It may have been a loss to one of their biggest rivals, but folks in Leroy can’t stop talking about the game wide receiver Sammie Coates had against Jackson last Friday.
Coates, who is committed to Auburn, shredded the Jackson defense for 192 yards and three touchdowns on seven catches. He had touchdown catches of 99, 14 and 26 yards, and added a 2-yard touchdown run.
“He had a couple of really good catches when he was covered and just went up and took the football,” Leroy coach Danny Powell said. “He made a couple of good moves in the open field on some short balls. Of course, he had the 99-yarder that was something super.
“He was stumbling and caught it and regained his balance and went all the way. He had a big-time game against an outstanding defense. I don’t think they’ve given up over one touchdown when their first team is playing.”
Jackson, which is ranked No. 1 in Class 4A jumped out to an early 21-0 lead on three straight turnovers by Leroy, which is ranked No. 1 in Class 2A. But Coates led Leroy back within striking distance until a late fourth quarter drive was halted on an interception.
“It was an exciting football game,” Powell said. “We kind of shot ourselves in the foot early but after that we played good football.”
Coates now has 18 receptions for 433 yards and seven touchdowns. He’s also rushed two times for 25 yards and a touchdown and returned three punts for 76 yards.
Leroy (4-1) hosts Mobile Christian this Friday.
“It will be a big Region game for us. They are 4-1 also and undefeated in the Region,” Powell said.
Defensive lineman Angelo Blackson, Red Lion Christian Academy: Blackson didn’t play this week after John Carroll School forfeited. Red Lion is now looking for an opponent for this Friday after Episcopal Academy called and cancelled their scheduled game.
On the season, Blackson has seven tackles (5 solo), three tackles-for-loss, two sacks, one forced fumble, one recovered fumble and two quarterback hurries.
Red Lion (2-0) does not have a game scheduled for Friday.
Wide receiver Jaylon Denson, Hoover High School: Denson had six catches for 96 yards and a touchdown to lead Hoover to a 33-12 win over previously unbeaten Gadsden City.
On the season, Denson has 21 receptions for 369 yards and four touchdowns, and one run for 20 yards. He’s also completed one pass for three yards.
Hoover (5-0) hosts Pelham Friday.
Center Reese Dismukes, Spanish Fort High School: Dismukes graded 87 percent with seven knockdown blocks to lead Spanish Fort to a 28-0 win over Baldwin County.
Dismukes has 47 knockdown blocks and one outstanding block on the season.
Spanish Fort (4-1) plays at Faith Academy Friday.
Quarterback Kiehl Frazier, Shiloh Christian Academy: Frazier was 14-of-18 for 248 yards and three touchdowns in a 48-14 win over Berryville.
On the season, Frazier has completed 50-of-80 passes for 941 yards with 13 touchdowns and two interceptions. He’s also rushed 59 times for 421 yards and six touchdowns.
Shiloh (3-1) hosts Pea Ridge Friday.
Linebacker Justin Garrett, Tucker High School: Garrett had one tackle and one tackle-for-loss in a 45-0 win over Douglass Saturday, in a game that was delayed a day due to a power outage.
On the season, Garrett has 17 tackles and two tackles-for-loss.
Tucker (5-0) is off this week.
Cornerback Devin Gaulden, University School: Gaulden had had two tackles, one sack and two pass breakups in a 56-7 win over Inlet Grove.
On the season, Gaulden has eight tackles, one sack, three pass breakups, one forced fumble and has recovered an onside kick.
University (4-0) plays at Everglades Friday.
Defensive end Keymiya Harrell, Dallas County High School: Harrell had 10 tackles (7 solo), one sack, two quarterback hurries and one forced fumble in a 20-17 overtime loss to Greensboro.
On the season, Harrell has 24 tackles, two tackles-for-loss, two sacks, two quarterback hurries and one forced fumble. He’s carried the ball seven times for 76 yards and a touchdown, and caught three passes for 21 yards.
Dallas County (2-3) plays at Greene County Friday.
Linebacker Chris Landrum, Sweet Water High School: Landrum is out 6-8 weeks with a broken ankle suffered in week one. He had nine tackles in the first half before the injury. Sweet Water lost to Handley 41-27 last Friday.
Sweet Water (3-2) hosts Johnson Friday
Athlete Izauea Lanier, East Mississippi C.C.: Lanier is redshirting this season. EMCC beat Itawamba 37-10 last Thursday.
East Mississippi (1-3) plays at Coahoma Thursday.
Defensive lineman JaBrian Niles, Davidson High School: Niles had 11 tackles (9 solo), three tackles-for-loss, one sack and one quarterback hurry in a 25-16 loss to McGill-Toolen.
On the season, Niles has 35 tackles (22 solo), seven tackles-for-loss, one pass breakup, two sacks, one fumble recovery and 18 quarterback hurries.
Davidson (4-1) plays at Theodore Friday.
Offensive lineman Thomas O’Reilly, Pope High School: O’Reilly graded 70 percent in a 28-6 win over Osborne.
O’Reilly, who moved to center this season, graded 70, 43, 66 and 70 percent in four games.
Pope (4-0) plays at Kell Friday.
Cornerback Jonathan Rose, Leeds High School: Rose had seven tackles, one tackle-for-loss and three pass breakups in a 24-7 win over St. Clair County. Rose also carried the ball one time for 14 yards.
On the season, Rose has 29 tackles, three tackles-for-loss and 14 pass breakups. He also has six receptions for 130 yards and a touchdown, and eight carries for 130 yards and a touchdown. He’s returned a punt for 46 yards and a kickoff for 23 yards.
Leeds (5-0) hosts Central Coosa Thursday.
Safety Anthony Swain, Gadsden City High School: Swain had 11 tackles (5 solo), one tackle-for-loss and one sack in a 33-12 loss to Hoover.
On the season, Swain has 25 tackles (9 solo), one tackle-for-loss, two sacks, one pass breakup and an interception for a touchdown.
Gadsden City (4-1) hosts Clay-Chalkville Friday.
Athlete C.J. Uzomah, North Gwinnett High School: Uzomah completed 10-of-10 passes for 90 yards and two touchdowns, and rushed four times for 10 yards and a touchdown in a 45-0 win over Meadowcreek.
On the season, Uzomah has completed 34-of-39 passes for 324 yards and four touchdowns with no interceptions. He’s also rushed 27 times for 84 yards and a touchdown, and caught nine passes for 171 yards and a touchdown.
North Gwinnett (5-0) is off this week.