A perfect season for one of Alabama's top teams

Cameron Mellor (@CamMellor)
January 2, 2015





In head coach Jerry Hood’s sixth season as the man-in-charge for Clay-Chalkville, the Cougars saw unprecedented success. Hood’s team finished the season undefeated and knocked off Saraland, 36-31 in the Class 6A State Championship game.


The victory over Saraland marked the programs second State Championship, and first since 1999.


2014 was an unblemished season for the Cougars who finished the year a perfect 15-0 for the first time in school history. 2014 also saw several offensive team records set including most points scored in a season (731) and in a single game (85). They averaged 48.7 points per game and scored at least 35 in each contest.


The championship game was nothing short of spectacular as well, but leading up to the game, the Cougars dominated nearly every opponent, defeating all but one opponent by double-digits.


The Cougars started the year off by defeating Florida's Niceville High School, 44-23. Then rattled off three straight home victories over Minor, Hillcrest Tuscaloosa and Huffman by a combined score of 161-54. They then managed a 10-point victory at Pinson Valley, 45-35 before their lone bye week.


Two of their next three games, the Cougar defense held opponents to single digits, allowing six points against Center Point and eight points against Woodlawn. Clay-Chalkville ended their regular season with consecutive road games, a victory over Gardendale, 45-20 and a win over Hewitt-Trussville, 59-28 in the regular season finale.


The opening round of the AHSAA Class 6A Playoffs pitted the Cougars against Scottsboro High School. Defenses had trouble stopping either offense that night as the two teams combined to score the most points in a single game, in AHSAA history at 135. Clay-Chalkville’s 85 points were the most ever in school history, but more importantly were more than the 50 they allowed to Scottsboro.


The Cougars advanced to the third round with a 35-14 victory over Muscle Shoals before trouncing Decatur, 38-10 to move into the state semifinal game. After proving to be no match for Florence by means of a 35-21 victory, coach Hood’s team would move on to the Class 6A State Championship game against Saraland at Jordan-Hare Stadium, home of the Auburn Tigers.


This State Championship lacked nothing. Lead changes, momentum swings, big plays, turnovers and two very evenly matched teams left everything on the field in a game for the ages in the 6A ranks.


After swapping scores in the first few possessions, the Cougars built a 16-7 halftime lead on two short touchdown runs by quarterback Tyrrell Pigrome. Saraland however, would score 17 unanswered points in the third quarter to take a 24-16 lead before Pigrome would answer again.


With just 2:35 remaining in the third quarter and with his team down by eight points, Pigrome hit wide receiver Dominique Collins for 17 yards and a touchdown. A failed two-point conversion left the Cougars trailing 24-22 headed into the final quarter.


Pigrome would not be denied in the fourth quarter as he hit tight end Terrell Simmons for 80 yards and the go-ahead score, with under six minutes left in the game. However, Saraland would answer on their very next possession on fourth down, via a Tyler Sims 23-yard touchdown rush. The Spartans led 31-30 with 3:19 left in the game.


Just four plays later, Pigrome would scamper for 48 yards and the eventual game-winning touchdown, his third rushing TD of the game. The Cougars would hold off Saraland on their last ditch effort on fourth down, defeating the Spartans, 36-31.



Pigrome finished the game completing 15-of-20 pass attempts for 256 yards and two touchdowns while also rushing the ball 14 times for 124 yards and those three touchdowns.


Pigrome was named MVP and along with Simmons and defensive lineman Nick McDaniel were all named to the AHSAA 1st Team All State. Offensive lineman Justin Daniel, defensive lineman Kendell Jones, Collins and running back Terrelle West were named to the AHSAA 2nd Team All-State while kicker Patrick Millican was named Honorable Mention.


A look at the statistical breakdown for the Cougars during their impressive run in 2014 (All stats reflect the data recorded on behalf of Clay-Chalkville):


Offensive stat leaders

Rushing: Terelle West (1230 yards)

Passing: Tyrrell Pigrome (1630 yards)

Receiving: Terrell Simmons (583 yards)

All-Purpose: Terelle West (1533 yards)

Rush attempts: Terelle West (122 carries)

Receptions: Terrell Simmons (28 catches)


Defensive stat leaders

Total tackles: Terry Brown (56.5)

Tackles for loss: Kendell Jones (11)

Pass break ups: Kameron Prewitt (21)

Interceptions: Kameron Prewitt (3)


Follow along next season for more updates from the Cougars and receive up-to-the-minute stat updates from their games by following @NFHS_Scoreboard on Twitter.

Timber Creek running back Jacques Patrick commits to FSU

By: Nick Bray (@nabray92)
October 27, 2014


At 6:00 pm this Monday evening, highly touted running back Jacques Patrick made his college decision in front of his family and fellow peers at Timber Creek High School (Fla.). Patrick narrowed his final schools to Alabama, Florida State, Ohio State and Texas A&M. 


After keeping his recruitment process relatively quiet, Patrick finally announced that he would attend Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida only four hours away from his Orlando home. 


“It’s the school I always felt comfortable at,” Patrick said about FSU. “The coach has recruited me since my freshman year. I talked to Jimbo (Fisher) last night and he said that he was going to sleep well tonight knowing that I was a Seminole now.”


Patrick also took to his Twitter account to display his pleasure that his recruiting process had culminated.




Standing at 6-foot-3 and 233 pounds, Patrick will continue to be a power back for the Seminoles, something he has been for his Timber Creek team so far this season. Patrick could be compared to former FSU running back – James Wilder Jr. who also stood over 6-foot-2 and weighed in over 225 pounds. Arguably his greatest strength is after contact where he can regain his balance and accelerate quickly past tacklers and through holes, almost regularly. 


Patrick has rushed for over 1,000 yards in each of his four seasons at Timber Creek high, becoming the first ever player to do so in the Orlando area. He currently is listed at No. 7 on the all-time FHSAA rushing total and still has two regular season games left in his senior season for the Wolves, not to mention at least one playoff game this season.


Patrick joins a cast of other FSU commitments who have pledged their allegiance to the defending National Champions this season from all across the country.

DS/State Associations partnerships to provide state football scoreboards

By: Cameron Mellor (@cammellor)
August 8, 2014


Digital Scout football viewers across the country will now be treated to a unique, one-of-a-kind experience starting this fall. Due to a new partnership with several different state athletics & activities associations, viewers will now be able to stream data in real time from a variety of states, across our nation in one solidified place. 


For the first time in Digital Scout's nearly 20 years, users will be able to view data casts of football games on a state scoreboard for Washington D.C., Wyoming, North Dakota, Alabama, Ohio, Tennessee and areas of Texas with many more to come. 


This unique treat is due to a partnership between Digital Scout and each individual athletic or activities association.


Housed on each athletic or activities association state website, viewers will be able to watch the data stream in from any and all schools who are utilizing Digital Scout to track their stats on Friday nights.


Have a program in Texas that you want to check up on? Visit Dave Campbell's TexasFootball.com to check them out. How about your nephew's game in D.C. that you can't make it to? Maybe your alma mater has a committed athlete playing in Ohio on Friday night? With this new platform, viewers can check out scores from all across the nation as they happen.


Follow along with the Digital Scout Twitter at @digitalscout for up-to-the-minute news and further information regarding which states are partnering with Digital Scout and which games are happening live on Fridays. Make sure your favorite high school or alma mater has and will use Digital Scout this fall!


California's Long Beach Poly star safety still undecided


By: Cameron Mellor
February 2, 2014


It's not uncommon for players to wait until the final day to make their final choice on where they will attend college. It is indeed a big decision and one to be taken into careful consideration. 


Some decisions are bigger than others, not only for the players, but also for the universities they are committing to. That can definitely be said about our feature player in our first ever National Signing Day Report - John 'Juju' Smith - from Long Beach Polytechnic School in California.



Smith will decide his future school and team on National Signing Day, Wednesday, February 5. Smith will be deciding between Alabama, Michigan, Mississippi State, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oregon, UCLA or USC. Take a look back at Smith's 2013 season that led him to be one of the nation's most highly sought after recruits for the 2014 class.

Congratulations to HSGC users across the southeast region of the country


By: Cameron Mellor

January 12, 2014


In light of the annual high school All-American games that took place the first weekend of 2014, signifying the culmination of the high school football season, we see no better time than the present to continue to unveil the first-annual, All-HSGC Award Lists for the 2013 football season.


With extensive parameters and essential criteria to be considered for the coveted list, the All-HSGC Awards signify excellence on the field of key offensive positions and defensive players as a whole. The quintessential component of the list was basic and to-the-point – your team must utilize the HSGameCenter program being delivered by Digital Scout. From there, the grading criterion included, but was not limited to, yards and touchdowns, team winning percentage, percentage of team total offense and much more.


The southeast region contains users from the states of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.


After careful deliberation and hours of scouring over statistics from programs far and wide, the list of the first ever All-Southeast HSGC Awards are here.


All-Southeast Player of the Year:

Kenny Purvis, Central Cabarrus (N.C.) High School (11-2)

Running Back No. 6

3192 total yards, 39 total touchdowns


All-Southeast First Team


Chase Noonan, North Paulding (Ga.) High School (12-2), No. 5

3602 total yards, 45 total touchdowns


Running Back:

Tyler Rogers, Mobile Christian (Ala.) High School (9-4), No. 2

2689 total yards, 40 total touchdowns


Jamaz Richardson, Lejeune (N.C.) High School (13-1), No. 23

2089 total yards, 29 total touchdowns


Wide Receiver:

Josh Malone, Station Camp (Tenn.) High School (9-2), No. 3

1833 total yards, 24 total touchdowns



KJ Hill, North Little Rock (Ark.) High School (10-3), No. 5

1645 total yards, 21 total touchdowns


All-Southeast Second Team


Jake McKenzie, Monroe (Ala.) Academy (13-0), No. 4

3132 total yards, 41 total touchdowns


Running Back:

Isaiah Johnson, Rossview (Tenn.) High School (9-4), No. 23

2589 total yards, 30 total touchdowns



Joel Evans, Riverside (N.C.) High School (8-3), No. 4

2563 total yards, 26 total touchdowns


Wide Receiver:

Deion Holliman, Camden Fairview (Ark.) High School (10-2), No. 5

1984 total yards, 19 total touchdowns



Rashaan Gaulden, Independence (Tenn.) High School (6-4), No. 7

1045 total yards, 14 total touchdowns



All-Southeast Third Team


Donquell Green, Burke County (Ga.) High School (9-2), No. 5

3068 total yards, 40 total touchdowns



Running Back:

Terry ‘Gus’ Nichols, Hector (Ark.) High School (12-2), No. 3

1981 total yards, 33 total touchdowns



Arien Beasley, North Oldham (Ky.) High School (10-4), No. 30

2841 total yards, 19 total touchdowns



Wide Receiver:

Matty Biondich, Northview (Ga.) High School (5-5), No. 11

1321 total yards, 14 total touchdowns


D’Kwan Sandolph, St. James (La.) High School (6-7), No. 5

1705 total yards, 16 total touchdowns


All-Southeast Honorable Mention


Jarrad Hayes, Central (La.) High School (11-2), No. 9

2642 total yards, 31 total touchdowns


Brock Humphrey, Harrison (Ark.) High School (3-7), No. 12

2478 total yards, 32 total touchdowns


Running Back:

Vic Wharton, Independence (Tenn.), No. 3

2630 total yards, 26 total touchdowns



Daniel Bitulli, Nashville Christian (Tenn.) High School (12-1), No. 34

1845 total yards, 28 total touchdowns



Wide Receiver:

Gary Triplett, Central (La.), No. 2

1540 total yards, 13 total touchdowns


Jacob Rogers, Union County (Ga.) High School (6-5), No. 22

1124 total yards, 10 total touchdowns


Brian Clark, Clay Chalkville (Ala.) High School (10-2), No. 7

1191 total yards, 15 total touchdowns



All-Southeast Defensive Player of the Year

Davondrick Lison, McGehee (Ark.) High School (7-3), No. 9

92.5 total tackle, 72 solo, 32.5 tackle for loss, 14.5 sack


All-Southeast Defensive Honorable Mention

Tajai Liles, Hopewell (N.C.) High School (6-6), No. 27

39 total tackle, 30 solo, 19.5 tackle for loss, 12.5 sack


Edwin Alexander, St. Thomas Aquinas (La.) High School (9-3), No. 99

39 total tackle, 32 solo, 22.5 tackle for loss, 9 sack


Chauncey Rivers, Stephenson (Ga.) High School (8-4), No. 10

46 total tackle, 32 solo, 22 tackle for loss, 10 sack


McKenzie Hill, Evangelical Christian (Tenn.) High School (11-1), No. 54

36.5 total tackle, 31 solo, 21 tackle for loss, 7.5 sack