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Scarbrough commits to Alabama; Northridge beats Hillcrest

Northridge High School's Bo Scarbrough (6) is tackled by Hillcrest High School's Jordan Robertson (30) during the second quarter of high school football action Friday. (Photo by Jason Harless)

TUSCALOOSA | Northridge High School junior Bo Scarbrough celebrated in the moment Friday night and then announced plans for his future.

Scarbrough, a 6-foot-2, 220-pound running back, had a 30-yard touchdown run on his final carry as the Jaguars downed Hillcrest 23-15 in a Class 6A, Region game. Scarbrough, who gained 164 yards on 26 carries, said he has committed to the University of Alabama.

Hillcrest got its last touchdown with 4:04 left as Riley Nix hit Darnell Webb on a 14-yard pass. Keau Gueler’s extra-point kick hit the left upright, leaving Northrige with a 16-15 lead. Scarbrough gained 85 yards on six carries during the ensuing drive. He almost scored on a 61-yard run, but stepped out of bounds. Two plays later, he scored the final touchdown with 1:29 left. Dylan Smith added the extra point.

“I was on to my offensive line about, ‘Let’s get this block. Let’s get together as a team and win this game,’” said Scarbrough, who missed the last three games of his sophomore season after tearing a knee ligament in the Hillcrest game. “Our defense was coming through for us. We had to execute on offense and make big plays and win the game. I’m so happy that God gave me this offensive line.”

Hillcrest (0-2, 0-1) led 9-8 midway through the fourth quarter when the Jaguars took possession by forcing a punt.

Scarbrough started the drive with a 4-yard gain but had to leave because he got poked in the eye. Tanner Cline threw to Southern Miss commit James Cox for 25 yards, and Deondre Rogers had gains of 13, 3 and 5 yards. Scarbrough returned and picked up 13 yards on two carries. On third-and-goal from the 1, Scarbrough got a yard but had to leave because he lost his helmet. Rogers scored the touchdown with 5:32 left, and Scarbrough came back to run for a two-point conversion.

“I was like, ‘Thank God, he got that touchdown,’” Scarbrough said. “We work together as a team. That’s what a team is for, to help each other out.”

Northridge (2-0, 1-0) got its first points on the second safety. Punter Austin Williams had to run down a high snap and was tackled in the end zone. The Jaguars got their first touchdown on a 17-yard interception return by freshman Donnell Lewis. Ke’Andre Knox blocked the extra-point try to preserve Hillcrest’s lead at 9-8.

Hillcrest, the defending region champion, held a 2-0 lead at the half. A couple of defensive linemen trapped Cline and knocked the ball loose. The football rolled out of the end zone for a safety.

The Patriots took the second half kickoff and got a touchdown on a 28-yard pass from Nix to Austin Williams. Gueler added the extra point for a 9-0 lead.

Hillcrest had a couple of scoring opportunities turned back when defensive backs Montell Dent and Edward Givhan recovered fumbles.

“The intensity was there early, and we totally dominated the first half of the football game,” said Hillcrest coach Scott Martin. “We turned the ball over at the 3-yard line and the 2-yard line going in. The score easily at halftime could have been 16-0.

“We shot ourselves in the foot so many times, I think we shot all our toes off tonight. We had a lot of things not go our way.”

Hillcrest hosts Bessemer City next Friday. Northridge travels to take on Minor.



Reach Andrew Carroll at or at 205-72-0223.