In other highlights reported:
STEPHANIE SHARP, BUCKHORN: Totaled 177 assists for the Bucks (46-16) in nine matches last week.
SIDNEY KEETON, CARBON HILL: Led the Bulldogs (53-5) to a 7-1 record for the week with 170 assists and 15 aces.
MOLLY KATE ATKINS, JASPER: Led the Vikings (57-5) to a 10-1 record in l1 matches with 157 assists and 42 digs. Class 5A Jasper beat four 7A teams and 3A power Montgomery Academy at the Margaret Blalock tourney.
BRI WILSON, THOMPSON: Dished out 120 assists while accumulating 34 digs and 11 service aces as the Warriors (28-12) went 5-2 on the week.
MADDIE MOSS, OAK MOUNTAIN: Had 107 assists, 50 digs and eight aces as Oak Mountain went 3-3 on the week, including 2-2 in a tournament in Louisiana over the weekend.
HANNAH VINES, VESTAVIA HILLS: Notched 91 kills and 64 digs in nine matches for the Rebels (25-12).
RYA McKINNON, HOOVER: Totaled 81 kills, 11 blacks, 45 digs and 14 aces in eight marches for the Bucs (32-9).
CAMERON SPENCE, HUNTSVILLE: Recorded 77 kills, 26 blocks and 40 digs in seven matches for the Panthers.
JADA WILLIS, DESHLER: Picked up 36 kills and 26 blocks in five matches for the Tigers (24-20),
TORI WALKER, WILSON: In three match wins, Walker registered 33 kills – averaging 11.0 per match – and also had 20 blocks and six service aces for Wilson (35-9).
SYDNI WILKINS, SATSUMA: Notched 20 kills, six blocks and 17 digs for the Gators (23-10) in two match wins.
MALLORY ROE, SWEET WATER: Served up 11 aces and had 10 kills in two match win.
ABBY ARIAS, HARTSELLE: Led the Tigers (43-18) to the Silver Bracket title in the Shrimp Festival Tourney recording 110 digs in nine matches.
ELISE HOPPENJANS, VESTAVIA HILLS: Had 108 digs in nine matches for VHHS.
ABBY TERRY, DECATUR HERITAGE: Had 94 digs as DCA (22-25) rolled to six wins in seven matches.
ALEX PRESSNELL, BUCKHORN: Had 84 digs as the Bucks went 7-2 in nine matches.
MIKAYLA BRIGGS, HUNTSVILLE: Registered 65 digs and eight service aces in seven matches.
LEE KEENER, CENTRAL-FLORENCE: Managed 61 digs and six aces in four matches on the week.
AUGUST GILLILAND, SAND ROCK: Managed 51 digs and 43 kills on the week for Sand Rock.
MONTGOMERY – Hokes Bluff High School junior running back Darrian Meads did all he could and then some … to make Eagles head coach Mike Robertson’s special night even more memorable last Friday.
Meads needed only 17 rush attempts to set a school record with 401 yards rushing as Hokes Bluff beat Cleburne County 49-10 for the first win in Eagles stadium under its new moniker “Michael Robertson Stadium” to share the AHSAA Football Spotlight this week with his much beloved coach. The stadium was named in his honor in a pre-game ceremony Friday.
Meads made his impact felt immediately racing 89 yards on Hokes Bluff’s second offensive play of the game. He added TD runs of 1 and 60 yards and caught a 42-yard touchdown pass to finish the night with 443 total yards and four scores despite playing very little in the second half. He had 336 yards rushing in the first half.
“I appreciate the people who contributed to doing this (stadium renaming ceremony) for me and my family,” Robertson told the Gadsden Times. “Thanks to everyone who had a part in it.”
The victory was also the 150th of Robertson’s head-coaching career. He is currently in his 23rd season as the Eagles head coach. Hokes Bluff (7-0) is off to its best start since 2001 – when Robertson, 150-104, guided his alma mater to a 13-2 record and the Class 3A state football championship beating Tarrant 23-0 in the finals. His 2004 team finished 10-4 and also reached the Class 3A semifinals.
The head coach, who also serves as head baseball coach and coached girls’ basketball at the school for many years, told the Gadsden Times that Meads showcased a team that is playing really well together.
“ I was worried (the stadium dedication) might be a distraction for them,” he said. “They were really hyped up before the game …bouncing off the walls. But I am really proud of them. Darrian had some big runs and our offensive line and defense may have had their best games. But we need to keep on improving.”
Meads and Robertson edged out two outstanding passing performances by Montevallo quarterback Malik Inabinette and last week’s spotlight winner Aaron Dove of Falkville and a rare special teams accomplishment by Oxford defensive standouts Keon Fomby and Denico Tanner.
Inabinette completed 23-of-39 passes for 433 yards and four touchdowns, ran for 45 yards and scored a 2-point conversion as the Bulldogs (6-1) posted a 38-24 victory over Sumter Central. Dove was over 400 yards passing for the second straight week completing 23-of-32 pass attempts for 442 yards and seven touchdowns in a 70-41 win over Decatur Heritage. The Blue Devils (8-0) clinched the Class 1A, Region 7 title. He passed for 503 yards and eight TDs last week and has completed 100-of-142 passes for 1,613 yards and 24 touchdowns this season.
Oxford’s senior linebacker Fomby blocked a Shades Valley punt in the first quarter that was scooped up by Tanner and returned for the first Oxford touchdown of the night. Then, in the third period the same two struck again. Fomby blocked his second punt of the night and Tanner was there to pick it up and again to take the ball into the end zone for his second defensive TD of the night.
Other top performances reported include:
BOB GODSDEY, HARTSELLE: Picked up the 137th win of his head coaching tenure at Hartselle with the Tigers’ 35-14 victory over Decatur last Friday to clinch the Class 6A, Region 7 title and move into a tie with former coach Don Woods as the school’s all-time football wins leader. Godsey is now 137-50 in 16 seasons at Hartselle and 179-65 overall. He was 42-15 in five seasons at Brooks before moving to Hartselle. Godsey guided the Tigers to a 15-0 record and the Class 5A state championship in 2011.
Woods spent 17 years as head coach for the Tigers compiling a 137-64 record with two appearances in the Class 3A state finals (1980 and 1981). Godsey’s father, R.L. Godsey, was a head coach in the AHSAA for 20 years compiling a 102-86-10 record at Wicksburg, Abbeville, Geneva County and Rogers in a career that spanned from 1955-81. The Tigers play Cullman this week and a Tigers victory will put him at 138 wins and all alone atop the school’s football-coaching leaderboard at the school.
Godsey’s son Luke Godsey had 165 yards rushing and 136 yards passing in the Decatur win. He also had a rushing touchdown and a passing touchdown for the Tigers.
BO NIX JOINS 10,000-YARD CLUB: The senior at Pinson Valley (6-1) completed 26-of-40 passes for 390 yards and six touchdowns as the Indians downed Huffman 41-6 last week. In the process the Alabama All-Star selection became just the fourth player in AHSAA history to go over 10,000 total yards for his career. He now has 10,310 yards total offense, including 8,421 yards passing and 99 passing TDs. His TDs accounted for are now up to 129. He ranks fourth all-time in total yards and seventh all-time in career passing yardage.
WITHERSPOON SCORES EIGHT TDS … AGAIN: The North Jackson senior running back and Alabama All-Star selection for the upcoming Alabama-Mississippi Game in December rushed for 227 yards and eight touchdowns on just 11 carries as the Chiefs (7-0) beat Priceville 69-7. He became the first player in AHSAA history to score eight TDs in consecutive games.
He now has 1,721 yards and 34 touchdowns this season on just 78 rush attempts.
HOLIFIELD RETURNS TWO KICKOFFS FOR TDS: LeFlore’s Christopher Holifield helped the Rattlers post their first win of the season with six touchdowns in a 61-6 triumph over Wilcox Central. He had two kickoffs for touchdowns, two TD passes and two rushing TDs on the night.
CURTIS WILSON, JEFF DAVIS: Gained 207 yards rushing on 17 carries and scored four touchdowns and also completed 13-of-30 passes for 208 yards and a fifth TD in the Vols’ 47-32 loss to Prattville.
TAULIA TAGOVAILOA, THOMPSON: Was 25-of-36 passing for 322 yards and two touchdowns as the Warriors (6-1) nipped Vestavia Hills 21-20 in a key Class 7A, Region 3 win.
LUKE BARNWELL, PHIL CAMPBELL: Completed 17-of-29 passes for 295 yards and three touchdowns in a 52-46 loss to Lauderdale County.
WILLIE MILLER, CLAY-CHALKVILLE: Completed 18-of-24 passes for 204 yards and three touchdowns and added seven carries for 49 yards and another TD in a 61-0 victory over Pell City.
KYLE WALKER, VIGOR: Passed for 270 yards and three touchdowns as the Wolves (7-0) beat Faith Academy 41-0.
KALVIN LEVETT, TALLASSEE: Completed 10-of-11 passes for 193 yards and rushed for 184 yards and two touchdowns on 11 carries in a 39-14 win over Rehobeth.
ROBBY ASHFORD, HOOVER: Passed 16 times and completed 10 for 177 yards and three touchdowns as the Bucs beat Spain Park 32-7. He also rushed eight times for 49 yards to finish with 226 total yards.
TUCKER KILCREASE, BRANTLEY: Was 10-of-11 passing for 200 yards and four touchdowns as the Bulldogs beat Red Level 53-14.
CHRISTIAN IVEY, MONTGOMERY CATHOLIC: Turned in a 10-of-14 passing effort for 165 yards and three touchdowns in a 41-0 win over B.T. Washington. He also rushed for a fourth score.
BRADY TROUP, ETOWAH: Threw touchdown passes of 53, 10, 33 and 38 yards to lead the undefeated Blue Devils over Douglas 54-0.
PAUL TYSON, HEWITT-TRUSSVILLE: Completed 18-of-28 passes for 187 yards in the Huskies’ 20-17 loss to Mountain Brook.
JACKSON COX, WESTBROOK CHRISTIAN: Completed 9-of-12 passes for 125 yards and one touchdown (14 yards) and rushed seven times for 96 yards and two scores (22 and 18 yards) in a 48-0 defeat of Gaston.
JAMES WILLIAMS, BLOUNT: Rushed for 311 yards and three touchdowns on 28 carries as the Leopards defeated Gulf Shores 32-22.
LUKE ALISON, RANDOLPH: Ran for 260 yards and two touchdowns (15 and 59 yards) and recorded eight tackles on defense in a 45-35 win over St. John Paul II.
RAYSHAWN REYNOLDS, PIKE COUNTY: Rushed for 222 yards on 18 carries with three touchdowns and also caught a touchdown pass to help the Bulldogs (6-1) rally from 10-0 halftime deficit to a 32-10 win over Slocomb.
JACOB MANNING, SCOTTSBORO: The sophomore running back rushed 26 times for 218 yards in the Wildcats’ 44-27 win over Arab despite playing the game with a cast on his right arm due a fracture suffered earlier in the season.
DONTAVIOUS BRITTON, COOSA CHRISTIAN: Rushed 11 times for 201 yards and touchdown runs of 23, 5 and 65 yards in a key 34-6 region victory over Gaylesville.
CHRISTIAN COLLINS, BOAZ: Had 38 carries for 200 yards and scored five touchdowns in a 42-14 Pirates win over Sardis. He scored on runs of 4, 7, 5, 7 and 2 yards and teammate Briley Ramey had 118 yards on 15 carries with a 3-yard TD run. Collins now has 28 TDs on the season and Boaz has clinched its first playoff berth since 2014.
D.J. PATRICK, ELMORE COUNTY: Rushed for 185 yards and a TD on 26 carries in a 24-14 victory over Childersburg.
KAMERON JONES, LAUDERDALE COUNTY: Accumulated 176 rushing yards on 21 carries and scored three TDs in a 52-46 win over Phil Campbell. He also had a 76-yard kickoff return in the fourth period.
ROYDELL WILLIAMS, HUEYTOWN: Ran 25 times for 153 yards and two TDs and added a third score on a 99-yard kickoff return on the opening kickoff to lift the Gophers to a 33-14 win over Bessemer City.
COOPER BISHOP, VESTAVIA HILLS: Ran 28 times for 168 yards and two touchdowns in a 21-20 setback versus Thompson.
LAKE SPURGEON, BROOKS: Gained 153 yards on 13 rush attempts and scored four touchdowns in the Lions’ 48-7 win over Deshler. He was also 14-of-19 passing for 138 yards and two more scores and made two interceptions on defense.
DEMETRIUS BEAN, R.A. HUBBARD: Picked up 164 yards rushing and two touchdowns on 12 carries in a 42-33 victory over Woodville.
ZACH COSBY, EAST LIMESTONE: Rushed 21 times for 156 yards and three touchdowns in a 34-0 win over Ardmore.
TYHLEN WILLIAMS, AUSTIN: Gained 151 yards rushing and three touchdowns (11, 26 and 57 yards) on eight carries in a 40-3 win over Huntsville.
COLTON BAGWELL, GOOD HOPE: Rushed for 144 yards on 11 carries and scored on a 63-yard run in the fourth quarter to seal the Raiders’ 23-7 win over Haleyville. Bagwell replaced an injured Matt Dixon at running back in the second half, gaining 129 of his rushing yards on six runs in the fourth period.
RYAN MORROW, MAPLESVILLE: Led the Red Devils (6-1) to a 32-0 win over Isabella with 153 yards rushing and a TD on 10 carries.
JACOREY MERRITT, SIDNEY LANIER: Ran for 135 yards on 20 carries and scored two TDs in the Poets’ 35-25 win over previously unbeaten Carver-Montgomery. His 88-yard TD run gave Lanier a 21-0 first-half lead. He also caught three passes for 57 yards with on going 16 yards for a TD.
A.J. GATES, MOUNTAIN BROOK: Ran for 128 yards, including an 80-yard TD run just before halftime, in Friday's 20-17 victory over Hewitt-Trussville.
CADEN HUBBARD, CHEROKEE COUNTY: Rushed for 121 yards on 18 carries and scored three touchdowns (14, 14 and 3 yards) and also snagged a 51-yard pass in the Warriors’ 54-13 win at Ashville.
TONY AMERSON, SAINT JAMES: Rushed 21 times for 122 yards and one TD and returned a kickoff 96 yards for another score in the Trojans’ 49-20 win over Beulah.
J.J. EVANS, MONTEVALLO: Caught 10 passes for 269 yards and two touchdowns in a 38-24 victory over Sumter Central.
NOAH HOLMES, FALKVILLE: Had nine receptions for 246 yards and three touchdowns in a 70-41 win over Falkville.
JAYDEN GRISSOM, AUSTIN: caught five passes for 195 yards and three touchdowns in a 37-point win over Huntsville. His longest catch of the night was a 78-yard touchdown.
BRAYDEN LEWIS, DAR: Caught seven passes for 168 yards and four touchdowns in a 59-12 win over Danville.
GEORGE PICKENS, HOOVER: Caught eight passes for 163 yards and three touchdowns in a 32-7 victory over rival Spain Park.
COLBY SCOTT, WILSON: Pulled down six pass receptions for 159 yards and a touchdown and rushed three times for 48 yards and another score as the Warriors beat Elkmont 21-0.
MICHAEL PETTWAY, THOMPSON: Grabbed six passes for 134 yards and one TD in the Warriors’ 21-20 win over Vestavia Hills. Teammate Kyle Smoak hauled in an 8-yard TD reception in the fourth period for the winning touchdown.
BRAYDEN STORDAHL, GAYLESVILLE: Completed 9-of-13 pass attempts for 164 yards in the Trojans’ 34-6 loss at Coosa Christian. Colby Scott had five receptions for 129 yards.
JULIAN LATTY, CHEROKEE COUNTY: Caught eight of quarterback Slade Alexander’s 11 completions for 123 yards and three receiving touchdowns in a 54-13 victory over Ashville.
DEMARIUS AGEE, McADORY: Caught two touchdown passes covering 82 and 62 yards in a 35-26 victory over Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa.
CARTER WALLIS, MONTGOMERY ACADEMY: Grabbed five pass receptions for 104 yards and three touchdowns as the Eagles beat Southside-Selma 33-23.
JOHN RANDALL FOSTER, SAND ROCK: Caught four passes for 89 yards, including a 53-yard touchdown, in the Wildcats’ 24-14 loss at Section.
AUSTIN HILL, NORTH SAND MOUNTAIN: Caught touchdown passes of 60 and 36 yards and returned a kick 80 yards for another score in a 64-20 win over Ider.
MICHAEL McFARLAND, JACKSON-OLIN: Led the Mustangs (7-0) with eight tackles, a fumble recovery, a sack and a two quarterback hurries in a 40-28 victory over Pelham. His hit on the Panthers QB gave teammate Ahmad Williams an opportunity to step in front of the pass and race 97 yards for a touchdown.
COLIN CHAPPELL, HAYDEN: The sophomore had 3 interceptions, one a 48-yard return for a touchdown and one in the end zone for a touchback. He also had three passes broken up and three tackles in the Wildcats’ 32-15 victory over Corner.
COLTON ADAMS, WETUMPKA: Totaled 11 tackles and returned an interception 53 yards in the Indians’ 23-7 win over Benjamin Russell.
TY DAILEY, HEADLAND: Recorded 11 tackles in the Rams' 41-7 win over Ashford that clinched home field advantage in the playoffs for Headland for the first time since 1989. The Rams are also unbeaten at 7-0 for the first time since 1988.
LADARIUS GRAY, CHELSEA: Intercepted two passes and blocked a field goal in a 34-7 loss to Homewood.
MICHAEL SULLIVAN, PROVIDENCE CHRISTIAN: Had 11 tackles and fellow defenders David Warren and Grayson Stewart each scored a touchdown, on a punt return and interception, respectively, as the Eagles beat Opp 61-0.
JOHN FIRNBERG, HOMEWOOD: Intercepted a pass and returned it two yards for a momentum-stealing touchdown in a 34-7 victory over Chelsea.
COLE BOWLING, BOAZ: The sophomore made two interceptions and recovered a fumble as Boaz beat Sardis 42-14.
JA’LEN SIMS, FULTONDALE: Had 10 tackles for Wildcats in a 16-14 win over Midfield.
JERMAHRI HILL, MIDFIELD: Picked off a pass on defense and raced 70 yards for a touchdown in the Patriots’ 16-14 loss to Fultondale.
LUKE WELSH, SPRING GARDEN: Returned an interception 75 yards for a touchdown on defense and rushed 12 times for 88 yards and a score on offense in a 39-12 Panthers win over Victory Christian. Teammate Gaines Petty added two interceptions, returning one 30 yards for a TD.
BRADFORD WOMACK, SCOTTSBORO: Recorded 10 tackles in a 44-27 win over Arab.
SETH TILLMAN THEODORE: Booted two field goals and pinned McGill-Toolen Catholic at its 1-yard line with a 33-yard punt that led to a safety as Theodore (6-1) won 15-3.
HENRY BECKETT, HOUSTON ACADEMY: The Raiders’ kicker connected on three field goals (44, 39 and 29 yards), with the last two coming in the final nine minutes to help the Raiders post a 37-28 win over Geneva. He also averaged 42.5 yards on two punts, made 4-of-4 extra points and kicked seven of his eight kickoffs into the end zone for touchbacks.
NOAH HART, SIDNEY LANIER: Returned the opening kickoff of the second half 78 yards for a touchdown and also caught a 95-yard TD reception late in the game with his team leading 28-25 to close out the 35-25 win over previously undefeated Carver-Montgomery.
DAMIEN MILLER, FAIRFIELD: Returned a punt 64 yards for a touchdown, ran back a kickoff 80 yards for a touchdown and caught a 31-yard TD pass in a 43-13 victory over Woodlawn.
WILKES PIERCE, TUSCALOOSA COUNTY: Kicked a 35-yard field goal with seven seconds remaining to lift Tuscaloosa County to a 10-7 victory over Oak Mountain.
JASON PEREZ, COLLINSVILLE: Had eight kickoffs for a 53-yard average, booted four extra points, ran for a 2-point conversion, and connected on a 36-yard field goal in the Panthers’ 59-13 win over Asbury.
KALEB JONES, COLLINSVILLE: Returned a kickoff 77 yards for a TD as the Panthers defeated Asbury 59-13. He also passed for two TDs on a 4-for-4 performance.
Video of the Hokes Bluff stadium dedication can be seen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hp7i2UCggLA
MONTGOMERY – Carbon Hill High School sophomore hitter Grayson Evans recorded 64 kills, 40 digs and 15 service aces last week to lead the Class 3A Bulldogs (46-4) to the championship of the Tournament of Champions volleyball tourney at Danville.
Her efforts landed her in the AHSAA Volleyball Spotlight for Week 6 of the 2018 season.
Her all-around effort was added by senior Allison Dutton’s 99 kills and 64 digs and Lacy Evans’ 89 digs and 47 kills. Setter Sidney Keeton dished out 210 assists as Carbon Hill Coach Dadrian Beaty’s team knocked off 2017 state champions Bayside Academy (3A) and Addison (1A) in the semifinals and finals, respectively. Bayside is in Class 4A this season and Addison is in Class 2A.
Evans’ performance edged out an outstanding effort by Alexandria’s Kendall Bumpus, who
led the Valley Cubs to the Calhoun County tournament championship for the first time in 17 years with 138 kills in seven matches.
Other top efforts reported included:
ABBY ANDREWS, BAKER: Recorded 55 kills, 62 digs and 17 aces in seven Baker wins.
EMMA DEMPSEY, BELGREEN: Totaled 29 kills, two blocks and three aces in a marathon match versus Phillips. The Bears won 17-25, 25-21, 25-12, 24-26, 17-15.
GRACIE LYNN BUTLER, HAZEL GREEN: Powered 27 kills, six digs and five blocks in the Trojans’ 23-25, 25-16, 25-15, 11-25, 15-10 win over Huntsville.
DAISY MANASCO, FAIRVIEW: Had 91 kills, 50 digs and 10 blocks over a 10-match stretch that included winning the championship of the Decatur Heritage Invitational tourney.
JASMINE BROOKS, SPARKMAN: Earned MVP honors at the Volley Brawl Tourney at Tuscaloosa with 60 kills in four matches for the Senators (31-15).
ZOE BUSBEE, FLORENCE: Accumulated 42 kills and 42 digs in three matches – with 10 blocks versus Deshler and 25 kills against Sparkman.
CARLY FAIRBANKS, BREWER: Managed 21 kills in two sets against Hartselle during the Morgan County Volleyball Tournament on Thursday.
SKYLAR HAMMOND, LEXINGTON: Sparked the Bears to the Lauderdale County Tournament championship with 65 kills.
TORI WALKER, WILSON: Had 58 kills and a state-high 39 blocks as Wilson (32-9) went 8-1 in nine matches. The only loss came to Lexington in the finals of the Lauderdale County tourney to Lexington.
IRINA MARTIN, HOUSTON ACADEMY: Totaled 68 kills and had 11 aces as the Raiders won eight of nine matches for the week.
SAVANAH FREE, DANVILLE: Had 280 assists, 54 digs and 23 service aces as the Hawks went 8-4 for the week.
MOLLY KATE ATKINS, JASPER: Sparked the Vikings to the championship of the Battle of Old Shell Road tourney and eight wins overall with 128 assists, 29 digs, 11 kills and 10 aces. Jasper beat Spanish Fort in the finals.
KAYLA KESHOCK, SPANISH FORT: Had 135 assists, 36 digs and 16 aces in seven matches as the Toros (40-5) went 6-1. The loss was to Jasper in the finals of the Battle of Shell Road Tourney.
MARYBETH LONG, G.W. LONG: Totaled 123 kills and 16 blocks in 10 matches.
LAEKYN BENNETT, LAWRENCE COUNTY: Recorded 93 assists in four wins for the Red Devils.
SYDNEY BATES, JAMES CLEMENS: Had a state-record 48 digs in five-set 24-26, 21-25. 25-15, 25-21, 11-15 loss to Buckhorn.
HANNAH LOLLAR, SATSUMA: Totaled 78 digs, 24 kills and 11 aces in the Gators reached the Silver bracket semifinals of the Battle of Old Shell Road tourney.
SHA’KEVIA HOGAN, SPAIN PARK: Led the Jaguars (22-7) to wins over Thompson, Mountain Brook and Montgomery Academy with 47 digs, 35 kills and four blocked shots.
MONTGOMERY – The NFHS Network’s subscriber-based AHSAA School Broadcast Program has 72 events currently scheduled for October 11 through October 18 to be video live-streamed over its on-line platform. One varsity football game is set for tonight (James Clemens vs. Grissom) and 34 varsity football games are planned for Friday, October 12 – bringing the total on the NFHS Network to 223. Overall events, including volleyball, cross country and other special events, are approaching 600 already in this school year.
Five varsity and two junior varsity volleyball matches are slated for tonight while one varsity football game and eight middle school contests are scheduled.
This week’s AHSAA/NFHS Network Game of the Week is Deshler (4-3) at Brooks (5-1) at Killen Friday. Brooks High School will produce the game, which kicks off at 7 p.m., through its NFHS Network School Broadcast Program. Jacob Fowler is the executive producer.
The Lions of Coach Brad Black are 3-0 in Class 4A, Region 8 averaging 40.1 points per game this season, which ranks eighth in Class 4A. Deshler (4-3), coached by Bo Culver, is 3-1 in Region 8. The Tigers are scoring 36.7 ppg and allowing 15.7, the best among the region schools.
Deshler holds a 27-6 edge in the series, which was played annually from 1982 to 2015 with Brooks winning 31-28 in the ’15 game. The Lions moved to 5A in 2016, however, and the two teams did not meet in 2016 or 2017. Brooks dropped back to 4A in the current classification. Brooks was off last week after clawing from behind to post a thrilling 36-35 win over previously unbeaten Class 1A Mars Hill Bible. Deshler beat defending region champion Rogers 35-12 last week.
Volleyball action continues to have a strong presence on the NFHS Network with 15 varsity matches tonight through next Thursday already posted on the NFHS Network schedule. NFHS Network subscribers will have access to all the contests.
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The complete AHSAA schedule of events currently set to be livestreamed over the NFHS Network Oct. 11-18 can be found at www.ahsaa.com by clicking on the following link:
AHSAA NFHS Network Broadcast Schedule (Oct. 11-Oct. 18)
Thursday, October 11
Opp (at Houston Ac)
Friday, October 12
St. Paul's Episcopal
Monday, October 15
Tuesday, October 16
Wednesday, October 17
Thursday, October 18
MONTGOMERY – Falkville senior quarterback Aaron Dove made a special night even more special last Friday with a career high 503 yards passing and eight touchdowns as the Class 1A Blue Devils (7-0) beat Coosa Christian 70-27 in the second annual Kick Cancer Classic to claim the AHSAA’s Football Spotlight.
For Coach Joel Schrenk and his senior-laden team, the win improved the Falkville record to 7-0, but more importantly raised approximately $7,500 to fight cancer. The school uses its athletic platform to shine a spotlight on the need for everyone to do their part in fighting the dreaded disease, said Schrenk. “We tell our kids we have a great opportunity to use our football platform to do something very important for others.”
The game raises funds for the “Prayers for Kayleigh” Foundation, which was started in memory of Hartselle youngster Kayleigh McClendon, who was diagnosed with cancer in 2016 at age 7. She passed away six months later. The PFK Foundation works with St. Jude Children’s Hospital.
“Our volleyball team played some matches earlier in the week, and our cross country team had a relay run where the team members ran with a football from our stadium to the home of another (Morgan County) youngster in Danville who was recently diagnosed with cancer and back to the stadium. We had skydivers dressed in pink.
“We want to teach our kids that using their talents to benefit others is much more important.”
Those in attendance certainly went away getting their money’s worth. Dove was 20-of-27 for the night connecting with a host of receivers for the eight TD passes. Fellow senior Christian Angulo was the leader with seven catches for 262 yards and four touchdowns. Running back Fred Walls had 19 carries for 212 rushing yards and two touchdowns as Falkville rolled up 737 total yards.
While Dove’s passing yardage ranks eighth best in AHSAA history, his TD passes tied several others for second most in a game. Nine is the record. Argulo’s receiving yardage ties for 11th best and the team’s 737 total yards ranked third all-time.
And for good measure, Coosa Christian quarterback Caiden Lipscomb was 27-of-50 passing for 429 yards and three touchdowns (66, 24 and 14 yards) to make the contest the first in AHSAA history to have two quarterbacks pass for more than 400 yards. His top receiver was Evan Delp, who had eight receptions for 230 yards and two TDs.
The week provided an abundance of incredible performances.
Check out the highlights reported:
BO NIX, PINSON VALLEY: Was 12-of-24 passing for 246 yards and three touchdowns and rushed six times for 44 yards and a fourth TD to lead the Indians (5-1) to a 42-7 win over Gardendale. His passing performance moved him over 8,000 yards for his career and moved him closer to the 10,000-yard mark for career total yards. The senior, who was recently selected to the 40-member Alabama All-Star squad which will play Mississippi Dec. 17 at Cramton Bowl, is now 522-of-956 passing for 8,031 yards on his career. He also has 1,889 yards rushing on 230 carries and 30 TDs – giving him 9,920 total yards as a high school player and 123 touchdowns accounted for. His career total yardage ranks fourth all-time in the AHSAA currently, and his 123 TDs accounted for ranks ninth. His 8,031 career passing yards ranks 12th all-time and his 93 TD passes rank sixth.
ROYDELL WILLIAMS, HUEYTOWN: Ran 15 times for 409 yards and five TDs in a 70-3 Gophers victory over Northridge. He played sparingly in the second half. Williams now has 118 carries for 1,629 yards and 22 touchdowns while averaging of 13.8 yards per carry and 271.2 yards per game.
LEE WITHERSPOON, NORTH JACKSON: Had 11 rush attempts for 373 yards and seven touchdowns and returned a punt 57 yards for an eighth TD as the Chiefs (6-0) beat Fairview 78-12. North Jackson improved their state-leading points-per-game average to 63.8 in the process. Witherspoon’s eight TDs were the most in a single game since Hubbertville’s Tommy Haley-Hicks set the AHSAA single game record with nine versus Vina in a 76-52 win in 2008. The eight TDs scored tie the Chiefs’ senior with five others for second, according to the AHSAA Record Book.
JAYLEN TAYLOR, CENTER POINT: Had 14 carries for 132 yards and two touchdowns as the Eagles (3-3) of first-year head coach George Bates beat Springville 54-24 for their third win in the last four games. Center Point was 1-9 last season and just 3-37 in the previous four seasons.
WILL BAILEY, DAR: Accounted for six touchdowns, three rushing and three passing, and was also crowned homecoming king as the Patriots beat Randolph 49-14. Bailey was 14-of-17 passing for 272 yards with Brayden Lewis catching six passes for 113 yards.
IN THE CLUTCH
MARLON HUNT, STANHOPE ELMORE: The Mustangs cornerback scooped up a Wetumpka fumble with 38 seconds remaining and raced 85 yards for the winning touchdown as Stanhope Elmore knocked off previously unbeaten Wetumpka 34-28. Teammate T.J. Jackson also had a 40-yard fumble return for another Stanhope Elmore TD in the school’s first win over Wetumpka since 2014. The Mustangs now hold a 30-20 edge in the series with their Elmore County rivals. It began in 1970 and has been played every year since.
DANIEL FRANKLIN, MORTIMER JORDAN: With his team trailing 27-26 and attempting a potential game-winning field goal on the last play of the game, Franklin reacted quickly after Clay County Central blocked the kick. He scooped up the loose ball at the Cougars 7-yard line and ran into the end zone for the winning TD as the Blue Devils pulled out a 32-27 victory. He also scored two TDs in the first half on runs off 1 and 20 yards.
CESAR SANCHEZ, ATHENS: Kicked a 32-yard field goal at the end of regulation to tie the score 16-16 at Cullman, then nailed the 18-yard game-winner in overtime to win 19-16.
HENRY BECKETT, HOUSTON ACADEMY: Houston Academy kicker Henry Beckett hit a game-winning 35-yard field goal as time expired to give the Raiders a 27-24 win over Slocomb and helped move head coach Jamie Riggs into sole possession of second place on the state's all-time win list for victories in the state of Alabama. Riggs now has 310 coaching wins, breaking out of a tie with retired Waldon Tucker, who had 309. Beckett's kick ended a strong night for the senior, who made 2-of-3 field goals, three extra-point kicks and boomed six kickoffs into the end zone for touchbacks. He also had one punt for 40 yards.
JOEFFREY HUTCHERSON, CITRONELLE: Rushed for 149 yards on 22 carries and scored four touchdowns, including the game winner in the second overtime, to spark the Citronelle (5-1) past Satsuma 34-31.
JAY BRAMBLETT, HILLCREST-TUSCALOOSA: Completed 18-of-25 passes for 326 yards and five touchdowns and also caught a 6-yard TD himself as the Patriots downed Bessemer City 53-34.
TAULIA TAGOVAILOA, THOMPSON: Was 12-of-23 passing for 323 yards and four touchdowns and rushed for the Warriors’ other TD in a 35-7 Class 7A, Region 3 win over Spain Park. His TD passes covered 6, 59, 11 and 7 yards.
TREY LINDSEY, MONTGOMERY ACADEMY: Led the Eagles to a 37-26 win over Dadeville with a 15-of-30 passing performance for 314 yards passing and four touchdowns.
WILLIE MILLER, CLAY-CHALKVILLE: Completed 24-of-31 passes for 306 yards and one score in a 31-6 Cougars victory over Shades Valley. He also rushed for 86 yards and three touchdowns on runs of 22, 12 and 3 yards.
PETER PARRISH & TUCKER MELTON, CENTRAL-PHENIX CITY: Combined to complete 20-of-26 passes for 304 yards four touchdowns with no turnovers in a 48-0 win over Enterprise. The Red Devils (7-0) improved to 3-0 in 7A, Region 2.
NICHOLAS SELLERS, JOHN CARROLL CATHOLIC: Completed 27-of-45 passes for 300 yards and one touchdown in the Cavs’ 42-12 loss to Briarwood Christian.
PAUL TYSON, HEWITT-TRUSSVILLE: Completed 20-of-23 passes for 268 yards and two touchdowns to led the Huskies (6-1) to a 41-6 win over Vestavia Hills.
LUKE NAIL, MADISON ACADEMY: Completed 15-of-25 passes for 280 yards and four touchdowns (51, 13, 90 and 45 yards) in a 35-8 win over Guntersville.
KOLE WILLIAMS, CARVER-MONTGOMERY: Passed for 257 yards and two TDs on an 8-of-18 passing performance in the Wolverines’ 47-13 victory over Northview. He tossed a 53-yard pass to Donald Steele III on the final play of the first half and connected with Shang Thomas on the second play of third quarter for a 76-yard score.
K’SHUN STOKES, HEADLAND: Threw for 243 yards and three touchdowns and added 93 yards rushing and three scores in helping the Rams to a 74-44 win over Alabama Christian, setting a school record for points in game. Stokes completed 12-of-15 passes and had 15 carries. He also completed five two-point conversions.
IAN THIES, WESTMINSTER CHRISTIAN: Was 14-of-24 passing for 241 yards and three touchdowns (37, 25 and 10 yards) and ran for 60 yards and a 24-yard TD on seven carries in a 40-7 win over Phil Campbell for unbeaten Westminster (7-0).
DAQUON KINCEY, ABBEVILLE: Threw for 226 yards and three touchdowns on 10-of-13 passing effort and added 99 yards rushing with one TD in a 30-0 shutout win over Ariton.
POOKA JONES, CHARLES HENDERSON: Passed for 299 yards and two touchdowns in a 42-17 loss to Greenville.
JACOB HAMMAC, FLORALA: Kept his team's Class 1A, Region 2 playoff hopes alive with 207 yards passing and four touchdowns on a 20-of-29 performance and added three touchdowns rushing in a 68-26 win over Red Level. He had 105 rushing yards on 17 carries.
CORY ALEXANDER, COTTAGE HILL CHRISTIAN: Was 9-of-16 passing for 181 yards and four touchdowns and added a fifth score on a 1-yard sneak en route to a 40-8 win over R.C, Hatch. The victory improved Cottage Hill to 6-0.
TRA EDWARDS, PRATTVILLE: Was 10-of-16 passing for 183 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 116 yards and another TD in the Lions’ 35-22 win over Lee-Montgomery.
TYQUAN RAWLS, WETUMPKA: Was 10-of-18 passing for 143 yards and had 18 rush attempts for 143 yards and one touchdown as the Indians (6-1) fell to Stanhope Elmore 34-28.
ASHTON GULLEDGE, HOKES BLUFF: Passed for 148 yards on a 7-of-13 passing performance and tossed two touchdowns covering 65 and 34 yards to Braydon Hill in the Eagles’ 52-0 win over Ashville. Gulledge also rushed four times for 70 yards, including a 47-yard TD, to finish with 218 total yards.
PAYTON PALMER, CENTRAL-FLORENCE: Was 10-of-12 passing for 148 yards and four touchdowns in a 51-20 win over Elkmont.
ETHAN SMITH, COLBERT COUNTY: Piled up 382 rushing yards on 33 carries and scored two touchdowns as the Indians downed Addison 35-8.
KEEVON HANKINS, MUSCLE SHOALS: Gained 323 yards rushing on 21 carries and scored three touchdowns as the Trojans beat Decatur 41-28.
CADE PRICE, SLOCOMB: Accounted for 303 yards and three scores in a 27-24 loss to Houston Academy. Price totaled 163 yards rushing and three touchdowns on 18 carries and was 9-of-15 passing for 140 yards.
RISHARD DENSMORE, BESSEMER CITY: Rushed for 253 yards and two touchdowns and passed for 164 yards and two more scores for 417 total yards in a 53-34 loss to Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa.
KOLBE BLUNT, DAVIDSON: Scored on runs of 54 and 10 yards to finish with 213 yards rushing as the Warriors beat Mary Montgomery 25-0.
LUKE WELSH, SPRING GARDEN: Ran for 202 yards on 19 carries and scored three touchdowns (4, 12 and 70 yards) in the Panthers' 42-14 victory at Talladega County Central.
SETH BROWN, ST. JOHN PAUL II: Ran for 201 yards and four touchdowns on eight carries and completed 6-of-10 passes for 186 yards and three TDs in the Falcons’ 56-6 victory over West Morgan.
PAYTON ANDERSON, FYFFE: Rushed 12 times for 200 yards four touchdowns as the Red Devils (6-0) remained unbeaten with a 48-7 win over Sand Rock. He now has 924 yards and 22 TDs this season on just 75 carries and is averaging 12.3 yards per carry and averages scoring a TD every 3.4 carries.
CHRISTOPHER BURTON, PRICEVILLE: Rushed for 199 yards and two touchdowns and also had a pass reception for a TD in a 27-6 win over Danville.
TEDARRIAN MURRAY, LEE-MONTGOMERY: Rushed for 198 yards on 20 carries and completed 7-of-24 passes for 129 yards and a TD in the Generals’ 35-22 loss to Prattville.
NICK ELLIS, MOBILE CHRISTIAN: Had 184 yards on 23 rush attempts to lead Leopards to a 28-25 win over previously unbeaten T.R. Miller.
CHRISTIAN COLLINS, BOAZ: Rushed 20 times for 178 yards and scored three touchdowns in a 35-3 Pirates win over Crossville. He had TD runs of 13, 33 and 25 yards and also connected with Riley Clements for a 2-yard jump pass for another TD.
ANDREW PARRIS, EAST LIMESTONE: Gained 164 yards rushing and scored three touchdowns on just five carries to pace the Indians to a 42-0 win over Arab. His TD runs covered 56, 69 and 33 yards. Parris also was 6-of-9 passing for 65 yards and one TD pass covering 11 yards.
ANTHONY “A.J.” MIX, BALDWIN COUNTY: The freshman ran for 168 yards and passed for 108 in a 20-14 victory over Daphne.
TYLER DANZEY, HEADLAND: Rushed for 161 yards and two touchdowns on just five carries and also caught a pair of two-point conversion passes in a 74-44 Rams win over Alabama Christian.
SYMON SMITH, UMS-WRIGHT: In a battle of teams that each won state titles in 2017, Smith scored four touchdowns and rushed for 124 yards on 18 carries as defending Class 4A state champion UMS-Wright downed Hillcrest-Evergreen 45-7. Hillcrest won the 3A title last year. Smith scored on runs of 15, 3, 10 and 43 yards.
KENNETH BOTHWELL, SOUTHSIDE-GADSDEN: Rushed for three touchdowns (14, 4 and 36 yards) and caught a 38-yard TD pass as the Panthers defeated Douglas 63-0.
JAMARI JAMISON, MINOR: Caught five passes for 223 yards, including TD catches of 82, 34 and 63 yards, in the Tigers’ 31-28 loss to Homewood.
MALIK SMITH, PRATTVILLE: Caught five passes for 175 yards and two touchdowns in the Lions’ 35-22 Class 7A, Region 2 victory over Lee-Montgomery.
JAQUON KINCEY, ABBEVILLE: Snared four receptions for 155 yards and two touchdowns (49 and 43 yards) in the Jackets' 30-0 victory over Ariton.
ERIC WILLIAMS, BLOUNT: Hauled in five receptions for 207 yards and three touchdowns in the Leopards’ 41-7 victory over Alma Bryant.
MICHAEL PETTWAY, THOMPSON: Snagged nine passes for 152 yards and three touchdowns as Thompson (5-1) beat Spain Park 35-7.
JA’VARRIUS JOHNSON, HEWITT-TRUSSVILLE: Caught seven passes for 148 yards, including a 49-yard TD, and had four carries for 42 yards and a TD as the Huskies beat Vestavia Hills 41-6.
JAPETH LONG, FYFFE: Caused three fumbles on defense -- recovering one, and had six of his seven tackles resulting in lost yardage in a 48-7 win over Sand Rock.
REDDY STEWARD, AUSTIN: Had two interceptions, returning one 59 yards for a touchdown, to lead the Black Bears to a 38-10 win over Sparkman.
MASON McKINNEY, COLLINSVILLE: Returned an interception 81 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter of the Panthers’ 51-0 victory at Section. Teammate Michael Tucker also snared an interception and raced 40 yards for a TD in the same period.
O’BRIAN BLACK, McADORY: Recorded 13 tackles to lead the Yellow Jackets to a 14-0 win over Paul Bryant. It was the second consecutive shutout of the year for McAdory (7-0).
RYAN JEWELL, PELHAM: Totaled nine tackles, had two sacks and recovered a fumble in a 28-6 Saturday win over Carver-Birmingham.
QUANYA GAMBLE, ST LUKE’S EPISCOPAL: Had 10 tackles, including two sacks, as the Wildcats beat J.F. Shields 55-0. The defense limited the Panthers to just 31 total yards.
ZYDARIEN BROWN, HOUSTON COUNTY: Recorded eight tackles with one going for a safety in the Lions' 49-0 win over Barbour County. He also had a 45-yard punt return for a touchdown in the game.
DESMOND LITTLE, VIGOR: Returned an interception 31 yards for a touchdown, had seven tackles, two for losses, and 1.5 sacks as the Wolves (6-0) remained unbeaten with a 55-16 victory over LeFlore.
JAYDEN McCANTS, THEODORE: Recorded three sacks, a forced fumble and a pass break-up for Theodore in its 47-0 win over Murphy.
CHAZ POPE, SPRING GARDEN: Had an interception and six tackles in the Panthers’ 42-14 win at Talladega County Central.
DOMONIQUE THOMAS, OHATCHEE: Scored five touchdowns in Ohatchee’s 70-22 win over West End returning two punts for touchdowns (77 and 65 yards) and returned another 50 yards to the 2. He had 144 yards on punt returns total. Place-kicker Gage Harrell was also 10-for-10 on extra-point kicks, equaling fifth best all-time in the AHSAA, as the Indians downed West End 70-22.
AUSTIN CALHOUN, KINSTON: Had a 62-yard kickoff return for a touchdown, had rushing TDs covering 66 yards and 56 yards, kicked a 23-yard field goal and threw a 41-yard TD pass to Hunter Davis for Kinston in a 43-21 win over McKenzie.
MONTGOMERY – Deshler High School has been fined, placed on probation for one year and ordered to forfeit one varsity football game for violating the AHSAA eligibility rules. The school self-reported the violation.
Deshler played an ineligible student in violation of the “Transfer Rule” specifically “Bona Fide Transfer Rule”. The school must forfeit all contests its team won in which the student participated. The school is forfeiting its Class 4A, Region 8 win over Elkmont.
The probationary period is a warning that other violations of this nature could bring further sanctions against the school.
MONTGOMERY – The NFHS Network’s subscriber-based AHSAA School Broadcast Program has 79 events tonight through October 11 planned to be video live-streamed over its on-line platform. A record 38 varsity football games are planned for Thursday, Friday and Saturday – bringing the total this season on the NFHS Network to 188. Overall events, including volleyball, cross country and other special events, are approaching 500 with 485 already in this school year.
That slate begins tonight with nine varsity and JV volleyball matches, two varsity football games and one middle school game.
This week’s headliner is Hewitt-Trussville (5-1) at Vestavia Hills (4-1) in a key Class 7A, Region 3 game. The Vestavia Hills High School NFHS Network School Broadcast Program is producing the game that is being featured as the AHSAA’s NFHS Network Game of the Week.
The Huskies are coming off a 41-0 win over Huffman, the first shutout of the season for Coach Josh Floyd’s team and the first since Sept. 29 of last year. Vestavia Hills beat Shades Valley 41-21 last week. The victory was No. 333 for head coach Buddy Anderson, the state’s all-time wins leader with a 333-147 career slate over the last 41 years – all at Vestavia. He was inducted into the NFHS National Hall of Fame last summer and has been a member of the Alabama High School Sports Hall of Fame since 2003. His father Dovey Anderson, inducted into the AHSAA Hall of Fame in its inaugural 1991 class, served as head coach at Thomasville High School from 1932-1961 compiling 180-82-27 record. Combined, the Andersons are the state’s all-time father-son football coaching leaders with 513 wins, 229 losses and 27 ties – all at just two schools.|
Floyd, 38-14 at Hewitt-Trussville since becoming head coach in 2014, came from Shiloh Christian High School in Arkansas where his teams compiled a 99-29-1 record and won four state titles. His 2016 and 2017 teams at Hewitt finished 11-1. Quarterback Paul Tyson, the great grandson of University of Alabama coaching legend Paul “Bear” Bryant, has been sensational for the last two seasons. He has passed for 5,106 yards over the last 18 games completing 357-of-510 passes for 54 touchdowns with only three interceptions. He is 119-of-174 this season for 1,714 yards and 18 TDs with just one pick. Tyson, who is completing 68.4% of his passes, threw for 409 yards in a season-opening 34-30 loss to Cedar Grove (GA). His top receiver is Ja’Varrius Johnson, a senior recently selected for the Alabama All-Star squad that will meet Mississippi in December at Cramton Bowl. Johnson has 40 catches for 810 yards and seven TDs, and Dazalin Worsham had 49 receptions for 590 yards and eight scores. Running back Armoni Goodwin has 777 yards rushing on 118 carries and eight TDs. Another Alabama All-Star selection Pierce Quick anchors the offensive line.
Anderson, who has coached Vestavia Hills to 62 shutout wins in his coaching span, features a more traditional run-first offense led by senior running back Cooper Bishop, who has 108 carries for 708 yards and 10 touchdowns this season. Quarterback Eli Sawyer, a 6-2, 215-pound junior, has completed 45-of-86 passes for 735 yards and three TDs this season with just two interceptions. Senior tight end Michael Vice (6-4, 246), has caught 34 passes for 336 yards and three scores. He is also an Alabama All-Star selection. Defensive leaders include middle linebacker Rob Barrentine and defensive lineman Andrew Sims.
NFHS Network subscribers have plenty to choose from this weekend. Among the other top games is Gardendale (4-2) at Pinson Valley (4-1) in Class 6A, Region 6 where senior quarterback Bo Nix will be attempting to become just the fourth player in AHSAA history to reach the 10,000-yard total offense mark in history, Nix has 9,630 yards in his career and needs 371 yards to crack 10,000. Nix has compiled a 31-2 record as a starter including 15-0 in leading the Indians to the Class 6A state title in 2017. He is 510-of-932 passing for his career for 7,785 yards and 90 touchdowns with no sacks this season and only three over the last three years in 647 pass attempts. Nix has also rushed for 1,845 career yards and 29 touchdowns on 224 carries.
The all-time AHSAA career total offense leader is Terrance Hollingsworth of Class 1A Berry High School, who amassed 11,788 yards from 2009-13 (9,819 rushing, 1,240 receiving, 729 passing). Zane Smith of Susan Moore (2004-06) and Mitch Stults of Hamilton (2009-12) were two quarterbacks who totaled 11,266 and 11,004 yards, respectively, in their prep careers to rank 2-3.
At Mobile, defending Class 4A state champion UMS-Wright (5-0) hosts Hillcrest-Evergreen (4-2), last year’s Class 3A state champion now competing in 4A, Region 1 with the Bulldogs. Other key games on the NFHS Network include Class 7A Lee-Montgomery (4-2) vs. Prattville (3-2) tonight at Cramton Bowl and Mountain Brook (5-0) at Oak Mountain (1-4) at Heardmont Park. Other top games set for Friday over the NFHS Network include: (2A) Sheffield (4-2) at Red Bay (3-2); (3A) Providence Christian (6-0) at Pike County (5-1) and Weaver (4-1) at Randolph County (4-1); (6A) St. Paul’s Episcopal (4-1) at Spanish Fort (4-1); and Decatur (4-2) at Muscle Shoals (4-2).
Volleyball action continues to have a strong presence on the NFHS Network with 20 varsity matches over the next week.
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AHSAA NFHS Network Broadcast Schedule (Oct. 4-Oct. 11)
Thursday, October 4
Friday, October 5
Saturday, October 6
Monday, October 8
Tuesday, October 9
MONTGOMERY— Auburn’s girls turned in a dominating performance at the Warhawk Challenge invitational cross country race held at Auburn-Montgomery’s course Sept. 29 to capture this week’s AHSAA Cross Country Spotlight.
Six Tigers placed in the top seven of the race featuring 165 runners. Junior Harper McGowan crossing first with a winning time of 19:47.56. She won over teammate Samantha Rogers, who also clocked the same time in the photo finish.
Freshman Lily Bachi of Montgomery Catholic was third with a 19:57.06 time, followed, in order by Auburn runners Sarah Parnell, Sara Pacer, Hallie Stewart and Sangie Lincoln-Velez. Auburn Coach Naomi Bergh’s team totaled 18 points to run away with the team title. Central-Phenix City was second with 68.
The Auburn performance edged out a strong boys’ team effort by Grissom to win the Arab Invitational, and a powerful 1-2 finish by Thompson High School’s duo of Brandon DeMarcus Lee and Jace Jones at the Daphne Invitational.
The Tigers used the Warhawk Invitational to prepare for defense of its 2017 title this Saturday at the 18th annual Jesse Owens Classic – the largest invitational meet of the year in the AHSAA. Defending individual champions Montgomery Catholic senior Amaris Tyynismaa and Homewood senior Will Stone will be in the field of the featured Gold race at the Jesse Owens Classic at Oak Hill Indian Mounds and Museum course. Both races will feature approximately 500 of the Southeast’s top prep cross country runners and more than 35 of the top high school teams.
As for last week’s top efforts, Lee, a Thompson senior, ran 16:08.60 to win the Daphne meet held at historic Blakeley State Park in Spanish Fort. Teammate Jones was second at 16:31.66. Lee’s time was the best of the week among AHSAA boys’ runners and was one of the best of the year. Hartselle senior Carson Levario-Slaten was third in the race clocking 16:42.48 to spark the Tigers to the team championship. Hartselle totaled 81 points and Baker was second with 86. The field included 198 participants.
Grissom runners took the top four places to win the Arab Invitational cross country meet Class 5A-7A race held at Arab City Park. Junior Dustyn Lewis finished first with a winning time of 16:38.68. Allan Anderson was second at 17:02.16, followed by Louis Levesque (17:02.78) and Heath Varnette (17:55.11). The Tigers posted 17 points to win the team title. Arab was second with 40. The field had 38 runners.
Fairview totaled 62 points to win the 1A-4A division over runner-up St. Bernard, which had 75 points. St. Bernard Junior Caleb Guthery won the individual title clocking 18:06.95. Kyle VanKirk of Westminster Christian finished second at 18:12.11 in the race that featured 143 participants.
In the girls’ competition at the Arab Invitational, senior Julianne Hill of Madison Academy won the Class 1A-4A division with a winning time of 20:51.46. Ashville won the team championship edging St. Bernard 43-46 with sophomore Meghan McCarthy clocking 22:08.02 to finish third overall. Kathleen McCarthy was eighth in the 86-runner field at 23:07.88 for Ashville.
Arab senior Megan Schwarze won the 5A-7A large-school competition with time of 20:24.79. Sarah Lewis of Grissom was second at 21:29.93. The Knights won the team title with 26 points.
Other highlights reported include:
EVAN CRAWFORD, ENTERPRISE: The senior runner won the Oak Mountain Invitational cross country meet at Heardmont Park with a 16:31.50 time. Florence senior Bennett Blake was second at 16:32.41 and Jonah Barrett of Oak Mountain was third with a 16:34.08 time. The trio closed out an exciting finish in a race that totaled 264 participants and 24 teams. Hoover won the team title with 55 points. Oak Mountain was second with 67.
JACE JONES, THOMPSON: The Warriors’ junior crossed the finish line first at the Shelby County Championships with a 16:53.35 time over the Veterans Park course in Alabaster. Pelham senior Adam Keller was second at 17:04.29, and Thompson senior Brandon DeMarcus Lee, who set the course meet record in 2016 running 16:32.77, finished third with a time of 17:07.36. Seven schools and 135 runners competed with Oak Mountain posting 38 points to take the boys’ title. Thompson was second with 65.
JEAN PIERRE LeROUX, BOB JONES: Captured first place at the Warriors Invitational cross country meet hosted by Wilson High School with the only sub-17-minute time (16:52.35) in the 84-runner field. Raleigh Stamps, a junior, was second at 17:45.08 for Rogers, which won the team title with 51 points. Muscle Shoals was second with 61 and Bob Jones third with 65. Stamps also clocked 17:34.57 on Oct. 2 to win the Elkmont Invitational cross country meet over Nicolas Ulrich of Athens Bible, who finished second with a 17:39.28 time. Rogers posted 48 points to beat Deshler (62).
NICOLAS ULRICH, ATHENS BIBLE: The junior won the Warriors Invitational Class 1A-3A division competition at Wilson High School’s Warriors Invitational clocking 17:40.19 over the 5,000-meter course. Ninety-four runners participated. Hatton won the team title with 49 points.
WILL THOMPSON, CULLMAN: The Bearcats junior was first in the 199-runner field at the Cold Springs Kudzu Invitational Class 4A-7A race held at Cold Springs High School with a time of 16:43.31. Sophomore Matthew Hill of James Clemens was second crossing at 15:59.81. The Jets finished first in the team standings with 54 points and Cullman was second with 61. Eighteen teams competed.
JONAH MORRIS, WESTBROOK CHRISTIAN: Won the Cold Springs Kudzu Hills Invitational boys’ 1A-3A division race at Cold Springs High School with a time of 17:07.67. Davis Holdbrooks of Winfield was runner-up in the race featuring 133 runners with a close-second time of 187:0818. Cold Springs won the team championship with 66 points. Altamont was second with 71.
EVAN ROGERS, AUBURN: The senior ran the AUM course 5K distance in 17:08.35 to finish first in the field of 270 runners competing in the Warhawk Cross Country Challenge. The Tigers won the team title as well, posting 30 points in a dominating showing placing all five scorers in the top 13 finishers. Montgomery Catholic was second with 69 points.
SETH LORD, PINSON VALLEY: The junior clocked 18:17.92 to capture the Hueytown Invitational meet individual title over a field of 81 runners. Freshman Jack Lowe was second at 18:29.97 to lead Pell City (40 points) to the team crown. Pinson was second with 54.
JENSEN HAMMONS, DEMOPOLIS: The junior finished fourth at the Northeast Lauderdale meet held in Mississippi with a time of 18:41.33. The Tigers were third in the final team results.
McKENZIE HOGUE, THOMPSON: The senior captured first place at the Shelby County Championship meet with a time of 19:45.99. Evie Bell, a junior at Oak Mountain, was second at 20:47.11 in the field of 105 participants to lead the Eagles to the team title. Oak Mountain had 38 points, runner-up Pelham scored 59 and Thompson was third with 69. Hogue also finished second at the Daphne Invitational meet run at historic Blakeley State Park in Spanish Fort. She clocked 18:25.56 to finish behind Long Beach (MS) freshman Brooklyn Biancamano, who crossed first at 18:06.33. Baker won the team title with 47 points and St. Paul’s Episcopal was second with 66. Thompson (104) finished third.
PRESLEY MILES, SAINT JAMES: The Trojans sophomore beat a field of 103 runners in the Cold Springs Kudzu Hills Invitational meet Class 1A-3A division with a dominating time of 18:24.10. Holly Pond sophomore Camilla Chambers was second at 20:43.99. Cold Springs (65 points) edged out Saint James (67) to win the team title by two points.
EMILY DANIEL, LAWRENCE COUNTY: The junior finished 10 seconds ahead of Lawrence County teammate and eighth grader Savannah Williams to claim the Class 4A-7A division individual title at the Cold Springs Kudzu Hills Invitational. Daniel clocked 20:22.43 and Williams 20:32.94. The competition included 117 runners and 12 teams. The duo helped Coach Stanley Johnson’s Red Devils post a strong score of 22 to win the meet. Cullman was second with 47.
LAINEY PHELPS, HOMEWOOD: The Patriots junior ran the Heardmont Park cross country course in 18:59.83 to beat a field of 185 runners at the Oak Mountain Invitational meet. Evie Bell of Oak Mountain was second at 20:25.70. Hoover had 46 points to take the team title. Oak Mountain was second with 66.
HANNAH THUSS, BOB JONES: Clocked 20:42.55 to win the Warriors Invitational cross country meet Class 4A-7A division race hosted by Wilson High School. The sophomore finished 14 seconds ahead of runner-up, junior Jaycee Biffle, who crossed at 20:56.67 to help Rogers High School win the team competition. Rogers had 62 points to edge Florence, which had 65. Biffle won the Elkmont Invitational on Oct. 2 with a winning time of 20:51.34. Deshler won the team competition over Rogers, 56 to 87.
KASEY EZEKIEL, COLBERT HEIGHTS: Crossed the finish line first clocking 21:31.68 at Wilson High School’s Warriors Invitational Class 1A-3A division race. Ally Amerson was third at 22:02.80 to lead Hatton to the team title with 59 points. The junior finished just ahead of teammates Neidyn Lopez and Maey Kate Sapp, who finished fourth and fifth, respectively, in the race featuring 70 runners.
JAYCEE DILL, GARDENDALE: The senior won the Hueytown Invitational with a time of 23:02.28. Chloe Brown, a Pell City junior, was second in the 43-runner field with a 23:27.50 time to pace the Panthers to the team win. Pell City had 31 points and Gardendale was second with 58.