WVUA 23 Football Friday Rundown-Week 2
By WVUA 23 Sports Reporter Tatumn Vaught
Catch up with WVUA 23 Football Friday high school football coverage from this past week.
Hillcrest Patriots at Brookwood Panthers
By WVUA 23 Sports Reporter Grace Brister
On Friday, Sept. 3, Hillcrest High School defeated Brookwood High School in a region game 49-16 at Billy Joe Young Field.
Early in the first quarter, quarterback for Hillcrest, Ethan Crawford, threw the ball to wide receiver Derek Hall who ran the ball 20 yards and scored the first touchdown of the game.
Brookwood came ready to fight back. Quarterback Jacob Smithson ran the ball in for a touchdown and gave the Panthers an 8-6 lead.
Hillcrest came back shortly after when Crawford made a pass to receiver AJ Myers who ran the ball in for another touchdown and took the lead 13-8.
Crawford later hands the ball off to running back Jamarian Johnson to bring it into the endzone for a Hillcrest touchdown.
Hillcrest now has a 2-1 record, and Brookwood has a record of 0-3.
The Patriots will face Wetumpka High School for a non-region game on Friday, Sept. 10, and the Panthers will face Northridge for another region game.
Paul W. Bryant Stampede at Northridge Jaguars
WVUA 23 Football Friday Game of the Week
By WVUA 23 Sports Reporter Jason Williams
On Friday night the Northridge Jaguars defeated the Paul W. Bryant Stampede 28-7.
Both teams got off to a very slow start as there were no points scored until halfway through the 2nd quarter. To that point, no team got into the other’s red zone until halfway through the second either.
The scoring got started with a one-yard touchdown run by Toryion Spears. It was all Northridge from that point on.
Northridge scored twice in under a minute right before halftime. LiEric Street got a one-yard touchdown run himself. The Stampede muffed the proceeding kickoff and the Jaguars recovered it. Whitt Winfield passed it to Patten Currington for a 20-yard touchdown.
Both teams would go on and put one touchdown on the board in the second half.
With this win, the Jaguars now own the series lead between these two at five games to four.
Northridge improves to a 3-0 start on the season and next week they will go on the road to take on Bessemer City.
Paul W. Bryant falls to 0-3 and will look for their first win of the season next week as they take on McAdory high school.
Thompson Warriors at TCHS Wildcats
By WVUA 23 Executive Producer Stu McCann
Tuscaloosa County hosted Thompson on Friday in hopes to break thier dominant run but unfortunately became another victim when the Warriors defeated TCHS 58-0.
In the first quarter, Thompson’s Brandon Franklin took the handoff up the middle and ran over, through, and in for six, putting the Warriors up 7-0.
Thompson’s defense surged into the backfield, gaining a tackle for a loss.
Still in the first quarter, Thompson quarterback Connor Harrell drops back and throws deep to Ryan Pepins. There was a nice pass, nice catch, and another touchdown for the Warriors. Thompson led TCHS 28 to nothing at the end of the first quarter.
With the second quarter starting, Tuscaloosa County received the punt in hopes to make something happen, but instead, Warrior’s Kaleb Harris got the block out of the back of the end zone and earned a safety for Thompson.
TCHS’s Charles McGee had a nice pass break up for the Wildcats at the end of the second quarter, but it didn’t help the Wildcats in the end, Thompson took the ball game and continued their shutout reign for the third game in a row.
Thompson will travel to Hoover, AL on Friday to play Spain Park.
New Life Eagles at Tuscaloosa Christian Warriors
By WVUA 23 Sports Reporter Tatumn Vaught
In eight-man CFA action, Tuscaloosa Christian hosted the New Life Eagles and didn’t hold back, defeating them 70-16.
The Warriors scored 40 points in the first quarter and followed it up with 24 more to put the score at 64-8 at the half!
Warrior’s quarterback Jay Dockery handed the ball off to Seth Hester who ran it for a gain in the third quarter to give Tuscaloosa Christian even more momentum.
Jared Walters took advantage of that and made a 60-yard run for the Warriors to get them in scoring position.
Dockery finished the drive-off by running the ball into the endzone for yet another Warrior touchdown.
Tuscaloosa Christian will travel to Cornerstone Chrisitan this Friday for a 7:00 p.m. kickoff.
Sparta Academy Warriors at Pickens Academy Pirates
By WVUA 23 Sports Reporter Matthew Travis
AISA Pickens Academy hosted Sparta Academy on Friday but fell short at home losing 36-12 to the Warriors.
Pickens Academy got the scoring started with a huge 80-yard touchdown run by Deveren Wilkins. The Pirates took the early 6-0 lead.
Sparta is able to respond with a 30-yard touchdown run by Ja’Micah Morrow. Sparta took an 8-6 lead after the two-point conversion was successful.
Sparta continues to work the ground game as Marrow gets to the edge and scapers for a 22-yard touchdown run. Sparta takes a 16-6 lead and controlled the game from there.
Pickens Academy will travel to Snook Christian Academy for a conference game at 7:00 p.m..
South Lamar Stallions at Berry Wildcats
By WVUA 23 Sports Reporter Dylan Morgan
The Berry Wildcats hosted the South Lamar Stallions at Fred-Webster stadium on Friday and lost 36-20.
In the first half, the Stallions had the ball and #10 Garrett Weathers pump faked it before he dumped it off to #13 EJ Wilson. Wilson made a nice move and then took it all the way in for the score to put South Lamar ahead 7-0 early in the game.
Following a blocked punt by the Stallions, South Lamar took over, and running back Charles Neal took it in for another South Lamar score to extend the lead to 14-0.
The Stallions were not done there as Wilson got the screen and made a couple of Wildcats miss the tackle as he zig-zagged his way into the end zone. South Lamar hung on to win the ball game on the road.
Berry will host Hubbertville on Friday while South Lamar will host Meek.
Oak Grove Tigers at Gordo Greenwave
By WVUA 23 Sports Reporter Alex Boothe
The Gordo Greenwave took on Oak Grove at Libby Hankins Field last Friday and beat the Tigers 45-0.
The Greenwave got off to a commanding lead and never looked back! Late in the second quarter, Gordo quarterback Tanner Bailey dropped back and found running back Corterius White out of the backfield for an 80-yard touchdown. The score would give the Greenwave a commanding 35-0 lead.
To start the second half, Oak Grove quarterback mishandled the snap and Greenwave defensive back Blane Chandler was there to fall on the ball. Gordo would get the ball down to fourth and goal on the one. Oak Grove came up with a turnover on downs after confusion in Gordo’s backfield, which led to a mishandled snap.
Next up for the Greenwave is a matchup at Northside against the Rams. Oak Grove will travel to Hamilton High School to face the Bulldogs on Friday.
Dallas County Hornets at Bibb County Choctaws
By WVUA 23 Sports Reporter Jalen Prince
On their homecoming night, the Bibb County Choctaws defeated the Dallas County Hornets 48-20.
Bibb County got the ball first and got out to a fast start, scoring the game’s first touchdown on their opening play thanks to junior running back Jordan Goode.
On their next possession, sophomore quarterback John Downs would run it in for an 11-yard score.
Dallas County would score before the end of the first quarter, as Hornets quarterback Michael Harris connected with Marquavious Pullom for a 16-yard touchdown throw.
Bibb County junior running back Blaiyz Bishop would take the ball into the endzone for a 5-yard touchdown at the start of the second quarter.
Later, Downs would connect with Junior receiver Colby Collums for an 18-yard score and things were looking grim for Dallas County.
Senior lineman Jaiqwon Lockett would grab the scoop-and-score that Junior Angel Romero forced.
Then, soon after that, Bibb County’s defense forced another turnover, which Sophomore Gerrion Holcombe recovered for a score.
The Choctaws scored 27 points in the second quarter and led 41-6 at the half.
Bibb County is still undefeated this season, with a 3-0 record. The Choctaws will play the 2-1 Montevallo Bulldogs at 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 10.
Montevallo Bulldogs at ACA Patriots
By WVUA 23 Sports Reporter Cooper Huskey
Friday night’s game between Montevallo and ACA got off to a slow start, but three third-quarter ACA touchdowns paved the way for the Patriots to win 41-10.
ACA entered the second half up 14-3, having scored one touchdown in each of the first two quarters, and set to receive the ball. After an almost 60 yard return on the kickoff, the Patriots found the back of the endzone two plays later on a Tyler Flowers run to put ACA up 21-3.
Montevallo struck back on the very next drive. On a long play, Bulldogs’ quarterback Kial Cottingham found a wide-open Jaiden Rutledge who not only got enough to earn the first down, took it 75-yards down the field for Montevallo’s only touchdown of the night.
ACA responded with two more touchdowns in the third quarter. The first was a 46-yard run from Flowers for his second touchdown of the night, and the second was a 32-yard pass from Sawyer Deerman to Matthew Taylor. At the end of the third quarter, the Patriots led 35-10.
The Patriots scored one more touchdown in the fourth quarter but missed the extra point.
With the win, ACA improves to 2-1 overall and 1-0 in region play. Their next game is at home against the Sumter Central Jaguars.
With the loss, Montevallo falls to 2-1 overall and 0-1 in region play. Their next game is on the road at Bibb County against the Choctaws.
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