Coosa-Central & Childersburg close regular season with state records
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (ahsaa.com) – Coosa Central High School went into its final game of the regular season needing a win over Childersburg to keep its slim playoff hopes alive. Childersburg was hoping to close out its season with a win and a two-game winning streak.
In the end, the two teams walked off the field after final handshakes with a state record for scoring in a single game and in a single quarter as Childersburg captured an 82-64 win and the AHSAA Prep Spotlight for Week 10 of the 2016 football season.
The combined 146 points set a new AHSAA single-game state record – as did the 72 points scored in the final quarter. The record previous record, 139 points, was set in 2003 when Parrish downed Hubbertville 81-58. That record erased a the previous record (136) set by Slocomb and Houston County 72 years earlier in a 124-12 Red Tops win in 1931.
Coach Jonathan Beverly’s winning Tigers scored 44 points in the final quarter and Coach Barry Simmons’ Cougars had 28 – a total of nine TDs in the final 12 minutes.
Alexander City Outlook sports editor Cathy Higgins had the daunting task of keeping up with the game statistics. She had Coosa Central quarterback Raymond Graham with 267 yards rushing, 162 yards passing and a combined hand in seven of the Cougars’ touchdowns.
Childersburg quarterback Jelan Kidd was just as prolific with four rushing touchdowns and three TDs passing.
The game was tied at 8-8 after one quarter. Coosa Central led 30-24 at the half but trailed 38-36 heading into the wildest fourth-quarter scoring spree in state history to close out the contest.Takairee Kenabrew also had three touchdowns for the Tigers, and Jaterious Hill and Jevon McKinney had two each receiving for the Cougars. Maurice Bennett intercepted a Coosa Central pass with 5:58 to play and ran it in for a touchdown for the only non-offensive TD of the night. Childersburg was successful on eight 2-point tries.
The scoring assault edged out five amazing individual performances by Falkville running back Caleb Vinson, Walker wide receiver Isiah Cox, Midfield quarterback Anthony Brown, Carbon Hill quarterback Jon Michael Madison and Sumiton Christian defensive back Tommy Woodall that etched their names in the AHSAA record book.
Vinson had 32 rush attempts in a 53-34 win over Vinemont accounting for 287 yards rushing and seven rushing touchdowns. The seven rushing TDs rank him tied for second behind Sylacauga running back Golinsky Smith’s eight rushing TDs in a 1997 win over Chelsea. Vinson, who had scoring runs of 9, 38, 1, 45, 5, 41 and 4 yards and two two-point conversions for a total of 46 points ranking him 7thbehind record holder Tommy Haley Ricks of Hubbertville’ 58 points scored in a 76-52 win over Vina in 2008.
Walker’s senior receiver Cox became just the fourth player in AHSAA history to total more than 300 pass receiving yards in a single game. He had eight catches for 303 yards and three TDs (83, 55, 73 yards) as the Vikings beat Dora 55-7. He played just one series in the second half. He finished his senior year with 983 receiving yards and all 13 TD passes Walker managed in 2016.
Chris Simpson of LaFayette set the AHSAA single-game receiving record (412 yards) in a win over Alabama Christian in 2000. He had 20 catches in that performance. Brandon Greer of Westbrook Christian had 311 yards vs. Donoho in 1998 and Stevie Woods of Dora 303 yards receiving versus Oak Grove in 2010.
Midfield’s Brown was 21-of-30 passing for 392 yards and seven touchdowns in a 48-47 win over New Hope last week. Madison was 19-of-28 passing for 403 yards and four scores in a 70-46 loss to Curry, and Woodall made four interceptions in Sumiton Christian’s 42-20 win over Marion County. Brown’s seven TD passes tied for third all-time. The 400-yard passing performance by Madison ranks 42nd in the AHSAA and the four picks by Woodall ties him for second behind four players who share the state record (5).