Football Update


Updated 11:49 pm    September 22, 2017

Saint James 51, Ashford 0

Saint James picked up its first region win of 2017 with a 51-0 victory over Ashford. The Trojans led at halftime 37-0 and came out with great intensity and didn’t let up. “That’s what we wanted to do. We wanted to come out, get on top, stay on top and win big. That’s what we did. I saw big improvements tonight and a great desire to win,” Saint James coach Jimmy Perry said.

Saint James Steven Sadie (Dark uniform) with one of his sacks of the Ashford QB.
Photo: Bryan Hubbard

The Yellow Jackets have scored only one touchdown this season. For the most part, Saint James reserve players took the field in the second half and made sure Ashford didn’t threaten the Trojans goal line.

Tony Amerson was back in action after missing last week’s game with Fultondale. The swift running back scored twice and had a 2-point conversion while accumulating 97 yards. Colin Duncan scored from 11 yards away. Steven Sadie, who had several big stops for losses on defense, scored twice on runs of 4 and 9 yards.

Quarterback Josh Garnett, also absent in the Fultondale game, scored on a quarterback sneak and was 2 for 2 in the passing department. Both of his completions were to T.R. Robertson of 49 and 43 yards.

The Trojans scored on drives of 5, 11, 50, 54, 57 and 75 yards. Saint James did not turn the ball over.

An Ashford running back was caught in the end zone in the second quarter for a safety.

The second team defense got in on the scoring frenzy in the fourth quarter when sophomore Bennett Blankenship picked off a Yellow Jackets pass and rambled 46 yards for the touchdown. “I was ready for it and I was at the right place at the right time,” the elated outside linebacker said.

Saint James is 2-3 overall and 1-1 in the region. The Trojans will travel next week for a non-region game with Marbury.

Montgomery Academy 62, B.B. Comer 6

The Eagles easily protected their status atop its Class 3A region with a convincing 62 -6 win on the road over B.B. Comer of Sylacauga. “Everything clicked well for us. We made some big plays and forced turnovers and caused some havoc with their kicking game. Our coaches had the guys well prepared,” MA head coach Gary Nelson said.

Keefe White had 106 yards on 7 carries and scored pair of touchdowns both from 23 yards. Kevin Doh had 67 yards on 9 carries and also scored twice on runs of 3 and 21 yards. John Clarke Woodward had 7 carries for 22 yards and a one yard run for a score in addition to catching a touchdown pass from QB Trey Lindsey.

MA’s Keefe White had another 100 yard plus game.
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Lindsey only threw twice and both were for scores. In addition to the TD strike to Woodward, Lindsey also connected with his favorite target, Nate Meacham for a 37 yard touchdown. Brown Simmons also threw a TD pass.

On defense, Mason Young led the Eagles with 7 tackles. Reggie Dixon had 6 tackles and blocked a punt. C.J. Paymon added 6 tackles while Jack Mozingo added 6 tackles, forced a fumble and recovered a fumble.

MA now stands at 4-1 overall and 3-0 in the region. Next week the Eagles will host Trinity in what is always a great battle between rivals.

Crenshaw 64, Evangel Christian 0

Evangel Christian dropped to 0-6 for the season with a 64-0 loss to Crenshaw Academy. The Lions did not have positive offensive yardage in the game. The Lions are idle next week.

Alabama Christian 35, Trinity 21

Tailback Alden Stroud and quarterback Reece Solar each ran for two touchdowns to help Alabama Christian Academy pull away late from upset-minded Trinity and beat the Wildcats 35-21 at Wade Norton Field on Friday night.

The homecoming victory made Alabama Christian 5-0 for the first time since 1990. Friday’s win, coupled with last year’s 29-20 win over the Wildcats, marks the first back-to-back wins by ACA’s football team over Trinity in school history.

Stroud had 138 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 23 carries and another 51-yard touchdown run negated by a penalty. Solar had 141 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 23 carries and threw a 40-yard touchdown pass that Grayson Evans took away from the defender that gave the Eagles a 14-6 halftime lead.

Trinity pulled within a touchdown twice in the third quarter as Trace Bright threw touchdown passes of 29 yards to Nolan Sasser and 45 yards to Luke Hufham, but each time ACA answered with a score of its own.

ACA played error-free ball for the fourth time in five games and sealed the win with interceptions by Garrett Weedon and Preston Perry in the fourth quarter.

ACA improved to 3-0 in region play while Trinity (2-3) dropped to 1-2.

Trinity’s Jackson Davis had 10 tackles for the Wildcats, which travel to McLemore Field to play Montgomery Academy next week.

ACA travels to Prattville Christian next week.

Macon East Academy 34, Springwood School 7

CECIL — Tucker Neven completed 18 of 24 passes for 237 yards and 3 touchdowns as Macon East Academy won its third consecutive game for the first time in five years with a 34-7 win over Springwood on Friday.

Brock Taunton had five receptions for 97 yards and a pair of touchdowns, JC Ceaman had five catches for 77 yards and a touchdown and added 87 yards in return yards as Macon East improved to 4-1, its best start since 2012.

Springwood (3-2) managed just 123 yards of total offense. Wes Pugh led Macon’s defense with 10 tackles. Coleby Jordan had five tackles and a sack. The Knights remain home next week to play defending Class A state champion Marengo Academy.

Monroe Academy 53, Edgewood Academy 0

MONROEVILLE – Monroe Academy continued its run toward an undefeated regular season with an easy 53-0 win over Edgewood on Friday.

The Volunteers (6-0) came into the contest averaging 37 points a game and had no trouble handing the Wildcats their fourth consecutive loss. Monroe remains at home next week to play Jackson Academy, while Edgewood remains on the road at Abbeville Christian.

Autauga Academy 40, Pike Liberal Arts 26

PRATTVILLE – Turner Payton returned an onside kick 55 yards for a touchdown to help Autauga Academy put away pesky Pike Liberal 40-26 on Friday night.

The Generals (5-0) trailed 6-0 on a 4-yard run by T.K. Thomas before answering with a Jordan Epkins’ touchdown run for a 7-6 lead. Max Copeland’s interception of a Tripp Carr pass set up Thomas for a 2-yard run and a 12-7 lead but Carr ran for a touchdown and passed to Kendrick Rogers for another to put the Generals in front 19-12 at the half.

Epkins, who rushed for 132 yards and three touchdowns on 18 carries, added another touchdown run late in the third quarter for a 26-12 lead, but the Patriots answered with a 3-yard run by Thomas to make it 26-18. Epkins scored his third touchdown of the night on a 9-yard run to give Autauga a 33-18 lead, but Cody Hollis scored on a 5-yard run and Thomas added a two-point conversion run to trim the deficit to 33-26 with less than two minutes remaining.

Payton then grabbed the onside kick out of the air and ran for the end zone to secure the victory.

Deantrea Stoudemire led the Generals with nine tackles, followed by Elijah Elmore with eight. Davis Watts, Jacob Murphy and Javon Brown all had four tackles for Autauga, which travels to Port St. Joe (Fla.) High next week.

Pike Liberal Arts (4-2) travels to Glenwood.

Munford 19, Tallassee 6

MUNFORD – Carson Smith returned the opening kickoff 85 yards for a touchdown and the stunned Tallassee Tigers never recovered, dropping their first game of the season on the road Friday night.

Smith rushed for 130 yards on 22 carries, including a 32-yard touchdown run that gave Munford a 13-0 lead.

Markevious Mathews scored on a 22-yard run to trim the deficit to 13-6 at the half, but Tallassee would get no closer, rushing for just 96 yards in the game.

Casey Baynes completed 12 of 18 passes for 110 yards for Tallassee (4-1, 2-1 in region play), which travels to T.R. Miller next week.

Francis Marion 30, Billingsley 20

MARBURY – Raymond Cutler scored three touchdowns, but it wasn’t enough to get Billingsley its first win as the Bears lost a region matchup with Francis Marion on Friday night at Marbury High.

Billingsley (0-4, 0-2 in region play) travels to Autaugaville for a non-region game next week.

Robert E. Lee 51, Prattville 37

PRATTVILLE – Robert E. Lee (3-1) won its third straight game after a season-opening loss to Lanier, running past Prattville 51-37 at Stanley-Jensen Stadium on Friday night.

Friday’s win by the Generals, coupled with a win over the Lions in 2015 at Stanley-Jensen, represent the first time Lee has posted consecutive victories in Prattville since 1994. Lee defeated the Lions 49-35 last year but later had to forfeit that game because of an ineligible player. The 100 points scored by the Generals in 2016 and 2017 represent the most points by either team in consecutive games in the history of the series.

Lee improved to 3-1 for the first time since 2000. The Generals were 6-0 last year before forfeiting all six wins.

Lee returns home to play Carver next Thursday at Cramton Bowl, while Prattville (2-3, 1-2 in region play) is idle.

Hooper Academy 28, Evangel Christian 14

COLUMBIANA – Trace Edwards threw for 235 yards and three touchdowns to lead Hooper Academy to a 28-14 win over Evangel Christian of Alabaster on Friday night at the Columbiana Sports Complex.

Edwards threw touchdown passes to Jared Kelly, who had 83 receiving yards and a pair of touchdowns, and Wyatt Barnett, who had 28 yards and a touchdown. Cole Godwin also had 72 yards receiving and Reed Culver had 52 receiving yards.

Charlie Harris led the Colts’ ground game with 41 yards and a touchdown.

Defensively, Dakota McGhee led Hooper with 10 tackles, followed by Stuart Langley with seven.

The 4-2 start by the Colts is the best since 2011. Hooper returns home next week to play Crenshaw Christian.


Updated at 12:09 September 16, 2017

Trinity ruins Catholic’s unblemished season


Trinity’s Barry Loyal was looking for his first win at home as head coach of the Wildcats. It didn’t look like he would get a 32-22 win Friday night the way things began. Trapped on their own 2 yard line after the opening kickoff, Catholic tackled the Trinity ball carrier in the end zone for a safety and led 2

Trinity’s McKay gets another good punt away in the Wildcats win over Catholic. Photo: Art Parker

-0 after only 17 seconds ticked off the clock. Catholic marched to the end zone in 8 plays after the Trinity kick. Kamryn Jackson swept right end, and with more than 8 minutes left in the opening quarter the Knights led 9-0. “They got the safety and a few plays later we are down 9-0 and we had run only one play from scrimmage. I’m glad the kids didn’t panic. I guess I was about to,” Loyal said. “Then things turned around and here we are with a big win.”

Trinity’s Jackson Davis intercepted a pass and the Wildcats stopped Catholic when the Knights were threatening for the second time. After that it was all downhill for the Wildcats. Trinity would take a 29-9 lead into halftime with touchdowns coming from Bryce Kelly on a short run, a pair of touchdown passes from Trace Bright to Luke Hufham and a recovered block punt in the end zone by Nexton Marshall. Davis blocked the punt. Max Williams found the end one on a two point conversion. Trinity’s McKay Taylor kicked a 22 yard field goal late in the third quarter.  For the Wildcats on defense Will Eagerton had 15 tackles with a pair of sacks. Caleb Kreitz had 13 tackles, 2 sacks and a fumble recovery. Bracken Osmer notched 8 tackles and Hampton Bopp recovered a fumble. On two occasions Catholic’s punter was in jeopardy after poor snaps and both times he was forced to punt left footed.

In addition to his pair of TD receptions, Hufham also intercepted a pass midway in the third quarter that stopped Catholic after they had gained momentum. “I think Luke’s interception was the big turning point. They were making a comeback and that interrupted their effort,” Loyal said.

The Knights scored on the first play from scrimmage in the second half just like they did in the first half. The difference was that Catholic actually had possession when Tyler Price broke free on a 45 yard run to the end zone. Catholic scored late in the game on a Hunter Ferrall touchdown pass.

“We didn’t play good enough to beat anybody,” Catholic coach Aubrey Blackwell said. “We had too mistakes and too many turnovers.”

Trinity will travel a few miles next week to take on a vastly improved Alabama Christian team in what will now be the biggest area game to date in the local 4A region. Trinity is now 2-2 and 1-1 in the area. Catholic is 3-1 and 1-1 in the area. The Knights are off next week.

See full report in the September 21st printed edition of the Montgomery Independent

Alabama Christian dumps Dale County

Alabama Christian jumped out to a surprising 28-0 lead, then held off a furious rally by Dale County to win 34-27 and take over first place in the region standings.
Alabama Christian improved to 4-0 for only the fourth time in school history and the first time since 2000. The region victory also marked the second time (2000) the Eagles started 2-0 in region play.
To get there, ACA had to hold off a furious rally after leading Dale County (3-1, 1-1 in region play) 34-7 in the second half. Facing third and 27, Reece Solar connected with Grayson Evans on a 33-yard pass with just over a minute remaining to allow the Eagles to run out the clock.
Alden Stroud led ACA with 178 yards and three touchdowns on 21 carries, adding 118 yards on three kickoff returns and 9 yards on a pair of punt returns.
Solar rushed for 104 yards on 11 carries and completed 10 of 19 passes for 133 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Evans, who had four receptions for 88 yards, had one of the touchdown catches. Cole Schlemmer had the other.
Defensively, John Wilson Jarrett had nine tackles, David Coulter had eight and Garrett Cottingham and Dawson Locklier each had seven. Alex Harmon led the secondary with three passes defensed.
ACA plays host to Trinity next week.

See more on this game in the September 21st printed edition of The Montgomery Independent 

MA scores big upset of Pike County
BRUNDIDGE — Keefe White rushed for 123 yards on 10 carries, including a 13-yard touchdown run, and CJ Paymon had 16 tackles to lead Montgomery Academy to a stunning 31-7 romp over Pike County in a huge region matchup on the road.
Paymon also scored a touchdown on offense, rushing for 35 yards on five carries. Trey Lindsey completed 5 of 9 passes for 102 yards and a touchdown. William Robertson had a pair of receptions for 69 yards, including the 28-yard touchdown reception from Lindsey.
Defensively, Mason Young had 11 tackles, forced a fumble, recovered a fumble and scored a touchdown for the Eagles (3-1, 2-0 in region play). Jack Mozingo had seven tackles and an interception, Brian Wilson had seven tackles and Reggie Dixon had six tackles, including three for loss.
Montgomery Academy remains on the road next week with a region game at B.B. Comer, while Pike County (2-1, 1-1) remains home to play Southside-Selma in a region game.

See more on this game in the September 21st printed edition of The Montgomery Independent 

Macon East Academy 49, Evangel Christian Academy 20
Logan Goree pulled in the first two touchdown receptions of his career to help Macon East improve to 2-0 in region play with a 49-20 victory at Evangel Christian on Friday night.

Evangel QB Aaron Alpert is sacked by Macon East’s Coleby Jordan Photo: Tim Gayle

The basketball star-turned-receiver pulled in a fourth-down pass for 6 yards and a touchdown, then added a 25-yard touchdown reception on the first play of the second quarter as the Knights (3-1) rolled out to a quick 21-0 lead and a 42-6 halftime advantage over Evangel (0-5, 0-2).
Macon East is off to its best start since winning five of its first six games in 2012.
Brock Taunton added an 11-yard touchdown run and Mike Murry had touchdown runs of 43 and 57 yards in the first half as the two teams played their reserves for much of the second half.
Evangel, playing its first game without leading rusher Xavier Williams, got a 2-yard touchdown run by Jaden Gardener in the first half. Gardener added a 7-yard touchdown run against the reserves late in the third quarter and Sam Allen had a 30-yard touchdown run for the Lions in the fourth quarter.
Macon East returns home to play Springwood for homecoming next week, while Evangel travels to Luverne to play Crenshaw Christian.

See full report in the September 21st printed edition of the Montgomery Independent

Lee-Scott Academy 34, Edgewood Academy  21
AUBURN – Christian Ivey completed 8 of 19 passes for 94 yards and a touchdown and had 57 yards on 11 carries, including a 54-yard touchdown run, but it wasn’t enough for Edgewood in a 34-21 region loss at Lee-Scott on Friday night.
Tyler Abernathy had 31 yards on 10 carries, including a 4-yard touchdown run, for the Wildcats, while Kam Burleson had 60 yards on a pair of receptions, including a 48-yard touchdown catch.
Defensively, Matt Williams led Edgewood with nine tackles, followed by Cade Bazzell with six and Clay Williams with five.
Edgewood (1-3, 0-2 in region play) travels to Monroe Academy next week, while Lee-Scott (3-1, 2-0) travels to Northside.

Morgan Academy 46, Hooper Academy 13
SELMA – Trace Edwards led the rushing attack with 73 yards and Jared Kelly (46 yards) and Wyatt Barnett (33 yards) each had touchdown receptions in Hooper Academy’s region loss on the road Friday night.
Defensively, Dakota McGhee and Grant Tyson each had 12 tackles to lead the Colts, followed by Stuart Langley with nine tackles and a sack.
Hooper (3-2, 1-1 in region play) travels to Evangel Christian of Alabaster next week, while Morgan (2-2, 1-1) remains home to face Glenwood.

Tallassee 28, Childersburg 19
TALLASSEE – Casey Baynes threw one touchdown pass and ran for another as Tallassee broke a 7-7 halftime tie with a 28-19 region victory at J.E. “Hot” O’Brien Stadium on Friday night.
The Tigers (4-0, 2-0 in region play) got on the board first with a 15-yard run from Trent Cochran-Gill and an extra point from Quinton Jeter, but Childersburg answered with a 9-yard touchdown pass from Justin Taylor to Takairee Kinebrew to make it 7-7 at the half.
Baynes connected with Kalvin Levett on a 65-yard touchdown pass and added a 1-yard touchdown run to push the lead out to 21-7. Markevious Mathews added a 25-yard scoring run for the final margin after Jeland Kidd threw a pair of touchdown passes for Childresburg.
Cochran-Gill had 85 yards on eight carries and led the Tallassee defense with eight tackles. Mathews led the rushing attack with 99 yards on eight carries. Baynes completed 8 of 12 passes for 213 yards and a touchdown. He was intercepted once.

Park Crossing 47, Northview 9
Uziah McDaniels ran for two scores and Cam Taylor ran for one and passed for a touchdown in Park Crossing’s 47-9 victory over Northview in a Class 6A, Area 2 battle at Cramton Bowl on Friday.
McDaniels scored on runs of 4 and 29 yards in the first quarter as the Thunderbirds built a 29-9 lead in the first half.
Taylor scored on a 59-yard run late in the first half and added a 41-yard touchdown pass to Dashaun Graham early in the third quarter which gave Park Crossing a 36-9 lead.
The Park Crossing defense also scored twice in the game with Antonio Simmons returning a fumble recovery for 35 yards in the first period. In the third quarter, Lamont Mitchell added an interception and 29-yard return for a score.
Sebastian Carpenter kicked four extra points and added a 24-yard field goal in the fourth quarter.
Northview (1-3, 0-2) got a 6-yard run from Jabre Barber  for the Cougars’ lone touchdown.  Jack Martin also had a 37-yard field goal, all coming in the first half. Taylor finished with 85 yards passing and 85 yards rushing. The Thunderbirds  (3-1, 2-0) will play at Russell County next Friday.

Autauga Academy 41, Pickens Academy 8
CARROLLTON – Tripp Carr rushed seven times for 102 yards and a touchdown and completed 16 of 25 passes for 210 yards and three touchdowns as Autauga rolled to an easy 41-8 win in the Generals’ region opener on Friday night.
Jordan Epkins led the rushing attack with 111 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 11 carries. Kendrick Rogers had eight receptions for 122 yards and a touchdown and James Woods and Turner Payton also had touchdown catches for Autauga (4-0, 1-0 in region play).
Elijah Elmore led the defense with six tackles, followed by Bailey Taylor with five tackles and Trint Camp with four. Granger Armstrong had three tackles and a pair of interceptions.
Autauga returns home to play Pike Liberal Arts next week, while Pickens (2-2, 0-2) plays host to Coosa Valley.

-Summary reports by Tim Gayle


Updated September 8, 2017  11:59 pm

MA takes first region contest


Montgomery Academy won its first region outing of the year with a 34-22 victory over Beulah at McLemore Field. The Eagles led 14-0 at intermission.  It was the Keefe White show offensively for the Eagles with the running back picking up a whopping 328 yards on 23 carries. White scored twice on runs of 10 yards and 82 yards. “The offensive line did a great job as usual but our receivers kept their secondary occupied and out of the way. If I could get to the outside there was little waiting on me,” White said afterwards.

CJ Paymon added 49 yards and 1 TD (13) on 7 carries. Quarterback Trey Lindsey was 8 for 16 passing for 124 yards and a pair of touchdown passes for 12 yards and 24 yards. Paymon caught 4 passes. Nate Meacham caught 2 passes including one for a 24 yard touchdown.

Paymon had a big night on defense

with 21 tackles and an interception in the second quarter that set up the second MA touchdown. Cam Holmes added 8 tackles and 2 sacks. Brian Wilson had 10 tackles and Reggie Dixon 8 tackles.

Beulah made a game of it in the second half and matched MA step for step with a trio of touchdowns. “They are a much improved team compared to what they were the last few years. They ran the ball very well and kept coming at us. It wouldn’t surprise me to see them in the playoffs. They are a tough team,” MA coach Gary Nelson said. “I feel pretty good about our prospects in the region even though we will face some very good teams. We will continue to work hard. Tonight’s effort was good but I think we can still improve.”

Montgomery Academy is now 2-1 for the season and 1-0 in the region. The Eagles will have a very tough test next week when they travel to Brundidge to play Pike County.

Catholic 7, St. James 6

Saint James Steven Sadie follows blockers while Catholic’s Jalen Fountain moves in







In a battle of two championship-caliber defenses, one big play was all it took.
Hunter Ferrall connected with B.J. Barker on a fourth-and-17 pass for 43 yards to the St. James 2 and Tyler Price scored on the next play to erase the Trojans’ 6-0 lead. John Register added the extra point with 36.8 seconds remaining to help the Knights snap a nine-game losing streak to their crosstown rivals in the region opener for both teams Friday night.
Catholic, which had managed just 95 total yards over the final three quarters until that play, dodged certain defeat when two St. James players collided on the third play of the drive, preventing a Ferrall interception. Ferrall threw a screen pass to Price on the following play and he converted a fourth-and-nine play into a 16-yard gain.
The two teams battled through three quarters of scoreless play before the Trojans mounted an 11-play drive to the Catholic 22. Jim Kim’s 40-yard field goal with 7:33 remaining broke the scoreless tie.
Four plays later, following a fake punt by the Knights, St. James took over on the Catholic 20 but failed to gain any yardage in three plays. Kim booted a 37-yard field goal with 3:43 left for a 6-0 lead.
Catholic, 3-0 and 1-0 in region play, travels across town to play Trinity in another region matchup next week. St. James, 1-2 and 0-1, returns home to play Fultondale.

Alabama Christian 38, Bullock County 12
UNION SPRINGS – Reece Solar threw for a pair of touchdowns and ran for three more as Alabama Christian built a comfortable 28-0 halftime lead and cruised to victory in their region opener on Friday night.
Solar completed 11 of 19 passes for 178 yards and two touchdowns, connecting with Grayson Evans on a 34-yard touchdown pass and Carson Hunt for a 49-yard touchdown pass. Solar also ran for 140 yards and three touchdowns on 13 carries.
Alden Stroud rushed for 117 yards on 22 carries for the Eagles. Evans caught three passes for 57 yards while Hunt added two receptions for 57 yards. Dawson Locklier and John Wilson Jarrett each had eight tackles to lead the defense. Jarrett and Ty Taveras also had fumble recoveries.
Jaeyeop Lee had five extra points and rounded out the scoring with a 33-yard field goal for the Eagles, 3-0 and 1-0 in region play. Alabama Christian returns home to play Dale County in a crucial region matchup next week.

Hooper Academy 46, Northside Methodist 13
HOPE HULL — Charlie Harris rushed for 70 yards and three touchdowns to help Hooper Academy to a 46-13 win over Northside Methodist in the region opener at Davis Henry Field on Friday night.
Trace Edwards completed 13 of 20 passes for 132 yards and four touchdowns, with Wyatt Burnett, Mason Hill, Jared Kelly and Cole Godwin all catching touchdown passes. Grant Tyson added 73 yards rushing and 29 yards on receptions for the Colts.
Jackson Fancher had nine tackles, two sacks and a fumble recovery, while Reed Culver had 10 tackles and a fumble recovery.
Hooper, 3-1 and 1-0 in region play, travels to Selma next week for a region game with Morgan. Northside, 0-4 and 0-1, returns home for a region game with Fort Dale.

Springwood School 23, Edgewood Academy 14
ELMORE – Edgewood rolled up 420 total yards and trailed by just a field goal entering the final period, but lost the region opener to Springwood 23-14 on Friday night.
Christian Ivey completed 12 of 24 passes for 174 yards and rushed 31 times for 152 yards and a touchdown in the loss. Tyler Abernathy added 94 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries as the Wildcats trailed just 10-7 at the half and 17-14 after three quarters.
Cam Burleson had 109 yards on four receptions, while Matt Williams added 43 yards on three catches.
Hunter Bowdoin finished with eight tackles to lead Edgewood, followed by Desmond Adams with six and Ivey with five.
Edgewood, 1-2 and 0-1 in region play, travels to Lee-Scott, a dramatic 36-35 winner over Glenwood, for a region game next week. Springwood, 3-0 and 1-0, returns home to face region rival Bessemer next week.

Tallassee 21, Handley 13
HANDLEY – Casey Baynes threw for two touchdowns and ran for another as Tallassee defeated Handley 21-13 in the region opener on Friday night.
Baynes threw a 39-yard touchdown pass to Jake Burton for the early lead but Handley tied the game two minutes into the second quarter. Trent Cochran-Gill ran 35 yards for another Tiger touchdown to put Tallassee up 14-7 at the half, but Handley tailback Devontae Houston scored his second touchdown of the night on a 6-yard run to pull within 14-13.
Baynes hit Kalvin Levett with a 43-yard touchdown pass with 3:27 remaining to give the visiting Tigers the win.
Baynes completed 7 of 12 passes for 116 yards while rushing for 10 yards on 13 carries. Cochran-Gill led Tallassee with 60 yards rushing on five carries.
Tallassee, 3-0 and 1-0 in region play, returns home to play Childersburg in a region game next week, while Handley, 0-3 and 0-1, travels to Eclectic next week to play region rival Elmore County, which lost to Leeds 41-14.

Wetumpka 44, Chelsea 22
WETUMPKA – Wetumpka blew open a close game with three consecutive touchdowns in the second quarter to take a 44-22 win over Chelsea at Hohenberg Field on Friday night.
The Indians led just 14-7 at the end of the first quarter, but scored three consecutive times to take a commanding 35-7 lead before going into the locker room up 35-15. The Indians added a touchdown and a field goal in the third quarter to make it 44-15.
Wetumpka (3-0) opened the season with three consecutive wins for only the third time since 2010 and avenged last year’s 35-28 loss to Chelsea in the region opener. The Indians play host to Stanhope Elmore next week.

Prattville 45, Enterprise 21
ENTERPRISE – Prattville pulled away from a close game with a strong third-quarter performance to down Enterprise 45-21 in the Lions’ region opener on Friday night.
Prattville (2-1) led 16-14 at the half but got a touchdown early in the third quarter, then a safety on Enterprise’s next possession. Prattville then scored on the ensuing possession to make it 31-14. The Lions added two more touchdowns before Enterprise scored in the final minute.
Prattville returns home to face Auburn High in another region matchup next week at Stanley-Jensen Stadium.

Macon East Academy 47, Coosa Valley 7
CECIL – Tucker Neven passed for 202 yards and a pair of touchdowns and ran 7 yards for another score as Macon East won its region opener with a 47-7 win over Coosa Valley on Friday.
Mike Murry led the Knights with 94 yards rushing and a touchdown. Jackson Ceman and Dustin Jones added touchdown runs for Macon East.
Colby Jordan led the defense with four tackles as Ethan Honaker, Tyler Watson and KC House all recorded interceptions. The Knights held Coosa Valley to 65 total yards.
Macon East, 2-1 and 1-0 in region play, travels to Montgomery next week to play Evangel in a crucial region contest. Coosa Valley, 1-3 and 0-1, travels to region rival Lakeside next week.


Kingwood 43, Evangel Christian 36

ALABASTER – Evangel Christian was well on its way to its first win of the year at halftime with a 30-16 lead over Kingwood. But the Lions could not hold off their opponent in the second half as Kingwood roared back with 21 unanswered points to take the lead.

For Evangel, quarterback Aaron Alpert tossed a pair of touchdown passes to Jalen Smith of 64 yards and 19 yards. Alpert also ran for a 45 yard TD. Xavier Williams returned a kickoff 66 yards for a touchdown and also scored a 55 yard TD on an option play.

Evangel now drops to 0-4 and will host Macon East in a region contest next week.


Updated  September 1, 2017   11:59pm


Catholic 54, Prattville Christian 25

Catholic improved its record to 2-0 with a convincing over PCA. The Knights held the PCA to minus yards until midway in the third quarter and PCA did not score on the Catholic starters. The first team Knights defense stopped PCA in every way. “Our defense did what they are taught to do and that is to go after the ball,” Catholic coach Aubrey

Catholic’s B.J. Barker (dark jersey) dives at PCA ball carrier Sterling Berry (white jersey 25) on the first possession of the game

Blackwell said. “They are improving quite a bit and they did a good job tonight and forced some turnovers.” PCA lost a pair of fumbles to Catholic, one of which was returned for 35 yards by Aaron Hall to set up a score.

The Knights racked up 471 yards in total offense. Tyler Price had 163 total yards with 3 touchdowns. Reserve

Catholic’s Kamryn Jackson sweeps the left side picking up 5 yards

quarterback Cephus Cleveland had 4 carries for 164 yards and 3 touchdowns, all in the second half on runs of 24,75 and 72 yards. Starting quarterback Hunter Ferrall had 235 yards passing including 2 touchdown passes to Charlie Ryan.
Catholic led 28-0 at the half and 42-6 at the end of the third quarter.

See complete report in the September 7 printed edition of the Montgomery Independent

Andalusia 31, Trinity 14
Andalusia turned the game in their favor with a touchdown on the final play of the first half, then added two more scores in the fourth quarter to spoil Trinity coach Barry Loyal’s home debut at Boykin Field.
Andalusia scored midway through the first quarter, but the Wildcats answered with a Trace Bright touchdown pass to Bryce Kelly that tied the score. The Bulldogs responded with a touchdown drive to regain the lead, then scored on the final play of the first half for a 21-7 halftime lead.
After an Andalusia field goal, Trinity responded with a touchdown bomb from Bright to Luke Hufham, but the Bulldogs (1-1) answered with another score to put the game out of reach.
Bright was 14 of 26 for 241 yards and a pair of touchdowns but was intercepted twice. Hufham had 92 yards and a touchdown on two receptions and Sage Klingen added 63 yards on four catches.
Defensively, Jackson Davis had 13 tackles, Max Williams had 11 tackles and three pass breakups and Tyler Britton had nine tackles.
Trinity (1-1), travels to Dale County for a region matchup next week.

See complete report in the September 7 printed edition of the Montgomery Independent

St. James 30, Montgomery Academy 6
Tony Amerson rushed for 258 yards and three touchdowns on 36 carries to give his head coach his 100th career coaching victory in a 30-6 win at McLemore Field on Friday night.

Jimmy Perry picked up his 100th coaching win but was more interested in the way his players bounced back after a season opening loss to Bayside Academy last week.
The Trojans (1-1) answered the challenge in impressive fashion, dominating the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball as Amerson scored on runs of 9, 3 and 52 yards while the St. James defense held Montgomery Academy runners Keefe White and Kevin Doh to 33 and 25 yards, respectively.

Saint James Tony Amerson (center gold helmet) adds to the Trojans massive offensive effort.
Photo: Drew Gayle

The Trojans carried a 7-0 lead into the second half when Stephen Sadie broke through and blocked Nate Meacham’s punt for a safety. The Trojans scored on the ensuing possession on a quarterback sneak by Josh Garnett for a 16-0 lead and were never threatened by the Eagles the remainder of the game.
Trey Lindsey hit John Adams with a 41-yard touchdown pass to avoid the shutout.
St. James travels to Catholic next week for a crucial region game, while Montgomery Academy (1-1) opens region play at home against Beulah.

See complete report in the September 7 printed edition of the Montgomery Independent

Springwood 34, Evangel 6

Evangel Christian couldn’t stop a sold passing game by Springwood and lost its third straight game. Lions quarterback Aaron Alpert completed 5 of 12 passes for 110 yards. Alpert connected with DeSean Powell on a 60 yard pass play for Evangel’s only score. Carlos Hinson led the Lions with 9 tackles. Evangel will travel to Kingwood next week for the first region game of the season.

Alabama Christian 49, Elmore County 21
ECLECTIC – Reece Solar threw for a touchdown and ran for three more in one half of action as Alabama Christian improved to 2-0 with an easy win over Elmore County.
Solar was 6 of 10 for 85 yards and a touchdown, throwing to Cole Schlemmer, and ran for 59 yards and three touchdowns on 10 carries as the Eagles played four quarterbacks in building up a 49-7 lead.
Collin Panehal also had a touchdown reception in the win.
Alden Stroud rushed for 124 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries and finished with 257 all-purpose yards. Jackson Hibbard rushed for 48 yards on six carries and Grayson Evans had 58 yards on a pair of receptions.
Defensively, Ty Taveras recovered a fumble in the end zone for another ACA score. Dawson Locklier led the Eagle defense with nine tackles, followed by Garrett Cottingham with eight and Blake Bryant with seven.
ACA opens region play next week at Bullock County, while Elmore County (0-2) hosts Leeds in its region opener next Friday.

Autauga Academy 23, Bessemer Academy 7
BESSEMER – Autauga Academy won its battle of defending state champions by building a 17-0 halftime lead and holding off Bessemer 23-7 on Friday night.
Autauga, the defending AISA Class AA state champion, ran its winning streak to 16 games by winning its third game of 2017 with a strong defensive effort. Bessemer, the defending AAA state champion, fell to 2-2 as the Rebels struggled to find any offensive rhythm.
Jordan Epkins led the Autauga ground game with 94 yards on 18 carries, while quarterback Tripp Carr had 39 yards and a pair of touchdowns on eight carries and Kendrick Rogers had 9 yards and a touchdown on five carries.
Carr completed 12 of 16 passes for 102 yards. Rogers had four receptions for 30 yards, while James Woods had four receptions for 33 yards.
Defensively, Javon Brown led the Generals with eight tackles, including one for loss. Granger Armstrong had seven tackles, D’Jay Gardner had six tackles and Jacob Murphy had five tackles and a fumble recovery.
Autauga (3-0) remains on the road next week, traveling to Graceville (Fla.) High.

Hooper Academy 44, Sparta Academy 8
EVERGREEN – Trace Edwards completed 7 of 13 passes for 201 yards and four touchdowns and rushed for 67 more as Hooper coasted past Sparta 44-8 on Friday.
Charlie Harris rushed for 90 yards and a touchdown on 10 carries and added 53 yards and a touchdown on receptions out of the backfield. Grant Tyson added 76 yards and a touchdown on the ground, while receiver Mason Hill had 59 yards and a touchdown and Jared Kelly added 55 yards with a pair of touchdown receptions.
Tyson led the defensive effort with 18 tackles. Mason Ivey added 13 for the Colts (2-1), who play host to Northside in a region contest next week.

Tallassee 28, W.S. Neal 13
EAST BREWTON – Casey Baynes rushed for 141 yards and three touchdowns and passed for 71 more as Tallassee rallied from an early deficit with 21 consecutive points for a 28-13 victory on the road.
Baynes carried the ball 16 times, scoring on a 24-yard run a minute into the second quarter to tie the game at 7-7 and adding touchdown runs of 10 and 22 yards later in the game. He also completed all three passing attempts for 71 yards in the win.
Trent Cochran-Gill added 61 yards on nine carries, including a 37-yard touchdown run midway through the second quarter that put the Tigers in front for good, and had a team-high eight tackles on defense.
Quinton Jeter kicked all four extra points in the win.
Tallassee (2-0) travels to Roanoke to face Handley in the region opener next week.

Southwest Georgia 48, Edgewood Academy 14
ELMORE – Christian Ivey threw a pair of second-quarter touchdowns to put the Wildcats on the scoreboard, but it wasn’t enough as Southwest Georgia added three second-half touchdowns for an easy victory on Friday night.
Trailing 30-0, Ivey hit Kam Burleson with a 34-yard touchdown pass late in the first half, then a minute later found Desmond Adam on a 17-yard touchdown play and for the two-point conversion to trim the deficit to 30-14 at the half but that was as close as the Wildcats could get.
Southwest Georgia put together a punishing rushing attack that churned out 440 rushing yards and 500 total yards.
Ivey completed 11 of 16 passes for 140 yards and a pair of touchdowns and added 73 rushing yards on 17 carries, while Adam had 119 all-purpose yards.
Tyler Abernathy led the Edgewood defense with nine tackles.
The Wildcats (1-1) play host to Springwood in a region opener next week.

Freeport 34, Lowndes Academy 0
FREEPORT, Fla. – Lowndes Academy watched two promising drives turn into quick points for their opponent and never recovered, committing five turnovers in a 34-0 loss to Freeport on Friday.
After both teams had opening possessions stall, the Rebels marched to the Freeport 8-yard line before turning the ball over on downs, only to see the Bulldogs go 92 yards on the next play. The Rebels then drove to the Freeport 11 before throwing an interception, only to surrender another touchdown on the next play. Two plays and an interception later, the Bulldogs reached the end zone in three plays for a comfortable lead.
Lowndes finished with 24 first downs but threw four interceptions and lost a fumble to fall into a 31-0 deficit at the half.
Mason McCurdy led the Rebels with 10 tackles.
Lowndes (1-1) plays host to Crenshaw Christian in a crucial region contest next week.

Flomaton 53, Billingsley 7
JEMISON – The Class 3A Hurricanes blew into Jemison with a vengeance and wrecked Billingsley’s season opener with a 53-7 win over the Class 2A Bears.
The season opener was moved from Billingsley’s Mims Field after it was deemed unsafe and was played at Jemison High.
Quarterback Malik Callens scored the Bears’ touchdown.
Billingsley (0-1) will play Jemison next Friday at Marbury High.


Updated August 26, 2017 8:48 am


Bayside 15, Saint James 12

Saint James scored two first half touchdowns on a 36 yard run by Colin Duncan and a 48 yard TD reception by T.R. Robertson. The Trojans defense thwarted a pair of Bayside drives with defensive turnovers at the Trojan two yard line, but several untimely penalties and some tough play in the second half by the Admirals allowed them to overcome the 12 point lead. Bayside scored both touchdowns in the air in the second half and stopped the Trojans twice late in the fourth quarter to avenge their 2016 home opening season loss with a 15 – 12 victory.

Updated August 26, 2017 8:20 am

Fort Dale 48, Evangel Christian 30

Fort Dale ran the opening kickoff back to take a lead it never relinquished. For Evangel, Aaron Alpert threw for 136 yards and rushed for 80 yards. Alpert scored on runs of 25 and 26 yards. Xavier Williams scored on runs of 55 and 56 yards and finished with 129 yards on the night. Jalen Gardner also scored from 38 yards out. The Lions are now 0-2 on the season and will host Springwood Academy next week.

Updated August 26, 2017 12:54 am

Trinity 34, Jacksonville 27

JACKSONVILLE -Wildcats new head coach Barry Loyal picked up his first win as Trinity’s varsity coach with a 34-27 victory over Jacksonville on the road. Loyal said it was a “great team win and that all phases of the game came together to get the job done.”
Quarterback Trace Bright was 17-33 with 234 yards passing and one TD pass. He also rushed for 22 yards and scored twice. Brice Kelley rushed for 29 yards.

In the receiving department Luke Hufham made a half dozen catches for 103 yards and a touchdown. Connor Hayes had 3 catches for 45 yards. Cam Loverich caught 5 passes and picked up 98 yards.
Defensively Kaleb Krietz had 11 tackles a sack.  Jackson Davis also had 11 tackles. David blocked a punt and scored a touchdown. Will Eagerton recorded 10 tackles.

Chapman Gregory and Hufham picked off Jacksonville passes.

Next week Trinity will host Andalusia.

Updated October 25, 11:26 pm

Montgomery Academy’s C.J. Payman turns the corner to pick up valuable yardage in the first half of the Eagles runaway victory over Elmore County

Montgomery Academy 42, Elmore County 14

Montgomery Academy defeated Elmore County High at McLemore Field 42-14 in what was an impressive offensive show by the Eagles. Trey Lindsey was 5 for 6 passing and connected with Nate Meacham twice for scores with passes of 75 and 80 yards. Lindsey scored on a quarterback sneak. C.J. Paymon scored from 30 yards out and Keefe White scored the first MA touchdown of the season from 5 yards away. Kevin Doh also scored and carried for 57 yards. The Eagles racked up 465 yards in total offense.

On the defensive side of the ball Jack Mozingo, Mason Young and Paymon all had 7 tackles. C.J. Paymon intercepted a Panthers pass and William Davis recovered a fumble.

MA coach Gary Nelson attributed an improved Eagles team to more experience on both sides of the ball. “They had some difficulty running on us tonight and last year they ran over us. But we got more experience on the defensive side of the ball and it showed tonight,” Nelson said. “Offensively you can’t say enough about Trey Lindsey. He has come a long way after last year and recovering from an injury. He is a great leader and showed tonight he can run the offense.” MA will host Saint James next week.

See complete report in next week’s printed edition of the Montgomery Independent.

Updated August 25, 2017  11:10 pm

Edgewood Academy 47, Hope Christian 14

COLUMBIANA – Christian Ivey and Colby Potts rushed for two touchdowns each as Edgewood Academy opened 2017 with a convincing 47-14 win over Hope Christian.

The game was played at Cornerstone Christian Academy’s field.

The Wildcats, 0-10 last season, piled up 298 rushing yards and 496 total yards in the win. Ivey completed 11 of 16 passes for 171 yards and rushed for 105 yards and two touchdowns on nine carries. Potts rushed for 150 yards and two touchdowns on eight carries.

Drez Crawford had 101 yards on six receptions and added a touchdown on a 60-yard punt return.

Tyler Abernathy led the Edgewood defense with 10 tackles. Hunter Bowdoin added six.

The Wildcats return home to play Southwest Georgia next Friday.

Macon East Academy 6, Hooper Academy 0

HOPE HULL – Mike Murry broke a scoreless tie with a touchdown run midway through the fourth quarter to give Macon East a 6-0 win over Hooper at Davis Henry Field.

Trace Edwards threw for 109 yards for the Colts, 1-1, while Charlie Harris added 20 yards to lead the team in rushing. Jackson Fancher had a team-high 11 tackles, including five sacks, with Grant Tyson adding  nine tackles and three sacks.

Hooper travels to Evergreen to play Sparta Academy next Friday, while Macon East, 1-0, travels to Luverne to play Crenshaw Christian Academy.

Tallassee 21, Russell County 14

TALLASSEE – Casey Baynes was 12 of 17 for 164 yards and a touchdown to lead Tallassee to a season-opening victory over Class 6A Russell County at J.E. “Hot” O’Brien Stadium.

Baynes’ touchdown pass covered 51 yards to Kalvin Levett, one of two first-quarter touchdowns by the Tigers that helped them to a 15-0 lead. But Russell County scored on the final play of the first quarter and the final play of the first half, a 45-yard interception return for a touchdown by Michael Kuresa, to close within 15-14 at halftime.

Jalen Johnson, who had 74 yards rushing on 11 carries, scored on a 7-yard run in the fourth quarter to seal the victory.

Tallassee (1-0) travels to W.S. Neal next week, while Russell County (0-1) returns home to play Valley.

Catholic 51, Central-Coosa 6

HANOVER – Tyler Price had 169 total yards to help Catholic cruise to a 51-6 win in the season opener at Central High.

Price had 113 yards and a pair of touchdowns on eight carries and added another touchdown on a 46-yard reception. Kamryn Jackson added a pair of touchdowns, one on a 15-yard carry, the other on a 23-yard reception.

The big-play Knights (1-0) also got a 78-yard scoring run from Raz Chandler and a 38-yard touchdown run from backup quarterback Cephus Cleveland.

Trey Wilkinson had an interception to lead a Catholic defense that held Central to just 79 yards.

The Knights return home to play Prattville Christian Academy next Friday.

See complete report in next week’s printed edition of the Montgomery Independent.

Alabama Christian Academy 42, Providence Christian 12

Alabama Christian rolled to their biggest season opening win at home since 1990, crushing Providence Christian 42-12 at Wade Norton Black Stadium on Friday night.

Reece Solar was 13 of 18 for 188 yards and a pair of touchdowns and added 156 yards and three touchdowns on the ground as the Eagles posted their largest margin of victory since beating B.T. Washington 40-8 in 2014.

Alden Stroud accounted for 160 all-purpose yards, rushing for 41 yards and a touchdown, catching six passes for 81 yards and returning a punt 38 yards.

ACA receiver Grayson Evans, playing football for the first time, had 72 yards and a pair of touchdowns on five receptions. Linebacker Dawson Locklier led the ACA defense with 13 tackles. Defensive back Blake Bryant had 11 tackles.

The win was the biggest season opening win for the Eagles since winning at Ariton 52-6 in 2001 and the biggest season opener at home since beating Highland Home 35-0 in 1990.

Providence Christian scored on a 5-yard run by Collin Dean to take a 6-0 lead on its opening possession, but only managed 39 total yards in the second and third quarters before scoring on the game’s final play on a George McClintock 3-yard pass to William Solomon.

See complete report in next week’s printed edition of the Montgomery Independent.

Lowndes Academy 19, Southern Academy 12

HAYNEVILLE – Jon Johnson rushed for a pair of touchdowns, passed for another and added the extra point to give the Rebels the lead for good as Lowndes won its season opener 19-12 at Mac Champion Field.

Johnson rushed for 111 yards on 13 carries, scoring a late touchdown on a 35-yard run to seal the victory. He was 8 of 17 passing for 160 yards with an interception and a 15-yard touchdown pass to Zack Miller. He also punted four times for a 38-yard average and booted the extra point after Lowndes rallied to tie the score in the second half.

Defensively, Ben Crook led the Rebels with seven tackles. His brother Cole had six.

Lowndes (1-0) travels to Freeport, Fla., next Friday, while Southern (0-1) remains on the road at Jackson Academy.

Wetumpka 47, Prattville 29

WETUMPKA – The Wetumpka Indians overcame a 17-13 halftime deficit to defeat Prattville at home in the season opener with a final score of 47-29. The Indians took the lead early in the third quarter and poured it on. Kavoisey Smoke scored 4 touchdowns for Wetumpka. The Indians will travel to face Eufaula next week while Prattville will host Stanhope Elmore.


Volleyball Update


Updated at 11:23 am September 15, 2017

Saint James disposes of Catholic

Saint James kicked last week off with an area win over Catholic 25-5, 25-14 and 25-19. Carson Ann Crow had 13 kills and 5 digs; LizAnne Livings had 7 kills, 8 digs and 2 aces; Emily Olsey notched 6 kills, 12 assists, 4 digs, and a half dozen aces; Bailey Williams recorded 4 kills, 2 digs and an ace; Emily Poundstone set up the big hitters well with 18 assists and also recorded a pair of aces; Baylor Belich had 6 digs and an ace; Caroline Christie and Allyn Browning had 5 digs each. For Catholic: Ansley Dean had 3 kills and 5 blocks; Katherine O’Connor had 4 kills and 5 digs.


Saint James wins battle with Trinity

Saint James defeated Trinity by scores of 20-25, 25-15, 25-23, 25-16 and become the established front runner in Area 4. Match Leaders were: Carson Ann Crow had 17 kills, 2 assists, 14 digs; LizAnne Livings notched 11 kills and 3 digs; Bailey Williams had 9 kills, 11 digs, and an ace; Annie Skoneki had 3 kills and 9 blocks;
Ashley White recorded a pair of  digs and 10 blocks; Emily Olsey had 6 kills, 17 assists, 10 digs and 8 blocks; Emily Poundstone had 21 assists and 11 digs;
Caroline Christie had 16 digs; Baylor Belich had 9 digs. The Trojans are now 12-5 and 3-0 in area play.

Trinity wins area battle with ACA

Trinity and ACA battled in an area game last week with the Wildcats coming away with the victory in close sets 27-25, 25-21 and 25-21. For Trinity: Lucy Williams led in the kill department with 16; Hayden Tipton and Joy Bishop had 8 kills each. Trinity got big efforts from Drue Walker with 48 Digs and Mary Emily Taylor with 37 Assists.” Winning area games are a big deal so it’s great to see the girls have accomplishments such as this. We are in an extremely tough area and wins like this keep us going in the right direction,” Trinity coach Jessica Lassiter said.   Trinity improves to 12-3

“We were a few plays away from a totally different outcome tonight.  Still looking for consistency. Every time we play them we play close games with constant momentum shifts.   We need to finish games when we have the opportunity and the momentum is in our favor,” ACA coach Manuel Guice said afterwards. For the Eagles: Gracie Shaddix had 14 kills; Carli Schofield recorded 8 kills; Natalie Faulkner had 4 kills and 8 digs; Emily Thornton had a big match with 24 kills.

LAMP gets rolling

It has been a busy couple of weeks for LAMP. The Golden Tigers finished second in the Isabella Tournament while missing four starters. Alex Cyr and Claire Conway were both selected to the All-Tournament Team. For the tournament Alex Cyr had 24 kills and 11 aces; Alexis Card finished with 14 kills and 6 aces; Claire Conway notched a dozen kills; Anika Clark played a strong tournament with 49 assists and Grace Longpre had 13 digs.

LAMP whipped Tallassee 17-25, 25-18, 25-19, 20-25, 16-14 on the road. In that long match Queniecia Page recorded 16 kills and 11 digs; Alex Cyr and Claire Conway had 14 kills respectively and Anika Clark had 39 assists. “This was a hard fought match with exceptional senior leadership that pushed us to get the win. It was a true team effort and the best match we have played so far,” LAMP coach Dee Wilson said. LAMP now stands at 3-5 for the season.

MA has firm grip on area

Montgomery Academy already has a leg up on the post season. The Eagles easily disposed of Prattville Christian Academy (PCA) last week 25-6, 25-8 and 25-18. “The win allows us to host the area tournament on October 24,” MA coach Julie Gordon said. “It is great to know we will have that in our favor once the regular season is complete.” Against PCA, Caroline Kirkham had 13 kills and 2 blocks; Catherine Updegraff recorded 5 kills and 3 blocks; Morgan Karst and Millie Stevenson had 16 assists and 8 assists respectively. The victory put MA at 15-1 for the season.

ACA takes tri-match

ACA defeated Park Crossing 25-8, 25-13 and Prattville 25-17, 25-21. For the day Gracie Shaddix led the Eagles with 16 kills; Carli Schofield recorded9 kills and Mary Vander Sewell had 8 kills. Emily Thornton had another good outing with 39 assists. ACA now stands at 7-4.

Saint James wins battle with Trinity

Saint James defeated Trinity by scores of 20-25, 25-15, 25-23, 25-16 and become the established front runner in Area 4. Match Leaders were: Carson Ann Crow had 17 kills, 2 assists, 14 digs; LizAnne Livings notched 11 kills and 3 digs; Bailey Williams had 9 kills, 11 digs, and an ace; Annie Skoneki had 3 kills and 9 blocks;
Ashley White recorded a pair of  digs and 10 blocks; Emily Olsey had 6 kills, 17 assists, 10 digs and 8 blocks; Emily Poundstone had 21 assists and 11 digs;
Caroline Christie had 16 digs; Baylor Belich had 9 digs. The Trojans are now 12-5 and 3-0 in area play.


Updated 6:45am September 10, 2017

Trinity wins Party

AUBURN – The Wildcats won the Party on the Plains tournament in Auburn winning 5 games on Saturday and defeated Tuscaloosa County to take the championship. Trinity is at 11-3 for the season.

Updated 7:17pm September 9, 2017

MAC ATTACK Tournament

MA’s Roma Pirnie pounds a shot past opponents in the MAC ATTACK – Photo: Fred Marshall

Montgomery Academy finished second in the annual MAC ATTACK Tournament. The Eagles were defeated in the finals by Providence Christian of Dothan, the same team MA defeated a week later to win the Mayor’s Cup.  MA now stands at 14-1 for the season. Catholic played well in the tournament. The Knights finished second in pool play to MA and then lost in the tournament semi-final to Providence.

Updated at 10:44 am September 8, 2017

Trojans defeat ACA

Saint James defeated ACA in the first area game Thursday in straight sets of 25-13, 25-23 and 25-20. Carson Ann Crow had 10 kills, an ace, 19 digs and 2 blocks; Emily Olsey recorded 9 kills, 14 assists, a pair of aces, 4 digs and 7 blocks; LizAnne Livings had 8 kills, 5 digs and 3 blocks; Bailey Williams came in with 4 kills, 6 digs and 3 blocks; Annie Skonecki had 4 kills and 6 blocks; Emily Poundstone set up a lot of hitters with 15 assists to go along with her 2 aces and 7 digs; Caroline Christie had 9 digs, and assist and an ace; Baylor Belich notched 14 digs and Ashley White had 4 blocks. Saint James current record is 6-3 and 1-0 in Area 4 Conference.

Trinity disposes of Knights

Trinity defeated area opponent Catholic 25-14, 25-15, 25-22.  Hayden Tipton had 7 kills, Joy Bishop had 5 kills, and Mary Emily Taylor recorded 18 assists and 4 aces.  Trinity now stands at 6-2. For Catholic Ansley Dean had 5 kills, Lorren Pharrams had 2 kills and Melody Taylor notched a pair of kills and 3 assists. Catholic is now 1-7.

Updated at 8:06 pm September 6, 2017

ACA defeats PCA in Prattville


Ashlee Allen serves for ACA against PCA

Alabama Christian Academy (ACA) defeated Prattville Christian Academy without difficulty on September 5 in three consecutive sets, 25-16, 25-15, 25-11, For ACA: Gracie Shaddix had 7 kills; Natalie Faulkner notched 6 kills and Carli Schofield had 5 kills. Emily Thornton continued to do well setting up the hitters and came up with 23 assists. ACA now stands at 5-2 for the season. “We played okay. I think the team is making forward progress every time we play and did so against PCA,” ACA coach Manuel Guice said.


Updated at 1:57 pm September 6, 2017

Catholic gets into win column

Catholic earned its first win of the season with a 25-22, 24-26, 16-25, 25-11 and 15-6 defeat of Park Crossing on Tuesday (Sept 5). The Knights struggled in the second and third games but picked up their play in the final two games. For Catholic: Ansley Dean had 11 kills, 5 aces, 3 blocks and 7 digs; Lorren Pharrams recorded 3 blocks and 10 digs; Melody Taylor had 8 assists and 6 digs; Katherine O’Connor notched 7 assists and 5 digs; Nikki Walker had 5 kills. The Knights are now 1-6. “I saw some improvement today, but we have got to become more aggressive, especially with our defense.  We will look to continue to improve our intensity and communication.  The skills will continue to get better, but if we can focus on those things, I think we will move forward,” Catholic coach Amy Patterson said.

Saint James wins two

Saint James Volleyball team hd solid wins on September 5 in a three way match. In the first match against Auburn High School, Carson Ann Crow had 7 kills, 4 digs, and 1 ace.  Bailey Williams had 7 digs, 1 ace and 3 blocks, Emily Poundstone had 11 assists and Emily Olsey had 8 assists with 3 kills, 3 digs and 3 blocks.  Saint James won with the match with scores of 25-7 and 25-21. In the second match with Providence Christian, the Trojans won in straight sets of 27-25 and 25-20.  Leading kills were put up by Carson Ann Crow with 11 and LizAnne Livings with 8.  Emily Olsey had 11 assists 6 digs and 6 blocks.  Emily Poundstone had 12 assists and 6 digs.  Annie Skoneki had 4 blocks. The Trojans are at 5-3

Trinity gets area win over LAMP

Trinity defeated area foe LAMP on Tuesday 25-12, 25-12, 25-19. For the Wildcats: Lucy Williams had 8 Kills and Hayden Tipton had 6 kills; True Walker had 7 Aces and 22 Digs; Mary Emily Taylor had 16 assists and 4 Aces. Trinity is now 5-2 for the season. “Our players are putting forth a great effort and remaining focused to do the little things right. I love the confidence they are showing and I’m excited about the upcoming challenges in our schedule,” Wildcats coach Jessica Lassiter said.

LAMP, now 0-2, played well defensively and showed continued improvement. Overall, LAMP had 37 digs. For LAMP: Alex Cyr had 5 kills; Cassie Meyer had 9 assists; Queniecia Page came in with 13 digs; Grace Longpre notched 10 digs and
Caroline Baker had 6 digs.

Updated at 4:45 pm September 5, 2017

Macon-East virtually unstoppable

Macon-East volleyball team is ripping through the competition in 2017. The Lady Knights are 17-1 overall with their only loss coming to Glenwood in the pre-season tournament. The squad is 9-0 in regular season play in addition to winning the Glenwood and the Edgewood tournaments.
Macon-East whipped Edgewood again at Edgewood 3-0. The Lady Knights also defeated Northside and Emmanuel last week. Standouts for the week were: Ariel Brown with 3 aces, 12 kills and 2 blocks; Madisyn Kennedy notched 4 aces and 32 kills; Emily Brooks recorded 8 aces, 17 kills and a whopping 42 assists. Anne Turner Cobb had 6 aces, 17 kills, and 27 assists.

Updated at 9:56 pm August 31, 2017
MA rallies to defeat Saint James


At times, it looked like two very talented volleyball teams were waging an all-out battle for supremacy. At times, it looked like the first volleyball match of the season.

Montgomery Academy rallied back to take the final set in the best-of-five series in the Saint James gym on Thursday night, winning 25-17, 25-19, 23-25 and 25-13.

“You never know what to expect in the first match,” Montgomery Academy coach Julie Sinclair Gordon said, “but this is probably one of the best defensive teams I’ve ever had. Scrappy. You saw the pursuit on almost every ball and it was amazing.

“This is a team made up of many talented players. Yeah, Caroline (Kirkham) can hit it hard but we’ve got other people who can contribute and contributed tonight, whether it was defensively or offensively. It was a great team win.”

Kirkham supplied many of the kills from the left side of the net, but a St. James’ rally in the second match made things interesting for a moment before the Eagles pulled away late. Faced with the same scenario in the third match, it was the Trojans that pulled away in the final moments after Montgomery Academy had rallied to tie it 23-23.

“St. James has a very good program and they’re always going to be consistent, they’re always going to be a challenge,” Gordon said. “Those girls play good volleyball. But every match, we had a little run of unforced errors and that kept them in the game. They had some good swings, some good hits, some good kills, but we helped them out and we helped them out in streaks. If they make a good kill, we can’t give up a missed serve, a hit in the net or a hit out of bounds. We just can’t do that.

“If we lose because we’re making unforced errors, did they earn their points or did they win their points? We gave them a lot of points.”

Both teams will be back in action this weekend in the Mayor’s Cup and certainly won’t face any tougher competition than they saw on Thursday. Montgomery Academy reached the 3A South Super Regional quarterfinals before losing to Providence Christian, while St. James reached the 4A finals before losing to Madison Academy, so a rugged season opener will provide a gauge for both squads.

“That’s what I just asked them,” St. James coach Karen Lee said. “What did you learn from tonight? They threw out a lot of things that we need to still work on. We have a good team, MA is really good, you have to give them credit, but we know we’ve got a lot of things to work on.

“We had a lot of unforced errors we have to clean up. There was a sense of urgency on the ball, which they did at the end of the second game and going into the third game. And then it kind of dropped off.”

Updated at 9:18 pm August 31, 2017

Trinity defeats PCA

The Wildcats shook off early cold spells before dismissing PCA in 3 straight sets, 25-21, 25-17 and 25-12. For Trinity: Lucy Williams had 8 kills; Madison Johnston had 7 kills; Hayden Tipton recorded kills and Drue Walker notched 5 aces and 26 digs.

Caroline Chapman serves for Trinity in the first set of the season opener.

“It’s always great to get the first win under our belt. I was pleased with the way we settled into our offense and started swinging aggressively. I thought we served aggressive and well. We are blessed to have some great leadership on this team and we look forward to getting into the meat of the season,” Trinity coach Jessica Lassiter said. Trinity plays at 4:00 on Friday in the Mayor’s Cup.

For PCA: Callie McAnnally had 8 kills and 10 digs; Bailey Kamykowski had 5 kills and 11 digs; Tori DeMaio had 6 kills and 5 blocks; Emily Kamykowski had 12 digs and 1 ace and Juliana Lawrence had 17 assists and 6 digs.

LAMP falls to Lanier

LAMP dropped its first match of the season to Lanier in 5 sets: Scores: 19-25, 25-19, 25-13, 19-25 and 13-15. LAMP came from behind to win two sets. In set 2 they were behind 5-0 and came back for the win then fell behind 1-6 in set 3 only to come alive and limit Lanier’s offense to minimum productivity. “I thought we hustled the entire game and showed great potential. It was a tough match and we fought for every point,” LAMP coach Dee Wilson said. LAMP will visit Trinity on September 5. For LAMP: Alex Cyr had 10 kills; Alexis Card recorded 9 kills; Queniecia Page had 8 kills and Anika Clark had 30 assists.

Catholic takes losses in three way match

Montgomery Catholic got off to a slow start by losing both ends of a three way match with Auburn and Prattville. The Knights lost to the Tigers 15-25 and 19-25 then fell to Prattville 27-29 and 21-25. For Catholic: Ansley Dean came in with 8 kills and a pair of aces; Lorren Pharrams had 7 kills to go along with 8 digs; Melody Taylor had 3 kills and 13 assists and Katherine O’Connor recorded 3 kills.

ACA defeats Elmore County in season opener

It took all 5 sets but ACA got past Elmore County in the first volleyball match of the season: 25-10, 18-25, 25-6, 21-25 and 15-12. ACA coach Manuel Guice said his team played very well at times against a tough Panther squad. “We found the way to win even though we were very inconsistent. That will be something we must improve, consistency. Of course inconsistency comes with the territory early in the season,” Guice explained.

For ACA: Gracie Shaddix delivered 17 kills; Natalie Faulkner had 9 kills and 18 digs; Carli Schofield notched 7 kills and 2 blocks; Zoe Stiff had 7 kills and Emily Thornton took good care of setting up the hitters with 42 assists.

ACA will participate in the Mayor’s Cup this weekend at the Multiplex.

Updated 6:05 pm August 25, 2017

Montgomery Academy Varsity Volleyball announced the pools and initial schedules for the Annual MAC Attack Tournament. on September 9. All matches to be played at Montgomery Academy.

Play begins at 8:30am, all matches will roll ahead. Top 2 teams advance to a single elimination tournament. Winning team receives T-Shirts.

Pool 1

8:30 – Lee v Catholic   9:30 – MA v Brew Tech

10:30 – MA v Lee   11:30 – Brew Tech v Catholic

12:30 – MA v Catholic    1:30 – Brew Tech v Lee

Pool 2

8:30 – Holtville v Central – PC    9:30 – Providence v Prattville

10:30 – Providence v Holtville    11:30 – Prattville v Central-PC

12:30 – Providence v Central-PC     1:30 – Prattville v Holtville

Winner of Pool 1 will play winner of pool 2 for Championship

August 22, 2017

Macon defeated Chambers Chambers Academy 25-8, 25-12 and 25-7. Emily Brooks had 7 aces, 5 kills and 18 assist. Allison Parson had 5 aces. Ariel Brown had 8 kills. Madisyn Kennedy had 11 kills.

August 19, 2017

Macon East Volleyball went 4-0 on Saturday defeating Cornerstone, Northside, Edgewood and Glenwood to win the Edgewood Tournament. Tournament stats: Emily Brooks had 23 aces, 13 kills, and 29 assist, Madisyn Kennedy had 8 aces, 20 kills and blocks, Ariel Brown had 5 aces, 14 kills and 1 blocks, Anne Turner Cobb had 11 kills, 2 aces, and 18 assist.

August 17, 2017

Macon East defeated Edgewood in 5 sets, 25-22, 19-25, 17-25, 25-20 and 15-12. In Madisyn Kennedy had 14 kills and 3 aces. Emily Brooks had 28 assist, 18 kills, and 5 aces. Anne Turner Cobb had 25 assist, 12 kills, and 4 aces. Ariel Brown had 3 aces 18 kills and 3 blocks. Macon now at 3-0.