WEST ALABAMA HEROES: McCollum racks up 13 tackles for Benedict


Kelvin McCollum, who signed with Benedict in February out of Sumter Central, was going to redshirt, but injuries have pressed him into action. He has 19 tackles in two games. (Photo by Dusty Compton)


TUSCALOOSA | Here is how some former Tuscaloosa-area high school athletes now competing at the collegiate level fared last week:

 

Football

 

Alabama freshman defensive lineman Darren Lake (Sumter Central High School) saw action in the 42-10 win at Missouri on Saturday.

Alabama sophomore defensive back Vinnie Sunseri (Northridge High School) recorded three tackles, one interception and one pass breakup in the Crimson Tide’s win at Missouri. In the first quarter, Sunseri intercepted a Missouri pass at midfield that led to a 3-yard touchdown run by Eddie Lacy that put the Crimson Tide in front 14-0.

Alabama senior tight end Michael Williams (Pickens County High School) started his sixth game of the season and had a 17-yard reception in the win at Missouri.

Alabama State freshman free safety Najee Bright (Linden High School) played in his second game of the season this past Saturday in the Hornets’ 37-34 loss to Jackson State. He recorded one tackle against the Tigers.

Alabama State junior linebacker Maurice Tate (Linden High School) recorded two tackles in the Hornets’ 37-34 loss to Jackson State. For the season, Tate has 25 tackles, one fumble return (47 yards) and one tackle for loss (minus-1 yard) in seven games.

Benedict freshman linebacker Kelvin McCollum (Sumter Central High School) appeared headed for a redshirt season after sitting out the first five games. As the Tigers (0-7) struggled on defense and battled injuries, McCollum was pressed into action and played the last two games for the Tigers. McCollum had a game-high 13 tackles in last Saturday’s loss to Clark Atlanta. He made his collegiate debut against Stillman on Oct. 4 and recorded six tackles in the loss to the Tigers. He has 19 tackles, 2½ for loss (minus-9 yards).

Benedict freshman linebacker LaMarcus Hudson (Sumter Central High School) also did not see action the first five games but has been a force the last two weeks. Hudson had two tackles and one sack (minus-11 yards) in last week’s loss at Clark Atlanta. He made his collegiate debut Oct. 4 at Stillman and recorded seven tackles, 3½ for loss, two sacks , one forced fumble and one fumble return (4 yards).

Birmingham-Southern sophomore offensive lineman Michael Ferguson (Northside High School) started at right guard in the Panthers’ 30-21 home loss to Trinity (Texas) College this past Saturday. Ferguson anchored an offensive line that saw Birmingham-Southern (5-2) roll up 399 yards in the loss.

Birmingham-Southern sophomore offensive lineman Allen Scogin (Tuscaloosa Academy) saw action as the backup center in the Panthers’ home loss to Trinity (Texas) College. BSC averaged 6.3 yards per play.

Chattanooga sophomore defensive lineman Toyvain Brand (Hillcrest High School) started at defensive tackle and helped the Mocs to a 31-10 win over rival Furman. Although he did not have a tack, Brand recovered a fourth-quarter fumble that stopped a Furman drive with the Mocs holding a 24-10 lead.

Concordia College of Selma offensive lineman Nicholas Ruffin (Greene County High School) has seen action as a backup this season. Concordia is 3-2.

Delta State offensive lineman Andre Lucious (Tuscaloosa County High Schools) started at left guard in the Statesmen’s 33-24 win over West Georgia at Parker-McCool Field in Cleveland, Miss., this past Saturday. Delta State (3-3, 1-1 Gulf South) scored 20 points in the fourth quarter to erase a 17-13 deficit. Lucious help DSU pile up 438 yards.

East Central Community College sophomore receiver/quarterback Brock Hall (Paul W. Bryant High School) completed 7 of 11 passes for 159 yards and two touchdowns as the Warriors blanked Mississippi Delta Community College 31-0 last Saturday. He fired a 32-yard touchdown pass to Kyle Koch to give the Warriors a 14-0 lead in the second quarter. Hall added a 28-yard touchdown strike to Ricky Hunt to give ECCC a 21-0 halftime lead. He had a 49-yard pass to Hunt that set up a third-quarter score.

ECCC defensive tackle Martaze Jackson (Demopolis High School) helped the Warriors to 31-0 win over Mississippi Delta Community College last Saturday. It was the first shutout by the Warriors since a 26-0 win over East Mississippi in 2005.

ECCC offensive lineman Remund Jackson (Tuscaloosa County High School) played as a backup in the Warriors’ 31-0 win over Mississippi Delta.

ECCC offensive lineman Paul Kirkman (Tuscaloosa County High School) played as abackup in the Warriors’ win over Mississippi Delta.

ECCC defensive lineman Vodrick Lucious (Tuscaloosa County High School) saw action in the Warriors’ 31-0 win over Mississippi Delta. ECCC limited the Trojans to 159 total yards, including zero passing yards.

Faulkner freshman running back De’Marko Hall (Pickens County High School) scored the game-tying touchdown on a 31-yard run in the second quarter as the Eagles rallied for a 42-14 win over Cumberland (Tenn.) College. Faulkner (5-2, 3-0 Mid-South) trailed 14-0 after the first quarter but scored three second-quarter touchdowns to take control of the game. Hall ran 31 yards for the game-tying score with 12:20 left in the first half. Hall had four rushing attempts for 32 yards and one touchdown. He added two receptions for 35 yards.

Georgia Military College freshman linebacker Nate Carter (Central High School) had eight tackles, including six solo stops, in a 50-24 loss to Nassau Community College on Saturday.

Iowa Wesleyan College freshman offensive lineman Ja’Korey Walker (Fayette County High School) earned his sixth start at left guard in the Tigers’ 23-14 loss to No. 15 St. Ambrose.

Jackson State senior defensive lineman Jamal Carter (Livingston High School) saw action as the backup defensive tackle in the Tigers’ 37-34 win over Alabama State this past Saturday.

Jackson State sophomore offensive lineman Danny Williams (Tuscaloosa County High School) saw action as a backup tackle in the Tigers’ 37-34 win over Alabama State. JSU (3-4, 3-2 SWAC) used a balanced attack to post 533 yards in the win over ASU. The Tigers had 294 passing yards and 264 rushing yards and averaged more than 7 yards per play.

Jacksonville State sophomore offensive lineman Max Holcombe (Hillcrest High School) started at center in the Gamecocks’ 31-28 loss to Eastern Illinois. He anchored an offensive line that paved the way for 463 total yards, an average of 5.6 yards per play.

Jacksonville State sophomore running back DaMarcus James (Demopolis High School) had 11 rushing attempts for 52 yards in the Gamecocks’ 31-28 loss at Eastern Illinois before leaving the game in the second quarter with an injury. James is expected to return this week against Tennessee State.

Jones County Community College receiver Roderick "Ike" Harris (Central High School) started in the Bobcats’ four-wide receiver set in the 50-14 win over Hinds Community College last Thursday. He has six catches for 47 yards this season.

Lane College freshman outside linebacker Gerald Gaines Jr. (Greene County High School) recorded two tackles in the Dragons’ 16-10 win over Point University this past Saturday.

Miles College defensive lineman James Gaines III (Greene County High School) started at right defensive end and anchored a defensive unit that recorded a shutout and limited Kentucky State to 136 total yards this past Saturday. Gaines had four tackles, one-half sack (minus-5 yards) and one quarterback pressure in the 45-0 win.

Miles College sophomore offensive linemen Aderius Hood (Greene County High School) was the starting left tackle in the Bears’ 45-0 win over Kentucky State. Miles (6-0, 4-1 SIAC) racked up 447 yards, including 347 rushing yards.

Miles College senior offensive linemen Lester Jackson Jr. (Central High School) started right guard and helped pave the way for the Bears offense that was 5 for 5 in the red zone en route to a 45-0 win over Kentucky State.

Miles College senior fullback K.C. Logan (Central High School) picked up his second rushing touchdown, scoring on a 1-yard run in the second quarter as the Bears blanked Kentucky State 45-0. Logan had five rushing attempts for 31 yards.

Mississippi State tight end Malcolm Johnson (Northridge High School) made his season debut in the Bulldogs’ 41-31 win over Tennessee this past Saturday. Johnson caught two passes for 34 yards, including a 9-yard touchdown grab with nine seconds left in the game.

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 for the Lions.

North Alabama freshman quarterback Luke Wingo (Hillcrest High School) almost led the Lions to remarkable second-half comeback this past Saturday against West Georgia. The Lions trailed 24-0 in the third quarter before Wingo directed UNA to three scoring drives of 57, 81 and 80 yards to cut the deficit to 24-21. He completed 17 of 31 passes for 227 yards and one touchdown and added an 8-yard TD run with 3:08 left in the game as UNA trimmed the lead to three points. UNA (5-2, 2-1 GSC) will host Valdosta State this Saturday in Florence.

South Alabama junior running back Ellis Hill (Hillcrest High School) saw action on special teams in the Jaguars’ 36-29 loss to Arkansas State this past Saturday.

South Alabama junior wide receiver Jared Palmer (Northridge High School) saw action in the Jaguars’ 36-29 loss to Arkansas State this past Saturday.

Stillman freshman defensive back Hudson Cain (American Christian Academy) saw action at safety and played on special teams’ in the Tigers’ 16-0 home loss to in-state rival Tuskegee last Thursday night.

Stillman sophomore receiver Raymond Coats (Paul W. Bryant High School) had his five-game streak with a least one reception come to an end in the Tigers’ 16-0 loss to in-state rival Tuskegee.

Stillman junior offensive lineman Charles Hope (Bibb County High School) was the starting left guard in the Tigers’ loss to Tuskegee last week.

Stillman junior cornerback Antonio Johnson (Hale County High School) recorded two tackles in the loss to Tuskegee last Thursday.

Stillman junior offensive lineman Derrick Miles (American Christian Academy) started at right tackle in the Tigers’ loss to Tuskegee.

Stillman freshman defensive lineman Kevon Rembert (Linden High School) had one tackle in the loss to Tuskegee.

Tennessee-Martin senior defensive lineman Darrin Nalls (Fayette County High School) was the starting defensive end in the Skyhawks’ 66-59 win over Murray State this past Saturday. Nalls recorded one tackle as the teams combined for 1,443 total yards in the shootout.

Tuskegee sophomore wide receiver Larry Cobb (Demopolis High School) recorded two catches for 31 yards in the Golden Tigers’ 16-0 road win over in-state rival Stillman last Thursday night.

Tuskegee sophomore linebacker El’ Malik Chinn (Tuscaloosa County High School) had seven tackles, two sacks (minus-18 yards), one forced fumble and one pass breakup in the win at Stillman.

Tuskegee sophomore defensive back Tyrin Thurman (Tuscaloosa County High School) saw action in the secondary in the win over Stillman.

Alabama-Birmingham redshirt freshman linebacker Tevin Crews (Bibb County High School) recorded one tackle in the Blazers’ 39-17 loss at Houston last week.

UAB senior linebacker Greg Irvin (Demopolis High School) started at Jack linebacker in the loss at Houston and recorded eight tackles, two for loss (minus-8 yards), one pass breakup and one quarterback pressure.

UAB senior defensive back Cornelius Richards (Tuscaloosa County High School) had three tackles as the Blazers’ starting cornerback in the 39-17 loss at Houston on Saturday.

UAB sophomore defensive lineman Diaheem Watkins (Bibb County High School) started at right defensive end and recorded eight tackles, one pass breakup and one quarterback pressure in the loss to Houston.

Vanderbilt senior running back Zac Stacy (Bibb County High School) recorded 102 total yards in the 31-17 home loss to Florida last Saturday. Stacy ran the ball 24 times for 86 yards and scored on a 1-yard run in the third quarter as the Commodores closed the gap to 21-14. He also caught one pass for 16 yards.

West Alabama junior middle linebacker Ben Brooks (Sumter County High School) returned to his starting spot at middle linebacker and recorded two tackles for loss (minus-7 yards) in the Tigers’ 73-6 blowout win over College of Faith last Saturday.

West Alabama freshman kicker Brandon Rivers (American Christian Academy) made his collegiate debut in the Tigers’ lopsided win over College of Faith. Rivers kicked the final extra point in the 73-6 win.

Western Kentucky junior linebacker Chuck Franks (Fayette County High School) saw action in the Hilltoppers’ 31-26 road win at Troy last Thursday night.

 

Volleyball

 

Stillman freshman setter and outside hitter Hannah Burr (American Christian Academy) led the Lady Tigers to three wins over Concordia College of Selma, Lemoyne-Owen and Lane this week. She recorded 17 digs and 15 kills in the three matches. Stillman (13-12) hosts Montevallo and Tugaloo this week.

Stillman sophomore defensive setter Bailey Braughton (Tuscaloosa County High School) recorded six digs in the Lady Tigers’ three wins over Concordia, Lemoyne-Owen and Lane this week.

 

Swimming and diving

 

Mars Hill College sophomore Hudson Tucker (Brookwood High School) recorded three first-place finishes this past weekend as the Lions swimming team split a pair of dual meets with Warren Wilson and Lenoir-Rhyne. Tucker won first place in the 50-yard backstroke (22.07 seconds), 100 freestyle (49.09) and 200 freestyle relay (1:29.70).

 

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 westalheroes@yahoo.com