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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!

Claudia Fallin is Athlete of the Month for St. Bernard Preparatory School and Encore Rehabilitation-Cullman

Claudia Fallin is Athlete of the Month for St. Bernard Preparatory School and Encore Rehabilitation-Cullman #EncoreRehab

Congratulations to Claudia Fallin, the Athlete of the Month for St. Bernard Preparatory School and Encore Rehabilitation-Cullman!

Claudia is a multi-sport athlete for the Saints, competing in Cheer, Volleyball, and Basketball. She has been Cheer Co-Captain and named UCA All-American. Her future plans include becoming an Orthopedic Surgeon specializing in Sports Medicine.  Her hobbies include drawing, playing the piano, reading, and cooking.

Claudia is the daughter of Ronald and Elicia Fallin.

We are proud of you, Claudia!

Encore Sports Medicine is proud to be the Official Sports Medicine Provider for the St. Bernard Saints and multiple high schools and colleges across Alabama and Mississippi.

Encore Rehabilitation-Cullman
1701 Main Avenue SW, Suite G
Cullman, Alabama 35055
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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

Meet Kyle Strunk, MS, LAT, ATC

Kyle Strunk ATC St Martin High School Gulf Coast.jpg

In honor of National Athletic Training Month, Encore Rehabilitation would like you to meet Kyle Strunk, MS, LAT, ATC!

Kyle is an Athletic Trainer who works with Encore Rehabilitation athletes in the Mississippi Gulf Coast, particularly with St. Martin High School. He shares, “The best thing about being an Athletic Trainer is to see high athletes perform to the best of their abilities while playing the sports/activities they love to play, knowing you may have helped them along the way.

Why did he become an Athletic Trainer? “I became an Athletic Trainer so I could help athletes get back on the field faster, stronger, and better following any injuries they receive so they may achieve their personal goals and aspirations.

Kyle has been an Athletic Trainer for seven years, five of those years with Encore Rehabilitation. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education with a concentration in Exercise Science, as well as a Master of Science in Athletic Training. He is a licensed and nationally certified Athletic Trainer.

Thank you, Kyle, for all you do! We are glad you are part of the Encore Rehabilitation Sports Medicine Team! 

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


Encore Rehabilitation-St. Martin Physical Therapy
15012 Lemoyne Boulevard
Biloxi, Mississippi 39532
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Encore Rehabilitation at Andalusia to host Open House!

Andalusia Open House Flyer March 2019

Family, friends, and the community are cordially invited to attend our Open House this Friday, March 22nd, from 11:30 am -2:00 pm! Ribbon Cutting will take place at 1:00 pm. Light refreshments, facility tours, and giveaways will be available.

Come and join us for this spectacular event!

Encore Rehabilitation at Andalusia Health
125 Medical Park Drive, Suites 105 & 106
Andalusia, Alabama 36420
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Meet Clinic Director John Thomas, LPTA, ATC

“Ugly Sweater” Ready at Andalusia Health Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine

Rebekah Letlow – Getting Stronger!


Meet Athletic Trainer Scarlett Hackett!

Scarlett Hackett Kids Photo Dothan GenevaScarlett Hackett Ray Hackett Photo Dothan Geneva

In celebration of National Athletic Training Month, we’d like to introduce your Encore Sports Medicine Athletic Trainer Scarlett Hackett!

Scarlett says, “I became an Athletic Trainer because I knew I wanted to work with athletes ever since I was the water-girl for my high school football team. I also always knew I wanted to be a high school Athletic Trainer. The best thing about being an Athletic Trainer? I like helping athletes process injuries, taping, and ALWAYS having the best seat on the sidelines!”

Scarlett is a graduate of The University of Alabama and is a Board Certified Athletic Trainer. Her husband, Ray, is a coach at Geneva County High School. Together they have four children.

Thank you, Scarlett, for all you do! We wish you a GREAT National Athletic Training Month!

Encore Rehabilitation-Dothan
345 Healthwest Drive 
Dothan, Alabama 36303
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Encore Rehabilitation-Geneva
1200 West Maple Avenue
Geneva, Alabama 36340
334-684-3655 ext 4431
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Welcome to Encore Rehabilitation-Geneva, Alabama!

Jess Hoffman, Jr. is Athlete of the Month for Encore Rehabilitation-Dothan

Ty Thompson – A Night-and-Day Improvement with Dry Needling!

Encore Rehabilitation-Hartselle celebrates One Year in New Location!


Encore Rehabilitation-Hartselle and other associates at Hartselle Medical Specialities were proud to celebrate their first year in the new location on Mynatt Street with an open house and ribbon cutting! Mayor Randy Garrison and other community leaders were on hand for the celebration.

Thank you to everyone who made this event fun and worthwhile! For over 20 years, we have provided excellent rehabilitative care to the Hartselle community.

Encore Rehabilitation-Hartselle offers Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy and Pediatric Rehab along with providing Sports Medicine Services to Hartselle, Brewer, and Falkville High Schools.

Call us or come by if you have any questions regarding rehabilitation! We LOVE to see you move!

Encore Rehabilitation-Hartselle
615 Mynatt Street SW, Suite A
Hartselle, Alabama 35640
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Happy National Athletic Training Month from the Mississippi Gulf Coast!

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Happy National Athletic Training Month from the Encore Rehabilitation Sports Medicine Team in the Mississippi Gulf Coast!

Athletic Trainers left to right:  Katherine Reulet; Shawn Sparks; Kyle Strunk; Mark Baumgarten; Laura Miller; Eric Oehms; Jenny Ladner; Carlos Evers; Joe Davis; Will McBeth; Dana Sharp; Heather Ladner; James Crips; Anna Herrin; Kyle Cheke; Kristie Ladner; Donnie Graves; and Michelle Summersell.

#EncoreStrong #nata2019  #EncoreRehab

Prattville Christian Academy Benefit Dinner

Prattville Christian Academy Benefit Dinner 2019 #encoreRehabEncore Rehabilitation-Prattville was proud to participate in The Prattville Christian Academy (PCA) Benefit dinner recently. The annual dinner hosted by PCA to raise funds for the school. This year’s proceeds will go towards purchasing a bus to transport students around campus and to extracurricular activities.

The dinner was served by PCA’s own Student Ambassadors. After dinner, other PCA students performed Disney’s Mulan for attendees and guests.

Pictured in the photo are Encore Rehabilitation-Prattville Staff: Clinic Director Dylan Heartsill, DPT; Regional Office Manager Carly Evans; and Encore Sports Medicine Athletic Trainers Jeff Ruffin and Cody Adair.

Encore Rehabilitation-Prattville staff enjoyed the Prattville Christian Academy Benefit Dinner 2019

Encore Sports Medicine is proud to be the Official Sports Medicine Provider for the Prattville Christian Panthers as well as numerous high schools and colleges across Alabama and Mississippi! We LOVE to see you move!

Encore Rehabilitation-Prattville
1976 Fairview Avenue
Prattville, Alabama 39470
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