AHSAA Defensive Spotlight for Week 4
MONTGOMERY – A clutch defensive play by Guntersville High School junior Jerrell Williamson helped the Wildcats beat Arab 45-42 in the 91st meeting of the Marshall County rivalry Friday night.
Williamson, a 6-foot-1, 185-pound defensive back/linebacker/running back for the Wildcats of Coach Lance Reese landed in the AHSAA Defensive Spotlight for Week 4 for his interception with 1.5 seconds remaining that sealed a 45-42 victory over the Knights in last Friday’s battle of rivals.
Guntersville (3-2) now owns a 59-30-2 edge in the series. Friday’s game was one of the most exciting, however. Trailing 42-38 with 2:44 to go, the Wildcats marched 82 yards for the winning touchdown.
With one last chance to win, however, Arab’s final pass was picked off by Williamson and Guntersville walked away with the win. The last victory by Arab was a 14-0 win in 2012.
The effort edged another outstanding defensive effort by junior defensive back/receiver Sean Zerkle of St. John Paul II Catholic. He finished with three interceptions on defense, had seven catches for 147 yards and three touchdowns on offense and sealed the school’s first win over North Jackson when he intercepted a pass on a 2-point conversion in a 49-48 victory.
Other top performances included:
JEFFREY LIGHTNER, DALE COUNTY: Had 13 tackles on defense and returned a kickoff 94 yards for a TD in the Warriors’ 49-20 setback to Alabama Christian.
MARTIEZ BROWN, HUFFMAN: Spoiled two Pell City scoring opportunities by recovering a fumble in the end one on one drive and intercepting a pass on another as the Vikings won their homecoming game 34-12 over the Panthers.
JACK THOMAS, ALABAMA CHRISTIAN: Had 14 tackles as the Eagles beat Dale County 49-20.
D.J. LEE, GAYLESVILLE: Managed 11 tackles on defense and 105 yards rushing and two touchdowns on 17 carries on offense in a 52-16 loss to Valley Head.
REGGIE MALONE, THEODORE: Was credited with 10 tackles, a sack and two forced fumbles as the Bobcats (5-0) topped Alma Bryant 42-3.
WILBUR WRIGHT, RAMSAY: Totaled 10 tackles, three sacks and a forced fumble in a 35-18 victory over Fairfield.
KAMERON BAKER, GOSHEN: Contributed 11 stops in the Eagles’ 42-16 win over New Brockton.
XAVIER MITCHELL, McGILL-TOOLEN CATHOLIC: Picked off two passes, returning one for 53 yards and a TD, to lead the Jackets to a 35-7 win over Mary Montgomery.
DESHAZIO WILLIAMS, PINSON VALLEY: Made two interceptions in the secondary for the Indians in a 33-32 loss to Oxford.
NOAH LINEVILLE, SCOTTSBORO: Had eight tackles and a fumble recovery in the Wildcats’ 27-7 win over East Limestone.
ANDREW FLOYD, SPRING GARDEN: Made nine stops in the Panthers’ 16-12 win at Donoho.
SUSAN MOORE DEFENSE: Limited Brindlee Mountain to minus-112 rushing yards and no yards passing in a 50-0 win. The Bulldogs (5-0) improved to 3-0 in Class 3A, Region 7 with the win.
AHSAA Special Teams Spotlight for Week 4
MONTGOMERY – Dothan High School’ special teams accounted for two touchdowns and a host of other big plays as the Wolves (3-2) downed Russell County 43-27 last week to capture the AHSAA Football Special Teams Spotlight for Week 4.
Coach Smitty Grider, in his first season as the new Dothan school’s first head, got big plays from a host of veterans including Jaylen White, Jabre Barber and Brody Barnett.
White returned a kickoff 94 yards for a touchdown and Barber raced 55 yards on a punt return to set up another score. Dothan’s special teams also blocked a punt in the game, and kicker Brody Barnett was 5-of-5 extra points and also threw a two-point conversion pass after a bad snap.
The team effort provided the margin in the Class 6A, Region 2 win at Dothan’s Rip Hewes Stadium.
Other top special team performances reported this weekend included:
SPECIAL TEAMS NOMINATIONS
JAKOBI SMITH, HUFFMAN: Helped the Vikings beat Pell City 34-12 with a 43-yard punt return for a TD and an 80-yard touchdown run. He finished with 107 yards rushing on six carries and had two TDs of 51 and 23 yards called back.
JAKARI FOSTER, PIEDMONT: Returned the second half kickoff 82 yards for a touchdown in the Bulldogs’ 53-0 win over Weaver.
JASON BROOKS, MOBILE CHRISTIAN: Returned a kickoff 97 yards for a touchdown and also scored TDs on a 6-yard run and 16 yard reception as the Leopards beat Thomasville 42-9.
NYNY DAVIS, ETOWAH: Returned a kickoff 91 yards for a touchdown, caught an 8-yard touchdown pass and rushed for a 15-yard score in a 56-32 win over Southside-Gadsden.
DANIEL SPARKS, GADSDEN CITY: Kicked field goals of 30 and 36 yards, was 2-for-2 in extra points and had three touchbacks on kickoffs in the Titans’ 24-20 loss to Bob Jones.
MEES duCROO de JONGH, SCOTTSBORO: The foreign exchange student from the Netherlands was 3-for-3 on extra points and booted field goals of 37 and 30 yards, his first two attempts this season, in the Wildcats’ 27-7 win over East Limestone. He is now 15-of-15 on extra points this season.
DILLON HUMPHRIES, CHEROKEE COUNTY: Recovered a blocked punt, had one tackle for a loss and a sack all in the first seven minutes of the Warriors’ 38-6 homecoming win over White Plains. He also had another sack later in the game. Teammate Nas Diamond also blocked a punt and had a sack in the win.
NICK CLIFTON, CEDAR BLUFF: Kicked a 34-yard field goal as time expired in the first half and connected on four extra points in the Tigers’ 37-7 win at Section.
NIKO TEMPELIS, GOSHEN: Booted 6-of-6 extra points and kicked six kickoffs deep into New Brockton territory as the Eagles posted a 42-16 win.
TAVION RUPERT, SPARKMAN: Gave the unbeaten Senators (5-0) a jump start in the second half with a 95-yard kickoff return for a TD in a 38-21 win over Huntsville. He also rushed 12 times for 109 yards and three other scores (17, 18 and 14 yards).
LARADIUS GARY, CHELSEA: Returned a punt 91 yards for a touchdown in a 64-38 victory over Pelham.
ZACK GRAY, ST. PAUL’S EPISCOPAL: Returned a kickoff for a touchdown and an interception for a score in the Saints’ 51-13win at Gulf Shores.
KORY CHAPMAN, HOOVER: Blocked a punt that was returned for a touchdown by a teammate in a 31-7 Bucs victory over Oak Mountain.
AHSAA Offensive Spotlight for Week 4
MONTGOMERY – Gardendale High School junior quarterback Will Crowder completed 24-of-36 passes for 415 yards and three touchdowns for a personal high versus Clay-Chalkville last week.
It was his last completion, however, that gave the Rockets’ faithful the biggest exhilaration when he connected with senior Kendale Allen for a 38-yard connection with 25 seconds left and the score tied at 35-35 that set up senior place-kicker Landon Erbrick’s game-winning 32-yard field goal as time expired as Gardendale escaped with a 38-35 win.
The victory, the Rockets’ first over their Jeffco rivals in eight tries, shot Coach Chad Eads’ talented Gardendale offense into the AHSAA Offensive Spotlight this week.
The two teams have met just eight times since playing for the first time in 1998. Clay-Chalkville (3-2), coached by Drew Gilmer, has compiled a 196-88 record winning 69% of its games since opening its doors for the first time in 1996. The Cougars have won seven region titles and two state championships (1999 and 2014). In seven previous wins over Gardendale, Clay averaged winning by a 22.3-point margin.
Gardendale (5-0) is also a proud program in Jefferson County, compiling a 349-239-3 record since opening its doors in 1965. That is a winning percentage of 59.3%. The Rockets and Cougars are in the same Class 6A, Region 6 that includes Jeffco teams Shades Valley and Pinson Valley, the 6A champs in 2017 and 2018. Throw in currently unbeaten Oxford, Pell City and Huffman and it is obvious that every region game is important.
In fact, as last week’s games pointed out, every single play is important. Oxford (5-0) beat Pinson Valley 34-33 and Huffman downed Pell City 34-12. Shades Valley fell in a non-region contest to Stanhope Elmore 26-6.
Crowder’s 415 passing yards entered his named in the AHSAA Record Book. Allen finished with nine catches for 195 yards and Erbrick was also true on 5-of-5 extra-point kicks. Clay-Chalkville (3-2) took control in the second half with a 78-yard kickoff return by Marquarius White to open the third quarter. Damion Ward scored on s 3-yard run later in the quarter to make it 35-21. That’s when Crowder and company began their battle back, first with a 28-yard TD connection to Allen with 31 seconds left in the third period, and later on a 2-yard TD run by L.T. Sanders with 5:02 left.
The last-second heroics edged out a couple of other 400-yard plus performances in the Geneva-Opp game last week and three superb efforts in the Etowah vs. Southside-Gadsden contest.
Kahari McReynolds led Geneva to a 56-43 win over Opp totaling 410 all-purpose yards and seven touchdowns in the victory. He rushed for 300 yards on 19 carries with six touchdowns (59, 45, 5 7, 40 and 82 yards), returned an 80-kickoff for a touchdown and caught five passes for 30 yards. He also had five tackles on defense.
Quarterback Hal Smithart of Opp turned in the best passing performance in Bobcats history completing 34-of-41 passes for 416 yards and three touchdowns in the Class 3A, Region 2 thriller. He had 16 consecutive completions at one stretch. Erik Matthews had 13 receptions for 169 yards and two touchdowns, Zee Ridgeway added seven catches for 100 yards and one score, and Ashton Patel pulled down eight receptions for 85 yards and rushed 18 times for 117 yards and two TDs.
Etowah (5-0) got a big passing effort from quarterback Brady Troup and receiver Ollie Finch. The Blue Devils QB was 13-of-17 passing for 346 yards and a school-record five touchdowns passes (43, 8, 29, 54 and 80 yards), all in the first half, in the Blue Devils’ 56-32 win over Southside. Ollie Finch grabbed six passes for 218 yards and three TDs (43, 80 and 54 yards). Panthers quarterback also had 232 yards passing with touchdowns of 72 and 58 yards in the loss. He also scored on a 12-yard run.
99 IS THE MAGIC NUMBER: Hueytown senior running back Roydell Williams, an early University of Alabama commitment, ran for 212 yards on just nine carries in Hueytown’s 48-6 win over Brookwood with a big chunk of the yardage coming on a 99-yard touchdown run. Cade George of Oak Mountain also hauled in a 99-yard touchdown pass for his team’s only score in a 31-7 loss to Hoover.
Other top offensive performances included:
TERRANCE THOMAS, WETUMPKA: The Wetumpka running back scooted 56 yards on his first carry Thursday night and closed out the game with a 75-yard kickoff return for a final TD. He finished with 212 yards rushing on 10 carries and scored three touchdowns as the Indians (3-2) beat Buckhorn 44-28 in the AHSAA TV Network/NFHS Network Game of the Week produced by WOTM TV.
Thomas’ first carry set up teammate Tyquan Rawls’ 24-yard TD pass to Malik Davis on the next play to give Wetumpka a 7-0 lead just three plays into the game. Thomas had four carries of 25 yards or more and scored on the kickoff return as time expired in the game played at Burgess-Snow Field at Jacksonville State Stadium.
BRYAN GALLOWAY, GOSHEN: Had 380 yards total offense as the Eagles downed New Brockton 42-16. He rushed 23 times for 240 yards and three touchdowns and completed 11-of-16 passes for 140 yards and one TD. Teammate Tamarcus Shipmon added 13 rush attempts for 130 yards and a 41-yard TD scamper.
KOURLAN MARSH, MORTIMER JORDAN: Ran for 252 yards and five touchdowns, completed 12-of-21 passes for 117 yards and scored the game-winning 3-yard TD in overtime as the Blue Devils nipped Sylacauga 42-35.
ZAVION WILLIAMS, ALICEVILLE: Rushed 20 times for 251 yards and three touchdowns in a 27-19 victory over Cold Springs.
DALTON HANBACK, CENTRAL-FLORENCE: Picked up 248 yards rushing on 21 carries and scored all six touchdowns in a 42-37 win over West Limestone. His scoring runs covered 8, 29, 4, 1, 11 and 10 yards. He also scored three 2-point conversions to account for all 42 of his team’s points.
KADIN BENNEFIELD, BOAZ: The junior running back accumulated 240 yards two rushing touchdowns on 16 carries as Boaz beat Pisgah 38-8. His scoring runs covered 45 and 41 yards, and he had a 75-yard gain that set up another Boaz TD.
TYBO WILLIAMS, AUSTIN: Had 17 carries for 233 rushing yards and two touchdowns as the Black Bears beat Grissom 49-7.
DAMIEN TAYLOR, TUSCALOOSA COUNTY: Had 25 carries for 228 yards and a 71-yard touchdown in a 63-18 loss to Thompson.
SCOOTER GRAHAM, AMERICAN CHRISTIAN: Had 13 carries for 218 yards and four touchdowns as the Patriots beat Montevallo 84-30.
JUNIOR SUMMERHILL, WATERLOO: Rushed 19 times for 212 yards and five touchdowns as the Cougars beat Phillips 47-12. He had touchdown runs of 31, 11, 31, 5 and 35 yards.
AUSTIN GAVIN, SAINT JAMES: Piled up 206 yards rushing on 22 carries and scored on runs of 64 and 6 yards as the Trojans (5-0) beat Dadeville 46-18.
KELSTON FIKES, LEROY: Had 14 carries for 226 yards and four touchdowns in the Bears’ 44-14 victory over Washington County.
JALEN CLARK, ALABAMA CHRISTIAN: Rushed 15 times for 204 yards and three touchdowns and passed for two more as the Eagles beat Dale County 49-20.
JARRICE PRIYOR, CLEMENTS: Ran for 195 yards on 34 carries and scored three touchdowns in a 59-34 loss to Westminster Christian.
CHASE SIDES, SOUTH LAMAR: Led the Stallions (4-0) to a 51-22 win over Hubbertville with 193 rushing yards and four touchdowns on 18 carries.
JERRY BURTON, PRICEVILLE: Rushed for 192 yards and three touchdowns in a 31-21 victory over Fairview.
DESHUN MITCHELL, BIBB COUNTY: Gained 185 rushing yards and four touchdowns on 21 carries in a 42-7 victory over Tuscaloosa-Central.
EMMANUEL HENDERSON, GENEVA COUNTY: Had just six rush attempts but made the most of them with five touchdowns and 163 yards as the Bulldogs beat Barbour County 71-32. He scored on runs of 6, 56, 17, 18 and 35 yards and averaged 27.6 yards per carry.
BLAKE CARROLL, ARITON: Rushed for five touchdowns and 160 yards on 21 carries as Ariton rallied from a 26-point first-half deficit to beat Daleville 55-40. The Purple Cats trailed 34-14 at the half but outscored the Warhawks 41-6 in the second half to earn the key Class 2A, Region 2 win.
JACOB MANNING, SCOTTSBORO: The junior quarterback rushed 19 times for 134 yards and two touchdowns in a 27-7 win over East Limestone. He also completed 4-of-7 passes for 63 yards and a 52-yard touchdown to senior receiver Rylee Whitehead. Teammate Cam Bass had 27 rush attempts for 126 yards – his third straight 100-yards plus rushing effort this season. Manning now has 582 rushing yards on the season while Bass has 526 rushing yards.
JARRIS WILLIAMS, BLOUNT: Rushed for 168 yards and two touchdowns as the Leopards beat Baldwin County 31-7.
JACORIAN COSBY, PICKENS COUNTY: Picked up 147 rushing yards and three touchdowns on 11 carries in the Tornadoes’ 57-14 victory over Marion County.
SLADE ALEXANDER, CHEROKEE COUNTY: Ran for 136 yards and three touchdowns on 18 carries in the Warriors’ 38-6 win against White Plains.
DAMON GENTLE, NORTH SAND MOUNTAIN: Scored both touchdowns for the Thundering Herd in a 12-7 win over Sand Rock. He ran 55 yards for the first score and caught a 3-yard pass for the game-winning TD.
GABE GAMBLE, PELHAM: Had 153 rushing yards, including an 89-yard TD run, in a 64-38 loss to Chelsea.
KOLBY POTTS, HOLTVILLE: Rushed for 138 yards and four touchdowns as the Bulldogs (3-1) beat county rival Elmore County 35-14.
JACOB BISHOP, RUSSELLVILLE: Had touchdown runs of 17, 9, 5 and 53 yards as the Golden Tigers downed West Point 51-6.
QUISHON JUDKINS, PIKE ROAD: Had 120 rushing yards and one touchdown on 14 carries, and teammate Baron Brack added 112 yards and two TDs on 12 rush attempts and passed for 101 yards and a third TD as the Patriots (5-0) beat Bullock County 38-3.
David Hall, Oneonta: Rushed for 189 yards and three touchdowns in a 34-8 victory over Ashville.
KHALIFA KEITH, WOODLAWN: Rushed for 133 yards on 12 carries and passed for 87 yards, including the game-winning 36-yard TD pass to Cornelius Grant, in a 12-7 victory over John Carroll Catholic.
STROTHER GIBBS, MOUNTAIN BROOK: Totaled 159 yards rushing and passing and kicked two extra points as the Spartans (5-0) handed Vestavia Hills (3-1) its first loss of the season with the 14-7 Class 7A, Region 3 win. He was 6-of-8 passing for 73 yards and had 26 carries for 86 yards.
LAWSON PRATT, AMERICAN CHRISTIAN: Led the Patriots (4-0) to an 84-30 win over Montevallo completing 14-of-20 passes for 359 yards and five touchdowns. He also ran two more TDS, accounting for seven of American Christian’s 12 touchdowns, in the big win. Pratt threw touchdown passes of 10, 29, 70, 15, and 55 yards and had touchdown runs of 43 and 6 yards. Kamari Lassiter led ACA with five catches for 199 yards and three touchdowns.
The 114 points scored by both teams ranks as the 24th all-time for most points in a game in AHSAA history but still falls shy of last year’s 70-54 ACA win over the Bulldogs, which totaled 124 points for both teams and ranks 13th all-time.
MALIK INABINETTE, MONTEVALLO: Completed 20-of-37 passes for 345 yards and three touchdowns in the 84-30 loss to American Christian. His favorite targets were Jamarius Carter (6 catches for 110 yards and two scores) and Kial Cottingham (nine receptions for 157 yards and one TD).
REVY HIGGINS, OXFORD: Was 15-of-23 passing for 292 yards and four touchdowns, including a 33-yard heave into the end zone with 2:33 remaining that was tipped and caught by Miguel Mitchell for the game-tying touchdown as the Yellow Jackets (5-0) added the PAT and knocked off defending Class 6A state champion Pinson Valley 34-33.
HARRISON BARKER, SPAIN PARK: Connected on 25-of-43 pass attempts for 245 yards, including a game-winning 17-yard touchdown pass on the final play of the game to Jaylen Ward, as the Jaguars beat Hewitt-Trussville 31-28. Ward finished with six catches for 76 yards and two scores for Spain Park.
KYLE HIPP, COTTAGE HILL CHRISTIAN: Was 13-of-17 passing for 391 yards and four touchdowns as the Warriors (4-0) beat Chickasaw (3-1) 34-27.
MARQUARIUS MOORE, SIDNEY LANIER: Completed 13-of-29 passes for 334 yards and three touchdowns covering 61, 96 and 35 yards to lead the Poets past Park Crossing 30-28. The 96-yard connection went to Jacorian Wilson in the first quarter. Moore also rushed for 51 yards and one TD.
AVERY SEATON, MADISON ACADEMY: Completed 18-of-22 passes for 322 yards and three touchdowns and added 61 yards rushing and another score in a 41-14 victory over Ardmore.
BARRY WHITE, PINSON VALLEY: Was 19-of-41 passing for 319 yards and three touchdowns in the Indians’ 33-32 loss to Oxford.
HESS HORNE, EUFAULA: Completed 17-of-27 for 282 yards and two touchdowns and added a 1-yard TD run and two-point conversion pass in a 57-49 win over Early County (Ga.).
IAN SENN, ARITON: Was 12-of-23 passing for 282 yards and three touchdowns in the Purple Cats' 55-40 comeback win over Daleville.
CARTER SANFORD, FAYETTE COUNTY: Finished 14-of-18 passing for 285 yards and four touchdowns as Fayette beat Curry 48-23.
JAKE CORKREN, NORTHSIDE: Threw for 265 yards and five touchdowns in a 48-28 win over Cordova. His TDs covered 43, 30, 8, 48 and 31 yards.
JACKSON BILLINGS, WESTMINSTER CHRISTIAN: Accounted for seven touchdowns and 418 total yards in a 59-34 win over Clements. He completed 9-of-11 passes for 161 yards and three TDs, rushed for 198 yards and three touchdowns on 18 carries and caught six passes for 59 yards and another TD.
SAWYER PATE, THOMPSON: Was 13-of-16 passing for 229 yards and three touchdowns, all in the first half, and Thompson beat Tuscaloosa County 63-18.
DEYJUN HUNT, JACKSON: Completed 18-of-28 passes for 209 yards and a touchdown as the Aggies (4-0) beat Vigor 18-0.
JACOB CUNNINGHAM, BAYSIDE ACADEMY: Completed 12-of-21 passes for 166 yards, including a 21-yard touchdown to teammate James Jones with 19 seconds remaining, and the Admirals beat T.R. Miller 30-29. He also rushed for 83 yards and two scores on 14 carries.
SAMUEL COSBY, CEDAR BLUFF: Completed 9-of-13 pass attempts for 197 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for 65 yards on seven carries with two 1-yard scores in the Tigers’ 37-7 victory at Section.
JOHN DAVID BONNER, TRINITY PRESBYTERIAN: Was 15-of-32 passing for 193 yards and rushed 16 times for 47 yards in the Wildcats’ 26-13 loss to Catholic.
MAJOY DWYER, RANDOLPH: Was 11-of-12 passing for 172 yards and one TD and added 49 rushing yards on six carries and scored two rushing TDs in a 35-7 victory over Danville.
BRITTON KOHN, MONTGOMERY ACADEMY: Was a perfect 5-of-5 passing for 163 yards and three touchdowns to spark the Eagles to a 47-0 win over Prattville Christian. He had a 70-yard TD pass to Jamal Cooper for his long completion of the night.
LUKE STAMBA, HELENA: Completed 13-of-18 passes for 153 yards and two touchdowns and added 43 yards rushing and a TD on 15 carries in a 28-14 victory over Minor.
KALEB JONES, COLLINSVILLE: Was 7-of-9 passing for 148 yards and three touchdowns and added a defensive score on a 61-yard interception return in the Panthers’ 60-7 victory over Ider.
JACK HAYES, PIEDMONT: Was 4-of-5 passing for 149 yards with all four completions going for touchdowns as the Bulldogs beat Weaver 53-3. The TD passes covered 74, 27, 26 and 22 yards).
RODARIUS THOMAS, EUFAULA: Snagged seven pass receptions for 200 yards and two touchdowns (44 and 32 yards) in Eufaula's 57-49 win over Early County (Ga.) on Friday.
ASHTON PUGH, NORTHSIDE: Caught six passes for 184 yards and three touchdowns in the Rams’ 48-28 win over Cordova.
ANBRE LEEK, CEDAR BLUFF: Caught five passes for 179 yards and two touchdowns (87 and 16 yards) in the Tigers’ 37-7 win at Section.
ALEX WHISENHUNT, SAINT JAMES: Snared three pass receptions for 116 yards and three touchdowns (18, 33 and 65 yards) and also returned a kickoff 81 yards for a fourth score as the Trojans downed Dadeville 46-28. Whisenhunt also rushed for 80 yards and had 277 all-purpose yards for the game.
ERIK MATTHEWS, OPP: Caught 13 passes for 161 yards and two touchdowns (15 and 10 yards) in the Bobcats' 56-43 loss to Geneva.
HAYES FLOYD, ARITON: Pulled down five receptions for 135 yards and two touchdowns and added 74 yards on just two rushes in Ariton's 55-40 win over Daleville.
JAYSON JONES, CENTER POINT: Had 122 receiving yards and two touchdowns on six catches and added 56 yards and a TD on the ground in a 54-13 victory over St. Clair County.
HAYDEN NEIGHBORS, HUNTSVILLE: Caught four passes for 131 yards, including a 71-yard touchdown catch, in a 38-21 loss to Sparkman.
MIKEY McINTOSH, MUSCLE SHOALS: Had 101 receiving yards, including a 37-yard touchdown catch, in a 31-0 victory over Mae Jemison.
GA’QUINCY McKINSTRY, PINSON VALLEY: Caught nine passes for 112 yards in a 33-32 loss to Oxford.
ROKAFEWLLOA TAYLOR, OXFORD: Pulled down six pass receptions for 114 yards and two touchdowns as the Yellow Jackets beat Pinson Valley 33-32.
MICHAEL PETTWAY, THOMPSON: Caught five passes for 98 yards and a touchdown, ran for a 16-yard TD and added 138 kick return yards and a third TD on an 89-yard return as the Warriors beat Tuscaloosa County 63-18.
COOPER AUSTIN, SPRING GARDEN: Caught the game-winning 10-yard touchdown pass from Ryley Kirk with 1:52 remaining as the Panthers (3-1) handed Donoho (3-1) its first loss of the season 16-12.
OLIN PRUITT, SAND ROCK: Caught a 75-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Justin Lee with 4:55 remaining in the fourth quarter to in the Wildcats’ 12-7 loss to North Sand Mountain. He also had an interception on defense.
KEYONTEZE JOHNSON, PINSON VALLEY: Caught eight passes for 157 yards, with TD catches of 8 and 38 yards, in a 34-33 loss to Oxford.
JAYLEN WARD, SPAIN PARK: Caught 17-yard TD pass from Harrison Barker with 17 seconds remaining in a 31-28 victory over Hewitt-Trussville. He finished with six catches for 76 yards and two touchdowns.
JERONE YORK, SARALAND: Caught four passes for 131 yards and two touchdowns as the top-ranked Spartans downed Robertsdale 56-7.
NATIONAL FEDERATION OF STATE HIGH SCHOOL ASSOCIATIONS
NFHS Joins Bag Tags, Inc. and Crisis Text Line to Provide SAFE Tags
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Elliot Hopkins
INDIANAPOLIS, IN (September 19, 2019) — The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS), Bag Tags, Inc. and Crisis Text Line have collaborated to create the “SAFE Tag” – a luggage tag designed to offer emergency contact information for students experiencing any kind of emotional crisis.
The luggage tag shows the contact information to Crisis Text Line – a national not-for-profit organization that provides free and confidential support to those experiencing emotional crises. Bag Tags, Inc., which specializes in event credentials and has been a corporate partner of the NFHS since 2014, produced the luggage tag to help the NFHS address issues such as bullying, hazing and other social issues in schools.
Conveniently affixable to a student’s backpack, the SAFE Tag connects students to Crisis Text Line, which has processed more than 117 million messages and completed more than 27,000 active rescues across the country. By texting ‘SHIELD’ to 741741, individuals begin a conversation with a trained Crisis Counselor, who offers support and helps to de-escalate the crisis.
“We are pleased to be involved in this important service to students with Bag Tags, Inc. and Crisis Text Line,” said Karissa Niehoff, NFHS executive director. “In many cases, students don’t have anyone to talk to them when these events occur, so having someone who will listen is a great opportunity for young people.”
With the help of the NFHS and its access to 19,500 high schools and more than 12 million athletics and activities participants through its 51 member state high school associations, the ultimate goal is to have the SAFE Tag attached to all students’ backpacks, and for its assortment of vibrant colors to become synonymous with protection, and act as a deterrent for those looking to cause harm to someone else.
“Bag Tags, Inc. is honored and excited to promote SAFE Tags alongside the NFHS and Crisis Text Line,” said Jeff Jones, Director of National Sales at Bag Tags, Inc. “We not only know that Crisis Counselors will help any student that reaches out, we also know that as long as students are provided with SAFE Tags, they will feel comfortable to reach out through the texting environment that Crisis Text Line has created.”
“Crisis Text Line is thrilled to partner with two incredible and genuine organizations – the NFHS and Bag Tags, Inc. – to bring SAFE Tags to life,” said Maggie Farah, Senior Manager of Business Development for Crisis Text Line. “The program has a massive opportunity to cast a safety net for students across the country. We’ll be here 24/7 to support their crises.”
SAFE Tags can be purchased from Bag Tags, Inc. for 99 cents apiece plus shipping and handling, with 50 percent of the proceeds going back to Crisis Text Line to support its efforts. More information, including order details, can be found here: www.bagtagsinc.com/safe-tags/ .
“We would urge school leaders to purchase SAFE Tags for all students in their particular school,” said Elliot Hopkins, NFHS director of sports and student services. “This would help to ensure that students are equipped with someone to contact when a crisis does occur.”
About the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS)
The NFHS, based in Indianapolis, Indiana, is the national leadership organization for high school sports and performing arts activities. Since 1920, the NFHS has led the development of education-based interscholastic sports and performing arts activities that help students succeed in their lives. The NFHS sets direction for the future by building awareness and support, improving the participation experience, establishing consistent standards and rules for competition, and helping those who oversee high school sports and activities. The NFHS writes playing rules for 17 sports for boys and girls at the high school level. Through its 50 member state associations and the District of Columbia, the NFHS reaches more than 19,500 high schools and 12 million participants in high school activity programs, including more than 7.9 million in high school sports. As the recognized national authority on interscholastic activity programs, the NFHS conducts national meetings; sanctions interstate events; offers online publications and services for high school coaches and officials; sponsors professional organizations for high school coaches, officials, speech and debate coaches, and music adjudicators; serves as the national source for interscholastic coach training; and serves as a national information resource of interscholastic athletics and activities. For more information, visit the NFHS website at www.nfhs.org.
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MONTGOMERY – Defending Class 1A state football champion Mars Hill Bible is averaging 59.7 points per game (ppg) heading into week four’s games to lead the AHSAA in points scored per game. South Lamar High School tops the state’s defenses with three shutouts in three games thus far.
The Panthers (3-0) of Coach Darrell Higgins scored 732 points in 15 games last season (48.8 ppg) en route to the school’s first state football state title in 2018. Class 4A North Jackson’s 56.4 ppg last season on the way to an 11-1 overall record led the AHSAA last year. Mars Hill was second. Two other Class 1A schools are right on their heels this season, however. Brantley (3-0) is averaging 56.3 ppg and Isabella (3-0) is averaging 53.3.
South Lamar (3-0), which is currently ranked fourth in Class 1A with 49.7 ppg, yielded just 13.6 ppg last season on the way to a 12-1 record. Coach Clay Gilliam’s Stallions is at home versus Hubbertville Friday in a key Region 6 contest. Mars Hill is on the road at Cherokee in a Region 8 battle.
Defending Class 2A state champion Fyffe (3-0) yielded a field goal in last week’s 24-3 win over Collinsville and is averaging 1.0 points per game allowed thus far this season to rank second behind South Lamar. The Red Devils of Coach Paul Benefield notched the school’s 18th consecutive victory in the process. Fyffe goes on the road Friday to take on Asbury in a Region 8 contest.
Isabella and Class 2A Ranburne (3-0) are tied for third (2.3 ppg) allowing only one touchdown in three games thus far this season. The Mustangs face a difficult task this week hosting last year’s Class 1A state runner-up Linden on Friday. Ranburne’s Bulldogs, coached by Stephen Bailey and averaging a 2A-leading 50.7 ppg on offense, hosts Cleveland in Class 2A, Region 6 action this week. The Panthers (1-2) are averaging 36.6 ppg.
In addition to Mars Hill Bible (1A), other class scoring leaders this week are Class 2A Ohatchee and Ranburne (50.7 ppg); Class 3A Pike Road (53.3 ppg); Class 4A Brooks (51.3 ppg); Class 5A Etowah (45.3 ppg); Class 6A Muscle Shoals (46.3 ppg); and Class 7A Vestavia Hills (46.3 ppg).
Defensive scoring leaders in each class, in addition to South Lamar, include Class 2A Fyffe (1.0 ppg); Class 3A Pike County (6.7 ppg); Class 4A Williamson (4.7 ppg); Class 5A Jasper (6.3 ppg); Class 6A Paul Bryant (6.3 ppg); and Class 7A McGill-Toolen Catholic (8.3 ppg).
This week’s up-to-dare football standings including scoring averages are attached along with scoring leaders in each classification. AHSAA live standings can be found at the in-season box located on the front page of www.ahsaa.com. Each class has its own link. For Class 1A, click on:
Class 1A http://www.ahsaa.com/Portals/0/Sports/Football/Region%20Standings/2019/1A.html?ver=2019-09-04-075820-117
Class 2A http://www.ahsaa.com/Portals/0/Sports/Football/Region%20Standings/2019/2A.html?ver=2019-09-04-075820-067
Class 3A http://www.ahsaa.com/Portals/0/Sports/Football/Region%20Standings/2019/3A.html?ver=2019-09-04-075820-103
Class 4A http://www.ahsaa.com/Portals/0/Sports/Football/Region%20Standings/2019/4A.html?ver=2019-09-04-075820-073
Class 5A http://www.ahsaa.com/Portals/0/Sports/Football/Region%20Standings/2019/5A.html?ver=2019-09-04-075820-110
Class 6A http://www.ahsaa.com/Portals/0/Sports/Football/Region%20Standings/2019/6A.html?ver=2019-09-04-075820-113
Class 7A http://www.ahsaa.com/Portals/0/Sports/Football/Region%20Standings/2019/7A.html?ver=2019-09-04-075820-327
This week’s Top 10 scoring leaders include:
AHSAA Scoring Leaders (Offense)
1. Mars Hill Bible (3-0) 1A 59.7
2. Brantley (3-0) 1A 56.3
3. Isabella (3-0) 1A 53.7
4. Pike Road (4-0) 3A 53.3
5. Brooks (3-1) 4A 51.3
6. Ohatchee (3-0) 2A 50.7
6. Ranburne (3-0) 2A 50.7
8. South Lamar (3-0) 1A 49.7
9. Westbrook Chr. (4-0) 2A 48.8
10. Pickens Co. (3-0) 1A 48.7
AHSAA Scoring Leaders (Defense)
1. South Lamar (3-0) 1A 0.0
2. Fyffe (3-0) 1A 1.0
3. Isabella (3-0) 1A 2.3
3. Ranburne (3-0) 2A 2.3
5. Williamson (2-1) 4A 4.7
6. Escambia Co. (3-0) 4A 5.0
7. Paul Bryant (3-1) 6A 6.3
7. Jasper (3-0) 5A 6.3
7. Maplesville (3-0) 1A 6.3
10. Pike County (3-0) 3A 6.7
10. UMS-Wright (3-0) 4A 6.7
MONTGOMERY – Seven calls were challenged with one call being reversed during last week’s seven high school football games utilizing DVSport Instant Replay, said AHSAA Director of Officials Mark Jones. For the season, 20 challenges have been issued with four calls on the field overturned after video evaluation.
Out of seven games this week, five games had challenges. The reversed play came at the Wetumpka vs. Opelika game,” said AHSAA Director of Officials Mark Jones. “Opelika challenged a play where the Wetumpka quarterback being ruled down prior to fumbling. Upon review, video showed he fumbled and the ball was recovered by Opelika.”
Jones said that later in the same game, Wetumpka challenged a play ruled a successful pass reception, and that play stood as called on the field.
Five other challenges last week stood as originally determined by the officials.
Charles Henderson at Oxford: Charles Henderson challenged a player fumbling prior to being down.
New Smyrna (FL) at Gulf Shores: Gulf Shores, using Instant Replay for the first time, challenged if a catch called on the field had been made.
Prattville at Central-Phenix City: Prattville also challenged a catch made.
Lee-Montgomery at Auburn: Auburn challenged if a punt return had been muffed. Upon review, the play was confirmed as no muff. In the same contest, Lee-Montgomery challenged a ball breaking the plane of the goal line on two-point conversion and that play also stood as called.
The 20% reversal rate after four weeks of games dropped slightly from last week’s 23.1% season rate. DVSport Instant Replay is in its second year of implementation. The seven challenges were the most in one week this season. The NFHS has granted the AHSAA a three-year period to experiment with instant replay in regular season games.
Jones reported that 20 Instant Replay reviews this fall have consisted of the following:
TYPES OF CHALLENGES (20 reviews with 4 reversals, 20%)
7 Catch or no catch
7 Fumble or no fumble
4 Ball breaking the plan of the goal line (Note: also had 2 fumbles reviewed at same time)
1 Illegal participation
1 Illegal forward pass
1 Touching of a punt
A total of 34 schools have participated in AHSAA contests utilizing Instant Replay this season with seven games scheduled for this Friday. New to the Instant Replay this season will be Childersburg, Dora, Lawrence County, St. Paul’s Episcopal, Scottsboro and Tuscaloosa County. The complete list of games utilizing Instant Replay this week are listed below.
Friday, September 20
Foley at Baker
Opelika at Central Phenix City
Scottsboro at East Limestone
St. Pauls’ Episcopal at Gulf Shores
Childersburg at Handley
Dora at Lawrence County
Tuscaloosa County at Thompson
SCHOOLS IN GAMES WITH INSTANT REPLAY THIS SEASON
Class 7A (11)
Class 6A (9)
Class 5A (5)
Class 4A (5)
Class 3A (1)
Class 2A (1)
New Smyrna Beach (FL)
189 Events Planned by NFHS Network SBP Schools Sept. 17-23
MONTGOMERY – Buckhorn High School and Wetumpka High School will meet Thursday night at Jacksonville State University’s Burgess-Snow Field at JSU Stadium in the AHSAA TV Network/NFHS Network Football Game of the Week.
In addition, the NFHS Network’s AHSAA School Broadcast Program will live-stream a 189 events over the Sept. 17-23 time period with 103 football games and 86 volleyball matches already scheduled on the NFHS Network live-stream portal.
The Bucks (3-1) and Indians (2-2) met for the first time in school history last year at JSU with Wetumpka winning 23-7. The Class 6A, non-region battle between two teams located five hours apart will be produced by NFHS Network TV partner WOTM under the direction of executive producer Vince Earley.
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. Tommy Wood and 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 pairings for the two following Thursdays. Class 1A Spring Garden vs. Class 2A Sand Rock will be the featured game Sept. 26, and Class 7A Hoover will travel to Tuscaloosa County for the AHSAA Game of the Week on Thursday, Oct. 3.
Coach Tim Perry’s Indians are coming off a heart-breaking 33-32 loss to Region 3 rival Opelika last week, and Coach Keith Henderson’s Bucks are riding a two-game win streak with a 36-35 win over Hazel Green and a 24-7 win over Albertville and currently sit atop the Region 8 standings tied with Fort Payne (4-0) with a 2-0 region record.
Wetumpka, which was 13-2 in 2017 and reached the Class 6A state finals, is currently 1-1 in Region 3. The Indians were 11-3 last season falling to Saraland in the Class 6A semifinals 22-21. Perry, now in his ninth season as head coach, has compiled a 55-33 record during that tenure – leading the Indians to the school’s 500th win in his first season in 2014 and to their 550th win last year. He recorded his 200th career coaching win last season.
Wetumpka, which started football in 1902, is 552-449-33 in its storied history – which includes tenures of outstanding coaches such as Jack Ray, Stokely Bazemore, Sheldon Darnell and John Maddaloni.
Buckhorn finished 2-8 last season but has started hot this season with its only loss coming to Class 7A Florence. Henderson, a veteran head coach who has also had head-coaching stints at Grissom and Sparkman, has the Bucks off to their best start since 2015 – the last year Buckhorn made the state playoffs.
Quarterback Tyquan Rawls is the offensive leader for Wetumpka. He stepped in last year with big play after big play all season long to lead the Indians to the semifinals. He rushed for 220 yards and passed for 101 last week versus Opelika with a touchdown run covering 82 yards.
Buckhorn quarterback Brandon McNeal has been the leader on offense. The Bucks also have a strong senior presence with 27 this season. McNeal passed for 282 yards in Buckhorn’s one-point win over Hazel Green. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.
The complete AHSAA schedule of events set to be livestreamed over the NFHS Network tonight through September 23 can be found at the following link:
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AHSAA Special Teams Spotlight
MONTGOMERY – Mars Hill Bible High School 5-foot-9, 165-pound junior Peyton Higgins turned in a very “special” performance Friday night to earn the AHSAA Football Special Teams Spotlight for week 3.
In a span of three plays in the first quarter of the Panthers’ 70-14 win over Phillips, Higgins returned a kickoff 94 yards for a touchdown and three plays later returned a punt 91 yards for a touchdown for the defending Class 1A state champions. He broke past eight defenders on the punt return to reach the open field on the amazing punt return. He also had four rush attempts for 87 yards including a TD run of 51 yards.
Mars Hill Coach Darrell Higgins was also amazed. His son returned five kicks for touchdowns last season as Mars Hill (3-0) rolled to a14-1 record and the school’s first Class 1A state football championship. None were as exciting as last Friday’s punt return, however. Higgins fielded the punt just inside the 10-yard line, sped up the middle, and then to his left as the Bears tried to corral him. He cut back to his right and finally got loose in Phillips territory and coasted the rest of the way.
The victory was the Panthers’ 13th in a row since losing to Class 4A Brooks 36-35 on Sept. 28, 2018. Mars Hill will face Cherokee this week and then have its rematch with the Lions the following Friday.
Several outstanding efforts were reported for special teams from last weekend’s games.
OTHER SPECIAL TEAMS PERFORMANCES REPORTED
ANTION LEEK, CEDAR BLUFF: Returned a punt blocked by teammate Ethan Hammock for a touchdown with 37 seconds left in the second quarter of the Tigers' 14-7 overtime win against Sand Rock. The win was the first for Coach Jonathan McWhorter over Cedar Bluff’s Cherokee County rivals at home at L.D. Bruce Field in five tries.
JAMICHAEL ROGERS, BESSEMER CITY: Punted for a 43-yard average as Bessemer City (3-0) beat McAdory 15-7. He also had nine tackles, including a sack, and caught two passes in the win.
HUNTER PERRY, ENTERPRISE: Connected on field goals of 34 and 45 yards in the second half to help the Wildcats beat Smiths Station 27-24. He also booted all three extra-point attempts for 11 total points in the win and punted three times for a 39.7 average.
ALEX McPHERSON, FORT PAYNE: Had a field goal of more than 50 yards for the second week in a row to help Fort Payne beat Mae Jemison 31-30. He kicked a 57-yarder versus Albertville last week and nailed a 56-yarder in the one-point win over the Jaguars. He also was 4-for-4 on extra-point kicks.
DAVIS WINGATE, EUFAULA: Kicked field goals of 26 and 46 yards and made three extra points in Eufaula's 27-13 win over Sidney Lanier.
JACKSON LANDERS, VINA: Ran back a punt 64 yards for a touchdown, added rushing TDs of 34 and 51 yards and fired a 47-yard pass to Braden Moomaw for a fourth score in a 58-18 win over Cherokee.
SEAN YOUNG, PIEDMONT: Blocked a punt and recovered a fumble in the Bulldogs' 27-15 comeback win over Randolph County.
JASON PEREZ, COLLINSVILLE: Kicked a 41-yard field goal for the Panthers’ only points and also had a big defensive play with a fumble recovery to stop one Fyffe drive in a 24-3 loss to the defending Class 2A state champion Red Devils.
MEES DuCROO de JONGH, SCOTTSBORO: The junior kicker was 6-of-6 on extra points, giving him 12-of-12 on the season, to help Scottsboro beat Guntersville 42-14.
KARMICHIAEL CATTLING, WESTBROOK CHRISTIAN: Returned a kick 90 yards for one score and rushed for 158 yards and two touchdowns in the Warrior’ 63-20 win over West End.
WILL EDWARDS, WESTBROOK CHRISTIAN: Was 8-for-8 on extra points in the Warriors’ 63-20 win over West End.
Scoring Explosion Captures AHSAA Offensive Spotlight
MONTGOMERY – Montevallo High School’s high-powered offense clicked on all cylinders in last week’s 68-40 victory over Jemison at Theron Fisher Stadium. The Bulldogs of Coach Brandon Wilcox scored nine touchdowns on drives that totaled just 22 plays – the longest taking five plays to reach the end zone. The icing came after the scores as Montevallo tied a state-record with seven two-point conversions.
And Wilcox’s team did it with senior all-state receiver J.J. Evans out of the lineup nursing an injury. The explosive effort put Montevallo in the AHSAA Offensive Spotlight this week as the prep football season moves to week four.
“It was pretty amazing,” said Wilcox. “Everything seemed to be working for us offensively.”
Senior quarterback Malik Inabinette was 15-of-18 passing for 366 yards and five touchdowns and scored a sixth touchdown on a 13-yard run for the Class 4 Bulldogs (3-1). Six of the touchdowns came on plays of 43 yards or longer. The nine scoring drives averaged just 2.4 players per series.
Receiver Jamarius Carter caught five passes for 121 yards and touchdowns of 43 and 64 yards. Kial Cottingham grabbed five receptions for 103 yards with an 18-yard TD catch. Kam’Ron Goins had four catches for 97 yards with a 47-yard TD reception. Deon Gilliland had a 45-yard TD pass on the first play of the game, and Joseph Anderson rushed 13 times for 132 yards and three touchdowns covering 16, 14 and 40 yards. His 60-yard run set up his first score, which came one play later.
The two-point conversions, which Wilcox said came on a variety of plays which his team runs in their normal offense, were scored by four different players. Gilliland and Anderson ran for two each, and Inabinette threw passes to Carter and Goins for the other three. Carter caught two and Goins had one. Gilliland scored 15 two-point conversions in 2018.
As for the state record, Class 1A Berry High School had seven in a 68-0 win over Brilliant in 2015. Quarterback James Raines completed passes for all seven. He finished the season with 33 – 30 passing and three running. He finished his career passing and runner for 61 successful two-pointers.
W.S. Neal of East Brewton scored 41 in the 2012 season to set the AHSAA team season record for two-point conversions.
The 108 points scored by Montevallo and Jemison is the second most scored this season and the eighth game in 2019 that has generated 100 or more points by both teams. The Bulldogs play American Christian this week in a rematch of a game won by the Patriots 70-54 – a total of 124 points which was tops in the AHSAA in 2018.
Montevallo’s scoring machine edged out a 27-15 victory by Piedmont over Randolph County for the Offensive Spotlight. Quarterback Jack Hayes completed 15-of-35 pass attempts for 226 yards and four touchdowns as the Bulldogs downed Class 3A, Region 6 rival Randolph County – a victory which turned out to be the 150th for head coach Steve Smith at Piedmont. Hayes’ chief target was Ethan Swinford, who had eight catches for 143 yards and three touchdowns.
Smith, who is 150-28 and is currently in his 14th season, also coached 11 years at Cedar Bluff and owns a 235-73 overall head-coaching record in the AHSAA.
Other top performances reported from Week 3:
JALEN WHITE, DALEVILLE: Rushed for 302 yards on 36 carries with two touchdowns and added a two-point conversion in the Warhawks' 30-22 loss to G.W. Long.
CAULLIN LACY, FAITH ACADEMY: The Rams running back rushed 31 times for 300 yards and five touchdowns as the Rams beat 42-24.Mobile Christian.
JERRY BURTON, PRICEVILLE: Had 22 carries for 276 rushing yards and four touchdowns in a 42-24 victory over Randolph.
DAMON EASON, MAE JEMISON: Ran for 263 yards and four touchdowns in a 31-30 loss to Fort Payne.
ERIC WATTS, OPELIKA: Had 28 carries for 237 rushing yards and scored two touchdowns in a 33-32 win over Wetumpka.
AUSTIN GAVIN, SAINT JAMES: Piled up a career-high 238 rushing yards on 33 carries to lead the Trojans to a 26-7 win over Montgomery Academy. He had TD runs of 64 and 16 yards and teammate Alex Whisenhunt added 21 rush attempts for 138 yards with touchdowns of 24 and 53 yards.
KABREE JOHNSON, PARKER: Gained 238 yards rushing on 23 carries and scored on runs of 74, 20, 14 and 6 yards as Parker downed John Carroll Catholic 49-21. He also was 13-of-22 passing for 144 yards and two TDs to account for 384 total yards and six touchdowns in the win.
KEONDRICK HANKINS, MORTIMER JORDAN: Scored five rushing touchdowns in a 49-7 win over St. Clair County. He rushed for 137 yards on 13 carries with scoring runs of 6, 5, 43, 1 and 2 yards for the Blue Devils.
BRYAN GALLOWAY, GOSHEN: The quarterback rushed for 228 yards and two touchdowns as the Eagles downed Samson 42-21. His 80-yard scoring run highlighted Goshen's four-TD rally in the fourth quarter that sealed the win. He was also 7-of-10 passing for 58 yards.
NATE McCALLUM, ALEXANDRIA: Sparked the Valley Cubs to a 34-14 win over Boaz with 225 yards rushing and two touchdowns on 27 carries. His TD runs covered 6 and 24 yards. Teammate Ronnie Royal added 108 yards and two scores on 15 carries as Alexandria piled up 390 rushing yards on the night.
MARTAVIOUS GLANTON, ABBEVILLE: The Yellow Jackets’ quarterback rushed for 211 yards and four touchdowns on 16 carries and completed 6-of-9 passes for 86 yards in a 50-20 win over Geneva County.
BRYAN HOGAN, DESHLER: Needed only nine carries to gain 208 rushing yards and scored four touchdowns as the Tigers downed Central-Florence 40-20.
KELSTON FIKES, LEROY: Rushed for 192 yards and three touchdowns on just 12 carries, including a 60-yard scoring run on the Bears’ first play of the game, and the Bears won 40-14 over Southern Choctaw.
JACOB MANNING, SCOTTSBORO: Rushed for 187 yards on 28 carries with four touchdowns covering 4, 2, 8 and 13 yards to pace the Wildcats to a 42-14 win over Guntersville. Teammate Cam Ellis added 139 yards and two TDs on 15 carries.
CHRISTIAN IVEY, MONTGOMERY-CATHOLIC: Rushed for 146 yards and two touchdowns on 12 carries and passed for 126 to account for 272 total yards to lead the Knights past Alabama Christian 52-13. He was 5-of-10 passing. Teammate Darrell Gibson added 185 yards rushing on 14 carries and scored three TDs.
RON WIGGINS, JACKSONVILLE: Had 21 carries for 180 yards and scored on a 65-yard run as Jacksonville beat Cherokee County 35-28.
CAMERON SWEENEY, CARVER-MONTGOMERY: Had TD runs of 86 and 15 yards and rushed for 173 total yards on 11 carries as the Wolverines downed Class 7A Baker 34-19. Teammate Cole Williams added 82 yards rushing, 114 yards passing and rushing touchdowns of 2 and 73 yards early in the fourth quarter to break open a 21-19 game. He also passed for one TD.
DOMONIQUE THOMAS, OHATCHEE: Scored five touchdowns and rushed for more than 200 yards in a 50-7 victory over Cleveland.
DYLAN BLACKBURN, JAMES CLEMENS: Rushed nine times for 168 yards two TDs in a 49-0 victory over Huntsville.
DEE BECKWITH, FLORENCE: Ran for 165 yards on 19 carries, with TD runs of 22, 3, 18 and 6 yards, in a 55-24 victory over Bob Jones. He also completed two passes for 30 yards.
IKE ROWELL, FYFFE: Had 163 yards rushing with touchdowns of 45 and 2 yards as the Red Devils beat Collinsville 24-3 for their 18th straight win.
TRENT DAVIS, ETOWAH: Rushed for 163 yards on seven carries with touchdowns of 1 and 81 yards, all in the first half, in a 58-13 win over Sardis.
B.J. BAKER, VALLEY: Rushed for 151 yards and two touchdowns as the Rams beat Greenville 20-14.
DAVID HALL, ONEONTA: Had 123 yards rushing and three touchdowns and teammate Collin Moon added 126 yards as the Redskins snapped a three-game losing streak to Hokes Bluff with a 44-13 win. The setback was the first road loss for Hokes Bluff since 2017 and ended a 12-game road winning streak.
HARRISON BARKER, SPAIN PARK: Completed 28-of-45 passes for 357 yards and three touchdowns in a 49-35 loss to Mountain Brook.
Alex Howell, Murphy: Produced 374 yards of total offense, tossed three touchdown passes and ran for another as Murphy beat Mary Montgomery 30-21.
LUKE STAMBA, HELENA: Had 261 total yards, including 171 passing and 90 rushing, in a 28-24 win over Homewood. He passed for two scores and rushed for another.
PATE OWEN, HOMEWOOD: Passed for 284 yards and three TDs in a 28-24 loss to Helena.
AVERY SEATON, MADISON ACADEMY: Was 12-of-15 passing for 278 yards and three touchdowns in the Mustangs’ 45-7 win over Brewer. He also rushed for 122 yards on nine carries with another TD. He had a 63-yard completion to Clay Pitsinos and a 61-yard run that set up another TD.
ETHAN TEAL, DALE COUNTY: Completed 13-of-23 passes for 254 yards and five touchdowns and rushed for 51 yards and a sixth score as the Warriors downed Ashford 52-33.
AUSTIN McCARDLE, COTTONWOOD: Was 6-of-7 passing for 259 yards and four touchdowns in the Bears' 65-0 win over Barbour County. He also added a 9-yard TD run.
BRODY DAVIS, OPELIKA: Was 20-of-32 passing for 236 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Bulldogs past Wetumpka 33-32.
LOGAN SMOTHERS, MUSCLE SHOALS: Was 10-of-13 passing for 171 yards and three touchdowns in the Trojans’ 35-14 win over Hartselle. He also rushed for 118 yards and a fourth TD on 10 carries and finished with 289 total yards and four touchdowns.
T.J. FRANKLIN, LEE-MONTGOMERY: Passed for 224 yards and two touchdowns as unbeaten Lee (4-0) posted a key 19-14 Class 7A, Region 2 road victory over Auburn. Demarsha Davis hauled in five catches for 98 yards and a touchdown. He also scored on a 65-yard run.
JADEN CHATMAN, WHITE PLAINS: Completed 15-of-22 passes for 223 yards and three touchdowns in a 31-20 win over Ashville. He also rushed for one score.
BRADY TROUP, ETOWAH: Completed 9-of-11 passes for 222 yards and touchdown passes of 25, 61 and 54 yards to NyNy Davis, all in the first half, in a 58-13 win over Sardis. Davis had four catches for 135 yards and also returned a punt 60 yards for another score.
STROTHER GIBBS, MOUNTAIN BROOK: Completed 9-of-11 passes for 183 yards and two touchdowns and ran 19 times for 120 yards and four touchdowns in a 49-35 victory over Spain Park.
JAYVIUS LANGFORD, PARK CROSSING: Passed for 173 yards and three touchdowns on 9-of-17 attempts and also rushed for 71 yards on six carries as the Thunderbirds (1-3) beat Dothan (2-2) 42-27 for the first win in new head coach Clayton Harris’ Park Crossing tenure.
J GREENE, ST. PAUL’S EPISCOPAL: Completed 15-of-23 passes for 176 yards and two touchdowns and also ran seven times for 38 yards and a score as the Saints defeated Blount 29-20.
KIYLE HIPP, COTTAGE HILL CHRISTIAN: Completed 12-of-19 passes for 166 yards and four touchdowns, including the game winner in the third overtime, as the Warriors nipped Washington County 48-42.
KALEB JONES, COLLINSVILLE: Quarterback Kaleb Jones was also 14-of-24 passing for 135 yards and added 56 yards rushing for 191 total yards in a 24-3 setback at Fyffe.
WILL NOLES, WESTBROOK CHRISTIAN: Accounted for five touchdowns with three passing and two rushing as the Warriors beat West End 63-29. He was 4-of-7 passing for 148 yards and TDs covering 49, 48 and 23 yards. He also scored on runs of 1 and 4 yards.
EMMANUEL HENDERSON, GENEVA COUNTY: The Bulldogs’ running back caught six passes for 210 yards, including TD receptions of 60 and 67 yards, and had 98 rushing yards on 11 carries in a 50-20 loss to Abbeville.
SEAN ZERKLE, ST. JOHN PAUL II CATHOLIC: Hauled in nine catches for 148 yards and three TDs and also added an interception on defense in a 24-19 loss to Fairview.
LAKE BELL, NORTHSAND MOUNTAIN: Caught three passes for 134 yards and three touchdowns as the Thundering Herd beat Asbury 44-0. His TD connections covered 55, 31 and 48 yards.
WILLIAM FORD, PARK CROSSING: Snagged five receptions for 119 yards and three touchdowns in a Class 6A, Region 2 win over Dothan.
SAM REYNOLDS, THOMPSON: Caught three passes for 76 yards and two TDs and returned the game’s opening kickoff 95 yards for a score as the Warriors (4-0) beat Oak Mountain 51-14 to improve to 2-0 in Class 7A, Region 3.
JAYLIN PETERSON, RAMSAY: Caught six passes for 111 yards and two TDs in a 47-19 victory over Pleasant Grove.
MIKEY McINTOSH, MUSCLE SHOALS: Caught four passes for 99 yards and two touchdowns as Muscle Shoals beat Hartselle 35-14.
AHSAA Defensive Spotlight for Week 3
MONTGOMERY -- Muscle Shoals High School senior inside linebacker Jackson Bratton recorded 15 tackles in the undefeated Trojans’ 35-14 win over Hartselle last Friday to capture the AHSAA Football Defensive Spotlight for Week 3.
The University of Alabama early commit was the leader on a defense that is allowing just 9.0 points per game. Coach Scott Basden’s defense currently ranks third in Class 6A this season behind Paul Bryant (6.3 ppg) and Oxford (8.7ppg). Bratton had a sack, fumble recovery and a pass break-up in his effort versus the Tigers. The pass break-up resulted in an interception by teammate Aiden Gay that resulted in an 87-yard return and a touchdown. Fellow inside linebacker Malik Smith also had 14 tackles and two sacks, and Gay finished the night with two interceptions.
Bratton edged out two other outstanding defensive performances for this week’s Spotlight. Leroy King had 18 tackles in a 31-7 loss to Pinson Valley and Cameron Whited totaled 17 stops as the Wildcats beat Guntersville 42-14. He had two sacks among his tackles.
Other top defensive performances reported include:
TOP DEFENSIVE PERFORMANCES
JAI’SHAWN CATTLING, WESTBROOK CHRISTIAN: Had 16 tackles in the Warriors’ 63-20 win over West End.
MAKEL AVERY, GOSHEN: Totaled 15 tackles to lead the Eagles defense in a 42-21 win over Samson.
ZACK PHILLIPS, ARITON: Recorded 14 tackles in the Purple Cats' 48-12 win over Houston County.
KEANDRAE PETERSON, LAFAYETTE: Returned an interception 95 yards for a touchdown and finished with four tackles and two sacks to lead the Bulldogs to a 50-16 win over Thorsby. He also rushed 12 times for 105 yards and three TDs on offense.
CHAZ POPE, SPRING GARDEN: Had 10 tackles on defense and caught three passes on offense for 76 yards, including a 42-yard touchdown with 3:40 remaining in the Panthers’ 26-14 win at Notasulga.
RAYMOND BRYANT, COTTONWOOD: Made two interceptions, returning one 51 yards for a touchdown, and also caught a 74-yard touchdown pass in the Bears' 65-0 win over Barbour County. Teammate Dylan McCardle also had two interceptions as Cottonwood picked off five passes overall.
KARSTEN THREATT, MIDFIELD: Had 12 tackles on defense as Midfield beat Vinemont 43-20. He also rushed for 158 yards and two touchdowns on six carries on offense.
BRADY JACKSON, SAND ROCK: Posted nine total tackles in the Wildcats' 14-7 overtime loss at Cedar Bluff.
REGGIE FOWLER, LEE-MONTGOMERY: Totaled nine tackles, including three sacks, in the Generals’ 19-4 win over Auburn. He also forced fumble and a fumble recovery.
KORY CHAPMAN, HOOVER: Returned an interception 40 yards for a TD and teammate Joseph Davis had another pick he returned for a 40-yard score as the Bucs downed Hewitt-Trussville 28-14.
MAC MAIN, SAINT JAMES: Had 10 tackles in the Trojans’ 26-7 win over Montgomery Academy.
ELI COBERN, BILLINGSLEY: Had nine tackles, including three sacks, to lead the Bears past Verbena 47-0.
KARON WHITE, SPARKMAN: Returned a fumble 60 yards for a touchdown – one of three defensive TDs for the Senators – in a 51-14 win over Grissom.
ELI CLARK, PIKE ROAD: Returned an interception 30 yards for a touchdown and Patriots teammate C.J. Paymon scooted 45 yards on a pick for another Pike Road defensive touchdown in a 63-16 win over Southside-Selma.
D.J. LEE, GAYLESVILLE: Had nine tackles and an interception in the Trojans’ 54-14 loss to Woodville. He also rushed for 101 yards on 24 carries and completed 5-of-11 passes for 88 yards and both Gaylesville TDs.
KAHARI McREYNOLDS, GENEVA: Had eight tackles, an interception and a fumble recovery on defense and rushed for 148 yards on 26 carries in the Panthers' 14-7 loss to Pike County.
JOHN MOORE, CHICKASAW: Had six tackles, including four sacks, forced a fumble and returned a fumble 43 yards for a score to lead the Chieftains past R.C. Hatch 38-14.
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