Players of the Week: Headrick, Neill lead way in Week 10

By JOHNATHAN BENTLEY, Eagle Sports Editor
Posted 10/25/16

Sumiton Christian has relied on its rushing attack to pile up points this season.

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Players of the Week: Headrick, Neill lead way in Week 10

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Sumiton Christian has relied on its rushing attack to pile up points this season.

Facing a must-win situation Friday night, the Eagles’ entire offense was clicking, with Sumiton Christian adding up 461 yards of offense in a 53-32 victory over Meek.

At the center of the playoff-clinching victory was Sumiton Christian senior quarterback Caleb Headrick, who totaled more than 200 yards of offense and had a hand in three touchdowns.

Headrick completed all six of his pass attempts for 172 yards and a pair of touchdowns (52 and 55 yards). He also rushed four times for 30 yards and a touchdown. Headrick is the Daily Mountain Eagle’s Offensive Player of the Week.

He has now thrown for 917 yards and 13 touchdowns with only four interceptions.

The win over Meek clinched the Eagles’ first postseason berth since the 2011 season.

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Defensive Player

Dora put together one of its best defensive performances of the season Friday night at Good Hope.

Blaine Neill did his part for the Bulldogs. The junior linebacker had a team-high 13 tackles, including two for loss, as Dora snapped a three-game losing streak with a 28-7 victory over the Red Raiders.

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

Neill, who has a team-high 81.5 tackles on the season, was part of a Dora defense that forced Good Hope to turn the ball over on downs five times in the game.

The seven points allowed was Dora’s best road showing since holding West Blocton to seven points in Week 4 of the 2013 season.

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Other top Performances

•Jon Avery, Oakman: Had another huge game in the Wildcats’ 27-14 victory over American Christian Academy. Avery completed 22 of 31 passes for 209 yards and a touchdown. He also rushed 14 times for 60 yards as Oakman clinched the third spot in Class 3A, Region 4.

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•Tanner Talley, Sumiton Christian: Totaled 208 yards of offense and a pair of touchdowns in the Eagles’ 53-32 victory over Meek on Friday. Talley rushed 25 times for 153 yards and a touchdown. He also caught one pass for 55 yards and a score. Talley now has 1,502 yards and 20 touchdowns on the ground this season.

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•Sammy Latham, Sumiton Christian: Rushed for 111 yards and three touchdowns on 11 carries in the Eagles’ win over Meek. Latham had touchdown runs of 2, 3 and 4 yards. Latham now has 855 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns on the season.

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•Caleb Danner, Dora: Rushed for 128 yards, including a 10-yard touchdown, on 14 carries in the Bulldogs’ win over Good Hope. Danner now has 1,158 yards and nine touchdowns on the season.

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•Davien Freeman, Dora: Hauled in four passes for 103 yards and a pair of touchdowns in the Bulldogs’ 28-7 victory over Good Hope on Friday.

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•Oakman defense: Held American Christian to 229 yards in a 27-14 victory on Friday. Adam Ingram had six tackles and a sack, both Johnny Lyles and Nathan Gilbreath had two interceptions and Connor Woods added nine tackles.

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•Michael Crear, Walker: Totaled 180 yards and three touchdowns in the Vikings’ 60-42 loss to No. 3 Minor on Friday. The quarterback rushed 87 yards and a touchdown and also threw for another 97 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions.

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•Ken Holiday, Walker: Rushed for 145 yards and a pair of touchdowns in the Vikings’ loss to Minor. Holliday added a 95-yard touchdown run.