Hubbertville's Dillard named Player of the Week


Hubbertville's Aaron Dillard rushed for 244 yards on 17 carries and scored five touchdowns as the Lions defeated Spring Garden 42-18 in the second round of the AHSAA Class 1A playoffs.


Led by Aaron Dillard, the Hubbertville Lions achieved a milestone for head coach Lamar Harris, who is in his 36th season.

Dillard rushed for 244 yards on 17 carries and scored five touchdowns as the Lions defeated Spring Garden 42-18 in the second round of the AHSAA Class 1A playoffs. Dillard, who scored on runs of 46, 9, 17, 51 and 38 yards, also went 6-for-6 on extra-point kicks. Hubbertville, which will play at Marion County Friday, advanced to the third round for the first time in Harris’ tenure as coach.

Dillard boosted his season totals to 2,253 rushing yards and 30 touchdowns. Dillard earned High School Football Player of the Week honors from The Tuscaloosa News.

Several other players had standout performances to garner honorable mention:

Junior Jaevon Walton rushed for 58 yards on 18 carries and scored two touchdowns as Tuscaloosa Academy won its first AISA football championship with a 27-26 victory over Lee-Scott Academy in the Class AAA final. He made nine solo tackles and was in on one assist. On the last play of the third quarter, Walton recorded a 12-yard sack and forced a fumble that teammate Terrell Bush returned 53 yards for a TD.

Devonte Simon, a quarterback and defensive back, intercepted three passes, scoring a touchdown on an 80-yard return, as Pickens County defeated Cedar Bluff 34-0 in the AHSAA Class 1A playoffs.

Jermarcus Brown rushed for 286 yards and a 93-yard touchdown in Pickens County’s win over Cedar Bluff.

Marcellus Redmond scored on runs of 45 and 63 yards and threw a 42-yard touchdown pass in Fayette County’s 34-6 win over W.S. Neal in the AHSAA Class 3A playoffs. Redmond had 142 yards on 12 carries and was 5 of 6 passing for 83 yards.

Terrance "Tank" Hollingsworth rushed for 251 yards on 27 carries and scored on runs of 42 and 2 yards in Berry’s 44-14 Class 1A playoff win over Hackleburg. Berry qualified for the third round of the playoffs for the first time.

Maken Potter of Berry scored three touchdowns, intercepted a pass and made eight tackles in the playoff win over Hackleburg.

Dallas Cockerham ran for 134 yards on 29 carries and threw a touchdown pass in Lamar County’s 41-19 win over G.W. Long in the AHSAA Class 2A playoffs.