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Nine area athletes recognized in AHSAA Football Spotlight

The AHSAA

MONTGOMERY – Handley High School senior running back Jamarius “Jay” Haynes with the performance of a lifetime Friday night rushing for 476 yards and five touchdowns in the Tigers’ 54-41 Class 4A, Region 4 win over Jacksonville.

His rushing total came on 30 carries and thrust him into the AHSAA Prep Football Spotlight with second most rushing yards in AHSAA single-game history.

Haynes fell just 55 yards shy of the state record (531 yards) set by Parrish High School’s Tony Dixon versus Hubbertville in 2003. It moved him ahead of Gaylesville’s Jerry Stancil, who ran for 470 yards in a win over Spring Garden in 2004.

The 6-foot-1, 180-pound speedster gained 322 of his yards on his five touchdown runs – which cover 86, 58, 52, 72 and 54 yards. Haynes also caught one pass for 29 yards to give him 505 yards total offense in the win. The 505 total yards by Haynes ranks 27th all time – with the state record (698) set last season by Southside-Selma quarterback Christopher Thomas in a 40-16 win over Selma.

Haynes’ 505 yards tied him with former Pinson Valley quarterback Desmond Jennings, who spent seven seasons playing major league baseball after high school for the Tampa Bay Bucs from 2010-2016. Jennings’ total offense best came on 283 yards rushing and 222 passing in a 34-33 win over McAdory in 2004. Haynes now has 719 yards rushing on the season with 10 TDs on 55 attempts – an average of 10.9 yards per carry

The Tigers (3-0) of Coach Larry Strain needed every yard and touchdown it got from Haynes versus Jacksonville in the Class 4A, Region 4 opener. The Golden Eagles (2-1) had 511 total yards as a team in the loss with quarterback Jim Ogle completing 23-of-44 passes for 372 yards and three touchdowns covering 54, 48 and 31 yards.

Handley quarterback Cannon Kyles was 7-of-10 passing for 190 yards and three TDs – 4, 60 and 54 yards – as the Tigers rolled up 732 total yards. The combined 1,248 total yards by both teams earned a spot in the AHSAA Record Book as well – ranking third all time behind Hewitt-Trussville and Manatee (FL), which combined for 1,287 yards in 2016, and Cordova vs. Trinity Presbyterian (1,266 yards) in the state playoffs in 2008. Handley and Jacksonville combined for 10 TDs over 30 yards and 488 first downs.

Haynes, who also scored three 2-point conversions in the win, credited his blockers and his own ancestry in an interview with Al Muskewitz of East Alabama Sports Today following the game.

“I can’t believe it. It was a great night, great night,” Haynes said after giving props to his teammates for blocking so well. “It feels good to know you’re a good player. My father (Timothy Haynes) was a good running back himself. He played at Wadley. His genes helped me out a lot.”

The big rushing performance edged out another stellar outing by Piedmont senior quarterback Jack Hayes. He completed 20-of-29 passes for 419 yards and five touchdowns with no interceptions in the Bulldogs’ 40-7 win over Sylvania. His first completion of the night was his 500th all-time. He now has 126 career touchdown passes, one behind No. 2 Bo Nix of Central-Phenix City (127), and seven behind No. 1 Chris Smelley of American Christian (134) in the AHSAA Record Book all-time list. His 164 touchdowns accounted (126 passing, 43 rushing) for are six behind state record holder Kristian Story of Lanett (175).

Hayes’ top receiver was Ishmael Bethel, who snagged six catches for 110 yards and two touchdowns.

Other top performances reported include:

MILESTONES
BRANDON MUSCH, WESTMINSTER CHRISTIAN: Completed 19-of-33 passes for 242 yards and five touchdowns and ran for 122 yards and two TDs on 16 carries in a 55-39 win over North Jackson in Class 4A, Region 8. The junior went over 7,000 total yards for his career versus the Chiefs – moving him up nine spots on the all-time list, including moving past Paul Tyson, who had 6,652 yards at Hewitt-Trussville finishing his career in 2018 and was one spot ahead of Musch heading into this season. He became the 26th player in AHSAA history to amass more than 7,000 total yards in a career – and he still has the rest of 2022 and his senior year (2023) remaining.
The leader is Kristian Story of Lanett (2016-2019), who totaled 23,318 yards in his storied career with 9,070 passing, 3,618 rushing and 530 pass receiving. With seven touchdowns accounted for in Friday’s win, Musch now has 53 TD passes and 26 rushing TDs for his career – 79 total. This season he has 428 yards passing and 271 rushing (699 total) on the year. Story also holds the state record for career TDs accounted for – 175.

COACH LANCE REESE, GUNTERSVILLE: The Wildcats (3-0) downed Crossville 64-0 last week to give head coach Lance Reese his 101st career win at Guntersville – making him the winningest coach in Guntersville High School history.

“I am so proud that every player got to play,” said Reese following the game. “It is always good when you can do that.”

Antonio Spurgeon passed for 145 yards and two touchdowns for winners. Reese (101-37) is in his 13th season as head coach. He served as an assistant coach before moving up in 2010 to run the program. He passed the previous leader, Joe Chorba, who served 13 years as head coach at Guntersville from 1948-1960. Chorba’s 1955 team finished 10-0. Reese served as an assistant on the 2006 Guntersville team which won the Class 4A state championship with a 14-1 record under the direction of Phil Isom, who ranks third all-time with an 84-44 record from 1999-2009.

CADE HOPPER, CHEROKEE COUNTY: Led the Warriors (3-0) to a 50-7 win over Good Hope as Cherokee County opened the season 3-0 for the first time since its Class 4A state championship season in 2009. Hopper was 8-of-10 passing for 74 yards and one TD and rushed 20 times for 73 yards and two TDs spark the victory. Teammate Jacob Cornejo also had 10 carries for 92 yards and fired a 41-yard TD pass, and Will Frampton booted 40-yard field goal and was 5-of-6 on extra point tries.

TAYLOR McADAMS, HAYDEN: Had a school record 40 rush attempts for 208 yards and four touchdowns in Hayden’s 27-0 shutout win over Carver-Birmingham in Class 5A, Region 5 action. He also had nine tackles on defense.

JEREMIAH COBB, MONTGOMERY CATHOLIC: Helped the Knights with their 21st straight region game and 17th regular season game with 205 yards rushing and five touchdowns on 17 carries in a 56-14 win over B.T. Washington. His TD runs covered 60, 15, 21, 1 and 8 yards for Coach Kirk Johnson’s Knights in the Class 4A, Region 2 win.

ANTHONY ROGERS, PIKE ROAD: Caught a slant pass over the middle from quarterback Kaleb Foster and turned it into a 72-yard touchdown reception to lift Pike Road (1-2) to a 35-33 win over Wetumpka. The Patriots (1-2), last year’s Class 5A state champs at 14-0, won their first Class 6A, Region 2 game in history – a victory that was also the first in for new head coach Ed Rigby. Rogers finished the night with 18 rush attempts for 173 yards and touchdown runs of 8 and 25 yards. He also had a 50-yard kickoff return to go with his TD reception and finished with 295 all-purpose yards in the win. Wetumpka (2-1), also under the direction of new head coach Bear Woods, was led by quarterback Nathan Rogers. He was 7-of-22 passing for 47 yards and ran 15 times for 240 yards and three TDs to finish with 287 total yards. His TD runs covered 74, 24 and 78 yards.

RUSHING
GAVIN BROWN, CORNER: Totaled 17 carries for 323 yards and four touchdowns in the Yellow Jackets’ 52-14 Class 4A, Region 5 win over Hamilton.

ALVIN HENDERSON, ELBA: Rushed for 248 yards and four touchdowns on just 11 carries in helping the Tigers stretch an 8-6 halftime lead into a 36-6 Class 1A, Region 2 win over Houston County. Henderson had a 61-yard TD run in the first half and added scores of 33, 86 and 3 yards in the second half.

BLAINE BURKE, MOODY: Ran 21 times for 220 yards and three scores and added three catches in the Blue Devils’ Class 5A, Region 6 win over Alexandria. It was Moody’s first win over the Valley Cubs since 2005.

ZIQUAYVION NELSON, EUFAULA: Nelson had 219 rushing yards and two touchdowns to lead Eufaula to a 35-20 come-from-behind win over Headland.  The Tiges trailed 20-7 in the second quarter. He had TD runs of 7 and 44 yards.

KALEB BENEFIELD, RANBURNE: Rushed for 212 yards and three touchdowns in the Bulldogs’ 47-12 Class 2A, Region 4 win over Fayetteville.

RAY HARDY, BOB JONES: Ran for 211 yards and three touchdowns on 29 carries in a 26-19 win over Madison City rival James Clemens.

BRAYDEN JENKINS, THEODORE: Picked up 201 rushing yards and a pair of touchdowns on 16 carries as the Bobcats pulled away from Murphy in the second half to win the Class 6A, Region 1 battle 41-13.

TERRY HEFLIN, CENTRAL, CLAY COUNTY: Led the Vols to a 20-7 win over Tallassee in Class 5A, Region 4 with 197 yards rushing on 28 carries. He scored one TD on a 25-yard run.

DRAKE FRANKLIN, ARAB: Gained 197 yards rushing and scored four touchdowns on 25 carries in a 40-6 win over Douglas in Class 5A, Region 7.

JAKE GODFREY, SPANISH FORT: Totaled 195 yards rushing on 19 carries with two touchdowns and caught one pass for a TD in the Toros’ 42-7 home win over Baldwin County in Class 6A, Region 1.

JAY DOBBS, MARS HILL BIBLE: Had nine carries for 183 yards and two touchdowns in the Panthers’ 56-6 Class 3A, Region 8 win over Colbert Heights.

RASHAWN MILLER, SLOCOMB: Rolled up 179 yards rushing and scored all three of the Red Tops’ touchdowns in an 18-13 Class 4A, Region 3 win over rival Geneva. His 2-yard run on 4th-and-2 with two minutes left gave Slocomb the lead for good. His other TD runs covered 69 and 5 yards.

MASON TEAGUE, SOUTHSIDE-GADSDEN: Ran 18 times for 175 yards and two touchdowns in the Panthers’ 45-7 Class 5A, Region 6 win over Lincoln.

ETHAN CRAWFORD, HILLCREST-TUSCALOOSA: Rushed for 175 yards and two TDs and passed for 158 yards as the Patriots (3-0) rallied from a 13-point deficit to beat Northridge 24-16 in Class 6A, Region 4. He finished with 333 total yards.

KOBE HARRIS, GASTON: Rushed for 173 yards and two touchdowns in the Bulldogs’ 47-14 Class 2A, Region 6 loss to Southeastern.

NICK CLARK, DAPHNE: Ran for 151 yards and three touchdowns on 18 carries as the Trojans picked up their first win of the season beating Alma Bryant 25-0 in Class 7A. Region 1.

BLITZ CLEMONS, PRICEVILLE: Needed just seven rush attempts as he gained 143 yards and scored three touchdowns in a 35-0 Class 5A, Region 8 win over Madison County.

RI FLETCHER, HARTSELLE: Had 130 yards rushing and four touchdowns on 11 carries in a 34-3 Class 6A, Region 7 victory over Cullman.

KALOB FORD, BRINDLEE MOUNTAIN: Scored four second-half rushing touchdowns in a 52-28 Class 3A, Region 7 triumph over Asbury.

RYAN WILLIAMS, SARALAND: The Spartans’ wide receiver raced 71 yards for a touchdown on Saraland’s first offensive snap and finished with 103 yards rushing and three TDs in a 42-14 win over St. Paul’s Episcopal. He also caught three passes for 29 yards and a fourth TD in the Class 6A, Region 1 triumph.

DECLYN MORGAN, WINSTON COUNTY: Ran 18 times for 128 yards and three touchdowns and passed for 64 yards in a 38-14 victory over Carbon Hill.

NOAH SPRAYBERRY, HOKES BLUFF: Scored all three of the Eagles’ touchdowns in a 21-14 Class 3A, Region 6 win over Glencoe. He finished with 106 yards on 19 carries.

PASSING
ELI KENDRICK, ISABELLA: Completed 11-of-14 passes for 343 yards and five touchdowns in the Mustangs’ 59-30 win over Chilton County rival Thorsby in Class 2A, Region 4. He also rushed for 27 yards and a 20-yard TD to give him 370 total yards. His TD passes included two long-distance tosses to Zac Chapman in the second quarter covering 70 and 81 yards, a TD tosses of 24 and 50-yard pass to DreVon Lee, both coming in the first half.

REECE TYNES, FOLEY: Finished 26-of-42 passing for 334 yards and six touchdowns as Foley edged Mary Montgomery 43-42 in overtime in Class 7A, Region 1.

CADEN CREEL, FAIRHOPE: Was 20-of-30 passing for 324 yards and two touchdowns in Fairhope’s 43-39 victory over Choctawhatchee (FL). He also ran for 114 yards and a TD on 14 carries to finish with 438 total yards.

LANDON JONES, BILLINGSLEY: Led the Bears to a 42-6 win over Calhoun in Class 1A, Region 4 completing 18-of-23 passes for 304 yards and three touchdowns. He also rushed nine times for 47 yards and a fourth score.

TRACE THOMPSON, ETOWAH: Threw for 305 yards and five touchdowns, all in the first half, in the Blue Devils’ 42-0 Class 4A, Region 6 victory over Ashville.

PARKER ADAMS, CHARLES HENDERSON: Completed 17-of-24 passes for 302 yards and three touchdowns in a 34-18 win over Greenville in Class 5A, Region 2.

MASON COLEY, WESTBROOK CHRISTIAN: Was 18-of-25 passing for 283 yards and three touchdowns in a 35-13 Class 3A, Region 6 victory over Ohatchee. He also rushed for 59 yards on 15 carries.

ZACH SIMS, THOMPSON: Passed for 275 yards on a 17-of-22 performance with three touchdowns in a 34-14 Class 7A, Region 3 victory over Vestavia Hills for the defending Class 7A state champion Warriors’ first win of the season.

MATTHEW COLEMAN, HALEYVILLE: Passed for 258 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 84 yards and two scores as the Lions beat Cordova 45-41 in Class 4A, Region 5.

CARTER DOTSON, CHELSEA: Was 16-of-21 passing for 238 yards and three touchdowns in a 42-41 loss to Tuscaloosa County in Class 7A, Region 3.

BRYSON HUGHES, G.W. LONG: Was 12-of-19 passing for 248 yards and five touchdowns in the Rebel’ 42-7 Class 2A, Region 2 win over Samson. His TD passes covered 25, 21, 5, 38 and 13 yards.

ANDREW HUNTER, RANDOLPH: Completed 9-of-15 passes for 235 yards and four touchdowns and ran for 59 yards and a TD in a 55-0 win over St. John Paul II in Class 4A, Region 8.

IAN SENN, ARITON: Passed 17 times completing 12 for 234 yards and two touchdowns as the Purple Cats beat Geneva County 43-14 in Class 2A, Region 2. He also rushed for 66 yards to finish with 300 total yards on the night.

BEN ELLENBERG, DANVILLE: Was 10-of-19 passing for 245 yards and three touchdowns, including an 11-yard TD pass in overtime as the Hawks beat Susan Moore 35-28 in Class 3A, Region 7.

JOHN COLVIN, MOUNTAIN BROOK: Passed for 225 yards and four touchdowns on a 9-of-15 passing effort to pace  the Spartans (3-0) to a 49-14 win over previously unbeaten Minor (2-1) in Class 6A, Region 5.

BRAXTON KING, MONTEVALLO: Was 11-of-15 passing for 220 yards and three touchdowns in the Bulldogs’ 33-18 win over Hale County in Class 4A, Region 3.

TYLER NELSON, GARDENDALE: Accounted for five touchdowns (three passing and two rushing) as the Rockets (2-1) beat Mortimer Jordan 63-21 in Class 6A, Region 6. He was 8-of-10 passing for 211 yards and had six rush attempts for 107 yards – finishing with 318 total yards.

K.J. JACKSON, SAINT JAMES: Finished 9-of-10 passing for 208 yards and three touchdowns as the Trojans used just 30 offensive snaps to win 34-0 over Prattville Christian. Clint Houser hauled in two TDs with catches of 7 and 53 yards, and Ziggy Holloway had a 59-yard TD reception.

WOODS RAY, HOMEWOOD: Led the Patriots to a 25-15 win over previously unbeaten Helena with a 13-of-19 passing effort for 203 yards. He also had 18 carries for 104 rushing yards in the Class 6A, Region 3 win.

GRIFFIN FOWLER, HAZEL GREEN: Connected on 12-of-16 pass attempts for 201 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 62 yards and a TD on 10 carries in a 25-6 Class 6A, Region 8 win over Lee-Huntsville.

FLEMING HALL, TRINITY PREBYTERIAN: Connected on 11-of-18 passes for 184 yards and three touchdowns in the Wildcats’ 51-30 win over Southside-Selma in Class 3A, Region 3.

CHRISTIAN JOHNSON, CARVER-MONTGOMERY: Completed 16-of-23 passes for 182 yards and  four touchdowns in a 31-0 Class 6A, Region 2win over Park Crossing.

JAXON WILLIAMS, HEADLAND: Was 8-of-19 passing for 178 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 106 yards and another TD to finish with 284 total yards in the Rams’ 35-20 setback to Eufaula in Class 5A, Region 2.

CADEN BURNETT, FALKVILLE: Was 11-of-16 passing for 178 yards and two touchdowns in a 32-7 Class 2A, Region 8 win over Sheffield. He also rushed for 75 yards on eight carries and score one TD.

GRAY JENNINGS, OPP: Was 7-of-10 passing for 141 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for 54 yards and a fourth TD as the Bobcats downed Northside Methodist 40-10 in Class 3A, Region 2.

HAYES HUNT, ALABAMA CHRISTIAN: Was 6-of-8 passing for 159 yards and four touchdowns in just 14 minutes of play to lead the Class 3A Eagles past Class 1A Lynn 64-26. His TD tosses were 30, 43, 47 and 18 yards.

MASON HOLCOMB, PISGAH: Passed for three touchdowns and rushed for one in a 41-14 Class 2A, Region 7 win over Sand Rock. He finished 5-of-9 passing for 110 yards.

NEVIN ELKINS, PHILLIPS: Led the Bears to a 41-6 Class 1A, Region 8 win over Shoals Christian completing 8-of-10 passes for 104 yards and three TDs and rushing for 84 yards and another score on seven carries.

PASS RECEIVING
ERIK ATKINS, HOLTVILLE: Made three catches for 93 yards and three touchdowns as the Bulldogs (2-1) beat Shelby County 34-13 in Class 5A, Region 3.

OMAREON FINCH, ETOWAH: Had eight catches for 215 yards and four touchdowns as the Blue Devils beat Ashville 42-6.

DREVON LEE, ISABELLA: Had five catches for 161 yards and two TDs in the Mustangs’ 50-30 win over Thorsby in Class 2A, Region 4. Teammate Zac Chapman had three catches for 157 yards and two scores and rushed for 83 yards for 240 total yards.

LANDON TYLER, ARITON: Caught four passes for 155 yards and two TDs covering 34 and 59 yards in Ariton’s Class 2A, Region 2 43-14 win over Geneva County.

DEUCE OLIVER, THOMPSON: Had five catches for 100 yards and two touchdowns in the Warriors’ 34-14 win over Vestavia Hills in Class 7A, Region 3.

DEFENSE
FRISCO ROBERTSON, WADLEY: Intercepted three passes to lead the Bulldogs’ strong defensive effort in a 8-0 Class 1A, Region 6 win over Spring Garden.

COLBY BALLARD, OPP: Had 15 tackles, including two sacks, and teammate Robbie Gafford blocked a punt in addition to his eight tackles in a 40-10 win over Northside Methodist in Class 3A, Region 2.

PATRICK LAWLER, ARAB: Had a hand in 13 tackles as Arab beat Douglas in Class 5A, Region 7 40-6.

GREY REEBALS, BRIARWOOD CHRISTIAN: Managed seven tackles, including a sack and tackle-for-loss, forcing a fumble, blocked a kick and had four quarterback pressures in the Lions’ 36-29 Class 6A, Region 3 over previously unbeaten Chilton County.
ZACK UNDERWOOD, MONTGOMERY CATHOLIC: Had 12 tackles, including three quarterback sacks and three other stops for losses, in a 56-14 win over B.T. Washington.

HARRISON JOHNSTON, TRINITY PRESBYTERIAN: Totaled 12 tackles, including two for losses, in the Wildcats’ 51-30 Class 3A, Region 3win over Southside-Selma. Teammate Webber McClinton added two interceptions and five tackles.

LUCAS McDANIEL, SAND ROCK: Led the Wildcats with 11.5 tackles in a 41-14 loss to Pisgah.

CONNER HACKETT, HOLTVILLE: Had 11 tackles in a 34-13 Class 5A, Region 3 win over Shelby County. Teammate Kaige Ferguson also had two picks in the win.

COLE SHAW, HEADLAND: Totaled 10 tackles and an interception on defense in the Rams’ 35-20 loss in Class 5A, Region 2 to Eufaula. Teammate Conner Cook also had 10 tackles and recovered a fumble.

ELIHUS McGRIFF, COTTONWOOD: Managed 10 tackles and a quarterback sack, and teammate C.J. Carroll also had 10 tackles plus an interception as the Bears downed Abbeville 40-20 in Class 2A, Region 2.

TYRELL AVERHART, HEWITT-TRUSSVILLE: Had 10 tackles, including two sacks and four tackles-for-loss, in the Huskies’ 48-14 Class 7A, Region 3 win over Oak Mountain.

WILL HARDIN, MONTGOMERY ACADEMY: Recorded 10 tackles and a fumble recovery in the Eagles’ 34-0 Class 4A, Region 2 win.

D.J. BARBER, CLAY-CHALKVILLE: Had seven tackles and a 38-yard interception return for a TD, all in the first half, as the unbeaten and defending Class 6A state champion Cougars (3-0) won their 18th straight game with a 58-0 Region 6 win over Pell City.

MICHAEL TOWNER, VIGOR: Totaled eight tackles, including two sacks and three other stops for loss, in the Class 5A Wolves’ 33-6 in over Region 1 foe Citronelle. He also scored on a 1-yard run.

CONNOR BATES, SPRING GARDEN: Recovered a fumble and had seven tackles in the Panthers’ 9-0 loss in a defensive battle to Wadley.

JACKSON VEASEY, GADSDEN CITY: Had 3.5 tackles for losses and finished with seven stops overall in the Titans’ 31-7 win over Class 6A, Region 8 foe Buckhorn.

SPECIAL TEAMS
MICAH TURNER, STRAUGHN: Blocked two punts to set up two scores as special teams play set up 27 points in the Tigers to a 45-12 Class 3A, Region 2 win over Daleville. He also had seven tackles, forced, and recovered a fumble and made two receptions on offense for 65 yards and a TD.  Mack McIntyre had a 60-yard kickoff return for a touchdown and Brenden Bartholomew kicked a 35-yard field goal and all six extra-point kicks. The Tigers also recovered a fumble on a kickoff during the game.

JAXON STUTTS, WEST MORGAN: The senior linebacker blocked a pair of punts that resulted in touchdowns in West Morgan’s 53-7 Class 4A, Region 7 win over Brooks.

JARIUS HOUSTON, BLOUNT: Returned a pair of punts 68 and 70 yards for touchdowns as the Leopards beat Robertsdale 42-24 in Class 6A, Region 1. He also had eight rush attempts for 71 yards in the win.

RUBEN GUEVARA, AUSTIN: Kicked a game-winning 34-yard field goal in overtime to propel Austin past Sparkman 24-21 in its Class 7A, Region 8 opener.

KADE BROWNING, CEDAR BLUFF: Returned a kickoff 75 yards for touchdown and finished with 221 all-purpose yards in a 48-20 win over Woodville. He rushed for 71 yards on eight carries, and had a 47-yard pass reception from quarterback Bucky Leek to finish with three touchdowns.

BROCK BALDRIDGE, WADLEY: Connected on a 26-yard field goal with 3:49 remaining in the first quarter to give the Bulldogs the lead for good en route to a 9-0 win over Spring Garden.

TERRY DAVIS, OPP: Returned a kickoff 80 yards for a touchdown and added 46 yards rushing on eight carries in Opp’s 40-10 win over Northside Methodist in 3A, Region 2.

CHRISTIAN WILLIAMS, COTTONWOOD: Raced 82 yards for a touchdown on a kickoff return for Cottonwood in a 40-20 Class 2A, Region 2win over Abbeville.

BRAXTON MIMS, ISABELLA: Had a 70-yard kickoff return for a touchdown and a 3-yard TD run in the fourth quarter to help the Mustangs beat Thorsby 50-30.

JABARI POELLNITZ, JACKSON-OLIN: Returned a punt 75 yards for a touchdown, caught a 25-yard touchdown pass, and intercepted a pass in the end zone to lead the Mustangs to a 27-7 win over Birmingham city rival Parker in Class 6A, Region 5.

CHRIS PEARSON, ORANGE BEACH: Blocked a field goal try, picked it up and ran it in for a touchdown in the Makos’ 31-14 Class 4A, Region 1 over Jackson. He rushed for 72 yards and two TDs on nine carries on offense and finished with five tackles and a sack on defense.

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