Stars of Alabama

The fifth week of the season brought a lot of great performances in out-of-region games. presents the Stars of Alabama.

The top spot was very contentious, and we came to the conclusion that Sulligent would give us our featured player for Week 5 of the regular season.

Caleb Massey
1A Sulligent (4-1; 3-0)

Sulligent actually gives us a trio of players with our selection of player of the week, Caleb Massey, leading the way. The 6-1, 185-pound tailback/safety/wide receiver recorded 100 yards rushing on 12 carries for a touchdown, and 100 yards receiving on three catches. Defensively, Massey recorded two interceptions with one returned for a 60 yard touchdown. The Blue Devils handed 1A South Lamar their first loss, 62-12.

Bradley Blaylock
Dominique Bowman
1A Sulligent

The Blue Devils' quarterback Bradley Blaylock (6-0, 165) threw four touchdown passes going nine for 15 for 236 yards. Blaylock received honorable mention for his designated hitter roll on Sulligent's 1A baseball team. Junior wide receiver Dominique Bowman caught six of those passes for 156 yards.

Lamanski Ware
2A Lanett (5-0; 3-0)

Lamanski Ware (6-2, 205) plays tight end for the Panthers of Lanett, but it is at the linebacker position where he really catches your attention. The senior can deliver some teeth rattling hits recording 14 tackles on defense. He added three receptions for 45 yards with one touchdown and one rushing touchdown for 15 yards against 3A Lafayette.

Conner McCain
5A Gardendale (4-1; 2-1)

Connor McCain (5-11, 170) had an outstanding game with the junior signal caller going 11-for-12 for 278 yards and two touchdowns in their defeat of 4A Tarrant 49-12.

D. J. Jones
Jeremy Green
1A Hazlewood (5-0; 3-0)

The senior running back tandem of D.J. Jones and Jeremy Green of the Golden Bears were too much for 5A Muscle Shoals (2-3) to handle. Jones (5-11, 180) rushed for 168 yards on 14 carries including a 60 touchdown run. Green (5-11 160) carried the ball 13 times for 115 yards and three touchdowns. Hazlewood won 54-28.

J.D. Marsh
6A Mountain Brook (2-3; 1-2)

J.D. Marsh, 5-7, 160-pound junior, rushed for 230 yards on 31 carries and two touchdowns. The Spartans handed the 6A Florence Falcons their first loss of the season 21-13.

Raquil Ward
3A Clay County (5-0; 3-0)

Raquil Ward (5-11, 190) came off the injured reserve list this week with a bang recording 200 yards on 14 carries. The senior also lines up at linebacker. Clay County defeated 2A Lineville 24-0. Lineville is 3-2 and undefeated in region play.

Tommy Reyer
3A West Limestone (2-3; 0-3)

The Wildcats will look to put that first half region record behind them and start anew from the performance of senior quarterback Tommy Reyer who had an unbelievable 279 yards rushing on 18 carries for four touchdowns. The touchdown runs were 66, 71, 80 and two yard dashes. West Limestone defeated 4A Ardmore (1-4).

Ryan Williams
5A Chilton County (3-2; 1-2)

Ryan Williams receives our purple heart award. The back rushed for 238 yards and three touchdowns despite an injured hip. The Tigers defeated 5A Chelsea (3-2) 47-31.

Kevin Callendar
Brandon Lilly
3A Montevallo (3-2; 1-2)

Kevin Callendar signed his name into the school's record book by setting a new game passing mark along with number of touchdown passes in a game. The 5-11, 170-pound sophomore threw the ball 28 times and completed 16 for 306 yards and four touchdowns. He set two more school records for total yards and total touchdowns in a game when he added 134 yards rushing on 13 tries and another three touchdowns.

Callendar's biggest target was fellow sophomore Brandon Lilly (5-9, 160) who caught eight passes for 200 yards and two touchdowns. Montevallo defeated 3A West Blocton (3-2) 47-35.

Zach Vick
Corey Taylor
Demetrea Griffin
1A Speake (4-1; 2-1)

Zach Vick nabbed his sixth interception this year for his third defensive score carrying it 33 yards. The 5-10, 165-pound senior also caught a 60-yard touchdown pass and threw for a two point conversion.

Senior linebacker Corey Taylor recorded 15 tackles including five solo, one forced fumble, two fumble recoveries and one batted pass.

Demetrea Griffin (6-3, 265) is one to watch in the next couple of years as a current sophomore in 2007. He scored two defensive touchdowns against 2A Westminster Christian (2-3) 67-29. Griffin runs on the 4x100m relay team, and Coach Grimes has the big man with a 4.8 forty.

Trett Hardman
4A Fairview (2-3; 1-2)

Trett Hardman (6-3, 185) set a school and Cullman County record when he passed for seven touchdowns. The mark was two shy of the state record of nine. Hardman attempted 32 passes and completed 21 (13 consecutive) for 272 yards. His Aggies defeated 3A Holly Pond (3-2) 47-15.

Ricky Lewis
Donovan Lewis LB
1A Keith (3-2; 1-2)

Sophomore Ricky Lewis recorded 17 tackles and a 30-yard interception returned for a touchdown. Senior Donovan Lewis recorded 14 tackles with two fumble recoveries and a blocked punt against 5A Dallas County (1-4). The Bears won 36-18.

Zach Stacy
5A Bibb County (5-0; 3-0)

Junior Zach Stacy (5-10, 180) was the go-to man this week scoring all seven of his team's touchdowns. Stacy recorded 164 yards on 22 attempts. Bibb County defeated 4A Jemison (1-4) 45-38.

Kenneth Kimbrough
3A Clarke County (5-0)

Kenneth Kimbrough helped his Bulldog teammates to a 22-21 overtime victory over 4A Jackson (2-3) last week. The talented back accumulated 178 yards on 14 carries with two touchdowns.

Chase Edwards
1A Donoho (5-0)

Chase Edwards racked up 233 yards on 14 carries last week against Waterloo (3-2) 42-13. The senior recorded an 84 yard touchdown return. Edwards was a big part of the Falcons 12-1 season in 2006, and they are well on their way to a repeat of their efforts in 2007.

Honorable Mention:

Zack Tuggle (Cold Springs) Pierce Cobb (Montgomery Academy), Tyler Caldwell (Cullman), Tim Simon (Cordova), Jeremy White and Andrew McCarley (Haleyville), Darion Sutton (Shelby County), Blake Wallace (Wicksburg), Brandon Ross and Richard Ross (Auburn), Darius Humphrey (St. Clair County).

Gregory Young (Hubbard), Justin Rush (Lineville), Marcus Corbin, (Brooks), Jamey Baldwin (East Limestone), Daniel Kordick, Ryan Oliver, Chris McMahan, Justin Kyser, Brandon Burt, (Sand Rock defense), Chase Childers (Piedmont).

Marcus (M.J.) Wilson (Chilton County), Matthew Gordon and Barrett Trotter (Briarwood Christian), Chris and Tony Dickerson (Brewer), Josh Montgomery (Russellville), Zach Love (Wicksburg), Xavier Crews, Clayton Slade, Courtney Upshaw, (Eufaula), Josh James (Carroll), Drew Phillips (Boaz), Austin Cline (West End-Walnut Grove), Gerrick Parks (Parker).

Gabe Graham (Plainview), Sam Winkler (DAR), Justin Moorer and T-Ray Mitchell (Selma), Dravo McGowan (Childersburg), Shantrell Braxton (Demopolis), Shakoor Thomas (McIntosh), Ron Gary (North Jackson), Seth Baker (Springville), Thomas Hudson (Jess Lanier), Blake Yance (Chelsea), David Hayes (Homewood) and Casey Marcrum (Corner).

The out-of-region games created some mis-matches this week, however some teams rose to the challenge of facing the larger schools.

The 1A classification saw the No.1 ranked 1A Sweet Water Bulldogs knock off 2A No.1 Leroy 35-14. Fourth ranked Hazlewood nearly doubled up 5A Muscle Shoals 54-28. Wadley stunned No.3 ranked and undefeated 2A Woodland 28-13.

The 2A class pulled off some big wins and none bigger than the 12th ranked Pickens County team handing 3A No.6 Aliceville their first loss 14-13. Lanett blanked 3A Lafayette 34-0, and Fyffe and Houston Academy both won big over 3A opponents.

The 3A teams had their share of upsets led by Colbert County's 24-21 defeat of No.5 ranked 4A Deshler (3-2). Clarke County defeated 4A Jackson in overtime 22-21.

The 4A class saw co-No.1 ranked North Jackson hand 5A undefeated Scottsboro their first defeat 24-3 and fellow No.1 ranked Central-Tuscaloosa defeated 6A Northridge 33-31.

In 5A news, the cardiac kids from Russellville remain perfect with their 24-21 defeat of 6A Austin with a late field goal to break the tie. Decatur, Fort Payne and Charles Henderson all beat 6A competition.

Briarwood Christian, the 5A No.1 ranked team fought like Lions to defeat a very good 6A Homewood squad 45-43 in two overtimes. This was Coach Yancey's second win of the season over a 6A squad having defeated Vestavia in the first game of the year. They will try for the hat trick when they take on Jackson-Olin the last week of the regular season.

Some 6A schools tend to take it easy in the non-region parts of the schedule, but not these two powerhouses. Coach Spence McCracken's Opelika team starts out difficult and ends even more so. Coach Robert Higginbotham's Tuscaloosa County squad mirrors that philosophy.

Opelika opened against Coach McCracken's protege' Larry Ware at 6A Carver Montgomery, then meets 6A Prattville in the middle of the season. Tuscaloosa County starts out with what is always a very competitive entertaining game and a good measuring stick for each team when they play the 6A tenacious Tigers from Minor High School. The Wildcats match up with 6A Clay-Chalkville in the fifth week.

No.4 ranked Opelika could not come away with the win against No.1 ranked Prattville in a fantastic effort, one for the ages, a game that didn't deserve a loser, 10-7. Sixth ranked Tuscaloosa County played a Clay-Chalkville team that is surprisingly struggling, losing two games by a total of three points. County High gave them more woes and came away with a 31-7 victory last week. source for Alabama high school football.

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