2012 spring football round upPublished 1:14pm Thursday, May 24, 2012
This past Monday marked the official end of the spring football season, as all of the local teams experienced success in their spring competitions.
Teams grind throughout the spring and summer months to prepare themselves both mentally and physically for the 2012 football season.
Benjamin Russell Wildcats (5A)
Spring Result: BRHS Maroon topped BRHS White, 10-7.
Rundown: After playing Opelika in a spring game contest in 2011, head coach Danny Horn decided to host an intersquad game this season in order to evaluate his young talent. Both squads struggled to move the ball offensively, as BRHS’ projected starters were scattered all over the field for both teams.
Familiar face: RB Quez Alvies (Sr.): Alvies will be the main offensive threat out of the backfield in 2012 after the loss of All-Outlook tailback Mete Buckner from graduation.
Alvies looked good bursting throught the line of scrimmage when given the opportunity, and kept possession of the ball while returning punts as well.
Spring Emergence: WR/DB Ronnie Stacy (Jr.): Stacy has made his name on the basketball court for Benjamin Russell but decided to strap up the pads in his upcoming junior season.
The junior had a big hit that brought fans to their feet in the second quarter and had the White squads only touchdown reception of the game late in the fourth quarter.
Dadeville Tigers (4A)
Spring Result: Defeated Chelsea 25-21 on the road last Thursday.
Rundown: Cheslea High School will be moving into the 6A classification in 2012, as the Tigers went to play solid talent in their spring finale. Dadeville played their starting offense for the first two quarters then worked in their backups at the tailback and quarterback positions.
Familiar face: QB Kaleb Beck (Sr.): Beck threw for 83 yards and compiled his fair share of yardage on the ground for the Tigers in only two quarters. Beck led the Dadeville offensive with over 2,000 passing yards and 27 touchdowns last season and appears to be right on track for even more offensive production in 2012.
Spring Emergence: DE Anfernee Jennings (Fresh.): Jennings burst onto the scene as a freshman in spring workouts and continued to do the same in the spring game for the Tigers.
The 6-foot-4, 215 pound freshman contributed on the Tiger defensive line as an eighth grader last year and has reportedly already picked up a scholarship offer from The University of Arkansas.
Central-Coosa Cougars (3A)
Spring Result: Beat Dallas County 20-8 last Friday at home.
Rundown: In what was head coach Richard Bell’s first win as Cougars head coach, Central-Coosa appears to have taken significant strides in the 2012 spring season.
The offense scored two touchdowns in the first quarter, while adding another in the third period.
Coosa also showed some offensive expansion with two rushing touchdowns and one passing TD.
Familiar face: WR Javaris Whetstone (Sr.): The 2011 All-Outlook performer had a receiving touchdown and ran another touchdown in off of a reverse.
Whetstone will be the main offensive threat downfield for the Cougars, who will be facing some new area teams in 2012.
Spring Emergence: QB Xavier Moon (Sr.): Moon is known for his game on the hoops court but has taken the reins of the Coosa offense and apparently is ready to lead in 2012.
Moon had a touchdown pass to Whetstone in the first quarter and led the Cougar offense to 20 points, which is more or equal to their amount in eight games from last season.
Reeltown Rebels (2A)
Spring Result: Topped Loachapoka 14-0 and Lafayette 7-6 two weeks ago.
Rundown: Anyone that knows Reeltown football knows that they are going to pound the ball on the ground and stop opposing teams on the offensive front defensively.
The Rebels looked to churn out offense against two familiar foes in Loachapoka and Lafayette despite not having starting QB Cody Spivey, who remained in the baseball season for Reeltown.
Familiar face: RB Tywone Stewart (Sr.): The 2011 All-Outlook and All-State honorable mention tailback took snaps from under center, ran out of the backfield and helped return kicks in both spring victories.
Stewart will lead the Rebels offensively and looks to be in top-tier form already after suffering a high ankle sprain late last season.
Spring Emergence: LB Jestavia Norris (Sr.): Norris was on the scene last year but was over shadowed by All-State linebacker and Class 2A Lineman of the Year candidate Kemond Gauntt.
Norris will lead Reeltown defensively from his linebacker spot, a position in which Reeltown has sent two straight players to college with Shaq Roberson (UAB) in 2010 and Gauntt (Miles College) in 2011.
Norris is in the position make a name for himself in 2012.
Horseshoe Bend Generals (2A)
Spring Result: Defeated Barbour County and lost to Lanett two weeks ago.
Rundown: Horseshoe Bend didn’t have the success that they wanted in 2011 after making the playoffs in 2010.
The Generals will run their passing-based spread offense in 2012 with senior quarterback Chase Cheaney returning under center for his third season for HBHS.
The Generals, like Reeltown, will be in a new region in 2012 with the additions of private schools Prattville Christian and Montgomery Academy.
Familiar face: QB Chase Cheaney (Sr.): Cheaney has led the General offense since his sophomore season and had early success in 2011 through the air.
A knee injury slowed his pace through the middle of the season, but 2012 will be his last chance to lead HBHS back into the playoffs and even further.
Spring Emergence: LB Luke Holt (Sr.): Holt made a name for himself as an All-Outlook performer in 2011 with 106 total tackles for the Generals, however he was overshadowed by Outlook Super-12 linebacker Kyle McCollum to begin the season. Holt was known by HBHS opponents as soon as they took the field late in the season.
Holt has reportedly heard from schools at the next level and used the spring months to get stronger and more in touch with the HBHS defense for the 2012 season.
Lyman Ward Rangers (AISA)
Spring Result: Defeated Kingwood Christian 4-1 two weeks ago.
Rundown: In a 7-on-7 format, the Rangers got two touchdowns and an interception to accumulate four points and get the victory.
Familiar face: QB Dillan McMullen:
McMullen is a threat on both sides of the ball for LWMA standing at 6-foot-4. McMullen threw for a touchdown in the win over Kingwood
Spring Emergence: RB/LB Darius Fields: Fields will transfer into LWMA after a brief stint at Hoover High School.
Standing a 6-foot-2 and 250-pounds, he has the ability to single handedly win games for the Rangers in the AISA in 2012.