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November 12, 2013

McGrady, Stephens honored for big first round playoff games

— Dora had no answer for Charles Henderson senior John Johnson.

Johnson ran 12 times for 300 yards, scoring on runs of 35, 73, 65, 15 and 35 yards, in a 67-7 victory over Dora in the first round of the Class 4A playoffs. He also completed a 51-yard pass as the Trojans rolled up 684 yards of total offense.For his performance, Johnson is this week’s ASWA Offensive Player of the Week.

“John is an incredible football player, but he is an even better person,” Charles Henderson coach Mike Dean told the Troy Messenger after Friday’s win. “The world needs more young men like John Johnson. He is smart, and that carries over to his football skills. He is just a superstar both on and off the field.”

Johnson edged out two finalists for the weekly award – Clarke Prep’s Jarrette Pope and Hale County’s Deacon Medders.

Medders threw three touchdown passes and ran for 121 yards in a 22-16 victory over Houston Academy. After Houston Academy scored with 5:04 to go, Medders ran 10 straight times as Hale County earned four first downs and ran out the clock to capture its first playoff victory since 2000.

Pope ran 40 times for 351 yards on 40 carries and scored five touchdowns as the Gators defeated Autauga Academy 52-27 in the first round of the AISA playoffs. He added nine tackles to lead the defense.

This week’s ASWA Defense/Special Teams Player of the Week is Enterprise kicker Cade Stinnett. He kicked the game-winning 27-yard field goal -- his third of the night – to lift Enterprise to a 30-27 victory over Spain Park in the Class 6A playoffs. He also made field goals of 35 and 27 yards and was 3-for-3 on extra points.

The finalists for the Defense/Special Teams award are Kingwood Christian’s Montez Haynes and Piedmont’s Exavyer Jackson.

Haynes kicked a 42-yard field goal and intercepted two passes, including one returned 50 yards for a touchdown, in a 36-21 victory over Fort Dale Academy. He also caught five passes for 130 yards, including a 39-yard TD.

Jackson posted 14 tackles, including five for lost yardage, with four sacks and caused a fumble in a 38-0 victory over Winfield. Jackson also scored Piedmont's first touchdown on a 2-yard touchdown run in the second quarter.

This week, ASWA members from Albertville, Birmingham, Brewton, Centre, Cullman, Demopolis, Dothan, Florence, Fort Payne, Gadsden, Grove Hill, Huntsville, Mobile, Montgomery, Oneonta and Tuscaloosa submitted  nominations.

Here’s a look at other standout performances from the first week of the AHSAA and AISA playoffs:


Lamarcus Adair, Pike County: Rushed for 212 yards on 41 carries with one touchdown as the Bulldogs upset ninth-ranked Trinity in the Class 3A playoffs, 21-14.

Jakoby Aldridge, Sweet Water: Turned 20 caries into 172 yards and two touchdowns (8, 50) in 46-0 win over Goshen.

Earnest Andrews, Fairhope: Rushed for 252 yards and five touchdowns on 18 carries as the Pirates rallied to beat Pelham 39-35.

Gerrard Beasley, Central-Florence: Rushed for 179 yards and three TDs on 13 carries in a 58-45 win over St. Clair County. Beasley scored on runs 22, 64 and 5 yards, and also caught a 19-yard TD pass.

Jordan Bentley, Guntersville: Rushed 17 times for 184 yards and four touchdowns in a 38-0 victory over Brooks in the first round of the Class 4A state playoffs. Bentley's TD runs covered 3, 59, 2 and 25 yards, giving him a school-record 33 on the season. He also became Guntersville's single-season rushing leader with 1,633 yards.

DeMarcus Bingham, Foley: Caught six passes for 149 yards and a 72-yard TD in the Lions win at Prattville.

Landy Capetillo, Carver-Montgomery: Caught five passes for 170 yards with a 55-yard touchdown in a 31-12 win at Blount.

Ryan Carpenter, Colbert County: Rushed for 177 yards and two touchdowns in a 42-14 win over Plainview. His TD runs covered 2 and 55 yards.

Brian Clark, Clay-Chalkville: Grabbed three scoring passes (21, 45, and 65 yards), all in the first half among his five total catches for 141 yards, in the 56-35 win over Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa.

Dallas Cockerham, Lamar County: Rushed for 135 yards on 29 carries, ran for a touchdown and threw for another in a 32-21 win over Samson.

Josh Crawford, Edgewood: Ran for 229 yards and three touchdowns on 12 carries in a 45-6 win over South Choctaw Academy. TDs covered 63, 42 and 32 yards.

Garrett Crider, Cullman: Ran for 141 yards and a TD on 30 carries and led the game-winning drive which ended with a touchdown as time expired in a 20-14 victory over Moody.

Dantley Coker, Southside-Gadsden: Rushed for 224 yards and three touchdowns in a 30-14 win over Wenonah.

Gage Davis, Gaylesville: Rushed for 140 yards on 24 carries in the Trojans' 36-13 loss at top-ranked Pickens County.

Troy Dixon, UMS-Wright: Rushed for 173 yards and a TD as the Bulldogs beat Handley 31-13.

Cory Gill, Cottonwood: Threw for 340 yards off 28-of-47 passing with three touchdowns in a 56-26 loss to Oakman.

Drew Guy, Fayette County: Completed 16 of 27 passes for 272 yards and a touchdown in a 17-7 win over Opp. He completed 12 of 14 passes for 222 yards in the second half.

Nathan Harris, Gulf Shores: Threw a TD pass to Corey Kelley, ran 19 times for 95 yards and caught a 6-yard TD pass from Parker Mason in the Dolphins’ 28-21 loss at Saraland.

Jamarius Henderson, Dale County: Carried only 14 times in less than three quarters, but earned 234 yards rushing and five TDs in a 53-6 win over B.B. Comer. He scored on runs of 7, 23, 70, 18 and 15 yards.

Dominique Jackson, T.R. Miller: Ran for 188 yards on 11 carries and scored five TDs in playoff victory over American Christian, leading three backs who ran for more than 100 yards. Jackson had scores of 80, 12, 46, 18 and 11.

Ethan Jimmerson, Sand Rock: Caught five passes for 111 yards and a 60-yard touchdown. He also had an interception on defense in the Wildcats' 35-21 loss at Montgomery Academy.

Matthew Jordan, Jackson: Threw for 195 yards and two touchdowns as the unbeaten Aggies rolled over LeFlore 50-20. Jordan completed 14 of 17 passes and also ran 13 times for 61 yards.

Brandon Lewis, Fultondale: Ran for 302 yards and three touchdowns (50, 7 and 30 yards) on 23 carries in the 20-0 win over Lexington.

Cortez Lewis, Demopolis: Hauled in five passes for 102 yards and two touchdowns (30, 42) while also blocking an extra point in 21-14 loss to St. Paul's.

Isaiah Lewis, Foley: Rushed for 161 yards and a touchdown on 37 carries as the Lions upset Prattville 30-15 on the road.

Dylan Mackey, Sand Rock: Completed 19 of 33 pass attempts for 300 yards and three touchdowns (56, 60, 29 yards) in the 35-21 loss at Montgomery Academy.

Terrell Martin, Moody: Hauled in all seven of Michael Barron's completions for 117 yards, including a 63-yard touchdown, in a 20-14 loss to Cullman. 

Carter McGill, American Christian Academy: Caught five passes for 184 yards in a 54-28 loss to T.R. Miller, with touchdown catches of 66 and 19 yards.

Jake McKenzie, Monroe Academy: Ran for 176 yards and three touchdowns on 13 carries in a 48-7 win over Lee-Scott Academy.

Dominique McNealey, J.O. Johnson: Carried 12 times for 122 yards and touchdowns of 1 yard and 3 yards in a 49-16 win over Lincoln. McNealey also caught a 3-yard scoring pass.

Keith Mixon, Shades Valley: Recorded 205 all-purpose yards and scored five touchdowns in the 49-19 win over Buckhorn. Mixon ran for 76 yards on 11 carries and three scores (3, 7 and 30 yards), grabbed seven passes for 33 yards with a 10-yard touchdown and returned a kickoff 96 yards for a score.

Kamryn Pettway, Prattville: Carried 19 times for 184 yards, with touchdown runs of 56 and 10 yards, in a 30-15 loss to Foley in the Class 6A playoffs.

Luke Phillips, St. Luke’s: Threw two touchdown passes and ran for another score in the Wildcats’ 21-20 win over Billingsley. Phillips completed 9-of-12 passes for 164 yards.

Shade Pritchett, Marengo Academy: A tight end, Pritchett took four rare handoffs and produced 124 yards and two touchdowns (56, 47) in 51-14 win over Chambers Academy.

Tyreek Ricks, New Hope: Needed only seven carries to run for 116 yards and two scores in the first half of a 54-14 win at New Hope. Ricks' scoring runs covered 25 and 40 yards.

Logan Rogers, Hamilton: Rushed for three TDs and threw a halfback pass for another touchdown as Hamilton topped Weaver 33-18. His touchdown pass covered 41 yards. He had two 2-yard TD runs and one 1-yard TD and finished with 166 yards on 21 carries.

Tyler Rogers, Mobile Christian: Rushed for 247 yards and four touchdowns as the Leopards snapped their three-game losing streak with a 55-27 victory over Elba.

C.J. Savage, Piedmont: Caught three passes for 99 yards and two touchdowns (72, 14 yards) in the 38-0 win over Winfield.

Lee Seale, Wilcox Academy: Rushed for 300 yards and three touchdowns in a 37-14 win over Coosa Valley Academy.

Devonte’ Simon, Pickens County: Rushed for 174 yards and three touchdowns and threw for 167 yards and a touchdown in a 36-13 win over Gaylesville. He scored on runs of 4, 44 and 90 yards and threw a 43-yard touchdown pass.

Ito Smith, McGill-Toolen: Rushed for 180 yards on 23 carries, including an 80-yard TD run, as the Yellow Jackets edged Opelika 21-20.

Landon Smothers, Muscle Shoals: Ran for 108 yards and touchdowns of 51 and 30 yards, and threw for 95 yards and scores of 39 and 26 yards in a 55-6 win over Mortimer Jordan.

Sherman Starks, Center Point: Caught three passes for 163 yards (54.3 yards a catch) in the 24-22 loss to Athens.

Hayden Stephens, Tanner: Scored on runs of 1 yard, and 20, 10 and 72 yards in a 41-29 win over Woodville.

Austin Stiefel, Fyffe: Carried eight times for 155 yards and one touchdown, caught a 48-yard touchdown pass and returned a kickoff 90 yards for a TD as the Red Devils downed Isabella 56-30 in the first round of the Class 2A state playoffs. His scoring run covered 78 yards.

Dylan Stone, Glencoe: Passed for 254 yards and four touchdowns to go along with a rushing score in a 49-35 win over Hanceville.

Ryan Sullivan, Falkville:  Threw touchdown passes of 55, 21 and 27 yards, and scored on a one-yard run as the Blue Devils won their first playoff game since 1999 with a 35-14 victory over Shoals Christian.

Rasheed Turner, Restoration Academy: Gained 162 yards with two TDs on nine carries in the 47-0 win over Sparta Academy.

Blake Wimberly, Madison Academy: Ran for 145 yards and TDs of 47, 45 and 3 yards on eight carries in a 49-7 win over J.B. Pennington. Wimberly also recorded five tackles, including two sacks.

LaDarius Young, Midfield: Rushed for 185 yards and two touchdowns on 13 carries and caught two passes for 77 yards, including a 68-yard score in the 36-13 win over Slocomb.

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