ScoutSouth.com: Stars of Alabama
ScoutSouth.com Player of the Week is 6A Hewitt-Trussville's Cameron Yaw. The place kicker connected for field goals of 41, 45 and 35 yards as the canines stuffed the felines with a defensive stand in the waning seconds for the 16-14 victory. This was the first win over rival Clay-Chalkville in four years.
It wasn't necessary for Prattville's (2-0) Justin Albert (5-8, 170) to play the entire game, but the talented senior running back put up the numbers for the top ranked Lions. Albert accounted for 171 rushing yards on 14 carries. The ASWA All-State recipient from 2006 had a total of 279 total yards and three touchdowns before being held out for the majority of the second half in a 44-15 win over Carver Montgomery (0-2).
Zach Blatt, Opelika
Dee Finley, Auburn
Demarcus Milliner, Stanhope Elmore
The Ball Hog Award goes to Opelika's (2-0) senior free safety Zach Blatt with three picks, Auburn's (1-1) Dee Finley with two and Demarcus Milliner of Stanhope Elmore (2-0) with three. Finley is a verbal pledge to the University of Florida and one of only two Scout.com five star players in the state for 2007.
There was no shortage of attention on Pike County (2-0) players this weekend. The one doing the most damage was not in Nashville, but at home in south Alabama. The all-purpose senior star Darrell Reynolds (5-7, 185) rushed for 201 yards on 25 carries and three touchdowns. The No.2 ranked Bulldogs defeated Geneva (1-1) 39-7. Reynolds also added three receptions for 48 yards.
The shock award has to go to the absolute destruction of the No.1 ranked St. Paul's Episcopal (1-1) by Williamson (1-1) 40-7. Although the Saints had great individual stats the score was not indicative. However, there was a player with both the stats and the victory. Lions' quarterback Brandon Smith had some surprise help this week when a former member of the pride returned. Fans might have been startled to see the former Williamson star and No.1 overall pick in the NFL draft, JaMarcus Russell, during warm-ups and instructing Coach Bobby Parrish's quarterbacks.
Smith seemed the beneficiary of Russell's visit as he played the game of his life, thus far. The current signal caller recorded 285 all-purpose yards. Smith passed for 99 yards with three completions on seven attempts, but that's certainly not where he broke the Saints. He accounted for 186 yards rushing with two touchdown runs of 85 and 35 yards. The next question is can he repeat this week against an upstart Gulf Shores (2-0) team without his tutor.
Berry High School (1A) (2-0) is home to a fine senior quarterback and leader, Colton Madison (6-0, 170). Berry took on region foe Meek (1-1) and Madison recorded 285 total yards with 179 rushing and 86 passing with four touchdowns and a two point conversion. Berry won the contest 28-23. Madison will try to keep the wins going this week when they face Hubbertville (0-2).
Demont Bruice, Gaston
Fabian Truss, Shades Valley
Two sophomore running backs had their coming out parties last week. Gaston's Demont Buice recorded 283 all purpose yards, 213 rushing for three touchdowns and a kick-off return of 70 yards and another touchdown. Gaston (2-0) won the game that was billed as a match-up that could determine the (1A) Region 7 title. The Bulldogs almost doubled up the Gaylesville Trojans (1-1) 40-21.
Sophomore running back Fabian Truss helped break a 13-game losing streak for the (6A) Mounties of Shades Valley (1-1). Coach Curtis Coleman (116-95) was bound to get this group on track in his second year, and he did just that defeating Pell City (1-1) 51-35. Truss was a great help with 252-all purpose yards, 32 carries for 204 yards and two touchdowns. The underclassman also caught two passes for 48 yards.
Brett Booth, Quarterback
Corey Collier, Wide Receiver
This star goes to the chicken and egg theory. It was too difficult to separate the (6A) Tuscaloosa County (2-0) duo. The partnership consists of junior quarterback Brett Booth (5-10, 180) and senior wide receiver Corey Collier (6-1, 180). Booth recorded 349 yards passing, completing 19-of-28 attempts and scoring three touchdowns. Collier recorded seven catches for an astounding 222 yards and a touchdown. The Wildcats won the regional match-up with Northridge (1-1) 42-10.
Hueytown's offense was very impressive, but on the defensive side of the ball senior linebacker David Alexander recorded 11 tackles and one interception. The Golden Gophers take their perfect record to Paul Bryant (0-2) and face a team allowing 106 points in two weeks.
The 6A Jaguars of Spain Park (2-0) continue their march to what projects as a barn-burner this weekend against Hoover. Senior quarterback Cody Wells (6-0, 180) passed 20 times last week against Mountain Brook (0-2) and completed 13 for 302 yards and two touchdowns in a 27-14 victory in the first region six match-up. It doesn't get easier with the Bucs (1-1), Vestavia (1-1) and Homewood (1-0) waiting in the wings. Wells passed for just under 2,300 yards on 303 attempts in 2006 and only three interceptions. Wells has the supporting cast to make this a special season.
Colbert Heights (3A) (2-0) have made short work of Cherokee 45-26 and Lauderdale County 34-7. Quarterback Jeremy Yates attempted 34 passes completing 22 for 343 yards and five touchdowns last week. Yates was an honorable mention for ASWA All-State in 2006.
Fives were a big number for coach McCracken's fifth ranked Bulldogs of Opelika (2-0). The defense for the 6A squad forced five turnovers, allowed only five first downs, and held the Warriors to 35 yards offensively. The final tally to the 'Dogs 59-0.
The ScoutSouth.com No.2 ranked 4A North Jackson Chiefs (2-0) escorted their Coach, Mark Rose, to within four wins of the century mark by bullying DAR with their defensive prowess. The Chiefs allowed only four first downs and 97 yards total offense, their second week of allowing less than 100 yards. The Chiefs won the game 49-6 with the opponent's six points coming with 16 seconds left in the game.
North Jackson and Opelika punters were furloughed this week as their services were not needed. These two teams look among the front-runners for their class championships.
The 6A Golden Gophers put on an offensive clinic. Coach Jeff Smith's Hueytown (2-0) team racked up 501 yards total offense, 277 rushing and 224 passing, in an overtime victory over fellow 6A region opponent the valiant Thompson Warriors (0-2) 34-31 to remain undefeated.
Perhaps the most exciting, electrifying and momentum building game of the week was the 6A 'Paws and Claws Battle' of the Hewitt-Trussville Huskies (2-0) and the Clay-Chalkville Cougars (1-1). The stands were filled before 6:00 p.m. and few could say they didn't get their moneys worth out of this one.
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