Linebackers Jamichael Andrews and Caleb Crane both had eight solo tackles and four assists in the loss for the Warriors (14-1). Both were honored in the ASWA’s final Player of the Week honors.
In other happenings at the Super Six, coaches will tell you that offense looks good, but defense and special teams win football games.
That’s just what happened in the Class 6A championship at Legion Field on Saturday. And it’s why both Brian Egan and Zach Brownell of Prattville were named the Alabama Sports Writers Association special teams and defensive players of the week.
Egan hit field goals of 41, 39 and 33 yards – the last proving to be the game winner with 2:46 left – as the Lions edged Hoover in the Class 6A final, 16-13. But after his final field goal, the Bucs still found themselves with another shot at the end zone. And that’s where Brownell made his biggest play – more so than any of his 10 tackles.
Brownell eyed a late pass from quarterback Simon Propst and picked what would have been the go-ahead touchdown in the corner of the end zone as both Egan and Brownell earned this week’s honors.
The ASWA offensive player of the week came from the Class 5A championship where the two teams combined to set or tie 11 Super Six records – either overall or in Class 5A.
And in a game that had 930 yards in total offense, Vigor running back Jalston Fowler earned the ASWA honors that saw him rush for 163 yards, touchdowns of 22, 39 and 10 yards and 209 total all-purpose yards. Teammate Kendall Houston also added 163 yards rushing with three touchdowns in a game that saw the Wolves rush for 480 yards.
Other top performances on offense and defense from the weekend in Birmingham included:
Chris Dukes, UMS-Wright: The running back had 27 carries and two touchdowns for 164 yards in a 41-7 win over Cherokee County.
William Reaves , UMS-Wright: Had eight receptions for 181 yards and a touchdown to go with 23 yards in returns for 204 all-purpose yards.
Bragg Foshee, UMS-Wright: Was 12-of-14 passing for 232 yards.
Parker Hollinghead, UMS-Wright: Had nine tackles with three sacks and three tackles-for-loss.
Clint Moseley, Leroy: Was 15-of-27 passing for 272 yards and two touchdowns in a 41-8 win over Sulligent.
Justin Besteda, Leroy: Had 42 yards in returns, but set a Super Six record with a 98-yard touchdown run late in the fourth quarter against Sulligent.
Josh Ervin: Leroy: Had 10 tackles and a 30-yard interception for a touchdown.
Nathan Gilliland, Sulligent: Came up with nine tackles and added a sack, tackle for loss and a fumble recovery against Leroy.
Tim Simon, Cordova: Had 21 carries for 180 yards and a touchdown against Leeds, while adding 11 tackles on defense.
Jace Cordell, Cordova: Made 14 tackles against Leeds.
Rush Perkins, Leeds: The junior quarterback rushed for three touchdowns and 145 yards in a 38-21 win over Cordova.
Charles Miller, Leeds: had 10 tackles to go with a sack and tackle for loss in the win over Cordova.
Johnny Lockett, Sweet Water: Rushed for 171 yards and two touchdowns with a 36-yard touchdown reception in a 42-0 win over Speake.
Delano Brewer, Sweet Water: Had 12 tackles, four tackles for loss, a sack and forced a fumble in a win over Speake.
Joseph Hyde, Speake: Had eight tackles in a loss to Sweet Water.
Joey Howe, Russellville: Threw for 335 yards in 19-of-46 passing with three touchdowns in a 50-30 loss to Vigor.
Jacob Gist, Russellville: Had 13 tackles and forced a fumble in a 50-30 loss to Vigor.
John Propst, Hoover: Had 11 tackles with two tackles for loss as the Hoover defense held Prattville to just 192 yards in total offense.