Waldrep, Odom earn Player of Week honors

By JOHNATHAN BENTLEY, Eagle Sports Editor
Posted 9/24/19

After a slow start to the season, Meek’s offense has started to click.

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Waldrep, Odom earn Player of Week honors


After a slow start to the season, Meek’s offense has started to click.

Though the Tigers dropped their fifth game in a row to start the season — losing to region foe Berry 36-30 — senior quarterback Stuart Waldrep had a game to remember on homecoming night at Meek Field.

Meek had its highest offensive output of the season with Waldrep leading the charge. Every time Berry put a touchdown on the scoreboard, the Tigers responded, tying the Wildcats twice in the second half before giving up the winning touchdown. Waldrep had touchdown passes of 55, 40 and 40 and finished with 266 yards of offense.

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

He completed 14 of 22 passes for 246 yards, completed three 2-point conversion passes and rushed for 20 yards.

Waldrep and the Tigers will go for their first win at Sumiton Christian this week.


Defensive Player of the Week

A.J. Odom, Oakman

Oakman boasts one of the top defenses in Class 3A.

One reason is sophomore defensive end A.J. Odom.

Odom gave Carbon Hill fits in the backfield on Friday night in the Wildcats’ 27-7 victory at G.W. Keith Stadium, totaling eight tackles and three sacks.

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

Oakman, under first-year head coach Ryan Hall, allowed 13 points in each of its first three games and has given up just 46 points on the season. The Wildcats allow 11.5 points per game — good enough for eighth in 3A.

Next up for Oakman is a home game against county rival Cordova at Hosea Collins Field on Friday.


Other top performances

Justin Wallace, Cordova: The senior running back shined in the Blue Devils’ 48-28 road loss to Northside on Friday night. With senior quarterback Kason Smith out, Wallace picked up the slack, rushing for 261 yards and all four touchdowns on 28 carries.


•Christian Hubbard, Oakman: The area’s leading running back had another big game in the Wildcats’ 27-7 victory over Carbon Hill. Hubbard rushed 15 times for 141 yards and two touchdowns and also caught five passes for 56 yards. His touchdowns covered 45 and 32 yards.


•Logan Kent, Lynn: The defensive end registered 12 tackles and had three sacks, for a loss of 22 yards, during the Bears’ narrow 19-12 home win over Brilliant on Friday night.


•Griffin Lynn, Lynn: Led the Lynn offense with a total of 118 yards and three touchdowns. He rushed for 100 yards and two touchdowns (12, 3) on 13 carries. He also caught one pass for an 18-yard touchdown.


•Jacob Danner, Jasper: Led the Viking defense with 12 tackles with a tackle for loss and a sack. Jasper has now shutout three straight opponents for the first time since 1999 after a 58-0 home win over Hayden.


•Kaden Shelton, Jasper: Totaled 115 yards of offense in two touchdowns in the Vikings blowout win of Hayden. Shelton rushed four times for 52 yards and a touchdown and also completed 1 of 2 passes for 63 yards and a score.


•Alex Atkins, Carbon Hill: The senior linebacker had 11 tackles with two tackles for loss and one sack in the Bulldogs’ 27-7 loss to Oakman.