West Alabama Heroes: Sunseri, Williams help Tide roll in Knoxville


Alabama's Vinnie Sunseri takes out Tennessee wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson Saturday in Knoxville. (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 sophomore defensive back Vinnie Sunseri (Northridge High School) was the second-leading tackler in the Crimson Tide’s 44-13 win at Tennessee on Saturday night in Knoxville. Sunseri had six tackles and one tackle for loss (-5) as the Crimson Tide beat the Volunteers for the sixth straight year.

Alabama senior tight end Michael Williams (Pickens County High School) had two catches for six yards in the Crimson Tide’s 44-13 win over Tennessee on Saturday. Williams had a 1-yard touchdown reception from quarterback A.J. McCarron with 6:55 left in the first half to give the Crimson Tide a 20-3 lead.

Vanderbilt senior running back Zac Stacy (Bibb County High School) became the Commodores all-time leading rusher in the 17-13 win over Auburn on Saturday at Vanderbilt Stadium in Nashville. Stacy had 27 rushing attempts for 169 yards and one touchdown in the win over the Tigers. He also caught two passes for 24 yards in the win. His 27-yard run in the fourth quarter broke Frank Mordica's previous school mark of 2,632 rushing yards from 1976-79. Stacy, who also holds the Commodores' single-season rushing record, has 2,670 yards. His 2-yard touchdown run with 7:34 left in the third quarter put the Commodores ahead to stay with a 17-10 lead.

Alabama State freshman free safety Najee Bright (Linden High School) has played in two games this season and recorded one tackle for the Hornets. ASU (4-3) had an open date last weekend.

Alabama State junior linebacker Maurice Tate (Linden High School) has 17 tackles in seven games this season for the Hornets. He has also added one fumble return (47 yards) and one tackle for loss (-1 yard). ASU (4-3) had an open date last weekend and is preparing to take on in-state rival Alabama A&M this Saturday in the 71st Magic City Classic at Legion Field.

Alcorn State senior defensive tackle John Hughes (Northridge High School) has four tackles in two games this season for the Braves.

Benedict freshman linebacker Kelvin McCollum (Sumter Central High School) had another standout game on defense as he helped lead the Tigers to their first win of the season with a 39-26 victory over Morehouse College on Saturday in Columbia, S.C. Benedict 1-7, 1-4 SIAC) outscored Morehouse 24-13 in a 37-point fourth quarter. McCollum had six tackles, one tackle for loss (-2 yards) and one forced fumble in the win.

Benedict freshman linebacker LaMarcus Hudson (Sumter Central High School) recorded four solo tackles in the Tigers 39-26 win over Morehouse College on Saturday in Columbia, S.C. It was Benedict’s first win of the 2012 season.

Birmingham Southern sophomore defensive end Hunter Mims (Northside High School) saw action on special teams in the Panthers 31-19 loss to Sewanee in the 2012 home finale on Saturday. BSC (5-3) has lost its last three games.

Chattanooga sophomore defensive lineman Toyvain Brand (Hillcrest High School) had two tackles as the starting defensive tackle in the Mocs 20-13 home win over Samford on Saturday.

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

Delta State offensive lineman Andre Lucious (Tuscaloosa County High School) started at left guard in the Statesmen’s 59-41 loss at Valdosta State on Saturday. The teams combined for 100 points and 1,079 yards in the shootout. Lucious helped the DSU offense rack up 455 yards and 6.7 yards per play in the loss.

East Central Community College sophomore receiver Brock Hall (Paul W. Bryant High School) accounted for 178 total yards in the Warriors 37-7 loss to Pearl River Community College last Thursday night. Hall completed 9-of-26 passes for 139 yards with no touchdowns and three interceptions. He also ran the ball 10 times for 39 yards.

East Central Community College defensive tackle Martaze Jackson (Demopolis High School) was the second-leading tackler with six stops, including three tackles for loss, in the Warriors 37-7 loss at Pearl River CC last Thursday night.

East Central Community College offensive lineman Remund Jackson (Tuscaloosa County High School) played on the second team offensive line in the Warriors loss at Pearl River CC.

East Central Community College offensive lineman Paul Kirkman (Tuscaloosa County High School) played on the second team offensive line in the Warriors 37-7 loss to Peal River CC.

East Central Community College defensive lineman Vodrick Lucious (Tuscaloosa County High School) saw action in the Warriors loss at Pearl River CC last Thursday night.

East Central Community College sophomore receiver Keivondre Watford (Central High School) had two catches for 43 yards in the Warriors loss to Pearl River last Thursday night.

Faulkner College freshman running back De’Marko Hall (Pickens County High School) had only three rushing attempts for five yards in the Eagles 33-21 loss at Bethel College this past Saturday in McKenzie, Tenn.

Georgia Military College freshman linebacker Nate Carter (Central High School) recorded five solo tackles in the Bulldogs 24-13 win over Atlanta Sports Academy on Saturday.

Iowa Wesleyan College freshman offensive lineman Ja’Korey Walker (Fayette County High School) earned his seventh start of the season in the Tigers thrilling 66-65 win over Waldorf College on Saturday at Mapleleaf Stadium. The two teams combined for 131 points and 1,086 yards in the game. Iowa Wesleyan and Waldorf scored a combined 41 points in the second quarter as the Tigers led 41-24 at halftime. Walker anchored an offensive line that helped the Tigers rack up 583 total yards and more than eight yards per play.

Jackson State senior defensive lineman Jamal Carter (Livingston High School) saw action as the backup defensive tackle in the Tigers 14-7 overtime win over Mississippi Valley State on Saturday. After JSU had taken a 14-7 lead in overtime, Carter sealed the win with a forced fumble and subsequent recovery at the Tigers 19-yard line on MVSU’s second play in overtime. In addition, Carter finished with two tackles, including one tackle for loss (-5 yards).

Jacksonville State sophomore offensive lineman Max Holcombe (Hillcrest High School) started at center for the seventh time this season in the Gamecocks 20-17 overtime win over previously undefeated Tennessee State on Saturday at Paul Snow Memorial Stadium in Jacksonville. The Gamecocks (4-3, 3-2 OVC) piled up 353 total yards in the win over the Tigers.

Jones County Community College receiver Roderick “Ike” Harris (Central High School) started in the Bobcats four-wide receiver set in the 34-0 win over Southwest Mississippi Community College. He had two catches for 30 yards and one touchdown in the win.

Miles College defensive lineman James Gaines III (Greene County High School) started at right defensive end and recorded five tackles, one sack (-5 yards), one pass breakup and one quarterback pressure in a 38-20 loss to Lane College on Saturday.

Miles College sophomore offensive linemen Aderius Hood (Greene County High School) was the starting left tackle in the Bears 38-20 loss to Lane College on Saturday.

Miles College senior offensive linemen Lester Jackson, Jr., (Central High School) started at right guard in the Golden Bears 38-20 loss against Lane College.

Miles College senior fullback K.C. Logan (Central High School) had three rushing attempts for five yards in the loss to Lane College on Saturday.

North Alabama freshman quarterback Luke Wingo (Hillcrest High School) made his first start of the season and accounted for 312 total yards and two touchdowns in the Lions 38-23 loss at West Georgia on Saturday. Wingo had 13 rushing attempts for 86 yards and one touchdown including 1-yard run that gave UNA a 7-0 lead in the first quarter. He completed 17-of-35 passes for 226 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions.

South Alabama junior running back Ellis Hill (Hillcrest High School) saw action on special teams in the Jaguars 37-34 double-overtime win over Florida Atlantic. It was the school’s first-ever Sun Belt Conference win.

South Alabama junior wide receiver Jared Palmer (Northridge High School) had a 1-yard reception in the Jaguars 37-24 double-overtime win over Florida Atlantic on Saturday in Mobile.

South Alabama junior wide receiver Corey Waldon (Central High School) saw action at receiver and on special teams in the Jaguars 37-34 double-overtime win over Florida Atlantic.

Stillman freshman defensive back Hudson Cain (American Christian Academy) saw action at safety and played on special teams in the Tigers 35-17 home loss to Fort Valley State on Saturday.

Stillman sophomore receiver Raymond Coats (Paul W. Bryant High School) saw action in the receiver rotation but did not have a reception in the Tigers loss to Fort Valley State.

Stillman junior offensive lineman Charles Hope (Bibb County High School) was the starting left guard in the Tigers loss to Fort Valley State on Saturday.

Stillman junior offensive lineman Derrick Miles (American Christian Academy) started a right tackle in the Tigers loss to Fort Valley State on Saturday.

Tennessee-Martin senior defensive lineman Darrin Nalls (Fayette County High School) saw action as a backup defensive tackle in the Skyhawks 27-17 win over Southeast Missouri State on Saturday. He did not record a tackle in the win.

Tuskegee sophomore wide receiver Larry Cobb (Demopolis High School) was the Golden Tigers leading receiver with two catches for 67 yards, including a 57-yarder, in the 37-0 win over Kentucky State on Saturday.

Tuskegee sophomore linebacker El Malik Chinn (Tuscaloosa County High School) recorded three tackles and one tackle for loss (-1 yard) in the 37-0 win over Kentucky State. It was Tuskegee’s second straight shutout. The Tigers lead the SIAC Conference and rank second among NCAA Division II schools in scoring defense. The Golden Tigers have allowed just 10.43 points per game through seven games. Indiana (Penn.) leads all Division II teams in scoring defense (9.75 average) this year.

Tuskegee sophomore defensive back Tyrin Thurman (Tuscaloosa County High School) saw action in the secondary in the Golden Tigers 37-0 shutout win over Kentucky State last Saturday.

UAB redshirt freshman linebacker Tevin Crews (Bibb County High School) saw action in the linebacker rotation and 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 to East Carolina and recorded seven tackles for the Blazers.

Western Kentucky junior linebacker Chuck Franks (Fayette County High School) saw action as backup linebacker in the Hilltoppers 43-42 overtime loss at UL Monroe on Saturday.

Cross County

Alabama freshman distance runner Analisa Patrick (American Christian Academy) posted a time of 18:35.60 for the Crimson Tide in the Crimson Classic last week in Tuscaloosa.

Volleyball

Stillman freshman setter and outside hitter Hannah Burr (American Christian Academy) recorded 14 aces, one kill and one dig in the loss at Montevallo on Oct. 17.

Swimming and Diving

Rice freshman Cora McKenzie (Tuscaloosa Academy) opened her collegiate career with a pair of first-place finishes in the Owls first dual meet against Kansas recently in Houston. McKenzie won the 100-yard freestyle (51.59) and 200-yard freestyle (1:35.31) for the Owls. She was fourth in the 100-yard butterfly (58.00) and 200-yard freestyle (1:53.16). The Owls next home meet is Oct. 26-27 at the Rice Invitational against Houston and Incarnate Word.

Mars Hill College sophomore Hudson Tucker (Brookwood High School) recorded four first-place finishes in a dual-meet win over Milligan and King this past weekend. Tucker won the 100-butterfly, 100-backstroke and 100-freestyle, while racing on the 400-freestyle relay team. Mars Hill defeated Milligan 92-30 and King 99-20.

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