AHSAA Champions Challenge changed to AHSAA Kickoff Classic

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Two Games set for 14th annual Season-opening Event
AHSAA Champions Challenge is now the AHSAA Kickoff Classic
      MONTGOMERY – The AHSAA Champions Challenge Football Classic will have a new name, “The AHSAA Kickoff Classic,” when it kicks off the 2019 prep football season at Montgomery’s Cramton Bowl August 22-23, and it also has two exciting games set for 2019.

Montgomery rivals Jeff Davis and Carver-Montgomery will play on Thursday night, August 22, in the first game of the 14th annual football extravaganza. Defending Class 7A state football champion Central-Phenix City and perennial powerhouse Hoover will tangle in Friday’s game on August 23. Both games kick off at 7 p.m., and will be live-streamed over the NFHS Network.

”We are excited about new name of this important event and equally excited about the two games we have set,” said Alabama High School Athletic Directs & Coaches Association (AHSADCA) Director Jamie Lee. “The Champions Challenge has been the “official” start of the AHSAA football season for more the last 13 years. The new name for the event, the AHSAA Kickoff Classic, aptly describes the importance of these games.”

Lee said while the name has been changed from the Champions Challenge, the event will continue to be an ideal way to start prep football season.

“The Kickoff Classic will showcase one of the state’s top rivalries, Jeff Davis versus Carver-Montgomery, on Thursday,” he said. “And on Friday night, two of our premiere 7A programs will battle when Hoover and Central-Phenix City play.  The field will be full of future college talent both nights and will be a great way to kick off our season. We are thankful to all of these programs for committing to this year’s AHSAA Kickoff Classic, and we look forward to watching all of our teams in the AHSAA compete during the season.”

Central (14-0) and Hoover (9-4) will be meeting for the second time in the season-opening classic. The Bucs won 23-7 in the 2016 Classic on the way to a 12-2 season and its 11th state title later that season. The Bucs also won the state crown in 2017.

The Red Devils of Coach Jamey DuBose are coming off a 14-0 season, including a 52-7 win over 2018 Champions Challenge winner Thompson in the Class 7A Super 7 state championship game at Jordan-Hare Stadium. Thompson beat Hoover in the 7A semifinals in 2018.

Central is making its second appearance in the AHSAA Kickoff Classic. Hoover is 3-0 in three previous Classic appearances. DuBose (125-38) and Hoover Coach Josh Niblett (203-52) have squared off in the state finals three times when DuBose was head coach at Prattville. His Lions won in 2008 and 2011 and Niblett’s Bucs in 2009. The two faced each other again in the 2013 Class 6A quarterfinals with Hoover edging DuBose’s Florence squad 22-21. Central and Hoover have played twice (1978 and 1996) with the Bucs winning both times.

Carver (8-3) and Jeff Davis (3-7) are meeting for the 51st time in the Montgomery rivalry. Coach James Thompson (39-14), now in his second year as head coach, made great strides with Carver (8-3) in 2018. He came to the Wolverines from Pickens County where he compiled a 31-11 record and reached the 1A stat finals two year in a row. The Wolverines reached the Class 6A state playoffs last season with a rugged battle for the Region 2 title evolving between arch-rivals Carver, Sidney Lanier and Park Crossing.

Jeff Davis, coached by Lee Carter, started last season with four straight setbacks but went 3-3 the rest of the year. That momentum has the Vols excited about 2019. Carter is 26-37 at Jeff Davis in six seasons with three state playoff appearances.  Jeff Davis holds a 36-14 edge in its series with Carver, including winning three of the last four years. Thompson’s tenure with the Wolverines began last year with a season-opening 19-3 win over the Vols to snap a three-game DJ winning streak.

A total of 52 different schools have participated in the AHSAA’s season-opening classic since its inception in 2006 with teams from each of the eight districts and seven classifications taking part over the years. Carver is making its fourth appearance while Jeff Davis is making its AHSAA Kickoff Classic debut.

The games will be live-streamed by the NFHS Network and broadcast by the AHSAA Radio Network.


Clarke County 20, Sweet Water 14
Thompson 38, James Clemens 7
Hewitt-Trussville 49, Pell City 10
Maplesville 20, Fyffe 7
Andalusia 34, Brooks 13
Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa 42, Demopolis 7
Hoover 23, Central-Phenix City 7
Bob Jones 37, Carver-Montgomery 30
Gordo 28, Glencoe 21
Madison Academy 19, Leeds 14
Spanish Fort 42, Stanhope Elmore 14
Opelika 20, Carver-Montgomery 16
Dadeville 14, Piedmont 8

Benjamin Russell 28, Walker 14
Straughn 35, Walter Wellborn 26
Bob Jones 23, Enterprise 20
Spanish Fort 33, Muscle Shoals 22
Central of Clay County 25, Beauregard 13
McGill-Toolen 27, Northridge 0
Hueytown 36, Thomasville 27
Hamilton 38, Sweet Water 35
Daphne 24, Clay-Chalkville 21

Opelika 34, Greenville 6
Auburn 30, Spain Park 3
Jackson 30, Trinity 8

Prattville 37, Carver-Montgomery 0
T.R. Miller 27, Leeds 7
Hoover 32, Oxford 27

Prattville vs. Oxford, canceled due to inclement weather

Prattville 36, North Gwinnett, Ga. 3

Hoover 38, UMS-Wright 0
Clay-County 41, Addison 6

ALL TIME RECORDS (2006 – 2018)

SCHOOL                               DIS.    CL.     W-L    PTS   OPP
Hoover                      D-5      7A       3-0       93        34
Bob Jones                            D-8      7A       2-0       60        50
Opelika                              D-4      6A       2-0       54        22
Spanish Fort                         D-1      6A       2-0       75        36
Andalusia                              D-2      4A       1-0       34        13
Auburn                                  D-4      7A       1-0       30          3
Benjamin Russell                 D-4      6A       1-0       28        14
Central, Clay County**       D-6      5A       1-0       25        13
Clarke County                      D-1      4A       1-0       20        14
Clay County**                      D-6      3A       1-0       41          6
Dadeville                              D-4      4A       1-0       14          8
Daphne                                 D-1      6A       1-0       24        21
Gordo                                    D-7      3A       1-0       28        21
Hamilton                              D-7      4A       1-0       38        35
Hewitt-Trussville                D-5      7A       1-0       49        10

Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa            D-5      6A       1-0       42          7

Hueytown                              D-5      5A       1-0       36        27
Jackson                                   D-1      5A       1-0       30          8
Madison Academy                D-8      3A       1-0       19        14
Maplesville                            D-3      1A       1-0       20          7
McGill-Toolen Catholic        D-1      7A       1-0       27          0
Prattville*                              D-3      7A       1-0       36          3
Straughn                                D-2      3A       1-0       35        26
Thompson                             D-5      7A       1-0       38          7
T.R. Miller                              D-1      3A       1-0       27          7
Addison                                 D-7      1A       0-1         6        41
Beauregard                           D-4      5A       0-1       13        25
Brooks                                    D-7      4A       0-1       13        34
Central, Phenix City            D-4      7A       0-1         7        23
Clay-Chalkville                     D-5      6A       0-1       21        24
Demopolis                             D-3      5A       0-1         7        42
Enterprise                             D-2      7A       0-1       20        23
Fyffe                                       D-8      1A       0-1         7        20

Glencoe                                   D-6      3A       0-1       21        28
Greenville                               D-2      5A       0-1         6        34
James Clemens                       D-8      7A       0-1         7        38
Muscle Shoals                        D-7      6A       0-1       22        33
North Gwinnett, GA           GA      7A       0-1         3        36
Northridge                             D-5      6A       0-1         0        27
Oxford                                    D-6      6A       0-1       27        32
Piedmont                               D-6      3A       0-1         8        14
Pell City                                  D-6      6A       0-1       10        49
Spain Park                             D-5      7A       0-1         3        30
Stanhope Elmore                  D-4      6A       0-1       14        42
Thomasville                           D-3      4A       0-1       27        36
Trinity Presbyterian             D-3      4A       0-1         8        30
UMS-Wright                           D-1      4A       0-1         0        38
Walker                                    D-5      5A       0-1       14        28
Walter Wellborn                   D-6      3A       0-1       26        35
Carver-Montgomery            D-3      6A       0-2       46        94
Leeds                                      D-5      4A       0-2       21        46
Sweet Water                          D-3      1A       0-2       49        58
TOTAL                                                        31-31     949      949     

*-Scheduled to play in 2008 but cancelled due to inclement weather
**-Clay County merged with Lineville in 2012 to form Central, Clay County

Encore Sports Medicine is proud to be the Official Sports Medicine Provider for the Alabama High School Athletic Association as well as
numerous high schools and colleges across Alabama and Mississippi!

We LOVE to see you move!


Cindy Thompson is Patient of the Month for Encore Rehabilitation-Opelika

Patient of the Month Cindy Thompson with Clinic Director Daniel Winn, DPT

Patient of the Month Cindy Thompson with Clinic Director Daniel Winn, DPT

Say hello to Cindy Thompson – Patient of the Month for Encore Rehabilitation-Opelika!

Cindy recently had surgery on her knee and chose Encore Rehabilitation-Opelika as her rehab provider. While completing her therapy with Daniel and Keena, Cindy demonstrated hard work and a positive attitude. She has now returned to her previous level of independence and activity-without knee pain!

We are very proud of you, Cindy! Thanks for choosing Encore!

Encore Rehabilitation-Opelika
3051 Frederick Road, Suite 4
Opelika, Alabama 36801
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Meet Daniel Winn, DPT, Clinical Director for Encore Rehabilitation-Opelika

James Thrift – “On My Way to Recover”

Welcome to Kim Rodning, OT, Marketing Representative for Encore Rehabilitation-Opelika!

Pediatric Rehab Staff at Encore Rehabilitation-Cullman

Encore Rehabilitation-Cullman Pediatric Therapy Staff
Say hello to the Encore Rehabilitation – Cullman Pediatric Rehab Staff!
Pictured left to right: Jenna Sanders, SLP; Kaci McAfee, SLPA; Kymberlee Sherrell, SLP; Kimberly Stansell, Receptionist; Leslie Perry, COTA: Ariel Tucker, OT; and Rachel Terry, SLP.
Encore Rehabilitation has been providing full-service Pediatric Therapy services including Occupational, Physical, and Speech Therapy in the Cullman area for many years. We are happy to answer your questions regarding Pediatric Therapy.
Call us if your child requires Pediatric Therapy Services. Our experienced and qualified staff are here to help!
Encore Rehabilitation-Cullman
1701 Main Avenue SW, Suite G
Cullman, Alabama 35055

Heart Walk 2019 –

Encore Rehabilitation-Ocean Springs Neurological Vestibular Rehab at the Heart Walk #EncoreRehab

Encore Rehabilitation Team: Katherine, Chelle, Nathan, Jantzen, Kylen, Maurice, Doug & Brandon supporting the Heart Walk 2019 at Pascagoula Beach Park, MS.

Heart Walk 2019 was a success this past Saturday! A special thank you to our Encore Rehabilitation employees who made it out to support such a great cause and participate in the CrossFit challenge! We won second place but only by one second!

We featured the paintings from our charitable event Strokes for Stroke at booth.

Thank you to all of our employees that donated throughout the year in our numerous fundraisers!

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Encore Rehabilitation-Ocean Springs Neurological Rehabilitation
3603 Bienville Blvd, Suite #202
Ocean Springs, Mississippi 39564
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Meet Hannah Whigham, M.Ed., LAT, ATC!

Encore Sports Medicine Athletic Trainer Hannah Whigham. #EncoreSportsMedicine

Happy National Athletic Training Month to Hannah Whigham, M.Ed., LAT, ATC!

Hannah has been an Athletic Trainer for seven years and with Encore Sports Medicine for almost two years. She provides Sports Medicine coverage throughout the Wiregrass area working primarily with Dale County, Ariton, and GW Long High Schools and South Dale Middle School. 

Hannah says, “The best thing about being an Athletic Trainer is seeing athletes succeed on and off the field. I became an Athletic Trainer because I knew I wanted to do something in the medical field and I’ve always loved sports. It was the best of both worlds!”

Thank you, Hannah, for always providing excellent care to our athletes! We are proud to have you on the Encore Sports Medicine Team!



Encore Sports Medicine Athletic Trainer Hannah Whigham on the sidelines #EncoreRehab

Meet Leigh Scott, M.Ed, LAT, ATC

Encore Sports Medicine Athletic Trainer Leigh Scott. #EncoreRehab National Athletic Training Month gives us the opportunity to highlight our great team of Athletic Trainers. Say hello to Encore Sports Medicine Athletic Trainer Leigh Money!

“Why did I become an Athletic Trainer? I initially started the Athletic Training program at Troy University because I wanted to apply for a Physical Therapy program later. After a year in the program, I enjoyed working with collegiate athletes so much that I decided to get my master’s degree. This led to a graduate assistantship at Mississippi State University and a job working with the Bulldog Volleyball team. Those two years at State are some of my most enjoyable years as an Athletic Trainer. 

“I have always felt that the best part of being an Athletic Trainer is being able to work with the most dedicated group of people on Earth. To be able to assist someone who is willing to work harder than most is very satisfying. At the collegiate level, and even the high school level, I have found so much enjoyment the past 10 years in helping student athletes achieve their goals.” ~ Leigh Money, M.Ed., LAT, ATC.

We thank you, Leigh, for all you do for our athletes! Happy National Athletic Training Month!




Meet Eric Oehms, MS, LAT, ATC

Encore Rehabilitation Director of Sports Medicine-South Mississippi Eric Oehms, MS. LAT, ATC #EncoreRehab

In celebration of National Athletic Training Month, we’d like to introduce you to Encore Rehabilitation Director of Sports Medicine-South Mississippi Eric Oehms, MS, LAT, ATC!

Eric has been an Athletic Trainer for 22 years and has also been with Encore Rehabilitation for 22 years. He is the Director of Sports Medicine for Encore Rehabilitation-South Mississippi, working with a staff of 20 Athletic Trainers. He is most often providing Sports Medicine coverage for St. Patrick Catholic High School.

Eric says, “I wanted to be involved with athletics when my playing time was over. I also wanted to be involved in healthcare. Athletic Training is the best of both worlds! That is why I became an Athletic Trainer. Being around athletes who have a strong desire to do their best and to watch their coaches use various techniques to bring out the athletes’ best is one of the best things about being an Athletic Trainer. Being outside for part of my day and being paid to be at sporting events, what’s not to love about that!

Thank you, Eric, for your long hours of hard work to keep our athletes healthy and safe! We appreciate all you do with Encore Rehabilitation Sports Medicine Team!

Encore Rehabilitation is proud to be the Official Sports Medicine Provider for
St. Patrick Catholic High School as well as numerous high schools and colleges
across Alabama and Mississippi. We LOVE to see you move!


Athletic Trainer Eric Oehms receives National Football Hall of Fame Chapter Award

Happy National Athletic Training Month from the Mississippi Gulf Coast!

Encore Sports Medicine Athletic Trainers with Encore Rehabilitation-Cullman

Alexis Helton is Athlete of the Month for Vinemont High School and Encore Rehabilitation-Cullman

Alexis Helton is Athlete of the Month for Vinemont High School and Encore Rehabilitation-Cullman #EncoreRehab

Congratulations to Alexis Helton, the Athlete the Month for Vinemont High School and Encore Rehabilitation-Cullman!

Alexis is a Senior with plans to attend Wallace State and the University of Alabama-Birmingham to become an Orthodontist. She competes in Basketball and Cheer for the Eagles. In her free time she enjoys swimming, playing sports, and hanging out with friends.

Alexis is the daughter of Crystal and Alfredo Anglada.

We are so proud of you, Alexis! 

Encore Rehabilitation-Cullman
1701 Main Avenue SW, Suite G
Cullman, Alabama 35055
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Hudson Wood is Athlete of the Month for Vinemont High School and Encore Rehabilitation-Cullman

Meet Kyle Strunk, MS, LAT, ATC

Autism and Physical Therapy

J.J. Dismukes is Athlete of the Month for Encore Rehabilitation-Eufaula

JJ Dismukes is Athlete of the Month for Encore Rehabilitation-Eufaula #EncoreRehab

Congratulations to JJ Dismukes, Athlete of the Month for Encore Rehabilitation-Eufaula!

JJ is a Junior and competes in Baseball and Football for The Lakeside Chiefs. He has been awarded Football Offensive Leader and Baseball Defensive Leader. In his free time, he enjoys hunting. His future plans include pursuing college and playing JUCO Baseball.

JJ is the son of Justin and Tracy Dismukes.

JJ is seen here with Encore Rehabilitation-Eufaula Clinic Director Brandon Addison, PT.

Way to go, JJ! We are proud of you!

Encore Rehabilitation-Eufaula
825 West Washington Street, Suite 8
Eufaula, Alabama 36027
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Anna Murph is Athlete of the Month for Encore Rehabilitation-Eufaula

Encore Rehabilitation-Eufaula receives Active Shooter Preparedness Training

Encore Rehabilitation-Eufaula receives Active Shooter Preparedness Training

Teresa Kines -“Back to Daily Living”

Devon Martischang is Athlete of the Month for Stone County Hospital Outpatient Rehab Center

Devon Martischang is Athlete of the Month for Stone County Hospital Outpatient Rehab Center #EncoreRehab

Congratulations to Devon Martischang, Athlete of the Month for Stone County Hospital Outpatient Rehab Center!

Devon is a Freshman at Stone County High Schools where she plays First Base on the JV Softball Team and is a designated hitter. After graduation, she plans to attend Baylor University Medical School.

We are proud of you, Devon!

Encore Rehabilitation – Stone County Hospital Outpatient Rehab Clinic
1440 East Central Avenue
Wiggins, Mississippi 39577
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Stone County Hospital and Encore Rehabilitation, Wiggins, Mississippi

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