2012 Week 6
Players Of the Week|
By JOSH BEAN
East Lawrence quarterback Terrance Deloney knew he didn't play his best in the first half of Friday's game against Priceville.
The second half proved to be a different story, as Deloney scored on runs of 47, 58 and 79 yards in the third quarter and added a 35-yarder in the fourth quarter to rally the Eagles from a three-touchdown deficit to a 42-35 victory. Running the option, Deloney finished with 314 yards and four touchdowns on 21 carries, while passing for 102 yards and two touchdowns.
"We found our game in the second half," Deloney told The Decatur Daily. "We certainly didn't have it in the first. In the locker room at halftime, we talked about how a football game has two halves, and, in the second half, we came out and shut them down."
Deloney's performance - accounting for 416 yards and six touchdowns - made him this week's Alabama Sports Writers Association Offensive Player of the Week. Lewis beat out two other finalists for the award, Carver-Montgomery quarterback Jeremy Johnson and Susan Moore's Preston Kent.
Johnson accounted for 362 yards and five touchdowns in a 46-20 win over Auburn. He finished 11-of-18 passing for 248 yards and two touchdowns, while also running 10 times for 114 yards and three scores.
Kent pushed Susan Moore to a 26-20 victory over Ashville when he picked up a blocked field goal behind the line of scrimmage in overtime, fought off several tacklers, and scored on a 9-yard run. He ran for 123 yards, caught 7 passes for 67 yards and a TD, and scored a 2-point conversion with 30 seconds remaining in regulation to force overtime.
Hanceville's Brontae Harris is the ASWA Defense/Special Teams Player of the Week. He snagged four interceptions and returned one for a touchdown to lead the Bulldogs to a 12-0 victory over Winfield.
The defensive/special teams finalists are Fort Payne's Logan McPherson and McIntosh's Shaquille Law.
McPherson kicked a 57-yard field goal, tying for third-longest in AHSAA history, in a 24-6 victory over Boaz. He also made 3-of-3 extra points and punted three times for a 35.0 average, including a 47-yarder that was downed at the Boaz 15-yard line and a 41-yarder that was downed at the Boaz 3. On kickoffs, he put 3 of 5 into the end zone for touchbacks.
Law scored four touchdowns in four different ways in a 40-31 victory over Fruitdale – a 62-yard interception return, a 72-yard fumble return, an 80-yard kickoff return, and a 38-yard run.
ASWA members from Andalusia, Birmingham, Centre, Cullman, Decatur, Dothan, Florence, Fort Payne, Huntsville, Gadsden, Jasper, Mobile, Montgomery, Oneonta and Tuscaloosa submitted nominations this week.
Other standout performances from this past weekend:
Deacon Aldridge, Hartselle: Threw touchdown passes of 14, 21 and 9 yards in a 28-21 loss to top-ranked Muscle Shoals.
Sidney Battle, Clay-Chalkville: Logged 18 carries for 240 yards and four TDs in a 42-12 victory over Grissom.
Cameron Blanks, Cottonwood: Rushed for 218 yards on 16 carries with three touchdowns and had five receptions for 65 yards and a touchdown, helping the Bears rally from a 21-7 halftime deficit to a 35-21 win over Houston Academy. Blanks scored on a 4-yard run with 4:20 to go to put Cottonwood up 28-21 and added a 25-yarder with 1:58 remaining to seal the win.
Tyler Boland, Vinemont: Compiled 153 all-purpose yards, three touchdowns and an interception in the Eagles' shootout with No. 4 Hamilton. His last two scores came in the final three minutes -- a 58-yard punt return and 50-yard touchdown catch.
Lee Brascom, Enterprise: Rushed for 229 yards on 18 carries with one touchdown in a 37-27 win over Northview.
Darian Brown, Buckhorn: Carried 33 times for 240 yards and a touchdown in a 44-30 win against Sparkman.
Jermarcus Brown, Pickens County: Rushed for 315 yards and scored all four touchdowns in a 28-0 win over Parrish. Brown scored on runs of 88, 37, 81 and 14 yards.
Rodney Camp, Phillips: Threw for 316 yards and six touchdowns in 52-22 win against Waterloo. He also scored on a 30-yard run.
Jordan Chunn, Madison County: Ran for 303 yards and touchdowns of 7, 54, 11, 54 and 99 yards in a 67-7 win at Pope John Paul II.
Tyler Crumpton, Phillips: Caught six passes for 173 yards, including four TDs, as Phillips beat Waterloo 52-22. Crumpton had TD catches of 22, 94, 22 and 6 yards, all from Rodney Camp.
Austin Dirksen, Sumter Academy: Caught a touchdown pass, scored on a 4-yard run and scored on a 60-yard punt return in a 56-8 win over Eastwood Christian.
Kendrick Doss, Florence: Completed 10-of-14 passes for 194 yards and three touchdowns, and added 70 yards and a touchdown in the first half of a 42-30 win against James Clemens.
Courtney Downing, Charles Henderson: Ran for 220 yards and four touchdowns in a 36-7 win over St. James.
Jay Duckett, Etowah: Picked off three passes - including two that set up touchdowns - in Etowah's 40-14 win over Scottsboro.
Keonta Edwards, Sunshine: Caught three touchdown passes in a 29-27 win over Akron.
D'Shawn Fife, Cedar Bluff: Rushed for 157 yards on 31 carries and scored three touchdowns (9, 18, 2 yards) in the No. 6 Tigers' 26-14 victory over No. 8 Collinsville.
Demarcus Flowers, Daleville: Rushed for 227 yards on 19 carries with one touchdown in Daleville's 27-17 win over Pike County.
Jonathan Ford, Westbrook Christian: Threw for two touchdowns and ran for two more in a 52-14 win over Gaston. Ford was 6-for-11 in passing for 82 yards.
Johnathan Ford, New Hope: Rushed for 252 yards and had TD runs of 19, 70, 10, 3, 5 and 50 yards on 16 in a 54-7 win against Pisgah.
Jason Futrell, Wilson: Rushed for 170 yards and three touchdowns on runs of 3, 9 and 3 yards in 41-7 win over West Limestone.
McKenzie Graham, Buckhorn: Caught seven passes for 104 yards and three scores in a 44-30 win against Buckhorn.
Jalen Harris, Northview: Threw for 157 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for 166 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries in Northview's 37-27 loss to Enterprise.
Jamarius Henderson, Dale County: Rushed for 193 yards and two TDs and recorded 13 tackles on defense in the Warriors' 28-14 win over Barbour County.
Cameron Hill, Pleasant Home: Rushed for 203 yards and scored three touchdowns in the Eagles' 44-33 win over Georgiana.
Terrance Hollingsworth, Berry: Ran for 300 yards and scored five touchdowns in a 46-20 win over Brilliant. Hollingsworth scored on runs of 34, 70, 14, 46 and 13 yards.
Jordan Howard, Gardendale: Carried 13 times for 170 yards and four TDs in a 42-30 victory over Huffman.
John David Jennings, Gaylesville: Rushed for 206 yards and scored three touchdowns (no yardage given) in the Trojans' 40-13 win over Jacksonville Christian.
Austin Johnson, Elba: Accounted for 353 yards passing and rushing with three scores, completing 11-of-15 for 181 yards with a touchdown and rushing for 172 yards and two 1-yard TD runs in the Tigers' 43-7 win over Goshen.
Ty Jones, Vinemont: Carried the ball a 38 times for 230 rushing yards - his fourth game of at least 200 yards this season - and three touchdowns in a near 56-49 loss to No. 4 Hamilton.
Josh Lewis, Pickens Academy: Rushed for 183 yards and two touchdowns on runs of 1 and 84 yards and threw a touchdown pass in a 28-16 win over Marengo Academy.
Daqwan Lowrance, North Jackson: Caught three passes for 77 yards and two touchdowns (12 and 40) yards in a 62-7 win against Butler on Thursday. He also had a 20-yard TD run.
Zach Magnusson, Fort Payne: Caught seven passes for 119 yards and a 34-yard TD as Fort Payne downed Boaz 24-6. He also broke up a pass, intercepted another and had what would have been a 99-yard return for a TD on the interception wiped out by a block-in-the-back penalty.
Caleb May, Dora: Finished with 340 yards of offense in the Bulldogs' win 27-25 over Bibb County. May threw for 291 yards and two touchdowns and rushed 11 times for 49 yards.
Jake McKenzie, Monroe Academy: Completed 9-of-12 passes for 226 yards, with TD passes of 51, 47 and 41 yards, and added TD runs of 4 and 8 yards to lead the AISA No. 2-ranked Volunteers to a 41-14 victory over No. 4 Clarke Prep.
Tyler Morgan, Spring Garden: Rushed for 170 yards and scored a 6-yard touchdown in a 48-14 win over Woodville.
Nick Mullens, Spain Park: Finished 22-of-33 passing for 284 yards and four TDs, completing passes to 11 different receivers, in a 38-21 victory over Thompson.
John Owens, R.A. Hubbard: Rushed for 156 yards and four touchdowns in 42-14 win against Tharptown. Owens scored on runs of 30, 16, 55 and 8 yards. He also kicked two extra points and ran two 2-point conversions.
Jacob Parker, Westminster: Threw touchdowns of 46 and 38 yards in a 45-7 win against Clements and added a TD run.
Toby Pee, Sardis: Scored five touchdowns, including a 90-yard kickoff return for a score, in the Lions's 42-40 overtime win over Guntersville. Pee, who ran in the deciding two-point conversion in OT, finished with 155 rushing yards on 25 carries.
Brandon Peters, Williamson: Carried 17 times for 305 yards, including TD runs of 46, 94, 53 and 55 yards, in a 34-21 victory over Faith Academy. It marked Williamson's first win of the season.
Jonathan Plott, Tuscaloosa Academy: Threw four touchdown passes and ran for a score in a 55-23 win over Bessemer Academy.
Jaylyne Rhone, Springville: Rushed for 181 yards and three touchdowns and also added a passing touchdown in the Tigers' come-from-behind 34-31 win over Curry.
Jackson Richard, Madison County: Threw touchdown passes of 53, 15 and 71 yards - all in the first quarter - in a 67-7 win at Pope John Paul II.
C.J. Savage, Piedmont: Caught six passes for 150 yards and two touchdowns (17, 53 yards) in the top-ranked Bulldogs' 34-0 win at White Plains.
Johnny Silas, New Brockton: Rushed for 213 yards on 38 carries with three touchdowns in the Gamecocks' 20-14 win over Highland Home.
Robert Smith, Slocomb: Rushed for 236 yards on 24 carries with four touchdowns as the Red Tops rallied from a 25-6 third quarter deficit to beat Abbeville 28-25. Smith's scored on runs of 56, 18, 15 and 49.
Hayden Stephens, Tanner: Rushed for 165 and four touchdowns on eight carries in a 69-13 win against Colbert Heights.
ArDarius Stewart, Fultondale: Finished 7-of-12 passing for 146 yards and two TD passes and added 9 rushes 150 yards and three TDs.
Mitch Stults, Hamilton: Rushed for 100 yards and one TD, passed for 236 yards and three scores, and returned a fumble 25 yards for another touchdown as Hamilton outlasted Vinemont 56-49.
Diantae Thomas, Dothan: Rushed for 124 yards with two touchdowns, including a game-winning 14-yarder with 2:30 to go, helping the Tigers rally past No. 10-ranked Daphne, 28-24. Thomas directed a game-winning 8-play, 51-yard drive after returning from a dislocated shoulder early in the fourth quarter, capping it with his TD run. He also passed for 67 yards in the game.
Trent Thrash, Fyffe - Carried 16 times for 201 yards and a 68-yard touchdown and made seven tackles in a 32-7 victory over Sand Rock. Thrash's TD covered 68 yards.
A.J. Travis, Northside: Rushed for 344 yards on 24 carries and scored seven touchdowns in a 50-46 win over Sipsey Valley. Travis scored on runs of 58, 45, 22, 10, 36, 24 and 11 yards.
Josh Walker, Austin: Ran for 167 yards and two touchdowns on 21 carries in a 23-13 win against Hazel Green.
Taryon Baker, Johnson: Recorded two sacks in a win against Ardmore.
Clancy Brown, Berry: Tallied 11 tackles in a 46-20 win over Brilliant.
B.J. Ezell, Clarke County: Blocked a punt for a safety in a 9-6 victory over Andalusia, as the Bulldogs earned their first victory over a ranked team since 2007.
J.C. Finch, Berry: Scored on interception returns of 44 and 40 yards in the 46-20 win over win over Brilliant.
Zavier Carmichael, St. Paul's: Intercepted three passes in the Saints' 31-21 victory over Spanish Fort.
Logan Ezell, Russellville: Tallied 21 tackles in 21-20 OT loss to Cullman
Logan Hamlett, Madison Academy: Recorded 11 tackles, 1 sack, and 3 tackles for loss
Chris Hill, Pickens County: Had 12 tackles and three sacks in a 28-0 win over Parrish.
Je'Niah Jackson, Spain Park: Recorded 14 tackles in victory.
Dee Liner, Muscle Shoals: Had six tackles, including two sacks and three for loss, as Muscle Shoals beat defending 5A champ Hartselle 28-21.
Tyler Merriweather, Demopolis: Recorded five solo tackles, five assists, one sack and one fumble recovery in a 21-3 victory over Greenville.
Zac Pasley, Berry: Recorded 12 tackles in a 46-20 win over Brilliant.
Andrew Parker, Brantley: Returned two punts for touchdowns in a 60-0 win over Geneva County. The returns covered 60 and 62 yards. He also ran five times for 128 yards with touchdowns of 55 and 10 yards.
Seth Roberts, Ariton: Recorded 15 tackles with a sack and added a touchdown run in the Purple Cats' 47-28 win over Houston County.
Jesse Seals, Addison: Returned his third punt of the season with an 85-yarder in a 28-0 shutout over Winston County-rival Meek.
Devonte Snell, Clarke County: Blocked an extra point in a 9-6 victory Andalusia, as the Bulldogs earned their first victory over a ranked team since 2007.
Terrien Steele, Pickens County: Recorded 10 tackles and four sacks in a 28-0 win over Parrish.
Vince Stewart, Cold Springs: Returned an interception 47 yards that led to a game-sealing touchdown by running back Caleb Ellison in the Eagles' first region victory since 2007.
Zacc Weldon, G.W. Long: Tallied 10 tackles with two sacks and a safety in the Rebels' 32-8 win over Wicksburg.
Quinnen Williams, Wenonah: Recorded 11 tackles and two sacks in victory over Central-Tuscaloosa.
Marcus Wilson, Geneva: Returned a punt 85 yards for a touchdown and caught touchdown passes of 15 and 65 yards in the Panthers' 39-27 win over Montgomery Catholic.
Morris Higginbotham coached three different teams to divisional state championships in the 1950s. He won titles at Walnut Grove in 1952, West Blocton in 1955 and Enterprise in 1960.