Weaver 37, Alabama Christian 22
Alabama Christian could not sustain the success it had over the previous two weeks, losing its regular-season finale at home to Weaver 37-22 on Friday night.
Reece Solar completed 10 of 16 passes for 110 yards and rushed 17 times for 135 yards and a touchdown in the loss. Demari Moore added 58 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 15 carries.
Garrett Cottingham had a pair of receptions for 63 yards, while Dawson Locklier led the ACA defense with seven tackles. Alex Harmon added four tackles and a 65-yard interception return.
ACA (3-7) travels to Lincoln for the first round of the 4A playoffs next week, while Weaver travels to Westminster Christian for the first round of the 3A playoffs.
Tallassee 42, Elmore County 21
ECLECTIC – Tallassee scored four times in the first half to take a 27-0 halftime lead on the way to an easy 42-21 victory over Elmore County at Burt-Haynie Field in the 2018 season finale for both teams.
Kalvin Levett rushed for 205 yards and a pair of touchdowns, passed for 92 yards and another score and added a 20-yard reception for a fourth touchdown as the Tigers (6-4) rolled up 530 yards in an effort to ease the sting of missing the playoffs after back-to-back losses to Charles Henderson and Beauregard snapped their playoff streak.
Levett threw a 52-yard touchdown pass to Matt Justiss for a 7-0 lead less than three minutes into the game, then added a touchdown off a blocked punt and two more scores of 5 and 15 yards by Levett to turn the game into a rout by halftime. Tavarious Griffin added a 7-yard scoring run in the third quarter before Levett caught Griffin’s pass to close out the Tigers’ scoring.
Elmore County, which saw its playoff hopes dashed last week in a shutout by region champion Lincoln, finished at 6-4, equaling its most wins since the last time it made the playoffs in 2011.
DJ Patrick rushed for 156 yards and three touchdowns on 15 carries, scoring on 6-yard run in the third quarter and adding a 66-yard scoring run just before the end of the third quarter to make it 35-14. After Levett’s touchdown catch, Patrick answered with a 21-yard touchdown run for the Panthers.
Autauga Academy 42, Patrician Academy 0
PRATTVILLE – Tre Cutler scored on all three carries to help Autauga Academy to a 42-0 romp over Patrician Academy in the opening round of the Alabama Independent School Association Class AA state playoffs at Autauga Academy on Thursday night.
Autauga Academy (10-1) remains home next week in the second round of the playoffs, playing host to South Choctaw Academy. Patrician ends the season at 5-6, just a year removed from winning the Class A state championship.
“I’ve had a lot of respect for Patrician over the years,” Autauga coach Bobby Carr said. “We’ve played them in the state championship game a time or two in the past and I’m good friends with their head coach, Jonathan Lindsey. That’s why we agreed to run the clock and get it over with.”
Autauga rolled out to a 42-0 halftime lead and both sides agreed to a running clock in the second half. Neither team scored, but Patrician chewed up almost 12 minutes on a 13-play drive that ended on a missed field goal attempt by Stratton Lewis, the Saints’ only scoring threat of the game.
Autauga scored on its first possession when the 275-pound Cutler went rumbling off right tackle for seven yards to make it 6-0. The next time the Generals had the ball, Krys Chapman sprinted 51 yards for a touchdown and Cutler ran in the two-point conversion for a 14-0 lead. Cutler capped the third possession with another 7-yard scoring run.
After a 77-yard punt return by Josh Kelsey for a touchdown, the Saints countered with a pair of first downs and their first real drive of the game. Patrician turned the ball over on downs, however, and the Generals went to work again. Even back-to-back penalties couldn’t slow Autauga as Cutler went off left tackle on a fourth-down carry, bounced off of cornerback Tommy Littlepage and ran 55 yards for a touchdown.
“Before the play, one of my teammates told me to pick up my knees,” Cutler said. ‘“One person can’t tackle you,’ he said. ‘Run hard and you’re going to score.’ When the play happened, all the magic worked.”
Cutler finished with 69 yards and three touchdowns on three carries. Chapman scored on his only carry and quarterback Tripp Carr had 38 yards on three carries, including a 14-yard bootleg for a touchdown on the final play of the first half, while completing 9 of 12 passes for 156 yards.