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Roundup: Donoho last defense standing

Friday’s Calhoun County scores

Donoho 42, Fayetteville 0
Jacksonville Christian 56, ASD 16
Cherokee County 34, Ohatchee 21
Jacksonville 50, Butler 16
Saks 52, Weaver 20
Wellborn 48, Moody 21
White Plains 49, Pleasant Valley 28
Oxford 35, Vestavia Hills 14

Games of Oct. 3

Springville at Anniston
Mortimer Jordan at Alexandria
Donoho at Victory Christian
Cleburne County at Jacksonville
JCA at Gaylesville
Ohatchee at Weaver
Oxford at Benjamin Russell
Pleasant Valley at Piedmont
Crossville at Saks
Wellborn at Westbrook Christian
White Plains at Sardis

By East Alabama Sports Today

Donoho now has a singular distinction in this year’s ranks of AHSAA football. The Falcons are the only team in the state yet to give up a point.

The Falcons, ranked fifth in Class 1A, tying their best-ever position in the polls, scored their fifth straight shutout Friday with a 42-0 rout of Fayetteville. They are now the only team in the state with a ‘0’ in the points allowed category after Maplesville gave up 21 to Tanner.

“The shutouts and ranking, I think it’s certainly good for team morale,” Donoho coach Shannon Felder told East Alabama Sports Today earlier this week. “I think the guys enjoy it and love trying to get a shutout and the challenge to come up with a plan.”

Don’t just take his word for it.

“Got another shutout with my boys tonight,” senior Justin Foster wrote on his Twitter page.

The Wolves (2-3) had scored 95 points entering Friday’s game, but the Falcons (5-0) held them to 39 net yards or 1.1 yards per play. Foster led the defense with nine tackles, while Sam Garner had eight and Axis Heathcock had eight and an interception.

The Falcons scored all their points in the first half and broke open a close game with 35 second-quarter points. Chandler Collins rushed for 200 yards and three touchdowns on 34 carries, Foster scored two touchdowns and Trey Brown threw for two within his 3-for-3 passing. Dalten Martin scored their other touchdown.

Fayetteville (2-3) 0 0 0 0 — 0
Donoho (5-0) 7 35 0 0 — 42

D – Chandler Collins 24 run (Mitchell Baker kick)
D – Justin Foster 5 run (Baker kick)
D – Foster 18 pass from Trey Brown (Baker kick)
D – Collins 25 run (Baker kick)
D – Collins 32 run (Baker kick)
D – Dalten Martin 17 pass from Brown (Baker kick)

Category Fay Don
First downs 4 17
Rushes-yds 29-25 44-252
C-A-I 2-8-1 4-4-0
Passing yds 14 68
Fumbles-lost 1-0 1-0
Punts-avg 6-31.0 3-30.0
Penalties-yds 3-25 4-45

Saks 52, Weaver 20

WEAVER – It was Demetrius Powell’s time to shine in Saks’ three-headed monster of an offense.

Powell scored three touchdowns and three two-point conversions as the Wildcats (5-0), ranked third in Class 4A, ran their regular-season winning streak to 17 games.

Powell, who scored four touchdowns in the season opener, ran for two scores and brought one of Saks’ five interceptions back 43 yards for another. He had 79 yards rushing on four carries.

“I thought Demetrius ran it well tonight,” Saks coach Jonathan Miller said. “He had some nice runs.”

Quarterback Devin Harris, who accounted for five touchdowns in each of the previous two games, had a rushing and passing touchdown in the game. He rushed for 111 yards and had 179 yards of total offense.

Calvin Figueroa and Darion Coleman had Saks’ other touchdowns.

“I think we played a little better (this week),” Miller said. “We challenged our offensive line just to give us a little bit more and I thought they played better.”

Jacksonville 50, Butler 16

JACKSONVILLE – The Golden Eagles tuned up for their region showdown with Cleburne County next week with a game that gave them a chance to get everyone in the game.

The Golden Eagles (6-0), ranked fifth in Class 4A, used nine ball carriers to rush for 192 yards. Niko Richmond led the attack with 77 yards and two seven-yard touchdown runs, while Jacquez Maynor (72 yards), Tae Ackles and Savon Parker also scored on the ground.

Quarterback Quen Veasley threw a touchdown pass to Evan Shook, Sid Thurmond returned a punt 55 yards for a score and freshman Ben Patterson tackled a ball carrier in the end zone for a safety. Thurmond also had a 46-yard punt return in the game.

The Golden Eagles led 41-0 at halftime, which allowed coach Clint Smith to clear his bench.

“We were able to play a lot of our young kids and get them valuable experience,” he said. “And we got some others out and a chance to get healed up with a huge game coming up with us and Heflin that’s going to go a long way toward putting somebody in the driver’s seat as far as going into the last part of the year.

“There’s still a lot of football to play and a lot of teams we have to play. We’ve had some big games and we’ve had two very intense games with them over the past two years and I expect this one goes right up there with them. It kind of clinches a playoff spot and puts one of us in a real good situation.”

Jacksonville, Cleburne County and Saks are all currently 3-0 in 4A Region 6. They’ll all play amongst themselves over the next four weeks.

Jacksonville Christian 56, ASD 16

TALLADEGA – Reed Murphy rushed for 129 yards and two touchdowns, quarterback Daylon Brackett accounted for four scores and Kris Armprester had two interceptions and returned a kickoff for a score as the Thunder (2-3) won for the second time in three games.

The Silent Warriors (1-3) scored first in the game then the Thunder erupted for 28 straight points on the way to a 36-16 halftime lead.

The first two scoring drives of the run took two plays each. Reed Murphy capped the first with a 40-yard run and Brackett capped the second with a 28-yard touchdown pass to Walker Messer. When ASD broke the run in the final 10 seconds of the first half with a touchdown of its own, Armprester returned the ensuing kickoff 76 yards for a JCA score.

Brackett was 8-of-9 for 90 yards passing also ran for three scores in the game. Messer caught three passes for 45 yards and returned an interception for a touchdown.

JCA (2-3) 20 16 14 6 — 56
ASD (1-3) 8 8 0 0 — 16

A – Eddie Thomas 30 run (Anthony Scott run) — 9 plays with opening drive 705
J – Reed Murphy 40 run (run failed)
J – Walker Messer 28 pass from Daylon Brackett (run failed)
J – Brackett 2 run (Kris Armprester pass from Brackett)
J — Brackett 18 run (Armprester pass from Brackett)
A – Cody Maddox 15 pass from Scott (Scott run)
J – Armprester 76 kickoff return (Messer pass from Brackett)
J – Murphy 3 run (Brackett kick)
J – Brackett 15 run (Brackett kick)
J – Messer 24 interception return (kick failed)

Wellborn 48, Moody 21

Kevin Mixon rushed for 295 yards, had 51 more receiving and scored five touchdowns as the 3A Panthers (3-2) took down their Class 5A visitors. Mixon scored on runs of 33, 11, 11, 5 yards and caught a 28-yard touchdown pass from Landon Machristie.

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