By Rob Ketcham
The Cullman Times
When the season came to a close for four local teams last Friday, so too did the prep football careers of some of the most talented student-athletes in Cullman County.
Among those departing seniors were Fairview's Luke Bailey and Vinemont's Ty Jones, who both made one last appearance on the Alabama Sports Writers Association's list of “other standout performances” on Tuesday.
Cullman running back Drew Johnson, another senior, was also recognized by the state's media members for a strong showing in the first round of the playoffs.
Bailey, the winningest quarterback in school history, had a hand in all four Aggie touchdowns during a 41-27 loss to Munford. The All-State signal-caller did most of his damage on the ground, running 22 times for 177 yards and three touchdowns. He didn't disappoint through the air, either, passing for 205 yards and another score.
Jones became Cullman County's all-time single season leading rusher with 126 yards and the Eagles' lone touchdown on the road against No. 4 Lauderdale County. The bruiser finished with 2,216 yards in 11 games, breaking the mark that Hanceville's Diamond Simmons set en route to earning Class 3A Back of the Year honors in 2011.
Jones, who ended the season with a whopping 34 touchdowns, was honored by the ASWA 10 times in 11 weeks. Bailey pulled off the feat six times. Both were selected as Player of the Week finalists once during the season.
Johnson extended his prep football career at least one more week by leading Cullman to an easy 49-14 home victory over Arab. The running back accounted for 166 total yards and three touchdowns on 11 carries and one reception.
He made the most of that one catch, taking a short screen pass from Zac Crocker 33 yards to the end zone and capped off his night with a scintillating 70-yard score down the left sideline in the third quarter.
Midfield's Courtney Foy was chosen as the ASWA's Offensive Player of the week, edging out finalists Aaron Dillard and Jordan Johnson.
Foy collected a season-high 280 rushing yards, hauled in five catches for 145 yards and scored on carries of 70 and 55 yards to send Midfield past Gordo.
Dillard made the difference in Hubbertville's 42-35 upset of previously undefeated Ragland, finishing with 269 yards on 40 carries and 12 tackles on defense. His sixth and final touchdown was the game-winner with 47 seconds left.
Johnson ran for 278 yards and found the end zone on carries of 90, 3, 24, 4 and 40 yards to propel Vestavia Hills to a 44-28 triumph versus Hueytown.
Geraldine's Jake Boman was named the ASWA Defensive/Special Teams Player of the Week with three interceptions and three tackles in a 14-0 victory over Glencoe. One of those picks was returned 69 yards inside the 10, setting up his team's first touchdown.
Boman beat out finalists Keith Bender and Adam Harvey.
Bender had two well-timed interceptions and four tackles in Sylvania's 13-10 squeaker over Saks.
Harvey made his mark for Mountain Brook, compiling four sacks, 10 tackles (three for loss) and an 18-yard fumble return for a touchdown in a winning effort against Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa.
Jones and Drew Johnson were also mentioned by the Alabama High School Athletic Association in its weekly release.
Aliceville's Jeremy McMullen was awarded the AHSAA's playoff spotlight for Round 1 with 40 carries 327 yards and five touchdowns to eliminate Elba, the defending 2A state champ.
% The ASWA's Josh Bean and AHSAA's Ron Ingram contributed to this report.