Football High Live: Scores, updates, highlights from Round 3 games across the state

A lot of the pieces will fall in place tonight as we inch closer to the 2021 Super 7 in Birmingham.

The Class 7A finalists will be decided in a pair of regular-season rematches. Auburn travels to Central-Phenix City, while Thompson heads to Hoover for the second time in a month. The winners play on Dec. 1 for the title.

RELATED: Prep predictions

In Classes 1A-6A, we will be down to the final four tonight in each class with one week left before the championships. Meanwhile, the AISA is ahead of the game. That league’s champions are decided today in Montgomery.

Check back throughout the night for scores, updates, highlights and Round 3 pairings.

10:08 PM, Big night for TJ Dudley: The Oregon commit had 9 tackles, returned an interception for a TD and had four tackles for a loss as Montgomery Catholic defeated Hillcrest-Evergreen 41-6. Knights have allowed 33 points all season.

10:07 PM, And then there was one game left:

5A: Pleasant Grove defeats Center Point 49-21

10 PM, Final: Clay-Chalkville defeats Gardendale 50-44 in overtime. Louisville commit Khalib Johnson with a 10-yard TD run for the win. Great game.

Also in 6A: Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa 24, Saraland 16

Editor’s note: Complete final scores and Round 4 pairings coming soon. Waiting on 2 finals I believe. Pleasant Grove vs. Center Point and Pike Liberal vs. Tuscaloosa Academy in AISA. Pleasant Grove and Pike Liberal both in firm control late in those games.

9:54 PM, A good night for the Nix family. Central-Phenix City heading back to the 7A title game for the third time in four years.

9:53 PM, Finals:

1A: Pickens County 60, Decatur Heritage 46

9:50 PM, Headed to OT in 6A: Clay-Chalkville 44, Gardendale 44.

Also in progress:

AISA: Pike Liberal 34, Tuscaloosa Academy 21 (Markelis Hobdy 68-yard run)

9:48 PM, Year of the Wolf? Vigor advances to the 4A semifinals with a 26-10 win over American Christian. It appears — with Saraland trailing late and UMS and Faith Academy losing — John McKenzie’s team will be the last Mobile team standing.

9:45 PM, The 7A matchup is set: It will be Thompson going for a third straight title, this year against Patrick Nix and Central-Phenix City.

9:41 PM, Finals:

Montgomery Academy 28, T.R. Miller 0

Jackson 24, Handley 23

9:36 PM, All tied: Colby Thomas kicks a 28-yard FG for Gardendale to tie Clay-Chalkville 44-44 with 2:13 left in their 6A quarterfinal.

In 1A, Pickens County leads Decatur Heritage 52-39 with 4:51 left in the fourth.

9:31 PM, Good one in 6A: Kejuan Brown’s TD run cuts Clay-Chalkville’s lead to 44-41 over Gardendale with 5:44 left in their 6A quarterfinal. Nick Rigdon follows with an INT and the Rockets are in business.

Also: Vigor leads American Christian 26-10 after Michael Towner’s 89-yard fumble return.

Also: Pleasant Grove leads Center Point 43-21 after 3

Also: Pike Liberal 28, Tuscaloosa Academy 21 (End 3)

9:28 PM, Finals:

Clarke County 14, BB Comer 7

Sweet Water 41, Maplesville 7

Piedmont 43, Winfield 14

Mars Hill 42, Spring Garden 19

Madison Academy 35, Good Hope 28

Thompson 35, Hoover 10

9:25 PM, In progress:

AISA: Pike Liberal 28, Tuscaloosa Academy 21 (3:11 3rd)

1A: Pickens County 52, Decatur Heritage 32 (7:21 4th)

4A: Oneonta 56, Brooks 28 (6:52 4Q)

9:24 PM, Impressive junior: Ethan Crawford with TD runs of 14 and 44 yards and Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa has scored 24 straight points against visiting Saraland. Patriots lead 24-9 early 4th.

9:22 PM, Andalusia holds on …. barely: UMS’ Shane Roberson is marked short of the goal line. Andalusia wins 20-14.

9:19 PM, Wolves build on the big lead: Jermaine Coleman with a 12-yard TD run. Vigor leads American Christian 20-10 with 7:32 left in the game in the 4A quarterfinals.

No. 1 advances in 5A: Pike Road rolls over Faith Academy, 42-0

9:17 PM, Coming down to cases: UMS has a first down at the Andalusia 6 with 14 seconds left. Bulldogs trail 20-14. They have no more timeouts left.

9:15 PM, What a change in momentum: Central-Phenix City has scored 21 straight points and now leads Auburn 28-17 late in the fourth quarter. Winner goes to the 7A title game.

9:12 PM, Final in 1A: Wadley 27, Woodland 0. Woodland was the only team left with a losing record, finish 5-8.

9:11 PM, Lead change: Caleb Nix puts Central-Phenix City in front of Auburn in their semifinal game midway through the fourth quarter.

9:08 PM, Still a chance: Andalusia misses a 47-yard FG. UMS has the ball on its 20 with a little more than 2 minutes left, trailing 20-14 in the 5A semifinals.

Good one in 4A: Madison Academy, Good Hope tied 28-28 with 6:50 left. MA led 21-0 in the first quarter.

End 3: Clay-Chalkville leads Gardendale 44-28

9:06 PM, New champ in 6A: Mountain Brook dethrones defending champ Pinson Valley with a 30-0 shutout.

9:04 PM, The run ends for Fyffe: Saks beats the Red Devils 14-7 in the 3A quarterfinals. Fyffe had won 3 straight titles.

8:57 PM, First AHSAA final: Sweet Water 41, Maplesville 7 in 1A.

In progress:

1A: Pickens County 52, Decatur Heritage 18 (1:19 3rd)

2A: Mars Hill 35, Spring Garden 6

2A: Clarke County 14, B.B. Comer 7 (6:13 4th)

3A: Saks 14, Fyffe 7

4A: Madison Academy 28, Good Hope 21 (End 3)

4A: Vigor 14, American Christian 10 (End 3)

5A: Pike Road 35, Faith Academy 0 (End 3)

6A: Mountain Brook 30, Pinson Valley 0 (4:15 4th)

8:50 PM, Spartans closing in on semifinals: Mountain Brook leads Pinson Valley 23-0 with 7:17 left. In another 6A semifinal, Clay-Chalkville leads Gardendale 44-21 with 6:48 left in the third.

No. 1 cruising in 5A: Pike Road leads Faith Academy 35-0 late in the third quarter.

Turnover downs: For the second straight drive, UMS turns it over on downs. Andalusia leads 20-14 with nine minutes left.

8:48 PM, Getting closer in Phenix City: Caleb Nix’s TD cuts Auburn’s lead to 17-14 in the 7A semifinals.

8:43 PM, Lead change: Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa has rallied in the second half and now leads Saraland 10-9 with 7:32 left in the third quarter. Ethan Crawford with a 18-yard TD pass to Terrance Callaway.


AISA: Pike Road 28, Tuscaloosa Academy 14 (half)

1A: Pickens County 40, Decatur Heritage 18 (6:01 3rd)

4A: Madison Academy 21, Good Hope 21 (8:02 3rd)

4A: Vigor 14, American Christian 10 (7:43 3rd)

5A: Andalusia 20, UMS-Wright 14 (Late 3rd. Andalusia stopped UMS on fourth-and-1 and drove to the FG)

8:41 PM, Dominant showing: Alabama commit Jeremiah Alexander with a long interception return for a TD. Thompson all over Hoover, 35-3, in the second half.

8:39 PM, Champs going down? Fyffe has won three straight state titles – 2 in 2A and last year’s in 3A. But the Red Devils trail Saks 14-0 entering the final quarter.

2A: Mars Hill 28, Spring Garden 6 (7:11 3rd)

8:31 PM, More scores:

1A: Pickens County 34, Decatur Heritage 6 (9:09 3rd Q)

1A: Sweet Water 41, Maplesville 7

2A: Lanett 14, Highland Home 7

5A: Pleasant Grove 28, Center Point 14 (half)

5A: Pike Road 28, Faith Academy 0 (3rd Q)

5A: Andalusia 17, UMS-Wright 14 (5:17 3rd. Andalusia just stopped UMS on a fourth-and-1)

7A: Thompson 28, Hoover 3 (Conner Harrell with a 30-yard TD pass to Ryan Peppins. This one is going south fast for the Bucs. Evan Reeder in at QB for Hoover for the injured Bennett Meredith)

8:29 PM, Back-to-back kickoff returns: Ian Foster gave Pike Liberal a 21-7 lead on Tuscaloosa Academy with a 73-yard kickoff return with 3:27 left in the half. Not to be outdone, Jordan Evans responds with a 78-yard kickoff return for TA. Pike Liberal leads 21-14 with 3:13 left in the first half of the AISA AAA title game.

8:28 PM, Spartan shutout: Mountain Brook trying to dethrone defending 6A champ Pinson Valley. Spartans lead 17-0 with 5:31 left in the third quarter.

8:27 PM, Injury update: According to’s Nick Alvarez, it doesn’t look like Hoover quarterback Bennett Meredith is warming up before the third quarter. Meredith, a Northwestern commit, was injured in the first half. The Bucs trail Thompson 21-3 in the Class 7A semifinals. Of note, it was Warriors QB Conner Harrell who missed the second half with an injury when these teams first played in 2021.

8:20 PM, More scores:

Hueytown 26, Opelika 10 (half)

Madison Academy 21, Good Hope 14 (half). Nice rally by Good Hope, which was down 21-0 in the first quarter.

Montgomery Academy 28, T.R. Miller 0

Piedmont 21, Winfield 7 (half)

Pike Liberal 21, Tuscaloosa Academy 7 (3:27 2nd)

Montgomery Catholic 24, Hillcrest-Evergreen 6 (half)

Sweet Water 34, Maplesville 7

8:16 PM, Revenge performance? Thompson looks a little angry tonight. Conner Harrell isn’t showing any rust and the Warriors lead Hoover 21-3 at the Met. Here is one of Harrell’s TD throws.

8:12 PM, AISA update: Pike Liberal leads Tuscaloosa Academy 14-0 in Montgomery in the third and final AISA championship game of the day. Zakevin Pennington with a 13-yard run. Autauga Academy (AA) and Lowndes Academy (A) won the first two championships of the day.

8:09 PM, Halftime scores:

1A: Pickens County 28, Decatur 6

4A: Vigor 14, American Christian 7

6A: Clay-Chalkville 30, Gardendale 21

8:07 PM, Down and out? Thompson leads No. 1 Hoover 21-3 at the half. Northwestern QB commit Bennett Meredith left the game with an injury. Evan Reeder is in at QB for the Bucs. In the other 7A semifinal, Auburn leads Central-Phenix City 17-7.

8:05 PM, All Spartans at the half: In 6A, Saraland leads Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa 9-0 at the half. Gabe Reynolds with a TD pass to Jarel Williams. Tyler Thompson with a blocked punt in the end zone for a safety. Willie Butler intercepted Hillcrest QB Ethan Crawford at the Saraland 5 late in the half.

8:01 PM, Wolves build on lead: Anthony Mix Jr. with a 48-yard TD pass to Jerrian Graham. The try for 2 is no good, but Vigor leads American Christian 14-7 with 1:26 left in the half.

2A: Mars Hill Bible 21, Spring Garden 6 (1:48 2nd)

5A: Pike Road 21, Faith Academy 0 (Half)

7:58 PM, UMS back in it: Bulldogs close to within 17-14 of homestanding Andalusia in the final minute of the first half.

7:47 PM, Second-quarter action:

AISA: Pike Liberal 7, Tuscaloosa Academy 0 (End 1)

2A: Clarke County 14, B.B. Comer 0 (10.8 2nd)

3A: Montgomery Academy 21, T.R. Miller 0

3A: Piedmont 21, Winfield 7 (1:11 2Q)

4A: Madison Academy 21, Good Hope 7 (8:26 2nd)

5A: Parker 21, Fairview 21 (4:37 2nd)

6A: Hueytown 26, Opelika 7 (6:44 2nd)

6A: Mountain Brook 10, Pinson Valley 0 (Half. Spartans with a 19-yard FG on the last play of the half)

7:45 PM, Tigers rally: Auburn has rallied to take a 10-7 lead on Central-Phenix City in the other 7A semifinal.

7:40 PM, More scores:

AISA: Pike Liberal 7, Tuscaloosa Academy 0. Cason Eubanks with a 32-yard run.

1A: Pickens County 20, Decatur Heritage 6 (6:40 2nd)

2A: Cleveland 14, Southeastern 0

3A: Piedmont 14, Winfield 7

5A: Pike Road 14, Faith Academy 0 (8:17 2nd)

5A: Andalusia 17, UMS-Wright 7

5A: Pleasant Grove 15, Center Point 14 (End 1)

7:39 PM, Building on the lead: In 7A, Conner Harrell has his second touchdown toss of the half, this time to Ryan Peppins on a wheel route from 15 yards out. Thompson up 14-0 at Hoover with 8:58 left in the half.

7:36 PM, Warriors in front: Thompson has jumped out first against No. 1 Hoover in the rematch. Thompson leads 7-0.

7:30 PM, Spartans take the lead: Saraland leads Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa 9-0 after a quarter. Spartans looking for their 11th straight win and trying to host a semifinal game next week.


1A: Pickens County 12, Decatur Heritage 6 (End 1)

2A: Mars Hill 7, Spring Garden 6 (End 1)

4A: Vigor 8, American Christian 7 (End 1)

7:25 PM, Keeping track of the scores:

1A: Wadley 0, Woodland 0 (End 1)

3A: Saks 8, Fyffe 0

4A: Oneonta 14, Brooks 0

4A: Madison Academy 21, Good Hope 0 (3:25 1st)

4A: Jackson 7, Handley 7 (End 1)

5A: Pike Road 7, Faith Academy 0 (End 1)

6A: Hueytown 12, Opelika 7

6A: Clay-Chalkville 8, Gardendale 7

6A: Mountain Brook 7, Pinson Valley 0 (End 1)

7:20 PM, 7A Semifinals: Unbeaten Central-Phenix City takes the early lead on Auburn. Caleb Nix with the TD pass for the Red Devils. Red Devils up 7-0. In the other 7A semifinal, it’s 0-0 between Thompson and No. 1 Hoover.

7:16 PM, Some early scores:

1A: Decatur Heritage 6 Pickens County 6 (8:44 1st)

4A: Madison Academy 14, Good Hope 0 (7:11 1st)

5A: Parker 7, Fairview 7 (3:12 1st)

5A: Andalusia 14, UMS-Wright 7 (4:15 1st)

7:13 PM, Checking on 6A: Mountain Brook with an early 7-0 lead on defending champ Pinson Valley. Spartans go 65 yards in 7 plays to take the lead.

7:11 PM, Right back at you: UMS responds to Andalusia’s opening TD with a 59-yard TD run. Barton Elliott with the QB sneak. It’s 7-7 with 7:37 left in the first quarter. Eight-play drive for UMS.

Right back at you 2: Anthony Mix Jr. with a 51-yard TD pass. The try for 2 is good. Vigor now leads ACA 8-7.

7:09 PM, Special teams: American Christian recovers the opening kickoff at the Vigor 27. Sawyer Deerman scores on a 10-yard run. Gabe Henson with the PAT. ACA leads Vigor 7-0 with 9:50 left in the first. The game is being played at Blount High.

7:02 PM, 1 play, 1 TD: Andalusia’s Joseph Turner returns the opening kickoff 90 yards for a TD. Bulldogs lead UMS-Wright 7-0. Also in 5A South, Pike Road takes a quick 7-0 lead at Faith Academy. In 4A, No. 1 Madison Academy with a quick 7-0 lead at Good Hope.

6:59 PM, Starting lineup: Shemar James announced as a starter tonight vs. Pike Road. He’s missed the last four games with an ankle injury.

6:50 PM, Still playing: Fyffe has a loss this year, which is unusual, but the Red Devils are still alive for their fourth straight title. Tonight, they host Saks in the quarterfinals.

6:45 PM, Final No. 2: Autauga Academy defeats Escambia Academy 52-35 to win the AISA Class AA title and finish 13-0. It’s the 10th AISA state title for Autauga coach Bobby Carr.

6:39 PM, He’s back 2: Thompson senior QB Conner Harrell warming up with a bandage around his injured thumb. Harrell was hurt in the first half of his team’s last game against Hoover last month. Look like he’s back tonight for the rematch.

6:36 PM, Bo knows: Injured Auburn quarterback Bo Nix is at Central-Phenix City tonight, supporting his father and brother against Auburn in the Class 7A semifinals.

6:20 PM, He’s back: Former Florida commit Shemar James is dressed and expected to play tonight against No. 1 Pike Road in the 5A quarterfinals. James sprained is ankle in the first half of a loss to Vigor on Oct. 7 and hasn’t played since.

6:14 PM, Enemy territory: Two-time defending champ Thompson enters the Hoover Met. Bucs won this game a month ago. Tonight the winner earns a ticket to the 7A title game.

Lowndes Academy

Lowndes Academy celebrates after defeating Jackson Academy to win the AISA Class A state title in Montgomery on Friday. (Tim Gayle |

5:26 PM, First state football champ of the year: It goes to Lowndes Academy, which defeated Jackson to win the AISA Class A title in Montgomery. Read all about it right here.

Noon, Another coaching vacancy: LeFlore coach Shon Burney confirmed to today that he has been relieved of his duties. Burney was hired in July. The Rattlers went 0-10 this season. Burney was outspoken about the administration’s decision to release him. Read the story here.



Auburn (11-1) at Central-Phenix City (12-0)

Thompson (11-1) at Hoover (12-0)


Saraland (10-2) at Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa (10-2)

Opelika (9-3) at Hueytown (11-1)

Mountain Brook (11-1) at Pinson Valley (9-3)

Gardendale (10-2) at Clay-Chalkville (12-0)


UMS-Wright (11-1) at Andalusia (8-4)

Pike Road (11-0) at Faith Academy (7-4)

Pleasant Grove (10-1) at Center Point (9-3)

Parker (11-1) at Fairview (11-1)


American Christian (11-1) at Vigor (11-1)

Handley (9-2) at Jackson (10-2)

Madison Academy (11-1) at Good Hope (9-3)

Oneonta (11-1) at Brooks (12-0)


T.R. Miller (10-2) at Montgomery Academy (9-3)

Hillcrest-Evergreen (7-5) at Montgomery Catholic (12-0)

Saks (11-1) at Fyffe (10-1)

Winfield (12-0) at Piedmont (10-2)


Clarke County (10-2) at B.B. Comer (10-2)

Lanett (10-2) at Highland Home (7-5)

Southeastern-Blount (8-4) at Cleveland (10-2)

Spring Garden (12-0) at Mars Hill Bible (9-3)


Brantley (11-0) at Keith (10-1)

Sweet Water (11-0) at Maplesville (11-1)

Woodland (5-7) at Wadley (11-1)

Pickens County (10-2) at Decatur Heritage (10-2)


(Friday at Cramton Bowl, Montgomery)


Pike Liberal Arts (11-1) vs. Tuscaloosa Academy (7-4), 7 p.m.


Autauga Academy (12-0) vs. Escambia Academy (11-1), 3:30 p.m.


Lowndes Academy (10-3) vs. Jackson Academy (10-1), noon

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