Tuesday, January 22, 2019






Mobile Christian Forfeits Football Contest

Mobile Christian High School has been fined, placed on probation for one year and ordered to forfeit its season-opening varsity football game win and one junior varsity win for violating the AHSAA eligibility rules. The school self-reported the violation.

Mobile Christian played an ineligible student in violation of the “Transfer Rule” specifically “Overlapping School Zone Rule”. The school must forfeit all contests its team won in which the student participated. Mobile Christian forfeited its 49-6 varsity win over Lighthouse Private Christian School of Pensacola, and also forfeited a junior varsity win over Excel.

The probationary period is a warning that other violations of this nature could bring further sanctions against the school.

AHSAA Prep Spotlight, Week I Crowder is ‘Crowd Pleaser’ with Strong Two-Way Effort in Gardendale Win

MONTGOMERY – Steven Crowder was definitely a crowd pleaser for Gardendale High School last week. He had 22 tackles on defense and scored three different ways as the Rockets knocked off James Clemens 26-13.  For his efforts Crowder grabs the AHSAA Prep Spotlight for last week’s football action.
    The 6-foot-1, 220-pound senior linebacker made the most of his chances for Coach Matt Plunkett’s Rockets (2-0). He scooped up a fumble and returned it 35 yards for one score. He then moved to offense where he scored on a 17-yard run and caught a 13-yard TD pass from quarterback and younger brother Michael Crowder.
performance edged out three explosive offensive efforts in some high-scoring games. LaFayette senior quarterback Jartavious Whitlow, Hewitt-Trussville senior running back Grayson Cash and Brewer quarterback Zack Self combined to account for 20 touchdowns between them.
      Whitlow returned the opening kickoff 88 yards to start the game for LaFayette and completed six touchdown passes the rest of the way as the Bulldogs (2-0) beat Loachapoka 48-24. He finished with 328 passing yards, 48 rushing yards and 234 yards on punt and kickoff returns to total 610 all-purpose yards in the win. His TD passes covered 60, 70, 66, 23, 46 and 50 yards.
      The senior now has almost 1,100 total yards and ran or thrown for 13 touchdowns this season.
      Cash rushed for 255 yards and four touchdowns on 18 carries and caught two passes for 48 yards and two more scores in the Huskies' 78-56 win over Manatee (FL).  He also had three kick returns for 99 yards and finished with 402 all-purpose yards on the night. 
      The 78 points set a school single-game record for Hewitt and head coach Josh Floyd, in his third season after a very successful prep coaching career in Arkansas. The 134 combined points ranks fourth all-time in the AHSAA Record Book behind the Parrish’s 2003 win over Hubbertville 81-58 (139 points total), Slocomb’s 1931 124-12 victory over Houston County (136 points) and Clay-Chalkville’s 85-50 Class 6A playoff win over Scottsboro in 2014.
     Brewer’s Self passed for 242 yards and four touchdowns (20, 24, 43, 53 yards) and ran for 134 yards and three scores (22, 7, 13 yards) in a 56-27 win at Westminster Christian. He totaled 356 yards and accounted for seven touchdowns.
     Two coaches and one seventh grader also had milestone efforts.

Decatur's Jere Adcock got his 150th career win Thursday night as the Red Raiders thumped Huntsville 42-20 at Milton Frank Stadium. Adcock is now 150-81 in his 21st season at Decatur. The Handley High School and Auburn University graduate’s entire head-coaching career has been at Decatur, where he served as an assistant coach for two years before becoming head coach in 1996.
WICKSBURG PLACE-KICKER EARNS DISTINCTION: Ashton White, a seventh-grader, kicked 6-of-7 extra points in a 56-26 win over Geneva County – which appears to be the AHSAA record for most extra points in a single game kicked by a female.

KELVIS WINS BATTLE OF COACHING BROTHERS: Brandon Crosby threw for 154 yards and three touchdowns (17, 36, 19 yards) and ran for 88 yards, including a 29-yard TD, in a 48-28 win at Tanner as Kelvis White got the coaching win for Mae Jemison High School over his brother Laron White. It was the two brothers’ first head-to-head meeting as head football coaches. Their dad Louis White, who coached both at Courtland, is a member of the AHSAA Hall of Fame.
    In other highlights reported for Week 1:

Had 16 carries for 282 yards and four touchdowns in a 55-13 win over Donoho. Teammate Trace Meadows added five carries for 104 yards and two scores.
DHEIR KINSEY, WASHINGTON COUNTY: Rushed for 268 yards and two scores and finished with 297 total yards as Washington County blanked Millry 35-0.
 Gained 223 yards on 17 carries and scored on runs of 79 and 52 yards in a 35-15 win at Hazel Green. He also caught four passes for 49 yards.
LADARIUS WOODS, DECATUR: Rushed for 250 yards and two touchdowns in a 42-20 win over Huntsville.
DILAN KILPATRICK, FYFFE: Had 15 carries for 193 yards and four touchdowns and also caught a 19-yard TD as Fyffe downed Geraldine 48-14.
GARRETT SANDERS, G.W. LONG: Accounted for five touchdowns – four rushing (2, 6, 47 and 68 yards) and one receiving (32 yards) – in the Rebels’ 54-14 win over Dale County. Sanders finished with 236 total yards with 140 yards coming on 11 carries and 96 yards on three catches.
JORDAN MALIN, WEST END: The senior halfback rushed for 178 yards and four touchdowns on eight carries in the Patriots' 65-42 win over Susan Moore. Teammate Payne Stancil also passed for 187 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for 48 yards on four carries and a fifth touchdown. He also opened the night with a perfectly-executed onside kick that set the pace for the high-scoring game.
SPENCER BROWN, MORTIMER JORDAN: Rushed 27 times for 192 yards and five touchdowns as the Blue Devils beat Pelham 42-14.
CHRIS HOOKS, BALDWIN COUNTY: Rushed for 144 yards and three touchdowns on seven carries and was 5-of-6 passing for 75 yards and a TD as the Tigers downed Gulf Shores 44-9. Hooks also had three receptions for 75 yards and a fifth score to finish with 309 yards total offense.
Accounted for five touchdowns (four rushing, one passing) and had an interception on defense in the Class 1A Panthers' 47-12 victory over Class 3A Beulah. The senior rushed for 107 yards on 10 carries and completed both of his pass attempts for 15 yards, including a 13-yard touchdown to senior Joe Rogers.
TUCKER DRISKELL, WICKSBURG: Rushed for 177 yards and passed for 111 yards and two touchdowns in the Panthers’ 56-26 win over Geneva County. He finished with 288 total yards.
DIAMONTE DOUGLAS, LEE-HUNTSVILLE: Ran for 112 yards and two 1-yard touchdowns and was 10-of-16 passing for 120 yards and a TD in a 23-15 win over Grissom.
TAYLOR HAYES, PIEDMONT: The senior ran for 162 yards on 23 carries and scored two touchdowns (11, 18 yards) and passed for 73 yards, including a 48-yard touchdown pass to junior receiver Darien Bossie, in the Bulldogs' 35-21 victory over Cherokee County. Teammate Lee Stanley also rushed for 130 yards on 13 carries, including a 44-yard touchdown run on the Bulldogs' first possession in the second half.
TRE McMILLAN, BAKER: Scored on runs of 35 and 13 yards and caught a 70-yard TD pass as the Hornets downed Vigor 28-16. He had 193 total yards on the night.
 Had 14 carries for 188 yards to lead the Jackets past Dallas County 33-7.
DEMINIO WILLIAMS, SARALAND: Ran 14 times for 171 yards and a TD in a 27-22 win over LeFlore.
C.J. ROBERTS, CARROLL: Ran for 160 yards and four touchdowns on 25 carries in the Eagles’ 49-13 win over Daleville.
CORY THOMAS, ETOWAH: Rushed 28 times for 165 yards and three touchdowns as the Blue Devils downed Madison County 35-10.
Ran for 116 yards and two scores, threw for 97 yards and a touchdown, and had an interception on defense in the Trojans' 26-6 victory over Section.
ALARIC WILLIAMS, SOUTHSIDE-GADSDEN: Had 15 carries for 142 yards as the Panthers beat Hokes Bluff 44-29. Southside rushed for 340 yards and had 526 total.

Completed 13-of-24 passes for 309 yards and for touchdowns as the Patriots defeated Douglas 45-0.

BO NIX, SCOTTSBORO: The sophomore quarterback was 15-of-26 passing for 281 yards and three touchdowns as the Wildcats beat Fort Payne 35-3. The 281 yards ranks second in school history for yards passing in a single game.
COLE WORTHY, GENEVA COUNTY: Was 18-of-31 passing for 332 yards and three touchdowns and added 31 yards rushing in a 56-26 loss to Wicksburg.
ZAC ODEN, MONTEVALLO: Was 13-of-20 passing for 311 yards and four touchdowns as the Bulldogs beat West Blocton 59-34.
HUNTER HILL, NORTH SAND MOUNTAIN: Passed for 304 yards and four touchdowns (14, 15, 54 and 30 yards) in a 32-30 loss to Dade County (GA).
CAMERON BURROUGHS, BLOUNT: The Leopards’ back-up quarterback, subbing for ailing starter Kadarius Toney,  completed 12-of-16 passes for 242 yards and three touchdowns as the Leopards rolled to a 49-10 victory over Robertsdale. 
HUNTER HOWELL, SPAIN PARK: Was 20-of-23 passing for 215 yards and three touchdowns in the Jaguars’ 35-18 win over Muscle Shoals. He completed his first 10 passes in the first quarter.
GABE PELUSO, WEST MORGAN: Threw for three touchdowns (65, 40, 35 yards) and scored on a 56-yard run as West Morgan (2-0) downed Priceville 42-21. The Rebels, 0-10 last season and 1-19 over the last two years, are off to a much-improved 2-0 start.
 Passed for 220 yards and scored two TDs running as the Cougars nipped Bessemer City 33-30. He scored the winning touchdown with 36.3 seconds left to seal the win.
Passed for 228 yards and four touchdowns and also scored on a 70-yard run as the defending 7A state champions nipped Davidson 39-36 in triple overtime.
TREVOR ANDREWS, THEODORE: Was 10-of-19 passing for 272 yards and four touchdowns as the Bobcats (2-0) downed Mary Montgomery 41-20.
BRADY HERRING, REHOBETH: Completed 11-of-15 passes for 216 yards and also rushed for a touchdown in the Rebels' 28-7 win over Slocomb.
DEVIN KIMBROUGH, SPARKMAN: Passed for 156 yards and a TD and rushed for 84 yards and two touchdowns in a 35-19 win over Athens.

Caught eight passes for 223 yards and two touchdowns in the Bulldogs' 56-26 loss to Wicksburg.

AARON BUSH, GLENCOE: The senior receiver snared six passes for 157 yards and a touchdown to help the Yellow Jackets beat Westbrook Christian 35-0.
IMMANUEL DAWSEY, HOUSTON COUNTY: Caught just two passes but turned those into touchdowns covering 81 and 60 yards as the Lions downed Zion Chapel 49-7. He finished with 141 receiving yards.
AUSTIN FREEMAN, SCOTTSBORO: Hauled in three receptions for 130 yards and three touchdowns in a 35-3 win over Fort Payne. He also made six tackles, forced a fumble and intercepted a pass on defense.

DELONTE EVANS, MINOR: Grabbed three receptions for 147 yards and two TDs as the visiting Tigers blanked Central of Carrollton (GA) 54-0. Evans’ TD catches covering 56 and 83 yards.
NICO COLLINS, CLAY-CHALKVILLE: Had seven catches for 147 yards and a TD in as 33-30 win over Bessemer City.
JEREMIAH CHILDS, WESTMINSTER CHRISTIAN: Caught touchdown passes of 57, 69 and 29 yards in a 56-27 loss to Brewer.
BRAXTON ROBINSON, ELBA: Caught seven passes for 85 yards and a touchdown in the Tigers' 36-22 win over Pike County.

C.J. WILLIAMSON, GUNTERSVILLE: Had four receptions for only 43 yards but had three touchdowns in a 23-0 win over Oneonta.

The Lions senior had 14 tackles, one quarterback hurry and one tackle for a loss as Prattville shut out Stanhope Elmore in the second half to seal a 28-23 win over the rival Mustangs.
AUSTIN WINNINGHAM, SOUTHSIDE-GADSDEN: Had two interceptions on defense and had 142 pass receiving yards on offense with two touchdowns as the Panthers beat Hokes Bluff 44-29.
BRANDON HEARD, HORSESHOE BEND: Recorded 11 tackles with two resulting in losses as the Generals beat Donoho 55-13.
TYE LINDSEY, OPP: Had two interceptions, returning the last one 61 yards for a touchdown on the last play of the game, as the Bobcats beat T.R. Miller 30-20. He also had five tackles and a 45-yard touchdown reception.

JUNIOR TOMAS, WEST END: The senior defensive lineman had 12 tackles, a sack and recovered a fumble in the Patriots' 65-42 win over Susan Moore.
COYNIS MILLER, JACKSON-OLIN: The 6-foot-3, 275-pound junior defensive lineman had seven tackles on defense and scored three times on short runs (3, 3 and 4 yards) in the Mustangs’ goal-line offensive package in a 38-7 win over Central-Tuscaloosa. Teammate T.D. Moultry added 11 tackles for J-O, 2-0 for the first time in 10 years.
KAEDON HARRIS, VALLEY: The Rams’ 300-pound freshman nose guard had two fumble recoveries in a 21-20 win over Russell County. Valley’s defense forced six turnovers (five fumbles and an interception) in the win. Harris now has three fumble recoveries in two games this season.
DALTON DYKES, SLOCOMB: Recorded 14 tackles with two for losses and one for a quarterback sack in a 28-7 loss to Rehobeth.

RICKY HALL, PROVIDENCE CHRISTIAN: Had 18 tackles, including one quarterback sack, in the Eagles' 20-6 win over Samson.

JUSTIN CULVER, SCOTTSBORO: The senior had 10 tackles with two resulting in losses as Scottsboro downed Fort Payne 35-3. Senior teammate Hunter Berrong added nine tackles, including a sack and four other tackles for losses.

Kicked a 24-yard field goal as the first half ended to give the Panthers a 16-14 lead and Southside reeled off 23 straight points to post a 44-29 win over Hokes Bluff.
HENRY RUGGS, LEE-MONTGOMERY: Had four kickoff returns for 117 yards and four catches for 90 yards and a TD as the Generals beat Park Crossing 51-44.

19 Football Games Set for NFHS Network This Week

The NFHS Network has announced the list of football games currently uploaded by member schools to be live-streamed over the NFHS Network platform this weekend. Saraland High School will live-stream its game with LeFlore tonight. Among the other games Friday is the much anticipated Opelika vs. Auburn set for Opelika High School.
All three Champions Challenge games last week were archived by the NFHS Network.
A total of 19 games are slated. Those with NFHS Network subscriptions can tune in to any of these football contests. For more information, go to www.ahsaa.com and then click on the NFHS Network icon on the front page of the website or go to www.nfhsnetwork.com
Schools produce these contests through the NFHS Network School Broadcast Program (SBP). Interested schools can contact Matt Abramson at:



Matt Abramson|Southeast Territory Manager



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NFHS SBP Producer


Aug 25 - 7:00 CDT


Park Crossing vs. Robert E. Lee

Robert E. Lee High School


Aug 25 - 6:00 CDT


John LeFlore vs. Saraland

Saraland High School


Aug 26 - 6:30 CDT


Oak Mountain vs. Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa

Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa High School


Aug 26 - 6:30 CDT


Fairhope vs. Foley

Foley High School


Aug 26 - 6:30 CDT


Marbury vs. Holtville

TriCounty Sports


Aug 26 - 6:45 CDT


Whitehaven vs. Florence

Florence High School


Aug 26 - 6:45 CDT


Opelika vs. Auburn

Opelika High School


Aug 26 - 6:45 CDT


Prattville vs. Stanhope Elmore

Prattville High School


Aug 26 - 7:00 CDT


Deshler vs. Russellville

Russellville High School


Aug 26 - 7:00 CDT


Alexandria vs. Jacksonville

Jacksonville High School


Aug 26 - 7:00 CDT


Albertville vs. Arab

Albertville High School


Aug 26 - 7:00 CDT


Ariton vs. Goshen

Goshen High School


Aug 26 - 7:00 CDT


McGill-Toolen vs Davidson

McGill-Toolen Catholic High School


Aug 26 - 7:00 CDT


Albertville vs. Arab

Arab High School


Aug 26 - 7:00 CDT


Enterprise vs. Northview

Northview High School


Aug 26 - 7:00 CDT


Carver-Montgomery vs. Jeff Davis

Jefferson Davis High School


Aug 26 - 7:00 CDT


North Jackson vs. Cullman

Cullman High School


Aug 26 - 7:00 CDT


Muscle Shoals vs. Spain Park

Muscle Shoals High School


Aug 26 - 7:00 CDT


Davidson vs. McGill-Toolen Catholic

McGill-Toolen Catholic High School


AHSAA Zero Week Prep Spotlight Bob Jones RB Sets State Record with two 99-yard TD Runs

   Bob Jones High School senior running back Brad Anderson grabbed the AHSAA Prep Spotlight for Zero Week with a performance of a lifetime as the 2016 prep football season kicked off officially last weekend.
      Anderson had a 99-yard touchdown run in the second half of a 35-14 win over Dorman, S.C., at Madison City Stadium to join an elite group of only 11 before him AHSAA prep football history. Then a few minutes later, he did it again – becoming what is believed to the first high school football player in the nation to accomplish such a feat twice in one game. The NFHS does not list records for long plays.  None of the other 11 listed in the AHSAA Record Book had two 99-yard runs from scrimmage in their careers.
     The Bob Jones 5-foot-8, 170-pound senior finished the game with 17 carries for 310 yards and three touchdowns.
   Also, no player in AHSAA history has had two touchdown runs of 99 yards in the same game. In fact, only one other player has been reported with two TD runs over 90 yards, Reayundo Sturdivant accomplished the feat in 2002 with TD runs of 90 and 92 yards in a 46-14 Sumter County win over Francis Marion.
   The last player to enter the AHSAA record books with a 99-yard rush attempt was Westminster Christian’s Jared Smith in a 21-12 win over Oneonta in 2015.  Collinsville’s Jalyn Martin had a 99-yard TD run in 2014 in the Panthers’ 41-24 victory over Cedar Bluff. The first player listed with the feat is Joseph Hutto of East Lawrence in a 22-12 victory over Madison County in 1992 – 24 years ago.
    The first week’s action was highlighted with special commemorations at Prattville and Foley high schools that honored two of the state’s all-time favorite high school football standouts.
KENNY STABLER NUMBER RETIRED: At Foley, the high school jersey number (12) of recent NFL Hall of Fame inductee, the late Kenny Stabler, became the first number in school history to be retired. The ceremony took place prior to the Lions’ 41-14 season-opening win over Robertsdale Aug. 19.
    Stabler, Foley’s quarterback from 1961 through 1963 when the Lions rolled to a 29-1 record and a 23-game winning streak, went on to a standout career at Alabama and in the NFL. He succumbed to colon cancer in 2015. Several members of his family attended Friday night's ceremony, which in addition to the number retirement, included a Hometown Hall of Fame program presented by the Pro Football Hall of Fame and Ford Motor Company.
     After Foley's current No. 12, Garrett Mayo, completes his prep career, no Lion will wear the jersey again, according to school officials.
     "I've never played a down of football in my life, but I do know how special this place was to our dad," Alexa Stabler Adams, one of Stabler's three daughters, said at the ceremony.  "Foley was home. Foley gave Dad the skills to perform at the highest level. It gave Dad the relationships that carried him to Tuscaloosa, to Oakland, to New Orleans, to Houston and, ultimately, back here.”
PRATTVILLE NAMES FIELD IN HONOR OF KEVIN TURNER: Prior to Prattville’s season-opening 55-53 setback to Wetumpka at Stanley-Jensen Stadium Friday night, Prattville High School named the field in honor of former Lions’ standout Kevin Turner.  And in what is believed to be a “first,” PHS also named the sideline in front of the Prattville team in honor of longtime local sportswriter, team statistician and PHS historian Jimmy White, 82, who died earlier this year. White wrote a sports column locally for many years for the Prattville Progress and covered all PHS sports events for more than 60 years. , The City of Prattville honored Mr. White by painting his name along with the logo of his beloved Boston Red Sox on the spot where he followed his Lions for over six decades.
     Turner, whose life has been documented by HBO, attended Prattville High School where he played on the 1984 Class 6A state championship team. He went on to play at Alabama and in the NFL from 1992-99. Turner, diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) referred to as Lou Gehrig's disease, in 2010, and died last March. The Kevin Turner Foundation now offers education and support for other ALS victims.
   In other highlights from Zero Week:

JATARVIOUS WHITLOW, LAFAYETTE: Rolled up 425 yards total offense, including 279 yards rushing and 146 passing, as the Bulldogs beat Dadeville 44-29. Whitlow rushed for four scores and passed for another.
JORDAN STOVER, HARTSELLE: Ran for 273 yards on 25 carries and scored twice as the Tigers beat I-65 rival Cullman 27-17.
DONTE EDWARDS, DAVIDSON: Rushed for 266 yards and three touchdowns on 18 carries as Davidson opened the season with a 35-28 win over Daphne. Edwards’ first TD came in a 90-yard drive on the first play from scrimmage.
ALARIC WILLIAMS, SOUTHSIDE-GADSDEN: The senior running back had 237 combined yards and five touchdowns in the Panthers' 48-33 victory over Etowah. Williams rushed 17 times for 187 and four TDs and caught three passes for 50 yards and another score.
QUENTIN YOUNG, CLAY-CHALKVILLE: Rushed for a school record 292 yards on 25 carries and scored four touchdowns (1, 21, 64, 32 yards) in the Cougars' 53-48 win over Florence. Young's last touchdown regained the lead for the Cougars late in the come-from-behind win.
TREVELL SMITH, HOUSTON COUNTY: Rushed for 212 yards and four touchdowns from his tailback position and added 10 tackles on defense to help the Lions beat Cottonwood 35-14 and end a 24-game losing streak, the second longest in the state.
MITCHELL BESS, HOUSTON ACADEMY: Rushed for 201 yards and three touchdowns on 22 carries as the Raiders downed Geneva County 28-19.
JONATE COTTON, NEW HOPE: Sparked the Indians to a 15-6 win over Westminster Christian with 199 yards rushing and s 41-yard touchdown run. He also anchored the defense at linebacker.
NICK PHILLIPS, WILSON: Ran for a career-high 193 yards on 29 carries with an 11-yard TD run as Wilson beat Sheffield 17-14.
SAM EVERETTE, MOUNTAIN BROOK: Ran for 191 yards on 18 carries and scored three touchdowns as the Spartans beat Gulf Shores 56-6.
JORDAN JEFFERY, PISGAH: The senior rushed for 190 yards on 11 carries, scored three touchdowns (9, 80 and 20 yards) and two 2-point conversions in a 48-0 win over Section.
ZALON REYNOLDS, CHELSEA: Ran for 183 yards on 29 carries as the Hornets beat Oak Mountain 49-33. Reynolds scored four rushing touchdowns as Chelsea beat Oak Mountain for the first time in five tries.
REED BLANKENSHIP, WEST LIMESTONE: The senior rushed for 101 yards on 11 carries, and threw a 55-yard touchdown late in the game that led to the winning 2-point conversion in a 15-14 win over Tanner. It was the Wildcats’ first win over the Rattlers since 1999 and snapped a four-game losing streak to the Limestone County foe.
ALLEN VINSON, FALKVILLE: Had 170 yards rushing and three scores, but his biggest play came on defense when he made the tackle on Decatur Heritage’s 2-point conversion try late in the game to seal a 20-19 win.

SAM McALPINE, HALEYVILLE: Was 21-of-31 passing for 341 yards and a TD as the Lions recorded their first win over Deshler since 1975 with the 35-12 decision. The Tigers had won 11 straight during that stretch. The two schools’ previous meeting came in 2007 with Deshler winning 44-0.
CONNOR ADAIR, HEWITT-TRUSSVILLE: Completed 27-of-34 passes for 340 yards and two touchdowns in his debut as the Huskies’ starter in a 33-25 comeback win over Montgomery Bell Academy in Nashville. His TD passes covered 70 and 26 yards.
MONTE TURNER, FLORENCE: Passed for 311 yards and a career-high five touchdowns and ran for a sixth score in a 53-48 loss to Clay-Chalkville. His TD passes covered 27, 17, 22, 25 and 49 yards.
SWIFT LYLE, ST. PAUL’S EPISCOPAL: Was 20-of-31 passing for 314 yards and two touchdowns as the defending Class 5A state champions beat Fairhope 41-14. It was Lyle’s debut as the starting QB.
WILL APPLETON, ALBERTVILLE: The quarterback led the Aggies to a 42-13 win over Columbia with 14 rush attempts for 130 yards and 13-of-24 passing for 186 yards and three scores for 316 total yards.
CAM TAYLOR, PRATTVILLE:  Combined for 305 yards passing and seven touchdowns (4 passing, 3 rushing) in the 55-53 loss to Wetumpka.
TAYLOR HAYES, PIEDMONT: Scored the game-winning touchdown with 22.1 seconds remaining, lifting the defending Class 3A state champion Bulldogs to a 29-22 victory over Cedartown, Ga. Hayes rushed for 73 yards on 17 carries with the score. He also completed 7-of-11 pass attempts for 105 yards and two touchdowns (6 and 49 yards).
PRESTON HERRING, ARITON: Was 10-of-11 passing for 200 yards and two TDs in a 33-26 win over McKenzie.
ETHAN WILSON, ANDALUSIA: Rushed for 80 yards and a score on nine carries and was 13-of-20 passing for 189 yards and another score as the Bulldogs beat Brooks 34-13.
COLE FREDERICK, HILLCREST-TUSCALOOSA: Completed 12-of-17 passes for 177 yards and three touchdowns and also rushed for 27 yards in a 42-7 Champions Challenge win over Demopolis at Cramton Bowl. All his yardage came in the first half.
KADARIUS TONEY, BLOUNT:  Rushed for 101 yards on nine carries with TD runs of 73 and 11 yards and completed 13-of-25 passes for 181 yards and a TD as the Bobcats beat Vigor 29-20 in the ‘Battle of Prichard’.
CASEY BAYNES, TALLASSEE: In his first start at quarterback, Baynes completed 7-of-8 passes for 180 yards and a 27-yard TD in a 25-0 win over Russell County. He also rushed for 90 yards and a 31-yard TD scamper on 13 carries.
TAYILOR GOVER, EUFAULA: The 15-year-old freshman completed 12-of-14 passes for 199 yards and three touchdowns in his first start with the game-winning TD coming on a 24-yard TD pass to break a tie with 7:44 left as Eufaula beat Early County (GA) 27-13.
KOLBY BRAGWELL, RED BAY: Completed the game-winning 15-yard TD pass to Ricky Thompson with 30 seconds to play as the Tigers beat Colbert Heights 33-26.

Hauled in five pass receptions for 153 yards and two touchdowns in a 33-26 Ariton win over McKenzie.
CAL TAYLOR, HALEYVILLE: Caught five passes for 150 yards in a 35-12 win over
Deshler 35-12. 
JOE GREEN, EUFAULA: Caught seven passes for 126 yards and two touchdowns in the Tigers' 27-13 win over Early County (GA).
BAILEY DEMPSEY, J.B. PENNINGTON: Had 164 all-purpose yards, including three catches for 73 yards and three touchdowns, in a season-opening 40-0 victory over Brindley Mountain. He also had four tackles on defense.


Recovered two fumbles and returned both for scores in a 41-0 win over Chickasaw. His first score covered 55 yards and the second 42. Ely also had 12 tackles and recovered as third Chickasaw fumble for the contest.
KADE LUCIOUS and DEMAREOUS SMITH, ROGERS: Each returned fumbles for touchdowns as Rogers forced seven turnovers en route to a 27-12 win over Lauderdale County. Lucius returned a fumble 55 yards, and Smith returned a fumble 28 yards for a touchdown.
MATTHEW RAINEY, BROOKS: Had 14 tackles in a 34-13 Champions Challenge loss to Andalusia.
DARIUS JONES, ENTERPRISE: Recorded six tackles with four resulting in losses and also had two quarterback pressures as the Wildcats downed Dothan 38-12.
RICKY HALL, PROVIDENCE CHRISTIAN: Was in on 17 tackles, including 11 solos--two for losses and one for a quarterback sack, during a 22-6 loss to Alabama Christian.
JOSH SULLIVAN, ARITON: Registered 12 tackles, one for a loss, in Ariton's 33-26 win over McKenzie.
CARLTON MARTIAL, McGILL-TOOLEN: Had 12 tackles, including two sacks and another stop for a loss, as the defending Class 7A state champions beat defending 6A champs Spanish Fort 24-3.
LEVON FLETCHER, RANDOLPH: Swiped two interceptions as the Raiders forced nine turnovers in a 28-2 win over Brewer.
DEVIN MARCH, HOUSTON COUNTY: Had 11 tackles, including three quarterback sacks, in a 35-14 in that snapped the Lions’ 24-game losing streak.  Teammate Keith Barkley recorded eight tackles with a sack and fumble recovery in the win.
BEN ABERCROMBIE, HOOVER: Had 11 tackles and teammate Kholbe Coleman had eight stops plus an interception he returned 51 yards to set up a score as the Bucs beat Central-Phenix City 23-7.
JARED LOWE, COTTONWOOD: Recorded 11 stops a 35-14 loss to Houston County. Don Mathis also had 10 tackles for the Bears.
MARCUS SHELTON, BESSEMER CITY: Had eight tackles, including five sacks, as the Tigers limited Central-Tuscaloosa to minus-15 yards rushing in the first half of the 26-0 shutout win.
DAMARIUS FARMER, SPAIN PARK: Intercepted a Gadsden City pass on the Titans’ final play of the game to seal Spain Park’s 21-17 victory.
JARIOUS UPSHAW, CENTRAL-PHENIX CITY: Had 10 tackles in the Red Devils’ 23-7 Champions Challenge loss to Hoover.
ELLIS DYKES, HOUSTON ACADEMY: Had an interception at the 7-yard line in the fourth quarter and a fumble recovery in the first half during the Raiders' 28-19 win over Geneva County.

JEREMY AMBURGERY, DALE COUNTY: Blocked two punts, one that teammate Josh Mauldin returned for a touchdown, during the Warriors' 14-6 loss to Headland.
BARRETT PICKERING, HOOVER: Booted three field goals in the second half as Hoover beat Central-Phenix City 23-7 in the Champions Challenge at Cramton Bowl. Pickering also kicked two extra points in the second quarter to finish with 11 points. He also punted four times for a 35.6-yard average.
ETHAN DELAY, LYNN: Sparked the Bears’ 66-0 win over Brilliant by returning a punt 57 yards for a touchdown. He also had six carries for 192 yards and four more scores in the win.
AHKIM WALDEN, DOTHAN: Kicked field goals of 32 and 42 yards in Dothan's 38-12 loss to Enterprise.
JAYDEN WASHINGTON, LEEDS: Returned a second-half touchdown 98 yards as the defending Class 4A state champions beat Lincoln 21-7. He also had a rushing touchdown.

Andalusia Beats Brooks 34-13 In Champions Challenge Saturday

     MONTGOMERY – Andalusia downed Brooks 34-13 Saturday to claim the win in the third game of the 2016 AHSAA Champions Challenge prep football classic at Cramton Bowl.
     The game, which started at 7 p.m., was interrupted twice by lightning and inclement weather delays and took four hours and 30 minutes to complete from start to finish.
      The game was interrupted for over almost two hours in the first quarter by lightning delays. In the minute and 52 seconds between the delay, Andalusia (1-0) took a 7-0 lead when quarterback Ethan Wilson streaked 52 yards on a keeper for the touchdown. Wain Youngkuma kicked the extra point at 5:55 in the period.
    The Champions Challenge, an event of the Alabama High School Athletic Directors and Coaches Association (AHSADCA), the AHSAA’s coaches’ wing, closed out the 2016 Classic Saturday night with the Andalusia-Brooks clash. Hoover beat Central-Phenix City 23-7 on Friday and Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa downed Demopolis 42-7 on Thursday in the opener.
    After the second delay, Brooks (0-1) drove to the Andalusia 2-yard line before being stopped on fourth down by Coach Trent Taylor’s Bulldogs defense on fourth down. Andalusia then marched 98 yards on nine plays with Antonio Gurley’s 2-yard run helping extend the lead to 14-0 with 10:48 in the second quarter.
     Coach Brad Black’s Lions responded with a nine-play, 74-yard drive culminated by Lazarius Decatur’s 12-yard pass from Lake Spurgeon for a touchdown. With 6:10 still to play in the first half, Brooks trailed 14-7.
     The Bulldogs  took full advantage of their last possession of the half, heading 57 yards on six plays – taking just 1:01 to take a 21-7 lead.  B.J. Anderson hauled in a strong throw from Wilson just inside the pylon on the right side of the end zone with nine seconds left for the score.
       Brooks closed the score to 21-13 when Spurgeon connected with Decatur for a 27-yard touchdown connection with 58 seconds left in the third period.  Andalusia roared back, however, scoring two fourth-quarter touchdowns on Gurley’s 1-yard TD run at 10:04 and Jamel Hourel’s 5-yard score with 6:32 remaining.
     Hourel, who gained over 2,300 yards and scored 36 touchdowns last season, finished with 108 yards and one TD on 18 carries for the Bulldogs. Wilson had 80 yards and a score on nine carries and was 13-of-20 passing for 189 yards and another score.  Gurley had just two carries for three yards but scored two times. Anderson caught five passes for 85 yards and a score.
    Deondre Hampton had 83 yards rushing on 24 carries for Brooks. Spurgeon was 15-of-22 for 148 yards and two scores passing. Noah Turbyfill caught six passes for 63 yards and Decatur had the two TDs and 39 total receiving yards.
    Andalusia’s Allan George had an interception he returned for 34 yards and seven tackles. Riley Graham had eight stops, Will Clark had seven and Andrew Holmes had five with three sacks for 17 yards in losses. Roosevelt Weaver also had an interception.
    Matthew Rainey had 14 tackles and Colin Anderson 10 to pace the Lions’ defense. Seth Yerby also had eight stops.

Hoover Scores Quickly to Beat Central In Champions Challenge Friday

     MONTGOMERY --  Hoover scored twice in the final 3:36 of the second quarter Friday night and then weathered a 51-minute lightning delay to post a 23-7 win over Central-Phenix City in the 11th annual AHSAA Champions Challenge high school football classic at Cramton Bowl.
    The Champions Challenge, an event of the Alabama High School Athletic Directors and Coaches Association (AHSADCA), the AHSAA’s coaches’ wing, closes out the 2016 Classic Saturday night at 7 p.m. with Andalusia taking on Brooks in the third and final game.
     Central took a 7-0 lead midway through the first quarter on Jaxton Carson’s 8-yard touchdown run that capped an eight-play, 55-yard march. Alvin Rentaria kicked the extra point.  Hoover put together is own eight-play, 55-yard drive late in the second quarter to tie the game at 7-7. Coach Josh Niblett’s Bucs scored when quarterback Garrett Farquhar turned a pass-run option into a 2-yard TD strike to Joseph Timpa with 3:36 left in the period.  Barrett Pickering tied the game with the first of two first-half PATs.
     Hoover’s defense forced a punt on Central’s next possession, and Bucs return specialist Cortez Hall took the kick on one bounce at the Red Devils’ 48 and raced 35 yards to the Central 1. Five plays later, Farquhar scored on a 3-yard keeper with 53 seconds left in the half for a 14-7 lead.
    Coach Jamey DuBose’s team wasn’t done, however. A 15-yard penalty on Hoover and an 18-yard Carson run moved the Red Devils into Hoover territory near mid-field and quarterback Zion Webb added runs of 21 and 13 yards to get Central in scoring position at the Bucs 3 with three seconds left. With timed for only one play, Hoover stuffed Webb short of the goal line to send Hoover into intermission ahead.
    Hoover’s momentum continued in the second half as the Bucs posted nine more points on three Barrett Pickering field goals in a game that was delayed almost an hour due to inclement weather and lightning. Pickering’s kicks were 32, 37 and 29 yards. He also punted four times for a 35.2-yard average.
    Central (0-1) finished with 208 total yards and Hoover had 214.  Farquhar finished 8-of-25 passing for 153 yards and one TD.  Webb, who was the game’s leading rusher with 90 yards on 21 carries, was 6-of-26 passing for 51 yards for Prattville. Carson also had 64 yards on 15 carries and the Lions’ only TD.
     Hoover’s rusher was Vonte Brackett with 37 yards on 15 carries.  Shedrick Jackson had three pass receptions for 75 yards and Cortez Hall had three catches for 69 yards. Hall also had the 35-yard punt return.
     Bucs linebacker Ben Abercrombie register a game-high 11 tackles and Kholbe Coleman had eight stops. He also had an interception he returned 51 yards.
    Central’s Jarious Upshaw had 10 tackles and Markail Benton had seven stops. 

Bob Jones RB Sets State Record with two 99-yard TD Runs

    MADISON – Bob Jones High School senior running back Brad Anderson joined an elite group Friday night as the Patriots beat visiting Dorman, S.C. 35-14 in the season opener at Madison.
   Anderson, 5-foot-8 and 170 pounds, became just the 12th  player in AHSAA history to race 99 yards for a touchdown on a rush attempt. Before the night was over, however, he joined another elite group – of one – when he sped 99 yards for a second touchdown on another from scrimmage. He finished the game with 17 carries for 310 yards and three touchdowns.
   No player in AHSAA history has had two touchdown runs of 99 yards in the same game. In fact, only one other player has been reported with two TD runs over 90 yards , Reayundo Sturdivant accomplished the feat in 2002 with TD runs of 90 and 92 yards in a 46-14 win over Francis Marion.
   The last player to enter the AHSAA record books with a 99-yard rush attempt was Westminster Christian’s Jared Smith in a 21-12 win over Oneonta in 2015.  Collinsville’s Jalyn Martin had a 99-yard TD run in 2014 in the Panthers’ 41-24 victory over Cedar Bluff.
     Those prior to Anderson listed in the AHSAA record book with 99-yard runs include:
            99    Jared Smith, Westminster Christian (21) vs. Oneonta (12), 2015
            99    Jalyn Martin, Collinsville (41) vs. Cedar Bluff (24), 2014
            99    Demarcus Bennette, John Essex (6) vs. Sumter Central (54), 2011
            99    Kendarius Fritts, Linden (51) vs. Autaugaville (0), 2009
            99    Brett Moore, Cottonwood (30) vs. Dale County (13), 2009
            99     Rodney Ellis, Keith (32) vs. Highland Home (6), 2009
            99    Anthony Moore, Oxford vs. Erwin, 2005
            99    Ryan Powers, Tanner (41) vs. Phil Campbell (8), 2005
            99    James Bryant, John Essex (28) vs. Sunshine (22), 2003
            99    Tadere White, Keith (46) vs. R. C. Hatch (8), 2003
            99    Joseph Hutto, East Lawrence (22) vs. Madison County (12), 1992


Source: AHSAA Record Book

AHSAA Mourns Death of Coach John Tatum

    The AHSAA was saddened by the death of longtime Montgomery Academy High School football coach John Tatum. He died Sunday. He battled cancer in recent years.
    “Coach John Tatum was great mentor for fellow coaches and made a tremendous difference in the lives of the players and others he touched,” said AHSAA Executive Director Steve Savarese. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family.”
      Coach Tatum was inducted into the AHSAA Sports Hall of Fame in 2015. He compiled a 170-95 record at MA, including a 24-17 playoff record and a perfect 15-0 season and Class 1A state football championship in 1987.  He also had coaching stints at DeKalb County (GA) and Northcross (GA) and retired with a 196-112-1 overall record. He served as headmaster
    A member of the Robert E. Lee High School Hall of Fame, he served as athletic director at MA for 16 years and also coached track and field. He was named AHSADCA Athletic Director of the Year in 2005. 
    Funeral services were held Thursday, Aug. 18.   

AHSAA Mourns Death of Coach Wade Morrison

    The AHSAA was saddened by the death of Dothan basketball coaching legend Wade Morrison, 83, who died after a short illness Tuesday, Aug. 16.
    The AHSAA extends its condolences and prayers to Coach Morrison’s family.
      Coach Tatum was inducted into the Wiregrass Sports Hall of Fame in 1998. The 1954 Henry County Training School graduate became one of the top coaches in the state at Carver High School and Carver Middle School of Dothan and Dothan High School. His teams were 156-24  from 1971-78 at Carver Middle with back-to-back state championships in 1975 and 1976. He teams were 191-50 at Dothan High School from 1978-86 and 140-10 at Henry County Training School (1958-64). His overall record was 587-89.
      After retiring from education he coached two Dothan Park and Recreation squads to state championships.
     Funeral services for Coach Morrison is Saturday at 11 a.m. at Dothan High School’s gymnasium. Viewing of body will be from 9-11 a.m.

Hillcrest Thumps Demopolis 42-7 In Champions Challenger Opener

     MONTGOMERY --  Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa High School’s veteran offense posted 42 points in the first half en route to a 42-7 win over Demopolis as the two teams opened the 2016 prep football season at Cramton Bowl in the first of three games in the 11th annual Champions Challenge high school football classic.
    The AHSAA Champions Challenge has been hosted each year since 2006 by the Alabama High School Athletic Directors and Coaches Association (AHSADCA). Hoover and Central-Tuscaloosa play Friday night at 7 p.m. in game 2 of the Classic, and Andalusia meets Brooks Saturday night at 7 in the final game which opens the season for each school.
     Coach Sam Adams’ Patriots (1-0) combined a strong running game anchored by senior tailback Brian Robinson and the solid passing of senior quarterback Cole Frederick. Frederick earned MVP honors last May as Hillcrest won the Class 6A state baseball championship just blocks from Cramton Bowl at Riverwalk Stadium in Montgomery.
   Frederick’s 41-yard touchdown pass to Torin Mayhew just two minutes into the game put the Patriots ahead 6-0. By the time the half was done, Frederick had completed 12-of-16 passes for 177 yards and three touchdowns. He attempted only one pass in the second half. Mayhew had three first-half catches for 58 yards and Jahi Brown caught four for 41 yards with touchdowns covering 17 and 10 yards in the second period.
     Robinson gained 55 yards on 10 carries, all in the first half, and scored twice with runs of 6 and 9 yards. Demopolis’ special teams play had two miscues on kickoffs, one leading to a safety and the other to the Patriots’ fifth score of the half.
     Demopolis quarterback Logan McVay streaked 42 yards down inside the 15 with 10 seconds left in second quarter for the Tigers’ biggest play of the night. The spark carried over to the second half as Coach Stacy Luker’s team kept the ball for more than six minutes to start the second half. His defense also played much better, keeping the Patriots to zero yards – albeit Adams’ reserves as head coach cleared his bench in the season-opening win.
    A.J. Jackson capped an 11-play, 72-yard drive in the fourth quarter to score Demopolis’ only TD of the night with a 7-yard run with 5:01 remaining.  The Tigers (0-1), with just 69 yards total offense in the first two quarters, finished with 151 yards rushing and 52 passing for 203 total yards. McVay was 3-of-6 passing for 27 yards and had 48 yards rushing on 11 carries. Jackson finished with 74 yards on 22 carries.
    Adams’ defense was led by Kenyaques Marshall’s eight tackles. Carson Williams added seven, Jaquez Jones and Cole Kizziah, six each.  Kionte Taggart also had an interception in the end zone right before the first half ended.
    Russ Logan’s nine stops led Demopolis. Tavian Brown added seven tackles with three resulting in 10 yards lost.