Oakman's Austin, Walker's Cowen earn Player of Week honors
by Johnathan Bentley
Nov 12, 2012 | 2062 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Oakman's Chris Austin
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Goshen couldn’t stop Oakman running back Chris Austin Friday night.

Austin picked apart the Eagles’ defense for 165 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 19 carries in Oakman’s 25-6 victory over Goshen in their first-round 2A playoff game. With the win, the Wildcats advance to the second round of the playoffs for the second straight year.

Austin helped put the game away in the second quarter.

After Goshen cut the Wildcats’ lead to 13-7, Austin went untouched into the end zone from two yards out for the score and a 19-7 lead. He added a four-yard touchdown run early in the second quarter.

Austin, who topped the 1,000-yard mark last week, now has 1,195 yards and 12 rushing touchdowns on the season.

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

Walker’s Jeb Cowen came up big for the Vikings in Friday’s 30-7 win over Central-Tuscaloosa in their first-round 5A playoff game.

Cowen had two big plays in the game, blocking a Central-Tuscaloosa punt in the opening quarter to set up Walker in great field position. He also had an interception, returning it 20 yards to set up a touchdown as the Vikings earned the right to host Cullman in the second round of the playoffs this week. He now has three interceptions on the season.

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

Other top performances

•Each of Dora’s offensive weapons delivered in the Bulldogs 56-27 win over Childersburg in their opening-round playoff game Friday night. Dora’s Kai Thomas continued his stellar season, rushing 13 times for 213 yards and two touchdowns. He also added a 95-yard punt return for a score. Quarterback Caleb May rushed for 104 yards and two touchdowns and threw for another 79 yards and a score. DeAngelo Pendleton had two receptions for 79 yards and returned a kickoff 97 yards for a score.

•Walker’s Michael Bridges rushed 15 times for 125 yards and a touchdown in Walker’s 30-7 victory over Central-Tuscaloosa. The game marked his second 100-yard game of the season. Walker’s Kevin Clay rushed seven times for 107 yards in the game. Clay added an 81-yard touchdown that kick-started the Vikings’ offense. Tyler Phillips added 94 yards and a score on 12 carries.

•Oakman’s Pervis Coger had an interception, a pair of pass breakups and two tackles in Oakman’s win over Goshen. In the game, the Wildcats’ defense held the Eagles to a season-low six points. It was the worst offensive output for Goshen since the team was shutout by Reeltown in 2009.