2011 spring football round-upPublished 5:00pm Thursday, May 26, 2011
As spring practices and games have officially concluded for 2011, local high schools now turn their focus to summer workouts and the kick off of the 2011 football season. Through out Tallapoosa and Coosa Counties, numerous players return to already set rosters, while new players are looking to make their mark in 2011. Below are the results, rundowns and player analysis of all the local high schools through their 2011 spring games:
Benjamin Russell Wildcats (6A)
RESULT: 16-7 loss to visiting Opelika.
RUN DOWN: Behind a strong showing from the Opelika defensive line, the Wildcats only managed to accumulate 77 yards of total offense, while the BRHS defense held a potent Opelika offense, led by QB Calvin Bryant, to only 16 points.
FAMILIAR FACE: LB Tabias Russell (Soph.): Russell anchored the Wildcat defense with eight tackles against the Bulldogs as he returns to the middle of the BRHS defense.
SPRING EMERGENCE: TE Ja’Derrick Harrell (Sr.): Harrell had 24 receiving yards to lead the Wildcats. Harrell looks to be a consistent target for BRHS QB Bryant Horn.
Dadeville Tigers (4A)
RESULT: 14-14 tie with visiting Russell Co.
RUN DOWN: The Dadeville varsity team managed to defeat the Russell Co. varsity team in the last play of the third quarter with a catch by tight end Darrion Hutcherson. The game marked the beginning of QB Kaleb Beck’s reign under center.
FAMILIAR FACE: TE Darrion Hutcherson (Sr.): The Auburn University commit had 30 yards receiving throughout the three varsity quarters, including a game tying touchdown catch in the final play of the third quarter.
SPRING EMEGENCE: WR Terry Toler (Jr.): Toler has emerged as a deep play threat for the Tigers, getting DHS on the board in the first quarter against RCHS with a 33-yard touchdown catch on his way to 48 receiving yards for the game.
Central-Coosa Cougars (3A)
RESULT: 14-12 loss to Montgomery Catholic.
RUN DOWN: After what head coach Rick Cahalane said was the best offensive performance since he took the helm, the Cougars managed to stay competitive throughout the game and could have possibly tied the game were it not for CCHS choosing not to kick extra point attempts.
FAMILIAR FACE: RB Quan Benson (Jr.): Benson led CCHS in rushing throughout the spring game and looks to return to anchor the Cougars backfield after a successful sophomore season.
SPRING EMERGENCE: TE Trey Birmingham (Fresh.): The 6’2″ 180 lb. Birmingham, who played in the spring game as an eighth-grader, managed to lead the Cougars in receiving vs. Montgomery Cath. and will be called upon to do the same throughout the 2011 season.
Horseshoe Bend Generals (2A)
RESULT: 33-12 win vs. Victory Christian.
RUN DOWN: The Generals scored 33 unanswered points through the first three quarters before VCS managed to score two touchdowns in the later minutes of the fourth quarter.
FAMILIAR FACE: QB Chase Cheaney (Jr.): Cheaney looked strong in the spring game, throwing for 212 yards on 19-of-24 passing as he continues to settle into the spread offense for the Generals.
SPRING EMERGENCE: RB Chad Moore (Sr.): Moore ran for over 50 yards on only five carries for the Generals as he looks to fill the void left by last years talented RB Brandon Thomas.
Reeltown Rebels (2A)
RESULT: 14-0 win vs. LaFayette, 28-0 win vs. Loachapoka.
RUN DOWN: In a jamboree that featured LaFayette and Loachapoka, the Rebels once again showed why they look to continue to be a force in 2A, as they didn’t allow a touchdown.
FAMILIAR FACE: RB Tywone Stewart (Jr.): Stewart returns as the feature back after the loss of KiShawn Powell and appears to have not missed a beat, leading the Rebels in rushing in both spring games.
SPRING EMERGENCE: QB Cody Spivey (Soph.): Spivey looks to take the reigns under center in 2011 and appears to be moving right along, directing the RHS offense to 32 points in two games.
Lyman Ward Rangers (AISA)
RESULT: 36-12 loss to Flint River Academy (Ga.).
RUN DOWN: Flint River jumped out to an early 18-0 lead before the Rangers managed to cut the score the 18-12 going into halftime. LWMA pulled their varsity players halfway through the third quarter which took the score to 36-12.
FAMILIAR FACE: RB DeWayne Pritchett (Sr.): Pritchett ran for 74 yards on 8 carries in the spring game and will be called upon to lead the Rangers on both the offensive and defensive sides of the ball.
SPRING EMERGENCE: OL Justin Tart (Soph.): The 6’3” 255 lb. offensive lineman opened up the Flint River defensive front, allowing Pritchett to get into open field. Tart and the rest of the offensive line are expected to due well heading into summer workouts.