By Gary Lloyd
MONTGOMERY – Pinson Valley senior quarterback Bo Nix could break an Alabama High School Athletic Association record this Friday.
Nix, an Auburn commitment, has accumulated 11,413 yards in his career between Scottsboro and Pinson Valley, which ranks second all-time behind Williamson’s JaMarcus Russell, who totaled 11,738 total yards from 1999-2002. Russell later became the No. 1 pick in the 2007 NFL Draft.
Heading into Friday’s quarterfinal game at Homewood, Nix needs 326 total yards to break Russell’s state record.
For his career, Nix has completed 616-of-1,104 passes for 9,456 yards and 117 touchdowns. He has rushed 236 times for 1,957 yards and 32 scores.
This season, the 6-foot-3, 210-pound senior has completed 196-of-328 passes for 2,865 yards and 40 touchdowns with just five interceptions in 11 games. He has rushed for 262 yards and five touchdowns with no sacks.
Nix ranks fourth in the AHSAA in career passing behind Russell, American Christian’s Chris Smelley (2001-2005), and Colbert Heights’ Jeremy Yates (2004-2007).
Named one of two quarterbacks on the Alabama All-Star Team, which is set to face Mississippi on Dec. 17 at the Cramton Bowl in the 32nd annual all-star classic, Nix has steadily climbed the AHSAA record book all-time list for passing yardage, passing touchdowns, total yardage, and total touchdowns accounted for. His dad, Patrick Nix, also quarterbacked in the Alabama-Mississippi Game in 1990 before his college career at Auburn.
In other AHSAA news:
UMS-Wright head coach Terry Curtis and his Bulldogs grabbed a share of this week’s AHSAA Spotlight with last week’s 48-7 win over Trinity Presbyterian. Tyler Irvin recorded 11 tackles and made an interception to spark what became career coaching victory No. 300 for Curtis. He became just the fourth coach in AHSAA football history to win 300 games – all while coaching in the AHSAA. Vestavia Hills head coach Buddy Anderson is the leader at 335-150, all at Vestavia (1978-2018). Jamie Riggs of Houston Academy is next at 312-85. He spent most of his coaching career at T.R. Miller where he went 293-62 in 27 seasons. Glenn Daniel of Luverne, who retired following the 1992 season, finished at 302-169-16. He was the first coach to win 300 games in the AHSAA with 254 of his wins coming at Luverne.
Current Briarwood Christian head coach Fred Yancey owns a 319-115-1 record with a 276-95 slate in Alabama with Briarwood. Waldon Tucker, who retired at Fayette County after the 2010 season, finished his career at 309-126-3 with 284 wins coming at Fayette and Gordo. His son, Lance Tucker, is the current head coach at Fayette, compiling a 76-31 slate at his alma mater.