Catholic 24, Williamson 6
Catholic answered a first-quarter touchdown by Williamson with three of its own over the next two quarters to dispose of Williamson 24-6 in the first round of the 4A state playoffs on Friday.
Catholic (11-0), tying the school record for wins set by the 1989 team, advanced to the second round and will remain home next week against Handley. Williamson ends the season at 7-4.
Quinton Shaw gave the visitors a 6-0 lead on a 3-yard run with 3:45 remaining in the first quarter, but Darrell Gibson, along with a Zack Pappanastos’ extra point, put the Knights on top with a 21-yard run a little over three minutes into the second quarter.
Gibson added another touchdown, this one from five yards out, to give Catholic a 14-6 halftime lead.
Pappanastos kicked a 19-yard field goal late in the third quarter and Gibson added his third touchdown of the night, this one on a 10-yard run, with 12 seconds remaining in the third quarter.
Gibson finished with 138 yards on 33 carries.
Defensively, T.J. Dudley had 12 tackles for the Knights. Nate Downes had an interception and a fumble recovery along with four tackles.
St. James 23, Oakman 20
The Trojans had to get physical in the second half, scoring twice to overcome deficits and turn back the Wildcats in a defensive struggle at Carlisle Field on Friday.
St. James (10-1) won its first-round playoff game for the fourth consecutive year but is now seeking a second-round victory for the first time since 2003 with a trip to defending 3A state champion Flomaton next week. Oakman ends the season at 6-5.
The Trojans took an early 8-0 lead as a snap sailed over the punter’s head for a safety and Brock Woodham capped the ensuing drive with an 18-yard touchdown run for St. James.
But the Trojans would manage just 23 yards the remainder of the first half as the Wildcats rallied, scoring early in the second quarter on a fourth-down pass and two-point conversion, both from Lucas Bridges to Christian Hubbard.
Hubbard, who finished with 70 yards rushing and 90 yards in receptions, put Oakman in front 14-8 with a 3-yard touchdown run on the Wildcats’ next possession as the gritty Wildcats controlled both sides of the line of scrimmage.
St. James won that battle in the second half, holding the Wildcats to 47 total yards and three first downs in the final 24 minutes while grabbing a 15-14 lead on a 3-yard run by Woodham and an extra point by Jan Wachowitz with 2:29 left in the third quarter.
Oakman would surge back into the lead on a 56-yard interception return by Dante Williams, but St. James came back again with a 26-yard run by Austin Gavin, who finished with 124 yards on 24 carries.
Sean Douglas was leveled by Will Wales on the ensuing kickoff, resulting in a fumble recovered by Michael Shalayda. The Trojans took five minutes off the clock before surrendering possession with 1:59 remaining.
Three pass completions netted the Wildcats just four yards and Bridges was grabbed by Shalayda and Brunson Bacheler on fourth down, forcing an incompletion.
Andalusia 24, Trinity 6
The Wildcats found Andalusia just as tough the second time around as the visitors jumped out to a 24-0 lead before surrendering a touchdown on the game’s final play in a 24-6 victory at Ragsdale-Boykin Field in the first round of the 4A state playoffs.
Andalusia (8-3) defeated Trinity 21-10 on Aug. 30 and proved to be just as tough in November, taking a 3-0 lead on a field goal early in the second quarter, then adding a short touchdown run for a 10-0 lead at the half. The Bulldogs added another rushing touchdown midway through the third quarter, then finished with another touchdown less than a minute into the fourth quarter.
Trinity (6-5) got on the scoreboard on the final play of the game on a 40-yard pass from Jack Collett to tailback Tate Holley.
Andalusia returns home to play Lincoln in the second round of the 4A state playoffs next week.
John David Bonner, the Wildcat starter, was 14 of 24 for 85 yards but was intercepted three times. Collett was 5 of 8 for 64 yards in relief.
Jake Hufham led all receivers with four catches for 53 yards. William Roberson had three receptions for 15 yards.
Holley led the rushing attack with 27 yards on 11 carries as Trinity was held to 31 rushing yards and 180 total yards.
Defensively, James Davis had 12 tackles and blocked a field goal attempt to lead the Wildcats, followed by Walton Cherry and Watkins Johnston with 11 each. Thomas Ladner had eight tackles and a pair of interceptions. Griffin Sanders also had eight tackles.
Montgomery Academy 24, Winfield 20
WINFIELD – Britton Kohn completed 16 of 27 passes for 144 yards, but was even more dangerous with his feet, rushing 18 times for 103 yards and scoring on runs of 1, 12 and 1 yards to lead the Eagles past the Pirates in the first round of the Class 3A state playoffs on Friday.
Jamal Cooper added 87 yards on 13 carries and Jon Clarke Woodward caught 10 passes for 96 yards to lead Montgomery Academy (7-4) which returns home to play a second-round game against T.R. Miller at McLemore Field next Friday. Winfield ends the season at 7-4.
The win marked the first time Montgomery Academy won a first-round road playoff game since winning at Gordo in 1998, breaking a string of five consecutive losses.
William Robertson led the Montgomery Academy defense with 15 tackles and a blocked punt. Hilsman James added nine tackles and Jack Anzalone had six. Lawson Pemberton and Cam Holmes each had five tackles and Holmes had three sacks.
Glenwood School 28, Macon East Academy 14
CECIL -- Glenwood scored twice in the second half and shut out Macon East to defeat the Knights in the first round of the AAA state playoffs on Friday night.
Glenwood (8-3) will travel to Tuscaloosa Academy for the AAA semifinals. Macon East ends the season at 7-3.
Bradley Ward returned an interception 39 yards for a touchdown along with six tackles for Macon East, while Clay Slagle and Garrett Harden led the defensive effort with 11 tackles each. Slagle also had three receptions for 51 yards on offense and Harden had a pair of sacks, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.
Coleby Jordan scored the Knights’ other first-half touchdown and finished with 43 yards on 12 carries. Cephus Cleveland was 11 of 30 for 130 yards but threw a pair of interceptions in the loss.
Parker Whittle had four receptions for 56 yards for the Knights.
Pike Road 45, Carbon Hill 0
PIKE ROAD – Baron Brack completed 5 of 7 passes for 152 yards and a pair of touchdowns and added 43 yards on five carries as the Patriots recorded their first postseason victory with a 45-0 rout of Carbon Hill in the first round of the 3A state playoffs on Friday.
Pike Road (11-0), which lost their first-ever playoff game 42-14 at Mobile Christian last year, will play the Leopards next Friday in the second round at home. Carbon Hill ends the season at 4-7.
“I was proud of the kids for coming out and taking care of business in the first half,” Pike Road coach Patrick Browning said. “This was a big win for us, being the first playoff win in the history of the program. Next week, we must have a great week of practice as we will take on Mobile Christian. Our kids remember going down to their place last year. Now, they have to come to our place this year. We are looking forward to the opportunity.”
Quinshon Judkins added 117 yards and three touchdowns on seven carries.
Defensively, Eli Clark had six tackles and an interception and L.J. McCloud had nine tackles and four quarterback hurries.
Autauga Academy 56, Clarke Prep 7
PRATTVILLE – Tre Cutler rushed for 188 yards and a touchdown on eight carries and Octevious Palmer was 14 of 18 for 202 yards and a touchdown as Autauga Academy overwhelmed Clarke Prep in the first round of the AA state playoffs on Friday.
The Generals (7-2) will remain home to play the Patrician-Springwood winner in the AA semifinals next week. Clarke Prep ends the season at 5-6.
Cutler wasn’t the only General runner to find the end zone. Jakarian Willis had 97 yards and a touchdown on just four carries, Brandon Briggs had 26 yards and a touchdown on five carries and quarterback Tyreshon Freeman ran for 135 yards and a touchdown on three carries.
In addition, Weston Tubbs had 38 yards and a touchdown on two carries and Tyson Tubbs had a yard and a touchdown on a pair of carries.
Dominique Webster made his only reception count, scoring on a 52-yard pass from Palmer, and Raymond Cutler added 71 yards on six receptions.
Defensively, Kyrin Long had three interceptions along with a pair of solo tackles, Tyson Tubbs had eight solo tackles, three assists and a pass broken up, Tyreshon Freeman had a pair of solo tackles and a pair of interceptions, returning one 52 yards for a touchdown, Willie Willis had four solo tackles and Austin Robbins had four solos, a pair of assists and a tackle for loss.
Emma Wendland was a perfect 8 of 8 on extra point attempts.
Edgewood Academy 34, Lowndes Academy 26
ELMORE – Edgewood pulled away with a pair of touchdowns in the second and third quarters, then withstood two kick returns for touchdowns by Lowndes Academy to defeat the Rebels in the first round of the AA state playoffs on Friday.
Edgewood (9-2) will travel to Canoe to play Escambia Academy in the AA semifinals next week. Lowndes ends the season at 5-5.
The Rebels took an early 6-0 lead on Trevor Haney’s 13-yard run, but Edgewood rallied late in the first quarter on Alex Johnson’s 58-yard touchdown pass to Kaleb Varner and Sam Williams’ extra point for a 7-6 lead.
Johnson, who completed 11 of 24 passes for 180 yards and three touchdowns, found Varner again on a 59-yard pass for a 14-6 lead. Varner finished with 115 yards on five receptions.
Isaac Gordy ran 8 yards for a touchdown four minutes into the second half to give the Wildcats a 20-6 lead, but Lowndes answered with an 11-yard run by quarterback Colby Briggs to trim the deficit to eight.
Johnson threw his third touchdown pass, this one to Carson Peevy for 23 yards, for a 27-12 lead but John Morgan countered with a 68-yard kickoff return for a touchdown.
After Mitchell Boyd scored on a 16-yard run for Edgewood, Haney returned the ensuing kickoff 75 yards for a touchdown.
Boyd finished with 86 yards on 15 carries for Edgewood.
Briggs was 9 of 20 for 67 yards for the Rebels and added 25 yards on 11 carries. Haney had 37 yards on 10 carries, Morgan had 32 on 10 carries and Daniel Janes had 14 yards on 10 carries.
Defensively, Joseph Benton had 10 tackles to lead Edgewood, followed by Gordy with seven and Dawson Owens, Cade Bazzell and Colton Jones with six each.
Prattville 24, Theodore 17 (2OT)
THEODORE – William Traywick scored with 46 seconds left to force overtime and Kyle Kramer passed 4 yards to Isaiah Causey for the game-winning points in the second overtime period to lift Prattville to a 24-17 win over Theodore in the first round of the 7A state playoffs.
Theodore (8-3) got the ball first in the first overtime period and kicked a field goal, but the Lions (9-2) answered with one of their own, then scored first in the second overtime period for the victory.
Wetumpka 22, Bessemer City 21
BESSEMER -- Tyquan Rawls threw a 57-yard touchdown pass to Timothy Johnson in the final two minutes to lift the Wetumpka Indians to a 22-21 victory over Bessemer City in the first round of the AHSAA Class 6A playoffs on Friday.
The touchdown capped a fourth-quarter comeback in which the Indians trailed by 12 points.
Wetumpka had cut the lead to 21-15 with just over six minutes to play on Rawls’ 2-yard run.
Earlier in the game the Indians had taken a 9-0 lead on a Zach Grindle field goal and a Rawls touchdown pass to Jaleel Johnson in the first half.
Wetumpka (6-5) will return home next Friday for the second round to face Spanish Fort, a 28-21 winner over Dothan.
St. Paul’s Episcopal 20, Sidney Lanier 14
MOBILE – Grayson Myles booted field goals of 24 and 22 yards in the final 11:06 to lead St. Paul’s to a hard-fought victory over Sidney Lanier in the first round of the 6A state playoffs.
St. Paul’s (8-3) jumped out to a quick 14-0 but Alazavin Berry rallied the Poets (3-6), scoring on a short run, then stripping the St. Paul’s kick returner of the ball and running 40 yards on the ensuing kickoff to tie the game.
Park Crossing 30, Saraland 27
SARALAND – Park Crossing rallied twice with four-quarter touchdowns, scoring the final time with 35 seconds remaining to spoil Saraland’s perfect season with a 30-27 victory on Friday night.
O’Ronde Henderson scored from a yard out to secure the stunning upset for the Thunderbirds (4-7) after Park Crossing trailed 21-13 at the half. Trevor Robinson rushed for 145 yards and passed for another 179 as Park Crossing rallied to take a 22-21 lead on a field goal midway through the fourth quarter, then again late after Saraland (10-1) had recaptured the lead.