MONTGOMERY – The Alabama High School Athletic Association recognized six area high school football players in its weekly football Spotlight late Monday afternoon.
Among the state’s best performers from last Friday were Spring Garden senior kicker Kaitlyn Rogers, Sand Rock senior running back Bradon Carver, Piedmont senior quarterback Taylor Hayes and junior defensive back Cardavion Myers, Cherokee County senior receiver Quartez Henderson and Gaylesville senior defensive back Austin Stordahl.
Rogers connected on 3-of-4 extra points and was also crowned homecoming queen during the Panthers’ 45-0 victory over Holy Spirit. The undefeated Panthers (8-0) travel to Cedar Bluff (6-2) this Friday for the Class 1A, Region 6 championship.
Carver ran for 267 yards and three touchdowns (9, 55, 9 yards) on 18 carries and also broke a scoreless tie in the second quarter with his 35-yard touchdown catch from junior quarterback Jansen Alexander in the Wildcats’ 34-0 victory over Collinsville. Sand Rock (6-2) hosts Asbury on Friday.
Hayes finished with 205 yards rushing, four touchdowns and a 2-point conversion on 31 carries as the defending 3A state champion Bulldogs (9-0) won a battle of unbeatens with a 45-35 victory at Ohatchee. Hayes also completed 7-of-10 pass attempts for 88 yards as Piedmont clinched the Class 3A, Region 5 championship.
While Hayes made his presence felt on offense, Myers made his known on defense after stripping a ball from an Ohatchee runner and returned it 90 yards for a touchdown. The Bulldogs have a bye this week and finish out the regular season next Friday at home against Oneonta.
Henderson caught four passes for 106 yards and three touchdowns (27, 10, 54 yards) in the Warriors’ 57-22 victory at Ashville. The win sets up this Friday’s Class 4A, Region 5 championship game when the Warriors host Jacksonville (8-0).
Stordahl recovered a pair of fumbles, caused another and picked off a pass in the Trojans’ 21-18 loss at Coosa Christian. Gaylesville seeks to get back in the win column this Friday against Jacksonville Christian.
In other statewide happenings, a scoring flurry in the third quarter of Randolph’s 56-21 victory over DAR resulted in four touchdowns on four consecutive plays – propelling the Class 4A, Region 7 rivals into the AHSAA Football Record Book and into the AHSAA Prep Spotlight for Week 8.
It started with 3:00 on the clock when receiver Antonio Nichols of DAR, coached by Robert Rhoades, hauled in a 5-yard pass from quarterback Will Bailey to cut the Raiders’ lead to 42-7.
On the ensuing kickoff, Randolph running back Sam Kimel returned the kickoff 81 yards for a touchdown as the Raiders of Coach Nick Flanagan stretched the lead to 48-7. On Randolph’s kickoff, Patriots return man Brayden Lewis raced 92 yards for a DAR TD. Kimel, waiting at his own 20-yard line, took the following DAR kickoff at his 21 and raced 78 yards for yet another score.
The three kickoffs in a row tied the AHSAA state record set in 2012. Elba and Vincent were the first two high school teams in the nation to accomplish the feat when the Tigers and Yellow Jackets opened the second half of their 2012 Class 2A state playoff game won by Elba 59-22. Elba had the first and third returns and Vincent got the one in the middle.
According to research conducted in 2012, no schools at the high school, college or NFL level had any evidence of back-to-back-to-back kickoff returns for touchdowns in football history.
Kimel’s efforts did end with the two kickoff returns. He also scored twice on interception returns covering 75 and 35 yards, respectively, to give him four non-offensive touchdowns in Randolph’s win.
The scoring flurry edged out the passing effort of Davidson senior quarterback Cephus Johnson and his favorite receiver Demorris Coleman. The Warriors of Coach Fred Riley nipped Jackson 50-49 as Johnson passed for a school-record 410 yards. He was 21-of-34 with four touchdown passes. Coleman had nine catches for 228 yards and two scores.
JAXTON CARSON, CENTRAL-PHENIX CITY: Ran for 226 yards on 20 carries with three touchdowns as Central rushed for 606 of its 745-yard total in a 59-28 win over Lee-Montgomery. The win gave the Red Devils their third consecutive region title under Coach Jamey DuBose. It was the first time in school history that the team has won three titles in a row. The 606 rushing yards and 745 total yards are also school records. Quarterback Zion Webb also ran for 172 yards on 12 carries with a TD and passed for another 139 yards with a TD in the win.
A large number of outstanding performances were reported over the weekend.
ALEX THOMASON, SYLACAUGA: Had 35 rush attempts for 366 yards and three touchdowns in a 49-34 loss to Central-Clay County. He also had a catch for nine yards.
KOBI McCOY, COLBERT COUNTY: Rushed for a career-high 337 yards and five touchdowns as Colbert County beat Lexington 49-6 in a key, Class 3A, Region 8 battle. McCoy scored on runs of 68, 6, 2, 45 and 52 yards. Colbert County led only 7-0 at the half.
LEE HISBON, TANNER: Rushed for 304 yards and four touchdowns (1, 17, 73 and 57 yards) as the Rattlers beat Cold Springs 50-21 to clinch the Class 2A, Region 7 title.
DWAN JAMES, LEFLORE: Had 20 rush attempts for 302 yards and three touchdowns in the Rattlers’ 30-20 win over Robertsdale.
LEONARD JOHNSON, HAYDEN: The Duke University commitment had 246 yards rushing on 15 carries with three touchdowns on runs of 66, 56 and 59 yards as the Wildcats downed Fairview 50-40. Hayden (7-1), off to its best start since 1992, had 506 yards rushing and 81 passing for 587 total yards. . Junior FB/LB Levi Snider also added 124 yards on four carries with TDs covering 43 and 40 yards.
JACOB DENDY, ALBERTVILLE: Ran for 287 yards and two touchdowns (87 and 37 yards) on 22 carries in a 41-14 win over Fort Payne.
TREVELL SMITH, HOUSTON COUNTY: Rushed for 265 yards and three touchdown on just eight carries as the Lions beat Kinston 55-14.
ANGEL DUARTE, SUSAN MOORE: The senior scored a pair of touchdowns in the closing minutes to break a 21-21 tie and give the Bulldogs a 35-21 victory at Vinemont. He scored first on a 33-yard run with 3:09 to play to put the Bulldogs up 28-21. Then, with Vinemont driving, he intercepted an Eagles pass and streaked 87 yards for another TD to put the game away. He finished the night with 141 yards and a touchdown on just 12 carries, completed his only pass attempt for 15 yards, registered nine tackles and two interceptions on defense and kicked five extra points.
JACOBY BELUE, DESHLER: Ran for a season-high 260 yards and three TDs on 21 carries in a 41-14 win over Danville. Belue scored on runs of 6, 1 and 2 yards for the Tigers.
WILL SPENCER, ARAB: Picked up 248 yards rushing on 11 carries and scored four touchdowns in Arab’s 67-6 win over Douglas.
MICHAEL MOWRY, ARITON: Rushed for 239 yards and a TD on 38 carries and teammate Kape McRae added 91 yards and scored five times (1, 4, 2,, 7 and 3 yards) as the Purple Cats beat Ariton 54-46.
DARRIAN MEADS, HOKES BLUFF: Rushed 21 times for 207 yards and four touchdowns as the Eagles beat Anniston 35-6 to clinch their first playoff spot since 2007.
KEYSHAWN HARPER, B.C. RAIN: Rushed for 214 yards and three touchdowns as B.C. Rain beat Baldwin County 24-21.
TAJ WOODS, CORDOVA: Rushed for 205 yards on 25 carries and scored one TD as the Blue Devils beat Hamilton 28-7. Teammate Ty Chatman also had an incredible 90-yard catch and run in the third quarter of a Demetrius Kirk pass that set up the clinching TD.
CALEB VINSON, FALKVILLE: Had 19 carries for 179 yards and four touchdowns (22, 12, 9 and 5 yards) 47-14 win at Winston County.
DA’QUARIOUS FRYER, CARROLL: The freshman ran for 187 yards and three touchdowns as unbeaten Carroll (8-0) beat Escambia County 45-0.
JAYLOND ADAMS, MINOR: Scored five touchdowns in the unbeaten Tigers’ 54-28 win over Clay-Chalkville.
GRAYSON WAKEFIELD, DECATUR HERITAGE: Accounted for four offensive touchdowns three different ways as the Eagles beat Sumiton Christian 42-20. He ran for two touchdowns, threw a TD pass and made a touchdown reception. Wakefield finished with 137 yards rushing.
DAMON WILLIAMS, GADSDEN CITY: Rushed 25 times for 172 yards and a touchdown in the Titans’ 62-27 win over Sparkman.
JAYCE FISCHER, ST. CLAIR COUNTY: Passed for 373 yards and six touchdowns as the Saints beat Moody 39-35 to snap a six-game losing streak in the series.
TUCKER BROWN, WILSON: Threw a career-high five touchdown passes and ran for another score as Wilson beat Priceville 48-7. Brown’s TD passes went to four different receivers as he threw for 234 yards and rushed for 162 for 396 total yards.
GRAYSON EDGEMON, MADISON ACADEMY: Completed 13-of-16 passes for 275 yards and three touchdowns (30, 29 and 25 yards) as the Mustangs beat North Jackson 49-7.
CAMERON WILLIAMS, VIGOR: Was 15-of-28 passing for 220 Yards and three touchdowns as Vigor knocked off defending 5A state champion St. Paul’s Episcopal 38-35 to clinch the Class 5A, Region 1 championship. Williams, who rushed for 74 yards on 17 carries, directed the game-winning 60-yard drive in the final 30 seconds to seal the victory.
BUBBA THOMPSON, McGILL-TOOLEN: Was 16-of-26 passing for 249 yards and three touchdowns – all to Brandon Hinton on throws of 7, 4 and 21 yards – and added a 16-yard TD run as the Yellow Jackets won their 17th straight game, 42-7 over Baker.
RYAN BRUNER, CITRONELLE: Completed 10-of-17 passes for 249 yards and three touchdowns as Citronelle clinched a Class 5A, Region 1 playoff berth with a 50-26 win over Williamson. He also ran for 77 yards and a pair of scores.
TAYLOR GOVER, EUFAULA: Was 8-of-12 passing for 224 yards and three TDs to lead Eufaula past Headland 55-15.
JEREMIAH HARRIS, ABBEVILLE: Was 10-of-23 passing for 212 yards and four touchdowns and rushed for 151 yards on 11 carries and two more scores in a 54-46 loss to Ariton.
CADE PRICE, SLOCOMB: Completed 12-of-18 passes for 203 yards and three touchdowns as the Bulldogs defeated W.S. Neal 35-8. His touchdown passes covered 22, 30, and 44 yards.
BO NIX, SCOTTSBORO: Was 7-of-7 passing for 191 yards and two touchdowns in a 56-14 win over Boaz. He also rushed for 90 yards and two scores as the Wildcats remained unbeaten at 8-0.
ALEX MARKS, DECATUR: Was 9-of-10 passing for 169 yards and three touchdowns and ran for a 58-yard TD as the Red Raiders beat Hartselle 41-28.
PAXTON MONTGOMERY, AUSTIN: Threw an 8-yard TD pass late in the fourth quarter to give the Black Bears a 24-21 win over Muscle Shoals. He was 17-of-25 on the night for 155 yards and two touchdowns and tacked on 37 yards rushing.
JACKSON HOLLADAY, BUCKHORN: Completed 24-of-39 passes for 188 yards and two touchdowns (16 and 30 yards) in the Bucks’ 21-14 loss to James Clemens.
GRANT AKRIDGE, ELBA: Completed 6-of-8 passes for 178 yards and four touchdowns in the Tigers’ 50-15 win over Luverne to clinch the Class 2A, Region 3 title.
JACE MILLS, COOSA CHRISTIAN: Completed 12-of-19 passes for 147 yards and a touchdown and rushed for a 17 -yard score that was set up by his interception on defense as the Conquerors beat Gaylesville 21-18 to secure a playoff berth for the first time since 2010.
RYAN SPARKS, GADSDEN CITY: Was 6-of-13 passing for 157 yards and four touchdowns as the Titans locked up a postseason bid with a 62-27 win over Sparkman. Teammate Damon Williams also rushed 24 times for 187 yards and a score.
HAMP SISSON, MOUNTAIN BROOK: Accounted for 262 total yards in the Spartans’ 41-27 win over Oak Mountain. He passed for 141 yards and rushed for 121 yards and three scores.
HENRY RUGGS, LEE-MONTGOMERY: Caught seven passes for 161 yards and two TDs (59 and 74 yards) and rushed for 98 yards, including a 68-yard TD run, on seven tries as the Generals fell to Central-Phenix City 59-28.
LEVI ELLIS, PISGAH: Made seven receptions for 159 yards and two touchdowns (58 and 30 yards), picked off a pass and blocked a punt in a 20-14 win at North Sand Mountain.
VICTOR McCLINTON, EUFAULA: Nabbed four passes for 155 yards and two touchdowns in a 55-15 win over Headland.
JOHN DAVID HAGLER, SLOCOMB: Caught eight passes for 129 yards and one touchdown and added a 65-yard interception return for a TD in a 34-8 Red Tops win over Houston Academy.
CONNER HOWELL, GARDENDALE: Caught a game-winning pass from Michael Crowder on the final play of the game to give the Rockets a 34-31 victory over Pinson Valley.
CADEN DAVIDSON, COOSA CHRISTIAN: Caught seven passes for 94 yards in the Conquerors’ 21-18 victory over Gaylesville, securing Coosa Christian’s first playoff berth in nine years.
THOMAS JOHNSTON, SPANISH FORT: Had 22 tackles in a 33-7 win over Saraland for the Toros. He now has 109 tackles on the season.
KALEAHL JOHNSON, DAPHNE: Intercepted three Blount passes to lead Daphne to a 28-18 Class 6A, Region 1 win over the Leopards.
ALEXANDER ALLEN, GASTON: Returned an interception 23 yards for a touchdown and returned a fumble 21 yards for a score to lead a defense that accounted for four touchdowns as the Bulldogs locked up a playoff berth with a 54-10 win over Westbrook Christian.
MONTY RICE, JAMES CLEMENS: Had 11 tackles, including a tackle on third and goal inside the Jets’ 5-yard line to help thwart a last-minute drive by Buckhorn in a 21-14 win. Teammate LaBryan Ray added 10 tackles and deflected three passes and cornerback Torolla Walker intercepted a pass following Rice’s tackle to close out the defensive stand.
JUSTIN BALL, WOODVILLE: Had nine tackles with two sacks on defense in a 20-8 win over Valley Head. He also passed for 86 yards and a TD and rushed for 78 yards and another score on offense.
ANTHONY BROWN, WENONAH: Intercepted two Fairfield passes as the Dragons beat the Tigers 33-6.
DeWAYNE PARKER, GADSDEN CITY: The senior linebacker had two interceptions, one which he returned for a touchdown, in the Titans’ 62-27 win over Sparkman.
BRYCE PALMER, WATERLOO: Returned an interception 18 yards for a touchdown on defense and accounted for three TDs on offense as Waterloo beat Phillips 29-20. Palmer ran for two scores and tossed a 25-yard TD pass.
AUSTIN FREEMAN, SCOTTSBORO: Recorded the 10th interception of his high school career and also returned the opening kickoff 70 yards for a touchdowns as Scottsboro (8-0) beat Boaz 56-14. He also had a 29-yard punt return in the game.
ANTARIUS MITCHELL, HOMEWOOD: Returned two blocked punts 33 and 23 yards, respectively, for touchdowns in the Patriots’ 27-21 win over Shades Valley.
BAILEY POTTER, SCOTTSBORO: Was 8-for-8 on extra points in extending his consecutive PATs to 24 as Scottsboro beat Boaz 56-14.