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AHSAA Prep Spotlight for Week #2

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Central Duo Boyd Ogles and Javon Wood Seal Coach Danny Horn’s 300th Career Win

AHSAA, MONTGOMERY – Quarterback Boyd Ogles and receiver Javon Wood left no doubt about the significance defending Class 5A state champion Central-Clay County’s season-opening game versus Benjamin Russell last Friday night at Alexander City’s newly-dedicated Martin-Savarese Stadium.

This game was for their coach. The duo hooked up for touchdown passes covering 53 and 48 yards in the first half and the Volunteers cruised to a 38-14 victory over the host Wildcats. The triumph was the 300th career coaching win for Coach Danny Horn. The quarterback-receiver tandem shared this week’s AHSAA Prep Football Offensive Spotlight with their beloved coach.

Horn (300-86) became the eighth prep coach to win his 300th career coaching victory in the AHSAA. Terry Curtis of UMS-Wright (304-85) won his 300th in 2018. Buddy Anderson of Vestavia Hills, in his 42nd year, is the leader with a 336-150 record.

Glenn Daniel (302-169-16), who coached 38 of his 43 years at Luverne, was the first football 300-game winner in the AHSAA. He coached from 1947-1992 – beating Andalusia 7-6 in his final season for his 300th win. Houston Academy Coach Jamie Riggs (313-85), Curtis, Anderson and Horn are the only active coaches in the 300-win club currently coaching in the AHSAA.

Ogle was 9-of-11 passing for 192 yards and three touchdowns – all but two completions coming in the first half. Wood had two catches for 111 yards and two scores before intermission and also had an intercepted pass on defense to set up another score.

For Horn, who recorded coaching victory No. 299 in the Class 5A state finals last December with a 43-42 win over Vigor in the Super 7 Class 5A state finals. The milestone was one he didn’t dwell on.

“Honestly I hadn’t thought much about it, but I’m glad it’s over with,” Horn said. “It’s like I always say, it’s a culmination of over the years having good players and good assistant coaches. They all contributed to it. Now I just basically show up and holler at the officials; that’s all I do.”

A native of Ashland, Horn coached his alma mater Clay County for 20 years. The Panthers won six state championships (1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2002, and 2005) and compiled a 225-40 record during his tenure there. He then moved to Benjamin Russell from 2009-17, leading the Wildcats to a 12-2 record and Class 6A semifinal appearance in 2015. BRHS was 62-43 under his direction. He returned to Clay County last season and led the Volunteers, a new school formed in 2012 by the consolidation of Lineville and Clay County high schools. Last year’s state title was the seventh coached by Horn. His tenure at Clay County High School included a state-record 55 straight victories from 1994-1997.

The milestone victory edged out three outstanding performances, one rushing, one passing and one rushing and passing combined.

Class 3A Locust Fork quarter Charlie Cater was 22-of-34 passing for 276 yards and one touchdown and rushed 24 times for 233 yards and five TDs as the Hornets beat Cleveland 39-37. He finished with 58 offensive plays for 509 total yards and had a hand in all six Locust Fork scores. He now has more than 850 total yards after two games this season.

Jalen White of Class 2A Daleville rushed for 309 yards with five touchdowns on 17 carries and added a sixth touchdown on a fumble recovery in Daleville's 58-41 win over Wicksburg. He also recorded 12 tackles, four for losses, and had an interception on defense.

And Class 2A West End quarterback Eli Pearce completed 22-of-46 passes for 350 yards and five touchdowns in a 61-42 Patriots loss to Pleasant Valley. He also rushed for a sixth TD.

Other top offensive performances reported for Week 1 include:

RUSHING

D.J. LEE, GAYLESVILLE: Ran for 308 yards on 31 carries and scored five touchdowns to lead the Trojans past Asbury 46-6. He also accounted for four 2-point conversions and posted seven tackles with a sack to give new Coach Brian Knapp his first victory.

KAHARI McREYNOLDS, GENEVA: Rushed for 289 yards and four touchdowns on 22 carries and added an interception and nine tackles, including a touchdown-saving stop on a punt return, in the Panthers' 34-26 win over Geneva County. He had TD runs of 29, 10, 15 and 3 yards, scored on two 2-point conversion and had nine of his 22 carries go for 15 or more yards.

DEON GILLILAND, MONTEVALLO: Had 14 carries for 252 rushing yards with scoring runs of 86, 16 and 35 yards as the Bulldogs nipped Shelby County in a shootout, 56-50.

JAYLEN NOBLES, SLOCOMB: Rushed for 217 yards on just 11 carries with four touchdowns and had a 50-yard interception return on defense to set up another score in the Red Tops' 48-14 win over Cottonwood. His TD runs were from 26, 20, 69 and 64 yards. He also completed one pass for 30 yards.

JAIRRICE PRYOR, CLEMENTS: Rushed for 216 yards and five touchdowns in a 48-14 win over Tanner. He also completed three passes for 17 yards and another score.

MEKHI BURDETTE, MADISON COUNTY: Had 212 yards rushing on 12 carries with scoring runs of 16, 49 and 60 yards in a 46-23 win over Westminster Christian.

DARRIAN MEADS, HOKES BLUFF: Rushed 27 times for 197 yards and an 18-yard touchdown in a 21-0 win over Southside-Gadsden.

JALEN WHITE, DOTHAN: Rushed for 185 yards and three touchdowns on just nine carries in the Wolves' 54-41 win over Wetumpka.

KADIN BENNEFIELD, BOAZ: Ran for 178 yards on 19 carries, scoring on runs of 70, 7 and 6 yards in a 28-19 loss to Guntersville.

DYLAN HUNTER, EAST LAWRENCE: Rushed for 172 yards and two touchdowns in a 37-13 loss to St. John Paul II Catholic.

AUSTIN GAVIN, SAINT JAMES: Needed just nine carries to gain 166 yards and scored three touchdowns as the Trojans beat Straughn 42-19. He also returned a kickoff 85 yards for a fourth TD.

KARMICHAEL CATTLING, WESTBROOK CHRISTIAN: Had 10 rush attempts for 158 yards and two scores as the Warriors downed Ragland 47-18.

TYHLEN WILLIAMS, AUSTIN: The senior scored four touchdowns in the first half of Austin’s 56-14 win over Decatur with scoring-runs of 6, 3, 69 and 3 yards. He finished with 137 yards rushing on 11 carries.

TYLER DANZEY, HEADLAND: Rushed for four touchdowns and scored a two-point conversion in the Rams' 36-34 win over Highland Home. He rushed for 105 yards on 18 carries with TD runs of 18, 15, 6 and 7 yards and also returned three kicks for 104 yards.

PASSING

JUSTIN STUBBLEFIELD, DAR: Passed for 356 yards and five touchdowns and ran for a sixth score in the Patriots’ 49-12 win over Douglas.

TUCKER KILCREASE, BRANTLEY: Completed 17-of-23 passes for 340 yards and three touchdowns in the Bulldogs’ 59-20 win over New Brockton. He also rushed four times for 50 yards and a fourth score.

HESS HORNE, EUFAULA: Was 13-of-15 passing for 328 yards and three touchdowns – all in the first half – as the Tigers downed Beauregard 63-19.

HAL SMITHART, OPP: The Bobcats’ quarterback was 19-of-31 passing for 310 yards and three touchdowns in a 36-34 loss to Elba.

RISHARD DENSMORE, BESSEMER CITY: Completed 9-of-16 passes for 223 yards and two touchdowns and added 89 yards rushing and two TDs in a 42-35 victory over Spain Park.

HARRISON BARKER, SPAIN PARK: Was 29-of-39 passing for 358 yards and three touchdowns in a 42-35 loss to Bessemer City. He now has 850 passing yards in two games this season.

JAMAL LANE, DOTHAN: Led the Wolves to their first victory as a program with 255 totals yards and three touchdown as Dothan beat Wetumpka 54-41 at Rip Hewes Stadium. Lane was 10-of-21 passing for 219 yards and three TDs and rushed for 36 yards on 10 carries.

MALIK INABINETTE, MONTEVALLO: Passed for 270 yards and four touchdowns and rushed for 57 yards in a 56-50 win over Shelby County.

WILL CROWDER, GARDENDALE: Completed 18-of-21 passes for 271 yards and three touchdowns, including the 22-yard game-winner with 4:53 to go, in a 21-14 victory over Athens.

ZAC BURNETT, GUNTERSVILLE: Had 273 yards passing and two touchdowns in a 28-19 victory over Boaz.

CAL GEORGE, HARTSELLE: The junior quarterback completed 14-of-21 pass attempts for 218 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 80 yards and a pair of scores in Hartselle’s 49-29 win over Brooks.

DAMIONE WARD, CLAY-CHALKVILLE: Passed for 204 yards and two touchdowns and added 126 yards rushing and three more scores in a 38-37 victory over James Clemens. He accounted for 330 of the Cougars’ 373 yards.

PATRICK JOHNSON, BREWER: Finished 10-of-12 passing for 212 yards and rushed for 75 yards on 10 carries in Brewer’s 37-8 win over Danville. He finished with a pair of rushing touchdowns and one touchdown pass and 297 total yards.

BRADY TROUP, ETOWAH: Completed 10-of-12 passes for 201 yards and three touchdowns, all in the first half, to lead the Blue Devils past Moody 43-13.

LOGAN SMOTHERS, MUSCLE SHOALS: Completed 7-of-12 passes for 154 yards and a 33-yard TD, ran eight times for 79 yards and TDs of 15, 3 and 2 yards and punted twice for a 42-yard average in a 46-19 victory over Bob Jones.

MARTAVIOUS GLANTON, ABBEVILLE: Passed for 139 yards, rushed for 109 and scored the game-winning touchdown on a 10-yard run in the second overtime as Abbeville beat Ashford 34-28. He accounted for three TDs adding a 53-yard touchdown run and a 30-yard TD pass to Gabriel Shell.

SETH BROWN, ST. JOHN PAUL II CATHOLIC: Completed 9-of-14 passes for 201 yards and two TDs and ran for 104 yards and two more scores in a 37-13 victory over East Lawrence.

SAWYER PATE, THOMPSON: Completed 12-of-14 passes for 181 yards and four touchdowns in a 42-13 victory over Foley.

CADE CARRUTH, HEWITT-TRUSSVILLE: Was 15-of-25 passing for 185 yards and three touchdowns in a 47-19 victory over West Forsyth (Ga.).

ELI SAWYER, VESTAVIA HILLS: Passed for 170 yards and three TDs and ran for another score in a 49-7 victory over Homewood.

COLIN DANIEL, CORNER: Threw for five touchdown passes in a 45-0 win over Oak Grove. His TD tosses covered 24, 11, 25, 64 and 65 yards.

SLADE ALEXANDER, CHEROKEE COUNTY: Completed 7-of-15 pass attempts for 138 yards, including a 70-yard touchdown, and rushed for 81 yards on 10 carries and three TDs (22, 27 and 11 yards) in Cherokee County's 42-7 win at St. Clair County. It was the first victory for new head coach Jacob Kelley.

JATHAN JACKSON, HAMILTON: Threw a game-winning touchdown pass to Bryant Loving with 55 seconds left, and also ran for a touchdown in the Aggies’ 19-14 win over Cordova.

SAMUEL COSBY, CEDAR BLUFF: Completed 12-of-24 pass attempts for 133 yards, including a game-winning 8-yard touchdown pass on fourth-and-goal to Preston Burt with 1:29 remaining in the Tigers' 14-12 victory at Spring Garden. Cosby also ran for 63 yards on 28 carries and a 3-yard touchdown.

LANDON GREEN, NORTH SAND MOUNTAIN: Threw two touchdown passes and scored the game-winning TD in the fourth quarter for a 28-26 victory over Dade County (GA).

PASS RECEIVING

COOPER KELLEY, SPAIN PARK: Caught nine passes for 185 yards and a TD in the Jags’ 42-35 loss to Bessemer City.

DEE BECKWITH, FLORENCE: Was a perfect 5-of-5 passing for 99 yards and two touchdowns, had 64 yards rushing and 151 yards receiving with two more scores to lead the Falcons to a 33-20 win over Buckhorn. He totaled 314 yards on the night.

EVAN DELP, COOSA CHRISTIAN: Hauled in three receptions for 172 yards and two touchdowns in a 49-19 loss to Appalachian.

DEVIN FULLER, EUFAULA: Caught five passes for 122 yards and also rushed for three touchdowns (1, 10, 35 yards) on just three carries in Eufaula's 63-19 win over Beauregard.

T.J. LEONARD, DAR: Caught 10 passes for 120 yards and four touchdowns in a 49-12 victory over Douglas. He had a fifth TD on a punt return.

MICHAEL PETTWAY, THOMPSON: Caught three passes for 100 yards, including TD catches of 80 and 13 yards in the first quarter, as the Warriors beat Foley 42-13.

J.J. EVANS, MONTEVALLO: Nabbed six receptions for 118 yards and three touchdowns and teammate Jamarian Carter had four catches for 108 yards and a 50-yard TD as the Bulldogs beat Shelby County 56-50.

JACK HARRIS, GUNTERSVILLE: Caught four passes for 110 yards and two TDs in a 28-19 victory over Boaz.

SEAN ZERKLE, ST. JOHN PAUL II CATHOLIC: Hauled in five receptions for 106 yards and a TD as the Falcons beat East Lawrence 37-13.

JAMICHAEL ROGERS, BESSEMER CITY: Had four catches for 102 yards and two TDs in a 42-35 victory over Spain Park.

HAYDEN NEIGHBORS, HUNTSVILLE: Caught nine passes for 99 yards, including a 10-yard TD in a 30-15 victory over Mae Jemison.


Opelika’s Kory McCoy Sparks Opelika to 21-13 Victory over Arch-Rival Auburn

MONTGOMERY – In a series that had been almost dead-even over 90 years, Opelika High School linebacker Kory McCoy took made sure the series would not get any tighter not on his watch.

McCoy had 12 tackles and one sack to earn lead the Bulldogs to a 21-13 victory over Auburn last week to earn the AHSAA Defensive Football Spotlight for week 1 in the process. Coach Erik Speakman has seen his defense allow just 20 points in the first two games this season – thanks in big part to the big-play leadership of McCoy. He had plenty of help, however. Teammate Dino Martin added nine tackles and two sacks as Opelika extended its lead in the series to 47-44-3.

Auburn had won the last two to close the gap. Most years, this rivalry goes down to the wire. In fact, 12 of the last 20 games have been settled by a touchdown or less. Since the series started in 1917, only 96 points separate the two teams. The Bulldogs have scored 1,473 points (16.2 ppg) and Auburn has scored 1,377 (15.1 ppg) over that span. The series has been highlighted by 28 shutouts, 15 by Opelika and 13 by Auburn. The 1944 game ended in a 0-0 tie.

Other top defensive performances reported from last week’s games include:

DEFENSE

DYLAN CREECH, GENEVA: The Panthers' linebacker recorded 18 tackles on defense, three for losses, including a key stop short of a first down on third-and-3 at the 18 in the final minute of Geneva's 34-26 win over Geneva County. Creech also rushed for 137 yards on 14 carries, including a 56-yard TD run.

JACKSON BRATTON, MUSCLE SHOALS: Totaled 11 tackles, including one sack, and forced a fumble as the Trojans beat Bob Jones 46-19.

JAYLEN FAISON, DOTHAN: Recorded 10 tackles and an interception as the Wolves downed Wetumpka 54-41 for the new consolidated school’s first win.

SEAN SMITH, PIEDMONT: Blocked a punt that set up the Bulldogs' first touchdown and had nine tackles in their 28-16 win over Addison. Four of his tackles resulted in losses.

WILL TURNER, HEADLAND: Led the Rams’ defense with 13 tackles in a 36-34 win over Highland Home.

CHASE TRAVIS, BRIARWOOD CHRISTIAN: Had two interceptions in a 17-14 loss to Chelsea.

MICHAEL CHENG, DECATUR HERITAGE: Intercepted a pair of passes in Decatur Heritage’s 42-6 win over Sumiton Christian. His first pick set up a TD and he returned the second one for a touchdown.

TREY STITTS, CEDAR BLUFF: Sealed a 14-12 win over Spring Garden with an interception with 1:17 remaining.

ANTOINE WILLIAMS, PINSON VALLEY: Recorded nine tackles, including 2 1/2 tackles for loss and 1 1/2 sacks, in a 27-7 victory over Ramsay.

MICHAEL REYNOLDS, GAYLESVILLE: Totaled 10 tackles in Gaylesville’s 46-6 win over Asbury.

WILL BROOKS, VESTAVIA HILLS: Returned an interception 55 yards for a touchdown in a 49-7 victory over Homewood.


Chelsea’s Cooper Neal Boots the Hornets to a 17-14 Win over Briarwood Christian’s Lions

MONTGOMERY – Chelsea High School place-kicker Cooper Neal delivered a 49–yard field goal in the second quarter to lift the Hornets to a 17-14 win over Briarwood Christian last Friday.

Neal earned the AHSAA Special Teams Football Spotlight as Chelsea beat the Lions for the first time since 2016 and for just the 10th time in the 33-year series. Briarwood owns a 21-10-1 series edge. The victory evened the record for the Hornets (1-1) of Coach Dustin Goodwin in the series during his tenure. Briarwood (0-1), coached by first-year head coach Matthew Forester, got a big boost from its special teams when Luke Prewett returned a kickoff 99 yards for a touchdown late in the first quarter to cut Chelsea’s lead to 14-7. Neal drilled his 49-yarder, that cleared the goal post by a good 10 yards.

Neal also had two extra points in the win and edged Evan Byrd of Lexington, who booted a 27-yard field goal in the fourth period to lift the Bears to 3-0 win over Rogers. It was Lexington’s first victory over their rivals since 2014.

Other top special team performances reported from last week’s games include:

SPECIAL TEAMS

JAYLEN STINSON, OPELIKA: Punted for a 50-yard average, blocked a kick, had eight tackles and an interception as the Bulldogs beat rival Auburn 21-13.

JASON PEREZ, COLLINSVILLE: Booted a 48-yard field goal eight seconds into the second quarter and was 5-for-5 on extra points in the Panthers' 40-13 win over Crossville. He also had an interception on defense.

LUKE PREWETT, BRIARWOOD CHRISTIAN: Returned a kickoff 99 yards for a TD in the Lions’ 17-14 setback to Chelsea.

EMMANUEL HENDERSON, GENEVA COUNTY: Accounted for 298 combined yards in rushing and kick/punt returns and had three touchdowns in the Bulldogs' 34-26 loss to Geneva. He had 144 yards and TD runs of 49 and 4 yards rushing and had kick returns of 66 and 44 yards and a punt return of 38 yards. The 66-yarder was returned for a TD.

CHAZ POPE, SPRING GARDEN: Had an interception in the third quarter and a big kick return down to Cedar Bluff's 6-yard line to set up Luke Welsh's go-ahead touchdown with 5:40 remaining in the Panthers' 14-12 loss to Cedar Bluff.