The Alabama Sportswriters Association recognized eleven area players for their performances in week four of the high school football season.
Garnering ASWA Player of the Week honors were Cedar Bluff senior quarterback Dalton Cosby, freshman running back Delontae Williams and junior defensive back Blake Terry. Piedmont had a pair of defensive honorees in sophomore defensive back Bayley Blanchard and senior linebacker Jaret Prater. The Cherokee County Warriors also had added a pair in senior running back Ty Green and senior kicker Eric Burgess. Sand Rock senior quarterback Dylan Mackey, Spring Garden senior quarterback Will Ivey and Collinsville junior running back Jalyn Martin were also part of the select group. Collinsville’s Kevin McElrath was a defensive/special teams finalist. McElrath stripped the ball from a Sumiton Christian player and returned it for a touchdown with 1:26 remaining in regulation to tie the game at 26. The Panthers went on to claim a 33-32 overtime victory over the Eagles.
Cosby ran for 173 yards on 16 carries with a pair of touchdowns (20, 4 yards). He also completed 3 of 9 pass attempts for 76 yards and a 61-yard touchdown in the Tigers’ 61-23 victory over Jacksonville Christian.
Williams rushed for 272 yards on 27 carries and scored four touchdowns (37, 12, 2, 11 yards) in the Tiger win.
While Cosby and Williams did their damage on offense, Terry helped take charge on defense when he returned an interception 60 yards for a touchdown.
In Piedmont’s 55-7 victory over Cleveland, Blanchard picked off a pair of passes while Prater recovered a fumble and ran it in for a 14-yard touchdown. He also scored on an 85-yard touchdown run.
In Cherokee County’s 41-38 overtime loss to Cleburne County, Green rushed for 155 yards on 20 carries and scored on a 62-yard touchdown run. Burgess booted the 32-yard game-tying field goal with less than a minute to go to force overtime.
In Sand Rock’s 30-23 double-overtime victory at Section, Mackey completed 14 of 18 pass attempts for 212 yards and two touchdowns (60, 10 yards), including a 10-yard toss to Zane Farrar for the winning score in double overtime. He also rushed for 64 yards on 13 carries with a 12-yard touchdown and booted a 27-yard field goal.
In Spring Garden’s 34-7 victory over Coosa Christian, Ivey scored four rushing touchdowns (1, 3, 1, 15 yards) to lead the Panthers to their first win.
Martin rushed for a pair of touchdowns, including the game-tying 14-yard score in overtime, in a 33-32 win at Sumiton Christian.
In other statewide happenings, Flomaton jumped out to a 28-0 lead in last week’s game against Class 2A No. 2-ranked Mobile Christian, but Tyler Rogers led an impressive comeback by running for 312 yards and five touchdowns in a 42-28 victory.
Rogers scored on runs of 5, 47, 19, 13 and 80 yards, and the performance made him this week’s ASWA Offensive Player of the Week.
Rogers beat out two finalists for the award – Pickens County’s Jermarcus Brown and Dale County’s Jamarius Henderson. Brown rushed 230 yards on nine carries and scored four touchdowns as the Tornadoes beat Brilliant 40-0, and Henderson rushed for 301 yards and five touchdowns and led the defense with 10 tackles, including three for losses, in a 52-0 victory over Montgomery Catholic.
This week’s ASWA Defense/Special Teams Player of the Week is Keith’s Delmuss Irby.
Irby intercepted two passes and scored on a 69-yard punt return in a 50-0 win over Holy Spirit. On offense, he rushed for 42 yards on three carries and caught a 55-yard touchdown pass.
The two finalists for the Defense/Special Teams award are Collinsville’s Kevin McElrath and Spanish Fort’s LaDarrell Pettway.
McElrath stripped the ball from a Sumiton Christian player and returned it for a touchdown with 1:26 remaining in regulation to tie the game at 26. The Panthers went on to claim a 33-32 victory. Pettway returned two punts for touchdowns – a 72-yarder and an 84-yarder – as the Toros beat Faith Academy 54-0.
ASWA members from Albertville, Alexander City, Andalusia, Anniston, Auburn, Birmingham, Centre, Cullman, Decatur, Demopolis, Dothan, Florence, Fort Payne, Gadsden, Huntsville, Oneonta, Mobile, Montgomery, Talladega and Tuscaloosa nominated players this week.
Here’s a look at standout performances nominated from Week 4 of the 2013 season:
Will Appleton, Westbrook Christian: In his first start, completed 14 of 27 passes for 273 yards and three touchdowns in a 45-20 win over West End.
Gerrard Beasley, Central-Florence: Finished with 195 yards on 16 carries, including a 77-yard TD run, in a 41-16 victory over Haleyville.
Jordan Bentley, Guntersville: Scored four touchdowns in a 44-6 rout of St. Clair County. He scored on runs of 2, 7, 10 and 3 yards and finished with 105 yards on 15 carries.
Shemoore Bolton, Cleburne County: Rushed for 257 yards on 26 carries and scored on TD runs of 33, 24, 40 yards in a 41-38 overtime victory at Cherokee County.
Maceo Booker, James Clemens: Scored second-half touchdown runs of 9, 2 and 7 yards in a 43-35 loss to Buckhorn.
Daylon Brackett, Jacksonville Christian: Finished with 256 passing yards on 12-of-22 and three touchdowns and rushed for 95 yards in a 61-23 loss to Cedar Bluff.
Adam Browner, New Hope: Threw touchdowns of 18 and 27 yards, and scored on a seven-yard run as the Indians beat Geraldine 21-13.
Malik Campbell, Blount: Threw three touchdown passes, ran for two more, and finished with 342 yards of total offense in a 35-34 in double overtime loss to Murphy.
Ronnie Clark, Calera: Accounted for 203 yards total offense and two touchdowns in one half of action in Class 4A top-ranked Calera’s 37-0 victory over Corner. Clark ran for 112 yards and an 8-yard score while throwing for 91 yards, including a 17-yard touchdown pass, before missing the second half because of cramps.
LaQuarious Cook, Wenonah: Grabbed three interceptions, including a 17-yard touchdown return in the 44-14 win over Paul Bryant.
Dalton Cosby, Cedar Bluff: Ran for 173 yards on 16 carries with a pair of touchdowns (20, 4 yards). He also completed 3 of 9 pass attempts for 76 yards and a 61-yard touchdown in the Tigers’ 61-23 victory over Jacksonville Christian.
Tyler Crumpton, Phillips: Caught a touchdown pass, threw two TDs and ran a pair of 2-point conversions in a 30-0 win over Vina. He also had an interception.
Cahlil Ellis, Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa: Rushed for 152 yards and a touchdown in a 24-7 victory over Hueytown.
Dhalquille Eichelberger, East Limestone: Ran for 155 yards on 24 carries and three touchdowns in a 34-20 victory over East Lawrence.
Calindo Fletcher, Buckhorn: Caught five passes for 182 yards and touchdowns of 87 and 38 yards in the Bucks’ 43-35 win over James Clemens.
Holden Fields, South Lamar: Rushed for 125 yards and two touchdowns on runs of 35 and 31 yards as the Stallions snapped a 15-game losing streak with a 42-19 win over Lynn.
Jason Futrell, Wilson: Rushed for 170 yards and one TD in a 24-7 win over Priceville.
Tredarian Gamble, Oxford: Had six receptions for 179 yards and two scores in the Yellow Jackets’ 42-14 victory over Huntsville.
Ty Green, Cherokee County: Rushed for 155 yards on 20 carries and scored on a 62-yard touchdown run in a 41-38 loss in overtime to Cleburne County.
Samuel Grisham, Lauderdale County: Ran for five touchdowns and finished with 163 yards, all in the first half, of a 52-6 victory over Clements. Grisham scored on runs of 4, 50, 36, 6 and 20 yards
Matt Hagler, Slocomb: Rushed for 172 yards and three touchdowns, including a game-winning 2-yard TD run in overtime, and added the two-point conversion in a 36-34 win over Barbour County. Hagler also scored on a fumble return of 10 yards on defense and threw a two-point conversion pass.
Octaviuse Hardrick, Cottonwood: Caught seven passes for 146 yards and a touchdown in a 39-8 win over Wicksburg.
Cody Harrell, Lowndes Academy: Had 412 yards of total offense in a 40-20 win over Abbeville Christian. Ran 14 times for 196 yards and a touchdown and finished 7-of-11 passing for 226 yards and three scores.
Gage Hatton, Kinston: Rushed for 200 yards on 15 carries with a pair of touchdowns and caught four passes for 72 yards in a 41-8 victory over Red Level.
Hayden Huckabee, Marengo Academy: Carried 15 times for 145 yards and two touchdowns, forced and recovered a fumble for a touchdown, and threw a pair of two-point conversion passes in 37-0 victory over Patrician.
Dustin Ingram, Fayetteville: Rushed for 217 yards and two touchdowns in a loss to Notasulga.
Will Ivey, Spring Garden: Scored four rushing touchdowns (1, 3, 1, 15 yards) in a 34-7 victory over Coosa Christian.
Lorenzo James, Sparkman: Ran for 241 yards and two touchdowns on 19 carries in a 34-31 loss to Sparkman.
Dustin Jenkins, Tuscaloosa Academy: Rushed for 137 yards and three touchdowns in the first half of a 45-36 win over Morgan Academy.
Jordan Johnson, Vestavia Hills: Ran 16 times for 144 yards and two touchdowns (80 and 4 yards) in a 35-7 win over previously unbeaten Gardendale.
Justin Johnson, Hoover: Caught six passes for 122 yards (20.3 yard per catch average) and a pair of touchdowns (30 and 65 yards) in a 56-14 win over Northridge.
Demetrius Kemp, Demopolis: Had touchdown runs of 5, 11 and 20 yards and recorded five solo tackles and two assists in a 35-12 win over Selma.
Marcus Key, Bessemer City: Completed 16 of 23 passes for 104 yards and added 14 rushes for another 111 yards, including a 9-yard scoring run in the final minutes of the 28-21 upset of Tuscaloosa County.
Isaiah “Pee Wee” Lewis, Foley: Rushed for 258 yards and two TDs and caught a TD pass as the Lions rallied past Enterprise 35-28.
Josh Lewis, Pickens Academy: Ran for two touchdowns and passed for two in a 29-7 victory over South Choctaw Academy. Lewis ran for 127 yards on 15 carries and completed 12 of 22 passes for 128 yards.
Tevin Madison, Fayette County: Caught five passes for 134 yards and two touchdowns and intercepted a pass in a 40-19 win over Sipsey Valley.
Dylan Mackey, Sand Rock: Completed 14 of 18 pass attempts for 212 yards and two touchdowns (60, 10 yards), including a 10-yard toss to Zane Farrar for the winning score in double overtime, in a 30-23 victory at Section. He also rushed for 64 yards on 13 carries with a 12-yard TD and booted a 27-yard field goal.
Devonte Marshall, Smiths Station: Finished with 180 yards of total offense, including 152 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries, in a 44-14 win over Jeff Davis.
Tadarryll Marshall, Leeds: Three of his five completions went for touchdowns in a 42-0 win over Thorsby. Marshall completed 5 of 7 attempts for 207 yards (41.4 yards per completion average), including scores of 49, 72 and 61 yards.
Jalyn Martin, Collinsville: Rushed for a pair of touchdowns, including the game-tying 14-yard score in overtime, in a 33-32 win at Sumiton Christian.
Xavier McCollum, Winfield: Had touchdown runs of 65 and 5 yards and scored on a 1-yard fumble return in a 34-14 win over Cordova.
Herman McKenzie, Tallassee: Ran for 238 yards and four scores on 28 carries in a 28-7 victory over Headland.
Jake McKenzie, Monroe Academy: Rushed for 170 yards and two touchdowns on 17 carries in a 49-13 victory over Bessemer Academy.
Kameron Maye, Murphy: Caught six passes for 118 yards and two touchdowns and ran nine times for 88 yards in a 35-34 double-overtime win over Blount.
Ostin McPherson, St. Paul’s: Rushed for 170 yards and TD runs of 37 and 16 yards in a 40-7 victory over Gulf Shores 40-7.
Austin Mohlenbrok, American Christian Academy: Finished 12-for-12 on passing attempts for 207 yards and three touchdowns in a 42-0 victory over Holt.
Hayden Moore, Clay-Chalkville: Accounted for 207 yards offense and two touchdowns in a 38-7 win over previously unbeaten Pell City. Moore completed 10 of 13 passes for 92 yards and a 9-yard score, and ran for 115 yards, including a 23-yard touchdown.
Montago Morris, Carver-Birmingham: Ran 17 times for 154 yards and two touchdowns (17 and 12 yards) in the 52-20 loss to Hewitt-Trussville.
Daniel Murkerson, Oak Grove: Rushed for 154 yards and two touchdowns (11 and 35 yards) on 15 carries and caught a 35-yard pass in the 49-21 win over Carbon Hill. Murkerson also intercepted a pass and kicked five PATs in the game.
Tommy Neely, Parker: Passed for 210 yards on 11 of 20 completions, throwing three touchdowns (29, 17 and 27 yards) in the 30-0 win over Fairfield, breaking an 11-game losing streak to the Tigers.
Khyree Robinson, Fultondale: Scored three touchdowns in a 39-22 win against Walter Wellborn. He ran 15 times for 142 yards and two scores on the ground, including a 60-yard scamper in the fourth quarter, and his 85-yard kickoff return touchdown put the game away after Wellborn trimmed the lead to 25-22 early in the fourth quarter.
Paul Ruiz, Etowah: Rushed eight times for 182 yards and two touchdowns on eight carries and returned a kickoff 90 yards for a TD in a 53-7 win over Columbia.
Harry Satterwhite, McGill-Toolen: Threw for 210 yards and five touchdowns as the Yellow Jackets rolled over Davidson 56-3.
Dustin Scott, Buckhorn: Completed 11 of 21 pass for 227 yards and four touchdowns (87, 35, 38 and 20 yards), and scored on a 63-yard run in a 43-35 win over James Clemens.
Will Scott, Sardis: Threw five touchdown passes, on 9-of-16 passing for 165 yards, in a 51-7 victory over Douglas. He did not play in the second half. Scott’s five TD passes covered 19, 20, 37, 11 and 29 yards.
Romie Senior, Hatton: Scored the winning touchdown on a 10-yard run in overtime in a 21-14 victory over Cherokee. He finished with 109 yards and two TDs.
Moregan Sharp, Pelham: Scored two touchdowns (65 and 10 yards) on six carries for 117 yards (19.5 yards per carry average) in the 41-10 overtime win against Oak Mountain.
Patrick Smith, Kinston: Threw for 258 yards off 12-of-18 passes with two touchdowns and added 26 yards rushing and a touchdown in a 41-8 win over Red Level.
Hayden Stephens, Tanner: Rushed for 198 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries inwin at Lexington. He also returned a kickoff 89 yards for a touchdown.
Ariko Stewart, Reeltown: Gained 242 total yards of offense, including 186 receiving, and scored touchdowns– three receiving and one rushing — in a 34-30 win over Randolph County.
Gavin Sumrall, Kingwood Christian: Threw for 390 yards and five touchdowns on 19 of 29 passing in the 38-9 win over East Memorial in AISA action.
Dominique Thomas, Jacksonville: Rushed for 173 yards on 17 carries and two touchdowns against No. 9 Munford.
Rasheed Turner, Restoration Academy: Averaged 24 yards a carry and a touchdown in AISA
third-ranked Restoration’s 42-14 win over Coosa Valley. Turner ran five times for 120 yards with a 20-yard scoring run.
Delontae Williams, Cedar Bluff: Rushed for 272 yards on 27 carries and scored four touchdowns (37, 12, 2, 11 yards) in a 61-23 victory over Jacksonville Christian.
Bayley Blanchard, Piedmont: Picked off a pair of passes in the Bulldogs’ 55-7 victory over Cleveland.
Trent Brooks, Fort Dale Academy: Kicked a 37-yard field goal on the final play of regulation and the game-winning extra point in overtime of a 55-54 victory over Autauga Academy.
Mason Brown, Glencoe: Finished with 20 tackles and two sacks in the Yellow Jackets’ 24-12 win over White Plains.
Eric Burgess, Cherokee County: Booted the 32-yard game-tying field goal with less than a minute to go to force overtime in a 41-38 overtime loss to Cleburne County.
Hunter Doppler, Corner: Led the defense with 16 tackles in the 37-0 loss to Class 4A top-ranked Calera.
Devonta Ferrill, Reeltown: Had two interceptions, including one returned for TD, in a 34-30 win over Randolph County.
Jatevin Horn, Marengo: Contributed 18 tackles (13 solo), two sacks and two forced fumbles in a 50-20 victory over Fruitdale. He also ran for 192 yards on 118 carries.
Anderson Jacks, Cleburne County: Connected on 4-of- 4 field goal attempts, including the game-winning 20-yarder in overtime, in a 41-38 victory at Cherokee County. Jacks also made field goals from 28, 29 and 35 yards.
David Jaimes, Austin: Drilled a 36-yard field goal as time expired in a 34-31 win over Sparkman. Jaimes also hit a 26-yarder earlier in the game.
Kerryon Johnson, Madison Academy: Returned an interception 73 yards for a score in a 45-14 win over Deshler. Johnson also scored on a 46-yard reception.
Mason Jones, Cullman: Had 10 catches for 160 yards and TD, including six catches for 130 yards and the TD in the first half, in a 14-6 victory over Hartselle.
Montel Lee, Andalusia: Racked up 14 tackles in a victory over, a week after recording 16 tackles against Hillcrest-Evergreen.
Martavius Mims, Muscle Shoals: Returned an interception 75 yards on the first drive of the game in a shutout of Athens, as the Trojans allowed minus-4 yards of total offense.
Trey Moon, Cullman: Had a pair of first-half interceptions inside his own 10 in a 14-6 victory over Hartselle.
Nicarius Peterson, McKenzie: Returned a punt 81 yards early in the fourth quarter, and added a 29-yard touchdown run on the next series, in a 46-28 victory over Geneva County. Peterson also had an 82-yard kickoff return for a touchdown earlier in the game.
Jaret Prater, Piedmont: Recovered a fumble and ran it in for a 14-yard touchdown and also scored on an 85-yard touchdown run in a 55-7 victory over Cleveland.
Montavian Rice-Jordan, Pope John Paul II: Returned an interception 84 yards for a score in a win over Butler. He also had an 11-yard touchdown run.
Jalen Scott, Russellville: Recovered two fumbles and scored two offensive touchdowns in a 35-0 victory over West Point.
Hunter Sparks, Southside: Recorded two sacks — including one on fourth down with Southside up 14-7 and Fort Payne close to the end zone — in the fourth quarter of the Panthers’ 28-14 win over Fort Payne.
Blake Terry, Cedar Bluff: Returned an interception 60 yards for a touchdown in the Tigers’ 61-23 victory over Jacksonville Christian.
Justin Thornton, Vigor: Had three sacks and forced a fumble in the Wolves’ 28-0 victory over B.C. Rain.
Levi Weems, West End-Walnut Grove: Returned an interception 65 yards for a touchdown, threw a 32-yard TD pass and returned a fumble 30 yards for a score in a 45-20 loss to Westbrook.
Caleb Wooten, Cottonwood: Recorded 13 tackles, two fumble recoveries and a sack in a 39-8 win over Wicksburg.