RIVAL WEEK: Andalusia, Opp have game changers on teams

Published 12:00 am Friday, September 25, 2015

It’s halfway through the 2015 high school football regular season, and players like Andalusia’s Jamal Hourel and Opp’s Orlando Lacey have done everything in their power to put their teams at the top of their regions.

Through five games this season, Hourel, with the help of the Bulldogs’ offensive line, has exploded in the first half of the season.

Hourel has run the ball 91 times this season to the tune of 932 yards and 12 touchdowns.

Hourel’s rushing yards put him the top running back in Alabama by 101 yards. His 12 touchdowns are second only to Benjamin Russell’s Tyre Gray, who has 13. Hourel’s 12 touchdowns are tops in Class 4A, however.

Along with leading the state in rushing yards, Hourel also ranks 47th in the nation in rushing yards.

The Bulldogs also have another player making noise statistically, with senior kicker Chase Hopkins.

Hopkins has converted 18-of-20 PATs this season, which puts him atop the leaderboard for the Class 4A. Hopkins is seventh in the state overall.

Hopkins also is high on the leaderboards in kickoff yardage, and leads the state in touchbacks. For the season, Hopkins has kicked 14 of his 28 kickoffs into the end zone for touchbacks.

As for Opp, the Bobcats also have a player leading their classification in a stats category.

Junior Bobcat quarterback Lacey is less than a year removed from a season-ending ACL tear, but has bounced back from the injury and through four games leads Class 3A in total yardage with 959 yards. Lacey has 496 yards passing and 463 yards rushing to go along with seven total touchdowns (four passing and three rushing) to lead the Bobcats.