Sidney Laner vs. R.E. Lee Live The 2022 high school football season officially kicks off tonight! Nearly 30 games on the schedule statewide, including Gulf Shores at St. Michael, Mountain Brook at Vestavia Hills and Muscle Shoals at Bob Jones.
Also, the two-night AHSAA Kickoff Classic begins in Montgomery with Shelby County rivals Chelsea and Helena battling at Cramton Bowl. Hoover will take on Auburn in Part 2 on Friday night.
Check back frequently tonight for updates, highlights and photos.
10:32 PM, More final scores: J.U. Blacksher 50, J.F. Shields 0; J.B. Pennington 19, Hayden 12; LaGrange (Ga.) 49, Smiths Station 20; Linden 14, Choctaw County 0; Locust Fork 58, Appalachian 32; Spring Garden 40, Sand Rock 8; Thorsby 44, Jemison 33.
10:21 PM, Finals, we got finals: Elmore County 35-17 over Marbury breaks 10-game losing streak; Gulf Shores 34, St. Michael 27; Winfield 28, Dora 22; Northside Methodist 42, Houston County 20; Lauderdale County 54, Tanner 30; Woodlawn 18, Bessemer City 15.
9:50 PM, More scores: These are finals – Athens 49, East Limestone 14; Andalusia 35, Opp 7; Fayette County 28, Cordova 24; Trinity 34, BT Washington 16; Ashville 26, St. Clair County 21; Etowah 35, Springville 0; Brooks 48, Colbert County 21; Fairview 51, Columbia 0; Helena 28, Chelsea 6; Arab 47, Albertville 14; Geraldine 36, Coosa Christian 7. Still playing (or not reporting as final, yet) – Lauderdale County 54, Tanner 30; Spring Garden 33, Sand Rock 0; Northside Methodist 16, Houston County 6
9:40 PM, Some finals, some not: Athens whips East Limestone 49-14 to open the season. … Lee-Scott blanks Chambers Academy 33-0. … With just over 4 minutes remaining, Andalusia is cruising with a 35-7 lead over Opp. … Muscle Shoals beats Bob Jones 31-7. … Gulf Shores answers St. Michael to take a 34-14 advantage.
9:26 PM, It’s a final: Chris Yeager gets his eighth straight season opening win as Mountain Brook spoils Robert Evans’ debut at Vestavia Hills, 24-14. … Trinity ups lead over BT Washington 34-16 with about 6 minutes left. … Emerson Russell puts Chelsea on the board, but the Hornets trail Helena 28-6 in the fourth. … Sheffield leads Elkmont 40-12 after three quarters.
9:06 PM, Dolphins in control: Gulf Shores leads St. Michael 28-7 at the end of the third quarter in the third at Fairhope. JR Gardner got the latest TD for Mark Hudspeth’s team. … Mountain Brook gets a John Colvin-to-Rob Gillespie for a 5-yard score to put the Spartans up 24-14 with 7:16 left in the game. … Trinity leads BT Washington 17-8 after a QB Walker McClinton touchdown. … Headed into the fourth, Muscle Shoals leads Bob Jones 24-0. … Lauderdale County 41, Tanner 17 in the third.
8:50 PM, Closing the gap: Vestavia Hills QB John Paul Head goes 44 yards and the Rebels get the 2-point conversion to narrow Mountain Brook lead to 17-14 with 5:26 left in the third. … Tallassee is up 19-0 on Reeltown at the half. … Blue Devils lead Springville 21-0 early in the third at Etowah. … Andalusia leads Opp 22-0 in the third period.
8:35 PM, Halftime scores and more: Geraldine leads Coosa Christian 33-0 at the half. … Athens is dominating, leads East Limestone 49-7 at the half. … Lauderdale County up 34-17 over Tanner at halftime. … Mountain Brook opens second half with a TD drive, capped by 3-yard run by Cole Gamble. It’s 17-6 Spartans. … Elmore County leads 22-14 over Marbury at the half.
8:20 PM, More scores – some a bit out of hand: At the end of the first quarter, Andalusia held a 20-0 lead over rival Opp. … Helena QB Dalton Lewellyn scores on a 9-yard counter play with 3:08 left in the half to put the Huskies up 21-0 over Chelsea in the AHSAA Kickoff Classic at Montgomery’s Cramton Bowl. … At the half, Arab leads Albertville 40-7. … Athens leads East Limestone 42-7 with just under 4 minutes to go before halftime.
7:55 PM, Moving to halftime at some venues: Vestavia Hills gets on the board, the first points of the Robert Evans Era come on a John Paul Head-to-Keown Richardson 10-yard pass. Mountain Brook leads 10-6 at the half. … Oops. Alexandria-Hokes Bluff is a jamboree game, so we’ll politely pass on the rest of their “game,” as youngsters are now playing. … Smiths Station leads on the road at LaGrange, Ga., 13-7, midway through the second. … Gulf Shores scores 21 unanswered to lead St. Michael 21-7 with 5:52 left in the half. … Muscle Shoals 17-0 over Bob Jones at the half. … Lauderdale County 27, Tanner 17 early second quarter.
7:45 PM, Let’s revisit: Mountain Brook’s John Colvin hits Clark Sanderson for a 17-yard touchdown to put the Spartans up 10-0 over Vestavia Hills with 4:46 left in the half. … Alexandria goes up 14-7 on Hokes Bluff. … Tallassee leads Reeltown 12-0 after a TD run by Tyler Ellis. … End of first quarter at Athens and the home team leads East Limestone 22-7.
7:40 PM, Some scores: Arab 20, Albertville 0 after one. … Helena 14, Chelsea 0, still in first. … Muscle Shoals 10, Bob Jones 0 after one. … Trinity 13, BT Washington 8, after one. … Brooks 14, Colbert County 0 late in the first. … Gulf Shores 7, St. Michael 7, end of the first. … Elmore County leads 10-7 over Marbury late in the first. … Lee-Scott Academy leads Chambers 9-0 in the first. … Tallassee leads Reeltown 6-0
7:28 PM, Spartans lead in former coordinator’s debut at Vestavia Hills: Mountain Brook leads Vestavia Hills 3-0 early in the second period. New Vestavia Hills coach is Robert Evans, who came over from his job as offensive coordinator at Mountain Brook. … Athens scored on both of its first two drives and leads East Limestone 22-0 in the first quarter. … Eli Frost has three TDs for Fairview with 5:16 left in the opening quarter to lead Columbia 20-0. … Tanner leads Lauderdale County 14-12. The Rattlers got an 80-yard TD pass from Karl Parham to Jerrick Thompson.
7:17 PM, On the board early: Helena’s Jordan Washington battled through several Chelsea would-be tacklers on the opening kickoff to go 86 yards and then scored on a 2-yard run to put the Huskies up 7-0 in the AHSAA Kickoff Classic. … Marbury’s Carsyn Cobb went for over 70 yards on the Bulldogs’ first snap to lead Elmore County 7-0. … Alexandria leads Hokes Bluff 7-0 on a 35-yard TD pass from Ty Brown to TK Downie.
7:07 PM, It’s on, y’all! St. Michael goes to the sneaky kick and it pays. It’s 7-0 over Gulf Shores.
5:04 PM, Neither rain …: Despite a heavy rain in south Alabama this morning, officials say the Gulf Shores vs. St. Michael game at Fairhope Municipal Stadium is still a go tonight. Spanish Fort and Fairhope High are scheduled to play at the same stadium Friday night.
4 PM, Welcome back: Mobile County superintendent Chresal Threadgill confirmed today that 4 MCPSS schools will play games at historic Ladd-Peebles Stadium in 2022. MCPSS officials said last fall teams would not play at Ladd after a pair of shootings over the course of three years. Read the complete story and see the Ladd schedule here.
Jamboree Games not included
Appalachian at Locust Fork
Arab at Albertville
Bessemer City at Woodlawn
Brooks at Colbert County
BTW-Tuskegee at Trinity
Chelsea vs. Helena (AHSAA Kickoff Classic)
East Limestone at Athens
Fairview at Columbia
Fayette County at Cordova
Geraldine at Coosa Christian
Gulf Shores at St. Michael
Houston Co. at Northside Methodist
J.U. Blacksher at J.F. Shields
Jemison at Thorsby
LaGrange (Ga.) at Smiths Station
Lauderdale County at Tanner
Lee-Scott at Chambers Academy
Linden at Choctaw County
Marbury at Elmore County
Mountain Brook at Vestavia Hills
Muscle Shoals at Bob Jones
Opp at Andalusia
Reeltown at Tallassee
Sand Rock at Spring Garden
Sheffield at Elkmont
Springville at Etowah
St. Clair County at Ashville
Winfield at Dora