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Photo: Gadsden City’s T.J. Worthy runs for a first down during the Titans’ 44-16 victory over Gardendale in the first round of the Class 6A state football playoffs on Nov. 10 at GCHS. (Chris McCarthy/Messenger)

Several area football players were recognized in the Alabama High School Athletic Association’s Prep Spotlight for the first round of the state playoffs on Nov. 10.
Gadsden City senior Gabriel Brito’s 55-yard field goal in the Titans’ 44-16 victory over Gardendale was the longest ever in program history. Brito kicked two other field goals during the game, one from 31 yards out and the other from 31 yards away.
Gadsden City sophomore T.J. Worthy’s 50-yard touchdown run at the 4:43 mark of the second period in the Titans’ 44-16 victory over Gardendale set the school mark for the most rushing touchdowns in a single season. Worthy, who did not play in the fourth quarter, finished the game with 102 yards and two touchdowns on 12 carries.
Coosa Christian senior John David Justus finished with 231 combined yards in the Conquerors’ 28-0 win over Spring Garden. He had 136 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 15 carries and completed 12-of-23 pass attempts for 95 yards.
Southside senior running back Mason Teague rushed for 141 yards on 21 carries in the Panthers’ 10-7 loss to Boaz. Teague finished the season with 2,096 rushing yards and 25 touchdowns.

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