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Friday night sees top-10 battle with Ben Russell at Spanish Fort

Published 9:23am Wednesday, November 21, 2012

In a second round match-up that featured to 10-1 football teams, Benjamin Russell High School hopped on the Tigers of Chilton County last Friday night at home and made their mark to move on to the quarterfinals of the state playoffs for the first time since the 2005 season when they lost to Homewood in the state semifinals.
Although hampered by a thigh bruise, Benjamin Russell senior tailback Quez Alvies waited for the state playoffs to have the best game of his career for BRHS.
Alvies scored on a 45 yard scamper on his first touch of the game and gashed the Tiger defense for 196 yards to lead  the Wildcats one more step into the postseason.
Junior quarterback Bryant Horn was also steady through the air for Benjamin Russell, throwing for 79 yards on 8-of-16 passing attempts.
But for the first time this postseason, No. 8 Benjamin Russell (11-1) will be on the road at No. 4 Spanish Fort (11-1) Friday night just north of Mobile.
Spanish Fort has one of the most dynamic offenses in Class 5A led by quarterback Joel Poe and tailback Sammy Tolbert.
Poe has thrown for over 3,000 yards and 30 touchdowns so far this season despite losing his leading receiver in Deon Johnson to legal issues only two games into the season.
Johnson was a University Alabama verbal commitment before his off the field issues put his athletic career on hold.
In their game last week against Demopolis, a top-10 team for most of the season, Tolbert rushed for 109 yards on 15 carries and back-up tailback Edward Autry added 95 yards as the Toros had a 28-7 lead at the half and cruised through the second half to a 38-14 second round victory.
After having difficulty with strong offenses in Eufaula and Homewood to end the regular season, Benjamin Russell got back to their dominant ways this past Friday night against Chilton County and should have built some momentum heading into Friday night’s game against Spanish Fort.
Chilton County only had one big play off of a screen pass that went for 65-yards last week, the Tigers only managed 197 total yards of offense.
Spanish Fort has wins this season over Class 6A Daphne, Class 6A Fairhope and has only lost to Class 5A St. Paul’s in Region 1 play.
See the Friday Outlook for the full preview of BRHS vs. Spanish Fort.