Torched slide, bathroom graffiti are latest incidents of damage to public facilities

A melted slide was removed from Banty Jones Park on Tuesday, the latest instance of vandalism plaguing Rome-Floyd Parks and Recreation facilities.

Parks Supervisor Todd Wofford is asking people to be alert to what’s going on around them, and if anyone has information on the incident to call him.

“It was a big, stand-alone plastic slide and they just torched it,” he said. “It’s just so frustrating. It ends up costing everyone more money to replace things, or we just don’t replace them.”

The slide is valued at $7,000.

Wofford said new playground equipment for the park on Crane Street in Rome is budgeted in the 2013 special purpose, local sales tax package. A $1.1 million earmark is funding new units at 10 parks around the county.

But that’s not the point, he said, and money isn’t always available to repair damage or pay for the labor involved.

Garbage cans at Banty Jones Park also have been burned, and someone just spray-painted “SSL” on a wall and inside the bathroom at Wolf Park in Lindale — for the second time this month.

Wofford said vandalism is an ongoing problem and the RFPRA could use help from the community.

“There are a lot of eyes out there,” he said. “If anyone is walking or out in the park and sees something unusual, please call 911 and protect the parks.”


LEPC to host annual Health & Safety Fair this Saturday

The Local Emergency Planning Committee will be hosting the annual Health & Safety Fair at the Home Depot, located on Curtis Parkway in Calhoun, this Saturday, Oct. 1 from 9 a.m. – noon.

The LEPC will be giving away Home Depot buckets to the first 200 families, along with instructions on how to begin your own Emergency Preparedness Kit.

Various emergency service agencies will provide health and safety tips to children visiting, including the Calhoun Fire Department, Calhoun Police Department, Georgia Forestry Commission, Georgia National Guard, Gordon County 911, Gordon County Child Fatality Review, Gordon County EMA, Gordon County EMS, Gordon County Fire & Rescue, Gordon County Sheriff’s Office, Gordon Hospital and the U.S. Forest Service.

There will be a free Home Depot Kids Workshop, popcorn, slushies balloons and other freebies throughout the day.

GUEST EDITORIAL: Sexual harassment in national parks

With their towering peaks, foaming rivers, deep canyons, austere deserts and verdant forests, national parks offer some of America’s most gratifying escapes. They attracted a record 307 million visitors in 2015, and in this, their centennial year, they are expected to get even more.

But there is no escaping some social problems. This month, the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform got the latest sorry revelations about workplace sexual harassment in the very places Americans go to be inspired.

Members of Congress heard Kelly Martin, chief of fire and aviation management at California’s Yosemite, recount three incidents in which she says she was victimized by a supervisor, who peeked through her bathroom window and tried to kiss her. He was allowed to keep his job until he got around to retiring. She decried a “clear failure of management to take action to investigate and advocate on a victim’s behalf.”

Yosemite is just one of the parks with problems. The Montana Pioneer recently said multiple sources, including a senior Yellowstone official, “have reported to the Pioneer allegations of recent sexual harassment or systemic financial misconduct, or both, at the Park.” The Interior Department’s inspector general reported in January that some male employees in the Grand Canyon demanded sex of female co-workers, and retaliated against those who refused.

Women at Canaveral National Seashore in Florida were often subjected to unwanted advances and lewd comments, according to the IG’s report. A former district manager blamed the conduct on “incompetent leaders and an attitude of, ‘Hey, I can do anything I want and there’s nothing you can do to me.’”…

The Park Service needs to do everything it can to encourage victims to come forward, investigate allegations promptly and thoroughly and hold harassers accountable. And, as Interior Secretary Sally Jewell has emphasized, the culture of the Park Service needs to change to prevent such behavior from occurring.


Cedar Bluff tumbles five spots in latest ASWA football rankings

The latest Alabama Sports Writers Association football poll was released late Tuesday evening, but not much changed for area teams.

The biggest movement came in Class 1A, where the Cedar Bluff Tigers (3-2) tumbled five places to No. 9 after their 35-14 loss at Class 2A Collinsville. Cedar Bluff looks to rebound when it hosts Region 6 rival Valley Head (1-3) on Friday.

Also in the Class 1A rankings, Spring Garden (5-0) held steady at No. 3 following its 45-23 victory at Donoho on Friday. The Panthers host Coosa Christian (2-4) this Friday in another Region 6 battle.

In Class 3A, Piedmont (6-0) continues to have a tight grasp of the top spot following its 29-14 victory over Class 4A, No. 8 Leeds on Friday. The Bulldogs earned 30 of 31 first-place votes in this week’s rankings and will host Weaver (4-1) in a Region 5 battle this Friday.

Two other area teams received consideration for this week’s poll: Class 2A Sand Rock (4-1) and Class 4A Cherokee County (4-2).

The Wildcats, winners of four straight, host the top-ranked team in Class 2A, the Fyffe Red Devils (5-0), on Friday in a crucial Region 6 contest. The Warriors, also winners of four straight, host a key Region 5 game against Saks (3-2).

Other area games this Friday include Collinsville (3-2) at Westbrook Christian (2-3) and Gaylesville (1-4) at Woodville (1-4).

This week’s complete rankings are listed below.



Sept. 28, 2016

(First-place votes and record in parentheses)

Class 7A

1. McGill-Toolen (31) (5-0) 372

2. Hoover (4-1) 268

3. Hewitt-Trussville (6-0) 256

4. Central-Phenix City (4-1) 212

5. Bob Jones (5-1) 177

6. Lee-Montgomery (5-0) 159

7. Davidson (4-1) 108

8. Enterprise (6-0) 101

9. James Clemens (3-2) 59

10. Mountain Brook (4-1) 46

Others receiving votes: Spain Park (3-2) 8, Vestavia Hills (3-2) 1.

Class 6A

1. Spanish Fort (13) (5-1) 312

2. Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa (11) (6-0) 303

3. Blount (7) (5-1) 262

4. Oxford (6-0) 217

5. Opelika (5-1) 176

6. Minor (5-0) 156

7. Park Crossing (5-1) 116

8. Hartselle (6-0) 105

9. Clay-Chalkville (4-2) 68

10. Chelsea (5-1) 25

Others receiving votes: Wetumpka (5-1) 15, Ramsay (4-1) 7, Gardendale (4-2) 2, Pinson Valley (4-2) 2, Decatur (4-1) 1.

Class 5A

1. Jackson (23) (5-0) 348

2. St. Paul’s (8) (4-1) 303

3. Beauregard (4-0) 239

4. Etowah (5-1) 190

5. Scottsboro (5-0) 184

6. Russellville (4-1) 152

7. Carroll (5-0) 121

8. Demopolis (4-1) 95

9. Mortimer Jordan (4-2) 52

10. Central-Clay County (4-1) 47

Others receiving votes: Briarwood Christian (4-1) 20, Sylacauga (4-1) 6, Guntersville (3-2) 5, Vigor (4-2) 4, Eufaula (3-2) 1.

Class 4A

1. UMS-Wright (28) (4-1) 361

2. Madison Academy (1) (4-1) 270

3. Haleyville (2) (5-0) 258

4. Andalusia (5-1) 214

5. Cordova (5-1) 173

6. Munford (4-1) 158

7. Rogers (6-0) 112

8. Leeds (4-2) 70

9. Jacksonville (5-0) 58

10. Thomasville (3-1) 47

Others receiving votes: Handley (3-2) 16, West Limestone (5-1) 13, North Jackson (3-2) 12, Cherokee County (4-2) 2, Montgomery Catholic (4-1) 2, West Blocton (5-1) 1.

Class 3A

1. Piedmont (30) (6-0) 369

2. Gordo (1) (5-0) 282

3. Montevallo (5-0) 235

4. Mobile Christian (4-1) 204

5. Opp (4-1) 154

6. Colbert County (4-1) 146

7. Ohatchee (6-0) 139

8. Oakman (4-1) 84

9. T.R. Miller (3-2) 81

10. Daleville (4-1) 38

Others receiving votes: Lexington (4-1) 9, Straughn (3-1) 8, Bayside (3-2) 5, Colbert Heights (3-3) 4, Lauderdale County (3-2) 3 Weaver (4-1) 3, Pike County (4-1) 2, American Christian (4-2) 1.

Class 2A

1. Fyffe (24) (5-0) 351

2. G.W. Long (2) (4-0) 274

3. Elba (5) (4-1) 253

4. LaFayette (5-0) 216

5. Cleveland (5-0) 193

6. Lanett (5-1) 134

7. Red Bay (5-0) 119

8. Tanner (2-3) 57

9. Aliceville (4-1) 56

10. Sheffield (5-1) 50

Others receiving votes: New Brockton (2-3) 32, Washington County (3-2) 22, Sand Rock (4-1) 6, Leroy (3-2) 3, Goshen (4-1) 1.

Class 1A

1. Maplesville (24) (4-0) 351

2. Linden (7) (5-0) 300

3. Spring Garden (5-0) 238

4. Addison (6-0) 202

5. Sweet Water (3-1) 165

6. Decatur Heritage (4-1) 133

7. Wadley (5-0) 117

8. Georgiana (6-0) 103

9. Cedar Bluff (3-2) 69

10t. Hubbertville (4-0) 34

10t. Pickens County (3-2) 34

Others receiving votes: Notasulga (3-2) 7, Isabella (5-0) 6, McKenzie (5-1) 4, South Lamar (4-2) 3, Brantley (2-3) 1.


1. Bessemer Acad. (31) (6-0) 372

2. Autauga Acad. (5-0) 274

3. Monroe Acad. (5-1) 246

4. S. Choctaw Acad. (5-0) 191

5. Marengo Acad. (4-1) 177

6. Chambers Acad. (5-0) 161

7. Escambia Acad. (4-2) 111

8. Fort Dale Acad. (4-1) 96

9. Lowndes Acad. (3-1) 68

10. Pike Liberal (3-2) 27

Others receiving votes: Lee-Scott Acad. (3-2) 13, Morgan Acad. (4-2) 12, Springwood (4-1) 9, Edgewood Acad. (0-6) 5, Glenwood (4-1) 4, Cornerstone Chr. (4-1) 1.

The Alabama Sports Writers Association prep committee members are: Paul Beaudry (Chairman), Alabama Media Group; Cathy Higgins, Alexander City Outlook; Josh Dutton, Andalusia Star-News; Will Gaines, Anniston Star; Jonathan Deal, Athens News Courier; Andrew Garner, Atmore Advance; Gary Estwick, Birmingham News; Rob Rice, Blount Countian; Shannon Fagan, Cherokee Herald; Tommy Hicks, Citronelle Call-News; Ross Wood, Clarke Co. Democrat; Rob Ketcham, Cullman Times; Johnathan Bentley, Daily Mountain Eagle; Justin Graves, Decatur Daily; David Mundee, Dothan Eagle; Lee Peacock, Evergreen Courant; John McWilliams, Florence TimesDaily; Jeremy Smith, Freelance (Demopolis); Chris McCarthy, Gadsden Messenger; J.J. Hicks, Gadsden Times; Daniel Boyette, Huntsville Times; Ben Thomas, Mobile Press-Register; Stacy Long, Montgomery Advertiser; Eric Bacharach, Opelika-Auburn News; Shannon Allen, Sand Mountain Reporter; Jason Bowen, Scottsboro Daily Sentinel; Daniel Evans, Selma Times-Journal; Baker Ellis, Shelby County Reporter; Lavonte Young, Talladega Daily Home; Joey Chandler, Tuscaloosa News; Cory Diaz, Wetumpka Herald.

ATLANTA BRAVES: Giants acquire infielder Gordon Beckham from Braves

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The San Francisco Giants have acquired infielder Gordon Beckham in a trade with the Atlanta Braves to give themselves some help for the final week with Eduardo Nunez injured.

Manager Bruce Bochy said Beckham was due to arrive shortly before first pitch of Tuesday night’s series opener against Colorado. San Francisco is chasing one of the NL wild cards and Beckham could make some starts this weekend against the NL West champion Los Angeles Dodgers. He also provides a veteran right-handed bat off the bench.

Beckham is batting .217 with five homers and 30 RBIs in 85 games, playing second, third and shortstop.

San Francisco had yet to announce the minor leaguer headed to the Braves, awaiting medical reviews to complete the deal.

Nunez had an MRI exam that showed a mild right hamstring pull that is expected to keep him out a few days.



Mr. Daniel Porter,32, of Centre, Ala passed away suddenly on Monday, September 26, 2016.

Services for Mr. Porter are incomplete and will be announce at a later date. Please keep the Porter family in Prayer as they are grieving the loss of their loved one, Mr. Porter.

Wright Memorial Mortuary,Inc is in charge of the arrangements for Mr. Daniel Porter.

Ensley: Surviving a drought

We find that some parts of our county are very dry. How do you survive a drought?

Prioritize: Most grasses will go dormant and return when normal rainfall and irrigation return. Consider the value of the plant when deciding what to save and what measures to take. For example, lawns and ornamental flowers are easily replaced. The value of a 150-year- old tree is clearly greater than easily replaced elements of your landscape.

Think about alternate sources of water: Traditional irrigation is not the only source of water to help your most prized plants survive the water restrictions and drought.

Air conditioner condensate: Most air conditioners release a small amount of water (condensate). This is the result of the cooling your home. Some units produce as many as 20 gallons a day. This can be a precious resource to assist you in maintaining those plants you most value.

Attach a hose to the relief pipe: Some air conditioner units have a release pipe and a hose can be attached to this pipe and directed to a particular area. The hose can be moved and directed at different areas each day. This will deliver water to the roots of these plants slowly and deeply.

Catch the water in a bucket: For those who cannot attach a hose and direct the flow of water to certain plants, place a large bucket beneath the release pipe and catch the water.

When the bucket is full you can carry it to select plants and apply the water.

Utilize what rain we receive: When we do a get rain event, even a pop up afternoon shower, do not waste that water. One-inch of rain on 1,000 square feet of roof produces 650 gallons of water.

Make a rain barrel: In order to make the most of the rains we receive build your own rain barrel. For instructions and supplies visit

Purchase a rain barrel: If you do not want to make your own

rain barrel some garden supply store carry them.

Tree bags: Purchase tree or gator bags to maintain trees.

These can be found by doing a web search. Use the alternate water you have captured to fill the bags. Water will be delivered to the roots of your trees slowly and deeply.

Plant maintenance techniques: How you maintain your plants during the current drought will make a difference in the survival of the plants.

Mulch: Four to five inches of mulch around the plants can hold in what moisture the plants receive and protect the roots from heat.

Types of mulch: The best mulches to use are fine textured woody mulches, shredded hardwood, pine straw, and pine bark mini nuggets are the best choices.

Avoid: Using rocks in landscape areas with plants. The rocks hold and radiate heat increasing moisture loss. Do not mound mulch over the trunks of plants; it encourages infestations and disease.

Atlanta philanthropist gives $1 million for Berry College theater

Berry College officials received news of a $1 million gift Tuesday from the foundation of the late philanthropist Bobbie Bailey during the groundbreaking ceremony for the new campus theater.

 Bailey’s sister, Audrey Morgan, announced the gift at the project site next to Blackstone Hall on campus.

 “We learn so much about who we are as individuals and as a community through the arts. I am honored to help bring facilities to Berry that will give such wonderful, talented students new opportunity to grow artistically and personally,” Morgan said.

 Bailey served as a Kennesaw State University Foundation Trustee for more than 22 years. What began with music scholarships became an endowment and naming of the 624-seat Dr. Bobbie Bailey & Family Performance Center at Kennesaw State. She became a member of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences and she served as president of the Friends of Georgia Music Festival, Inc. Bailey was also executive producer of the annual Georgia Music Hall of Fame Awards, and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2007.

 During World War II, she worked for a company that refabricated refrigeration compressors, which led to the start of her own company, Our-Way, Inc. As sole owner and CEO, Bailey built the company into a $45 million-a-year enterprise. Morgan served as the CFO and was an integral part of Our-Way’s success.

 Morgan, a passionate advocate for the arts and Berry students, led fundraising for the new theater with a $1 million challenge gift in 2015. Her generosity inspired others, resulting in more than $4 million in additional gifts in just one year’s time. Only $600,000 is left to complete $6.7 million in fundraising for the 250-seat black-box theater. The project will also renovate historic Blackstone hall, the oldest brick building on Berry’s campus. The new theater is scheduled to open for the 2017-18 academic year.

A visionary donor who also helped spur development of the Gate of Opportunity Scholarship Program, Morgan has committed more than $7.5 million to programs and facilities benefiting Berry students. She is a member of the Board of Visitors and because of her lifetime achievements, she is a recipient of Berry’s honorary doctorate.

Morgan’s generosity is well-known in the Atlanta area. One of her greatest accomplishments was the formation of a fundraising group for the American Heart Association in Atlanta. Her work with the group has spanned 17 years and she has been a close friend to the American Heart Association for decades. She and her late husband, Jack, are also the founders of the Audrey and Jack Morgan Foundation Scholarship that allows DeKalb Medical employees to continue advancing their education. Morgan also participated with Bailey’s philanthropy at Kennesaw State.

After the groundbreaking, the audience enjoyed Berry College Theatre Company’s outdoor production of “Peter and the Starcatcher.” Due to the renovation of the E.H. Young Theatre, the shows this season will be performed in various locations around campus giving students and audiences the valuable experience of outdoor theater.

CPD make rape, kidnapping arrest

Chief Garry Moss states, Calhoun Police have charged 25-year old Jacorey Norwood, of Calhoun, with one count kidnapping, one count entering auto, one count terroristic threats, four counts simple battery and two counts rape.

On Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016, officers received information from the victim, stating she had been taken by force to a residence where she was physically assaulted. Detectives subsequently obtained tangible evidence linking the Norwood to the assault.

“Norwood remains in the Gordon County Jail pending bond proceedings,” said CPD Lt. Tony Pyle.

Nine area football players earn recognition in AHSAA Spotlight

MONTGOMERY – The Alabama High School Athletic Association recognized nine area football players in its weekly Spotlight late Monday afternoon.

Spring Garden’s Ben Ivey, Dakota Lambert and Hunter McCord, Sand Rock’s Braden Carver, Cherokee County’s Tyren Dupree and Jaren Lockridge, Piedmont’s Taylor Hayes, Collinsville’s Daniel Mann and Gaylesville’s Landon Lawson were among the athletes statewide to earn statewide recognition for their performances on Friday.

Ivey, a senior quarterback, and Lambert, a senior running back led the Panther offense in their 45-23 victory at Donoho. Ivey rushed for 137 yards on 15 carries with six rushing touchdowns and two 2-point conversions, while Lambert accumulated 161 yards on 19 carries. Lambert also had two receptions for 33 yards and a 2-point conversion.

McCord, also a senior, led the Panthers (5-0) on defense with seven tackles and two sacks.

Carver, a senior running back, rushed for 142 yards and a pair of touchdowns (1 and 22 yards) on 16 carries and caught a 19-yard touchdown pass from junior quarterback Jansen Alexander in the Wildcats’ 34-14 win at Pisgah. The win improved Sand Rock’s record to 4-1.

Dupree, a junior quarterback, also had a solid night running the football. He ran for 108 yards on 18 carries and a 12-yard touchdown and passed for 67 yards in the Warriors’ 34-21 homecoming victory over Class 6A Carver of Birmingham.

Lockridge, a senior defensive back, helped the Warrior defense with his interception return for a touchdown as the Warriors improved to 4-2.

Hayes, a senior quarterback, combined for 256 yards (162 rushing and 94 passing) as defending 3A state champion Piedmont defeated defending 4A champ Leeds 29-14. Hayes accounted for all four touchdowns (three rushing and one passing) for the Bulldogs (6-0). It was Piedmont’s 16th straight win, and it avenged the Bulldogs’ last loss, which came on Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015 at the hands of Leeds in a 29-12 setback.

Mann, a sophomore filling in for senior quarterback Grant Jones, completed 15-of-26 pass attempts for 179 yards and two touchdowns, both to senior Dallas Reed, as Collinsville beat Cedar Bluff 35-14. Mann’s effort helped the Panthers improve to 3-2.

Lawson, a senior linebacker/fullback, posted eight tackles on defense and rushed for 100 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries on offense as the Trojans fell to Appalachian 49-20.

In other statewide happenings, G.W. Long High School’s 5-foot-7, 127-pound senior Garrett Sanders wears many hats for the Rebels football team of Coach Scott Horne. Last Friday night it was his foot, however, that provided the winning push as Long (4-0) knocked off New Brockton 31-28.

Sanders booted a booming 47-yard field goal as time expired to give G.W. Long the win and catapulted him into the AHSAA Prep Spotlight for Week 5 of the 2016 football season.

But his heroics did not begin with the kick. It capped a dramatic fourth-quarter that included 31 points being scored in the last 7:35. It featured three touchdowns in the last two minutes.

Dothan Eagle sportswriter David Mundee shared his description of the final seconds.

Sanders ran eight yards and got out of bounds with 3.4 seconds left to set up his winning field goal. He also kicked all four of his team’s extra points and had two punts for 94 yards, including a 42-yarder that was downed at the 1-yard line and a 52-yarder that turned the field with two minutes remaining in the game. Sanders finished with 86 yards rushing and one score on 10 carries and caught two passes for 55 yards.

The final quarter opened in a 14-14 tie. The Rebels, starting on the final play of the third quarter, moved 67 yards in nine plays with 7:25 left with Mackenzie Hicks scoring his second TD of the game on a 4-yard run.

New Brockton, coached by Justin Jones, tied the game again it on the ensuing series, capitalizing on a 59-yard Clay Kelley kickoff return. Quarterback Dalton Adkison ran it on five straight plays, scoring on a 1-yard quarterback sneak with 5:24 left. Max Weeks’ extra point tied it at 21.

The Gamecocks held G.W. Long on the ensuing series, but Sanders turned the field position with his booming 52-yard punt to the New Brockton 20-yard line. On the next play, Rebels defensive end Jamel Beaty intercepted a Gamecocks pitch and ran 22 yards to the New Brockton 7. One play later Sanders scored, taking a speed sweep to the left before cutting inside at the edge for the touchdown and with 1:45 left, G.W. Long led 28-21.

The Gamecocks, though, were undaunted. Kelley ignited New Brockton with a 25-yard kickoff return. Starting at the Long 43-yard line, it took just five plays as Adkison connected with receiver Joseph Smith for the tying touchdown with 24.1 seconds left.

The Rebels got the ball at their own 48 and two plays later Sanders hauled in an 18-yard pass and got out of bounds at the 30 with time for one final play. The snap, the hold and the kick were perfect as the Rebels pulled out the win.

“I just wanted to be calm, take my time and get a good kick in,” Sanders said.

Horne said right before the kick he and his coaches were discussing different options, including a long pass play. “I know you might not believe this, but we don’t kick field goals in practice,” Horne said. “We had two options of what we wanted to do and we went with option two and he made it. Sometimes you make the right call and sometimes you don’t. It worked out for us. He made a great kick. The guys up front (on the line) held up and it went through.”

Horne said the intense game was much needed. “You want to be in a game like this before the playoffs,” he said.

New Brockton’s Jones also recognized the classic intensity. After the handshakes he screamed, “Second round. Let’s do this again.”

Jones also praised both sides. “Their kids made plays and our kids made plays all night long, back and forth. It was a heck of a ball game.”

Sanders’ effort edged out a big performance from Ohatchee running back Austin Tucker and Montevallo quarterback Zac Oden. Tucker rushed for 209 yards and scored five touchdowns as unbeaten Ohatchee (6-0) downed Ashville 54-20, improving to 6-0 for the first time since 2000. Tucker, who now had 1,053 yards rushing and 16 rushing TDs on the season, scored on runs of 9, 47, 11 and 18 yards. He also had a 20-yard TD catch.

Oden was 23-of-40 passing for 298 yards and four touchdowns and ran for 107 yards on 17 carries as the Bulldogs beat Bibb County 37-27. It was Montevallo’s first win over the Choctaws since 2004.


VESTAVIA CLAIMS SCHOOL’S 350TH WIN: Vestavia Hills running back Toliver Chatwood had 16 carries for 150 yards and three touchdowns in a 34-12 win over Helena as the Rebels, coached by Buddy Anderson, recorded the 350th win of the school’s program now in its 47th year. The school has won 65.8% of its games while compiling a 350-182-1 record during that span.

Anderson, who is in his 39th year as head coach, is 323-137-0 and ranks first in the AHSAA for football head-coaching wins. His 323 wins ties another former Alabama coach, Paul “Bear” Bryant, who retired as the University of Alabama’s head football coach after the 1982 season with a career record of 323-82-17. Bryant’s record for the Crimson Tide was 232-46-9 over 25 seasons from 1958-1982.

Five other AHSAA high school coaches have won 300 or more games – Walton Tucker (309), Jamie Riggs (305), Glenn Daniel (302) and Jimmie Moore (317) and Robert Herring (301). Moore, however, won 226 games in Mississippi, Herring won 154 games outside Alabama and Tucker won 25 games at non-AHSAA member schools. Anderson is the only coach currently still coaching.

In other highlights reported:


TREVELL SMITH, HOUSTON COUNTY: Rushed for 315 yards on 22 carries with three touchdowns (17, 70 and 69 yards) in a 42-20 loss to Ashford.

RED WILLIAMS, GENEVA COUNTY: Rushed for 292 yards and three touchdowns on 25 carries in the Bulldogs’ 36-14 win over Highland Home.

DREW HILL, HORSESHOE BEND: Had 19 carries for 236 yards and three touchdowns as the Generals beat Holtville 42-6. Teammate Trace Meadows added nine carries for 123 yards and two more scores for Coach Jason Franklin’s team.

TANNER TALLEY, SUMITON CHRISTIAN: Had 269 yards rushing in Sumiton’s 47-13 win over Vincent.

NOAH IGBINOGHENE, HEWITT-TRUSSVILLE: Had 221 total yards and three touchdowns on just five touches as the Huskies beat Center Point 55-0. He had 172 yards rushing on three carries and 49 receiving yards on two catches.

MARKEVIOUS MATTHEWS, TALLASSEE: The sophomore piled up a career-high 228 yards rushing on 19 carries in the Tigers’ 34-27 loss to T.R. Miller.

JACKSON KEITH, DECATUR HERITAGE: Rushed for 219 yards and a 44-yard touchdown, caught a 4-yard TD pass and recovered an offensive fumble in the end zone for a score in a 42-22 win over Shoals Christian.

REYNARD ELLIS, SHADES VALLEY: Rushed 15 times for 207 yards in a 28-25 setback to Pinson Valley.

BRENT MYERS, BRINDLEE MOUNTAIN: Had 30 carries for 193 yards as the Lions fell 19-16 to Douglas.

STEVONTE TULLIS, ASHFORD: Gained 181 yards rushing and scored three touchdowns in a 542-20 win over Houston County. He scored twice in the second half as the Yellow Jackets broke open a 21-20 game after intermission with 21 unanswered points.

JACOB SANDERS, MARION COUNTY: Rushed for 180 yards and two touchdowns (24 and 51 yards) on 23 carries as the Raiders beat Carbon Hill 40-28.

MATTEHW MARQUET, CHELSEA: Rushed for 165 yards and passed for 101 and accounted for four touchdowns as the Hornets beat Gardendale 38-21.

DEKARLOS BILLINGSLEY, SCOTTSBORO: Registered 29 carries while gaining 146 yards as the Wildcats beat North Jackson 24-6. The senior running back scored two touchdowns and had seven tackles on defense.

RYAN WARREN, DALEVILLLE: Rushed for 111 yards and two touchdowns (1 and 40) on 14 carries, had a 23-yard TD reception and threw a 26-yard halfback pass to the 1-yard line to set up the eventual winning touchdown in the third quarter as the Warhawks knocked off defending Class 2A state champion Elba 27-22 to snap a nine-game winning streak. The regular-season loss for Elba was just its second in the last 26 games. The Tigers have gone 32-3 in their last 35 games.


DEVNE DANIEL, CORNER: Led Corner to a 55-41 win over Oak Gove accounting for six touchdowns. He rushed 18 times for 183 yards and five touchdowns and completed 5-of-7 passes for 150 yards and another TD to finish with 333 total yards.

SETH WADSWORTH, SOUTHEASTERN: The junior quarterback completed 8-of-12 passes for 193 yards and three touchdowns and rushed 12 times for 69 yards and another TD in a 38-8 win over Brilliant. He intercepted a pass on defense and returned 86 yards for his fifth touchdown of the night to finish with 348 all-purpose yards.

MAURICE ROBINSON, MURPHY: Was 13-of-27 passing for 147 yards and rushed 17 times for 151 yards as Murphy snapped a three-game losing streak with a 28-21 victory over Saraland. Robinson rushed for three TDs (3, 46 and 9 yards) and passed for a 12-yard score to account for all four touchdowns.

BRANDON CROSBY, MAE JEMISON: Passed for 193 yards and two touchdowns, rushed for 78 yards and one score and returned a fumble 40 yards for another TD in a 42-27 loss to Buckhorn.

CHAPPELLE WADE, CARVER-BIRMINGHAM: Was 20-of-36 passing for 297 yards and three touchdowns in a 34-21 loss at Cherokee County.

ANDREW BARFOOT, SATSUMA: Completed 13-of-14 passes for 233 yards and a touchdown and ran for another score as Satsuma nipped rival Citronelle 33-26.

CHASE OVERSTREET, BALDWIN COUNTY: Was 15-of-24 passing for 196 yards and four TDs as the Tigers beat Alma Bryant 35-14.

TREVOR OAKES, HARTSELLE: Passed for 295 yards and four touchdowns as the Tigers beat Russellville 45-38.

JORDAN SEYMOUR, HAZEL GREEN: Was 22-of-30 passing for 197 yards and rushed for 56 yards on 13 carries in a 27-20 win over Sparkman. He provided two important touchdowns in the second-half comeback win.

PAYNE STANCIL, WEST END: Threw four touchdowns passes–all in the first half–in the Patriots’ 27-25 win over Pleasant Valley. Stancil tossed TD passes of 30 and 8 yards to Andrew Little, 43 yards to Dylan Butler and 36 yards to Jordan Malin. Little also intercepted a Pleasant Valley pass with 2:32 remaining to seal the win.

DAULTON HYATT, ETOWAH: Completed 12-of-18 passes for 178 yards and two touchdowns and rushed five times for 26 yards as the Blue Devils beat Fort Payne 21-16.


CONNER HOWELL, GARDENDALE: Caught 12 passes for 220 yards and one TD in a 38-21 loss to Chelsea.

MARLON WILLIAMS, McGILL-TOOLEN: Had five pass receptions for 175 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for two more touchdowns as the Yellow Jackets beat Blount 45-12.

WILL COOPER, HUNTSVILLE: Caught five passes for 183 yards and two touchdowns (57 and 54 yards) in a 40-21 win over Columbia.

TYRIQUE PURVIS, DECATUR: Snagged eight passes for 176 yards and two scores in the Red Raiders’ 34-14 win over Lee-Huntsville.

BRAXTON ROBINSON, ELBA: Caught 5 passes for 152 yards with two touchdowns in a 27-22 loss to Daleville.

JOSHUA JONES, CARVER-BIRMINGHAM: Caught six passes for 139 yards and two touchdowns in the Rams’ 34-21 loss at Cherokee County.


DEVIN MARCH, HOUSTON COUNTY: Totaled 21 tackles with one quarterback sack in the Lions’ 42-20 loss to Ashford.

PRESTON GARNER, DOUGLAS: Made three interceptions for the Eagles as Douglas won its first game of the season 19-16 over Brindlee Mountain.

BRANDON HEARD, HORSESHOE BEND: Had 12 tackles and a sack in the Generals’ 42-7 win over Holtville.

MARCUS JONES, ENTERPRISE: Intercepted two passes and also batted down a lateral that teammate Darius Jones picked up and returned for a touchdown in the Wildcats’ 45-10 win over Theodore.

DANTRELL LINDOR, HEADLAND: Returned an interception for a touchdown for the winning touchdown as the Rams beat Providence Christian 13-7.

RICKY HALL, PROVIDENCE CHRISTIAN: Recorded 19 tackles in a 13-7 loss to Headland.

CARLOS JOHNSON, B.C. RAIN: The freshman nose guard had 11 tackles with three sacks in a 19-0 win over Williamson.

WILL IGNONT, BUCKHORN: Recorded 10 tackles–six for loss, three sacks and two pass breakups in a 42-27 win over Mae Jemison.

AUSTIN FREEMAN, SCOTTSBORO: Had eight tackles and an interception return for 61 yards in the Wildcats’ 24-6 win over North Jackson. Teammate Evans Wright also had eight tackles and recovered a fumble as a mainstay on the defensive line.

MARQUEL SHELTON, BESSEMER CITY: Had five tackles for losses and 11 total stops as the Tigers topped Wenonah 29-15.


CHASE WIDGEON, OHATCHEE: Returned a kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown and returned four punts for 45 yards as the Indians beat Ashville 54-20.

GARRET KENNEDY, WESTBROOK CHRISTIAN: Blocked a punt in the fourth quarter that led to the game winning touchdown as the Warriors edged White Plains 21-19. He also rushed 14 times for 113 yards and a 65-yard TD.

SAM KIMEL, RANDOLPH: Returned a kickoff 89 yards for a touchdown, had two TD receptions and a long run to finish with 306 all-purpose yards as Randolph beat Ardmore 48-13.

KYRIQ McDONALD, JAMES CLEMENS: Scored on an 81-yard kick return, a 30-yard interceptions return and a 50-yard run to help the Jets beat Clay-Chalkville 28-6.

GRANT WOODRUFF, COTTAGE HILL CHRISTIAN: Returned the opening kickoff 79 yards for a touchdown as Cottage Hill beat Chickasaw 47-14 for the Warriors’ third straight win. He also rushed for one TD and caught a pass for another score.

ANDREW OSTEEN, ENTERPRISE: The Wildcats kicker made a 27-yard field goal, 6-of-6 extra points and punted twice for a 48.5 yard average with one of the two punts being downed inside the 20 during Enterprise’s 45-10 win over Theodore.