Montgomery Academy 37, Dadeville 26
Trey Lindsey completed 15 of 30 passes for 314 yards and four touchdowns to lead Montgomery Academy to an easy victory over Dadeville in region play at McLemore Field on Friday night.
Lindsey completed a 23-yard touchdown pass to Carter Wallis and Bradley Westhauser kicked a 35-yard field goal as time expired to give the Eagles a 10-0 lead at the half. In the third quarter, Lindsey connected with Nate Meacham on touchdown passes of 32 and 78 yards and Jamal Cooper added a 4-yard touchdown run as Montgomery Academy built a 30-0 lead.
Dadeville got on the board late in the third quarter and added another score early in the fourth before Lindsey hit William Robertson with a 37-yard touchdown pass for a 37-12 lead.
Nate Meacham had five receptions for 186 yards and a pair of touchdowns, while Robertson had six catches for 94 yards and a touchdown. Wallis had a pair of receptions for 45 yards and a touchdown. John Clarke Woodward led the MA rushing attack with 10 carries for 61 yards and added two receptions for 38 yards, while Eric Doh had 11 carries for 57 yards.
Defensively, Robertson had eight tackles to lead MA, followed by Britton Kohn and Mac Main, each with seven tackles and an interception. Hilsman James and Jackson Kelly also had seven tackles.
Montgomery Academy (4-3) improved to 2-2 in region play after winning its third consecutive game and travels to Selma next week for a region game with Southside.
Dadeville (2-5) dropped to 1-3 in region play after losing its fourth consecutive game and returns home to play Pike Road next Friday.
Headland 74, Alabama Christian 44
Headland rolled up a school-record number of points in handing Alabama Christian its fourth consecutive loss and all but eliminating the Eagles from the playoffs.
Reece Solar completed 21 of 31 passes for 276 yards and three touchdowns and gained an additional 129 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 15 carries.
Jalen Clark had 132 yards and a pair of touchdowns on seven carries to lead the ACA receivers. Alex Harmon added a 45-yard touchdown reception and Demari Moore had a 99-yard kickoff return for a touchdown.
Miller McCarthy led the ACA defense with nine tackles, followed by Dawson Locklier with six tackles and a sack.
The loss was the worst ever in school history. ACA had previously allowed 70 points just once in a game, losing at Beauregard 70-21 in 2013. For Headland, the 74 points is the most in school history, bettering the previous high in a 73-6 win over Cottonwood in 1968.
Headland (6-0) is off to the best start since 1988 and are 3-0 in region play for the first time since 2006. They face Ashford at home next week, seeking a 4-0 region start for the first time since 1980.
Alabama Christian (1-5) dropped to 0-4 in region play and will travel to LaFayette next week.
Northside Methodist 37, Success Unlimited Academy 18
Northside Methodist picked up its first region win of the season with a huge victory over Success Unlimited, spoiling the Mustangs’ homecoming and damaging the first-year program’s playoff hopes.
Northside’s win left three teams (Northside, Macon East and Success Unlimited) all with 1-2 region records for the final two playoff spots in Class AAA Region 2. To reach the playoffs, Success (2-5) would have to win one of its next two region games – at Macon East next Friday or at Pike Liberal Arts the following week.
Northside (2-5) scored two touchdowns just before the half to wipe out a 12-6 lead, then scored in the third quarter to move out to an insurmountable lead.
Jamari Smith put the Mustangs on the scoreboard first with a 9-yard run and, after Northside tied it up, ran 78 yards for another touchdown and a 12-6 lead.
Isaiah Jackson added the other touchdown, pulling in a reception from Smith and going 63 yards in the third quarter for the Mustangs’ only second-half score.
Monroe Academy 49, Macon East Academy 28
MONROEVILLE – Monroe Academy scored three second-quarter touchdowns to race out to a comfortable lead, then used its running game to put the game away in the fourth quarter after Tucker Neven came off the bench to rally the Knights in a crucial Thursday night contest.
Monroe (8-0) improved to 3-0 in region play and set up a winner-take-all scenario next week in Troy against Pike Liberal Arts. Macon East (5-2) dropped into a three-way tie for third place in the region at 1-2 and needs to win next week’s homecoming matchup with Success Unlimited to secure a playoff berth.
The Volunteers scored once in the first quarter and twice more in the second to take a 21-0 lead over the Knights before Cephus Cleveland’s 60-yard quarterback run put Macon East on the scoreboard. The two teams traded touchdowns, with Macon scoring on a 35-yard pass from Cleveland to Brock Taunton, to make it a 28-14 game at the half.
Neven entered the game in the second half and threw a 20-yard touchdown pass to Taunton, but the extra-point attempt was blocked, leaving the Volunteers in front 28-20. After Monroe scored, Neven led the Knights downfield and threw 15 yards to Taunton and then hit Ethan Honaker with a two-point conversion pass to trim the Volunteer lead to 35-28.
That was as close as Macon East would get as Monroe scored twice in the fourth quarter to put the game away.
Neven completed 13 of 25 passes for 263 yards and a pair of touchdown passes. Cleveland was 8 of 15 passing for 84 yards and a touchdown and added another touchdown on the ground. Taunton had seven catches for 119 yards and three touchdowns, while Jackson Ceman had 10 receptions for 145 yards.
Coleby Jordan had seven tackles and a sack, followed by Clay Slagle with six tackles.
Edgewood Academy 42, Coosa Valley Academy 0
ELMORE – Edgewood Academy celebrated homecoming with its best game of the season, shutting out Coosa Valley 42-0 to secure the Wildcats their first trip to the state playoffs since 2015.
Edgewood (5-2) took over second place in the region standings after Lakeside’s loss to Autauga. The Wildcats can secure the second seed – and a first-round playoff game at home – with a win at Lakeside next week. Edgewood can win the region title outright by winning road games at Lakeside next Friday and at Autauga the following Thursday.
Kolby Potts rushed for 102 yards on 14 carries, scoring on runs of 2 and 7 yards to stake the Wildcats to an early 14-0 lead. He closed out the scoring with an interception return for a touchdown early in the fourth quarter.
Alex Johnson, who completed 4 of 8 passes for 120 yards, threw touchdown passes of 63 and 22 yards to Kaleb Varner. Tyler Abernathy added a 39-yard scoring run midway through the second quarter and finished with 73 yards on four carries.
Abernathy also had 12 tackles on defense to help hold Coosa Valley to 102 total yards. Clay Williams had six tackles, followed by Varner, Isaac Gordy and Joseph Benton, all with five each.
Autauga Academy 48, Lakeside School 7
PRATTVILLE – Tripp Carr completed 10 of 13 passes for 313 yards and four touchdowns as Autauga clinched a playoff berth with an easy region victory over Lakeside on Friday.
Backup quarterback Tyson Tubbs completed all three of his pass attempts for 50 yards and a touchdown.
Kendrick Rogers had three receptions for 122 yards and a touchdown and four other players contributed with touchdown catches as well. Carson Tate had a 23-yard reception for a touchdown, Josh Kelsey had a 31-yard scoring reception, Derrion Ashley caught an 8-yard pass for a touchdown and Keys Chapman ran 80 yards for a touchdown on his only reception of the game.
Ashley led the Autauga ground game with 47 yards and a touchdown on just two carries. Carr rushed three times for 16 yards and a touchdown.
Defensively, Josh Kelsey and Trent Camp led by the Generals with seven tackles each, followed by Tate with five tackles, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery and Barry Womack with four solo tackles.
Autauga (6-1) travels to Montgomery next week for a region game at Evangel Christian.
Tallassee 23, Valley 0
TALLASSEE – Markevious Matthews ran for a pair of touchdowns and the Tallassee defense held Valley to 91 total yards in pitching a homecoming shutout at J.E. “Hot” O’Brien Stadium on Friday night.
Kalvin Levett scored on an 8-yard run and Quinton Jeter added a 22-yard field goal before Matthews put the game out of reach with scoring runs of 16 and 11 yards.
Matthews finished with 125 yards on 14 carries. Levett added 64 yards on 18 carries and completed 6 of 7 passes for 68 yards. Trent Cochran-Gill completed both pass attempts for 13 yards, ran for 25 yards on seven carries, added 38 yards on a pair of interception returns and led the Tigers’ defense with six tackles.
Darrell Dunn led Valley (3-4 overall and 1-3 in region play) with 38 yards on 17 carries.
Tallassee (4-2) improved to 2-1 in region play and travels to Rehobeth next week for a region game.