Player of the Week

Fyffe sophomore quarterback Zach Pyron receives the play from head coach Paul Benefield during an Oct. 18 win over North Sand Mountain. Pyron is 25-0 as the Red Devils’ starting quarterback, including a 15-0 mark and Class 2A state title last season.

The final Reporter/Sand Mountain Toyota Player of the Week for the 2019 high school football season is Fyffe sophomore quarterback Zach Pyron.

Pyron rushed 11 times for 72 yards and three touchdowns Friday night, propelling the top-ranked Red Devils to a 42-0 pounding of DeKalb County rival Sylvania. His TD runs covered 4, 2 and 7 yards. He also made two solo tackles and three assists on defense.

Pyron quarterbacked Fyffe to the 14th 10-0 regular season in school history, which is a state record. He is unbeaten as the Red Devils’ starter, posting a 25-0 record, including a 15-0 mark and Class 2A state title as a freshman.

For the 2019 season, Pyron has rushed for 568 yards and 14 touchdowns and passed for 380 yards and six scores. He’s seen limited action in the second half of most games due to Fyffe’s insurmountable halftime leads.

Other top performances from the final weekend of the 2019 regular season were:

Fyffe Red Devils

Fyffe’s defense recorded its seventh shutout of the season in the beatdown of Sylvania. It’s the most shutouts in a single season for the Red Devils during Paul Benefield’s tenure as head coach from 1997-2019.

Fyffe limited the Rams to 170 yards total offense and an average of 2.9 yards per play. Ike Rowell returned an interception 68 yards for a touchdown.

Ty Bell recorded 10 assists and four solo tackles, and Eli Benefield made seven solo stops and four assists. Malichi Mize had six solos and five assists.

Benefield and Mize both had two tackles for a loss.

Crossville Lions

Defensive end Gary Heflin contributed five tackles, two interceptions and one sack to help the Lions close out their season with a 28-12 win over Plainview.

Trace Allen collected an interception and also stripped the ball from a Bears’ player and returned it 65 yards.

Kolby Lesley paced the Lions with 87 yards rushing on 17 attempts. He scored on a 36-yard run.

Noah Williams ran 10 times for 81 yards, including a 44-yard TD run. He also threw a 32-yard scoring pass to Harley Hicks.

Guntersville Wildcats

Zak Burnett threw touchdown passes of 53 and 11 yards to Campbell Leach in the Wildcats’ 24-21 triumph over Albertville in the 105th game in the state’s oldest rivalry.

The Burnett-to-Leach connection from 11 yards came with 1:09 left in the fourth quarter and provided the game-winning points. Leach finished with five receptions for 86 yards, and Burnett went 12-of-23 for 129 yards.

Logan Pate rushed 17 times for 118 yards, including a 50-yard touchdown dash.

Brandon Fussell, a freshman, intercepted two passes in the fourth quarter, the first in the end zone to prevent an Aggie touchdown. His second theft secured Guntersville’s win with 4.6 seconds remaining.

West End Patriots

West End concluded its 2019 season on a three-game winning streak by hammering Glencoe 49-0, its largest margin of victory against the Yellow Jackets in series history.

Eli Pearce finished 12-of-22 passing for 227 yards and five touchdowns. His scoring passes covered 20 yards to Jeremiah Roberson, 6 yards to Mason Barnett, 30 yards to Adam Bates and 54 and 28 yards to Thad Pearce.

Eli Pierce accounted for six touchdowns, as he added a 1-yard rushing TD.

Roberson caught five passes for 86 yards and also grabbed an interception. Thad Pearce had four receptions for 113 yards.

Bates returned an interception 60 yards for a TD for the Patriots.

Albertville Aggies

Ben Allen threw touchdown passes of 3 yards to Chase Kitchens and 8 yards to Elijah Moss in a 24-21 loss to Guntersville. Allen also rushed 1 yard for a TD.

Chi Jordan’s fumble recovery and return set up an Aggie touchdown.

Geraldine Bulldogs

Geraldine’s Anthony Baldwin rushed 27 times for 132 yards in a 35-14 loss to Class 3A, No. 5 Piedmont.

Jackson Bearden and Kyle Thackerson led the Bulldogs with six tackles each. Thackerson also grabbed an interception.

Sardis Lions

Jay Owens completed 15-of-25 passes for 154 yards, including a 9-yard touchdown to Jacob Hopper, in a 35-12 loss to Hokes Bluff.

Luke Morris rushed for 64 yards and a 3-yard TD in his return to the lineup after being sidelined due to sickness. Peyton Wehrwein contributed an interception for the Lions.

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