E.A. Sports Today

Area playoff report

Randolph County, Central-Clay County, Wadley, Spring Garden, Cherokee County all advance to the second round

Randolph County's Trent Lane steps into the end zone with one of his two touchdowns Friday night. On the cover, Tre Terrell intercepts a fourth-quarter pass squashes any chances of a J.B. Pennington rally. (Photos Jeremy Wortham/Tiger Den Photography)

Randolph County’s Trent Lane steps into the end zone with one of his two touchdowns Friday night. On the cover, Tre Terrell intercepts a fourth-quarter pass squashes any chances of a J.B. Pennington rally. (Photos Jeremy Wortham/Tiger Den Photography)

By East Alabama Sports Today

BLOUNTSVILLE — Trent Lane scored touchdowns two ways and the Randolph County defense kept J.B. Pennington out of the end zone until the final 2:31 of the game.

The Region 5 Tigers (9-2), who’ve now won eight in a row, host Sylvania (8-3) in the second round of the Class 3A playoffs Friday.

Lane opened the scoring by catching a 7-yard touchdown pass from Andrew Prestridge and later scored on a 19-yard run.

Randolph County’s region had the best winning percentage in the regular-season and that trend seemingly continues into post-season play. Friday’s win completed a Class 3A Region 5 sweep of the opening round as top-ranked Piedmont, region runner-up Ohatchee and Weaver also won convincingly.

“Everybody talk about what a tough region we’re in and some are like ‘Yeah, right,’ but they sort of flexed their muscles tonight,” Ohatchee coach Scott Martin said.

Randolph County 28, J.B. Pennington 6

Randolph Co. 0 6 8 14 — 26
J.B. Pennington 0 0 0 6 — 6

R – Trent Lane 7 pass from Andrew Prestridge (PAT failed)
R – Sam Hannah 4 run (Trent Lane run)
R – Emanuel Clark 4 interception return (PAT kick)
R – Trent Lane 19 run (PAT kick)
J – Cade Timmerman 1 run (PAT failed)


LINEVILLE – Camerun Peoples rushed for 216 yards on 11 carries and had four touchdowns after seven touches as the Volunteers won their first playoff game since the first round of 2014.

They now host No. 8 St. Pauls (8-3) in the second round of the Class 5A South playoffs Friday.

The ninth-ranked Vols (9-2) set school records for points (56) and victory margin (42) in a playoff game. The previous records were 48 and 30 in a first-round win over Jemison in 2012.

Peoples scored on runs of 33 (third carry), 75 (fourth), 7 (sixth) and 37 yards (seventh). After the 37-yard run he carried the ball only four more times. Quinton Knight rushed for 102 yards, including touchdown runs of 26 and 57 yards in the fourth quarter.

Clay County 56, Jemison 14
Jemison 0 7 0 7 — 14
Clay Central 14 21 7 14 — 56

C – Camerun Peoples 33 run (Dawson Harry kick), 7:55 1Q
C – Camerun Peoples 75 run (Dawson Harry kick), 0:29 1Q
C – Camerun Peoples 7 run (Dawson Harry kick), 9:20 2Q
C – Camerun Peoples 37 run (Dawson Harry kick), 6:53 2Q
C – J.J. Jennings 13 run (Dawson Harry kick), 5:42 2Q
J – Robert Evans 2 run (Kevin Comi kick), 0:21 2Q
C – Quan McKinney 31 run (Dawson Harry kick), 6:08 3Q
C – Quinton Knight 26 (Orry Allen kick), 10:27 4Q
C – Quinton Knight 57 run (Orry Allen kick), 4:59 4Q
J – Adrian Jackson 2 run (Kevin Comi kick), 1:14 4Q

Team stats Jem CC
First downs 15 15
Rushes-yds 55-236 27-409
Passes 1-5-2 6-8-0
Passing yds 10 69
Fumbles-Lost 3-2 1-0
Punts 3-34.3 0-0
Penalties-yds 2-20 8-52


SPRING GARDEN — The sixth-ranked Panthers had three 100-yard rushers and Alvin Lambert scored three ways to help them post their 10th win for the first time in school history.

Quentin Downey led all rushers with 133 yards on 19 carries with two scores. Lambert rushed for 120 and Ivey had 117.

Lambert scored a 25-yard pass from Ivey, a 3-yard run and a 60-yard interception return. Downey scored on a pair of 2-yard runs. Quarterback Ben Ivey completed the trio with 117 yards on 13 carries.

The Panthers (10-1) now travel to undefeated third-ranked Addison (11-0) for their second-round game. They have been been past the second round in school history.


WADLEY — Tyrese Sheppard rushed for 148 yards and scored four touchdowns on 11 carries as fifth-ranked Wadley moved to 10-0 for the first time since 2005.

The Bulldogs rushed for 243 yards as a team and compiled 346 yards of total offense.

Connor Fordham (8-of-12) and Coby Nunn combined to complete 10 of 16 passes. Quae Drake caught six of the passes for 78 yards.

It was the fifth time this season the Bulldogs have scored at least 50 points in a game. They have held seven of their opponents to seven points or less.

“This was a good first round playoff win,” Wadley coach Ken Fordham said. “We’re expecting that each week will become more difficult.”

The Bulldogs host No. 7 Sweet Water (8-2) in the Friday’s second round.

Wadley 50, Loachapoka 7
Loachapoka 0 0 7 0 — 7
Wadley 15 7 14 14 — 50

W – Tyrese Sheppard 25 run (Jamichiel Angel conversion)
W – Tyrese Sheppard 12 run (Elijah Beverly kick)
W – Quad Drake 8 pass from Connor Fordham (Elijah Beverly PAT)
W – Tyrese Sheppard 17 run (Elijah Beverly PAT)
L – Devonte Moore 6 run (PAT kick)
W – Tyrese Sheppard 28 run (Elijah Beverly kick)
W – Rakishi Buchanan 19 pass from Coby Nunn (Elijah Beverly kick)
W – Sebastian Owens 3 run (Elijah Beverly kick)


CENTRE – After the Warriors fell behind early, Tyren Dupree and Jacob Graves combined for the next four touchdowns to put their team ahead and then the Warriors held off a furious rally for their first home playoff win since 2009.

Graves had 229 all-purpose yards (117 rushing, 88 receiving, 24 returns). He scored on a long pass from Dupree and ran for two scores. Dupree completed 10 of 15 passes for 166 yards and two touchdowns.

Kemble Spencer was the big producer for Winfield. He rushed for 102 yards and three touchdowns. He scored the first touchdown of the game and the last two in the fourth quarter.

The Warriors (9-2) now host ninth-ranked West Limestone (10-1) in a second-round Class 4A game.

Cherokee County 29, Winfield 22

Winfield 8 0 0 14 — 22
Cherokee Co. 0 15 14 0 — 29

W – Kemble Spencer 1 run (Harrison Stuart pass from Kemble Spencer)
C – Jacob Graves 52 pass from Tyren Dupree (James Sewell kick)
C – Terry Stephens 25 pass from Tyren Dupree (Riley Russell run)
C – Jacob Graves 7 run (James Sewell kick)
C – Jacob Graves 73 run (James Sewell kick)
W – Kemble Spencer 1 run (run failed)
W – Kemble Spencer 2 run (Kemble Spencer run)

Team stats Win Cher
First downs 15 15
Rushes-yds 47-142 32-244
Passes 9-18-0 10-15-0
Passing yds 66 166
Fumbles-lost 2-2 1-1
Punts-avg 3-40.0 4-24.8
Penalties-yds 6-45 12-100

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