Hayes, Mansell earn Player of Week honors
by Johnathan Bentley
Oct 29, 2012 | 2295 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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Meek had its problems on offense Friday night.

Quarterback Seth Hayes wasn’t among them.

The Tigers fumbled five times and didn’t convert an extra point attempt against Shades Mountain Christian.

Fortunately for Meek, Hayes was close to perfect. The junior completed 10 of 12 passes for 276 yards and three scores and added a fourth touchdown on the ground as the Tigers picked up a 24-21 win over the Eagles. Meek now has five wins on the season, the most since 2003.

Hayes hit on touchdown passes of 12, 80 and 31 yards. His rushing touchdown was 8 yards.

For his efforts, Hayes is the Daily Mountain Eagle’s Offensive Player of the Week.

Hayes and company will host Lynn in the season finale this week before playing in their first playoff game in nine years the following week at top-ranked Marion County.

On the defensive side of the ball, Walker linebacker Austin Mansell carried the Vikings in a narrow 24-20 victory over Springville Friday night.

Mansell and fellow linebacker Blake Moore have been terrorizing opposing offenses all season. With Moore out Friday night, Mansell took matters into his own hands, registering 16 tackles, two sacks and five tackles for loss as Walker closed out region play with a perfect 7-0 record. He now has 114 tackles on the season.

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

Other top performances

•Dora running backs DeMarcus Kirk, Kijuana Babbs and Kai Thomas combined for 316 rushing yards and four touchdowns in Dora’s 61-0 win over Carbon Hill. Kirk rushed seven times for 120 yards and two scores, Babbs rushed eight times for 118 yards and a touchdown while Thomas had 78 yards and a score on three carries.

•Oakman running back Chris Austin had 179 yards and a touchdown (20 yards) on 15 carries in the Wildcats’ 28-0 win over Cold Springs on Friday. Austin has now rushed for 947 yards on the season. Quarterback Jase Trotter also made the most of his eight completions in the game, throwing for 182 yards and three touchdowns (77, 50 and 6 yards).

•Corner quarterback Blake Byrd continues to put up big numbers this season. His latest outing helped put the Yellow Jackets into the playoffs. Byrd totaled 262 yards of offense. He rushed 26 times for 130 yards and two touchdowns and completed 16 of 27 attempts for 132 yards and another touchdown in a 39-25 win over Bibb County. Defensively, Austin Wood had 10 tackles, two for loss, one sack and a fumble recovery.

•Parrish’s Jermichael Harris accounted for five more touchdowns and 321 offensive yards in the Tornadoes’ 48-22 rout of South Lamar on Friday. Harris rushed for 98 yards and two touchdowns on 15 attempts and also completed 8 of 11 passes for 223 yards and three touchdowns. He has accounted for 18 total touchdowns over the last three weeks. Marcus Harris added 112 yards and two touchdowns receiving.

•Walker’s ground attack had 345 yards against Springville led by Michael Bridges with 169 yards on 26 carries.

•Sumiton Christian piled up yardage early and often in a 35-0 win over Southeastern. The Eagles, who played the second half with a running clock, got 91 yards and two touchdowns from Joseph Thompson, who had touchdown runs of 25 and 66 yards.