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CENTRAL ALABAMA SCOREBOARD OFFICE — Bubba Nettles has had himself quite a first couple of weeks leading Escambia Academy to wins over Pike Liberal and Glenwood. Starting In the second half of Escambia’s season-opener against the defending AAA Champion Patriots Nettles gashed the Patriots for 113 yards.
One Friday in Smiths Station, he shredded the Gators’ defense rushing for a career-high 276 yards on 25 carries. He also added 53 receiving yards and finished the affair with 329 all-purpose yards with four touchdowns and two successful conversion runs. Escambia defeated Glenwood 57-49 on a night where the Cougars ran for 428 yards on 49 carries. Escambia’s defense – despite the score – held the Gators to 26 yards rushing on 23 attempts.
Nettles – though – wasn’t the only Cougar to have themselves a night at Glenwood’s expense: Quarterback Landon Sims rushed for 152 yards and two touchdowns on 13 carries and two (of three attempts) completed passes to Nettles for 53 yards. Sims also finished the night 4-for-4 on point after kicks.
Christian Crook carried the ball eight times for 71 yards and a score.
Kevin Farrish rattled off four of the Cougars six sacks on the night.
Highlighting the top performances of student-athletes from across the AISA:
- Parker Spears | Quarterback (Sparta Academy)
- In a 30-20 win over Class AAA Monroe, Spears ran for 286 yards and three touchdowns on 22 carries as the Warriors amassed 446 yards of total offense.
- Austin Champion | Quarterback (Edgewood Academy)
- In the Wildcats 43-13 win over Hooper, Champion finished the night 12-of-19 passing for 305 yards and five touchdowns.
- Trevor Rodie | Wide Out (Edgewood Academy)
- Rodie reeled in five receptions for 128 yards and two scores
- JB Collier | Wide Out (Edgewood Academy)
- Collier caught two passes for 75, both receptions were touchdowns.
- RJ Coker | Running Back (Hooper Academy)
- In a game dominated by Edgewood’s offense, Coker stepped up and finished the night with 98 yards rushing and two scores on seven carries.
- John Bonner | Running Back (Banks Academy)
- With a constant-clock speeding up the game in the fourth quarter, Bonner did all his damage in the first three amassing 207 yards on six carries with three touchdowns. He scored on runs of 48 yards, 79 yards and 62 yards as the Jets commenced a 48-minute bombing run through the Cornerstone Christian defense. Banks (2-0) finished the night with 583 yards of total offense.
- LaCharles Gardner | Quarterback (Banks Academy)
- The Jets singal-caller completed three passes (five overall attempts) for 120 yards and three touchdowns.
- Kaemon Teasley | Wide Out (Banks)
- Teasley reeled in two Gardner passes for 104 yards and two touchdowns.
- Dalton Nickles | Quarterback (Macon East)
- In a heart-breaking loss to Montgomery’s Valiant Cross, Nickles finished the night with 124 yards passing – highlighted by a 54-yard touchdown strike to Tyler Daniels – on five completions (out of nine attempts) and split the uprights on a 25-yard third-quarter field goal.
- Cory Brown | Wide Out / Defensive Back (Valiant Cross)
- Brown caught eight passes for 121 yards and two touchdowns while forcing a fumble and snagging two interceptions on defense. Brown’s second pick set up his 30-yard scoring reception from Antavious Jackson on fourth-and-15 to give the Warriors their first lead at 12-11 with 11:53 left in the game.
- Anthony Jackson | Quaterback (Valiant Cross)
- In Thursday’s win over Macon East, Jackson completed 11-of-21 passes for 175 yards and two scores while rushing for 34 yards and scoring the game-winner.
- Wendell Powell | Running Back (Valiant Cross)
- Powell finished the Macon East game with 106 yards on 16 carries.
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