QB Grabs AHSAA Round 2 Playoff Spotlight
MONTGOMERY – Lanett High School quarterback Kristian Story accounted for five touchdowns in the Panthers’ 44-6 Class 1A second-round state playoff football victory last week to push to within one TD of the all-time record set by Pinson Valley’s Bo Nix last season.
The win send Coach Clifford Story’s Panthers (11-0) into the quarterfinals this week to face unbeaten Isabella (12-0) with the winner clinching a semifinal playoff berth for the following week.
Kristian Story’s effort grabbed the AHSAA Football Spotlight for week two of the AHSAA State Playoffs. Story, has been selected to the Alabama All-Star squad for the upcoming 33rd annual Alabama-Mississippi Football Classic set for Hattiesburg, Mississippi and Roberts Stadium on the campus of the University of Southern Mississippi on Dec. 14, shares this week’s Spotlight with several other players named to the Alabama All-Star squad.
The Lanett quarterback scored on runs of 1, 64, 2 and 20 yards and had a 3-yard TD pass to teammate Travaunta Abner in the win over Elba. Abner highlighted a 29-0 first-half outburst by scoring two touchdowns in a span of 13 seconds. Following his TD reception from Story, he scooped up and Elba fumble and scooted 30 yards for his other TD.
Story, like his soon-to-be All-Star teammates, winning a state championship for his high school team is taking his only priority right now. Check out his highlights from last week’s win.
several members of the All-Star contingent shined in round 2. In Class 3A, Daquan Johnson, chose to the All-Star squad in the athlete position, sparked Flomaton to a 20-19 win over Saint James to keep the defending state champion Hurricanes’ hopes for a repeat alive. He rushed for 162 yards on 29 carries on offense and had 11 tackles – firing a touchdown pass and scoring the go-ahead two-point conversion with 16 seconds remaining to preserve the win.
Kris Abrams-Drain of Spanish Fort, chosen as a tight end on the All-Star squad, turned his talents to running back and piled up 258 yards rushing on 16 carries with four touchdowns as the Toros beat Wetumpka 63-21 in the second round of the Class 6A state playoffs. Spanish Fort (8-4), the No. 4 seed from Region 1, advances with the win to host another No. 4 seed, Park Crossing (5-7) Friday night in the Class 6A quarterfinals. He also completed his only pass for a 25-yard touchdown connection and also returned an interception 70 yards for a defensive TD.
Hoover quarterback Robby Ashford, one of two quarterbacks selected for the All-Star team, completed 14-of-17 passes for 182 yards and two touchdowns and ran 9 yards for the game-winning touchdown in overtime for a 23-20 victory over James Clemens.
Pinson Valley all-star wide receiver Keyonteze Johnson caught eight passes for 183 yards and a touchdown in a 42-10 victory over Fort Payne in the second round of the 6A playoffs. And E.J. Williams of defending Class 7A state champion Central-Phenix City had a 67-yard kickoff return that set up his 22-yard TD reception one play later to seal a 24-6 Class 7A playoff win over Prattville.
SPRING GARDEN DELIVERS COACHING WIN 100 FOR HOWARD: Thanks to the strong running of Luke Welsh, the Class 1A Panthers (11-1) beat Hackleburg 34-0 for head coach Jason Howard’s 100th career coaching victory. Welsh had 173 rushing yards on 19 carries, scored three touchdowns (3, 20 and 25 yards) and posted five tackles on defense. The win also secured a third-round playoff berth against Pickens County for a second straight season. Howard is now 100-87 in 17 seasons with a 95-72 record in two stints at Spring Garden. He also served as head coach at Ohatchee for two seasons.
SMITH SPARKS UMS-WRIGHT’S 30TH STRAIGHT WIN: Senior running back Symon Smith rushed for 93 yards and two touchdowns as the defending Class 4A state champion Bulldogs (11-0) defeated Talladega 31-6 in the second round of the state playoffs to run their winning streak to 30 games – the longest current streak in the AHSAA. It was victory number 314 for head coach Terry Curtis (314-85), who has coached seven of UMS-Wright’s state titles. The Bulldogs won the state crown in 2017 and 2018.
In other second-round playoff highlights reported include:
HESS HORNE, EUFAULA: Passed completed 26-of-42 pass attempts for 439 yards and four touchdowns in a 56-49 Class 6A overtime playoff loss to Hueytown.
ALEX YOUNG, HUEYTOWN: Completed 15-of-32 passes for 290 yards and four touchdowns in a 56-49 overtime victory over Eufaula in the 6A state playoffs. The sophomore had to assume a bigger role after senior running back and Alabama commit Roydell Williams left the game with a bruised leg in the first half.
JAKE CORKREN, NORTHSIDE: Finished 16-of-29 passing for 393 yards and four touchdowns in the Rams’ Class 4A 41-14 playoff victory over Priceville.
SAWYER PATE, THOMPSON: Was 20-of-27 passing for 338 yards and three touchdowns and scored a fourth TD on a 2-yard run on the final play of the first half to lead the Warriors to a 38-31 Class 7A playoff victory over Florence, The win sends the Warriors into the Class 7A semifinals to face Hoover for the third straight year.
ZYQUEZ PERRYMAN, PLEASANT GROVE: Completed 15-of-28 passes for 293 yards for the Spartans (11-1) and added 28 yards rushing in a 33-14 Class 5A playoff victory over previously unbeaten Faith Academy (11-1).
WILL CROWDER, GARDENDALE: Finished 22-of-44 passing for 240 yards and added 12 rushes for 28 yards and a score in a 30-27 Class 6A playoff loss to Muscle Shoals.
BARRY WHITE, PINSON VALLEY: Completed 16-of-25 passes for 262 yards and two touchdowns and ran for a third TD in a 42-10 Class 6A playoff victory over Fort Payne
BRITTON KOHN, MONTGOMERY ACADEMY: Was 16-of-29 passing for 221 yards and one TD as the Eagles fell to T.R. Miller 21-14 in the Class 3A state playoffs.
JACK HAYES, PIEDMONT: Completed 8-of-11 pass attempts for 183 yards and two scores (14 and 74 yards) to lead fifth-ranked Piedmont past Lauderdale County 42-20.
BRYAN GALLOWAY, GOSHEN: Ran for 165 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries and completed 8-of-11 passes for 45 yards in three quarters before suffering an injury in the Eagles’ 34-25 Class 2A playoff loss to Leroy.
RONTARIUS WIGGINS, JACKSONVILLE: Ran for 329 yards and five touchdowns on 25 carries the Eagles’ 55-22 Class 4A playoff victory over St. John Paul II Catholic at Huntsville.
DANTE JORDAN, RANDOLPH COUNTY: Tallied 14 carries for 291 yards with TD runs of 46, 5, 54 and 5 yards in a 54-6 Class 3A playoff victory over Westminster Christian.
KOURTLAN MARSH, MORTIMER JORDAN: Accounted for seven touchdowns in a 56-21 Class 5A second-round state playoff victory over Guntersville – five rushing TDs, a 5-yard TD pass and a fumble return for a touchdown. The quarterback also logged more defensive snaps than he’s had all season, tallying three solo tackles, one assist and a pass deflection that a teammate intercepted. He had 16 carries for 140 yards and completed 12-of-17 passes for 113 yards.
KELSTON FIKES, LEROY: Ran for 224 yards and four touchdowns on 20 carries as the Bears (10-3) defeated Goshen 34-25 in the Class 2A playoffs.
DAMON GENTILE, NORTH SAND MOUNTAIN: Rushed for 213 yards and three touchdowns in the Thundering Herd’s Class 2A second-round playoff 35-13 victory over Westbrook Christian.
KOBIE STRINGER, G.W. LONG: The Rebels quarterback rushed for 208 yards and three touchdowns on 30 carries and also recovered a fumble on defense in the Rebels' 28-13 Class 2A playoff win over Luverne.
RONNIE ROYAL, ALEXANDRIA: Had 25 rush attempts for 196 yards, including a 69-yard TD, in a 28-27 loss to Madison County.
DOMONIQUE THOMAS, OHATCHEE: The Indians’ workhorse had 41 carries for 194 yards and a 1-yard touchdown in the Indians’ 21-14 Class 2A playoff loss to Collinsville.
ADARYLL LEWIS, PARK CROSSING: Rushed for 184 yards and two touchdowns on 25 carries to help the Thunderbirds (5-7) keep their Class 6A playoff hopes alive with A 35-32 win over Stanhope Elmore. Park Crossing, a No. 4 seed, also got 173 yards rushing and three TDs from quarterback Trevor Robinson, who also passed for 94 yards in the come-from-behind win.
JEFF ROWSER, RAMSAY: Piled up 188 yards on 23 rush attempts and scored five touchdowns as the Rams beat Valley 4-7 in the Class 5A playoffs.
KALEB JONES, COLLINSVILLE: Rushed for 145 yards on 16 carries with a 1-yard score, and was 8-of-11 passing for 92 yards and two touchdowns (13 and 9 yards) in the Class 2A Panthers’ 21-14 playoff win over previously unbeaten Ohatchee.
BRAYDEN PARTON, MADISON COUNTY: Scored on a 2-yard run in the final minute – his second TD of the Class 5A playoff game – to give the Class 5A Tigers a 28-27 playoff win over Alexandria.
ELIJAH JOHNSON, PIEDMONT: Ran for 141 yards on 14 carries and scored two touchdowns 5 and 58 yards) in the Class 3A Bulldogs’ 42-20 playoff win over Lauderdale County.
IKE ROWELL, FYFFE: Rushed for 135 yards and three touchdowns as the defending Class 2A state champion Red Devils won their 27th straight game in a 38-7 Class 2A playoff victory over Ranburne.
LAZARIUS HINKLE, CHAL-CHALKVILLE: Ran for 128 yards and two touchdowns in a 35-7 victory over Athens in the 6A playoffs...
JERRY BURTON, PRICEVILLE: Finished with 126 yards on 26 carries and two touchdowns in a 41-14 Class 4A playoff loss to Northside.
MICHAEL PETTWAY, THOMPSON: Caught 10 passes for 189 yards and a touchdown in a 38-31 Class 7A playoff victory over Florence. Teammate J.W. Mitchell also snagged six receptions for 134 yards and a TD.
TY SMITH, MUSCLE SHOALS: Caught four passes for 191 yards and two touchdowns in a 30-27 Class 6A playoff victory over Gardendale. His 36-yard touchdown set up the game-winning 18-yard field goal late in the fourth quarter.
RAH RAH THOMAS, EUFAULA: Caught seven passes for 170 yards and two touchdowns (24 and 68 yards) in the Tigers’ 46-49 Class 6A playoff setback in overtime at Hueytown. Teammate Devin Fuller had six receptions for 120 yards, including hauling in s 65-yard TD pass.
WES MALKUDA, NORTHSIDE: Caught seven passes for 155 yards and one touchdown in a 41-14 Class 4A playoff win over Priceville.
DEANDRE COLEMAN, HUEYTOWN: Caught four passes for 124 yards and two touchdowns in a 56-49 overtime 6A playoff win over Eufaula.
R.J. ORR, CENTER POINT: Caught five passes for 117 yards and two touchdowns in a 26-10 victory over Scottsboro in the 5A playoffs.
ZACK WARD, ARITON: Had 18 tackles and teammate Blake Carroll had 13 as the Purple Cats (10-2) beat LaFayette 30-12 in the Class 2A state playoffs.
GARRETT HELM, MORTIMER JORDAN: Finished with 13 tackles, including two for a loss, two quarterback hurries, one forced fumble and an interception in a Class 5A playoff 56-21 victory over Guntersville.
JA’WON WILLIAMS, THOMPSON: Had two interceptions, including one in the final seconds to seal the Warriors’ 38-31 Class 7A playoff win over Florence. Williams has had five picks in the last five games.
HILLSMAN JAMES, MONTGOMERY ACADEMY: Totaled 12 tackles and also caught a TD pass in a 21-14 Class 3A playoff loss to T.R. Miller.
TEGAN GRAVES, DESHLER: Returned an interception 96 yards for a touchdown and had a 58-yard reception to set up another touchdown in a 27-11 Class 4A playoff victory over Oneonta.
DEMARCUS DAVIS, RANDOLPH COUNTY: Intercepted two passes and scored a rushing touchdown in a 54-6 Class 3A playoff win over Westminster Christian.
DEONTAE LAWSON, MOBILE CHRISTIAN: Accounted for 12 tackles as the Leopards beat previously undefeated Pike Road 28-10 in the Class 3A state playoffs. He also had 105 offensive yards with two rushing touchdowns.
TYLER WAUGH, BRIARWOOD CHRISTIAN: Returned an interception for a touchdown and scored on a go-ahead 1-yard run after keeping the drive alive with a first-down run on fourth-and-five as the Lions (11-1) beat Jackson 24-14 in the 5A playoffs.
KETE THOMAS, CLAY-CHALKVILLE: Intercepted a pass and added fumble recovery in a 35-7 Cougars Class 6A playoff win over Athens.
CADE WILLIAMS, SPRING GARDEN: Led the Panthers’ defense with six tackles and an interception in a 34-0 Class 1A playoff victory at Hackleburg.
SEAN ZERKLE, ST. JOHN PAUL II CATHOLIC: Had two interceptions defensively and caught a 58-yard touchdown pass on offense in a Class 4A playoff 56-22 loss to Jacksonville.
TREY STODDARD, MUSCLE SHOALS: Kicked 18-yard field goal in the final minute for a 30-27 victory over Gardendale.
DAVIS WINGATE, EUFAULA: Kicked a pair of field goals, including a 19 –yarder with 28 seconds left in the fourth quarter to force overtime, and also nailed all five extra points attempted in the Tigers’ 56-49 overtime loss to Hueytown.
ZACH PAPPANASTOS, MONTGOMERY CATHOLIC: Kicked a 41-yard field goal to put the Knights ahead 3-0 and the kick turned out to be the winning difference as Catholic (12-0) beat Handley 9-6 in the 4A playoffs.
LAJUAN JONES, FLORENCE: Returned a punt 41 yards for a second-half touchdown in a 38-31 loss to Thompson.
Eight No. 1 Seeds advance to Second Round in Class 1A
MONTGOMERY – Eleven of 17 unbeaten teams posted wins in the second round of the AHSAA State Football Playoffs Friday and eight will playing each other in round three next week.
The third round of the 54th annual State Football Playoffs is set for Friday, Nov. 22
In Class 1A, all Eight No. 1 seeds were among the 52 teams advancing in all seven classes. Two of those 1A quarterfinal matchups involve unbeaten teams. Defending state champion Mars Hill Bible (12-0) hosts Decatur Heritage (12-0), and Lanett (11-0), the 2017 state champion, hosts Isabella (12-0). Other matchups involving unbeaten teams include Red Bay (12-0) at defending Class 2A state champion Fyffe (12-0) and Montgomery Catholic (12-0) at defending Class 4A state champion UMS-Wright (11-0) in Class 4A.
The other three unbeaten teams have tough matchups with Class 6A Muscle Shoals (12-0) hosting defending two-time state champion Pinson Valley (9-2), Class 3A Gordo (12-0) at Mobile Christian (7-4) and Class 5A Bibb County (12-0) traveling to Briarwood Christian (11-1).
In Class 6A, Region 2 fourth seed Park Crossing (5-7) downed Stanhope Elmore 35-32 to move into the third round and will visit Spanish Fort (7-4), the No. 4 seed in Region 1. The Toros beat Wetumpka 63-21. Two No. 4 seeds meeting in the third round is unprecedented.
While Classes 1A through 6A will be in the quarterfinals, the Class 7A teams advanced to the semifinal round. Defending Class 7A state champion Central-Phenix City (11-1) hosts Region 1 rival Auburn (9-3) in the South semifinal and Thompson (10-1) hosts Region 3 rival Hoover (10-2) in the north semifinals.
AHSAA TV Network producer Vince Earley of WOTM TV announced Saturday that the AHSAA TV Network / NFHS Network (WOTM) game of the week will be the Central vs. Auburn contest next Friday. The two teams first played in 1930, skipped playing from 1932-1953 and have played almost annually ever since. The Red Devils have won the last seven in a row and hold s 38-14-3 advantage in the series.
Class 3A defending champ Flomaton (11-1) edged Saint James 21-20 to advance to the quarterfinals to host Region 1 rival T.R. Miller (8-4). Class 5A defending champion Central of Clay County (10-2) nipped previously unbeaten Jasper 20-7 and will host Madison County (10-2).
Approximately 20 playoff games are expected to be live-streamed in the third round over the NFHS Network.
The third-round playoff pairings are listed.
2019 AHSAA State Football Playoffs
Third-Round Pairings (Friday, Nov. 22)
Brantley (11-1) at Sweet Water (10-1)
Isabella (12-0) at Lanett (11-0)
Pickens County (10-2) at Spring Garden (11-1)
Decatur Heritage (12-0) at Mars Hill Bible (12-0), Florence
Ariton (10-2) at Leroy (10-2)
G.W. Long (10-2) at Reeltown (11-1)
North Sand Mountain (9-3) at Collinsville (11-1)
Red Bay (12-0) at Fyffe (12-0)
T.R. Miller (8-4) at Flomaton (11-1)
Gordo (12-0) at Mobile Christian (7-4)
Piedmont (11-1) at Geraldine (8-4)
Walter Wellborn (11-1) at Randolph County (11-1), Wedowee
Montgomery Catholic (12-0) at UMS-Wright (11-0), Mobile
American Christian (11-1) at Andalusia (9-3)
Northside (11-1) at Jacksonville (10-2)
Deshler (9-3) at Anniston (8-4)
Pleasant Grove (11-1) at Ramsay (10-2), Birmingham
Bibb County (12-0) at Briarwood Christian (11-1)
Center Point (9-3) at Mortimer Jordan (10-2), Kimberly
Madison County (10-2) at Central-Clay County (10-2), Lineville
Park Crossing (5-7) at Spanish Fort (7-4)
Opelika (10-1) at Hueytown (11-1)
Clay-Chalkville (10-2) at Oxford (11-1)
Pinson Valley (9-2) at Muscle Shoals (12-0)
Auburn (9-3) at Central-Phenix City (11-1)
Hoover (10-2) at Thompson (10-1), Alabaster
Sweet Water (10-1) 34, Maplesville (8-3) 21
Brantley (11-1) 49, Notasulga (6-5) 21
Lanett (11-0) 44, Elba (8-4) 6
Isabella (12-0) 29, Millry (10-2) 27
Spring Garden (11-1) 34, Hackleburg (5-7) 0
Pickens County (10-2) 21, Falkville (7-5) 20
Mars Hill Bible (12-0) 59, South Lamar (10-2) 34
Decatur Heritage (12-0) 20, Donoho (9-2) 2
Leroy (10-2) 34, Goshen (8-4) 25
Ariton (10-2) 30, LaFayette (6-5) 12
Reeltown (11-1) 30, J.U. Blacksher (9-3) 20
G.W. Long (10-2) 28, Luverne (11-1) 13
North Sand Mountain (9-3) 35, Westbrook Christian (8-4) 13
Collinsville (11-1) 21, Ohatchee (10-1) 14
Fyffe (12-0) 38, Ranburne (10-2) 7
Red Bay (12-0) 43, Sulligent (9-3) 6
Flomaton (11-1) 20, Saint James (10-2) 19
T.R. Miller (8-4) 21, Montgomery Academy (7-5) 14
Gordo (12-0) 18, Providence Christian (10-2) 7
Mobile Christian (7-4) 28, Pike Road (11-1) 10
Geraldine (8-4) 61, B.B. Comer (6-6) 7
Piedmont (11-1) 42, Lauderdale County (9-3) 20
Randolph County (11-1) 54, Westminster Christian (8-3) 6
Walter Wellborn (11-1) 21, Susan Moore (11-1) 14
UMS-Wright (11-0) 31, Talladega (6-5) 6
Montgomery Catholic (12-0) 9, Handley (7-5) 6
Andalusia (9-3) 40, Lincoln (9-3) 10
American Christian (11-1) 21, Hillcrest-Evergreen (7-5) 0
Northside (11-1) 41, Priceville (8-4) 14
Jacksonville (10-2) 56, St. John Paul II Catholic (9-3) 22
Deshler (9-3) 27, Oneonta (8-4) 11
Anniston (8-4) 35, Fairview (8-3) 7
Pleasant Grove (12-1) 33, Faith Academy (11-0) 14
Ramsay (10-2) 41, Valley (7-5) 7
Briarwood Christian (11-1) 24, Jackson (6-6) 14
Bibb County (11-0) 12, Greenville (7-5) 6
Mortimer Jordan (10-2) 56, Guntersville (8-3) 21
Center Point (9-3) 26, Scottsboro (9-3) 10
Madison County (10-2) 28, Alexandria (8-3) 27
Central-Clay County (10-2) 20, Jasper (11-1) 7
Park Crossing (5-7) 35, Stanhope Elmore (9-3) 32
Spanish Fort (7-4) 63, Wetumpka (6-6) 21
Hueytown (11-1) 56, Eufaula (9-3) 49
Opelika (10-1) 20, St. Paul’s Episcopal (8-4) 10
Clay-Chalkville (10-2) 35, Athens (8-4) 7
Oxford (11-1) 35, Cullman (6-6) 0
Pinson Valley (8-2) at Fort Payne (9-2)
Muscle Shoals (12-0) 30, Gardendale (8-4) 27
Central-Phenix City (11-1) 24, Prattville (9-3) 6
Auburn (9-3) 26, McGill-Toolen Catholic (11-1) 0
Hoover (10-2) 23, James Clemens (9-3) 20 (OT)
Thompson (10-1) 38, Florence (7-5) 31
Current Season Reversal Percentage is 22%
MONTGOMERY – Three challenges were made in 10 AHSAA varsity high school football contests using DVSport Instant Replay the last week of the regular season and the first round of state playoffs, said AHSAA Director of Officials Mark Jones. None of the calls on the field were reversed, Jones reports
For the 2019 season, a 62 challenges have been issued by coaches in 72 games with 13 calls overturned upon review, a 21.0% reversal rate. In 2018, the first year DVSport Instant Replay was implemented, 91 games used Instant Replay with 73 total challenges with 18 calls overturned (25%). The Catch/No Catch, Fumble and Forward Progress calls made up 70% of the challenges last year. The NFHS has granted the AHSAA a three-year period to experiment with instant replay in regular-season and playoff games.
“The one challenge two weeks ago was Tanner challenging that an East Limestone player fumbled prior to being down,” said Jones. “After the review, the play stood as called confirming that the runner was down prior to losing the ball.”
Jones said out of six games using Instant Replay last week, “There were two challenges in the first round, both in the McAdory at Opelika game,” he said. “One was by McAdory on an interception catch and the other by Opelika on a fumble. Both, the interception and the player being down prior to the fumble stood as called on the field after review.”
This week, four games will be utilizing the DVSport Instant Replay in the second round of the state playoffs with three schools taking part for the first time this season: Pickens County, Falkville and St. Paul’s Episcopal.
Instant Replay reviews this fall have consisted of the following:
62 reviews with 13 reversals. 21.0%
State Playoffs, Round 2 Games with Instant Replay
SCHOOLS IN GAMES WITH INSTANT REPLAY THIS SEASON (74)
Class 7A (19)
Class 6A (21)
Class 5A (15)
Class 4A (13)
Class 3A (1)
Class 2A (2)
Class 1A (1)
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Alabama’s state high school championships create
a new three venue rotation starting in 2021.
MONTGOMERY, ALA. — The future of the AHSAA’s Super 7 State High School Football Championships has been set for the years 2021-2032, pending final approvals in process from the AHSAA and community partners. The new structure continues the tradition of using the state’s premier football venues as the backdrop for student-athletes in all seven AHSAA classifications to compete for their football state title each year.
“It is with great pride that we announce the continuation of Super 7 for 2021-2032 and our partnership with the communities of Auburn-Opelika, Tuscaloosa, and now Birmingham,” said AHSAA’s Executive Director Steve Savarese. “The communities of Auburn-Opelika and Tuscaloosa helped the AHSAA take this event to a new level in 2009 and created the standard of excellence for hosting that is unmatched across high school athletics. The AHSAA is grateful for Auburn-Opelika and Tuscaloosa embracing a new idea to include Birmingham in the rotation which will now provide three high quality venues for our member schools to showcase their football programs at the end of each season.”
The 2021 event will begin the new three-community rotation as the newly constructed Protective Life Stadium in downtown Birmingham will host its first Super 7 Dec.1-3, 2021 and following years in 2024, 2027, and 2030. The 2021 event will mark the return of the state high school football championships to Birmingham for the first time since 2008, when Birmingham last hosted the event in its Super 6 format at historic Legion Field, where the championships were played from 1996 – 2008. Legion Field also was host to the large-school championship game from 1971 – 1995.
“We are pleased to see the AHSAA Super 7 return to the city where it began more than 20 years ago,” said City of Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin. “The Super 7 showcases the best of high school athletics in Alabama, and Birmingham is excited to be a host city once again. As a progressive city focused on building a better future for our young people, we look forward to working closely with the AHSAA to celebrate championship-caliber high school sports for years to come.” .
Auburn University’s Jordan-Hare Stadium and the communities of Auburn and Opelika will follow as hosts in 2022 as well as 2026, 2028, and 2032. "I am pleased that our City Council voted on November 5th to continue partnering alongside the City of Auburn and Auburn University to utilize Jordan-Hare Stadium to host the AHSAA Super 7 in 2022 and future years. The City of Opelika takes great pride in celebrating high school athletics in all of our local schools and that extends to hosting other communities from around the state when it is their turn to try and win a championship trophy," said Opelika Mayor Gary Fuller.
At Auburn, participating schools from across the state take part in rich Auburn game day traditions including the Tiger Walk and pre-game eagle flight in conjunction with each state championship game. Auburn Mayor Ron Anders said, "Following the completion of our final approval processes, the City of Auburn is excited to continue the great tradition of hosting this major event for our state inside Jordan-Hare Stadium in 2022 and beyond. Together with our partners locally including Auburn University and the City of Opelika, we will work tirelessly each year to welcome these amazing student-athletes, coaches, schools, and their fans in to our community to celebrate their amazing seasons and crown new state champions."
Tuscaloosa and University of Alabama’s Bryant-Denny Stadium will take its place in the 2021-2032 rotation hosting in 2023, 2025, 2029, and 2031. As a host, Alabama’s legendary teams and coaches are on display during the Walk of Champions as each team arrives at Super 7 in addition to the major stadium renovations scheduled to begin following the 2019 season.
Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox echoed his sentiments about the new rotation plan. "High school sports offer a unique place where life lessons are taught, the spirit of competition is cultivated, and the will to work towards excellence is engrained,” Mayor Maddox said. The City of Tuscaloosa and the University of Alabama have always been synonymous with great football and striving towards excellence, and we want to continue that tradition by offering the opportunity for our youth across the state to continue to come to our city to play in the same arena as some of the greats who have come before them. Tuscaloosa has been a host of the Super 6 since 2009, and we want to continue to be a part of the Super 7 in our state in future years."
Savarese thanked all three cities for their enthusiastic commitment to the AHSAA’s Super 7 Football Championship experience for its member schools. He said, “On behalf of our more than 400 member high schools and approximately 150,000 student-athletes this association serves, I want to sincerely thank the community partners who have pledged their support to make this idea a reality including the City of Tuscaloosa, Tuscaloosa County, Tuscaloosa Tourism and Sports, the University of Alabama, the City of Auburn, the City of Opelika, the Auburn-Opelika Tourism Bureau, Auburn University, the City of Birmingham, the Greater Birmingham Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, and the BJCC. This event not only highlights our football student-athletes and coaches, but provides an opportunity for members of bands, spirit programs, and the entire communities that these schools represent to be showcased annually at our state’s most iconic venues for which the AHSAA is truly grateful.”
ABOUT THE ALABAMA HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION:
The Alabama High School Athletic Association, founded in 1921, is a private agency organized by its member schools to control and promote their athletic programs. The purpose of the AHSAA is to regulate, coordinate and promote the interscholastic athletic programs among its member schools, which include public, private and parochial institutions. For more information on the AHSAA, please visit www.ahsaa.com.
ABOUT THE AHSAA SUPER 7:
The AHSAA Super 7 State High School Football Championships, which bring together at one venue a north qualifier and a south qualifier in each of the AHSAA’s seven classifications which advance through the five-round playoff bracket structure which starts with 32 teams qualifying through regular-season region play in Classes 1A through 6A and 16 qualifiers in Class 7A (four rounds). The state championships came together at a single site for the first time in 1996 at Birmingham’s Legion Field. The Super 6, as it was then known, moved to a rotation basis between the University of Alabama’s Bryant-Denny Stadium and Auburn University’s Jordan-Hare Stadium beginning with the 2009 season. In 2014, the event was renamed the Super 7 to accommodate the AHSAA’s expansion to seven classifications. From 1966 to 1995, the state championships were hosted by individual schools. The AHSAA large-school championship was hosted at Legion Field from 1971-1995. For more information on this year’s Super 7, please visit www.super7al.com.
AHSAA Football Spotlight for Week 1, State Playoffs
MONTGOMERY – Eight high schools in Calhoun County reached the AHSAA State Football Playoffs this season, and after the first-round dust had settled last Friday night, all eight were still standing.
All eight posted impressive first-round victories – albeit in every class from 1A through 6A. There is no 7A school located in the county.
The Calhoun County contingent collective captured the AHSAA Prep Football Spotlight for the first round of the state playoffs.
The “Mighty Eight” have been mighty strong all season. Donoho (9-1), coached by Mark Sanders, the only private school in the mix, beat Berry 34-6 in the Class 1A first round. His record is 20-12 in three seasons at Donoho and 37-26 overall. Ohatchee (10-0), which finished unbeaten in the regular season for the second straight year, downed Southeastern 55-13 in the Indians’ Class 2A playoff opener. Coach Scott Martin is 46-20 overall during his six-year tenure.
In Class 3A, Piedmont (10-1), last year’s 3A state runner-up, blanked J.B. Pennington 35-0 and Walter Wellborn (10-1) ran past Locust Fork 54-14. Coach Steve Smith has led the Bulldogs for the last 14 seasons, amassing a 157-29 record with three state titles in that stretch. He is 242-74 overall in 25 years as a head coach. Jeff Smith, a Wellborn grad himself, is in his11th year as the head coach at his alma mater where his teams have gone 72-48. Smith is 148-103 overall with head-coaching stints at Ohatchee and Hueytown. His son Judd is a member of his coaching and younger son Jett is the team’s quarterback.
In Class 4A, Jacksonville (9-2), senior Ron Wiggins rushed 11 times for 214 yards and five touchdowns in the Golden Eagles beat Cordova 55-26 in their first-round playoff win. Coach Clint Smith has compiled a 64-26 record in eight seasons at Jacksonville and is 121-73 overall in 18 years as a head coach. Anniston (7-4) beat Fayette County 19-6 in another Calhoun County playoff win. The Bulldogs, coached by Rico White, posted their first playoff win since 2011 with the victory. White, in his second season as head coach, has a 13-9 record at Anniston. Known for rebuilding struggling programs, his overall head-coaching slate is 43-81 in 12 seasons.
Alexandria (8-2) also relied on its strong defense to beat Sylacauga 10-7 in the Class 5A playoffs last weekend. Head coach is Todd Ginn, who is 14-7 in his second season at his own alma mater. Ginn is just the fourth head football coach at Alexandria since 1948. Hall of Fame Coach Lou Scales served as head coach from 1948 – 1985, closing his career with the 1985 Class 4A state title and a 220-141-12 record in 38 seasons.
Ginn’s dad Larry Ginn, who is also a member of the Alabama High School Sports Hall of Fame, compiled a 195-54 record from 1986-2006 with two state championships. His career was cut short by his death following a battle with cancer. Frank Tucker directed the Valley Cubs from 2007-2017 compiling a 77-44 coaching record.
Oxford (10-1), coached by Keith Etheredge, beat Chelsea 55-14 in the first round of the 6A playoffs. Etheredge, who has a 135-50 record as a head coach, is in his first year at Oxford. His teams at Leeds won four state championships and finished second once in his 10-year stint.
The Calhoun County “Might Eight” outscored their opponents last week 286-73 – averaging 35.8 ppg and allowing only 9.1. The “Eight” currently own a combined 73-12 record this season an 85.9% winning rate.
The games will get tougher in the second round this Friday. Donoho faces Decatur Heritage (11-0) at West Morgan High School’s field Friday in the Class 1A second round. Ohatchee hosts Collinsville (10-1) in Class 2A; Piedmont hosts Lauderdale County (9-2) and Walter Wellborn hosts unbeaten Susan Moore (11-0) in Class 3A; Jacksonville travels to Huntsville to face St. John Paul II Catholic (9-2) and Anniston hots Fairview (8-2) in Class 4A; Alexandria visits Madison County (9-2) in 5A; and Oxford is on the road at Cullman.
In other highlights from last week’s first round of the state playoffs and the last week of the regular season:
JALEN WHITE, DALEVILLE: The Warhawks’ senior, had 20 carries for 136 yards and two touchdowns in the Warhawks’s 37-16 defeat at Leroy in the first round of the Class 2A state playoffs and finished his season with 3,517 rushing yards and 48 touchdowns on 234 carries in 11 games. His rushing total surpassed the previous record (3,483 yards) set by Jamarius Henderson of Dale County High School at Midland City in 2014 by 34 yards. Henderson gained his total in 15 games. Ironically, the two schools are less than 10 miles apart in Dale County, located in the Wiregrass.
DEVONTAE HOUSTON, HANDLEY: The Tigers’ senior running back set the Handley single-season records for rushing yards and rushing touchdowns with 235 yards and five TDs in his team's 50-14 Class 4A first-round playoff win over West Blocton. His performance gives him 2,270 yards and 29 touchdowns on the ground thus far this season. The previous single-season rushing record at Handley (2,052 yards and 28 TDs) was set by Stacy Garrett in 1991. Houston also had an 88-yard scoop of a fumble and score on defense, caught two passes for 39 yards and added a run for a two-point conversion in last week's win.
DONTA DANIEL, CENTRAL COOSA: In the final game of the regular season on Nov. 1, Daniel rushed for 249 yards and four touchdowns on 20 carries, completed three passes for 72 yards and another TD, caught a 59-yard pass and had 11 tackles, two sacks and forced a fumble on defense as Central beat Talladega County Central 42-14. The victory snapped a 30-game losing streak that dated back to 2016.
JACKSON BILLINGS, WESTMINSTER CHRISTIAN: Was 23-of-25 passing for 338 yards and three touchdowns and added two TDs rushing in a Class 3A first-round playoff win over Pisgah.
HAL SMITHART, OPP: Was 16-of-26 passing for 323 yards and four touchdowns – to four different receivers – but it wasn’t enough to overcome defending Class 3A state champion Flomaton in the first round of the state playoffs as the Hurricanes won 58-28.
SAWYER PATE, THOMPSON: Was a perfect 11-for-11 passing totaling 215 yards and four touchdowns as the Warriors beat Austin 54-20 in the first round of the 7A state playoffs. Thompson led 47-7 at the half and did not attempt a pass after intermission.
GRIFFIN HANSON, MARS HILL BIBLE: defending Class 1A state champion Panthers (11-0) won their 21st game in a row as the eighth grader fired four touchdown passes covering 48, 47, 61 and 88 yards in a 63-7 playoff win over Woodville. He finished 5-of-7 for 273 yards.
TYQUAN RAWLS, WETUMPKA: Completed 17-of-22 passes for 165 yards and two TDs and rushed for 72 yards on 14 carries as he engineered the Indians to two late touchdowns in a 22-21 Class 6A first-round win over Bessemer City.
LANDON GREEN, NORTH SAND MOUNTAIN: Completed 12-of-22 passes for 167 yards and added 80 yards rushing on 10 carries, including TD runs of 1, 2 and 46 yards, in a 20-13 Class 2A playoff victory over Addison.
SPENCER ARCENEAUX, McGILL-TOOLEN CATHOLIC: Passed for 146 yards and three touchdowns as the Yellow Jackets (11-0) beat Enterprise 35-10 in the first round of 7A state playoffs.
DAVID HALL, ONEONTA: Ran for 240 yards and four TDs in a 37-29 victory over Good Hope.
JERRY BURTON, PRICEVILLE: Ran for 206 yards and three touchdowns in a 44-23 Class 4A playoff victory over Rogers. He had 239 yards in Priceville’s 30-16 win over Brewer in the final game of the regular season to surpass 2,000 yards rushing on the year.
TRAY DUNCAN, STANHOPE ELMORE: Picked up 203 yards rushing on 21 carries to lead the Panthers to a 35-13 Class 6A playoff win over Paul Bryant.
HUNTER LOVE, FORT PAYNE: The workhorse running back had 37 carries for 198 yards and three touchdowns in a 24-17 Class 6A playoff win over Hartselle. His final TD came with 1:50 left to give the Wildcats the lead for good.
ERIC WATTS, OPELIKA: Rushed for 198 yards and scored four touchdowns, including two covering 51 and 72 yards, as Opelika downed McAdory in the first round of the Class 6A state playoffs.
ANGELO HUNTER, ST. JOHN PAUL II CATHOLIC: Ran 28 times for 197 yards a touchdown as the Falcons clinched their first state football playoff victory in school history with a 56-42 Class 4A victory over Brooks.
CHRISTIAN ANGULO, FALKVILLE: Scored six touchdowns on runs veering 19, 2, 28, 8, 35 and 13 yards as Falkville downed Waterloo 47-19 in a Class 1A playoff win.
KELSTON FIKES, LEROY: Scored four touchdowns and rushed for 174 yards on 20 carries as the Bears downed Daleville 37-16 in the 2A state playoffs.
ETHAN HEGGY, HACKLEBURG: Rushed 15 times for 176 yards and two touchdowns (80 and 23 yards) and also caught a 31-yard touchdown pass as the Panthers knocked off Valley Head 34-19 in the first round of the Class 1A playoffs.
KALEB JONES, COLLINSVILLE: Ran for 190 yards on nine carries with three touchdowns and completed 4-of-5 pass attempts for 95 yards, including a 61-yard touchdown toss to Michael Tucker, as the Panthers beat Colbert County 63-28 in the Class 2A state playoffs. Michael Tucker also had 103 yards and four rushing TDs for Collinsville.
NATHANIEL CORNELISON, PISGAH: Had 22 carries for 173 yards and two touchdowns in a 47-28 Class 3A playoff loss to Westminster Christian.
KAHARI McREYNOLDS, GENEVA: Rushed for 173 yards and a 66-yard TD on 17 carries and also caught a 20-yard TD pass in the Panthers’ Class 3A first-round loss to
LUKE REEBALS, BRIARWOOD CHRISTIAN: Rushed for 169 yards on 10 carries with touchdowns of 21, 55 and 12 yards and added a 63-yard touchdown pass reception in Lions’ 42-26 Class 5A playoff victory over Marbury.
BRYAN GALLOWAY, GOSHEN: Rushed for 168 yards and two touchdowns and also threw for 56 yards on 7-of-12 passing with a TD for Goshen in a 36-0 win over Thorsby in the Class 2A state playoffs.
CAULLIN LACY, FAITH ACADEMY: Rushed for 143 yards on 28 carries as the Rams (11-0) won their first AHSAA playoff game, beating Charles Henderson 31-0 in the 5A stat playoffs. He scored on runs of 3 and 54 yards and didn’t play in the fourth quarter.
MEKHI BURDETTE, MADISON COUNTY: Ran 25 times for 131 yards, including touchdown runs of 3 and 5 yards, in a 21-14 Class 5A playoff win over Corner.
NARKAVIS CAMPBELL, T.R. MILLER: Ran for 128 yards on 25 carries as the fourth-seeded (7-4) Tigers upset previously unbeaten Pike County 25-13 in the first round of the Class 3A state playoffs.
LUKE WELSH, SPRING GARDEN: Gained 117 yards rushing on 12 carries with three scores (21, 20 and 39 yards) in Spring Garden’s 28-20 first-round Class 1A playoff win over Hubbertville.
ROYDELL WILLIAMS, HUEYTOWN: Williams, a selection for the Alabama All-Star team which faces Mississippi in the annual classic Dec. 14, had 12 carries for 106 yards and two touchdowns in a 44-24 Class 6A first-round playoff win over Selma for the Gophers (10-1).
JAYLEN NOBLES, SLOCOMB: Rushed for 274 yards and five touchdowns on 32 carries on offense and had five tackles, an interception and a caused fumble on defense in the Red Tops' 49-42 win over Geneva County in the final game of the regular season on Nov. 1. Emmanuel Henderson led Geneva County with 327 yards on 30 carries and scored four TDs. Neither team advanced to the playoffs.
CHRIS HOPE, JAMES CLEMENS: Delivered the game-winning TD reception and two-point conversion catch as the Jets nipped Vestavia Hills 21-20 in the Class 7A state playoffs. He snagged a 16-yard pass from Connor Cantrell for the score that brought James Clemens to within one at 20-19 with 28 seconds left and followed with the two-point pass play from Cantrell for the win. He finished with eight receptions for 110 yards and also recovered a blocked punt in the contest.
KEYONTEZE JOHNSON, PINSON VALLEY: The defending Class 6A state champion Indians’ senior wide receiver caught 10 passes for 172 yards and two touchdowns in a 42-7 Class 6A playoff victory over Homewood. His TD catches covered 32 and 54 yards. Johnson has been selected to play in the 33rd Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Classic set for Dec. 14 at Hattiesburg, Ms.
KEVON HANKINS, MUSCLE SHOALS: Snagged four passes for 69 yards and a TD and had 75 rushing yards and another TD on nine carries as the Trojans (11-0) beat Albertville 6!-20 in the 6A playoffs.
TED BORDEN, FLORENCE: Kicked a 42-yard field goal on the final play of the game to give the Falcons a 24-21 Class 7A playoff win over Mountain Brook.
GRAYSON MYLES, ST. PAUL’S EPISCOPAL: Booted two field goals late to give the Saints a 20-14 Class 6A playoff win over Sidney Lanier.
GABE HENSON, AMERICAN CHRISTIAN: Had field goals of 30 and 37 yards in the Patriots’ 50-0 Class 4A playoff win over Holtville.
JASON BROOKS, MOBILE CHRISTIAN: Returned a kickoff 74 yards for a touchdown and also hauled in two TD reception in the Leopards’ 49-36 Class 3A playoff win over Geneva.
CLARK GRIFFIN, MOUNTAIN BROOK: Totaled 23 tackles and forced a fumble in a 24-21 Class 7A playoff loss to Florence.
BLAKE CARROLL, ARITON: Finished with 13 tackles on defense and rushed for a touchdown on offense in the Purple Cats’ 40-19 win over Chickasaw in the Class 2A state playoffs.
KANJII CHANDLER, GARDENDALE: Recorded 10 tackles, three sacks and a forced fumble at linebacker on defense and also scored on an 8-yard run as the Rockets beat Minor 17-11 in the first round of the Class 6A state playoffs.
JACKSON DULLARD, FLOMATON: Had seven tackles and four sacks in the defending Class 3A state champion Hurricanes’ first-round playoff 58-28 victory over Opp.
LOGAN DUFFNER, MORTIMER JORDAN: Totaled 11 tackles, including three for a loss, four pass break-ups and an interception in a 41-14 Class 5A playoff win over Boaz.
WILL ADAMS, LAUDERDALE COUNTY: Had nine tackles, two for loss, and a sack in the Tigers’ 46-20 win over Sylvania in the first round of the Class 3A playoffs.
LANDON GOWENS, SPRING GARDEN: Made the game-ending tackle for a loss of Hubbertville quarterback Gage Key as time expired, allowing the Panthers to escape with a 28-20 victory that moved Spring Garden into the second round for the fifth straight year. He also recovered a fumble in the second quarter.
JOSEPH DAVIS, HOOVER: Had five tackles, two sacks and a forced fumble in the Bucs’ 21-3 Class 7A playoff triumph over Sparkman.
Eight No. 4 Seeds advance to Second Round
MONTGOMERY – All of the seven the defending state football champions posted first-round wins as the AHSAA opened the 54th annual State Football Playoffs Friday night.
Eight No. 4 seeds were among the 104 teams advanced in all seven classes with second-round games set for Friday, Nov. 15. All four qualifiers from Class 3A, Region 6 and Class 6A, Region 6 also advanced.
In Class 6A, Region 2 fourth seed Park Crossing (4-7) of Montgomery, coached by Clayton Harris, beat previously unbeaten Saraland (10-1), the No. 1 seed in Region 1, 30-27, to earn a home game Friday against Stanhope Elmore (9-2) of Millbrook. In Class 3A, T.R. Miller (6-5) improved its Class 3A-leading overall playoff record to 88-32 with a 25-13 victory over Pike County (10-1), which rolled through the regular season unbeaten to win the Region 2 title. The Tigers of Coach Brent Hubbert finished fourth in Region 1.
WOTM TV’s Vince Earley announced Saturday that the AHSAA TV Network / NFHS Network (WOTM) game of the week will defending Class 5A state champion Central of Clay County (9-2) at unbeaten Jasper (11-0) Friday. The two teams met in the regular season with the Vikings of Coach Bryan Moore won 35-34 over Coach Danny Horn’s Volunteers. Earley announced the second AHSAA TV Network game selected to be televised live will be Geraldine (7-4) at B.B. Comer (6-5) at Legion Stadium in Sylacauga. The Tigers were another No. 4 seed that upset a No. 1 seed. Coach Adam Fossett’s squad beat Region 5 top seed Fultondale 28-19.
B.B. Comer’s win gave Class 3A, Region 6 a sweep as Piedmont (10-1), Randolph County (10-1) and Walter Wellborn (10-1) all advancing with win. Class 6A, Region 6 also swept its four contests with two-time defending state champion Pinson Valley (8-2) downing Homewood 427 to move to round 2. Other Region 6 winners were Oxford (10-1), Clay-Chalkville (9-2) and Gardendale (8-3).
Class 7A defending champion Central-Phenix City (10-1) topped Fairhope 45-7; two-time Class 4A defending champion UMS-Wright (9-0) beat Dale County 51-7 for the Bulldogs’ 29th straight win; Class 3A defending champ Flomaton (10-1) beat Opp 58-28; Class 2A defending champ Fyffe (11-0), which has outscored opponents 479-23 this season, shut out Sheffield 48-0 for the Red Devils’ ninth shutout of the season and 25th straight win; and defending 1A state champ Mars Hill Bible (11-0) won its 21st straight game with a 63-7 decision over Woodville.
Unbeaten teams by class still in the playoffs include: Class 1A: Decatur Heritage (11-0); Isabella (11-0); Lanett (10-0); Mars Hill Bible (11-0); Class 2A: Fyffe (11-0); Luverne (11-0); Ohatchee (10-0); Red Bay (11-0); Class 3A: Pike Road (11-0); Susan Moore (11-0); Class 4A: Montgomery Catholic (11-0); UMS-Wright (10-0); Class 5A: Bibb County (11-0); Faith Academy (11-0); Jasper (11-0); Class 6A: Muscle Shoals (11-0); Class 7A: McGill-Toolen Catholic (11-0).
Approximately 25 playoff games are expected to be live-streamed in the second round over the NFHS Network.
The second-round playoff pairings are listed.
2019 AHSAA State Football Playoffs
All games Friday, Nov. 15, 7 p.m.
Maplesville (8-2) at Sweet Water (9-1)
Notasulga (6-4) at Brantley (10-1)
Elba (8-3) at Lanett (10-0)
Millry (10-1) at Isabella (11-0)
Spring Garden (10-1) at Hackleburg (5-6)
Pickens County (9-2) at Falkville (7-4)
South Lamar (10-1) at Mars Hill Bible (11-0), Florence
Donoho (9-1) at Decatur Heritage (11-0), West Morgan HS Stadium
Goshen (8-3) at Leroy (9-2)
LaFayette (6-4) at Ariton (9-2)
Reeltown (10-1) at J.U. Blacksher (9-2), Uriah
Luverne (11-0) at G.W. Long (9-2), Skipperville
Westbrook Christian (8-3) at North Sand Mountain (8-3), Higdon
Collinsville (10-1) at Ohatchee (10-0)
Ranburne (10-1) at Fyffe (11-0)
Sulligent (9-2) at Red Bay (11-0)
Saint James (10-1) at Flomaton (10-1)
T.R. Miller (7-4) at Montgomery Academy (7-4)
Providence Christian (10-1) at Gordo (11-0)
Mobile Christian (6-4) at Pike Road (11-0)
Geraldine (7-4) at B.B. Comer (6-5), Sylacauga
Lauderdale County (9-2) at Piedmont (10-1)
Randolph County (10-1) at Westminster Christian (8-2), Huntsville
Susan Moore (11-0) at Walter Wellborn (11-1), Anniston
UMS-Wright (10-0) at Talladega (7-5)
Handley (7-4) at Montgomery Catholic (11-0)
Lincoln (9-2) at Andalusia (8-3)
Hillcrest-Evergreen (7-4) at American Christian (10-1), Tuscaloosa
Priceville (8-3) at Northside (10-1)
Jacksonville (9-2) at St. John Paul II Catholic (9-2)
Oneonta (8-3) at Deshler (8-3). Tuscumbia
Fairview (8-2) at Anniston (7-4)
Pleasant Grove (10-1) at Faith Academy (11-0), Mobile
Ramsay (9-2) at Valley (7-4)
Briarwood Christian (10-1) at Jackson (6-5)
Bibb County (10-0) at Greenville (7-4)
Mortimer Jordan (9-2) at Guntersville (8-2)
Scottsboro (9-2) at Center Point (8-3)
Alexandria (8-2) at Madison County (9-2), Gurley
Central-Clay County (9-2) at Jasper (11-0)
Stanhope Elmore (9-2) at Park Crossing (4-7), Montgomery, Cramton Bowl
Spanish Fort (6-4) at Wetumpka (6-5)
Eufaula (9-2) at Hueytown (10-1)
St. Paul’s Episcopal; (8-3) at Opelika (9-1)
Athens (8-3) at Clay-Chalkville (9-2)
Oxford (10-1) at Cullman (6-5)
Pinson Valley (8-2) at Fort Payne (9-2)
Muscle Shoals (11-0) at Gardendale (8-3)
Prattville at Central-Phenix City (10-1)
Auburn (8-3) at McGill-Toolen Catholic (11-0), Mobile, Lipscomb Stadium
Hoover (9-2) at James Clemens (9-2), Madison City Stadium
Florence (7-4) at Thompson (9-1), Alabaster
Sweet Water (9-1) 53, Georgiana (5-6) 0
Maplesville (8-2) 56, Billingsley (5-6) 6
Brantley (10-1) 72, Fruitdale (5-6) 32
Notasulga (6-4) 7, Linden (5-5) 6
Lanett (10-0) 55, Keith (6-5) 0
Elba 8-3) 21, Marengo (6-5) 8
Isabella (11-0) 46, Wadley (5-5) 20
Millry (10-1) 48, Florala (7-4) 18
Spring Garden (10-1) 28, Hubbertville (6-5) 20
Hackleburg (5-6) 34, Valley Head (6-5) 19
Pickens County (9-2) 31, Victory Christian (6-5) 14
Falkville (7-4) 47, Waterloo (8-3) 19
Mars Hill (11-0) 63, Woodville (4-7) 7
South Lamar (10-1) 45, Appalachian (6-5) 6
Decatur Heritage (11-0) 47, Vina (3-8) 8
Donoho (9-1) 34, Berry (6-5) 6
Leroy (9-2) 37, Daleville (7-4) 16
Goshen (8-3) 36, Thorsby (6-5) 30
Ariton (9-2) 40, Chickasaw (6-4) 19
LaFayette (6-4) 27, New Brockton (5-6) 7
Reeltown (10-1) 56, Zion Chapel (6-5) 0
J.U. Blacksher (9-2) 38, Abbeville (8-3) 30
Luverne (11-0) 54, Fayetteville (6-5) 7
G.W. Long (9-2) 31, Cottage Hill Christian (8-3) 0
Westbrook Christian (8-3) 25, Aliceville (8-3) 22
North Sand Mountain (8-3) 20, Addison (8-3) 13
Ohatchee (10-0) 55, Southeastern (5-6) 13
Collinsville (10-1) 63, Colbert County (6-5) 18
Fyffe (11-0) 48, Sheffield (6-4) 0
Ranburne (10-1) 44, Cold Springs (5-6) 0
Red Bay (11-0) 24, Cedar Bluff (7-4) 7
Sulligent (9-2) 27, Cleveland (5-6) 21
Flomaton (10-1) 58, Opp (4-7) 28
Saint James (10-1) 23, Oakman (6-5) 20
T.R. Miller (7-4) 25, Pike County (10-1) 13
Montgomery Academy (7-4) 24, Winfield (7-4) 20
Gordo (11-0) 36, Bullock County (6-5) 0
Providence Christian (10-1) 42, Bayside Academy (5-6) 21
Pike Road (11-0) 45, Carbon Hill (4-7) 0
Mobile Christian (6-4) 49, Geneva (8-3) 36
B.B. Comer (6-5) 28, Fultondale (8-3) 19
Geraldine (7-4) 49, Clements (6-5) 16
Piedmont (10-1) 35, J.B. Pennington (3-8) 0
Lauderdale County (9-2) 46, Sylvania (7-4) 20
Westminster Christian (8-2) 47, Pisgah (4-7) 28
Randolph County (10-1) 44, Midfield (6-4) 8
Susan Moore (11-0) 42, Colbert Heights (6-5) 7
Walter Wellborn (11-1) 54, Locust Fork (6-5) 14
UMS-Wright (10-0) 51, Dale County (4-7) 7
Talladega (7-5) 20, Montevallo (6-5) 18
Montgomery Catholic (11-0) 24, Williamson (7-4) 6
Handley (7-4) 50, West Blocton (5-6) 14
Lincoln (9-2) 38, Dallas County (4-7) 8
Andalusia (8-3) 24, Trinity Presbyterian (6-5) 6
American Christian (10-1) 50, Holtville (6-5) 0
Hillcrest-Evergreen (7-4) 28, Alabama Christian (6-5) 21
Northside (10-1) 35, Hokes Bluff (7-4) 21
Priceville (8-3) 44, Rogers (3-7) 23
Jacksonville (9-2) 55, Cordova (5-6) 26
St. John Paul II Catholic (9-2) 56, Brooks (6-5) 42
Deshler (8-3) 44, Danville (5-6) 6
Oneonta (8-3) 37, Good Hope (8-3) 29
Fairview (9-2) 46, Central-Florence (3-8) 20
Anniston (7-4) 19, Fayette County (8-3) 6
Faith Academy (11-0) 31, Charles Henderson (4-6) 0
Pleasant Grove (10-1) 28, Chilton County (6-5) 0
Valley (7-4) 21, Vigor (4-7) 6
Ramsay (9-2) 34, Demopolis (7-4) 12
Briarwood Christian (10-1) 42, Marbury (6-5) 26
Jackson (6-5) 29, Rehobeth (7-3) 7
Bibb County (11-0) 41, Parker (5-6) 12
Greenville (7-4) 22, Citronelle (7-4) 12
Mortimer Jordan (9-2) 42, Boaz (4-7) 14
Guntersville (8-2) 32, Hamilton (8-3) 9
Center Point (8-3) 42, at Etowah (9-2) 10
Scottsboro (9-2) 17, Russellville (8-3) 14
Madison County (9-2) 21, Corner (7-4) 14
Alexandria (8-2) 10, Sylacauga (8-3) 7
Jasper (11-0) 55, Madison Academy (5-6) 14
Central-Clay County (9-2) 47, Sardis (5-6) 14
Park Crossing (4-7) 30, Saraland (10-1) 27
Stanhope Elmore (9-2) 35, Paul Bryant (7-4) 13
Spanish Fort (6-4) 28, Dothan (8-3) 21 (OT)
Wetumpka (6-5) 22, Bessemer City (8-3) 21
Hueytown (10-1) 44, Selma (6-4) 24
Eufaula (9-2) 35, Blount (8-3) 6
Opelika (9-1) 48, McAdory (6-5) 20
St. Paul’s Episcopal (8-3) 20, Sidney Lanier (3-6) 14
Clay-Chalkville (9-2) 17, Helena (9-2) 0
Athens (8-3) 62, Buckhorn (4-7) 14
Oxford (10-1) 55, Chelsea (5-6) 14
Cullman (6-5) 20, Mae Jemison (5-6) 0
Fort Payne (9-2) 24, Hartselle (4-7) 17
Pinson Valley (8-2) 42, Homewood (4-7) 7
Muscle Shoals (11-0) 61, Albertville (5-6) 20
Gardendale (8-3) 17, Minor (6-5) 11
Central-Phenix City (10-1) 45, Fairhope (6-5) 7
Prattville (9-2) 24, Theodore (8-3) 17 (2 OT)
McGill-Toolen Catholic (11-0) 35, Enterprise (5-6) 10
Auburn (8-3) 33, Murphy (6-5) 0
James Clemens (9-2) 21, Vestavia Hills (7-4) 20
Hoover (9-2) 21, Sparkman (8-3) 3
Thompson (9-1) 54, Austin (7-4) 20
Florence (7-4) 24, Mountain Brook (8-3) 21
208 Teams Advance to the Playoffs in 7 Classes
MONTGOMERY – All of the seven the defending state football champions and a total of 19 unbeaten teams advanced to the first round of the 2019 Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) State Football Playoffs. First-round games are scheduled for Nov. 8, AHSAA Executive Director Steve Savarese announced Saturday.
The first round of the playoffs was officially set Saturday morning at the AHSAA Coaches’ Playoff Meeting. And for the first time in AHSAA history, the event was televised live over the AHSAA TV Network. The three-hour telecast is also available on a delayed basis on You Tube and on the WOTM network of cable stations. WOTM’s Vince Earley produced the program with the help of Michael Giddens of WOTM and David Holtsford of the AHSAA. AHSAA TV Weekly host Jon Holder and al.com sports director Josh Bean handled the plethora of interviews and gave their expert analysis of the first-round pairings in each classification.
All seven champions from 2018 are in the field, including: Class 7A Central-Phenix City (9-1); Class 6A Pinson Valley (7-2); Class 5A Central of Clay County (8-2); Class 4A UMS-Wright (9-0); Class 3A Flomaton (9-1); Class 2A Fyffe (10-0); and Class 1A Mars Hill Bible (10-0).
Unbeaten teams by class in the playoffs include: Class 1A: Decatur Heritage (10-0)Isabella (10-0); Lanett (9-0); Mars Hill Bible (10-0); Class 2A: Fyffe (10-0); Luverne (10-0); Ohatchee (9-0); Red Bay (10-0); Class 3A: Pike County (10-0); Pike Road (10-0); Susan Moore (10-0); Class 4A: Montgomery Catholic (10-0); UMS-Wright (9-0); Class 5A: Bibb County (10-0); Faith Academy (10-0); Jasper (10-0); Class 6A: Muscle Shoals (10-0); Saraland (10-0); Class 7A: McGill-Toolen Catholic (10-0).
Montgomery Catholic’s unbeaten regular season is the first for the school since 1979. Coach Aubrey Blackwell’s Knights will be at home next Friday in the first round of the Class 4A playoffs to face Williamson (7-3).
For Fyffe, it was the Red Devils’ 14 unbeaten regular season finish overall and fourth in a row. Coach Paul Benefield, who has a 292-53 overall coaching record, has guided Fyffe to seven perfect regular seasons in the last nine years, and the Red Devils take a 25-game winning streak into their first-round battle with Sheffield (6-4) next Friday. Fyffe will begin next season with a 48-game regular-season winning streak and 32-game winning streak in region play.
UMS-Wright, coached by Terry Curtis (312-85), has a 28-game winning streak overall, the AHSAA’s longest current winning streak overall. The Bulldogs have won seven championships and 235 games under Curtis’ supervision. UMS hosts Dale County (4-6) in the first round of the 4A playoffs Friday.
Mars Hill Bible is currently riding a 20-game winning streak as the Panthers of Coach Darrell Higgins heads into the first round of the Class 1A state playoffs next Friday at home against Woodville (4-6).
The AHSAA’s all-time wins leader Coach Buddy Anderson of Vestavia Hills and his Class 7A Rebels (7-3) are making their 32nd playoff appearance in 42 years and are back for the first time since 2015. He owns a 342-153 overall record and is just five games shy of coaching 500 games overall.
The AHSAA TV Network, produced by WOTM TV with executive producer Vince Earley, will showcase Class 5A Sylacauga (8-2) at Alexandria (7-2) Friday in the AHSAA Network/NFHS Network Game of the Week. Tommy Wood and Coach Rick Rhoades will be handling the announcing duties.
Approximately 50 playoff games are expected to be live-streamed in the first round over the NFHS Network.
The first-round playoff pairings are listed.
2019 AHSAA State Football Playoffs
All first-round games are scheduled for Friday, Nov. 8 at 7 p.m.
Georgiana (5-5) at Sweet Water (8-1)
Billingsley (5-50 at Maplesville (7-2)
Fruitdale (5-5) at Brantley (9-1)
Linden (5-4) at Notasulga (5-4)
Keith (6-4) at Lanett (9-0)
Marengo (6-4) at Elba (7-3)
Wadley (5-4) at Isabella (10-0)
Florala (7-3) at Millry (9-1)
Hubbertville (6-4) at Spring Garden (9-1)
Hackleburg (4-6) at Valley Head (6-4)
Victory Christian (6-4) at Pickens County (8-2)
Falkville (6-4) at Waterloo (8-2)
Woodville (4-6) at Mars Hill Bible (10-0)
Appalachian (6-4) at South Lamar (9-1)
Vina (3-7) at Decatur Heritage (10-0)
Berry (6-4) at Donoho (8-1)
Daleville (7-3) at Leroy (8-2)
Thorsby (6-4) at Goshen (7-3)
Chickasaw (6-3) at Ariton (8-2)
New Brockton (5-5) at LaFayette (5-4)
Zion Chapel (6-4) at Reeltown (9-1)
J.U. Blacksher (8-2) at Abbeville (8-2)
Fayetteville (6-4) at Luverne (10-0)
G.W. Long (8-2) at Cottage Hill Christian (8-2)
Westbrook Christian (7-3) at Aliceville (8-2)
North Sand Mountain (7-3) at Addison (8-2)
Southeastern (5-5) at Ohatchee (9-0)
Colbert County (6-4) at Collinsville (9-1)
Sheffield (6-4) at Fyffe (10-0)
Cold Springs (5-5) at Ranburne (9-1)
Cedar Bluff (7-3) at Red Bay (10-0)
Cleveland (5-5) at Sulligent (8-2)
Opp (4-6) at Flomaton (9-1)
Oakman (6-4) at Saint James (9-1)
T.R. Miller (6-4) at Pike County (10-0)
Montgomery Academy (6-4) at Winfield (7-3)
Bullock County (6-4) at Gordo (10-0)
Bayside Academy (5-5) at Providence Christian (9-1)
Carbon Hill (4-6) at Pike Road (10-0)
Geneva (8-2)at Mobile Christian (5-4)
B.B. Comer (5-5) at Fultondale (8-2)
Clements (6-4) at Geraldine (6-4)
J.B. Pennington (3-7) at Piedmont (9-1)
Sylvania (7-3) at Lauderdale County (8-2)
Pisgah (4-6) at Westminster Christian (7-2)
Midfield (6-3) at Randolph County (9-1)
Colbert Heights (6-4) at Susan Moore (10-0)
Walter Wellborn (9-1) at Locust Fork (6-4)
Dale County (4-6) at UMS-Wright (9-0)
Talladega (6-5) at Montevallo (6-4)
Williamson (7-3) at Montgomery Catholic (10-0)
West Blocton (5-5) at Handley (6-4)
Dallas County (4-6) at Lincoln (8-2)
Andalusia (7-3) at Trinity Presbyterian (6-4)
Holtville (6-4) at American Christian (9-1)
Alabama Christian (6-4) at Hillcrest-Evergreen (6-4)
Hokes Bluff (703( at Northside (9-1)
Rogers (3-6) at Priceville (7-3)
Cordova (5-5) at Jacksonville (8-2)
St. John Paul II Catholic (8-2) at Brooks (6-4)
Danville (5-5) at Deshler (7-3)
Good Hope (8-2) at Oneonta (7-3)
Central-Florence (3-7) at Fairview (8-2)
Anniston (6-4) at Fayette County (8-2)
Charles Henderson (4-5) at Faith Academy (10-0)
Pleasant Grove (9-1) at Chilton County (6-4)
Vigor (4-6) at Valley (6-4)
Demopolis (7-3) at Ramsay (8-2)
Marbury (6-4) at Briarwood Christian (9-1)
Jackson (5-5) at Rehobeth (7-2)
Parker (5-5) at Bibb County (10-0)
Greenville (6-4) at Citronelle (7-3)
Boaz (4-6) at Mortimer Jordan (8-2)
Guntersville(7-2) at Hamilton (8-2)
Center Point (7-3) at Etowah (9-1)
Russellville (8-2) at Scottsboro (8-2)
Corner (7-3) at Madison County (8-2)
Sylacauga (8-2) at Alexandria (7-2)
Madison Academy (5-5) at Jasper (10-0)
Sardis (5-5) at Central-Clay County (8-2)
Park Crossing (3-7) at Saraland (10-0)
Paul Bryant (7-3) at Stanhope Elmore (8-2)
Spanish Fort (5-4) at Dothan (8-2)
Wetumpka (5-5) at Bessemer City (8-2)
Selma (6-3) at Hueytown (9-1)
Blount (8-2) at Eufaula (8-2)
McAdory (6-4)at Opelika (8-1)
Sidney Lanier (3-5) at St. Paul’s Episcopal (7-3)
Clay-Chalkville (8-2) at Helena (9-1)
Buckhorn (4-6) at Athens (7-3)
Chelsea (5-5) at Oxford (9-1)
Cullman (5-5) at Mae Jemison (5-5)
Hartselle (4-6) at Fort Payne (8-2)
Homewood (4-6) at Pinson Valley (7-2)
Albertville (5-5) at Muscle Shoals (10-0)
Gardendale (7-3) at Minor (6-4)
Fairhope (6-4) at Central-Phenix City (9-1)
Prattville (8-2) at Theodore (8-2)
Enterprise (5-5) at McGill-Toolen Catholic (10-0)
Murphy (6-4) at Auburn (7-3)
Vestavia Hills (7-3) at James Clemens (8-2)
Sparkman (8-2) at Hoover (8-2)
Austin (7-3) at Thompson (8-1)
Mountain Brook (8-2) at Florence (6-4)
MONTGOMERY – Three challenges were made in six AHSAA varsity high school football contests using DVSport Instant Replay last week, said AHSAA Director of Officials Mark Jones. One of the calls on the field were reversed, Jones reports
For the 2019 season, a 59 challenges have been issued by coaches with 13 calls overturned upon review, a 22.0% reversal rate.
The reversal of a call came in a Class 7A game between Auburn and Central-Tuscaloosa, Jones said. “Auburn challenged a Central touchdown on the grounds that the runner may have stepped out of bounds before crossing the goal line. The video review showed the runner stepped out of bounds at the one-yard line, and the ball was placed at the 1-yard line.”
Jones said the other two challenges involved a catch/no catch in the Fayette County at Good Hope and the Gulf Shores at Spanish Fort games.
This week, four games will be utilizing the DVSport Instant Replay with three schools taking part for the first time this season. DVSport Instant Replay is in its second year of implementation. The NFHS has granted the AHSAA a three-year period to experiment with instant replay in regular-season games.
Instant Replay reviews this fall have consisted of the following:
59 reviews with 13 reversals. 22.0%
Week 10 Games with Instant Replay
SCHOOLS IN GAMES WITH INSTANT REPLAY THIS SEASON (67)
Class 7A (17)
Class 6A (19)
St. Paul’s Episcopal
Class 5A (15)
Class 4A (11)
Class 3A (1)
Class 2A (1)
Class 1A (1)
New Smyrna Beach (FL)
Saturday July 25, 2020
MONTGOMERY – The AHSAA TV Network / NFHS Network Game of the Week produced by WOTM TV for tonight has been shifted to Auburn vs. Park Crossing at Cramton Bowl. The change was made due to Gordo and Pickens County, the originally game of the week, was moved this morning to Friday night due to expected inclement weather, Game of the Week executive producer of WOTM Vince Earley said.
Both Class 7A Auburn and Class 6A Park Crossing have clinched a playoff berth for next week’s first round of the 2019 AHSAA State Football Playoffs.
“We’re disappointed that we won’t be broadcasting the Pickens County-Gordo game,” Earley said. “We are excited, however, to be showing the Park Crossing-Auburn game at Cramton Bowl.”
Game time for tonight’s telecast will be at 7 p.m., with announcers Tommy Wood and Coach Rick Rhoades handling the play-by-play and color commentary. The game will be 10th Game of the Week in the series in 2019.
The NFHS Network is live-streaming all seven state championship matches at today’s 49th AHSAA Elite Eight State Volleyball Championships at Birmingham’s Bill Harris Arena located at the CrossPlex. Eight football contests will be live-streamed to night with 45 tomorrow. A total 70 events are played through Monday.
The AHSAA TV Network and its producer WOTM TV will have a three-hour playoff special show originating from the AHSAA Office Saturday morning breaking down the AHSAA playoff brackets in each classification. Classes 1A, 2A, 3A and 4A meet at 9 a.m., in a pre-playoff planning meeting with the official bra
ckets announced during the session. Classes 5A, 6A and 7A meet at 10:30 a.m. with the same planning meeting.
WOTM cameras will capture the highlights of both meetings and will have commentators Jon Holder and Josh Bean on hand to discuss the brackets, the match-ups, the playoff history of the teams and much, much more. The program will be live-streamed over the NFHS Network and on the WOTM group of cable stations from 9 a.m., until noon. Be sure to make plans to tune in.
The schedule of football and volleyball contests set to be livestreamed over the NFHS Network beginning today and through the weekend can be found at the following links:
A subscription allows the viewer access to any events on the NFHS Network. Monthly and yearly subscriptions are available. For more information on how to subscribe, go to the following link:
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AHSAA Offensive Spotlight
MONTGOMERY – Daleville High School senior running Jalen White, who leads the nation in rushing this season, was in top form once again in the Warhawks’ 78-26 victory over winless Barbour County.
After rushing for 465 yards and seven touchdowns on 26 carries last week, he followed up with 462 rushing yards and eight touchdowns on just nine carries – all in the first half – to earn the AHSAA Offensive Spotlight for the second week in a row.
White had TD runs were 29, 54, 75, 37, 41, 65, 81 and 69 yards – an average of 51.4 yards per carry, which ranks third best in AHSAA single-game history. The Warhawks scored 10 touchdowns for the night on just 11 offensive plays.
He boosted his season rushing totals to 3,381 yards and 46 touchdowns and became just the fifth player in AHSAA history to rush for more than 3,000 yards in a single season. He is the first to reach that milestone in the regular season, however.
His yardage total is now second best in AHSAA history, only 102 yards behind the state-record of 3,483 set by Dale County's Jamarius Henderson in 2014 in 15 games. The 46 TDs is now only seven behind the state record of 53 by North Jackson's Lee Witherspoon in 2018. White now has 6,490 career yards (12th most in AHSAA history).
Others in the 3,000 yards rushing club include Kendal Gibson of Aliceville (2000), Lee Cagle of Lynn (1996) and Sherman Williams of Blount (1990). Each running back played in 15 games.
Daleville (7-3) is off this week and will begin the Class 4A state playoffs next week as the No. 4 seed from Class 3A, Region 2.
Making a strong challenge for the Offensive Spotlight was Locust Fork quarterback Charlie Cater. He accounted for 462 yards and six touchdowns in Locust Fork's 55-46 victory over Hanceville to clinch second seed in Class 3A, Region 5.
He was 24-of-27 passing for 334 yards and two TDs and rushed 18 times for 128 yards and four scores in the win.
For the season Cater has 3,157 total yards (1,461 rushing, 21 TD's, 1,660 passing and 14 TDs. He also has one pass reception of 36 yards and has punted for a 36.6-yard average on 28 kicks this season. He needs just 39 or more rushing yards to become the first Locust Fork player to rush for 1,500 yards and pass for 1,500 yards in the same season.
Other outstanding efforts reported to the AHSAA from last week’s games include:
ELI PEARCE, WEST END: Finished with 394 total yards and four touchdowns in the Patriots’ 38-21 victory over Woodland. The senior quarterback completed 13-of-28 passes for 228 yards and two touchdowns and rushed 26 times for 166 yards and two scores.
ZACHARY BURNETT, GUNTERSVILLE: Led the Wildcats to a 28-26 win over East Limestone with a 16-of-26 passing effort for 339 yards and three touchdowns.
CHASE FORD, JEFF DAVIS: The freshman quarterback was 15-of-28 passing for 275 yards and two touchdowns in a 22-14 loss to Enterprise.
TOBIAS ROBINSON, CHICKASAW: Was 8-of-13 passing for 246 yards and three touchdowns in a 49-0 win over Washington County.
SETH BROWN, ST. JOHN PAUL II CATHOLIC: Was 22-of-33 passing for 209 yards and two touchdowns and also rushed for 213 yards and two scores on 21 carries as the Falcons clinched a Class 4A, Region 7 playoff berth with a 35-34 win over DAR.
QUINCY CRITTENDON, AUSTIN: Completed 14-of-25 passes for 304 yards and three touchdowns in Austin's 27-24 loss to James Clemens on Thursday.
PEARSON BALDWIN, SPRINGVILLE: Was 13-of-15 passing for 223 yards and for four touchdowns and rushed 11 times for 107 yards and two more scores as the Tigers beat St. Clair County 51-6. He finished with 330 total yards and accounted for six TDs.
TRENT BATTLE, DAPHNE: Kept the Trojans’ playoff hopes alive completing 8-of-18 passes for 218 yards in a 53-46 win over St. Paul’s Episcopal.
TATE WARR, MILLRY: Was 8-of-17 passing for 215 yards and four touchdowns in the Wildcats’ 34-7 victory over St. Luke’s Episcopal.
JACK HAYES, PIEDMONT: Completed 19-of-26 pass attempts for 206 yards and four touchdowns and rushed for 91 yards in the previously unbeaten Bulldogs’ 40-35 loss at Walter Wellborn.
LOGAN SMOTHERS, MUSCLE SHOALS: The Alabama All-Star quarterback selection completed 17-of-20 passes for 199 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 83 yards and a TD on 10 carries as the Trojans (10-0) closed out the regular season with a 36-12 win over Wetumpka.
KADEN CUPP, NEW BROCKTON: Threw for 204 yards and four touchdowns and added 41 yards rushing with an 11-yard TD run in the Gamecocks' 38-0 win over Zion Chapel.
CADEN JONES, HACKLEBURG: Passed for 202 yards and three touchdowns in the Panthers’ 46-8 win over Vina.
RYAN GALLOWAY, GOSHEN: Accounted for 324 yards and all three touchdowns in the Eagles' 35-21 loss to Highland Home. Galloway completed 13-of-18 pass attempts for 191 yards with two TDs and rushed for 133 yards with one TD.
RYLEY KIRK, SPRING GARDEN: Completed 12-of-18 pass attempts for 131 yards and two touchdowns to Cooper Austin (13 and 32 yards). He also ran for two scores (1 and 14 yards) in the Panthers’ 34-0 win over Ragland.
KRIS ABRAMS-DRAINE, SPANISH FORT: Was 11-of-13 passing for 172 yards and a pair of touchdowns as the Toros beat Gulf Shores 42-3. He also scored on a 5-yard run.
LANDON GREEN, NORTH SAND MOUNTAIN: Completed 4-of-4 passes for 163 yards and a touchdown and ran for another touchdown in a 49-7 victory over Section.
KAMBREE JOHNSON, PARKER: Passed and rushed for 132 yards each as the Herd downed Wenonah 20-16.
SLADE ALEXANDER, CHEROKEE COUNTY: Totaled 228 total yards to lead the Warriors past Cleburne County 37-14. He was 8-of-13 passing for 121 yards and a touchdown and ran for 107 yards and two touchdowns on nine carries. One TD run covered 60 yards. He had an interception on defense.
DAMIEN TAYLOR, TUSCALOOSA COUNTY: Totaled 27 carries for 375 yards and five TDs in a 42-21 victory over Spain Park.
MARQUIS JOHNSON, HELENA: The junior running back had 30 carries for 256 yards and six touchdowns in a 62-20 victory over Pelham.
JERRY BURTON, PRICEVILLE: Burton rushed for 285 yards and two touchdowns as Priceville defeated West Morgan 24-22 to clinch second seed in Class 4A, Region 7 for the state playoffs.
MATHEW TURNAGE, ARAB: Picked up 258 rushing yards and six touchdowns on 31 carries to lead the Knights to a 48-20 win over Madison Academy. He went over the 1,000-yard rushing mark on the season with the effort. Quarterback Ross Reynolds also added 155 rushing yards on 22 carries and was 8-of-12 passing for 83 yards and another score in the win.
B.J. CARLISLE, OXFORD: Ran 24 times for 232 yards in a 31-24 victory over Gardendale.
ANTONIO MASON, HUEYTOWN: Ran 34 times for 192 yards and two touchdowns in a 38-21 victory over Paul W. Bryant to clinch the Class 6A, Region 4 title for the Gophers (9-0).
GABE PUGH, COLBERT HEIGHTS: Had 30 carries for 227 yards and three scores in a 31-28 overtime win over Phil Campbell.
EMMANEL HENDERSON, GENEVA COUNTY: Rushed for 212 yards on seven carries with four touchdowns (30, 7, 54 and 69 yards) in the Bulldogs' 49-8 win over Houston County.
DAQUAN JOHNSON, FLOMATON: Ran for 201 yards and three touchdowns as the defending Class 3A state champion Hurricanes (8-1) captured the Region 1 title with a 20-12 win over T.R. Miller.
DALTON HANBACK, CENTRAL-FLORENCE: Had 12 carries for 199 yards and three touchdowns in a 23-20 loss to Rogers.
C.J. EVANS, McGILL-TOOLEN CATHOLIC: The Jackets (9-0) got a big performance from Evans, who rushed for 186 yards on 19 carries, returned two kickoffs for 118 yards and finished with 319 all-purpose yards in a 42-14 win over Baker to clinch the 7A, Region 1 crown.
CAULLIN LACY, FAITH ACADEMY: Rushed for 178 yards and two touchdowns as the Rams (9-0) downed Satsuma 42-7 to finish unbeaten in Class 5A, Region 1.
ETHAN HEGGY, HACKLEBURG: Rushed for 177 yards and two scores of 1 and 11 yards and caught four passes for 82 yards to finish with 259 total yards in a 46-8 win over Vina.
JOHNNY GILLIAM, NORTH JACKSON: Rushed for 167 yards and one touchdown on 17 carries and also snagged an 80-yard TD pass in the Chiefs’ 42-26 win over Randolph.
JARVICE PRYOR, CLEMENTS: Rushed for 144 yards and three touchdowns in a 26-13 win over Lexington and now has 1,584 rushing yards and 23 TDs on 224 carries on the season.
MICHAEL TUCKER, COLLINSVILLE: Picked up 117 rushing yards on 19 carries and scored three touchdowns (10, 5 and 3 yards) in the Panthers’ 38-0 victory at Cedar Bluff which clinched the No. 2 playoff seed in Class 2A, Region 8.
JABRE BARBER, DOTHAN: Scored on a 3-yard run with 57 seconds left and added a two-point conversion, helping Dothan rally past Sidney Lanier 22-19, clinching the Class 6A, Region 2 title in the Wolves' first season.
JAMARI JEMISON, MINOR: Caught four passes for 170 yards and two touchdowns in a 33-6 victory over Carver-Birmingham.
REGINALD SUMMAGE, JEFF DAVIS: Had eight catches for 161 yards and one TD in a 22-14 loss to Enterprise. Teammate Tavares Womack also had five receptions for 120 yards and a TD.
JABARI BROWN, AUSTIN: Had five catches for 157 yards and a TD, all in the second half, in the Black Bears’ 27-24 loss to James Clemens. Teammate James Shackelford also had seven receptions for 116 yards and two TDs.
COOPER KELLEY, SPAIN PARK: Caught nine passes for 127 yards in a 42-21 loss to Tuscaloosa County.
J.J. EVANS, MONTEVALLO: Pulled down seven receptions for 128 yards and one touchdown and also scored a two-point conversion in a 32-26 victory over Greensboro.
TRE AUSMER, HOMEWOOD: Caught five passes for 127 yards, including a 71-yard touchdown, in a 28-6 victory over Jackson-Olin.
QUEMAINE GAMBLE, MADISON COUNTY: Grabbed eight receptions for 146 yards and a touchdown TD in a 42-7 victory over Ardmore.
HAYES FLOYD, ARITON: Hauled in four pass receptions for 113 yards with one TD and rushed for 94 yards on just two carries with a TD in the Purple Cats' 36-10 win over Cottonwood. He also scored on a two-point conversion run.
JEREMIAH ROBERSON, WEST END: Caught eight passes for 122 yards and a touchdown in the Patriots’ 38-21 victory over Woodland.
TYQUILLIN MIMS, BALDWIN COUNTY: Caught six passes for 108 yards and two touchdowns in the Tigers’42-12 win over B.C. Rain.
SEAN ZERKLE, ST. JOHN PAUL II CATHOLIC: Caught seven passes for 112 yards and a TD in a 35-34 win over DAR.
Adrian Milton, Murphy: Caught five passes for 121 yards and two touchdowns in a 35-17 win over Foley.
REESE BURKHARDT, ANDALUSIA: Grabbed six receptions for 105 yards and three touchdowns as the Bulldogs blanked Clarke County 35-0).
COOPER AUSTIN, SPRING GARDEN: Hauled in seven passes for 97 yards and two touchdowns (13 and 32 yards) and ran in a 2-point conversion in the Panthers' 34-0 victory over Ragland.
SILAS THOMPSON, PIEDMONT: Caught eight passes for 95 yards and two touchdowns in the Bulldogs’ 40-35 loss at Walter Wellborn.
TY SMITH, MUSCLE SHOALS: Caught seven passes for 85 yards and two touchdowns and tacked on a 66-yard run to finish with 141 total yards in a 36-12 win over Wetumpka.
BAKER WILSON, DECATUR HERITAGE: Caught TD passes of 64 and 50 yards as the Eagles finished the regular season 10-0 with a 39-14 win over Woodville.
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