- Cullman, Alabama

November 6, 2013

PREP FOOTBALL: Five local players recognized by AHSAA for Week 10 performances

By Rob Ketcham
The Cullman Times

CULLMAN — Good Hope’s Jared McClure and Alex Cofer, Cold Springs’ Logan Campbell, West Point’s Bryant Farley and Hanceville’s Blake Purifoy were recognized in the “other top highlights” portion of the Alabama High School Athletic Association’s Prep Spotlight for Week 10.

McClure was one busy boy in the Raiders’ 28-18 come-from-behind victory at home over West End. The junior contributed in three different facets of the game, returning a kickoff 70 yards for one touchdown, catching a 42-yard pass for another score and racking up 96 rushing yards on just six carries.

Cofer did all his work on the defensive side for Good Hope, recording 11 tackles, including a sack and three others for loss, in the Raiders’ seventh victory of the season.

Campbell put the finishing touches on an unforgettable senior campaign with 293 total yards in Cold Springs’ 60-7 crushing of Carbon Hill. The versatile threat rushed for 202 yards and four touchdowns on 15 carries, returned one interception 50 yards and another 13, and notched 28 yards on two returns.

Campbell, who scored from 26, 60, 47 and 5 yards out, was listed in the “milestones” section because the victory improved the Eagles’ record to 6-4, clinching their first winning season since 2004.

Farley joined the club of players to pass and rush for 1,000 yards in the same season with one last stupendous performance in West Point’s 41-14 wringing of county-rival Fairview. The speedster returned a punt 72 yards to the end zone and later scored on runs of 1, 8 and 46 yards to complete a four-touchdown outing.

Purifoy played a big part in Hanceville’s eighth straight victory, a 40-21 home win against West Morgan. The junior notched two tackles for loss on fourth-down attempts and capitalized on a fumble he recovered with a 5-yard touchdown run on the ensuing drive.

Campbell, Farley and Cofer were also recognized in this week’s release by the Alabama Sports Writers Association.

The AHSAA’s Spotlight shone on Oxford running back Racean “Roc” Thomas, who turned in a school-record rushing performance with 33 carries for 417 yards and five touchdowns in a spellbinding 56-49 win over Spain Park.

Thomas, an early Auburn commit who burst on the prep scene as a freshman, scored on runs of 21, 38, 42, 65 and 85 yards for the Yellow Jackets. He also caught a pass for 11 yards.

Thomas’ career night edged out strong passing performances by Spain Park quarterback Mason Duke, Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa signal-caller Riley Nix and James Clemens’ Heath Burchfield. Ironically, all came in high-scoring but close losses.

Duke completed 32 of 55 passes for 379 yards and four touchdowns covering 21, 15, 12 and 9 yards in the 56-49 setback versus Oxford.

Nix was 22 of 29 passing for 457 yards and six touchdowns in an equally captivating 60-59 double-overtime loss to Demopolis. He added 66 rushing yards and a touchdown to roll up 523 total yards and account for seven TDs. His scoring strikes were 38, 16, 13, 88, 26 and 7 yards. His rushing touchdown was a 2-yarder.

Burchfield completed 23 of 38 passes for 452 yards and three touchdowns in a 37-34 defeat against Fort Payne.

% The AHSAA’s Ron Ingram contributed to this report.