MONTGOMERY – Twelve major contributors to prep athletics in Alabama have been selected to the 25th class of the Alabama High School Sports Hall of Fame.
The 2015 class, which includes coaches, administrators, officials, media and an “oldtimer,” will be inducted at a special Silver Anniversary banquet commemorating all 25 years of the event March 23, 2015, at the Renaissance Hotel at the Convention Center in Montgomery.
Selected were tennis coach Nancy Becker, basketball coaches Steve Jefferson, Jack Doss and Bobby Wright, football coaches Steve Rivers, Doug Goodwin and John Tatum, athletic director Myra Miles, track official Houston Young, and administrators Alan Mitchell and Ron Ingram. Selected in the “Old Timer” category was longtime Geneva County football coach James D. Chesteen.
The 18-member Hall of Fame Committee made the selections from the 50 nominations on the Hall of Fame ballot. The Hall of Fame is located at the Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) office in Montgomery.
Sponsors of the Hall of Fame program are the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association (AHSADCA) and the AHSAA. The corporate sponsors are Cadence Bank, Coca-Cola, EBSCO Media, Encore Rehabilitation, Farmers Insurance, Russell Athletic, TeamIP and Wilson Sporting Goods.
To order tickets ($40 each), mail requests along with check or money order (payable to AHSADCA) to: Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association, P. O. Box 242367, Montgomery, AL 36124. Additional information is available at 334-263-6994.
A thumbnail sketch of each 2015 inductee:
NANCY BECKER: One of the most successful girls’ tennis coaches in AHSAA state history, Becker began teaching as a business education teacher at Jacksonville (FL) in 1962, moved to John Carroll High School in 1965 and then to Vestavia Hills High School in 1984. Her tennis teams won 10 Class 6A state championships, had eight runner-up finishes, finished third four times and won 20 sectional championships. Her teams won over 200 matches in her 23-year career at Vestavia Hills and several prestigious tournaments, including the Chattanooga Rotary Tournament three times.
She was named NFHS State Tennis Coach of the Year in 2008 and 2010 and was honored by the Birmingham Kiwanis Club as Outstanding Teacher/Coach in 2011. She came out of retirement in 2013 to serve as an assistant coach and helped Vestavia Hills win the state championship. A 1957 graduate of Gadsden High School and 1961 graduate of Auburn University, Becker has been involved in many civic organizations, including Charity League, Civettes and the Birmingham Inter-Club and Tennis League.
JAMES “J.D.” CHESTEEN: A long-time head football coach in the Wiregrass, Chesteen, is being inducted in the “Old-Timer” category. He compiled an 86-64-6 overall record over a 16-year head-coaching career with stops at Coffee Springs, Samson and Geneva County. He coached three teams to the Peanut Bowl, one to the Lions Bowl and had teams win the South Alabama Conference 2A Championship twice. He served as president of the South Alabama Conference in 1964, was elected vice president of the AHSADCA in 1962 and president in 1963. He was head coach of the South All-Stars in the 1963 North-South Game and inducted into the Wiregrass Sports Hall of Fame in 1994.
He totaled 38 years and nine months as a teacher and coach in the Geneva County School System, retiring in 1989. Active in civic and church activities, he has been Chairman of Deacons at Hartford Baptist Church for 12 years.
He graduated from Brantley High School in 1946 and Troy University in 1951. He also spent three years in the Air Force (1946-48). His son Donnie Chesteen is currently the head football coach at Geneva High School.
JACK DOSS: One of the state’s most successful high school boys’ basketball coaches in history, Doss captured the 700th win of his prep coaching career in 2014.
His head-coaching career has produced seven state championships – two at Hayes in 1981 and 1982 in his first two seasons as a head coach. His teams won five at Butler in Huntsville (2004, 2005, 2007, 2008 and 2011). He is currently coaching at J.O. Johnson which has reached the state finals the last two years.
Doss has had two games televised nationally over ESPN, his basketball character development strategies have been showcased on CBS Sports, and he has coached three players that were named Mr. Basketball in Alabama. His teams have produced more than 30 Division I players, including former NBA standout Buck Johnson. He also coached future NBA stars Charles Barkley and Ennis Whatley in the North-South All-Star Game and Eric Bledsoe in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game.
He has been inducted into the Madison County Sports Hall of Fame, named Birmingham News Coach of the Year seven times and selected to coach in the AHSAA’s two all-star games four times.
He graduated Oxford High School (1965) and after a stint in the Air Force, earned his college degree at Jacksonville State University.
DOUG GOODWIN: A member of the AHSAA’s 200-win club as a prep football coach, Goodwin began his head-coaching career at Marion County from 1987-92, then at Lineville (1993-98), Demopolis (1999-2006), Russellville (2007-10) and Homewood (2011-13). He led Lineville to the state finals in 1996 and 1998, won a state title at Demopolis in 2004 while setting a state single-season scoring record (761 points) in the process. His Russellville teams reached the state finals in 2008 and 2009 and his Homewood teams won region titles in 2012 and 2013.
His career record is 234-91 with five state championship appearances and was the first coach in AHSAA history to guide three different schools to the state finals.
He was selected ASWA Class 4A Coach of the year in 2004 and the Alabama Football Coaches Association 5A Coach of the year in 2008. He coached in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game in 2005 and the North-South All-Star Game in 1998. A graduate of Sylacauga High School (1980) and Auburn University (1984), he currently serves as Director of High School Relations and NFL Liaison for Auburn University.
RON INGRAM: The AHSAA Director of Communications since 2007, Ingram has served on the National Federation Hall of Fame Screening Committee and the National Records Committee, currently serving as chairman. A sports journalist before joining the AHSAA, he served as sports editor of the Dothan Progress from 1975-1981 and the Dothan Eagle from 1981-1984. In 1984 he became prep sports editor of the Birmingham News where he remained for 24 years before joining the AHSAA staff. The award-winning writer has been named the Alabama Sports Writers Association Sports Writer of the Year and captured the ASWA’s sweepstakes writing award twice (1987 and 1994). He started and chaired the ASWA state football and basketball rankings and also the All-State teams from 1978 until 2008. He also managed the Birmingham News All-State Teams for football, basketball, softball, baseball, wrestling and volleyball.
Ingram graduated from Pike County High School (1970) and the University of Alabama (1974). He was inducted into the ASWA Sportswriters Hall of Fame in 2013, the Wiregrass Sports Hall of Fame in 2009 and was named Alabama Community Journalist of the Year in 2012 by Auburn University. He has authored two books, Tales of Alabama High School Football and Sammy Dunn--Dynasty on the Diamond.
STEVE JEFFERSON: The highly-respected boys’ basketball coach recorded over 650 career wins in his 31-year career at Carver in Birmingham. He led the Rams to back-to-back Class 4A state championships in 1978 and 1979 – playing before the largest high school crowd in AHSAA state tournament history at Coleman Coliseum against Parker in the 1978 finals. His Carver teams also reached the state finals three more times (1983, 1997 & 1998). He served as an assistant coach on Carver’s 1981 Class 4A state runner-up team. Jefferson also coached Conecuh County Training School from 1965-68 with one trip to the AIAA state tournament. He was head football coach at Birmingham’s Ullman High School for one year.
He was named Birmingham City Schools Coach of the Year 10 times, the Birmingham Tip-Off Club Coach of the Year twice (1979 and 1998) and received the 1998 Frank Nix Distinguished Service Award presented by the Tip-Off Club. He was named Birmingham Times Coach of the Year four times. Jefferson is a graduate of Escambia County Training School (1958) and Alabama State University (1962).
MYRA MILES: Considered one of the top high school administrators in the nation, Miles served as athletic director at Hoover from 2008-2014 after serving one year as interim AD. She also taught and coached at Hoover from 2002-2007. During her tenure the school won more than 20 state championships in 10 different sports.
Her first teaching/coaching assignment was at Haleyville (1984-88), followed by stops at Brooks (1989-99), St. James (1999-2000) and Coffee (2000-02). She coached volleyball, softball and girls’ basketball and taught physical education during her teaching/coaching career. Her volleyball team at Haleyville won the Class 4A state championship in 1987 and finished runner-up in 1985 and 1986, then her softball team won the Class 4A state title at Brooks in 1994. Her career records were 546-201 in softball, 355-152 in volleyball, and 192-124 in basketball – a total of 1,062 prep wins in the three sports.
Miles served on the AHSAA Central Board of Control from 2012-14, was president of the AHSADCA (2013-14) and an officer for five years. She has been active in working with special needs students and Special Olympics and helps sponsor a fishing trip for special needs children in Eutaw annually.
Miles is a graduate of Bradshaw (1979) in Florence and the University of North Alabama (1984). She also attended Freed-Hardeman College.
ALAN MITCHELL: The veteran Assistant Director of the AHSAA served as the association’s first Director of Publicity and Publications during five different decades while working with three different executive directors. A dedicated individual who has championed the AHSAA’s education-based athletics mission his entire career, Mitchell was recognized by the NFHS with the National Citation Award for Section 3 at the 2011 NFHS Summer Conference in Philadelphia. The AHSAA Central Board of Control also issued a resolution honoring Mitchell’s 32-year career with the AHSAA.
Mitchell joined the AHSAA after spending 14 years as a newspaper journalist and five years in college public relations. The 1960 Robert E. Lee High School graduate completed his college degree at Huntingdon College in 1964. He was a sports writer for the Montgomery Advertiser from 1958-66 while also holding down the Huntingdon College sports information director position from 1959-66. He served as Publicity Director at Tennessee Wesleyan College from 1966-71 before returning to Montgomery as sports editor of the Alabama Journal in 1971 where he remained until joining the AHSAA. He has served in various leadership roles at Aldersgate United Methodist Church and currently directs the Praise Singers ensemble.
STEVE RIVERS: The veteran football coach had head-coaching stops at Pelham (1979-80), Decatur (1981-95), Athens (1996-99) and Wakefield, N.C. (2000-05). A graduate of Sylacauga High School (1967) and Mississippi State University (1971), his overall head-coaching record is 188-95.
Rivers had unbeaten regular seasons at three different schools: 1993 (Decatur), 1997 (Athens) and 2005 (Wakefield) during his 27-year head-coaching career. The father of current NFL quarterback standout Philip Rivers and current Vanderbilt quarterback Stephen Rivers, he led 16 teams to the state playoffs. He played in the North-South All-Star Game in 1967 and later served as head coach of the North team in the 1997 game. He was an assistant in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game in 1999.
Rivers, who won the state prep doubles tennis championship in 1967, also coached tennis and basketball at Decatur and was inducted into the Morgan County Sports Hall of Fame in 2008 and named the Decatur Daily Football Coach of the Year five times. He played at Sylacauga for AHSAA Hall of Fame coach Tom Calvin and served as an assistant in his first coaching job under Hall of Fame coach Earl Webb.
JOHN TATUM: A graduate of Montgomery’s Robert L. Lee High School (1964) and Troy University (1969), Tatum spent 16 years as athletic director, head football and track coach at Montgomery Academy (1984-2000). He also had coaching stops at DeKalb County (GA), Norcross (GA) and Everitt Junior High in Panama City, Fl. He also worked with AHSAA STAR Sportsmanship developer Learning Through Sports in 2007-08 and served as principal at St. James School for three years before officially retiring. His Montgomery Academy teams compiled a 170-95 record, including 24-17 in playoff games. His 1987 team finished 14-0 and won the Class 1A state title. His 2006 team was 10-0 in the regular season and closed out 12-1. Three of his teams reached the state semifinals.
His overall head-coaching record was 196-112-1 with 21 trips to the state playoffs in 27 years. In 1987 Tatum was named Class 1A Coach of the Year, Montgomery Quarterback Club and Birmingham Monday Morning QB Club Coach of the Year. The 2005 AHSADCA Athletic .Director of the Year was also named Montgomery Advertiser Coach of the Year eight times. He was an assistant coach in the first Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game in 1988, coached in the North-South Game in 1999 as an assistant and as head coach of the South in 2007. A member of the prestigious Jimmy Hitchcock Award selection committee, he was inducted into the Robert E. Lee High School Hall of Fame in 1999.
BOBBY WRIGHT: The Central-Phenix City boys’ head basketball coach since 1989, Wright also served 26 years as defensive coordinator for the football team. His Red Devils basketball team has compiled a 449-160 record in 22 seasons with an average of 22 victories per year. His 1992-93 and 1998-99 teams each finished 29-3 and the 1994-95 team compiled 27-2 record. He guided teams to the Final Four five times and to the Class 6A finals in 1999. Prior to becoming head coach, he served as Coach James Redd’s assistant and coached the JV team for several years.
Central football teams compiled a 215-82 record during his coordinator tenure that included the Class 6A state championship in 1993. The Red Devils posted 59 shutouts during that span and allowed only 10.8 points per game.
Wright has won numerous Coach-of-the-Year honors from the Columbus Ledger Enquirer and Opelika-Auburn Daily News. He graduated from Buena Vista (GA) High School in 1960 and Fort Valley State College (GA) in 1974.
HOUSTON YOUNG: One of the top track officials in the nation, Young was awarded the NFHS National Citation Award as Track Official of the Year in 2010. A track and field official since 1968, he has worked the state track meet for the last 48 years and currently serves as a State Track Meet Director. He was named AHSAA State and Southwest District Official of the Year in 2008. An Olympic Torch Bearer in 1996, he has also officiated at several regional and national college track meets.
The 1963 Uniontown High School graduate became a college track standout at Livingston University where he set the 100-yard dash record that still stands. He became a teacher at Beatrice in 1968, moved to Lowndes County Training for one year and then joined Selma High School as teacher and track coach where he served from 1971-79. He moved into administration at Wallace Community College in Selma for 22 years. He is active in his community and church, serving as a deacon at Elkdale Baptist Church and as president of the Selma Jaycees in 1971. He is also a member of the Board of Directors for the Selma-Dallas County Red Cross and received the Education Award from the Prattville Fire Department.
MONTGOMERY – Seventeen unbeaten teams survived round two of the Alabama High School Athletic Association 2014 State Football Playoffs Friday and will be in the 52-team field for the quarterfinal round set Friday. All games are scheduled Nov. 21 at 7 p.m.
For the first time in AHSAA history, seven state champions will be crowned when the playoffs culminate the five-week playoff with the Super 7 State Championships at Auburn’s Jordan-Hare Stadium Dec. 3-4-5.
Round two started with 19 undefeated teams, but Class 1A Donoho lost to Marion County 29-18 and Class 7A Fairhope fell to Baldwin County rival Foley 34-0 Friday.
In Class 2A, five of the remaining eight teams are unbeaten on the year. That will change this week, however, since at least two are squaring off and another faces the two-time defending state champion. G.W. Long (11-0) will host Elba (12-0) at Skipperville while Fyffe (12-0) puts its perfect record on the line at Tanner (10-2). The Rattlers of Coach Laron White won the 2A state title in 2012 and 2013. Washington County (12-0), state runner-up the last two years, will be at home in Chatom against Region 1 rival Flomaton (9-3) and Ranburne (11-0 will host Region 5 rival Woodland (9-3).
In Class 3A, four unbeaten teams remain with Montgomery Academy (12-0) taking on Dale County (12-0) at Midland City in round three. Glencoe (12-0) will be at Colbert County (8-4) and Gordo (12-0) travels to Opp (9-3).
In Class 1A and 5A, three unbeaten teams are still alive. All three 1A teams travel this week with Brantley (12-0) at Billingsley (9-2), Maplesville (11-0) at Notasulga (9-3) and Hubbertville (11-0) at Ragland (11-1). In Class 5A, Guntersville (12-0) travels to Pleasant Grove (10-2), East Limestone (12-0) plays Madison County (9-3) at Gurley, and St. Paul’s (12-0) is at home against Region 1 fourth seed B.C. Rain (6-6).
In Class 6A, McAdory (12-0) will be at home to face Spanish Fort (11-1), the 5A state champs in 2012 and 2013, and Clay-Chalkville (12-0) goes to Decatur (10-2).
In addition to 2013 champs Tanner (2A) and Spanish Fort (5A), Madison Academy (3A) remained in this year’s field after knocking off Piedmont. The Mustangs will travel to Walter Wellborn (8-3) Friday.
And in Class 7A, which heads into the semifinals this week, 2012 and 2013 Class 6A state champion Hoover will be at home to Gadsden City (10-2), and Foley (9-3) will host Prattville (10-2).
Twenty-eight region champions advanced to round three and three teams qualifying as No. 4 seeds (Class 2A Flomaton and Woodland and Class 6A B.C. Rain) also advanced.
A total of 26 games are set Friday with four contests in each of the 1A through 6A classifications and two semifinal bouts in Class 7A. The annual state playoffs began in 1996 with four teams competing for one state championship in what was then Class 4A. Championship play for all schools was implemented the following year with four divisions. The six-class system began in 1984 and was replaced last January with the new seven-classification system.
The semifinals for classes 1A thru 6A will be Nov. 28. The Class 7A finals will be Wednesday, Dec. 3 at 7 p.m. at Jordan-Hare Stadium on the Auburn University campus.
Classes 3A, 1A and 5A their champions Thursday, Dec. 4, at 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m., respectively. Classes 4A, 2A and 6A will follow the same time schedule for Super 7 finals on Friday, Dec. 5.
The AHSAA’s first Unified Football Championship will be played Dec. 3 at 3:30 p.m. This year’s exhibition finals will feature teams from Lawrence County and Hewitt-Trussville in the historic game.
AHSAA 2014 FOOTBALL PLAYOFFS
Friday, Nov. 21
Brantley (12-0) at Billingsley (9-2)
Maplesville (11-0) at Notasulga (9-3)
Hubbertville (11-0) at Ragland (11-1)
Marion County (7-5) at Cedar Bluff (7-5)
Elba (12-0) at G.W. Long (11-0), Skipperville
Flomaton (9-3) at Washington County (12-0), Chatom
Fyffe (12-0) at Tanner (10-2)
Woodland (9-3) at Ranburne (11-0)
Montgomery Academy (12-0) at Dale County (12-0), Midland City
Gordo (12-0) at Opp (9-3)
Glencoe (12-0) at Colbert County (8-4), Leighton
Madison Academy (11-1) at Walter Wellborn (8-3), Anniston
Munford (9-3) at Leeds (11-1)
UMS-Wright (11-1) at Straughn (10-1)
Cordova (9-3) at Haleyville (10-2)
Deshler (11-1) at Fayette County (9-3), Fayette
Greenville (10-2) at Jackson (10-2)
B.C. Rain (6-6) at St. Paul’s Episcopal (12-0), Mobile
Guntersville (12-0) at Pleasant Grove (10-2)
East Limestone (12-0) at Madison County (9-3), Gurley
Saraland (11-1) at Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa (9-3)
Spanish Fort (11-1) at McAdory (12-0), McCalla
Clay-Chalkville (12-0) at Decatur (9-3)
Florence (10-2) at Gardendale (8-4)
Prattville (10-2) at Foley (9-3)
Gadsden City (10-2) at Hoover (10-2), Hoover Met
Brantley 20, Linden 12
Billingsley 72, Ellwood Christian 12
Maplesville 69, McKenzie 20
Notasulga 38, Fruitdale 20
Hubbertville 40, Phillips 34
Ragland 20, South Lamar 12
Cedar Bluff 56, Hackleburg 48
Marion County 29, Donoho 18
G.W. Long 44, Leroy 12
Elba 42, Sweet Water 20
Flomaton 43, Cottonwood 32
Washington County 35, Geneva County 14
Tanner 41, Randolph County 14
Fyffe 34, Reeltown 0
Woodland 23, Cleveland 10
Ranburne 20, Gaston 0
Dale County 34, Geneva 6
Montgomery Academy 30, T.R. Miller 28
Gordo 21, Pike County 20
Opp 33, Slocomb 17
Glencoe 17, Lauderdale County 14
Colbert County 34, Plainview 7
Madison Academy 42, Piedmont 20
Walter Wellborn 24, Oakman 23
Munford 29, W.S. Neal 22
Leeds 31, Clarke County 0
Straughn 30, West Blocton 0
UMS-Wright 21, Dadeville 7
Cordova 35, Cleburne County 34
Haleyville 41, Oneonta 14
Deshler 36, Saks 14
Fayette County 29, Jacksonville 26
Greenville 34, Calera 31 (2 OT)
Jackson 34, Tallassee 12
B.C. Rain 50, Charles Henderson 14
St. Paul’s Episcopal 38, Clay County Central 7
Pleasant Grove 28, Lincoln 10
Guntersville 10, Ramsay 7
East Limestone 10, Mortimer Jordan 0
Madison County 35, Parker 28
Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa 35, Carver-Montgomery 14
Saraland 27, Opelika 21 (OT)
McAdory 40, Oxford 38
Spanish Fort 33, Benjamin Russell 24
Clay-Chalkville 35, Muscle Shoals 14
Decatur 19, Southside-Gadsden 7
Florence 43, Shades Valley 21
Gardendale 35, Homewood 14
Foley 34, Fairhope 7
Prattville 26, Central-Phenix City 7
Hoover 42, Tuscaloosa County 7
Gadsden City 45, Oak Mountain 28
The NFHS TV Network will feature a total of 14 live-streaming webcasts of AHSAA football playoff contests tonight. Twenty-two school productions were live-streamed week 1.
A number or regular season events are also available this week.
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The NFHS TV Network announced last week the network now has more than 1,100 high schools in the network’s s School Broadcast Program. The Network announced it is launching a school recognition program to honor and recognize those schools that produce events at the highest level and excel at marketing and promoting their online events. There are two levels of recognition: NFHS Network Select and NFHS Network Elite. Both will be eligible to earn extra revenue producing programing for the network outside their own school events.
INDIANAPOLIS, IN (November 12, 2014) — The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) has finalized its position paper from the NFHS Concussion Summit Task Force, which met in July to develop recommendations for minimizing the risk of concussions and head impact exposure in high school football.
The recommendations, which have been shared with the 51 NFHS-member state high school associations, and approved by the NFHS Sports Medicine Advisory Committee (SMAC) and the NFHS Board of Directors, will be discussed by state associations at the NFHS Winter Meeting in early January for implementation in the 2015 football season.
The 24-member task force, which featured medical doctors, athletic trainers, high school coaches and key national leaders in high school sports, developed nine fundamentals for minimizing head impact exposure and concussion risk in football. They were designed to allow flexibility for state associations that collectively oversee the more than 15,000 high schools across the country that have football programs. As a result, each state high school association will be developing its own policies and procedures for implementation in the 2015 season.
Many of the recommendations focus on reducing the amount of full contact, including limiting the amount of full contact in practices during the season.
The Concussion Summit was the latest effort by the NFHS to minimize risk for the almost 7.8 million student participants in high school sports. In 2008, the SMAC advocated that a concussed athlete must be removed from play and not allowed to play on the same day. For the past five years, all NFHS rules publications have contained guidelines for the management of a student exhibiting signs, symptoms or behaviors consistent with a concussion. In 2010, the NFHS developed on online course – “Concussion in Sports – What You Need to Know” – and about 1.7 million individuals have taken the course through the NFHS Coach Education Program at www.nfhslearn.com.
The “Recommendations and Guidelines for Minimizing Head Impact Exposure and Concussion Risk in Football” position paper is posted on the NFHS website at www.nfhs.org.
MONTGOMERY – Tuscaloosa County High School cornerback Justin Little had a near state record four interceptions Friday night as the Wildcats went on the road to defeat Bob Jones 28-21.
For his efforts, Little grabbed the AHSAA Prep Spotlight for the first week of the state playoffs.
Only three others have intercepted five passes in a single game in the AHSAA. Georgiana’s Charlie McCoy was the first with his five picks in a 26-14 win over Florala 33 years ago in 1981. Meek’s Phillip Williams tied the mark in 2001 in a 33-7 win over Phillips, and most recently Devyn Murphree of J.P. Pennington equaled the record in a 27-3 win over Falkville in 2006. Little's four tie him with 18 others to have four picks in one game.
Tuscaloosa County had five interceptions on the night with Alex Payne getting the last one with just eight seconds remaining to seal the Class 7A first-round playoff win for Coach Lee Gibson’s team.
Quarterback Seth Franks sparked the offense with 309 yards passing and three touchdowns with 20-of-27 completions. His effort came just two weeks after suffering a separated shoulder that forced him to miss the final game of the regular season.
Tuscaloosa County (6-5) will be on the road in round two at Hoover (9-2).
Little’s performance edged another near-state-record-tying performance by Opp standout Raheem Bonham and an incredible effort by Dale County senior Jamarius Henderson.
Bonham scored eight touchdowns, one shy of the state mark set by Tommy Haley-Ricks of Hubbertville in a 76-52 win over Vina in 2008. Haley-Ricks’ 9 TDs had broken the record held by five others and equaled by Bonham Friday in the Bobcats’ 70-36 Class 3A playoff win over Lamar County.
Bonham totaled 423 all-purpose yards rushing for 262 yards and six touchdowns on seven carries, had three kickoff returns for 130 yards including an 89-yard scamper for a TD, and added a 31-yard pass reception for his eighth score.
Henderson helped Dale County (11-0) remain unbeaten in Class 3A with a start to remember. He scored the first three times he touched the ball – on runs of 68, 49 and 65 yards – as the Warriors beat Prattville Christian 62-20. He finished with 308 yards and five touchdowns on just 10 carries, added a sixth score on a 31-yard pass reception and record a team-high 13 tackles on defense. His other two rushing scores covered 12 and 54 yards.
MILSTSTONE: Amacis Tyynismaa set a new course record at the Oakville Indian Mounds & Park to win the Class 4A girls’ individual state cross country championship Saturday. Montgomery Catholic’s Tyynismaa, an eighth grader, averaged 5:29 per mile in clocking an amazing 17:03.04 to finish first in her competition by a minute and 20 seconds. Her time was the fastest of the day in all divisions.
Other top playoff performances reported from week 1 of the state playoffs:
DYLAN STONE, GLENCOE: Totaled 329 combined yards and seven touchdowns in the Yellow Jackets’ 56-19 win over Sylvania. Stone rushed 14 times for 244 yards and five touchdowns and was 6-of-7 passing for 85 yards and two more TDs. Stone ran for touchdowns of 46, 16, 17, 47 and 14 yards and had touchdown passes covering 48 and 13 yards.
JAMEL GRACE, FLOMATON: Ran for 365 yards and four touchdowns on 38 carries as the Hurricanes defeated Pickens County 35-20 in the Class 2A playoffs. The setback eliminated the Tornadoes, last year’s 1A state champs, from the competition.
KYLE NALLS, FAYETTE COUNTY: Rushed for 295 yards and five TDs on 17 carries in a 56-41 Class 4A playoff victory over Central-Florence.
DEMETRICE VAUGHAN, BLOUNT: Had 32 carries for 281 yards and a TD in a 21-20 Class 6A playoff loss to McAdory.
BRIAN ROBINSON, HILLCREST-TUSCALOOSA: Piled up 243 yards rushing with five touchdowns on 30 carries as the Patriots defeated Daphne 56-28 in the 6A playoffs.
JORDAN BENTLEY, GUNTERSVILLE: The junior running back rushed for 202 yards and scored four touchdowns on runs of 18, 5, 2 and 2 yards as the unbeaten Wildcats (11-0) beat Moody 33-7 in the Class 5A state playoffs. The Wildcats are 11-0 for the first time in school history. Bentley's four TDs gave him 31 on the season. He has scored 66 TDs in his GHS career, a school record.
CONNER KISER, HALEYVILLE: Gained 218 yards rushing on 17 carries and scored four touchdowns in Haleyville’s 45-21 Class 4A playoff win over Elkmont. He also completed 14-of-20 passes for 110 yards and a TD. Teammate Brady Sherrill added 129 yards rushing and a TD on 18 carries and also had 12 tackles on defense.
HAROLD SHADER, OAK MOUNTAIN: Keyed the Eagles’ 542-yard offensive night with 281 yards rushing and five touchdowns on18 carries as Oak Mountain beat James Clemens 60-43 in the 7A playoffs. He scored on runs of 3, 15, 68, 75 and 79 yards.
BRADRICK SHAW, HOOVER: Had 151 yards rushing on five carries, highlighted by a 95-yard scamper for a TD, as Hoover beat Buckhorn 38-13 in the first round of the 7A state playoffs.
SHAKEITH TYES, CALERA: Helped the Eagles post their first-ever Class 5A playoff win, a 28-26 victory over Vigor, by pilling up 220 yards rushing and four touchdowns on 31 carries.
KRISTIAN JONES, HACKLEBURG: Had 26 carries for 181 yards, two touchdowns and a pair of 2-point conversions as the Panthers (10-1) advanced to the second round of the 1A playoffs with 58-40 win over Talladega County Central. He also had a 33-yard kickoff return and eight tackles on defense. Hackleburg gained 460 rushing yards on 61 tries.
A.J. JOHNSON, BERRY: Rushed for 205 yards on 21 carries with three touchdowns (8, 56, 61 yards) and had a 32-yard TD reception in a 46-34 Class 1A loss to Cedar Bluff.
NIC ROLLO, COLD SPRINGS: Ran 25 times for 167 yards and a pair of touchdowns in a 27-26 Class 2A loss at Gaston. He scored both TDs on fourth-down plays covering 26 and 10 yards.
HEATH BURCHFIELD, JAMES CLEMENS: In James Clemens’ first playoff game ever, Burchfield completed 20-of-32 passes for 389 yards and four touchdowns (8, 83, 89, and 5 yards) in a 60-43 Class 7A loss at Oak Mountain.
TYLER CAMERON, FOLEY: Completed 12-of-20 passes for 237 yards and three touchdowns in the Wolves’ 35-31 in Class 7A and rushed 11 times for 33 yards in a win at Auburn.
CORY GILL, COTTONWOOD: Was 16-of-27 passing for 230 yards and five touchdowns in a 32-14 Class 2A win over Luverne.
BO NIX, SCOTTSBORO: The eighth-grader completed 8-of-22 passes for 188 yards and five touchdowns (43, 45, 45, 2 and 15 yards) in an 85-50 Class 6A playoff loss at Clay-Chalkville. The five TDs tied a school record held by Pat Trammell. Malik Talley, who had 162 yards receiving, had four TD receptions.
ZACH DIMMOCK, ONEONTA: Led the defending Class 4A state champion Redskins to a 50-26 win over Sardis, completing 15-of-22 passes for 198 yards and four touchdowns. He also ran for a 25-yard TD.
NICO COLLINS, CLAY-CHALKVILLE: The sophomore had six catches for 183 yards and two touchdowns in an 85-50 Class 6A playoff win over Scottsboro. The 135 points scored set a state playoff record for most points and is the third highest a single game total in AHSAA state history.
SOLOMON MUHAMMAD, PARKER: Caught nine passes for 130 yards and three touchdowns in a 28-9 Class 5A playoff win against West Point.
MACKENZIE GRAHAM, BUCKHORN: Caught 10 passes for 166 yards and touchdowns of 7 and 69 yards in a 38-13 Class 7A loss to Hoover.
GAGE CASH, BOAZ: The senior receiver caught six passes for 146 yards, including a 78-yard touchdown, in a 24-7 loss to Lincoln in the 5A playoffs.
COREY BROWN, B.C. RAIN: Hauled in a game-winning 72-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Carl Williams in the final minute of play as fourth-seeded B.C. Rain knocked off Region 4 champion Demopolis 28-27 in the Class 5A playoffs.
DENZEL WOODARD, LEROY: Caught five passes for 112 yards and accounted for three touchdowns as Leroy knocked off Thorsby 46-20 in the 2A playoffs.
RICHARD McBRYDE, CHARLES HENDERSON: Recorded 18 tackles on defense, stops resulting in 11.5 yards in losses, to help Charles Henderson nip Beauregard 48-42 in overtime. It was his 15-yard score in overtime that proved to be the winning touchdown.
ZAC OGLESBY, GADSDEN CITY: Made two big defensive plays in the fourth quarter to help secure Gadsden City’s 54-37 Class 7A playoff win over Hewitt-Trussville. The senior defensive end had a sack for a 9-yard loss on fourth down that led to a GCHS score, then on the next series recovered and returned a fumble 41 yards for another touchdown.
DEZMOND JOHNSON, SLOCOMB: Intercepted two passes on defense in a 14-0 Class 3A shutout win over Midfield, the Red Tops ‘first playoff win in six years. He also caught a 68-yard TD pass to seal the victory.
PATE SMITH & DEWAYNE WHIGHAM, G.W. LONG: Both had 13 tackles and Whigham added a fumble recovery in the Rebels’ 35-0 Class 2A win over New Brockton. The duo helped the Rebels improved to 10-0.
CHANCE DUNCAN, GLENCOE: Had eight tackles, including three for a loss, and two sacks in the Yellow Jackets’ 56-19 Class 3A win over Sylvania.
TYLER GREEN, GARDENDALE: The linebacker had nine tackles and two sacks in a 24-3 Class 6A playoff win over Fort Payne.
WILL EVANS, HALEYVILLE: Had nine tackles and returned an interception for a TD in the Lions’ 45-21 Class 4A playoff win over Elkmont.
TAVARIUS HUTCHINSON, McADORY: Had two key plays on defense to help seal unbeaten McAdory’s 21-20 Class 6A playoff win over Blount. Hutchison returned a blocked punt 44 yards for a touchdown with 2:19 left to play for the game-winning score, and then added an interception in the final minute to seal the win.
GARRETT SANDERS, G.W. LONG: Returned a punt 56 yards for a touchdown and converted 5-of-5 extra-point kicks in the Rebels’ 35-0 Class 2A win over New Brockton.
The AHSAA Cross Country Championships will be shown live over the NFHS TV Network Saturday morning for the second year in a row. The broadcast from Oakville Indian Mounds and Museum Park will begin with the first race at 8:30 a.m. (1A-2A girls) and will continue through the final race of the day (7A boys) scheduled to start at 12:10 p.m.
The subscription-based webcast can be accessed at the following link on the NFHS TV Network site:
The 2014-15 slate of AHSAA events to be live-streamed over the NFHS TV Network began last week with the Volleyball State Finals, the first national event on the Network this school year. That event made history in 2013 as the first state championship live-streamed over the NFHS TV Network. The first national event live-streamed was the AHSAA’s Champions Challenge football triple-header in 2013 at Cramton Bowl in Montgomery.
RECORD NUMBER OF PLAYOFF GAMES SET FOR NFHS TV NETWORK LIVE STREAM
The NFHS TV Network will have a record number of live-streaming webcasts tonight with 22 school productions of AHSAA high school football playoff games on the schedule. Viewers can access the network by subscribing and logging in at:
The AHSAA ranked third nationally in the latest NFHS Network rankings for referrals. Illinois and Michigan ranked 1-2 with Alabama leading Section 3 associations with 4,725 referrals for the month. Tennessee was fifth and Georgia ranked ninth.
The AHSAA ranked eighth nationally with NFHS Network visits (16,015). Illinois ranked No. 1. The AHSAA also ranked eighth in new subscriptions (335) with ranked first nationally.
AHSAA member schools can participate year-round in the NFHS TV Network by joining through the NFHS Network’s School Broadcast Program. A record number of regular-season games were live-streamed by the school-produced, student-driven programs.
The NFHS TV Network announced Thursday the network now has more than 1,100 high schools in its School Broadcast Program. The Network also announced it is launching a school recognition program to honor and recognize those schools that produce events at the highest level and excel at marketing and promoting their online events. There are two levels of recognition: NFHS Network Select and NFHS Network Elite. Both will be eligible to earn extra revenue producing programing for the network outside of their own school events.
NFHS TV Network Live-Streaming Broadcasts
Week I (Football Playoffs – 22 productions)
Buckhorn at Hoover (Hoover HS is producer)
Foley at Auburn (Foley HS is producer)
Arab at Shades Valley (Arab HS is producer)
Arab at Shades Valley (Shades Valley HS is producer)
Bessemer City at Saraland (Saraland HS is producer)
Briarwood Christian at Florence (Florence HS is producer)
Daphne at Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa (Daphne HS is producer)
Daphne at Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa (Hillcrest HS is producer)
Hartselle at Homewood (Homewood HS is producer)
Minor at Muscle Shoals (Muscle Shoals HS is producer)
Pell City at Carver-Montgomery, Cramton Bowl (Carver HS is producer)
Wetumpka at Opelika (Wetumpka HS is producer)
Wetumpka at Opelika (Opelika HS is producer)
Moody at Guntersville (Guntersville HS is producer)
Jacksonville at Locust Fork (Jacksonville HS is producer)
North Jackson at Saks (Saks HS is producer)
Fultondale at Pike County (Pike County HS is producer)
Prattville Christian at Dale County (Dale County HS is producer)
Winston County at Madison Academy (Madison Academy is producer)
Geneva County at Goshen (Goshen HS is producer)
Houston Academy at Elba (Houston Academy HS is producer)
R.C. Hatch at Sweet Water (Sweet Water HS is producer)
Guntersville recorded its first 10-0 perfect season since 1955 by defeating arch rival Albertville 21-16 Friday night in the 100th meeting between the Wildcats and Aggies, the longest running high school rivalry in Alabama.
The historic rivalry grabbed the AHSAA Prep Spotlight for Week 11 of the 2014 prep football season.
Coach Lance Reese’s unbeaten Wildcats head into the Class 5A state playoffs this week against Moody (5-5) Friday night. Albertville, coached by interim coach Cliff Mitchell, finished its season 4-5.
The rivalry began in 1914 with Albertville winning the first game 27-0. Guntersville, holding a 49-45-6 edge in the series, has outscored the Aggies 1,589-1,450 – just over a point per game in the long series.
Clarke County and Thomasville completed its 100th meeting this year as did Clarke County and Jackson, according to Ross Wood of the Clarke County Democrat. The Alabama High School Football Historical Society, however, only lists 99 games in each of those two series.
Leading the Wildcats was Jordan Bentley with 23 carries for 124 yards and a touchdown. He returned an interception for a score and David Smith also recovered a fumble for a touchdown.
Lee Menefee and Ernesto Cordova each had 8 total tackles for the Wildcats defense and Jackson Menefee had seven stops.
Other top performances reported in Week 11 included:
TYLER RENFROW, VINA: Rushed for 319 yards and four TDs and added a fifth score with a 32-yard fumble return as the Red Devils beat Holy Spirit 46-28.
REED BLANKENSHIP, WEST LIMESTONE: Had 16 carries for 321 yards and touchdowns runs of 63, 16 and 78 yards in a 34-32 win at Ardmore. He also had an interception on defense.
DEKARLOS BILLINGSLEY, SCOTTSBORO: The sophomore running back rushed 52 times for 259 yards and one touchdown in a 13-6 overtime loss to Madison County. Billingsley had all his team’s carries but one on the night. The 52 carries is a new Scottsboro single-game record. Billingsley also set a Scottsboro single-season tandard for most rushing attempts with 275 through week 11. Billingsley has rushed for 1,588 yards on the season, the fifth best single-season mark entering the first round of the playoffs, and has scored 20 touchdowns.
AUSTIN STIEFEL, FYFFE: Had 252 yards rushing on 18 carries with four touchdowns as the Red Devils (10-0) closed the regular season unbeaten with a 59-28 win over Plainview.
STEFAN CALDWELL, ELBA: Rushed for 225 yards and four touchdowns on 17 carries, pacing unbeaten Elba to a 48-19 win over Opp. Caldwell scored on runs of 3, 80 and 2 yards in the first half, helping the Tigers to a 28-6 halftime lead, and added a 53-yard TD run in the third quarter.
BRANDON BAYNES, TALLASSEE: Ran for 184 yards and three touchdowns in a 20-14 victory over Elmore County to finish the regular season with over 2,300 yards rushing. He scored on runs of 1, 20 and 49 yards and also completed 3-of-4 passes for 55 yards.
TYLER REACH, RED BAY: Rushed 16 times for 256 yards and four touchdowns as Red Bay beat Marion County 47-6.
CAMERONE BLANKS, COTTONWOOD: Accounted for 231 yards and four touchdowns on offense on just 13 touches and added 12 tackles on defense in a 40-20 Bears win over Wicksburg. Blanks rushed for 131 yards and a TD on 10 carries and caught 3 passes – all touchdowns – for 100 yards.
TERENCE HUMPHREY, COLUMBIA: Carried 37 times for 285 yards and six touchdowns (1, 89, 15, 15, 14, 13 yards) in a 42-29 victory over Central-Florence.
SHAKEITH TYES, CALERA: Had 34 carries for 291 yards and three touchdowns while throwing a 56-yard touchdown pass in a 39-28 victory over Chilton County.
CHRIST AUSTIN, OAKMAN: Rushed 20 times for 247 yards and four touchdowns in a 49-12 win over Berry. Austin had touchdown runs of 4, 58, 26 and 2 yards.
DANT’E REESE, HANCEVILLE: Ran for 168 yards and two touchdowns on 34 carries in a 22-21 comeback win at Good Hope. The senior’s 11-yard scoring scamper and subsequent 2-point conversion late in the fourth quarter put the Bulldogs up for good.
AUSTIN HARRIS, FAIRVIEW: Rushed for 164 yards and three touchdowns on 20 carries in a 34-27 comeback on the road at county-rival Vinemont. The junior, who had missed three games with an injury, scored the game-winner on a 42-yard tote.
REID RIALS, SATSUMA: Was 14-of-23 passing for 246 yards and two TDs and rushed 11 times for 101 yards four TDs as Satsuma nipped Chickasaw 49-48. He added a seventh score with a 39-yard punt return and sealed the win on defense with a late interception.
CHANDLER RIDGON, CHICKASAW: Finished 21-of-29 passing for 309 yards and five touchdowns in the 49-48 loss to Satsuma. He also ran for 162 yards on 21 carries.
BRADY POLSON, BOB JONES: Completed 17-of-25 passes for 338 yards and six touchdowns (9, 3, 37, 20, 77 and 76 yards) in a 62-45 win at Austin.
BLAKE HAWKINS, FLORENCE: Was 23-of-34 passing for 199 yards and two TDs and also 128 yards rushing on eight carries to lead the Falcons past Huntsville 50-20.
DAULTON HYATT, ARAB: Threw for 309 yards and a touchdown, and ran for 98 yards and a score in a 35-14 win over Moody.
MATT MARQUET, CHELSEA: Completed 13-of-19 passes for 262 yards and a touchdown and added 17 carries for 120 yards and two more scores in a 34-20 victory over ThompsonJON AVERY, CARBON HILL: Completed 13-of-17 passes for 322 yards and five touchdowns in a 52-6 victory over Lynn. His TD passes covered 27, 45, 47, 21 and 69 yards.
TANNER NELSON, COLLLINSVILLE: Threw four touchdown passes, including two to Jordan Leath, in the Panthers' 46-18 victory at Valley Head on Thursday. His scoring strikes covered 65, 68, 65 and 50 yards totaling 248 yards passing just on his TD passes.
HUNTER GRANT, WEST END: Was 5-of-9 passing for 100 yards and rushed 29 times for 136 yards with the game-winning TD as West End beat Appalachian 30-27.
MICHAEL CHISEM, MINOR: Caught eight passes for 189 yards and three touchdowns in a 27-9 victory over Pinson Valley.
LAWTON DOROUGH, HOMEWOOD: Caught four passes for 147 yards in a 24-12 victory over playoff-bound Tuscaloosa County. He hauled in an 80-yard touchdown pass and also added a 49-yard kick return for Homewood's eighth straight win.
REESE HARBISON, GOOD HOPE: Caught five passes for 120 yards in a 22-21 loss to Hanceville. The freshman’s longest reception covered 61 yards.
WESLEY BURNS, BOAZ: The senior caught eight passes for 128 yards in the Pirates come-from-behind 12-7 win over Sardis. Burns now has a school single-season record 58 receptions.
WILL WRENN, WEST POINT: Caught three passes for 111 yards and two touchdowns and snagged an interception in a little more than a half of a 52-21 home win over Priceville. The senior covered 27 and 66 yards on the scoring receptions.
JARED STEWART, FULTONDALE: Grabbed three interceptions as the Wildcats beat Oak Grove 30-26.
DAKOTA NEWSOME, FYFFE: Recorded 21 tackles and recovered a fumble as Fyffe beat Plainview 59-28.
FISHER WILLOUGHBY, COLD SPRINGS: Picked off a pair of second-half passes, broke up another and made five tackles in a 39-13 road win at Holly Pond. The Eagles’ 8-2 regular season record is their best since 2003.
COLLIN DAY, COLD SPRNGS: Compiled seven tackles, including two for loss and a pair of sacks, in a 39-13 road rout of Holly Pond. The senior drove the Broncos back a combined 28 yards on his two sacks.
MASON BROWN, GLENCOE: Had 16 tackles and a key sack late in the game to help the Yellow Jackets post a 17-10 win over Cleburne County
JOEL BROCK, SAND ROCK: Picked off two passes and caught a 48-yard touchdown pass in the Wildcats' 42-0 victory over Cedar Bluff on Thursday.
TYLER SMITH, SLOCOMB: Earned 10 tackles and blocked a punt in the Red Tops 37-7 win over Geneva County.
CODY BLACKWOOD, CLEVELAND: Had two interceptions, returning one 37 yards for a TD, added three pass break-ups and four tackles in a 36-6 victory over Southeastern.
COLEMAN TAYLOR, ST. JAMES: Booted a 33-yard field goal on the final play to give the Trojans a 20-17 victory over Marbury.
TRISTAN SKINNER, WEST POINT: Made a 37-yard field goal and all seven of his extra-point attempts in a 52-21 home win over Priceville.
KAINE YATES, HANCEVILLE: Blocked a punt and recovered a late fumble inside the Bulldogs’ own 5-yard line in a 22-21 thriller over county-rival Good Hope.
KAINAN SMITH, GOOD HOPE: Returned the second-half kickoff 85 yards for a touchdown and caught three passes for 44 yards and another score in a 22-21 loss to Hanceville. He made a diving catch for a spectacular 35-yard grab down the right sideline to set up his second touchdown.
COBY NEENAN, NORTHVIEW: Hit field goals of 48 and 27 yards and was 3-of-3 on extra points in a 41-34 win over Charles Henderson. He also punted five times for a 43.4 average (217 yards).
QUINTON SHAW, R.C. HATCH: Scored on a punt return and a run in a 68-20 at Autaugaville that clinched the first winning season in school.
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