October 24, 2010 12:57:00 AM
MILLPORT, Ala. -- Senior running back Ken Mitchell rushed for 339 yards and five touchdowns Friday night to power the South Lamar High School football team to a 45-27 victory against Meek 45-27 in an Alabama High School Athletic Association Class 1A, Region 5 game.
Mitchell scored three times in the first quarter for South Lamar (3-6, 2-5 region), which will play Thursday at Sulligent.
The Stallions took a 21-0 lead after Williams scored on runs of 32, 34, and 20 yards. Meek followed with Dylan Cleghorn''s 9-yard touchdown reception on a pass from Jackson Murphey.
South Lamar answered with two more scores, starting with a 48-yard touchdown pass form Jordan Smith to Hank Parker. Then Blake Mitchell returned an interception 52 yards for a score.
Murphey passed for another Meek touchdown before halftime, hitting Casey Lawson from 9 yards.
In the third quarter, Meek scored first on Tyler Hallmark''s 10-yard run. Ken Mitchell tacked on his fourth touchdown with a 79-yard scamper.
Meek''s Brandon Griffith returned an interception 9 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter. Ken Mitchell ended his scoring assault for the Stallions with an 83-yard run.
Aliceville rushed for 221 yards to offset a 228-yard passing attack by Northside (1-7, 1-5). Aliceville wrapped up third place in the Class 3A, Region 4 standings to advance to the playoffs.
The Yellow Jackets (6-3, 5-2 region) scored twice in the first half for a 16-0 lead at intermission. Javaris Dancy threw a 14-yard touchdown pass to Mack Burden in the first quarter. In the second quarter, Marquis Mayhew scored on a 5-yard run.
Northside countered in the third quarter with Rokeland Sibley''s 5-yard touchdown run.
In the fourth quarter, Aliceville took a 24-8 lead on Marquise Colvin''s 4-yard touchdown run. Northside then scored on a 4-yard pass from Hunter Mims Jr. to Sibley.
Burden led all Aliceville rushers with 118 yards on six carries. Colvin added 74 yards on 14 carries.
Aliceville has an open date next weekend.
The victory pushed Sulligent to 7-2 and 6-1 in the region. Phil Campbell fell to 4-5, 2-5.
Phil Campbell started the scoring in the first quarter on a 6-yard touchdown pass to Dylan Rice. In the second quarter, Sulligent''s Riggins scored on an 8-yard run.
The Blue Devils took control in the third quarter, starting with Peter Swanigan''s 63-yard run. Tony Johnson followed with a 36-yard interception return for a score.
Phil Campbell''s Jeremy Dora took the ensuing kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown, but Riggins scored next for Sulligent on a 15-yard rush.
After Phil Campbell scored on a 13-yard pass, Riggins got his final touchdown on a 4-yard run.
Wesley Parson added 105 yards on 13 carries for Sulligent, and Swanigan had four receptions for 81 yards and a touchdown.
Sulligent will play host South Lamar on Thursday to end the regular season.
The victory gave Pickens County (6-3, 5-2 region) third place in the standings. Holy Spirit (4-5, 3-4 region) is fourth.
Simpson went 8 yards for the Tornadoes'' first score. James Adams caught a 27-yard scoring pass from Deion Curry, who completed 5 of 9 passes for 111 yards and two touchdowns.
Curry connected with Lajuan Doss from 29 yards to give Pickens County a 21-0 lead after one quarter.
Curry added a 60-yard touchdown to open the second half before Simpson scored on a 30-yard run and on an interception return of 50 yards. William Stewart''s 29-yard run ended the scoring.
Pickens County will play host to Gordo on Thursday in its regular-season finale.
Red Bay and Lamar County (4-5, 4-3 region) tied in the Class 2A, Region 8 standings, but Red Bay defeated Lamar County 35-25 for the tiebreaker.
"I hate we weren''t able to make the playoffs," Lamar County coach Ken Adams said. "But we weren''t playing with a purpose this year, and I''m not sure we deserved to make it."
Eric Hudson rushed 17 times for 150 yards, scoring all three Lamar County touchdowns on runs of 2, 5, and 19 yards. Kenneth Hill added 68 yards on nine carries.
Tyler Sprouse and Lemetrius Williams each had seven tackles.
Lamar County will entertain Winfield on Friday to end the season.
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