WVUA 23 Football Friday Rundown- Week 11
By WVUA 23 Sports Reporter Tatumn Vaught
Catch up with WVUA 23 Football Friday high school football playoff coverage from this past week.
Carver at Hillcrest
By WVUA 23 Sports Reporter Grace Brister
Hillcrest High School defeated George Washington Carver Montgomery High School 56-6 in round one of the AHSAA Class 6A playoffs.
In the first quarter, quarterback Ethan Crawford made a pass to wide receiver Anthony Myers Jr. to score for the Patriots.
Hillcrest’s Jameson Farley passed the ball to Terrance Callaway for a successful two-point conversion.
Crawford handed the ball off to Jamarion Johnson who ran the ball in for another Hillcrest touchdown.
In the second quarter, Crawford passed the ball to Johnson to score another Patriots’ touchdown.
Crawford later passed the ball to J’quon Sturdivant who dove into the enzone and made the score 42-0 at halftime. The Patriots continued to dominate the game and earn the win.
Hillcrest will face Baldwin County High School away next week for the second round of the 6A playoffs.
Valiant Cross at Tuscaloosa Academy
By WVUA 23 Sports Reporter Sam Holley
Tuscaloosa Academy defeated Valiant Cross Academy 31-12 in the first round of the AISA playoffs.
The game started off with a caught interception from Knights’ Wilson King on the opening drive.
That set up a 30-yard strike from quarterback David Mcneil to Jack Standeffer to put the Knights up 6-0.
Wilson King made plays on both sides of the ball this game as he made a diving catch inside the ten on the ensuing Knights drive.
Next play, Mcneil found King again for the 3-yard touchdown connection.
Tuscaloosa Academy (6-4) moves on and will stay home this week as they host Lee-Scott Academy (8-2).
As for the Warriors, they conclude their season with a (3-5) overall record.
Williamson at ACA
By WVUA 23 Sports Reporter Jalen Prince
<p><p>ACA hosted Williamson out of Mobile in the first round of the Class 4A State Playoffs and they went on to defeat the Lions 41-12.</p><p>The game was tied 7-7 late in the first half and Patriots quarterback Sawyer Deerman went 7-yards into the endzone to give ACA the lead before halftime, putting them up 13-7.</p><p>The Patriots received the ball to start the second half. It didn’t take long for them to pull away early in the game, Deerman found one of his favorite targets Chance Henderson for a 79-yard touchdown pass that put them up 21-7.</p><p>Later in the third quarter, the Patriots faced a second and long down and Deerman showed his athleticism when he scrambled behind the line of scrimmage to by time and fired a deep pass to receiver William Sute for a gain of 33-yards.</p><p>That big-time play lead to another touchdown. Once again, Deerman found Henderson for 12-yards, and the Patriots’ sights are set for the state playoffs.</p><p>ACA is looking to make it to the quarterfinals when they host the Jacksonville Golden Eagles this Friday.</p><h2>Phillips Bear Creek at ACA</h2><p><a style=”font-size: 21px; font-weight: bold;” href=”https://wvua23.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/Jason.jpg”></a></p><p><span style=”font-size: 14px;”>By WVUA 23 Sports Reporter Jason Williams</span></p></p>
<p class=”x_MsoNormal”>On Friday night, the Pickens County Tornadoes defeated the Phillips Bear Creek Bears 51-21 in the first round of the Class 1A playoffs.</p><p class=”x_MsoNormal”>The Tornadoes scored early and often in this one. After a fumble recovery for the Tornadoes, two plays later quarterback Javion Belle-McCrary rushed for a one-yard touchdown.</p><p class=”x_MsoNormal”>Things did not get immediately out of hand for the Bears. On the next kickoff, No. 5 Lathen Burton returned the ball 80-yards for a touchdown to make the score 7-6 Bears.</p><p class=”x_MsoNormal”>Pickens County came right back and scored with a 60-yard touchdown pass from McCrary to No. 2 Jacoris Barnes and went for two afterward to make the score 14-6.</p><p class=”x_MsoNormal”>The Tornadoes went on to put up 31 more points and will be moving on to the second round of the playoffs to host Winterboro.</p><p class=”x_MsoNormal”>The Bears will finish the season 4-7 and have been eliminated from the playoffs.</p><h2>Florence at Thompson</h2><p><a href=”https://wvua23.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/Stu-.jpeg”></a></p><p>By WVUA 23 Sports Executive Producer Stu McCann</p>
<p>Thompson hosted Florence in round one of the Class 7A playoffs and the Warriors added to their impressive record by beating the Flacons 49-10.</p>
Thompson went into the night without their star quarterback Connor Harrell, so they counted on Zach Sims to step up to the plate. Sims’ teammates made it easy for him on the field as Justin Pegues took the short screen pass and did big things. Pegues went 53-yards for the Thompson touchdown, putting them up 14-0 after the extra point.
In the next Warriors possession, Sims shined by throwing to the deep corner of the end zone. It landed in the hands of Jalen Ward for another Warrior’s touchdown.
Thompson’s defense was just as sharp. Florence QB Caleb Mahan felt the rush and went down even before contact. Alabama commit, Trequon Fegans broke up a pass to stop the Falcons for another big defensive stop. In the second quarter, Florence was able to complete a pass, but Thompson’s Karston Haywood delivered a big hit and an immediate stop.
Late in the second quarter, Thompson’s AJ Green took a handoff to the outside and went untouched on the sweep for a 10-yard touchdown run.
Thompson will take on 7-4 Oak Mountain at home for the second round of the Class 7A AHSAA Playoffs on Friday at 7:00 p.m.
North Jackson at Gordo
By WVUA 23 Sports Reporter Dylan Morgan
The Gordo Greenwave (10-2) controlled their playoff opener against the North Jackson Chiefs (5-7) from start to finish and will move on to the second round of the AHSAA 4A State Playoffs following their 37-7 home win.
The Greenwave was led by Oregon commit Tanner Bailey, who was able to make big plays for Gordo through the air, but the star of the playoff opener was running back Rayshawn Williams. Williams rumbled through the Chiefs defense time and time again, including two huge touchdown runs in the second half. This
This helped propel the Greenwave to the second round of the playoffs where they will travel to Oneota, AL to take on the Redskins (10-1) who are the number one seed in the fourth quadrant for the 4A State Playoffs.
The Redskins and the Green Wave will face off from Gibreath Stadium on Friday, November 12th with kickoff set for 7 p.m.
Madison Co. at Northside
WVUA 23 Football Friday Game of the Week
By WVUA 23 Sports Reporter Alex Boothe
Northside defeated Madison County 35-31 in the first round of the 4A state playoffs last Friday.
In the first possession of the game, Madison County quarterback Ramiro Towers found his running back Rayland Woods on a swing route. He took it the distance to put the Tigers up 7-0 early.
Madison County got the ball back and sent a direct snap to running back Isaiah Purdue who made the safety miss and took it for a long touchdown run to extend the Tigers’ lead to 14-0.
After a Tiger field goal, that would extend their lead to 17-0. Northside answered back when quarterback Braden Green found wide receiver William Roberts down the sideline for a long touchdown to get the Rams on the board.
The Greenwave later found Jace McNutt wide open over the middle right before halftime to make it a 17-14 Tiger lead.
The Northside Rams will move on to the second round of the Class 4A State Playoffs, hosting the Good Hope Raiders. The Madison County Tigers season is over after this loss against the Rams.
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