WVUA 23 Football Friday Rundown- Week 10
By WVUA 23 Sports Reporter Tatumn Vaught
Catch up with WVUA 23 Football Friday high school football coverage from this past week.
Greene County at Greensboro
By WVUA 23 Sports Reporter Grace Brister
<p dir=”ltr” data-ogsc=”rgb(0, 0, 0)”>Greensboro High School defeated Greene County High School 20-18 for a non-region game.</p><p dir=”ltr” data-ogsc=”rgb(0, 0, 0)”>It was senior night for Greensboro, and they honored football players, cheerleaders, and members of the band.</p><p dir=”ltr” data-ogsc=”rgb(0, 0, 0)”>Early in the first quarter, Greensboro fumbled the ball and Greene County recovered it in the endzone, putting the Tigers ahead 6-0.</p><p>The Raiders fought back and took the lead to win the game.</p>
<p dir=”ltr” data-ogsc=”rgb(0, 0, 0)”>Last season, Greensboro defeated the Tigers 1-0.</p><p dir=”ltr” data-ogsc=”rgb(0, 0, 0)”>Greene County now has an overall record of 3-7, and Greensboro has an overall record of 4-6.</p>
Northside vs Sipsey Valley
By WVUA 23 Sports Executive Producer Stu McCann
The Northside Rams closed out the win like you would imagine a Region Champ would.
The Rams scored the final 33 points of the game in a 45-13 victory over Sipsey Valley in the final week of the regular season.
Northside led 12-6 at halftime, but Sipsey Valley scored a touchdown early in the 3rd quarter to take its first lead of the game. The PAT made the score 13-12.
Northside responded with five touchdowns – two scores to close out the 3rd quarter and three more in the 4th quarter.
Northside improves to 9-1. The Rams will host Madison County next week, in the first round of the AHSAA Class 4A Playoffs.
Sipsey Valley’s record falls to 3-7. The Bears did not qualify for the postseason, and their season is over.
Gordo vs Pickens County
By WVUA 23 Sports Executive Producer Stu McCann
Gordo used a fast start to the second half to pull away from Pickens County and score a 43-14 win in the annual rivalry game between the two schools.
Gordo began the 3rd quarter with a 14-7 lead before the Greenwave scored 20 unanswered points. Gordo quarterback Tanner Bailey scored on a two-yard run, a touchdown pass from Bailey to Christopher Neel, and a defensive score – when Ben Capps returned an interception for a touchdown to give Gordo a 34-7 lead.
The rivalry football game between the Greenwave and the Tornadoes carries the nickname, “8 Mile War,” which is a reference to the proximity between the two schools. Gordo High School and Pickens County High School are located eight miles apart.
The Greenwave and the Tornadoes will both begin the playoffs at home this Friday night. Gordo (8-2, 5-1) will host North Jackson (5-4, 5-2) in the first round of the Class 4A Playoffs.
Pickens County (8-2, 7-0) hosts Phillips High School of Bear Creek in the first round of the Class 1A Playoffs.
Both games are scheduled to begin on Friday at 7 p.m.
Oak Grove at Brookwood
By WVUA 23 Sports Reporter Sam Holley
The Brookwood Panthers defeated Oak Grove 69-14 on their senior night at Billy Joe Young Field.
<p>The Panthers started this game when quarterback Jacob Smithson launched it to Wyatt Smith on the opening drive.</p><div></div><p>It did not take long for the Panthers to get back on the board, Smithson called his own number to put Brookwood up 13-0 early in the first quarter.</p><div></div><p>Smithson continued his big day by throwing a screen pass to Jon-Michael Klinner who kept it himself for another Panther score.</p>
Brookwood finished the season on a high note with a win but had a final record of 3-7.
As for the Tigers, they finished the season 2-8.
Mars Hill at ACA
By WVUA 23 Sports Reporter Cooper Huskey
The American Christian Academy Patriots defeated the Mars Hill Panthers 55-36 in the final week of the regular season.
The Panthers kept the game close in the first half and even had the lead sometimes. However, the Patriots scored a touchdown and converted the two-point conversion in the waning minutes of the second quarter to take a 28-21 lead into halftime. From there, the Patriots never looked back.
They got the ball to start the third quarter and it only took a handful of plays for running back Christian Davis to find the end zone and put ACA up 35-21.
Mars Hill did respond on the next drive with a rushing touchdown of their own from Jay Dobbs to bring them back with seven points, but the Panthers never regained the lead in the game.
ACA outscored Mars Hill 20-8 in the final quarter and a half to win the game 55-36.
With the win, ACA finishes the season 9-1 and first in their region. They will host the Williamson Lions (5-5) in the first round of the 4A playoffs this Friday.
Following the loss, Mars Hill finished the season 7-3 and first in their region. They will host the Sand Rock Wildcats (7-3) in the first round of the 2A playoffs this Friday.
Evangel Christian at Tuscaloosa Christian
By WVUA 23 Sports Reporter Cooper Huskey
Evangel Christian Academy Lions defeated the Tuscaloosa Christian Academy Warriors 32-26 in a thrilling ACAA semifinals game.
The Warriors scored first on a 40-yard touchdown pass from Luke Jones to Jared Walters. Tuscaloosa Christian failed to convert the two-point conversion making the score 6-0.
On the ensuing kickoff, Evangel’s Jeremiah Williams fielded the ball around the Lions’ 30-yard line and returned the ball 70-yards for an Evangel touchdown. The Lions converted the two-point conversion afterward and took an 8-6 lead.
On the following Warriors possession, Evangel’s Jordan Sharp picked off Jones and got inside the red zone setting up the Lions with great field possession. A few plays later, Daryl Mack ran the ball into the end zone for their second touchdown of the night. Another successful two-point conversion put the Lions up 16-6.
Tuscaloosa Christian stormed back on their next drive and scored on another passing touchdown from Jones to Walters in the final minutes of the first quarter. However, another failed two-point conversion kept Evangel ahead 16-12.
The rest of the game was as back and forth as the first quarter was, with Evangel finishing on top 32-26.
With the win, Evangel improves to 6-2 and will face the Russell Christian Academy Warriors in the ACAA 8-man championship game this Friday.
Following the loss, Tuscaloosa Christian will finish the season 6-3.
Hillcrest at Demopolis
WVUA 23 Football Friday Game of the Week
By WVUA 23 Sports Reporter Tyler White
The Hillcrest Patriots traveled to Demopolis Friday night for a matchup with the 5A Demopolis Tigers where Hillcrest would take the 47-7 victory.
Demopolis’ biggest highlight of the night was the ceremony at halftime to announce that they would be naming their field house after Albert “Can Good” Thomas, who has been the team manager for 46 years.
Other than that, this game would be all Hillcrest. The Patriots scored on their first drive of the night on an inside handoff to junior running back Ja’marian Johnson. Johnson took the ball from about the 30-yard line all the way to the endzone untouched making it 7-0 Hillcrest.
On the next Patriots’ drive, it was star quarterback Ethan Crawford taking it himself on a scamper up the right sideline all the way in for the score putting the Patriots up 14-0.
Later in the first half, Hillcrest found paydirt again as Crawford loaded up and launched a deep bomb to the middle of the endzone where 5’5 speedster J’qoun Sturdivant was wide open for the Patriot’s touchdown making it 21-0 Hillcrest.
Hillcrest’s defense would not be outdone by the offense on this night, as linebacker Collin Dunn would intercept Tigers’ quarterback Drew Seymour on the ensuing drive and take it all the way back for the pick-six giving the Patriots a 27-0 lead after the missed extra point.
The Patriots moved to 8-2 on the season and they will host 6-4 Carver Montgomery next Friday in the first round of the 2021 AHSAA 6A Football Playoffs.
The Demopolis Tigers fall to 6-4 on the year but will host the 3-6 Rain Red Raiders from Mobile on Friday for the first round of the 2021 AHSAA 5A Football Playoffs.
Northridge at Tuscaloosa County
By WVUA 23 Executive Producer Stu McCann
A local rivalry matchup occurred in Northport when TCHS hosted Northridge on Friday night, but the Jaguars came out on top and beat Tuscaloosa County 37-6 for the Wildcats’ final game of the season.
The Jaguars lead 16-0 at halftime, but the Wildcats broke through early in the third quarter. TCHS’s Kevin Riley carried the pile, then broke away down the sideline and rumbled for 40-yards.
That set up TCHS’s quarterback Brax Garrison, who fired a touchdown pass to Charles McGee, cutting the Northridge lead to 16-6.
Ensuing kickoff, Northridge’s Travaris Banks took it back 70-yards and then some, but was stopped just short of the endzone by TCHS’s defense. The Jaguars took advantage of the great field position in the red zone, and QB Whitt Winfield lobbed the ball to receiver Kollyn Shelnutt for a nice 10-yard touchdown.
TCHS ends their season at 1-9 overall, with zero wins in their conference. Northridge punched their ticket to the first round of the AHSAA 6A Regional Playoffs where they will face 7-3 Opelika on Saturday at the Bulldogs’ home turf.
Fairfield at Central
By WVUA 23 Sports Director Gary Harris
Central hosted Fairfield on Thursday night at Falcon field for their final game of the season and fell to the Tigers 34-19.
Fairfield was quick to score after they returned the opening kickoff to get six on the board. Not long after, they struck again when Eric Handley found Jabari Bennett behind the defense for six more.
The Tigers went for two but didn’t make the conversion, leaving them with a 12-0 score against the Falcons.
Meanwhile, Central couldn’t get anything going on offense. Quarterback Omarion Mullins was smothered by Jeremiah Hudson-Davis. Luckily for the Falcons, it was ruled an incomplete pass and not a fumble.
Fairfield got the ball back and took off. Handley passed the ball to Jakobi Albert on third down for a huge first down conversion for the Tigers.
Several plays later, Handley reached the ball out over the goal line at the one for the touchdown. The Tigers led 18-0 at the end of the first quarter and didn’t stop their momentum until they won the game.
Central ends their season with a 3-7 overall record, 2-4 in conference play. Fairfield will travel to play Fairview on Friday at 7:00 p.m. for the first round of the AHSAA Region 5A Playoffs. The victor will play the winner of the Russellville vs Lincoln game next week.
Lamar County at Hale County
By WVUA 23 Sports Reporter Alex Boothe
Hale County hosted Lamar County last week in a rainy defensive battle in which Hale County came out on top 21-14.
It was senior night in Moundville as the Wildcats took on the Bulldogs. <span data-ogsc=”rgb(0, 0, 0)”>First Wildcat possession they drove down the field and the first points of the game were punched in by Smith Garner. Hale County took the 7-0 lead early.</span>
<span data-ogsc=”rgb(0, 0, 0)”>Next wildcat possession, Logan Godsey of the Bulldogs muscled down an interception for them to take control. Shortly after,</span><span data-ogsc=”rgb(0, 0, 0)”> Lamar County drove down the field and scored a touchdown just before halftime, credited to Demetri Sudduth. This tied the ball game. </span>
<span data-ogsc=”rgb(0, 0, 0)”>Hale County pulled away in the second half to grab the win. </span>
<span data-ogsc=”rgb(0, 0, 0)”>Next up for the 5-5 Hale County Wildcats is an away game against T.R. Miller on Nov 5. Meanwhile, the 7-3 Lamar County Bulldogs will have an away game against the Tanner Rattlers this Friday.</span>
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