ScoutSouth.com Player of the Week: Clint Moseley
No.1 ranked Leroy's quarterback Clint Moseley (6-4, 200) put up great numbers through the first three games of the season completing 50-of-74 pass attempts for 797 yards. His 265 yard average remains in tact after the undefeated 2A champs defeated Georgiana 27-13. Moseley passed for 277 yards and ran for two touchdowns in their victory. (2-2; 2-1). Coach Major Applewhite from the University of Alabama has been in contact with the Bears' coaching staff about the signal caller.
The No.4 ranked 3A Calera (4-0) met previously undefeated Marbury in an important region match-up last Friday. Calera came away with the win 35-28. ScoutSouth.com finds two star performances in this game. Marbury's senior running back Ronnie Johnson (6-1, 190), who transferred from Jeff Davis this season, racked up 188 yards rushing with three touchdowns and 53 yards receiving.
Calera's master-of-all-trades is Kaderius Lacey. The 6-2, 210-pound senior has made a huge impact on this Eagles' team along with quarterback Paul Winterbottom. The long-legged Lacey caught five passes for 133 yards and one rushing touchdown. He also recorded seven tackles, a sack and six quarterback hurries from his linebacker position.
The Pell City (3-1; 2-1) and Clay-Chalkville (2-2; 1-2) match-up had added significance when both came into the show with and early district loss. It was a barn-burner with the Panthers winning 27-26. Senior quarterback Bronson Honeycutt (6-1, 175) put the ball up 53 times and completed 32 for 371 yards. Honeycutt scored on two rushing touchdowns as well. Honeycutt hit Tommy Moss for the winning score with time running out on the clock (00:2.6). Moss caught 14 of Honeycutt's passes for 204 yards.
Theodore (2-2) stunned Murphy (2-2) on Saturday in a 6A region match-up, 27-19. The Panthers were coming off wins over Davidson and Baker and the Bobcats were coming in with only one win over winless Alma Bryant. Theodore did the inconceivable in this age and never put the ball in the air, which makes running back Demetrius Thomas' effort all the more special. Thomas (5-10, 160) rushed for 179 yards of his team's 288 yards with a touchdown. The offensive line had a big hand in his team's success.
John Carroll (1-3; 1-2) has faced a brutal schedule to start the season. They opened against No.5 Pleasant Grove who has lost only one of their first four games by a single point margin. The No.1 ranked undefeated Briarwood Christian show came for a visit followed by Chelsea (3-1; 2-1) last week who has only lost one game to Benjamin Russell (3-1; 2-1).
The Cavaliers played a hard luck Sylacauga (0-4;0-3) team that lost their last three games by no more than six points. Both teams were looking for their first victory of the season and the accuracy and the athleticism of John Carroll's senior quarterback Andrew Steele (6-3, 195) made the difference. Steele attempted 15 passes completing 12 for 135 yards and a touchdown. Steele also rushed 18 times for 103 yards and another two touchdowns. John Carroll won the contest 39-33.
St. Clair County
St. Clair County (3-1; 3-0) faced a stiff task against 4A region opponent Tarrant (2-2; 2-1). Both came into the game with an opening week loss against non-region opposition, but both bounced back and were 2-0 in Region 5 play. The Saints unleashed running back LaBrodrick Smith to gain 255 yards on 23 carries and three touchdowns. Fellow backfield member Darious Humphrey gained 136 yards on 23 tries. St. Clair County was the victor 36-28.
The 5A undefeated match-up between No.5 Pleasant Grove (3-1; 2-1) and No.12 Jess Lanier (4-0; 3-0) in Region 4 was a game that might just present the crowd with an exciting show. If you love defense and field position football, these two teams came through for you. The Purple Tigers' Jamarcus Moore (6-3, 180) punted and kept the Spartans in bad field position for the night. He also recorded 10 tackles on defense. The Tigers won 7-6.
Courtney Upshaw, Xavier Crews, Desmond Thomas and Kendrick Dennis
Eufaula found itself in an unfamiliar position of 0-1 after the first game of the year against 6A Central Phenix City. The 5A No.9 Tigers of Eufaula hosted the undefeated No.12 felines of Greenville Friday night, and the hometown defense purred with a 14-0 win.
Defensive end Courtney Upshaw (6-2, 225), who garners a lot of extra attention on the field these days, recorded seven tackles, one for a loss, a sack and one caused fumble leading to their second score.
Nose tackle Xavier Crews (5-9, 200) recorded six tackles, two for a loss and two sacks.
Defensive backs Kendrick Dennis (5-11, 165) recorded three tackles and Desmond Thomas (5-10, 185) recorded five tackles, one for a loss. All four seniors play both ways. Upshaw has recovered four fumbles and returned two for touchdowns this season and Crews has also returned one recovery for a score. Coach Klages and his staff are stingy in handing out tackles, so the figures are even more impressive than they look on paper.
Decatur's sophomore quarterback Ben Neil (5-10, 160) led his team in an incredible performance against the 2006 5A champion Athens (2-2; 2-1) 25-7. The Red Raiders (3-1; 3-0) lost their opening game to undefeated 6A Huntsville, and then reeled off three convincing Region 8 wins over some of the best competition in the state. Neil passed for 251 yards on 29 attempts with 19 completions and ran for another 108 yards. If both Decatur and their undefeated region rival Russellville keep up this pace look for a big match-up on October 12th.
Walker County's senior quarterback Cory Wilkes led his Vikings (3-1; 2-1) to a 35-28 Region 6 victory over Mortimer Jordan (2-2; 2-1). Wilkes passed for 245 yards, connecting on 12-of-17 pass attempts. Wilkes had three touchdown through the air in the second quarter ranging from four to 85 yards. He also added another 42 yards rushing.
Speake (3-1; 2-1) took on 1A region opponent Hubbard (2-2; 1-2) Friday night. Both teams came into the game with one region loss. Speake took the contest 28-20 for the school's first ever win over R.A. Hubbard. Dez Polk recorded 278 all-purpose yards with 211 of those coming off kick returns. Polk also recorded a 20-yard touchdown reception.
Senior linebacker Travis Grandy from the Green Wave of Leeds (2-2;1-2) had a big night and a big season thus far. The 2006 All-State honorable mention defender accounted for 25 tackles, two for a loss with one caused fumble against region opponent Munford (3-1; 2-1). He has 87 tackles in four games this season and over 200 takedowns last season.
Justin Rogers, Vestavia
Carlos Matias, Elba
Maruis Moore , Hueytown
Nico Johnson, Andalusia
Dion Duncan, Talladega County-Central
D. J. Jones, Hazlewood
Sattrick Rudolph, McKenzie
Jarquise Peeples and Derrick Malone, Tanner
Coty Blanchard, Cherokee County
Zack Townley, Winfield
Robert Gray, Collinsville
Kyle Holt, Woodville
Andrew Pitts, Carver Montgomery
Jermaine Preyear, Davidson
Kaylos Pritchett, Marengo
Will Hyden, Pelham
Katrell James, Escambia County
Jeremy White, Haleyville
Josh Guthrie, Walker County
Ron Gary, North Jackson
Kenneth Kimbrough, Clarke County
William Strickland, Northridge
Ball Thief Awards:
Speake's defensive back Zach Vick recorded two interceptions with one returned 67 yards for a touchdown against R.A. Hubbard. Vick has five interceptions this season in four games.
Tim Simon had two picks this week for Cordova, and Willie Mullens ran back an interception 100 yards for a score for his Prattville Lions.
Josh Cole from Lauderdale County swiped three passes from Sheffield, and Westbrook Christian's James Abner also grabbed a pair.
Hueytown's senior linebacker Brett Payne twice picked off the very effective Pelham passer Will Hyden who recorded 21 completions from 27 passes attempted.
Congratulations to these six teams for combined rushing yardage last week for well over a mile: Thomasville with 393 yards, Winfield with 369 yards, Erwin 464 yards, Hueytown 390 yards, Davidson 428 yards and Tanner 505 yards.
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