Tuesday, November 12, 2019






2014 Girls AHSAA State XC Championships Mountain Brook, John Carroll Catholic Sweep 2nd Titles of 2014

    MOULTON – Mountain Brook and John Carroll Catholic high schools captured the Class 7A and Class 6A girls state cross country championships, respectively, Saturday at Oakville Indian Mounds Park.
    It marked the second state title of the 2014-15 school year for each school. The Lady Spartans and Lady Cavaliers won state volleyball titles last week at Birmingham’s CrossPlex.
   St. Bernard Prep (1A-2A) and Wilson (4A) also won state cross country titles for the first time while American Christian (3A) and Lawrence County (5A) also won state crowns.  
Class 1A-2A
St. Bernard of Cullman scored 48 points, runner-up Westminster of Oak Mountain was second (54) and Hatton (93) took third place in the AHSAA Class 1A-2A girls' competition.
      The Saints of Coach William Calvert were led by eighth grader Ivy Edge, who improved her finish from 18th in 2013 to first in 2014. Her winning time was 19:27.00.  Hannah Tarwater of Whitesburg Christian finished second with at 19:38.00.
Class 3A
    Coach Charles Tiller’s American Christian Academy girls totaled 51 points to win the school’s first state title since 2011 and the Lady Patriots’ sixth overall.  Senior Kaitlin York paced ACA with a winning time of 18:45.63. She was second in 2013.
    Tara Katz of Montgomery Academy clocked 19:05.53 to take second. She was 7th in 2013 in the Class 1A-2A division.
Class 4A
    Wilson won its first girls state title with 51 points and snapped a five-year winning streak by UMS-Wright. The Lady Patriots were second with 69 points. Rogers (73) finished third.
    Cele Moon, the 2013 Class 4A individual champion, led Coach Robin Phillips’ Lady Warriors with a second-place finish to overall winner Amacis Tyynismaa, who set a new course record to claim top honors, Montgomery Catholic’s Tyynismaa, an eighth grader, averaged 5:29 per mile in clocking an amazing 17:03.04 to win by more 1:20.  Moon, who improved her 2013 winning time by 27 seconds, clocked 18:23.08 and also averaged less than six minutes per mile in her performance.
Class 5A
    Coach Stanley Johnson’s Lady Red Devils gave Lawrence County a sweep of the 5A competition edging out runner-up Randolph by two points, 65-67. Lawrence County’s boys won the 5A state crown Saturday as well.
    Lexie Sport paced Johnson’s squad with a time of 20:25.80 and a sixth-place finish.   Isabell Valenzuela of St. Paul’s Episcopal was the individual champion clocking 18:51.37.  Alexandria runner Abby Nunnelly was second timing 19:26.16.
Class 6A
     John Carroll Catholic won its first girls state cross country championship as Lindsey Granier finished ninth and Lauren Granier 10th for the Lady Cavaliers. Coach Bryan Burgess’ team totaled 68 points. Runner-up Homewood had 79 and Scottsboro, which had won 11 Class 5A state titles in a row, was third in the 6A division with 82 points.
    Pelham junior Mary Grace Strozier won the individual competition clocking 18:07.84.  Homewood’s Lainey Phelps (19:12.02) was second.
  Class 7A
    Mountain Brook, coached by Greg Echols, won its 12th straight championship overall and first in the new Class 7A division with 41 points. The Lady Spartans won 13 Class 6A championships from 2000-2013 – missing only 2002 in that streak when Austin won. Mountain has 22 state titles overall.
    Huntsville’s Abby Weitenbeck helped the Panthers to a second-place finish with a winning time of 18:41.66.  Runner-up Amelia Harrison of Buckhorn clocked 18:49.09.
    Mountain Brook junior Frances Patrick (19:01.95) was fourth and Lily Hulsey (19:07.13) crossed the finish line in seventh place.

2014 Boys AHSAA State XC Championships Cold Springs, Northside Win First State Cross Country Titles

    MOULTON – Cold Springs High School captured the Class 1A-2A boys state cross country championship and Northside won in Class 4A as both schools won their first state crowns Saturday.
    Auburn won the first Class 7A title – giving the Tigers eight overall, Homewood captured the Class 6A championship, Lawrence County won in Class 5A and Montgomery Academy in Class 3A as the AHSAA 2014 State Championships concluded Saturday at Oakville Indian Mounds Park.
Class 1A-2A
Cold Springs scored 45 points as Jarred Stanley ran 17:08.84 to finish second. Coach Claborn Campbell’s Eagles also got a sixth-place finish from C.J. Lang.  Dylan Pausic of Shades Mountain won the individual title clocking 16:33.81 over the 3.1-mile course. Pausic, a junior, was second in 2013.
    Runner-up was Westminster Christian with 47 points and Hatton was third at 123.
Class 3A
    Montgomery Academy, the 1A-2A champs in 2013, coasted to the state title with 40 points.  Cottage Hill Christian of Mobile edged out American Christian for second place by one point, 72-73.
    Coach Michael Floyd’s Eagles placed three runners in the top 10 finishers with Jack Barganier clocking 16:55.77 to finish second – five seconds behind individual winner Nick Klein of Winfield. The junior won with a time of 16:50.46.   Jack Anderson was fourth for Montgomery Academy and Bennett Griffin crossed the finish line seventh.
Class 4A
    Northside High School, coached by Sue Robertson, won the 4A title in an exciting finish edging out runner-up LAMP of Montgomery by one point. The Rams had 76 points and LAMP, 77. Sipsey Valley and Westminster tied with 86 points each in third place.
    UMS-Wright senior Robert Hope won the state championship for the second year in a row clocking 16:04.62. Westminster Christian senior Ryan Ford (16:22.63) was second and Tanner King of Northside was third at 16:29.42.
Class 5A
     Lawrence County, coached by Stanley Johnson, won its first boys state cross title since 2004 with a strong 56-point  total.  Junior Kyle Bailey led the Red Devils of nearby Moulton with a fourth-place finish clocking 17:10.89. St. Paul’s Episcopal senior Reece Stevens won the individual championship clocking 16:28.57.  Madison County’s Jared Melton was second (16:52.90).
    Randolph of Huntsville had 59 points to finish second. St. Paul’s was third with 63 points.
Class 6A
    Homewood, the Class 5A team champion in 2012 and 2013, moved up to Class 6A and didn’t miss a beat as Coach Lars Porter’s Patriots placed three runners in the top five finishers and totaled 40 points to win the 6A state title.
    Alex Ngei, a senior, improved his finish from 10th in 2013 to second Saturday clocking a 16:01.42 in the 3.1-mile race. Winner Ben Bryant of Opelika ran the course in 15:34.76 to win individual top honors. He improved his time in 2014 by 15 seconds after capturing second place in 2013.  Logan Sadler was fourth and Andy Smith, the Class 5A individual champion in 2013, was fifth for Homewood.
   Opelika had 41 points and Scottsboro 78 to finished 2-3.
Class 7A
    Auburn dominated the field scoring 25 points to take the first Class 7A state title ever.  Coach Dan Norton’s Tigers won the 6A crown in 2013 but moved to the new class this season. It was Auburn’s eighth state championship overall.
    Auburn junior Paul Barlow won the individual medalist honors with a winning time of 15:51.03. He was 22nd in the 2013 competition.  Second was Grissom senior Cameron Thomas (15:52.82) and sophomore Cole Stidfole of Oak Mountain (15:57.97) was third.
    Norton’s team placed four more runners in the top 10 with seniors Adam Ruggles, Ben Rolader and Fernando Lincoln taking 5th, 6th and 8th place, Sophomore Jack Rogers was also 9th.

104 Teams Advance to Round 2 Of AHSAA Football Playoffs

     MONTGOMERY – All 19 unbeaten teams and five of six defending state champions from 2013 survived round one of the Alabama High School Athletic Association 2014 State football Playoffs Friday and will be in the 104-team field for round two this Friday. All games are scheduled Nov. 14 at  7 p.m.
     For the first time in AHSAA history seven state champions will be crowned when the playoffs culminate the five-week regimen with the Super 7 State Championships at Auburn’s Jordan-Hare Stadium Dec. 3-4-5.
     Pickens County, moving up from Class 1A to Class 2A this season, fell to Flomaton 35-21 Friday and was the only 2013 state champion eliminated from this week’s field. Other defending champions Tanner (9-2), Madison Academy (10-1), Oneonta (9-2), Spanish Fort (10-1) and Hoover (9-2) all advanced. Hoover will host its Class 7A second-round game at home against Region 3 rival Tuscaloosa County. Spanish Fort, winners in 5A last season, hosts Benjamin Russell (10-1) in the 6A playoffs this week. Oneonta is at home against Haleyville (9-2), Madison Academy welcomes Piedmont (8-3) in 3A and Tanner travels to Randolph County (9-2).
     Class 6A Clay-Chalkville (11-0) posted an 85-50 win over Scottsboro in round one in what is became the most points ever scored in a state playoff game. The 135 combined points ranks third all-time behind Parrish’s 81-58 win over Hubbertville in 2003 (139 point) and Slocomb’s 124-12 win over Houston County (136) in 1931.
     The Cougars will host Muscle Shoals (8-2) this week.
     Fairhope (11-0) is the only unbeaten team in the new 7A division. The Pirates will host Region1 rival Foley this Friday.
     Other unbeaten teams include: Class 1A: Brantley (11-0), Donoho (11-0) Maplesville (10-0) and Hubbertville (10-0); Class 2A: Washington County (11-0), Elba (11-0), Fyffe (11-0), Ranburne (10-0) and G.W. Long (10-0); Class 3A: Dale County (11-0), Montgomery Academy (11-0), Gordo (11-0) and Glencoe (11-0); Class 4A: none. Class 5A: St. Paul’s Episcopal (11-0), Guntersville (11-0) and East Limestone (11-0); Class 6A: McAdory (11-0) and Clay-Chalkville (11-0).
      Region champions won 47 of 52 first-round games, and region runners-up won 32 of 52 first-round games. Third seeds posted 20 wins and No. 4 seeds won five contests.
     A total of 52 games are set for Friday with eight contests in each of the AHSAA’s 1A thru 6A classifications and fourth in Class 7A. The 49th annual state playoffs began with four teams competing for one state championship in what was then Class 4A in 1966. Championship play for all schools was implemented the following year in 1967 with four divisions. The six-class system began in 1984 and was replaced last January with the new seven-classification system.
    The quarterfinals for classes 1A-61 will be Nov. 21 and semifinals Nov. 28. Class 7A semifinals will be next Nov. 21. The Class 7A finals will be Wednesday, Dec. 3 at 7 p.m. at Jordan-Hare Stadium on the Auburn University campus. Classes 3A, 1A and 5A will have finals on Thursday, Dec. 4 at 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m., respectively. Classes 4A, 2A and 6A will follow the same time schedule for Super 7 finals on Friday, Dec. 5.

Second-Round Pairings
Friday, Nov. 14

Class 1A
South Sub-State
Linden (7-3) at Brantley (11-0)
Billingsley (8-2) at Ellwood Christian (5-6), Selma
McKenzie (9-1) at Maplesville (10-0)
Notasulga (8-3) at Fruitdale (9-2)
North Sub-State
Phillips (10-1) at Hubbertville (10-0)
Ragland (10-1) at South Lamar (5-6)
Hackleburg (10-1) at Cedar Bluff (6-5)
Donoho (11-0) at Marion County (6-5), Guin

Class 2A
South Sub-State
G.W. Long (10-0) at Leroy (6-5)
Sweet Water (8-3) at Elba (11-0)
Cottonwood (9-2) at Flomaton (8-3)
Washington County (11-0) at Geneva County (7-3), Hartford
North Sub-State
Tanner (9-2) at Randolph County (9-2), Wedowee
Reeltown (10-1) at Fyffe (11-0)
Cleveland (9-2) at Woodland (8-3)
Gaston (8-3) at Ranburne (10-0)

Class 3A
South Sub-State
Dale County (11-0) at Geneva (6-5)
T.R. Miller (10-1) at Montgomery Academy (11-0)
Pike County (7-3) at Gordo (11-0)
Opp (8-3) at Slocomb (7-4)
North Sub-State
Lauderdale County (9-2) at Glencoe (11-0)
Plainview (9-2) at Colbert County (7-4), Leighton
Piedmont (8-3) at Madison Academy (10-1)
Oakman (10-1) at Walter Wellborn (7-3), Anniston

Class 4A
South Sub-State
W.S. Neal (7-3) at Munford (8-3)
Clarke County (9-2) at Leeds (10-1)
Straughn (9-1) at West Blocton (10-1)
Dadeville (7-4) at  UMS-Wright (10-1), Mobile
North Sub-State
Cleburne County (9-2) at Cordova (8-3)
Haleyville (9-2) at Oneonta (9-2)
Saks (10-1) at Deshler (10-1), Tuscumbia
Fayette County  (8-3) at Jacksonville (9-2)

Class 5A
South Sub-State
Calera (10-1) at Greenville (9-2)
Jackson (9-2) at Tallassee (8-3)
Charles Henderson (8-3) at B.C. Rain (5-6), Mobile
Clay County Central (8-3) at St. Paul’s Episcopal (11-0), Mobile
North Sub-State
Lincoln (7-4) at Pleasant Grove (9-2)
Ramsay (10-1) at Guntersville (11-0)
Mortimer Jordan (10-1) at East Limestone 11-0)
Madison County (8-3) at Parker (10-1),  Birmingham

Class 6A
South Sub-State
Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa (8-3) at Carver-Montgomery (9-2), Cramton Bowl, Montgomery
Saraland (10-1) at Opelika (9-1)
McAdory (11-0) at Oxford (6-5)
Benjamin Russell (10-1) at Spanish Fort (10-1)
North Sub-State
Muscle Shoals (8-2) at Clay-Chalkville (11-0)
Southside-Gadsden  (9-2) at Decatur (8-3)
Shades Valley (9-2) at Florence (9-2), Braly Stadium
Homewood (9-2) at Gardendale (7-4)

Class 7A
South Sub-State
Foley (8-3) at Fairhope (11-0)
Prattville (9-2) at Central-Phenix City (10-1)
North Sub-State
Tuscaloosa County (6-5) at Hoover (9-2), Hoover Met
Oak Mountain (10-1) at Gadsden City (9-2) 

AHSAA Cross Country Championships To Be Live-Streamed Over NFHS TV Network For Second Year

   The AHSAA Cross Country Championships will be shown live over the NFHS TV Network Saturday morning for the second year in a row. The broadcast from Oakville Indian Mounds and Museum Park will begin with the first race at 8:30 a.m. (1A-2A girls) and will continue through the final race of the day (7A   boys) scheduled to start at 12:10 p.m.
    The subscription-based webcast can be accessed at the following link on the NFHS TV Network site:

    The 2014-15 slate of AHSAA events to be live-streamed over the NFHS TV Network began last week with the Volleyball State Finals, the first national event on the Network this school year. That event made history in 2013 as the first state championship live-streamed over the NFHS TV Network. The first national event live-streamed was the AHSAA’s Champions Challenge football triple-header in 2013 at Cramton Bowl in Montgomery.

    The NFHS TV Network will have a record number of live-streaming webcasts tonight with 22 school productions of AHSAA high school football playoff games on the schedule.  Viewers can access the network by subscribing and logging in at:

   The AHSAA ranked third nationally in the latest NFHS Network rankings for referrals. Illinois and Michigan ranked 1-2 with Alabama leading Section 3 associations with 4,725 referrals for the month. Tennessee was fifth and Georgia ranked ninth.
    The AHSAA ranked eighth nationally with NFHS Network visits (16,015). Illinois  ranked No. 1.  The AHSAA also ranked eighth in new subscriptions (335) with ranked first nationally.
    AHSAA member schools can participate year-round in the NFHS TV Network by joining through the NFHS Network’s School Broadcast Program. A record number of regular-season games were live-streamed by the school-produced, student-driven programs.
     The NFHS TV Network announced Thursday the network now has more than 1,100 high schools in its School Broadcast Program. The Network also announced it is launching a school recognition program to honor and recognize those schools that produce events at the highest level and excel at marketing and promoting their online events.  There are two levels of recognition: NFHS Network Select and NFHS Network Elite. Both will be eligible to earn extra revenue producing programing for the network outside of their own school events.

NFHS TV Network Live-Streaming Broadcasts
Week I (Football Playoffs – 22 productions)
Class 7A
Buckhorn at Hoover (Hoover HS is producer)
Foley at Auburn (Foley HS is producer)
Class 6A
Arab at Shades Valley (Arab HS is producer)
Arab at Shades Valley (Shades Valley HS is producer)
Bessemer City at Saraland (Saraland HS is producer)
Briarwood Christian at Florence (Florence HS is producer)
Daphne at Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa (Daphne HS is producer)
Daphne at Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa (Hillcrest HS is producer)
Hartselle at Homewood (Homewood HS is producer)
Minor at Muscle Shoals (Muscle Shoals HS is producer)
Pell City at Carver-Montgomery, Cramton Bowl (Carver HS is producer)
Wetumpka at Opelika (Wetumpka HS is producer)
Wetumpka at Opelika (Opelika HS is producer)
Class 5A
Moody at Guntersville (Guntersville HS is producer)
Class 4A
Jacksonville at Locust Fork (Jacksonville HS is producer)
North Jackson at Saks (Saks HS is producer)
Class 3A
Fultondale at Pike County (Pike County HS is producer)
Prattville Christian at Dale County (Dale County HS is producer)
Winston County at Madison Academy (Madison Academy is producer)
Class 2A
Geneva County at Goshen (Goshen HS is producer)
Houston Academy at Elba (Houston Academy HS is producer)
R.C. Hatch at Sweet Water (Sweet Water HS is producer)

Guntersville Wins 100th Meeting Of Guntersville-Albertville Series

     Guntersville recorded its first 10-0 perfect season since 1955 by defeating arch rival Albertville 21-16 Friday night in the 100th meeting between the Wildcats and Aggies, the longest running high school rivalry in Alabama.
     The historic rivalry grabbed the AHSAA Prep Spotlight for Week 11 of the 2014 prep football season.
     Coach Lance Reese’s  unbeaten Wildcats head into the Class 5A state playoffs this week against Moody (5-5) Friday night. Albertville, coached by interim coach Cliff Mitchell, finished its season 4-5.
     The rivalry began in 1914 with Albertville winning the first game 27-0. Guntersville, holding a 49-45-6 edge in the series, has outscored the Aggies 1,589-1,450 – just over a point per game in the long series.

    Clarke County and Thomasville completed its 100th meeting this year as did Clarke County and Jackson, according to Ross Wood of the Clarke County Democrat. The Alabama High School Football Historical Society, however, only lists 99 games in each of those two series.
            Leading the Wildcats was Jordan Bentley with 23 carries for 124 yards and a touchdown. He returned an interception for a score and David Smith also recovered a fumble for a touchdown.
     Lee Menefee and Ernesto Cordova each had 8 total tackles for the Wildcats defense and Jackson Menefee had seven stops.

     Other top performances reported in Week 11 included:

Rushed for 319 yards and four TDs and added a fifth score with a 32-yard fumble return as the Red Devils beat Holy Spirit 46-28.

 Had 16 carries for 321 yards and touchdowns runs of 63, 16 and 78 yards in a 34-32 win at Ardmore. He also had an interception on defense.

The sophomore running back rushed 52 times for 259 yards and one touchdown in a 13-6 overtime loss to Madison County.  Billingsley had all his team’s carries but one on the night.  The 52 carries is a new Scottsboro single-game record.  Billingsley also set a Scottsboro single-season tandard for most rushing attempts with 275 through week 11.  Billingsley has rushed for 1,588 yards on the season, the fifth best single-season mark entering the first round of the playoffs, and has scored 20 touchdowns.

Had 252 yards rushing on 18 carries with four touchdowns as the Red Devils (10-0) closed the regular season unbeaten with a 59-28 win over Plainview.

STEFAN CALDWELL, ELBA: Rushed for 225 yards and four touchdowns on 17 carries, pacing unbeaten Elba to a 48-19 win over Opp. Caldwell scored on runs of 3, 80 and 2 yards in the first half, helping the Tigers to a 28-6 halftime lead, and added a 53-yard TD run in the third quarter.


BRANDON BAYNES, TALLASSEE: Ran for 184 yards and three touchdowns in a 20-14 victory over Elmore County to finish the regular season with over 2,300 yards rushing. He scored on runs of 1, 20 and 49 yards and also completed 3-of-4 passes for 55 yards.


TYLER REACH, RED BAY: Rushed 16 times for 256 yards and four touchdowns as Red Bay beat Marion County 47-6.


CAMERONE BLANKS, COTTONWOOD: Accounted for 231 yards and four touchdowns on offense on just 13 touches and added 12 tackles on defense in a 40-20 Bears win over Wicksburg. Blanks rushed for 131 yards and a TD on 10 carries and caught 3 passes – all touchdowns – for 100 yards.

TERENCE HUMPHREY, COLUMBIA: Carried 37 times for 285 yards and six touchdowns (1, 89, 15, 15, 14, 13 yards) in a 42-29 victory over Central-Florence.


SHAKEITH TYES, CALERA: Had 34 carries for 291 yards and three touchdowns while throwing a 56-yard touchdown pass in a 39-28 victory over Chilton County.


CHRIST AUSTIN, OAKMAN: Rushed 20 times for 247 yards and four touchdowns in a 49-12 win over Berry. Austin had touchdown runs of 4, 58, 26 and 2 yards. 


DANT’E REESE, HANCEVILLE: Ran for 168 yards and two touchdowns on 34 carries in a 22-21 comeback win at Good Hope. The senior’s 11-yard scoring scamper and subsequent 2-point conversion late in the fourth quarter put the Bulldogs up for good.

AUSTIN HARRIS, FAIRVIEW: Rushed for 164 yards and three touchdowns on 20 carries in a 34-27 comeback on the road at county-rival Vinemont. The junior, who had missed three games with an injury, scored the game-winner on a 42-yard tote.

Was 14-of-23 passing for 246 yards and two TDs and rushed 11 times for 101 yards four TDs as Satsuma nipped Chickasaw 49-48. He added a seventh score with a 39-yard punt return and sealed the win on defense with a late interception.

Finished 21-of-29 passing for 309 yards and five touchdowns in the 49-48 loss to Satsuma. He also ran for 162 yards on 21 carries.


BRADY POLSON, BOB JONES: Completed 17-of-25 passes for 338 yards and six touchdowns (9, 3, 37, 20, 77 and 76 yards) in a 62-45 win at Austin.


BLAKE HAWKINS, FLORENCE: Was 23-of-34 passing for 199 yards and two TDs and also 128 yards rushing on eight carries to lead the Falcons past Huntsville 50-20.

Threw for 309 yards and a touchdown, and ran for 98 yards and a score in a 35-14 win over Moody.


MATT MARQUET, CHELSEA: Completed 13-of-19 passes for 262 yards and a touchdown and added 17 carries for 120 yards and two more scores in a 34-20 victory over ThompsonJON AVERY, CARBON HILL: Completed 13-of-17 passes for 322 yards and five touchdowns in a 52-6 victory over Lynn. His TD passes covered 27, 45, 47, 21 and 69 yards.


TANNER NELSON, COLLLINSVILLE: Threw four touchdown passes, including two to Jordan Leath, in the Panthers' 46-18 victory at Valley Head on Thursday. His scoring strikes covered 65, 68, 65 and 50 yards totaling  248 yards passing  just on his TD passes.


HUNTER GRANT, WEST END: Was 5-of-9 passing for 100 yards and rushed 29 times for 136 yards with the game-winning TD as West End beat Appalachian 30-27.


Caught eight passes for 189 yards and three touchdowns in a 27-9 victory over Pinson Valley.

LAWTON DOROUGH, HOMEWOOD: Caught four passes for 147 yards in a 24-12 victory over playoff-bound Tuscaloosa County. He hauled in an 80-yard touchdown pass and also added a 49-yard kick return for Homewood's eighth straight win.

Caught five passes for 120 yards in a 22-21 loss to Hanceville. The freshman’s longest reception covered 61 yards.

WESLEY BURNS, BOAZ: The senior caught eight passes for 128 yards in the Pirates come-from-behind 12-7 win over Sardis. Burns now has a school single-season record 58 receptions.

Caught three passes for 111 yards and two touchdowns and snagged an interception in a little more than a half of a 52-21 home win over Priceville. The senior covered 27 and 66 yards on the scoring receptions.

Grabbed three interceptions as the Wildcats beat Oak Grove 30-26.

DAKOTA NEWSOME, FYFFE: Recorded 21 tackles and recovered a fumble as Fyffe beat Plainview 59-28.

FISHER WILLOUGHBY, COLD SPRINGS: Picked off a pair of second-half passes, broke up another and made five tackles in a 39-13 road win at Holly Pond. The Eagles’ 8-2 regular season record is their best since 2003.

COLLIN DAY, COLD SPRNGS: Compiled seven tackles, including two for loss and a pair of sacks, in a 39-13 road rout of Holly Pond. The senior drove the Broncos back a combined 28 yards on his two sacks.

MASON BROWN, GLENCOE: Had 16 tackles and a key sack late in the game to help the Yellow Jackets post a 17-10 win over Cleburne County

JOEL BROCK, SAND ROCK: Picked off two passes and caught a 48-yard touchdown pass in the Wildcats' 42-0 victory over Cedar Bluff on Thursday.

Earned 10 tackles and blocked a punt in the Red Tops 37-7 win over Geneva County.

CODY BLACKWOOD, CLEVELAND: Had two interceptions, returning one 37 yards for a TD, added three pass break-ups and four tackles in a 36-6 victory over Southeastern.

Booted a 33-yard field goal on the final play to give the Trojans a 20-17 victory over Marbury.

TRISTAN SKINNER, WEST POINT: Made a 37-yard field goal and all seven of his extra-point attempts in a 52-21 home win over Priceville.

KAINE YATES, HANCEVILLE: Blocked a punt and recovered a late fumble inside the Bulldogs’ own 5-yard line in a 22-21 thriller over county-rival Good Hope.

KAINAN SMITH, GOOD HOPE: Returned the second-half  kickoff 85 yards for a touchdown and caught three passes for 44 yards and another score in a 22-21 loss to Hanceville. He made a diving catch for a spectacular 35-yard grab down the right sideline to set up his second touchdown.


COBY NEENAN, NORTHVIEW: Hit field goals of 48 and 27 yards and was 3-of-3 on extra points in a 41-34 win over Charles Henderson. He also punted five times for a 43.4 average (217 yards).

QUINTON SHAW, R.C. HATCH: Scored on a punt return and a run in a 68-20 at Autaugaville that clinched the first winning season in school.

19 Unbeaten Teams In Field For First Seven-Class State Football Playoffs

     Nineteen unbeaten teams and all six defending state champions of 2013 are in the 208-team first-round field as the Alabama High School Athletic Association 2014 State football Playoffs get underway Friday, Nov. 7. All games are scheduled for 7 p.m.
     For the first time in AHSAA history,  seven state champions will be crowned when the playoffs culminate the five-week regimen at the Super 7 State Championships at Auburn’s Jordan-Hare Stadium Dec. 3-4-5.
     The new seven classification system shifts some of the defending champions into new classifications and pits two – Pickens County (7-3) and Tanner (8-2) – in Class 2A this year. Pickens County won the 2013 state title in Class 1A. 
     Madison Academy (9-1) returns to defend its Class 3A state championship and Oneonta (8-2) its 4A crown.  Spanish Fort (9-1), the 2012 and 2013 Class 5A champions, are now battling in Class 6A and defending 6A champ Hoover in the new 7A.
    Among the 19 teams heading into the state playoffs unbeaten are five schools in Class 2A, four each in 1A and 3A, three in 5A, two in 6A and one in Class 7A. No teams are unbeaten in the 32-team Class 4A field.
     Fairhope (10-0) is the only unbeaten team in the new 7A division. The Pirates will open the playoffs at home Nov. 7 against Jeff Davis (5-5).
     Other unbeaten teams include: Class 1A: Brantley (10-0), Donoho (10-0), Maplesville (9-0) and Hubbertville (9-0); Class 2A: Washington County (10-0), Elba (10-0), Fyffe (10-0), Ranburne (9-0) and G.W. Long (9-0); Class 3A: Dale County (10-0), Montgomery Academy (10-0), Gordo (10-0) and Glencoe (10-0); Class 4A: none. Class 5A: St. Paul’s Episcopal (10-0), Guntersville (10-0) and East Limestone (10-0); Class 6A: McAdory (10-0) and Clay-Chalkville (10-0).
     A total of 104 games are set Friday with 16 in each of the 1A thru 6A classifications and eight in Class 7A.
    The 49th annual state playoffs began with four teams competing for one state championship in what was then Class 4A in 1966. Championship play for all schools was implemented the following year in 1967 with four divisions. The six-class system began in 1984 and was replaced last January with the new seven-classification system.
    Second-round playoff games are scheduled Friday, Nov. 14, followed by the quarterfinals Nov. 21 and the semifinals Nov. 28.

AHSAA State Football Playoffs
(All games Friday, Nov. 7, 7 p.m.)
Class 1A
South Sub-State
Loachapoka (3-6) at Brantley (10-0)
Chickasaw (4-6) at Linden (6-3)
Kinston (6-4) at Billingsley (7-2)
Ellwood Christian (4-6) at J.U. Blacksher (6-4), Uriah

Millry (7-3) at Maplesville (9-0)
Isabella (6-2) at McKenzie (8-1)
A.L. Johnson (5-5) at Fruitdale (8-2)
Georgiana (7-3) at Notasulga (7-3)

North Sub-State
Jacksonville Christian (4-6) at Hubbertville (9-0)
Wadley (7-3) at Phillips (9-1), Bear Creek
South Lamar (4-6) at Valley Head (5-4) 
R.A. Hubbard (6-4) at Ragland (9-1)

Talladega Co. Central (6-4) at Hackleburg (9-1)
Cedar Bluff (5-5) at Berry (7-3)
Decatur Heritage (6-4) at Donoho (10-0), Anniston
Marion County (5-5) at Spring Garden (7-3)

Class 2A
South Sub-State
New Brockton (7-3) at  G.W. Long (9-0), Skipperville
Leroy (5-5) at Thorsby (7-3)
Houston Academy (4-5) at Elba  (10-0)
R.C. Hatch (6-4) at Sweet Water (7-3)

Flomaton (7-3) at Pickens County (7-3), Reform
Luverne (5-5) at Cottonwood (8-2)
Vincent (4-6) at Washington County (10-0), Chatom
Geneva County (6-3) at Goshen (6-4)

North Sub-State
Ider (7-3) at Tanner (8-2)
Randolph County (8-2) at Sulligent (6-4)
Tarrant (4-6) at Fyffe (10-0)
Hatton (6-3) at Reeltown (9-1)

Woodland (7-3) at Red Bay (9-1)
Cleveland (8-2) at Addison (7-3)
Phil Campbell (4-6) at Ranburne (9-0)
Cold Springs (8-2) at Gaston (7-3)

Class 3A
South Sub-State
Prattville Christian (4-6) at Dale County (10-0), Midland City
Geneva (5-5) at Aliceville (9-1)
Daleville (5-5) at Montgomery Academy (10-0)
Greensboro (7-3) at T.R. Miller (9-1), Brewton

Hillcrest-Evergreen (4-6) at Gordo (10-0)
Fultondale (6-4) at Pike County (6-3), Brundidge
Lamar County (7-3) at Opp (7-3)
Slocomb (6-4) at Midfield (5-4)

North Sub-State
Sylvania (4-6) at Glencoe (10-0)
Vinemont (5-5) at Lauderdale County (8-2), Rogersville
Weaver (4-6) at Plainview (8-2), Rainsville
Colbert County (6-4) at Winfield (6-4)

Winston County (5-5) at Madison Academy (9-1)
Pisgah (6-4) at Piedmont (7-3)
Lexington (7-3) at Oakman (9-1)
Walter Wellborn (6-3) at Geraldine (8-2)

Class 4A
South Sub-State
Munford a(7-3) t St. James (8-2), Montgomery
W.S. Neal (6-3) at Northside (8-2), Samantha
Ashford (7-3) at Leeds (9-1)
Bibb County (6-4) at Clarke County  (8-2), Grove Hill

Thomasville (5-5) at West Blocton (9-1)
Childersburg (6-4) at Straughn (8-1)
Sipsey Valley (4-6) at UMS-Wright (9-1), Mobile
Trinity Presbyterian (5-5) at Dadeville (6-4)

North Sub-State
Westminster Christian (6-4) at Cleburne County (8-2), Heflin
Cordova (7-3) at Wilson (9-1)
Sardis (5-3) at Oneonta (8-2)
Elkmont (8-2) at Haleyville (8-2)

Hamilton (7-3) at Deshler (9-1), Tuscumbia
North Jackson (7-3) at Saks (9-1), Anniston
Central-Florence (5-5) at Fayette County  (7-3), Fayette
Jacksonville (8-2) at Locust Fork (8-2)

Class 5A
South Sub-State
Sylacauga (7-3) at Greenville (8-2)
Vigor (5-4) at Calera (9-1)
Rehobeth (5-5) at Tallassee (7-3)
Central Tuscaloosa (6-4) at Jackson (8-2)

B.C. Rain (4-6) at Demopolis (8-2)
Beauregard (7-2) at Charles Henderson (7-3), Veterans Stadium, Troy
Helena (5-5) at St. Paul’s Episcopal (10-0), Mobile
Eufaula (5-5) at Clay County Central (7-3), Lineville

North Sub-State
Boaz (6-4) at Lincoln (6-4)
Pleasant Grove (8-2) at Russellville (8-2)
Moody (5-5) at Guntersville (10-0)
J.O. Johnson (7-3) at Ramsay (9-1), Lawson Field, Birmingham

Dora (5-5) at East Limestone 10-0)
Etowah (6-4) at Mortimer Jordan (9-1), Kimberly
West Point (7-3) at Parker (9-1),  Birmingham
Alexandria (6-3) at Madison County (7-3), Gurly

Class 6A
South Sub-State
Pell City (6-4) at Carver-Montgomery (8-2), Cramton Bowl, Montgomery
Daphne (7-3) at Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa (7-3)
Wetumpka (6-4) at Opelika (8-1)
Bessemer City (5-5) at Saraland (9-1)

Blount (7-3) at McAdory (10-0), McCalla
Oxford (5-5) at Dothan (5-5), Rip Hewes Stadium
Northridge (6-4) at Spanish Fort (9-1)
Stanhope Elmore (5-5) at Benjamin Russell (9-1), Alexander City

North Sub-State
Scottsboro (4-6) at Clay-Chalkville (10-0)
Minor (7-3) at Muscle Shoals (7-2)
Pinson Valley (5-5) at Southside-Gadsden  (8-2)
Decatur (7-3) at Walker (6-4), Jasper

Briarwood Christian (4-6) at Florence (8-2), Braly Stadium
Arab (7-3) at Shades Valley (8-2), Frank Nix Stadium, Irondale
Hartselle (7-3) at Homewood (8-2)
Gardendale (6-4) at Fort Payne (7-3)

Class 7A
South Sub-State
Jeff Davis (5-5) at R1 W: Fairhope (10-0)
Foley  (7-3) at R2 RU: Auburn (4-5)
Murphy (7-3) at R2 W: Central-Phenix City (9-1)
Prattville (8-2) at Baker (9-1), Mobile

North Sub-State
Buckhorn (6-4) at Hoover (8-2)
Tuscaloosa County (5-5) at Bob Jones (8-2), Madison City Schools Stadium
Hewitt-Trussville (5-5) at Gadsden City (8-2)
James Clemens (7-3) at Oak Mountain (9-1), Heardmont Park

Class 4A State Volleyball Championship

Danville 2, Jacksonville 1

     Danville closed out the 2014 AHSAA State Volleyball Championships Thursday night by winning its first state championship with a 25-16, 25-18, 17-25, 25-17 triumph over defending champion Jacksonville in the Class 4A finals at the Birmingham CrossPlex.
     Coach Spencer Cole’s Hawks (51-11) jumped out to a 2-0 lead and then closed out with a strong fourth-set finish to notch the title.  Tournament MVP Sydni Shelton had 18 kills and 19 digs to lead her team.  Kellee Styles also had 18 kills and 13 digs.  Setter Charlee Anderson had 46 assists and 10 digs.
     Leading Coach David Clark’s Golden Eagles (40-10) were paced by Blessing Dunn’s 26 kills and 21 digs. Darrien Martin also had eight kills and 16 digs and Ashley Clingan had 33 assists.
Class 4A All-Tournament Team
Sydni Shelton, Danville (MVP);  Kellee Stiles, Danville; Charlee Anderson, Danville; Blessing Dunn, Jacksonville; Sierra Stone, Jacksonville; Zori Foster, St. James; Julia Burton, Deshler.

Class 3A State Volleyball Championship

Bayside Academy 3, Madison  Academy 2
     Bayside Academy captured its 13th straight AHSAA state volleyball championship Thursday night, but not without plenty of drama.
      Madison Academy battled the Lady Admirals point-for-point all match and was serving in the fifth set for the winning point at 15-14. Bayside survived that challenge, then settled the marathon Class 3A championship by winning the final two points to take a 15-25, 25-14, 25-23, 21-25, 17-15 victory to keep the state championship streak alive for yet another year.
      Bayside (44-9) has now won a state-record 23 state titles. Coach Ann Schilling’s team needed their full arsenal to nip Coach Wendy Tucker’s Mustangs (50-12).  Lauren Chastang, the tourney MVP, had 22 kills and 13 digs on the night for the Admirals. Ariel Dulaney added 19 kills and 13 digs and Brantley Rogers had 13 kills.  Setter Ansleigh Dailey dished out 52 assists.
     Taylor Gill had a phenomenal performance for the Mustangs with a 2014 state-tournament high 34 kills. Addison Rucker, daughter of the head coach, had 20 assists and Lauren Milar had 18. Gill also had 14 digs, Rucker had 13 and Haley Palmer, 23.
Class 3A All-Tournament Team
Lauren Chastang, Bayside Academy (MVP); Ariel Dulaney, Bayside Academy; Ansleigh Dailey, Bayside Academy; Taylor Gill, Madison Academy; Lauren Milar, Madison Academy; Jillian Tinglin, Montgomery Academy; Annie Homan, West Morgan.

Class 1A State Volleyball Championship

Athens Bible 3, Meek 1
     Athens Bible fought off stubborn Meek in the Class 1A state volleyball finals Thursday to win the school’s third state championship and first since 2009 when new head coach Elizabeth Anne Shaver was still a player for the Lady Trojans.
    Shaver, 21, saw her team claw out a 20-25, 25-23, 25-22, 25-22 win over the Tigers (28-22) to take the title. In the process she may have become the youngest head coach in AHSAA history to win a state volleyball title.
     Kara Ward led Athens Bible (32-17) with 19 kills, 28 digs and two blocks.  Emma Jarrett added 11 kills, Loren Gilliam had seven kills, 35 assists and 15 digs, and Lyndsey Sherrod had 23 digs.  Holly Persell also had eight kills.
    Meek, coached by young Tara Branstetter, 23, got strong showings from Morgan Hudson and Jordan Waldrep, who recorded 19 and 18 kills each. Jayden Waldrep had 40 assists.
    Class 1A All-Tournament Team
Kara Wood, Athens Bible (MVP); Emma Jarrett, Athens Bible; Holly Persell, Athens Bible; Jordan Waldrep, Meek; Morgan Hudson, Meek; Kayla Grimes, Decatur Heritage; Maddie Vinton, Decatur Heritage.

Class 6A State Volleyball Championship

John Carroll Catholic 3,Pelham 0
John Carroll Catholic High School had met area rival Pelham five times this season with the Panthers winning three and the Cavaliers two.
    Coach Ginny Massa’s squad evened the series and then some with a 25-21, 25-12, 25-19 victory over Pelham in the Class 6A State Tournament championship match at the CrossPlex Thursday afternoon.
     Sophomore middle hitter Mary Catherine Hart led the Cavaliers (40-8) with 11 kills, three digs and four blocks to capture MVP honors. Kelsi Hobbs also had 15 kills and 14 digs, Morgan Adamson had nine kills and setter Anna Runyan had 21 assists.
     Pelham (41-17), coached by Scott Coefield, got 13 kills from Erin Hines, 27 assists from Emily Jackson and 18 digs from Hayley Brisendine.
Class 6A All-Tournament Team
Mary Catherine Hart, John Carroll Catholic (MVP); Morgan Ad
amson, John Carroll Catholic; Kelsi Hobbs, John Carroll Catholic; Erin Hines, Pelham; Autum Hiett, Pelham; Shelby Grace Mays, Arab; Miranda Bruce, Walker.