The high school football season heated up this week with the start of the regional game. We take a look at some of this week’s highlights.
* This football is a fun game. Austin entered Friday’s first Class 7A Region 4 match with Sparkman without a win. Sparkman, on the other hand, came in after averaging 57 points in the first two games. However, Austin got off to a strong start in regional play with a 24-21 win in overtime.
Rubén Guevara added the winning points with a 34-yard field goal in overtime. The Senators missed a potential game-winning 37-yard drive in the closing seconds of regulation.
*Careful, I’m getting ready to throw out a cliché. Hewitt-Trussville quarterback Peyton Floyd did everything but cook the popcorn Friday night for the Huskies in a 48-14 Class 7A Region 3 win over a good team from Oak Mountain.
The truth is, I’m not sure if Floyd actually cooked the popcorn or not. I wasn’t in Hewitt-Trussville for the game. What I do know is that Floyd did it all for the Hewitt-Trussville offense. He was 21-of-27 for 256 yards with touchdown throws of 19 and 71 yards. He rushed the ball 15 times for 107 yards with touchdown runs of 38, 12, 3 and 52 yards.
Hewitt-Trussville lost their first game to Phenix City Central. They responded by beating the next two opponents, 112-31.
*Pike Road and Wetumpka combined for over 700 yards of offense and 68 points. Was anyone surprised that the final points came in such a big play?
Pike Road sophomore Anthony Rogers turned a short pass into a 72-yard catch-and-run to provide the final points with 58 seconds remaining in the 35-33 Class 6A Region 2 victory.
Wetumpka, who is coached by former Troy and Canadian Football League linebacker Bear Woods, was managed by quarterback Nathan Rogers. Rogers had 14 carries for 240 yards with three touchdowns.
* Not a fan of explosions? Then go to a Fairhope game. The Pirates improved to 3-0 on Friday night. All three wins have been by a score, including the season-opening win over Spanish Fort in a pick-6 final play. The combined margin of the three is 17 points. The last win to go was a 43-39 victory over Choctawhatchee (Fla.).
Quarterback Caden Creel threw for 324 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 114 yards and a touchdown.
Fairhope, by the way, made five straight playoff appearances, but hasn’t won a postseason game since 2014.
*Harselle is good at football this year. The Tigers beat Cullman, 34-3, in the 101st renewal of the rivalry. To show just how close the rivalry has been, the 31-point difference appears to be the largest margin of victory between the two teams since Hartselle beat Cullman, 33-0, on Nov. 16, 1945.
The Tigers beat their first three opponents by a combined 118-26. Next up for Hartselle is Columbia, which extended its losing streak to 63 games with a 68-0 loss to Muscle Shoals.
*Briarwood Christian has won twice in three games this season. Both wins came down to the closing seconds. The final snap of the game came Friday night when Clemson’s committed quarterback Christopher Vizzina led his team on a 68-yard drive that began after previously undefeated Chilton County took a 1-2 lead. one point with 1:21 remaining. Vizzina scored on a 1-yard run with eight seconds remaining to give Briarwood Christian the 36-29 Class 6A Region 3 victory.
*We will close with a Mary G. Montgomery team that could very well have the worst luck of any team in the state. The Vikings might also be the best 0-3 team in the state. Two of the losses have been by one point in overtime. The other was a four-point setback. The latest was Friday night’s 43-42 overtime loss to Foley in a Class 7A Region 1 game.
Foley used a late touchdown to send the game into overtime and Harrison Knight caught a two-point conversion pass from Reece Tynes in overtime to win the game.
@ReeceTynesconnects with _manlike3_ for conversion from 2 pt to give@FoleyLionsFBa 43-42 W in extra time!@BenThomasPreps @SoBaldwinLawyer @AlaHSsports @calabounty @hsstodayradio @AL7AFoccer @WHEPRadio pic.twitter.com/fXnNarBTqk
— South Baldwin Sports (@SoBaldwinSports) September 3, 2022
Mary G. Montgomery went 0-10 last season and 2-8 in 2020 with one of those wins coming via forfeit. The last time the Vikings won a game on the field was a 14-13 win over Baldwin County in the 2020 season opener. The Vikings are poised to break through soon, but they will face Class 7A No. 3 ranked Fairhope next week.
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