By Robert Carter
North Jefferson News
LOCUST FORK — When you score four touchdowns on four consecutive plays, people take notice.
Micah Stevens did just that for Locust Fork last Friday in their 42-22 win over Douglas. And for his efforts, Stephens was named the AHSAA Spotlight Player of the Week on Monday.
“We basically ran two different looks of the same play,” Hornets head coach Chris Musso told the AHSAA's Ron Ingram. “The first time we went to it we were trying to get the defense to change out of a set it had gone to. We scored and so when we got the ball again, it worked again.”
All four scores came within seven minutes' time in the first half, with the Hornets down 7-0 to start. Stephens first scored on a 12-yard run. On the next possession, he ran for 30 yards and a touchdown, and then did it again from the Douglas 49 after Locust Fork took the ball over on downs. His last scoring run was the longest, a 78-yard dash around right end on the first play after a Douglas punt.
It's the first time in recent memory that a Locust Fork football player has been named to either of the state's two weekly awards for top players. The Alabama Sports Writers Association's awards will be announced late Monday night.
Locust Fork travels to Guntersville on Friday night to try to secure a playoff spot for the first time since moving up to Class 4A.