By Josh Bean
For the Alabama Sports Writers Association
— Fultondale senior ArDarius Stewart presented Exhibit A on Friday in his closing argument for being named Mr. Football.
The Alabama commitment scored seven touchdowns, on runs of 21, 30, 5, 6, 25, 79 and 42 yards, in a 49-28 victory over Fyffe in the second round of the Class 2A playoffs. He finished with 28 carries for 351 yards, while also completing 3-of-4 passes.
“I could go four more quarters if you want me to,” Stewart told reporters after the game.
For his performance, Stewart – who has accounted for 50 TDs this season (35 rushing, 11 passing, 2 receiving, 2 on returns) – is this week’s Alabama Sports Writers Association Offensive Player of the Week. The other finalists for the award are Brooks quarterback Skyler Beck and Edgewood quarterback Dylan Ingram.
Beck completed 21-of-32 passes for 407 yards and TD passes of 38 and 41 yards and added 10 carries for 33 yards and two rushing TDs in a 45-35 victory over Munford.
Ingram completed 18-of-28 passes for 390 yards and two TDs in a 41-29 victory over Clarke Prep in the AISA Class AA title game. He finished the season with 4,182 passing yards, making him the state single-season record-holder (for AHSAA and AISA) by amassing less than 100 yards more than Cullman’s Tyler Caldwell had in 2008.
The ASWA Defense/Special Teams Player of the Week is Muscle Shoals’ Blake Logan. He kicked a pair of 32-yard field goals, including the game-winner with 5:45 to play, and sealed the win in the closing seconds with an interception, as top-ranked Muscle Shoals edged Pinson Valley 22-21.
The Defense/Special Teams finalists are Charles Henderson’s Quay Mays and Tuscaloosa Academy’s Kyle Andrews.
Mays recovered two fumbles (one at the 22, the other at the 6) early in the fourth quarter, leading to the only scores in the Trojans’ 13-0 victory over Central of Clay County. Andrews blocked an extra point with 2:49 remaining to preserve a 27-26 victory over Lee-Scott in the AISA Class AAA title game.
Josh Bean is the prep sports managing producer for the Alabama Media Group.