Stars of Alabama 6A
McGill Toolen's Preston Messer
McGill Toolen's Preston Messer

Posted Oct 28, 2009


Class 6A is well represented with top performers who made a difference in last week's contests. The 'Stars of Alabama' for 6A:

Terrance Battles
5-8, 169 pounds
Senior Running Back
Mary Montgomery High School

Battles had 14 carries for 93 yards, and two touchdowns in a 24-21 win over Baker. His performance helped his team break a 17-game losing streak. The Vikings travel to Fairhope this week.

Quinterris Toppings
6-0, 175 pounds
Freshman Quarterback
Blount High School

Toppings completed six-of-seven passes, a two-point conversion, ran for a touchdown, and threw for two touchdowns including the game winner. Blount defeated Williamson 28-21. The win sends the Leopards to the playoffs for the second straight season. Blount hosts 5A Vigor this week.

Antavio Smith
5-10, 170 pounds
Senior Running Back
Gadsden City High School

Smith rushed for 194 yards and scored twice in the 28-19 win over Clay-Chalkville. He had seven carries in a 12 play 83-yard drive that put Gadsden up 6-0. He ran for 58 yards for the second score and a 13-0 lead.

With this win, Gadsden City clinched the 6A Region 7 championship. Gadsden City hosts 5A Fort Payne this week.

Preston Messer
6-1, 186 pounds
Junior Quarterback
McGill-Toolen High School

Messer completed 10-of-17 passes for 162 yards in McGill’s win over Baldwin County 35-20. Four of his completed passes were for touchdowns. His defense played a role by forcing four turnovers making a big impact on the Jackets' field position.

This win was McGill's 7th consecutive victory of the season. McGill travels to big rival Murphy this week.

Jamal Golden
Junior Quarterback
6-0, 180 pounds
Wetumpka High School

Golden scored four touchdowns in a win over Jeff Davis 36-20. Golden had 115 yards passing and rushed for 145 yards on 22 carries. His four yard TD pass sealed the win with less than four minutes of play remaining. He had another late score to cap off the victory. Golden played a huge role in the hard fought game. Wetumpka hosts Central-Phenix City this week.

Todd Neal
6-2, 195 pounds
Senior Running Back/Defensive Back
Theodore High School

After being upset last year by rival Alma-Bryant for homecoming, Theodore was out for redemption this year. Neal led Theodore with 179 yards rushing and scored two touchdowns. Theodore travels to Baldwin County this week.

Noah Wilson
5-10, 210 pounds
Senior Running Back
Hewitt-Trussville High School

Wilson has been playing this season with a leg injury, but was healthy again for the win over Huffman 13-0. Wilson ran 27 times for 224 yards and scored a touchdown. Wilson broke runs of 21 and 46 yards to set up the Huskies first half scoring. Hewitt-Trussville hosts Benjamin Russell this week.

Shaquille Hunter
5-10, 175 pounds
Senior Wide Receiver/Defensive Back
Jess Lanier High School

Jess Lanier’s defense played the decisive role in the 17-14 win over Paul Bryant. Hunter was a key factor with his three interceptions. Jess Lanier hosts Stanhope Elmore this week.

Chris Pettway
5-7, 210 pounds
Junior Running Back
Shermaine Washington
5-11, 200 pounds
Sophomore Linebacker/Running Back
Terrance Smith
6-1, 185 pounds
Junior Defensive End
Robert E. Lee High School

Lee’s 21-0 win over Sidney Lanier guaranteed them a postseason spot for the first time since 2005, only the second since 2003. Lee assistant coach Ronald Adams was deployed to Iraq and has not gotten to see the team play this season, but he is expected to return home during the first week of the playoffs.

Pettway rushed for 122 yards on 16 carries. Washington had an interception and Smith forced a fumble and made the recovery. Lee travels to Dothan this week.

K.J. Maye
5-10, 175 pounds
Sophomore Quarterback
Murphy High School

Murphy secured their playoff spot with an overtime win against Davidson 28-25. Maye is growing up and stepping up with four touchdown passes in their victory. The first two gave them the lead, the third tied the game, and the 4th was a 14-yard touchdown pass in overtime. He was 18-of-35 in passing for 243 yards. He completed his final six throws in the game, and he also rushed for 64 yards on 18 carries. Murphy hosts McGill-Toolen at home this week.


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