James Clemens 28, Sparkman 13: Jets secure first playoff berth
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MADISON, Alabama -- James Clemens locked up its first playoff berth in its brief 3-year history by outlasting Sparkman 28-13. The Jets can finish no worse than fourth Class 7A, Region 4.
James Clemens got off to a slow start because of numerous penalties and some untimely turnovers.
The Jets scored first after Justin Jamar intercepted a Sparkman pass and returned it 23 yards down to the Senators' 5-yard line. Devon Atkinson plowed in from there to give the Jets a 7-0 lead. Sparkman battled back cutting the lead to 7-3 on Miller Matzek’s 42-yard field goal.
James Clemens increased the lead to 14-3 in the second quarter on Anthony Bolden’s 14-yard sprint to the end. The Senators cut the lead to 14-10 when John Bryson intercepted Jets quarterback Heath Burchfield at the 5 and strolled into the end zone with only 59 seconds left in the half.
In the second half, Sparkman battled hard cutting its deficit 14-13 when Matzek kicked a 21-yard field goal. The Jets defense held tough, holding the Senators out of the end zone on three plays inside the 5 to force the field goal.
In the fourth quarter,l the Jets scored two touchdowns on a 6-yard run by Atkinson and an 11-yard pass from Burchfield to Joshua Garth.
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Blake Coward threw touchdown passes of 55, 49 and 63 yards as Class 3A No. 1 Madison Academy topped Clements 59-13 in a Region 8 win.
Coward hit Kerryon Johnson for 55 yards and Emerson Brooks for 49 yards in the first quarter to start the Mustangs on their way, then connected with KiKi Matthews for 63 yards in the second quarter.
Malik Miller had rushing touchdowns of 14 and 10 yards for Madison Academy (7-1). Johnson, Blake Wimberly and Matthews also ran for scores.
Coward completed 3 of 4 passes for 167 yards and three touchdowns. Wimberly led the Mustangs with 56 yards and a touchdown rushing, while Miller had 53 yards and two scores on the ground.
Wimberly had nine tackles and Baylor Cohu had eight for the Mustangs, while Noah Harrison and DeDe Matthews both had six.
Ontario Patrick hit Hunter Bivens for a 23-yard touchdown for Clements (1-7) and Bivens also ran for a score.
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Bob Jones 42, Huntsville 21: No. 8 Patriots pass for five touchdowns in 7A, Region 4 victory
HUNTSVILLE, Alabama – Sophomore Brady Polson passed for 218 yards and five touchdowns as Class 7A No. 8 Bob Jones knocked off Huntsville in a rare Thursday afternoon game at Milton Frank Stadium.
Polson, making just his third career start, completed 17 of 20 passes with touchdowns of 17, 9, 46, 22 and 14 yards. The Patriots improved to 6-2, 5-1 in Region 4, and can clinch the second seed and a first-round home playoff game if No. 5 Gadsden City wins Friday.
Deondre Douglas caught two touchdown passes and also had a 54-yard completion to Jonathan Moss to set up the Patriots’ third score. Bob Jones finished with 272 yards through the air.
Huntsville (3-5, 2-4) trailed 35-0 with 6:53 remaining in the second quarter. But the Crimson Panthers got a second-quarter scoring run from Kent Cobb and drew to within 35-21 early in the fourth on Matthew Nowlin’s scrambling 45-yard touchdown pass to Cobb.
Bob Jones answered with a time-consuming 11-play, 64-yard march that was capped off by Polson’s 14-yard pass to Jonathan Rice, his second TD reception. Polson was 5-of-5 for 37 yards on the drive that gave the Patriots a 42-21 lead with 3:50 remaining.
Next week: Bob Jones hosts Hazel Green at Madison City Schools Stadium on Oct. 24. Huntsville is home against James Clemens for a matchup with possible playoff ramifications
Arab 34, Lee-Huntsville 27: Arab takes come-from-behind win
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HUNTSVILLE, Alabama -- After leading 19-0 at the end of the first half, Arab resorted to big plays down the stretch to reclaim the lead and hold on to beat Lee-Huntsville, 34-27.
The Knights' defense scored first when Michael Farber recovered a Lee fumble in the Generals end zone with 8:35 remaining in the first quarter. Knights’ quarterback Daulton Hyatt connected with Ridge Watson on a 40-yard touchdown pass just before the first quarter ended. With 3:30 left in the first half, Hyatt found Watson again on a 13-yard touchdown pass to build the halftime margin.
The Generals scored touchdowns on their first three possessions of the third quarter to rack up 20 unanswered points. Cameron Thomas and Deonte Caudle both ran for scores, then Josh Baker had a 69-yard touchdown run to put Lee (2-7, 0-5) ahead briefly in the third quarter.
On the ensuing possession, Hyatt answered with a 39-yard scoring pass to Noah Carter, then Hyatt sealed it with a 79-yard touchdown run of his own with 2:13 remaining in the game.