ASWA: Top performers

Reggie Ragland, Bob Jones High School

A lot of high-octane performances headline last week's top performers.

Spotlight

Elba High School kick return specialist Darrean Burks turned in a career performance Friday night with two punts for touchdowns, a third nullified by a penalty and a total of 210 punt return yards on five tries to grab the Alabama High School Athletic Association Prep Spotlight for the third week of the 2011 football season.

Burks had one return called back because of a penalty and finished with 210 yards on five punt returns overall in the Tigers' 57-14 win over Calhoun. Burks had a 55 and 65-yard return go for touchdowns and added returns of 45, 32 and 17 in the game as the unbeaten Tigers beat Calhoun 57-14. Burks also rushed for 48 yards on just five carries with a eight-yard touchdown run. His performance edged out five outstanding passing performances that led to exciting wins.

Cameron Cox, Appalachian, quarterback

Cox had a career performance in a 46-0 win over Coosa Christian. He completed 13-of-16 passes for 437 yards and six touchdowns, rushed for 50 yards and had eight tackles on defense – in basically one half.

Patrick Perry, Sidney Lanier, quarterback

Perry led the Poets (1-2) to a 36-28 win over Wetumpka with 16 pass completions in 22 attempts for 336 yards and three touchdowns. He also rushed for 55 yards giving him 391 total yards.

Jacob Kennedy, Berry, quarterback

Kennedy (2-1) completed 15-of-26 passes for 365 yards and three touchdowns (81, 49, 47 yards) and also had two two-point conversion completions in a 48-46 win over previously unbeaten Parrish. He tacked on 47 rushing yards, a touchdown and another 2-point conversion run.

Luke Bailey, Fairview, quarterback

Bailey completed 21-of-26 passes for 364 yards and three touchdowns in a 48-34 win over Douglas. Bailey also ran for 104 yards and three touchdowns to give him 468 total yards. His last two touchdowns broke a 34-34 tie.

Darrion Holden, Woodlawn, quarterback

Holden helped the Colonels (2-1) post a 40-31 win over Parker with 343 yards passing and four touchdowns on a 12-of-17 performance. He also rushed for 108 yards on 11 carries and a fifth touchdown.

Brody Meeks, Lynn, quarterback

The sophomore had a hand in five touchdowns in the Bears' 57-8 win over Meek after accounting for seven touchdowns the previous week. Meeks completed eight-of-12 passes for 258 yards and four scores (57, 68, 37 and 26) while rushing for 68 yards and another touchdown (63).

Dezmond Harris, McAdory, quarterback

Harris lifted the Yellow Jackets (3-0) to a 54-19 win over John Carroll with a 10-of-12 passing effort for 259 yards and two touchdowns.

Russell Denman, Hazel Green, quarterback

The senior completed 23-of-32 passes for 270 yards with four touchdowns and two interceptions in a 35-34 upset of Huntsville.

Andrew Jones, Wicksburg, quarterback

Jones was 10-of-19 passing for 258 yards and all three touchdowns in Wicksburg's 18-14 win over Houston County. Jones completed touchdown passes of 66 and 65 yards to Cody Smith and a 35-yarder to Austin Sellers.

Nick Mullens, Spain Park, quarterback

Mullens was 22-of-27 passing for 271 yards and a touchdown in a 27-6 win over Homewood.

Jeremy Johnson, Carver-Montgomery, quarterback

Johnson was 18-of-33 passing for 293 yards and five touchdowns, including three touchdown passes to Landy Capetillo on tosses of 20, 36 and 14 yards in a 38-7 win over Stanhope Elmore.

Devlin Hodges, Mortimer Jordan, quarterback

In his first start, Hodges was 13-of-17 passing for 261 yards and three touchdowns as the Blue Devils topped West Point 48-21. His chief target was Logan Motte, who caught nine passes for 206 yards and two touchdowns.

T.J. Yeldon, Daphne, running back

The senior and Auburn commitment ran 30 times for 319 yards, including touchdown runs of 19, 31 and 7 yards, in Daphne's 35-14 win over previously unbeaten Foley. He also had non-scoring runs of 41 and 57 yards as the Trojans extended their current win streak to 18 straight.

Diamond Simmons, Hanceville, running back

The senior rushed for 287 yards on just six carries and had three touchdowns in a 47-7 rout of Holly Pond. Simmons scored on runs of 60, 75 and 93 yards and had a 91-yard touchdown called back for a holding penalty.

Jake Ganus, Chelsea, athlete

Ganus rushed for 260 yards on 18 carries with a touchdown and threw for two scores on three-of-four passing for 54 yards in a 48-28 win over Shelby County.

Reginald Foster, Goshen, running back

The Eagles ball carrier rushed for 227 yards and a 20-yard touchdown run in Goshen's 19-12 win over Red Level.

Azaria Green, Huntsville, running back

The senior had 19 carries for 216 yards and three touchdowns of 7, 2 and 70 yards before leaving a 35-34 loss to Hazel Green with a knee injury at the 6:48 mark of the fourth quarter.

Dane Howard, Washington County, running back

Howard rushed for 234 yards and three touchdowns on just eight carries in a 19-3 victory Trinity.

Rudy Ford, New Hope, running back

Ford rushed for 205 yards on 11 carries with two touchdowns in a 42-14 win over Brindlee Mountain.

Berron Tyson, Baker, running back

Tyson ran for 198 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries. With the win Baker starts the season 3-0 for the first time since 1984.

Jordan Huff, St. Paul's, running back

The junior ran for 185 yards and three touchdowns on 18 carries as the Saints shut out Spanish Fort 30-0. He now has 10 rushing touchdowns in the first three games this season. His touchdown runs Friday covered 50, 2 and 4 yards. He also had a 41-yard touchdown run nullified by a penalty.

Jordan Chunn, Madison County, running back

Chunn rushed for 196 yards on 24 carries with three touchdowns as the Tigers knocked off Etowah 32-28.

Takwain Whigham, Barbour County, athlete

Whigham had a touchdown running, passing and receiving, accounted for 150 yards on just 10 touches on offense, had 10 tackles on defense, punted twice for a 52.0 yard average and made 1-of-2 extra points in the Jaguars' 33-13 win over Ariton. He rushed for 60 yards on nine carries with a four-yard run, caught two passes for 62 yards—one a 48-yard touchdown pass, and completed his only pass attempt for a 38-yard touchdown.

Jake Smith, Berry, wide receiver

The senior caught seven passes for 245 yards and three touchdowns as the Wildcats downed Parrish 58-46. Smith also had six tackles.

Forrest Livingston, Spring Garden, running back

Livingston carried 20 times for 249 yards and four touchdowns in a 41-12 win over Valley Head. He scored on runs of 1, 57, 10 and 80 yards and now has 426 yards rushing and seven touchdowns in last two games after carrying 35 times for 177 yards and three scores in a 41-25 loss to Collinsville in Week 2.

Joseph Harris, Fyffe, athlete

Harris made two interceptions, returning one 100 yards for a touchdown, in a 48-7 win over Victory Christian. He had four tackles, an 18-yard touchdown reception and seven carries for 92 yards with a 19-yard touchdown run.

Reggie Ragland, Bob Jones, linebacker

The senior and Alabama commitment had 14 tackles, includes six for loss, in a 10-7 win over Florence. Ragland also caught a seven-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter to put the Patriots ahead.

Gabe Richards, Wicksburg, defensive end

The Panther earned 12 tackles, including two quarterback sacks, and had five quarterback hurries during Wicksburg's 18-14 win over Houston County.

Dustin Vining, Oak Grove, athlete

Vining had 12 tackles, a sack and a safety in a 28-9 loss to Corner.

Eric Tate, Thomasville, cornerback

Tate returned an interception for a touchdown and a fumble for a touchdown in the defending 4A state champion Tigers' 34-6 victory over B.C. Rain. He also caught a touchdown pass as Thomasville recorded its 18th straight win.

Ehren Faison, Slocomb, athlete

Faison returned a kickoff 83 yards for a touchdown and had a 41-yard interception return set up a score in the Red Tops' 48-14 win over Daleville. Faison also had three solo tackles, an assist and one pass break-up on defense.

Kenavis Robinson, Austin, athlete

Robinson Intercepted two passes, both leading to scores, as the Black Bears (3-0) beat Hewitt-Trussville 25-23.

Ian Thomas, Fairhope, athlete

Thomas recovered two fumbles, returning one for 35 yards and a touchdown and another 32 yards to the Satsuma 1-yard line in a 63-0 victory over the Gators.

Kelton Brackett, Blount, cornerback

The senior had an interception and a fumble recovery in a 33-21 victory over Murphy as the Leopards opened the season 3-0 for the first time since 1998.

Connor Moran, Southside-Gadsden, kicker

Moran kicked a 27-yard field goal with 2:08 remaining to give Southside a 24-21 win over Scottsboro for the Panthers' first win of the season.

Matt Pensa, Austin, kicker/punter

Pensa kicked the game-winning 29-yard field goal and punted three times for a 41-yard average to keep Hewitt-Trussville's offense backed up as the Black Bears edged the Huskies 25-23.

Levi Weems, West End, athlete

Weems had a touchdown pass, recovered a blocked punt for a score and had an interception return for a touchdown in West End's 42-14 win over Cold Springs.

Chester Person, Brantley, athlete

Person keyed the Bulldogs' 47-7 win over Florala with two punt returns for touchdowns covering 54 and 48 yards. He also scored on a 44-yard pass play and a 37-yard run.

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