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Vikings Make History

Vikings Make History

By Ron Wallace |

Semmes, AL - Semmes has a population of about 5,200 a small but tight community in the Western Mobile County. The city of Semmes has a high school football team Mary G. Montgomery Vikings. Vikings history was that they were 0-8 in the playoffs in over 6 decades (60 years). This season they have turned things around going 10-0 for the regular season.

The Vikings just played their first round playoff game last night against the Dothan Wolves and what a game it was. The Wolves had the Vikings on the ropes in the 1st quarter outscoring the Vikings 13-0. In my Lee Corso voice "Not So Fast" my friend. The Vikings #4 J.T. Busby comes up with an interception in the 2nd quarter which changed the momentum of the game. Touchdown Vikings!!!! by #18 Shandrell Harris the Vikings shutdown the Wolves offense in the 2nd quarter and went into halftime still down 13-7.

Start of the 2nd half neither team could put points on the board, so hear comes the 4th quarter. At the 9:14 mark in the 4th quarter the Vikings strike with a touchdown run by #10 Jayvian Hawthorne. The Vikings take the lead 14-13 for the first time in the game. The Vikings have the crowd cheering them on, but plenty of time remaining in the game for the Wolves to strike. But it would be the Vikings that strike again with a fumble recovery by #4 J.T. Busby and he get's it into the redzone.

Second play after the turnover by Dothan, #18 Shondell Harris punches it in from 10 yards out for the Vikings 21-13. Dothan gets the ball down in the redzone in the last 5 seconds of the game, can Dothan punch it in to possibly go into overtime. The snap rolls out looking to pass has a man in the back of the endzone but he's out of bounds. The Vikings Win!!!!

Next: Vikings will host Enterprise Wildcats in round two of the AHSAA 7A Football Playoffs

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MOBILE, AL - The Reese's Senior Bowl, the nation's most prestigious college football all-star scouting showcase, has reached an agreement with the NFL Players Association (NFLPA) to be the presenting sponsor of the game's 75th Anniversary celebration.  This year's Reese's Senior Bowl will kickoff at 12:00 p.m. CT at Hancock Whitney Stadium on Saturday, February 3, 2024, and will be televised live on the NFL Network. Game week festivities for the 75th Anniversary team will include a formal gala event on Friday evening and a halftime ceremony on Saturday afternoon.

The inaugural Senior Bowl was played in Jacksonville, Florida in 1950 and moved to Mobile, Alabama the following year, where it has become an annual tradition for over seven decades.  The long, rich history of the Senior Bowl includes 56 players who have been enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, and many of those all-time greats will be part of this year's 75th Anniversary Team. 

Some of the legendary names on the ballot will include quarterbacks Dan Marino and Brett Favre, running backs LaDainian Tomlinson and Curtis Martin, wide receivers Terrell Owens and Hines Ward, offensive linemen Larry Allen and Steve Hutchinson, defensive ends Michael Strahan and DeMarcus Ware, defensive tackles Aaron Donald and Bryant Young, outside linebackers Von Miller and John Abraham, inside linebackers Derrick Brooks and Brian Urlacher, safeties Brian Dawkins and LeRoy Butler, and cornerbacks Richard Sherman and Aeneas Williams. The 75th Anniversary Team selection process will include fan participation, as well as input from current NFL executives and the Senior Bowl's executive committee.  The online fan vote will be launched at on Monday, September 4.

The Senior Bowl named a 50th Anniversary team in 1998 (see below), so rather than duplicate some legends for the 75th edition, eligibility for the diamond anniversary team will honor players who appeared on NFL rosters between 1998-2023.


OFFENSE                                                                                          DEFENSE

QB          Joe Namath                         New York Jets                      DL           Joe Greene                        Pittsburgh Steelers

RB          Walter Payton                     Chicago Bears                                    Ed Jones                             Dallas Cowboys

Bo Jackson                           Oakland Raiders                                Bubba Smith                     Baltimore Colts

Franco Harris                      Pittsburgh Steelers                            Jack Youngblood               Los Angeles Rams

WR         Lynn Swann                         Pittsburgh Steelers             LB           Ray Nitschke                     Green Bay Packers

Art Monk                             Washington Redskins                        Derrick Thomas                Kansas City Chiefs

Steve Largent                      Seattle Seahawks                               Ted Hendricks                   Oakland Raiders

TE           Ozzie Newsome                  Cleveland Browns               DB          Dale Carter                        Kansas City Chiefs

OL           Gene Upshaw                     Oakland Raiders                                Albert Lewis                      Kansas City Chiefs

               Jerry Kramer                       Green Bay Packers                             Paul Krause                       Minnesota Vikings

               Mike Webster                     Pittsburgh Steelers                            Roger Wehrli                     St. Louis Cardinals

               Randall McDaniel               Minnesota Vikings             PK           Morten Andersen              New Orleans Saints

               Tom Banks                           St. Louis Cardinals

In addition to being the presenting sponsor of the 75th Anniversary Team, this partnership connects the NFLPA with future union membership on the 2024 Reese's Senior Bowl roster via week-long activations at the team hotel and also offers opportunities for former players to be part of the game's football operations staff. 

Statement from Reese's Senior Bowl Executive Director Jim Nagy

"We are excited about this partnership because it allows us to properly celebrate some of the Senior Bowl's all-time greats. So many legendary players began their NFL journeys in Mobile and getting the NFLPA behind the 75th Anniversary allows us to bring them all back to where it started.  Game week is going to be special this year."

Statement from NFLPA Chief Operating Officer Teri Smith

"To be the presenting sponsor of the 75th Senior Bowl is a tremendous opportunity. Our union is looking forward to honoring the many great player members who have been a part of this game's rich history while also continuing our commitment to engage with some of our brightest future members."

About the Senior Bowl

The Reese's Senior Bowl is widely regarded as the preeminent college football all-star game and the first stage in the NFL Draft process. The longest continual-running all-star game has taken place in Mobile the past 74 years.  More than 900 NFL personnel, including key decision-makers from all 32 teams, and over 1,100 media members from around the country were credentialed last year. In each of the past three years, the Reese's Senior Bowl has had 100 or more players drafted and over 40 percent of the entire draft class, which are both record-setting figures for any all-star game.

About the NFLPA

The National Football League Players Association is the union for professional football players in the National Football League. Established in 1956, the NFLPA has a long history of assuring proper recognition and representation of players' interests. The NFLPA has shown that it will do whatever is necessary to assure that the rights of players are protected-including ceasing to be a union, if necessary, as it did in 1989. In 1993, the NFLPA again was officially recognized as the union representing the players and negotiated a landmark Collective Bargaining Agreement with the NFL. The current CBA will govern the sport through the 2030 NFL season. Learn more at
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Mobile, AL - The Reese's Senior Bowl, whose rosters have included over 100 drafted players and 40 percent of the past three NFL Draft classes, is excited to announce its scouting staff for the 2024 game cycle.  The upcoming 75th Anniversary Game kicks off at 12 p.m. CT at Hancock Whitney Stadium in Mobile, Alabama on Saturday February 3, 2024. 

The first staff move of the offseason was replacing Director of Football Operations Matt Kelly, who was hired this offseason by the Minnesota Vikings as the west coast area scout, with former Las Vegas Raiders College Scouting Coordinator Jack Gilmore. 

Gilmore worked the past four years with the Raiders organization and returns to the Senior Bowl after serving as a scouting assistant in 2019.  In his role, Gilmore's responsibilities will include overseeing administration of scouting staff, serving as liaison with all 32 NFL clubs, coordinating player equipment and travel needs, and playing a role in the prospect evaluation process. 

In addition to Kelly's departure, former west coast area scout Brian Zeches was recently hired by the Atlanta Falcons as player personnel coordinator and former scouting assistant Tanner Chastain accepted a similar full-time role with the Indianapolis Colts.  With those three additions, the Reese's Senior Bowl now has 20 former staff members currently in full-time scouting roles with NFL clubs.

"First off, we're excited to bring Jack back to Mobile. He's a good young football man and the Senior Bowl is very important to him, like it is to our entire community, so we feel fortunate to get him back home," says Reese's Senior Bowl Executive Director Jim Nagy. 

The veteran scouting staff for the 2024 game cycle has over 200 years of collective NFL front office, coaching, and playing experience, consists of the following (in alphabetical order): DJ Boisture, Chris Caminiti, Colton Chappelle, Mark Gorscak, Brad Jackson, Walter Juliff, James Kirkland, Scot McCloughan, TJ McCreight, Chris Prescott, and Julius Pruitt.  This year's staff will also be supported by in-house scouting assistants Michael Newsome, Chris Smith, and Matt McCreight.  Smith and McCreight are currently serving training camp scouting internships with the Kansas City Chiefs and Chicago Bears, respectively. 

"There was very little movement in front offices around the league this offseason so this is the first time since we started assembling veteran NFL staffs where some of the scouts will be returning for a second season with us.  It will be nice to have familiarity with our process within the staff.  We owe players across college football the best possible evaluation process and this year's staff is very well-connected and incredibly proven," adds Nagy.

Director of Football Operations Jack Gilmore - In his role as director of football operations, Jack returns to the Senior Bowl after spending the last four years with the Las Vegas Raiders. A native of Mobile, Alabama, Jack attended St. Paul's Episcopal School and later earned an Education Degree from the University of Alabama. While at Alabama, Jack played linebacker for the 2013 National Championship team and then served as a recruiting specialist for the team until 2016. 

Prior experience:

  • 2016: Buffalo Bills (Football Operations Internship)
  • 2017: University of North Alabama (Graduate Assistant/Assistant DB Coach)
  • 2018: Buffalo Bills (Football Operations Internship)
  • 2019: Senior Bowl (Scouting Assistant)
  • 2019-2023: Las Vegas Raiders (Scouting Coordinator) 


  • DJ Boisture - Boisture comes to the Senior Bowl after over a decade with the New York Giants, where he started as a pro personnel intern and served as the team's west coast area scout the past seven years.  During Boisture's time covering the west coast, the Giants picked 2022 first-rounder Oregon DE Kayvon Thibodeaux and other key starters like TE Daniel Bellinger and CB Darnay Holmes from his area.
  • Chris Caminiti - Caminiti brings over 30 years of football experience having served in a variety of roles throughout his career. He most recently finished his second stint with the Patriots and coach Bill Belichick covering the west coast as an area scout for Patriots. Three of the team's first four picks in the 2023 draft were from Caminiti's area. In 2019 and 2020, he worked on Anthony Lynn's Los Angeles Chargers staff as the senior coaching assistant, working primarily with the head coach and on special teams. Prior to his time with Chargers, he spent seven seasons with the UCLA Bruins working with both Jim Mora Jr. and Chip Kelly, starting as the special teams analyst and finishing as the associate athletic director for the football program. Prior to UCLA he had stints with the Kansas City Chiefs, Cleveland Browns, and Patriots.
  • Colton Chappelle - Chapple joins the Senior Bowl after nine years in the Cleveland Browns personnel department.  After graduating from Harvard, Chapple joined the Browns staff in 2013 as a scouting assistant then moved into an area scout role in the Midwest and Southeast regions for the next eight seasons. Chapple played quarterback for four years at Harvard and earned Ivy League Player of the Year his senior season.
  • Mark Gorscak - Gorscak, a 28-year veteran scout-all with the Pittsburgh Steelers-is best known in football circles as the official 40-yard dash "starter" at the NFL Combine the past two decades.  Over his career, Mark scouted the entire United States and he went to four Super Bowls, winning Super Bowl XL and XLIII.  Prior to joining the Steelers, Mark coached on the high school and college levels for 16 years and in 1987 he was the first general manager of the Pittsburgh Gladiators in the inaugural season of the Arena Football League. He graduated with a degree in psychology from Dickinson and received a master's degree in sports administration from St. Thomas University in Miami, Fla.  Also, ESPN the Magazine profiled Mark in the 2010 NFL Preview magazine as one of the 90 Faces of the NFL.  In 2022, he was named the recipient of the C.O. Brocato Memorial Award for Lifetime Service for NFL Scouting. 
  • Brad Jackson - Jackson, a 1998 Senior Bowl alum as a player and two-time participant of Senior Bowl Scout School initiative, played six years in the NFL with the Baltimore Ravens and Carolina Panthers.  He started five games at linebacker during the 2001 NFL season for the historic Ravens defense that helped defeat the New York Giants in Super Bowl XXXV.  He was a two-sport athlete at the University of Cincinnati where he lettered in both football and basketball.  He finished his career as the third-leading tackler in Bearcats history and was selected in the third round (No. 79 overall) of the 1998 NFL draft by the Miami Dolphins. Jackson has participated in the Bill Walsh Minority Coaching Fellowship Program with the Indianapolis Colts (2007) and the Atlanta Falcons (2010).  He has also worked extensively in the Baltimore area media since retiring. 

  • Walter Juliff - Entering his second season with the Senior Bowl, Juliff, who has scouted for 38 years in the National Football League, including his last three seasons as senior advisor with the Las Vegas Raiders, is one of the most experienced personnel men in professional football.  Prior to his time with the Raiders, he served the previous 31 seasons in the Dallas Cowboys personnel department, where he worked under every head coach in franchise history, from Tom Landry to Jason Garrett.  He held numerous roles with the Cowboys (southeast area scout, national scout, and assistant director of college and pro scouting) and helped build rosters for 11 NFC East Championships and three Super Bowl winning clubs.  He originally broke into the NFL as a combine scout with the Pittsburgh Steelers and prior to that he coached at the college (Angelo State) and high school levels in the state of Texas.
  • James Kirkland - Kirkland brings 12 years of NFL experience to this year's Senior Bowl staff.  His longest stint came with the Cleveland Browns, where he worked on both the college scouting (area scout) and pro personnel (assistant director) sides.  He also worked three years as an area scout for Chicago Bears and one season as a pro scout for the Tennessee Titans.  Since leaving the NFL in 2016, Kirkland has spent five seasons as director of player personnel at the University of Illinois under longtime NFL Head Coach Lovie Smith and two seasons  as assistant director of player personnel at Michigan State University.  Currently, Kirkland serves as Associate Director of Enforcement and Football Development for the NCAA in Indianapolis.
  • Scot McCloughan - McCloughan, the former general manager of the San Francisco 49ers and Washington Commanders, is one of the most respected evaluators in pro football and brings a wealth of executive level experience to this year's Senior Bowl staff.  During his time running the draft for the Niners, McCloughan picked all-time franchise greats like linebacker Patrick Willis, running back Frank Gore, and offensive lineman Joe Staley.  In his 23 years in the league, McCloughan was part of Super Bowl XXXI (Green Bay 1996) and Super Bowl XLVIII (Seattle 2013) champion teams.
  • Matt McCreight - McCreight will be joining the Senior Bowl after finishing up a scouting internship during training camp this year with the Chicago Bears. He is a recent graduate of Bucknell University, where he played wide receiver.  McCreight's work experience includes serving as a group leader at the 2023 Senior Bowl and as a scouting assistant with the United States Football League (USFL).  He also briefly served as a coaching intern for the Arizona Hotshots of the AAF in 2019.
  • T.J. McCreight - McCreight is entering his second season with the Senior Bowl.  He has held numerous high-ranking scouting roles in his 24 years in the NFL, most recently five-year stint as player personnel executive with the Philadelphia Eagles.  He broke into the league with the Baltimore Ravens in 1997 as the east coast area scout and eventually became the team's national scout his final two years (2003-2004).  He also served in key decision-making roles as director of player personnel with the Cleveland Browns (2004-2008), pro personnel director for the Arizona Cardinals (2009-2011), and director of college scouting for the Indianapolis Colts (2012-2016).  He played college football at Liberty University. 

  • Michael Newsome - Newsome is entering his second year as an in-house scouting assistant. Prior to his time with the Senior Bowl, Michael has spent time on both the Baltimore Ravens and Jacksonville Jaguars scouting staffs. Newsome played defensive line at The University of Alabama from 2011-2014, where he was a member of back-to-back National Championship teams.
  • Chris Prescott - Prescott, entering Year 2 with the Senior Bowl, spent 19 years in the NFL with Jacksonville Jaguars, New York Jets, and Chicago Bears.  His career began as a scouting intern for the Jaguars in 2002 and spent several years with the club as an area scout.  He then spent three years as an area scout with the Jets before landing a promotion as national scout for the Bears. He was a four-year letterman at safety for Western New England University.  
  • Julius Pruitt - Pruitt joins the scouting team after taking part in the game's Senior Bowl Scout School program the past two summers, as well as serving as a group leader during game week last year.  Pruitt, who played wide receiver for four seasons with the Miami Dolphins, stepped down as running backs coach at his alma mater Ouachita Baptist this offseason to pursue a career in the scouting profession.  Pruitt was part of a Ouachita Baptist staff last year that helped lead the team to an undefeated 11-0 season and conference championship.  He was an All-American at Ouachita Baptists and still holds the school's single season records in receptions, receiving yards, and touchdowns.
  • Chris Smith - Smith is entering Year 2 as an in-house scouting assistant and he will rejoin the Senior Bowl staff upon completing a training camp internship with the Kansas City Chiefs this summer.  Before joining the staff last fall, Smith also did a training camp internship with the Miami Dolphins.  Smith, who was a four-year letterman at linebacker for Temple, has also worked at the University of Maine, as well as his alma mater, prior to joining the Senior Bowl.The post REESE'S SENIOR BOWL ANNOUNCES 2024 SCOUTING STAFF first appeared on Ballin Down South.


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    Senior Bowl Adds Five Members to Hall of Fame

    Senior Bowl Adds Five Members to Hall of Fame

    MOBILE, Alabama - The Senior Bowl today announced it will induct five new members into the game's Hall of Fame - former Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson, current Philadelphia Eagles offensive tackle Lane Johnson, former Green Bay Packers outside linebacker Clay Matthews, former Philadelphia Eagles running back Brian Westbrook, and former Baltimore Ravens offensive guard Marshal Yanda.

    Along with the Hall of Fame inductees, the Senior Bowl has chosen Seattle Seahawks cornerback Tariq Woolen as 2022 Defensive Rookie of the Year and Houston Texans running back Dameon Pierce and Green Bay Packers wide receiver Christian Watson as Co-Offensive Rookies of the Year. The recipients will be honored in the annual induction ceremony emceed by NFL Network host Rhett Lewis (presented by Spire) at The Grand Hotel Golf Club & Spa in Point Clear, Alabama on Sunday, June 25, 2023.  

    "We are thrilled to be adding such an accomplished group of players to the Senior Bowl Hall of Fame," said Reese's Senior Bowl Executive Director Jim Nagy. "These men were among the best of the best coming out of college and they all went on to have incredible pro careers.  Each one of them was among the greatest players at their respective positions and we are grateful their NFL journeys began here in Mobile."

    In conjunction with the Hall of Fame festivities, the nation's premiere all-star game is hosting its Third Annual Senior Bowl Charities Celebrity Golf Classic (presented by First Horizon Bank), which will be held on Monday, June 26 at Lakewood Golf Club on the property of The Grand Hotel. This exclusive event will pair 22 foursomes with celebrities from across the football world, including the five current Senior Bowl Hall of Fame inductees and three Rookies of the Year. The full slate of participants from around the NFL and college football will be released periodically over the next few weeks. Proceeds from the golf tournament will benefit the Mobile Baldwin Athletic Partnership, established in 2021. This program provides needed resources, ranging from pants and jerseys to blocking sleds and video technology, for underfunded public high school football programs in the two-county area.

    The Senior Bowl Hall of Fame, established in 1988, includes many players who are also members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.  Past honorees are all-time greats such as Doak Walker, Ray Nitschke, Joe Namath, Mean Joe Green, Walter Payton, Franco Harris, Ozzie Newsome, Steve Largent, Kellen Winslow, Dan Marino, Bo Jackson, Derrick Thomas, Terrell Owens, and Von Miller.  In addition, Paul Brown, Don Shula, Tom Landry, Paul "Bear" Bryant, and Eddie Robinson are among the list of inducted legendary pro and college coaches.

    Statement from Tennessee Titans RB Chris Johnson:

    "It was such a great honor to get invited to the Senior Bowl and represent East Carolina.  It felt good to know the Senior Bowl thought I belonged there and I was excited to compete against all the top players in the country.  It was an experience that I'll never forget."

    Statement from Philadelphia Eagles OL Lane Johnson:

    "It is an honor to join the Senior Bowl Hall Fame.  I still have the Most Outstanding Lineman award on my mantle and think about what a week it was in Mobile!  It truly has come full circle now.  The Senior Bowl is where I started to rise up draft boards to eventually becoming the No. 4 overall pick.  The week down there really springboarded my career after only playing for two years at Oklahoma.  I was able to showcase my ability against the best of the best the entire week.  I am excited to celebrate what the Senior Bowl really means with the other inductees in this amazing class."

    Statement from Green Bay Packers OLB Clay Matthews:

    "As the premier college all-star game, I was elated to be invited to participate in the Senior Bowl.  It was a tremendous honor to be recognized as one of the best in college football but I looked forward more to the opportunity to compete against the nation's best and showcase my skills to the many NFL owners, general managers, coaches, and scouts.  I feel like the opportunities that were afforded me through the Senior Bowl helped me seamlessly transition into the NFL.  I am truly honored to go in to the Senior Bowl Hall of Fame, especially in a class with so many members that I competed against over the years."

    Statement from Philadelphia Eagles RB Brian Westbrook:

    "When I received the news of being selected to the Senior Bowl it meant the world to me, it gave me the opportunity to compete against the best players in the country and a chance to prove myself. I truly believe that my week in Mobile gave me the confidence that I could have an impact in the NFL."

    Statement from Baltimore Ravens OL Marshal Yanda:

    "Getting invited to the Senior Bowl was a big deal for me and my family.  Understanding that getting that invitation meant you had a good chance of making an NFL roster the next fall.  It was a sign that my dream was becoming more and more a reality.  I knew that playing in the Senior Bowl was only going to help me grow as a football player.  I got to go up against a lot of great players and that definitely made me a better player. I had a great overall experience in Mobile."

    Statement from 2022 Defensive Rookie of Year, Seattle Seahawks CB Tariq Woolen:

    "The Senior Bowl invite meant so much to me coming from a smaller school like UTSA, especially since I had changed positions from wide receiver to cornerback midway through my career there.  The platform in Mobile allowed me to show teams that I had the skills and athleticism to take it to the next level. The 32 teams got a chance to see how I stacked up against the best receivers in last year's draft class.  This is truly an honor."

    Statement from 2022 Co-Offensive Rookie of Year, Houston Texans RB Damien Pierce:

    "Getting the Senior Bowl invite was a welcome surprise and also a boost of confidence coming out of college. Just having the chance to show off my talents in front of scouts from the next level was very crucial to my draft process.  To this day, Mr. Nagy and I stay in touch from time to time.  Every chance I get I make sure to thank him for giving me the opportunity to show that I can play at the next level and put myself in position to make my family proud."

    Statement from 2022 Co-Offensive Rookie of Year, Green Bay Packers WR Christian Watson:

    "I remain grateful for the opportunity to have played in the Reese's Senior Bowl.  Everything about the experience was top-shelf.  As an FCS player, participating against the top talent in the country while in Mobile was central to me eventually being drafted 34th overall.  Needless to say, the Senior Bowl Co-Offensive Rookie of the Year award is a true honor."


    Chris Johnson

    NFL: Selected No. 24 overall in the 2008 NFL Draft by the Tennessee Titans...played in 130 career games with 111 career starts in 10 seasons...spent six seasons with Titans (2008-13), one with New York Jets (2014), and three with Arizona Cardinals (2015-17)...was named to 3 Pro Bowls and was runner-up in AP Rookie of Year voting behind Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan in 2008...highlight of career was being named National Football League's Offensive Player of Year in 2009...his 2009 campaign was one of best seasons by an offensive player in league history, setting all-time record with 2,509 total yards from scrimmage...he led NFL is rushing with 2,006 yards and 14 rushing touchdowns and also had 50 catches for 503 yards and 2 receiving scores that year...became just the eighth player in NFL history with over 2,000 rushing yards, which earned him the nickname "CJ2K"...that season, he was first player to ever rush for 125+ yards and 5.0+ per carry average in six consecutive games, breaking 51-year old record set by Jim Brown in 1958...he is the only player in NFL history with a touchdown of 50 yards, 60 yards, and 90 yards in one game (57-yard rush, 69-yard reception, and 91-yard rush in Week 2 vs. Texans in 2009)...he is only player in league history with four touchdown runs over 85 yards in a single season (85, 89, 91, and 94 in 2009) and also only player with three 80-yard touchdown runs in a single season more than once (2009 and 2012)...has second longest streak of consecutive 100-yard rushing games (12) behind only Detroit Lions' great Barry Sanders (14)...had six straight 1,000-yard seasons to begin his career and ended his 10-career with 9,651 rushing yards, which puts him 35th on the all-time list, just ahead of Alabama legend Shaun Alexander and former Houston Oilers all-time great Earl Campbell...also had 307 career catches for 2,255 yards...NCCA: Twice named First-team All-C-USA (2006, 2007) and was conference's Special Teams Player of Year as senior after leading league in kickoff return average (28.0)...had breakout year at running back as senior, rushing for 1,423 yards and 17 touchdowns...also set East Carolina school record for running backs with 125 career catches (for 1,296 yards and 10 TD)...finished ECU career with 2,982 rushing yards and 32 TD...set NCAA FBS bowl record with 408 all-purpose yards (223 rushing, 32 receiving, 153 returns) as senior in Hawaii Bowl win over Boise State...set then Combine 40-yard dash record with 4.24 seconds...returned to school after retiring from NFL and graduated with communications degree in 2020

    Lane Johnson

    NFL: Selected No. 4 overall in the 2013 NFL Draft by the Philadelphia Eagles...has been named first-team All-Pro twice (2017 and 2022) and second-team once (2021)...voted to four Pro Bowls (2017-2019, 2022)...Two-time Super Bowl participant and Lombardi Trophy winner after 2017 season...member of Eagles team that defeated New England Patriots in Super Bowl LII...set NFL record on December 11, 2022 after not allowing a sack in 26 consecutive games...NCAA: Named second-team All-Big 12 at left tackle as senior at Oklahoma...began his career at Kilgore College, a junior college in East Texas...played quarterback and tight end at Kilgore for one year before transferring to Oklahoma...served as scout team QB in 2009, moved to TE in fall 2010, and was used at defensive end in spring 2011 before making permanent switch to offensive tackle in fall 2011...started at right tackle as junior and left tackle as senior for Sooners

    Clay Matthews

    NFL: Selected with No. 26 overall pick in first round of 2009 NFL Draft by the Green Bay Packers...spent 10 years with the Packers and finished up his career in 2019 with the Los Angeles Rams...appeared in 156 career games with 150 starts...also started 15 career playoff games...earned first-team All-Pro honors in 2010 and second-team All-Pro in 2012...named to six Pro Bowl squads (2009-2012, 2014-2105)...member of Packers' Super Bowl XLV Championship team that defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers following the 2010 regular season...finished his career with 91.5 sacks and his 83.5 with the Packers are officially the most in franchise history (Pro Football Hall-of-Famer Willie Davis was credited with 99.5 before sacks became an official league-recognized statistic)...had four double-digit sack seasons (2009, 2010, 2012, 2014)...also had 6 interceptions, 17 forced fumbles, and 5 fumble recoveries over his career...NCAA: Began his USC career as a walk-on and earned scholarship after two years...part of Pete Carroll's USC dynasty, winning three Rose Bowls (2007-2009) during his time with Trojans...first player in school history to be named Special Teams Player of Year three straight of three USC linebackers to participate in 2009 Senior Bowl along with fellow first-rounder Matt Cushing and second-rounder Rey Maualuga

    Brian Westbrook

    NFL: Selected with 91st overall pick in 2002 NFL Draft by the Philadelphia Eagles...spent eight seasons with Eagles (2002-2009) and final year of nine-year career with San Francisco 49ers...appeared in 121 career games with 90 starts...also played in 11 career post-season games with two 100-yard rushing performances in 2006 playoffs...earned first-team All-Pro after 2007 season when he led the NFL with 2,014 total yards from scrimmage (1,333 rushing and 771 receiving)...two-time Pro Bowl honoree (2004, 2007)...true "every-down" back finished his career with 6,335 rushing yards (4.6 avg) and 41 rushing touchdowns, as well as 442 receptions for 3,940 yards and 30 receiving scores...ended career with 19 100-yard rushing games and four 100-yard receiving games...was inducted into Philadelphia Eagles Hall of Fame in 2015...NCAA: two-time Atlantic-10 Offensive Player of Year and Division I-AA All-American at Villanova...2001 recipient of Walter Payton Award as top player at DI-AA (now FCS) level...holds all-time DI-AA record with 9,512 all-purpose 46 career games, he scored 84 total touchdowns and is only player in DI-AA history to score 160 or more points in two different seasons...first player in college football history at any level with 1,000 rushing and 1,000 receiving yards in same season (1998)...amassed 2,823 combined net yards rushing and receiving with 29 total touchdowns as a senior...inducted into Villanova University Varsity Club Hall of Fame in 2016...being inducted into College Football Hall of Fame in Class of 2023 later this year

    Marshal Yanda

    NFL: Selected 86th overall in 2007 NFL Draft by the Baltimore Ravens...played in 177 career games with 166 starts in his 13-year NFL career, all with the Ravens organization...member of Super Bowl XLVII champions that defeated San Francisco 49ers after the 2012 regular season...named first-team All-Pro twice (2014 and 2015) and second-team All-Pro five times (2011, 2012, 2016, 2018, 2019)...also eight-time Pro Bowl selection...member of NFL's All-Decade Team of 2010's, along with 2021 Senior Bowl Hall of Fame inductee Joe Staley of the 49ers...consecutively named as Pro Football Focus' top-rated guard from 2014-2016...was added to Baltimore Ravens Ring of Honor in December 2022...NCAA: Voted second-team All-Big 10 as senior by league's coaches...played first two years of college at North Iowa Area Community College...received economics degree from University of Iowa


    Tariq Woolen (2022 Defensive Rookie of Year)

    NFL: Selected in fifth round (No. 153 overall) of 2022 NFL Draft by the Seattle Seahawks...played and started in 16 games his first season...selected to Pro Bowl after stellar rookie season where he tied for NFL lead with 6 interceptions...named All-Rookie by both Pro Football Writers Association and Pro Football Focus...during one stretch, he became first rookie over last 10 years to record an interception in at least four consecutive games...finished with 60 total tackles, 15 passes defensed, and 3 forced fumbles in 2022...his 4.26 time in 40-yard dash was tied for third-best in Combine history and fastest ever for someone over six-feet tall...NCAA: Was five-year player and three-year starter at UTSA...moved from wide receiver to cornerback prior to his fourth year in the program...had 9 pass breakups and 2 interceptions combined over his final two years as starting CB...earned his degree in multidisciplinary studies

    Dameon Pierce (2022 Co-Offensive Rookie of Year)

    NFL: Selected in fourth round (No. 107 overall) of 2022 NFL Draft by the Houston Texans...played and started in first 13 games of season, missing final four games due to ankle injury...rushed for 939 yards (4.3 avg) and had 30 catches for 165 yards...totaled 5 touchdowns (4 rushing, 1 receiving)...became just 26th rookie in NFL history to surpass 1,000 total yards from scrimmage by Week 11 of the season...finished third among NFL Rookies in rushing yards behind only Seattle's Kenneth Walker (1,050) and Atlanta's Tyler Allgeier (1,035) despite missing almost quarter of season...had pair of 100-yard games (131 yards Week 4 vs. Chargers and 139 yards Week 8 vs. Eagles)...won "Angry Run" of Year presented by NFL Network's Kyle Brandt at this year's NFL Honors Ceremony during Super Bowl week...NCAA: Appeared in 49-of-50 career games at Florida with 11 total starts over his four years...had 1,806 career rushing yards on 329 carries (5.5 avg) with 23 touchdowns...also had 45 career receptions for 422 yards and 5 touchdowns...had 13 rushing scores and 3 receiving scores as senior in 2021, which are fifth and sixth-highest single-season marks in UF program history

    Christian Watson (2022 Co-Offensive Rookie of Year)

    NFL: Selected in second round (No. 34 overall) of 2022 NFL Draft by the Green Bay Packers...played in 14 games with 11 starts as rookie...finished with 41 receptions for 611 yards (14.9 avg) and 7 touchdowns...added 7 rushes for 80 yards and 2 rushing touchdowns...went on hot streak in second half of season with 31 catches in final eight games of year...named NFL's Rookie of Month for November...had four-game stretch from Weeks 10-13 where he scored 8 of his 9 touchdowns...posted three 100-yard games (107 yards Week 10 vs. Cowboys, 110 yards Week 12 vs. Eagles, 104 yards Week 17 vs. Lions)...led all rookie wide receivers with 7 receiving touchdowns, which was also third-most by rookie receiver in Packers' franchise history...finished one touchdown behind Seahawks RB Kenneth Walker III for rookie lead in total touchdowns with 9...finished fourth among league rookies in receiving yards behind only Jets' Garrett Wilson, Falcons' Drake London, and Steelers' George Pickens...NCAA: Was four-time FCS national champion at North Dakota State (2017-2019, 2021)...twice named FCS All-American (first-team in 2020 and second-team in 2021) and All-MVFC (Missouri Valley Football Conference)...finished his college career with 105 total catches for 2,140 yards and 14 receiving touchdowns...also had 49 rushes for 392 yards and 2 touchdowns
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    Gulf Coast Holiday Classic

    Gulf Coast Holiday Classic

    Mobile, AL - The Gulf Coast Holiday Classic is in full swing after the first day of action at Spring Hill College. There are teams from as far as Louisiana competing in the tournament.

    The Gulf Coast Holiday Classic teams compete over a 3- Day period. There are two brackets the red and green. 

    Day 1 to start everything off was St. Luke's vs Daphne, after the end of the 1st quarter Daphne was trailing by 6 points 17-11 St. Luke's. At the half Daphne was still behind 31-23 but was able to pull out the win 58-51 to advance.

    Day 1 Scores

    St. Luke's 51 Daphne 58

    Williamson 66 West Florida 64

    Blount 67 Jay 56

    MGM 52 Pensacola 33

    Theodore 44 Vigor 42

    McGill-Toolen 89 Southside Selma 31

    LeFlore 48 Archbishop Shaw 45

    Cottage Hill 70 Faith Academy 57

    Day 2 Scores

    St. Luke's 46 Jay 49

    Vigor 53 Archbishop Shaw 48

    West Florida 64 Pensacola 48

    South side Selma 41 Faith Academy 74

    Blount 67 Daphne 66

    LeFlore 46 Theodore 43

    MGM 64 Williamson 62

    Cottage Hill 72 McGill-Toolen 74

    Day 3 Scores

    Archbishop Shaw 44 St. Luke's 31

    Pensacola 47 Southside Selma 37

    Jay 46 Vigor 61

    West Florida 66 Faith Academy 62

    Daphne 55 Theodore 64

    Wiiliamson 47 Cottage Hill 71

    Blount 52 LeFlore 57 (LeFlore Green Bracket Champions) - (Blount Green Bracket Runner-Up)

    MGM 43 McGill-Toolen 59 (McGill-Toolen (Red Bracket Champion) - (MGM Red Braclet Runner-Up)
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    Dirty Dozen With The Area Win

    Dirty Dozen With The Area Win

    Mobile, AL - The Dirty Dozen wins their second Area Match against the Lady Trojans on the road. McGill-Toolen now 2-0 in Region play and 17-7 overall on the season. Daphne put up a good battle in each set but McGill-Toolen showed their dominance. Only going into 3 sets 25-16, 25-15, 25-9, the Dirty Dozen had a total of 36 kills and 18 aces. Leading the charge was Anna Grace Sparks with 14 Kills, 2 Digs, .357 hitting% and 100% serve percentage.

    Our attackers were efficient throughout the match- we finished the match hitting .294.  Our serving also helped keep Daphne off balance.  We were able to serve zones accurately to keep their offense off the net. 

    This was our second area match of the season. We defeated Foley previously, and we are at Fairhope on 9/29 to conclude area play. 
    Locally, we had a big week last week and this week- we played Spanish Fort, Bayside, Daphne, and we will host St. Paul's on Thursday.  Our offense is still working to create the best match-ups, and we have suffered a few injuries.  We are hoping to be full strength by early October. 

    Defeated Spanish Fort 3-0 and Bayside 3-1. McGill-Toolen's game against Spanish Fort went only into 3 sets 25-19, 25-16, 25-9. The game against Bayside went into 4 sets Bayside winning only the 1st set 28-26, 25-22, 25-15, 25-22. McGill-Toolen played in the Nike Tournament of Champions in Miami, FL earlier this month and finished 20th out of 80 teams.

    Head Coach Kate Wood has her young ladies playing at a high level and starting to peaking at the right time. McGill-Toolen next game is at home Thursday Sept. 22nd against St. Paul's at 6pm.

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