Football Roundup: Pike Road, Catholic remain unbeaten

Pike Road's new stadium made its debut as the Patriots cruised to a 42-0 homecoming victory over Dadeville on Friday night.

Pike Road 42, Dadeville 0

PIKE ROAD – The excitement of homecoming and a new football stadium wasn’t enough to distract the Patriots, who rolled to a comfortable 35-point lead at home to remain unbeaten with a romp over the Tigers on Friday night.

Pike Road (8-0) unveiled its new football stadium while celebrating homecoming, but it was the Tigers who appeared star-struck, failing to cover a kickoff early in the game and throwing an interception that CJ Paymon returned for a touchdown as Pike Road scored on its first four possessions and used a running clock to shorten the contest in the second half.

The Patriots took more than eight minutes off the clock on their initial possession, overcoming a 21-yard sack of Baron Brack and a missed field goal attempt by Aubrey Grace with the help of Dadeville penalties, finally scoring on a 2-yard run by Paymon and Grace’s extra point for a 7-0 lead.

On the ensuing kickoff, Dadeville failed to cover the kick and TJ Lewis recovered on the Dadeville 12, leading to a 6-yard run by Quinshon Judkins two plays later for a 14-0 lead.

An interception by Eli Clark on Dadeville’s next play from scrimmage put the Pike Road offense back on the field and Brack threw 13 yards to Harrison Wallace on the first play of the second quarter for a 21-0 lead. Three plays later, Lane Smith’s pass toward the left hash was snared by Paymon on the 25 and the senior returned it to the end zone.

Rushing touchdowns by Judkins and freshman Gabe Spencer rounded out the scoring as Dadeville managed just three first downs, 11 rushing yards and 69 total yards.

Pike Road improved to 5-0 in 3A Region 3 play and will play host to Montgomery Academy next week. Dadeville (1-7, 0-5) travels to Beulah.

Trinity 41, Dale County 13

MIDLAND CITY – Tate Holley rushed for 140 yards and four touchdowns on 17 carries as the Wildcats took a huge step toward wrapping up home-field advantage in the first round of the playoffs with their fourth win in the last five games.

John David Bonner added 44 yards on nine carries and completed 9 of 14 passes for 141 yards and a touchdown as the Wildcats (4-3) improved to 3-1 in 4A Region 2 play with games remaining against the two teams at the bottom of the region standings, facing Ashford (2-5) at home next week before traveling to play winless Booker T. Washington in two weeks.

Jake Hufham led the receiving corps with five receptions for 58 yards. James Handey had two catches for 21 yards and William Roberson added a 31-yard scoring reception from Bonner.

Luke Adams kicked field goals of 35 and 41 yards and was a perfect 4 of 4 on extra points.

Defensively, Thomas Ladner had a pair of interceptions and Coleman Morris had another. Andrew McNees forced a fumble as well. James Davis and Kylar Williamson had a team-high six tackles each.

Dale County (3-5) dropped to 2-3 in region play and travels to Headland next week to determine the fourth seed in the region standings.

Montgomery Academy 33, Southside-Selma 30

Britton Kohn rushed for 79 yards and a touchdown, threw for 94 yards and had a 55-yard reception for a touchdown as Montgomery Academy held on for a 3A Region 3 win over Southside at McLemore Field on Friday.

Kohn completed 6 of 12 passes for 94 yards, added 79 yards and a 4-yard touchdown run on 13 carries and pulled in a 55-yard pass from Jamal Cooper to help the Eagles hold on to second place in the region.

Cooper had 14 carries for 87 yards, including an 8-yard scoring run. John Clarke Woodward added four carries for 66 yards, including a 62-yard touchdown run.

William Robertson had three receptions for 53 yards. Robertson also led MA defensively with 13 tackles. Hilsman James added eight tackles, while Judson Lindsey, Jackson Kelly and McLeod Parker each had six tackles. Mac Main added five tackles and an interception.

Montgomery Academy (5-3) improved to 4-1 in region play heading into next week’s region battle at unbeaten Pike Road. Southside (4-3) dropped to 3-2 in region play and will travel to Union Springs next week to play Bullock County in a battle to determine fourth place in the region.

St. James 42, Beulah 14

Austin Gavin scored four touchdowns to lead the Trojans to an easy 3A Region 3 victory over Beulah on Friday night at Carlisle Field.

Gavin rushed for 148 yards on 22 carries and scored on runs of 1, 10 and 4 yards and a 29-yard pass reception, giving the Trojans their seventh consecutive 1,000-yard rusher in the process.

Dashawn Jones answered Gavin’s 1-yard scoring run with a 9-yard touchdown reception to tie the game at 7-7, but St. James responded by scoring three more touchdowns to take a 28-7 halftime lead.

Punter Wilson Carter kept the first scoring drive alive with his 20-yard pass to Andrew Sadie out of punt formation. After Beulah tied the game, the Trojans drove 75 yards in 11 plays, using a 10-yard run by Gavin for a 14-7 lead. Jonathan Harris intercepted a Beulah pass on the next possession to set up Drew Fett’s touchdown pass to Gavin with 1:20 remaining until halftime.

The Trojans used their timeouts on Beulah’s next possession to force a punt, which was blocked and returned 12 yards for a touchdown by Alex Whisenhunt.

St. James would score the next two touchdowns, one in each quarter, to put the game away. Brock Woodham raced up the middle virtually untouched for a 28-yard touchdown, and later Gavin scored on his 4-yard carry to give the Trojans a 42-7 lead.

The Trojans (6-1) remain in second place in the region and will host winless Prattville Christian in a region game next week. Beulah (3-4) drops to 1-4 in region play and will host Dadeville next week.

Catholic 49, B.T. Washington 0

TUSKEGEE – Darrell Gibson rushed for 175 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 18 carries to lead Catholic to an easy rout of Booker T. Washington in a 4A Region 2 game on Friday.

Christian Ivey completed 4 of 9 passes for 74 yards and a touchdown and added 54 yards rushing. DJ Carter had three of Ivey’s completions for 57 yards, including a 32-yard touchdown.

T.J. Dudley added a 5-yard touchdown run.

Defensively, Jourdan Thomas had a pair of interceptions and six tackles, while Marcus Dees had eight tackles, including three for loss.

Catholic (8-0) wrapped up the region championship with the victory and has only a region game at home remaining against Headland in two weeks after traveling to Brewton to play T.R. Miller next week. The region title is the second in three years for the Knights and only their third since winning in 1989.

B.T. Washington (0-7) dropped to 0-4 in region play.

Northside Methodist 20, Success Unlimited 14

DOTHAN – Success Unlimited scored a late touchdown to pull within six points with 32 seconds remaining but couldn’t recover the onside kick, allowing Northside Methodist to escape with a 20-14 victory over the Mustangs.

Desmond Adam scored on a 4-yard run and ran in the two-point conversion for the Mustangs’ first points and threw 41 yards to Isaiah Jackson for the game’s final touchdown.

Success (1-6) dropped its fifth straight game and plays host to Macon East next Friday at True Divine Baptist Church. Northside Methodist (4-4) travels to Fort Dale next week.

Autauga Academy 60, Lakeside School 20

EUFAULA – Four of the five completions by Tyreshon Freeman went for touchdowns as Autauga Academy bounced back from last week’s loss to Pensacola Catholic with a region romp to assure the Generals of home-field advantage in the first round of the state playoffs.

Autauga (4-2) improved to 2-0 in AA Region 1 with a road trip to Edgewood on Oct. 24 to settle the region championship. Lakeside (1-5) dropped to 0-1 in region play and will host Edgewood next week before traveling to Springwood on Oct. 25.

Freeman completed 5 of 6 passes for 235 yards and four touchdowns, connecting with Raymond Cutler on three touchdown passes that covered 176 yards and another to Teddy Harris for 25 yards.

Freeman also rushed six times for 50 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Tre Cutler scored on his only carry of the night, going 44 yards to the end zone.

Defensively, Ahmad Lee had five tackles and a fumble recovery, Tre Cutler had six tackles, including three for loss, and Kyrin Long had four solo tackles and four assists along with an interception. Jakarian Willis added a 34-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown.

Autauga plays host to North Florida Christian next week.

Billingsley 31, Autaugaville 14

AUTAUGAVILLE – Brisen Tatum, filling in as the starting quarterback for the second consecutive week, rushed for 132 yards and three touchdowns on 17 carries as the Bears wrapped up a playoff berth with a 1A Region 4 win at Autaugaville on Friday night.

Taylor Arington rushed for 101 yards and a touchdown on just seven carries as Billingsley (5-2) improved to 4-0 in region play and returns home with a crucial region game next week against Notasulga that will determine home-field advantage in the first round of the playoffs.

Kylan Thomas led the Bears defensively with nine tackles. Eli Coburn had six tackles and an interception.

Autaugaville (2-5) dropped to 1-4 in region play and was eliminated from playoff competition. The Eagles travel to Wadley next week.

Tallassee 21, Rehobeth 6

TALLASSEE – Tavarious Griffin scored all three of the Tigers’ touchdowns, two on runs and one on a reception, to lead Tallassee to a crucial 5A Region 2 victory over Rehobeth for homecoming at J.E. “Hot” O’Brien Stadium on Friday.

The Tigers (3-3) improved to 2-2 in region play and kept alive their playoff hopes with the upset of Rehobeth (5-2, 3-2). The Tigers face another crucial region test next week at Charles Henderson before returning home to face Beauregard.

Griffin rushed for 136 yards on 13 carries, scoring the game’s first touchdown in the first quarter, then making it 14-0 with a 12-yard reception from Tyler Ellis with 8:42 left in the first half.

Christopher Hovey, who rushed for 78 yards on 21 carries, brought the Rebels back into the contest with a touchdown run in the fourth quarter, but Griffin put the game out of reach with a 31-yard touchdown run with two minutes left.

Clay Johnson added his third extra point to close out the scoring.

Escambia Academy 35, Hooper Academy 14

CANOE – Escambia Academy remained unbeaten in region play with a 35-14 win over the Colts on Friday.

Hooper got on the scoreboard with a 30-yard touchdown pass from Porter Henry to Holden Hollingshead and added another score on a 58-yard touchdown run by Paul Menefee.

Defensively, Grant Tyson led Hooper with eight tackles.

Hooper (2-5) returns home for a pair of crucial region games, starting next Friday with Patrician. Escambia (4-3) travels to South Choctaw Academy for a region game next week.

Tuscaloosa Academy 24, Lee-Scott Academy 0

AUBURN – Tuscaloosa Academy shut out Lee-Scott in an AAA Region 1 game as former TA coach Robert Johnson, now at Lee-Scott, and his former coordinator John Copeland, now the head coach at TA, faced each other for the first time.

For the Warriors, senior fullback Thomas Whatley rushed for 75 yards and had three receptions for 25 yards, while senior running back Mailon Reese added 55 yards.

Lee-Scott (4-3) dropped to 1-1 in region play and will close out the regular season with region rivals Bessemer on the road next week, followed by a home game with Glenwood.

Tuscaloosa (5-3) improved to 3-0 in region play and clinched a playoff berth in the process. The Knights return home to close out the regular season against region rivals Glenwood and Morgan in the next two weeks.

Monroe Academy 35, Macon East Academy 28

CECIL – Monroe Academy rallied from a 21-point deficit with the help of a controversial fumble recovery and a strong second-half rushing performance to edge Macon East 35-28 on Thursday night in a battle for first place in AAA Region 2.

Bradley Ward’s fumble on a kickoff return to the Monroe 15 turned into a 85-yard touchdown pass from Carter Ledkins to Bryce Black on the next play and Macon was never the same, rallying to tie the game late at 28-28 before Ledkins accounted for his fifth touchdown of the night.

The Knights had scored on a 44-yard run by Coleby Jordan and a pair of Cephus Cleveland runs of 13 and 1 yards to pile up 155 yards and 21 points in 11 plays that took less than nine minutes.

Ledkins rushed for 77 yards and two touchdowns on 13 carries while completing 10 of 16 passes for 252 yards and three touchdowns. He scored on a 5-yard keeper and threw touchdown passes of 85 and 22 yards to Black to tie the game at 21-21 at the half. After a scoreless third quarter, he threw 55 yards to Corey Barnes and scored on a quarterback sneak to break a 28-28 tie midway through the fourth quarter.

Monroe (6-2) improved to 3-0 in region play with games remaining against Pike Liberal and Fort Dale. Macon (4-2) drops to 2-1 in region play with road games remaining against Success Unlimited and Northside Methodist.

Prattville 44, Jeff Davis 7

Kendrick Rogers had 140 yards in receptions and scored three times to lead Prattville to an easy region victory over Jeff Davis on Thursday at Cramton Bowl.

Rogers caught key passes on three scoring drives in the first half including catches for 4 and 40 yards for scores. Quarterback Kyle Kramer threw for 181 yards on the night and the Prattville defense held Volunteers to 27 yards in the first half to build a 34-0 lead.

Keondre Powell and Jaden Kidd had scoring runs for the Lions while Derryl Holmes scored on a touchdown pass from backup quarterback EJ Ousley for 4 yards.

Prattville (6-1) returns home to play Auburn in an region matchup next week at Stanley-Jensen Stadium. Jeff Davis (2-5) dropped to 1-3 in region play, virtually eliminating the Volunteers from playoff consideration.

Wetumpka 33, Benjamin Russell 20

ALEXANDER CITY - The Wetumpka Indians jumped out to a quick 14-0 lead and never looked back in a crucial 6A Region 3 victory over the Wildcats at Martin-Savarese Field on Thursday.

Tyquan Rawls passed for two touchdowns, ran for one and caught a pass for a score in the win. He also recorded an interception.

Jaleel Johnson and Malik Davis each had receptions for scores to help the Indians secure a playoff berth with the win. Wetumpka (4-4) will play Selma at Hohenberg Stadium next Friday to determine third place in Region 3.

Benjamin Russell (3-5) dropped to 0-4 with the loss and was eliminated from playoff consideration.