Stars of the South

FoxSports/ saw many top performers wind down their season with a state championship title. More than half of the teams in the coverage area wrapped up their 2010 campaign.

Stars of the South

Top performers for the weekend of December 3.


Michael Pierce
Linebacker, 5-11, 240 lbs.

Pierce led a smothering defensive effort with his team winning 7-6 to claim the 6A state championship against Hoover. The senior made 10 tackles and has a scholarship offer to Tulane University.

Jaylon Denson
Wide Receiver, 6-3, 195 lbs.

The Auburn commitment caught eight passes for 125 yards in the loss to Daphne. The senior has impressed in every game this season.

Reese Dismukes
Offensive Lineman, 6-3, 285 lbs.
Spanish Fort

Dismukes mowed the way for his team's 223-yard rushing performance and a 14-0 state championship against Briarwood Christian. Dismukes is an Auburn commitment.

Ameriol Finley
Quarterbac/Athlete, 6-1, 185 lbs.
Spanish Fort

Finley motored his team to the 5A state championship by rushing for 174 yards on 37 carries. The senior and South Alabama commitment scored both touchdowns in the 14-0 win.

Blake Dees
Linebacker, 6-2, 230 lbs.
Spanish Fort

Dees forced two fumbles and made seven tackles in the 5A state championship game. The Texas Tech commtitment was part of a defense that forced five turnovers.
Chad Davis
Linebacker, 6-3, 200 lbs.
Birmingham-Briarwood Christian

While the offense kept the defense with their backs against the wall, the Lions did well to hold Spanish Fort to only two scores. Davis, a junior, made 11 tackles in the loss.

Tyler Hayes
Athlete, 6-3, 220 lbs.

Hayes returned three kicks for 148 yards including a 77-yard touchdown. The junior rushed for 80 yards on four carries and scored on a 19-yard run. Thomasville won the 4A state championship, 59-34, against Deshler. Hayes also has a scholarship offer from Auburn University.

Tevin Watters
Quarterback, 6-0, 175 lbs.

The sophomore threw the only four passes Thomasville attempted in their state championship game and completed three for 40 yards. He also rushed for 77 yards on seven carries and scored twice, including a 53-yard run.

Michael Thornton
Running Back, 6-3, 215 lbs.

The big runner rushed for 157 yards on 24 carries including three touchdowns in the 59-34 state championship win. Thornton is a senior and has scholarship offers from Tuskegee and Jacksonville State.

Ladarius Rodgers
Running Back, 5-10, 190 lbs.

Rodgers rushed for a staggering 256 yards in the 42-32 state championship win against Hamilton. The junior ran the ball 13 times and scored three touchdowns of 87, 34, and 75 yards.

Jonathan Rose
Defensive Back, 6-2, 180 lbs.

Rose, an Auburn commitment, picked off a pass and returned it 84 yards for a score. The senior also caught a 38 yard touchdown in the 3A state championship game.

Dedrick Forsythe
Running Back, 6-0, 180 lbs.

Forsythe (senior) rushed for 147 yards on seven carries in the state championship game. He scored on a 68-yard scamper.

William Gartman
Quarterback, 5-11, 150 lbs.

Gartman completed 11-of-15 passing attempts for 143 yards scoring two touchdowns in the 34-7 win against Reeltown. This was a battle of 2008 and 2009 champions with Reeltown owning the latest. The junior rushed for 18 yards in the win.

Chris Landrum
Linebacker, 6-3, 225 lbs.
Sweet Water

Landrum made nine tackles and recovered a fumble in an incredible comeback after incurring a dislocated ankle earlier in the season. The senior also scored on an eight-yard run. Landrum is a commitment to Auburn University. Sweet Water won the 1A state championship 36-0 against Hubbard.

Deon Waters
Running Back, 6-2, 185 lbs.
Sweet Water

Waters rushed for 99 yards on 15 touches in the state championship. The talented player is only a sophomore.

Devann White
Sweet Water

White made 13 tackles to help the Bulldogs shut out R.A. Hubbard and make it a six game championship sweep for southern Alabama schools.


Brandon Allen
Quarterback, 6-3, 215 lbs.

The Arkansas commitment's high school career came to an end as he completed 23-of-35 passes for 278 yards and three touchdowns, became only the sixth player to top 10,000 yards passing in state history and rushed for 71 yards and another score, but Bentonville downed his Fayetteville squad 49-28 last Friday night in the Class 7A state championship game.

Tearris Wallace
Tailback, 5-10, 184 lbs.

The sophomore sensation rushed 23 times for 191 yards and a whopping five touchdowns – two coming in the final four minutes of a tight game - while earning MVP honors and leading Bentonville to the state title win over Fayetteville 49-28.

Dallas Hardison
Quarterback, 5-11, 170 lbs.

The junior signal caller was 20-of-28 passing for 280 yards with senior wideout Drew Edwards (9 catches, 152 yards) being his favorite target in leading the Tigers to their second state title in three years.

Taylor Reed
Quarterback, 6-3, 200 lbs.
El Dorado

The Arkansas State commitment led his team to a second straight Class 6A state title and notched the MVP award by connecting on 12-of-21 passes for 114 yards and two scores and rallied El Dorado from deficits three times to down Texarkana 31-21 in championship tilt.

Ke'Darious Grissom
Running Back, 5-7, 166 lbs.
Texarkana-Arkansas High School

Sophomore Grissom ran 20 times for 143 yards and two scores in the loss as Texarkana (7-7) came up shy of becoming the state's first six-loss state champion by falling to El Dorado in the 6A title game.

Justin Sunde
Tailback, 5-10, 160 lbs.

Sunde overcame a pair of early fumbles to rush 19 times for 125 yards and four touchdowns and catch five passes for 39 yards in a game where he earned MVP honors and Greenwood scored 15 points in the final three minutes to rally past Camden Fairview 36-35 in the Class 5A state title game.

Brandon Keaton
Quarterback, 5-10, 150 lbs.
Camden Fairview

The senior quarterback shined in defeat by going 18-of-28 for 263 yards and four TDs in the air and rushing for 96 yards in the Cardinals' loss to Greenwood in the 5A championship game.

Kiehl Frazier
Quarterback, 6-3, 215 lbs.
Springdale-Shiloh Christian

The Auburn pledge – who recently took in the Arkansas-LSU game – connected of 10-of-15 passes for 196 yards and two touchdowns as Shiloh (13-1) downed Pulaski Robinson 56-12 in a Class 4A state playoff semifinal round game.

Garrett Harper
Tailback, 5-10, 190 lbs.
Springdale-Shiloh Christian

The senior tailback had 13 carries for 167 yards rushing and a touchdown in the Saints' 56-12 romp over Pulaski Robinson.

Zann Jones
Wide Receiver, 6-0, 200 lbs.
Springdale-Shiloh Christian

Jones had six catches for 52 yards and hauled in his 54th career touchdown reception in the semifinal win. He is just one off of the state record. The senior also returned a fumble 33 yards for a score.

Evian Hill
Wide Receiver-Safety, 6-2, 185 lbs.
Little Rock Pulaski Robinson

Hill had two interceptions, and the senior also had six catches for 52 yards, but Shiloh downed the Senators 56-12 in Class 4A semifinal action.

Seth Keese
Quarterback, 5-11, 185 lbs.
Searcy-Harding Academy

The senior quarterback finished 15-of-23 passing for 169 yards and rushed for a team-high 61 yards while leading Harding Academy over Fountain Lake 33-15 and into the Class 3A state championship game against Rivercrest.

Ryan Chambers
Quarterback, 5-11, 160 lbs.
Magazine - Leftwich

Chambers threw for a pair of touchdowns, and the junior also dashed for a 61-yard score to lead the Rattlers over Magnet Cove 55-30 and into a Class 2A state title game with Danville.

Ulises Gutierrez
Kicker, 5-9, 160 lbs.

Gutierrez booted field goals of 42 and 37 yards as the senior provided the game's deciding points as the Little Johns (13-0) downed Bearden 20-14 and earned the berth against Magazine in the Class 2A championship game.

Fredi Knighten
Quarterback, 5-10, 160 lbs.
Little Rock-Pulaski Academy

The junior standout had 333 yards total offense with 234 passing and 99 rushing and had a hand in four touchdowns in Pulaski Academy's 56-28 win over Star City to set up a Class 4A state title showdown between the Bruins (13-1) and Shiloh Christian (13-1).

Garrett Lamb
Wide Receiver, 5-11, 150 lbs.
Little Rock-Pulaski Academy

Lamb had 10 catches for 165 yards and a touchdown as the senior helped Pulaski Academy in its rout of Star City.


Dallas Crawford
Quarterback, 5-9, 180 lbs.
South Fort Myers

Crawford completed 12-of-17 pass attempts for 220 yards and three touchdowns in the 28-21 win against Southeast. The senior is a commitment to the University of Michigan.

Sammy Watkins
Wide Receiver, 6-1, 180 lbs.
South Fort Myers

Watkins caught three passes for 110 yards including a touchdown toss on a fake punt that tied the game 21-21 in the fourth quarter. The senior and Clemson commitment later returned a 60-yard punt for the decisive score.

Steward Butler
Running Back, 5-9, 165 lbs.

Butler rushed for 254 yards on 14 carries in the 29-19 win against Fleming Island. The senior scored three touchdowns including runs of 54 and 48 yards. He now has 2,908 yards on the season and is threatening some lofty names in the record books such as Emmitt Smith.

Greg Bryant
Running Back, 5-10, 180 lbs.
Delray-American Heritage

Bryant rushed for 130 yards on 22 carries. The sophomore scored three touchdowns in the 24-14 win against Fort Meade.

Kelvin Taylor
Running Back, 5-9, 200 lbs.
Belle Glade-Glades Day

Taylor rushed for 236 yards on 15 carries in the 45-27 win against Victory Christian and scored twice in the victory. The sophomore only played a little in to the third quarter.

Curt Maggitt
Defensive Lineman, 6-3, 210 lbs.
Palm Beach Gardens-Dwyer

The senior terrorized Palm Bay's quarterback last Friday night sacking him three times and getting pressure innumerable times. The opposing signal caller didn't complete a pass until the second half. Maggitt is a senior and is considering schools like Florida, LSU, Miami, Wisconsin amongst others.

Devonta Freeman
Running Back, 5-9, 185 lbs.
Miami Central

Freeman (senior) rushed for 142 yards on 15 carries. The Florida State commitment scored a touchdown in the 38-7 win against South Dade.

Douglas Cook
Quarterback, 6-0, 170 lbs.
Fort Lauderdale-Nova Southeastern University School

Cook completed 27-of-38 attempts for 317 yards in the 34-28 win against Island Coast. The senior tossed four touchdown passes leading his team to the 2B state championship game. The senior has 3,050 yards passing on the season with 29 touchdowns.

Quentin Williams
Quarterback, 6-0, 185 lbs.

Williams passed for 327 yards, surpassing Tim Tebow's passing record. The senior and Bethune Cookman commitment scored his 51st touchdown of the season in a game which saw his team score 29 unanswered points in the second half with a win against Vanguard 49-27 to remain undefeated.


Tray Dorsey
Quarterback, 5-9, 183 lbs.
Anthony McNeil
Running Back, 5-9, 185 lbs.
Homerville-Clinch County

Dorsey (senior) had 135 yards rushing on 25 carries in the 35-14 win against Wilkinson County. He was eight-of-11 for 128 yards. McNeil (senior) had 20 touches for 185 yards and four scores. Dorsey enters the state championship with more than 1,400 yards and 24 touchdowns on the ground, and more than 1,200 yards passing and 14 touchdowns. McNeil enters the Dome with more than 1,500 yards rushing and 26 touchdowns. Clinch County will face Savannah Christian for the state title.

Landon Curtis
Quarterback, 6-1, 221 lbs,
Dustin Christian
Running Back, 5-9, 163 lbs.

Curtis (senior) had a pair of touchdowns going 18-of-22 for 185 yards in the 27-14 win against Carver of Columbus. Christian (senior) rushed for 111 yards on 24 touches which was more than five-star Isaiah Crowell who was held to less than 100 yards. Calhoun will face Buford for the state title.

Seon Jones
Running Back, 5-8, 165 lbs.

Jones (senior) had three touchdowns on 10 touches for a total of 178 yards rushing in the 52-13 win against Lovett.

Zach Boden
Running Back, 5-11, 193 lbs.

Boden (senior) had 159 yards in the loss to Buford finishing his season with more thn 3,800 career yards.

Alex Chisum
Wide Receiver, 6-2.5, 182 lbs.
Ronnie Bell
Quarterback, 5-11, 167 lbs.
Tyrone-Sandy Creek

Chisum (senior), a Cincinnati commitment, had three touchdowns with his eight receptions for a total of 216 yards in the 35-17 win against Peach County. Bell (senior) had 250 yards passing going 11-of-17.

Ammon Lakip
Kicker, 5-11, 175 lbs.
Timmy Byerly
Quarterback, 6-1, 202 lbs.

Lakip (senior) hit the game winning field goal of 27 yards on the final play of the game to defeat Statesboro, 22-21. Byerly (senior) was 23-of-33 for a score with a total of 220 yards. Starr's Mill is the next opponent in the Georgia Dome for the state crown.

Tyler Brown
Quarterback, 6-1, 190 lbs.
Tommy Hudson
Wide Receiver
Moultrie-Colquitt County

Brown (senior) had two touchdowns going 13-of-18 for 242 yards in the 31-24 win against Grayson. Hudson (senior) had nine receptions for nearly 200 yards and two scores for a school record. Head Coach Rush Propst will lead the Packers to the Georgia Dome to face Brookwood. Propst won five state titles as a former head coach of Hoover (Ala.) High School.


Patrick Towles
Quarterback, 6-5, 230 lbs.
Fort Thomas-Highlands

Patrick Towles finished his junior season in style this year, leading Highlands to a 50-0 win over Christian County High School in the 5A State Championship game. Towles carried the ball 20 times for 167 yards and five touchdowns in the contest.

Anthony Wales
Running Back, 5-9, 170 lbs.

Louisville Central pulled off another state championship run when they defeated Belfry 46-7 Saturday. Junior running back Anthony Wales rushed 19 times for 244 yards and two touchdowns in the win.

Travis Wright
Quarterback, 6-1, 195 lbs.

Trinity ran their way to their 20th state championship Saturday night in a 38-0 win over cross town foe, Male. Sophomore quarterback Travis Wright was 19-of-22 for 179 yards and three touchdowns in the victory.

James Quick
Wide Receiver, 6-1, 175 lbs.

James Quick got his championship game experience started off right, when he took the first play from scrimmage 95 yards on a short pass from his quarterback all the way to the endzone. Quick finished with nine catches for 129 yards and a score.

Luke Guhy
Quarterback, 6-1, 170 lbs.

Luke Guhy finished his senior season in a state championship victory over Hazard. Guhy completed 19-of-24 passes for 303 yards and three touchdowns in Mayfield's 47-41 win over Hazard.

Jonathan Jackson
Linebacker, 5-10, 200 lbs.

Sophomore Jonathan Jackson usually makes noise on the defensive side of the ball with his great tackling, but Jackson scored two touchdowns in Mayfield's win over Hazard. He rushed 11 times for 71 yards in the win.


Tyree Bracken
Running Back, 5-10, 180 lbs.
White Castle

White Castle is headed to the Superdome thanks in large part to running back Tyree Bracken (junior). In an 20-0 win over third-seeded Oberlin, Bracken ran for 276 yards and three touchdowns.

Kenny Hilliard
Running Back, 6-0, 248 lbs.

Patterson survived a scare from West Feliciana when they forced a fumble in the game's final minutes, then drove the field to score the game's winning touchdown and two-point conversion. For Hilliard (senior), it was a 140-yard night that resulted in forcing the final fumble on defense and punching in the two-point conversion for the win.

Quincy Smith
Running Back 5-9, 190 lbs.
Torrey Pierce
Running Back, 5-8 170 lbs.
River Ridge-John Curtis

Pierce (senior) and Smith (senior) scored the opening two touchdowns and paced the John Curtis offense with 268 of their 364 rushing yards. Smith ran for 109 yards and the game's first touchdown, while Pierce ran for a team-high 159 yards and the second touchdown.

Micah Eugene
Running Back
Lafayette Acadiana

Acadiana got their revenge on St. Thomas More by rolling to New Orleans in style with a 31-0 semifinal win. Eugene led the Wrecking Rams with a game-high 128 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries. He also ran a fumble recovery back 20 yards for a score that helped cap off a 14-point swing that helped Acadiana out to their 31-0 finish.

Paul Turner
Quarterback, 5-11, 185 lbs.
West Monroe

Ranked among the top 20 teams in the nation, West Monroe continued their search for another state title by leaning on LSU commitment Paul Turner (senior). Despite injury, Turner finished with 114 yards on 11 carries from his quarterback spot. He had touchdown runs of 40, 1 and 67 yards - all in the second quarter.

David Dee Duron

David Dee Duron (senior) threw two touchdown passes to help push Evangel Christian past St. Charles Catholic on Friday night in Shreveport. Duron hit Trey Taylor on a 25-yard score in the first quarter and Judah Jones on a 15-yard score in the second quarter.

Tollette George
Quarterback, 5-10, 165 lbs.
New Orleans Edna Karr

The top team in 4A is headed to The Dome. Tollette George (senior) had scoring runs of 1 and 18 yards and scoring throws of 3 and 34 yards to carry Edna Karr to a 32-0 win over Tuerlings. He also threw a two-point conversion.


Ruben Duckworth
Running Back, 5-10, 180 lbs.
Mount Olive

Duckworth (senior) had two touchdowns with his 250 yards in the 20-14 state championship win against Durant. He added 67 yards and one score in the air going six-of-13.

Jeremy Liggins
Quarterback, 6-3, 225 lbs.

Liggins helped guide his team to their first state title with 150 yards and three scores in the 31-6 win against North Pike.

Qyen Griffin
Quarterback, 5-11, 210 lbs.
Batesville-South Panola

Griffin (senior) had three scores in the 28-7 win against Meridian for the state championship where he gained 174 yard on the ground.

North Carolina

Chris Edwards
Running Back/Defensive Back

Edwards (senior) had 231 yards and two scores in the 42-0 win against Hobbton. Edwards has amassed more than 2,000 yards for the season and 24 touchdowns.

Madison Mills

Mills (junior) was 15-of-22 for 200 yards and two scores in the 41-27 win against Lincolnton.

Mason James
Running Back, 6-1,220 lbs.
Elizabeth City-Northeastern

James (senior) carried the ball 36 times for 240 yards in the 21-7 win against Cedar Ridge. James has amassed more than 2,400 yards in the 2010 season. The Eagles will face Salisbury for teh state title.

Jevonte Ellison
Running Back, 5-8, 170 lbs.
Mebane-Eastern Alamance

Ellison (senior) had four scores with his 205 yards rushing in the 42-25 win against Havelock. His season total, 1,670 yards, is a school single-season record. All four touchdowns came after intermission. Eastern Alamance will face West Rowan for the state title.

Garrett Crowe
Quarterback, 5-11, 165 lbs.

Crowe (junior) went 25-of-42 in the 42-25 loss to Eastern Alamance. He returns next season as a senior with more than 3,200 yards and 36 touchdowns to his credit.

T.J. Logan
Running Back, 5-10, 170 lbs.
Greensboro-Northern Guilford

Logan (sophomore) had two keys plays in the 28-20 win against Hunt including a 70-yard touchdown run and a 76-yard reception with 225 yards of offense. Northern Guilford will meet Crest for the state championship.

Vad Lee
Quarterback, 602, 210 lbs.

Lee (senior) was six-of-11 for 132 yards and carried the ball 22 times for 74 yards in the 12-7 win against New Bern. Two big scoring plays included a 63-yard pass and a 62-yard run. The Georgia Tech commitment will lead the Hornets to the state title game to meet the Davie War Eagles.

Jahwan Edwards
Running Back, 5-10, 244 lbs.

Edwards (senior) had three scores touching the ball 27 times for moer than 200 yards in the 44-24 win against Vance. Butler will face Wake Forest Rolesville for the state championship.

South Carolina

Ashton Heard
Running Back, 5-7, 155 lbs.

Heard (junior) had two scores on the 230 yards rushing touching the ball 25 times in the 42-13 win against Bamberg-Ehrhardt.

Justin Worley
Quarterback, 6-4, 197 lbs.
Robert Joseph
Wide Receiver, 5-9, 155 lbs.
Rock Hill-Northwestern

Worley (senior) had five touchdowns through the air going 26-of-42 for 265 yards in the 42-0 win against Greenwood. The Tennessee commitment ended the season with 64 touchdown passes, a state record, going 429-of-590 for 5,815 yards and 11 interceptions. Joseph (senior) ended his career with 100 catches in back-to-back seasons which included 12 receptions for 120 yards and three scores in the title game.

Traven Parker
Running Back, 5-8, 165 lbs.
Summerton-Scott's Branch

Parker had 373 all-purpose yards and three scores in the 34-32 win against Williston-Elko.

Everett Golson
Quarterback, 5-11, 170 lbs.
Myrtle Beach

Golson (senior), a Notre Dame commitment, was 21-of-38 for 180 yards and two touchdown passes to pull out the 27-23 win against South Pointe. Golson felt the intense pressure and sacks the entire night from the nation's No. 1 prospect, Jadeveon Clowney.

Shakeem Wharton
Running Back, 5-9, 193 lbs.

Wharton (junior) had 31 touches for 160 yards and three scores in the 34-14 win against Dorman.


Caleb Blance
Matthew Mellon
Defensive Back
Knoxville Webb

Blance (junior) had a pair of touchdowns on the 214 yards rushing in the 42-7 win against St. George's. This gives the team back-to-back state titles and first undefeated season in school history. Blance was named MVP for the second year in a row. Mellon (freshman) had three interceptions in the victory and named Defensive MVP.

Drew Parker
Quarterback, 6-3, 180 lbs.

Parker (senior) had a touchdown pass with 10 seconds remaining in the game to seal the 28-21 win against Baylor and earn MVP honors. He was 18-of-25 for 230 yards.

Raquis Hale
Running Back, 5-11, 180 lbs.
South Pittsburg

Hale (senior) had five touchdowns with his 228 yards rushing in the 41-6 state championship win against Jo Byrns.

Tra'Darius Goff
Fullback, 5-11, 225 lbs.
Columbia Central

Goff (senior) completely dominated the game and was awarded the MVP award for offense and defense. He had 17 tackles on defense and one sack to his credit and three touchdowns and 83 yards rushing in the 28-7 state title win against Hendersonville.

Donnie Garner
Running Back, 5-9, 195 lbs.
Signal Mountain

Garner (senior) had 18 touches for 218 yards in the 56-28 win against Trinity Christian.

Jabriel Washington
Quarterback/Cornerback, 5-11, 165 lbs.
Jackson-Trinity Christian

Washington (senior) had 375 yards in the loss going 20-of-48 and two scores. He added two touchdowns on the ground. The Alabama commitment ended his season with more than 1,000 yards rushing and 17 touchdowns, 161-of-303 for 2,635 yards and 33 touchdowns; 111 tackles, six interceptions, eight pass defelections and two fumble recoveries; eight punt returns for 245 yards.

B.J. Spradlin
Running Back, 6-0, 205 lbs.
William Carmichael

Spradlin (senior) had three scores with his 235 yards rushing in the 60-12 win against Trezevant. He was named Offensive MVP. Carmichael (senior) played both ways and had three interceptions and earned Defensive MVP after earning Mr. Football for Back of the Year in the AA classification. He added a pair of touchdowns on the ground and tossed another two touchdowns in the victory.

Key contributors to this report include Rebecca Johnston, Dudley Dawson, Shea Dixon and Brian Eldridge.


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