WEEK 6 RECAP: Park Crossing continues to roll; Stanhope gets region road win
Park Crossing 39, G.W. Carver 14
McDaniels broke a 7-7 tie in the first quarter with a 19-yard run, giving the Thunderbirds a lead they would not relinquish.
McDaniels added a 3-yard run for a score early in the second quarter, which was set up by his own 46- yard run two plays earlier.
Quarterback Cam Taylor extended the first-half lead with a 9-yard strike to Doron Mitchell and Sebastian Carpenter finished off the scoring in the first half with a 22-yard field goal.
Taylor and Benjamin Braswell added touchdown runs of 1-yard and 18-yards respectively.
Carver tied the game in the first quarter on a 79-yard touchdown pass from Kole Williams to Taariq Williams. The Wolverines other score came in the third quarter on a 2-yard run by Williams.
Terrence Webster led Carver with 67 yards rushing. He also threw for 27 yards in a part-time role at quarterback.
Carver (1-6, 0-3) travels to Stanhope Elmore next week while Park Crossing (5-1, 4-0) plays at Dothan.
Wetumpka 55, Pelham 14
The Indians (7-0, 3-0) got three defensive touchdowns including two from Darren Nolen – one on a fumble return and another on an interception.
Quarterback Jadarious Martin rushed for 156 yards including a 56-yard scamper for a score. He also passed for 169 yards on 6-of-10 attempts and a touchdown. E.J. Rogers had the touchdown catch on a 54-yard grab.
Keedrick Adams had a TD run of 41 yards while Kavosiey Smoke added two scores on runs of 3 and 41 yards.
Trey McCreary added a fumble return for a score for the Indians, who stay atop the region standings in Class 6A, Region 3.
The Indians will play at home against Helena next week.
Prattville 45, Smiths Station 0
Prattville (3-3) scored four touchdowns in the first quarter, with Deangelo Jones scoring on runs of 27 and 8 yards for a quick 14-0 lead. Kylan Pettway added another touchdown on a 11-yard run as he bounced off of defenders on the way to the end zone and Tray Pettway caught an 8-yard pass from Traair Edwards with 16 seconds left in the first quarter for a 28-0 lead.
After a scoreless second quarter, the Lions added seven more points on backup quarterback Kyle Kramer’s 15-yard pass in the corner of the end zone for Tray Pettway. Reserve tailback J.J. Jackson added a 14-yard touchdown run and Noah Sheets, who kicked six extra points, added a 23-yard field goal with 1:57 left in the third quarter for a 45-0 lead.
Prattville, 2-2 in region play, will have the week off before returning to region action on Oct. 19 against Jeff Davis at Cramton Bowl.
Tallassee 54, Dadeville 13
The Tigers (6-1) scored first on a 52-yard run by Kalvin Levett , but Donquavious Tucker tied the game at 7-7 on a 3-yard run two minutes into the second quarter.
Tallassee responded with three quick touchdowns as Casey Baynes ran 10 yards for one score, then 24 yards for another score and Levett grabbed his own deflected pass and ran 43 yards for another score a 27-7 lead at the half.
The Tigers cruised from there as Mathews ran 30 yards with a fumble return, Baynes ran 8 yards for another touchdown, Mathews ran 86 yards for a score and Jalen Johnson ran 98 yards in the final minute to put the finishing touches on the rout.
Johnson finished with 110 yards on five carries, while Levett ran for 50 yards on three carries, caught his own pass for 43 yards and a touchdown and completed 2 of 2 passes for 65 yards as the Tigers improved to 3-1 in region play heading into next week’s region matchup at Holtville.
Tucker had 149 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 19 carries for Dadeville (3-4, 1-3 in region play), with Kadore Glenn adding 108 yards on 19 carries. Dadeville hosts Elmore County next week.
Alabama Christian 35, Ashford 10
Reece Solar completed 7 of 10 passes for 110 yards and two touchdowns as the Eagles coasted to a businesslike win to clinch a berth in the state playoffs. Jalen Clark added a 14-yard touchdown run, while Carson Hunt scored on an 18-yard reception and Cole Schlemmer added an 8-yard touchdown catch.
Schlemmer led the Eagle defense with 10 tackles, followed by Preston Perry with six and Garrett Cottingham with five.
ACA will travel across town to face St. James in a huge region matchup next week.
Montgomery Catholic 27, Dale County 7
Dale County went more than 33 minutes without a first down, never overcoming some early mistakes as the Knights rolled to a 27-7 win on Friday night. The important region win by Catholic avenged last year’s one-point loss at Dale County as the Knights improved to 5-1 for the first time since 1994.
“It means the same as any other game,” said Person, who had eight tackles, forced a fumble, had one sack and four tackles for loss along with three quarterback pressures. “It goes down as a ‘W.’ I don’t care how much we win by or who we beat, it’s just an honor to win and an honor to play this game.”
B.J. Barker recovered the opening kickoff for Catholic and then scored the game’s first touchdown on a controversial play, hauling in an 18-yard pass from Hunter Ferrall in the end zone before defender Xavier Lynn snatched the ball away.
The Knights added to the lead on a 2-yard run out of Wildcat formation by tailback Tyler Price, who had 108 yards on 32 carries. Price added another 2-yard touchdown run late in the first half for a 20-0 lead, but Dale County responded by returning the ensuing kickoff 77 yards for a touchdown to make it 20-7.
After a scoreless third quarter in which the two teams combined for 55 total yards, the Knights added a QB sneak for a touchdown by Ferrall to put the game out of reach.
Dale County (5-2, 2-2 in region play) travels to Rehobeth next week, while Catholic travels to Ashford for a region game.
Stanhope Elmore 21, Russell County 13
Quintarius Daniels scored on a 6-yard run, Johnny Montgomery tossed a 13-yard pass to Logan Swindle and Tre Duncan scored on a 4-yard run to lead the Mustangs. Montgomery passed to Conner Bradford for a two-point conversion.
Stanhope Elmore (3-3 overall and 2-1 in region play) won for the third straight time and will travel to Montgomery next week to play G.W. Carver in Cramton Bowl.
Prattville Christian 20, Beulah 14
Michael McCarty had three interceptions and caught a touchdown pass to lead the Panthers while Sterling Berry added a touchdown run. Quarterback Preston Cox passed for one TD and rushed for another in the win.
PCA will have its hands full next week when it hosts Pike County in a region game. Beulah will host Highland Home.
Billingsley 47, Verbena 14
It was the second consecutive win for the Bears (2-5) and the first in three tries in region play. Billingsley will travel to Montgomery next Friday to play R.C. Hatch in a region matchup at Faulkner University’s John Mark Stallings Field.
“I thought we started the game with energy,” Billingsley coach Tyson McLean said. “In our other games, we just didn’t seem to have that energy early and we had to play from behind.”
The Bears jumped on the Red Devils with three non-offensive touchdowns in the first half as Ladarius Starks returned an interception for a touchdown and Malik Callens returned a punt for a touchdown and an interception for a touchdown.
Billingsley also had a punt blocked for a safety, accounting for a 33-2 lead at the half.
In the second half, the Bears picked up where they left off as Raymond Cutler caught a screen pass from Callens and turned it into a touchdown early in the third quarter.
Charles Henderson 51, Trinity 22
Trace Bright was 13 of 28 in the passing department for 188 yards that included a touchdown strike to Luke Hufham. Bright also scored the first touchdown of the game on a 4-yard run.
Bright was intercepted twice. Hufham caught 9 passes for 100 yards and a touchdown. Connor Hayes caught 4 passes for 87 yards. Nolan Sasser caught 3 passes for 79 yards including a 49-yard touchdown pass from Rob Chandler with exactly one minute remaining in the game.
Chandler connected with Jackson Davis for a 2-point conversion. Hayes also recovered a fumble when the Trojans mishandled a McKay Taylor punt.
Trinity’s running game could never get in gear and the Wildcats never started a drive past their own 20-yard line whenever Charles Henderson kicked off. The Wildcats now drop to 2-5 and will travel to Bullock County for a region game next week.
Autauga Academy 50, Jackson Academy 8
Carr completed 7 of 8 passes for 275 yards and three touchdowns, spreading the scoring around among receivers Kendrick Rogers, James Woods and Quez McDonald. Rogers had three receptions for 172 yards, Woods had a pair of catches for 42 yards and McDonald had 53 receiving yards on two catches.
Epkins scored on two of his seven carries, picking up 115 yards in the process.
Trent Camp had a fumble recovery for a touchdown as well.
Abbeville Christian 45, Lowndes Academy 18
Christian Barkley, who rushed for 94 yards on five carries, had a 64-yard run to set up Mason McCurdy’s short quarterback keeper for a 6-0 lead, but the Generals scored on their next three possessions, then returned an interception 39 yards for another score a 30-6 lead.
McCurdy rushed for 84 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 19 carries, while Daniel Janes added 75 yards on six carries. Landon Hooper also scored a touchdown, rushing three times for 26 yards.
Lowndes (2-4) gained 319 yards on the ground and ran 72 plays to just 25 for Abbeville (4-4), but turned the ball over three times.
The Rebels return home to play Patrician next week before traveling to Evergreen to play Sparta Academy on Oct. 20 in a game that will determine the final playoff team in Class A Region 1.
Cornerstone 60, Evangel Christian 20
Evangel quarterback Aaron Alpert scored a pair of touchdowns and ran for 113 yards on 11 carries. He also completed 15 of 25 passes for 188 yards and a touchdown. Sam Allen added a 6-yard scoring run for the Lions.
Cornerstone racked up 349 yards rushing against a weakened Lions defense. Evangel (0-7) returns home next week still searching for its first win and will host Coosa Valley.