PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Deacon Medders, Hale County


Deacon Medders had three scoring passes and rushed for 121 yards in Hale County’s Class 2A playoff win Friday against Houston Academy. (Photo by Joel Brouwer)


Through 10 games in the regular season, Hale County’s Deacon Medders had thrown four touchdown passes. Medders threw three more  on Friday as the Wildcats earned their first AHSAA playoff win since 2000.

Medders threw scoring passes of 73 and 54 yards to Parker Dare and a 34-yarder to William Roberts to help the Wildcats beat Houston Academy 22-16 in the Class 2A playoffs.

Medders also rushed for 121 yards on 27 carries. Houston Academy scored its final touchdown and made a two-point conversion to cut the Wildcats’ lead to 22-16 with 5:04 left. During the ensuing possession, Medders ran 10 straight times and Hale County picked up four first downs and ran out the clock.

For his efforts, Medders has been chosen as The Tuscaloosa News High School Football Player of the Week.

Several other players had standout performances to garner honorable mention:

Devonte’ Simon of Pickens County rushed for 174 yards and three touchdowns and threw for 167 yards and a touchdown in a 36-13 win over Gaylesville. Simon scored on runs of 4, 44 and 90 yards and threw a 43-yard touchdown pass.

Terrance Sanders of Linden rushed for 143 yards and three touchdowns in a 53-0 win over Keith. Sanders scored on runs of 9, 18 and 66 yards.

Dallas Cockerham of Lamar County rushed for 135 yards on 29 carries, ran for a touchdown and threw for another in a 32-21 win over Samson.

Shade Pritchett of Marengo Academy rushed for 124 yards on four carries and scored two touchdowns in a 51-14 win over Chambers Academy. Pritchett scored on a 56-yard run on the first play from scrimmage and on a 47-yard run in the second quarter.

T.J. Pratt of Hubbertville rushed for 120 yards and two touchdowns in a 35-14 win over Collinsville.

Terrance “Tank” Hollingsworth of Berry rushed for 130 yards on 23 carries, threw two touchdown passes, and made six tackles and recovered a fumble in a 20-14 win over Donoho.

Jeremiah Chaney of Berry made 12 tackles, recorded 2.5 sacks and recovered a fumble in the win over Donoho.

Drew Guy of Fayette County completed 16 of 27 passes for 272 yards and a touchdown in a 17-7 win over Opp. Guy completed 12 of 14 passes for 222 yards in the second half.

Carter McGill of American Christian Academy caught five passes for 184 yards and two touchdowns in a 54-28 loss to T.R. Miller. McGill’s touchdown catches covered 66 and 19 yards.

Chance Britt of Pickens Academy rushed for 94 yards on 20 carries and scored three touchdowns in a 25-24 loss to Lakeside.

— Andrew Carroll