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Auburn at Georgia postgame notes
October 3, 2020; Sanford Stadium, Athens, Ga.
>> Captains: K.J. Britt, Big Kat Bryant, Bo Nix, Shaun Shivers
>> Coin Toss: Auburn wins the toss and defers. Georgia will receive
>> Attendance: 20,524 (capacity)
>> First-time starters for Auburn: Nehemiah Pritchett, Tank Bigsby
>> Auburn has scored in 95 consecutive games, the second-longest streak in school history
>> Junior Seth Williams now has 1,510 career receiving yards, ranking 16th among Auburn career leaders
>> Bo Nix’s Auburn record string of consecutive pass attempts without throwing an interception ended at 251 attempts; it dated back through last season’s LSU game
>> In his first career start, freshman Tank Bigsby led Auburn in rushing (31) and receiving (68) yards
>> Jamien Sherwood has a career best 14 tackles, the most by an Auburn player since Jeremiah Dinson (15) at LSU last season
>> With a career-high 12 tackles tonight, K.J. Britt records his second consecutive game with double-figure tackles
>> Jordyn Peters records a career-best 11 tackles
>> Zakoby McClain tied a career best with 11 tackles
INDIVIDUAL NOTES/SPECIAL TEAMS
>> Anders Carlson converted his first two field goal attempts of the season
LYNCHBURG, Tenn. – Liberty scored three touchdowns in the second half to break open a 7-0 game and go on to a 28-7 win over North Alabama at Williams Stadium.
In the season-opening game for the Lions and UNA’s first game against an FBS opponent since 1997, the Flames sacked UNA quarterbacks six times and forced three turnovers on the way to the win.
Liberty improved to 3-0 on the season, while UNA is 0-1.
UNA’s lone score came with 5:40 left in the game as Parker Driggers scored on a five-yard run out of the wildcat formation. Sam Contorno’s PAT made it 28-7. The TD was setup by an interception by K.J. Smith that gave UNA the ball at the Liberty 12-yard line.
UNA had three previous trips into the Redzone but had come away scoreless with a turnover and two missed field goals.
The late UNA score helped the Lions avoid being shutout for the first time since 2010. UNA has now scored in its last 110 consecutive games and the Lions have not been shutout in their three seasons on the FCS level.
UNA finished with 247 yards to 357 for the Flames. The Lions rushed for 63 yards and passed for 184.
North Alabama quarterback Blake Dever was knocked out of the game in the first quarter after being hit on a targeting play against Liberty. He did not return.
Rett Files went 15-of-24 for 156 yards in his first serious collegiate action. He was intercepted twice.
“They came out in the second half and got after us a little bit,” said UNA head coach Chris Willis. “There were about five glaring plays, with turnovers and some crucial penalties that really hurt us. They wouldn’t have changed the outcome of the game but it would have kept us in it.
“The main thing is we have our first game under our belts and we can go back and break it down on film and go from there,” Willis added. “I was pleased in a lot of areas, but we’ve got to be able to put the ball in the end zone. I liked our team’s attitude, even in the fourth quarter. They were wanting to go down and get a touchdown and they were able to do it.
“We also have to eliminate mistakes. You can’t play an FBS team, especially one of this quality, and help them with turnovers and have a chance,” Willis said.
The game was scoreless midway through the second quarter when Liberty had its first scoring opportunity. With a third down call at the North Alabama nine, UNA’s Wallace Cowins broke through and tackled Liberty’s Demario Douglas for a three-yard loss, forcing a field goal attempt.
LU’s Alex Barbir then had his 33-yard field goal attempt hit the right upright to keep the game scoreless at the 9:50 mark of the period.
Liberty was back deep in UNA territory moments later following a turnover. With UNA facing third-and-three at its own 27, Parker Driggers gained first down yardage on a run from the wildcat formation but fumbled and the Flames recovered at the UNA 40. Six plays later, Douglas caught a seven-yard TD pass from Chris Ferguson for the game’s first score. Barbir added the PAT to make it 7-0 at 6:12 of the second quarter.
On the following possession, a 47-yard pass from Rett Files to Andre Little put UNA at the Liberty seven-yard line, but on third down, Files was picked off in the end zone by Anthony Butler to end the threat with 3:57 left in the first half.
UNA had another scoring opportunity before the half, but after moving the ball to the Liberty 30-yard line, Files was sacked on third down. The Lions managed a 51-yard field goal attempt on the final play of the half but Joe Gurley’s kick was wide left.
Liberty scored on its opening possession of the second half to make it 14-0. A 46-yard Joshua Mack run moved the ball into UNA territory and Ferguson then hit D.J. Stubbs with a 12-yard scoring pass with 13:16 remaining in the third quarter. Barbir’s PAT made it 14-0.
On the ensuing Liberty possession, the UNA defense had stopped the Flames back at their own 25, but a personal foul on a third down sack gave LU the ball back. The Flames then drove 51 yards on 13 plays for a touchdown. A 30-yard Sheldro Louis run moved the ball into UNA territory and the Flames eventually scored on a two-yard pass from Ferguson to Brody Brumm.
Barbir’s PAT made it 21-0 at 5:37 of the third quarter.
Liberty then made it 28-0 with 14:23 left in the game on a five-yard TD pass from Johnathan Bennett to Chris Barrett.
Files led a 10-play, 62-yard drive to the Liberty 17-yard line but a 34-yard field goal attempt by Gurley was wide left with 7:26 left in the game.
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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The second-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide won its 19th-consecutive home opener with a 52-24 victory over No. 13 Texas A&M on Saturday at Bryant-Denny Stadium. UA moves to 2-0 on the season, while the Aggies dip to 1-1.
The Tide offense shined, collecting 544 total yards of offense in the win. Redshirt junior quarterback Mac Jones finished 20-of-27 for a career-high 435 yards and four scores. Sophomore John Metchie III led the receivers with a career-best five catches for 181 yards and two touchdowns, while junior Jaylen Waddle added another five receptions for 142 yards and a score. Senior running back Brian Robinson Jr. rushed for a game-high 60 yards on 10 carries, while fellow senior Najee Harris recorded two rushing touchdowns and 43 yards on the ground.
On defense, Alabama forced a pair of turnovers, which included a 47-yard interception return for a touchdown by redshirt junior Daniel Wright and another interception in the end zone for freshman Malachi Moore. Sophomore Christian Harris racked up 10 tackles and a quarterback hurry, while sophomore Jordan Battle added nine tackles and a pass breakup.
How It Happened
· 09:19 – UA | Mac Jones connected with John Metchie III for a 78-yard yard touchdown to get the Crimson Tide on the board first. The drive lasted 1:18 and took three plays to go 80 yards following the missed field goal attempt from Texas A&M.
· 03:58 – UA | Najee Harris capped off a seven-play, 66-yard drive with a six-yard rush to give Alabama its second touchdown of the game. The drive lasted 3:14.
· 01:13 – TAMU | Ainias Smith caught a 47-yard pass from Kellen Mond late in the first for the Aggies. The drive consisted of five plays that went 75 yards over 2:45.
· 14:44 – TAMU | Texas A&M evened the score with a 17-yard touchdown reception from Mond to Ryan Renick. It was the first play of the drive following a 23-yard interception return from DeMarvin Leal.
· 9:07 – UA | Alabama took the lead back as Harris carried the ball in for a two-yard score at the end of a seven-play, 66-yard drive that lasted 2:34.
· 6:19 – UA | Daniel Wright intercepted Mond and returned 47 yards for the score and Alabama’s first non-offensive touchdown of 2020.
· 0:22 – UA | The Tide’s fifth touchdown of the game was scored on a two-yard pass from Jones to DeVonta Smith. The drive was just shy of a minute, lasting 0:59, with eight plays for 64 yards.
· 09:03 – TAMU | Seth Small’s 29-yard field goal completed the 12-play, 40-yard drive for the Aggies that lasted 4:59.
· 7:24 – UA | Jones tossed to Jaylen Waddle for 87 yards and Alabama’s third receiving touchdown of the day. The drive went for 1:39 and consisted of three plays for 75 yards.
· 10:14 – UA | A 27-yard field goal from Will Reichard finished off the Tide’s first drive of the final quarter. The 10-play, 68-yard drive lasted 5:32.
· 07:25 – TAMU | For the second time in the game, Mond connected with Smith, this time for the 14-yard score to end a seven-play, 75-yard drive (2:49).
· 05:33 – UA | Jones once again found Metchie III down field, resulting in a 63-yard touchdown for the final score of the contest. The drive lasted 1:52 and went 75 yards across four plays.
Alabama takes to the road once again, this time traveling to Oxford to take on Ole Miss on Saturday, Oct. 10. The Crimson Tide and Rebels are scheduled for a 5 p.m. CT kickoff at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium with the game airing live on ESPN. The matchup will be the 68th meeting between the two schools with UA holding a 55-10-2 (52-11-2 NCAA) all-time advantage in the series.
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MONTGOMERY – Tallassee High School junior Jalyn Daniels had touchdown runs of 99 and 89 yards in the span of just over three minutes last week in the third quarter of the Tigers’ Class 5A, Region 4 high school football battle with Elmore County.
Those two big plays stretch a precarious 21-14 lead to 35-14 and Tallassee rolled to its first victory of the season winning 49-21. Daniels also burst into the AHSAA Football Spotlight for Week 4 of the 2020 season with his outstanding performance.
The 5-foot-10, 160-pound junior finished with 349 rushing yards and five touchdowns on 20 carries. He dashed his way into the AHSAA Record Book with his 99-yard run with 6:51 left in the third quarter. He almost equaled that effort with 3:21 left in the period when he scored on his 89-yard run. His other TD runs covered 5, 27 and 37 yards.
The 99-yard run from scrimmage, the maximum distance possible officially in a high school football game, made him the 17th player in AHSAA history since 1972 to accomplish that feat, according to the AHSAA Record Book, and the first since Geneva’s Kahari McReynolds ran 99 yards for a TD versus Samson and Emmanuel Henderson of Geneva County sped the same distance for a TD versus the same school in 2019. McReynolds also had a 99-yard interception return in the same game, a 40-28 win over Samson.
Tallassee and Elmore County combined for 899 total yards, 524 by Tallassee and 375 by Elmore County. Coach Mike Battles’ Tigers averaged 13.4 yards on just 39 total plays. Payton Stephenson was 14-of-23 passing for 170 yards and rushed 24 times for 129 yards for the Wildcats.
Daniels edged out three other record-book performances to earn this week’s AHSAA Spotlight.
Sastuma’s defense, led by 6-foot, 185-pound senior linebacker Billy Scott, limited LeFlore to minus-3 yards total offense, the fifth best defensive effort in AHSAA history, according to the AHSAA Record Book. He had 3.5 sacks among his eight tackles as the Gators beat LeFlore 21-2 in a game played Saturday night. Satsuma’s defense forced two turnovers.
The minus-3 total yards allowed was the best defensive effort reported since Corner limited Vincent to minus-47 total yards in a 63-6 win in 2015. Uniontown set the state mark (minus-67 yards) in a win over Greensboro in 1977. Charles Henderson limited Bullock County to minus-17 yards in a 57-0 win in 2013, and W.S. Neal downed Cottage Hill Christian 48-0 in 2012 allowing minus-7 total yards.
Cherokee County’s Whit Johnson returned an interception 100 yards in the fourth quarter last week to lead the Warriors past Class 4A, Region 4 rival White Plains 48-12. He also snagged a 24-yard TD pass on offense. His 100-yard pick was the longest reported since J.U. Blacksher’s Jaiveyon Tucker sped 102 yards with an interception for a TD in a 53-0 win over McIntosh last year. The state record (108 yards) has been done twice, first by Demopolis DB Tommy Wilson in a 49-7 win over American Christian in 2012 and in again in 2018 by Notasulga’s Jimmy Pitts in a 52-0 victory over Autaugaville.
Westminster Christian quarterback Brandon Musch completed 24-of-50 passes for 387 yards and seven touchdowns and ran for 121 yards and a TD on 12 carries in a 59-54 loss to DAR. He finished with 508 total yards. He became the 27th quarterback to throw for seven touchdowns in a single game and the first since Malik Inabinette of Montevallo and Aaron Dove of Falkville had seven or more TDs in a game in 2018. Both had eight TD passes in wins over Greensboro and Coosa Christian, respectively.
The 508 total yards by Musch was the most this season by any player in the AHSAA. The 500-yard milestone was reach four times last year: by Seth Brown of St. John Paul II Catholic (614) versus West Morgan; by Logan West of Florala (568) versus Houston Academy; by Charlie Cater of Locust Fork (509) versus Cleveland; and by Maddux Herring of Ariton (501) versus Geneva County.
Other top performances reported from last week’s AHSAA action included:
JOSH LUNDY, HOOVER: Completed 18-of-27 passes for 349 yards and five touchdowns — with three scoring tosses and 13 completions overall gaining 20-plus yards — in the Bucs’ 42-7 Class 7A, Region 3victory over previously unbeaten Oak Mountain.
HESS HORNE, EUFAULA: Was 17-of-27 for 281 passing yards and five touchdowns in a 33-7 Tigers win over Class 6A, Region 2 foe Park Crossing. His TD passes covered 58, 22, 4, 24 and 39 yards. He also completed a two-point conversion pass in the win.
ACE ASHLEY, SAND ROCK: Completed 19-of-32 pass attempts for 281 yards, including a 72-yard touchdown to Olin Pruitt, in a 20-7 loss at Southeastern.
ZACH PYRON, PINSON VALLEY: Was 21-of-26 passing for 280 yards and four touchdowns and had a rushing touchdown as the Indians beat Jackson-Olin 34-18 in Class 6A, Region 6.
DAMION KEMMERLIN, GENEVA: Totaled 277 yards passing on an 11-of-14 performance and had TD tosses of 76, 70 and 4 yards and also had 37 yards rushing for 314 total yards as the Panthers beat Ashford 41-8 in Class 4A, Region 2.
WILL NOLES, WESTBROOK CHRISTIAN: Was 5-for-8 passing for 233 yards and three touchdowns in the Warriors’ 50-14 victory over Locust Fork.
MICHAEL RICH, SOUTHSIDE-GADSDEN: Was 15-of-21 in passing for 221 yards and a touchdown in the Panthers’ 28-27 Class 5A, Region 7 loss to Arab. He also rushed for two scores.
TUCKER KILCREASE, BRANTLEY: Completed 11-of-14 passes for 205 yards and two touchdowns as the unbeaten Bulldogs (4-0) downed Pleasant Home 54-0 Saturday in Class 1A, Region 1. Wesley Person had one TD reception and Dequan Pittman had the other TD. He also had two rushing touchdowns.
MARTVIOUS GLANTON, ABBEVILLE: Accounted for 244 yards rushing and passing and had one TD in the Yellow Jackets’ 42-30 Class 2A, Region 2 loss to Geneva County. He passed for 144 yards and a TD and rushed for 100 yards on 11 carries.
CONNER HARRELL, THOMPSON: The junior QB completed 17-of-23 passes for 235 yards and four touchdowns – mostly coming in the first half – as the Warriors downed Hewitt-Trussville 35-21 in a game televised nationally on ESPN U. Thompson lead 35-7 at intermission.
RYLEY KIRK, SPRING GARDEN: Completed 9-of-13 pass attempts for 140 yards and a 23-yard touchdown and rushed for 30 yards and a pair of scores to lead the unbeaten Panthers (4-0) to a 34-14 win over Cleveland in Class 2A, Region 6.
DREW PICKETT, HOLTVILLE: Ran for 291 yard and two touchdowns (8 and 11 yards) as Holtville beat Tallassee 28-14.
ADDISON HUDSON, KINSTON: Rushed for 256 yards and four touchdowns in a 36-26 Class 1A, Region 1 loss to Georgiana. Hudson had TD runs went for 3, 5, 5 and 17 yards.
CHANCE McCLENDON, SPARKMAN: Gained 245 yards and two touchdowns (55 and 86 yards) on 22 carries in a 21-14 Class 7A, Region 4 win over previously undefeated Austin.
TROY BRUCE, CENTER POINT: Totaled 227 yards rushing and three touchdowns (28, 60 and 6 yards) on 20 carries in the Eagles’ 56-14 Class 5A, Region 6 win over Moody.
TYCHIUS CAVES, JACKSON: Had 18 rush attempts for 218 yards and two touchdowns in the Aggies' 28-14 victory over Selma.
JOSEPH McKAY, CENTRAL-PHENIX CITY: Had 13 rush attempts for 208 yards and two touchdowns in a 45-28 Class 7A, Region 2 victory over Enterprise. The Red Devils piled up 382 rushing yards and 467 total with teammate Trey Miles adding 103 yards two TDs on six carries.
MATHEW TURNAGE, ARAB: Rushed for 176 yards on 33 carries and scored four touchdowns as Arab held nipped Southside-Gadsden 28-27 in Class 6A, Region 7. Turnage
scored on first-half runs of 1, 10 and 23 yards, then in the third quarter hauled in a perfectly executed screen pass from sophomore quarterback Aidan Cox on fourth-and-13 from the 28 to score what proved to be the winning TD.
JEREMY LAWSON, VINCENT: Piled up 202 rushing yards and three touchdowns on 17 carries as the Jackets beat Fayetteville 41-34.
JAYLEN NOBLES, SLOCOMB: Accounted for 241 all-purpose yards and five touchdowns in a 48-0 win over Houston Academy in Class 3A, Region 2. He rushed for 194 yards and three TDs (35. 59, 7) and caught three passes for 47 yards, including TD receptions of 30 and 7 yards.
C.J. MILLER, GADSDEN CITY: Rushed for 173 yards and two touchdowns in the Titans’ 31-17 win over Spain Park.
TRENT DAVIS, ETOWAH: Had 162 total yards and two TDs in the Blue Devils’ 24-0 win over Ashville. He rushed for 100 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries and caught three passes for 62 yards and a score.
QUEZ JACKSON, THOMASVILLE: Rushed for 163 yards and four touchdowns on 22 carries in the Tigers' 49-18 win over Class Leroy. He also had one reception for 32 yards.
CAMERON LINDSEY, DAR: Rushed for 159 yards and two touchdowns and was 10-of-17 7 passing for 102 yards and three touchdowns in the Patriots’ 59-54 Class 4, Region 7 over Westminster Christian.
BRANDON ROBINSON, CARROLL: Led the Eagles with 155 yards rushing and three touchdowns on 24 carries and added two kick returns for 50 yards and two pass receptions for 14 yards in the Class 5A, Region 2 46-20 win over Headland.
MALACHI HOLT-BENNETT, FAIRFIELD: Rushed for 147 yards on 20 carries and accounted for both touchdowns in a 13-7 win over John Carroll Catholic in Class 5A, Region 5. He raced 60 yards for one of his scores and passed for the other. He also had five tackles and an interception on defense.
D.J. LEE, GAYLESVILLE: Rushed for 141 yards on 25 carries with three touchdowns and completed three passes for 82 yards and a 28-yard TD as Gaylesville fell to Valley Head 34-28. He also had nine tackles on defense.
LUKE WELSH, SPRING GARDEN: Gained 140 yards rushing on 18 carries and scored on a 22-yard touchdown run in a 34-14 victory over Cleveland.
KADIN BENNEFIELD, BOAZ: Had 110 yards rushing and first-half touchdowns of 14, 14 and 7 yards in a 38-0 win over Sardis.
FOX TINKER, PISGAH: Scored on a 10-yard run in the second overtime, then threw the winning 2-point pass in the Eagles’ 42-40 win over Whitesburg Christian.
RYAN SCOTT, WESTBROOK CHRISTIAN: Caught three passes for 186 yards and two TDs in a 50-14 Class 2A, Region 6 win over Locust Fork.
RODARIUS THOMAS, EUFAULA: The Tigers’ wide receiver caught seven passes for 167 yards and three touchdowns in a 33-7 Class 6A, Region 2 win over Park Crossing. His first two TDs covered 58 and 22 yards and gave Eufaula a 15-0 halftime lead His final TD covered 39 yards.
OLIN PRUITT, SAND ROCK: Pulled down eight pass receptions for 152 yards, including a 72-yard touchdown grab, in the Wildcats' Class 2A 20-7 loss at Southeastern.
TIMOTHY McREYNOLDS, GENEVA: Nabbed four passes for 147 yards and two touchdowns and added 85 yards on 11 carries in the Panthers’ 41-8 win over Ashford.
JOSH McCRAY, ENTERPRISE: Caught five passes for 139 yards and two touchdowns covering 64 and 29 yards and rushed 16 times for 79 yards and two more scores in the Wildcats’ 45-28 Class 7A, Region 2 loss to Central-Phenix City. McCray also had 146 yards on seven kick returns and threw one pass for 31 yards to finish with 395 all-purpose yards.
RYAN PEPPINS, THOMPSON: The junior had six catches for TDs covering 55 and 66 yards in a 35-21 win over Class 7A, Region 3 rival Hewitt-Trussville.
CODY ROBERTS, SOUTHSIDE-GADSDEN: Snagged four receptions for 134 yards in a 28-27 loss to Arab.
PEYTON ELLIS, OPP: Snagged three pass receptions for 130 yards with two touchdowns covering 66 and 42 yards in the Bobcats’ 54-6 Class 3A, Region 2 win over Daleville.
JAREL WILLIAMS, SARALAND: Caught four passes for 117 yards and a pair of touchdowns as the Spartans downed Class 6A, Region 1 foe Blount 35-13 on Saturday.
COOPER AUSTIN, SPRING GARDEN: Led the Panthers with five catches for 115 yards and a 23-yard touchdown in the Panthers' 34-14 win over Cleveland.
QUINDARRIUS MAYES, HUEYTOWN: Caught five passes for 111 yards, including the 22-yard game-winning reception, as the Gophers beat Class 6A, Region 4 rival Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa 28-24.
MARQUARIUS WHITE, CLAY-CHALKVILLE: Hauled in eight passes for 101 yards and three scores, including two touchdown receptions in the final quarter, to lead the Cougars to a 38-33 come-from-behind victory over Minor in Class 6A, Region 6.
COOPER DAVIDSON, GUNTERSVILLE: Scored touchdowns on all three of his receptions and returned a punt for a score in a 50-0 Class 5A, Region 7 win over Douglas.
MARIO BERRY McADORY: Was responsible for two safeties from his defensive position on defense, made nine tackles with two tackles-for-losses and three sacks and added two quarterback pressures in the Jackets’ 25-6 Class 6A, Region 4 win over Bessemer Academy.
BRADEN TURNER, McGILL-TOOLEN CATHOLIC: Scored a pair of touchdowns on defense to spark the Yellow Jackets’ 21-0 Class 6A, Region 1 win over Citronelle. He returned an interception for a TD in the second quarter and fell on a fumble caused by teammate Robert Greenwood for a score in the fourth period.
JAYVEN ANDERSON, ABBEVILLE: Made 18 tackles in the Yellow Jackets’ 42-30 loss to Geneva County.
CAMERON DUNKLIN, LEEDS: Led the Green Wave defense with 14 tackles, including two sacks and three other stops for losses, as Leeds beat Hayden 19-3.
TREVOR WILLETT, WEST END: Had 11 tackles, including five for a loss, and two sacks in the Patriots’ 54-20 win over Gaston. TeammateIsaiah Roberson also had 11 tackles and Hunter Tucker had 10.
JAX VAN ZANDT, THOMPSON: Led the Cass 7A Warriors’ defensive effort with 11 tackles as Thompson beat Hewitt-Trussville 35-21.
KEVIN MONTAGUE, MADISON COUNTY: Recorded eight tackles, six sacks and a blocked field goal in a 29-14 Class 4A, Region 7 win over Randolph.
EMMANUEL HENDERSON, GENEVA COUNTY: Forced a fumble and returned it 70 yards for a touchdown to give the Bulldogs a 30-14 lead before the half on way to a 42-30 win over Abbeville in a battle of unbeaten in Class 2A, Region 2. He scored on touchdown runs of 23 and 4 yards on offense. Geneva County teammate J’Quan Broxson also eight tackles, including four for losses and two for quarterback sacks.
ETHAN CLANTON, SAND ROCK: Led the Wildcats’ defense with 12 stops in a 20-7 loss at Southeastern.
CHRYSTYILE CALDWELL, ELBA: Totaled 10 tackles, including two for losses, and added 77 yards rushing on two carries with a 66-yard TD run as the Tigers beat Cottonwood 56-6.
MICAIH MYERS, WESTBROOK CHRISTIAN: Had two interceptions, including one returned
80 yards for a touchdown, in the Warriors’ 50-14 victory over Locust Fork.
HAYDEN O’DELL, ST. PAUL’S EPISCOPAL: Had two interceptions as the Saints beat Class 5A, Region 1 foe Faith Academy 20-6.
JORDAN AUSTIN, COLBERT COUNTY: Intercepted two passes and recovered a fumble in a 24-16 Colbert County Class 2A, Region 8 win over Hatton.
SETH LEE, GAYLESVILLE: Recovered a pair fumbles in the Trojans' 34-28 loss to Valley Head.
TREY STODDARD, MUSCLE SHOALS: Kicked a 36-yard field goal as time expired to lift the Trojans to a 31-29 win over Athens.
JALEN HOLMES, MADISON ACADEMY: Returned a kickoff 74 yards for a touchdown and an interception 55 yards for a score in a 36-32 win over North Jackson.
KADARIUS ZACKERY, LANETT: Scooted 91 yards for a touchdown on a punt return, had two interceptions on defense and scored on a 32-yard run as the Panthers beat LaFayette 26-0 in Class 2A, Region 4.
KENUWYN DIXION, BRANTLEY: Returned a kickoff 65 yards for a TD in a 54-0 Class 1A win over Pleasant Home.
HUNTSVILLE, AL July 2020- Doctor Kenneth Winton at Performance Vision, located in Hampton Cove, is teaming up with local sports talk radio 97.7 The Zone to help spread information about his elite Sports Vision Training program.
One of only two providers in the state of Alabama, the other is in Tuscaloosa, Dr. Winton uses an instrument called the Senaptec Sensory Station which will test an athletes’ vision, hand-eye coordination, and more. Once the initial assessment is done his VisionPro training programs come with a variety of tools to improve those skills, which could lead to far better performance on the field, on the court, and potentially even in the classroom.
“I am excited to partner with The Zone to help get the word out about this training program,” Dr. Winton said. “Many young athletes want to find that next level of training that will get them to the next level, and this very well could be the answer for them.”
Dr. Winton will join The Zone’s Scott Theisen and Drew DeArmond the third Thursday of every month at 8:00am to discuss the world of sports, how vision affects a player’s performance, and how the tools he offers can help elevate a player’s skills. Listeners can call into the hotline at (256)382-0724 with questions or view the program as it is livestreamed on The Zone’s Facebook page.
“I am very excited about this partnership with 97.7 The Zone and look forward to the opportunity to answer questions about the training program, and maybe help some of our young athletes in the community take their skills to the next level,” Winton continued.
The training programs vary by athlete but most run from 8-10 weeks and are designed to be done at home. The Training kits can be purchased online by visiting
https://www.performancevisioninc.com/service/7/sports-vision-training-programs or by calling Performance Vision at 256-469-6427.
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97.7 ESPN The Zone already your number one source for local sports talk in the Tennessee Valley is excited to announce our new lineup that will kickoff August 17th.
ESPN's new morning show Keyshawn, Jay & Zubin start the morning each weekday from 5am-6:45am.
That will lead into 97.7 ESPN The Zone's brand show called Zone Center, which will be a fifteen minute score and reaction show from around the world of sports, and will be hosted by Scott Theisen and Drew DeArmond.
Scott and Drew will then kickoff their popualr morning show Talkin Ball from 7am-9am as they continue to focus on the SEC, Local Sports and everything in between.
Making the big move will be the Thom Abraham Show as the "Big Dog" will move from 9am-11am as he will continue set the table for SEC Talk, NFL, NASCAR and everything from Bassmaster to the NBA.
#ESPN Greeny will make it's debut from 11am-Noon as longtime ESPN Broadcaster Mike Greenberg makes his return to ESPN Radio airwaves.
The "King of College Football" Chuck Oliver takes over each weekday from Noon-2pm as he will entertain the listeners with his thoughts around the SEC.
That will lead into the mouth of the South as the Paul Finebaum Show will hit the 97.7 ESPN The Zone Airwaves from 2pm-5pm as the longtime SEC Broadcaster shares his opinions each day.
Wrapping up the local coverage will be The Drive with Wes Neighbors and Steve Moulton, as they entertain you on your drive home each night with the latest news and notes from the sports world.
97.7 ESPN The Zone is home to the Crimson Tide Network, UAH Basketball, Madison Academy Football, High School Football Games of the Week and The Huntsville City Classic.
“Keyshawn, Jay and Zubin” airs weekdays on ESPN 97.7 The Zone from 6am-7am and features voices familiar to ESPN viewers: “NFL Live” analyst and Super Bowl Champion, Keyshawn Johnson, co-hosts alongside NBA and college basketball analyst, Jay Williams, and “SportsCenter” anchor, Zubin Mehenti.
The trio discusses the morning’s top stories and overnight developments with their own perspective and analysis. Johnson – who has headlined a morning show in Los Angeles since 2016 – will regularly appear on “Get Up” and “First Take.” Williams – who is regularly heard as a guest across ESPN Radio’s studio show lineup – will continue his role on “NBA Countdown” and appear across the network’s TV studio programming. Mehenti has been a consistent weekend voice on ESPN Radio in recent months and will also continue to host select editions of “SportsCenter” going forward.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- University of North Alabama senior punter Joe Gurley of Killen., is a pre-season first-team All-Big South Conference selection in voting by the league’s head football coaches and a media panel.
Gurley was also an honorable mention all-conference selection as place-kicker and was joined on the squad by senior defensive lineman Wallace Cowins, Jr., of Conyers, Ga.
They were the only two Lions named to the squad.
A three-time Big South Conference Special Teams Player of the Week in 2019, Gurley ranked second in Big South in punting average at 42.4. He had 60 total punts for 2,545 yards, with 14 punts over 50 yards and a long of 61. He had 16 of his punts downed inside the opponent’s 20-yard line and was second in league for most punts over 50 yards. He was a third-team Phil Steele's All-Big South Conference pick as a punter last season. A three-year starting punter for the Lions, Gurley has 161 career punts for a 39.9-yard average and a long of 61 yards (twice).
Cowins was the leading tackler in the Big South among all defensive linemen last season with 66. He also led that position with 6.0 tackles per game. He ranked as the 15th leading tackler in the entire league regardless of position. He ranked third in the Big South in tackles for loss (12) with 1.09 per game and finished third on UNA team in tackles. He finished the season with 12.0 tackles for loss of 36 yards and two sacks for 10 yards. He added four pass breakups and one recovered fumble. He was a second-team Phil Steele's All-Big South Conference pick last season.
2020 Big South Football Preseason All-Conference Teams
PRESEASON ALL-BIG SOUTH CONFERENCE FIRST-TEAM
QB Hajj-Malik Williams, Soph., Campbell
RB Isaac Foster, Jr., Kennesaw State
RB Juwon Farri, R-Soph., Monmouth
WR Izaiah Gathings, Jr., Gardner-Webb
WR Jadakis Bonds, Jr., Hampton
WR Lonnie Moore IV, R-Sr., Monmouth
WR Terrance Greene Jr., R-Jr., Monmouth (tie)
WR Caleb Snead, R-Jr., Campbell (tie)
TE Gene Scott, Jr., Monmouth
OL AJ Farris, R-Sr., Monmouth
OL Chris Dye, Sr., Kennesaw State
OL Jake Lassiter, Sr., Kennesaw State
OL Justin Szuba, Jr., Monmouth
OL William Nana-Fabu, Jr., Kennesaw State
DL Shaundre Mims, R-Jr., Charleston Southern
DL Brevin Allen, Jr., Campbell
DL Nick Salley, R-Sr., Charleston Southern
DL Anton Williams, R-Jr., Charleston Southern
LB Bryson Armstrong, R-Sr., Kennesaw State
LB Da’Quan Grimes, R-Sr., Monmouth
LB Darien Reynolds, Sr., Gardner-Webb
LB Justice Galloway-Velazquez, Jr., Campbell
DB Anthony Budd, Sr., Monmouth
DB Cody Cline, Soph., Charleston Southern
DB Darion Slade, R-Sr., Campbell
DB Justin Terry, Sr., Monmouth
PK Alex Usry, R-Jr., Charleston Southern
P Joe Gurley, Sr., North Alabama
KR Lonnie Moore, R-Sr., Monmouth
PR Devron Harper, Soph., Gardner-Webb
LS Ethan Ray, R-Sr., Charleston Southern
PRESEASON ALL-CONFERENCE HONORABLE MENTION
QB Jack Chambers, R-Jr., Charleston Southern
RB Shaquil Terry, Sr., Kennesaw State
WR Garris Schwarting, R-Sr., Charleston Southern
OL Tyler McLellan, R-Jr., Campbell (tie)
OL JT Melton, R-Jr., Charleston Southern (tie)
DL Wallace Cowins Jr., Sr., North Alabama
LB Cade Hamilton, Jr., Gardner-Webb
DB Demetrius Pettway, Jr., Kennesaw State
PK Joe Gurley, Sr., North Alabama
P Nicholas Jones, Sr., Kennesaw State
KR Devron Harper, Soph., Gardner-Webb (tie)
KR Issac Foster, Jr., Kennesaw State (tie)
PR Issac Foster, Jr., Kennesaw State
LS Will Mullins, Sr., Gardner-Webb
HUNTERSVILLE, NC (July 28, 2020) – The Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL) today announced that it is targeting mid-to-late December for the start of the 2020-2021 regular season.
“With the continued spikes in COVID-19 throughout the country and the challenges other sports are facing in their attempts to resume play, delaying our start to December gives us the best chance of completing an entire season with all 10 teams,” stated Commissioner Doug Price. “In addition, various state restrictions on large gatherings and the economics surrounding the uncertainty of having fans in our arenas in October or November, even at reduced capacity, make it difficult for teams to guarantee the ability to generate the revenue needed to operate if we were to start any earlier.”
“After a healthy discussion among our Board of Governors, we just felt there are too many variables out of our control at this time to attempt starting on time,” added Price. “Delaying the season was a difficult decision, but I believe it was the responsible thing to do when taking everything into consideration.” The 2020-2021 regular season schedule and playoff format will be announced at a later date.
About Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL)
Now entering its 17th season, the Southern Professional Hockey League is comprised of 10 member teams located throughout the southeastern and midwestern United States. Headquartered in Huntersville, North Carolina, the mission of the SPHL is to provide a quality family-friendly entertainment product structured inside an economic model that is viable for small and mid-size markets and arenas. For more information about the SPHL, visit the league’s website at www.thesphl.com.
MONTGOMERY – The Alabama High School Athletic Association Central Board of Control approved the AHSAA’s Return to Play ‘Best Practices’ recommended guidelines Wednesday and reaffirmed plans to start fall sports on time, The action was taken Wednesday at its annual summer meeting in Montgomery.
Fall sports teams have the option to begin fall workouts on July 27 with the first week used by football for acclimation purposes only with helmets and shorts only. The other fall sports – volleyball, cross country and swimming and diving – can use the first week for acclimation and tryouts. Schools not choosing that option may start fall practice on August 3.
The first contest can be August 20.
AHSAA Executive Director Steve Savarese praised the Central Board for its leadership and commitment providing member schools the tools to return to play as safely as possible.
“The purpose of the Return to Play document is to offer AHSAA member schools best practices in order to commence the 2020-21 school year athletic seasons as scheduled and as safely as possible,” said Savarese.
HUNTSVILLE | The University of Alabama in Huntsville Department of Athletics has announced the promotion of Lance West to head coach of the UAH hockey program on Wednesday after two seasons as an assistant on the Chargers bench.
"We are excited to officially announce Lance as head coach of the UAH hockey program," Director of Athletics Dr. Cade Smith said.
"He has a deep understanding of what UAH hockey means to the community and an incredible pedigree within the college hockey landscape. We believe Lance will be successful in continuing the regrowth of the program and will attract successful student-athletes to UAH."
"I am honored to be named head coach of The University of Alabama in Huntsville hockey program," West said. "I want to thank President Dr. Darren Dawson and Dr. Cade Smith for the opportunity to lead the Charger hockey."
"I have spent 18 years either playing or coaching with the program, and I am very aware of and share the passion of our alumni and fan base for UAH hockey. The challenges that lie ahead are tough, but I am excited to work together with the young men, staff and The University that have committed to making this a successful program."
West – a four-year letterwinner for UAH from 1991-95 – returned to Huntsville in 2018-19 as an assistant coach after a 10-season stint at fellow WCHA member Alaska Fairbanks where he was an assistant for nine campaigns before guiding the squad to the conference playoffs as interim head coach in 2017-18.
Overall in his time with the Nanooks, West helped lead the team to six winning seasons in addition to the program's first-ever NCAA tournament appearance in 2009-10.
Prior to Alaska, West served as an assistant coach for UAH for a total of seven seasons from 2000-07 when he helped the team to a pair of College Hockey America regular season championships, four conference tournament appearances and one NCAA tournament berth.
Moreover, West was a volunteer assistant coach for the Chargers from 1995-98 following his playing career, aiding the squad in winning the NCAA Division II National Championships in 1996 and 1998.
During his playing career with the Chargers, the Penticton, British Columbia, native appeared in 106 career games and amassed 108 points on 43 goals and 65 assists over four seasons as a forward on the squad.
West is now the sixth head coach in program history.
BRENTWOOD, Tenn. - The Ohio Valley Conference released its 2020 Preseason All-OVC Football Team on Monday and six Gamecocks were included.
Jacksonville State had three players named on offense and three on defense. The team was selected by the league's head coaches and sports information directors and was set to be released during Monday's annual Media Day, which was postponed due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Quarterback Zerrick Cooper, tight end Trae Barry and offensive lineman Michael Shaddix were the three offensive players featured for JSU, while defensive end DJ Coleman, linebacker Zack Woodard and cornerback Yul Gowdy were among the defensive honorees.
Cooper, a senior from Jonesboro, Ga., earned his second-straight All-OVC honor in 2019 after being named a first-team selection in 2018, extending JSU's streak of consecutive seasons with a quarterback on the All-OVC teams to seven. In 2019, Cooper finished the regular season ranked eighth nationally in total offense with 310.3 yards per game, eighth in passing yards with 3,404 yards, ninth in points responsible for with 204 and 11th in passing touchdowns with 28. In just two years at JSU, Cooper has the top two single-season passing marks and ranks third in school history for career passing yards (6,820). He also has the top two single-season passing touchdown marks and ranks seventh in OVC history and second in JSU history with 60 career passing touchdowns, just one away from Ed Lett's school record of 61 from 1979-82.
Barry, a senior from Summerdale, Ala., was voted to the 2020 Preseason All-OVC squad despite playing in just five games before an injury forced him to miss the remainder of the 2019 season. Despite the injury, he is JSU's leading returning receiver with 25 catches for 330 yards and a touchdown a year ago. He joined Cooper on HERO Sports Sophomore All-America Team in 2018 after catching 32 passes for 503 yards and a score to grab First-Team All-OVC honors that year. Barry enters his senior campaign with 67 career catches for 1,076 yards and five touchdowns.
Shaddix, a junior from Fort Payne, Ala., finds his name on the Preseason All-OVC squad after earning All-OVC honors as a sophomore in 2019. In earning his first All-OVC honor a year ago, he helped the JSU offensive line pave the way for the second-best offense in the OVC. Shaddix and his teammates up front cleared a path for 5,033 yards of total offense and 296 passing yards per game - 13th-most in the nation.
A junior from Atlanta, Coleman grabbed his first All-OVC honor in 2019 as one of the OVC's top pass rushers. He created havoc for opposing quarterbacks in his second season in Jacksonville, leading JSU with five sacks and 10.5 tackles for a loss. His five sacks tallied a total loss of 31 yards, while he also picked up a team-best 28 quarterback hurries, broke up a pair of passes and forced a fumble. He totaled 59 tackles, tied with All-American Marlon Bridges for fourth on the team.
Woodard, a junior from Thomasville, Ala., had a breakout season in his first season starting in the middle for JSU in 2019. He led the Gamecocks and was in the top five in the OVC in tackles with 96, while also tallying seven tackles for a loss and assisting on a sack. He recorded an interception, broke up four passes and recovered a fumble for the Gamecocks to earning All-OVC honors in 2019.
Gowdy, a junior from Birmingham, earned the Preseason All-OVC recognition by the league's coaches after recording 36 stops, four for a loss, an interception and six passes broken up in 2019. Gowdy was a Freshman All-American and OVC All-Newcomer pick in 2017 after notching 41 tackles with an interception and 10 break-ups.
The Gamecocks are scheduled to open the 2020 season on Thursday, Sept. 3, at Florida International in Miami, Fla. JSU is then set to play at North Alabama on Sept. 12 before its home opener against Southeastern Louisiana on Sept. 19. Tickets are currently on sale at www.JSUGamecockSports.com or by calling the ticket office at (256) 782-8499.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Alabama football’s Shane Lee and Dylan Moses have been named to the 2020 Dick Butkus Award Watch List, the Butkus Foundation announced today.
Lee and Moses are among 51 candidates from around the country named to the preseason list for the Butkus, which is given to the nation’s top linebacker. Four Crimson Tide players have won the award previously with Reuben Foster taking home the hardware most recently in 2016. Joining Foster on the list of Alabama linebackers to capture the honors are C.J. Mosley (2013), Rolando McClain (2009) and Derrick Thomas (1988).
- Called into duty at middle linebacker as a freshman and put together a solid season in 2019
- Started all 13 games on his way to earning Freshman All-America honors from both the FWAA and ESPN.com
- Selected to the Freshman All-SEC team by the league coaches
- Paced all league freshmen in tackles with 86 and ranked third among first-year defenders in tackles for loss at 6.5 (-33 yards)
- Finished second on the Tide defense in tackles and added 4.5 sacks (-29 yards) to go with three quarterback hurries
- Picked off one pass, forced two fumbles and recovered one fumble to round out his first collegiate season
- One of the top linebackers and defensive players in the country
- Returns to the field after missing the 2019 season with an injury
- Played in 26 career games with 17 starts to his name
- Totaled 126 tackles, including 15.5 for loss (-65 yards) and five sacks (-46 yards) in two seasons
- Also forced a pair of fumbles, picked off one pass and broke up another in his career
- Led the Tide defense with 86 tackles in 2018 on his way to being named a finalist for the Butkus Award and earning second team All-America honors
The Butkus Award has been presented annually since 1985 by the Butkus Foundation to recognize the top linebacker in college football. The award is named in honor of college and NFL Hall of Fame linebacker Dick Butkus. The 2020 winner will be announced at the conclusion of the regular season and recognized at the annual ESPN Home Depot College Football Awards Show in December.
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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Alabama defensive back Patrick Surtain II has been tabbed to the 2020 Jim Thorpe Award Watch List, the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame announced on Monday.
Surtain II is part of a group of 49 defensive backs from around the country named to the preseason list. Alabama has had two Thorpe winners in program history, first with Antonio Langham in 1993. Minkah Fitzpatrick was the Crimson Tide’s most recent recipient, bringing home the award in 2017.
PATRICK SURTAIN II
Defensive Back, Junior
A shutdown corner for the Tide defense and one of the top defensive backs in the nation
Worked in all 28 games of his Alabama career including starts in 25 consecutive
Picked off three career passes while breaking up 15
Added 79 total tackles and four forced fumbles in his two seasons with the Crimson Tide
Recorded 42 tackles and forced three fumbles as a sophomore
Also broke up eight passes while picking off a pair in 2019
The Jim Thorpe Award has been presented annually since 1986 by the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame to recognize the top defensive back in college football. The award is named in honor of multi-sport legend Jim Thorpe. The 2020 winner will be announced at the ESPN Home Depot College Football Awards Show in December.
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