Crear, Gaylor earn Player of Week honors

Jasper may not have won its season opener against Cullman on Thursday night, but senior quarterback Michael Crear did his part in the 28-27 loss to the Bearcats. Crear had a hand in all four touchdowns and is the Daily Mountain Eagle’s Offensive Player of the Week. Crear totaled 359 yards of offense in the loss. He completed 21 of 29 passes for 314 yards and a touchdown along with two interceptions — throwing one on the last play of the game. His touchdown pass was an 80-yard strike to Xavier Waldrop. Crear also rushed 14 times for 45 yards and three scores (1, 3 and 5 yards). Jasper went on top of Cullman midway through the fourth quarter on a 5-yard touchdown run by Crear. Cullman scored the game-winner on a 15-yard pass on a fourth-down play with three seconds left on the clock. ——— Defensive Player of Week Dora’s defense put on a clinic against Cordova in their season opener on Friday. The Blue Devils were held to under 100 yards of offense in the Bulldogs’ 31-0 home victory. Linebacker Andrew Gaylor led the way for the Bulldogs defense, registering 11 tackles and three tackles for loss as Dora earned a shutout win in the series for the first time since 1993. Gaylor is the Daily Mountain Eagle’s Defensive Player of the Week. Jacob Danner added five tackles, three tackles for loss and a sack. As a team, Dora allowed one yard passing and 96 yards on the ground on 38 attempts. The Bulldogs made eight tackles for loss and a pair of sacks against the Blue Devils. ——— Other top performances •Austin Owens, Winston County: Scored three touchdowns in Winston County’s 28-16 victory over Hackleburg. Owens rushed seven times for 102 yards and two scores (47, 11) and also returned a kickoff 89 yards for a touchdown. ———

•Winston County defense: The Yellow Jackets stuffed Hackleburg, allowing 42 total yards. The Panthers completed 7 of 17 passes for 12 yards and rushed 30 times for 30 yards. ——— •Weston Smith, Addison: The running back had two touchdowns on the ground in the Bulldogs’ 20-12 win over Curry. Smith rushed 13 times for 114 yards and scores of 1 and 72 yards. ——— •Andrew Baker, Corner: In his first start, the quarterback completed 12 of 17 passes for 152 yards with a touchdown and an interception in a 26-25 loss to Northside. He also rushed 12 times for 80 yards. ——— •Garrett Purvis, Corner: Totaled 129 yards of offense against Northside. Purvis rushed 15 times for 75 yards a score and also hauled in three passes for 54 yards. ——— •Cole Bonner, Jasper: Led the Vikings with seven receptions for 119 yards in the loss to Cullman. ——— •Harrison Saunders, Jasper: Had 14 tackles in the season-opening loss, leading the Viking defense. Toris Rudolph, Sheldrick Cherry and Kentavious Catlin each had 10 tackles. ——— •Jon Michael Madison, Carbon Hill: Completed 10 of 16 passes for 142 yards and a pair of touchdowns along with an interception in the a 20-12 loss to Good Hope. ——— •Carson McGinnis, Carbon Hill: Shined on both sides of the ball in the Bulldogs’ loss to Good Hope. McGinnis caught touchdown passes of 36 and 46 yards on offense and forced a fumble and picked off a pass on defense. ——— •Alex Atkins, Carbon Hill: Last year’s leading tackler in the area had 12.5 tackles in the opener against Good Hope.