Coosa Central & Childersburg Close Out Regular Season in State-Record Style
MONTGOMERY – Coosa Central High School went into its final game of the regular season needing a win over Childersburg to keep its slim playoff hopes alive. Childersburg was hoping to close out its season with a win and a two-game winning streak.
In the end, the two teams walked off the field after final handshakes with a state record for scoring in a single game and in a single quarter as Childersburg captured an 82-64 win and the AHSAA Prep Spotlight for Week 10 of the 2016 football season.
The combined 146 points set a new AHSAA single-game state record – as did the 72 points scored in the final quarter. The record previous record, 139 points, was set in 2003 when Parrish downed Hubbertville 81-58. That record erased a the previous record (136) set by Slocomb and Houston County 72 years earlier in a 124-12 Red Tops win in 1931.
Coach Jonathan Beverly’s winning Tigers scored 44 points in the final quarter and Coach Barry Simmons’ Cougars had 28 – a total of nine TDs in the final 12 minutes.
Alexander City Outlook sports editor Cathy Higgins had the daunting task of keeping up with the game statistics. She had Coosa Central quarterback Raymond Graham with 267 yards rushing, 162 yards passing and a combined hand in seven of the Cougars’ touchdowns.
Childersburg quarterback Jelan Kidd was just as prolific with four rushing touchdowns and three TDs passing.
The game was tied at 8-8 after one quarter. Coosa Central led 30-24 at the half but trailed 38-36 heading into the wildest fourth-quarter scoring spree in state history to close out the contest. Takairee Kenabrew also had three touchdowns for the Tigers, and Jaterious Hill and Jevon McKinney had two each receiving for the Cougars. Maurice Bennett intercepted a Coosa Central pass with 5:58 to play and ran it in for a touchdown for the only non-offensive TD of the night. Childersburg was successful on eight 2-point tries.
The scoring assault edged out five amazing individual performances by Falkville running back Caleb Vinson, Walker wide receiver Isiah Cox, Midfield quarterback Anthony Brown, Carbon Hill quarterback Jon Michael Madison and Sumiton Christian defensive back Tommy Woodall that etched their names in the AHSAA record book.
Vinson had 32 rush attempts in a 53-34 win over Vinemont accounting for 287 yards rushing and seven rushing touchdowns. The seven rushing TDs rank him tied for second behind Sylacauga running back Golinsky Smith’s eight rushing TDs in a 1997 win over Chelsea. Vinson, who had scoring runs of 9, 38, 1, 45, 5, 41 and 4 yards and two two-point conversions for a total of 46 points ranking him 7th behind record holder Tommy Haley Ricks of Hubbertville’ 58 points scored in a 76-52 win over Vina in 2008.
Walker’s senior receiver Cox became just the fourth player in AHSAA history to total more than 300 pass receiving yards in a single game. He had eight catches for 303 yards and three TDs (83, 55, 73 yards) as the Vikings beat Dora 55-7. He played just one series in the second half. He finished his senior year with 983 receiving yards and all 13 TD passes Walker managed in 2016.
Chris Simpson of LaFayette set the AHSAA single-game receiving record (412 yards) in a win over Alabama Christian in 2000. He had 20 catches in that performance. Brandon Greer of Westbrook Christian had 311 yards vs. Donoho in 1998 and Stevie Woods of Dora 303 yards receiving versus Oak Grove in 2010.
Midfield’s Brown was 21-of-30 passing for 392 yards and seven touchdowns in a 48-47 win over New Hope last week. Madison was 19-of-28 passing for 403 yards and four scores in a 70-46 loss to Curry, and Woodall made four interceptions in Sumiton Christian’s 42-20 win over Marion County. Brown’s seven TD passes tied for third all-time. The 400-yard passing performance by Madison ranks 42nd in the AHSAA and the four picks by Woodall ties him for second behind four players who share the state record (5).
UMS-WRIGHT PROGRAM JOINS 600 CLUB: Coach Terry Curtis’ Bulldogs closed the regular season with a 28-7 win over defending Class 5A state champion St. Paul’s Episcopal – a win made even more memorable because it was the 600th varsity football victory in the Mobile school’s storied history. In 112 seasons dating back to 1905, UMS is now 600-418-16.
SCOTTSBORO QB TIES PAT TRAMMELL: Sophomore QB Bo Nix completed 7-of-11 passes for 102 yards and one touchdown and rushed 13 times for 155 yards and two scores as the Wildcats (10-0) closed the regular season beating Madison County 52-25. His TD pass was the 40thof his prep career tying him with former Wildcats QB Pat Trammell, a 1958 senior who had 40 in his during his prep career. Nix heads into the state playoffs with 85 straight pass attempts without an interception.
PIEDMONT’S HAYES GOES OVER 3,000 YARDS: Senior quarterback Taylor Hayes rushed for 60 yards in the first half as defending Class 3A state champion Piedmont downed Oneonta 45-9 for their 20th straight win. In the process Hayes went over 3,000 career rushing yards for Coach Steve Smith’s Bulldogs on his 7-yard TD run in the first half. He also completed 10-of-17 passes for 112 yards.
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THOMAS JOHNSTON, SPANISH FORT: Had 20 tackles, including two for loss, as the Toros beat LeFlore 25-6 to clinch runner-up in Class 6A, Region 1. He was one of the linebackers selected to the 40-man roster of the Alabama All-Star Team. The all-stars will play Mississippi in the 30th annual Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Classic on Dec. 10 at Cramton Bowl.
DEVIN KIMBROUGH, SPARKMAN: Completed 29-of-41 passes for 394 yards and five touchdowns and ran for 140 yards and a score on 20 carries in a 59-41 loss at Decatur. He also converted a 2-point conversion pass.
DALEN MORRIS, MADISON COUNTY: Was 12-of-22 passing for 303 yards and four touchdowns (49, 26, 22 and 6 yards) in a 52-25 loss to Scottsboro.
JEREMIAH HARRIS, ABBEVILLE: Accounted for 360 yards and five touchdowns in the Yellow Jackets’ 46-34 win over Headland. Harris completed 12-of-16 passes for 170 yards and three scores (29, 6 and 19 yards) and also gained 190 yards rushing on 18 carries with two touchdowns (62 and 12 yards).
BUBBA THOMPSON, McGILL-TOOLEN CATHOLIC: Connected on 18-of-19 passes for 253 yards and three touchdowns in the Yellow Jackets’ victory over Fairhope. McGill-Toolen is now 10-0 heading into the 7A state playoffs.
SCOTT McALPINE, HALEYVILLE: The sophomore quarterback passed for 266 yards and four touchdowns (18, 12, 35 and 37 yards) as the Lions (9-1) closed out the regular season with a 55-27 win over Central-Florence.
GRANT JONES, COLLINSVILLE: Completed 16-of-27 pass attempts for 252 yards and three touchdowns as the Panthers rallied past Valley Head for a 28-20 victory.
LANDON CORNUTT, ASHVILLE: Was 12-of-16 passing for 205 yards and two touchdowns and rushed 13 times for 62 yards and another score in the Bulldogs’ 35-28 win over West End. He also had an interception on defense that led to the winning score.
PRESTON HERRING, ARITON: Completed 11-of-15 passes for 191 yards with two touchdowns and added 40 yards rushing one touchdown Ariton’s 35-26 win over Red Level.
JACK WEST, SARALAND: Completed 11-of-14 passes for 179 yards and three touchdowns as Saraland beat B.C. Rain 62-26 to clinch a playoff berth in Class 6A, Region 1. West also scored a rushing TD.
JACKSON HOLLADAY, BUCKHORN: Completed 14-of-21 passes for 197 yards and three scores (43, 8 and 27 yards), and threw a 2-point pass in a 42-23 win at North Jackson.
JORDAN SEYMOUR, HAZEL GREEN: Completed 13-of-26 passes for 191 yards and four touchdowns (41, 37, 31 and 7 yards) in a 30-28 victory over Oak Mountain.
MALIK SMITH, SHEFFIELD: The quarterback hooked up with receiver Donavon Goodwin for three touchdown passes and ran for another as Sheffield beat R.A. Hubbard 57-8.
JONATE COTTON, NEW HOPE: Rushed for 285 yards and five touchdowns (64, 31, 18, 16 and 4 yards) in a 48-4 loss at Midfield.
ZALON REYNOLDS, CHELSEA: Had 22 rush attempts for 272 yards and a TD as Chelsea downed Cullman 45-38.
SAMMY LATHAM, SUMITON CHRISTIAN: Piled up 238 yards rushing on 21 carries and scored three touchdowns in a 42-20 win over Marion County.
BRADEN CARVER, SAND ROCK: Rushed for 252 yards and four touchdowns (75, 1, 6, 40 yards) on 18 carries as the Wildcats beat Cedar Bluff 45-7.
HENNIS WASHINGTON, OPP: Rushed for 245 yards on just 14 carries and two touchdowns in the Bobcats’ 43-24 win over Elba.
D’ARIE JOHN, SPAIN PARK: Rushed for 232 yards and two TDs covering 60 and 31 yards as Spain Park beat Minor 52-42 to hand the Tigers their first loss of the season.
ZACK ALFORD, GOSHEN: Rushed for 201 yards with two touchdowns and added a 68-yard touchdown reception in a 26-12 win over Brantley.
LANDON LAWSON, GAYLESVILLE: Ran for 231 yards on 28 carries and scored three touchdowns to lead the Trojans to a 42-6 victory over Alabama School for the Deaf.
KOBI McCOY, COLBERT COUNTY: Rushed for 221 yards and four touchdowns as Colbert County beat Russellville 41-21. McCoy, who went over the 1,500-yard mark in rushing yards for the season, scored on runs of 34, 8, 38 and 4 yards on 18 carries.
CHADARIUS TOWNSEND, TANNER: Rushed 11 times for 195 yards four touchdowns (6, 68, 54 and 16 yards), completed 3-of-5 passes for 65 yards, recovered a blocked punt and broke up two passes in a 35-14 win over East Limestone.
DERRICK MOORE, FULTONDALE: Ran for 218 yards on 28 carries and scored one TD in Fultondale’s 16-12 loss to Montevallo.
RYAN WARREN, DALEVILLE: Had 10 carries for 209 yards and four touchdowns as the War Hawks beat Cottonwood 48-1.
DEKARLOS BILLINGSLEY, SCOTTSBORO: The senior running back rushed 17 times for 204 yards and three touchdowns and returned a kickoff 75 yards for a touchdown as the Wildcats finished the regular season 10-0 with a 52-25 win over Madison County. It was the sixth undefeated season in SHS history dating back to the first one in 1932 (7-0-1). Other unbeaten regular seasons include 1960, 1965, 1995 and 1996.
GARRETT SANDERS, G.W. LONG: Rushed for 189 yards and three touchdowns, kicked a 37-yard field goal and two extra-point kicks, had an interception return of 39 yards to set up one score and punted three times for a 40-yard average in the Rebels’ 23-21 win over Pike County.
JUNIOR SUMMERHILL, CENTRAL-FLORENCE: Rushed for 188 yards and three touchdowns on 15 carries in a 55-27 loss to Haleyville. Summerhill’s TD runs were 80, 3 and 34 yards.
HAYDEN HIBBETT, MARS HILL BIBLE: Rushed for 140 yards and three touchdowns, caught two passes for 57 yards and intercepted two passes, one he returned 90 yards for another score as Mars Hill Bible downed Shoals Christian 64-0.
MAURICE ROBINSON, MURPHY: Gained 162 yards rushing on 23 carries, threw two touchdowns and ran for two more to lead the Panthers past Vigor 28-14 on Thursday night.
DREW VAUGHN, SARDIS: Rushed for 147 yards and two touchdowns on nine carries and caught a TD pass in the Lions’ 48-7 win over Boaz.
CARLOS DAVIS, MUSCLE SHOALS: Rushed for 157 yards and two TDs on run of 50 and 15 yards in a 35-7 win over Deshler.
DAKOTA LAMBERT, SPRING GARDEN: Turned in an all-around performance in the Panthers’ 36-27 victory over Pleasant Valley posting 134 rushing yards and a 5-yard touchdown on 17 carries, three pass receptions for 53 yards and a 10-yard score, and two interceptions on defense. Teammate Ben Ivey added 147 rushing yards and a touchdown on 22 carries and also completed 3-of-5 pass attempts for 53 yards and a score.
MICHAEL CAMPBELL, T.R. MILLER: Sparked the Tigers to a 35-6 win over rival W.S. Neal in the Battle of Murder Creek by rushing for 174 yards and four touchdowns.
CARSON McGINNIS, CARBON HILL: Caught eight passes for 225 yards and a pair of touchdowns in the Bulldogs’ 70-46 loss to Curry.
ANDRE LITTLE, WEST END: Caught nine passes for 145 yards and returned a kickoff 80 yards for a touchdown in the Patriots’ 35-28 loss to Ashville.
JOHN RIEHL, DECATUR: Snagged 10 pass receptions for 185 yards and three touchdowns in Decatur’s 59-41 win over Sparkman.
KOLBI FUQUA, CORDOVA: Hauled in 12 passes for 165 yards and a touchdown while adding 11 tackles, an interception, two pass deflections and a blocked field goal on defense as the Blue Devils beat Munford 22-13.
TESHAWN BROWN, MONTEVALLO: Made 11 catches for 123 yards and a TD in a 16-12 win over Fultondale.
PIERCE PORTER, NORTH SAND MOUNTAIN: Made three receptions, all for TDs covering 51, 16 and 61 yards (128 total yards) and also picked off a pass on defense in a 21-20 loss at Lexington. The two teams play again this week in the first round of the Class 3A state playoffs.
CHRIS SULLIVAN, THEODORE: Had 169 yards receiving and four total touchdowns as in a 35-10 Bobcats victory over Foley.
HUNTER HUCKBAY, ASHVILLE: Caught eight passes for 118 yards and two touchdowns in the Bulldogs’ 35-28 win over West End.
TYE LINDSEY, OPP: Caught three passes for 107 yards with one touchdown, added a 65-yard kickoff for another touchdown and had a 2-yard touchdown run in the Bobcats’ 43-24 win over Elba.
DAVION COBBS, ABBEVILLE: Had 22 tackles, including three for losses in the Yellow Jackets’ 46-34 win over Headland.
JUSTIN ROBERTS, CITRONELLE: Recorded 17 tackles, including three for a loss, and blocked a PAT attempt as the Wildcats beat Washington County 37-33.
AUSTIN STORDAHL, GAYLESVILLE: Caused two fumbles and recovered another in the Trojans’ 42-6 win over Alabama School for the Deaf. He also rushed for 66 yards on nine carries with a touchdown.
AMIER GREEN, HUFFMAN: Had 10 tackles and two sacks in the Vikings’ 16-3 win over Bessemer City.
ANTARIUS MITCHELL, HOMEWOOD: Returned a blocked field goal 90 yards and a touchdown and intercepted a pass as Homewood defeated Paul Bryant 41-14.
ADAM NEWTON, SLOCOMB: Had two of the four interceptions made by the Red Tops defense and returned one 70 yards for a touchdown as Slocomb beat Geneva County 28-6.
TYLER PRESLEY, DALEVILLE: Snagged two interceptions in Daleville’s 48-21 win over Cottonwood.
JUSTIN TINDLE, SATSUMA: Had a 75-yard kickoff return for a touchdown with 1:04 left in the game gave Satsuma a 34-30 win over Chickasaw.
AVERY MOATES, WILSON: Kicked a 42-yard field goal, hauled in a 55-yard TD pass and kicked two extra points – the last one coming in overtime as Wilson beat Randolph 17-16.
FISHER SIMMONS, HOKES BLUFF: Returned a punt 53 yards for a touchdown and covered a fumbled punt that led to another score as the Eagles defeated Westbrook Christian 55-20.
SAMARIO RUDOLPH, COTTAGE HILL CHRISTIAN: Returned a kickoff 80 yards for a touchdown with 20 seconds left in the fourth quarter in a 41-35 win over St. Luke’s Episcopal. He also had four receptions for 93 yards and six tackles and an interception on defense.
BAILEY POTTER, SCOTTSBORO: Senior place-kicker Bailey Potter was 7-for-7 on extra points and kicked a 34-yard field goal in the Wildcats’ 52-25 win over Madison County. He is now 63-of-65 on extra-point attempts for the season with currently 39 in a row.
CARDAVION MYERS, PIEDMONT: Scored on an 83-yard kickoff return and also had a 57-yard TD on his first rush attempt in the second half in a 45-9 win over Oneonta.