AHSAA Football Spotlight Week #7

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Dove Passes for 503 Yards and 8 TDs as Falkville Wins On and Off the Field in Kick Cancer Game

MONTGOMERY – Falkville senior quarterback Aaron Dove made a special night even more special last Friday with a career high 503 yards passing and eight touchdowns as the Class 1A Blue Devils (7-0) beat Coosa Christian 70-27 in the second annual Kick Cancer Classic to claim the AHSAA’s Football Spotlight.

For Coach Joel Schrenk and his senior-laden team, the win improved the Falkville record to 7-0, but more importantly raised approximately $7,500 to fight cancer. The school uses its athletic platform to shine a spotlight on the need for everyone to do their part in fighting the dreaded disease, said Schrenk. “We tell our kids we have a great opportunity to use our football platform to do something very important for others.”

The game raises funds for the “Prayers for Kayleigh” Foundation, which was started in memory of Hartselle youngster Kayleigh McClendon, who was diagnosed with cancer in 2016 at age 7. She passed away six months later. The PFK Foundation works with St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

“Our volleyball team played some matches earlier in the week, and our cross country team had a relay run where the team members ran with a football from our stadium to the home of another (Morgan County) youngster in Danville who was recently diagnosed with cancer and back to the stadium. We had skydivers dressed in pink.

“We want to teach our kids that using their talents to benefit others is much more important.”

Those in attendance certainly went away getting their money’s worth. Dove was 20-of-27 for the night connecting with a host of receivers for the eight TD passes. Fellow senior Christian Angulo was the leader with seven catches for 262 yards and four touchdowns. Running back Fred Walls had 19 carries for 212 rushing yards and two touchdowns as Falkville rolled up 737 total yards.

While Dove’s passing yardage ranks eighth best in AHSAA history, his TD passes tied several others for second most in a game. Nine is the record. Argulo’s receiving yardage ties for 11th best and the team’s 737 total yards ranked third all-time.

And for good measure, Coosa Christian quarterback Caiden Lipscomb was 27-of-50 passing for 429 yards and three touchdowns (66, 24 and 14 yards) to make the contest the first in AHSAA history to have two quarterbacks pass for more than 400 yards. His top receiver was Evan Delp, who had eight receptions for 230 yards and two TDs.

The week provided an abundance of incredible performances.

Check out the highlights reported:


BO NIX, PINSON VALLEY: Was 12-of-24 passing for 246 yards and three touchdowns and rushed six times for 44 yards and a fourth TD to lead the Indians (5-1) to a 42-7 win over Gardendale. His passing performance moved him over 8,000 yards for his career and moved him closer to the 10,000-yard mark for career total yards. The senior, who was recently selected to the 40-member Alabama All-Star squad which will play Mississippi Dec. 17 at Cramton Bowl, is now 522-of-956 passing for 8,031 yards on his career. He also has 1,889 yards rushing on 230 carries and 30 TDs – giving him 9,920 total yards as a high school player and 123 touchdowns accounted for. His career total yardage ranks fourth all-time in the AHSAA currently, and his 123 TDs accounted for ranks ninth. His 8,031 career passing yards ranks 12th all-time and his 93 TD passes rank sixth.

ROYDELL WILLIAMS, HUEYTOWN: Ran 15 times for 409 yards and five TDs in a 70-3 Gophers victory over Northridge. He played sparingly in the second half. Williams now has 118 carries for 1,629 yards and 22 touchdowns while averaging of 13.8 yards per carry and 271.2 yards per game.

LEE WITHERSPOON, NORTH JACKSON: Had 11 rush attempts for 373 yards and seven touchdowns and returned a punt 57 yards for an eighth TD as the Chiefs (6-0) beat Fairview 78-12. North Jackson improved their state-leading points-per-game average to 63.8 in the process. Witherspoon’s eight TDs were the most in a single game since Hubbertville’s Tommy Haley-Hicks set the AHSAA single game record with nine versus Vina in a 76-52 win in 2008. The eight TDs scored tie the Chiefs’ senior with five others for second, according to the AHSAA Record Book.

JAYLEN TAYLOR, CENTER POINT: Had 14 carries for 132 yards and two touchdowns as the Eagles (3-3) of first-year head coach George Bates beat Springville 54-24 for their third win in the last four games. Center Point was 1-9 last season and just 3-37 in the previous four seasons.

WILL BAILEY, DAR: Accounted for six touchdowns, three rushing and three passing, and was also crowned homecoming king as the Patriots beat Randolph 49-14. Bailey was 14-of-17 passing for 272 yards with Brayden Lewis catching six passes for 113 yards.


MARLON HUNT, STANHOPE ELMORE: The Mustangs cornerback scooped up a Wetumpka fumble with 38 seconds remaining and raced 85 yards for the winning touchdown as Stanhope Elmore knocked off previously unbeaten Wetumpka 34-28. Teammate T.J. Jackson also had a 40-yard fumble return for another Stanhope Elmore TD in the school’s first win over Wetumpka since 2014. The Mustangs now hold a 30-20 edge in the series with their Elmore County rivals. It began in 1970 and has been played every year since.

DANIEL FRANKLIN, MORTIMER JORDAN: With his team trailing 27-26 and attempting a potential game-winning field goal on the last play of the game, Franklin reacted quickly after Clay County Central blocked the kick. He scooped up the loose ball at the Cougars 7-yard line and ran into the end zone for the winning TD as the Blue Devils pulled out a 32-27 victory. He also scored two TDs in the first half on runs off 1 and 20 yards.

CESAR SANCHEZ, ATHENS: Kicked a 32-yard field goal at the end of regulation to tie the score 16-16 at Cullman, then nailed the 18-yard game-winner in overtime to win 19-16.

HENRY BECKETT, HOUSTON ACADEMY: Houston Academy kicker Henry Beckett hit a game-winning 35-yard field goal as time expired to give the Raiders a 27-24 win over Slocomb and helped move head coach Jamie Riggs into sole possession of second place on the state's all-time win list for victories in the state of Alabama. Riggs now has 310 coaching wins, breaking out of a tie with retired Waldon Tucker, who had 309. Beckett's kick ended a strong night for the senior, who made 2-of-3 field goals, three extra-point kicks and boomed six kickoffs into the end zone for touchbacks. He also had one punt for 40 yards.

JOEFFREY HUTCHERSON, CITRONELLE: Rushed for 149 yards on 22 carries and scored four touchdowns, including the game winner in the second overtime, to spark the Citronelle (5-1) past Satsuma 34-31.


JAY BRAMBLETT, HILLCREST-TUSCALOOSA: Completed 18-of-25 passes for 326 yards and five touchdowns and also caught a 6-yard TD himself as the Patriots downed Bessemer City 53-34.

TAULIA TAGOVAILOA, THOMPSON: Was 12-of-23 passing for 323 yards and four touchdowns and rushed for the Warriors’ other TD in a 35-7 Class 7A, Region 3 win over Spain Park. His TD passes covered 6, 59, 11 and 7 yards.

TREY LINDSEY, MONTGOMERY ACADEMY: Led the Eagles to a 37-26 win over Dadeville with a 15-of-30 passing performance for 314 yards passing and four touchdowns.

WILLIE MILLER, CLAY-CHALKVILLE: Completed 24-of-31 passes for 306 yards and one score in a 31-6 Cougars victory over Shades Valley. He also rushed for 86 yards and three touchdowns on runs of 22, 12 and 3 yards.

PETER PARRISH & TUCKER MELTON, CENTRAL-PHENIX CITY: Combined to complete 20-of-26 passes for 304 yards four touchdowns with no turnovers in a 48-0 win over Enterprise. The Red Devils (7-0) improved to 3-0 in 7A, Region 2.

NICHOLAS SELLERS, JOHN CARROLL CATHOLIC: Completed 27-of-45 passes for 300 yards and one touchdown in the Cavs’ 42-12 loss to Briarwood Christian.

PAUL TYSON, HEWITT-TRUSSVILLE: Completed 20-of-23 passes for 268 yards and two touchdowns to led the Huskies (6-1) to a 41-6 win over Vestavia Hills.

LUKE NAIL, MADISON ACADEMY: Completed 15-of-25 passes for 280 yards and four touchdowns (51, 13, 90 and 45 yards) in a 35-8 win over Guntersville.

KOLE WILLIAMS, CARVER-MONTGOMERY: Passed for 257 yards and two TDs on an 8-of-18 passing performance in the Wolverines’ 47-13 victory over Northview. He tossed a 53-yard pass to Donald Steele III on the final play of the first half and connected with Shang Thomas on the second play of third quarter for a 76-yard score.

K’SHUN STOKES, HEADLAND: Threw for 243 yards and three touchdowns and added 93 yards rushing and three scores in helping the Rams to a 74-44 win over Alabama Christian, setting a school record for points in game. Stokes completed 12-of-15 passes and had 15 carries. He also completed five two-point conversions.

IAN THIES, WESTMINSTER CHRISTIAN: Was 14-of-24 passing for 241 yards and three touchdowns (37, 25 and 10 yards) and ran for 60 yards and a 24-yard TD on seven carries in a 40-7 win over Phil Campbell for unbeaten Westminster (7-0).

DAQUON KINCEY, ABBEVILLE: Threw for 226 yards and three touchdowns on 10-of-13 passing effort and added 99 yards rushing with one TD in a 30-0 shutout win over Ariton.

POOKA JONES, CHARLES HENDERSON: Passed for 299 yards and two touchdowns in a 42-17 loss to Greenville.

JACOB HAMMAC, FLORALA: Kept his team's Class 1A, Region 2 playoff hopes alive with 207 yards passing and four touchdowns on a 20-of-29 performance and added three touchdowns rushing in a 68-26 win over Red Level. He had 105 rushing yards on 17 carries.

CORY ALEXANDER, COTTAGE HILL CHRISTIAN: Was 9-of-16 passing for 181 yards and four touchdowns and added a fifth score on a 1-yard sneak en route to a 40-8 win over R.C, Hatch. The victory improved Cottage Hill to 6-0.

TRA EDWARDS, PRATTVILLE: Was 10-of-16 passing for 183 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 116 yards and another TD in the Lions’ 35-22 win over Lee-Montgomery.

TYQUAN RAWLS, WETUMPKA: Was 10-of-18 passing for 143 yards and had 18 rush attempts for 143 yards and one touchdown as the Indians (6-1) fell to Stanhope Elmore 34-28.

ASHTON GULLEDGE, HOKES BLUFF: Passed for 148 yards on a 7-of-13 passing performance and tossed two touchdowns covering 65 and 34 yards to Braydon Hill in the Eagles’ 52-0 win over Ashville. Gulledge also rushed four times for 70 yards, including a 47-yard TD, to finish with 218 total yards.

PAYTON PALMER, CENTRAL-FLORENCE: Was 10-of-12 passing for 148 yards and four touchdowns in a 51-20 win over Elkmont.


ETHAN SMITH, COLBERT COUNTY: Piled up 382 rushing yards on 33 carries and scored two touchdowns as the Indians downed Addison 35-8.

KEEVON HANKINS, MUSCLE SHOALS: Gained 323 yards rushing on 21 carries and scored three touchdowns as the Trojans beat Decatur 41-28.

CADE PRICE, SLOCOMB: Accounted for 303 yards and three scores in a 27-24 loss to Houston Academy. Price totaled 163 yards rushing and three touchdowns on 18 carries and was 9-of-15 passing for 140 yards.

RISHARD DENSMORE, BESSEMER CITY: Rushed for 253 yards and two touchdowns and passed for 164 yards and two more scores for 417 total yards in a 53-34 loss to Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa.

KOLBE BLUNT, DAVIDSON: Scored on runs of 54 and 10 yards to finish with 213 yards rushing as the Warriors beat Mary Montgomery 25-0.

LUKE WELSH, SPRING GARDEN: Ran for 202 yards on 19 carries and scored three touchdowns (4, 12 and 70 yards) in the Panthers' 42-14 victory at Talladega County Central.

SETH BROWN, ST. JOHN PAUL II: Ran for 201 yards and four touchdowns on eight carries and completed 6-of-10 passes for 186 yards and three TDs in the Falcons’ 56-6 victory over West Morgan.

PAYTON ANDERSON, FYFFE: Rushed 12 times for 200 yards four touchdowns as the Red Devils (6-0) remained unbeaten with a 48-7 win over Sand Rock. He now has 924 yards and 22 TDs this season on just 75 carries and is averaging 12.3 yards per carry and averages scoring a TD every 3.4 carries.

CHRISTOPHER BURTON, PRICEVILLE: Rushed for 199 yards and two touchdowns and also had a pass reception for a TD in a 27-6 win over Danville.

TEDARRIAN MURRAY, LEE-MONTGOMERY: Rushed for 198 yards on 20 carries and completed 7-of-24 passes for 129 yards and a TD in the Generals’ 35-22 loss to Prattville.

NICK ELLIS, MOBILE CHRISTIAN: Had 184 yards on 23 rush attempts to lead Leopards to a 28-25 win over previously unbeaten T.R. Miller.

CHRISTIAN COLLINS, BOAZ: Rushed 20 times for 178 yards and scored three touchdowns in a 35-3 Pirates win over Crossville. He had TD runs of 13, 33 and 25 yards and also connected with Riley Clements for a 2-yard jump pass for another TD.

ANDREW PARRIS, EAST LIMESTONE: Gained 164 yards rushing and scored three touchdowns on just five carries to pace the Indians to a 42-0 win over Arab. His TD runs covered 56, 69 and 33 yards. Parris also was 6-of-9 passing for 65 yards and one TD pass covering 11 yards.

ANTHONY “A.J.” MIX, BALDWIN COUNTY: The freshman ran for 168 yards and passed for 108 in a 20-14 victory over Daphne.

TYLER DANZEY, HEADLAND: Rushed for 161 yards and two touchdowns on just five carries and also caught a pair of two-point conversion passes in a 74-44 Rams win over Alabama Christian.

SYMON SMITH, UMS-WRIGHT: In a battle of teams that each won state titles in 2017, Smith scored four touchdowns and rushed for 124 yards on 18 carries as defending Class 4A state champion UMS-Wright downed Hillcrest-Evergreen 45-7. Hillcrest won the 3A title last year. Smith scored on runs of 15, 3, 10 and 43 yards.

KENNETH BOTHWELL, SOUTHSIDE-GADSDEN: Rushed for three touchdowns (14, 4 and 36 yards) and caught a 38-yard TD pass as the Panthers defeated Douglas 63-0.


JAMARI JAMISON, MINOR: Caught five passes for 223 yards, including TD catches of 82, 34 and 63 yards, in the Tigers’ 31-28 loss to Homewood.

MALIK SMITH, PRATTVILLE: Caught five passes for 175 yards and two touchdowns in the Lions’ 35-22 Class 7A, Region 2 victory over Lee-Montgomery.

JAQUON KINCEY, ABBEVILLE: Snared four receptions for 155 yards and two touchdowns (49 and 43 yards) in the Jackets' 30-0 victory over Ariton.

ERIC WILLIAMS, BLOUNT: Hauled in five receptions for 207 yards and three touchdowns in the Leopards’ 41-7 victory over Alma Bryant.

MICHAEL PETTWAY, THOMPSON: Snagged nine passes for 152 yards and three touchdowns as Thompson (5-1) beat Spain Park 35-7.

JA’VARRIUS JOHNSON, HEWITT-TRUSSVILLE: Caught seven passes for 148 yards, including a 49-yard TD, and had four carries for 42 yards and a TD as the Huskies beat Vestavia Hills 41-6.


JAPETH LONG, FYFFE: Caused three fumbles on defense -- recovering one, and had six of his seven tackles resulting in lost yardage in a 48-7 win over Sand Rock.

REDDY STEWARD, AUSTIN: Had two interceptions, returning one 59 yards for a touchdown, to lead the Black Bears to a 38-10 win over Sparkman.

MASON McKINNEY, COLLINSVILLE: Returned an interception 81 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter of the Panthers’ 51-0 victory at Section. Teammate Michael Tucker also snared an interception and raced 40 yards for a TD in the same period.

O’BRIAN BLACK, McADORY: Recorded 13 tackles to lead the Yellow Jackets to a 14-0 win over Paul Bryant. It was the second consecutive shutout of the year for McAdory (7-0).

RYAN JEWELL, PELHAM: Totaled nine tackles, had two sacks and recovered a fumble in a 28-6 Saturday win over Carver-Birmingham.

QUANYA GAMBLE, ST LUKE’S EPISCOPAL: Had 10 tackles, including two sacks, as the Wildcats beat J.F. Shields 55-0. The defense limited the Panthers to just 31 total yards.

ZYDARIEN BROWN, HOUSTON COUNTY: Recorded eight tackles with one going for a safety in the Lions' 49-0 win over Barbour County. He also had a 45-yard punt return for a touchdown in the game.

DESMOND LITTLE, VIGOR: Returned an interception 31 yards for a touchdown, had seven tackles, two for losses, and 1.5 sacks as the Wolves (6-0) remained unbeaten with a 55-16 victory over LeFlore.

JAYDEN McCANTS, THEODORE: Recorded three sacks, a forced fumble and a pass break-up for Theodore in its 47-0 win over Murphy.

CHAZ POPE, SPRING GARDEN: Had an interception and six tackles in the Panthers’ 42-14 win at Talladega County Central.


DOMONIQUE THOMAS, OHATCHEE: Scored five touchdowns in Ohatchee’s 70-22 win over West End returning two punts for touchdowns (77 and 65 yards) and returned another 50 yards to the 2. He had 144 yards on punt returns total. Place-kicker Gage Harrell was also 10-for-10 on extra-point kicks, equaling fifth best all-time in the AHSAA, as the Indians downed West End 70-22.

AUSTIN CALHOUN, KINSTON: Had a 62-yard kickoff return for a touchdown, had rushing TDs covering 66 yards and 56 yards, kicked a 23-yard field goal and threw a 41-yard TD pass to Hunter Davis for Kinston in a 43-21 win over McKenzie.

KARSTEN THREAT, MIDFIELD: Returned a kickoff 80 yards for one touchdown, rushed for two TDs and had an interception on defense to lead the Patriots past Hanceville 70-12.

JOHN WILL PIPER, FAITH ACADEMY: Blocked a punt and also had an interception to lead Faith Academy to a 53-0 win over Wilcox Central.