LEROY — Daleville senior running back Jalen White set the AHSAA state record for most rushing yards in a season but the Warhawks fell to No. 6 ranked Leroy 37-16 in the first round of the Class 2A state football playoffs on Friday night.
Needing 102 yards going into the game to break the state record of 3,483 set in 2014 by former Dale County star Jamarius Henderson, White rushed for 136 yards on 20 carries with two touchdowns on Friday. He ends the season with 3,517 yards in 11 games. Henderson set the previous record over 15 games played.
Daleville led 8-6 at the end of the first quarter as White had 67 yards rushing on just three carries with a touchdown (61 yards) and a 2-point conversion.
But Leroy rallied to take a 16-8 lead by halftime.
White had 71 yards in the opening half and 94 yards after three quarters as the Warhawks trailed 23-8 going into the final quarter.
Daleville finished the season 7-4. Leroy (9-2) advanced to play Goshen at home in the second round.
McGill-Toolen 35, Enterprise 10: In Mobile, top-ranked McGill-Toolen scored 21 unanswered points in the fourth quarter and remained unbeaten (11-0) in defeating Enterprise.
The Wildcats got the first break of the game when Shaheem Gray recovered a fumble after a lengthy McGill-Toolen drive.
Enterprise scored four plays later on 4th-and-1 when Josh McCray broke loose on a 56-yard run to make it 7-0 following the extra point kick by Hunter Perry.
McGill-Toolen tied it up on an 11-yard run with 10:54 to play in the second quarter.
Following a McGill-Toolen interception, the Yellow Jackets took the lead when Byron Milsap caught a 49-yard touchdown pass with 5:44 left in the first half.
Midway through the third quarter, Perry kicked a 35-yard field goal to trim the lead to 14-10.
The Yellow Jackets extended the lead with a 60-yard touchdown pass with just under seven minutes left in the game to make it 21-10 before putting it completely away.
The Wildcats end the season at 5-6 under new coach Rick Darlington. McGill-Toolen advanced to play No. 10 Auburn at home.
Eufaula 35, Blount 6: Eufaula’s defense held Blount to no gain or lost yardage on 17 plays Friday night and the Tigers won with surprising ease in the first round of the Class 6A state playoffs.
The Tigers (9-2) advanced to a second-round game at No. 6 ranked Hueytown (10-1).
The Tigers limited the Leopards to a mere 33 yards rushing and jumped on the visitors from Mobile County who had trouble hanging on to the football. Blount fumbled six times in the game, which doesn’t include a couple of muffed snaps on punt attempts.
Eufaula got three short touchdown runs from quarterback Hess Horne, a 28-yard touchdown on a fake punt run by Zy Tennille, and a late score by Devin Fuller as the Tigers physically wore down the Leopards (8-3).
Fuller lead Eufaula with 129 yards on 20 carries while Tennille had 112 on 15 attempts.
Eufaula finished with 348 yards of offense, only 69 through the air.
Blount had 261 yards passing on 31 attempts, but managed just 33 yards in the ground on 28 rushes.
Defensively, Brooks Weeks had a monster game for Eufaula.
Eufaula returns to Hueytown next week for a second-round game. Last season, the Tigers’ season ended with a first-round loss at Hueytown. The Gophers beat Selma in their playoff-opener 44-24.
Faith Academy 31, Charles Henderson 0: The Trojans fell on the road to No. 8 ranked Faith Academy, 31-0.
The outcome ended Charles Henderson’s season at 4-6. Faith Academy (11-0) advanced to play at No. 3 ranked Pleasant Grove.
Jonathan Carter rushed for 62 yards on 12 carries for CHHS.
UMS-Wright 51, Dale County 7: The Warriors fell on the road at the hands of No. 1-ranked UMS-Wright.
Ethan Teal rushed for the Dale County touchdown and Braylend Russell converted the extra point kick.
Dale County ended its season at 4-7. UMS-Wright, the two-time defending state champion who won for the 29th straight game, advanced to a second round game against Talladega.
T.R. Miller 25, Pike County 13: Pike County led 7-3 early, but the visiting Tigers posted 25 straight to take command and upset the No. 2 ranked Bulldogs in Brundidge.
The game was another twist to an interesting rivalry between the two powerhouses who have played 16 times, 12 in postseason. The two have now both won eight meetings.
Pike County, which was unbeaten in regular season play for the first time since 2009, had its season come to an end at 10-1. T.R. Miller improved to 7-4 and advanced to play a second-round game at Montgomery Academy.
Rayshawn Reynolds scored on a 60-yard run to give Pike County the lead, but the Tigers scored off a touchdown and a field goal to lead 12-7 at halftime. They added two touchdowns off long droves to build the margin to 25-7 before the Bulldogs scored late.
Mobile Christian 49, Geneva 36: In Mobile, the Panthers battled back after trailing 35-6 at halftime but couldn’t quite finish off the late rally.
Geneva ended its season at 8-3. Mobile Christian improved to 6-4 and advanced to the second-round game at No. 7 Pike Road.
Geneva got on the scoreboard when Kahari McReynolds scored on a 66-yard touchdown run to make it 28-6 with 1:19 left in the first half.
Dylan Creech scored on a 4-yard run to make it 42-14 with 3:39 left in the third quarter.
Quarterback Damion Kemmerlin called his own number for a touchdown run to cut the lead to 42-20 with 10:44 left in the game.
After Mobile Christian answered with a touchdown, Creech scored on an 8-yard run to make it 49-28 with 4:40 left in the game.
The Panthers kept battling as McReynolds caught a 20-yard TD pass from Kemmerlin and Creech scored on the 2 point conversion to make it 49-36 with 2:03 left in the game.
Geneva was led on the ground by McReynolds, who had 17 carries for 173 yards. Creech was the other Panthers back to go over 100 yards with 113 yards on 18 carries.
Flomaton 58, Opp 28: Hal Smithart completed 16 of 25 passes for 323 yards and four touchdowns, but the Bobcats fell in the playoff opener to the No. 4 ranked Hurricanes.
Opp finished the season 4-7. Flomaton, the defending state champion, improved to 10-1 and faces No. 10 ranked St. James next week.
For Opp, Lane Ballard had three catches for 99 yards and a touchdown, Zee Ridgeway had six catches for 72 yards and a TD, Ashton Patel had five catches for 71 yards and a score and DaDa Stoudemire had a 60-yard touchdown catch.
James Cornelius led the Bobcats defensively with 15 tackles, while Zac Ridgeway had 14 and Thomas Glisson 11.
Ariton 40, Chickasaw 19: The Purple Cats rolled up 434 yards with Brian Smith rushing for 153 yards and Maddux Herring throwing for 166 yards and two scores in the Class 2A playoff win.
Ariton (9-2) advanced to play LaFayette (6-4) at home next week in the second round.
The Purple Cats led 13-0 at the end of the first quarter and 27-7 at halftime in taking Friday’s win.
Zack Phillips rushed for two touchdowns and Blake Carroll and Smith both had one TD each for Ariton. Hayes Floyd caught both TD passes from Herring and had four receptions for 72 yards overall. Herring completed 9-of-17 in throwing for his 166 yards.
Defensively, Carroll earned 13 tackles and Tommy Oliver, Landon Tyler and Zack Ward all seven tackles.
G.W. Long 31, Cottage Hill Christian 0: Kobie Stringer threw for two touchdowns and rushed for another, leading the Rebels over Cottage Hill Christian in a Class 2A state playoff win.
The Rebels (9-2) advanced to host No. 5 ranked Luverne (11-0) next week.
Stringer scored on a 3-yard run and threw a 7-yard TD pass to Dillon Caraway and a 25-yard score to Caison Long. Caraway added a 5-yard touchdown run and Tanner Patton connected on a 35-yard field goal.
J.U. Blacksher 38, Abbeville 30: The Jackets overcame a 17-0 second-quarter deficit to take a 22-17 lead in the third quarter only to see the Bulldogs score three fourth-quarter touchdowns to earn the win in Abbeville.
Abbeville ended the season with an 8-3 record. J.U. Blacksher (9-2) advanced to play at home against No. 6 ranked Reeltown.
Rico Dozier scored on a 12-yard run in the second quarter and Nathan Hall on a 49-yard run in the third quarter, which also featured a Zayne Peterman 50-yard interception return for a touchdown for Abbeville. Hall and Dozier ran in two-point conversions.
Blacksher went back ahead on a 37-yard scoring run and added a 17-yard fumble return for a TD and a 30-yard scoring run to go up 38-22.
Abbeville’s Hall scored on an 80-yard kickoff return to help close it to 38-30.
Dozier rushed for 123 yards and Hall 71 yards.
Goshen 36, Thorsby 0: The Eagle defense allowed only 104 total yards of offense to Thorsby, including minus 20 passing, while the Goshen amassed 358 yards.
Goshen (8-3) advanced to play at No. 6 Leroy next week.
Bryan Galloway rushed for 168 yards and two touchdowns and also threw for 56 yards on 7-of-12 passing with a TD for Goshen. RaQuan Martin earned 63 yards rushing and Tamarcus Shipmon had 62 and both had one touchdown.
Galloway scored on a 2-yard run and Martin on a 64-yard run in the first quarter. Galloway completed a 31-yard TD pass to Martin, Galloway added a 4-yard TD run and Shipmon on a 22-yard run in the third quarter. Niko Tempelis hit 4-of-5 extra-point kicks.
The Eagles also got a safety when Thorsby had a snap go over the quarterback’s head and out of the end zone.
LaFayette 27, New Brockton 7: The Gamecocks led 7-6 midway in the second quarter, but couldn’t hold off the Bulldogs, who pulled away in the second half in the Class 2A playoff match-up.
New Brockton finishes the season 5-6. LaFayette (6-4) advances to play at Ariton next week.
The Gamecocks scored off a fumble recovery in the end zone by Brandon McCoy, who also added the point after kick.
Kyan Horne rushed for 139 yards on 23 carries for New Brockton and Kaden Cupp threw for 31 yards of 4-of-20 passes with one interception. Russell Weeks caught three passes for 28 yards.
Defensively, Ethan Stinson had eight tackles and McCoy and Josh Cardwell had five tackles each with McCoy earning a quarterback sack. Matthew Speigner caused a fumble.
Reeltown 56, Zion Chapel 0: The Rebels end their season at 6-5 with the road loss to the No. 6-ranked team. The six wins were the most for Zion Chapel since 2011 and Friday's playoff game was the first since the same season.
No details were available on Friday's game.
Elba 21, Marengo 8: Collin Harrison rushed for 110 yards on 13 carries and scored two touchdowns in the Tigers’ victory.
Elba improved to 8-3 and advanced to the second round of the playoffs at No. 2 Lanett.
Harrison scored on runs of 11 and 57 yards.
Elba also got a 52-yard touchdown pass from Jaquez Prince to Chrystyile Caldwell for the only score of the second half.
Elba led 14-8 at halftime.
Tuscaloosa Academy 42, Northside Methodist 7: The Knights’ season came to an end in an AISA, Class AAA first-round playoff game.
Northside Methodist finished at 4-7.
Cason Eubanks threw a 5-yard touchdown pass to Luca Mancil for the Knights’ score in Friday’s game.
Southern Academy 42, Abbeville Christian 6: The Generals lost in the AISA Class A opener on the road at Southern Academy.
Jackson Blalock scored on a 59-yard run for ACA. Davondre Cobb had an interception and a fumble recovery on defense.
Abbeville Christian finished the season 3-8.
Escambia Academy 49, Lakeside School 0: The season came to an end for Lakeside in the first round of the AISA Class AA playoffs.
The Chiefs, in Josh McConell’s first season as head coach, finished 2-8.
Seminole County (Ga.) 34, Miller County 16: Seminole County made its push for a state playoff spot by beating rival Miller County in the regular-season finale for both teams in Georgia.
The Indians (5-5 overall, 5-4 in Region 1-A) will have to wait for Saturday’s release of the power rankings. They were tied at No. 24 going into Friday’s action. The top 24 receive a state playoff spot.
In Friday’s win, Tyree Rainey rushed for 129 yards and three touchdowns, while Boris Melton rushed for 45 yards on 11 carries and threw for 46 yards off 3-of-5 passing, including a 28-yard TD pass to Layton Cowart. Jamarvion Jones had 50 yards rushing on 11 carries.
Defensively, Jose Alvarez had a 40-yard strip and score touchdown and Aiden Sherrer had an interception.
Thomasville 20, Early County 10: Early County opened the scoring when Alex Warr hit a 28-yard field goal, but No. 9-ranked Thomasville then scored the next 20 points to take command.
Ladarius Ceasar scored on a 29-yard run and Warr’s PAT pulled the Bobcats within 20-10 with 11:03 left in the game.
Ceasar had 114 yards rushing on 15 carries. Asher White was 9 of 22 passing for 145 yards. Montravious George had six catches for 76 yards.
Defensively, Jay Ealy had 13 tackles, a caused fumble and a tackle for loss. Tyree McCoy had 12 tackles and an interception and Tiger Stephens have 10 tackles and a fumble recovery.