MONTGOMERY – Senior quarterback Paul Tyson engineered an 18-play, 97-yard game-winning drive Friday night at Madison City Stadium which culminated with a 9-yard TD pass to receiver Jamyre Reese with 14 seconds remaining to give Hewitt-Trussville a dramatic 43-41 victory over James Clemens in the first round of the AHSAA Class 7A state football playoffs.
Tyson, who finished the night 25-of-41 passing for 326 yards and four TDs, earned the AHSAA Football Spotlight for round one of the state playoffs in the process.
The clutch performance also kept the Huskies’ state championship hopes alive and sets up a rematch with Thompson in the second round. The two teams met Oct. 25 in a game showcased to the nation on ESPN with the Warriors winning 63-49.
Tyson also completed TD passes of 56, 13 and 13 yards in the win over James Clemens. The great-grandson of Alabama coaching legend Paul “Bear” Bryant is 212-of-308 on the season for 3,012 yards and 31 touchdown passes. He has thrown just six interceptions.
Coach Josh Floyd’s Huskies head into the much anticipated rematch with the Warriors (9-1) riding some much-needed momentum thanks in big part to the clutch play Tyson. The quarterback connected with senior receiver and Alabama All-Star selection Ja’Varrious Johnson for 12 completions. The performance was almost equaled by James Clemens senior quarterback Jamil Muhammad, who had 20 rush attempts for 191 yards and four touchdowns on runs of 1, 1, 1 and 46 yards and completed 7-of-9 passes for 96 yards and another TD.
The clutch effort also edged out several outstanding performances from across the state.
Others reported included:
ALABAMA ALL-STARS SHINE IN FIRST ROUND
LEE WITHERSPOON, NORTH JACKSON: A selection at running back for the Alabama All-Stars in the upcoming 33rd annual Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Football Classic at Cramton Bowl on Monday night, Dec. 17, Witherspoon not only continued to shine but also set a new state record for rushing touchdowns in a single season. He had 15 rush attempts for 236 yards and five touchdowns to lead the Chiefs (11-0) to a 45-6 Class 4A win over Curry. He now has 53 rushing touchdowns on the season – breaking the AHSAA single-season record of 49 set by Beauregard’s La’Damian Webb in 2016. Witherspoon also has a single-season state record 59 touchdowns scored with one receiving, one on an interception return, three on punt returns and one kickoff return. Webb scored 53 TDs overall that season, which was also the AHSAA single-season mark coming into this season. Witherspoon has 2,759 yards rushing on the season on just 131 carries, an average of 21.1 yards per carry. He is also averaging scoring a touchdown every 2.5 rush attempts he takes. and is closing in on 3,000 yards rushing on the year.
BO NIX, PINSON VALLEY: Selected as one of two quarterbacks on the Alabama All-Star team connected with receiver Demarion Holloman for five touchdown passes as the defending Class 6A state champs downed Albertville 47-0 in the Class 6A playoffs. Nix was 16-of-22 for 231 yards in the 6A playoffs. Nix was 16-of-22 for 231 yards and five TDs. He is 176-of-291 passing for 2,489 yards and 36 touchdowns on the season with just four interceptions. His career totals are now 596-of-1,067 for 9,080 yards and 113 TDs. The passing yardage ranks seventh all time and is 1,659 yards shy of the state record (10,774 yards) held by JaMarcus Russell of Williamson (1999-02). The 113 TDs is second all-time behind American Christian’s Chris Smelley (2002-05), who had 134 TD passes in his prep career. Nix became just the third player in AHSAA history to go over 11,000 total yards for a career with last week’s performance. He currently stands at 11,009 yards (including 1,929 yards rushing) and needs 780 yards to move past the current record holder Terrance Hollingsworth of Berry, who had 11,788 yards rushing, receiving and passing from 2009-13.
Holloman finished with seven receptions for 94 yards. The five TD receptions were one shy of the state record (6) held by three receiver: Ja’Michael Willis of Gardendale (2010); David Morrison, Berry (2009) and Brandon Greer of Westbrook Christian (1998). Four others have caught five TD passes. The most recent was Tyler Crumpton of Phillips in 2012.
Several members of the 2018 Alabama All-Star Team turned in superb efforts including:
TAULIA TAGOVAILOA, THOMPSON: The Alabama All-Star team’s other quarter was 12-of-26 passing for 225 yards and two touchdowns while rushing for 90 yards and a score on nine carries in a 45-14 victory over Florence in the 7A playoffs. His season totals are 234 completions in 374 attempts for a state-leading 3,251 yards and 31 touchdowns.
A’MONTAE SPIVEY, CENTRAL-PHENIX CITY: Selected as one of the Alabama All-Star running backs, Spivey had 156 yards rushing on 12 carries and scored on a 54-yard run as the Red Devils (11-0) downed Davidson 46-0. He had 126 yards at the half.
D.J. DALE, CLAY-CHALKVILLE: The Alabama All-Star defensive lineman intercepted a pass on a tipped throw to set up a touchdown as the Cougars cruised to a 45-6 victory over Mae Jemison in the 6A playoffs.
JA’VARRIOUS JOHNSON, HEWITT-TRUSSVILLE: The Huskies wide receiver chosen for the Alabama All-Star team has a state-leading 82 receptions this season for 1,610 yards and 15 touchdowns after 11 games. He had 12 catches in Friday’s win.
GEORGE PICKENS, HOOVER: The talented Hoover wideout and Alabama All-Star selection had six receptions for 78 yards and one TD – a 16-yard connection coming one play after a personal foul penalty pushed Hoover back from the Bob Jones 1 to the 16 – to give the defending Class 7A state champion Bucs a 19-10 lead early in the fourth quarter of its 26-18 win over the visiting Patriots.
RICHMON SINGLETARY, ELBA: Returned two kickoffs 81 and 72 yards for touchdowns, giving him four in the last two games and six for the season as the Tigers advanced to the second round of the Class 1A playoffs with a 54-19 win over Billingsley. The six kickoff returns set a new AHSAA state record. The previous record (5) was held by four different players including: Javin Thatch, Tanner (2011); Brandon Hale, Lexington (1998); Jason Wilkins, Shelby County (1997); and Steven Reese, Florala (1997). Singletary also rushed for 173 yards on 15 carries to go over 2,000 rushing yards on the season. He caught two passes for 23 yards and had seven tackles on defense.
WILL BAILEY, DAR: Completed 20-of-29 passes for 238 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Patriots to a 36-30 win over Northside in the Class 4A state playoffs. The victory was the first playoff win in school history for DAR. Braeden Lewis grabbed 13 receptions for 159 yards and two TDs. He also had two interceptions on defense.
JOSEPH HANSON, MARS HILL BIBLE: Returned an interception 87 yards for a touchdown and added a 21-yard TD run to help the Panthers (10-1) beat Marion County 55-0 for the school’s first ever football playoff win. Hanson has accounted for 35 touchdowns this season, 24 passing, 10 rushing and one on defense. Teammate Peyton Higgins had five rush attempts for 160 yards and three TDs, and Colt Smith had six carries for 74 yards and three scores – and 13 tackles on defense.
GRANT WOODRUFF, COTTAGE HILL CHRISTIAN: Ran for 169 yards and a TD on just six carries and also caught a 15-yard TD pass as Cottage Hill defeated Class 2A Goshen for its first AHSAA playoff win in school history.
COLTON YEAGER, MOUNTAIN BROOK: Intercepted two passes and returned one 60 yards for a TD in the final minute of the first half as Mountain Brook defeated Austin 31-0 in the 7A playoffs. Teammate Grant Griffin also had two picks in the milestone win that gave Coach Chris Yeager his 101st victory at the school, making him the all-time winningest coach in school history.
PIEDMONT WINS 300TH HOME GAME: The Bulldogs downed Clements 41-0 in the first round of the Class 3A state playoffs to record the school’s 300th home victory, according to information provided by the Alabama High School Football Historical Society (AHSFHS.org). Matthew Thornton returned a fumble 24 yards in the second quarter for a TD to spark the shutout win. The Bulldogs have gone 300-178-13 at home (62.4%) and 206-217-15 (48.7%) for an all-time record of 506-395-28 (56.0%) through Friday’s win. The school’s first home win came in 1924 with a 27-0 victory over Cave Spring (GA).
ROYDELL WILLIAMS, HUEYTOWN: Ran 34 times for 358 yards, with TD runs of 14, 82, 6, 71 and 5 yards, to lead the Golden Gophers to a 38-13 victory over Eufaula in the Class 6A playoffs.
MATT DIXON, GOOD HOPE: Gained 252 yards rushing on 25 carries and scored four touchdowns as the Raiders beat St. John Paul II Catholic 62-28 in the Class 4A playoffs. Good Hope (10-1) finished with 546 yards rushing to post the school’s first playoff win since 2013.
TYQUAN RAWLS, WETUMPKA: Picked up 214 yards rushing on 15 carries and completed 5-of-11 passes for 70 yards and a TD as the Class 6A Indians ((9-2) opened the state playoffs with a 49-21 victory over Daphne.
DARRELL GIBSON, MONTGOMERY CATHOLIC: Had 28 carries for 203 yards and two touchdowns and caught a 42-yard TD pass in the Knights’ 42-13 Class 4A playoff win over Holtville.
REECE SOLAR, ALABAMA CHRISTIAN: Scored the game-winning touchdown on the final play of ACA’s 18-14 Class 4A playoff win over Lincoln. He finished with 198 yards rushing on 28 carries and scored all three TDs. He also completed 12-of-20 passes for 85 yards and caught a 12-yard pass.
BRYCE PEAVY, ARITON: Rushed for 192 yards and four touchdowns and teammate Daniel Hicks added 69 yards and two scores plus a strong game defensively, helping the Purple Cats beat Thorsby in the 2A playoffs 41-14. Peavy scored on runs of 4, 4, 8 and 1 yards, while Hicks had TD runs of 24 and 14 yards and added seven tackles, an interception and a fumble recovery on defense.
TRENT DAVIS, ETOWAH: Rushed 17 times for 168 yards and two touchdowns in the Blue Devils’ 33-0 Class 5A win over Guntersville.
JORDAN EMBRY, RAMSAY: Accounted for 152 yards of total offense scoring with touchdowns on a 4-yard run and 41-yard reception as the Rams beat Charles Henderson 36-7 in the Class 5A state playoffs.
JERMAINE BROWN, ST. LUKE’S EPISCOPAL: Rushed for 132 yards and three touchdowns on 16 carries as St. Luke’s won its 10th straight game beating Francis Marion 48-16 in the Class 1A playoffs.
JAYSON JONES, FULTONDALE: Rushed for 133 yards and three touchdowns on runs of 18, 2 and 17 yards in a 37-6 Class 3A playoff win over Plainview.
MASON McKINNEY, COLLINSVILLE: Accounted for 171 total yards and for TDs – 84 rushing yards on 12 carries with three touchdowns (4, 1, 8 yards) and three pass receptions for 87 yards including a 61-yard score – as Collinsville (10-1) downed Westbrook Christian 35-21 in the Class 2A playoffs. He also forced and recovered a fumble on defense.
DARRIAN MEADS, HOKES BLUFF: Rushed for 164 yards and scored three touchdowns on 24 carries in the Eagles’ 38-14 Class 4A victory over Central-Florence.
KENNETH BOTHWELL, SOUTHSIDE-GADSDEN: Totaled 130 rushing yards and a touchdown on 30 attempts as the Panthers rallied past A.P. Brewer, 15-9. With Southside trailing 9-7 midway through the fourth quarter, Bothwell ran for 28 yards and caught a 17-yard pass on the Panthers’ game-winning drive.
TEDARRIAN MURRAY, LEE-MONTGOMERY : Ran for 100 of his 129 rushing yards in the fourth quarter, including the game-winning touchdown, as Lee knocked off Theodore 13-7 in the opening round of the Class 7A playoffs.
ZYQUEZ PERRYMAN, PLEASANT GROVE: Completed 18-of-26 passes for 322 yards and three TDs in a 42-21 victory over Beauregard in the 5A playoffs. He now has thrown 27 TD passes and just two interceptions this season.
AARON DOVE, FALKVILLE: Completed 20-of-30 passes for 300 yards and four touchdown passes in a 35-6 Class 1A playoff win over Talladega County Central for Falkville (11-0). He heads into the second round of the state playoffs with 2,852 yards passing on the season with 44 touchdowns and just four interceptions. He is 164-of-233 passing, a 70.4% completion rate for the unbeaten Blue Devils.
TRENTON DUPPER, DECATUR: Accounted for all five touchdowns to help No. 4 seed Decatur knock off No. 1 seed and previously unbeaten Jackson-Olin (10-1) in the 6A playoffs 35-32. He was 13-of-17 passing for 185 yards and three touchdowns and Hs 23 rush attempts for 78 yards and two TDs.
SETH BROWN, ST. JOHN PAUL II CATHOLIC: Completed 16 passes for 237 yards and three touchdowns in the Falcons’ 62-28 playoff loss to Good Hope. It was the first football playoff game in St. John Paul II history.
KYLE WALKER, VIGOR: Completed 9-of-16 passes for 233 yards and three touchdowns as the Wolves (10-1) opened the 5A playoffs with a 45-8 rout of Central-Tuscaloosa.
ROBBY ASHFORD, HOOVER: Finished 12-of-19 passing for 150 yards and a TD and rushed 12 times for 76 yards to lead the Bucs to a 26-18 victory over Bob Jones in the 7A playoffs.
LUKE HAMPTON, CEDAR BLUFF: Completed 17-of-30 pass attempts for 163 yards, including a 35-yard score to Tray Wilson to end the first half. He also ran for an 8-yard touchdown in the Tigers’ 47-12 loss at Ohatchee. Wilson finished with a career-high nine receptions for 106 yards and one TD.
WILL CROWDER, GARDENDALE: Passed for 155 yards and ran for 103 on 14 carries to lead the Rockets to a 21-14 victory over Fort Payne in the 6A playoffs.
KALEB JONES, COLLINSVILLE: Completed 6-of-13 pass attempts for 140 yards with a 61-yard touchdown and also ran for 90 yards on 19 carries with a 7-yard score in the Panthers’ 35-21 Class 2A victory over Westbrook Christian.
RYLEY KIRK, SPRING GARDEN: Completed 6-of-12 pass attempts for 145 yards including a 69-yard touchdown to Cooper Austin in the Panthers’ 40-7 victory over Decatur Heritage.
CHANING MARMANN, DESHLER: Passed for 139 yards and rushed for 74 yards to pace the Tigers to a 21-7 Class 4A playoff win over Anniston.
DAQUON KINCEY, ABBEVILLE: The Yellow Jackets quarterback was 3-of-6 passing for 118 yards and one TD and rushed for 68 yards and two more scores Abbeville's 56-0 Class 2A win over Vincent. Kincey scored on runs of 50 and 14 yards and threw a 41-yard TD pass to Marquise Hollins.
CHRISTIAN IRONS, WATELOO: Caught three passes for 196 yards and three touchdowns and also scored on a two-point conversion play to account for all his team’s points in a 20-15 Class 1A win over Hubbertville.
MARCUS McGHEE, HOMEWOOD: Caught six passes for 100 yards as the Patriots earned a 24-14 victory over Athens in the 6A playoffs.
CHRISTIAN McKINNEY, RED BAY: Made had 17 tackles, including a stop on Winston County’s 2-point try in overtime to preserve the Tigers’ 16-14 Class 2A playoff victory.
JASON WEST, JACKSON: The sophomore linebacker had 21 tackles, including three for a loss, as the Aggies beat Chilton County 21-14 in the first round of the Class 5A playoffs.
JALEN BUSTAMANTE, THOMPSON: Intercepted two passes to spark the defense in a 45-14 victory over Florence in the 7A playoffs.
MARCUS EVANS, McADORY: Intercepted two passes – stopping Carver-Montgomery's best drive on a fourth-and-7 deep in McAdory territory and setting up Yellow Jackets’ first touchdown with his second pick in a 17-0 victory in the 6A playoffs.
CADE MANGO, BRIARWOOD CHRISTIAN: Intercepted two passes in a 42-28 victory over Valley in the 5A playoffs.
QUINDARIUS ADAMS, MIDFIELD: Had nine tackles on defense and had six rush attempts for 100 yards and two TDs on offense in a 32-14 victory over Pisgah in the 3A playoffs.
ASHIR HOGUE, McGILL-TOOLEN CATHOLIC: The junior linebacker recorded 10 tackles with a sack as the Yellow Jackets edged Prattville 17-13 in to advance to the second round of the 7A playoffs.
WILLIAM HARDY, RAMSAY: Returned an interception 70 yards for a touchdown and teammate Cedarius Doss picked off a pass and raced 65 yards for a score in a 36-7 Class 5A playoff win over Charles Henderson.
DERICKEY WRIGHT, ETOWAH: Had two interceptions in the Blue Devils’ 33-0 Class 5A win over Guntersville. Wright and his fellow Etowah defenders limited the Wildcats to minus-6 total yards en route to the team’s fifth shutout of the season.
EVAN CRAIGHEAD, MADISON ACADEMY: Picked off a pass at the goal line to seal the Mustangs' 18-15 Class 5A playoff win over Alexandria. Craighead also recovered a fumble and made eight tackles.
HARRISON BARRON & SPENCER SMITH, PROVIDENCE CHRISTIAN: Each defender had 10 tackles and teammate Michael Sullivan had nine tackles plus a fumble recovery during the Eagles' 31-6 Class 3A win over Lamar County in the Class 3A playoff opener.
LANDON GOWENS, SPRING GARDEN: Posted eight tackles and had a 27-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown in the Panthers’ 40-7 Class 1A playoff victory over Decatur Heritage.
C.J. YARROUGH, EAST LIMESTONE: Caught a 48-yard touchdown pass on offense and picked off two passes returning one 77 yards for a TD in a 53-33 Class 5A win over Boaz. He finished with six tackles and scored a two-point conversion.
SETH FAISON, HEADLAND: Blocked a critical extra-point try with 37 seconds left in the game to preserve a 13-12 victory over Talladega in the Class 4A state playoffs. The Rams (10-1) saw their bid for a perfect regular season thwarted last week with 23 seconds remaining in the final regular season game with Henry County rival Abbeville but emerged from a 6-0 deficit heading into the fourth quarter Friday with two touchdowns and one all-important extra point. K’Shun Stokes scored on a 10-yard run on the first play of the final quarter and scored the winning TD with 6:21 left on a 4-yard run. Talladega, which built the early lead with field goals of 24 and 29 yards by Onique Deer, scored on a pass play with 37 ticks remaining to set up Faison’s special team heroics. Teammate Ben Tew recovered Talladega’s onside kick attempt that followed to close out the first playoff win for the Rams since 1988.
TREY STODDARD, MUSCLE SHOALS: The Trojans’ place-kicker, an eighth grader, booted a 23-yard field on the last play of the game to lift Muscle Shoals past Minor 10-7 in the Class 6A state playoffs.
K.J. HALL, HIGHLAND HOME: Returned a kickoff 72 yards for one score, had four receptions for 88 yards and rushed 11 times for 97 yards and three touchdowns in the Flying Squadron’s 63-28 Class 2A playoff win over Chickasaw.
J.R. TRAN-RENO, BRIARWOOD CHRISTIAN: Returned a kickoff 92 yards for a touchdown and added TD runs of 1, 1 and 4 yards to lead the Lions to a 42-28 victory over Valley in the 5A playoffs.
RICHARD BRINSON, UMS-WRIGHT: Returned a kickoff 84 yards for a score and also caught an 8-yard TD pass from Skipper Snypes in UMS-Wright’s 43-8 win over West Blocton in the Class 4A playoffs.
JAQUON KINCEY, ABBEVLLE: Returned a punt 50 yards for a touchdown in Abbeville’s 56-0 win over Vincent in the 2A playoffs.
MONTGOMERY – Eleven major contributors to prep athletics in Alabama have been selected from an outstanding field of 48 nominations for induction into the 29th class of the Alabama High School Sports Hall of Fame next March.
The 2019 class, which includes an “old-timer,” will be inducted at the 27th annual banquet at the Renaissance Montgomery Hotel and Spa, March 18, 2019.
Selected for induction are football coaches Phil Lazenby, David Lowery, Willie Carl Martin, Billy Odom and Ronnie Sikes; basketball coaches Carolyn Wright and Scheussler Ware; track coach Claborn Campbell; baseball coach Mark Mincher; basketball official Johnny Robertson; and longtime coach and administrator Reynolds “R.C.” Cook, chosen in the old-timers’’ division. Mr. Cook is deceased.
Sponsors of the Hall of Fame program are the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association (AHSADCA) and the AHSAA. The corporate partners include Alabama Power, ALFA, Cadence Bank, Coca-Cola, Encore Rehabilitation, Jack’s, Russell Athletic, TeamIP and Wilson Sporting Goods.
Veteran sportscaster Jeff Shearer will emcee the banquet. The NFHS Network is scheduled to live-stream the banquet.
The first class was inducted in 1991. These 11 new inductees will run the total enshrined into the Alabama High School Sports Hall of Fame to 353.
A profile of each selectee:
CLABORN CAMPBELL: Campbell, 65, graduated from Cold Spring High School and Southern Benedictine College – then returned as a high school teacher and coach spending the bulk of his years in education at his alma mater Cold Springs (1979-83 & 1999-2018). He also had coaching stints at Winston County and West Point.
Considered one of the top track coaches in the state, he helped coach the Eagles’ boys to two state track titles and had four teams finish runner-up. His West Point and Cold Springs girls’ track teams won 17 Cullman County championships. He also directed the Cold Springs girls and boys to three state cross country crowns and had seven runner-up finishes.
A dedicated coach and devout man of faith, he has been inducted into the Cullman County Sports Hall of Fame, was an AHSAA Making A Difference Award recipient in 2016, was selected NFHS Alabama Cross Country Coach of the Year in 2017 (girls) and 2016 (boys). U.S. Track and Field named him Boys’ Cross Country Coach of the Year in 2014.
REYNOLDS G. COOK (OLDTIMER Division): Cook, now deceased, was born in 1913 and graduated from Sidney Lanier High School in 1933. He earned his college degree from Troy State Teachers College in 1950. He earned his master’s in 1964.
He began his teaching and coaching at Williams School in Montgomery, then moved to Union Springs High School in 1952 where he remained in various capacities through 1974.
He coached Union Springs’ only undefeated 10-0 football team in 1956 – earning him Birmingham Post-Herald Class 1A Coach of the Year. His 1957 team was 9-1 and participated in the prestigious Peanut Bowl at Dothan. As a basketball coach he had two teams go undefeated through the regular season – combining for a 46-2 record in 1963-64 and 1964-65.
He also coached baseball and helped bring the Alabama Lions Club regional East-West Baseball Game to Union Springs for several years. He also coached Union Springs to signature baseball victories over his much larger alma mater Sidney Lanier and its rival Robert E. Lee. He founded the youth baseball programs for Union Springs and remained active for many years.
He left coaching to become the Superintendent of Education in Bullock County – guiding the school system through 1974. He also served as president of the TSU Alumni Association and was District Governor of the Alabama Lions International.
PHIL LAZENBY: A graduate of Bessemer High School (1968) and Samford University (1974), Lazenby, 68, also received a master’s in education from the University of Montevallo in 1979. He played on Samford University’s 1971 National Championship football team and was selected Most Valuable Defensive Player for SU in 1973.
He embarked on a long-time career in teaching and coaching, first as an assistant football and head tennis coach at Bessemer’s Jess Lanier High School (1976-1980). He then moved to Mountain Brook where he served as defensive coordinator and assistant principal (1981-90).
He became a head coach, first at Guntersville (1991-95), was at Southside-Gadsden for one year in 1996, then moved to Benjamin Russell (1997-2000) and currently is at Bayside Academy (2007-present). He spent 2001-2006 at UMS-Wright as assistant coach and strength & conditioning coach. His overall head-coaching record is 169-89 with two state championship game appearances at Benjamin Russell and one at Bayside Academy. His teams had just two losing seasons in 21 years and have reached the state playoffs 17 times.
Lazenby coached as an assistant and head coach in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game, was ASWA Coach of the Year in 1997, 2011 and 2015 and has served as a past president of the Alabama Football Coaches Association. Lazenby was inducted into the Samford Athletic Hall of Fame in 2018. He served in the U.S. Army infantry reaching the rank of First Sergeant with tours in Europe and Central America.
DAVID LOWERY: A native of Butler County, Lowery, 53, graduated from Georgiana High School in 1983, Troy University in 1988 and earned a master’s at AUM in 1998. Hs first teaching/coaching position was at Evergreen High School in 1988. He moved to Elba High School as assistant coach and defensive coordinator from 1989-1998. He also was head baseball coach leading the Tigers to the playoff semifinals in 1993 and 1994. He was head football coach two years (1995-1996).
He then moved to Brantley High School where he was head football coach and athletic director from 1999-2013. He had an amazing run compiling a 156-27 overall record and 88-3 region record. His teams won the Class 1A state football title in 2009 and 2012 and finished runner-up in 1999 and 2005.
Lowery was named ASWA Class 1A Coach of the Year in 1999 and ALFCA Class 1A Coach of the Year in 2012. Brantley High School named the football field David Lowery Stadium in 2013, and he was inducted into the Wiregrass Sports Hall of Fame in 2014.
WILLIE CARL MARTIN: The Alexander City native and outstanding high school football lineman graduated from Laurel High School in 1969. He attended Northeastern Oklahoma on football scholarship. He was selected in the summer of 1969 to participate in the North-South All-Star Game – as one of the first three black participants in the game’s history.
After a successful playing career in the Canadian Football League (CFL), Martin, 67, returned to Alexander City and began a teaching and coaching career at Benjamin Russell High School that spanned the next 25 years. He served as an assistant football coach from 1985-2001 directing a defense that allowed only 12.32 points a game over a 15-year period. He served as head football coach from 2001-2006. He compiled a 51-24 record during that span and captured the school’s only state football title in in his first year in 2001.
Martin’s leadership expanded to the AHSAA where he served on the District 4 Board and Central Board from 2003-2007.
He was hired in 2007 to serve on the University of Alabama football staff as Director of Player Development, a role he kept until 2015 when he retired. In May of that year, Alexander City celebrated Willie Carl Martin Day (on May 12) as the city honored the native son who served as a trailblazer throughout his career.
MARK MINCHER: Mincher graduated from Hazel Green High School in Madison County in 1975, got his college degree from Memphis State University in 1975 and later earned a master’s in administration from Alabama A&M.
The son of former Major League baseball standout Don Mincher embarked on a career in education in 1980 that lasted more than three decades. He coached football, boys’ and girls’ basketball and baseball at Monrovia Middle School for two years before moving to Sparkman High School in 1982. He became head baseball coach in 1983. He moved to Huntsville High School as head baseball coach in 1985, a position he held for the next 28 years. He compiled a 576-353 baseball-coaching record with 12 city championships, eight area titles, 18 state playoff appearances and one Class 6A state championship (2011).
Mincher also served as HHS athletic director during that time and became an important mentor for other teachers and coaches, not only at his school but throughout Huntsville, Madison County and the state.
He was recognized as the Huntsville City baseball coach of the year numerous times, was named AlaBCA Coach of the Year (6A) and NFHS State Baseball Coach of the Year in 2011. Mincher was inducted into the Madison County Sports Hall of Fame in 2011. He was chosen HCPTA Secondary Principal of the Year in 2015.
BILLY ODOM: Odom, 68, graduated from Baker High School in Mobile in 1968 and from Mississippi College in 1972. He served as a teacher and head football coach at Baker High School for 14 seasons (1972-87), moved to Murphy as an assistant coach from 1989-91 and returned to head coaching at Alba High School from 1992-1997.
His Alba team won the region title in 1994.
Odom’s work as a coach and teacher was just part of his many contributions. He also played a key volunteer role in the development and administration of the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Football Game in Mobile from its inception in 1988. He has been a key administrative coach for that game ever since – heading into his 33rd year. He has also served as the South team manager for the Senior Bowl College All-Star Game for the last three decades.
Recognized as one of Mobile County’s most dependable volunteers, he received the prestigious Bob Pannone Service Award in 2017 and was recognized by the L’Arche Mobile Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012
JOHNNY ROBERTSON (Contest Official): This Sidney Lanier 1965 graduate has been one of the state’s top basketball officials more than 50 years. Robertson, 71, served in 17 of 18 AHSAA state basketball tournaments from 1982-1999.
Recognized by the his peers and the AHSAA for his teaching skills, he served as AHSAA state rules clinician from 1981-1999, has been a Regional Tournament coordinator ever since the regional and state final four basketball format was instituted in 1994 and has been the South Central District Director for Officials since 1999. He has been serving as State Rules Interpreter since 2008. Robertson helped institute the state officials’ camps and has been the State Camp Director since 2008. He received the AHSAA Distinguished Service Award in 2008.
Robertson also officiated high school football from 1972-1987, and he officiated baseball from 1972-1974.
Active in church and civic affairs in Montgomery, he has served in various positions of civic leadership including serving as president of the Kiwanis Club of Montgomery, was Division 9 Lt. Governor for the Kiwanis from 2007-2009 and has also served as president of the Boys and Girls Clubs of the River Region.
RONNIE SIKES: A native of Randolph County, Sikes, 59, graduated from Randolph County High School in Wedowee in 1977 and from Auburn University in 1981. He also attended Southern Union Community College and received a master’s degree from Auburn University (1987).
The veteran football coach began his career in high school education in 1981 with stints at Valley High School (1981-1984), Notasulga (1984-1988), Mortimer Jordan (1988-1990), and Beulah (1990-1992) before returning to Notasulga in 1992. He served as head football coach for the Blue Devils for 12 years compiling a 91-51 record. He then moved to Lanett from 2004-2009. He has coached and taught at Georgia public schools since 2013. While at Notasulga his teams compiled a 25-game winning streak with his 2001 team capturing Class 1A state runner-up. He rebuilt the Lanett program in a short time becoming the coach to lead the Panthers to the first 12-win season since 1976.
Sikes coached in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game twice and also coached in the North-South All-Star Game. He was named O-A News Coach of the Year in 1998.
SCHUESSLER WARE: Anniston High School’s long-time boys’ head basketball coach graduated from AHS in 1974 and Talladega College in 1978. He earned a master’s degree in elementary education from Jacksonville State University.
Ware, 60, began teaching and coaching at his high school alma mater in 1979 – spending his entire career with the Anniston City Schools. He became head basketball coach in 1997 and for the next 20 years his teams compiled a 420-168 record with two state championships, the Class 5A title in 2002 and the 4A championship in 2009. Anniston made five State Final Four appearances, five Northeast Regional titles and seven Calhoun County championships during his tenure.
He was chosen Calhoun County Coach of the Year nine times, AHSAA Class 5A (2002) and Class 4A (2009) Coach of the Year, and saw 12 of his teams win 20 or more games in a season. Only one team had a losing record but still won the area title, and two years later the program rebounded to go 27-6 and reach the Northeast Regional tourney.
He is active in his church and community serving as an Elder at First United Presbyterian Church.
CAROLYN WRIGHT: Mrs. Wright, 62, graduated from Tuskegee Institute High School in 1974 and from Alabama State University in 1978. She earned a master’s in specific learning disability.
She has spent the last 40 years teaching and coaching, primarily at Central High School in Phenix City. She became the head girls’ basketball coach at Central in 1991 and begins the 2018 season with a 498-281 record. She guided the Lady Red Devils to a 26-4 record in 2016-17 and a berth in the Class 7A State Tournament after winning the Central Regional title. Her teams have had just two losing seasons and finished 29-5 in 2005 to set a school girls’ record for basketball wins in a season.
Wright, who also coaches volleyball at Central, served as girls’ track coach from 1992-2007 with 14 individuals or relay teams winning state event titles. Her volleyball team reached the Super Regional tourney in 2014.
She serves in several other leadership roles include department chair for the health and PE department (1991-2008) at Central, and is also currently assistant athletic director. She served on the AHSAA Strategic Planning Committee in 2016.
Her husband Bobby Wright, the Central boys’ basketball coach, was inducted into the Alabama High School Sports Hall of Fame in 2015. With over 600 wins, the husband-wife duo have more basketball games than any other husband-wife coaching duo state history. The couple now have the distinction of being just the second husband-wife tandem to be selected to be enshrined in the Alabama High School Sports Hall of Fame. The first were Tom and Lynette Calvin.
MONTGOMERY – The 63rd AHSAA State Cross Country Championships get underway Saturday at 8:30 a.m., at the Oakville Indian Mounds Park & Museum near Moulton.
Montgomery Catholic senior Amaris Tyynismaa will be vying for her fifth straight state championship in the Class 4A race which is scheduled to kick off the competition in the first race of the day. Homewood senior Will Stone will by chasing his third straight Class 6A cross country title as well.
Tyynismaa won her first Class 4A title in 2014 as an eighth grader – running the 3.1-mile course in 17:03.03 to set the all-time record for the girls’ state championships. She has not topped that mark since but did win last year with a time of 17:14.37, which ranks second best all-time. Lisa Savell of J.T. Wright holds the state record for most individual state titles with six – winning from 1977-82 in the Class 1A/2A division. Holly Holman of St. Paul’s Episcopal (1983, 1984, 1986, 1987 & 1988) and Karisa Nelson of T.R. Miller (2009-2013) each have five state championships.
Stone clocked 15:46.20 last year to win the 6A individual medalist honors – the second fastest time of all 2017 class champions. He won the 6A title in 2016 with a time of 16:01.40. Only two runners in the 62-year history of the cross country championships have won three state titles. Barry Fitts of Brooks was the first, winning in 1979, 1980 and 1981. Steve Allen of Haleyville won three in a row from 1983-85.
Defending Class 7A boys’ champion Mountain Brook captured the school’s 14th state crown last year – just one behind the record of 15 held by Hoover. Class 5A Scottsboro’s boys are also going for their 13th title overall and Class 6A Homewood’s boys come in riding a six-year winning streak.
Scottsboro won the 5A girls’ title in 2017 – the school’s 21st overall. Mountain Brook holds the girls’ state record with 23. The Spartans last won in 2015.
The schedule of events Saturday:
8:30 a.m.: Class 4A Girls
8:50 a.m.: Class 3A Boys
9:10 a.m.: Class 6A Girls
9:30 a.m.: Class 4A Boys
9:50 p.m.: Class 3A Girls
10:10 a.m.: Class 6A Boys
10:30 a.m.: Class 5A Girls
10:50 a.m.: Class 1A/2A Boys
11:10 a.m.: Class 7A Girls
11:30 a.m.: Class 5A Boys
11:50 a.m.: Class 1A/2A Girls
12:10 p.m.: Class 7A Boys
MONTGOMERY – Three calls on the field were overturned last week in 10 challenges issued by the participating schools as the AHSAA Instant Replay managed by DVSport closed out the regular season at nine games.
On the season there has been Instant Replay in 80 games with 80 different schools taking part in 157 opportunities. A total of 67 challenges have been made with 18 calls overturned – a percentage of 26.9%.
Two challenges were made in the Rogers-Lawrence County game at Moulton with both calls on the field being overturned. With 31 seconds left in the first quarter, Rogers became the first school to have two challenges overturned in the same game. The Pirates challenged a spot of an interception at the 1-yard line. Upon review, it was determined that the interception was in the end zone resulting in a touchback.
Rogers later challenged a fumble in the fourth quarter and the review showed the runner’s knee was down prior to the fumble, thus negating the turnover.
A challenge by Class 1A Hackleburg at its game with Phil Campbell concerning a catch that was ruled incomplete out of bounds was overturned to a completion with 9:11 remaining in first quarter. It took one minute to review.
None of the other seven challenges at the seven other games utilizing Instant Replay were overturned.
Eight games will be utilizing Instant Replay this week with seven schools taking part for the first time this season: Boaz, Daphne, Davidson, Florence, Mountain Brook, St. Paul’s Episcopal and Trinity Presbyterian, Clay County, Rogers, Sumter Central and Huffman, bringing the total to 88 on the year.
This week’s playoff games, with classification of each school, utilizing Instant Replay include:
FRIDAY, NOV. 2
TOTAL SCHOOLS PARTICIPATING THUS FAR (73)
(At least one game)
Class 1A District Games
Hackleburg D-7 6
Hubbertville D-7 1
Phillips D-7 1
Sweet Water D-3 2
Waterloo D-7 1
Class 2A District Games
Tanner D-8 2
Class 3A District Games
Bayside Academy D-1 1
Excel D-1 1
Flomaton D-1 1
Hanceville D-8 1
Phil Campbell D-7 1
Thomasville D-1 5
Class 4A District Games
B.T. Washington D-4 1
Clarke County D-1 1
Cordova D-5 1
Elmore County D-4 1
Good Hope D-8 5
Haleyville D-7 1
Handley D-6 4
Leeds D-5 1
Oak Grove D-5 1
Rogers D-7 2
Sumter Central D-3 1
West Limestone D-8 1
Class 5A District Games
Ardmore D-8 1
Brewer D-8 1
Central-Clay County D-6 1
Corner D-5 1
East Limestone D-8 7
Guntersville D-8 1
Jackson D-1 1
Jasper D-5 1
Lawrence County D-7 5
Madison Academy D-8 1
Vigor D-1 1
West Point D-8 1
Wilcox Central D-3 1
Class 6A District Games
Athens D-8 1
Benjamin Russell D-4 2
Buckhorn D-8 1
Calera D-5 1
Carver-Montgomery D-3 1
Decatur D-8 2
Helena D-5 1
Huffman D-5 1
Jackson-Olin D-5 1
Minor D-5 2
Northridge D-5 1
Opelika D-4 7
Oxford D-6 4
Park Crossing D-3 2
Pell City D-6 1
Pelham D-5 5
Pinson Valley D-5 1
Selma D-3 1
Shades Valley D-5 1
Wetumpka D-4 5
Class 7A District Games
Alma Bryant D-1 1
Auburn D-4 8
Austin D-8 3
Baker D-1 5
Central-Phenix City D-4 6
Enterprise D-2 1
Fairhope D-1 1
Hewitt-Trussville D-5 1
Hoover D-5 1
James Clemens D-8 2
Jeff Davis D-3 1
Lee-Montgomery D-3 1
Mary Montgomery D-1 1
McGill-Toolen D-1 1
Oak Mountain D-5 2
Prattville D-3 1
Smiths Station D-4 1
Spain Park D-5 1
Sparkman D-8 1
Stanhope Elmore D-4 1
Thompson D-5 6
Vestavia Hills D-5 3
Meridian (MS) NA 1
District Exposure Breakdown
District Schools Opportunities
D-1 12 20
D-2 1 1
D-3 10 11
D-4 9 32
D-5 20 33
D-6 4 10
D-7 7 18
D-8 16 30
Out-of-State 1 1
TOTAL 80 157
Class Exposure Breakdown
Class Schools Opportunities
1A 5 11
2A 1 2
3A 6 10
4A 12 20
5A 13 23
6A 20 41
7A 22 49
Out-of-State 1 1
TOTAL 80 157
MONTGOMERY – A full slate of 38 AHSAA first-round state playoff football games are scheduled to be live-streamed over the NFHS Network’s subscriber-based AHSAA School Broadcast Program tonight and Friday.
It begins tonight with the Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa High School NFHS Network School Broadcast Program and the Montgomery County Schools SBP live-streaming Sidney Lanier and Hillcrest in a Class 6A battle at Cramton Bowl.
Broadcast coverage of the AHSAA state playoffs include a record 130 events combined including NFHS Network productions, 80 live radio productions, nine tape-delayed TV/Cable video productions and Raycom Sports’ AHSAA Game of the Week – Prattville at McGill-Toolen Catholic – which will be televised live over Raycom’s vast state-wide network of Raycom stations and Bounce channels. Check Raycom’s www.pathtotheplayoffs.com link for more inform locally.
The NFHS Network also plans a pilot live-stream of the Class 7A Florence at Thompson football clash on Facebook Watch. Facebook and the NFHS Network recently partnered and will be featuring select games in surrounding states using the NFHS Network platform and Facebook’s Facebook Watch platform.
The NFHS Network will stream games involving eight high school football teams in seven states throughout their playoff runs live on Facebook Watch starting Friday, November 9. Fans can view these games and add them to their watch list by following the NFHS Network LIVE Facebook page.
The NFHS Network’s “Road to State” coverage starts Friday with the teams’ first playoff games and continues until the end of their quest for a state title. This unique opportunity will allow football enthusiasts to watch some of the best high school football teams compete in state playoffs in pursuit of state titles throughout November and December.
Teams in other states being showcased in program include: Broken Arrow HS (OK); Buford HS (GA); Carol City (Miami, FL); Horn Lake (MS); Katy (TX); Oakland (TN); and Rome (GA).
Fans also have chance to see 37 of the 40 Alabama All-Stars in this week’s first round playing for their various high schools in each classification. The All-Stars will meet Mississippi in the 33rd Alabama-Mississippi Classic at Cramton Bowl Dec. 17.
AHSAA fans will have plenty of choices to tune in over the NFHS Network or a local radio station beginning tonight. Each classification will have multiple choices of games to watch over the NFHS Network. Class 6A has 13 productions slated, followed by seven in Class 7A, five in Class 4A, four each in Classes 1A and 2A, three in Class 5A and two in Class 3A. Class 5A plans 16 radio broadcasts, followed by Class 6A, 4A and 3A with 12 each, 11 in Class 2A, 10 in Class 1A and 7 in Class 7A.
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The complete AHSAA schedule of events currently set to be livestreamed over the NFHS Network, live radio/internet broadcasts and delayed video events can be found at the link below:
MONTGOMERY – When Abbeville (9-1) met Headland (9-1) in the final game of the regular season last Friday night, it was the first time in the 81-year history of the two Henry County schools that both teams came into the contest with just one combined loss.
It lived up to its billing – earning the AHSAA Football Spotlight for Week 10 to close out the regular season.
Abbeville, coached by Robin Tyra, scored the game-winning touchdown with 23 seconds left to post a 32-27 come-from-behind win to spoil the Rams’ big for a perfect regular season. The Yellow Jackets turned to twin brothers for the last-minute heroics – erasing an amazing comeback for Coach Danny Raines’ Rams. Headland trailed 26-8 but took the lead with 3:10 remaining 27-26 when K’Shun Stokes scored on a 1-yard run and Ben Tew caught the two-point conversion pass.
Abbeville quarterback Jaquon Kincey responded with a 60-yard TD pass to his twin brother Daquon Kincey to close out the game in dramatic fashion as a packed stadium watched on in awe. Jaquon finished 6-of-16 passing for 124 yards and two TDs. Stoke was 10-of-19 passing for 143 yards, Tew had six receptions for 50 yards and Montavious Glanton rushed doe 132 yards and a TD for Headland. Rams linebacker Ty Dailey also had 14 tackles, one of five interceptions made by the defense and also recovered a fumble.
Both teams will be at home this week in the playoffs with Abbeville hosting Vincent (3-7) and Headland hosting Talladega (5-5).
The football thriller edged out two special performances by two special-team stars.
Richmon Singletary of Elba accounted for 441 total yards and four touchdowns, including kickoff returns of 96 and 86 yards, in the Tigers’ 42-35 loss to Tate (FL). He also had a 37 punt return (no TD), 206 yards rushing on 20 carries and two receptions for 16 yards and made 11 tackles on defense.
Mars Hill Bible (9-1) closed out the best regular season in the Panthers’ short football history with sophomore Peyton Higgins accounting for four touchdowns three different ways – including his sixth kickoff return of the season for a TD as Mars Hill beat Lexington 47-0. He returned a kickoff 97 yards for one score, rushed for 102 yards on eight carries with TDs of 54 and 8 yards and caught a 32-yard pass reception to close out the night.
In other top performances reported for Week 10:
SPARTANS CLINCH WIN 100 FOR YEAGER: Mountain Brook downed Gardendale 38-14 last Friday to close out the regular season at 8-2 and handed head coach Chris Yeager his 100th victory as the school’s head coach. In 13 years as head coach he is 100-50 – with the 100 wins tying Joey Jones as most by any head football coach in school history. The Spartans head into the 7A state playoffs this week to face Austin Friday night. It is the school’s ninth trip to the playoffs in Yeager’s tenure. Yeager is considered one of the top offensive line coaches in the Southeast and annually hosts a special camp just for linemen each summer.
PIEDMONT’S SMITH COACHES HIS 300TH GAME: Coach Steve Smith of Piedmont coached in his 300th career game Friday night, a 26-6 victory at Geraldine. The win clinched the Class 3A, Region 6 title. Smith is 228-72 in 13 seasons at Piedmont and 11 years at Cedar Bluff. He guided Piedmont to three Class 3A state championships (2009, 2015, and 2016).
PATRICK SETS SCHOOL RUSHING RECORD: Elmore County running back D.J. Patrick had 158 yards rushing and three touchdowns on 16 carries in a 42-21 loss at Tallassee. He closed out his prep career, however, with 3,932 rushing yards, a new school record.
DAMIEN MILLER LIFTS FAIRFIELD INTO PLAYOFFS: The senior returned a punt 70 yards for the game-clinching score as Fairfield earn a playoff spot in Class 5A with a 27-12 victory over Central-Tuscaloosa. Miller now has five kickoff returns and three punt returns for touchdowns this season.
GLENCOE SNAPS STREAK: Running back Colton Stone rushed for 205 yards and three touchdowns on only 10 carries as the Yellow Jackets snapped a 17-game winless streak with a 40-6 victory over West End.
HA ENJOYS KICKS FROM BECKETT: Place-kicker Henry Beckett drilled field goals of 43 and 52 yards, the latter tying the school record for longest kick in history, converted 3-of-3 extra-point kicks and averaged 47.8 yards off four punts in the Raiders’ 27-14 win over G.W. Long. He now has 10 field goals on the season heading into the playoffs, breaking the previous record of nine set three times by Alex Burkett (2002, 2003, 2004).
MARK INABINETTE, MONTEVALLO: Completed 20-of-27 passes for 334 yards and four TDs in a 42-24 victory over Lincoln.
LUCAS CRAFT, COLBERT COUNTY: Threw for a season-high 261 yards and four touchdowns as Colbert County beat Lauderdale County 35-6.
AARON DOVE, FALKVILLE: Was 14-of-18 passing for 234 yards and six touchdowns as Falkville (10-0) beat Elkmont 56-14.
BRAXTON BUCK, HOLTVILLE: Led the Bulldogs (7-3) to a 70-6 win over Marbury passing for 212 yards and five touchdowns.
HESS HORNE, EUFAULA: Threw for 267 yards off 17-of-29 with three touchdowns in a 35-34 loss to Smiths Station.
BRAYDEN STORDAHL, GAYLESVILLE: Completed 12-of-17 pass attempts for 211 yards and four touchdowns in the Trojans’ 60-38 win over Alabama School for the Deaf.
CAIDEN LIPSCOMB, COOSA CHRISTIAN: Completed 10-of-18 passes for 210 yards and touchdowns of 34, 36 and 71 yards in the Conquerors’ 42-35 overtime win over New Hope, Leading receiver Evan Delp had three receptions for 116 yards and two TDs.
JAY OWENS, SARDIS: Was 14-of-18 in passing for 200 yards and four touchdowns in the Lions’ 55-28 loss to Hokes Bluff. Leading receiver Jacob Hopper caught seven passes for 87 yards and two TDs.
MASON PRONK, SPAIN PARK: Finished 9-of-13 passing for 191 yards and four TDs and added six carries for 21 yards and a 17-yard touchdown in a 42-10 victory over Shades Valley.
AUSTIN GULLEDGE, HOKES BLUFF: Finished with 230 yards of offense in the Eagles’ 55-28 victory over Sardis. The junior quarterback completed 4-of-7 passes for 140 yards and two touchdowns while rushing nine times for 90 yards.
RYLEY KIRK, SPRING GARDEN: Completed 10-of-16 pass attempts for 167 yards and three touchdowns — all to Gaines Petty — in the Panthers’ 41-27 victory at Ider.
WILLIE MILLER, CLAY-CHALKVILLE: Finished 8-for-12 passing for 119 yards and a touchdown rushed 12 times for 45 yards and three touchdowns in a 45-17 victory over Gadsden City.
ZAYE BOYD, RUSSELLVILLE: Ran for 287 yards and 5 touchdowns as Russellville beat Central 63-34.
DARRIAN MEADS, HOKES BLUFF: Rushed for 257 yards and five touchdowns (4, 5, 3, 23 and 4 yards) in the Eagles’ 55-28 victory over Sardis. Meads had 167 yards and four TDs by halftime.
TONY AMERSON, SAINT JAMES: Picked up 238 yards rushing on 33 carries and scored twice as the Trojans downed Trinity Presbyterian 31-21. Teammate Austin Gavin also had 165 yards rushing on eight carries and scored twice.
PRESTON COX, PRATTVILLE CHRISTIAN: Rushed for 225 yards and two touchdowns and recovered a fumble in the end zone for a third TD in a 47-0 win over Horseshoe Bend.
K.J. HALL, HIGHLAND HOME: Totaled 210 yards rushing and three touchdowns as the Flying Squadron (9-1) beat Houston County 47-14.
KALVIN LEVETT, TALLASSEE: Rushed 25 times for 205 yards and two TDs and was 6-of-9 passing for 92 yards and another score in a 42-21 win over Elmore County.
TRISTEN PAYNE, GAYLESVILLE: Ran for 200 yards on 22 carries with a touchdown in the Trojans’ 60-38 victory over Alabama School for the Deaf.
DILLON CARRAWAY, G.W. LONG: Rushed for 193 yards on just 10 carries with TD runs of 90 and 79 yards in a 27-14 loss to Houston Academy.
DARTAVIOUS BRITTON, COOSA CHRISTIAN: Rushed for 175 yards and two touchdowns in the Conquerors’ 42-35 overtime win over New Hope.
ROYDELL WILLIAMS, HUEYTOWN: Ran for 146 yards and two touchdowns in a 31-13 loss to Briarwood Christian.
LUKE PERCER, OAK MOUNTAIN: Ran for 143 yards and two TDs to lead the Eagles to a 38-8 victory over Center Point.
A.J. GATES, MOUNTAIN BROOK: Ran 14 times for 131 yards and two TDs and added a 99-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in a 38-14 victory over Gardendale.
DALTON HANBACK, CENTRAL-FLORENCE: Rushed for 147 yards and also returned a kickoff 87 yards for a touchdown in Central’s loss to Russellville.
TY PARKER, HATTON: Rushed for 147 yards and three touchdowns as Hatton dominated Clements, 41-6.
J.J. EVANS, MONTEVALLO: Caught nine passes for 202 yards and two TDs in a 42-24 victory over Lincoln.
NOAH HART, SIDNEY LANIER: Rushed for 87 yards on two carries, including an 80-yard TD run, caught five passes for 172 yards with one going 84 yards for TD in the Poets’ 27-20 loss to Prattville.
TYLER BOOKER, BRANTLEY: Hauled in three passes for 160 yards and three touchdowns in a 37-14 win over Goshen.
JEREMIAH ROBERTSON, WEST END: Caught 13 passes for 142 yards and a touchdown in the Patriots’ 40-6 loss to Glencoe.
KEIANDRE SANDERS, SHADES VALLEY: Caught 11 passes for 129 yards in a 42-10 loss to Spain Park.
KEENAN HAMBRICK, ATHENS: Caught five passes for 110 yards and two touchdowns in a 21-18 win over Austin. His two touchdowns were of 33 and 36 yards.
LOGAN PRUETT, CLAY-CHALKVILLE: Had five catches for 100 yards in a 45-17 victory over Gadsden City.
WILL CLEMONS, HOKES BLUFF. Had 15 tackles in the Eagles’ 55-28 victory over Sardis.
KURT REICHART, PRATTVILLE CHRISTIAN: recorded 10 tackles, with four for loss and one sack, and blocked a punt in a 47-0 win over Horseshoe Bend.
KENDRICK FIFE, CHEROKEE COUNTY: Returned an interception 45 yards for a touchdown. He also ran for a 2-point conversion in the Warriors’ 32-15 loss to Southside-Gadsden.
DE’ANTE RAMEY, DOTHAN: returned an interception 95 yards for a touchdown with 1.2 seconds left before halftime, giving the Tigers a 20-7 lead and sparking a 34-14 win over Carroll.
BRANT DEERMAN, PIEDMONT: Returned an interception 30 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter that gave the Bulldogs a 13-6 lead en route to a 26-6 victory at Geraldine.
LUKE WELSH, SPRING GARDEN: Posted 10 tackles on defense and ran for 75 yards on nine carries, including a 45-yard score in the Panthers’ 41-27 win at Ider.
KARSTEN THREAT, MIDFIELD: Had 10 tackles on defense and 109 yards rushing and two TDs on offense in the Patriots’ 30-17 win over Woodlawn.
TAVICA TUTT, MONTEVALLO: Was credited with nine tackles and two fumble recoveries in a 42-24 victory over Lincoln.
TRENTON POOLE, PAUL BRYANT: Intercepted two passes in a 31-21 loss to Homewood.
CHAUNCEY LIGHTNER, BARBOUR COUNTY: Registered 11 tackles with one sack and also a caused fumble and fumble recovery in the Jaguars’ 50-0 loss to Bullock County.
TRE AUSMER, HOMEWOOD: On the final play of the third quarter, Ausmer went back to return a punt. It was short and bounced off players from both teams, but was never ruled dead. He scooped it up at midfield and scored in a 31-21 victory over Paul Bryant.
LANDON CUMMINGS, FULTONDALE: Scored game's first TD when he scooped up a blocked punt and raced into the end one in a 38-6 victory over Tarrant.
BIRMINGHAM – Pleasant Home High School downed Athens Bible 25-17, 25-13, 25-20 to capture the school’s first-ever AHSAA girls’ state championship in the final match of the 48th Class 4A State Volleyball finals held at the CrossPlex’s Bill Harris Arena Thursday.
The Eagles of Coach Tony Wilson jumped out to a quick win in the first set and won in three straight sets. It was Pleasant Home’s first trip to trip to the championship match in four trips to the State Tourney.
Senior River Baldwin had 17 kills and three blocked shots to earn MVP honors for the Eagles. She also had a team-high 14 digs. Sarah Kathryn Guilford added 12 kills and 10 digs, Peyton Huckabaa had 17 assists and six digs and Bella Worley had 12 assists.
Athens Bible (45-11) reached the finals winning s grueling five-set battle over Faith Christian Wednesday night in the semifinals. Senior Kyndal Barksdale had eight kills, Izzy Todd had seven and Mackenzie Davis had six in the finals versus Pleasant Home. Davis also had 20 assists. The Trojans won Class 1A state titles in 1989, 2009 and 2014.
CLASS 1A ALL-STATE TOURNAMENT TEAM
River Baldwin, Pleasant Home (MVP); Sarah Kathryn Guilford, Pleasant Home; Peyton Huckabaa, Pleasant Home; Bella Worley, Pleasant Home; Izzy Todd, Athens Bible; Kyndal Barksdale, Athens Bible.
48th Annual State Volleyball Championships
THURSDAY’S CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS
(All matches to be live-streamed over the subscriber-based NFHS Network; for more information go to www.nfhsnetwork.com)
Class 2A Championship
Addison (54-10) 3, Winston County (33-15) 2 (25-21, 20-25, 19-25, 15-8)
Class 7A Championship
McGill-Toolen Catholic (48-5) 3, Bob Jones (37-11) 0 (25-17, 25-8, 25-23)
Class 5A Championship