Stars of Alabama 4A-6A

What a week! The halfway point marked some outstanding games between region opponents and some more unfamiliar foes in a thrilling transition into the next five games of the regular season. 'Stars of Alabama' presented.

Jamal Woodyard
5-9, 200 pounds
Senior running back
Fairhope High School

This Fairhope team is very special. This is the first time since 1983 the team is off to a 5-0 start. No small thanks goes to their standout running back.

Woodyard rushed for 314 yards on 19 carries in a 41-21 win over reigning 4A champions UMS Wright. The senior caught three passes for 121 yards and a touchdown. This is his second game to top the 300 yard threshold in rushing this season.

Woodyard has 1,062 yards on 97 carries for a near 11-yard per carry average. He has caught eight passes for 154 yards and two touchdowns. He has scored 16 touchdowns on the ground this year.

Fairhope (5-0; 3-0) will travel this week to Benjamin Russell (0-5; 0-3) for a non-region 6A game.

Corey Grant
5-9, 190 pounds
Senior running back
Winfred Caldwell
6-0, 180 pounds
Junior linebacker
Opelika High School

The top-ranked team in 5A rolled into Opelika Friday night with what everyone assumed was a more dominant team. Vigor with it's gaudy 19-game winning streak, fooled everyone except the 6A Dawgs, and Vigor head coach Kerry Stevenson. He knew he was facing a daunting task, and it turned out to be just that.

Opelika lost to a vastly improved Dothan squad two weeks ago, and then pulled out an overtime win over Enterprise last week.

Running back Corey Grant made a statement right off the bat Friday night with a 30-yard run on the first possession which resulted in quarterback Kent Heard drawing first blood.

Grant wound up with 133 hard-fought yards on 23 carries.

The University of Alabama commitment scored on the second drive with a 12-yard run, and Opelika took care of the Wolves 26-6.

The senior running back also contributed two kick returns for 35 yards and caught two passes for 32 yards.

Grant has rushed for 705 yards on 111 carries scoring nine touchdowns for the season. He has six receptions for 111 yards and another touchdown.

Caldwell held up his end defensively for the Dawgs playing an inspired game with seven tackles and an interception returned 75 yards for a fourth quarter touchdown.

It doesn't get easier for Opelika (4-1; 2-1). They hit the road this week to play Coach Ron Nelson's undefeated Red Devils of Central-Phenix City (5-0; 3-0), the second undefeated team in their region along with Auburn(5-0; 3-0) who they will meet later in the season.

Kenneth Carter
6-5, 270 pound
Senior defensive tackle
Greenville High School

Greenville took their unbeaten record on the road to face 4A Andalusia and came away with a 36-15 victory.

The Auburn University commitment, Kenneth Carter, made 14 tackles, three for a loss of yards, two sacks and three quarterback pressures.

Greenville (5-0; 3-0) will host Wilcox-Central (0-5; 0-2) this week.

Ethan Barnes
5-9, 155 pounds
Senior wide receiver
Kyle Crabtree
5-10, 165 pounds
Junior quarterback
Fort Payne High School

In one of the best games last week the rivalry between the 5A Wildcats and 4A North Jackson continued with another win for the Wildcats over the Chiefs in back-to-back years. Last year's win snapped a nine-game losing skid to North Jackson.

To set the stage, Fort Payne was on the road and trailed 24-21, no timeouts and just over a minute to play. Sophomore receiver LaDarian Jones (6-4) took a lateral from quarterback Kyle Crabtree and hit fellow receiver Ethan Barnes on a 76-yard touchdown strike to take the lead and the win 28-24.

Barnes had seven receptions for 153 yards which included the winning touchdown. He also rushed for 18 yards on six carries.

Crabtree rushed for 90 yards on 17 carries and completed 18 passes for 227 yards and two touchdowns from his 43 attempts. The Wildcats put up 450 yards total offense on 79 offensive plays.

Fort Payne (4-1; 2-1) will host Boaz (4-1; 3-0) this week who comes in with a four game winning streak.

Tyler Owens
6-1, 205 pounds
Junior linebacker
Zach Jones
6-0, 205 pounds
Junior linebacker

The battle of the two undefeated teams, Clay-Chalkville and Tuscaloosa County, came down to a 7-7 tie, and nearing the end of regulation Tuscaloosa County lined up to attempt a 34-yard field goal. That's when Owens lurched over the offensive line and blocked Tuscaloosa County's bid to win the game. Instead, the two were forced into overtime.

Tuscaloosa County fumbled on the first overtime possession, and Clay-Chalkville scored on their third play to win the game 13-7, thus handing County High their first loss in the regular season since the second of November 2006.

Owens had seven tackles with three for a loss, while Jones had 15 tackles in the out of region matchup.

Clay-Chalkville (5-0; 3-0) will host Pinson Valley (0-5; 0-3) this week.

Will Lang
5-10, 175 pounds
Junior quarterback
Hartselle High School

It might have been easy for the Tigers to have a letdown after the big win over Russellville last week, and the flu-bug that struck the school, but it didn't happen. Hartselle handed 3A Cordova their first loss of the season in a 22-13 game.

Lang completed 21-of-24 pass attempts for 247 yards and two touchdowns.

Hartselle (5-0; 3-0) keeps both feet in the fire when they travel to face Athens (4-1; 3-0) this week in another important region game for Coach Bob Godsey's team.

Sam Pugh
5-11, 190 pounds
Senior defensive lineman
Fairfield High School

Fairfield is undefeated in region play and has only one loss to 6A Jess Lanier, who remains undefeated at 5-0.

Wenonah came into this weeks's game against the Tigers with a 3-0 record and left with a 3-1 record.

In the 22-12 affair, Fairfield's Sam Pugh had six tackles, an assist, a tackle for a loss, two quarterback hurries and three sacks in the important region win.

Fairfield (4-1; 4-0) will be visitors for Woodlawn (2-3; 2-3) this week in the fifth of seven consecutive region games for the Tigers.

Damarcus James
5-9, 200 pounds
Junior running back
Demopolis High School

Demopolis rebounded from last week's region loss to 5A Carver Montgomery with a big win over 6A Hillcrest Tuscaloosa this week 25-20.

James rushed for 215 yards on 25 carries and scored a touchdown in the win.

Demopolis (4-1; 1-1) will travel to face a tough Selma (3-2; 2-1) team in a region game this week.

Derrick Thomas
6-1, 200 pounds
Senior running back
Northview High School

Thomas rushed for 124 yards on 24 carries with a fourth quarter, 15-yard touchdown to notch the win over Wetumpka 17-13. He returned a fumble on defense in the third quarter for the only other touchdown for Northview.

Northview (2-3; 1-2) will travel to face an Enterprise (2-3; 0-3) team that like Northview desperately needs the region victory.

Kwon Alexander
6-2, 210 pounds
Sophomore linebacker
Oxford High School

Oxford bounced back after a loss to Gadsden City last week to win 21-3 over 6A Huntsville in a non-region game.

Alexander accounted for 12 solo tackles and four assists including four tackles for a loss. He had two sacks, six quarterback hurries and caused two fumbles in the win.

Oxford (4-1; 2-1) moves back into region play against a tough opponent this week, Hewitt-Trussville (4-1; 2-1), on the road. The Huskies are three points shy of being undefeated.

Jaquail Rutledge
5-8, 180 pounds
Senior running back
Bibb County High School

The 4A Choctaws are taking no prisoners this season. They have outscored opponents 238 to 26 which includes a slow starting first game against 6A Paul Bryant, 19-7. Last week they faced 6A Northridge at home, and the mismatches continued with a 48-6 winning margin.

Rutledge rushed for 179 yards on 25 carries and scored three touchdowns and three two-point conversions.

Next up for rampaging Bibb County (5-0; 3-0) is region opponent Southside Selma (2-3; 1-2).

Keller Davis
6-3, 190 pounds
Senior wide receiver/returner
Spanish Fort High School

Spanish Fort is continuing their success from last year's 11-2 record with this week's win over 4A Escambia County 45-0. Davis had four catches for 92 yards and a touchdown, returned a punt for a 68-yard touchdown and had another 72-yard score called back.

Spanish Fort (4-1; 2-1) hosts Faith Academy (1-4; 0-3) this week in a region contest.

Bryce Boydstun
6-3, 245 pounds
Senior defensive end
East Limestone High School

Boydstun had 12 tackles, six for a loss of yards and four sacks in their 55-20 win over 4A Ardmore. Coach Jeff Pugh says of Boydstun, "He is a great kid, a team leader and a full qualifier." Magic words for college football recruiters.

East Limestone (3-2; 1-2) will host this week Lee-Huntsville (0-5; 0-3).

J.J. Agee
5-5 130 pounds
Junior running back
Chilton County High School

Chilton County and Tallassee put on some kind of show in their 43-36 offensive barrage. Chilton County came away with the non-region win.

Agee carried the ball 24 times for 223 yards scoring three touchdowns. The junior also caught two passes for seven yards and another touchdown. He also had 83 yards on three kick returns.

Chilton County (2-3;0-2) starts the bulk of their region play this week with four consecutive games starting with Monroe County (1-4) this week.

Dante Devouse
6-0, 185 pounds
Senior linebacker
Central-Phenix City

Coach Ron Nelson has led Central Phenix City since 1998, but he was their offense coordinator for the prior 18 years including the 1993 state championship. Should the Red Devils win their game this week, they will have won their opening six games three times since 2002. The 1993 team's streak ended at five with a 22-21 loss to Opelika, who happens to be this week's opponent.

To get to this point, they had to get by Stanhope Elmore, no easy task. Devouse blocked the Mustang's field goal attempt at the end of the game to preserve the 32-29 victory in regulation.

Next up, the Dawgs (4-1; 2-1) roll in to town to face Central (5-0; 3-0).

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