Stars of Alabama 4A-6A

The Player of the Week was plucked from a big cast of impressive performers, but the top player was chosen for his effort in the face of adverse conditions against a top opponent. presents the Stars of Alabama for Week 5 performance. Player of the Week:
Kendall Houston
5A Vigor Running Back

The Wolves marched into homecoming at Opelika's Bulldog stadium and defeated the top-ranked 6A Dawgs 34-28. The 5-9, 205-pound senior ran the ball 28 times for 249 yards through a stingy Opelika defense. The runner's best play, a 59-yard scamper on the first play after a Bulldog turnover breaking five tackles in the process.

Houston had 352 yards on 29 carries last week in a win over Gulf Shores. He holds scholarship offers from Southern Mississippi, Louisiana Tech and Arkansas State. It is hard to imagine his phone not ringing after his production in the last two weeks.

Vigor faces 5A region member St. Paul's who is off to a slow start 2-3 (2-1). Stars of Alabama:

Montrell Parker
5-6, 155 pounds
Senior Linebacker/Running Back
4A Munford 2-3 (1-2)

Parker had an amazing 16 tackles against the highly-ranked Talladega County Central on the road. He also ran for 121 yards scoring two touchdowns in the 25-7 win. The Lions handed the Tigers their first loss of the season while Munford garnered their second in a row after an 0-3 start. Parker's 16 tackles included nine solo takedowns.

Munford returns to region competition at home this week against Childersburg 2-3 (1-2).

Stephen Rivers
6-6, 170 pounds
Sophomore Quarterback
D'Nico Best
5-8, 190 pounds
Senior Running Back
6A Austin 3-2 (3-1)

Rivers completed 18-of-32 pass attempts for 222 yards and three touchdowns. Best complimented his signal caller with 143 yards rushing and three touchdowns in the region win over Florence.

Rivers is the younger brother of San Diego Chargers' quarterback Philip Rivers. The sophomore has thrown for 1,149 yards this season with 15 touchdowns.

Austin will face Huntsville 3-2 (3-1) this week on the road in a region matchup.

Darrell Sanders
5-8, 175 pounds
Senior Running Back
4A Midfield 5-0 (3-0)

Sanders, the duece, rushed for 202 yards on 12 carries with two touchdowns including 75 and 99 yard runs. The undefeated Patriots defeated 6A Jackson-Olin 23-18.

Midfield will travel this week to 5A Brookwood 2-3 (1-3).

Casey O'Toole
5-10, 180 pounds
Senior Quarterback
4A Oneonta 4-1 (2-1)

O'Toole led his Redskins to a 42-7 win over undefeated 3A Susan Moore. The senior scored four touchdowns and completed 10-of-13 passing attempts for 180 yards. Receiver Nolen Smith caught eight passes for 174 yards and four touchdowns.

Oneonta hosts Asvhille this week 0-5, (0-3).

La'Angelo Albright
5-11, 200 pounds
Senior Linebacker
6A Prattville 4-1 (3-0)

Albright and his teammates faced Brentwood Academy from Tennessee in a nationally televised game last Friday. The senior put on quiet a show, with 14 tackles including 11 solo strikes with six of them resulting in a loss of yardage. He has 46 total tackles through the first five games. Prattville has only allowed 15 points this season, and they all came in August. The Lions' four games since have all been shutouts.

The talented linebacker recorded 153 tackles in his junior season which resulted in a state championship for the Lions.

Prattville will not only look to win this week, but keep that goose egg in tact when they visit Jeff Davis 0-5 (0-2) in a region matchup.

Jesse Green
5-11, 185 pounds
Junior Linebacker
Russellville 4-1 (2-1)

The Golden Tigers took no prisoners last week in a 41-7 win over reigning state champs, St. Paul's. Green had seven tackles (two for a loss of yardage), caused a fumble, blocked two punts and rang up a quarterback sack.

Russellville is back home this week in region play against Muscle Shoals 1-4 (0-3) who is coming off their first win of the season.

Seth Baker
6-4, 200 pounds
Senior Quarterback
5A Springville 4-1 (4-1)

Baker completed 28-of-40 passing attempts for 317 yards and five touchdowns against region rival Erwin in a 35-32 victory. His last touchdown pass was the winning score with less than a minute remaining on the clock.

The state boasts many outstanding quarterbacks this year with great size, and Baker is right up there with them. Erwin has a very good signal caller in Anthony Bowie, but Baker got the best of the Eagles on this night.

Springville travels to Brewer 0-5 (0-4) this week for their sixth consecutive region game.

Tyrone Bowie
5-9, 225 pounds
Senior Linebacker
Gardendale 3-2 (2-2)

Gardendale won their third in a row for new head coach Keith Fancher. Bowie threw in 19 tackles this week including 15 solos in the Rockets' win over Thompson 28-13. Bowie has 86 tackles through five games.

Mountain Brook 5-0 (5-0) will host the upset-minded Gardendale this week, and Bowie is looking for our next Star of Alabama.

J.D. Marsh
5-8, 175 pounds
Senior Running Back
Mountain Brook 5-0 (5-0)

Marsh and his Spartans faced their toughest task yet in a 17-14 win over Vestavia with Marsh serving as the go-to guy. He carried the ball 43 times for 191 yards and the team's only two touchdowns.

If you watched Oregon State defeat USC with their 5-6 freshman running back, Jacquizz Rodgers (37 carries for 186 yards), you got a high school version on Friday night when the slight Marsh proved you don't need size to be a good prospect. Speed, vision and the patience to follow your blocks are worth their weight in gold.

Dre Kirkpatrick
6-2, 180 pounds
Senior Cornerback
Fred Carter
6-1, 220 pounds
Junior Defensive Lineman
Gadsden City 3-2 (2-1)

The Titans defeated 5A Etowah 35-6 last week, and the Blue Devils did not get the memo not to throw in Kirkpatrick's world. The highly-rated prospect picked off three passes, returning two for touchdowns, unfortunately one was called back due to a penalty. He also added six tackles.

Carter had 11 tackles for a 33-yard loss, four sacks, a caused a fumble and a pass break-up.

Gadsden City travels this week to Shades Valley 2-3 (1-2) for a region game.

Marquez Jones
5-8, 160 pounds
Senior Running Back
5A Hartselle 5-0 (3-0)

Jones rushed for 200 yards on 31 carries with three touchdowns in the Tigers' win over 3A top-ranked Cordova 42-27.

Hartselle will travel this week to Athens 3-2 (3-0) for a region test.

Honorable Mention:

Courtney Moss, 4A Alabama Christian, senior running back had 18 carries for 188 yards and two touchdowns, three tackles on defense in their win over 3A Luverne 28-25.

Grant McKissick, 4A Alabama Christian, junior wide receiver caught four passes for 86 yards and recorded two tackles on special teams.

Corey Cahill, 4A Guntersville, junior running back ran the ball 20 times for 289 yards with two touchdowns against Arab.

Chris Holland, 4A Deshler, the defensive tackle recovered a fumble on the last Colbert County drive in a 7-2 victory. Holland recovered another fumble and caused a fumble in this game.

Ken Marbury, 6A Minor, junior quarterback completed 14-of-20 passing attempts for 282 yards and two touchdowns in a win over Hewitt-Trussville.

Reginald Aaron, 5A Carver Montgomery, junior quarterback completed 14-of-25 passes for 212 yards and two touchdowns over Lee.

Jim Furlow, 4A Oak Grove, freshman running back, 29 carries for 233 yards and two touchdowns in win over Sumiton Christian

Paul Barber, 5A Briarwood Christian, quarterback completed 24-of-36 passes for 239 yards and a touchdown in their win over 6A Spain Park.

Corey Waldon, 5A Central Tuscaloosa, senior wide receiver had four catches for 82 yards and three touchdowns, one carry for 44 yards in their win over Paul Bryant.

DeMarcus Milliner, Stanhope Elmore, junior safety and running back recorded 10 tackles and an interception on defense. He also rushed for 156 yards on six carries with two touchdowns and gained 135 yards on three punt returns against Central Phenix City.

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