WVUA23 Football Friday Rundown – Week 1
By WVUA 23 Sports Reporter Tatumn Vaught
Watch WVUA 23’s first Football Friday show of the year where we recap Week 1 of high school football. Catch the show every Friday at 10:30 p.m. this season for updates.
TCHS Wildcats at Hillcrest Patriots
WVUA 23 Football Friday Game of the Week
By WVUA 23 Sports Reporter Dylan Morgan
In the first WVUA 23 Football Friday Game of the Week, the Hillcrest Patriots dominated their rival Tuscaloosa County 35-10.
The Wildcats opened the night on their brand-new turf field by scoring with a field goal, but Ethan Crawford and the Hillcrest Patriots would answer with a long touchdown run to take the 7-3 lead.
The Patriots then continued to roll on offense in the first half as Crawford would connect with WR Derrick Hall on a touchdown pass that would extend the lead for Hillcrest to 14-3 in the first half. Following another defensive stop by the Patriot defense, RB Jay Brown would add another long rushing touchdown for Hillcrest as they took a 21-3 lead.
Hillcrest held on to win and add 14 points in the second half on their way to their victory, moving their record to 1-1 this season as they will look to take on Brookwood (0-2) in their next matchup on Friday, Sept. 3.
As for Tuscaloosa County, they’ll look to bounce back on Friday, Sept. 3, as they will host the Thompson Warriors (2-0).
Sparkman Senators at Thompson Warriors
Thompson Warriors defeat Sparkman, improves record to 2-0
<p class=”x_MsoNormal”>By WVUA 23 Executive Producer Stu McCann</p>
The Thompson Warriors were too big, too fast and too good for the Sparkman Senators in a 55-0 win.
Through two games, Thompson has outscored its opponents 110-0.
Thompson senior quarterback Connor Harrell threw five first-half touchdowns, with three of them going to senior wide receiver Ryan Peppins. Thompson led 35-0 at halftime.
The Thompson defense looked just as effective as the offense, particularly in the first half. The Warriors sacked Sparkman quarterback Luke Schomburg three times before halftime.
The Warriors will travel to Tuscaloosa County on Friday, Sept. 3 in hopes to continue their dominant gameplay.
<h2>Sipsey Valley Bears at Hale County Wildcats</h2><p><a href=”https://wvua23.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/IMG_8255.jpg”></a></p><h4><span style=”color: #000000″>Hale County loses first home game to the Bears</span></h4><p class=”x_MsoNormal”>By WVUA 23 Sports Reporter Matthew Travis</p><p>Hale County got their season started at home on Friday night as they played host to the Sipsey Valley Bears. However, the Bears came out on top, winning 30-24.</p><p>The Bears got the scoring started as they went up 6-0 in the first, but after Hale County failed to get anything done on the ensuing drive, Sipsey Valley got the ball back and threw an interception which Hale County wound up scoring on as time expired in the first quarter.</p><p>Hale County also scored on the two-point conversion, giving the Wildcats an 8-6 lead heading into the second quarter.</p><p>After the pick-six it was all Sipsey Valley, the Bears took the lead back with a short Ja’Min Anderson rush into the end zone.</p><p>Following the Anderson touchdown, Sipsey’s Dalton Bailey added onto the scoreboard for the Bears as he took the handoff from Sipsey Valley’s own 16-yard line. He found a hole on the open field, broke a tackle and took it 84 yards to the end zone as Sipsey Valley began to run away.</p><p>Hale County mounted a bit of a comeback, but at the end of the day, Sipsey Valley got their first win of the season to improve to 1-1, while Hale County drops their season opener to fall 0-1.</p><p>Sipsey Valley will be back on the road again on Friday, Sept. 3rd when they travel to Shelby County, while Hale County travels to Montgomery Academy.</p><h2>Greensboro Raiders at ACA Patriots</h2><p><a href=”https://wvua23.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/IMG_8256.jpg”></a></p><h4><span style=”color: #19232d;font-size: 16px”>American Christian Academy wins their home opener against Greensboro</span></h4>
By WVUA 23 Sports Reporter Jason Williams
The American Christian Academy Patriots defeated the Greensboro Raiders on Friday night 34-20.
The first touchdown of the game was a 100-yard fumble recovery return for the Raiders by #3 Jakari Moore.
The Patriots responded with two touchdowns. The first was a 33-yard pass from #5 Sawyer Deerman to #9 Chance Henderson. The second touchdown was a 20-yard run by #7 Christian Davis.
To start the second half the Raiders got on the board with an 80-yard touchdown pass from #11 Ty’quan Lewis to #6 Ty’darrion Lewis.
The Raiders would proceed to only score one more time while the Patriots put up 20 more points.
The Patriots improve to 1-1 and will host Montevallo on Friday. The Raiders fall to 0-2 for the season and they will take on Southside this Friday.
Linden Patriots at Pickens County Tornadoes
Pickens County defeats Linden in their first game after last year’s loss
By WVUA 23 Sports Reporter Grace Brister
On Friday, Aug. 27, Pickens County High School defeated Linden High School 26-16 for their first game of the 2021 season.
Last December, Linden beat Pickens County 32-8 at Bryant Denny Stadium to win the Class 1A State Championship.
In the first quarter, quarterback Javion Belle threw the ball into the endzone to wide receiver Jacoris Barnes to score the first touchdown of the game for Pickens County.
Still in the first quarter, Linden took the lead after running back Adonta Warner scored a touchdown. The Patriots went for a two-point conversion that brought them to an 8-6 lead.
Belle threw another touchdown pass at the end of the first quarter to Kemauron Plott and the Tornadoes got a two-point conversion bringing them to a 14-8 lead.
In the second quarter, Belle threw another touchdown pass to Plott, allowing the Tornadoes to score again for a 20-8 lead at halftime.
Pickens County now has a record of 1-0 and they will face Hubbertville High School on Sept. 3 at 7 p.m.
Cullman Bearcats at Jasper Vikings
Jasper prevailed on Friday defeating the Bearcats 20-16
By WVUA 23 Videographer Keith Dobbins
Jasper hosted Cullman under the Friday night lights and their history was dead even before this game. Both the Vikings and the Bearcats had 35 wins each and two ties, however, Jasper prevailed on Friday, winning 20-16.
Cullman strikes first as Jake Dueland hauled in a deep pass from Ryan Skinner, but the drive stalled and the Bearcats settled for a field goal.
Jasper started their comeback when Web Spencer Rosenfeld took it around the end for a big gain. Rosenfeld kept it for a TPD and the PAT put Jasper up 7-3 to end the half.
Starting the second half, Skinner brought it into the living room to put the Cats in scoring position. Skinner hit Kaleb Heathery for six and to give Jasper the win over Cullman.
Jasper will travel to Clay-Chalkville High to take on the Cougars this Friday, hoping to pull through with another win.
Trinity Christian Eagles at Tuscaloosa Christian Warriors
The Warriors slaughter Trinity Christian at home 50-6
By WVUA 23 Sports Reporter Alex Boothe
Eight-man football, Tuscaloosa Christian hosted Trinity Christian for week two and the Warriors won the game 50-6.
Tuscaloosa Christian used the run game to take control of the first half. After multiple forced turnovers, they took advantage with a 36-0 lead at halftime.
Trinity Christian tried to get the offense going in the second half. Running back Sir Jones took a toss down the sideline for a 75-yard touchdown run to get Trinity on the scoreboard. Those would be the only points of the game for Trinity.
Tuscaloosa Christian would respond to the Trinity touchdown shortly after. Quarterback Jay Dockery found running back Sean Mcmullen in the flats, who would take it for a touchdown.
Tuscaloosa Christian ran away with a 50-6 win over Trinity in week two. Next up for Tuscaloosa Christian, another home game against New Life Christian on Sept. 3. Meanwhile, Trinity Christian will play East Central Homeschool on Sept. 3.
Sidney Lanier at Paul Bryant
Briarwood Christian Lions at Spain Park Jaguars
Shades Valley Mounties at Pinson Valley Indians
Oak Mountain Eagles at Pelham Panthers
Center Point at Fairfield
Northridge at Central
Gordo at Aliceville
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