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2012 Week 1

     Johnson earns ASWA award for season-opening performance

For The ASWA

Carver-Montgomery quarterback Jeremy Johnson played a major role in ending one of the state's most impressive win streaks.

Johnson, an Auburn commitment, finished 21-of-30 passing for 388 yards, four touchdowns and two interceptions in a 49-24 victory at Prattville. Thanks to Johnson's performance, Carver snapped Prattville's 34-game winning streak against city of Montgomery teams that dated to the 2002 Class 6A semifinals.

"I want to give all my credit to the offensive line," said Johnson, who added 91 yards rushing on nine carries in the victory over the reigning Class 6A champion. "They're the hardest working players on the team. I've been with them since the seventh grade. We're blessed. This is for every school in Montgomery."

For his performance, Johnson is the season's first winner of the Alabama Sports Writers Association Offensive Player of the Week award. Johnson beat out two other finalists for the award, Sylvania's Keith Bender and Beauregard's Trey Collins.

Bender caught eight passes for 256 yards and four touchdowns -- 40, 3, 70 and 52 yards -- in a 35-28 victory over Sardis.  The 70- and 52-yard plays came in the fourth quarter, helping the Rams extend a 21-20 lead to 35-21.

Collins scored on both of his catches - which went for 98 yards combined - returned a kickoff 98 yards for a touchdown, and added a rushing touchdown in a 47-29 victory at Class 4A No. 2 Handley. Beauregard stopped Handley's 34-game home win streak.

The ASWA Defense/Special Teams Player of the Week is Catholic-Montgomery's James Sherman. He kicked three fourth-quarter field goals, including a 40-yarder with five seconds remaining, in a 23-20 win over St. Jude. He earlier made a 35-yarder with nine minutes to go and a 48-yarder with 2:46 to play.

The other finalists also had standout performances. Slocomb's DeShawn Johnson accounted for five turnovers - four fumble recoveries and an interception - in a 34-13 victory over Rehobeth. He also made five tackles. Oak Mountain's Chris Johnson blocked a punt out of the end zone with 15.8 seconds to go to give the Eagles an 8-7 victory over Shades Valley.

More than 75 players were nominated this week by ASWA members from Birmingham, Boaz, Centre, Cullman Decatur, Dothan, Florence, Gardendale, Jasper, Mobile, Montgomery, Oneonta and Scottsboro

Other standout performances from this past weekend:


Sam Adams, Calera: Carried the ball only nine times, but ran for 147 yards and two touchdowns as Calera routed Holt 33-6.

Quintin Adams, Southern Choctaw: The senior rushed for 142 yards and three touchdowns on just eight carries in his team's 40-0 win over Marengo. Adams scored on runs of 23, 16 and 47 yards all in the first half.

Jamie Bearden, Morgan Academy: Had six carries for 197 yards and two touchdowns in a 61-12 win over Meadowview.

Tyler Boland, Vinemont: The running back ran for 194 yards and one touchdown.

Ladarrius Bowe, Jackson: The senior RB ran 15 times for 125 yards and a pair of scores in the Aggies' 30-0 shutout of Clarke County.

Tyler Boyd, Russellville: Rushed for 268 yards and three TDs in a 34-14 win over Deshler. He scored on runs of 15, 15 and 64 yards.

Cade Bradley, Piedmont: The senior quarterback completed 8 of 11 passes for 144 yards and a 69-yard touchdown. He also had a 72-yard touchdown run in the Class 3A, No. 3 Bulldogs' 45-21 victory over Cherokee County on Friday.

Geoffrey Bramblett, Locust Fork: In a 45-26 loss at New Hope, the senior quarterback completed 28 of 46 passing for 340 yards with one interception and two TD's. He also rushed for 87 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 24 carries.

Garrett Crider, Cullman: The RB finished with 32 carries for 160 yards and one touchdown in a 42-14 win over Walker.

Cameron Davis, Theodore: The senior - in his first game at RB after playing linebacker as a junior -- ran for 172 yards on 25 carries in a 21-7 win over Baldwin County.

Bryant Farley, West Point: The QB had eight carries for 143 yards and two touchdowns in a 43-22 win over Brewer. Also completed 2-of-3 passes, both for touchdowns.

Courtney Foy, Midfield: Foy's eight carries for 64 yards and two touchdowns were part of his 210 total yards and three scores for Midfield, including a 98-yard kickoff return. The Patriots fell 33-20 to Wenonah.

Marshall Gee, Donoho: The quarterback/place-kicker completed 10 of 25 passes for 191 yards and touchdowns of 24, 62 and 2 yards in a 30-28 victory at Valley Head. The 2-yarder came as time expired and was the game-winner. He also booted 3 of 3 extra points and a 30-yard field goal.

Dylan Ingram, Edgewood: Finished 13-of-19 passing for 339 yards and two touchdowns in a 49-14 win over Springwood.

Ty Jones, Vinemont: The RB amassed 217 rushing yards and three touchdowns in a 26-7 win over Brindlee Mountain.

John Earl Kelly, Jackson Academy: The quarterback rushed for two touchdowns and passed two more in a 33-14 win over South Choctaw Academy. Kelly scored on runs of 1 and 14 yards and threw TD passes of 27 yards to Brandon Harper and 25 to Michael Christianson.

Jamaracus King, Blount: The junior receiver returned a punt 47 yards for a touchdown and had TD receptions of 12 and 43 yards in the Leopards' 38-6 victory over LeFlore.

Josh Lewis, Pickens Academy: The QB rushed for 170 yards on 12 carries and scored five touchdowns in a 39-7 win over No. 10-ranked Sumter Academy. Lewis scored on runs of 43, 66, 15, 5 and 31 yards.

Forrest Livingston, Spring Garden: The senior RB had 22 carries for 181 yards and four TDs (5, 21, 1, 17 yards). He also caught two passes for 42 yards in the Panthers' 34-17 victory over Fayetteville.

Parker Mason, Gulf Shores: The quarterback accounted for four touchdowns in the Dolphins' 40-6 rout of Satsuma. Mason ran for scores of 21, 23 and 16 yards and hit Doug Olney with a 41-yard TD pass.

Kameron Maye, Murphy: The senior rushed for 146 yards and two touchdowns on 12 carries in the Panthers' 30-6 win over Williamson. Maye scored on runs of 79 and 4 yards.

Juston McCants, Parker: Passed for five touchdowns -- 41, 24, 17, 13 and 9 yards -- in the Thundering Herd's 55-24 victory over Carver. McCants completed 14 of 23 attempts for 224 yards and added 48 yards on the ground.

Julius McCall, Chelsea: Ran 13 times for 180 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Hornets to a 42-9 victory over John Carroll Catholic. McCall scored on runs of 1, 81 and 41 yards.

Anthony McCostlin, Brookwood: Rushed for 229 yards and three touchdowns in a 28-13 victory Hale County. McCostlin's longest scoring run covered 50 yards.

Frank Moody, St. James: Ran 22 times for 159 yards and four touchdowns in a 45-14 victory over Montgomery Academy. His touchdowns covered 1, 1, 3 and 44 yards.

Chris Mock, Samson: The QB accounted for 320 yards and three touchdowns in the Tigers' 27-8 win over Kinston. Mock completed 12-of-15 passes (80 percent completion rate) for 249 yards with TD scores of 58 and 70 yards. He also rushed for 71 yards on just four carries with a touchdown run of 19 yards.

Alex Morris, Ashford Ac.: Rushed for 220 yards and three touchdowns on 22 carries and also caught three passes for 35 yards in the Falcons' 43-30 loss to Macon-East Academy.

Logan Motte, Mortimer Jordan: Caught 10 passes from QB Devlin Hodges for 2 TDs and 137 yards before going out late with a high ankle sprain in the Blue Devils' 30-19 loss to Pleasant Grove.

Nick Mullens, Spain Park: Completed 31 of 53 attempts for 339 yards and three touchdowns as the Jags fell 37-24 to Austin. Threw scoring passes to Dalton Brown for 19 yards and twice to Jourdan Walker for 10 and 4 yards.

Jamarcus Nance, Muscle Shoals: Rushed for 123 yards and three touchdowns on seven carries in a 34-0 rout of Rogers. Nance scored on runs of 57, 12 and 1 yards.

Toby Pee, Sardis: The senior RB accounted for all four of his team's touchdowns in a 35-28 loss to Sylvania. Pee threw an 8-yard halfback pass for a touchdown and rushed 22, 2 and 6 yards for scores. He gained 195 yards on 29 carries and caught three passes for 43 yards.

Tyler Rogers, Mobile Christian: The junior running back rushed for 248 yards and a pair of touchdowns in the Leopards' 37-36 win over St. Luke's.

Bo Scarbrough, Northridge: The junior RB, who missed the last three games of the sophomore season with a torn knee ligament, rushed for 214 yards on 37 carries and scored three touchdowns to help the Jaguars rally to beat Bob Jones 40-30.

Alvin Scott, Oneonta: The WR started his senior year with seven catches for 151 yards and two touchdowns (9, 72) in the Redskins' 21-16 victory over 5A No. 3 Pinson Valley.

Connor Short, Hoover: Threw for 239 yards on 21 of 31 passing and a 13-yard TD pass in the 35-10 win over Mississippi's South Panola. Short led the Bucs to a 14-0 halftime lead, completing 17 of 24 for 190 yards.

Devonte Simon, Pickens County: The junior accounted for four touchdowns in a 40-31 victory over Fayette County. Simon scored on runs of 1 and 63 yards and on an 84-yard kickoff return and threw a 48-yard touchdown pass.

DJ Simmons, Lauderdale County: Caught a 30-yard TD pass and returned a kickoff 65 yards for a touchdown in a 21-6 win against Wilson. Simmons also tied for the team lead with eight tackles.

Jason Smith, McGill-Toolen: The senior quarterback Jason Smith ran for 124 yards on five carries and completed 9-of-13 passes for 193 yards and two TDS in the Yellow Jackets' 50-28 win over UMS-Wright.
Berron Tyson, Baker: Rushed for 293 yards and three first-half touchdowns in the Hornets' 34-18 win over B.C. Rain. Tyson scored on runs of 2, 80 and 16 yards.

ArDarius Stewart, Fultondale: Piled up 285 yards of total offense with less than two quarters of snaps. He finished with 156 rushing yards on six carries and two scores. The Alabama verbal also completed eight of his 10 passes for 129 yards and three touchdowns. His night included a thrilling 66-yard punt return that was called back on a late flag.

Destin Tolbert, Thompson: Caught six passes for 112 yards and three touchdowns - 17, 26 and 9 yards -- as the Warriors beat Shelby County 42-6. Tolbert also had a punt return for a touchdown called back because of a penalty.

D.D. Thomas, Dothan: The QB accounted for five touchdowns and 214 yards in the Tigers' 51-13 win over Jeff Davis. The Tiger quarterback rushed for 124 yards and four scores and also threw a 51-yard touchdown pass.

Kai Thomas, Dora: Led the Bulldogs with 229 rushing yards and three touchdowns on eight carries. He had touchdown runs of 59, 92 and 37 yards in Dora's 45-6 victory over Cordova on Thursday.

Joe Vines, LaFayette: The receiver caught six balls for 123 yards and three touchdowns in a 33-14 win over Loachapoka. All three of his touchdowns came in the first half.

Josh Walker, Austin: The senior RB ran for 197 yards and two touchdowns in a 37-24 upset of No. 5 Spain Park. He also caught a 68-yard touchdown pass.

Zach Walker, G.W. Long; Carried only seven times, but scored on three of them and finished with 172 yards in the Rebels' 56-12 win over Zion Chapel. Walker had TD runs of 79, 50 and 6 yards.

Kyle White, Macon-East: Ran 23 times for 288 yards and three touchdowns in a 43-30 win over Ashford Academy.


Arie Anderson, Stanhope Elmore: Had four sacks and blocked a field goal in a 52-7 win over Marbury.

Bradley Darby, Waterloo: Darby set up one touchdown with his first fumble recovery against Holy Spirit and then in the third quarter returned another fumble 70 yards to clinch the Cougars' 45-28 victory. Darby also ran 14 yards for a touchdown and converted three 2-point conversions on runs in the second half.
Tanner Hartline, Fort Payne: Had seven tackles (six solo), two sacks, one pressure and two big hits as the Wildcats won 27-10 at North Jackson.

Ken Gamble, Woodlawn: The senior picked off 4 passes in a 20-15 win against Jackson-Olin.

QuinXarious Jeffery, Akron: A WR/DB, he scored twice on interception returns and recorded 4 sacks in a 56-14 victory over Greene County. He also caught two touchdown passes.

Chris Johnson, Cullman: Forced two fumbles, both which were returned for TDs by teammates.

Logan McPherson, Fort Payne: The kicker booted field goals of 39 and 26 yards, was 3 of 3 on extra points and put five of six kickoffs into the end zone for touchbacks as Fort Payne won 27-10 at Class 4A, No. 5-ranked North Jackson. The only kickoff McPherson didn't put in the end zone came after the Wildcats were pushed back 15 yards due to a personal foul penalty on an extra point. McPherson also punted three times for a 31.7-yard average.

Austin Piazza, Gadsden City: The senior kicker booted a 19-yard field goal with 5.5 seconds to go to give the Titans a 30-28 victory over Florence.

Trey Prestridge, Oak Grove: Led the Tigers defense with 12 tackles and added 94 yards running on 15 carries as the Tigers fell 13-7 to Haleyville.

Terrell Woods, Boaz: The senior DE finished with eight tackles, five tackles for a loss, three hurries, one sack, one caused fumble and one pass broken up in his team's 36-13 win over Guntersville. Woods also recorded a safety by tackling quarterback Clayton Daniel in the end zone.

Devonte Williams, Ashford: The LB recorded 21 tackles for the Yellow Jackets in a 40-12 loss to Carroll.

Tommy Wilson, Dempoplis: Set an AHSAA record when he returned an interception 100 yards for a score in a 49-7 victory over American Christian Academy.

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