Five county teams won in Week 4 Friday night with lots of yards on the ground. Find out who is the week's Player of the Week along with other local standouts.
The News Courier Player of the Week is ….
Hayden Stephens, Tanner: Stephens had a career night in the team’s 49-7 win over Lexington Friday night. The junior running back ran for 113 yards, averaging more than 11 yards per carry and scored three touchdowns on the ground. Stephens electrified the home crowd when he returned the second half kickoff 85 yards for another score.
Other local standouts
Ardmore: Tyler McCarley – McCarley helped Ardmore improve to 3-0 at home this season with a 33-7 win over Randolph. The senior running back ran for 109 yards on 15 carries and added a pair of first-half touchdowns.
Ricky Lowery — Lowery averaged 11 yards per carry spelling McCarley in the Tigers’ win. Lowery ran for 77 yards and two touchdowns on seven carries.
Tucker McCormick —McCormick carried the ball 17 times for 107 yards and two touchdowns. McCormick’s touchdowns came in the second half to put the game away against East Lawrence.
Dillon Miller — Miller scored on his first carry of the game on a 50-yard end around and finished with 107 yards and two touchdowns in West Limestone’s 36-27 win over East Lawrence.
Dustin Ward — Ward led an Elkmont rushing attack that racked up 253 yards on the ground in a 28-14 win against Elkmont. Ward carried the ball 14 times for 122 yards and two touchdowns.
Mathew Franks — The East Limestone quarterback led a balanced attack in the team’s 48-6 win over Lawrence County. Franks completed 5-of-10 passes for 113 yards and two touchdowns.
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