MONTGOMERY – Pinson Valley High School junior quarterback Bo Nix returned to the lineup for the Indians’ first-round state playoff game Friday night after being sidelined several games with an ankle injury.
He responded to lead the unbeaten Indians (11-0) to a 45-20 Class 6A state playoff win over Florence. Nix, the son of head coach and former Auburn starting quarterback Patrick Nix, completed 22-of-36 passes for 368 yards and five touchdowns as Pinson advanced to round two to face defending state champion Ramsay at Pinson Friday night.
The victory closed out the first 10-0 regular season in the school’s history and catapulted the junior into the AHSAA Football Spotlight for Week 1 of the state playoffs. The 10-0 current record also marks the first 10-win season for the school since it opened its doors in 1970.
Bo Nix, who quarterbacked Scottsboro to a 12-1 season as a sophomore before his dad took over at Pinson this season, comes by his talent naturally. His dad was an All-State QB in high school at Etowah before playing at Auburn. Patrick Nix is 39-18 as a head coach in his fifth season – including 22-1 over the last two years. He quarterbacked Etowah to a 10-1 season as a senior in high school and was a sophomore on Auburn’s 11-0 team in 1993.
Bo is also the grandson of longtime high school coach Conrad Nix. Grandpa Nix finished his 35-year head-coaching career with a 300-105-1 record. He was 260-55 with two state championships over 27 seasons at Northside (GA). He spent eight years in the AHSAA with coaching stints at Albertville, Haleyville and Lincoln.
Other top efforts for week one of the state playoffs reported include:
KYLE ARTHUR, WICKSBURG: Arthur rushed seven times for 51 yards, including a 22-yard touchdown run in the second half, had an interception and three tackles on defense during the Panthers’ 28-6 Class 3A state playoff win over Midfield Friday night. Less than seven hours later, Arthur hit the road for a four-hour trip over 270 miles to the Oakville Indian Mounds where he placed 32nd in the Class 3A boys’ state cross country meet.
QUINADRIOUS CREWS, CALERA: Caught a game-winning 10-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Cornelius Brown on the final play of the game to lift Calera to a 28-27 Class 5A playoff victory over Jackson.
RICARDO MENDOZA, BEAUREGARD: Kicked a 37-yard game-winning field goal on the last play of the game to give the defending Class 5A state champions a 24-21 win over Greenville in the first round of the state playoffs. The Tigers beat the Hornets (9-1) in the first game of the season 34-31 for Beauregard’s only loss of the year.
ANDRES RIOS, MUSCLE SHOALS: Booted a game-winning 25-yard field goal with one second to play as the Trojans (9-2) beat Gardendale 23-20 in the Class 6A playoffs.
RODNEY JONES, ST. CLAIR COUNTY: Blocked a punt and returned it 40 yards for the game-winning TD in a 28-21 Class 5A playoff victory over Guntersville.
LANDON JOHNSON, HOKES BLUFF: Scored on a 63-yard game-winning run, completed 6-of-15 passes for 79 yards and had three tackles and an interception on defense as the Eagles ousted Madison Academy from the 4A state playoffs with a 12-10 win. The first-round loss was the first for Madison Academy since 2007. The Mustangs failed to make the playoffs in 2008, then went on a run over the next eight years that included three state championships and two runner-up finishes.
IVORY STARR, CEDAR BLUFF: Rushed for 134 yards and two touchdowns on 14 carries and sealed the Tigers’ 33-28 Class 1A playoff win over Waterloo with his interception at the Cedar Bluff 14-yard line with 1:06 remaining.
HAMP SISSON, MOUNTAIN BROOK: Completed 9-of-15 passes for 136 yards, ran for 61 yards on 15 attempts and was involved in 10 of Mountain Brook's 13 first downs. In the game-clinching drive, he converted three first downs to preserve a 23-22 Class 7A playoff victory over Bob Jones for the Spartans (8-3).
RICHMON SINGLETARY, ELBA: Rushed for 295 yards on 24 carries with two touchdowns (4 and 10 yards) in a 42-20 Elba loss to Leroy in Class 2A playoff action.
PAYTON ANDERSON, FYFFE: Rushed 24 times for 269 yards and five touchdowns as the Red Devils (11-0) rolled to their 26th straight win in a 48-0 Class 2A playoff win over Sheffield.
KELSTON FIKES, LEROY: Piled up 245 yards rushing and four touchdowns on just 17 carries as the Bears (9-2) defeated Elba 48-20 in the 2A playoffs.
KAPE McRAE, ARITON: The Purple Cats running back rushed for 240 yards and two touchdowns (22 and 12 yards) on 22 carries as Ariton (10-1) posted its first state playoff win since 2006 with a 44-14 Class 2A victory over R.C. Hatch.
JOE GREEN, EUFAULA: Had 236 yards rushing yards and four touchdowns (1, 11, 7, 21 yards) and teammate Zy Tennille had 153 yards and three scores (60, 1 and 14 yards) to help Eufaula (9-2) overcome a 24-14 first-half deficit en route to the Tigers’ 48-31 Class 5A playoff win over Sylacauga.
DESMOND TROTTER, SHADES VALLEY: Ran for 235 yards on 26 carries and scored one touchdown as the Mounties (8-3) beat Pell City 34-7 in the 6A playoffs.
SYMON SMITH, UMS-WRIGHT: The sophomore gained 211 yards rushing on 24 carries and scored twice as UMS-Wright (9-2) beat Leeds 42-7 in the 4A state playoffs.
NOAH TURBYFILL, BROOKS: Rushed for 205 yards and scored four touchdowns as Brooks (8-2) beat West Point 41-20 in the Class 5A playoffs. He scored on runs of 3, 2 and 10 yards and caught a 41-yard TD pass.
DANIEL MITCHELL, ROGERS: Mitchell ran for 205 yards and two touchdowns to power Rogers (11-0) past Haleyville 45-7 in the Class 4A playoffs. He scored on runs of 1 and 75 yards and also caught a 66-yard TD pass.
ASA MARTIN, AUSTIN: Ran 10 times for 201 yards and three touchdowns in the Black Bears’ 48-0 Class 6A win over Carver-Birmingham. His touchdown runs covered 87, 62 and 26 yards. He also threw a 20-yard pass out of the wildcat formation and returned a punt 65 yards that would have been longer and for a TD if not for a penalty. He also played on defense in the secondary.
CHANNING MARMANN, DESHLER: Rushed for 201 yards and 2 touchdowns and threw for 128 yards, including an 80-yard TD connection, in a 29-20 Class 4A playoff loss at Dora. Marmann’s TD runs covered 4 and 48 yards.
KEONTAY JONES, WENONAH: Had 16 rush attempts for 175 yards and two touchdowns as the Dragons (9-1) beat Alexandria 40-14 in the 5A playoffs. Teammate Carlos Rogers rushed for 102 yards and two TDs and passed for 104 yards and another TD.
WALKER BLAIR, FULTONDALE: rushed for 170 yards on nine carries, including TD runs of 99 and 12 yards, as the Wildcats (11-0) posted a 39-3 Class 3A playoff win over Colbert County.
TYREN DUPREE, CHEROKEE: Led the Warriors (5-6), seeded fourth in Class 4A, Region 5, with 158 yards rushing on 20 carries with touchdown runs of 10 and 18 yards in a 21-14 playoff win over Region 7 champion Sardis.
SHAWN BOWDEN, WICKSBURG: Rushed for 147 yards and two touchdowns in a 28-6 Panthers’ Class 3A playoff victory over Midfield. Wicksburg improved to 10-1 with the victory.
BRYAN HILL, McGILL-TOOLEN CATHOLIC: Rushed for 145 yards and three touchdowns as Class 7A McGill-Toolen (11-0) beat Jeff Davis 35-14 in the first round of the state playoffs.
LEE STANLEY, PIEDMONT: Ran for 143 yards on 11 carries with an 88-yard touchdown as Piedmont (10-1), the defending Class 3A state champions, beat Geraldine 26-6 in the first round of the playoffs. Teammate Cardavion Myers also contributed TD passes of 58 and 21 yards and ran 50 yards for another TD.
AUSTIN KINSEY, CLARKE COUNTY: Rushed for 140 yards and three touchdowns, all in the first half, to lead the Bulldogs (9-2) to a 56-8 Class 3A state playoff win over Southside-Selma.
DAVID ROBERTSON, HOMEWOOD: Had 24 carries for 135 yards in a 28-21 come-from-behind Class 6A playoff victory over Fort Payne for the Patriots (10-1).
TAULIA TAGOVAILOA, THOMPSON: Completed 29-of-39 passes for 394 yards and three scores as the Warriors (11-0) beat Huntsville 35-0 in the first round of the 7A state playoffs. It was the first playoff win for Thompson since 2006 and the 185th career win for Coach Mark Freeman.
JACK SAMSEL, SPANISH FORT: Rolled up 350 yards and five touchdowns completing 18-of-21 passes as the Toros (10-1) beat Pelham 49-14. Most of his yardage came in the first half.
BROCK SNYDER, GOSHEN: Completed 9-of-16 passes for 267 yards and three touchdowns to lead Goshen (10-1) past Southern Choctaw 27-6 in a first-round Class 2A playoff win. Snyder had TD passes of 66 and 63 yards to Zack Alford and 34 yards to Iyan Hinkle.
PAUL TYSON, HEWITT-TRUSSVILLE: The junior quarterback completed 20-of-28 passes for 257 yards and two touchdowns and ran for another score as the Huskies (11-0) beat Spain Park 33-21 in the 7A state playoffs.
ARIAN STRONG, CHEROKEE: Was 13-of-22 passing for 218 yards and five touchdowns and rushed for 36 yards on nine carries as the Indians (8-3) beat Coosa Christian 49-0 in the first round of the Class 1A state playoffs.
JACK WEST, SARALAND: The senior quarterback was 12-of-15 passing for 204 yards and two touchdowns and added a rushing touchdown as the Spartans (8-3) beat Benjamin Russell 35-7 in a 6A playoff game played at Alexander City.
KYLE WALKER, VIGOR: Was 8-of-11 passing for 183 yards and four touchdowns as the Wolves (8-3) beat Jemison 55-7 in the 5A state playoffs.
SWIFT LYLE, ST. PAUL’S EPISCOPAL: Completed 12-of-13 passes for 175 yards and three touchdowns as St. Paul’s (10-1) beat Marbury 48-6 in the Class 5A playoffs.
GABE PELUSO, WEST MORGAN: Passed for 136 yards and a touchdown and rushed for 123 yards and three touchdowns for the Rebels (10-1) in a 35-0 Class 3A playoff victory over Holly Pond.
LUKE IVEY, SPRING GARDEN: Completed 7-of-10 pass attempts for 104 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 86 yards on nine carries with a 34-yard TD run as Spring Garden (8-3) downed Phillips 40-14 in the 1A playoffs. Both TD passes were to Dylan Rogers covering 1 and 29 yards. Rogers had six receptions for 90 yards, two fumble recoveries and an interception on defense.
KRISTIAN STORY, LANETT: Passed for four touchdowns with two going to senior Anquaevious Pollard for 5 and 25 yards as the Panthers (11-0) scored 41 first-half points on the way to a 41-8 win over Tanner in the 2A playoffs.
MO EDWARDS, THOMPSON: Had eight catches for 151 yards and two TDs in a 49-0 Class 7A playoff victory over Huntsville.
ANTONIO ROBINSON, AUSTIN: Made three receptions for 127 yards and two TDs and rushed for 108 yards and another TD on 12 carries as Austin (11-0) beat Carver-Birmingham 48-0 in the Class 6A playoffs. One TD reception went for 81 yards and his rushing TD covered 58 yards.
CARSON EDDY, BRIARWOOD CHRISTIAN: Caught a 48-yard TD on the game's first offensive snap, added a 55-yard TD catch on the next possession, and finished with three catches for 117 yards in a 62-0 Class 5A playoff victory for the Lions (11-0) over Crossville.
JUSTIN ANDERSON, MORTIMER JORDAN: Caught four passes for 128 yards and a TD in a 28-12 Class 5A playoff victory for the Blue Devils (9-2) over Lawrence County.
MAURICE GRAY, WEST MORGAN: Caught five passes for 110 yards, including a 71-yard touchdown, in West Morgan’s first-round 3A playoff victory over Holly Pond.
COLT SMITH, MARS HILL BIBLE: Had 19 tackles, including five for losses, in the Panthers’ 14-13 loss to Sand Rock.
BLAKE CARROLL, ARITON: Recorded 13 tackles, including for two losses, and had a blocked punt in the Purple Cats’ 44-14 Class 2A playoff win over R.C. Hatch.
TREVELL SMITH, HOUSTON COUNTY: Earned 15 tackles in a 39-7 Class 1A playoff loss to Talladega County Central.
BRIAN KELLEY, SPRING GARDEN: Recovered a fumble and had an interception in Spring Garden’s 40-14 win over Phillips in the 1A state playoffs. Teammate Austin Slayton also had five tackles, forced three fumbles and recovered one.
KYLE DAVIS, MAE JEMISON: Picked off a pass and recovered two fumbles in a 44-0 Class 5A playoff win over Corner for the Jaguars (10-1).
GEORGE PICKENS, HOOVER: Returned a punt 85 yards for a TD and added two catches for 27 yards in a 49-7 Class 7A victory for the defending state champion Bucs (8-3) over Sparkman.
CHRIS REID, LEE-HUNTSVILLE: Returned a punt 85 yards for a touchdown as Lee (8-3) beat Hayden 31-21 in the 5A state playoffs.
STARLING THOMAS, RAMSAY: Returned a punt 69 yards for a touchdown in a 14-0 Class 6A playoff victory over Cullman for the defending state champion Rams (7-4).
JACOB WOODS, SHADES VALLEY: Intercepted two passes to pace a defense that allowed less than 100 yards total offense as the Mounties (8-3) beat Pell City 34-7 in the 6A state playoffs.