For the Cedar Bluff Tigers last Friday at Sand Rock, that cliché proved true. Their 34-28 victory moved them to 9-0 and secured the school’s sixth undefeated regular season since 1930. Three Tiger players received recognition for their efforts from the Alabama Sportswriters Association for its Players of the Week.
Senior quarterback Levi Mintz completed 13 of 28 passes for 304 yards and five touchdowns (70, 34, 47, 9, 7 yards), including the game-winner (7 yards) to senior receiver DeAngelo Hardy with 5:18 to go.
Hardy also received recognition after catching four passes for 146 yards and three scores (70, 47, 7 yards).
On defense, senior lineman Nick Combs led the charge. He posted 11 ½ tackles (4 for lost yardage) and a sack in the win.
The Collinsville Panthers (8-2) had two players receive consideration following their 33-28 loss to Class 3A White Plains on Thursday.
Senior quarterback C.J. Jones completed 20 of 36 pass attempts for 312 yards and a 35-yard touchdown in the loss.
Senior Edgar Padilla was Jones’ top receiver. He caught 10 passes for 189 yards.
Spring Garden senior running back Forrest Livingston also received recognition for his efforts by the ASWA. He rushed for 172 yards, a 3-yard touchdown, a 2-point conversion, caught a 15-yard touchdown pass and had four tackles on defense in the Panthers' (8-2) 26-20 win at Talladega County Central.
In other statewide happenings, Brooks quarterback Skyler Beck threw for 456 yards and completed touchdown passes of 44, 28, 66, 6, 56 and 41 yards, and ran for a 1-yard TD in a 55-49 victory over Colbert County.
The performance – accounting for eight touchdowns and leading the offense to 578 yards – made him this week’s ASWA Offensive Player of the Week.
Beck beat out two other finalists for the award, St. Luke’s running back George Payne and Northside’s Zarrian Grant.
Payne rushed five times for 267 yards and four TDs (79, 31, 62 and 81 yards) in a 56-21 win over Cottage Hill Christian. Grant ran for 312 yards on 14 carries and had TD runs of 70, 69, 65, 47 and 56 yards in a 54-41 win over Oak Grove. Grant also had two interceptions.
Enterprise’s Shaq Solomon is the ASWA Defense/Special Teams Player of the Week. He intercepted four passes, returning two for touchdowns (40 and 13 yards), in the Wildcats’ 58-19 romp over Jeff Davis.
The defensive/special teams finalists are Clements’ Demarcus Johnson and Boaz kicker Leo Aragon.
Johnson returned two interceptions 20 and 70 yards for touchdowns, recovered a fumble and rushed for 111 yards and a touchdown as the Colts beat Pope John Paul II 28-7 for their first win.
Aragon kicked a game-winning 20-yard FG as time expired to give Boaz a 38-35 victory over rival Sardis.
ASWA members from Birmingham, Brewton, Centre, Cullman, Decatur, Dothan, Florence, Fort Payne, Gadsden, Huntsville, Mobile, Montgomery, Oneonta, and Tuscaloosa submitted nominations this week.
Standout performances receiving Players of the Week consideration from this past weekend included:
Reagan Alexander, Mountain Brook: Grabbed seven passes for 168 yards and two touchdowns (13 and 34 yards) in the 38-14 win against Parker.
Darice Allen, Carroll: Rushed for 290 yards and two touchdowns, helping the Eagles rout Dale County.
Nate Andrews, Fairhope: Making his second straight start at quarterback, Andrews scored on runs of 9 and 6 yards and threw TD passes of 64, 61 and 55 yards in a 49-14 victory over Andalusia.
Marquese Banks, W.S. Neal: Ran 19 times for 289 yards sand six touchdowns in W.S. Neal’s 66-20 victory over Millry.
Eli Beall, Pelham: Ran for 202 yards on 33 carries and three TDs (2, 13 and 8 yards) in the 47-45 loss to Shades Valley.
Matt Belue, Red Bay: Rushed for 134 yards and two touchdowns on 19 carries as the Tigers upset Class 1A No. 1 and defending state champ Marion County 21-17.
Randy Blackwell, Fyffe: Logged 19 carries for 162 yards and five TDs (68, 4, 5 4 yards and 12 yards) in a 49-20 victory over rival Plainview.
Damarcus Bingham, Foley: Caught six passes for 144 yards and two TDs in a 49-21 win over Theodore.
Garrett Brooks, Pinson Valley: Completed 26 of 42 passes for 288 yards and two touchdowns (16 and 7 yards) in the 46-21 win over Briarwood Christian.
Michael Davis, Geraldine: Carried 12 times for 141 yards and two TDs (53 and 34 yards) and caught a 45-yard scoring pass in a 35-12 victory over Crossville.
Kendrick Doss, Florence: Threw for 153 yards and one touchdown and ran for 102 yards and three TDs as Florence upset No. 4 Vestavia Hills 28-21. Doss threw and 25-yard TD pass and scored on runs of 4, 4 and 74 yards.
Jonathan Ford, Westbrook Christian: Finished 12 of 26 passing for 181 yards and 3 TDs, and ran 10 times for 113 yards in 28-21 victory over Hokes Bluff.
Tyler Gates, Tuscaloosa County: Completed 13 of 21 passes for 228 yards and two touchdowns in a 34-14 win at Pell City.
Derrick Garnett, Holy Spirit: Rushed for 229 yards on 24 carries and scored on a 72-yard run in a 34-8 loss to Fayetteville.
Cory Gill, Cottonwood: Threw for 328 yards and two TDs on 25 of 40 passing in a 33-31 win over Rehobeth.
DeAngelo Hardy, Cedar Bluff: Caught four passes for 146 yards and three touchdowns (70, 47, 7 yards), including the game-winning 7-yarder with 5:18 to go in the Tigers’ 34-28 victory at Sand Rock.
O.J. Howard, Autauga Academy: Finished with eight catches for 118 yards and three TDs, and added nine tackles, two sacks and a pass deflection in a 28-12 victory over Patrician in the first round of the AISA Class A playoffs.
Dominique Jackson, T.R. Miller: Ran 16 times for 189 yards and two TDs in a 28-27 come-from-behind win over Sweet Water.
Nicolas Jackson, Wenonah: Ran for 154 yards and two TDs (52 and 58 yards) on nine carries in the 35-0 win over Carver.
C.J. Jones, Collinsville: Completed 20 of 36 pass attempts for 312 yards and a 35-yard touchdown in a 33-28 loss to White Plains on Thursday.
Ty Jones, Vinemont: Turned in a 42-carry, 317-yard performance and scored five touchdowns in a 33-24 road win over 4A Randolph. He already has more than 2,000 rushing yards this season.
Preston Kent, Susan Moore: Rushed for 231 yards and three TDs on 28 carries and caught five passes for 45 yards in a 39-6 victory over J.B. Pennington.
Sadan Knight, Jeff Davis: Had 218 yards on 17 carries with TDs of 66 and 83 yards in a 58-19 loss at Enterprise.
Robert Langham, Lee: Caught four touchdown passes in Lee’s 80-0 win over Butler.
Josh Lewis, Pickens Academy: Rushed for 177 yards and scored on runs of 1, 1, 52 and 24 yards in a 34-21 victory over Lakeside in the AISA Class A playoffs, while also completing 7 of 11 passes for 107 yards.
Forrest Livingston, Spring Garden: Rushed for 172 yards, a 3-yard touchdown and a 2-point conversion, and caught a 15-yard touchdown pass and had four tackles on defense in the Panthers’ 26-20 win at Talladega County Central.
Rashad Louie, Shades Valley: Totaled 412 total yards offense and five touchdowns in the 47-45 win over Pelham. Louie passed for 299 yards and four TDs (37, 82, 62 and 42 yards) and ran for 113 yards on 13 carries with a 1-yard scoring run.
Jake Maddox, Geraldine: Completed 5-of-7 passes for 201 yards and three TDs (84, 60 and 45 yards) in a 35-12 win over archrival Crossville in the Battle of Skirum Creek.
Julius McCall, Chelsea: Ran for 172 yards and two TDs (1 and 7 yards) in the 43-12 win over Shelby County.
Xavier McCollum, Winfield: Scoring on a 1-yard run with less than two minutes remaining, capping a 158-yard, three-touchdown performance, in a 24-21 victory over South Lamar. His other TD runs covered 4 and 6 yards.
Danarrius Miller, Hueytown: Rushed for 159 yards on 22 carries and two touchdowns (2 and 41 yards), and returned a kickoff 92 yards for a touchdown in the 28-14 win over Walker.
Austin Mills, Coosa Christian: Ran seven times for 198 yards and three TDs and added a 63-yard punt return in 37-0 over Southeastern.
Levi Mintz, Cedar Bluff: Completed 13 of 28 passes for 304 yards and five TDs (70, 34, 47, 9, 7 yards), including the game-winner (7 yards) to DeAngelo Hardy with 5:18 to go in a 34-28 win at Sand Rock.
Roderick Moon, Shades Valley: Caught five passes for 113 yards with touchdown receptions of 37 and 42 yards, and the game tying 25-yarder with 16.5 seconds to go in the 47-45 win over Pelham.
Cody O’Toole, Oneonta: Completed 18 of 23 passes for 264 yards with four touchdowns and an interception in a 50-6 victory over Mortimer Jordan.
Edgar Padilla, Collinsville: Caught 10 passes for 189 yards in the Panthers’ 33-28 loss to White Plains on Thursday.
Jeffrey Patrick, Cherokee: Rushed for 258 yards and three touchdowns in a 48-22 victory over Waterloo.
Kamryn Pettway, Prattville: Ran for 209 yards and scored four TDs (three rushing, one receiving) in a 57-36 win at Northview.
Trey Prestridge, Oak Grove: Rushed for 242 yards on 29 carries in the 54-41 loss to Northside.
Jackson Richard, Madison County: Completed 17-of-22 passes for 318 yards and three TDs in a 56-14 win at Scottsboro.
Earnest Robinson, Pinson Valley: Grabbed nine passes for 141 yards and two TDs (16 and 7 yards) in the 46-21 win over Briarwood Christian.
Walter Rutledge Jr., Homewood: Ran for 160 yards on 32 carries and two touchdowns, including the 1-yard game-winner with 24 seconds to go, and added a two-point conversion run in the 28-21 win over Benjamin Russell.
Rocky Sides, Sulligent: Caught six passes for 163 yards, including a 39-yard touchdown, in a 34-16 victory over South Lamar.
ArDarius Stewart, Fultondale: Accounted for 302 yards total offense with five touchdowns and added a 47-yard interception return in the 49-16 win over Parrish. Stewart rushed for 123 yards on 12 carries with three touchdowns (2, 39 and 25 yards) and caught a 35-yard scoring pass. He completed 4 of 6 passes for 144 yards, including a 32-yard touchdown.
Mitch Stults, Hamilton: Became the state’s all-time leader in all-purpose yardage as Hamilton beat Haleyville 26-6. Stults threw for 142 yards and one TD and rushed for 88 yards and a TD.
Josh Walker, Austin: Finished with 198 total yards and scored four TDs while leading Austin back from a 20-point deficit to beat Hartselle 34-27 in two overtimes. He ran for 146 yards and three TDs.
Courtney Wilbanks, Restoration Academy: Ran for 110 yards, including a 44-yard touchdown, on just seven carries in the 49-14 win over Sparta Academy.
Jesse Blackburn, Gardendale: Recorded two sacks, three tackles for loss and caught a 7-yard TD pass in the 32-6 win over Buckhorn.
Gavin Bryant, Jackson: Made 15 tackles in a 31-21 loss at Thomasville.
Chris Caldwell, Pleasant Grove: Totaled 11 tackles and a sack in the 49-14 win over Bibb County.
Jordan Chunn, Madison County: Recorded 13 tackles in a 56-14 win at Scottsboro. Also ran 127 yards and three touchdowns.
Alex Click, McAdory: Recorded 12 tackles, including three for loss, in the 40-29 win over Woodlawn.
Nick Combs, Cedar Bluff: Posted 11.5 tackles (4 for lost yardage) and a sack in a 34-28 victory at Sand Rock.
Chad Cromwell, Buckhorn: Had a sack, blocked kick and pass breakup in a 32-6 loss at Gardendale.
Jamarcus Davison, Calhoun: Scored on a 60-yard interception return, a 15-yard run and a 70-yard catch in a 48-14 win at Francis Marion.
Hunter Doppler, Corner: Totaled 10 tackles and added an interception in the 35-7 win over Sumiton Christian.
Johnny Gordon, Barbour County: Caught six passes for 160 yards and with two TDs (80 and 45), returned a kickoff 85 yards for a touchdown and led the Jaguar defense with 11 tackles in a 49-34 loss to G.W. Long.
Blake Graham, Winfield: Had 12 solo tackles and five assists in the 24-21 win over Lamar County.
Quinxarious Jeffery, Akron: Returned a kickoff 90 yards for a TD, while also finishing with 105 receiving yards and TD catches of 60 and 10 yards, in a 48-44 victory over R.C. Hatch.
Anfernee Mullins, Aliceville: Had 11 tackles and two sacks and scored on a 43-yard fumble return in a 50-0 victory over Greene County.
Zac Newton, Spain Park: Logged 10 tackles in the 20-6 win over Oxford.
Buddy Pell, Mountain Brook: Totaled 10 tackles, two sacks and an interception in the 38-14 win over Parker.
Seth Roberts, Ariton: Roberts had 13 tackles and two sacks in the Purple Cats’ 35-19 win over Zion Chapel.
Eric Sewell, Mary Montgomery: Had nine tackles and two sacks in a 17-12 victory over B.C. Rain.
Cordell Smith, Parker: Had 12 tackles, including three for loss, in the 38-14 loss to Mountain Brook.
Jalen Thompson, St. Paul’s: Intercepted a pair of Gunner Roach passes as St. Paul’s knocked off UMS-Wright 38-8.
Zach Walker, G.W. Long: Rushed for 183 yards with three TDs (14, 14, 49), had an 80-yard kickoff return for a touchdown plus eight tackles and a fumble recovery on defense in the Rebels’ 49-34 win over Barbour County.
Jonathan Walton, Bayside Academy: Blocked a punt, returned a punt for a touchdown and scored three rushing touchdowns in a victory over Satsuma.
Devonta Williams, Ashford: Recorded 15 tackles, including 13 solos, in a 26-12 win over Houston County.