Blount High School’s Demetrice Vaughan was a jack-of-all-trades last week as the Leopards beat LeFlore 25-22 in a key Class 6A, Region 1 football win.
Down 22-0 in the fourth quarter, Vaughan rallied Blount with two rushing touchdowns covering 20 and 32 yards to tie the game at 22-22, then booted a 39-yard field goal with seven seconds left to seal the win.
For his efforts, Vaughan headlines the AHSAA Prep Spotlight for Week 10. He finished with 156 yards rushing on 20 carries as the Leopards rallied from a 22-0 fourth-quarter deficit to beat LeFlore 25-22. Vaughan finished with 156 yards on 20 carries and scored on runs of 32 and 20 yards.
His performance edged out another outstanding kicking effort by Auburn place-kicker Sage Ledbetter and a seven-touchdown effort by North Jackson running back Octavious Matthews.
Ledbetter was 4-of-4 on field goals, including a career-long 50-yarder that marked the second-longest field goal in school history captured the 2 seed in Region 2 with a 40-14 win over Smiths Station. Ledbetter also was 4-of-4 on extra-point tries for 16 kicking points total and had eight of his nine kickoffs go for touchbacks in the important win.
Matthews rushed for 309 yards on nine carries and scored seven touchdowns in the first half of a 62-14 victory over Good Hope. He had six rushing TDs and a returned a punt for another TD. Among his scores was a state-record trying 99 yard run – the longest run in North Jackson school history.
Other top performances reported include:
GREY JACKSON, FAIRHOPE: Passed for 307 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for 77 yards and two more scores as the Pirates beat Murphy 54-30.
ANTONIO STANTON, BESSEMER CITY: Was 17-of-29 passing for 314 yards and three touchdowns in a 27-8 win at Center Point.
SAM HOWARD, DESHLER: Had 252 yards passing and touchdowns covering 76 and 8 yards as the Tigers posted an emotional 36-14 win over Rogers. Howard also rushed for two touchdowns.
KENNON CASEY, G.W. LONG: Was 12-of-16 passing for 240 yards and four TDs and added 81 yards rushing and two more scores as the unbeaten Rebels (9-0) beat Houston County 59-7.
JOSH THOMAS, MONTGOMERY ACADEMY: Completed 9-of-10 passes for 239 yards and three TDs and ran nine times for 63 yards and two more touchdowns in a 49-0 victory over Prattville Christian.
ZACH THOMAS, HEWITT-TRUSSVILLE: Completed 18-of-33 passes for 249 yards and rushed for 50 yards and three TDs as the Huskies fell to Hoover 38-24.
ELI REYNOLDS, HUNTSVILLE: Threw for 105 yards and two touchdowns and also ran for 80 yards and a score in a 35-34 upset of James Clemens. His first touchdown pass came with 25 seconds left in the game to force overtime. The second came in the OT period for winning score.
BRICK PUGH, EAST LIMESTONE: Was 9-of-14 passing for 185 yards and four touchdowns and rushed for a fifth – all in the first half – and East Limestone (9-0) beat Ardmore 37-7 to finish unbeaten in Class 5A, Region 8.
JAKE TIFFIN, HARTSELLE: The junior was 12-of-16 passing for 249 yards and two scores (including a 92-yard TD) as the Tigers beat Austin 34-13.
GARRETT BOLAND, VINEMONT: The sophomore completed 15-of-21 passes for 256 yards and three touchdowns in the Eagles’ 27-21 win over Winston County.
JOSH DECKER, CEDAR BLUFF: Completed 11-of-12 pass attempts, including 8-of-8 in the first half, for 216 yards and five touchdowns (59, 13, 2, 9, 22 yards) in the Tigers' 47-20 win at Gaylesville.
BANIKO HARLEY, RAMSAY: Completed 14-of-26 passes for 238 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 138 yards on 13 carries with another TD in a 25-22 win over Corner.
JOHNNY GRIZZARD, COOSA CHRISTIAN: Finished with 392 combined yards and five touchdowns in the Conquerors’ 72-42 loss to Spring Garden. Grizzard threw for 260 yards and a 34-yard touchdown and rushed for 132 yards and touchdowns of 60, 38, 1 and 5 yards.
PAYTON NICHOLS, RUSSELLVILLE: Was 17-of-20 passing for 257 yards and five touchdowns as Russellville beat St. John Paul II 49-14.
TYREN DUPREE, CHEROKEE COUNTY: Completed 12-of-18 pass attempts for 199 yards and two touchdowns (21, 30 yards). He also rushed for 75 yards on 20 carries and a 2-yard touchdown and had two 2-point conversion runs in the Warriors' 37-31 win over White Plains.
CHASE GARRETT, SAND ROCK: Completed 12-of-24 pass attempts for 252 yards and two touchdowns (59, 66 yards). He also rushed for a 21-yard touchdown in the Wildcats' 33-26 loss at Pisgah.
KYLE NALL, FAYETTE COUNTY: Rushed for 311 yards and three touchdowns in a 35-14 victory over Cordova
GARY JOHNSON, DOUGLAS: Running out of the legendary Notre Dame Box offensive set much of the night, Johnson had 24 carries for 277 yards and five touchdowns--the second best single game rushing yardage in Douglas history, as the Eagles beat Randolph 35-15.
TROY DIXON, UMS-WRIGHT: Gained for 251 yards and three touchdowns as the Class 4A unbeaten Bulldogs blanked Satsuma.
LUKE PHILLIPS, ST. LUKE’S EPISCOPAL: Scored three touchdowns, including the game winner with less than a minute left, as the Wildcats beat Mobile Christian 28-21. Phillips completed a 43-yard pass to J.D. Favors on a fake punt to set up the winning score. He finished with 115 yards passing and 134 rushing.
BRANDON BAYNES, TALLASSEE: Rushed for 230 yards and four TDs on 18 carries in Tallassee’s 34-7 victory over Sylacauga.
LEE HISBON, TANNER: Ran 12 times for 226 yards and touchdowns of 51, 50 and 9 yards in a 77-24 win over Falkville.
MARCUS WEBB, HOOVER: Had a career high 182 yards rushing on 25 carries and two touchdowns as the Bucs rallied from a 24-24 tie late to beat Hewitt-Trussville 38-24. Teammate Bradrick Shaw added 124 yards on 21 carries with two touchdowns.
TERRELLE WEST, CLAY-CHALKVILLE: Ran for 224 yards on 21 carries in a 45-20 victory over Gardendale. He scored on a 97-yard run.
MARLON BRIDGES, LANETT: Finished with 287 all-purpose yards, including 193 rushing yards and a touchdown on 30 carries, in a 26-19 loss to Reeltown. On defense, he returned a fumble recovery 65 yards for a TD.
KRISTIAN JONES, HACKLEBURG: Rushed for 144 yards and three touchdowns as the Panthers claimed the Class 1A, Region 8 title with a 36-15 victory over R.A. Hubbard. Jones went over the 1,000-yard mark with the performance and now has 1,033 yards rushing and 15 TDs on 116 carries for the year. Teammate Matt Harper added 165 yards and two TDs on 20 rush attempts and was also 8-of-13 passing for 74 yards in the win. He has 933 yards rushing and 988 passing on the year while accounting for 27 points.
CHASE JENNINGS, SPRING GARDEN: Ran for 131 yards and four touchdowns (12, 16, 40, 40 yards) and also had an interception on defense in the Panthers' 72-42 victory over Coosa Christian. Backfield mate Matt Mullinax added 121 yards and three scores in the win.
MICAH STEPHENS, LOCUST FORK: Rushed for 224 yards and a TD on 14 carries in a 36-28 win over J.B. Pennington. His TD came on an 80-yard trek.
KEARVAE QUALLS, COLBERT COUNTY: Scored five touchdowns in the Indians’ 42-15 win over Sheffield. He had nine carries for 133 yards and four rushing scores and also caught a 28-yard pass for his fifth TD of the night.
LOGAN BROOKS, FAIRVIEW: Had 27 carries for 201 rushing yards and three touchdowns in a 33-0 shutout of over Butler.
AUSTIN STIEFEL, FYFFE: Had 18 carries for 181 yards and three touchdowns to lead the unbeaten Red Devils (9-0) to a 49-7 win over Collinsville.
NIC ROLLOW, COLD SPRINGS: Rushed for 171 yards and two scores on 21 attempts as the Eagles beat Tarrant 36-33. The sophomore scored on runs of 4 and 82 yards. Fisher Willoughby also had 135 yards on 12 carries with a 37-yard TD run.
MITCHELL SMITH, GASTON: Rushed 16 times for 113 yards and four touchdowns, including the game-winning 11-yard score with 24 seconds left, as Gaston upset Cleveland 35-28 to secure the No. 2 seed in Class 2A, Region 7.
TYLER CRUMPTON, PHILLIPS: Hauled in seven catches for 147 yards and four touchdowns as Phillips beat Decatur Heritage 40-33.
JUSTIN PERDUE, CARVER-BIRMINGHAM: Caught six passes for 179 yards and four touchdowns in a 44-28 loss to Fairfield. His TDs covered 12, 20, 62 and 74 yards.
GRAHAM, BUCKHORN: Had five catches for 181 yards and touchdowns of 5, 73 and 47 yards as the Bucks upset Gadsden City 37-20. He also scored and fourth time on an 11-yard run.
WESLEY BURNS, BOAZ: Caught 11 passes, a school record, for 107 yards and a touchdown in a 28-14 loss to Guntersville.
TREY GUTHERY, VINEMONT: Caught seven passes for 183 yards and two touchdowns in a 27-21 road win at Winston County. The senior, who also had a forced fumble, fumble recovery, six tackles and two pass breakups, sealed the victory with an interception deep inside Vinemont territory with eight seconds remaining.
DEE WILLIAMS, MOODY: Had six catches for 163 yards and two TDs and added 113 yards rushing as Moody beat Lincoln 27-26. He now has over 3,000 rushing yards for his career.
JAYLAN JACKSON, HARTSELLE: Had just six touches for 215 yards and three touchdowns as Hartselle beat Austin 34-13. He had 105 yards rushing on three carries with TD runs of 19 and 68 yards. He also caught three passes for 110 yards with the big one a 92-yard TD reception.
RILEY COLE, ONEONTA: Had 19 tackles, four for loss, and a sack in a 33-13 victory over Westminster Christian.
RENARDO PRATT, BESSEMER CITY: Intercepted three passes and broke up four others as the Tigers beat Center Point 28-7.
QUENERIS POLLARD, MOODY: The senior defensive end had 18 tackles, two sacks and blocked a punt as Moody nipped Lincoln 27-26.
CULLEN AMSTRONG, HOUSTON ACADEMY: Had 16 tackles, caused one fumble and recovered two others to set up two touchdowns as the Raiders beat Providence Christian 13-10.
CHANCE DUNCAN, GLENCOE: Had 15 tackles, including three for a loss, and two sacks in the Yellow Jackets' 56-0 win over Pleasant Valley.
HUNTER GREEN, CLEVELAND: Was credited with 23 tackles and a pass break-up in a 35-28 loss to Gaston.
RYDER JONES, WEST POINT: Had seven tackles, including two for loss and a sack, and also batted down two passes in a 21-14 overtime win over Lawrence County. The senior also had three pass receptions for 42 yards and a touchdown (17 yards) to help the Warriors clinch their first Class 5A playoff berth. Teammate Trent Campbell also had 10 tackles, including two sacks.
ETHAN WILLIAMS, MIDFIELD: Recorded 11 tackles and returned a blocked punt 45 yards for a TD in a 23-8 victory over Fultondale. He also caught four passes for 110 yards.
RUSS LOGAN, DEMOPOLIS: Recovered two fumbles and intercepted a pass from his linebacker position in a 41-18 victory over Dallas County.
DAVONTA WILLIAMS, ASHFORD: Recovered two fumbles, returning one for a touchdown, had nine tackles and two sacks in a 63-0 win over Headland.
EDSON CASSARRUBIUS, FLORENCE: Kicked three field goals, including a 42-yarder, as the Falcons beat Decatur 23-6.
WIL MURPHY, CENTRAL-FLORENCE: For the second straight week Murphy kicked a game-winning 21-yard field goal with 6:55 to play as Central secured a playoff berth with a 5-3 win over Brooks.