In a high school football season marked by a flurry of 400-yard passing efforts in the AHSAA, senior running back Kameron Hawkins rushed for a school-record 452 yards on 29 carries and four touchdowns as Gaston posted its first in win of the season beating West End of Walnut Grove 42-34. His outstanding effort propelled him into the AHSAA Football Spotlight for Week 8.
Hawkins had touchdown runs of 75, 32, 12 and 72 yards as the Bulldogs snapped a 10-game streak dating back to 2017. The victory was also No. 100 for head coach Swane Morris, who is 100-70 in his 15th season. He became head coach of the Bulldogs in 2001. He then served as head coach at Scottsboro for three seasons in 2010 before returning to Gaston in 2013.
West End quarterback Jacob Jones was 14-of-24 passing for 226 yards and two TDs in the loss. Jeremiah Roberson had seven catches for 149 yards and a TD.
The 452 yards rushing is the fifth best single game total in AHSAA history, according to the AHSAA Record Book. Tony Dixon of Parrish set the single-game mark with 531 yards in an 81-58 victory over Hubbertville. He had 21 carries in that effort.
Hawkins’ performance edged two other 400-yard plus efforts for this week’s Spotlight.
Caiden Lipscomb of Coosa Christian went over 400 yards passing for the second time this season completing 17-of-29 passes for 403 yards and five touchdowns in a 47-20 win over Woodville that clinched a playoff berth for the Conquerors. And Daquan Johnson of Flomaton led the Hurricanes to a 43-42 Class 3A, Region 1 win over Thomasville with 478 yards total offense. He rushed for 188 yards and two touchdowns on 27 carries. He also completed 11-for-17 passes for 290 yards and four scores in the win.
NIX CLOSING IN ON TOTAL OFFENSE RECORD: The Pinson Valley senior quarterback and Alabama All-Star selection for the upcoming Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game in December at Cramton Bowl was red-hot once again Friday as the Indians clinched the Class 6A, Region 6 crown with a 52-7 victory over Pell City. Nix was 24-of-33 passing for 282 yards and five touchdowns and rushed three times for 29 yards to increase his career total offense yardage to 10,618 yards and 134 touchdowns accounted for. He is now 570-of-1,026 passing for 8,700 yards and 104 career TDs and has 233 rush attempts for 1,918 yards and 30 touchdowns. He fired three TD passes to Damarian Holloman.
He is 147-of-250 passing in 208 with 2,109 yards and 27 touchdowns with just four interceptions. He has rushed 27 times for 223 yards and three scores – giving him 2,332 total yards and 30 TDs accounted for this season with at least three more games remaining – an average of 291.5 yards per game. Nix ranks seventh all-time currently for career passing yardage and moved into third place with career touchdowns. JaMarcus Russell of Williamson set the passing mark with 10,774 yards from 1999-02. He attended LSU and was the first player picked in the NFL Draft in 2007 by the Oakland Raiders. American Christian quarterback Chris Smelley fired 134 TD passes in his career that spanned 2002-05 to set the AHSAA career TD passes mark. Brodie Croyle of Westbrook Christian, who injured his knee in the first game of his senior season in 2000, is second with 105 TDs.
All-purpose running back Terrance Hollingsworth of Class 1A Berry is the career total offense leader with 11,788 yards. Nix is 1,170 yards back of the leader currently. Zach Smith of Susan Moore (2009-12) and Mitch Stults of Hamilton (2008-11) are also over 11,000 yards with 11,266 and 11,004 yards, respectively.
Wadley’s Terrence Wilkes accounted for 160 TDs from 2003-06 to hold the current mark. Mac Campbell of Alexandria (1993-97) had 153. Nix has now tied Smelley for sixth place with his 134 TDs accounted for.