Macon East Academy Triumph Over Abbeville: In Cecil, Macon East Academy triumphed over Abbeville Christian Academy, securing their seventh consecutive trip to the state playoffs with a resounding 53-0 victory.
This marked a significant turnaround for Macon East, which, with a 1-8 record, entered the game with the Alabama Independent School Association’s lowest-scoring offense and fifth-worst defense. The schedule, featuring defending champions Lowndes and Lee-Scott, paid off as Thaddeus McKinney rushed for an impressive 218 yards and four touchdowns on just 10 carries.
Sam Wallace contributed 157 yards and two touchdowns, while Barrett Spaeth added another, leading to eight touchdowns in total. This win, Macon East’s first of the season, allowed them to finish fourth in AA Region 1.
The Knights will wrap up the regular season against Autauga Academy and then face Banks Academy in the first round of the AA state playoffs on Nov. 3. Abbeville Christian (1-8) will conclude the season against Lakeside School in Eufaula.
Moving to Hayneville, Clayton Hussey’s stellar performance propelled the Rebels to a 49-2 victory over Crenshaw Christian Academy. The Rebels’ defense held their seventh opponent without a touchdown this season. Kasen Dismukes and Cooper Dansby played crucial roles in the offensive onslaught.
After building a 35-2 halftime lead, the Rebels continued their dominance, with Hussey adding another touchdown on a 33-yard run. Ashton Yelder and Jase Howard contributed significantly on the defensive end, limiting Crenshaw to one first down and 15 total yards.
Lowndes (9-0) will conclude the regular season against Hooper Academy before hosting Sparta Academy in the first round of the Class A state playoffs on Nov. 3. Crenshaw Christian (6-4) will face Snook Christian to end the regular season, with their eyes set on the first round of the Class A state playoffs at Jackson Academy.
In Elmore, Edgewood secured a hard-fought victory over the Chiefs in a defensive struggle, winning 7-0. Brock Whitt’s 7-yard run provided the only touchdown, and the extra point proved decisive.
Gabe LeMaster showcased his prowess on both sides of the ball, rushing for 89 yards, making an eight-yard reception, and recording two interceptions, a pass breakup, and five tackles. Parker Shaw led the Edgewood defense with 11 tackles and contributed 30 rushing yards. Edgewood (3-5) will host Lee-Scott Academy before entering the AA state playoffs against Clarke Prep.