Stars of Alabama 1A-3A

The first half of the regular season is in the books, and most teams ventured away from district games in an exciting week. Presented are the 'Stars of Alabama' for outstanding performances in week five.

Chance Lyon
5-10, 180 pounds
Senior running back/linebacker
Fruitdale High School

Chance Lyon and his Fruitdale teammates fought a heroic battle against region foe Sweet Water two weeks ago in a weather soaked game and emerged with what nearly equated to a victory losing only 8-0. Sweet Water's other three region games were settled 167-0.

Fruitdale with a 1-3 record traveled to face one-loss Butler County Magnet whose only stumble came at the hands of the talented 5A Shelby County High School team.

Fruitdale turned in another battle that resulted in an 18-14 win for the Pirates.

Lyon had 17 carries for 107 yards and a score at running back, but it was on defense that he did the bulk of his work. Fourteen tackles, two sacks and one fumble recovery in a tight region game.

Fruitdale (2-3; 2-3) will host Coffeeville (1-4; 1-2) this week in their sixth straight region game.

Victor Marshall
5-10, 160 pounds
Senior running back/outside linebacker
Butler County Manget School

Another Star performer in the Fruitdale/Butler County game as well. Marshall rushed for 218 yards on eight carries. He returned two kickoffs for 85 yards and made seven tackles on defense for the newly formed school.

Coach Shane Smothers says of Marshall's tenacity, "He has rushed for over 200 yards each of the last two games while not coming off the field on defense or special teams."

Butler County Magnet (3-2; 2-1) will kick off a brutal two weeks on the road when they visit McIntosh (4-0; 4-0) followed by Sweet Water (4-1; 4-0).

Christian Cantrell
5-11, 180 pounds
Senior running back
Piedmont High School

Coach Steve Smith's Piedmont Bulldogs are building great momentum through this first half of the season. After a first game loss to 4A powerhouse Cherokee County (5-0), they have reeled off four straight victories with a 27-6 average scoring margin.

Last week, against 2A Ohatchee, the Bulldogs counted on a strong performance by their senior back, Christian Cantrell. He had eight carries for 233 yards and three touchdowns of 61, 15, and 62 yards.

Piedmont (4-1; 3-0) will stay home to host White Plains (3-2; 1-2), a team that gave undefeated Glencoe a real tussle in a 7-6 loss two weeks ago.

Ryan McGhee
5-8, 155 pounds
Senior defensive back/wide receiver/quarterback
Luverne High School

Luverne has rolled off five straight wins which makes the October 9 matchup between undefeated 3A region opponent T.R. Miller one to mark on the calendar.

Luverne took on 4A Alabama Christian last week and came away with a 47-23 victory over a good team. McGhee carried the ball eight times for 132 yards and scored twice. He had 50 yards in receiving and returned a 47-yard punt for a touchdown. He also caught an 85-yard interception for a touchdown. McGhee played every snap of the ball game.

Luverne (5-0; 3-0) will host Cottage Hill (1-4; 0-3) in a region matchup this week.

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

Fritts has rolled up the yards in his team's five wins, and this week's game was no exception in their 39-0 win over Billingsley. The team's fourth straight shut-out. The junior rushed for 202 yards on 20 carries and scored three touchdowns.

Linden (5-0; 4-0) will face their stiffest competition of the year this week when Maplesville (5-0; 4-0) comes to call.

Desmond Warren
6-1, 200 pounds
Senior Quarterback
Houston County High School

The UAB commitment never fails to catch your attention week-in and week-out. Warren completed 21-of-33 pass attempts for 337 yards and four touchdowns and rushed for another 85 yards scoring for the fifth time in a 32-7 win over Abbeville.

Houston County (4-1; 2-1) will host Samson (1-4; 0-3) in a region game.

Michael Lindsey
5-10, 160 pounds
Sophomore Athlete
Elba High School

Elba struggled some offensively in their first four wins scoring only 51 points. This week the 2A team busted out against 3A Geneva in the 40-18 win.

The sophomore did a little of everything and did it well. Lindsey caught two passes for 84 yards and two touchdowns of 73 and 11 yards. He rushed for 20 yards on three carries and scored a third touchdown. He returned four kickoffs for 151 yards with one going for an 86-yard touchdown. All told, the youngster touched the ball nine times for 255 yards and four touchdowns.

Elba (5-0; 3-0) hosts New Brockton (4-1;2-1) this week in a region game.

Diamond Simmons
5-10, 170 pounds
Sophomore running back
Hanceville High School

Hanceville has a 2-3 record, but they have won their last two games. Their record makes the performance of this sophomore all the more impressive. Simmons has rushed for more than 800 yards in just five games. He ran for 180 yards against Cold Springs on 21 carries and scored on runs of 47, 8, and 78 yards.

Hanceville (2-3; 1-2) will try to stretch their winning streak to three when they travel to Vinemont (3-2; 2-1) in an important region seven game.

Brett Smith
6-0, 220 pounds
Sophomore lineman
Terrance Hollingsworth
5-8, 175 pounds
Eighth grade Running Back
Berry High School

Smith recorded 17 tackles and a sack in Berry's win over Brilliant 55-7. Hollingsworth rushed for 185 yards on 13 carries scoring twice. Berry has five wins and outscored opponents 257-32 never allowing more than seven points in any game.

Berry (5-0; 4-0) will face a rejuvenated Parrish (3-2; 3-2) at home this week as the Tornadoes look to upset and win three in a row.

Josh Price
5-8, 150 pounds
Senior quarterback
Chad Moore
6-0, 165 pounds
Sophomore defensive lineman
Horseshoe Bend High School

The Generals are rolling along, and last week hosted Thorsby in a 28-6 victory, the team's first homecoming victory since 2005. Price completed 12-of-18 pass attempts for 171 yards and a touchdown.

Moore posted 14 tackles, with three for a loss and one pass deflection in the out of region game.

Horseshoe Bend (3-2; 1-2) will face a very important region game when they host Randolph County (3-2; 2-1) this week.

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