Sunday, December 15, 2019






Oxford’s Defense Strikes Quick in 38-22 6A, Region 6 Win over Shades Valley

AHSAA Defensive Spotlight for Week 7

     MONTGOMERY – Oxford High School’s defense could make most teams a mighty good offense. The Yellow Jackets (7-0) of Coach Keith Etheredge posted a quick defensive touchdown on Shades Valley’s first offensive play of the game and added another in almost identical fashion Friday night as Oxford downed the Mounties 38-20.
    The win improved the Jackets to 4-0 in Class 6A, Region 6 with two region games remaining and also earned Oxford the AHSAA Defensive Spotlight for week 7 of the 2019 prep football season.
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cooped up a fumble the first fumble and raced 30 yards for a defensive touchdown to five Oxford a quick 13-0 lead. Midway through the third quarter, Delvon Fegans raced 45 yards for another defensive score when he grabbed a fumble on a Mounties punt return and raced untouched into the end zone.
    Shades Valley was unable to bounce back. The Mounties only had 27 yards rushing on the night and just 105 total yards. Oxford, meanwhile, was near perfect with its passing game as Trey Wiggins completed 9of-13 passes for 197s with Roc Taylor snaring TD tosses covering 36 and 28 yards and Zay Britt hauled in a 42-yard scoring strike. Place-kicker Andrew Warhurst also kicked s 30-yard field goal and was 5-of-5 on PATs.
    The defensive gems were just a couple of defensive gems reported from last week’s action.
     Among the other top defensive efforts reported were:

DYLAN CREECH, GENEVA: Had 12 tackles, including five for losses, forced and recovered a fumble in the fourth quarter to set up a touchdown in Geneva's 34-27 comeback win over Houston Academy. He also rushed for 62 yards on 14 carries on offense.
BLAKE SPARKS, COLLINSVILLE: Recovered a pair of fumbles in less than two minutes in the first quarter of the Panthers' 56-6 victory at Asbury.  Teammate Kaleb Jones also returned an interception on defense 24 yards for a touchdown and was 5-of-5 passing on offense for 98 yards as the Panthers downed Asbury 56-6.
JOSEPH FORTSON, SPARKMAN: Intercepted two passes in a 27-14 victory over Bob Jones.

KE’DARIEON RABB, J.U. BLACKSHER: Had two interceptions on defense, rushed for 85 yards and passed for 141 yards in a 13-6 win over Chickasaw in Class 2A, Region 1.
C.J. PAYMON, PIKE ROAD: Playing the school’s first home game on their own newly renovated field, Payman returned an interception for one score, scored on a short run following a kickoff miscue by Dadeville that gave the Patriots the ball inside the 10-yard line and also hauled in a 25-yard TD pass in a 42-0 Class 3A, Region 3 win over the visiting Tigers.
CARSON WIGGINS, WESTBROOK CHRISTIAN: Had two interceptions and three tackles on defense as the Warriors beat Gaston 42-0.
WILSON TURNER, HEADLAND:  Had 15 tackles, including a sack, as the Rams thumped Ashford 50-28.
MICAH LEWIS, COTTONWOOD: Recorded 13 tackles in a 34-14 loss to Geneva County.
GRAYISON STEWART, PROVIDENCE CHRISTIAN: Totaled 11 tackles with a sack and also recovered a fumble caused by teammate Cole Smith in the final minute to preserve a 13-10 Class 3A, Region 2 win over Opp.
J.B. SANDERS, CHARLES HENDERSON: Had 13 tackles in the Trojans’ 28-18 Class 5A win over Carroll.
THOMAS GLISSON, OPP: Had 12 tackles and teammate Brady James also had 12 stops in the Bobcats’ outstanding defensive effort in a 13-10 loss to Providence Christian.
ZACK PHILLIPS, ARITON: Posted 12 tackles and had 75 yards rushing in a 62-6 Class 2A win over Barbour County.
ZEKE KELLEY, WICKSBURG: Led a trio of defenders for the Panthers in a 20-7 Class 3A win over Straughn. He had 13 tackles and teammates Reese Martin and Dustin Woodham had 12 each for the winners.
CHARLIE GOODE, HOMEWOOD: Accounted for 11 tackles in a 27-26 Class 6A victory over Chelsea.
THOMAS LADNER, TRINITY PRESBYTERIAN: Had two interceptions to pace the Wildcats defense as Trinity downed Dale County 41-13.

AHMAD FROST, MIDFIELD: Accumulated 10 tackles and a sack in a 21-18 loss to Fultondale.
COURTNEY HOWARD, HAZEL GREEN: Returned a fumble 30 yards for a touchdown in a 42-21 loss to Mae Jemison.

GASTON WILLARD, SAND ROCK: Led the Wildcats defense with eight tackles, including two for lost yardage, in a 35-0 victory over Section on homecoming.

Class 2A Fayetteville Hosts Thorsby in AHSAA TV Network (WOTM) Game of the Week

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    MONTGOMERY – Upstart Class 2A, Region 4 rivals Thorsby and Fayetteville square off in tonight’s AHSAA TV Network/NFHS Network Game of the Week. WOTM TV, under the direction of executive producer Vince Earley, is producing the contest – the seventh in the 2019 Game-of-the Week series.
     The game will be live-streamed over the NFHS Network subscriber-based program and will also be available on the network of cable stations that have joined the WOTM Network in Alabama. Veteran announcer Tommy Wood and legendary football coach Rick Rhoades will be handling the commentary for the WOTM production.
      Earley also announced the lineup of AHSAA TV Network Game of the Week pairings for the next two weeks: Jacksonville at White Plains on Oct. 17 and Briarwood Christian at Fairfield on Oct. 24.
     Coach John Limbaugh is in his eighth season as head coach for Fayetteville (4-2). The Wolves athletic program did not add football until 1997 and since then have had just six winning seasons. Limbaugh led Fayetteville to a 9-3 record in 2015, the school’s best overall, and has hopes of repeating that success thanks to this year’s fast start. He is 33-45 with three of the six winning campaigns occurring in his tenure. He is the winningest head football coach in the school’s brief football history.
     Thorsby (3-4) has been around much longer, playing one football game in 1937. However, the current program got underway 29 years later in 1966 and has produced 13 winning seasons in the 55-year span. Like Limbaugh, Rebels head coach Daryl Davis is the winningest head coach in Thorsby history. He served as head coach from 2005-08 compiling a 10-30 record, but returned in that role in 2017 and guided the Rebels (3-4) to seasons of 8-3 and 9-2  heading into this year. The four losses this season have come at the hands of Chilton County rivals Class 5A Jemison (2-4), Class 1A Isabella (6-0) and Class 2A Region 4 powers Reeltown (7-0) and LaFayette (3-3).
    Anchoring Fayetteville is senior quarterback Blake Machen, who piled up over 300 yards in one game this season and has been consistent as a runner, passer and receiver. Pacey DeLoach has also seen a lot of playing time at quarterback for the Wolves. Fayetteville set a single-game school record with its 75-36 win over Central Coosa earlier this season.
   Thorsby is led by junior quarterback Brody Barnett, who has completed 42-of-86 passes this season for 597 yards and six TDs and has rushed for 202 yards and another score. Running back Jacob Lockhart, a senior, has rushed for a team-high 248 yards and has 18 catches for 237 yards and three TDs.
     The NFHS Network School Broadcast Program has 10 varsity live-streamed football productions and three middle school football games planned for tonight and 72 varsity contests through Saturday. A total of 60 AHSAA football games will be available Friday night.
      In addition, 69 varsity volleyball matches are set for tonight through next Tuesday. Including junior varsity, freshman and middle school contests, the AHSAA’s NFHS Network member schools participating in the School Broadcast Program have 232 total events planned through Oct. 15.
     In addition to tonight’s Thorsby at Fayetteville Game of the Week contest, the NFHS Network has scheduled for tonight Class 4A: W.S. Neal (2-3) at Williamson (4-2); Class 5A: Wilcox-Central (1-4) at LeFlore (0-6), Briarwood Christian (5-1) at Parker (3-3); Class 6A: Helena (5-1) at Carver-Birmingham (1-5), Fort Payne (5-1) at Buckhorn (3-4), Pelham (1-6) at Jackson-Olin (2-4); Class 7A: Prattville (5-1) vs. Jeff Davis (2-4) at Cramton Bowl.
    Among the 60 varsity games set for Friday is the battle of Class 6A, Region 4 unbeatens Bessemer City (6-0) vs. Hueytown (6-0) and the 6A, Region 1 headliner featuring St. Paul’s Episcopal (5-1) at Saraland (7-0); the key Class 7A, Region 3 battle featuring Thompson (6-0) at Vestavia Hills (5-1). On Saturday, and the much anticipated contest between defending 7A state champion Central-Phenix City (6-1) and Lee-Montgomery (6-1) at Cramton Bowl will be live on the NFHS Network.
    Some of the other top games in each class set for the NFHS Network Friday night are: (Class 1A) Georgiana (3-4) at Elba (4-3); Class 2A: Calhoun ((0-6) at Goshen (5-1); Class 3A: Providence Christian (6-1) at Opp (3-3), Slocomb (3-3) at Pike County (6-0); Class 4A: Andalusia (4-3) at Escambia County (4-3), Monroe County (2-3) at UMS-Wright (6-0); Class 5A: Russellville (6-0) at Hamilton (5-1), Lawrence County (3-3) at Jasper (6-0), Faith Academy (6-0) at Vigor (4-2);  Class 6A:  Cullman (3-4) at Muscle Shoals (7-0), Oxford (6-0) at Shades Valley (2-4); Class 7A: Hewitt-Trussville (5-2) at Mountain Brook (6-0), Spain Park (2-4) at Hoover (5-1), and Huntsville (4-3) at Austin (5-1).
         The complete AHSAA schedule of football and volleyball contests set to be livestreamed over the NFHS Network this weekend can be found at the following links:


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Vincent’s Tae McGregor Turns in Special Performance to Lead Jackets to First Win

AHSAA Special Teams Spotlight for Week 6

MONTGOMERY – Vincent High School junior Tae McGregor turned in a special performance on special teams, defense and offense as the Yellow Jackets downed Coosa Central 51-8 for their first win of the season last week. The 5-foot-9, 165-pound all-purpose back had a 65-yard kickoff return for a touchdown, a 40-yard interception return for a TD and had rushing scores of 9 and 57 yards to earn the AHSAA Special Teams Spotlight for week 6 of the prep football season.
    Following McGregor’s interception return, freshman teammate Zac Carlisle stepped in front of Coosa pass at his own 10-yard on the very next offensive play and raced 90 yards for another interception return for a touchdown. Vincent, coached by Lucas Weatherford, led 51-0 at the half.
    Other special team performances of note last week included:
DAVIS WINGATE, EUFAULA:  Kicked a 43-yard field goal and was a perfect 5-of-5 on extra points in a 50-29 win over Park Crossing.
ELLIOTT DUKE, PRATTVILLE: Kicked two field goals as the Lions handed Lee-Montgomery its first defeat of the season 20-3.
LOGAN MALONEY, HELENA: Kicked a 30-yard field goal in the final minute of play to lift the Huskies to a 31-28 win over Chelsea. It was the second win in a row over the Hornets for Helena, which is now 2-4 in the series with their Shelby County rivals.
DEON GILLILAND, MONTEVALLO: Returned the opening kickoff of the second half 65 yards for a clutch touchdown to give Bulldogs a 36-31 lead, then tacked on TD runs of 56 and 51 yards as Montevallo escaped with a 62-50 win over West Blocton. He finished with 162 yards rushing on 10 carries and two scores.

CALVIN SPINKS, WALTER WELLBORN: Returned the opening kickoff 85 yards for a touchdown as the Panthers downed B.B. Comer 56-26.
ELISHA McNEAL, CENTRAL, CLAY COUNTY: Returned the second-half kickoff 96 yards for a TD in the Vols’ 34-28 loss to Mortimer Jordan.
JAVIER WALKER, BARBOUR COUNTY: Returned a kickoff 80 yards for a TD in a 67-30 setback at Houston County.
Returned a kickoff 85 yards for a touchdown and also had a 45-yard touchdown reception in a 41-0 win over Marengo. He finished with 195 all-purpose yards. He also had five tackles and two assists on defense.


Pleasant Grove Linebacker Rodney Groce Leads Spartans to Impressive Shutout over Wenonah

AHSAA Defensive Spotlight for Week 6

MONTGOMERY – Pleasant Grove High School senior inside linebacker Rodney Groce had 10 tackles, including three sacks, to lead the Spartans to a 21-0 shutout over Wenonah last week.
   The 6-foot-2, 210-pound senior earned the AHSAA Defensive Spotlight for Week 6 in the process.
    Coach Darrell LaBeaux’s Spartans (5-1) improved to 3-1 in Class 5A, Region 4 with the important region win. Pleasant Grove’s defense limited Wenonah to just five first downs and only allowed the Dragons into Spartans territory twice all night. Groce, a University of Nebraska verbal commitment, got plenty of help from his teammates. Fellow linebackers Elijah Thomas and Tyvese Harrison had nine tackles each with three sacks between them.
Rodney Groce played a heck of a game,” LeBeaux told reporter Anton Williams. Harrison and Thomas also played great. When they play like that, we are a pretty good team."
      Pleasant Grove hosts John Carroll Catholic in another region contest Friday.
     Other outstanding defensive efforts reported were:

CAMERON INLOW, HOUSTON COUNTY: Had three interceptions and six tackles as the Lions beat Barbour County 67-30.
TAMARDREON PURNELL, MONTEVALLO: Returned an interception 99 yards for a touchdown with the Bulldogs clinging to a 56-50 lead in the final minute of the fourth quarter to give Montevallo a 62-50 victory over West Blocton. He finished with two interceptions and four tackles.

DYLAN CREECH, GENEVA: Totaled 17 tackles, including two for losses, in the Panthers' 32-27 win over Straughn.
NOAH LINVILLE, SCOTTSBORO: The junior rover had 15 tackles and teammates A.J. Widgeon and Cameron Whited had 11 and 10 stops, respectively, in the Wildcats’ 20-7 loss to Madison County.
JORDAN SAMPSON, GOSHEN: Had 12 tackles, with four resulting in losses, in a 27-26 loss to Luverne. Teammate Markel Avery had 11 stops with three behind the line.
TARIQ RUSSELL, DALE COUNTY: Accounted for 12 tackles in the Warriors’ Tariq Russell, Dale County: Russell had 12 tackles in a Dale County 37-22 win over Booker T. Washington.

ANTOINE WILLIAMS, PINSON VALLEY: The defensive lineman had 4.5 tackles, 1.5 sacks and 2 tackles for loss in a 21-0 victory over previously unbeaten Gardendale, anchoring a defense that allowed only 46 yards of total offense to the Rockets.

DEWAYNE JONES, MIDFIELD: Intercepted two passes, including one returned 65 yards for a TD, and ran six times for 73 yards and a touchdown in a 36-12 victory over Hanceville.

MYLES WALLER, MIDFIELD: Had 12 tackles and two sacks in a 36-12 victory over Hanceville.

JAYLON BARRETT, AUSTIN: Returned an interception 82 yards for a touchdown in a 24-21 loss to Sparkman in a battle of Class 7A, Region 8 unbeaten teams.

KORY CHAPMAN, HOOVER: Returned an interception 37 yards for a touchdown and teammate Josh Smith had had a 46-yard pick for a touchdown as the Bucs beat Tuscaloosa County 44-7. Chapman also recovered a Wildcats fumble.
RAPHAEL WILLIAMS, BARBOUR COUNTY: Returned an interception 90 yards for a touchdown in the Jaguars’ 67-30 loss to Houston County.
MILLER McCARTHY, ALABAMA CHRISTIAN: Had 10 tackles in the Eagles’ 28-22 win over Headland.

GREYSON HOOKS, FAIRHOPE: Had two of the Pirates’ four interceptions as Fairhope beat Baker 26-6.
ELI COBERN, BILLINGSLEY: Recorded nine tackles and two sacks as the Bears (4-2) won their fourth straight game with a 25-6 win over Wadley.


SJPII QB Seth Brown Shines with 509 Yards in 49-36 Class 4A Win over West Morgan

AHSAA Offensive Spotlight for Week 6

MONTGOMERY – Quarterback Seth Brown of Saint John Paul II Catholic completed 25-of-30 passes for 520 yards and five touchdowns as the Falcons (4-2) beat West Morgan 49-36 last weekend in a key Class 4A, Region 7 battle in north Alabama. He also rushed for 94 yards and two scores – giving him 614 total yards and seven TDs accounted for.
   Brown’s amazing performance for St. John Paul II Coach Thomas Lloyd’s Class 4A Falcons (4-2) from Huntsville vaulted him into the AHSAA Offensive Spotlight for Week 6 of the 2019 prep football season. His effort also wrote his name into the AHSAA Record Book. The 520 passing yards ranks sixth all-time for single-game performances behind leader Chris Smelley, who passed for 565 yards and three TDs in a 43-31 Class 1A playoff setback to eventual state runner-up Brantley in 2005.
      Other top entries in the AHSAA Record Book include: James Raines of Class 1A Berry passed for 563 yards in  71-22 win over Brilliant in 2016; Dustin Cagle of Class 1A Lynn had 548 passing yards in the Bears’ 61-36 win over Hubbertville in 2005; Jeremy Helms of Class 5A Russellville rolled up 544 yards in s 48-20 victory over J.O. Johnson, also in 2005; Geoffrey Bramblett of Class 3A Locust Fort had 529 yards passing in a 70-40 loss to Cleburne County in 2011; and Brodie Croyle of Class 1A Westbrook Christian passed for 528 yards in a 54-20 triumph over Donoho in 1998.
    Brown, a 5-foot-5, 140-pound senior who has completed 118-of-167 passes for 1,913 yards and 20 touchdowns this season, was just four yards shy of the AHSAA single-game total offense record (618) set by Jack Poundstone of Trinity Presbyterian in a 2008 second-round 54-40 playoff loss to eventual state champion Cordova. The 614 total yards for Brown now ranks second in the AHSAA single-game total offense category.
    St. John Paul II receiver Sean Zerkle was the chief target of Brown’s passes with seven catches for 209 yards and four TDs. Angelo Hunter also had 10 catches for 134 yards. The Falcons did not punt the entire night.
    Brown’s career-best passing effort edged out another incredible effort by Daleville senior running back Jalen White, who went over 2,000 yards for the season with 373 rushing yards and six touchdowns in a 68-29 win over Cottonwood. He scored on runs of 38, 52, 59, 60 and 24 yards.
    White now has 2,171 yards and 30 rushing touchdowns this season on 131 carries in seven games to lead the nation, according to MaxPreps statistical rankings.  He is averaging 16.6 yards per carry and 310.1 yards rushing per game. He also scored once this season on a fumble return and has 31 total TDs, which also leads the nation and is one more than Brown, who has 30 TDs passing, 612 yards rushing and 10 rushing TDs in seven games.
    And even more amazing statistics are his long runs on the year. He had a long TD of 60 yards in the win over Cottonwood. So far this season, he has had long runs of 35, 94, 84, 81, 80, 77 and 60 yards in each of the Warhawks’ seven games. His season low has been 224 yards rushing and his high has been 419. The 6-foot, 203-pound senior has gone over 300 yards rushing in four of his team’s games this season.
    Brown’s passing effort also edged out another quarterbacking performance by Charlie Cater of Locust Fork in the Hornets’ 48-18 victory over Holly Pond and a tremendous team effort by Pike County in its 47-10 Class 3A, Region 2 win over Providence Christian in a battle of unbeatens. Cater piled up 499 yards total offense with 11 rush attempts for 265 yards and four touchdowns and passed for 234 yards and two scores in the 3A, Region 5 win. His rushing TDs covered 2, 75, 35, and 77 yards and his passing TDs went for 68 and 56 yards.
   Rashawn Reynolds led a trio of running backs to each rush for more than 100 yards as Pike County (6-0) improved to 4-0 in 3A, Region 2. Reynolds
totaled 151 yards and two TDs on 18 carries while teammates Derrick Myhand and Junior Myhand added 111 and 205 yards, respectively, on six carries each. Both scored two touchdowns. Providence (6-1) fell to 3-1 in Region 3.

   Several players selected for the Alabama All-Star squad to face Mississippi in the 33rd Alabama-Mississippi Classic in December turned in outstanding performances.
DEMOUY KENNEDY, THEODORE: The linebacker had his usual outstanding game on defense forcing a fumble and also had two rush attempts on offense for 35 and 55 yards, both for touchdowns, as the Bobcats (6-0) beat Murphy 32-7.
LOGAN SMOTHERS, MUSCLE SHOALS: Completed 10-of-16 passes for 147 yards and a touchdown, ran 10 times for 92 yards and two touchdowns and also scored a 2-point conversion in a 49-13 victory over Decatur.

JORDON INGRAM, ST. PAUL’S EPISCOPAL: Rushed for 236 yards and three touchdowns as the Saints held off Spanish Fort 35-30 in Class 6A, Region 1.

   Other top offensive performances reported include:

Completed 18-of-29 passes for 361 yards and four touchdowns in a 28-0 victory over Homewood.

LAMARCUS BROWN, BLOUNT: Completed 19-of-27 passes for 325 yards and three touchdowns and ran for 41 yards and a touchdown on just three carries in a 34-13 victory over Alma Bryant.

MATTHEW YOUNG, CARVER-BIRMINGHAM: Was 15-of-36 passing for 320 yards and three touchdowns in the Rams’ 31-20 loss to Pelham.
HARRISON BARKER, SPAIN PARK: Was 29-of-41 passing for 312 yards and two touchdowns in a 47-23 loss to unbeaten Thompson. Barker currently leads the AHSAA in passing this season with 153 completions I 245 attempts for 1,983 yards and 11 touchdowns.

DEYJUN HUNT, JACKSON: Completed 12-of-19 passes for 279 yards and three touchdowns as the Aggies downed Thomasville 41-7. He also rushed for 96 yards and a fourth score on 14 carries Jackson improved to 48-38-6 in the 92-game series which got underway in 1916.
SAWYER PATE, THOMPSON: Completed 23-of-30 pass attempts for 239 yards and four touchdowns and added 40 yards rushing and a fifth TD as the unbeaten Warriors (6-0) best Spain Park 47-23.
ASHTON GULLEDGE, HOKES BLUFF:  Finished with 315 total yards in the Eagles’ 35-14 win over Ashville. The senior quarterback completed 8-of-12 passes for 195 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 121 yards on 11 carries for 315 total yards in the Eagles’ 35-14 win over Ashville.
CHASE FORD, JEFF DAV IS: The freshman quarterback was 19-of-25 passing for 294 yards and three touchdowns in just his second start of the season as the Vols downed Smiths Station 31-14. He completed 14 straight passes at one stretch.
DYLAN HARRIS, ASHVILLE: Completed 19-of-30 passes for 277 yards in the Bulldogs’ 35-14 loss to Hokes Bluff.

BARON BRACK, PIKE ROAD: Was 12-of-18 passing for 249 yards and three touchdowns as the Patriots (7-0) downed Saint James (5-1) in a showdown of Class 3A, Region 3 unbeaten teams 35-24.
ROSS REYNOLDS, ARAB: Passed for 226 yards and three touchdowns on a 17-of-23 passing performance and teammate Mathew Turnage rushed for 263 yards and a score on 23 carries as the Knights beat East Limestone 36-14.
Completed 15-of-18 passes for 225 yards and three TDs and added 124 yards rushing on seven carries and three more TDs in a 55-6 victory over Phil Campbell.
CHRISTIAN IVEY, MONTGOMERY CATHOLIC: Was 13-of-17 for 214 yards and a TD and also rushed for 48 yards and two scores on nine carries as the Knights (7-0) downed Ashford 55-28.
MALIK INABINETTE, MONTEVALLO: Was 13-of-25 passing for 197 yards and one TD as the Bulldogs posted a 62-50 win over West Blocton.
JOSH LUNDY, HOOVER: Was 19-of-24 passing for 188 yards and two TDs, both 7-yard connections to freshman R.J. Hamilton, and the Bucs (5-1) beat Tuscaloosa County 44-7 in the AHSAA TV Network (WOTM) Game of the Week.

JUSTIN STUBBLEFIELD, DAR: Accounted for all three Patriots’ scores with a 1-yard touchdown run and TD passes of 6 and 7 yards to Payton Rhodes to lift DAR past Randolph 21-7. He was 10-of-22 passing for 214 yards.
DAMIONE WARD, CLAY-CHALKVILLE: Completed 11-of-15 passes for 195 yards and added 41
yards and a 7-yard TD run on 11 carries in a 31-13 victory over Shades Valley.

ASHTON GULLEDGE, HOKES BLUFF: Completed 8-of-12 passes for 195 yards and two touchdowns (97 and 12 yards) and rushed 11 times for 121 yards in a 35-14 win over Ashville.
AVERY SEATON, MADISON ACADEMY: Completed 15-of-21 passes for 189 yards and two touchdowns and tacked on 145 rushing yards and three TDs as the Mustangs beat Guntersville 44-37.
JACK HAYES, PIEDMONT: Completed 11-of-17 pass attempts for 177 yards and three touchdowns (47, 53, 19 yards) in the Bulldogs’ 38-16 win at Saks.
TRENT BATTLE, DAPHNE: Completed 8-of-13 passes for 173 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 95 yards and two more scores as the Trojans downed Baldwin County 42-7.
KALEB JONES, COLLINSVILLE: Connected on 7-of-9 pass attempts for 151 yards and two scores (11 and 43 yards as the Panthers downed Section 41-7 on homecoming night. His lone carry was a second-quarter 17-yard touchdown run. He also had an interception on defense.
CONNER CANTRELL, JAMES CLEMENS: Was a perfect 8-of-8 passing for 122 yards and two touchdowns, all in the first half, as the Jets beat Gadsden City 62-7 for their 11th straight Class 7A, Region 4 win.

NICK SAWYER, SPARKMAN: Threw game-winning touchdown pass with 1:33 to go and scored on runs of 54 and 4 yards to keep the Senators undefeated with a 24-21 victory over Austin.
K.D. HUTCHINSON, VALLEY: Passed for 135 yards and two TDs and rushed for 116 yards and another TD as the Rams beat Tallassee 34-12.

ZACHARY KITTRELL, BAYSIDE ACADEMY: Making his first start at quarterback, Kittrell led the Admirals to a 30-26 win over defensing Class 3A state champion Flomaton with an 8-of-17 passing performance for 117 yards and who TDs. He also rushed for 56 yards on seven carries with a 51-yard scoring run.
MICHA BROWN, DAVIDSON: Was 11-of-11 passing and accounted for four TDs as the Warriors beat Mary Montgomery 35-14. He passed for three TDs and rushed for another.
KASON LINCKE, MOBILE CHRISTIAN: Ignited a 33-15 win over Mobile Christian with 112 yards passing and two touchdowns on a 7-of-11 performance. He also had 108 rushing yards on 11 carries.
TREY HIGGINS, OXFORD: Rushed for 135 yards and two touchdowns with runs of 68 and three yards and added 102 yards passing and two more scores as the Yellow Jackets beat Huffman 45-6.

RON WIGGINS, JACKSONVILLE: Had 22 carries for 269 yards and five touchdowns in a hard-fought 38-30 win over Anniston. He scored on runs of 4, 47, 61, 70 and 22 yards=ds.
GABRIEL GAMBLE, PELHAM: The sophomore ran for 260 yards and two touchdowns on 23 carries as Pelham picked up its first win of the season with a 31-20 triumph over Carver-Montgomery. Teammate Xavier Lankford also had nine carries for 122 yards and one score. He had two runs of 54 and 62 yards in the fourth quarter to help seal the win.
JAVONTA LEATHERWOOD, TUSCALOOSA-CENTRAL: Had 28 carries for 251 yards and three touchdowns in a 44-42 loss to Marbury.
JAYLAN NOBLES, SLOCOMB: Piled up 245 yards rushing on 16 carries and scored three times as the Red Tops beat Houston Academy 42-7. His TD runs covered 80 and 66 yards. He also caught a 41-yard pass reception for a TD.
EMMANUEL HENDERSON, GENEVA COUNTY: Rushed for 232 yards on 22 carries and accounted for five touchdowns three different ways as the Bulldogs (2-4) fell to G.W. Long 57-51 in a wild Class 2A, Region 2 contest. He had TD runs of 45, 62 and 74 yards, an 80-yard kickoff return for a score and 8-yard TD pass completion to Colby Fuller for a fifth score for the Bulldogs.

OMARION CRAWFORD, SARALAND: Picked up 252 yards rushing on 15 carries and scored three TDs on runs of 23, 5 and 10 yards as the Spartans (6-0) remained unbeaten with a 42-10 win over Gulf Shores.
RONNIE ROYAL, ALEXANDRIA: The eighth grader had 31 carries for 237 yards and a touchdown to lead the Valley Cubs to a 16-10 overtime win over Sardis.
DARRIAN MEADS, HOKES BLUFF: Rushed for 212 yards and three touchdowns on 22 carries and caught a 97-yard TD pass in the Eagles’ 35-14 win over Ashville. 

MARQUIS JOHNSON, HELENA: Had 31 rush attempts for 221 yards and a TD, including 53 yards on the game-winning drive to set up a game-winning field goal in the final minute of play as the Huskies nipped Chelsea 31-28.
JUNIOR SUMMERHILL, WATERLOO: Had seven carries for 213 yards and five touchdowns in 54-8 win over Cherokee.
DEONTAE HALL, BESSEMER CITY: Ran 19 times for 209 yards and a touchdown as Bessemer City (6-0) remained unbeaten with a 31-7 victory over Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa.
JORDAN WALKER, LAFAYETTE: Had 16 carries for 201 yards and three TDs and passed for another score as the Bears downed beat Fayetteville 57-20.
JAMARCUS ROBINSON, CITRONELLE: Totaled 196 rushing yards on 13 attempts and scored one touchdown in a 28-16 victory over Satsuma.
KOURTLAN MARSH, MORTIMER JORDAN: Rushed for 162 yards and four touchdowns and passed for 191 yards and another TD in a 34-28 victory over defending Class 5A state champion Central of Clay County.
STROTHER GIBBS, MOUNTAIN BROOK: Accounted for five touchdowns, three passing and two rushing, to lead Mountain Brook (6-0) to a 42-14 victory over Oak Mountain. He ran for 162 yards and was 7-of-12 passing for 106 yards.
KELSTON FIKES, LEROY: Ran for 187 yards on 19 carries and accounted for five touchdowns in the Bears’ 34-14 Class 2A, Region 1 win over Chickasaw. He had scoring runs of 6, 46, 5 and 39 yards and also caught a 5-yard TD pass.
KAMBREE JOHNSON, PARKER: Accounted for all six touchdowns in a 42-20 victory over Fairfield. Johnson had 24 carries for 185 yards and four touchdowns and completed 10-of-19 passes for 170 yards and two more scores.
JALEN CLARK, ALABAMA CHRISTIAN: Picked up 176 rushing yards on 23 carries and scored two TDs, the final score coming late in the fourth quarter to seal a 28-22 win over Headland.
DARRYANCE WOFFORD & CARNEL DAVIS, SOUTHSIDE-GADSDEN: After starting quarterback Michael Rich left with an injury in the first quarter, the two running backs alternated snaps out of the Wildcat formation to spark the Panthers to a 42-6 win over Douglas. Wofford had 19 carries for 172 yards and two touchdowns, and Davis had 10 rush attempts for 167 yards and three scores. 

TREVOR MORRIS, G.W. LONG: Totaled 164 yards rushing on 21 carries with four touchdowns covering 7, 6, 36 and 7 yards as the undefeated Rebels (6-0) downed Geneva County 57-51. Dillon Galloway also had nine carries for 133 yards and scored twice on runs of 53 and 6 yards for G.W. Long. He added a 94-yard kickoff return for a third score.
TRAY DUNCAN, STANHOPE ELMORE: Had 34 carries for 179 yards and two touchdowns in the Mustangs’ 28-20 win over Elmore County rival Wetumpka. Teammate Andrew Rines added 14 carries for 122 yards and one TD and was 2-of-3 passing for the final TD to Stanhope Elmore (5-1).
DAMIEN TAYLOR, TUSCALOOSA COUNTY: Rushed for 152 yards on 18 carries and scored the Wildcats’ only touchdown on an 80-yard run in a 44-7 setback to Hoover in the AHSAA TV Network (WOTM) Game of the Week.
HUNTER KING, RED BAY: Rushed 24 times for 160 yards and a touchdown in 30-14 win over Sheffield.

ANTONIO MASON, HUEYTOWN: Picked up 144 yards rushing on 14 carries and scored twice in the Gophers’ 42-14 win over Northridge.
SAMUEL COSBY, CEDAR BLUFF: Ran for 143 yards on 14 carries with a 55-yard touchdown in the Tigers’ 55-22 loss at North Sand Mountain.

DYLAN BLACKBURN, JAMES CLEMENS: Rushed 13 times for 140 yards and two touchdowns, all in the first half, as the Jets beat Gadsden City 62-7.
KENZERICK BARBER, HOUSTON COUNTY: Ran for 138 yards and two touchdowns and teammate Antonio Johnson added 107 yards and two more TDs as the Lions set a school record for points scored in a 67-30 win over Barbour County. Jeremiah Hardick added 102 yards and one TD rushing for Houston County.
DEMARCUS BECKWITH, FLORENCE: Rushed for 121 yards and two touchdowns on 17 carries and caught four passes for 107 yards to finish with 228 total yards as the Falcons beat Huntsville 28-23.
LUKE WELSH, SPRING GARDEN: Scored four rushing touchdowns (1, 20, 4 and 14 yards) on just six carries to lead the Panthers to a 44-0 win over Talladega County Central.

CAL GEORGE, HARTSELLE: Ran for four touchdowns and threw two more in a 76-0 victory over Columbia.

Caught seven passes for 186 yards in a 21-7 victory over Randolph.
ALEX HUTCHINS, BOAZ: Caught four passes for 156 yards, including a school-record 99-yard touchdown pass from senior quarterback Easton Hardin, in the Pirates’ 46-15 win over Crossville.
MICHAEL PETTWAY, THOMPSON: Finished with eight receptions for 145 yards receiving, including TD catches of 20, 7 and 55 yards, in a 47-23 victory over Spain Park.

ERIK MATTHEWS, OPP: Pulled down six receptions for 126 yards and two touchdowns in a 48-0 win over Wicksburg.
KAHARI McREYNOLDS, GENEVA: Caught s 28-yard TD pass from Damion Kemmerlin with 33 seconds left to give the Panthers a 32-27 win over Straughn. McReynolds also had a 75-yard kickoff return for a touchdown, a 60-yard touchdown catch plus 10 tackles in the game. Kemmerlin added a 68-yard TD run and finished 6-of-10 passing for 140 yards and both two scores.
JACKSON WEST, HUNTSVILLE: Had eight receptions for 136 yards in a 28-23 loss to Florence.
COLBY KING, ARAB: Hauled in five passes for 136 yards with three touchdowns covering 47, 19 and 40 yards in the Knights’ 36-14 win over East Limestone.
MICHAEL GIBBS, CHELSEA: Had 128 receiving yards and two touchdowns in the Hornets’ 31-28 loss to Helena.
DEATRIS WILLIAMS, CARVER-BIRMINGHAM: Caught four passes for 124 yards and one touchdown in a 31-20 setback to Pelham.

ADRIANNE HERNANDEZ, ASHVILLE: Caught five passes for 116 yards in a 35-14 setback to Hokes Bluff.
ETHAN SWINFORD, PIEDMONT: Caught three passes for 109 yards and two touchdowns (47 and 53 yards) and also returned the second-half kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown in the Bulldogs’ 38-16 win over Saks. He also added 80 yards rushing.


Week 6 Has Two Calls Reversed in 5 Challenges for Schools Using AHSAA’s DVSport Instant Replay

Current Season Reversal Percentage is 25.8%

MONTGOMERY – Four of the five AHSAA varsity high school football contests using DVSport Instant Replay last week had a total of five challenges with two calls reversed, reports AHSAA Director of Officials Mark Jones.
This week, seven games will be utilizing the DVSport Instant Replay with seven schools taking part for the first time this season.
    The Week 5 report had one game with no challenges. The reversed calls were as follow, said Jones.
Jackson at Baker: Baker challenged the receiver stepped out of bounds on kickoff return.  The kick was returned to the 50-yard line.  After review, the receiver’s foot was on the line when he caught the kick.  The call was then reversed resulting in a free kick infraction and the ball was placed at the 35-yard line.

Athens at East Limestone: Athens challenged a penalty being enforced from the wrong spot.  After review the penalty enforcement was corrected.

    The other challenges involved fumbles and catches.

    A total of 31 calls on the field have been reversed this season with eight, or 25.8%, have been reversed. The percentage is a slight increase from 23.1% rate after week four.
   DVSport Instant Replay is in its second year of implementation. The NFHS has granted the AHSAA a three-year period to experiment with instant replay in regular-season games.
    Jones reported that the 31 Instant Replay reviews this fall have consisted of the following:

TYPES OF CHALLENGES (31 reviews with 8 reversals, 25.8%)
11 Catch/no catch

 9 Fumble/no fumble

 5 breaking plane of goal line (note 2 were also fumble reviews)

 1 Illegal participation

 1 Illegal forward pass

 2 Touching of punt

 2 Forward progress

 1 Penalty Enforcement Spot

 1 Kick Out of Bounds

   A total of 44 schools have participated in AHSAA contests utilizing Instant Replay this season with six games scheduled for this Friday. New to the Instant Replay this week will be seven schools:  Arab, Benjamin Russell, Fairhope, Huffman, Northside, Russellville and Saraland. The complete list of games utilizing Instant Replay this week are listed below.

Week 6 Games with Instant Replay

East Limestone (5A) at Arab (5A)

Fairhope (7A) at Baker (7A), Mobile

Northside (4A) at Good Hope (4A)

Saraland (6A) at Gulf Shores (6A)

Russellville (5A) at Lawrence County (5A), Moulton

Benjamin Russell (6A) at Opelika (6A)

Huffman (6A) at Oxford (6A)



Class 7A (12)
Central-Phenix City
Gadsden City
Jeff Davis
Smiths Station
Tuscaloosa County
Class 6A (13)
Gulf Shores
Park Crossing
Sidney Lanier
St. Paul’s Episcopal
Class 5A (8)
Charles Henderson
East Limestone
Lawrence County
Madison County
Class 4A (6)
Good Hope
West Limestone
Class 3A (1)
Carbon Hill
Class 2A (1)
Class 1A (1)
Out-of-State (2)
Callaway (GA)
New Smyrna Beach (FL)



Class 7A, Region 3 Hoover at Tuscaloosa County Battle is AHSAA TV Network Game of the Week

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More than 150 Events Planned by NFHS Network SBP Schools

    MONTGOMERY – Class 7A, Region 3 rivals Tuscaloosa County (0-5) and Hoover (4-1) bring storied histories into tonight’s AHSAA TV Network/NFHS Network Game of the Week. WOTM TV, under the direction of executive producer Vince Earley, is producing the contest – the sixth in the 2019 Game-of-the Week series.
     The game will be live-streamed over the NFHS Network subscriber-based program and will also be available on the network of cable stations that have joined the WOTM Network in Alabama. Veteran announcer Tommy Wood and legendary football coach Rick Rhoades will be handling the commentary for the WOTM/NFHS Network production.
      Earley also announced the lineup of AHSAA TV Network Game of the Week pairing for next week’s Game of the week – a Class 2A, Region 4 contest between Thorsby (3-3) and Fayetteville (4-1).
     The Bucs have been the most dominating big-school program in AHSAA history, claiming 13 state football championships – with current head coach Josh Niblett leading the team to six state titles since arriving in 2008. His 142-21 record at Hoover is only surpassed by the 75-7 region record against some of the top 7A programs in Alabama. The program currently has a 497-173-7 overall record since its first season in 1963 with only 10 losing seasons in that 57-year span.
   The Bucs had two players, center David Bodden and quarterback Robbie Ashford, named to the Alabama All-Star Team Wednesday. The 33rd annual All-Star Game versus Mississippi is set for Hattiesburg on Dec. 14. 
   Ironically, the Bucs’ last losing season came in 1998 – one year afrer Tuscaloosa County won the Class 6A state football championship for the Wildcats’ only state title in 1997. Tuscaloosa County, which has a 545-392-30 overall record dating back to 1923, posted undefeated teams in 1932 (10-0-1) and 1946 (9-0). The program, which has had 67 winning seasons in the last 97 years, has struggled since moving into Region 3 when the seven-classification format was introduced in 2014. Tuscaloosa County has gone 6-32 in region play 13-44 overall with wins coming in that first year transition.
    Jay Todd, the son of long-time coach David Todd, is in his first season as head coach. He is the fourth head coach for the Wildcats in six years since that move to 7A. He is undaunted, however, about the task ahead of him and is committed to building the program into a contender once again.
     The NFHS Network School Broadcast Program has four varsity games on tap tonight and 45 Friday. More than 150 football and volleyball varsity, junior varsity, freshman and middle school contests are planned through next Thursday.
     In addition to tonight’s Hoover-Tuscaloosa County contest, the NFHS Network will show Florence at Huntsville, Smiths Station at Jeff Davis and Carver-Birmingham at Pelham. Some key region games set for Friday on the NFHS Network include: Pike County (5-0) at Providence Christian (6-0) in Class 3A, Region 3; Sparkman (6-0) at Austin (5-0) in Class 7A, Region 4; Hewitt-Trussville (4-2) at Vestavia Hills (4-1) and Thompson (5-0) at Spain Park (2-3); and defending Class 6A state champion Pinson Valley (3-2) at Gardendale (6-0) in Class 6A, Region 6.
   A full slate of more than 40 volleyball contests are scheduled for tonight and next Tuesday.
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Alabama Squad Named For 2019 Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Football Game Set for Dec. 14 at Hattiesburg

     MONTGOMERY – A roster including 26 players already committed to Division I-A schools have been selected to the 40-player Alabama All-Star Team that will face Mississippi in the 33rd annual Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Football Game Dec. 14 at Hattiesburg on the campus of the University of Southern Mississippi.
      The roster, comprised of current high school seniors, was announced Tuesday by Jamie Lee, Director of the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association.  The annual contest is an event of the AHSADCA and the Alabama High School Athletic Association.

   The game was played in Mississippi for the first time in the series in 2015. The hosts are 2-0 at home and Alabama is 22-8 in its home games. The series was played at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile from 1988 to 2010; a second game in 2010 was held at Troy University’s Veterans Memorial Stadium and Cramton Bowl has hosted the All-Star Game six times, 2011-2014, 2016 and last year. Alabama is 22-10 overall.
    “We hope the 40-man Alabama roster selected for this year’s game hosted by the AHSADCA will bring the Alabama-Mississippi Game Championship Trophy back (to Alabama),” Lee said.
      Spain Park High School Coach Shawn Raney, is serving as the head coach for Alabama. The All-Star squad has 14 players that are currently committed to SEC with the Crimson Tide receiving verbal commitments from six. Auburn has three commitments, Ole Miss has two. LSU, Kentucky and South Carolina have one each. Two players on the team are headed out-of-state to the Atlantic Coast Conference (defending National Champion Clemson and Georgia Tech); two have announced plans to attend Big 10 schools Nebraska and Purdue, and one player is heading to the Big 12 (Kansas). UAB has three commitments, Troy University has two, Tulane and Middle Tennessee have one each. Of the 14 players still uncommitted, the majority are still embroiled in national recruiting battles.
      The roster, comprised of current high school seniors, was selected through a rigorous process that began last winter, Lee said. “The selection committee has worked extremely hard to trim down the strong list of nominations to the 40 selected. It is a difficult task for sure, and we thank the committee for its dedication.
     Among the Alabama commitments is running back RoyDell Williams of Hueytown, who rushed for 2,757 yards and 32 touchdowns as a junior. The husky 5-foot-10, 208-pound speedster had 409 yards and five touchdowns on 15 carries in one game last year. Linebacker Jackson Bratton of Muscle Shoals, another Alabama commit, recorded the 400th tackle of his prep career last week. Other Crimson Tide commitments include quarterback/athlete Kristian Story of Lanett; defensive back Malachi Moore of Hewitt-Trussville; 6-7, 340-pound defensive lineman Jayson Jones of Calera; 6-3, 2145-pound linebacker Demouy Kennedy of Theodore.
      Auburn commitments selected are 6-5, 210-pound linebacker Cameron Riley of Hillcrest-Evergreen; offensive lineman Javian Cohen of Central-Phenix City; and defensive lineman Daniel Allen of St. Paul’s Episcopal.
     Quarterback Logan Smothers of Muscle Shoals and Robbie Ashford of Hoover committed to Nebraska and Ole Miss, respectively. Smothers has led the Trojans to a 6-0 record this season and eclipsed 6,200 passing yards in last week’s 29-10 win over Florence. He is 522-of-795 passing for 6,240 yards and 50 touchdowns for his career and has rushed 400 times for 2,420 yards and 28 TDs.
      Central-Phenix City wide receiver Eddie Williams plans to Clemson, Spanish Fort receiver Kris Abrams plans to attend Ole Miss and Jamichael Thompson of Clay-Chalkville plans to join the Middle Tennessee receiving corps. Hewitt-Trussville’s 6-5, 295-pound defensive lineman Eric Taylor has committed to LSU.
    Briarwood Christian offensive lineman Trent Howard, 6-4, 285, has committed to Georgia Tech. Howard is the son of former Jess Lanier High School and University Alabama offensive lineman standout Johnny Howard. His dad also represented the AHSAA in the very first Alabama-Mississippi Game played at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in 1988 and won in three overtimes 24-21 by Alabama.
   The complete roster can be found at the following link:

Teams Hand AHSAA Football Coaches Milestone Wins in Week 5 Action

   MONTGOMERY – Several AHSAA coaches claimed milestone wins last week.

   Scottsboro junior quarterback Jacob Manning had 23 rushes for 126 yards and two touchdowns and senior linebacker A.J. Widgeon had three sacks on defense as the Wildcats beat North Jackson 33-0 for the 100th career head-coaching victory for Coach Don Jacobs. He had head-coaching stops at Elkmont and Oneonta before taking over the Scottsboro program in 2017. Jacobs, a Scottsboro graduate and former three-sport star, is in his 13th season as a head coach with a 100-50 overall record.
       Muscle Shoals (6-0) beat Florence last week 29-10 to give Coach Scott Basden his 175th career win. Now in his 31st season as a head coach, Basden owns a 175-64 career slate with 106 wins at Muscle Shoals. His other stops were at Cordova and Parrish.
      Winfield head coach David McKinney registered his 100th head-coaching victory Sept. 19 when the Pirates beat Lamar County 34-6. Now in his 13th season as a head coach, McKinney is 100-47 overall with a 48-25 mark at Winfield.
    Vestavia Hills’ Buddy Anderson (339-151) is the AHSAA career wins leader and the AHSAA’s active wins leader. The Rebels posted his 339th win last week beating Shades Valley 17-0.  Three coaches – Tallassee’s Mike Battles Jr. (174-83), Bayside Academy’s Phil Lazenby (174-95), and Mark Rose (174-79) of Smiths Station – are one win away from career coaching win 175 heading into this week’s games.

TOT   NAME                                                CAREER       PCT.   YEARS                
339 – Buddy Anderson (Vestavia Hills)             339-151-0        69.2%  1978-2019
313 – Jamie Riggs (Houston Academy)              313-89-0          77.9% 1986-2019
308 – Terry Curtis (UMS-Wright)                      308-85-0          78.4%  1989-2019
303 – Danny Horn (Central, Clay County)          303-87-0          77.7%  1989-2019
287 – Paul Benefield (Fyffe)                             287-53-0          84.4%  1992-2019
242 – Lamar Harris (Hubbertville)                     242-202-0        54.5%  1978-2019
237 – Steve Smith (Piedmont)                           237-73-0          76.5%  1995-2019
230 – Trent Taylor (Andalusia)                         230-135-0        63.0%  1988-2019
221 – David Powell (Sumiton Christian)            221-81-0          73.2%  1994-2019
207 – Josh Niblett (Hoover)                              207-53-0          79.6%  2000-2019
203 – Stacy Luker (Clarke County)                    203-87-0          70.0%  1995-2019
202 – Mark Freeman (Thompson)                     202-50-0          80.2%  1998-2019
187 – Brent Hubbert (T.R. Miller)                     187-42-0          81.7%  2001-2019
187 – Bob Godsey (Madison Academy)             187-67-0          73.6%  1998-2019
183 – Steve Mask (St. Paul’s Episcopal)            183-91-0          66.8%  1990-2019
175 – Scott Basden (Muscle Shoals)                  175-64-0          73.2%  1999-2919

Zion Chapel Safety Nathan Grantham Has 18½ Tackles in Rebels’ 34-30 win over Kinston

AHSAA Defensive Spotlight For Week 5

    MONTGOMERY – Senior strong safety Nathan Grantham has had numerous big plays from his wide receiver position this season for Coach Johnny Bryant’s Class 2A Rebels. Last Friday, he recorded 18 ½ tackles to lead Zion Chapel to a 34-30 win over rival Kinston to claim the AHSAA Defensive Spotlight of the Week.
      He also scored on a 3-yard run. Teammate Zay Adair also had an interception with 1:03 left to preserve the win. He had 8 tackles, a blocked extra point and recovered a fumble in the end zone.
    Grantham’s defensive effort edged out two other strong performances reported. Stanhope Elmore linebacker William Whitlow had 15 tackles, two sacks and a fumble recovery in the Mustangs’ 20-17 win over Smiths Station. And Chaz Pope of Spring Garden stripped a Sand Rock runner of the ball near the Panthers goal line, then scooped up the fumble and raced 98 yards for a touchdown in Spring Garden’s 44-21 win over Sand Rock in the AHSAA TV Network/NFHS Network Game of the Week produced by WOTM. He finished with an interception and five tackles.

 Returned an interception 15 yards for a TD, and teammate Braxton Whitehead also had a pick he returned 39 yards for a score as the Rebels (5-0) beat Elba 46-35. Both scores came in the final nine minutes of the fourth quarter. Whitehead also had a 62-yard TD reception.
MAYS McMILLAN, TRINITY PRESBYTERIAN: Totaled 12 tackles, including three for losses, had an interception, forced and recovered one fumble as the Wildcats downed Montgomery Academy 33-10.
SPENCER MOOREHEAD, GENEVA: Totaled nine tackles, including three for losses, in Geneva's 40-28 win over Samson.

LUKE WELSH, SPRING GARDEN: Had eight tackles on defense and also rushed for 75 yards and two touchdowns on offense as the Panthers beat Cherokee County rival Sand Rock 44-21.
L.J. HILL, REELTOWN: Caused a fumble and returned it 70 yards for a touchdown as the Rebels beat Maplesville in a battle of unbeatens, 33-21.
HAMILTON ATHENS: Intercepted a pass and recovered a fumble – both of which led to touchdowns – in a 42-21 victory over East Limestone.

AMIL WILLIAMS, GARDENDALE: Finished with eight tackles, including four for losses, and returned a blocked punt 15 yards for a TD in a 35-7 victory over Hazel Green.
Intercepted a pass and blocked a punt, anchoring a defense that allowed just 67 yards rushing, in a 31-0 victory over Wenonah.
JACOLBY HEGGLER, RAMSAY: Intercepted two passes in 55-12 victory over Central-Tuscaloosa.
COLE JOHNSTON, VESTAVIA HILLS: Intercepted a pass and added two sacks as the Rebels allowed just 152 yards of total offense in a 17-0 victory over Shades Valley.