Sumter sweeps Demopolis varsity squads in Area 7 tilts

Sumter 65, Demopolis 38

“All gas, no brake” adorned the front of Sumter-Central’s shooting shirts as they took to the floor for warmups in a highly anticipated Class 5A, Area 7 tilt with Demopolis Friday. When the ball tipped, Sumter lived up to its own frenetic billing en route to a 65-38 shellacking of the Tigers.

Sumter hung 10 points on the board before Demopolis got a three off the hand of Melvin Childers to attempt to stay the Jaguars. Unfazed and unflinching, Sumter continued to pour it on as it inflated the advantage to 17 points by halftime.

Demopolis connected on only five shots from the floor in the first half and shot a paltry 6 of 14 from the free throw line. Despite a strong start to the third quarter, virtually nothing improved for the Tigers in the second half.

Sumter used its pace and space offense to drive the lead into 20s before finally going up by 31 in the fourth quarter and triggering the running clock to mercifully shorten the game. Jacorey Turnipseed scored a game high 19 points to pace Sumter. Three other Jaguars finished in double figures as Desmond Ward had 15, Tyler Presswood finished with 13 and Greg Brunson scored 10.

Shakari Williams led Demopolis with 13 points.

The Tigers fall to 15-5 on the season. Sumter improves to 24-3.

Sumter 41, Demopolis 39

Jada Watkins rebounded a missed put back opportunity, set herself, took one power dribble and put the ball in for the go-ahead layup with 5.7 seconds to play Friday night. The Sumter forward’s calmness in the game’s biggest sequence proved enough to beat Demopolis and prevented a near collapse in the fourth quarter in which the Lady Jaguars blew an eight-point lead.

Demopolis whittled away at the Sumter advantage in the fourth quarter after trailing for the entirety of the contest. Freshman Shug Billingsley entered the game and dropped in a layup off a Shakesaney Bell pass to narrow the deficit to three. After a Sumter bucket, sophomore Dalaysia Benn sunk a pair of free throws to cut it to 39-36 with 41.7 seconds to the play.

Demopolis pulled the game even when Aniya Johnson knocked down a triple off a Bell bounce pass with 21 seconds remaining. Sumter missed a pair of open looks before Watkins seized control of the game.

The Lady Tigers would find one more look at the basket off a timeout with 4.4 seconds to play. The ill-fated shot would come nowhere close to the basket as Demopolis fell to 4-7 overall and 0-1 in Area 7 play. Sumter moves to 18-5 with the win.

Chardai Watkins led Sumter with 16 points and six rebounds. Jada Watkins finished with 13 points and seven rebounds. Shacorie Cockrell had 12 points for Demopolis. Johnson finished with 12 points, seven rebounds and five assists. Bell had 11 points, nine rebounds and four assists.

Demopolis High basketball postponed

11-28-17 — Demopolis, Ala. — Aniya Johnson brings the ball up the floor for Demopolis.

Demopolis High School’s home basketball games with Bessemer City scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 4 have been postponed due to weather concerns. Demopolis High athletic director Tony Pittman said a reschedule date is expected to be announced at a later date.

Myrthil wins Coach of the Year, 20 local players make all-state

(Photo by Johnny Autery)
Jacory Brown (40) and Shamar Lewis (6) each received all-state recognition from the Alabama Sports Writers Association.

A strong season for high school football in Marengo County gave way to an impressive showing on the ASWA All-State teams. In total, the state’s sports writers acknowledged 20 Marengo County athletes on the 2017 all-state teams.

09-29-17 — Linden, Ala. — Linden’s Isaiah Scott (1) returns a punt 65 yards for a touchdown against Washington County. Scott earned First Team All-State wide receiver recognition for his 2017 campaign.
(WAW | Stewart Gwin)

Class 1A state champion Sweet Water and 1A quarterfinalist Marengo lead the way with six nods apiece while 5A semifinalist Demopolis notches five and Linden finishes with three.

Highlighting the group is Sweet Water senior Shamar Lewis, who is a Class 1A Back of the Year finalist. Lewis ran for 1,205 yards and 12 touchdowns on 129 carries for an eye-popping average of 9.34 yards per rush. He also caught six passes for 154 yards and two touchdowns. Lewis’s defensive acumen also helped to separate him from his peers. As a Bulldog linebacker, he racked up 79 solo tackles and 15 assists as well as 32 tackles for loss, two fumbles returned for touchdown, two interceptions including one returned for touchdown, three sacks and five pass break-ups.

The sports writers also honored Marengo High coach Eberne Myrthil as the Class 1A Coach of the Year. Myrthil took his Panthers to a 9-4 record this season and only the third quarterfinal appearance in school history. The Panthers also set a school record with 451 points scored.

CLASS 7A
FIRST TEAM
Offense
QB: Taulia Tagovailoa, Thompson, Jr., 6-0, 200
RB: Hunter Gibson, Sparkman, Sr., 6-0, 192
RB: Bryan Hill, McGill-Toolen, Sr., 5-9, 180
RB: Larry McCammon, Hoover, Jr., 6-0, 190
WR: Demontrez Brown, Bob Jones, Sr., 6-2, 200
WR: Ahmad Edwards, Thompson, Sr., 6-0, 170
WR: Justyn Ross, Central-Phenix City, Sr., 6-4, 205
OL: Amari Kight, Thompson, Jr., 6-7, 315
OL: Mike Maye, Hoover, Sr., 6-4, 300
OL: Jahlil Ryles, Central-Phenix City, Sr., 6-3, 290
OL: Pierce Quick, Hewitt-Trussville, Jr., 6-5, 280
OL: Trey Simpson, McGill-Toolen, Sr., 6-1, 255
K: Parker Colburn, Hewitt-Trussville, Jr., 6-0, 170

Defense
DB: Ethan Caselberry, Sparkman, Sr., 6-3, 205
DB: Jakory Hawkins, Lee-Montgomery, Sr., 6-0, 160
DB: Jaydon Hill, Bob Jones, Jr., 6-0, 180
DB: Brett Howell, Fairhope, Sr., 6-0, 195
LB: Wes Baumhower, Fairhope, Sr., 6-0, 218
LB: Jakob Cummings, Auburn, Sr., 6-2, 215
LB: Kade Koler, Bob Jones, Sr., 6-2, 230
LB: Simon Miskelley, Hewitt-Trussville, Sr., 6-2, 200
DL: Daevion Davis, James Clemens, Jr., 6-2, 315
DL: Mohamoud Diabate, Auburn, Jr., 6-4, 215
DL: Allen Love, Huffman, Sr., 6-3, 275
DL: Timaje Porter, Theodore, Sr., 6-2, 315
P: Taderrian Murray, Lee-Montgomery, Jr., 6-0, 165

Athlete
Eric Garror, McGill-Toolen, Sr., 5-9, 170
Elliott McElwain, Hewitt-Trussville, Sr., 5-11, 210
George Pickens, Hoover, Jr., 6-4, 215
Kevontae Ruggs, Lee-Montgomery, Sr., 6-4, 218

SECOND TEAM
Offense
QB: Paul Tyson, Hewitt-Trussville, Jr., 6-4, 208
RB: Kolbe Blunt, Davidson, Jr., 5-9, 170
RB: Shad Byrd, Thompson, Jr., 6-0, 200
RB: A’montae Spivey, Central-Phenix City, Jr., 6-1, 185
WR: C.J. Edwards, Fairhope, Sr., 5-10, 181
WR: Shedrick Jackson, Hoover, Sr., 6-1, 200
WR: Chance Warren, Enterprise, Sr., 5-11, 175
OL: Isaac Edwards, Sparkman, Sr., 6-4, 275
OL: Jacob Feenker, Oak Mountain, Sr., 6-1, 235
OL: Cameron Hill, Lee-Montgomery, Sr., 6-2, 280
OL: Colby Murrell, Bob Jones, Jr., 6-1, 275
OL: Anderson Tomlin, Mountain Brook, Sr., 6-4, 275
K: Joe Montano, Davidson, Jr., 5-8, 150

Defense
DB: Chase Brown, Hoover, Sr., 6-0, 175
DB: Tyrese Douglas, Davidson, Sr., 5-10, 170
DB: Devonte Mathews, Central-Phenix City, Jr., 5-11, 175
DB: Zach Nelson, Oak Mountain, Sr., 5-11, 180
LB: Nate Jones, Central-Phenix City, Sr., 5-9, 220
LB: Michael Moynihan, Buckhorn, Sr., 6-0, 225
LB: Jalen Rayam, Thompson, Sr., 6-2, 225
LB: Chris Ware, Lee-Montgomery, Sr., 6-0, 183
DL: Phillip Hopkins, Lee-Montgomery, So., 6-3, 235
DL: P.J. Lucas, Prattville, Jr., 6-3, 265
DL: Rodney Mason, Huffman, Sr., 6-2, 265
DL: Mackie McNeal, Thompson, Sr., 6-5, 330
P: Jonathan Kilgo, Gadsden City, Sr., 6-0, 190

Athlete
Avery Atkins, Auburn, Sr., 6-0, 208
Matthew Evans, Buckhorn, Sr., 5-8, 185
Demario Patton, Huntsville, Sr., 5-9, 180
Clay Stearns, Mountain Brook, Sr., 6-1, 245

HONORABLE MENTION
QB: Peter Parrish, Central-Phenix City, Jr.; Jaquan Williams, Jeff Davis, Sr.
RB: Mel Dantzler, Grissom, Jr.; Nyree Holden, Huffman, Sr.
WR: Mo Edwards, Thompson, Sr.; Logan Pitts, Hewitt-Trussville, Sr.
OL: Ashton Johnson, Theodore, Sr.; Alex Pearman, Thompson, Sr.
K: Jackson Bruno, Huntsville, Sr.; Cole Starr, Spain Park, Sr.
DB: Kameron Brown, Theodore, Jr.; Myles Brown, Thompson, Sr.
LB: Cooper Bishop, Vestavia Hills, Jr.; Zach Hopkins, James Clemens, Jr.
DL: Darius Cox, McGill-Toolen, Jr.; Cedric Tooson, Spain Park, Jr.
P: Brody Droppleman, James Clemens, Sr.; Tripp Vining, Smiths Station, Sr.
ATH: Terrell Jennings, Bob Jones, Sr.

COACH OF THE YEAR
Laron White, Sparkman

CLASS 6A
FIRST TEAM
Offense
QB: Bo Nix, Pinson Valley, Jr., 6-1, 190
RB: Armoni Goodwin, Florence, Fr., 5-8, 171
RB: Tyetus Lindsey, Oxford, Jr., 5-5, 150
RB: Asa Martin, Austin, Sr., 6-1, 205
REC: LiAllen Dailey, Pinson Valley, Sr., 6-3, 185
REC: Cadarrius Thompson, Florence, Jr., 6-3, 176
REC: Seth Williams, Paul Bryant, Sr., 6-3, 212
OL: Jake Andrews, Stanhope Elmore, Sr., 6-3, 310
OL: Grant Betts, Spanish Fort, Sr., 6-4, 275
OL: Marcus Jenkins, Park Crossing, Sr., 6-3, 330
OL: Marquice Robinson, Austin, Sr., 6-4, 315
OL: Clay Webb, Oxford, Jr., 6-3, 310
K: Evan McPherson, Fort Payne, Sr., 6-0, 170

Defense
DB: C.D. Daniels, Homewood, Sr., 6-3, 180
DB: Justin Lewis, Opelika, Sr., 6-0, 170
DB: Reddy Steward, Austin, Jr. 5-11, 180
DB: Deshazio Williams, Pinson Valley, So., 5-10, 170
LB: Jacquez Jones, Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa, Sr., 6-1, 230
LB: Josh Marsh, Decatur, Sr., 6-3, 215
LB: Brett Staples, Pell City, So., 6-1, 190
LB: Brody Syer, Oxford, Sr., 6-1, 195
DL: D.J. Dale, Clay-Chalkville, Jr., 6-2, 330
DL: Marese McBride, Daphne, Sr., 6-3, 250
DL: Desmond Scott, Pinson Valley, Sr., 6-0, 200
DL: Alfred Thomas, Sidney Lanier, Sr., 6-3, 275
P: Jay Bramblett, Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa, Jr., 6-2, 165

Athlete
Kris Abrams-Draine, Spanish Fort, So., 6-1, 170
Dilan Henderson, Pinson Valley, Sr., 6-1, 175
J.D. Martin, Wetumpka, Jr., 6-1, 190
Cam Taylor, Park Crossing, Sr., 6-0, 205

SECOND TEAM
Offense
QB: Desmond Trotter, Shades Valley, Sr., 6-4, 190
RB: Carlos Davis, Muscle Shoals, Sr., 5-10, 205
RB: Kavosiey Smoke, Wetumpka, Sr., 6-0, 217
RB: Roydell Williams, Hueytown, So., 5-10, 195
REC: Roderick McCloud, Clay-Chalkville, Sr., 6-0, 180
REC: Cameron McKinney, Carver-Birmingham, Sr., 6-2, 180
REC: KeiAndre Sanders, Shades Valley, Jr., 5-10, 175
OL: Edward Collins, Ramsay, Sr., 6-6, 3055
OL: James Dawson, Opelika, So., 6-0, 270
OL: Lonnie Hollman, Pinson Valley, Sr., 6-2, 270
OL: Tyler Nunnelley, Cullman, Sr., 6-3, 290
OL: Tavien White, Wetumpka, Sr., 5-9, 270
K: Matthew Quinn, Spanish Fort, Jr., 5-11, 150

Defense
DB: Randale Hinton, Saraland, Sr., 6-0, 180
DB: Eric James, Dothan, Jr., 6-0, 161
DB: De’marquis Russell, Carver-Montgomery, Sr., 5-10, 170
DB: Jordan Swain, Oxford, Sr., 5-10, 192
LB: Colton Adams, Wetumpka, Jr., 5-10, 220
LB: Jackson Bratton, Muscle Shoals, So., 6-1, 215
LB: Perry Kirby, Athens, Sr., 5-11, 160
LB: Terry Perry, Shades Valley, Sr., 6-1, 230
DL: Reco Bozeman, Wetumpka, Sr., 6-2, 215
DL: Albany Casey, Baldwin Co., So., 6-3, 220
DL: Cortlin Martin, Blount, Jr., 6-2, 245
DL: K.J. Stokes, Stanhope Elmore, Sr., 6-4, 230
P: Sergio Alverez, Pell City, Sr., 5-11, 215

Athlete
Cagan Campbell, Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa, Sr., 5-10, 165
Conner Howell, Gardendale, Sr., 6-0, 180
Antonio Robinson, Austin, Sr., 6-0, 210
AJ Toney, Jackson-Olin, Jr., 5-7, 17

HONORABLE MENTION
QB: James Foster, Sidney Lanier, Sr.; Jack Samsel, Spanish Fort, Sr.
RB: Dwan James, LeFlore, Sr.; Uziah McDaniels, Park Crossing, Sr.
REC: Cameron Morson, Decatur, Jr.; Justin Stuckey, Helena, Sr.
OL: Kannon Biggs, Athens, Jr.; Nate Cooper, Dothan, So.
K: Greg Blue, Pelham, Jr.; Diego Guajardo, Daphne, Jr.
DB: Braxton Knight, Florence, Sr.; Jaylin Mack, Clay-Chalkville, Jr.
LB: D’Markus Davis, Clay-Chalkville, Sr.; La’Dedric Jackson, Sidney Lanier, Sr.
DL: Jack Cushman, Daphne, Sr.; Landon Perry, Paul Bryant, Sr.
P: Nathan Cobb, Florence, Sr.; Joseph Molstead, Homewood, Sr.
ATH: Kyle Cass, Blount, Sr.; George Obiyor, Hazel Green, Sr.

COACH OF THE YEAR
Tim Perry, Wetumpka

CLASS 5A
FIRST TEAM
Offense
QB: Swift Lyle, St. Paul’s, Sr., 6-3, 190
RB: Hunter Persall, West Point, Jr., 5-10, 187
RB: Noah Turbyfill, Brooks, Jr., 5-9, 175
RB: La’Damian Webb, Beauregard, Sr., 5-8, 190
REC: Fred Dickerson, Talladega, Sr., 5-10, 180
REC: Anthony Hudson, Wenonah, Sr., 5-9, 160
REC: Ja’varrius Johnson, St. Clair Co., Jr., 5-9, 160
OL: Garrett Bell, Briarwood, Sr., 6-4, 250
OL: Kylon Campbell, Mae Jemison, Sr., 6-3, 300
OL: Deakon Hembree, West Point, Sr., 5-11, 265
OL: Jayson Jones, Calera, So., 6-6, 319
OL: Kameron Stutts, Brooks, Sr., 6-5, 330
K: Wilson Beaverstock, St. Paul’s, Sr., 6-0, 190

Defense
DB: Cade Dickinson, Briarwood Chr., Jr., 5-10, 175
DB: Eric Felts Jr., Vigor, Sr., 5-11, 190
DB: Garrett Sanders, St. Clair Co., Sr., 6-2, 175
DB: Andrew Tucker, Brooks, Sr., 5-8, 160
LB: Cortez Brooks, Lee-Huntsville, Sr., 6-0, 195
LB: Jamall Hickbottom, Williamson, Sr., 6-2, 230
LB: Gabriel Russell, Briarwood Chr., Sr., 5-11, 185
LB: Jarren Wright, Etowah, Jr., 5-11, 175
DL: Jalen Cunningham, St. Clair Co., Sr., 6-5, 355
DL: Ethan Edmondson, Scottsboro, Sr., 6-3, 246
DL: Malik Langham, Lee-Huntsville, Sr., 6-5, 265
DL: Marlon Pritchett, Jackson, Sr., 5-11, 215
P: Zack Godwin, Guntersville, Jr., 5-11, 170

Athlete
Jalyn Armour-Davis, St. Paul’s, Sr., 6-1, 180
Jacob Gholston, Lawrence Co., Sr., 6-2, 210
Roger McCreary, Williamson, Sr., 6-0, 190
J.R. Tran-Reno, Briarwood Chr., Jr., 6-2, 195

SECOND TEAM
Offense
QB: Cornelius Brown, Calera, Jr., 6-5, 170
RB: Eric Evans, Jemison, Sr., 5-10, 205
RB: Joe Green, Eufaula, Jr., 5-8, 176
RB: Camerun Peoples, Central-Clay Co., Sr., 6-3, 179
REC: Justin Anderson, Mortimer Jordan, Sr., 5-9, 160
REC: DeDe Davis, Demopolis, Sr., 5-9, 155
REC: Carson Eddy, Briarwood Chr., Sr., 5-9, 160
OL: Dillard Doggett, St. Paul’s, Sr., 6-3, 215
OL: Seth Lowry, Etowah, Sr., 5-11, 230
OL: Konner Register, Hayden, Sr., 6-2, 265
OL: Chris Williams, Demopolis, Sr., 6-2, 320
OL: Hunter Willis, Mortimer Jordan, Sr., 6-2, 220
K: Cameron Bush, Charles Henderson, Sr., 5-10, 160

Defense
DB: Reggie Bracy, St. Paul’s, So., 6-0, 190
DB: Carson Donnelly, Briarwood Chr., Sr., 6-0, 180
DB: C.J. Williams, Demopolis, So., 5-9, 155
DB: Trent Yowe, Calera, So., 6-2, 170
LB: Carter Dingler, Etowah, Jr., 6-0, 175
LB: Russ Logan, Demopolis, Sr., 5-11, 180
LB: Tim McClendon, Carroll, Sr., 6-0, 205
LB: Ethan Mills, Moody, Sr., 5-11, 205
DL: Logan Graham, Guntersville, Sr., 6-2, 280
DL: Jeremiah Hickbottom, Williamson, Jr., 6-0, 210
DL: KaDarian Hill, Eufaula, Sr., 6-2, 290
DL: Alex Howard, Etowah, Jr., 6-2, 230
P: John Goolsby, Carroll, Jr., 5-9, 185

Athlete
Grayson Chaffin, Alexandria, Sr., 6-0, 200
Harry Crump, Mae Jemison, Sr., 6-1, 175
Jeremiah Owens, Greenville, Sr., 6-3, 190
Bernard Phinizee, Russellville, Sr., 5-8, 180

HONORABLE MENTION
QB: Taylor Gover, Eufaula, Jr.; Michael Hiers, Briarwood Chr., Sr.
RB: A.J. Jackson, Demopolis, Sr.;  Javonta Leatherwood, Central-Tuscaloosa, So.
REC: Banks Jolley, Crossville, Sr.; Taylor Smith, Boaz, Jr.
OL: Colin Langford, Guntersville, Sr.; Dontavius Mayfield, Shelby Co., Sr.
K: Zach Ford, Calera, Jr.
DB: Yates Grehan, St. Paul’s, Jr.; Damon Miller, Fairfield, Jr.
LB: Hunter Feaster, Beauregard, Sr.; Jalen Humphrey, Lee-Huntsville, Sr.
DL: Jessie Altman, Etowah, Jr.; Zack Myers, Curry, Sr.
P: None
ATH: Jacob Callaway, Beauregard, Sr.; Carlos Rogers, Wenonah, Sr.

COACH OF THE YEAR
Matt Glover, St. Clair Co.

CLASS 4A
FIRST TEAM
Offense
QB: Tucker Brown, Wilson, Sr., 6-0, 170
RB: Caleb Danner, Dora, Sr., 6-1, 190
RB: Darrian Meads, Hokes Bluff, So., 5-10, 205
RB: Symon Smith, UMS-Wright, So., 5-5, 143
REC: Bridges Anderson Jr., Andalusia, Sr., 6-3, 180
REC: TK Kenebrew, Childersburg, Sr., 6-2, 185
REC: Darius Nalls, Fayette Co., Sr., 6-2, 185
OL: Jordan Brooks, Saks, Sr., 6-2, 290
OL: Nick Canfield, Rogers, Jr., 6-2, 252
OL: Luke Kynard, Thomasville, Sr., 6-1, 275
OL: Hunter Middleton, UMS-Wright, Jr., 6-2, 237
OL: Tristan Nichols, Fayette Co., Sr., 5-10, 210
K: Preston Harvey, Jacksonville, Sr., 6-3, 190

Defense
DB: Amarea Abney, Saks, Sr., 5-11, 165
DB: Tyren Dupree, Cherokee Co., Sr., 6-2, 205
DB: Kolbi Fuqua, Cordova, Sr., 6-3, 200
DB: T.R. Robertson, St. James, Sr., 6-3, 180
LB: Marshall Clark, Munford, Sr., 5-11, 185
LB: Russ Myers, UMS-Wright, Sr., 6-0, 200
LB: Riley Russell, Cherokee Co., Sr., 6-1, 195
LB: Caleb Storie, Rogers, Sr., 6-0, 215
DL: Jaylin Brackett, Madison Acad., Sr., 5-10, 240
DL: Jonah Danley, Rogers, Sr., 6-0, 195
DL: DeAndre Freeman, Escambia Co., Jr., 6-1, 187
DL: Marreo Thomas, Saks, Jr., 5-10, 270
P: Reece Solar, Alabama Chr., Jr., 6-2, 200

Athlete
Zay Britt, Munford, So., 5-9, 165
Trent Cochran-Gill, Tallassee, Jr., 5-9, 175
Matthew Flint, Madison Co., Sr., 6-0, 215
Sam Kimel, Randolph, Sr., 5-11, 170

SECOND TEAM
Offense
QB: Ethan Wilson, Andalusia, Sr., 6-2, 195
RB: Tony Amerson, St. James, Jr., 5-11, 215
RB: Macey Carr, Jacksonville, Sr., 6-1, 185
RB: John Robertson, Northside, Sr., 6-0, 205
REC: Tyler Greene, Madison Acad., Sr., 6-1, 160
REC: Michael Parker, Westminster Chr., Sr., 6-6, 236
REC: Braylon Washington, Thomasville, Jr., 6-1, 160
OL: Jake Busch, Hokes Bluff, Jr., 6-2, 255
OL: Dalton Elam, Wilson, Sr., 6-5, 270
OL: Houston Hamilton, St. James, Sr., 5-11, 260
OL: Donjea Hutchins, North Jackson, Sr., 6-0, 320
OL: Dawson Wells, Saks, Sr., 6-0, 205
K: Sean Dorney, Madison Acad., Sr., 5-10, 220

Defense
DB: Chase Bright, Sardis, Sr., 6-2, 180
DB: Cole Crawford, Northside, Sr., 6-0, 205
DB: Ashton Gulledge, Hokes Bluff, Soph., 5-10, 170
DB: Deion Pickens, Satsuma, Jr., 5-7, 165
LB: Jalon Atkins, Thomasville, Sr., 6-0, 185
LB: Kaynan Mays, Saks, Sr., 6-2, 195
LB: Braxton Ragland, Leeds, Jr., 5-11, 180
LB: Levi Taliaferro, Hokes Bluff, Sr., 5-9, 190
DL: Tristen Holcomb, Sardis, Jr., 6-3, 245
DL: CJ Person, Catholic-Montgomery, Jr., 6-2, 290
DL: Chance Thompson, Dora, Sr., 5-10, 195
DL: Grant Wisdom, Deshler, So., 6-0, 245
P: Landon Johnson, Hokes Bluff, Sr., 6-2, 195

Athlete
Erin Heard, Bibb Co., Sr., 6-0, 185
Cam Horne, Dale Co., Sr., 5-9, 170
Avery Moates, Wilson, Sr., 6-2, 165
Torrance Pollard, Leeds, Sr., 5-9, 170

HONORABLE MENTION
QB: LaDerrick Bell, Saks, Sr.; Chance Stevenson, Fayette Co., Sr.
RB: Johnathon Cobb, Saks, Jr.; Roosevelt Weaver III, Andalusia, Jr.
REC: Kalvin Levett, Tallassee, Jr.; Cal Taylor, Haleyville, Sr.
OL: Luke Craig, Montgomery Catholic, Sr.; Braydon Lacey, Sardis, Sr.
K: Greg Dawkins, Leeds, Sr.; Jackson Spradlin, Dora, Sr.
DB:  Cade Meyer, Rogers, Sr.; Levon Fletcher, Randolph, Sr.
LB: Caden Best, Westminster Chr., Jr.; Josh Glass, Jacksonville, Sr.
DL: Devonte Green, Leeds, Jr.; Patrick Lovelace, W.S. Neal, Sr.
P: Dylan Campbell, Munford, Sr.; Addison Powell, Thomasville, Sr.
ATH: Steven Moon, Satsuma, Sr.

COACH OF THE YEAR
Bart Lockhart, Dora

CLASS 3A
FIRST TEAM
Offense
QB: Ryan Nettles, Hillcrest-Evergreen, Jr., 6-4, 185
RB: Isaac Huguley, West Morgan, Sr., 5-6, 160
RB: Austin Kinsey, Clarke Co., Sr., 6-2, 220
RB: Lee Stanley, Piedmont, Sr., 5-9, 185
REC: Joshua Jackson, Hillcrest-Evergreen, Sr., 6-1, 200
REC: Cole Littleton, J.B. Pennington, Jr., 6-1, 175
REC: Nick Moody, Oakman, Sr., 6-0, 195
OL: Riley Benavides, Weaver, Sr., 6-3, 295
OL: Jac Cox, Clarke Co., Sr., 6-2, 265
OL: Austin Guyse, West Morgan, Sr., 6-3, 290
OL: Mario Locke, Mobile Chr., Sr., 6-0, 250
OL: Nick Pounders, Gordo, Sr., 6-2, 215
K: Matthew Morgan, T.R. Miller, So., 5-2, 127

Defense
DB: Auston Brown, West Morgan, Sr., 6-0, 160
DB: Keith Gallmon, Mobile Chr., Sr., 6-0, 191
DB: Javon Ivory, Clarke Co., Jr., 6-2, 180
DB: Rayshawn Reynolds, Pike Co., So., 5-10, 175
LB: Alex Atkins, Carbon Hill, So., 5-10, 160
LB: Ethan Hearn, Mobile Chr., Jr., 6-0, 196
LB: Drew Rogers, Locust Fork, Sr., 6-1, 225
LB: Ja’len Sims, Fultondale, Jr., 6-2, 220
DL: Logan Beadles, Piedmont, Sr., 6-3, 300
DL: Dalton Beck, American Chr., Sr., 6-2, 230
DL: Andres Fox, Mobile Chr., Sr., 6-5, 243
DL: Hunter Mosley, Lexington, Sr., 6-3, 225
P: Henry Beckett, Houston Acad., Jr., 6-0, 155

Athlete
Noah Allison, J.B. Pennington, Jr., 6-1, 185
Kobe Bradley, Hillcrest-Evergreen, Sr., 5-8, 147
Jayson Jones, Fultondale, So., 5-10, 165
Cardavion Myers, Piedmont, Sr., 6-0, 170

SECOND TEAM
Offense
QB: KaRon Coleman Jr., Greene Co., Jr., 6-1, 175
RB: Will Foreman, Clarke Co., Sr., 5-10, 190
RB: Aaron Knight, Randolph Co., Jr., 5-11, 180
RB: Keefe White, Montgomery Acad., Sr., 5-11, 200
REC: Jahkil Edwards, Greene Co., Sr., 5-8, 165
REC: Sam Ladner, Mobile Chr., Sr., 5-11, 176
REC: Dan Parker, American Chr., So., 6-0, 168
OL: Tristn Bailey, Wicksburg, Sr., 6-1, 270
OL: Mason Greene, American Chr., Sr., 6-3, 260
OL: Chris Harris, Midfield, Sr., 6-0, 260
OL: Malcom Morgan, Locust Fork, So., 6-4, 280
OL: Sean Watson, J.B. Pennington, Jr., 6-4, 295
K: Andray Pope, Hillcrest-Evergreen, So., 6-1, 200

Defense
DB: C.J. Hall, Oakman, Sr., 6-0, 150
DB: Keenan Isaac, Midfield, Sr., 6-3, 180
DB: Spurlin Kelley, Opp, Sr., 5-11, 170
DB: Cameron Pettus, Lauderdale Co., Sr., 6-0, 175
LB: Luke Cassity, J.B. Pennington, Jr., 5-10, 200
LB: Tyler Ellenburg, Wicksburg, Sr., 5-11, 190
LB: Collin Herring, Gordo, Sr., 5-10, 225
LB: Jacob Wooten, Plainview, Sr., 6-2, 215
DL: Richard Bledsoe, Randolph Co., Sr., 6-2, 310
DL: Jamari Reeves, Greene Co., Sr., 6-3, 270
DL: Matthew Thornton, Piedmont, Jr., 6-2, 255
DL: Isaiah Woods, Weaver, Jr., 6-0, 240
P: Jonathan Grisham, Montevallo, Sr., 5-10, 140

Athlete
Chance Bates, Colbert Co., Sr., 6-0, 235
Dequan Johnson, Flomaton, So., 6-1, 170
London Knight, Weaver, Sr., 6-1, 172
Reggie Thompson, Opp, Sr., 6-0, 190

HONORABLE MENTION
QB: Jon Avery, Oakman, Sr.; Gabe Peluso, West Morgan, Sr.
RB: Shawn Bowden, Wicksburg, Sr.; Jahzarian Lampley, Pike Co., Sr.
REC: Maurice Gray, West Morgan, Sr.; Carson McGinnis, Carbon Hill, Jr.
OL: Cain Phifer, Colbert Heights, Sr.; Daris Reed, Opp, Sr.
K: None
DB: Kaedon Jenkins, Piedmont, Jr.; Brandon Rudolph, Hillcrest-Evergreen, Sr.
LB: Tyler Olds, Montevallo, Jr.; Quentin Morris, Clarke Co., Sr.
DL: Jeremy Dees, Hillcrest-Evergreen, Jr.; James Pratt, Colbert Heights, Sr.
P: David Mejia, Plainview, Jr.
ATH: Kyler Chaney, Holly Pond, So.; Parker Davis, American Chr., Sr.

COACH OF THE YEAR
Taylor Leathers, Colbert Heights

CLASS 2A
FIRST TEAM
Offense
QB: Kristian Story, Lanett, So., 6-2, 205
RB: Payton Anderson, Fyffe, Jr., 6-1, 200
RB: Kelston Fikes, Leroy, Fr., 5-9, 170
RB: Robert Houston, LaFayette, Sr., 5-7, 182
REC: David Baldwin, Central-Hayneville, Sr., 5-9, 175
REC: Zavien Kelley, Vincent, Sr., 5-11, 176
REC: Matt Sherrill, Hatton, Sr., 6-0, 170
OL: Tyler Harris, Luverne, Sr., 6-2, 265
OL: John Karr, Leroy, Sr., 6-2, 220
OL: Cole Lyles, Fyffe, Sr., 6-4, 310
OL: Matthews Spencer, Ariton, Jr., 6-0, 290
OL: James Aaron Tranham, Sulligent, Sr., 5-11, 260
K: Dawson Hamlin, Goshen, Sr., 6-4, 175

Defense
DB: JaQuavion Boston-Gaines, LaFayette, Jr., 5-9, 150
DB: Trikweze Bridges, Lanett, Jr., 6-3, 175
DB: Ellian Harris, Luverne, Jr., 5-10, 175
DB: Jaquan Kincey, Abbeville, Jr., 5-10, 163
LB: Parker Branch, Horseshoe Bend, Sr., 5-9, 170
LB: Chase Cardwell, New Brockton, Sr., 6-1, 212
LB: Court Coley, Westbrook Chr., Sr., 6-2, 215
LB: Andrew Kelley, Winston Co., Sr., 5-11, 190
DL: Avery Bishop, Aliceville, Sr., 6-5, 215
DL: Lajareon Bryant, LaFayette, Jr., 6-0, 235
DL: Baraskious Dowdell, Lanett, Sr., 6-2, 240
DL: D’terrion Glaze, Lanett, Jr., 6-0, 195
P: Cooper Dean, J.U. Blacksher, Sr., 5-11, 180

Athlete
Aaron Benefield, Ranburne, Sr., 5-10, 215
Jermaine Brown, St. Luke’s, Jr., 5-9, 150
Jaron Scott, Sulligent, Sr., 6-2, 180
Terrion Truitt, Lanett, Sr., 5-8, 160

SECOND TEAM
Offense
QB: Brock Snyder, Goshen, Sr., 6-4, 180
RB: Chris Hardie, Vincent, Jr., 6-0, 255
RB: Tyreke Metcalf, Sulligent, Sr., 6-3, 180
RB: Caleb Vinson, Falkville, Sr., 6-0, 190
REC: Zack Alford, Goshen, Sr., 5-8, 145
REC: Christian Angulo, Falkville, Fr., 6-0, 170
REC: Anquaevious Pollard, Lanett, Sr., 6-6, 195
OL: Gable Allred, Lamar Co., Jr., 6-3, 265
OL: Dakari Siler, Goshen, Sr., 6-0, 200
OL: Lane Sims, J.U. Blacksher, Jr., 5-11, 220
OL: Jonathan Stone, Sand Rock, Sr., 6-0, 245
OL: Brooks Thompson, Mars Hill, Jr., 6-2, 255
K: Juan Castro, Cleveland, Sr., 5-11, 170

Defense
DB: Caeden Godfrey, Westbrook Chr., Sr., 6-1, 190
DB: Trey McFarland, Woodland, So., 6-2, 180
DB: Bryson Peavy, Ariton, Jr., 6-3, 190
DB: Kaleb Thomas, Lanett, Jr., 5-10, 170
LB: Omar Boston, LaFayette, Sr., 5-8, 170
LB: Jawon Howell, Lanett, Sr., 6-1, 195
LB: Lane Talbot, Gaston, Jr., 6-2, 230
LB: Dristin Weaver, Leroy, Sr., 6-1, 215
DL: Jacob Brewer, Leroy, Sr., 6-0, 180
DL: Jackson Luttrell, Westbrook Chr., Jr., 6-4, 240
DL: Hunter Motichek, Sulligent, Sr., 6-4, 265
DL: Hayden Simmons, Ranburne, Sr., 6-3, 205
P: Russell Weeks, New Brockton, So., 6-4, 201

Athlete
Malik Callens, Billingsley, So., 5-10, 160
Kaleb Jones, Collinsville, So., 6-0, 190
Kavon McGraw, Aliceville, Jr., 5-10, 155
Dwayne Miller, West End, Sr., 6-0, 265

HONORABLE MENTION
QB: Keegan Blackman, Central-Hayneville, Sr.; Aaron Dove, Falkville, Jr.
RB: Craig Kinsey, Abbeville, Sr.; Jeremiah White, Geneva Co., Sr.
REC: Carson Carver, Sand Rock, Sr.; Satyler Wilson, Luverne, So.
OL: J.T. Youngblood, Vincent, So.
K: Humberto Hernandez, Ariton, Sr.; Austin Hollis, Sulligent, Sr.
DB: Brant Rowell, Fyffe, Sr.
LB: Arian Gregory, Luverne, So.; Colt Smith, Mars Hill, Jr.
DL: Devin Bell, Goshen, Sr.; Josh Cardwell, New Brockton, So.
P: None
ATH: Landon Woodard, Ranburne, Sr.

COACH OF THE YEAR
Daniel Merchant, Sulligent

CLASS 1A
FIRST TEAM
Offense
QB: Jamichael Stallworth, Georgiana, Sr., 6-0, 175
RB: Adam Sanders, Ragland, Sr., 5-7, 185
RB: Stone Fincher, Hackleburg, Jr., 5-9, 170
RB: John Mark Abercombie, Meek, Sr., 6-3, 195
WR: EJ Petty, Pickens Co., Sr., 6-0, 168
WR: Jeff Hunter, Decatur Heritage, Sr., 6-2, 190
WR: Isaiah Scott, Linden, Sr., 6-1, 175
OL: Tyrone Davis, Maplesville, Sr., 6-2, 330
OL: Noah Barnett, Hackleburg, Sr., 6-1, 240
OL: Chaz Harmon, Wadley, Jr., 6-0, 235
OL: Andrew Pickett, Marengo, Sr., 5-10, 303
OL: Bobby Talley, Lynn, Sr., 5-10, 263
K: Nate Tomey, Cedar Bluff, Sr., 5-10, 160

Defense
DB: Cameron Borden, Winterboro, Sr., 5-7, 160
DB: Tyler Booker, Brantley, Jr., 5-10, 165
DB: Jamarcus Sims, Georgiana, Sr., 6-2, 185
DB: Jonah Smith, Sweet Water, Sr., 6-3, 194
LB: Timothy Bradley, Maplesville, Jr., 5-10, 190
LB: Jaheim Greer, Notasulga, So., 6-0, 180
LB: De’Angelos Crispin, Marengo, Sr., 6-4, 230
LB: Jaccaurian Washington, Pickens Co., Jr., 5-9, 210
DL: Deshawn Blanks, Sweet Water, Sr., 6-0, 215
DL: Lecedric Haynes, Georgiana, Jr., 5-9, 190
DL: Chris Hodges, Wadley, Jr., 6-1, 205
DL: Devin March, Houston Co., Sr., 6-2, 205
P: Brandon Hill, Lynn, Fr., 5-11, 160

Athlete
Quae Drake, Wadley, Sr., 6-2, 185
Zayne Guthrie, Addison, Jr., 6-0, 170
Shamar Lewis, Sweet Water, Sr., 5-11, 178
Nathaniel Watson, Maplesville, Sr., 6-2, 220

SECOND TEAM
OFFENSE
QB: AlJaron Edwards, Pickens Co., So., 5-9, 140
RB: Ryan Morrow, Maplesville, So., 6-0, 190
RB: Kylen Cross, Talladega Co.-Central, Sr., 5-11, 226
RB: Alphonzo Lewis, Marengo, Jr., 5-7, 150
WR: Walter Tatum, Notasulga, Sr., 6-0, 185
WR: RJ Hart, Phillips, Sr., 5-8, 155
WR: Peyton Dean, Appalachian, Sr., 6-1, 175
OL: Ethan Teague, Cedar Bluff, Jr., 6-0, 240
OL: Ethan Flowers, Brantley, Sr., 5-11, 230
OL: Kendall Long, Georgiana, So., 5-11, 205
OL: Hayden Ray, Addison, Jr., 6-2, 240
OL: Grant Williams, South Lamar, Jr., 5-10, 200
K: Cameron Gilbert, Lynn, Sr., 6-1, 250

Defense
DB: Isaiha Jones, Cedar Bluff, Sr., 6-0, 175
DB: Kevin Green, Linden, Jr., 6-0, 173
DB: Trent Sams, Sweet Water, Sr., 5-10, 150
DB: Jarrett Bryant, South Lamar, So., 5-8, 155
LB: Keith Darden, Ragland, Sr., 5-11, 195
LB: Jacory Brown, Sweet Water, Jr., 5-9, 211
LB: Nick Lundberg, Kinston, Sr., 5-10, 195
LB: Xyron Giles, Pickens Co., Jr., 5-8, 215
DL: Jarred Campbell, Isabella, Sr., 6-1, 225
DL: Tristan Thetford, Maplesville, Jr., 6-0, 215
DL: Willie Lewis, Sweet Water, So., 6-3, 240
DL: Ronald Bouler, Marengo, So., 6-1, 247
P: Keywun Rowles, Notasulga, Sr., 6-2, 195

Athlete
Parker Driggers, Brantley, Jr., 6-0, 170
Buster Griffin, South Lamar, Jr., 5-11, 165
Coby Nunn, Wadley, Sr., 6-1, 195
Tate Warr, Millry, So., 6-2, 185

HONORABLE MENTION
QB: Austin Calhoun, Kinston, Jr.; Jacob Hammac, Florala, So.
RB: Mack Wise, Brantley, Sr.; Herachio Washington, South Lamar, So.
REC: Dylan Rogers, Spring Garden, Sr.; Jackson Justus, Coosa Chr., Sr.
OL: Je Norris, Maplesville, Sr.; Justin Presswood, Linden, Jr.
K: Ian Harper, South Lamar, Jr.
DB: Evan Crowe, Hackleburg, Sr.; Cameron Baldy, Lynn, Sr.
LB: Matthew Harris, Addison, So.; Darien Collier, Houston Co., Fr.
DL: Jalen Nettles, Georgiana, Jr.; Johnny Kennedy, Marengo, Sr.
P: Cameron Williams, Houston Co., Jr.; Sam Contorno, Holy Spirit, Jr.
ATH: Quindaris Ausbon, Marengo, Sr.; Donaven Roberson, Highland Home, Jr.

COACH OF THE YEAR
Eberne Myrthil, Marengo

AISA
FIRST TEAM
Offense
QB: Griffin McKenzie, Monroe Acad., Sr., 5-9, 185
RB: C.J. Lyons, Chambers Acad., Jr., 5-10, 170
RB: Kayleem Bonds, Glenwood, Sr., 5-10, 205
RB: Dalton McKenzie, Monroe Acad., Sr., 5-10, 175
WR: Cam O’Neil, Glenwood, Sr., 6-3, 190
WR: Jacob Carson, Lee-Scott, Sr., 6-3, 195
WR: Xaviar Coleman, Bessemer Acad., Sr., 6-1, 185
OL: Chasen Earnhart, Lee-Scott, Jr., 6-3, 315
OL: Steven Dyess, Monroe Acad., Jr., 6-2, 250
OL: Trevor Langford, Fort Dale Acad., Sr., 6-2, 288
OL: Trace Ott, Autauga Acad., Sr., 6-4, 285
OL: Seth Fuller, Tuscaloosa Acad., Jr., 6-3, 210
K: Thomas Camacho, Glenwood, Sr., 6-3, 175

Defense
DB: Titus Gardner, Tuscaloosa Acad., Sr., 5-8, 164
DB: Mason Sikes, South Choctaw Acad., Jr., 6-1, 170
DB: Ra’Jae Mooneyham, Crenshaw Chr., So., 6-3, 180
DB: Tripp Richardson, Fort Dale Acad., Sr., 5-9, 160
LB: Braxton Griffin, Bessemer Acad., So., 5-11, 215
LB: Khalid Young, Autauga Acad., Sr., 6-2, 230
LB: Grant Tyson, Hooper, So., 5-11, 185
LB: Jamie Welker, Escambia Acad., Sr., 5-11, 235
DL: Zach Guy, Springwood, Sr., 6-3, 290
DL: Dylan Thomas, Clarke Prep, Jr., 6-1, 190
DL: Kelcey Allen, Glenwood, Sr., 6-3, 250
DL: Jacob Diffley, Bessemer Acad., Sr., 5-11, 225
P: Jay Fitch, Bessemer Acad., Sr., 6-3, 245

Athlete
Fred Flavors, Escambia Acad., Sr., 5-9, 144
Jon Johnson, Lowndes Acad., Sr., 5-10, 170
Garrett Lewis, Patrician, Fr., 5-10, 165
Louie Turner, Escambia Acad., Sr., 6-0, 205

SECOND TEAM
Offense
QB: Tripp Carr, Autauga Acad., Jr., 5-10, 165
RB: Qaushun Laprade, Crenshaw Chr., Sr., 5-10, 180
RB: Cameron Chambers, Tuscaloosa Acad., Jr., 5-10, 185
RB: Riley Harcrow, Pickens Acad., Sr., 5-10, 170
WR: Alvin Forward, Jackson Acad., Sr., 5-11, 160
WR: Brock Taunton, Macon-East, Jr., 5-5, 150
WR: Kendrick Rogers, Autauga Acad., So., 5-10, 165
OL: Chase Little, Lowndes Acad., So., 6-5, 290
OL: Nathaniel Trzpuc, Glenwood, Jr., 6-4, 300
OL: Brinson Sheffield, Chambers Acad., Sr., 5-11, 230
OL: Jonathan Flowers, Autauga Acad., Sr., 6-6, 305
OL: Seth Koen, Patrician, Jr., 6-2, 235
K: Drew Scharfenberg, Tuscaloosa Acad., Jr., 5-9, 150

Defense
DB: Navy Harris, Glenwood, Sr., 6-2, 205
DB: Ethan Honaker, Macon-East, Jr., 6-0, 170
DB: Anderson Newman, Patrician, Sr., 6-1, 180
DB: Reed Jinright, Pike Liberal Arts, Sr., 6-0, 175
LB: Micah Roberts, Jackson Acad., So., 5-10, 175
LB: Djay Gardner, Autauga Acad., Sr., 5-10, 225
LB: Max Carter, Monroe, Jr., 5-11, 190
LB: JP Sanders, Tuscaloosa Acad., Jr., 5-9, 195
DL: Colby Jordan, Macon-East, So., 6-2, 185
DL: Elijah Elmore, Autauga Acad., Jr., 6-1, 310
DL: BJ Burke, Pike Liberal Arts, Sr., 6-3, 340
DL: Desean Powell, Evangel Chr., Sr., 6-5, 210
P: Brook Bannon, Tuscaloosa Acad., Sr., 5-11, 195

Athlete
Gavin Caine, Clarke Prep, Sr., 6-0, 190
Caleb Cook, Lakeside, Sr., 6-1, 190
Trey McKee, Jackson Acad., Sr., 5-11, 170
Dre Newman, Abbeville Chr., So., 5-10, 170

HONORABLE MENTION
QB: Trace Edwards, Hooper, Sr.; Jabe Dawe, Escambia Acad., Jr.
RB: Austin Clarke, Bessemer Acad., So.; Sam Brackin, Morgan Acad., Sr.
REC: Blake Reid, Patrician, Jr.; Jacob Beck, South Choctaw, Sr.
OL: Connor Higbe, Macon-East, Jr.; Justin Hall, Crenshaw Chr., Jr.
K: Jake Gracey, Macon-East, Jr.; Cosmin Diaconu, Autauga Acad., Sr.
DB: Noah Goodman, Monroe Acad., Sr.; Hunter Starling, Abbeville Chr., Jr.
LB: John Walker Horton, Monroe Acad., Jr.; Austin Phillips, Fort Dale Acad., Sr.
DL: Jackson Fancher, Hooper, Sr.; Cole Crook, Lowndes Acad., Sr.
P: None
ATH: Drew Gipson, Crenshaw Chr., So.; JC Ceman, Macon-East, Jr.,

COACH OF THE YEAR
Glynn Lott, Macon-East

Demopolis High FBLA enriches Christmas with Giving Tree project

Demopolis High School FBLA project, “The Giving Tree” was a huge success! FBLA students collected gifts for children in need this holiday season. Donations and gifts were provided by DMS and DHS students, as well as various student organizations who collaborated in order to provide a very special Christmas surprise for children. FBLA was able to collect more than 200 toys, books, games, and more for DHR’s Project Merry Christmas.

FBLA Sponsor, Kelly Gandy commended, “what better way to experience the joy of giving to others than providing a child in need with a Christmas surprise.” She said, “it was nice to see the joy these students experienced from giving to others.”

The Giving Tree was set up early November in the DHS lobby and outside Mrs. Laura Holley’s office at DMS. Students were encouraged to find a leaf containing a special gift that was wanted by a child in need.  FBLA students, Taylor Vail and Makayla Durden helped organize the project and collected toys until Dawn Hewitt, DHR representative, picked them up to be sorted and distributed this Christmas season.

Demopolis varsity teams sweep Thomasville

The Demopolis High varsity basketball teams swept a pair of games from Thomasville Friday, highlighted by a thrilling overtime victory in the boys game. On a night with Demopolis lacked its best stuff, the home team had to rally in the fourth quarter and overtime for a 50-46 victory over one of its chief rivals.

Demopolis carried a 23-19 lead into halftime but saw Thomasville pull to a 31-30 advantage after three quarters of play. The Tigers got their offensive output from five different players in the fourth quarter and found themselves standing at the free throw line frequently throughout the game’s final 12 minutes.

Nine of the Tigers’ 15 points in the fourth quarter came at the free throw line as they pulled the game to a 45-45 tie at the end of regulation. Melvin Childers went 3 of 4 from the stripe in the bonus period and Nelson Haskin made the game’s only field goal in overtime for the 50-46 final. Demopolis finished 12 of 17 from the line in the fourth quarter and overtime to seal the win.

Haskin topped Demopolis with 11 points. Childers and Shakari Williams each finished with eight.

Averian Malone lead Thomasville with 15 points. Braxton Williams added 12 while Michael Jones had 11.

Demopolis moves to 7-1 with the win ahead of a trip to Greensboro Saturday night.

The Demopolis girls used a 12-2 fourth quarter to win going away in a 44-32 rout of Thomasville earlier in the night. Demopolis led 32-30 through three quarters of play before McKenzie Phillips, KiKi Waller and Samia Jackson helped put the game away with strong offensive performances in the final frame.

Jackson led Demopolis with 11 points on the night. Waller added 10 while Shakesaney Bell had seven and Phillips finished with six. Tiyanna Blanks paced Thomasville with 14 points.

The win snaps a three-game losing streak for Demopolis (3-3), who travels to Greensboro Saturday night.

DECA drive contributes 300 coats

Pictured are Holiday Cleaners employees with DECA members, Courtney Roberts and Brionna Howerton.

Demopolis High School DECA launched their “DECA is Driven” Coat Drive Campaign during the month of November to help make this Christmas season warmer for children and families in Marengo County. Coats and monetary donations were collected from classes at Demopolis High School and U.S. Jones Elementary.

The classes held a friendly competition to see who could win a wing party catered by Batter Up! Several local businesses also had donation jars to help the cause. ​This year’s coat drive was a huge success with 303 coats, nine stuffed animal toys, and $225.82 in donations! Donations were delivered to Marengo County DHR. The donated jackets and stuffed animals were generously cleaned and mended by the staff at Holiday Cleaners.

Linden girls, Demopolis boys win Saturday

Demopolis and Linden split the varsity portions of their basketball rendezvous Saturday night.

The Lady Patriots did most of their damage in the first half and held on for a 45-43 win over Demopolis. Linden outscored Demopolis 14-10 in the first quarter and 15-12 in the second to hold a 29-22 hafltime lead.

The Demopolis defense kicked in during the second half, limiting Linden to 16 points in the final 16 minutes of play.

A pair of Shacorie Cockrell threes in the fourth quarter narrowed the gap and gave the Lady Tigers a chance in the end but Linden proved too much.

Linden senior Amber Richardson led all scorers with 22. Precious Rogers had 10 points while Tyroneisha Charleston scored nine.

Shakesaney Bell paced Demopolis with 22 points. Cockrell finished with 12.

The win puts Linden at 2-0. Demopolis drops to 2-2.

Demopolis rode a 25-point second quarter to a 68-53 win in the varsity boys game.

Tiger senior Melvin Childers led all scorers with 21 points. Nelson Haskin added 10 points while Michael Spencer and Shakari Wiliams each finished with nine.

Graderius Brown made six threes in a 20-point performance to lead Linden. Isaiah Scott and Zackree Bishop each had nine points for the Patriots.

Linden drops to 1-1 with the loss. Demopolis moves to 5-1 with the win.

Demopolis travels to Francis Marion Tuesday while Linden goes to Thomasville.

DHS DECA leads entrepreneurship program for DMS students

For the second year in a row, Demopolis High School DECA conducted a course on entrepreneurship for the students who participate in the Demopolis Middle School After School Program.

This year, DHS DECA named the program, “Who’s the Boss?”. “Who’s the Boss?” was a seven week program that taught sixth, seventh, and eighth graders the basics of entrepreneurship.

During the seven weeks, students had the opportunity to create a service that would benefit the community. While learning how to run their businesses effectively, they also developed skills on how to make a commercial to advertise their businesses.

The finale for this event took place during DECA’s Global Entrepreneurship Week on Wednesday, November 15, 2017. For the finale of “Who’s the Boss?”, students presented their businesses and commercials to a panel of judges which consisted of local entrepreneurs, Kirk Brooker, Sinda Fendley, and Ashley Coplin.

Upon conclusion of the presentations and the scores were tallied, the group with the highest score was presented with gift cards that were donated by Naheola Credit Union and all groups were recognized for their accomplishments.  A reception was held for all of the participants and their families that were in attendance.

AHSAA re-classification pits Demopolis against new set of foes

11-24-17 — Prichard, Ala. — Demopolis’ C.J. Williams picks off a pass on Vigor’s first play from scrimmage. Williams would return the interception for a touchdown for the first points of the game of the Tigers’ win over the Wolves.

The Alabama High School Athletic Association released its latest round of re-classifications Thursday morning, setting the stage for its 2018-2019 and 2019-2020 competition years.

Among numerous other changes, the re-classification means a much different look for Demopolis’s region and area foes between August 2018 and May 2020.

The new look Class 5A, Region 3 football grouping sees Demopolis bid farewell to mainstays Sumter Central and Dallas County, both of which drop to Class 4A. Additionally, Calera jumps to Class 6A. Central-Tuscaloosa, Jemison and Marbury remain in Region 3 along with Demopolis. Joining that quartet are Shelby County, Chilton County (down from Class 6A) and Bibb County (up from Class 4A).

11-28-17 — Demopolis, Ala. — Aniya Johnson brings the ball up the floor for Demopolis.

“The travel definitely,” Demopolis coach Brian Seymore said of the biggest change to his team’s region slate the next two seasons. “When we meet and draw for the schedule, you hope you get a good draw. You hope you don’t play a lot of these games on the road because that’s a lot more time on the bus. You’ve got to play the cards you’re dealt.”

In terms of driving distance, Demopolis loses its closest two region compatriots in Sumter-Central (30.3 miles) and Dallas County (67.1 miles). The Tigers also lose their second-farthest counterpart in Calera (89.8 miles). Replacing those schools will be Bibb County (66 miles), Chilton County (89.9 miles) and Shelby County (101.3 miles).

Perhaps the most intriguing feature of the new region for Demopolis is the addition of Bibb County, a school whose head coach is former Demopolis defensive coordinator Matt Geohagan.

“I’m excited because of having Coach Geohagan there and that relationship. They have a very good program and are very consistent in what they do. They’re going to take the place of Calera as one of the top teams in our region,” Seymore said. “That’s definitely one you’ll have to circle as a huge region game and having a little more to it with Coach Geohagan being so familiar with some of our kids at Demopolis.”

The new-look region will also result in revamped areas for all of Demopolis athletics. The basketball, baseball and softball teams will now be part of a three-team Area 5 that includes Bibb County and Central-Tuscaloosa. Demopolis soccer moves to Area 5 and will compete against American Christian, Central-Tuscaloosa and Sipsey Valley. Girls soccer will be in Area 5 against ACA and Sipsey Valley.

Demopolis cross country is now a member of Section 1. That grouping includes Bibb County, Brewbaker Tech, Charles Henderson, Citronelle, Faith Academy, Jackson, LeFlore, Satsuma, Tallassee and Vigor. Demopolis track will also be part of Section 1. That grouping consists of Carroll-Ozark, Charles Henderson, Citronelle, Faith Academy, Greenville, LeFlore, Satsuma, UMS-Wright, Vigor and Wilcox-Central.

Other notable changes in 5A football include the move of St. Paul’s and Calera to Class 6A. Perhaps the biggest changes come in Region 4 where Briarwood, Fairfield, John Carroll Catholic, Parker, Pleasant Grove, Ramsay, Wenonah and Woodlawn all make up the group. Those teams, many of which competed in the northern part of the state for the last round of classification, will now be in the south.

The new Class 5A football region alignment appears below in its entirety.

 

REGION 1 REGION 2
Citronelle Beauregard
Faith Academy Caroll-Ozark
Jackson Charles Henderson
LeFlore Magnet Greenville
Satsuma Rehobeth
Vigor Tallassee
Wilcox Central Valley
REGION 3 REGION 4
Bibb County Briarwood Christian
Central-Tuscaloosa Fairfield
Chilton County John Carroll Catholic
Demopolis Parker
Jemison Pleasant Grove
Marbury Ramsay
Shelby County Wenonah
Woodlawn
REGION 5 REGION 6
Center Point Alexandria
Central-Clay Boaz
Moody Crossville
Mortimer Jordan Douglas
Munford Etowah
St. Clair County Sardis
Springville Southside-Gadsden
Sylacauga
REGION 7 REGION 8
Corner Arab
Dora Ardmore
Hamilton Brewer
Hayden East Limeston
Jasper Guntersville
Lawrence County Madison Academy
Russellville Madison County
West Point Scottsboro

 

Demopolis rolls in home opener; Haskin notches triple-double

11-28-17 — Demopolis, Ala. — Demopolis’ Taylor Herelle goes up for the first bucket of the night for the Tigers during their first home game of the season against the Keith Bears.

Demopolis took a few minutes to get started Tuesday night in its home opener against Keith. Once the Tigers got the ball rolling down hill, they never looked back en route to a 51-31 win.

Demopolis trailed 5-0 early as Keith started off hot. The flurry faded quickly and the Tigers embarked upon a 16-3 run to close the first quarter. The game never got close again.

“We kind of got nervous. This was our first home game and we tried to do stuff we couldn’t do,” Demopolis coach Norvie Womack said. “As the game went on, we played well. We won every quarter. We just got better and better and we kind of wore them down.”

Demopolis stretched the lead to 10 by halftime and continued to add to that total with a quickened pace and constant ball movement.

“We try to get balanced scoring. Last year, you kind of just had one person scoring. We’re trying to balance them out so it will be easier for our leading scorer,” Womack said. “We emphasize passing and cutting, that kind of stuff.”

With last season’s leading scorer Shakari Williams playing under the weather and the Tigers’ current leading scorer Melvin Childers in early foul trouble, Taylor Herelle stepped in to light up the scoreboard. Herelle finished his night with 15 points.

Nelson Haskin controlled the paint at both ends of the floor for Demopolis, finishing with 10 points, 14 rebounds and 10 blocks for his first career triple-double. Nine different Tigers scored in the game and all 10 players that dressed logged significant minutes.

“If you plan on going deep in the playoffs, you have to be deep on the bench,” Womack said. “The season is just starting, so we’re going to play everybody. We get a good rotation in, so if someone goes down it’s just the next man up because he has been playing the whole season.”

Demopolis (3-0) is set to travel to Class 6A Bessemer City Thursday night.

“They’re fast. They’re quick. They can handle the ball. We’re going to win with numbers. That’s how we’re going to play,” Womack said.

11-28-17 — Demopolis, Ala. — Demopolis’ Nelson Haskin (34) blocks a shot during the Tigers home opener against the Keith Bears.