Stars of the South

FoxSports/ takes a look at the top performances across the region. Players are making a big difference looking for a state title.

Stars of the South

Top performers for the weekend of November 26.


Justin McArthur
Running Back, 5-9, 175 lbs.

McArthur became the goods-hand man Friday when the Bucs defeated Mountain Brook 44-20. The senior who is normally toting the rock, caught eight passes for 173 yards. He had catch and runs of 13, 16, and 79 yards and rushed for a fourth score.

Ryan Carter
Quarterback, 6-2, 190 lbs.

The term "nothing but a winner" fits this senior signal caller. Carter completed 23-of-30 passes for 357 yards and four touchdowns including the three to McArthur in the victory that put Hoover back in the 6A title game against Daphne.

Tywone Stewart
Athlete, 5-6, 135 lbs.

Stewart may be small, but he is mighty. The sophomore put his team on his back after they let a 19-point lead slip away. Stewart fielded the final Lineville kickoff in the fourth quarter and raced 87 yards for the decisive score in the 28-21 semifinal result.

Andrew Williams
Running Back, 5-10, 185 lbs.

Williams (senior) and his team travelled a long way to Tuscaloosa Friday to face American Christian for the right to represent the south in the 2A championship game. Williams rushed for 185 yards on 18 carries and scored three touchdowns as the Bears won 34-16. Now they will travel more than 200 miles to Auburn to play Reeltown which sits only 21 miles from Auburn.

Dedrick Forsythe
Running Back, 6-0, 180 lbs.

This Leeds team won the championship in 2008, and now the young stars of that team will try to pull off another 15-0 season and ride their Green Wave to another state title. They defeated Gordo 25-7 to earn their ticket and Forsythe had a monster game. The senior rushed for 258 yards on 20 carries. He scored on runs of 44, 72 and 33 yards in the win.

Jonathan Rose
Defensive Back, 6-2, 180 lbs.

This Auburn commitment will get a preview of his new home field when Leeds takes on Hamilton this week at Auburn University. The senior made three tackles, but his biggest play was a sizzling 98-yard touchdown run on a kickoff after Gordo had taken the lead in the first quarter. They never wavered from there.

Daniel Shaw
Running Back, 5-10, 190 lbs.

Shaw did it all in the 27-21 win over Piedmont and they needed someone to do it all against the reigning 3A Champs. The junior returned an interception 42 yards for a score, caught a 54-yard touchdown and rushed for a touchdown in the 27-21 win.

Ameriol Finley
Quarterback, 6-1, 185 lbs.
Spanish Fort

Finley got to the party late this season after a transfer delay, but he never missed a beat. The senior and South Alabama commitment rushed for 152 yards on 24 carries in the win over McAdory. He scored three touchdowns and threw a 20-yard score. He will now lead his new team in their quest to win the 5A state championship over Briarwood Christian.

Ben Craft
Quarterback, 6-2, 200 lbs.
Birmingham-Briarwood Christian

Craft led his team to overtime with a 245-yard performance. The junior completed 17-of-31 passing attempts and tossed touchdown passes of 25, 30 and 19 yards in the 24-21 win.

Daniel Robert
Wide Receiver, 6-3, 200 lbs.
Birmingham-Briarwood Christian

Robert is just a sophomore, but he has become a star this year with 30 receptions for 589 yards. That's more than 19 yards a catch and nine touchdowns. The youngster hauled in seven passes this week and all three of Craft's touchdown tosses. He racked up 129 yards in the win.

Wilson Whorton
Kicker, 6-0, 170 lbs.
Birmingham-Briarwood Christian

Whorton saved the day. After Hartselle turned the ball over on the first series in overtime Whorton booted a 19-yard game winner to send Briarwood Christian to face Spanish Fort for the 5A title.

Torrean McGaster
Defensive Back, 5-8, 150 lbs.

This junior had a great night in the 47-14 win over Davidson. The defense muted a runner who would consider 200 yards an off night. The Trojans held him to 75 yards. McGaster picked off a pass and returned it for a 54-yard score, he recovered a ball on a kickoff and had a pass breakup in the win.

Zach Sullivan
Athlete, 6-0, 180 lbs.

Sullivan is only a freshman, but he rushed for 105 yards in this game, returned a kick 82-yards to set up a touchdown and scored on a 7-yard run in the 28-14 win over a tough North Jackson.


Brandon Allen
Quarterback, 6-3, 215 lbs.

The Arkansas commitment finished 22-of-32 for 268 yards in 28-24 win over Fort Smith Southside, but it was his 3-of-3 effort for 63 yards in 23 seconds on that final drive that lifted Fayetteville (10-2) into the Class 7A state championship against Bentonville (12-0).

Dallas Hardison
Quarterback, 5-11, 170 lbs.

Hardison, Bentonville's junior signal caller, was 19-of-24 passing for 313 yards and a touchdown and also ran for two scores as he led his team over defending state champ Springdale Har-Ber 49-20 and into a rematch with Fayetteville, a team it beat 38-34 in overtime earlier this season.

Tearris Wallace
Tailback, 5-10, 184 lbs.

The sophomore sensation had 31 carries for 218 yards and three touchdowns in Bentonville's win and has now rushed for 1,322 yards and 17 touchdowns this season.

Taylor Reed
Quarterback, 6-3, 200 lbs.
El Dorado

An Arkansas State commitment, Reed was another quarterback with a big effort leading his team to a state title game with his 12-of-23 passing for two touchdowns lifting the defending Class 6A state champion Wildcats over Lake Hamilton 21-20 and into this season's title tilt against Texarkana.

Kierra Harris
Quarterback, 5-11, 170 lbs.

The Razorbacks were just 6-6 coming into the game, but earned a berth in the championship game as their senior quarterback passed for 122 yards and four touchdowns and ran 13 times for 107 yards and another score in a 42-28 upset of Pine Bluff.

Justin Sunde
Tailback, 5-10, 160 lbs.

Not even expected to play because of a hip pointer suffered last week, Sunde responded well to treatment and the junior ended up rushing for 138 yards and two touchdowns as Greenwood down Batesville 38-13 and into the Class 5A final against Camden Fairview.

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

The Auburn pledge topped the 1,000 yard rushing mark this season by rushing 26 times for 177 yards and also completed 9-of-13 passes for 177 yards as the Saints downed Nashville 48-10 and into a Class 4A semifinal match-up against Pulaski Robinson.

Evian Hill
Athlete, 6-2, 185 lbs.
North Little Rock-Pulaski Robinson

Hill scored on a 57-yard run and a 57-yard reception as the senior helped Robinson blow out Mena 55-22 in a Class 4A quarterfinal game.

Jaalen Watkins
Running Back, 5-9, 220 lbs.
North Little Rock-Pulaski Robinson

Watkins rushed seven times for 127 yards and the senior found the end zone three times in the Senators' win over Mena.

Hunter Henry
Wide Receiver, 6-4, 221 lbs.
Little Rock-Pulaski Academy

Henry had two catches for 76 yards as one of the state's top sophomore prospect – who now has 41 catches for 696 yards and eight TDs this season – helped lead Pulaski Academy to an easy 38-0 win over Ashdown in the Class 4A quarterfinals.

Logan Genz
Running Back, 6-2, 190 lbs.
West Fork

Genz not only rushed 18 times for 149 yards and two scores, but the senior also picked off a pass in his team's 27-7 win over previously unbeaten Glen Rose in a Class 3A quarterfinal.

Demoine Brown
Quarterback, 5-11, 170 lbs.

Brown (senior) cashed in three touchdowns while rushing 12 times for 181 yards as Rivercrest jumped on Harrisburg early and went on to a 44-28 win on Class 3A quarterfinal action.

Seth Keese
Quarterback, 5-11, 185 lbs.
Searcy-Harding Academy

Keese ran 16 times for 184 yards and scored four touchdowns as Harding Academy downed Rison 35-6 in a Class 3A quarterfinal game that the senior quarterback topped the 9,000-yard career mark for yards rushing and passing.

Ryan Chambers
Quarterback, 5-11, 160 lbs.

The junior quarterback had 166 yards rushing on just 10 carries and also stopped a 4th-and-3 play by Carlise as Magazine downed the Bisons 41-20 in another of the Class 2A quarterfinals.


J.J. Hubbard
Running Back, 5-8, 165 lbs.
Tampa-Robinson Senior

Hubbard rushed for 177 yards in his team's 21-7 playoff win over Jesuit. The senior scored two touchdowns of 26 and 8 yards in the win.

Phillip Ely
Quarterback, 6-1, 190 lbs.

After a nightmarish opening to the season, Plant is clicking along now. With a 50-23 win over Newsome the senior and University of Alabama commitment passed for five touchdowns. Ely completed 17-of-24 passes for 315 yards in the win.

Remi Watson
Running Back, 5-11, 190 lbs.
Lakeland-Lake Gibson

Watson rushed for 155 yards in the 21-3 win over Kathleen. The senior scored on a 42-yard run among his 16 carries. Watson has scholarship offers to Central Florida and South Florida.

Steward Butler
Running Back, 5-9, 165 lbs.

Butler ran his way right into the record books, and at Lakeland that's doing something. The senior rushed for 280 yards on 17 carries scoring four touchdowns (16, 8, 98 and 68 yards). Butler displaced Chris Rainey as Lakeland's leading rusher in a season with 2,655 yards. Rainey held the record at 2,439.

Marcus Dixon
Running Back, 5-10, 185 lbs.
South Daytona-Warner Christian

Warner Christian has suffered defeat in 2008 and 2009 title games, but this time might have a different idea. They defeated Deltona Trinity 63-0 to advance this week. Dixon, only a sophomore, rushed for 199 yards and scored three touchdowns of 1, 65 and 49 yards.

Breon Allen
Running Back, 5-8, 160 lbs.
South Daytona-Warner Christian

Dixon and Allen (senior) are the frick and frack to Warner Christian's offensive prowess. Allen who holds scholarship offers from Pitt, Bethune Cookman and Marshall rushed for 135 yards scoring on runs of 15, 26, and 53 yards in the win.

Serderius Bryant
Linebacker/Running Back, 5-9, 205 lbs. <

Bryant certainly knows his linebacker position, but now he's excelling at running back in the playoffs. The senior and Ole Miss commitment rushed for four touchdowns of 13, 8, 11 and 7 yards on 12 carries. He rushed for 88 yards in the 48-31 win over Winter Park. Defensively, Bryant made 11 tackles and had a fumble recovery in the victory.

Loucheiz Purifoy
Running Back, 6-1, 170 lbs.
Pensacola-Pine Forest

The University of Florida commitment rushed for 195 yards in the 20-18 win over Navarre. The senior carried the ball 22 times and scored on a 76-yard run and also tossed a 25-yard touchdown to Shaquille Purifoy.

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

Sumler committed to play football at Vanderbilt University last week and helped his team to a 14-7 win in the playoffs to advance. The senior rushed for 171 yards and scored twice in the win over Taylor County.

Marquel Holmes
Linebacker, 5-11, 205 lbs.
Ocala Trinity Catholic

Holmes and his team sent reigning state champ Bolles home with no chance of the hat trick and three consecutive state titles. Holmes and his defensive teammates took a 35-0 lead into the fourth quarter. The junior had two sacks and picked off a pass and returned it 18 yards for a score in the 35-21 win.

Kelvin Taylor
Ruunning Back. 5-11, 210 lbs.
Belle Glade-Glades Day

Taylor. the son of University of Florida and NFL star Fred Taylor, rushed for a mind-boggling 437 yards on 35 carries scoring on a 76-yard run in the 35-29 win over Jupiter Christian. The sophomore has 103 total touchdowns and is just seven shy of the record of 110 and three away from Emmitt Smith's record. He is just over 2,500 yards shy of Smith's rushing record with two more years of high school.

Corey Tindal
Running Back, 5-10, 165 lbs.
Lauderdale Lakes-Boyd Anderson

Tindal rushed for 239 yards in the 26-19 win over Blanche Ely and scored on a five-yard run. The senior has scholarship offers from Minnesota, Maryland, Marshall and Florida International.

Michael Armiento
Quarterback, 5-11, 175 lbs.
Fort Lauderdale-Archbishop McCarthy

Armiento rushed for 97 yards in the 50-27 win over Merritt Island. The senior also completed 16-of-23 pass attempts for 247 yards scoring four touchdowns.


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

Crowell (senior) had five scores with more than 300 yards rushing in the 40-14 win against Thomasville.

Kyle Karempelis
Running Back, 5-10, 170 lbs.

Karempelis (senior) had three scores with his 298 yards rushing in the 45-28 win againstWilcox County. The ball carrier has 92 career touchdowns and 5,550 career yards.

Travis Richmond
Wide Receiver, 5-5, 153 lbs.
Fort Valley-Peach County

Richmind collected three scores on 28 carries and almost 300 yards rushing in the 42-35 win against Grady.

Ronnie Bell
Quarterback, 5-11, 167 lbs.
Alex Chisum
Wide Receiver, 6-2.5, 182 lbs.
Tyrone-Sandy Creek

Bell (senior) had more than 300 yards passing going 13-of-17 in the 41-0 win against Monroe Area. Chisum (senior) had 187 yards on eight receptions.

Taylor Heinicke
Quarterback, 6-1, 185 lbs.
Jeff Glover
Wide Receiver, 6-4, 180 lbs.
Suwanee-Collins Hill

Heinicke (senior) was 34-of-57 for 390 yards in the 31-28 win against Lowndes. Glover (senior) had a pair of touchdowns on nine receptions for 157 yards.


Marcoreyon Tandy
Wide Receiver, 6-0, 192 lbs.
Hopkinsville-Christian County

Senior Marcoreyon Tandy led his Christian County Colonels to a 45-20 victory over the host John Hardin Bulldogs last Friday night. Tandy carried the ball 15 times for 185 yards and three touchdowns.

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

Junior quarterback Patrick Towles led his team to the state title game last Friday night after Highlands defeated Harlan 34-6. Towles had 272 yards and three touchdowns in the victory. He also rushed for 47 yards.

Luke Guhy
Quarterback, 6-2, 170 lbs.

Mayfield came away with a big 38-14 victory on the road at Beechwood Friday night. Their senior quarterback Luke Guhy continued his strong season, throwing for 245 yards and three touchdowns in the win.

Derek Bishop
Running Back, 5-8, 185 lbs.

Derek Bishop once again stood out in a Trinity victory. The Shamrocks defeated Ryle in the 6A semi-finals 28-9. Bishop finished the game with 24 carries for 168 yards and three touchdowns.

Daniel Gold
Wide Receiver, 6-0, 170 lbs.
Fort Thomas-Highlands

In Highlands big 34-6 victory over Harlan, senior receiver Daniel Gold had a great showing. Gold caught eight passes for 150 yards and two touchdowns to help propel Highlands into the state finals.

Brandon Boards
Running Back, 6-1, 205 lbs.
Scottsville-Allen County-Scottsville

Allen County-Scottsville sits with an undefeated 14-0 record after defeated Louisville Weestern 20-16 Friday night. Senior running back Brandon Boards rushed for 171 yards and two touchdowns.

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

Ace Wales (junior) had another explosive night in a Central victory. The Yellow Jackets defeated Paducah 35-18 behind 134 yards and two touchdowns from Wales. Wales also had a 40-yard interception return for a touchdown in the contest.

Josh Forrest
Wide Receiver, 6-4, 190 lbs.
Paducah Tilghman

Senior receiver Josh Forrest was very productive in Paducah's semi-final defeat on Friday night. Forrest caught eight passes for 219 yards and two touchdowns. Forrest also intercepted a ball and returned it 52 yards.

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

Sophomore receiver James Quick caught a 65 yard touchdown pass on the opening play of the game for Trinity in their win against Ryle. He finished the game with six catches for 111 yards.


Terrance Magee
Quarterback, 5-10, 200 lbs.

The LSU commitment did serious work in the quarterfinals as he went off for 264 yards and a touchdown on the ground and hit on 19-of-27 passes for 210 yards and two touchdowns in a 49-41 shootout win at Haughton. Up next: fellow LSU commitment Anthony Johnson and O.P. Walker.

Dak Prescott
Quarterback, 6-3, 225 lbs.

While Magee was red-hot, Prescott wasn't far off. In the 49-41 defeat, the Haughton quarterback completed 19-of-38 passes for 370 yards and four touchdowns and rushed for 64 yards and one touchdown on 22 carries.

DeShawn Morrison
Quarterback, 5-9, 180 lbs.
Saint Francisville-West Feliciana

It didn't take much, but senior quarterback Deshawn Morrison played one of his more sound games of the season on Friday, completing 5-of-10 passes for 134 yards and one touchdown and rushing four times for 52 yards and two scores. West Feliciana routed Amite 52-12 to move onto the semifinals in Class 3A.

Leonard Fournette
Running Back, 5-11, 220 lbs.
New Orleans-St. Augustine

It ended in a 31-28 loss to St. Thomas More in the quarterfinals, but running back Leonard Fournette just finished one of the most impressive seasons for a freshman in Louisiana history, carrying St. Augustine - a preseason No. 1 team - week in and week out. In his final game, Fournette finished with 146 yards on 27 carries, including a second-quarter series in which he carried eight times for 52 yards on the drive, including an 18-yard touchdown with 6:56 remaining before the half. The touchdown gave the Knights a 14-7 lead.

Tyree Bracken
Running Back, 5-10, 185 lbs,
White Castle

The 1A weekend highlights were dominated by running back Tyree Bracken, who carried White Castle to a 15-6 victory over St. Edmund. The junior rushed for 378 yards and two touchdowns on 39 attempts, pushing No. 15 seed White Castle, in their first quarterfinal game in 33 years, past No. 7 seed St. Edmund with a 15-6 victory.

Bradley Sylve
Wide Receiver, 5-11, 175 lbs.
Port Sulphur-South Plaquemines

The 1A playoffs also saw Alabama commitment Bradley Sylve make his mark once more, this time to the tune of 176 yards, two touchdowns and two conversions on the ground.

Justice Jones
Quarterback, 6-0, 180 lbs.

In a rematch from earlier this season, Patterson and Redemptorist squared off in a game that went to the wire. In a 34-32 win, The Lumberjacks got 270 passing yards from the junior quarterback Jones, who completed 18-of-38 passes with three touchdowns.

Kenny Hilliard
Running Back, 6-0, 240 lbs.
Jeremy Hill
Running Back, 6-1, 215 lbs.
Baton Rouge-Redemptorist

Of course, all eyes were on LSU commitments Jeremy Hill and Kenny Hilliard, both of which had nights typical of their senior season output. Hilliard ran for 124 yards on 29 carries and scored the final touchdown for Patterson. Hill finished with 126 yards on 20 carries, including a 62-yard touchdown run and 33-yard receiving touchdown.


Victor Hodges
Running Back, 5-9, 175 lbs.

Hodges (senior) had three scores on the 192 yards rushing in the 28-0 win against Winona.

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

Cox (senior) used the arm and legs to help defeat Ridgeland 47-0 going 9-of-11 for 174 yards. The Mississippi State commitment rushed for more than 100 yards.

Duwone Harris

Harris (senior) helped defeat West Jones 27-26 with 172 yards rushing and one score, and two scores passing going 8-of-12 for 165 yards.

Qyen Griffin
Quarterback, 5-11, 210 lbs.
Batesville-South Panola

Griffin (senior) had four touchdowns on 200 rushing yards which gives him 37 for the season and pushing 2,500 yards for the year.

Antoinne Adkins
Quarterback/Cornerback, 5-9, 165 lbs.

Adkins (senior) had 165 yards rushing on 19 tries, and passed for 120 yards and three touchdowns in the 34-0 win against Oak Grove.

North Carolina

Marcus Jones
Cornerback, 5-8, 162 lbs.
Wake Forest-Rolesville

Jones (senior) had four touchdowns in the 40-21 win against Garner. The Northern Illnois commitment had 150 yards on a dozen touches and recovered an on-side kick in the closing minutes of the game.

Riley Ferguson
Quarterback, 6-2, 190 lbs.

Ferguson (sophomore) had four touchdowns passing on more than 250 yards in the 48-21 win against Richmond Senior.

Vad Lee
Quarterback, 6-2, 210 lbs.

Lee, a senior and Georgia Trch commitment, had 369 yards passing going 24-of-32 with two scores in the 42-22 win against Lee County.

Josh Taylor
Quarterback, 6-0, 165 lbs.
New Bern

Taylor (sophomore) pushed 200 yards passing with three scores going 13-of-19. He added two touchdowns on the ground in the 44-17 win against Southeast Raleigh.

Quortez Wright
Running Back

Wright (junior) had 28 touches for 285 yards in the 52-21 win against Erwin.

B.J. Sherrill
Quarterback, 5-11, 229 lbs.
Mount Ulla-West Rowan

Sherrill (senior) had five touchdowns on the 238 yards passing in the 48-28 win against Concord.

Terry Williams
Quarterback, 6-5, 190 lbs.
Elizabeth City-Northeastern

Williams (senior) had 240 yards passing going 11-of-16 and three scores in the 35-7 win against Bunn.

Brandon Wilson
Quarterback, 5-11, 170 lbs.

Wilson (senior) had 302 yards on 25 carries for a new county record (282) and one touchdown in the 28-14 win against Polk County.

South Carolina

Jadeveon Clowney
Defensive End, 6-5, 235 lbs.
Rock Hill-South Pointe

Clowney (senior) was a dominating presence all night and ended with a 52-yard interception for a touchdown, a 13-yard fumble return for a touchdown and a three-yard touchdown run in the 53-8 win against Fairfield.

Everett Golson
Quarterback, 5-11, 170 lbs.
Myrtle Beach

Golson (senior) had four passing touchdowns going 15-of-24 with a total of 278 yards. The recent Notre Dame commitment, who switched from North Carolina, was finished for the night after the first series after intermission.

Justin Worley
Quarterback, 6-4, 197 lbs.
Rock Hill-Northwestern

Worley (senior) had a total of five touchdowns, three passing and two on the ground, going 23-of-30 for 264 yards in the 41-34 win against Goose Creek. The Tennessee commitment has lead the Trojans to a 14-0 record and headed to the state championship.

Ashton Heard
Running Back, 5-7, 153 lbs.

Heard (junior) had two scores with 230 yards rushing on 25 touches in the 42-12 win against Bamberg-Ehrhardt.

Traven Parker
Running Back/Defensive Back, 5-8, 165 lbs.
Summerton-Scott's Branch

Parker (senior) had 27 touches for 212 yards and two receptions for 40 yards with three overall touchdowns. He ended the night with 375 all-purpose yards in the 34-32 win against Williston-Elko.

Tyquan Hayes

Hayes (senior) had three passing touchdowns in the 28-22 win against Manning gping 15-of-25 for 263 yards.


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

Hale (senior) had 284 yards on 16 carries and three touchdowns in the 54-6 win against Coalfield. Hall has amasses 2,229 yards this season on 193 carries and 33 touchdowns. He has grabbed five interceptions on defense. His junior campaign was inpressive with 1,675 yards and 27 touchdowns.

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

Washington (senior) had 244 yards passing going 12-of-26 and two touchdowns in the 27-26 overtine win against McKenzie. He rushed for the team's total yards on the ground of 79. The Alabama commitment added nine tackles on defense (102 for the season) and one interception (five/season). This is their first trip to the title game.

Patton Robinette
Quarterback, 6-3, 180 lbs.
Brandon Johns
Defensive Back

Robinette (junior) had two scores going 13-of-19 for 240 yards passing in the 38-20 win against Oak Ridge. Johns (junior) had three interceptions in the win.

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

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