Spain Park’s Harrison Barker Passes for 488 Yards, 4 TDs in Season-Opening Win
AHSAA - MONTGOMERY –Quarterback Harrison Barker made the most of his first start as a senior Friday night. The son of former University of Alabama quarterbacking legend Jay Barker completed 28-of-38 passes for 488 yards and four touchdowns as Coach Shawn Raney’s team beat Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa 42-33.
The 488-yard effort earned Barker the first AHSAA Prep Offensive Spotlight of the season and was the 14th highest passing performance in AHSAA history, according to the AHSAA Record Book, and the third best effort since 2016. The top two efforts from 2018 were 507 yards by current Alabama freshman Tua Tagovailoa versus Oak Mountain in 2018 and Aaron Dove’s 503-yard effort versus Coosa Christian in 2017. James Raines passed for 563 yards in s 71-22 Berry win over Brilliant in 2016. The state record of 565 yards was set Chris Smelley of American Christian in a 43-31 Class 1A playoff loss to Brantley in 2005.
Barker edged out three other top offensive efforts from Azenda Pennington of Georgiana, Emmanuel Henderson of Geneva County and senior quarterback Robby Ashford of Hoover in Week Zero action.
Earning the AHSAA Defensive Spotlight for Week Zero was Lee-Montgomery senior linebacker James Russell, and the AHSAA Special Teams Spotlight goes to Hoover junior place-kicker Constantine Hontzas.
Pennington piled up 478 total yards in Georgiana’s 40-14 win over St. Luke’s Episcopal. He was 17-of-31 passing for 321 yards and three TDs and rushed for 157 yards and one TD on 15 carries.
Henderson tied a state record with a 99-yard TD run and totaled 325 yards rushing in Geneva County’s 54-37 season-opening win over Samson. He had five rushing touchdowns. His other TD runs covered 29, 53, 29 and 14 yards and he had a sixth touchdown with a 55-yard punt return.
Hoover’s Ashford directed the Bucs to a 17-14 come-from-behind victory over defending Class 7A state champion Central-Phenix City in the AHSAA Kickoff Classic at Cramton Bowl. The Bucs trailed 14-0 at the half. Ashford, who was 9-of-21 passing for 140 yards and one TD, caught an 8-yard TD pass from freshman receiver R.J. Hamilton in the third period to finally get Hoover on the board.
With 4:22 to play, the Bucs forced a Central fumble at their own 3-yard line and Ashford then directed a clutch 84-yard, 11-play drive that ended with Constantine Hontzas booting a 30-yard field goal on the last play of the game to give Hoover the win. Ashford completed passes of 28 and 20 yards and had a big 13-yard run for a first down to stop the clock at the Central 16-yard line with three seconds remaining to set up the winning kick.
The victory also snapped Central’s 14-game winning streak.
Other top offensive performances reported for Week Zero included:
CARSON DANIEL, BROOKS: Completed 18-of-22 passes for 339 yards and five touchdowns in 69-38 win over Lauderdale County
ETHAN ARMSTRONG, BROOKWOOD: Completed 22-of-30 for 337 yards and three TDs and added 10 rushes for 61 yards and a TD in a 30-26 victory over West Blocton.
NICK McFARLAND, WESTMINSTER CHRISTIAN: Completed 21-of-24 passes for 328 yards and four TDs in a 68-34 victory over DAR.
SAWYER PATE, THOMPSON: Completed his first four passes – two for TDs -- and finished 12-of-18 passing for 214 yards and three scores and added a 2-yard TD run in a 40-14 victory over Davidson. His TD passes covered 4, 70 and 2 yards.
SETH BROWN, ST. JOHN PAUL II CATHOLIC: Completed 22-of-32 passes for 305 yards and two touchdowns and added 161 yards rushing on 18 carries and four more touchdowns in a 68-34 victory over DAR.
ZYQUEZ PERRYMAN, PLEASANT GROVE: Completed 14-of-27 passes for 282 yards and two TDs in a 32-25 victory over Mortimer Jordan.
ETHAN TEAL, DALE COUNTY: Passed for 148 yards and one TD and rushed for 111 yards on 10 carries with a score in a 34-27 win over county rival Ariton.
MADDUX HERRING, ARITON: Was 11-of-20 passing for 228 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for 63 yards and a fourth TD in the Purple Cats’ 34-27 loss to Dale a County.
KOURTLAN MARSH, MORTIMER JORDAN: Passed for 222 yards and two touchdowns and had 65 rushing yards and one score in a 32-25 loss to Pleasant Grove.
CHARLIE CATER, LOCUST FORK: Combined for 350 yards with 188 rushing and 162 passing in a 46-28 loss to St. John Paul II Catholic.
ROSS REYNOLDS, ARAB: Accounted for 301 yards, including 13-of-18 passing for 207 yards, and threw four TD passes in a 28-21 victory over Boaz.
JALEN VINSON, RED BAY: Completed 11-of-18 passes for 234 yards and two touchdowns and added 65 rushing yards in 36-0 win over Colbert Heights
LOGAN SMOTHERS, MUSCLE SHOALS: Completed 15-of-23 passes for 206 yards and added eight rushes for 98 yards and a 41-yard TD run in the Trojans’ 42-3 victory over Deshler.
KOLE WILLIAMS, CARVER-MONTGOMERY: Was 11-of-20 passing for 232 yards and two touchdowns and rushed 14 times for 35 yards and another score as the Wolverines downed Jeff Davis 18-13 in the AHSAA Kickoff Classic.
MARCUS WEBB, JEFF DAVIS: Completed 14-of-26 passes for 189 yards and rushed 15 times for 67 yards and a TD in the Vols’ 18-13 Kickoff Classic loss to Carver-Montgomery at Cramton Bowl.
TYQUAN RAWLS, WETUMPKA: Completed 9-of-19 passes for 157 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for 126 yards and another TD on 14 carries to lead the Indians to a 35-24 come-from-behind victory over Fairhope.
BRITTON KOHN, MONTGOMERY ACADEMY: Accounted for four touchdowns and 213 total yards in the Eagles’ 50-14 win over Brookstone (GA). He was 15-of-21 passing for 178 yards and two scores and rushed for 35 yards and two TDs.
DRE NEWMAN, HEADLAND: Completed only 3-of-10 passes, but all three were for touchdowns as the Rams opened the 2019 season with a 42-14 win over Straughn. Newman finished with 143 yards passing, rushed 14 times for 86 yards, returned a punt 55-yards for a TD and scored two 2-point conversions.
KALEB JONES, COLLINSVILLE: Completed 6-of-12 passes for 129 yards and three touchdowns (12, 32, 36 yards) — all to Garrett Skelton — in the Panthers’ 50-6 victory at Plainview.
JALEN WHITE, DALEVILLE: Piled up 281 yards rushing and scored and four touchdowns on 16 carries in the Warhawks’ 38-28 win over Elba.
RYAN MORROW, MAPLESVILLE: Ran for 283 yards with TD runs of 1, 62, and 91 yards and a caught a TD pass in a 40-6 victory over Fultondale.
JEREMIAH GIBBS, JOHN CARROLL CATHOLIC: Had 24 carries for 275 yards and five touchdowns in a 35-20 victory over St. Clair County.
CARLOS CORBIN, HUNTSVILLE: Ran 22 times for 225 yards, with TD runs of 4 and 49 yards, in a 49-14 victory over Decatur.
MARK HOWARD, GRISSOM: Had 20 carries for 224 yards and TD runs of 3, 9, 1 and 40 yards in a 47-27 victory over Hazel Green.
JAIRRICE PRYOR, CLEMENTS: Ran for 221 yards, including seven runs of 10 yards or more, and scored on TD runs of 27 and 2 yards in a 50-6 victory over Elkmont.
ARMONI GOODWIN, HEWITT-TRUSSVILLE: Ran for 218 yards and four TDs, including the go-ahead 39-yard TD run late in the fourth quarter of a 40-33 victory over Pinson Valley.
WISE GORDON, PROVIDENCE CHRISTIAN: Gained 198 rushing yards on 20 carries with three touchdowns, setting the school record for career touchdowns (38) in the process, in the Eagles’ 42-13 win over New Brockton.
JEVON JACKSON, AUSTIN: Had 14 rush attempts for 205 yards with touchdown runs of 12 85 and 10 yards. He also hauled in a 31-yard touchdown reception in Austin’s 45-14 win over Hartselle.
JOSEPH McKAY, CENTRAL-PHENIX CITY: Had 27 carries for 177 yards, including a non-scoring 62-yard run, as the Red Devils fell 17-14 to Hoover in the AHSAA Kickoff Classic at Cramton Bowl.
ROYDELL WILLIAMS, HUEYTOWN: Ran 17 times for 148 yards, caught three passes for another 56 yards, and scored on runs of 1 and 73 yards and a 44-yard catch in a 32-19 victory over Homewood.
TRENT DAVIS, ETOWAH: Rushed 30 times for 134 yards and two touchdowns in the Blue Devils' 31-24 win over Gadsden City. All but 22 of Davis' yards came in the second half.
KIERSTON ROGERS, THEODORE: Ran for 200 yards on 33 carries and scored twice in the fourth period to lead the Bobcats to a 35-21 win over Daphne.
JARRIS WILLIAMS, BLOUNT: Rushed for 136 yards and three touchdowns as Blount beat Vigor 38-7 in the annual Battle of Prichard.
RASHAWN McALPINE, SARALAND: Gained 134 yards on 17 carries with TDs covering 5, 13 and 30 yards and also caught a 66-yard TD pass to lead the Spartans past Andalusia 42-20.
CHRISTOPHER COTTON-TAYLOR, CALERA: Finished with 133 yards rushing and two touchdowns in a 27-20 victory over Pelham.
L.T. SANDERS, GARDENDALE: Logged 16 carries for 130 yards and five touchdowns in a 35-14 victory over Mae Jemison.
DUVINE BEEBE, NEW HOPE: Ran for 124 yards and two touchdowns in a 44-30 victory over Holly Pond.
JEFFERY ROWSER, RAMSAY: Ran 22 times for 123 yards with a 1-yard TD run in a 21-18 victory over Minor.
EVAN SMITH, OAK MOUNTAIN: Ran for 100 yards, including a 59-yarder to set up a field goal, and scored on runs of 1 and 3 yards as Oak Mountain overcame nine fumbles to beat Chelsea 17-0.
DARTAVIOUS BRITTON, COOSA CHRISTIAN: The senior halfback finished with 268 combined yards in the Conquerors' 50-24 loss to Westbrook Christian. He rushed 14 times for 159 yards and two TDs and completed 2-of-2 passes for 109 yards and a touchdown.
CAMERON HOVEY, REHOBETH: The Rebels’ senior quarterback rushed for four touchdowns (2, 2, 7 and 4 yards) in the Rebels’ 36-22 win over Ashford, snapping a 16-game losing streak.
JERRON SMITH, HAZEL GREEN: Caught TD passes of 72, 30 and 41 yards in a 47-27 loss to Grissom.
JUSTIN STUBBLEFIELD, DAR: Caught 10 passes for 159 yards and two TDs in a 68-34 loss to Westminster Christian.
ADRIAN MILTON, MURPHY: With the Panthers facing a third-and-44 in the final quarter, the receiver hauled in a 52-yard TD reception for the clinching score as Murphy beat Baldwin County 19-7. He also had an 11-yard TD catch late in the first half.
EVAN DELP, COOSA CHRISTIAN: Had had three receptions for 158 yards and two scores in the Conquerors’ 50-24 loss to Westbrook Christian.
REGINALD SUMMAGE, JEFF DAVIS: Grabbed nine receptions for 136 yards as Jeff Davis lost 18-13 to Carver-Montgomery at Cramton Bowl.
KEION JACKSON, DALE COUNTY: Caught three passes for 126 yards, including an 88-yarder in the fourth quarter, as the Warriors nipped Ariton 34-27.
NADARIUS HARRIS, CARVER-MONTGOMERY: Hauled in five receptions for 119 yards with a 57-yard touchdown in the Wolverines’ 18-13 win over Jeff Davis in the AHSAA Kickoff Classic.
WILLIAM ROBERTSON, MONTGOMERY ACADEMY: Caught nine passes for 108 yards and two TDs in the Eagles’ 50-14 win over Brookstone (GA). He also had seven tackles on defense.
GARRETT SKELTON, COLLINSVILLE: Caught three passes for 80 yards and three touchdowns (12, 32, 36 yards) in the Panthers’ 50-6 win at Plainview.
NICK GRIFFIN, MUSCLE SHOALS: Had six catches for 57 yards and two touchdowns covering 6 and 57 yards in the Trojans’ 42-3 win over Deshler.
KEYONTEZE JOHNSON, PINSON VALLEY: Caught seven passes for 67 yards, including TD catches of 8 and 15 yards in a 40-33 loss to Hewitt-Trussville.
RIVER HELM, WEST LIMESTONE: Caught TD passes of 56 and 44 yards in a 21-2 victory over Tanner.
Russell Paces Lee-Montgomery to 7-0 Shutout Win over Park Crossing
AHSAA - MONTGOMERY – Lee-Montgomery senior linebacker James Russell didn’t let a two-hour lightning delay rain on his performance Friday night. The 6-foot-1, 213-pound linebacker totaled 15 tackles to lead the Generals to a 7-0 win over Montgomery County rival Park Crossing in the season opener at Alabama State University Stadium Friday night.
He grabbed the AHSAA Defensive Performance Spotlight for his effort that handed new Lee Coach Eric Hudson his first head-coaching victory as the Generals’ leader. The victory was the third win in a row in the four-game series over the Thunderbirds. The shutout was the first in the series and Lee’s first shutout since Sept. 15, 2017, and the 118th in the school’s 65-year history.
Russell edged out two other strong efforts by Wilson Turner of Class 4A Headland and Quadarrius Robinson of Class 6A Jackson-Olin. Turner and Robinson had 16 and 12 tackles, respectively, in season-opening wins.
Quarterback Harrison Barker of Spain Park was the AHSAA Offensive Spotlight for Week Zero, and Hoover place-kicker and punter Constantine Hontzas was earned the AHSAA Special Teams Spotlight.
Other top performances reported include:
WILSON TURNER, HEADLAND: Totaled 16 tackles and teammates Zach Lawrence and Ty Dailey had 15 and 12 tackles, respectively, as Headland beat Straughn 42-14.
QUANDARRIUS ROBINSON, JACKSON-OLIN: Recorded 12 tackles, two pass deflections and a game-clinching sack in a 26-24 victory over Fairfield. The win was the 12th regular-season victory in a row for Coach Tim Vakakes’ Mustangs.
RICHARD BRINSON, UMS-WRIGHT: Scored on a 7-yard fumble return and a 55-yard interception return to spark the defending Class 4A state champion Bulldogs to an 18-13 win over St. Paul’s Episcopal.
JADON RICHARDSON, CENTRAL-PHENIX CITY: Had 13 tackles and forced a fumble in the Red Devils’ 17-14 loss to Hoover in the Kickoff Classic.
JOSH SMITH, HOOVER: Had 12 tackles, one sack and recovered a fumble at the Bucs’ 3-yard line late to set up Hoover’s 98-yard game-winning drive in the 17-14 win over Central-Phenix City at Cramton Bowl.
TYRONE JOHNSON, CARVER-MONTGOMERY: Registered 11 tackles, including one for a 5-yard loss, as the Wolverines beat Jeff Davis 18-13 in the Kickoff Classic at Cramton Bowl.
JUWAN TAYLOR, JEFF DAIVS: Had 10 tackles, including three for losses totaling 12 yards, in the Vols’ 18-13 Kickoff Classic loss to Carver-Montgomery.
ROOKS SEALE, MONTGOMERY ACADEMY: Registered 10 tackles, forced a fumble and returned a blocked kick 60 yards in the MA’s 50-14 win over Brookstone (GA).
CHANCE STARLING, JAMES CLEMENS: Recorded an interception and a forced a fumble in a 23-13 loss to Grayson (Ga.).
DAKOTA SHRADER, LEE-HUNTSVILLE: Returned an interception 98 yards for a touchdown in a 49-0 victory over Columbia.
LAMAR CROSKEY, CLAY-CHALKVILLE: Intercepted two passes in a 37-14 victory over Dothan.
WILLIAM ELOM, WEONAH: Intercepted two passes and scored on a 10-yard run in a 14-6 victory over Linden.
LOGAN BREWER, MOUNTAIN BROOK: Scored on a 20-yard touchdown reception and a 67-yard interception return in a 35-6 victory over Northridge.
Hontzas Kicks Hoover to 17-14 Win with 30-Yard Field Goal Just before Midnight
AHSAA MONTGOMERY – Lighting delayed by more than two hours the Hoover High School junior place-kicker Constantine Hontzas’ kickoff for the AHSAA 2019 Kickoff Classic football clash with defending Class 7A state champion Central-Phenix City. And with the clock bearing down on midnight at Cramton Bowl, he had to wait through two timeouts before ending the game with a game-winning 30-yard field goal.
Neither delay seemed to bother him. Hontzas earned the AHSAA Special Teams Spotlight for Week Zero with his clutch performance, which also included kicking two extra points, delivering three kickoffs for a net return of 15 yards and booting five punts for a 39.6-yard average – and more importantly, no return yardage.
His winning field goal capped a dramatic 11-play drive that started with 4:22 left at the Bucs’ 2-yard line and ended with three seconds left and the ball on the Red Devils’ 13-yard line. Central called back-to-back timeouts each time just seconds before the snap, but Hontzas calmly kicked the ball through the uprights as time expired.
Lee-Montgomery linebacker James Russell captured the AHSAA Defensive Spotlight, and Spain Park quarterback Harrison Barker earned the AHSAA Offensive Spotlight.
Other top performances reported include:
CONSTANTINE HONTZAS, HOOVER: Kicked game-winning 30-yard field goal on the game’s final play to lift the Bucs to a 17-14 victory over defending Class 7A champ Central-Phenix City.
WILL EDWARDS, WESTBROOK CHRISTIAN: Playing in his first varsity football game, the senior kicker was perfect on all six extra points and kicked a 37-yard field goal in the Warriors' 50-24 win over Coosa Christian.
JAYLEN JONES, SHEFFIELD: Returned a kickoff 80 yards, returned a fumble 85 yards and made three catches for 39 yards in 39-19 win over Wilson
JASON PEREZ, COLLINSVILLE: Kicked five extra points and made a 35-yard field goal in the Panthers’ 50-6 win at Plainview.
SMITH COON, DECATUR: Returned a punt 85 yards for a touchdown in Thursday’s 45-14 loss to Huntsville.
NATHAN WILLIAMS, ASHVILLE. Kicked field goals of 37 and 32 yards in the Bulldogs' 35-0 win over Ragland.