E.A. Sports Today

Friday night roundup

Roundup includes Alexandria, Weaver, Piedmont, Anniston, Oxford, Wellborn, White Plains, Glencoe, Cherokee County

Alexandria's Jacob Heathcock prepares to get some serious TV time after making several big plays in the Valley Cubs' win at Mortimer Jordan Friday night. (Photo courtesy of David Shaw)

Alexandria’s Jacob Heathcock prepares to get some serious TV time after making several big plays in the Valley Cubs’ win at Mortimer Jordan Friday night. (Photo courtesy of David Shaw)

By East Alabama Sports Today

KIMBERLY – Just because a team doesn’t throw it a lot doesn’t mean it can’t be effective when it does.

Alexandria hasn’t thrown it very often this season, but coach Frank Tucker says his team definitely has that capability.

The Valley Cubs turned to it in a crucial situation in the fourth quarter Friday night and it turned out to be the biggest play of the game.

Keenan Woodruff went 21 yards with a screen pass from Luke Tucker with 2:46 left in the fourth quarter and it provided the margin No. 10 Alexandria needed to take down fourth-ranked Mortimer Jordan 39-28 and grab the lead in 5A Region 6.

For the Cubs (5-0, 4-0), who found themselves in an in-season poll for the first time since 2007 this week, it was their first win over a ranked opponent since beating No. 8 Oneonta in Week 2 of the 2011 season.

Tucker was 3-of-3 for 39 yards passing in the game, completing throws to three different receivers.

His scoring screen to Woodruff on fourth-and-1 put the Cubs ahead 39-28. Alexandria led 26-14 at the half after a 20-point second quarter with three long touchdown runs, but trailed 28-26 entering the fourth quarter. Jacob Heathcock put them ahead for good with a 49-yard touchdown run up the middle on fourth-and-1 with 11:51 to play.

The Blue Devils (5-1, 3-1) made it 39-36 with 1:37 to play. They attempted an onside kick, but Heathcock was there to recover. The Cubs had to give the ball back for one last second, but the Blue Devils’ desperation pass to the end zone was knocked down by Cole Nail and Jamal Tucker.

The Valley Cubs, 5-0 for the first time since 2006, rushed for 415 yards in the game as a team. Heathcock had 165 yards and two touchdowns on 11 carries. Jamal Tucker had 150 yards and two scores on 10 carries. Woodruff ran for 92 yards and a score on 13 carries.


Alexandria 6 20 0 13 — 39
Mortimer Jordan 7 7 14 8 — 36

A – Jacob Heathcock 12 run (PAT failed), 7:50 1Q
MJ – William Hodges 1 run (Joshua Evans kick), 3:14 1Q
A – Jamal Tucker 77 run (PAT failed), 9:18 2Q
MJ – Spencer Brown 10 run (Evans kick), 6:07 2Q
A – Keenan Woodruff 67 run (Woodruff run), 5:48 2Q
A – J. Tucker 50 run (PAT failed), 1:36 2Q
MJ – Hodges 1 run (Evans kick), 5:52 3Q
MJ – Jacob McCleney 44 pass from Hodges (Evans kick), 2:30 3Q
A – Heathcock 49 run (PAT failed), 11:51 4Q
A – Woodruff 21 pass from Luke Tucker (Noah Primm kick), 2:46 4Q
MJ – Hodges 1 run (Brown run), 1:37 4Q

Weaver 21, Ohatchee 7

OHATCHEE – Paul Hubbard threw two touchdown passes and the defense turned back Ohatchee three times in the red zone as Weaver climbed back into the mix in 3A Region 6.

Hubbard was 5 of 6 for 60 yards as three Bearcat passers combined to hit 11 of 13 for 103 yards in the game. He threw a 12-yard touchdown pass to Tyrik Hall and a 9-yarder to Dalton Hamby.

The win elevated the Bearcats (3-3, 3-1) into a three-way tie for second in the region with Glencoe and Wellborn. They lost to Wellborn two weeks ago and play Glencoe and region-leading Piedmont in back-to-back weeks later this month.

For Ohatchee it was a case of missed opportunities. The Indians (2-4, 1-3) outgained their visitors and ran a dozen more plays, but they were hurt by getting in the red zone four times and only scoring once. They also had two special teams errors that cost them field position.

“We’re getting to the point now where we’ve had significant plays where you can win or lose games,” Ohatchee coach Scott Martin said. “There are about five or six every game. When you get beat 40-0 those plays don’t matter, but now we’re down to the point … they really are huge plays in the game. They’re making a difference.”

Austin Tucker gained 82 yards rushing for the Ohatchee, giving him 1,029 for the season. Taylor Eubanks ran for another 69 yards.


Weaver 0 7 7 7 — 21
Ohatchee 0 0 0 7 — 7

W – Tyrik Hall 12 pass from Paul Hubbard (Riley Benavides kick), 4:00 2Q
W – Giovanni Mosley 12 run (Benavides kick), 3:08 3Q
O – Micah Lee 14 pass from Taylor Eubanks (Dakota Wise kick) 8:54 4Q
W – Dalton Hamby 9 pass from Hubbard (Riley Benavides kick), 2:52 4Q

Team stats O W
First down 17 13
Rushing 43-164 29-97
C-A-I 3-11-2 11-13-0
Passing yds 65 103
Fumbles-lost 0-0 0-0
Punts-avg 3-18.0 4-32.0
Penalties-yds 4-34 3-35

Piedmont 49, Pleasant Valley 0

JACKSONVILLE – Taylor Hayes threw four touchdown passes and accounted for 292 yards of offense as fifth-ranked Piedmont rolled to a 49-0 victory over Pleasant Valley Friday night.

Hayes completed 8 of 14 passes for 200 yards and rushed for 92 yards. He threw two touchdown passes to Bayley Blanchard and one to Austin Brazier and Neonta Alexander. Brazier also rushed for the game’s first touchdown.

Cardavion Myers scored Piedmont’s other two touchdowns on two explosive plays — a 63-yard run and a 60-yard punt return.

The Bulldogs (5-1, 4-0) amassed 465 yards of total offense, while holding Pleasant Valley (0-6, 0-4) to 94 yards net. It was their first shutout of the season.


Piedmont 14 14 14 7 — 49
Pleasant Valley 0 0 0 0 — 0

P – Austin Brazier 24 run (Easton Kirk kick), 8:37 1Q
P – Bayley Blanchard 69 pass from Taylor Hayes (Kirk kick), 1:29 1Q
P – Neonta Alexander 9 pass from Hayes (Kirk kick), 4:05 2Q
P – Blanchard 40 pass from Hayes (Kirk kick), 0:53 2Q
P – Brazier 13 pass from Hayes (Kirk kick), 8:39 3Q
P – Cardavion Myers 63 run (Kirk kick), 2:12 3Q
P – Myers 60 punt return (Kirk kick), 7:40 4Q

Team stats Pied PV
First downs 15 7
Rushing yds 265 37
Passing yds 200 57
C-A-I 8-14-0 3-8-1
Fumbles lost 0 2
Penalties-yds 8-65 3-20
Punts-avg 2-37.5 NA

Anniston 22, Springville 3

SPRINGVILLE — L.J. Heard rushed for 104 yards and the Bulldogs used two game-breaking returns in the fourth quarter to pull away from a close game and insert themselves firmly in the chase for a playoff spot.

The Bulldogs (2-3) took a 6-0 lead into the fourth quarter thanks to Edward Montgomery’s 4-yard touchdown run in the second quarter.

They broke the game open on Tae Miller’s 55-yard punt return for a touchdown and Brashaud Harris’ 45-yard interception return for a score. Jamaree West and Montgomery scored the conversions after the touchdowns.

Montgomery also was a big factor on defense. He had nine tackles and two sacks. Elijah Jackson was the Bulldogs’ leading tackler with 12, including two for loss.

The win, their second in a row, elevated the Bulldogs into a four-way tie for third place in 5A Region 6 with Hayden, Moody and St. Clair County. They play Moody next week.

Benjamin Russell 27, Oxford 7

OXFORD – Tyre Gray scored two touchdowns and Sean Rape kicked two field goals as the sixth-ranked Wildcats handed Oxford its third straight loss.

Gray, who rushed for 243 yards, scored on runs of 11 and 80 yards. Rape kicked field goals of 18 and 27 yards. The Wildcats’ other score came from Chase Burton’s 3-yard run and produced a 27-0 lead.

The Yellow Jackets, 2-5 overall and 1-3 in 6A Region 3, got on the board with 1:34 left in the third quarter. Brody Syer hooked up with Hareem Averitte on an 82-yard touchdown pass and Keaton Borelli kicked the extra point.

Syer completed 12 of 29 passes in the game for 179 yards.

Wellborn 20, Westbrook Christian 7

D.J. Rhoden did all he could to keep the Panthers in the 3A Region 6 race.

He rushed for 101 yards and one touchdown and led an opportunistic Wellborn defense that intercepted five passes with an interception return for another score and had a sack among his five tackles.

Jordan Montgomery played a big role as well. He ran for 61 yards, caught a touchdown pass from Austin McQueen, kicked two extra points and had two interceptions.

Jake Thrasher had 10 tackles, while Ked Harris and Jaylon Booker had the Panthers’ other interceptions.

“It was homecoming week and Westbrook has a really good football team,” Wellborn coach Jeff Smith said. “We were just happy to get out of here with a win over those guys.”

The Panthers (4-2) can really shake up the region race if they can win Friday at Piedmont. They are currently tied with Glencoe and Weaver for second place, a game behind the Bulldogs. They have beaten Weaver, but lost to Glencoe.


Westbrook 0 0 0 7 — 7
Wellborn 0 14 0 6 — 20

WL – D.J. Rhoden 20 run (Jordan Montgomery kick), 9:44 2Q
WL – Montgomery 38 pass from Austin McQueen (Montgomery kick), 1:11 2Q
WL – Rhoden 23 interception return (PAT failed), 4:36 4Q
WC – Chandler Richards 6 pass from Joe Schauer (Carson Dickson kick), 2:46 4Q

Team stats WC Wel
First downs 10 20
Rushes-yds 28-95 49-287
C-A-I 7-27-5 1-2-0
Passing yds 88 38
Fumbles-lost 0-0 3-3
Penalties-yds 7-50 3-20

White Plains' Kevin Carr (2) bursts through a big hole against Sardis. (Photo by PrimeTimePrepz/www.primetimeprepz.com)

White Plains’ Kevin Carr (2) bursts through a big hole against Sardis. (Photo by PrimeTimePrepz/www.primetimeprepz.com)

Sardis 21, White Plains 19

After posting 19 points in the first half and taking the lead at halftime, White Plains failed to score in the second half and lost a close 4A Region 6 game.

Keenen Lewis’ 19-yard run with 6:12 left in the third quarter was the only score of the second half and proved to be the difference.

Jamond Jackson led the Wildcats (1-5, 0-4) with 120 yards rushing. Kevin Carr rushed for 88 yards and threw a 57-yard touchdown pass to Macy Carr that put White Plains ahead 19-14 with more than seven minutes left in the second quarter.

The Wildcats rushed for 216 yards as a team, while the Lions (3-3, 2-2) passed for 251 yards.


Sardis 7 7 7 0 — 21
White Plains 7 12 0 0 — 19

W – Gage Whiteside 45 punt return (Charlie Huey kick), 4:23 1Q
S – Austin Hallmark 65 pass from Logan Gaskin (Javen Smith kick), 4:10 1Q
W – Jamond Jackson 9 run (kick failed), 11:26 2Q
S – Tristan Scroggins 27 pass from Gaskin (Smith kick), 8:55 2Q
W – Macy Carr 57 pass from Kevin Carr (run failed), 7:08 2Q
S – Keenen Lewis 19 run (14 kick), 6:12 3Q

Team stats S WP
First downs 13 19
Rushes-yds 27-117 53-216
C-A-I 9-18-0 9-17-0
Passing yds 251 109
Fumbles-lost 1-1 0-0
Punts-avg 5-30.0 4-30.8
Penalties-yds 7-55 7-60

Glencoe 42, Ashville 8

GLENCOE – Chase Wilson ran for two touchdowns and threw for another and Taylor Daugherty rushed for three scores

Wilson rushed for 92 yards on 12 carries and scored on runs of 7 and 1 yards. He also threw an 18-yard touchdown pass to Pace Ozmint.

Daugherty rushed for 56 yards on 13 carries. He scored on runs of 4, 3 and 4 yards.

The Yellow Jackets’ defense held Ashville to 28 yards rushing and 139 yards total. It recorded seven sacks. Zack Cowley was their leading tackler with seven, while Austin Bush had three of the sacks.


Ashville 0 0 0 8 — 8
Glencoe 7 21 7 7 — 42

G – Chase Wilson 7 run (Andrew Lang kick), 5:49 1Q
G – Taylor Daugherty 4 run (Lang kick), 9:41 2Q
G – Daugherty 3 run (Kaitlyn Smith kick), 6:28 2Q
G – Pace Ozmint 18 pass from Wilson (Lang kick), 1:31 2Q
G – Wilson 1 run (Lang kick), 7:30 3Q
G – Daugherty 4 run (Smith kick), 11:55 4Q
A – Andy Morgan 22 pass from Judd Mundy (Mundy run), 2:05 4Q

Team stats A G
First downs 9 20
Rushes-yds 31-28 43-282
C-A-I 8-17-0 3-5-0
Passing yds 111 67
Fumbles-lost 1-0 0-0
Punts-avg 6-23.8 2-35.0
Penalties-yds 8-75 7-60

Cherokee County 48, Hokes Bluff 17

HOKES BLUFF – Sophomore quarterback Tyren Dupree completed 8 of 11 passes for 200 yards and three touchdowns as the Warriors evened their record to 3-3 with its third straight victory..

Dupree threw his first touchdown pass to Brendan Bray in the second quarter. He later found Justin McKnight and Quartez Henderson. McKnight caught three passes in the game for 57 yards, while Henderson caught four for 140.

Hokes Bluff quarterback Landon Johnson completed 10 of 20 passes for 124 yards and a touchdown.


Cherokee Co. 6 15 21 6 — 48
Hokes Bluff 7 3 0 7 — 17

H – Fisher Simmons 3 run (Bradley Pruett kick)
C – Jacob Graves 3 run (kick failed)
C – Brendan Bray 3 pass from Tyren Dupree (Graves pass from Dupree)
C – Justin McKnight 33 pass from Tyren Dupree (Sewell kick)
H – Pruett 25 FG
C – Quartez Henderson 55 pass from Tyren Dupree (Sewell kick)
C – Bray 70 run (Sewell kick)
C – Drew Vance 50 fumble return (Sewell kick)
C – Jawaun Hood 34 run (kick failed)
H – Ricky Akridge 45 pass from Landon Johnson (Pruett kick)

Team stats CC HB
First downs 17 15
Rushes-yds 26-237 34-112
C-A-I 11-15-3 10-20-1
Passing yds 234 124
Fumbles-lost 0-0 1-1
Punts-avg 1-14.0 4-29-3
Penalties-yds 8-70 0-0

Donoho's Mitchell Baker breaks away from a Victory Christian defender Friday night. The Falcons fell 21-13 as Victory remained undefeated. (Photo by PrimeTimePrepz/www.primetimeprepz.com)

Donoho’s Mitchell Baker breaks away from a Victory Christian defender Friday night. The Falcons fell 21-13 as Victory remained undefeated. (Photo by PrimeTimePrepz/www.primetimeprepz.com)

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