Ider Sophomore Hunter Robinson Rushes for 462 Yards in Hornets Win
MONTGOMERY -- Sophomore running back Hunter Robinson provided a strong incentive for Ider High School football fans to look forward to 2021.
The 5-foot-10, 165-pound all-purpose back who has also spent some time at wide receiver and defensive back had the game any football player would hope for as Ider downed Whitesburg Christian 48-30 to close out the Hornets’ 2020 season last week. Robinson rushed 32 times for an AHSAA-season high 462 yards and three touchdowns – the fifth best single-game rushing performance in AHSAA football history, according to the AHSAA Record Book.
The effort thrust Robinson into the AHSAA Football Spotlight for Week 9 as Coach Miles Keith’s Hornets closed out the season with a big win.
Ider finished the game with 607 yards rushing as a team on 63 attempts and added 57 yards passing for 664 total yards.
Parrish High School’s Tony Dixon, went on to star for the University of Kentucky in college, set the AHSAA single-game rushing record in 2003 with 531 yards on 21 carries in a wild 81-58 win over Hubbertville. Gaylesville’s Jerry Stancil had 470 yards on 23 carries in a 48-28 win over Spring Garden in 2004, and Daleville’s Jalen White had the next two top performances – both in 2019 – with 465 yards on 26 carries in a 70-51 win over Geneva County and followed with 463 yards and eight touchdowns on just nine carries as Daleville beat Barbour County 78-26. Cherokee County’s Michael Perry had the fifth best all-time rushing performance with 457 yards on 30 carries in a 48-30 victory over Hokes Bluff in 1991.
The 607 team rushing yards by Ider ranked eighth best all-time in the AHSAA. Parrish holds the state record with 806 yards in the same game Dixon had his state-record 531 yards.
Robinson’s performance edged out a clutch all-round effort by Dale County defensive standout Christian Ross in the Warrior’ 21-15 double-overtime win over Straughn in Class 4A, Region 2 that sealed the third playoff seed last week. After Dale County was stopped on downs in the first overtime series, Ross blocked a potential game-winning field goal try by Straughn to send the game into a second overtime.
The Warriors stopped Straughn on downs to start the second overtime and Ross caught an 11-yard touchdown pass from Ethan Teal on third down to give Dale County the win. He finished with two touchdown receptions, recorded 10 tackles, including two quarterback sacks, and also forced a fumble on defense.
JARIUS HOUSTON, CHICKASAW: Picked up 264 rushing yards and three TDs on 19 carries in Chickasaw’s win over Excel.
WAUNTAVIOUS CONLEY, ABBEVILLE: Rushed for 230 yards and three touchdowns (8, 30 and 42 yards) in the Yellow Jackets’ 32-13 win over previously undefeated G.W. Long to claim the Class 2A, Region 2 title.
TRENT DAVIS, ETOWAH: Rushed for 208 yards and three touchdowns on only seven attempts in the Blue Devils’ 33-20 replacement non-counter victory over Sweet Water.
HAYES ATKINS, DEMOPOLIS: Rushed for 197 yards and four touchdowns on 26 carries as Demopolis beat Selma 49-32 to claim the Class 5A, Region 3 title. He also scored on one 2-point conversion and caught two passes with one going for eight yards and a TD.
DYLAN PETERSON, PELHAM: Ran for 181 yards and two touchdowns on nine carries as the Panthers beat Chilton County 35-7.
LUKE REEBALS, BRIARWOOD CHRISTIAN: Ran 19 times for 180 yards and two scores and caught four passes for 19 yards in the Lions’ 38-7 win over Homewood.
CARSON RICKELS, HAYDEN: The senior running back rushed 19 times for 180 yards and for touchdowns to lead the Wildcats past Winfield 35-27 in a replacement non-counter contest for both teams. He scored on runs of 41, 7, 12 and 16 yards – upping his season total to 1,245 rushing yards and 19 touchdowns in nine games.
DYLAN HARRIS, ASHVILLE: Had 119 rushing yards and one TD on nine carries as three Bulldogs’ runners went over 100 yards in a 52-21 win over Fultondale. Luke Harris rushed for 111 yards and three touchdowns on 19 attempts and Adriane Hernandez gained 110 yards on 18 carries.
KAMREN IVORY, RAMSAY: Competed 14-of 26-passes for 271 yards and four touchdowns, including three in the second half as the Rams beat Pleasant Grove 33-26.
CADE OTT CARRUTH, HEWITT-TRUSSVILLE : Was 13-of-15 passing for 232 yards and four touchdowns in a 51-21 win over Oak Mountain.
QUINCY CRITTENDEN, AUSTIN: Completed 16-of-24 passes for 228 yards and three touchdowns in a 49-7 win over Bob Jones.
KHALIB JOHNSON, CLAY-CHALKVILLE: Completed 10-of-13 passes for 216 yards and two touchdowns, including a 91-yarder, as the Vikings downed Huffman,
BAUER SHARP, DOTHAN: Completed 11-of-17 passes for 162 yards and two touchdowns, including a game-winning 10-yard TD pass with 35 seconds left, and caught a 26-yard touchdown reception on a wide receiver-to-quarterback pass as Dothan beat Smiths Station 35-31.
STROTHER GIBBS, MOUNTAIN BROOK: Totaled 268 yards in the Spartans’ win over Chelsea. He rushed for 129 yards and a touchdown and was 10-of-19 passing for 139 yards and one TD.
JAYDEN FOLMAR, DOTHAN: Caught seven passes for 120 yards, including a game-winning 10-yard touchdown reception with 35 seconds left, to help the Wolves beat Smiths Station 35-31. His in Dothan’s 35-31 win over Smiths Station. His 50-yard catch two plays earlier set up the winning TD connection.
NYNY DAVIS, ETOWAH: Caught eight passes for 118 yards and a touchdown in the Blue Devils’ 33-20 non-counter replacement game victory over Sweet Water.
COOPER KELLEY, SPAIN PARK: Caught seven passes for 93 yards and three touchdowns, including the game-winner against Tuscaloosa County with 34 seconds left in the game to give the Jags a 35-34 win.
BRODIE CAMPBELL, SLOCOMB: Deflected a pass in the end zone on a 4th-and-5 play from the 5-yard line with 1:30 left to preserve a 21-20 Red Tops win over Wicksburg. He had two interceptions and for tackles in the win that gave Slocomb the Class 3A, Region 2 title.
TAYLOR McADAMS, HAYDEN: The sophomore managed 22 tackles in Hayden’s 35-27 win over Winfield.
KIAL COTTINGHAM, MONTEVALLO: Had three interceptions on defense and caught five passes for 41 yards and two touchdowns in the Bulldogs’ win over Dallas County.
C.J. McNABB, ARITON: Had 13 tackles in Ariton’s 40-6 win over Cottonwood that sealed the Purple Cats’ No. 4 seed playoff berth in Class 2A, Region 2.
ABRAHAM DANIELS, VIGOR: Totaled with 12 tackles, including two for a loss, and a sack in a 21-7 win over St. Michael.
XAVIER MOORE, ENTERPRISE: Totaled 10 tackles, including three for losses and one quarterback sack, as the Wildcats knocked off Auburn 38-27. He also had a fumble recovery that led to Enterprise’s first TD.
CASE WATSON, MADISON COUNTY: Intercepted two passes in a 31-29 win over Westminster Christian.
JOSH McCRAY, ENTERPRISE: McCray returned a kickoff 99 yards for a touchdown and finished with 193 all-purpose yards in the Wildcats’ 38-27 win over Auburn.
MATTHEW SHEAHAN, ENTERPRISE: Booted field goals of 27 and 40 and averaged 36.0 yards on four punts in Enterprise’s 38-27 win over Class 7A, Region 2 champion Auburn.
DEMARCUS LACEY, PLEASANT GROVE: Returned the opening kickoff 91 yards for a touchdown, ran 14 times for 74 yards and a touchdown, and caught eight passes for 87 yards in the Spartans’ 33-26 loss to Ramsay.