Sunday, January 26, 2020






AHSAA To Have 10 Football Playoff Games Live-Streamed Over The NFHS TV Network Friday

    Dale County High School (12-0) and Montgomery Academy (12-0) will square off at Midland City Friday night in the third round of the AHSAA state football playoffs in what is considered one of the state’s most anticipated playoff games.
     The game is one of only two on the playoff slate that features unbeaten teams and will be one of 10 games being live-streamed over the NFHS TV Network this week. Saraland and Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa are each producing the 6A playoff contest.
     Dale County senior running back Jamarius Henderson has rushed for 2,712 yards this season, including 591 yards and nine touchdowns on just 31 carries in the first two playoff games. He needs 372 yards to break the AHSAA single-season record for rushing yards (3,083) set in 2000 by Aliceville’s Kendal Gibson.
    Coach Pate Harrison’s Warriors, 23-1 the last two seasons, will be hosting the unbeaten Eagles (12-0), a 30-28 winner over T.R. Miller last week.
    Friday night’s quarterfinal battle will be live-streamed live over the NFHS TV Network and can be accessed through the subscriber-based network at
    The other 10 NFHS TV Network games to be live-streamed will include both Class 7A semifinal games:   Prattville at Foley and Gadsden City at Hoover. The new 7A classification has only four playoff rounds with Friday’s winners advancing to the Super 7 Class 7A championship game Wednesday, Dec. 3.
    Other games being live-streamed over the NFHS TV Network Friday are Brantley at Billingsley (1A); Fyffe at Tanner (2A); Madison Academy at Walter Wellborn (3A); Munford at Leeds (4A); Guntersville at Pleasant Grove (5A); Florence at Gardendale (6A); and Saraland at Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa (6A).  The Saraland-Hillcrest contest will be produced by both schools.
    The complete schedule:

NFHS TV Network Live-Streaming Broadcasts
Round 3, Nov. 21 (Football Playoffs – 11 productions)

Class 7A
Prattville at Foley (Foley HS is producer)
Gadsden City at Hoover (Hoover HS is producer)
Class 6A
Florence at Gardendale (Florence HS is producer)
Saraland at Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa (Hillcrest HS is producer)
Saraland at Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa (Saraland HS is producer)
Class 5A
Guntersville at Pleasant Grove (Guntersville HS is producer)
Class 4A
Munford at Leeds (NFHS TV Network is producer)
Class 3A
Madison Academy at Walter Wellborn (Madison Academy is producer)
Montgomery Academy at Dale County (Dale County HS is producer)
Class 2A
Fyffe at Tanner (NFHS TV Network is producer)
Class 1A
Brantley at Billinglsey (NFHS TV Network is producer)

Bob Jones Claims First 7A State Cheer Title

Bob Jones High School edged Madison rival James Clemens to capture the first Class 7A varsity division of the AHSAA State Cheer Competition Nov. 15 at Wallace State Community College in Hanceville.
     Other high school varsity squad winners were Meek (1A); Fyffe (2A); Opp (3A); North Jackson (4A); Boaz (5A); and Cullman (6A).  Discovery School of Huntsville won the Middle School (large) title, Monrovia Middle School the Middle School (medium) crown and  Liberty Park Middle the Middle School (small) division. Bob Jones captured the high school JV title.
     A total of 1,496 cheerleaders from 99 teams participated in the 18th annual event administered by the Universal Cheerleaders Association. Competition also included categories of Time Out Cheer, Time Out Dance and High School Fight Song events.
High School Division
Class 1A:
Winner-Meek; RU-Gaylesville; Class 2A:  Winner-Fyffe;  RU: Zion Chapel;
Class 3A: Winner-Opp; RU-Winfield; Class 4A: Winner-North Jackson; RU-Sardis;
Class 5A: Winner-Boaz; RU-St. Clair County; Class 6A: Winner -Cullman; RU-Hartselle;
Class 7A: Winner-Bob Jones; RU-James Clemens; COED: Winner - Sparkman; RU-Cherokee County.

High School Junior Varsity: 1. Bob Jones; 2. Sparkman; 3. Hazel Green.
Junior High (Small): 1. Liberty Park Middle; 2. McAdory Middle; 3. Centre Middle.
Junior High (Medium): 1. Monrovia Middle; 2. Liberty Middle; 3. Hokes Bluff Middle.
Junior High (Large): 1. Discovery Middle; 2. Hewitt-Trussville Middle; 3. Sand Rock JH.

Time Out Dance
High School:
1. West Blocton; 2. Prattville Christian; 3. Excel.
High School Junior Varsity:
1. Excel.
Junior High: 1. Hokes Bluff Middle; 2. Millbrook JH (8th); 3. Millbrook JH (7th).

Time Out Cheer

High School: 1. Florence; 2. West Blocton; 3. Cleburne County.
High School Junior Varsity: 1. Madsion County
Junior High: 1. Oneonta; 2. Millbrook JH.

Fight Song
High School:
1. New Hope; 2. West Blocton; 3. Oneonta.
High School Junior Varsity:
1. Madison County.

Henderson’s Two-Way Play Sparks Dale County Play-Off Win

     MONTGOMERY – Senior running back Jamarius Henderson rushed for 283 yards on offense and had 18 tackles on defense as Dale County (12-0) beat Geneva 34-6 to advance to this week’s quarterfinals of the AHSAA Class 3A state football playoffs.
   Henderson, who headlines AHSAA Prep Spotlight for playoff round two, also had 308 yards rushing and five TDs on just 10 carries in a 62-20 first-round win over Prattville Christian. He currently has 2,712 yards rushing on the season and is just 372 yards shy of the AHSAA single-season state rushing record of 3,083 yards set by Kendal Gibson of Aliceville in 2000 in 15 games.
   Two others cracked 3,000 yards--Lee Cagle of Lynn with 3,018 yards in 15 games in 1996 and Sherman Williams of Blount with 3,004 in 1990 – also in 15 games.
   Henderson’s current total in his 12 games this season currently ranks 11th all time. He had 2,294 yards and 34 touchdowns on 208 carries in 13 games last season.
    He also had a quarterback sack from his linebacker position in the second-round win and has recorded 32 tackles in the two 2014 playoff games. He has also rushed 31 times for 591 yards with nine

scored (one coming on a 31-yard reception) in the two games.

    This week Coach Pate Harrison’s Warriors, 23-1 the last two seasons, put their unbeaten record on the line at home against another undefeated team when Montgomery Academy (12-0) visits Midland City Friday. The Eagles beat T.R. Miller 30-28 last week.
     One other playoff game pits two unbeaten teams, ironically, at nearby Skipperville where another Dale County school, G.W. Long (11-0), hosts Elba. Kickoffs for all playoff games are Friday night t 7 p.m.
    Friday night’s quarterfinal battle will be live-streamed live over the NFHS TV Network.  The link can be found at:
    A total of nine NFHS TV Network football playoff games will be live-streamed  Friday including: Brantley at Billingsley (1A); Fyffe at Tanner (2A); Montgomery Academy at Dale County (3A); Madison Academy at Walter Wellborn (3A); Guntersville at Pleasant Grove (5A): Florence at Gardendale (6A); Saraland at Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa (6A); Prattville at Foley (7A); and Gadsden City at Hoover (7A). The Saraland-Hillcrest contest will be produced by both schools.
     In other highlights reported from week 2 of the state playoffs:

Had 24 carries for 285 yards, four touchdowns and added a pair of 2-point conversions, four touchdowns and two 2-point conversions in the Panthers’ Class 1A 56-48 playoff loss to Cedar Bluff before leaving the game early in the fourth quarter with an injury. He also had 11 tackles on defense.

D’SHAWN FIFE, CEDAR BLUFF: Rushed for 224 yards on 34 carries and scored six touchdowns (8, 3, 3, 4, 33, 14 yards) in the Tigers' 56-48 Class 1A victory over Hackleburg. In two playoff games this season, Fife has 539 rushing yards and 10 TDs.


TYLER GURLEY, MADISON COUNTY: Ran 15 times for 101 yards and five touchdowns, including the game-winning 11-yard score in overtime, to lift the Tigers to a 35-28 Class 5A playoff win over Parker. He also completed 10-of-13 passes for 106 yards.


GABE FORD, GADSDEN CITY: Finished with 215 combined yards and three touchdowns in the Titans’ 45-28 Class 7A win over Oak Mountain. Ford rushed 15 times for 143 yards and touchdown runs of 4 and 57 yards and also caught three passes for 72 yards and a 49-yard score. 

STEFAN CALDWELL, ELBA: Rushed for 141 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries and caught a 9-yard pass to help unbeaten Elba (12-0) beat Sweet Water 42-20 in the Class 2A playoffs. He also had a key quarterback sack for a 14-yard loss to help seal the win.

JORDAN BENTLEY, GUNTERSVILLE: Had 44 carries for 178 yards and a 3-yard touchdown in a 10-7 Class 5A playoff victory over Ramsay.


JAMEL GRACE, FLOMATON: Rushed for 187 yards and a touchdown on 31 carries in a 43-32 Class 2A victory over Cottonwood.


CHADARARIUS TOWNSEND, TANNER: Scored three touchdowns on runs of 25, 56 and 62 yards and finished with 240 yards on 19 carries as the defending Class 2A state champs beat Randolph County 41-14.

Had 212 yards rushing and two touchdowns on 21 carries in the Eagles’ 34-31, double-overtime Class 5A loss to Greenville.


ZACH SIMBECK, LAUDERDALE COUNTY: Rushed for 203 yards and two TDs in a 17-14 Class 3A playoff loss to Glencoe. Simbeck had TD runs of 55 and 56 yards.


SHAQUILLE TERRY, McADORY: Ran for 193 yards on 11 carries as the undefeated Yellow Jackets posted a 40-38 Class 6A victory over Oxford.


DeANTHONY HOLCOMBE, WASHINGTON COUNTY: Ran for 184 yards and three touchdowns on 32 carries as the unbeaten Bulldogs (12-0) beat Geneva County 35-14 in the 2A playoffs.


ISAIAH LEWIS, FOLEY: Ran for 170 yards on 23 carries in a 34-7 Class 7A victory over arch-rival Fairhope.


TYLER SIMS, SARALAND: Ran for 152 yards on nine carries with an 85-yard TD as the Spartans held off Opelika 27-21 in overtime in the 6A state playoffs.


KERRYON JOHNSON, MADISON ACADEMY: Rushed for 136 yards and two touchdowns on eight carries, caught a 47-yard TD pass and returned an interception 50 yards for a touchdown in a 42-20 Class 3A victory over Piedmont. His rushing TDs covered 1 and 59 yards.

Rushed for 148 yards, including TD runs of 36, 43 and 42 yards as the Indians beat Plainview 34-7 in the 3A playoffs.


DE'JUAN FEAGAN, PLEASANT GROVE: Helped the Spartans advance to the third round of the 5A playoffs with 148 yards and two touchdowns on 15 carries, 93 yards passing and another touchdown in a 28-10 victory over Lincoln.


Completed 14-of-19 passes for 281 yards and four touchdowns (7, 59, 60 and 67 yards) as the Blue Devils beat Cleburne County 35-34 in the Class 4A playoffs. He also scored the game-winning TD on a 1-yard sneak with 1:59 remaining.


AARON POLLARD, MARION COUNTY: Was 15-of-27 passing for 298 yards and three touchdowns (22, 42 and 66 yards) as the Red Raiders beat previously unbeaten Donoho 29-18 in the Class 1A playoffs.

Completed 24-of-49 passes for 289 yards and five touchdowns in a 34-31, double-overtime Class 5A victory over Calera.


BLAKE HAWKINS, FLORENCE: Completed 15-of-22 passes for 226 yards and four touchdowns (17, 14, 40 and 33 yards) and added one TD rushing in the Falcons’ 43-21 Class 6A triumph over Shades Valley.


MATTHEW CHRISTIAN, OPELIKA: Completed 26-of-31 passes for 290 yards and three touchdowns in a 27-21 overtime loss to Saraland. He had touchdown throws of 17, 29 and 8 yards and finished the season with 157 straight pass attempts without an interception.


CARL WILLIAMS, B.C. RAIN: Passed for three touchdowns and rushed for three to account for six scores as B.C. Rain (6-6) advanced to the third round of the Class 5A playoff with a 50-14 win over Charles Henderson.

JOSH DECKER, CEDAR BLUFF: Completed 8-of-20 pass attempts for 219 yards and a 53-yard touchdown in the Class 1A Tigers' 56-48 win over Hackleburg.


Hauled in five receptions for 171 yards and three touchdowns (22 and 66 yards) in a 29-18 Class 1A win over Donoho. Teammate Braden Pyron also had seven catches for 97 yards and a 42-yard TD.

TYLER CRUMPTON, PHILLIPS: Caught 10 passes for 150 yards and three touchdowns (7, 15 & 25 yards) in a 40-34 Class 1A loss to undefeated Hubbertville.


LEONARD WOOD, HOOVER: Finished with four catches for 169 yards and a touchdown in a 42-7 Class 7A Bucs victory over Tuscaloosa County.


ASHTON GAY, OAKMAN: Caught seven passes for 160 yards and a touchdown in the Wildcats' 24-23 Class 3A loss to Walter Wellborn.


D.J. CHAPMAN, CEDAR BLUFF: Caught four passes for 127 yards and a 53-yard touchdown as the Tigers (7-5) advanced in the 1A playoffs with a 56-48 win over Hackleburg.

Caught four passes for 106 yards and two touchdowns in a 26-7 Class 7A victory over Central-Phenix City.


AUSTIN HICKS, GARDENDALE: Caught six passes for 101 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 16 yards for another score as the Rockets advanced in the 6A playoffs with its 35-14 win over Homewood.


Intercepted a Fairhope pass on the final play of the first half and ran it back 95 yards for a momentum-changing score as Foley beat region foe Fairhope 34-7 in the 7A playoffs.

Had 15 tackles with three sacks in a 20-12 victory Class 1A over Linden.


GREENE, SWEET WATER: Had 14 tackles in 42-20 Class 2A loss to Elba.


STEVEN CROWDER, GARDENDALE: Managed 10 tackles and two sacks in a 35-14 Class 6A victory over Homewood.


WADE CASTLE, DALE COUNTY: Had 11 tackles and also caught a 51-yard touchdown pass on offense in Dale County’s 34-6 Class 3A win over Geneva.


JIM RICHARDS, G.W. LONG: Returned a fumble 33 yards for a touchdown, had an interception and seven tackles in the Rebels' 44-12 Class 2A win over Leroy. Teammate Bo Walding also had seven tackles including three sacks and rushed for three touchdowns on offense.

NICKY ERWIN AND ERNESTO CORDOVA: Tackled a Ramsay runner in the end zone for a safety to seal the unbeaten Wildcats’ Class 5A 10-7 playoff win over the Rams.

Returned an interception 33 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter of the Tigers' 56-48 Class 1A victory over Hackleburg.


Kicked three field goals, including a 33-yarder with 1:21 to play, to lift the unbeaten Eagles (12-0) to a 30-28 win over T.R. Miller in the Class 3A state playoffs.

12 Selected For 25th Class of AHSAA Sports Hall of Fame

MONTGOMERY – Twelve major contributors to prep athletics in Alabama have been selected to the 25th class of the Alabama High School Sports Hall of Fame.

          The 2015 class, which includes coaches, administrators, officials, media and an “oldtimer,” will be inducted at a special Silver Anniversary banquet commemorating all 25 years of the event March 23, 2015, at the Renaissance Hotel at the Convention Center in Montgomery.
          Selected were tennis coach Nancy Becker, basketball coaches Steve Jefferson, Jack Doss and Bobby Wright, football coaches Steve Rivers, Doug Goodwin and John Tatum, athletic director Myra Miles, track official Houston Young, and administrators Alan Mitchell and Ron Ingram. Selected in the “Old Timer” category was longtime Geneva County football coach James D. Chesteen.
            The 18-member Hall of Fame Committee made the selections from the 50 nominations on the Hall of Fame ballot. The Hall of Fame is located at the Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) office in Montgomery.

Sponsors of the Hall of Fame program are the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association (AHSADCA) and the AHSAA. The corporate sponsors are Cadence Bank, Coca-Cola, EBSCO Media, Encore Rehabilitation, Farmers Insurance, Russell Athletic, TeamIP and Wilson Sporting Goods.
           To order tickets ($40 each), mail requests along with check or money order (payable to AHSADCA) to: Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association, P. O. Box 242367, Montgomery, AL 36124. Additional information is available at 334-263-6994.

     A thumbnail sketch of each 2015 inductee:

     NANCY BECKER: One of the most successful girls’ tennis coaches in AHSAA state history, Becker began teaching as a business education teacher at Jacksonville (FL) in 1962, moved to John Carroll High School in 1965 and then to Vestavia Hills High School in 1984. Her tennis teams won 10 Class 6A state championships, had eight runner-up finishes, finished third four times and won 20 sectional championships.  Her teams won over 200 matches in her 23-year career at Vestavia Hills and several prestigious tournaments, including the Chattanooga Rotary Tournament three times.
    She was named NFHS State Tennis Coach of the Year in 2008 and 2010 and was honored by the Birmingham Kiwanis Club as Outstanding Teacher/Coach in 2011. She came out of retirement in 2013 to serve as an assistant coach and helped Vestavia Hills win the state championship. A 1957 graduate of Gadsden High School and 1961 graduate of Auburn University, Becker has been involved in many civic organizations, including Charity League, Civettes and the Birmingham Inter-Club and Tennis League.

     JAMES “J.D.” CHESTEEN: A long-time head football coach in the Wiregrass, Chesteen, is being inducted in the “Old-Timer” category.  He compiled an 86-64-6 overall record over a 16-year head-coaching career with stops at Coffee Springs, Samson and Geneva County.  He coached three teams to the Peanut Bowl, one to the Lions Bowl and had teams win the South Alabama Conference 2A Championship twice. He served as president of the South Alabama Conference in 1964, was elected vice president of the AHSADCA in 1962 and president in 1963. He was head coach of the South All-Stars in the 1963 North-South Game and inducted into the Wiregrass Sports Hall of Fame in 1994.
   He totaled 38 years and nine months as a teacher and coach in the Geneva County School System, retiring in 1989. Active in civic and church activities, he has been Chairman of Deacons at Hartford Baptist Church for 12 years. 
     He graduated from Brantley High School in 1946 and Troy University in 1951. He also spent three years in the Air Force (1946-48). His son Donnie Chesteen is currently the head football coach at Geneva High School.


     JACK DOSS: One of the state’s most successful high school boys’ basketball coaches in history, Doss captured the 700th win of his prep coaching career in 2014.
    His head-coaching career has produced seven state championships – two at Hayes in 1981 and 1982 in his first two seasons as a head coach. His teams won five at Butler in Huntsville (2004, 2005, 2007, 2008 and 2011). He is currently coaching at J.O. Johnson which has reached the state finals the last two years.
    Doss has had two games televised nationally over ESPN, his basketball character development strategies have been showcased on CBS Sports, and he has coached three players that were named Mr. Basketball in Alabama. His teams have produced more than 30 Division I players, including former NBA standout Buck Johnson. He also coached future NBA stars Charles Barkley and Ennis Whatley in the North-South All-Star Game and Eric Bledsoe in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game.
     He has been inducted into the Madison County Sports Hall of Fame, named Birmingham News Coach of the Year seven times and selected to coach in the AHSAA’s two all-star games four times.
    He graduated Oxford High School (1965) and after a stint in the Air Force, earned his college degree at Jacksonville State University.

A member of the AHSAA’s 200-win club as a prep football coach, Goodwin began his head-coaching career at Marion County from 1987-92, then at Lineville (1993-98), Demopolis (1999-2006), Russellville (2007-10) and Homewood (2011-13).  He led Lineville to the state finals in 1996 and 1998, won a state title at Demopolis in 2004 while setting a state single-season scoring record (761 points) in the process. His Russellville teams reached the state finals in 2008 and 2009 and his Homewood teams won region titles in 2012 and 2013.
   His career record is 234-91 with five state championship appearances and was the first coach in AHSAA history to guide three different schools to the state finals.
    He was selected ASWA Class 4A Coach of the year in 2004 and the Alabama Football Coaches Association 5A Coach of the year in 2008. He coached in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game in 2005 and the North-South All-Star Game in 1998. A graduate of Sylacauga High School (1980) and Auburn University (1984), he currently serves as Director of High School Relations and NFL Liaison for Auburn University.

     RON INGRAM: The AHSAA Director of Communications since 2007, Ingram has served on the National Federation Hall of Fame Screening Committee and the National Records Committee, currently serving as chairman.  A sports journalist before joining the AHSAA, he  served as sports editor of the Dothan Progress from 1975-1981 and the Dothan Eagle from 1981-1984. In 1984 he became prep sports editor of the Birmingham News where he remained for 24 years before joining the AHSAA staff.  The award-winning writer has been named the Alabama Sports Writers Association Sports Writer of the Year and captured the ASWA’s sweepstakes writing award twice (1987 and 1994). He started and chaired the ASWA state football and basketball rankings and also the All-State teams from 1978 until 2008. He also managed the Birmingham News All-State Teams for football, basketball, softball, baseball, wrestling and volleyball.
    Ingram graduated from Pike County High School (1970) and the University of Alabama (1974). He was inducted into the ASWA Sportswriters Hall of Fame in 2013, the Wiregrass Sports Hall of Fame in 2009 and was named Alabama Community Journalist of the Year in 2012 by Auburn University. He has authored two books, Tales of Alabama High School Football and Sammy Dunn--Dynasty on the Diamond.

    STEVE JEFFERSON: The highly-respected boys’ basketball coach recorded over 650 career wins in his 31-year career at Carver in Birmingham. He led the Rams to back-to-back Class 4A state championships in 1978 and 1979 – playing before the largest high school crowd in AHSAA state tournament history at Coleman Coliseum against Parker in the 1978 finals. His Carver teams also reached the state finals three more times (1983, 1997 & 1998).  He served as an assistant coach on Carver’s 1981 Class 4A state runner-up team. Jefferson also coached Conecuh County Training School from 1965-68 with one trip to the AIAA state tournament. He was head football coach at Birmingham’s Ullman High School for one year.
     He was named Birmingham City Schools Coach of the Year 10 times, the Birmingham Tip-Off Club Coach of the Year twice (1979 and 1998) and received the 1998 Frank Nix Distinguished Service Award presented by the Tip-Off Club. He was named Birmingham Times Coach of the Year four times.  Jefferson is a graduate of Escambia County Training School (1958) and Alabama State University (1962).


    MYRA MILES: Considered one of the top high school administrators in the nation, Miles served as athletic director at Hoover from 2008-2014 after serving one year as interim AD. She also taught and coached at Hoover from 2002-2007. During her tenure the school won more than 20 state championships in 10 different sports.
    Her first teaching/coaching assignment was at Haleyville (1984-88), followed by stops at Brooks (1989-99), St. James (1999-2000) and Coffee (2000-02). She coached volleyball, softball and girls’ basketball and taught physical education during her teaching/coaching career. Her volleyball team at Haleyville won the Class 4A state championship in 1987 and finished runner-up in 1985 and 1986, then her softball team won the Class 4A state title at Brooks in 1994. Her career records were 546-201 in softball, 355-152 in volleyball, and 192-124 in basketball – a total of 1,062 prep wins in the three sports.
     Miles served on the AHSAA Central Board of Control from 2012-14, was president of the AHSADCA (2013-14) and an officer for five years.  She has been active in working with special needs students and Special Olympics and helps sponsor a fishing trip for special needs children in Eutaw annually.
   Miles is a graduate of Bradshaw (1979) in Florence and the University of North Alabama (1984).  She also attended Freed-Hardeman College.

The veteran Assistant Director of the AHSAA served as the association’s first Director of Publicity and Publications during five different decades while working with three different executive directors.  A dedicated individual who has championed the AHSAA’s education-based athletics mission his entire career, Mitchell was recognized by the NFHS with the National Citation Award for Section 3 at the 2011 NFHS Summer Conference in Philadelphia. The AHSAA Central Board of Control also issued a resolution honoring Mitchell’s 32-year career with the AHSAA.
    Mitchell joined the AHSAA after spending 14 years as a newspaper journalist and five years in college public relations. The 1960 Robert E. Lee High School graduate completed his college degree at Huntingdon College in 1964. He was a sports writer for the Montgomery Advertiser from 1958-66 while also holding down the Huntingdon College sports information director position from 1959-66. He served as Publicity Director at Tennessee Wesleyan College from 1966-71 before returning to Montgomery as sports editor of the Alabama Journal in 1971 where he remained until joining the AHSAA. He has served in various leadership roles at Aldersgate United Methodist Church and currently directs the Praise Singers ensemble.

    STEVE RIVERS: The veteran football coach had head-coaching stops at Pelham (1979-80), Decatur (1981-95), Athens (1996-99) and Wakefield, N.C. (2000-05). A graduate of Sylacauga High School (1967) and Mississippi State University (1971), his overall head-coaching record is 188-95.
    Rivers had unbeaten regular seasons at three different schools: 1993 (Decatur), 1997 (Athens) and 2005 (Wakefield) during his 27-year head-coaching career. The father of current NFL quarterback standout Philip Rivers and current Vanderbilt quarterback Stephen Rivers, he led 16 teams to the state playoffs. He played in the North-South All-Star Game in 1967 and later served as head coach of the North team in the 1997 game. He was an assistant in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game in 1999.
    Rivers, who won the state prep doubles tennis championship in 1967, also coached tennis and basketball at Decatur and was inducted into the Morgan County Sports Hall of Fame in 2008 and named the Decatur Daily Football Coach of the Year five times. He played at Sylacauga for AHSAA Hall of Fame coach Tom Calvin and served as an assistant in his first coaching job under Hall of Fame coach Earl Webb.


     JOHN TATUM: A graduate of Montgomery’s Robert L. Lee High School (1964) and Troy University (1969), Tatum spent 16 years as athletic director, head football and track coach at Montgomery Academy (1984-2000). He also had coaching stops at DeKalb County (GA), Norcross (GA) and Everitt Junior High in Panama City, Fl. He also worked with AHSAA STAR Sportsmanship developer Learning Through Sports in 2007-08 and served as principal at St. James School for three years before officially retiring. His Montgomery Academy teams compiled a 170-95 record, including 24-17 in playoff games. His 1987 team finished 14-0 and won the Class 1A state title. His 2006 team was 10-0 in the regular season and closed out 12-1. Three of his teams reached the state semifinals.
    His overall head-coaching record was 196-112-1 with 21 trips to the state playoffs in 27 years. In 1987 Tatum was named Class 1A Coach of the Year, Montgomery Quarterback Club and Birmingham Monday Morning QB Club Coach of the Year. The 2005 AHSADCA Athletic .Director of the Year was also named Montgomery Advertiser Coach of the Year eight times. He was an assistant coach in the first Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game in 1988, coached in the North-South Game in 1999 as an assistant and as head coach of the South in 2007. A member of the prestigious Jimmy Hitchcock Award selection committee, he was inducted into the Robert E. Lee High School Hall of Fame in 1999.


      BOBBY WRIGHT: The Central-Phenix City boys’ head basketball coach since 1989, Wright also served 26 years as defensive coordinator for the football team. His Red Devils basketball team has compiled a 449-160 record in 22 seasons with an average of 22 victories per year.   His 1992-93 and 1998-99 teams each finished 29-3 and the 1994-95 team compiled 27-2 record. He guided teams to the Final Four five times and to the Class 6A finals in 1999. Prior to becoming head coach, he served as Coach James Redd’s assistant and coached the JV team for several years.
     Central football teams compiled a 215-82 record during his coordinator tenure that included the Class 6A state championship in 1993. The Red Devils posted 59 shutouts during that span and allowed only 10.8 points per game.
     Wright has won numerous Coach-of-the-Year honors from the Columbus Ledger Enquirer and Opelika-Auburn Daily News. He graduated from Buena Vista (GA) High School in 1960 and Fort Valley State College (GA) in 1974.

      HOUSTON YOUNG: One of the top track officials in the nation, Young was awarded the NFHS National Citation Award as Track Official of the Year in 2010. A track and field official since 1968, he has worked the state track meet for the last 48 years and currently serves as a State Track Meet Director. He was named AHSAA State and Southwest District Official of the Year in 2008. An Olympic Torch Bearer in 1996, he has also officiated at several regional and national college track meets.
    The 1963 Uniontown High School graduate became a college track standout at Livingston University where he set the 100-yard dash record that still stands. He became a teacher at Beatrice in 1968, moved to Lowndes County Training for one year and then joined Selma High School as teacher and track coach where he served from 1971-79. He moved into administration at Wallace Community College in Selma for 22 years. He is active in his community and church, serving as a deacon at Elkdale Baptist Church and as president of the Selma Jaycees in 1971. He is also a member of the Board of Directors for the Selma-Dallas County Red Cross and received the Education Award from the Prattville Fire Department.

17 Unbeaten Teams Advance To Quarterfinals of AHSAA Playoffs

MONTGOMERY – Seventeen unbeaten teams survived round two of the Alabama High School Athletic Association 2014 State Football Playoffs Friday and will be in the 52-team field for the quarterfinal round set Friday. All games are scheduled Nov. 21 at  7 p.m.
     For the first time in AHSAA history, seven state champions will be crowned when the playoffs culminate the five-week playoff with the Super 7 State Championships at Auburn’s Jordan-Hare Stadium Dec. 3-4-5.
     Round two started with 19 undefeated teams, but Class 1A Donoho lost to Marion County 29-18 and Class 7A Fairhope fell to Baldwin County rival Foley 34-0 Friday.
     In Class 2A, five of the remaining eight teams are unbeaten on the year. That will change this week, however, since at least two are squaring off and another faces the two-time defending state champion. G.W. Long (11-0) will host Elba (12-0) at Skipperville while Fyffe (12-0) puts its perfect record on the line at Tanner (10-2). The Rattlers of Coach Laron White won the 2A state title in 2012 and 2013.  Washington County (12-0), state runner-up the last two years, will be at home in Chatom against Region 1 rival Flomaton (9-3) and Ranburne (11-0 will host Region 5 rival Woodland (9-3).
    In Class 3A, four unbeaten teams remain with Montgomery Academy (12-0) taking on Dale County (12-0) at Midland City in round three. Glencoe (12-0) will be at Colbert County (8-4) and Gordo (12-0) travels to Opp (9-3).
     In Class 1A and 5A, three unbeaten teams are still alive. All three 1A teams travel this week with Brantley (12-0) at Billingsley (9-2), Maplesville (11-0) at Notasulga (9-3) and Hubbertville (11-0) at Ragland (11-1). In Class 5A, Guntersville (12-0) travels to Pleasant Grove (10-2), East Limestone (12-0) plays Madison County (9-3) at Gurley, and St. Paul’s (12-0) is at home against Region 1 fourth seed B.C. Rain (6-6).
    In Class 6A, McAdory (12-0) will be at home to face Spanish Fort (11-1), the 5A state champs in 2012 and 2013, and Clay-Chalkville (12-0) goes to Decatur (10-2).
    In addition to 2013 champs Tanner (2A) and Spanish Fort (5A), Madison Academy (3A) remained in this year’s field after knocking off Piedmont. The Mustangs will travel to Walter Wellborn (8-3) Friday.
    And in Class 7A, which heads into the semifinals this week, 2012 and 2013 Class 6A state champion Hoover will be at home to Gadsden City (10-2), and Foley (9-3) will host Prattville (10-2).
      Twenty-eight region champions advanced to round three and three teams qualifying as No. 4 seeds (Class 2A Flomaton and Woodland and Class 6A B.C. Rain) also advanced.   
     A total of 26 games are set Friday with four contests in each of the 1A through 6A classifications and two semifinal bouts in Class 7A. The annual state playoffs began in 1996 with four teams competing for one state championship in what was then Class 4A. Championship play for all schools was implemented the following year with four divisions. The six-class system began in 1984 and was replaced last January with the new seven-classification system.
    The semifinals for classes 1A thru 6A will be Nov. 28. 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 their champions 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.
   The AHSAA’s first Unified Football Championship will be played Dec. 3 at 3:30 p.m. This year’s exhibition finals will feature teams from Lawrence County and Hewitt-Trussville in the historic game.

Third-Round Pairings
Friday, Nov. 21

Class 1A
Brantley (12-0) at Billingsley (9-2)
Maplesville (11-0) at Notasulga (9-3)
Hubbertville (11-0) at Ragland (11-1)
Marion County (7-5) at Cedar Bluff (7-5)

Class 2A
Elba (12-0) at G.W. Long (11-0), Skipperville
Flomaton (9-3) at Washington County (12-0), Chatom
Fyffe (12-0) at Tanner (10-2)
Woodland (9-3) at Ranburne (11-0)

Class 3A
Montgomery Academy (12-0) at Dale County (12-0), Midland City
Gordo (12-0) at Opp (9-3)
Glencoe (12-0) at Colbert County (8-4), Leighton
Madison Academy (11-1) at Walter Wellborn (8-3), Anniston

Class 4A
Munford (9-3) at Leeds (11-1)
UMS-Wright (11-1) at Straughn (10-1)
Cordova (9-3) at Haleyville (10-2)
Deshler (11-1) at Fayette County  (9-3), Fayette

Class 5A
Greenville (10-2) at Jackson (10-2)
B.C. Rain (6-6) at St. Paul’s Episcopal (12-0), Mobile
Guntersville (12-0) at Pleasant Grove (10-2)
East Limestone (12-0) at Madison County (9-3), Gurley

Class 6A
Saraland (11-1) at Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa (9-3)
Spanish Fort (11-1) at McAdory (12-0), McCalla
Clay-Chalkville (12-0) at Decatur (9-3)
Florence (10-2) at Gardendale (8-4)

Class 7A
Prattville (10-2) at Foley (9-3)
Gadsden City (10-2) at Hoover (10-2), Hoover Met

Second-Round Results
Class 1A
Brantley 20, Linden 12
Billingsley 72, Ellwood Christian 12
Maplesville 69, McKenzie 20
Notasulga 38, Fruitdale 20
Hubbertville 40, Phillips 34
Ragland 20, South Lamar 12
Cedar Bluff 56, Hackleburg 48
Marion County 29, Donoho 18

Class 2A
G.W. Long 44, Leroy 12
Elba 42, Sweet Water 20
Flomaton 43, Cottonwood 32
Washington County 35, Geneva County 14
Tanner 41, Randolph County 14
Fyffe 34, Reeltown 0
Woodland 23, Cleveland 10
Ranburne 20, Gaston 0

Class 3A
Dale County 34, Geneva 6
Montgomery Academy 30, T.R. Miller 28
Gordo 21, Pike County 20
Opp 33, Slocomb 17
Glencoe 17, Lauderdale County 14
Colbert County 34, Plainview 7
Madison Academy 42, Piedmont 20
Walter Wellborn 24, Oakman 23

Class 4A
Munford 29, W.S. Neal 22
Leeds 31, Clarke County 0
Straughn 30, West Blocton 0
UMS-Wright 21, Dadeville 7
Cordova 35, Cleburne County 34
Haleyville 41, Oneonta 14
Deshler 36, Saks 14
Fayette County  29, Jacksonville 26

Class 5A
Greenville 34, Calera 31 (2 OT)
Jackson 34, Tallassee 12
B.C. Rain 50, Charles Henderson 14
St. Paul’s Episcopal 38, Clay County Central 7
Pleasant Grove 28, Lincoln 10
Guntersville 10, Ramsay 7
East Limestone 10, Mortimer Jordan 0
Madison County 35, Parker 28

Class 6A
Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa 35, Carver-Montgomery 14
Saraland 27, Opelika 21 (OT)
McAdory 40, Oxford 38
Spanish Fort 33, Benjamin Russell 24
Clay-Chalkville 35, Muscle Shoals 14
Decatur 19, Southside-Gadsden  7
Florence 43, Shades Valley 21
Gardendale 35, Homewood 14

Class 7A
Foley 34, Fairhope 7
Prattville 26, Central-Phenix City 7
Hoover 42, Tuscaloosa County 7
Gadsden City 45, Oak Mountain 28 

NFHS TV Network To Live-Stream 14 Football Playoff Productions Tonight

      The NFHS TV Network will feature a total of 14 live-streaming webcasts of AHSAA football playoff contests  tonight. Twenty-two school productions were live-streamed week 1.
    A number or regular season events are also available this week.
    Viewers can access the network by subscribing and logging in at:
        The NFHS TV Network announced last week the network now has more than 1,100 high schools in the network’s s School Broadcast Program. The Network 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 their own school events.

NFHS TV Network Live-Streaming Broadcasts
Round 2, Nov. 14 (Football Playoffs – 14 productions)

Class 7A
Foley at Fairhope (Foley HS is producer)
Tuscaloosa County at Hoover (Hoover HS is producer)
Class 6A
Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa at Carver-Montgomery (Carver HS is producer)
Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa at Carver-Montgomery (Hillcrest HS is producer)
Muscle Shoals at Clay-Chalkville (Muscle Shoals HS is producer)
Saraland at Opelika (Opelika HS is producer)
Saraland at Opelika (Saraland HS is producer)
Shades Valley at Florence (Florence HS is producer)
Shades Valley at Florence (Shades Valley HS is producer)
Class 5A
Ramsay at Guntersville (Guntersville HS is producer)
Class 4A
Fayette County at Jacksonville (Jacksonville HS is producer)
Saks at Deshler (Saks HS is producer)

Class 3A
Dale County at Geneva  (Dale County HS is producer)
Piedmont at Madison Academy (Madison Academy is producer)

NFHS Concussion Task Force Recommendations to be Discussed by State Associations for Implementation in 2015

INDIANAPOLIS, IN (November 12, 2014) — The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) has finalized its position paper from the NFHS Concussion Summit Task Force, which met in July to develop recommendations for minimizing the risk of concussions and head impact exposure in high school football.

The recommendations, which have been shared with the 51 NFHS-member state high school associations, and approved by the NFHS Sports Medicine Advisory Committee (SMAC) and the NFHS Board of Directors, will be discussed by state associations at the NFHS Winter Meeting in early January for implementation in the 2015 football season.

The 24-member task force, which featured medical doctors, athletic trainers, high school coaches and key national leaders in high school sports, developed nine fundamentals for minimizing head impact exposure and concussion risk in football. They were designed to allow flexibility for state associations that collectively oversee the more than 15,000 high schools across the country that have football programs. As a result, each state high school association will be developing its own policies and procedures for implementation in the 2015 season.

Many of the recommendations focus on reducing the amount of full contact, including limiting the amount of full contact in practices during the season.

The Concussion Summit was the latest effort by the NFHS to minimize risk for the almost 7.8 million student participants in high school sports. In 2008, the SMAC advocated that a concussed athlete must be removed from play and not allowed to play on the same day. For the past five years, all NFHS rules publications have contained guidelines for the management of a student exhibiting signs, symptoms or behaviors consistent with a concussion. In 2010, the NFHS developed on online course – “Concussion in Sports – What You Need to Know” – and about 1.7 million individuals have taken the course through the NFHS Coach Education Program at

The “Recommendations and Guidelines for Minimizing Head Impact Exposure and Concussion Risk in Football” position paper is posted on the NFHS website at

Little’s 4 Interceptions Keys Wildcats’ Class 7A Playoff Win Over Bob Jones

   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:

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 c
ompleted 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.

Was 16-of-27 passing for 230 yards and five touchdowns in a 32-14 Class 2A win over Luverne.

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.


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.

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.


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.

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.

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.      

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.