2004 High School Football Recap

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, December 7, 2004

Calera Eagles

Overall Record: 11-1

Region Finish: 7-0, first

Coach: Ken Adams

Team Leaders: David Lacey – 1,044 rushing yards, 12 total touchdowns, 70 tackles, 5 sacks, 5 forced fumbles; Paul Delbridge – 769 rushing yards, 12 total touchdowns, 102 tackles; T.J. Green – 797 rushing yards, 7 rushing touchdowns; Mike Watts – 31-of-58 passing, 469 passing yards, 6 passing touchdowns.

Extra Points: Calera finished one of its finest seasons in school history.

A big win against cross-town rival Montevallo in the opener set the tone for the year. The Eagles stormed through the regular season with an undefeated record behind a dominant rushing game.

2004 Schedule Results

MontevalloW, 34-15

KeithW, 47-0

R.C. HatchW, 44-6

MaplesvilleW, 44-30

GordoW, 29-12

Hale CountyW, 53-6

BillingsleyW, 50-22

VincentW, 31-21

Pickens CountyW, 35-0

FultondaleW, forfeit

*ElbaW, 27-26 ot

*Southern ChoctawL, 23-12

*AHSAA Class 2A Playoffs

Vincent Yellow Jackets

Overall Record: 3-7

Region Finish: 3-4, fourth

Coach: Dwight Spradley

Team Leaders: Steven Adams – 50-of-107 passing, 662 passing yards, 10 passing touchdowns; Desmond Yowe – 1,006 rushing yards, 12 rushing touchdowns; Jerrod Datcher – 85 tackles.

Extra Points: The Yellow Jackets improved on their one win in 2003 but three wins won’t get you into the playoffs. The results are misleading in that Vincent only missed the playoffs by a &uot;sack race&uot; tiebreaker, but until the Yellow Jacket’s offense can throw the ball down field, its defense can only carry them so far.

2004 Schedule Results

ChelseaL, 41-26

GordoL, 26-20 ot

KeithW, 39-6

Shelby CountyL, 37-6

R.C. HatchW, 38-8

BillingsleyL, 16-13

Pickens County

L, 14-6

CaleraL, 31-21

Hale CountyW, 31-0

MontevalloL, 38-18

Chelsea Hornets

Overall Record: 8-4

Region Finish: 5-2, third

Coach: Watt Parker

Team Leaders: Juan Grier – 1,413 rushing yards, 17 rushing touchdowns; Casey Morris – 47-of-90 passing, 663 passing yards; Daniel Dempsey – 87 tackles.

Extra Points: Chelsea took down two top ten teams this season, ending Dora’s 25-game regular season win streak with a 47-14 thumping and knocking off North Jackson in the playoffs. The Hornets also produced one of the county’s leading rushers for the second straight year in tailback Juan Grier.

2004 Schedule Results

VincentW, 41-26

Fayette CountyL, 14-7

MontevalloW, 26-14

Chilton CountyW, 28-26

Oak GroveL, 20-17

DoraW, 47-14

HoltW, 42-25

CornerW, 35-8

TarrantW, 42-22

Shelby CountyL, 38-14

*North JacksonW, 21-7

*MoodyL, 35-14

*AHSAA Class 4A Playoffs

Montevallo Bulldogs

Overall Record: 5-5

Region Finish: 3-4, fifth

Coach: Jim King

Team Leaders: A.J. Ward – 1,559 rushing yards, 28 rushing touchdowns; Chad Glass – 48-of-102 passing, 772 passing yards; Corey Lovelady – 22 receptions, 387 receiving yards, 3 receiving touchdowns; Brian Fulgham – 111 tackles, 2 sacks.

Extra Points: Head coach Jim King will sit and wonder what could have happened had the Bulldogs beaten Holt in week six, but Montevallo has a lot of promise heading into the 2005 season. The Bulldogs finished a solid 5-5 this season and the return of Shelby County’s leading rusher, A.J. Ward, has Bulldog fans anxious for next season.

2004 Schedule Results

CaleraL, 34-15

TarrantW, 35-7

ChelseaL, 26-14

Bibb CountyW, 34-0

DoraL, 41-25

HoltL, 35-33

CornerW, 27-14

Oak GroveL, 21-13

Fayette CountyW, 35-28

VincentW, 38-18

Briarwood Lions

Overall Record: 5-6

Region Finish: 5-2, third

Coach: Fred Yancey

Team Leaders: Tanner Gell – 121-of-255 passing, 1,546 passing yards, 9 passing touchdowns; Larry Hedden – 44 receptions, 595 receiving yards, four receiving touchdowns; Charles Hoke – 40 receptions, 492 receiving yards, 3 receiving touchdowns.

Extra Points: After finishing the 2003 season as Class 5A state champs, the Lions failed to meet expectations, falling in the first round of the playoffs. Charles Hoke and Larry Hedden were two of the county’s leading receivers but the lack of a consistent running game kept the Lions from repeating as state champs.

2004 Schedule Results

Vestavia HillsL, 20-14

Shelby CountyW, 12-3

ValleyW, 17-13

ThompsonL, 10-3

SylacaugaW, 30-7

Benjamin RussellL, 13-3

HomewoodL, 18-13

Chilton CountyW, 28-18

TalladegaW, 31-0

Lee-HuntsvilleL, 24-21

*WilliamsonL, 28-7

*AHSAA Class 5A Playoffs

Shelby County Wildcats

Overall Record: 7-4

Region Finish: 4-3, fourth

Coach: Bruce Breland

Team Leaders: Josh Dikis – 54-of-125 passing, 861 pasing yards, 7 passing touchdowns; Brandon Burns – 37 receptions, 774 receiving yards, 8 receiving touchdowns; Marc Lemley – 112 tackles; Shaundre Woods – 87 tackles.

Extra Points: Shelby County had an impressive year making the jump to 5A as the classification’s smallest school. The Wildcats exceeded expectations by earning a playoff berth.

2004 Schedule Results

Walter WellbornW, 14-0

BriarwoodL, 12-3

Benjamin RussellL, 24-0

VincentW, 37-6

Chilton CountyW, 30-12

SylacaugaW, 40-14

ValleyW, 19-17

TalladegaW, 33-7

HomewoodL, 42-14

ChelseaW, 38-14

*CitronelleL, 17-15

*AHSAA Class 5A Playoffs

Oak Mountain Eagles

Overall Record: 4-6

Region Finish: 1-5, seventh

Coach: Jerry Hood

Team Leaders: Ryan Fordham – 96 tackles, 1 interception.

Extra Points: The Eagles are a talented group but, as first year head coach Jerry Hood found out, playing in the state’s toughest region is no walk in the park. Oak Mountain lost to three playoff teams in Region 6 by seven points or less and that has Hood seeing positive things for the 2005 season.

2004 Schedule Results

FairfieldL, 9-0

Spain ParkL, 6-0

Vestavia HillsL, 42-9

GardendaleW, 40-7

PelhamL, 17-10

SparkmanW, 17-10

ThompsonW, 21-17

HooverL, 38-20

Mountain BrookL, 10-3

ErwinW, 26-13

Pelham Panthers

Overall Record: 5-5

Region Finish: 1-5, sixth

Coach: Sammy Queen

Team Leaders: Chase Armstrong – 54-of-99 passing, 701 passing yards; Montez Billings – 40 receptions, 601 receiving yards, 4 receiving touchdowns.

Extra Points: Sammy Queen was relieved of his coaching duties after the Panthers struggled in the toughest region in the state. Pelham rallied to win the last two games after losing a player in a fatal car accident and after 18 players were suspended for disciplinary reasons.

2004 Schedule Results

Paul BryantW, 38-32

Vestavia HillsL, 14-3

Mountain BrookL, 28-6

Pinson ValleyW, 51-23

Oak MountainW, 17-10

ThompsonL, 35-30

HooverL, 38-20

Spain ParkL, 42-10

GrissomW, 27-20

Clay-ChalkvilleW, 22-19

Spain Park Jaguars

Overall Record: 9-4

Region Finish: 3-3, fourth

Coach: Vince DiLorenzo

Team Leaders: Neil Caudle – 121-of-182 passing, 1,532 passing yards, 14 passing touchdowns; Tyler Grisham – 21 receptions, 359 receiving yards, 3 receiving touchdowns; E.J. Riggins – 31 receptions, 350 receiving yards, 3 receiving touchdowns; Austin Graham – 25 receptions, 342 receiving yards.

Extra Points: The Jaguars thrived behind junior quarterback Neil Caudle and hope to have him back healthy in ’05 after he suffered a season-ending injury against Hoover. Head coach Vince DiLorenzo has his program on the right track after making the 6A quarterfinals this season but until the Jags are able to top cross-town rival Hoover, the monkey will remain on their backs.

2004 Schedule Results

Auburn W, 28-6

Oak MountainW, 6-0

ThompsonL, 24-21

SparkmanW, 37-14

Lee-MontgomeryW, 45-13

Vestavia HillsL, 37-21

Mountain BrookW, 13-10

PelhamW, 42-10

HooverL, 45-17

DothanW, 28-7

*SparkmanW, 17-3

*MinorW, 14-10

*HooverL, 24-7

*AHSAA Class 6A Playoffs

Thompson Warriors

Overall Record: 6-4

Region Finish: 2-4, fifth

Coach: Ricky Seale

Team Leaders: Chris Myles – 66-of-117 passing, 1,225 passing yards, 8 passing touchdowns, 721 rushing yards, 6 rushing touchdowns; Jeffrey Adams – 746 rushing yards, 11 rushing touchdowns; Brad Dooley – 88 tackles.

Extra Points: Thompson stood its ground in the state’s toughest region after making the jump to 6A. The Warriors proved their place, defeating Spain Park and taking powerful Mountain Brook to overtime. THS just missed a playoff berth.

2004 Schedule Results

Tuscaloosa CentralW, 49-0

HooverL, 49-17

Spain ParkW, 24-21

BriarwoodW, 10-3

Mountain Brook L, 35-28 ot

PelhamW, 35-30

Oak MountainL, 21-17

SatsumaW, 48-28

Vestavia HillsL, 63-35

JemisonW, 70-33

Coosa Valley Rebels

Overall Record: 4-6

Region Finish: 4-4

Coach: Tommy Garrett

Team Leaders: Stats not provided.

Extra Points: The Rebels failed to match last season’s 5-5 record but late wins against Sparta and Kingwood have head coach Tommy Garrett believing his team is headed in the right direction. Although the Rebels failed to produce a winning record, CVA was just a few breaks away from making the AISA playoffs.

2004 Schedule Results

Taylor RoadW, 21-9

SpringwoodL, 28-9

JeffersonW, 36-0

Shelby AcademyL, 35-0

EscambiaL, 33-0

AbbevilleL, 38-7

EvangelL, 34-0

SpartaW, 41-7

KingwoodW, 41-14

MeadowviewL, 27-6

Cornerstone Chargers

Overall Record: 7-4

Region Finish: 5-3

Coach: Tim Smith

Team Leaders: Jamal Prentice – 827 rushing yards, 6 rushing touchdowns.

Extra Points: The Chargers opened the 2004 season with six straight wins but dropped three of the last four regular-season games. Cornerstone could not overcome a stingy Lowndes defense in the playoffs but a win over Central Christian in week nine could have given the Chargers all the momentum they needed heading into the postseason.

2004 Schedule Results

Sumter AcademyW, 48-8

West Alabama PrepW, 7-0

Kingwood W, 26-7

WarriorW, forfeit

EvangelW, 27-0

East MemorialW, 45-0

SouthernL, 35-6

Shelby AcademyL, 23-0

Central ChristianL, 22-21

MMIW, 39-10

*LowndesL, 28-7

*AISA Class A Playoffs

Kingwood Lions

Overall Record: 3-7

Region Finish: 3-5

Coach: Jerry Stearns

Team Leaders: Andrew Pearce – 86-of-229 passing, 1,349 passing yards, 19 passing touchdowns; Cody Owens – 41 receptions, 543 receiving yards, 7 receiving touchdowns; Gabe Gamasche – 20 receptions, 389 receiving yards, 4 receiving touchdowns; Lakin Spinks – 123 tackles, 5 sacks, 1 interception.

Extra Points: The Lions failed to win a single game during the 2003 season, being shut out eight of the 10 games. The 2004 season brought new hope as Kingwood won their first game in more than two years and the Lions hope to build on this season’s momentum heading into 2005.

2004 Schedule Results

Lee-ScottL, 36-9

SpartaW, 21-7

Cornerstone L, 26-7

JeffersonW, 42-0

MeadowviewL, 28-14

EscambiaL, 55-20

Taylor RoadW, 29-7

EvangelL, 26-20

Coosa ValleyL, 41-14

AbbevilleL, 50-20

Shelby Raiders

Overall Record: 10-3

Region Finish: 6-1

Coach: Dewayne Kervin

Team Leaders: Jake Ingram – 41-of-65 passing, 804 passing yards, 5 passing touchdowns; Barry Harrison – 672 rushing yards, 12 rushing touchdowns.

Extra Points: Head coach Dewayne Kervin had his Raiders back in the championship game but a tough Southern team proved too much for Shelby Academy. The Raiders were solid offensively, but it was the defense that led the way as Shelby Academy shut out eight of its 13 opponents.

2004 Schedule Results

GlenwoodL, 26-14

MMIW, 47-0

Central ChristianW, 23-0

Coosa ValleyW, 35-0

East MemorialW, 62-0

JeffersonW, 47-0

SumterW, 41-0

CornerstoneW, 23-0

West Alabama PrepW, 39-0

SouthernL, 20-7

*Crenshaw W, 42-14

*LowndesW, 27-20

*SouthernL, 13-0

*AISA Class A Playoff