Sunday, January 26, 2020






Class 4A White Plains Hosts Jacksonville in AHSAA TV Network (WOTM) Game of the Week

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177 Events Planned by NFHS Network SBP Schools

    MONTGOMERY – White Plains High School’s football program has only had six head coaches in its 48 years since playing its first season in 1972. However, Coach Chandler Tyree, in his first season at the helm, is the fourth head coach in the program this decade.
     The last winning season for the Wildcats came in 2003, and in the five previous seasons White Plains totaled just six wins while going 6-44.
    Chandler is changing those dynamics, however, as the Wildcats (3-4) host Class 4A, Region 6 leader Jacksonville (6-2) in the AHSAA TV Network/NFHS Network Game of the Week. WOTM TV, under the direction of executive producer Vince Earley, is producing the contest – the seventh in the 2019 Game-of-the Week series.
     The game will be live-streamed over the NFHS Network subscriber-based program and will also be available on the network of cable stations that have joined the WOTM Network in Alabama. Veteran announcer Tommy Wood and legendary football coach Rick Rhoades will be handling the commentary for the WOTM production.
      Earley also announced next week’s AHSAA TV Network Game of the Week pairing: Briarwood Christian at Fairfield on Oct. 24.
      White Plains could clinch its first playoff berth since 1994 with a win over Jacksonville tonight and a win over Oneonta next week. While that task is a tall order, the good news is that White Plains is still in the hunt.
     Topping the Golden Eagles of Coach Clint Smith, who are 5-0 in Region 6 and could clinch their second straight region title a win over White Plains, feature one of the state’s top running backs in senior Ron Wiggins. The powerful runner set a school record last season with 409 rushing yards in over Cleburne County and had a personal high of six rushing touchdowns in last week’s 55-21 win over Oneonta.
     He can run with power – scoring three TDs last week on runs of 1, 2 and 6 yards, but he is capable of scoring from anywhere on the field. He also had TD runs of 84, 18 and 10 yards. Named All-State as a junior, Wiggins is one of several weapons in the Eagles’ lineup.
     Smith, currently in his eighth season as head coach, is 61-26 during that span and 16-3 over the last 19 games. Hos overall record in the AHSAA is 99-27 with the school’s next win being the 100th of his coaching career. He also spent three years coaching eight-man football at a non-member school. He directed Jacksonville to just its third unbeaten regular season in 98 years in 2018. The Eagles were 6-0-1 in their first season in 1920, finished 10-1in 1999 and 11-1 last season – losing in the second round of the 4A state playoffs to Good Hope.
    White Plains quarterback Jaden Chatman has been solid, and receiver Ethan Bozart is one of the best in Region 6.
     The NFHS Network School Broadcast Program has two varsity football games set for live-streaming tonight with Eufaula and Carver-Montgomery the other one at Cramton Bowl in Montgomery. Friday’s slate has 60 offerings, including a battle of undefeated teams in Class 7A--Region 3 with Mountain Brook (7-0) at Thompson (7-0) in a game designed by the NFHS Network as one of five National Games of the Week.
      In addition, 25 varsity volleyball matches are set for tonight and a total of 177 events currently set to be live-streamed by AHSAA member schools participating in the NFHS School Broadcast Program through the weekend. Currently, two area volleyball tournaments, Class 1A Areas 11 and 15 at Spring Garden and Lindsay Lane, are scheduled to live-stream selected matches next Monday. More are expected to be scheduled over the weekend.
    Among the 60 varsity football games set to be live-streamed Friday are: Class 3A: Westminster Christian (5-2) at Lauderdale County (7-1); Class 4A: Escambia County (4-4) at UMS-Wright (7-0); Class 5A: Jasper (7-0) at Russellville (6-1); Scottsboro (5-2) at Madison Academy (5-2); Class 6A: Athens (6-2) at Muscle Shoals (8-0); Clay-Chalkville (5-2) at Muscle Shoals; Opelika (6-1) at Stanhope Elmore (7-1); Spanish Fort (4-2) at Blount (6-1);  Class 7A: James Clemens (5-2) at Sparkman (8-0; and Vestavia Hills (5-2) at Hoover (6-1).  
    Other headliners Friday include Class 1A: Waterloo (7-1) at defending Class 1A state champ Mars Hill Bible (7-0) in Region 8; Class 2A: J.U. Blacksher (7-1) at Leroy (6-1) in Region 1; Ariton (6-2) at unbeaten G.W. Long in Region 2; and North Sand Mountain (5-2) at Fyffe (7-0) in Region 8; Class 3A: Montgomery Academy (5-3) at Pike Road (8-0) in Region 3; Walter Wellborn (7-1) at Pleasant Valley (5-2) in Region 6; Geraldine (5-2) at Susan Moore (8-0) in Region 7; Class 4A: Holtville (6-2) at Talladega (4-2) in Region 4; Class 5A: Faith Academy (7-0) at Jackson (4-3) in Region 1; Ramsay  (7-1) at Briarwood Christian (6-2) in Region 4; Sylacauga (7-2) at Central, Clay County (5-2) in Region 5; Alexandria (6-0) at Etowah (7-1) in Region 6; Class 7A: Auburn (5-2) at Prattville (7-1) in Region 2.
    Hewitt-Trussville also plans to live-stream the Husky Challenge Cross Country Invitational on Saturday.
         The complete AHSAA schedule of football and volleyball contests set to be livestreamed over the NFHS Network this weekend can be found at the following links:


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