MONTGOMERY – The assessment is official. Fayette County High School senior Darius Nails, a multi-sport standout, has made the adjustment from football to basketball.
Nails, who led the Tigers to the Class 4A state football finals this past season catching 78 passes for 1,659 yards and 19 touchdowns, scored 60 points in Fayette County’s 72-57 victory over Hamilton January 12 to land himself in the AHSAA Basketball Spotlight for this week.
His 60 points is the most ever by a Class 4A player (since the AHSAA went to more than four classes) and ranks tied for 14th all-time in the AHSAA. The last player to clip 60 points in a game in the AHSAA was Gardendale’s Dustin Duncan in 2001.
The state record (97) was set in 1963 by Walter Garrett of Birmingham’s West End High School in a 97-63 win over Glenn High School. Garrett’s performance also set a national record as the most by a high school player when scoring all his team’s points. Nails scored all but 12 of Fayette’s points in last week’s win over the Aggies.
The 6-foot-2 senior’s 60 points came on a 24-of-37 field-goal shooting effort. He was 3-of-6 on 3-point goals and a perfect 9-of-9 on free throws for Coach Ron Hamilton. He also had eight rebounds, three assists, three steals and fouled out with two minutes to play. Nails is averaging 27.2 points in 14 games this season with 30 or more points in five games and 20 or more in 12.
Nails’ 1,659 receiving yards on the year ranks second all-time in the AHSAA Football Record Book – 76 yards shy of the record (1,735 yards) set by Westbrook Christian’s Brandon Greer in 1998. Nails’totals included 11 catches for 108 yards in the 21-7 loss to UMS-Wright in the Class 4A Super 7 “Snow Bowl” game at Bryant-Denny Stadium Dec. 8 and tied Oneonta’s Alvin Scott for most receptions in a Super 7 championship game for all classes. Scott’s 11 catches in the 2012 Super 6 Class 4A title game also came against UMS-Wright.
The 60-point effort edged out a clutch performance by Lafayette senior Corey Boston for this week’s Spotlight. Boston scored five points in the final 10 seconds, including a 40-foot desperation 3-pointer, to lift the Bulldogs (14-5) of Coach Obadiah Threadgill IV to a 49-46 win over Valley. He finished with 16 points.
The Rams took a 46-44 lead with 15 seconds left when Keionte Dent nailed a short jumper. Boston was fouled with 10 seconds left while attempting a shot and tied the game at 46-46 with two free throws. Valley, after a timeout, in-bounded the ball, brought it into the frontcourt and was working for a last-second shot when the ball was knocked free. Boston ran down the loose ball, turned and heaved the game-winning shot from well behind the 3-point arc toward the LaFayette goal. The final buzzer sounded while the ball was in the air.
Other top performances reported last week included:
GARRETT HICKS, JAMES CLEMENS: Scored 33 points, including a perfect 19-of-19 at the foul line, as Coach Danny Petty’s Jets (13-8) shocked the ASWA’s top-ranked Class 7A team Huffman (21-2) 78-67 at the Marvin Stone Classic at the University of Alabama-Huntsville. It was the first in-state loss for Coach Steve Ward’s Vikings. The 19-of-19 free-throw shooting performance tied a 57-year year old state record for most free throws made in a perfect free-throw game performance. Florala’s Kris Scarbrough originally set the record in 1961 with his 19-of-19 free-throw shooting performance in a 66-38 Florala win over Elba. Hicks made all 11 free throws attempted in the fourth quarter to seal the win over Huffman. James Clemens finished 21-of-23 at the foul line as a team.
PLAINVIEW ATTEMPTS 57 3-POINT SHOTS: The Bears (19-2) of Coach Robi Coker broke their own AHSAA 3-point attempt record in last Friday’s 71-46 victory over North Sand Mountain with 57 attempts – at least one try by all 12 players on the team. Caden Millican made 3-of-8 to lead Plainview, which sank just 13 for only 22.8% that is well below the team’s season average. Seven players recorded at least one made trey. North Sand Mountain was also 6-of-23, giving the two teams 80 3-point attempts combined, another state record. The Bears were also 15-of-20 on 2-point tries and 2-of-5 on free throws. The old 3-point attempts record (54) was set against the Bison last December in a 119-55 win. The Bears made 25 in that contest.
JOLEE COLE, DANVILLE: The sophomore guard had two big performances, scoring 22 points in a 55-34 win against West Limestone and 24 in a win against Falkville to go over 1,000 points for her prep career.
MATTHEW McNEECE, McGILL-TOOLEN CATHOLIC: The three-year starter for Coach Phillip Murphy had 20 points and 12 rebounds as the Yellow Jackets (15-5) beat Murphy (12-10) 52-50. His 2-point bucket with 32.5 seconds remaining put McGill ahead 51-50. He followed with a free throw for the final point of the game.
WILLIE SCREWS, BARBOUR COUNTY: Scored 35 points, including two free throws late in the second overtime, to lead the Jaguars (12-5) to an 81-79 double-overtime win over Pike County (7-9). Jahzarian Lampley scored 31 for the Bulldogs.
SHAMAR SPINKS, WEAVER: Nailed two free throws with 10 seconds remaining to lift the Bearcats past White Plains 65-63. He finished with 26 points.
DaKENYA FAIRLEY, MURPHY: Sank a layup with 18.5 seconds left to lift the Panthers to a 43-42 win over McGill-Toolen. She finished with 10 points.
JASHA FILS-AIME’, DALEVILLE: Sank two free throws with 4.2 seconds remaining to give Daleville a 47-46 victory over Elba. She finished with 16 points and teammate Kiarra Pouncy had 22.
Other highlights reported include:
DEE HUGHES, CHEROKEE: Had 31 points in a 59-48 win over Athens Bible.
MARK SEARS, MUSCLE SHOALS: The sophomore scored 31 points in a 72-59 win over Athens and 28 in the Trojans’ 52-41 victory over Westminster Christian.
CADE DEESE, COTTONWOOD: Led the Beats to a 56-54 overtime win over Samson with 17 points and 10 steals.
JAY JORDAN. ELBA: Canned seven 3-pointers en route to 27 points as the Tigers beat Zion Chapel 74-13.
BRYCE PEAVY, ARITON: Had a double-double with 20 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Purple Cats past Dale County 59-55. He also handed out six assists.
DONTAVIOUS DAVIS, ANNISTON: The 6-5 senior forward had 18 points, 14 rebounds, three assists, two steals and two blocked shots in the Bulldogs’ 90-40 win over Faith Christian in the Calhoun County tourney at Oxford.
BROOKE HAMPEL, HAZEL GREEN: Led the Lady Trojans (23-2) to a 56-47 win over Spain Park (20-4) at the Marvin Stone Classic at UAH. Hampel scored 19 points and cleared 11 rebounds. The game pitted Hazel Green, the ASWA’s top-ranked Class 6A team, against the second-ranked Class 7A Jaguars.
SIDNEY BEVIS, WILSON: Scored a career high 27 points to lead the Warriors past Mars Hill Bible 62-58.
LEXIE GANN, COVENANT CHRISTIAN: Had 35 points in a win over Waterloo, 24 in a win over Hackleburg and 23 points and seven assists in a Colbert County tournament win over Cherokee.
CALEIGH CORTEZ, WEAVER: Had 24 points, sinking 16-of-22 free throws, as the Bearcats won a Calhoun County tournament game over White Plains 45-35.
JAMIRACLE BASS, SAKS: Scored 28 points, grabbed 16 rebounds and blocked seven shots in a 54-43 overtime win over Ohatchee in the Calhoun County tournament at Oxford.
MAORI DAVENPORT, CHARLES HENDERSON: Tallied 18 points and teammate Niaira Jones had 13 as the Lady Trojans (22-4) posted a 45-16 win over Dothan (14-6). Charles Henderson, ranked first in the ASWA Class 5A rankings, lost a 48-44 decision to four-time Georgia defending state champion McEachern on Monday at the BallN’ Prep Classic at Montgomery with Jones scoring 18 points and Davenport 16. Charles Henderson also downed Greenville 62-31 in an area game with Davenport scoring 32 points.
ARIANA FOSTER, PARK CROSSING: Scored 23 points to lead Park Crossing to a 62-61 triple-overtime victory over Northview at the BallN’ Prep Classic at Montgomery.
BEE GRIFFIN, GOSHEN: Scored 33 points in a 53-43 loss to 2A, Area 6 rival Luverne.
MONTGOMERY – Spanish Fort High School accumulated 202.5 points – winning 23 matches by pins – and captured the Baldwin County Wrestling Tournament championship Jan. 13 to thrust the state’s newest county wrestling tourney into the AHSAA Wrestling Spotlight this week.
Defending tourney champion Gulf Shores was second with 191.5 points, Baldwin County followed in third place with 186.5 and Foley finished fourth with 169.
All seven Baldwin County public high schools competed in the tourney that also included Satsuma of near-by Mobile County. The schools collectively have helped bring AHSAA wrestling back to the Mobile area over the last few years and are have ignited rapid interest in the sport amongst its student-athletes.
Justin Ingram, Chris Duran and Jason Snow each won three matches by fall for the Toros of Coach James Gosnell. Four wrestlers had three pins each for Gulf Shores Coach Tyler Countryman. The leader was William Walker of Satsuma, who had five pins on the way to a third-place finish in the 106-pound division. The freshman improved to 9-5 on the year with a fall in just 37 seconds over seventh grader Isaiah Wysong of Daphne in the third-place match. Robertsdale freshman Gavin Strain (18-0) won 11-4 over Spanish Fort freshman Mitch Pote (27-15) in the 106-pound finals.
Ingram (48-0) remained unbeaten winning the 145-pound title. The junior, a three-time county champion, downed Gulf Shores sophomore John Paul Uter (14-5) 6-0 in the finals. Snow (31-13) was beaten 10-4 in the 152-pound finals by Gulf Shores’ William West (25-4), and Duran (22-15) finished third at 132 pounds. Spanish Fort eighth grader Gabriel Warren (37-4) won a 7-3 decision over Brody George (22-7) of Gulf Shores in the 120-pound finals.
Other top wrestling performances reported from last week’s action included:
MATT TICE INVITATIONAL
ZACHARY CLAYTON, DORA: The senior (34-1) beat Mortimer Jordan junior Devyn Gunter (29-13) in the 132-pound finals 6-0 to lead Dora to the team championship of the tourney hosted by at Leeds. The Bulldogs totaled 185 points. Mortimer Jordan was second at 179 and Moody was third with 165.5. Clayton had three pins in the tourney.
MACON EDWARDS, FULTONDALE: The senior beat Holtville’s Tristan Watson (26-6) in the 120-pound finals with a pin a 1:00. Edwards (48-0) had three pins for the tourney.
CARIAL TARTER, MORTIMER JORDAN: The Blue Devils 160-pound senior (38-0) extended his current winning streak to 85 bouts in a row with a technical fall at 3:34 over David Williams (46-4) of Dora.
SKYLER MIZZELL, ST. CLAIR COUNTY: The Saints junior improved to 31-0 with a pin at 2:00 over Montevallo sophomore Ariel Suarez (22-6) in the 220-pound finals.
BRADY RICHARDSON, HOLTVILLE: Improved to 28-1 with a pin at 3:19 in the 152-pound finals over Dora senior Jordan Tyree (49-4).
MONTGOMERY – Kyle Smith of Hoover High School set a Martin L. King Invitational indoor track meet high jump record with a winning leap of 6 feet, 6 inches, at the Birmingham CrossPlex on Jan. 15. He was pushed to the limit, however, winning in a jump off with Opelika’s C.J. Jordan. He also cleared 6-06 and now shares the MLK Meet record with Smith.
Seth Williams of Paul Bryant, an Auburn football signee who played in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star football game at Hattiesburg just one month earlier, also tied the previous record by clearing 6-04. He missed his three tries at 6-06. Williams also helped lead the Stampede to the 2017 Class 6A state basketball championship with 16 points and 10 rebounds in a 49-44 win over Parker in the finals at the BJCC last March. Justin Cannon of Paul Bryant and Jonah Hyde of Helena also had three tries at equaling the 6-4 record set by Homewood’s Alazae Hester-Taylor in 2015 but missed.
The exciting and extremely competitive event at the 2018 MLK Invitational captured the AHSAA Indoor Track & Field Spotlight for this week. A total of 29 participants competed in the event.
James Clemens’ girls won the MLK 6A/7A title with 105 points. Hoover was second with 93.50. American Christian totaled 57 points to capture the 1A/5A title. St. Paul’s Episcopal was second with 48. Hoover won the 6A/7A boys’ team championship totaling 109 points. Paul Bryant was second with 50.50. Hattiesburg (MS) finished first in the 1A/5A boys’ division with 44 points, nipping American Christian with 43.
Highlights from Monday’s MLK Meet the CrossPlex include:
C.J. JORDAN, OPELIKA: Won the 6A/7A triple jump with a winning distance of 46-01. He also cleared 6-06 in the high jump and finished second in a jump off.
HOOVER 4X200 RELAY: The Bucs narrowly missed the MLK Meet record clocking 1:29.82 to win the 6A/7A division event. Oxford (MS) holds the record (1:29.32) set in 2017 and Opelika holds the overall CrossPlex record (1:28.40), winning the 6A event at the 2016 AHSAA State Indoor Championships. Hoover’s 4/400 relay team also won that event at this year’s meet with a 3:27.48 time, and finished second to Thompson in the 4x800 relay.
JAMES COURSON, HOOVER: Won the 6A/7A pole vault clearing 15 feet. He then moved the bar to 15-08 and missed, however.
NICOLE PAYNE, OAK MOUNTAIN: Set a MLK Meet 6A/7A record in the 400-meter dash with a winning time of 54.22 seconds. Jayla Kirkland of Woodlawn set the mark last year with a 54.43 time.
SYDNEY STEELY, HOOVER: Won the 800 meters with a 2:17.50 time and the 1,600 meters clocking 5:13.80.
SHATAEYA LIGON, JAMES CLEMENS: Won two events at the MLK Meet with a 17-09.50 distance to win the long jump and 37-01.25 to claim the triple jump.
HANNAH TARWATER, WHITESBURG CHRISTIAN: Captured the 1A/5A girls’ 800 meters and 1,600 meters with times of 2:27.41 and 5:14.68, respectively, at the MLK Invitational.
HELEN CLAIRE EDMONDS, AMERICAN CHRISTIAN: Won the MLK 1A/5A division high jump with a strong leap of 5-04 and finished second in the pole vault competition clearing 10-06.
MOUNTAIN BROOK 4X800 RELAY: Set an MLK Meet record with a time of 9:48.77 in the 6A/7A 4x800-meter relay. Huntsville held the previous record with a 9:49.42 time at the 2014 MLK Invitational.
MONTGOMERY – Holtville High School closed its season with a bang last Friday with sophomore quarterback Drake Baker igniting the fireworks. Baker completed 21-of-26 passes for a school-record 374 yards and seven touchdowns in a 47-34 win over Beulah.
The performance propelled Baker and Coach Jason Franklin’s Bulldogs into the AHSAA Football Spotlight for Week 10 in the process.
Franklin left Horseshoe Bend last season and took over Holtville’s program, which had won just one of its previous 30 games in the three seasons prior to his arrival. The Bulldogs (2-8) showed marked improvement quickly but wins still were difficult in tough Class 4A, Region 3, which produce the state champions in 4A in 2014, 2015 and 2016.
Holtville finished 2-8 with the win over Beulah but averaged 24.6 points per game and were in most games until the end. Franklin and his team are optimistic heading into the off-season.
Dajon Reeves had 171 yards receiving and three touchdowns. Baker threw a touchdown pass to four different receivers. The TD passes covered 3, 45, 50, 39, 42, 47 and 32 yards.
The seven TD passes in a single game rank as tied for third all-time. Only three quarterbacks in AHSAA history have thrown more – James Raines of Class 1A Berry and Brent Gulledge of Class 1A Victory Christian hold the record with nine each in 2015 and 2004, respectively. Jeremy Robinson of Highland Home had eight TD passes in a game in 2002. Baker is tied for third with 16 other quarterbacks, dating back to Opp’s Charles Nelson, who had seven in a game in 1953.
Baker’s performance edged out a super performance for Florence running back Armoni Goodwin. He rushed for a career-high 395 yards and four touchdowns (76, 6, 85 and 85 yards) in a 45-35 loss to unbeaten Class 7A Hewitt-Trussville. The Falcons are in the Class 6A state playoffs this week on the road unbeaten Pinson Valley (10-0).
Other top performances included:
ROGERS GOES 10-0 … AGAIN: Class 4A Rogers beat Hamilton 27-14 to finish unbeaten for the second season in a row for Coach Randall Martin’s direction. The back-to-back 10-0 regular seasons are the only two in the Pirates’ 59-year history dating back to 1959. Rogers is 38-26 in five seasons for Martin and open the state playoffs Friday against Haleyville in the first round of the state playoffs.
ARDMORE WINS ONE FOR THE ‘PREMIES’: Running back Chad Lay scored three touchdowns as Ardmore beat West Limestone 34-14 in the eighth annual Playing for Preemies football classic. This football game at Ardmore has raised more than $40,000 for the Melissa George Neonatal Fund since it started. Limestone County Transportation Director Rusty Bates and wife Kristin, a teacher at Cedar Hill Elementary in Limestone County, started this event in honor of their premature daughter, Lauren, who spent time in Huntsville Hospital's NICU and is now a healthy 7-year-old.
MAPLESVILLE NOTCHES 32ND IN A ROW: The three-time defending Class 1A state champs downed Class 3A American Christian 28-0 for the Red Devils’ 32nd win in a row. Maplesville faces tough Linden in round one of the state playoffs Friday.
ST. JOHN PAUL II CATHOLIC SNAPS STREAK: Beat Clements 16-13 to snap a 39-game losing streak dating back to 2013 as Gerry McCarron rushed for 199 yards in the win.
The Falcons were awarded a forfeit in 2015 but was later found to have an ineligible player and also had to forfeit the contest. The last previous victory was a 6-0 win over Clements in 2013.
GUNTERSVILLE WINS STATE’S OLDEST RILVARY: The Wildcats edged Albertville 7-0 to improve to 51-46-6 in what is considered the AHSAA’s oldest rivalry. The series began in 1914 and the two schools have played annually since 1926.
CLARKE COUNTY WINS 102rd ‘BACKYARD BRAWL: The Bulldogs downed Thomasville 30-15 in the county’s oldest rivalry as Austin Kinsey rushed for 183 yards and four touchdowns on 21 carries. Thomasville holds a 63-32-7 edge in the series, which began in 1917 – three years after the Albertville-Guntersville series.
TAULIA TAGOVAILOA, THOMPSON: Led the Class 7A Warriors (10-0) of Coach Mark Freeman to their first unbeaten regular season since 1983 completing 26-of-48 passes for 398 yards and four touchdowns in a 33-27 win over Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa. Thompson finished 10-1 in Class 3A (four classes) in 1983 with Coach Doug Wheeler at the helm. The previous year the school finished 14-0 and won the 3A state title under the direction of Coach Larry Simmons. The Warriors host Huntsville Friday night in the first round of the Class 7A state playoffs.
DAVION GILBERT, MONTEVALLO: Completed 19-of-24 passes for 345 yards and a touchdown in a 28-6 loss to Fultondale.
CORNELIUS BROWN, CALERA: Was 22-of-30 passing for 340 yards and three touchdowns, in a 45-35 loss to Sylacauga.
PAUL TYSON, HEWITT-TRUSSVILLE: Completed 21-of-29 passes for 322 yards and three TDs in a 45-35 victory over Florence. He now has 31 TD passes this season, a new school single-season record.
BRAXTON BARKER, SPAIN PARK: Completed 15-of-18 passes for 294 yards and five touchdowns in a 49-14 victory over Minor.
SLADE BERRYMAN, HATTON: Fired five touchdown passes covering 28, 20, 30, 40 and 50 yards as Hatton beat East Lawrence 52-13.
TRENTIN DUPPER, DECATUR: The junior quarterback threw for 245 yards and two touchdowns to help the Red Raiders beat Sparkman 38-20.
BO NIX, PINSON VALLEY: Was 17-of-27 passing for 238 yards and threw touchdown passes of 11, 19, 6 and 29 yards in a 34-0 victory over Pleasant Grove as the Indians finished their first 10-0 season in school history.
KOURTLAN MARSH, MORTIMER JORDAN: Threw for 240 yards, including TD passes of 45, 68 and 35 yards, and did not play in the second half of a 30-8 victory over Fayette County.
ANDREW PARRIS, EAST LIMESTONE: Was 7-of-12 passing for 199 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 87 yards and another score in a 49-6 East Limestone win over Tanner.
MATT RYE, PELHAM: Finished 6-of-10 passing for 127 yards and two touchdowns and added 10 carries for 175 yards and two touchdowns in a 64-46 victory over John Carroll.
LANDON CORNETT, ASHVILLE: Ran 19 times for 222 yards and two touchdowns, completed 10-of-15 passes for 177 yards and two TDs and scored on a 2-point conversion in Friday's 40-28 victory over West End. On defense, he added four pass break-ups, three tackles and had an interception negated by a penalty.
JEREMIAH WHITE, GENEVA COUNTY: Rushed for 282 yards and five touchdowns on 25 carries in a 41-20 win over Slocomb. White scored on runs of 63, 5, 1, 75 and 69 yards with the 63 yarder coming on the game’s first play.
CALEB VINSON. FALKVILLE: Went over the 1,000-yard mark on the season with 263 rushing yards in a 47-7 win over Vinemont. He scored three TDs, two on runs of 62 and 22 yards, and a third on a 26-yard pass reception.
AUSTIN CALHOUN, KINSTON: Piled up 262 rushing yards on 29 carries and scored on runs of 91 and 9 yards and also threw for 72 yards, including a 50-yard TD pass, in the Bulldogs’ 28-25 loss to Samson.
TANNER TALLEY, SUMITON CHRISTIAN: Ran for 256 yards and six TDs and scored the game-winning 2-point conversion to lift the Eagles to a 56-55, double-overtime victory over Marion County.
JESSE CLOUT, NORTH SAND MOUTNAIN. Gained 243 yards rushing and scored three TDs in a 32-16 win over Lexington.
JERMAINE BROWN, ST. LUKE’S EPISCOPAL: Rushed for 235 yards and three touchdowns on 19 carries and completed 5-of-8 passes for 96 yards and two more touchdowns in a 62-34 win over Cottage Hill Christian.
NOAH TURBYFILL, BROOKS: Rushed for 213 yards and scored on a 79-yard run to lead the Lions past Lauderdale County 47-20.
ROYDELL WILLIAMS, HUEYTOWN: Had nine rush attempts for 207 yards and four touchdowns as the Golden Gophers beat Oak Grove 68-12.
DARRIAN MEADS, HOKES BLUFF: Rushed 17 times for 207 yards and two touchdowns and ran a kickoff back 88 yards for a score in the Eagles’ 43-17 victory over Westbrook Christian.
KEVON HANKINS, MUSCLE SHOALS: Rushed for over 200 yards and a touchdown as Muscle Shoals beat Deshler 27-14. His TD run covered 57 yards.
JUNIOR SUMMERHILL, CENTRAL-FLORENCE: Had 16 carries for 187 yards and two TDs – covering 97 and 67 yards – as Central edged Haleyville 20-18.
LOGAN GASKIN, SARDIS: Rushed 23 times for 175 yards and two touchdowns and completed 6-of-16 passes for 122 yards and two scores as Sardis beat Boaz 34-7.
TUCKER BROWN, WILSON: Rushed for 195 yards and one score and passed for 100 yards and a touchdown in Wilson’s 17-6 win over Randolph. Brown’s TD pass covered 57 yards and his TD run was 83 yards.
HUNTER OSWALD, ZION CHAPEL: Rushed for 147 yards and a touchdown and caught three passes for 86 yards with one TD for 233 total yards in a 27-22 Rebel win over Pleasant Home.
ELLIOTT McELWAIN, HEWITT-TRUSSVILLE: Had nine pass receptions for 133 yards and a TD and rushed for 135 yards and two scores on 13 carries as the Huskies beat Florence 46-35 to close out a second straight 10-0 regular season.
JACOB MANNING, SCOTTSBORO: Scottsboro freshman rushed 21 times for 111 yards and two touchdowns and caught five passes for 139 yards and another score to total 250 yards in Scottsboro’s 21-9 victory over Madison County.
DERRICK WALKER, ASHVILLE: Snagged seven receptions for 153 yards and two TDs and blocked a punt that a teammate scooped up and ran in for a TD in a 40-28 victory over West End.
AUSTON WELCH, EUFAULA: Caught five passes for 130 yards and a TD and quarterback Taylor Gover finished with 250 yards passing in a 52-17 win over Valley.
DELONTE EVANS, MINOR: Caught four passes for 126 yards, including an 80-yard TD, in a 49-14 loss to Spain Park.
ISAIHA JONES, CEDAR BLUFF: Caught five passes for 132 yards and two touchdowns (68 and 54 yards). He also ran for 54 yards on 10 carries with a 2-yard touchdown in a 35-34 overtime loss to Sand Rock.
JUSTIN McDANIEL, MARS HILL BIBLE: Blocked a punt that teammate Drake Smith scored for a touchdown and the Panthers added two more TDs on defense in a 55-6 win over Shoals Christian. Peyton Higgins and Braxton Adcock also returned interceptions for touchdowns.
SPURLIN KELLEY, OPP: Was in on 19 tackles in the Bobcats’ 30-18 loss to Elba.
ETHAN EDMONDSON, SCOTTSBORO: The senior defensive lineman, who was selected for the 2017 Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game, had four tackles, including three sacks, in a 21-9 win over Madison County to give him 10 sacks on the season and 23 for his prep career, a school record.
ERIC JAMES, DOTHAN: Intercepted two passes, returning one 36 yards for a touchdown with 2:32 left, helping the Tigers to a 29-20 win over Early County (Ga.).
JACKSON BRATTON, MUSCLE SHOALS: Blocked a punt and intercepted a pass as the Trojans held off upset-minded Deshler 27-14.
TERRY PERRY, SHADES VALLEY: Was credited with 15 tackles in Friday's 41-27 victory over Vestavia Hills.
NATHAN HALL, ABBEVILLE: Had eight tackles, including four sacks, and intercepted a pass as the Jackets beat arch-rival Headland 28-18.
AUSTIN BLACKSTOCK, SAND ROCK: Broke up the potential game-winning 2-point conversion pass in overtime and had an interception in the Wildcats’ 35-34 victory at Cedar Bluff.
WESLEY ROGERS, SPRING GARDEN: Led the Panthers’ defense with 12 tackles in a 40-20 loss at Pleasant Valley.
CALEB JORDAN, SAMSON: Had 14 tackles with one quarterback sack in the Tigers’ 28-25 win over Kinston.
ROGER McCREARY, WILLIAMSON: Scored both touchdowns on offense and intercepted two passes on defense as the Lions beat Mobile Christian 12-7.
TERRELL GARDNER, RAMSAY: Returned a punt 65 yards for a touchdown and added an 85-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in a 28-7 victory over Mountain Brook.
ERIC GARROR, McGILL-TOOLEN CATHOLIC: Returned a punt 58 yards for a score, ran a muffed field goal attempt back 85 yards for another TD and caught a touchdown pass in the Jackets’ 31-14 win at Fairhope.
CHASE BROWN, HOOVER: Blocked a punt and intercepted a pass in the Bucs’ 32-21 loss to IMG Academy (FL).
GARY QUARLES, PAUL BRYANT: Returned a kickoff 80 yards for a TD in the final minute, lifting the Stampede to a 13-7 victory over previously undefeated Homewood.
CONNER HEGAN, SPANISH FORT: Returned a kickoff 97 yards for one of his four touchdowns as the Toros beat LeFlore 56-20. He had two pass receptions for touchdowns and ran for another score.
MONTGOMERY – Briarwood Christian scored three first-half touchdowns en route a 23-6 win over Fairfield Friday night and presented long-time head coach Fred Yancey his 300th career coaching victory in the process.
The milestone win, which puts Yancey in a select group of just six prep coaches, grabbed the AHSAA Spotlight for Week 4 of the 2017 prep football season. Yancey, now 300-111-1 overall in a career that has spanned 34 years, is 259-91 at Briarwood, a Shelby County record. That total ranks him third in AHSAA history with career victories at a single school.
“It is always great to get any (win),” Yancey told reporter Chris Megginson of Starnes Publications, “but this one is pretty special.”
Quarterback Michael Hiers completed touchdown passes of 30 and 6 yards to Carson Eddy in the first half and ran for a another TD following a blocked Fairfield punt late in the second quarter to give Briarwood a 20-6 lead at intermission. Noah Nall closed the scoring with a 28-yard field goal in the second half. The Lions defense did the rest – coming up with nine sacks in the win.
“The Lord has blessed me by surrounding me with good people and friends,” Yancey said. “I have been fortunate to have great coaches to work with and to also have great kids to coach.”
Yancey came to Briarwood in 1990 after two out-of-state coaching stints, and has led the Lions to three state titles (1998 and 1998 in Class 3A and 2003 in Class 5A). Vestavia Hills’ Buddy Anderson stands as the AHSAA’s all-time leader at 327-142. He is in his 40th season as the Rebels’ head coach.
Yancey’s 259 wins at Briarwood include 24 straight playoff appearances, a 54-22 playoff record and rank him behind Anderson (327) and Jamie Riggs of T.R. Miller (293) for most wins at one school. Glenn Daniel of Luverne, the state’s first prep coach to reach 300 wins, had 251 at Luverne, fourth best.
Briarwood’s milestone victory edged out a fine special-teams effort by Sidney Perry of Cherokee County, who became the 15th player in AHSAA history to return two kickoffs for touchdowns in the same game. Perry returned a kickoff 85 yards for the game-winning touchdown with just 21.8 seconds remaining as the Warriors nipped Oneonta 44-41. He also returned an earlier kickoff 75 yards for his first TD and tacked on an 80-yard run for a third score to complete his outstanding night. Teammate Tyren Dupree, who passed for 102 yards, rushed for 66 yards and accounted for two Cherokee County TDs, sealed the win with an interception with 2.9 seconds left.
Other highlights included:
FOR THE AHSAA RECORD BOOK
TAULIA TAGOVAILOA, THOMPSON: Passed for 402 yards and four touchdowns in just three quarters as the unbeaten Warriors (4-0) downed Oak Mountain 49-14 in a key Class 7A, Region 3 game at Heardmont Park. The transfer from Kapolei, Hawaii, who completed 25-of-30 passes with 93-yard TD strike to Ahmad Edwards on the first play of the game, is the younger brother of University of Alabama freshman quarterback Tua Tagovailoa. Edwards finished with 13 catches for 233 yards and Mo Edwards had eight receptions for 130 yards and two scores for Thompson. Tagovailoa became the 43rd quarterback in AHSAA history to pass for more than 400 yards in a game and first since James Raines passed for 563 yards in 2016 to beat Brilliant 70-22. The Thompson QB is also just the third player in Class 7A history to pass for more than 400 yards in a game.
Edwards also wrote his name in the AHSAA Record Book with 13 catches (tied for 23rd) and 233 yards (tied for 28th). His total was most in a game since 2013 when Jordan Gandy of East Limestone had 262 yards on six catches versus Auburn in a 56-28 loss.
KOBI MCCOY, COLBERT COUNTY: Rushed for 426 yards and four touchdowns in a 42-41 loss to West Morgan. Isaac Huguley led West Morgan to the win with 205 yards rushing and five touchdowns, including a 10-yard TD run with 21 seconds remaining for the winning score. McCoy’s total ranks seventh all-time in the AHSAA and was the first recorded in the AHSAA since 2015 when current University of Alabama freshman Brian Robinson ran for 447 yards on 29 carries for Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa in a 41-40 loss to Clay-Chalkville.
PIEDMONT WINS 500TH: The Bulldogs reached two major milestones Friday night in their Class 3A 48-13 win over Pleasant Valley. The victory was the school’s 500th win since its first win in 1924 (over Cave Spring, GA) and was the 150th triumph at the Field of Champions, which became Piedmont’s home stadium in 1980. The Bulldogs’ all-time record is 500-400-2, including back-to-back state championships in 2015 and 2016. Cardavion Stanley rushed for 118 yards and passed for 68 yards and two touchdowns and teammate Lee Stanley ran for 111 yards and three scores for Coach Steve Smith’s team in Friday’s win.
AUSTIN RECORDS PERKINS’ 50TH WIN: Head coach Jeremy Perkins notched the 50th win of his prep head coaching career as the Black Bears downed Columbia 56-0. Perkins, in his eighth season with the Black Bears, is the second-winningest coach in Austin history behind Tom Calvin’s 60 victories from 1978-88.
RAJAI BOWIE, ALMA BRYANT: Rushed for 252 yards on 22 carries and scored four touchdowns on 22 carries as Alma Bryant beat Mary Montgomery 34-26 to snap a 25-game region losing streak.
HAMP SISSON, MOUNTAIN BROOK: Completed 17-of-21 passes for 243 yards and rushed 22 times for 80 yards and two touchdowns to lift the Spartans to a 51-50 double-overtime win over Spain Park. His two-point pass to Wilson Higgins in the second overtime provided the winning margin. Braxton Barker of Spain Park also passed for 311 yards and four touchdowns, including a TD in the final seconds of the fourth quarter to send the game into overtime.
KE’ANDRE JONES, ATHENS: Ran for 115 yards and two touchdowns, including a 24-yard scoring scamper with less than a minute left in a 28-24 victory over Florence.
JACKSON COX, WESTBROOK CHRISTIAN: Was 12-of-15 passing for 159 yards and connected with Caeden Godfrey in the final minute of the game for a game-winning touchdown pass as the Warriors beat Section 28-21. Westbrook trailed 21-7 at intermission.
DREW VAUGHN, SARDIS: Rushed 23 times for 162 yards and two touchdowns, including a game-winning 13-yard run late in the fourth quarter, to spark the Lions past North Jackson 19-13.
DEVIN MITCHELL, FAIRHOPE: Completed 15-of-21 passes for 226 yards, including a game-winning TD in overtime, as the Pirates beat Daphne 20-17 in overtime.
DWAN JAMES, LEFLORE: Had an ironman effort with 31 carries for 275 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Rattlers past Gul Shores 26-14.
AUSTIN CALHOUN, KINSTON: Rushed for 273 yards and five touchdowns on 15 carries in a 44-0 win over Red Level. Calhoun scored on runs of 48, 2, 50, 21 and 40 yards.
TYETUS SMITH-LINDSEY, OXFORD: Rushed 20 times for 265 yards and 5 touchdowns in the 43-0 win over Albertville.
DAQUAN JOHNSON, FLOMATON: Rushed for 256 yards on 39 carries to lead Flomaton past Cottage Hill Christian 20-7.
BRADEN POWELL, SAMSON: Totaled 292 all-purpose yards as Samson beat Cottonwood 20-15. He rushed for 181 yards and two touchdowns on 24 carries, had seven catches for 67 yards and two kickoff returns for 46 yards.
KYLEN CROSS, TALLADEGA COUNTY CENTRAL: The senior running back rushing for 229 yards and three touchdowns on just seven carries in a 54-42 win over Victory Christian.
SINCERE BAKER, ONEONTA: Picked up 250 yards rushing on 22 carries with touchdowns of 62 and 10 yards in a 44-41 loss to Cherokee County. Teammate Taveris Hill added 121 yards and three TDs on 18 carries and was 5-of-11 passing for 103 yards and another score.
DARRIAN MEADS, HOKES BLUFF: Rushed for 203 yards and three touchdowns in the Eagles’ 49-19 win over White Plains.
HARRY CRUMP, MAE JEMISON: Picked up194 yards rushing and four touchdowns in a 56-10 win over Russellville for the unbeaten Jaguars (5-0).
RICHMON SINGLETARY, ELBA: Rushed for 179 yards on 10 carries and two scored third-quarter touchdowns on runs of 49 and 73 yards as the Tigers beat Goshen 20-14. He also completed 3-of-5 passes for 23 yards and had five tackles on defense.
ROYDELL WILLIAMS, HUEYTOWN: Had 21 carries for 177 yards and touchdowns of 51 and 5 yards in a 30-20 loss to Shades Valley.
RUSSELL BRAZELTON, ARAB: Had 26 carries for 172 yards and one touchdowns in a 46-24 win over Boaz.
CAMERON DAVIS, ELKMONT: Piled up 178 yards rushing and scored three touchdowns in a 40-12 win over East Lawrence. He also had nine tackles and an interception on defense.
ASA MARTIN, AUSTIN: Ran for 113 yards and a touchdown on nine carries, and he did not play in the second half of Friday’s 56-0 victory over Columbia. Martin has now run for 860 yards and 13 touchdowns on 62 carries this season. He has committed to Auburn.
HAROLD JOINER, MOUNTAIN BROOK: Rushed for 85 yards on 16 carries and scored three touchdowns on runs covering 38, 1 and 10 yards as Mountain Brook nipped Spain Park 51-50 in double overtime. He also threw a 2-point conversion pass.
CHASE LAY, ARDMORE: Gained 145 yards rushing and scored four touchdowns in a 42-21 win over St. John Paul II Catholic.
PAYTON ANDERSON, FYFFE: Scored five rushing touchdowns on 15 carries and finished with 109 yards as the Red Devils beat Ider 48-0.
NOAH TURBYFILL, BROOKS: Ran for 109 yards and four touchdowns and added 68 yards on 5 catches as Brooks held off Lawrence County 42-35. Turbyfill’s TD runs were 2, 6, 4 and 1 yards.
CONNER HEGAN, SPANISH FORT: Scored three rushing touchdowns and picked up a fourth a pass receptions as the Toros downed Baldwin County 51-28. He finished with 132 yards rushing and 188 total yards.
ZACK SELF, BREWER: Rushed for 263 yards and two touchdowns and passed for 247 yards and two more scores in 31-29 loss to Pell City. He totaled 411 total yards.
DESMOND TROTTER, SHADES VALLEY: Was 24-of-35 passing for 248 yards and three TDs and added 24 rushes for 153 yards in a 30-24 victory over Hueytown. He also caught a pass for a 2-point conversion. He finished with 403 total yards.
ALEX MOORE, MOBILE CHRISTIAN: Completed 15-of-20 passes for 363 yards and five touchdowns in a 35-21 win over T.R. Miller in Class 3A, Region 1.
AARON DOVE, FALKVILLE: Completed 17-of-22 passes for 312 yards and four touchdowns in a 63-7 win over Cold Springs.
SHELDON LAYMAN, McGILL-TOOLEN CATHOLIC: Was 17-of-21 passing for 285 yards to lead the Class 7A Jackets past Foley 35-13.
STIHL RODENBAUGH, DALE COUNTY: Accounted for 323 yards and four touchdowns in the Warriors' 37-12 win over Bullock County. He passed for 255 yards, including a 73-yard TD pass to Virgil Swindle and a 94-yard TD pass to Dontai Farmer. He also rushed for 68 yards and touchdown runs of 4 and 8 yards.
CHANNING MARMANN, DESHLER: Was 11-of-14 passing for 248 yards and four touchdowns in a 48-10 win over Priceville. His TD passes covered 5, 26, 5 and 53 yards.
WILL BAILEY, DAR: Completed 10-of-12 passes for 217 yards and four touchdowns as the Patriots defeated New Hope 55-0 for a homecoming win.
PAUL TYSON, HEWITT-TRUSSVILLE: The junior quarterback was 10-of-18 passing for 235 yards and two touchdowns as the Huskies beat Buckhorn 49-0.
DAQUON KINCEY, ABBEVILLE: Completed 10-of-16 passes for 202 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for a 12-yard TD as Abbeville beat Geneva County 26-20. His TD passes covered 74 and 15 yards to Jaquan Kincey and 22 yards to Craig Kincey.
LUKE IVEY, SPRING GARDEN: Completed 10-of-13 pass attempts for 205 yards and two touchdowns (20 and 21 yards) and added an 8-yard rushing touchdown as Spring Garden beat Valley Head 42-6.
JALEN PARKER, HOOVER: Completed 8-of-10 passes for 204 yards and three touchdowns and scored on an 11-yard run as the Bucs downed Tuscaloosa County 63-0.
CHASE STARLING, HAZEL GREEN: Was 11-of-17 for 153 yards passing and rushed for 110 yards in a 41-38 win over Decatur. He had two passing touchdowns.
CAM TAYLOR, PARK CROSSING: Led the Thunderbirds to a 35-0 won over Russell County with an 8-of-12 passing performance for 158 yards and eight rushes for 52 yards and a TD.
ANTHONY BROWN, MIDFIELD: Was a standout on offense and defense as the Patriots beat Montevallo 42-34. He was 11-of-22 passing for 153 yards and two touchdowns, ran for 82 yards and four TDs on 11 carries and also had eight tackles on defense.
TYE LINDSEY, OPP: Caught six passes for 138 yards, including a 58-yard TD, and earned 14 tackles and a fumble recovery on defense in a 30-19 win over Houston Academy.
MATTHEW FLINT, MADISON COUNTY: Caught eight passes for 176 yards and two touchdowns in a 17-14 loss to Randolph. He also anchored his team’s defense at middle linebacker.
JAVARRIUS JOHNSON, ST. CLAIR COUNTY: Caught seven passes for 122 yards and two TDs (60 and 30 yards) and rushed for 104 yards on 11 carries in a 34-14 win over Woodlawn.
DEMONTREZ BROWN, BOB JONES: Grabbed seven passes for 91 yards and a touchdown and also threw a 29-yard touchdown pass in a 34-20 Class 7A win at Huntsville.
BRYCE PEAVY, ARITON: Returned an interception 32 yards to lead an Ariton defense that forced seven turnovers and scored three defensive touchdowns in a 45-20 win over Barbour County. Blake Carroll also returned an interception nine yards for a score and Jeb Maund picked up a fumble and raced nine yards for another TD.
LEVI TALIAFERRO, HOKES BLUFF: Made 17 tackles to lead the Eagles to a 49-19 victory over White Plains.
C.D. DANIELS, HOMEWOOD: Intercepted two passes and returned one for a touchdown in the Pats’ 37-7 win over Helena.
BLAKE HABYAN, SOUTHSIDE-GADSDEN: Made two interceptions to help the Panthers beat Fairly (TN) 24-6 for Southside’s first win of the season.
COLBY WILLIAMS, OPP: Notched 16 tackles and teammate Ethan Baker added 14 in the Bobcats’ 30-19 win over Houston Academy.
NICK LUNDBERG, KINSTON: Made 14 tackles in a 44-0 shutout win over Red Level.
CARON SMITH, GARDENDALE: Had 13 tackles, two for sacks and two more that resulted in lost yardage, and the Rockets beat Minor 42-14.
JORDAN WALKER, PLEASANT GROVE: Made 13 tackles in a 16-0 win over Moody.
DEZMION ROBERSON, ELBA: Had 12 tackles in the Tigers' 20-14 win over Goshen.
ANDRES FOX, MOBILE CHRISTIAN: Totaled 12 tackles with four quarterback hurries as the unbeaten Leopards downed T.R. Miller 35-21.
SAM KIMEL, RANDOLPH: Returned an interception for one score and broke up a pass on the last playoff of the game in the zone to preserve a 17-14 Raiders’ win over Madison County. He also caught a fake-punt pass and turned it into s 56-yard gainer.
CAMERON OWENS, DAVIDSON: The senior linebacker had 11 tackles and caused a fumble as the Warriors shut out Theodore 17-0.
JAMARCUS ROBINSON, CITRONELLE: Had two interceptions, returning one for a TD, and the Wildcats beat Faith Academy 35-14.
MYLES MASON, HEWITT-TRUSSVILLE: Had eight tackles on defense and rushed for 86 yards and a TD as the unbeaten Huskies (4-0) downed Buckhorn 49-0.
DREW HUDSON, ARAB: Returned a punt 80 yards for one touchdown, kicked two field goals and four extra points as the Knights beat Boaz 46-24. He also had an interception on defense, was 6-of-9 passing on offense for 68 yards and rushed 13 times for 87 yards and two TDs.
ISAI LOPEZ, ARITON: Returned a kickoff 60 yards for a touchdown in a 45-20 victory over Geneva County as Ariton ran back a kick for the second straight week.
DARRION MARSHALL, CEDAR BLUFF: Helped the Tigers beat Woodville 54-0 with a 69-yard punt return for a touchdown.
JACOB JONES, COLLINSVILLE: Returned a punt 88 yards for a touchdown and teammate Mason McKinney returned an interception 30 yards for another score in a 55-0 win over Asbury.
SERGIO ALVAREZ, PELL CITY: Kicked a game-inning 27-yard field goal with 4:35 remaining to lift the Panthers past Brewer 31-29.
JUSTYN ROSS, CENTRAL-PHENIX CITY: Returned a punt 43 yards for a touchdown, and caught four passes for 55 yards and another TD as the Red Devils beat Smiths Station 62-7.
GAREK HALL, MORTIMER JORDAN: Raced 67 yards for a touchdown on a kickoff return as the Blue Devils beat Fairview 34-3.
In a year dominated by high-scoring offenses, Walker High School’s Vikings went “old school” last Friday in its 24-0 shutout win over Jackson-Olin.
The Vikings (7-1) clinched one of the top two playoff berths from Class 6A, Region 5 by forcing nine Mustangs’ turnovers to improve to 5-1 in region play. A win over Hueytown this week gives Coach Heath Brunner’s team the region title.
Senior defensive back Ethan Walker made three interceptions, had three more pass deflections and 10 tackles to pace the defensive effort as the Vikings grabbed The AHSAA Prep Spotlight for Week 8. Teammate Lane Davenport also had eight tackles and an interception, his seventh pick of the season, and Alex Medina added 15 tackles to boost his total to 104 in 2015. The shutout was Walker’s first since blanking Hayden 42-0 in week 6 of the 2013 season.
Lyndon Harris had two fumble recoveries, Garrett Davenport had an interception and Everett Green recovered a fumble for Brunner’s defense. Receiver Myron Mitchell caught eight passes for 143 yards and a 43-yard touchdown on offense.
Walker and Homewood are now tied at 5-1 atop Region 5, but the Vikings hold the edge with a close 17-14 win over the Patriots. Both will be at home in the first round of the state playoffs.
The Walker defensive effort edged out one of the most versatile efforts of the season by Leeds High School quarterback Tydarryl Marshall and an emotional effort turned in by Cold Springs’s offensive line.
Marshall scored on a 9-yard run, a 45-yard punt return, a 45-yard TD reception and also fired a touchdown pass from his quarterback position as the Green Wave beat Childersburg 54-0 to move to the top of Class 4A, Region 3. The Green Wave (7-2) are tied at 4-1 with Handley (7-1) but holds the tiebreaker after beating the Tigers 20-7 earlier in the season.
Cold Springs’ Panthers rallied around Jon Campbell, a mainstay on the offensive line, to the tune of almost 400 yards rushing in a 42-14 win over Sumiton Christian. Campbell’s dad passed away earlier in the week following a long battle with leukemia. Running back Christian Crandall ran behind the offensive line for 182 yards and four touchdowns on just seven carries.
CHEROKEE COUNTY WINS 100TH IN CURRY TENURE: Tripp Curry, head football coach at Cherokee County, registered the 100th coaching win of his coaching tenure when the Warriors beat Sardis 39-6. Curry is 100-69 in his 15th season at Cherokee County, including the school’s only football state title in 2009. His overall record (149-83) includes five seasons at Springville.
In other top performances reported last week:
CAIN HEATH, ALEXANDRIA: Returned two interceptions for touchdowns as Alexandria clinched its first region title since 2012 with a 56-14 win over Moody. Heath's returned the two picks 33 and 53 yards in the first half. The Valley Cubs also returned another interception for a score in the second half.
ETHAN WALKER, WALKER: Had three interceptions for 36 return yards, 10 tackles and three pass deflections in Walker's 24-0 win over Jackson-Olin. The Vikings forced nine turnovers in the win. Teammate Lane Davenport also had eight tackles an interception, his seventh pick of the season, and Alex Medina added 15 tackles to boost his total to 104 this season.
RYAN RODRIGUEZ, EAST LIMESTONE: Recorded 20 tackles in a 28-25 win over West Point. Teammate Sylvaughn Turner sealed the win with a 65-yard pass reception for the winning touchdown with 14 seconds left in the game.
JOE ROGERS, SPRING GARDEN: Had a pair of interceptions, a pass deflection and a tackle on defense and also caught an 11-yard touchdown pass in the Panthers' 52-6 victory over Woodville.
RYAN GRIDER, SCOTTSBORO: Recorded 19 tackles as the Wildcats beat Southside-Gadsden 41-39. Teammate Stephen Jackson also had 13 stops.
ISAAC HOLT, HORSESHOE BEMD: Had 18 tackles and forced a fumble in a 49-42 loss to Woodland.
CHANDLER DAVIS, NORTHVIEW: Registered 14 tackles in the Cougars' 30-28 win over Wetumpka that clinched Northview's first playoff berth in 15 years.
HUNTER GREEN, CEROKEE COUNTY: The junior linebacker had 14 tackles, including four for losses, and a sack in the Panthers’ 49-12 win over Ider.
JERVONTAY CAMERON, B.C. RAIN: Had 13 tackles in a 38-28 B.C. Rain win over Faith Academy.
ETHAN McMINN, CULLMAN: Had an interception near his own goal line, recorded 10 tackles and scored the game-winning touchdown on a 3-yard run as the Bearcats nipped Decatur 13-10.
LOGAN HURLEY, GAYLESVILLE: Posted 10 tackles, including a sack and a tackle for loss, in the Trojans' 31-7 win over Coosa Christian.
NELSON WHYTE, MONTGOMERY ACADEMY: Piled up 263 yards rushing on 13 carries and scored five touchdowns as the Eagles beat Central-Coosa 65-24. His scoring runs covered 59, 5, 67, 1 and 85 yards.
DREW HILL, HORSESHOE BEND: Ran for 211 yards and three touchdowns on 17 carries in a 49-42 loss to Woodland. Hill also caught a 20-yard TD pass and returned a kickoff for a fifth touchdown in the game.
TYSON WILLIAMS, DOTHAN: Rushed for 151 yards and two touchdowns, had two receptions for 50 yards, a long kick return and a game-sealing interception inside the 5-yard line to preserve the Tigers' 38-36 win over Carver-Montgomery. The win notched the second seed in Class 6A, Region 2 in the process.
B.J. SMALLS, HANCEVILLE: Rushed for 253 yards and four touchdowns on 28 carries in a 60-50 comeback win over Holly Pond. He had scoring runs of 8, 45 and 33 yards as Hanceville posted 30 straight points against the Broncos to seal the win. Branen Hurst also had 163 yards passing with one TD and rushed for three others in the win.
RECO HANNAH, RANDOLPH COUNTY: The senior running back rushed 15 times for 192 yards and two touchdowns and caught four passes for 41 yards and another score in his team's 35-14 win over Reeltown. The victory clinched Randolph County's first region championship since 1998.Hannah scored on runs of 41 and 42 yards and caught a 21-yard touchdown pass.
WALKER LOTT, THOMPSON: Rushed for 232 yards and threw for 106 yards to lead the Warriors past Tuscaloosa County 27-0. He scored on runs covering 58 and 89 yards and threw a 40-yard TD pass.
KOBE SMITH, WEST POINT: The workhorse had 40 rush attempts for 179 rushing yards and a touchdown in a 28-25 loss to East Limestone.
TREY HARRIS, NORTH JACKSON: Rushed for 185 yards and two touchdowns, racing 90 yards for one score and 59 yards for another, in a 45-21 win over Oneonta. Harris had 13 carries and also tossed a 65-yard TD pass.
JAELYN FLEMING, GADSDEN CITY: Rushed for 171 yards and three touchdowns on 13 carries in the Titans’ 38-33 loss to Hazel Green.
GABE OZIO, MADISON COUNTY: Returned the opening kickoff 85 yards for a touchdown, and ran for 171 yards and two scores (14, 17 yards) on 20 carries in a 49-28 win over Randolph.
IVORY STARR, CEDAR BLUFF: Rushed for 164 yards on 12 carries and scored four touchdowns (5, 27, 70, 5 yards) to lead the Class 1A Tigers to a 35-10 football victory over Section.
AUSTIN HARRIS, FAIRVIEW: Rushed for 160 yards and four touchdowns on 23 carries in a 48-15 homecoming victory over Douglas.
KOBE justice, SUSAN MOORE: The senior quarterback rushed for 176 yards and four touchdowns (4, 43, 46, 18 yards) on just 14 carries in the Bulldogs’ 40-7 win over Vinemont.
PEYTON GILLILAND, CLEVELAND: The senior quarterback had 173 yards rushing and five touchdowns (64, 5, 51, 9, 16 yards) on just 11 attempts in the Panthers’ 49-12 win over Ider. He also completed 4-of –8 passes for 69 yards.
JASHUN CAMMERON, Gaston: Rushed 16 times for 161 and two touchdowns in a 35-28 victory over Collinsville.
PACE OZMINT, GLENCOE: Scored a pair of second-half touchdowns as the Yellow Jackets rallied to beat Weaver 15-14. Ozmint finished with 123 yards rushing on 23 carries and also had seven tackles on defense.
BRANDON BARNES, GAYLESVILLE: Rushed for 130 yards and three touchdowns and teammate Derek Hill had 128 yards and one TD on 14 attempts as Gaylesville beat Coosa Christian 31-7.
CHRIS ARMSTRONG, FOLEY: Ran for 157 yards on 32 carries and scored five touchdowns to lead a 48-33 win over Theodore in a Class 7A, Region 1 game.
J.T. WISE, SAMSON: Accounted for 400 yards and six touchdowns in the Tigers' 40-20 win over Cottonwood. Wise completed 12-of-17 passes for 268 yards with three touchdowns and added 132 yards rushing and three TDs on 20 carries.
CHRISTOPHER ROBERTSON, LINDEN: Was a near perfect 10-of-11 passing for 219 yards and two touchdowns as the Patriots beat Billingsley 25-6. Robertson also rushed for one score.
MICHAEL LAMBERT, HOLLY POND: Was 19-of-33 passing for 332 yards and three touchdowns in a 60-50 loss to Hanceville.
BO NIX, SCOTTSBORO: Completed 14-of-24 passes for 291 yards and three touchdowns as the Wildcats beat Southside-Gadsden 41-39.
ZACH CUPPS, GARDENDALE: Was 16-of-26 passing for 269 yards and three TDs and scored another on a 332-yard run as the Rockets beat Fort Payne 38-28.
BLAKE JOHNSON, MONTGOMERY-CATHOLIC: Completed 18-of-32 passes for 284 yards and two TDs in a 47-23 loss to Andalusia.
RAGAN ASHLEY, FAIRVIEW: Was 11-of-19 passing for 229 yards and two touchdowns in a 48-15 win over Douglas. He also had 10 carries for 98 rushing yards and another score, and had an interception on defense.
RHETT FETNER, HANDLEY: The junior quarterback completed 10-of-15 passes for 261 yards and three touchdowns as Handley (7-1) beat Abbeville 48-14. Fetner's touchdown throws covered of 70, 25 and 27 yards.
TYREN DUPREE, CHEROKEE COUNTY: Completed 16-of-23 pass attempts for 207 yards and two touchdowns (11 and 53 yards) and also had a 15-yard touchdown run in the Warriors' 39-6 victory over Sardis.
DALEN MORRIS, BUCKHORN: Completed 10-of-17 passes for 190 yards and three touchdowns and ran for another score in a 44-7 win over Grissom.
BEN IVEY, SPRING GARDEN: Completed 5-of-6 passes for 203 yards and five touchdowns (54, 21, 11, 80 and 37 yards) in leading Spring Garden to a 52-6 victory over Woodville.
BRADY POLSON, BOB JONES: Completed 14-of-18 passes for 198 yards and four touchdowns to lead the Patriots past Huntsville 45-14.
VICTOR GARTH, AUSTIN: Had 207 yards passing – just on his four first-half touchdowns –
as the Black Bears beat Athens 55-27.
MALIK TALLEY, SCOTTSBORO: Caught 10 passes for 290 yards and three touchdowns as Scottsboro beat Southside-Gadsden 41-39. His 10 catches moved him to No. 1 for career receptions at Scottsboro, and his 290 yards is also an SHS single-game best.
DARNELL MOONEY, GADSDEN CITY: Caught nine catches for 170 yards in the Titans’ 38-33 loss to Hazel Green.
DYLAN MORTON, HOLLY POND: Caught five passes for 169 yards and three touchdowns (38, 9 and 71 yards) as the Broncos fell to Hanceville 60-50.
SAMBO WOODS, FAIRVIEW: Snared eight passes for 150 yards and two TDs in a 48-15 win over Douglas.
KYLE HAYNES, PRICEVILLE: Caught four passes for 134 yards and a touchdowns as the Bulldogs (8-0) beat Locust Fork 26-22 to clinch the Class 4A, Region 7 title for the first time in school history. Quarterback Kaleb Barker completed 9-of-10 passes for 196 yards and his 23rd TD pass on the year. Barker is now 137-of-218 for 2,177 yards and has accounted for 40 touchdowns (including 17 rushing).
MYRON MITCHELL, WALKER: Grabbed eight passes for 143 yards and a touchdowns in a 24-0 win over Jackson-Olin in Class 6A, Region 5.
LANDON PRITCHETT, MONTGOMERY CATHOLIC: Caught seven passes for 170 yards and two scores in a 46-23 loss to Andalusia.
LARRY REMBERT, McGILL-TOOLEN: Caught five passes for 159 yards and a touchdown as McGill-Toolen beat Murphy 35-28 in the 84th “Battle for the Cannon” at Mobile.
GRANT SIMMONS, SAMSON: Caught four passes for 112 yards and one touchdown in the Tigers' 40-20 win over Cottonwood.
HAYDEN TERRAL, FAIRHOPE: Kicked three field goals, 39, 32 and 19 yards, to lead the Pirates to a 23-20 win over Davidson.
NIKO RICHMOND, JACKSONVILLE: Returned a kickoff 93 yards for one score and rushed for 96 yards and four more TDs in a 47-20 win over Hokes Bluff.
JACOB GRAVES, CHEROKEE COUNTY: Returned a punt for a 59-yard touchdown and scored on a 35-yard touchdown run in the Warriors' 39-6 victory over Sardis.
CALEB JONES, HOLLY POND: Returned a kickoff 80 yards for a touchdown and added two rushing TDs in a 60-50 Holly Pond loss to Hanceville.
PAUL RUIZ, ETOWAH: Returned a punt 60 for a touchdown and caught touchdowns passes for 56 and 24 yards in the Blue Devils’ 42-0 win over Boaz.
TRENTON NASH, COLLINSVILLE: Returned a kickoff 89 yards for a touchdown in the Panthers' 35-28 loss at Gaston.
Northview High School head coach LaBrian Stewart knows the importance of a strong kicking game. After last Friday’s performance by place-kicker Coby Neenan, the rest of Class 6A, Region 3 will likely agree.
Neenan kicked three field goals – 28, 50 and 47 yards – and opened the third period with an onside kick that set up a 44-yard TD pass as the Cougars beat Carver-Montgomery 23-19 to grab the AHSAA Spotlight for Week 3 of the prep football season.
The 6-foot-3, 190-pound senior also kicked two extra points to finish with 11 points in the contest. It was the second straight week his kicks provided the winning points. Northview beat Stanhope Elmore 21-20 in the first Class 6A, Region 3 win of the season.
For good measure, Coach LaBrian Stewart’s kicker punted four times for a 39.5-yard average as Northview improved to 2-1 and 2-0 in Region 3. Junior teammate Terrell Harris also returned a punt 70 yards for a touchdown in another Cougars’ special team highlight.
Neenan’s performance edged out two spectacular offensive performances turned in by Beauregard running back La’Damian Webb and Priceville quarterback Kaleb Barker.
LA’DAMIAN WEBB, BEAUREGARD: The sophomore piled up 376 rushing yards and four touchdowns on 23 carries — averaging 16.3 yards per carry — in the Class 5A Hornets’ 42-27 victory over Sylacauga. He scored three of his four TDs in the second half with an 80-yarder in the final quarter. Beauregard finished with 509 yards rushing as a team.
KALEB BARKER, PRICEVILLE: Engineered Priceville’s first 3-0 start in school history with a 43-40 win over North Jackson. He was 14-of-28 passing for 206 yards and five touchdowns and rushed for 260 yards and two scores on 22 carries – giving him 466 total yards on the night.
Coach Dirk Strunk’s senior quarterback has averaged 545.7 total yards this season and has accounted for 22 touchdowns – 11 passing and 11 rushing. He is 64-of-96 passing on the year for 1,010 yards and has 637 yards rushing on 58 carries.
The victory over the Chiefs was the first in six tries for Priceville, now in its 10th season competing in championship play in the AHSAA. In the five previous meetings, North Jackson averaged 56.2 ppg and had a winning margin of 49 points over the Bulldogs.
In other highlights reported from last weekend:
AHMAUD TAYLOR, T.R. MILLER: Caught four passes for 138 yards and a touchdown to help lead T.R. Miller beat Cottage Hill Christian 48-0. The win was the 298th of head coach Jamie Riggs’ career.
JACKSON HOLLADAY, WALKER: Passed for more than 300 yards for the second straight week as the Vikings beat Minor 3013. Holladay, a junior, was 18-of-30 for 303 yards and four touchdowns – giving him 608 yards and six TDs (36-0f-55) over the last two games.
CHASE WILSON, GLENCOE: Completed 11-of 20-passes for 192 yards and three scores, including the game-winning 28-yard touchdown pass to Pace Ozmint with 28 seconds left in the game, and rushed 11 times for 77 yards and a touchdown as the Yellow Jackets rallied past Westbrook Christian 50-43.
MALIK CUNNINGHAM, PARK CROSSING: The junior was 19-of-28 passing for 292 yards and three touchdowns as the Thunderbirds (4-0) remained unbeaten with a 37-10 win over Wetumpka. Cunningham also rushed for two TDs.
SHAWN JENNINGS, DADEVILLE: The senior quarterback was a perfect 10-of-10 passing for 266 yards and four touchdowns in just over a half of play as Class 4A Dadeville beat Childersburg 60-13. Jennings has completed 23-of-24 pass attempts for 446 yards and six touchdowns over his last two games – playing a total of just 4½ quarters during that span.
PARIS CHAMBERS, McGILL-TOOLEN: The Yellow Jackets quarterback was 20-of-30 passing for 242 yards and four touchdowns in a 35-0 Class 7A win over Baker.
CLAY CULBERT, BOAZ: The senior quarterback accounted for 363 total yards and six touchdowns in the Pirates’ 41-14 Class 5A win over Fairview. Culbert completed 13-of-21 passes for 256 yards and four touchdowns covering 71, 17, 5 and 56 yards. He also rushed for 107 yards on 11 carries and scored twice (34 and 21 yards).
ZAC ODEN, MONTEVALLO: Completed 8-of-14 passes for 192 yards and three touchdowns in Montevallo’s 50-18 Class 4A win over Holt. His TD scores covered 59, 13 and 20 yards.
JORDAN AUBREY, MOBILE CHRISTIAN: Was 12-of-17 passing for 202 yards and three touchdowns in the Leopards’ 50-34 win over Sweet Water.
PEYTON GILLILAND, CLEVELAND: The senior quarterback completed 8-of-13 passes for 169 yards and two touchdowns and rushed seven times for 90 yards, including a 65-yard touchdown, in the Panthers' 51-22 victory over West End.
TAYLOR HAYES, PIEDMONT: Had touchdown runs of 9 and 11 yards, and a 57-yard scoring pass to Bayley Blanchard – all in the first half – as the Bulldogs won a 3A victory over Ohatchee 40-13. He finished with 66 yards rushing on seven carries and completed 5-of-10 passes for 111 yards in the Bulldogs' 40-13 win at Ohatchee.
AHMAD DERAMUS, GADSDEN CITY: Was 9-of-11 passing for 163 yards and three TDs and rushed for 51 yards and a fourth TD as the Class 7A Titans beat Grissom 51-7.
RAMSEY RIGBY, ELBA: Completed 7-of-12 passes for 157 yards and four touchdowns to lead the Class 2A Tigers to a 56-0 win over Central Hayneville.
KOBE SMITH, WEST POINT: Had 262 rushing yards and four touchdowns on 24 carries in a 42-7 Class 5A win over Ardmore. The senior’s longest scores went for 74 and 61 yards.
BLAKE UNDERWOOD, SAINT JAMES: The junior gained 264 yards on 35 rushes and scored four touchdowns in the Trojans’ 38-17 win over Montgomery Catholic.
LA’MICAL PERINE, THEODORE: Rushed for 252 yards and two touchdowns to lead Theodore to a 26-10 victory over Davidson. His scoring runs covered 69 and 29 yards.
TEDDY BROOKS, TALLASSEE: Ran for 235 yards and six touchdowns on 14 carries as the Class 5A Tigers beat Shelby County 44-28.
CALVIN FIGUEROA, SAKS: Posted 244 yards rushing on 30 carries and scored three touchdowns to lead the Class 4A Wildcats to a 32-14 victory over Cherokee County.
GARRETT SANDERS, G.W. LONG: Totaled 280 total yards with 173 yards rushing and 107 receiving in the Rebels’ 44-22 win over Samson. Sanders had nine carries with three touchdowns and four catches for a fourth TD. Teammate Kennon Casey added 158 yards and a TD rushing and was 5-of-8 passing for 118 yards and one TD for 276 total yards.
OMAR BROWN, NORTH JACKSON: Ran for 264 yards and three touchdowns on 31 attempts in a 43-40 loss to Priceville.
KYLE HARRELL, CALERA: Had 250 yards rushing and three touchdowns on runs of 85, 54 and 5 yards as the Class 5A Eagles beat Central-Tuscaloosa 39-29.
JARED SMITH, WESTMINSTER CHRISTIAN: Ran for 245 yards and three touchdowns on 34 carries and tossed a pair of scoring passes in a 46-38, triple-overtime loss to Locust Fork.
MILES STRICKLAND, BOB JONES: Accounted for 243 yards total offense, rushed for three touchdowns (42, 4 and 22 yards) and caught a 64-yard score in a 47-28 win over Sparkman.
JAHARI BROWN, NEW BROCKTON: Rushed for 247 yards and two touchdowns (61 and 49 yards) on 18 carries in the Gamecocks' 42-15 win over Calhoun.
JACOB WASHBURN, J.B. PENNINGTON: The senior running back had 24 carries for 225 yards and five touchdowns (68, 7, 37, 16, 21 yards) and caught two passes for 29 yards in the Class 4A Tigers' 43-35 loss to DAR. He added 115 yards on four kick returns.
C.J. COOK, NOTASULGA: Turned in an impressive performance on offense and defense as Class 1A Notasulga beat Pleasant Home 61-28. Cook finished with 220 yards on 13 carries and four touchdowns and added seven tackles, one sack and a forced fumble at linebacker.
TYLER COLLINS, ALBERTVILLE: Rushed for 200 yards and a 49-yard touchdown on 18 carries, and caught a 26-yard TD pass in a 35-10 win over Scottsboro.
JONATE COTTON, NEW HOPE: Ran for 252 yards and three touchdowns on 29 carries in a 21-16 win over Plainview.
BLAKE ADAMS, HAYDEN: Rushed for 181 yards and two touchdowns (3 and 30 yards) on 28 carries in the Class 5A Wildcats' 28-12 win over Anniston.
DAVION FIFE, CEDAR BLUFF: Ran for 187 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries in the Tigers' 54-0 victory at Valley Head.
QUINTON DOWNEY, SPRING GARDEN: Had 184 yards rushing on 15 carries and scored two touchdowns in the Class 1A Panthers’ 39-13 win over Gaylesville. He also caught a 16-yard TD pass for a third score.
KRISTIN JONES, HACKLEBURG: Gained 186 rushing yards on 24 attempts and scored a touchdown as Hackleburg beat 1A rival Phillips 29-6.
B.J. SMALLS, HANCEVILLE: Ran for 159 yards and two TDs on 27 carries in a 26-20 Class 3A win over Vinemont. Teammate Branen Hurst added 100 yards and two more scores on 13 carries.
ROBERT HOUSTON, LAFAYETTE: The sophomore had 18 rush attempts for 158 yards and five touchdowns as the Class 2A Bulldogs beat Horseshoe Bend 52-31. The sophomore carried the ball 18 times for 158 yards and had five touchdowns, leading the Bulldogs to the win over Horseshoe Bend.
JOHN MICHAEL DYE, VINEMONT: The senior had 30 carries into 173 rushing yards and three touchdowns in a 26-20 loss at Hanceville.
SEAN LONG, SARALAND: Ran for 187 yards and two touchdowns to lead Saraland past Gulf Shores 17-9. His TDs came on runs of 32 and 3 yards.
MICHAEL PHILLIPS, JACKSON: Helped the Aggies end defending 5A state champion St. Paul’s Episcopal’s 18-game winning streak by rushing for 142 yards on 13 carries in a 28-7 win. He scored on an 80-yard run.
IVORY STARR, CEDAR BLUFF: The freshman accumulated 164 yards on 12 rush attempts with four touchdowns in Cedar Bluff's 54-0 victory over Valley Head.
STACY WILLIAMS, ETOWAH: Rushed 22 times for 146 yards and two touchdowns, including the winning score in overtime, as the Class 5A Blue Devils nipped Randolph 21-20.
BEN ROBINSON, ADDISON: Ran for 131 yards, including a 54-yard touchdown, and recovered a fumble in a 15-12 loss to Falkville.
DESHON COWLING, PIKE COUNTY: Scored six touchdowns as the Class 3A Bulldogs (3-0) beat Dale County 59-0 for their third straight shutout of the season. Cowling had a 65-yard TD pass reception, scored on a 95-yard fumble return and added four rushing touchdowns on runs of 1, 40, 13 and 3 yards. Pike County has now outscored its first three opponents 159-0 this season.
RILEY EAGAN, MARY MONTGOMERY: Rushed for 159 yards on 28 carries as the Vikings edged Foley 31-30.
LANDON SMOTHERS, MUSCLE SHOALS: Scored five rushing touchdowns while gaining 92 yards as Muscle Shoals beat Austin 42-17. The Class 6A Trojans also got 156 yards rushing and one TD from Carlos Davis.
ASA MARTIN, AUSTIN: Scored one touchdown on a 97-yard run and finished with 105 yards on seven total carries as Austin lost 42-15 to Muscle Shoals.
MYRON MITCHELL, WALKER: The Vikings’ senior receiver had nine catches for 147 yards and two touchdowns in Walker’s 30-13 Class 6A win over Minor.
DONTAVIUS WILLIAMS, ELBA: Caught five passes for 115 yards and three touchdowns in a 56-0 win over Central-Hayneville.
KADE SEAY, PROVIDENCE CHRISTIAN: Registered 12 tackles, three assists, one for a loss and one quarterback sack on defense n a 13-12 win over 2A region foe Cottonwood. The linebacker was forced into offensive action in the fourth period when injuries depleted the PCA running back corps and responded with nine carries for 54 yards in a go-ahead drive. His 6-yard touchdown run and extra point kick with 4:42 gave his team the win. Teammate Ricky Hall also had 13 tackles.
TANNER SWINNEY, HACKLEBURG: Had 14 tackles on defense and had 15 pancake blocks on offense in the Panthers’ 29-6 Class 1A win over Phillips. Teammate Court Stidham added eight tackles and two interceptions.
JERMARIOUS JORDAN, BESSEMER CITY: Had a key interception in the Tigers’ 14-0 win over previously unbeaten Paul Bryant. Bessemer City finished with five picks on the night.
ALEX McMAHAN, SAND ROCK: Led the Class 3A Wildcats defense with 10 ½ tackles, including eight solo efforts and 1 ½ tackles for lost yardage, in Sand Rock's 21-14 loss at North Sand Mountain.
CLAY KELLEY & GRANT GRIFFIN, NEW BROCKTON: Each returned interceptions 61 yards for touchdowns as the Class 2A Gamecocks beat Goshen 42-15. Kelley also had 11 tackles.
JANSEN ALEXANDER, SAND ROCK: Picked off a pair of passes in the Wildcats' 21-14 loss at Class 3A North Sand Mountain.
KAMERON SMITH, NORTHVIEW: Had 10 tackles, including a quarterback sack, in the 6A Cougars' 23-19 over Carver.
CHARLES CRAWFORD, VIGOR: Scored on a 90-yard kickoff return to open the game and Vigor went on to post a 20-14 overtime win over Murphy.
ALEX McNEAL, DALEVILLE: Returned a punt 76 yards for a touchdown and rushed for a pair of TDs in a 40-19 win over Wicksburg.
CHRISTIAN CRANDALL, COLD SPRINGS: Returned a kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown and ran for 60 yards in a 52-21 loss to Tanner.
DAKOTA LAMBERT, SPRING GARDEN: Returned a kickoff 61 yards for a touchdown in the 1A Panthers' 39-13 win at Gaylesville.
GRANT BARBER, UMS-WRIGHT: Scored on a 54-yard punt return and an 84-yard reception as UMS-Wright beat Clark County 28-6.
Glencoe High School’s powerful running attack stoked the Yellow Jacket to 21-0 lead last Friday night as Coach Lee Ozmint’s team rolled into the AHSAA Class 3A state football playoff semifinals with a 49-19 win over Colbert County.
Thomas Ozmint, son of the head coach, gained 203 yards and scored four touchdowns on 23 rushing attempts and teammate Dylan Stone also had 194 yards and three scores on 16 carries as Glencoe grabbed the AHSAA Prep Spotlight for round three of the playoffs. The victory avenged last year’s 45-44 overtime setback to the Indians in round two of the playoffs and improved Glencoe’s record to 13-0 for the first time since the Yellow Jackets won the Class 2A state title in 1973.
Both running backs are well over 1,000 yards on the season as Glencoe heads into this week’s Class 3A semifinals at home against two-time defending state champion Madison Academy (12-1).
Glencoe’s tradition is rich – sporting a 490-380-25 record dating back to the first season in 1922. In 1926, Coach Clair Strickland’s Jackets produced the school’s first unbeaten season (8-0). The next one came in 1938 with Coach Dewitt Dunn’s squad finishing 8-0-1. Coach Lyle Darnell, who coached the 1973 state championship team, led the Yellow Jackets to a 9-0-1 record in 1970 and a 12-1 season in 1979.
Ozmint, in his ninth season as head coach, is 68-34 overall and ranks third in the school’s all-time coaches’ wins list. Darnell and E.C.Wilson rank ahead of Ozmint with 97 and 93 wins each.
The 2014 team has scored a school-record 525 points in 13 games (40.4 per game) and yielded 171 (13.2 points per game) overall.
Glencoe’s big win edged out several top performances, including Austin Stiefel’s 264 yards rushing in a 49-21 win over Tanner and a last-second field goal by eighth grader Matthew Quinn as Spanish Fort nipped McAdory 24-21.
Stiefel had 21 carries and scored four touchdowns as the Red Devils (13-0) beat the defending Class 2A state champion Rattlers. His TD runs covered 1, 80, 12 and 78 yards. He added a fifth TD with a 27-yard pass reception and finished with two catches for 68 yards and totaled 364 all-purpose yards. Fyffe hosts
Quinn kicked an 18-yard field goal as time expired to give the Toros a 24-21 Class 6A playoff win over previously unbeaten McAdory. The victory sends Spanish Fort into the semifinals for the fourth time in the last five years. Quarterback Javon Brown also completed 18-of-21 passes for 181 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for 88 yards on 18 carries in the win.
Other highlights reported:
JAMARIUS HENDERSON, DALE COUNTY: Rushed for 270 yards and four touchdowns and had three receptions for 88 yards in the Warriors' 48-21 win over Montgomery Academy. He is now 18 yards shy of 3,000 heading into the semifinals Friday versus Gordo.
ART SMITH, CLAY-CHALKVILLE: The Cougars’ workhorse had 20 rush attempts for 223 yards and three touchdowns as Clay-Chalkville (13-0) beat Decatur 38-10 to move into this week’s Class 6A state semifinals. His scoring runs covered 1, 15 and 66 yards.
KAMERON DAVIS, FLORENCE: Ran for 124 yards on 12 carries and scored once in a 49-14 Class 6A playoff victory over Gardendale.
TROY DIXON, UMS-WRIGHT: Totaled 191 yards rushing and five touchdowns on 21 carries in a 49-19 Class 4A playoff win over Straughn.
DERRICK DUNNIGAN, BILLLINGSLEY: Anchored the Bears’ upset of previously unbeaten Brantley (12-1) with 102 yards rushing on 18 carries in the 20-14 Class 1A playoff triumph. His go-ahead touchdown with 1:48 to go sealed the win.
PEYTON WATES, MARION COUNTY: Ran for 139 yards and two touchdowns (21 and 2 yards) in the Red Raiders' 56-22 Class 1A win over Cedar Bluff.
TYLER GURLEY, MADISON COUNTY: Rushed for three touchdowns, passed for a fourth and had an interception on defense as the Tigers beat East Limestone (12-1) in the Class 5A quarterfinals 28-7.
CHADARIUS TOWNSEND, TANNER: Returned a kickoff 85 yards for a TD in a 49-21 Class 2A playoff loss to Fyffe. On offense, he carried 17 times for 147 yards for Tanner, the state champions in 2012 and 2013. The setback snapped a 12-game playoff winning streak for the Rattlers.
JOSH DECKER, CEDAR BLUFF: Completed 11-of-26 pass attempts for 227 yards, two touchdowns (4 and 49 yards) and passed for two 2-point conversions in the Tigers' 56-22 loss to Marion County.
COLE SPENCER, MAPLESVILLE: Completed 12-of-16 passes for 264 yards and three touchdowns (43, 6 & 8 yards) and rushed for two additional scores in a 42-22 Class 1A quarterfinal playoff win over Notasulga.
DEMARCUS WILLIAMS, JACKSON: Passed for 213 yards and two TDs with a 12-of-16 passing performance as the Aggies beat Greenville 30-7 in the Class 5A quarterfinals. He also rushed for 119 yards and one TD.
KEITH WASHINGTON, PRATTVILLE: Was 10-of-15 passing for 196 yards and two touchdowns as the Lions moved into the Class 7A state finals with a 42-17 win over Foley. Washington also ran for another score.
AARON POLLARD, MARION COUNTY: Completed 10-of-23 pass attempts for 158 yards and a 33-yard touchdown and rushed for two more scores (1 and 2 yards) in the Red Raiders' 56-22 Class 1A playoff victory at Cedar Bluff.
D.J. CHAPMAN, CEDAR BLUFF: Caught eight passes for 172 yards in the Tigers' 56-22 Class 1A loss to Marion County.
GRANT BARBER, UMS-WRIGHT: Caught four passes for 174 yards and a touchdown in a 49-19 victory over Straughn.
NOAH ARD, CORDOVA: Caught four passes for 101 yards and added one rushing touchdown in a 35-16 victory over Class 4A, Region 5 rival Haleyville.
BLAKE EDWARDS, ELBA: The Tiger wide receiver threw a 72-yard touchdown pass on the game's first play and caught two short passes and turned them into 70-yard and 21-yard scoring receptions in Elba's 33-10 Class 2A playoff win over G.W. Long. He finished with three receptions for 93 yards.
KERRYON JOHNSON, MADISON ACADEMY: Blocked a punt and returned it 36 yards for one TD, intercepted a pass and set up another TD with a 65-yard kickoff return as the defending 3A state champion Mustangs (12-1) moved into the semifinals for the fourth straight year with a 56-8 win over Walter Wellborn. He also rushed for two touchdowns on offense.
ADAM MITCHELL, LEEDS: Intercepted three passes in a 62-0 Class 4A playoff win over Munford.
PATE SMITH, G.W. LONG: Had 17 tackles in a 33-10 Class 2A loss to Elba.
KE’JUAN FEAGAN, PLEASANT GROVE: Returned an interception 50 yards for a touchdown in a 26-0 Class 5A playoff victory over previously unbeaten Guntersville (21-1). He also rushed for two TDs on offense.
BLAKE JOHNSON, ELBA: Recorded 12 tackles, including three for losses, in Elba's 33-10 Class 2A win over previously unbeaten G.W. Long as the Tigers (13-0) held the Rebels (11-1) to 41 points below their season average.
TAMAURICE SMITH, ST. PAUL’S EPISCOPAL: Had two interceptions in the Saints’ 38-0 Class 5A playoff win over B. C. Rain. The St. Paul’s defense finished with six picks on the night.
CHANCE DUNCAN, GLENCOE: Had eight tackles, including four for a loss, and three sacks in the Yellow Jackets’ 49-19 Class 3A win over Colbert County.
CADE ADKINS, CORDOVA: Managed three quarterback sacks and caused a fumble in the Blue Devils’ 35-16 Class 4A playoff win over Haleyville.
MONTGOMERY – Tuscaloosa County High School cornerback Justin Little had a near state record four interceptions Friday night as the Wildcats went on the road to defeat Bob Jones 28-21.
For his efforts, Little grabbed the AHSAA Prep Spotlight for the first week of the state playoffs.
Only three others have intercepted five passes in a single game in the AHSAA. Georgiana’s Charlie McCoy was the first with his five picks in a 26-14 win over Florala 33 years ago in 1981. Meek’s Phillip Williams tied the mark in 2001 in a 33-7 win over Phillips, and most recently Devyn Murphree of J.P. Pennington equaled the record in a 27-3 win over Falkville in 2006. Little's four tie him with 18 others to have four picks in one game.
Tuscaloosa County had five interceptions on the night with Alex Payne getting the last one with just eight seconds remaining to seal the Class 7A first-round playoff win for Coach Lee Gibson’s team.
Quarterback Seth Franks sparked the offense with 309 yards passing and three touchdowns with 20-of-27 completions. His effort came just two weeks after suffering a separated shoulder that forced him to miss the final game of the regular season.
Tuscaloosa County (6-5) will be on the road in round two at Hoover (9-2).
Little’s performance edged another near-state-record-tying performance by Opp standout Raheem Bonham and an incredible effort by Dale County senior Jamarius Henderson.
Bonham scored eight touchdowns, one shy of the state mark set by Tommy Haley-Ricks of Hubbertville in a 76-52 win over Vina in 2008. Haley-Ricks’ 9 TDs had broken the record held by five others and equaled by Bonham Friday in the Bobcats’ 70-36 Class 3A playoff win over Lamar County.
Bonham totaled 423 all-purpose yards rushing for 262 yards and six touchdowns on seven carries, had three kickoff returns for 130 yards including an 89-yard scamper for a TD, and added a 31-yard pass reception for his eighth score.
Henderson helped Dale County (11-0) remain unbeaten in Class 3A with a start to remember. He scored the first three times he touched the ball – on runs of 68, 49 and 65 yards – as the Warriors beat Prattville Christian 62-20. He finished with 308 yards and five touchdowns on just 10 carries, added a sixth score on a 31-yard pass reception and record a team-high 13 tackles on defense. His other two rushing scores covered 12 and 54 yards.
MILSTSTONE: Amacis Tyynismaa set a new course record at the Oakville Indian Mounds & Park to win the Class 4A girls’ individual state cross country championship Saturday. Montgomery Catholic’s Tyynismaa, an eighth grader, averaged 5:29 per mile in clocking an amazing 17:03.04 to finish first in her competition by a minute and 20 seconds. Her time was the fastest of the day in all divisions.
Other top playoff performances reported from week 1 of the state playoffs:
DYLAN STONE, GLENCOE: Totaled 329 combined yards and seven touchdowns in the Yellow Jackets’ 56-19 win over Sylvania. Stone rushed 14 times for 244 yards and five touchdowns and was 6-of-7 passing for 85 yards and two more TDs. Stone ran for touchdowns of 46, 16, 17, 47 and 14 yards and had touchdown passes covering 48 and 13 yards.
JAMEL GRACE, FLOMATON: Ran for 365 yards and four touchdowns on 38 carries as the Hurricanes defeated Pickens County 35-20 in the Class 2A playoffs. The setback eliminated the Tornadoes, last year’s 1A state champs, from the competition.
KYLE NALLS, FAYETTE COUNTY: Rushed for 295 yards and five TDs on 17 carries in a 56-41 Class 4A playoff victory over Central-Florence.
DEMETRICE VAUGHAN, BLOUNT: Had 32 carries for 281 yards and a TD in a 21-20 Class 6A playoff loss to McAdory.
BRIAN ROBINSON, HILLCREST-TUSCALOOSA: Piled up 243 yards rushing with five touchdowns on 30 carries as the Patriots defeated Daphne 56-28 in the 6A playoffs.
JORDAN BENTLEY, GUNTERSVILLE: The junior running back rushed for 202 yards and scored four touchdowns on runs of 18, 5, 2 and 2 yards as the unbeaten Wildcats (11-0) beat Moody 33-7 in the Class 5A state playoffs. The Wildcats are 11-0 for the first time in school history. Bentley's four TDs gave him 31 on the season. He has scored 66 TDs in his GHS career, a school record.
CONNER KISER, HALEYVILLE: Gained 218 yards rushing on 17 carries and scored four touchdowns in Haleyville’s 45-21 Class 4A playoff win over Elkmont. He also completed 14-of-20 passes for 110 yards and a TD. Teammate Brady Sherrill added 129 yards rushing and a TD on 18 carries and also had 12 tackles on defense.
HAROLD SHADER, OAK MOUNTAIN: Keyed the Eagles’ 542-yard offensive night with 281 yards rushing and five touchdowns on18 carries as Oak Mountain beat James Clemens 60-43 in the 7A playoffs. He scored on runs of 3, 15, 68, 75 and 79 yards.
BRADRICK SHAW, HOOVER: Had 151 yards rushing on five carries, highlighted by a 95-yard scamper for a TD, as Hoover beat Buckhorn 38-13 in the first round of the 7A state playoffs.
SHAKEITH TYES, CALERA: Helped the Eagles post their first-ever Class 5A playoff win, a 28-26 victory over Vigor, by pilling up 220 yards rushing and four touchdowns on 31 carries.
KRISTIAN JONES, HACKLEBURG: Had 26 carries for 181 yards, two touchdowns and a pair of 2-point conversions as the Panthers (10-1) advanced to the second round of the 1A playoffs with 58-40 win over Talladega County Central. He also had a 33-yard kickoff return and eight tackles on defense. Hackleburg gained 460 rushing yards on 61 tries.
A.J. JOHNSON, BERRY: Rushed for 205 yards on 21 carries with three touchdowns (8, 56, 61 yards) and had a 32-yard TD reception in a 46-34 Class 1A loss to Cedar Bluff.
NIC ROLLO, COLD SPRINGS: Ran 25 times for 167 yards and a pair of touchdowns in a 27-26 Class 2A loss at Gaston. He scored both TDs on fourth-down plays covering 26 and 10 yards.
HEATH BURCHFIELD, JAMES CLEMENS: In James Clemens’ first playoff game ever, Burchfield completed 20-of-32 passes for 389 yards and four touchdowns (8, 83, 89, and 5 yards) in a 60-43 Class 7A loss at Oak Mountain.
TYLER CAMERON, FOLEY: Completed 12-of-20 passes for 237 yards and three touchdowns in the Wolves’ 35-31 in Class 7A and rushed 11 times for 33 yards in a win at Auburn.
CORY GILL, COTTONWOOD: Was 16-of-27 passing for 230 yards and five touchdowns in a 32-14 Class 2A win over Luverne.
BO NIX, SCOTTSBORO: The eighth-grader completed 8-of-22 passes for 188 yards and five touchdowns (43, 45, 45, 2 and 15 yards) in an 85-50 Class 6A playoff loss at Clay-Chalkville. The five TDs tied a school record held by Pat Trammell. Malik Talley, who had 162 yards receiving, had four TD receptions.
ZACH DIMMOCK, ONEONTA: Led the defending Class 4A state champion Redskins to a 50-26 win over Sardis, completing 15-of-22 passes for 198 yards and four touchdowns. He also ran for a 25-yard TD.
NICO COLLINS, CLAY-CHALKVILLE: The sophomore had six catches for 183 yards and two touchdowns in an 85-50 Class 6A playoff win over Scottsboro. The 135 points scored set a state playoff record for most points and is the third highest a single game total in AHSAA state history.
SOLOMON MUHAMMAD, PARKER: Caught nine passes for 130 yards and three touchdowns in a 28-9 Class 5A playoff win against West Point.
MACKENZIE GRAHAM, BUCKHORN: Caught 10 passes for 166 yards and touchdowns of 7 and 69 yards in a 38-13 Class 7A loss to Hoover.
GAGE CASH, BOAZ: The senior receiver caught six passes for 146 yards, including a 78-yard touchdown, in a 24-7 loss to Lincoln in the 5A playoffs.
COREY BROWN, B.C. RAIN: Hauled in a game-winning 72-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Carl Williams in the final minute of play as fourth-seeded B.C. Rain knocked off Region 4 champion Demopolis 28-27 in the Class 5A playoffs.
DENZEL WOODARD, LEROY: Caught five passes for 112 yards and accounted for three touchdowns as Leroy knocked off Thorsby 46-20 in the 2A playoffs.
RICHARD McBRYDE, CHARLES HENDERSON: Recorded 18 tackles on defense, stops resulting in 11.5 yards in losses, to help Charles Henderson nip Beauregard 48-42 in overtime. It was his 15-yard score in overtime that proved to be the winning touchdown.
ZAC OGLESBY, GADSDEN CITY: Made two big defensive plays in the fourth quarter to help secure Gadsden City’s 54-37 Class 7A playoff win over Hewitt-Trussville. The senior defensive end had a sack for a 9-yard loss on fourth down that led to a GCHS score, then on the next series recovered and returned a fumble 41 yards for another touchdown.
DEZMOND JOHNSON, SLOCOMB: Intercepted two passes on defense in a 14-0 Class 3A shutout win over Midfield, the Red Tops ‘first playoff win in six years. He also caught a 68-yard TD pass to seal the victory.
PATE SMITH & DEWAYNE WHIGHAM, G.W. LONG: Both had 13 tackles and Whigham added a fumble recovery in the Rebels’ 35-0 Class 2A win over New Brockton. The duo helped the Rebels improved to 10-0.
CHANCE DUNCAN, GLENCOE: Had eight tackles, including three for a loss, and two sacks in the Yellow Jackets’ 56-19 Class 3A win over Sylvania.
TYLER GREEN, GARDENDALE: The linebacker had nine tackles and two sacks in a 24-3 Class 6A playoff win over Fort Payne.
WILL EVANS, HALEYVILLE: Had nine tackles and returned an interception for a TD in the Lions’ 45-21 Class 4A playoff win over Elkmont.
TAVARIUS HUTCHINSON, McADORY: Had two key plays on defense to help seal unbeaten McAdory’s 21-20 Class 6A playoff win over Blount. Hutchison returned a blocked punt 44 yards for a touchdown with 2:19 left to play for the game-winning score, and then added an interception in the final minute to seal the win.
GARRETT SANDERS, G.W. LONG: Returned a punt 56 yards for a touchdown and converted 5-of-5 extra-point kicks in the Rebels’ 35-0 Class 2A win over New Brockton.
The 6-foot-3, 190-pound senior playing his first season on the varsity, missed an assignment a play earlier and his coach took him out of the lineup to explain his mistake. However, Blacksher lined up in the red zone with a chance to score and Myrthil frantically rushed his player back onto the field.
“He got out there before the play got underway and found himself lined up at cornerback instead of his linebacker position,” Myrthil said.
A pass was fired in the corner of the end zone where Bouler was positioned. The ball bounced off another player into the senior’s hands two yards from the back line. “He just took off running,” Myrthil said. “And nobody caught him. It was a 108-yard return for a touchdown. It was the biggest play of the game.”
The touchdown sealed a 52-36 Class 1A, Region 1 win that keeps Marengo’s playoff hopes alive for another week. It also landed Bouler in the AHSAA Prep Spotlight for Week 9 of the prep football season.
“The difference,” Myrthil said, “is Dajaquon’s athletic ability. He is a first-year player with tremendous talent. I’d like to tell you it was great coaching strategy, but it was just our good fortune. He made us as coaches look pretty smart I guess.”
The interception return ties the state record set by Demopolis defensive back Tommy Wilson versus American Christian in 2012 for the longest interception return. Demiean Archibald of Sipsey Valley and Jack Peavey of Madison County each had 105-yard interception returns in 2013.
Opelika’s Malcolm Buggs had a 102-yard interception return in the Class 6A state playoffs versus Carver-Montgomery in 2012, John Coger of Oakman had a 100-yard return in 2013 versus Berry, and Greg Mcclin of Tanner had a 100-yarder versus Phil Campbell in 2012.
Bouler’s return was the finishing touch of his big defensive night versus the Pirates. His performance edged out two other special defensive efforts from Juray Smith of Pinson Valley and Darian Jones of Brantley for the AHSAA’s top spotlight.
Smith, a senior cornerback who suffered a debilitating knee injury last March, had three interceptions from his DB position in a 31-0 Pinson win over Center Point. He returned one of the picks for a 30-yard touchdown and now has five picks on the season.
Jones returned a punt 54 yards for a touchdown and also caught two TD passes covering 74 and 12 yards as Brantley (8-0) posted a 49-6 win over McKenzie (7-1) in a key Class 1A, Region 2 battle of unbeatens. For Jones, it was his fourth kick return for a touchdown in the last four games. For Brantley, the win clinched the Region 2 title for the fourth straight year and for the 12th time in the last 13 seasons.
McKenzie snapped the Bulldogs’ 62-region game winning streak to win the region title in 2010. Over the last 13 seasons, Brantley has compiled an 87-1 record against region opponents.
Other top performances reported for Week 9 included:
TERENCE HUMPHREY, COLUMBIA: Ran for 252 yards and seven touchdowns (1 yard, 2, 5, 24, 36, 48 and 78 yards) in a 50-39 win over Ardmore. The seven TDs tied the third-highest single-game total in state history. He also converted a 2-point run.
DILLON EVANS, GAYLESVILLE: Rushed for 274 yards on 34 carries and scored four touchdowns in the Trojans' 51-32 victory at Coosa Christian.
T.J. STEELE, DAR: Had over 400 all-purpose yards as the Patriots fell 63-40 to Good Hope. He rushed 24 times for 225 yards and passed for 166.
TRE NATION, LEEDS: The junior running back had 29 carries for 290 rushing yards and two scores as the Green Wave beat Childersburg 42-7. Leeds finished with 572 rushing yards on 52 attempts.
J.T. HYCHE, AMERICAN CHRISTIAN: Rushed for 216 yards and two touchdowns in a 45-22 victory over Ellwood Christian.
QUAY WRIGHT, BEAUREGARD: Accounted for 377 total yards and four touchdowns in a 49-34 victory over Tallassee. He rushed for 229 yards and a pair of scores and completed 5-of-7 passes for 117 yards and two touchdowns.
ALERIC WILLLIAMS, SOUTHSIDE-GADSDEN: Ran for 235 yards and three touchdowns and caught a 38-yard touchdown pass in the Panthers' 42-16 win over Scottsboro. Williams scored on runs of 11, 90 and 52 yards.
DAVE KIRKSEY, FAIRHOPE: Rushed 20 times for 239 yards and four touchdowns as the Pirates beat Davidson55-28. He also had three receptions for 87 yards and two more scores to finish with six touchdowns in the win.
NICK CARROLL, GENEVA COUNTY: Rushed for 236 yards on 26 carries with two touchdowns and had six tackles, a sack, and a pass break-up on defense in a 38-25 win over Providence Christian.
DEPRIEST TURNER, MURPHY: Rushed for 257 yards and four touchdowns as the Panthers won the “Battle for the Cannon” with a 48-21 victory over McGill-Toolen. He scored on runs of 30, 16, 78 and 25 yards. Turner also threw a pair of TD passes to account for six TDs overall.
AUSTIN STIEFEL, FYFFE: Needed only 15 carries to pileup 251 yards rushing and four touchdowns as the Red Devils beat West End 62-6.
KEENAN LEWIS, SARDIS: Scored four touchdowns, including an 86-yard kickoff return, and rushed for 225 yards on 19 carries in the Lions' 42-36 win over Cherokee County. Lewis scored on runs of 34, 66 and 67 yards.
DELVECCHIO JOHNSON, BESSEMER CITY: The Tigers running back had 19 rushing attempts for 233 yards to lead Bessemer City to a 35-14 win versus Northridge.
TROY DIXON, UMS-WRIGHT: Ran for 214 yards and five touchdowns as the Bulldogs rolled over Monroe County 55-0.
MALCOLM HAWTHORNE, W.S. NEAL: Gained 210 yards rushing and scored five touchdowns on 18 carries as the Blue Eagles beat Satsuma 47-21. Hawthorne scored on runs of 1, 18, 1, 76 and 38 yards.
PAUL RUIZ, ETOWAH: Piled up 205 yards rushing and two touchdowns on 23 carries and caught a TD pass in the Blue Devils' 40-14 win over Boaz.
WARREN SHADER, OAK MOUNTAIN: The Eagles quarterback had 27 carries for 197 yards and touchdowns from 1 and 10 yards in a 34-27 victory at Spain Park. He also was 8-of-12 passing for 91 yards with a 24-yard TD toss to his brother, Harold Shader.
TYLER THORNTON, WENONAH: The two-way standout delivered four touchdowns in a 49-35 victory against Corner. He ran 13 times for 197 rushing yards with touchdowns of 5, 19 and 52 yards. He also returned an interception on defense 40 yards for a touchdown.
DERRICK UNDERWOOD, HOMEWOOD: Led the Patriots to a 28-14 win over Hueytown with 211 yards rushing on 26 carries. He scored on two short runs but had four runs over 20 yards, including a 61-yard scamper.
QUINTIN DOWNEY, SPRING GARDEN: Ran for 180 yards on 18 carries and scored two touchdowns (5 and 1 yards) in the Panthers' 53-20 victory at Woodville. Teammate Dakota Lambert added 133 yards and a TD in the win.
DAMONTA BROOKS, TARRANT: He had 186 yards rushing on 18 carries with scoring runs of 8 and 55 yards in a 26-13 win against Addison.
DANT’E REESE, HANCEVILLE: Rushed 17 times for 163 yards and two touchdowns in a 27-7 homecoming win over Holly Pond. The senior’s first scoring scamper was a 67-yarder on the game’s second play from scrimmage.
THOMAS OZMINT, GLENCOE: Piled up 155 yards and six rushing touchdowns - five in the first half - on 22 rushes as Glencoe beat Weaver 56-7 to clinch the Class 3A, Region 7 title.
LOGAN BURNETT, PELHAM: The junior quarterback was 20-of-26 passing for 360 yards and six touchdowns – to five different receivers – as Pelham blanked John Carroll Catholic 47-0.
RILEY EISNER, GOOD HOPE: Was 18-of-30 passing for 371 yards, six touchdowns in a 63-40 homecoming win over DAR. He completed two TDs each to Kainan Smith (28 and 59 yards), Austin Reid (26, 22) and Reese Harbison (9, 26) as the Raiders set a school record for points in a game. The previous best was 61 in last season’s opener against Holly Pond.
JOHNNY GRIZZARD, COOSA CHRISTIAN: Completed 12-of-26 passes for 247 yards and three touchdowns and rushed eight times for 169 yards and two touchdowns in a 51-32 loss to Gaylesville. He finished with 416 total yards.
BRADY POLSON, BOB JONES: The sophomore quarterback was 22-of-25 passing for 299 yards and five TD's in a 42-21 win over Huntsville. Deondre Douglas hauled in six catches 90 yards two scores.
RAMSEY RIGBY, ELBA: Completed 9-of-14 passes attempted for 282 yards and four touchdowns (75, 24, 94 and 51 yards) in the Tigers’ 51-6 rout of Calhoun.
AUSTIN INGRAM, CHARLES HENDERSON: The senior finished 21-of-24 passing for 248 yards and four touchdowns, including 13-of-13 and three touchdowns in the second half as the Trojans pulled away from a 9-7 halftime lead to down Rehobeth 30-7. Ingram completed his last 17 passes attempted.
DAULTON HYATT, ARAB: Completed 18-of-27 passes for 235 yards and three touchdowns (40, 13, 11 yards), and ran for a 79-yard score in a 34-27 win over Lee-Huntsville.
TYLER GURLEY, MADISON COUNTY: Completed 14-of-20 passes for 222 yards and two touchdowns (13, 26 yards) and ran for two more scores (7, 6 yards) in a 67-14 win over Randolph.
CORY GILL, COTTONWOOD: Completed 13-of-16 passes for 202 yards and two touchdowns and added a 25-yard field goal in the Bears’ 38-7 win over Samson.
DREW GUY, FAYETTE COUNTY: Completed 11-of-12 passes for 217 yards and four touchdowns to pace the Tigers to a 54-33 win over Curry.
KADARIUS TONEY, BLOUNT: Was 10-of-16 passing for 175 yards and five touchdowns as the Leopards beat Baldwin County 37-13.
TREY McMILLIAN, DALE COUNTY: The Warriors quarterback was 10-of-11 passing for 211 yards and four touchdowns, including two scores in the second half, as Dale County pulled away from a five-point halftime lead to beat Daleville 53-27.
CHASE GARRETT, SAND ROCK: Completed 17-of-37 pass attempts for 185 yards and two touchdowns (15, 12 yards), both to Joel Brock, in the Wildcats' 24-21 loss at New Hope.
TYLER LUSK, PIEDMONT: Was 9-of-11 passing for 185 yards and two touchdowns (71, 15 yards), both to C.J. Savage, in the Bulldogs' 49-0 win at Westbrook Christian.
TODD GOODWIN, LOCUST FORK: Completed 8-of-12 passes for 192 yards and three touchdowns (34, 72, 30 yards) in a 50-35 win over Priceville. He also ran four times for 83 yards with a 38-yard scoring run.
WESLEY GRIZZARD, COOSA CHRISTIAN: Caught seven passes for 185 yards and three touchdowns in a 51-32 loss to Gaylesville.
C.J. SAVAGE, PIEDMONT: Caught six passes for 146 yards and two touchdowns (71, 15 yards) in the Bulldogs' 49-0 win at Westbrook Christian.
REESE HARBISON, GOOD HOPE: Snagged seven receptions for 143 yards and a pair of touchdowns in the Raiders’ 63-40 win over DAR. The freshman’s touchdowns covered 9 and 26 yards.
TYSON WILLIAMS, DOTHAN: Caught 11 passes for 79 yards and a touchdown in the Tigers’ 28-17 loss to Carver.
GARRETT DAFFRON, PROVIDENCE CHRISTIAN: Recorded 25 tackles in the Eagles’ 38-25 loss to Geneva County. Teammate Rowan Godwin also had 11 solo stops.
TYLER WRIGHT, LEEDS: Had 15 tackles as Leeds beat Childersburg 42-7. He also had 121 yards rushing and three TDs.
LYNDELL WILSON, CARVER-MONTGOMERY: Had 10 tackles, three sacks, a forced fumble and an interception return of 42 yards for a touchdown as the Wolverines beat Dothan 28-17.
KAINE HANCEVILLE: Had three of the Bulldogs’ six sacks in a 27-7 win over Holly Pond that snapped an eight-game losing streak dating back to the first round of last year’s playoffs.
TRISTAN DAUGHERTY, SAND ROCK: Posted nine tackles and a sack in the Wildcats' 24-21 loss at New Hope.
FRANCISCO TIRADO, DECATUR: Kicked four field goals (42, 35, 29 and 20 yards) in a 33-13 win at Cullman.
TYLER WITTNER, MARY MONTGOMERY: Nailed a 19-yard field goal as time expired to lift Mary G. Montgomery over Alma Bryant 17-14.
JALYN MARTIN, COLLINSVILLE: Returned a punt 60 yards for one score and added another rushing TD in the Panthers’ 26-14 loss to Gaston.
OCTAVIUSE HARDRICK, COTTONWOOD: Returned a punt 69 yards for a touchdown, was in on nine tackles and had six pass receptions for 91 yards in the Bears’ 38-7 win over Samson.