AOTW: Wilson’s three picks seal Maplesville win

Published 3:39 pm Thursday, October 12, 2023

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By Carey Reeder | Managing Editor

Johnathon Wilson is this week’s athlete of the week after his performance against Autaugaville High School on Oct. 6. The senior defensive back was a one-man wrecking crew in the Red Devils’ defensive backfield pulling down three interceptions in the game. Wilson had one interception going into the game against Autaugaville, and he tripled his total 48 minutes later.

The senior also made four tackles on defense and impacted the game on offense with 33 yards rushing on three carries and a touchdown.


Honorable mention: Landon Jones, Billingsley High School

In arguably the most exciting game in all of AHSAA football this season happened between Billingsley and Central-Hayneville high schools on Oct. 6. Central outlasted the Bears 78-72 in four overtimes to earn the win, and Billingsley quarterback Landon Jones did in his power to help the Bears pull out the win.

Jones accounted for nine of the Bears 10 touchdowns in the game — six through the air and three on the ground. He was 19-for-30 for 266 yards and the six touchdown passes, and added a 108-yard on 17 carries with three touchdowns performance on the ground to his totals.

Jones also helped convert six two-point conversions in the game, three with his legs and three with his arm.


Honorable mention: Nehemiah McCary, Maplesville High School

The standout player for Maplesville on the offensive side of the ball against Autaugaville was eighth grader Nehemiah McCary who is starting to become the featured back in the stable of running backs at the Red Devils disposal.

McCary ran for 162 yards on 13 carries, a 12.5 yards per carry average, and two touchdowns. The effort put McCary over 500 rushing yards for the season, 562 to be exact, in just six games.