Football Friday: Sept. 2, 2022
By WVUA 23 Sports Reporter Drew Pavan
WVUA-23 recaps Week Three of the High School football season. Enjoy highlights, scores, cheerleaders, and ‘Band of the Week’.
Hillcrest vs Northridge; GAME OF THE WEEK
Patriots top Northridge 30-23; Hillcrest moves to 3-0.
By WVUA 23 Sports Reporter Ronnell Foreman Jr
The Hillcrest Patriots continue their dominance on the road defeating Northridge 30-23.
In a game dominated by young talent and recruits. The Rams went blow for blow with the Patriots as they scored 13 early. The Patriots rallied from down 13 to keep the game close going into halftime down. 16-14.
Northridge standout and Alabama Commit Wilkin Formby was dominant throughout the game. As well as 4-Star TJ Banks who has many SEC offers including one from the Crimson Tide.
Hillcrest standout and Southern Miss commit Ethan Crawford was just to much for the Rams as his versatility on both the air and the ground catapulted the Patriots to victory in a hard fought matchup to win it 30-23.
Northridge drops to 0-2 on the season and will play Bessemer City.
Hillcrest improves to 3-0 and will play the 1-2 Hueytown Golden Gophers.
Paul W. Bryant vs Central
Central Defeats Paul Bryant 33-24; Honors School History.
By WVUA 23 Sports Reporter Alex Boothe
The 6-A region 4 game featured the Central Falcons hosting the Paul W. Bryant Stampede. Coach Harold “Red” Lutz of Tuscaloosa High School and Coach Jim Holland of Druid High School were both honored during the game. Both men were the last head coaches of Druid and Tuscaloosa High as their schools closed to form Central High School 43 years ago.
During the first drive of the game for Central, running back Shunkeith Turner would catch a pass on a swing route and find plenty of green grass to run on down the sideline all the way for a touchdown to make the score 7-0, Falcons early. Paul Bryant would have a response though, during the very next drive running back Dylan Davis would run it in for the easy score, after a missed p-a-t the Faclons would still hold a 7-6 lead.
Central tried to respond. Quarterback David McNeil would keep the ball himself and scramble all the way down to the goal line but it was ruled just short. Paul Bryant defense would stand strong. Central would toss the ball to Turner again but this time he gets stuffed and the Stampede gets a big stop. Central would pull away in the second half, cruising to a 33-24 victory over the Stampede.
The Central High Falcons pick up their fist win of the season, moving to 1-2. Next up for the Falcons is a visit to the Brookwood Panthers. Meanwhile, the Paul W. Bryant Stampede falls to 0-3. The Stampede will visit the McAdory Yellowjackets looking for their first win of the season next week.
Lamar County vs Greene County
Lamar County holds off Greene County in a close matchup
by WVUA 23 Sports Reporter Shawl Pryor
The Lamar County Bulldogs were at Greene County to take on the Tigers in a 2A Region 5 matchup. This was a competitive matchup, but the Bulldogs were able to come out on top 34-28
The Tigers were the first to get on the board as quarterback Raymond Lewis was able to connect on a short pass to Kaden Jones, who would go on to shed a few tackles on his way to the end zone. Greene County would convert on the two-point conversion to give them an early 8-0 lead.
Lamar County responded with two unanswered touchdowns, one from running back Jordan Godsey that gave them a 14-8 lead at the end of the first quarter. Heading into the second quarter the Bulldogs seemed to be taking control of the game on both ends of the ball. Auburn Kivette proved to be a playmaker for the Bulldogs, securing an interception that set them up in the red zone, and then hauling in a pass from Alexander Bradford for a touchdown. After a failed two-point conversion attempt, the Bulldogs would take a 20-8 lead.
Greene County would fight back, but Lamar County would hold on for the six point win. After this game, both teams sit at 2-1 on the season.
Thompson vs Vestavia Hills
Thompson gets their first victory of the season; Beat Vestavia Hills 34-14.
South Lamar vs Berry
South Lamar tops Berry 33-8.
By WVUA 23 Sports Reporter Jeremy Bryant
BERRY – The South Lamar Stallions High School football team arrived for a road game against the Berry Wildcats. The Stallions looked to keep their bragging for another year over the wildcats. The stallions won four of the last five meetings between the two teams before they lined up for another annual matchup Friday night, Sept. 2
The stallions got to work early and often as their offense seemed unstoppable, scoring 33 unanswered points in the first half; however, they slowed down in the second half as the Wildcats looked to put up a bigger fight trying to flip the script. The defense for both squads took over as both teams would rely on their running game, to no avail, as they were forced to settle for multiple third down stops.
Later in the game the Stallions’ cornerback, Landon McCarra seemed to give life back to his team as he high-pointed the football for a smooth interception to get inside the red zone, igniting the visiting team’s crowd. The return was soon after taken off the stat sheet as it was negated by a Stallions’ penalty that seemed to zap all the momentum they had left.
The Wildcats offense started to churn halfway into the fourth quarter as running back Charles Neal pulled off an aggressive run, breaking tackles to get in the end zone for Berry’s lone touchdown in the game. Hudson Naramore followed up the score with a plowing run for the two-point conversion to cut their deficit to 33-8 until the scoreboard reached triple zeros.
Berry will fall to (0-2) as they look to turn their luck around in a matchup on the road against Pickens County. South Lamar will improve to (2-1) as they turn their attention to a home showdown against Hubbertville.
Oak Grove vs Northside
Northside wins against Oak Grove 28-7; starts season 3-0.
By: WVUA 23 Sports Reporter Amari Chaffer
Tigers Christopher Riley started the game off throwing to Kaden Scoggins for a deep pass to get the first down but could not complete the drive with a score.
Northside’s Braden Green found Jayden Roberts for a touchdown giving the Rams a 7-0 lead.
The Oak Grove Tigers respond in the next drive with Collin Pate diving in the end zone to tie the game.
Braden Green then showed off his arm strength by connecting with Devin Guin for another Rams touchdown.
Just as the Tigers started to gain momentum the Northside’s defense forced a fumble and recovered the ball.
Northside would close out the game by scoring two more touchdowns giving them a 28-7 victory to start the season 3-0.
Tarrant vs Fayette County
Fayette County defeats Tarrant in a landslide; Fayette wins it 45-0.
By WVUA 23 Sports Student Reporter Grace Brister
Fayette County High School defeated Tarrant High School 45-0 in its third game of the season in a AAA region five game at Waldon Tucker Field.
In the first quarter, Tarrant’s Syncere Terry got the ball and tried to push it through Fayette’s defense. He fought to stay up, but he was eventually met by Hollis Strawbridge who took him down by the 25 yard line.
Fayette County’s quarterback Blake Johnson hands the ball off to Charles Grant who took the ball into the end zone for the first touchdown of the game.
The Tiger’s Brian Watts got a two-point conversion to advance the lead 8-0.
Later in the first quarter, Tarrant’s Hunter Robson missed the snap, and it was recovered by Fayette County’s Stefon Hughes.
Dylan Schloerb gets another touchdown for the Tigers. Fayette County led by 16 at the end of the first quarter.
Fayette County will travel to face Carbon Hill next week for a regional game. Tarrant will travel to face Okaman for a regional game.
Brookwood vs Hueytown
Hueytown Overpowers Brookwood to Open Regional Play
By WVUA 23 Sports Reporter Kalen Brooks
HUEYTOWN, AL- The Hueytown Golden Gophers (1-2, 1-0) defeated the visiting Brookwood Panthers (2-1, 0-1) 67-13 opening regional play and notching their first win of the season after losing their first two games against Ramsay and Clay-Chalkville.
The Hueytown offense got off to an explosive start and proceeded to force it’s way through Brookwood’s defensive efforts behind the athleticism of the reigning Gatorade Player of the year quarterback Earl Woods.
“Earl’s a special player, everybody knows that. He’s going to make plays for us when we need it. Just real happy the way he led our team all week and came out tonight and did what he was supposed to do,” said Hueytown head coach Greg Patterson.
Woods and the Golden Gopher offense scored on their first 10 drives of the game racking up five touchdowns on the ground and another five through the air.
Unfortunately, to the chagrin of Brookwood, the Panthers offense couldn’t keep up with the rhythm and energy that Hueytown possessed rallying behind Woods. Hueytown pulled Wood and the rest of it’s starters just before halftime sitting comfortably at 47-7. Woods finished the night throwing 9-for-11 for 242 passing yards and 4 passing touchdowns, he also managed to run for 44 yards as well.
Hueytown will look to keep their good luck going next week when they play the Hillcrest Patriots at home next week in what should be a contested game.
Brookwood will try and clean their wounds before they host the Central Falcons next week.
Spain Park vs Hoover
Hoover tops Spain Park 24-10.
By WVUA 23 Sports Executive Producer Stu Mccann
Hoover running back Ahamari Williams delivered a touchdown pass and a touchdown run in the Buccaneers 24-10 win over Spain Park.
Hoover had an early 10-0 lead before Spain Park rallied to tie the game.
With under a minute to go before halftime, Williams got the lead back for the Bucs. Hoover lined up in the Wildcat formation, putting Williams at quarterback on 4th-and-1 from the Spain Park 20-yard line. The Jaguars defense lined up expecting a run, but Williams threw a touchdown to K.J. Law over the drawn in defense. The point after gave a 17-10 lead with 58 seconds remaining in the first half.
Williams accounted for the only touchdown of the second half, scoring on a 14-yard run midway through the 4th quarter.
Next week, Hoover (2-1, 1-0) hosts Vestavia Hills (1-2, 0-1) at the Hoover Met. Spain Park (1-2, 0-1) is on the road at Thompson (1-2, 1-0). Both games are scheduled for Friday at 7:00 p.m.
Bibb County vs West Blocton
Bibb wipes West Blocton 35-0.
By WVUA 23 Sports Reporter Tyler White
West Blocton hosted crosstown rival Bibb County under the lights Friday night and it was all Choctaws as they would beat the Tigers 35-0.
Bibb County rode a stout defensive effort and running game to the victory as the team would score four touchdowns and only allowed West Blocton four snaps in the Choctaw territory in the first half.
Bibb County running back Jaison Taylor got the scoring started with a 10-yard rushing touchdown on the first drive of the game, and the ensuing West Blocton drive would result in a Braxton Wallace 38-yard pick-six.
Then after a 42-yard pass to Antonious Steele on the Choctaw’s next offensive possession, Bibb County quarterback John Downs would carry it the rest of the way himself on a 7-yard rushing touchdown to give the Choctaws a 21-0 lead they would take to the half.
In the second half, the Bibb County defense had to overcome a bevy of penalties but remained firm, and running back Colby Collums would score two more touchdowns for the Choctaws to cap off the 35-0 route.
Bibb County next hosts American Christian Academy and the Tigers head to Sipsey Valley to face the Bears.
Winfield vs Gordo
Gordo just edges Winfield 49-42 in Thriller.
By WVUA 23 Sports Executive Producer Stu Mccann
In a game that included 91 total points and nine lead changes, Gordo was one score better than Winfield for a 49-42 win.
Gordo started strong, scoring the first two touchdowns for a 13-0 lead. Winfield rallied with back-to-back scores of its own, and then another touchdown before halftime to give the Pirates a 21-20 lead at the break.
The second half picked up right where the first half left off. Gordo and Winfield traded touchdowns, and the game was tied at 35 at the end of the third quarter.
Winfield appeared to grab momentum early in the fourth quarter when Hayden Ballard returned an interception for a Pirates touchdown. The extra point gave Winfield a 42-35 lead.
Gordo quarterback Brax Garrison helped the Greenwave get back on track. First, Garrison hit Kohl Summerville for a 49-yard catch-and-run touchdown. The extra point tied the game at 42.
Gordo’s defense forced a fourth down stop with 48 seconds left in the game, and Garrison and the offense were up to the challenge of producing a “quick strike”. This time, Garrison hit Ethan Wilder for a 60-yard touchdown pass, giving the Greenwave the lead with only 24 seconds remaining.
Next week, Gordo (2-1, 1-0) travels to Birmingham to take on Midfield High School (0-3, 0-1). The game is scheduled for Friday at 7:00 p.m.
Winfield (2-1, 0-1) is off this week. The Pirates’ next game is at home against Midfield on Friday, Sept. 16.