Stars of the South: Alabama

Troymaine Pope

The top performances are recognized in this week's edition of Stars of the South. Take a look at who made the list.


Darrin Peterson
6-3, 195-pounds
Wide receiver
Tevin Peterson
6-1, 170-pounds
Defensive back
Etowah High School

Peterson and his Blue Devil teammates took the win from Fort Payne this week 21-14, their first win against the Wildcats since 2002. The Petersons had much to do with the outcome. Darrin (senior) caught three passes for 205 yards scoring with 93 and 99 yard receptions while Tevin (sophomore) picked off two passes in the fourth quarter to secure the win.

E.J. Moss
6-4, 210-pounds
Quarterback
Tommy Bothwell
5-10, 180-pounds
Running back
Ashville High School

Moss rushed for 181 yards on 16 carries in the 40-15 win against West End scoring three times. The junior completed six-of-eight pass attempts for 102 yards and a touchdown. Moss is a heavily watched quarterback for the class of 2013. Bothwell (senior) rushed for 175 yards on 14 carries scoring another three touchdowns.

Troymaine Pope
5-9, 190-pounds
Running back
Anniston High School

Pope rushed for 326 yards on 19 carries in the 49-35 win against Cleburne County. The senior scored seven touchdowns on runs of 5, 13, 38, 46, 56 and 86 yards. Pope currently holds a scholarship offer to Arkansas State.

Rocky Hayes
6-0, 175-pounds
Running back/defensive back
Cleburne County High School

Hayes played both sides of the ball in the game with Anniston. The senior rushed for 115 yards on 18 carries and scored four touchdowns with two on the ground, one reception and an 85-yard kick returned for a score.

Will Minor
5-8, 175-pounds
Running back
Terrance Byrd
5-8, 165-pounds
Running back
Deshler High School

Together this duo rushed for 353 yards in the 35-19 win against Brooks. Minor (senior) raked in 203 yards on 15 carries scoring twice on runs of 15 and 20 yards. Byrd (freshman) added another 141 yards on 14 carries and scored twice on runs of 12 and 13 yards.

Beniquez Brown
6-2, 205-pounds
Athlete
Florence High School

Brown did little to dissuade the many big schools at his doorstep this week with a 180-yard performance carrying the ball 20 times. The senior rushed for touchdowns of 40 and two yards and ran back an interception 38 yards for another score in the 34-6 win against Buckhorn. Brown has scholarship offers from Alabama, Auburn and many others.

Terrence Deloney
5-9, 190-pounds
Quarterback
East Lawrence High School

Deloney ran for four touchdowns in the 48-42 win against Wilson. The junior scored on runs of 6, 15, 40 and 52 yards in the win, all four in the second quarter.

Kessey Bell
6-1, 250-pounds
Defensive line/end
Demopolis High School

Bell (junior) made 10 tackles against tough region opponent Chilton County last week coming away with the 23-20 win.

Jordan Howard
6-0, 205-pounds
Running back
Gardendale High School

Howard rushed for 228 yards on 23 carries in the 18-14 win against Bessemer City. The junior scored on runs of 4, 9, and 90 yards.

Chris Grant
6-0, 225-pounds
Defensive lineman/running back
Fairfield High School

Grant made 11 tackles in the Tigers 24-6 win against Parker. The senior had three sacks and offensively scored two third quarter touchdowns of five and nine yards.

Jason Smith
6-2, 175-pounds
Quarterback
Carl Lee
6-4, 185-pounds
Wide receiver
McGill-Toolen High School

Smith (junior) and company managed to get shutout in the first half 28-0, but the Yellow Jackets buzzed past Fairhope with a 35-34 victory. The junior led his team to five consecutive touchdowns in the second half. Smith completed 16-of-33 pass attempts for 239 yards and four touchdowns and rushed for 154 yards on 23 carries with another touchdown. Smith hit Carl Lee (junior) for 38, 43 and 76 yard scores. He also had another eight-yard pass for a score and a one-yard rushing score.

Kitt Grider
6-0, 165-pounds
Quarterback
North Jackson High School

Grider is leading one of the most successful teams in North Alabama and his prep career is one to watch. The freshman completed 14-of-18 passing attempts for 308 yards and three touchdowns. He also ran for another score in the 48-7 win against Douglas.

Quinton Miller
5-11, 150-pounds
Defensive back/wide receiver
Ariton High School

Miller had a big night in the 28-21 win against Cottonwood. The senior made 10 tackles and picked off a pass in the end zone with one second remaining to preserve the region win.

Seth Lynch
5-9, 175-pounds
Running back
Austin High School

Lynch rushed for 225 yards on 16 carries scoring five touchdowns to improve the Black Bears to a 2-0 start, their best since 2002. Austin defeated Huffman 63-33 with Lynch scoring on runs of 2, 4, 7, 12, and 28 yards.

Myles Parker
6-1, 185-pounds
Running back/receiver
Pell City High School

Parker rushed for 295 yards on 26 carries in the 41-33 win against Shades Valley. The senior scored two touchdowns of 73 and 75 yards. Follow Andrew Bone on TWITTER for the very latest recruiting news.
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