WEST ALABAMA HEROES: Sunseri pick helps Tide roll
Tue. September 18, 2012 at 11:24 p.m. | By Barry Allen
(Photo by Jason Harless)
TUSCALOOSA | Here is how some former Tuscaloosa-area high school athletes now competing at the collegiate level fared last week:
Alabama sophomore defensive back Vinnie Sunseri (Northridge High School) started at safety in UA’s nickel package in the 52-0 win at Arkansas. He finished the game with two tackles and a 13-yard interception return as the top-ranked Crimson Tide posted its second straight shutout. For the season, Sunseri has 11 tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss (minus-3 yards), one interception return (13 yards), one fumble return (7 yards) and one pass breakup.
Alabama senior running back Ben Howell (Gordo High School) made his Crimson Tide debut in the 52-0 win over Arkansas last weekend. Howell had six rushing attempts for 18 yards as the top-ranked Alabama piled up 225 rushing yards and six touchdowns in the win over the Razorbacks.
Alabama senior tight end Michael Williams (Pickens County High School) started his third consecutive game at tight end and had two catches for 20 yards in the 52-0 win over Arkansas. For the season, Williams has three catches for 22 yards and one touchdown.
Alabama State junior linebacker Maurice Tate (Linden High School) recorded two tackles and one tackle for loss (minus-1 yard) in the Hornets’ thrilling 19-18 win at Grambling State on Saturday. ASU (2-1) will host Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Thursday at the Cramton Bowl and the game will be nationally televised by ESPNU.
Benedict College freshman running back Charles Powell (Greene County High School) saw action on special teams in the Tigers’ 30-20 loss at Virginia State.
Birmingham-Southern sophomore offensive lineman Michael Ferguson (Northside High School) started at right guard in the Panthers’ 61-14 record-setting win over Ave Maria College on Saturday. The Panthers broke the school’s single-game scoring record (previously 54 points against Rhodes College on Nov. 5, 2011), the single-game touchdowns record with nine (previously eight against Rhodes on Nov. 5, 2011) and the single-game rushing-yards record with 408 (previously 406 against Millsaps on Nov. 12, 2011).
Birmingham-Southern sophomore defensive end Hunter Mims (Northside High School) saw action on the defensive line in the Panthers’ record-setting win over Ave Maria. The defense pitched a first-half shutout as the Panthers took a 40-0 lead into the locker room.
Birmingham-Southern sophomore offensive lineman Allen Scogin (Tuscaloosa Academy) saw extensive action as the backup center in the Panthers’ record-setting win over Ave Maria on Saturday. They averaged 6.5 yards per rush.
Chattanooga sophomore defensive lineman Toyvain Brand (Hillcrest High School) started at defensive tackle in the win over Glenville State and recorded one tackle and one quarterback pressure.
Coffeyville (Kan.) Community College cornerback Jamarcus Howard (Northridge High School) has recorded 13 tackles this season.
Delta State offensive lineman Andre Lucious (Tuscaloosa County High School) has started both games at left guard. After an open date last Saturday, the Statesmen return to action this Saturday against North Alabama at Parker-McCool Field in Cleveland, Miss.
East Central Community College sophomore receiver Brock Hall (Paul. W. Bryant High School) had a team-leading four receptions for 33 yards in the Warriors’ 47-10 loss to Copiah-Lincoln last Thursday night. Hall has five catches for 43 yards (21.3 per catch) and three rushing attempts for 21 yards this season.
ECCC defensive tackle Martaze Jackson (Demopolis High School) had one tackle in the Warriors loss to Copiah-Lincoln last week. Jackson has five tackles on the season.
ECCC offensive lineman Remund Jackson (Tuscaloosa County High School) played on the second team offensive line in the Warriors’ loss to Copiah-Lincoln.
ECCC offensive lineman Paul Kirkman (Tuscaloosa County High School) played on the second team offensive line in the Warriors’ loss Copiah-Lincoln.
ECCC defensive lineman Vodrick Lucious (Tuscaloosa County High School) played on the second-team defensive line and recorded one tackle in the loss Copiah-Lincoln.
ECCC sophomore wide receiver Keivondre Watford (Central High School) caught three passes for 27 yards in the loss to Copiah-Lincoln.
Faulkner College freshman running back De’Marko Hall (Pickens County High School) caught four passes in the Eagles’ 52-10 blowout win at Bluefield (W.Va.) this weekend. Faulkner (2-1) trailed 10-3 in the second quarter before scoring the game’s final 49 points.
Huntingdon College sophomore defensive lineman Walker Lewis (Patrician Academy) recorded two tackles in the Eagles’ 62-17 blowout win over LaGrange (Ga.) College.
Jackson State senior defensive lineman Jamal Carter (Livingston High School) recorded one tackle in the Tigers’ 45-35 win over Texas Southern on Saturday.
Jackson State freshman tight end Jamal Jones (Livingston High School) had one tackle on special teams in the Tigers’ 45-35 win over Texas Southern.
Jacksonville State sophomore offensive lineman Max Holcombe (Hillcrest High School) has started both games at center this season for the Gamecocks. Jacksonville State (1-1) is averaging 365.8 yards per game and better than five yards per play this season. Following an open date, Jacksonville State travels to Eastern Kentucky this Saturday.
Jacksonville State sophomore running back DaMarcus James (Demopolis High School) is the Gamecocks’ leading rusher with 82 yards per game this season. James has 25 rushing attempts for 164 yards and one touchdown in two games.
Miles College defensive lineman James Gaines III (Greene County High School) started at right defensive end and recorded three tackles and one quarterback pressure in the Golden Bears’ 44-37 win over West Georgia.
Miles College sophomore offensive linemen AderiusHood (Greene County High School) was the starting left tackle in the Bears’ 44-37 win over West Georgia. The Bears had 421 yards of total offense in the win.
Miles College senior offensive linemen Lester Jackson Jr. (Central High School) made his third consecutive start at right guard and held the Bears average 8.3 yards per play in a 44-37 shootout against West Georgia.
Miles College senior fullback K.C. Logan (Central High School) earned his third start of the season at fullback but did not have any statistics in the 44-37 win over West Georgia.
North Alabama quarterback Luke Wingo (Hillcrest High School) saw action as the backup in the Lions’ 39-0 win over Kentucky Christian on Saturday. Wingo had one rushing attempt for 1 yard.
South Alabama junior wide receiver Jared Palmer (Northridge High School) saw action on special teams in the Jaguars’ 31-7 loss at North Carolina State on Saturday.
South Alabama junior wide receiver Corey Waldon (Central High School) had two catches for 24 yards in the 31-7 loss at North Carolina State.
Stillman freshman defensive back Hudson Cain (American Christian Academy) recorded three tackles and one pass breakup in the Tigers’ 31-27 loss at Shaw on Saturday in Durham, N.C.
Stillman sophomore receiver Raymond Coats (Paul W. Bryant High School) caught one pass for 6 yards in the Tigers’ 31-26 loss at Shaw.
Stillman junior offensive lineman Charles Hope (Bibb County High School) saw action as the backup center in the Tigers’ loss to Shaw.
Stillman junior cornerback Antonio Johnson (Hale County High School) recorded three solo tackles in the loss at Shaw.
Tennessee-Martin senior defensive lineman Darrin Nalls (Fayette County High School) started at defensive end in the Skyhawks’ 23-6 win over Southeastern Louisiana on Saturday. He did not record a tackle.
Alabama-Birmingham redshirt freshman linebacker Tevin Crews (Bibb County High School) recorded three tackles in the Blazers’ 49-6 loss at South Carolina on Saturday.
UAB senior linebacker Greg Irvin (Demopolis High School) recorded four tackles and had an 8-yard fumble return as the starting middle linebacker in the Blazers’ 49-6 loss at South Carolina on Saturday.
UAB senior defensive back Cornelius Richards (Tuscaloosa County High School) started at cornerback in the Blazers’ 49-6 loss at South Carolina on Saturday. Richards had one tackle and broke up one pass.
UAB sophomore defensive lineman Diaheem Watkins (Bibb County High School) started at right defensive end in the loss at South Carolina and was not credited with a tackle.
Vanderbilt senior running back Zac Stacy (Bibb County High School) averaged more than 21 yards per rushing attempt as the Commodores steamrolled Football Championship Subdivision member Presbyterian 58-0 on Saturday in Nashville, Tenn. Stacy ran the ball eight times for 174 yards, including an 86-yard touchdown run on Vandy’s first play from scrimmage. Stacy’s 86-yard run is the longest of the season by a Southeastern Conference running back, while the 174 yards are the second most.
West Alabama junior linebacker Ben Brooks (Sumter County High School) started at middle linebacker and recorded three tackles in the Tigers’ 41-3 win over Mississippi College.
Western Kentucky junior linebacker Chuck Franks (Fayette County High School) recorded two tackles in the Hilltoppers’ thrilling 32-31 overtime win over Kentucky at Commonwealth Stadium.
Stillman freshman setter and outside hitter Hannah Burr (American Christian Academy) recorded 14 kills and 14 digs on four matches last week for the Lady Tigers. Her best match came against Miles, when she recorded six kills and three digs in the 3-0 win.
Stillman sophomore defensive setter Bailey Braughton (Tuscaloosa County High School) recorded four digs in three matches last week against Miles, Rust College and Southern-New Orleans.
The West Alabama Heroes notebook runs each Wednesday in The Tuscaloosa News. If you know of other Tuscaloosa-area athletes competing at the collegiate level, email firstname.lastname@example.org