AHSAA Football Defensive Spotlight MONTGOMERY – Hokes Bluff High School senior Ashton Gulledge is best known for his quarterbacking role for the Class 4A Eagles of Coach Mike Robertson. Last week, he proved to be equally as strong at his strong safety post on defense. The 5-foot-11, 185-pound standout recorded 18 tackles as Hokes Bluff (6-2) nipped Cherokee County 28-27 in double overtime to clinch a Class 4A, Region 6 playoff berth with the win. He was also his usual self on offense too, completing 7-of-14 passes for 123 yards and two touchdowns and rushing for 65 yards and scored one TD. For his effort, Gulledge captured the AHSAA Defensive Spotlight for Week 8 as the 2019 regular season moved closer to conclusion. He got plenty of help in the hard-fought win. Teammate Darrian Meads , a senior standout running back playing with turf toe injuries on both feet, added 12 tackles and also had 65 yards rushing on 12 attempts with a TD. Hokes Bluff clinched one of the four state-playoff qualifying spots from Region 6 with the win. The Eagles close out region play Friday traveling to Jacksonville to face the region champion Golden Eagles (7-2). Last week’s games produced a large number of outstanding defensive efforts, including three interceptions by Faith Academy’s Peyton Bell, which helped the Rams (8-0) beat Jackson 27-7 to clinch the school’s first AHSAA region football title. Other top performances reported include: J.B. SANDERS, CHARLES HENDERSON: Made two interceptions and teammate Malcolm Hall also had two swipes in a 27-0 win over Tallassee. Teammate Tyrrell Jones also had a pick as the Trojans totaled five for the night. BLAKE CARROLL, ARITON: Had 15 tackles, including three for losses, and rushed for two touchdowns and a two-point conversion in a 29-21 win over G.W. Long, clinching the Class 2A, Region 2 title. JA’VONE WILLIAMS, THOMPSON: Intercepted a pass and returned it 63 yards for a game-clinching touchdown in a 33-21 victory over Mountain Brook. J.D. McCRACKEN, HAMILTON: Intercepted a two-point conversion pass in the final seconds of Hamilton’s 17-16 win over Lawrence County to preserve a top two playoff seed in Class 5A, Region 7 and chance at the region title. JESSE CORTEZ, COTTONWOOD: Totaled 13 tackles in the Bears’ 40-14 win over Houston County. COLE CAGLE, DECATUR: Intercepted two passes in a 60-0 victory over Columbia. L.Z. LEONARD, ENTERPRISE: Had 11 ½ tackles, including two for loss, and had two pass break-ups and two quarterback hurries in the Wildcats’ 29-27 win over R.E. Lee. JOEL BYRD, CITRONELLE: Had 10 tackles, including one for a loss, and a sack as the Wildcats downed Vigor 18-7. DYLAN CREECH, GENEVA: Managed 10 tackles on defense and forced a fumble which he returned 75 yards for a touchdown in the Panthers’ 28-21 win over Slocomb. He also had 81 yards rushing and scored on two-point conversion following Geneva’s game-winning TD with 29 seconds left. ZION KIRBY, GADSDEN CITY: Intercepted two passes in a 24-14 loss to Huntsville. TAMARKUS JUDKINS, CENTER POINT: Returned an interception 85 yards for a touchdown in a 44-10 victory over Moody. BRANDON McCOY, NEW BROCKTON: Have five tackles for losses, including two sacks, in a 35-28 setback to Highland Home. A.J. WIDGEON, SCOTTSBORO: Had five tackles, two sacks and an interception in the Wildcats’ 21-12 win over Madison Academy.