NOVEMBER 21, 2014
MADISON COUNTY SETS SIGHTS ON SECOND UPSET
The Class 5A, unranked Tigers went on the road last week and knocked off fifth-ranked Parker 35-28 in overtime. Madison County earned a home game for the quarters, but the competition is stiff. No. 3-ranked East Limestone is unbeaten and the Indians' stingy defense has yet to allow more than 14 points in a game.
MADISON ACADEMY-WALTER WELLBORN / 3 ROUND FOOTBALL PLAYOFF PREVIEW
MUSTANG OFFENSE READY TO RUN AGAIN
Class 3A Madison Academy has averaged 49 points in two playoff victories, and the top-ranked Mustangs are expected put another high point total on the board against Walter Wellborn. The two-time defending state champion Mustangs should see plenty of snaps on offense as Wellborn will likely struggle to move the ball after suspensions decimated the Panthers' backfield.
MADISON ACADEMYS' JOSH LANGFORD STEPS UP BIG IN 80-76 OVERTIME WIN
HUNTSVILLE, Alabama -- Bruce Pearl had to like what he saw from Joshua Langford.
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The first-year Auburn coach wants one of the key pieces of his program's turnaround to be the Madison Academy five-star junior combo guard, who scored eight of his game-high 39 points in overtime as the Mustangs edged visiting J.O. Johnson 80-76 in front of a standing-room only crowd.
"I did," Langford said when asked if he challenged himself before OT. "Because I'm a competitor and that's what great competitors do.
"The only reason I was successful in the game and the only reason I'm successful period is because and is because of God. All glory goes to Him. Without Him I am nothing."
Madison Academy (1-1) forced overtime when Zak Meredith grabbed a rebound off a Langford miss, ran to the corner, turned his head and found Adam Hairston open underneath the basket for a layup at the buzzer.
Johnson (0-1) took a 76-72 in overtime behind Justin Hopkins' seven points. But Langford scored the final eight points of the game, including a go-ahead three-point play with 14 seconds left.
"It was just heart," Langford said. "We knew it was going to be a tough game. We knew we had to outwork Johnson and we did that."
Will Acuff added 16 points for the Mustangs, who used a 15-0 run in the second quarter to erase an early 13-point deficit.
"It was great," Langford said of the playoff-like atmosphere. "Just being able to come back out here with my guys and win a game. Last year we came up short in the playoffs. We came out hungry this year and it was a great game."
The matchup was billed as a showdown between Langford and Johnson standout sophomore forward John Petty. And the coveted recruits went toe-to-toe for three quarters. But Petty didn't score after the third quarter, picked up his fourth foul with 2:37 left in the game and finished with 19 points
Hopkins and Terrion Bone scored 24 points apiece for the Jaguars, who host Grissom on Friday night. Madison Academy goes to Arab on Dec. 2.
GIRLS BASKETBALL: LADY MUSTANGS KNOCK OFF JOHNSON 62-35
NOVEMBER 19, 2014
5 STAR RECRUIT JOSH LANGFORD AND 4 STAR RECRUIT JOHN PETTY, FACE OFF THURSDAY NIGHT AS MADISON ACADEMY HOST J.O. JOHNSON
Madison Academy will host J.O. Johnson Thursday night, tip-off set for 7pm.
Both teams feature players with numerous offers from major college programs from around the country.
Madison Academy advanced to the Class 3A state semifinals last season despite star combo guard Josh Langford being out with a wrist injury. With the two-time reigning Class 3A Player of the Year back at 100 percent, the Mustangs are again a title favorite.
Returning for the Mustangs, junior 6-6 shooting guard Josh Langford who is ranked the #1 player in the state, #2 shooting guard in the nation and is listed ESPN TOP 10 for the Class of 2016. Langford is a big and strong wing player that is a terrific play maker. He attacks the rim through contact on the break and in the half court set. Langford simply overpowers high school wing players. When Langford gets his shoulder by a defender on a drive he usually scorers.
The past two season, Johnson has reached the Class 4A championship game , coming up short to Madison County in 2013 and losing in overtime last season to Dallas County.
Sophomore John Petty returns after a break out freshman season under Hall of Fame coach Jack Doss. Petty is ranked the #2 player in the state and holds offers from Alabama, Auburn, Mississippi State and Texas A&M. Petty has great basketball skills and loves to play above the rim. He ranked in ESPN Top 25 for the Class of 2017.
NOVEMBER 18, 2014
Grissom 69, Hazel Green 52: Johnson duo lead Tigers to victory, Hazel Green's Hose, Pearson help Trojans stay unbeaten in Class 7A girls varsity and the AHSAA suspends 6 players from the Class 3A Round 3 playoff game
Johnson duo lead Tigers to victory
Jaquez Johnson had 20 points and Clay Johnson scored 14 to lead Grissom to a 69-52 win over visiting Hazel Green.
Luke Luna added 10 points for the Tigers (3-1), who pulled away with 23 points in the final quarter.
Team 1 2 3 4 Final
12 12 13 15 52
15 17 14 23 69
Hazel Green's Hose, Pearson help Trojans stay unbeaten in Class 7A girls varsity
Caitlin Hose had 17 points and Rayven Pearson scored 16 as Hazel Green knocked off Grissom 57-41.
The Trojans (7-0) built an 11-5 lead in the first quarter to pull away early in the road win. Chloe Long added 10 points for Hazel Green.
Chloe Long finished with 10 points for the Trojans. Hose had four rebounds, four assists and four steals.
Diamond Jolly had 11 points and seven rebounds for the Tigers (3-1), while Te' Johnson had 12 points and eight rebounds.
Team 1 2 3 4 Final
11 18 18 10 57
5 12 13 11 41
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6 Walter Wellborn football players suspended for Friday's playoff game against Madison Academy
Walter Wellborn will be short-handed against two-time defending Class 3A champion Madison Academy on Friday night.
A total of six players have been suspended for the game by the Alabama High School Athletic Association, Walter Wellborn Principal Christopher Hayes confirmed today, for their role in an on-field altercation after the conclusion of last week’s 24-23 victory over Oakman.
“We understand unsportsmanlike conduct cannot be tolerated,” Hayes wrote in an e-mail to AL.com, “and we support the decision of AHSAA both as a school and as a community.”
Hayes declined to identify the suspended players, citing student privacy laws.
Walter Wellborn will play Madison Academy on Friday, with kickoff scheduled for 7 p.m.
Walter Wellborn kicked a 25-yard field goal with six seconds remaining to take a 24-23 lead over Oakman. After Oakman was tackled on the ensuing kickoff, an altercation apparently occurred after the final whistle and after the officials left the field.
Hayes said coaches conducted a team meeting Monday morning, and the team’s seniors then led a team meeting later in the afternoon.
“We are moving forward tonight and preparing for our third round playoff game against Madison Academy,” Hayes said in his e-mail.