The first week of Friday night high school football brings some key matchups across the state.
Wetumpka opens its new stadium against rival Prattville. Hewitt-Trussville hosts Pinson Valley in a talent-filled matchup. Class 7A No. 1 Thompson heads to Oxford. Class 5A Pike Road travels to Mobile to face Class 6A McGill-Toolen.
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We will be keeping an eye on those matchups and many more. Also, will Shemar James pay for Faith Academy at home against Andalusia. The 4-star Florida commit briefly withdrew from Faith this month and enrolled at Navarre, Fla.
Check back throughout the night for scores, updates, highlights, photos and much more. Also fan submitted Tweets will be included in our Nothing But a Good Time section below the updates.
8:46 PM, Looking around:
Baker 10, UMS-Wright 0 (half)
Faith Academy 14, Andalusia 6 (half)
Gulf Shores 3, Elberta 0 (half)
Auburn 31, Park Crossing 0 (3rd)
James Clemens 3, Murphy 0 (1st)
Cleburne County 27, Ohatchee 20 (3rd)
Thompson 41, Oxford 0 (3rd)
Lincoln 7, Southside 6 (3rd)
Briarwood Christian 34, Madison Academy 3 (3rd)
Hewitt-Trussville 35, Pinson Valley 13 (3rd)
Tuscaloosa County 33, Paul Bryant 12 (half)
Opelika 14, Callaway, Ga. 14
8:45 PM, Back in action: Gulf Shores at Elberta has resumed. The Dolphins lead 3-0 with less than two minutes left in the half.
Stealing the momentum? At Theodore, Freshman Ryan Williams hits C.T. Englebert with a 38-yard TD pass with 24 seconds left in the half. Bobcats now lead 14-7 at the break.
Hurricane warning: Landry Huddleston with the TD run after a muffed punt makes it 15-0 Alma Bryant over B.C. Rain with 35.8 left in the first half.
8:44 PM, Strapping it on: Iverson “Strap” Hooks puts Pike Road back in front of McGill with an 86-yard score. The QB, who missed most of his junior season with a torn ACL, had 168 yards rushing in the first quarter.
8:40 PM, Around the Yellowhammer State:
Baker 10, UMS-Wright 0
Buckhorn 21, Madison County 7
Theodore 14, Saraland 0
Brentwood Academy 28, Florence 12
8:35 PM, Halftime at Hewitt: Huskies lead Pinson Valley 35-6. Cade Ott Carruth has 266 yards passing and 3 TDs. He also scored on a rushing TD. Auburn commit Omari Kelly had three receptions for 56 yards.
8:34 PM, Quick turnaround: McGill-Toolen has gone from down 14-0 to up 16-14 in a hurry. Junior QB Aaron Carabin with the TD pass.
8:26 PM, Score check:
Orange Beach 30, J.F. Shields 0 (weather delay, 1st)
Gardendale 22, Sparkman 7 (half)
Faith Academy 7, Andalusia 6
Baker 3, UMS-Wright 0 (2nd quarter)
Brentwood Academy 28, Florence 12
Pike Road 14, McGill-Toolen 9
8:24 PM, Who is the most underrated RB in the state? It may be Braylon McReynolds, who gets McGill-Toolen on the scoreboard against Pike Road.
8:15 PM, More scores:
Hewitt-Trussville 35, Pinson Valley 6
Fort Payne 30, Athens 21 (second)
Holly Pond 33, Brindlee Mountain 0 (half)
Fairview 34, DAR 0 (half)
Gadsden City 20, Etowah 0 (second)
Anniston 6, Wellborn 0 (half)
Douglas 29, Weaver 0 (half)
Auburn 28, Park Crossing 0 (half)
Central-Phenix City 28, Peach County, Ga. 6 (final minute of 2nd quarter)
Clay-Chalkville 20, Shades Valley 0 (half)
Danville 6, Brewer 0 (half)
Theodore 14, Saraland 0 (second)
8:14 PM, Finally underway: In one of our spotlight games, McGill-Toolen and Pike Road are finally underway after a weather delay in Mobile. Patriots off to a quick 14-0 start on the road.
8:11 PM, Currently delayed …
Robertsdale 0, Foley 0 (after 1)
Prattville 10, Wetumpka 0 (after 1)
Gulf Shores 3, Elberta 0 (5:12 left 2nd quarter)
8:10 PM, One game postponed: Escambia County at Bayside Academy has been postponed until 11 a.m. Saturday due to weather.
8 PM, Checking the scores:
Cade Ott Carruth with another TD pass for Hewitt-Trussville, then a 6-yard run following a Zach Pyron INT. Huskies lead Pinson Valley 28-6 with 3:00 left in the first half.
Brentwood Academy (Tenn.) leads Florence 21-6.
Clay-Chalkville 14, Shades Valley 0
Terrance Robinson with a 7-yard TD run to give Buckhorn a 14-7 lead over Madison County. (Half)
Briarwood 28, Madison Academy 3 (Half)
Andalusia 7, Faith Academy 0 (Shemar James has not played yet for the Rams)
Theodore 7, Saraland 0 (After 1)
Mountain Brook 26, Vestavia Hills 0 (Half)
Alma Bryant 8, B.C. Rain 0 (After 1)
McAdory 14, St. Paul’s 0 (half)
7:56 PM, Lopsided opener: Sean Calhoun’s first game at Vestavia Hills is not going as he planned up to this point.
7:54 PM, Tide commit alert: Alabama WR commit Kobe Prentice with a 66-yard TD reception. Calera up 7-6 over Demopolis with 3:18 remaining in the half.
7:52 PM, Blowout City:
Thompson leads Oxford 34-0 at Oxford.
Briarwood leads Madison Academy 28-3.
Here’s another TD from Mr. Football candidate Conner Harrell …
7:50 PM, Adding to the cushion: Mountain Brook adds to its lead on a 16-yard TD pass from John Colvin to Jake Thompson. Spartans lead Vestavia Hills 17-0 with 5:37 left on the first half.
7:47 PM, More delays: Gulf Shores at Elberta now in a delay. Dolphins leading 3-0. Prattville is leading Wetumpka 10-0 and is in a delay.
7:43 PM, Around the state:
Theodore 7, Saraland 0
Hewitt-Trussville 14, Pinson Valley 6
Gardendale 9, Sparkman 0
Danville 6, Brewer 0
Callaway, Ga., 7, Opelika 0
Auburn 14, Park Crossing 0
Buckhorn 7, Madison County 7
7:38 PM, Underway: Games are finally cranking up around Mobile. Saraland and Theodore are underway in one of our spotlight games. Theodore’s Will James with a quick interception. Bobcats driving against the Spartans. TCU commit Trevon McAlpine not playing tonight on the defensive line for Saraland.
Alma Bryant up 8-0 quickly on B.C. Rain in Bart Session’s debut.
7:35 PM, Commit Alert: Auburn Undercover’s Jason Caldwell reports that new Auburn commit Omari Kelly has 2 receptions for 32 yards for Hewitt-Trussville in the first quarter. Huskies lead Pinson 7-6.
Commit Alert 2: 4-star Florida commit Shemar James is going through warm-ups for Faith Academy and wearing his traditional No. 5. James left Faith briefly, enrolled for two weeks at Navarre, Fla., and returned.
7:34 PM, Special teams: Buckhorn’s Tavarion Moore returns a blocked 39-yard FG attempt to the Madison County 1. Derrek Thompson cashes in from there. Buckhorn leads 7-0.
7:32 PM, Quick start: Class 7A No. 1 Thompson — the two-time defending 7A champ — is off to a fast start at Oxford. Here is Touchdown No. 2 …
7:30 PM, Still delayed:
Pike Road at McGill-Toolen (approx start time 8 p.m.)
Escambia County at Bayside Academy
Saraland at Theodore (starting momentarily)
UMS-Wright at Baker (possible 7:45 kickoff)
Andalusia at Faith Academy
James Clemens at Murphy
7:24 PM, Spartans take the lead: Mountain Brook strikes first following a fumble recovery at the Vestavia Hills 39-yard line. George Cain takes it in from 3 yards out and the Spartans lead 7-0 with 3:33 left in the first quarter.
Close one between Hewitt and Pinson. Baylor commit Zach Pyron with a 19-yard pass to Mike Sharpe for the Indians. Huskies lead 7-6.
Trey Vassell with a 5-yard run for Oak Mountain. Eagles lead Chelsea 13-0.
7:20 PM, Early scores:
Anniston 6, Walter Wellborn 0
Ardmore 7, Tanner 6
Briarwood Christian 7, Madison Academy 0
Scottsboro 7, North Jackson 6
Hartselle 3, Austin 0
Buckhorn 7, Madison County 0
Elberta 0, Gulf Shores 0 (after 1)
Prattville 10, Wetumpka 0
7:16 PM, Husky fast: Hewitt-Trussville up 7-0 on Pinson Valley with 7:01 left in the first. Huskies drive 82 yards for the TD. … Also, Prattville up 7-0 on Wetumpka with 5:59 left in the first quarter at Wetumpka’s new stadium.
North Carolina commit Conner Harrell’s first TD pass of the year below …
7:07 PM, And we’re off: Oak Mountain hits a 24-yard TD from Northwestern commit Evan Smith to Cade George on 4th-and-goal. Eagles lead Chelsea 7-0 midway through the first quarter.
First Central-Phenix City play from scrimmage goes for 80 yards and a TD: Caleb Nix to Joudan Moultrie. Quick start for Patrick Nix’s team.
Florence 6, Brentwood Academy 0: Caleb Mahan TD plunge follows his 25-yd pass over middle to Jahlil Hurley. PAT wide left.
7:03 PM, Weather delays in the South: Most games around the Mobile/Baldwin County areas will start at least 30 minutes late and likely more. A heavy rain has been coming down for nearly two hours on the Coast.
7:02 PM, No Buddy: The first game in 43 years when Buddy Anderson is not head coach at Vestavia Hills. It’s Sean Calhoun’s job now. Vestavia takes on Mountain Brook tonight.
6:45 PM, Royal debut: Alexandria transfer Ronnie Royal ready to make his Gulf Shores debut tonight at Elberta. New Dolphins head coach Mark Hudspeth also ready for his return to high school coaching.
6:38 PM, Scenes from around the state early tonight …
6:34 PM, Spotlight Oxford: Yellow Jackets and new coach Sam Adams hosting Class 7A No. 1 Thompson tonight. It marks the return of Miami commit Tre’Quon Fegans and his brothers, who transferred to Thompson in the offseason.
6:31 PM, Year 2 for Nix: Patrick Nix starts Year 2 as Central-Phenix City’s head coach. The Red Devils open at Peach County, Ga., tonight.
6:28 PM, Another new coach: Tyler Crane takes over at Oak Mountain. The Eagles travel to Chelsea tonight. The weather seems much better in Birmingham and Huntsville then it is in Mobile.
6:18 PM, Weather delays all over Mobile: Andalusia-Faith Academy, B.C. Rain-Alma Bryant, Pike Road-McGill-Toolen all will be delayed. Faith AD Woodie Head says it will be at least 7:30 before the Rams can play Andalusia. Others will face a similar delay if not longer.
6:16 PM, Big name debut: Former college coach Mark Hudspeth coaches his first official game with Gulf Shores tonight. Hudspeth and the Dolphins take on Nathan McDaniel and Elberta at Elberta.
6:12 PM, Missing in action: Pike Road running back Quinshon Judkins — No. 11 on AL.com’s A-List of top senior prospects in the state — is not expected to play tonight at McGill-Toolen. Coach Patrick Browning confirmed that Judkins sustained an injury in practice this week.
6:06 PM, Welcome Home: Wetumpka officially opens its new stadium — the Wetumpka Sports Complex Stadium — tonight against rival Prattville. Here’s a look at the new digs from AL.com’s Wesley Lyle.
5:53 PM, Rain on the Coast: A little more than an hour before kickoff on the first Friday night, the weather could be better on the Gulf Coast. Here’s a shot from Baker where the Hornets are set to host UMS-Wright.
11:30 AM, Familiar face: Former South Alabama head coach Steve Campbell has joined Terry Curtis’ staff at UMS-Wright. The Bulldogs travel to Baker tonight.
‘NOTHING BUT A GOOD TIME’ FAN SECTION
Abbeville Christian at Springwood
American Christian at Parker
Andalusia at Faith Academy
Ariton at Dale County
Ashville at Oak Grove
B.B. Comer at Montgomery Catholic
B.C. Rain at Alma Bryant
Baldwin County at Mary Montgomery
Banks Academy at Pickens Academy
Bay (Fla.) at Enterprise
Bessemer City at Ramsay
Beulah at Loachapoka
Billingsley at Prattville Christian
Brentwood Academy (Tenn.) at Florence
Callaway (Ga.) at Opelika
Carroll-Ozark at Eufaula
Carver-Birmingham at BTW-Tuskegee
Central-Coosa at Verbena
Central-Phenix City at Peach County (Ga.)
Central-Tuscaloosa at Holt
Chilton County at Central-Clay County
Cleveland at Oneonta
Colbert Heights at Central-Florence
Cold Springs at Meek
Columbia at Lee-Huntsville
Cottage Hill at Fruitdale
Cottonwood at New Brockton
Dallas County at Helena
Danville at Brewer
DAR at Fairview
Decatur Heritage at Falkville
Demopolis at Calera
Douglas at Weaver
East Lawrence at Sulligent
East Limestone at Rogers
Elba at Daleville
Elkmont at Randolph
Escambia Academy at Pike Liberal Arts
Escambia County at Bayside Academy
Etowah at Gadsden City
Evangel at Meadowview
Fort Payne at Athens
Fultondale at John Carroll
Fyffe at Isabella
Gardendale at Sparkman
Georgiana at Lanett
Glenwood at Bessemer Academy
Goshen at Holtville
Greene County at Aliceville
Greensboro at Bibb County
Greenville at Hillcrest-Evergreen
Gulf Shores at Elberta
Haleyville at Addison
Hamilton at Red Bay
Hartselle at Austin
Hayden at Boaz
Headland at Wicksburg
Holly Pond at Brindlee Mountain
Homewood at Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa
Hooper at Coosa Valley
Horseshoe Bend at Wadley
Houston Academy at Kinston
Houston County at Northside Methodist
Huffman at Benjamin Russell
Huntsville at Spain Park
J.F. Shields at Orange Beach
J.U. Blacksher at Luverne
Jacksonville at St. John Paul II
James Clemens at Murphy
Lincoln at Southside-Gadsden
Macon-East at Lowndes Academy
Madison Academy at Briarwood
Madison County at Buckhorn
Maplesville at Highland Home
Marbury at Montevallo
Marengo at Samson
Mars Hill Bible at Jasper
Minor at Hueytown
Moody at Elmore County
Mortimer Jordan at Pelham
Mountain Brook at Vestavia Hills
Munford at Talladega
North Jackson at Scottsboro
Oak Mountain at Chelsea
Oakman at Gordo
Ohatchee at Cleburne County
Opp at Geneva
Park Crossing at Auburn
Phil Campbell at Phillips-Bear Creek
Pike Road at McGill-Toolen
Pinson Valley at Hewitt-Trussville
Pleasant Valley at Donoho
Prattville at Wetumpka
R.C. Hatch at Autaugaville
Ragland at Valley Head
Rehobeth at Providence Christian
Robertsdale at Foley
Russell County at Smiths Station
Saks at Sylvania
Saraland at Theodore
Section at Collinsville
Selma at Stanhope Elmore
Shades Valley at Clay-Chalkville
Sipsey Valley at Northridge
South Lamar at Lamar County
Southern Academy at Edgewood
Southern Choctaw at Washington County
Southern Prep at Cornerstone
St. James at Montgomery Academy
St. Paul’s at McAdory
Stewart County (Ga.) at Barbour County
Sumiton Christian at Victory Christian
Sylacauga at Leeds
T.R. Miller at Jackson
Tanner at Ardmore
Tharptown at Shoals Christian
Thompson at Oxford
Tuscaloosa County at Paul Bryant
UMS-Wright at Baker
Valley at Beauregard
W.S. Neal at Excel
Walter Wellborn at Anniston
Waterloo at Marion County
Wayne Academy (Miss.) at South Choctaw Academy
Wenonah at Center Point
West Blocton at Brookwood
West End at Susan Moore
White Plains at Ranburne
Whitesburg Christian at Gaylesville
Wilcox Central at Keith
Woodland at Fayetteville
Arab 35, Albertville 0
Asbury 33, Gaston 8
Autauga Academy 40, Tuscaloosa Academy 9
Brooks 16, Colbert County 7
Carbon Hill 66, Curry 8
Chambers Academy 41, Lee-Scott 3
Cullman 23, Grissom 0
Hanceville 28, Vinemont 16
Handley 55, Guntersville 21
Hazel Green 49, Mae Jemison 26
Ider 53, Woodville 0
Jackson-Olin 50, Woodlawn 0
Lauderdale County 6, Lexington 0
Muscle Shoals 52, Deshler 14
Northside 37, Berry 6
Notasulga 33, Bullock County 6
Russellville 27, Decatur 15
Sheffield 34, R.A. Hubbard 22
Spanish Fort 21, Fairhope 10
Tallassee 34, Reeltown 13
Thorsby 32, Jemison 0
Trinity 6, Alabama Christian 0
West Morgan 34, Good Hope 28
Westbrook Christian 52, Coosa Christian 16
Williamson 53, LeFlore 0
Wilson 34, Clements 28
Winfield 6, Fayette County 0
Winterboro 18, Vincent 16
Jackson Academy at Clarke Prep, ppd. Saturday
Straughn at Pleasant Home, ppd. Friday
Schedule and scorelist compiled by A. Stacy Long and the ASWA prep committee.