South Region: Stars of the South

South Region: Stars of the South

FoxSports/Scout blanketed the South Region for the top performers from the weekend of September 3rd. The list is full of players who were game-changers for their respective teams. Congratulations to the 'Stars of the South.'

Stars of the South



Alabama


Willie Curry
Running Back, 5-11, 175 lbs.
Enterprise

Curry (junior) rushed for 155 yards on nine carries scoring four touchdowns of 24, 8, 24, and 53 yards in the 48-14 win over region opponent Northview. They will face Auburn High School this week on the road.

Dalton Van Cor
Kicker, 5-10, 165 lbs.
Stanhope Elmore

The Mustangs had a winner last Friday when Van Cor (junior) made all five of his extra points in a nailbiter defeating Prattville 35-34. The last attempt came after a celebration penalty made the point-after attempt a 35-yard game winner with 14 seconds remaining. Earlier in the quarter Van Cor successfully executed an onside kick recovered by Jatori Graves on Prattville's 46-yard line setting up the tying touchdown.

Brent Calloway
Running Back/Linebacker, 6-3, 225 lbs.
Russellville

Calloway (senior) keeps hauling in big numbers every week. He rushed for 180 yards and had 46 yards receiving in last week's contest against Lawrence County. The University of Alabama verbal pledge had a sack and a pass breakup on defense.

Georgie Salem
Running Back/Defensibe Back, 5-9, 185 lbs.
Vestavia Hills

Salem (junior) powered for 137 yards on 21 carries and recorded 87 yards on returns in the 17-13 win over Mountain Brook, 17-13.

JaMichael Willis
Wide Receiver/Defensive Back, 5-11, 150 lbs.
Dallas Tidwell
Quarterback, 6-7, 170 lbs.
Gardendale

Willis (junior) caught eight passes for 190 yards, six for touchdowns in the 51-26 win over Bessemer City 51-26. Tidwell (senior) tossed the six touchdown passes of 7, 9, 56, 10, 51, and 7 yards. He completed 16-of-22 passing attempts for 283 total yards in the win.

Jake Ganus
Quarterback, 6-3, 190 lbs.
Chelsea

Ganus (junior) completed 25-of-35 passing attempts for 286 yards including nine completions including the 8-yard strike that tied the game 34-34 before Ashley Page kicked the extra point for the win, 35-34.

Kyle Crabtree
Quarterback, 5-10, 165 lbs.
Fort Payne

Fort Payne won an emotional game after linebacker Noah Hall was seriously injured in an automobile accident on Tuesday. The accident which also claimed the life of his five-year-old niece. Crabtree (senior) completed 14-of-18 passing attempts for 274 yards scoring five touchdowns of 38, 15, 43, 33, and 40 yards. He rushed for 72 yards on 13 carries and scored a 19-yard touchdown in the 38-0 win over Etowah.

Ben Wheeler
Quarterback, 6-3, 170 lbs.
Pleasant Grove

Wheeler (senior) completed 14-of-18 passing attempts for 249 yards and a touchdowns. The Spartans had to overcome a 10-point halftime deficit to win 29-24 over region opponent John Carroll.

Marvin Shinn
Wide Receiver, 6-4, 195 lbs.
Vigor

Scores aren't always indicative of performance, and Friday night's loss to Davidson (48-18) was no exception for Shinn (senior). The Alabama commitment caught eight passes for 163 yards and hauled in two touchdowns of 32 and 77 yards against an always tough Warrior defense. Vigor returns to 5A play this week with their first region game against Citronelle. Their first two games were against 6A opponents.

Jacob Davis
Athlete, 5-9, 160 lbs.
Sylvania

Davis (junior) had 231 return yards including a 71 yard punt return and 75 yard kickoff return for touchdowns. He caught a 48 yard touchdown pass. All totalled 310 all-purpose yards for the junior in the 49-28 win over Section.

Erique Florence
Quarterback, 6-2, 185 lbs.
Valley

Florence (senior) is hitting his stride as his team's new quarterback. He completed seven of his nine pass attempts for 132 yards and two touchdowns. He rushed for 162 yards on eight carries and scored a third touchdown of 49 yards in the 45-12 win over Rehobeth. Florence is recruited as a defensive back.

Michael Lindsey
Running Back, 5-11, 160 lbs.
Elba

Lindsey (junior) rushed for 243 yards on 14 carries and scored two touchdowns on 59 and 89 yard runs. He had 52 yards in kick returns in the important region win over Goshen 21-19.

Aaron Dillard
Running Back, 5-7, 180 lbs.
Hubbertville

Dillard (sophomore) rushed for 222 yards on 25 carries scoring two touchdowns helping defeat South Lamar 41-20. He was perfect on his five point-after attempts. He also made five tackles on defense. Coach Lamar Harris said of Dillard, "Aaron is an extremely hard runner."

Arkansas


Pearson Gean
Quarterback, 6-2, 200 lbs.
Bentonville

Overshadowed by Arkansas commitment Brandon Allen and Auburn commitment Kiehl Frazier when it comes to preseason QB hype, Gean (senior) showed off his efficiency and skill in a 12-of-14 passing performance for 181 yards and two touchdown as his team routed North Little Rock 45-0.

Jawahn Hunt
Tailback, 5-11, 170 lbs.
Pine Bluff

After only getting to play two games last season because of injury, Hunt (senior) started off his senior season with a whopping 376 yards rushing and five touchdowns to lead his team to a 51-35 road win over Fort Smith Northside.

Seth Keese
Quarterback, 5-11, 185 lbs.
Harding Academy

Keese, a dual-threat senior signal caller, rushed for 151 yards on eight carries and two touchdowns and also was 12-of-17 passing for 137 yards and two more scores in a 28-20 win over defending Class 3A state champ Fountain Lake.

Rahmon Taylor
Tailback, 5-11, 160 lbs.
Springdale

With Arkansas OL commitment Mitch Smothers leading the way, Taylor (junior) rushed 29 times for 172 yards and four touchdowns while rallying his team from a 14-point halftime deficit to down Little Rock Catholic 43-35. He also caught three passes for 72 yards.

Riley Hawkins
Linebacker, 6-1, 200 lbs.
Cabot

Hawkins (senior) had 10 tackles, including a sack and also picked off a pass as he led his team to a 28-14 win over rival Florida.

Steven Kehner
Tailback, 5-8, 175 lbs.
Glen Rose

Kehner (senior) rushed for 2,180 yards last season and picked right back up where he left off with 288 yards and three touchdowns in Glen Rose's 54-29 win over Bauxite.

Desmond Cox
ATH, 5-10, 170 lbs.
Conway

Taking the direct snap from the Wildcat formation, Cox – who missed his entire junior season - ran for three touchdowns in the first quarter alone and also caught five passes for 55 yards as the Wampus Cats topped Fort Smith Southside 53-35.

Ryan Chambers
Quarterback, 5-11, 160 lbs.
Magazine

Chambers (senior) rushed for 155 yards in 21 carries and passed for another 104 yards. It was his 11-yard touchdown run with 7:27 left that was the game-winning score for the Rattlers in a 6-3 win over West Fork.

Talor Tatterson
Tailback, 5-9, 170 lbs.
Booneville

Tatterson (senior) scored on runs of 78, 28 and 27 while rushing just nine times for 192 yards in a 42-21 win over rival Ozark.

Marquis Walters
Tailback, 5-11, 165 lbs.
Subiaco Academy

Walters (junior) did a little bit of it all in his team's 42-14 win over Lamar by throwing two touchdown passes of 35 and 16 yards, returning an interception for a touchdown and returning a fumble for another score.

Ryan Luther
Quarterback, 6-1, 175 lbs.
Springdale Har-Ber

With 5-star University of Arkansas offensive line commitment Brey Cook protecting him, Luther (senior) completed 15-of-24 passes for 389 yards and five touchdowns as visiting Har-Ber hammered Stillwater (OK) 63-20.

Brice Gahagans
Tailback, 5-9, 175 lbs.
Fayetteville

Defenses were able to concentrate on University of Arkansas QB commitment Brandon Allen almost exclusively last season, but he has a new sophomore weapon in Gahagans, who rushed for nine carries for 102 yards and two touchdowns in a 49-0 road rout of Parkway (MO) West.

Florida


Tim Jernigan
Defensive Tackle, 6-2, 275 lbs.
Lake City-Columbia

Jernigan (senior) was the diference-maker in the win against Brooks County (Ga.). Head Coach Craig Howard knows all about playmakers when he turned to Jernigan to carry the load on offense and defense. The five-star rushed for two touchdowns and recovered a fumble on a key drive on defense and delivered a sack in the 38-13 victory.

Tony Steward
Linebacker, 6-1, 215 lbs.
Pedro Menendez

Steward (senior) had a 99-yard kick-off return for a touchdown; recovered a fumble after delivering a bone-jarring hit on the quarterback, which lead to another touchdown. He added three receptions for 53 yards.

Jeff Driskel
Quarterback, 6-4, 225 lbs.
Hagerty

Driskel (senior) had 248 yards rushing and was 17-of-26 passing for 150 yards. The Florida commitment came up big in the win against Lake Mary 24-21.

Mike Bellamy
Running Back, 5-10, 175 lbs.
Punta Gorda-Charlotte
Bellamy (senior) touched the ball 15 times on offense and scored four touchdowns in a win against North Port 48-0.

Phillip Steinmetz
Quarterback
St. Cloud

Steinmetz (junior) was 16-of-34 for 225 yards and two touchdowns in upset win over Osceola. He added 88 yards rushing and one touchdown. He sealed the win with a rusing touchdown in overtime.

Kevin Sousa
Quarterback, 6-4, 235 lbs.
Orlando-Lake Nona

Sousa (senior) had a big night even though on the losing end of the contest. The Michigan commitment had 256 yards passing and two touchdowns and rushed 15 times for 181 yards.

Pop Saunders
Running Back/Cornerback, 5-11, 170 lbs.
Deland

Saunders (senior) was the offensive showcase with 84 yards rushing with two touchdowns, he passed for 122 yards and one touchdown, and was on the receiving end of a 35-yard touchdown pass. The Florida commitment was indeed a difference-maker in the 33-13 win over Wekiva.

Stevie Weatherford
Quarterback, 6-2, 190 lbs.
Land O'Lakes

Weatherford (senior) was 14-of-20 for 370 yards with three touchdown passes. The South Florida commitment added 52 yards rushing with two additional scores in the win over Ridgewood 49-6.

Quentin Williams
Quarterback, 6-2, 195 lbs.
Andre Davis
Wide Receiver, 6-3, 190 lbs.
Chris Moore,
6-2, 180 lbs.
Wide Receiver
Tampa-Jefferson

Williams (senior) had 258 yards passing and three touchdowns in the win against Hillsborough 30-14. Davis (senior) finished the game with five receptions for 129 yards, and Moore (senior)had four catches for 120 yards. Fans are still talking about one of Moore's (Cincinnati commitment) great leaping catches last weekend.

Georgia


Matt Ehasz
Kicker, 5-11, 150 lbs.
J.J. Green
Defensive Back, 5-9, 165 lbs.
Camden County

Camden County hosted Miami Central, a team ranked as high as No. 2 in a national poll. J.J. Green (sophomore) scored on a 95-yard kick return. and blocked a punt for a score. Ehasz (senior) kicked a 19-yard field goal as time expired to win 45-42.

Brandon McGowan
Linebacker, 6-2, 210 lbs.
North Gwinnett

McGowan (senior) returned a fumble 43 yards for a touchdown putting North Gwinnett up 14-12 over Crenshaw (CA). The play turned out pivotal in the win for the Georgia team with the final score of 17-12. He also accounted for 12 tackles, one for a loss of yards, and three hurries.

Nick Tompkins
Running Back, 5-10, 185 lbs.
Brookwood

Tompkins (junior) rushed for 148 yards on 12 carries scoring twice in the 45-38 double overtime win over Collins Hill. He also made two tackles on defense.

Fabian Forrest
Running Back, 5-9, 160 lbs.
Hawkinsville

Forrest (senior) rushed for 312 yards on 19 carries scoring three times in the 41-13 win over Pacelli.

Isaiah Crowell
Running Back, 6-0, 210 lbs.
Carver Columbus

Crowell (senior) rushed for 188 yards on 22 carries including a 90-yard touchdowns late in the third quarter.

Jonquil Dawson
Quarterback, 5-10, 185 lbs.
Martin Luther King

Dawson (junior) completed 18-of-32 passing attempts for 486 yards and six touchdown passes, but it still wasn't enough to defeat South Gwinnett. MLK lost 44-41.

Kent Rollins
Quarterback, 6-0, 170 lbs.
South Gwinnett

Rollins (senior) completed 20-of-30 pass attempts for 272 yards and three touchdowns in the win over Martin Luther King 44-41.

Alex Waldron
Running Back, 5-10, 180 lbs.
Valwood

Waldron (junior) rushed for 75 yards on nine carries scoring two touchdowns of 26, and 6 yards. He also converted a two-point try. The junior caught three passes for 77 yards, all three touchdowns (15, 38, 24 yards). Defensively, Waldron returned an interception 49 yards for a touchdown.

Dondre Purnell
Athlete, 5-10, 185 lbs.
McEachern

McEachern had an emotional ceremony to retire Rajaan Bennett's No. 5 jersey before this game, a former teammate who was murdered in February. Purnell (senior) had 220 yards passing, but no play was bigger than his seven-yard touchdown run which put the Indians on top (23-22) with three seconds left in the game. Purnell lifted five fingers towards the heavens to thank his former teammate for the little extra push.

George Morris
Running Back, 6-1, 190 lbs.
Eman Westmoreland
Quarterback, 5-10, 175 lbs.
Central Gwinnett

Morris (junior) rushed for 160 yards on 18 carries scoring a touchdown and caught nine passes for 215 yards scoring three more touchdowns. Westmoreland (sophomore) completed 22-of-28 passing attempts for 375 yards and four touchdowns in the 34-31 win over Chapel Hill.

E. Smith
Kicker, 5-11, 195 lbs.
LaGrange High School

Smith (senior) hit a 56-yard field goal and had three punts for more than 50 yards in the 22-7 victory over Spalding. The senior just missed a 57-yard try.

Kyle Karempelis
Running Back, 5-10, 170 lbs.
Wesleyan

Karempelis (senior) rushed for 182 yards and scored twice in the 25-23 victory over Elbert County. The total puts the senior over the 4,000-yard mark for his career.

Anfernee Stewart
Quarterback, 6-0, 185 lbs.
Xavier Walker
Defensive/Linebacker, 6-3, 185 lbs.
Duluth

Stewart (junior) completed 16-of-26 passing attempts for 255 yards and two touchdowns in the 24-14 win over Northview. Walker (senior) had 13 tackles, two for a loss, one quarterback hurry, two pass breakups and and one interception in the Northview win.

Seth Hinsley
Linebacker/Running Back, 5-9, 220 lbs.
Demetrius Alston
Linebacker, 6-3, 230 lbs
Norcross

Hinsley (senior) made 18 tackles, three for a loss of yards in the 14-0 win over Parkview. He also rushed for 80 yards on six carries and scored a touchdown. Alston (senior) made eight tackles, four for a loss, a sack, two hurries and recovered a fumble in the win.

Kentucky


Travis Wright
Quarterback, 6-1, 185 lbs.
Trinity

Wright (sophomore) threw for 298 yards and three touchdowns in a big victory over one of Trinity's many cross-town rivals, DuPont Manual. Wright is one of Kentucky's best sophomores and one of several great underclassman quarterbacks in Kentucky.

Patrick Towles
Quarterback, 6-5, 232 lbs.
Fort Thomas Highlands

Towles (junior) is a big strong quarterback with all the tools to play at the next level. Towles stood out in a big way against Beechwood Friday night when he threw for 288 yards and five touchdowns in the 50-24 win.

Dakota Newsome
Quarterback/Defensive Back, 6-2, 180 lbs.
South Floyd

Newsome (senior) is one of the overlooked players in Kentucky who can carry his team on his back. South Floyd defeated Jenkins High Friday Night, 64-14. Newsome threw for 119 yards and two touchdowns, but he also ran the ball 10 times for 203 yards and two touchdowns. He added an interception on defense.

DeVante Parker
Wide Receiver, 6-3, 190 lbs.
Ballard

Again showing his dominance at this level, DeVante Parker (senior) dominated in Ballard's win over Louisville Central. Parker had seven catches for 228 yards and three touchdowns in the Bruins' 42-14 win Friday night. Parker is committed to the University of Louisville.

Zeke Pike
Quarterback, 6-5, 225 lbs.
Dixie Heights

Pike (junior) was impressive for Dixie Heights on Friday even in defeat. Simon Kenton defeated Dixie Heights 31-28, but Zeke Pike had a great game with 217 yards on 12-of-23 passing and two touchdowns. Pike also added 103 rushing yards and two more touchdowns.

Anthony Wales
Running Back, 5-9, 170 lbs.
Louisville Central

One of the early season stars in the state of Kentucky, Anthony "Ace" Wales (junior) is having a great start to his season. Going against one of the most powerful programs in the state, Wales rushed 30 times for 170 yards, though he didn't reach the endzone for the first game this season. Central fell to Ballard 42-14.

Hunter Kopp
Wide Receiver, 6-3, 170 lbs.
Trinity

Sophomore Travis Wright threw the ball all over the field on Friday night against Manual. The recipient of much of that yardage was Hunter Kopp (senior). Kopp caught three passes for 142 yards and a touchdown for the Shamrocks.

Adam Wing
Quarterback, 6-4, 185 lbs.
Rowan County

Adam Wing (junior) played a huge role in Rowan County's win over Estill County on Friday night. In the 28-14 victory, Wing went 11-of-15 and 149 yards with a touchdown. Wing also ran for 140 yards and a touchdown in the win. Wing is one of 2012's top quarterbacks in the Commonwealth.

Jeremy Coleman
Running Back, 6-2, 220 lbs.
Hopkinsville

Hopkinsville came from behind Friday night to defeat Trigg County 37-24. Jeremy Coleman (senior) was the star for the Tigers with 11 carries, 132 yards and three touchdowns. Coleman's biggest play came in the second half when he rumbled for a 50-yard touchdown to give the Tigers the lead for the remainder of the game.

Chad Lawrence
Quarterback, 6-0, 180 lbs.
Simon Kenton

Simon Kenton defeated Dixie Heights Friday night behind an outstanding performance of their quarterback. Chad Lawrence (senior) threw for 221 yards and three touchdowns. He also rushed for 112 yards on 23 carries and another touchdown. The Pioneers eeked out a victory over the Colonels, 31-28.

Anthony Hickey
Quarterback/Defensive Back, 5-11, 170 lbs.
Christian County

Anthony Hickey (senior) took a year off from football last year to become one of Kentucky's best basketball players. However, he's becoming quite the standout on the football field. Hickey led Christian County to a 42-14 win over Henderson County Friday night. Hickey went 7-of-10 through the air gaining 118 yards. He also rushed for 109 more yards and three touchdowns in the win.

Jalen Harrington
Running Back/Safety, 6-3, 215 lbs.

Harrington (senior) and his Fern Creek squad fell Friday night to Seneca High School 29-26, but Harrington was a standout for his team. Harrington rushed for 55 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries. He also caught three balls for 90 yards and a touchdown. Harrington is committed to the University of Louisville.

Louisiana


Montrel Carter
Running Back/Wide Receiver, 5-9, 175 lbs.
Cecilia High

Carter (senior) was in a league of his own in Friday's opener vs. Avoyelles. He totaled 300 all-purpose yards, over one-third of which came by way of the ground game. Of his six total touchdowns, two came on kick returns. With offers from nearly double-digit schools, Carter currently favors Tulsa over the likes of Memphis, South Alabama and Tulane.

Effrem Reed
Running Back, 5-9, 188 lbs.
Dutchtown High

Much like in 2009, the Lutcher-Dutchtown showdown was tabbed as a battle between heavyweight prospects. For Dutchtown last season it was four-star safety Eric Reid vs. Lutcher's junior wideout Jarvis Landry. This season it was supposed to be Landry vs. Dutchtown's next great safety: 2012 standout Landon Collins.

While Landry hauled in one touchdown, it was Dutchtown's Effrem Reed (senior) who stole the show, gaining 152 yards on 31 carries en route to three of the team's four touchdowns on the evening. Still without an offer, Reed is hearing from Louisiana Tech, SMU, Ole Miss and Northern Illinois. He visited all four schools during the summer.

Jonathan Miles
Running Back, 6-1, 204 lbs.
Slidell High

Though Slidell trailed Holy Cross by two touchdowns in the second quarter, head coach Artie Liuzza decided to put the ball in the hands of his senior running back with requests to grind the game out.

By game's end Miles (senior) had totaled 218 yards and two touchdowns on 26 carries. For good measure, he added a 65-yard touchdown reception that helped Slidell to a 25-21 win.

Miles said contact with college coaches has been minimal. Though he hasn't picked up a scholarship offer, Miles hopes a strong campaign this fall will change the pace of his recruitment.

Ahmad White
Running Back, 5-10, 205 lbs.
Hahnville High

Despite the fact that one-time Hahnville standout Alfred Blue was now playing on Saturdays with LSU, Hahnville coach Lou Valdin made the decision to start the season off with a heavy dose of the run. Ahmad White (senior) made the most of the opportunity, rushing for 159 yards and two scores on 29 touches.

Shawn Hoye, Jr.
Quarterback, 5-10, 175 lbs.
West Jefferson

In what quickly turned into a dogfight, unranked West Jefferson outlasted No. 3 St. Augustine 59-56 – and quarterback Shawn Hoye, Jr. was a big reason for the success. He finished the night with 445 yards of total offense, putting five touchdowns on the board en route to a 351-yard performance through the air.

Andrew Taylor
Running Back, 5-10, 200 lbs.
East St. John

The matchup between Patterson and East St. John became a hot ticket thanks to marquee names on both sides of the ball – ranging from cornerback Floyd Raven to wide receiver D'haquille Williams, both of which are among the nation's elite at the position. Instead, it was East St. John's Andrew Taylor (junior) who came up big in the spotlight, scoring three touchdowns and recording 148 yards on 13 carries. Taylor scored on runs of 33, 57 and 19 yards.

Manuel Black
Running Back, 5-8, 200 lbs.
Mike Barthelemy
Athlete, 6-0, 205 lbs.
South Plaquemines

Alabama has a commitment from South Plaquemines wideout Bradley Sylve, yet strangely enough that isn't the most drama-filled event around the southern Louisiana program. In the wake of firing head coach Cyril Crutchfield, new headman Damieon Mills turned to a two-headed monster attack at running back in game one against Belle Chase. It paid off.

Manuel Black (junior) went for 174 yards and Mike Barthelemy (junior) rushed for 105 yards. Black scored twice on runs of more than 10 yards, while Barthelemy's endzone visits came by way of a 7-yard scoring run and four two-point conversion runs.

Mississippi


Cedric Blue
Running Back, 6-1, 185 lbs.
Coahoma County

Blue (senior) averaged nearly 29 yards per carry as he collected 347 yards and four touchdowns in a 54-0 win over Riverside.

Jamal Hall
Running Back, 5-9, 175 lbs.
Picayune

Hall (senior) continues his strong season with 242 yards and four more touchdowns in a win over FCAHS as the Maroon Tide remains unbeaten.

Qyen Griffin
Running Back, 5-11, 210 lbs.
South Panola

Griffin (senior) had an efficient 15 carries Friday night as South Panola avenged last year's loss to Memphis University 39-2. Qyen scored three more touchdowns to go along with 230 yards.

C.J. Johnson
Linebacker, 6-1, 220 lbs.
Philadelphia

Johnson (senior) recorded 21 tackles and returned an interception for a score as Philadelphia won the annual rivalry game with Neshoba Central. C.J., a Mississippi State commitment, is the leader for Philly who remains unbeaten.

Cody Prewitt
Running Back, 6-3, 205 lbs.
Sylva Bay

Prewitt (senior) continues to prove his worth as he racked up 361 yards on 37 carries in a 38-36 win over Winston Academy. The Ole Miss commitment has been dominating this season and has his team talking championship.

Chandler Rogers
Quarterback, 6-3, 195 lbs.
Brookhaven Academy

Rogers (senior) continues to have the hot hand. He had 312 yards and four touchdowns before giving way to the younger players in a 60-6 win over Riverfield.

CB Jermaine Whitehead
Cornerback, 6-0, 183 lbs.
Amanda-Elzy

Whitehead (senior) rushed for 175 yards and two scores on just nine carries. The Mississippi State commitment led his team to a win over Mound Bayou which evens their record at 1-1 on the season.

Tyler Basil
Quarterback, 6-1, 185 lbs.
New Albany

Basil (senior) is flying a bit under the radar, but that is certain to change if the early results from 2010 continue. Basil threw for 285 yards and a score as New Albany slipped by Corinth 14-7.

Deonte Evans
Running Back, 5-11.5, 187 lbs.
McComb

The 2012 standout ran for 149 yards and two touchdowns as McComb ran their record to 3-0 after knocking of Franklin County 33-14. The Tigers are proving to be one of south Mississippi's most improved teams.

Jeremy Liggins
Quarterback, 6-3, 235 lbs.
Lafayette County

Liggins (junior) led the Commodores to a 21-14 win over rival Oxford. Liggins threw for 310 yards and a score in the annual grudge match.

North Carolina


Sam Spence
Quarterback, 6-3, 200 lbs.
Charlotte Latin

Spence was 15-of-24 passing for 287 yards and three touchdowns in a win against Ware Shoals 56-21. The signal calller has 488 yards and eight touchdowns in two games and zero interceptions.

Jarrod Spears
Running Back, 5-8, 175 lbs.
Harnett Central

Spears (senior) scored five touchdowns defeating Western Harnett 41-11. Spears returned a kick-off 69 yards for a touchdown, two receptions for touchdowns (62, 45) and two rushing touchdowns (6, 11).

Shaun Warren
Running Back, 5-7, 175 lbs.
Carson

Warren (senior) had 300 yards on 38 carries and three touchdowns to lead Carson over Salisbury 42-27 in a big upset victory.

Brad Morton
Quarterback, 6-2, 180 lbs.
Lawson Furr
Wide Receiver/Kicker, 5-10, 160 lbs.
Mount Tabor

Morton (senior) was 16-of-24 for 340 yards and four touchdowns defeating East Forsyth 52-21. Furr (senior) was on the other end of the passes for 224 yards and three of the touchdowns. Furr kicked six PATs and a 49-yard field goal.

Mycah Gaylord
Running Back, 5-8, 190 lbs.
Dudley

Gaylord (senior) had 28 carries for 185 yards which was big in the win over Northern Guilford 15-14. His two-point conversion was successful in the clsoing minutes of the game to help seal the victory.

Octavius Harden
Running Back, 5-10, 170 lbs.
Newton-Conover

Harden (senior) had two kick-off returns (97, 95) and two other scores in the win against Harding 38-34. He rushed for 200 yards on 18 carries.

South Carolina


Shon Carson
Running Back, 5-9, 195 lbs.
Lake City

Carson (senior) continues to pile up big numbers. That has been the mantra most of his career, and Friday he continued the trend. The four-star prospect had 23 carries for 224 yards and three touchdowns. He also added a 70-yard touchdown reception in Lake City's 28-21 victory over a game Darlington High squad.

Dominique Cooper
Safety/Running Back 6-0, 200 lbs.
Darlington

Cooper (senior) kept his team in the game against Carson's Lake City by rushing 23 times for 169 yards and two touchdowns.

Nick Grove
Running Back 5-8 140 lbs.
Wade Hampton

Grove (junior) had a breakout performance on Friday with 200 yards on 18 carries. The diminutive 2012 prospect scored two fourth quarter touchdowns as the Generals moved to 2-0 on the season with a 49-20 victory over Chapman High. Head coach Kent Haltiwanger says Groves' heart is one of his biggest assets, and it appears the Generals will have a two-headed monster coming out of the backfield for the next two seasons.

Blake Hayes
Running Back 5-9, 195 lbs.
Wade Hampton

After suffering a shoulder injury during Week 1 Hayes (junior) came back strong as ever during Week 2 against Chapman High. Teammate Nick Grove picked up things for Wade Hampton on Friday night, but Hayes showed why we've got him rated the No. 1 back in the state for 2012 amassing 143 yards from scrimmage scoring two touchdowns. Hayes had 88 yards rushing and 55 yards receiving on the night. Stay tuned to Scout.com for an update with Hayes this week to find out which BCS schools are showing him early love.

Reese Hannon
Quarterback 6-3, 190 lbs.
Greer

Hannon (junior) has been on a tear to start his junior season. He powered Greer on Friday to a 26-16 victory over Berea despite losing their top running back, Dakari Sitton. Hannon was 15-of-22 for 224 yards and two touchdowns through the air. He also racked up 119 yards rushing and scored a touchdown on the ground for the Yellow Jackets. Hannon is a prospect Scout.com will continue to evaluate closely this season.

Walt Miller
Quarterback, 6-0, 180 lbs.
Chesnee

Miller (senior) has had the unenviable task of replacing some of the firepower that Cedric Proctor brought to the Eagles last season, but so far he's done a great job. Friday's results were proof-positive as he was 14-of-23 for 225 yards and four touchdowns. He also rushed for 32 yards in Chesnee's 41-0 victory over Landrum. Like his predecessor Proctor, Miller is one to watch this season as a talented playmaker as he passed for more than 300 yards and three touchdowns in Week 1.

Raymond Smith
Running Back, 5-8, 178 lbs.
Dorman

With 5-star WR Charone Peake still suffering from an ankle injury the Cavaliers decided to use Smith's (junior) talents to help carry the load. The 2012 standout responded in a big way rushing for 212 yards on 24 carries with three touchdowns as Dorman beat crosstown rivals Spartanburg 21-14. Smith's recruitment should start to heat up in the near future as he continues to play on a high level for the Cavaliers.

Austin McCaskill
Quarterback, 6-0, 170 lbs.
Wren

Here's a name to remember, Austin McCaskill (senior). The Wren quarterback threw five touchdowns in the Hurricane's 56-0 win over Riverside High. Going 22-of-31 for 361 yards, McCaskill has posted some astronomical numbers for Jeff Tate's squad during his career and also helped guide the Hurricanes to an undefeated 7on7 offseason. Scout.com will have an interview with McCaskill this week so stay tuned for more news regarding this talented signal caller.

Tevin Richard
Running Back, 5-11, 185 lbs.
Carver's Bay

The senior standout piled up 254 yards rushing and three touchdowns in a 26-14 win over Waccamaw on Friday. Richard's highlight play came on a 99-yard run for a score breaking the school record for longest scoring play from scrimmage.

Michquan Brown
Running Back, 5-7, 175 lbs.
Socastee

Despite losing 38-34 to Ashley Ridge the Socastee High standout piled up 206 yards on the ground. Brown (junior), a 2012 prospect, has been a vital part of the Socastee offense for two seasons. You can expect to see more big numbers from the standout over the next two seasons.

Hakeem Flowers
Wide Receiver, 6-3, 180 lbs.
Wade Hampton

Flowers (senior) makes the list once again in Week 2 as he repeated his big-play abilities. Flowers caught four passes for 140 yards and two touchdowns. One TD went for 99 yards as he displayed the track speed leaving his opponents about 30 yards in the wind on the touchdown score. Despite the lack of touches the Generals have shown an explosive offense with two capable running backs, and Flowers on the perimeter averaging almost 50 points per game so far.

Samson Baldwin
Wide Receiver, 5-11, 175 lbs.
J.L. Mann

The 2012 standout had his way on Friday night catching three touchdowns in J.L. Mann's 59-12 romp over Southside. Baldwin (junior) showed why he's one of the state's top prospects in the 2012 class running solid routes to get open for scores. Baldwin's recruitment has heated up over the past few months. He'll talk with Scout.com this week about the very latest, so stay tuned to see which schools are already jockeying for early position with the underclassman prospect.

Caleb Rowe
Quarterback, 6-3, 180 lbs.
Blue Ridge

Rowe (junior) put up big numbers again on Friday helping Blue Ridge to a 42-0 victory over Eastside High. Rowe was 19-of-25 for 331 yards and four touchdowns against the Eagles, and just played one series in the second half for the Tigers. Rowe is just a junior so expect his name to start circulating with regional schools soon and possibly high majors if he continues to pass for 300+ yards every week like he has to start this season.

Robert Joseph
Wide Receiver, 5-9, 155 lbs.
Northwestern

Joseph (senior) didn't get the touches he normally does last week, so he made up for it during Week 2 in Northwestern's 41-0 victory over York. A year after breaking the state record for receptions (159) Joseph caught 10 passes for 74 yards and two touchdowns on Friday. He also carried the ball one time for 22 yards on the ground for the Trojans. Schools are taking a closer look at the record-breaking prospect.

De'angelo Henderson
Running Back, 5-9, 185 lbs.
Summerville High School

Henderson (senior) is back again on the lsit for Week 2. The standout helped Summerville defeat Berkeley 17-14 on Friday night as he did a lot of everything in the victory. On the ground he had 20 carries for 160 yards and he also caught five passes for 118 yards and a touchdown. Henderson remains on the radar of regional and mid-major programs, but he is still awaiting that elusive first offer. He and coach John McKissick are hoping that will change soon.

Tennessee


Devrin Young
Running Back, 5-9, 165 lbs.
Bearden

Young (senior) makes a repeat to the list after another show-stopping performance in the win against William Blount 42-14. Young had two rushing touchdowns (59, 47) and two kick-off returns for scores (90, 94). His acrobatic leap over a defender at the goal line, which capped a 5-yard run for a touchdown, makes for the top plays of the weekend. Young has more than 900 all-purpose yardage in three games and 16 touchdowns with the majority coming in the first half of games.

Cabell Brown
Linebacker, 6-2, 220 lbs.
St. George's

Brown (senior) was instrumental in limiting Manassas' offense in the 36-12 victory. Brown recorded eight tackles.

Brian Kimbrow
Running Back, 5-9, 165 lbs.
East

Kimbrough (junior) had 11 carries for 246 yards with touchdown runs of 70, 25, 83, and 3. East defeated Hamilton 35-6.

Nolan Coulter
Running Back, 6-0, 175 lbs.
Knoxville Catholic

Coulter (sophomore) touched the ball 17 times for 147 yards in defeating Farragut 21-18.

Zach Ray
Running Back
Forrest

Ray (junior) had four touchdowns in the victory against Cascade 45-24. His ground game included 281 yards on 36 carries.

Jamil Golden
Quarterback, 6-3, 185 lbs.
Ridgeway

Golden (junior) brought the Roadrunners back from a 17-0 deficit to secure the win against Houston 21-17. Golden was 22-of-37 for 342 yards and two touchdowns (zero interceptions).

Cody Malone
Running Back, 5-8, 175 lbs.
Claiborne

Malone (junior) had 21 carries for 226 yards and six touchdowns. He added to his stat sheet with an interception returned for a touchdown in the 49-12 win against Chuckey-Doak.

Steven Menifee
Quarterback, 5-11, 179 lbs.
Hillsboro

Menifee's (senior) performance is not diminished in the losss to McGavock 42-39. The signal caller was 16-of-22 for 300 yards and four touchdowns.

Jovon Robinson
Running Back, 6-0, 215 lbs.
Ryan Mack
Offensive Tackle, 6-6.5, 315 lbs.
Wooddale

Robinson (junior) had 290 all-purpose yards with 200 rushing and four touchdowns. Ryan Mack (senior) help pave the way for the 33-6 win against Kirby.

Aaron Bryant
Linebacker, 5-11, 190 lbs.
Hillsboro

Bryant's (senior) defensive play has helped provide shut-outs in the first two games with a total of 38 tackles.

Defense
Oakland High School

A defense led by Darius McAdoo (senior) stuffed Siegel last week allowing only 15 yards of total offense. The team collected six sacks on their way to a 36-0 win.


Key contributors to this report include Rebecca Johnston, Dudley Dawson, Shea Dixon, Brian Eldridge, Kerry Fair ll, and Steve Robertson.

High school coaches may submit nominations each week for 'Stars of the South' to abone@scout.com

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