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Photo: Gadsden City’s Ty Sims (left) and Dre Kirkpatrick, Jr. tackle Mae Jemison’s Darreon Taylor during the Titans’ 42-13 victory in high school football on Oct. 13 at GCHS. (Chris McCarthy/Messenger)

Several local football players were recognized in the Alabama High School Athletic Association’s Prep Spotlight for the Week of Oct 13.
Gadsden City senior scored Dre Kirkpatrick, Jr., scored three touchdowns – one receiving, one on a punt return and one on a pick-six – to help the Titans post a 42-13 victory over Mae Jemison. Kirkpatrick caught a 26-yard touchdown pass, returned a punt 55 yards for a touchdown and returned an interceptions 85 yards for a touchdown.
Coosa Christian junior quarterback John Davis Justus finished with 353 combined yards and six touchdowns in the Conquerors’ 94-6 win over Cedar Bluff. He was 13 for 23 in passing for 243 yards and three touchdowns while rushing for 110 yards and three TDs on nine carries.
Coosa Christian junior Clete O’Bryant finished with 12 tackles, including six for a loss, along with a forced fumble and a fumble recovery in the Conquerors’ 94-6 win over Cedar Bluff.
Coosa Christian sophomore Cade Mickler had 10 tackles with three for a loss, three sacks, two forced fumbles and a blocked punt returned for a touchdown in the Conquerors’ 94-6 win over Cedar Bluff.
Coosa Christian senior Jadan Burns kicked a 33-yard field goal and was a perfect 12-for-12 on extra points in the Conquerors’ 94-6 win over Cedar Bluff.
West End senior Rock Sainsbury rushed for 277 yards on 20 carries in the Patriots’ 44-24 win over Holly Pond.
Sardis senior Blaze Gerhart finished with 210 combined yards in the Lions’ 41-21 loss to Scottsboro. Gerhart rushed 21 times for 156 yards and caught three passes for 54 yards.
Sardis sophomore Levi Martin had 19 tackles in the game.
Hokes Bluff sophomore Drew McCarver had 13 tackles and an interception in the Eagles’ 35-6 victory over Ohatchee. Senior Colton Shields contributed 12 tackles and two sacks.

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