WVUA 23 Football Friday Rundown- Week 8

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By WVUA 23 Sports Reporter Tatumn Vaught

Catch up with WVUA 23 Football Friday high school football coverage from this past week.

Fayette County at Gordo

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By WVUA 23 Sports Reporters Grace Brister and Jalen Prince

Gordo High School Football locked up home field for the first round of the Class 4A State playoffs and defeated Fayette County and their famous head coach Waldon Tucker 27-0. 

Gordo’s first drive went all the way down the field, which set up Oregon commit Tanner Bailey for an 11-yard touchdown pass to receiver Christopher Neel.

The Greenwave’s defense had a great night. They forced two turnovers in the first half, both of which were interceptions by Ben Capps and Jace Hathcock.

Bailey found Capps wide open for a 68-yard touchdown after the first interception. Just in the first half, Capps had 137-yards receiving.

At the start of the second half, Gordo received the ball, and Bailey connected with Neel for 45-yards and another touchdown.

Gordo is now 6-2 overall (4-1 in the region) and will host the Curry Yellowjackets on Friday, Oct. 22 at 7 p.m. Fayette County is presently 4-4 overall (3-2 in the region), and they will host the Hamilton Bulldogs on Friday, Oct. 22 at 7 p.m.

Coach Ryan Lolley discussed what winning this game meant for him.

“You know it controls our destiny of where we wanna be in the playoffs as far as wanting to be a home team in the first round,” said Lolley. “If we want to do that (we’ve) got to win the next one.” 

This game was important for playoff positioning, but it was also big for Coach Waldon Tucker to see the new turf field. 

He coached at Gordo back in the 80s, and he was able to appreciate what this field has become and what it means to the community. 

“Those people down there were great to me when I was down there. I love those people,” said Tucker. 

Coach Tucker left a lasting legacy at both of these schools. He reached the playoffs with Gordo for the first time in 1979 and helped Fayette County reach the playoffs for the first time in 1984. 

In nearly 4 decades since then, according to the Alabama high school football historical society website, both programs have reached the postseason 86 percent of the time.

Midfield at Aliceville

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By WVUA 23 Sports Reporter Matthew Travis

The Midfield Patriots traveled to Aliceville for a showdown with the Yellow Jackets on Friday night, but the Patriots came out on top, 24-14.

This one was a low-scoring affair in the first half and was just a defensive battle. With no score in the first, and Midfield in Aliceville territory, Patriots’ quarterback Anthony Johnson got sacked, as the Yellow Jackets force the Patriots to punt.

On the second play of Aliceville’s drive following the forced punt, quarterback Ty’Jarian Williams was looking for Keanthony Wilder, but it was tipped, and Midfield’s Anthony Johnson came down with the interception and brought it to the house for the first score of the game.

The Patriots failed to convert on the two-point conversion, giving them a 6-0 lead, which would stand going into halftime.

In the end, it was Midfield who came out on top, beating Aliceville.

With the win, Midfield improves to 7-1 on the season, and they will wrap their season up at home next week against Marion. Aliceville on the other hand falls to 5-3 and will be on the road against Winston County, next week.

Bessemer City at Brookwood

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By WVUA 23 Sports Reporter Sam Holley

Brookwood defended their home field as they knocked off Bessemer City 28-22 in a 6A Region 4 game.

Panthers opened the game with a long scoring drive resulting in quarterback Jacob Smithson bulldozing his way into the end zone to make the score 8-0 after a converted two-point conversion.

It was all Brookwood early in this game until running back CJ Cummings fumbled a handoff and Tigers’ linebacker Christopher Wittsett Jr. scooped it and took it 98-yards to cut the Panthers’ lead to one.

Brookwood marched down the field at the end of the first half and scored on a short goal-line pass from Smithson as time expired to make the score 15-7.

After a bye week, Brookwood (2-7) will host Oak Grove (1-7) in Billy Joe Young Field next week.

Hoover at Tuscaloosa County

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By WVUA 23 Sports Reporter Jason Williams

<p class=”x_MsoNormal”>The Hoover Buccaneers defeated the Tuscaloosa County Wildcats 49-7 last Friday night.</p><p class=”x_MsoNormal”>This game was over quickly as the score was 42-7 before halftime. Quarterback Bennett Meredith contributed to five of those six first-half touchdowns as he had four through the air and one on the ground for the night.</p><p class=”x_MsoNormal”>One of these touchdowns included a 40-yard pass from Meredith to No. 8 Retonio Hamilton. Right before halftime, he found his tight end, Sky Niblett, for a touchdown inside the red zone.</p><p class=”x_MsoNormal”>In the second half, Hoover finished the scoring with No. 81 Jordan Woolen taking the opening kickoff for a touchdown.</p><p class=”x_MsoNormal”>The Hoover Buccaneers improve to 9-0 on the season and will be looking forward to another big region showdown as they take on the, also undefeated, Thompson Warriors.</p><p class=”x_MsoNormal”>On the other side of the ball, the Wildcats fall to 1-7 on the season and will be traveling to take on Spain Park next week.</p><h2>Oak Grove at Northside</h2><p><a href=”https://wvua23.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/Jack.jpg”>Jack</a></p><p>By WVUA 23 Sports Reporter Jack Hutchens</p><p>Northside hosted Oak Grove in a Friday night showdown and the Rams came out on top, winning 45-18 to extend their record to 7-1.</p><p>The Rams started quickly with a four-play drive that was capped off with a touchdown pass from quarterback Braden Green to Niarre Bostic.</p><p>Northside took the lead 7-0, but the Oak Grove Tigers bounced right back with a touchdown of their own after a huge pickup by quarterback Riley Harmon.</p><p>The Tigers missed the extra point to make the score 7-6.</p><p>Northside will host (4-4) Hale County on Friday while Oak Grove will return to their home stomping grounds in Bessemer to host (4-5) Haleyville.</p>

Oak Mountain at Thompson

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By WVUA 23 Sports Executive Producer Stu McCann

7A Region 3, No.1 ranked Thompson hosted Oak Mountain on Friday and won 48-0 for their fifth shutout win of the season.

In the first drive of the game for the Thompson offense, quarterback Connor Harrell went up and hit Justin Pegques in-stride, which put the Warriors up 7-0 after the extra point was good.

Oak Mountain was looking to get something going on offense when Deavan Moss had a nice kickoff return for the Eagles. They drove all the way down to the one-yard line but attempted a trick play that would not fool the Warriors. Thompon’s Jeremiah Alexander sacked Oak Mountain quarterback Evan Smith for a 10-yard loss.

On the next play, still in the first quarter, the Eagles were at 3rd and goal, but Thompson’s Tony Mitchell got the interception in the end zone. The Warriors were called for a penalty on the return, meaning the pick-six was no good, but a great stop for Thompson’s defense that prevented the score.

Thompson wide receiver Ryan Peppins finished the game with five touchdowns and four in the first half for a total of 227-yards.

Thompson will travel to Hoover to play the also undefeated Bucs on Friday with an overall 9-0 record this season.

Morgan Academy at Tuscaloosa Academy

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By WVUA 23 Sports Reporter Tatumn Vaught

Tuscaloosa Academy hosted Morgan Academy and pulled out the win, 17-7.

Morgan kicked the ball off at the start of the second half. TA’s Jack Standeffer returned the ball all the way back to the house to put the Knights up 17-7.

Following that drive, the game didn’t have much more action. TA kept the momentum going when Preston Landcaster passed the ball to Standeffer again for a first down.

Morgan attempted to fight back when Andrew Thomas completed a pass to Cink Minter for a Senators first down, but the drive didn’t last long.

Knights’ Landon Stell came in hot with a sack for TA’s defense and it lead to a victory over Morgan.

Tuscaloosa Academy (4-4) will travel to Monroe Academy (3-5) for their final game of the regular season. TA is currently undefeated in conference play, putting pressure on them to perform well against Monroe on Friday.

Dallas County at ACA

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By WVUA 23 Sports Reporter Tatumn Vaught

American Christian Academy hosted Dallas County in a high-scoring battle that was won by the Patriots, 62-28.

Dallas County’s Marquavious Pullom handed the ball off to Daveon Jones for the first touchdown of the night after a long drive that focused on the run game.

Pullom took the run himself to score the second touchdown for the Hornets, putting Dallas County up 14-0 in the first quarter.

ACA’s quarterback Sawyer Deerman found Tyler Flowers for six to put the Patriots on the board. Deerman put the ball in Christian Harris’ hands to tie the game.

The Deerman and Flowers duo came back together to push the Patriots further in the lead and eventually to get the win.

7-1 ACA will travel to 6-2 West Blocton in a big 4A Region 3 matchup on Friday, while Dallas County will host Montevallo.

Paul Bryant vs Hillcrest

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By WVUA 23 Sports Reporter Tatumn Vaught

In Class 6A Region 4,  Paul Bryant traveled to Hillcrest for the Patriot’s homecoming game and the hosts came out on top, 48-26.

In the third quarter, Hillcrest was up 41-6, blowing out Bryant, but the ball game started to turn when Bryant’s Jordan Louie ran right, bounced off tackles, and took it 70-yards for a touchdown.

After a strong defensive stop by Hillcrest, they couldn’t seem to stop Louie. He got the ball again and took it in for a 57-yard touchdown, making the score 41-19 late in the third quarter.

<p>A few plays later, Hillcrest attempted to snap out of their funk, but the ball became loose and the Stampede’s Luther Watkins made the recovery. He took it all the way to the endzone and cut the score to 41-26.</p><p>Thankfully for the Patriots, their defense was able to stop the scoring from that point on and they came out with the win.</p>

The Patriots travel to Bessemer City (0-8) next week in hopes to display talent across the board. Bryant will travel to play Hueytown on Friday in a more competitive matchup.

Greensboro at Hale County

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By WVUA 23 Sports Reporter Jalen Prince

Hale County hosted Greensboro in a big region rivalry matchup and the Wildcats would defeat the Raiders 35-16.

<p><p class=”x_MsoNormal”>Hale County got off to a fast start as quarterback Matthew Swartz connected to receiver Jamarion Ryans for a 33-yard touchdown, the first of the night. That was the beginning of a dominant game for Swartz and Ryans.</p><p class=”x_MsoNormal”>After a defensive stop, Swartz found Ryans again for his second touchdown of the game, this time for 35-yards, to put the Wildcats up 14-0.</p><p class=”x_MsoNormal”>Hale County’s defense caused a ton of pressure for Greensboro and the Raiders were plagued with penalties early in the game.</p><p class=”x_MsoNormal”>Once again, Swartz and Ryans connected for their 3<sup>rd</sup> touchdown in the first quarter. Ryans had four receptions for 93-yards and three touchdowns, all in the first quarter.</p><p class=”x_MsoNormal”>Hale County, now at a 4-4 record (3-3 region), will travel to Northport to battle the 7-1 Northside Rams in a non-region matchup this Friday, October 22<sup>nd</sup> at 7 pm.</p><p class=”x_MsoNormal”>As for Greensboro, they fall to 2-6 overall (1-3 region play) and will be home against Prattville Christian Academy this Friday, October 22<sup>nd</sup> at 7 pm.</p><p> </p></p>

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