Birmingham balance sheet: Clay-Chalkville, Calera, Gardendale, Spain Park win overwhelming victories

Marquarius White caught a 68-yard pass from Khalib Johnson for a touchdown in Clay-Chalkville’s opener on Friday night, and the Cougars never looked back en route to a 54-0 victory over Huffman.

Clay-Chalkville (9-0, 6-0 in Class 6A, Region 6), ranked No. 1 in Class 6A, Region 6, remains undefeated.

Johnson finished 10 on 14 passes and 183 yards and had three touchdowns, including a 15-yard pass to Edward Osley and a 35-yard pass to Jaylen Mbakwe.

Rodreccus Johnson added two touchdowns on 31 and 2 yard carries.

Deon Gunn intercepted a Huffman pass in the third quarter for a touchdown, and Marlon Compton scored on a 7-yard run in the fourth quarter to close the Cougars’ scoring.

Clay-Chalkville will close the regular season against Oak Mountain next week. Friday night’s game marked the end of the season for Huffman (2-7, 1-5 in Class 6A, Region 5).

Hueytown 58, Paul Bryant 18

Earl Woods scored three rushing touchdowns and Jakhael Rowser had two as the No.8 Class 6A easily stopped Paul Bryant 58-18, in a Region 4 contest.

Woods was the Golden Gophers’ top running back (8-1, 6-0), recording 91 yards and three touchdowns on 16 carries. He also completed 8 of 15 passes for 135 yards and one score.

Rowser ran for 73 yards and two scores on nine carries, and added a 10-yard pass reception. Elijah Hudson had six carries for 36 yards, while Jebron Ellington had 56 yards and a touchdown on five attempts.

Cayden Pringle scored a 33-yard touchdown in his only catch of the game. De’Andre Coleman had three catches for 57 yards and Vince Tucker added three catches for 35 yards.

Evan Brown led the defense with eight tackles, two tackles for loss, one sack, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and one interception. Jaden Thomas had two interceptions, one of which he returned 60 yards for a score. Demyka Bland had five tackles with a sack and an interception, while Jacory Curry had three tackles, a tackle for loss and a sack. Derrico King had four tackles and a sack and Kelvin Cook recovered a kick out.

For the season, Coleman made 42 catches for 928 yards and 13 touchdowns and rushed 17 times for 54 yards and six scores. Woods completed 94 of 163 passes for 1,794 yards with 20 touchdowns and seven interceptions. He also ran 166 times for 1,299 yards and 21 scores.

Gardendale 40, Mortimer Jordan 13

Gardendale passed Mortimer Jordan for a fifth straight win.

LT Sanders ran 16 times for 233 yards, including 68 and 9 yard TD carries, and quarterback Tyler Nelson added 14 carries for 106 yards and 50 and 15 yard TD carries.

Gardendale for 370 rushing yards and 467 total yards, while limiting Mortimer Jordan to 222 yards.

Mortimer Jordan’s Cameron Scott returned the opening kickoff for 86 yards for a touchdown, but the Rockets responded with 40 straight points.

Gardendale (7-2 overall, 4-2 in class 6A, region 6) wraps up the regular season against Florence at home next week. Mortimer Jordan (2-7, 1-5) has lost six straight games and faces Parker next week.

Pinson Valley 49, Jasper 27

Pinson Valley quarterback Zach Pyron assisted in four touchdowns as the No.9 Class 6A Indians beat Area 6 opponent Jasper 49-27.

Pyron scored three goals in the first half, then threw a touchdown pass in the third quarter, as Pinson Valley took control with four touchdowns in the second half.

Jasper scored at the end of the second quarter to make it 28-20 at half-time, then the second half went to the Indians.

After a blocked field goal, Pyron joined Amare Thomas on a 58-yard strike to give the Indians a 35-20 lead at 5:33 of the third quarter.

In the fourth quarter, Tyler Russell ran for 86 yards for a score and AJ Smith hit on a touchdown from 85 yards, making the score 49-20.

Pinson’s Michael Sharp scored on a 49-yard run in the second game of the game, then Pyron scored on a 10-yard run, making it 14-0.

Jasper entered the scoreboard on an 11-yard run from Treyvon Stewart, making it 14-6 after a quarter. Pyron opened the second quarter with a 22-yard touchdown run and Stewart responded with a 7-yard scoreline, reducing Pinson Valley’s lead to 21-13.

With 2:33 left in the first half, Pyron scored again, this time from a 1 yard stroke. Jasper closed the lead to 28-20 with 10 seconds left in the half on a 20-yard pass from Spencer Rosenfeld to Kevon Samuels.

Pinson Valley (6-3, 4-1) plays Lee-Montgomery next week while Jasper (4-5, 1-5) ends the season at Bessemer City.

Alexandria 43, Leeds 7

The battle for Class 5A, Region 6 undefeated was not close. Fourth-ranked Alexandria scored in her first offensive game, recovered a Leeds fumble two games later, scored again in the Valley Cubs third snap and got another touchdown in the eighth offensive game of the local team.

Alexandria improved to 9-0 and 7-0 to close the regional game in first place. Leeds, third in the standings, ended their regular season 9-1, 6-1 in the region.

“Leeds are a good team, and I’m just telling you that we played really well on both sides tonight,” Alexandria coach Todd Ginn said. “I knew they had a very good defense and offensively we blocked well. We played very well on the defensive end, but tonight I felt we played very well on both sides.

Alexandria running back Antonio Ross had 54 yards and one score on Alexandria’s very first play. Senior Braxton Tucker recovered the first of his two fumbles two games later, allowing Ross to sprint 11 yards to the end zone in the Valley Cubs’ third offensive play.

Ross finished the game with 190 yards and three touchdowns in just 17 carries.

The Valley Cubs defense limited Leeds to 200 yards and didn’t allow a score until Leeds running back Rametrius Yelverton found the end zone with 3:17 left in the third quarter. Alexandria forced four turnovers in the first half, including two interceptions by linebacker Tyler Brown.

Alexandria quarterback Javez McGhee completed 3 of 5 passes for 56 yards and two touchdowns. He also ran seven times for 73 yards and one score.

The Valley Cubs are finishing their regular season in Piedmont.

Spain Park 35, Tuscaloosa County 7

Spain Park amassed 306 rushing yards and rushed for four touchdowns to defeat host Tuscaloosa County.

Zamir Farris ran 123 yards and scored on a 41-yard rush for the Jags (2-7 overall, 1-6 Class 7A, Region 3) to lead the game on the ground. Ethan Gutkoski rushed for a pair of touchdowns and 41 yards, and Zavier Long had a touchdown of 40 yards, 57 yards.

Quarterback Ethan Smallwood joined Pierson Cole on a 21-yard touchdown pass. Smallwood completed 15 of 23 passes for 146 yards.

Kevin Riley scored on a 5-yard rush for Tuscaloosa County (1-8, 0-7).

Montevallo 49, Dallas County 14

Montevallo won their fifth consecutive game and finished third in Class 4A, Region 3 with victory at Plantersville. The Bulldogs leaned on senior running back Joseph Anderson, who carried 21 times for 222 yards and three touchdowns.

The Bulldogs (7-2, 5-2) topped Dallas County (3-6, 3-4) 35-0 in the first half as Anderson scored twice – on runs of 3 and 2 yards – and senior Kial Cottingham threw two TD passes, connecting with Kamron Goins for 22 yards and Tamardreon Purnell for 16. Cottingham also ran for a 2 yard touchdown.

With a stopwatch throughout the second half, Anderson gave the Bulldogs a 42-6 lead with a 7-yard run with 2:48 left in the third quarter after a 65-yard touchdown by the Hornets. Montevallo closed the scoring following another TD Hornet with a one-yard score from Anthony Martin.

Cottingham completed 7 of 9 passes for 104 yards and ran four times for 50 yards.

Charlie Adams of Montevallo made 10 tackles.

The Bulldogs will close out the regular season in Class 1A No. 3 Maplesville next week. Dallas County goes to Southside-Selma.

Central point 26, corner 7

Troy Bruce and Jabari Collier ran over 100 yards each as Center Point beat Region 6 Corner opponent Class 5A.

Bruce gained 125 yards and scored once on 14 carries, while Collier totaled 104 yards and two touchdowns on 11 carries. Collier also completed 10 of 22 passes for 207 yards with one touchdown and one interception.

Harold Holloman had three receptions for 97 yards for the Eagles (7-3 overall, 5-2 in regional play). Bruce had four catches for 50 yards and Therman Moore’s only reception was a 31 yard touchdown.

Kaleb Parker-Holt had 7.5 tackles and Deralven Crawford had seven to lead the Center Point defense. Crawford and Jaden Jones both had two sacks. Moore added two interceptions.

Gavin Brown led Corner (2-6, 2-5) with 68 yards and a touchdown on 27 carries.

After a scoreless first quarter, Collier put the Eagles in the lead with a 10-yard run with 8:04 left until halftime. Collier ran for a 29-yard touchdown and threw Moore for a score to give the Eagles a 20-0 lead after three quarters.

Brown got the lone score for Corner midway through the fourth period, and Bruce completed Center Point with a 57-yard touchdown late in the game.

Calera 41, Benjamin Russell 17

Calera clinched third place in Class 5A, Region 3, beating Benjamin Russell at home with a balanced attacking offense.

The Eagles (6-3, 4-2) had 85 yards and two touchdowns from Daniel Carmona and 77 yards and two scores from Chris Cotton. Both had 17 rushes overnight.

Quarterback AJ Johnson completed 5 of 7 passes for 120 yards and a touchdown. Alabama’s engagement Kobe Prentice caught three passes for 101 yards and one score.

Michael Banks and Mason Green led the Eagles in defense with nine and eight tackles, respectively. Banks made two tackles for a loss and a fumble to recover.

Calera will close the regular season by hosting Chelsea on Friday. Benjamin Russell (2-7, 1-5) ends his season at home against Sylacauga.

McAdory 27, Northridge 11

Jacob Clopton and Peyton Ryans each rushed for two touchdowns, leading McAdory to a win over visiting Northridge.

Clopton completed 7 of 13 passes for 118 yards and rushed 93 yards for the Yellow Jackets (7-3 overall, 4-2 in Class 6A, Region 3). Ryans carried the ball seven times for 74 yards.

Northridge quarterback Whitt Winfiled completed 12 of 22 passes for 198 yards, including 153 for Cory White in seven receptions.

Running back Toryion Spears tallied for 53 yards and scored the only touchdown for the Jaguars (6-3, 3-3).

Jackson-Olin 32, minor 13

The Mustangs (7-2 overall, 4-2 in Class 6A, Region 6) capped their regional schedule by beating the tenacious Tigers at Tony Lunceford Field.

Minor (1-7) lost his second straight game after having had a week off to prepare for the Mustangs.

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