RAL­LIES

Cherokee County Herald - - WORSHIP DIRECTORY -

The Al­abama de­fense, led by Moul­try and Span­ish Fort line­backer Thomas John­ston, stopped Mis­sis­sippi near mid-field on fourth down with 5:58 left and the of­fense re­sponded with a six-play, 41-yard drive cul­mi­nated with Hill­crest-Tuscaloosa run­ning back Brian Robin­son scor­ing on a 13-yard run with 3:07 to play. Robin­son, who had been held in check most of the game, had 28 yards on four car­ries in the drive to give Al­abama its fi­nal 25-14 lead.

John­ston, who fin­ished his prep ca­reer as the AHSAA ca­reer tack­les leader, was named Al­abama’s game MVP. He had 16 tack­les, in­clud­ing two clutch stops of Clin­ton’s tal­ented Ak­ers that stopped Mis­sis­sippi drives. Britt added 10 tack­les and Moul­try had one sack for an 11-yard loss among his nine stops.

Jeff Davis de­fen­sive end Alec Jack­son also had a fum­ble re­cov­ery and McA­dory de­fen­sive back Mal­colm Askew had an in­ter­cep­tion.

Al­abama had 179 yards to­tal of­fense with Thomp­son com­plet­ing 7- of- 16 passes for 71 yards and Etowah’s Daulton Hy­att, 4-of-6 for 28 Yards. Noah Ig­binoghene of He­witt- Trussville had four catches for 44 yards, and Ruggs added two catches for 21 yards to go with his 90-yard kick­off re­turn.

Lane, who was 3-of-4 on field goals and kicked all but one of his kick­offs into the end zone, also punted five times for a 44.8- yard av­er­age. Blount’s Kadar­ius Toney had two car­ries for 27 yards – a 38-yard scam­per and an 11-yard loss on a re­verse.

Robin­son fin­ished with a net of 16 yards on eight car­ries and Ter­ence Dun­lap of Maplesville rushed for 17 yards on seven at­tempts.

Mis­sis­sippi had 229 to­tal yards with game MVP Kylin Hill of Colum­bus lead­ing all rush­ers with 91 yards and a TD on 18 car­ries.

Ak­ers had 65 yards on 19 car­ries. Myles Bren­nan of St. Stanis­laus was 11- of- 15 pass­ing for 59 yards and Braden Smith of North­west Rankin was 7-of-9 for 23 yards.

Ak­ers com­pleted two passes, one for 38 yards to Jor­dan Mur­phy of Hattiesburg. Mur­phy had seven catches for 78 yards.

Wil­lie Gay of Starkville and J.J. Rus­sell of Gre­nada had seven tack­les each to lead Mis­sis­sippi.

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