High school football teaser

Kirsten Fiscus / The Anniston Star

JACKSONVILLE — The calendar has yet to flip to the fall and Weaver is already putting up eye-popping rushing totals.

As part of the pair of spring football games put on by TV24 Thursday night, Weaver ran for 416 yards en route to a 42-22 win over D.A.R. Shamar Spinks, who did not play the final two and a half quarters, led the way with 170 yards and two touchdowns on just nine carries.

“He’s got a chance to be very special,” Weaver head coach Daryl Hamby said about his running back. “(Former Alexandria running back) Mac Campbell came and watched him play last year and had very high praise.”

Spinks’ pair of touchdown runs sandwiched a pair of passing scores from quarterback Robert Gaines to receivers Marcello D’Ambrosia and Drake Monroe. Bearcat backup quarterback Taylor Thompson, who came into the game late in the second quarter, added passing touchdowns to Amardric Elston and D’Ambrosia during the second half.

“I don’t think about anything coming up, other than the cruise with my wife Cathy, than summer workouts,” Hamby said. “That’s a major thing that’s on my mind. We have to get back in that gym and get to work, because, if we don’t, then this would mean nothing.”

Alexandria 32, Ohatchee 24: As newly-appointed head coach Todd Ginn watched from the seats inside Burgess-Snow Field, a late rushing touchdown by Javals McGee with less than 1:40 in the game lifted Alexandria to a win over Ohatchee.

“We spent the spring just trying to get better fundamentally,” said Alexandria interim head coach Andy Shaw. “Ten days isn’t a lot of days, plus when you have to get ready for a team like Ohatchee, our kids did a job of being focused and, in this tough heat, came out and practiced hard.”

Alexandria came out against Ohatchee, who finished 8-3 a season ago, and scored on its opening drive before going up 16-8 on a 36-yard touchdown pass from Jacob Wells to Joe Tucker. Cam McCombs tied things up early in the third quarter when he scored on a rushing play around the left end.

Alexandria’s Romeo Dye and Ohatchee’s Noah Fuller exchanged rushing touchdowns later in the game to set the stage for the Valley Cubs’ late-game heroics.

“We played hard and I’m proud of the effort we gave,” said Ohatchee head coach Scott Martin. “I told our guys before the game, it doesn’t matter how many A’s they have behind their name, when you play another school, it’s all going to be about effort.”