WVUA 23 Football Friday Rundown- Week 9
By WVUA 23 Sports Reporter Tatumn Vaught
Catch up with WVUA 23 Football Friday high school football coverage from this past week.
Evangel Christian at Tuscaloosa Christian
By WVUA 23 Sports Reporter Grace Brister
Tuscaloosa Christian School defeated Evangel Christian Academy 28-22 for American Christain Association eight-man football.
Early in the third quarter, Tuscaloosa Christian’s Luke Jones found Jared Walters in the endzone and threw it in for a touchdown.
Evangel fought back as Elijah Iverson pushed through the Warriors and ran it in for a touchdown, and set up a pass from Iverson to Kennedy Holland for a two-point conversion.
Iverson got the ball again and took it into the endzone for another Lions touchdown.
Tuscaloosa Christian now has a 7-2 overall record.
Bibb County at Holt
By WVUA 23 Sports Reporter Sam Holley
Bibb County traveled to Holt this week for an impressive shutout win over the Ironmen, 42-0.
Bibb County got it going early when their quarterback John Downs handed the ball off to Colby Collums for the first touchdown of the game.
A quick three and out forced by the Choctaws defense set up a big rushing touchdown from Dylan Williams to put the Choctaws up 14-0 early in the first.
Choctaws’ Downs had a big first quarter, including a connection with Jacob Simmons to put Bibb County up three scores early in the game.
The Choctaws finished the quarter with a huge run from Jaison Taylor with seconds to spare.
The Ironmen will look to bounce back this week as they return home to host the Beauregard Hornets (3-6), despite their 2-7 overall record.
As for Bibb County, they will be at home this week as they host the Mobile Christan Leopards (4-5).
Hillcrest at Bessemer City
By WVUA 23 Sports Reporter Cooper Huskey
The Hillcrest Patriots defeated the Bessemer City Tigers 42-0 on Friday night.
The Patriots dominated the ball game with the deadly combination of quarterback Ethan Crawford and wide receiver J’quon Sturdivant. The duo combined for three touchdowns in the first half, with each coming off a pass that was 30 yards or longer.
Their first touchdown was a 32-yard pass that capped off the Patriots’ first drive of the game and gave them a 7-0 lead.
Hillcrest’s next possession ended with the exact same result, this time Crawford connecting with Sturdivant for 60-yards.
The pair’s third and final touchdown of the half came in the second quarter off another long, 50-plus yard bomb. The touchdown was Hillcrest’s fourth of the game and gave the Patriots a 28-0 lead.
The Patriots scored two more touchdowns in addition to the Crawford-Sturdivant three touchdowns and led 35-0 at halftime.
On the other side of the ball, the Hillcrest defense shut down Bessemer City. In the first half, the Tigers never crossed the 50-yard line and could barely move the ball down the field. Bessemer City’s first four drives ended with three punts and an interception.
In the second half, Hillcrest took their foot off the gas pedal a little bit, but Bessemer City still could not find the endzone. The Patriots tacked on one more touchdown in the fourth quarter and won the game with a shutout.
With the win, Hillcrest improves to 7-2 overall and 5-1 in region play. The Patriots will travel south to take on the Demopolis Tigers (6-3) in their final game of the season.
With the loss, Bessemer City falls to 0-9 overall and 0-6 in region play. The Tigers hope to end their season with a win when they host the Jasper Vikings (4-5) this Friday.
ACA at West Blocton
By WVUA 23 Sports Reporter Dylan Morgan
After losing their season opener to the Parker Thundering Herd (8-1), the ACA Patriots (8-1) won their eighth straight in big road performance over the West Blocton Tigers (6-3), 48-16.
The Patriots were led by junior Quarterback Sawyer Deerman who opened up the game with two rushing touchdowns to set the tone.
This was followed by a strong ground game by the two dominant running backs of Christian Davis and Tyler Flowers that were able to lift the Patriot’s offense to over 40 points for the fifth time in the last six games.
West Blocton will look to close out their regular season with a win against the Dora Bulldogs (5-4) when they play at home again on Friday, October 29, 2021, at 7 p.m.
As for the ACA Patriots, they will look to extend their winning streak to nine to end the regular season as they will be on the road again taking on the Mars Hill Panthers (7-2) in Florence, AL on Friday, October 29, 2021, with kickoff set for 7 p.m.
Hale County at Northside
By WVUA 23 Sports Reporter Jalen Prince
The Northside Rams hosted the Hale County Wildcats in a Friday night non-region matchup and the Rams defeated the Wildcats 42-7.
The Rams’ special teams got involved early throughout the first half. Hale Co. had a blocked punt that gave Northside tremendous field position.
That lead to the first touchdown of the game by Rams quarterback Braden Green, which put the Rams up 7-0.
On the next possession, Rams’ running back Jace McNutt found a hole up the middle and took it 70-yards for a touchdown. After the extra point was good, Northside lead 14-0.
In the second quarter, McNutt couldn’t be stopped. He got his second touchdown of the first half for 15-yards and ended the first half with 93 rushing yards.
Special teams got involved yet again, only this time, Northside got a chance to return the punt and senior Keiton Camp took it in for a 54-yard touchdown. Northside lead 28-0 at this point in the game.
Northside improves to 8-1, and undefeated in their region, and will travel to Buhl for a matchup against Sipsey Valley this Friday, October 30th at 7 pm. As for Hale County, they are now 4-5 and will host Lamar Co. this Friday, October 30th at 7 pm.
Sipsey Valley at Central
By WVUA 23 Sports Reporter Jack Hutchens
Central hosted Sipsey Valley for their Homecoming game and a chance to clinch a playoff spot in Class 5A Region 3 with a win. Unfortunately, the Falcons were one point away and lost to the Bears 13-12.
Sipsey Valley moved the ball down the field, but Central’s defensive back Stevenson Hodges Jr. laid a huge hit to slow the Bear’s offense down.
Bear’s quarterback Ryan Barger rolled out of the pocket and was rushed, which forced him to throw an interception in the endzone, which was caught by Hodges Jr.
Central quarterback William Batchelor looked deep for his receiver but is picked off by Sipsey Valley defensive back Wyatt Bailey.
On the very next play, Barger found his receiver, Wyatt Bailey, for a long touchdown pass to take the first lead of the game.
In the last play of the first half, Batchelor found Central wide receiver Christian Bishop who made a juggling catch for a touchdown. The extra point was blocked, so Sipsey kept the lead at 7-6.
Sipsey Valley will host Northside on Friday, while Central will host (7-3) Fairfield in their final game of the season.
Thompson vs Hoover
By WVUA 23 Sports Executive Producer Stu McCann
The game of the year was played on Friday when the high school Class 7A top-ranked and unbeaten Thompson Warriors took on the Class 7A second-ranked and unbeaten Hoover Bucs. The Region 3 Championship and home-field advantage in the playoffs were on the line and after a hard-fought battle, Hoover came out on top winning the game 24-21.
Early in the second quarter, Hoover lead the game 3-0 but the game didn’t remain low scoring for long. Thompson’s running back JJ Pegues followed his blockers and made a few Hoover defenders miss. Pegues scored seven for the Warriors to put Thompson up 7-3 after the extra point was good.
Hoover responded when Bucs quarterback Bennett Meredith went up top and had a nice touchdown pass to Ahmari Williams for Hoover to retake the lead.
The back and forth game continued when Thompson QB Connor Harrell had guest protection and connected with Amari Bolden on the touchdown pass. This put Thompson up 14-10 after the extra point.
The Warriors’ defense had a huge stop that lead to a great opportunity for Thompson to extend their lead. The No. 1 ranked Warriors’ Harrell hit Jalen Ward on a 71-yard touchdown.
In the final play of the first half, Hoover drove down to the one-yard line, but the Bucs could not get into the endzone. This was a huge goal-line stand for Thompson.
It wouldn’t matter in the end when Hoover dominated the second half of the ball game and scored 14 more on Thompson to take the Region 3 Championship.
Thompson’s record moved to 9-1 overall, adding a loss to their schedule for the first time this season in a heartbreaking defeat. The Warriors will play Florence on Nov. 5th at 7:00 p.m. in a non-region home game to finish up their regular season.
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