Football Friday, Week 7: Oct. 9, 2020

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Berry vs Pickens County

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Berry Spoils Pickens County’s Homecoming, Beats the Tornados

By WVUA 23 Sports Reporter Cooper Huskey

The Berry football program made history last week. The Wildcats had never beaten their region rival Pickens County in the modern era. In fact, Berry’s only win on record against the Tornados was 86 years ago. But that changed last Thursday night, with a 29-28 win.

With 1:52 left in the game, the Wildcats took over at midfield trailing Pickens County 28-22. If the Wildcats were going to snap an extremely long losing streak, it would have to be on this drive.

On the first play of the drive, Wildcats’ quarterback Isaiah Kizzire connected with receiver Tyler Lollar for 34 yards.

Then Berry running back Trent Smith took over. He and the Wildcats scored a touchdown on fourth down play to tie the game 28-28 with 36 seconds to go. The Wildcats got the extra point for the lead and the win.

The whole game was just as exciting as the final drive in the back-and-forth nail biter. Here is what lead up to Berry scoring the final touchdown of the game.

There was no scoring in the first quarter, but the two teams found their stride in the second. Pickens County would be first on the board when quarterback Javion Belle went deep and found Jacoris Barnes for a 36-yard touchdown pass. The Tornados would convert on a 2-point conversion to go up 8-0.

Berry would respond with a 26-yard touchdown run by Trent Smith. A successful 2-point conversion would tie the game up at 8.

On the next possession, Lollar would pick off Belle and take it to the house to give the Wildcats a 14-8 lead.

Pickens County was not ready to go quietly into the night though. The Tornados would respond to the pick-six with a drive downfield capped off a with 7-yard touchdown run by running back Xerrance Washington. This touchdown would tie the game back up at 14.

Berry did not want to take the tie into halftime. On the ensuing kickoff, Wildcats’ Jonathan Locke broke a few tackles and ran the ball back 80 yards for a touchdown. The Wildcats would convert on the 2 point conversion and take a 22-14 lead in the half.

The Wildcats held onto the lead until the middle of the fourth quarter, but the Tornados battled back. Belle would find receiver Barnes in the end zone again for another touchdown to narrow their deficit to 22-20.

On the next kickoff, Berry would muff the kick and the Tornados freshman Korbit Summerville would fall on the ball to give Pickens County another offensive possession.

The Tornados would score on that drive off a touchdown run by senior, and recently announced Homecoming King, Kajaveion “K.J.” Byrd. Pickens County would convert on the 2-point conversion to take the lead 28-22 with less than two minutes left in the game, leading to Berry’s game-winning drive.

With the win, Berry improves to 6-1 overall and 5-0 in league play. Their next game will be October 16 against the Brilliant Tigers.

Pickens County falls to 5-2 overall and 4-1 in league play. Their next game will be October 16 against the Meek Tigers.

Oak Mountain vs Tuscaloosa County

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Tuscaloosa County falls short to Oak Mountain

By WVUA 23 Sports Reporter McKenzie Williams

The Wildcats had a rough start to Thursday night’s game against the Eagles with a 14-0 score at halftime.

However, TCHS was able to put themselves on the scoreboard and nearly erase a 21-point deficit before falling short and losing to the Oak Mountain Eagles, 42-21.

Senior running back Damien Taylor rushed for 103 yards on 18 carries. Wide receiver Christian Davis also had a night for the Wildcats with catching five passes for 34 yards and a touchdown, but the offense as a whole struggled until the fourth quarter.

Quarterback Brax Garrison was only able to complete 8 of 20 passes for 56 yards and a touchdown.

The Wildcats defense struggled as well.

Oak Mountain quarterback Evan Smith dominated the game while carrying 23 times for 243 yards and four touchdowns, including a 66-yard scoring run in the fourth quarter to seal the game for the Eagles.

TCHS dropped their season record to 2-5. They will take on Hoover next week on the road.

Hillcrest vs McAdory

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Hillcrest sneaks past McAdory

By WVUA 23 Sports Reporter Ryan Carter

Hillcrest went on the road on Friday to face the Yellow Jackets from McAdory, taking home a 45-41 win.

The Yellow Jackets got their offense going fast and found the end zone early to go up 7-0, but Hillcrest would answer with a touchdown of their own to tie the game up.

The defenses would also make some noise in this contest as well, as both squads get interceptions to give their offenses a chance to score some points, but Hillcrest would come out on top.

Hillcrest improves to 6-1 overall, and 3-1 in Class 6A Region 4. The Patriots will host the Bryant Stampede on Friday night.

McAdory drops to 4-4 overall, and 3-1 in Class 6A Region 4.  The Yellow Jackets will go on the road to face Hueytown on Friday night.

Brookwood vs Paul Bryant

Paul W. Bryant Takes Down Brookwood on Homecoming

By WVAU 23 Sports Reporter Alex Boothe

On Thursday, Brookwood Panthers made the trip to face off with Paul W. Bryant Stampede on the road.

Early in the game it appeared it would be a runaway game for the Stampede.

In Bryant’s first drive of the game, quarterback Cameron Ellis hit wide receiver  Kalix Lewis for the first touchdown of the game to put them up 6-0. Next drive for the Stampede, Ellis would hand it off to running back Tobias Howard who would get in the endzone for a 5-yard touchdown.

Bryant looking to pour it on, scored on all three of their first drives after Ellis hands it off to Jordan Louie who ran it 50 yards for the touchdown, making it a 19-0 score.

Brookwood would not go away easy though. Quarterback Kobie Humphries would hand it off to running back CJ Cummins would break the plane and get in for the touchdown. The Panthers made the score 19-8 with a 2 point conversion. Brookwood scores again on their next drive after another short run by CJ Cummins and the Panthera 2 point try would be good again, making it a 19-16 lead now for the Stampede going into the half.

Paul W. Bryant was able to pull away in the 2nd half with a strong defensive performance, winning the game 33-23. Bryant moves to 3-4 with the win while Brookwood now falls to 1-7 on the year.

Next up for the Paul W. Bryant Stampede is a match up with 6-1 Hillcrest. Will be a tough task for the Stampede going up against the number 2 team in 6A region 4. Meanwhile, the Brookwood Panthers will face off against winless Bessemer City.

Thomasville vs Hale County

Thomasville is Too Much for Hale County, Improves to 7-0

By WVUA 23 Sports Reporter Cooper Huskey

Hale County kept the game close in the first half, but the Thomasville proved to be too much for the Wildcats in the second half. The Tigers won the game 45-20.

Thomasville would open the scoring with a 2-yard touchdown run in the first quarter to go up 7-0.

The Tigers would extend their lead in the second quarter to 14-0 on another 2-yard touchdown run.

Hale County wasn’t ready to give up though. On the very next play, Donavan Dicker runs back the kick-off to put the Wildcats on the board.

Later, still in the second quarter, Thomasville would drive down to the Wildcats’ 1-yard line, but have the ball stripped from them by Jamarion Ryans. Ryans would run 99 yards and score a touchdown to tie the game up at 14.

Thomasville would regain the lead on a 30-yard field goal by Jacob Horner.

On the next drive, Hale County would get their first and only lead of the game on a touchdown. The Wildcats would miss the extra point to make the score 20-17.

The Wildcats would not have that lead for long as Thomasville would score a touchdown in the final minutes of the first half on a Courtney Holt Jr. run. The Tigers would go up 24-20 and take that lead into the half.

In the second half, it was Thomasville. The Tigers scored 3 more touchdowns in the second half and would keep Hale County out of the end zone. The final score would be 45-20 in favor of Thomasville.

Thomasville improves to 7-0 overall and 4-0 in region play. The Tigers’ next game is October 16 at Montgomery Academy.

Hale County falls to 5-3 overall and 2-3 in region play. The Wildcats’ next game is also October 16 and will be at Greensboro.

Selma vs Central

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Selma Takes Down Central

By WVUA 23 Sports Reporter Ryan Carter

Selma traveled to Central on Friday and took home a 32-12 victory over the Falcons.

It was a tight game at the half as the Selma Saints led 16-12 but the offense would get things rolling out of the gates with a touchdown to extend the lead to 12.

The Falcons would have a chance to score in the third after a nice punt return, but would fail to do so, and the Saints would take control for the rest of the game.

Selma improves to 5-2 overall, and 4-0 in Class 5A Region 3.  The Saints will host Sipsey Valley on Friday night.

Central drops to 2-5 overall, and 1-3 in Class 5A Region 3.  The Falcons will travel to Jemison on Friday night to take on the Panthers.

Brilliant vs Hubbertville

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Hubbertville takes the win against Brilliant

By WVUA 23 Sports Reporter McKenzie Williams

The cowbells were ringing in Hubbertville Thursday night as the Lions took on the Brilliant Tigers.

Quarterback Gage Key put Hubbertville on the scoreboard with his first touchdown of the night. A few possessions later, Key scored his second touchdown bringing it to 12-0.

Brilliant finally made it into the end zone with a pass from Kade Bryant to Braden Omary.

With a minute until halftime, Bryant made another touchdown with a pass to Wiley Hanson making it 14-12 at the half.

Hubbertville went on to win with a final score on 40-33.

Thompson vs Gadsden City

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Thompson Shuts Out Gadsden City

By WVUA 23 Sports Reporter Jason Williams

Thompson High School had a big win over Gadsden City, 48-0.

Thompson Wide Receiver JB Mitchell had three touchdown catches in the first half alone. He finished the night with 11 catches and 155 yards.

The defense was also on a roll as defensive back Tony Mitchell had a pick-six in the first half to make the score 20-0. His pick-six was the first one of the year for the Warriors.

Then on Gadsden City’s next drive, Mitchell struck again with another interception. This one came in the Gadsden City end zone.

Thompson improves its record to 8-0 and have now won 12 games in a row dating back to last season. They will be traveling to play Oak Mountain who is 6-1 in a region showdown.

Gadsden City falls to 3-5 and will be on the road this week as they take on a 6-2 Hewitt-Trussville.

Jackson-Olin vs Jasper

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Jackson-Olin defeats Jasper for their sixth straight loss

By WVUA 23 Sports Reporter McKenzie Williams

The Vikings fell 35-7 to Jackson-Olin Thursday night in their Class 6A, Region 6 game.

Jasper drops to a 1-6 on the year and 0-4 in the region.

The Vikings have lost six in a row in the same season for the first time since 1994.

Carbon Hill vs Oakman

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Oakman Defeats Carbon Hill in Regional Game

By WVUA 23 Sports Reporter McKenzie Williams

Oakman High School hosted their county rival Carbon Hill for a regional game.

Oakman started on offense with Kayden Marchbank taking a direct snap with Sean Douglas capping the drive for their first touchdown of the night.

Oakman’s defense excelled too as they stopped Carbon Hill from ever reaching the end zone with a final score of 47-0.

-Mountain Brook vs Briarwood

-Spain Park vs Hoover

-Hewitt-Trussville vs Vestavia Hills

All the highlights – plus scores, cheerleaders, and ‘Band of the Week’.

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