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27 AHSAA Events Set for NFHS Network UMS-Wright at Andalusia is AHSAA’s NFHS Featured Game of the Week Friday

  MONTGOMERY – This week’s NFHS Game of the Week on the AHSAA network features UMS-Wright and Andalusia Friday night at Andalusia in a key Class 4A, Region 1 football battle. A total of 27 school contests, seven volleyball matches and one football today, and 190 football games Friday, highlight this week’s NFHS Network schedule involving AHSAA schools.
   Andalusia High School’s School Broadcast Program will produce and live-stream the game over the NFHS Network. UMS-Wright is 2-0 this season ad Andalusia is 2-1 – riding a two-game winning streak after an opening loss to Class 6A Shades Valley in August.
    The Volleyball Match of the Week is set at Moulton where Lawrence County is hosting Brooks in a key Class 5A match tonight.
    Other key football games Friday include two big Class 7A contests in Region 3, defending state champion Hoover at Spain Park and Oak Mountain at Vestavia Hills.  In Class 6A, Cullman is at Oxford, Florence is at Hartselle and Northview takes on Park Crossing at Cramton Bowl in other headliners. Cramton Bowl will also be the side of tonight’s Sidney Lanier vs. Russell County game being live-streamed the Montgomery Sports Network for the Montgomery County public schools.  The Poets are 3-0 and Russell County is off to a surprising 2-0 start.
    The complete list scheduled on the NFHS Network is listed. To subscribe to the NFHS Network, click on: http://watch.nfhsnetwork.com/rewards-signup/

NFHS NETWORK SCHEDULE OF AHSAA EVENTS
Volleyball
Thursday, Sept. 14
Brooks vs. Lawrence County                         Lawrence County SBP
Crossville vs. Boaz                                         Boaz SBP       
Etowah vs. Boaz                                             Boaz SBP
Harris County (GA) vs. Smiths Station          Smiths Station SBP
Opelika vs. Smiths Station                             Smiths Station SBP
Tuscaloosa County vs. Vestavia Hills            Vestavia Hills SBP
Tuscaloosa Co. JV at Vestavia Hills               Vestavia Hills BP

Football
Thursday, Sept. 14
Class 6A
Russell County at Sidney Lanier (Cramton)   Montgomery Sports Net SBP

Friday, Sept. 15
Class 1A
Marengo at Sweet Water                                Sweet Water SBP
Class 2A
Luverne at Goshen                                          Goshen SBP
Class 3A
Slocomb at Geneva                                         Geneva SBP
Class 4A
UMS-Wright at Andalusia                              Andalusia SBP

Class 5A
Central-Clay County at Eufaula                     Eufaula SBP  
Lawrence County at Russellville                    Russellville SBP
Class 6A
Athens at Muscle Shoals                                 Muscle Shoals SBP
Cullman at Oxford                                         Cullman SBP 
Florence at Hartselle                                       Florence SBP
Florence at Hartselle                                       Hartselle SBP
Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa at Bessemer City           Hillcrest SBP
Northview at Park Crossing (Cramton)          Montgomery Sports Net SBP                        
Opelika at Chilton County                              Opelika SBP
Saraland at Blount                                          Saraland SBP
Spanish Fort at Saraland                                 Spanish Fort SBP
Class 7A
Spain Park at Hoover                                      Hoover SBP
Jeff Davis at Enterprise                                   Enterprise SBP
Lee-Montgomery at Smiths Station               Smiths Station SBP
Oak Mountain at Vestavia Hills                     Vestavia Hills SBP


AHSAA Prep Spotlight for Week 2 Ja’Quan Myles’ 2 Kickoff Returns Lifts Daphne to Win and AHSAA Prep Spotlight

MONTGOMERY -- Sophomore Ja’Quan Myles returned two kickoffs for touchdowns Friday night to lead Daphne High School to a key 26-20 Class 6A, Region 1 football victory over Saraland to land in the AHSAA Spotlight for Week 2 of the 2017 football season.
    Trojans head coach Kenny King said it was a first for him in his coaching career. He said it also helped drive home something he has been preaching to his players since his arrival back at his alma mater as head coach last season.
    “Our defense has been playing well all year, but our offense has been struggling,” King said. “Our special teams play has more or less been neutral. You must win two of those three areas in a game to have a chance to win the game.”
    King said he did witness two kickoff returns in a single game once before – during his NFL career when the Devin Hester of the Chicago Bears returned two versus King and his Arizona Cardinals teammates.
    “It was good to be on the other side this time,” King said. “We tell our players if everyone does their job then it is possible to return a kickoff for a touchdown. Still, when it happens it is still a shock. We had a lot of high fives and chest bumps on the sideline Friday night. We had to have both returns to win the game.”
    Myles returned a kickoff in the second quarter 95 yards just moments after Saraland had taken the lead, and then opened the second half with an 82-yard return to score. He became just the 15th player in AHSAA history to return two kickoffs for touchdowns in a game, according to the AHSAA Record Book found online at http://www.ahsaa.com/Sports/Football/Football-Individual-Records.
    Randolph’s Sam Kimel was the last player to accomplish the feat, returning two kickoffs versus DAR in 2016. Kimel’s 81 and 78-yard returns were sandwiched around a 92-yard kickoff return for a TD by DAR’s Brayden Lewis, earning both schools a spot in the record book. The back-to-back-to-back returns for TDs was just the second time that feat had been accomplished in NFHS history, according to the NFHS Record Book. Elba and Vincent were the first two schools to return three kickoffs in a row – in a Class 2A playoff game in 2011.
    John Arnett of Coffee Springs was the first player reported to return two kickoffs for scores in an AHSAA game in 1971 versus J.U. Blacksher of Uriah in a 44-22 loss.
    Myles’ performance overshadowed a strong effort by Saraland senior quarterback Jack West. The Stanford commitment was a perfect 15-for-15 passing in the second half and finished 25-of-30 overall for 192 yards and a touchdown in 26-20 loss.
   In other highlights reported for Week 2:

MILESTONES
SARDIS SHOCKS MADISON ACADEMY … AGAIN:
Sardis edged Madison Academy 18-17 Friday night with Jake Ross scoring the game-winning touchdown on an end-around play with 1:08 remaining. The Lions of Coach Gene Hill trailed 17-0 midway through the third quarter but roared back to notch the region win over the Mustangs. Madison Academy has won 55 of its last 58 region games this decade – losing to Madison County 32-28 last year. Of the three losses, Sardis has won two.  The Lions beat Madison Academy, 28-14, in the second week of the 2011 season, and the Mustangs started its 38-game region win streak the next week.
AGGIES NOTCH STIDHAM’S 100TH WIN: Running back Tristen Stewart rushed 23 times for 187 yards and three touchdowns, including two in the final quarter, to help Hamilton beat Haleyville 28-21. For head coach Rodney Stidham’s 100th career victory Stidham, 100-52 overall, got his first victory in 1996 in his lone season as head coach at Vina. He has been head coach at Hamilton since 2005.
CATHOLIC SNAPS STREAK WITH WIN: The Knights of Coach Aubrey Blackwell turned in their best defensive performance of his three-year coaching tenure to beat Montgomery rival and Vaughan Road next-door-neighbor Saint James 7-6. The victory was the first for Montgomery Catholic in the series since 2009 snapping a seven-game losing streak to the Trojans.
CROSSVILLE GETS RARE WIN OVER SCOTTSBORO: Crossville (2-0), coached by Miles Holcomb, scored 21 straight points to take a 21-0 lead, then held off a Scottsboro comeback to win 28-21. The victory was the first win by the Lions over the Wildcats since winning 28-14 in 1944. The two teams played for three years in a row from 1942-44 when Scottsboro was known as Jackson County. The series resumed in 2016 after 72 years with the Wildcats winning 63-21 last year. The series is now 2-2-1.
ALMA BRYANT SNAPS LOSING STREAK:  The Hurricanes beat Robertsdale 29-22 to snap a nine-game losing streak.   Ced Johnson rushed for 90 yards on 22 carries and scored three touchdowns to lead Alma Bryant. The win was also the first for new head Coach Doug Hoehn.
HATTON HONORS FIRST HOF CLASS:
Before Hatton’s 45-6 loss to Madison County last Friday, the school recognized its first Hatton High Sports Hall of Fame inductees. The inductees included Rebecca Lee, Robyn Hutto, Rickey Johnson, Don Bradford and William Hagood, who was on the first Hornets team to play at night.
DECATUR TENNIS CHAMPS HONORED: The Decatur High School girls’ tennis team, which won the 2017 Class 6A state championship, was recognized at Ogle Stadium prior to the 55th annual Austin-Decatur football clash with the netters receiving their state championship rings.

BUZZER BEATERS
EUFAULA’S TENNILLE SPARKS OT WIN: Running back Zy Tennille rushed for 182 yards and all four Eufaula touchdowns, including a 1-yard TD with 22 seconds left in regulation, as the Tigers nipped Booker T. Washington in overtime 29-22. His 7-yard run on the first play in OT set up his 3-yard game-winning TD. Eufaula, coached by Bryan Moore, extended is record in the series with BTW to 21-0 with the first overtime win in the series with the Tuskegee school, which dates back to 1991.
ARITON DEFENSE TURNS IN BIG PLAY IN OT: Ariton defensive back Josh Sullivan knocked down a Cottonwood pass on a two-point try in overtime to seal a 14-13 win over the Bears. Sullivan finished the night with nine tackles. He had one sack and another tackle for a loss and teammate Damien Aldridge added nine tacklers with four QB sacks for the Purple Cats of Coach Steven Kilcrease
LAUDERDALE COUNTY WINS ON LAST PLAY OF GAME: Tigers won on the last play of the game to beat West Morgan 21-15. The Rebels tied the game just 54 seconds earlier. It was the first time West Morgan head coach John Ritter, a former All-State QB and 2003 graduate of Lauderdale County, had returned to coach against his alma mater. Logan Mangum led LCHS with 224 yards rushing on 34 carries in the win.
COLBERT HEIGHTS NIPS CLEMENTS: Kevin Shaw’s 18-yard touchdown pass to Korey Saint on fourth down with 19 seconds to play lifted Colbert Heights to a 17-14 win over Clements. The Colts had taken a 14-10 lead with two fourth quarter scores.

PASSING
BRETT NEZAT, COTTAGE HILL CHRISTIAN:
Passed for 351 yards and five touchdowns in a 40-34 overtime loss to T.R. Miller. He was 19-of-25 with no interceptions.
AARON DOVE, FALKVILLE: The junior passed for 309 yards and three touchdowns in a 35-28 victory over Cleveland.
CADEN ROSE, BOB JONES: Was 18-of-29 passing for 277 yards and three touchdowns as the Patriots beat Madison city rival James Clemens 40-14. The sophomore also rushed for 57 yards on nine carries to finish with 334 total yards.
JAMES FOSTER, SIDNEY LANIER: The senior was 24-of-31 passing for 262 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Poets past Northview 26-6.
HATTON METZ, SCOTTSBORO: Completed 21-of-36 passes for 291 yards and two touchdowns in the Wildcats’ 28-21 loss to Crossville. The 291 passing yards ties Metz with Bo Nix and Anthony McCamey for the Scottsboro single-game record.  Metz was a wide receiver prior to this season and had never played quarterback at any level before Coach Don Jacobs made the position change this season.
ETHAN WILSON, ANDALUSIA: Was 14-of-18 passing for 229 yards and four touchdowns in Andalusia’s 54-0 win over Monroe County.
WILL BAILEY, DAR: Completed 10-of-18 pass for 265 yards and three touchdowns in a 26-24 loss to North Jackson.
BO NIX, PINSON VALLEY: Completed 12-of-16 passes for 267 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 88 yards and a TD on four carries as the Indians beat Minor 48-8.
MICHAEL CROWDER, GARDENDALE: Passed for 261 yards and one TD and rushed for 91 yards and another score as the Rockets beat Pell City 53-7.
JAQUAN WILLLIAMS, JEFF DAVIS: The Volunteers’ quarterback was 13-of-15 passing for 251 yards and five touchdowns as JD beat Smiths Station 50-2.
C.J. YARBRBOUGH, TANNER:
The quarterback passed for 219 yards and two touchdowns and also ran 28 yards for a score in the Rattlers’ 28-10 win over West End.
CAIDEN LIPSCOMB, COOSA CHRISTIAN: Passed for 214 yards and three touchdowns, all in the second quarter, as the Conquerors defeated Valley Head 25-6. Coosa Christian improved to 2-1 for the first time since 2009. Ashton Clemmons caught two of Lipscomb’s TD passes covering 43 and 14 yards.
KOURTLAND MARSH, MORTIMER JORDAN: Was a perfect 8-of-8 passing for 192 yards and two TDs and rushed for another score in the Blue Devils’ 41-14 win over Springville.
CARDAVION MYERS, PIEDMONT:
Completed 9-of-14 pass attempts for 155 yards and two touchdowns (64, 29 yards) and rushed for 77 yards with two more scores (30, 5 yards) in the Bulldogs’ 61-14 rout of Glencoe. Teammates Lee Stanley and Braylon Cole rushed for 130 and 117 yards, respectively. Stanley scored once and Cole had three touchdowns in the second half.
PETER PARRISH, CENTRAL-PHENIX CITY: Completed 12-of-19 passes for 115 yards and rushed for 101 yards and a TD on 16 carries in a 34-28 win over Auburn.
TYREN DUPREE, CHEROKEE COUNTY: Completed 13-of-18 pass attempts for 178 yards and a 30-yard touchdown and added 65 yards and a two TDs rushing in the Warriors’ 27-21 loss at Hokes Bluff.
REECE SOLAR, ALABAMA CHRISTIAN: The quarterback was 11-of-19 for 128 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 140 yards and three more scores on 13 carries in the Eagles’ 38-12 win over Bullock County. 
NATHAN LADNER, DECATUR HERITAGE: Passed for 103 yards and scored on a 2-yard run with 7:24 to play to give the Eagles a 2-point 28-26 victory over Hackleburg.

RUSHING
KEEFE WHITE, MONTGOMERY ACADEMY: Led the Eagles to a 34-22 win over Beulah with 328 yards rushing and two touchdowns. His long run was an 82-yard scoring scamper.
ROYDELL WILLIAMS, HUEYTOWN: Had a workhorse 31-carry effort for 282 rushing yards and two touchdowns in the Gophers’ 23-21 loss to John Carroll Catholic. He also had six catches for 59 yards and another TD for 341 total yards on the night.
ELLIOTT McELWAIN, HEWITT-TRUSSVILLE: Rushed for 170 yards on 25 carries and caught four passes for 45 yards in the Huskies’ 38-24 win over Gadsden City. He scored four touchdowns on runs of 19, 2, 5 and 4 yards.
DARRIAN MEADS, HOKES BLUFF: Rushed 30 times for 207 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Eagles (2-0) past Cherokee County 27-21 and to their first 2-0 start since 2009.
WILL FOREMAN, CLARKE COUNTY: Ran for 204 yards and two touchdowns in Clarke County’s 41-10 win over Bayside Academy.
CARLOS DAVIS, MUSCLE SHOALS: Rushed 18 times for 202 yards and four touchdowns as the Trojans downed Florence 47-29.
KADE ABBOTT, NORTH JACKSON: Rushed for 195 yards and a touchdown on a school-record 38 carries in North Jackson's 26-24 win over DAR.
K.J. HALL, HIGHLAND HOME: Led the Flying Squadron to a 55-8 win over Ellwood Christian with four touchdowns, 191 yards rushing on 12 carries and 75 yards receiving on two catches.
ASA MARTIN, AUSTIN: The senior running back ran for 188 yards and two touchdowns in Austin’s 49-0 victory, the Black Bears’ biggest margin of victory in the 55th playing of the city rivalry since 1982.
AMONTAE SPIVEY, CENTRAL-PHENIX CITY: Ran for 173 yards and four touchdowns on 12 carries as the Red Devils beat 7A rival Auburn 34-28. His scoring runs were 5, 43, 79 and 20 yards.
KOLBE BLUNT, DAVIDSON: Ran for 174 yards on 32 carries and scored three touchdowns as the Warriors beat Foley 24-7.
KEONTAY JONES, WENONAH: Had 16 rush attempts for 165 yards as the Dragons downed Woodlawn 38-12.
KOBE BELCHER, RAMSAY: Gained 160 yards rushing and scored one touchdowns in the Rams’ 22-14 victory over Shades Valley.
GENE SLEDGE, BROOKWOOD: Rushed for 156 yards and four touchdowns on 26 carries in a 45-26 loss to Paul Bryant.
JAMONTAVIOUS WOODS, GADSDEN CITY: Ran 19 times for 155 yards and a 66-yard TD in a 38-24 loss to Hewitt-Trussville.
JACOREY JACOBS, ST. LUKE’S EPISCOPAL: Rushed for 117 yards on 13 carries and caught two passes for 72 yards in a 57-12 win over Luverne. He scored two rushing touchdowns and had a third on a pass reception.


PASS RECEIVING
BRAYDEN LEWIS, DAR:
Snagged seven receptions for 220 yards and three touchdowns in the Patriots’ 26-24 loss to North Jackson.
TIMOTHY HARRIS-EDWARDS, THOMPSON: Caught 10 passes for 165 yards and a 34-yard TD pass in the Warriors’ 63-22 victory over Tuscaloosa County.
DEMONTREZ BROWN, BOB JONES: Caught eight passes for 171 yards and two touchdowns as Bob Jones beat city rival James Clemens 40-14.
SETH WILLIAMS, PAUL BRYANT: Had three catches for 112 yards and a score as the Stampede beat Brookwood 45-26.
SHEDRICK JACKSON, HOOVER: Caught eight passes for 100 yards and a TD in the Bucs’ 31-21 win over Mountain Brook.
BRADLEY COOPER, NORTH JACKSON: The senior caught seven passes for 87 yards, including the game-winning score with 2:23 remaining as the Chiefs beat DAR 36-24. Cooper also rushed for 82 yards and a touchdown, returned a kickoff 79 yards for a touchdown and caused a DAR fumble that the Chiefs recovered with on DAR’s final series to seal the two-point triumph.
BRANDON SANDERS, JEFF DAVIS: Hauled in six passes for 115 receiving yards and two touchdowns in the Vols’ 50-2 win over Smiths Station.

DEFENSE
C.J. PAYMON, MONTGOMERY ACADEMY:
Led the MA defense with 21 tackles and an interception and also rushed for a TD on offense as the Eagles beat Beulah 34-22.
DREW ROGERS, LOCUST FORK:
Had 18 tackles at linebacker and rushed for 108 yards and four touchdowns on 18 carries at fullback to lead the Hornets past Vinemont 44-6.
CORTEZ BROOKS, LEE-HUNTSVILLE:: Made 15 tackles and returned an interception 30 yards for a touchdown in a 45-0 win over Russellville.
ALLEN PURDUE, CALHOUN: The linebacker had 13 tackles in 51-0 loss to Goshen.
ANDRES FOX, MOBILE CHRISTIAN: Had 10 tackles, caused a fumble and recovered another miscue in the Leopards’ 27-0 win over Excel.
TYRONE HALL, THEODORE: Had nine tackles as the Bobcats’ defense limited Baker to just 57 total yards and two first downs in the 26-14 win.
CARSON CARVER, SAND ROCK: Recorded two interceptions, made five tackles and kicked a 27-yard field in a 17-3 Wildcat win over Westbrook Christian. He also punted twice for a 37.5-yard average in the all-around performance for Sand Rock.
YORK GAMBLE, SLOCOMB: Had 11 tackles with three quarterback sacks and also teamed with Adam Newton to force a fumble as the Red Tops beat Providence Christian 26-7. Newton also had 11 tackles.
JOSHUA MILLER, BESSEMER CITY: Recorded 10 tackles on defense and added 10 carries for 86 yards and three TDs on offense in a 54-26 victory over Selma.

ALFRED THOMAS, SIDNEY LANIER: The defensive end had nine tackles and two sacks to lead the Poets past Northview 26-6.
LUKE DORRIETY, GENEVA COUNTY: Returned an interception 51 yards for a touchdown and had nine tackles as the Bulldogs beat G.W. Long 34-7. Teammates Marquez Johnson and Tyler Reeves had 11 and nine tackles, respectively. It was the first win for Geneva County in the series since 2007.
ALEX WRIGHT, ELBA: Had nine tackles and returned a fumble for a touchdown to spark Elba to a 32-21 win over New Brockton.
JUSTIN JOHNSTON, CITRONELLE:  Intercepted two passes, returning one for a touchdown, and also had seven tackles in a 22-20 win over Vigor.
TYLER ROBERTSON, SAINT JAMES: Intercepted two passes and recovered fumble in the Trojans’ 7-6 loss to Montgomery-Catholic.
KHALIL GRIFFIN, BOB JONES: The sophomore defensive back snagged his first career interception in the Patriots’ 40-14 win over James Clemens and returned it 37 yards for a touchdown.
DYLAN ROGERS, SPRING GARDEN: Returned an interception 40 yards for a touchdown in the Panthers’ 49-12 victory over Gaylesville.

 

SPECIAL TEAMS

ZAY BRITT, MUNFORD: Returned a punt 74 yards for one score, caught four passes for 137 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 49 yards and another TD as Munford beat Dadeville 50-15. He finished with 260 all-purpose yards.

GRAHAM PEPPER, WEST LIMESTONE: Returned a punt 50 yards for a touchdown and passed for two more scores in a 27-4 win over Priceville.

HUNTER SIMS, OAK GROVE: Returned a punt 35 yards for a touchdown in the Tigers’ 39-12 win over Holt.


26 AHSAA Events Set for NFHS Network Muscle Shoals vs. Florence is AHSAA’s NFHS Featured Game of the Week Friday

MONTGOMERY – A total of 26 events are scheduled to be live-streamed over the NFHS Network this weekend by AHSAA member schools. Five volleyball matches are set for today with the headliner McGill-Toolen Catholic vs. Spanish Fort being produced by the Spanish Fort School Broadcast Program. Vestavia Hills is live-streaming its junior varsity and varsity matches with defending Class 7A state champion Mountain Brook, Russellville will be live-streaming its match with Lawrence County, and Smiths Station plans to live-stream its match with Shaw of Columbus, GA.
    Florence and Muscle Shoals will each be producing the Falcons-Trojans football contest at Braly Stadium Friday night at Florence in the AHSAA NFHS Network Featured Game of the Week. Coach B.J. Wallace’s Falcons (0-1) are looking for their first win and Coach Scott Basden’s Trojans (1-1) are looking to put last week’s loss to Spain Park behind them as both teams open play in Class 6A, Region 7. Both schools’ SBP programs have been recognized by the NFHS Network in past years as among the best in the nation.
    A total of 20 football games are scheduled for Friday night with at least one game in each classification. In Class 3A, Ohatchee (2-0), which reached the semifinals of the state playoffs last season, faces Randolph County, which reached the quarterfinals from the same region, in a key opener for Region 5 teams Friday night. This contest is shaping up to be one of the best in the state this week. Coach Pat Prestridge’s Tigers (1-0). The game will be live-streamed by Eagle 102.3, a third-party producer for the NFHS Network SBP program.
     Seven Class 6A contests are on tap and five in Class 7A.
     Cullman High School plans to live-stream the Bearcats’ Class 6A, Region 7 home opener versus Albertville (2-0) Friday. CHS will also live-stream its own Bearcats 2-Mile Invitational cross country meet Saturday.
    The complete list scheduled on the NFHS Network is listed. To subscribe to the NFHS Network, click on: http://watch.nfhsnetwork.com/rewards-signup/

NFHS NETWORK SCHEDULE OF AHSAA EVENTS
Volleyball
Sept. 7
McGill-Toolen Catholic vs. Spanish Fort       Spanish Fort SBP
Mountain Brook vs. Vestavia Hills JV           Vestavia Hills SBP
Mountain Brook vs. Vestavia Hills (Varsity) Vestavia Hills SBP
Russellville vs. Lawrence County                   Russellville SBP
Shaw (GA) vs. Smiths Station                        Smiths Station SBP

Football
AHSAA Sept. 8
Class 1A
Sweet Water at A.L. Johnson                         Sweet Water SBP
Class 2A
Goshen at Calhoun                                         Goshen SBP
Class 3A
Geneva at Houston Academy                         Geneva SBP
Randolph County at Ohatchee                       NFHS producer Eagle 102.3
Class 4A
Monroe County at Andalusia                         Andalusia SBP

Class 5A
Russellville at Lee-Huntsville                         Russellville SBP
St. John Paul II Catholic at Lawrence Co.     Lawrence Co. SBP
Class 6A
Albertville at Cullman                         Cullman SBP
Carver-Montgomery at Opelika                      Opelika SBP
Daphne at Saraland                                         Saraland SBP
Gulf Shores at Spanish Fort                            Spanish Fort SBP
Hartselle at Athens                                         Hartselle SBP
Muscle Shoals at Florence                              Florence SBP
Muscle Shoals at Florence                              Muscle Shoals SBP
Northridge at Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa                 Hillcrest SBP
Class 7A
Hoover at Mountain Brook                             Hoover SBP
James Clemens at Bob Jones                          James Clemens SBP
Prattville at Enterprise                        Enterprise SBP
Smiths Station at Jeff Davis                           Jeff Davis SBP
Spain Park at Vestavia Hills                           Vestavia Hills SBP

Cross Country
Sept. 9
Cullman High School2-Mile Invitational        Cullman SBP


AHSAA Prep Spotlight, Week I Fisher Leads St. Clair County Saints’ 52-49 Comeback Win over Lincoln

   MONTGOMERY – Senior quarterback Jayce Fisher picked an opportune time to turn in the best performance of his high school football career last week. The 6-foot-3, 175-pound senior led St. Clair County to a 52-49 comeback win over Lincoln in dramatic fashion to earn the AHSAA Prep Spotlight for Week 1 of the 2017 season.
    Fisher was 12-of-26 passing for 280 yards and five touchdowns and also rushed 15 times for  103 yards and a sixth TD as the Saints battled from a 42-38 deficit in the fourth quarter to post the win. The victory was the first at St. Clair County for new head coach Matt Glover.
    Fisher’s touchdown passes covered 12, 40, 6, 35 and 30 yards, and he ran 15 yards for the other TD. Senior receiver Noah Bruce was his favorite target catching six passes for 179 yards and two scores. Bruce caught a 30-yarder to put the Saints ahead for good in the final period and also had a 60-yard connection to set up another TD. The win was the first at St. Clair County for new head coach Matt Glover.
    Lincoln senior quarterback Earl Wells also a career night – running for four touchdowns (71, 60, 15 and 25 yards) and completing tossed two TD passes covering 35 and 72 yards for Coach Matt Zedaker’s Bears.
   The 102 points scored by both teams ranks 41st on the AHSAA all-time list but does not either school’s most points list. Lincoln beat Coosa Central 86-36 (122 points) in a game in 2008 and St. Clair County lost to Central-Florence 58-45 (103 points) in a 2013 playoff game. The state record for most points scored (146) was set last year in Childersburg’s 82-64 win over Coosa Central.
    The prep shootout edged out a perfect performance by Oakman senior quarterback Jon Avery in the Wildcats’ 40-14 win over Lamar County. He set an AHSAA state record completing 15-of-15 passes for 271 yards and a TD. The 15 completions broke the old record set by Hayden Maples of Fairview (10-of-10) in a 47-14 win over Holly Pond in 2013.
   Week 1 was highlighted by several outstanding performances including some milestone wins and a host of buzzer-beater finishes.
   

MILESTONES
AGGIES NOTCH  PRUITT’S 280TH WIN: Albertville exploded for 34 unanswered points Friday night to beat Arab 41-14 as head coach Dale Pruitt recorded his 280th career coaching win. Pruitt, the father of University of Alabama defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt, is 280-128 overall and 17-7 at Albertville.
SPARKMAN HANDS WHITE HIS FIRST 7A WIN: Sparkman's 48-11 victory over Athens was the first in new head coach Laron White’s tenure as the Senators’ head coach. White, the brother of Mae Jemison head coach Kelvis White and the son of Alabama High School Hall of Famer Courtland Coach Louis White, is now 149-30 and in his 15th season as a head coach. He came to Sparkman from Class 2A Tanner, where he guided the Rattlers to state titles in 2012 and 2013 and a runner-up finish in 2011. Tanner came into this season with a 53-game region game winning streak dating back to 2009. White guided Tanner to a 91-6 over region record and 29-12 playoff record. His 83.3% winning percentage is best among active head coaches in the AHSAA with 100 or more wins. Fyffe’s Paul Benefield (256-52) is right behind at 83.1%.
FUMBLE RETURNS HIGHLIGHT AHSAA'S LONGEST CURRENT RIVALRY: Jalem King of Jackson ran two fumbles back for touchdowns in the Aggies’ 40-26 win over Clarke County in the 102nd playing of the state’s longest continuously running series in state history. The teams have played annually each season since 1919. Jackson holds a 66-29-7 edge in the series after last week’s win.
GREENVILLE ENDS BEAUREGARD WIN STREAK: The visiting Tigers got strong rushing performances from Javion Posey and Arick Boggan to beat defending 5A state champion Beauregard 34-31. The victory snapped the Hornets’ eight-game winning streak overall and a 23-game home winning streak. Posey rushed 38 times for 151 yards and three touchdowns and Boggan had 29 carries for 171 yards and one score. La’Damian Webb, who rushed for 3,247 yards and a state-record 47 touchdowns last season for Beauregard, finished with 14 carries for 102 yards and a TD but was injured and missed most of the second half.

BUZZER BEATERS
JACK MARTIN, NORTHVIEW: Kicked a 28-yard field goal with 16.8 seconds left to lift Northview over Enterprise 23-22. The kick climaxed a dramatic Cougars’ comeback that erased an Enterprise 22-0 lead. The win also snapped a 14-game NHS losing streak, was the first win over Enterprise since 1994 – and handed new head football coach Josh Parrish the first win of his head-coaching career. Parrish is the son of Harry Wayne Parrish, the legendary coach who started Northview’s program in 1977. He led the Cougars to state titles in 1981 and 1985. Martin also kicked two extra points.
ALEX ROGERS, ROGERS: Under intense defensive pressure by Lauderdale County, Rogers rolled to his left and found Harris Anerton in the back of the end zone for an 8-yard touchdown connection as time expired as the Pirates won 20-18. Lauderdale County had taken the lead 18-14 with 41 seconds remaining with quarterback Slade Brown’s 1-yard sneak -- a 24-yard scoring drive set up by a botched punt attempt by the Pirates with 2:18 left. RHS went 53 yards in the final drive to to get the win. Rogers and Anerton also hooked up on a 14-yard TD pass in the first quarter for the Pirates.
TYSNE COKER, DANVILLE: The Hawks running back scored in the final seconds as Danville overcame a 13-point deficit in the fourth quarter to nip Falkville 28-27.
Senior Kane Hogan’s return to the field was a major motivating factor for the winners. Following his freshman season, Hogan was diagnosed with leukemia. Last June, doctors cleared him to play football again. Hogan, also a running back, had the first carry of the game
MATTHEW QUINN, SPANISH FORT: Kicked the fourth game-winning field goal of his prep career with an 18-yarder as time expired in the Toros’ 8-7 win over rival Daphne. He booted a career-long 50-yard field goal earlier in the game.
MATTEW EVANS, BUCKHORN:  Caught a game-clinching 10-yard touchdown pass with three seconds left as the Bucks beat Hazel Green 22-21. He also ran for his team’s  two other TDs.
JAIDEN WILSON, PIKE COUNTY: Completed four clutch passes in the game’s final drive, including a 27-yarder to Rayshawn Reynolds with 35 seconds remaining for the game-winning touchdown as Pike County knocked off Elba 25-24. Wilson engineered the game-winning drive which began at the Bulldogs’ own 18-yard line with 1:55 remaining. Reynolds, who had a 23-yard catch to start the march, also returned a fumble 53 yards for a TD for Coach Fred Holland’s team. Wilson also had a 5-yard TD pass to Spencer Givens and rushed for a 1-yard score early in the fourth period. Following that TD, Elba’s  Richmon Singletary  returned the kickoff  91 yards for a touchdown to put Elba back in front.
   In other highlights reported:

PASSING
TUCKER BROWN, WILSON: The senior quarterback totaled 422 yards and accounted for four touchdowns in a 42-24 victory over West Point. He was 14-of-18 passing for 301 yards and added 12 carries for 121 yards, including touchdown runs of 39 and 10 yards.

PAUL TYSON, HEWITT-TRUSSVILLE: The junior quarterback completed 19-of-24 passes for 285 yards and four touchdowns covering 31, 20, 11 and 29 yards in a 65-28 victory over Callaway (MS).
CARDAVION MYERS, PIEDMONT: The senior quarterback accounted for 424 yards of total offense with five touchdowns in the Bulldogs’ 42-20 win over Cherokee County. He was 6-of-9 passing for 270 yards and four scores (58, 45, 52, 40 yards) and ran for 154 yards on 13 carries with a 49-yard touchdown. T.J. Fairs had two TD catches (58 and 40 yards) and Cardavion’s younger brother Carl Myers made two interceptions on defense, returning one 49 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter, caused a fumble, and posted nine tackles in the win.
LANDON CORNUTT, ASHVILLE: Rushed 12 times for 201 yards and completed 18-of-27 passes for 175 yards and another TD in the Bulldogs’ 33-32 win over Ragland. He also had six tackles on defense.
WILLIE MILLER, CLAY-CHALKVILLE: Was 15-of-24 passing for 258 yards and two touchdowns and added a 5-yard TD run in a 43-20 victory over Bessemer City.
ETHAN WILSON, ANDALUSIA: Was 15-of-20 passing for 230 yards and two touchdowns in Andalusia’s 31-12 win over Trinity Presbyterian.
BROCK SNYDER, GOSHEN: Completed 17-of-20 passes for 216 yards and three touchdowns in the Eagles' 28-10 win over Ariton. Zack Alford had seven receptions for 73 yards with two touchdowns and made an interception on defense for the Eagles.

NOLAN EARLE, BEULAH: Passed for 209 yards and two TDs and rushed for 79 yards as the Bobcats beat Spring Garden 35-6. It was the debut for new head coach Cody Flournoy.
MICHAEL CREAR, JASPER: Completed 8-of-13 passes for 201 yards and three touchdowns and added 88 yards rushing on 21 carries in a 35-7 victory over Hueytown.
JACOB AMBERSON, GLENCOE: Completed 12-of-14 passes for 201 yards and two touchdowns in the Yellow Jackets' 28-17 win over Westbrook Christian. Noah Huff caught six passes for 62 yards.
PHILLIP DUKES, PLAINVIEW: Completed 10-of-18 passes for 190 yards with an 84-yard touchdown and rushed for 70 yards and one score on 13 carries as the Bears beat Sand Rock 35-21.

JACK WEST, SARALAND: Was 11-of-18 passing for 173 yards and four TDs in a 42-24 win over LeFlore
MAURICE ROBINSON, MURPHY:
Passed for 148 yards, rushed for 101 and accounted for four touchdowns in the Panthers’ 42-14 win over Alma Bryant. He rushed for two scores and passed for two.
DEVIN MITCHELL, FAIRHOPE: Amassed 315 yards in total offense and accounted for two touchdowns as Fairhope held off Foley 28-23.
LANDON JOHNSON, HOKES BLUFF: Was 9-for-14 passing for 159 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 47 yards on eight carries as the Eagles beat Southside-Gadsden 30-7 to snap a six-year losing streak to the Panthers.

RUSHING
KOBI McCOY, COLBERT COUNTY: Gained 386 yards rushing on 32 carries and scored three touchdowns in a 44-27 victory over Sheffield.

CHRISTIAN COLLINS, BOAZ: The junior rushed for 236 yards on 31 carries and scored three touchdowns as the Pirates beat J.B. Pennington 39-27. He also caught two passes for 17 yards. He scored on a 54-yard run and a pair of 1-yard runs.
TYLER CHRISTOPHER, PLEASANT GROVE: Rushed for 243 yards on 24 carries, including a 22-yard touchdown for the game's opening score, in a 47-6 win over Cordova.
DEANDRE CARLTON, JACKSON-OLIN: Registered 15 carries for 214 yards in the Mustangs' 25-12 win over Central-Tuscaloosa.
JADARIOUS MARTIN, WETUMPKA: The quarterback sparked a team that scored five of its seven touchdowns on plays that covered 30 or more yards in a 48-24 win over Eufaula. The visiting Indians  got scoring runs of 63 and 82 yards from Martin, a 55-yard TD run from Kevosiey Smoke, a 51-yard interception return for a TD from Nicholas Turner and a 30-yard TD pass from Martin to Edward Rogers.
SYMON SMITH, UMS-WRIGHT: Rushed for 226 yards, including TD runs of 38 and 61 yards, in the Bulldogs' 27-22 win over Charles Henderson.
ZACK SELF, BREWER: The senior quarterback scored five touchdowns in a 32-13 victory over Westminster Christian with scoring runs covering 1, 18, 20, 33 and 68 yards.
CALEB VINSON, FALKVILLE: Ran for more than 200 yards, scored three touchdowns and added a 2-point conversion in a 28-27 loss to Danville.
DARIUS GARRETT, PELL CITY: Rushed for 212 yards and two touchdowns on 12 carries in the Panthers' 56-26 win over Childersburg.
WYATT WILBURN, EAST LIMESTONE: Had 207 yards rushing and three touchdowns on 17 carries to lead the Indians past West Limestone 21-19. His TD runs covered 4, 34 and 59 yards.
TAYLOR EASTERLING, HARTSELLE: The senior rushed for 175 yards and a 63-yard touchdown in the Tigers’ 40-0 victory over Lawrence County. He had 149 yards rushing at halftime.
ASA MARTIN & ANTONIO ROBINSON, AUSTIN: Martin rushed for 200 yards and four touchdowns and Robinson ran for 163 yards and scored on runs of 27 and 71 yards in a 41-14 victory over Bob Jones.
CRAIG KINSEY, ABBEVILLE: Rushed for 144 yards and one TD and caught two passes for 83 yards and two more scores in the Yellow Jackets’ 28-0 win over Ashford.
DARTAVIOUS BRITTON, COOSA CHRISTIAN: Ran 20 times for 165 yards and a touchdown while adding another 46 yards receiving in the Conquerors' 30-13 win over Appalachian.

CHANNING MARMANN, DESHLER:  The Tigers’ quarterback rushed eight times for 122 yards and two touchdowns. He also completed 8-of-12 passes for 71 yards and two more TDs in a 35-3 victory over Russellville.

NATHAN NELSON, DAR: Had 15 carries for 123 yards and three TDs in a 57-7 victory over Douglas.
BLANTON JONES, CROSSVILLE: Rushed for four touchdowns and completed two touchdown passes in the Lions’ 47-28 win over Collinsville. Jones scored on runs of 2, 7, 1 and 4 yards and connected with Banks Jolley for TD passes covering 8 and 10 yards.
DYLAN CHANDLER, COLBERT HEIGHTS: Rushed for 120 yards on 13 carries and scored four touchdowns in a 30-0 win over Phil Campbell.


PASS RECEIVING
SETH WILLIAMS, PAUL BRYANT: Caught nine passes for 233 yards and a touchdown in a 22-19 loss to Minor.
ANQUAVIOUS “QUA” POLLARD, LANETT:
Had two catches —his 99th and 100th career receptions — and had one TD to help Lanett defeat Notasulga 21-6. Pollard is a two-time, two-sport, all-state selection in both basketball and football. He led the Lanett basketball team to back-to-back state championships in 2016 and 2017 and helped the football team reach the 2A semifinals last season.
B.J. ANDERSON, ANDALUSIA: Hauled in seven pass receptions for 114 yards and two  touchdowns as the Bulldogs downed Trinity Presbyterian 31-12.

 


DEFENSE
JALEN HUMPHREY, LEE-HUNTSVILLE: Recorded 18 tackles, returned a fumble 47 yards for a touchdown, made a tackle in the end zone for a safety and had two sacks as the Generals nipped Grissom 24-23.
DYLAN BLOUNT, WICKSBURG: Had three interceptions in the Panthers’ 42-9 win over Geneva County.
ETHAN EDMONDSON, SCOTTSBORO: Recorded two quarterback sacks, giving him 15 for a new school record, and returned a fumble 27 yards for a TD in a 34-14 loss to Fort Payne. He finished with six tackles.
BRADLEY SCOTT, GLENCOE: Finished with 13 tackles in the Yellow Jackets' 28-17 win over Westbrook Christian.
JACKSON MURPHY, OAK MOUNTAIN: Stripped the ball from a Patriots’ runner and then returned the fumble 50 yards for a touchdown in a 28-27 win over Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa.
JAKE McDOWELL, COOSA CHRISTIAN: Forced and recovered a pair of fumbles leading to two touchdowns as the Conquerors beat Appalachian 30-13.
ARIES LAWSON, BAKER: Intercepted a pair of passes, returning one for a touchdown, as Baker nipped Vigor 17-13.

DALTON DYKES, SLOCOMB: Had eight tackles and an interception as the Red Tops blanked Rehobeth 6-0. Teammate Brantley Nelson also had eight stops and recovered a fumble for Slocomb.
SAM SAMFORD, HOOVER: Returned an interception 37 yards for a TD in the Bucs’ 42-7 victory over Meridian (MS).
CORTLIN MARTIN, BLOUNT: Recorded six tackles, two sacks and a forced fumble in the Leopards’ 42-0 win over Robertsdale.

SPECIAL TEAMS
JALEN McMILLAN, SPAIN PARK: Returned a kickoff 85 yards for a score and caught four passes doe 80 yards in the Jaguars' 40-7 triumph over Muscle Shoals.
ARCHER CHARLES, GUNTERSVILLE: Returned a kickoff 81 yards for a touchdown and rushed for 90 yards and two TDs as the Wildcats beat Oneonta 35-6.
JALYN ARMOUR-DAVIS, ST. PAUL’S EPISCOPAL: Returned a punt 52 yards in the first half as the Saints beat St. Stanislaus (MS) 35-12. He also had four receptions at wide receiver. 


AHSAA Mourns Death of Elkmont’s Leah Seibert

   The AHSAA is saddened to learn of the death of former Elkmont High School student Leah Seibert. The 2017 Bryant-Jordan Ken and Betty Joy Blankenship State Achievement Award recipient, passed away Tuesday night, Aug. 29, after a long and courageous battle with cancer.
   “Receiving the Bryant-Jordan Award was very special to Leah and her family, and the life she lived was a shining example of the character that Elkmont High School and the AHSAA want in all of our students,” said Elkmont assistant principal Kenny Jordan.
    AHSAA Executive Director Steve Savarese said, “Leah was a very special student-athlete who personified what courage is all about and inspired all who knew her. We are very saddened by the news of her death and offer our prayers and condolences to her family and her extended family of teachers and students at Elkmont High School.”
    Miss Seibert, who graduated last May, was a cheerleader and softball player at Elkmont High School in Limestone County. She had a 4.14 GPA on a 4.0 scale.  Leah was diagnosed with Rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare form of childhood cancer, which required her to face many obstacles during her high school years.  Even when she couldn’t participate, she was there cheering her teammates on and giving them her full support.  Her positive attitude affected all who knew her.
    Funeral arrangements are not available at this time.




Mark Koski Named CEO of NFHS Network

INDIANAPOLIS, IN (August 29, 2017) —Mark Koski, director of sports, events and development at the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) for the past 10 years, has been selected chief executive officer of the NFHS Network. Koski’s appointment by the NFHS Network Board of Directors is effective September 1. 

The NFHS Network, a joint venture between the NFHS, its member state associations and PlayOn! Sports, provides live and on-demand video of high school sports events through a digital network available at  www.NFHSNetwork.com and on Apple TV. The NFHS Network, now in its fifth year of operation, covered more than 25,000 events last year involving 27 sports and activities.  

Koski will continue to serve on the NFHS administrative staff as director of marketing and will divide his time between the NFHS Network headquarters in Atlanta and the NFHS office in Indianapolis.

“The NFHS Network Board of Directors sees in Mark Koski a person who has a powerful passion for the mission and potential of the NFHS Network,” said Jack Roberts, president of the NFHS Network Board of Directors and executive director of the Michigan High School Athletic Association. “He was involved with the Network when it was only an idea, has been instrumental in expanding its reach and has great ideas for furthering its success.

“Most important to the Board is that Mark has an excellent understanding of the needs of state high school associations, having served in the New Mexico association office and then serving all state associations during his decade on the NFHS staff; and he has gained the trust and respect of my counterparts across the country,” Roberts continued. “The hiring of Mark Koski and the location of the Network CEO in Indianapolis signal the next important phase in the development of the NFHS Network, which provides the NFHS its most significant tool ever for promoting the values of school-sponsored sports to students, schools and society.”

Since joining the NFHS staff in 2007, Koski has directed all major NFHS events and meetings. He also has been editor of the NFHS Soccer Rules Book and NFHS Field Hockey Rules Book and served on the NFHS Rules Review Committee.

Koski has been responsible for a tremendous growth in corporate partnerships for the NFHS the past five years as director of development. Currently, the NFHS has more than 20 corporate partners with total corporate revenue of $2.2 million annually. He also has led the national #MyReasonWhy public relations campaign the past two years and has been staff liaison with the NFHS Network since its formation in 2013. 

“We are excited about the opportunities that Mark’s appointment brings both to the NFHS and the NFHS Network,” said Bob Gardner, NFHS executive director. “We see the integration of NFHS marketing opportunities with the NFHS Network as a win-win for both organizations.”  

Prior to joining the NFHS staff in 2007, Koski was assistant director of the New Mexico Activities Association (NMAA) for four years, where he served as director of corporate development. He helped the NMAA increase its annual corporate sponsorship revenue from $27,000 to $700,000. He also was instrumental in starting the NMAA Foundation, which raised more than $100,000 in its first year of existence.

Koski graduated from Highland High School in Albuquerque, New Mexico, in 1995. He earned his bachelor’s degree in physical education from the University of New Mexico in 2000, where he was a decathlete and 400-meter sprinter for the Lobo track and field team for four years, and his master’s degree in sport administration from UNM in 2003. As a member of the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NIAAA), Koski earned his Certified Athletic Administrator (CAA) status in 2005 and his Certified Master Athletic Administrator (CMAA) in 2007. He is currently in the final phase of receiving his doctorate in educational administration.

Prior to joining the NMAA, Koski was a physical education and special education teacher at Manzano High School in Albuquerque for three years. He served as head track and field coach at Manzano for one year, where he helped increase participation from 30 to 130 student-athletes. Koski also served as assistant football coach for three years and assistant track coach for two years.

During his time with the NMAA, Koski served on the NFHS Baseball Rules Committee and the NFHS Track and Field Rules Committee. At the state level, Koski was president-elect of the New Mexico Sports Hall of Fame Board of Directors and a member of the Board of Directors of the New Mexico Games and the New Mexico Track and Cross Country Coaches Association.

“I am grateful for the opportunity to take the NFHS Network to new heights as its chief executive officer,” Koski said. “After serving 10 years at the NFHS national office, I have learned how important and influential our state associations are to the success of the NFHS and our NFHS Network. Building and fostering relationships with the state associations has always been a priority of mine, and I will take that with me to the NFHS Network. Great things lie ahead for the NFHS, its member associations and our Network – I am honored to be a part of it.”


AHSAA Mourns Death of Boaz High School Coach Eric Whaley

   

     The AHSAA was saddened to learn of the death of Boaz High School Coach Eric Whaley. Whaley, who resigned as head football coach last winter, died Sunday after battling cancer.  Whaley, 39, is survived by his wife Alison, children Addie Grace and Tyler.
     “He fought a courageous battle that has inspired us all,” AHSAA Executive Director Steve Savarese said. “I experienced first-hand the impact Coach Whaley has made to those around him through his leadership as a coach and teacher. He always strived to use the opportunity to teach his players the important life lessons that can be learned from playing a high school sport as well as living his life based on his strong faith and Christian principles.
    “He has meant so much to the students, teachers and children of Boaz because of the example of his daily walk.  On behalf of the AHSAA, I offer our most sincere condolences to his family and the entire Boaz community."
      A celebration of life service will be held, Tuesday, August 15 at 7 p.m. at Boaz High School’s gymnasium. The family will receive friends from 4 until 7 prior to the service. The Funeral service will be Wednesday at 2 p.m., at St. Paul United Methodist Church in Boaz with visitation from noon until 2. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Cemetery.
     In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Eric Whaley Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o Snead State Community College.

 


Boaz Coach Eric Whaley in ICU

   The AHSAA is asking its member school family to join us in praying for Boaz High School Coach Eric Whaley who is currently in ICU at a Birmingham hospital in grave condition battling an illness.
    The AHSAA appreciates the contributions of our men and women like Coach Whaley who make a difference in the lives of so many entrusted to them. As a family, our AHSAA member schools are quick to support their colleagues in times of need.
    Thank you for keeping Coach Whaley and his family in your thoughts and prayers as they go through this difficult time.


Record $2 Million in Revenue Sharing for Schools Approved by AHSAA Central Board of Control

     MONTGOMERY – The Alabama High School Athletic Association Central Board of Control approved returning a record $2 million to its member schools under its Revenue Sharing Plan. The action was taken Wednesday at its annual summer meeting in Montgomery.
        The AHSAA Legislative Council also met Wednesday.
        The Revenue Sharing Plan, approved first by the Central Board in 2009, has returned $11.8 million to its member schools over the last seven years. The formula for the distribution of funds includes a differential between classifications and the number of sports played by non-football-playing schools. The plan returns excess funds back to the schools when the AHSAA has at least one year’s working capital in reserve.
         The Central Board of Control also approved waiving membership dues for member schools for the 25th straight year – a cost savings of more than $83,000 in 2016-17 and more than $2 million in savings to our member schools since 1992.
         “Returning $2.0 million to our schools through our revenue-sharing plan is certainly important to the financial well-being of our schools,” AHSAA Executive Director Steve Savarese said. “We are proud to have now returned almost $14 million to our schools through the Revenue Sharing Plan and the waiving of school dues. I thank our Central Board for its strong leadership, especially the Central Board Finance Committee, and thank our valued corporate partners for their commitment to our member schools, our student-athletes and our educational based programs.”
        AHSAA Assistant Director Denise Ainsworth previewed the AHSAA Five-Year Strategic Plan for 2017-22 and discussed the five major goals the strategic plan – and its theme: “Building Leaders through Athletics.”
        
Direct Communications, a public relations group, was approved to be hired to assist the AHSAA in promoting the association goals and mission.
        New president John Hardin, who served as vice president the last two years, was also welcomed to his new position. Hardin is principal at Hackleburg High School in District 7. He replaced Mike Welsh, Spring Garden principal and president in 2015-16 and 2016-17.
        The Board also approved recommendations by the AHSAA’s Sports Committees and Competition, including an item by the Baseball Committee that games added or deleted from a school’s schedule after the area play begins will NOT count toward tie-breaker issues. The board also approved the committee’s recommendation to eliminate the coin toss in the “if needed” game three in all rounds of the state playoffs except the finals. The home team will be the home team for the game in all preliminary rounds. A recommendation was approved that had was submitted by the Basketball Committee to allow the AHSAA to set each quadrant for each class after sub-regional play results are determined. This would allow a school that qualifies boys and girls for the regional tournament to have the games scheduled back to back to avoid long delays between the two.
    The Central Board reviewed and approved 2017-18 publications, including the AHSAA Handbook and 2017-18 AHSAA Sports Book. The Legislative Council also met and approved the AHSAA publications Wednesday afternoon and heard a review of the Central Board’s action.

In other Central Board action:

– Approved the financial reports for the spring championships in soccer, softball, baseball and track.

– Approved the 2017-18 budgets for the AHSAA and the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association (AHSADCA) and the 2016-17 audits for each group.

-- Approved a restitution plan for Washington County High School.

-- Approved the Scorebird Program and Dragon Fly document uploading program being made available to member schools in the coming school year.

-- Was updated about the AHSAA insurance coverages and School Audit Program.

Six Honored with Distinguished Service Awards AHSAA Closes Summer Conference With Officials’ Awards Luncheon

     MONTGOMERY – Six officials with a combined 173 years of officiating experience received the Greg Brewer Distinguished Service Award at Saturday’s AHSAA Officials Awards Luncheon at the Montgomery Renaissance Hotel and Convention Center. Receiving the AHSAA’s highest officiating honor were Larry Galloway (38 years) of Hartford; Don Hudson (37 years) of Oxford); Bill Young (35 years) of Dadeville; Jimmy Isbell (34 years) of Tuscumbia; Gwyn Morgan (34 years) of Moulton; and Gary Knight (32 years) Dothan.
    Longtime contest official, district director and volunteer Gary McGriff of Holly Pond was also recognized McGriff received the National Federation of High School Associations (NFHS) National Contributor Award.
    He has been a visionary, always providing opportunities for officials to grow technologically, he continues to be a state leader with regard to communication, not only between officials, but most importantly our Association.  According to Steve Savarese, Executive Director of the AHSAA, “The greatest compliment I could provide Gary is to describe Gary as a servant, dedicating his life to serve the AHSAA through officiating.” 
   More than 370 attended the luncheon that recognized all contest officials who officiated in state championship events in 2016-17 as district and state officials of the year. Wright Waters, former Sun Belt Conference Commissioner who became the first executive director of the Football Bowl Association, was the keynote speaker at the luncheon that officially closed the 2017 AHSAA Summer Conference and Coaching School.
    State Officials of the Year: Selected AHSAA State Officials of the year in their respective sports were: Doug Baxter of Montgomery (Baseball); Katrina Evans of Mobile (Basketball); Pete Gonzalez Montgomery (Soccer); Jeff Bridges of Dothan (Softball); Keith Wilemon of Hartselle (Track); Jim Kirkpatrick of Huntsville (Volleyball); and Justin Miller of Decatur  (Wrestling).
   ASOF Scholarship Recipients: The Alabama Sports Officials Foundation also presented xx scholarships to children of officials in honor of the dedication and sacrifice families make to support the service of the state’s contest officials. To be eligible, the student must be planning attend a post-secondary school in Alabama.
    Those selected for the grants were: Cora Addison Bryan, Troy; Michael Evan Shaddix, Fort Payne; Andrew David Hester, Decatur; Matthew William Hrabovsky, Daphne; Tessa Faith Ivey, Nauvoo; Moriah Lee Brundidge, Brewton; Carly Alana Westmoreland, Addison; Abigail Faye Howard, Oxford; and Patrick Joseph Callahan, Hoover.

    
 

 

 

AHSAA District Officials of the Year

BASEBALL
East Central:
Larry Stubbs, Jacksonvillle
North Central: Raymond Crawford, Dora
Northeast: Bobby Scheppler, Huntsville
Northwest:
Loyd Potter, Decatur

South Central: Doug Baxter, Montgomery
Southeast:
Brian Cross, Andalusia
Southwest:
Tim Naber, Theodore
West Central:
Danny Matherson, Moundville

 

BASKETBALL
East Central:
Rusty Burroughs, Jacksonville
North Central: Scott Richards, Homewood
Northeast: Marvin Wesley, New Market
Northwest:
Brandon Oaks, Hartselle

South Central: Bobby Tindal, Auburn
Southeast:
Reginald Franklin, Dothan
Southwest:
Katrina Evans, Mobile
West Central: James Sewell, Linden

 

FOOTBALL
East Central:
Johnny Brothers, Southside-Gadsden
North Central: Kevin Sutton, Birmingham
Northeast: Willis Jackson, Harvest
Northwest:
Gene Dickinson, Decatur

South Central: Frank Parsons, Montgomery
Southeast:
Ricky Morgan, Geneva
Southwest:
Ken Atkins, Demopolis
West Central: Fred Cody, Northport


SOCCER
East Central:
Charles Stanley, Guntersville
North Central: John David Nicholson, Vestavia Hills
Northwest: “Ed” Tate Wallace, Hartselle

South Central: Pete Gonzalez, Montgomery
Southeast:
Ben Davis, Andalusia
Southwest:
Ryan Campbell, Spanish Fort

SOFTBALL
East Central:
Nick Higdon, Albertville
North Central: Tessa Ivey, Nauvoo
Northeast: Aaron Golden, Madison

Northwest: Scottie Nichols, Sheffield
South Central:
Eric Morris, Montgomery
Southeast:
Jeff Bridges, Dothan
Southwest:
Tim Porter, Mobile
West Central: Carolyn Roshell, Holt

TRACK & FIELD
East Central:
Earl Lewis, Sylacauga
North Central: Stan Blakemore, Vestavia Hills
Northeast: Jeff Bradshaw, Madison

Northwest: Keith Wilemon, Hartselle
Southeast:
Darrell Houston, Daphne
Southwest:
Sheila Crenshaw, Mobile,

VOLLEYBALL
East Central:
Anthony Dupree, Leesburg
North Central: Anissa Smith, Birmingham
Northeast: Jim Kirkpatrick, Huntsville

Northwest: Walter Young, Moulton
South Central:
Walter Crosby, Millbrook
Southeast:
Michael Clayton, Dothan
Southwest:
Dwight Charley, Butler
West Central: Chris Cummings, Jasper

WRESTLING
East Central:
Brent Helms, Southside
North Central: Mark Snider, Trussville
Northeast: Joe Stephenson, Union Grove

South Central: Justin Miller, Decatur
Southwest:
Rob Hazenwinkel, Pensacola, FL