MONTGOMERY – Instant Replay had its first touchdown play reversed last week as the AHSAA’s DVSport Instant Replay program completed its sixth week of the 2018 season.
AHSAA Director of Officials Mark Jones reported four challenges from five games with one challenge reversed.
Central-Phenix City challenged a touchdown pass by Park Crossing at the 7:37 mark of third period. The Thunderbirds were facing and second down and 2 at the Central 3-yard line when a touchdown was signaled on the ensuing pass play. After review, which took only a minute and 39 seconds, it was determined the receiver never had possession of the ball and it the ground prior to possession. The touchdown was nullified. Central was penalized for illegal substitution on the play and the ball was moved half the distance to the goal and set for replay of second down.
None of the other three challenges, one by Minor versus Auburn, one by Lawrence County versus Decatur and one by Athens versus East Limestone, were reversed with the calls on the field stood as called. Two games using Instant Replay had no challenges.
On the season there has been Instant Replay in 36 games with a total of 28 challenges with five overturned – a percentage of 17.9%. This week there will be six games using DVSport Instant Replay, all on Friday, Sept. 28.
Seven games are slated to utilize DVSport Instant Replay this week with Vestavia Hills hosting its first game using instant replay Friday versus Hewitt-Trussville. A total of eight schools will be participating in the project this week for the first time, including: (4A) Elmore County; (5A) Arab and Jackson; (7A) Enterprise, Hewitt-Trussville, Spain Park, Sparkman and Vestavia Hills.
Nine games are slated to use instant replay Oct. 12 with eight more schools participating for the first time – bringing the total by week eight to 60.
Those games, with classification of each school, include:
FRIDAY, OCT. 5
· Arab (5A) at East Limestone (5A)
· Elmore County (4A) at Handley (4A), Roanoke
· Enterprise (7A) at Central-Phenix City (7A)
· Hewitt-Trussville (7A) at Vestavia Hills (7A)
· Jackson (5A) at Thomasville (3A)
· Sparkman (7A) at Austin (7A), Decatur
· Spain Park (7A) at Thompson (7A), Alabaster
FRIDAY, OCT. 12
· Benjamin Russell (6A) at Wetumpka (6A)
· Haleyville (4A) at Good Hope (4A)
· Jackson-Olin (6A) at Pelham (6A)
· Lee-Montgomery (7A) at Central (7A), Phenix City
· Phillips (1A) at Hackleburg (1A)
· Shades Valley (6A) at Oxford (7A)
· Smiths Station (7A) at Auburn (7A)
· Vestavia Hills (7A) at Thompson (7A), Alabaster
· Walker (5A) at Lawrence County (5A), Moulton
TOTAL SCHOOLS PARTICIPATING THUS FAR (43)
(At least one game)
Class 1A District Games
Hackleburg D-7 3
Hubbertville D-7 1
Sweet Water D-3 2
Waterloo D-7 1
Class 2A District Games
Tanner D-8 1
Class 3A District Games
Bayside Academy D-1 1
Thomasville D-1 2
Class 4A District Games
B.T. Washington D-4 1
Clarke County D-1 1
Cordova D-5 1
Good Hope D-8 3
Handley D-6 1
Oak Grove D-5 1
West Limestone D-8 1
Class 5A District Games
East Limestone D-8 3
Lawrence County D-7 2
Madison Academy D-8 1
West Point D-8 1
Wilcox Central D-3 1
Class 6A District Games
Athens D-8 1
Buckhorn D-8 1
Calera D-5 1
Carver-Montgomery D-3 1
Decatur D-8 2
Minor D-5 2
Opelika D-4 4
Oxford D-6 2
Park Crossing D-3 1
Pell City D-6 1
Pelham D-5 2
Pinson Valley D-5 1
Selma D-3 1
Wetumpka D-4 4
Class 7A District Games
Auburn D-4 4
Austin D-8 1
Baker D-1 1
Central-Phenix City D-4 3
Fairhope D-1 1
James Clemens D-8 1
Jeff Davis D-3 1
Oak Mountain D-5 2
Thompson D-5 2
Meridian (MS) NA 1
District Exposure Breakdown
District Schools Opportunities
D-1 5 6
D-2 0 0
D-3 6 7
D-4 5 16
D-5 8 12
D-6 3 4
D-7 4 7
D-8 11 16
Out-of-State 1 1
TOTAL 43 69
Class Exposure Breakdown
Class Schools Opportunities
1A 4 7
2A 1 1
3A 2 3
4A 7 9
5A 5 8
6A 14 24
7A 9 16
Out-of-State 1 1
TOTAL 43 69
MONTGOMERY – A gutsy call by Lincoln High School Coach Matt Zedaker to run a “hook and lateral” from inside the Bears’ own 1-yard line on fourth and 19 worked like a charm and catapulted Lincoln to a game-winning 99-yard touchdown in the final two minutes as the Golden Bears posted a 28-27 win over Munford last week to earn the AHSAA Football Spotlight for Week 5.
Tony Nathan fans remember the Miami Dolphins’ use of one of football’s most legendary “trick plays” in the 1982 AFC Championship Game versus San Diego when Nathan took a pitch from receiver Wide receiver Duriel Harris, who ran a “hook” route to catch 20-yard pass from quarterback Don Strock in the final seconds of the first half, then pitched to Nathan, who raced untouched the final 25 yards for a touchdown that ignited Miami to an overtime win over the Chargers.
The situation was more dire for Lincoln. The Bears (4-1) had built a 21-7 lead by halftime but saw that cushion evaporate in the second half when the Lions (1-5) took the lead late in the fourth period with a long play of its own. Munford senior Pernell Mitchell got loose on a 95-yard run to the Lincoln 1-yard line to set up a go-ahead TD. He was knocked out of bounds just shy of the goal line by Lincoln defensive back Montez “Teddy” Hall to prevent the TD. On the next play however, Munford quarterback Jay Tuck’s 1-yard sneak gave the visitors a 27-20 lead.
On the following series, Lincoln mishandled the kickoff and started the drive from its own 10-yard line. The Bears were called for intentional grounding on third down – just inches away from their end zone to set up the fourth-and-19 with 2:31 remaining. Zedaker decided to call the play that offensive coordinator Will Hill had introduced to the team just four days earlier at the team’s Monday practice.
Junior quarterback Javion Surles stepped into his end zone and fired a strike to sophomore receiver Brian Garrett just 10 yards from the right sideline. Junior running back Cam Reynolds sped around the corner and grabbed the perfect lateral from Garrett. He broke a tackle near the 10, out-raced a trio of Munford defenders hot in heels turning back toward the center of the field near the 50 and picked up good blocks from Tre Garrett and Hall. He somehow fought his way into the end zone to complete the state-record tying 99-yard touchdown pass play. The Bears converted the PAT and closed out the game with a fumble-causing sack on fourth down by Lincoln linebacker Jamichael Johnson and recovered by Keyshone Townsend to escape with the 28-27 win.
“It was a gutsy effort,” Zedaker told Talladega Daily Home sports writer Will Heath after the game. “You give a ton of credit to that Munford team. They fought hard in the second half. We’ve been preaching since the off-season, we have to play four quarters. As long as that final whistle hasn’t blown, you’re never out of it.”
Surles finished with 172 yards rushing, 119 yards passing and had a hand in all four touchdowns.
HOUSTON ACADEMY PRESENTS RIGGS WITH 309TH CAREER WIN: Houston Academy won its third straight game on the road and new Raiders coach Jamie Riggs reached a major career milestone with a 42-39 win over Florala. The veteran high school coach has now won 309 games as a head coach and is tied with retired coach Walden Tucker for second place in all-time wins in the state on the prep level. The all-time leader is Vestavia Hills’ Buddy Anderson (333-147-0), who captured his 333rd career victory Friday with the Rebels’ 41-21 triumph over Shades Valley. Now in his 41st season, all his career coaching wins have been for the Rebels. Fred Yancey of Briarwood Christian (314-113-1) is currently second among active coaches. However, his record in the AHSAA is 273-93. His other wins came at out-of-state schools.
Chase Swain keyed the victory over Florala rushing for 237 yards and three touchdowns, including a 3-yarder with 1:25 left to give the Raiders the three-point win. Swain also scored on runs for 51 yards and 1 yard. Riggs (309-82) came out of retirement this year to take over a struggling Houston Academy program that was spiraling in a 19-game losing streak when he arrived. The Raiders are currently 4-1 on the season.
Other prep coaches with ties to the AHSAA with 300 wins include Jimmie Moore (317-105-5) and Billy Livings (315-108-4). Moore, who won over 200 games in Mississippi, closed his career at Colbert County going 91-30 with three Class 3A state championships in nine seasons with the Indians before retiring. Livings, who started the Jeff Davis program in 1968, was 104-22-4 with the one 6A state championship (1978) over 12 seasons for the Vols before closing out his career with 211 wins at Vero Beach (FL).
Two active AHSAA coaches are approaching 300 wins, Terry Curtis of UMS-Wright (294-85-0) and Danny Horn of Central-Clay County (190-85-0). Both have coached their entire careers in in the AHSAA.
RUDOLPH HAULS WAY INTO AHSAA RECORD BOOK: Cottage Hill Christian receiver Samario Rudolph nabbed six receptions for 269 yards and five touchdowns as Cottage Hill (5-0) improved to 5-0 for the first time since joining the AHSAA in 2008 with a 35-3 win over Bayside Academy. His 269 yards tied for 10th in the AHSAA Record Book for most yards receiving in a single game, and the five TD receptions ties five others for second most receiving touchdowns in state history. The record (6) is shared by three receivers, including the Ja’Michael Willis of Gardendale, the most recent to accomplish the feat with six in a 51-26 win over Bessemer City in 2010.
HEADLAND’S DRU NEWMAN SPARKS COME-FROM-BEHIND VICTORY: With Headland trailing 27-16 with just over four minutes remaining, Newman scored two TDs on a 55-yard run and 40-yard punt return to help the Rams (5-0) remain unbeaten with a 32-27 win over previously undefeated Pike Road (5-1). K’Shun Stokes scored two 2-point conversions after each TD for the final margin. The Rams of Coach Danny Raines are unbeaten at 5-0 for the first time since 1988, when Headland opened the season 8-0 and finished 10-2.
Coach Patrick Browning’s Patriots suffered their first loss in what is their new era – competing at the varsity level for the first time since 1933 – 84 years ago. Newman finished with six tackles and two interceptions on defense, 92 yards rushing on eight carries and a 2-point conversion.
DOUGLAS SNAPS 19-GAME LOSING STREAK: Quarterback Jonathan Ray threw two touchdown passes (45 and 22 yards) and scored on an 18-yard run as the Eagles snapped a 19-game losing streak with a 37-6 win over Brindlee Mountain.
Other highlights reported include:
JACOB DENDY, ALBERTVILLE: Ran for a school-record 349 yards and five touchdowns on 24 carries as Albertville beat Boaz 32-27. His scoring runs covered 42, 52, 45, 6 and 78 yards). In the same game, Christian Collins of Boaz gained 308 yards on 36 carries and scored four times (1, 2, 4 and 46 yards).
ZAYE BOYD, RUSSELLVILLE: Rushed 20 times for 267 yards and 3 touchdowns as Russellville (5-0) remained unbeaten with a 35-19 win over Haleyville.
ROYDELL WILLIAMS, HUEYTOWN: Ran 21 times for 316 yards and TD runs of 43, 49, 54 and 48 yards as the Gophers defeated Cullman 42-7.
EYREN BOYD, FULTONDALE: Accumulated 257 yards rushing and three touchdowns on 22 carries to lead the Wildcats past John Carroll Catholic 55-26.
DARRELL GIBSON, MONTGOMERY-CATHOLIC: Gained 249 yards on 26 rush attempts and scored two rushing TDs in a 29-28 loss to Beauregard. He also caught a 44-yard TD pass.
KATON COLEMAN, GREENE COUNTY: Piled up 233 yards rushing and scored five touchdowns in the Tigers’ 32-30 win over Sumter Central.
DESHONTAE KIRKLAND, ASHFORD: Had 18 carries for 206 yards and four touchdowns as Ashford beat Houston County 28-18. His TD runs covered 38, 12, 1 and 15 yards.
A.J. PHILLIPS, CHICKASAW: Rushed for 151 yards and two touchdowns on nine carries – all in the second half -- to help Chickasaw overcome a 21-0 halftime deficit on the way to a 28-21 win over St. Michael’s Catholic.
CURTIS WILSON, JEFF DAVIS: Rushed for 176 yards on 26 carries and scored two touchdowns in a 26-21 win over Sidney Lanier.
LUKE WELSH, SPRING GARDEN: Ran for 175 yards on 23 carries and scored two touchdowns (14, 29 yards) in the Panthers’ 35-0 victory over Sand Rock.
ISAIAH PERDUE, MADISON COUNTY: Rushed 12 times for 172 yards and three touchdowns in a 27-7 win over New Hope.
DARRIAN MEADS, HOKES BLUFF: Playing in the first half and one series on the second half, the junior halfback rushed 14 times for 167 yards and four touchdowns in the Eagles’ 47-7 win over Glencoe. He scoring runs covered 47, 38, 1 and 6 yards.
PAYTON ANDERSON, FYFFE: Had 12 carries for 163 yards and three touchdowns as Fyffe (5-0) beat Plainview 55-7. He now has 63 carries for 724 yards and 18 TDs on the season. He also has seven kick returns for 293 yards and two TDs. He is averaging 41.9 yards per return.
TERRANCE WEBSTER, CARVER-MONTGOMERY: Had 19 carries for 133 yards and one TD and had a 31-yard run to set up the Wolverines’ winning score with 53 seconds remaining in a 21-20 win over Lee-Montgomery.
TEDARRIAN MURRAY, LEE-MONGOMERY: Rushed for 143 yards on nine carries and scored all three touchdowns for the Generals on runs of 35, 13 and 31 yards as Lee fell 21-20 to Carver-Montgomery.
DYLAN PETERSON, PELHAM: Had four rushing touchdowns and 134 yards on 15 carries in the Panthers’ 52-21 win over Oak Mountain.
ZAVIEN WILKINS, ALICEVILLE: Scored a touchdown in each overtime to lead the Yellow Jackets (4-1) to a 16- win over Pickens County. His TD runs covered 1 and 10 yards. The teams battled to a scoreless tie at the end of regulation.
WILLIAM GUTHERIE, ADDISON: The Bulldogs’ quarterback rushed for two touchdowns, threw for a TD and caught a pass for another score as Addison won its homecoming game over Vinemont 38-12. He also passed for three 2-point conversion after touchdowns.
PAUL TYSON, HEWITT-TRUSSVILLE: Completed 16-of-25 passes for 207 yards, including three touchdowns, to set a new Hewitt-Trussville career passing touchdown record, as the Huskies beat Huffman 41-0. Brandon Cox held the previous record (50) in a career that spanned 2000-01.
NICHOLAS SELLERS, JOHN CARROLL CATHOLIC: Had a 25-of-46 passing performance for 307 yards and two touchdowns in the Cavaliers’ 55-26 loss to Fultondale.
CORNELIUS BROWN, CALERA: Passed for 271 yards and four touchdowns in a 34-33 loss to Bibb County.
CADE PRICE, SLOCOMB: The Red Tops quarterback had a 200-200 night with five touchdowns, rushing for 203 yards and four touchdowns on 20 carries and completing 12-of-17 passes for 232 yards and another TD in a 35-32 loss to Ariton.
AARON DOVE, FALKVILLE: Completed 15-of-19 passes for 233 yards and five touchdowns (47, 12, 2, 20 and 2 yards) ran for a 48-yard TD and completed a 2-point pass in a 48-28 win over Priceville.
LANDON GREEN, NORTH SAND MOUNTAIN: Was 10-of-17 passing for 232 yards and two touchdowns and ran for two scores in a 44-15 win over Sylvania.
GOOSE CROWDER, GARDENDALE: Passed for 224 yards and two touchdowns on a 16-of-26 performance as the Rockets nipped Hazel Green 16-9. He also rushed for 42 yards.
KOURTLAND MARSH, MORTIMER JORDAN: Was 15-of-23 passing for 222 yards and a touchdown and added two TD runs in the Blue Devils’ 41-0 win over Hayden.
CAMERON MORSON, DECATUR: Was 7-of-11 passing for 168 yards and three touchdowns (8, 75 and 11 yards) and scored on a 2-yard run in a 35-7 win over Lawrence County.
LAKE SPURGEON, BROOKS: Passed for 199 yards and scooted into the end zone for a 7-yard TD with 53 seconds left and then ran the deciding 2-point conversion as the Lions came from behind to be Mars Hill Bible 36-35.
JACKSON ELKIINS, WINFIELD: Was 12-of-17 passing for 204 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for another score in the Pirates’ 38-14 win over Hamilton. Teammate Chris Broyles also rushed for 173 yards and two TDs.
IAN THIES, WESTMINSTER CHRISTIAN: Completed 15-of-20 passes for 205 yards and a 40-yard TD in a 48-0 win over rival Randolph.
KARSON GREEN, SATSUMA: Was 7-of-8 passing for 200 yards and two touchdowns, all in the first half, in a 54-0 win over Pleasant Home.
TREY LINDSEY, MONTGOMERY ACADEMY: Let MA to a 24-23 win over Trinity Presbyterian with a 12-of-20 passing performance for 190 yards and two touchdowns. He also made an interception on defense.
CAIDEN LIPSCOMB, COOSA CHRISTIAN: Completed 18-of-31 passes for 187 yards, including a game-winning 25-yard TD strike to Evan Delp as the Conquerors beat Victory Christian 10-7.
TYQUAN RAWLS, WETUMPKA: Completed 7-of-10 passes for 133 yards and four TDs and rushed for 127 yards and a 59-yard TD as the Indians beat Prattville 49-23. He had 260 total yards.
TRA’ EDWARDS, PRATTVILLE: Completed 10-of-22 passes for 184 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 118 yards on 18 carries as the Lions fell to Wetumpka 49-23.
AARON DOVE, FALKVILLE: Passed for five touchdowns and also ran for one in Falkville’s 48-28 win over Priceville.
JOHN-MICHAEL RILEY, BOB JONES: Caught seven passes for 227 yards and four touchdowns (70, 57, 32 and 51 yards) in a 35-21 win over Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa.
JAYLON STEVENSON, HOLY SPIRIT CATHOLIC: Snared 12 receptions for 135 yards and two touchdowns as the Titans (5-10 beat Fayetteville 31-0.
JACE STEWART, SLOCOMB: Caught 10 passes for 156 yards, including a 56-yard touchdown pass, in the Red Tops' 35-32 loss to Ariton.
ZION BLACK, ROGERS: Returned a fumble and interceptions for touchdowns as Rogers beat Lauderdale County 35-14.
ZYDARIEN BROWN, HOUSTON COUNTY: Recorded 19 tackles the Lions’ 28-18 loss to Ashford. Teammate Dorien Collier also had 13 stops.
DERICKEY WRIGHT, ETOWAH: Intercepted two passes, returning one 37 yards for a touchdown, and rushed for a 5-yard touchdown and a two-point conversion to lead the unbeaten Blue Devils (6-0) to a 21-14 win over Fort Payne.
COLTON ADAMS, WETUMPKA: The Indians’ linebacker had 14 tackles and two sacks in a 49-23 victory over Prattville.
JACOB BURLESON, CEDAR BLUFF: Returned an interception 50 yards for a touchdown in the Tigers’ 55-0 win at Gaylesville. Teammate Ambre Leek also had a 69-yard fumble return for another Cedar Bluff defensive score.
VONTA BENTLEY, JACKSON-OLIN: The senior linebacker’s 17 tackles anchored a defense that earned its second shutout in the last three weeks as the Mustangs blanked Clarke County 22-0. The shutout included a successful goal-line stand that started with first-and-goal at the 3.
ANDREW WADE, McADORY: Intercepted two passes to lead the Yellow Jackets to a 10-0 win over Greensboro – limiting the Raiders to just 61 yards total offense.
BENNETT WHISENHUNT, VESTAVIA HILLS: Totaled nine tackles and an interception in the Rebels’ 41-21 win over Shades Valley.
KRIS BRAMBLETT, BREWER: Returned an interception 55 yards for one TD and caught two TD passes as the Patriots downed West Morgan 60-14.
ANDY LAMB, HARTSELLE: Intercepted a pass on the final play over overtime to give Hartselle the 14-7 win over undefeated Briarwood Christian.
DYLAN CREECH, GENEVA: Finished with 11 tackles, including two quarterback sacks, in the Panthers' 16-0 shutout over Samson. Creech also had a 20-yard TD catch in the game.
CONNER GERMAN, HEADLAND: Recorded 16 tackles and also caused a fumble in the Rams' 32-27 win over Pike Road.
HORANDO WHEELER, PIKE COUNTY: Accounted for 10 tackles, including two for losses, in the Bulldogs' 20-14 win over previously unbeaten Abbeville.
ZACH PYRON, FYFFE: Intercepted a pass and returned it 40 yards for one TD, was 3-of-4 passing for 64 yards and rushed for 92 yards and a TD on seven carries as the Red Devils beat Plainview 55-7,
ERIC THOMAS, VIGOR: Managed 11 tackles, including a sack and three others for losses, as the Wolves (5-0) downed Murphy 21-7.
JACKSON LEACH, PAUL BRYANT: Booted three field goals, including a 31-yarder as time expired, to life Paul Bryant past Mae Jemison 29-26.
NOAH ALLISON, J.B. PENNINGTON: Kicked two field goals, including a 27-yarder with two seconds remaining, to lift the Tigers past Cleveland 31-28. He was also 16-of-29 passing for 236 yards and a TD.
SAM RAYBORN, FAIRHOPE: Booted two field goals, including a 32-yarder in overtime, as the Pirates nipped Daphne 21-17.
CALEB McDOUGLE, MUSCLE SHOALS: Blocked a punt that set up Trojans’ only touchdown, blocked a field-goal attempt and had an interception in the Class 6A Trojans’ 10-7 win over Class 7A rival Florence.
LEE WITHERSPOON, NORTH JACKSON: Returned a punt 60 yards and an interception 65 yards for two touchdowns and rushed for 127 yards and two more scores on 15 carries to lead the Chiefs (5-0) past Scottsboro 56-3. The victory snapped a three-game losing streak to the Wildcats in a series that has been played annually since North Jackson opened in its doors in 1988. The Chiefs hold a 21-10 edge in the series.
NICK POWE, MARY MONTGOMERY: Returned a kickoff 97 yards for a touchdown and caught three passes for 39 yards and another score in the Vikings’ 27-19 win over Citronelle.
T.J. FAIRS, PIEDMONT: Returned a punt 44 yards for a touchdown in the Bulldogs’ 28-21 loss to Jacksonville.
JAMEL ROBINSON, R.A. HUBBARD: Returned a kickoff 80 yards for a touchdown and caught a 75-yard TD pass in R.A. Hubbard’s 28-26 loss to Sheffield.
Video of the Hook & Lateral play by Lincoln can be seen here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EOv0oQneEls&feature=youtu.be&a
MONTGOMERY – Senior quarterbacks Taulia Tagovailoa of Thompson High School and Bo Nix of Pinson Valley headline the 2018 40-player All-Star roster for Alabama for the upcoming 32th annual Alabama-Mississippi Classic set to be played at Cramton Bowl on Monday, December 17 at 6:30 p.m.
The squad was announced by Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association (AHSADCA) Director Jamie Lee. The AHSADCA, in conjunction with the Mississippi Association of Coaches (MAC), administers the all-star game each year. Raycom Media will be televising the game live.
Alabama holds a 22-9 edge in the series, which began in 1988 at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. Mississippi won last year’s game at Hattiesburg 42-7 – the largest margin of defeat for Alabama in the series history.
“We thank the selection committee for doing an outstanding job selecting this year’s team,” Lee said. “We are excited about all the players chosen, but these two quarterbacks are special.”
Both quarterbacks have had already committed to Southeastern Conference Schools. Tagovailoa has committed to the University of Alabama, where his brother Tua is currently the starting quarterback. And Nix has committed to Auburn, where his dad and head coach Patrick Nix was a quarterback from 1992-95.
The team is comprised of 40 seniors selected by the AHSADCA All-Star Selection Committee, which has been meeting and studying players nominated for several months. The team must have at least one player chosen from each of the AHSAA’s eight districts and at least one player from each of the seven AHSAA classifications. Three players may be chosen from two AHSAA member schools, but no more than two players may be selected from any other member schools. Head coach is Josh Niblett of Hoover.
Tagovailoa has compiled an 18-1 record at Thompson High School since moving to Alabaster prior to the 2017 season. He led the state in passing last season completing 287-of-435 passes attempted for 3,820 yards and 36 touchdowns. He is off to an even faster start this season with 1,991 yards passing and was ranked second in the nation heading into last week. He is 144-of-225 with 20 touchdowns and just two interceptions while leading the Warriors to a 5-0 record thus far this season. He has passed for a career-high 507 yards in one game and has thrown for more than 400 yards in two other games.
Nix is 32-2 as a starter since his sophomore season. He led Scottsboro to a 12-1 record in 2016 and guided Pinson Valley to a 15-0 season and the school’s first ever Class 6A state title last year as a junior while completing 196-of-307 passes for 2,872 yards and 35 TDs. He was named Super 7 Class 6A MVP in the finals. This season he is 82-of-156 for 1,194 yards and 13 touchdowns for the Indians (5-1). Nix has passed for 409 yards in one game.
Niblett, 197-50 overall with seven state titles to his credit, will be making his second head-coaching appearance in the All-Star Classic. He coached the Alabama team to a 21-13 win in 2009. The rest of his coaching staff includes Patrick Nix, Pinson Valley; Sam Adams, Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa; Shawn Rainey, Spain Park; Pat Thompson, Sweet Water; Clifford Story, Lanett; Clinton Smith, Hillcrest-Evergreen; Steve Mask, St. Paul’s Episcopal; and Jason Kervin, Hoover High School, who will serve as the scout coach.
Alabama’s All-Star team is loaded with players already committed to play in the SEC next season. One of the highest profile players, Oxford offensive lineman and AHSAA defending Class 6A heavyweight wrestling champion Clay Webb is still uncommitted – considering offers from virtually every major college in the U.S., including Alabama and Georgia – rumored to be his top choices at this time.
Other current Auburn commitments selected include Hoover receiver George Pickens, and Hewitt-Trussville receiver JA’Varrius Woolen-Johnson. Alabama commitments include defensive back Christian Williams of Daphne; defensive lineman D.J. Dale of Clay-Chalkville; offensive linemen Pierce Quick of Hewitt-Trussville and Amari Kight of Thompson; and Hoover place-kicker Will Reichard.
Other major-college commitments are defensive back Ray Thornton of Central-Phenix City and linebacker LaVonta Bentley of Jackson-Olin (Clemson); linebacker Kendall McCallum of Oxford (LSU); linebacker Brandon Mack of Jeff Davis (Pittsburgh); defensive back Desmond James of Spanish Fort (Mississippi State); defensive lineman Daevion Davis of James Clemens (Vanderbilt); defensive lineman LaDarrius Cox of McGill-Toolen Catholic (Tennessee); defensive lineman Checardo Person of Montgomery Catholic (Indiana); defensive lineman Patrick Lucas of Wetumpka (Ole Miss); running back Amontae Faison of Central-Phenix City (Arkansas); and receiver Trikweze Bridges of Lanett (Oregon).
The complete team is listed below.
2018 ALABAMA ALL-STAR ROSTER
Central - Phenix City
Josh Niblett, Hoover High School
Sam Adams, Hillcrest High School, Tuscaloosa
Shawn Raney, Spain Park High School
Pat Thompson, Sweet Water High School
Clifford Story, Jr., Lanett High School
Clinton Smith, Jr., Hillcrest High School, Evergreen
Steve Mask, St. Paul's Episcopal School
Patrick Nix, Pinson Valley High School
Jason Kervin, Hoover High School
MONTGOMERY – The NFHS Network’s subscriber-based AHSAA School Broadcast Program will live-stream 80 events tonight through October 4 – putting the AHSAA over 350 events on the year.
The headliner will be Friday night’s Enterprise at Northview battle Dothan’s Rip Hewes Stadium, which will be the AHSAA/NFHS Network Game of the Week. Week 5 is a non-region week for most schools across the state, and this long-running rivalry pits the Class 6A Cougars and Class 7A Wildcats, both looking to use the contest as a chance to gain momentum heading into the second half of the 2018 season.
The contest is one of 31 football games slated for the NFHS Network, tonight and Friday. Enterprise High School’s NFHS Network School Broadcast Program will be producing the contest for the NFHS Network.
Coach David Faulkner, in his seventh season as head coach, has a career 67-51 record with a 38-33 slate with EHS. The Wildcats finished 10-2 in 2017 but struggled to 2-8 last year. Enterprise opened the year with two straight wins but lost to Prattville 46-28 last week to fall to 0-3 in Class 7A, Region 2 last week. The program is a proud one with a 644-315-34 record overall and two state titles.
Northview and Enterprise have played annually since the Dothan school opened its doors in 1978. Coach Josh Parrish, in his second year as head coach, directed the Cougars to a 23-22 win over their rivals last year to help set the stage for a new beginning under his direction. Northview, 2-3 this season, is 1-2 in 6A, Region 3 after downing Russell County 38-23 last week. Northview has compiled a 191-230 record overall over the last 40 years with Parrish’s dad Harry Wayne Parrish guiding the Cougars to a 91-51 record in the school’s first 13 years of existence – including state championships in 1981 and 1985. Since he stepped down in 2000, his son became the ninth head coach at the school over the last 28 years.
A total of 50 football games, 29 volleyball matches and one dance/cheerleading competition are currently listed on the NFHS Network schedule log for tonight through next Thursday. Jeff Davis and Sidney Lanier will be live-streamed from Montgomery’s Cramton Bowl as part of the Montgomery Public Schools SBP tonight at 7 p.m. Other top games set for Friday include: unbeaten Class 5A Briarwood Christian (4-0) at unbeaten Class 6A Hartselle (4-0); Class 5A LeFlore (1-3) at Class 6A Saraland (5-0) in the Mobile area, Minor (2-3) at unbeaten Auburn (5-0) and Albertville (2-2) at Boaz (5-0) two other top games in East Alabama.
All seven classifications will be represented with Donoho broadcasting its home game with Berry in a 1A contest at Anniston.
Volleyball action continues to have a strong presence on the NFHS Network beginning tonight with three varsity matches. Enterprise hosts Prattville, Eufaula hosts Northview and Smiths Station hosts Auburn tonight.
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MONTGOMERY – Jasper High School’s Lady Vikings (29-3) powered to eight straight victories last week, including going 6-0 to win the Spain Park Heffstrong Invitational Tourney, to claim the AHSAA Volleyball Spotlight this week.
Coach Bobby Daniel, who picked career victory 700 as Jasper finished second in a tourney in Tennessee two weeks ago, saw his team beat five teams ranked by al.com in their respective classifications including Class 6A Spanish Fort, the top-ranked team in Class 6A, in the finals of the Heffstrong tourney. His girls did not lose a single set.
McKinley Ferguson and Alex Oliver provided the power up front with 74 and 67 kills, respectively, for the Lady Vikings. Ferguson also had 30 service aces, and Oliver managed 19 blocks.
Daniel had taken four different schools to the AHSAA State Tournament semifinals, including Winston County, Curry and Arab, in addition to Jasper.
Walker’s strong performance for the week edged strong performances by Hazel Green and Carbon Hill for the AHSAA Volleyball Spotlight.
The Class 6A Trojans (31-8) were 11-1 on the week winning the Huntsville Ironman Tourney. Gracie Lynn Butler had 111 kills and 26 blocks, setter Catherine Smith dished out 211 assists and middle blocker Myah Magwood recorded 31 blocks.
Carbon Hill’s Alyssa Dutton had a killer week with 127 kills, 17 blocks, 71 digs and 24 service aces and the Bulldogs (36-3) won the Brooks Invitational to finish the week 13-0.
In other top performances reported for the week:
MACKENKZIE DAVIS, ATHENS BIBLE: Recorded 265 assists to surpass 2,000 for her career, and also had 40 kills in Athens Bible’s nine matches last week.
MARISSA KOCH, ST. JOHN PAUL II CATHOLIC: Totaled 93 kills and 48 digs in 11 matches.
MADISON CARTEE, DANVILLE: Slammed 79 kills, 15 aces and had 11 blocks in 10 matches for the Hawks.
JASMINE BROOKS, SPARKMAN: Had 75 kills and 33 digs in 10 matches last week.
RYA McKINNON, HOOVER: In two match wins over Thompson and Tuscaloosa County, McKinnon totaled 29 kills for the Bucs (20-4).
BAILEY JOHNSON, BROOKWOOD: In three matches, she recorded 31 kills, 7 assists and seven blocked shots as Brookwood (13-8) went 2-1.
MAGGIE WOOD, HORSESHOE BEND: Had 28 kills, 14 blocks and 29 aces as the Generals (18-2) won six matches and the Wadley Varsity Classic tourney title.
KENYA McQUIRTER, McGILL-TOOLEN CATHOLIC: Registered 22 kills as the Dirty Dozen (21-3) beat St. Paul’s Episcopal and Bayside Academy in regular-season matches.
ANN VANDEVELDE, MOUNTAIN BROOK: Helped the Spartans (25-5) go 9-2 with 238 assists and 88 digs for the week.
SAVANAH FREE, DANVILLE: Recorded 234 assists, 19 aces and 40 digs in 10 matches.
LEIGHANNA TRALONGO, BOB JONES: Had 196 assists as the Patriots (23-6) went 8-2 for the week.
JOY MULLINS, WESTMINSTER CHRISTIAN: Picked up 196 assists as WCA finished 6-3 on the week.
LAEKYN BENNETT, LAWRENCE COUNTY: Had 190 assists and 17 digs as the Lady Red Devils (31-6) won eight of nine matches.
KAYLA KESHOCK, SPANISH FORT: Posted 178 assists as the Toros (27-3) tolled to eight wins in nine tries last week. Spanish Fort lost to Jasper in the finals of the Spain Park Heffstrong Tourney.
ISABELLE FUELL, HUNTSVILLE: Totaled 175 assists, 33 service aces and 49 digs in 10 matches for the Panthers (15-10), who won seven of 10 matches on the week.
MADELYN DIZON, LINDSAY LANE: Had 144 assists and 33 kills to lead Lindsay Lane (23-7) to an 8-1 record and runner-up finish to West Point at the Priceville Invitational.
LAUREN HUNT, SOUTHSIDE-GADSDEN: Had 135 assists as the Panthers were 6-2 to finish second in the Sandy Hunter Invitational to host Pleasant Valley.
BEATRICE LINDQUIST, MARY MONTGOMERY: Accounted for 118 assists and 29 digs in six matches.
BRINKLEY HEARN, FAITH ACADEMY: Had 100 assists, 43 digs and eight service aces as the Rams (17-11) went 6-1 en route to the title at the Battle of the Bridge Tourney.
VICTORIA SCHMER, CHELSEA: Helped the Hornets (27-4) win eight matches, capturing the championship of the Hewitt-Trussville Husky Challenge. She had 114 digs and 20 service aces.
MADALYNN OWEN, PRICEVILLE: Had 110 digs in nine Priceville matches to lead her team to a 7-2 record for the week.
MEGAN EDMOUNDS, BAKER: Had 38 digs and six service aces in two wins for the Hornets (14-5).
LAURA LEE KEENER, CENTRAL-FLORENCE: Managed 85 digs and 15 service aces in seven matches over the week.
TAYLOR BROWN, WILSON: Had 64 digs and Tori Walker had 25 blocks as Wilson (22-8) finished the week 6-2.
LEXIE DISHNER, PHILLIPS: Had 60 digs, 162 assists and 14 aces as Phillips (17-7) went 5-3.
KRISTEN BLACK, SARALAND: Managed 53 digs, 55 kills and nine aces as the Spartans (13-3) finished second to Faith Academy at the Battle of the Bridge tourney. Saraland was 6-1 for the week.
MONTGOMERY – Thompson High School senior McKenzie Hogue turned in the fastest 5,000-meter time of the 2018 AHSAA cross country season last weekend winning the prestigious Scottsboro Classic Invitational girls’ Class 5A/7A championship race with a time of 18:13.66. The impressive victory earned the Thompson runner this week’s AHSAA Cross Country Spotlight.
A field of 292 girls competed in the race held at the John R. Esslinger Trail, aptly named for the legendary former Scottsboro High School track and cross country coach who was inducted into the Alabama High School Sports Hall of Fame in 2010 and the Madison County Sports Hall of Fame in 2011.
Hogue, who was the only runner to earn www.alabamarunners.com Golf Elite Status at the Classic, trimmed 50 seconds off her 2017 time that earned her runner-up. She captured two firsts in the Class 7A 1,600 and 3,200 meters at the 2018 AHSAA Indoor and Outdoor State Track Championships last school year as a junior and was second to McGill-Toolen Catholic senior Grace Jensen at the 2017 AHSAA Class 7A State Cross Country Championships. Hogue clocked her best overall time in that race (18:12.57) and was only a second off that time last weekend.
Junior Lily Hulsey of Mountain Brook was second at 19:03.27 and Huntsville senior Abby Weitenbeck third with a 19:04.33 finish. The Spartans won the girls’ team title in the 5A/7A division with 29 points. Homewood was second with Huntsville third with 118 points in the 25-team field.
Rogers junior Jaycee Biffle crossed the finish line in 21:28.44 to win the Class 1A/4A division title in the field of 156 runners. In all, 448 girls’ runners competed in the Scottsboro Classic.
The boys’ Class 5A/7A race that featured 441 participants came down to just three as Will Pinson of Huntsville edged Hunter Harwell of Mountain Brook and Sam Moultrie of Guntersville to win the race. Only five seconds separated the trio. Pinson, a freshman, clocked 15:52.38 and Harwell, a senior, crossed the finish line at 15:55.60. Moultrie, a junior, came in at 15:57.63.
Huntsville emerged as the team champion with 39 points. Host Scottsboro was second with 84 and Mountain Brook third with 124.
Westbrook Christian senior Mitchell Cook beat a field of 185 in the Class 1A/4A division with a winning time of 17:18.30. Raleigh Stamps of Rogers was second at 17:31.29, and Cook’s Westbrook teammate Jonah Morris third clocking 17:44.96. Pleasant Valley won the team competition with five runners finishing in the top 24. The Raiders had 71 points, Ohatchee was second with 107 and Westbrook third with 112.
In other performances reported, thanks to www.alabamarunners.com and www.xpresstiming.com:
PRESLEY MILES, SAINT JAMES: The sophomore from Montgomery clocked 18 :42.91 to win the TCBY Invitational cross country championship 1A/4A division race held at Munny Sokol Park in Tuscaloosa. American Christian senior Isabella Lovvorn was second. Cold Springs won the team title with 52 points while American Christian and Saint James tied for second with 55 points each. Fifty-nine runners and seven teams competed.
HALEY STALLWORTH, HOOVER: Captured first place in the TCBY Large-School (5A/7A) competition of 98 participants at the TCBY Invitational at Tuscaloosa’s Munny Sokol Park with a time of 21:01.23. The senior set the pace as four Bucs runners crossed in the first six finishers. Sophomore Alyssa Halcomb was second with a 21:28 .022 time. Hoover totaled 24 points to claim the team championship with Cullman second with 43 points.
SAMANTHA ROGERS, AUBURN: The junior crossed the finish line first with a winning time of 19:23.22 to win the Central Alabama Cross Country Invitational varsity girls’ race hosted by Montgomery Catholic High School at Montgomery’s Gateway Park. The Lady Tigers posted a perfect team score of 15 points placing runners in the first five finishers. Harper McGowan was second for Auburn at 19:39.02. All five girls clocked 20:00.10 or faster. Montgomery Catholic took second with 62 points. Senior Amaris Tyynismaa, who holds the all-time state record for girls’ cross country (17.03), did not compete in the field of 71 runners.
TIMBERLY TOMLIN, CENTRAL-CLAY COUNTY: Clocked 25.47.2 to finish second individually and helped the Volunteers win their own Volunteer Spirit Classic meet at Lineville. Central scored 57 points and runner-up Randolph County had 71.
JONATHAN JENKINS, BEAUREGARD: The senior finished first at the Spencer (GA) Invitational held at Columbus (GA) with a time of 16:27.28. Teammate Joseph Perrella, a junior, was ninth with a 17:56.21 time, and Valley junior Dylan Landreth clocked 17:56.42 to finish 10th among the field of 72 runners. Valley took third place with 98 points finishing behind Georgia schools Brookstone (38) and Harris County (66). Beauregard was fourth with 130.
EVAN ROGERS, AUBURN: Ran the 5,000-meter course at Montgomery’s Gateway Park in 16:37.24 to take first place in the field of 119 runners at the Central Alabama Cross Country Invitational hosted by:14.64) finished third and fourth, respectively, as Hoover posted 22 points. Cullman junior Montgomery Catholic High School. Faith Academy’s Myles Stoots was second with a 16:40.42 time. Auburn won the team title with 43 points.
WILL COUCH, HOOVER: Beat a field of 155 runners in the 5A/7A division with a winning time of 16:53.93 to lead the Bucs to the team championship of the TCBY Invitational meet held at Tuscaloosa’s Munny Sokol Park. Teammates Drew Kilgore (17:05.27) and Lane Tincher (17Will Thompson finished second overall clocking 16:58.90 to lead the Bearcats to second place with 88 points.
ASHER DESAI, ALTAMONT: The senior helped the Knights to the TCBY Invitational 1A/4A runner-up finish with a winning time of 17:26.39. Cold Springs won the team title with 42 points and Altamont had 43. Fellow seniors James Dixon and Spencer Skidmore crossed second and third, and Cold Springs junior Seth Walker was fourth in the field of 110 runners to pace the winning Panthers.
JAYLON HUDSON, LINCOLN: Won the boys’ 5,000-meter race at the Volunteer Spirit Classic meet at Lineville with a time of 18:14.6. Lincoln posted 39 points to win the team title as well. Host Central-Clay County was second with 57 points. Top finisher for Central was Ronald Piedra in third place.
MONTGOMERY – Jacksonville High School junior Rontarius Wiggins broke the 1,000-yard rushing mark in just the fifth game of the season Friday night – and wrote his name in an exclusive list of shareholders in the AHSAA Record Book in the process.
Wiggins eclipsed the 400-yard mark with 409 yards on 21 carries and had five total touchdowns as the Golden Eagles of Coach Clint Smith downed Cleburne County 55-33. The top rushing performance in the state this season thrust the Jacksonville standout into AHSAA Football Spotlight for Week 4.
Wiggins scored four rushing touchdowns on treks of 18, 75, 4 and 58 yards and tacked on a fifth converting a screen pass into an 80-yard TD score. His 409 yards is the 12th best all-time in AHSAA history, according to results reported for the AHSAA Record Book. He is also the first running back since Oxford’s Roc Thomas ran for 424 yards versus Spain Park in 2013 to reach the 400-yard mark. The state record (531 yards) was set by Tony Dixon of Parrish in an 81-58 win over Hubbertville 15 years ago in 2003. He had 21 carries as well.
Wiggins, who now has 1,184 yards rushing in five games this season, finished with 489 total yards counting his 80-yard TD reception. His 489 yards total offense also ranks 21st all time, tying quarterback Chance Ellsworth of Priceville, who had 489 yards passing in 2011. Wiggins’ performance ranks him third for running backs, however.
Cleburne County, which trailed 28-21 at the half, had an outstanding performance vs. Jacksonville as well with Isavia Brown compiling 409 all-purpose yards (including kick returns). Brown had 124 yards rushing, 63 passing and 222 yards on kick returns. He scored three TDs, one on a 33-yard run, another on a 31-pass reception and the other on an 86-yard kickoff return.
“It was pretty exciting,” Wiggins told East Alabama Sports after the game. “At halftime I came in and just looked at my phone, and I had gotten a tweet that said I had 258 rushing yards. That was surprising, and after that I just wanted to keep going. Then I was told after the game I ended up with 400-some (yards) and my mouth just dropped.”
Smith said he is not surprised by anything his running back accomplishes.
“There’s no doubt in my mind Ron is definitely one of the best running backs around her,” said Coach Smith. “I think he’s much underrated. He played extremely hard. … I’m proud of Ron and his accomplishments and some of the things he’s been able to do the last few weeks.”
Jacksonville quarterback Luke Jackson was also 9-of-20 passing for 160 yards.
Wiggins edged out two long-distance interception returns by R.J. Orr of Center Point and Austin Pruett of Cherokee County for this week’s AHSAA Spotlight.
Orr swiped a John Carroll Catholic pass in the middle of the Eagles’ end zone and raced 105 yards for a TD as Center point beat the Cavaliers 36-6. The 105-yard return tied for third longest in AHSAA history. Tommy Wilson of Demopolis set the record with a 108-yard return in a 49-7 win over American Christian in 2012. Guntersville’s Kevin Gentle, better known for his 60-yard field made in 1993, returned a Dora pass 107 yards for a score in a 20-17 win in 1993. Damiean Archibald returned an interception 105 yards in a 66-18 Sipsey Valley win over Curry in 2014, and Jake Peavey had a 105-yard return in 2013 for Madison County versus Butler.
Cherokee County’a Pruett also had the fourth longest interception return in state history Friday night when he sped 103 yards for a touchdown in the final 20 seconds of the first half of the Warriors' 22-13 victory at White Plains.
Other top performances reported include:
MAPLESVILLE STARTS NEW WIN STREAK: Red Devils defensive standout Tristen Thetford recovered a fumble to set up one Maplesville touchdown and sacked the quarterback in the end zone for a safety for another score as Maplesville beat Keith 57-0 in a Class 1A, Region 3 contest last Friday. Coach Brent Hubbert’s Red Devils (3-1) started a new region winning streak with the win – just one week after Linden beat Maplesville 37-28 to snap the school’s 54-game region winning streak that dated back to 2009. Maplesville outscored region opponents 2,855-325 or (52.9 to 6.0) during that stretch, won three Class 1A state championships and had one runner-up finish. The Chilton County school, currently in its 85th season, has compiled a 567-325-19 overall record and 64.6% winning percentage overall. The Red Devils have also produced 53 winning seasons (63.9%) with two break-even years during that span.
ELBA TURNS TO MULTI-TALENTED RICHMON SINGLETARY: The talented skill player accounted for 46 points, seventh most in a single game in AHSAA history, rushed for 347 yards and added 69 yards in kick/punt returns, giving him 416 all-purpose yards, in a 60-24 win over Florala. Singletary scored on runs 13, 14, 51, 24, 15 and 8 yards, returned an interception 18 yards for a touchdown and scored on two 2-point conversions for his 46 points. In addition, he had a punt return of 37 yards and a kick return of 32 yards in the game – plus seven tackles and one interception on defense.
THIES THROWS FOR 400 YARDS: Westminster Christian quarterback Ian Thies was 18-of-22 passing for 400 yards and seven touchdowns in a 60-14 win over Clements. He became the fifth quarterback this season to reach the 400-yard passing mark. He rushed for another TD, accounting for eight TDs total on the night. His seven TDs passing were the most in a single game since Pinson Valley’s Bo Nix tossed seven in a 51-50 Class 6A playoff win over Austin in 2017. The state record is nine – last accomplished in 2015.
LEE WITHERSPOON, NORTH JACKSON: Ran for 359 yards and five touchdowns on 13 carries and made four tackles in a 49-7 win over St. John Paul II Catholic for the unbeaten Chiefs (4-0).
AUSTIN OWENS, WINSTON COUNTY: Rushed 25 times for 325 yards and three touchdowns as the Yellow Jackets rallied for a 40-35 home win over Sulligent. Winston County trailed 21-8 at the half. Owens had touchdown runs of 38, 61 and 8 yards.
DARTAVIOUS BRITTON, COOSA CHRISTIAN: Rushed 22 times for 294 yards and five touchdowns (54, 64, 2, 64 and 45 yards) as the Conquerors defeated Decatur Heritage Christian 54-42.
TONY AMERSON, SAINT JAMES: Picked up 284 yards rushing and four touchdowns on 28 carries to lead the Trojans to a 27-14 win over Dadeville.
DAQUON KINCEY, ABBEVILLE: The Yellow Jackets quarterback rushed for 266 yards on just 18 carries with four touchdowns and added 72 yards passing and another to amass 338 total yards in Abbeville’s 44-17 win over Houston County. Kincey threw a 52-yard TD pass to Keven Mills and had TD runs of 5, 4, 81 and 41 yards.
TYQUAN RAWLS, WETUMPKA: The junior quarterback rushed 18 times for 265 yards and two touchdowns and passed for a third as the Indians (5-0) downed Buckhorn 23-7 in a game played at Jacksonville State University’s Burgess-Snow Field. His TD runs covered 57 and 59 yards.
ASHTON PATEL, OPP: Rushed for 261 yards on 22 carries with three touchdowns and added a punt return for fourth score in the Bobcats’ 49-33 loss to Geneva.
RASHAWN McALPINE, SARALAND: Needed just 11 carries to pile up 246 yards rushing as Saraland beat Robertsdale 35-0. It was McAlpine’s fourth straight 200-yard rushing performance this season.
WISE GORDON, PROVIDENCE CHRISTIAN: Gained 244 yards rushing and two touchdowns and also caught a touchdown pass in the Eagles’ 35-12 win over Slocomb. Gordon scored on two TD runs of 15 yards each and had a 30-yard TD pass as Providence improved to 5-0.
ROYDELL WILLIAMS, HUEYTOWN: Piled up 230 yards rushing on just eight carries with scoring runs of 34, 74, 30 and 18 yards as the Gophers beat Brookwood 57-0. He added a fifth TD with a 15-yard reception.
LARRY McCAMMON, HOOVER: The senior ran for 225 yards on 20 carries and scored five touchdowns in a 48-20 victory over Oak Mountain. His TD runs covered 10, 1, 3, 79 and 54 yards.
MALACHI HARVEY, NORTHVIEW: Had 17 carries for 216 rushing yards and three touchdowns as the Cougars beat Russell County 38-23. He had 171 yards and all three scores in the second half, including a 96-yard TD run with 5:15 left that sealed the Cougars’ first Class 6A, Region 2 win of the season.
TERRANCE WEBSTER, CARVER-MONTGOMERY: Had 209 yards rushing on 15 carries to lead the Wolverines past Dothan 43-7. He had five runs of 25 yards or more including a 64-yard scoot on his first carry of the night.
SYMON SMITH, UMS-WRIGHT: Rushed for 196 yards and three touchdowns on just 14 carries as defending Class 4A state champion UMS-Wright (4-0) remained undefeated with a 35-7 win over Clarke County
KAMERON HAWKINS, GASTON: Rushed for 191 yards and two touchdowns in the Bulldogs’ 45-38 loss to Woodland.
DA’VION JOHNSON, WOODVILLE: Ran for 178 yards and two touchdowns on 21 attempts in a 34-14 win over Appalachian.
CHRISTIAN COLLINS, BOAZ: Had seven rush attempts for 168 yards and three touchdowns (1, 2 and 84 yards) in a 35-14 win over Pisgah. The 84-yard run was the fifth longest in school history, according to Greg Bell, WWIC Radio broadcaster and SHS sports historian.
COOPER BISHIP, VESTAVIA HILLS: Ran 19 times for 156 yards, including TD runs of 74 and 21 yards, in a 28-14 loss to Mountain Brook.
MASON McKINNEY, COLLINSVILLE: Rushed for 152 yards and two touchdowns (71,
76 yards) on just three carries in the Panthers' 50-20 victory over Ider. Teammate Kaleb Jones was also 7-of-12 passing for 170 yards and four touchdowns.
LUKE PERCER, OAK MOUNTAIN: Had a 96-yard TD run among his 18 rush attempts and finished with 149 yards in the Eagles’ 48-20 loss to Hoover.
A.J. WILLIAMS, SHADES VALLEY: Ran for 112 yards and scored the game-winning TD with 10.4 seconds remaining in the Mounties’ 35-28 victory over Stanhope Elmore.
JACORY MERRITT, SIDNEY LANIER: Had three second-half touchdowns and 193 all-purpose yards as the Poets downed Park Crossing 35-28. He had 130 yards rushing on 23 carries with TD runs of 11 and 19 yards. He also caught a 13-yard TD pass.
TAULIA TAGOVAILOA, THOMPSON: The senior continued his passing mastery with a 25-of-48 performance good for 350 yards and two TDs as the Warriors (4-1) blanked Tuscaloosa County 35-0. He also added a 2-yard rushing TD.
CAMERON MORSON, DECATUR: The Red Raiders’ leading receiver was moved to quarterback after an injury sidelined outstanding starter Trentin Dupper, and he responded by passing for 264 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for two more scores in a 48-18 win over Lee-Huntsville. He was 16-of-21 for the game, including a perfection in the second half for the Red Raiders (3-2), completing 9-of-9 pass attempts for 179 yards and both TDs covering 58 and 36 yards to receiver Kenny Williams. It was the first start at QB for Morson since middle school.
ZYQUEZ PERRYMAN, PLEASANT GROVE: Completed 16-of-23 passes for 268 yards and three TDs in a 38-33 victory over Parker. He also added a rushing TD.
REECE SOLAR, ALABAMA CHRISTIAN: Had 397 total yards and five touchdowns in a 39-38 overtime loss at Dale County – completing 10-of-17 passes for 179 yards, rushed 23 times for 197 yards and four touchdowns and caught a 21-yard TD pass.
ANDREW PARRIS, EAST LIMESTONE: Completed 8-of-13 passes for 233 yards and a touchdown, ran for a TD and picked off a pass on defense in a 28-13 win over Scottsboro.
LANDON GREEN, NORTH SAND MOUNTAIN: Was 11-of-17 passing for 203 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for two more scores in a 48-0 win over Sand Rock.
JOSH RALSTON, RANBURNE: The Bulldogs' senior quarterback completed 9-of-13 passes for 203 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for 128 yards and a score on 19 carries to lead his team to a 35-28 overtime win over Cleveland and keep the Bulldogs (4-0) unbeaten on the season.
LUKE HAMPTON, CEDAR BLUFF: Completed 11-of-17 pass attempts for 174 yards and three touchdowns (70, 10 and 4 yards) in the Tigers' 40-7 homecoming win against Section. The unbeaten Tigers (4-0) also got a strong effort from running back Ivory Starr, who rushed for 187 yards on 24 carries with three touchdowns (5, 1 and 2 yards).
AARON DOVE, FALKVILLE: Was 12-of-21 passing for 186 yards and one TD as Falkville (5-0) beat R.A. Hubbard 19-6.
DESHONTAE KIRKLAND, ASHFORD: Completed 8-of-9 passes for 182 yards and three touchdowns and added 60 yards rushing on nine carries with a 2-yard TD for a fourth score in the Yellow Jackets’ 48-14 win over Booker T. Washington. His TD passes covered 31 and 45 yards to Jacorey Underwood and 73 yards to Kehion Walker.
JACK HILL, VINEMONT: Connected with Hudson Wood for a 31-yard touchdown pass for the winning score with 42 seconds remaining Vinemont beat Hanceville 22-14. He finished with seven completions for 125 yards and two TDs. The TD toss to Wood capped a 66-yard, 6-play drive in the final two minutes to break the tie.
WILL BAILEY, DAR: Accounted for five touchdowns, three passing and two rushing, as the Patriots bear West Morgan 61-33.
GRAHAM COPELAND, RANDOLPH: Completed 5-of-7 passes for 143 yards and three touchdowns (25, 24 and 47 yards) and ran for an 82-yard TD in a 41-6 win over Danville.
KAHARI McREYNOLDS, GENEVA: Scored three different ways to account for five total touchdowns in the Panthers’ 49-33 victory over Opp. McReynolds scored on touchdown receptions of 40, 29 and 37 yards, on a 12-yard TD run and on a 44-yard interception return. Offensively, he finished with four receptions for 116 yards with three TDs 61 yards rushing and defensively, he had the interception return for touchdown, a fumble return of 36 yards plus five tackles with one for a loss. Quarterback Mason Coskrey was also a perfect 7-of-7 passing for 161 yards with three touchdowns to McReynolds. He also had 72 yards rushing on 11 carries and give tackles on defense.
J.J. EVANS, MONTEVALLO: Caught five passes for 167 yards and four touchdowns in the Bulldogs’ wild 70-54 loss to American Christian.
P.J. WELLS, WESTBROOK CHRISTIAN: Caught nine passes for 146 yards and a 20-yard touchdown grab as the Warriors nearly beat undefeated Ohatchee before falling 37-30.
KEYONTEZE JOHNSON, PINSON VALLEY: Caught four passes for 120 yards, including a 52-yard TD, in a 28-13 victory over Oxford that snapped the Yellow Jackets’ regular-season winning streak at 24 in a row.
XAVIER LOPNG, HOOVER: Caught six passes for 154 yards and a TD in a 48-20 victory over Oak Mountain.
BRYSON PEAVY, ARITON: Caught four passes for 106 yards and a 55-yard touchdown and rushed for 100 yards and two more scores (2 and 12 yards) in the Purple Cats’ 42-20 win over Daleville.
XAVIER HILL, PLEASANT GROVE: Had five receptions for 110 yards and two TDs and ran three times for 70 yards and two more TDs in a 38-33 victory over Parker. He also added a rushing TD.
JA’VARRIUS JOHNSON, HEWITT-TRUSSVILLE: Snagged five passes for 104 yards and a TD in the Huskies' 44-13 victory over Spain Park.
JADEN BAKER, AUSTIN: The Black Bears wide receiver pounced on a bad snap in the end zone for a touchdown to give Austin a one-point lead late in the game en route to a 21-13 win over Grissom.
KENDRICK FIFE, CHEROKEE COUNTY: Had 19 tackles, including three behind the line of scrimmage for losses, and two sacks as the Warriors beat White Plains 22-13.
SHAKWAN BICKLEY, ELMORE COUNTY: Had eight tackles and an interception defense and caught two touchdown passes in the Panthers’ 42-35 overtime win over Holtville. His final catch, an 18-yard TD, came in the OT period to seal the win.
DAKOTA CORNELIUS, OPP: Managed 16 tackles and teammate Thomas Glisson had 15 plus a blocked extra-point kick in the Bobcats’ 49-33 loss to Geneva.
JA’LEN SIMS, FULTONDALE: Totaled 15 tackles, including a sack, as the Wildcats beat Holly Pond 22-6.
PRESTON ANDERSON, HOUSTON COUNTY: Had 12 tackles and teammate Markevious Allen also had a dozen stops in the Lions’ 44-17 loss to undefeated Abbeville.
SPENCER SMITH, PROVIDENCE CHRISTIAN: Recorded 11 tackles in the Eagles’ 35-12 win over Slocomb.
CHAUNCEY LIGHTNER, BARBOUR COUNTY: Accounted for 11 tackles in the Jaguars’ 42-0 setback to Geneva County.
TRENT PRESLEY, SARDIS: Returned an interception for a touchdown and recovered a fumble to set up another TD in the Lions’ 43-7 win over Douglas. He also threw a TD pass on offense.
HUNTER JEDNAT, SATSUMA: Picked off two Wilcox-Central passes on defense and hauled in an 86-yard TD reception on offense in a 45-22 victory. He returned one of his picks 23 yards for a score.
NOAH LINVILLE, SCOTTSBORO: The sophomore safety had 13 tackles in a 28-13 loss to East Limestone.
TIM KEENAN, RAMSAY: Finished with 12 tackles and three sacks in a 28-0 Rams victory over Fairfield.
LAVONTA BENTLEY, JACKSON-OLIN: Led the Mustangs' defense with 11 tackles and a sack on defense and scored three rushing TDs in a 34-13 victory over Carver-Birmingham. Teammate Quindarrius Robinson added three sacks in the win.
CARSON EUBANKS, HOKES BLUFF: Had 10 tackles, a sack and an interception in a 28-18 win over Anniston for the unbeaten Eagles (4-0).
KALEB WHATLEY, GAYLESVILLE: Had 10 tackles and caused a fumble on defense and rushed for 78 yards and a TD on offense in a 26-13 win over Valley Head.
CREED PARKER, HEWITT-TRUSSVILLE: Intercepted two passes in the Huskies' 44-13 victory over Spain Park.
FRED AUSTIN, VIGOR: Had two sacks to anchor a defense that limited Jackson to minus-2 yards rushing as the Wolves (4-0) downed Jackson 40-6.
ETHAN RINKE, ATHENS: Recovered two fumbles and caught a 10-yard touchdown pass in a 37-3 win over Hazel Green.
RONNIE WRIGHT, MORTIMER JORDAN: Intercepted two passes in a 12-7 victory over Sylacauga.
DEONTAE LAWSON, MOBILE CHRISTIAN: The sophomore linebacker returned a fumble 39 yards for a touchdown as Mobile Christian defeated Thomasville 27-7 in a key Class 3A, Region 1 battle.
JACK MARTIN, NORTHVIEW: Boomed a 53-yard field goal, the second longest field goal in Cougar history, late in the first quarter of Northview’s 38-23 win over Russell County. Martin also converted 5-of-5 extra-point kicks and put six of his seven kickoffs deep in the end zone for touchbacks. He also punted once for 40 yards.
WILL REICHARD, HOOVER: Kicked field goals of 36 and 54 yards and was 6-for-6 on extra points in a 48-20 victory over Oak Mountain.
BAY CUMMINGS, McGILL-TOOLEN CATHOLIC: Kicked a 47-yard field goal to tie the game with Mary Montgomery at 10-10 as time expired to send the Yellow Jackets into overtime. McGill-Toolen went on to win in the extra period 17-10.
TREY LEWIS, MILLRY: Returned a punt 85 yards for a touchdown, ran an interception back 60 yards for another score and grabbed a 30-yard TD reception as Millry beat McIntosh 35-14.
MONTGOMERY – The NFHS Network’s subscriber-based AHSAA School Broadcast Program will live-stream 83 events tonight through September 27 – putting the AHSAA over 260 events on the year.
That slate begins tonight with 16 varsity and JV volleyball matches, three non-varsity football game. .
The headliner will be Friday night’s AHSAA/NFHS Network Game of the Week, defending Class 6A state champion Pinson Valley (3-1) at unbeaten Oxford (4-0) in a key Class 6A, Region 6 battle. The contest is one of 30 football games slated for the NFHS Network Friday night and Saturday this week.
The Indians rolled to a 15-0 season in 2017 in Coach Patrick Nix’s first year at the helm. Nix his son, senior quarterback Bo Nix, put together a streak of 23 straight regular-season wins including 10 at Pinson and 13 at Scottsboro in 2015 and 2016 before falling to defensing Class 7A state champion Hoover 52-14 in the opening game of this season. Bo Nix passed for 409 yards last week in a 28-21 region win over Clay-Chalkville.
Oxford, coached by Ryan Herring, currently owns a 24-game regular season winning streak dating back 2016. The Yellow Jackets, anchored by heralded 6-foot-4, 300-pound offensive lineman Clay Webb, have outscored opponents 158-6 on the year – leading the state with just 1.5 points allowed per game. Oxford beat Class 5A Charles Henderson 62-0 last week. The game is being produced by the Oxford High School NFHS Network School Broadcast Program with kickoff set for 7 p.m.
A total of 54 football games and 29 volleyball matches are currently listed on the NFHS Network schedule log for tonight through next Thursday. Other top football games Friday on the NFHS Network include James Clemens (2-2) at Florence (2-2) and Vestavia Hills (3-0) at Mountain Brook (4-0) in Class 7A; Clay-Chalkville (3-1) at Gardendale (3-1); Cullman (2-1) vs. Albertville (2-1) and Blount (2-2) at Baldwin County (2-2) in Class 6A; Russellville (3-0) at West Point (2-2) and Class 6A Benjamin Russell (3-1) at Demopolis (3-1) in Class 5A;and Andalusia (2-2) at Hillcrest-Evergreen (3-1) in Class 4A.
Volleyball action continues to have a strong presence on the NFHS Network beginning tonight with seven varsity matches. John Carroll Catholic vs. Mountain Brook is the headliner at 6 p.m.
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The complete AHSAA schedule of events currently set to be livestreamed over the NFHS Network Sept. 20 through Sept. 27 can be found at www.ahsaa.com by clicking on the following link:
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