Players of the Week: Abercrombie, Jackson earn top honors

By JOHNATHAN BENTLEY, Eagle Sports Editor
Posted 10/30/17

Meek is back in the playoffs — one reason is the play of John Mark Abercrombie.

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Players of the Week: Abercrombie, Jackson earn top honors


Meek is back in the playoffs — one reason is the play of John Mark Abercrombie.

The senior had another breakout game in the regular-season finale against Sumiton Christian.

Abercrombie rushed for 254 yards and three touchdowns on 25 carries and also returned a kickoff for a touchdown in Meek’s 36-21 victory over the Eagles.

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

Friday’s game determined the No. 4 playoff spot in Class 1A, Region 7.

Abercrombie set the tone for Meek, taking the opening kickoff 75 yards for a touchdown. With the teams tied at 14-14, the do-it-all back scored from 27 yards out to put the Tigers on top for good. In the third quarter, Abercrombie picked off a pass. On the ensuing possession, he went 30 yards for a touchdown, pushing Meek’s lead to 14 points. His final rushing touchdown came on a 75-yard run.

With the win, Meek closes out the regular season at 7-3 under first year coach David Norwood. The Tigers open the playoffs at No. 4 Pickens County next week.


Defensive Player of the Week

Lynn’s Noah Jackson

Lynn had a Friday to remember last week, setting a pair of milestone’s in a 27-13 win over Decatur Heritage. The Bears clinched their first region championship since 2006 and finished out their first 10-0 regular season since 2000.

Lynn held Decatur Heritage to its lowest regular-season point total since 2015.

Noah Jackson did his part on the defensive side of the ball. He had a key touchdown and added six tackles and a sack to lead the Lynn defense.

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

Lynn got on the scoreboard first thanks to Jackson, who returned a Decatur Heritage interception 55 yards for a touchdown and a 6-0 lead. He added a pair of rushing touchdowns on offense.


Other top performances

Caleb Danner

Dora Bulldogs

The area’s leading rusher had his second consecutive game with more than 200 yards. In Dora’s 35-7 win over Good Hope, Danner picked up 222 yards and four touchdowns on 30 carries. On the season, the senior running back now has 1,425 yards and 19 rushing touchdowns.


Chance Thompson and Andrew Gaylor

Dora Bulldogs

Dora’s defense had a shutdown performance against Good Hope, holding the Raiders to 115 total yards and five first downs. The team also was 0 for 11 on third downs. Thompson had a team-high nine tackles with three tackles for a loss, while Gaylor had six tackles, two tackles for a loss and a sack.


Jordan Davis

Lynn Bears

The junior shined on both sides of the ball in Lynn’s win over Decatur Heritage. On offense, Davis rushed 19 times for 205 yards and a touchdown. On the defensive side, Davis led the team with 11 tackles and a sack.


Nick Moody and Jon Avery

Oakman Wildcats

Moody, a senior receiver, continued his recent run of big games with a huge outing in last week’s 35-20 loss to American Christian. Moody caught 11 passes for 187 yards. He had touchdown catches of 58, 64 and 48 yards. Avery, a senior quarterback, completed 23 of 35 passes for 293 yards with three touchdowns and an interception.


Tanner Talley

Sumiton Christian Eagles

The senior running back topped the 100-yard mark in Sumiton Christian’s loss to Meek. Talley rushed 31 times for 119 yards and two scores. He had touchdown runs of 1 and 7 yards. On the season, Talley now has 924 yards with one game at Marion County remaining.


Chase Crane and Trevor Stokes

Sumiton Christian Eagles

The duo combined for big yardage in Sumiton Christian’s 36-21 loss to Meek. Crane completed 23 of 39 passes for 305 yards with a touchdown and an interception. Stokes was one of Crane’s top targets, catching seven passes for 102 yards and an eight-yard touchdown catch.


Justin Richie and Austin Owens

Winston Co. Yellow Jackets

The duo combined for nearly 300 yards on the ground in Winston County’s narrow 26-19 loss to West End-Walnut Grove last week. Richie rushed 11 times for 161 yards and two touchdowns. He had scores of 5 and 90 yards. Owens totaled 135 yards and a 72-yard touchdown on only four carries for the Yellow Jackets.