WVUA 23 Football Friday Rundown- Week 4
By WVUA 23 Sports Reporter Tatumn Vaught
Catch up with WVUA 23 Football Friday high school football coverage from this past week.
Bibb County at ACA
WVUA 23 Football Friday Game of the Week
By WVUA 23 Sports Reporter Jalen Prince
The ACA Patriots defeated their region opponent, the Bibb County Choctaws, by a score of 34-12 in WVUA 23 Football Friday’s Game of the Week.
Both teams have a history of being the top two teams in their division, and the majority of their meetings are for the top slot, as was the case this week.
Things turned ugly for the Choctaws early in the game when a poor snap on the fourth down set up ACA quarterback Sawyer Deerman for an easy 3-yard touchdown run.
Within a few minutes, Deerman connected with receiver Chase Henderson for a 49-yard touchdown pass, increasing their lead to 14-0.
Later, Deerman would score yet again, this time from 3-yards out, and the rest of the first half would be all Patriots. Their lead increased to 20-0.
The Choctaws couldn’t establish their offensive flow, and costly mistakes in the first half made things worse.
Deerman’s fourth touchdown pass in the first half came on a 38-yard screen pass to Davis Dare. The score increased to 27-0.
Bibb County’s poor first half was about to get significantly worse. Quarterback John Downs would try to establish some offense, but his pass would be intercepted by Chase Henderson, who would take it all the way to the endzone.
ACA will have a bye week this week before traveling to Holt to face the Ironmen on Friday, October 1st at 7:00 p.m. The Choctaws will travel to Andalusia for a game against the Bulldogs on Friday, September 24th at 7:00 p.m.
Hewitt-Trussville at Thompson
By WVUA 23 Sports Executive Producer Stu McCann
The most intense match-up of the week was held in Alabaster where Thompson continued their dominant streak beating Hewitt-Trussville 42-9 in a battle of the unbeaten on Friday night.
This 7A Region 3 showdown started out slow at the beginning of the first quarter, but the Warriors were the first on the board when Connor Harrell threw the deep ball to Ryan Peppins for a touchdown, putting them up 7-0.
In the second quarter, Hewitt-Trussville Quarterback Cade Carruth scrambled for a first down but fumbled the ball at the end of the play. Thompson recovered the ball deep in Husky territory, putting them in great scoring position at the 10-yard line. First in goal for the Huskies and Connor Harrell swung the ball out to Pepins who left his way in for the second touchdown of the game, putting Thompson up 14-0 after the extra point was good.
Warrior’s defense made life hard on the Huskies when Cade Carruth’s pass is deflected up and into the arms of Seth Hampton and he took it back for a Thompson pick-six.
At the end of the first half, Hewitt-Trussville finally got a spark. Carruth passed the ball to Omari Kelley to set the Huskies up inside the five with less than a minute left before halftime.
The Huskies couldn’t take advantage and score a touchdown but put three points on the board. Thompson led the game 21-3 at the half.
Thompson continues their undefeated reign moving to 5-0 and will travel to yet another undefeated school, Mountain Brook, for their game this Friday.
Vestavia Hills at Tuscaloosa County
By WVUA 23 Sports Reporter Sam Holley
Vestavia Hills traveled to Tuscaloosa County for their homecoming game and defeated the Wildcats 50-0.
The Rebels started with a bang as Mitchell Townes connects with Cole Turner to take an early 6-0 lead.
Vestavia kept it rolling as Mitchell Townes kept it and dove for the score.
The Wildcats struggled to get past this tough Rebels defense and couldn’t sustain success all night. The Rebels defensive line dominated all game and kept the Wildcats scoreless.
Mitchell Townes had a big first half with three touchdowns in the air and one on the ground and led the Rebels to a victory that gave the Rebels their first win of the season.
Vestavia moves to a 1-4 record and will go back home this Friday when they play the undefeated Thompson Warriors. The Wildcats lost their fourth game in a row, and move to 1-4, as they travel to Gadsden City this week.
Brookwood at Northridge
By WVUA 23 Sports Reporter Grace Brister
Northridge defeated Brookwood 35-18 in the Jaguar’s Homecoming game on Friday night.
Almost halfway through the first quarter, Northridge’s Patrick Hall ran the ball in and scored the first touchdown of the night. They got the extra point making the score 7-0.
Brookwood’s Carson Capps pushed the ball into the endzone for the first touchdown making the score 7-6 at the beginning of the second quarter.
Running back for the Jaguars, Toryion Spears, ran the ball in for another Northridge touchdown making the score 14-6 early in the second quarter.
Next week, Northridge will face Gordo at home for a non-region game, and Brookwood will face Sipsey Valley for a non-region game on Friday, Sept. 24.
Patrician at Tuscaloosa Academy
By WVUA 23 Sports Reporter Grace Brister
Patrician Academy defeated Tuscaloosa Academy 34-12 for an AISA non-region game.
Late in the second quarter, Jordan Evans made a pass to Wilson King who ran it in for the first touchdown for Tuscaloosa Academy.
At halftime, the score remained 21-6 while the game was put on lightning delay.
Tuscaloosa Academy and Patrician Academy now both have an overall record of 2-2.
Tuscaloosa Academy will face Escambia Academy in Atmore on Friday, Sept. 24 for a non-region game.
Hueytown at Hillcrest
By WVUA 23 Sports Reporter Jason Williams
On Friday night, the Hueytown Golden Gophers defeated the Hillcrest Patriots 38-30.
The game got off to a hot start when Hueytown quarterback Earl Woods threw an interception to junior defensive back Collin Dunn for the Patriots during the first drive of the game.
Two plays later, running back Jamarion Johnson ran two yards into the endzone for the first score of the game.
Hueytown would respond with a touchdown of their own shortly after. Woods made up for an early mistake by throwing a deep ball to De’Andre Coleman who scored from about 50 yards out to put Hueytown on the board. The Gophers went for two and converted with Coleman taking the snap and running it in himself. This made the score 8-7 still very early in the first quarter.
Right after that, both teams would head into the locker room for a very long lightning delay.
The teams came back out a few hours later and got the scoring started right back up. The Golden Gophers went on to put up 30 more points while Hillcrest could not match it and only put up 23 more.
Hueytown improves to 4-1 on the season and will host the Athens Golden Eagles next Friday in a non-region matchup.
Hillcrest falls to 3-2 on the year and next week will host the Northridge Jaguars.
Oak Grove at Fayette County
By WVUA 23 Sports Reporter Matthew Travis
Fayette County hosted Oak Grove as the Tigers were looking for win number 701, which would make them the winningest program in the history of the Alabama High School Athletic Association.
The Tigers got off to a great start thanks to Blake Johnson finding Cooper Sanford on the Tigers’ first play of the game, for a 60-yard touchdown to give them a 7-0 lead, and the Tigers didn’t look back after that.
Fayette County took a 21-0 lead into the second quarter and a 28-0 lead into halftime, and that is how it would end.
With the win, the Fayette County Tigers are now the winningest high school football team in the history of the Alabama High School Athletic Association, and they improve to 2-2 on the season and will host South Lamar on Friday, September 24th.
As for Oak Grove, with the loss, they fall to 0-5 on the season and will be on the road against the 4-0 Southeastern Mustangs on Friday, September 24th.
Marion County at Berry
By WVUA 23 Sports Reporter Matthew Travis
Berry was at home for a matchup in the mud against the Marion County Red Raiders. Berry took a 1-2 record into the game, while the Red Raiders were 3-1 on the season.
Despite what the records might suggest, the Red Raiders were down 14-0 heading into the fourth quarter as they were just struggling to get anything done in the wet conditions.
That however would all change at the very beginning of the fourth as on fourth down, and in the red zone, the Red Raiders ran a trick play, Brodie Silas came around the backside, was lateraled the ball, and found Gavin Cole in the end zone to put Marion County on the board for the first time of the night.
After that, it was all Marion County as the Red Raiders would mount a comeback to beat Berry, 20-14, thanks to a 20-point fourth quarter.
Marion County improves to 4-1 on the season and will host Phillips on Friday, September 24th. Berry falls to 1-3 on the season and will be on the road at Lamar County on Friday, September 24th.
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