Each week, we’ll take an in-depth look at our All-State preseason football team and let you know how a few of those athletes are faring as the season progresses. We'll highlight a blue-chipper (a first-team player), an OTP (other top player) and an under-the-radar pick (someone who didn't make the squad but is making a case to be on the team).
This week, a top recruit's return spells success, a running back carries his team to an unbeaten record and a quarterback takes advantage of a top team with a suspect defense.
Blue Chip: Jarvis Lewis, Chaparral, DL
Jarvis Lewis' season began under a cloud of scrutiny, with investigators looking into whether or not he was eligible this season. But since he's been cleared, it's back to business, and he's proven how valuable he can be to Chaparral. Since he returned, the Firebirds have won their games by an average of 45.2 points (it was 25 before he returned and they lost their first game).
OTP: Trae Armstrong, Deer Valley, RB
You don't get to be 8-0 on the season on luck and guile; you need playmakers. And that's exactly what Armstrong has been for this team all season. He was especially important on Friday as Deer Valley narrowly escaped with a 41-34 victory over Apollo, rushing for three touchdowns in the game. On the season he has more than 1,200 yards and 17 scores on the ground.
Under the Radar: Josh Uhlorn, Perry, QB
It wasn't news to anyone that Basha was winning games more with offense than with defense. The Bears have given up an average of 30 points per game but still boast a 6-2 record. But the team fell to Perry in a 56-38 loss on Friday thanks in large part to the efforts of Uhlorn. The senior completed 17 of 22 passes for 280 yards and five touchdowns in the game. On the season, Uhlorn has 1,653 passing yards and 19 scores through the air, not to mention 630 yards and 10 more TDs on the ground.