Friday Night's Best Photos and Coach's Comments


James Clemens' Keymari Pittman gets upended in Friday night's 41-34 loss to Gardendale. The Jets quarterback Tyler Nelson completed completed 10 of 15 passes for 148 yards and 2 touchdowns. He also rushed for 317 yards on 23 carries. and scored 3 more touchdowns. “Our quarterback made a lot of plays,” Gardendale coach Chad Eads said. “He’s the best athlete on our team and he’s a tough kid. He’s a great leader for us. He’s a pretty smart kid.” Photo by Kevin Farrell, al.com




The Handley Tigers gang tackle a Valley runner in the Tigers 22-20 victory over the Rams played Friday night at Handley.




Hillcrest's Kendrick Davis (8) and his teammates jump in the air in celebration after he intercepted a fumble by Pike Road and proceeded to score a touch down at Hillcrest High School. "The way that they responded is the way that anybody that's a coach at any level wants to see," first-year Pike Road coach Ed Rigby said. " You're down 14-0 to a semifinal team that returned a dump truck-load of players from last year in 6A... There ain't no quit in these guys." Photo courtesy of Will Mclelland, Tuscaloosa News




Russellville quarterback Harrison Burch meshes with runner Conner Warhurst in Friday night's 34-21 loss at Grissom. “A lot of first-game mistakes. A lot of mental errors, which we expected,” said Russellville head coach John Ritter after the game. “A lot of dropped balls – and if you’re going to put the thing in the air, you’ve got to catch it. We were just inconsistent,” Ritter added. “That’s expected early in the year; the key is, how do we rebound? How do we respond?” Photo courtesy of the Franklin County Times




Fairhope quarterback Caden Creel breaks the tackle of Spanish Fort's William Anderson in Friday night's 34-28 victory over Spanish Fort. The Pirates won on a last play interception return of 75 yards by Nolan Phillips. “Great way to start the season,” Fairhope coach Tim Carter said. “Great opponent. Both teams led in the game. There was no quit in either team.” Photo courtesy of Scott Donaldson, al.com





Dadeville's DaQuan Doss rushed for over 200 yards and 3 touchdowns in his team's opening win over B.B. Comer Friday night in Dadeville. “We scored a lot of points,” said head coach Roger McDonald. “We were pleased. We beat a heck of a football team.” “Offensive line did an exceptional job,” McDonald said. “We were able to knock ‘em out. Offensive line did an exceptional job,” McDonald said. “We were able to knock ‘em out.”

Photo courtesy of The Alexander City Outlook




Dothan's Tamarion Peterson leaves a Carroll defender behind in his team's 45-19 victory over Carroll of Ozark. Carroll jumped to a 13-0 lead but got overwhelmed by the Wolves. The win gave new head coach Jed Kennedy his first win. “It’s about the kids,” Kennedy said. “It is a big relief off their shoulders. They have worked really hard and when you get a win, it validates some of the things you are doing as a program. We did a lot of good things tonight. We did a lot of things bad and a lot of things OK, but we won the game and ultimately that is the goal.” Carroll coach Patrick Plott said, "We got off to a good start, but we couldn’t sustain it and they started wearing on us,” Plott said. “I thought in the first half that the defense was on the field too much because we couldn’t sustain drives on offense. In the second half, we got a stop on the first series and got some momentum, but we couldn’t get any more stops.” Photo by Jay Hare, Dothan Eagle




Benjamin Russell's new coach Smitty Grider talks to his team during a timeout in Friday night's game, a 41-7 victory over Sylacauga.