Super Six Standouts – Game 3

Alabama's state title games – the Super Six Championships – began Thursday in Auburn at AU's Jordan-Hare Stadium. The third and final game of the day was the 5A championship between Spanish Fort and McAdory. Here are the players that impressed on the afternoon.

McAdory answered a 14-0 Spanish Fort run to begin the game with a much-needed touchdown before halftime. With momentum and the ball, the Jackets failed to score again. The Toros, on the other hand, could do no wrong in the third and fourth quarters en route to 31 unanswered points.

Here are the players that stood out during the one-sided affair.

Spanish Fort

2013 CB Jonathan Cook (6-foot, 185 lbs) – Cook didn't get many passes his way, as per usual, but he made the most of opportunities to get physical as a run supporter. The rangy athlete even got to blitz early in the game, coming up with a momentum-snatching sack. He also made plays with the ball in his hands as a punt returner before making the play of the night as a wide receiver – when he leaped over a defender for a 25-yard score in the corner of the end zone. The Nebraska commit is very athletic and can do many things, but he has the chance to be a special corner with his combination of size and physicality.

2013 WR Blain Crain (6-foot-2, 180 lbs) – Not flashy or particularly fast, but Crain gets the job done as a possession receiver. When the Toros need a big play in a big spot, he is often the target. It was more of the same on Thursday night, as Crain used his bog frame to box-out defenders over the middle en route to five catches for 48 yards.

2013 RB Samuel Tolbert (5-foot-7, 165 lbs) – Size has always been a negative for Tolbert, but he always works hard when given the ball. The yards came tough in the state title win, but eventually he got into the open field – where he is near impossible to track. Tolbert broke the game wide-open with a 29-yard gallop in the third quarter that resulted in six points. He finished the night with 100 yards on 12 carries.

2013 QB Joel Poe (6-foot, 200 lbs) – He started off very slow, missing on some throws that should have been intercepted, but he stayed with it and ended up tossing two dimes for six. The first was on a seam-route to get the Toros on the board, and the other was the product of accuracy despite scrambling for his life. Poe capped his career with 177 yards passing and four total touchdowns, including one on the ground.


2013 DL Taylor Reynolds (6-foot-3, 260 lbs) – While the McAdory defense was gashed in the second half, it was carried in the first half up front. Leading the charge was Reynolds, who came up with a tone-setting hit early on that resulted in a tackle for loss. Reynolds totaled seven tackles and a pass break-up.

2015 DB Robert Crooks (5-foot-8, 145 lbs) – Though still learning how to play the position, Crooks found himself in the right spot more times than not despite the tough loss. He dropped a gifted interception chance in the first quarter that Spanish Fort turned into six points on the very next play, but he made up for it with a leaping interception later on. Crooks ended up with a pair of pass deflections and two tackles.

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