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.