Blanton, Clark earn Player of Week honors
by Johnathan Bentley
Sep 11, 2012 | 1769 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Winston County hadn’t won a game since the 2010 season. To make matters worse, the Yellow Jackets were playing longtime nemesis Winfield, which hadn’t lost to Winston County since the 2002 season.

Seth Blanton didn’t mind those odds.

The Winston County quarterback lit up the Pirates defense for 224 passing yards and four touchdowns as the Yellow Jackets picked up a shocking 54-0 win over Winfield Friday night, snapping a 15-game losing streak in the process.

Not only did the game mark the Pirates’ worst loss since the 1997 season, but it was also Winston County’s most lopsided win since 1929.

For his efforts, Blanton is the Daily Mountain Eagle’s Offensive Player of the Week.

Despite not playing most of the second half due to a big lead, Blanton didn’t need many passes to leave his mark on the game. He completed 6 of 11 attempts and averaged 37.3 yards per completion.

Blanton wasn’t the only weapon for Winston County. Hunter Blackwood had 183 yards of offense, rushing seven times for 100 yards and a touchdown and catching three passes for 83 yards and a score. Austin Lewis hauled in two passes for 97 yards and two touchdowns.

On the defensive side of the ball, Lynn linebacker Bryan Clark gave Brilliant’s offense trouble all night in their region opener. Clark recorded 17 tackles in Lynn’s 28-7 win over Brilliant.

He anchored a defense that allowed just 133 total yards (96 rushing, 37 passing) in the game. Clark now has 28 tackles on the season through two weeks.

Clark is the Daily Mountain Eagle’s Defensive Player of the Week.

Other top performances

•Dora’s Kai Thomas followed up his Week 1 Player of the Week performance with another outstanding game in the Bulldogs’ 39-21 region win over Calera. Thomas rushed for 185 yards and four touchdowns on just 16 carries to lead a Dora rushing attack that totaled 457 yards on the night. Teammate DeMarcus Kirk added 197 yards on 11 attempts.

•Oakman’s Jase Trotter picked apart the Lamar County defense in the Wildcats’ 41-24 victory on Friday. The junior quarterback completed 10 of 15 passes for 182 yards and three touchdowns as Oakman built a 34-0 halftime lead and cruised through the second half. Running back Chris Austin rushed nine times for 95 yards and a touchdown as the Wildcats beat Lamar County for the first time in school history.

•Meek’s Alex Smeraglia rushed five times for 95 yards and a touchdown as the Tigers routed Woodland 41-8 in a non-region game. Cameron Hallmark added 74 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries as Meek moved to 2-0 for the first time since the 2006 season.

•Corner quarterback Blake Boyd had more than 200 yards of offense in the Yellow Jackets’ narrow 14-9 win over West Blocton. Boyd completed 9 of 13 passes for 133 yards and also rushed 19 times for 71 yards.

•Lynn quarterback Brody Meeks had 248 all-purpose yards in the Bears’ 28-7 win at Brilliant. Meeks rushed for 145 yards, passed for 23 yards and also returned a punt 80 yards for a touchdown. On defense, Meeks had 11 tackles and a sack.

•Walker’s Tyler Phillips rushed 11 times for 168 yards and a touchdown in the Vikings’ 28-13 win over Moody. Michael Bridges added 68 yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries. Blake Wilkes also shined, completing 3-of-6 passes for 132 yards and a touchdown.

•Sumiton Christian’s DeMonte Hobbs continues to come up big for the Eagles this season. Hobbs rushed for 102 yards, had 60 receiving yards and also picked off two passes on defense in the Eagles’ narrow 24-20 victory over Appalachian on Friday.

•Parrish’s Jermichael Harris rushed for 128 yards and two touchdowns on 17 carries and also added an 84-yard interception return for a score in the Tornadoes’ 31-25 overtime loss to Hubbertville.