Sunday, January 26, 2020






Kristian Story Accounts for 5 TDs as Lanett Beats Elba 44-6 in the Class 1A State Playoffs

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 c
aught 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.



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