Blanton, Smoot earn top honors for Week 4
by Johnathan Bentley
Sep 23, 2013 | 2236 views | 0 0 comments | 37 37 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Area quarterbacks shined under the lights last Friday night.

Three local quarterbacks (Winston County’s Seth Blanton, Sumiton Christian’s Tyler Yates and Oakman’s Jase Trotter) accounted for 17 touchdowns between them.

Winston County senior quarterback Seth Blanton sparked a Yellow Jacket rally in a come-from-behind 51-37 area road win over Danville. Winston County, which picked up its first win of the season, trailed 29-25 going into the third quarter before outscoring the Hawks 26-8 over the final two quarters to snap an eight-game losing streak.

Blanton completed 18-of-29 passes on the night for 298 yards and three touchdowns. He added 21 yards and a fourth touchdown on three carries.

Blanton is the Daily Mountain Eagle’s Offensive Player of the Week.

Blanton, who threw for more than 2,000 yards last season, sat out the bulk of the fourth quarter after Winston County built a comfortable lead.

On the defensive side of the ball, West Blocton has seen enough of A.J. Smoot.

The Dora senior defensive end wreaked havoc in the Tigers' backfield all night on Friday.

Smoot finished the game with 16 tackles, including six tackles for loss and two sacks. He also forced a fumble in Dora's 37-7 victory.

Smoot is the Daily Mountain Eagle's Defensive Player of the Week.

Other top performances

•Parrish linebacker Chris Evans came up big in the clutch for the Tornadoes in a 28-12 upset win over No. 9 Berry. Evans had 18 tackles, one sack and also picked off a pass that he returned 24 yards. The 12 points was Berry’s lowest total since losing to Marion County 62-7 in Week 2 last year. Marcus Harris rushed for 118 yards and a touchdown for the Tornadoes, who also picked up their first win of the season.

•Sumiton Christian’s Yates and receiver DeMonte Hobbs were in sync Friday night. Yates had a hand in all five Sumiton Christian touchdowns in the Eagles' 33-32 overtime loss to unbeaten Collinsville. He completed 22-of-37 passes for 288 yards and four touchdowns. He added a 10-yard rushing touchdown as well. Hobbs was Yates’ top target, hauling in nine passes for 200 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

•Coming off a four-touchdown performance in Week 3, Oakman quarterback Jase Trotter needed less than three quarters to top that outing in Week 4 against R.C. Hatch. Trotter completed just seven passes on the day, but made them count, throwing for five touchdowns in Oakman's 69-6 rout of the Bobcats. Trotter added a 3-yard touchdown run. Purvis Coger hauled in three catches for 120 yards and two touchdowns.

•Dora's Kenton Petties had a huge offensive game for the Bulldogs on Friday. Petties rushed five times for 104 yards and a pair of touchdowns, caught four passes for 75 yards and added 23 return yards for 202 all-purpose yards in Dora's 37-7 win over West Blocton. Jacob Twilley carried the load on the ground, rushing 17 times for 133 yards and two scores.

•Carbon Hill’s Stevie Simerly recorded 17 tackles and also returned a kickoff 81 yards to the 5-yard line in the Bulldogs’ 49-21 loss to Oak Grove on Friday.