Players of the Week: Holladay, Caldwell lead Week 4
- Written by Johnathan Bentley
- Published in the Daily Mountain Eagle
As a sophomore starter, Walker’s Jackson Holladay threw three touchdown passes for the Vikings last season.
Now he’s putting those numbers up each week. Holladay followed up a big outing against John Carroll with an even more impressive game last Friday at Minor.
Holladay completed 18 of 31 passes for 305 yards and four touchdowns as Walker improved to 3-0 on the season and 2-0 in region play with a 30-13 rout of Minor
Holladay is the Daily Mountain Eagle’s Offensive Player of the Week.
With the running game struggling against Minor — the Vikings finished with negative yardage on the ground — Walker put the offense on Holladay’s shoulders. He responded with touchdown strikes of 54, 67, 34 and 24 yards.
On the season, Holladay has completed 54 of 87 passes for 774 yards and nine touchdowns without an interception.
Through three games last year, Holladay had thrown for 231 yards and one touchdown.
Defensive Player of the Week
On the defensive side of the ball, Oakman’s Austin Caldwell took center stage in a 40-14 win over Susan Moore.
Caldwell registered nine tackles, one tackle for loss, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery to lead the Wildcat defense.
The senior linebacker is the Daily Mountain Eagle’s Defensive Player of the Week.
Oakman forced four turnovers as a team.
Other top performances
Myron Mitchell, Walker: Caught nine passes for 147 yards and two touchdowns in the Vikings’ win over Minor. Mitchell had touchdown catches of 54 and 34 yards. Over the last two weeks, Mitchell has 18 receptions for 355 yards and four scores.
Alex Medina, Walker: Had a team-high 14 tackles and a safety in the Vikings’ region win at Minor. Walker held Minor to its lowest home point total since a 2013 loss to Hoover.
Garrett Martin, Nathan Gilbreath, Oakman: Combined for 262 rushing yards and three touchdowns in the Wildcats’ 40-14 victory over Susan Moore. Martin picked up 135 yards and a score on 16 carries while Gilbreath rushed eight times for 127 yards, and a touchdown.
Josh Yates, Sumiton Christian: Totaled 218 yards and three total touchdowns in the Eagles’ 48-3 rout of Southeastern last week. Yates rushed 11 times for 113 yards and a score and completed 3 of 4 passes for 95 yards and two touchdowns.
Payton Taylor, Winston County: Completed 18 of 29 passes for 202 yards and two touchdowns in the Yellow Jackets’ 49-25 loss to Winfield.
Hunter Averhart, Corner: Recorded 13 tackles to lead the Yellow Jackets’ defense in a 39-20 loss to Carver.
Ben Robinson, Addison: Finished with 131 yards and a 54-yard touchdown on the ground for the Bulldogs in a 15-12 loss to Falkville.