WEST ALABAMA HEROES: Wingo has a big game for Lions
Tue. October 02, 2012 at 11:33 p.m. | By Barry Allen
North Alabama freshman quarterback Luke Wingo (12), a Hillcrest High School graduate, accounted for 129 total yards and two touchdowns in 41-0 win against Shorter. (Photo by North Alabama)
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) was the starting safety in the Crimson Tide’s 33-14 win over Ole Miss on Saturday night in Tuscaloosa. Sunseri had seven tackles, one-half sack (minus-3 yards) and one pass breakup.
Alabama senior tight end Michael Williams (Pickens County High School) started his fifth game of the season at tight end but did not have a reception in the win over Ole Miss.
Alabama State junior linebacker Maurice Tate (Linden High School) recorded three tackles in the Hornets’ 54-14 blowout win over Alcorn State last Saturday.
Alcorn State senior defensive lineman John Hughes (Northridge High School) recorded two tackles as a backup defensive end the in the Braves’ 54-14 home loss to Alabama State.
Benedict freshman running back Charles Powell (Greene County High School) had one rushing attempt for 1 yard and recorded one tackle on special teams in a 50-7 loss at Miles College on Saturday.
Birmingham-Southern sophomore offensive lineman Michael Ferguson (Northside High School) started at right guard in the Panthers’ 49-21 win over Austin College on Saturday. Ferguson anchored an offensive line that paved the way for 410 total yards.
Birmingham-Southern sophomore defensive end Hunter Mims (Northside High School) played on special teams in the Panthers’ 49-21 win over Austin College on Saturday. The win improved BSC to 5-0 and moved it to 11th in AFCA Division III Coaches poll.
Chattanooga sophomore defensive lineman Toyvain Brand (Hillcrest High School) recorded two tackles, one for loss (minus-2 yards) and one quarterback pressure in the Mocs’ 28-10 win over the Citadel on Saturday.
Coffeyville (Kan.) Community College cornerback Jamarcus Howard (Northridge High School) had an open date last Saturday. In four games this season, Howard has 21 tackles (15 solos) and a 45-yard interception return. He also plays on special teams and has three kickoff returns for a 19.7-yard average.
Delta State offensive lineman Andre Lucious (Tuscaloosa County High Schools) started at left guard and helped the Statesmen offense pile up 498 yards and 8.3 yards per play in a 34-28 loss to Abilene Christian last Thursday at Parker-McCool Field in Cleveland, Miss.
East Central Community College sophomore receiver Brock Hall (Paul W. Bryant High School) led the Warriors to a 26-21 upset win over Hinds Community College last Saturday. The wide receiver-turned-quarterback completed seven of 15 passes for 121 yards, subbing for injured starter Colton Kane. Hall had seven rushing attempts for 41 yards and two touchdowns.
ECCC defensive tackle Martaze Jackson (Demopolis High School) saw action on the defensive line in the win over Hinds Community College last Saturday.
ECCC offensive lineman Remund Jackson (Tuscaloosa County High School) played on the second-team offensive line in the Warriors’ win against Hinds.
ECCC offensive lineman Paul Kirkman (Tuscaloosa County High School) played on the second-team offensive line in the Warriors’ win over Hinds.
ECCC defensive lineman Vodrick Lucious (Tuscaloosa County High School) played on the second-team defensive line in the win over Hinds.
Faulkner College freshman running back De’MarkoHall (Pickens County High School) recorded 118 all-purpose yards, including a 52-yard touchdown run in the second quarter, as the Eagles posted a lopsided 65-17 win over Point University on Saturday. Hall had three rushing attempts for 113 yards and one touchdown. He also had one pass reception for 5 yards. Faulkner (4-1) climbed to No. 23 in this week’s NAIA poll.
Georgia Military College freshman linebacker Nate Carter (Central High School) recorded five tackles in the Bulldogs’ 55-35 loss to Iowa Western Community College in Council Bluffs, Iowa, on Saturday.
Iowa Wesleyan College freshman offensive lineman Ja’Korey Walker (Fayette County High School) was the starting right guard in the Saints’ 52-13 loss to the University of St. Francis in Joliet, Ill. Iowa Western (1-4) will have a bye this Saturday.
Jackson State senior defensive lineman Jamal Carter (Livingston High School) recorded two tackles in the Tigers’ 34-13 win over Prairie View A&M on Saturday night in Jackson, Miss.
Jackson State freshman tight end Jamal Jones (Livingston High School) saw action as backup tight end and on special teams in the win over Prairie View A&M on Saturday.
Jacksonville State sophomore offensive lineman Max Holcombe (Hillcrest High School) started at center for the fourth time this season in the Gamecocks’ 31-16 home win over Southeast Missouri State. Holcombe anchored an offensive line that paved the way for 429 total yards and 6.9 yards per play. JSU had 274 passing yards and 269 rushing yards.
Jacksonville State sophomore running back DaMarcus James (Demopolis High School) had another big game as the Gamecocks picked up their first Ohio Valley Conference win, 31-16 over Southeast Missouri State. James ran 21 times for a season-high 149 yards and two touchdowns. His 1-yard touchdown run with 1:24 left in the second quarter put JSU ahead to stay at 14-10. He capped the scoring with an 8-yard run with 2:05 left in the game to make the final 31-16.
Miles College defensive lineman James Gaines III (Greene County High School) started at right defensive end and recorded five tackles, two tackles for loss (minus-5 yards) and one sack (minus-4 yards) in the Bears’ 50-7 rout of Benedict on Saturday at Albert J. Sloan Stadium in Fairfield. The Miles defense held Benedict to 11 rushing yards and 208 total yards in the win.
Miles College sophomore offensive linemen Aderius Hood (Greene County High School) was the starting left tackle in the Bears’ 50-7 win over Benedict on Saturday. It marked the first time since a 90-0 win over Paine in 1959 that Miles had scored 50 points in a game.
Miles College senior offensive linemen Lester Jackson Jr. (Central High School) started at right guard and helped pave the way for the Bears offense that generated 602 yards and 7.8 yards per play in a 50-7 win over Benedict.
Miles College senior fullback K.C. Logan (Central High School) had three rushing attempts for 10 yards and one pass reception for 8 yards in the win over Benedict on Saturday.
Mississippi Gulf Coast freshman nose tackle Damien Gaines (Greene County High School) recorded one tackle in a 61-7 win over Northeast Mississippi Community College. He has five tackles in two games this season.
North Alabama freshman quarterback Luke Wingo (Hillcrest High School) had his best game of the season in the Lions’ 41-0 win over Shorter on Saturday. Wingo had 15 rushing attempts for 47 yards and two touchdowns. He scored on runs of 3 yards and 1 yard. Wingo completed 3 of 4 passes for 82 yards. He directed a 12-play, 88-yard scoring drive in the second quarter that gave UNA a 14-0 lead. On the drive, Wingo ran eight times for 36 yards and completed both pass attempts for 49 yards. He accounted for 85 of the 88 yards on the scoring drive.
North Alabama freshman receiver MarKeldon Washington (Tuscaloosa County High School) hauled in a 24-yard reception from quarterback Chris Anderson that set up a third-quarter touchdown.
South Alabama junior wide receiver Jared Palmer (Northridge High School) hauled in his first reception of the season in the Jaguars’ 31-10 loss against Troy on Saturday. It was South Alabama’s first-ever Sun Belt Conference game.
South Alabama junior wide receiver Corey Waldon (Central High School) had one reception in the 31-10 loss to Troy in the Jaguars’ Sun Belt Conference debut. Waldon has six catches for 49 yards in the first five games of the season heading into an open date this Saturday.
Stillman freshman defensive back Hudson Cain (American Christian Academy) saw action at safety and played on special teams in the Tigers’ 32-22 win at Lane College on Saturday.
Stillman sophomore receiver Raymond Coats (Paul W. Bryant High School) made his first start of the season in the Tigers’ three-wide receiver set and caught one pass for six yards in the 32-22 win at Lane last Saturday. He is one of three receivers on the team with at least one reception in all five games this year.
Stillman junior offensive lineman Charles Hope (Bibb County High School) saw action as the backup center in the Tigers’ win over Lane College.
Stillman junior cornerback Antonio Johnson (Hale County High School) made his third start of the season and recorded two tackles in the win over Lane College.
Stillman senior tight end Johnny Pate (Central High School) recorded his first catch of the 2012 season in the Tigers 32-22 win over Lane College. Pate’s lone catch netted two yards in their second straight win.
Stillman freshman defensive lineman Kevon Rembert (Linden High School) recorded two tackles in the win over Lane on Saturday.
Stillman freshman linebacker Clydarryl Smith (Greene County High School) saw action in the linebacker rotation and on special teams in last week’s win at Lane College.
Tennessee-Martin senior defensive lineman Darrin Nalls (Fayette County High School) started at defensive end in the loss to Eastern Kentucky on Saturday. Nalls had three tackles, one tackle for loss (minus-3 yards) and one quarterback pressure.
Alabama-Birmingham redshirt freshman linebacker Tevin Crews (Bibb County High School) saw action in the linebacker rotation and recorded one tackle in the Blazers 49-42 loss to Tulsa at Legion Field last Saturday.
UAB senior outside linebacker Greg Irvin (Demopolis High School) recorded eight tackles in the Blazers’ 49-42 loss to Tulsa last Saturday at Legion Field. Irvin has recorded 16 tackles in the last two games and is averaging eight tackles per game this season for the Blazers.
UAB senior defensive back Cornelius Richards (Tuscaloosa County High School) started at cornerback and recorded five tackles in the 49-42 loss to Tulsa.
UAB sophomore defensive lineman Diaheem Watkins (Bibb County High School) started at right defensive end and recorded six tackles, one for loss (minus-4 yards), in the loss to Tulsa.
Vanderbilt senior running back Zac Stacy (Bibb County High School) and the Commodores had an open date last weekend. Stacy is the team’s leading rusher with 46 rushing attempts for 341 yards and one touchdown in four games this season. He is averaging 7.4 yards per carry and 85.2 yards per game. He is eighth in the Southeastern Conference in rushing. Stacy also has two receptions for 52 yards.
West Alabama junior middle linebacker Ben Brooks (Sumter County High School) came off the bench for the first time this season and recorded two tackles, one for loss (minus-1 yard), in the Tigers’ 24-20 win at West Georgia on Saturday.
Western Kentucky junior linebacker Chuck Franks (Fayette County High School) saw action as backup linebacker and on special teams in the Hilltoppers’ 26-13 win at Arkansas State this past Saturday.
Stillman freshman setter and outside hitter Hannah Burr (American Christian Academy) recorded four kills and nine digs in the Lady Tigers’ 3-0 win over Miles on Friday.
Stillman sophomore defensive setter Bailey Braughton (Tuscaloosa County High School) led the Lady Tigers with 10 digs in the straight-sets win over Miles.
West Alabama senior wrangler Blade Elliott (Bibb County High School) suffered a sprained wrist which prevented him from scoring at the 2012 Missouri Valley College Rodeo last weekend in Marshall, Mo. Without the services of Elliott, the men’s team finished fourth in the event.
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