Kickers take center stage in Alabama Spotlight
Written by Ryan Bonifant   
Wednesday, 22 September 2010
Highlight plays from highlight players

Written by Jim DeWitt

Carbon Hill High School’s Conner Young, Satsuma’s  Zack Willis, Corner’s  Troy Elliott, Calera’s Erick Tinajero and St. Clair County’s Cody Graham kicked special teams play to the forefront last weekend to grab the Alabama High School Athletic Association Spotlight for Week 4 of the prep football season.

At Carbon Hill, Young’s 34-yard field goal with 24 seconds left gave the Bulldogs a 21-20 Class 3A win over Holly Pond snapping a 12-game losing streak in the process along with a 20-game losing streak in region play.  He also threw two TD passes covering 51 and 76 yards.

Elliott kicked two field goals  in Corner’s 13-12 win over Midfield. His second boot, a 22-yarder, came with just 10 seconds left to play.

 Willis kicked three field goals as Satsuma downed Robertsdale 9-7 in a 6A contest at Mobile. He nailed a 29-yarder on the last play of the first half.

 Tinagero booted a much-needed extra point with 7:55 to play and then kicked the game-winning 36-yard field goal with 1:18 left as Calera edged Elmore County 28-27.

And Graham kicked the game-winning, 22-yard field goal with 1:11 remaining in the fourth quarter as St. Clair County downed Cleburne 31-28 to remain unbeaten. He also kicked two extra points.

The quintet of place-kickers edged out a four-touchdown performance by Fayette County’s Cameron Poe-Mitchell in a history-making 35-7 win over Haleyville. That victory was head coach Waldon Tucker’s 303rd career win, a new state record. Glenn Daniel of Luverne held the mark (302) and still holds the AHSAA record for most wins. Tucker’s first 25 wins came at a non-AHSAA member school with the remaining 278 at AHSAA member schools Gordo (52) and Fayette (226). Poe-Mitchell now has 12 touchdowns on the season.

Special teams also proved important in several other wins.

WILLIAM MARSH, HARTSELLE: Nailed a 28-yard field goal in the first half to give Hartselle a 3-0 lead in a 10-7 win over Walker. The Vikings’ Jaquise Kirk returned the ensuing kickoff for 95 yards and Walker’s only score in the battle of unbeatens at Jasper.

TYRELL KINDER, JACKSON:  The defensive back returned a punt 67 yards for one TD and also had an interception to help the Aggies defense limit UMS-Wright to a 1-of-23 passing performance and 7 yards in the key 37-7 Class 4A, Region 1 win over the Bulldogs.

Malcolm Cyrus, Autaugaville: The all-purpose player scored on a kickoff return, a punt return and two offensive runs in a 42-6 win over Sunshine.

ROD WASHINGTON, MORTIMER JORDAN: Returned two of his three interceptions for touchdowns in the Blue Devils’ 34-27 win over Brewer. He also had eight tackles, two pass breakups and a blocked extra point.

Georgie Salem, Vestavia Hills: Rushed for 140 yards on nine carries with touchdown runs of 48 and 63 yards and added a 93-yard kickoff return for another touchdown to finish with 278 all-purpose yards in a 38-23 win over Pelham.

In other highlights:

Jamal Golden, Wetumpka: The quarterback was 10-of-19 passing for 155 yards and a TD and rushed 16 times for 106 yards with a 40-yard scoring run as Wetumpka beat Prattville 26-24 for the Indians’ first win over the Lions since 1974. Also the Indians’ punter, Golden completed a 36-yard pass on a fake punt to set up Wetumpka’s first TD and his 19-yard TD pass in the fourth quarter gave Wetumpka a 26-17 lead. The win snapped a nine-game losing streak dating back to 1998. The two teams did not play from 1975-1997.

Joseph Pough, LeFlore: The senior quarterback completed 30-of-40  passes for 382 yards and four touchdowns on a 30-of-40 performance and ran for a fifth score as the Rattlers beat St. Paul’s 42-35.

Kyle Crabtree, Fort Payne:   Was 16-of-27 passing for 315 yards and five touchdowns and rushed for a sixth score in a 42-14 win over Southside-Gadsden.

ZACH FREEMAN, BOB JONES: The Patriots quarterback was almost perfect with his 12-of-13 passing performance in a 42-2 win over Grissom. He finished with 208 yards and three TD passes and also rushed for another score in just two quarters of action.

RUSSELL DENMAN, HAZEL GREEN: Was 17-of-27 passing for 194 yards and TDs covering 56 and 13 yards as Hazel Green beat Sparkman 35-34 for its first region win since 2005.

JONATHAN REDD, MOBILE CHRISTIAN: Led the unbeaten Leopards (4-0) from a 20-0 deficit to a 21-20 win over Flomaton. Redd was 18-of-32 passing for 229 yards and three touchdowns. His final two TDs came in the fourth quarter during a 77-second span to seal the win. The final score came with 2:28 to play.

Keon Washington, Gordo:  Washington had just eight carries but made the most of them with 203 yards and TDs covering 59, 69 and 46 yards as the Green Wave beat Hale County 47-7.

Justin Pride, Butler: The Rebels’ sensational basketball point guard also showed his abilities as a wide receiver with 14 receptions for 206 yards and three touchdowns (6, 59, 60 yards) in Butler’s wild 63-52 loss to defending 4A state champion Cherokee County. Butler QB Jamal Akins finished 15-of-29 for 233 passing yards and ran for 118 yards on 21 carries.

Brett Burgess, Cherokee County:  Directed the Warriors’ 63-52 victory over Butler with 251 total yards and six touchdowns. He ran for 143 yards on 19 carries with TD runs of 3, 3, 18, 13 and 20 yards and was 10-of-14 passing for 108 yards and an 11-yard scoring toss.

Trey Cochran-Gill, Tallassee: The quarterback/defensive back accounted for four touchdowns in a 40-10 win over Rehobeth. He was 16-for-27 passing for 225 yards and three touchdowns and also scored on defense with a 64-yard fumble return.

Myles Mays, Alabama Christian: The running back rushed for 209 yards and four touchdowns on 37 carries in a 37-36 win over Headland.

R.J. Scaife, Montevallo: Rushed 32 times for 244 yards and two touchdowns as the Bulldogs downed Sipsey Valley 30-16.

Ronald Stewart, Hueytown: The Gophers running back ran 30 times for 177 yards and a TD against the stubborn McAdory defense to key a 36-21 win.

Malvin Anderson, Ashford: The running back rushed for 219 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries in a 35-21 win over St. James. His scoring runs covered 57 and 42 yards.

DeMorrise Bledsole, Sylacauga:  Playing only the first half, the Aggies running back rushed for 227 yards on 11 carries with TD runs of 50, 53, 70  and 5 yards in a 53-13 win over Moody. He now has 817 yards on 71 carries and 13 touchdowns and 2 two-point conversions on the year. 

Slade Holley, Holtville: The quarterback accounted for 213 yards total offense and four touchdowns in a 33-7 win over Childersburg. Holley passed for 168 yards on a 4-for-5 effort that included an 87-yard TD strike. He rushed for 45 yards and three touchdowns.

Keston Chatman, Marbury: The quarterback was 7-for-10 for 233 yards and three touchdowns in a 56-35 win over Beulah. Teammate Jylon Tyus caught four of the passes for 152 yards and two TDs.

Gunnar McCullough, Elba: The quarterback was 11-for-16 for 227 yards and three touchdowns in a 35-6 win over previously unbeaten Samson. His favorite target was Michael Lindsey, who hauled in five catches for 169 yards and three TDs covering 8, 82 and 76 yards.

Jerelle Bailey, Pike County: The Bulldogs quarterback accounted for 316 all-purpose yards and six touchdowns as Pike County handed Abbeville its first loss of the season in the 45-30 win. Bailey rushed for 158 yards and four touchdowns (6, 10, 19, 17 yards) and completed 8-of-12 passes for 158 yards and two TDs – both covering 42 yards.

Nick Mullens, Spain Park: Went 18-for-29 for 221 yards passing in a 21-7 win over Oak Mountain.

Troymaine Pope, Anniston: Accounted for 243 total yards and five touchdowns in the Bulldogs' 54-21 victory against Springville. He rushed for 167 yards and four touchdowns, including a 75-yarder, and added three catches for 76 yards and a 64-yard touchdown.

Ameriol Finley, Spanish Fort: Making his Toros debut, the South Alabama commitment and senior quarterback ran for 187 yards and five TDs on 13 carries, scoring on runs of 28, 10, 27, 40 and 74 yards in a 48-21 victory over Mary Montgomery.

Darius Powell, Foley: The senior accounted for five touchdowns in a 35-7 victory over McGIll-Toolen. He ran 19 times for 142 yards with TD runs of 5, 6, 1 and 23 yards and was 8-of-14 passing for 77 yards and a touchdown.

Edward Aldag, Mountain Brook: Was 14-of-18 passing for 236 yards and two scores as the Spartans beat Homewood 49-21.

Kaleb Harris, Pinson Valley: Was 18-of-28 for 205 yards passing and two touchdowns as the revived Indians beat Erwin 35-16.

Devin Horton, Etowah:  Rushed for four touchdowns and caught a 71-yard pass for a fifth score as the Blue Devils topped Albertville 41-37.

Erique Florence, Valley: The Rams quarterback ran 19 times for 218 yards and two touchdowns and completed 7-of-12 passes for 88 yards and another touchdown in Valley’s 40-0 win over Charles Henderson.

Jacob Kennedy, Berry:  The junior rushed 11 times for 164 yards and a TD and completed all eight of his pass attempts for another 89 yards and three scores in a 46-14 win over Meek.  He also threw for a pair of 2-point conversions.

Collin Langley, Boaz: The senior accounted for 312 all-purpose yards in the Pirates’ 26-17 win over Scottsboro. Langley rushed for 172 yards on 38 carries and scored touchdowns on runs of 1 and 24 yards. He had two receptions for 38 yards and returned three kickoffs for 102 yards.

Taylor Nelson, Ider: Intercepted three passes as the Hornets edged North Sand Mountain 21-14.

Dylon Overdear, Ider: The senior linebacker finished with 21 tackles with a sack and blocked extra point in the 21-14 win over North Sand Mountain.

Dillan Campbell, Oak Grove: Made 18 tackles, including four for losses, as the Tigers thumped Good Hope 41-21.

Montez Carlton, Hoover: Helped the Bucs (4-0)  register their fourth straight shutout of the season with two interceptions returned for touchdowns in the first half of a 50-0 win over Thompson.

Akili Mendoza, Pinson Valley: Had 13 tackles and a tackle for loss in a 35-16 win over Erwin.

Marlon Page, Notasulga: The Blue Devils running back had 13 carries for 209 yards and two touchdown, and also added 12 tackles and an interception on defense in a 54-7 win over Fayetteville.

Clancy Brown, Berry:  The sophomore linebacker recorded 13  tackles and added a sack and an interception in the Wildcats’ 46-14 victory over Meek.


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