An Elkmont running back is The News Courier's Player of the Week after helping his team beat Clements 24-8.
Dustin Ward, Elkmont
The News Courier Player of the Week is …
Dustin Ward, Elkmont: Ward made the most of his opportunities in Elkmont’s 24-8 win over Clements Friday. The Red Devils running back may not have had the most touchdowns this week, but he averaged 11 yards per attempt and scored the game’s opening touchdown. Ward’s five carry, 55-yard effort contributed to Elkmont’s 200-plus rushing yards.
Other local standouts
Tyler McCarley, Ardmore: McCarley carried the ball 25 times for 148 yards and three touchdowns, all in the first half, in a 38-14 win over Pope John Paul II Catholic. McCarley also snagged an interception.
Zach Ellis, Ardmore
Zach Ellis, Ardmore: Ellis averaged more than eight yards per carry and added a fourth quarter touchdown to compliment McCarley. Ellis carried the ball 14 times for 115 yards and a score.
Fred Rich, Tanner
Fred Rich, Tanner: Rich scored three first-half touchdowns as Tanner jumped out to a 27-0 halftime lead over Sheffield. The senior finished with 14 carries for 108 yards and three scores as Tanner clinched the Class 2A Region 8 championship.
Hayden Stephens, Tanner
Hayden Stephens, Tanner: Stephens tacked on three more touchdowns to his tally in the win over Sheffield. The junior carried the ball 25 times for 197 yards and three scores.
Tristan Matthews, East Limestone
Tristan Matthews, East Limestone: Matthews combined with quarterback Mathew Franks to score on Muscle Shoals in the first quarter of Friday’s 42-7 loss. Matthews 44-yard touchdown catch marked the first time an opponent scored first on Class 5A’s No.1 team. Matthews recovered a fumble on the ensuing possession for East Limestone.
Caleb McConnell, West Limestone
Caleb McConnell, West Limestone: McConnell completed 14-of-22 pass attempts for 178 yards with a pair of touchdowns and an interception. The Wildcats lost 21-19 to Rogers.
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