Lincoln Turns ‘Hook & Lateral’ Pass into Game-Winning 99-yard TD in 28-27 Win over Munford
AHSAA - RON INGRAM - MONTGOMERY – A gutsy call by Lincoln High School Coach Matt Zedaker to run a “hook and lateral” from inside the Bears’ own 1-yard line on fourth and 19 worked like a charm and catapulted Lincoln to a game-winning 99-yard touchdown in the final two minutes as the Golden Bears posted a 28-27 win over Munford last week to earn the AHSAA Football Spotlight for Week 5.
Tony Nathan fans remember the Miami Dolphins’ use of one of football’s most legendary “trick plays” in the 1982 AFC Championship Game versus San Diego when Nathan took a pitch from receiver Wide receiver Duriel Harris, who ran a “hook” route to catch 20-yard pass from quarterback Don Strock in the final seconds of the first half, then pitched to Nathan, who raced untouched the final 25 yards for a touchdown that ignited Miami to an overtime win over the Chargers.
The situation was more dire for Lincoln. The Bears (4-1) had built a 21-7 lead by halftime but saw that cushion evaporate in the second half when the Lions (1-5) took the lead late in the fourth period with a long play of its own. Munford senior Pernell Mitchell got loose on a 95-yard run to the Lincoln 1-yard line to set up a go-ahead TD. He was knocked out of bounds just shy of the goal line by Lincoln defensive back Montez “Teddy” Hall to prevent the TD. On the next play however, Munford quarterback Jay Tuck’s 1-yard sneak gave the visitors a 27-20 lead.
On the following series, Lincoln mishandled the kickoff and started the drive from its own 10-yard line. The Bears were called for intentional grounding on third down – just inches away from their end zone to set up the fourth-and-19 with 2:31 remaining. Zedaker decided to call the play that offensive coordinator Will Hill had introduced to the team just four days earlier at the team’s Monday practice.
Junior quarterback Javion Surles stepped into his end zone and fired a strike to sophomore receiver Brian Garrett just 10 yards from the right sideline. Junior running back Cam Reynolds sped around the corner and grabbed the perfect lateral from Garrett. He broke a tackle near the 10, out-raced a trio of Munford defenders hot in heels turning back toward the center of the field near the 50 and picked up good blocks from Tre Garrett and Hall. He somehow fought his way into the end zone to complete the state-record tying 99-yard touchdown pass play. The Bears converted the PAT and closed out the game with a fumble-causing sack on fourth down by Lincoln linebacker Jamichael Johnson and recovered by Keyshone Townsend to escape with the 28-27 win.
“It was a gutsy effort,” Zedaker told Talladega Daily Home sports writer Will Heath after the game. “You give a ton of credit to that Munford team. They fought hard in the second half. We’ve been preaching since the off-season, we have to play four quarters. As long as that final whistle hasn’t blown, you’re never out of it.”
Surles finished with 172 yards rushing, 119 yards passing and had a hand in all four touchdowns.
HOUSTON ACADEMY PRESENTS RIGGS WITH 309TH CAREER WIN: Houston Academy won its third straight game on the road and new Raiders coach Jamie Riggs reached a major career milestone with a 42-39 win over Florala. The veteran high school coach has now won 309 games as a head coach and is tied with retired coach Walden Tucker for second place in all-time wins in the state on the prep level. The all-time leader is Vestavia Hills’ Buddy Anderson (333-147-0), who captured his 333rd career victory Friday with the Rebels’ 41-21 triumph over Shades Valley. Now in his 41st season, all his career coaching wins have been for the Rebels. Fred Yancey of Briarwood Christian (314-113-1) is currently second among active coaches. However, his record in the AHSAA is 273-93. His other wins came at out-of-state schools.
Chase Swain keyed the victory over Florala rushing for three touchdowns, including a 3-yarder with 1:25 left to give the Raiders the three-point win. Swain also scored on runs for 51 yards and 1 yard. Riggs (309-82) came out of retirement this year to take over a struggling Houston Academy program that was spiraling in a 19-game losing streak when he arrived. The Raiders are currently 4-1 on the season.
Other prep coaches with ties to the AHSAA with 300 wins include Jimmie Moore (317-105-5) and Billy Livings (315-108-4). Moore, who won over 200 games in Mississippi, closed his career at Colbert County going 91-30 with three Class 3A state championships in nine seasons with the Indians before retiring. Livings, who started the Jeff Davis program in 1968, was 104-22-4 with the one 6A state championship (1978) over 12 seasons for the Vols before closing out his career with 211 wins at Vero Beach (FL).
Two active AHSAA coaches are approaching 300 wins, Terry Curtis of UMS-Wright (294-85-0) and Danny Horn of Central-Clay County (190-85-0). Both have coached their entire careers in in the AHSAA.
RUDOLPH HAULS WAY INTO AHSAA RECORD BOOK: Cottage Hill Christian receiver Samario Rudolph nabbed six receptions for 269 yards and five touchdowns as Cottage Hill (5-0) improved to 5-0 for the first time since joining the AHSAA in 2008 with a 35-3 win over Bayside Academy. His 269 yards tied for 10th in the AHSAA Record Book for most yards receiving in a single game, and the five TD receptions ties five others for second most receiving touchdowns in state history. The record (6) is shared by three receivers, including the Ja’Michael Willis of Gardendale, the most recent to accomplish the feat with six in a 51-26 win over Bessemer City in 2010.
HEADLAND’S DRU NEWMAN SPARKS COME-FROM-BEHIND VICTORY: With Headland trailing 27-16 with just over four minutes remaining, Newman scored two TDs on a 55-yard run and 40-yard punt return to help the Rams (5-0) remain unbeaten with a 32-27 win over previously undefeated Pike Road (5-1). K’Shun Stokes scored two 2-point conversions after each TD for the final margin. The Rams of Coach Danny Raines are unbeaten at 5-0 for the first time since 1988, when Headland opened the season 8-0 and finished 10-2.
Coach Patrick Browning’s Patriots suffered their first loss in what is their new era – competing at the varsity level for the first time since 1933 – 84 years ago. Newman finished with six tackles and two interceptions on defense, 92 yards rushing on eight carries and a 2-point conversion.
DOUGLAS SNAPS 19-GAME LOSING STREAK: Quarterback Jonathan Ray threw two touchdown passes (45 and 22 yards) and scored on an 18-yard run as the Eagles snapped a 19-game losing streak with a 37-6 win over Brindlee Mountain.
Other highlights reported include:
JACOB DENDY, ALBERTVILLE: Ran for a school-record 349 yards and five touchdowns on 24 carries as Albertville beat Boaz 32-27. His scoring runs covered 42, 52, 45, 6 and 78 yards). In the same game, Christian Collins of Boaz gained 308 yards on 36 carries and scored four times (1, 2, 4 and 46 yards).
ZAYE BOYD, RUSSELLVILLE: Rushed 20 times for 267 yards and 3 touchdowns as Russellville (5-0) remained unbeaten with a 35-19 win over Haleyville.
ROYDELL WILLIAMS, HUEYTOWN: Ran 21 times for 316 yards and TD runs of 43, 49, 54 and 48 yards as the Gophers defeated Cullman 42-7.
EYREN BOYD, FULTONDALE: Accumulated 257 yards rushing and three touchdowns on 22 carries to lead the Wildcats past John Carroll Catholic 55-26.
DARRELL GIBSON, MONTGOMERY-CATHOLIC: Gained 249 yards on 26 rush attempts and scored two rushing TDs in a 29-28 loss to Beauregard. He also caught a 44-yard TD pass.
KATON COLEMAN, GREENE COUNTY: Piled up 233 yards rushing and scored five touchdowns in the Tigers’ 32-30 win over Sumter Central.
DESHONTAE KIRKLAND, ASHFORD: Had 18 carries for 206 yards and four touchdowns as Ashford beat Houston County 28-18. His TD runs covered 38, 12, 1 and 15 yards.
A.J. PHILLIPS, CHICKASAW: Rushed for 151 yards and two touchdowns on nine carries – all in the second half -- to help Chickasaw overcome a 21-0 halftime deficit on the way to a 28-21 win over St. Michael’s Catholic.
CURTIS WILSON, JEFF DAVIS: Rushed for 176 yards on 26 carries and scored two touchdowns in a 26-21 win over Sidney Lanier.
LUKE WELSH, SPRING GARDEN: Ran for 175 yards on 23 carries and scored two touchdowns (14, 29 yards) in the Panthers’ 35-0 victory over Sand Rock.
ISAIAH PERDUE, MADISON COUNTY: Rushed 12 times for 172 yards and three touchdowns in a 27-7 win over New Hope.
DARRIAN MEADS, HOKES BLUFF: Playing in the first half and one series on the second half, the junior halfback rushed 14 times for 167 yards and four touchdowns in the Eagles’ 47-7 win over Glencoe. He scoring runs covered 47, 38, 1 and 6 yards.
PAYTON ANDERSON, FYFFE: Had 12 carries for 163 yards and three touchdowns as Fyffe (5-0) beat Plainview 55-7. He now has 63 carries for 724 yards and 18 TDs on the season. He also has seven kick returns for 293 yards and two TDs. He is averaging 41.9 yards per return.
TERRANCE WEBSTER, CARVER-MONTGOMERY: Had 19 carries for 133 yards and one TD and had a 31-yard run to set up the Wolverines’ winning score with 53 seconds remaining in a 21-20 win over Lee-Montgomery.
TEDARRIAN MURRAY, LEE-MONGOMERY: Rushed for 143 yards on nine carries and scored all three touchdowns for the Generals on runs of 35, 13 and 31 yards as Lee fell 21-20 to Carver-Montgomery.
DYLAN PETERSON, PELHAM: Had four rushing touchdowns and 134 yards on 15 carries in the Panthers’ 52-21 win over Oak Mountain.
ZAVIEN WILKINS, ALICEVILLE: Scored a touchdown in each overtime to lead the Yellow Jackets (4-1) to a 16- win over Pickens County. His TD runs covered 1 and 10 yards. The teams battled to a scoreless tie at the end of regulation.
WILLIAM GUTHERIE, ADDISON: The Bulldogs’ quarterback rushed for two touchdowns, threw for a TD and caught a pass for another score as Addison won its homecoming game over Vinemont 38-12. He also passed for three 2-point conversion after touchdowns.
PAUL TYSON, HEWITT-TRUSSVILLE: Completed 16-of-25 passes for 207 yards, including three touchdowns, to set a new Hewitt-Trussville career passing touchdown record, as the Huskies beat Huffman 41-0. Brandon Cox held the previous record (50) in a career that spanned 2000-01.
NICHOLAS SELLERS, JOHN CARROLL CATHOLIC: Had a 25-of-46 passing performance for 307 yards and two touchdowns in the Cavaliers’ 55-26 loss to Fultondale.
CORNELIUS BROWN, CALERA: Passed for 271 yards and four touchdowns in a 34-33 loss to Bibb County.
CADE PRICE, SLOCOMB: The Red Tops quarterback had a 200-200 night with five touchdowns, rushing for 203 yards and four touchdowns on 20 carries and completing 12-of-17 passes for 232 yards and another TD in a 35-32 loss to Ariton.
AARON DOVE, FALKVILLE: Completed 15-of-19 passes for 233 yards and five touchdowns (47, 12, 2, 20 and 2 yards) ran for a 48-yard TD and completed a 2-point pass in a 48-28 win over Priceville.
LANDON GREEN, NORTH SAND MOUNTAIN: Was 10-of-17 passing for 232 yards and two touchdowns and ran for two scores in a 44-15 win over Sylvania.
GOOSE CROWDER, GARDENDALE: Passed for 224 yards and two touchdowns on a 16-of-26 performance as the Rockets nipped Hazel Green 16-9. He also rushed for 42 yards.
KOURTLAND MARSH, MORTIMER JORDAN: Was 15-of-23 passing for 222 yards and a touchdown and added two TD runs in the Blue Devils’ 41-0 win over Hayden.
CAMERON MORSON, DECATUR: Was 7-of-11 passing for 168 yards and three touchdowns (8, 75 and 11 yards) and scored on a 2-yard run in a 35-7 win over Lawrence County.
LAKE SPURGEON, BROOKS: Passed for 199 yards and scooted into the end zone for a 7-yard TD with 53 seconds left and then ran the deciding 2-point conversion as the Lions came from behind to be Mars Hill Bible 36-35.
JACKSON ELKIINS, WINFIELD: Was 12-of-17 passing for 204 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for another score in the Pirates’ 38-14 win over Hamilton. Teammate Chris Broyles also rushed for 173 yards and two TDs.
IAN THIES, WESTMINSTER CHRISTIAN: Completed 15-of-20 passes for 205 yards and a 40-yard TD in a 48-0 win over rival Randolph.
KARSON GREEN, SATSUMA: Was 7-of-8 passing for 200 yards and two touchdowns, all in the first half, in a 54-0 win over Pleasant Home.
TREY LINDSEY, MONTGOMERY ACADEMY: Let MA to a 24-23 win over Trinity Presbyterian with a 12-of-20 passing performance for 190 yards and two touchdowns. He also made an interception on defense.
CAIDEN LIPSCOMB, COOSA CHRISTIAN: Completed 18-of-31 passes for 187 yards, including a game-winning 25-yard TD strike to Evan Delp as the Conquerors beat Victory Christian 10-7.
TYQUAN RAWLS, WETUMPKA: Completed 7-of-10 passes for 133 yards and four TDs and rushed for 127 yards and a 59-yard TD as the Indians beat Prattville 49-23. He had 260 total yards.
TRA’ EDWARDS, PRATTVILLE: Completed 10-of-22 passes for 184 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 118 yards on 18 carries as the Lions fell to Wetumpka 49-23.
AARON DOVE, FALKVILLE: Passed for five touchdowns and also ran for one in Falkville’s 48-28 win over Priceville.
JOHN-MICHAEL RILEY, BOB JONES: Caught seven passes for 227 yards and four touchdowns (70, 57, 32 and 51 yards) in a 35-21 win over Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa.
JAYLON STEVENSON, HOLY SPIRIT CATHOLIC: Snared 12 receptions for 135 yards and two touchdowns as the Titans (5-10 beat Fayetteville 31-0.
JACE STEWART, SLOCOMB: Caught 10 passes for 156 yards, including a 56-yard touchdown pass, in the Red Tops' 35-32 loss to Ariton.
ZION BLACK, ROGERS: Returned a fumble and interceptions for touchdowns as Rogers beat Lauderdale County 35-14.
ZYDARIEN BROWN, HOUSTON COUNTY: Recorded 19 tackles the Lions’ 28-18 loss to Ashford. Teammate Dorien Collier also had 13 stops.
DERICKEY WRIGHT, ETOWAH: Intercepted two passes, returning one 37 yards for a touchdown, and rushed for a 5-yard touchdown and a two-point conversion to lead the unbeaten Blue Devils (6-0) to a 21-14 win over Fort Payne.
COLTON ADAMS, WETUMPKA: The Indians’ linebacker had 14 tackles and two sacks in a 49-23 victory over Prattville.
JACOB BURLESON, CEDAR BLUFF: Returned an interception 50 yards for a touchdown in the Tigers’ 55-0 win at Gaylesville. Teammate Amber Leek also had a 69-yard fumble return for another Cedar Bluff defensive score.
VONTA BENTLEY, JACKSON-OLIN: The senior linebacker’s 17 tackles anchored a defense that earned its second shutout in the last three weeks as the Mustangs blanked Clarke County 22-0. The shutout included a successful goal-line stand that started with first-and-goal at the 3.
ANDREW WADE, McADORY: Intercepted two passes to lead the Yellow Jackets to a 10-0 win over Greensboro – limiting the Raiders to just 61 yards total offense.
BENNETT WHISENHUNT, VESTAVIA HILLS: Totaled nine tackles and an interception in the Rebels’ 41-21 win over Shades Valley.
KRIS BRAMBLETT, BREWER: Returned an interception 55 yards for one TD and caught two TD passes as the Patriots downed West Morgan 60-14.
ANDY LAMB, HARTSELLE: Intercepted a pass on the final play over overtime to give Hartselle the 14-7 win over undefeated Briarwood Christian.
DYLAN CREECH, GENEVA: Finished with 11 tackles, including two quarterback sacks, in the Panthers' 16-0 shutout over Samson. Creech also had a 20-yard TD catch in the game.
CONNER GERMAN, HEADLAND: Recorded 16 tackles and also caused a fumble in the Rams' 32-27 win over Pike Road.
HORANDO WHEELER, PIKE COUNTY: Accounted for 10 tackles, including two for losses, in the Bulldogs' 20-14 win over previously unbeaten Abbeville.
ZACH PYRON, FYFFE: Intercepted a pass and returned it 40 yards for one TD, was 3-of-4 passing for 64 yards and rushed for 92 yards and a TD on seven carries as the Red Devils beat Plainview 55-7,
ERIC THOMAS, VIGOR: Managed 11 tackles, including a sack and three others for losses, as the Wolves (5-0) downed Murphy 21-7.
NOAH ALLISON, J.B. PENNINGTON: Kicked two field goals, including a 27-yarder with two seconds remaining, to lift the Tigers past Cleveland 31-28. He was also 16-of-29 passing for 236 yards and a TD.
SAM RAYBORN, FAIRHOPE: Booted two field goals, including a 32-yarder in overtime, as the Pirates nipped Daphne 21-17.
CALEB McDOUGLE, MUSCLE SHOALS: Blocked a punt that set up Trojans’ only touchdown, blocked a field-goal attempt and had an interception in the Class 6A Trojans’ 10-7 win over Class 7A rival Florence.
LEE WITHERSPOON, NORTH JACKSON: Returned a punt 60 yards and an interception 65 yards for two touchdowns and rushed for 127 yards and two more scores on 15 carries to lead the Chiefs (5-0) past Scottsboro 56-3. The victory snapped a three-game losing streak to the Wildcats in a series that has been played annually since North Jackson opened in its doors in 1988. The Chiefs hold a 21-10 edge in the series.
NICK POWE, MARY MONTGOMERY: Returned a kickoff 97 yards for a touchdown and caught three passes for 39 yards and another score in the Vikings’ 27-19 win over Citronelle.
T.J. FAIRS, PIEDMONT: Returned a punt 44 yards for a touchdown in the Bulldogs’ 28-21 loss to Jacksonville.
JAMEL ROBINSON, R.A. HUBBARD: Returned a kickoff 80 yards for a touchdown and caught a 75-yard TD pass in R.A. Hubbard’s 28-26 loss to Sheffield.