MONTGOMERY – Senior quarterback Paul Tyson engineered an 18-play, 97-yard game-winning drive Friday night at Madison City Stadium which culminated with a 9-yard TD pass to receiver Jamyre Reese with 14 seconds remaining to give Hewitt-Trussville a dramatic 43-41 victory over James Clemens in the first round of the AHSAA Class 7A state football playoffs.
Tyson, who finished the night 25-of-41 passing for 326 yards and four TDs, earned the AHSAA Football Spotlight for round one of the state playoffs in the process.
The clutch performance also kept the Huskies’ state championship hopes alive and sets up a rematch with Thompson in the second round. The two teams met Oct. 25 in a game showcased to the nation on ESPN with the Warriors winning 63-49.
Tyson also completed TD passes of 56, 13 and 13 yards in the win over James Clemens. The great-grandson of Alabama coaching legend Paul “Bear” Bryant is 212-of-308 on the season for 3,012 yards and 31 touchdown passes. He has thrown just six interceptions.
Coach Josh Floyd’s Huskies head into the much anticipated rematch with the Warriors (9-1) riding some much-needed momentum thanks in big part to the clutch play Tyson. The quarterback connected with senior receiver and Alabama All-Star selection Ja’Varrious Johnson for 12 completions. The performance was almost equaled by James Clemens senior quarterback Jamil Muhammad, who had 20 rush attempts for 191 yards and four touchdowns on runs of 1, 1, 1 and 46 yards and completed 7-of-9 passes for 96 yards and another TD.
The clutch effort also edged out several outstanding performances from across the state.
Others reported included:
ALABAMA ALL-STARS SHINE IN FIRST ROUND
LEE WITHERSPOON, NORTH JACKSON: A selection at running back for the Alabama All-Stars in the upcoming 33rd annual Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Football Classic at Cramton Bowl on Monday night, Dec. 17, Witherspoon not only continued to shine but also set a new state record for rushing touchdowns in a single season. He had 15 rush attempts for 236 yards and five touchdowns to lead the Chiefs (11-0) to a 45-6 Class 4A win over Curry. He now has 53 rushing touchdowns on the season – breaking the AHSAA single-season record of 49 set by Beauregard’s La’Damian Webb in 2016. Witherspoon also has a single-season state record 59 touchdowns scored with one receiving, one on an interception return, three on punt returns and one kickoff return. Webb scored 53 TDs overall that season, which was also the AHSAA single-season mark coming into this season. Witherspoon has 2,759 yards rushing on the season on just 131 carries, an average of 21.1 yards per carry. He is also averaging scoring a touchdown every 2.5 rush attempts he takes. and is closing in on 3,000 yards rushing on the year.
BO NIX, PINSON VALLEY: Selected as one of two quarterbacks on the Alabama All-Star team connected with receiver Demarion Holloman for five touchdown passes as the defending Class 6A state champs downed Albertville 47-0 in the Class 6A playoffs. Nix was 16-of-22 for 231 yards in the 6A playoffs. Nix was 16-of-22 for 231 yards and five TDs. He is 176-of-291 passing for 2,489 yards and 36 touchdowns on the season with just four interceptions. His career totals are now 596-of-1,067 for 9,080 yards and 113 TDs. The passing yardage ranks seventh all time and is 1,659 yards shy of the state record (10,774 yards) held by JaMarcus Russell of Williamson (1999-02). The 113 TDs is second all-time behind American Christian’s Chris Smelley (2002-05), who had 134 TD passes in his prep career. Nix became just the third player in AHSAA history to go over 11,000 total yards for a career with last week’s performance. He currently stands at 11,009 yards (including 1,929 yards rushing) and needs 780 yards to move past the current record holder Terrance Hollingsworth of Berry, who had 11,788 yards rushing, receiving and passing from 2009-13.
Holloman finished with seven receptions for 94 yards. The five TD receptions were one shy of the state record (6) held by three receiver: Ja’Michael Willis of Gardendale (2010); David Morrison, Berry (2009) and Brandon Greer of Westbrook Christian (1998). Four others have caught five TD passes. The most recent was Tyler Crumpton of Phillips in 2012.
Several members of the 2018 Alabama All-Star Team turned in superb efforts including:
TAULIA TAGOVAILOA, THOMPSON: The Alabama All-Star team’s other quarter was 12-of-26 passing for 225 yards and two touchdowns while rushing for 90 yards and a score on nine carries in a 45-14 victory over Florence in the 7A playoffs. His season totals are 234 completions in 374 attempts for a state-leading 3,251 yards and 31 touchdowns.
A’MONTAE SPIVEY, CENTRAL-PHENIX CITY: Selected as one of the Alabama All-Star running backs, Spivey had 156 yards rushing on 12 carries and scored on a 54-yard run as the Red Devils (11-0) downed Davidson 46-0. He had 126 yards at the half.
D.J. DALE, CLAY-CHALKVILLE: The Alabama All-Star defensive lineman intercepted a pass on a tipped throw to set up a touchdown as the Cougars cruised to a 45-6 victory over Mae Jemison in the 6A playoffs.
JA’VARRIOUS JOHNSON, HEWITT-TRUSSVILLE: The Huskies wide receiver chosen for the Alabama All-Star team has a state-leading 82 receptions this season for 1,610 yards and 15 touchdowns after 11 games. He had 12 catches in Friday’s win.
GEORGE PICKENS, HOOVER: The talented Hoover wideout and Alabama All-Star selection had six receptions for 78 yards and one TD – a 16-yard connection coming one play after a personal foul penalty pushed Hoover back from the Bob Jones 1 to the 16 – to give the defending Class 7A state champion Bucs a 19-10 lead early in the fourth quarter of its 26-18 win over the visiting Patriots.
RICHMON SINGLETARY, ELBA: Returned two kickoffs 81 and 72 yards for touchdowns, giving him four in the last two games and six for the season as the Tigers advanced to the second round of the Class 1A playoffs with a 54-19 win over Billingsley. The six kickoff returns set a new AHSAA state record. The previous record (5) was held by four different players including: Javin Thatch, Tanner (2011); Brandon Hale, Lexington (1998); Jason Wilkins, Shelby County (1997); and Steven Reese, Florala (1997). Singletary also rushed for 173 yards on 15 carries to go over 2,000 rushing yards on the season. He caught two passes for 23 yards and had seven tackles on defense.
WILL BAILEY, DAR: Completed 20-of-29 passes for 238 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Patriots to a 36-30 win over Northside in the Class 4A state playoffs. The victory was the first playoff win in school history for DAR. Braeden Lewis grabbed 13 receptions for 159 yards and two TDs. He also had two interceptions on defense.
JOSEPH HANSON, MARS HILL BIBLE: Returned an interception 87 yards for a touchdown and added a 21-yard TD run to help the Panthers (10-1) beat Marion County 55-0 for the school’s first ever football playoff win. Hanson has accounted for 35 touchdowns this season, 24 passing, 10 rushing and one on defense. Teammate Peyton Higgins had five rush attempts for 160 yards and three TDs, and Colt Smith had six carries for 74 yards and three scores – and 13 tackles on defense.
GRANT WOODRUFF, COTTAGE HILL CHRISTIAN: Ran for 169 yards and a TD on just six carries and also caught a 15-yard TD pass as Cottage Hill defeated Class 2A Goshen for its first AHSAA playoff win in school history.
COLTON YEAGER, MOUNTAIN BROOK: Intercepted two passes and returned one 60 yards for a TD in the final minute of the first half as Mountain Brook defeated Austin 31-0 in the 7A playoffs. Teammate Grant Griffin also had two picks in the milestone win that gave Coach Chris Yeager his 101st victory at the school, making him the all-time winningest coach in school history.
PIEDMONT WINS 300TH HOME GAME: The Bulldogs downed Clements 41-0 in the first round of the Class 3A state playoffs to record the school’s 300th home victory, according to information provided by the Alabama High School Football Historical Society (AHSFHS.org). Matthew Thornton returned a fumble 24 yards in the second quarter for a TD to spark the shutout win. The Bulldogs have gone 300-178-13 at home (62.4%) and 206-217-15 (48.7%) for an all-time record of 506-395-28 (56.0%) through Friday’s win. The school’s first home win came in 1924 with a 27-0 victory over Cave Spring (GA).
ROYDELL WILLIAMS, HUEYTOWN: Ran 34 times for 358 yards, with TD runs of 14, 82, 6, 71 and 5 yards, to lead the Golden Gophers to a 38-13 victory over Eufaula in the Class 6A playoffs.
MATT DIXON, GOOD HOPE: Gained 252 yards rushing on 25 carries and scored four touchdowns as the Raiders beat St. John Paul II Catholic 62-28 in the Class 4A playoffs. Good Hope (10-1) finished with 546 yards rushing to post the school’s first playoff win since 2013.
TYQUAN RAWLS, WETUMPKA: Picked up 214 yards rushing on 15 carries and completed 5-of-11 passes for 70 yards and a TD as the Class 6A Indians ((9-2) opened the state playoffs with a 49-21 victory over Daphne.
DARRELL GIBSON, MONTGOMERY CATHOLIC: Had 28 carries for 203 yards and two touchdowns and caught a 42-yard TD pass in the Knights’ 42-13 Class 4A playoff win over Holtville.
REECE SOLAR, ALABAMA CHRISTIAN: Scored the game-winning touchdown on the final play of ACA’s 18-14 Class 4A playoff win over Lincoln. He finished with 198 yards rushing on 28 carries and scored all three TDs. He also completed 12-of-20 passes for 85 yards and caught a 12-yard pass.
BRYCE PEAVY, ARITON: Rushed for 192 yards and four touchdowns and teammate Daniel Hicks added 69 yards and two scores plus a strong game defensively, helping the Purple Cats beat Thorsby in the 2A playoffs 41-14. Peavy scored on runs of 4, 4, 8 and 1 yards, while Hicks had TD runs of 24 and 14 yards and added seven tackles, an interception and a fumble recovery on defense.
TRENT DAVIS, ETOWAH: Rushed 17 times for 168 yards and two touchdowns in the Blue Devils’ 33-0 Class 5A win over Guntersville.
JORDAN EMBRY, RAMSAY: Accounted for 152 yards of total offense scoring with touchdowns on a 4-yard run and 41-yard reception as the Rams beat Charles Henderson 36-7 in the Class 5A state playoffs.
JERMAINE BROWN, ST. LUKE’S EPISCOPAL: Rushed for 132 yards and three touchdowns on 16 carries as St. Luke’s won its 10th straight game beating Francis Marion 48-16 in the Class 1A playoffs.
JAYSON JONES, FULTONDALE: Rushed for 133 yards and three touchdowns on runs of 18, 2 and 17 yards in a 37-6 Class 3A playoff win over Plainview.
MASON McKINNEY, COLLINSVILLE: Accounted for 171 total yards and for TDs – 84 rushing yards on 12 carries with three touchdowns (4, 1, 8 yards) and three pass receptions for 87 yards including a 61-yard score – as Collinsville (10-1) downed Westbrook Christian 35-21 in the Class 2A playoffs. He also forced and recovered a fumble on defense.
DARRIAN MEADS, HOKES BLUFF: Rushed for 164 yards and scored three touchdowns on 24 carries in the Eagles’ 38-14 Class 4A victory over Central-Florence.
KENNETH BOTHWELL, SOUTHSIDE-GADSDEN: Totaled 130 rushing yards and a touchdown on 30 attempts as the Panthers rallied past A.P. Brewer, 15-9. With Southside trailing 9-7 midway through the fourth quarter, Bothwell ran for 28 yards and caught a 17-yard pass on the Panthers’ game-winning drive.
TEDARRIAN MURRAY, LEE-MONTGOMERY : Ran for 100 of his 129 rushing yards in the fourth quarter, including the game-winning touchdown, as Lee knocked off Theodore 13-7 in the opening round of the Class 7A playoffs.
ZYQUEZ PERRYMAN, PLEASANT GROVE: Completed 18-of-26 passes for 322 yards and three TDs in a 42-21 victory over Beauregard in the 5A playoffs. He now has thrown 27 TD passes and just two interceptions this season.
AARON DOVE, FALKVILLE: Completed 20-of-30 passes for 300 yards and four touchdown passes in a 35-6 Class 1A playoff win over Talladega County Central for Falkville (11-0). He heads into the second round of the state playoffs with 2,852 yards passing on the season with 44 touchdowns and just four interceptions. He is 164-of-233 passing, a 70.4% completion rate for the unbeaten Blue Devils.
TRENTON DUPPER, DECATUR: Accounted for all five touchdowns to help No. 4 seed Decatur knock off No. 1 seed and previously unbeaten Jackson-Olin (10-1) in the 6A playoffs 35-32. He was 13-of-17 passing for 185 yards and three touchdowns and Hs 23 rush attempts for 78 yards and two TDs.
SETH BROWN, ST. JOHN PAUL II CATHOLIC: Completed 16 passes for 237 yards and three touchdowns in the Falcons’ 62-28 playoff loss to Good Hope. It was the first football playoff game in St. John Paul II history.
KYLE WALKER, VIGOR: Completed 9-of-16 passes for 233 yards and three touchdowns as the Wolves (10-1) opened the 5A playoffs with a 45-8 rout of Central-Tuscaloosa.
ROBBY ASHFORD, HOOVER: Finished 12-of-19 passing for 150 yards and a TD and rushed 12 times for 76 yards to lead the Bucs to a 26-18 victory over Bob Jones in the 7A playoffs.
LUKE HAMPTON, CEDAR BLUFF: Completed 17-of-30 pass attempts for 163 yards, including a 35-yard score to Tray Wilson to end the first half. He also ran for an 8-yard touchdown in the Tigers’ 47-12 loss at Ohatchee. Wilson finished with a career-high nine receptions for 106 yards and one TD.
WILL CROWDER, GARDENDALE: Passed for 155 yards and ran for 103 on 14 carries to lead the Rockets to a 21-14 victory over Fort Payne in the 6A playoffs.
KALEB JONES, COLLINSVILLE: Completed 6-of-13 pass attempts for 140 yards with a 61-yard touchdown and also ran for 90 yards on 19 carries with a 7-yard score in the Panthers’ 35-21 Class 2A victory over Westbrook Christian.
RYLEY KIRK, SPRING GARDEN: Completed 6-of-12 pass attempts for 145 yards including a 69-yard touchdown to Cooper Austin in the Panthers’ 40-7 victory over Decatur Heritage.
CHANING MARMANN, DESHLER: Passed for 139 yards and rushed for 74 yards to pace the Tigers to a 21-7 Class 4A playoff win over Anniston.
DAQUON KINCEY, ABBEVILLE: The Yellow Jackets quarterback was 3-of-6 passing for 118 yards and one TD and rushed for 68 yards and two more scores Abbeville's 56-0 Class 2A win over Vincent. Kincey scored on runs of 50 and 14 yards and threw a 41-yard TD pass to Marquise Hollins.
CHRISTIAN IRONS, WATELOO: Caught three passes for 196 yards and three touchdowns and also scored on a two-point conversion play to account for all his team’s points in a 20-15 Class 1A win over Hubbertville.
MARCUS McGHEE, HOMEWOOD: Caught six passes for 100 yards as the Patriots earned a 24-14 victory over Athens in the 6A playoffs.
CHRISTIAN McKINNEY, RED BAY: Made had 17 tackles, including a stop on Winston County’s 2-point try in overtime to preserve the Tigers’ 16-14 Class 2A playoff victory.
JASON WEST, JACKSON: The sophomore linebacker had 21 tackles, including three for a loss, as the Aggies beat Chilton County 21-14 in the first round of the Class 5A playoffs.
JALEN BUSTAMANTE, THOMPSON: Intercepted two passes to spark the defense in a 45-14 victory over Florence in the 7A playoffs.
MARCUS EVANS, McADORY: Intercepted two passes – stopping Carver-Montgomery's best drive on a fourth-and-7 deep in McAdory territory and setting up Yellow Jackets’ first touchdown with his second pick in a 17-0 victory in the 6A playoffs.
CADE MANGO, BRIARWOOD CHRISTIAN: Intercepted two passes in a 42-28 victory over Valley in the 5A playoffs.
QUINDARIUS ADAMS, MIDFIELD: Had nine tackles on defense and had six rush attempts for 100 yards and two TDs on offense in a 32-14 victory over Pisgah in the 3A playoffs.
ASHIR HOGUE, McGILL-TOOLEN CATHOLIC: The junior linebacker recorded 10 tackles with a sack as the Yellow Jackets edged Prattville 17-13 in to advance to the second round of the 7A playoffs.
WILLIAM HARDY, RAMSAY: Returned an interception 70 yards for a touchdown and teammate Cedarius Doss picked off a pass and raced 65 yards for a score in a 36-7 Class 5A playoff win over Charles Henderson.
DERICKEY WRIGHT, ETOWAH: Had two interceptions in the Blue Devils’ 33-0 Class 5A win over Guntersville. Wright and his fellow Etowah defenders limited the Wildcats to minus-6 total yards en route to the team’s fifth shutout of the season.
EVAN CRAIGHEAD, MADISON ACADEMY: Picked off a pass at the goal line to seal the Mustangs' 18-15 Class 5A playoff win over Alexandria. Craighead also recovered a fumble and made eight tackles.
HARRISON BARRON & SPENCER SMITH, PROVIDENCE CHRISTIAN: Each defender had 10 tackles and teammate Michael Sullivan had nine tackles plus a fumble recovery during the Eagles' 31-6 Class 3A win over Lamar County in the Class 3A playoff opener.
LANDON GOWENS, SPRING GARDEN: Posted eight tackles and had a 27-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown in the Panthers’ 40-7 Class 1A playoff victory over Decatur Heritage.
C.J. YARROUGH, EAST LIMESTONE: Caught a 48-yard touchdown pass on offense and picked off two passes returning one 77 yards for a TD in a 53-33 Class 5A win over Boaz. He finished with six tackles and scored a two-point conversion.
SETH FAISON, HEADLAND: Blocked a critical extra-point try with 37 seconds left in the game to preserve a 13-12 victory over Talladega in the Class 4A state playoffs. The Rams (10-1) saw their bid for a perfect regular season thwarted last week with 23 seconds remaining in the final regular season game with Henry County rival Abbeville but emerged from a 6-0 deficit heading into the fourth quarter Friday with two touchdowns and one all-important extra point. K’Shun Stokes scored on a 10-yard run on the first play of the final quarter and scored the winning TD with 6:21 left on a 4-yard run. Talladega, which built the early lead with field goals of 24 and 29 yards by Onique Deer, scored on a pass play with 37 ticks remaining to set up Faison’s special team heroics. Teammate Ben Tew recovered Talladega’s onside kick attempt that followed to close out the first playoff win for the Rams since 1988.
TREY STODDARD, MUSCLE SHOALS: The Trojans’ place-kicker, an eighth grader, booted a 23-yard field on the last play of the game to lift Muscle Shoals past Minor 10-7 in the Class 6A state playoffs.
K.J. HALL, HIGHLAND HOME: Returned a kickoff 72 yards for one score, had four receptions for 88 yards and rushed 11 times for 97 yards and three touchdowns in the Flying Squadron’s 63-28 Class 2A playoff win over Chickasaw.
J.R. TRAN-RENO, BRIARWOOD CHRISTIAN: Returned a kickoff 92 yards for a touchdown and added TD runs of 1, 1 and 4 yards to lead the Lions to a 42-28 victory over Valley in the 5A playoffs.
RICHARD BRINSON, UMS-WRIGHT: Returned a kickoff 84 yards for a score and also caught an 8-yard TD pass from Skipper Snypes in UMS-Wright’s 43-8 win over West Blocton in the Class 4A playoffs.
JAQUON KINCEY, ABBEVLLE: Returned a punt 50 yards for a touchdown in Abbeville’s 56-0 win over Vincent in the 2A playoffs.
MONTGOMERY – Jasper High School’s Lady Vikings (29-3) powered to eight straight victories last week, including going 6-0 to win the Spain Park Heffstrong Invitational Tourney, to claim the AHSAA Volleyball Spotlight this week.
Coach Bobby Daniel, who picked career victory 700 as Jasper finished second in a tourney in Tennessee two weeks ago, saw his team beat five teams ranked by al.com in their respective classifications including Class 6A Spanish Fort, the top-ranked team in Class 6A, in the finals of the Heffstrong tourney. His girls did not lose a single set.
McKinley Ferguson and Alex Oliver provided the power up front with 74 and 67 kills, respectively, for the Lady Vikings. Ferguson also had 30 service aces, and Oliver managed 19 blocks.
Daniel had taken four different schools to the AHSAA State Tournament semifinals, including Winston County, Curry and Arab, in addition to Jasper.
Walker’s strong performance for the week edged strong performances by Hazel Green and Carbon Hill for the AHSAA Volleyball Spotlight.
The Class 6A Trojans (31-8) were 11-1 on the week winning the Huntsville Ironman Tourney. Gracie Lynn Butler had 111 kills and 26 blocks, setter Catherine Smith dished out 211 assists and middle blocker Myah Magwood recorded 31 blocks.
Carbon Hill’s Alyssa Dutton had a killer week with 127 kills, 17 blocks, 71 digs and 24 service aces and the Bulldogs (36-3) won the Brooks Invitational to finish the week 13-0.
In other top performances reported for the week:
MACKENKZIE DAVIS, ATHENS BIBLE: Recorded 265 assists to surpass 2,000 for her career, and also had 40 kills in Athens Bible’s nine matches last week.
MARISSA KOCH, ST. JOHN PAUL II CATHOLIC: Totaled 93 kills and 48 digs in 11 matches.
MADISON CARTEE, DANVILLE: Slammed 79 kills, 15 aces and had 11 blocks in 10 matches for the Hawks.
JASMINE BROOKS, SPARKMAN: Had 75 kills and 33 digs in 10 matches last week.
RYA McKINNON, HOOVER: In two match wins over Thompson and Tuscaloosa County, McKinnon totaled 29 kills for the Bucs (20-4).
BAILEY JOHNSON, BROOKWOOD: In three matches, she recorded 31 kills, 7 assists and seven blocked shots as Brookwood (13-8) went 2-1.
MAGGIE WOOD, HORSESHOE BEND: Had 28 kills, 14 blocks and 29 aces as the Generals (18-2) won six matches and the Wadley Varsity Classic tourney title.
KENYA McQUIRTER, McGILL-TOOLEN CATHOLIC: Registered 22 kills as the Dirty Dozen (21-3) beat St. Paul’s Episcopal and Bayside Academy in regular-season matches.
ANN VANDEVELDE, MOUNTAIN BROOK: Helped the Spartans (25-5) go 9-2 with 238 assists and 88 digs for the week.
SAVANAH FREE, DANVILLE: Recorded 234 assists, 19 aces and 40 digs in 10 matches.
LEIGHANNA TRALONGO, BOB JONES: Had 196 assists as the Patriots (23-6) went 8-2 for the week.
JOY MULLINS, WESTMINSTER CHRISTIAN: Picked up 196 assists as WCA finished 6-3 on the week.
LAEKYN BENNETT, LAWRENCE COUNTY: Had 190 assists and 17 digs as the Lady Red Devils (31-6) won eight of nine matches.
KAYLA KESHOCK, SPANISH FORT: Posted 178 assists as the Toros (27-3) tolled to eight wins in nine tries last week. Spanish Fort lost to Jasper in the finals of the Spain Park Heffstrong Tourney.
ISABELLE FUELL, HUNTSVILLE: Totaled 175 assists, 33 service aces and 49 digs in 10 matches for the Panthers (15-10), who won seven of 10 matches on the week.
MADELYN DIZON, LINDSAY LANE: Had 144 assists and 33 kills to lead Lindsay Lane (23-7) to an 8-1 record and runner-up finish to West Point at the Priceville Invitational.
LAUREN HUNT, SOUTHSIDE-GADSDEN: Had 135 assists as the Panthers were 6-2 to finish second in the Sandy Hunter Invitational to host Pleasant Valley.
BEATRICE LINDQUIST, MARY MONTGOMERY: Accounted for 118 assists and 29 digs in six matches.
BRINKLEY HEARN, FAITH ACADEMY: Had 100 assists, 43 digs and eight service aces as the Rams (17-11) went 6-1 en route to the title at the Battle of the Bridge Tourney.
VICTORIA SCHMER, CHELSEA: Helped the Hornets (27-4) win eight matches, capturing the championship of the Hewitt-Trussville Husky Challenge. She had 114 digs and 20 service aces.
MADALYNN OWEN, PRICEVILLE: Had 110 digs in nine Priceville matches to lead her team to a 7-2 record for the week.
MEGAN EDMOUNDS, BAKER: Had 38 digs and six service aces in two wins for the Hornets (14-5).
LAURA LEE KEENER, CENTRAL-FLORENCE: Managed 85 digs and 15 service aces in seven matches over the week.
TAYLOR BROWN, WILSON: Had 64 digs and Tori Walker had 25 blocks as Wilson (22-8) finished the week 6-2.
LEXIE DISHNER, PHILLIPS: Had 60 digs, 162 assists and 14 aces as Phillips (17-7) went 5-3.
KRISTEN BLACK, SARALAND: Managed 53 digs, 55 kills and nine aces as the Spartans (13-3) finished second to Faith Academy at the Battle of the Bridge tourney. Saraland was 6-1 for the week.
Week 3 Records Several Record Efforts
MONTGOMERY – Junior Chase Starling accounted for eight touchdowns, five passing and three running, as Hazel Green High School downed Lee-Huntsville 78-35 to grab the AHSAA Football Spotlight for Week 3 of the 2018 season.
Coach Smitty Grider, in his first season as head coach after going 38-9 the last four seasons at the Montgomery County Public School System’s newest school, Park Crossing, saw his quarterback etch his name in the AHSAA Record Book for TDs accounted for along with the Trojans, who set a school record for most points in a single game and combined with Lee-Huntsville to record 113 total points, 27th highest total in AHSAA history.
Hazel Green (2-2) edged out Hewitt-Trussville’s 56-28 upset win over defending Class 7A Hoover and four quarterbacks who passed their way into the Record Book with 400-yard plus games for this week’s AHSAA Spotlight.
Starling, a 5-foot-11, 185-pound quarterback, rushed nine times for 84 yards and three touchdowns and completed 13-of-20 passes for 150 yards to lead Hazel Green’s effort. He scored touchdowns on runs of 1, 7 and 20 yards and tossed TD passes covering 24, 6, 38, 9 and 6 yards.
The Trojans’ previous single-game high was 58 in a win over Sparkman on Oct. 3, 2014. The eight TDs accounted for ties for fourth all-time with seven others. Three before him accounted for nine TDs, including James Raines of Berry, the last to do it when he tossed nine TD passes in a 68-0 win in 2015 over Brilliant. Tommy Haley-Ricks of Hubbertville had nine rushing TDs in a 76-52 win over Vina in 2008, and Brent Gulledge of Victory Christian tossed nine TD passes in a 70-6 win over Lyman Ward in 2004.
Kaleb Barker was the last to account for eight TDs with four TD passes and four rushing TDs in Priceville’s 68-41 win over J.B. Pennington in 2015. Barker, now the starting quarterback at Troy University, engineered the Trojans’ 24-19 upset win over Nebraska in NCAA action last Saturday in one of Troy’s biggest Division I wins in its history.
Hewitt-Trussville’s offense, led by quarterback Paul Tyson and running back Armoni Tyson and an offensive line led by senior Pierce Quick, had 613 total yards and eight touchdowns in the school’s fourth win in a series dating back to 1963. Hoover now holds a 16-4 edge in the series with the last previous Hewitt win coming in 1997. Tyson was 14-of-18 passing for 256 yards and two TDs and Goodwin ran 30 times for 252 yards, with TD runs of 4, 1 and 8 yards.
Thompson senior Taulia Tagovailoa turned in the first 500-yard passing game of his prep career last Friday with 31 completions in 42 attempts for 507 yards and four TDs as the Warriors beat Oak Mountain 35-21. The victory was the first in Thompson’s new $19.1 million stadium, which was completed just in time for this season. Coach Mark Freeman’s Warriors (3-1) opened 2018 with three road games. Tagovailoa became just the 10th quarterback in AHSAA history to surpass 500 passing yards in a single game. Chris Smelley of American Christian set the state record with 565 yards versus Brantley in 2005. Tagovailoa became just the second player since 2005 to reach the 500-yard mark. He has two games over 400 yards this season and four for his career, most of any player in AHSAA history.
Three others went over 400 yards last week, including Jacob Jones of West End was 19-of-40 for 475 yards and four touchdowns in a 62-35 loss to Westbrook Christian; Malik Inabinette of Montevallo, who was 16-of-32 for 420 yards and four scores to lead the Bulldogs past Jemison 64-41; and Bo Nix of Pinson Valley, who connected on 30-of-41 passes for 409 yards and three scores as the defending Class 6A state champs posted a key region win over Clay-Chalkville. Keyonteze Johnson had 17 receptions for 247 yards and all three scores. The 17 catches ties for 10th in a single game and his 247 yards ranks 20th all time.
Other top performances reported from last weekend’s games:
DIEGO GUAJARDO, DAPHNE: Kicked four field goals, including a 53-yarder, to lead the Trojans to a 40-6 win over B.C. Rain. His other kicks covered 25, 30 and 43 yards. The four field goals ties 13 others in the AHSAA Record Book for second-most field goals in a game. The record (5) is shared by five kickers, including Spain Park’s Crosby Gray, who was the last to kick four or more in a single game when he booted five in a 15-14 win over Thompson for all his team’s points in 2015. The 53-yarder by Guajardo ties him five others for the ninth longest distance all time.
JADEN HARRIS, WHITE PLAINS: Had 13 carries for 198 yards and three touchdowns on offense and three interceptions on defense to lead the Wildcats past Ashville 32-20. His TD runs covered 80, 3 and 49 yards. It’s the first time since 2014 the Wildcats have won two games in a season and was the first region win for the program since 2014, snapping a 23-game region losing streak.
MATT DIXON, GOOD HOPE: Rushed for 137 yards and four TDs, including a 77-yard dash to set up his final TD in the second quarter in a 32-0 win over Tanner. The unbeaten Raiders (4-0) were 0-10 in 2016 and 4-6 last year under third-year head coach Alan Scott. The defense preserved the shutout when Walter Perez stopped a Tanner runner on fourth and goal at the 2-yard line with one minute remaining. The start is the best for Good Hope since the Raiders opened with six straight wins in 2000.
BRYCE PALMER, WATERLOO: Passed for 311 yards and four TDs as Waterloo beat Hackleburg 47-34 – the Cougars’ first victory over the Panthers in school after 18 straight setbacks dating back to 1971.
CHRISTIAN COLLINS, BOAZ: Rushed for 191 yards on 38 carries and scored the Pirates’ only two touchdowns in a 14-7 win over Class 5A, Region 6 foe Alexandria. Collins scored on runs of 15 and 4 yards. The win was the first ever for Boaz over Alexandria after 8 losses.
IN THE CLUTCH
QUINTON JETER, TALLASSEE: Kicked a 27-yard field goal with 52 seconds left to lift the Tigers past Carroll of Ozark – snapping the Eagles’ regular-season winning streak at 25 in a row.
RODERICK SMITH, SIDNEY LANIER: Nailed a 20-yard field goal as time expired to give the Poets a 22-20 win over Eufaula. He finished with three field goals, including a 36-yarder in the first half a 41-yard boot in early in the fourth quarter.
JAKARI FOSTER, PIEDMONT: Recovered a fumble in the final two minutes to seal the Bulldogs’ 27-22 victory over Randolph County.
HARRY NOGEUDA, SHEFFIELD: Kicked the game-winning field goal in the final minutes of the Bulldogs’ 17-16 win over Hatton.
LEE WITHERSPOON, NORTH JACKSON: Ran for 334 yards and six touchdowns (6, 46, 48, 50, 7 and 66 yards) on 18 carries and returned a kick 80 yards for a seventh score in a 75-41 win over DAR.
HUNTER GRIMES, WESTBROOK CHRISTIAN: Totaled 311 yards rushing and five touchdowns on 28 carries as Westbrook downed West End 62-35. His scoring runs covered 10, 2, 4, 37 and 68 yards.
RASHAWN McALPINE, SARALAND: Rushed for 299 yards and two touchdowns in the Spartans’ 38-10 win over Baldwin County. It was his third straight 200-yard rushing performance this season.
ANTONIO WILLIAMS, SHADES VALLEY: Had 25 rush attempts for 281 yards and three TDs in the Mounties’ 35-18 victory over Huffman.
LUKE ALISON, RANDOLPH: Bolted for 274 rushing yards and five touchdowns (83, 76, 26, 25 and 8 yards) on 10 carries in a 47-21 win over Priceville.
TONY AMERSON, SAINT JAMES: Picked up 260 yards rushing on 30 carries and scooted 80 yards for a TD as the Trojans beat Montgomery Academy 35-13. Teammate Austin Gavin added 126 yards and two TDs on 11 rush attempts.
TY WEBB, DOTHAN: The Tigers running back rushed for 246 yards and three touchdowns on 21 carries in two and a half quarters helping Dothan to a 30-14 win over Russell County.
IVORY STARR, CEDAR BLUFF: Picked up 242 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 25 carries in the Tigers’ 26-0 victory at Sand Rock.
EVAN SMITH, OAK MOUNTAIN: Gained 237 yards on 17 rush attempts and scored three touchdowns in the Eagles’ 35-21 loss at Thompson. He also completed 3-of-7 passes for 84 yards and another TD.
RAYSHAWN REYNOLDS, PIKE COUNTY: Rushed for 233 yards on 21 carries with touchdown runs of 52 and 60 yards in the Bulldogs' 27-22 win over Geneva.
TIGER WILBORN, CENTER POINT: Had 13 carries for 228 yards and three touchdowns in a 32-0 victory Munford.
DAQUON KINCEY, ABBEVILLE: Ran for 212 yards three touchdowns on nine carries in a 38-7 win over Geneva County.
RON WIGGINS, JACKSONVILLE: Gained 209 yards rushing on 22 carries and scored five touchdowns in a 56-21 win at Cherokee County. His scoring runs went for 9, 55, 3, 1 and 5 yards.
DARRIAN MEADS, HOKES BLUFF: Rushed 16 times for 204 yards and four touchdowns (5, 85, 22 and 40 yards) in a 49-7 win over Oneonta.
RICHMON SINGLETARY, ELBA: Picked up 203 yards rushing on 11 carries and scored four touchdowns as Elba downed Kinston 38-6.
K’SHUN STOKES, HEADLAND: Accounted for 287 yards and four touchdowns in a 42-13 win over Trinity for the unbeaten Rams (4-0). He rushed for 188 yards on 18 carries with TD runs of 4, 30, 32 and 16 yards and completed 9-of-13 passes for 99 yards and also threw a two-point conversion pass.
DARRELL GIBSON, MONTGOMERY CATHOLIC: Gained 195 yards on rushes and scored twice in the Knights’ 28-8 win over Alabama Christian.
BRADEN McCAIG, COLBERT HEIGHTS: Rushed 9 times for 170 yards and three touchdowns in a 40-34 win over Lauderdale County.
PAYTON ANDERSON, FYFFE: Rushed for 185 yards and five touchdowns on 22 carries and also had 118 yards on two kickoff returns to lead the Red Devils past Collinsville 54-24. He returned on kickoff 97 yards for a TD.
JOHN PHILLIPS, WEST MORGAN: Ran for 165 yards and two touchdowns, threw a TD pass and caught six passes for 74 yards in a 28-24 win over Danville.
DA’VION JOHNSON, WOODVILLE: Picked up 167 yards and four touchdowns on 23 rush attempts in a 34-20 win over Gaylesville.
KAEDON JENKINS, PIEDMONT: Scored the go-ahead TD on a 32-yard run and finished with 150 yards rushing on 15 carries in the Bulldogs’ 27-22 win over Randolph County.
MARKEVIOUS MATTHEWS, TALLASSEE: Ran for 132 yards and two touchdowns on 22 carries and caught two passes for 55 yards in the Tigers’ 24-21 win over Carroll.
TYQUAN RAWLS, WETUMPKA: Completed 10-of-17 passes for 210 yards and two touchdowns and rushed 17 times for 164 yards and another score to lead the Indians (4-0) to a 30-28 win over Opelika. He finished with 374 total yards.
KADEN CUPP, NEW BROCKTON: The Gamecocks’ freshman quarterback completed 13-of-18 passes for 237 yards and four touchdowns in a 46-6 win over Central-Hayneville. He threw TD passes of 41 yards to Drew Simon, 13 yards to Bryce Baker, 60 yards to Colton Marsh and 6 yards to Russell Weeks.
LUKE JACKSON, JACKSONVILLE: Completed 8-of-11 passes for 218 yards and a touchdown in a 56-21 win at Cherokee County.
JAYSON JONES, FULTONDALE: Completed 12-of-18 passes for 191 yards and added 176 yards rushing and four TD runs for 367 total yards in a 35-6 victory over J.B. Pennington.
KALEB JONES, COLLINSVILLE: Completed 12-of-25 pass attempts for 202 yards and a touchdown and rushed for 59 yards and a TD on 21 carries in the Panthers’ 54-24 loss to top-ranked Fyffe.
DESHONTAE KIRKLAND, ASHFORD: The Yellow Jackets quarterback accounted for 312 yards and three touchdowns to lead Ashford to a 39-14 win over Dale County. He passed for 134 yards, including an 84-yard TD to Jacorey Underwood, a 35-yard TD toss to Kehion Walker and tacked on 178 yards rushing and another score.
ANDREW PARRIS, EAST LIMESTONE: Was 7-of-13 passing for 197 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 83 yards and a TD on seven carries in a 48-14 win over Madison County.
IAN THIES, WESTMINSTER CHRISTIAN: Completed 9-of-15 passes for 185 yards and three touchdowns and ran for 123 yards on eight carries in a 39-0 win over Lexington.
HUNTER MARTIN, SPARKMAN: In his first start at quarterback, the former receiver completed 8-of-13 passes for 181 yards, including the 60-yard game-winning touchdown in a 17-13 triumph over Grissom.
KYLE MINOR, MADISON ACADEMY: Grabbed six receptions for 213 yards and three touchdowns (86, 81 and 9 yards) in a 45-7 win over Brewer.
ELI PEARCE, WEST END: Caught eight passes for 172 yards and two touchdowns in the Patriots’ 62-35 loss to Westbrook Christian.
AUSTIN McGHEE, JAMES CLEMENS: Caught five passes for 131 yards and two touchdowns (49 and 44 yards) and scored on a 2-yard run in a 62-19 win over Huntsville.
GEORGE PICKENS, HOOVER: Nabbed four receptions for 130 yards and a 59-yard TD in the Bucs’ 56-28 loss to Hewitt-Trussville.
JEWELS GRAY, JACKSONVILLE: Caught three passes for 103 yards and a touchdown in a 56-21 win at Cherokee County.
DERICKEY WRIGHT, ETOWAH: Scored three defensive touchdowns and one on offense as Etowah (4-0) blanked Sardis 36-0. He returned two an interceptions 34 and 66 yards for scores, ran a fumble 52 yards for a TD, had a 1-yard scoring run and two-point conversion on offense to finish with 26 points.
JELEN LEE, FLORENCE: Swiped two interceptions, including one in the red zone late, as the Falcons beat Bob Jones 39-28.
WILL BRELAND, UMS-WRIGHT: Intercepted a pair of passes as defending Class 4A state champion UMS-Wright shut out Williamson 19-0.
DAMIEN MILLER, FAIRFIELD: Retuned at interception and kickoff for touchdowns as the Tigers best Wenonah 26-0.
TYLER BENTHEIMER, GAYLESVILLE: Posted 16 tackles in the Trojans’ 34-20 loss to Woodville.
CHAUNCEY LIGHTNER, BARBOUR COUNTY: Totaled 15 tackles in a 35-20 loss to Cottonwood.
BRODERIUS FINK, CITRONELLE: Had 14 tackles and three sacks in Citronelle’s 28-20 victory over LeFlore at Ladd-Peebles Stadium.
REGGIE FOWLER, LEE-MONTGOMERY: Had 12 tackles, a sack and a forced fumble in the Generals’ 21-17 loss to Auburn.
CONNOR GERMAN, HEADLAND: Had 11 tackles, including two sacks, and caused a fumble as the Rams downed Trinity Presbyterian 42-13.
ALEX WASHINGTON, MOUNTAIN BROOK: Intercepted a pass and scored on a fumble return, both in the second half, as the Spartans rallied for a 24-14 victory over Spain Park.
CARSON EUBANKS, HOKES BLUFF: Recovered an Oneonta fumble on the game's opening kickoff, intercepted pass and recorded three tackles in the Eagles’ 49-7 win over Oneonta.
KENDALL ALLEN, GARDENDALE: Returned the opening kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown in the Rockets' 40-21 victory over Pell City.
TRE AUSMER, HOMEWOOD: Returned a punt 86 yards for a touchdown and caught two TD passes in a 48-6 victory over Helena.
QUINDARIUS ADAMS, MIDFIELD: Had 10 tackles on defense and rushed for 121 yards on 10 carries in and added 10 tackles on defense in a 40-20 victory over Vinemont.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. – More and more student-athletes are joining the 128 high school varsity girls’ and boys’ swim teams in Alabama. And, those Alabama High School Athletic Association swimmers are finding success beyond the confines of the pools in this state.
Wade Thaxton, swimming and diving coach at Bob Jones High School in Madison, said, “The state of swimming in Alabama is as good as it’s ever been. We are seeing more and more kids take it to college, it’s a good avenue for scholarships.”
Thaxton, who was an assistant for two boys’ state titles at Bob Jones and has been head coach for the past four years, said he was thrilled with the spirit his swimmers bring to the pool. “With high school swimming, it’s all about the team,” he said. “I asked my kids what was different between their summer league teams and our team and they told me, ‘We are together. We do things together besides what we do at the pool.’ One of my swimmers told me, ‘It is all about the school spirit, not just about yourself.’
“To see them celebrate with each other and the parents taking pictures, not of their swimmer in the pool but the team on the sidelines, that is really something that stands out.”
According to the latest reports, 72 AHSAA schools offer varsity girls’ swimming and 56 field boys’ teams. The 716 boys’ varsity swimmers is an 11.5 percent increase over the 2016-17 academic year. Girls’ participation jumped 3.8 percent to a total of 844 swimmers.
The Bob Jones swim teams do agility and weight training along with their work in the pool – which is at a local recreation center, since none of the Madison City Schools System teams have pools at school. “We practice five days a week, about 2½ hours a day,” Thaxton said. “Some of our kids also swim on their own, too. Sometimes in practice, I just want them to do sets for speed – ‘OK, just go as fast as you can on this, just get there.’ Other times, I ask them to go 60-70 percent so we can work on technique. They need individual instruction to know what they need to work on. It’s about doing every little thing that is going to make their time faster.”
Faster pays off for the high school teams – Bob Jones has won nine boys AHSAA championships, including seven straight in the 2000s, and one girls title in 2007 – and for the individual swimmers. Former Patriots standout Zach Harting, who now swims for the University of Louisville, won a bronze medal this year in the Pan Pacific Championships with a personal best time (1:55.01) after finishing second in the 2018 U.S. National Championships in the 200-meter butterfly.
High school swim season for the AHSAA began with the opening of practice on Aug. 6 with the first contests on Aug. 23. The sectional meets – in Huntsville, Birmingham and Mobile – are Nov. 16-17 with the State Meet set for Nov. 30-Dec. 1 at Auburn University.
The Alabama High School Athletic Association, founded in 1921, is a private agency organized by its member schools to control and promote their athletic programs. The purpose of the AHSAA is to regulate, coordinate and promote the interscholastic athletic programs among its member schools, which include public, private and parochial institutions.
MONTGOMERY -- McGill-Toolen Catholic High School (12-3) rolled to seven straight victories last week to capture the prestigious 36th annual Juanita Boddie volleyball tournament played at Hoover High School’s Finley Center – thanks in big part to the domination of senior Kenya McQuirter up front. McQuirter finished the tourney with 78 kills, 17 blocks, 23 digs and six service aces to push her school into the AHSAA Volleyball Spotlight for Week 1 of the 2018 season.
The tournament field included 44 of the top teams from the AHSAA and surrounding states. McGill-Toolen’s seven wins included five over out-of-state teams. Three of the four teams in the semifinals were from outside the state.
The defending Class 7A state champion Dirty Dozen (12-3) opened the week beating Mountain Brook in a regular-season match, then followed with tournament victories over nationally ranked Columbus (GA), Briarcrest (TN) and finally, a victory over Brentwood (TN) in the finals of the Boddie finals. It was McGill-Toolen’s second Boddie Tourney title in the last three years and its third since 2011.
Coach Kate Wood also got outstanding play from senior setter Lillie Fromdahl, who had 201 assists, 16 kills, 15 digs and 12 aces for the week. Courtney Langham added 24 kills and 12 blocks and Imani Nicholson had 51 kills and 11 blocks as McGill also downed Riverdale (TN), Houston Academy (GA), and AHSAA powers Jasper and John Carroll Catholic.
McGill-Toolen’s Boddie Tourney championship edged out two other top team efforts turned in by unbeaten Lawrence County (13-0) and unbeaten Carbon Hill (11-0). The Red Devils of Coach Robyn Hutto went 5-0 to win the Briarwood Invitational last weekend. Lawrence County downed the host Lady Lions in the finals. Savannah Graham had 65 kills and 39 assists and Laekyn Bennett had 185 assists in the five tournament matches and three regular season wins.
Carbon Hill, coached by Dadrian Beaty, rolled to six straight wins in the Carbon Hill Invitational and finished 8-0 for the week. The Bulldogs, led by Alyssa Dutton with 78 kills, 46 digs and 11 service aces and Grayson Evans with 64 kills, 11 blocks and 12 aces, beat Wilson in the finals. Setter Sidney Keeton recorded 155 assists for the week.
Other top performances reported included:
MARY MONTGOMERY POSTS 1,200TH WIN FOR SHOQUIST: Vikings Coach Nancy Shoquist picked up career coaching win 1,200 in Mary Montgomery’s Boddie Tourney win over Alma Bryant. Setter Beatrice Linquist helped the Vikings go 5-2 with 115 assists in the seven matches.
GEORGIA STONICHER, PELHAM: Had 153 assists and 14 service aces in seven matches for Pelham (6-2).
STEPHANIE SHARP, BUCKHORN: Recorded 149 assists for Buckhorn (14-4), which went 7-2 for the week and won the Silver Division of the Boddie Tourney.
KAYLA KESHOCK, SPANISH FORT: Handed out 130 assists in six matches for the Toros (8-2), who finished 3-1 in the Boddie Tourney.
SAVANNAH RUTLEDGE, ALBERTVILLE: Led the Aggies (13-3) to an 8-1 record for the week and a runner-up finish in the Albertville Invitational tourney with 129 assists.
ALLIE ISOM, ARAB: Had 128 assists in seven matches as Arab went 5-2 for the week.
EMILY THORNTON, ALABAMA CHRISTIAN: Totaled 126 assists as ACA won the Silver bracket of the Mayor’s Cup Tourney at Montgomery.
AMY VANDEVELDE, MOUNTAIN BROOK: Had 124 assists in seven contests, including four matches in the Juanita Boddie Tourney.
JESSICA VEAL, SPAIN PARK: Accumulated 121 assists in nine matches – six in the Boddie tourney.
KAYLA CHAMPION, PROVIDENCE CHRISTIAN: Had 120 assists in nine victories for the Eagles as PCA rolled to the championship of the Mayor’s Cup tourney in Montgomery.
EMMA NESTER, WILSON: Had 109 assists as Wilson (8-3) finished second to the host team at the Carbon Hill Invitational.
JAYDEN WATKINS, ALBERTVILLE: Picked up 94 kills as Albertville (13-3) won seven of eight matches last week and finished second in the Albertville Invitational tourney.
A.K. GRIGGS, ARAB: Had 80 kills, 10 blocks and 12 aces to lead the Knights to a 5-2 record for the week.
MAEGAN MILLIGAN, WEST MORGAN: Had 72 kills as West Morgan (9-2) rolled to an 8-0 record and won its invitational tourney with a win over Danville in the finals.
AUTUMN MAYES, PROVIDENCE CHRIDSTIAN: Led the Eagles (9-0) to the Mayors Cub tourney championship at Montgomery with 65 kills. PCA downed Class 7A Enterprise in the finals.
CARSON ANN CROW, SAINT JAMES: Managed 63 kills and 36 digs for the Trojans (4-2) in six matches. Saint James finished 3-2 in the Mayor’s Cup Tourney at Montgomery.
RYA McKINNON, HOOVER: Had 62 kills, 37 digs and 10 service aces foe Hoover (11-2) as the Lady Bucs finished 5-2 for the week.
LEXIE SMITH, HARTSELLE: Had 56 kills and 15 blocks and teammates Hailey Holshouser and Lillyanna Cartee added 53 and 52 kills, respectively, in 11 matches for the Tigers (10-6).
SARAH GUTHRIE, PELHAM: Accounted for 52 kills, 62 digs and 15 service aces in seven matches for the Panthers (6-2). Teammate Erin Long also had 52 kills.
ALEX PRESSNELL, BUCKHORN: Helped the Lady Bucks (14-4) go 7-2 for the week with 104 digs. Buckhorn won the Silver Division title of the Boddie Tourney.
ABBY ARIAS, HARTSELLE: Had 104 digs in 11 matches for the week.
ERIN EISENHIART, MADISON ACADEMY: Led the Mustangs (8-1) to the championship of the Albertville Invitational with 87 digs.
GRACE CARR, MOUNTAIN BROOK: Recorded 86 digs and added 47 kills in seven matches.
AHSAA Football Spotlight for Week 1
Elba Scores Six Different Ways to Beat Opp 53-33
MONTGOMERY -- Elba High School scored touchdowns six different ways – and needed them all in a 53-33 victory over Opp Friday night to claim the AHSAA Football Spotlight for Week 1 of the 2018 prep football season.
Coach Pate Harrison, in his first season as head coach after moving over from Dale County High School, saw his team recover an Opp fumble in the end zone and pick up another one at the Bobcats 4-yard line and returned it for a score. The Tigers also scored on a kickoff return, punt return, a pass and three rushing plays.
Seven different players got into the scoring action. Richmon Singletary scored on a 58-yard run and 86-yard kickoff return; Branden Epps pounced on the fumble in the end zone; Alex Wright scooped up the second fumble and returned it four yards for a TD; Jaquez Prince scored an 84-punt return; Collin Harrison and Byron Johnson scored on runs of 2 yards and 1 yard, respectively, and Johnson fired 34-yard TD pass to Dezmion Robinson to round out the scoring.
Elba’s amazing effort edged out a state-record tying performance by Geneva defensive back Dylan Creech and a special performance on special teams by Riley Evans of R.A. Hubbard. Creech returned two interceptions for touchdowns covering 42 and 41 yards in the Panthers’ 47-22 win over Geneva County, tying a feat managed by four others. The win at Hartford was the first meeting between the two county rivals in 15 years.
Others reported accomplishing the record were: Tyler Danzey of Headland had two returns last week in the Rams’ 43-0 win over Straughn; Damiean Archibald of Sipsey Valley had two picks for TDs in a 66-28 win over Curry in 2013; Berry’s J.C. Finch accomplished the feat vs. Brilliant in 2013; and Clements’ Demarcus Johnson had two interception returns for TDs in a win over St. John Paul II, also in 2012.
Evans, a senior, helped the Chiefs beat Shoals Christian 46-21 returning a punt 55 yards for a touchdown, a kickoff 78 yards for another TD. He also picked off a pass returned the interception 70 yards for a third TD.
TYLER PERINE, PRATTVILLE: Kicked a 28-yard field goal with 5.9 seconds left to lift the Lions to a 19-16 win at Stanhope Elmore. He also boomed a 75-yard punt on a free kick after the Mustangs scored a third-quarter safety and made another 28-yard field goal early in the fourth quarter to give Prattville a 16-8 lead.
AUSTIN McCARDLE, COTTONWOOD: Threw a 45-yard TD pass to Peyton Byrd on 4th-and-20 with 43 seconds left to give Cottonwood the lead and Clayton Gilmore intercepted a pass at the 10-yard line with 11 seconds left to give the Bears a 14-7 win over Slocomb.
AUSTIN WINS FIRST HOME GAME: Black Bears quarterback Kulyn Hubbard completed 10-of-18 passes for 308 yards and three touchdowns as the Black Bears opened play in their new football stadium beating arch-rival Decatur 60-45. In previous years Austin held its home games at Ogle Stadium on the campus of Decatur High School. Receiver Jayden Grissom caught TD passes of 70 and 81 yards for touchdowns and returned an onside kick 50 yards for a third score. Decatur quarterback Trentin Dupper rushed for 132 yards and passed for five touchdowns for the Red Raiders. The 105 points set a record for most points in the series, which Decatur leads 36-20. Ironically, each team recorded series highs for points. The two teams have played annually since 1965.
RIGGS DEBUT AT HOUSTON ACADEMY: Raiders running back Jake Ogletree rushed for five touchdowns (5, 5, 3, 5 and 30 yards) and 119 yards and teammate Chase Swain added 118 rushing yards in a 48-12 win over McKenzie. The victory snapped a 19-game losing streak and handed new head coach Jamie Riggs the 306th victory of his career and the first since retiring at T.R. Miller after the 2015 season with a 305-81 record. His wins are second-most all time in the AHSAA.
VESTAVIA HILLS HANDS ANDERSON HIS 330TH WIN: The Rebels won their traditional season opener over Homewood 17-10 – giving head coach Buddy Anderson his 330th career coaching win. Anderson, the state’s all-time winningest football coach, is now 330-146 in his 41st season at Vestavia Hills. The Rebels are 28-19 versus Homewood in his tenure and 6-1 in season openers versus the Patriots since the game was moved to the first date of the season in 2012. Anderson was inducted earlier this summer into the NFHS National High School Hall of Fame at a ceremony held in Chicago at the 99th annual NFHS Summer Meeting.
FLORENCE’S HESTER RECORDS FIRST WIN: Florence recorded its first shutout since 2005 and handed new coach Will Hester his first win with a 21-0 win over Buckhorn. Gardner Flippo and DaMarcus Beckwith each threw a TD pass and Jakailar Coleman added a touchdown run. Florence’s defense limited Buckhorn to 161 total yards, 50 of which came on a third-quarter run.
WILSON HANDS POARCH HIS FIRST WIN: Wilson downed Colbert Heights 41-27 presenting new head coach Matt Poarch his first career head-coaching victory. Poarch, a Wilson alumnus, took over for Scott Brown, who stepped down after last season.
D.J. DALE, CLAY-CHALKVILLE: The 320-pound defensive lineman scored on runs of 1 and 5 yards to help the Cougars down James Clemens 31-24. He also had two sacks on defense.
Other top performances reported:
CADEN ROSE, BOB JONES: Completed 17-of-24 passes for 396 yards and three touchdowns (27, 17 and 23 yards) and had TD runs of 24 and 2 yards in the 39-36 win over Mainland (FL).
IAN THIES, WESTMINSTER CHRISTIAN: Passed for 383 yards and three touchdowns on a 20-of-32 performance in a 36-20 win over Madison County. He also rushed for a fourth score.
SCOTT McALPINE, HALEYVILLE: Passed for 287 yards and scored on runs of 1, 1 and 7 yards as the Lions beat Central-Florence 21-7.
CAIDEN LIPSCOMB, COOSA CHRISTIAN: Was 16-of-31 in passing with 258 yards and five touchdowns in the Conquerors’ 45-22 win over Appalachian. Teammate Caleb Cates had six receptions for 97 yards and three touchdowns.
TAULIA TAGOVAILOVA, THOMPSON: The Warriors senior was 23-of-33 passing for 254 yards and five touchdowns as Thompson (20) blanked Foley 47-0. His TD passes covered 11, 1, 23, 8 and 20 yards.
SETH BROWN, ST. JOHN PAUL II CATHOLIC: Was 9-of-10 passing for 237 yards and five touchdowns as the Falcons (2-0) set a school record for points scored in a 51-0 win over East Lawrence.
AARON FENN, ZION CHAPEL: Was 10-of-17 passing for 196 yards and accounted for four touchdowns as the Rebels beat Red Level 40-33. He rushed for 21 yards and two TDs and passed for two to Andrew Crawley to give Zion Chapel its first season-opening win since 2011.
ALEX ROGERS, ROGERS: The Pirates’ quarterback was 11-of-14 passing for 189 yards and threw touchdown passes of 34 and 19 yards in a 34-7 win over county rival Lexington.
GANNON REYES, SCOTTSBORO: The sophomore was 13-of-19 passing for 185 yards and a TD in a 26-13 triumph over Fort Payne. Senior Hatton Metz, the Wildcats’ starting QB as a junior, hauled in seven receptions for 83 yards and a touchdown.
KALEB JONES, COLLINSVILLE: Completed 5-of-7 passes for 164 yards and four touchdowns (58, 59, 20 and 5 yards) and recorded an interception on defense in the Panthers' 47-14 victory over Crossville.
JAKOBI HUNTER, LEEDS: Rushed 14 times for 277 yards and TDs of 30 and 32 yards in a 55-24 victory over John Carroll Catholic.
DARTAVIOUS BRITTON, COOSA CHRISTIAN: Rushed for 262 yards and two touchdowns on 17 carries in the Conquerors’ 45-22 victory over Appalachian. He also had four receptions for 104 yards and two TDs and returned a kickoff 40 yards to finish with 406 all-purpose yards.
JOE GREEN, EUFAULA: Had 258 yards rushing and five touchdowns in Eufaula's 42-26 win over Beauregard. Green scored on the game's second play from scrimmage with a 63-yard scoot and added TD runs of 1, 23, 8 and 69 yards in the triumph.
DAQUAN JOHNSON, FLOMATON: Rushed for 238 yards and four touchdowns on 23 carries and passed for 98 yards and another TD in a 41-19 win over Northview (FL).
TATE WARR, MILLRY: Was 5-of-8 passing for 202 yards and two touchdowns, rushed 12 times for 105 yards and another score and accumulated 307 total yards as Millry beat Washington County 55-7.
RASHAWN McALPINE, SARALAND: Rushed for 220 yards and four touchdowns on just nine carries as the Spartans defeated B.C. Rain 50-0.
DAQUON KINCEY, ABBEVILLE: The Jackets’ quarterback rushed for 226 yards and two touchdowns and passed for 31 yards and another score in a 22-15 win over Ashford. Kincey scored on runs of 88 and 90 yards and threw a 24-yard TD pass to Trey Glanton.
ROYDELL, WILLIAMS, HUEYTOWN: Ran 21 times for 222 yards and two touchdowns, added four catches for 55 yards and a third TD, and completed his only pass for three yards in a 28-7 victory over Helena.
SAMARIO RUDOLPH, COTTAGE HILL CHRISTIAN: Has nine rush attempts for 220 yards, returned a kickoff 90 yards and a TD and intercepted two passes on defense to lead Cottage Hill past Florala 42-14.
KEON HORNSBY, SAMSON: Rushed for 208 yards and four touchdowns on 27 carries in the Tigers' 37-18 win over Kinston.
JORDAN INGRAM, ST. PAUL’S EPISCOPAL: Had 22 rush attempts for 205 yards and four touchdowns as the Saints downed St. Stanislaus (MS) 35-7.
KOBE BLUNT, DAVIDSON: Rushed for 202 yards and three touchdowns to lead Davidson past Alma Bryant 32-21.
DARRIAN MEADS, HOKES BLUFF: Rushed 25 times for 201 yards and two touchdowns covering 29 and 50 yards in the Eagles’ 42-13 win over Southside-Gadsden.
ZAC BOYD, RUSSELLVILLE: Rushed for 188 yards and five touchdowns on 22 carries to lead Russellville past Deshler 40-34 in double overtime. The win was the first for Coach John Ritter as Russellville’s coach. Boyd’s 2-yard run in the second overtime was the game winner. He also scored on runs of 34 , 1, 7 and 61 yards.
TONY AMERSON, SAINT JAMES: Recorded 15 carries for 192 yards and three TDs in a 37-0 win over Straughn.
DORIAN McCULLOUGH, CLEMENTS: Rushed 11 times for 183 yards and three touchdowns as the Colts beat Tanner 32-6.
SATYLER WILSON, LUVERNE: Gained 180 rushing yards on 29 attempts and scored three times in the Tigers’ 26-12 victory over Georgiana.
JARRIS WILLIAMS, BLOUNT: Rushed for 172 yards on 21 carries and caught two passes for 23 yards as the Leopards downed Robertsdale 31-7.
KENNETH BOTHWELL, SOUTHSIDE-GADSDEN: Rushed for 167 yards and two touchdowns on 15 carries in the Panthers’ 42-13 loss to Hokes Bluff.
TANNER CLANTON, SAND ROCK: Ran for 164 yards, two 1-yard touchdowns and a 2-point conversion in the Wildcats' 21-12 victory over Gaston.
IVORY STARR, CEDAR BLUFF: Had 163 rushing yards on 21 carries and scored three touchdowns (1, 70, 4 yards) and added two 2-point conversions in the Tigers' 28-6 victory over Spring Garden.
PAYTON ANDERSON, FYFFE: Had 13 carries for 162 yards and three TDs and added 51 yards on kick returns as the Red Devils beat Geraldine 41-7.
JERMAINE BROWN, ST. LUKE’S EPISCOPAL: Rushed for 160 yards and three touchdowns on 11 carries and was 5-of-9 passing for 105 yards in a 41-0 victory over Chickasaw.
JACOB DENDY, ALBERTVILLE: Ran 27 times for 158 yards and three touchdowns in a 33-0 win over Columbia.
D.J. PATRICK, ELMORE COUNTY: Ran for 152 yards and two TDs on 14 rush attempts in a 21-0 win over Marbury.
TERRANCE THOMAS, WETUMPKA: Rushed 12 times for 147 yards and one TD as the Indians (2-0) downed Northview 44-14. Teammate DeAngelo Jones added 129 yards and three TDs on 10 carries.
REECE SOLAR, ALABAMA CHRISTIAN: Rushed for 142 yards and two scores in a 16-0 win over Pike County.
D.J. LEE, GAYLESVLLE: Scored three first-quarter touchdowns, including a 45-yard fumble return, as the Trojans beat Asbury 34-0 to snap a nine-game winless streak. He also rushed two times for 127 yards and scored twice. The shutout was Gaylesville’s first since 2011.
DEION PICKENS, SATSUMA: Had five receptions for 120 yards and three TDs in a 39-20 win over W.S. Neal.
GEORGE PICKENS, HOOVER: Hauled in seven passes for 119 yards in the Bucs’ 42-14 loss to St. John’s of Washington D.C.
JA’VARRIUS JOHNSON, HEWITT-TRUSSVILLE: Caught five passes for 98 yards and two touchdowns and also returned a kickoff 97 yards for a third score in a 38-20 win over West Forsythe (GA).
BRAYDON HILL, HOKES BLUFF: Caught three passes for 86 yards and two touchdowns, had an 83-yard punt return for a touchdown and forced a fumble in the Eagles’ 42-13 win over Southside-Gadsden.
KRIS BRAMLETT, BREWER: Caught three passes for 86 yards and three touchdowns in a 42-0 win over Danville.
LUKE ALISON, RANDOLPH: Scored two receiving touchdowns on passes covering 23 and 33 yards, had a 67-yard punt return and a 64-yard run for TDs and accounted for 176 of the Raiders' 280 total yards in a 30-28 win over Lauderdale County.
D.J. JAMES, SPANISH FORT: Made two interceptions in the fourth quarter to seal the Toros’ 20-13 win over Daphne.
CARSON EUBANKS, HOKES BLUFF: Swiped two interceptions in the Eagles’ 42-13 win over Southside-Gadsden.
TRENT PRESLEY, SARDIS: Had two interceptions on defense and rushed for another score on offense in the Lions’ 27-3 win over Sylvania.
HUNTER SCHRADER, MADISON ACADEMY: Made 14 tackles on defense and scored twice on offense in the Mustangs’ 54-20 win over Lawrence County.
CRIMSON BIVENS, EAST LIMESTONE: Accounted for 13 tackles in a 34-3 win over West Limestone.
KHALIL ARRINGTON, LEE-MONTGOMERY: Recorded 12 tackles, including two sacks and three for sacks, to pace the Generals (2-0) to a 20-7 win over Sidney Lanier. Teammate Reggie Fowler added 10 tackles, including three for loss, and a forced fumble for Lee’s defense.
KALEB WHATLEY, GAYLESVILLE: Let the Trojans’ defense to their first shutout win since 2011 with 11 tackles in a 34-0 victory over Asbury. He also caused two fumbles and had a sack.
ZACK CORBITT, HEADLAND: Led a strong defensive effort with 13 tackles as the Rams beat Highland Home 30-27. Teammate Brandon Grubbs added 13 stops with Jesse Kinsey and Seth Faison credited with 11 tackles each in the win.
CAGE COCHRAN, FYFFE: Had 11 tackles in Fyffe’ 41-7 win over Geraldine.
JOSH CHAMBERS, DALE COUNTY: Totaled 11 tackles and Nate Curry had 10 as the Warriors’ shut out G.W. Long 56-0.
TRAVIS WOODALL, NORTH JACKSON: Had 10 tackles, an interception and forced a fumble in a 48-0 win over Plainview.
TASHAWN GRANT, BALDWIN COUNTY: Keyed a 31-0 shutout of Gulf Shores with eight tackles and two forced fumbles.
BLAKE CARROLL, ARITON: Had nine tackles and teammate Daniel Hicks had eight stops, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries in the Purple Cats’ 29-6 win over Goshen.
TERRY WILLIAMS, CARROLL: Blocked a punt and recovered it in the end zone for a touchdown in helping the Eagles to a 26-7 win over Russell County.
BRAYDEN LEWIS, DAR: Returned a kickoff 85 yards for a touchdown and a punt 43 yards for another score in the Patriots’ 59-0 win over Douglas. He also hauled in a 40-yard pass for a TD.
BRANDON BASAVE, BESSEMER CITY: Kicked a 27-yard field goal with 1:27 remaining to lift Bessemer City to a 16-14 win over Spain Park.
DAMIEN MILLER, FAIRFIELD: Returned a kickoff for a touchdown for the second week in a row. Fairfield lost to Carver-Birmingham 18-12.
FERIRAM SANCHEZ, MORTIMER JORDAN: Kicked a game-winning 18-yard field goal with 1:56 remaining as the Blue Devils beat Cullman 18-16.
EMIL SMITH, ETOWAH: Return a punt 52 yards for a touchdown and rushed for another score in the Blue Devils’ 19-0 win over Moody.
MASON McKINNEY, COLLINSVILLE: Returned a kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown and caught two passes for 79 yards and two more scores in a 47-14 win over Crossville. He also had an interception on defense.
JASON PEREZ, COLLINSVILLE: Connected on a 42-yard field goal and six extra points. He also had three punts and an interception in the Panthers' 47-14 victory at Crossville.
MONTGOMERY – Saint James sophomore runner Presley Miles clocked 18:25.15 at the Saucony Battle of Atlanta girls’ cross country championships last weekend to win the event – and captured the AHSAA Spotlight for the first week of the 2018 cross country season.
Miles turned in the best time of the first week’s competition to take first place in the strong field or runners from across the Southeast. Her effort edged out a strong effort from Hayden
Judge, a junior from Scottsboro.
Miles won her race by 39 seconds over runner-up Mackenzie Walls of Veterans High School (GA).
The two performances topped a strong list of contenders as the cross country season opened with several meets across the state.
Judge ran a strong 16:16.77 to capture the 8th annual Pepsi Challenge Cross Country Championships large-school boys’ title over a field of 153 runners at the 5K course located at H.A. Alexander Park in Moulton. Huntsville won the team title, however, with 24 points as four runners crossing in the seven spots. Jackson Danner led the Panthers with a second-place finish and 16:20.89 time. Scottsboro was second with 53 points.
Other top performances included:
SAM MOULTRIE, GUNTERSVILLE: The Wildcats’ junior runner clocked 16:23.39 to win the Montevallo Early Bird Twilight boys’ Class 5A-7A Gold division 5K cross country race by almost 24 seconds over runner-up Jonah Barrett, an Oak Mountain senior. He was second at 16:47.91 in the 109-participant field to help Oak Mountain win the team title with 44 points. Hoover was second with 65 in the competition held at the University of Montevallo.
BRETT BONIKOWSKI, LAMP: The senior Finished first in the Montevallo Early Bird Twilight Class 1A/4A boys’ white division cross-country race with a winning time of 17:53.18. Junior teammate Jack Porter was second (18:39.91). LAMP won the team title with 33 points. American Christian was second with 50. The race had 79 participants.
CHARLIE LOTT, TRINITY PRESBYTERIAN: Opened the season Aug. 23 with a 17:08.60 time over the AUM cross country course to claim the Trinity Trailblazer 5,000-meter cross country boys’ championship. Six other runners finished under 18 minutes. In the field of 93 runners. Hewitt-Trussville took the title with 32 point. Montgomery Catholic was second with 49.
JAMES CAIN, PRICEVILLE: Won the small-school division of the Pepsi Challenge Championships with a winning time of 17:40.46. Cold Springs won the team championship with 51 points. A total of 162 runners were in the field.
WILL SCOTT, HEADLAND: Claimed first place with a winning time of 19:09.09 at the Cougar Invitational hosted by Northview in Dothan. Wicksburg won the team title with 19 points.
AMARIS TYYNISMAA, MONTGOMERY-CATHOLIC: Breezed over the 5,000-meter course at AUM in 18:50.10 to finish first at the Trinity Trailblazer season-opening cross country competition. She won by more 2:37 over her nearest challenger, teammate Lily Bachi, in the 49-runner field. The Knights finished first in the team competition with 24 points.
ABBEY WEITENBECK, HUNTSVILLE: Clocked 19:46.85 to claim the girls’ individual title at the 8th annual Pepsi Challenge Cross Country Championships. She competed in the large-school race comprised of 74 runners. Huntsville won the team title with 32 points. Lawrence County was runner-up with 62.
CAMILIA CHAMBERS, HOLLY POND: Posted a 20.20.37 time in the 94-runner field to win the small-school division race of the Pepsi Challenge Championships at Moulton. Cassidy Winter of West Limestone was second (21:09.57). with a winning time of 17:40.46. St. Bernard had 67 points to win the team title.
EVIE BELL, OAK MOUNTAIN: The Eagles junior posted a 20:25.92 time to win the girls’ Class 5A-7A Gold Division championship of the Montevallo Early Bird Twilight cross-country race. Oak Mountain was first with 44 points. Hoover’s Haley Stallworth, a senior, was second with a 20:42.06 time.
KATHY HAMMOND, LAMP: The junior from Montgomery swept the girls’ Class 1A/4A White Division title at the Montevallo Early Bird Twilight cross country competition. Isabella Lovvorn and Theresa Billman finished 2-3 more than a minute behind the victor to lead American Christian to the team title. The Lady Patriots had 26 points and LAMP was second with 52.
KATE SMITH, DOTHAN: Finished first in the field of 18 runners with a winning time of 24:31.34 to win the Cougars Invitational girls’ division. Wicksburg won the team title with 24 points.
MONTGOMERY – Etowah High School Coach Drew Noles says his big 6-foot-6, 240-pound senior defensive end Jamin Graham is not committed – to any college yet.
But he also says, he has never seen a player more committed – to his team and to his grandfather.
Graham turned that commitment into two defensive touchdowns in the final 1:15 of the Blue Devils’ season-opening game versus Gadsden City August 23 as Etowah posted a 32-23 victory.
His granddad, longtime Etowah School System teacher, bus driver and coach James Graham, passed away on August 18. Mr. Graham’s funeral was the next day.
“It was just an amazing effort,” Noles said. “Jamin was extremely close to his grandfather, who was a legend in the town to Attalla. Jasmin dedicate that game to his grandfather. Hs is a great kid from a great family. I think it was the best game of his high school career.”
Jasmin Graham’s performance grabbed the AHSAA Prep Spotlight for the first week of the AHSAA high school football season – a week where outstanding performances were plentiful.
None, however, was more inspiring than his efforts.
Gadsden City, holding a slim 23-20 lead late in the game, had a goal-line stand stopping Etowah on four downs inside the 2-yard line. With 1:15 remaining, the Titans had an errant snap sail into the end zone where Graham was there to recover for an Etowah touchdown.
Coach Bart Sessions’ team then drove quickly into Etowah territory following the kickoff. With eight seconds remaining, however, Graham broke through to sack the runner at the Blue Devils 25-yard line, forcing a fumble that he scooped up and returned for the game’s final touchdown.
Noles said he expected the packed crowd on hand to storm the field in celebration. “Instead, I think they were standing up in awe,” he said. “And Jasmine, well, I was so happy for him that it brought tears to my own eyes. But Jasmin just acted like he’d done this kind of thing many times before.”
The win was the first over Gadsden City since the school was formed by merging Gadsden, Emma Sansom and Litchfield in 2006. The two schools met four times (2006-09) with the Titans winning all four, but discontinued the series until this season.
Graham’s heroics edged out several outstanding efforts, including a super effort by Oxford’s defense in its 28-0 shutout of Munford and Hewitt-Trussville senior quarterback Paul Tyson’s 404-yard passing effort in the Huskies’ 34-30 loss to Cedar Grove (GA) in a game played at Hoover High School and televised live by ESPN. Tyson was 31-of-47 passing with four TD passes.
Coach Ryan Herring’s Oxford defense limited Munford to minus-34 yards on 33 rush attempts and held the Lions to just 50 yards total offense as the Yellow Jackets shut out Munford 28-0 for Oxford’s 22nd straight regular season victory dating back to 2015. Quarterback Trey Higgins connected with 6-4, 220-pound receiver Roc Taylor for eight completions, 149 yards and one score for Oxford. iggins Higgins finished 13-of-18 for 180 yards and two TDs.
Three other quarterbacks, Thompson’s Taulia Tagolailovoa, Hoover’s Robby Ashford and Calera’s Cornelius Brown all passed for 350 or more yards in their season openers. Tagovailova was 26-of-39 passing for 385 yards and four touchdowns in Thompson’s 38-7 Champions Challenge win over James Clemens. He had 309 yards at the half.
Ashford, making his first start as defending Class 7A state champion Hoover’s quarterback, was 23-of-34 with 383 yards and four TDs in the Bucs’ 52-14 win over Pinson Valley – ending the defending Class 6A Indians’ winning streak at 15 games. Brown completed 27-of-48 passes for 357 yards and two TDs in a 45-24 loss to Pelham.
Other highlights for Week Zero included:
JUSTIN TEMPLETON, ASBURY: Ran for two touchdowns as Coach Jeff Powell’s Rams won the first game in program history and christened their new stadium with a 19-7 victory over Brindlee Mountain. The Class 2A school had its first varsity season in 2016 – going 0-10 that year and in 2017.
JACOB LOCKHART, THORSBY: Rushed for 100 yards on 13 carries and scored two touchdowns, one coming on an 85-yard kickoff return, as Thorsby beat Jemison 44-26 for the first win over its Chilton County rival since 1970. More than 2,300 attended the season opener. Jemison holds a 14-2 lead in the series which started in 1968 and was resumed last Friday for the first time since 1995. The Panthers won the previous six meetings (1982, 1983, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995) by a combined score of 244-0.
MAC YOUNG, WHITE PLAINS: Ran for 143 yards with touchdowns of 43 and 29 yards in a 49-18 victory over Vincent. It was the first time White Plains has opened the season with a win since 2013.
TYLER DANZEY, HEADLAND: Danzey tied a state record with two interceptions returned for touchdowns in Headland’s 43-0 win over Straughn. Danzey returned his first interception 46 yards for a score late in the second quarter to put Headland up 30-0. He added a 19 yard interception return for a touchdown in the early moments of the third quarter. Danzey also finished with nine tackles.
MICAH DORSEY, PROVIDENCE CHRISTIAN: The linebacker had eight tackles and an interception in the Eagles’ 35-10 win over New Brockton. His milestone came off the field when he recently scored a perfect 36 on his ACT college entrance exam.
JONATHAN FELL, CARROLL: The running back rushed for 220 yards and four touchdowns on 26 carries as Carroll beat Booker T. Washington of Tuskegee 33-6 for Eagles’ 24th straight regular-season win.
ZYQUEZ PERRYMAN, PLEASANT GROVE: Completed 16-of-23 passes for 268 yards and three TDs in a 34-27 victory over Mortimer Jordan.
GRANT THORNTON, ENTERPRISE: Was a near perfect 19-of-20 passing for 266 yards
and three touchdowns in the Wildcats’ 44-21 win over Dothan. He completed the last 16 passes of the game with his only miss coming on his fourth pass attempt in the game’s opening series.
WILL BAILEY, DAR: Was 19-of-28 passing for 251 yards and rushed for 87 yards as the Patriots rolled up more than 500 yards total offense in a 58-33 setback to Westminster Christian.
TRENTIN DUPPER, DECATUR: Passed for 224 yards and four touchdowns covering 17, 37, 29 and 34 yards in the Red Raider’ 38-21 win over Huntsville.
LUKE JACKSON, JACKSONVILLE: Passed for 219 yards and three touchdowns with a 10-of-15 performance as the Golden Eagles beat J.B. Pennington 34-21.
BO NIX, PINSON VALLEY: Completed 20-of-41 passes for 210 yards and one TD in a 52-14 loss to Hoover.
BRETT NEZAT, SARALAND: Making his first start at quarterback for the Spartans, he passed for 201 yards and three touchdowns en route to a 41-3 win over Andalusia.
REECE SOLAR, ALABAMA CHRISTIAN: Was 17-of-26 passing for 195 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 106 yards and a touchdown for 301 total yards in a 35-22 loss to Saks. He also had three punts, averaging 54 yards with his longest going for 60 yards.
STROTHER GIBBS, MOUNTAIN BROOK: Completed 11-of-15 for 174 yards and a TD and added another 51 yards rushing and two TDs in a 30-14 victory over Northridge.
KALVIN LEVETT, TALLASSEE: Completed 8-of-14 passes for 160 yards and three touchdowns and rushed 20 times for 146 yards and a 38-yard TD as the Tigers downed Montgomery Catholic 28-7.
COLE SAUNDERS, GENEVA COUNTY: The Bulldogs quarterback accounted for 244 yards and four scores, including two in the second half to help Geneva County rally past Samson 41-33. He completed 6-of-7 passes for 164 yards, including a 65-yard TD pass to Colby Fuller, and added 80 yards rushing on 21 carries with TD runs of 14, 7 and 3 yards, including the final two scores of the game in the comeback win.
DAMARIUS JENKINS, DALE COUNTY: Warrior quarterback accounted for 200 yards and three touchdowns in Dale County’s 41-19 win over Ariton. He completed 4-of-8 passes for 174 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 26 yards on four carries with one touchdown.
BRYCE PALMER, WATERLOO: Threw for 195 yards and three touchdowns in a 47-7 win over Woodville. Palmer also intercepted two passes on defense, returning one 52 yards for a touchdown.
EASTIN HARDIN, BOAZ: Was 10-of-17 passing for 191 yards and one TD in the Pirates’ 42-17 win over Arab.
TYQUAN RAWLS, WETUMPKA: Becoming the starter after All-State quarterback J.D. Martin’s pre-season injury, Rawls completed 9-of-15 passes for 175 yards and two touchdowns in a 35-17 win over Fairhope.
JACKSON COX, WESTBROOK CHRISTIAN: Completed 7-of-12 passes for 173 yards and a touchdown in the Warriors’ 35-6 victory over Coosa Christian.
TONY FRANKLIN, LEE-MONTGOMERY: Had 168 passing yards and two touchdowns in a 26-15 win over Park Crossing.
COLE WALES, CLEMENTS: Completed 10-of-22 passes for 149 yards and three touchdowns (12, 25 and 18 yards), added a 2-point conversion pass and made an interception on defense in the Colts’ 29-0 win at Elkmont.
A.J. PHILLIPS, CHICKASAW: Had 14 rush attempts for 275 yards and three touchdowns in Chickasaw’s 32-12 win over Resurrection Catholic (MS). He also returned an interception 40 yards for a fourth score.
SHAMAR SPINKS, WEAVER: Needed just 17 carries to pile up 265 yards rushing Friday night as the Bearcats ran past Cleburne County 49-35. Spinks scored three touchdowns and teammate Robert Gaines added 113 rushing yards, 136 passing and two TDs. Spinks scored on runs of 1, 54 and 53 yards. Gaines threw a 57-yard touchdown pass to Josh Lowe and an 8-yard opposite-hander to Caleb Allison.
MEL DANTSLER, GRISSOM: The workhorse running back had 38 rush attempts for 249 yards and four touchdowns (10, 3, 10 and 5 yards) in a 26-21 win over Hazel Green.
NOAH TURBYFILL, BROOKS: Rushed 11 times for 255 yards and three scores, returned an interception 64 yards for another touchdown and recovered a botched punt in the end zone for a fifth TD as the Lions beat Lauderdale Count 55-0.
CHRISTIAN COLLINS, BOAZ: The senior rushed for 243 yards on 29 carries and scored four touchdowns to lead Boaz to a 42-17 win over Arab in the season opener for both teams. Collins scored touchdowns on runs of 49, 3, 3, and 12.
NICK MARTINDALE, WEST LIMESTONE: Had 29 carries for 237 yards and four touchdowns on runs of 6, 34, 4 and 26 yards in a season-opening win over Tanner 39-20.
RISHARD DENSMORE, BESSEMER CITY: Gained 191 yards rushing, 150 in the second half, and rushed for two touchdowns in a 21-14 victory over Huffman He also passed for 94 yards and one score to account for 285 of the team's 336 yards of total offense.
CLAY CRAFTON, ROGERS: Ran 21 times for 174 yards and three touchdown as Rogers beat Loretto (TN) 35-14.
JOSH MARTIN, MARY MONTGOMERY: Rushed for 173 yards on 31 carries and scored two touchdowns as the Vikings snapped an 11-game losing streak with a 14-0 win over Robertsdale.
JALEN HENDERSON, SPAIN PARK: Ran 31 times for 172 yards and scored two TDs in a 24-14 victory over Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa.
IAN THIES, WESTMINSTER CHRISTIAN: Ran for 163 yards and two scores on 10 carries, and completed 9-of-17 passes for 162 yards and two TDs in a 58-33 win at DAR.
CAMERON FAISON, REELTOWN: Scored every touchdown for the Rebels in s 35-8 win over Bullock County. He ran for 155 yards and four touchdowns and returned a kickoff 75 yards for his fifth score.
SYMON SMITH, UMS-WRIGHT: Picked up 151 yards rushing on 38 carries and scored the game's only touchdown as UMS-Wright defeated St. Paul's 10-0 in the Battle of Old Shell Road. UMS-Wright won the Class 4A state title last season and St. Paul’s won the 5A state crown.
CARSON PETREE, THARPTOWN: Rushed 10 times for 145 yards and 2 touchdowns, threw a TD pass and caught a TD pass as Tharptown knocked off Shoals Christian 41-30.
KEON HORNSBY, SAMSON: Rushed for 147 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries and added a 5-yard TD reception in the Tigers’ 41-33 loss to Geneva County.
TERRANCE WEBSTER, CARVER-MONTGOMERY: Had 16 carries for 144 yards and two touchdowns in a 19-3 win over Jeff Davis.
TRE AUSMER, HOMEWOOD: Caught four passes for 152 yards and a touchdown in the Patriots’ 18-7 victory over Hueytown.
JA’VARRIOUS JOHNSON, HEWIT-TRUSSVILLE: Snared 11 catches for 151 yards and two TDs in the Huskies’ 34-30 loss to Cedar Grove (GA).
JAEDEN BARKSDALE, JACKSONVILLE: Caught five passes for 128 yards and two TDs (40 and 81 yards) in the Eagles’ 34-21 win over J.B. Pennington.
ROYDELL WILLIAMS, HUEYTOWN: Caught seven passes for 127 yards and a 28-yard score in the Gophers’ 18-7 loss to Homewood. He also rushed for 51 yards on 16 carries.
TAYLOR SMITH, BOAZ: Caught four passes for 119 yards and two touchdowns covering 33 and 18 yards in the Pirates’ 42-17 win over Boaz.
MICHAEL PETTWAY, THOMPSON: The junior receiver had five catches for 118 yards and two scores, both coming in the first quarter, covering 27 and 53 yards, in the Warriors’ 38-7 win over James Clemens at the Champions Challenge played at Cramton Bowl.
KEYONTEZE JOHNSON, PINSON VALLEY: Pulled down 11 receptions for 119 yards and a TD in the Indians’ 52-14 loss to Hoover.
SIDNEY WILLIAMS, VIGOR: Hauled in three touchdown passes covering 14, 36 and 62 yards as the Wolves snapped a three-year losing streak to arch-rival Blount 19-6.
JIMMY PITTS, NOTASULGA: Had two pass receptions for 87 yards and two scores, returned a punt 36 yards for a TD and also had an interception on defense to lead the Blue Devils to a 46-7 win over Barbour County.
CHRISTOPHER HOLIFIELD, LEFLORE: Caught five passes for 97 yards and one TD, had 51 yards rushing and also returned an interception 43 yards for a score in a 26-14 win over B.C. Rain. He finished with two interceptions and had another nullified on a penalty.
JEFFREY LIGHTNER, DALE COUNTY: Had 13 tackles, an interception and an 81-yard kickoff return in the Warriors’ 41-19 win over Ariton. Teammate Avery Beasley also had 13 tackles and Tanner Mathis had 11.
CONNER GERMAN & DRE NEWMAN, HEADLAND: German was in on 15 tackles and Newman earned nine tackles in the Rams’ 43-0 win over Straughn.
A.J. CHERRY, SHEFFIELD: Swiped two interceptions to help preserve Sheffield’s 22-7 win over Wilson.
BRANDON BUTTS, PRATTVILLE: Blocked a 41-yard field goal attempt and returned it 51 yards for the senior defensive back's first career touchdown in the Lions' 37-0 win over Foley.
SAMUEL ADKINSON, GENEVA COUNTY: Returned a fumble 25 yards for a touchdown and recorded 10 tackles, including four solos, in a 41-33 win over Samson.
DYLAN BONNER, ASHFORD: Recorded 10 tackles, and forced a fumble in the Yellow Jackets’ 31-7 win over Rehobeth. Teammate Noah Jackson also had 10 stops on defense and added 89 yards rushing.
J’DARIUS WASHINGTON, LEE-MONTGOMERY: Returned an interception 35 yards for a TD in the Generals’ 26-15 win over Park Crossing.
JACKSON COLLEY & WILL SOLOMON, PROVIDENCE CHRISTIAN: Both returned interceptions for touchdowns, helping the Eagles to a 35-10 win over New Brockton. Colley finished with seven tackles and Solomon five.
PHILLIP DUKE, PELHAM: Intercepted two passes and added four tackles in a 45-24 victory over Calera.
TIMOTHY KEENAN, RAMSAY: The Rams’ defensive lineman intercepted a pass and anchored a stingy defense in a 13-8 victory over Minor.
DIEGO GUAJARDO, DAPHNE: Kicked three field goals, an extra point and added a 12-yard run on a fake field-goal try as Daphne knocked off Theodore 16-13.
JASON PEREZ, COLLINSVILLE: Connected on two 38-yard field goal attempts, an extra point, and had three punts totaling 94 yards in the Panthers’ 13-0 victory over Plainview. The two DeKalb County teams were meeting for the first time since 1979. He also booted two of his three kickoffs into the end zone and the other sailed to the 5-yard line.
CHRISTIAN HERNANDEZ, DALE COUNTY: Kicked two field goals (43 and 28 yards) and converted three point-after kicks in the Warriors’ 41-19 win over Ariton.
LARRY McCAMMON, HOOVER: Returned a kickoff 91 yards for a score in the Bucs’ 52-14 victory over Pinson Valley.
ROBERT MARSH, CENTRAL-PHENIX CITY: Scored Central’s first TD on an 80-yard kickoff return as the Red Devils went on to score five different ways in a 42-18 win over Benjamin Mays of Atlanta in the Cam Newton Classic. The Red Devils also scored on a 69-yard pass, a 65-yard run, a blocked punt and a 27-yard interception return.
MONTGOMERY – Thompson quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa, who led the AHSAA in passing as a junior with 3,820 yards in 13 games, opened his senior season with a bang completing 10-of-13 passes in the first quarter for 185 yards and three touchdowns and had 309 yards by halftime to pace the Warriors (1-0) to a 38-7 win over James Clemens in the final game of the AHSAA’s 2018 Champions Challenge at Cramton Bowl.
Tagovailoa finished 26-of-39 for 385 yards and four touchdowns as Coach Mark Freeman’s team out-gained the Jets (0-1) 490 total yards to 353.
Junior receiver Michael Pettway had five catches for 118 yards and two scores, both coming in the first quarter covering 27 and 53 yards. Tagovailoa’s other first-half scoring toss went to senior Kyle Smoak for five yards – rolling up 309 passing yards by halftime and Thompson led 28-7. He found Will Hoffman for a 25-yard score early in the third period.
Running back Shadrick Byrd, who had 65 yards rushing on 14 carries, scored on a 3-yard run in the first half for Thompson, and Evan McGuire kicked five extra points, booted a 44-yard field goal with 3:26 left in the game to close out the scoring.
While Tagovailoa was red hot, James Clemens’ quarterback, senior Jamil Muhammad, caught fire in the second period – directing a 10-play, 82-yard drive delivering a 16-yard TD pass to Austin McGhee as the clock struck zero to cut the lead to 28-7. Muhammad was 11-of-13 in the first two quarters for 193 yards and finished 17-of-25 for 242 yards. Dylan Blackburn rushed for 76 yards on 15 carries and McGhee had six catches for 80 yards. Trevor Hunziker added five receptions for 78 yards. Coach Wade Waldrop’s punter Drew Blackwell averaged 39.3 yards on six punts.
Defensively, Jaylin Grigsby and Zach Hopkins had 11 tackles each for the Jets. Gage Motes had 13 stops, David Douglas and Sam Reynolds added eight each for Thompson.
Each team had one challenge per the AHSAA’s new Instant Replay program administered by DVSports. The first one, a James Clemens running play ruled a lost fumble, was overturned when officials reviewed the play. It was the first overturned call in the Instant Replay’s short history. The other challenge, by Thompson, confirmed the official’s call on the field that a Warriors receiver came down after matching a spectacular catch inside the James Clemens 15 in the final quarter.
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