Stars of Alabama 1A-3A

The second half of the 2008 season started with a bang last week. There were upsets and exclamation wins with many outstanding performances. The Stars of Alabama selections were difficult except for one spot: Player(s) of the Week. Players of the Week: Maurice Tate, Shantrell Braxton

Shantrell Braxton
Separating these two Linden running backs is pointless. They were both sensational in a stunning 34-0 win over fourth-ranked Maplesville. It wasn't a surprise the fifth-ranked Patriots took the region game, it was the ease in which they did it.

The Red Devils, shut out for the first time in five years, faced the unstoppable senior duo of Maurice Tate and Shantrell Braxton.

Tate stands 5-11, 220 pounds, and Braxton 6-1, 210 pounds. Tate carried the ball 28 times for 180 yards and three touchdowns. He has 24 scores on the season and over 1,000 yards rushing in six games.

Braxton, a transfer from 5A Demopolis, rang up another 140 yards on 16 carries with a score.

Linden takes their 6-0 (5-0) record to Sunshine 1-5 (1-4) in a Region 3 game this week. Stars of Alabama:

Justin Brock
5-9, 190 pounds
Senior Running Back
Russ Cole
6-2, 260 pounds
Senior Defensive End/Guard
1A South Lamar 4-2 (4-1)

Brock carried the ball 14 times for 150 yards and two touchdowns. He caught passes for 57 yards for another touchdown in a 35-17 win over Hubbertville.

Cole had 12 tackles, three for a loss of yardage and two sacks. The senior also paved the way for three offensive touchdowns from his line position.

South Lamar will face Meek 2-4 (2-3) this week at home.

Calvin Fenn
5-9, 205 pounds
Senior Fullback/Linebacker
Devondrick Richardson
6-4, 220 pounds
Senior Running Back/Linebacker
2A Barbour County 4-2 (3-1)

Barbour County found itself in a defensive struggle against G.W. Long and pulled out a 16-14 win. Fenn had 15 tackles and an interception defensively and rushed for 74 yards on 11 carries with two touchdowns.

Richardson, who recently committed to Coach Joey Jones at South Alabama, scored 13 tackles defensively and nine carries for 54 yards.

Barbour County will travel to face a rallying New Brockton team 3-3 (2-2) who upset Elba last week.

Adam McCarley
5-10, 155 pounds
Senior Quarterback/Free Safety
Matt Wilson
5-11, 200 pounds
Senior Fullback/Linebacker
1A Phillips, Bear Creek 4-2 (3-2)

McCarley ran 20 times for 212 yards scoring three touchdowns and three two-point conversions. He completed nine of 15 passes for 235 yards adding another two touchdowns and a two-point conversion. Defensively, he made three tackles and broke up a pass.

Phillips holds a distinctive offensive record in the six-game season. They have outscored any team 1A-6A averaging over 55 points a game. The Bears have twice reached the eye-popping total of 80 points this season. This week was one of those occasions when they topped Vina 82-44.

Wilson contributed 105 yards on 16 rushes for three touchdowns and one two-point conversion. He caught a nine-yard pass for a touchdown and made eight tackles on defense.

Phillips, Bear Creek will face region 8 opponent Hubbard 5-1 (5-1) on the road this week.

Josh Chavis
5-11, 215 pounds
Junior Linebacker
Seth Baggett
5-10, 215 pounds
Junior Linebacker
1A J.U. Blacksher 5-1 (5-0)

Chavis and Baggett were a defensive juggernaut against Marengo last week. Chavis had 25 total tackles with 17 solo. He had one for a loss of yardage and one fumble recovery in the 7-0 win. Baggett had 18 total tackles, eight solo shots with one for a loss.

J. U. Blacksher will host J.F. Shields 0-6 (0-5)

Josh Price
5-7, 155 pounds
Junior Quarterback
2A Horseshoe Bend 3-3 (2-2)

Price completed 12-of-18 passes for 178 yards and two touchdowns. He rushed for 47 yards on nine carries in the team's 42-14 win over Randolph County.

The Generals will have a tough task this week when they host second-ranked Clay County 6-0 (5-0).

Judson Davis
6-3, 175 pounds
Senior Running Back/Free Safety
1A Brilliant 2-4 (1-4)

Davis had 16 carries for 191 yards with two touchdown runs of 63 and 10 yards. The senior also returned an 81-yard kick for a touchdown again Tharptown.

Brilliant will travel to Hackleburg 5-1 (4-1) this week in a region game.

Josh Brooks
5-10, 170 pounds
Junior Running Back
1A Fruitdale 2-4 (2-4)

Brooks ran for 218 yards on 14 carries for five touchdowns in their win over Coffeeville.

Fruitdale has gone through the most difficult part of their schedule (Sweet Water, J.U. Blacksher). They will travel this week to play Marengo 3-3 (1-3).

Matt Sandlin
6-4, 210 pounds
Junior Quarterback
Trey Conley
6-0, 190 pounds
Junior Linebacker
American Christian Academy 6-0 (4-0)

The Patriots keep rolling along with Sandlin at the helm. The big junior completed 11-of-18 passing attempts for 396 yards and three touchdowns.

Conley helped the defense to hold Hale County to a 42-6 deficit with 13 total tackles (nine solo) with two tackles for a loss.

Third-ranked American Christian Academy will host this week the co-leader of region 4, Pickens County 5-1 (4-0).

Dez Polk
5-9, 165 pounds
Senior Running Back
Speake 5-1 (5-1)

Polk made several appearances on this list last year, and he keeps revisiting. He had nine carries for 136 yards and three touchdowns against Waterloo.

Speake will play their first non-region game on the road this week when they meet 4A Corner 1-5 (0-4).

Cortez Thomas
5-10, 185 pounds
Senior Linebacker/Running Back
Buck Thomas
5-8, 165 pounds
Senior Running Back/Defensive Back
1A McIntosh (5-1)

Georgiana was the recipient of Cortez' 117 yards rushing on 12 carries and his 75-yard punt return. He totaled 12 tackles on defense. Thomas also broke the century mark with 112 yards rushing on eight carries. The senior defensive back had eight tackles with three pass breakups.

McIntosh will travel this week to Coffeeville 2-3 (2-3) for a region 1 matchup.

Josh Johnson
5-9, 210 pounds
Junior Running Back
2A Winston County 6-0 (4-0)

Johnson and his Yellow Jacket teammates continue to impress with their latest win over Sulligent 28-13. The junior ran for 196 yards and two touchdowns on 33 carries last week. He also scored a two-point conversion.

Winston County will travel this week to Cleveland 2-4 (1-3) for a region 7 game.

Tre Cosby
Sophomore Running Back
2A Tanner 6-0 (4-0)

Cosby had some big shoes to fill this year with the loss of two senior running backs, but he's been way more than adequate. He rushed for 272 yards on 20 carries for three touchdowns against Westminster Christian. The sophomore already has 883 yards and 13 touchdowns on the six-game season.

Fourth-ranked Tanner will travel this week to face a tough Red Bay team 4-2 (4-0).

J.D. Williams
5-9, 160 pounds
Junior Running Back
2A Clay County 6-0 (4-0)

The Panthers faced a tough test against Lanett and passed with flying colors. Williams had 122 yards on 10 carries and scored two touchdowns.

Clay County takes to the road this week to face Horseshoe Bend 3-3 (2-2).

Honorable Mention:

Jonathan Craig (5-8, 175 pounds), 2A Fultondale, junior fullback/linebacker, nine carries for 249 yards and three touchdowns against Shades Mountain Christian.

Clint Moseley (6-5, 200 pounds), 2A Leroy, senior quarterback completed 11-of-15 passing attempts for 260 yards, three touchdowns, 60 rushing yards on four attempts with a touchdown, kicked four extra points against Excel.

Jared Washington (6-2, 275 pounds), 2A Lanett, senior defensive lineman recorded 15 tackles (seven solo) with two for a loss in their loss to Clay County.

Randon Carnathan (6-2, 260 pounds), 3A Leeds, senior defensive end/fullback, 11 tackles, two for a loss and one sack against Pleasant Valley.

Tecumseh Garth (5-9, 175 pounds), 1A Hubbard, senior running back, 13 carries 213 yards and three touchdowns against Mount Hope.

Josh Draper (6-4, 235 pounds), 1A Hubbard, senior linebacker, 11 tackles, two for a loss with two sacks.

Chris Wilson (5-11, 235 pounds), 3A Sumter County linebacker had 18 tackles against Sumiton Christian.

Adrian Winn (5-10, 160 pounds), 3A Sumter County cornerback added eight tackles.

Elvin Steele (5-10, 200 pounds), 3A Sumter County running back rushed for 174 yards.

Austin Daniel (5-9, 190 pounds) 1A Mount Hope, freshman linebacker had eight tackles, four assists and three tackles for a loss. He also caused a fumble in their loss to Hubbard.

Tevin McNair (5-10, 200 pounds) 2A New Brockton, junior running back ran for 134 yards and a touchdown against Elba.

Tim Simon (6-2, 200 pounds) 3A Cordova, senior running back rushed for 140 yards on 11 carries adding three touchdowns. He also recovered a fumble and ran for a 53-yard score over Aliceville.

Dre Tucker, (5-10, 170 pounds) 2A Parrish, running back/linebacker has been one of the few brightspots for Parrish. He rushed for 120 yards and two touchdowns against Berry. He had nine tackles on defense and a 35-yard interception return.

Keenen Porter (5-6, 150 pounds) 1A Hazlewood, senior running back rushed for 214 yards on 17 carries scoring four touchdowns over Shoals Christian.

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