Players of the Week: Danner, Martin lead the way in Week 5

By JOHNATHAN BENTLEY, Eagle Sports Editor
Posted 9/25/17

Dora’s Caleb Danner has had big games in the past — but nothing like this.

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Players of the Week: Danner, Martin lead the way in Week 5


Dora’s Caleb Danner has had big games in the past — but nothing like this.

Danner put the Bulldogs on his back (and legs) on Friday night, rushing for 317 yards and three touchdowns on 21 attempts in Dora’s 49-33 come-from-behind victory over Hamilton at Horace Roberts Field. The Aggies held a 19-14 halftime lead before Danner and the Bulldogs erupted for 35 second-half points to earn the key region victory.

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

The senior helped break the game open in the third quarter, scoring on touchdown runs of 36 and 55 yards. He added a 69-yard touchdown run in the second quarter.

Danner now has rushed for 755 yards and seven touchdowns through four games this season. He is averaging 188.8 yards per game and 10.9 yards per attempt.


Defensive Player

of the Week

Oakman’s Logan Martin

Oakman registered its first signature win of the season on Friday night behind a stellar defensive effort.

The Wildcats earned a 15-6 road win over the Pickens County Tornadoes, holding the No. 2 team in Class 1A to its lowest point total since the fifth game of the 2015 season.

Oakman registered six sacks against the Tornadoes in the game with sophomore Logan Martin coming through with back-to-back sacks to seal the Wildcats’ win. The sophomore lineman finished the game with 10 tackles and three sacks as Oakman moved to 4-0 for the fourth consecutive season.

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


Other top performances

Curry’s defense was up to its usual antics Friday night — stuffing the opposition.

The Yellow Jackets held Springville to minus 34 yards rushing and just 58 total yards in a 20-7 region victory at Hudson O’Rear Stadium.

Senior linebacker Zack Myers led a balanced defensive attack with eight tackles, including three for loss, and a fumble recovery, Ross Kuriger had seven tackles, Martin Martinez added six while both Drew Morris and Hunter Glass had interceptions.

Curry’s defense has allowed seven or fewer points in three of its four games this season, shutting out both Berry and St. John Paul II.


Payton Luster

Curry High School

The senior running back rushed for 125 yards, including 105 yards in the second half, and a pair of touchdowns in the Yellow Jackets’ 21-7 win over Springville. Luster had touchdown runs of 4 and 2 yards.


J.J. Mayes,

Kolbi Fuqua

Cordova High School

Both players topped the 100-yard mark in Friday night’s 26-14 region win over Good Hope.

Mayes rushed 19 times for 120 yards, including a 35-yard touchdown while Fuqua hauled in five passes for 100 yards, including a 66-yard touchdown.


Tanner Talley,

Chase Crane

Sumiton Christian

Both Talley and Crane put up big numbers in Friday night’s 50-13 rout of Southeastern.

Talley rushed 26 times for 183 yards and three touchdowns and also caught three passes for 52 yards for 235 yards of total offense. Crane completed 18 of 25 passes for 271 yards and three scores.


Skylar Lara

Corner High School

The senior quarterback completed 18 of 29 passes for 179 yards and a touchdown in the Yellow Jackets’ 49-42 loss to West Point.


Jordan Davis

Lynn High School

Led the Bears’ defensive effort in last week’s 21-18 win over Addison. Davis had eight tackles, including one for loss and a sack as Lynn improved to 4-0 for the first time since 2011.