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SPECIAL OLYMPICS ALABAMA UNIFIED GAME Baldwin County 27, Vestavia Hills 20

Baldwin County 27, Vestavia Hills 20
AUBURN – Baldwin County Schools’ Unified football team downed Vestavia Hills 27-20 Wednesday in the Special Olympics Alabama Unified Flag Football Game at Jordan-Hare Stadium.
    It was the third straight title for the Bandits, coached by Mike Conner. Baldwin County beat Vestavia Hills 26-18 last season, but lost to the Rebels 27-26 in overtime in the qualifying competition at Cramton Bowl in November.
    Hamilton Baker was 10-of-18 passing for 69 yards and three touchdowns, and Brian Talley was 6-of-10 for 92 yards and a score for the Bandits.
    Vestavia Hills, coached by Terry Tingle, took a quick 7-0 led when Austin Ballard fires a 35-yard TD pass to Duncan Graham in the first minute of the game to take a quick 7-0 lead. Zulanas Carter scored the extra point.
    Baldwin County clawed back to tie the score when Baker completed a 4-yard TD pass to Trey Morrisette at 13:24. Isaiah Featherston scored the PAT. Baker then found himself on the receiving end of s 25-yard TD pass from Talley at 8:42 of the first half to take a 13-7 lead. The Rebels scored three minutes later on a 38-yard run by Duncan. He then scored the PAT and Vestavia took a 14-13 lead.
    With one second remaining in the half, however, the Bandits scored when Talley hauled in  5-yard pass from Hamilton. Baker then connected with Featherston on the two-point conversion to make it 21-14 at intermission. Baldwin County stretched its lead to 27-14 early in the second half when Morrisette caught his second 4-yard TD pass from Hamilton. The extra point failed. Vestavia closed out the scoring when Duncan caught a 38-yard touchdown toss from Ballard and Bandits held on to post the 27-20 win.
    Featherston had five catches for 48 yards, Talley had five for 30 and Baker had four for 75 yards for Baldwin County. Mack Brock finished with s team-high 31 yards rushing on six carries.
    Duncan passed the Rebels with 41 yards rushing on two carries and 83 yards receiving on three receptions. Ballard was 4-of-14 passing for 79 yards and two TDs.
    Baldwin County finished with 208 total yards on 30 plays and Vestavia had 121 yards on 17 plays.
     The NFHS Network live-streamed the Unified game Wednesday with Central-Phenix City’s NFHS Network School Broadcast Program produced the contest with Tim Loreman serving as executive producer.
     The NFHS Network and WOTM, the AHSAA TV partner, will televise all seven AHSAA state championship game over its subscriber-based NFHS Network live-stream platform and over the WOTM network of cable affiliates across the state. All cable affiliates in Alabama were provided an opportunity to join the AHSAA TV Network at no cost for the Super 7 championships. Cable affiliates in some areas of the state declined the offer, however.
     For detailed information concerning the telecasts, go to the following link:

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    To access the AHSAA Radio Network, which is broadcasting all seven championship games, go to the following link for the internet link:
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Thompson – Central-Phenix City Kick Off AHSAA State Football Championships at Jordan-Hare

     MONTGOMERY – Thompson High School and Central-Phenix City High School meet for the second year in a row in the AHSAA Super 7 State Football Championships at Auburn University’s Jordan-Hare Stadium Wednesday night.
     The Class 7A championship game kicks the 2019 Super 7 finals – seven state championship games Dec. 4-6-7.
           The Special Olympics Alabama Unified Game, which kicks off at 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, is a partnership between the AHSAA and Special Olympics Alabama. Vestavia Hills and Baldwin County will be playing in the game or the third straight year. Baldwin County won last year 26-18.
      Central downed Thompson 52-7 last year. Coach Jamey DuBose’s Red Devils (12-1) opened the 2019 season with a 17-14 loss to Hoover in the AHSAA Kickoff Classic at Montgomery’s Cramton Bowl. Central has reeled off 12 straight wins since, including a 38-0 victory over Auburn in the semifinals. Thompson (11-1) beat Hoover 35-21 in the semifinals. The Warriors have gone 34-4 the last three seasons and the Red Devils have compiled  37-2 record during that same span.
     Thompson, coached by Mark Freeman, is anchored on offense by quarterback Sawyer Pate. The 6-foot-2, 195-pound senior was the back-up to last year’s starter Taulia Tagovailoa, now a freshman at Alabama. Pate was forced to step in when Taulia was injured in last year’s finals.
    This year, Pate has been the starter in all 12 Thompson games and has responded by completing 214-of-284 passes for 2,885 yards and 39 touchdowns. His passing accuracy (75.4%) is one of tops in the nation this season. Senior receiver Mike Pettway has hauled in 61 receptions for 1,106 yards and 16 TDs.  Running back Samuel Gaiters is the team’s leading rusher with 902 yards on 120 carries. He has four TDs. Linebacker Jeremiah Alexander paces the Warriors’ defense with 73 tackles, including 7.5 sacks.
    Central senior quarterback Tucker Melton has also been exceptional this season completing 108-of-188 passes for 1,427 yards and 18 touchdowns. Back-up QB Trey Miles is 56-of-82 for 729 yards and nine TDs – and no interceptions. Senior E.J. Williams, one of the top prep receivers in the nation, has 40 catches for 703 yards and 11 touchdowns. Robert Marsh has 37 catches for 433 yards and three scores and Peter Jakes has 29 receptions for 402 yards with nine TDs. Leading rusher Joseph McKay has 1,263 yards on 178 carries and has rushed for 20 touchdowns. Zion Morris also has 668 yards and six TDs on 109 carries. P.J. Ramsey and Jaden Richardson each have 98 tackles this season.
      Thursday’s Super 7 schedule features state finals in Class 3A, 1A and 5A. Piedmont (13-1) meets Mobile Christian (9-4) at 11 a.m., in the 3A championship battle. Lanett (13-0), led by senior quarterback Kristian Story, faces defending state champion Mars Hill Bible (14-0) in the 1A finals at 3 p.m. Story, the son of Panthers head coach Clifford Story, has passed for 8,821 yards and 117 touchdowns in his prep career and has rushed for 3,508 yards and 46 TDs. His career total yards (12,859) and touchdowns accounted for (171) are both AHSAA all-time records. He also has 28 career interceptions on defense. Story is 144-of-214 this season for 2,616 yards and 26 TDs and has rushed for 1,041 yards and 15 scores.
     Mars Hill Bible (14-0), coached by Darrell Higgins, rolls into the finals riding a 24-game winning streak. Thursday’s 5A finals has defending Class 5A state champion Central, Clay County (12-2) facing Pleasant Grove 13-1) at 7 p.m.
     Friday’s schedule has UMS-Wright (13-0) taking on Jacksonville (12-2) in the 4A finals at 11 a.m. The Bulldogs won the 2017 and 2018 state titles and will be going for the school’s ninth state football championship overall. UMS-Wright also comes in with a 32-game winning streak on the line. Friday’s slate features defending 2A state champion Fyffe (14-0) versus Reeltown (13-1) at 3 p.m., and the Super 7 Championships conclude Friday night at 7 p.m., with Spanish Fort (9-4) meeting Oxford (13-1) in the 6A title game.  Fyffe currently has a 29-game winning streak.
    All seven championships will be televised live over the AHSAA TV Network of cable affiliates and will also be live-streamed over the NFHS Network. WOTM TV is producing the games.
    Play-by-play announcer Tommy Wood and color analyst Coach Rick Rhoades will be handling the commentary for the Class 7A, 6A, 4A and 3A games while Mickey Shadrix and Gethard Methangani will be the announcers for the 1A and 2A games. Christina Chambers of WBRC TV 6 will be the sideline reporter for all telecasts.
    The AHSAA Radio Network will also broadcast all seven championship games over its network of radio affiliates and the internet.  Central-Phenix City’s NFHS Network School Broadcast Program will live-stream the Unified Game for the NFHS Network.


AHSAA Super 7 Championships
At Jordan-Hare Stadium, Auburn

(Home team listed second)
Wednesday, Dec. 4
Special Olympics Alabama Unified Game

Baldwin County vs. Vestavia Hills, 3:30 p.m.
CLASS 7A
Thompson (11-1) vs. Central-Phenix City (12-1), 7 p.m.


Thursday, Dec. 5
CLASS 3A

Mobile Christian (9-4) vs. Piedmont (13-1), 11 a.m.
CLASS 1A

Mars Hill Bible (14-0) vs. Lanett (13-0), 3 p.m.
CLASS 5A

Central Clay County (12-2) vs. Pleasant Grove (13-1), 7 p.m.


Friday, Dec. 6
CLASS 4A

Jacksonville (12-2) vs. UMS-Wright (13-0), 11 a.m.
CLASS 2A

Fyffe (14-0) vs. Reeltown (13-1), 3 p.m.
CLASS 6A

Oxford (13-1) vs. Spanish Fort (9-4), 7 p.m.


Jacksonville RB Rontarius Wiggins, Auburn DB Omari Porter Added to Alabama All-Star Squad

     Jacksonville High School senior running back Rontarius Wiggins has been added to the 40-man Alabama All-Star roster for the upcoming 33rd annual Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Football Classic. Wiggins, who has 5,706 career rushing yards and 89 touchdowns in his four-year prep career at Jacksonville, is replacing Hueytown senior Roydell Williams, who will be unable play due to an injury.
    Omari Porter, a 6-foot-2, 185-pound senior defensive back for Coach Adam Winegarden’s Auburn Tigers, has also been added to the team replacing Malachi Moore of Hewitt-Trussville, who has elected not to play in the game.
   Wiggins, 6-0, 180 pounds, will be in action Friday morning at Jordan-Hare Stadium when Jacksonville takes on defending state champion UMS-Wright in the AHSAA Super 7 Class 4A State Championship game at 11 a.m.
    He has 2,656 yards rushing and 46 touchdowns this season on 253 carries. He has had three games over 400 yards in his prep career. His career total of 5,706 rushing yards includes just two fumbles in 650 rush attempts for Coach Clint Smith’s Eagles. He has returned four kickoffs this season for 172 yards and one TD. Wiggins rushed for 2,379 yards and 34 TDs on 296 carries in 2018.
    Porter helped Auburn reach the Class 7A state semifinals this season.
    Alabama holds a 22-10 edge in the Alabama-Mississippi Classic heading into this year’s game which kicks off at noon on December 14 on the campus of the University of Southern Mississippi at Hattiesburg. The game, managed by the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association (AHSAA) and the Mississippi Association of Coaches (MAC), alternates between Montgomery’s Cramton Bowl and USM annually.


AHSAA Mourns the Death of National High School Sports Hall of Famer Pat Sullivan

    The AHSAA was saddened to learn of the death of Pat Sullivan, 69,  Auburn University’s first Heisman Trophy winner and a multi-sport star at John Carroll Catholic High School who was inducted into the National High School Hall of Fame in 2012. He passed away Sunday, Dec. 1.
     He is survived by his wife, the former Jean Hicks, and their three children, Kim and twins Kelly and Patrick Jr. 
    “Pat Sullivan was one of Alabama’s greatest ambassadors for what is honorable and good about educational-based athletics,” said AHSAA Executive Director Steve Savarese. “We offer our prayers and condolences to the Sullivan family.”

Sullivan was considered the top football player in the state of Alabama in his junior and senior seasons (1967, 1968) as the quarterback at John Carroll Catholic High School in Birmingham. He was a two-time all-state selection and was named the top player in the nation by one publication. Sullivan also was named all-state twice in basketball, averaging 18 points per game as the team’s point guard, and in baseball as the team’s shortstop.
          He then led Auburn to a 26-7 record in three years as the team’s quarterback and won the Heisman Trophy in 1971. Sullivan played parts of seven seasons in the National Football League before launching his college coaching career. After serving as an assistant at Auburn and the University of Alabama, Birmingham, and head coach at Texas Christian University, Sullivan closed out his coaching career at Samford University in Birmingham.
       For more on Pat Sullivan’s legendary career, check out this story: https://www.al.com/auburnfootball/2019/12/reports-auburn-legend-former-heisman-winner-pat-sullivan-has-died.html

    The AHSAA was saddened to learn of the death of Pat Sullivan, 69,  Auburn University’s first Heisman Trophy winner and a multi-sport star at John Carroll Catholic High School who was inducted into the National High School Hall of Fame in 2012. He passed away Sunday, Dec. 1.
     He is survived by his wife, the former Jean Hicks, and their three children, Kim and twins Kelly and Patrick Jr. 
    “Pat Sullivan was one of Alabama’s greatest ambassadors for what is honorable and good about educational-based athletics,” said AHSAA Executive Director Steve Savarese. “We offer our prayers and condolences to the Sullivan family.”

Sullivan was considered the top football player in the state of Alabama in his junior and senior seasons (1967, 1968) as the quarterback at John Carroll Catholic High School in Birmingham. He was a two-time all-state selection and was named the top player in the nation by one publication. Sullivan also was named all-state twice in basketball, averaging 18 points per game as the team’s point guard, and in baseball as the team’s shortstop.
          He then led Auburn to a 26-7 record in three years as the team’s quarterback and won the Heisman Trophy in 1971. Sullivan played parts of seven seasons in the National Football League before launching his college coaching career. After serving as an assistant at Auburn and the University of Alabama, Birmingham, and head coach at Texas Christian University, Sullivan closed out his coaching career at Samford University in Birmingham.
       For more on Pat Sullivan’s legendary career, check out this story: https://www.al.com/auburnfootball/2019/12/reports-auburn-legend-former-heisman-winner-pat-sullivan-has-died.html

 


Five Defending Champions Survive Semifinals to Advance to AHSAA Super 7 Championships

    MONTGOMERY – Five defending state champions pulled out wins the 54th AHSAA State Football Playoff semifinals November 29 to advance to the Super 7 State Championships at Auburn University’s Jordan-Hare Stadium Dec. 4-5-6. 
    The Class 7A championship match pairings were set a week earlier with defending state champion Central-Phenix City (12-1) and 2018 runner-up Thompson (11-1) advancing to Wednesday night’s finals. The 7A game kicks off at 7 p.m.
    Class 1A defending champion Mars Hill ,Bible (14-0) beat Pickens County 22-18 to set up Thursday’s 1A finals at Jordan-Hare with unbeaten Lanett (13-0), the 2017 Class 2A state champ. The Panthers downed Sweet Water 42-35 in the 1A semifinals.
    Defending Class 2A state champion Fyffe (14-0) blanked Collinsville 21-0 and will play Reeltown (13-1) in the 2A finals on Friday. The Rebels beat Leroy 29-28 in overtime.
    Class 5A defending champion Central of Clay County (12-2) knocked off Region 5 rival Mortimer Jordan 27-0 and will face Pleasant Grove (13-1), a 16-14 winner over Briarwood, Thursday night.
    Defending Class 4A state champion UMS-Wright (13-0) came from behind to nip Andalusia 21-14 in the semis, will take on Jacksonville (12-2), a 34-13 winner over Anniston. The Golden Eagles are one of three teams from Calhoun County advancing to the Super 7 Championships this year. Oxford (13-1) edged defending 6A champ Pinson Valley 31-28 in the semifinals and Piedmont (13-1), the 3A runner-up last season, beat Calhoun County rival Walter Wellborn 41-7 in the semifinals.
    Baldwin County faces Vestavia Hills in the Special Olympics Alabama Unified Game on Wednesday, Dec. 4 at 3:30 p.m. Baldwin County won the game last year 26-18 but Vestavia Hills beat the Bandits in the qualifying competition 27-26 in overtime in early November.
    The AHSAA TV / NFHS Network (WOTM) plans to live-stream all seven state championship games over the NFHS Network and broadcast the games live over the WOTM Cable Network of stations. The Central-Phenix City NFHS Network School Broadcast Program, under the direction of producer Tim Loreman, will also live-stream the Special Olympics Alabama Unified flag football game at Jordan-Hare Stadium on Wednesday.  
      For more information on the TV coverage, go to the following link:

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2019 AHSAA State Football Playoffs
Semifinal Results

CLASS 1A

Lanett (13-0) 42, Sweet Water (11-2) 35
Mars Hill Bible (14-0) 22, Pickens County (11-3) 18

CLASS 2A
Reeltown (13-1) 29, Leroy (11-3) 28 (OT)
Fyffe (14-0) 21, Collinsville (12-2) 0

CLASS 3A
Mobile Christian (9-4) 41, T.R. Miller (9-5) 21
Piedmont (13-1) 41, Walter Wellborn (12-2) 7
CLASS 4A
UMS-Wright (13-0) 21, Andalusia (10-4) 14
Jacksonville (12-2) 34, Anniston (9-5) 13

CLASS 5A
Pleasant Grove (13-1) 16, Briarwood Christian (12-2) 14
Central-Clay County (12-2) 27, Mortimer Jordan (11-3) 0

CLASS 6A
Spanish Fort (9-4) 27, Opelika (11-2) 24
Oxford (13-1) 31, Pinson Valley (10-3) 28


AHSAA Super 7 Championships
At Jordan-Hare Stadium, Auburn

(Home team listed second)
Wednesday, Dec. 4
Special Olympics Alabama Unified Game

Baldwin County vs. Vestavia Hills, 3:30 p.m.
CLASS 7A
Thompson (11-1) vs. Central-Phenix City (12-1), 7 p.m.


Thursday, Dec. 5
CLASS 3A

Mobile Christian (9-4) vs. Piedmont (13-1), 11 a.m.
CLASS 1A

Mars Hill Bible (14-0) vs. Lanett (13-0), 3 p.m.
CLASS 5A

Central Clay County (12-2) vs. Pleasant Grove (13-1), 7 p.m.


Friday, Dec. 6
CLASS 4A

Jacksonville (12-2) vs. UMS-Wright (13-0), 11 a.m.
CLASS 2A

Fyffe (14-0) vs. Reeltown (13-1), 3 p.m.
CLASS 6A

Oxford (13-1) vs. Spanish Fort (9-4), 7 p.m.

 


AHSAA TV Network (WOTM) to Broadcast Class 6A Opelika – Spanish Fort Battle in Semifinals

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AHSAA TV Network/NFHS Network Game of the Week
Opelika (11-1) vs. Spanish Fort (8-4)

   

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AHSAA Football Playoff Game of the Week
AHSAA TV Network (WOTM) to Broadcast Class 6A Opelika – Spanish Fort Battle in Semifinals

 

     MONTGOMERY – Coach Erik Speakman of Opelika (11-1) isn’t fooled by Spanish Fort’s No. 4 seed label in the 2019 AHSAA State Football Playoffs. The Bulldogs cross paths annually with teams from Region 1 and all play like No. 1 seeds in the post-season – especially the playoff-tough Toros (8-4).
    The two teams square off Friday night at Spanish Fort in the Class 6A semifinals at 7 p.m., in the AHSAA TV Network / NFHS Network Game of the Week produced by WOTM TV. The AHSAA TV Network’s other featured game this week will be Collinsville (12-1) at defending state champion Fyffe (13-0) in the Class 2A North semifinals.
    Executive producer Vince Earley pegged this game quickly after Coach Ben Blackmon’s squad knocked off  another strong No. 4 seed Park Crossing 28-21last week in the quarterfinals.  Opelika, the No. 1 seed in Region 3, beat powerful Hueytown, a No. 1 seed in Region 4, 45-24 to move to the semifinals.
    Regular season records go out the door when it comes to the state playoffs. Opelika knows that as well as anyone. In 2012, the Bulldogs, coached then by Brian Blackmon, the older brother of Spanish Fort’s Ben Blackmon, took a 6-4 Bulldogs team into the playoffs as a third seed and led the team to three road wins in the playoffs en route to a berth opposite powerful Hoover in the 6A finals. That Super 6 final produced the largest single crowd in Super 7 history with more than 30,000 fames estimated in attendance in the finals at Jordan-Hare Stadium.
    This year’s Bulldogs, 42-28 overall in 29 trips to the playoffs, are 2-2 in semifinal games. This year’s team features a powerful running attack anchored by senior Eric Watts. He had 302 yards rushing and three touchdowns on 27 carries last week.
    Spanish Fort
has reached the state playoffs 12 times in the Tors’ 14-year history – with four state titles and a 39-7 playoff record in the playoffs. Friday’s semifinal will be the seventh for Spanish Fort, which holds a 4-2 record in the previous six. The Toros emerged as a No. 3 seed in the Class 5A playoffs to win the program’s first state title in 2010.
    Spanish Fort’s emergence this season came in part with the move of senior wide receiver Kris Abrams-Draine to quarterback earlier this season. Abrams-Draine has rushed for 1,331 yards and 15 touchdowns and thrown eight TD passes since moving into his new role. Selected to the Alabama All-Star Team to face Mississippi in December as a wide receiver, he has been able to open up the running lanes for the other Toros’ talented backs Johnny Morris (136 carries, 1,142 yards, 10 TDs) and Chico Hixon (87 carries, 690 yards, 8 TDs).
  
    All 12 semifinal games are slates to be shown on the NFHS Network this week. The AHSAA TV Network Game of the Week can be found on the NFHS Network and on the growing cable network of channels put together by Earley. The AHSAA TV Network / NFHS Network will produce all seven state finals at next week’s Super 7 championships at Auburn’s Jordan-Hare Stadium. Thompson (11-1) and Central-Phenix City (12-1) clinched berths in the 7A semifinals last week. The Warriors beat Hoover 35-21 and the Red Devils downed Auburn 38-0.
Defending state champions Pinson Valley (6A), Central of Clay County (5A), UMS-Wright (4A) and Mars Hill Bible (1A) have semifinal battles ahead of them Friday. o
     The NFHS Network also has 135 boys’ and girls’ basketball games set for live-streaming this holiday week through next Monday. Two wrestling events are also scheduled.
    The schedule of football playoff games set for live-streaming Friday can be found at the following link:
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  The schedule of basketball games set for the NFHS Network can be found at:
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    A subscription allows the viewer access to any events on the NFHS Network. Monthly and yearly subscriptions are available. For more information on how to subscribe, go to the following link:
https://www.nfhsnetwork.com/subscribe/retail

For information concerning the AHSAA TV Network’s cable football game availability, got to the following link and on the chart below:
http://www.ahsaa.com/Media/AHSAANOW/News-Articles/ahsaa-signs-3-year-tv-agreement-with-nfhs-network-alabama-cable-network

2019 AHSAA State Football Playoffs
Semifinal Pairings (Classes 1A/6A)

CLASS 1A

Lanett (12-0) at Sweet Water (11-1)
Mars Hill Bible (13-0) at Pickens County (11-2), Reform

CLASS 2A
Leroy (11-2) 35 at Reeltown (12-1)
Collinsville (12-1) at Fyffe (13-0)

CLASS 3A
T.R. Miller (9-4) at Mobile Christian (8-4)
Walter Wellborn (12-1) at Piedmont (12-1)

CLASS 4A
Andalusia (10-3) at UMS-Wright (12-0), Mobile
Anniston (9-4) at Jacksonville (11-2)

CLASS 5A
Pleasant Grove (12-1) at Briarwood Christian (12-1)
Central-Clay County (11-2) at Mortimer Jordan (11-2), Kimberly

CLASS 6A
Opelika (11-1) at Spanish Fort (8-4)
Pinson Valley (10-2) at Oxford (12-1)


Eight Region Rematches Highlight the AHSAA State Playoff Semifinal Pairings for November 29

Mars Hill Bible Meets Pickens County in 1A Semifinal Rematch

    MONTGOMERY – Eight of the 12 semifinal matches in the AHSAA 54th State Football Playoffs this coming week will feature rematches from regular-season region play.
   That record number of teams from the same region reaching the semifinal round highlights an exciting slate of Thanksgiving Week contests that will send all winners to the Super 7 State Football Championships at Auburn University’s Jordan-Hare Stadium Dec. 4-5-6.
    The Class 7A championship match pairings were set Friday night with, no surprise, two rematches in the semis from Region 2 and Region 3 and sets up a rematch from last year’s 7A finals between defending state champion Central-Phenix City (12-1) and Thompson (11-1). Coach Jamey DuBose’s Red Devils defeated Region 2 second seed Auburn 38-0 Friday night, and the Warriors, coached by Mark Freeman, beat Region 3 second seed Hoover 35-21.
   The rematch theme also evolved in the Special Olympics Alabama Unified championship game, which opens the 2019 Super 7 Championships at Jordan-hare at 3:30 p.m., on December 4, is also a rematch with Baldwin County taking on Vestavia Hills. Baldwin County won the game last year 26-18 but Vestavia Hills beat the Bandits in the qualifying competition 27-26 in overtime two weeks ago.
     Class 1A defending champion and 2019 Region 8 champion Mars Hill Bible (13-0), coached by Darrell Higgins, travels to Reform this week to face Region 6 champion Pickens County (11-2). The Panthers beat Coach Michael Williams’ Tornadoes 20-12 in last season’s 1A semifinals, the closest game Mars Hill has had versus 1A competition in the last two years.
      Lanett (12-0) travels to Sweet Water (11-1) in the other Class 1A semifinal pairing. Coach Clifford Story’s Panthers downed previously unbeaten Isabella (12-1) 41-21 and Coach Pat Thompson’s Bulldogs (11-1) nipped Brantley 38-35.    Lanett senior quarterback Kristian Story accounted for all six touchdowns in the Panthers’ win to set the AHSAA career record for touchdowns accounted for (166). The old record was set by current Auburn University freshman and former Pinson Valley quarterback Bo Nix (161) last year. Story also moved past Nix to become the AHSAA career leader in total yards accounted for.
       Story, a member of the Alabama All-Star team set to play Mississippi in the 33rd Alabama-Mississippi Classic Dec. 14 at Hattiesburg, now has 12,528 total yards – 8,529 passing (eighth all time), 3,469 rushing and 530 receiving. Nix closed out his prep career with 12,497 yards.
    T.R. Miller, coached by Brent Hubbert, the fourth seed in Region 1, knocked off defending 3A state champion and No. 1 seed Flomaton 14-12 Friday to advance to the semis to face No. 2 seed Mobile Christian.
      The AHSAA TV / NFHS Network (WOTM) Large School Playoff Game of the Week
Network/NFHS Network will pit Region 3 winner Opelika (11-1), coached by Erik Speakman, against Spanish Fort (8-4), coached by Ben Blackmon, the only fourth seed still alive in the playoffs. The two friends coached together as assistant coaches at Opelika. The Bulldogs advanced with a 45-24 win over Hueytown (11-2), and the Toros (8-4) edged Regio2 fourth seed Park Crossing 28-21.
    WOTM’s Vince Earley announced the game-of-week selection Saturday morning. He also announced that Collinsville’s rematch with Fyffe in the Class 2A North semifinals would be the AHSAA TV / NFHS Network (WOTM) Small-School Game of the week. The defending Class 2A state champion Red Devils (13-0), the 2019 Region 8 champion, downed previously unbeaten Red Bay (12-1) 45-6 in the quarterfinals Friday, and Collinsville (12-1), the Region 8 runner-up, bet Region 8 third seed North Sand Mountain 37-28. Coach Ernie Willingham’s Panthers lost 24-3 to Fyffe, coached by Paul Benefield, in the regular season. The Red Devils, currently riding a 28-game winning streak, have outscored opponents 562-36 this season, and ironically, the three points by Collinsville have been the only points allowed all season by the Fyffe starting defensive unit.
    Other region rematches in the semifinals November 29 include,  in Class 3A, Region 1: T.R. Miller (9-4) at Mobile Christian (8-4),  and Class 3A, Region 6: Walter Wellborn (12-1) at Piedmont (12-1); Class 4A, Region 1: Andalusia (10-3) at defending 4A state champion UMS-Wright (12-0); Class 4A, Region 6: Anniston (9-4) at Jacksonville (11-2); Class 5A, Region 4: Pleasant Grove (12-1) at Briarwood Christian (12-1); Class 5A, Region 5: defending Class 5A state champion Central-Clay County (11-2) at Mortimer Jordan (11-2); and Class 6A, Region 6: defending Class 6A state champion Pinson Valley (10-2) at Oxford (12-1).
    The NFHS Network plans to live-stream all 12 semifinal games November 29 if possible.
Six of the contests will be live-streamed by member school broadcast teams in the NFHS Network School Broadcast Program. Two games, Andalusia at UMS-Wright and Opelika at Spanish Fort, will be live-streamed by both schools. Most will also be broadcast over the radio as well.
    The Class 1A thru 6A semifinal pairings are listed.


2019 AHSAA State Football Playoffs
Semifinal Pairings

Thursday, November 29
CLASS 1A
Lanett (12-0) at Sweet Water (11-1)
Mars Hill Bible (13-0) at Pickens County (11-2), Reform

CLASS 2A
Leroy (11-2) 35 at Reeltown (12-1)
Collinsville (12-1) at Fyffe (13-0)

CLASS 3A
T.R. Miller (9-4) at Mobile Christian (8-4)
Walter Wellborn (12-1) at Piedmont (12-1)

CLASS 4A
Andalusia (10-3) at UMS-Wright (12-0), Mobile
Anniston (9-4) at Jacksonville (11-2)

CLASS 5A
Pleasant Grove (12-1) at Briarwood Christian (12-1)
Central-Clay County (11-2) at Mortimer Jordan (11-2), Kimberly

CLASS 6A
Opelika (11-1) at Spanish Fort (8-4)
Pinson Valley (10-2) at Oxford (12-1)

CLASS 7A
Dec. 4, Super 7 Championships
Jordan-Hare Stadium

Thompson (11-1) vs. Central-Phenix City (12-1), 7 p.m.

Special Olympics Alabama Unified Game
Baldwin County vs. Vestavia Hills, 3:30 p.m.

 

Third-Round Results
CLASS 1A
Sweet Water (11-1) 38, Brantley (11-2) 35
Lanett (12-0) 41, Isabella (12-1) 21

Pickens County (11-2) 31, Spring Garden (11-2) 24
Mars Hill Bible (13-0) 42, Decatur Heritage (12-1) 21

CLASS 2A
Leroy (11-2) 35, Ariton (10-3) 24
Reeltown (12-1) 41, G.W. Long (10-3) 22

Collinsville (12-1) 37, North Sand Mountain (9-4) 28
Fyffe (13-0) 45, Red Bay (12-1) 6

CLASS 3A
T.R. Miller (9-4) 14, Flomaton (11-2) 12
Mobile Christian (8-4) 41, Gordo (12-1) 21

Piedmont (12-1) 33, Geraldine (8-5) 7
Walter Wellborn (12-1) 27, Randolph County (11-2) 20

CLASS 4A
UMS-Wright (12-0)  21, Montgomery Catholic (12-1) 0
Andalusia (10-3) 24, American Christian (11-2) 0

Jacksonville (11-2) 63, Northside (11-2) 27
Anniston (9-4) 30, Deshler (9-4) 13

CLASS 5A
Pleasant Grove (12-1) 51, Ramsay (10-3) 22
Briarwood Christian (12-1) 7, Bibb County (12-1) 3

Mortimer Jordan (11-2) 32, Center Point (9-4) 14
Central Clay County (11-2) 43, Madison County (10-3) 15

CLASS 6A
Spanish Fort (8-4) 28, Park Crossing (5-8) 21
Opelika (11-1) 45, Hueytown (11-2) 24

Oxford (12-1) 20, Clay-Chalkville (10-3) 13
Pinson Valley (10-2) 26, Muscle Shoals (12-1) 14

CLASS 7A
Central-Phenix City (12-1) 38, Auburn (9-4) 0
Thompson (11-1) 35, Hoover (10-3) 21

 


Schools’ Have 1 Challenge in Second Round of Playoffs Using DVSport Instant Replay

Current Season Reversal Percentage is 20.6%

MONTGOMERY – Only one challenge was made in four AHSAA playoff football contests using DVSport Instant Replay last week in the second round of the state playoffs, said AHSAA Director of Officials Mark Jones. None of the calls on the field were reversed, Jones reports
     “The challenge came in the Class 6A St. Paul’s at Opelika game,” Jones said. “Opelika challenged whether a pass was complete and then a fumble or incomplete.  Officials had called the play an incomplete pass. After video review, the play stood as called.”
   For the 2019 season, a 63 challenges have been issued by coaches in 76 games with 13 calls overturned upon review, a 20.7% reversal rate. Three games are scheduled to use DVSport Instant Replay this week in round three. All seven Super 7 State Championship Games will utilize DVSport Instant Replay this season.
    In 2018, the first year DVSport Instant Replay was implemented, 91 games, including all state finals, used Instant Replay with 73 total challenges with 18 calls overturned (25%). The Catch/No Catch, Fumble and Forward Progress calls made up 70% of the challenges last year. The NFHS has granted the AHSAA a three-year period to experiment with instant replay in regular-season and playoff games.
    Last week, three schools experienced DVSport Instant Replay for the first time this season: Pickens County, Falkville and St. Paul’s Episcopal.  This week, all six schools participating in contest with Instant Replay have used the system already this year. A total of 77 schools participated thus far this season.
     Instant Replay reviews this fall have consisted of the following:

63 reviews with 13 reversals.  21.0%

 

 

  • 23 on catch/no catch
  • 22 fumbles
  • 5 breaking plane of goal line (note 2 were also fumble reviews)
  • 5 Forward progress
  • 2 Touching of punt
  • 1  Backward pass
  • 1 Free kick traveling 10 yards
  • 1 Illegal participation
  • 1 Illegal forward pass
  • 1 Penalty enforcement spot
  • 1 Kick out of bounds
  • 1 Play clock expiring
  • 1 Runner stepping out of bounds

       The list of games utilizing Instant Replay this week are listed below.

     

State Playoffs, Round 3 Games with Instant Replay

  • Auburn at Central-Phenix City (7A)
  • Clay Chalkville at Oxford (6A)
  • Hoover at Thompson (7A)

 

 

SCHOOLS IN GAMES WITH INSTANT REPLAY THIS SEASON (77)
Class 7A (19)

Auburn
Austin
Baker
Bob Jones
Central-Phenix City
Davidson
Fairhope
Foley
Florence
Gadsden City
Hoover
Huntsville
Jeff Davis
Mountain Brook
Murphy
Prattville
Smiths Station
Thompson
Tuscaloosa County
Class 6A (21)
Athens
B.C. Rain
Benjamin Russell
Calera
Carver-Montgomery
Chelsea
Clay-Chalkville
Daphne
Dothan
Gardendale
Gulf Shores
Hartselle
Huffman
McAdory
Minor
Opelika
Oxford
Park Crossing
Saraland
Sidney Lanier
Wetumpka
Class 5A (16)
Arab
Ardmore
Brewer
Charles Henderson
Dora
East Limestone
Guntersville
Hamilton
Lawrence County
Madison County
Russellville
Scottsboro
St. Paul’s Episcopal
Tallassee
Vigor
Wilcox-Central
Class 4A (13)
Childersburg
Curry
Fayette County
Good Hope
Handley
Lincoln
Munford
Northside
Priceville
Sumter Central
Talladega
West Blocton
West Limestone
Class 3A (1)
Carbon Hill
Class 2A (2)
LaFayette
Tanner
Class 1A (3)
Falkville
Lanett
Pickens County
Out-of-State (2)
Callaway (GA)
New Smyrna Beach (FL)

 

 

 

 


AHSAA TV Network (WOTM) to Broadcast Class 7A Semifinals Featuring Auburn and Central-Phenix City

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AHSAA TV Network/NFHS Network Game of the Week
Auburn (9-3) vs. Central-Phenix City (11-1)

   

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AHSAA Football Playoff Game of the Week
AHSAA TV Network (WOTM) to Broadcast Class 7A Semifinals Featuring Auburn and Central-Phenix City

     MONTGOMERY – The AHSAA TV Network / NFHS Network Game of the Week produced by WOTM TV for the third round of the state football playoffs is the Class 7A semifinal battle between Auburn (9-3) and defending state champion Central-Phenix City (11-1) Friday night.
    The game will be available for viewers over the WOTM and ACN cable channels on many of the state’s cable markets, said executive producer Vince Earley of WOTM TV, who announced that WOTM will also feature unbeaten Bibb County (12-0) at Briarwood Christian (11-1) in the Class 5A quarterfinals over the AHSAA TV Network/NFHS Network. 
The subscriber-based NFHS Network service is available all across the state. The live television coverage can be seen over the following network carriers in most markets and including major affiliates Charter, Comcast, Cable One, ATT U-verse and Anniston/Oxford area. Central’s outstanding NFHS Network School Broadcast Program will also be live-streaming the contest over the NFHS Network
    Central and Auburn met on October 25 with Coach Jamey DuBose’s Red Devils winning over the Tigers of Coach Adam Winegarden 34-7. Auburn knocked off previously undefeated McGill-Toolen 26-0 last week and Central downed Prattville 24-6.
      The two teams have played 55 times since 1930 with Central holding a 38-14-3 edge.  Both schools have storied traditions with more than 50 player from both teams chosen to play in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Classic since its inception in 1988.  On that first team was Central offensive lineman Ed King, who went on to have an outstanding college career at Auburn University and spent seven years in the NFL. At least 10 former Red Devils had outstanding college and NFL careers NFL including running back James Joseph (Auburn), defensive back Jeremiah Castille (Alabama), Woodrowe (Alabama), running back (Billy Jackson (Alabama) and offensive tackle Herm Lee (Florida A&M).
    The Tigers have also produced a number of outstanding collegiate and NFL stars including Demarcus Ware (Troy), Marcus Washington (Auburn) and Reuben Foster (Alabama). Both teams are talented with three players off this year’s Central team picked for the 2019 Alabama-Mississippi Classic.
     Central has won 25 of its last 26 games – marred only by a 17-14 Kickoff Classic loss to Hoover in the first game of the season. Auburn has compiled a 44-16 record over five seasons and is 107-34 overall with head-coaching stops at Fairhope and Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa.  Dubose is 65-10 in six seasons at Central and 136-39 overall with head-coaching stops at Prattville and Florence. He guided Prattville to state titles in 2008 and 2011 and has taken the Red Devils to the semifinals five straight years.
     The NFHS Network will have approximately 21 third-round playoff games live-streamed over its NFHS Network School Broadcast Platform Friday night. In addition, 211 basketball games and four wrestling events have been scheduled this week with a big slate tonight, Friday and Saturday for a total of 234 events on the NFHS Network this week.
    In addition, 24 of the 26 playoff games can be heard via audio over radio or internet broadcasts.
  The schedule of football playoff games set for live-streaming Friday can be found at the following link:

http://www.ahsaa.com/Portals/0/Images/New%20Website%20Graphics/NFHS%20Network%20Games/3rd%20Round%20Football%20Playoffs.pdf?ver=2019-11-21-130545-210

  The schedule of basketball games set for the NFHS Network can be found at:
http://www.ahsaa.com/Portals/0/Images/New%20Website%20Graphics/NFHS%20Network%20Games/Basketball%2011-21%20Network%20Schedule.pdf?ver=2019-11-21-130951-323

    A subscription allows the viewer access to any events on the NFHS Network. Monthly and yearly subscriptions are available. For more information on how to subscribe, go to the following link:
https://www.nfhsnetwork.com/subscribe/retail

For information concerning the AHSAA TV Network’s cable football game availability, got to the following link and on the chart below:
http://www.ahsaa.com/Media/AHSAANOW/News-Articles/ahsaa-signs-3-year-tv-agreement-with-nfhs-network-alabama-cable-network

2019 AHSAA State Football Playoffs
Third-Round Pairings (Friday, Nov. 22)
CLASS 1A
Brantley (11-1) at Sweet Water (10-1)
Isabella (12-0) at Lanett (11-0)

Pickens County (10-2) at Spring Garden (11-1)
Decatur Heritage (12-0) at Mars Hill Bible (12-0), Florence

CLASS 2A
Ariton (10-2) at Leroy (10-2)
G.W. Long (10-2) at Reeltown (11-1)

North Sand Mountain (9-3) at Collinsville (11-1)
Red Bay (12-0) at Fyffe (12-0)

CLASS 3A
T.R. Miller (8-4) at Flomaton (11-1)
Gordo (12-0) at Mobile Christian (7-4)

Piedmont (11-1) at Geraldine (8-4)
Walter Wellborn (11-1) at Randolph County (11-1), Wedowee

CLASS 4A
Montgomery Catholic (12-0) at UMS-Wright (11-0), Mobile
American Christian (11-1) at Andalusia (9-3)

Northside (11-1) at Jacksonville (10-2)
Deshler (9-3) at Anniston (8-4)

CLASS 5A
Pleasant Grove (11-1) at Ramsay (10-2),  Birmingham
Bibb County (12-0) at Briarwood Christian (11-1)

Center Point (9-3) at Mortimer Jordan (10-2), Kimberly
Madison County (10-2) at Central-Clay County (10-2), Lineville

CLASS 6A
Park Crossing (5-7) at Spanish Fort (7-4)
Opelika (10-1) at Hueytown (11-1)

Clay-Chalkville (10-2) at Oxford (11-1)
Pinson Valley (9-2) at Muscle Shoals (12-0)

CLASS 7A
Auburn (9-3) at Central-Phenix City (11-1)
Hoover (10-2) at Thompson (10-1), Alabaster

 


Kristian Story Accounts for 5 TDs as Lanett Beats Elba 44-6 in the Class 1A State Playoffs

QB Grabs AHSAA Round 2 Playoff Spotlight

MONTGOMERY – Lanett High School quarterback Kristian Story accounted for five touchdowns in the Panthers’ 44-6 Class 1A second-round state playoff football victory last week to push to within one TD of the all-time record set by Pinson Valley’s Bo Nix last season.
    The win send Coach Clifford Story’s Panthers (11-0) into the quarterfinals this week to face unbeaten Isabella (12-0) with the winner clinching a semifinal playoff berth for the following week.
     Kristian Story’s effort grabbed the AHSAA Football Spotlight for week two of the AHSAA State Playoffs. Story, has been selected to the Alabama All-Star squad for the upcoming 33rd annual Alabama-Mississippi Football Classic set for Hattiesburg, Mississippi and Roberts Stadium on the campus of the University of Southern Mississippi on Dec. 14, shares this week’s Spotlight with several other players named to the Alabama All-Star squad.
     The Lanett quarterback scored on runs of 1, 64, 2 and 20 yards and had a 3-yard TD pass to teammate Travaunta Abner in the win over Elba. Abner highlighted a 29-0 first-half outburst by scoring two touchdowns in a span of 13 seconds. Following his TD reception from Story, he scooped up and Elba fumble and scooted 30 yards for his other TD.
       Story, like his soon-to-be All-Star teammates, winning a state championship for his high school team is taking his only priority right now. Check out his highlights from last week’s win.

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     several members of the All-Star contingent shined in round 2. In Class 3A, Daquan Johnson, chose to the All-Star squad in the athlete position, sparked Flomaton to a 20-19 win over Saint James to keep the defending state champion Hurricanes’ hopes for a repeat alive. He rushed for 162 yards on 29 carries on offense and had 11 tackles – firing a touchdown pass and scoring the go-ahead two-point conversion with 16 seconds remaining to preserve the win.
     Kris Abrams-Drain of Spanish Fort, chosen as a tight end on the All-Star squad, turned his talents to running back and piled up 258 yards rushing on 16 carries with four touchdowns as the Toros beat Wetumpka 63-21 in the second round of the Class 6A state playoffs. Spanish Fort (8-4), the No. 4 seed from Region 1, advances with the win to host another No. 4 seed, Park Crossing (5-7) Friday night in the Class 6A quarterfinals. He also completed his only pass for a 25-yard touchdown connection and also returned an interception 70 yards for a defensive TD.
    Hoover quarterback Robby Ashford, one of two quarterbacks selected for the All-Star team, completed
14-of-17 passes for 182 yards and two touchdowns and ran 9 yards for the game-winning touchdown in overtime for a 23-20 victory over James Clemens.
    Pinson Valley all-star wide receiver Keyonteze Johnson c
aught eight passes for 183 yards and a touchdown in a 42-10 victory over Fort Payne in the second round of the 6A playoffs. And E.J. Williams of defending Class 7A state champion Central-Phenix City had a 67-yard kickoff return that set up his 22-yard TD reception one play later to seal a 24-6 Class 7A playoff win over Prattville.

MILESTONES
SPRING GARDEN DELIVERS COACHING WIN 100 FOR HOWARD: Thanks to the strong running of  Luke Welsh, the Class 1A Panthers (11-1) beat Hackleburg 34-0 for head coach Jason Howard’s 100th career coaching victory. Welsh had 173 rushing yards on 19 carries, scored three touchdowns (3, 20 and 25 yards) and posted five tackles on defense. The win also secured a third-round playoff berth against Pickens County for a second straight season. Howard is now 100-87 in 17 seasons with a 95-72 record in two stints at Spring Garden. He also served as head coach at Ohatchee for two seasons.
SMITH SPARKS UMS-WRIGHT’S 30TH STRAIGHT WIN: Senior running back Symon Smith rushed for 93 yards and two touchdowns as the defending Class 4A state champion Bulldogs (11-0) defeated Talladega 31-6 in the second round of the state playoffs to run their winning streak to 30 games – the longest current streak in the AHSAA. It was victory number 314 for head coach Terry Curtis (314-85), who has coached seven of UMS-Wright’s state titles. The Bulldogs won the state crown in 2017 and 2018.
   In other second-round playoff highlights reported include:


 

 

PASSING
HESS HORNE, EUFAULA: Passed completed 26-of-42 pass attempts for 439 yards and four touchdowns in a 56-49 Class 6A overtime playoff loss to Hueytown.

ALEX YOUNG, HUEYTOWN: Completed 15-of-32 passes for 290 yards and four touchdowns in a 56-49 overtime victory over Eufaula in the 6A state playoffs. The sophomore had to assume a bigger role after senior running back and Alabama commit Roydell Williams left the game with a bruised leg in the first half.

JAKE CORKREN, NORTHSIDE: Finished 16-of-29 passing for 393 yards and four touchdowns in the Rams’ Class 4A 41-14 playoff victory over Priceville.

SAWYER PATE, THOMPSON: Was 20-of-27 passing for 338 yards and three touchdowns and scored a fourth TD on a 2-yard run on the final play of the first half to lead the Warriors to a 38-31 Class 7A playoff victory over Florence, The win sends the Warriors into the Class 7A semifinals to face Hoover for the third straight year.

ZYQUEZ PERRYMAN, PLEASANT GROVE: Completed 15-of-28 passes for 293 yards for the Spartans (11-1) and added 28 yards rushing in a 33-14 Class 5A playoff victory over previously unbeaten Faith Academy (11-1).

WILL CROWDER, GARDENDALE: Finished 22-of-44 passing for 240 yards and added 12 rushes for 28 yards and a score in a 30-27 Class 6A playoff loss to Muscle Shoals.

BARRY WHITE, PINSON VALLEY: Completed 16-of-25 passes for 262 yards and two touchdowns and ran for a third TD in a 42-10 Class 6A playoff victory over Fort Payne

BRITTON KOHN, MONTGOMERY ACADEMY: Was 16-of-29 passing for 221 yards and one TD as the Eagles fell to T.R. Miller 21-14 in the Class 3A state playoffs.
JACK HAYES, PIEDMONT: Completed 8-of-11 pass attempts for 183 yards and two scores (14 and 74 yards) to lead fifth-ranked Piedmont past Lauderdale County 42-20.

BRYAN GALLOWAY, GOSHEN: Ran for 165 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries and completed 8-of-11 passes for 45 yards in three quarters before suffering an injury in the Eagles’ 34-25 Class 2A playoff loss to Leroy.

RUSHING
RONTARIUS WIGGINS, JACKSONVILLE: Ran for 329 yards and five touchdowns on 25 carries the Eagles’ 55-22 Class 4A playoff victory over St. John Paul II Catholic at Huntsville.

DANTE JORDAN, RANDOLPH COUNTY: Tallied 14 carries for 291 yards with TD runs of 46, 5, 54 and 5 yards in a 54-6 Class 3A playoff victory over Westminster Christian.

KOURTLAN MARSH, MORTIMER JORDAN: Accounted for seven touchdowns in a 56-21 Class 5A second-round state playoff victory over Guntersville – five rushing TDs, a 5-yard TD pass and a fumble return for a touchdown. The quarterback also logged more defensive snaps than he’s had all season, tallying three solo tackles, one assist and a pass deflection that a teammate intercepted. He had 16 carries for 140 yards and completed 12-of-17 passes for 113 yards.
KELSTON FIKES, LEROY: Ran for 224 yards and four touchdowns on 20 carries as the Bears (10-3) defeated Goshen 34-25 in the Class 2A playoffs.

DAMON GENTILE, NORTH SAND MOUNTAIN: Rushed for 213 yards and three touchdowns in the Thundering Herd’s Class 2A second-round playoff 35-13 victory over Westbrook Christian.

KOBIE STRINGER, G.W. LONG: The Rebels quarterback rushed for 208 yards and three touchdowns on 30 carries and also recovered a fumble on defense in the Rebels' 28-13 Class 2A playoff win over Luverne.

RONNIE ROYAL, ALEXANDRIA: Had 25 rush attempts for 196 yards, including a 69-yard TD, in a 28-27 loss to Madison County.

DOMONIQUE THOMAS, OHATCHEE: The Indians’ workhorse had 41 carries for 194 yards and a 1-yard touchdown in the Indians’ 21-14 Class 2A playoff loss to Collinsville.
ADARYLL LEWIS, PARK CROSSING: Rushed for 184 yards and two touchdowns on 25 carries to help the Thunderbirds (5-7) keep their Class 6A playoff hopes alive with A 35-32 win over Stanhope Elmore. Park Crossing, a No. 4 seed, also got 173 yards rushing and three TDs from quarterback Trevor Robinson, who also passed for 94 yards in the come-from-behind win.
JEFF ROWSER, RAMSAY: Piled up 188 yards on 23 rush attempts and scored five touchdowns as the Rams beat Valley 4-7 in the Class 5A playoffs.
KALEB JONES, COLLINSVILLE: Rushed for 145 yards on 16 carries with a 1-yard score, and was 8-of-11 passing for 92 yards and two touchdowns (13 and 9 yards) in the Class 2A Panthers’ 21-14 playoff win over previously unbeaten Ohatchee.

BRAYDEN PARTON, MADISON COUNTY: Scored on a 2-yard run in the final minute – his second TD of the Class 5A playoff game – to give the Class 5A Tigers a 28-27 playoff win over Alexandria.

ELIJAH JOHNSON, PIEDMONT: Ran for 141 yards on 14 carries and scored two touchdowns 5 and 58 yards) in the Class 3A Bulldogs’ 42-20 playoff win over Lauderdale County.

IKE ROWELL, FYFFE: Rushed for 135 yards and three touchdowns as the defending Class 2A state champion Red Devils won their 27th straight game in a 38-7 Class 2A playoff victory over Ranburne.

LAZARIUS HINKLE, CHAL-CHALKVILLE: Ran for 128 yards and two touchdowns in a 35-7 victory over Athens in the 6A playoffs...

JERRY BURTON, PRICEVILLE: Finished with 126 yards on 26 carries and two touchdowns in a 41-14 Class 4A playoff loss to Northside.

PASS RECEIVING
MICHAEL PETTWAY, THOMPSON: Caught 10 passes for 189 yards and a touchdown in a 38-31 Class 7A playoff victory over Florence. Teammate J.W. Mitchell also snagged six receptions for 134 yards and a TD.

TY SMITH, MUSCLE SHOALS: Caught four passes for 191 yards and two touchdowns in a 30-27 Class 6A playoff victory over Gardendale. His 36-yard touchdown set up the game-winning 18-yard field goal late in the fourth quarter.

RAH RAH THOMAS, EUFAULA: Caught seven passes for 170 yards and two touchdowns (24 and 68 yards) in the Tigers’ 46-49 Class 6A playoff setback in overtime at Hueytown. Teammate Devin Fuller had six receptions for 120 yards, including hauling in s 65-yard TD pass.
WES MALKUDA, NORTHSIDE: Caught seven passes for 155 yards and one touchdown in a 41-14 Class 4A playoff win over Priceville.
DEANDRE COLEMAN, HUEYTOWN: Caught four passes for 124 yards and two touchdowns in a 56-49 overtime 6A playoff win over Eufaula.

R.J. ORR, CENTER POINT: Caught five passes for 117 yards and two touchdowns in a 26-10 victory over Scottsboro in the 5A playoffs.
 

DEFENSE
ZACK WARD, ARITON: Had 18 tackles and teammate Blake Carroll had 13 as the Purple Cats (10-2) beat LaFayette 30-12 in the Class 2A state playoffs.
GARRETT HELM, MORTIMER JORDAN: Finished with 13 tackles, including two for a loss, two quarterback hurries, one forced fumble and an interception in a Class 5A playoff 56-21 victory over Guntersville.

JA’WON WILLIAMS, THOMPSON: Had two interceptions, including one in the final seconds to seal the Warriors’ 38-31 Class 7A playoff win over Florence. Williams has had five picks in the last five games.
HILLSMAN JAMES, MONTGOMERY ACADEMY: Totaled 12 tackles and also caught a TD pass in a 21-14 Class 3A playoff loss to T.R. Miller.
TEGAN GRAVES, DESHLER: Returned an interception 96 yards for a touchdown and had a 58-yard reception to set up another touchdown in a 27-11 Class 4A playoff victory over Oneonta.

DEMARCUS DAVIS, RANDOLPH COUNTY: Intercepted two passes and scored a rushing touchdown in a 54-6 Class 3A playoff win over Westminster Christian.

DEONTAE LAWSON, MOBILE CHRISTIAN: Accounted for 12 tackles as the Leopards beat previously undefeated Pike Road 28-10 in the Class 3A state playoffs. He also had 105 offensive yards with two rushing touchdowns.
TYLER WAUGH, BRIARWOOD CHRISTIAN: Returned an interception for a touchdown and scored on a go-ahead 1-yard run after keeping the drive alive with a first-down run on fourth-and-five as the Lions (11-1) beat Jackson 24-14 in the 5A playoffs.
KETE THOMAS, CLAY-CHALKVILLE: Intercepted a pass and added fumble recovery in a 35-7 Cougars Class 6A playoff win over Athens.

CADE WILLIAMS, SPRING GARDEN: Led the Panthers’ defense with six tackles and an interception in a 34-0 Class 1A playoff victory at Hackleburg.

SEAN ZERKLE, ST. JOHN PAUL II CATHOLIC: Had two interceptions defensively and caught a 58-yard touchdown pass on offense in a Class 4A playoff 56-22 loss to Jacksonville.


SPECIAL TEAMS
TREY STODDARD, MUSCLE SHOALS: Kicked 18-yard field goal in the final minute for a 30-27 victory over Gardendale.

DAVIS WINGATE, EUFAULA: Kicked a pair of field goals, including a 19 –yarder with 28 seconds left in the fourth quarter to force overtime, and also nailed all five extra points attempted in the Tigers’ 56-49 overtime loss to Hueytown.
ZACH PAPPANASTOS, MONTGOMERY CATHOLIC: Kicked a 41-yard field goal to put the Knights ahead 3-0 and the kick turned out to be the winning difference as Catholic (12-0) beat Handley 9-6 in the 4A playoffs.
LAJUAN JONES, FLORENCE: Returned a punt 41 yards for a second-half touchdown in a 38-31 loss to Thompson.