also caught one pass for 10 yards and accounted for 10 tackles from his linebacker position on defense.

COLTON KNIGHT, REHOBETH:
Rushed for 254 yards and a 3-yard touchdown in the Rebels’ 38-21 win over Alabama Christian.

VALANDIN “TEZ’’ SPENCER, FAIRFIELD:
Had 20 rush attempts for 237 yards and four touchdowns in the Tigers’ 35-13 win over Corner.

JOHN MICHAEL DYE, VINEMONT: The workhorse running back had 29 carries for 257 rushing yards and two touchdowns in a 45-26 homecoming victory over Danville.

TERENCE HUMPHREY, COLUMBIA: Set a school record with 35 rushing attempts enroute to 228 yards and two touchdowns in a 42-14 loss to West Point.

BRADY SHERRILL, HALEYVILLE: The sophomore had 14 rush attempts for 204 yards and two touchdowns in a 54-36 win over Carbon Hill. He had a long run of 72 yards and scored twice on runs of 42 and 36 yards.

THOMAS OZMINT, GLENCOE: Rushed 19 times for 187 yards and one touchdown and caught a key 38-yard pass in the fourth quarter to rally Glencoe from a 13-point deficit to beat Walter Wellborn 27-26.


DREEK THOMPSON, PIEDMONT:
Rushed for 172 yards on just eight carries, scored two touchdowns on runs of 4 and 53 yards and also caught three passes for 36 yards in the Bulldogs' 46-6 win at Ashville.


DEFENSE
JAMAL AND JAYLAN JACKSON, HARTSELLE:
Led Hartselle to a 24-21 win over Athens with two dynamic defensive performances. Jamal had two interceptions, a partially blocked field goal and a sack and Jaylan had one pick and returned a blocked field goal 95 yards for a touchdown.

GARRETT DAFFRON, PROVIDENCE CHRISTIAN:
Totaled 17 tackles the Eagles' 28-6 win over Houston County.

THOMAS ESPY, EUFAULA: Had three interceptions, returning one for a touchdown and sealing the win with his last one in the closing minute of a 19-12 win over Sidney Lanier. In addition, he had a tackle for a safety, a 35-yard field goal to help extend the lead in the fourth quarter and was 2-for-2 on extra-point kicks to account for13 of his team’s total points. Espy also kicked a 54-yard field goal that was nullified by a penalty.

KENNON CASEY, G.W. LONG: Intercepted two passes in the Rebels’ 43-21 win over Cottonwood. He returned one pick 48 yards for a touchdown to help spark a 29-point second-half rally to overcome a 21-14 deficit at intermission. Casey also had five tackles.


SPECIAL TEAMS
PHILLIP WARD, HOKES BLUFF:
Returned punts of 59 yards and 81 yards for touchdowns as the Eagles picked up their first win of the season over White Plains 35-7. He also had a 52-yard interception return to set up another TD.

JOSH SARRATT, SAND ROCK: Connected on a 25-yard field goal with 8:33 remaining in the fourth quarter to provide the winning points in the Wildcats' 10-8 victory over Brindlee Mountain.

ANDREW McLARTY, SPRING GARDEN: Booted a 33-yard field goal with 2.2 seconds left in the first half and also posted six tackles in the Panthers' 21-20 win at Cedar Bluff.

KOBE SMITH, WEST POINT: Returned a kickoff 93 yards for a touchdown and rushed 21 times for 108 yards and two additional TDs in a 42-14 win over Columbia.


J.F. Shields Grabs First Football Win Since 2010

      J.F. Shields High School won one game from midway thorugh 2008-2010 before discontinuing football in 2011 and 2012. Last year Coach Greg May brought football back playing a junior-varsity schedule only.
      Friday night the Panthers from Beatrice returned to varsity competition in a big way, beating the Alabama School for the Deaf in a non-region game 56-32.
      Senior quarterback Aizaiah May accounted for four touchdowns and senior running back Terrion Simon for three as J.F. Shields grabbed the AHSAA Prep Spotlight for Week 2 of the 2014 football season.  Simon rushed 23 times for 296 yards and three touchdowns on runs of 44, 38 and 10 yards. May was 7-of-12 passing for 180 yards and three touchdowns covering 8, 8 and 39 yards and rushed for a 2-yard score.
      May also passed for two 2-point conversions and Simon ran for two.
      The J.F. Shields win edged out a record-book passing effort by Good Hope quarterback Riley Eisner, a strong defensive effort by Sardis defensive back Jesse Hubbard and a clutch, game-winning field goal by Huntsville place-kicker Joel Sheppard.
      Good Hope’s sophomore QB Eisner completed 34-of-64 passes for 403 yards and five touchdowns covering 43, 11, 11, 58 and 14 yards in a 48-41 loss to Cordova. The 64 pass attempts are the third highest total in a single game according to the AHSAA state records. His 34 completions are tied for fifth all-time. His favorite targets were Reese Harbison and Kainan Smith. Harbison hauled in 16 catches for 199 yards with touchdowns covering 43 and 14 yards, Smith six receptions for 126 yards and two scores.
      Hubbard anchored Sardis’ defense with four interceptions in the Lions’ 21-16 win over Sylvania. Teammate Keenan Lewis supplied the offense with 251 yards rushing and two touchdowns on 22 carries.
      Sheppard kicked field goals of 22 and 28 yards, the latter coming with just four seconds remaining, to lift the Huntsville past Mountain Brook 22-21 in the first Raycom/AHSAA Thursday Game of the Week.

     In other top performances reported from Week 2:

RUSHING
TROY DIXON, UMS-WRIGHT: Piled up 246 yards rushing and five touchdowns on 24 carries in a 47-7 win over Andalusia.

OSTIN McPHERSON, ST. PAUL’S EPISCOPAL:
The junior running back rushed 23 times for 231 yards and three touchdowns (2, 38 and 5 yards) in the Saints’ 38-14 win over D’Iberville, Miss.

DAKOTA LAMBERT, SPRING GARDEN: Rushed for 230 yards and a pair of touchdowns (58 and 27 yards) on 17 carries in the Panthers' 44-20 victory at Appalachian.

BRENT MYERS, BRINDLEE MOUNTAIN:
Rushed 27 times for 225 yards and a TD in Brindlee Mountain’s 21-0 win over Holly Pond.

LAMICAL PERINE, THEODORE:
Accounted for 219 yards rushing and two touchdowns on 26 carries as the Bobcats beat Alma Bryant 20-17.

VALANDIN "Tez" SPENCER, FAIRFIELD: The sophomore running back rushed 23 times for 217 yards and two touchdowns (10 and 20 yards) in the Tigers’ 20-13 win over Fultondale.

KEITH MIXON, SHADES VALLEY: Rushed for 135 yards and had 135 yards receiving to account for three touchdowns in a  34-14 win at Bessemer City.

TRE' NATION, LEEDS: The junior tailback led the Green Wave to a 48-20 win over Trinity Presbyterian with 205 rushing yards on 16 carries and three touchdowns. He had scoring runs of 9, 9 and 36 yards. Teammate TaDarryl Marshall added a 95-yard touchdown run to finish with 193 yards on 11 carries and two touchdowns.

WADE STREETER, SPAIN PARK: Ran for 164 yards and a TD on 27 carries to lift Spain Park past Hueytown 28-21.

SHAKEITH TYES, CALERA: Rushed 26 times for 203 yards and two touchdowns in Calera’s 28-8 win over Bibb County.

MICAH STEPHENS, LOCUST FORK: The junior rushed for 207 yards on 21 attempts with touchdowns covering 65 and 17 yards as the Hornets (2-0) beat Westbrook Christian 33-20. He also caught a 22-yard TD pass and had a 33-yard TD run called back as Locust Fork started the season 2-0 for the first time since 2003.

KOLBY KIRK, ADDISION:
Logged 17 carries for 222 yards with touchdown runs of 46 and 30 yards in a 26-20 win over Vinemont. Kirk had the big night despite popping his left shoulder out of place in the first half and going through two torn jerseys.

MARLON BRIDGES, LANETT: Rushed for over 200 yards in a 41-20 win over Notasulga with three touchdowns covering 76, 64 and 4 yards. 

XAVIER MCCOLLUM, WINFIELD: Rushed for 196 yards on 23 carries with four TDs covering 2, 10, 1 and 49 yards in the Pirates’ 27-6 win over Carbon Hill.

JALYN MARTIN, COLLINSVILLE:
Ran for 184 yards on 16 carries with three touchdowns (5, 1 and 99 yards) and also caught two passes for 97 yards with a 58-yard touchdown in the Panthers' 41-24 win over Cedar Bluff.

WILL CRENSHAW, CULLMAN: Totaled 166 yards rushing and a touchdown on 24 carries and added three receptions for 20 yards in a 35-8 win over Etowah.

NIC ROLLO, COLD SPRINGS: Had 18 carries for 153 yards and three first-half touchdowns (1, 8 and 56 yards) in a 32-14 victory at Danville.

THOMAS OZMINT, GLENCOE: Ran 20 times for 166 yards and caught a touchdown pass in the Yellow Jackets’ 28-14 win over Plainview. 

TREY McMILLIAN, DALE COUNTY: The Warriors quarterback rushed for 155 yards on eight carries and scored touchdowns on runs of 1, 65, 3 and 58 yards as Dale County beat Headland 48-14.

DWAYNE KOEN, BALDWIN COUNTY: Rushed 22 times for 142 yards and four touchdowns and returned a kickoff 86 yards for a fifth score as Baldwin County beat Citronelle 47-21.

DAMON WILLIAMS, GADSDEN CITY: Scored touchdown runs of 48 and 52 yards in the fourth quarter to spark Gadsden City to a 47-28 comeback win over Oxford. Williams finished with 117 yards on seven carries.

PASSING
NICK BAKER, WOODVILLE:
Baker passed for three touchdowns and ran for another as Woodville snapped a 37-game losing streak with a 52-12 victory over Waterloo.

DEMARCUS WILLIAMS, JACKSON: Led the Aggies to a 34-24 win over Clarke County completing 26-of-39 passes for 311 yards and two scores (27 and 18 yards). He also had 70 yards rushing and three touchdowns (4, 14 and 16 yards) on 18 carries.

RASHAD LOUIE, SHADES VALLEY:
The Mounties quarterback was 14-of-21 passing for 304 yards and four touchdowns and also rushed for 82 yards to lead Shades Valley past Bessemer City 34-14.

LOGAN WALTERS, NORTH JACKON: Completed 18-of-30 passes for 283 yards and three touchdowns and added 68 yards rushing and another score in a 46-41 loss to Guntersville.

GREY JACKSON, FAIRHOPE: Led the Pirates to a 44-34 win over Foley accounting for six touchdowns. He was 12-of-17 passing for 204 yards and four TDs and added two rushing scores.

ZACH THOMAS, HEWITT-TRUSSVILLE: The junior   quarterback rushed 29 times for 201 yards and one TD and passed for 123 yards and another score to pace the Huskies to a 30-24 win over Gardendale.

ANTHONY CHAVEZ, CHILTON COUNTY: Was 17-of-31 passing for 283 yards and four touchdowns in a 33-0 win over county rival Jemison. His favorite target was Keishun White, who had six grabs for 123 yards and two TDs and also scored on a 24-yard run. Chavez’s TD passes covered 21, 72, 72 and 9 yards.

JORDAN AUBREY, MOBILE CHRISTIAN: Led the Leopards to 515 yards on offense, completing 21-of-31 passes for 253 yards and one score and rushing for 112 yards on 15 carries with two more TDs in a 49-38 win over Excel. 

MAJOR HENDERSON, GUNTERSVILLE: The sophomore quarterback was 6-of-12 passing for 203 yards and two touchdowns as the Wildcats beat North Jackson 46-41. He added 101 yards rushing on five attempts with a 75-yard scramble for the game-winning touchdown.

TANNER NELSON, COLLINSVILLE: Completed 6-of-14 pass attempts for 206 yards and three touchdowns (60, 58 and 60 yards) in the Panthers' 41-24 victory over Cedar Bluff.

HAYDEN MAPLES, FAIRVIEW: Completed 12-of-20 passes for 138 yards and a touchdown and added a pair of rushing touchdowns in a 27-12 win over Hanceville. The game was played at Cullman High School after Fairview was unable to host the game at its own Dafford Smith Stadium.

TYLER LUSK AND TAYLOR HAYES, PIEDMONT: Combined to complete 7-of-8 passes for 229 yards and four touchdowns in the Bulldogs’ 48-20 win over Cherokee County. Lusk was 5-of-6 for 106 yards and TDs of 17 and 30 yards. Hayes was 2-of-2 for 123 yards with TD passes covering 87 and 36 yards.

PASS RECEIVING
GERRON WASDEN, MOBILE CHRISTIAN:
Caught 13 passes for 187 yards  and a 33-yard TD in a 49-38 win over Excel.

MALIK TALLEY, SCOTTSBORO: Caught seven passes for 149 yards and two touchdowns, including an 82-yarder, in a 34-24 win over Sparkman.  The seven catches are second on Scottsboro’s all-time single-game receptions list and the 149 yards set a Scottsboro single-game record for receiving yards.  The 82-yard pass reception for a touchdown is the fourth longest in Scottsboro history.

TORREY HUNT, BOB JONES: Caught five passes for 178 yards with TD catches of 59 and 87 yards in a 28-7 victory over Decatur.

ANTON FOX, JACKSON: Had nine catches for 140 yards in the Aggies’ 34-24 win over Clarke County.

DEFENSE

WILL WRENN, WEST POINT: The senior defensive back made two of the five interceptions swiped by the Warriors in a 31-0 win over Hayden.

LANE JOHNSON, CALERA:
The linebacker had 14 tackles in the Eagles’ season-opening 28-8 win against Bibb County.

EUGENE McCAMMON, WOODLAWN: Registered 12 tackles and a fumble recovery in the Colonels’ 42-38 win against Tarrant.

GARRETT DAFFRON, PROVIDENCE CHRISTIAN: Had 15 tackles in a 51-27 win over Zion Chapel.


OCTAVIUSE HARDRICK, COTTONWOOD:
Registered 13 tackles on defense and seven catches for 64 yards on offense in the Bears' 40-21 loss to Geneva.

 

ANTHONY SCOTT, BALDWIN COUNTY: Had six tackles--three for a losses, forced one fumble and recovered two fumbles, including one on a kickoff, in Baldwin County’s 47-21 win over Citronelle.

STEVEN CLARK, BRINDLEE MOUNTAIN:
Had nine tackles, including 5.5 sacks, and a safety in Brindlee Mountain’s 21-0 win over Holly Pond.


DUSTIN BROTHERS, BALDWIN COUNTY:
Had 10 tackles in Baldwin County’s 47-21 win versus Citronelle.

BEN IVEY, SPRING GARDEN: Posted six tackles, two pass deflections and had an interception in the Panthers' 44-20 victory at Appalachian.

SPECIAL TEAMS
CHARLES GREEN, McGILL-TOOLEN: The sophomore place-kicker booted three field goals, the last one giving the Yellow Jackets the lead with 6:49 remaining in a 17-14 win over Vigor.17-14.

TYLER THOMAS, CHELSEA: The sophomore kicker booted a 37-yard field goal as the half expired and the game-winning extra point in the fourth quarter as the Hornets nipped Briarwood Christian 23-22.

DREEK THOMPSON, PIEDMONT: Returned a kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown and scored on a 38-yard touchdown run in the Bulldogs' 48-20 victory over Cherokee County.

JATARVIOUS WHITLOW, LAFAYETTE: Accounted for four touchdowns, two on punt returns of 68 and 63 yards, one on a 27-yard TD reception and another on a 27-yard pass to finish with 307 all-purpose yards in a 35-0 win over Loachapoka.


JUSTIN HENDERSON, COTTAGE HILL CHRISTIAN: The senior opened the second half with a 90-yard kickoff return and finished with 184 total yards and three scores in a 49-38 win over Chickasaw. 


How to Avoid Hyponatremia

Ample hydration before and during practice and play is key for safety and optimal athletic performance, especially in the heat. However, the recent death of a high school football player reportedly from drinking far too much fluid, in an apparent attempt to resolve his muscle cramping, is a grim reminder that over-hydration, while rare,  should never be encouraged or dismissed as harmless.

Ready access to water and sports drinks during practice and competition is always recommended for any athletic or other strenuous physical activity. But drinking too much in a short period of time – in this tragic case, reportedly two gallons of water and two more gallons of a sports drink – can be far more than the body can handle. As a result, too much water in the blood can lead to brain swelling followed by seizure, coma and even death. This potentially deadly condition is called hyponatremia. Early symptoms typically include headache and nausea; although an athlete could be feeling this way for other reasons.

How can you avoid hyponatremia?

  • All student-athletes have the responsibility to be well-hydrated (normal body weight and light-colored urine) and well-nourished prior to training or competing. Regular fluid intake during practice and games/matches should be a priority, especially in the heat. Weighing oneself before and after practice with minimal clothing provides a good indication of how well you managed offsetting your sweat loss. The goal is to drink regularly to thirst. If you begin well-hydrated, a small pre- to post-practice/competition weight loss is okay. A weight gain shows that too much fluid was consumed.
  • Those selected and notably fewer athletes who sweat excessively and/or have a history of muscle cramping may have to add some salt to their diets and sports drinks when training and competing in the heat. This helps the body to hold onto fluid and reduces the risk of muscle cramping caused by large sweat sodium losses.

Bottom line: Hydrate regularly and wisely – but don’t overdrink! 


High School Sports Participation Increases for 25th Consecutive Year, Sets All-Time High of Almost 7.8 Million

INDIANAPOLIS, IN (August 28, 2014) — The number of participants in high school sports increased for the 25th consecutive year in 2013-14 with a record total of almost 7.8 million, according to the annual High School Athletics Participation Survey conducted by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS).

Based on figures from the 51 NFHS member state high school associations, which includes the District of Columbia, sports participation for the 2013-14 school year reached an all-time high of 7,795,658 – an increase of 82,081 from the previous year. This one-year increase was the highest since 2009-10.

Girls participation increased for the 25th consecutive year with an additional 44,941 participants from 2012-13 and set an all-time record of 3,267,664. Boys participation eclipsed 4.5 million for the first time (4,527,994), breaking the mark of 4,494,406 in 2010-11.

The increase in boys participation was due in part to the first increase in football numbers in five years. An additional 6,607 boys participated in 11-player football in 2013-14, pushing this past year’s total to 1,093,234. In addition, another 1,715 girls participated in 11-player football last year, an increase of 184 from the previous year.

“We are pleased with the increase in participation numbers in the sport of football for the 2013-14 school year,” said Bob Gardner, NFHS executive director. “With the precautions that are in place nationwide to address concussions in all high school sports, including football, we have maintained that the risk of injury is as low as it ever has been. Certainly, this rise in football numbers is a confirmation of those beliefs and indicates the strong continued interest nationwide in high school football.”

Among the top 10 boys sports, baseball registered the largest gain with an additional 7,838 participants, followed by football and soccer (6,437). The top 10 boys sports remained unchanged from last year: football, outdoor track and field, basketball, baseball, soccer, wrestling, cross country, tennis, golf, and swimming and diving.

Volleyball gained the most participants among girls sports (9,426) from the previous year, and its total of 429,634 was within 3,710 of basketball for the No. 2 position. Track and field, with an additional 5,946 participants from 2012-13, remained the No. 1 sport for girls, followed by basketball, volleyball, soccer, fast-pitch softball, cross country, tennis, swimming and diving, competitive spirit squads and lacrosse.

“This past year’s report on sports participation in our nation’s high schools was another great statement about the importance of these education-based programs,” Gardner said. “We are encouraged that schools are continuing to respond to the funding challenges, and are particularly pleased to see that the increase this past year was evenly distributed between boys and girls.”

In terms of combined participation, lacrosse continued to register sizeable increases as overall participation for boys and girls increased by 9,744 to 188,689. The sport ranks 10th for girls and 11th for boys.

The top 10 states by participants remained in the same order as last year, with Texas and California topping the list with 805,299 and 783,008, respectively. The remainder of the top 10 was New York (389,475), Illinois (343,757), Ohio (325,448), Pennsylvania (317,318), Michigan (299,246), New Jersey (285,020), Florida (268,266) and Minnesota (232,909). Overall, 33 states reported higher figures from the previous year, up from 30 states that had increases the previous year.

The participation survey has been compiled since 1971 by the NFHS through numbers it receives from its member associations. The complete 2013-14 High School Athletics Participation Survey is attached in PDF format and will be posted soon on the NFHS website at www.nfhs.org.


Smiths Station Quarterback Passes For 433 Yards in First-Game Triumph

     Dalton Sinquefield of Smiths Station High School became the first quarterback  to crack the 400-yard passing mark with a 433-yard performance in the Panthers’ 38-13 prep football win over Sumter (Americus, Ga.) last Friday.

     The 6-foot-1 junior was 24-of-33 passing with four touchdown throws to earn the Alabama High School Athletic Association’s Prep Spotlight for Week 1 of the 2014 season.
    Sinquefield  completed eight passes to Armani Reedy for 127 yards and a 39-yard TD strike, had seven tosses caught by Austin Taylor—two of them for TDs of 9 and 11yards, and delivered TD passes of 6 and 59 yards to Tre Trimble and Marquis Bowens, respectively.
    The 433-yard effort was just the 36th  400-yard passing game in AHSAA history and ranks in a tie for 24th all-time. The feat was accomplished twice in 2013.
     His performance edged out Spanish Fort quarterback Tyler Johnston’s 353-yard passing effort in in a 42-14 win over Stanhope Elmore at Cramton Bowl in Saturday night’s final Champions Challenge game. 
    Johnston fired five TD passes including four to receiver Kristian Cotton, who finished with seven catches and 199 yards. His scores covered 90, 26, 16 and 30 yards. The 16-yarder was a spectacular falling grab in the end zone on the last play of the first half.  Johnston, who rushed for 101 yards on 12 carries with a 20-yard TD run, added a 74-yard TD toss to LaDarrell Pettway, who had six catches for 129 yards.
   Stanhope Elmore quarterback Tanner Anderson and receiver Michael Brown teamed up for two TD connections, including a state-record tying 99-yard score in the second quarter. Brown became just the 10th receiver in state history to haul in a 99-yard touchdown pass.
   The first reported came in 1938 and the last in 2011. Receiver Johnny Richardson and quarterback Jack Hill were the first reported duo on record – connecting for 99 yards for Auburn High School’s only score in a 13-7 loss to Selma in ’38.  Etowah receiver Darrin Peterson caught a 99-yarder in 2011 in a 21-14 win over Fort Payne. He also had a 93-yard TD catch in that same game.
    Sinquefield’s big game also edged out a strong effort by Montgomery Academy’s special teams. Eagles return specialist Sam LaPlatney returned two kickoffs 90 and 85 yards for touchdowns, and place-kicker Jimmy Massey booted a 32-yard field goal in the final seconds of the first half and added the game-winning 27-yard kick in the last seconds of the fourth quarter in a 30-28 win over Montgomery Catholic.
     In other highlights from the first week’s regular-season games:

PASSING
TYRELL PIGROME, CLAY-CHALKVILLE: The first-year starter provided the offensive punch as the Cougars beat Niceville,  FL 44-23 in a game televised live nationally by ESPNU. Pigrome rushed 19 times for for 211 yards with three scores, including an 84-yarder. He was also 11-of-14 passing for 196 yards and one TD covering 51 yards to finish with 407 total yards while accounting for four touchdowns.

RaSHAD LOUIE, SHADES VALLEY:
The three-year starter had 245 yards passing and 74 yards rushing in a 37-35 win over Florence. Louie completed 11-of-24 passes with TDs of 68 and 9 yards. He also ran 74 yards for a score on the second play of the game.

CONNER KISER, HALEYVILLE: Led Haleyville to a 43-21 win over Winston County, compiling 318 yards of offense. Kiser rushed for 138 yards on 10 carries and passed for 180 yards. He scored on runs of 66 and 38 yards and also threw a touchdown pass.

 JAMES RAINES, BERRY: The sophomore quarterback was 14-of-18 passing for 189 yards and three TDs and passed for three 2-point conversions in a 56-22 Class 1A region win over Marion County.

PASS RECEIVING
JACOB COOK, OXFORD:
Caught eight passes for 213 yards and two TDs as Oxford beat Southside-Gadsden 42-21.

TYLER CRUMPTON, PHILLIPS:
Scored three touchdowns as Phillips beat Meek 33-8. Crumpton raced 80 yards for one touchdown and caught two touchdown passes, including a 98-yarder. He finished with 142 receiving yards and also intercepted a pass on defense.

JOSH FREEMAN, COLD SPRINGS: Returned an interception 46 yards and caught a pair of passes for 42 yards in the basketball convert's first-ever high school football game. The Eagles beat Brilliant 25-6 at home.

RUSHING
SHAWN TRAYWICK, VICTORY CHRISTIAN:
The running back rushed for 300 yards and a touchdown as VC beat Holy Spirit Catholic 49-17.

JAMARIUS HENDERSON, DALE COUNTY:
The senior running back rushed for 250 yards and three touchdowns (30, 73 and 12 yards) on 18 carries in a 48-12 win over Trinity Presbyterian.

BRANDON BAYNES, TALLASSEE: Rolled up 215 yards rushing on 15 carries with touchdowns covering 11, 1 and 66 yards as the Tigers thumped Notasulga 49-0.

TRE’ NATION, LEEDS: The junior running back produced two touchdowns in a 27-24 win over two-time defending Class 3A state champion Madison Academy but carried an even heavier load for the game’s final 14 minutes after his quarterback left the game. Nation took several “Wildcat” snaps, converting an important fourth-down play with a pass and finished the night with 148 yards rushing on 26 carries.

JORDAN JONES, McADORY: 
Jones, making his first start at QB, totaled 311 yards as the Jackets beat Bibb County 49-31. The junior ran for 201 yards and passed for 110 and accounted for two touchdowns.

KYLE NALL, FAYETTE COUNTY: The senior running back ran for 237 yards and four touchdowns on 22 carries as the Wildcats beat Winfield 35-15. His scoring runs covered 48, 26, 9 and 5 yards.

BRANDON LEWIS, FULTONDALE: The senior had 203 yards rushing and four touchdowns and caught two passes for 75 yards and another score in a 52-31 win over Tarrant.

DEKARLOS BILLINGSLEY, SCOTTSBORO: Rushed for 170 yards and two TDs on 21 carries in the Wildcats’ season-opening 41-21 setback to Dalton, Ga.

DEFENSE
BLAIR EDWARDS, GADSDEN CITY:
The senior linebacker had 16 tackles and two sacks in the Titians' 34-28 double overtime win over Auburn.


CHANCE DANIELS, BERRY:
Had 14 total tackles, two caused fumbles and returned a fumble 38 yards for a TD in the Wildcats’ 56-22 Class 1A win over Marion County.

DEZMOND JOHNSON, SLOCOMB:
Slocomb intercepted three passes, including two in the fourth quarter--one in the end zone, during a 21-10 win over Geneva. He also had five tackles. He rushed for 122 yards with a TD and also caught a TD pass while playing both ways.


JOSH MADDEN, TALLADEGA:
The senior defensive back snagged two interceptions in his first varsity football game as Talladega beat Talladega County Central 21-0.

KAM PREWITT, CLAY-CHALKVILLE: The senior picked off two passes in a 44-23 victory against Niceville (Fla.) at Hoover High School's Bucs Stadium on ESPNU.

LEVI HAMMACK, ADDISON: Contributed eight tackles (six solo, two assisted with two for loss) and a forced fumble in a 26-23 loss at Pickens County.


CHRISTIAN  PATTERSON, BARBOUR COUNTY:
Registered 14 tackles in a 18-12 loss to Bullock  County.


JUSTIN PATTERSON, CULLMAN:
Recorded 13 tackles, including one for a loss and three sacks, in a 21-14 loss at Arab.

 

STONE COLLINS, WICKSBURG: Led the Panthers defense with 13 tackles in Wicksburg's 34-14 win over Houston County.


ALEX MEDINA, WALKER:
The Vikings linebacker had 12 tackles, three resulting in losses, as Walker fell to Pell City 17-14.

A.J. SMOOT, DORA:
The defensive end had 10 tackles, including three sacks, and forced a fumble in the Bulldogs' 35-12 win over Cordova.

JORDAN DOLLERSON, FLORENCE: Had three sacks and recovered a fumble for a touchdown in the Falcons’ 37-35 loss to Shades Valley.

RYE SHIVER, VALLEY: Recorded eight tackles and two sacks as the Rams beat Lanett 21-0 for the school’s 16th win in the series over the last 19 meetings. The defense totaled five sacks and forced four turnovers.

SPECIAL TEAMS
SERGIO ALVAREZ, PELL CITY:
Booted a 19-yard field to lift the Panthers past Walker 17-14. He was also perfect on two extra-point kicks.


Spanish Fort Opens Season With Champions Challenge Win Over Stanhope Elmore

    MONTGOMERY –  Spanish Fort High School quarterback Tyler Johnston opened the season with a bang Saturday night, connecting with Kristian Cotton on a 90-yard touchdown pass late in the first quarter to give the Toros an early two-touchdown lead in the final game of the 2014 Champions Challenge.
     Johnston, who rushed for 101 yards on 12 carries and scored the game’s first TD on a 20-yard first-quarter run, finished the game 16 of 24 passing  for 353 yards and 5 touchdowns as Spanish Fort (1-0) won its 25th straight game with a 42-14 win over Stanhope Elmore (0-1).
     Cotton also caught TD passes of 90, 26 and 16 yards in the first half and added a 30-yard reception in the third quarter to set a Champions Challenge record with four TD receptions. His 16-yarder came on the final play of the first half when he made a spectacular grab in the end zone over the arms of a Stanhope defender.  Cotton wound up with seven receptions for 199 yards.
     LaDarrell Pettway had a 74-yard TD catch in the fourth quarter for Coach Mark Freeman’s Toros.
     Johnston’s 90-yard connection to Cotton was upstaged in the second quarter, however, when Mustangs quarterback Tanner Anderson completed a pass to Michael Brown that covered 99 yards and Stanhope Elmore’s first touchdown of the night.
    The 99-yard reception ties a state record for the longest on record and just the 10th in state history. The last receiver to snag a 99-yarder was Etowah’s Darrin Peterson in a 21-14 win over Fort Payne in 2011.
    Brown also caught a 30-yard TD pass later in the second quarter for Stanhope’s second TD. He had the two catches for 129 yards.
   Cameron Harrison added 99 yards rushing for Spanish Fort, which had 251 rushing yards and 604 yards overall. Pettway had six catches for the Toros for 129 yards.
    Kareem Jackson led Coach Jeff Foshee’s Mustangs with 94 yards on seven carries, and Bennie Smith had 72 yards on 13 attempts.
    Alijah Reeves led Stanhope Elmore’s defense with 13 tackles and an interception. Timothy Brown added 10 stops.
   Pacing Spanish Fort’s defense were Tre Threat, Maurice Cole and Thomas Johnston with six stops each. The Toros made 11 tackles behind the line for 39 yards in losses.


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Game 2 of 9th Annual Champions Challenge: Dadeville Edges Piedmont 14-8

     MONTGOMERY – Dartavious Pearson scored two touchdowns in the second half to break open a scoreless defensive battle and Dadeville edged Piedmont 14-8 in Saturday in the Champions Challenge high school football triple-header.
    The Alabama High School Athletic Association has held the Champions Challenge for nine years to open the prep football season, The Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association manages the games each year.
     Pearson scored on a 20-yard run on the last play of the third quarter to give Coach Richard White’s Tigers a 6-0 lead. The extra-point try failed.  Pearson, who led all rushers with 118 yards on 16 carries, scored his second TD with 8:34 left in the game on a 6-yard gain.
    Dadeville appeared to seal the win one series later when Tyreke Stone intercepted Tyler Lusk’s pass at midfield and returned it for  touchdown. The score was called back when a Tigers defender was called for roughing the Piedmont passer.
   Lusk, who had a 65-yard touchdown strike to C.J. Savage called back in the first half, took full advantage of the opportunity and quickly led the Bulldogs of Coach Steve Smith to the end zone. He found Savage open again for a TD covering 42 yards and then passed to Austin Brazier for the two-point conversion to pull Piedmont to within six with 5:53 to play.
    The Bulldogs defense got the ball back late, but Dadeville’s defense rose to stop the final threat.
    Lusk was 8-of-20 passing for 181 yards with Savage hauling in four receptions for 107 yards.
   Jaquan Alvies and Trevorous Johnson had six tackles each to lead Dadeville. Alvies, Jalyn  Johnson  and Antonia Jennings each had two sacks to lead a Tigers defense that had 7 ½ sacks on the night. Alvies also had an interception he returned for 40 yards.
    Neonta Alexander led Piedmont with seven tackles.
    The game was played as a preseason non-counting contest. Dadeville hosts Tallapoosa County rival Reeltown Thursday in its season opener and Piedmont is also at home against Cherokee County on Friday.


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Bulldogs Hold Off Wolverines To Win Champions Challenge Battle

    MONTGOMERY – Opelika built a 20-7 lead after three quarters, then held off a fourth-quarter Carver rally to beat the Wolverines 20-16 Friday night as the ninth annual Champions Challenge prep football classic got underway at Cramton Bowl.
      Two more games are scheduled for the Champions Challenge Saturday: Dadeville vs. Piedmont at 5 p.m. and Stanhope Elmore vs. Spanish Fort at 7:30. Both games will be telecast live over the Raycom TV Network.
     Josh Johnson’s 1-yard touchdown run capped Opelika's 17-play, 70-yard march that ate up 6 minutes, 22 seconds to open the game. Chazdon Blackmon kicked the extra point and then followed with a 35-yard field goal five minutes later to extend the Bulldogs lead to 10-0.
     Carver struck quickly in the second quarter when quarterback Mike McKinney connected with Nagee Clay on a 78-yard touchdown pass to cut the lead to 10-7.
     Jack Slay booted a 23-yard field goal at the six-minute mark of the second quarter as  Coach Brian Blackmon’s Bulldogs carried a 13-7 lead into halftime.
    Jake Bentley’s 12-yard TD run and Slay’s extra-point kick put Opelika up 20-7 with 1:45 to play in the third period.
    Carver’s Marlon Davidson blocked an Opelika punt that resulted in a safety with 5:42 to play to make it 20-9.  Melvin Tyus then grabbed the ensuing free kick at his own 22-yard line and sped 78 yards for a touchdown just 18 seconds later. Nagee Clay’s extra-point kick cut the Opelika lead to four, 20-16.
    Carver got one more chance but ran out of downs as the Bulldogs held on to win.
    Opelika finished with 279 total yards and Carver had 244. Johnson was the leading rusher with 125 yards on 25 carries. Carver’s Jayland Horne had 105 on 12 tries.
     McKinney was 11-of-23 passing for 175 yards and the one TD for Coach Billy Gresham’s Wolverines. Clay had four catches for 100 yards.
     Matthew Christian was 9-of-17 passing for 91 yards. Tight end Kyle Fourtenbary had two catches for 32 yards.
     Ismail Saleem, who played for now closed St. Jude last year, had two kickoff returns for 62 yards, including a 53-yarder, and Tyus had 106 yards on three returns. Tyus also led all tacklers with 13 stops. Brandon Northern also had nine and Davidson seven for Carver.
    Roy Yancey and Jared Gentry each had five tackles for Opelika. Two of Gentry's stops were sacks for 13 yards in losses.
    The game was played as a preseason, non-counting contest. Opelika opens its regular season next Friday at arch-rival Auburn while Carver returns to Cramton Bowl to face Lee-Montgomery (1-0), which opened its season Thursday with a 15-0 win over Sidney Lanier.”


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