The 5-foot-10, 255-pound bruiser did indeed do just that. He had 40 pounding carries for 327 yards and five touchdowns as Aliceville rushed for 420 yards and piled up 506 total yards to oust Elba from the Class 2A state playoffs.
McMullen grabbed the AHSAA playoff spotlight for round one with touchdowns covering 15, 27, 1, 12 and 25 yards. The victory sets up a second-round clash with perennial playoff power Sweet Water at Aliceville this week.
McMullen’s effort edged out other clutch, first-round performances by Hubbertville’s Aaron Dillard, Spring Garden’s Forrest Livingston, St. Clair County’s Kartez Carr and Midfield’s Courtney Foy.
Dillard scored his sixth and final touchdown of the night with 47 seconds left as Hubbertville downed previously unbeaten Ragland 42-35 in Class 1A. Dillard rushed for 269 yards on 40 carries and also recorded 12 tackles, two for losses.
Livingston gained 247 yards on 33 carries and scored four touchdowns (1, 11, 92, 3 yards), including the game-winning score in overtime, as the Panthers improved to 9-2 for the first time in school history with a 39-33 win over Shoals Christian. He now has 1,833 yards rushing, a school single-season record, on 262 carries and 25 touchdowns on the year.
Teammate Tyler Morgan also had 130 yards on 19 carries and also an interception on defense to set up the game-winning touchdown in overtime.
Carr was St. Clair County’s workhorse. He used 31 carries to pile up 302 rushing yards and scored four touchdowns in the Saints’ 44-36 Class 4A win over Alexandria. He also had two receptions for 70 yards. He now has 2,368 rushing yards and 25 TDs for the season.
Foy ran for 280 yards on 17 carries, caught five passes for 145 yards and scored twice on long runs covering 70 and 55 yards as the Midfield beat Gordo 35-14 in Class 3A. He had 425 total yards.
Other top performances reported included:
SAM RIGGS, MARION COUNTY: Subbing for his brother Ben, Marion County’s normal place-kicker who was nursing a leg injury, Sam booted 11 of 12 extra points as the defending Class 1A state champion Red Raiders beat Meek 83-6. Marion County rolled up 621 total yards—493 coming on the ground—and scored 35 points in the first quarter and 62 in the first half. The Raiders’ nine scoring drives in the first half took a total of just 18 plays with seven needing two plays or less.
KENDRICK DOSS, FLORENCE: Completed 11 of 21 passes for 280 yards and a touchdown and ran 17 times for 135 yards and TD runs of 13 and 41 yards in Florence’s 37-19 loss to Huntsville in Class 6A. He finished with 415 total yards.
DYLAN GALLAWAY, HACKLEBURG: Completed 10 of 14 passes for 183 yards and four TDs and ran for 163 yards on seven carries with two touchdowns in the Class 1A Panthers’ 66-42 victory over Donoho. His TD passes were 20, 27, 44 and 11 yards and his rushing TDs were 35 and 44 yards.
KITT GRIDER, NORTH JACKSON: Completed 15 of 25 passes for 256 yards and two TDs in a 45-35 Class 4A victory at Central-Florence.
TYLER GATES, TUSCALOOSA COUNTY: The Wildcats quarterback threw for 262 yards and three touchdowns in Tuscaloosa County’s 38-28 win over Gardendale in Class 6A.
MARQUIS SHELTON, LINDEN: Picked up 221 rushing yards and three touchdowns as Linden defeated Kinston 39-7 in Class 1A. His scoring runs were 98, 2 and 71 yards.
TERRANCE HOLLLINGSWORTH, BERRY: Rushed for 169 yards on 22 carries in Berry’s 28-8 win over Addison in Class 1A. Hollingsworth, who had eight tackles on defense, scored the Wildcats’ first touchdown on a 70-yard interception return. He caught a 3-yard touchdown pass and also scored on a 77-yard run.
DREW JOHNSON, CULLMAN: Piled on 166 total yards and three touchdowns on 11 carries and one reception in the Bearcats' 49-14 Class 5A playoff win over Arab. He zigzagged 33 yards through traffic on a short dump off for one of his scores and rushed 70 yards down the left sideline for another.
TY JONES, VINEMONT: Became Cullman County's all-time single season rushing leader with 126 yards and one touchdown on 31 carries in a 49-6 loss to Lauderdale County. Jones finished the season with 2,216 yards and 34 touchdowns.
LEVI MINTZ, CEDAR BLUFF: Completed 16 of 26 pass attempts for 325 yards and five touchdowns (45, 11, 10, 15, 25 yards) and rushed for a 1-yard touchdown in the Tigers' 54-20 victory over Phillips of Bear Creek.
JORDAN JOHNSON, VESTAVIA HILLS: Finished with 278 yards rushing and touchdowns covering 90, 3, 24, 4 and 40 yards in a 44-28 victory over Hueytown in Class 6A.
RYAN CARPENTER, COLBERT COUNTY: Ran for 254 yards on 23 carries, including an 83-yard TD, in a 42-21 victory over previously undefeated Hamilton in Class 3A.
RONNIE CLARK, CALERA: Caught 11 passes for 120 yards in the 41-34 Class 4A loss to Handley.
T.J. DIXON, UMS-Wright: Caught nine passes for 188 yards in the Bulldogs’ 49-42 Class 4A win over St. James. Troy Dixon added 233 yards rushing and four TDs on 27 carries for UMS-Wright.
JAKELL MITCHELL, OPELIKA: Ran for 97 yards and five touchdowns on 13 carries in the Bulldogs’ 49-23 win over Pelham.
BLAISE TAYLOR, AUBURN: Scored on both of his receptions — from 30 and 64 yards — and returned an interception 42 yards for a touchdown in the Tigers’ 34-10 win over Oak Mountain.
C.J. TOLBERT, DADEVLLE: Ran for 232 yards and two touchdowns on just 11 carries before being taken out in the middle of the second quarter when a 70-14 win over Corner was getting out of hand.
DAKE RIVERS, BEAUREGARD: Posted 21 tackles, including four for losses, and an interception in the Hornets’ 12-8 Class 4A win over Andalusia.
MARQUEZE MARSHALL, ALICEVILLE: Led the Aliceville defense with 15 tackles in a Class 2A win over Elba 42-25.
TYRELLE BARNETT, DEMOPOLIS: Scored two touchdowns on defense with a 45-yard fumble return and 26-yard interception return as Demopolis defeated Sylacauga 49-20 in Class 5A.
CLANCY BROWN, BERRY: Had 18 tackles and two sacks in Berry’s 28-8 Class 1A win over Addison.
WILL IVEY, SPRING GARDEN: Posted seven tackles and two interceptions in the Panthers' 39-33 overtime victory at Shoals Christian.
JAKE BOMAN, GERALDINE: Intercepted three passes and recorded three tackles in a 14-0 Class 3A victory over Glencoe. He returned one interception 69 yards to the Glencoe 7-yard line in the third quarter that set up the first touchdown of the game.
ADAM HARVEY, MOUNTAIN BROOK: Had 10 tackles, including four sacks, and returned a fumble 18 yards for a touchdown in the Spartans’ 23-14 Class 6A victory over Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa.