Stars of Alabama 4A-6A

It is 'make it or break it' time for many teams. The 6A classification saw upsets of undefeated Oxford and a resurgent Shades Valley take the wind out of Gadsden City's sails. Auburn settled the score with Smiths Station to share the top spot with rival Opelika. presents Stars of Alabama 4A-6A. Stars of Alabama

Calvin Jenkins
5-10, 180 pounds
Junior Quarterback
Latrell Jenkins
5-6, 185 pounds
Senior Running Back
6A Auburn 6-0 (4-0)

The Jenkins duo gave a huge effort in the win over undefeated Smiths Station. The game was close after the first half, but the Tigers went on to assert themselves in the second half and come away with a 44-22 victory. Calvin Jenkins ran the ball 21 times for 96 yards and two touchdowns while completing 13-of-21 pass attempts for 200 yards and a third touchdown.

Senior running back Latrell Jenkins scored three times with runs of 67, 37 and 8 yards.

Auburn hits the road this week to face Russell County 2-4 (0-4), but a big showdown with their biggest rival, Opelika, looms October 24th.

Robert Cooper
6-3, 215 pounds
Senior Quarterback
Willie McCrary
6-0, 200 pounds
Senior Linebacker
6A Daphne 3-3 (2-1)

Cooper looked like a monster Friday night against Foley with 384 total yards. He completed 15-of-24 passing attempts for 268 yards and carried the ball 19 times for 116 yards and two touchdowns in the win.

McCrary took over for Cooper on the defensive side with 10 tackles, three assists, one pass breakup and one sack.

Daphne will play visitor to Baldwin County 3-3 (1-2) this week, the second region game in a run of four for the Trojans.

Brian Gray
6-2, 225 pounds
Senior Linebacker
Noah Wilson
5-9, 175 pounds
Junior Running Back
6A Hewitt-Trussville 4-2 (4-0)

The Huskies handed fourth-ranked Oxford their first loss of the season with a 19-18 decision. Gray had 17 tackles on defense with one for a loss.

Wilson had eight catches for 147 yards and a touchdown and picked up another 15 yards on seven ground tries. Wilson's touchdown was a 35-yard reception with :18 seconds left in the game which became the game winning score.

Hewitt-Trussville leads region 7 with a 4-0 record. They will put the record on the line when they visit a Shades Valley 3-3 (2-2) team coming off of a big win over Gadsden City.

Fabian Truss
5-8, 165 pounds
Junior Running Back
6A Shades Valley 3-3 (2-2)

Truss and his teammates faced a formidable task of defeating a talent-laden Gadsden City squad with a 35-21 victory. Truss ran for 116 yards on 18 carries with two touchdowns.

Shades Valley hasn't been to the playoffs since 2000, and the Mounties will take another step in their brutal end-of-season stretch that starts with a home game against Hewitt-Trussville 4-2 (4-0). Oxford and Pinson Valley are next for Truss and Company.

Jake Holland
6-1, 220 pound
Junior Linebacker
6A Pelham 4-2 (4-2)

Holland picked up a scholarship offer from UAB last week, the junior had 10 tackles and a fumble recovery against Thompson.

Pelham has two region games remaining. This week facing a tougher-than-their-record indicates Gardendale 3-3 (2-3) at home. Their last region game is October 24th against Hoover.

Jarrell Smith
5-11, 175 pounds
Junior Quarterback
6A Davidson 6-0 (4-0)

The junior ran the ball 23 times for 235 yards with touchdown runs of 70, 45 and a game winner of seven yards. He completed five of six passes attempted for 106 yards adding two more touchdowns. His one incomplete pass was a spike to stop the clock against Theodore in a 41-39 victory.

Coach Riley and his Warriors are having an incredible year with wins over Daphne, McGill-Toolen and Theodore, but it doesn't get easier this week. Williamson visits with their 4-2 (4-1) record and will try to secure their spot in the playoffs in this tough region 1. Undefeated Murphy also looms on the horizon.

Justin McCreary
5-10, 250 pounds
Senior Running Back
6A Theodore 4-2 (3-1)

McCreary had his second straight week with over 200 yards, but his Bobcats were on the receiving end of Jarrell Smith's night. That doesn't lessen the big strong back's performance with 244 yards rushing on 29 carries and two touchdowns in the loss.

Theodore will face another undefeated team this week when they play a stingy Murphy team 6-0 (4-0) that allows only 7.8 points per game. That number is second only to Prattville who averages giving up 2.5 points per game.

Lee Downing
6-0, 235 pounds
Senior Linebacker
Courtney Moss
6-0, 220 pounds
Senior Running Back/Linebacker
4A Alabama Christian 3-3 (1-3)

Downing and Moss became a one-two punch in upsetting a one-loss Montgomery Catholic team, 23-19. Downing had 13 tackles, four for a loss of yardage. He also had a stop on fourth and one. This was Downing's first game at linebacker, he previously played defensive tackle for the Eagles.

Moss took care of business offensively with 21 carries for 138 yards and two touchdowns. He also had four tackles from the linebacker position.

Alabama Christian will try to keep rolling this week when they travel to St. James 0-6 (0-4).

Kent Black
5-11, 175 pounds
Senior Punter
6A Opelika 5-1 (4-0)

Field position means everything, and the Opelika Bulldogs stress these fundamentals every game. Black punted four times in their win over Central Phenix City for 64, 45, 44, and 33 yards. That gave him a 47-yard average for the night. He is averaging 42.9 yards per punt this season.

Opelika travels this week for a region game against Northview 2-4 (1-3).

Tyler Grant
6-0, 180 pounds
Senior Quarterback/Wide Receiver/Defensive Back
5A Tallassee 5-1 (3-1)

Grant had 75 yards rushing on 10 carries with a touchdown, caught three passes for 111 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, the senior had seven total tackles and a pass break up. He also returned a punt for 68 yards that was negated by a penalty.
Tallassee will battle Beauregard 4-2 (3-1) this week on the road for the outright lead in region 2.

Drew Phillips
6-1, 190 pounds
Junior Running Back
Chase Williams
5-10, 175 pounds
Junior Linebacker
5A Boaz 4-2 (3-1)

Hard to find words to describe this talented Boaz running back. He's like a Pirate Tornado. He ran the ball 37 times for 231 yards and scored touchdowns of three and 13 yards against Ft. Payne.

Phillips has put up three 200-plus yard games this season. He has 162 rushes for 1,049 yards and seven touchdowns in six games with a 6.5 yard average per carry. He has returned seven kicks for 137 yards (19.6 average), three punt returns totaling an amazing 153 yards (51 average) with a touchdown.

Williams did his part on defense to unhinge undefeated Fort Payne with 22 tackles. He had three for a loss, two pass breakups and a caused fumble in the win.

Boaz will travel to the next opponent, Southside Gadsden 3-3 (1-3), who will try to slow down Phillips.

Shawn Southward
5-10, 185 pounds
Senior Running Back
6A Florence 4-2 (4-2)

The consistent Southward helped his teammates to a 21-12 win over Sparkman with a 195-yard performance on 22 carries and a touchdown run of four yards. He also caught a 39-yard touchdown pass.

Florence will host Grissom 2-4 (1-4) this week.

Honorable Mention:

Dezman Ivory, 6A Minor, athlete rushed for 127 yards and caught five passes for 109 yards and returned a punt for a 61-yard touchdown against Jackson Olin.

Quinton Dial, 6A Clay-Chalkville, defensive tackle had 12 tackles and a sack over Pinson Valley.

Alex Page, 6A Prattville, defensive end had 10 tackles and two quarterback hurries in their fifth consecutive shutout over Jeff Davis.

Jamie Humphries, 5A Brewer, quarterback completed 12-of-22 passes for 154 yards and added 248 yards on the ground with 35 rushes in their loss to Springville.

LaPrintess Morris, 4A Jackson, junior defensive back, intercepted three passes against UMS-Wright, two inside Jackson's 10-yard line.

Wilson Love, 6A Mountain Brook, junior defensive end, recorded 12 tackles and a sack in a win over Gardendale.

LaDarius Thompson, 5A Fairfield, senior receiver, after a tough first half Thompson opened the third quarter with an 80-yard touchdown return against Woodlawn.

Zach Stacy, 5A Bibb County, senior running back, rushed for 239 yards on 18 carries scoring four touchdowns, all in the first half in a win over Southside Selma.

Ameriol Finley, 5A Beauregard, quarterback, completed nine of 13 pass attempts for 77 yards and ran for 125 yards on 19 carries in a win over Charles Henderson.

T.J. Gurley, 5A Madison County, quarterback completed 16-of-21 pass attempts for 220 yards and two touchdowns. He ran for 58 yards and two more scores in their win over Albertville.

Andrew Pitts, 5A Carver Montgomery, running back rushed for 204 yards on nine carries with three touchdowns in win over Carver Birmingham.

London Pitts, 5A Carver Montgomery, defensive back picked off two passes and returned both for touchdowns.

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