208 Teams Advance to the Playoffs in 7 Classes
MONTGOMERY – All of the seven the defending state football champions and a total of 19 unbeaten teams advanced to the first round of the 2019 Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) State Football Playoffs. First-round games are scheduled for Nov. 8, AHSAA Executive Director Steve Savarese announced Saturday.
The first round of the playoffs was officially set Saturday morning at the AHSAA Coaches’ Playoff Meeting. And for the first time in AHSAA history, the event was televised live over the AHSAA TV Network. The three-hour telecast is also available on a delayed basis on You Tube and on the WOTM network of cable stations. WOTM’s Vince Earley produced the program with the help of Michael Giddens of WOTM and David Holtsford of the AHSAA. AHSAA TV Weekly host Jon Holder and al.com sports director Josh Bean handled the plethora of interviews and gave their expert analysis of the first-round pairings in each classification.
All seven champions from 2018 are in the field, including: Class 7A Central-Phenix City (9-1); Class 6A Pinson Valley (7-2); Class 5A Central of Clay County (8-2); Class 4A UMS-Wright (9-0); Class 3A Flomaton (9-1); Class 2A Fyffe (10-0); and Class 1A Mars Hill Bible (10-0).
Unbeaten teams by class in the playoffs include: Class 1A: Decatur Heritage (10-0)Isabella (10-0); Lanett (9-0); Mars Hill Bible (10-0); Class 2A: Fyffe (10-0); Luverne (10-0); Ohatchee (9-0); Red Bay (10-0); Class 3A: Pike County (10-0); Pike Road (10-0); Susan Moore (10-0); Class 4A: Montgomery Catholic (10-0); UMS-Wright (9-0); Class 5A: Bibb County (10-0); Faith Academy (10-0); Jasper (10-0); Class 6A: Muscle Shoals (10-0); Saraland (10-0); Class 7A: McGill-Toolen Catholic (10-0).
Montgomery Catholic’s unbeaten regular season is the first for the school since 1979. Coach Aubrey Blackwell’s Knights will be at home next Friday in the first round of the Class 4A playoffs to face Williamson (7-3).
For Fyffe, it was the Red Devils’ 14 unbeaten regular season finish overall and fourth in a row. Coach Paul Benefield, who has a 292-53 overall coaching record, has guided Fyffe to seven perfect regular seasons in the last nine years, and the Red Devils take a 25-game winning streak into their first-round battle with Sheffield (6-4) next Friday. Fyffe will begin next season with a 48-game regular-season winning streak and 32-game winning streak in region play.
UMS-Wright, coached by Terry Curtis (312-85), has a 28-game winning streak overall, the AHSAA’s longest current winning streak overall. The Bulldogs have won seven championships and 235 games under Curtis’ supervision. UMS hosts Dale County (4-6) in the first round of the 4A playoffs Friday.
Mars Hill Bible is currently riding a 20-game winning streak as the Panthers of Coach Darrell Higgins heads into the first round of the Class 1A state playoffs next Friday at home against Woodville (4-6).
The AHSAA’s all-time wins leader Coach Buddy Anderson of Vestavia Hills and his Class 7A Rebels (7-3) are making their 32nd playoff appearance in 42 years and are back for the first time since 2015. He owns a 342-153 overall record and is just five games shy of coaching 500 games overall.
The AHSAA TV Network, produced by WOTM TV with executive producer Vince Earley, will showcase Class 5A Sylacauga (8-2) at Alexandria (7-2) Friday in the AHSAA Network/NFHS Network Game of the Week. Tommy Wood and Coach Rick Rhoades will be handling the announcing duties.
Approximately 50 playoff games are expected to be live-streamed in the first round over the NFHS Network.
The first-round playoff pairings are listed.
2019 AHSAA State Football Playoffs
All first-round games are scheduled for Friday, Nov. 8 at 7 p.m.
Georgiana (5-5) at Sweet Water (8-1)
Billingsley (5-50 at Maplesville (7-2)
Fruitdale (5-5) at Brantley (9-1)
Linden (5-4) at Notasulga (5-4)
Keith (6-4) at Lanett (9-0)
Marengo (6-4) at Elba (7-3)
Wadley (5-4) at Isabella (10-0)
Florala (7-3) at Millry (9-1)
Hubbertville (6-4) at Spring Garden (9-1)
Hackleburg (4-6) at Valley Head (6-4)
Victory Christian (6-4) at Pickens County (8-2)
Falkville (6-4) at Waterloo (8-2)
Woodville (4-6) at Mars Hill Bible (10-0)
Appalachian (6-4) at South Lamar (9-1)
Vina (3-7) at Decatur Heritage (10-0)
Berry (6-4) at Donoho (8-1)
Daleville (7-3) at Leroy (8-2)
Thorsby (6-4) at Goshen (7-3)
Chickasaw (6-3) at Ariton (8-2)
New Brockton (5-5) at LaFayette (5-4)
Zion Chapel (6-4) at Reeltown (9-1)
J.U. Blacksher (8-2) at Abbeville (8-2)
Fayetteville (6-4) at Luverne (10-0)
G.W. Long (8-2) at Cottage Hill Christian (8-2)
Westbrook Christian (7-3) at Aliceville (8-2)
North Sand Mountain (7-3) at Addison (8-2)
Southeastern (5-5) at Ohatchee (9-0)
Colbert County (6-4) at Collinsville (9-1)
Sheffield (6-4) at Fyffe (10-0)
Cold Springs (5-5) at Ranburne (9-1)
Cedar Bluff (7-3) at Red Bay (10-0)
Cleveland (5-5) at Sulligent (8-2)
Opp (4-6) at Flomaton (9-1)
Oakman (6-4) at Saint James (9-1)
T.R. Miller (6-4) at Pike County (10-0)
Montgomery Academy (6-4) at Winfield (7-3)
Bullock County (6-4) at Gordo (10-0)
Bayside Academy (5-5) at Providence Christian (9-1)
Carbon Hill (4-6) at Pike Road (10-0)
Geneva (8-2)at Mobile Christian (5-4)
B.B. Comer (5-5) at Fultondale (8-2)
Clements (6-4) at Geraldine (6-4)
J.B. Pennington (3-7) at Piedmont (9-1)
Sylvania (7-3) at Lauderdale County (8-2)
Pisgah (4-6) at Westminster Christian (7-2)
Midfield (6-3) at Randolph County (9-1)
Colbert Heights (6-4) at Susan Moore (10-0)
Walter Wellborn (9-1) at Locust Fork (6-4)
Dale County (4-6) at UMS-Wright (9-0)
Talladega (6-5) at Montevallo (6-4)
Williamson (7-3) at Montgomery Catholic (10-0)
West Blocton (5-5) at Handley (6-4)
Dallas County (4-6) at Lincoln (8-2)
Andalusia (7-3) at Trinity Presbyterian (6-4)
Holtville (6-4) at American Christian (9-1)
Alabama Christian (6-4) at Hillcrest-Evergreen (6-4)
Hokes Bluff (703( at Northside (9-1)
Rogers (3-6) at Priceville (7-3)
Cordova (5-5) at Jacksonville (8-2)
St. John Paul II Catholic (8-2) at Brooks (6-4)
Danville (5-5) at Deshler (7-3)
Good Hope (8-2) at Oneonta (7-3)
Central-Florence (3-7) at Fairview (8-2)
Anniston (6-4) at Fayette County (8-2)
Charles Henderson (4-5) at Faith Academy (10-0)
Pleasant Grove (9-1) at Chilton County (6-4)
Vigor (4-6) at Valley (6-4)
Demopolis (7-3) at Ramsay (8-2)
Marbury (6-4) at Briarwood Christian (9-1)
Jackson (5-5) at Rehobeth (7-2)
Parker (5-5) at Bibb County (10-0)
Greenville (6-4) at Citronelle (7-3)
Boaz (4-6) at Mortimer Jordan (8-2)
Guntersville(7-2) at Hamilton (8-2)
Center Point (7-3) at Etowah (9-1)
Russellville (8-2) at Scottsboro (8-2)
Corner (7-3) at Madison County (8-2)
Sylacauga (8-2) at Alexandria (7-2)
Madison Academy (5-5) at Jasper (10-0)
Sardis (5-5) at Central-Clay County (8-2)
Park Crossing (3-7) at Saraland (10-0)
Paul Bryant (7-3) at Stanhope Elmore (8-2)
Spanish Fort (5-4) at Dothan (8-2)
Wetumpka (5-5) at Bessemer City (8-2)
Selma (6-3) at Hueytown (9-1)
Blount (8-2) at Eufaula (8-2)
McAdory (6-4)at Opelika (8-1)
Sidney Lanier (3-5) at St. Paul’s Episcopal (7-3)
Clay-Chalkville (8-2) at Helena (9-1)
Buckhorn (4-6) at Athens (7-3)
Chelsea (5-5) at Oxford (9-1)
Cullman (5-5) at Mae Jemison (5-5)
Hartselle (4-6) at Fort Payne (8-2)
Homewood (4-6) at Pinson Valley (7-2)
Albertville (5-5) at Muscle Shoals (10-0)
Gardendale (7-3) at Minor (6-4)
Fairhope (6-4) at Central-Phenix City (9-1)
Prattville (8-2) at Theodore (8-2)
Enterprise (5-5) at McGill-Toolen Catholic (10-0)
Murphy (6-4) at Auburn (7-3)
Vestavia Hills (7-3) at James Clemens (8-2)
Sparkman (8-2) at Hoover (8-2)
Austin (7-3) at Thompson (8-1)
Mountain Brook (8-2) at Florence (6-4)
MONTGOMERY – Three challenges were made in six AHSAA varsity high school football contests using DVSport Instant Replay last week, said AHSAA Director of Officials Mark Jones. One of the calls on the field were reversed, Jones reports
For the 2019 season, a 59 challenges have been issued by coaches with 13 calls overturned upon review, a 22.0% reversal rate.
The reversal of a call came in a Class 7A game between Auburn and Central-Tuscaloosa, Jones said. “Auburn challenged a Central touchdown on the grounds that the runner may have stepped out of bounds before crossing the goal line. The video review showed the runner stepped out of bounds at the one-yard line, and the ball was placed at the 1-yard line.”
Jones said the other two challenges involved a catch/no catch in the Fayette County at Good Hope and the Gulf Shores at Spanish Fort games.
This week, four games will be utilizing the DVSport Instant Replay with three schools taking part for the first time this season. DVSport Instant Replay is in its second year of implementation. The NFHS has granted the AHSAA a three-year period to experiment with instant replay in regular-season games.
Instant Replay reviews this fall have consisted of the following:
59 reviews with 13 reversals. 22.0%
Week 10 Games with Instant Replay
SCHOOLS IN GAMES WITH INSTANT REPLAY THIS SEASON (67)
Class 7A (17)
Class 6A (19)
St. Paul’s Episcopal
Class 5A (15)
Class 4A (11)
Class 3A (1)
Class 2A (1)
Class 1A (1)
New Smyrna Beach (FL)
Saturday July 25, 2020
MONTGOMERY – The AHSAA TV Network / NFHS Network Game of the Week produced by WOTM TV for tonight has been shifted to Auburn vs. Park Crossing at Cramton Bowl. The change was made due to Gordo and Pickens County, the originally game of the week, was moved this morning to Friday night due to expected inclement weather, Game of the Week executive producer of WOTM Vince Earley said.
Both Class 7A Auburn and Class 6A Park Crossing have clinched a playoff berth for next week’s first round of the 2019 AHSAA State Football Playoffs.
“We’re disappointed that we won’t be broadcasting the Pickens County-Gordo game,” Earley said. “We are excited, however, to be showing the Park Crossing-Auburn game at Cramton Bowl.”
Game time for tonight’s telecast will be at 7 p.m., with announcers Tommy Wood and Coach Rick Rhoades handling the play-by-play and color commentary. The game will be 10th Game of the Week in the series in 2019.
The NFHS Network is live-streaming all seven state championship matches at today’s 49th AHSAA Elite Eight State Volleyball Championships at Birmingham’s Bill Harris Arena located at the CrossPlex. Eight football contests will be live-streamed to night with 45 tomorrow. A total 70 events are played through Monday.
The AHSAA TV Network and its producer WOTM TV will have a three-hour playoff special show originating from the AHSAA Office Saturday morning breaking down the AHSAA playoff brackets in each classification. Classes 1A, 2A, 3A and 4A meet at 9 a.m., in a pre-playoff planning meeting with the official bra
ckets announced during the session. Classes 5A, 6A and 7A meet at 10:30 a.m. with the same planning meeting.
WOTM cameras will capture the highlights of both meetings and will have commentators Jon Holder and Josh Bean on hand to discuss the brackets, the match-ups, the playoff history of the teams and much, much more. The program will be live-streamed over the NFHS Network and on the WOTM group of cable stations from 9 a.m., until noon. Be sure to make plans to tune in.
The schedule of football and volleyball contests set to be livestreamed over the NFHS Network beginning today and through the weekend can be found at the following links:
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AHSAA Offensive Spotlight
MONTGOMERY – Daleville High School senior running Jalen White, who leads the nation in rushing this season, was in top form once again in the Warhawks’ 78-26 victory over winless Barbour County.
After rushing for 465 yards and seven touchdowns on 26 carries last week, he followed up with 462 rushing yards and eight touchdowns on just nine carries – all in the first half – to earn the AHSAA Offensive Spotlight for the second week in a row.
White had TD runs were 29, 54, 75, 37, 41, 65, 81 and 69 yards – an average of 51.4 yards per carry, which ranks third best in AHSAA single-game history. The Warhawks scored 10 touchdowns for the night on just 11 offensive plays.
He boosted his season rushing totals to 3,381 yards and 46 touchdowns and became just the fifth player in AHSAA history to rush for more than 3,000 yards in a single season. He is the first to reach that milestone in the regular season, however.
His yardage total is now second best in AHSAA history, only 102 yards behind the state-record of 3,483 set by Dale County's Jamarius Henderson in 2014 in 15 games. The 46 TDs is now only seven behind the state record of 53 by North Jackson's Lee Witherspoon in 2018. White now has 6,490 career yards (12th most in AHSAA history).
Others in the 3,000 yards rushing club include Kendal Gibson of Aliceville (2000), Lee Cagle of Lynn (1996) and Sherman Williams of Blount (1990). Each running back played in 15 games.
Daleville (7-3) is off this week and will begin the Class 4A state playoffs next week as the No. 4 seed from Class 3A, Region 2.
Making a strong challenge for the Offensive Spotlight was Locust Fork quarterback Charlie Cater. He accounted for 462 yards and six touchdowns in Locust Fork's 55-46 victory over Hanceville to clinch second seed in Class 3A, Region 5.
He was 24-of-27 passing for 334 yards and two TDs and rushed 18 times for 128 yards and four scores in the win.
For the season Cater has 3,157 total yards (1,461 rushing, 21 TD's, 1,660 passing and 14 TDs. He also has one pass reception of 36 yards and has punted for a 36.6-yard average on 28 kicks this season. He needs just 39 or more rushing yards to become the first Locust Fork player to rush for 1,500 yards and pass for 1,500 yards in the same season.
Other outstanding efforts reported to the AHSAA from last week’s games include:
ELI PEARCE, WEST END: Finished with 394 total yards and four touchdowns in the Patriots’ 38-21 victory over Woodland. The senior quarterback completed 13-of-28 passes for 228 yards and two touchdowns and rushed 26 times for 166 yards and two scores.
ZACHARY BURNETT, GUNTERSVILLE: Led the Wildcats to a 28-26 win over East Limestone with a 16-of-26 passing effort for 339 yards and three touchdowns.
CHASE FORD, JEFF DAVIS: The freshman quarterback was 15-of-28 passing for 275 yards and two touchdowns in a 22-14 loss to Enterprise.
TOBIAS ROBINSON, CHICKASAW: Was 8-of-13 passing for 246 yards and three touchdowns in a 49-0 win over Washington County.
SETH BROWN, ST. JOHN PAUL II CATHOLIC: Was 22-of-33 passing for 209 yards and two touchdowns and also rushed for 213 yards and two scores on 21 carries as the Falcons clinched a Class 4A, Region 7 playoff berth with a 35-34 win over DAR.
QUINCY CRITTENDON, AUSTIN: Completed 14-of-25 passes for 304 yards and three touchdowns in Austin's 27-24 loss to James Clemens on Thursday.
PEARSON BALDWIN, SPRINGVILLE: Was 13-of-15 passing for 223 yards and for four touchdowns and rushed 11 times for 107 yards and two more scores as the Tigers beat St. Clair County 51-6. He finished with 330 total yards and accounted for six TDs.
TRENT BATTLE, DAPHNE: Kept the Trojans’ playoff hopes alive completing 8-of-18 passes for 218 yards in a 53-46 win over St. Paul’s Episcopal.
TATE WARR, MILLRY: Was 8-of-17 passing for 215 yards and four touchdowns in the Wildcats’ 34-7 victory over St. Luke’s Episcopal.
JACK HAYES, PIEDMONT: Completed 19-of-26 pass attempts for 206 yards and four touchdowns and rushed for 91 yards in the previously unbeaten Bulldogs’ 40-35 loss at Walter Wellborn.
LOGAN SMOTHERS, MUSCLE SHOALS: The Alabama All-Star quarterback selection completed 17-of-20 passes for 199 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 83 yards and a TD on 10 carries as the Trojans (10-0) closed out the regular season with a 36-12 win over Wetumpka.
KADEN CUPP, NEW BROCKTON: Threw for 204 yards and four touchdowns and added 41 yards rushing with an 11-yard TD run in the Gamecocks' 38-0 win over Zion Chapel.
CADEN JONES, HACKLEBURG: Passed for 202 yards and three touchdowns in the Panthers’ 46-8 win over Vina.
RYAN GALLOWAY, GOSHEN: Accounted for 324 yards and all three touchdowns in the Eagles' 35-21 loss to Highland Home. Galloway completed 13-of-18 pass attempts for 191 yards with two TDs and rushed for 133 yards with one TD.
RYLEY KIRK, SPRING GARDEN: Completed 12-of-18 pass attempts for 131 yards and two touchdowns to Cooper Austin (13 and 32 yards). He also ran for two scores (1 and 14 yards) in the Panthers’ 34-0 win over Ragland.
KRIS ABRAMS-DRAINE, SPANISH FORT: Was 11-of-13 passing for 172 yards and a pair of touchdowns as the Toros beat Gulf Shores 42-3. He also scored on a 5-yard run.
LANDON GREEN, NORTH SAND MOUNTAIN: Completed 4-of-4 passes for 163 yards and a touchdown and ran for another touchdown in a 49-7 victory over Section.
KAMBREE JOHNSON, PARKER: Passed and rushed for 132 yards each as the Herd downed Wenonah 20-16.
SLADE ALEXANDER, CHEROKEE COUNTY: Totaled 228 total yards to lead the Warriors past Cleburne County 37-14. He was 8-of-13 passing for 121 yards and a touchdown and ran for 107 yards and two touchdowns on nine carries. One TD run covered 60 yards. He had an interception on defense.
DAMIEN TAYLOR, TUSCALOOSA COUNTY: Totaled 27 carries for 375 yards and five TDs in a 42-21 victory over Spain Park.
MARQUIS JOHNSON, HELENA: The junior running back had 30 carries for 256 yards and six touchdowns in a 62-20 victory over Pelham.
JERRY BURTON, PRICEVILLE: Burton rushed for 285 yards and two touchdowns as Priceville defeated West Morgan 24-22 to clinch second seed in Class 4A, Region 7 for the state playoffs.
MATHEW TURNAGE, ARAB: Picked up 258 rushing yards and six touchdowns on 31 carries to lead the Knights to a 48-20 win over Madison Academy. He went over the 1,000-yard rushing mark on the season with the effort. Quarterback Ross Reynolds also added 155 rushing yards on 22 carries and was 8-of-12 passing for 83 yards and another score in the win.
B.J. CARLISLE, OXFORD: Ran 24 times for 232 yards in a 31-24 victory over Gardendale.
ANTONIO MASON, HUEYTOWN: Ran 34 times for 192 yards and two touchdowns in a 38-21 victory over Paul W. Bryant to clinch the Class 6A, Region 4 title for the Gophers (9-0).
GABE PUGH, COLBERT HEIGHTS: Had 30 carries for 227 yards and three scores in a 31-28 overtime win over Phil Campbell.
EMMANEL HENDERSON, GENEVA COUNTY: Rushed for 212 yards on seven carries with four touchdowns (30, 7, 54 and 69 yards) in the Bulldogs' 49-8 win over Houston County.
DAQUAN JOHNSON, FLOMATON: Ran for 201 yards and three touchdowns as the defending Class 3A state champion Hurricanes (8-1) captured the Region 1 title with a 20-12 win over T.R. Miller.
DALTON HANBACK, CENTRAL-FLORENCE: Had 12 carries for 199 yards and three touchdowns in a 23-20 loss to Rogers.
C.J. EVANS, McGILL-TOOLEN CATHOLIC: The Jackets (9-0) got a big performance from Evans, who rushed for 186 yards on 19 carries, returned two kickoffs for 118 yards and finished with 319 all-purpose yards in a 42-14 win over Baker to clinch the 7A, Region 1 crown.
CAULLIN LACY, FAITH ACADEMY: Rushed for 178 yards and two touchdowns as the Rams (9-0) downed Satsuma 42-7 to finish unbeaten in Class 5A, Region 1.
ETHAN HEGGY, HACKLEBURG: Rushed for 177 yards and two scores of 1 and 11 yards and caught four passes for 82 yards to finish with 259 total yards in a 46-8 win over Vina.
JOHNNY GILLIAM, NORTH JACKSON: Rushed for 167 yards and one touchdown on 17 carries and also snagged an 80-yard TD pass in the Chiefs’ 42-26 win over Randolph.
JARVICE PRYOR, CLEMENTS: Rushed for 144 yards and three touchdowns in a 26-13 win over Lexington and now has 1,584 rushing yards and 23 TDs on 224 carries on the season.
MICHAEL TUCKER, COLLINSVILLE: Picked up 117 rushing yards on 19 carries and scored three touchdowns (10, 5 and 3 yards) in the Panthers’ 38-0 victory at Cedar Bluff which clinched the No. 2 playoff seed in Class 2A, Region 8.
JABRE BARBER, DOTHAN: Scored on a 3-yard run with 57 seconds left and added a two-point conversion, helping Dothan rally past Sidney Lanier 22-19, clinching the Class 6A, Region 2 title in the Wolves' first season.
JAMARI JEMISON, MINOR: Caught four passes for 170 yards and two touchdowns in a 33-6 victory over Carver-Birmingham.
REGINALD SUMMAGE, JEFF DAVIS: Had eight catches for 161 yards and one TD in a 22-14 loss to Enterprise. Teammate Tavares Womack also had five receptions for 120 yards and a TD.
JABARI BROWN, AUSTIN: Had five catches for 157 yards and a TD, all in the second half, in the Black Bears’ 27-24 loss to James Clemens. Teammate James Shackelford also had seven receptions for 116 yards and two TDs.
COOPER KELLEY, SPAIN PARK: Caught nine passes for 127 yards in a 42-21 loss to Tuscaloosa County.
J.J. EVANS, MONTEVALLO: Pulled down seven receptions for 128 yards and one touchdown and also scored a two-point conversion in a 32-26 victory over Greensboro.
TRE AUSMER, HOMEWOOD: Caught five passes for 127 yards, including a 71-yard touchdown, in a 28-6 victory over Jackson-Olin.
QUEMAINE GAMBLE, MADISON COUNTY: Grabbed eight receptions for 146 yards and a touchdown TD in a 42-7 victory over Ardmore.
HAYES FLOYD, ARITON: Hauled in four pass receptions for 113 yards with one TD and rushed for 94 yards on just two carries with a TD in the Purple Cats' 36-10 win over Cottonwood. He also scored on a two-point conversion run.
JEREMIAH ROBERSON, WEST END: Caught eight passes for 122 yards and a touchdown in the Patriots’ 38-21 victory over Woodland.
TYQUILLIN MIMS, BALDWIN COUNTY: Caught six passes for 108 yards and two touchdowns in the Tigers’42-12 win over B.C. Rain.
SEAN ZERKLE, ST. JOHN PAUL II CATHOLIC: Caught seven passes for 112 yards and a TD in a 35-34 win over DAR.
Adrian Milton, Murphy: Caught five passes for 121 yards and two touchdowns in a 35-17 win over Foley.
REESE BURKHARDT, ANDALUSIA: Grabbed six receptions for 105 yards and three touchdowns as the Bulldogs blanked Clarke County 35-0).
COOPER AUSTIN, SPRING GARDEN: Hauled in seven passes for 97 yards and two touchdowns (13 and 32 yards) and ran in a 2-point conversion in the Panthers' 34-0 victory over Ragland.
SILAS THOMPSON, PIEDMONT: Caught eight passes for 95 yards and two touchdowns in the Bulldogs’ 40-35 loss at Walter Wellborn.
TY SMITH, MUSCLE SHOALS: Caught seven passes for 85 yards and two touchdowns and tacked on a 66-yard run to finish with 141 total yards in a 36-12 win over Wetumpka.
BAKER WILSON, DECATUR HERITAGE: Caught TD passes of 64 and 50 yards as the Eagles finished the regular season 10-0 with a 39-14 win over Woodville.
MONTGOMERY – Senior place-kicker Cole Porch’s 54-yard field goal in the final moments of the fourth quarter Friday night tied the Aggies’ Class 5A, Region 5 battle with Talladega County rival Munford at 22 all.
His teammates responded by posting a touchdown in overtime to win the key region contest 29-22 to clinch the fourth and final spot in Region 5 for the upcoming AHSAA alive state football championships alive. The kick can been seen, thank to WOTM TV, at the attached link:
The longest field goal in Aggies football history earned Porch this week’s AHSAA Special Teams Spotlight for Week 9 of the high school football season.
The Aggies (7-2) of Coach Matt Griffin are now off until the first round of the state playoffs Nov. 8. The 54-yard field goal is the third longest in the AHSAA this season. Alex McPherson of Fort Payne has kicked a 57 and 56-yarder for the Wildcats. Porch’s kick is also the longest field goal in Sylacauga High School and Talladega County prep history, based on field goals listed in the AHSAA Record Book. The longest in state history was a 61-yard free kick by Sage Ledbetter of Auburn vs. Smiths Station in 2015. Porch now joins six other prep place-kickers with 54-yard field goals in their careers. Will Reichard of Hoover, now at the University of Alabama, was the last prep player to boot a 54-yarder. His kick came in 2018 versus Oak Mountain. A total of 21 field goals of 55 yards or longer are listed in the AHSAA Record Book. McPherson’s older brother Evan McPherson kicked a 60-yarder in 2017 for Fort Payne against Brewer in 2017 for the longest kick in AHSAA history from a traditional center snap, hold and kick.
Special teams turned in several outstanding performances in addition to Porch’s kick last week.
Those reported include:
EVAN McGUIRE, THOMPSON: The Alabama All-Star place-kicker selection booted three field goals, including one from 44 yards and another from 42, in a 35-29 loss to Hewitt-Trussville.
NOLAN JOHNSON, SOUTHSIDE-GADSDEN: Provided all the Panthers’ points in a 6-3 victory over Crossville with a game-tying 19-yard field goal late in the third quarter and the game-winning 25-yard field goal with just over two minutes to go in the game.
CARTER SHELTON, ROGERS: The freshman made a 22-yard field goal as time expired to give Rogers a 23-20 win over Central-Florence, securing a No. 3 seed in the playoffs for the Pirates.
DANIEL SPARKS, GADSDEN CITY: Kicked a 30-yard field goal, was 2-for-2 on extra points and booted a 47-yard punt near the end of the game that pinned the Tigers on their own 2-yard line to essentially secure Gadsden City’s 17-14 win over Grissom for the Titans’ first win of the season.
TRISTAN CHEATHAM, COLBERT HEIGHTS: The freshman kicked nailed a 20-yard field goal that hit the cross bar and bounced through in overtime to lift playoff-bound Colbert Heights to a 31-28 win over Phil Campbell.
J.J. VALLEHO, PRICEVILLE: Kicked a clutch 35-yard field goal as Priceville beat West Morgan 24-22.
NATHAN TUCKER, EAST LAWRENCE: Scored on a 99-yard kickoff return in a 31-18 loss to Westminster Christian.
JUDSON LISENBY, HOUSTON ACADEMY: Punted seven times for a 45.3 average with two 50 yarders and also converted his only point after attempt in a 42-7 loss to Providence Christian.
CHARLES RICHARDSON, BARBOUR COUNTY: Returned a kickoff 84 yards for a TD in a 78-26 loss to Daleville. H also had 71 yards rushing and another TD.
RUSSELL WEEKS, NEW BROCKTON: Punted three times for a 46-yard average and had a long kick of 66 yards as the Gamecocks beat Zion Chapel 38-0.
AHSAA Defensive Spotlight for Week 9
MONTGOMERY – Coach Don Jacobs’ defensive unit sparked Scottsboro High School’s 35-0 victory over Brewer last Friday to grab the AHSAA Prep Defensive Spotlight for Week 9 of the 2019 football season.
Senior A.J. Widgeon led a defensive squad allowed no points, no first downs and zero total offensive yards in the win. He had five tackles. Including one for a loss.
The Wildcats (7-2) clinched a tie for the Class 5A, Region 8 title with Madison County but will be the second seed heading into the state playoffs next week. Madison County is No. 1 seed with its win over Scottsboro in the regular season.
The Wildcats limited Brewer, which had no turnovers, to minus-34 yards rushing on 14 plays, which ranks fifth all-time, according to the AHSAA Record Book listings. The Patriots were 6-of-14 passing for 34 yards for a net zero yards – which ranks third all-time in the AHSAA. Scottsboro also had 24 first downs to Brewer’s zero total. The zero first downs ranks first in the AHSAA. According the Scottsboro sports historian Greg Bell, the Wildcats allow zero first downs once before in school history – versus Madison County in 1933.
The AHSAA state record for fewest total yards allowed was set by Susan Moore against Brindlee Mountain (minus-11 yards) in 2017. Houston County limited McKenzie to minus-5 yards in another 2017 contest.
Greensboro allowed minus-67 yards rushing in a win over Uniontown in 1977 for the state record for fewest rushing yards allowed.
The Scottsboro offense also did it part in the win by keeping the ball for 61 plays compared 28 for Brewer. Cam Bass rushed 22 times for 121 yards and a TD, and junior quarterback Jacob Manning rushed 14 times for 98 yards four TDs, completed 6-of 8 passes for 57 yards and returned two punts for 73 yards with a long of 56 yards. Junior kicker and foreign exchange student from the Netherlands Mees duCroo de Young booted five extra points. He is 33-o- 35 extra points on the season and 2-for-2 on field goals.
Other outstanding efforts reported included:
CHARLES BAKER, AUSTIN: Was credited with 22 tackles and an interception in a 27-24 loss to James Clemens.
JAKOBI HUNTER, LEEDS: Recorded 18 tackles and also rushed for 160 yards and three touchdowns on 17 carries as Leeds beat Childersburg 24-12.
ZAC PRISOC, MORTIMER JORDAN: Recorded 14 tackles, including three for a loss, and added an interception in 41-0 victory over Moody.
CAM WILLIAMS, McADORY: Intercepted two passes to anchor a stingy defense in a 42-6 victory over Brookwood.
MALACHI MOORE, HEWITT-TRUSSVILLE: Returned interception 57 yards for a game-clinching touchdown in a 35-29 victory over Thompson.
DYLAN CREECH, GENEVA: The linebacker had 14 tackles, including two for losses, in Geneva's 26-21 win over Wicksburg.
MAKEL AVERY, GOSHEN: Totaled 14 tackles, five for losses, in the Eagles 35-21 loss to Highland Home.
KARSTEN THREATT, MIDFIELD: Totaled nine tackles and an interception on defense and rushed 14 times for 115 yards and two touchdowns in Midfield’s 22-20 win over J.B. Pennington.
BRADY JAMES, OPP: Earned nine tackles and had a 43-yard interception return for a touchdown in a 31-16 Bobcat win over Slocomb.
CHRISTOPHER BEASHEARS, SLOCOMB: Had 12 tackles, including a quarterback sack, in Slocomb's 31-16 loss to Opp. He also had one pass deflection.
KORY CHAPMAN, HOOVER: Returned an interception 31 yards for a touchdown and recovered a fumble on the second-half kickoff in a 34-10 victory over Mountain Brook.
JESSE HALL, PLEASANT GROVE: Intercepted two passes in a 55-22 victory over Woodlawn.
T.J. OSBORN, COLLINSVILLE: Returned a fumble 29 yards for a touchdown in the Panthers’ 38-0 victory at Cedar Bluff.
ANDREW BATES, SPRING GARDEN: Returned an interception for a touchdown in the third quarter of the Panthers’ 34-0 victory over Ragland.
MONTGOMERY – Highland Home High School has been fined and placed on probation for one year for violating AHSAA eligibility rules. The school self-reported the violation.
Highland Home played an ineligible student in violation of the AHSAA’s Bona Fide Transfer Rule, which can be found on page 33 of the 2019-20 AHSAA Handbook.
Highland Home’s football program must forfeit all games won that the ineligible student participated in. Highland Home’s football team has forfeited its Class 2A, Region 3 wins over Central-Hayneville, Calhoun, Samson, Zion Chapel and Luverne as well as its non-region win over Verbena.
The Flying Squadron’s season record is now 1-7 overall and 1-5 in Region 2. The 2A, Region 3 standings on-line at www.ahsaa.com now reflect the forfeits for all teams affected.
Current Season Reversal Percentage is 21.4%
Week 8 Has 12 Challenges, 1 reversal for Schools
Using AHSAA’s DVSport Instant Replay
MONTGOMERY – A record 12 challenges were made in nine AHSAA varsity high school football contests using DVSport Instant Replay last week, said AHSAA Director of Officials Mark Jones. However, only one of the calls on the field were reversed, Jones reports. It came, however, in one of the most exciting finishes of a contest using Instant Replay since the program began.
For the 2019 season, a 56 challenges have been issued by coaches with 12 calls overturned upon review, a 21.4% reversal rate.
The reversed call last week came in the Hamilton vs. East Limestone contest in Class 5A, Region 7. “With 45 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter and Lawrence County trailing by 17-10, Hamilton intercepted a Lawrence County pass on third down-and-two from the 24-yard line,” Jones said “Lawrence County challenged that the play clock expired prior to the snap. The play clock was visible in the video review and the play clock and the replay review clearly showed that the time did expire prior to the snap.”
Jones said the the result was that the interception was nullified, the delay penalty was enforced to bring up third down from the 29-yard line.
“Lawrence County then completed a touchdown pass on the next play, which was challenged by Hamilton,” Jones said. “Upon review of that challenge, the touchdown stood as called. Hamilton then stopped Lawrence County on its two-point conversion attempt and won the game 17-16.”
Other challenges involved a backward pass, fumbles, forward progress spots, completed passes and verifying the correct down.
This week, six games will be utilizing the DVSport Instant Replay with five schools taking part for the first time this season. DVSport Instant Replay is in its second year of implementation. The NFHS has granted the AHSAA a three-year period to experiment with instant replay in regular-season games.
Jones reported that the Instant Replay reviews this fall have consisted of the following:
56 reviews with 12 reversals. 21.4%
Week 9 Games with Instant Replay
SCHOOLS IN GAMES WITH INSTANT REPLAY THIS SEASON (62)
Class 7A (17)
Class 6A (18)
St. Paul’s Episcopal
Class 5A (13)
Class 4A (9)
Class 3A (1)
Class 2A (1)
Class 1A (1)
New Smyrna Beach (FL)
50 AHSAA Football Contests Planned Thursday Night
MONTGOMERY –A total of 50 AHSAA high school football contests will be played Thursday night, October 24, several moved from Friday to avoid potential inclement weather.
Among them is Briarwood Christian in Class 5A, Region 4 – the AHSAA TV Network/NFHS Network Game of the Week. The game is being produced by WOTM TV with Vince Earley as executive producer, and the announcing team of Tommy Woods and Coach Rick Rhoades handling the commentary with Jon Holder as the sideline reporter. The contest will be available live on WOTM on several cable networks (Channel 80 on Charter Cable) and on the NFHS Network’s subscriber-based platform.
Earley also announced the final AHSAA TV Network Game of the Week for the regular season will be Gordo (8-0) at Pickens County (7-1) next Thursday, October 31. The county rivals have both won their respective region titles, the Green Wave in 3A, Region 4 and the Tornadoes in 1A, Region 6.
Thursday’s schedule had 11 contests originally scheduled prior to this week, but in an effort to avoid possible inclement weather, 39 other varsity games have been moved up from Friday to Thursday.
This week is the final round of region play for most schools. Many of the games will decided playoff participants.
The list of games currently set for Thursday night are listed below.
The Lions (7-1) of Coach Matthew Forester go into the game at Fairfield (3-5) tied at 5-1 in region play with Pleasant Grove (7-1) and Ramsay (7-2). Coach Keon Handley’s Tigers (3-3) need a win to clinch the fourth playoff spot in Region 4. Fairfield could wind up in a three-way tie for the final spot should Wenonah beat Parker in another Thursday game. Forester, an all-state linebacker at Briarwood finishing his last season as a player in 1998, is in his first season as head coach. He replaced his own high school coach, legendary Fred Yancey, who retired after last season with 319 career wins. Handley is in his third season as head coach at Fairfield.
The Rams host John Carroll Catholic in another Thursday game, and Pleasant Grove travels to Woodlawn Friday. Jasper (8-0) moved its game with Hamilton (7-1) to Thursday in Class 5A, Region 7. The Vikings are 6-0 in region play and Hamilton is 5-1. In Class 5A, Region 5, Central of Clay County (6-2) hosts Center Point (7-2) in a contest that could decide the Region 5 crown. The defending Class 5A state champion Volunteers are currently tied with the Eagles and Mortimer Jordan at 5-1 in region play. The Blue Devils (7-2) host Moody (3-5) on Friday.
In Class 6A, Hueytown (8-0) can wrap up the Region 4 championship with a win over Paul Bryant (6-2). The Gophers are 5-0 in region play and the Stampede (6-2) are 4-1. Bessemer City, which plays Northridge (1-7) Thursday, is also 4-1. Wins by Paul Bryant and Bessemer City could create a three-way tie for first place, requiring the region title to be decided by the tie-breakers.
Seventeen games are set for Thursday over the NFHS Network School Broadcast Program platform. Another 40 are set for Friday night.
The complete AHSAA schedule of football contests set to be livestreamed over the NFHS Network this weekend can be found at the following links:
The complete AHSAA schedule of football and volleyball contests set to be livestreamed over the NFHS Network this weekend can be found at the following links:
The complete list of games currently set for Thursday are listed below.
AHSAA Thursday, October 24 Football Schedule
Includes contests moved from Friday due to possible inclement weather
AHSAA TV Network / NFHS Network Game of the Week (WOTM)
Briarwood Christian at Fairfield
OTHER THURSDAY GAMES
Billingsley at Lanett
Hackleburg at Vina
Ragland at Spring Garden, NFHS Network
Addison at Hatton
Central-Hayneville at Highland Home
Cleveland at Westbrook Christian
Fyffe at Ider
Gaston at Ohatchee
Red Bay at Tharptown
Section at North Sand Mountain
Selma (6A) at Aliceville
Sheffield at Tanner
Southeastern at Tarrant
Vincent at Fayetteville, NFHS Network
B.B. Comer at Weaver
Greene County at Oakman
Hale County at Winfield
Isabella (1A) at Fultondale
Phil Campbell at Colbert Heights
J.B. Pennington at Midfield
Mobile Christian at St. Michael Catholic
Ashville at Anniston
Deshler at West Limestone
Fayette County at Good Hope, NFHS Network
Hokes Bluff at Jacksonville, NFHS Network
Randolph at North Jackson
St. John Paul II Catholic at DAR
West Morgan at Priceville
White Plains at Oneonta
Ardmore at Madison County, NFHS Network
Brewer at Scottsboro
Center Point at Central, Clay County
Douglas at Alexandria
East Limestone at Guntersville
Hamilton at Jasper
Hayden at West Point, NFHS Network
Jackson at LeFlore, NFHS Network
John Carroll Catholic at Ramsay, NFHS Network
Wenonah at Parker, NFHS Network
Brookwood at McAdory, NFHS Network
Clay-Chalkville at Huffman, NFHS Network
Hazel Green at Hartselle, NFHS Network
Jackson-Olin at Homewood, NFHS Network
Minor at Carver, Birmingham, NFHS Network
Northridge at Bessemer City
Park Crossing at Carver, Montgomery, NFHS Network
Paul Bryant at Hueytown, NFHS Network
Austin at James Clemens, NFHS Network
AHSAA Special Teams Spotlight
HARTFORD – Calling Geneva County High School sophomore Emmanuel Henderson a kick return specialist doesn’t quite tell it all. Coach JimBob Striplin’s explosive all-purpose back had 187 yards in kickoff returns, including returning one for a 70-yard touchdown, in the Bulldogs’ 70-51 loss to Daleville. The kickoff return for a TD was his sixth of the season – tying the state single-season record set by Richmon Singletary of Elba in 2018 and earning Henderson the AHSAA Special Teams Spotlight for Week 8.
The six kickoff returns for TDs puts his name in some tall company – like David Palmer of Jackson-Olin and Steve Coleman of Pike County, two kick return specialists who earned back-to-back Mr. Football Awards from the Alabama Sports Writers Association in 1989 and 1990. Henderson set the single-game kick-return yardage mark earlier this season with 252 yards and TDs of 99 and 80 yards in a 54-49 loss to Ariton.
The Bulldogs’ star runner had had 21 rush attempts for 153 yards and three touchdowns covering 38, 26 and 9 yards versus Daleville and added two pass receptions for 35 yards to finish with 375 all-purpose yards and four scores . Daleville’s Jalen White, who earned the AHSAA Offensive Spotlight with 465 yards rushing and seven touchdowns, finished the game with 748 all-purpose yards in the same game.
His sixth kickoff return this season pushed him past a group of five that have had five kickoff returns for scores in a single season. Among they is Peyton Higgins of defending Class 1A state champion Mars Hill Bible. He accomplished that feat in 15 games last season. Also with five kickoff returns in a single season are Javin Thatch of Tanner (2011); Brandon Hale of Lexington (1998); Jason Wilkins of Shelby County (1997); and Steven Reese of Florala (1997).
The AHSAA’s most famous kick returner, Jack Golson of Fort Deposit, set a national record in 1950 by returning six punts for TDs in a 61-13 win over Loretto for Lowndes County High School. He had four in the first quarter covering 65, 50, 90 and 75 yards, and added two more (75 and 73) yards later in the game to close out the game with an NFHS record 428 punt return yards in a single game.
Several other outstanding special team efforts were also reported from last week’s slate of games, including Piedmont’s Jakari Foster, who sped 86 yards on the opening kickoff for a touchdown as the unbeaten Bulldogs (8-0) clinched the Region 6 crown with a 52-14 win over B .B. Comer. It was the second time this season Foster has returned the opening kickoff for a score. He also caught a 29-yard TD pass from quarterback Jack Hayes in the win.
Also reported were:
CAL HIGDON, BRIARWOOD CHRISTIAN: Intercepted a fourth-quarter pass and blocked a field goal on the game’s final play to secure a 21-20 victory over Ramsay.
JAYLIN PETERSON, RAMSAY: Returned a kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown in loss to Briarwood Christian.
DAVIS WINGATE, EUFAULA: Booted two field goals of 36 and 30 yards, converted both extra-point kicks, had a kickoff for a touchback and punted three times for a 36.0-yard average in the Tigers’ 20-7 win over Carver-Montgomery. Two of the punts were downed inside the 20-yard line.
KEION JACKSON, DALE COUNTY: Had an 80-yard kickoff return for a touchdown that sparked a 29-point second-half rally for the Warriors in a 39-30 come-from-behind win over Headland. Dale County overcame 30-10 deficit to clinch a Class 4A state playoff spot. Teammate Christian Herandez kicked a 44-yard field goal and was 2-of-2 on extra points in the win.
CAMDEN SKIPPER, SCOTTSBORO: Blocked an extra-point kick and had six tackles as the Wildcats beat Madison Academy 21-12.
WILL EDWARDS, WESTBROOK CHRISTIAN: Kicked a 23-yard field goal and five extra points as the Warriors beat Woodland 45-15.
ANBRE LEEK, CEDAR BLUFF: Returned a punt 57 yards for a touchdown and also had two catches for 84 yards and a score in the Tigers’ 40-6 win at Ider.
JAVAR STRONG, MUSCLE SHOALS: Scooped up a blocked punt and raced 25 yards for a touchdown in a 49-21 victory over Athens.
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