RON INGRAM - AHSAA, MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Enterprise High School defensive back Shaq Solomon
became just the second defensive back since 2007 to intercept four passes in one game as the Wildcats closed the regular season last week with a 58-19 win over Jeff Davis.
For his effort, Solomon edged out a host of other top football performances to claim the AHSAA Prep Spotlight for Week 10.
Solomon returned two of his picks for touchdowns – covering 40 and 13 yards – and became the 19th player in state history to swipe at least four passes in one game. The state record of five is held by three players – Devyn Murphy of J.B. Pennington versus Falkville (2006); Phillip Williams of Meek versus Phillips of Bear Creek (2001); and Charlie McCoy of Georgiana vs. Florala (1981).
Ken Gamble of Woodlawn had four swipes against Jackson-Olin earlier this season.
Solomon’s effort edged out Vinemont running back Ty Jones, Brooks quarterback Skyler Beck and Hamilton quarterback Mitch Stults for this week’s Spotlight honor.
Stults 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 to give him 238 total yards for the game and 11,376 all-purpose yards for his career heading into this week’s Class 3A state playoffs.
He also closed out his second 10-0 season as the starter in the last three years. He moved past previous record holder Zach Smith of Susan Moore, who had 11,266 all-purpose yards from 2003-06 before moving on to an outstanding career as a defensive back at Mississippi State.
Jones, the strong Vinemont running back, had a 42-carry, 317-yard rushing performance and scored five touchdowns in a 33-24 win over Randolph. His 300-yard effort was the seventh 200-yard plus performance this season and gives him 2,070 yards rushing and 33 touchdowns scored heading into the state playoffs.
His efforts are a big reason the Eagles rebounded from a 1-9 record in 2011 to 8-2 this season.
Beck passed for 456 yards and completed seven touchdown passes of 44, 28, 66, 6, 56 and 41 yards as Brooks downed Colbert County 55-49. He also ran 1 yard for an eighth TD and helped Brooks total 578 total yards.
Other top performances reported:
GEORGE PAYNE, ST. LUKE’S: 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.
ZARRIAN GRANT, NORTHSIDE: Ran for 312 yards and five touchdowns on 14 carries with TD runs of 70, 69, 65, 47 and 56 yards in a 54-41 win over Oak Grove. Grant also had two interceptions on defense.
JACKSON RICHARD, MADISON COUNTY: Completed 17-of-22 passes for 318 yards and three TDs in a 56-14 win at Scottsboro.
CORY GILL, COTTONWOOD: Completed 25-of-40 passes for 328 yards and two touchdowns in a 33-31 win over Rehobeth.
JAKE MADDOX, GERALDINE: The sophomore quarterback completed 5-of-7 passes for 201 yards and three touchdowns in a 35-12 win over Crossville in the Battle of Skirum Creek. It was the 91st meeting between the teams. Maddox’s TD passes covered 84, 60 and 45 yards.
LEVI MINTZ, CEDAR BLUFF: Completed 13-of-28 pass attempts for 304 yards and five touchdowns (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. Hardy finished with four catches for 146 yards and three touchdowns.
C.J. JONES, COLLINSVILLE: Completed 20-of-36 pass attempts for 312 yards and a 35-yard touchdown to Deshawn Moore in a 33-28 loss to White Plains on Thursday. Edward Padilla caught 10 of Jones’ passes for 189 yards.
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.
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.
JONATHAN FORD, WESTBROOK CHRISTIAN: Completed 15-of-31 passes for 185 yards and three touchdowns and rushed 10 times for 110 yards in the Warriors' 28-21 win over Hokes Bluff to finish with 295 total yards.
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.
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.
ROBERT LANGHAM, LEE-HUNTSVILLE: Caught four touchdown passes in Lee's 80-0 win over Butler.
MICHAEL BARRON, MOODY: Completed 9-of-13 passes for 133 yards and two TDs and ran 12 times for 63 yards as Moody downed Southside-Gadsden 33-14.
MARQUESE BANKS, W.S. NEAL: Ran 19 times for 289 yards and six touchdowns in W.S. Neal’s 66-20 victory over Millry.
RESHAD 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 TD.
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.
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.
PEYTON GILLILAND, BOAZ: The Pirates freshman rushed for 200 yards on 22 carries and scored on touchdown runs of 80 and 4 yards in the Pirates’ 38-35 win over Sardis. Gilliland also had two catches for 30 yards.
DARICE ALLEN, CARROLL: Rushed for 290 yards and two touchdowns as the Eagles beat Dale County 43-14.
RANDY BLACKWELL, FYFFE: The senior running back carried 19 times for 162 yards and five touchdowns in a 49-20 victory over rival Plainview. Blackwell scored his team’s first four TDs on runs of 68, 4, 5 and 4 yards as the Red Devils built a 28-7 lead in the first half and added a 12-yard TD in the second half.
JORDAN LAKE, WESTMINSTER CHRISTIAN: The senior running back became Westminster’s first 2,000-yard career rusher with 100 yards on 11 carries in a 28-7 win over Shoals Christian. He finished with 2,021 career rushing yards.
ZACH WALKER, G.W. LONG: Rushed for 183 yards with three touchdowns (14, 14, 49 yards), 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.
JOHNNY GORDON, BARBOUR COUNTY: Caught six passes for 160 yards and
with two touchdowns (80 and 45 yards), returned a kickoff 85 yards for a touchdown and led the Jaguars defense with 11 tackles in a 49-34 loss to G.W. Long.43-14.
SETH ROBERTS, ARITON: Roberts had 13 tackles and two sacks in the Purple Cats’ 35-19 win over Zion Chapel.
DEVONTA WILLIAMS, ASHFORD:
Ashford: Recorded 15 tackles in a 26-12 win over Houston County.
DEMARCUS JOHNSON, CLEMENTS: 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.
LEO ARAGON, BOAZ: The junior placekicker booted a 20-yard field goal as time expired to give Boaz a 38-35 win over Sardis. Aragon was also perfect on all five PATs.
GAVIN BRYANT, JACKSON: Made 15 tackles in a 31-21 loss at Thomasville.
JONATHAN WALTON, BAYSIDE ACADEMY: Blocked a punt, returned a punt for a touchdown and scored three rushing touchdowns in a victory over Satsuma.