Junior David Cayton helped give Edgewood more than just an AISA-record winning streak last weekend.
Cayton was the state’s defense/special teams player of the week. With quarterback Taylor Hawthorne winning a regular-season offensive award, the Wildcats are the first team this year to have two winners.
Cayton — Hawthorne, too — played a significant role in Edgewood’s 61-52 win over Clarke Prep in Friday’s Class AA championship game.
Clarke Prep, with a 10-point third-quarter lead, was in scoring position when Cayton returned a fumble 85 yards for a touchdown.
A successful onsides kick led to the go-ahead touchdown.
“His scoop-and-score was huge,” Edgewood coach Bobby Carr said. “We were going to have to have a break or two, and that helped start it.”
Cayton added a last-minute interception and finished with six tackles. The win was the 45th straight for Edgewood, which set an AISA record.
“He was a guy who didn’t even play football last year,” Carr said. “This is great for him.”
Auburn’s Bradley Northcutt was the week’s top offensive star for his part in a 42-35 win over G.W. Carver in the Class 6A quarterfinals.
Northcutt finished 18-of-31 passing for 305 yards and two touchdowns, including a 32-yard TD to Tyus O’Neal-El with 59 seconds remaining.
Jordan Aubrey, Mobile Chr.: Completed 14 of 23 passes for 227 yards and two touchdowns in a 56-42 loss at Washington County.
Ryan Carpenter, Colbert Co.: Carried 30 times for 110 yards and two touchdowns in a 20-14 loss to Saks.
Dantley Coker, Southside-Gadsden: Rushed for 166 yards on 39 carries and scored three TDs in a 28-25 victory over McAdory.
Josh Crawford, Edgewood: Had 221 all-purpose yards and had a hand in five TDs in a 61-52 win over Clarke Prep for the AISA Class AA championship. Ran 14 times for 102 yards and two TDs, caught a team-high five passes for 60 yards and a TD, and had 59 yards in kickoff returns. Also was 3-of-5 passing for 39 yards and two touchdowns.
Cody Daughtry, Piedmont: Caught seven passes for 133 yards and two touchdowns, including a 7-yard score in overtime, in a 34-33 loss to Madison Academy.
KD Davis, Restoration: Completed 11 of 20 passes for 239 yards, including two touchdowns, and ran for a score in a 31-28 loss to Marengo Academy in the AISA Class A championship.
Kendrick Doss, Florence: Threw an 89-yard touchdown pass and ran for two touchdowns in a 22-21 loss to Hoover.
Terrance Hollingsworth, Berry: Rushed for 201 yards and scored on a 59-yard run in a 9-8 loss to Hubbertville.
DeAnthony Holcombe, Washington Co.: Rushed for 271 yards and five touchdowns on 30 carries in a 56-42 win over Mobile Christian.
Michael Howard, Spanish Fort: Rushed for 167 yards and a 73-yard touchdown on 19 carries in a 36-6 win over Jackson.
Hayden Huckabee, Marengo Aca.: Rushed for 148 yards and three touchdowns on 23 carries in a 31-28 win over rRestoration.
DeVon Johnson, J.O. Johnson: Caught six passes for 112 yards, including a 36-yard catch-and-run touchdown, in a 10-8 loss to Munford.
Jordan Johnson, Vestavia Hills: Rushed 24 times for 130 yards and a touchdown in a 19-12 win over Bob Jones.
Kerryon Johnson, Madison Aca.: Carried 21 times for 166 yards and two touchdowns in a 34-33 overtime win at Piedmont.
Jake McKenzie, Monroe Aca.: Rushed for 126 yards and passed for 118 in a 31-6 win over Bessemer Academy in the AISA Class AAA title game.
Tyus O’Neal-El, Auburn: Caught six passes for 162 yards and two touchdowns, including the game-winning 32-yarder in the final minute of a 42-35 win over Carver-Montgomery.
Andrew Parker, Brantley: Finished with 141 yards and three touchdowns on 16 carries in a 36-19 victory at Loachapoka.
Jarrette Pope, Clarke Prep: Rushed for 237 yards and four touchdowns on 21 carries in a 61-52 loss to Edgewood.
Gunner Roach, UMS-Wright: Threw two touchdown passes, including the game-winner with seven seconds to go, and rushed for one in a 35-34 win at Dadeville.
Devin Scott, Straughn: Rushed for 152 yards on 19 carries and scored four touchdowns in a 42-21 victory over Bayside Academy.
Bradrick Shaw, Hoover: Ran for 106 yards and a touchdown on 34 carries in a 22-21 victory over Florence.
Ito Smith, McGill-Toolen: Rushed for 175 yards on 31 carries and scored three touchdowns in a 28-21 at Smiths Station.
Ty Sparks, Piedmont: Completed 18 of 26 passes for 298 yards and three TDs in a 34-33 overtime loss to Madison Academy.
Hayden Stephens, Tanner: Carried 29 times for 128 yards and two touchdowns in a 26-14 win at Montgomery Academy.
Deven Sullivan, Muscle Shoals: Ran for 165 yards and two touchdowns in a 35-7 win over Athens.
Trent Thash, Fyffe: Carried 19 times for 112 yards and two touchdowns in a 31-6 win over Lanett. Also had seven tackles, a forced fumble and a sack.
Brandon Walker, Brantley: Ran for 170 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries in a 36-19 win at Loachapoka.
Everett Curry, Bessemer Aca.: Recorded 10 tackles in a 31-6 loss to Monroe Academy.
Ethon Felton, Muscle Shoals: Had 10 tackles, including two for loss, in a 35-7 win over Athens.
Graeham Hemphill, Fyffe: Finished with 11 tackles and a forced fumble in a 31-6 win over Lanett.
La’Markus Martin, Madison Aca.: Deflected Piedmont’s 2-point conversion pass in overtime to seal a 34-33 victory.
Dakota Newsome, Fyffe: Finished with 11 tackles, including two for loss, in a 31-6 win over Lanett.
Shade Pritchett, Marengo Aca.: Made 12 tackles with 1 1/2 for loss and forced a fumble in a 31-28 win over Restoration.
Devonte’ Simon, Pickens Co.: Intercepted a pass in a 41-21 win over Ragland. Also scored on a 5-yard run and threw a 19-yard touchdown pass.
Brian Strickland, Munford: Kicked a game-winning 32-yard field goal with 5:57 left in a 10-8 victory at J.O. Johnson.
Matt Trulock, Bob Jones: Kicked field goals of 23 and 20 yards in a 19-12 loss to Vestavia Hills.
Courtney Wilbanks, Restoration: Had nine tackles, including three for loss, in a 31-28 loss to Marengo Academy. Also ran nine times for 65 yards and a touchdown.