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AHSAA Prep Spotlight for Week 12
Fultondale's ArDarius Stewart
Scores 7 TDs In Class 2A Playoff Win
MONTGOMERY– Senior quarterback ArDarius Stewart has had his share of outstanding performances during his prep career at Fultondale. Last week, he had perhaps his best effort ever as the Wildcats knocked off previously undefeated Fyffe 49-28 to advance to the third round of the AHSAA Class 2A state football playoffs.
Stewart had 28 rushing attempts for 351 yards and seven touchdowns – scoring on runs of 21, 30, 5, 6, 79 and 42 yards. The Alabama verbal commitment also completed 3-of-4 passes for 20 more yards and had a 3-yard pass to his brother, Jared Stewart, for a two-point conversion. Coach Keith Register's standout now has accounted for 50 touchdowns this season with 35 rushing, 11 passing, two receiving and two on kick returns.
The Wildcats (10-2) Hve had little time to savor the victory or Stewart's performance. Fultondale hosts unbeaten Tanner (11-0) Friday night.
Stewart edged out Hubbertville running back Aaron Dillard, Brooks quarterback Skyler Beck and Oneonta receiver Alvin Scott to headline this week's Prep Spotlight for Week 12.
Dillard helped Hubbertville achieve a milestone for their longtime head coach Lamar Harris, who is in his 36th season. Dillard rushed for 244 yards on 17 carries and scored five touchdowns as the Lions defeated Spring Garden 42-18 in the Class 1A playoffs. Dillard, who scored on runs of 46, 9, 17, 51 and 38 yards, also went 6-for-6 on extra-point kicks. Hubbertville, which will play at defending state champion Marion County Friday, advanced to the third round for the first time in Harris' tenure as head coach. Dillard boosted his season totals to 2,253 rushing yards and 30 touchdowns.
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 Class 4A victory over Munford. Receiver Devan Henson had eight catches for 199 yards and two TDs.
Scott had six catches for 136 yards and a touchdown as unbeaten Oneonta (12-0) downed North Jackson 48-21 in Class 4A. Scott also went over 1,000 yards receiving for the third straight year in the process. Oneonta quarterback Cody O'Toole was 15-of-25 passing for 303 yards and two touchdowns.
Other top efforts reported include:
QUAY MAYS, CHARLES HENDERSON: Recovered two fumbles (one at the 22, the other at the 6) in the fourth quarter, leading to the only scores in the Trojans' 13-0 Class 4A win over Central of Clay County. Teammate Richard McBryde added 14 tackles for the Trojans.
ETHAN SIMMONS, BRIARWOOD CHRISTIAN: Posted 26 tackles in the Lions' 14-13 Class 5A win over Vigor.
BLAKE LOGAN, MUSCLE SHOALS: Kicked a pair of 32-yard field goals and also had an interception on defense in the final seconds to seal a 22-21 Class 5A win over Pinson Valley for the unbeaten Trojans (12-0). His final field goal with 5:45 remaining provided the winning margin.
JEREMY JOHNSON, CARVER-MONTGOMERY: Threw a 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.
TERRANCE HOLLINGSWORTH, BERRY: Rushed for 251 yards on 27 carries and scored on runs of 42 and 2 yards in Berry's 44-14 Class 1A win over Hackleburg as the Wildcats qualified for the third round of the playoffs for the first time in school history. Teammate Maken Potter scored three touchdowns, intercepted a pass and made eight tackles while Clancy Brown accounted for 16 tackles.
M.J. BROWN, SPAIN PARK: Teamed with quarterback Nick Mullens to catch three passes, all for TDs, for 106 yards in a 39-21 Class 6A win over Foley. Brown's TDs covered 38, 63 and 5 yards. Mullens was 18-of-23 for 242 passing yards and six touchdowns.
CAMERON ECHOLS-LUPER, AUBURN: Threw a 10-yard touchdown pass in overtime and ran in the ensuing 2-point conversion as the Tigers beat previously unbeaten McGill-Toolen 29-28 in Class 6A. He finished with 96 passing yards and 114 rushing yards on 16 carries.
TYLER ROGERS, MOBILE CHRISTIAN: Rushed for 240 yards and three TDs on 30 carries in Mobile Christian's 28-19 Class 2A victory over Oakman.
DEVONTE SIMON, PICKENS COUNTY: The defensive back intercepted three passes, scoring a touchdown on an 80-yard return, as Pickens County defeated Cedar Bluff 34-0 in the Class 1A playoffs. Teammate Jermarcus Brown also rushed for 286 yards and a 93-yard touchdown run.
MARCELLUS REDMOND, FAYETTE COUNTY: Scored on runs of 45 and 63 yards and threw a 42-yard touchdown pass in Fayette County's 34-6 Class 3A win over W.S. Neal. Redmond gained 142 yards rushing on 12 carries and completed 5-of-6 passes for 83 yards.
TYLER SMITH, ONEONTA: Rushed for 140 yards and two touchdowns on 25 carries and caught three passes for 107 yards and another TD as Oneonta beat North Jackson 48-21 in Class 4A.
DALLAS COCKERHAM, LAMAR COUNTY: Ran for 134 yards on 29 carries and threw a touchdown pass in Lamar County's 41-19 win over G.W. Long in Class 2A.
TYWONE STEWART, REELTOWN: Ran for 167 yards and two touchdowns in the Rebels' 35-12 Class 2A win over McIntosh and helped Reeltown reach the Class 2A quarterfinals for the fourth time in the last five years.
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 Class 4A win over Handley – the first second-round playoff win in school history.
STEPHEN ROBERTS, OPELIKA: Returned an interception 36 yards for a touchdown in the Bulldogs' 24-17 Class 6A playoff win over Daphne.
JOHNNY PADGETT, NORTH JACKSON: The senior linebacker had 19 tackles, a sack and two fumble recoveries, including one returned 45 yards for a touchdown, in the Chiefs' 48-21 Class 4A loss to Oneonta.
JUSTIN SANDERSON, MARION COUNTY: Rushed for 151 yards and two touchdowns (5 and 14 yards) on 19 carries in a 47-20 Class 1A win over R.A. Hubbard.
DEION WATERS, SWEET WATER: Had 24 carries for 250 yards and four touchdowns (9, 3, 18 and 6 yards) in a 51-7 Class 2A playoff win over Aliceville.
TREDARIAN GAMBLE, LINCOLN: Rushed for 271 yards and three TDs on 37 carries in a Class 4A 54-42 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 Class 5A loss to Muscle Shoals.
HAYDEN STEPHENS, TANNER: Stephens and teammate Fred Rich combined for 354 yards rushing and three touchdowns as the Rattlers beat Walter Wellborn 48-0 in the Class 2A playoffs. Stephens rushed 23 times for 182 yards and two touchdowns (11 and 14 yards) while Rich had 12 carries for 171 yards and a 71-yard TD run. Quarterback Jonathon Fletcher also had a perfect 6-for-6 passing performance for 111 yards with a 36-yard TD toss. He also rushed for a touchdown.
SAMUEL GRISHAM, LAUDERDALE COUNTY: The Tigers' quarterback rushed for 222 yards and two scores in a 33-10 win over Geraldine. His scoring runs covered 9 and 80 yards.
COURTNEY FOY, MIDFIELD: Accounted for every point in the 22-21 Class 3A 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.
GENE BROMBERG, MOUNTAIN BROOK: Finished with 118 yards on 39 carries, 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.
RYAN CARPENTER, COLBERT COUNTY: Rushed for 171 yards on 32 carries with a 13-yard TD in a 14-7 Class 3A 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 Class 4A victory over Lincoln.
GUNNER ROACH, UMS-WRIGHT: Was 13-of-16 passing for 204 yards and accounted for three TDs in the Bulldogs' 38-24 Class 4A win over Dadeville.
BRIAN CLARK, CLAY-CHALKVILLE: Grabbed five passes for 148 yards and three TDs (51, 31 and 15 yards) in the 47-24 Class 6A victory over Tuscaloosa County.
DUSTIN HARAWAY, BOB JONES: Picked off two passes, both of which led to touchdowns, in a 14-13 Class 6A loss to Mountain Brook.
JACOBY LOCKHART, LEEDS: Intercepted a pass and blocked a potential game-winning field goal of 42 yards to preserve the 22-21 Class 3A victory over Bayside Academy.