The Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) Central Board of Control Wednesday upheld two recent AHSAA eligibility rulings appealed by James Clemens and Chickasaw high schools.
The appeals were heard at the Central Board’s annual October meeting at the AHSAA Office. James Clemens High School’s appeal concerned the Eight Semester Rule while Chickasaw High School’s appeal related to the Custody and Legal Guardianship section of the Transfer Rule.
The Board also heard a request for membership from Lindsay Lane Christian Academy of Athens. A vote was tabled and the request will be reconsidered later this school year to allow more time for evaluation of membership requirements.
The Central Board also thanked longtime AHSAA assistant director Alan Mitchell for his many contributions to the AHSAA while continuing to serve on a part-time basis.
Other Board action included:
-- Approved the 2014 Super 7 Football projected expense budget.
-- Approved online data requirement and publication clarifications.
-- Heard a report concerning the NFHS Section 3 Meeting hosted by the AHSAA in September.
-- Heard updates concerning the C2C Academic calculator.
-- Heard a report from Knight Eady representative Mike Vest concerning upcoming Super 7 plans.
The 6-foot-3, 190-pound senior playing his first season on the varsity, missed an assignment a play earlier and his coach took him out of the lineup to explain his mistake. However, Blacksher lined up in the red zone with a chance to score and Myrthil frantically rushed his player back onto the field.
“He got out there before the play got underway and found himself lined up at cornerback instead of his linebacker position,” Myrthil said.
A pass was fired in the corner of the end zone where Bouler was positioned. The ball bounced off another player into the senior’s hands two yards from the back line. “He just took off running,” Myrthil said. “And nobody caught him. It was a 108-yard return for a touchdown. It was the biggest play of the game.”
The touchdown sealed a 52-36 Class 1A, Region 1 win that keeps Marengo’s playoff hopes alive for another week. It also landed Bouler in the AHSAA Prep Spotlight for Week 9 of the prep football season.
“The difference,” Myrthil said, “is Dajaquon’s athletic ability. He is a first-year player with tremendous talent. I’d like to tell you it was great coaching strategy, but it was just our good fortune. He made us as coaches look pretty smart I guess.”
The interception return ties the state record set by Demopolis defensive back Tommy Wilson versus American Christian in 2012 for the longest interception return. Demiean Archibald of Sipsey Valley and Jack Peavey of Madison County each had 105-yard interception returns in 2013.
Opelika’s Malcolm Buggs had a 102-yard interception return in the Class 6A state playoffs versus Carver-Montgomery in 2012, John Coger of Oakman had a 100-yard return in 2013 versus Berry, and Greg Mcclin of Tanner had a 100-yarder versus Phil Campbell in 2012.
Bouler’s return was the finishing touch of his big defensive night versus the Pirates. His performance edged out two other special defensive efforts from Juray Smith of Pinson Valley and Darian Jones of Brantley for the AHSAA’s top spotlight.
Smith, a senior cornerback who suffered a debilitating knee injury last March, had three interceptions from his DB position in a 31-0 Pinson win over Center Point. He returned one of the picks for a 30-yard touchdown and now has five picks on the season.
Jones returned a punt 54 yards for a touchdown and also caught two TD passes covering 74 and 12 yards as Brantley (8-0) posted a 49-6 win over McKenzie (7-1) in a key Class 1A, Region 2 battle of unbeatens. For Jones, it was his fourth kick return for a touchdown in the last four games. For Brantley, the win clinched the Region 2 title for the fourth straight year and for the 12th time in the last 13 seasons.
McKenzie snapped the Bulldogs’ 62-region game winning streak to win the region title in 2010. Over the last 13 seasons, Brantley has compiled an 87-1 record against region opponents.
Other top performances reported for Week 9 included:
TERENCE HUMPHREY, COLUMBIA: Ran for 252 yards and seven touchdowns (1 yard, 2, 5, 24, 36, 48 and 78 yards) in a 50-39 win over Ardmore. The seven TDs tied the third-highest single-game total in state history. He also converted a 2-point run.
DILLON EVANS, GAYLESVILLE: Rushed for 274 yards on 34 carries and scored four touchdowns in the Trojans' 51-32 victory at Coosa Christian.
T.J. STEELE, DAR: Had over 400 all-purpose yards as the Patriots fell 63-40 to Good Hope. He rushed 24 times for 225 yards and passed for 166.
TRE NATION, LEEDS: The junior running back had 29 carries for 290 rushing yards and two scores as the Green Wave beat Childersburg 42-7. Leeds finished with 572 rushing yards on 52 attempts.
J.T. HYCHE, AMERICAN CHRISTIAN: Rushed for 216 yards and two touchdowns in a 45-22 victory over Ellwood Christian.
QUAY WRIGHT, BEAUREGARD: Accounted for 377 total yards and four touchdowns in a 49-34 victory over Tallassee. He rushed for 229 yards and a pair of scores and completed 5-of-7 passes for 117 yards and two touchdowns.
ALERIC WILLLIAMS, SOUTHSIDE-GADSDEN: Ran for 235 yards and three touchdowns and caught a 38-yard touchdown pass in the Panthers' 42-16 win over Scottsboro. Williams scored on runs of 11, 90 and 52 yards.
DAVE KIRKSEY, FAIRHOPE: Rushed 20 times for 239 yards and four touchdowns as the Pirates beat Davidson55-28. He also had three receptions for 87 yards and two more scores to finish with six touchdowns in the win.
NICK CARROLL, GENEVA COUNTY: Rushed for 236 yards on 26 carries with two touchdowns and had six tackles, a sack, and a pass break-up on defense in a 38-25 win over Providence Christian.
DEPRIEST TURNER, MURPHY: Rushed for 257 yards and four touchdowns as the Panthers won the “Battle for the Cannon” with a 48-21 victory over McGill-Toolen. He scored on runs of 30, 16, 78 and 25 yards. Turner also threw a pair of TD passes to account for six TDs overall.
AUSTIN STIEFEL, FYFFE: Needed only 15 carries to pileup 251 yards rushing and four touchdowns as the Red Devils beat West End 62-6.
KEENAN LEWIS, SARDIS: Scored four touchdowns, including an 86-yard kickoff return, and rushed for 225 yards on 19 carries in the Lions' 42-36 win over Cherokee County. Lewis scored on runs of 34, 66 and 67 yards.
DELVECCHIO JOHNSON, BESSEMER CITY: The Tigers running back had 19 rushing attempts for 233 yards to lead Bessemer City to a 35-14 win versus Northridge.
TROY DIXON, UMS-WRIGHT: Ran for 214 yards and five touchdowns as the Bulldogs rolled over Monroe County 55-0.
MALCOLM HAWTHORNE, W.S. NEAL: Gained 210 yards rushing and scored five touchdowns on 18 carries as the Blue Eagles beat Satsuma 47-21. Hawthorne scored on runs of 1, 18, 1, 76 and 38 yards.
PAUL RUIZ, ETOWAH: Piled up 205 yards rushing and two touchdowns on 23 carries and caught a TD pass in the Blue Devils' 40-14 win over Boaz.
WARREN SHADER, OAK MOUNTAIN: The Eagles quarterback had 27 carries for 197 yards and touchdowns from 1 and 10 yards in a 34-27 victory at Spain Park. He also was 8-of-12 passing for 91 yards with a 24-yard TD toss to his brother, Harold Shader.
TYLER THORNTON, WENONAH: The two-way standout delivered four touchdowns in a 49-35 victory against Corner. He ran 13 times for 197 rushing yards with touchdowns of 5, 19 and 52 yards. He also returned an interception on defense 40 yards for a touchdown.
DERRICK UNDERWOOD, HOMEWOOD: Led the Patriots to a 28-14 win over Hueytown with 211 yards rushing on 26 carries. He scored on two short runs but had four runs over 20 yards, including a 61-yard scamper.
QUINTIN DOWNEY, SPRING GARDEN: Ran for 180 yards on 18 carries and scored two touchdowns (5 and 1 yards) in the Panthers' 53-20 victory at Woodville. Teammate Dakota Lambert added 133 yards and a TD in the win.
DAMONTA BROOKS, TARRANT: He had 186 yards rushing on 18 carries with scoring runs of 8 and 55 yards in a 26-13 win against Addison.
DANT’E REESE, HANCEVILLE: Rushed 17 times for 163 yards and two touchdowns in a 27-7 homecoming win over Holly Pond. The senior’s first scoring scamper was a 67-yarder on the game’s second play from scrimmage.
THOMAS OZMINT, GLENCOE: Piled up 155 yards and six rushing touchdowns - five in the first half - on 22 rushes as Glencoe beat Weaver 56-7 to clinch the Class 3A, Region 7 title.
LOGAN BURNETT, PELHAM: The junior quarterback was 20-of-26 passing for 360 yards and six touchdowns – to five different receivers – as Pelham blanked John Carroll Catholic 47-0.
RILEY EISNER, GOOD HOPE: Was 18-of-30 passing for 371 yards, six touchdowns in a 63-40 homecoming win over DAR. He completed two TDs each to Kainan Smith (28 and 59 yards), Austin Reid (26, 22) and Reese Harbison (9, 26) as the Raiders set a school record for points in a game. The previous best was 61 in last season’s opener against Holly Pond.
JOHNNY GRIZZARD, COOSA CHRISTIAN: Completed 12-of-26 passes for 247 yards and three touchdowns and rushed eight times for 169 yards and two touchdowns in a 51-32 loss to Gaylesville. He finished with 416 total yards.
BRADY POLSON, BOB JONES: The sophomore quarterback was 22-of-25 passing for 299 yards and five TD's in a 42-21 win over Huntsville. Deondre Douglas hauled in six catches 90 yards two scores.
RAMSEY RIGBY, ELBA: Completed 9-of-14 passes attempted for 282 yards and four touchdowns (75, 24, 94 and 51 yards) in the Tigers’ 51-6 rout of Calhoun.
AUSTIN INGRAM, CHARLES HENDERSON: The senior finished 21-of-24 passing for 248 yards and four touchdowns, including 13-of-13 and three touchdowns in the second half as the Trojans pulled away from a 9-7 halftime lead to down Rehobeth 30-7. Ingram completed his last 17 passes attempted.
DAULTON HYATT, ARAB: Completed 18-of-27 passes for 235 yards and three touchdowns (40, 13, 11 yards), and ran for a 79-yard score in a 34-27 win over Lee-Huntsville.
TYLER GURLEY, MADISON COUNTY: Completed 14-of-20 passes for 222 yards and two touchdowns (13, 26 yards) and ran for two more scores (7, 6 yards) in a 67-14 win over Randolph.
CORY GILL, COTTONWOOD: Completed 13-of-16 passes for 202 yards and two touchdowns and added a 25-yard field goal in the Bears’ 38-7 win over Samson.
DREW GUY, FAYETTE COUNTY: Completed 11-of-12 passes for 217 yards and four touchdowns to pace the Tigers to a 54-33 win over Curry.
KADARIUS TONEY, BLOUNT: Was 10-of-16 passing for 175 yards and five touchdowns as the Leopards beat Baldwin County 37-13.
TREY McMILLIAN, DALE COUNTY: The Warriors quarterback was 10-of-11 passing for 211 yards and four touchdowns, including two scores in the second half, as Dale County pulled away from a five-point halftime lead to beat Daleville 53-27.
CHASE GARRETT, SAND ROCK: Completed 17-of-37 pass attempts for 185 yards and two touchdowns (15, 12 yards), both to Joel Brock, in the Wildcats' 24-21 loss at New Hope.
TYLER LUSK, PIEDMONT: Was 9-of-11 passing for 185 yards and two touchdowns (71, 15 yards), both to C.J. Savage, in the Bulldogs' 49-0 win at Westbrook Christian.
TODD GOODWIN, LOCUST FORK: Completed 8-of-12 passes for 192 yards and three touchdowns (34, 72, 30 yards) in a 50-35 win over Priceville. He also ran four times for 83 yards with a 38-yard scoring run.
WESLEY GRIZZARD, COOSA CHRISTIAN: Caught seven passes for 185 yards and three touchdowns in a 51-32 loss to Gaylesville.
C.J. SAVAGE, PIEDMONT: Caught six passes for 146 yards and two touchdowns (71, 15 yards) in the Bulldogs' 49-0 win at Westbrook Christian.
REESE HARBISON, GOOD HOPE: Snagged seven receptions for 143 yards and a pair of touchdowns in the Raiders’ 63-40 win over DAR. The freshman’s touchdowns covered 9 and 26 yards.
TYSON WILLIAMS, DOTHAN: Caught 11 passes for 79 yards and a touchdown in the Tigers’ 28-17 loss to Carver.
GARRETT DAFFRON, PROVIDENCE CHRISTIAN: Recorded 25 tackles in the Eagles’ 38-25 loss to Geneva County. Teammate Rowan Godwin also had 11 solo stops.
TYLER WRIGHT, LEEDS: Had 15 tackles as Leeds beat Childersburg 42-7. He also had 121 yards rushing and three TDs.
LYNDELL WILSON, CARVER-MONTGOMERY: Had 10 tackles, three sacks, a forced fumble and an interception return of 42 yards for a touchdown as the Wolverines beat Dothan 28-17.
KAINE HANCEVILLE: Had three of the Bulldogs’ six sacks in a 27-7 win over Holly Pond that snapped an eight-game losing streak dating back to the first round of last year’s playoffs.
TRISTAN DAUGHERTY, SAND ROCK: Posted nine tackles and a sack in the Wildcats' 24-21 loss at New Hope.
FRANCISCO TIRADO, DECATUR: Kicked four field goals (42, 35, 29 and 20 yards) in a 33-13 win at Cullman.
TYLER WITTNER, MARY MONTGOMERY: Nailed a 19-yard field goal as time expired to lift Mary G. Montgomery over Alma Bryant 17-14.
JALYN MARTIN, COLLINSVILLE: Returned a punt 60 yards for one score and added another rushing TD in the Panthers’ 26-14 loss to Gaston.
OCTAVIUSE HARDRICK, COTTONWOOD: Returned a punt 69 yards for a touchdown, was in on nine tackles and had six pass receptions for 91 yards in the Bears’ 38-7 win over Samson.
The AHSAA is saddened to learn of the untimely death of Deshler High School head football coach Jeffrey “Jake” Linville and joins with its member schools in offering condolences and to his family and extended family at the school.
Linville, 41, died Sunday at Collinwood, TN. He is survived by his wife Kim and two children.
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Coach Linville, the coaches and players at Deshler High School and the entire school community,” AHSAA Executive Director Steve Savarese said. “We offer our most sincere condolences and pray that God will sustain them in this time of such great loss.”
Coach Linville, a native of Collinwood, was in his first year as head coach at Deshler. His 7-1 team clinched the Class 4A, Region 8 football title Friday night as the Tigers won its seventh straight game of the season.
Previously he also served as an assistant coach at Wilson and Russellville and was head coach at Covington and Tipton-Rosemark high schools in Tennessee.
Funeral arrangements were not available Monday morning.
Veteran UMS-Wright High School head football coach Terry Curtis joined an elite group of state prep coaches last Friday when the Bulldogs beat Southside-Selma 49-16.
Curtis joined the rare 250-career win club. For his team’s milestone victory, Curtis and UMS-Wright captured the AHSAA Prep Spotlight for Week 8 of the 2014 football season.
The Bulldogs (7-0) have won five state titles under the direction of Curtis, now 250-77 overall in 26 years as a head coach with stops at three Mobile schools. He coached 31 wins in four years at Shaw, 46 at Murphy over six seasons and 173 victories in 16 years at UMS-Wright with state titles in 2001, 2002, 2005, 2008 and 2012.
Buddy Anderson of Vestavia Hills (311 wins) is the current leader in the AHSAA. Anderson also leads the active head coaches with a 311-129 record over his 37-year career – all at Vestavia. Jamie Riggs of T.R. Miller (280-58) is next among active coaches with all wins in the AHSAA. Danny Horn of Benjamin Russell (263-68) is third and Curtis is now fourth.
The milestone win edged out big performances by Tyrelle Pigrome of Clay-Chalkville and James Clemens quarterback Heath Burchfield for the week's spotlight honor.
Pigrome completed 14-of-20 passes for 270 yards and four touchdowns and added 122 yards and another touchdown on 13 carries to lead Clay-Chalkville to a 59-27 win over Shades Valley Saturday in a battle of Class 6A unbeatens.
Burchfield had the second 400-yard passing game of his prep career, completing 31-of-45 passes for 426 yards with five touchdowns and two interceptions in a 42-35 loss at Gadsden City.
STEVIE SIMERLY, CARBON HILL: Rushed 20 times for 286 yards and four touchdowns in Carbon Hill's 36-20 win over Curry as the Bulldogs snapped a 26-game game losing streak. Simerly had touchdown runs of 2, 10, 63 and 74 yards and also completed 2-of-4 passes for 38 yards.
CHRIS SCOTT, ALABAMA SCHOOL FOR DEAF: Had 29 carries for 350 yards and five touchdowns as the Silent Warriors beat Louisiana School for the Deaf 70-64 in eight-man football Saturday. Eddie Thomas had a 42-yard screen pass for TD for the winning touchdown as time expired.
An incredible number of other outstanding performances were reported from across the state, including:
SHAKEITH TYES, CALERA: Ran 26 times for 353 yards and four touchdowns in a 45-21 victory at home against Helena.
DOMINIQUE MARSHALL, BESSEMER CITY: Had 26 carries for 309 yards and three touchdowns in a 28-21 victory over Selma.
JAMARIUS HENDERSON, DALE COUNTY: Rushed for 285 yards with five touchdowns on 20 carries and also threw a 3-yard TD pass in the Warriors’ 47-7 win over Slocomb. He added seven solo tackles on defense as Dale County (8-0) won its eighth straight game.
RASHAD LYNCH, DEMOPOLIS: Had 16 carries for 248 yards and touchdown runs of 50, 17 and 73 yards in 42-16 win over Central-Tuscaloosa.
JOHN LEE, RED LEVEL: Rushed for 276 yards on 23 carries and five touchdowns in a 42-20 victory over Pleasant Home. He had scoring runs of 1, 10, 40, 63 and 10 yards.
DENZEL MITCHELL, HAMILTON: Rushed for 254 yards on 20 carries and scored three touchdowns as the Aggies beat Haleyville 42-24. He also made an interception on defense.
TYRE GRAY, BENJAMIN RUSSELL: Led the Wildcats with 251 yards rushing and three touchdowns on 12 carries in a 42-13 road win over Chelsea. He scored on two long runs of 71 and 82 yards.
BRADRICK SHAW, HOOVER: Had seven carries for 220 yards and TD runs 81, 30 and 64 yards in the Bucs’ 66-27 win over Tuscaloosa County.
MYRON SMITH, COLBERT COUNTY: Rushed for 269 yards and five touchdowns as Colbert County beat Lexington 49-24. His scoring runs covered 6, 28, 36, 67 and 40 yards.
TYRUS FLAKES, AUBURN: Had 227 rushing yards on 24 carries in Auburn's 42-16 win over Lee-Montgomery. He also had a 95-yard kickoff return for a touchdown.
DYLAN STONE, GLENCOE: Gained 217 yards rushing and four touchdowns on eight attempts as the Yellow Jackets blasted Ohatchee 42-12.
GABE FORD, GADSDEN CITY: Rushed for 180 yards and a touchdown on nine carries as the Titans clinched a home playoff game in Class 7A, Region 4 with a 42-35 win over James Clemens.
MALCOM HAWTHORNE, W.S. NEAL: Had 209 yards rushing on 15 carries in a 41-7 victory over Thomasville. He scored on runs of 2 and 3 yards, threw a 47-yard touchdown pass and had a reception for 45 yards.
KERRYON JOHNSON, MADISON ACADEMY: Ran for 209 yards, including touchdowns of 58 and 89 yards, on 12 carries in a 34-7 win over Lauderdale County. He also caught a 26-yard touchdown pass.
ZACC WELDON, G.W. LONG: Rushed 13 times for 176 yards and four touchdowns, including one of 54 yards, in a 56-7 win over Providence Christian.
D'SHAWN FIFE, CEDAR BLUFF: Rushed for 173 yards on 14 carries and five touchdowns (64, 10, 1, 21, 13 yards) in the Tigers' 69-6 victory at Coosa Christian.
DAKOTA LAMBERT, SPRING GARDEN: Rushed for 154 yards on 13 carries with two touchdowns (8 and 9 yards). He also picked off a pass on defense in the Panthers' 55-34 victory over Jacksonville Christian.
PEYTON GILLILAND, CLEVELAND: Had 449 total yards on offense in a 41-21 win over Section. He was 7-of-14 passing for 208 yards and two touchdowns and rushed 23 times for 241 yards and three more scores.
CONNER KISER, HALEYVILLE: Passed for 377 yards and three touchdowns in 42-24 loss to Hamilton.
DAYLON BRACKETT, JACKSONVILLE CHRISTIAN: Was 16-of-26 passing for 329 yards and four touchdowns in a 55-34 loss to Spring Garden. He also rushed for 91 yards and a TD.
LOGAN WALTERS, JACKSON: Completed 9-of-11 passes for 383 yards and five touchdowns in North Jackson's 69-42 win over Westminster Christian.
DAVID WHITLOW, JEFF DAVIS: Was 9-of-13 passing for 257 yards and three touchdowns in a 38-33 victory at Smiths Station.
REID RIALS, SATSUMA: Was 14-of-19 passing for 171 yards while rushing for 100 yards on seven carries as the Gators beat Cottage Hill Christian 34-14. Rials scored on runs of 61, 2 and 15 yards.
JAMES RAINES, BERRY: The sophomore quarterback was 18-of-26 passing for 286 yards and four touchdowns as the Wildcats beat Brilliant 50-6. He also ran for another TD and accounted for four two-point conversions – one rushing and three passing.
ORLANDO LACEY, OPP: Completed 6-of-10 passes for 249 yards and four touchdowns in helping the Bobcats to a 61-24 win over Excel. The 61 points were the most for Opp since 1949.
TODD GOODWIN, LOCUST FORK: Completed 7-of-12 passes for 230 yards and four touchdowns as the Hornets beat DAR 54-13. His TD passes covered 73, 27, 35 and 27 yards.
RILEY EISNER, GOOD HOPE: Was 13-of-26 passing for 374 yards and four touchdowns in the Raiders’ 49-34 victory over Priceville. Aaron Cartee, Priceville’s quarterback, also tossed five touchdown passes (7, 58, 5, 15, 27 yards) in the loss.
SETH FRANKS, TUSCALOOSA COUNTY: Completed 14-for-26 passes for 291 yards and three TDs in a 66-27 loss to Hoover.
MATT HARPER, HACKLEBURG: Passed for 153 yards and three touchdowns in the Panthers’ 48-20 win over Vina. Harper was 7-of-9 passing and rushed three times for 64 yards. For the season he has rushed for 657 yards and passed for 850 yards and 16 TDs. Teammate Kristian Jones added two first-quarter carries for touchdowns of 60 and 45 yards.
BO NIX, SCOTTSBORO: Nix, the son of head coach Patrick Nix, completed 10-of-27 passes for 120 yards and two touchdowns in a 20-12 loss to Fort Payne to become the first eighth grader in Scottsboro High School history to start at quarterback for the varsity Wildcats.
DILLON POSEY, HALEYVILLE: Caught 12 passes for 214 yards and three touchdowns in a 42-24 loss to Hamilton.
ANDREW HARDRICK, COTTONWOOD: Caught four passes for 159 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 100 yards and a TD on five carries in the Bears’ 41-12 win over Geneva County.
GAGE CASH, BOAZ: Caught six passes for 135 yards and three touchdowns and had TD receptions of 38, 28 and 3 yards from quarterback Matthew Smith, who was 17-of-27 passing for 232 yards. Cash also recovered a fumble that set up a touchdown.
STONE COLLINS, WICKSBURG: Recorded 20 tackles in a 39-12 loss to Pike County.
JORDAN ALLEN, SPARKMAN: Had 15 tackles and a 92-yard fumble return as the Senators won over Buckhorn 42-24.
WIGHT WILLIAMS, VIGOR: Had two interceptions and returned a kickoff 51 yards to set up a TD as the Wolves beat Faith Academy 31-13.
BRODY GRIDER, NORTH JACKSON: Intercepted three passes in a 69-42 victory over Westminster Christian.
BRANDON HOLLINS, CLARKE COUNTY: Had eight tackles and returned an interception 100 yards for a TD in a 40-14 victory over Monroe County.
DELO FORBES, WEAVER: Intercepted two passes, including one returned for a touchdown, in a 41-28 win over Westbrook Christian. He also rushed for 139 yards on 20 carries.
PATE SMITH, G.W. LONG: Had eight tackles and blocked a punt for the second straight week in the Rebels’ 56-7 win over Providence Christian.
JAEWON TAYLOR, PARK CROSSING: Had a 58-yard interception return for a touchdown in a 29-22 overtime win over Carver-Montgomery.
LOGAN HURLEY, GAYLESVILLE: Had nine tackles in the Trojans' 32-14 victory over Woodville.
JOHNNY WILLIAMS, NORTHVIEW: Returned a kickoff 75 yards to the 1-yard line and a punt 25 yards to inside the 30, setting up his own 1-yard and 3-yard touchdown runs in the Cougars’ 31-14 win over city rival Dothan. The victory at Rip Hewes Stadium, which is shared by both schools, ended a five-game losing streak for Northview in the annual series.
HOLLIS ABERNATHY, MUSCLE SHOALS: Blocked a potential game-tying field goal late in the fourth quarter as the Trojans edged Decatur 10-7.
MICHAEL JACKSON, SPAIN PARK: Blocked a field goal and an extra point in the fourth quarter to seal a 14-13 win over Vestavia Hills.
DARIAN JONES, BRANTLEY: Returned a punt 52 yards for a touchdown and caught four passes for 96 yards and two scores in a 62-12 win at Barbour County.
MONTGOMERY, AL. – Twenty-two players already committed to Division I-A schools have been selected to the 40-player Alabama All-Star Team that will face Mississippi in the 28th annual Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Football Game Dec. 13 at Montgomery’s Cramton Bowl.
The roster, comprised of current high school seniors, was announced Tuesday by Alvin Briggs, Director of the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association. The annual contest, an event of the AHSADCA and the Alabama High School Athletic Association, will be played for the fourth straight year in Montgomery.
Alabama’s All-Stars extended their winning streak to six games last December with a 21-17 win over Mississippi in the 27th all-star game. The hosts have won all three games played at Cramton Bowl since 2011 and own a 20-7 record in the series which dates back to 1988. This year’s head coach is Central-Phenix City’s Jamey DuBose.
The last loss came in December of 2007 when Mississippi won 26-7. That was the only year that two games were played. Alabama won 51-14 in the game in June of 2007 – still the most points by any team in the series.
Among the players selected to the Alabama squad are four running backs already verbally committed. Kerryon Johnson of Madison Academy is committed to Auburn, DeSherrius Flowers of Vigor to Alabama, Nick Gibson of Pinson Valley to Mississippi State, and Terrelle West of Clay-Chalkville to Middle Tennessee.
Other Auburn verbal commitments on the roster include offensive lineman Tyler Carr of Southside-Gadsden, tight end Jalen Harris of St. James and linebackers Richard McBryde of Charles Henderson and Darrell Williams of Hoover.
Other verbal commitments to Alabama are offensive linemen Brandon Kennedy of Wetumpka and Lester Cotton of Central-Tuscaloosa, defensive lineman Anfernee Jennings of Dadeville, linebackers Christian Bell of Hoover and Keaton Anderson of Florence.
Foley’s Tyler Cameron and Mountain Brook’s Jacob Carroll were selected as the quarterbacks. Both are currently uncommitted.
“The selection committee has once again put together an outstanding group of players,” Briggs said. “Several have already committed to SEC schools and several still uncommitted will likely wind up in the SEC next year. We know Mississippi’s team will be talented. We are expecting another outstanding game in the long-running series.”
Almost half of the Alabama squad (18) is still currently uncommitted.
The 40-man roster and coaching staff:
2014 ALABAMA FOOTBALL ALL-STAR TEAM
Central-Phenix City (scout coach)
The NFHS TV Network's first subscriber rankings of the 2014-15 school year released Monday showed Alabama ranking fourth nationally, trailing only Georgia, California and Tennessee.
The AHSAA is also ranked second for the two-month period of August-September in respect to network referrals. The Illinois High School Association ranks first.
The Network has broadcast more than 3,500 events this school year through September with virtually all of them through the School Broadcast Program available. Many AHSAA member schools are taking part in the SBP program. The total schools nationwide is up to 1,070 – a 57 percent increase over last year.
The NFHS Network will broadcast (live-stream) the AHSAA State Volleyball Championships, State Cross Country Championships, State Swimming & Diving Championships and many of the AHSAA state football playoff games in the coming weeks.
The current NFHS rankings, based on number of subscribers, are:
8. New Mexico
10. South Carolina
The current NFHS rankings, based on number of network referrals are:
1. IHSA.org (Illinois)
2. AHSAA.com (Alabama)
3. GHSA.net (Georgia)
4. MHSAA.com (Michigan)
5. CHSAA.com (California)
6. WIAAWI.org (Wisconsin)
7. WIAA.com (Washington)
8. TSSAA.org (Tennessee)
9. OSAA.org (Oregon)
10. FHSAA.org (Florida)
Cullman High School celebrated homecoming in a big way Friday night, scoring three touchdowns before Athens had an offensive snap. The Bearcats went on to win 28-7 in a key Class 6A, Region 8 win and shared the AHSAA Prep Spotlight for Week 7 with a record-tying defensive performance by Brooks High School.
Coach Mark Britton’s Bearcats opened the game with a 16-play, 83-yard scoring drive which ate up 7:03 of the first-quarter clock. Will Crenshaw ran in from the 2-yard line for the touchdown. On the ensuing kickoff, Michael Al-Dijaili recovered an Athens fumble to set up Cullman’s second score.
Ross Crocker and Dawson Drake combined for a 21-yard TD pass following the fumble recovery to make it 14-0. On the next kickoff, Sam Calligaris recovered Athens’ second fumble of the game to set up his a 3-yard run for a TD by Crenshaw. The fourth TD came on the last play of the first half when Crocker connected with Owen Lovell as time expired.
Crocker, a sophomore, was 19-of-26 passing for 265 yards and two touchdowns (21 and 45 yards). Seth Donaldson finished with nine catches for 133 yards. The possession receiver had six snags for 123 yards at halftime.
BROOKS, coached by Jerry Hill, intercepted a state-record-tying eight passes in its 38-0 win over East Lawrence. The picks were spread among five players with Brandon Atkinson, Kolton Medley and Andrew Rainey swiping two each. Matthew Rainey and Joe Gurley had one each.
The performance tied the record set by Talladega County Central in its 25-14 win over White Plains in 1999. Four schools have had seven in a contest, including Hewitt-Trussville vs. Woodlawn in 2012, Brilliant versus Carbon Hill in 1992, Woodlawn vs. Birmingham-Phillips in 1990 and Midfield vs. Pleasant Grove 29 years ago in 1985.
The two team accomplishments edged out individual efforts turned in by Mortimer Jordan junior quarterback Duncan Hodges and Holly Pond sophomore quarterback Michael Lambert.
Lambert completed 18-of-29 passes for a school-record 429 yards with four touchdowns in a 35-27 loss at Winston County. His favorite target was Chris Richards, who hauled in five catches for 220 yards with touchdowns covering 80, 92 and 20 yards. Lambert also had a 37-yard TD. The sophomore’s TD passes all came in the first half as Holly Pond built a 27-15 lead. Leading Winston County’s comeback were Andrew Brown and Payton Taylor. Brown had 239 yards rushing and three TDs on 23 carries while Taylor was 14-of-20 passing for 212 yards and a TD.
Hodges completed 21-of-24 pass attempts for 427 yards and six touchdowns and also rushed for 68 yards on 10 carries for 495 total yards as the Blue Devils (6-0) remained unbeaten with a 61-21 win over Alexandria.
In other top performances last weekend:
THOMAS OZMINT, GLENCOE: Rushed 26 times for 237 yards and two touchdowns (13 and 18 yards) in a 49-8 win over Ashville.
TRE McMILLIAN, BAKER: Ran for 238 yards and two touchdowns on 25 carries with an 80-yard TD run with 4:09 left that gave Baker the lead as the Hornets beat Foley 35-32.
SPENCER RUGGS, McGILL-TOOLEN: Had 25 carries for 215 yards and three touchdowns as the Yellow Jackets defeated Alma Bryant 35-19. He also caught one pass for 30 yards.
TROY DIXON, UMS-WRIGHT: Broke the school career rushing record held by Chris Dukes with a 214-yard, 30-carry performance as UMS beat Thomasville 31-13. He scored once on a 41-yard run.
MACEO BOOKER, JAMES CLEMENS: Tied a state record a 99-yard run from scrimmage for a touchdown as James Clemens beat Grissom 56-18. Booker finished with 168 yards and three touchdowns on just nine carries.
MICAH STEPHENS, LOCUST FORK: Had 12 rushing attempts for 185 yards and two touchdowns in a 49-13 win over Good Hope. The junior, who also had two receptions for 53 yards and another TD, now has 849 yards rushing and nine touchdowns on the season on 80 carries–10.6 yards per carry. Teammate Shiloh Biles added 142 yards and two scores on 13 carries versus Good Hope.
KOLBY KIRK, ADDISON: Rushed 24 times for 191 and two touchdowns in the Bulldogs’ 30-7 home win over Cold Springs. The senior scored on carries of 50 and 28 yards.
JOSH JOHNSON, OPELIKA: Gained for 194 yards rushing with three TDs (58, 13 and 2 yards) on 19 carries in a 60-14 victory over Chelsea.
CLAY CULBERT, BOAZ: Rushed for 163 yards and two touchdowns, including the game winner, and passed for another score in a 20-14 win over Douglas.
TOMOKA NELSON, WESTMINSTER CHRISTIAN: The senior running back gained 158 yards on 18 carries with one TD, caught three passes for 34 yards and another score, and had five tackles on defense in a 45-27 win over DAR.
BANIKO HARLEY, RAMSAY: Was 12-of-28 passing for 359 yards and four touchdowns as Ramsay (5-1) fell to Parker (6-0) in a battle of Birmingham city unbeatens 40-34. His TD passes covered 33, 75, 25 and 20 yards.
CONNER KISER, HALEYVILLE: Completed 19-of-28 passes for 300 yards and two scores in the Lions’ 35-28 win over Cordova.
AARON POLLARD, MARION COUNTY: Completed 15-of-18 passes for 251 yards highlighted by a 93-yard TD strike to Jacob Sanders as Marion County downed South Lamar 34-27. Pollard also rushed 14 times for 64 yards, including a 48-yard TD, to finish with 315 total yards.
TOMMIE NEELY, PARKER: Was 17-of-38 passing for 260 yards and four scores in the 40-34 win over previously unbeaten Ramsay (5-1). His TDs covered 7, 34, 40 and 33 yards.
PEYTON GILLILAND, CLEVELAND: Rushed 14 times for 203 yards and five touchdowns (8, 29, 4, 9 and 61 yards) and completed 8-of-15 passes for 120 yards in a 49-35 win over Susan Moore. On defense, he intercepted two passes, one of which he returned 102 yards for a touchdown on the final play of the first half to give the Panthers a 28-21 lead.
ZACH DIMMOCK, ONEONTA: The junior completed 16-of-21 passes for 238 yards and four touchdowns in the Redskins’ 47-15 victory over Priceville.
CHAD HUNTER WYATT, HILLCREST-TUSCALOOSA: Completed 19-of-24 passes for 221 yards and three TD passes and added two rushing touchdowns as the Patriots beat Northridge 42-28.
GRAYSON WAKEFIELD, DECATUR HERITAGE: Was 12-of-15 passing for 224 yards and two touchdowns and ran for another score in a 41-8 win over Coosa Christian.
JOSH DECKER, CEDAR BLUFF: Completed 9-of-13 passes for 204 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for 50 yards and another score in a 48-14 win over Woodville.
MATT HARPER, HACKLEBURG: The quarterback led Hackleburg to 48-0 victory over Waterloo, completing 11-of-15 passes for 163 touchdowns in just three quarters of play. He also rushed for 39 yards on three carries. For the season Harper is 54-of-86 passing for 697 yards and 13 touchdowns. He has also rushed for 621 yards and five TDs on 83 carries.
TYREN DUPREE, CHEROKEE COUNTY: Completed 15-of-29 pass attempts for 158 yards and two touchdowns (17 & 13 yards) and rushed for 67 yards on 13 carries with a 5-yard TD run in the Warriors' 28-14 victory over Hokes Bluff.
SOLOMON MUHAMMAD, PARKER: Had eight catches for 97 yards and two TDs for the Herd (6-0) in a 40-34 win over Ramsay. Muhammad also gained 83 yards on 22 rush attempts and had a 74-yard punt.
DILLION POSEY, HALEYVILLE: Hauled in eight catches for 167 yards and a score as the Lions beat Cordova 35-27.
D.J. CHAPMAN, CEDAR BLUFF: Caught four passes for 138 yards and two touchdowns and picked off a pass on defense in the Tigers' 48-14 victory over Woodville.
LELAND JOHNSON, RAMSAY: Had five receptions for 121 yards and a 75-yard TD in a 40-34 setback to Parker.
JACAYA McDANIEL, FAIRFIELD: Made seven receptions for 128 yards and 2 touchdowns in a 30-21 loss to Dora.
JOHN MICHAEL LAUDERDALE, CLEVELAND: The senior linebacker had 15 tackles--four for losses--as the Panthers beat Susan Moore 48-35.
JEREMY WILLIAMS, HOOVER: The senior made two first-half interceptions, returning the second one 33 yards for a touchdown, as the Bucs beat Spain Park 42-14 in the Raycom AHSAA TV Game of the Week.
DERRICK BAER, PIEDMONT: Returned a blocked field goal attempt 75 yards for a touchdown in the Bulldogs' 48-8 win over Pleasant Valley.
DARRIEN EVANS, FAIRFIELD: Recorded 12 tackles, two sacks and 5½ other stops that resulted in losses in the Tigers’ 30-21 loss to Dora.
ALEX BRYANT, CENTRAL-HAYNEVILLE: Returned an interception 99 yards for a TD and added a 45-yard TD pass and a 1-yard TD run in a 22-14 victory Zion Chapel.
LOGAN HURLEY, GAYLESVILLE: Posted eight tackles and recorded a sack in the Trojans' 35-20 loss to Jacksonville Christian. Teammate Thomas Evans also blocked a punt, had a sack and two other stops for losses.
RICTAVEON JONES, HOLT: Totaled 12 tackles in 49-21 loss to Oak Grove.
JANSEN ALEXANDER, SAND ROCK: Picked off two passes for Sand Rock’s defense in the Wildcats' 15-8 loss to Sylvania.
RYDER ANDREWS, HOMEWOOD: The senior place-kicker booted a 40-yard game-winning extra point after penalties backed up the ball to the 23-yard line with 4:30 left to play as the Patriots beat Minor 14-13.
JORDAN WALLACE, MARION COUNTY: Returned three kickoffs for 119 total yards, including an 81-yard return for a TD, as the Red Raiders nipped South Lamar 34-27. He also rushed for 114 yards and two touchdowns and caught three passes for 41 yards.
DAVID TEITGE, WESTMINSTER CHRISTIAN: Was 6-of-6 on extra points and kicked a 27-yard field goal to help WCA beat DAR 45-27.
BILLINGSLEY – Seventh grader Dalton Vance was all smiles Tuesday night standing on the sidelines just moments after scoring a two-point conversion versus Prattville Christian on the first play of his middle school football career.
The smile was no real surprise.
Dalton, diagnosed with Down syndrome at birth, had just realized a long-time dream---playing football for his beloved Bears. Dalton had been hoping to dress with the team all season. Finally approved to participate, assistant Bears coach J.T. Lawrence and the other coaches had an idea.
“We thought it would be a great experience for Dalton and for the rest of our kids if he could get into a game and score,” Lawrence said. There was one problem. Dalton did not need to have any physical contact.
Lawrence talked to Prattville Christian athletic director Sam Peak and asked if his school would allow Dalton to go into the game and score a two-point conversion if Billingsley scored a touchdown.
“That was an easy answer,” Peak said. “We coach our kids to be thankful for each opportunity to touch someone else’s life. This was an opportunity for us to do something good.”
Dalton’s mother Christie Vance said Dalton had been looking forward to the game for weeks. She stood nervously near the sideline and once he ran onto the field, she burst into tears.
When he scored, the first to congratulate him were the Prattville Christian players in the end zone with him.
“This means so much to him, and it means so much to me and his father and brother,” she told the Prattville Christian team after the game. “It was such a wonderful display of kindness, of sportsmanship. Your act of kindness gave Dalton and us a memory we will cherish for the rest of our lives.”
Dalton could hear the cheers from both sides after running through a gaping hole on the left side of the line following the Bears’ first touchdown in the 40-16 junior high win over the visiting Panthers.
Lawrence said the attitude of Peak and the Prattville Christian players and coaches set the stage for the entire night. “It reminded us all that the opportunity to play sports is something we should be thankful for. They helped all of us make a difference in one wonderful kid’s life and in the process we all are blessed, too.”
Billingsley Junior High head coach Josh Robinson said the game will be one few in attendance will ever forget.
“I truly believe that there are no words that can explain the happiness Dalton and his family experienced because of the entire event,” Robinson said. “Just as importantly, it taught our guys something about what it means to be able to be a positive influence on others.”
As the final seconds ticked off the clock Tuesday night, Dalton turned once again to the crowd and gave his trademark “thumbs up” signal. He then led the Bears across the field to shake hands with their opponents. One by one they congratulated each other.
It was good sportsmanship in its purest form.
Montevallo High School has been fined, placed on probation for one year and ordered to forfeit three varsity football games for violating the AHSAA eligibility rules. The school self-reported the violation.
Montevallo played an ineligible student in violation of the Academic Rule. The school must forfeit all contests its team won in which the student participated. Forfeits include Class 4A, Region 4 wins over Oak Grove and Holt and a non-region win over Francis Marion.
The probationary period is a warning that other violations of this nature could bring further sanctions against the school.
Gill Athletics Announced as NFHS Corporate Partner
INDIANAPOLIS, IN (October 1, 2014) — Gill Athletics, the oldest and largest manufacturer of track and field equipment in the United States and around the world, has entered into a three-year agreement with the National Federation of State High School Associations as an NFHS Corporate Partner.
As a part of the agreement, Gill Athletics, based in Champaign, Illinois, will be the exclusive NFHS partner for track and field, which will include coverage in the sport’s rules book, case book, rules poster, scorebook and rules PowerPoint.
“We are pleased to have Gill Athletics join the NFHS as a corporate partner and to be our exclusive sponsor of track and field,” said Bob Gardner, NFHS executive director. “In the high school market, Gill has been the leading supplier of track and field equipment for many years, so we believe this is a great partnership for both organizations. Track and field is No. 2 in school sponsorship for both boys and girls, so it is great to have Gill on board with the NFHS. We look forward to working with Gill over the next three years.”
Started by Harry Gill in 1918, Gill Athletics is the largest producer of track and field equipment in the world. Gill is the Official Equipment Supplier of USA Track and Field and currently produces more International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF)-certified products than any company in the industry.
“Gill Athletics considers it an honor to partner with the NFHS as its track and field equipment sponsor,” said Fred Dixon, national sales manager for Gill Athletics. “We could not have any greater appreciation for the work done by the NFHS, and we look forward to providing our full support for years to come.”
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