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2012 Week 10

     Players Of the Week

For The ASWA


Midfield's Courtney Foy did a little bit of everything to keep the Patriots alive in the Class 3A playoffs.


Foy amassed 425 yards - a season-high 280 yards rushing on 17 carries to go with five catches for 145 yards - in a 35-14 victory over Gordo. He scored on runs on 70 and 55 yards, as the Patriots pulled away in the second half.


For his performance, Foy is this week's Alabama Sports Writers Association Offensive Player of the Week. Foy beat out two other finalists for the award, Hubbertville running back Aaron Dillard and Vestavia Hills running back Jordan Johnson.


Dillard scored six touchdowns, including the game-winner with 47 seconds remaining, to lift Hubbertville to a 42-35 victory over Ragland in the 1A playoffs. He finished with 269 yards rushing on 40 carries and added 12 tackles on defense.


Johnson rushed for 278 yards, with touchdown runs of 90, 3, 24, 4 and 40 yards, in a 44-28 victory over Hueytown in the 6A playoffs.


The ASWA Defense/Special Teams Player of the Week is Geraldine's Jake Boman, who intercepted three passes and recorded three tackles in a 14-0 victory over Geraldine. He returned one interception 69 yards to the Glencoe 7-yard line in the third quarter, setting up the first touchdown of the game.


The two other finalists for the Defense/Special Teams award are Sylvania's Keith Bender and Mountain Brooks' Adam Harvey.


Bender intercepted two passes and made four tackles in Sylvania's 13-10 victory at Saks. He made his first interception in the end zone to stop a Saks drive in the third quarter, and his second picked ended Saks' final possession.


Harvey led the Spartans defense with 10 tackles, including three for losses, and added four sacks and returned a fumble 18 yards for a touchdown in the 23-14 victory over Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa in the 6A playoffs.


ASWA members from Andalusia, Auburn, Birmingham, Centre, Cullman Florence, Fort Payne, Huntsville, Oneonta, Mobile, Montgomery and Tuscaloosa submitted nominations this week.


Other standout performances from this past weekend:




Deacon Aldridge, Hartselle: Ran for 116 yards and a score, and was 5-of-10 passing for 105 yards and another score in a 14-6 win at Fort Payne.


Luke Bailey, Fairview: Ran for 177 yards and three touchdowns on 22 carries and passed for 205 yards and another score in a 41-27 loss to Munford.


Gene Bromberg, Mountain Brook: Carried the ball 33 times for 115 yards and a 7-yard touchdown in a 23-14 win over Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa.


Jermarcus Brown, Pickens County: Gained 186 yards on 15 carries and scored two TDs in Pickens County's 63-0 win over Falkville in the Class 1A playoffs. Brown scored on a 69-yard run and caught a 15-yard TD pass.


Ryan Carpenter, Colbert County: Ran for 254 yards on 23 carries, including an 83-yard TD in a 42-21 victory over Hamilton in the Class 3A playoffs.


Jordan Chunn, Madison County: Ran for 165 yards and four TDs on 15 carries in a 35-20 victory over Rogers.


Ronnie Clark, Calera: Caught 11 passes for 120 yards in the 41-34 loss to Handley.


Dallas Cockerham, Lamar County: Ran for two TDs and threw a scoring pass in Lamar County's 39-24 victory over New Brockton in the Class 2A playoffs. He rushed for 74 yards with TD runs of 1 and 2 yards, completed 10-of-15 passes for 159 yards and threw a 55-yard TD pass.


Josh Crawford, Edgewood: Ran 11 times for 172 yards with a 53-yard touchdown in a 49-16 victory over Crenshaw Christian.


T.J. Dixon, UMS-Wright: Caught nine passes for 188 yards in the Bulldogs' 49-42 win over St. James.


Troy Dixon, UMS-Wright: Rushed for 233 yards and four TDs on 27 carries as UMS held off St. James 49-42.


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 the Class 6A playoffs.


Alex Elam, Hoover: Caught six passes for 108 yards and two touchdowns (14 and 55 yards) in the 38-7 victory over Shades Valley.


Tyler Gates, Tuscaloosa County: Threw for 262 yards and three TDs in Tuscaloosa County's 38-28 victory over Gardendale in the Class 6A playoffs.


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 Panthers' 66-42 victory over Donoho in the Class 1A playoffs. 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 victory at Central-Florence.


DeAngelo Hardy, Cedar Bluff: Caught four passes for 152 yards and a 45-yard touchdown in the Tigers' 54-20 victory over Phillips of Bear Creek.


Nick Haas, Madison Academy: Caught touchdown passes of 27 and 15 yards in a 58-19 win over Winston County. Also had a 44-yard punt return to set up a score.


Jordan Howard, Gardendale: Ran 21 times for 142 yards in the 38-28 loss to Tuscaloosa County.


Will Ivey, Spring Garden: Posted seven tackles and two interceptions in the Panthers' 39-33 overtime victory at Shoals Christian.


Drew Johnson, Cullman: Piled on 166 total yards and three touchdowns on 11 carries and one reception in the Bearcats' 49-14 blowout of 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.


Jarren Johnson, Jackson: Caught seven passes for 133 yards and a TD in his final high school game, a loss to Briarwood Christian.


Ty Jones, Vinemont: Became Cullman County's all-time single season leading rusher 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.


Forrest Livingston, Spring Garden: Rushed for 247 yards on 33 carries and scored four TDs (1, 11, 92, 3 yards), including the game-winning score in overtime (3 yards) in the Panthers' 39-33 victory at Shoals Christian. The rushing performance also broke Spring Garden's single-season rushing record. Livingston now has 1,833 yards and 24 touchdowns on 262 carries this season.


Herman McKenzie, Tallassee: Had 169 yards rushing and two TDs in a 17-14 win over Clarke County.


Jeremy McMullen, Aliceville: Rushed for 327 yards and five TDs as the Yellow Jackets beat Elba 42-25 in the Class 2A playoffs. McMullen, who had 40 carries, scored on runs of 15, 27, 1, 12 and 25 yards.


Levi Mintz, Cedar Bluff: Completed 16-of-26 pass attempts for the game for 325 yards and five TDs (45, 11, 10, 15, 25 yards) and rushed for a 1-yard touchdown in the Tigers' 54-20 victory over Phillips-Bear Creek.


Jakell Mitchell, Opelika: Ran for 97 yards and five TDs on 13 carries in the Bulldogs' 49-23 win over Pelham.


Frank Moody, St. James: Carried 17 times for 175 yards with touchdowns of 30 and 25 yards in a 49-42 loss at UMS-Wright.


Deonte Moore, Huntsville: Ran for 185 yards and three TDs in a 37-19 win at Florence.


Nick Mullens, Spain Park: Completed 16-of-23 passes for 274 yards in the 43-13 victory over Central-Phenix City.


Trey Nation, Leeds: Ran for 335 yards on 26 carries and scored four touchdowns (34, 8, 43, and 15 yards) in the 61-27 win over Sipsey Valley.


George Payne, St. Luke's: Rushed for 224 yards and three TDs on six carries and returned an interception 60 yards for a score in St. Luke's 42-6 win over Pleasant Home.


Joel Poe, Spanish Fort: Completed 16-of-27 passes for 286 yards and four touchdowns in the Toros' 51-7 win over Carroll-Ozark.


Zack Reneau, Calera: Completed 34-of-47 passes for 307 yards and two TDs (14 and 30) and ran for three TDs (3, 3 and 2 yards) on 13 carries for 50 yards in the 41-34 loss to Handley.


Gunner Roach, UMS-Wright: Completed 10-of-18 passes for 273 yards and accounted for three scores in UMS' 49-42 win over St. James.


Earnest Robinson, Pinson Valley: Caught seven passes for 146 yards and the go-ahed 10-yard touchdown in a 27-17 win over Pleasant Grove.


Devin Scott, Straughn: Rushed for 227 yards on 25 carries and scored three TDs in the a 35-7 victory over Daleville.


Marquis Shelton, Linden: Rushed for 221 yards and three TDs as Linden defeated Kinston 39-7 in the Class 1A playoffs. He scored on runs of 98, 2 and 71 yards to help Linden gain 385 yards rushing.


Connor Short, Hoover: Completed 20-of-33 passes for 312 yards and three touchdowns (14, 35 and 55 yards) in the 38-7 win over Shades Valley.


Hayden Stephens, Tanner: Carried 10 times for 108 yards and four touchdowns in a 55-0 win over Sand Rock.


ArDarius Stewart, Fultondale: Ran 24 times for 177 yards and two TDs (23 and 5 yards), and completed 5-of-10 passes for 62 yards in the 14-13 win over Lanett.


Tywone Stewart, Reeltown: Ran for 121 yards and four TDs on 19 carries in the Rebels' 34-8 win over Vincent.


Blaise Taylor, Auburn: Scored on both of his receptions - from 30 and 64 yards - and returned an interception 42 yards for another touchdown in the Tigers' 34-10 win over Oak Mountain.


Taylor Thrash, Fyffe — Logged 23 carries for 206 yards and three TDs in Fyffe's 33-21 victory over Lexington. Thrash scored on a 64-yard run to put the Red Devils up 27-21 with 6:26 remaining, and added an 8-yard TD with 1:18 to go. He scored from 1 yard out in the second quarter. On defense, Thrash had 10 tackles, to go with one sack and three tackles for a loss. 


C.J. Tolbert, Dadeville: Ran for 232 yards and two TDs 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.


Jaevon Walton, Tuscaloosa Academy: Rushed for 173 yards on 11 carries and scored three TDS as Tuscaloosa Academy beat Fort Dale Academy 34-0 to advance to the AISA Class AAA championship game. He scored on runs of 3, 3 and 55 yards.


Courtney Wilbanks, Restoration Academy: Rushed for 180 yards and two TDs (76 and 43 yards) on 13 carries in the 32-13 win over Marengo Academy.


Allen Wood, Trinity: Completed his first 16 passes and finished 27-of-32 for 246 yards, three touchdowns and an interception in a 34-13 win over Northside.


Kevin Wright, Bob Jones: Caught four passes for 119 yards and a score in a 35-30 victory over Gadsden. He also ran for 87 yards and a score, and threw a 21-yard TD pass.




Tyrelle Barnett, Demopolis: Scored on a 45-yard fumble return and a 26-yard interception return as Demopolis defeated Sylacauga 49-20.


Daniel Bradford, Collinsville: Returned an interception 24 yards for a TD, rushed for 85 yards on 10 carries, and caught four passes for 69 yards with an 11-yard touchdown reception from quarterback C.J. Jones with 18 seconds remaining in the Panthers' 18-15 loss to R.A. Hubbard.


Clancy Brown, Berry: Logged 18 tackles and two sacks in Berry's victory over Addison.


Daniel Clayton, Clay-Chalkville: Contributed 10 tackles, including three for loss - he also forced a fumble that resulted in a 50-yard touchdown on the final play of the first half – in a 45-14 victory over Decatur.


Nate Cole, Foley: Had two sacks and two forced fumbles in Foley's 30-28 victory over Baker.


Johnny Cook, Spanish Fort: Returned an interception 62 yards for a score in his team's 51-7 victory over Carroll-Ozark.


Zach Cunningham, Pinson Valley: Contributed 19 tackles, deflected two passes and narrowly missed blocking two punts in the 27-17 win over Pleasant Grove.


Terrance Hollingsworth, Berry: Scored the game's first TD on a 70-yard interception return and finished with eight tackles, while logging 22 carries for 169 yards and a 77-yard TD run. He also caught a 3-yard TD pass.


Collin King, Colbert County: Returned an interception 100 yards to give Colbert County a 14-7 lead en route to a 42-21 victory over Hamilton in the Class 3A playoffs.


Marqueze Marshall, Aliceville: Record 15 tackles in the victory over Elba.


Philbert Martial, McGill-Toolen: Returned a kickoff 87 yards in No. 2 McGill-Toolen's 56-33 victory over Enterprise.


Chris Rogers, Linden: Tallied 12 tackles as Linden in a 39-7 victory over Kinston.


Michael Wickliffe, Johnson: Recorded three sacks in a 41-0 victory over Haleyville.


Jacob Wolkow, Spain Park: Posted 3.5 sacks and eight tackles in the 43-13 victory over Central-Phenix City.

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