Stars of Alabama 1A-3A

The ninth week of the season is behind us with one more week of non-region games. Many play on Halloween night before the elimination rounds begin. The Player of the Week is a Mustang and comes from the 1A-3A ranks. Player of the Week:
Brian Donovan
6-2, 205-pound senior running back
2A Isabella 7-2 (5-2)

Donovan has put together a great season with 1,202 yards rushing and 13 touchdowns. The senior averages just over 10 yards per carry. He is receiving recruiting interest from Division 1A schools and is planning visits.

The Mustangs defeated Shades Mountain 56-7 with Donovan rushing for 200 yards on 13 carries with three touchdown runs of 45, 45, and 21 yards. The big back will look to top his 1,228 yards from last season.

Isabella will host a tough 2A Lamar County 8-1 (6-1) this week before facing St. Jude 7-2 (6-1) in the first round of the playoffs.

Robert McCoy
6-5, 275 pounds
Senior Defensive Lineman

Dedrick Forsythe
5-10, 170 pounds
Sophomore Running Back
3A Leeds 9-0 (7-0)

The Green Wave is definitely back. With six shutouts from nine games you know players like McCoy are playing great football. Leeds defeated Tarrant 38-6. Big McCoy had 13 tackles with four for a loss of real estate.

Forsythe handles the other side of the ball, and the sophomore runner carried the ball 19 times for 229 yards and three touchdowns.

Leeds will look to flood their next victim before the playoffs start, and 5A Moody 3-6 (2-4) is the next one to try and hang ten on Leeds. Leeds will play Pisgah 5-4 (4-3) in the first round of the playoffs.

Tre Cosby
5-10, 160 pounds
Junior Running Back
2A Tanner 9-0 (7-0)

Cosby rushed for 266 yards on 33 carries with three touchdowns in another eye-catching performance against Hatton last week. The Rattlers silenced their rival 47-21.

Tanner has a tough task this week stepping up in class to play 3A Elkmont 8-1 (6-1), but if they can pull it off, they will accomplish what they did in 1994 when they ran the table in the regular season.

The Rattlers will find out who they face in the first round of the playoffs this weekend with a three-way tie for the job.

Tony Ellis
5-9, 175 pounds
Senior Running Back

Nick Lewis
6-2, 230 pounds
Senior Running Back
2A Flomaton 7-2 (5-2)

Flomaton defeated Washington County 42-23 in their final region game of the season. Ellis carried the ball 17 times for 150 yards while Lewis had six carries for 119 yards.

Flomaton will host 1A Coffeeville 2-6 (2-6) this week before they play what projects as a great game against Houston Academy 7-2 (6-1) in the first round of the playoffs.

D'wan Lewis
5-11, 180 pounds
Junior Running Back

Octavius Butler
5-10, 160 pounds
Senior Running Back
2A Keith 7-2 (5-2)

The Bears defeated Francis Marion 50-20 this week with Lewis and Butler shouldering a good portion of the ball handling. Lewis had 215 yards on 11 carries with four touchdown runs of 4, 10, 25 and 35 yards.

Butler rushed for 150 yards on six carries with two touchdowns of 4 and 92 yards.

Keith will visit 3A Calhoun 1-8 (1-6) this week before visiting American Christian 8-1 (6-1) in the first round of the playoffs.

Kevin Taylor
6-1, 185 pounds
Senior Linebacker
2A Woodland 5-4 (5-2)

Taylor did a little bit of everything in his team's win last week. He had 10 tackles, three sacks, two quarterback hurries, three tackles for a loss and caused three fumbles against Lineville. The Bobcats won the hard fought victory 14-10.

Woodland will travel to face 3A Piedmont 7-2 (6-1) this week before facing undefeated Tanner 9-0 (7-0) in the first round of the playoffs.

Adam McCarley
5-10, 150 pounds
Senior Quarterback/Free Safety

Trent Williams
5-10, 160 pounds
Junior Receiver/Cornerback
1A Phillips High School 6-3 (5-3)

McCarley and Williams faced Waterloo working their offensive magic with a 56-20 victory.

McCarley passed for 245 yards completing 15-of-23 attempts for three touchdowns. He ran the ball 17 times for 167 yards and completed three two-point conversions. Defensively, he intercepted three passes, made three tackles and broke-up two pass plays in another stellar performance.

Williams caught eight passes for 120 yards and a touchdown. He ran once for 13 yards. Defensively, the junior had six tackles, a pass break-up, caused a fumble and returned a kickoff 79 yards for a touchdown on special teams.

Maurice Tate
5-11, 220 pounds
Senior Fullback/Linebacker

Ajalon Bruno
5-10, 170 pounds
Senior Quarterback/Defensive Back
1A Linden 9-0 (8-0)

The undefeated Patriots defeated Autaugaville 49-8 in their last region matchup of the season. Tate is still piling up the numbers with 215 yards rushing on 16 carries scoring three touchdowns. This puts the senior over 1,500 yards and 34 touchdowns for the season. Tate had 12 tackles on defense with three for a loss of yardage.

There isn't a lot of need for Linden to pass, but Bruno was three for six with 97 yards. He ran for a five-yard score and returned a 40-yard punt for a touchdown.

Linden faces 3A Aliceville 4-5 (4-3) at home this week and will face Winterboro 4-5 (4-3) in the first round of the playoffs.

Josh Chavis
5-10, 225 pounds
Junior Linebacker
1A J.U. Blacksher 6-3 (6-2)

Chavis gave a valiant effort against Sweet Water with 16 tackles, 13 solo, but it wasn't enough to conquer the defending champion.

J.U. Blacksher will try and stop a three game skid when they travel to play 2A Excel 3-6 (3-4) this week. They will play Ariton 7-2 (5-2) in the first week of the playoffs.

Devondrick Richardson
6-4, 220 pounds
Senior Running Back/Linebacker

Calvin Fenn
5-10, 210 pounds
Senior Fullback/Linebacker
2A Barbour County 7-2 (6-1)

The big South Alabama verbal commitment had a great game against Houston Academy. The Jaugars took the Region 2 crown. Richardson had 13 rushes for 126 yards to go along with his 12 tackles and a sack on defense. He had a special-team touchdown with an 85-yard return, which made the difference in the 12-7 victory.

Fenn had 126 tackles on defense last year and was honored with honorable mention in the ASWA All-State selections. Fenn rushed for 38 yards on 15 carries and of great importance, accounted for 15 tackles in their victory.

Barbour County will travel to face 1A Bullock County this week and will host Washington County 4-5 (4-3) in the first round of the playoffs.

Antonio Harper
5-9, 150 pounds
Senior Running Back
2A Lanett 7-2 (6-1)

Harper rushed for 185 yards and scored two touchdowns in a 34-0 win over Randolph County. He also had three tackles on defense as the Panthers shut out the Tigers.

Lanett is the second seed out of region five behind undefeated Clay County. The Panthers will host 3A LaFayette 4-5 (3-4) this week before taking on Fyffe in what projects as one of the best games of the opening weekend's playoff rounds.

Dez Polk
5-9, 165 pounds
Senior Running Back
1A Speake 7-2 (6-2)

It is a tough task to travel to Hazlewood and try and get a win, but Speake nearly did it. In their last regional game of the season, they came up short 28-22. The electrifying Dez Polk will give them a lot to look forward to in the post-season. Polk had 30 carries for 150 yards rushing and two touchdowns. Speake's only other loss was a 7-6 decision to a one-loss to Hazlewood team, Hubbard.

Speake will travel for the fourth week in a row to play 1A Meek 4-5 (4-4). Speake will get Hackleburg 8-1 (7-1) in the first round of the playoffs.

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