Stars of the South

FoxSports/ takes a look at the top high school performances across 10 states for the weekend of October 8. Upsets and heartbreakers were a part of the action.

Stars of the South


Stevie Woods
Wide Receiver, 5-10, 160 lbs.

Woods (senior) penciled his name in the record books Friday night when he caught 22 passes, his 303 yards was good enough for third place in AHSAA history. Woods scored two touchdowns of 47 and 35 yards in the 38-35 loss.

Kevin Williams
Quarterback, 6-0, 160 lbs.

Williams and his offense went to work with the Tigers behind 42-0 in the first half. The junior completed 30-of-46 pass attempts for 386 yards scoring six touchdowns with 116 yards rushing and a touchdown in an amazing comeback to lose the game 48-47.

Anthony Stevenson
Wide Receiver, 6-3, 175 lbs.

Stevenson (senior) caught 17 passes for 208 yards with a nine-yard touchdown. The 17 receptions is good for sixth in the AHSAA record books. Fairfield lost the game in an amazing comeback 48-47.

Demarcus James
Running Back, 5-9, 220 lbs.

James rushed for 248 yards on 24 carries in the huge region win against Greenville 44-34. The senior and Washington State commitment rushed for three touchdowns of 9, 50 and 3 yards and recovered a fumble on defense.

Ryan Privett
Quarterback/Defensive Back, 5-9, 140 lbs.

Privett (junior) rushed for 231 yards on 11 carries. He scored four touchdowns, two rushing for 67 and 26 yards, one through 68-yard score through the air. Privett also intercepted a pass and returned it 35 yards for a score in the 54-14 win over Philips.

T.C. Robinson
Linebacker, 5-11, 215 lbs.

Robinson (senior) made 21 tackles and returned a 21-yard interception for a touchdown in the 21-20 win over Russell County.

Jonathan Piteo
Linebacker, 6-2, 185 lbs.

Piteo (junior) is another defensive standout for Walker who made 10 tackles in the 50-15 win against Brewer. He also had a sack, a fumble recovery and blocked a punt returned for a touchdown.

Jake Hoffman
Kicker, 6-2, 170 lbs.
Hoover-Spain Park

Hoffman kicked a pair or bookend field goals in the 19-16 win over undefeated Vestavia Hills. The junior kicked a 26-yard field goal in the first quarter and duplicated the 26-yard effort with two seconds left in the game.

Troymaine Pope
Running Back, 5-9, 150 lbs.

Pope (junior) rushed for 263 yards on 44 carries in the double overtime win over St. Clair County 34-33. Pope scored on runs of 10 and 46 yards in regulation and scored both touchdowns in overtime on seven-yard runs.

Justin Lasagna
Kicker, 6-2, 165 lbs.

Lasagna keeps coming up with clutch performances for the Huskies. The senior kicked three field goals of 30, 30 and 37 yards in the 16-13 win against Oxford.

Toyvian Brand
Defensive Lineman, 6-2, 220 lbs.

Brand (senior) made seven tackles, two sacks, one coming on third down before a quarterback pressure on fourth down of a goal-line-stand.

Ben Moore
Running Back, 5-10, 165 lbs.

Moore rushed for 275 yards on 26 carries scoring on runs of 59 and 45 yards. The senior also caught a 47-yard touchdown pass in the 34-14 win over Mortimer Jordan.

Jordan Huff
Running Back, 5-10, 180 lbs.
Mobile-St. Paul's Episcopal

Huff rushed for 190 yards on 20 carries. The sophomore scored four touchdowns on runs of 22, 2, 5 and 34 yards in the 42-6 win against Citronelle.


Tearris Wallace
Tailback, 5-10, 184 lbs.

Just a sophomore, Wallace piled up 283 yards rushing and scored six touchdowns as Bentonville put up a whopping 694 yards total offense and never punted while downing Rogers Heritage 64-28.

Dallas Hardison
Quarterback, 5-11, 175 lbs.

Hardison made it a balanced attack for Bentonville as the junior completed 13-of-14 passes for 355 yards and two touchdowns while also running for another score behind a line led by Arkansas OL commitment Marcus Danenhauer.

Brandon Allen
Quarterback, 6-3, 215 lbs.

The University of Arkansas commitment was 20-of-28 for 288 yards and four touchdowns while leading his team to a 51-31 over Fort Smith Northside and now has 16 passing touchdowns, no interceptions and 1,355 yards through the air this season.

Zann Jones
Wide Receiver, 6-0, 200 lbs.
Shiloh Christian

Jones had five catches for 167 yards and also rushed twice for five yards as the senior came up just short of matching Prairie Grove's entire output of 179 yards in the Saints' 49-14 win.

Kiehl Frazier
Quarterback, 6-3, 215 lbs.
Shiloh Christian

The Auburn commitment once again played just a half while completing 9-of-10 passes for 207 yards and three touchdowns in a 49-14 win over Prairie Grove.

Ryan Luther
Quarterback, 6-1, 175 lbs.
Springdale Har-Ber

With University of Arkansas commitment and fellow senior Brey Cook providing protection, Luther completed all five of his passes for 216 yards and three touchdowns as Har-Ber routed Rogers 49-0.

Drew Knowles
Quarterback, 5-11, 175 lbs.

Knowles (senior) rushed for a whopping 309 yards and five touchdowns and also threw for two more to have a hand in seven scores and 381 yards total offense as the Eagles whipped Siloam Springs 48-28.

Jawahn Hunt
Tailback, 5-11, 170 lbs.
Pine Bluff

Hunt rushed for 342 yards and five touchdowns as he continued a spectacular senior season and guided his team to a 34-32 win over Lake Hamilton.

Rahmon Taylor
Tailback, 5-11, 160 lbs.

Behind Arkansas OL commitment Mitch Smothers, Taylor rushed for 134 yards and a pair of scores, and the junior also caught five passes for 72 yards and a score from Tulsa commitment Joseph Calcagni as Springdale downed Fort Smith Southside 31-7.

Zac Brooks
ATH, 6-1, 180 lbs.

Brooks needed only 11 carries to amass 185 yards and three touchdowns as the junior powered Jonesboro over Mountain Home 49-14.

Isaac McCoy
ATH, 6-1, 175 lbs.

McCoy had 19 carries for 144 yards and two scores – and the senior also had a 60-yard scoring dash wiped out by penalty – as he led the Airedales to a 39-0 win over Harrison.

Jacob Jenkins
Tailback, 5-8, 155 lbs.
Van Buren

The Pointers' junior back got 116 of his 181 yards rushing in the final two quarters as Van Buren rallied from a 13-0 deficit to down Little Rock Catholic 28-20.

DeAndre Williams
Safety, 5-10, 170 lbs.
El Dorado

Williams helped the Wildcats get their second win on the last play of the game in as many outings as the junior picked up a blocked field goal by teammate and fellow junior Quincy Hardwell and returned it for a 72 yards as time expired for a 28-21 victory over Texarkana.

Tyler Langley
Quarterback, 6-1, 170 lbs.

Langley was 16-of-27 for 297 yards and three touchdowns as the junior helped keep lead Conway unbeaten with 51-24 win over Little Rock Central, who had ended a 25-game losing streak one week earlier.

Deonte Mitchell
Safety, 5-11, 190 lbs.
West Memphis

With his team clinging to a 7-point lead in the second half, Mitchell returned a punt 64 yards for a touchdown, and then the senior took an interception 83 yards to the house as the Blue Devils downed Mountain Home 34-13.

Spencer Smith
Fullback, 5-9, 190 lbs.

The senior rushed 28 times for 134 yards and two touchdowns, including the game-winner in overtime in a 14-7 victory over North Little Rock.

Blake Veasley
Tailback, 6-1, 195 lbs.
Cherry Valley-Cross County

Veasley rushed for 322 yards as the senior led his Cross County squad to a win over Salem, 34-28.


Andre Allen
Running Back, 5-9, 175 lbs.
Panama City-Arnold

Allen (junior) rushed for 303 yards on 36 carries, made two catches for 23 yards and returned a kick 45 yards in the 49-48 overtime loss to Choctawatchee.

Jesse Adams
Quarterback, 5-10, 185 lbs.

Adams passes for 315 yards on 21 completions out of 32 attempts scoring twice. The senior also scored four rushing touchdowns in the overtime win.

Kyle McDorman
Quarterback, 6-4, 195 lbs.

McDorman passed for 132 yards completing six of nine and scoring two touchdowns. The senior rushed for 139 yards on 11 carries scoring three times on runs of 1,5, and 33 yards. Niceville defeated Mosley 35-14.

Devonta Freeman
Running Back, 5-9, 185 lbs.
Miami Central

Freeman rushed for 226 yards on 29 carries in the 25-22 win over Miami Northwestern. The senior and Florida State commitment scored the go-ahead 8-yard touchdown with just over a minute to go in the game.

Teddy Bridgewater
Quarterback, 6-3, 195 lbs.
Miami Northwestern

Bridgewater completed 22-of-40 pass attempts for 261 yards and a touchdown. He rushed for fivr and 12 yard scores in the loss. Bridgewater is a commitment to Miami.

Dee Hart
Running Back, 5-9, 190 lbs.
Orlando-Dr. Phillips

The talk in Central Florida last week was all about this game. Dee Hart and his Dr. Phillips' teammates decided it wasn't to become a close game. The senior rushed for 145 yards on 18 carries scoring on runs of 4 and 74 yards. He also caught six passes for 122 yards with scores of 55 and 43 yards in the 45-0 lashing of Boone. Hart made the 'Big House' crowd happy by committing to play for Michigan next year.

Alton Howard
Wide Receiver, 5-10, 175 lbs.

Howard (junior) rushed for 48 yards and caught passes totaling 164 yards including 35 and 16 yard touchdowns. He rushed for two more scores of 12 and 26 yards in the 55-0 win against Liberty.

Javan Shashaty
Ft. Lauderdale-Calvary Christian Academy

This junior set the Broward County's career passing mark with 6,200 yards after last week's 28-27 win over Pope John Paul II. Shashaty passed for 227 yards in the 28-27 win.

Delmarick Pender
Running Back, 6-0, 190 lbs.
Cape Coral Island Coast

Pender rushed for 318 yards on just six carries. He scored four touchdowns in the 54-0 win against Lake Placid. The junior has 1,368 yards and scored 21 touchdowns in six games.

Tevin Wilson
Running Back, 5-10, 180 lbs.
Jensen Beach

The senior rushed hit the 1,100-yard mark in rushing last week when he racked up a school record 353 yards on 42 carries scoring five touchdowns in the 35-19 win over Titusville. Wilson also picked off a pass on defense.

Dan Epstein
Running Back, 5-11, 195 lbs.
Weston-Cypress Bay

Epstein rushed for 221 yards on 25 carries scoring three touchdowns in the 35-21 win over Flanagan. The senior has interest from several schools and a scholarship offer from Central Michigan.

Mitchell DeKozan
Running Back
Gulf Breeze

DeKozan (senior) rushed for 321 yards on 29 carries in the 38-20 win over Rutherford. He scored four touchdowns of 1, 16, 44, and 8 yards in the win. The victory marched an end to a 22-game losing skid, and it was DeKozan's birthday.

Marquis Sumler
Running Back, 5-8, 160 lbs.
Pensacola Catholic

Sumler (senior) keeps impressing. This time with a 225-yard rushing night on 26 carries scoring four touchdowns in the 35-19 win over Marianna.

Shane Coleman
Running Back, 5-8, 180 lbs.
Green Cove Springs-Clay

Coleman rushed for 152 yards on 15 carries scoring two touchdowns in the 51-14 win over Ponte Vedra. The senior and Florida International commitment also returned a kick for a 96-yard score.


Austin Brown
Quarterback, 6-1, 195 lbs.
Flowery Branch

Brown (senior), and a commitment to Western Carolina, was a difference-maker in the 42-7 win against Habersham Central with three touchdowns on his 263 yards passing.

Amario Herrera
Middle Linebacker, 6-2, 215 lbs.
College Park-North Clayton

Herrera (senior) was a dominating factor in the 20-14 win against Tri-Cities with a dozen tackles and a touchdown by the way of an interception for the Georgia commitment.

Nick Marshall
Quarterback, 6-2, 186 lbs.
Rochelle-Wilcox County

Marshall (senior) took on the previously undefeated Charlton County and came out the victor, 32-12. The UGA commitment was 14-of-23 for 290 yards and three scores. He added another touchdown on his 13 carries for 39 yards.

Martay Mattox
Quarterback, 6-1, 185 lbs.
Athens-Clarke Central

Mattox (senior) was nine-of-15 tossing three touchdowns on his 182 yards. The South Carolina commitment added a touchdown with his legs with a total of six carries for 23 yards in the 42-6 win against Salem.

Cole Parker
Quarterback, 6-2, 185 lbs.

Parker (senior) was the game manager in the 24-17 win against Valdosta. He passed for two touchdowns with his 189 yards and rushed for two scores.

Kwame Peek
Cornerback, 6-1

Peek (sophomore) is definitely a rising star, and was a big playmaker in the 36-7 win against Pepperell. Coaches will learn not to throw his way after hauling in two interceptions which he returned for scores. He added a fumble recovery returned for a touchdown.

Dondre Purnell
Quarterback/Running Back, 5-10, 185 lbs.
Amba Etta-Tawo
Wide Receiver, 6-1, 172 lbs.
Powder Springs-McEachern

Purnell (senior) was a huge offensive spark in the first meeting with Hillgrove who went home defeated 64-48 on Purnell's performance. He was 12-of-16 for 250 yards and five touchdowns. He added more than 100 yards rushing in the win. Etta-Tawo (junior) hauled in six receptions for more than 150 yards and two scores.

Christopher Robinson
Running Back, 5-8, 190 lbs.

Robinson (senior) was huge in the 50-22 win agsinst Westlake after being down by three at intermission. He had two touchdowns with his 248 yards rushing.

Jamond Witt
Running Back, 5-10, 160 lbs.
Gainesville-East Hall

Witt (junior) has more than 1,000 yards rushing for the season which included last week's performance of 221 yards in the 35-28 win against Union County.


Marcoreyon Tandy
Wide Receiver, 6-0, 180 lbs.
Hopkinsville-Christian County

Marcoreyon "Bubba" Tandy set a state record for punts returned for touchdowns in a single game Friday night against Ohio County. Tandy (senior) returned four punts for touchdowns in the first half and a fifth that was called back. Tandy also caught a 44-yard touchdown pass in the 71-7 victory.

Travis Wright
Quarterback, 6-1, 185 lbs.

Travis Wright had a great performance for the Trinity Shamrocks Friday night. The sophomore threw 13 completions out of 17 passes, but seven of those completions went for touchdowns. Wright threw for 198 yards in the 63-14 win over Seneca.

James Quick
Wide Receiver, 6-1, 175 lbs.

Capitalizing on his teammate's big passing night, sophomore James Quick had a career high in touchdown receptions with four and also in yardage with 152 in Trinity's big win Friday night. Quick finished with eight receptions in the win.

Aaron Mullins
Defensive End, 6-2, 240 lbs.
Lexington-Tates Creek

Aaron Mullins (senior) had a standout performance on the defensive side of the ball Friday night in Tates Creek 33-25 win over Madison Central. Mullins had 10 tackles, five four loss and three sacks in the victory. Mullins accomplished all of that before halftime as he later left with an injury.

Taylor Killian
Defensive End, 6-2, 225 lbs.
Louisa-Lawrence County

Lawrence County continued to dominate their opponents with their 40-19 win over Greenup County. Senior Taylor Killian played on both sides of the ball and proved to be productive. He had 13 tackles, two sacks, two tackles for loss and a fumble recovery. Killian played defensive end, defensive tackle, offensive guard and offensive tackle in the contest.

Anthony Wales
Running Back, 5-9, 170 lbs.
Louisville Central

Anthony Wales (junior) continued to dominate his opponents in Central's 42-35 win over Elizabethtown on Friday night. Wales had 270 yards rushing and four touchdowns. Wales also had a touchdown reception, bringing him to five total touchdowns in the win.

Conner Hempel
Quarterback, 6-3, 190 lbs.

Conner Hempel (senior) led his Raiders to a 38-35 win in overtime against Simon Kenton. Hempel showed that he is a duel-threat when he passed for 127 yards and rushed for another 119 yards and three touchdowns in the victory.

Cameron Thomas
Running Back, 5-10, 182 lbs.
Nicholasville-East Jessamine

Cameron Thomas (junior) led his East Jessamine squad to a 32-20 win over their main rival – West Jessamine. Thomas carried the ball 25 times for 136 yards to continue his extremely productive junior year.

Moez Crawford
Quarterback, 5-11, 180 lbs.

Ballard defeated cross-town foe Eastern 38-21 Friday night behind a big game by senior quarterback Moez Crawford. Crawford threw for 349 yards on 16 completions. He also added three touchdowns in the victory.

Jordan Oppenheimer Running Back, 6-2 225 lbs. Florence-Boone County Boone County pulled of a 34-20 win over Cooper on Friday night behind a strong effort on the ground by Jordan Oppenheimer (senior). Oppenheimer rushed 32 times for 214 yards and four total touchdowns in the win.

Chad Lawrence
Quarterback, 6-0, 180 lbs.
Independence-Simon Kenton

Despite the defeat at the hands of Ryle on Friday night, Chad Lawrence (senior) once again made a case for being an all-state candidate at quarterback. Lawrence went 17-of-31 and threw two touchdowns and 229 yards. He rushed for another 141 yards in the 38-35 overtime loss.

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

Mitchell Henry (senior) followed up an outstanding performance of 325 receiving yards from last week with a solid eight catch, 88 yard performance in Etown's loss to Louisville Central. Henry also caught a touchdown pass in the 42-35 shootout.


Jeremy Hill
Running Back, 6-1, 220 lbs.
Baton Rouge-Redemptorist

It was another great week for LSU commitment Jeremy Hill (senior), who rushed 26 times for 159 yards and two touchdowns and caught a pair of passes for 21 yards and a touchdown. To cap off the 28-20 win over West Feliciana, Hill returned a punt 65 yards for the score. On the year Hill has carried the ball 174 times for 1,259 yards and 19 touchdowns.

D'haquille Williams
Wide Receiver, 6-3, 190 lbs.
Reserve-East St. John

Louisiana 5A football showed just how dramatic it could be last Friday, seeing East St. John's 42-37 win over St. Amant come down to the game's final 15 seconds. On the drive that St. Amant hoped to take the lead, senior receiver D'haquille Williams – playing safety for the Wildcats defense on the play – intercepted the ball at the 12-yard line to keep East St. John (6-0) perfect on the season.

Williams, considered by most to be among the state's top receivers, also added four catches for 173 yards and a touchdown, which came by way of a 48-yard pass from quarterback Darion Monroe. Williams, who is academically ineligible, will enroll at Gulf Coast Community College next January.

Anthony Johnson
Defensive Tackle, 6-4, 248 lbs.
New Orleans-O.P. Walker

As senior defensive tackle Drake Nevis is dominating the college ranks down the block, New Orleans lineman Anthony Johnson (senior) is closing is on Louisiana's all-time high school sack record. Johnson recorded 17 tackles and two sacks last week, putting him at 77 tackles – 20 of which went for a loss – and 8.5 sacks. A five-star prospect, Johnson committed to LSU last December and plans to enroll in college in January.

Ronald Martin
Defensive Back, 6-1, 180 lbs.
White Castle

Ronald Martin has been asked to do it all for White Castle during his senior campaign, and each week the LSU commitment seems to answer the call.

In a 49-24 win over St. John-Plaquemine, Martin rushed seven times for 162 yards and two touchdowns. On defense, Martin had seven tackles and three pass deflections. On the year Martin has rushed 49 times for 504 yards and seven touchdowns, completed 16-of-32 passes for 420 yards and four touchdowns, caught five passes for 204 yards and a touchdown and recorded 51 tackles and 13 pass break-ups.

Lawrence Breaud
Running Back, 5-10, 185 lbs.

Archbishop Shaw had no problems with H.L. Bourgeois in their 42-21 win last Friday, seeing quarterback Trevor King push the Eagles out to an early lead with the team's first three touchdowns, two via the passing game and one on the ground.

From there, running back Lawrence Breaud (senior) took over, rushing for 134 yards and three touchdowns as Shaw charged out of the gates to a 35-0 halftime lead. When H.L. Bourgeois cut the lead to 14 in the fourth quarter, Breaud scampered for his final touchdown to secure the win.

Alonzo Lewis
Athlete, 6-3, 192 lbs.
St. James

The St. James offense has limited the offensive impact of Alonzo Lewis (senior), and his statistics have suffered because of it. On the year, the three-star prospect has less than 300 yards (268) and just two touchdowns. Defensively, he has recorded 13 tackles.

So when Lewis caught a season-high five passes for 137 yards and a touchdown in last Friday's 28-21 overtime win over Brusly, it was considered a banner night. The LSU pledge also added two punt returns and a tackle.

Jarrion Walker
Running Back, 5-11, 180 lbs.

Consider this week necessary rehab for Higgins running back Jarrion Walker (senior). In a 34-14 district win over two-time defending 9-5A league champion West Jefferson, Walker carried the ball 52 times for 324 yards and three touchdowns, scoring on runs of 43, 1 and 8 yards. Eight of his carries went for double-digit yards, and 30 of his 52 carries came as Higgins looked to keep possession of the ball with their second-half lead.

Effrem Reed
Running Back, 5-9, 188 lbs.

Effrem Reed has gone over 100 yards in all but one game during his senior campaign. Ranked as the No. 3 team in the state, Dutchtown's 6-0 start added another marquee victim when the Griffins routed Destrehan 44-10 last Friday, a 34-point victory that marked the school's first-ever win over the Wildcats.

"He is what makes this team go," said head coach Benny Saia.

As usual, Reed paced the offense – rushing for 101 yards and two touchdowns on just nine carries. The two-headed attack was capped off by the success from quarterback Leon Blouin, who rushed for 126 yards and a score on nine carries.


Anthony Alford
Quarterback, 6-1, 205 lbs.

The junior had a big night going 7-of-8 for 216 yards and three touchdowns in the 34-14 win against Harison Central. He added another score with his legs.

Chelarvez Brown
Running Back, 6-1, 191 lbs.

Chief Brown will play his college ball in Oxford for the Ole Miss Rebels. Houston Nutt is licking his chops about the guys coming in with this 2011 class. Brown had three touchdowns on 11 carries with 146 yards in the 56-31 win against Mooreville. Brown added two pass deflections and an interception on defense.

Justin Cox
Cornerback, 6-1, 174 lbs.
West Point

The Miss. State verbal was in a battle last week against Oxford (something he'll see more of in college), but he lead his team to a 22-20 win with 178 yards on 12 carries with a touchdown and added a touchdown passing with his total of 87 yards.

Jamal Hall
Running Back, 5-9, 175 lbs.

Hall (senior) should turn heads with his 2010 campaign with more than 1,400 yards and 15 touchdowns in six games. He rushed for 270 yards last week on 33 touches with four touchdowns in the 49-34 win against Stone.

Ricky Hunt
Wide Receiver/Cornerback, 5-10, 170 lbs.
Sardis-North Panola

Hunt (senior) had 362 all-purpose yards for the night in a 28-26 loss to Rosa Fort. He had 10 carries for 168 yards and three scores, and eight receptions for 142 yards and one touchdown.

Donte Moncrief
Wide Receiver, 6-3, 213 lbs.

Moncrief (senior) will play his 2011 season in Oxford for the Rebels. His dominating performance showed up again last week in a 20-14 win against St. Andrews Episcopal. He had 13 tackles on defense and two interceptions. He added three receptions for 74 yards and two touchdowns. Special teams benefitted with a touchdown on a 73-yard fake punt.

Cody Prewitt
Safety, 6-3, 205 lbs.
Bay Springs-Sylva Bay Academy

Ole Miss fans are definitely excited about this commitment arriving on campus. Prewitt's (senior) production continues on a big scale every week. The 48-7 win against Wayne Academy brought 248 yards rushing on 19 touches and three touchdowns. He also had a 60-yard kick-off return for a touchdown.

Joe Price
Running Back/Receiver, 5-9, 175 lbs.
Madison Central

The Miss. State commitment had 251 yards and five touchdowns in the 49-7 win against Warren Central.

Darryan Ragsdale
Safety, 6-0, 195 lbs.

Ragsdale (senior) had seven tackles on defense and a fumble recovery, but his production on offense helped with the 34-29 win against Union. He collected five touchdowns on his 241 yards rushing.

Ashton Shumpert
Running Back/Middle Linebacker, 6-2, 200 lbs.

Shumpert (sophomore) had 282 ayrds rushing and two touchdowns in the 48-34 win against previously unbeaten Southaven. He also toseed a 54-yarder for a score.

Jermaine Whitehead
Cornerback, 6-0, 183 lbs.
Greenwood-Amanda Elzy

The Bulldogs in Starkville are building a nice class as well with Whitehead a verbal pledge in the 2011 class. The 38-28 win against McCain had the senior rush for a 75-yard touchdown and returned an interception 45 yards for a score.

North Carolina

Jamison Crowder
Cornerback, 5-9, 175 lbs.

The Duke commitment had a big showing in the 49-13 win against North Stanly. The senior had five tackles on defense and had a fumble recovery. He added three touchdowns on offense with five carries on the 164 yards rushing.

Garrett Crowe
Quarterback, 5-11, 165 lbs.

Crowe (junior) is a frequent visitor to the 'Stars of the South' with another solid performance last week going 14-of-28 for 208 yards and two scores in the 35-13 win against Washington.

Bryson Hall
Quarterback, 6-4, 210 lbs.
Fayetteville-Pine Forest

Hall (junior) went 17-of-25 for 358 yards and two touchdowns in the 34-31 win against Cape Fear. He added two touchdowns on tehe ground.

D.J. Hunt
Running Back
Raleigh-Leesville Road

Hunt (junior) had 244 yards on his 33 touches and five touchdowns in the 49-28 win against Wakefield.

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

Leatham (senior) led his troops with a performance of 33-of-50 passing for 425 yards and two scores to defeat Lee County 21-20.

Romar Morris
Running Back, 5-10, 171 lbs.

Morris (senior) was a big force behind the team's 49-26 win against West Davidson. The North Carolina commitment had three scores with his 146 yards rushing.

Craig Murdock
Wide Receiver/Defensive Back, 5-10, 180 lbs.

Murdock (senior) was all over the field last week with 77 yards in kick-off returns, returned a punt 67 yards for a score and hauled in nine receptions for 130 yards and a touchdown. He added an interception in the end zone on defense.

Justus Pickett
Running Back, 5-10, 173 lbs.
Charlotte-Ardrey Kell

Pickett (senior) touched the ball 32 times and brought in five touchdowns with his 289 yards rushing in the 42-24 win against Myers Park.

Drew Podrebarac
Quarterback/Defensive Back, 6-2, 180 lbs.

Podrebarac (junior) had four passing touchdowns with his 286 yards in the 45-0 win against Parkwood.

Travis Smalling
Running Back, 5-9, 185 lbs.

Smalling (senior) is living up to his pre-season hype with a big performance in the 24-21 win against West Henderson. Smalling had three touchdowns on his 38 carries for 365 yards.

South Carolina

Shon Carson
Running Back, 5-9 195 lbs.
Lake City

Carson (senior) committed to South Carolina over the weekend, but last Friday he helped Lake City to another convincing victory. The 2011 stud carried 22 times for 190 yards and two touchdowns in their 41-12 win over Andrews High.

Julius Pendergrass
Safety/Running Back, 5-10, 175 lbs.

Pendergrass (senior) has been a stalwart for the Cyclones over the past three seasons, and he had another strong performance on Friday rushing 13 times for 206 yards and four touchdowns in a 41-21 win over Fort Mill.

Cyril Davis
Quarterback, 6-2, 180 lbs.
Orangeburg Wilkinson

Davis (senior) continues to make a strong case for himself for postseason all-star games. In a 36-21 win Davis was 15-of-28 for 361 yards and four touchdowns. An athlete with tons of potential, Davis has been exactly what the explosive Orangeburg-Wilkinson offense needs under center.

Shamir Jeffrey
Quarterback/Wide Receiver, 6-2, 180 lbs.
Saint Matthews-Calhoun County

Jeffrey (senior) continues his upward trend for the Saints as they obliterated Fox Creek 50-0 on Friday. Jeffrey was 21-27 for 338 yards and five touchdowns. Wanting to play quarterback on the next level some schools are actively recruiting him for the position. Given his success it's going to be interesting to see where he eventually he ends up.

DeEdward Burris
Wide Receiver/Quarterback, 6-1, 180 lbs.

Burris (senior) has been another prime candidate for postseason all-star games with his stellar play during the 2010 season. The Gaffney signal caller is a player we envision as a wide receiver on the next level, but his ball skills have been too valuable for the Indians to line him up anywhere but quarterback. The results on Friday are hard to argue. He passed for 248 yards and rushed for 129 yards on the ground. He scored five touchdowns (3 rushing and 2 passing) as the Indians knocked off previously undefeated Clover 41-27.

Hunter Townes
Quarterback, 5-11, 165 lbs.
Greenville-Christ Church Episcopal School

Townes (junior) continues to sizzle for the Christ Church squad as they remain undefeated under the guidance of Townes. It was work as usual for the quarterback as he accounted for seven touchdowns on the night in a hard fought 55-26 victory over Blacksburg. Townes passed for 287 yards and five touchdowns and rushed for more than 100 yards and scored two touchdowns on the ground. Coach Don Frost has a big time playmaker on his hands.

Blake Hayes
Running Back, 5-10, 200 lbs.
Greenville-Wade Hampton

Hayes (junior) was at it again on Friday night as he helped the Generals to a 48-13 win over Travelers Rest. One of the state's top junior prospects, Hayes rushed for 173 yards and had another 102 yards receiving on the night. For his work on the night he scored four touchdowns in the victory.

Akia Booker
Wide Receiver, 6-0, 180 lbs.

Booker (sophomore) still appears to be the next big thing out of Byrnes High. In a 37-9 victory over Riverside Booker had six catches for 116 yards and two touchdowns. A tremendous specimen physically already, Booker has scary good potential should he continue to grow and get even stronger over the next two seasons. Already looking like one of the state's top sophomores with Goose Creek's Tramel Terry.

Eddie Williams
Running Back, 5-3, 150 lbs.

Williams (senior) showed off his speed once again on Friday as he carried the ball 14 times for 226 yards and four touchdowns as the Bulldogs continue their best season in quite some time with a 49-14 win over Southside. Williams already holds an offer from Western Carolina and has regional interest from a number of schools. With 4.3 speed in the 40, Williams has the gamebreaking ability that schools covet despite his lack of height.

Carson Smith
Linebacker, 6-2, 220 lbs.

Smith (senior) saw himself in a new position on Friday against J.L. Mann. The standout linebacker has played tight end most of the season for the Mavericks, but he was vaulted into the running back spot this past week against the Patriots. Smith once again accumulated more than 15 tackles on defense and broke up a couple of passes. On offense he rushed for two touchdowns and rushed for 70 yards in his new role.


Nathan Cole
Wide Receiver, 6-2, 195 lbs.
Artaves Gibson
Running Back, 6-1, 210 lbs.
Terrance Ayers
Quarterback, 6-1, 185 lbs.
Detavius Johnson
Athlete, 6-0, 175 lbs.

The big 35-28 win against Memphis East brought out several top performances for the Mitchell squad. Cole (junior) had eight receptions for 146 yards and two touchdowns and one rushing touchdown; Gibson (senior), a Memphis commitment, had 25 carries for 110 yards; Ayers (junior) was nine-of-18 for 167 yards and two touchdowns; Johnson (senior) had one interception, a 90-yard kick-off return for a score, a 15-yard run for the winning touchdown and the reception for the 2-point conversion.

Antonio Cheatham
Quarterback, 5-9, 160 lbs.
Memphis-White Station

Cheatham (junior) had 17 rushes for 129 yards and three touchdowns in the 21-20 win against Melrose.

Raquis Hale
Running Back, 5-11, 180 lbs.
South Pittsburg

Hale (senior) touched the ball 14 times for 250 yards with four scores in the 41-6 victory against Boyd-Buchanan.

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

Lowe (junior) had four touchdowns in the 32-21 win against Southwind. He finised the night with 193 yards on 24 touches.

Patton Robinette
Quarterback, 6-3, 180 pbs.

Robinette (junior) came up big in the 28-14 win against Knoxville Catholic with 203 yards passing and two touchdowns and close to 100 yards rushing.

Brent Rooker
Quarterback, 6-3.5, 170 lbs.
Cordova-Evangelical Christian

Rooker (sophomore) came in with a stunning performance going 22-of-42 for 270 yards in the 14-6 loss to Christian Brothers.

Jaylen Walton
Running Back, 5-11, 175 lbs.

Walton (junior) had 29 carries for 150 yards and one score in the 27-14 win against Wooddale.

Jabriel Washington
Cornerback, 5-11, 165 lbs.
Jackson-Trinity Christian

Washington (senior), an Alabama commitment, had 18 tackles in the 18-7 loss to McKenzie. He added one interception, one fumble recovery, and two touchdowns on offense.

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

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