Stars of Alabama 1A-6A & Player of the Week

A soggy, stormy weekend in Alabama did little to slow down the state's prep athletes in week four of the 2009 season. We have selected our player of the week for the 'Stars of Alabama' from the class 1A-6A ranks. The senior put in an incredible performance to claim the top spot.

Dwayne Childs had a man-sized performance when his Randolph County Tiger teammates stalked the Ranburne football team Friday night. The 6-0, 200 pound senior running back rushed for 382 yards on 15 carries (25.4 ypc) and made an interception on defense. With a 36-36 tie, Childs scored his fifth touchdown late in the game to secure the 2A region 5 win 43-36. He scored on touchdown runs of 69, 87, 65, 73 and 65 yards in the victory.

Randolph County (3-1; 2-1) will step out of the region this week and stay on the road to play 3A Dadeville (3-1; 2-1).

Stars of Alabama 1A-3A

Taylor Thrash
5-10, 180 pounds
Senior Running Back
Fyffe High School

Thrash has been a bellwether for Fyffe during his years playing for Coach Paul Benefield. The senior rushed for 250 yards on eight carries scoring three touchdowns in their 44-7 win over North Sand Mountain.

Fyffe (3-1;3-0) will welcome Gordon Lee from Georgia this weekend.

Tevin McNair
5-10, 215 pounds
Senior Running Back
New Brockton High School

McNair rushed for 192 yards on 18 carries in the team's win over Cottonwood snapping a four year losing streak to the opponent in the process. McNair had 16 tackles on defense in the 24-22 road victory.

New Brockton (3-1;2-1) will travel this week to face 1A Ariton (1-3;1-2) in an out of region matchup.

Mickey Jackson
6-1, 310 pounds
Junior Nose Tackle
Piedmont High School

Jackson had a productive night on the road in their team's 15-6 victory over region foe Tarrant. Jackson turned in 10 total tackles with four for a loss, one sack, two quarterback hurries and forced a fumble in the defensive struggle.

Piedmont (3-1; 3-0) has only loss once this season to 4A powerhouse Cherokee County. They have since reeled off three straight district matchups. They will host 2A Ohatchee (1-3; 0-3) this week before facing the second half of 3A competition the next week.

Dylan Whitsett
6-2, 205 pounds
Senior Quarterback
Millry High School

Whitsett completed 17-of-22 pass attempts against Red Level for 267 yards scoring four touchdowns.

Millry (3-1; 2-1)has only one loss, a three-point decision against top-ranked Leroy. They will face 3A Choctaw County (1-3;1-2) at home this week.

Kendarius Fritts
5-11, 185 pounds
Junior Running Back
Linden High School

Fritts rushed for 206 yards on 19 carries in a 44-0 win over Holy Spirit.

Linden (4-0; 3-0) travels to Billingsley (2-2; 2-2)for a region game this week.

Kyle Crane
5-10, 165 pounds
Senior Quarterback
Marcus Reese
6-0, 170 pounds
Junior Running Back/Strong Safety
Kyle Beck
5-11, 160 pounds
Junior Safety
Cedar Bluff High School

Crane and his teammates battled region rival Valley Head to a 49-24 victory on Friday night. Crane has been such a big part of the success Cedar Bluff has enjoyed during his time playing for Coach Jonathan McWhorter. This week was no exception as he completed 10-of-16 pass attempts for 299 yards scoring five touchdowns.

Reese snagged four of those passes for 148 yards and two touchdowns. He also rushed for 37 yards. Defensively, the junior had 10 tackles with three for a loss of yards.

Beck accumulated 16 tackles and caused a fumble in the important region win which may set up a great clash with Gaston (4-0; 3-0) for the region championship October 16th.

This week 1A Cedar Bluff (3-1; 3-0) will host 3A Weaver (1-3;0-3) before picking up region play against Collinsville the next week.

Chance Lyon
5-11, 180 pounds
Senior Linebacker
Frutidale High School

Fruitdale nearly pulled off the upset of the year against Sweet Water in an 8-0 loss. The defense certainly put up a great effort with Lyon leading the group with 15 tackles, three caused fumbles and recovering two fumbles. Fruitdale held the three-time state champion, Sweet Water, to just 89 total yards.

Fruitdale (1-3; 1-3) travels this week to play another strong team in Butler County Magnet (3-1; 2-0).

Pierre Warren
6-2, 190 pounds
Senior Athlete
Marbury High School

Warren, who has scholarship offers to Jacksonville State and South Alabama, rushed for 242 yards and four touchdowns in the team's 26-18 win over Beulah. The senior also had eight tackles on defense.

3A Marbury (2-2;2-1) hosts 4A Ashford (2-2;2-1) this week.

Devante' Lewis
5-5, 170 pounds
Senior Kicker and Nose Guard
Marengo High School

Lewis had 14 solo tackles against Sunshine this week. He also made three extra points. Marengo head coach James Rutherford says of Lewis and his drive, "This young man plays his heart out and gets after the quarterback regardless of the center's size." The Panthers won the contest on the road 33-18.

Marengo (1-2; 0-1) jumps back into region play this week against a tough McIntosh (3-0; 3-0) on the road.

Victor Marshall
5-10 160 pounds
Senior Running Back/Outside Linebacker
Butler County Magnet School

The newly formed 1A school is having a great season only losing once to 5A Shelby County. This week the Panthers faced Resurrection Catholic from Pascagoula, Miss. and came away with a 54-0 win. Marshall ran the ball seven times for 200 yards for a gaudy average of better than 28 yards per carry. He scored two touchdowns during the only half that he played. The senior accounted for nine tackles and an interception returned 30 yards for a touchdown on defense.

Butler County (3-1; 2-0) will host Fruitdale (1-3; 1-3) this week. Fruitdale put in a great performance against Sweet Water in an 8-0 loss under poor conditions.

Steven Stewart
5-10, 185 pounds
Junior Running Back
Sulligent High School

Stewart and Coach Dwight Bowling's bunch lost a heartbreaker when an extra point was waived off with a penalty, and the second attempt was missed in a 21-20 2A region loss to a strong Lamar County team who is undefeated. Sulligent's two losses amounts to a three-point deficit, as the first loss was an overtime contest against undefeated Hamilton from class 3A.

The loss takes nothing away from the great performance by Stewart who set-up the first leg of the final touchdown on a hook-and-ladder play with the score 21-14. With just over a minute remaining Stewart passed the ball on third and 16 which initiated the the play which took the Blue Devils into the end zone to make it 21-20.

Stewart rushed for 190 yards on 30 carries scoring two touchdowns and a two-point conversion. He completed two of his four passing attempts for 70 yards and a touchdown. Defensively, the junior had six tackles and on special teams 60 yards in kick returns.

Sulligent (2-2; 2-1) travels to 3A Winfield (2-2; 2-1) this week.

Delrickus Rhoden
Junior Running Back
Walter Wellborn High School

Coach Jeff Smith returned to his Alma Mater this season, and the team won their first game of the season over Pleasant Valley. The previous two years saw only one win each season. Delrickus Rhoden rushed for 223 yards on 38 carries scoring four touchdowns on runs of 19, 4, 1, 4 yards.

Walter Wellborn (1-3; 1-2) will face an unlucky 4A Alexandria team which finds itself with with a 1-3 record after losing two of the three losses by a point each.

Honorable Mention:

Trent Williams, senior quarterback/linebacker, Phillips, Bear Creek - Six rushes for 84 yards and a touchdown, 20-of-29 passing for 308 yards and four touchdowns. He had two tackles and an interception on defense in the win over Tharptown. Phillips has an open date this week.

Britt Owen, senior linebacker, Houston Academy - 14 tackles in the first half in a 41-14 win over Samson. Houston Academy travels this week to play 3A Slocomb.

Desmond Warren, senior quarterback, Houston County - completed 16-of-27 pass attempts for 195 yards and scored four times. He rushed for 65 yards and two touchdowns in the 62-20 win over Barbour County. Houston County travels this week to play 3A Abbeville.

The first half of region play is over for most schools, and many will venture into other classifications and regions this week. Here is a look back at some of the best performances of Week Four, the 'Stars of Alabama' in 4A-6A.

Ben Neill
5-10. 175 pounds
Senior Quarterback/Free Safety/Punter
6A Decatur High School

Neill has been leading the Red Raiders three years as the starter for Coach Jere Adcock. The term warrior seems to fit this young man as he always battles for his team in all three phases of the game, offense, defense and special teams. Neill completed 16 of his 24 pass attempts for 225 yards and three touchdowns.

The senior is hitting at better than a 65-percent completion ratio for the season with 800 yards and nine touchdowns. He has yet to throw an interception.

Neill also had three tackles on defense and punted four times for 183 yards for a 45.75-yard average with one inside the 20.

Decatur (4-0; 3-0) goes back to region play this week and face undefeated Bob Jones (4-0; 4-0) on the road.

Will Lang
5-10, 175 pounds
Junior Quarterback
Logan Cain
6-1, 190 pounds
Senior Linebacker
5A Hartselle High School

Lang was the picture of confidence, and Cain was every bit the leader last Friday night against second-ranked Russellville. The junior signal caller completed 20-of-28 pass attempts for 178 yards.

Cain picked off two interceptions from Russellville and returned one for a 26-yard touchdown in the 27-13 Hartselle victory.

Hartselle (4-0; 3-0) hosts 3A Cordova (4-0; 3-0) this week.

Antavio Smith
5-10, 170 pounds
Senior Running Back
Fred Carter
6'1 220 pounds
Senior Defensive End
6A Gadsden City High School

Smith rushed for 126 yards on 12 carries against Oxford in the 28-0 win. The senior scored twice and had a 52-yard run to drive inside the Yellow Jackets five-yard line in the first half which resulted in a touchdown. Smith again scampered 52-yards in a second-half run, but this time he finished the job taking it into the end zone lifting his team to a 13-0 lead.

Carter had 15 tackles netting a 32 yard loss. The senior had four sacks, one fumble returned for a touchdowh and a quarterback pressure in the win.

Gadsden City (3-1; 3-0) stays home this week to host their struggling rival 5A Etowah (1-3; 1-2).

Chase Williams
6-0, 205 pounds
Senior Linebacker
5A Boaz High School

Williams had 27 tackles, four for a loss of yards, two hurries and two sacks in his team's 28-7 win over Scottsboro. The 27 tackles is a new school record and places Williams fifth in the AHSAA record books for tackles in a game.

Boaz (3-1; 3-0) will travel to Keith Howard Stadium this week to face 4A Lincoln (3-1; 2-1).

Chris Dukes
5-9, 185 pounds
Junior Running Back
4A UMS Wright School

Dukes impressed last year during his sophomore season, and he is at it again this year. The junior collected 290 yards on 24 carries scoring two touchdowns in his team's 45-17 region win over Clarke County.

UMS Wright (3-1; 2-1) has a tough assignment this week when they visit 6A Fairhope (4-0; 3-0).

JaMarcus Nelson
5-11, 170 pounds
Senior Wide Receiver/Defensive Back/Returns
4A Midfield High School

Nelson helped his team to their fourth victory of the season with a 28-0 win over West Point. The 4A State Champion in the 100 meter (10.78) had six tackles, two interceptions with one returned 99 yards for a touchdown.

Midfield (4-0; 3-0) will face 6A Jackson-Olin (0-4; 0-3) as the home team this week.

Patrick McGavin
6-3, 205 pounds
Senior Quarterback
5A Spanish Fort High School

McGavin completed eight of 10 pass attempts for 138 yards scoring twice. He also rushed for 73 yards and posted two more touchdowns on 11 carries. McGavin played one half in the 45-6 win against Escambia County.

Spanish Fort (3-1; 2-1) will host this week 4A Hillcrest Evergreen (0-4; 0-3).

Demetric Price
6-3, 180 pounds
Senior Quarterback
5A Parker High School

Price gave great effort against 6A Decatur, and the opponent's head coach, Jere Adcock, let know how impressed he was with the senior's game. Price completed 20-of-35 pass attempts for 366 yards with two touchdowns. He has completed 56-of-102 attempts for teh season for 754 yards and five touchdowns.

Parker (1-3; 1-2) gets no break, they will host undefeated Anniston (4-0; 3-0) this week.

Chris Jones
5-10, 170 pounds
Junior Athlete
6A Minor High School

Jones returned a punt 97 yards for a touchdown and made an interception in the Tigers 20-7 win over region opponent Hueytown.

Minor (3-1; 2-1) will play a tough 6A Hewitt-Trussville (3-1;2-1) in an out of region game.

Taylor Hughes
6-0, 180 pounds
Senior Quarterback
5A Chilton County High School

Hughes rushed for 144 yards on 22 caries and two touchdowns in the loss to 6A Gardendale 23-14. The senior's scores were on 7 and 56 yard runs.

Chilton County (1-3; 0-2) is a better team than their record would indicate, and they will host 5A Tallassee (3-1; 2-1) in an out of region matchup this week.

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