WVUA 23 Football Friday Rundown- Week 3
By WVUA 23 Sports Reporter Tatumn Vaught
Catch up with WVUA 23 Football Friday high school football coverage from this past week.
Sumter Central at American Christian Academy
By WVUA 23 Sports Reporter Grace Brister
American Christian Academy defeated Sumter Central at home 42-0 in a 4A Region 3 game.
Quarterback Sawyer Deerman handed the ball off to Christian Davis who ran it straight into the end zone for the first touchdown of the game for ACA.
Wide receiver, Chance Henderson, secured the pass from Deerman and ran the ball in to score another touchdown for the Patriots.
Still in the first quarter, Deerman handed the ball off to Kolby Preskitt who brought in the third touchdown for ACA.
Again, Deerman found Alex Pace at the edge of the end zone and pushed it in for another touchdown.
In the middle of the second quarter, Deerman found Henderson who caught the ball in the end zone and put the Patriots at a 32-0 lead at halftime.
ACA will face Bibb County High School next Friday for a region game, and Sumter central will face Holt High School for a region game.
Wetumpka at Hillcrest
By WVUA 23 Sports Reporter Alex Boothe
The Wetumpka Indians visited the Hillcrest Patriots this past Friday. Hillcrest came out on top and won the game 17-6.
<span style=”font-size: 14px;”>Fourth and goal as Hillcrest quarterback Ethan Crawford took the snap, broke a tackle, and powered his way into the endzone to get the scoring started. That made the score 7-0 for the Patriots in the first quarter.</span>
<p>The Indians quickly answered back as quarterback Nathan Rogers took the read-option himself 40-yards for a touchdown. The kicker missed the extra point to leave the game at 7-6, with Hillcrest ahead by one.</p><div></div><p>The Patriots quickly took over the lead as Crawford took the play-action snap and delivered the touchdown pass to senior receiver J’quon Sturdivant. Hillcrest took a 14-6 lead going into halftime.</p><p>The defenses held strong in the second half and Hillcrest came out on top.</p>
Next up for Hillcrest is a home game vs the Hueytown Golden Gophers. Meanwhile, the Wetumpka Indians will host Benjamin Russell.
Tuscaloosa Academy at Bessemer Academy
By WVUA 23 Sports Reporter Matthew Travis
Bessemer Academy was at home against Tuscaloosa Academy on Friday night and won the game 27-6.
This game was personal as Bessemer Academy’s head coach Jonathan Wright also happened to be brothers with Tuscaloosa Academy’s head coach, Josh Wright.
The two teams entered the second quarter scoreless until Tuscaloosa Academy scored in the second.
The Knights entered the fourth quarter up 20-0 and ran away with this game beating Bessemer Academy, as TA’s Josh Wright wins the battle of brothers.
Tuscaloosa Academy improves to 2-1 on the season and will host Patrician Academy on Friday, September 17th while Bessemer Academy falls to 1-2 and will head to Prattville for a matchup with Autauga Academy on Friday, September 17th.
Northridge at Bessemer City
By WVUA 23 Sports Reporter Cooper Huskey
The Northridge Jaguars scored early and often in a 42-20 road victory over the Bessemer City Tigers.
In the first quarter alone, the Jaguars scored three touchdowns and forced two turnovers.
On the first play of the game, Northridge’s Cory White fielded the kickoff return on a couple of hops, broke away from the defenders, and brought the ball 75-yards down the field for a touchdown. Unfortunately, due to a block in the back, the score did not count, and the Jags started with the ball at the 50-yard line.
Later that drive, running back LiEric Street pounded the ball up the middle for the Jaguars’ first official touchdown.
On the second play of the ensuing Bessemer City possession, Northridge defensive back Derric Griffin picked off a ball that was tipped off the fingers of a Bessemer City receiver.
It only took Northridge a few plays to find the back of the endzone again, this time with Kollyn Shelnutt connecting with Christopher Jack for an 18-yard touchdown pass.
The offensive struggles continued for the Tigers on the next drive. Some miscommunication led to a fumbled snap that Northridge pounced on and got their second turnover of the game.
After another short drive, Shelnutt found Whitt Winfield in the back corner of the endzone and put the Jaguars up 21-0.
Northridge cruised for the rest of the game and won 42-20.
With the win, Northridge improves to 4-0 overall and 2-0 in region play. Their next game will be at home against the Brookwood Panthers (0-4, 0-2).
With the loss, Bessemer City falls to 0-4 overall and 0-2 in region play. Their next game will be at home against the McAdory Yellow Jackets (4-0, 1-0).
McAdory at Paul W. Bryant
By WVUA 23 Sports Reporter Tatumn Vaught
Paul Bryant hosted McAdory on Friday night and defeated the Yellow Jackets 42-23.
McAdory started the game off strong when Cameron Shepard handed the ball off to Peyton Ryans who gained six for the Jackets to kick off the quarter.
Later in the first quarter, Shepard completed another hand-off to Roderick Thomas to continue their power ground game and earned another touchdown for McAdory.
The run game didn’t stop there, Ryans scored yet another touchdown for McAdory, putting them up 28-3 in the second quarter.
The Stampede didn’t go down easy when Jordan Louie took the punt return all the way back to the 2-yard line to put Bryant in perfect scoring position.
Although they took advantage and scored on the next play, McAdory didn’t let them catch up and hung on to the lead to win the game.
Paul Bryant will host East Hamilton High School on Friday for a chance at redemption.
Spain Park at Thompson
By WVUA 23 Executive Producer Stu McCann
Thomspon continued their winning streak on Friday when they defeated Spain Park 49-3.
In the past three games, the Warriors had gone 3-0, and even more impressive, had outscored their opponents by a total of 168 points to nothing.
Thompson didn’t waste much time getting in their typical groove when Justin Pegues picked up the pun return on the bounce and blew past every player on the field for a touchdown in the first quarter.
Still in the first, Thompson quarterback, Connor Harrell, couldn’t find anyone open to throw to, so he took off instead and ran impressive moves and battled his way through tacklers all the way to the end zone, putting the Warriors up 21-0.
Thompson’s defense wanted some action too when Jeremiah Alexander busted Spain Park’s play and gained a tackle for loss.
Later in the second quarter, Warriors’ Brandon Franklin went around the left side for the second touchdown of the half, making the score 35-3.
Although Thompson’s shutout streak ended, the Warriors didn’t look as if they were slowing down anytime soon. They will host undefeated Hewitt-Trussville in a huge matchup on Friday to play potentially thier hardest game of the regular season.
Vinemont at Carbon Hill
By WVUA 23 Videographer Keith Dobbins
Carbon Hill hosted Vinemont on Friday night and the Eagles won 30-22.
The Bulldogs trailed early in the first half, but workhorse Devon Daniels didn’t let that happen for long when he tied the game 8-8.
Vinemont quarterback Colby Miller found some running room, but couldn’t hold on to the ball. Isaiah Thompson recovered the fumble for the Bulldogs, giving Carbon Hill possession.
Daniels didn’t stay out of the spotlight long when he showed some nifty footwork and put the Bulldogs in scoring position.
Carbon Hill quarterback Clay Tittle found Cameron DeJesus for six and put the game at another tie, 14-14.
DeJesus took a tipped ball into the endzone late in the second quarter, giving Carbon Hill the lead, 22-14.
Vinemont came roaring back as Kayden Henderson found the end zone and ended the half with the game tied at 22-22.
Vinemont continued with that momentum and won the ball game. They will host Tarrant on Friday, while Carbon Hill will travel to Holly Pond.
Demopolis at Sipsey Valley
By WVUA 23 Sports Reporter Jack Hutchens
The Bears hosted the Tigers on Friday, but Demopolis came out on top winning 60-12 over Sipsey Valley.
The Tigers were up big in the second quarter, but the Bears showed some fight when the quarterback threw a bomb down the right sideline for a completion.
Demopolis held the Bears when their strong defense got the sack to put Sipsey back. The Tigers took advantage and drove the ball down on offense, finishing the drive with a touchdown, which made the score 35-0.
Sipsey will travel to Jemison for another region game, while Demopolis will go play the 2-2 Shelby County Wildcats on their turf.
Gordo at Northside
WVUA 23 Game of the Week
By WVUA 23 Sports Reporter Jalen Prince
In WVUA 23’s Game of the Week, the Northside Rams pulled off a huge upset over the No.1 ranked team in 4A, Gordo, and won 14-12.
Neither team could put up points early, but Rams’ junior Justin Montgomery came up with the big interception from Gordo Quarterback Tanner Bailey.
After the turnover, Rams’ quarterback Braden Green found Logan Sullivan for the first touchdown of the game. They missed the extra point, making the score 6-0.
In the second half, both teams tied it up 6-6. Northside took the lead when Green found senior Jace Mcnutt for the touchdown. The Rams got the two-point conversion, putting the score at 14-6.
With three minutes left in the 4th quarter, Tanner Bailey didn’t let the Green Wave go down easy. The Oregon commit found his big target Kohl Summerville for the touchdown.
The Greenwave tried to tie the game when they attempted the two-point conversion, but the Northside defense got the stop after Rams senior Keiton Camp made the sack on Bailey.
Northside will travel to Hamilton, AL to take on another undefeated team, the Hamilton Aggies this Friday at 7 p.m. Gordo will look to bounce back at home against Haleyville this Friday at 7 p.m.
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