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BIRMINGHAM — Banks Academy brought every bit of fight they had into battle with Edgewood Friday night. But turnovers and busted coverages proved problematic as Edgewood picked up the 26-12 win. 

“Edgewood was really good, as they are every year,” said Riley White, Banks Academy coach. “We turned the ball over five times and gave up three scores on busted coverages. Our guys competed well, but we made too many mistakes to win against a quality opponent.”

Josh Bonner (10 carries for 55 yards) got the Jets off the deck, breaking free on a 27-yard scoring run. Banks lined up for two points, but were turned away. 

Banks won the first quarter, out-scoring Edgewood 6-0, and finished the night outrunning the Wildcats 174 yards to 97.

“Banks did an outstanding job defensively,” said Edgewood Coach Chad Michael. “They had a great plan and took away some of the things we like to do and forced us to adjust. Their defensive line is very talented and gave us trouble all night and really made it tough on us to run the ball.”

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The Wildcats won the second quarter and the rest of the game thanks to their passing attack. 

Austin Champion – in the second frame – tossed touchdown passes to Trevor Rodie for a 30-yard score; to JT Brazell for a 7-yard score and again to Rodie from 26-yards out.

Michael: “Austin is playing great football right now. He hasn’t made a lot of mistakes and has a great relationship with receivers. He has trust in them and his offensive line, which allows him to play free.”

Champion finished the night 15-of-30 for 225 yards and four touchdowns. He threw a third-quarter strike to Rodie from 9 yards out.”

Rodie – who has become Champions go-to-Wildcat – finished the night with nine catches for 165 yards and three scores. 

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Leading 26-6, the Jets capped the scoring with a 32-yard house call by Quenterrius Chandler (8 carries for 82 yards). 

Michael: I was really pleased at how we handled the adversity of being down after the first quarter. We continued to play hard and to make the needed adjustments.”

Edgewood (3-0) hosts Macon-East Friday while Banks (2-1) leaves the friendly confines and travels to Springwood Friday.

MILESTONE STAT: TREVOR RODIE: 9 receptions for 165 yards and 3 touchdowns (30, 26 and 9)

Below are the CAScoreboard Coverage Community Highlights & MILESTONES — AISA FOOTBALL EDITION

— Special thanks to the coaches and stat keepers who took the time to keep us updated. 

Crenshaw Christian rallies in the second half to upend Coosa Valley

LUVERNE — Canaan Johnson had himself a night: 180 all-purpose yards, a passing touchdown, 10 tackles and two forced fumbles. The problem, though, was that for all of his efforts the one touchdown proved to be Coosa Valley’s only touchdown in a 22-7 loss to Crenshaw Christian on the road Friday night. 

“We improved from last week to this week,” said Vince DiLorenzo after the game. “My coaches did a great job on gameday and we substituted much better even when we were down to no more offensive or defensive linemen.”

Hunter Hill finished the night with five tackles and two receptions for 40 yards. Ray Albright recorded 10 tackles and reeled in two of Johnson’s passes totalling 40 yards. Konner Hebson finished the night with three receptions for 25 yards and Joshua Tate rattled off 30 rushing yards. 

DiLorenzo: “Our players fought and believed the whole game. Canaan was all over the field as a linebacker and ran it and threw it on offense like a champion. We have to go back to work to try to get a win next week.”

Coosa Valley is going to have its work cut out over the next two weeks hosting Eufaula’s Lakeside School this week and then Greenville’s Fort Dale Academy the next before boarding the buses for back-to-back road trips to Jackson and Cornerstone Christian.

MILESTONE STAT: CANAAN JOHNSON: 100 yards passing, 80 yards rushing, 10 tackles, 2 FF

Escambia runs away from Patrician in Top 10 showdown

ATMORE — On the heels of last week’s victory over Glenwood, top-ranked Escambia rattled off 395 rushing yards in a 34-14 win over No. 6 (AISA) Patrician. 

Landon Sims led the Cougars with 53-yards passing on six completions (including a successful two-point conversion). While 53 yards passing is an accomplishment – he was in amongst a host of Cougars who went to work on the ground and left the Saints defense marching into one another. 

Sims ran for 160 yards on nine carries with two touchdowns. Bubba Nettles rattled off 76 yards and two scores on 13 carries. Christian Crook finished the night with 84 yards and a score on five carries. Brady Howell didn’t make it to the endzone but toted the ball twice for a total of 74 yards.

Escambia (3-0) hits the highway this weekend and travels to Camden for a showdown with Wilcox Academy before stepping out of league play next week to face Northview (Florida) on the road. 

Patrician parade of Top 10 opponents next week when they welcome No. 2 (as of the Sept. 2 poll) Autauga Academy to Butler and then will travel to Tuscaloosa Academy the next week.

MILESTONE STAT: LANDON SIMS: 53 yards passing, 9 carries for 160 yards rushing, 2 touchdowns

The AISA Friday Night Scoreboard:
No.1 Escambia Aca. 34, No. 6 Patrician 14

No. 8 Bessemer Aca. 26, Monroe Aca. 8

No. 5 Chambers Aca. 49, Springwood 0

No. 4 Pike Liberal Arts 63, Hooper 0

No. 9 Tuscaloosa Aca. 39, Fort Dale Academy 14

No. 7 Morgan Aca. 34, Clarke Prep 6

SWGeorgia Aca. 21, No. 10 Macon East 20

Crenshaw Chr. 22, Coosa Valley 7

Edgewood 26, Banks Aca. 12

Jackson Aca. 67, Snook 7

Lakeside beat Cornerstone-Columbiana, forfeit

Lowndes Aca. 42, Abbeville Chr. 7

South Choctaw Aca. 53, Meadowview 6

Sparta 36, Pickens Aca. 12

Wilcox Aca. 33, Southern Aca. 13

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