Three area players finalists for ASWA awards
Sat. December 29, 2012 at 1:00 a.m. | By Andrew Carroll
Tuscaloosa Academy teammates Jaevon Walton and Terrell Bush and Fayette County’s JaTevin Madison have been chosen as Back or Lineman of the Year finalists by the Alabama Sports Writers Association.
Winners in each class and the Mr. Football Award winner for 2012 will be announced at the ASWA’s Player of the Year banquet, scheduled for Jan. 16 in Montgomery. The banquet is sponsored by the Alabama High School Athletic Directors and Coaches Association.
Walton, a junior running back and linebacker, was the leading rusher for Tuscaloosa Academy, which won its first AISA Class AAA championship. Bush, a 6-foot-3, 305-pound junior, started on the offensive and defensive lines. Both earned first-team All-State honors. The Knights, led by AISA Coach of the Year Robert Johnson, finished with a 13-0 record.
Madison, a junior, made the AHSAA Class 3A All-State team as a wide receiver. He helped Fayette County advance to the championship game in Auburn. The Tigers (12-3) finished as runners-up to Madison Academy.
Walton ran for two touchdowns as the Knights defeated Lee-Scott Academy of Auburn 27-26 in the Class AAA final. He recorded 10 tackles with a sack. He forced a fumble during the sack, and Bush recovered the football and scored a touchdown.
Walton, The Tuscaloosa News’ West Alabama Player of the Year, gained 1,621 yards rushing and scored 29 touchdowns. He had 87 total tackles with nine for losses. He had three sacks and caused four fumbles. Johnson said Walton was the best offensive and defensive player in the AISA.
As a defensive lineman, Bush returned two fumbles for touchdowns and recorded more than 80 tackles with five sacks. On offense he had a 92 percent blocking grade with 40 pancake blocks. Johnson said Bush was the best offensive lineman and the best defensive lineman in the AISA.
Walton and Madison were chosen for The Tuscaloosa News Super 11.
Madison, who played for coach Lance Tucker, caught 62 passes for 1,166 yards and 15 touchdowns. Madison rushed for 61 yards and a touchdown and scored two touchdowns on kickoff returns and two on punt returns.
He gained 401 yards on 16 kickoff returns, with the longest going for 83 yards. On punt returns he gained 240 yards on 12 attempts, with the longest going for 73 yards. As a defensive back he had 51 solo tackles, 13 assists and three fumble recoveries.
Fultondale quarterback ArDarius Stewart, who has committed to the University of Alabama, is a finalist for Class 2A Back of the Year. Stewart won the award for the 2011 season. Other Alabama commitments who are finalists are Huntsville lineman Grant Hill; Autauga Academy tight end O.J. Howard; and Spanish Fort defensive back Jonathan Cook. Spanish Fort defeated McAdory 45-14 to win the AHSAA Class 5A championship.
Along with Tuscaloosa Academy, schools with multiple finalists included Spanish Fort with quarterback Joel Poe and Cook; Oneonta in Class 4A with wide receiver Alvin Scott and defensive lineman Blake Bean; Midfield in Class 3A with athlete Courtney Foy and defensive lineman Torrandine Harris; and Reeltown in Class 2A with running back Tywone Stewart and defensive lineman Jestavia Norris.
McIntosh linebacker Damien Davenport in Class 1A and Dadeville defensive lineman Rod Crayton in Class 4A were Lineman of the Year finalists in 2011.
Paul Beaudry of the Alabama Sports Writers Association contributed to this report.
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