Briarwood DE Cole Garner Registers Record 3 Safeties in Win over Fairfield
AHSAA - RON INGRAM - MONTGOMERY – It’s a safe notion everyone watching Briarwood Christian’s 26-0 Class 5A, Region 4 victory over Fairfield last week witnessed something they had never seen before.
That’s because the Lions’ junior defensive end Cole Garner did something that most likely has never been done in a football game. Garner sacked the Tigers in their own end zone, not once, but three times to record three safeties in the win.
The incredible feat by Garner thrust him into the AHSAA Football Spotlight for Week 9.
The national team record for safeties is five by a team. Three schools have accomplished that feat: Montezuma (GA) in 1983, Linden (NJ) in 1989 and Niobrary County (WY) in 2000. Three other schools have recorded four safeties in a game: Pebble Beach (CA) in 1987, Santa Rosa Cardinal Newman (CA) in 1968 and Buckeye (AZ) in 1931.
“That’s the first time in all my coaching life that I’ve ever seen that many,” Briarwood Coach Fred Yancey told the Shelby County Reporter after the game. “That’s a credit to our defensive coaches for having the boys excited about really doing some great stuff tonight.”
There is no record for safeties recorded by players, however. Not only did Briarwood set the AHSAA record for safeties in a game for a team, Garner also owns the individual state record and quite possibly the national record. However, no records have been established previously for individual safeties by the NFHS Record Book or AHSAA Record Book.
By comparison, in the NFL Jared Allen, Ted Hendricks and Doug English share the all-time career record for safeties (4).
All three safeties in the Briarwood-Fairfield game started with the Tigers snapping the ball from inside their own 5-yard line. Garner got through the defense each time to sack the quarterback in the end zone.
The safeties by Garner edged out an explosive effort by Thompson and Hewitt-Trussville, a 63-49 Warriors win in a game featured live on ESPN last week. The two teams combined for 112 points and 1,165 yards total offense in a Class 7A, Region 3 battle that earned the winner the second seed in the upcoming AHSAA state playoffs.
Taulia Tagovailoa, Thompson’s senior quarterback, ignited a comeback effort that saw the Warriors trailing 28-0 after one quarter. He was 14-of-23 passing for 264 yards and two touchdowns and added 152 yards rushing and three scores on 12 carries. Teammate Shadrick Byrd was the game’s leading rusher with 204 yards on 20 attempts. He scored two TDs.
Hewitt-Trussville senior quarterback Paul Tyson was 16-of-25 passing for 274 yards and three scores with senior receiver Ja’Varrius Johnson catching nine receptions for 232 yards and two TDs. He also returned a kickoff 99 yards for a score. Running back A’Montae Spivey had 20 rush attempts for 165 yards and one TD.
Thompson scored 28 points in the second quarter and outscored the Huskies (7-3) 63-28 in the last three quarters. The Warriors finished with 356 yards rushing and 264 passing for 620 yards, and Hewitt had 545 total yards.
In other top performances reported:
ETOWAH, PICKENS COUNTY PICK UP 600TH WINS: Etowah quarterback Brady Troup was 10-for-13 for 202 yards and two touchdowns as the Blue Devils clinched their second straight region title and first undefeated season since 1999 with a 49-7 win over Boaz. It also was the school’s 600th football victory. The Blue Devils are now 600-416-27 since starting football in 1910.
Pickens County also notched its 600th all-time win beating Hubbertville 40-6 to clinch runner-up in Class 1A, Region 6. The Tornadoes are 600-378-15 all-time.
MALIK INABETTE, MONTEVALLO: Completed 18-of-24 passes for 430 yards and eight TDs in a 53-32 victory over Greensboro. He threw five TD passes to J.J. Evans, who finished with eight catches for 226 yards. Inabette has passed for more than 400 yards at least three times this season.
JIMMIE HAYWOOD, THEODORE: Picked up 126 rushing yards and three touchdowns on 16 carries as Theodore clinched its first region title in 18 years with a 44-7 victory over Mary Montgomery.
WILLLIAM GUTHRIE, ADDISON: Rushed for 184 yards and three touchdowns, including a 99-yard TD run, and completed eight passes for 145 yards and two scores to lead the Bulldogs (8-2) to a 50-8 win over Hatton. His scoring runs were 24 yards in the first period, 17 and 99 in the second quarter.
RISHARD DENSMORE, BESSEMER CITY: Broke 99-yard TD run for the go-ahead touchdown in a 28-10 victory over Northridge.
WISE GORDON, PROVIDENCE CHRISTIAN: Accumulated 266 yards rushing and four touchdowns, including a 99-yard TD run, in a 35-0 victory over Houston Academy. His other TD runs were 1, 3 and 19 yards.
IN THE CLUTCH
AHMAD WILLIAMS, JACKSON-OLIN: Returned interception 60 yards for a game-clinching touchdown in an 18-10 victory over Homewood that clinched the Class 6A, Region 5 championship.
SETH BROWN, ST. JOHN PAUL II CATHOLIC: Had 15 carries for 230 yards and three touchdowns and returned a kick 88 yards for a TD in a 36-35 win over DAR. His 80-yard TD run and 2-point pass combo produced the winning points. Brown also completed 10-of-17 passes for 217 yards to finish with 447 total yards.
IAN THIES, WESTMINSTER CHRISTIAN: Completed 13-of-19 passes for 287 yards and six touchdowns as the Wildcats (9-0) beat East Lawrence 49-7 to cap the first perfect regular season in program history. He also ran for 65 yards on four carries.
RYLEY KIRK, SPRING GARDEN: Completed 4-of-13 pass attempts for 106 yards, including a 64-yard touchdown toss to Cooper Austin with 3:25 remaining to lift the Panthers to a 29-26 win over Ragland.
DANIEL TAYLOR, SARALAND: Caught a touchdown pass in regulation that led to overtime and then threw a game-winning pass to QB Brett Nezat in the extra period as Saraland (9-0) rallied to beat Blount 20-17.
EMMANUEL HENDERSON, GENEVA COUNTY: Rushed for 320 yards on 26 carries with five touchdowns and added a 60-yard touchdown reception in the Bulldogs' 55-42 win over Houston County. Henderson had TD runs of 11, 42, 12, 36 and 6 yards and also caught the 60-yard TD pass.
JAMONTEZ WOODS, GADSDEN CITY: Gained 306 yards rushing on 31 carries with TDs covering 92, 54 and 33 yards in the Titans’ 35-7 victory over Grissom.
DAYLAN PREYEAR, CENTRAL-HAYNEVILLE: Rushed for 263 yards on 23 carries and scored two touchdowns in a 45-6 win over Calhoun, the Lions' first victory of the season.
MALAVHI HARVEY, NORTHVIEW: Rushed for 250 yards with a 2-yard touchdown run in the Cougars' 45-21 win over Sidney Lanier.
LEE WITHERSPOON, NORTH JACKSON: Ran for 244 yards and four touchdowns on 12 carries, caught a TD pass and recovered a fumble as the Chiefs (9-0) clinched the Class 4A, Region 7 title with a 55-7 win over Randolph.
A.J. PHILLIPS, CHICKASAW: Had 232 yards rushing and six touchdowns on 23 carries as Chickasaw defeated Washington County 42-21.
KENNETH BOTHWELL, SOUTHSIDE-GADSDEN: Rushed for 212 yards on only eight carries and scored six touchdowns in the Panthers’ 54-21 win over Crossville. Bothwell ran for touchdowns of 49, 1, 1, 98, and 14 yards and caught a 48-yard touchdown pass for his sixth TD.
RICHMON SINGLETARY, ELBA: Totaled 211 rushing yards and four touchdowns on just nine carries in Elba's 46-13 win over McKenzie. Singletary scored on runs of 14, 33, 3, and 50 yards.
JORDIN INGRAM, ST. PAUL’S EPISCOPAL: Had 207 yards rushing and three touchdowns on 28 carries as St. Paul’s held off Daphne 28-24 to clinch a playoff berth from Class 6A, Region 1.
JACOB DENDY, ALBERTVILLE: Gained 203 rushing yards on 21 carries and scored twice in a 36-7 win over Sardis.
REECE SOLAR, ALABAMA CHRISTIAN: The quarterback rushed for 197 yards and a TD on 15 carries and was 9-of-10 passing for 95 yards and another TD in a 34-15 win over Ashford. He also caught a 12-yard TD pass and averaged 49 yards on three punts as ACA clinched a Class 4A, Region 2 playoff berth.
FRED WALLS, FALKVILLE: Rushed for 193 yards and four touchdowns on 11 carries in a 61-0 win over Gaylesville.
JERRY BURTON, PRICEVILLE: Ran for 184 yards and three touchdowns in a 46-12 win over West Morgan.
SLADE ALEXANDER, CHEROKEE COUNTY: Rushed for 172 yards on 25 carries and scored two touchdowns (10 and 30 yards) in the Warriors’ 24-6 win over Cleburne County. Teammate Caden Hubbard also had 139 yards and a TD on 21 carries.
HUNTER GRIMES, WESTBROOK CHRISTIAN: Picked up 160 rushing yards and a touchdown as the Warriors downed Cleveland 19-14 to clinch the third playoff seed in Class 2A, Region 6.
ROYDELL WILLILAMS, HUEYTOWN: Had 27 carries for 147 yards and three touchdowns in a 31-13 victory over Paul Bryant.
TANNER CLANTON, SAND ROCK: Gained 145 yards rushing on 10 carries with two touchdowns (28, 69 yards) in the Wildcats’ 41-13 victory at Asbury.
JARROD BARKLEY, COLLINSVILLE: Ran for 132 yards on 10 carries and scored two touchdowns (39, 47 yards) in the Panthers’ 31-0 victory over Cedar Bluff.
JAYDEN SANDERS, WENONAH: Accounted for four TDs -- two passing and two rushing -- in a 34-0 victory over Parker.
ISAAC SIMS, SHADES VALLEY: Completed 23-of-38 passes for 318 yards and two TDs and ran 11 times for 68 yards and two more TDs in a 40-30 loss to Pell City.
AVERY SEATON, MADISON ACADEMY: Completed 12-of-23 passes for 297 yards and three touchdowns, and ran for two TDs in a 38-14 win over Arab.
CAMERON WILLIAMS, HOUSTON COUNTY: Threw for 291 yards passing and three touchdowns in a 55-42 loss to Geneva County.
AUSTIN McCARDLE, COTTONWOOD: Was 11-of-20 passing for 270 yards and four TDs in the Bears’ 47-28 loss to Ariton.
CAIDEN LIPSCOMB, COOSA CHRISTIAN: Completed 11-of-14 passes for 257 yards and six touchdowns in the Conquerors’ 71-14 victory over Valley Head. The senior quarterback threw scoring passes of 13, 36, 61, 40, 16 and 4 yards.
HESS HORNE, EUFAULA: Horne passed for 238 yards while also rushing for a pair of 1-yard TDs in the Tigers' 29-7 win over Dothan.
MADDUX HERRING, ARITON: Completed eight passes for 181 yards with four touchdowns in the Purple Cats' 47-28 win over Cottonwood. His TD passes covered 32, 28, 27 and 43 yards. Bryce Peavy had his second 100-100 game in rushing and receiving yardage this season accounting for three touchdowns with 118 yards rushing (1 TD) and 102 yards receiving (2 TDs).
TUCKER KILCREASE, BRANTLEY: Was 9-of-12 passing for 173 yards and three touchdowns in a 47-0 win over Pleasant Home. Also ran four times for 69 yards.
JAMIL MUHAMMAD, JAMES CLEMENS: Was 11-of-17 passing for 128 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 116 yards and two TDs on 21 carries as the Jets rallied to beat Austin 36-23 for the Class 7A, Region 4 title.
MASON MOHON, PIEDMONT: Completed 10-of-11 pass attempts for 175 yards and two touchdowns. He also ran for 42 yards on six carries with a 19-yard score in the Bulldogs’ 54-27 victory over Walter Wellborn.
TATE WARR, MILLRY: Was 8-of-15 passing for 160 yards and two TDs and rushed for 102 yards and 2 TDs on 20 carries in a 51-34 loss to St. Luke’s Episcopal. He also had five tackles and an interception on defense.
WILLIE MILLER, CLAY-CHALKVILLE: Threw two touchdown passes and ran for three more in the Cougars' 49-17 victory over Huffman.
ELI SAWYER, VESTAVIA HILLS: Accounted for four touchdowns -- two rushing and two passing -- to lead the Rebels to a 28-14 victory over Oak Mountain.
GEORGE PICKENS, HOOVER: The senior selected to play in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game caught three passes for 170 yards and two touchdowns and returned a punt 65 yards for a touchdown in a 31-7 victory over Mountain Brook.
EVAN DELP, COOSA CHRISTIAN: Grabbed five receptions for 154 yards and two TDs in a 71-14 win over Valley Head.
EMERY BRYANT, MINOR: Had five receptions for 150 receiving yards and a TD in a 36-14 victory over Carver-Birmingham.
DELO FOSTER, PIEDMONT: Caught three passes for 119 yards and three touchdowns, including a 79-yard score from Jack Hayes, in the Bulldogs’ 54-27 win over Walter Wellborn.
PRESTON TERRY, DECATUR HERITAGE: Picked off three passes, forced and recovered a fumble in a 42-25 win at Woodville to clinch a 1A playoff berth.
KARTER ROBERTS, COOSA CHRISTIAN: Had 15 tackles in the Conquerors’ 71-14 victory over Valley Head.
DARIEN TALBERT, PELHAM: Totaled 13 tackles in a 37-7 victory over Helena.
GRANT EZEKIEL, MORTIMER JORDAN: Returned an interception 98 yards for a touchdown in a 41-0 victory over Moody.
CONNER GERMAN, HEADLAND: Recorded 12 tackles and teammate Tyler Danzey added 11 as the Rams beat Montgomery Catholic 34-29 to win the Class 4A, Region 2 title.
CHAUNCEY LIGHTNER, BARBOUR COUNTY: Totaled 16 tackles and teammate Naretavis Ford had 12 in the Jaguars’ 52-0 loss to Daleville.
KARSTEN THREAT, MIDFIELD: Recorded 11 tackles and rushed for 103 yards and a TD in the Patriots’ 36-12 win over J.B. Pennington.
WILLIAM ELOM, PARKER: Intercepted two passes in a 34-0 loss to Wenonah.
JACKSON LUTTRELL, WESTBROOK CHRISTIAN: Finished with eight tackles, including three for a loss, and two sacks in the Warriors’ 19-14 victory over Cleveland.
JASON PEREZ, COLLINSVILLE: Booted a 33-yard field goal, four extra points, six kickoffs for a 51-yard average and returned an interception 40 yards for a touchdown in the Panthers’ 31-0 victory over Cedar Bluff. He also punted four times.
DERRICK MYHAND, PIKE COUNTY: Had a 45-yard punt return for a touchdown and a 42-yard punt return to set up another touchdown in the Bulldogs' 42-7 win over Straughn.