Brandon Miller's prep notebook: Brackett’s big night brings him big honor
by Brandon Miller
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Daylon Brackett has topped 1,000 yards in both passing and rushing. (Photo by Bill Wilson/The Anniston Star)
Daylon Brackett has topped 1,000 yards in both passing and rushing. (Photo by Bill Wilson/The Anniston Star)
It was just another week for Jacksonville Christian quarterback Daylon Brackett, but after his performance in JCA’s 62-48 win over Coosa Christian on Friday, Brackett was named the Alabama Sports Writers Association Offensive Player of the Week.

The junior threw for 384 yards, rushed for 181 yards and returned a punt 85 yards for a touchdown, accounting for more than 600 yards. Brackett scored four touchdowns and passed for four more.

“He had a great game. Of course, the whole team played better,” JCA coach Tommy Miller said. “We weren’t as out-manned across the front as we had been, and it made quite a difference. I don’t know if Daylon played any different — he just had a great game. He comes out and plays the same way every week, but sometimes things fall into place, and that’s what happened last week.”

The big win moved JCA to 2-6 on the year, but Brackett and several teammates were banged up in the game. While Miller said Brackett will play Friday night against Alabama School for the Deaf, he noted the Thunder may be without two starters.

“I think we’ll have most everyone ready to play this Friday night, but I have a couple of question marks,” Miller said. “We’re excited to get back on the field, but we’re trying to get people well.”

HOME-FIELD STAKES FOR DONOHO: Donoho has clinched a playoff spot, but it’s just as important for the Falcons to defeat Gaylesville this week and seal the second seed out of the region. That would give Donoho a first-round home game.

When Donoho plays at home in the first round, it’s 4-1 in school history, with the lone loss coming in 1993. However, the Falcons are winless when traveling in the first round. From 1978 to 2012, Donoho is 0-12 when hitting the road to start the postseason. The closest Donoho has come to winning on the road in the first round was in 1992, a 28-18 loss to Talladega County Central. The Falcons have lost the 12 games by an average of 28.3 points.

Overall, Donoho is 1-15 on the road and 5-2 at home in the postseason regardless of round.

VOLLEYING A CROWN: Jacksonville volleyball coach David Clark has had the Golden Eagles winning for a while, and Tuesday’s Class 4A, Area 11 crown was just another moment of success.

While Jacksonville has bigger goals in mind as it heads to the North Super Regional on Friday, the Golden Eagles have won their area tournament every season since 2003. Looking deeper than that, Jacksonville has advanced to the state tournament every year since 2002 and also won the Class 4A state championship in 2007 and ’08.

Jacksonville will look to keep the state tournament streak alive this weekend when it travels to Huntsville for the North Super Regional.

REVERSING THE ROLES: Last season, it was Alexandria’s win over Jacksonville that kept the Golden Eagles out of the postseason, and this year, a Jacksonville win could put out Alexandria.

A Jacksonville win could jump start several scenarios that would keep Alexandria at home after Week 10 for the first time since 2002. However, the Golden Eagles will need to overcome a pretty large winning drought against the Valley Cubs.

Alexandria has won 46 of the 68 games in the series, but more notable only lost to Jacksonville twice in the last 22 years (19 meetings). Jacksonville won 21-20 in overtime in 2009 and 16-12 in 2002.

ANNISTON STREAK: Anniston’s playoff streak is in jeopardy. The Bulldogs are in a must-win situation Friday to make the postseason. A win against Munford has Anniston in, while a loss has Anniston out.

The Bulldogs have made the playoffs each year since 2008.

Brandon Miller covers prep sports for The Star. He can be reached at 256-235-3575 or follow him on Twitter @bmiller_star.
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