WVUA 23 Football Friday Rundown- Week 6
By WVUA 23 Sports Reporter Tatumn Vaught
Catch up with WVUA 23 Football Friday high school football coverage from this past week.
Northridge at Hillcrest
WVUA 23 Football Friday Game of the Week
by WVUA 23 Sports Reporter Javon Williams
The Hillcrest Patriots (4-2) hosted the Northridge Jaguars (6-0) and took away their undefeated title on their home field when the Patriots won 49-14.
Before the game started, the Patriots and Jaguars honored two Air Force pilots First Lieutenant Jameson Harrington and Captain Parker Sheffield. Both 1stLt Harrington, an alumnus of Northridge, and Cpt. Sheffield, an alumnus of Hillcrest, will be in the flyover before the Alabama versus Ole Miss game Saturday.
The Patriots started the game off strong with a two-yard run by quarterback Ethan Crawford. In their next possession, running back Jamarion Johnson ran the ball into the end zone to keep the Patriots in the lead.
In the next possession for Northridge, quarterback Whit Winfield scrambled out of the pocket and threw downfield straight into the hands of Hillcrest’s Barkley Crawford. Crawford’s interception was one of the two interceptions Hillcrest had in the first half.
Before the half, Northridge was able to get on the board with a pass from Winfield to wide receiver Christopher Jack.
The Jaguars were only able to put up one more touchdown while the Patriots put down four more touchdowns to seal the game.
Hillcrest’s next game will be October 8 against McAdory at 7 p.m. CT at home. Northridge’s next game will be on the road against Hueytown on October 8 at 7 p.m. CT.
ACA at Holt
By WVUA 23 Sports Reporter Grace Brister
American Christian Academy defeated Holt 49-0 in a 4A Region 3 game.
In the first play of the game, Holt’s Jordan Driver fumbled the ball and ACA’s defense recovered the ball.
ACA took advantage of the turnover and the running back, Tyler Flowers, ran and dove the ball into the endzone for the first touchdown of the game.
Driver dropped back for a pass but had nowhere to go and the Patriots stopped him for a loss of 15-yards.
ACA’s Quarterback Sawyer Deerman found Chance Henderson for a 33-yard touchdown pass.
On Oct. 8, ACA will face Wilcox Central for a region game and Holt will face Dallas County for a region game.
ACA now has an overall record of 5-1, and Holt has a record of 2-4.
Brilliant at Pickens Co.
By WVUA 23 Sports Reporter Dylan Morgan
Following a tough loss at the hands of Aliceville last week, the Pickens County Tornadoes (5-1) shut out the Brilliant Tigers (1-5) 53-0 on their senior night.
Pickens County was able to dominate in all phases of the game, led by quarterback Javion Belle-McCray, who not only made plays on offense on the ground and through the air but was even able to add an interception to his stat-line for the game. Not to mention the Tornadoes’ defense continued their strong run this season, coming into this game only allowing 10 points per game on the season and forcing a shut-out against the Tigers.
The Tigers will look to bounce back this week as they return home to host the Hubbertville Lions (4-2) at Tiger Stadium on Friday, October 8, 2021, at 7 p.m. CT.
As for Pickens County, they will look to build off of this big win going forward as they will travel to take on the Berry Wildcats (2-4) on Friday, October 8, 2021, with kickoff set for 7 p.m. CT.
Fayette Co. at Northside
By WVUA 23 Sports Reporter Sam Holley
Northside hosted Fayette County up in Samantha for region implications and won the game 34-0.
The game started off with a deep shot from No. 13 Braden Green to No. 1 Justin Montgomery who ran right past the defense for an easy score.
The Rams kept it rolling as Green powered his way into the endzone to extend the Northside lead to 13-0 after a missed extra point.
The Tigers had a rough night as they botched a punt at the end of the half, giving the Rams great field position.
That would set up a dime from Green to No. 8 Niarrie Bostic for another touchdown giving the Rams a 20-0 lead at the half.
Northside moves to 5-1 and hosts Curry this week as they hold sole possession of first place in Region 5 of 4A. Fayette County falls to 3-3 as they host Haleyville on Friday.
Bessemer City at Paul Bryant
By WVUA 23 Sports Reporter Jalen Prince
Paul Bryant hosted Bessemer City for their Homecoming game and the Stampede would have a great homecoming as they defeated the Tigers 38-13.
Paul Bryant lead big at the half and received the ball to start the 3rd quarter.
It didn’t take long for the Stampede to add more points to the board, as Sophomore Jordan Louie returned the opening kickoff for an impressive touchdown to start the 2nd half.
After giving up the touchdown on the kickoff, Bessemer City would respond as the Tigers drove down the field and sophomore Cederian Moore ran through the opening for a touchdown.
Paul Bryant’s defense was a big factor in this game. They didn’t allow a single point until that touchdown in the 3rd quarter.
The Stampede had the passing game going strong too. Quarterback Cameron Ellis would find his trusty target Jamaures Hood on two plays, including a 12-yard touchdown pass.
Paul Bryant would outscore Bessemer City 25-7 in the 3rd quarter.
The Stampede won three games in a row as they travel to Brookwood for a matchup with the Panthers this Friday, Oct. 8th at 7 p.m. As for Bessemer City, they will be on a bye this week, but they will also travel to Brookwood Friday, Oct. 15th at 7 pm.
Southern Academy at Pickens Academy
By WVUA 23 Sports Reporter Jack Hutchens
In an AISA rivalry, Southern Academy visited Pickens Academy on Friday night and the Pirates came out on top winning 33-27.
The Cougars picked up some action in the second half, leading 14-13 against Pickens.
Focusing on the Pirates’ offense, Ethan McGee got the hand-off and refused to go down not only once, but twice! McGee took the ball all the way in for the score to take the lead for Pickens Academy.
The Cougars looked to strike back and quarterback Campbell Webb kept it to himself and had reservations for six all the way into the end zone as the Cougars went on an offensive tear in the second half.
Pickens Academy will face off against Jackson Academy (5-1) at home on Friday.
Thompson at Vestavia Hills
By WVUA 23 Sports Executive Producer Stu McCann
7-0 Thompson traveled to Vestavia Hills to take on the Rebels and continued their undefeated reign, winning 49-7.
This Thompson team is one of the most dominant high school football programs in the state of Alabama in many years and they’re currently ranked #1 in the Class 7A Region. Through six games, Thompson has outscored its opponents by a combined 310 to 12 and this past game just added to their dominant standing.
In the first quarter, Connor Harrell swung the pass out to Ryan Peppins. Peppins had the speed to hit the sideline, and the end zone, putting Thompson on the board, 7-0 after the extra point was good.
Following up in the second quarter, Vestavia had a third and goal from the six. Rebels’ QB Mitchell Towns fired the ball to the end zone just in the right place for Joseph Maxwell Stewart to make the play. Vestavia only trailed Thompson 14-7 at this point.
Later in the second quarter, Connor Harrell and Ryan Peppins hooked up one more time. Peppins’ 39-yard touchdown run made it 21-7, Warriors on top.
Vestavia attempted to fight back, but Mitchell Towns’ pass was deflected up into the air and into the arms of defensive lineman Peter Woods. He returned it 46-yards for a pick-six score.
Thompson will host (5-2) Gadsden City on Friday at 7:00 p.m. in Warrior Stadium.
Monroe Co. at Hale Co.
By WVUA 23 Sports Reporter Tatumn Vaught
Over in Moundville, Hale County hosted Monroe County, and the Wildcats didn’t show them any mercy, winning the game 47-6.
Hale County got the scoring started when Wildcat’s quarterback Matthew Swartz found wide receiver No. 2 deep down the field for the touchdown, putting Hale Co. up 7-0 after the extra point was good.
The Tigers tried to answer back, but quarterback Jacorey Stallworth was intercepted by the same man who just scored the touchdown the other way.
Hale County was back on the attack when Swartz let it fly again, and found Aziyah Winn this time for the score. The extra point was botched, but Hale Co. still lead the game 13-0.
The Wildcats kept their foot on the gas. Swartz slung another deep ball to Winn, getting Hale Co. down to the one.
Swartz would power into the endzone, behind the offensive line for the sneak, and got a Hale Co. touchdown, putting them up 20-0 and leaving Monroe Co. scoreless.
Hale County will travel to Thomasville this coming Friday to face off against the 3-3 Tigers.
Shelby Co. at Central
By WVUA 23 Sports Reporter Tatumn Vaught
The Central Falcons have not had much luck with wins this season, and their game against Shelby County wasn’t any different. The Falcons lost the game 22-14 on Friday night against the Wildcats, despite a hard-fought battle.
Just after halftime, the Shelby County Wildcats lead the game 8-6. The Falcons got the second-half scoring started as running back Shunkeith Turner would take a handoff from quarterback Peyton Batchelor. Turner shot into the endzone for a Falcons touchdown.
Central went for two, and after a made catch by Michaeh Richardson, the score stood at 14-8.
Shelby Co. tried to fight back but Connor Aderholt fumbled the ball and Central recovered it, putting them in scoring position.
The Falcons tried to take advantage when Batchelor had a long pass caught by Richardson, but he was taken down at the three-yard line.
Central wouldn’t score on that drive, and it hurt them, eventually giving up the win.
Central will face (3-4) Selma away in a good Friday night matchup.
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