Stars of the South

FoxSports/ takes a look at the top performances throughout the South for the weekend of September 10th.

Stars of the South


Kendarius Fritts
Running Back, 5-11, 185 lbs.

Fritts (senior) played only one half Friday night and scored seven times (6, 18, 15, 62, 34, 42, and 36) rushing for 265 yards on 11 carries. This made his scoring rate per touch a staggering 64-percent. He already has a scholarship offer to Vanderbilt University. Linden defeated A.L. Johnson 82-0, and face a huge region opponent this week in Sweet Water.

D.D. Dawsey
Running Back/Linebacker/Kicker
6-1, 185 lbs.

Dawsey (senior) rushed for 176 yards on six carries scoring touchdowns on 55 and 82 yard runs in his team's 46-3 win over Providence Christian. He caught three passes for 103 yards including a 62-yard short pass he ran for a touchdown. The senior made five of his seven extra point tries and recorded 10 tackles, recovered a fumble and returned an interception 45 yards for a touchdown from his linebacker position.

Anthony Gardner
Running Back, 5-8, 185 lbs.
Pleasant Grove

Gardner (senior) rushed for 198 yards scoring on runs of 77, 1, and 26 yards. He caught two passes for 40 yards and returned a kick 96 yards for a score in his team's important region win over Hueytown 28-19. The senior had 347 all-purpose yards. Gardner already has scholarship offers from Samford and UAB, but the list should increase if he keeps putting on displays like he did Friday night.

DaMarcus James
Running Back, 5-9 215 lbs.

The Washington State commitment is playing "lights out" for the reigning 5A champions. James rushed for 320 yards in the team's 53-8 win over Central Tuscaloosa. The senior scored three touchdowns on 25 carries on runs of 17, 30 and 4 yards. The short run came two plays after he covered 84-yards to get inside the 10-yard line. James also holds scholarship offers to in-state schools Troy, UAB and South Alabama.

Erique Florence
Quarterback, 6-2, 185 lbs.

The highly recruited defensive player completed 13-of-15 pass attempts for 142 yards and two touchdowns. Florence (senior) rushed for another 56 yards on six carries while playing only the first half in a 48-0 win over Carroll-Ozark. Valley will face a tough region opponent this week in Charles Henderson.

Mason Drummond
Linebacker, 5-10, 160 lbs.
Jacquese Kirk
Defensive Back, 6-1, 160 lbs.

Drummond (senior) made 18 tackles in his team's important region win over Cullman, 24-14 while Kirk (senior) picked off two passes in the victory. Kirk is a commitment to Louisville and holds offers to several schools.

Chris Nelson
Quarterback, 6-2, 210 lbs.

Nelson (senior) has a powerful arm, a cool presence and a lot of experience as a starter for Theodore. The senior completed 18-of-25 passes for 307 yards and scored four touchdowns. Nelson helped his team (3-0) to a 42-14 win over Alma Bryant.

Ryan Carter
Quarterback, 6-2, 190 lbs.

Carter (senior) didn't get a full night in the 60-0 win over Oak Mountain, but he wins with talent and leadership. The senior completed 10-of-13 passing attempts for 187 yards and two touchdowns.

Jaylon Denson
Wide Receiver, 6-3, 195 lbs.

Denson (senior) caught six passes for 135 yards and two touchdowns of 14 and 42 yards from quarterback Ryan Carter. Denson is a commitment to Auburn University.

Vinnie Sunseri
Linebacker, 6-0, 205 lbs.

The senior made 15 tackles and had a late interception to lead his team to an upset of Minor High School 35-24. Sunseri ia na Alabama commitment.


Brey Cook
Offensive Lineman, 6-7, 310 lbs.
Springdale Har-Ber

Arkansas commitment Brey Cook and his teammates played with a heavy heart after the passing of classmate and girls basketball standout Micayla Patterson, who was tragically killed in a car accident in Tulsa the previous Friday. With Cook and a huge offensive line leading the way, the defending Class 7A state Wildcats dedicated the game to Patterson and responded by blasting defending Class 6A state champion El Dorado 42-13.

Luke Hanson
Cornerback, 5-10, 165 lbs.
Springdale Har-Ber

The junior had perhaps the biggest play in Har-Ber's win over El Dorado when he picked off a pass and raced 54 yards to set up a score right before halftime. The momentum-changing play sparked the Wildcats in a game that was tight until that point, but ended up as a rout.

Brandon Allen
Quarterback, 6-3, 215 lbs.

The future Razorback signal caller has only played until halftime in both of his games so far this season, but made the most of his time on the field. Allen was 15-of-19 for 275 yards and three touchdowns in a 42-6 rout at Russellville.

Tanner Knight
Quarterback, 6-2, 160 lbs.
Fort Smith Northside

The senior passed for 335 yards and four touchdowns, ran for another 128 yards and a score as the Grizzlies bounced back from a season-opening loss to post a road upset over Bryant 36-21. That came a week after Bryant had blasted Benton 45-9 and Pine Bluff had rolled up over 500 rushing yards against Northside in a 51-35 win.

Spencer Smith
Fullback, 5-10, 205 lbs.

Smith grabbed ahold of the senior leadership reigns and rushed 37 times for 178 yards and all five of his team's touchdowns in a 35-34 win over Pulaski Academy. He scored on runs of 9, 1,2,9 and 5 yards out of the Panthers' Dead-T offense, which is quite a different from the Bruins' wide open spread.

Tyler Langley
Quarterback, 6-1, 170 lbs.

The junior QB tossed six touchdowns while completing 12-of-15 passes for 349 yards in the Wampus Cats' 56-14 pasting of the Hurricane. His favorite target was Tristan Eddings, who caught five passes for 154 yards and two touchdowns.

Spencer Jones
Wide Receiver/Defensive Back, 6-3, 175 lbs.

Jones picked off two passes, returning one 99 yards for a touchdown that put the game away and had a 93-yard touchdown honors to grab top billing as the Elks downed Lavaca 34-13. Jones also added 138 yards on three receptions.

Jawahn Hunt
Running Back, 5-11, 170 lbs.
Pine Bluff

The Zebras breezed in their opener, but needed Hunt's (senior) 11-yard touchdown run with just 7.8 seconds left to rally past crosstown rival Watson Chapel and move to 2-0 on the season.

Beau Digby
Linebacker, 6-3, 220 lbs.
Pulaski Robinson

The senior returned an interception for a touchdown and also recovered two fumbles all in the first half as the Senators rolled to a 41-7 win over Little Rock Fair.

Nathaniel Cook
Running Back, 5-10, 180 lbs.
Sylvan Hills

Any match-up featuring Little Rock Christian and centering on a tailback the last few years has had the spotlight squarely on Auburn freshman Michael Dyer. But last Friday Sylvan Hills senior standout Cook was the guy who got the headlines with 18 carries for 157 yards and two touchdowns, including a 78-yard dash with 5:47 left in contest that proved to be the game-winner in his team's 24-15 victory.

Rico Spears
Running Back, 5-10, 190 lbs.

Rico was suave in the clutch Friday night as the senior bolted 58 yards on a fourth and six play from his team's own 32 late in the game as a risky call turned out to seal what turned into a 34-25 win over rival Helena-West Helena.

Eathen Ramsey
Running Back-Linebacker, 6-0, 215 lbs.

Ramsey ran for a score and picked off two passes as the senior played a big part in Gentry' 27-13 over Charleston, who came into the game as the top-ranked Class 3A team in the state.


James Wilder
Outside Linebacker, 6-2.5, 180 lbs.

Wilder (senior) had 196 yards rushing and three touchdowns in the 20-13 win against Hillsboro. Florida State commitment.

HaSean Clinton-Dix
Safety, 6-2, 190 lbs.
Orlando-Dr. Phillips

Clinton-Dix (senior) had 193 all-purpose yards in a big win against Osceola 49-7. Alabama commitment.

Jeff Driskel
Quarterback, 6-4, 225 lbs.

Driskel (senior) was 13-of-17 with two touchdowns. He rushed for another 92 yards on eight carries in the 41-12 victory against Lyman. Hagerty scored 41 unanswered points.

Taylor Richards
Safety, 6-0, 160 lbs.
Lake Mary

Richards (senior) returned two of his four interceptions into touchdowns in the 52-0 win against Lake Howell. He amassed 200 yards in retuning the picks. Purdue commitment.

Ray Lewis lll
Sophomore, Athlete
Lake Mary Prep

Son of NFL'er Ray Lewis has been the talk of the week after his performance racking up 504 all-purpose yards defeating Windermere Prep 34-7. Lewis was 6-of-6 and 66 yards passing, tacked on another 104 yards rushing and 27 yards receiving. He came up big on special teams with two touchdowns on punt returns for 206 yards and more than 100 yards on kick-off returns.

Camren Hudge
Quarterback, 5-9

Hudge (junior) was 21-of-31 for 301 yards and two scores in the 42-41 overtime loss to Desoto, Texas.

Orville Reynolds
Running Back, 5-7, 170 lbs.
Parkland-Stoneman Douglas

Reynolds (senior) collected three touchdowns on his 18 carries for 238 yards rushing in the win against Coral Glades 20-13. Wake Forest commitment.

Nigel Atkinson
Lake City-Columbia

Atkinson (junior) was 22-of-30 for 347 yards and two touchdowns with two interceptions in the 30-19 win against South Lafourche in Louisiana. He added two touchdowns rushing on eight carries for 62 yards.

Mike Blakely
Running Back, 5-9, 192 lbs.

Blakely (senior) comes up big with 201 yards rushing with four touchdowns in the 56-36 win against Palmetto.

Jadrian Clark
Quarterback, 6-2, 210 lbs.
Lakeland-George Jenkins

Clark (junior) took early advantage before a rain delay producing 264 passing yards and three touchdowns in the first half. Play was resumed Saturday morning when he tacked on another 54 yards and a touchdown.

Dominic Everett
Running Back/Linebacker
Cedric Washington
Running Back
Alex Mobley
Wide Receiver

Everett (junior) had three touchdowns in the first quarter of play on eight carries with 91 yards. He ended the night with a total of 193 yards on 21 totes. Washington (senior) had 11 touches for 136 yards, and Mobley (junior) with 10 touches for 117 yards in the win against Port Charlotte 54-34.


Marquez Lemon
Running Back, 5-9, 190 lbs.
Macon-Stratford Academy

Lemon (senior) rushed for 235 yards and five touchdowns defeating Gatewood 53-28. Four of the touchdowns came in the first half of play.

Ryan Godhigh
Running Back/Returner, 5-9, 175 lbs.

Godhigh (senior) rushed for 170 yards on 20 carries scoring three touchdowns. Ryan is the younger brother of Georgia Tech sophomore Robbie Godhigh.

Miles Jones
Running Back, 5-8, 180 lbs.

Jones (junior) rushed for 225 yards and five touchdowns in the 55-14 win over Southeast Whitfield. His runs touchdowns included runs of 56, 8, 59, 33, 2, and 56 yards.

Stanley Williams
Running Back

Williams (freshman) rushed for 262 yards and two touchdowns in the team's 52-35 loss to Flowery Branch.

Trey Dorsey
Quarterback, 5-8, 185 lbs.
Homerville-Clinch County

Dorsey (senior) rushed for 218 yards on 24 carries scoring three touchdowns on runs of 13, 3, and 72 yards in the 33-14 win over Wilcox County. Dorsey rushed for more than 1,100 last year and since being moved to quarterback this season has rushed for almost 600 yards in three games.

Kenno Loyal
Running Back

Loyal (junior) rushed for 320 yards on 20 carries scoring four touchdowns in the 34-19 win over Langston Hughes.

Zach Folsom

Folsom (junior) completed 20-of-26 pass attempts for 319 yards and three touchdowns in their 28-14 victory over Worth County.

Nick Schuessler
Quarterback, 6-3, 175 lbs.
Garrett Horne
Wide Receiver, 5-8, 160 lbs.

Schuessler (junior) was a perfect seven for seven. He accumulated 231 yards and three touchdowns. Horne (senior) caught four passes for 166 yards with two scores.

Fabian Forrest
Running Back, 5-9, 160 lbs.

Forrest (senior) rushed for 257 yards and scored twice in his team's 20-14 win over Brookstone. This pushes Forrest with more than 750 yards for three games and his average in excess of 10-yards per carry.

Isaiah Crowell
Running Back, 6-0, 210 lbs.

Crowell (senior) rushed for 207 yards scoring on a 60-yard touchdown on his first touch. Carver defeated Hardaway 44-0.

Landon Curtis
Quarterback, 6-1, 220 lbs.

Curtis (senior) completed 15-of-18 passing attempts for 211 yards tossing touchdown passes of 18 and 27 yards in the 45-0 win over Pepperell.

Devarus Porter
Running Back, 5-6, 140 lbs.

Porter (senior) rushed for 171 yards, caught 94 yards passing, and 78 more in returns giving the senior 343 all-purpose yards in a 28-20 loss to Cartersville.

Demarco Robinson
Wide Receiver, 5-10, 155 lbs.
Lihonia-M.L. King

Robinson (junior) caught 10 passes for 162 yards and scored three times in his team's 43-36 win over Collins Hill.

Zach Laskey
Athlete, 6-2, 205 lbs.
Fayetteville-Starr's Mill

Laskey (senior) rushed for 218 yards and added another 121 yards through returns. He scored three touchdowns in his team's 27-0 win against Alcovy.

Xaviir Briggs
Quarterback, 6-1, 200 lbs.

Briggs (senior) completed 9-of-11 pass attempts for 242 yards and scored two touchdowns in his team's 47-23 win over Central Gwinnett. He added 200 yards rushing on 20 carries.

Dillon Lee
Linebacker, 6-3, 220 lbs.
Eric Barr
Defensive Back/Running Back, 5-6, 165 lbs.
Rick LeGrant
Fullback/Defensive End, 5-11, 200 lbs.

Lee (junior) made eight tackles, recorded a sack and made two interceptions in his team's win over Westminster 32-10. Lee has a scholarship offer from Clemson. Barr (junior) made four tackles, returned an interception 70 yards for a touchdown and took a blocked field goal attempt back 95 yards for a score in the win. LeGrant (junior) added three tackles, two for a loss of yards, two quarterback hurries, two pass breakups and one blocked kick.

Demetrius Alston
Defensive End/Linebacker, 6-3, 230 lbs.
Silverberry Mouhon
Defensive End, 6-3, 225 lbs.

Alston (senior) had 10 tackles, one for a loss in the team's 20-14 win over Roswell. Mouhon (senior) made five tackles, two for loss and one sack in the win. Both big men have several scholarship offers.


Patrick Towles
Quarterback, 6-5, 232 lbs.
Fort Thomas-Highlands

Highlands defeated Withrow High (Oh.) in a grind it out game 34-27. Towles (junior) struggled early in the passing game, going 0-7, but rushed the ball for 172 yards in the win and four touchdowns.

Derek Bishop
Running Back, 5-9, 185 lbs.

Trinity held off a furious rally from Elder High (Ohio), by scoring within the last seconds of the game. Running back Derrick Bishop (senior) was successful for the Shamrocks rushing 18 times for 109 yards and caught two passes for 23 yards.

Marcoreyon Tandy
Wide Receiver, 6-0, 185 lbs.
Hopkinsville-Christian County

Christian County traveled from Hopkinsville to Louisville to take on Pleasure Ridge Park High school. The Colonels pulled off the victory in a 39-32 shootout. Tandy (senior) caught six passes for 183 yards and three touchdowns and also picked off a PRP pass in the victory.

Travis Elliott
Running Back, 5-11, 207 lbs.

Ryle defeated northern Kentucky rival Newport Central Catholic 27-7 on Friday night. The Raiders dominated the game in most facets and junior running back Travis Elliott rushed for 153 yards and 29 carries. He also scored three touchdowns.

DeMichael Jackson
Running Back, 5-11, 180 lbs.

Jeffersontown is off to a 3-0 start this year and the Chargers are benefiting from junior running back DeMichael Jackson's great start to the year. Jackson rushed for 144 yards and three touchdowns in Jtown's 48-0 win over Iroquois High.

Zeke Pike
Quarterback, 6-4, 225 lbs.
Ft. Mitchell-Dixie Heights

Dixie Heights dropped Conner High School Friday night, 41-26 behind a strong performance from junior quarterback Zeke Pike. Pike was 12-17 for 145 yards and two touchdowns. Pike also ran for three touchdowns and 147 yards.

Kyle Todd
Quarterback, 6-3, 220 lbs.

Elizabethtown has struggled to start off this season, but Kyle Todd (junior) showed life Friday night against Collins High even in 51-20 loss. Todd went 32 of 45 for 351 yards and three touchdowns in defeat.

Mitchell Henry
Tight End, 6-5, 240 lbs.

Mitchell Henry is the top rated pure tight end in the state of Kentucky and it shows weekly. Henry (senior) caught seven passes for 119 yards and three touchdowns in the Panthers defeat against Collins High.

Jerry Williams
Quarterback, 5-11, 190 lbs.
Lexington-Henry Clay

One of Kentucky's best all-around athletes, Jerry Williams led his team to a 31-20 victory over Scott County Friday night. Williams (senior) threw for 245 yards on 16-24 passing and three touchdowns. Williams also ran for 154 yards on 17 carries.

Jerrell Moore
Running Back, 5-10, 175 lbs.
Fern Creek

Jerrell Moore, a Louisville commitment, is one of the more explosive athletes in Kentucky. He showed up in a major way in the Fern Creek's 46-21 win over Meade County. Moore (senior) rushed for 215 yards on 15 carries and had three touchdowns. He threw for one pass for 40 yards and a touchdown.

Branden Cresap
Quarterback, 6-1, 180 lbs.
Martha Layne Collins High

Branden Cresap continues to show why he's one of Kentucky's top quarterbacks in the 2011 class. In the 51-20 victory over Elizabethtown, Cresap completed 14-of-22 passes for one touchdown and 207 yards.

Anthony Hickey
Quarterback, 5-10, 170 lbs.
Hopkinsville-Christian County

Anthony Hickey (senior) led Christian County to a big road victory Friday night at Pleasure Ridge Park. Hickey completed 65 percent of his passes (13 for 20) and five touchdowns in the 39-32 win.

DeVante Parker
Wide Receiver, 6-3, 190 lbs.

Only a few weeks into the season is a little early to talk about Mr. Football candidates, but one of Kentucky's leading contenders is (senior) receiver DeVante Parker. Parker caught only three passes, but they counted for 103 yards and two touchdowns in the Bruins 49-6 win over Madison Central.


Leonard Fournette
Running Back
St. Augustine (New Orleans)

Leonard Fournette (freshman) torched the McDonogh 35 defense for 241 yards rushing and two touchdowns as St. Augustine rolled to a 52-30 victory at Tad Gormley Stadium. In week one, Fournette – in his first high school game – rushed for 238 yards and two scores.

Jermaine Sams
Wide Receiver
St. Paul's (Covington)

The SMU commitment (senior) led St. Paul's to a 19-15 win over Central (Baton Rouge) with four catches for 128 yards and a touchdown. He also had a 50-yard touchdown catch that was called back due to a lineman down field illegally. Sams added 40 yards via a return on special teams.

Zach Bourque
Running Back
North Vermillion (Maurice)

Though North Vermillion fell to Ville Platte, 37-35, it was a banner night for senior running back Zach Bourque. Running primarily out of power sets, Bourque rushed for 220 yards and two touchdowns on 26 carries. He added 50 yards and a touchdown through the air. At 6-foot, 180-pounds, Bourque is a college strong safety prospect, and he has received interest from the likes of ULM, McNeese State and Southeastern Louisiana.

Effrem Reed
Running Back

For the second week in a row Effrem Reed (senior) has torn apart the competition, this time going for 201 yards and three touchdowns and 16 carries in his team's 42-35 win over West Jefferson. Reed now has six touchdowns and 367 yards in Dutchtown's opening two wins of the season. Still without a scholarship offer, Reed is hearing from SMU, Northern Illinois, Louisiana Tech and others.

Jarvis Landry
Wide Receiver

Four-star Jarvis Landry (senior) is one of the top prospects in the country, and he showed why in Friday night's 56-18 win over Scotlandville. Landry, an LSU commitment, pulled in six passes for 112 yards and three touchdowns. He also ran for a score in the third quarter.

D'haquille Williams
Wide Receiver
East St. John (Reserve)

D'haquille Williams (senior) is headed to Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College in January, which is likely why the East St. John receiver –arguably one of the best talents in Louisiana – isn't receiving the same national attention as the rest of the seniors in the state. No matter, each week Williams produces. On Friday, he torched Istrouma for 237 yards on six catches – five of which went for touchdowns in the Wildcats 55-6 victory at Joe Keller Stadium.


Michael Brinson
Flowood-University Christian

Brinson (senior) ran for three TDs in a win over Porter's Chapel. Southern Miss commitment.

Tobias Singleton
Wide Receiver
Madison Central

Singleton (senior) six catches for 164 yards and four TDs.

Demarkus Dennis
Running Back
Oxford-Lafayette County

Dennis (junior) rushed for 253 yards and two touchdowns on 24 carries as The Commodores get by Maikhail Miller and Itawamba 28-6.

Zachary Jackson
Safety/Running Back

The Mississippi State commitment ran for 227 yards and four touchdowns in a 39-0 win over Bay Springs. Jackson (senior) also recorded 12 tackles, forced three fumbles and had two sacks.

Shaquille Perry
Running Back

Perry (senior) scored four touchdowns in a blow out win over Middleton, Tenn.

Ben Stevens
Laurel-West Jones

In just one half of action, Stevens (senior) tossed four touchdown passes in a 34-0 win over South Jones.

Ashton Shumpert
Running Back

The franchise back (sophomore) ran for 184 yards and a score on 25 carries in a shutout win over Louisville.

North Carolina

Brian Taylor
Quarterback, 6-3, 200 lbs.
Jarrod Spears
Running Back
Angier-Harnett Central

Taylor (senior) was 18-of-20 and passed for four touchdowns adding another on the ground in the 35-7 win against Overhills. Spears (senior) had 18 rushes for 190 yards.

Clay Jones
Wide Receiver

Jones (senior) was key to the victory by blocking two punts in the fourth quarter to bring home the win 30-27 against Fayetteville Terry Sanford.

Vad Lee
Quarterback, 6-2, 210 lbs.

Lee (senior) was 14-of-23 for 231 yards and two touchdowns in a 48-0 win against E.E. Smith. Georgia Tech commitment.

Keith Marshall
Running Back, 5-11, 180 lbs.

The five-star 2012 prospect torched Northern Durham for 170 yards and four touchdowns in the 27-7 win.

Jahwan Edwards
Running Back, 6-0, 230 lbs.

Edwards (senior) carried the ball 14 times for 43 yards, and added 136 yards on five catches in the win against Richmond 21-7.

Justus Pickett
Running Back, 5-11, 180 lbs.
Charlotte-Ardrey Kell

Pickett (senior) had two touchdowns out of his 236 yards rushing defeating Wellington 32-17.

Brandon China
Running Back, 5-10, 190 lbs.

China (senior) added to his team's effort with four touchdowns in the win against E.E.Smith. He had 14 carries for 73 yards and one 14-yard reception for a touchdown.

Quan Bates
Shallotte-West Brinswick

Bates (senior) collected a handful of touchdowns on his 191 yards rushing in the win against Laney 42-39.

Mike Sheehan
Quarterback, 6-1, 190 lbs.
Tevin Clay
Wide Receiver, 6-2, 190 lbs.

Sheehan (junior) had a huge night, but just not enough in the loss to West Brunswick 42-39. Sheehan had 455 yards passing and five touchdowns. Clay (junior) had 207 yards receiving.

Marcus Hankins
Running Back/Defensive Back, 5-9, 170 lbs.
Southport-South Brunswick

Hankins (senior) had three touchdowns by land and one by air to win against North Myrtle beach 40-10.

T.J. Johnson
Quarterback, 6-3, 225 lbs.
Chapel Hill

The 2013 prospect was 9-of-19 for 176 yards in a 28-24 win against Norwood.

Garrett Leatham
Quarterback, 6-5, 210 lbs.
Apex-Middle Creek

Leatham had 292 passing yards in the 28-21 win against Holly Springs. His junior campaign was successful with more than 3,800 yards and 36 touchdowns going 252-of-405 with only 10 interceptions.

South Carolina

Deangelo Henderson
Running Back, 5-8, 190 lbs.

Henderson (senior) makes the list for the third time in as many weeks. This time the Summerville stud gave his all in a losing effort to Goose Creek 64-57 3OT. Henderson pounded out 286 yards and five touchdowns for the Green Wave. Through three games this year he has more than 800 yards from scrimmage and 11 touchdowns.

Bo Patterson
Wide Receiver/Quarterback 6-1 185 lbs.
Charleston-James Island Charter

Patterson (senior) on Friday guided his squad to a 3-0 start after defeating Colleton County 41-21. The talented athlete accounted for 290 yards from scrimmage (191 yards passing-3 TDs, 99 yards rushing-2 TDs). He also lines up as a defensive back and returns kicks for JIHS. Right now Patterson is garnering heavy interest from Ivy League schools and other academic powers. Big time athlete with the grades to boot. Schools like Vanderbilt, Duke, Wake Forest, and Stanford should take a closer look.

Shaq Roland
Wide Receiver/Safety, 6-1, 180 lbs.

Roland (junior) has been a man among boys this season. Already rated the No. 1 junior prospect in the state, Roland was at it again on Friday night. Roland powered his Lexington squad to a 56-28 win over Spring Valley. On just five carries he had 148 yards rushing and scored two touchdowns. Roland also caught four passes, three of which were touchdowns for 153 yards. For good measure he also threw a touchdown pass, ran for a 2-point conversion and passed for a 2-point conversion. For the night Roland accounted for seven touchdowns in the victory. With 20+ offers already Roland is one of the most heavily recruited players in the nation in the 2012 class.

Akia Booker
Wide Receiver 6-0 180 lbs.

Booker (sophomore) sat out the Rebels first two games of the season and returned in grand fashion on Friday night as Byrnes routed Forest View (NC) 52-6. Booker had eight catches for 122 yards and two touchdowns. After watching Booker on Friday night it appears he may be the next big time prospect to emerge from Byrnes as all the intangibles are there to become a high level prospect over the next two seasons.

Shakeem Wharton
Running Back 5-9, 195 lbs.

Wharton (junior) has had the unenviable task of following Marcus Lattimore, and to his credit he has done a great job so far. Friday night he put forth another solid performance going for 93 yards on just 11 carries scoring three touchdowns. Wharton is a different type of back than Lattimore, but has proven highly efficient so far during his junior season.

Zach Blair
Quarterback, 6-5, 198 lbs.

Blair (senior), like Wharton, took over for Chas Dodd and Friday night saw him have his best performance so far. The senior was 25-31 for 331 yards and three touchdowns on the night. Should he continue to gain confidence as the season rolls on Byrnes will continue as a team that many opponents will not want to see come playoff time.

Carson Smith
Linebacker, 6-2, 225 lbs.

Smith (senior) continues to put up huge numbers for the Mavericks. On Friday night he had 21 tackles (14 solo), four tackles for loss, caused a fumble, recovered another fumble, and broke up two passes. Smith has an offer from Presbyterian and is getting strong interest from a number of regional schools including some ACC programs. Like Deangelo Henderson he's a stud, and we have called him the state's most underrated player in 2011. Consider the fact he tied Marcus Lattimore last year in the state strength meet (220 lb weight class) and you understand where we're coming from after seeing what Lattimore was able to do as a true freshman against Georgia on Saturday.

Chase Hames

Hames (senior) rushed 33 times for 364 yards and seven touchdowns. He also threw a touchdown pass to his younger brother, Nick Hames, in a 64-36 victory over Latta on Friday night.

Quinn Backus
Linebacker, 5-10, 190 lbs.

Backus (senior) did all he could to help Greenwood try and upset No. 1 and defending state champions Dorman on Friday night, but the Eagles came up short 35-28. Backus contributed in a huge way making two interceptions and returning both for touchdowns for the Eagles defense.

DeAndre Cheeks
Running Back, 5-11, 188 lbs.

Cheeks (junior) ran 15 times for 169 yards and three touchdowns as the Warriors posted a 28-6 victory over Woodmont on Friday. The victory moves Riverside to 2-1 on the season, and Cheeks has been a force thus far on offense for coach Steve Eoute's team.

Robert Joseph
Wide Receiver, 5-8, 150 lbs.
Rock Hill-Northwestern

Joseph (senior) is working towards trying to break his own state record of 159 catches in a single season. Friday night he had 10 catches for 74 yards and two touchdowns in a 41-0 victory over York High School. Joseph also had one carry for 22 yards.


Brian Kimbrow
Running Back, 5-8, 160 lbs.

Kimbrow (junior) had 215 yards on 25 carries in the 22-6 win against Southwind.

Quinn Epperly
Quarterback, 6-2, 205 lbs.
Davis Howell
Wide Receiver/Safety, 6-1, 170 lbs.
Christian Academy Knoxville

Epperly (senior) was 27-of-31 passing for 298 yards, five touchdowns and only one interception in the win against Carter 48-20. Epperly has more than 1,000 yards passing for the season. Howell (sophomore) had eight receptions for 100 yards and two touchdowns.

Artaves Gibson
Running Back, 6-1, 210 lbs.
Nathan Cole
Wide Receiver, 6-2, 195 lbs.
Terrance Ayers
Quarterback, 6-1, 185 lbs.

Gibson (senior) rushed for 150 yards on 20 carries and two touchdowns in the 40-18 win against Fairley. Cole (junior) had eight receptions for 123 yards and two touchdowns. Ayers (junior) was 19-of-36 for 229 yards and three touchdowns. Mitchell's defense has given up 32 points and an average of 150 yards. They have created 13 turnovers (seven interceptions, six fumbles).

Matthew Hamby
Quarterback, 6-4, 205 lbs.
Brentwood Academy

Hamby (senior) helped troops in the victory over Olive Branch, Miss., 46-14. The signal caller managed the game adding 61 yards rushing, 61 yards passing and a total of three touchdowns. It was the BA defense who was the differnce in sacking the quarterback seven times, four in the first half.

Jared Allen
Quarterback, 6-0, 215 lbs.
Benton-Polk County

Allen (senior) rushed for 190 yards and five touchdowns and tossed another 69 yards with two touchdowns in the 48-27 win against Chattanooga Christian. He added an interception on defense.

Shatavius Lowe
Running Back, 5-11, 175 lbs.

Lowe (junior) had four rushing touchdowns and a kick-off return for a touchdown in the 50-19 win against Hamilton.

Buddy Mitchell
Cornerback, 5-9, 175 lbs.

Mitchell (senior) made a game-changing play with less than five ticks on the clock when he grabbed a 32-yard reception for a touchdown to get the win 28-21 against Brentwood.

Tanner Williams
Quarterback, 6-2, 190 lbs.
Clinton-Anderson County

Williams (senior) was 25-of-38 for 409 yards and seven touchdown passes in the win against Central 55-22. Williams has 1,100 yards passing in three games in 2010, and 5,000 career yards and 50 touchdowns.

Kelvin Wells, Jr.
Running Back
Cleveland-Walker Valley

Wells (sophomore) had had 148 yards and four touchdowns to help in the win against McMinn Central 35-7.

Key contributors to this report include Rebecca Johnston, Dudley Dawson, Shea Dixon, Brian Eldridge, Kerry Fair ll, and Steve Robertson.

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