CoachTalk from Week Zero of the AHSAA Football Season

August 30, 2017

“We needed somebody to step up and make a play, and Jay Williams made an unreal catch,” Saraland coach Jeff Kelly said. The pass moved the ball from the Heard County 42 to the 8 yard line and set up the winning TD as Saraland defeated Heard County 17-14 in Cartersville, Ga. on ESPNU.

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Vestavia Hills senior Jake Pratt had never dressed for a football game – until Friday night – and he scored a touchdown on his first play. Pratt, a senior with Down Syndrome, took a handoff on the final play of Friday’s preseason game against Briarwood Christian and scored in a pre-arranged moment.What wasn’t pre-arranged was the spontaneous reaction from players on both teams, as they sprinted onto the field and mobbed him in celebration.

“It was one of the most moving things that I’ve ever seen,” said Vestavia Hills coach Buddy Anderson, the winningest coach in AHSAA history who has served as the Rebels’ head coach since 1978.

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Jackson Olin defeated Woodlawn 35-8, spoiling the Woodlawn debut of new coach George Bates.  “We have to learn how to compete,” Bates said.

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“Turnovers win or lose games and we made a big play when we really needed it,” said St. Paul’s head coach Steve Mask, after his team’s late game fumble recovery gave the Saints a 24-21 win over Fairhope.

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“We were just running in mud on offense — we just couldn’t get anything going. Every time we would have a positive play, we messed up on signals, we didn’t line up right, and it was like the stage was too big.” — Satsuma head coach Justin Thomas said after his team lost to Cottage Hill Christian 14-13.

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“All spring and summer we focused on running the ball, trying to build a stronger rushing attack. Tonight, it showed,” said Blount coach Lev Holley after his Leopards defeated Vigor 27-6 in the Battle of Prichard.

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UMS Wright’s Terry Curtis won his 200th game at the school when his bulldogs defeated Mary Montgomery 35-6.  “It was a good win,” Curtis said. “A lot of people are involved in 200 wins. It’s a team deal.”

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“That was a typical Cullman-Hartselle game. Seems like it always comes down to the last drive. That was a wild final few minutes, but our guys responded the right way and found a way to win.” – Hartselle coach Bob Godsey said after his Hartselle squad defeated Cullman 31-25.

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