FOOTBALL FRIDAY – WEEK 9, 10/23/20
Watch WVUA-23’s Football Friday show, recapping Week 9 of the season. High school highlights from:
McAdory vs. Northridge
<h4>Northridge Earns 3rd Spot in 6A Region 4 Playoffs Against McAdory</h4><p>By WVUA 23 Sports Reporter Tatumn Vaught</p>
<p>The Mcadory Yellowjackets traveled to Northridge High School on Friday night for their annual homecoming game. It was a battle for the third in the 6A Region4 playoffs, but the Jaguars clinched it with a 26-7 win at home when Mcadory struggled by turning the ball over all night.</p><p>The ball flew from the hands of one quarterback to another in the first quarter as Jackets’ junior No.8 Cameron Shepherd threw a long ball into the arms of Northridge senior No.14 Zach Bates for the first interception of the night.</p><p>Mcadory tried to turn their luck around, but the same outcome arose for the Yellowjackets. No.27 wide receiver David Livingston picked off the ball to regain possession for the Jaguars.</p><p>Mcadory finally found themselves in the red zone before the half, but it did not last long. Shepherd looked to pass to his teammates to score but instead, the ball was tipped into the hands of freshman Travaris Banks. Not only did Northridge gain the pick-6, but they took it all the way to the house!</p><p>Jaguars’ second quarterback, sophomore Kollyn Shelnutt, came into the game in the second quarter and made some moves. Shelnutt handed the ball off to Lieric Street for another Northridge touchdown.</p><p>When it seemed like an all Jaguar ball game, Jackets’ junior No.15 Ken’darrius Kelley sacked Shelnutt to move the momentum towards Mcadory. It was not enough for the Yellowjackets, as Northridge set up a play in the red zone and did not waste any time. Sophomore Patrick Hall took it in for yet another Jaguar touchdown.</p><p>Northridge won the bout against Mcadory and moved their record to 7-2 overall. The Jaguars will travel to Northport on Friday to play the Tuscaloosa County Wildcats in a non-conference matchup. Mcadory will be fourth going into the playoffs and will travel to play Spanish Fort this week in hopes to strengthen their 4-6 overall record.</p>
Spain Park vs. Tuscaloosa County
<p></p><h4>Big Second Half Scores Spain Park First Region Win</h4><p>By WVUA 23 Sports Reporter Cooper Huskey</p><p>Spain Park scored 35 points in the second half to come back and beat Tuscaloosa County 35-34. This was the Jaguars’ first region win this year.</p><p>Tuscaloosa County jumped out to an early lead in the first quarter with a 3-yard touchdown run by Damien Taylor to put the Wildcats up 7-0.</p><p>On the next play, The Wildcats reached into their bag of tricks and successfully completed an onside kick, setting them up in Jaguar territory. The Wildcats would settle for a field goal on this drive and extend their lead to 10-0.</p><p>In the second quarter, Tuscaloosa County would score again on a beautiful pass by Brax Garrison to Christian Davis to make the score 17-0.</p><p>The Wildcats were not done scoring in the first half though. In the final seconds of the game, Tuscaloosa County hit a 46-yard field goal to make the halftime score 20-0.</p><p>That’s when Spain Park started their comeback. In the third quarter, the Jaguars scored their first touchdown of the game on a 23 yard run by Justin Pegues to make the score 20-7.</p><p>Tuscaloosa County would respond with a long touchdown run of their own to restore their lead to 20 points.</p><p>Spain Park would not go away though, and a 5-yard touchdown pass would make the score 27-14.</p><p>In the fourth quarter, the Jags would pull within 6 points on a 50-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Bennett Meredith to Cooper Kelly.</p><p>On the ensuing drive, running back Damien Taylor would break away for a 73-yard touchdown run to give him his third touchdown on the night, making the score 34-21. However, this lead would not be enough to keep the Jaguars at bay.</p><p>With less than 5 minutes left in the game, Spain Park would score again on another Pegues run to make the score 34-28.</p><p>The Jags would then get a crucial stop with a little over two minutes left in the game, giving them one last chance to take the lead.</p><p>With 34 seconds remaining in the game, Meredith would connect with Kelly again for their third touchdown pass to give the Jaguars their first lead of the game 35-34.</p><p>Spain Park improves to 1-6 in region play and 3-6 overall after the win. Their final game of the season will be Thursday, Oct. 29 at Hueytown.</p><p>Tuscaloosa County falls to 1-6 in region play and 2-7 overall after the loss. Their final game of the season will be Friday, Oct. 30 at Northridge.</p>
West Blocton vs. ACA
American Christian Academy cruises to a win over West Blocton
By WVUA 23 Sports Reporter Alex Boothe
The American Christian Academy Patriots hosted the West Blocton Tigers for their homecoming game in Week 9 of Class 4A Region 3 football. The Patriots had their way early on in the game through the air and on the ground.
ACA Quarterback William Suite found wide receiver Camry Jeffery early in the game for a short touchdown that gave the Patriots a quick 7-0 lead. After a 3 and out stop by the Patriots defense, ACA drives down the field and finishes the drive off with a 10-yard touchdown run from running back Brandon Waller who extends the lead to 14-0.
Newly Georgia Bulldog commit, 4-star athlete Kamari Lassiter, got into the action on the next drive with a catch on a screen pass. Lassiter took the screen catch 60 yards untouched for a touchdown as ACA began to run away from West Blocton 21-0 in the 1st quarter.
The Patriots end up cruising to a 49-14 win over regional rival West Blocton. Next up for the undefeated ACA Patriots will be a match up with Class 2A Mars Hill Panthers. The matchup will feature teams with a combined record of 16-1.
Meanwhile, the 4-4 West Blocton Tigers will face off with the 5-4 Dora Bulldogs in week 9 of high school football.
-Bessemer City vs Hillcrest
-Northside vs Hale County
-Monroe Academy vs Tuscaloosa Academy
-Central vs Sipsey Valley
Hoover vs. Thompson
Thompson Slides Past Hoover, Snags Regular Season Championship
By WVUA 23 Sports Reporter Tatumn Vaught
In a battle between the final two undefeated teams in Class 7A Region 3 high school football, the Thompson Warriors hosted the Hoover Buccaneers for the regular-season championship.
A Catch 22 situation, Thompson and Hoover were both 9-0 going into the game but only one would prevail. The Warriors defended their home turf defeating the Buccaneers 39-23, but Hoover definitely put up a fight.
According to Maxpreps, attendance for this much-anticipated matchup was through the roof as approximately 5,000 fans were in the stands to watch the undefeated teams battle it out.
Both teams started the night off strong, but the game really got exciting when Hoover’s No.18 Toshi Yamamoto sacked Thompson’s QB, #15 Connor Harrell on the 47-yard line with seven minutes left in the first quarter.
Hoover’s dominance did not last long; Thompson was the first to score with under five minutes left in the first as No. 26 Jarrett Crockett ran the ball in the end zone. The Warriors followed it up with a good PAT, putting them up 7-0 at the end of the first.
Buccaneer’s Junior Jalen Taylor wasn’t going to let the home team getaway easy. At the beginning of the second, Taylor had a short run to score, followed up by a Hoover extra point, tying the ball game at 7-7.
With eight minutes left in the second and fourth down for Thompson, Harrell threw the ball around the 21-yard line for it to be picked off by Hoover.
No. 38 Vinze Moore kicks the field goal for Hoover after the drive, putting the Buccaneers up 10-7.
Harrell fought back against Hoover soon after, throwing a long ball to JB Mitchell. Mitchell dodged Buccaneer defenders left and right, running 65-yards down the field and scored to put Thompson in the lead 13-10.
With three minutes left in the second, Hoover had their chance to go up at the half. Buccaneer’s running back Massiah Tolen intercepted a pass from Harrell on Thompson’s 45-yard line to set them up to score, but they didn’t take advantage of the opportunity.
Shortly after, Hoover threw a pick-6 when Thompson’s Gavin Shipman ran the ball all the way down the field for an 85-yard touchdown. The Warriors extended their lead, but missed the extra point, putting them up 19-10 at the half.
In the third quarter, Thompson scored a rushing touchdown yet again and followed it up with a successful PAT, putting them up 26-10 with ten minutes to go.
The game only got crazier when Hoover turned over possession on a missed field goal and Thompson ran it back down to their own 20-yard line, but the Warriors did not score. Instead, Buccaneer’s No.41 Markus Clark picked up a fumble and ran it down to Hoover’s end zone to score. The attempted two-point conversion was no good, but Hoover was right on Thompson’s tails with the score at 26-16.
In the fourth quarter, Hoover managed to score once more and complete the extra point, leaving them only down by three, but Thompson ended the hope they had.
The Warriors scored two more touchdowns, with one good PAT, ending the game of the season with a win of 39-23.
Throughout the entire game, both sidelines were on the edge of their seats, but the Warriors were not going to be defeated on their home turf during the regular-season championship.
After taking this week off, Thompson will face off against Grissom at home on Nov. 6 for the first round of the playoffs in hopes to keep their undefeated record stable.
-Fairfield vs Cordova
-Valley Head vs Sumiton Christian
South Lamar vs. Pickens County
<h4>Pickens County Overcomes Early Struggles</h4><p>By WVUA 23 Sports Reporter Jason Williams</p><p>Pickens County was able to overcome a slow start in a 26-6 win over South Lamar</p><p>Despite the Tornadoes turning the ball over three times in the first half they went into halftime up 6-0.</p><p>Pickens County running back Xerrance Washington had a fumble and their Tornadoes quarterback Javion Belle had a hand in two first-half turnovers.</p><p>Halfway through the 2nd quarter though, Belle made up for his earlier mistake and found Kajaveion Byrd for a 20-yard touchdown pass.</p><p>The Pickens County offense got on a roll after halftime.</p><p>In the third quarter the Tornadoes’ offense scored three touchdowns and the defense got a safety to put the game away from the Stallions.</p><p>Pickens County now improves their record to 7-2 and will finish the regular season at home against an 8-1 Gordo team. The Tornadoes have also earned a home playoff game. They will host Woodville in Round 1 of the Class 1A Playoffs.</p><p>South Lamar falls to 1-8 on the season and will finish its season against the 2-7 Sulligent Blue Devils.</p>
Winston County vs Aliceville