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HS SPORTS OF THE WEEK: Philip Rivers says his son Gunner's throwing behavior is 'a little scary'

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Even longtime NFL quarterback Philip Rivers admits he’s “a little scared” of watching his son Gunner throw a football.

Eighth grader Gunner Rivers, who plays for his father at St. Michael’s Catholic, got his first chance to play in a national team game two weeks ago in a big win in Satsuma.

In the Cardinals’ 45-8 win, Gunner wore No. 17, just like his father, and threw a 50-yard touchdown pass and completed a two-point pass in the second half.

His throwing motion eerily resembled an unusual move his father used during his 17-year NFL career.

“I’m a little scared to be honest with you,” Philip Rivers recently said on SportsTalk 99.5 FM on mobile. “Sure it’s similar. This next stretch is going to be fun from a familial and personal point of view as well.” , you’ve heard me talking, we’re reliving it with me on the other side, Gunner loves it, loves school and his teammates A good group will come out.”

Gunner Rivers will have to wait a little longer before it gets enough playtime. St. Michael now has his two senior quarterbacks, Josh Murphy and Morfayup.

The Cardinals beat Orange Beach 49-41 Thursday night.

MGM renamed soccer field

Mary G. Montgomery will rename the football field tonight in honor of former coach Charles D. Leverett.

Leverett coached the team from 1963 to 1972, winning 67 games. He is the school’s all-time leader in victories. He also served as his head coach at Washington County for four years (1958-1961) and at Shaw for six years (1975-1980).

Family, friends and former players gather before tonight’s Class 7A, Region 1 match against Davidson. The official name of the football field is Charles Leverett Field at Emile Grider Memorial Stadium.

Hueytown star ready to make a decision

Hueytown quarterback Earl Woods is a Class 6A back this year and will announce his college admissions at 4 p.m. Sunday.

Seniors announced the Final 4 in Central Tennessee, Jacksonville, Grambling and Northern Alabama earlier this month.

Woods was named the 2021 Gatorade Player of the Year after leading the Gophers to the Class 6A State Title Game. The 5-foot, 10-inch, 170-pound junior quarterback completed 170 of 300 passes for 3,071 yards, 9 interceptions for 32 touchdowns, and 2,120 yards for 2,120 yards. In addition to running 312 times, he scored 35 goals.

Fyffe is Fyffe

When I spoke with Fyffe’s veteran coach Paul Benefield in July, he asked me to think that this year’s Red Devil team might not be doing so well.

Of course, having known Benefield, I was familiar.

Coming into tonight’s home game against Collinsville, Fife are 5-0 and ranked first in Class 2A, beating their opponents 242-25.

The consistency of the program under Benefield, who was named the best active coach in the state by his peers this summer, has been remarkable.

Over the past decade, Fife has gone 138-8, five undefeated seasons (six including 2022) and five state titles. The Red Devils scored over 600 points six times during the season and allowed less than 200 points eight times.

In 26 years across the school, Benefield is 282-44. 44 losses in 26 years? Really? Wow.

A self-professed “dumb redneck,” he has 327 wins in Alabama, his fourth all-time win. He is fourth behind Buddy Anderson (346 wins), Terry Curtis (341 wins) and Danny Horn (335 wins). .

Westminster star gets big offer

Westminster Junior Basketball standout, Chase McCarty, continues to get big offers from the college.

Last week, McCarty announced offers from Notre Dame and national champion Kansas.

His other offers include Georgia Tech, Ole Miss, Georgia, Cincinnati, Houston and Alabama.

The 6-foot-6 guard was the ASWA Class 4A All-State Selection for the first team in 2022. He averaged 19.7 points and his 7.2 rebounds.

Valentine’s day

Nya Valentine, a former McGill Tullen women’s basketball player who is currently enrolled at Shelton State University, has committed to finishing her college career at Clemson University this week.

As a freshman at Shelton State last year, the point guard averaged 14 points per game and led the team to a 29-2 record. She will be making her sophomore year at Shelton this season.

Valentine was named’s Coastal Alabama Girls Player of the Year and played for McGill-Toolen’s Carla Berry on mobile both as a junior and senior. As a senior, she averaged 19.5 points, 2.9 rebounds and 4.9 assists in her Yellow Jacket.

today’s thoughts

“Find ways to be selfless and be the one who does the quiet unexpected for someone else. A large part of your influence comes from what you do in private.” – Tony Dungy, Uncommon Life Daily Devotionall

80’s quote of the week.

“I’ll be back.” – Terminator. (1984)

Ben Thomas is a high school sportswriter. AL.comHe was named one of the 50 Legends of the Alabama Sports Writers Association. Follow him on Twitter at @BenThomasPreps or bthomas@al.comHis weekly column is posted every Wednesday and Friday. AL.comHe can be heard every Wednesday at 2pm on SportsTalk 99.5 FM at Cooper’s Restaurant “Inside High School Sports” on mobile or on the free IHeart Radio app.