Sports Medicine

Wallace State – Cullman Area Career Awareness Fair 2017


Wallace State Community College and Cullman Area Chamber of Commerce invited 8th Grade Students from across the Greater Cullman area to come explore hands-on a variety of careers and professions at the Cullman Area Career Awareness Fair on November 7, 2017. Almost 1,000 students attended the event held at Wallace State in Hanceville, Alabama.

Cullman Career Awareness Fair

Sharing their passion for athletic training and rehabilitation are Encore Rehabilitation Athletic Trainers l-r: Gage Brewer; Dewayne Fortenberry; Adrianne Borland; and Jessica Burnetti with Occupational Therapy Assistant Leslie Perry. Also representing Encore Rehabilitation at the event were Adrian Dickerson and Bo Shirey.

Encore Rehabilitation, Inc. was proud to share the fields of Athletic Training-Sports Medicine, Physical Therapy, and Occupational Therapy. Encore Rehabilitation Athletic Trainers worked with students to teach the proper way to place an individual onto a spine board when there is a suspected neck or spine injury. The Athletic Trainers also  discussed the need for taping in sports and activities to provide greater stability and prevent injury and some students received a taping to their ankle. Therapists were on hand to share how physical therapy and occupational therapy can help individuals recovering from an accident, injury or illness.

Best of success to all of the students in attendance!


Diamondhead Athlete of the Month, Brooke Fagan.


Congratulations to the Diamondhead Athlete of the Month, Brooke Fagan! Brooke is a junior multi-sport athlete at Hancock High School in Kiln, MS. She has been a member of the Lady Hawks Softball and Volleyball teams for 5 years now and wears jersey #9 and #10 respectively. Brooke has quite a few impressive awards from her 5 year sports career- the 2015 South State MVP in volleyball and was a member of the 2015 All-State Volleyball team. She also has a 3.5 GPA and plans to play softball in college and major in sports medicine. She is the daughter of John and Jennifer Fagan.

AHSAA Prep Spotlight Week 3 of Playoffs


*Wenonah’s Rogers Passes for 341 Yards, 4 TDs for the Dragons to Advance to Semifinals for First Time.*

MONTGOMERY – Wenonah High School junior quarterback Carlos Rogers picked a perfect time to shine.
The 6-foot, 180-pound signal caller led the Dragons of Coach Ronald Cheatham to a 49-21 win over previously unbeaten Scottsboro (12-1) last week to advance to the Class 5A semifinals of the AHSAA’s 61st annual state football playoffs. Rogers was 10-of-17 passing for 341 yards and four touchdowns and rushed for two more scores to grab the AHSAA Prep Playoff Spotlight for the quarterfinals.
Wenonah (10-2) travels to Briarwood Christian (12-1) Friday with the winner securing a spot in the 2016 Super 7 State Finals at Auburn’s Jordan-Hare Stadium Dec. 1.
Hoover (11-2) and defending champion McGill-Toolen Catholic (13-0) clinched Class 7A championship game berths last week and will open the Super 7 Wednesday, Nov. 30, at 7 p.m. in the first of seven state championship clashes.  Lee County and Vestavia Hills will play first at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday in the third annual AHSAA Special Olympics Alabama Unified Game.
Senior wide receiver Demond Brown caught four of Rogers’ completions for 101 yards and three TDs, and senior running back Telvin Miller gained 173 yards on 30 rush attempts while scoring one TD.
“All week Coach said we were playing a good team that hasn’t been beaten,” Rogers told reporter Anton Williams. “So when we got the ball, we just wanted to score on every possession.  Through the week (Coach Cheatham) told us we could (win).”
Wenonah finished with 537 total yards, did not punt and did not commit a turnover. Rogers’ touchdown passes covered 22, 24 and 26 yards to Brown, and 31 yards to Anthony Hudson. Rogers sneaked in from the 1 on both his scores. The Dragons’ defense did the rest limiting Scottsboro’s strong offense to just 29 yards passing. Senior DeKarlos Billingsley led the Wildcats of Coach Pat Nix with 179 yards rushing on 27 carries and scored three TDs on runs of 63, 15 and 4 yards.
The trip to the football semifinals is the first in Wenonah school history. Cheatham, 158-128 in 28 seasons as head coach, led the Dragons to a 6-1 record and second-place finish in Region 5 this season. Briarwood won the region title beating Wenonah 15-14 at Wenonah in the regular season to finish 7-0.
The Lions, coached by Fred Yancey, beat Mortimer Jordan 15-0 last week to advance to the semis for the first time since 2011. Yancey, 255-90 in 27 seasons at Briarwood and 296-110-1 overall, guided his team to state 3A titles in 1998 and 1999 and the 5A crown in 2003. Briarwood has finished runner-up three times (2004, 22007 and most recently (2010).
Rogers’ Spotlight performance edged out two strong efforts by Kadarius Toney of Blount and Garrett Sanders of G.W. Long. Toney, a University of Florida commitment and member of the Alabama All-Stars set to play Mississippi in the 30th meeting of the Classic Dec. 10, passed for 493 yards and five touchdowns and ran for 108 yards and two more scores as Blount fell 54-51 to Park Crossing in the 6A quarterfinals. His 601 total yards ranks second behind AHSAA state record-holder Jack Poundstone’s 614 yards for Trinity Presbyterian against Cordova in the 2008 state playoffs. The 493 yards passing is 10th best in AHSAA history.
Sanders accounted for 338 all-purpose yards and scored six touchdowns – four different ways –as the Rebels (12-0) beat Southern Choctaw 42-14 in the Class 2A state playoffs. He rushed for 190 yards on 30 carries with three rushing touchdowns on runs of 24, 11 and 2 yards, caught a 68-yard touchdown pass fromDylan Register, returned a kickoff 80 yards for a score and raced 52 yards with an interception on defense another TD. He was also a perfect 6-of-6 on point-after kicks to account for all 42 of G.W. Long’s points.

    McKEEN BREAKS STATE RECORD: Briarwood Christian senior swimmer Sadler McKeen swam a 4:27.05 in the 500-yard style race at the AHSAA Central Sectional meet at Birmingham’s CrossPlex to break the AHSAA state record (4:27.36) set in 2013 by Spain Park’s Will Freeman. Freeman is now a sophomore at Alabama.
The record set by McKeen, the only senior on the Lions’ team, was the first set in the AHSAA Sectional in state history. All previous records were set in the state meet. It was also the first to be set in the 1A-5A divisions. In previous years, all swimmers competed in the same division.
BUBBA THOMPSON, McGILL-TOOLEN CATHOLIC: The senior quarterback passed for 366 yards and four TDs and also scored the go-ahead TD as the defending state champion Yellow Jackets (13-0) advanced to the Super 7 Class 7A state finals for the second year in a row with a 35-21 win over Central-Phenix City. Thompson is one of two quarterbacks selected for the 30th annual Alabama-Mississippi All-Star football game at Cramton Bowl, Dec. 10.
MARLON WILLIAMS, McGILL-TOOLEN CATHOLIC: Had seven catches for 141 yards and two scores in McGill’s semifinal win over Central-Phenix City. His 59-yard TD reception sealed the victory late in the fourth quarter. Like Thompson, he is also a member of the Alabama All-Star Team set to play Mississippi’s all-stars Dec. 10.
CHADARIUS TOWNSEND, TANNER: Was 11-of-20 passing for 294 yards and four touchdowns in a 48-42 Class 2A loss to Lanett. Townsend was selected as a defensive back for the Alabama All-Stars.

Other top performances reported included:

LA’DAMIAN WEBB, BEAUREGARD: Rushed for 190 yards on 22 carries and scored six touchdowns as the Hornets (11-1) moved into the Class 5A semifinals with a 56-21 win over previously unbeaten Carroll (12-1). Webb’s scoring runs covered 20, 16, 36, 3, 11 and 29 yards. He heads into Friday’s semifinal battle at Jackson with 2,581 yards rushing on 219 carries with 40 rushing touchdowns. He has 45 TDs overall.
DILAN KILPATRICK, FYFFE: Ran for 310 yards and six touchdowns on 25 carries as the undefeated Red Devils (13-0) downed LaFayette 53-20 in the Class 2A quarterfinals to hand the Bulldogs ( 12-1) their first loss.
DEQUAN CHARLESTON, LINDEN: Scored five touchdowns on just eight touches as unbeaten Linden (13-0) beat previously unbeaten Georgiana (12-1) in the Class 1A quarterfinals 52-12. Charleston rushed for 140 yards and three TDs on six carries, caught a 17-yard TD pass and returned a punt 48 yards for his fifth score. Charleston also intercepted a Panthers pass to set up one of his touchdowns.
DARRIAN MEADS, HOKES BLUFF: Rushed 26 times for 194 yards and caught a 33-yard touchdown pass as the Eagles reached the state semifinals for the first time since 2004 with a 28-21 Class 4A comeback win over Cherokee County.

LEE STANLEY, PIEDMONT: Gained 170 yards on 11 carries, including a 51-yard touchdown in the first half, AS Bulldogs (13-0) beat Weaver 52-28 in the Class 3A quarterfinals.
WELDRIN FORD, OPELIKA: Had 32 carries for 153 yards and two touchdowns as Opelika knocked off defending Class 6A state champion Spanish Fort 21-17.
ANTONIO ROBINSON, AUSTIN: Rushed for 124 yards and two touchdowns in a 27-21 Class 6A third-round win over Muscle Shoals. He also converted two key third downs to help the Black Bears (10-3) run out the clock to seal the win.
TYLER ABSTON, JACKSON: Ran for 108 yards on eight carries as Class 5A, Region 1 third seed Jackson knocked off Region 1 top seed and defending state champion St. Paul’s Episcopal 35-9 in the 5A quarterfinals. He scored on a 51-yard run and had a 40-yard gain to set up the Aggies’ first score.
DEE WILLIAMS, ELBA: Rushed for four touchdowns and 110 yards in the defending state champion Tigers’ 52-44 Class 2A loss to Aliceville.

TRE STORY, LANETT: Completed 13-of-18 passes for 287 yards and three touchdowns as the Panthers (11-2) downed Tarrant 48-42 in the Class 2A quarterfinals.
LANDON JOHNSON, HOKES BLUFF: Completed 5-of-8 passes for 91 yards and two touchdowns, including the game-winning 6-yard scoring pass to Braydon Hill early in the fourth quarter and scored a TD in a 28-21 Class 4A victory over Cherokee County. He also and made an interception on defense with 1:17 left to seal the win as the Eagles.
TYREN DUPREE, CHEROKEE COUNTY: Rushed for 98 yards on 13 carries and two touchdowns, including a 54-yard score on just the third play of the game. He also completed 5-of-10 pass attempts for 85 yards before suffering an ankle injury in the third quarter of the Warriors’ 28-21 Class 4A loss to Hokes Bluff.

C.J. YARBROUGH, TANNER: Had four catches for 132 yards and three scores as the Rattlers lost to Lanett 48-42 in the 2A playoffs.
QUARTEZ HENDERSON, CHEROKEE COUNTY: Caught five passes for 101 yards, including a 49-yard touchdown, in the Warriors’ 28-21 Class 4A loss to Hokes Bluff.

TAYLOR HAYES, PIEDMONT: Fired three touchdown passes to Austin Brazier and ran for two more scores in the Bulldogs’ 52-28 Class 3A playoff victory over Weaver. Hayes finished the game rushing for 160 yards on 16 carries.

KENDARIAN HANDY-HOLLY, JACKSON: Made two interceptions on defense and scored a rushing TD on offense in the Aggies’ 35-9 Class 5A playoff win over St. Paul’s Episcopal.

JAYSON EVANS, HOOVER: Recovered a Gadsden City fumble in the end zone for a TD right before the half to spark a 35-point rally as Hoover (11-2) downed the Titans 42-14 in the Class 7A semifinals to earn a berth in the Class 7A state finals Nov. 30.
HOLT WATSON, G.W. LONG: Intercepted two passes in the Rebels’ 42-14 Class 2A win over Southern Choctaw.

KAEDON JENKINS, PIEDMONT: Picked off a Weaver pass and returned it 89 yards for a touchdown in the Bulldogs’ 52-28 Class 3A playoff win over their Calhoun County rivals.
TROY YOUNG, MOBILE CHRISTIAN: Intercepted a pass and rushed for two first-quarter TDs as the Leopards (12-1) advanced to the 3A semifinals with a 44-12 win over Oakman.

JAKE LANE, PARK CROSSING: Booted a 41-yard field goal as time expired to lift Park Crossing (13-0) to a 54-51 win over Blount. The win sends the Thunderbirds into the Class 6A semifinals for the first time. Lane, who had four field goals on the night, 41, 24, 26 and his final 41-yard kick. It also marked the second time he has had a game-winning field goal in the last five games for Coach Smitty Grider’s team.
MAURICE GOODMAN, WEAVER: Ran back the opening kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown to put the Bearcats up 7-0 in Weaver’s 52-28 Class 3A loss at Piedmont.

DEVORIAN WILKERSON, ELBA: Returned a kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown during Elba’s 52-44 Class 2A loss to Aliceville.

17 Unbeaten Teams Advance to 2nd Round


MONTGOMERY — All seven defending state football champions and 17 unbeaten teams survived the first round of the Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) State Football Playoffs and advance to the second round of games Nov. 11. 
The games will be played on Veterans Day, and in honor of the nation’s veterans, the AHSAA is asking all host schools to have a program honoring veterans prior to the playoff contest at each stadium. Instructions have been provided to each host school to assist them in honoring the veteras during a special pre-game program. All games are set to kick off at 7 p.m.

     The seven defending state champions include Class 1A Maplesville (9-0); Class 2A Elba (8-2); Class 3A Piedmont (10-0); Class 4A Leeds (8-2); Class 5A St. Paul’s Episcopal (7-3);  Class 6A Spanish Fort (8-2); and Class 7A McGill-Toolen (10-0).
Unbeaten teams by class in the playoffs include: (Class 1A) Maplesville (10-0); Georgiana (11-0), Linden (11-0), Wadley (10-0), Addison (11-0); (Class 2A) G.W. Long (10-0); Fyffe (11-0); LaFayette (11-0); (Class 3A) Gordo (11-0); Piedmont (11-0); (Class 4A) Rogers (11-0); Class 5A: Carroll (11-0); Scottsboro (11-0); (Class 6A) Park Crossing (11-0); Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa (11-0); (Class 7A) McGill-Toolen Catholic (11-0); and Hewitt-Trussville (11-0).

Raycom Media will announce the contest to be featured next Friday on the Raycom/AHSAA Playoff Game of the Week.

Second-round pairings and first-round results:

Second-round Pairings
All games, Nov. 4, 7 p.m. unless otherwise denoted

Second-Round Pairings

Isabella (10-1) at Georgiana (11-0)
Linden (11-0) at Notasulga (7-4)
Sweet Water (8-2) at Wadley (10-0)
Brantley (7-4) at Maplesville (10-0)

Decatur Heritage (9-2) at Cedar Bluff (8-3)
Pickens County (8-3) at Sumiton Christian (9-2)
Hubbertville (9-1) at Hackleburg (9-2)
Spring Garden (10-1) at Addison (11-0)
New Brockton (7-4) at G.W. Long (10-0), Skipperville
Southern Choctaw (9-1) at Goshen (8-3)
Leroy (8-3) at Aliceville (10-1)
Elba (9-2) at Washington County (7-3), Chatom

Cleveland (8-3) at Fyffe (11-0)
Sheffield (9-2) at LaFayette (11-0)
Lanett (9-2) at West End (6-5), Walnut Grove
Sand Rock (9-2) at Tanner (8-3)

Oakman (7-4) at Hillcrest-Evergreen (5-6)
Montevallo (10-1) at Mobile Christian (10-1)
Gordo (11-0) at Wicksburg (8-3)
Pike County (9-2) at Bayside Academy (7-4), Daphne

Lexington (8-3) at Weaver (8-3)
Colbert County (9-2) at Piedmont (11-0)
Ohatchee (10-1) at Lauderdale County (7-4), Rogersville
Sylvania (8-3) at Randolph County (9-2), Wedowee

Tallassee (8-3) at Saint James (10-1), Montgomery
Andalusia (10-1) at Leeds (8-3)
Thomasville (8-2) at Bibb County (8-3), Centreville
Handley (9-2) at UMS-Wright (9-2), Mobile

North Jackson (6-4) at Hokes Bluff (7-4)
West Limestone (10-1) at Cherokee County (9-2), Centre
Rogers (11-0) at Cordova (9-2)
Fayette County (5-6) at Madison Academy (8-3)

Calera (8-3) at Carroll (11-0), Ozark
Beauregard (9-1) at Vigor (8-3), Prichard
St. Paul’s Episcopal (8-3) at Central-Clay County (9-2)
Jackson (7-3) at Lincoln (4-7)

Etowah (9-2) at Mortimer Jordan (9-2), Kimberly
Russellville (8-3) at Briarwood Christian (10-1)
Wenonah (8-2) at Brooks (9-2), Killen
Scottsboro (11-0) at Fairfield (7-4)

Park Crossing (11-0) at Bessemer City (7-4)
McAdory (8-3) at Blount (9-2), Prichard
Spanish Fort (9-2) at Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa (11-0)
Opelika (10-1) at Daphne (9-2)

Minor (10-1) at Hartselle (9-2)
Decatur (10-1) at Ramsay (9-2), Birmingham, Legion Field
Austin (8-3) at Pinson Valley (8-3)
Gardendale (8-3) at Muscle Shoals (6-5)

Enterprise (10-1) at McGill-Toolen Catholic (11-0), Mobile
Auburn (8-3) at Central-Phenix City (9-1)
James Clemens (8-3) at Hoover (9-2), Hoover Met
Gadsden City (6-5) at Hewitt-Trussville (11-0)

First-round Results

Georgiana (11-0) 28, Millry (4-7) 6
Isabella (10-1) 46, Winterboro (6-5) 6
Linden (11-0) 77, Houston County (6-5) 7
Notasulga (7-4) 37, Ragland (7-4) 36
Wadley (10-0) 50, Loachapoka (3-8) 7
Sweet Water (8-2) 47, McKenzie (7-4) 6
Maplesville (10-0) 61, Talladega County Central (4-6) 6
Brantley (7-4) 55, Marengo (6-5) 38

Cedar Bluff (8-3) 41, Berry (5-6) 20
Decatur Heritage (9-2) 35, Phillips (3-8) 8
Pickens County (8-3) 55, Coosa Christian (3-8) 7
Sumiton Christian (9-2) 49, Cherokee (5-6) 28
Hackleburg (9-2) 35, Lynn (7-4) 6
Hubbertville (9-1) 47, Woodville (5-6) 15
Addison (11-0) 63, Shoals Christian (3-8) 20
Spring Garden (10-1) 40, South Lamar (6-5) 14

G.W. Long (10-0) 54, J.U. Blacksher (5-6) 21
New Brockton (7-4) 45, Keith (6-5) 16
Southern Choctaw (9-1) 41, Abbeville (4-7) 20
Goshen (8-3) 48, Verbena (6-5) 25
Aliceville (10-1) 47, Luverne (7-4) 14
Leroy (8-3) 26, Ariton (6-5) 0
Elba (9-2) 40, R.C. Hatch (5-6) 8
Washington County (7-3) 42, Samson (6-5) 12

Fyffe (11-0) 56, Horseshoe Bend (6-5) 7
Cleveland (8-3) 41, Red Bay (8-3) 14
LaFayette (11-0) 26, Collinsville (6-5) 6
Sheffield (9-2) 27, Cold Springs (5-6) 14
West End (6-5) 41, Lamar County (6-5) 7
Lanett (9-2) 68, Gaston (6-5) 13
Tanner (8-3) 42, Sulligent (6-5) 14
Sand Rock (9-2) 20, Reeltown (6-5) 18

Hillcrest-Evergreen (5-6) 28, Opp (9-2) 25
Oakman (7-4) 21, Montgomery Academy (7-4) 0
Mobile Christian (10-1) 21, Straughn (4-6) 7
Montevallo (10-1) 45, Southside-Selma (7-4) 18
Gordo (11-0) 55, Prattville Christian (5-6) 14
Wicksburg (8-3) 34, T.R. Miller (8-3) 28
Pike County (9-2) 27, American Christian (5-6) 22
Bayside Academy (7-4) 21, Daleville (8-3) 14

Weaver (8-3) 37, Fultondale (8-3) 7
Lexington (8-3) 25, North Sand Mountain (6-5) 14
Piedmont (11-0) 55, Holly Pond (6-5) 26
Colbert County (9-2) 31, Plainview (6-5) 20
Lauderdale County (7-4) 55, Geraldine (5-6) 16
Ohatchee (10-1) 49, Locust Fork (7-4) 28
Sylvania (8-3) 42, West Morgan (7-4) 6
Randolph County (9-2) 28, J.B. Pennington (8-3) 6

Saint James (10-1) 49, Satsuma (6-5) 21
Tallassee (8-3) 29, Hale County (5-6) 26
Andalusia (10-1) 42, Alabama Christian (4-7) 24
Leeds (8-3) 19, Greensboro (5-6) 12
Bibb County (8-3) 41, Munford (6-5) 34 (OT)
Thomasville (8-2) 20, Montgomery Catholic (8-3) 6
Handley (9-2) 49, West Blocton (6-5) 7
UMS-Wright (9-2) 36, Dale County (7-4) 0

Hokes Bluff (7-4) 24, Haleyville (9-2) 8
North Jackson (6-4) 41, Wilson (8-3) 7
Cherokee County (9-2) 29, Winfield (7-4) 22
West Limestone (10-1) 28, Madison County (6-5) 26
Rogers (11-0) 42, Randolph (6-5) 6
Cordova (9-2) 46, Jacksonville (8-2) 23
Madison Academy (8-3) 51, Central-Florence (4-7) 13
Fayette County (5-6) 20, Saks (6-5) 7

Carroll (11-0) 35, Citronelle (6-5) 21
Calera (8-3) 35, Sylacauga (8-3) 34
Vigor (8-3) 47, B.T. Washington (7-4) 0
Beauregard (9-1) 41, Dallas County (6-5) 0
Central-Clay County (9-2) 56, Jemison (3-8) 14
St. Paul’s Episcopal (8-3) 45, Charles Henderson (7-4) 7
Lincoln (4-7) 27, Demopolis (7-4) 24
Jackson (7-3) 41, Eufaula (8-3) 21

Mortimer Jordan (9-2) 22, Pleasant Grove (4-7) 20
Etowah (9-2) 44, Mae Jemison (6-5) 27
Briarwood Christian (10-1) 42, Corner (7-4) 17
Russellville (8-3) 35, Guntersville (6-5) (28)
Brooks (9-2) 56, Arab (6-5) 30
Wenonah (8-2) 42, West Point (6-5) 8
Scottsboro (11-0) 38, Lawrence County (5-6) 27
Fairfield (7-4) 14, Hayden (8-3) 7

Park Crossing (11-0) 45, Saraland (6-5) 14
Bessemer City (7-4) 31, at Chelsea (8-3) 23
Blount (9-2) 15, Dothan (4-7) 7
McAdory (8-3) 24, Wetumpka (8-3) 7
Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa (11-0) 40, Benjamin Russell (3-8) 16
Spanish Fort (9-2) 23, Carver-Montgomery (5-6) 22
Opelika (10-1) 48, Paul Bryant (4-7) 12
Daphne (9-2) 24, Sidney Lanier (8-3) 6

Minor (10-1) 42, Homewood (5-6) 21
Hartselle (9-2) 21, Albertville (8-3) 7
Ramsay (9-2) 38, Clay-Chalkville (6-5) 28
Decatur (10-1) 35, Cullman (6-5) 10
Austin (8-3) 41, Pell City (6-5) 19
Pinson Valley (8-3) 31, Jackson-Olin (8-3) 5
Muscle Shoals (6-5) 31, Oxford (10-1) 17
Gardendale (8-3) 28, Hueytown (8-3) 26

McGill-Toolen Catholic (11-0) 46, Jeff Davis (5-6) 14
Enterprise (10-1) 51, Baker (6-5) 14
Central-Phenix City (9-1) 56, Murphy (6-5) 7
Auburn (8-3) 34, Davidson (9-2) 10

Hoover (9-2) 31, Bob Jones (7-4) 10
James Clemens (8-3) 21, Spain Park (8-3) 12
Hewitt-Trussville (11-0) 63, Oak Mountain (3-8) 21
Gadsden City (6-5) 15, Mountain Brook (8-3) 7



YANCEY WINS 251STFred Yancey, the head football coach at Briarwood Christian (8-1) guided the Lions to a 12-7 win over Pleasant Grove and the 5A, Region 5 title with a perfect 7-0 record – and recorded the 251st win of his outstanding career in the process. Briarwood’s 43-21 win over Shelby County the previous week placed the veteran coach in an elite group of just five active AHSAA prep football coaches with at least 250 wins. The others include: Buddy Anderson, Vestavia Hills (325-239); Danny Horn, Benjamin Russell (280-77); Terry Curtis, UMS-Wright (274-82); Dale Pruitt, Albertville (263-118).  Yancey is 251-90 in 27 seasons at Briarwood and 292-110-1 overall. He coached 41 wins out of state early in his career.
The Lions clinched a playoff berth for the 24th year in a row. Yancey’s teams have won three state championships and are 51-20 overall in playoff contests.

MARLON WILLIAMS, McGILL-TOOLEN CATHOLIC:  Williams, a Southern Cal commitment who was selected to play in the 30th annual Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Football Game at Cramton Bowl Dec. 10, had eight receptions for 156 yards and three touchdowns as defending state champion McGill-Toolen beat Theodore 43-7 to win its 18th straight game,. His TDs went for 10, 41 and 55 yards.
JUSTIN THOMAS, SPANISH FORT: The Toros linebacker had nine tackles, including three behind the line of scrimmage, as defending Class 6A state champion Spanish Fort beat B.C. Rain 31-20.  Thomas was selected as a member of the defense for the upcoming Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game.
Other top performances reported included:

SPENCER BROWN, MORTIMER JORDAN: Had 328 yards rushing and six touchdowns to help the Blue Devils beat Hayden 60-36 and claim the Class 5A, Region 6 crown. He had 220 yards and four TDs at the half.
TRAKEVON HUGHEY, REELTOWN: Gained 291 yards rushing on 16 carries and had four touchdowns in the Rebels’ 52-42 win over Fayetteville.
LANDON LAWSON, GAYLESVILLE: Ran for 277 yards on 20 carries with four touchdowns to lead the Trojans to a 50-24 victory and ended a seven-game losing streak.
DARIUS BRACY, BAKER: Had 235 yards rushing on 19 carries and scored twice as Baker beat Foley 42-14. He also completed 9-of-17 passes for 101 yards and another score to finish with 336 total yards.
DEKARLOS BILLINGSLEY, SCOTTSBORO: The senior rushed 25 times for 222 yards and four touchdowns in a 56-26 win over Etowah to give the Wildcats (9-0) the Class 5A, Region 7 championship.
DILAN KILPATRICK, FYFFE:  Rushed 19 times for 217 yards and three touchdowns in the Red Devils’ 56-14 win over Gaston. Teammate Payton Anderson added 101 yards and two scores on just four carries.
ZALON REYNOLDS, CHELSEA: Ran for 211 yards on 20 carries and had three touchdowns as the Hornets sewed up second seed in Class 6A, Region 3 with a 51-23 win over Helena.  He scored on runs of 11, 29 and 59 yards. Chelsea defeated Helena 51-23.
JEREMIAH WHITE, GENEVA COUNTY: Rushed for 203 yards and three touchdowns on 22 carries in the Bulldogs’ 48-19 win over Barbour County.
MACKENZIE HICKS, G.W. LONG: Rushed for 197 yards on just 12 carries including a 73-yard TD run in a 41-13 win over Cottonwood.
MICHAEL MATTHEWS, UMS-WRIGHT: Totaled 197 rushing yards and five touchdowns on 18 carries as the Bulldogs downed Monroe County 42-0.
REGGIE WASHINGTON, OPP: Rushed for 184 yards and three touchdowns and added a 58-yard interception return for a touchdown, helping Opp edge Daleville 32-29 and win the Class 3A, Region 2 title.
ANTONIO ROBINSON, AUSTIN: The Black Bears’ workhorse had 33 carries for 167 yards and all three touchdowns as Austin captured the Class 6A, Region 8 title with a 20-13 win over Athens.
DONTE EDWARDS, DAVIDSON: Helped the Warriors clinch the second seed in Class 7A, Region 1 with 162 yards rushing and two TDs on 14 carries as Davidson beat Murphy 41-14.
JAXTON CARSON, CENTRAL-PHENIX CITY: Ran 15 times for 160 yards with three touchdowns in the Red Devils’ 58-3 victory over Prattville High. That gave the senior running back 1,040 yards in nine games this season. The Red Devils had six different players score touchdowns in the contest while rolling up 588 total yards of offense.
BRADY SHERRILL, HALEYVILLE: The senior running back had 213 total yards and five touchdowns in Haleyville’s 38-0 win over Fayette County. He had 123 yards rushing and three scores on 14 carries and eight receptions for 90 yards and two scores.
KAINAN POUNCY, DALEVILLE: Rushed for 195 yards and two touchdowns on 25 carries in a 32-29 loss to Opp.
DAMON WILLIAMS, GADSDEN CITY: Rushed for 176 yards and three touchdowns on 13 carries as the Titans beat Huntsville 48-21. Teammate Ryan Sparks also completed 8-of-13 passes for 148 yards and three touchdowns.
BRANDON COSBY, MAE JEMISON: Had 14 carries for 177 yards and three touchdowns (64, 31 and 22 yards) in a 34-21 win over Lawrence County.
CHRISTIAN COLLINS, BOAZ: Ran for 167 yards and four touchdowns in a 42-0 win at Douglas.

JACOB FREE, BRANTLEY: Passed for 296 yards and five touchdowns on a 13-of-19 performance as Brantley sealed second seed in 1A, Region 2 with a 63-7 win over McKenzie.
MALIK CUNNINGHAM, PARK CROSSING: Was 13-of-18 passing for 243 yards and four touchdowns and tacked on 156 yards rushing and two more scores on 16 carries as the Thunderbirds downed Clay-Chalkville 56-17.
GRAYSON EDGEMON, MADISON ACADEMY: Completed 21-of-25 passes for 273 yards and four TDs in a 54-14 win over DAR.
CADE PRICE, SLOCOMB: Passed for 261 yards and three touchdowns in a 47-27 win over Straughn.

SCOTT McALPINE, HALEYVILLE: Was 16-of -28 passing for 246 yards and two touchdowns as the Lions blanked Fayette County 38-0 to win the Class 4A, Region 6 title – the school’s first region crown since 1993.

GRAYSON WAKEFIELD, DECATUR HERITAGE: Was 8-of-13 passing for 267 yards and three touchdowns and ran for 76 yards and another TD on eight carries in the Eagles’ 42-26 win over Lynn.
TYREEN DUPREE, CHEROKEE COUNTY: Accounted for 253 total yards and three-touchdowns as the Warriors knocked off previously unbeaten Jacksonville 35-21 to clinch the Class 4A, Region 6 championship. Dupree finished the game rushing for 110 yards on 23 carries and three touchdowns (1, 5, 35 yards). He also completed 10-of-17 pass attempts for 143 yards.

CASEY BAYNES, TALLASSEE: Was 9-of-11 passing for 2054 yards and four touchdowns and rushed for 98 yards and a TD on 14 carries in a 56-22 win over Elmore County.
BUBBA McDANIEL, DOTHAN: Passed for 190 yards with a touchdown and rushed for 79 yards on 22 carries and caught a TD pass as the Tigers came from a 20-0 deficit to beat rival Northview 21-20.
PAYNE STANCIL, WEST END: Threw five touchdown passes as the Patriots rolled past Winston County 73-28 to earn a playoff spot. Teammate Jordan Malin rushed for three scores on the night.

DALEN MORRIS, MADISON COUNTY: Accounted for six touchdowns in a 51-21 win over Westminster Christian with TD passes covering 43, 40, 26 and 10 yards two scoring runs for 50 and 20 yards. He also had a two-point conversion.

CODY COLLIER, ALBERTVILLE: Caught eight passes for 213 yards and two TDs in a 42-28 win over Southside-Gadsden.
TRACE MEADOW, HORSESHOE BEND: Had two receptions for 114 yards and two scores, one coming on a 99-yard connection from quarterbackCade Worthy, and had a TD rushing in a 33-8 win over Woodland. Worthy finished 6-of-8 for 183 yards and two TDs.

DARIUS SMITH, SLOCOMB: Caught five passes for 168 yards and two scores and rushed 31 times for 159 yards and a pair of touchdowns as the Red Tops beat Straughn 47-27.
CONNER HOWELL, GARDENDALE: Had 148 yards receiving with TD receptions covering 78 and 40 yards as the Rockets beat Center Point 55-26.

JONATHAN NORRIS, BALDWIN COUNTY: Had 12 tackles, two fumble recoveries and returned an interception 20 yards for a TD in Baldwin County’s 28-20 win over LeFlore.
COLIN DUNCAN, SAINT JAMES: Had three interceptions, returning one 52 yards for a TD, and the Trojans beat Trinity Presbyterian 31-21 to finish the Class 4A, Region 2 race unbeaten.
TYLER McCLUNG, WEST MORGAN: Helped his team seal a playoff spot in Class 3A, Region 8 with two interceptions in a 17-7 win over Lexington.
QUARTEZ HENDERSON, CHEROKEE COUNTY: Returned an interception 50 yards for the game-tying touchdown with less than a minute left in the first half in the Warriors’ 35-21 victory over previously unbeaten Jacksonville to clinch the Class 4A, Region 6 championship. He also caught six passes for 61 yards.
EVANS WRIGHT, SCOTTSBORO: Made 11 tackles with four for losses in the Wildcats’ 56-26 win over Etowah. Teammate Justin Culver added 10 stops.
WILL SMITH, GAYLESVILLE: Led the Trojans defense with nine tackles and two fumble recoveries in a 50-24 victory over Jacksonville Christian.
TRAVIS SAUNDERS, VESTAVIA HILLS: Scored two touchdowns on fumble returns near the goal line as the Rebels beat Tuscaloosa County 41-0. His returns were 6 and 3 yards.
REED WALKER, WEST LIMESTONE: Had two interceptions on defense in West Limestone’s 26-19 win over Deshler.

JEFF KIRKLAND, DECATUR: Kicked a game-winning 32-yard field goal in the closing seconds of a 23-22 victory over Muscle Shoals.
DEE WILLIAMS, ELBA: Accounted for five touchdowns in four different ways during a 48-21 win over Zion Chapel. He returned a kickoff 92 yards for a TD, rushed for two scores, caught a 71-yard TD pass and tossed a touchdown pass.
CAMERON BUSH, CHARLES HENDERSON: Kicked three field goals (22, 27 and 31 yards) and converted all three extra-point attempts as the Trojans beat Headland 44-10.
BAILEY POTTER, SCOTTSBORO: The senior kicked eight extra point to run his current consecutive streak to 32 in a row as the Wildcats (9-0) beat Etowah 56-36.
MYLES HENDERSON, DAPHNE: Returned a punt 60 yards for one TD and caught a 56-yard TD pass as Daphne beat Robertsdale 41-7 for its seventh straight win.

Long Beach Encore Athlete of the Month, Da’juan Masters.

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Congratulations to Long Beach Encore Athlete of the Month, Da’juan Masters!  Da’juan is a Junior athlete at Long Beach High School in Mississippi. He is a member of the Bearcats Varsity football team and wears jersey #13.  Da’juan is a WR, OLB, and FS and has rightly won the Coach’s Offense Award. He plans to attend college to major in Sports Medicine. He is the son of Tishona Smith and Robert Masters. Good luck the rest of football season, Da’jaun!

“6 Advantages of Encore Rehabilitation,” written by Andrew Stark from GuideDoc.

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Thanks for writting/rating our company Andrew! Here is his article below.

Encore Rehabilitation Services: An Overview of Encore Rehabilitation Benefits

Encore Rehabilitation is a leading provider of physical therapy and rehabilitation services, featuring dozens of locations in Mississippi and Alabama. The facility employs numerous professionals trained in medicine and physical therapy, providing the utmost standard of care for its patients. If you are in the process of recovering from an injury, there are plenty of advantages to seeking treatment through one of Encore’s locations. This guide will weigh the pros and cons of this treatment facility to help you make an informed decision about your medical care and recovery.

Advantage #1: Specialized Care

The first major advantage to seeking care through Encore Rehabilitation is that they have a variety of professionals with expertise in specific fields. From pain management and sports medicine to women’s health and work rehabilitation, you will find a medical professional who has plenty of experience with your specific reason for seeking treatment. Specificity is crucial to a good recovery since specialized therapists have up-to-date training in all the latest technologies and methods within their specialty. You can rest assured that you will receive the highest quality of care and attention from staff members who take pride in working with the problems you have and helping you reach your recovery goals. Patients have the option to work with professionals in one or more specialties, making Encore Rehabilitation a one-stop shop for physical wellness.

Advantage #2: Varied Services

In addition to basic physical therapy services, Encore also offers a variety of services to help the community. Speech-language pathology, or speech therapy, is provided at local schools so students don’t have to travel to receive services. This type of convenient care is crucial to making rehabilitation accessible to everyone. Even if you can’t go to an Encore Rehabilitation services center, there are still plenty of options available to you. Whether you decide to arrange for a therapist to visit you at your home, workplace, or school, or you choose to seek care in a hospital, Encore works with its patients to ensure that they receive timely and reliable care.

Advantage #3: WorkZone Industrial Rehab

One of the things that truly sets Encore apart from other facilities is its focus on workplace rehabilitation. The WorkZone Industrial Rehab program works with companies to create a safe and productive environment in which employees can thrive. Since so many of the injuries treated by their professionals are job related, the facility recognizes the benefit of preventing problems before they happen. You can even request that Encore visit your business to analyze workplace safety regulations and help improve working conditions for everyone. In addition to working with employers to implement policies that prevent injury, Encore also works with you and other employees to encourage healthy lifestyle choices that can stave off the effects of illness and injury. Preventative care is essential to taking care of your body and saving yourself pain and effort in the long run.

Advantage #4: Sports Medicine Expertise

Many injuries are the result of athletic activities and can be very different from those caused by routine ailments and movement. Encore Rehabilitation recognizes that sports injuries require expert knowledge and specific treatment, and the facility takes a holistic approach to managing recovery through sports therapy. Many injured athletes choose Encore when they want a facility that will focus on getting them back into condition to resume the sports they love. While hospitals frequently treat injuries, there is considerable benefit to working with individuals who understand the difference between routine injuries and sports injuries. Torn rotator cuffs, swollen joints, and ACL issues are frequently associated with sports injuries and require the specialized care and technology that Encore provides to get you back to your full athletic potential.

Advantage #5: Personalized Care

Although Encore is a large company, it operates like a series of small businesses. With numerous locations sprinkled throughout Alabama and Mississippi, Encore is able to keep the ratio of patients-to-providers low. You will receive personalized attention from your assigned healthcare professionals in an environment that has all the benefits of a major company and all the charm and attention of a small business. Healthcare can often feel like an impersonal experience in which you are just another statistic, but the Encore experience is refreshingly different. Your case will be managed by thoughtful professionals who genuinely care about your progress and want to help you reach your full potential. Support is an essential component of the rehabilitation process, and the first step in building a strong support network is working with caring healthcare providers.

Advantage #6: Treatment Length Options

Whether you are looking for long-term treatment or a quick and easy rehabilitation experience to help you get back on your feet, Encore has a variety of options to offer. You can choose between inpatient and outpatient care depending on your needs. If you can take time off from school or work, you may benefit from the extended treatment offered by Encore’s inpatient programs. This allows you to receive care around the clock without interruption, facilitating a fast recovery. On the other hand, if your commitments make it impossible to get away for an extended period of time, Encore will work with you to fit appointments into your busy schedule.

Disadvantage: Limited Locations

In spite of its many advantages, there is one major disadvantage to Encore. The company currently only offers facilities in Alabama and Mississippi. However, due to the superior quality of Encore’s services and the professional excellence of its staff members, many patients choose to make the trip and receive care at one of Encore’s many inpatient facilities. Others travel to an Encore facility and receive outpatient care while staying in the area. Your Encore team will work with you to develop a plan that meets your needs and makes travel as smooth as possible. Encore is able to provide personalized care to each of its patients to develop a treatment program that works with every aspect of their life.

To find a location near you, visit the  locations page on our website!


I’m from Portland and write about physical rehabiliation for

Encore Symposium Information/ Registration

Encore Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine is proud to announce its Sports Medicine Symposium for 2016.  It will be held on July 15th – 17th at the Orange Beach Event Center at the Wharf, in beautiful Orange Beach, Alabama. Presenters, from all over the country, will speak on the latest technologies and concepts in Physical Therapy, Athletic Training and Sports Medicine. Courses will focus on subjects including new assessment capabilities, preventative measures and emergent rehabilitative techniques.

This Symposium has been designed and crafted for Physical Therapists, Athletic Trainers, Occupational Therapists, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialists and Ortho Technicians. Participants may choose to attend one, two, or three days.

Encore Sports Medicine Symposium Presenters for 2016 include:
James Andrews, MD, Andrews Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Center, Gulf Breeze, FL
Adam Anz, MD, Andrews Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Center, Gulf Breeze, FL
Brett Kindle, MD, Andrews Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Center, Gulf Breeze, FL
Steve Jordan, MD, Andrews Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Center, Gulf Breeze, FL
Jay Savage, MD, Bayside Orthopedic, Fairhope, AL
Jason Determann, MD, Baysied Orthopedic, Fairhope, AL
Barry S. Callahan, MD, Alabama Bone and Joint, Hoover, AL
Robb Roger, CSCS, Texas A & M Kingsville,  Kingsville, TX
Jeremy Boone, Athlete By Design, Charlotte, NC
Marc Bernier, MPT, CSCS,  Encore Rehabilitation, Birmingham, AL
Ron O’Neil, ATC, Andover Healthcare, Salisbury, MA
Tony Bonvechio, CSCS, Cressey Sports Performance, Hudson, MA
Eric Fuchs, DA, ATC, EMT-B,  Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, KY

Register Here:

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Gulf Shores High School’s AD thanks Encore ATCs, Camille Forte and Lee Steiner.

“A high school parent returned some crutches to me that their son had to use after he injured his hip.  He really was appreciative of [our ATC] Camille Forte and the way she not only took care of his son, but also the way she handled the situation and relayed information to him.  He also expressed his thankfulness to the fact that we have a sports medicine team in place here and how well it worked.  I would also like to brag on Camille and the job she is doing and show my appreciation to her, Lee, Encore and the orthopedic group/Doctors for what we have in place.  I can still remember when us coaches did all the sports medicine routines-

Let’s just say we are in much better hands now!”

Jamie W. Williams 

Athletic Director and Head Football Coach at Gulf Shores High School