Tuesday, August 20, 2019






Nix Powers Pinson Valley Past Muscle Shoals to Claim AHSAA Prep Spotlight

UMS-Wright Delivers No. 300 for Coach Terry Curtis

   MONTGOMERY – Pinson Valley quarterback Bo Nix has a penchant for saving his best for the state playoffs. Last year he directed the Indians to a 15-0 record and the Class 6A state championship with a memorable 400-yard passing performance in Pinson’s 51-50 overtime win over unbeaten Austin the quarterfinals of the state playoffs. Three weeks later he earned MVP honors at the Super 7 Class 6A state finals.
   And last week, Nix completed-20-of-37 passes for 376 yards and four touchdowns and rushed twice for 28 yards and two touchdowns as the Indians (10-1) rallied in the second half to beat Muscle Shoals 45-21 in the second round of the Class 6A state playoffs.
    Nix’s effort earned he and the Indians this week’s AHSAA Prep Football Spotlight for the second round of the state playoffs. The son of head coach Patrick Nix connected with Ga’Quincey McKinstry nine times for 160 yards and two touchdowns, and with Demarion Holloman for eight completions – good for 156 yards and two more scores.
    Named one of two quarterbacks on the Alabama All-Star Team, which is set to face Mississippi Dec. 17 at Cramton Bowl in the 32nd annual all-star classic, Nix has steadily climbed the AHSAA Record Book all-time list for passing yardage, passing touchdowns, total yardage and total touchdowns accounted for. His dad also quarterbacked in the Alabama-Mississippi Game 28 years ago in 1990.
    Heading into the Friday’s quarterfinal game at Homewood (10-2), the 6-foot-3, 210-pound senior has completed
196-of-328 passes for 2,865 yards and 40 touchdowns with just five interceptions this season in 11 games. He has rushed for 262 yards and five touchdowns with no sacks. His career totals, which include two years at Scottsboro, are 616-of-1,104 passing for 9,456 yards, 117 TDs.
     His career rushing total is 1,957 yards on 236 carries with 32 TDs. His total yardage currently is 11,413 total yards, which ranks second all-time behind Jamarcus Russell, who amassed 10,774 passing yards to set the passing mark as quarterback at Williamson from 1999-2002. Terrance Hollingsworth of Class 1A Berry (2009-2013) set the career total offense record with 11,788 yards.  Nix ranks fourth in the AHSAA in career passing behind Russell, American Christian’s Chris Smelley (2001-2005) and Colbert Heights’ Jeremy Yates (2004-2007). Smelley is the head coach at American Christian (12-0), which travels to Mobile to face defending state champion UMS-Wright (11-0) in the quarterfinals of the Class 4A state playoffs Friday.
    UMS-Wright head coach Terry Curtis and his Bulldogs grabbed a share of this week’s AHSAA Spotlight with last week’s 48-7 win over Trinity Presbyterian. Tyler Irvin recorded 11 tackles and made an interception to spark what became career coaching victory No. 300 for Curtis. He became just the fourth coach in AHSAA football history to win 300 games – all while coaching in the AHSAA. Vestavia Hills head coach Buddy Anderson is the leader at 335-150, all at Vestavia (1978-2018). Jamie Riggs of Houston Academy is next at 312-85. He spent most of his coaching career at T.R. Miller where he went 293-62 in 27 seasons. And legendary Coach Glenn Daniel of Luverne, who retired following the 1992 season, finished at 302-169-16. He was the first coach to win 300 games in the AHSAA with 254 of his wins coming at Luverne.
    Current Briarwood Christian head coach Fred Yancey owns a 319-115-1 record with a 276-95 slate in Alabama with Briarwood. And Waldon Tucker, who retired at Fayette County after the 2010 season, finished his career at 309-126-3 with 284 wins coming at Fayette and Gordo. His son Lance Tucker is the current head coach at Fayette compiling a 76-31 slate at his alma mater.
   Other top performances reported in last week’s playoffs:

A’MONTAE SPIVEY, CENTRAL-PHENIX CITY: Rushed 24 times for 121 yards to help Central (12-0) beat McGill-Toolen Catholic 14-0 in the Class 7A quarterfinals – ending s three-game playoff winning streak the Yellow Jackets had held over the Red Devils. The Central defense, anchored by defensive back Ray Thornton and defensive lineman Bernard Miles, two more Central players who have been selected for the All-Star Game, limited McGill-Toolen to just three first downs and 63 total yards in the shutout win. McGill had just four total yards in the first half.
D.J. JAMES, SPANISH FORT: Intercepted two passes in the first half and scored on a 6-yard run in the second half to lead the Toros to a 30-0 Class 6A playoff win over McAdory.
GEORGE PICKENS, HOOVER: Caught five passes for 204 yards, including TD catches of 38, 60 and 88 yards, in a 42-17 victory over Mountain Brook.
TRIKWEZE BRIDGES, LANETT: Caught an 11-yard TD pass late in the game from quarterback Kristian Story to give the Panthers a (11-1) at 14-6 win over Marengo in the Class 1A playoffs.
LEE WITHERSPOON, NORTH JACKSON: Managed 91 yards rushing on 18 carries before leaving the Chiefs’ Class 4A playoff 33-13 loss to Hokes Bluff for good in midway through the first half due to an injury. North Jackson trailed 7-0 at the time. He finished the season with 2,850 yards rushing on 149 carries, scored 53 rushing touchdowns and 59 touchdowns overall. The TDs are both AHSAA state records.
PAYTON ANDERSON, FYFFE: Left the game early in the first half with an ankle injury in the Red Devils’ 35-0 win over Colbert County in the Class 2A state playoffs. He has 1,810 yards on 177 carries this season and an 11.2-yards per carry average. Anderson also has 38 rushing TDs and 40 overall this season. His career totals are 5,391 rushing yards and 100 rushing TDs with 109 scores overall.
TAULIA TAGOVAILOA, THOMPSON: Led the Warriors (10-1) to a 37-13 Class 7A playoff win over Hewitt-Trussville completing 11-of-17 passes for 141 yards and two TDs. He heads into Friday’s semifinal game versus Hoover at the Hoover Met with 3,392 yards passing and 33 TDs this season completing 245-of-391 pass attempts. He’s thrown only five interceptions. He has passed for 7,212 yards (532-of-826) and 69 TDs in his two-year career with the Warriors.
JA’VARRIUS JOHNSON, HEWITT-TRUSSVILLE: The Huskies wide receiver closed out the season with five catches for 75 yards in the 37-13 loss to Thompson. He finished the season with 87 catches, 1,685 yards and 15 touchdowns. The receiving yardage ranks second all-time in the AHSAA Record Book. Brandon Greer of Westbrook Christian set the record in 1998 on the receiving end of quarterback and future NFL QB Brodie Croyle’s throws for 71 catches and 1,735 receiving yards.
    Fans wanting to catch the all-stars in action this week have an opportunity to see 17 who will be participating with their high school teams in the third round of the AHSAA state football playoffs Friday. Those players include: In the Class 7A semifinals: quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa and offensive lineman Amari Kight of Thompson; running back Larry McCammon, wide receiver George Pickens and punter/place-kicker Will Reichard of Hoover; defensive back Ray Thornton, running back Armontae Faison and defensive lineman Bernard Miles of Central-Phenix City; in the Class 6A quarterfinals are quarterback Bo Nix of Pinson Valley; defensive back D.J. James and offensive lineman Chris Turberville of Spanish Fort; defensive back Cordele Flott of Saraland; defensive back Deangelo Jones and defensive lineman Patrick Lucas of Wetumpka; and defensive end/linebacker Kendall McCallum of Oxford; in the Class 2A quarterfinals, running back Payton Anderson of Fyffe; and in the Class 1A quarterfinals, wide receiver Trikeze Bridges of Lanett.

ROBBY ASHFORD, HOOVER: Accounted for five TDs -- three passing and two running -- in a 42-17 Class 7A quarterfinal victory over Mountain Brook for Coach Josh Niblett’s Bucs. Ashford completed 7-of-10 passes for 290 yards with TD passes of 38, 60, 88 yards to go with rushing TDs of 7 and 4 yards as the Bucs moved into the Class 7A state playoff semifinals for the fifth straight year in Class 7A, for the 11th straight time overall and the 18th time in the last 19 years in the AHSAA’s largest classification. Hoover’s record during that span has been 15-1 in semifinal games.
TONY AMERSON, SAINT JAMES: Picked up 104 yards rushing on 32 carries to go over the 5,000-yard career rushing mark as the Trojans fell 27-6 in the Class 3A state playoffs to Providence Christian.
MATT DIXON, GOOD HOPE: The senior running back rushed for 146 yards and two touchdowns, caught five passes for 105 yards and another TD to lead the Raiders (11-1) to a 27-12 win over previously Jacksonville (11-1) in the Class 4A state playoffs. Coach Alan Scott's team is in the quarterfinals of the state playoffs for the first time since 1997.

RAYSHAWN REYNOLDS, PIKE COUNTY: Picked up off two passes in the final 2:37 of the fourth period, including one on the final play of the game at the 3-yard line, to preserve a 21-14 Bulldog win over Thomasville in the Class 3A playoffs. Reynolds' two interceptions were among five turnovers earned by the Bulldogs in the game, four coming in the fourth quarter. He rushed for 152 yards on 28 carries and Jaiden Wilson scored two TDs on runs of 1 and 3 yards.
    Quay Walker had an interception and Darrick Myhand, who had 10 tackles, recovered a fumble earlier in the fourth quarter and had an interception in the third quarter. The Bulldogs won two playoff games last week – beating Oakman on Monday in a game postponed from the previous Friday.

CHRISTIAN ANGULO, FALKVILLE: The sophomore receiver caught touchdown passes of 9 and 28 yards in a 34-15 Class 1A playoff loss to Pickens County. He finished the season with 58 catches for 1,018 yards and 17 touchdowns. Senior teammate Noah Holmes ended the year with 60 receptions for 1,125 yards and 18 TDs and senior quarterback Aaron Dove closed out the year completing 182-of-259 passes for the Blue Devils (11-1) for 3,021 yards, 46 touchdowns and just six interceptions.

JALEN WHITE, DALEVILLE: Had 40 carries for 300 yards and three touchdowns in the Warhawks’ 27-26 Class 2A playoff loss to Leroy. The Bears rallied late with three touchdowns in the fourth quarter to past the come-from-behind win.
DAQUAN JOHNSON, FLOMATON: Had 298 yards rushing and three touchdowns on 28 carries as the Hurricanes downed previously unbeaten Winfield 32-7 in the Class 3A playoffs.
TEDARRIAN MURRAY, LEE-MONTGOMERY: Rushed for 180 yards on 16 carries, including a game-winning 9-yard TD run with 4:34 remaining, to give the Generals a 12-6 win over Auburn in the Class 7A state playoffs. It was Lee’s first win over Auburn since 1956. Murray also scored on a 48-yard run.
DARRIAN MEADS, HOKES BLUFF: Ran for 180 yards on 26 carries and scored four touchdowns in the Eagles’ 33-13 win over previously undefeated North Jackson (11-1). Meads ran for TD runs of 5, 10 and 23 yards and returned an interception 51 yards for another score. 

CARTER HAYES, WESTMINSTER CHRISTIAN: Gained 176 yards rushing and scored four TDs in a 48-44 Class 3A playoff win over Midfield. His fourth TD came in the final two minutes of play to give the Wildcats (11-0) the win.

TYQUAN RAWLS, WETUMPKA: Rushed for 144 yards and one TD on 21 carries and completed 7-of-12 passes for 85 yards and another TD – a 10-yard strike to E.J. Rogers in overtime -- as the Indians beat Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa in the Class 6A playoffs 20-17.
BRYSON PEAVY, ARITON: Rushed for 160 yards on 36 carries with three touchdowns, completed one pass attempt for 18 yards and had six tackles on defense in the Purple Cats' 36-27 win over Cottage Hill Christian in the Class 2A playoffs.

SHADRICK BYRD, THOMPSON: Ran for 160 yards on 24 carries, including a 23-yard touchdown run, in a 37-13 Class 7A victory over Hewitt-Trussville.
ELLIAN HARRIS, LUVERNE: Rushed for 155 yards and two touchdowns in a 41-20 win over Abbeville in the Class 2A playoffs. Teammate Tay Brantley added 111 yards rushing and two scores on 10 carries and completed 7-of-11 passes for 96 yards and two touchdowns.
K.J. HALL, HIGHLAND HOME: Carried 15 times for 149 yards and three touchdowns in 42-3 second-round Class 2A playoff win over Lafayette. He also recorded four tackles and intercepted a pass on defense.
Rushed for 143 yards and three touchdowns to pace the Eagles to a 27-6 win over Saint James in the Class 3A playoffs.
RISHARD DENSMORE, BESSEMER CITY: Rushed 19 times for 126 yards and a score and threw two TD passes in a 42-26 Class 6A playoff loss to Opelika.
ELIJAH JOHNSON, PIEDMONT: Gained 123 yards and scored two touchdowns (23 and 57 yards) on just eight carries in the Bulldogs’ 41-16 Class 3A victory at J.B. Pennington.
LUKE WELSH, SPRING GARDEN: Ran for 111 yards on 28 carries, including a 4-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter of the Panthers’ 16-8 Class 1A victory over Waterloo.
ROYDELL WILLIAMS, HUEYTOWN: Had 25 carries for 105 yards in a 6-0 Class 6A playoff loss to Saraland.
JOSEPH HANSON, MARS HILL BIBLE:  The Panthers’ quarterback rushed for two touchdowns and had an interception as the Panthers beat Donoho 38-7 in the Class 1A playoffs. Hanson had the game’s key play, breaking a 50-yard TD run on a third-and-41 play late in the first half.
DANIEL FRANKLIN, MORTIMER JORDAN: Scored on runs of 4 and 41 yards and recovered a fumble in the end zone for a touchdown in a 41-9 Class 5A playoff victory over East Limestone.

ANTHONY BROWN, MIDFIELD: Completed 10-of-18 passes for 308 yards and six TDs in a 48-44 Class 3A playoff loss to Westminster Christian. 
DAQUON KINCEY, ABBEVILLE: Was 7-of-17 passing for 256 yards with one touchdown of 78 yards to twin brother Jaquon Kincey and added 126 yards rushing on 21 carries with an 85-yard TD run in a 41-20 Class 2A playoff loss to Luverne.
ZYQUEZ PERRYMAN, PLEASANT GROVE: Completed 16-of-33 passes for 152 yards and a TD in a 21-14 Class 5A playoff loss to Demopolis.
MASON MOHON, PIEDMONT: Completed 6-of-10 pass attempts for 110 yards and two touchdowns (42 and 27 yards), both in the first quarter of the Bulldogs’ 41-16 Class 3A playoff win at J.B. Pennington.
KALEB JONES, COLLINSVILLE: Completed 13-of-25 pass attempts for 99 yards and ran for 97 yards and a 6-yard touchdown on 19 carries in the Panthers’ Class 2A 20-9 playoff loss at Aliceville.
DANIEL PHILLIPS, HIGHLAND HOME: Was 9-of-20 passing for 82 yards and a TD and had 11 rush attempts for 84 yards and another score as the Flying Squadron downed LaFayette 42-3 in the Class 2A state playoffs.
Larkin Williams, Homewood: Completed a 50-yard touchdown pass and scored on a 1-yard run to account for both touchdowns in the Patriots’ Class 6A 14-0 playoff victory over Gardendale.


ANTHONY WALKER, MIDFIELD: Caught three passes for 204 yards and three TDs in a 48-44 loss to Westminster Christian. 
HAYDEN STUTTS, DESHLER: Caught four passes for 163 yards and two touchdowns and also had an interception to help Deshler beat Fayette County 42-21 in the Class 4A playoffs.
BRANDON HOWARD, ONEONTA: Caught nine passes for 162 yards and two touchdowns in a 56-20 Class 4A victory over DAR.
BRAYDEN LEWIS, DAR: Caught nine passes for 160 yards and two touchdowns, and caught a 2-point conversion pass in a 56-20 loss to Oneonta.
JACOREY JACOBS, ST. LUKE’S EPISCOPAL: Snared eight passes for 158 yards in the Wildcats’ Class 1A win over Wadley. His TD receptions covered 40 and 37 yards.
CLAY PITSINOS, MADISON ACADEMY: Caught four passes for 156 yards and a touchdown in a 44-19 Class 5A playoff loss to Central-Clay County.
KELSTON FIKES, LEROY: Hauled in six receptions for 111 yards and three touchdowns covering 14, 54 and 28 yards as the Bears nipped Daleville 27-26 in a Class 2A playoff second-round game. He also had one rushing TD.
CEDARIUS DOSS, RAMSAY: Caught three passes for 99 yards and one TD and added an interception on defense in a 25-22 Class 5A playoff win over Jackson.

KRISTIAN STORY, LANETT: Made three interceptions on defense, two late in the game, and fired two TD passes to lift the Panthers to a 14-6 Class 1A playoff win over Marengo.
Intercepted three passes in a 37-13 Class 7A quarterfinal victory over Hewitt-Trussville.
REGINALD PEARSON, LEE-MONTGOMERY: The Generals’ defensive tackle had three sacks, including one on Auburn’s final drive, to help seal a 12-6 Class 7A playoff victory over the Tigers. Teammate Len’Darius Orum clinched the win with an interception a few plays later.
Had 12 tackles and a sack in the Indians’ 20-17 overtime victory in the 6A playoffs over Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa.
DESMOND LITTLE, VIGOR: Had three sacks as the Wolves downed Briarwood Christian 26-0 in the 5A playoffs – limited the Lions to just one first down and 14 total yards.
JACKSON BLAIR, ARITON: Had 12 tackles, including one for a loss, as the Purple Cats beat Cottage Hill Christian 36-27 in the Class 2A playoffs.
WILL SOLOMON, PROVIDENCE CHRISTIAN: Totaled 12 tackles in the Eagles’ 27-6 Class 3A win over Saint James. Teammates Michael Sullivan and Hayes Lewis added 10 and 8 tackles, respectively, with each causing a fumble and Lewis intercepting a pass.
ALEX WHISENHUNT, SAINT JAMES: Totaled 10 tackles in a 27-6 Class 3A playoff loss to Providence Christian.
COLE DUIETT, SARALAND: Totaled seven tackles, three for a loss, one sack and a fumble recovery as the Spartans blanked Hueytown 6-0 in the 6A playoffs.
BLAKE SPARKS, COLLINSVILLE: Recovered two fumbles in the Panthers’ 20-9 Class 2A loss at Aliceville.
MYLES SPURLING, HOOVER: Returned an interception for a TD in a 42-17 Class 7A quarterfinal victory over Mountain Brook.
KOBE COLLIER, CENTER POINT: Returned a fumble 60 yards for a TD in a 24-14 Class 5A loss to Etowah.

NY DAVIS, ETOWAH: Blocked two punts, both leading to Blue Devils touchdowns, as Etowah (12-0) remained unbeaten with a 24-14 Class 5A playoff win over Center Point.
COLBY SLATON, SPRING GARDEN: Connected on a 24-yard field goal with less than a minute remaining in the first half and had an interception that led to a touchdown in the fourth quarter of the Panthers’ 16-8 Class 1A playoff victory over Waterloo.
JAYLEN STINSON, OPELIKA: Returned a kickoff 78 yards for a TD late in the first half to give Opelika the lead 21-20 over Bessemer City at halftime. The Bulldogs dominated the second half to win the Class 6A playoff encounter at Bessemer 45-25.
SEAN SMITH, PIEDMONT: Blocked a punt and recovered it in the end zone in the Bulldogs’ 41-16 Class 3A playoff victory at J.B. Pennington.
CARSON WEAR, MUSCLE SHOALS: Returned a punt 85 yards for a touchdown, intercepted a pass in the end zone to snuff out a scoring threat and had two pass breakups in a season-ending 45-21 loss to Pinson Valley.


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