TRM’s Jackson recognized by ASWA for performance against Midfield
By JOSH BEAN
For The ASWA
Fultondale senior ArDarius Stewart presented Exhibit A on Friday in his closing argument for being named Mr. Football.
The Alabama commitment scored seven touchdowns, on runs of 21, 30, 5, 6, 25, 79 and 42 yards, in a 49-28 victory over Fyffe in the second round of the Class 2A playoffs. He finished with 28 carries for 351 yards, while also completing 3-of-4 passes.
“I could go four more quarters if you want me to,” Stewart told The Birmingham News after the game.
For his performance, Stewart – who has accounted for 50 TDs this season (35 rushing, 11 passing, 2 receiving, 2 on returns) – is this week’s Alabama Sports Writers Association Offensive Player of the Week. The other finalists for the award are Brooks quarterback Skyler Beck and Edgewood quarterback Dylan Ingram.
Beck completed 21-of-32 passes for 407 yards and TD passes of 38 and 41 yards and added 10 carries for 33 yards and two rushing TDs in a 45-35 victory over Munford.
Ingram completed 18-of-28 passes for 390 yards and two TDs in a 41-29 victory over Clarke Prep in the AISA Class AA title game. He finished the season with 4,182 passing yards, making him the state single-season record-holder (for AHSAA and AISA) by amassing less than 100 yards more than Cullman’s Tyler Caldwell had in 2008.
The ASWA Defense/Special Teams Player of the Week is Muscle Shoals’ Blake Logan. He kicked a pair of 32-yard field goals, including the game-winner with 5:45 to play, and sealed the win in the closing seconds with an interception, as top-ranked Muscle Shoals edged Pinson Valley 22-21.
The Defense/Special Teams finalists are Charles Henderson’s Quay Mays and Tuscaloosa Academy’s Kyle Andrews.
Mays recovered two fumbles (one at the 22, the other at the 6) early in the fourth quarter, leading to the only scores in the Trojans’ 13-0 victory over Central of Clay County. Andrews blocked an extra point with 2:49 remaining to preserve a 27-26 victory over Lee-Scott in the AISA Class AAA title game.
ASWA members from Auburn, Birmingham, Centre, Dothan, Florence, Huntsville, Mobile, Montgomery, Oneonta, Talladega and Tuscaloosa submitted nominations this week.
Other standout performances from this past weekend:
Deacon Aldridge, Hartselle: Completed 9-of-13 passes for 147 yards and four TDs in a 28-6 win over Wenonah.
Nate Andrews, Fairhope: Ran for 142 yards and a TD on 27 carries and completed 6-of-10 passes for 116 yards in a 20-16 loss to Carver-Montgomery.
Gene Bromberg, Mountain Brook: Finished with 118 yards on 39 carries – 24 coming in the first half – including eight straight carries capped by a 1-yard scoring run to give the Spartans the winning touchdown in the 14-13 victory over Bob Jones.
Jermarcus Brown, Pickens County: Rushed for 286 yards and a 93-yard touchdown in a victory over Cedar Bluff.
M.J. Brown, Spain Park: Caught three passes, all for TDs, for 106 yards with scoring receptions of 38, 63 and 5 yards in the 39-21 win over Foley.
Monterio Burchfield, Madison County: Had touchdown catches of 20, 17 and 43 yards in a 55-42 win over Lincoln.
Ryan Carpenter, Colbert County: Rushed for 171 yards and a 13-yard TD on 32 carries in a 14-7 win over Sylvania.
Jordan Chunn, Madison County: Ran for 194 yards and two TDs and added a 94-yard kickoff return for a TD, in a 55-42 victory over Lincoln.
Brian Clark, Clay-Chalkville: Grabbed five passes for 148 yards and three TDs (51, 31 and 15 yards) in the 47-24 victory over Tuscaloosa County.
Aaron Dillard, Hubbertville: Rushed for 244 yards and scored on TD runs of 46, 9, 17, 51 and 38 yards on 17 carries in a 42-18 victory over Spring Garden. He also made 6-of-6 on extra-point kicks.
T.J. Dixon, UMS-Wright: Had six catches for 104 yards in UMS-Wright’s 38-24 victory over Dadeville.
Cameron Echols-Luper, Auburn: Threw a 10-yard touchdown pass in overtime and ran in the ensuing 2-point conversion to knock off No. 2 McGill-Toolen, 29-28. He finished the game with 96 passing yards and 114 rushing yards on 16 carries.
Courtney Foy, Midfield: Accounted for every point in the 22-21 win over T.R. Miller. Foy ran 17 times for 160 yards and three scores, including the game-winner, added 5-of-5 passing for 84 yards and kicked a 33-yard field goal and an extra point.
Tredarian Gamble, Lincoln: Rushed for 271 yards and three TDs on 37 carries a loss to Madison County. He also caught a 34 yard touchdown pass.
Brooks Garrett, Pinson Valley: Completed 21-of-39 passes for 292 yards and three TDs in the 22-21 loss to Muscle Shoals.
Samuel Grisham, Lauderdale County: Grisham, the Tigers’ quarterback, rushed for 222 yards and two scores in a 33-10 win over Geraldine. Grisham scored on runs of 9 and 80 yards.
Devan Henson, Brooks: Had eight catches for 199 yards and two TDs vs. Munford.
Terrance Hollingsworth, Berry: Rushed for 251 yards on 27 carries and scored on runs of 42 and 2 yards in a 44-14 win over Hackleburg.
Dominique Jackson, T.R. Miller: Ran for 179 yards on 21 carries in a 22-20 loss to Midfield.
Jeremy Johnson, Carver-Montgomery: Threw the game-winning, 9-yard touchdown pass with 15 seconds remaining to lift the Wolverines to a 20-16 victory over Fairhope. On the final six-play, 60-yard drive, he completed four of his passes for 51 yards, finishing 17-of 27 passing for 265 yards as Carver won its 10th game in a row.
Malik Miller, Madison Academy: Had seven carries for 127 yards and two TDs in a 42-7 win over Plainview.
Hayden Moore, Clay-Chalkville: Completed 10-of-22 passes for 181 yards and four TDs (51, 31, 15 and 31 yards), adding another 80 yards on 18 carries in the 47-24 win over Tuscaloosa County.
Nick Mullens, Spain Park: Completed 18-of23 passes for 242 yards and six TDs (6, 20, 38, 7, 63 and 5 yards) in the 39-21 win over Foley.
Cody O’Toole, Oneonta: Completed 15 of 25 passes for 303 yards and two touchdowns (32, 69) in a 48-21 victory.
Jarrett Pope, Clarke Prep: Ran for 214 yards and two TDs on 24 carries in the Gators’ 41-29 loss to Edgewood Academy in the AISA Class AA title game.
Roderick Randolph, Bob Jones: Caught touchdown passes of 10 and 27 yards in a 14-13 loss to Mountain Brook.
Jackson Richard, Madison County: Completed 6-of-6 passes for 182 yards and four TD passes in a 55-42 win over Lincoln.
Gunner Roach, UMS-Wright: Went 13-of-16 for 204 yards and accounted for three TDs in the Bulldogs’ 38-24 win over Dadeville.
Earnest Robinson, Pinson Valley: Caught six passes for 107 yards and two touchdowns (60 and 6 yards) in the 22-21 loss to Muscle Shoals.
Tyler Rogers, Mobile Christian: Rushed for 240 yards and three TDs on 30 carries in Mobile Christian’s 28-19 victory over Oakman.
Ethan Simmons, Briarwood Christian: Posted 26 tackles in the Lions’ in the 14-13 upset win over Vigor.
Jason Smith, McGill-Toolen: Ran for 122 yards and two TDs and threw for another in McGill-Toolen’s 29-28 overtime loss to Auburn.
Tyler Smith, Oneonta: Rushed for 121 yards and two touchdowns (7, 17) on 22 carries and caught five passes for 123 yards, including a 69-yard touchdown, in a 48-21 victory over North Jackson.
Hayden Stephens, Tanner: Ran 23 times for 182 yards and two scores in a 48-0 win over Walter Wellborn.
Tywone Stewart, Reeltown: Ran for 167 yards and two touchdowns in the Rebels’ 35-12 win over McIntosh on Friday.
Courtney Wilbanks, Restoration Academy: Rushed for 143 yards and a TD on 10 carries in the 48-13 vcigtory over Pickens Academy to capture the AISA Class 1A championship. Wilbanks also caught a 16-yard touchdown pass and returned a fumble for a 29-yard score.
Chandler Wilkins, Briarwood Christian: Completed 15-of-29 passes for 156 yards, including the 4-yard game winner to Sam Morris with six seconds left in the game in the 14-13 win over Vigor.
David Winslett, Beauregard: Completed 11-of-17 passes for 132 yards and a touchdown and added 115 rushing yards and two more scores in the Hornets’ 36-21 win over Handley — the first second-round playoff win in school history.
Mike Calhoun, Restoration Academy: Tallied eight tackles on defense and added a 31-yard interception return, to go with 10 carries for 79 yards and a touchdown, in the 48-13 win over Pickens Academy to capture the AISA Class 1A championship.
Brandon Gurley, Madison County: Returned an interception 95 yards for a score in a 55-42 win over Lincoln. He also caught a 75-yard touchdown pass.
Dustin Haraway, Bob Jones: Picked off two passes, both of which led to touchdowns, in a 14-13 loss to Mountain Brook.
Je’Niah Jackson, Spain Park: Posted 10 tackles and two sacks, adding a fumble recovery in the 39-21 win over Foley.
Jacoby Lockhart, Leeds: Intercepted a pass and blocked a potential game-winning field goal of 42 yards to preserve the 22-21 victory over Bayside Academy.
Richard McBryde, Charles Henderson: Was in on 14 tackles, eight solos, including eight for losses and one for a quarterback sack, forced a fumble and recovered a fumble in the Trojans’ 13-0 victory over Central of Clay County.
Rashad Mosely, Restoration: Made 10 tackles, including five for loss, in a 48-13 win over Pickens Academy for the AISA Class A title. Had a sack and forced a fumble.
Darius Paige, Foley: Had 10 tackles, including five for losses, and a sack in Foley’s loss at Spain Park.
Stephen Roberts, Opelika: Returned an interception 36 yards for a touchdown in the Bulldogs’ 24-17 win over Daphne.
Devonte Simon, Pickens County: Intercepted three passes and returned one 80 yards for a TD in a 34-0 victory over Cedar Bluff.
Jaevon Walton, Tuscaloosa Academy: Had 10 tackles and forced a fumble that was returned for a touchdown in a 27-26 win over Lee-Scott for the AISA Class AAA title.
Jonathan Walton, Bayside Academy: Scored on an 85-yard kickoff return to give Bayside Academy a lead in the fourth quarter over No. 2 Leeds.
Hunter Wilson, Edgewood: Made 15 tackles, including 14 solos, in a 41-29 win over Clarke Prep in the AISA Class AA final.
Jacob Wolkow, Spain Park: Contributed seven tackles and two sacks in the 39-21 win over Foley.
Charles Woodard, J.O. Johnson: Returned an interception 53 yards for a score in a 48-20 win at St. Clair County. Also scored on a pair of runs.