MONTGOMERY – The Alabama High School Athletic Association Central Board of Control unanimously approved Thursday a seven-classification system for championship play for the 2018-19 and 2019-20 school years. The seven-class system, which began in 2014-15, was approved once again for all sports. For the first time, however, for classification, non-traditional students were included in the average daily membership figures reported for member public schools by the Alabama State Department Education and a competitive balance factor was approved for AHSAA member private schools based on the recommendation of the AHSAA Classification Task Force.
The action came during the Central Board’s quarterly meeting at the AHSAA Office.
Non-traditional students, which gained eligibility for the first time in the 2016-17 school year, include home-school and virtual school students that enroll in at member public school.
In accordance with the AHSAA constitution and by-laws, the AHSAA Central Board of Control manages championship play and classification. Member schools are reclassified every two years. The high schools are currently divided into seven classifications (1A, 2A, 3A, 4A, 5A, 6A and 7A) for competition in championship programs.
Classification is based on Average Daily Membership (ADM) figures furnished by the State Department of Education for public schools for the upper three grades plus ninth-grade students that are retained in the ninth grade. Member private schools report that same data directly to the AHSAA. An index of 1.35 is used to determine the enrollment figure for classifying each private school member. Each private school student counts 1.35 for classification purposes.
Alignments are made for each sport in a classification based on the number of schools participating in a sport. Some programs may include two or more classes in a division. The alignments for each sport in a class are published in the AHSAA Sports Book each year.
The AHSAA Classification Task Force, made up of superintendents, principals, athletic directors, administrators and coaches from across the state and chaired by Madison County Schools Superintendent Mark Massey and Montgomery Academy Athletic Director Anthony McCall, addressed many issues concerning the membership including competitive balance between schools in the respective classes. The committee unanimously recommended adding a competitive balance factor to private schools by sport. While private schools are classified based on the membership data and 1.35 multiplier, those affected by the competitive balance factor will move up one class or division from where they are this school year for the respective sport but will remain in their respective classification for all other sports.
Reclassification, according to the AHSAA Constitution and By-Laws, is conducted every two years by the AHSAA Central Board of Control.
“This reclassification system will allow more student-athletes to participate in championship events,” Central Board President John Hardin said.
The 2018-19 and 2019-20 football alignment places the 32 largest high schools in the new Class 7A and 55 in Class 6A. The remaining six classes were divided equally with 60 schools in each remaining class.
“I want to thank the Classification Task Force, Central Board and AHSAA staff for the hard work they put in and the recommendations they made,” AHSAA Executive Director Steve Savarese said. “It was a difficult job, but everyone worked together to find the best solution as we move forward.”
Hardin said he also wanted to thank the Classification Task Force and member schools for their input and patience throughout the reclassification process. “Their recommendations came after many hours of study and discussion. They gave of their valuable time to evaluate our classification system thoroughly and provided valuable input in ways to improve that system,” he said. “On behalf of the Central Board of Control and our member schools, I want to thank Mr. Savarese and his staff for their hard work. I also want to thank our Central Board for their commitment and dedication to providing a first-class athletic program to all our student-athletes, and for making decisions that are best for all of our member schools.”
The reclassification alignment data for each sport and the private school competitive balance chart can be found at the following link located at www.ahsaa.com. Reclassification by enrollment data is located on the home page of www.ahsaa.com.
In other Central Board action:
MONTGOMERY – Wetumpka High School junior quarterback J.D. Martin and senior running back Kavosiey Smoke have quietly provided a powerful 1-2 punch for Coach Tim Perry’s Indians (12-1) all football season.
After last Friday night’s performances, however, the secret is now out. The mighty duo combined to rush for 445 yards and seven touchdowns in the Indians’ 69-41 Class 6A quarterfinal football playoff win over Spanish Fort last Friday to thrust Wetumpka into the AHSAA Football Spotlight for the third round of the state playoffs.
Martin rushed for 261 yards and three touchdowns in and Smoke ran for 184 yards and four touchdowns as Wetumpka moved into the semifinals of the Class 6A state playoffs for the first time in school history. The 69 points was the most for WHS in a playoff game and the combined 110 points is the most by both teams in school history.
That history began in 1902 when Wetumpka, then known as Fifth District Agricultural School, played Starke Academy and lost 12-6. The school changed its name to State Secondary Agriculture School in 1917 and was renamed Wetumpka High School in 1932. For 116 seasons (they did not field a team in 1918) football has been a fall passion for the residents of this Elmore County town.
The Indians had more than 600 yards total offense in the playoff win at Hohenburg Field. Wetumpka will be at home again Friday as Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa (10-3) comes in after beating Opelika 26-24. Opelika has been the only team to beat Perry’s Indians this year, winning 20-19 on a last-play field goal during the regular season. Since then, Wetumpka has won four games in a row, including three playoff games.
Smoke and Martin have given WHS the ability to score from any yard line on the field. And they have done so often. Wetumpka is averaging 43.2 points per game and giving up only 18.4. The 559 points scored this season has already broken the school record (505), which was set in 1995 when the Indians finished 13-1 and reached the semifinals in Class 5A. Blount beat the Indians 20-14 that season. Wetumpka defeated the Leopards in the first round of the playoffs this season 41-7.
The duo’s efforts edged out tremendous performances by Jermaine Brown and Bo Nix.
Brown, a junior running back at St. Luke’s Episcopal, closed out a stellar junior season with 38 carries, 470 yards and six touchdowns as the Wildcats lost a heart-breaking 56-52 Class 2A quarterfinal playoff contest to Goshen. The 470 rushing yards tied second Jerry Stancil of Gaylesville for second highest single-game rushing total in AHSAA history. Stancil rank for 470 yards in a 48-28 win over Spring Garden in 2004. The state single-game record of 531 yards was set by Tony Dixon of Parrish in an 81-58 win over Hubbertville in 2003. Dixon, who went to Kentucky where he had a stellar college career, had 21 carries, all in the first three quarters.
Nix, a junior quarterback at Pinson Valley, completed 31-of-39 passes for 400 yards and seven touchdowns and also tacked on a pair of 2-point conversion passes as the unbeaten Indians (13-0) nipped Austin (12-1) in overtime 51-50 in the Class 6A quarterfinals. The seven touchdown passes tied for third-most in AHSAA history. He connected with seven different receivers. His final pass of the game came on a 2-point conversion that gave Pinson the win.
In other top playoff performances reported:
CADE BLACKMON, OPELIKA: Completed 26-of-37 passes for 367 yards, three touchdowns for the Bulldogs (9-4) in a 26-24 loss to Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa in the Class 6A playoffs.
WILLIE MILLER, CLAY-CHALKVILLE: Was 11-of-19 passing for 203 yards and two touchdowns in a 31-15 victory over previously unbeaten Oxford (21-1) in the Class 6A quarterfinals. Clay (11-2) advanced to the semifinals with the win.
CHANCE STEVENSON, FAYETTE COUNTY: Was 12-of-24 passing for 206 yards, rushed 22 times for 54 yards and accounted for all five Fayette County touchdowns in a 34-27 victory by the Tigers (11-2) over Hokes Bluff in the Class 4A quarterfinals.
ASA MARTIN, AUSTIN: The senior running back selected for the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game in December closed out his career at Austin (12-1) with 379 yards rushing and three touchdowns (70, 39 and 68 yards) on 29 carries in a wild 51-50 Class 6A quarterfinal overtime loss to Pinson Valley (13-0). He also threw a 41-yard pass to Collin Moses. Teammate Antonio Robinson also had 160 yards and two TDs (8 and 33 yards) in the game.
KELSTON FIKES, LEROY: Led the Bears (11-2) to a 38-20 Class 2A playoff win over Luverne with 264 yards rushing and three touchdowns. Fikes scored on runs of 42, 29 and 2 yards and now has 27 total touchdowns for the season. He surpassed 2,000 all-purpose yards in the quarterfinal victory.
DARRIAN MEADS, HOKES BLUFF: Ran 29 times for 251 yards and TDs of 13, 58 and 68 yards in a 34-27 loss to Fayette County in the Class 4A quarterfinals.
SYMON SMITH, UMS-WRIGHT: Rushed for 201 yards, including a 62-yard touchdown in the second quarter, to lead the Class 4A Bulldogs (11-2) to a 31-7 Class 4A playoff victory over Bibb County (11-2).
LARRY McCAMMON, HOOVER: Rushed for 196 yards and three touchdowns on 32 carries in a 31-12 victory over Thompson in Class 7A semifinals. Defending state champion Hoover (10-3) clinched a spot in the Super 7 Class 7A finals for the 16th time since 2000.
CARDAVION MYERS, PIEDMONT: Piled up 129 yards rushing on 17 carries and threw a touchdown pass as defending 3A state champion Piedmont (12-1) beat Colbert Heights (11-2) in the quarterfinals of the playoffs 34-13. His 24-yard touchdown pass to Lee Stanley came on a 4th-and-18 play.
AUSTIN KINSEY, CLARKE COUNTY: Picked up 101 of his 132 rushing yards in the second half as the Bulldogs (11-2) beat Mobile Christian 21-16 to advance to the Class 3A semifinals. He had a 52-yard touchdown run and caught a 58-yard pass to set up another Clarke County score.
JORDAN INGRAM, ST. PAUL’S EPISCOPAL: Rushes for 123 yards on 11 carries and scored on runs of 35, 3 and 42 yards as the Saints (12-1) beat defending 5A state champion Beauregard 52-20 to advance to the semifinals.
ANTONIO BESTEDER, DEMOPOLIS: Had 112 yards rushing on 28 carries with 87 yards coming in the second half as the Tigers downed Vigor 35-24 in the Class 5A quarterfinals.
JORDAN HEARD, OPELIKA: Caught six passes for 192 yards and a touchdown as the Bulldogs (9-4) lost 26-24 to Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa in the Class 6A quarterfinals.
ANTHONY HUDSON, WENONAH: Had nine receptions for 150 yards and a touchdown and intercepted three passes on defense in a 27-26 Class 5A quarterfinal overtime loss to St. Clair County.
AVION CHRISTON, ST. CLAIR COUNTY: Finished with nine receptions for 115 yards and two touchdowns and added 80 yards rushing in a 27-26 overtime victory over Wenonah in the Class 5A quarterfinals.
LiALLEN DAILEY, PINSON VALLEY: Caught 10 passes for 113 yards and touchdowns of 17 and 10 yards in a 51-50 overtime victory over Austin in the Class 6A quarterfinals.
GEORGE PICKENS, HOOVER: Caught six passes for 112 yards and a 59-yard touchdown in a 31-12 victory over Thompson (12-1) in Class 7A semifinals.
CHARLES RUSSELL, BRIARWOOD CHRISTIAN: Recovered a fumble and recorded a sack to lead a defense that shut out Etowah (11-2) as the Lions (13-0) beat the Blue Devils 31-0 in the Class 5A playoffs.
JACQUEZ JONES, HILLCREST-TUSCALOOSA: Caused a fumble and recovered it for a touchdown in a 26-24 victory over Opelika in the Class 6A quarterfinals.
WILL REICHARD, HOOVER: The punter ran 10 yards for a first down on a fake punt in the fourth quarter in a 31-12 victory over Thompson (12-1) in the Class 7A semifinals. He also averaged 44.5 yards on four punts, with a 61-yard punt downed at the Thompson 1 and a 44-yard punt downed at the 3.
CAGAN CAMPBELL, HILLCREST-TUSCALOOSA: Had two long punt returns for the Patriots (10-3), including a 45-yarder for a touchdown, in a 26-24 victory over Opelika in the Class 6A quarterfinals.
BRYCESON MASSEY, McGILL-TOOLEN CATHOLIC: Blocked a PAT in overtime as the Yellow Jackets (13-0) edged Central-Phenix City 27-26 to earn a berth in the Super 7 championship game for the third straight season.
KAEDON JENKINS, PIEDMONT: Returned the opening kickoff 76 yards for a touchdown in the Bulldogs’ 34-13 victory at Colbert Heights.
SIDNEY PERRY, CHEROKEE COUNTY: Returned a blocked field goal attempt 73 yards in the fourth quarter and caught a TD pass in the first half in the Warriors’ 42-14 loss to Saks in the Class 4A playoffs.
By STEVE SAVARESE
Executive Director, AHSAA
MONTGOMERY – In an effort to provide fair play among member schools, the Alabama High School Athletic Association reclassifies its member schools every two years based on enrollment data in accordance with the AHSAA Constitution and by-laws. Thanks to the State Department of Education and modern technology, the AHSAA now has a program designed specifically for its member schools that provides enormous assistance in aligning the schools geographically more accurately and more timely.
The Central Board of Control is expected to address classification for the 2018-19 and 2019-20 school years at its board meeting Thursday at the AHSAA Office in Montgomery. For the first time in the AHSAA’s long history, classification will include non-traditional students such as home-school and virtual school students in its average daily membership totals.
The AHSAA mission has not changed over its long history which started with its formation in the 1920-21 school year. The mission statement states: The AHSAA serves member schools through interscholastic competition by enhancing student learning, sportsmanship, safety and lifelong values. With integrity as its foundation, the AHSAA consistently governs the rules created by its member schools.
The member schools have written the organization’s constitution and continue to establish the by-laws. The AHSAA Constitution states in Article 7, Item 4 (l): The Central Board shall have the power to classify member schools into two or more divisions for the purpose of athletic competition. No school’s classification shall be changed during the classification period after the schools have been classified.
In accordance with the AHSAA constitution, high schools are currently divided into seven classifications (1A, 2A, 3A, 4A, 5A, 6A and 7A) for competition in championship programs. Classification is based on Average Daily Membership (ADM) figures furnished by the State Department of Education for public schools for the upper three grades plus ninth grade students that are retained in the ninth grade. Member private schools report that same data directly to the AHSAA. An index of 1.35 is used to determine the enrollment figure for classifying each private school member. Each private school student counts 1.35 for classification purposes.
Alignments are made for each sport in a classification based on the number of schools participating in a sport. Some programs may include two or more classes in a division. The alignments for each sport in a class are published in the AHSAA Sports Book each year.
The AHSAA Classification Committee, made up of superintendents, principals, athletic directors, administrators and coaches from across the state, has spent countless hours studying ways to improve the current classification process. The task force, chaired by Madison County Schools Superintendent Mark Massey and Montgomery Academy Athletic Director Anthony McCall, addressed many issues concerning the membership including ways to improve competitive balance between schools in the respective classes.
The AHSAA staff has worked closely with the committee to provide any historical data that might be helpful. The committee, in turn, will make recommendations to the Central Board they think might help to improve the current system for our member schools. We appreciate the efforts of this committee, the leadership of its co-chairmen, and the Central Board of Control. Their input is vital as the AHSAA continues to evolve into the 21st Century.
Classification is important to the membership for many reasons. Seven classes, which was approved by the Central Board of Control for the 2014-15 school year, has been a very positive move for our member schools. A record number of schools participate in post-season championship play and a number of schools have participated in state championship events for the first time as a result.
Classification has changed as the AHSAA membership has changed. The AHSAA was formed in 1920-21 with the first “official” state champion crowned in basketball that winter. A total of 248 public and private schools made up that first charter with all competing in one class for the championship. That one-class system remained until 1947 with championships in basketball, golf, outdoor track and baseball as 320 member schools were divided into two classes. By 1963, the AHSAA had expanded to include 352 public and private schools with additional champions crowned in wrestling and boys’ and girls’ tennis and a four-class system was introduced. Three years later, the football playoffs were added, and in 1968-69, the AHSAA merged with the Alabama Interscholastic Athletic Association (AIAA) with 524 member public and private schools making up the AHSAA as a result.
Many school systems merged schools in the early 1970s, and by 1974, the total number of schools were reduced to 416. That number remained constant for the next 10 years, and in 1984-85, the AHSAA expanded its classifications to six – with a full array of girls’ sports, including golf, volleyball, indoor and outdoor track and cross country among the AHSAA’s championship sports offered. Softball was added in 1986, boys’ and girls’ soccer in 1991.
A total of 410 member schools competed in six classes until the seven-class system was approved in the 2014-15 school year. Bowling, which was offered for a short time for girls only in the 1970s, was added as a championship sport for boys and girls in 2016.
Classification provides new experiences and opportunities for our changing membership. As the AHSAA continues to serve its membership best, it is important that we all remember the original mission that created this organization. We should always treasure the opportunity to experience the life lessons that can be learned from participating in educational-based sports and other activities.
MONTGOMERY – Six unbeaten teams and two defending state champions advanced through the third round of 2017 Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) State Football Playoffs this weekend including defending Class 7A state champion Hoover (10-3) and McGill-Toolen Catholic (13-0). Those two schools won Class 7A semifinal games at Thompson and Central-Phenix City, respectively, Friday, will play in the Super 7 state championship game at Bryant-Denny Stadium Dec. 6. All other classes play semifinal contests Friday, Dec. 1.
A total of 12 games are slated for the semis in remaining six classes.
Five defending state champions and seven unbeaten teams were on the road Friday night, and road wasn’t very kind. Three-time defending Class 1A state champion Maplesville (11-1) saw its 34-game winning streak and 17-game playoff winning streak come to an end as Sweet Water won at home 26-21. It took a valiant goal-line stand late in the fourth quarter to seal the win. The Bulldogs (11-1) travels to Wadley (12-0) in a 1A semifinal match Friday.
In Class 2A, defending state champion Fyffe (12-1) also saw its 27-game winning streak end at Sulligent (12-1). The Blue Devils will now go on the road to face another unbeaten opponent Lanett (13-0) next Friday in the Class 2A semifinals.
And in Class 5A, St. Paul’s Episcopal (12-1) downed defending Class 5A state champion Beauregard 52-20 to set up Friday’s semifinal game at Demopolis (11-2). In addition to defending 7 champ Hoover, defending 3A state champion Piedmont (12-1) beat Colbert Heights 34-13 to advance to the semifinals to face Region 5 rival Randolph County (12-1) this week at Piedmont.
Five unbeaten teams lost with five set to play in this week’s semifinals. Unbeaten teams by class advancing include: (Class 1A) Wadley (12-0); (Class 2A) Lanett (13-0); (Class 4A) Saks (13-0); Class 5A: Briarwood Christian (13-0); (Class 6A) Pinson Valley (13-0); and (Class 7A) McGill-Toolen Catholic (13-0) moved to the finals.
A total of 16 No. 1 seeds, seven No. 2 seeds and one No. 3 seed will be among the 24 teams playing in the semifinals in Class 1A through 6A. Six will play teams from their same regions.
In Class 1A, Region 5 champion Pickens County (11-2) hosts runner-up South Lamar (10-3). In Class 3A, Region 1 champion Hillcrest-Evergreen (12-1) hosts runner-up Clarke County (11-2), and Region 5 champion Piedmont (12-1) hosts Randolph County (12-1). In Class 4A, Region 1 runner-up UMS-Wright (11-2) travels to No. 1 seed Andalusia (12-1). In Class 5A, Region 5 winner Briarwood Christian (13-0) hosts third seed St. Clair County (10-3). And in Class 6A, Region 6 runner-up Clay-Chalkville (11-2) will be at Region 6 champion Pinson Valley (13-0). The Indians won a 51-50 overtime thriller over previously undefeated Austin in the quarterfinals.
While Hoover and McGill-Toolen advance to the Class 7A championship game Wednesday, Dec. 6, teams advancing from the remaining semifinals will move to the Super 7 finals Dec. 7 and 8. Classes 1A, 3A and 5A will play championship games at Tuscaloosa on Thursday, Dec. 7, and Classes 2A, 4A and 6A conclude the 2017 Super 7 State Championships with finals on Friday, Dec. 8. All games will be televised live over the Raycom Media AHSAA Network.
UNIFIED TEAMS NAMED FOR SUPER 7: Vestavia Hills and Baldwin County unified football teams have captured berths in the fourth annual AHSAA/Special Olympics Alabama unified game at 3 p.m., on Dec. 6. It will precede the Class 7A finals, which is scheduled for 7 p.m.
AHSAA 2017 Football Playoffs
(All games, Friday, Dec. 1, 7 p.m. CST)
Sweet Water (11-1) at Wadley (12-0)
South Lamar (10-3) at Pickens County (11-2), Reform
Leroy (11-2) at Goshen (12-1)
Sulligent (12-1) at Lanett (13-0)
Clarke County (11-2) at Hillcrest-Evergreen (12-1)
Randolph County (12-1) at Piedmont (12-1)
UMS-Wright (11-2) at Andalusia (12-1)
Saks (13-0) at Fayette County (11-2), Fayette
St. Paul’s Episcopal (12-1)at Demopolis (11-2)
St. Clair County (10-3) at Briarwood Christian (13-0)
Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa (10-3) at Wetumpka (12-1)
Clay-Chalkville (11-2) at Pinson Valley (13-0)
SUPER 7 CHAMPIONSHIPS
Dec. 6-7-8, Bryant-Denny Stadium, Tuscaloosa
WEDNESDAY, DEC. 6
Baldwin County vs. Vestavia Hills, 3 p.m.
CLASS 7A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP
McGill-Toolen Catholic (13-0) vs. Hoover (10-3), 7 p.m.
THURSDAY, DEC. 7
Class 3A State Championship, 11 a.m.
Class 1A State Championship, 3 p.m.
Class 5A State Championship, 7 p.m.
FRIDAY, DEC. 8
Class 4A State Championship, 11 a.m.
Class 2A State Championship, 3 p.m.
Class 6A State Championship, 7 p.m.
AHSAA 2017 Football Playoffs
AHSAA 2017 Football Playoffs
Quarterfinal Results (Friday, Nov. 24)
Wadley (12-0) 34, Marengo (9-4) 20
Sweet Water (11-1) 26, Maplesville (11-1) 21
South Lamar (10-3) 34, Addison (10-3) 20
Pickens County (11-2) 37, Cherokee (9-4) 8
Leroy (11-2) 38, Luverne (10-3) 20
Goshen (12-1) 56, St. Luke’s Episcopal (10-2) 52
Sulligent (12-1) 35, Fyffe (12-1) 28
Lanett (13-0) 48, Lamar County (8-5) 7
Clarke County (11-2) 21, Mobile Christian (9-4) 16
Hillcrest-Evergreen (12-1) 29, American Christian (9-4) 21
Randolph County (12-1) 55, Sylvania (11-2) 24
Piedmont (12-1) 34, Colbert Heights (11-2) 13
UMS-Wright (11-2) 31, Bibb County (11-2) 7
Andalusia (12-1) 45, Aabama Christian (10-3) 13
Fayette County (11-2) 34, Hokes Bluff (10-3) 27
Saks (13-0) 42, Cherokee County (6-7) 14
St. Paul’s Episcopal (12-1) 52, Beauregard (10-2) 20
Demopolis (11-2) 35, Vigor (9-4) 14
St. Clair County (10-3) 27, Wenonah (10-2) 26 (OT)
Briarwood Christian (13-0) 31, Etowah (11-2) 0
Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa (10-3) 29, Opelika (9-4) 27
Wetumpka (12-1) 69, Spanish Fort (11-2) 41
Pinson Valley (13-0) 51, Austin (12-1) 50 (OT)
Clay-Chalkville (11-2) 31, Oxford (12-1) 15
CLASS 7A (Semifinals)
McGill-Toolen Catholic (13-0) 27, Central-Phenix City (11-1) 26 (OT)
Hoover (10-3) 31, Thompson (12-1) 12
MONTGOMERY – Cherokee County started the season with three straight losses and was just 2-5 heading into the eighth week of the 2017 football season. The Warriors of Coach Thomas Curry didn’t lose hope, however.
They finished strong in Class 4A, Region 5 to capture the fourth region spot in the playoffs, and now, after two straight playoff wins, Cherokee County (6-6) is the only four seed still playing and is just two victories away from the state championship game. The ‘Cinderella Story’ continues for the boys from Centre as they grabbed the AHSAA Football Spotlight for Week 2 of the state playoffs.
Quarterback Tyren Dupree was almost perfect in last week’s 28-24 win over Region 8 runner-up Wilson (10-2) as the Warriors pulled out a 28-24 win and moved into round three this week to face Region 6 winner Saks. Dupree was 10-of-11 passing for 152 yards and three touchdowns and ran for 154 yards on 21 carries with a 58-yard scoring run. He connected with Marcus Barrington four times for 72 yards and two touchdowns as Cherokee County overcame a fine performance by Wilson quarterback Tucker Brown. He was 14-of-21 passing for Wilson (10-2) for 214 yards and one TD and rushed for 121 yards and two scores on 23 carries in the loss.
The Warriors have a rich playoff history. Curry, in his 22nd season as a head coach, is 167-94 overall and 118-80 in 17 seasons at Centre. His 2008 team finished 4A runner-up with a 14-1 record and the 2009 team was 15-0 and won the state title. Cherokee County is 20-9 in 10 playoff appearances during Curry’s tenure and 30-23 overall in 24 trips to the playoffs dating back to 1967, the first year the state playoffs were held for all schools.
Saks (12-0) beat Cherokee County 45-0 earlier this season on the way to a perfect 10-0 regular season. Saks will host Friday’s quarterfinal game thanks to winning the Region 5 title. All four of the playoff qualifiers from Region 5 won the first week of the playoffs with third seed Hokes Bluff (10-2) knocking off Madison Academy 12-10, Saks beating Westminster Christian 42-21, Cherokee County downing Region 7 champion Sardis 21-14 and second seed Jacksonville beating Randolph.
Jacksonville fell on the road to Region 6 champion Fayette County 32-16 last Friday, Hokes Bluff won over Region 8 champ and previously unbeaten Rogers 12-0 and Saks downed Dora 31-24.
Class 4A, Region 7 isn’t the only region with three teams still in the playoffs. In Class 3A, Region 1, Hillcrest-Evergreen (11-1), Clarke County (10-2) and Mobile Christian (9-3) are still alive, and in Class 5A, Region 5, Briarwood Christian (12-0), Wenonah (10-1) and St. Clair County (9-3) are also playing this week.
In other playoff highlights from Round 2:
STANLEY ECLIPSES 4,000 CAREER YARDS: Piedmont senior Lee Stanley rushed for 213 yards on 19 carries and scored once on a 75-yard run as the defending 3A state champs beat J.B. Pennington 28-13. His last carry of the night covered 11 yards and put him over 4,000 rushing yards for his career – just the second Bulldogs running back in history to reach that milestone. He heads into this week’s Class 3A quarterfinals at Colbert Heights with 4,003 career rushing yards.
TYSON GOES OVER 400 YARDS: Junior quarterback Paul Tyson of Hewitt-Trussville connected on 25-of-46 passes for a career-high 409 yards and three touchdowns in a 56-21 Class 7A playoff loss to Hoover. Hewitt finished its season 11-1.
COLBERT HEIGHTS GAMBLE CLINCHES SPOT IN QUARTERFINALS: Quarterback Kevin Shaw rushed for 161 yards and two scores and passed for 101 yards and two touchdowns in a 36-35 overtime win over Weaver in the 3A playoffs. A gamble in overtime paid off. After Weaver scored first and kicked the extra point to take a 35-28 lead, the Wildcats (11-1) scored and decided to go for two – scoring the two-point conversion and clinching a spot in the quarterfinals of the state playoffs for the first time in the school’s 52-year football history.
PAYTON ANDERSON, FYFFE: Had a career-high 347 yards rushing and three touchdowns on 21 carries as the Class 2A Red Devils (12-0) beat LaFayette in the second round for their 27th win in a row.
JERMAINE BROWN, ST. LUKE’S EPISCOPAL: Accounted for six touchdowns as the Wildcats (10-1) advanced in the 2A playoffs with a 69-34 win over Abbeville. He rushed for four touchdowns, passed for two and had 470 all-purpose yards.
TREVOR CAMERON & COLBY NUNN, WADLEY: The Bulldogs' rushing duo combined for 289 yards and five touchdowns on 30 carries as Wadley (11-0) defeated Isabella 55-19 in the second round of the 1A playoffs. Cameron led the way with 172 yards and two scores on 18 carries, while Nunn had 117 yards and three touchdowns on 12 carries.
JAQUON KINCEY, ABBEVILLE: The Yellow Jackets’ quarterback rushed for 203 yards and three touchdowns (40, 64 and 98 yards) on 13 carries and completed 6-of-14 passes for 97 yards in the 69-34 Class 2A playoff loss to St. Luke's.
WILLIE PADRON, CHEROKEE: Had 13 carries for 195 yards and four touchdowns as Cherokee knocked off previously undefeated Lynn 35-14 in the 1A playoffs.
JAYLAND WHITSETT, VIGOR: Gained 164 yards rushing on 17 carries and scored once as the Wolves edged past Eufaula 19-3 in the Class 5A playoffs.
LARRY McCAMMON, HOOVER: Ran for 150 yards and two TDs on 11 carries in a 56-21 Class 7A victory over Hewitt-Trussville.
ISAIHA JONES, CEDAR BLUFF: Finished with 157 yards rushing on 21 carries and 60 receiving yards on four receptions with a 2-point conversion in the Tigers’ 21-14 loss to South Lamar.
J.R. TRAN-RENO, BRIARWOOD CHRISTIAN: Scored five touchdowns and rushed for 106 yards on 25 carries, scoring on runs of 2, 13, 5, 8 and 6 yards, in a 35-14 Class 5A victory for the Lions (12-0) over Lee-Huntsville.
DESMOND TROTTER, SHADES VALLEY: Passed for 320 yards and three TDs and rushed for 117 yards and a TD, finishing with 427 yards of total offense and four TDs in a 42-28 Class 6A playoff loss to Austin.
BO NIX, PINSON VALLEY: Passed for 291 yards and four TDs as the Indians (12-0) advanced in the 6A state playoffs with a 41-13 win over Ramsay.
TAULIA TAGOVAILOA, THOMPSON: The junior led the Warriors (12-0) to 34-10 victory over Mountain Brook with a 25-of-40 passing effort good for 251 yards and three touchdowns.
PAYTON MONTGOMERY, AUSTIN: Led the Black Bears (12-0) to a 42-35 Class 6A playoff win over Shades Valley with a strong passing effort. He completed 14-of-20 passes for 242 yards and three touchdowns.
CARLOS ROGERS, WENONAH: Finished 13-of-21 passing for 209 yards and two TDs and added eight carries for 64 yards in a 21-14 Class 5A playoff victory over Mortimer Jordan.
BROCK SNIDER, GOSHEN: The Eagles quarterback completed 9-of-22 passes for 194 yards and two touchdowns (33 and 46 yards) and added 20 yards rushing on four carries with one TD in Goshen's 42-8 Class 2A win over Thorsby. Six of the nine pass completions accounted for a first down.
JACK SAMSEL, SPANISH FORT: Was 9-of-11 passing for 224 yards and five TDs in a 48-26 Class 6A playoff victory over Sidney Lanier. He also had a 1-yard TD run.
SWIFT LYLE, ST. PAUL’S EPISCOPAL: Completed 11-of-16 passes for 186 yards and three touchdowns as the Saints (11-1) beat Carroll (11-1) 37-13 in the 5A state playoffs.
NATHAN TAYLOR, LEROY: Connected on 15-of-20 passes for 194 yards and three TDs as the Bears downed Ariton 35-21 in the Class 2A playoffs.
NOAH ALLISON, J.B. PENNINGTON: Completed 15-of-24 passes for 183 yards and a 6-yard touchdown added 28 yards rushing in the Tigers’ 28-13 Class 3A playoff loss at Piedmont.
LUKE HAMPTON, CEDAR BLUFF: Completed 8-of-14 pass attempts for 151 yards and two touchdowns, both to Davion Fife, in a 21-14 loss to South Lamar.
LIALLEN DAILY, PINSON VALLEY: Caught seven passes for 187 yards and three TDs for the Indians (12-0) in a 41-13 Class 6A victory over defending state champion Ramsay.
ELLIOTT McELWAIN, HEWITT-TRUSSVILLE: Caught 12 passes for 173 yards and added 54 yards rushing in a 7A playoff 56-21 loss to Hoover.
ZACK ALFORD, GOSHEN: Caught six passes for 156 yards and two touchdowns (33 and 46 yards) on offense and added two interceptions on defense in the Eagles' 42-8 win over Thorsby.
CHASE GREEN, WENONAH: Pulled in five catches for 114 yards in a 21-14 Class 5A playoff victory over Mortimer Jordan.
MAURICE GRAY, WEST MORGAN: The senior receiver caught six passes for 105 yards and one touchdown in the Rebels’ 48-21 Class 3A playoff loss to Sylvania. For the season, he finished with 32 catches for 675 yards and nine touchdowns.
JACKSON LANDERS, AUSTIN: The senior caught four passes for 100 yards in the Black Bears’ 42-35 Class 6A victory over Shades Valley.
RODERICK McCLOUD, CLAY-CHALKVILLE: Caught five passes for 95 yards, including a 70-yard TD, in a 30-0 Class 6A playoff victory over Homewood.
ALONDAE VASSAR, THOMPSON: Grabbed seven receptions for 76 yards and two touchdowns, all in the second half, as the Warriors (12-0) beat Mountain Brook 34-10 in the 7A playoffs.
ERIC GARROR, McGILL-TOOLEN CATHOLIC: Intercepted a pass and returned it 32 yards to the Auburn 5-yard line to set up one first-quarter score and blocked a field goal later in the period to set up another Jackets TD en route to a 31-13 Class 7A playoff win over the Tigers.
JALEN SIMS, FULTONDALE: Recorded 22 tackles in a 35-28 Class 3A loss to Randolph County. The Wildcats finished 11-1.
DEVON SCOTT, HOOVER: Recorded six of the Bucs' eight sacks in a 56-21 Class 7A playoff victory over previously unbeaten Hewitt-Trussville (11-1).
SAM WATKINS, AUSTIN: The outside linebacker had an interception with just over three minutes left in the game, stopping a Shades Valley drive and setting up an Austin touchdown that sealed the Black Bears’ 42-35 Class 6A playoff win.
JA’VARRIUS JOHNSON, ST. CLAIR COUNTY: Blocked a punt, scored on a 50-yard run and caught a 45-yard TD pass in the Saints’ 48-21 Class 5A victory over Mae Jemison.
MONTGOMERY – Twelve unbeaten teams and five defending state champions advanced through the second round of 2017 Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) State Football Playoffs this weekend. The third round of the playoffs is set for Friday, Nov. 24.
A total of 24 games are slated for the quarterfinal round of Classes 1A through 6A and two semifinal games are slated in Class 7A. Two games pit teams that are undefeated.
In Class 7A, McGill-Toolen Catholic (12-0) beat Auburn 31-13 in round two and will travel to Central-Phenix City (11-0), a 42-14 winner over Lee-Montgomery, in a semifinal battle. Class 7A teams play only four playoff rounds and Friday night’s winners will advance to the Super 7 State Championships Dec. 6 at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa. Thompson (12-0) hosts defending 7A state champion Hoover (9-3) in the other 7A semifinal at Alabaster in a Region 3 rematch. The Warriors, a 34-10 winner over Mountain Brook in round two, beat the Bucs for the first time in school history week nine of the regular season 35-25 at the Hoover Met to capture the school’s first Class 7A, Region 3 title. Hoover ousted previously unbeaten Hewitt-Trussville Friday with a 56-21 victory at Trussville.
In Class 6A, Pinson Valley (12-0) will go to Decatur Friday to face Austin (12-0) at Ogle Stadium. The Indians, coached by Patrick Nix, are 12-0 for the first time in school history. Austin is 12-0 for just the second time in school history. The first came in 1983 with legendary coach Tom Calvin at the helm. The 12 wins are the most in a season for Coach Jeremy Perkins, now in his eighth season. His 2016 and 2015 teams reached the semifinals with 10-4 records.. Nix is in his first year at Pinson after guiding Scottsboro to a 12-1 season last year.
Six teams that went through the regular season unbeaten were defeated Friday night. Unbeaten teams by class advancing this week include: (Class 1A) Maplesville (11-0); Wadley (11-0); (Class 2A) Fyffe (12-0); Lanett (12-0); (Class 3A) none; (Class 4A) Saks (12-0); Class 5A: Briarwood Christian (12-0); (Class 6A) Austin (12-0); Oxford (12-0); Pinson Valley (12-0); (Class 7A) Central-Phenix City (11-0); McGill-Toolen Catholic (12-0); and Thompson (12-0). Nine of the unbeaten teams go on the road this week.
The five defending state champions advancing include: Class 1A Maplesville; Class 2A Fyffe; Class 3A Piedmont (11-1); Class 5A Beauregard (10-1); and Class 7A Hoover (9-3). Handley, the 2016 state champion, did not reach the state playoffs this season, and defending 6A champ Ramsay was ousted Friday by Pinson Valley 41-13. Maplesville travels to Sweet Water (10-1) Friday riding a 34-game winning streak. Fyffe is also on the road at Sulligent with a 27-game winning streak on the line. Piedmont is at Colbert Heights (11-1), and Beauregard goes to St. Paul’s Episcopal (11-1), the 2015 state champs.
While the 7A winners this week advance to the Class 7A championship game Wednesday, Dec. 6, the winners in Class 1A through 6A will advance to the semifinals Dec. 1, with those winners moving on to the Super 7. Classes 1A, 3A and 5A will play championship games at Tuscaloosa on Thursday, Dec. 7, and Classes 2A, 4A and 6A conclude the 2017 Super 7 State Championships with finals on Friday, Dec. 8.
UNIFIED TEAMS NAMED FOR SUPER 7: Vestavia Hills and Baldwin County unified football teams were announced recently as the participants in the fourth annual AHSAA/Special Olympics Alabama unified game at 3 p.m. It will precede the Class 7A finals, which is scheduled for 7 p.m. Both unified teams advanced from play at Trussville last week.
AHSAA 2017 Football Playoffs
Quarterfinal Pairings (Friday, Nov. 24)
Wadley (11-0) at Marengo (9-3), Dixons Mills
Maplesville (11-0) at Sweet Water (10-1)
Addison (10-2) at South Lamar (9-3), Millport
Pickens County (10-2) at Cherokee (9-3)
Luverne (10-2) at Leroy (10-2)
Goshen (11-1) at St. Luke’s Episcopal (10-1), Mobile
Fyffe (12-0) at Sulligent (11-1)
Lanett (12-0) at Lamar County (8-4), Vernon
Mobile Christian (9-3) at Clarke County (10-2), Grove Hill
American Christian (9-3) at Hillcrest-Evergreen (11-1)
Sylvania (11-1)at Randolph County (11-1), Wedowee
Piedmont (11-1) at Colbert Heights (11-1), Tuscumbia
Bibb County (11-1) at UMS-Wright (10-2), Mobile
Andalusia (11-1) Alabama Christian (10-2), Montgomery
Fayette County (10-2) at Hokes Bluff (10-2)
Cherokee County (6-6) at Saks (12-0), Anniston
Beauregard (10-1) at St. Paul’s Episcopal (11-1), Mobile
Demopolis (10-2) at Vigor (9-3), Prichard
St. Clair County (9-3) at Wenonah (10-1), Birmingham
Etowah (11-1) at Briarwood Christian (12-0)
Opelika (9-3) at Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa (9-3)
Spanish Fort (11-1) at Wetumpka (11-1)
Pinson Valley (12-0) at Austin (12-0), Decatur
Oxford (12-0) at Clay-Chalkville (10-2)
McGill-Toolen Catholic (12-0) at Central-Phenix City (11-0)
Hoover (9-3) at Thompson (12-0), Alabaster
Wadley (11-0) 55, Isabella (10-2) 19
Marengo (9-3) 18, Georgiana (11-0) 0
Maplesville (11-0) 36, Talladega County Central (7-4) 0
Sweet Water (10-1) 41, Brantley (8-4) 13
Addison (10-2) 41, Hackleburg (10-2) 16
South Lamar (9-3) 21, Cedar Bluff (8-4) 14
Cherokee (9-3) 35, Lynn (11-1) 14
Pickens County (10-2) 51, Spring Garden (8-4) 9
Luverne (10-2) 34, Aliceville (6-5) 30
Leroy (10-2) 35, Ariton (10-2) 21
Goshen (11-1) 42, Thorsby (8-3) 21
St. Luke’s Episcopal (10-1) 69, Abbeville (9-3) 34
Sulligent (11-1) 35, Reeltown (7-5) 25
Fyffe (12-0) 56, LaFayette (9-3) 6
Lamar County (8-4) 17, Ranburne (5-7) 7
Lanett (12-0) 41, Sand Rock (9-3) 16
Mobile Christian (9-3) 24, Gordo (10-2) 0
Clarke County (10-2) 41, Wicksburg (10-2) 14
American Christian (9-3) 35, Montgomery Academy (9-3) 21
Hillcrest-Evergreen (11-1) 42, Oakman (8-4) 14
Sylvania (11-1) 48, West Morgan (10-2) 21
Randolph County (11-1) 35, Fultondale (11-1) 28
Colbert Heights (11-1) 36, Weaver (7-5) 35
Piedmont (11-1) 28, J.B. Pennington (9-3) 13
Bibb County (11-1) 41, Tallassee (10-2) 16
UMS-Wright (10-2) 28, Montgomery Catholic (10-2) 14
Alabama Christian (10-2) 38, W.S. Neal (6-6) 7
Andalusia (11-1) 30, Saint James (8-4) 0
Hokes Bluff (10-2) 12, Rogers (11-1) 0
Fayette County (10-2) 32, Jacksonville (8-4) 16
Cherokee County (6-6) 28, Wilson (10-2) 24
Saks (12-0) 31, Dora (9-3) 24
Beauregard (10-1) 30, Calera (7-5) 17
St. Paul’s Episcopal (11-1) 37, Carroll (11-1) 13
Demopolis (10-2) 17, Central-Clay County (8-4) 6
Vigor (9-3) 19, Eufaula (9-3) 13
St. Clair County (9-3) 48, Mae Jemison (10-2) 21
Wenonah (10-1) 21, Mortimer Jordan (9-3) 14
Etowah (11-1) 42, Brooks (8-3) 21
Briarwood Christian (12-0) 35, Lee-Huntsville (8-4) 14
Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa (9-3) 34, Saraland (8-4) 27
Opelika (9-3) 27, Park Crossing (10-2) 21
Wetumpka (11-1) 27, Carver-Montgomery (5-7) 7
Spanish Fort (11-1) 48, Sidney Lanier (10-2) 26
Austin (12-0) 42, Shades Valley (8-4) 35
Pinson Valley (12-0) 41, Ramsay (6-6) 13
Oxford (12-0) 34, Muscle Shoals (9-3) 7
Clay-Chalkville (10-2) 30, Homewood (10-2) 0
McGill-Toolen Catholic (12-0) 31, Auburn (10-2) 13
Central-Phenix City (11-0) 42, Lee-Montgomery (7-4) 14
Thompson (12-0) 34, Mountain Brook (8-4) 10
Hoover (9-3) 56, Hewitt-Trussville (11-1) 21
MONTGOMERY – Sixteen second-round football playoff games are set to be streamed live over the NFHS Network tonight as the AHSAA State Football Playoffs move into its second round.
Raycom Media, the AHSAA’s TV partner, will also feature Class 6A Clay-Chalkville (9-2) at Homewood (10-1) in its AHSAA Playoff Game of the Week tonight at 7 p.m. Veteran announcer Graham Dunn will be handling play-by-play, sports radio personality and former college coach Max Howell will be doing color and WBRC TV 6 sports reporter Christina Chambers will be the sideline reporter.
Drew Gilmer is in his first season as head coach for the visiting Cougars, a 21-0 winner over Athens last week. Clay has been one of the most dominant teams in the 6A playoffs over the last six years – going 14-4 with one state title and one runner-up finish. Ben Berguson is in his fourth season with the Patriots. The team clinched its 10th win in a come-from-behind 28-21 win over Fort Payne last week. The 10 wins are the most for Homewood in s season since the 2005 team rolled to a 15-0 record and the Class 5A state championship.
The AHSAA’s NFHS Playoff Game of the Week is Talladega County Central (7-3) at defending state champion Maplesville (10-0) in a Class 1A battle. Jerry Young will be handling play-by-play. Coach Brent Hubbert’s Red Devils are riding a 33-game winning streak with 16 playoff wins in a row. Maplesville won the 1A state title in 2014, 2015 and 2016 and was runner-up in 2014. The last playoff loss a 38-18 setback to Pickens County in the 2013 state finals. Hubbert’s squad has out-scored playoff opponents 969-299 over a 20-1 stretch since 2013. Their last playoff defeat in a preliminary round was a 22-12 loss to McIntosh in the third round of the 2012 playoffs.
Maplesville beat Linden 49-28 last week and Talladega County Central beat Houston County 39-7. Coach Chris Mahand is in his second tenure as head coach for the Tigers. He guided TCC to a 14-1 record and the state finals in 2007. He is 66-25 overall in seven seasons as head coach.
The weekend slate over the NFHS Network slate is shaping up to be another busy one with 10 events total in wrestling, bowling, boys’ and girls’ basketball already lined up through next Wednesday.
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TONIGHT’S FEATURED GAMES
Raycom Game of the Week
Clay-Chalkville at Homewood, 7 p.m.
NFHS NETWORK PLAYOFF GAME OF THE WEEK
Talladega County Central at Maplesville, 7 p.m.
ALFA AHSAA GAME OF THE WEEK
J.B. Pennington at Piedmont, 7 p.m.
NFHS NETWORK SCHEDULE OF AHSAA EVENTS
FRIDAY, Nov. 17
FOOTBALL PLAYOFFS Producer Air Time
Brantley at Sweet Water Sweet Water HS SBP 7 p.m.
Talladega Co. Central at Maplesville NFHS Net (Game of Week) 6:30 p.m.
Thorsby at Goshen Goshen HS SBP 7 p.m.
Colbert Heights at Weaver NFHS Net (FNN) 6:15 p.m.
Randolph County at Fultondale NFHS Net (WEHR) 7 p.m.
Saint James at Andalusia Andalusia HS SBP 7 p.m.
Jacksonville at Fayette County Jacksonville HS SBP 7 p.m.
Brooks at Etowah Brooks HS SBP 7 p.m.
Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa at Saraland Hillcrest HS SBP 5:30 p.m.
Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa at Saraland Saraland HS SBP 6 p.m.
Muscle Shoals at Oxford Muscle Shoals HS SBP 6:30 p.m.
Park Crossing at Opelika Opelika HS SBP 7 p.m.
Sidney Lanier at Spanish Fort Spanish Fort HS SBP 5:40 p.m.
Wetumpka at Carver-Montgomery Montgomery HS SBP 6 p.m.
Hoover at Hewitt-Trussville Hoover HS SBP 7 p.m.
Mountain Brook at Thompson Mtn Brook HS SBP 7 p.m.
SATURDAY, Nov. 18
BASKETBALL Producer Air Time
Pell City vs. Mtn Brook (Girls Varsity) Mtn Brook HS SBP 12:30 p.m.
Selma vs. Mtn Brook (Boys Varsity) Mtn Brook HS SBP 7:30 p.m.
WRESTLING Producer Air Time
Vestavia Hills JV Wrestling Vestavia Hills HS SBP 9 a.m.
MONDAY, Nov. 20
BASKETBALL Producer Air Time
Homewood vs. Lee-Mont. (Boys Varsity) Vestavia Hills HS SBP 3 p.m.
Helena vs. Spain Park (Boys Varsity) Vestavia Hills HS SBP 4:30 p.m.
Central-Tusc. vs. Hartselle (Boys Varsity) Vestavia Hills HS SBP 6 p.m.
Calera vs. Vestavia Hills (Boys Varsity) Vestavia Hills HS SBP 7:30 p.m.
WRESTLING Producer Air Time
Hoover JV Wrestling Hoover HS SBP TBA
Hoover Wrestling Varsity Hoover HS BP 6 p.m.
WEDNESDAY, Nov. 22
WRESTLING Producer Air Time
Vestavia Hills at Hoover Varsity Hoover HS BP 9 a.m.
MONTGOMERY – Eleven major contributors to prep athletics in Alabama have been selected from a field 51 nominations for induction into the 28th class of the Alabama High School Sports Hall of Fame next March.
The 2018 class, which includes coaches, administrators, officials and an “oldtimer,” will be inducted at a banquet at the Renaissance Hotel and Convention Center in Montgomery, March 19, 2017, at 6:30 p.m.
Selected for induction are football coaches John Mothershed, Randy Ragsdale and Jerome Tate; basketball coaches Ricky Allen and Obadiah Threadgill III; baseball coach William Booth; softball coach Alvin Rauls; volleyball coach Ann Schilling; soccer official and rules interpreter Joe Manjone; former AHSAA assistant director Greg Brewer, selected in the contributor category; and basketball coach Edward Wood, now deceased, who was chosen in the ‘old-timer’ category.
Sponsors of the Hall of Fame program are the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association (AHSADCA) and the AHSAA. The corporate sponsors include Alabama Power, ALFA, Cadence Bank, Coca-Cola, Encore Rehabilitation, Jack’s, Russell Athletic, TeamIP and Wilson Sporting Goods.
Veteran sportscaster Jeff Shearer will emcee the banquet. The NFHS Network is scheduled to live-stream the event.
Since the inaugural class induction in 1991, these 11 new inductees will run the total enshrined into the Alabama High School Sports Hall of Fame to 343.
A profile of each selectee:
RICKY ALLEN: Allen, 62, graduated from Brewer High School in Somerville in 1973, earned his college degree at Auburn University and then returned to Morgan County in 1977 where he remained a teacher and coach for 34 years. He served in various assistant coaching roles at Brewer and head-coaching roles at nearby Cotaco and Union Hill junior high schools before taking over the girls’ program at Brewer in 1985.
He became Brewer High School’s girls’ head basketball coach in 1985 where he remained through 2015. Allen compiled a 30-year record of 604-272 with one state title (Class 5A in 2012) and one state runner-up (2009) finish. His teams reached the State Championships five times, made 15 Northwest Regional tournament appearances winning five times. His teams won 17 Morgan County championships.
Brewer also served in other head-coaching roles including volleyball and softball. In high school he was a member of the school’s first graduating class helping Brewer reach the state boys’ basketball tournament in 1973 for the only time in school history while averaging 13 points and 12 rebounds.
A local church leader, he has taught Sunday School for 25 years and served as a member of the Board of Directors for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA).
WILLIAM BOOTH: Booth, 73, a veteran of 52 years in education, got a late start in coaching at Hartselle High School. However, he made up for lost time quickly. Over the last 30 years he has become the state’s all-time career wins leader for baseball, compiling a 1,025-431 record with eight state championships and three runner-up trophies.
He coached his first time on a field he described as a “cow pasture” and but now plays and practices at Sparkman Park, one of the finest high school facilities in the nation. He has seen 101 of his former players sign college scholarships and eight played professionally. Two, Steven Woodard and Chad Girodo, reached the major league. He was recognized by the Alabama State Senate and his hometown last May for his career achievements at a special ceremony at Sparkman Park.
He served 10 years as a little league coach, leading teams to two state titles and one state runner-up. He graduated in 1962 from Morgan County High School and got his undergraduate and masters’ degrees from Athens State and Alabama A&M. Teaching advanced math for almost 50 years, Booth served as interim Superintendent of Education in the summer of 2017 and is now serving as assistant superintendent while continuing to coach baseball.
GREG BREWER: Brewer, 61, rose from the ranks of officiating to become the AHSAA’s Director of Officials while serving as an assistant director from 1985-2016. A 1975 graduate of Bradshaw High School in Florence, he earned his college degree from the University of North Alabama in 1980 and a master’s from the University of Alabama in 1983.
He began officiating with the AHSAA in 1976. While at UA he became active as a contest official rising to supervisor of intramural officials in 1982. He also served as official scorer for basketball at UA for 22 years.
As Director of Officials with the AHSAA, Brewer served on various NFHS rules committees including serving as chairman of the NFHS Baseball Rules Committee from 2000-2006. He also served on the NFHS Football Rules Committee from 1998-2016 and also on the NFHS Football Manual Committee and Football Rule Editorial Committee.
An innovator who worked diligently to improve officiating in the AHSAA, he developed the AHSAA district director program, the AHSAA Pitch Count Rule for baseball -- lauded as one of the best in the nation, and created a sports officiating course approved by the ASDE that is now being taught in high schools that will serve as a recruiting tool for future officials.
He also served as a Boys State staff member from 1981-92, was the NFOSA state director from 1990-2001 and was on the Jimmy Hitchcock Selection Committee for nine years.
The NFHS honored him with the Section 3 Citation Award for his contributions in 2006 and received the Alabama Baseball Coaches Association Distinguished Service Award in 2012. He co-founded the Alabama Sports Officials Foundation in 2016.
JOSEPH “JOE” MANJONE: A native of Pennsylvania, Joe, 75, has served as been a soccer official for the past 58 years. He became the AHSAA’s soccer rules interpreter in 1991, a position he still holds. His work with soccer officiating in Alabama has helped the sport flourish over the last 30 years.
He joined the NFHS Soccer Rules Committee as the AHSAA representative in 2000 and has been the AHSAA state soccer championships officials’ coordinator since its inception in 1991.
He received the AHSAA Distinguished Service Award for Officiating in 2010, was selected the NFHS Sports Official Contributor of the Year in 2012 and was inducted into the NISOA Hall of Fame in 2013.
A native of Pennsylvania, he graduated from Black Creek Township High School in 1959 and Penn State University in 1963. He earned several post-graduate degrees from Penn State and the University of Georgia. He came to Alabama in 1980 where he worked through 1996 with the University of Alabama-Huntsville as Director of Sports and Fitness. He has spent most of his professional life working in some capacity in college education and served as president of Waldorf College from 2009-11.
JOHN MOTHERSHED: Mothershed, 54, served as head football coach at Deshler High School from 1995-2013 and was athletic director from 1995-2007. His teams compiled a 201-53 record during that span. Prior to becoming head coach, he served on Coach Tandy Gereld’s staff for eight years. Gerelds was inducted into the AHSHOF last year.
The Tigers won state titles in 1998 and 1999 under Mothershed’s direction and reached the Super 6 state finals in 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007 and 2010. His teams compiled a 49-17 playoff record in 19 appearances and was 102-13 in region games. Eleven of his teams won 10 or more games.
A graduate of Sheffield High School (1981) and the University of North Alabama (1985), he has been active in the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association (AHSADCA) serving as president in 2004 and as a vice president from 2001-03. He has been inducted into the Colbert County Sports Hall of Fame.
RANDY RAGSDALE: Ragsdale, 60, served as head football coach at Trinity Presbyterian High School in Montgomery from 1989-2017. The Wildcats compiled a 242-86 record during that span with a 45-game regular-season winning streak from 2000-05. His 2003 team won the Class 4A state championship going undefeated at 15-0.
His teams reached the state playoffs in 25 of the 28 seasons and compiled a 116-23 region record. He began his coaching career as an assistant coach in Georgia and joined the Northview staff in Dothan in 1985. As defensive coordinator, he helped the Cougars win a state crown in 1985.
Ragsdale coached in the 1997 and 2004 North-South All-Star Games, was head coach in 2010 and was named ASWA Coach of the Year in 2003. He currently serves as a board member of the District 3 Fellowship of Christian Athletes and received the Herman L. Scott Distinguished Service Award in 2017 for his faith-based coaching leadership.
He coached a team of Alabama all-stars in the Down Under Bowl in Australia in 1999 and 2000. As a player he earned All-America honors as an offensive lineman at Jacksonville State played in the NCAA Division II championship game in 1978.
The Rockdale County (GA) graduate attended Jacksonville State University on football scholarship graduating in 1979. He earned his masters from JSU in 1984. He and his family attend Ray Thorington Road Baptist Church.
ALVIN RAULS: Rauls, 62, has served in various capacities as a high school teacher and coach at Madison County and Huntsville city schools. As a baseball coach he guided New Hope to the 1992 Class 3A state baseball crown and his 1990 and 1994 teams finished runner-up. With stops at Sparkman, Butler and Bob Jones, his teams won over 350 games. He moved to Buckhorn in 2007 where he has coached softball teams to more than 300 victories over the last 11 years. He guided the Lady Bucks to the state championship in 2017. He is only the second coach in AHSAA history to coach state titles in both sports.
He coached American Legion baseball for many years winning numerous state titles.
Rauls has also served on the AHSAA District 8 Board and Legislative Council and on the AHSAA Central Board of Control. He graduated from Monroe High School in Albany (GA) in 1972 and from Florida A&M, where he was on baseball scholarship, in 1977.
MONTGOMERY – Pinson Valley High School junior quarterback Bo Nix returned to the lineup for the Indians’ first-round state playoff game Friday night after being sidelined several games with an ankle injury.
He responded to lead the unbeaten Indians (11-0) to a 45-20 Class 6A state playoff win over Florence. Nix, the son of head coach and former Auburn starting quarterback Patrick Nix, completed 22-of-36 passes for 368 yards and five touchdowns as Pinson advanced to round two to face defending state champion Ramsay at Pinson Friday night.
The victory closed out the first 10-0 regular season in the school’s history and catapulted the junior into the AHSAA Football Spotlight for Week 1 of the state playoffs. The 10-0 current record also marks the first 10-win season for the school since it opened its doors in 1970.
Bo Nix, who quarterbacked Scottsboro to a 12-1 season as a sophomore before his dad took over at Pinson this season, comes by his talent naturally. His dad was an All-State QB in high school at Etowah before playing at Auburn. Patrick Nix is 39-18 as a head coach in his fifth season – including 22-1 over the last two years. He quarterbacked Etowah to a 10-1 season as a senior in high school and was a sophomore on Auburn’s 11-0 team in 1993.
Bo is also the grandson of longtime high school coach Conrad Nix. Grandpa Nix finished his 35-year head-coaching career with a 300-105-1 record. He was 260-55 with two state championships over 27 seasons at Northside (GA). He spent eight years in the AHSAA with coaching stints at Albertville, Haleyville and Lincoln.
Other top efforts for week one of the state playoffs reported include:
KYLE ARTHUR, WICKSBURG: Arthur rushed seven times for 51 yards, including a 22-yard touchdown run in the second half, had an interception and three tackles on defense during the Panthers’ 28-6 Class 3A state playoff win over Midfield Friday night. Less than seven hours later, Arthur hit the road for a four-hour trip over 270 miles to the Oakville Indian Mounds where he placed 32nd in the Class 3A boys’ state cross country meet.
QUINADRIOUS CREWS, CALERA: Caught a game-winning 10-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Cornelius Brown on the final play of the game to lift Calera to a 28-27 Class 5A playoff victory over Jackson.
RICARDO MENDOZA, BEAUREGARD: Kicked a 37-yard game-winning field goal on the last play of the game to give the defending Class 5A state champions a 24-21 win over Greenville in the first round of the state playoffs. The Tigers beat the Hornets (9-1) in the first game of the season 34-31 for Beauregard’s only loss of the year.
ANDRES RIOS, MUSCLE SHOALS: Booted a game-winning 25-yard field goal with one second to play as the Trojans (9-2) beat Gardendale 23-20 in the Class 6A playoffs.
RODNEY JONES, ST. CLAIR COUNTY: Blocked a punt and returned it 40 yards for the game-winning TD in a 28-21 Class 5A playoff victory over Guntersville.
LANDON JOHNSON, HOKES BLUFF: Scored on a 63-yard game-winning run, completed 6-of-15 passes for 79 yards and had three tackles and an interception on defense as the Eagles ousted Madison Academy from the 4A state playoffs with a 12-10 win. The first-round loss was the first for Madison Academy since 2007. The Mustangs failed to make the playoffs in 2008, then went on a run over the next eight years that included three state championships and two runner-up finishes.
IVORY STARR, CEDAR BLUFF: Rushed for 134 yards and two touchdowns on 14 carries and sealed the Tigers’ 33-28 Class 1A playoff win over Waterloo with his interception at the Cedar Bluff 14-yard line with 1:06 remaining.
HAMP SISSON, MOUNTAIN BROOK: Completed 9-of-15 passes for 136 yards, ran for 61 yards on 15 attempts and was involved in 10 of Mountain Brook's 13 first downs. In the game-clinching drive, he converted three first downs to preserve a 23-22 Class 7A playoff victory over Bob Jones for the Spartans (8-3).
RICHMON SINGLETARY, ELBA: Rushed for 295 yards on 24 carries with two touchdowns (4 and 10 yards) in a 42-20 Elba loss to Leroy in Class 2A playoff action.
PAYTON ANDERSON, FYFFE: Rushed 24 times for 269 yards and five touchdowns as the Red Devils (11-0) rolled to their 26th straight win in a 48-0 Class 2A playoff win over Sheffield.
KELSTON FIKES, LEROY: Piled up 245 yards rushing and four touchdowns on just 17 carries as the Bears (9-2) defeated Elba 48-20 in the 2A playoffs.
KAPE McRAE, ARITON: The Purple Cats running back rushed for 240 yards and two touchdowns (22 and 12 yards) on 22 carries as Ariton (10-1) posted its first state playoff win since 2006 with a 44-14 Class 2A victory over R.C. Hatch.
JOE GREEN, EUFAULA: Had 236 yards rushing yards and four touchdowns (1, 11, 7, 21 yards) and teammate Zy Tennille had 153 yards and three scores (60, 1 and 14 yards) to help Eufaula (9-2) overcome a 24-14 first-half deficit en route to the Tigers’ 48-31 Class 5A playoff win over Sylacauga.
DESMOND TROTTER, SHADES VALLEY: Ran for 235 yards on 26 carries and scored one touchdown as the Mounties (8-3) beat Pell City 34-7 in the 6A playoffs.
SYMON SMITH, UMS-WRIGHT: The sophomore gained 211 yards rushing on 24 carries and scored twice as UMS-Wright (9-2) beat Leeds 42-7 in the 4A state playoffs.
NOAH TURBYFILL, BROOKS: Rushed for 205 yards and scored four touchdowns as Brooks (8-2) beat West Point 41-20 in the Class 5A playoffs. He scored on runs of 3, 2 and 10 yards and caught a 41-yard TD pass.
DANIEL MITCHELL, ROGERS: Mitchell ran for 205 yards and two touchdowns to power Rogers (11-0) past Haleyville 45-7 in the Class 4A playoffs. He scored on runs of 1 and 75 yards and also caught a 66-yard TD pass.
ASA MARTIN, AUSTIN: Ran 10 times for 201 yards and three touchdowns in the Black Bears’ 48-0 Class 6A win over Carver-Birmingham. His touchdown runs covered 87, 62 and 26 yards. He also threw a 20-yard pass out of the wildcat formation and returned a punt 65 yards that would have been longer and for a TD if not for a penalty. He also played on defense in the secondary.
CHANNING MARMANN, DESHLER: Rushed for 201 yards and 2 touchdowns and threw for 128 yards, including an 80-yard TD connection, in a 29-20 Class 4A playoff loss at Dora. Marmann’s TD runs covered 4 and 48 yards.
KEONTAY JONES, WENONAH: Had 16 rush attempts for 175 yards and two touchdowns as the Dragons (9-1) beat Alexandria 40-14 in the 5A playoffs. Teammate Carlos Rogers rushed for 102 yards and two TDs and passed for 104 yards and another TD.
WALKER BLAIR, FULTONDALE: rushed for 170 yards on nine carries, including TD runs of 99 and 12 yards, as the Wildcats (11-0) posted a 39-3 Class 3A playoff win over Colbert County.
TYREN DUPREE, CHEROKEE: Led the Warriors (5-6), seeded fourth in Class 4A, Region 5, with 158 yards rushing on 20 carries with touchdown runs of 10 and 18 yards in a 21-14 playoff win over Region 7 champion Sardis.
SHAWN BOWDEN, WICKSBURG: Rushed for 147 yards and two touchdowns in a 28-6 Panthers’ Class 3A playoff victory over Midfield. Wicksburg improved to 10-1 with the victory.
BRYAN HILL, McGILL-TOOLEN CATHOLIC: Rushed for 145 yards and three touchdowns as Class 7A McGill-Toolen (11-0) beat Jeff Davis 35-14 in the first round of the state playoffs.
LEE STANLEY, PIEDMONT: Ran for 143 yards on 11 carries with an 88-yard touchdown as Piedmont (10-1), the defending Class 3A state champions, beat Geraldine 26-6 in the first round of the playoffs. Teammate Cardavion Myers also contributed TD passes of 58 and 21 yards and ran 50 yards for another TD.
AUSTIN KINSEY, CLARKE COUNTY: Rushed for 140 yards and three touchdowns, all in the first half, to lead the Bulldogs (9-2) to a 56-8 Class 3A state playoff win over Southside-Selma.
DAVID ROBERTSON, HOMEWOOD: Had 24 carries for 135 yards in a 28-21 come-from-behind Class 6A playoff victory over Fort Payne for the Patriots (10-1).
TAULIA TAGOVAILOA, THOMPSON: Completed 29-of-39 passes for 394 yards and three scores as the Warriors (11-0) beat Huntsville 35-0 in the first round of the 7A state playoffs. It was the first playoff win for Thompson since 2006 and the 185th career win for Coach Mark Freeman.
JACK SAMSEL, SPANISH FORT: Rolled up 350 yards and five touchdowns completing 18-of-21 passes as the Toros (10-1) beat Pelham 49-14. Most of his yardage came in the first half.
BROCK SNYDER, GOSHEN: Completed 9-of-16 passes for 267 yards and three touchdowns to lead Goshen (10-1) past Southern Choctaw 27-6 in a first-round Class 2A playoff win. Snyder had TD passes of 66 and 63 yards to Zack Alford and 34 yards to Iyan Hinkle.
PAUL TYSON, HEWITT-TRUSSVILLE: The junior quarterback completed 20-of-28 passes for 257 yards and two touchdowns and ran for another score as the Huskies (11-0) beat Spain Park 33-21 in the 7A state playoffs.
ARIAN STRONG, CHEROKEE: Was 13-of-22 passing for 218 yards and five touchdowns and rushed for 36 yards on nine carries as the Indians (8-3) beat Coosa Christian 49-0 in the first round of the Class 1A state playoffs.
JACK WEST, SARALAND: The senior quarterback was 12-of-15 passing for 204 yards and two touchdowns and added a rushing touchdown as the Spartans (8-3) beat Benjamin Russell 35-7 in a 6A playoff game played at Alexander City.
KYLE WALKER, VIGOR: Was 8-of-11 passing for 183 yards and four touchdowns as the Wolves (8-3) beat Jemison 55-7 in the 5A state playoffs.
SWIFT LYLE, ST. PAUL’S EPISCOPAL: Completed 12-of-13 passes for 175 yards and three touchdowns as St. Paul’s (10-1) beat Marbury 48-6 in the Class 5A playoffs.
GABE PELUSO, WEST MORGAN: Passed for 136 yards and a touchdown and rushed for 123 yards and three touchdowns for the Rebels (10-1) in a 35-0 Class 3A playoff victory over Holly Pond.
LUKE IVEY, SPRING GARDEN: Completed 7-of-10 pass attempts for 104 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 86 yards on nine carries with a 34-yard TD run as Spring Garden (8-3) downed Phillips 40-14 in the 1A playoffs. Both TD passes were to Dylan Rogers covering 1 and 29 yards. Rogers had six receptions for 90 yards, two fumble recoveries and an interception on defense.
KRISTIAN STORY, LANETT: Passed for four touchdowns with two going to senior Anquaevious Pollard for 5 and 25 yards as the Panthers (11-0) scored 41 first-half points on the way to a 41-8 win over Tanner in the 2A playoffs.
MO EDWARDS, THOMPSON: Had eight catches for 151 yards and two TDs in a 49-0 Class 7A playoff victory over Huntsville.
ANTONIO ROBINSON, AUSTIN: Made three receptions for 127 yards and two TDs and rushed for 108 yards and another TD on 12 carries as Austin (11-0) beat Carver-Birmingham 48-0 in the Class 6A playoffs. One TD reception went for 81 yards and his rushing TD covered 58 yards.
CARSON EDDY, BRIARWOOD CHRISTIAN: Caught a 48-yard TD on the game's first offensive snap, added a 55-yard TD catch on the next possession, and finished with three catches for 117 yards in a 62-0 Class 5A playoff victory for the Lions (11-0) over Crossville.
JUSTIN ANDERSON, MORTIMER JORDAN: Caught four passes for 128 yards and a TD in a 28-12 Class 5A playoff victory for the Blue Devils (9-2) over Lawrence County.
MAURICE GRAY, WEST MORGAN: Caught five passes for 110 yards, including a 71-yard touchdown, in West Morgan’s first-round 3A playoff victory over Holly Pond.
COLT SMITH, MARS HILL BIBLE: Had 19 tackles, including five for losses, in the Panthers’ 14-13 loss to Sand Rock.
BLAKE CARROLL, ARITON: Recorded 13 tackles, including for two losses, and had a blocked punt in the Purple Cats’ 44-14 Class 2A playoff win over R.C. Hatch.
TREVELL SMITH, HOUSTON COUNTY: Earned 15 tackles in a 39-7 Class 1A playoff loss to Talladega County Central.
BRIAN KELLEY, SPRING GARDEN: Recovered a fumble and had an interception in Spring Garden’s 40-14 win over Phillips in the 1A state playoffs. Teammate Austin Slayton also had five tackles, forced three fumbles and recovered one.
KYLE DAVIS, MAE JEMISON: Picked off a pass and recovered two fumbles in a 44-0 Class 5A playoff win over Corner for the Jaguars (10-1).
GEORGE PICKENS, HOOVER: Returned a punt 85 yards for a TD and added two catches for 27 yards in a 49-7 Class 7A victory for the defending state champion Bucs (8-3) over Sparkman.
CHRIS REID, LEE-HUNTSVILLE: Returned a punt 85 yards for a touchdown as Lee (8-3) beat Hayden 31-21 in the 5A state playoffs.
STARLING THOMAS, RAMSAY: Returned a punt 69 yards for a touchdown in a 14-0 Class 6A playoff victory over Cullman for the defending state champion Rams (7-4).
JACOB WOODS, SHADES VALLEY: Intercepted two passes to pace a defense that allowed less than 100 yards total offense as the Mounties (8-3) beat Pell City 34-7 in the 6A state playoffs.
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