Baldwin County football teams find the end of the road

D1-commits Thompson, Pearson provide stellar performances in first-round matchups

By Cole McNanna
Sports Editor
cole@gulfcoastmedia.com
Posted 11/7/22

The other six playoff teams from Baldwin County found the ends of their seasons in the first round of the playoffs but it was not due to a lack of outstanding performances.

Foley's Perry Thompson, …

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Baldwin County football teams find the end of the road

D1-commits Thompson, Pearson provide stellar performances in first-round matchups

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The other six playoff teams from Baldwin County found the ends of their seasons in the first round of the playoffs but it was not due to a lack of outstanding performances.

Foley's Perry Thompson, an Alabama commit, looks to have extended his school record for single-season receptions and Orange Beach's Chris Pearson, a UAB commit, scored in all three phases Friday night.

Dothan Wolves 42, Foley Lions 28

Last Friday, Kolton Nero scored on rushes of 41, 4 and 1 yards and Reece Tynes registered a 1-yard touchdown rush as well. The 1-yard rushes came after passing connections to Thompson near the corner of the end zone as part of a nine-catch night.

According to unofficial stats, Thompson hauled in 87 catches in 11 games this season, which extends his school record past the previous-best mark set by Julio Jones – the 12-year NFL veteran – in his junior year (75 receptions in 2006) for most receptions in a single season.

Foley finishes 7-4 overall, the most wins in eight years, and will have four all-star representatives in December. Harrison Knight will play in the Alabama-Mississippi Classic Dec. 10 before AJ Prim and Cameron Schultz, along with head coach Deric Scott, represent the Lions at the AHSAA North-South All-Star game Dec. 16.

Booker T. Washington Golden Eagles 46, Orange Beach Makos 43

As part of a four-touchdown effort, Pearson scored in all three phases where he scored on an interception returned for a touchdown, a 35-yard rush and a kickoff return. Pearson recently became the first Mako named to the AHSAA All-Star game.

Also last Friday, Cash Turner connected on a touchdown pass to John Wallace Holladay to help set an Orange Beach program record with 404 total points on the season, which broke last year's record of 345.

The Makos finish 8-3 overall also having set the single-game scoring record with their 55-19 win over Escambia County.

Class 7A

Auburn Tigers 35, Fairhope Pirates 17

Fairhope finishes 8-3 overall having been ranked the highest in program history since 2014. Quarterback Caden Creel was named to the AHSAA North-South All-Star game and head coach Tim Carter collected career victory No. 150.

Class 6A

Pike Road Patriots 22, Spanish Fort Toros 21

Spanish Fort finishes 7-4 overall and will have two players on the South All-Star roster for the third straight season. Yorell Williams and Jacob Godfrey, as well as head coach Chase Smith, will represent the Toros as the AHSAA All-Star game at Hancock Whitney Stadium in Mobile.

Class 4A

Montgomery Catholic Knights 41, Bayside Academy Admirals 13

Bayside Academy clinched its fourth straight playoff appearance under head coach Phil Lazenby, who recorded his 200th career victory this season. The Admirals set a single-game scoring record with their 66-48 win over Escambia County as part of a 6-5 overall season.

AISA Class 1A

Lowndes Academy Rebels 68, Snook Christian Eagles12

The Eagles qualified for their second playoff appearance just two years removed from not having enough players to field a team. Snook Christian also earned its first all-star where Philip Butts was named to the AISA All-Star game Dec. 2 in Montgomery.

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