Curry’s Oliver, Oakman’s Jackson earn top honors
by Johnathan Bentley
Nov 01, 2011 | 1744 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Curry's Cade Oliver
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Curry’s Cade Oliver put the Yellow Jackets on his back with the playoffs on the line Friday night.

The senior running back delivered with a total of four touchdowns as Curry earned its first playoff berth in nine seasons with a 38-28 victory over Cordova.

Oliver piled up 258 all-purpose yards (100 rushing, 158 in returns) in his final regular-season game.

Oliver had touchdown runs of 52 and 39 yards and also had kickoff returns of 85 and 74 yards.

Three of the four touchdowns put Curry ahead. His first score, on an 85-yard kickoff return put the Jackets up 14-8. His second touchdown, on a 39-yard run in the third quarter, gave Curry a 21-14 lead and his final touchdown, a 74-yard return with 6:45 left, gave the Jackets the lead for good at 35-28.

Oliver now has 19 touchdowns on the season 11 rushing, six receiving and two on returns).

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

On the defensive side of the ball, Oakman’s Don Tyler Jackson registered a team-high 14 tackles in the Wildcats’ win over Parrish Friday night.

He was part of an Oakman defense that held the Tornadoes at bay late in the fourth quarter to preserve a 21-19 victory.

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

The win snapped Oakman’s two-game skid to Parrish, which had won the previous two meetings by a combined score of 94-26. Jackson now has 82 tackles on the season. As a unit, the Oakman defense has allowed 217 points this season, the Wildcats’ best showing since 2002.

Other top performances

•Dora’s Caleb May was unstoppable against Walker Thursday night. The Bulldogs’ quarterback had more than half of Dora’s rushing yards in the 22-2 victory. May picked up 146 yards on 19 carries and also threw for 25 yards giving him 171 yards of offense.

•Dora’s defense held Walker’s offense scoreless for the first time since 2006. Devante Bell led the Bulldogs with eight tackles. Cade Stone added six tackles and a fumble recovery.

•Walker’s Austin Mansell led the Vikings’ defensive attack in Thursday loss to Dora. Mansell had 13 tackles, one for loss and two sacks in the 22-2 loss.

•Cordova’s Nathan Humphries had a big game against his former team, rushing for 152 yards and three touchdowns (51, 50, 1) in the Blue Devils’ 38-28 loss to Curry.

•Parrish quarterback Jeremy Piper closed out his high school career with a strong outing, completing 11-of-19 passes for 199 yards and a touchdown. He added 87 rushing yards and another score on 11 carries in the Tornadoes loss to Oakman.

•Oakman quarterback Jase Trotter had 164 yards of offense (94 passing, 70 rushing) and threw a touchdown pass in the Wildcats’ 21-19 win over Parrish. Logan Guthrie rushed for 68 yards and two touchdowns.

•Carbon Hill’s Daniel Woodard had over 100 rushing yards and had a hand in three touchdowns in the Bulldogs’ 26-19 victory over Cold Springs Friday. Woodard had an 85-yard run, caught a 12-yard pass and threw a game-winning 26-yard touchdown strike to Ryan Dickson with 7.9 seconds remaining. Running back Jordan Dawsey added 165 yards on 31 carries.

•Sumiton Christian’s Austin Roach led the Eagles on the ground in Thursday’s 39-21 loss to Corner. Roach rushed 14 times for 116 yards. Defensively Jacob Self had nine tackles, including one for loss, and forced a fumble.

•Lynn’s Bryan Clark and Daniel Cagle combined for 25 tackles in a losing effort against Addison. Clark had 13 tackles while Cagle added 12 tackles, including one for loss.