Lewis, Thompson take WAW top football honors (WAW All-County Team)

12-7-17 — Tuscaloosa, Ala. — Sweet Water’s Shamar Lewis runs in the open field during the Bulldogs’ AHSAA Class 1A State Championship win over the Pickens County Tornadoes.

An action-packed, fun-filled high school football season in Marengo County culminated with Sweet Water hoisting the Class 1A state championship trophy less than two weeks after it snapped Maplesville’s 34-game win streak.

As Sweet Water got within sniffing distance of the state crown, Shamar Lewis made an unquestionable impact on both sides of the ball. After returning a fumble for touchdown in the semi-finals, Lewis fielded another fortuitous bounce in the Super 7 and sprinted into Bulldog lore for a game-defining touchdown. During the postgame press conference, head coach Pat Thompson said the ball bounced right into the hands of his team’s best football player. Lewis showed himself to be one of the better players in the state, earning distinction as a First Team All-State player from the ASWA as well as Super 7 Class 1A Most Valuable Player honors.

A terror on offense and defense, 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. All of that combined is enough to earn Lewis distinction as the West Alabama Watchman Football Player of the Year for 2017.

Coach of the Year honors deservedly fall to Pat Thompson, who gained his first state title as Sweet Water top Dawg. After a season-opening loss to Thomasville, the Bulldogs rattled off a run of 13 straight wins to re-assert themselves as the top program in Class 1A. Thompson is now 35-14 in his career as a head coach.

The Bulldogs’ return to prominence was the perfect capper to a year that saw two other county teams make significant playoff runs and a fourth captivate the state’s social media imagination as it took Maplesville to a 28-28 tie in the fourth quarter before succumbing to defeat.

Linden’s run was short-lived but the squad boasts three representatives on the 2017 West Alabama Watchman All-County Team after a stellar campaign.

The remainder of the team is filled out by players from Demopolis, which lost in the Class 5A semifinals by a single point to eventual champion St. Paul’s, and several from Marengo after it made it to the quarterfinals and lost in a competitive game to Wadley. The 2017 West Alabama Watchman All-County Football Team appears below in its entirety.

QB – Andrew Patterson, Demopolis

RB – Antonio Besteder, Demopolis

RB – A.J. Jackson, Demopolis

RB – Alphonzo Lewis, Marengo

WR – Isaiah Scott, Linden

WR – Demetrius Davis, Demopolis

WR – Kevin Green, Linden

OL – Theron Gibson, Sweet Water

OL – Chris Williams, Demopolis

OL – Andrew Pickett, Marengo

OL – Willie Lewis, Sweet Water

OL – Justin Presswood, Linden

DL – Fred Haywood, Demopolis

DL – Keionte Whitfield, Demopolis

DL – Ronald Bouler, Marengo

DL – Johnny Kennedy, Marengo

LB – Russ Logan, Demopolis

LB – Jacory Brown, Sweet Water

LB – Tavion Brown, Demopolis

LB – Shamar Lewis, Sweet Water

DB – C.J. Williams, Demopolis

DB – Jonah Smith, Sweet Water

DB – Trent Sams, Sweet Water

DB – Rod Gaines, Demopolis

ATH – Deshawn Blanks, Sweet Water

ATH – Sasha Smith, Sweet Water

ATH – Quindaris Ausbon, Marengo

ATH – Jah’Darious McIntosh, Sweet Water

ATH – De’Angelos Crisipin, Marengo

UWA’s Blair to play in Tropical Bowl All Star Game

West Alabama All-America offensive tackle Dontavius Blair has accepted an invitation to play in the Division 1 FBS SPRIAL Tropical Bowl All Star Game in Daytona Beach, Florida on January 14.

The SPIRAL Tropical Bowl showcases the top college football seniors to NFL scouts and GM’s who travel from around the country to the event. The weekend is focused on scouting, teaching, and football.

The SPIRAL Tropical Bowl has featured 70-plus NFL Scouts from 26-plus NFL Teams. Over 110 SPIRAL Tropical Bowl alumni have gone on to the NFL since its inception in 2016.

The game kicks off at 8 a.m. central time at Daytona Beach Memorial Stadium. Tickets are $27 and can be purchased online through Ticketmaster or at the gate the day of the game.

The game will be video live streamed by Flosports at flofootball.com. A Flofootball subscription is required.

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

Sweet As Ever: Bulldogs grab first state title since 2010

12-7-17 — Tuscaloosa, Ala. — Sweet Water’s Jacory Brown cuts through a gaping hole in the Pickens County defense during the Bulldogs’ AHSAA Class 1A State Championship win over the Tornadoes.

TUSCALOOSA – Sweet Water reclaimed its once-familiar place atop Class 1A Thursday night with a 20-6 state championship game win over Pickens County. The Bulldogs utilized their trademark bludgeoning ground game and ball-hawking defense to walk away with the 10th state championship in school history.

“It’s just a super effort on our guys’ part. I couldn’t be more proud of a group of guys that come to work every day. I’ve said the last couple weeks how resilient they are,” Sweet Water head coach Pat Thompson said. “We’ve been behind in our last few playoff games. These guys just keep fighting and I couldn’t be more proud of a group of guys.”

The pivotal moment of the contest came with a little more than eight minutes to play. Pickens appeared poised to tie the game, trailing 14-6 with 8:28 left and the ball at the Bulldog 23. AlJaron Edwards danced around and through the Sweet Water pass rush for a 25-yard completion to Jacaurian Washington earlier in the the drive. Edwards looked to recreate that magic when Jacory Brown popped him and jarred the ball free. Shamar Lewis fielded the bouncing oblong and returned it 64 yards for his second scoop-and-score in the last two rounds of the state playoffs.

12-7-17 — Tuscaloosa, Ala. — Sweet Water’s Jaylon Williamson races toward the end zone during the Bulldogs’ AHSAA Class 1A State Championship win over the Pickens County Tornadoes.

“Nothing but green. Touchdown,” Lewis said of what he saw when he gained possession of the ball.

“That’s a huge play. I saw the ball come loose and it just so happened our best football player was waiting for it to bounce up to him so he could take it in. He’s been around the ball all year long,” Thompson said of Lewis, who has finishes the season with three defensive touchdowns. “We got great pressure.”

The play moved the Sweet Water lead to 20-6 with 7:55 to play.

Pickens backup quarterback Clifford Morton came off the bench after Edwards was injured on the previous snap. Morton quickly went 3 of 4 passing for 59 yards before Sweet Water jarred the ball loose from a Tornado receiver and it fortuitously bounced into the arms of Luke Davis for the fumble recovery to all but seal the game with just over five minutes to play.

Sweet Water moved the lead to 14-3 with 7:12 to go in the third quarter when Jaylon Williamson punched it in from three yards out to punctuate the 11-play, 68-yard march that opened the second half of play.

12-7-17 — Tuscaloosa, Ala. — Sweet Water’s Chance Broussard (48), De’Shawnterion Blanks (52) and Kaleb Greene (13) take down Pickens County’s Ta’Darien McIntosh during the Bulldogs’ AHSAA Class 1A State Championship win over the Tornadoes.

After pounding the ball deep into Tornado territory on each of its first half possessions, Sweet Water cashed in and wrested control of the game on a 2-yard touchdown plunge by Brown with two minutes remaining in the second quarter. The drive lasted 10 plays and covered 60 yards.

With the 7-3 lead, the Sweet Water defense held despite a flurry from Pickens as Jonah Smith intercepted a pass at the Bulldog 2 in the closing seconds of the second quarter to preserve the advantage.

“It’s just a super effort on our guys’ part. I couldn’t be more proud of a group of guys that come to work every day,” Thompson said. “I’ve said the last couple weeks how resilient they are. We’ve been behind in our last few playoff games. These guys just keep fighting and I couldn’t be more proud of a group of guys.”

Pickens took a 3-0 lead with a 26-yard field goal from Jermaine Hill with 5:40 left in the half. The Tornadoes’ final points came on a Hill field goal from 28 yards out with 4:10 left in the third.

The state championship is the first for Sweet Water since 2010 when Thompson was the defensive coordinator. Thompson earned state titles as the Sweet Water DC in 2007, 2008 and 2010.

12-7-17 — Tuscaloosa, Ala. — Sweet Water’s Shamar Lewis runs in the open field during the Bulldogs’ AHSAA Class 1A State Championship win over the Pickens County Tornadoes.

“It’s unreal to be the head coach of these guys. I’ve been in on three at Sweet Water,” Thompson said. “I never realized what (Coach Stacy) Luker went through getting us ready for that. It has been a crazy week. But these guys stayed focused”

Brown led all rushers with 103 yards on 25 carries. Williamson finished with 95 yards on 12 carries. Lewis had 95 yards 16 rushes. Jah’Darius McIntosh led the team with 10 tackles. Luke Davis recovered a fumble in the game.

The state championship is the second of the 2017 calendar year for Sweet Water, which saw its baseball team bring home the Class 1A crown in dramatic fashion in May. The two accomplishments were not disconnected according to Smith, the Bulldogs quarterback and MVP of the 1A baseball series.

“I think it had a ton (of impact). It helped us a lot,” Smith said. “It helped us know that it’s going to be a big stage, a lot of people are going to be there. Just stay calm.”

Lewis earned Most Valuable Player honors Thursday night with 95 yards rushing, a fumble return touchdown and an interception, the 28th Bulldog INT of the season. Sweet Water finished the year with 41 forced turnovers on defense.

12-7-17 — Tuscaloosa, Ala. — Sweet Water’s Jacory Brown strip sacks Pickens County’s AlJaron Edwards during the Bulldogs’ AHSAA Class 1A State Championship win over the Tornadoes. Shamar Lewis would pick up the fumble and run it in for the Bulldogs’ final touchdown of the game.

Sweet Water scores in closing minutes to move to state title game

(Photo by Johnny Autery)
With 3:31 to play, Sasha Smith celebrates the go-ahead touchdown catch that proved to be the game winner.

Sweet Water is headed back to the Class 1A state championship for the first time since 2010 after beating Wadley 27-21 in a wild one Friday night. The teams combined for 21 points in the fourth quarter that saw three lead changes.

(Photo by Johnny Autery)
Trent Sams pins the ball against his helmet to help secure a touchdown catch in the first half against Wadley.

Sweet Water trailed 14-13 to open the frame with Wadley threatening again. With 10:38 to go in the game, Wadley ran the ball to the Sweet Water 29 before Shamar Lewis scooped a fumble and returned it 71 yards for a touchdown and the 19-14 lead.

Undaunted, Wadley fired right back as Trevor Cameron ran 18 yards for a touchdown and the 21-19 lead. The turning point for the Bulldogs came when Jonah Smith hit his younger brother Sasha for a 27-yard touchdown pass on a throw that saw the Sweet Water receiver go over the top and the take the ball away from a Wadley defensive back. Lewis punched in the conversion run for the 27-21 advantage with 3:31 to play.

Wadley opened the scoring with 8:20 left in the first quarter as Jamichael Angel scored from a yard out. The Bulldogs needed only 61 seconds to tie it when Jonah Smith hit Braylone Kidd for a 78-yard touchdown strike.

(Photo by Johnny Autery)
Sweet Water quarterback Jonah Smith threw for 240 yards and three touchdowns in the Bulldogs’ semifinal win over Wadley.

“He did great tonight. He made some big throws when he had to,” Sweet Water head coach Pat Thompson said of his quarterback. “Of course our receivers made some great catches.”

Sweet Water took the lead with 1:25 left in the opening half as Jonah Smith found Trent Sams for a 36-yard touchdown and the 13-7 advantage. The lead was short-lived as Wadley’s Connor Fordham hit Jonathan Poole for a 44-yard scoring pass and the 14-13 lead.

The final marks the second time in as many seasons that the Bulldogs have ended Wadley’s season. Sweet Water won the second round meeting between the two schools 21-20 in 2016.

Friday’s game saw a feisty Wadley defense commit to limiting the Sweet Water ground game. SWHS managed 148 yards on 38 carries. Wadley countered with 158 yards on 38 carries.

“They’re linebackers were very active. We couldn’t get to their linebackers to block them enough. They did a few things that gave us some trouble, but our passes were there,” Thompson said. “There were nine definitely in the box and the 10th player was sitting six or eight yards over the top of our tight end. They were going to make us throw to beat them. They had seen us run over the last couple of weeks and do what we do.”

Sweet Water found its greatest offensive success in the passing game. Jonah Smith completed 11 of 18 passes for 240 yards and three touchdowns.

Sweet Water advances to the Class 1A state championship Thursday at 3 p.m. at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa where it will play Pickens County.

UWA drops Delta State to move on in D2 playoffs

LIVINGSTON, Ala. – West Alabama fell behind early and then rallied back to take care of business and defeat Delta State, 27-20, in the second round of the 2017 NCAA Division II Football Playoffs Saturday at Tiger Stadium.

The win advances West Alabama into the third round of the playoffs against yet another Gulf South Conference opponent. The Tigers will host West Florida (9-3) next Saturday at noon. The Argonauts eliminated West Georgia, 17-14, in the second round. Delta State ends its season 9-4.

The Tigers improved to 10-2 with the win, making this UWA team the first to notch 10 victories since the 1975 team finished 10-3 and lost in the Division II Semi-finals to Northern Michigan.

“Coach (Todd) Cooley runs a great program and Delta State is a heck of a football team,” UWA head coach Brett Gilliland said. “We knew it was going to be a challenge and we definitely didn’t come out firing on all cylinders, but we buckled down in the second quarter.”

Delta State jumped to a 10-0 lead after the first quarter on a 4-yard touchdown run by quarterback Breck Ruddick and a 36-yard field goal by Vince Sciorrotta. The Statesmen outgained the Tigers 167 to 27 yard in the first 15 minutes of the game.

West Alabama returned the favor in the second period, putting up 20 points and 182 yards while limiting Delta State to just 35 yards and no points to take a 20-10 lead into the half.

“That was two good football teams. That second quarter felt like it lasted forever,” Delta State head coach Todd Cooley said. “I am so proud of the fight in our kids. We lost to a good football team today. They deserved it.”

Harry Satterwhite and Donta Armstrong hooked up for the first of two touchdown passes, this one a 27-yarder. Tyler Rogers and Lakenderic Thomas tacked on 1-yard TD runs for the Tigers, who scored three times in the last 7:32 of the first half.

“That was a big play to get us on the board and get us rolling,” Satterwhite said. “Once we get rolling we can be hard to stop, but Delta State is a really good football team and you are not going to score every time you get the ball against them.”

Satterwhite and Armstrong connected again from 15 yards out with 11:05 left in the third quarter to stretch the UWA lead to 27-10.

A 6-yard completion to Corey Davis late in the first quarter made Satterwhite the West Alabama single-season record holder for completions. Finishing the day 25-of-37 for 275 yards and two TDs gives the junior from Mobile 303 completions this season, shattering his head coaches’ record from 2002 when Gilliland completed 280.

Satterwhite needs just 117 yards passing against West Florida next week to pass current UWA running backs coach Deon Williams for the single season passing yards record. Williams passed for 3,392 yards in 2010.

“I’m not sure about the receivers that Coach G had, but the ones I have are great,” Satterwhite said. “When I throw a 50-50 ball I know they are going to go get it, and of course what a job by our offensive line every week. I didn’t sacked at all today.”

Delta State scored the final 10 points of the game. Chris Robinson had a 5-yard touchdown run and Sciorrotta nailed a 30-yard field goal with 8:41 left to end all scoring.

West Alabama knelt on the ball twice from the DSU 8-yard line to run out the clock and end the game.

UWA finished with 406 total yards and allowed Delta State 371, outgaining the Statesmen 379-204 over the final three quarters of the game. The Statesmen had 276 yards rushing and the Tigers 275 passing.

Ruddick was 17-of-27 passing for 95 yards, but rushed 16 times for 71 yards. Robinson led all ball carriers with 105 yards on 23 carries. LeDarion Peterson carried eight times for 82 yards. Kam Mayers caught eight passes for 30 yards.

Thomas led West Alabama ball carriers with 95 yards on 20 carries, with 33 of those coming on third-and-10 with less than a minute to play to ice the game away. He moved past Tony Truelove (1982-85) into eighth all-time at UWA with 1,732.

Armstrong and Barnard McGhee had six receptions each, Armstrong for 71 yards and McGhee for 45. Corey Davis caught four balls for 72 yards. And Broc Malcom four for 43.

Armstrong now has 172 career receptions, tied for second on the UWA all-time list with Matt Carman (1990-93). Gerald Worsham holds that record with 241 receptions from 2008-11.

“Their quarterback makes the throws and they have two of the best receivers in the nation, and I’m talking about all of Division I and II,” Delta State linebacker Landry Tullo said. “They are a great football team. If they don’t win the national championship I will be surprised.”

Taderion Myhand led West Alabama with 12 total tackles and a forced fumble that led to Tiger points. Jordan Jones racked up 10 stops, Devante Davis nine and Khalia Hackett eight tackles plus three quarterback hurries. Terrence Jones recorded a sack.

Tevin Madison, Nico Peterson and Robert Myers each recovered a fumble, while Madison also forced one and broke up a pass.

Johnquavious McBride had 10 tackles to lead Delta State and Chandler Ector added eight.

Turnovers, big plays push Sweet Water past Maplesville

Bulldog QB Jonah Smith (9) breaks through the middle of the Red Devil’s line and races for a key 2nd half TD. (WAW | Johnny Autery)

The state’s longest win streak is over and Sweet Water is headed to the Class 1A semifinals because of it. Pat Thompson’s Bulldogs beat Maplesville 26-21 Friday night, ending a 34-game Red Devil win streak and guaranteeing a new state champion for the first time since 2013.

For their part, the Bulldogs were able to draw upon a 2016 quarterfinal loss to Maplesville that saw Sweet Water tied with the Red Devils late in the fourth quarter only to lose 60-34.

“We knew we could play with them. We went down 14-0 early tonight and just stayed the course, kept plugging along,” Thompson said. “We didn’t get in any funk or anything. We just kept preaching to them on the sideline, ‘We’re going to be alright. We’re going to be alright.’ We came back and tied it at the half.”

Maplesville struck quickly when Ryan Morrow ran for an 89-yard touchdown with 11:31 left in the opening quarter for the 7-0 lead. Thomas Schoener later hit Nathaniel Watson for a 6-yard touchdown and the 14-0 lead and Maplesville was rolling.

Momentum for the Bulldogs came in the form of a spectacular play by Sasha Smith that amounted to a 27-yard catch and a significant turning point in the game.

“Sasha made a great one-handed catch on our first touchdown drive and that changed everybody’s demeanor,” Thompson said. “It just kind of turned from there, that one big play.”

That big play helped set up a 5-yard touchdown run by Jacory Brown with 8:01 left in the second quarter. Sweet Water then battled the game to dead even with 1:01 left in the frame when Shamar Lewis punched it in from five yards out.

The Bulldogs stayed on the attack in the third quarter as Jonah Smith ran for a 58-yard touchdown with 10:12 left in the period. Lewis then struck again with a 7-yard run in the closing seconds of the quarter to move it to 26-14.

Maplesville got back in it with 10:46 to play when Schoener hit Michael Harris for a 20-yard score.

Morrow ran for 141 yards and Watson ran for 120 but the Red Devils could not overcome interceptions made by the Sweet Water defense.

“We came up a big interception right before the half. We got another one later on,” Thompson, whose team has intercepted 25 passes this season, said. “Any time you’re playing a team like Maplesville and you get turnovers, that’s big for you.”

Jonah Smith, Sasha Smith and Kaleb Greene each picked off a pass in the quarterfinal victory. Lewis ran for 106 yards on 17 carries. Jonah Smith had 69 yards on seven carries. Brown had 42 yards on 15 carries. Sweet Water notched the win despite being outgained 395-311.

The Bulldogs are set to travel to Wadley next Friday night for the Class 1A state semifinals.

“They’re going to be real good. They’re averaging 50 points a game, I believe it is. They’re giving up just about five or six points a game defensively,” Thompson, whose team survived Wadley 21-20 in the second round in 2016, said. “We’ve got our hands full this week.”

Marengo upends Georgiana, sets third round rendezvous with Wadley

For the second time in as many weeks, Marengo shut down a powerful Class 1A offense and advanced in the state playoffs. Eight days after shutting out Highland Home, Marengo hit the road to beat Georgiana 18-0.

Georgiana entered the game with 517 points on the season and a perfect 11-0 record.

All of that amounted to very little for Georgiana, which proved unable to satisfactorily limit the Marengo rushing attack. Quarterback Quindaris Ausbon ran the ball eight times for 102 yards and two touchdowns. Alphonzo Lewis added 73 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries. Roosevelt Thompson added 56 yards rushing and 30 yards receiving in the effort. Calvin Ferguson contributed 48 yards on only eight rushes.

De’Angelos Crispin recorded six tackles and a sack to lead the Marengo defense. Thompson and Curtis Autery each also had eight tackles.

Johnny Kennedy and Ronald Bouler each had three tackles for loss and two sacks.

“Our defense really stepped up again tonight. Any time you are able to limit a good offense like Georgiana, that shows signs of a disciplined team,” Marengo coach Eberne Myrthil said. “Our offense did what we have been doing all year: run the ball and pass it when we want to. I am very proud of our overall team effort. Also, I must add the Panther faithful fans showed up in full force. It was like we were at home.”

Marengo (9-3) hosts Wadley next Friday night.

Sweet Water rolls over Brantley

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Junior Jah’Darius McIntosh drags down Brantley RB Michael Booker (25) for a loss.

Sweet Water had little trouble dispatching of Brantley Friday night on the way to a 41-13 victory in the second round of the AHSAA, Class 1A playoffs.

Shamar Lewis wasted no time announcing the Bulldogs’ intentions as he returned the opening kickoff 89 yards for a touchdown.

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Purple Dawg Jaylon Williamson (44) splits two defenders and picks up a first down.

Jaylon Williamson scored the game’s first offensive touchdown when he punched it in from 15 yards out for a 14-0 lead.

Jacory Brown continued to pour it on with five seconds left in the first quarter as he scored on a 5-yard run to push the lead to 20-0.

Brantley looked to get off the deck with 10:22 remaining in the second quarter when Parker Driggers connected with Adrian Person for an 11-yard touchdown strike to narrow the gap to 20-7.

Jonah Smith followed with a touchdown toss of his own, hitting Chance Broussard for a 21-yard score to move the Sweet Water lead to 27-7.

Mack Wise broke a 27-yard touchdown run with 3:26 left in the opening half to narrow Brantley’s deficit to 27-13.

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SW WR Chastian Washington (22) cradles the ball and makes the catch despite the efforts Brantley DB Jacob Odom (9)

Just before intermission fell in Nolan Atkins Stadium, Smith hit his younger brother Sasha Smith for a 12-yard touchdown pass and the 34-13 lead. The Sweet Water signal caller found the end zone one more time when he connected with Trent Sams for a 12-yard passing touchdown in the fourth quarter.

Smith finished 6 of 10 throwing for 90 yards and three touchdowns. Lewis led the ground game with 102 yards on 12 carries. Brown added 67 yards on 17 carries. Kaleb Greene intercepted a pass for the Sweet Water defense.

Sweet Water (10-1) hosts reigning state champion Maplesville next Friday night in the Class 1A quarterfinals.

Demopolis drops Central-Clay to move to quarterfinals

11-17-17 — Demopolis, Ala. — Demopolis’ Malaki Simpson hits a field goal from the hold of Andrew Patterson to give the Tigers their first points in their victory over Clay Central.

11-17-17 — Demopolis, Ala. — Demopolis’ Demetrius Davis (1) celebrates with Malaki Simpson (89) after Simpson hit a field goal to give the Tigers their first points of the game in their victory over Clay Central.

Demopolis relied on its defense at virtually every turn Friday night to frustrate Central-Clay County and punch its ticket to the Class 5A quarterfinals. Demopolis downed the Volunteers 17-6 to set up a third round date with Vigor High next week.

The Tigers found themselves with their backs proverbially against the wall early as the Volunteers had the ball on the Demopolis 1. As Cameron Peoples went over the top for an attempted touchdown, the Tigers knocked the ball out and Derrick Birl pounced on it, staving the threat.

“It was huge. I think we lost our leverage a couple of times early. They got a big run early,” Demopolis coach Brian Seymore said. “Our kids got a little penetration right there. I think Fred actually got his hand on the ball and knocked it loose. We got a fumble recovery right there and that got our defense loosened up. Huge play. Probably the play of the game.”

The Volunteers scarcely threatened again. Demopolis found some offensive mojo in the second quarter when Andrew Patterson found Tyquan Alston for a 31-yard gain to help set up a 25-yard field goal by Malaki Simpson, the first of the freshman kicker’s career.

“I saw him in warmups and he was hitting the ball real well,” Seymore said. “For him to step up and knock that thing through showed a lot of character on his part. We needed some points.”

The Tigers found the end zone for the first time on a remarkable catch and run from A.J. Jackson with 2:10 remaining in the first half. The senior tailback hauled in a screen pass and reversed field multiple times to complete the 59-yard touchdown play and put the Tigers up 10-0.

11-17-17 — Demopolis, Ala. — Demopolis’ A.J. Jackson breaks free on a touchdown run in the first half of the Tigers’ victory over Clay Central.

“(Offensive coordinator Matt) Mellown and the offensive staff made a good call right there,” Seymore said. “When you get a good athlete like A.J. in the open field, he has the ability to make a lot of people miss and also has the ability to outrun people.”

Demopolis broke it open early in the fourth quarter when Patterson threw over the top down the left side and dropped it right into the arms of Alston, who sprinted the rest of the way to complete a 90-yard touchdown strike.

“I caught it. I almost went out of bounds. When I caught it, all I could remember was ‘Don’t get caught. Don’t get caught.’ It has happened every time,” Alston, who got his first career touchdown on the play, said in allusion to the multiple plays this season where he has been drug down just feet from the goal line. “I was looking back trying to make sure I didn’t get caught.”

“We give him a lot of crap about getting caught. We call him slow and everything,” Patterson joked. “But he was not getting caught tonight. He turned on those jets and he was gone.”

The play effectively put the game out of reach for Central-Clay.

“It started with the protection. Patty threw a strike. He hit him right in the numbers right there,” Seyomre said. “Tyquan looked it in. He just turned on the jets and tight-roped the sideline right there. That was probably the nail in the coffin right there.”

Alston finished with three receptions for 132 yards. Patterson finished 10 of 19 for 241 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

The Tigers (10-2) travel to Prichard next week to face Vigor in the third round.

11-17-17 — Demopolis, Ala. — Demopolis’ Keionte Whitfield (88) and Alexander Besteder (3) wrap up a Volunteer runner as Derrick Birl (24) closes in during the Tigers’ victory over Clay Central.

11-17-17 — Demopolis, Ala. — Demopolis’ Tyquan Alston secures a pass that he would turn into a touchdown during the Tigers’ victory over Clay Central.