Abercrombie, Thompson earn weekly honors

By JOHNATHAN BENTLEY, Eagle Sports Editor
Posted 10/9/17

Meek’s John Mark Abercrombie was a one-man wrecking crew last Friday against R.A. Hubbard.

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Abercrombie, Thompson earn weekly honors


Meek’s John Mark Abercrombie was a one-man wrecking crew last Friday against R.A. Hubbard.

With the Tigers desperately needing a region win to keep their playoff hopes alive, coach David Norwood turned to his senior running back.

Abercrombie responded with the best game of his high school career, rushing 35 times for 344 yards and five touchdowns in Meek’s 42-28 win over the Chiefs. He added three two-point conversion as well for a total of 36 points in the game. Abercrombie averaged 9.8 yards per carry.

His touchdown runs covered 63, 37, 1, 3 and 21 yards.

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

Abercrombie now has an area high 1,155 rushing yards and 16 touchdowns. He is averaging 165 yards per game and 8.4 yards per carry on the season.

With the win, Meek (5-2) matched last year’s total heading into this week’s home game against rival Addison.


Defensive Player of the Week

Dora’s Chance Thompson

Dora brought an abrupt end to Cordova’s three-game winning streak last Friday night at Hudson-Kirby Field, handing the Blue Devils their worst home region loss since 2013.

Thompson, a senior linebacker, registered 13 tackles, including three tackles for loss, despite not playing a full four quarters in the lopsided 48-12 Dora victory.

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

Dora led 34-0 at the half, holding Cordova to just 55 yards through the first two quarters. The Blue Devils totaled 195 yards in the game. With the win, Dora (5-1) surpassed the total number of wins over the last two years combined (4).


Other top performances

Achilya Dixon and Caleb Danner

Dora Bulldogs

Dora’s rushing attack totaled 338 yards and five touchdowns on the ground in the Bulldogs’ win at Cordova. Dixon and Danner led the way for Dora. Dixon rushed just seven times in the game, picking up 178 yards and three touchdowns (4, 60, 12). On defense, Dixon had six tackles, two tackles for loss and a sack.

Danner rushed 25 times for 150 yards and two touchdowns (3, 27). He added a 97-yard kickoff return and also caught a pass for 19 yards for a total of 257 total yards. Danner now has 1,050 rushing yards on the season.


Tyler Borden and Luke Chambers

Addison Bulldogs

Behind a huge second-half charge, the Addison Bulldogs handed No. 9 Decatur Heritage its first loss of the season last week, winning 32-14. Addison trailed 14-10 at the half.

Both Borden and Chambers had big games for the Bulldogs. With leading rusher Ben Robinson out with injury, Tyler Borden carried the load for the Bulldogs, rushing 23 times for 135 yards and a touchdown. His score came on a 10-yard run. Chambers did his damage at receiver, hauling in two passes for 105 yards and two touchdowns. His scores went for 74 and 26 yards.


Eli DeJesus and Jeremiah Hammond

Jasper Vikings

DeJesus had five tackles, including for loss and had a forced fumble and a fumble recovery in Jasper’s 30-7 win over Center Point. Hammond added eight tackles and two tackles for loss. Jasper held Center Point to a total of 143 yards, with 81 of those yards coming on score late in the game. The Vikings defense also created five turnovers (three interceptions and two fumbles), sending the Eagles to their 24th straight loss.


Noah Jackson

Lynn Bears

The quarterback totaled 163 yards of offense in the Bears’ 56-13 rout of Southeastern. Jackson completed 7 of 10 passes for 105 yards and added five rushes for 58 yards and a touchdown. No. 8 Lynn amassed a season-high 536 yards in the game.


Garrett Purvis and Hunter Whitburn

Corner Yellow Jackets

Junior running back Purvis topped the 100-yard mark in Corner’s 32-13 win over Curry last week. Purvis rushed 12 times for 107 yards and a touchdown. His score came on a 46-yard run in the third quarter. Purvis has now rushed for 234 yards over the last two weeks. Whitburn also had a big game for the Jackets, recording two touchdowns. He had an 11-yard touchdown reception in the first quarter and added 3-yard touchdown run in the third quarter. He finished with 62 rushing yards on 11 carries.