Young quarterbacks appear a winning combination from some schools as Elba continued their run with their win over Barbour County on the strength of their freshman quarterback. J. B. Pennington won their second region game with a sophomore at the wheel. Defensive efforts are aplenty with the Green Wave of Leeds leading the way. Coach Keith Etheredge’s third-ranked team has yet to allow a point scored on their defense.
Class 1A-3A selections
Stars of Alabama
Michael Lindsey (5-10, 165 pounds)
2A Elba 3-0 (2-0)
The freshman admits it has been an arduous task to make the move from running back to quarterback. He spent a lot of time with Coach (Scott) Rials during the summer, and it’s paying off.
Lindsey played on varsity as an eighth grader in 2007 at running back, rushing for 405 yards catching 25 passes in the process. He battled for the quarterback position and eventually won the starting role during pre-season summer work.
The fourth-ranked Tigers started the season at 4A Opp, and Elba won the game 43-28. Lindsey carried the ball 12 times gaining 83 yards with two touchdowns. He attempted 16 passes making good on 11 for 83 yards and a touchdown, but with an interception.
The next game against 2A powerhouse Cottonwood, Lindsey carried the ball 15 times for 106 yards. He completed seven-of-11 passes for 75 yards and a touchdown. The win was not necessarily a stunner, but the score was, 28-0.
Last week was not any easier easier with (2-0) Barbour County hosting the Tigers. Lindsey had no problem and seems to have learned something from that first game interception and not repeated. He completed 10-of-14 passes for 145 yards with two touchdowns. He ran the ball 13 times for 114 carries and two touchdowns of 58 and three yards.
Lindsey is completing his passes at a .683 rate. He averages 7.58 yards per run and has nine combined running and passing touchdowns.
His 52-yard completion this week was his longest and his 58-yard scoring scamper was his longest run from scrimmage.
Next up: G.W. Long 0-3 (0-2) at home
Calvin Johnson (6-3, 190 pounds)
Senior Wide Receiver and Linebacker
2A Wadley 3-0 (2-0)
Wadley opened their season against a tough 2A Horseshoe Bend team and won 20-18, but once they got back into region play, it’s been nothing but good news. The seventh-ranked Bulldogs took contests from Verbena 44-6 and Fayetteville 47-0.
Johnson had a big week against Fayetteville and makes our list with a five-reception 183-yard performance. The senior caught three touchdown passes of 56, 36 and 58 yards.
This week could be a test for the Bulldogs as they travel to take on the undefeated Talladega County Central 3-0 (2-0).
Brandon Sanderfer (5-9, 160 pounds)
Sophomore Running Back
Sanderfer had 23 carries for 253 yards against Phil Campbell. He scored three touchdowns including the game winner with 26 seconds remaining with the final score 35-28.
Next: Clements ran their record to 2-1 (1-1) and will host a bit region 8 game with Tanner (3-0) (2-0) this week.
D’wan Lewis (6-0, 180-pounds)
Junior Running Back/Defensive End/Outside Linebacker
Gerald Matthews (6-2, 215 pounds)
2A Keith 3-0 (2-0)
Keith took on Goshen last week in a region match up and came away with their third win
41-8. Lewis and Matthews had a big part in the victory for Coach Harry Crum.
Lewis carried the ball nine times for 145 yards and touchdown runs of 15 and 12 yards. Defensively the junior had 10 tackles, with three for a loss and two quarterback sacks.
Matthews carried the ball three times for 90 yards and two of the runs were for touchdowns of 60 and 12 yards.
Next up: Keith will host Zion Chapel 0-3 (0-2) this week.
Jonathan Craig (5-8, 175 pounds
2A Fultondale 2-1 (1-1)
Craig rushed for 1,243 yards during his freshman season and he isn’t letting any moss grow under this feet this season. Craig had 22 carries for 219 yards against Hale County in a region match up. Defensively, the talented sophomore had eight solo tackles with two assists.
Next up: The Wildcats will travel to Thorsby 0-3 (0-2) this week.
Maurice Tate (5-11, 220 pounds)
Senior Running Back/Linebacker
1A Linden 3-0 (2-0)
The fifth-ranked Patriots’ team captain led the way in Linden’s 69-6 defeat of the previously undefeated A.L. Johnson in a region matchup. Tate rushed for 199 yards on 20 carries with four touchdown runs of 10, 50, 10, and 9 yards. The senior scored 13 tackles on defense at the middle linebacker position.
Tate did not play in the fourth quarter. Shantrell Braxton (6-1, 210 pounds), Linden’s other running back had 130 yards rushing on ten carries with one touchdown run.
Next up: Another undefeated for Linden as they travel to Holy Spirit 3-0 (3-0).
Brandon Thomas (5-8, 155 pounds)
Sophomore Running back/Linebacker
Clay Phillips (6-1, 180 pounds)
Junior Wide Receiver/Free Safety
2A Horseshoe Bend 1-2 (1-1)
Horseshoe Bend got in the win column with a victory over Ranburne this week 35-26. Thomas rushed for 163 yards on 10 carries with two touchdowns. He added two receptions for 26 yards. Defensively, the sophomore had seven tackles with two pass breakups.
Phillips added 11 tackles from his safety position and had five catches for 53 yards.
Next up: The Generals welcome undefeated Lanett 3-0 (2-0).
Tim Simon (6-2, 200 pounds)
Senior Running Back
3A Cordova 3-0 (2-0)
Simon and his reigning champion Blue Devils faced a talented and gutsy seventh-ranked 1-1 Gordo team last week in a region contest. Simon rushed for 204 yards on 22 carries for two touchdowns. This season the 2007 ASWA First Team All-State selection has 561 yards on 41 carries in the first three games with five touchdowns for top-ranked Cordova.
Next up: Cordova hosts Northside 0-3 (0-2).
Josh Johnson (5-11, 205 pounds)
Junior Running Back/Fullback
2A Winston County 3-0 (2-0)
Winston County is undefeated after three games, the first time since 1996. The Yellow Jackets’ junior back, Johnson, rushed for 205 yards on 20 carries including a 55-yard touchdown run against rival Addison in a region contest. This was their first win over the Bulldogs since 2000.
Next up: The stingy defense of Falkville 2-1 (1-1) who gives up an average of 4.5 points per game is the next test. Winston County will play at home.
Chase Hall (6-1, 180 pounds)
Anthony Gulley (5-11 180 pounds)
1A Brantley 3-0 (2-0)
Hall, Gulley and their fellow Bulldogs gave Brantley head coach David Lowery his 100th victory during his tenure as the Bulldogs head coach. Lowery has an overall 112-30 career tally. Congratulations to Coach Lowery.
The second-ranked Brantley quarterback, Chase Hall, turned in a near perfect performance completing six of eight passes for 227 yards and four touchdowns of 54 and 55 yards to Anthony Gulley, 17 yards to Stephen Walker and 52 yards to Devontray Porter.
Anthony Gulley had another stellar night in his illustrious Bulldog career. He caught the two touchdown passes from Gulley and added a 47-yard touchdown run. The senior scored all three times he touched the ball against Florala in a 46-10 region win. Gulley also had nine solo tackles and one sack on defense.
Next up: Brantley travels to Ariton 2-1 (1-1) to try and repeat their 42-0 win from last season.
Lee Morton (6-0, 150 pounds)
3A J.B. Pennington 2-1 (2-0)
The Tigers ran their region win total to 2-0 after a 40-23 win over Winfield last week. This is the first year for Pennington in 3A after competing in the 2A classification. Sophomore quarterback Lee Morton started as a freshman in eight of their games last season, which took them to the third round of the state playoffs before falling to Fyffe.
This week, against Winfield, Morton completed nine of 12 passing attempts for 257 yards and three touchdowns. He ran for another two scores.
Clint Moseley (6’4-200 pounds)
2A Leroy 3-0 (2-0)
We couldn’t go a week without Moseley, the senior already has two state championships and he sure looks like he’s headed for the hat trick with his top-rated team. The senior completed 10 of 13 passes for 275 yards and three touchdowns of 66, 67 and five yards. He added one rushing touchdown of four yards in the win over Washington County. Moseley holds offers to South Alabama, Arkansas State and UAB and is one of the favorites for Mr. Football this, his last season as a Leroy Bear.
Next up: Flomaton 2-1 (1-1) will travel to Palmer Stadium this week.
Stars of Alabama Honorable Mention:
Kyle Crane (5-9, 160 pounds), Junior Quarterback, 1A Cedar Bluff – completed 13 of 29 passing attempts for 229 yards and two touchdowns, 38 yards rushing on six carries and three touchdowns against Skyline.
Shakoor “Buck” Thompson (5-8, 165 pounds), Senior Running Back, 1A McIntosh – Carried the ball seven times for 118 yards. Defensively the senior had eight tackles and three pass break-ups against J.F. Shields
Ladarrison Lewis (6-2, 185 pounds), Junior Linebacker/Defensive End, 1A McIntosh – 15 tackles and four sacks, a pass break-up, caused a fumble and inflicted a total of 25 lost yards for J.F. Shields.
Tommy Haley-Ricks (6-1 225 pounds), Senior Running Back, 1A Hubbertville – 19 carries for 208 yards, four touchdowns; one fumble recovery and one sack against Marion County.
Jake Riley, Sophomore Running Back/Defensive Tackle, 1A Hubbertville – Six carries for 72 yards and a touchdown; 15 tackles on defensive against Marion County.
Colby Easterbrook (5-11, 170 pounds), Senior Quarterback, 1A Fruitdale – completed 14 of 20 passing attempts for 205 yards and three touchdowns against J.U. Blacksher.
Jamar Hopson (5-11, 205 pounds), Senior Fullback, 1A Billingsley – rushed 11 times for 143 yards and three touchdowns in the win over John Essex.
Justin Brock (5-9, 190 pounds), Senior Running Back, 1A South Lamar – carried the ball eight times for 137 yards with four touchdowns. He also caught a toughdown pass in win over Brilliant.
Nathan Funk (5-10, 215 pounds), Senior running Back/Linebacker, 1A South Lamar - seven carries for 128 yards and a touchdown, seven tackles, 28-yard field goal, 35 yard punting average in win over Brilliant.
Matt Sandlin (6-4, 205 pounds), Junior Quartrback, 2A American Christian – completed 13 of 17 pass attempts for 188 yards and two touchdowns. He also added another two touchdowns rushing in a win over Shades Mountain Christian.
Cedric Vines, Sophomore Defensive Line, 3A Leeds – three sacks against Walter Wellborn in a defensive performance that only allowed 26 yards on 27 attempts and only three first downs.
Brian Park, (5-11, 185 pounds) Senior Quarterback, 2A Westminster Christian – completed 36 of 57 pass attempts for 304 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions in a losing effort to Cherokee. Dominique Croom had 168 yards in receptions with three touchdowns of 44, 84 and 4 yards. He also threw a touchdown pass for 37 yards.
Jermaine “Juicy” Williams (5-8, 175), Senior Running Back, 3A Slocomb – Rushed for over 1,700 yards on his way to Honorable Mention by the ASWA at running back last season had 13 carries for 228 yards and six touchdowns of 5, 24, 64, 7, 3, and 9 yards against Wicksburg.
Demont Buice (6-3, 210 pounds), Sophomore Running Back, 1A Gaston - 139 all purpose yards including eight rushes for 79 yards and five touchdowns against Collinsville.
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