ScoutSouth.com Stars of Alabama: 1A-3A
Matt Sandlin, American Christian Academy QB
Matt Sandlin, American Christian Academy QB

Posted Sep 25, 2008


The first three weeks of the 2008 season served up some eye-popping performances, and it did not change this week. With almost half the regular season in the books, ScoutSouth.com presents Week 4 Stars of Alabama 1A-3A.

Matt Bridgmon
6-0, 180 pounds
Senior Running Back/Safety
1A Lynn


Bridgmon had 452 all-purpose yards and five touchdowns in their 33-22 region win over South Lamar. The senior had 17 carries for 268 yards and three touchdowns, including 72 yards of the Bears’ first 90-yard drive. Bridgmon capped the down field march with a 13-yard touchdown run. He also had 44 and 54 yard touchdown runs.

Special teams were also a highlight reel for Bridgmon with a 92-yard kickoff return and a 72-yard punt return, both for touchdowns. Defensively, he added nine tackles to an amazing performance.

Lynn is undefeated in their first four games. The Bears have a difficult seven straight region games to start their season. Marion County (0-4) at home is next for the Bears.

Matt Sandlin
6-4, 205 pounds
Junior Quarterback


Brandon Gottfried
6-5, 210 pounds
Junior Wide Receiver
2A American Christian Academy


Sandlin completed 16-of-22 passing attempts for 322 yards and three touchdowns, no interceptions. He also ran the ball three times for 19 yards.

Gottfried was the recipient of four of those passes for 121 yards with an average 30.25 yards per catch. He also scored a touchdown.

Third-ranked American Christian is leaving no doubt about their dominance over their region 4 opponents. They are undefeated and unchallenged, defeating their opponents 143 to 27, thus far. They handed 11th-ranked Isabella their first loss of the year in dramatic 49-7 fashion.

The Patriots will give their opponents a rest this week while they ready for their next region game against Hale County (1-3) at home the following week.

Eric Vickers
5-9, 170 pounds
Senior Quarterback
3A Dadeville


Vickers completed 22-of-32 passing attempts for 306 yards and five touchdown passes. The quarterback’s favorite target was receiver Tre McKinney who caught 10 passes for 202 yards and four touchdowns. Vickers and McKinney led their team to a 46-15 victory over undefeated Trinity Presbyterian. The Tigers are 4-0 including three region wins.

Dadeville will travel this week to play 2A Randolph County (2-1).

Anthony Gulley
5-11, 180 pounds
Senior Athlete
1A Brantley


Gulley should be known as “Mr. Excitement." He never fails to thrill. He ran the ball seven times for 170 yards in a 51-14 win over Ariton. He scored on runs of 60 and 55 yards. Along with those fine numbers, he caught three passes for 71 yards including a 60-yard touchdown score.

The second-ranked Brantley Bulldogs are undefeated in their first four games including three region wins. They will travel this week to play 2A Highland Home (0-4).

Keenen “KeKe” Porter
5-6, 150 pounds
Senior Running Back
1A Hazlewood


Porter might be slight, but he was huge in last week’s win over undefeated Waterloo. He rushed for 212 yards on 13 carries and scored three touchdowns in a 62-0 affair. Third-ranked Hazlewood has four region wins in the first four weeks in a nine-team district.

The Golden Bears will travel to take on another region opponent this week, Phillips, Bear Creek (3-1). The opposing Bears racked up 202 points in their three victories. Hazlewood has put up three consecutive shut outs and only allowed 14 points in the first game of the season. Something will have to give.

Izauea Lanier
6-0, 180 pounds
Senior Running Back/Defensive Back
3A Gordo


Lanier rushed for 166 yards and touchdowns of 38, 8, 10, and 64 yards. He added 89 return yards, 10 total tackles on defense with an interception in the 51-27 defeat of West Blocton. Gordo has a 2-2 (2-1) record after losing to 6A Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa and the 3A top-ranked Cordova Blue Devils.

The coaches who vote each week in the ScoutSouth.com Coaches Poll continue to be impressed with Gordo ranking them at No. 12 last week with a 1-2 record.

It’s not going to get easier this week when they meet undefeated (4-0) 4A Fayette County, but they are the home team. This is a good outing this weekend for those not making the trip to Athens to see the Tide play in person.

Seth Baggett
5-10, 210 pounds
Junior Linebacker/Fullback
1A J.U. Blacksher


Baggett had 13 tackles against 10th-ranked McIntosh last week, two for a loss of yardage, two fumble recoveries and a pass breakup. This was a battle between two undefeated region opponents. J.U. Blacksher, ranked 11th, came away with the 13-6 win and upped their record to 4-0, all region victories.

J.U. Blacksher will host 1A non-region opponent, McKenzie who will roll in with an undefeated record of 4-0 out of region 2. The Bulldogs belong to the nine-member Region 2.

Adam McCarley
5-10, 155 pounds
Senior Quarterback/Free Safety


Kent Hallman
5-8, 170 pounds
Senior Running Back/Linebacker
1A Phillips, Bear Creek


The versatile McCarley had nine carries for 77 yards and two touchdowns. He completed 10-of-18 pass attempts for 285 yards and four touchdowns with one 2-point conversion. McCarley had three interceptions on defense, returning one for a 27-yard touchdown. He forced two pass break-ups and accounted for one tackle in their 66-8 win over region opponent Tharptown (0-4).

Hallman ran the ball eight times for 145 yards and a touchdown and added two 2-point conversions on the ground. He caught four passes for 139 yards and three touchdowns and converted on a reception for a third 2-point conversion. Hallman scored 30 points for the Bears.

Phillips (3-1) will host this week the undefeated Hazlewood Golden Bears.

Justin Heard
6-2, 190 pounds
Senior Running Back
2A Woodland


Heard had 316 yards rushing on 25 carries and four touchdowns against region foe Ohatchee.

Heard and his Bobcats got their first win of the season last week and will look to extend the streak when they meet a tough 1A Wadley squad who is 3-1, but coming off a disappointing loss to the fifth-ranked Talladega County Central (4-0).

Mathias Wallace
6-1, 210 pounds
Senior Middle Linebacker
1A Notasulga


Wallace had 22 tackles, 17 solo with five assists against Fayetteville, their first win of the season. The senior had one tackle for a loss and one caused fumble. He had 23 tackles against Verbena last week.

Notasulga will try to keep the winning effort going when they host this week 3A LaFayette (1-3).

Skylar Boswell
5-10, 180 pounds
Senior Running Back/Strong Safety

Thomas Washington
5-10, 195 pounds
Senior Running Back
1A Cedar Bluff


Boswell ran for 158 yards on 22 carries and scored a touchdown against their tough region opponent, Valley Head. Boswell had six tackles on defense with one tackle for a loss.

Washington had 12 carries for 151 yards and two touchdowns. He also caught two passes for 30 yards.

Cedar Bluff won this game 28-7 to take their record to 3-1 overall and 3-0 in the region. They will face this week 3A Weaver (2-2) on the road.

Scutt Morgan
5-9, 175 pounds
Senior Running Back/Defensive Back
2A Lanett


Morgan has been a gem of consistency for the Panthers this season. The senior had 102 yards rushing on 11 carries and three touchdowns against Horseshoe Bend. He added five tackles on defense.

This was supposedly a rebuilding year for fifth-ranked Lanett, but Coach Ronnie Sikes is surprising many with his undefeated record.

Lanett defeated the Generals 42-14. They will take to the road against 5A Valley (3-1) who just knocked off a third ranked 5A Charles Henderson (3-1). Lanett won this matchup 24-21 at the start of the 2007 season.

Honorable Mention:

Terrance “Tank” Hollingsworth, running back, 1A Berry, 243 rushing yards including game winning 61-yard score against undefeated 1A Hubbertville.

Justin Hemphill, running back, 2A Ider, 20 carries for 175 yards and two touchdowns against 2A Section.

Josh Hollingsworth, running back, 3A eighth-ranked Hamilton, had six carries for 120 yards including a 71-yard touchdown against 3A Winfield.

Jamorris Ricks, running back, 3A fifth-ranked Colbert County, 163 yards rushing with two touchdowns against rival 3A Colbert Heights.

Tre Cosby, running back, 2A Tanner ranked 12th, 31 carries for 184 yards and three touchdowns against 2A Clements.

Maurice Tate, running back, 1A fourth-ranked Linden, 13 carries for 130 yards and touchdowns of 67, 25, and 37 yards. He had 14 tackles on defense against 1A Holy Spirit.

D’Wan Lewis, running back, 2A Keith, nine carries for 215 yards and four touchdowns against 2A Zion Chapel.

Ricky Lewis, linebacker, 2A Keith, 18 tackles and one sack with one fumble recovery.

Tecumseh Garth, fullback and defensive back, 1A Hubbard, rushed for 233 yards on 13 carries and four touchdowns. Defensively, he had an interception and seven tackles against 1A Vina.

Nicholi Davenport, free safety, 1A Hubbard, two interceptions and six pass break-ups along with four tackles.

Jordan Benford, quarterback, 2A Phil Campbell, 15 carries for 74 yards and a touchdown. Completed 8-of-17 passes for 152 yards and a touchdown. He punted four times for a 36-yard average. Defensively, he had five tackles against 2A Lexington.

Devondrick Richardson, running back/linebacker, 2A Barbour County, rushed for 95 yards on 17 carries with three receptions for 13 yards and a touchdown. Richardson added six tackles on defense against 2A Houston County.

Steven Stewart, running back, 2A Sulligent, 132 yards rushing on 13 carries and a touchdown, two catches for 70 yards including 66-yard touchdown. He completed a pass for a 2-point conversion and had three tackles and a sack on defense against Lamar County.

Ahmad Walker, linebacker, 2A Sulligent, 10 tackles, one fumble recovery and one interception.

Attention High School Coaches: Submit your 'Stars of Alabama' to abone@scout.com.


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