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AISA football teams put up big numbers in a night of blowouts

Story by Griffin Pritchard | Publisher

CENTRAL ALABAMA SCOREBOARD OFFICE – With the season winding down to just a few weeks remaining – Friday’s (September 24) games left little mystery as the winning teams scored early and often. Sparta and Crenshaw Christian put up 57 points in wins over Fort Dale and Lakeside.

With four weeks remaining in the regular season – the playoff picture is beginning to take shape. Crenshaw leads Class A Region 1. Jackson and Sparta are tied in Region 2.

Chambers and Macon East are tied for the Class AA Region 1 lead while Autauga and Escambia are tied for the lead in Region 2.

Pike Liberal leads Class AAA Region 1 while Region 2 is up for grabs.


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Banks def. Southern 34-19

Banks Academy – who is working their way through their first full AISA season – has been racking up the offensive yardage this season. On Friday, they ran for 359 yards. Josh Bonner (junior) led the way with 203 yards and 3 touchdown runs (47, 41 and 5) on 19 carries. He averaged just shy of 11 yards a carry. Bonner’s building a resume that’s MVP worthy – running the ball 60 times for 720 yards and 10 touchdowns. According to Coach Riley Banks, Bonner is averaging 12 yards per carry.

The Jets are going to be tested in the coming weeks though with Abbeville Christian, Macon East, Lakeside and Chambers remaining on the schedule.

But back to the win over Southern. Bonner – while a huge cog in the Banks offensive machine – wasn’t the only Jet leaving the runway.

Quenterrius Chandler (sophomore) ran the ball eight times for 72 yards and 2 touchdowns (runs of 41 and 7) and finished the night averaging 9 yards per carry.

LeCharles Gardner (sophomore) – another Jet soaring through Southern’s defense – finished the night with 72 yards on 11 carries and 23 passing yards.

Macon East def. Monroe 49-7

The Knights – after four quarters of football Friday – had the Volunteers questioning themselves as Macon East squarely defeated Monroe Academy 49-7. The Knights – starting with Monroe – are settled into a home stand that will see Jackson, Banks and Chambers travel to Cecil in successive weeks. To end the regular season Macon East will travel to Springwood and then end the season against Abbeville Christian inside the friendly confines.

Gabe Spencer led the Knights in a march through Monroe, carrying the ball 19 times for 207 yards and 3 touchdowns (runs of 59, 7 and 1). Thaddeus McKinney followed up the offensive onslaught with 71 yards rushing (on seven carries) and a 15-yard touchdown run. Flipping over and playing defense for Macon East, McKinney accounted for 3 tackles and a fumble recovery.

Quarterback Deonte Powell led the aerial assault, completing eight passes for 111 yards and 2 touchdowns (21 and 53). He called his own number and rushed the ball 6 times for 23 yards and a 1-yard touchdown plunge.

Powell touchdown tosses were to Parker Strickland (his only reception of the night) for the 21-yard score and to Jacob Wilson (64 receiving yards total) from 53 yards out.

Strickland – who also plays defense – finished the night with 6 tackles.

Teron Wright (13 tackles) and Zach Brown (10 tackles and a sack) led the Knights defense. Dalton Nickles – the last piece of the defensive puzzle for Macon East – recorded 7 tackles.

Lowndes def. Hooper 33-6

After dropping their first two games of the season (following a first-week forfeit win over Coosa Valley) Hooper Academy scored late to knock off Banks two weeks and then on Friday were poised to handle Lowndes Academy. The Colts scooped up a Rebels fumble on the first play of the game and then – a few plays later – turned it into points, scoring from inside the Lowndes 5 yard line. But that was it. The Rebels went to work after that offensive flurry and held the Colts to 156 yards of total offense (63 rushing and 93 passing). RJ Coker led the Colts with 61 yards rushing on 23 carries.

Lowndes – who goes on the road for the next two weeks, traveling to Crenshaw and Lakeside (Eufaula) – picked off three passes. Jackson Self and Cooper Dansby accounted for a combined 21 tackles. Self and Noah Smith accounted for the three pics.

Offensively, Self – the Rebels running back – rushed for 167 yards and three scores on 15 carries. Tyler Tyus – quarterback for Lowndes – threw for 128 yards on five completions and then ran the ball 11 times for 74 yards to finish the affair with both a passing and a rushing touchdown. Clayton Hussey reeled in one Tyus pass for 71 yards.

For the Colts, they travel on down the interstate for Fort Dale this week and then will be back in action Thursday of next week, hosting Glenwood. Lee-Scott (in Auburn), Valiant Cross and Cornerstone Christian are what remains of the regular season.

Sparta def. Fort Dale 57-35

In the movies 300 Spartan warriors stood against the world. In the AISA Class A Sparta has been taking on all comers, outscoring their opponents (from across the AISA spectrum) 227-101 on the way to a 5-0 record. Last week the Warriors knocked off Fort Dale for win No. 5 and (after having this week off / originally scheduled to play Escambia) has a roadtrip to South Choctaw scheduled in two weeks before ending the season at home against Snook, Jackson and Coosa Valley.

Parker Spears – also vying for Class A’s top player – ran for 461 yards and 7 touchdowns eviscerating the Eagles defense. He threw for 70 yards and had 23 punt return yards. But he wasn’t the only one having themselves a night at the expense of Fort Dale. Ja’Micah Morrow finished the night with 73 yards rushing. Playing on the defensive side of the ball, Morrow finished with 8 solo tackles, 8 assists and two tackles for loss.

AISA Scoreboard

Pike Liberal Arts 21, Chambers Academy 18

Valiant Cross vs. Wewahitchka (Fla.), canceled

Lee-Scott Academy 43, Springwood School 0

Patrician Academy 33, Morgan Academy 14

Escambia Academy 21, Tuscaloosa Academy 6

Wilcox Academy 21, Clarke Prep School 10

Autauga Academy 45, Bessemer Academy 8

Banks Academy 34, Southern Academy 19

Macon East Academy 49, Monroe Academy 7

Southern Prep 61, Meadowview Christian 0

St. Patrick 49, Snook Academy 20

Sparta Academy 57, Fort Dale Academy 35

Jackson Academy 28, Coosa Valley Academy 0

Crenshaw Christian 57, Lakeside School 18

Abbeville Christian 37, Cornerstone Christian 14

Lowndes Academy 33, Hooper Academy 6

Founder/Publisher of Central Alabama Scoreboard. Former sportsguy, managing editor, currently working for the City of Tallassee as a Public Information Specialist and grant writer.

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