The second week of Alabama high school football made some things loud and clear: Shelby County has some great coaching and players who can execute a plan, evidenced by their win over Briarwood Christian.
Carver-Montgomery is on a mission to prove they can contend for the 5A championship. Coach Mark Rose's hiring at Smiths Station looks like genius with big wins in their 2-0 start.
The biggest lesson probably goes to the Pinson Valley cheerleaders when they unfurled their 0-10 sign for the home team Yellow Jackets. Oxford was forced to forfeit their games last year due to an ineligible player. They dismissed Pinson Valley with a 28-12 defeat.
ScoutSouth.com presents Stars of Alabama including the overall Player of the Week.
ScoutSouth.com Player of the Week:
Mosley helped his 6A Theodore team (1-1; 1-0) bounce back with a 28-14 region win over Mary Montgomery (1-1; 0-1). Mosley had 12 tackles, one sack for a six-yard loss, two tackles for loss of yardage, four quarterback hurries and one caused fumble.
Mosley is only a junior and already holds a division one scholarship offer from Auburn University. The talented college prospect had 112 tackles, four sacks and an interception as a sophomore. He's on his way to another great year.
Theodore dropped their season opener against 4A Hillcrest-Evergreen (1-1; 0-1) and will travel this week to Baker (0-2; 0-1).
Stars of Alabama Week 2
6A Theodore (1-1; 1-0)
Nelson is a seasoned junior after playing his team to the playoffs during his sophomore year. He completed 17-of-28 passes for 284 yards and three touchdowns against Mary Montgomery. The Bobcats are off to a 2-0 start for 2008.
5A Spanish Fort (2-0; 1-0)
The senior signal caller is picking up where he left off last season. He passed for 1,200 yards and ran for another 600 yards in 2007. Rogers helped his team to a 2-0 start in 2008 by rushing the ball 20 times for 110 yards against region opponent Gulf Shores in last week's action. He completed 13-of-15 passes for 162 yards and two touchdowns.
Look for a battle of the quarterbacks when Spanish Fort welcomes the St. Paul's Saints (1-1; 1-0) and University of Alabama quarterback commitment AJ McCarron.
4A Elmore County (1-1; 1-0)
The Panther rushed for 162 yards on 19 attempts with two touchdowns in their victory over Alabama Christian (34-14). The dual-threat quarterback also completed six-of-14 for 107 yards. Davenport is a wrestler and plays for the school's baseball team as well.
Elmore County will host St. James (0-2; 0-1) this week in a region game.
5A Cullman (2-0; 2-0)
Caldwell and his tough Bearcats traveled to Walker last week with this game having a great chance of deciding the region championship in only the second outing for both teams. Cullman defeated Walker 26-14 led by Caldwell who was 25-of-37 for 244 yards. He completed touchdown passes of 16 and six yards.
The senior was first team All-Area and given honorable mention ASWA All-State as a junior. He threw for close to 3,000 yards in 2007.
Cullman will host Pleasant Grove (1-1; 1-1) this week.
Brett Booth, Ronnie McMillan
Quarterback, Wide Receiver
5-10, 185-pounds; 6-2, 185-pounds
6A Tuscaloosa County
Booth (senior) and McMillian (junior) posted some gaudy numbers against regional opponent Northridge (1-1; 0-1) in a 42-7 performance. Booth completed 17-of-24 attempts for 321 yards and four touchdowns and rushed for another score. McMillian hauled in five catches for 161 yards and three touchdowns of 14, 38 and 64 yards.
Tuscaloosa County will travel east this week to Jackson-Olin (0-2; 0-1).
4A Fairview (2-0; 1-0)
Hardman completed 22-of-34 attempts for 394 yards with six touchdowns and one interception in the Aggies 65-34 win over Douglas (1-1; 1-0). The junior quarterback was an ASWA All-State selection as an athlete for his sophomore season.
Fairview has gotten off to an impressive start, especially offensively. The Aggies have posted 107 points in their first two games while giving up 55.
Fairview hosts Priceville (0-2; 0-1) this week.
5A Shelby County (2-0; 1-0)
Wood and his Wildcat teammates set up what many would have thought an improbable upset (26-3) of 2007 5A championship finalist Briarwood Christian (1-1; 0-1). Shelby County had suffered losses the six previous times the teams had met and now in the same region due to the realignment. The last time Shelby County had a win was in 1985.
Wood contributed greatly to this effort with his two interceptions, one returned for a 48-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter. He also accounted for a sack. The Shelby County defense suffocated the Lions to less than 100 yards total offense.
Shelby County is off this week and preparing for their next opponent, Sylacauga (2-0; 0-0).
Brian Gray, Robbie Aldridge, Noah Wilson
5-10, 210; 6-2, 220; 5-9,170
The seniors Gray and Aldredge were a terror to Clay-Chalkville (1-1; 0-1) in a 21-7 victory last week. Gray, plays defensive end and linebacker, accumulated 17 tackles and caused a fumble. Aldridge, linebacker, racked up another eight tackles, one for a loss, one sack, caused a fumble and recovered two fumbles.
Noah Wilson, junior running back, carried the ball 14 times for 127 yards. He had two catches for eight yards and tossed a pass for a 14-yard touchdown. Wilson also worked special teams as a return man.
Hewitt-Trussville (1-1; 1-0) will host Pell City this week (1-1; 1-0).
5A Russellville (2-0; 1-0)
The junior recorded six tackles, two caused fumbles, one recovered fumble returned for a touchdown, one blocked punt, one pass breakup and one interception returned for a touchdown.
Ward and his Golden Tigers didn't give Lee-Huntsville (1-1; 0-1) a very warm welcome this week in defeating the Generals decisively with a 61-16 final score.
Russellville takes to the road for the first time this season when they meet Butler (0-2; 0-1) for a region matchup.
6'1 195 pounds
4A Brooks (2-0; 1-0)
Junior James Hilliard had an outstanding game against Wilson (0-2; 0-1) recording 14 tackles, two for a loss and one fumble returned 35 yards for a touchdown. Coach Jerry Hill's Lions have started the season with two strong victories outscoring their first two opponents 80-26.
Brooks will travel to Rogers (2-0; 1-0) this week for a region battle of the undefeateds.
6A Pelham (2-0; 2-0)
The junior back nicknamed "Shook" did just that to Spain Park this week when he shook them for 200 all-purpose yards. He had a 65-yard kick return and a 68-yard touchdown run in the 21-15 victory.
The Pelham Panthers are looking for a 3-0 start to their season, the first since 1997 when facing Mountain Brook (2-0, 2-0) this week. They have not beaten the Spartans since 1997.
Andrew Pitts, running back, 5A Carver-Montgomery, 17 carries for 185 yards and two touchdowns against Greenville.
Seth Baker and Jeremy Richardson, quarterback and receiver, 5A Springville, Baker 22/30, 393 yards and three touchdowns; Richardson had nine catches for 207 yards.
Matt Rowser, quarterback, 6A Murphy, 9/13, 214 yards, five touchdowns to four receivers.
Bruce Mason, running back/linebacker, 4A East Lawrence, 13 tackles, one for loss yardage, carried the ball eight times for 38 yards, two kick-off returns for 33 yards and a punt returned for six yards.
Stephen Rivers, quarterback, 6A Austin , 25/40, 355 yards and three touchdowns.
Justin Pearson, holder, 6A Sparkman, after a bad snap took the ball and ran for a winning two-point conversion over Decatur.
Will Richard, quarterback, 4A North Jackson , 8/8, 97 yards and two touchdowns.
John Gentry, 5A Fairfield, 12 tackles and a sack in win over Parker.
Andric Merchant, running back, sophomore, 5A John Carroll, 28 carries for 206 yards.
Zach Stacy, running back, 5A Bibb County, 160 yards rushing two touchdowns, 85 kick return.
Kyle Crabtree, quarterback, 5A Fort Payne, 13 rushes for 88 yards, 21/35 242 yards passing.
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