West End quarterback Eli Pearce is already knocking on the door of passing for over 1,000 yards three weeks into the high school football season.
Pearce completed 22-of-55 pass attempts last Friday for 422 yards and four touchdowns in the 65-44 loss to Cleveland and was once again one of a number of area players highlighted in the latest Alabama High School Athletic Association Prep Spotlight.
So far this season, Pearce has completed 47% of his pass attempts for 941 yards and 11 touchdowns for the winless Patriots.
His favorite target has beeen Jeremiah Roberson, who has 29 catches for 402 yards and nine touchdowns.
In addition to his four passing touchdowns last week, he also rushed for two more. In total, Pearce has accounted for 14 touchdowns.
Like Pearce, fellow quarterback Kaleb Jones of Collinsville has 14 total touchdowns in three games.
Jones rushed for five touchdowns and threw for two more last week in the Panthers' 54-28 region victory over North Sand Mountain. Jones rushed for 158 yards on 14 carries and completed 5-of-9 passes for 112 yards.
Other area players who garnered the spotlight include Collinsville running back Malachi Orr, who rushed for 126 yards on 15 carries and a touchdown.
• Ethan Clanton of Sand Rock rushed for 256 yards on 25 carried in the Wildcats' 20-14 overtime win over Ider.
• Hokes Bluff running back Darrian Meads rushed for 241 yards on 27 carries and four touchdowns in the Eagles' 45-21 victory over White Plains.
• Hokes Bluff quarterback Ashton Gulledge also rushed for 127 yards on 14 attempts and three touchdowns, while also passing for another.
• Luke Morris of Sardis rushed for 205 yards on 22 carries and a touchdown in the Lions' 33-31 region win over Southside. Morris also hauled in a TD pass.
• Etowah running back Trent Davis accounted for 205 total yards of offense and five touchdowns in just three quarters of play. Davis rushed for three TDs and had two catches for scores in the Blue Devils' 49-7 region win over Crossville.
• Guntersville quarterback Zak Burnett threw for a school-record 362 yards in the Wildcats' 49-42 win over Madison Coun ty.
• Piedmont quarterback Jack Hayes completed 19-of-26 pass attempts for 225 yards and four touchdowns in the Bulldogs' shutout win over Pleasant Valley.
• Southside quarterback Michael Rich Jr. accounted for 252 total yards of offense in the Panthers' 33-31 region loss to Sardis. Rich completed 9-of-18 passes for 190 yards and two TDs, while rushing for 62 yards and a score.
• Jacob Hopper of Sardis hauled in seven passes for 81 yards and three touchdowns in the Lions' win over Southside.
• Aulden Battles of Southside had five catches for 147 yards and two touchdowns in the loss to Sardis.
• Campbell Leach and Jack Harris eclipsed the century mark receiving for Guntersville. Leach had five catches for 143 yards, while Harris had eight receptions for 101 yards. Cooper Davidson was just shy of a century with 97 yards on seven catches.
• Brady Jackson of Sand Rock had 10 1/2 tackles in the Wildcats' overtime win over Ider.
• Luke Welsh of Spring Garden recovered a pair of fumbles, rushed for 107 yards on 18 carries and scored two touchdowns in the Panthers' 41-21 win over Winterboro.
• Trey Stitts of Cedar Bluff returned a punt for a touchdown and a kickoff for a touchdown in the Tigers' 49-6 win over Asbury.