Week 2 honors go to Heath, Averhart
by Johnathan Bentley
Sep 09, 2013 | 1962 views | 0 0 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Week 2 was a tough one for Walker County high school football teams. Schools located in the county were a combined 1-7 last Friday with the Walker Vikings pulling out the only victory.

Dora, Oakman, Parrish, Carbon Hill, Cordova, Curry and Sumiton Christian each dropped region games.

Area teams outside of the county fared better with Corner, Meek and Addison picking up wins.

Despite the number of losses, there were some impressive performances put together by area athletes last week.

On the offensive end, Meek got in the win column in a big way on Friday night, rolling to a 44-8 victory over Woodville at Meek Field.

Bailey Heath was the offensive star for the Tigers on a night where the Meek offense scored six touchdowns. Heath, a sophomore running back, rushed 12 times for 147 yards and a pair of touchdowns. He scored on 14- and 16-yard runs.

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

Meek has outscored Woodville 85-16 over the last two seasons.

Corner’s defense man-handled West Blocton on Friday night.

The Yellow Jackets forced six turnovers and held West Blocton to just 223 total yards as the Yellow Jackets earned a lopsided 42-6 victory in their Class 4A, Region 4 opener.

Linebacker Jake Averhart gave West Blocton trouble all night. The senior linebacker registered nine tackles, including one for loss, and tackled a West Blocton player in the end zone for a safety.

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

The win gives Corner a boost heading into this week’s game at Dora.

Other top performances

•Walker’s running back duo of Marlon Oliver and Joe Bell was unstoppable in the region opener at Moody on Friday. Oliver led the way with 167 yards on 23 carries while Bell racked up 118 yards and two touchdowns on 18 carries as Walker earned a 27-12 victory. Defensively, Austin Mansell recorded 10 tackles for a Walker defense that allowed just 240 total yards.

•Oakman senior quarterback Jase Trotter had a productive game in the Wildcats’ 28-19 loss at Lamar County on Friday, completing 10-of-20 passes for 232 yards and a touchdown. He added 30 rushing yards on 10 carries on the night as Oakman dropped its first region game since 2011. Defensively for Oakman, Jake Jones registered a team-high 11 tackles.

•Corner got plenty of offense in its 42-6 rout of West Blocton in its region opener on Friday. Taylor Crawford led a balanced ground attack, rushing nine times for 100 yards and two touchdowns (58 and 20 yards). Quarterback Christopher Huff completed 7-of-8 passes for 126 yards.