St. James 44, Bullock County 21
UNION SPRINGS – St. James raced out to a quick 28-7 lead early in the second quarter and cruised to its 12th consecutive regular-season victory with a rout of Bullock County in the region opener for both teams on Friday night.
The Trojans (3-0) tied the school record set in 1983-84 with its 12th consecutive regular-season victory.
Austin Gavin had 24 carries for 125 yards, including touchdown runs of 24 and 2 yards, while Alex Whisenhunt added 61 yards and a touchdown on six carries, a 13-yard reception and an interception of a deflected Bullock County pass. Brock Woodham had another interception for the Trojans.
Quarterback Drew Fett completed 5 of 9 passes for 105 yards and a pair of touchdowns, throwing 33 yards to Michael Shalayda and 25 yards to Turner Davis.
Dalton Washington recovered a blocked punt in the endzone for another touchdown.
Jan Wachowitz converted 5 of 6 extra-point attempts and kicked a 40-yard field goal.
Bullock County (0-2) got a 6-yard touchdown run from Jaymarkis Foster and a pair of touchdown passes by Dominick Graves, one covering seven yards to Luke Sturdivant and the other coming on a 64-yard catch and run by Je'Derrius Flintroy. Flintroy also ran in a two-point conversion.
The Trojans travel to Montgomery Academy next week while Bullock County travels to Dadeville.
Montgomery Academy 46, Beulah 18
Britton Kohn passed for 158 yards and a touchdown and rushed for 101 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Eagles to an easy win over Beulah in the region opener at McLemore Field.
Kohn completed 11 of 18 passes for 158 yards, including a five-yard touchdown pass to tight end Hilsman James. Kohn also rushed the ball 10 times, scoring on runs of 11, 6 and 5 yards.
Eric Doh added 90 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries in his first game back, while Jamal Cooper had 67 yards on nine carries, including a 20-yard touchdown run.
Cooper also had four receptions for 65 yards. William Robertson led the Eagles in receiving with five catches for 84 yards. Defensively, Robertson added seven tackles and a pair of interceptions.
Jack Anzalone added eight tackles and James totaled seven tackles. Brooks Seale had six tackles and Cam Holmes added four tackles and a sack.
Montgomery Academy (2-1), plays St. James at home next week in a crucial region matchup.
Trinity 24, Alabama Christian Academy 12
John David Bonner completed 6 of 11 passes for 55 yards and a touchdown to lead the Wildcats to a 24-12 win at ACA on Friday.
Tate Holley rushed for 77 yards and a touchdown on 26 carries, while Jake Hufham had six receptions for 54 yards and a touchdown.
Mays McMillan led the Trinity defense with 14 tackles, along with an interception and a pair of sacks. McMillan also returned a fumble 20 yards for a touchdown.
Griffin Sanders added eight tackles, followed by Jim Portis and Watkins Johnston with six tackles each.
Catholic 48, Dale County 0
Darrell Gibson rushed for 129 yards on eight carries, including a touchdown run of 22 yards, to help Catholic to a 42-point halftime lead on the way to a rout of the Warriors in the region opener for both teams on Friday night.
Gibson went over the century mark in the first half, but it was Christian Ivey who finished off the Warriors, throwing 50 yards to DJ Carter for the game’s first points, then adding touchdown runs of 11, 1 and 40 yards for a 28-point lead. Ivey added another 56-yard scoring strike to Myles Butler before Gibson finished off the visitors with his touchdown run for a 42-0 halftime lead.
Ivey rushed for 69 yards on five carries and completed 6 of 7 passes for 120 yards, all in the first half.
Defensively, linebacker TJ Dudley led the way with six tackles, followed by Marcus Dees and Jalen Thomas with five tackles each.
Catholic (3-0) hosts Alabama Christian next week.
Pike Road 48, Prattville Christian 10
Pike Road jumped out to an early lead and cruised to its third consecutive win on Friday night, defeating Prattville Christian Academy in the region opener for both teams at Faulkner University’s John Mark Stallings Field on Friday night.
Baron Brack completed all four pass attempts for 71 yards and a pair of first-half touchdowns, including an 18-yard touchdown reception by Bryce Kelly and another by Harrison Wallace.
Pike Road had 121 yards and three touchdowns on just five first-half carries as the Patriots built a 41-3 halftime lead over the Panthers. Quinshon Judkins had 55 yards and a pair of touchdowns on two carries and CJ Paymon had a 48-yard touchdown run on his only carry in the first half.
Defensively, LJ McCloud and Jackson Harrison each had four tackles and a sack to lead the Patriot defense.
Jake Davis rushed for 63 yards on 16 carries, including a 43-yard run in the second half that set up the Panthers’ lone touchdown, an 8-yard touchdown pass from Davis to Trey Barkley.
Matthew Lisle, who added the extra point, put PCA on the scoreboard in the first half with a 27-yard field goal.
Defensively for the Panthers, Brooks Bius had six tackles, including a sack, Barkley added three tackles, Lisle and Kenny Gunn each had a pair of tackles and Sam Brown had a fumble recovery.
PCA (0-2) returns home to host Beulah in a region game next week, while Pike Road (3-0) travels to Selma to play Southside in a region contest next Friday.
Success Unlimited Academy 6, Pickens Academy 0
CARROLLTON – Zykese Boyd had a 94-yard fumble return for the game’s only touchdown to lead the Mustangs to a 6-0 win over Pickens Academy on Friday night.
Jaden Jones, Demetrius Harper and Mathew Perkins each had a fumble recovery in addition to Boyd and Robert Willis also had an interception for the Mustangs (1-1), who remain on the road at defending AAA state champion Monroe Academy next Thursday.
Clay-Chalkville 19, Park Crossing 14
Park Crossing had the football trailing by five with just under four minutes to play in its game on Friday.
But the Thunderbirds struggled with penalties, committing four in the final minutes to end the chance for the upset, falling 19-14 to Clay-Chalkville at Cramton Bowl.
Cougars quarterback Damione Ward passed for 170 yards and a touchdown and Jaren Van Winkle kicked four field goals in the win.
Trevor Robinson threw a 38-yard touchdown pass to Braxton Tolliver to tie the game at 7-7 in the first period.
The T’Bird defense held Clay-Chalkville out of the end zone for the remainder of the game but Van Winkle converted on field goal tries of 40, 32, 32 and 38 yards to give the Cougars a 19-7 lead.
Javius Langford pulled the T’Birds within five on an 18-yard touchdown pass to Jaylen Carthen with 7:24 remaining in the game.
Park Crossing had one final chance to win the game with a drive starting at its own 26 yard line but the T’Birds suffered with penalties on successive plays to end any chance of a comeback.
Langford finished with 110 yards passing while Toliver had 94 yards on three receptions.
Park Crossing was flagged 16 times for 150 yards in the game.
The Thunderbirds (0-3) enter region play next week at home against Dothan on Thursday.
Billingsley 35, Loachapoka 18
BILLINGSLEY – Levi Arington rushed for 201 yards on 29 carries and completed 9 of 18 passes for 178 yards, accounting for all five touchdowns in the Bears’ 35-18 win over Loachapoka in the region opener for both teams at Mims Field on Friday.
Billingsley (1-2) gave head coach Phillip Coggins his first win as the Bears’ head coach as they head to Coggins’ alma mater, Verbena, for next week’s game.
Wetumpka 35, Calera 7
CALERA – Wetumpka used a fumble return to jump out to an early lead and took a 21-7 halftime lead on the way to a 35-7 victory over Calera in the region opener for both teams.
The Indians (2-1) rebounded from last week’s loss at Dothan heading into next week’s region showdown with Opelika in Bulldog Stadium.
Hooper Academy 17, Sparta Academy 7
EVERGREEN – Grant Tyson rushed for 152 yards on 14 carries and added eight tackles on defense as the Colts won their first game with a 17-7 win at Sparta on Friday.
Quarterback Houston Jacques added 92 rushing yards on 13 carries to help the Hooper attack. Defensively, Paul Menefee had eight tackles to lead the defensive effort, followed by Hayden Maraman with six.
Hooper (1-1) returns home to play South Choctaw in its region opener next week.
Lowndes Academy 31, Springwood School 17
HAYNEVILLE -- Lowndes Academy gave up 17 consecutive points in a wacky first quarter before settling down and disposing of Springwood 31-17 on Friday night.
The Rebels led 13-0, then trailed 17-13 by the end of the first quarter. John Morgan’s 22-yard run, followed by a quarterback sneak by Colby Briggs put the Rebels up 13-0 but Springwood answered with an 18-yard touchdown run by quarterback Jordan Plank, an interception return for a touchdown and a field goal for a 17-13 lead by the end of the quarter.
In the second half, Briggs answered with a 6-yard run to put the Rebels back out front before Trevor Haney gave Lowndes a little breathing room with a 70-yard touchdown run. Briggs put the finishing touches on the rally with a 45-yard pass to Daniel Janes.
Haney finished with 128 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries, with Morgan adding 91 yards and a touchdown on nine carries and Briggs contributing a pair of touchdowns and 73 rushing yards on 17 carries.
Plank led Springwood with 69 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries and completed 4 of 16 passes for 47 more.
Briggs also led the Lowndes defense with six tackles, followed by Haney, Landon Hooper, Morgan and Gus Page, all with five tackles each.
Lowndes (2-0) travels to Patrician Academy for the region opener next week, while Springwood (2-1) travels to Elmore to play Edgewood next week.
Vernon (Fla.) 44, Autauga Academy 42
VERNON, Fla. – Autauga Academy jumped out to a quick first-quarter lead before Vernon rallied to defeat the Generals 44-42 on Friday night.
Vernon turned it on in the second half and forged ahead 44-35 late in the game before the Generals rallied with a touchdown in the final seconds. Autauga recovered the ensuing onside kick but the ball had not traveled the required 10 yards.
Octavious Palmer was 31 of 51 for 397 yards and five touchdowns but also threw two interceptions in the loss. Tre Cutler led the Generals’ rushing attack with 85 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries.
Teddy Harris had 14 receptions for 193 yards and three touchdowns, while Raymond Cutler had eight receptions for 151 yards and a touchdown. Dominique Webster added 42 yards and a touchdown on four receptions.
Defensively, Willie Willis had six tackles, a pass breakup and a forced fumble, while Webster had four tackles, a sack, a tackle for loss and two fumble recoveries. Jakarian Willis also had six tackles and three pass breakups.
Autauga (1-1) is idle next week after the cancellation of Coosa Valley’s season and will return to action on Sept. 20 in Lanett against Springwood School.
Edgewood Academy 41, Lee-Scott Academy 7
ELMORE – Edgewood Academy took an early lead on a pair of Mitchell Boyd touchdown runs, then answered a touchdown from the Warriors with 27 consecutive points to defeat Lee-Scott 41-7 on Friday night.
Boyd, who had 116 yards on 16 carries, scored on runs of 1 and 5 yards to give the Wildcats a 14-0 lead before the Warriors cut the lead in half on a 51-yard run by Mailon Reese.
Reese finished with 115 rushing yards and 30 receiving yards to lead the Warriors.
Kaleb Varner had a 51-yard touchdown reception from Alex Johnson and added a 28-yard scoring run to help the Wildcats extend the lead to 34-7.
Isaac Gordy added a scoring plunge to close out the scoring.
Johnson was 10 of 17 for 142 yards and a touchdown, with Varner catching five of those passes for 97 yards and a touchdown.
Defensively, Blane Guthrie had eight tackles to lead the Wildcats, followed by Gordy with seven and Clay Williams with six.
Edgewood (3-0) opens region play next week at home against Springwood. Lee-Scott (1-2) travels to Selma to play Morgan in a region game next Friday.