WVUA 23 Football Friday Rundown-Week 5
By WVUA 23 Sports Reporter Tatumn Vaught
Catch up with WVUA 23 Football Friday high school football coverage from this past week.
Gordo at Northridge
By WVUA 23 Sports Reporter Jalen Prince
Northridge hosted Gordo this past week in a very entertaining matchup and the Jaguars were able to defeat the Greenwave on their senior night 24-21.
Northridge got on the board first with a 20-yard field goal by Senior Aileen Charles.
In the second quarter, Gordo drove down the field and Oregon-commit Tanner Bailey took it himself into the end zone for a 1-yard touchdown.
Northridge responded as running back Toryion Spears goes up the middle for a 2-yard touchdown that gave the Jags the lead.
Back-and-forth these two go into the second half, the Greenwave drove down the field again and Bailey would find his big target Kohl Summerville for the quick 1-yard touchdown pass.
Northridge came right back and running back Patrick Hall found his way for a 3-yard touchdown.
Into the fourth quarter time on a fourth-down play, Bailey rolled right and found senior Ben Capps for a 13-yard touchdown pass to give them the lead.
In the final minutes of the game, Jags quarterback Whitt Winfield looked to sneak the ball for a first down, but he broke loose from the pile of players and runs 71-yards for the potential game-winning touchdown.
Northridge stays unbeaten at 6-0 and will travel to play against Hillcrest this Friday, Oct. 1st at 7 p.m. As for Gordo, they have a record of 4-2 and will travel to Hamilton, AL. for a matchup against the Bulldogs next Friday, Oct. 8th at 7 p.m.
Aliceville at Pickens County
By WVUA 23 Sports Reporter Dylan Morgan
Pickens County defeated Aliceville on the road 39-22 on Friday in Reform.
Pickens County began the game strong thanks to an early pick-six by Korbit Sommerville, followed by a touchdown pass from Javion-Belle McCray to Kemaurion Plott to get out to an early lead against the Yellow Jackets.
Yet, Aliceville would not be denied, storming back in the second half with 20 unanswered points on offense and shutting out the Tornadoes on the defensive end.
The Yellow Jackets (4-2) will look to build upon this win as they return home to take on Lamar County (4-1) on Friday October 1, 2021, with kickoff set for 7 p.m. CT.
As for Pickens County (4-1) they will look to bounce back with another home game as they will face off against the Brilliant Tigers (1-4) in Reform, AL on October 1, 2021, at 7 p.m. CT.
South Lamar at Fayette County
By WVUA 23 Sports Reporter Cooper Huskey
Fayette County hosted South Lamar and defeated the Stallions 21-7.
Down 7-0 late in the first quarter, the Stallions had the ball inside the Fayette County 10 yard line and were looking to even up the game. However, the Tiger defense stepped up and got three stops forcing a fourth and goal for South Lamar. The Stallions decided to roll the dice and go for it on fourth down, but quarterback Garrett Weathers got picked off in the end zone by Dylan Schloerb.
The Tigers added on to their lead late in the second quarter, this time with Schloerb on the offensive side of the ball. After driving about 80 yards down the field, Schloerb capped the drive off with a 15-yard touchdown run, putting Fayette County up 14-0 with under two minutes left in the first half.
The Tigers tried to catch the Stallions sleeping with an onside kick after their touchdown, but South Lamar Sophomore Corey Davis fell on the ball giving the Stallions great field position.
It only took three plays for South Lamar to make Fayette County regret kicking the onside kick as the Stallions quickly drove down the field and scored a touchdown on a 30-yard pass from Weathers to Marion Hodge.
Fayette County ran out the clock and took a 14-7 lead into halftime.
The Tigers scored one more touchdown in the second half while also shutting out the Stallions.
With the win, Fayette County improves to 3-2. This week, they will travel Northside to take on the Rams (4-1). With the loss, South Lamar falls to 2-3. This week, they will host the Hubbertville Lions (3-2).
Central at Bryant
By WVUA 23 Sports Reporter Jason Williams
The Paul W. Bryant Stampede defeated the Central High Falcons 31-7.
The scoring got started early for the Stampede. After a turnover committed by the Falcons, the Stampede quickly put it in the endzone with a one-yard touchdown run by No. 11 Jordan Louie.
The Falcons drove down the field on the next drive looking to respond. The ball was intercepted by defensive back Luther Watkins and he would take it 75-yards for a touchdown.
The next drive, the Stampede had the ball and are getting close to the endzone. After consecutive offside penalties committed by the Falcons quarterback, Cameron Ellis found No. 9, Tobias Hurrell on a fade route in the endzone. They went for two and it would be no good to make the score 19-0.
The Stampede would trample on and add 12 more points to their lead and dominate on their senior night.
Paul W. Bryant picked up their first win of the season making their record 1-4 on the year and will host Bessemer City this upcoming Friday.
Central High School falls to 2-3 on the year and will also be at home this week when they take on Shelby County high school.
Tabernacle Christian at Tuscaloosa Christian
By WVUA 23 Sports Reporter Grace Brister
Tabernacle Christian defeated Tuscaloosa Christian 44-42 in a region game that went into double overtime.
Bryant Howard made an interception for Tabernacle to set up the first score of the second half.
Trae Andrews pushed his way through the endzone and gave Tabernacle a 24-16 lead.
Tuscaloosa Christian responded as Jacob Osborne made a pass to Jack Aresenault and stepped out at the 1-yard line.
In the next play, Osborne took the ball into the endzone for a touchdown for the warriors.
Tuscaloosa Academy now has an overall record of 4-2.
Tuscaloosa Christian will play Success Unlimited Academy at home on Oct. 8 for an Alabama Christian Association region game.
Thompson at Mountain Brook
By WVUA 23 Sports Executive Producer Stu McCann
Thompson traveled to Mountain Brook to face off against the undefeated Warriors, but the Spartans couldn’t shake their streak when Thompson came out on top 51-0.
Mountain Brook got the ball first, but Thompson’s defense got the first score. Trequan Fegans earned a pick-six for the Warriors, putting them up 7-0.
It stayed that way for a while, but Mountain Brook’s defense came to play. In the 2nd quarter, the Spartan’s Tompkins Richardson had a quick reaction and got the interception. Although Mountain Brook took over, they didn’t take advantage of the opportunity and remained scoreless.
Thompson’s Brandon Franklin kept the Warrior’s momentum and got a quick touchdown run to put Thompson up 14-0.
Spartan’s quarterback John Colvin was under pressure constantly during the game. Peter Woods headed the Warrior’s defense to earn a sack.
15 seconds before halftime, Thompson’s Connor Harrell had time and scrambled for another touchdown.
Thompson will face (1-4) Vestavia Hills on Friday on the road in hopes to continue their undefeated reign.
Sipsey Valley at Brookwood
By WVUA 23 Sports Reporter Tatumn Vaught
Sipsey Valley traveled to Brookwood for the Panther’s homecoming game on Friday. Brookwood had an overwhelming victory over the Bears, winning 76-35.
Bear’s quarterback Ryan Barger kicked off the night with a pass to Dalton Bailey when he found a hole for a Sipsey Valley touchdown.
Brookwood didn’t stay scoreless for long. Quarterback Jacob Smithson was the star of the show for the Panthers. He ran the ball into the endzone for his first of many touchdowns of the night.
Remaining in the first quarter of the game, Barger threw the ball to CJ Cummins for another Bear’s touchdown.
Smithson pulled off a QB sneak, giving the Panthers six more, and put them up 35-20 at the half.
Senior Smithson had 25 carries for 271 yards and four rushing touchdowns total on the night. The Brookwood team got a combined 547 rushing yards and nine rushing touchdowns.
Brookwood will face (5-1) McAdory on Friday, while Sipsey Valley will host Marbury.
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