Sunday, October 20, 2019






Pleasant Grove Linebacker Rodney Groce Leads Spartans to Impressive Shutout over Wenonah

AHSAA Defensive Spotlight for Week 6

MONTGOMERY – Pleasant Grove High School senior inside linebacker Rodney Groce had 10 tackles, including three sacks, to lead the Spartans to a 21-0 shutout over Wenonah last week.
   The 6-foot-2, 210-pound senior earned the AHSAA Defensive Spotlight for Week 6 in the process.
    Coach Darrell LaBeaux’s Spartans (5-1) improved to 3-1 in Class 5A, Region 4 with the important region win. Pleasant Grove’s defense limited Wenonah to just five first downs and only allowed the Dragons into Spartans territory twice all night. Groce, a University of Nebraska verbal commitment, got plenty of help from his teammates. Fellow linebackers Elijah Thomas and Tyvese Harrison had nine tackles each with three sacks between them.
Rodney Groce played a heck of a game,” LeBeaux told reporter Anton Williams. Harrison and Thomas also played great. When they play like that, we are a pretty good team."
      Pleasant Grove hosts John Carroll Catholic in another region contest Friday.
     Other outstanding defensive efforts reported were:

CAMERON INLOW, HOUSTON COUNTY: Had three interceptions and six tackles as the Lions beat Barbour County 67-30.
TAMARDREON PURNELL, MONTEVALLO: Returned an interception 99 yards for a touchdown with the Bulldogs clinging to a 56-50 lead in the final minute of the fourth quarter to give Montevallo a 62-50 victory over West Blocton. He finished with two interceptions and four tackles.

DYLAN CREECH, GENEVA: Totaled 17 tackles, including two for losses, in the Panthers' 32-27 win over Straughn.
NOAH LINVILLE, SCOTTSBORO: The junior rover had 15 tackles and teammates A.J. Widgeon and Cameron Whited had 11 and 10 stops, respectively, in the Wildcats’ 20-7 loss to Madison County.
JORDAN SAMPSON, GOSHEN: Had 12 tackles, with four resulting in losses, in a 27-26 loss to Luverne. Teammate Markel Avery had 11 stops with three behind the line.
TARIQ RUSSELL, DALE COUNTY: Accounted for 12 tackles in the Warriors’ Tariq Russell, Dale County: Russell had 12 tackles in a Dale County 37-22 win over Booker T. Washington.

ANTOINE WILLIAMS, PINSON VALLEY: The defensive lineman had 4.5 tackles, 1.5 sacks and 2 tackles for loss in a 21-0 victory over previously unbeaten Gardendale, anchoring a defense that allowed only 46 yards of total offense to the Rockets.

DEWAYNE JONES, MIDFIELD: Intercepted two passes, including one returned 65 yards for a TD, and ran six times for 73 yards and a touchdown in a 36-12 victory over Hanceville.

MYLES WALLER, MIDFIELD: Had 12 tackles and two sacks in a 36-12 victory over Hanceville.

JAYLON BARRETT, AUSTIN: Returned an interception 82 yards for a touchdown in a 24-21 loss to Sparkman in a battle of Class 7A, Region 8 unbeaten teams.

KORY CHAPMAN, HOOVER: Returned an interception 37 yards for a touchdown and teammate Josh Smith had had a 46-yard pick for a touchdown as the Bucs beat Tuscaloosa County 44-7. Chapman also recovered a Wildcats fumble.
RAPHAEL WILLIAMS, BARBOUR COUNTY: Returned an interception 90 yards for a touchdown in the Jaguars’ 67-30 loss to Houston County.
MILLER McCARTHY, ALABAMA CHRISTIAN: Had 10 tackles in the Eagles’ 28-22 win over Headland.

GREYSON HOOKS, FAIRHOPE: Had two of the Pirates’ four interceptions as Fairhope beat Baker 26-6.
ELI COBERN, BILLINGSLEY: Recorded nine tackles and two sacks as the Bears (4-2) won their fourth straight game with a 25-6 win over Wadley.


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