WVUA 23 Football Friday Rundown-Week 7
By WVUA 23 Sports Reporter Tatumn Vaught
Catch up with WVUA 23 Football Friday high school football coverage from this past week.
West Blocton at Bibb County
WVUA 23 Game of the Week
By WVUA 23 Sports Reporter Tatumn Vaught
In a much-anticipated rivalry game in the 4A Region 3 match-up, West Blocton fell against Bibb County 35-29.
Early in the first quarter, West Blocton quarterback Jackson Champion handed the ball off to Jaxson Lightsey who took it the distance to put the Tigers up first, 7-0.
Bibb County QB, John Downs, found wide receiver Matthew Cash who reached out for a touchdown to respond.
Downs handed it off to Jaison Taylor who took it in for the two-point conversion. With that score, Bibb County lead 6-7 early in the first quarter.
Bibb County tried to take a deep shot in the second quarter, but it was picked off by West Blocton cornerback Kevin Montgomery.
Bibb County’s offense was able to drive down the field after the interception on the last drive and RB Taylor ran it in for his second touchdown of the night.
West Blocton had to respond and Champion handed it off to Lightsey again for his second touchdown right before the half.
West Blocton plays Wilcox Central next Friday while Bibb County will host Sumter Central.
Gadsden City at Thompson
By WVUA 23 Sports Executive Producer Stu McCann
Thompson hosted Gadsden City and added to their undefeated reign when they won 41-7 for their Homecoming game.
In the first play of the game, Thompson’s Peter Woods gave the Titans a rude welcome. Gadsden quarterback Luke Waldrop was sacked for a huge loss.
In the second quarter, Thompson lead the game 14-0. Connor Harrell couldn’t find anyone to throw to, so he took off running and no one could stop him. Harrell scored on an 80-yard scramble, putting Thompson up 21-0 after the extra point was good.
With under a minute to go before halftime, Thompson’s Tony Mitchell deflected and intercepted Waldrop’s pass. He had a convoy to look at all his Warrior teammates around him. He returned the interception 88-yards for a pick-six.
Thompson will host Oak Mountain (6-2) next week in hopes to continue their undefeated season.
Success Unlimited at Tuscaloosa Christian
By WVUA 23 Sports Reporter Jalen Prince
Tuscaloosa Christian hosted Success Unlimited Academy for their homecoming game, and the Warriors defeated the Mustangs 48-16.
Warriors’ Jack Arsenault came up with the game’s first turnover, which put his offense in ideal field position.
Following the turnover, the Warriors gave the ball to running back Luke Jones, who scored his first touchdown of the game.
Jones got the ball again a few drives later and took it 5-yards for his second touchdown of the game.
Luke Jones had a strong first quarter, rushing for over 100 yards.
Tuscaloosa Christian returns to play on Friday, October 22nd, at 7 p.m., when they host Evangel Christian Academy.
McAdory at Hillcrest
By WVUA 23 Sports Reporter Matthew Travis
McAdory was at Hillcrest Friday night and the Patriots went on to win 30-7 to improve to 5-2 on the season.
McAdory opened it up with a huge drive on the first play of the game as DeAnthony Coleman found Jabari Strait for a massive reception, to set up the Yellow Jackets with good field position. They went on to convert to take an early 7-0 lead.
Still down 7-0 in the second, Hillcrest’s Decorrion Thomas took the handoff and punched it into the end zone to tie the game up for Hillcrest, and it was all Patriots after that.
Only two plays after, Thomas found the end zone.
Hillcrest got the ball back as Ketoris Vaughan came up with an impressive interception for the Patriots.
Hillcrest will be at home against Paul W. Bryant on Friday. With the loss, McAdory falls to 6-2 on the season and will be at home against Hueytown.
Wilcox Central at ACA
By WVUA 23 Sports Reporter Jason Williams
<p class=”x_MsoNormal”>The American Christian Academy Patriots defeated the Wilcox Central Jaguars 41-0 on Friday night.</p><p class=”x_MsoNormal”>All the scoring happened in the first half of the game. It got started with a one-yard touchdown run by Christian Davis to make the score 7-0. Davis finished the night with a rushing and a 52-yard receiving touchdown.</p><p class=”x_MsoNormal”>Sawyer Deerman also contributed heavily to a dominating performance. On the last touchdown of the game, Deerman threw a short pass to wide receiver Chance Henderson who scored from 20-yards out to make it 41-0 before halftime.</p><p class=”x_MsoNormal”>Deerman finished with three touchdowns through the air and 178 passing yards.</p><p class=”x_MsoNormal”>In the second half, they played with eight-minute quarters and a running clock to finish the game.</p><p class=”x_MsoNormal”>The Patriots improve to 6-1 on the year and remain undefeated in region play. This week they will be traveling to take on Dallas County.</p><p class=”x_MsoNormal”>The Jaguars fall to 0-8 on the year and will also be traveling this week to take on West Blocton.</p><h2>Dallas County at Holt</h2><p><a href=”https://wvua23.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/1D9845F2-9CBD-4AC7-B9CD-B712BA8983A1.jpeg”></a></p><p>By WVUA 23 Sports Reporter Dylan Morgan</p><p class=”x_MsoNormal”>The Dallas County Hornets traveled to Holt to face the Ironmen where they were able to shut them out 33-0 on the same night as Holt paid tribute to their 1971 undefeated team, coached by the legendary Woody Clements.</p><p class=”x_MsoNormal”>The Hornets were able to capitalize on almost all phases of the game after starting things off with a huge touchdown run by Dallas County running back Markeice Stallworth which was followed by a huge RedZone interception by Marquavious Pullom that squashed any scoring chances for Holt.</p><p class=”x_MsoNormal”>The Holt Ironmen now drop to (2-5) on the season as they will look to bounce back with a win on the road as they travel to Montevallo (5-2) to take on the Bulldogs from Theron Fisher Stadium on Friday, October 15, 2021, at 7 p.m. CT.</p><p class=”x_MsoNormal”>As for Dallas County (3-4), they will look to build off this win as they return home to host the American Christian Academy Patriots (6-1) at Martin Field in Plantersville, AL on Friday, October 15, 2021, with kickoff set for 7 p.m. CT.</p><h2>Paul Bryant at Brookwood</h2><p><a href=”https://wvua23.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/Brookwood.jpeg”></a></p><p>By WVUA 23 Sports Reporter Jalen Prince</p><p>Brookwood hosted Paul Bryant this past week in a very entertaining high scoring matchup where the Stampede got the win over the Panthers 43-40.</p><p>The score was 18-14 in the 2<sup>nd</sup> quarter and Stampede running back Jordan Louie went up the middle and to the house for a 79-yard touchdown, to make the score 25-14.</p><p>Brookwood would come back and respond when they drove down the field and running back CJ Cummins finished the drive with a 5-yard touchdown run. They got the 2-point conversion, making the score 25-22.</p><p>After a couple of plays at the start of the 3<sup>rd</sup> quarter, Stampede quarterback Cameron Ellis found his target, Tobias Burrell, for a 14-yard touchdown pass. The extra point was missed and the score was 31-22.</p><p>The Panthers responded again, and Cummins came up with another touchdown this time for 3-yards. They got the 2-point conversion.</p><p>CJ Cummins had a 5-Touchdown performance in the loss. The Panthers’ record is now 1-7 on the season and they will host Bessemer City this Friday, October 15<sup>th</sup> at 7 pm.</p><p>As for the Stampede, they have now won three straight games and will look to continue that streak as they travel to Hillcrest for a matchup against the Patriots this Friday, October 15<sup>th</sup> at 7 pm.</p><h2>Clarke Prep at Tuscaloosa Academy</h2><p><a href=”https://wvua23.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/thumbnail_image.jpg”></a></p><p>By WVUA 23 Sports Reporter Grace Brister</p><p dir=”ltr”><span data-ogsc=”rgb(0, 0, 0)”>Tuscaloosa Academy defeated Clarke Preparatory School 42-14 as they honored Fuller Goldsmith who recently passed away after a long battle with leukemia.</span></p><p dir=”ltr”><span data-ogsc=”rgb(0, 0, 0)”>Goldsmith has battled with leukemia since he was three. </span><span data-ogsc=”rgb(0, 0, 0)”>The Knights added a helmet decal to honor him and held a ceremony to retire Fuller’s number 32 jersey. </span><span data-ogsc=”rgb(0, 0, 0)”>His teammates and friends say that he was an inspiration and a fun person to be around. </span></p><p dir=”ltr”><span data-ogsc=”rgb(0, 0, 0)”>“The way he brings our class together is so special,” said classmate and friend Maemae Ramey. </span></p><p dir=”ltr”><span data-ogsc=”rgb(0, 0, 0)”>His friend and teammate Jack Standeffer talked about the good times they had together. </span></p><p dir=”ltr”><span data-ogsc=”rgb(0, 0, 0)”>“My favorite memory with Fuller is getting my head buzzed with him when he had to get his haircut for chemotherapy,” said Jack. </span></p><p dir=”ltr”><span data-ogsc=”rgb(0, 0, 0)”>Luke Standeffer discussed how inspirational Fuller was.</span></p><p dir=”ltr”><span data-ogsc=”rgb(0, 0, 0)”>“He taught our kids a lot about strength and courage and fighting the good fight,” said Luke. “He taught the parents those things as well.” </span></p><p dir=”ltr”><span data-ogsc=”rgb(0, 0, 0)”>For the first touchdown of the game, David Mcneal handed the ball off to Tyler Mcneal who ran the ball in for the Knights. </span></p><p dir=”ltr”><span data-ogsc=”rgb(0, 0, 0)”>Jack Standeffer ran the ball in for another knights touchdown. </span></p><p dir=”ltr”><span data-ogsc=”rgb(0, 0, 0)”>At the end of the first half, David pushed through the Gators’ defense and jogged into the endzone for another touchdown, making the score 28-0 at halftime. </span></p><p dir=”ltr”><span data-ogsc=”rgb(0, 0, 0)”>Tuscaloosa Academy now has an overall record of 2-4, and Clarke Prep holds an overall record of 1-5. On Oct. 15, Tuscaloosa Academy will play Morgan Academy for a region game, and Clarke Prep will play Monroe Academy for a region game.</span></p><p dir=”ltr”></p>
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