A dozen local prep football players were honored for their efforts in week five by the Alabama Sports Writers Association.
Cedar Bluff had a pair placed on the select list after defeating Woodville 46 to 6. The Tigers quarterback Dalton Cosby was an offensive nominee while Coleton Reed received a defensive mention.
Gaylesville also placed a pair on the board after derailing Coosa Christian 48-14. Cole Murphy earned a defensive spot while running back Gage Davis was named on offense.
Sand Rock quarterback Dylan Mackey earned his selection by guiding the Wildcats to a 27 to 21 victory over class 3A Plainview. Mackey was joined by Alex McMahan. McMahan returned an interception 40 yards for a touchdown late in the game to seal the win for the Wildcats.
Spring Garden’s Matt Mullinax and Kyle Reece both were recognized as they teamed up to rush for over 400 yards as the Panthers cruised past Jacksonville Christian 56 to 35.
Cherokee County’s Ty Green scored three touchdowns against Ider – which placed the Warrior running back among the honorees.
Collinsville’s Jayln Martin, Gaston’s Shai Ogles and Piedmont’s Cody Daughtry rounded out the list of this week’s area honorees.
In games being played this Friday night – Cedar Bluff (3-2) is at Collinsville (4-1) / White Plains (2-3) journeys to the Field of Champions to meet Class 3A, No. 2 Piedmont (5-0) / Class 4A Cherokee County (2-3) makes the road trip to Lincoln (1-4) / the Fyffe Red Devils (4-1) will be at Sand Rock (4-1) / Spring Garden (2-3) travels to meet the winless Woodville team (0-5) / and Gaylesville (3-2) is at Jacksonville Christian (1-4).
By Josh Bean for the ASWA
With last week’s performance, Clay-Chalkville quarterback Hayden Moore likely erased any doubts Cincinnati coach Tommy Tuberville harbored about offering the teen a scholarship.
With Tuberville watching, Moore accounted for seven touchdowns and 430 yards of total offense in a 48-31 victory over Pinson Valley. Moore completed 10 of 15 passes for 219 yards and four touchdowns (60, 25, 35 and 22 yards) while running 15 times for 211 yards and three scores (52, 15 and 60 yards).
The performance made Moore this week’s ASWA Offensive Player of the Week, as he edged two eye-popping small-school performances.
Pickens County’s Jermarcus Brown scored six touchdowns in a 53-18 victory over Aliceville. He had touchdown runs of 25 and 6 yards, touchdown receptions of 24 and 75 yards, scored on an 85-yard kickoff return, and added a 55-yard interception return.
In a 68-34 victory over Lynn, Cold Springs’ Logan Campbell scored five touchdowns. He rushed 21 times for 308 yards and four TDs, finished 2 of 3 passing for 92 yards and another score, and had three returns for 121 yards, including an 88-yard kickoff return for a TD.
This week’s Defense/Special Teams Player of the Week is Fairfield’s Jonathan Lawson.
Lawson led the defense with nine tackles and blocked two extra points, including the game-tying attempt, in the 28-27 victory over Midfield. Lawson’s kick-blocking heroics edged Athens kicker Bram McGrady and Fultondale’s Khyree Robinson for the award.
McGrady kicked four field goals — 43, 28, 26 and 25 yards — in a 26-24 win at Austin. The 43-yarder split the uprights as time expired at halftime, giving Athens a 13-3 lead, and his 28-yarder late in the fourth quarter gave Athens the lead for good.
Robinson scored the game-winning touchdown on a 92-yard kickoff return with 47 seconds remaining in a 34-29 win over American Christian.
“I was just praying the whole way,” said Robinson, who also rushed for 123 yards on 14 carries, after the game. “I kept saying, ‘Jesus, Jesus, please don’t let them catch me and don’t let me run out of gas.’”
ASWA members from Albertville, Alexander City, Anniston, Auburn, Birmingham, Brewton, Centre, Cullman, Decatur, Demopolis, Dothan, Florence, Fort Payne, Gadsden, Huntsville, Mobile, Montgomery, Oneonta, Scottsboro and Tuscaloosa contributed nominations this week.
Here’s a look at other standout performances from around the state:
Major Abernathy, Horseshoe Bend: Accounted for 273 total yards (168 rushing, 105 passing) and four total touchdowns (three rushing), including a game-winning touchdown run with 0:51 left in the game in a 42-36 win over Thorsby.
Wil Appleton, Westbrook Christian: Completed 12 of 15 passes for 216 yards and two touchdowns to go along with a rushing score in the Warriors’ 24-16 win over Ohatchee.
Jordan Bentley, Guntersville: Rushed for 100 yards on 15 carries and scored three touchdowns, giving him 18 on the season, in a 33-28 win over Arab.
Dacorian Bivens, Carver-Birmingham: Completed 17 of 24 passes for 208 yards and two touchdowns (29-yard pass and 10-yard run) in the 21-14 win over Ramsay, breaking a 24-game losing streak.
Garrett Brooks, Pinson Valley: Completed 15 of 23 passes for 248 yards and four touchdowns (19, 61, 6 and 14 yards) in the 48-31 loss to Clay-Chalkville.
Jahari Brown, New Brockton: Rushed for 297 yards and scored five touchdowns (10, 57, 38, 75 and 7 yards) in a 55-14 win over Ariton.
Heath Burchfield, James Clemens: Threw for 283 yards, with four second-half touchdowns (39, 25, 12 and 15 yards) in a 59-42 loss to East Limestone.
Jacob Carroll, Mountain Brook: Completed 24 of 31 attempts for 262 yards and two touchdowns — an 18-yarder and the game-winning 72-yarder — in the 15-14 comeback win over Buckhorn.
Burt Chappell, Baker: Ran for three touchdowns and threw for another in a 33-10 win against Robertsdale. Chappell finished with 160 yards on 19 carries and completed 4-of-5 passes for 65 yards.
Austin Childers, Red Bay: Rushed for 169 yards and three touchdowns as Red Bay beat Belmont, Miss. 40-0. Childers scored on runs of 22, 44 and 26 yards.
Ronnie Clark, Calera: Accounted for 320 of Class 4A top-ranked Calera’s 486 yards total offense in the 42-27 win over Shelby County. Clark completed 12 of 15 passes for 151 yards and two touchdowns (21 and 45 yards), and ran for 169 yards and two touchdowns (79 and 30 yards) on 19 carries.
Dantley Coker, Southside-Gadsden: Rushed for 286 yards and two touchdowns in the Panthers’ 30-24 win over Springville.
Dalton Cosby, Cedar Bluff: Completed 7 of 11 passes for 196 yards and a 54-yard touchdown in a 46-6 victory over Woodville. He also rushed for 35 yards on seven carries.
Jonathon Cuzzort, Valley Head: Carried nine times for 143 yards and two TDs and caught a 7-yard scoring pass in a 41-0 win over Waterloo. The running TDs covered 26 and 6 yards.
Gage Davis, Gaylesville:Rushed for 170 yards on 18 carries and scored three touchdowns. He also had a 74-yard punt return for a score and an interception on defense in a 48-14 win at Coosa Christian.
Roderick Davis, Demopolis: Rushed for 242 yards and three touchdowns (runs of 81, 13 and 90 yards) on 13 carries in a 49-16 victory over Thomasville.
Hayden Durrett, Ardmore: Caught four TD passes as Ardmore topped Clements 56-30, improving to 5-0 for the first time since 1969. He caught TD passes of 13, 36, 11 and 25 yards.
Dhalquille Eichelberger, East Limestone: Scored five touchdowns (2, 4, 20, 3 yards, and 1 yard) on a 75-yard night as the Indians beat James Clemens 59-42.
Enrique Evans, Valley: Returned a fumble 68 yatds for a score and also had a 60-yard interception return for a TD in a 34-18 loss to Opelika.
DeJuan Feagan, Pleasant Grove: Ran 21 times for 166 yards and two touchdowns (4 and 19 yards) in the 32-2 win over Hueytown.
Mickey Forrest, Spain Park: Completed 21 of 31 passes for 298 yards and two touchdowns (27 and 6 yards) in the 20-14 win over Lee-Montgomery.
Seth Franks, Tuscaloosa County: Completed 11 of 27 passes for 228 yards and two touchdowns in a 46-26 win over Central-Tuscaloosa.
Jeremy Frye, Bob Jones: Threw a 60-yard touchdown pass with 2:01 to go in regulation to force overtime, then threw a 10-yard score in the extra session as the Patriots edged Huntsville 43-42. Frye also threw a 16-yard TD strike early in the fourth quarter.
Torrey Green, Hanceville: Had 11 carries for 168 rushing yards and a touchdown, a sack and a forced fumble in a 45-22 victory over West Point.
Dillion Jarrett, Addison: In a 48-0 blowout of Appalachian, churned out 135 rushing yards and three touchdowns, including a 64-yarder, on eight carries.
Ty Green, Cherokee County: Rushed for 138 yards on 15 carries and scored three touchdowns (33, 20, 40 yards) in a 40-16 win at Ider.
Matt Hagler, Slocomb: Threw for 160 yards and one touchdown off 11-of-20 passing and rushed for 120 yards on 17 carries with two touchdowns in a 24-6 win over Wicksburg.
Gage Hatten, Kinston: Rushed for 245 yards on just 13 carries (18.8 per carry) and four touchdowns, in a 41-7 win over Zion Chapel.
Montez Haynes, Kingwood Christian: Caught four passes — three for touchdowns — for 144 yards while adding an 87-yard kickoff return along with nine tackles on defense in the 33-0 win over Evangel Christian in AISA play. Haynes caught scoring passes of 11, 31 and 91 yards.
Kyle Helms, Abbeville Christian: Caught three passes for 101 yards, but two of the three went for touchdowns (26 and 47 yards) in a 41-28 win over Lakeside. Helms also had a co-team high 10 tackles on defense in the win.
Jatevin Horn, Marengo: Rushed for 202 yards on 12 carries, including a 98-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter, in a 60-0 victory over Akron. Horn added 11 total tackles and two sacks.
Hayden Huckabee, Marengo Academy: Ran 17 times for 155 yards and three touchdowns (1, 44, 2).
Dominique Jackson, T.R. Miller: Rushed for 176 yards and two touchdowns on 22 carries in a 47-19 win over Clarke County. He scored on runs of 14 and 5 yards.
Lorenzo James, Sparkman: Ran for 166 yards and touchdowns of 5, 28, and 64 yards, and caught a 10-yard scoring pass in a 48-0 win over Grissom.
DeVonta Jenkins, Brookwood: Completed 15 of 23 passes for 310 yards and four touchdowns in a 32-0 win over Oak Grove.
Tyler Johnston, Spanish Fort: Completed 16 of 20 passes for 229 yards and touchdown passes of 15 and 14 yards to Kevin Marion and 24 yards to Sammy Harris. He also had a 10-yard TD run in the Toros’ 38-14 win over previously unbeaten Fairhope.
Jeremiah Jones, Bessemer City: Led the defense with 12 tackles, including three sacks, as the Tigers held Woodlawn to minus-2 yards rushing in the 50-0 victory.
Matthew Jordan, Jackson: Accounted for 373 all-purpose yards and two touchdowns as the Class 5A No. 3 Aggies rallied past Foley 34-17. Jordan rushed for 190 yards and threw a 5-yard TD pass to Antonio Fox.
Jeremy Joseph, Lee-Scott: Ran for 216 yards and five touchdowns on 10 carries and threw for 187 yards and a score in a 70-42 win over Glenwood.
Earnest Kenty, Ramsay: Sparked the defense with eight tackles and a 99-yard interception return for a touchdown in the 21-14 loss to Carver.
Connor Kiser, Haleyville: Filling in for injured starter Blake Wilkes, Kiser passed for 271 yards and three touchdowns as Haleyville beat previously unbeaten Winfield 42-19. Kiser’s TD passes covered 16, 33 and 68 yards.
Jamarius Leatherwood, Sipsey Valley: Scored four touchdowns in a 66-28 win over Curry. He scored on runs of 10 and 55 yards, a 70-yard kickoff return and a 62-yard reception; also had an interception.
Darrion Leslie, Columbia: Caught four passes for 86 yards, including touchdown grabs of 37, 14 and 21 yards in a 35-0 win over Butler on Thursday.
Trey Lewis, Scottsboro: Completed 7 of 11 passes for 179 yards and four touchdowns (31, 19, 16, and 37 yards), and rushed for 55 yards and a 1-yard score in a 55-0 win over North Jackson. He ran for 88 yards on 13 carries.
Hayden Maples, Fairview: Was a perfect 10 for 10 for 216 yards and five touchdowns in the first half of a 47-14 victory over Holly Pond. Maples’ scores came on plays of 32, 6, 24, 17 and 48 yards.
Dylan Mackey, Sand Rock: Completed 13 of 21 pass attempts for 172 yards and two touchdowns (18, 17 yards). He also rushed for 1-yard touchdown in a 27-21 win at Plainview.
Zack Manley, New Hope: Caught nine passes for 115 yards and two touchdowns (8, 12 yards) in a 55-27 win over Good Hope.
Jalyn Martin, Collinsville: Ran 24 times for 100 yards and two touchdowns, made one catch for 33 yards and recovered a Donoho fumble and returned it 16 yards in a 30-27 loss. His TDs covered 22 and 16 yards.
Mike McKenny, Carver-Montgomery: Was 20-of-35 passing for 300 yards and six touchdowns in a 50-21 win at Tri-Cities (Ga.). Touchdowns covered 19, 8, 28, 13, 21 and 8 yards.
Ostin McPherson, St. Paul’s: Rushed for 206 yards on 20 carries and scored on runs of 8, 14 and 10 yards in a 42-7 victory over Northview.
Landon Miller, Hubbertville: Rushed for 171 yards on 13 carries and scored two touchdowns in a 47-19 win over Shoals Christian.
Keith Mixon, Shades Valley: Amassed 201 yards total offense in Class 6A No. 10 Shades Valley’s 44-12 win over Thompson. Junior Mixon ran 11 times for 165 yards and three touchdowns (31, 1 and 72 yards) and grabbed a 36-yard scoring pass for his only reception.
Deonta Moore, Huntsville: Carried 24 times for 291 yards and touchdown runs of 82, 20 and 70 yards in a 43-42 overtime loss to Bob Jones.
Austin Mohlenbrok, American Christian Academy: Ran for 127 yards and threw two touchdown passes in a 34-29 loss to Fultondale.
Matt Mullinax, Spring Garden: Rushed for 253 yards on 31 carries and scored three touchdowns (6, 13, 34 yards) in a 56-35 victory at Jacksonville Christian. He also caught a 43-yard touchdown pass.
Devon Murray, Ashford: Earned 224 yards rushing on 32 carries with three touchdowns and also caught one pass in a 31-28 overtime win over Rehobeth.
Marquise Neal, New Brockton: Aaught four passes for 115 yards and two TDs (25 and 64 yards) in a 55-14 win over Ariton.
Shai Ogles, Gaston: Rushed for 140 yards and two touchdowns and also caught a touchdown pass in the Bulldogs’ 47-20 win over Wadley.
Kyle Reece, Spring Garden: Ran for 158 yards on 21 carries and scored two touchdowns (13, 7 yards) in a 56-35 win at Jacksonville Christian.
Drex Roach, Abbeville Christian: Threw for 257 yards and three TDs off 11-of-19 passing, while also rushing for 60 yards and a score, in a 41-28 win over Lakeside. Roach also had a co-team high 10 tackles on defense.
Tyler Rogers, Mobile Christian: Rushed 12 times for 173 yards and scored four total touchdowns in a43-0 victory over Cottage Hill. He scored on runs of 64, 13 and 33 yards and also had a 33-yard TD reception. In the game, he became the school’s all-time leading rusher.
Will Scott, Sardis: Completed 12 of 19 passes for 238 yards and three touchdowns in a 31-24 win over Geraldine.
Moregan Sharp, Pelham: Ran for 231 yards on 15 carries and scored four touchdowns (18, 64, 11 and 65 yards) in the 49-40 win over Northridge.
Zack Simbeck, Lauderdale County: Rushed for 204 yards and four TDs on 13 carries as Lauderdale County beat previously undefeated Central-Florence 56-21. Simbeck scored on runs on 6, 66, 24 and 43 yards, and also blocked a punt.
Valandin Spencer, Fairfield: Ran for 171 yards on 29 carries, including a 19-yard scoring run, in the 28-27 win over Midfield.
Sherman Starks, Center Point: Grabbed eight passes for 162 yards, including a 35-yard touchdown in the 22-14 upset of Class 5A top-ranked McAdory.
Hayden Stephens, Tanner: Rushed for 175 yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries in Tanner’s win against R.A. Hubbard.
Austin Stiefel, Fyffe: Had 12 carries for 136 yards, including a 58-yard TD run, as the Red Devils downed Walter Wellborn 34-6. Stiefel made eight tackles and picked off a pass, which set up his TD.
Dylan Stone, Glencoe: Amassed 288 combined rushing and passing yards in the Yellow Jackets’ 49-20 win over Hokes Bluff. Stone ran 13 times for 180 yards and two touchdowns and completed 12-of-8 passes for 108 yards and two scores.
Jim Stubberfield, Macon-East: Ran 19 times for 264 yards and four touchdowns in a 34-13 win over Pike Liberal Arts.
Chandler Taylor, Alabama Christian: Was 19-of-34 passing for 385 yards, two touchdowns and an interception in a 34-21 win over Catholic.
Nico Teofilo, Coosa Valley Academy: Ran for 178 yards, including touchdowns of 12, 18 and 16 yards, in the 41-28 AISA win over East Memorial.
Dominique Thomas, Jacksonville: Rushed 29 times for 272 yards and three touchdowns.
Racean Thomas, Oxford: Rushed for 235 yards and four touchdowns on 31 carries in a 26-20 road victory over Florence. His touchdown runs covered 48, 30, 6 and 70 yards.
Devan Totherow, Geraldine: Carried 35 times for 201 yards, two touchdowns and a two-point conversion in a 31-24 loss to sardis. He carried it every time on a 10-play, 77-yard scoring drive that tied the game at 24-all with 6:16 remaining. Both TDs came from 2 yards out.
Trey Truitt, Rehobeth: Caught five passes for 178 yards with three of the receptions going for touchdowns (28, 68 and 75 yards) in a 31-28 overtime loss to Ashford.
Depriest Turner, Murphy: Accounted for four touchdowns as the Panthers stayed unbeaten with a 34-6 win over LeFlore. Turner was 14-of-17 passing for 229 yards. He also carried the ball nine times for 48 yards. He threw TD passes of 28 and 20 yards to Kameron Maye and scored on second-quarter runs of 23 and 4.
Demetries Vaughn, Blount: Rushed for 147 yards on just seven carries and scored on runs of 40 and 77 yards as the Leopards beat Vigor 40-13 to snap a 14-game losing streak in the rivalry.
Jake Vick, West Blocton: Rushed for 139 yards and three touchdowns in a 52-20 win over Montevallo, and scored on runs of 59, 54 and 20 yards.
Austin West, Florala: Accounted for 228 all-purpose yards in a 36-0 win over JU Blacksher. He scored three touchdowns with runs of 81 and 25 yards, and a 47-yard reception. He also converted two two-point conversions, accounting for 22 of Florala’s 36-points.
Brody White, Crossville: Ran 25 times for 162 yards and two touchdowns, and completed 8-of-14 passes for 132 yards and one TD in a 31-14 over DAR. White ran for TDs of 15 and 1 yards, and his 29-yard TD pass gave Crossville a 21-14 lead with 11:52 remaining.
Miles Whitlow, James Clemens: Had scoring catches of 25, 12 and 15 yards in a 59-42 loss to East Limestone.
Ethan Widner, Fairview: Caught four passes for 111 yards and three touchdowns in the first half of a 47-14 victory over Holly Pond. Widner scored on receptions of 32, 6 and 48 yards.
Cortney Willbanks, Restoration Academy: Ran for 120 yards on 17 carries and two touchdowns in AISA third-ranked Restoration’s 34-7 upset of second-ranked and Class 3A defending champion Tuscaloosa Academy. Restoration won Class 1A last season and broke Tuscaloosa Academy’s 17-game win streak.
Trevor Yates, Cleveland: Had 170 yards rushing on 13 carries with two touchdowns (70, 3) and caught two passes for 75 yards, including a 58-yard touchdown, in the Panthers’ 49-8 win over West End.
Lane Anders, Hartsellle: Picked off a pass near the goal line to preserve the Tigers’ 13-10 win at Decatur on Thursday night.
Damiean Archibald, Sipsey Valley: Scored on interception returns of 105 and 65 yards in a 66-28 win over Curry.
Cody Daughtry, Piedmont: Recovered a fumble and intercepted a pass in a 26-10 victory at Leeds.
Holden Fields, South Lamar: Recorded nine tackles in a 14-0 win over Central Coosa. On offense, ran for 118 yards.
Luis Garcia, Crossville: Finished with 9.5 tackles, three tackles for a loss, one sack, one interception and one forced fumble in Crossville’s 31-14 victory over DAR.
Jerry Gibson, Theodore: Recorded had two sacks, three quarterback hurries and two tackles in 35-24 victory over B.C. Rain. On offense, he rushed for 128 yards and a 67-yard TD on nine carries and had three receptions for 41 yards, including a 19-yard TD reception. He also returned one kickoff for 33 yards.
Austin Hallmark, Sardis: Grabbed a fumble out of the air and returned it 45 yards for a TD in a 31-24 win over Geraldine. Hallmark also intercepted a pass, giving his team possession at the Geraldine 36-yard line and setting up a touchdown, and caught four passes for 45 yards.
Hunter Harrison, Kinston: Had 19 tackles, including 15 solos, in Kinston’s 41-7 win over Zion Chapel.
Demetrius Kemp, Demopolis: Recorded 13 tackles and blocked a punt in a 49-16 win over Thomasville. On offense, he caught touchdown passes of 35 and 73 yards.
Clay McNatt, Russellville: Kicked field goals of 32 and 42 yards in a 20-14 win over Walker. McNatt also kicked two extra points and made two touchdown-saving tackles on special teams play.
Alex McMahan, Sand Rock: Returned an interception 40 yards for a touchdown with 5:49 to go, propelling the Wildcats to a 27-21 win at Plainview.
Cole Murphy, Gaylesville: Posted seven tackles, including one for lost yardage, to go along with a fumble return for a score in a 48-14 win at Coosa Christian.
Dakota Newsome, Fyffe: Made 18 tackles (seven solo) as the Red Devils downed Walter Wellborn 34-7.
Elijah Owen, Eastwood: Averaged 46.5 yards on six punt returns, including one for 63 yards, in a 46-12 loss to Pickens Academy. Ran 19 times for 118 yards and two touchdowns.
Bubba Pugh, Macon-East: Had two interceptions and five tackles in a 34-13 win over Pike Liberal Arts.
Logan Pugh, West Limestone: Returned a punt 50 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter to give West Limestone a 25-23 victory over Elkmont.
Brett Rains, Sardis: Made a diving interception at his own 8-yard line with 1:11 remaining to preserve a 31-24 victory over Geraldine. Rains caught the go-ahead TD pass, which covered 41 yards, with 4:38 to go and also had a 32-yard TD pass on Sardis’ opening drive of the second half. He finished with five receptions for 140 yards.
Coleton Reed, Cedar Bluff: Picked off a pair of passes in the fourth quarter in a 46-6 win over Woodville.
Josh Thacker, Crossville: Made seven tackles (six solo) to go along with two interceptions and one pass defended in Crossville’s 31-14 victory over DAR.
Trent Thrash, Fyffe: Closed with 11 tackles, two sacks and a forced fumble in a 34-6 victory over Walter Wellborn 34-6. Thrash also carried 17 times for 127 yards and two touchdowns, covering 4 and 1 yards. He caught one pass for 8 yards.
John Trousdale, Lauderdale County: Had 13 tackles and a fumble recovery in a 56-21 win over previously unbeaten Central-Florence.
Davonta Williams, Ashford: Recorded nine solo tackles, five assists, one tackle for loss and two quarterback sacks in Ashford’s 31-28 overtime win over Rehobeth.
Jake Williams, Ashford Academy: Was in on 15 tackles in a 42-18 win over Cornerstone Christian.