Players of the Week: Abercrombie, Jackson earn top honors

By JOHNATHAN BENTLEY, Eagle Sports Editor
Posted 10/30/17

Meek is back in the playoffs — one reason is the play of John Mark Abercrombie.

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Players of the Week: Abercrombie, Jackson earn top honors

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Meek is back in the playoffs — one reason is the play of John Mark Abercrombie.

The senior had another breakout game in the regular-season finale against Sumiton Christian.

Abercrombie rushed for 254 yards and three touchdowns on 25 carries and also returned a kickoff for a touchdown in Meek’s 36-21 victory over the Eagles.

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

Friday’s game determined the No. 4 playoff spot in Class 1A, Region 7.

Abercrombie set the tone for Meek, taking the opening kickoff 75 yards for a touchdown. With the teams tied at 14-14, the do-it-all back scored from 27 yards out to put the Tigers on top for good. In the third quarter, Abercrombie picked off a pass. On the ensuing possession, he went 30 yards for a touchdown, pushing Meek’s lead to 14 points. His final rushing touchdown came on a 75-yard run.

With the win, Meek closes out the regular season at 7-3 under first year coach David Norwood. The Tigers open the playoffs at No. 4 Pickens County next week.

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Defensive Player of the Week

Lynn’s Noah Jackson

Lynn had a Friday to remember last week, setting a pair of milestone’s in a 27-13 win over Decatur Heritage. The Bears clinched their first region championship since 2006 and finished out their first 10-0 regular season since 2000.

Lynn held Decatur Heritage to its lowest regular-season point total since 2015.

Noah Jackson did his part on the defensive side of the ball. He had a key touchdown and added six tackles and a sack to lead the Lynn defense.

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

Lynn got on the scoreboard first thanks to Jackson, who returned a Decatur Heritage interception 55 yards for a touchdown and a 6-0 lead. He added a pair of rushing touchdowns on offense.

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Other top performances

Caleb Danner

Dora Bulldogs

The area’s leading rusher had his second consecutive game with more than 200 yards. In Dora’s 35-7 win over Good Hope, Danner picked up 222 yards and four touchdowns on 30 carries. On the season, the senior running back now has 1,425 yards and 19 rushing touchdowns.

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Chance Thompson and Andrew Gaylor

Dora Bulldogs

Dora’s defense had a shutdown performance against Good Hope, holding the Raiders to 115 total yards and five first downs. The team also was 0 for 11 on third downs. Thompson had a team-high nine tackles with three tackles for a loss, while Gaylor had six tackles, two tackles for a loss and a sack.

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Jordan Davis

Lynn Bears

The junior shined on both sides of the ball in Lynn’s win over Decatur Heritage. On offense, Davis rushed 19 times for 205 yards and a touchdown. On the defensive side, Davis led the team with 11 tackles and a sack.

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Nick Moody and Jon Avery

Oakman Wildcats

Moody, a senior receiver, continued his recent run of big games with a huge outing in last week’s 35-20 loss to American Christian. Moody caught 11 passes for 187 yards. He had touchdown catches of 58, 64 and 48 yards. Avery, a senior quarterback, completed 23 of 35 passes for 293 yards with three touchdowns and an interception.

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Tanner Talley

Sumiton Christian Eagles

The senior running back topped the 100-yard mark in Sumiton Christian’s loss to Meek. Talley rushed 31 times for 119 yards and two scores. He had touchdown runs of 1 and 7 yards. On the season, Talley now has 924 yards with one game at Marion County remaining.

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Chase Crane and Trevor Stokes

Sumiton Christian Eagles

The duo combined for big yardage in Sumiton Christian’s 36-21 loss to Meek. Crane completed 23 of 39 passes for 305 yards with a touchdown and an interception. Stokes was one of Crane’s top targets, catching seven passes for 102 yards and an eight-yard touchdown catch.

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Justin Richie and Austin Owens

Winston Co. Yellow Jackets

The duo combined for nearly 300 yards on the ground in Winston County’s narrow 26-19 loss to West End-Walnut Grove last week. Richie rushed 11 times for 161 yards and two touchdowns. He had scores of 5 and 90 yards. Owens totaled 135 yards and a 72-yard touchdown on only four carries for the Yellow Jackets.