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AHSAA Football Spotlight for Week #9

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Gaston’s Hawkins Sparks Bulldogs’ First Win Of the Season with 452-yard Rushing Effort

AHSAA - RON INGRAM - MONTGOMERY – in a high school football season marked by a flurry of 400-yard passing efforts in the AHSAA, senior running back Kameron Hawkins rushed for a school-record 452 yards on 29 carries and four touchdowns as Gaston posted its first in win of the season beating West End of Walnut Grove 42-34. His outstanding effort propelled him into the AHSAA Football Spotlight for Week 8.

Hawkins had touchdown runs of 75, 32, 12 and 72 yards as the Bulldogs snapped a 10-game streak dating back to 2017. The victory was also No. 100 for head coach Swane Morris, who is 100-70 in his 15th season. He became head coach of the Bulldogs in 2001. He then served as head coach at Scottsboro for three seasons in 2010 before returning to Gaston in 2013.

West End quarterback Jacob Jones was 14-of-24 passing for 226 yards and two TDs in the loss. Jeremiah Roberson had seven catches for 149 yards and a TD.

The 452 yards rushing is the fifth best single game total in AHSAA history, according to the AHSAA Record Book. Tony Dixon of Parrish set the single-game mark with 531 yards in an 81-58 victory over Hubbertville. He had 21 carries in that effort.

Hawkins’ performance edged two other 400-yard plus efforts for this week’s Spotlight.

Caiden Lipscomb of Coosa Christian went over 400 yards passing for the second time this season completing 17-of-29 passes for 403 yards and five touchdowns in a 47-20 win over Woodville that clinched a playoff berth for the Conquerors. And Daquan Johnson of Flomaton led the Hurricanes to a 43-42 Class 3A, Region 1 win over Thomasville with 478 yards total offense. He rushed for 188 yards and two touchdowns on 27 carries. He also completed 11-for-17 passes for 290 yards and four scores in the win.

MILESTONES

NIX CLOSING IN ON TOTAL OFFENSE RECORD: The Pinson Valley senior quarterback and Alabama All-Star selection for the upcoming Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game in December at Cramton Bowl was red-hot once again Friday as the Indians clinched the Class 6A, Region 6 crown with a 52-7 victory over Pell City. Nix was 24-of-33 passing for 282 yards and five touchdowns and rushed three times for 29 yards to increase his career total offense yardage to 10,618 yards and 134 touchdowns accounted for. He is now 570-of-1,026 passing for 8,700 yards and 104 career TDs and has 233 rush attempts for 1,918 yards and 30 touchdowns. He fired three TD passes to Damarian Holloman.

He is 147-of-250 passing in 208 with 2,109 yards and 27 touchdowns with just four interceptions. He has rushed 27 times for 223 yards and three scores – giving him 2,332 total yards and 30 TDs accounted for this season with at least three more games remaining – an average of 291.5 yards per game. Nix ranks seventh all-time currently for career passing yardage and moved into third place with career touchdowns. JaMarcus Russell of Williamson set the passing mark with 10,774 yards from 1999-02. He attended LSU and was the first player picked in the NFL Draft in 2007 by the Oakland Raiders. American Christian quarterback Chris Smelley fired 134 TD passes in his career that spanned 2002-05 to set the AHSAA career TD passes mark. Brodie Croyle of Westbrook Christian, who injured his knee in the first game of his senior season in 2000, is second with 105 TDs.

All-purpose running back Terrance Hollingsworth of Class 1A Berry is the career total offense leader with 11,788 yards. Nix is 1,170 yards back of the leader currently. Zach Smith of Susan Moore (2009-12) and Mitch Stults of Hamilton (2008-11) are also over 11,000 yards with 11,266 and 11,004 yards, respectively.

Wadley’s Terrence Wilkes accounted for 160 TDs from 2003-06 to hold the current mark. Mac Campbell of Alexandria (1993-97) had 153. Nix has now tied Smelley for sixth place with his 134 TDs accounted for.

SLOCOMB RB JAYLEN NOBLES SCORED 8 TDS: He rushed for 263 yards and seven touchdowns on 22 carries in the Red Tops’ 63-56 win over Geneva. He scored on runs 18, 1, 79, 11, 3, 40 and 12 yards. The eight TDs ties him with six others for second-most TDs scored in a single game in the AHSAA. The state single-game record (9) was set by Hubbertville’s Tommy Haley-Ricks in a 76-52 win over Vina in 2008. Gambino Morin was perfect on all nine extra-point kicks and returned a kickoff 86 yards and a touchdown.

Geneva’s Kahari McReynolds rushed for 207 yards on 15 carries and scored four TDs for the Panthers. Teammate Mason Coskrey also scored four TDs.

COLLINSVILLE WINS AT SAND ROCK FOR FIRST TIME SINCE 1983: The Panthers (7-1) posted an emotional 56-0 victory over Sand Rock while their head coach Ernie Willingham was being prepped for heart surgery at Grandview Hospital in Birmingham. Sand Rock, 19-11-1 in the series, had won 14 of the previous 15 meetings dating back to 1985. The two teams did not meet from 1998 through 2015. Mason McKinney rushed just five times for 106 yards and two touchdowns and quarterback Kaleb Jones completed 3-of-6 passes for 118 yards and two more scores. Collinsville’s previous win over the Wildcats came in 1992.

SPRING GARDEN CLINCHES FIRST-EVER REGION TITLE: Panthers quarterback Ryley Kirk attempted just three passes but completed two for TDs (35 and 59 yards) as Spring Garden downed Appalachian 62-6 to claim the Class 1A, Region 5 championship – the school’s first since starting football in 1969. The school did not field a team from 1989-90. Coach Jason Howard, in his 14th season as head coach, is 80-70 overall at Spring Garden and is the school’s all-time football wins leader.

IN THE CLUTCH

DARRIAN MEADS, HOKES BLUFF: Rushed 29 times for 200 yards and three touchdowns, including the 11-yard game-winner with 2:18 left, as the Eagles (8-0) remained undefeated with a 21-17 victory over Cherokee County. Teammate Gage Wise recovered a fumble in the first half that led to a TD and intercepted a pass with 56 seconds left to thwart the Warrior’ final comeback effort.

D.J. GARRETT, COTTONWOOD: Scored on a 2-yard run with 3:03 left and added an interception with 15 seconds remaining to help the Bears hold off Houston County 42-33. Garrett finished with 123 yards rushing and two touchdowns.

C.J. YARBROUGH, EAST LIMESTONE: caught a 37-yard touchdown pass and also made the game-ending interception late in the fourth quarter to give the Indians a 25-15 win over Brewer.

TIM JOHNSON, DAVIDSON: Completed a 4-yard TD pass on fourth-and-goal in overtime to help the Warriors beat Theodore 14-13.

JACOB WRIGHT, GARDENDALE: Scored the game-winning TD on a 7-yard run with 1:21 remaining in a 28-21 victory over Shades Valley. He finished with 13 carries for 88 yards.

VONTA BENTLEY, JACKSON-OLIN: Finished with nine tackles from his linebacker spot and scored the game-winning touchdown on a 7-yard run in overtime to lift the Mustangs to a 22-16 victory over Helena.

K’SHUN STOKES, HEADLAND: Scored on a 7-yard run and 2-point conversion with 2:14 left and added an interception with 34 seconds left to end a threat to lift the unbeaten Rams (8-0) to a 28-22 Class 4A, Region 2 win over Dale County. Headland faces Montgomery Catholic (7-1) for the region championship this week.

In other outstanding performances reported:

PASSING

TREY LINDSEY, MONTGOMERY ACADEMY: Completed 22-of-30 passes for 316 yards and three touchdowns and also ran for a touchdown in a 43-6 win over Pike Road.

DANIEL PHILLIPS, HIGHLAND HOME: Helped the Flying Squadron clinch the Class 3A, Region 3 title with a 15-of-29 passing performance for 289 yards and four touchdowns in a 27-14 win over New Brockton. He also rushed 17 times for 89 yards.

PAUL TYSON, HEWITT-TRUSSVILLE: Was 13-of-18 passing for 287 yards and four touchdowns as the Huskies (6-2) beat Tuscaloosa County 45-14 to keep its Class 7A, Region 3 championship hopes alive.

POOKA JONES, CHARLES HENDERSON: Passed for 278 yards and four touchdowns, including a 10-yard pass to Sean McKinney in overtime to lead the Trojans to a 34-28 win over Tallassee. McKinney hauled in three TD receptions.

SPENCER ARCENEAUX, MCGILL-TOOLEN CATHOLIC: Passed for 226 yards and five touchdowns to lead the Yellow Jackets past Alma Bryant 53-15.

HAYDEN McCOY, SAMSON: Piled up 315 yards total offense and four touchdowns in a 60-10 win over Zion Chapel. He was 6-of-8 passing for 271 yards and four touchdowns and added 44 rushing yards on four carries.

CAMERON WILLIAMS, HOUSTON COUNTY: Completed 12-of-17 pass attempts for 264 yards with three touchdowns and also punted twice for a 41-yard average in a 42-33 loss to Cottonwood.

ISAAC SIMS, SHADES VALLEY: Completed 26-of-39 passes for 257 yards and two touchdowns in a 28-21 loss to Gardendale.

MALIK INABINETTE, MONTEVALLO: Completed 13-of-25 passes for 250 yards and two TDs and ran for a third TD in a 28-21 victory over Sipsey Valley.

REECE SOLAR, ALABAMA CHRISTIAN: Was 17-of-22 passing for 240 yards and a touchdown and rushed for 143 yards and a touchdown in a 22-20 win over B.T. Washington of Tuskegee.

TYQUAN RAWLS, WETUMPKA: Was 14-of-19 passing for 184 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 129 yards and three scores on 10 carries to lead the Indians to a 61-40 win over Selma.

ROBBY ASHFORD, HOOVER: Passed for 163 yards and a TD on a 12-of-21 passing performance and rushed 10 times for 130 yards and a game-clinching 80-yard touchdown as the Bucs beat Vestavia Hills 3-14 to keep their Class 7A, Region 3 championship hopes alive.

JOSEPH HANSON, MARS HILL BIBLE: Led the Panthers to a 54-20 win over Mars Hill Bible to clinch the Class 1A, Region 8 title for the first time in school history. He was 8-of-14 passing for 183 yards and five touchdowns and also had 23 yards rushing on six carries in the win.

NOAH ALLISON, J.B. PENNINGTON: Connected on 12-of-20 passes for 182 yards and two touchdowns and ran for another score in the Tigers’ 34-14 win over Vinemont.

RUSHING

PAYTON ANDERSON, FYFFE: Ran for 363 yards and four touchdowns on 29 carries as Fyffe clinched the Class 2A, 8 title with 42-26 win over North Sand Mountain.

COLBIE KING, RED BAY: King ran 39 times for 310 yards and five touchdowns in a 50-24 win over Tanner.

DERRICK MYHAND, PIKE COUNTY: Had only five carries, but four went for touchdowns and gained 267 yards in the Bulldogs' 51-6 win over Opp to clinch the Class 3A, Region 2 crown. Myhand scored on runs of 31, 51, 92 and 87 yards. His brother, Darrick Myhand, added a 25-yard TD catch and a 13-yard TD run in the win.

JONATHAN FELLS, CARROLL: Rushed for 254 yards and two touchdowns on 23 carries in Carroll's 28-13 loss to Beauregard. He scored on runs of 76 and 4 yards.

CHRITOPHER HOLIIFIELD, LEFLORE: Rushed for 253 yards and three touchdowns on 35 carries to give the Rattlers a 22-14 win over Satsuma. He had six rushing TDs last week in a win over Wilcox Central.

RICHMON SINGLETARY, ELBA: Piled up 249 yards rushing on just 10 carries with two touchdowns (62 and 6 yards) in the Tigers' 41-6 win over Red Level.

MATTHEW ELOM, PARKER: Piled up 244 yards rushing and three touchdowns on 15 carries as Parker downed Woodlawn 45-0. His scoring runs were 74, 12 and 85 yards.

KYLE ARTHUR, WICKSBURG: Rushed for 235 yards and three touchdowns on 22 carries in the Panthers' 39-3 win over Houston Academy. Arthur scored on runs of 39, 7 and 10 yards.

KENNETH BOTHWELL, SOUTHSIDE-GADSDEN: Had with 20 rush attempts for 233 yards and four touchdowns (67, 45, 8 and 40 yards) as the Panthers won their third straight game, 45-28 over Boaz

TONY AMERSON, SAINT JAMES: Picked up 224 rushing yards on 11 carries and scored four touchdowns in a 42-0 Trojans’ win over Prattville Christian.

ATARIO HESTER, RANDOLPH COUNTY: Rushed for 219 yards and four touchdowns on 16 carries in third-ranked Randolph County's 41-21 win over No. 1 Saks. Hester had touchdown runs of 77, 11, 40 and 50 yards as the Tigers built a 41-0 lead.

COLTON KEITH, DECATUR HERITAGE: Rushed for 211 yards and two touchdowns on 15 carries in a 40-6 win over Gaylesville.

LEE WITHERSPOON, NORTH JACKSON: Ran for 201 yards and five touchdowns on 11 carries in a 69-6 win over West Morgan.

ROYDELL WILLIAMS, HUEYTOWN: Helped the Gophers clinch the Class 6A, Region 4 title with 195 yards rushing on 35 carries in a 20-7 win over McAdory. The rushing yards pushed him over 2,000 on the season.

ETHAN SMITH, COLBERT COUNTY: Shook off a hamstring injury to run 29 times for 209 yards in Colbert County’s 27-6 win over Sheffield.

VIRGIL CRAWFORD, DALE COUNTY: Accounted for 329 yards and three touchdowns off rushing, passing and receiving in the Warriors' 28-22 loss to Headland. He rushed for 170 yards, threw for 129 with two TD passes (57 and 27 yards) and caught a 30-yard touchdown pass.

JAMIL MUHAMMAD, JAMES CLEMENS: Completed 12-of-17 passes for 248 yards and three touchdowns, and ran for 79 yards and two TDs on nine carries in a 49-7 win over Sparkman.

JAMONTEZ WOODS, GADSDEN CITY: Rushed for 188 yards and three touchdowns as the Titans stayed alive for a playoff spot with a 27-7 victory over Huntsville.

TERRANCE THOMAS, WETUMPKA: Had five rush attempts for 164 yards and one TD and sped 98 yards on a kickoff return for another score in a 61-40 win over Selma.

HUNTER GRIMES, WESTBROOK CHRISTIAN: Had 16 rush attempts for 153 yards and scored two touchdowns on runs of 5 and 56 yards as the Warriors routed Woodland 56-21 to lock up a spot in the playoffs.

MARTAVIOUS GLANTON, ABBEVILLE: Rushed for 150 yards and four touchdowns in the Jackets' 40-0 win over Barbour County. Glanton scored on runs of 11, 14, 36 and 55 yards.

JACOB MANNING, SCOTTSBORO: The sophomore rushed 23 times for 150 yards in the 34-26 loss to Madison Academy. He also recorded six tackles on defense.

MARQUIS JOHNSON, HELENA: Ran 22 times for 146 yards in a 22-16 overtime loss to Jackson-Olin.

HUNTER GRIMES, WESTBROOK CHRISTIAN: Rushed for 146 yards and two touchdowns as the Warriors clinched a state playoff berth with a 56-21 win over Woodland.

REED THURMAN, RANDOLPH: Ran for 146 yards and two touchdowns on 10 carries in a 41-12 win over Fairview.

COOPER BISHOP, VESTAVIA HILLS: Ran 26 times for 145 yards and a 22-yard TD run in a 31-14 loss to Hoover.

PASS RECEIVING

EVAN DELP, COOSA CHRISTIAN: Caught five passes for 188 yards and three touchdowns in a 47-20 triumph on the road over Woodville.

QUINDARRIUS MAYES, SHADES VALLEY: Caught nine passes for 185 yards, including TDs of 33 and 21 yards, in a 28-21 loss to Gardendale.

JA’VARRIUS JOHNSON, HEWITT-TRUSSVILLE: Snagged five pass receptions for 181 yards and two TDs in a 45-14 victory over Tuscaloosa County.

TAYLOR SMITH, BOAZ: Caught 10 passes for 175 yards and three touchdowns in a 45-28 loss to Southside-Gadsden.

E.J. ROGERS, WETUMPKA: Grabbed seven pass receptions for 168 yards and two TDs in a 61-40 win over Selma.

BROOKS REINHARDT, WESTMINSTER CHRISTIAN: Hauled in four pass receptions for 168 yards and four touchdowns in a 42-6 win over Lauderdale County.

AUSTIN HILL, NORTH SAND MOUNTAIN: Caught eight passes for 135 yards and three touchdowns in a 42-26 loss to Fyffe.

DETAVIUS ALEXANDER, MIDFIELD: Caught four passes for 145 yards and two TDs in a 48-0 victory over Locust Fork.

WILLIAM ROBERTSON, MONTGOMERY ACADEMY: Had seven receptions for 137 yards and two TDs in the Eagles’ 43-6 win over Pike Road.

COLE LITTLETON, J.B. PENNINGTON: Caught 11 passes for 135 yards and two TDs in a 34-14 victory over Vinemont.

J.J. EVANS, MONTEVALLO: Caught six passes for 130 yards and a TD in a 28-21 victory over Sipsey Valley.

JAMICHAEL THOMPSON, CLAY-CHALKVILLE: Had three catches for 109 yards in a 27-6 victory over Oxford which clinched the runner-up seed in Class 6A, Region 6.

ANTHONY PHILLIPS, BAKER: Had three receptions for 107 yards and two TDs in a 38-20 win over Murphy.

DEFENSE

JOE SKARUPA, ST. JOHN PAUL II CATHOLIC: Recorded 23 tackles, including three for a loss, in a 42-6 win over Danville.

ELIJAH BRYANT, DECATUR: Recovered a fumble in the end zone for a touchdown and also returned a punt for a TD in Decatur’s 63-0 win over Columbia. It was Bryant’s first touchdowns of his career after starting for three straight seasons.

MARKEVIUS ALLEN, HOUSTON COUNTY: Totaled 18 tackles in the Lions' 42-33 loss to Cottonwood.

RYAN JEWELL, PELHAM: Was credited with 16 tackles, a sack and a blocked punt in a 45-31 victory over Northridge.

NARETAVIS FORD, BARBOUR COUNTY: Recorded 14 tackles and forced two fumbles in the Jaguars' 40-0 loss to Abbeville.

CAMERON WHITED, SCOTTSBORO: Recorded 13 tackles and had three sacks in Scottsboro’s 34-26 loss to Madison Academy. Teammate Noah Linville also had seven tackles and returned an interception 42 yards for a TD.

ANTIONNE GUERRA, DALE COUNTY: Had 11 tackles for the Warriors in a 28-22 loss to Headland.

JAI'SHAWN CATTLING, WESTBROOK CHRISTIAN: Had 11 tackles (including three for a loss), an interception and a sack in the Warriors' 56-21 win over Woodland.

ZION SHARPE, RAMSAY: Totaled nine tackles, a sack and an interception to lead a stingy defense in a 21-7 victory over Briarwood Christian as the Rams clinched the Class 5A, Region 4 championship. Teammate Tim Kennan also has 10 tackles and two sacks.

TRISTAN PAYNE, GAYLESVILLE: Posted 10 tackles, including a tackle for loss. He also had an interception in the Trojans’ 40-6 loss at Decatur Heritage.

ORIN BROADEN, PARKER: Had nine tackles, an interception and fumble recovery in 45-0 victory over Woodlawn.

DRE ROBINSON, SPAIN PARK: Recorded a team-best nine tackles as the Jags earned a shutout in Friday's 21-0 victory over Oak Mountain.

ZACH PYRON, FYFFE: Had eight tackles and an interception to lead the Red Devils’ defense in a Class 2A, Region win over North Sand Mountain 42-26.

SPECIAL TEAMS

MATTHEW QUINN, SPANISH FORT: Kicked four field goals and an extra point in a 19-7 win over Blount.

JAYLIN WHITE, HOUSTON COUNTY: Returned a kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown, caught an 80-yard TD pass and had 97 yards rushing on 10 carries in the Lions' 42-33 loss to Cottonwood.

KAEDON JENKINS, PIEDMONT: Piedmont: Returned the second-half kickoff 79 yards for a touchdown in the Bulldogs’ 42-0 win over B.B. Comer.

KYLE MINOR, MADISON ACADEMY: Scored three touchdowns in the Mustangs’ 36-24 win over Scottsboro – rushing for two scores and catching a 78-yard TD pass. He also had an interception on defense.

EDWIN WHITE, UMS-WRIGHT: Returned a kickoff 80 yards or a touchdown and also grabbed a 55-yard TD pass in a 35-0 win over Escambia County.