Stars of Alabama 4A-6A

The sixth week of the season was highlighted by spectacular comebacks, special teams and defense. Here are some of the best performances of the week, the Stars of Alabama.

Logan Paul
6-1, 185 pounds
Senior Quarterback
Gulf Shores High School

Paul complete 23-of-29 pass attempts for 298 yards in a 56-33 win over Citronelle. He also rushed for 70 yards on eight carries. Paul scored seven touchdowns. The senior was All-County in 2008.

Gulf Shores travels to Escambia County this week for a region contest.

Tyree Roberts
5-6, 165 pounds
Junior Running Back
Albertville High School

Roberts rushed for 224 yards on 24 carries and scored four touchdowns in their win over Madison County 28-0.

Albertville hosts the Cardiac Cats of Fort Payne this week.

Brandon Knight
5-11, 205 pounds
Senior Running Back
McKinley Greer
5-11, 215 pounds
Senior Linebacker
Dothan High School

Many people are probably surprised that Dothan could turn their football program around so quickly, but Coach Kelvis White warned us earlier this year that the improvement would be big. The one-loss team defeated Russell County this week. Knight had 24 carries for 136 yards and two touchdowns in the 21-6 win.

Greer took care of things on defense with 11 tackles, 10 solo, one sack, a pressure, a forced fumble, and two pass break-ups.

Dothan faces a stiff test this week when they travel to take on undefeated Central Phenix City.

Brandon Wells
6-4, 175 pounds
Junior Quarterback
Calera High School

Wells led his his team to a 35-18 win over Greensboro, easing out of a two-game losing streak. He completed 10-of-16 passing attempts for 257 yards. He rushed for 140 yards and scored four times.

Calera plays host to Dallas County this week.

Nick Perry
6-2, 190 pounds
Senior Defensive Back
Prattville High School

Perry pulled in two interceptions scoring a 41-yard touchdown with one of the picks in a 52-0 win over Jeff Davis. The Lions remain undefeated in region play.

This University of Alabama commitment will play host to region opponent Stanhope Elmore and another Tide commitment, Demarcus Milliner, this week.

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

Lang continues to impress with his poise in tough games. This week the top team in 5A defeated Athens, in a huge region game, 32-22. Lang completed 23-of-32 pass attempts for 278 yards scoring two touchdowns, one by land and one by air.

Hartselle is undefeated and travels to play Butler this week in the first of three district games left for the Tigers.

Ben Neill
5-10, 170 pounds
Senior Quarterback
Decatur High School

There is something special about 5-10 quarterbacks in northeast Alabama. Neill, just as Lang, plays with immeasurable heart and determination. Neill completed 18-of-24 pass attempts for 218 yards and four touchdowns. Neill also rushed for more than 100 yards and scored a touchdown in the 42-22 win over Buckhorn.

Decatur will face Hazel Green at home in a region game this week.

Michael Pierce
5-11, 240 pounds
Junior Linebacker
Daphne High School

It has been a tough year early for Daphne, but after a win over their biggest rival, Foley, 34-29 things are improving. Daphne has three region games left and have a 1-2 record in region play. Pierce had 12 tackles to lead the Trojans.

Daphne will host Baldwin County in the first of the final region games.

Antavio Smith
5-11, 170 pounds
Senior Running Back
Gadsden City High School

Gadsden City has built momentum this year like a volcano ready to erupt. While their defense has only allowed a maximum of nine points in a game this season, they are undoubtedly helped by a running game that includes Smith. He rushed for 111 yards on 17 carries scoring two touchdowns against a very good Shades Valley team. He also caught a touchdown pass for 55 yards and returned a kickoff 95-yards for a touchdown.

Coach Joe Billingsley says of Smith, "Antavio is a player with heart, intensity, athleticism. He is a leader."

Gadsden City travels to Pell City this week before facing two back-to-back opponents in Hewitt-Trussville and Clay-Chalkville at home to decide region 7.

Kwon Alexader
6-2, 210 pounds
Sophomore Linebacker
Brent Anderson
5-10, 180 pounds
Junior Running Back
Oxford High School

Oxford took a huge step in their tough region competition with a 28-14 win over Hewitt-Trussville. Alexander had 10 tackles, five assists, three tackles for a loss, three sacks, three quarterback hurries and one pass deflection in the victory.

Anderson rushed for 152 yards on 19 carries scoring two touchdowns.

In one of the top games this week, Oxford will host undefeated Clay-Chalkville.

Jarrick Williams
6-2, 210 pounds
Senior Defensive Back
Donald Spencer
5-11, 200 pounds
Senior Linebacker
Carl Binder
6-2, 200 pounds
Junior Defensive End/Linebacker
Joseph Perine
5-10, 190 pounds
Senior Linebacker
Antonio Marsh
6-2, 205 pounds
Junior Linebacker/Defensive End
Travis Lockhart
6-5, 305 pounds
Sophomore Offensive Lineman
Calvin Davidson
5-9, 160 pounds
Senior wide receiver
Quiniterris Toppings
6-0, 170 pounds
Freshman Quarterback
Blount High School

A lot of heros when you win a one-point decision over an undefeated top-ranked team in your region. Williams, a University of Alabama commitment, led Coach Kevin Sigler's defense to a 34-33 victory in this important game that brings the team's region record to 2-2. The Tide commitment had 10 tackles with six solo, recovered a fumble, picked off a pass and returned it 98-yards for a touchdown. He was also perfect on his four point-after kicks.

Spencer had 12 total tackles with seven solo, 2.5 sacks (three hurries), three tackles for a loss, caused a fumble and blocked a game winning field goal.

Binder had eight total tackles, with four solo, 1.5 sack (two hurries), two tackles for a loss, three pass breakups, and recovered a fumble for a 25 yard touchdown.

Perine had 10 total tackles with four solo, two tackles for a loss, two quarterback hurries and an interception.

Marsh had eight total tackles with five solo and an interception.

Davidson, last year's quarterback, has found his niche at receiver. He caught eight passes for 127 yards scoring twice. Another touchdown on the ground and a 55-yard punt return.

Toppings, the ninth grade quarterback, completed 17-of-25 pass attempts for 197 yards and two touchdowns with one interception.

The big lineman who cleared the way offensively is Travis Lockhart, the 6-5 305-pound sophomore graded 90% and had five knockdowns in the win.

Blount will travel within their region to play Mary Montgomery this weekend.

Crawford Steinberg
5-9 ,170 pounds
Junior Special Teams
St. James High School

Steinberg blocked two punts in the team's 15-14 win over Holtville. The first punt was recovered in the end zone for a touchdown.

St. James travels to Alabama Christian this week for a region game.

Josh Magee
5-10, 170 pounds
Senior Wide Receiver
Larsen Real
5-10, 140 pounds
Sophomore Place Kicker
Hoover High School

Forgetting the first half, the second half of the game against Spain Park was a thing of beauty for the Hoover Bucs. It took a lot of poise, time management, and just plain old execution to come away with the 24-21 victory last Friday.

Magee managed to get in some creases which gave quarterback Ryan Carter the chances to complete safe and productive passes. The senior receiver caught six passes for 113 yards which included a 38-yard touchdown that sparked the comeback from a 21-7 deficit in the third quarter.

Meanwhile, Real looks like he has been kicking in big games for years, but his age belies that fact. The sophomore had a pressure packed point after kick at 21-20. He sailed that one through. With great clock management by the coaches and execution by the defense, he got his opportunity to win the game outright in regulation with a 29-yard field goal which he promptly fired through the uprights.

Hoover ventures down the road to play Mountain Brook this week.

Will Ingle
5-11, 190 pounds
Senior Running Back
Plainview High School

Ingle rushed for 169 yards on 16 carries in a tight 25-14 win over Guntersville.

Next up for Plainview is a trip to undefeated Fairview.

Honorable Mention:

Ryan Smith, 5-10, 185 pounds, Senior Quarterback, Greenville High School - Completed seven of eight passes for 175 yards and three touchdowns. He also scored a touchdown on the ground in the 55-0 win over Wilcox Central.

Calyan Calhoun, 6-1, 210 pounds, Senior Running Back, Huffman High School – 22 carries for 219 yards and three touchdowns in their 38-17 win over Pell City.

JaQuail Rutledge, 5-8, 180 pounds, Senior Running Back, Bibb County High School – 20 carries for 247 yards and five touchdowns in 34-6 win over Southside Selma.

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