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Junior quarterback Seth Brown engineered St. John Paul II Catholic to a 41-31 win over Priceville last Friday for the Falcons’ third straight victory this season football season.

The 3-0 start is the best in  school history – and extended St. John Paul II’s current winning streak to four in a row – second best current winning streak among the AHSAA’s Class 4A schools. The fast start for Coach David Floyd’s Falcons earned the Huntsville school the AHSAA Prep Spotlight for Week 2 of the 2018 season.

Brown was almost perfect last week completing 20-of-24 passes for 320 yards and four touchdowns and added 89 yards rushing and a fifth TD on 10 rush attempts in last week’s win for Coach David Lloyd, in his second year as head coach.

The school began playing varsity football in 2012 – struggling to a 5-53 record over the six previous seasons. The Falcons started the current streak in the final game of 2017 with a 16-13 victory over Clements. That victory snapped a 29-game losing streak which dated back to 2015.

St. John Paul II dropped from Class 5A to Class 4A this season, and Brown has been sensational at quarterback leading the Falcons go 44.3 points a game thus far with wins over Locust Fork (41-35), East Lawrence (51-0) and Priceville. With 133 points scored already this season, Lloyd’s team needs just 20 more points the rest of the year to set a school season record for scoring. Lloyd is the fourth head coach in the school’s short history.

The Priceville win was the first for the Falcons in Class 4A, Region 7 and improved the school’s all-time record to 5-53.

The milestone victory edged out a superb passing effort by Thompson senior Taulia Tagovailoa, an amazing rushing effort by Hueytown running back Roydell Williams  and a strong receiving effort by Hewitt-Trussville end Ja’Varrius Johnson.

Tagovailoa completed 33-of-61 pass attempts for 474 yards four touchdowns in the Warriors’ 45-26 loss to defending Class 7A state champion Hoover at the Met last week. The 474 yards ranks 13th most yards in a single game in AHSAA history. The 61 attempts ranks tied for fifth all-time in a single game with Cullman’s Tyler Caldwell, and the 33 completions ties for 11th all-time with James Raines of Berry, who had 33 in 2015 and Geoffrey Bramblett of Locust Fork, who reached that total in 2011.

Robert Nomberg of Northview set the mark with 68 in a 33-23 loss to Greenville in 1987. Chris Smelley set the single-game passing record of 565 yards in a 43-31 loss to Brantley in 1987.

Hueytown’s Williams had 35 carries for 394 yards and four touchdowns covering 66, 12, 44 and 94 yards to lead the Gophers past Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa 39-36. He also scored A  two-point conversion. His rushing total ranks 13th most behind the record (531 yards) by Tony Dixon of Parrish in 2003 in a wild 81-58 victory over Hubbertville.

Johnson caught nine passes from senior quarterback Paul Tyson for 243 yards and two touchdowns covering 50 and 66 yards in a 52-47 victory over Oak Mountain. It ranks tied for 24th all-time with Locust Fork’s Clay Smith, who reached that total in a 2011 70-40 loss to Cleburne County. The state record (412 yards) was set by Chris Simpson of LaFayette in 2000 against Alabama Christian.

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