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Huntsville Middle Hitter Rachel Clarke Records 12 Blocks in a Big Win over City Rival Grissom

MONTGOMERY – Huntsville High School’s Rachel Clarke recorded 12 blocks in a key Class 7A, Area 8 volleyball match last week to lead the Panthers (28-8) to a win over Grissom etching her name in the AHSAA Volleyball Record Book in the process. Her effort placed her fifth all-time in theAHSAA Record Book for blocks in a single match and landed the senior middle hitter for Huntsville Coach Melanie Donahoo in the AHSAA Volleyball Spotlight this week.
     The state overall record (15) was set by Hazel Green’s Tierra Porter in a match with Bob Jones in 2016. Three players are listed with 13 in a single match – the most recent being Carley Brown of Brewer in a win over Spring Garden earlier this season. Hazel Green’s Elizabeth Rayhle had 13 in a match with Arab in 2021, and Tori Bradley of Wilson had 13 blocks in 2010 versus Springville.
      Clarke’s record performance could not have come at a better time. The AHSAA volleyball state playoffs start next week with area tournaments. Seeding becomes especially important since all teams advance to the post-season tourney. Area tournaments are set to be played Oct. 12-15. The winner and runner-up from each area will advance to the either the North or South Super Regional Tournaments set for Oct. 19-21 at Huntsville and Montgomery, respectively. The top four teams in each class advancing out of each Super Regional will play in the 52nd AHSAA Elite Eight State Tournament at the Birmingham CrossPlex Oct. 25-27 with all final matches scheduled for the 5,500-seat Bill Harris Arena located at the CrossPlex. 
      Clarke’s performance edged out two strong performances by setters Abby McFerrin of Arab and Kathryn Webb of Southside-Gadsden. 
      McFerrin had 161 assists in nine matches for Class 5A Arab (36-9) to lead the Knights to the Marshall County Tournament championship with a win in the finals over Guntersville. She surpassed 2,500 career assists in the process. Webb led Class 5A Southside (24-19) to six wins last week, including winning three matches to claim the Etowah County Tourney championship. She had 89 assists, upping her career  total to 2,636, and also served 24 aces for the Panthers.
     AHSAA thanks Dennis Victory of al.com and the schools’ head coaches for their weekly contributions to the AHSAA Volleyball Spotlight.
    
Other notable performances from last week’s action include:

MILESTONES
CHLOE MAY, CENTRAL-FLORENCE: 
Had 197 assists to push hare career total past the 2,000 mark, added 20 aces, and 61 digs in eight matches for Class 4A Central-Florence (31-15). The Wildcats earned a berth in the Lauderdale County tourney versus Brooks – and claimed the 200th career win for Coach Andrew Murphy in the process. He finished the week with 203 career wins.
TRINITY COOTS, DANVILLE: Led the Class 3A Hawks (44-15) to the championship of the Morgan County tourney with 128 assists, 16 digs and 15 aces.
ASHLEE GANN, COVENANT CHRISTIAN: Had 64 kills, 42 digs, 13 blocks and 14 aces in six matches leading the Class 1A Eagles (24-12) to the Colbert County tourney crown.


KILLS
SCARLETT ALBERT, BROOKS: 
Managed 92 kills and 47 digs in 12 matches as Class 4A Brooks (27-27) went 11-1.

HANNAH JONES, PRATTVILLE CHRISTIAN: Had 72 kills and 42 digs as Class 3A Prattville Christian (26-17) finished 4-2 at the Battle of Old Shell Road tourney at Mobile.
ZOEY BENSON, PRICEVILLE: Had 67 kills in six matches for Class 4A Priceville.

ALLIE BRYANT, PLEASANT VALLEY: Had 43 kills, 13 aces, 37 digs and 38 assists in three matches for the Class 2A Raiders.

CALLI TANIELU, WESTMINSTER CHRISTIAN: Had 38 kills and a .361 hitting percentage, adding 5 aces and 21 digs in three matches for the Class 5A Wildcats (30-7), who moved up to 5A after winning the Class 4A state championship in 2021.

OLIVIA JACKSON, HOMEWOOD: Had 32 kills, 30 digs, five aces and two blocks in two matches Class 6A Homewood.

SARAH DAVIS, SHOALS CHRISTIAN:  Had 20 kills and 13 digs for the Class 1A Flame in a match versus Waterloo.
KENNEDY VAUGHN, BOB JONES: Had 19 kills in a win last week for the Class 7A Patriots (36-6).

MARIA GROOVER, JOHN CARROLL CATHOLIC: Had 26 kills and 41 digs in two matches for Class 6A John Carroll.

ASSISTS
JACEY ATKINSON, BREWER: 
Managed 182 assists in nine matches for Class 5A Brewer (32-13).

ALEXIS BELARMINO, SPANISH FORT: Had 165 assists, 40 digs, 11 kills, 9 aces and 4 blocks in seven matches for the Class 6A Toros (32-13).

BLAKELEY ROBBINS, BAYSIDE ACADEMY: Had 152 assists, 15 kills and 10 aces as Class 6A Bayside (37-11) went 4-1 for the week.
ISABELLA GIBBONS, SATSUMA: Had 125 assists, 47 digs and three blocks for the Class 4A Gators (17-10) in six matches.
HANNAH PARANT, MOUNTAIN BROOK: Amassed 119 assists in five match wins for the Spartans (26-13). She also had 25 kills, 22 digs, and eight aces as Mountain Brook swept Athens, Shades Valley, Pelham, Hartselle, and Hazel Green.

ALLIE AVENA, HAZEL GREEN: Dished out 112 assists in six matches for the Class 6A Trojans (29-18).
TATIANA SHUFORD, SAINT JAMES: Had 111 assists, 34 digs and 14 service aces in seven matches for Class 6A Saint James (19-13).
AVA DODD, HOKES BLUFF: Had 50 assists in two wins for the Class 3A Eagles over Piedmont and St. Clair County in a tri-match last week.
KATE KAISER, VESTAVIA HILLS: Averaged 41 assists in  two matches last week totaling 82 for the week for the Class 7A Rebels (27-2).  Vestavia beat defending 7A state champion Spain Park and lost to 6A power Homewood.

DIGS
DELANEY CLOUGH, SPANISH FORT: Totaled 104 digs in seven matches for the Class 6A Toros (32-13).
BLAKELY FAULKNER, BREWER: Totaled 95 digs, 16 kills and 15 aces as Class 5A Brewer (32-13) went 7-2 for the week.
LACEY CLARK, PRICEVILLE: Had 93 digs in six matches for Class 4A Priceville.
AUBREY LACKEY, CURRY: Totaled 86 digs and 10 aces to lead Class 4A Curry (39-16) to a 6-0 record and the Walker County tournament championship.
EEVY BELLAR, NEW HOPE: Had 84 digs and 76 kills as Class 4A New Hope (28-11) finished 6-1 for the week.
MK WHITEHURST, BAYSIDE ACADEMY: Had 78 digs in five matches for the Class 6A Lady Admirals (37-11).
EMMA STUDDARD, PELHAM: Managed 67 digs and 10 assists for the Class 6A Panthers (27-12) in five matches.
STELLA YESTER, JOHN CARROLL CATHOLIC: Managed 46 digs in two matches, an verge of 23 per match, for the Class 6A Lady Cavaliers.

BLOCKS
HOPE WEST, BREWER: Led Class 5A Brewer to seven win in nine matches with 28 blocks and 54 kills for the week.
AVA GUSTAFASON, MADISON COUNTY: Had 18 blocks and 15 kills in three matches last week for the Class 4A Tigers.
CARLY BROWN, BREWER: Managed 18 blocks and 41 kills for the Class 5A Patriots (32-13).
JOLEIGH PARMER, NORTHSIDE METHODIST: Had 16 blocks, 34 digs, 25 kills, 25 assists and five aces as Class 3A NMA (13-10) went 4-4 on the week.
ABBY WALDREP, ADDISON: Recorded 15 blocks and 25 kills as the Class 1A Bulldogs (33-10) won three matches over Class 4A Curry, Class 3A Oakman and Lauderdale County.
AUBRIELLA HAIRSTON, PLAINVIEW: Had 15 blocks and 18 kills as the Class 3A Bears (50-10) went 6-1 for the week.
LAURA CLEMMONS, LAUDERDALE COUNTY: Posted 15 blocks and 40 kills in six marches for Class 3A Lauderdale County.
CLAIRE HOLT, ATHENS BIBLE: Had 14 blocks, 42 kills, 33 digs and 10 service aces as the Class 1A Eagles went 4-2 for the week.
SERINA PETERSEN, GRISSOM: Had 10 blocks and 16 kills in two matches for Class 7A Grissom.

SERVICE ACES
PRESLEY JONES, BROOKS: Helped the Class 4A Lions (27-27) go 11-1 in 12 matches. She had 23 aces, 35 digs and 152 assists as Brooks advanced to the Lauderdale County finals.
KATY PARKER, FAITH ACADEMY: Served 23 aces, had 150 assists, 38 digs and 36 kills in eight matches for the 5A Rams (19-14) in eight matches.
KARLEE DUNAGAN, CURRY: Had 19 service aces, 63 assists, 31 digs and 17 kills to lead the Class 4A Yellow Jackets (39-16) to the Walker County tournament title.
MAYSIE DOUGLAS, BAYSIDE ACADEMY: Totaled 19 aces, 30 kills and 42 digs in five matches.
GEORGIA VALENTINE, WESTMINSTER-OAK MOUNTAIN: Delivered 19 service aces, 29 kills and seven digs in two matches for the Class 2A Eagles (9-12).

CHARLI PEARCE, ST. PAUL’S EPISCOPAL: Had 18 aces to help the Class 7A Saints (25-9) go 5-2 for the week. She also had 11 blocks and 19 kills.
 

 

 

DrewD's Key Performers For Alabama vs Vanderbilt

Offense:

 

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MVP: Bryce Young

 

The reigning Heisman Trophy winner had his best game of the season against the Commodores finishing 25-36 for 385 yards & 4 TDs (1 rush 6 yards). The Alabama offense went up-tempo early, attacking a struggling Vanderbilt secondary. Young got into a rhythm right away and with surgeon-like precision picked apart the Eastern Division SEC foe until exiting late in the 3rd quarter after a Jase McClellan 12 yard TD run staked Alabama to a 41-3 lead. Jalen Milroe & 5-Star frosh Ty Simpson finished the 55-3 rout for the Crimson Tide at QB. 

 

 

 

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Newcomer Game Ball: Jermain Burton

 

The junior transfer portal edition from Georgia had his best game in Crimson. The California native finished with 4 catches for 94 yards, including a 48 yard vertical strike with 11 seconds left in the first half that set up a Will Reichard 40 yard field goal to stake Alabama to a 31-3 halftime lead in Tuscaloosa. Hopefully this will be the breakout game he needs to become a bigger part of the offense going forward.

 

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Newcomer Gameball: Jamarion Miller

 

 

The freshman from Tyler (TX) Legacy High School is THE HAMMER of this Crimson Tide offense & is pushing for more playing time in a crowded Alabama running back room. Listed at 5-10 201 on rolltide.com, Miller runs MUCH bigger than his listed size. Since the season opener vs. Utah State, the Lonestar state native has helped Nick Saban do one of his favorite things: Take the air out of the football to close out an opponent. He finished off Vandy with a 40 yard TD on Alabama’s final offensive snap finishing the game with 9 carries for 63 yards & two scores.

 

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Unsung Hero: Ja’Corey Brooks

 

The sophomore from Miami continues to quietly make plays & had the first 100-yard multi-touchdown game of his career vs. the Commodores on Saturday night. Brooks finished with 6 catches for 117 yards & 2 TDs. On the 1st scoring drive of the game Bryce threw four straight completions (16, 25, 6 & 21) all to Brooks covering 68 yards staking Alabama to a 7-0 lead they would never relinquish with 8:49 left first quarter. The chemistry seems special between this duo since the end of last season. Be interesting to see if he is the number one target of the Crimson Tide when Texas A&M travels to Tuscaloosa.

 

 

Defense:

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Co-MVP: Henry To’oTo’o 

 

The senior Mike Linebacker has played at an ALL-AMERICAN level since the mid-point of last season when he got adjusted to his new teammates. The Sacramento, California, native led the team in tackles (Much like he did last year) with 6 (4 solo). To’oTo’o is a team captain who plays the game with passion & excellent instincts. His leadership will be very important in what will be a very hostile environment for Alabama in Fayetteville.

 

 

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Co-MVP: Will Anderson, Jr.

 

The reigning first team All-American had his strongest game of the season inside Bryant-Denny Stadium this past Saturday. The 6-4 243-pound Jack Linebacker finished with 5 tackles, 3 solo, 2.5 sacks & 3 TFLs. He was extremely disruptive off the edge and helped control the line of scrimmage limiting the Commodores to 129 total yards (115 passing, 14 rushing).

 

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Newcomer Gameball: Jaheim Oatis

 

 

The massive freshman from Columbia, Mississippi, continues to impress each week with his physical presence along that experienced Alabama defensive line. He has simply been too dominate to leave out of the lineup. While his stat line continues to be pedestrian (2 tackles), the disruptive impact has not. Oatis has helped the Crimson Tide rush defense hold their first four opponents to 62 yards per game. In fact, Vanderbilt averaged .5 yards per carry. The Commodores finished with 26 rushes for 14 yards.

 

 

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Unsung Hero: Deontae Lawson

 

The Mobile native tied Henry To’oTo’o for the team-high in tackles with 6 (1 solo). Lawson continues to rotate with senior Jaylen Moody at the Will Linebacker spot inside next to To’oTo’o with ZERO drop off. The Mobile Christian alum is on a fast track to being an elite SEC defender already as a redshirt freshman. He & Kendrick Blackshire give the Alabama defense impressive depth inside & provide a glimpse of a bright future for the Crimson Tide linebacker corps. 

 

 

Special Teams:

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MVP: Will Reichard 

 

The senior kicker from Hoover continues his consistent excellence with a 2-2 evening on Field Goals (40, 21 yards) plus consistent touchbacks/fair catches on kickoff returns ensuring tough field position for Vanderbilt throughout the duration of the contest. Keeping an offense backed up only makes the job of getting stops for the Alabama defense that much easier. The former Buccaneer has become a true weapon for the Crimson Tide.

 

 

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Unsung Hero: Malachi Moore

 

 

The junior from Trussville finished with 3 total tackles & a pass defensed plus recovered a fumbled punt by fellow safety Brian Branch. This avoided a second Crimson Tide turnover after Kool-Aid McKinstry returned a 2nd quarter punt 40 yards only to fumble it back to Vanderbilt. Moore may have to expand his role in Fayetteville because senior safety Jordan Battle looked to have tweaked a hamstring in the 2nd half Saturday night. He did not return and though he has practiced, Malachi may be needed to play more snaps in the base/nickel defense in Fayetteville. His three years of experience could prove very valuable on the road in the SEC.

 

 

 

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#3 James Smith Defensive Tackle 

 

Nick Saban & the Alabama Coaching staff welcomed two VERY important visitors to campus for the Vanderbilt game. Two of the best prospects in the state of Alabama for 2023: Five star teammates James Smith & Qua Russaw of Carver-Montgomery. Both are critical needs for the Crimson Tide. Smith could be the final piece to potentially the best DL class in the 2023 cycle. Many consider him the best player in the state. He has been very impressive at the Alabama camp in the recent past in front of the coaching staff at the Capstone. Disruptive defensive lineman are at a premium and this makes Smith a very valuable prospect.

 

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#1 Qua Russaw Linebacker

 

The rising Senior Russaw might be the best edge linebacker in the 2023 class. He has great athleticism and speed. But his skill set also would allow him to play inside which would make him even more valuable to a potential school. He would be a great fit because of his versatility in the Alabama defensive scheme. Nick Saban would like to add a couple of more linebackers to the class.

Qua Russaw is definitely at the top of the linebacker board. The elite duo wants to go to the same school and has a final six of Alabama, Alabama State, Auburn, Florida, Georgia and Ohio State.

 

 

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Next Up For 2nd-ranked Alabama: The SEC road opener at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium as Sam Pittman’s Arkansas Razorbacks host the Alabama Crimson Tide for a 2:30 pm nationally televised kickoff on CBS Sports.

 

Prediction: Alabama 31 Arkansas 17

DrewD's Key Performers For Alabama vs La. Monroe

DrewD’s Key Performers For Alabama vs La. Monroe 

By: Drew DeArmond 
ESPN 97.7 The Zone & The Blitz Sports Radio

Offense:



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MVP: Jahmyr Gibbs

The junior transfer running back from Georgia Tech did not disappoint in his third game with the Crimson Tide. The dynamic all-purpose back finished with 158 total offensive yards, averaging an impressive 17.5 yards per touch. The former Georgia Tech Yellow Jacket had 9 total touches (4 rush, 4 catches & 1 KOR). His TD came after he caught a check down out of the backfield from Bryce Young, raced up the left sideline, then juked a defender before breaking a tackle to score from 37 yards out to give Alabama a 42-7 lead with 8:41 left in the 3rd quarter. 


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Newcomer Game Ball: Amari NiBlack

 



The true freshman from St. Petersburg, Florida, made his presence felt in the red zone with his first career touchdown on a 15 yard TD strike from Bryce Young with 52 seconds in the first half to cap the Drive of the game (6 plays 93 yards in 1:05). NiBlack was an underrated prospect out of high school that blossomed as a senior and was discovered by Nick Saban’s staff. The 6-4 225-pounder has great length plus freakish athleticism that should lead to more reps & a potentially bigger role as the season progresses.


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Unsung Hero: Cameron Latu

 

 



The redshirt senior tight end returned to the lineup vs Texas after missing time in fall camp and the season opener vs. Utah State with a torn meniscus. His stat line against the Longhorns: 4 catches for 28 yards & the Utah native followed that with 3 receptions for 51 yards, including the above contested catch of a beautifully thrown ball by Bryce Young for a 38 yard gain (The longest play of the game offensively) that led to the NiBlack touchdown before the half. Latu is a veteran that has a good rapport with Young that will be a valuable part of the Alabama offense moving forward.

Defense:

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MVPs: Will Anderson Jr. & Henry To’oTo’o 

 



The senior To’oTo’o set the tone with his instincts and physicality finishing with 8 tackles, (2 solo), 1 sack & 2 TFL. The California native is a leader of men who led the team in tackles a season ago after transferring from Tennessee & is considered the quarterback of the defense in his final season.

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Anderson got his first career interception and touchdown on the above play in the first quarter. The junior from Hampton, GA, caught the deflected Chandler Rogers pass after seeing the football ricochet off a Warhawk helmet & then raced 25 yards down the right sideline, breaking a tackle along the way before reaching the end zone before being mobbed by his teammates. The All-American finished with 5 tackles (1 solo), 1 sack & 1.5 TFL. 

 

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Newcomer Game Ball: Jaheim Oatis

 



For the second time in three weeks Oatis gets the newcomer game ball for his first career start along the defensive line for the Crimson Tide. The native of the magnolia state had a modest stat line of 2 tackles, 1 QB hurry & .5 TFL but helped lead the way for an Alabama run defense that held the Warhawks to 78 yards on 40 attempts (2.0 yards per carry).

The redshirt freshman from Mobile, Alabama, saw extensive action at Will Linebacker rotating in for the senior Jaylen Moody, who also slid over to the Mike spot to play next to the talented young player from Mobile Christian. Lawson finished with five tackles (4 solo) & a pass defensed. He was extremely active and the Crimson Tide defense did not skip a beat production-wise with #32 on the field in Crimson.

Special Teams:

 



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MVPs: Kool-Aid McKinstry & Brian Branch

 



The sophomore from Pinson Valley High School (pictured above) led a record-breaking punt return effort for Alabama this past Saturday against the Warhawks. The sophomore returned five punts for 136 yards (27.2 average), while the junior Branch showcased his speed & explosiveness returning an early 4th quarter punt 68 yards for a touchdown to stretch the Crimson Tide lead to 56-7 with 12:36 left in the game. Alabama set a school record with eight punt returns for 262 total yards (33 yards per return), breaking the previous mark of 204 vs. LSU in 1947.

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The sophomore from Miami first earned his stripes last year playing hard on special teams and has continued in that role early in this 2022 season. Brooks returned a punt for 21 yards and also caught a first quarter pass for 29 yards on the opening drive that resulted in a 33-yard Bryce Young to Traeshon Holden touchdown strike. But the biggest and most impactful play of the game for Brooks took place around the halfway point of the first quarter. With the Crimson Tide already staked to a 14-0 lead, the young receiver crashed through to block the Warhawks punt, which was then scooped up for a 3-yard touchdown by Malachi Moore with 8:50 remaining in the opening period. Brooks propensity to make big plays at key times continues early in this 2022 season for Alabama.

 

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It had been a big recruiting week for Alabama football as Nick Saban’s 2023 group added two important Lonestar State pieces. First, Edge defender Jordan Renaud of Tyler (TX) Legacy High School became the 22nd member of the nation’s consensus top-ranked class choosing Alabama over Oklahoma on Monday.

 

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The 23rd pledge soon followed on Wednesday afternoon when Longview (TX) High School wide receiver Jalen Hale chose the Crimson Tide over the in-state Longhorns. Texas A&M and Georgia were also considered finalists for one of the most explosive wide receivers in the 2023 cycle.

 

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Next Up For 2nd-ranked Alabama: The SEC opener at Bryant-Denny Stadium as Clark Lea’s Vanderbilt Commodores travel to Tuscaloosa for a 6:30 pm kickoff under the lights on SEC Network.

Prediction: Alabama 52 Vanderbilt 7
 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 


 

AHSAA Week Four Results

AHSAA Football Scoreboard
Week 4 Results

CLASS 7A
Auburn 58, Lee-Montgomery 7
Austin 47, Albertville 10
Central-Phenix City 49, Jeff Davis 16, Saturday
Daphne 25, Baker 14
Dothan 57, Smiths Station 43
Enterprise 50, Rehobeth 6
Fairhope 55, Davidson 28
Florence 38, James Clemens 20
Hoover 17, Hewitt-Trussville 7
Huntsville 28, Bob Jones 24
Mary Montgomery 33, Alma Bryant 19
Prattville 24, Opelika 21 (OT)
Sparkman 57, Grissom 0
Thompson 48, Chelsea 3
Tuscaloosa County 34, Oak Mountain 31
Vestavia Hills 36, Spain Park 7
CLASS 6A
Athens 47, Mae Jemison 6
Blount 18, Baldwin County 9
Calera 38, Chilton County 14
Carver-Montgomery 46, Stanhope Elmore 44
Clay-Chalkville 56, Center Point 19
Cullman 53, Lee-Huntsville 13
Decatur 48, Hazel Green 14
Gardendale 27, Parker 14, Saturday
Hartselle 16, Gadsden City 9
Helena 31, Pelham 24 (OT)
Hueytown 59, Bessemer City 21
Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa 44, Brookwood 0
Homewood 31, Benjamin Russell 24
McAdory 37, Central-Tuscaloosa 7
McGill-Toolen Catholic 34, Murphy 14
Mountain Brook 48, Jackson-Olin 0
Northridge 41, Paul Bryant 6
Pike Road 16, Eufaula 10 (OT)
Pinson Valley 44, Oxford 20
Saraland 50, Robertsdale 0
Shades Valley 63, Huffman 34
Sidney Lanier 28, Park Crossing 12
Theodore 29, Spanish Fort 21
Wetumpka 49, Russell County 7
Woodlawn 27, Mortimer Jordan 21
CLASS 5A
Alexandria 33, Springville 15
Arab 28, Scottsboro 7
Beauregard 26, Charles Henderson 14
Brewer 21, Lawrence County 7
Carroll 33, Seminole County (GA) 3
Carver-Birmingham 20, Joh Carroll Catholic 14
Demopolis 49, Clarke County 13
Fairview 50, West Point 7
Faith Academy 43, Citronelle 0
Gulf Shores 45, LeFlore 12
Guntersville 62,  Boaz 14
Jasper 45, Wenonah 7
Marbury 22, Tallassee 20
Moody 32, Lincoln 6
Northview (FL) 49, Elberta 24
Pleasant Grove 53, Hayden 0
Ramsay 48, Fairfield 14
Russellville 52, East Limestone 7
Sardis 36, Crossville 14
Selma 36, Greenville 6
Southside-Gadsden 52, St. Clair County 3
UMS-Wright 10, Vigor 7
Williamson 20, B.C. Rain 0
CLASS 4A
American Christian 41, Hale County 26
Andalusia 49, Montgomery Academy 7
Anniston 49, White Plains 13
Bibb County 56, Sipsey Valley 10
B.T. Washington 34, Slocomb 14
Central-Florence 35, Brooks 28
Cherokee County 49, Hanceville 15
Cordova 41, Hamilton 21
Corner 24, Dora 14
Dale County 29, Bullock County 18
Dallas County 20, Holt 0
Deshler 55, Wilson 13
Escambia County 34, Wilcox Central 0
Etowah 35, Good Hope 6
Haleyville 35, Northside 27
Handley 26, Central, Clay County 15
Jackson 30, Bayside Academy 10
Jacksonville 76, Talladega 21
Madison County 28, DAR 0
Montgomery Catholic 62, Geneva 0
Munford 42, Cleburne County 28
Oak Grove 41, Curry 26
Oneonta 51, Fultondale 13
Priceville 40, New Hope 0
North Jackson 21, St. John Paul II Catholic 14
Randolph 53, Westminster Christian 20
St. Michael Catholic 45, Satsuma 8
T.R. Miller 38, Orange Beach 13
West Blocton 7, Montevallo 6
West Limestone 48, East Lawrence 13
West Morgan 35, Rogers 16
Class 3A
Alabama Christian 62, Sumter Central 14
Colbert Heights 52, Clements 38
Dadeville 22, Walter Wellborn 14
Daleville 16, Northside Methodist 15
Excel 31, Flomaton 24
Gordo 49, Tarrant 0
Hokes Bluff 24, Westbrook Christian 21
Houston Academy 49, New Brockton 6
JB Pennington 47, Asbury 0
Lauderdale County 29, Colbert County 0
Madison Academy 48, Danville 0
Mars Hill Bible 69, Elkmont 8
Mobile Christian 48, Monroe County 6
Oakman 35, Carbon Hill 20
Opp 28, Pike County 27
Piedmont 42, Ohatchee 14
Plainview 28, Glencoe 7
Prattville Christian 28, Greensboro 14
Randolph County 20, Weaver 0
Saint James 56, Southside-Selma 14
Saks 42, Childersburg 14
Straughn 41, Ashford 12
Susan Moore 29, Vinemont 22
Sylvania 41, Geraldine 24
Thomasville 12, Cottage Hill Christian 7
Trinity Presbyterian 38, Sylacauga 7
Winfield 56, Midfield 8
W.S. Neal 28, Hillcrest-Evergreen 27 (OT)
CLASS 2A

Aliceville 54, Sulligent 28
Ariton 35, Zion Chapel 0
B.B. Comer 36, Vincent 35
Chickasaw 20, Francis Marion 6
Cleveland 40, Pleasant Valley 13
Collinsville 37, Sand Rock 20
Cottonwood 22, Samson 0
Falkville 21, Hatton 6
Fyffe 54, Section 0
Goshen 60, LaFayette 28
G.W. Long 21, Geneva County 0
Highland Home 42, Horseshoe Bend 0
Isabella 59, Fayetteville 21
J.U. Blacksher 21, St. Luke’s Episcopal 15
Lexington 53, Tharptown 18
Locust Fork 27, Cold Springs 6
Luverne 26, Lanett 25
North Sand Mountain 54, Whitesburg Christian 28
Pisgah 42, Ider 10
Port St. Joe (FL) 45, Pike Liberal Arts 0
Ranburne 40, Woodland 0
Red Bay 58, Hackleburg 24
Reeltown 76, Barbour County 0
Sheffield 48, Tanner 47
Southeastern 57, Holly Pond 53
Thorsby 48, Central, Coosa 0
Tuscaloosa Academy 42, Lamar County 7
West End 51, Gaston 0
Wicksburg 29, Abbeville 8
Winston County 51, Greene County 22
CLASS 1A
Addison 69, Waterloo 0
Alabama School/Deaf 50, Tennessee School/Deaf 20, Saturday
Appalachian 53, Gaylesville 34
Autaugaville 49, Billigsley 6
Brantley 53, Kinston 6
Decatur Heritage 43, Cedar Bluff 20
Donoho 21, Victory Christian 7
Florala 50, Pleasant Home 20
Fruitdale 64, JF Shields 0
Georgiana 22, Houston County 13
Keith 30, Marengo 18
Linden 62, RC Hatch 0
Loachapoka 50, Notasulga 14 
Lynn 49, Holy Spirit Catholic 13
Maplesville 56, Calhoun 0
Marion County 54, Berry 6
Meek 40, Phillips 6
Millry 46, Choctaw County 20
Pickens County 36, South Lamar 6
Ragland 32, Wadley 25
Red Level 25, McKenzie 24
Shoals Christian 59, Cherokee 6
Southern Choctaw 22, McIntosh 21
Spring Garden 33, Winterboro 16
Sumiton Christian 49, Brilliant 0
Sweet Water 57, A.L. Johnson 0
Valley Head 35, Coosa Christian 33
Verbena 42, Central-Hayneville 40 (OT)
Woodville 58, Vina 26

 

 

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DrewD's Key Performers For Alabama vs Texas

Offense:

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MVP: Bryce Young

 

The reigning Heisman Trophy winner finished 27-39 for 213 yards with 1 TD and no turnovers. The stat line may seem pedestrian, especially for Young, but not turning the ball over vs the Longhorns turned out to be a HUGE factor. That and a fourth quarter stat line worthy of the best offensive player in college football: 15-19 136 yards with a TD. First the improvisation moving out of the pocket to his left, then stopping on a dime to load up for the seven yard TD pass to Jahmyr Gibbs with 8:29 left in the 4th quarter.

https://youtu.be/CNkEVqFAhIo

 

Plus the Houdini act on the Safety Blitz scrambling for 20 yards to lock up the 33-yard Will Reichard game-winning Field Goal with 10 seconds remaining. 

 

https://youtu.be/qvZclMLxpfc

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Newcomer Game Ball: Jahmyr Gibbs

 

The transfer portal addition from Georgia Tech was the leading receiver for the Crimson Tide finishing with 9 catches for 74 yards & the go-head 7-yard TD from Young with 8:29 left in the 4th quarter to put UA in front 17-16. The junior from Dalton, GA, finished with 132 all-purpose yards on 20 touches (9 rushes for 22 yards/2 KOR 36 yards) and the TD reception.

 

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Unsung Hero: Ja’Corey Brooks

 

The sophomore wide receiver once again came up clutch with his 2nd catch of the contest coming on 4th down from Bryce Young with the game on the line as the Miami native gained 7 yards to move the chains with 9:30 left in the final quarter. This led to the go ahead touchdown and then Brooks caught the final pass of the day for 3 yards to set up the game-winning kick for Will Reichard to win it 20-19. The 6-2 196-pounder seems to have ice water in his veins & finished with 3 catches for 33 yards.

 

Defense/Special Teams:

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Co-MVP: Jaylen Moody

 

The senior will linebacker from Conway, South Carolina, saved the best game of his career for Austin, Texas. A team-high 10 tackles with a sack & tackle for loss. Energy, passion & intensity with the hunger of a first year starter taking advantage of his opportunity in his final season in Crimson. His performance was huge with the rare mental errors by Will Anderson (4 penalties).

 

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Co-MVP: Will Reichard 

 

The senior place kicker from Hoover tied his career high with a 52 yard field goal in the first quarter and made his first game-winning kick from 33 yards out with 10 seconds left. Reichard was 2-2 on field goals and extra points with only 39 total kickoff returns with 3 touchbacks. Alabama has been so dominant under Nick Saban that it was the first game of his era that the Crimson Tide has made a last second kick to win a football game. Previously Jamie Christensen had three game-winning kicks in 2005 vs Ole Miss, Tennessee & in the Cotton Bowl vs Texas Tech.

 

https://youtu.be/XDaa01wxAc0

 

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Unsung Hero: Terrion Arnold

 

The redshirt freshman from Tallahassee, Florida, played very well in his first extended action on the road coming in at corner for the struggling Khyree Jackson. Arnold finished with 5 tackles & helped slow down leading Longhorn receiver Xavier Worthy for the majority of the 2nd half. He moved from safety to corner following the 2021 season and is now pushing to start after a strong fall camp.

 

Key Prospect to Watch: 

Jordan Renaud 6-3 1/2 245 Defensive End Tyler (TX) Legacy High School

Big-Time priority Defensive Line Target set to commit on September 19th. Buzz it seems to favor the Crimson Tide over Oklahoma right now with the decision eminent and the Alabama staff led by his lead recruiters DL coach Freddie Roach & WR coach Holman Wiggins were in attendance to watch Renaud play this past Friday before the Texas matchup

 

https://www.hudl.com/profile/13001753/Jordan-Renaud

 

Next Up For top-ranked Alabama: Return home to take on Terry Bowden’s Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks at 3 pm on SEC Network

 

Prediction: Alabama 52 Louisiana-Monroe 7

SEC Football Week Three Preview

Week3
by Steve Moulton
Welcome to Week3
Abilene Christian (2-0) at Missouri (1-1, 0-0 SEC)                  Series: First Meeting
11 a.m. CT • SECN+, ESPN+
Team 1 2 3 4 OT Total
Missouri 3 24 17 20 0 64
Opponents 10 20 6 28 0 64
• University of Missouri football will host the second of its third first-time opponents this season
in Abilene Christian University on Saturday, Sept. 17, at Faurot Field. • Mizzou is 168-71-8 in
non-conference matchups at home. • MU’s campus will celebrate Family Weekend Sept. 16-18.
Youngstown State (2-0) at Kentucky (2-0, 1-0 SEC)               Series: First Meeting
Noon ET • SEC Network                                              
Lexington, Ky. • Kroger Field (61,000)  
The Wildcats have climbed to No. 9/10 in the national polls, marking their fi rst top-10 ranking
in the AP poll since Oct. 14, 2007 (No. 8). It is also UK’s fi rst top-10 ranking in the coaches
poll since Sept. 30, 2007 (No. 8), and only the second ? me in program history. • UK has won 17
straight nonconference games, the longest such active streak in FBS, which dates back to the
2017 Music City Bowl loss to Northwestern.
Georgia (2-0, 0-0 SEC) at South Carolina (1-1, 0-1 SEC)         Series: UGA leads, 53-19-2
Noon ET • ESPN                                                                            Last: UGA, 40-13 (2021 at
Athens)
Columbia, S.C. • Williams-Brice Stadium (80,250)   
Georgia comes into Williams-Brice Stadium ranked No. 1 in the country in this week’s
Associated Press poll. It’s the seventh time that Carolina will face the A.P.’s top-ranked team.
They are 1-5 when playing the No. 1 team previously, with the lone win coming against
Alabama in 2010.

Penn State (2-0) at Auburn (2-0, 0-0 SEC)                              Series: PSU leads, 2-1
2:30 p.m. CT • CBS                                                                      Last: PSU, 28-20 (2021 at State
College)
Auburn, Ala. • Jordan-Hare Stadium (87,451)    
This will be Auburn’s fourth-ever regular season game against a Big Ten team after last season’s
September visit to Penn State. Prior to that, the last was a 1931 7-7 tie at Wisconsin (the Tigers’
only other regular-season road game at a Big Ten stadium) and the first was a 0-0 tie with Ohio
State in a game played in Montgomery, Ala., in 1917.
Ole Miss (2-0, 0-0 SEC) at Georgia Tech (1-1)                           Series: Tied, 2-2
2:30 p.m. CT • ABC
Atlanta Ga. • Bobby Dodd Stadium (92,746)          
The Ole Miss defense leads the SEC and ranks eighth nationally with six takeaways through two
games this year. • Quinshon Judkins (95.5) and Zach Evans (91.5) are the only pair of teammates
in the country averaging 90-plus yards rushing per game. • TE Michael Trigg is second in the
SEC, No. 9 nationally with three receiving TDs. • WR Jonathan Mingo is No. 2 in the SEC in
yards per reception (21.5). • LB Khari Coleman ranks No. 12 in FBS in total sacks (2.5). • DT
KD Hill was awarded the Chucky Mullins Courage Award and will wear No. 38 throughout the
2022 season
Vanderbilt (2-1, 0-0 SEC) at Northern Illinois (1-1)                Series: VU leads, 4-0
2:30 p.m. CT • CBS Sports Network
DeKalb, Ill. • Huskie Stadium (24,000)     
Vanderbilt is set to face Northern Illinois on the road this weekend for its final nonconference
matchup on the season. The contest will serve as the final tune-up for the Commodores before
they begin conference play. • Vandy owns a 6-1 record in its past seven road nonconference
matchups, including this year’s season-opening win at Hawai’i
UL-Monroe (1-1) at Alabama (2-0, 0-0 SEC)                           Series: Tied, 1-1
3 p.m. CT • SEC Network/WZZN 97.7FM
Tuscaloosa, Ala. • Bryant-Denny Stadium (100,077)    

  Alabama and ULM will square off for the fourth time in series history when the two teams meet
on Saturday afternoon at Bryant-Denny Stadium. The Crimson Tide owns a 2-1 (1-1 NCAA)
advantage in the series with all three games being played in Tuscaloosa. Alabama head coach
Nick Saban is 2-1 in his career against ULM, including a 1-1 mark while with the Tide. ULM
head coach Terry Bowden is 3-3 for his career against UA with all six contests occurring while
Bowden was at Auburn from 1993-98.
Mississippi State (2-0, 0-0 SEC) at LSU (1-1, 0-0 SEC)              Series: LSU leads, 76-36-3
5 p.m. CT • ESPN                                                                          Last: LSU, 28-25 (2021 at
Starkville)
Baton Rouge, La. • Tiger Stadium (102,321)          
LSU (1-1) jumps into Southeastern Conference action this week when the Tigers host
Mississippi State (2-0) at 5 p.m. in Tiger Stadium. The game will be broadcast on ESPN with Joe
Tessitore (pxp), Greg McElroy (analyst) and Katie George (reporter) calling the action. LSU is
coming off a 65-17 win over Southern last week, while Mississippi State posted a 39-17 road
win over Arizona. It will mark the first meeting between LSU coach Brian Kelly and MSU coach
Mike Leach. Last year, LSU beat the Bulldogs, 28-25, in Starkville. LSU leads the overall series
with Mississippi State, which dates back to 1896, 76-36-3.
Missouri State (2-0) at Arkansas (2-0, 1-0 SEC)                      Series: ARK leads, 7-0
6 p.m. CT • SECN+, ESPN+                                                      
Fayetteville, Ark. • Reynolds Razorback Stadium (76,000)    
Under head coach Sam Pittman, the Razorbacks are a perfect 6-0 against non-conference
opponents. With a win against Missouri State, Pittman would become the first Arkansas head
coach since Lou Holtz (1977-78) to win his first seven games against non-conference foes
Akron (1-1) at Tennessee (2-0, 0-0 SEC)                                   Series: UT leads, 2-0
7 p.m. ET • SECN+, ESPN+ 
Knoxville, Tenn. • Neyland Stadium (101,915)           
No. 15/16 Tennessee returns home to host its second MAC opponent of the season when Akron
visits Neyland Stadium for a 7 p.m. Saturday kickoff. The contest will be a digital broadcast only
on SEC Network+/ESPN+. UT leads the all-time series, 2-0, and the two teams are meeting for
the first time since 2012. The Vols already defeated MAC foe Ball State, 59-10, in their opener.
A day prior to the Akron game will represent the 50th anniversary of the first night game in
Neyland Stadium. On Sept. 16, 1972, No. 7 Tennessee topped Joe Paterno’s No. 6 Penn State,
28-21. This year’s Vols are seeking a 3-0 start to a season for the first time since the 2016
campaign when they won their first five games.

South Florida (1-1) at Florida (1-1, 0-1 SEC)                           Series: UF leads, 2-0
7:30 p.m. ET • SEC Network
Gainesville, Fla. • Spurrier-Florida Field at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium (88,548)       
Florida plays host to South Florida for the second time in school history in the third-ever meeting
between the schools. • The Gators are 2-0 in the all-time series including 1-0 in The Swamp. •
The two teams last met in Tampa in Week 2 of last season (Sept. 11, 2021) with UF prevailing,
42-20. The Gators totaled 666 yards of offense (sixth-most all-time), rushed for 363 yards and
passed for 303 yards. » That game represented one of four times since since 1996 that UF posted
300+ yards passing and rushing in the same game. The feat has been accomplished just 11 times
by Power Five schools since the start of the 2021 season. • QB Anthony Richardson was 3-for-3
passing for 152 yards and two touchdowns and also rushed four times for 115 yards (28.8 YPC)
and one touchdown. • With that performance, Richardson became the first FBS player in the last
25 seasons to rush for 100-plus yards, pass for 150-plus yards and complete every pass he threw
in a game. • Richardson became the first FBS player to record an 80-plus yard rush and 75-plus
yard pass in the same game since Taylor Martinez (Nebraska) in 2010 and is one of three FBS
players to accomplish the feat dating back to 1996
Miami (2-0) at Texas A&M (1-1, 0-0 SEC)                               Series: UM leads, 2-1
8 p.m. CT • ESPN
Bryan-College Station, Texas • Kyle Field (102,733)          
The primetime clash between the Aggies and Hurricanes is the fourth all-time matchup between
the two teams and the first since Miami traveled to Aggieland in 2008.

Alabama Men's Basketball Announces Complete 2022-23 Schedule

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The Alabama men’s basketball team announced its complete schedule for the 2022-23 season Tuesday morning. In addition to the 18 Southeastern Conference games, the Crimson Tide’s non-conference slate includes traditional basketball powerhouse programs such as Gonzaga, Michigan State, Houston, Oklahoma and Memphis which helps make up the 13-game schedule.

 

Alabama will open the 2022-23 regular season with back-to-back home contests beginning Nov. 7 against Louisiana, followed by a Nov. 11 matchup against Liberty. After traveling to South Alabama for a midweek road contest (Nov. 15), the Tide will square off with Jacksonville State at home (Nov. 18) before heading to Portland, Ore., for the Phil Knight Invitational. That event will take place over Thanksgiving weekend as the Tide will open against Michigan State (Nov. 24) and play either Oregon or UConn in the second round (Nov. 25). The event, which also includes two of last year’s Final Four teams in Villanova and North Carolina, concludes Nov. 28.

 

It doesn’t get any easier as the Tide will play four consecutive games against 2022 NCAA Tournament teams in early December, beginning with a home game against Summit League champions South Dakota State Dec. 3. UA will then make the trek to Houston, Texas, to play the return game against the Cougars before coming back to Coleman Coliseum to take on Memphis on Dec. 13. The challenging stretch will conclude with a neutral-site contest against 2021 NCAA Tournament runner-up Gonzaga. The Bulldogs will look to avenge last year’s loss when Alabama came to Seattle and defeated then-No. 3 Gonzaga, 91-82, in the Battle in Seattle.

 

The Tide’s final non-conference game will come on Jan. 28, 2023 when UA travels to Norman, Okla., to square off against the Oklahoma Sooners for the SEC/Big 12 Challenge.

 

Six SEC teams, including Alabama, advanced to the NCAA Tournament in 2022 as the Tide will face another daunting league slate. The Tide opens conference play on the road at Mississippi State on Dec. 28 before returning home for its first home conference game on Jan. 3 vs. Ole Miss. Alabama will have home-and-home league matchups with Arkansas (Jan. 11 at Arkansas, Feb. 25 in Tuscaloosa), LSU (Jan. 14 in Tuscaloosa, Feb. 4 at LSU), Vanderbilt (Jan. 17 at Vanderbilt, Jan. 31 in Tuscaloosa), Mississippi State (Dec. 28 at MSU, Jan. 25 in Tuscaloosa) and Auburn (Feb. 11 at Auburn, March 1 in Tuscaloosa).

 

In addition to hosting Ole Miss, other league home games for the Tide includes Kentucky (Jan. 7), Florida (Feb. 8) and Georgia (Feb. 18). Sec road games consist of Missouri (Jan. 21), Tennessee (Feb. 15), South Carolina (Feb. 22) and Texas A&M (March 4).

 

Tip times and television designations will be released at a later time. 

 

For all the latest information on the team, follow AlabamaMBB on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. General athletic news can be found @UA_Athletics on Twitter and Instagram and Alabama Athletics on Facebook.

           

AHSAA Week 3 Football Spotlight

Pelham Junior QB Clayton Mains Leads Panthers to Comeback Win to Grab AHSAA Week 3 Football Spotlight

     MONTGOMERY – Pelham High School junior quarterback Clayton Mains led the Panthers from a 27-7 deficit to a 35-34 win over Briarwood Christian last week to land in the AHSAA Prep Football Spotlight for Week 3.
      He completed a 43-yard touchdown pass to receiver Trey Cockrell, who made the spectacular grab with a diving catch in the end zone with 3:02 remaining in the game as Pelham took the lead for good. The Panthers defense of Coach Mike Vickery did the rest – making a fourth-and-five stop of Lions quarterback Christopher Vizzina short of a first down to seal the win. 
      That stop came on a final series that saw the Eagles’ defense make three straight stops short of the first-down marker to get the ball back one final time. Mains, who also fired a 79-yard TD pass to Darius Copeland, finished 11-of-23 passing  or 223 yards and rushed 23 times for 150 yards for 373 total yards on the night. Vizzina passed for 240 yards and four touchdowns and ran for a 25-yard TD – with a super first-half effort. 
      Pelham (1-2) is now 1-0 in Class 6A, Region 3 and Briarwood Christian (2-2) is 1-1. Homewood (3-1) currently leads Region 3 with a 2-0 record while Benjamin Russell (3-0) is unbeaten at 1-0 in the region.
      Mains edged out two defensive efforts – by Dothan’s Kendrell Brewer and Opelika’s entire defense led by Brenton Williams and Tyrese Pitts – for this week’s AHSAA Spotlight.
     
 Brewer recovered three fumbles in the final 4:43 of play, returning one 70 yards for a touchdown with 1:28 left to give Dothan a 14-10 Class 7A, Region 2 road win at Prattville. The three fumble recoveries ties for the second most in AHSAA history. Brewer recovered a fumble on Prattville’s last three possessions of the game. His first came on a Prattville drive deep in Wolves territory. After the Lions held Dothan, Prattville fumbled again, and Brewer scooped it up for his 70-yard TD return. The final recovery came with 1:03 left, helping the Wolves seal the win. In addition to his three fumble recoveries, Brewer had six tackles in the game.
     Williams had eight tackles and Pitts had seven as the Bulldogs limited Central-Phenix City to just 11 yards rushing in a 17-14 overtime win over the previously unbeaten Red Devils (3-1) in Class 7A, Region 2. Opelika (4-0), coached by Erik Speakman, snapped a six-game losing streak to Central in the process. Johnni Cesena kicked a 25-yard field goal in the OT period to seal the win. The Red Devils lead the series with 47-33 record – dating back to 1928. The series is the second longest series in Opelika football history with its rivalry with neighboring Auburn the longest. The Bulldogs are 47-46-3 versus the Tigers heading into their 97th meeting set for September 30. The first meeting in that series was played 105 years ago in 1917. 
      Other top performances  reported include:

MILESTONES
JACK HAYES, PIEDMONT: 
Accounted for all five of the Bulldogs’ touchdowns in a 34-21 win over Plainview – moving him just two touchdowns away from the AHSAA career state record (175) set by Lanett’s Kristian Story for touchdowns accounted for. Story set the mark from 2015-2019. Hayes passed for two touchdowns, which moved him past former Pinson Valley quarterback Bo Nix for most career TD passes thrown into second place all time. He was 18-of-23 passing for 208 yards and two TDs – giving him 128 career passing TDs – and rushed for 104 yards and three scores. Nix closed his prep career with 127 TD passes. American Christian’s Chris Smelley set the state record with 134 finishing his prep career in 2005 at the Tuscaloosa school.
K.J. JACKSON, SAINT JAMES: The Trojans’ junior quarterback was 6-of-9 passing for 113 yards and four touchdowns to go over the 4,000-yard career passing milestone as Saint James beat Greensboro 41-6 in Class 3A, Region 3. Her now has 4,069 career passing yards and 58 career touchdown passes, which are both school records, according to River Region Sports. Senior  Cosner Harrison also went over 4,000 career rushing yards with 125 yards and two TDs on 12 carries. He now has 4,032 career yards and ranks second to Tony Amerson, who closed his prep career in 2018 with 5,084 rushing yards.
HUNTER HUMBER, BROOKS: Was a perfect 10-for-10 passing for 243 yards and three touchdowns as the Lions downed West Limestone 64-29 in Class 4A, Region 7. The perfect passing effort tied the AHSAA record for best passing percentage in a single game with three others. Micah Brown of Davidson was 11-of-11 in a 35-14 win over Mary Montgomery in 2019. Waterloo’s Bryce Palmer and Fairview’s Hayden Maples were each 10-of-10 in wins in 2018 and 2013, respectively.
KLARK CLEVELAND, AUBURN: Had five tackles for a loss to lead the Tigers’ defense to a 31-0 win over Jeff Davis in Class 7A, Region 2. Auburn limited the Vols to minus-9 yards total offense to set a Class 7A state record. The minus-7 yards allowed also ranks fourth best all-time with the state record (minus-67 yards) set by Greensboro 45 years ago versus Uniontown in a 63-0 win. Other top defensive efforts, according to the AHSAA Record Book online, include Corner limiting Vincent to minus-47 yards in a 63-6 win in 2015; Charles Henderson allowing only minus-17 total yards to Bullock County in a 57-0 win in 2013; and W.S. Neal limiting Cottage Hill Christian to minus-7 yards in a 58-0 victory in 2012.
JABARI COLLIER, CENTER POINT: Completed 12-of-15 passes for 230 yards and a TD and added six rush attempts for 45 yards and two scores as the Eagles (4-0) remained unbeaten with a 56-10 triumph over Pell City. Center Point’s 4-0 start is the best for the Roebuck school since a 6-0 start in 2013.
JOE LOTT, UMS-WRIGHT: Was a jack-of-all-trades in the Bulldogs’ 35-28 victory over Gulf Shores in Class 5A, Region 1 action. He returned a kickoff for 31 yards, rushed eight times for 42 and a 5-yard touchdown, completed 3-o- 4 passes for 34 yards and two touchdowns, caught two passes for 45 yards and had the game-sealing pass breakup as UMS-Wright presented Coach Terry Curtis his 340th career coaching victory. He is the AHSAA’s all-time football coaching wins leader with a 340-92 career record in 34 seasons since becoming a head coach in 1989 with stops at Mobile schools Shaw and Murphy become moving to UMS-Wright. He is in his 24th year as a head coach at UMS where his teams have gone 263-56 with eight state championships.
CAM DEAVER, MEEK: Rushed 34 times for 209 yards and one TD as Class 1A Meek (4-0) beat Class 3A Colbert Heights 24-17 to start the season 4-0 for the first time since 1996.

 


RUSHING
BRADY HARDIN, RED BAY:
 Ran the ball 26 times for 297 yards and six touchdowns in a 50-39 win over Sheffield in Class 2A, Region 8. 
OMARION PINCKNEY, DALEVILLE: The Warhawks’ quarterback rushed for 294 yards and five touchdowns on 18 carries, helping Daleville snap a 13-game losing streak with a come-from-behind 34-24 win over New Brockton in Class 3A, Region 2. Daleville trailed 18-6 in the third quarter before Pinckney led his team to the win. He also had an interception and five tackles on defense.

ARMOND CALDWELL, HAZEL GREEN: Ran for 270 yards and five touchdowns on 19 carries in a 49-42 Class 6A, Region 6 win over Buckhorn.
JAKAVION JACKSON, MAPLESVILLE: Rolled up 263 yards rushing on 11 carries and scored four touchdowns in a 54-6 Class 1A, Region 4 win over Notasulga. He averaged 23.9 yard per carry with TD runs covering 62, 35, 56 and 81 yards. Teammate Johnathon Wilson added 124 yards and two TDs on seven carries and Maplesville was 6-of-6 on 2-point conversion in the game. 
ALVIN HENDERSON, ELBA: Rushed for 258 yards and five touchdowns, including a go-ahead 1-yard run with 1:33 left in Elba’s 42-35 win over previously unbeaten Brantley in a Class 1A, Region 2 showdown. He totaled 25 carries with touchdown runs of 14, 19, 29, and 27 yards in addition to his 1-yarder.
JORDAN SMITH, ARITON: Gained 251 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 27 carries, highlighted by 219 yards in the second half, as the Purple Cats downed Dale County arch-rival G.W. Long 34-18 in Class 3A, Region 2.
JY MOSTELLA, COOSA CHRISTIAN: Had 23 carries for 233 yards and four touchdowns and returning a kickoff 97 yards for another score in a 35-21 win over Decatur Heritage in Class 1A, Region 7.
MASON TEAGUE, SOUTHSIDE-GADSDEN: Finished with 228 yards rushing on 27 carries and scored twice in a 41-20 win over Springville in Class 5A, Region 7.
ANTONIO ROSS, ALEXANDRIA: Had 32 carries for 210 yards rushing and three touchdowns in the Valley Cubs’ 28-21 win over Lincoln in Class 5A, Region 6. He scored on runs of 2, 8 and 17 yards – his final TD climaxing an eight-minute drive in the fourth quarter with just over a minute to play. 
WAUNTAVIOIUS CONLEY, ABBEVILLE: Rushed for 202 yards and four touchdowns on 21 carries, caught one pass for five yards, had two kick returns for 54 yards, punted twice for a 46.5 average and was in on nine tackles on defense with one quarterback sack and one tackle for a loss in the Yellow Jackets’ 24-8 win over Geneva County in Class 2A, Region 2.
ANTHONY ROGERS, PIKE ROAD: Had touchdown runs of 79, 5, 37 and 4 yards and finished with 197 yards rushing on 17 carries as the Patriots (2-2) downed Sidney Lanier 35-21 in Class 6A, Region 2.
ISAIAH DIXON, ALMA BRYANT: Rushed for 196 yards on 12 carries and scored on a 70-yard run in the Hurricanes’ 7-6 win over Citronelle.
DRAKE FRANKLIN, ARAB: Had 17 carries for 187 rushing yards and one TD in the Knights’ 42-0 Class 5A, Region 7 win over Sardis.
EMERSON RUSSELL, CHELSEA: Helped seal the Hornets’ first Class 7A, Region 3 win with 186 yards rushing on 29 carries as Chelsea beat Oak Mountain 21-7. He had two rushing TDS.
FLUFF BOTHWELL, ONEONTA: Ran for 149 yards on 24 carries with a 16-yard TD run in the final quarter as the Redskins (4-0) beat Cherokee County (3-1) in a battle of unbeaten teams in Class 4A, Region 6. He also caught a 69-yard TD pass in the final quarter and contributed 12 tackles, caused a fumble, recovered a fumble and recorded a sack on defense.
JACOB CORNEJO, CHEROKEE COUNTY: Gained 181 yards rushing on 19 carries with a 60-yard TD run in the Warriors’ 17-14 loss to Oneonta in Class 4A, Region 6.
KEATON DEBOARD, COLLINSVILLE: Rushed for two touchdowns covering 63 and six yards on the way to a 175-yard night in the Panthers’ 40-28 Class 2A, Region 7 loss to Pisgah. He had 22 rush attempts.
BRAYDEN JENKINS, THEODORE: Gained 170 yards rushing and scored two touchdowns on 15 carries as the Bobcats beat Baldwin County 35-0 in Class 6A, Region 1.
HENRY CLAUNCH, WESTMINSTER CHRISTIAN: Collected 164 yards rushing and three touchdowns in a 49-20 win over St. John Paul II in Class 4A, Region 8.
HOLT BENTLEY, PLEASANT VALLEY: Had 164 yards rushing and touchdown runs of 60, 68 and 17 yards – all in the second half – as the Raiders beat Holly Pond 48-17 in Class 2A, Region 6.
LOGAN THORNTON, SHOALS CHRISTIAN: Totaled 12 carries for 162 yards and four touchdowns in the Flame’s 44-16 Class 1A, Region 8 win over Vina.
JOSH FLOWERS, BAKER: Ran for four touchdowns and passed for a fifth score in the Hornets’ 56-35 Class 7A, Region 1 victory over Foley. He rushed for 156 yards with TD runs covering 18, 19, 45 and 28 yards. He also passed for 98 yards.
CARLOS MANN, GERALDINE: Totaled 152 yards on 21 rush attempts and scored two touchdowns in a 23-2 win over Hokes Bluff in Class 3A, Region 6. He also made two interceptions on defense.
KAM SANDLIN, ANNISTON: Led the unbeaten Bulldogs (4-0) to three fourth quarter touchdowns and a 30-23 come-from-behind win over Class 4A, Region 4 rival Jacksonville. Jaylin Cunningham’s 62-yard TD run with 2:54 to play put Anniston ahead for good. Sandlin had TD runs of 8 and 38 yards in the comeback effort.
KEYLON HIGGINS, GAYLESVILLE: Rushed for 120 yards and three touchdowns on 25 carries in a 29-28 overtime loss to Cedar Bluff in 1A, Region 7.
RILEY HARMON, OAK GROVE: Scored four touchdowns and rushed for 104 yards on 10 carries in a 27-14 Class 4A, Region 5 win over Hamilton.
JAY HAYNES, HANDLEY: Had five carries for 119 yards and one TD in a 48-0 win over White Plains in Class 4A, Region 4. He also caught an 18-yard TD pass. His performance came just one week after rushing for 476 yards and five TDs in a 54-41 win over Jacksonville. The 476 yards ranks second all-time in the AHSAA State Record Book. He has 838 rushing yards on 72 carries this season in four games with 11 TDs, He has caught eight passes for 124 yards and one TD – and is averaging 12.0 yards per touch on the year.

PASSING
ANDREW HUNTER, RANDOLPH: Passed for 350 yards and seven touchdowns in a 52-14 Class 4A, Region 8 win over North Jackson.
WOODS RAY, HOMEWOOD: Led the Patriots to a 48-38 win over Calera in Class 6A, Region 3 completing 16-of-26 passes for 339 yards and four touchdowns. He added 59 rushing yards with a fifth touchdown in the tough win.
GABE HERRINGTON, NEW BROCKTON: Completed 13-of-31 passing for 306 yards and three touchdowns in a 34-24 Class 3A, Region 2 loss to Daleville.
HARRISON HICKS, NORTHSIDE METHODIST: Connected on 26-of-38 pass attempts for 303 yards and three touchdowns in a 28-18 loss to Pike County in Class 3A, Region 2.
EARL WOODS, HUEYTOWN: Completed 14-of-26 passes for 174 yards and a touchdown, ran 31 times for 201 yards and four scores in the Gophers’ 54-44 loss in Class 6A, Region 4. He finished with 375 total yards, passed for one 2-point conversion, and ran for another in the setback.
MARTY WEED, LINCOLN: Was 15-of-24 passing for 259 yards and one TD in a 28-21 loss to Alexandria in Class 5A, Region 6. He also rushed for two scores.
CALEB McCREARY, MONTGOMERY CATHOLIC: Piled up 258 yards and four touchdowns on a 12-of-15 passing performance as the unbeaten Knights (4-0) beat Slocomb 58-0 in Class 4A, Region 2. His TD passes covered 84, 26, 11 and 18 yards in the win.
MASON HOLCOMB, PISGAH: Fired three touchdown passes to Jakob Kirby as the Eagles downed Collinsville 40-28 in Class 2A, Region 7. He finished with 247 yards passing on the night.
ZACH SIMS, THOMPSON: Completed 13-of-22 passes for 222 yards and a 36-yard TD as the Warriors beat Spain Park 35-14 in Class 7A, Region 3. He also rushed for 37 yards and one score.
KADYN MITCHELL, HOUSTON ACADEMY: Mitchell was 6-of-8 passing for 221 yards and four touchdowns in a 49-16 Class 3A, Region 2 victory over Ashford. He also rushed for a 6-yard touchdown.
ELLIS DICKMAN, DECATUR: Passed for 217 yards and three touchdowns in a 39-36 triple-overtime win over Cullman in Class 6A, Region 7.
TYLER PIERCE, BOAZ: Was 11-of-17 for 207 yards and three touchdowns in 55-0 win over Crossville in Class 5A, Region 7. ReceiverGavin Smart had three catches for 95 yards and two TDs from Pierce.
BROCK KILLEN, ROGERS: Passed for 204 yards and two touchdowns and tacked on 90 yards rushing and a third score in a 62-20 victory over Wilson in Class 4A, Region 7.
CARTER DOTSON, CHELSEA: Passed for 188 yards and one TD on an 18-of-25 performance as the Hornets beat Oak Mountain 21-7 in Class 7A, Region 3.
AIDAN COX, ARAB: Passed for 178 yards and three TDs on a 15-of-22 performance as the Knights beat Sardis 42-0 in Class 5A, Region 7.
BRAXTON KING, MONTEVALLO: Threw for 160 yards and two TDs in a 28-0 win over Dallas County in Class 4A, Region 3.
BUCKY LEEK, CEDAR BLUFF: Returned in overtime from an ankle injury suffered in the third period to lead the Tigers to a 29-28 victory over Gaylesville. His fourth-and-goal 10-yard pass to receiver Eli McFry tied the game at 28 all and Carter Willingham booted the winning extra point to seal the Class 1A, Region 7 win. Leek finished the game with 85 yards rushing and two 3-yard TD runs on 15 carries and made seven tackles on defense. Kade Browning finished as Cedar Bluff’s leading rusher with 177 yards on 23 carries, including a 67-yard game-tying touchdown in the fourth quarter.
JERMAINE HOLCOMBE, VINCENT: Completed 7-of-8 passes for 115 yards with five completions resulting in touchdowns in a 53-0 win over Fayetteville in Class 2A, Region 4.
CARSON CHESNUT, SAND ROCK: Had a hand in all five of the Wildcats’ touchdowns in a 35-6 win at Section in Class 2A, Region 7. He completed 11-of-14 pass attempts for 127 yards and an 11-yard score He also ran for 100 yards on just six carries with four TDs (1, 28, 13 and 48 yards).

PASS RECEIVING
HUNTER HALE, HELENA: Caught a school-record 14 passes for 181 yards and two touchdowns, added 101 return yards to  finish with 291 all-purpose yards in the Huskies’ 35-28 victory over Chilton County in Class 6A, Region 3.
BRAYLYN FARRINGTON, CALERA: Caught seven passes for 179 yards and three touchdowns in a 48-38 loss to Homewood in Class 6A, Region 3. He also had a 2-yard touchdown run and returned a kickoff 90 yards for a fifth score in the setback.
DAMIAN THOMPSON, MARS HILL BIBLE: Had four receptions for 143 yards and four touchdowns for the Panthers in a 52-8 win over Clements in Class 3A, Region 8.
JYWON BOYD, CHARLES HENDERSON: Caught four passes for 185 yards (46.3 average per catch) with all four receptions  resulting in a touchdown in Charles Henderson 38-14 Class 5A, Region 2 win over Carroll. He added 57 rushing yards on just two carries.
MATTHEW SMITH, NEW BROCKTON: Caught six passes for 159 yards and a touchdown on offense and added an interception return for a touchdown on defense in New Brockton’s 34-24 loss to Daleville.
WILL WELLS, HOUSTON ACADEMY: Snagged three pass receptions for 189 yards – for three first-half touchdowns – in the Raiders’ 49-16 win over Ashford. He TD catches were 80, 75 and 34 yards.
TYLER McLENDON, GOSHEN: Had four receptions for 161 yards with one touchdown and had seven tackles on defense, including five solos, in Goshen’s 42-22 loss to Reeltown.

KA’DARIUS BARNES, HEWITT-TRUSSVILLE: Made six catches for 127 yards and a touchdown as the Huskies downed Tuscaloosa County 35-7 in Class 7A, Region 3.
JAVON ROGERS, MONTEVALLO: Had seven catches for 99 yards and two scores and returned an interception on defense for another TD in a 28-0 win over Dallas County in Class 4A, Region 3.
 

DEFENSE
CALEB PATTERSON, RAMSAY: Made seven tackles, including three for losses and a sack, also had five quarterback pressures, a forced fumble and two fumble recoveries as the Rams beat Pleasant Grove 21-14. He sealed the win with a game-winning sack that resulted in a fumble that was returned for the winning TD.
BRODY EPPS, PIEDMONT: Accounted for 14 tackles in the defending Class 3A Bulldogs’ 34-21 win over Plainview in Region 6. Teammate Rhett Alford added 11 stops.
HAROLD LUTZ, MONTEVALLO: 
Managed 13 tackles in the Bulldogs’ 28-0 shutout win over Dallas County in Class 4A, Region 3.
JAMAROUN SATTERWHITE: LOACHAPOKA: Had an interception and also returned a fumble on defense and rushed for 125 yards and three touchdowns as the Indians won 48-12 over Central-Hayneville in Class 1A, Region 4.
CAM DYER, HOUSTON ACADEMY: Contributed 12 tackles and teammate George Zeron also had 12 tackles in Houston Academy’s 45-16 win over Class 3A, Region 2 Ashford.

MADDOX BURKHARDT, WICKSBURG: Recorded 11 tackles, including two for losses, in the Panthers’ 28-8 Class 2A, Region 2 victory over Cottonwood.

JEREMIAH BEAMAN, PARKER: Accumulated nine tackles, three sacks and two interceptions in the Thundering Herd’s 33-0 win over Mortimer Jordan in Class 6A, Region 5.
JACOB MORRIS, VERBENA: Had eight tackles on defense and 136 yards rushing and two TDs on offense in a 54-14 win over Billingsley 1A, Region 4.
IMOREE YOUNG, JACKSONVILLE: Recovered three fumbles in a 30-23 setback to Class 4A, Region 4 opponent Anniston.
K’RYSIAX YOW, GADSDEN CITY: Had eight tackles, including one sack and another for loss, in the Titans’ 18-0 win against Fort Payne in Class 6A, Region 8. Teammate Elijah Taylor added 7.5 tackles with a sack and an interception.
DALTON GASTON, TRINITY PRESBYTERIAN: His jarring hit fourth-and-goal at the Trinity 6-yard line in the waning moments resulted in an errant pass intercepted by teammate Harrison Johnson that sealed a 20-14 win over Alabama Christian in Class 3A, Region 3.

SPECIAL TEAMS
MYKEL JOHNSON, ENTERPRISE: Returned his third kickoff return for a touchdown in four games, opening last Friday’s 58-14 win over Smiths Station with a 78-yard return for TD. He previously had kick return for scores against Bay (Fla.) and Auburn in the first two games. Johnson also caught an 11-yard TD pass in the win over Smiths Station.

ZION SMITH, VERBENA: Blocked a punt out of the back of the end zone for a safety in Verbena’s 54-14 Class 1A,  Region 4 triumph over Billingsley. He also finished with five tackles and scored a rushing TD on offense.
CHANCE MURPHY, PIEDMONT: Blocked an extra point and recovered an onside kick in the Bulldogs’ 34-21 win over Plainview in Class 3A, Region 6. He finished with 10 tackles on defense.
CAMERON LONG, DAPHNE: Blocked a field goal, returned an interception for a touchdown, and scored on a 30-yard run in the Trojans’ 40-21 win over Daphne. He finished with four tackles on defense.
FOX TINKER, PISGAH: Returned a kickoff 92 yards for a TD 40-28 win over Collinsville in Class 2A, Region 7.

 

 

 

North Alabama Travels to 9th Ranked Chattanooga Saturday

FLORENCE, Ala. -- Coming off a 49-17 home win over Virginia-Wise last Saturday, the University of North Alabama football team will face a huge obstacle this weekend in the form of nationally ranked and undefeated Chattanooga on the road at Finley Stadium. 

 

North Alabama will carry a 1-1 record into the contest, while the Mocs are ranked as high as ninth nationally in the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) after opening the season with a pair of wins over Wofford (31-0) and Eastern Illinois (38-20). 

 

Kickoff is set for 5:00 p.m. Central for UNA’s first trip to Chattanooga since 1963. 

 

Last year’s meeting between the two schools in Florence did not go well for the Lions. In a 20-0 loss to Chattanooga, UNA was shutout for the first time since 2010, and the Lions were held under 100 yards of total offense for the first time since 1985. The Mocs picked off a UNA pass in their own end zone early in the game to stop a UNA threat, and then returned a second interception for a touchdown.

 

UNA Head Football Coach Chris Willis said the 2022 version of the Mocs appears to be as good, or better, than the one the Lions faced a year ago.

 

“They were the best defensive football team that we saw last year,” said Willis. “And from what I have seen on film, they have a lot of those guys back and look like they have improved from last year. 

 

“They are the favorite to with the Southern Conference (SoCon) Championship and are ranked in the Top 10 in FCS. This is going to be a challange,” Willis added. 

 

Willis also said the Lions’ keys to sucess will be to not turn the ball over and limit penalties and other mistakes. 

 

In its win last weekend, UNA rushed for 369 yards, behind an individual school record 251 yards from sophomore ShunDerrick Powell of Hoxie, Ark. On the flip side, the Lions were just 7-of-21 passing 96 yards in the first collegiate start for true freshman Noah Walters of Lincoln, Neb., but did not turn the ball over.

 

“We are not throwing the ball well right now, and that is something we will have to be better at this weekend,” Willis said. “We were just 4-of-12 on third down and that’s an area we will have to improve.”

 

Willis also said the Lions’ defense will have to be ready to go from the opening whistle, after coming out of the gate slow last weekend as UNA fell behind 14-0.

 

The UNA defense has been active, forcing six turnovers in two games with four interceptions and two recovered fumbles. 

 

This game with Chattanooga will be North Alabama’s first game this season against a nationally ranked team, but the tenth by the Lions against a ranked Division I team since their move to Division I in 2018.  All-time UNA is 0-11 against ranked FCS opponents, with the eight of those 11 games coming on the road. This will be the 15th game against a nationally ranked opponent that UNA has played under Willis in his 49th game as head coach of the Lions. 

 

Alabama Coaching Staff Selected Five Players of the Week

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The Alabama coaching staff selected five players of the week following last Saturday’s 20-19 win at Texas. Bryce Young on offense; DeMarcco Hellams on defense; and Deontae Lawson, Will Reichard and Henry To’oTo’o on special teams all earned the recognition for their play in Austin. 

 

OFFENSE

Bryce Young

  • Accounted for 251 yards of total offense, throwing for 213 yards and rushing for 38 more
  • Finished 27-of-39 for 213 yards and one touchdown through the air
  • Carried the ball seven times for 38 yards and managed three first downs, including a 20-yard gain late in the fourth quarter on what would be the game-winning drive

 

DEFENSE

DeMarcco Hellams

  • Played a big role in limiting the Longhorns to just 19 points on the day
  • Led the Alabama defense with 10 total tackles, including eight solo stops
  • Added one tackle for loss (-2 yards) and one pass breakup to his totals

 

SPECIAL TEAMS

Deontae Lawson

  • Helped the Tide special teams units limit the Texas return game

 

Will Reichard

  • Totaled eight points thanks to a pair of field goals and two made PATs
  • Hit from a career-long tying 52 yards for the Tide’s first points of the day
  • Connected from 33 yards out with 10 seconds left for the Tide’s first game-winning field goal since the 2005 season
  • Added five kickoffs and averaged 65.0 yards per boot with three touchbacks

 

Henry To’oTo’o

  • Was key in helping the Tide’s punt unit get kicks away in enemy territory multiple times
  • Added six tackles on the day, guiding a defense that held the high-powered Texas offense to four field goals and one touchdown

 

Get all the latest information on the team by following @AlabamaFTBL on Twitter and Facebook and AlabamaFBL on Instagram. General athletic news can also be found at UA_Athletics on Twitter and Instagram and AlabamaAthletics on Facebook.

 

AHSAA Week Three Football Scores

 

AHSAA WEEK 3 Football Scoreboard
Saturday’s games
Class 2A
LaFayette 72, Barbour County 6
Class 1A
Alabama School/Deaf at Oklahoma School/Deaf, 7 p.m.

Friday’s Results
CLASS 7A
Alma Bryant 7, Citronelle 6
Auburn 31, Jeff Davis 0
Baker 56, Foley 35
Bob Jones 33, Grissom 0
Daphne 40, Davidson 21
Enterprise 58, Smiths Station 14
James Clemens 27, Huntsville 23
Opelika 17, Central-Phenix City 14 (OT)
Sparkman 53, Albertville 0
CLASS 6A
Carver-Montgomery 40, Russell County 14
Center Point 56, Pell City 10
Clay-Chalkville 14, Pinson Valley 12
Gadsden City 18, Fort Payne 0
McAdory 46, Paul Bryant 19
McGill-Toolen Catholic 38, Robertsdale 7
Mountain Brook 42, Woodlawn 0
Muscle Shoals 28, Athens 20
Saraland 35, Spanish Fort 24
St. Paul’s Episcopal 35, Murphy 7
Wetumpka 27, Park Crossing 8
CLASS 5A
Alexandria 28, Lincoln 21
Arab 42, Sardis 0
Ardmore 24, Lawrence County 8
Brewer 27, East Limestone 21
Eufaula 43, Greenville 7
Faith Academy 34, B.C. Rain 0
Hayden 33, John Carroll Catholic 19
Headland 12, Rehobeth 3
Ramsay 21, Pleasant Grove 14
Shelby County 23, Jemison 6
UMS-Wright 35, Gulf Shores 28
Vigor 6, Williamson 0
CLASS 4A 
Andalusia 50, Bullock County 9
Anniston 30, Jacksonville 23
Bayside Academy 35, Wilcox-Central 0
B.T. Washington 26, Geneva 7
Handley 48, White Plains 0
Montevallo 28, Dallas County 0
Montgomery Academy 30, Dale County 13
Montgomery Catholic 58, Slocomb 0
Oneonta 17, Cherokee County 14
Orange Beach 37, Satsuma 12
Randolph 52, North Jackson 14
St. Michael Catholic 42, Escambia County 13
T.R. Miller 32, Jackson 29
Westminster Christian 49, St. John Paul II Catholic 20
CLASS 3A
Dadeville 27, Saks 10
Daleville 34, New Brockton 24
Houston Academy 49, Ashford 16
JB Pennington 36, Danville 7
Lauderdale County 58, Elkmont 0
Mobile Christian 35, Excel 14
Opp 20, Providence Christian 14
Pike County 28, Northside Methodist 18
Straughn 35, Clarke County 21
Susan Moore 66, Asbury 0
Thomasville 22, Hillcrest-Evergreen 6
Trinity Presbyterian 20, Alabama Christian 14
CLASS 2A
Abbeville 24, Geneva County 8
Ariton 34, G.W. Long 18
B.B. Comer 36, Ranburne 7
North Sand Mountain 42, Ider 18
Luverne 12, Horseshoe Bend 0
Reeltown 42, Goshen 22
St. Luke’s EpisShocopa1 27, Washington County 0
Sulligent 12, Winston County 0
Thorsby 42, Woodland 6
Wicksburg 28, Cottonwood 8
Zion Chapel 19, Samson 6
CLASS 1A
Cedar Bluff 28, Gaylesville 22
Florala 38, Southern Choctaw 20
Georgiana 30, Kinston 20
Linden 32, Marengo 6
Maplesville 54, Notasulga 6
Millry 38, Fruitdale 0
Phillips 50, Cherokee 14
Red Level 26, Houston County 0
Shoals Christian 44, Vina 16



Thursday’s Results
AHSAA TV Network/WOTM TV Game of the Week
Valley 46, Sylacauga 14

OTHER RESULTS
CLASS 7A

Austin 26, Florence 14
Chelsea 21, Oak Mountain 7
Dothan 14, Prattville 10
Fairhope 38, Mary Montgomery 23
Hewitt-Trussville 35, Tuscaloosa County 7
Hoover 20, Vestavia Hills 14
Thompson 35, Spain Park 14
CLASS 6A
Brookwood 26, Central-Tuscaloosa 22
Decatur 39, Cullman 36 (3 OT)
Hartselle 63, Columbia 6
Hazel Green 49, Buckhorn 42
Helena 35, Chilton County 28
Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa 54, Hueytown 44
Homewood 48, Calera 38
Lee-Huntsville 42, Mae Jemison 26
Minor 30, Jackson-Olin 0
Northridge 40, Bessemer City 12
Oxford 47, Huffman 8
Parker 33, Mortimer Jordan 0
Pelham 35, Briarwood Christian 34
Pike Road 35, Sidney Lanier 21
Theodore 35, Baldwin County 0
CLASS 5A
Beauregard 14, Tallassee 6
Boaz 55, Crossville 0
Central, Clay County 49, Elmore County 21
Charles Henderson 38, Carroll 14
Demopolis 54, Marbury 0
Elberta 20, LeFlore 14
Fairview 27, Good Hope 6
Guntersville 40, Douglas 6
Jasper 34, Fairfield 26
Leeds 42, St. Clair County 13
Moody 62, Cleburne County 7
Ramsay 21, Pleasant Grove 14
Russellville 27, West Point 0
Selma 18, Holtville 7
Southside-Gadsden 42, Springville 20
Wenonah 35, Carver-Birmingham 34
CLASS 4A
American Christian 20, Bibb County 14
Brooks 64, West Limestone 29
Corner 27, Cordova 26 (OT)
Deshler 70, East Lawrence 13
Dora 21, Haleyville 12
Etowah 52, Fultondale 14
Hale County 26, Holt 8
Hanceville 22, Ashville 13
Madison County 14, New Hope 7
Munford 56, Talladega 17
Northside 40, Curry 0
Oak Grove 27, Hamilton 14
Priceville 47, DAR 0
Rogers 62, Wilson 20
West Blocton 18, Sipsey Valley 14
West Morgan 42, Central-Florence 0
CLASS 3A
Childersburg 54, Weaver 8
Colbert County 25, Phil Campbell 22
Cottage Hill 20, Flomaton 16
Fayette County 59, Carbon Hill 8
Geraldine 23, Hokes Bluff 2
Gordo 54, Midfield 13
Mars Hill Bible 52, Clements 8
Oakman 39, Tarrant 8
Piedmont 34, Plainview 21
Pike County 28, Northside Methodist 18
Randolph County 48, Ragland 24
Saint James 41, Greensboro 6
Southside-Selma 68, Sumter Central 38
Sylvania 42, Ohatchee 14
Vinemont 47, Brindlee Mountain 6
Walter Wellborn 62, Beulah 6
Westbrook Christian 43, Glencoe 10
W.S. Neal 41, Monroe County 12
CLASS 2A
Aliceville 56, Francis Marion 0
Chickasaw 40, JU Blacksher 20
Cleveland 46, Locust Fork 25
Fyffe 49, Whitesburg Christian 5
Hatton 52, Tharptown 0
Highland Home 28, Lanett 18
Isabella 65, Central, Coosa 0
Lamar County 38, Cold Springs 28
Pisgah 40, Collinsville 28
Pleasant Valley 48, Holly Pond 19
Red Bay 50, Sheffield 39
Sand Rock 35, Section 6
Southeastern 21, West End 14
Tanner 27, Falkville 20
Tuscaloosa Academy 26, Greene County 16
Vincent 53, Fayetteville 0
CLASS 1A
Addison 26, Hackleburg 14
Appalachian 48, Woodville 8
Autaugaville 36, Calhoun 0
Coosa Christian 35, Decatur Heritage 21
Elba 42, Brantley 35
Keith 30, University Charter School 6
Leroy 33, Choctaw County 0
Loachapoka 48, Central-Hayneville 12
Lynn 37, Sumiton Christian 0
McIntosh 44, J.F. Shields 0
Meek 24, Colbert Heights 17
Marion County 52, Holy Spirit Catholic 0
Pickens County 62, Berry 0
Pleasant Home 25, McKenzie 20
South Lamar 35, Hubbertville 20
Spring Garden 42, Victory Christian 14
Sweet Water 47, R.C. Hatch 14
Verbena 54, Billingsley 14
Wadley 44, Donoho 12
Winterboro 45, Talladega County Central 8

 

 

AHSAA WEEK 3 Football Scoreboard
Saturday’s games
Class 2A
LaFayette 72, Barbour County 6
Class 1A
Alabama School/Deaf at Oklahoma School/Deaf, 7 p.m.

North Alabama Tops Virginia-Wise 49-17

FLORENCE, Ala. – University of North Alabama freshman ShunDerrick Powell rushed for a school record 251 yards and scored four touchdowns to lead the Lions to a 49-17 win over Virginia-Wise at Braly Stadium.  

 

UNA trailed 14-0 in the game but rallied to hold a 21-17 lead at the half.  

 

The Lions dominated the final two quarters, adding another 28 points, while holding the visitors scoreless.  

 

Powell’s 251 yards rushing on 20 carries broke the 29-year-old record of 248 yards set by Tyrone Rush against Delta State in 1993. His four rushing touchdowns were one shy of the school record of five set by Don Cornelius in 1965.  

 

UNA finished with 465 yards of total offense with 369 yards rushing and 96 yards passing. It was the first time that a Lion team had rushed for 300 yards in a game since 2015, and the first time in UNA’s Division I era.  

 

The first quarter belonged to the visitors as Virginia-Wise drove for touchdowns on each of its first two possessions.  

 

Quarterback Lendon Redwine dove one yard on a sneak play on fourth and goal for the first score. Kellan Dalton added the PAT to give the Cavaliers a 7-0 lead at 7:47 of the first quarter.  

 

On their next possession, Redwine connected with Tyler Kirkess on a 27-yard TD pass with 5:09 left to make it 14-0.  

 

ShunDerrick Powell ignited the UNA offense early in the second quarter with a 75-yard touchdown run. With Sam Contorno’s extra point, UNA cut the Cavaliers’ lead to 14-7 with 13:22 left in the half.  

 

Powell then capped a six-play, 55-yard drive with a seven-yard TD run to tie the game with 6:45 remaining in the second period.  

 

Virginia-Wise regained the lead with just 2:28 left in the half on a 31-yard Dalton field goal.  

 

UNA quickly responded, covering 65 yards in eight plays to take its first lead heading into intermission. The score was setup by back-to-back receptions by E.J. Rogers of 32 and eight yards to move the ball deep into UVA-Wise territory. The score came on a nine-yard TD pass from Noah Walters to Andre Little with 12 second left before half. Contorno’s PAT gave the Lions a 21-17 lead at the half.  

 

With 9:19 left in the third quarter, Gallil Guillaume forced a fumble and Justin Douglas recovered for UNA at the Cavaliers’ 35-yard line.  

 

Powell then scored his third touchdown of the day on a 31-yard run with 8:36 left in the quarter to extend UNA’s lead to 28-17.  

 

The UNA defense came up with a fourth down stop on the ensuing possession and Demarcus Lacey with 33 yards on the first play to the UVA-Wise one-yard line. Lacey dove into the end zone on the next play to push UNA’s advantage to 35-17 at 6:39 of the third quarter.  

 

On the first play of the fourth quarter, Powell scored his fourth touchdown of the night on a 41-yard run. Scott Robinson added the PAT to make it 42-17 with 14:50 left in the game.  

 

Barry Womack picked off a Cavalier pass in the end zone to stop a UVA-Wise threat on the next possession.  

 

The final UNA score came with 3:21 left in the game on a three-yard touchdown run by T.J. Finney to make it 49-17.  

 

North Alabama travels to face Chattanooga on the road on September 17 at Finley Stadium.  

 

Alabama Gets Last Minute Field Goal to Nip Texas 20-19

AUSTIN, Texas – The No. 1/1 Alabama football team pulled out a 20-19 win over Texas Saturday at Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium in Austin, Texas, on the strength of a 33-yard field goal by kicker Will Reichard with 10 seconds left on the game clock. With the win, the Crimson Tide goes to 2-0 on the season while the Longhorns drop to 1-1. 

 

Reichard’s effort as time wound down marked the first game-winning field goal in the last 30-seconds of a game for Alabama during the Nick Saban era – and first such win since the 2006 campaign. Reichard opened the scoring in the first quarter with a 52-yard field goal, which matched his career long.

 

After trading scores in the first half, resulting in a 10-10 tie going into the break, Texas hit three field goals in the second half, while the Tide responded with a touchdown and Reichard’s game winner, both in the fourth quarter. 

 

Running back Jase McClellan led all rushers with 97 yards on six carries, including an electrifying 81-yard touchdown in the first quarter. Running back Jahmyr Gibbs led the Tide with 74 receiving yards on nine catches, including a seven-yard touchdown catch from quarterback Bryce Young in the middle of the fourth quarter. Young went 27-of-39 for 213 yards and a touchdown while adding 38 rushing yards on seven carries. 

 

Defensive back DeMarco Hellams led the Tide defense with 10 tackles, including eight solo stops, while linebacker Jaylen Moody, defensive back Kool-Aid McKinstry and linebacker Will Anderson Jr. all recorded sacks on the day.

 

Notes

  • Alabama was penalized 15 times for 100 yards, the most penalties for the Tide since accruing a school-record-tying 16 vs. Middle Tennessee State on Aug. 31, 2002
  • Will Reichard’s 52-yard field goal matched a career-best for the senior placekicker
  • Reichard’s first-quarter kick was also the longest field goal since his 51-yarder vs. Miami in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Classic on Sept. 4, 2021
  • Jase McClellan’s 81-yard run in the first quarter marked the Tide’s longest run since McClellan took an 80-yard run to the house vs. Arkansas in Dec. 12, 2020
  • With the win, the Tide improve to 24-0 under Nick Saban in games that have kicked off at 11:30 a.m. or earlier (dating back to 2007)
  • The game saw a new Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium attendance record of 105,213

 

How It Happened

FIRST QUARTER

  • 08:47 – UA | Will Reichard matched his career-long field goal when he converted a 52-yard attempt to cap off a seven-play, 44-yard drive that lasted 2:52.
  • 02:51 – UT | Texas scored the first points on Alabama this season when Bert Auburn booted a 26-yard field goal to even the score and cap off a 15-play, 67-yard drive that lasted 5:56.
  • 02:34 – UA | Jase McClellan took the Tide’s next offensive touch and raced 81 yards to the house to cap the first quarter scoring

 

SECOND QUARTER

  • 14:55 – UT | Bijan Robinson scampered from a yard out on the first play of the second quarter to even the score and cap a six-play, 75-yard drive that lasted 2:39

 

THIRD QUARTER

  • 06:27 – UT | A 33-yard field goal by kicker Bert Auburn staked UT to a 13-10 lead and finished off a six-play, 25-yard drive that took 3:12 off the clock.

 

FOURTH QUARTER

  • 12:55 – UT | Auburn connected on his third field goal of the game, this one coming from 24 yards away to cap a 12-play, 65-yard drive that lasted 5:47
  • 08:29 – UA | Young hit Jahmyr Gibbs with a seven-yard touchdown pass to stake the Tide to a 17-16 lead and cap an 11-play, 75-yard drive that took 4:26 off the clock
  • 01:29 – UT | Auburn put the Longhorns back in the lead with a 49-yard field goal, finishing off an eight-play, 44-yard drive that took 2:26
  • 00:10 – UA | Reichard hit a 33-yard field goal to clinch the game for Alabama after a nine-place, 61-yard drive that took just 1:19

 

Up Next

  • Alabama will return home next Saturday when it welcomes ULM to Bryant-Denny Stadium. The contest is scheduled to kickoff at 3 p.m. CT and will be televised on SEC Network.

 

Get all the latest information on the team by following @AlabamaFTBL on Twitter and Facebook and AlabamaFBL on Instagram. General athletic news can also be found at UA_Athletics on Twitter and Instagram and AlabamaAthletics on Facebook.

 

DrewD's Key Performers From Alabama vs Utah State

DrewD’s Key Performers For Alabama vs Utah State

 

By: Drew DeArmond 

ESPN 97.7 The Zone & The Blitz Sports Radio

 

Offense:

MVP: Bryce Young

 

The Junior was 18-28 for 195 yards with 5 TDs 

plus recorded his first 3-digit rushing game of his career with 5 carries for 100 yards & a TD. The reigning Heisman Trophy winner was in complete control offensively and looked very comfortable with his new supporting cast of skill players and a revamped offensive line.

 

 

Newcomer Game Ball: Kobe Prentice

 

The freshman from Calera High School continued his high level of play from the two scrimmages in fall camp catching the first pass of the season on the opening play for 5 yards. The 5-10 171-pound slot receiver finished his Crimson Tide debut with 5 catches for 60 yards. Though he did have one drop on a swing pass, the rapport & feel the former Calera Eagle displayed harkened back memories of Kevin Norwood. Made low blood pressure plays and consistently got open. Excellent debut for the true freshman who did not enroll early in the spring.

Unsung Hero: Traeshon Holden

 

The Junior from Narbonne High School in Harbor City, California, continued his strong play from the final fall scrimmage. Before the opener against the Aggies Holden recorded three explosive touchdowns of 45+ yards signaling this could be his breakout season. His strong play continued in the season opener as the leading returning receiver for the Crimson Tide recorded five catches for a game-high 70 yards with 2 Touchdowns. He and Bryce Young were roommates early in their careers and this chemistry looks to be paying off.

Defense:

 

MVP: Will Anderson
 
Quite simply the tone setter for this defense. The best returning player in college football did not record a sack in this game but the 6-4 243 pound Jack Linebacker was second on the team with five tackles, 3 solo plus a tackle for loss when the junior read his keys perfectly using his other-worldly first step to nearly take the handoff from the tailback. Another workmanlike very active performance for the junior from Hampton, Ga.
 
Newcomer Game Ball: Jaheim Oatis
 
MY MAN OATIS. The massive defensive tackle, who has lost 75 pounds since reporting to Tuscaloosa in January for spring practice, made his presence felt early as the 6-5 370 pound monster entered the defensive line rotation early against the Aggies. Oatis has been creating BUZZ since spring practice. This carried on into the fall as he was getting a lot of time with the ones during the first two scrimmages. His debut in Crimson did not disappoint. The Columbia, Mississippi, native finished with 2 tackles (1 solo) helping the Bama defense hold Utah State to 37 carries for 79 yards on the ground (2.1 per carry). He did commit one penalty on an offsides but showcased the quickness and power to be a BIG factor in this veteran defensive line rotation this season.
 
Unsung Hero: Jaylen Moody
 
The fifth year senior from Conway, South Carolina, has patiently waited his turn. Now he has his opportunity with the starting 11 next to fellow senior Mike Linebacker Henry To’oTo’o. In his first career start at Will Linebacker, Jaylen Moody led the Crimson Tide defense in tackles with 6 total tackles (3 solo) and tackle for loss. Moody entered the transfer portal after the season but was asked to return by Nick Saban. He has stepped up in the past, especially for current Houston Texan Christian Harris on the road in Fayetteville in 2020. His leadership is valued and hopefully this is the start of a solid senior season with his own chance to earn an opportunity in the National Football League after the 2022 season.
 
 
Key official visitor: 
Jalen Hale Longview, TX Wide Receiver 
 
Dynamic playmaker down to Alabama, Texas & Texas A&M…Crimson Tide and the Longhorns considered the leaders…He will visit Texas officially this weekend for the Crimson Tide Road trip to Austin.
 
https://youtu.be/s1SgXsX1iKY
 
Next Up For top-ranked Alabama: Road trip to take on former Offensive Coordinator Steve Sarkisian’s Texas Longhorns at 11 AM central time on FOX
 
PREDICTION: #1 Alabama 48 Texas 13

 

 

 

SEC Football Week Two Preview

SEC Football Week2
by Steve Moulton

Welcome to Week2.
Alabama (1-0, 0-0 SEC) at Texas (1-0)                                    Series: UT leads, 7-1-1
11 a.m. CT • FOX/WZZN 977 FM
Austin, Texas • DKR Texas Memorial Stadium (100,119)  
Alabama head coach Nick Saban owns an impressive 99-20 (.832) career mark against non-conference
opponents in the regular season and postseason across his four stops as a collegiate head coach. While at
Alabama, Saban has only two losses to non-conference opponents during the regular season, both of
which came in 2007 (14-21 vs. Florida State [in Jacksonville] and 14-21 vs. ULM). His record against
non-conference opponents in both the regular season and postseason at the Capstone is 68-7 (.907). Saban
also owns an impressive 42-1 mark at Bryant-Denny Stadium and is currently riding a 40-game home
winning streak against non-conference foes.
South Carolina (1-0, 0-0 SEC) at Arkansas (1-0, 0-0 SEC)       Series: UA leads, 13-10
11 a.m. CT • ESPN                                                                        Last: SC, 48-22 (2017 at Columbia)
Fayetteville, Ark. • Reynolds Razorback Stadium (76,000) 
This year marks the first time since 1995 that Arkansas face South Carolina in the month of September.
This weekend’s matchup with the Gamecocks is the earliest the Hogs have opened SEC play at home
since the 2012 season, when Arkansas hosted top-ranked Alabama on Sept. 15.
Missouri (1-0, 0-0 SEC) at Kansas State (1-0)                         Series: MIZ leads, 60-32-5
11 a.m. CT • ESPN2
Manhattan, Kan. • Bill Snyder Family Stadium (50,000) 
University of Missouri football will face a familiar foe from its Big 12 days in Kansas State on Sat., Sept.
10, in Manhattan, Kan. MU last faced a Big 12 team in 2019 (West Virginia). • The Tigers and the
Wildcats will tangle for the 98th time in Week 2. Mizzou holds a 60-32-5 edge over K-State with the first
meeting in 1909 and the most recent in 2011. MU’s last win in the Little Apple was 2009 (W, 38-12).

Wake Forest (1-0) at Vanderbilt (2-0, 0-0 SEC)                      Series: VU leads, 10-6

11 a.m. CT • SEC Network
Nashville, Tenn. • FirstBank Stadium (40,350)  
Saturday is the 17th all-time meeting between Vanderbilt and Wake Forest with Vandy holding a 10-6
edge in the series. • The series dates back to the first meeting in 1964. • Vandy has won its last three
matchups with most recently defeating the Demon Deacons in 2013 in Nashville. • In the 2013 victory,
current San Francisco 49er Jordan Matthews led the offense with 125 yards receiving. The game was the
regular-season finale, improving the Dores to 8-4. Vandy went on to defeat Houston, 41-24, in the BBVA
Compass Bowl that season. • Vanderbilt has outscored Wake Forest by an average of 23.3 points per
game in the last three meetings. • The Commodores are 4-4 in games against Wake Forest in Nashville. •
Versus teams that currently make up the ACC, Vandy is 65-62-6.
Appalachian State (0-1) at Texas A&M (1-0, 0-0 SEC)            Series: First Meeting
2:30 p.m. CT • ESPN2
Bryan-College Station, Texas • Kyle Field (102,733) 
The Aggies are 22-4 (.846 win pct.) at Kyle Field under Jimbo Fisher ... In the five seasons prior to
Fisher’s arrival, the Aggies were 23-12 on their home turf (.657).
Tennessee (1-0, 0-0 SEC) at Pittsburgh (1-0)                          Series: Pitt leads, 3-0
3:30 p.m. ET • ABC
Pittsburgh, Pa. • Acrisure Stadium (68,400)  
: The Vols have tied a school record for consecutive games scoring 45 or more points with four, which
matches the 1993 team who did it in the final four games of the regular season. UT has combined for 209
points and is 3-1 during this streak: (59-10 Ball State, 45-48 Purdue, 45-21 Vanderbilt, 60-14 South
Alabama). In 14 games in the Heupel era, the Vols are averaging 40.7 points per game.
Samford (1-0) at Georgia (1-0, 0-0 SEC)                                 Series: UGA leads, 1-0
4 p.m. ET • SEC Network
Athens, Ga. • Dooley Field at Sanford Stadium  (92,746) 
After helping lead Georgia to the 2021 national championship, senior QB Stetson Bennett returns to the
quarterbacks room in 2022. In this year’s opener, Bennett was named the Walter Camp National FBS
Offensive Player of the Week after leading third-ranked Georgia over 11th-ranked Oregon 49-3 during
the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game. Bennett was 25 for 31 (80.6 percent) for a career-high 368 yards and two
touchdowns to go along with one rushing score. Assuming the spot behind center for three-plus quarters
against the Ducks, Bennett helped the Bulldogs go 8-for-8 on third downs while he was in the game. Ten
different Georgia players hauled in catches in the season opener. Bennett is 15-3 as a starter, including

getting the nod in the final 11 games last season. He set the school record for Passing Efficiency at 176.7
during the 2021 national title campaign.
Central Arkansas (0-1) at Ole Miss (1-0, 0-0 SEC)                    Series: Tied, 0-0 (first game vacated)
6 p.m. CT • SECN+, ESPN+
Oxford, Miss. • Vaught-Hemingway Stadium (64,038))  
LB Khari Coleman tallied 5.0 tackles for loss Saturday vs. Troy ... It was just the third time since 1999
that a Rebel has tallied five or more tackles for loss in a single game. • Coleman leads the SEC and ranks
No. 5 nationally with 2.0 sacks per game
Kentucky (1-0, 0-0 SEC ) at Florida (1-0, 0-0 SEC)                   Series: UF leads, 53-19           
7 p.m. ET • ESPN   /WZZN 977FM                                                                        Last: UK, 20-13 (2021 at
Lexington)
Gainesville, Fla. • Ben Hill Griffin Stadium (88.548)    
UF HC Billy Napier is the first UF HC to defeat a ranked opponent in his first game at the helm. » Napier
is now looking to improve to 2-0 against ranked opponents in his first-two games. » 1982 is the only
season that the Gators have beaten two ranked opponents in the first two games of the season. » UF
defeated No. 15 Miami, 17-14, before taking down No. 10 USC, 17-9, in Week 2. Both contests were at
home. • New UF head coaches are 10-6 in their SEC openers including a 3-0 mark vs. ranked opponents
in such games. • UF QB Anthony Richardson and JACK Brenton Cox Jr. were named the SEC Offensive
Player of the Week and SEC Co-Defensive Lineman of the Week this past Monday.
San Jose State (1-0) at Auburn (1-0, 0-0 SEC)                           Series: AU leads, 2-0
6:30 p.m. CT • ESPNU
Auburn, Ala. • Jordan-Hare Stadium (87,451)  
Auburn has won 16 straight home games against non-conference opponents dating back to the 2016
season ›› Coach Bryan Harsin had a 3-1 record against San Jose’ State during his tenure as Boise State
head coach
Southern (1-0) at LSU (0-1, 0-0 SEC)                                       Series: First Meeting
6:30 p.m. CT • SEC Network
Baton Rouge, La. • Tiger Stadium (102,321)     
LSU enters the Southern game having won 9 straight and 58 of its last 59 games against non-conference
opponents in Tiger Stadium. • LSU has also won 34 consecutive games against Louisiana opponents,
which includes wins over McNeese (34-7) and UL-Monroe (27- 14) last year.

Mississippi State (1-0, 0-0 SEC) at Arizona (1-0)                     Series: First Meeting
10 p.m. CT • FS1
Tucson, Ariz. • Arizona Stadium (57,400)      
This will be the first meeting between Mississippi State and Arizona, and the Wildcats are the only team
on MSU's schedule in 2022 that the Bulldogs have not played before in their history. At 1,474 miles, the
trip to Tucson, Arizona, is State's longest since going 1,710 miles to BYU in 2016. Head coach Mike
Leach is 4-2 in his career against the Wildcats with all six meetings coming during his time at Washington State (2013-18).

Decatur Red Raiders bring home Team of the Week Honors

Decatur Head Coach Jere Adcock felt this 2022 season could be a special season for his team. Well after three games to start the year the Coach Adcock's feeling are right on. 

The 2022 season startred off with a 65-0 shutout road win over Mae Jemison, the Red Raiders then followed that up with the shcools first ever road win over Austin, then last week Decatur knocked off Athens 26-14. That win promped 97.7 ESPN The Zone and Bryant Bank to name Decautr this weeks Team of the Week. 

This week Decatur will look to move to 2-0 in Class 6A Region 7 with a road game at Cullman. 

 

 

 

Alabama Rolls to Season Opening win over Utah State

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Junior quarterback combined for 295 yards of total offense and six touchdowns to lead the top-ranked University of Alabama football team past Utah State, 55-0, Saturday night in front of 98,321 fans inside Bryant-Denny Stadium. The Tide opened the season with a win for the 16th-straight year under head coach Nick Saban.

 

Young finished the night with a team-leading and career-high 100 yards rushing (five rushes) while throwing for an additional 195 yards on 18-of-28 passes with five touchdowns. Running back Jahmyr Gibbs finished with 93 yards on nine carries in his Crimson Tide debut. Juniors Traeshon Holden (5 catches, 90 yards, 2 TDs) and Jermaine Burton (5 catches, 35 yards, 2 TDs) combined for 10 receptions, 125 yards and four touchdowns to lead the aerial attack.

 

Redshirt senior Jaylen Moody paced all Tide defenders with five tackles, including one for loss and one quarterback hurry. In all, Alabama’s defense accounted for five tackles for loss, four quarterback hurries and a forced fumble on the way to the team’s first shutout in a season opener in 34 years.

 

Alabama Head Coach Nick Saban Said

“I was really pleased with the way the players approached this game. I thought we had good energy, I thought we had good intensity. We had good preparation throughout this week. [Utah State is] challenging with some of the things they do. I thought the first group did a really good job and we had a lot of intensity. And we’ve missed some things which we need to clean up, but for the most part I thought the first group did a really good job in this game. It was as good team win. I thought the offense played well, defense played well and, except for at the end when we got to punt block, the special teams were solid. But there are things that we need to improve on and get better at and players need to understand the importance of sustaining the kind of intensity they have, whether it's in preparation or practice, so that we can build and improve as a team. Utah State played hard they have a good team. No disrespect to them, but we’re going to play teams that are much more physical and aggressive and talented than what they are. So, we're going to have to do things correctly and it's going to be important the guys get to understand that. I told all the young players on the team that if they are going to get an opportunity to play, are you going to be able to take advantage of that? Are you prepared to go out there and take advantage of doing your job? Knowing what to do and go out there and get five or six penalties, wrong formations, holding calls. It's good experience for them, but I think the biggest thing is the lesson that they learned in terms of how you have to prepare for a game so you can take advantage of an opportunity when it comes to. We [were able] to play a lot of players. I wish we could even play more but we're trying to get guys experience to make our team better. And that was the number one goal when we started subbing guys in later on in the game.” 

 

Notes

  • The shutout victory marked the first time in 34 years that Alabama has opened the season without allowing a point to its opponent (defeated Temple, 37-0 on Sept. 10, 1988)
  • The 55-point margin is the largest margin of victory in a season opener in the Saban-era
  • Prior to Saturday’s nights win, Saban guided the Crimson Tide to a 48-point win exactly seven years ago to the day when UA defeated USC 52-6 on Sept. 3, 2016
  • The Crimson Tide scored on the first nine offensive drives of the contest en route to the shutout win
  • Bryce Young matched his career high with the five touchdown passes, the fourth time across his 25-career games for the Crimson Tide that he has achieved the feat
  • The Tide’s signal caller also secured a career-best 100 rushing yards in a contest on five carries
  • The Alabama defense limited Utah State to only seven first downs, the fewest allowed in a game since holding Mississippi State to six on Nov. 10, 2018
  • Alabama held Utah State to just 136 yards of total offense, including 57 yards passing and 79 yards rushing
  • The first – and only – punt of the game for the Tide game late in the third quarter
  • Paid attendance was 98,321

 

How It Happened

FIRST QUARTER

  • 09:56 – UA | Will Reichard got the Crimson Tide on the board with a 45-yard field goal to cap off a seven-play, 44-yard drive that lasted 2:52
  • 05:55 – UA | Bryce Young finished off a seven-play, 60-yard drive that took 3:02 off the clock when he threw his first touchdown pass of the season, finding Jermaine Burton in the back of the endzone to stake the Tide to a 10-0 lead
  • 03:06 – UA | Young threw his second touchdown of the quarter when he found Traeshon Holden for a nine-yard connection which completed a three-play, 34-yard drive that lasted just 1:01

 

SECOND QUARTER

  • 12:19 – UA | Burton’s second touchdown reception came off a two-yard reception from Young to finish off an 11-play, 82-yard drive that spanned 4:27.
  • 10:14 – UA | Holden caught his second touchdown of the game off a 14-yard catch-and-run while the four-play, 77-yard drive lasted just 55 seconds and was highlighted by 63-yard carry by Young
  • 02:56 – UA | Reichard connected on a 33-yard field goal to finish off an 11-play, 51-yard drive 
  • 00:15 – UA | Alabama closed out the half’s scoring with an eight-yard touchdown reception by Jase McClellan, the fifth touchdown pass for Young in the half, matching his single-game career high

 

THIRD QUARTER

  • 13:37 – UA | Young accounted for his career-best sixth touchdown of the night when he scampered for a four-yard run to paydirt to finish off a three-play, 65-yard drive that took 1:19 off the clock
  • 10:18 – UA | Redshirt freshman quarterback Jalen Milroe threw his first career touchdown pass when he found McClellan on a 17-yard strike that completed another short drive, lasting just 1:54 on four plays and 44 yards

 

Up Next

  • Alabama plays its first road game of the season in Austin, Texas next Saturday against the Texas Longhorns
  • The Tide and Longhorns are scheduled for an 11 a.m. CT kickoff on Fox

 

Get all the latest information on the team by following @AlabamaFTBL on Twitter and Facebook and AlabamaFBL on Instagram. General athletic news can also be found at UA_Athletics on Twitter and Instagram and AlabamaAthletics on Facebook.

 

 

AHSAA Week Two Scoreboard

AHSAA FOOTBALL SCOREBOARD
Week 2 Scoreboard

AHSAA TV Network/WOTM TV Game of the Week
Mountain Brook 49, Minor 14
Other Games
Class 7A

Austin 24, Sparkman 21(OT)
Baker 41, Davidson 16
Central-Phenix City 27, Enterprise 7
Hewitt-Trussville 48, Oak Mountain 14
Huntsville 27, Grissom 7
Bob Jones 26, James Clemens 19
Opelika 31, Lee-Montgomery 7
Smiths Station 30, Prattville 21
Thompson 34, Vestavia Hills 14
Class 6A
Benjamin Russell 23, Calera 6
Carver-Montgomery 31, Park Crossing 0
Center Point 32, Huffman 6
Central-Tuscaloosa 33, Paul Bryant 24
Clay-Chalkville 58, Pell City 0
Decatur 25, Athens 14
Gadsden City 31, Buckhorn 7
Gardendale 63, Mortimer Jordan 21
Hartselle 34, Cullman 3
Hazel Green 25, Lee-Huntsville 6
Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa 30, Northridge 23
Homewood 24, Helena 15
Hueytown 67, Brookwood 13
McAdory 35, Bessemer City 6
Muscle Shoals 68, Columbia 0
Oxford 45, Shades Valley 13
Pike Road 35, Wetumpka 33
Spanish Fort 42, Baldwin County 7
Stanhope Elmore 45, Russell County 21
Theodore 41, Murphy 13
Class 5A
Arab 40, Douglas 6
Ardmore 37, Brewer 20
Carroll 21, Rehobeth 7
Central, Clay County 21, Tallassee 6
Charles Henderson 34, Greenville 18
Demopolis 22, Selma 0
Elmore County 48, Sylacauga 21
Fairview 42, East Limestone 14
Gulf Shores 22, Faith Academy 12
Guntersville 64, Crossville 0
Hayden 27, Carver-Birmingham 0
Holtville 34, Shelby County 13
Jemison 14, Marbury 9
Leeds 41, Springville 13
Pleasant Grove 55, Wenonah 7
Ramsay 54, Jasper 6
Russellville 49, Lawrence County 0
Scottsboro 36, Boaz 12
UMS-Wright 39, LeFlore 0
Vigor 33, Citronelle 6
West Point 44, Vinemont 12
Williamson 20, Elberta 0
Class 4A
American Christian 42, Holt 14
Andalusia 43, Dale County 0
Bayside Academy 17, St. Michael Catholic 14
Bibb County 45, West Blocton 0
Cherokee County 50, Good Hope 7
Corner 52, Hamilton 14
Deshler 50, West Limeston 17
Escambia County 55, Satsuma 15
Etowah 42, Ashville 0
Haleyville 45, Cordova 41
Montgomery Academy 34, Bullock County 0
Montgomery Catholic 56, B.T. Washington 14
Northside 28, Oak Grove 7
Oneonta 41, Hanceville 18
Orange Beach 31, Jackson 14
Priceville 35, Madison County 0
Rogers 42, East Lawrence 7
Sipsey Valley 17, Dallas County 0
T.R. Miller 70, Wilcox Central 0
Westminster Christian 55, North Jackson 39
Class 3A
Alabama Christian 64, Lynn 26
Brindlee Mountain 52, Asbury 28
Collinsville 34, Section 14
Dadeville 39, Weaver 6
Gordo 49, Winfield 42
Greensboro 41, Sumter Central 18
Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa 27, Flomaton 26 (OT)
Madison Academy 49, J.B. Pennington 7
Mars Hill Bible 56, Colbert Heights 6
Lauderdale County 49, Clements 6
Oakman 35, Midfield 12
Phil Campbell 58, Elkmont 20
Piedmont 40, Sylvania 7
Pike County 34, Ashford 0
Providence Christian 27, New Brockton 6
Randolph County 36, Childersburg 7
Saint James 34, Prattville Christian 0
Saks 48, Beulah 6
Straughn 45, Daleville 12
Thomasville 42, Monroe County 12
Class 2A
Aliceville 41, Tuscaloosa Academy 20
Ariton 43, Geneva County 14
B.B. Comer 48, Woodland 3
Clarke County 46, Washington County 0
Cleveland 44, Appalachian 14
Cottonwood 40, Abbeville 20
Falkville 32, Sheffield 7
Fyffe 49, North Sand Mountain 0
G.W. Long 42, Samson 7
Highland Home 42, Goshen 14
Isabella 59, Thorsby 30
J.U. Blacksher 46, Francis Marion 0
Lanett 39, Horseshoe Bend 6
Lexington 40, Red Bay 14
Locust Fork 73, Holly Pond 37
Luverne 75, Barbour County 0
Pisgah 41, Sand Rock 14
Reeltown 41, LaFayette 0
Southeastern 47, Gaston 14
St. Luke’s Episcopal 20, Chickasaw 14
Sulligent 24, Cold Springs 12
Tanner 63, Tharptown 0
Vincent 65, Central, Coosa 0
West End 41, Pleasant Valley 20
Whitesburg Christian 25, Ider 18
Wicksburg 42, Zion Chapel 12
Class 1A
Addison 72, Cherokee 0
Alabama School/Deaf at Mississippi School/Deaf, cancelled
Brantley 42,McKenzie 6
Cedar Bluff 48, Woodville 20
Choctaw County 44, Fruitdale 8
Elba 36, Houston County 6
Georgiana 20, Florala 14
Hubbertville 52, Holy Spirit Catholic 21
Marion County 62, Brilliant 0
Millry 41, Southern Choctaw 8
Pickens County 38, Sumiton Christian 7
Ragland 46, Donoho 14
Red Level 26, Pleasant Home 6
Sweet Water 44, University Charter School 0
Valley Head 57, Decatur Heritage 35

 

 

Sparkman Football Captures 97.7 ESPN The Zone/Bryant Bank Team of The Week

The Sparkman Senators have raced out the gates to a 2-0 start thanks to an explosive offense and a stingy defense. In season with Hazel Green the Senators posted a 77-9 win over the Trojans and then backed up that impressive outing with a 42-0 win over Huffman. 

For their efforts Sparkman was nmed the 97.7 ESPN The Zone/Bryant Bank Team of the Week. Friday afternoon Ken Watson President of Bryant Bank Huntsville, Mike Johnston Executive Vice President of Bryant Bank Huntsville along with Talkin Ball's Scott Theisen and Drew DeArmond presented the Senators a check for $500. 

Sparkman will look to move to 3-0 to start the 2022 season with a road trip to Austin Friday Night. 

AHSAA Week One Prep Football Report

Kadarius Brown’s 99-yard Fumble Return Ignites 
Second-Half Wetumpka Comeback Win over Baker

     MONTGOMERY – Wetumpka High School senior strong safety Kadarius Brown ignited an amazing second-half comeback with a 99-yard fumble return for a touchdown to lead the visiting Indians to a 24-21 win over Class 7A Baker at Mobile  to earn the AHSAA Football Spotlight for Week 1.
Wetumpka trailed 21-0 at halftime and was staring at another serious Baker scoring threat late in the third period when Brown jumped into action. The Indians(2-0)  had cut the lead to 21-7 but the Hornets were heading into the end zone when the ball got loose and Brown was on the spot, scooped it up and raced the length of the field for the touchdown.
     Brown’s defensive TD cut the lead to 21-14, Jamarion Thrasher rank for a 37-yard TD in the fourth quarter, and place-kicker Logan Weighall tied the game with the extra point. With four minutes left, the Indians defense got the ball back one final time and with less than two minutes to play, called on Weighall again. He calmly booted a career long 49-yard field goal to give Wetumpka a three-point lead. Following the kick, however, the defense forced another turnover to seal the win.
     Wetumpka first-year head coach Bear Woods was elated but not surprised. He called Brown’s big play the spark his team needed.
     “We expect those plays from our defense,” Woods told the Wetumpka Herald. “That’s two games and two defensive touchdowns for our defense. That’s how we play. We are a takeaway, big play defense. That play sparked the sideline and the team. I expect those things to happen, and the guys are believing that. I am proud of them.”
      The comeback effort edged out a monumental 21-14 win by Cherokee County High School over its fiercest rival defending 3A state champion Piedmont and two incredible rushing efforts by Tanner High School junior Elinneaus Jackson and Oneonta senior Da’Marion “Fluff” Bothwell.
       Jackson 
rushed for 320 yards and three touchdowns on 21 carries to help the Class 2A Rattlers of Coach Oscar Bond beat Class 6A Mae Jemison 61-46. His TDs came on runs of 9, 15 and 63 yards. Teammate Malikah McKinney added 163 yards on eight carries with touchdowns covering 90, 4 and 2 yards. Bothwell gained 336 yards on 23 rush attempts and scored three touchdowns as the Redskins (2-0) of Coach Phil Phillips downed Dora 41-17.
      Cherokee County senior quarterback Cade Hopper was 14-of-17 passing for 176 yards and threw a 50-yard strike to senior receiver Malachi Horton with 1:16 remaining to lift the Warriors (2-0) to a 21-14 win over Piedmont (0-1). The win came just one year after Hopper threw three interceptions in a 27-point loss to the Bulldogs. The Cherokee County victory snapped Piedmont’s 10-game winning streak over the Warriors of Coach Jacob Kelley. Horton had seven catches for 104 yards. Tristan Brown had an interception with 51 seconds left to seal the win.
      Their last previous victory over Piedmont, coached by Steve Smith, came in 2009 – with both teams going on to win the Class 3A and Class 4A state titles that season.  With last week’s win, the series, which was first played in 1925, is now tied at 38-38-3 and is the longest series in both schools’ history. Bulldogs’ linebacker Jake Austin returned a Warriors fumble 62 yards for a TD in the third quarter and finished with 12 tackles to lead Piedmont.

 

MILESTONES
ROMAN GAGLIANO, OPELIKA: Passed for three touchdowns to lead the Bulldogs to a 35-14 win over Jeff Davis as Opelika, coached byErik Speakman, recorded its 600th football win in school history. The Bulldogs become the 30th school in the AHSAA to notch 600 wins. Now in their 102rd season since 1917, Opelika has played 1,022 games overall, according the www.ahsfhs.org, a website dedicated to Alabama high school football history. The Bulldogs are 600-404-18 overall, a winning percentage of 60%. The state’s winningest high school program is Oneonta (710-362-33), followed by T.R, Miller (709-220-29). Enterprise is currently the leader in Class 7A with a 665-335-34 record which ranks eighth all-time. Opelika, in Class 7A for the first time this season, is ranked second behind the Wildcats. Other current class leaders, based on current classification, include: (1A) Pickens County (637-392-15); (2A) Luverne (607-365-29); (3A) Fayette County (707-362-35); (4A) Oneonta (710-362-33); (5A) Demopolis (666-328-42); and (6A) Benjamin Russell (659-367-25).
CHRISTIAN ROSS, DALE COUNTY: Recovered four fumbles – returning one for a touchdown – and had a quarterback sack in the Warriors’ 39-9 setback to Carroll of Ozark. The four recoveries set an AHSAA single-game record. The previous record (3) was set by Briarwood Christian’s Jordan Carroll in a 32-13 win over John Carroll Catholic in 2012.
JAXON WILLIAMS, HEADLAND: 
Accounted for 344 yards and six touchdowns to power Headland in a 60-12 victory over Henry County rival Abbeville. The 60 points by Headland were the most by a Rams team against the Yellow Jackets in the 85-game history of the two rivals. Williams was 10-of-12 passing for 255 yards and three touchdowns. He also rushed for 89 yards and three scores.
GAVIN SMART, BOAZ: Snagged a single-game school record 14 receptions in the Pirates’ 41-30 loss to Albertville, finishing with 105 yards and a touchdown. 
BRADYN JOINER, AUBURN: Moved from the defensive line to the offensive line for Coach Keith Etheredge and has had nine knockdown blocks in 58 plays after two games – wins over Hoover (17-14) and Enterprise (31-21).
 

RUSHING
ALVIN HENDERSON, ELBA: 
Had 274 rushing yards on 32 carries with four touchdowns to lead the Tigers past Kinston 33-6. He scored on runs of 19, 62, 6, and 4 yards.
BRYCE DOWDLAN, B.C. RAIN: Piled up 259 yards rushing on 25 carries, and two touchdowns, both in the fourth quarter as the Red Raiders downed Vigor 20-7. The Class 5A Wolves, who won the 2021 Class 4A state crown, saw their six-game winning streak snapped in the setback.

NOAH JOHNSON, GENEVA: Picked up 254 yards rushing and scored four touchdowns in the Panthers’ 46-21 win in Deane Bozeman High School of Panama City (FL). 
NATE THOMAS, THORSBY: Rushed for 248 yards and three long-distance touchdowns to lead the Rebels past Prattville Christian 40-20.  He had s 48-yard TD run on his  first carry, added a 64-yard TD in the opening half and closed out the scoring with an 82-yard TD run in the fourth quarter. He also managed four receptions for 34 yards and a TD. Teammate Grayson McManus opened the scoring with a 72-yard TD run on the first play from scrimmage. Prattville Christian tied the game in the fourth quarter before Thomas’ final TD sealed the win.
DRAKE FRANKLIN, ARAB: Ran for 209 yards and three touchdowns on 23 carries in a 35-0 win over Brewer.

EASTON SMITH, WEST LIMESTONE: Ran for 203 yards and three touchdowns on seven carries in a 56-20 win over Clements.

COLE BLAYLOCK, UMS-WRIGHT: Blaylock carried 23 times for 202 yards and scored on runs of 4, 76, 11 and 4 yards in a win over T.R. Miller. He also caught two passes for 25 yards and returned two punts for 35 yards.

JAMARI McCLURE, GOSHEN: Gained 200 yards rushing on 12 carries and scored four touchdowns in leading the Eagles (2-0) to a 46-21 win over Zion Chapel.
JAISON TAYLOR, BIBB COUNTY: Rushed for 198 yards and scored six touchdowns on 21 carries in the Choctaws’ 56-21 win over Gordo. His scoring runs covered 24, 18, 12, 12, 4 and 2 yards.
JEREMIAH COBB, MONTGOMERY CATHOLIC: Totaled 196 yards rushing on 12 carries with TD runs of 9, 39, 5 and 55 yards as Catholic beat Alabama Christian 61-7. He now has rushed for 335 yards and seven touchdowns in t wo games this season.
ETHAN CRAWFORD, HILLCREST-TUSCALOOSA: The Patriots’ quarterback rushed 186 yards and five touchdowns in a 35-25 win over Armwood (FL). His TD plays were 47, 8, 2, 5 and 2 yards.
DEVIOUN “DV” WILLIAMS, AUBURN: The clutch running back converted several third and fourth-down conversions with his rugged workhorse running ability to lead the Tigers (2-0) past Class 7A, Region 2 foe Enterprise 31-21. He totaled 185 rushing yards and one TD on 21 carries.
TROY BRUCE, CENTER POINT: Ran 17 times for 185 yards and 5 touchdowns (15, 53, 7, 66 and 16 yards) against Aliceville.

CONNOR BATES, SPRING  GARDEN:  Accumulated 172 rushing yards on 22 carries with a 71-yard touchdown in a 27-0 win over Coosa Christian. He also posted five tackles on defense.
JACKSON BRYSON, MARBURY: Gained 157 yards and scored two touchdowns on just six carries to pace Marbury to a 38-36 win over John Carroll Catholic. Bryson’s scoring runs covered 61 and 45 yards in the fourth period. Both teams combined for 46 points in the final quarter.
ANTNONY ROGERS, PIKE ROAD: Ran 15 times for 156 yards and scored twice on runs of 1 and 80 yards as the Patriots fell to Marist (GA) 33-22.
BRADEN GREEN, NORTHSIDE: Accounted for both TDs in a 13-7 win over Cleburne County – racing 87 yards for the first TD and tossing a 36-yard pass to Jayden William Roberts for the second score.
RASHARD CHILDERS, CHILTON COUNTY: Scored five rushing touchdowns and 149 yards on 16 carries as the Tigers (2-0) beat Jemison 50-0. His TD runs covered 34, 2, 2, 1 and 9 yards.
KEATON DeBOARD, COLLINSVILLE: Rushed 14 times for 144 yards and two touchdowns (52 and 4 yards) in the Panthers’ 33-7 victory over Crossville.

JALEN FLETCHER, WEST MORGAN: Ran for 108 yards and four touchdowns on 10 carries and caught six passes for 65 yards in a 49-0 win over Ardmore.

CHARLES GRANT, FAYETTE COUNTY: Led the Tigers to a 47-37 win over Sulligent rushing 15 times for 108 yards and four  touchdowns on runs covering 7, 15, 1 and 3 yards. 
CAM DOOLEY, VALLEY: Rushed for two TDs and passed for a third in a 19-0 win over Lanett. He 195 total yards in the win also played safety on defense.
ALEX MASON, EAST LIMESTONE: Posted four rushing touchdowns in a 35-32 win over Central-Florence.


PASSING
ANDY HOWARD, ALBERTVILLE: 
Completed 14-of-21 passes for 317 yards and four touchdowns in a 41-30 win over Boaz. The victory improved the Aggies’ lead in the series to 58-23-1. The series was first played in 1938 and has been played annual since 1952.
PEYTON FLOYD, HEWITT-TRUSSVILLE: Accounted for five touchdowns, with a 20-of-28 passing performance which netted 289 yards and three touchdowns. He also added 57 rushing yards and two more scored as the Huskies beat Gadsden City 64-17.
CHRISTOPHER VIZZINA, BRIARWOOD CHRISTIAN: Completed 22-of-31 passes for 268 yards, including an 8-yard touchdown toss on the game’s final play for a23-21 win over Spain Park. He added 15 rush attempts for 96 yards and two more scores. With 58 seconds left, Vizzina led the Lion s on a 68-yard game-winning drive.

JOSH WARD, SPARKMAN: Completed 16-of-25 passes for 267 yards and three touchdowns and scored a rushing TD in the Senators’ 42-0 win over Huffman.

KADYN MITCHELL, HOUSTON ACADEMY: Was a near-perfect 7-of-8 passing for 240 yards and five touchdowns as the Raiders opened , Class 3A, Region 2 with a 42-0 win over Daleville.
AIDEN WHITE, ENTERPRISE: Passed for 230 yards and  two touchdowns while completing 11-of-16 passes in the Wildcats’ 31-21 loss to Auburn.
BRYSON HUGHES, G.W. LONG: Connected on 19-of-31 passes for 216 yards and two touchdowns in the Rebels’ 22-15 win over Slocomb. He had a 25-yard touchdown pass to Jakirre Redding and a 6-yard TD pass to Tanner Johnston. Hughes also scored on a 2-yard run and threw a 2-point conversion to Redding.
K.J LACEY, SARALAND: was 11-of-15 passing for 215 yards and five touchdown passes as the Spartans defeated Murphy 49-20 in their Class 6A, Region 1 opener.

ALEXANDER BRADFORD, LAMAR COUNTY: Was 14-of-22 passing for 214 yards and a TD in a 30-24 loss to Phil Campbell. His TD toss to Devonte McKinney covered 82 yards.
K.J. JACKSON, SAINT JAMES: Completed 12-of-24 passes for 212 yards and two TDs and rushed 12 times for 79 yards and scores of 58 and 2 yards in the Trojans’ 48-35 setback to Handley.
CARSON McFADDEN, JOHN CARROLL CATHOLIC: Was 14-of-27 passing for 212 yards and two touchdowns and also rushed for 81 yards and two scores on 15 carries in the Cavs’ 38-36 loss to Marbury. He also caught a 36-yard TD pass.
JOHN PAUL HEAD, VESTAVIA HILLS: Accounted for five touchdowns (three passing, two rushing) as the Rebels downed Homewood 35-0. He completed 8-of-12 passes for 201 yards and rushed 10 times for 89 yards in the win.
JAYDEN PARKS, BRANTLEY: Led the Bulldogs to a 33-7 win over Houston County with an 11-of-16 passing performance for 175 yards and two touchdowns. Teammate Robert Shine also had 105 yards rushing on 12 carries with two TDs.
CADEN BURNETT, FALKVILLE: Passed for 175 yards and four touchdowns and ran for a TD in a 41-15 win over Danville.

JARRETT DAUGHTRY, FAITH ACADEMY: Finished 6-of-7 passing for 159 yards and three touchdowns – one each to Christian Burnette, Tynean Goodwill and E.J. King in Faith’s 42-6 win over Elberta.

LANDON DUCKWORTH, JACKSON: Accounted for five touchdowns in a 43-20 win over Demopolis. He completed 8-of-16 passes for 125 yards and two scores and added 10 runs for 52 yards and three more touchdowns.

CALE TITTLE, LYNN: Was 10-of-15 passing for 122 yards and two touchdowns and rushed 21 times for 89 yards to lead the Bears past Marion County 31-14.Cole Kelly also rushed for 119 yards and two TDs and caught a 26-yard pass in the win.
CHRISTIAN MOSE, ALMA BRYANT: Accounted for three touchdowns as Alma Bryant went on the road and defeated Holtville 35-29. Mose connected with Dede Lambert on TD passes of 30 and 70 yards. He also scored a rushing touchdown.
PAYTON ANDERSON, ELMORE COUNTY: Accounted for three touchdowns – one rushing, passing and pass receiving – as the Tigers (2-0) beat Autaugaville 41-0. He was 7-of-14 passing for 88 yards, rushed six times for 98 yards and caught a 15-yard TD pass. His TD run covered 65 yards.
 

 

PASS RECEIVING
NICK DYER, CORNER: 
Had six catches for 216 yards and two touchdowns in a 48-27 victory over St. Clair County.

JAMES BOLTON, MARY MONTGOMERY: Caught nine passes for 197 yards and two TDs in a 24-20 loss to Charles Henderson.

NIC STRONG, RANDOLPH: Ran for 47 yards and three touchdowns and caught five passes for 148 yards and two TDs in a 46-33 win over Madison Academy.

RONNIE ROYAL III, GULF SHORES: Pulled in seven pass receptions for 142 yards and 2 TDs and rushed 2 times for 37 yards and 2 TD in a win at Citronelle.
KeANTHONY WILDER, ALICEVILLE: Caught eight passes for 137 yards in a 48-18 loss to Class 6A Center Point.
LUKE HARKNESS, MONTGOMERY CATHOLIC: Made five catches for 116 yards and three touchdowns, all in the first half, as the Knights downed Alabama Christian,61-7. His TD receptions covered 40, 8 and 24 yards.
CONNER NELSON, LEEDS: The wide receiver came in at quarterback, netting 166 all-purpose yards with five catches for 105 yards and two touchdowns,  had 11 rush attempts for 54 yards and two touchdowns and was 1-of-2 passing for 7 yards in a 38-10 triumph over Pell City. 

THOMAS HARMON, WHITESBURG CHRISTIAN: Caught three touchdown passes in a 27-20 win over Victory Christian.

 

DEFENSE
DRE KIRKPATRICK, GADSDEN CITY: Finished with 13 tackles in the Titans' 64-17 loss to Hewitt-Trussville.

JAMAROUN SATTERWHITE, LOACHAPOKA: Had two interceptions on defense and totaled 153 rushing yards and two touchdowns on offense in the Indians’ 20-6 win over Lee County rival Beulah.
KORIAN SALTER, DOTHAN: Accounted for 11 tackles, including three quarterback sacks, in the Wolves’ 42-14 Class 7A, Region 2 opener versus Lee-Montgomery.
COLBY BALLARD, OPP: Managed 11 tackles and an interception in the Bobcats’ 41-20 win over New Brockton.
RAY ALBRIGHT VINCENT: Had 10 tackles, including three for a loss, a forced fumble and fumble recovery as the Yellow Jackets beat Winterboro 56-0.

SAMUEL CARPENTER, BAYSIDE ACADEMY: Totaled eight tackles, two sacks and a caused fumble in the Admirals’ 33-15 road win at Pike Liberal Arts.

HENRY LAPEYROUSE, ST. PAUL’S EPISCOPAL: The defensive lineman totaled four solo tackles, six assists, four sacks, seven quarterback hurries and a fumble recovery in the Saints’ 16-3 win over McGill-Toolen Catholic. Three of the sacks came on McGill’s final two drives of the  night.
T.K. KNIGHT, DOTHAN: Intercepted two passes, one in the end zone to prevent a score, the other he returned 60 yards to set up another TD, as Dothan (2-0) beat Lee-Montgomery 42-14. He finished with four tackles.
DAVIS DARE, AMERICAN CHRISTIAN: Had an interception on defense, scored on a 22-yard run and 52-yard pass reception as the Patriots downed Tuscaloosa Academy 35-0.
ANTHONY YOUNG, WENONAH: Returned an interception for a touchdown while on defense ad was 3-of-8 passing for 125 yards and a touchdown offense leading the Dragons to  43-0 win over Midfield. He also rushed three carries for 83 yards and two more scores.
NASH THOMAS, DECATUR HERITAGE: Recorded a touchdown catch, fumble recovery and interception in a 26-16 win over Carbon Hill.

JADE TURNER, SAND ROCK: Intercepted a pass and returned it for a touchdown with 8:10 to go in the third quarter for the Wildcats’ first touchdown in a 29-12 win at Cedar Bluff.
JAXON HAMBY, WEST END: The freshmen safety intercepted a pass and recovered a fumble in the Patriots’ 24-0 win over Susan Moore. 
KOAL GARRETT, SOUTHSIDE-GADSDEN: Had two interceptions in the Panthers’ 42-7 victory over Hokes Bluff.

 


SPECIAL TEAMS
BAYLOR CANNON, MARBURY: Booted a 37-yard field goal with seven seconds left to lift the Bulldogs to a 38-36 win over John Carroll Catholic. He also booted five extra points.
MYKEL JOHNSON, ENTERPRISE: Returned a kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown during the Wildcats’ 31-21 loss to Auburn – his second kick return for a TD in as many weeks. Johnson also caught three passes for 129 yards with two touchdowns (83 and 40 yards) and had one punt return for 13 yards.

JACK SEYMOUR, CHELSEA: Booted field goals of 40 and 43 yards in a 10-6 setback to Shelby County rival Calera.
JONATHAN FOUNTAINE, DOUGLAS: Ran for 156 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries, returned a kickoff 85 yards for a score and caught a 28-yard TD pass in a 56-7 win over DAR.

XAVIER GAINES, PRICEVILLE: Ran a kickoff back 79 yards for a touchdown, rushed for 108 yards and another score on five carries, and caught two passes for 107 yards and a TD 54-47 win over Fairview. He totaled 294 tandem yards in the win.
 

 

 

AHSAA Prep Volleyball Spotlight

MONTGOMERY – Brewer High School senior Bronwyn Borden had a week to remember for the Lady Patriots volleyball team. The outstanding defensive specialist had 277 digs in 10 matches – an average of 27.7 per contest – and managed a career high 57 digs in a tough math versus Guntersville to claim the AHSAA Volleyball Spotlight for Week 2 of the 2022 high school volleyball season.
      The 57 digs rank second all-time in the AHSAA State Record Book and was five shy of tying the single game record (62) set by Katelyn Wear of Brooks in a match versus Lexington in 2013.  Borden’s total moved her ahead of Mountain Brook’s Evelyn King into second place. King had 55 in a match versus Hazel Green in 2020.
Brewer (15-5), coach by Jill Faulkner, was 8-2 last week with wins over West Morgan, Fairview, Covenant Christian, Russellville, Muscle Shoals, Spring Garden, St. Clair County and Ramsay and losses to Guntersville and Donoho.

Carly Brown had 39 blocks, including 13 against Spring Garden,Cheyenne Lucas had 67 kills, and Laney Nelson had 41 kills during the 10-match span.
    Borden’s record-setting effort edged out a strong team showing by Huntsville High School to earn the AHSAA Volleyball Spotlight.
    
Huntsville compiled a 10-0 record last week, including winning eight straight matches to earn the 38th annual Ironman Tournament championship on Saturday. Huntsville (15-4), the tournament hosts, beat Priceville and lost to Hartselle in regular season play before reeling off eight straight wins in the tourney. Coach Melanie Donahoo’s Panthers defeated Hazel Green, James Clemens, Thompson, Madison County, Brooks, Athens, and Sparkman for the title. Senior libero Ryan Damon led the defense with 107 digs, adding 10 aces and 18 assists, while senior outside hitter Ella Hall had 54 kills, 14 blocks and 24 digs. Sophomore Keara Bowen added 52 kills, 13 blocks and six digs.
     Other outstanding performances reported include:

MILESTONES
CASSIE REASNER, SPARKMAN: 
The senior outside hitter surpassed 1,000 career digs last week with 74 in 13 matches – and helped Coach Chandler Phillips, now in her third season as head coach, claim her 100th career coaching win in the process. Reasner also had 122 kills during that span leading the Senators (17-3) to the championship match of the Huntsville Ironman Tourney. Sparkman went 11-2 for the week.
MADISON MOORE, CHELSEA: Went over 1,000 assists in her career with 202 assists last week in eight matches for the Hornets (11-3). She also had 12 aces to lead Chelsea to the Vestavia Hills tourney title.
MEG JARRETT, BOB JONES:  Totaled 98 digs in 11 matches to push her career total over 1,000 for Bob Jones.

KILLS
EMILY BREAZEALE, SPAIN PARK: 
Averaged 15 kills per match in three wins for the defending Class 7A state champion Jaguars (10-2).
RAYANNA AUSLEY, GENEVA: Had 56 kills, an average of 14 per match in last week’s four contests, and 48 digs for the Panthers (11-0).
ELLIE PATE, AUBURN: Had 44 kills, an average of 14.7 per match, and 37 digs in three contests.

SAVANNAH GANN, VESTAVIA HILLS: Had 104 kills and 38 digs in nine matches.

HANNAH JONES, PRATTVILLE CHRISTIAN: Had 83 kills, 34 digs, 7 aces, and 86 serve receptions in seven matches.

AVERI SMITH, PELHAM: Had 75 kills, nine aces, four blocks and 67 digs in seven matches.


ASSISTS

RILEY LOVELL, BOB JONES: Had 224 assists, 12 kills, 11 aces, 58 digs and eight blocks in 11 matches for the Patriots (17-3).

ADDI VINSON, MONTGOMERY ACADEMY: Totaled 213 assists and 70 digs in 10 matches to lead the Eagles (10-1) to a runner-up finish in the Mayor’s Cup Tourney.

ARIEL FUQUA, SPARKMAN: Managed 202 assists, 60 digs, 21 kills, nine blocks and seven aces in 13 matches.

HELEN MCHER, JOHN CARROLL CATHOLIC: Helped the Cavs (8-8) go 6-2 last week with 188 assists.
OLIVIA KELLY, THOMPSON: Had 179 assists, 48 digs, 10 blocks, 12 kills, and 11 aces in 10 matches.
ALEXIS BELARMINO, SPANISH FORT: Recorded 173 assists and 46 digs in eight matches for the Toros (11-4).
BLAKELEY ROBBINS, BAYSIDE ACADEMY: Recorded 164 assists, 34 digs, 15 kills, and six aces in seven matches for the Class 6A Admirals (12-3) to win the Mayor’s Cup Tourney at Montgomery.

SOPHIA SAXON, SARALAND: Had 160 assists, 59 digs, 37 kills, 22 aces and 10 locks as the Spartans won the Silver Bracket of the Battle of the Bridge Tourney at Mobile.
JOLEE GIADROSHICH, BRIARWOOD CHRISTIAN: Helped the Lions (11-4) win the West Morgan Invitational totaling 158 assists, 63 digs and 10 aces in 10 matches.
HEATHER HOLTZ, ENTERPRISE: Distributed 36 assists in two wins – over Auburn and Montgomery-Catholic.

BLOCKS

CARLY BROWN, BREWER: Had 39 blocks, including 13 against Spring Garden, in 10 matches.
MADISON AUTRY, HAZEL GREEN: Totaled 26 blocks and 70 kills as  the Trojans (11-5) went 7-2 in the Huntsville Ironman Tourney.
SKYE LETSON, LAWRANCE COUNTY: Recorded 21 blocks and 42 kills in West Morgan tourney for the Red Devils (7-6).
BELLA WAKEFIELD, WINSTON COUNTY: Managed 20 blocks and 49 kills in nine matches.
ABBY WALDREP, ADDISON: Had 18 blocks and 29 kills in three matches last week for the Bulldogs (8-3).
ASHLEE GANN, COVENANT CHRISTIAN: Totaled 17 blocks, 22 kills and 18 digs in two matches for Covenant (6-3).
BRAYDEN CHANDLER, LAUDERDALE COUNTY: Finished with 15 blocks in four matches for the Tigers (7-5).

DIGS

LEYNI YOUNG, ORANGE BEACH: Had 147 digs, 23 aces and 20 assists in nine matches as Orange Beach (10-0) won the Makos’ Battle at the Beach Invitational.

AUDREY VIELGUTH, VESTAVIA HILLS: Totaled 118 digs in nine matches for the Rebels (13-4).
PARKER SHEGON, MONTGOMERY ACADEMY: Had 110 digs in 10 matches.
JAKAYA SMITH, AUSTIN: Recorded 101 digs, 25 kills, four aces and four blocks in four matches for the Black Bears.
 

SERVICE ACES

EMMA McPHERSON, MOBILE CHRISTIAN: Had 25 service aces and 114 assists in 10 matches to lead the Leopards (17-0) to the championship of the Battle of the Bridge Tourney at Mobile.
ASHLYN WHITESIDE, BAYSHORE CHRISTIAN: Delivered 24 service aces in eight matches. She also had 87 kills and 12 blocks during that span.
GRIER BROUGHTON, BAYSIDE ACADEMY: Totaled 18 aces, 18 kills and 41 digs in seven matches for Bayside.
ADDISON PRINE, UMS-WRIGHT: Had 19 aces in eight matches for the Bulldogs. She also had 51 digs.
BAILEY HOPE, SPANISH FORT: Had 17 service aces in eight matches.
 

 

 

Crimson Tide Football Concludes First Practice of Game Week

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The Alabama football team held practice on Monday afternoon in full pads. The two-hour workout was held on the Thomas-Drew Practice Fields and is the first practice of game week.

 

Monday’s practice started at 3:30 p.m. CT and was the 21st in a series of 27 workouts for the Tide as the team readies to open the 2022 campaign. The Alabama Crimson Tide will face the Utah State Aggies for the home opener on Saturday, Sept. 3 at 6:30 p.m. CT inside Bryant-Denny Stadium with the game being broadcast nationally on SEC Network.

 

The Tide will return to the practice field on Tuesday, August 30, at 3:30 p.m.

 

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Week Zero AHSAA Prep Spotlight

Fairhope’s Nolan Phillips Storms into AHSAA’s First Football Spotlight with Last-Minute Interception Return to Seal Win

     MONTGOMERY – Fairhope High School junior Nolan Phillips returned an interception 75 yards as time expired Friday night to lift the Pirates to a 34-28 win over Spanish Fort in the season opener for the two neighboring Baldwin County rivals. He took snatched the long pass out of the air at the Pirates’ 25-yard line, then displayed some incredible grit breaking tackle after tackle on the return that culminated with him crossing the goal line – with his teammates storming the end zone to congratulate him.
     For his efforts, Phillips captured the AHSAA Prep Football Spotlight for Week Zero – edging out another last play defensive touchdown by Cullman seniorsGarrett Hall and Ben Washburn as the Bearcats beat Mars Hill Bible 13-10.
     Phillips and his teammates trailed 28-21 in the final quarter before staging the comeback win.
     “Great way to start the season,” Fairhope coach Tim Carter told al.com. “Great opponent. Both teams led in the game. There was no quit in either team.”
     Sawyer Wilson, who rushed for 141 yards on 11 carries, scored three touchdowns to key Spanish Fort, which took the lead 28-21 in the fourth quarter on a 67-yard run by Jake Godfrey. The Pirates tied the game on a 10-yard pass from quarterback Caden Creel to Gregory Bowman tied the game at 28-28. Creel finished 19-of-34 passing for 218 yards and three touchdowns. 
     Fairhope got the ball back but lost a fumble with 37 seconds remaining in the final period – setting up the final Toros possession of the night and Phillips’ ultimate heroics.
      Cullman found itself trailing Mars Hill Bible 10-7 with just seconds remaining in that contest. Backed up inside their own 10-yar line and facing fourth down, the Panthers chose to send their punter into the end zone for a possible safety to run out the clock. Cullman’s Hall, however, gave chase and stripped the ball  from the punter’s hands in the end zone and Washburn pounced on the ball for the touchdown and the Bearcats emerged with a 13-10 win as the final horn sounded.
      “I’ve coached 30 years,” Cullman coach Oscar Glasscock told the Cullman Times. “I’ve never been part of a game that ended like that.”
      Week Zero brought a lot of surprises, milestone victories and several amazing performances.
       Among them were:

MILESTONES
GABE BENTON, BENJAMIN RUSSELL: 
Was 18-of-23 passing for 443 yards and six touchdowns, and Corri Milliner caught six passes for 174 yards and three touchdowns as the Wildcats rolled to a 41-7 win over Sylacauga in Coach Smitty Grider’s first game as the Wildcats’ head coach. The 443 yards passing set a school record and ranks 38th all-time in the AHSAA State Record Book.
KAREEM KEYE, MINOR: Was 29-of-39 passing for 410 yards and five touchdowns as Minor downed Huffman 49-25. He also had eight rush attempts for 51 yards in the win.
JOSH HESTER, GASTON: Rushed for 399 yards on 19 carries and scored three touchdowns in a 64-40 win over Asbury. He also added 79 yards in kickoff returns including one return for a touchdown, managed three 3-point conversions, and had eight tackles and a sack on defense. Gaston’s season-opening win was  just the second for the Bulldogs since 2015.
ETHAN CRAWFORD, HILLCREST-TUSCALOOSA: Scored on a 4-yard run with 17.9 seconds left to lead the Patriots to a 28-21 win over Pike Road – snapping a 29-game regular-season winning streak in the process. Class 6A Pike Road, which finished 14-0 to win the 2021 Class 5A state championship, had not lost a regular-season game since losing to Beulah 29-24 on October 26, 2018. The Patriots from Montgomery County are 35-5 in regular-season games since starting football in 2018 and 42-8 overall. Pike Road, coached by Ed Rigby, is 10-3 in playoff games. Hillcrest, coached by Jamie Mitchell, is in 42nd season. The Tuscaloosa team is 288-181 overall with a 149-81 slate at home is 129-91 in road games during that stretch.
IAN GARNER, BRINDLEE MOUNTAIN: Ran for three touchdowns and threw a 5-yard TD pass for what turned out to be the winning score as the Lions snapped a 43-game losing streak with a 26-20 win over Cherokee. He also converted a 2-point run and picked off a pass on the game’s final play. The Lions’ last previous win came on Sept. 22, 2017, versus Douglas 25-6.
ROMAN GAGLIANO, OPELIKA: Completed 13-of-18 passes for 232 yards and one TD to lead the Bulldogs past Callaway (GA) 29-28. He also rushed for one score. The win was No. 599 for Opelika’s storied program. The Bulldogs have a 599-404-18 overall record since 1917 – and ranks 30th in AHSAA history for total wins. Coach Erik Speakman’s team hosts Jeff Davis next Friday. 
ZANE SCROGGIN, WOODLAWN: The defensive back had six tackles and two interceptions on defense. Playing quarterback in a reserve role, he entered the game in the first half due to an injury to the starter – and completed 7-of-13 passes for one TD and rushed for another score as the Colonels downed Bessemer City 18-15. The victory was the 450th in Woodlawn history – dating back to the Birmingham school’s first season in 1921. Woodlawn has a 450-484-26. Leeds also posted win No. 550 last weekend with the Green Wave beating Mortimer Jordan 21-7.
Leeds is now 550-420-20 overall.
BLAZE GERHART, SARDIS: Ran for 134 yards and a touchdown in a come-from-behind 16-14 win over DAR. The victory, coming in the debut of new head coach Chris Stephenson, was just the second win  by the Class 5A Lions in its last 24 games. Sardis was 0-10 in 2020 and 1-9 in 2021.
TYLER NELSON, GARDENDALE: Ran 23 times for 317 yards and three touchdowns and completed 10-of-15 passes for 150 yards and two touchdowns in a 41-34 win over James Clemens. He had one TD run of 93 yards and finished with 467 total yards on the night.
MICHAEL TOWNER, VIGOR: A defensive lineman by trade who was named the ASWA 2021 Class 4A Lineman of the Year scored the only TD of the game on a bruising 5-yard run out of the wildcat formation on a fourth-and-3 play to lift the Wolves to a 7-0 win over rival Blount in the Battle of Prichard. Vigor improved to 37-18 in the series which was first played in 1971.
THEOLA McKINSTRY, TARRANT: Helped the Wildcats win their first season opener since 2006 with 150 rushing yards and two touchdowns on eight carries in the 27-6 win over Talladega County Central. Teammate Keuntaye Palmore also rushed for more than 100 yards with 107 yards on 12 carries as Tarrant opened its new stadium with the win. Tarrant had lost 15 straight season openers during the stretch from 2007-2021.
KEETON LANPHEAR, RED BAY: Rushed for 127 yards on 18 carries and scored two touchdowns. The final TD came on a 1-yard run to give Coach Heath Childers’ Class 2A Tigers the lead for good as Red Bay beat Class 4A Hamilton 22-20. It was its first on-the-field win over the Aggies in school history. The season opener was the first time the two schools had played since 1983. The Aggies and Tigers initially started the series in 1932. Hamilton came to Friday’s game holding an 18-1 advantage in the series with Red Bay’s only previous victory coming in 2020 in a COVID forfeit.
    Other highlights reported include:

RUSHING
CAMERON DEAVER, MEEK:  Managed 34 rush attempts for 298 yards and four touchdowns as Meek downed Maplesville 36-12.
TROY BRUCE, CENTER POINT: Managed 240 yards rushing and three touchdowns on 18 carries in the Eagles’ 55-37 win over Jasper. Teammate Jabari Collier added 206 yards rushing and three TDs on 10 carries. He also completed 8-of-11 passes for 196 yards and two TDs to total 402 yards.
KHALFA KEITH, PARKER: Ran for 270 yards and four touchdowns on 24 carries as the Thundering Herd downed Fairfield 35-12.
JORDAN SMITH, ARITON: Piled up 241 yards rushing and three touchdowns on 16 carries in a 50-28 season-opening win over Dale County.
JORDAN GODSEY, LAMAR COUNTY: Rushed for 228 yards on 23 carries in a 42-40 win vs. South Lamar.
JEREMIAH COBB, MONTGOMERY CATHOLIC: Rushed for 215 yards and four touchdowns on 17 carries to lead the Class 4A Knights to a 42-21 win over Class 6A McGill-Toolen Catholic. 
WESLEY RODGERS, SPRING  GARDEN: Ran for 211 yards and four scores on 17 rushes in a 40-8 victory over Sand Rock.
CONNER BATES, SPRING GARDEN: Rushed for 210 yards and four touchdowns on 18 carries to lift the Panthers to a 40-8 win over Sand Rock. He had TD runs of 61, 5, 51 and 10 yards and added a 2-point conversion. Teammate Chapel Pope also rushed for 110 yards on eight carries with a 78-yard TD sprint.
WAUNTAVIOUS CONLEY, ABBEVILLE: Had 207 yards rushing and two touchdowns (53, 56 yards) on 13 carries as the Jackets blanked Beulah 26-0. He also had eight tackles and a fumble recovery on defense.
ALVIN HENDERSON, ELBA: Totaled 191 yards and three touchdowns on 13 carries in Elba’s 40-8 win over New Brockton.
JAXON WILLIAMS, HEADLAND: Gained 186 rushing yards and three touchdowns and was  8-of-10 passing for 29 yards in the Rams’ 38-26 over Geneva. His TD runs covered 51, 36 and 6 yards.
FLUFF BOTHWELL, ONEONTA: Ran 12 times for 178 yards and three touchdowns (9, 15 and 63 yards) in a 47-14 victory win over Cleveland. The Blount County rivals each reached the  state finals in 2021 with the Redskins playing the 4A finals and the Panthers in the 2A finals.
EASTON SMITH, WEST LIMESTONE: Ran for 163 yards and four touchdowns in a 27-21 win over Ardmore.
TACARIS BOZEMAN, SIDNEY LANIER: Ran 16 times for 163 yards with TD runs covering 53, 45 and 13 yards as the Poets knocked of Lee-Montgomery 20-7.
DRAKE FRANKLIN, ARAB: Ran for 154 yards and three touchdowns to help the Knights defeat Albertville 47-14. He scored on runs of 31, 6 and 5 yards.
ZAC McCRAY, CLAY-CHALKVILLE: Ran for 154 yards on 11 carries (14 yards per carry average) with a touchdown in the win over Briarwood.
TRAVIS PEARSON, TRINITY PRESBYTERIAN: Scored on a 74-yard run right out of the chute and finished with 136 yards and two scores on just seven carries as the Wildcats beat B.T. Washington of Tuskegee 34-16. Pearson did not play in the second half.
JACOB CORNEJO, CHEROKEE COUNTY: Had 154 total yards on offense, 88 rushing and 66 receiving, and scored two touchdowns. He had a 20-yard TD run among his 18 carries and hauled in a 60-yard TD pass.
BUCKY LEEK, CEDAR BLUFF: Accounted for all three touchdowns in the Tigers’ 22-20 win over Winterboro. He rushed for 60 yards on 13 carries scoring on an 8-yard run. He also three two TD passes covering 40 and 27 yards in the win.

PASSING
JACK SMITH, HARTSELLE: 
Passed for 345 yards and three touchdowns and ran for a TD in a 45-17 win over Austin.
KEYWONE POSEY, PINSON VALLEY: Passed for 313 yards and three touchdowns in the Indians’ 34-14 win over Florence. The victory was the first for new head coach Lee Guess.
KAMERON KEENAN, RAMSAY: Was 26-of-35 passing for 312 yards and five touchdowns as the Rams thumped Hueytown 41-28 in a game played at historic Legion Field.
BRAXTON PETERS, WEST MORGAN: Completed 10-of-12 passes for 301 yards and four touchdowns in a 41-31 win over Randolph.
IAN SENN, ARITON: Was 15-of-23 passing  for 295 yards and five touchdowns in a 60-28 win over Dale County.
KJ LACEY, SARALAND: The sophomore quarterback completed 23-of-33 passes for 266 yards and two touchdowns in a 43-23 win over Daphne. He also rushed for a third score.
PARKER STEPHENSON, ELMORE COUNTY: Snapped  10-game losing streak with 282 total yards as Elmore County downed Marbury 35-17. He was 9-of-17 passing for 144 yards and three scores and rushed 10 times for 138 yards.
ERIC HANDLEY, PLEASANT GROVE: Was 16-of-20 passing for 258 yards and six touchdowns in the Spartans’ 51-8 victory over Paul Bryant.
REMINGTON TAYLOR, THORSBY: The Rebels’ quarterback totaled 358 total yards leading Thorsby to a 33-22 victory over Chilton County neighbor and rival Jemison High School in the season opener. He was 11-of-18 passing for 180 yards and one TD and rushed 15 times for 178 yards and two more scores in the win. Receiver Cadon Church had four receptions for 65 yards and snared a 13-yard TD connection.
BRANDON MUSCH, WESTMINSTER CHRISTIAN: Led the Wildcats to a 44-23 win over Lee-Huntsville completing 16-of-21 passes for 186 yards and three touchdowns. He also rushed for 149 yards and three TDs – finishing 335 total yards and accounting  for six scores.
JAYLIN EPPS, CENTRAL-PHENIX CITY: Passed for 235 yards and one TD and rushed for 65 yards to lead the Red Devils to a 37-21 victory over Hewitt-Trussville. 
PEYTON FLOYD, HEWITT-TRUSSVILLE: Totaled 235 yards passing with two TDs and rushed for a third score in a 37-21 loss to Central-Phenix City.
K.J. JACKSON, SAINTG JAMES: Was 5-of-6 passing for 230 yards and four TDs in a 42-14 win over Montgomery Academy. He had an 80-yard scoring strike to Ethan Beard for his longest TD of the night.
KALEB ROBINSON, WHITESBURG CHRISTIAN: Threw five touchdown passes in a 41-8 win over Woodville.
MASON COLEY, WESTBROOK CHRISTIAN: Was 13-of-18 passing for 223 yards and four touchdowns in the Warriors’ 38-3 win over St. John Paul II Catholic.
TANNER EADS, GAYLESVILLE: Was 11-of-27 passing for 211 yards and three TDs (72, 20 and 18 yards) in a 63-27 loss to West End.
JIM OGLE, JACKSONVILLE: Was 18-of-26 passing for 210 yards and four touchdown in the Golden Eagles’ 27-7 win over Boaz.
CALEB McCREARY, MONTGOMERY CATHOLIC: Was 13-of-20 passing for 198 yards and three touchdowns and rushed 10 times for 103 yards in the season-opening 42-21 victory over McGill-Toolen Catholic.
JOSH WARD, SPARKMAN: Threw five touchdown passes in a 77-9 win over Hazel Green.
KADYN MITCHELL, HOUSTON ACADEMY: Was 10-of-14 passing for 164 yards and  two touchdowns, rushed for 78 yards on four carries and led the Raiders to a 28-0 win over Wicksburg.
TYLER JONES, WEST END: Completed 5-of-10 pass attempts for 143 yards and two touchdowns (18 and 48 yards) in the Patriots’ 63-26 win at Gaylesville.

PASS RECEIVING
JAYDEN GILBERT, CLEMENTS: Caught three passes for 169 yards and two touchdowns, ran for 138 yards and two TDs on 11 carries, and picked off two passes on defense in a 48-34 win over Holly Pond.
TJ BANKS, NORTHRIDGE: Had six receptions for 160 yards receiving, including a 75-yard touchdown catch, and tacked on 65 rushing yards in s 23-14 loss to Oak Mountain.

TREMELL WASHINGTON, RAMSAY: Grabbed 15 catches for 151 yards and two touchdowns, one covering 83 yards, as Ramsay beat Hueytown 41-28. Teammate Jalen Jones added five catches for 131 yards and two scores and had a 36-yard TD run.
TARIQ THAXTON, GRISSOM: Caught 11 passes for 145 yards and two touchdowns in a 34-21 win over Russellville.

DREW PUCCIO, ARAB: Hauled in five catches from quarterback Aidan Cox for 136 yards and two touchdowns covering 56 and 51 yards in a 47-14 win over Albertville. Cox finished with 195 yards passing.
WILL WELLS, HOUSTON ACADEMY: Pulled down seven pass receptions for 135 yards and two touchdowns in the Raiders’ 28-0 win over Wicksburg.
HAROLD HOLLOMAN, CENTER POINT:  Snagged five catches for 124 yards and a touchdown in the Eagles’ 55-37 win over Jasper.
PERRY THOMPSON, FOLY: Had six catches for 122 yards and three touchdowns in a 34-20 loss to Prattville.
RONNIE ROYAL III, GULF SHORES: Had 118 yards and one TD receiving and rushed for two scores as the Dolphins beat St. Michael Catholic 34-27.
GAVIN SMART, BOAZ: Made six catches for 112 yards and a touchdown in the Pirates’ 27-7 loss to Jacksonville.
COOPER SANFORD, FAYETTE COUNTY: Scored the winning touchdown on a 23-yard reception and clinched the victory with an interception with 27 seconds left in a 28-24 win against Cordova.


DEFENSE
QB REESE, RAMSAY: Contributed 17 tackles with a forced fumble, a sack, two quarterback pressures and a tackle for loss in the Rams’ 41-27 win over Hueytown in a game played at Birmingham’s legendary Legion Field.
KU’JUAN KINSEY, ABBEVILLE: Totaled 16 tackles and recovered two fumbles in a 26-0 shutout over Beulah. Teammate Zander Peterman added 13 stops, including two quarterback sacks and another tackle for a loss.
BROOKS BOZEMAN, SULLIGNT: Had 16 total tackles and a fumble recovery in a 36-18 win over Oakman.
BRAYLEN ROBERTS, MEEK: Recorded 10 tackles, three sacks and a forced fumble in a 36-12 win over Maplesville.
TAE GAY, OPELIKA: Had 10 tackles to lead the Bulldogs’ defense as Opelika nipped Callaway (GA) 29-28.
DANIEL ALDRIDGE, SOUTH LAMAR: Posted 10 tackles in a 42-20 loss vs. Lamar County.

JADEN JONES, MONTGOMERY CATHOLIC: Had 10 tackles, including four stops for losses, and recovered a fumble in a 42-21 win over McGill-Toolen Catholic.
JACKSON HAMBY, WEST END: Scored two touchdowns on defense – returning an interception and fumble recovered for TDs – in West End’s 63-36 win over Gaylesville. Teammate Thad Pearce also had two interceptions on defense.
JOHN WELSH, SPRING GARDEN: Had a sack, recovered a fumble and added six tackles as the Panthers beat Sand Rock 40-8.
BRAXTON WILSON, HORSESHOE BEND:  Ran 45 yards with a fumble for a TD to spark the Generals to a 14-6 win over Wadley.
ALEX JOHNSON, CHROKEE COUNTY: Scooped up a fumble and raced 15 yards for the Warriors’ first TD in a 20-0 win over Model High School of Rome (GA).
 

SPECIAL TEAMS
KEYLON HIGGINS, GAYLEVILLE: Returned a kickoff 88 yards for a TD in the third quarter and also caught four passes for 94 yards – one covering 72 yards for a TD – in the Trojans’ 63-26 loss to West End.
COLE BLAYLOCK, UMS-WRIGHT: The senior returned a kickoff 92 yards for a touchdown and rushed 26 times for 107 yards finishing with 237 all-purpose yards and all three of his team’s touchdowns in a 21-14 victory over rival St. Paul’s Episcopal.
BEN ABERCROMBIE, DECATUR HERITAGE: Kicked a 36-yard field goal as time expired to propel the Eagles past Section 24-22.
JORDAN WASHINGTON, HELENA: Opened the 2022 season with a bang returning the opening kickoff of last Thursday’s AHSAA Kickoff Classic game at Cramton Bowl with an 86-yard touchdown run. He finished with 123 yards rushing on 25 carries and added a 15-yard scoring run.
TOWNS McGOUGH, AUBURN: Drilled a game-winning 36-yard field goal with 2:31 remaining to lift the Tigers past Hoover 17-14 in Friday night’s Kickoff Classic battle at Cramton Bowl.
LUKE KILGORE, TUSCALOOSA ACADEMY: Scored on a 55-yard punt return in the school’s official debut in the AHSAA versus Holy Spirit. TA won 45-12.


 

Willis Loves Energy on First Day of Practice

FLORENCE, Ala. -- Although Wednesday morning marked the 21st time that Chris Willis was part of an opening day pre-season football practice at the University of North Alabama, it had a different feel for the veteran Lion coach.

 

With a renovated locker room unveiled to the players the day before, a complete coaching staff in place, and with a four-year transition to Division I and Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) status behind them, the Lions showed an opening day enthusiasm unlike anything Willis had seen before.

 

"I thought the energy level today was the highest that I have ever seen in a day one practice," said Willis, who is in his 21st season on the Lion staff and sixth as head coach. "You could feel a different excitement and it was really a player-drive practice. They were all competing and talking. I don't know if it's the new locker room, the fact that we have more coaches and staff than we have had before, or that we will finally be playing for something again, but I love what's going on."

 

UNA spent two hours on the practice field on Wednesday morning and will return to the field at the Bill Jones Athletic Complex at 10:00 a.m. Thursday. After two days in helmets, the Lions can add shoulder pads for the next three practices, starting on Friday.

 

North Alabama opens its 2022 season in Terre Haute, Ind., on Thursday, September 1 against Indiana State University. 

 

Chris Stewart to Fill in for Eli Gold on the Crimson Tide Sports Network

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Eli Gold, who has served as the voice of Alabama football since 1988, will be sidelined with health issues to begin the 2022 Crimson Tide football season, Jim Carabin, vice president and general manager of Crimson Tide Sports Marketing, announced Wednesday.

 

Chris Stewart, who anchors the Tide’s football broadcast and handles play-by-play duties for the Alabama basketball and baseball teams, will fill in for Gold in his absence.

 

Stewart will also take over the hosting duties for “The Nick Saban Show” and “Hey, Coach” radio broadcasts when it returns on Thursday, August 18.

 

Get all the latest information on the team by following @AlabamaFTBL on Twitter and Facebook and AlabamaFBL on Instagram. General athletic news can also be found at UA_Athletics on Twitter and Instagram and AlabamaAthletics on Facebook.

 

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