September 18, 2010 10:05:00 PM
REFORM -- Senior quarterback Deion Curry threw for two touchdowns and ran for another one Friday night to lead the Pickens County High School football team to a 55-16 victory against John Essex.
Curry rushed twice for 121 yards to help the Tornadoes improve to 4-0 and 3-0 in Class A, Region 4.
Pickens County rolled up 454 yards offense -- 340 rushing and 114 passing -- and a 55-8 halftime lead in the victory.
Curry tossed a 40-yard touchdown pass to Reginald Washington in the Tornadoes'' 27-0 first quarter.
Demarco Hall, who kicked the first PAT, caught the second touchdown pass for 40 yards.
Curry then added a 66-yard scoring jaunt. The Tornadoes'' final scoring came on a 10-yard run by Tim Simpson, James Adams'' 34-yard run, Glen Tunnell''s 34-yard scoring catch from Devonte Simon and Travis Bailey''s 2-yard run.
Pickens County will travel to Aliceville next week.
n South Lamar 43, Brilliant 36: At Brilliant, Ala., Ken Mitchell''s 51-yard touchdown reception from Jordan Smith with 1 minute, 56 seconds to play gave the Stallions (2-2, 1-2 Class A, Region 5).
Nick Fisher sealed the win with an interception to stop Brilliant''s last chance on offense.
Smith completed 7-of-10 passes for 120 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions. Mitchell led the ground attack with 13 carries for 118 yards and two touchdowns and one receiving.
Brilliant scored first on Sawyer Nelson''s 7-yard fumble recovery return for a touchdown. South Lamar answered with Mitchell''s 71-yard run.
Jake Davis put Brilliant ahead 13-7 after one quarter with his first of two touchdown receptions, a 41-yard score from Fabian Garcia.
Hank Parker''s 3-yard run in the second quarter put South Lamar ahead 14-13. Then Justin Sanford intercepted a pass and returned it 33 yards for a Stallions touchdown.
Brilliant''s Davis grabbed his second touchdown pass -- a 22-yarder -- from Garcia. But South Lamar''s Tremaine Willingham returned a fumble 51 yards for a touchdown with six seconds left in the third quarter.
South Lamar opened the fourth quarter with Mitchell''s 7-yard scoring run. Then Brilliant (1-3, 0-3) scored twice -- on 30-yard runs by Dustin Whitten and Adam Martin -- for the 36-35 edge.
The Stallions scored the winning points on Mitchell''s 51-yard reception from Smith, who ran in the two-point conversion.
South Lamar will play host to Winfield next week.
n Sulligent 35, Colbert Heights 20: At Colbert Heights, Ala., Ismail Riggish rushed 13 times for 219 yards to lead the Blue Devils.
Sulligent (3-1, 3-0) leads the Class 2A, Region 8 standings, while Colbert Heights (3-1, 2-1) is tied for second.
Riggins put Sulligent up 7-0 with a 48-yard touchdown run. Ryan Reeves returned an interception 96 yards for a Sulligent score. A 54-yard scoring run by Riggins and two touchdown passes from John Potmesil to Darius Swanigan gave Sulligent a 35-0 halftime lead.
Sulligent will play host to Marion County on Friday.
n Red Bay 35, Lamar County 25: At Vernon, Ala., Chase Lindsey rushed for 231 yards and three touchdowns for the Tigers.
Lindsey had touchdown runs of 9, 54, and 14 yards. Hunter Childers scored twice for the Tigers on a 9-yard pass to Marco Gonzalez and on a 6-yard run.
Lamar County quarterback Eric Hudson scored three times for 96 yards rushing. He also returned a kickoff 80 yards for another touchdown and led the Bulldogs in tackles with 13.
Lamar County (2-2, 2-1 Class 2A, Region 8) will travel to American Christian Academy on Friday night.
n Aliceville 20, Sumter County 12: In York, Ala., Mack Burden''s 13-yard touchdown with 59 seconds left gave the Yellow Jackets the winning points.
Aliceville opened the scoring on Marquise Mayhew''s 1-yard run and Javaris Dancy''s 10-yard dash.
Sumter County tied the game 12-12 at intermission on two second-quarter scores. Duante'' Ruffin had a 1-yard scoring run and Terrance Hinton''s touchdown was from 8 yards.
Mayhew rushed for the two-point conversion after Burden''s touchdown. He rushed 30 times for 152 yards.
Aliceville (3-1,3-0 Class 3A, Region 4) will play host to Pickens County next week.
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