High-SchoolFootball: Players of the Week

ESPNHS Football Players of the Week

December, 7, 2011
12/07/11
5:49
PM ET
video (After games of Dec. 1-Dec. 3)

One player is chosen from each region of the country. No player can be chosen more than once during a season

EAST

Gino Bianconi, Wheeling Central Catholic (Wheeling, W.Va.)
The 5-foot-10, 165-pound senior running back set all-class Super Six state championship game records for rushing yards, rushing and total touchdowns, and carries in a 35-21 win over previously-unbeaten Williamstown (Williamstown, W. Va.) in the Class A state title game. It was Central's eighth state title, including the past two, since 2000 and ninth overall. Bianconi ran 39 times for 355 yards and five scores to set all-class records for the three-class Super Six championship event started in 1979. The rushing yards also is believed to be an all-time record for any West Virginia title game. The old Class A mark was 251 yards and 287 for all classes. Bianconi led the 13-1 Maroon Knights with 2,132 yards and 31 touchdowns on 216 carries this season.

SOUTHEAST

Charlie High, Christian Academy of Knoxville (Knoxville, Tenn.)
The 6-foot, 180-pound junior quarterback shattered state championship game records as the Warriors won the Class 3A title with a 49-14 rout of Milan (Milan, Tenn.). He completed a record 32 of 41 passes for 476 yards and seven touchdowns and broke the state title game marks for passing yardage and TDs in the first half. High passed for 377 yards before intermission. He ended his team’s 13-2 season with four state records, including completions (357), attempts (484) and totals of 5,191 yards and 65 touchdowns.

MIDWEST

Adam Wallace, Norwayne (Creston, Ohio)
The 6-foot-2, 205-pound junior quarterback led the Bobcats to the Division IV state championship over Kenton (Kenton, Ohio), home of Maty Mauk, national record holder and Ohio Mr. Football. Wallace accounted for seven TDs in Norwayne’s 48-42 win, including a nine-play, 80-yard game-winning drive capped by a 31-yard TD pass with just 31 seconds left. Wallace completed 16-of-25 passes for 282 yards and four scores and rushed 30 times for 140 yards and three touchdowns. Mauk passed for 421 yards and five scores and ran for 50 yards and one TD. Mauk’s final national career record totals will stand at 18,932 yards and 219 touchdowns.

MIDLANDS

Christian McCaffrey, Valor Christian (Highlands Ranch, Colo.)
Just a sophomore, the son of former Denver Broncos’ receiver Ed McCaffrey was the standout player as Valor Christian rolled over Pine Creek (Colorado Springs, Colo.) 66-10 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in the Class 4A state championship. McCaffrey rushed 15 times for 165 yards and two touchdowns, caught four passes for 127 yards and two more scores and also played defense. Christian’s older brother, senior Max McCaffrey, also scored in the game on a 21-yard interception return. Valor Christian won its third straight state title and completed a 14-0 season. There are some who believe the Eagles should be considered the best team overall in Colorado, while others like 14-0 Class 5A champion Columbine (Littleton, Colo.). If the two were playing an extra game this week, McCaffrey would be one player the Rebels would have to worry about.

WEST

Cole Gautsche, Cleveland (Rio Rancho, N.M.)
The 6-foot-4, 220-pound senior quarterback had a very good week. It began when he was chosen as the Gatorade State Player of the Year. It ended when the student-athlete with a 3.79 GPA led Cleveland, a school that has had football for just three years, to its first state championship. In a 48-28 win over perennial state power Mayfield (Las Cruces, N.M.), Gautsche passed for 302 yards and four touchdowns, rushed for 60 yards and kicked 6 of 7 PATs. Cleveland went on a 34-0 scoring blitz in the second half to cap a 13-0 season. Gautsche, who has committed to New Mexico State, ended his season with 3,085 yards passing and 39 touchdowns. He also had more than 1,000 yards rushing.

ESPNHS Football Players of the Week

November, 29, 2011
11/29/11
9:43
AM ET
video (After games of Nov. 24-26)

One player is chosen from each region of the country. The only other criterion is that no player will be chosen more than once during a season.

EAST

Brendan Nosovitch, Central Catholic (Allentown, Pa.)
The South Carolina-bound Nosovitch passed for eight touchdowns and had 487 passing yards in his team’s epic 61-54 shootout victory over Valley View (Archbald, Pa.) in the Class AAA playoffs. The senior signal-caller connected with wideout Kevin Gulyas on fourth-and-17 with just 31 seconds remaining for the winning 23-yard touchdown, their fifth scoring connection of the contest. For good measure, the star QB added to this classic Lehigh Valley game with 38 yards on the ground and a rushing score. Up next for Central Catholic is Shamokin (Coal Township, Pa.) in the PIAA AAA quarterfinals.

SOUTHEAST

Dalyn Dawkins, Trinity (Louisville, Ky.)
The 5-foot-9, 180-pound junior running back ran for a career-best 272 yards on 26 carries as the unbeaten Shamrocks, who moved up to No. 3 in this week’s POWERADE FAB 50, posted a 49-6 rout of Butler (Louisville, Ky.) in the Class 6A state semifinals. Dawkins, who scored three touchdowns versus Butler, has rushed for 498 yards and five touchdowns on 50 carries in the last two playoff games. On the season, Dawkins has gained 1,748 yards and scored 28 touchdowns. Trinity will face Scott County (Georgetown, Ky.) in the title game, which is the Shamrocks’ 11th final appearance in the last 12 years.

MIDWEST

John Rhode, Montini (Lombard, Ill.)
The 6-foot, 195-pound senior quarterback led the Broncos to their third straight Class 5A state title in the highest scoring title game in state history, a 70-45 win over Joliet Catholic (Joliet, Ill.). Montini rolled up 853 yards of total offense with Rhode completing 29-of-45 passes for 587 yards and seven scores. On the other side of the ball, Joliet Catholic junior Ty Isaac rushed for 515 yards and six scores. Rhode, a first-year Bronco player after a transfer from Marian Catholic (Chicago Heights, Ill.), missed the first six games with a broken thumb but finished strong. His eight-game passing totals were 3,034 yards and 42 touchdowns.

MIDLANDS

Joseph Sadler, Devine (Devine, Texas)
The senior running back eclipsed a Texas record that had stood since 1953 in leading the Warhorses past Wharton (Wharton, Texas) 56-42 in the Class 3A, Division II state playoffs. Sadler rushed 41 times for 394 yards and scored seven touchdowns. He also kicked eight PATs for a 50-point night and pushed his season total to 441. He moved past the previous all-time state best of 395 points scored for a season set by the legendary Ken Hall of Sugar Land in 1953. Sadler also now has 3,680 yards rushing for the season and could threaten Hall’s state record of 4,045 with two more playoff games. Devine (13-0) plays 14-0 Wimberley (Wimberley, Texas) in this week’s regional final.

WEST

Olito Thompson, Concord (Concord, Calif.)
One year ago, Concord had the top passer in California as quarterback Ricky Lloyd amassed 4,451 yards through the air. This year, the Minutemen may have the state’s top rusher as Thompson has gone on a tear in his first two CIF North Coast Section Division II playoff games. The 5-foot-10, 190-pound junior running back racked up 457 yards on 28 carries and scored four times in Friday’s 42-16 victory over Las Lomas (Walnut Creek, Calif.). This came one week after Thompson had 26 carries for 370 yards and three scores in his first playoff game. For the season, Thompson has rushed for 2,928 yards and has scored 32 touchdowns. Concord needs two more wins to claim its second straight section title.

ESPNHS Football Players of the Week

November, 22, 2011
11/22/11
9:31
AM ET
video (After games of Nov. 17-19)

One player is chosen from each region of the country. The only other criteria is that no player will be chosen more than once during a season.

EAST

Pete Coughlin, Upper St. Clair (Upper St. Clair, Pa.)
In a game that featured as many as eight Division I commits between the two rosters, Upper St. Clair upset POWERADE FAB 50 No. 13 and previously unbeaten Central Catholic (Pittsburgh) 28-14 thanks to an unlikely star performance among so many proven stars on the field. With starting quarterback Dakota Conwell out of the crucial WPIAL AAAA playoff battle due to injury, first-time starter Coughlin, a junior, finished with 209 yards rushing on 21 carries, including an epic 73-yard dash that turned the momentum of the game. He also threw a clutch 25-yard touchdown pass that sealed the pivotal win and put his team into a rematch of last year's AAAA final with North Allegheny (Wexford, Pa) next Saturday. Reports suggest that Coughlin was so nervous during the tense game that he got sick early in the first half, but it didn't show on the field.

SOUTHEAST

Rayshawn Jenkins, Admiral Farragut (St. Petersburg, Fla.)
This 6-foot-1, 190-pound senior was used at tailback for the first time this season and responded with 356 yards and three touchdowns on 14 carries as the 10-1 Bluejackets handed Evangelical Christian (Fort Myers, Fla.) its first loss with a 48-24 victory in the Class 2A state playoffs. He scored on runs of 76, 50 and 80 yards. Jenkins, who has committed to the University of Miami and participated in Champion Gridiron Kings last summer, normally plays wide receiver and defensive back. But this isn’t the first time that Jenkins has dominated Evangelical Christian in the postseason as a running back — he ran for 249 yards in a playoff win last year.

MIDWEST

Leo Musso, Waunakee (Waunakee, Wis.)
This 5-foot-11, 195-pound senior workhorse running back led the Warriors to their third straight Division 2 state title and their 36th straight win in a 45-0 rout of Waterford (Waterford, Wis.). Musso rushed 27 times for 181 yards and four touchdowns to break the previous D-2 state title game record and he tied the all-division state final standard. Musso scored on runs of 28, 41, 4 and 27 yards. He already has been selected first team All-Class, All-State by the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association. Prior to this season, Musso showcased his considerable athleticism by earning the top SPARQ rating (120.27) at the Nike SPARQ Combine in Chicago last March.

MIDLANDS

Trent Hosick, Staley (Kansas City, Mo.)
In probably the wildest game in the nation this week and one of the wildest in Missouri state playoff history, Hosick paced the unbeaten Falcons to a 76-70 win in four overtimes over Lee’s Summit West (Lee’s Summit, Mo.) in the Class 5 state semifinals. The 6-foot-2, 220-pound junior, who could be the top junior quarterback prospect in the state, rushed 40 times for 261 yards and scored six touchdowns. He also completed 6-of-10 passes for 110 yards and one score. For the season, Hosick has rushed for 1,963 yards and 27 touchdowns and has passed for 1,331 yards and 10 TDs. With the win, Hosick’s team advanced to this weekend’s Show-Me Bowl for the Class 5 championship against Kirkwood (Kirkwood, Mo.) at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis.

WEST

Chase Hansen, Lone Peak (Highland, Utah)
Playing on the same Rice-Eccles Stadium turf in which he’ll play in college for the University of Utah, this 6-foot-4, 210-pound senior quarterback concluded a fantastic season by leading the Knights past Fremont (Plain City, Utah) 41-21 in the Class 5A state championship game. Hansen passed for 242 yards and three touchdowns and also rushed for 233 yards plus two more scores. Hansen also pushed his final season totals to 3,066 yards and 35 touchdowns through the air. As a runner, he ended with 1,404 yards and scored 16 times. With the win, Lone Peak won its first state title, completed a 14-0 season and gave the team a chance to finish in the final POWERADE FAB 50 national rankings.

ESPNHS Football Players of the Week

November, 17, 2011
11/17/11
1:26
PM ET
video(After games of Nov. 10-12)

One player is chosen from each region of the country. The only other criteria is that no player will be chosen more than once during a season.

EAST

Mike Gaval, Mahanoy Area (Mahanoy City, Pa.)
Northwest Area (Shickshinny, Pa.) simply had no answer for Gaval, a 5-foot-11, 160-pound senior quarterback who ran for a school-record 328 yards on just 13 carries in a 41-0 victory in the Eastern Conference Division I playoffs. Gaval had three touchdown runs and completed 3-of-6 passes for 75 yards and a score. His monster performance also gave him the single-season school rushing mark with 1,912 yards, passing the previous record of 1,584. He’ll have a chance to add to it when the Bears play Nativity (Pottsville, Pa.) on Friday night.

SOUTHEAST

Kelvin Taylor, Glades Day (Belle Glade, Fla.)
The 5-foot-11, 210-pound junior running back rushed 34 times for 388 yards and six touchdowns in a 43-22 regular season finale win over South Fork (Stuart, Fla.). The son of former NFL running back Fred Taylor scored on his team's first six possessions. On the season, Taylor has carried 232 times for 2,329 yards and 33 TDs. It pushed his last three-year total to 7,391 rushing yards and 113 touchdowns. Taylor played on the varsity as an eighth-grader when he gained 1,584 yards with 28 scores, but pre-freshman marks aren't included in national record listings. The Florida mark of 8,804 yards, with 106 TDs was set by Pro Football Hall of Famer Emmitt Smith of Pensacola Escambia from 1983-86.

MIDWEST

Cooper Rush, Lansing Catholic (Lansing, Mich.)
This 6-foot-4, 225-pound senior quarterback set four state passing records in a 61-13, Division 5 playoff victory over Dowagiac (Dowagiac, Mich.). The Central Michigan recruit completed 26-of-29 passes for 549 yards and eight touchdowns while playing only one series in the second half and passed for a score on each of his eight possessions for the Cougars (12-0). His state records were for 21 straight completions, eight TDs in a game, seven in a half and five in a quarter. He connected with senior wide receiver Matt Macksood on 10 passes for 303 yards and four scores.


MIDLANDS


Justice Hansen, Santa Fe (Edmond, Okla.)
One of the top turnaround teams in the nation this year is Santa Fe under first-year coach Lance Manning, who has been greatly aided in his reclamation project by the success of Hansen, a promising 6-foot-3, 190-pound sophomore quarterback. The Wolves were just 1-9 last season, but improved to 10-1 over the weekend after a 41-10 victory in the Class 6A state playoffs against Eisenhower (Lawton, Okla.). Hansen led the way as he completed 26-of-33 passes for 374 yards and four touchdowns. He also added a rushing score. Hansen has passed for 2,204 yards and 23 touchdowns for the season with just five interceptions. Major colleges are already reportedly interesting in the super soph, whose squad faces perennial power Jenks (Jenks, Okla.) this week.

WEST

Jordan Todd, Interlake (Bellevue, Wash.)
He might be small at 5-foot-7 and 180 pounds, but Todd packs quite a punch with the ball in his hands. The senior running back surged for 432 yards on 30 carries and scored five touchdowns last Friday as Interlake topped Franklin Pierce (Tacoma, Wash.), 47-41, in the first round of the Class 2A state playoffs. Todd has been electric for the 5-6 Saints, who play in a league against much larger schools, including FAB 50-ranked Bellevue (Bellevue, Wash.). Todd has five touchdowns on kickoff returns and enters this week’s playoff game against Lynden (Lynden, Wash.) with 2,410 yards and 24 touchdowns for the season. He has a chance to break the state record of 2,676 yards set in 1997 by Matthias Wilson of Ferndale (Ferndale, Wash.).

ESPNHS Football Players of the Week

November, 9, 2011
11/09/11
7:04
PM ET
video
(After games of Nov. 10-11)

One player is chosen from each region of the country. The only other criteria is that no player will be chosen more than once during a season.

EAST

Ryan Switzer, George Washington (Charleston, W.Va.)

This junior two-way player stars at running back, defensive back and returns kicks and punts. His versatile game was on full display in a 56-12 romp of Parkersburg (W. Va.) to cap a 10-0 regular season and secured the team’s 26th straight regular season win. Possibly the state's top college prospect, and top contender for the Kennedy Award as state player of the year, he ran 20 times for 333 yards and six touchdowns (28, 64, 2, 55, 74 and 35 yards) and scored a seventh touchdown on a 51-yard punt return. He also caught a 20-yard pass and booted a 40-yard punt. For the season, he has 32 TDs and 192 points.

SOUTHEAST

Blake Tibbs, M.L. King (Lithonia, Ga.)

In a clash of unbeaten FAB 50-ranked rivals, the Lions outlasted Stephenson (Stone Mountain, Ga.) 50-49 in a game decided by his 82-yard kickoff return touchdown with 16 seconds remaining. The University of Georgia recruit earlier had landed four touchdown passes and had 166 receiving yards on nine catches in the offensive shootout that decided the Region 2, Class AAAAA title. For the season, Tibbs has caught 53 passes for 782 yards and 14 scores.

MIDWEST

Drake Johnson, Pioneer (Ann Arbor, Mich.)

The senior running back who committed to hometown University of Michigan just this week wouldn't mind playing Bedford (Temperance, Mich.) every weekend. In two games against the Mules this season, the two-time defending state high hurdle track champion amassed 743 rushing yards and nine touchdowns. Last weekend, in a 35-10 district playoff final, Johnson carried 36 times for 348 yards and four touchdowns and also completed a 42-yard pass. In an early regular-season game, Johnson rushed for 395 yards and five scores. On the season, he has 2,742 yards and 37 touchdowns.

MIDLANDS

Davonte Clay, Washington (Sioux Falls, S.D.)

The senior running back lifted the Warriors past the state’s top-ranked team, Lincoln (Sioux Falls, S.D.), 42-7 in the Class 11AA state semifinals. Clay helped Washington (9-2) break a 7-7 halftime tie and avenge an earlier loss with 38 carries for 282 yards and five touchdowns. After rushing for 1,284 yards and 11 touchdowns as a junior, Clay has bettered those totals with 1,377 yards and 19 touchdowns heading into this week’s state championship at the Dakota Dome. Clay and his teammates face 10-1 Roosevelt (Sioux Falls, S.D.) and are attempting to win a third straight state title in their fifth straight Dakoka Dome appearance. If the Warriors win, they also would increase their national record total of winning state championships to 39.

WEST

Logan Smith, Vista del Lago (Folsom, Calif.)

With 14 catches for 211 yards and one touchdown in his team’s 47-10 victory over El Dorado (Placerville, Calif.), Smith has tied the state record for most catches in a season. According to the ESPNHS Cal-Hi Sports state record book, Smith needs just one more catch to break the state record of 122 set last year by Richard Mullaney of Thousand Oaks. The senior receiver earlier broke the regular-season state record of 106 set two years ago by Jake Pruger from Harbor of Santa Cruz. The win also gave Vista del Lago a high seed in the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Div. III playoffs so Smith’s season will continue. For the season, Smith has 122 catches for 1,646 yards and 11 scores. He set a Northern California record on Sept. 23 with 24 catches for 318 yards in a victory against Liberty Ranch of Galt.

ESPNHS Football Players of the Week

November, 3, 2011
11/03/11
11:11
AM ET
video
(After games of Oct. 27-Oct. 29)

One player is chosen from each region of the country. The only other criteria is that no player will be chosen more than once during a season.

EAST

Jonathan DiBiaso, Everett (Everett, Mass.)

The southpaw senior signal-caller needed less than one half of work to put up six touchdowns in a 41-14 blowout of Medford (Mass.) on the way to setting the Massachusetts record for career passing touchdowns. With 88 career touchdowns, DiBiaso surpassed Tom Colombo’s record of 85 career passing scores set in 1987 for Brockton (Brockton, Mass.). Thanks to touchdowns on the first four possessions of the game, DiBiaso netted the new state record early on a 55-yard touchdown to receiver Jaylen McRae.

SOUTHEAST

Forest Williams, Amory (Amory, Miss.)

The 6-foot-2, 180-pound senior quarterback passed for 544 yards and seven touchdowns in a 49-18 regular-season finale win over Pontotoc (Pontotoc, Miss.). The win for the 8-3 record Panthers clinched a No. 1 seed in the upcoming Class 4A state playoffs. Williams, who earlier passed for 505 yards and six scores in a game, has over 3,500 aerial yards and 39 TDs this season.

MIDWEST

Darvell Harris, Dunbar (Chicago)

The 6-foot-4, 205-pound senior quarterback accounted for 573 total offense yards and six touchdowns in a 66-26 first-round Class 8A state playoff win over Taft (Chicago). Harris led the Mighty Men by completing 16-of-23 passes for 429 yards and five scores. In the first half, he was 13-of-18 for 393 yards with two TD passes to his brother, Travon, and three scoring aerials to his cousin, Jayton Dorsey. Overall, he also rushed six times for 144 yards, including a 67-yard TD run.

MIDLANDS

Rayshawn Simmons, Webster Groves (Webster Groves, Mo.)

Although Simmons is probably even better in basketball, his performance on the gridiron this past Friday when the Statesmen defeated Parkway North (St. Louis) 38-24 was too tough to ignore. The 6-foot-2 quarterback connected on 20-of-34 passes for 417 yards and four touchdowns and also scored a rushing touchdown. For the season, Simmons has now passed for 2,407 yards and 28 scores while leading Webster Groves to an 8-1 record. On the court, Simmons is drawing some recruiting interest from some major colleges. He drew raves last season when he scored 33 points for Webster Groves in a four-point loss to Chaminade (St. Louis), which was led by 40 points that night from eventual Gatorade National Player of the Year Bradley Beal.

WEST

D.J. Nelson, Logan (Logan, Utah)

He’s the younger brother of starting BYU quarterback Riley Nelson and has had an outstanding season leading an undefeated team. Nelson’s latest outing came in the first-round of the Class 4A state playoffs when he passed for six touchdowns and ran for two more scores in a 56-22 triumph over Herriman (West Herriman, Utah). The senior lacks the size of his brother so the major colleges haven’t been offering, but he has verbally committed to Utah State. In addition to the touchdowns, Nelson also rushed 17 times for 185 yards and completed 25-of-34 passes for 284 yards against Herriman. He split time as a junior with sophomore Luke Falk, who transferred at the start of this season to Oaks Christian (Westlake Village, Calif.) but has since returned to Logan.

ESPNHS Players of the Week

October, 27, 2011
10/27/11
10:11
AM ET
video(After games of Oct. 20-Oct. 22)

One player is chosen from each region of the country. The only other criteria is that no player will be chosen more than once during a season.

EAST

Dane Brown, Franklin Regional (Murrysville, Pa.)
Promising junior running back who has had a breakout season so far rushed for 226 yards on 21 carries and scored three touchdowns to help his undefeated Franklin Regional (Murrysville, Pa.) team move into sole possession of first-place in the WPIAL Class AAA Keystone Conference. The junior enters this week’s game against Greensburg Salem (Greensburg, Pa.) with 1,482 yards on the ground and 26 touchdowns with nearly 12 yards per carry on the season.

SOUTHEAST

Shuler Bentley, Byrnes (Duncan, S.C.)
The 6-foot-1, 180-pound sophomore quarterback had a first-half to remember in a 65-0 blowout rout of Hillcrest (Simpsonville, S.C.). He completed 21-of-31 passes for 288 yards and six touchdowns -- all with eight minutes left in the half -- as the Rebels led 42-0 at intermission. The six-TD effort was two short of the state record. After the opening game series came up empty, Bentley tossed for four touchdowns on nine plays, including three in a row, as the Rebels led 28-0 after a quarter. Shuler is the son of Rebels' offensive coordinator and athletic director Bobby Bentley, a former head coach who guided Byrnes to four straight state titles and numerous national rankings in the 2000s.

MIDWEST

Ian Woodworth, Marist (Chicago)
The 6-foot, 165-pound junior quarterback recorded his second straight eye-opening passing effort in a wild 56-51 victory over Joliet Catholic (Joliet, Ill.). He completed 35-of-45 passes for 557 yards and four touchdowns and rushed for a fifth score. A week earlier, in another shootout -- a 64-63 double-overtime win over Carmel (Mundelein, Ill.) -- he completed 33-of-51 aerials for 452 yards and eight TDs. His two-game totals entering this weekend are 1,009 passing yards and 12 scores. On the season, Woodworth also has passed for 2,598 yards and 28 touchdowns.

MIDLANDS

Jerame Littell, Stillwater (Stillwater, Okla.)
One week after Littell helped Stillwater to a big win against region-ranked Owasso (Owasso, Okla.), the 6-foot-4, 195-pound senior quarterback passed for seven touchdowns to lead the Pioneers past Enid (Enid, Okla.) 52-28. Littell, regarded as one of the top quarterbacks in the state, completed 15-of-25 passes for 288 yards. He also increased his season totals to 2,627 yards and 31 touchdowns. Littell has surpassed several Stillwater passing totals that were once set by Matt Holliday, currently playing in the World Series for the St. Louis Cardinals.

WEST

Jake LaCoste, West Albany (Albany, Ore.)
Just a sophomore, LaCoste put his name atop the all-time best single-game list for Oregon running backs by rushing for 508 yards on 39 carries and scoring five touchdowns as his team beat Silverton (Silverton, Ore.) 35-21. Despite missing the final 11 minutes of the game with a bruised knee and going against an opponent that like West Albany also was among the top 10 in the Class 5A state rankings, LaCoste broke the previous state record of 481 yards set in 1998 by Joel Williams of North Douglas (Drain, Ore.). LaCoste is following the path of older brother Anthony, who is now playing at Air Force. Anthony rushed for 6,419 yards and scored 87 touchdowns during his years at West Albany. Jake already has 1,589 yards and 17 scores this year so with two years to go it looks like older brother’s records will be beaten by younger brother.

ESPNHS Players of the Week

October, 19, 2011
10/19/11
11:44
AM ET
(After games of Oct. 13-Oct. 15)

One player is chosen from each region of the country. The only other criteria is that no player will be chosen more than once during a season.

EAST
Jamauri Bogan, Union (Union, N.J.)

The most amazing total of Bogan’s big night in leading Union past previously unbeaten and state-ranked Elizabeth (Elizabeth, N.J.) 43-21 is that the 5-foot-6, 150-pound sophomore carried the ball 50 times. Bogan piled up 376 yards in those 50 carries and scored six touchdowns. Bogan already has had varsity experience at Union when he sprinted and performed in relay events last spring in track. With the win, Union improved to 4-2 while Elizabeth fell to 5-1.

SOUTHEAST
Tucker Israel, Lake Nona (Orlando, Fla.)

The 6-foot, 180-pound freshman quarterback was near perfect in a record-setting performance during a 68-10 romp over Celebration (Celebration, Fla.). He completed 27 of 31 passes -- with the four incompletions being reported as drops -- for 534 yards and a state record 10 touchdown passes. The old mark of eight was shared by current University of Georgia QB Aaron Murray of Plant (Tampa, Fla.) in 2008 and Mike Mitchell of Colonial (Orlando, Fla.) in 1998. Israel had eight TD passes in the first half for another state record and a share of the listed national mark. Israel's big game pushed his season totals to over 1,800 passing yards and 24 scores. He is a cousin of former Central Florida college quarterback Kyle Israel, who in 2007 led the Knights to their first C-USA championship. It’s also interesting to note that Lake Nona didn’t win a game in 2010. The team improved to 5-1 after defeating Celebration.

MIDWEST
Maty Mauk, Kenton (Kenton, Ohio)

The 6-foot-2, 195-pound senior quarterback -- who is on track to break national career passing records held by his brother, Ben -- had his second straight 600-yard offensive game effort in a 70-33 win over Celina (Celina, Ohio). The University of Missouri recruit led unbeaten Kenton with 600 total offense yards and accounted for 10 touchdowns. He completed 33 of 48 passes for 497 yards and eight TDs and rushed 13 times for 103 yards and two scores. In eight wins this year, Mauk has passed for 3,016 yards and 38 TDs and rushed for 936 yards and 12 scores. He’s now been chosen for this feature during his sophomore, junior and senior seasons.

MIDLANDS
Robbie Rhodes, Southwest (Fort Worth, Texas)

Sure, we could have gone with Rhodes’ teammate, quarterback Wesley Harris, for what both of them did during Southwest’s 66-21 victory over Arlington Heights (Fort Worth, Texas). But Harris only broke a state record for touchdown passes. Rhodes broke a state record and also tied a national standard. And besides, both of them are juniors so we have time to honor Harris. Rhodes, who is 5-foot-10, 165 pounds with a 4.5 in the 40 and a 33-inch vertical, caught 10 passes for 394 yards and eight touchdowns in the win. He tied the national record of eight TD catches set in 1998 by Earvin Johnson of Cathedral (Los Angeles). Harris, who has been throwing to Rhodes since the two were in elementary school, set his records by completing 20 of 30 passes for 562 yards and nine scores. What made the night more hard to believe is that it was against a formidable opponent. Arlington Heights entered the game at 6-0 and last year posted a dominating 37-14 win against Southwest. Rhodes’ and Harris’ team improved to 6-1.

WEST
Chris Brown, Bonney Lake (Bonney Lake, Wash.)

A 5-foot-11, 165-pound junior, Brown is the reported passing leader in Washington and may have had his best game yet in Friday’s 49-6 victory against Decatur (Federal Way, Wash.). He set a school record with seven touchdown passes while completing 17 of 35 throws for 394 yards. There also were no interceptions. For the season, Brown increased his totals to 2,581 yards and 30 touchdowns in seven games. He had earlier outings that included five touchdowns rushing in one game plus 42 of 69 for 478 yards and six touchdowns in a victory against White River (Buckley, Wash.). Brown’s team has suffered two defeats on the season, however, and in two weeks will be hard-pressed going up against unbeaten and state-ranked Lakes (Lakewood, Wash.).

ESPNHS Football Players of the Week

October, 13, 2011
10/13/11
9:46
AM ET
After games of Oct. 6-Oct. 8

One player is chosen from each region of the country. The only other criteria is that no player will be chosen more than once during a season.

EAST
Isiah Neely, Our Lady of Sacred Heart (Coraopolis, Pa.)

The 5-foot-9, 170-pound junior running back rushed 32 times for 370 yards and six touchdowns as the Chargers ruined homecoming for Riverview (Oakmont, Pa.) with a 41-21 triumph. Neely scored on runs of 9, 30, 13, 34, 53 and 43 yards and has 1,114 yards and 15 TDs in six games this season. The junior tailback has 604 yards in his past two weeks alone, and has been a bright spot for young program in the midst of its first winning streak in team history.

SOUTHEAST
Cordell Crisp, Bald Knob (Bald Knob, Ark.)

The 6-foot-3, 195-pound junior quarterback passed for 553 yards and seven touchdowns in a 71-46 shootout victory over Corning (Corning, Ark.). He completed 23 of 43 passes. In six games this season, Crisp has passed for 2,277 yards and 26 scores. Last season, he passed for 534 yards and eight touchdowns in a 70-34 win over Harrisburg (Harrisburg, Ark.).

MIDWEST
Chris Madden, St. Joseph (Kenosha, Wis.)

The 5-foot-8, 155-pound junior running back accounted for 423 total yards and rushed for seven touchdowns in a 67-46 shootout victory over Martin Luther (Greendale, Wis.). The win clinched a state playoff berth for the 6-2 record team now on a four-game win streak. Madden rushed for 388 yards on 35 carries with four of his seven rushing scores going for at least 35 yards.

MIDLANDS
Keon Hatcher, Owasso (Owasso, Okla.)

The 6-foot-2, 200-pound senior who has committed to Arkansas was the star player for Owasso when it upset FAB 50 No. 15 ranked Union (Tulsa, Okla.) 41-38. Hatcher hauled in the game-winning pass with 10 seconds left from quarterback Kason Key, but that was far from being his only big play. Earlier, he caught a 71-yard touchdown pass off a flanker reverse and finished with 12 catches for 234 yards. Owasso’s win broke a 94-game district win streak by Union that had lasted since 1997. It also was one reason why there is no Oklahoma team in the FAB 50 for the first time since 1999, when the FAB 50 format started. As a junior, Hatcher caught 76 passes for 1,075 yards and nine touchdowns.

WEST
D.J. Foster, Saguaro (Scottsdale, Ariz.)

Eight was enough for Foster as he reached the end zone eight times to lead Saguaro past Washington (Phoenix) 69-19. The 5-11, 190-pound senior only carried the ball eight times, but had 136 yards and five touchdowns. He added a score on a fumble return. As a junior for the 6-1 Sabercats, Foster earned ESPNHS Underclass All-American honors with 1,421 yards and 22 touchdowns rushing to go with 43 catches for 740 yards. The dual-threat talent has offers from Arizona State, Nebraska and Oregon, among others.

ESPNHS Football Players of the Week

October, 6, 2011
10/06/11
11:50
AM ET

(After games of Sept. 29-Oct. 1)

One player is chosen from each region of the country. The only other criteria is that no player will be chosen more than once during a season.

EAST

Mark Green, Quince Orchard (Gaithersburg, Md.)
Green, a sturdy senior tailback, rumbled for 271 yards on 38 carries, including the decisive game-winning score on a 19-yard run with just over three minutes left, to give his team a clutch 9-6 win against Seneca Valley (Germantown, Md.) and keep the Cougars undefeated. Just 11 months ago, Green topped the 200-yard mark against Seneca Valley and also scored the game-winner.

SOUTHEAST

Joseph Yearby, Miami Central (Miami, Fla.)
The touted 5-foot-10, 195-pound sophomore running back put on a show as the Rockets rallied from behind to defeat the state’s top-ranked Class 8A team, Columbus (Miami, Fla.), 37-34 in a clash of unbeatens. Already on the college recruiting radar after his freshman season, Yearby scored the game-winning touchdown on a 3-yard burst with 22 seconds left in the game. He finished with 292 rushing yards and four scores and added a pass reception touchdown. In the game-winning, 12-play, 75-yard drive, he carried eight times, including two big third down conversions. In four games, the touted sophomore has rushed for 925 yards.

MIDWEST

Jake Disterhaupt, Moose Lake/Willow River (Moose Lake, Minn.)
The 6-foot-1, 185-pound junior running back scored six touchdowns and accounted for 328 yards as the Rebels (5-0) extended their regular season win streak to 43 games with a 60-16 romp over previously unbeaten host Deer River (Deer River, Minn.). Disterhaupt rushed for 213 yards and four scores and added 115 receiving yards and two touchdowns. On the season, he has scored 17 touchdowns and rushed for 813 yards.

MIDLANDS

Dylan Sheffield, Wichita Falls (Wichita Falls, Texas)
Massive passing totals can often come in losing efforts, so the best aspect of Sheffield’s record-breaking 683-yard output on Friday is that it came in a pulsating 53-49 victory against Denton (Denton, Texas). Sheffield completed 35 of 50 passes for his 683 yards to surpass the previous Texas record of 634 set in 2009 by Mac Morse from J.J. Pearce (Richardson, Texas). With just 28 seconds left, Sheffield connected on his biggest pass of the night to teammate Chance Garey that went for an 81-yard touchdown. The huge play enabled the Coyotes to stun Denton after Denton had taken a 49-46 lead with 54 seconds remaining. Sheffield, who also ended with seven touchdown passes in the game, started for Wichita Falls as a junior and also is a pitcher for the baseball team. The national record of 764 yards passing for one game was set in 2000 by David Koral of Palisades (Pacific Palisades, Calif.).

WEST

Gabe Lumas, Kingman (Kingman, Ariz.)
It’s not often that a player from a team that just won its first game gets an honor such as this, but it’s even more rare what Lumas did to lead the Bulldogs past Flagstaff (Flagstaff, Ariz.) 48-21 Friday night in the Walkup Skydome. The senior cornerback, who also is one of the team’s top wide receivers, came up with seven interceptions. Lumas’ seven interceptions is reportedly tied for third on the all-time national list and is probably a state record, although no category exists in the Arizona Interscholastic Association record lists. The reported national record is nine, set in 1981 by Ken Goin of Broome (Spartanburg, S.C.). Lumas brought back the very first of his interceptions for a 38-yard touchdown and an early 7-0 lead for his team. He came up with three more picks in the first half and had three more in the second half. His interceptions also totaled 147 yards in returns and he had two catches in the same game for 60 yards and one score. Lumas had three interceptions for his entire junior season. He also caught 33 passes as a receiver.

ESPNHS Football Players of the Week

September, 28, 2011
9/28/11
5:27
PM ET
(After games of Sept. 22-24)

One player is chosen from each region of the country. The only other criteria is that no player will be chosen more than once during a season.

EAST

Brenden Lytton, Torrington (Torrington, Conn.)
In a 66-28 triumph over Wolcott (Wolcott, Conn.) on Saturday, Lytton helped his team bounce back from a tough loss to Ansonia (Ansonia, Conn.). He piled up 426 yards rushing on 24 carries and scored six touchdowns. Lytton also threw a 15-yard touchdown pass. Last season as a junior, the 5-foot-10, 185-pounder rampaged for 2,502 yards and scored 29 times, including a state-record total of nine touchdowns in one game. Two other running backs for Torrington also topped 100 yards in the same game as the team total was 650 yards.

SOUTHEAST

Kenrick Burns, Fort Smith Northside (Fort Smith, Ark.)
The 5-foot-11, 200-pound senior quarterback accounted for 567 total offense yards and seven touchdowns in a 70-51 shootout victory over Heritage (Rogers, Ark.). Burns completed 31 of 40 passes for 486 yards and four scores and also rushed 21 times for 81 yards and three touchdowns. His favorite receiver, Shaquille Jones, caught 14 passes for 276 yards and three of the TDs. Burns is the younger brother of former Northside standout quartertback Kodi Burns, who was a wide receiver on Auburn's 2010 national championship team.

MIDWEST

Andrew Copp, Skyline (Ann Arbor, Mich.)
The 6-foot, 180-pound senior quarterback broke a state single game passing record with 557 yards in a 52-49 shootout loss to rival Pioneer (Ann Arbor, Mich.). Copp completed 31 of 49 passes with seven touchdowns. As a junior, Copp passed for over 2,400 yards and 23 scores while leading the new school’s first-ever varsity team. Copp is a three-sport performer for the Eagles who also plays baseball and hockey and was a member of the U.S. Under-18 Junior Hockey team. In Copp's record-setting game, Pioneer running back Drake Johnson rushed 30 times for 394 yards and six touchdowns. Sounds like the beginning of an exciting crosstown rivalry.

MIDLANDS

Parker Ash, Prestonwood Christian (Plano, Texas)
Ash, a 6-foot-4, 205-pound senior who led Prestonwood Christian to last year’s Texas private schools’ Division I state title, connected on 34 of 58 passes for 510 yards and seven touchdowns in a 62-34 win over John Paul II (Plano, Texas). Ash fired three of his scoring passes in the fourth quarter when the Lions surged ahead after falling behind 34-33. Nine of Ash’s passes were caught by 6-foot-9 Zach Peters, a standout on Prestonwood Christian’s basketball team who is headed to Kansas.

WEST

Jack Singler, South Medford (Medford, Ore.)
Football and sports are a family affair for Singler, who had a monster outing throwing the ball during South Medford’s 42-14 romp last week against Crater (Central Point, Ore.). The senior quarterback connected on 22 of 27 passes for 424 yards and five touchdowns. He also is a main reason that the Panthers have started the season 4-0. Singler’s top target was best friend Mitch Retzlaff, who hauled in 13 catches for a school-record 256 yards and three scores. Singler plays for his father, South Medford coach Bill Singler, a former assistant under Bill Walsh at Stanford. His brother, Mitch, is a wide receiver at Oregon State. One of his cousins, Kyle, was an All-American basketball player at Duke. His cousin, E.J., plays basketball at the University of Oregon.

ESPNHS Players of the Week

September, 22, 2011
9/22/11
2:00
PM ET
(After games of Sept. 15-17)

One standout performer is chosen from each region of the country. The only other criteria is that no player will be chosen more than once during a season.

EAST

Rushel Shell, Hopewell (Aliquippa, Pa.)

With an ideal name for a standout running back, Shell has been running all over fields in Western Pennsylvania for years now. This past week’s epic outing in a 56-28 drubbing of Moon Area (Moon Township, Pa.) saw him rush for 366 yards and score six touchdowns. His streak of consecutive games with 100 yards on the ground is now at 32, and he needs just 135 yards to top the all-time WPIAL rushing record. Shell added 101 yards receiving in the monster outing and had scoring runs of 59, 39, 68 and 46 yards in the second half.

SOUTHEAST

Caleb Upton, Cathedral (Natchez, Miss.)
The 5-foot-10, 175-pound senior quarterback led his team back from a 33-14 deficit with 11:50 left to play in 36-33 defeat OF Stringer (Stringer, Miss.). The rally pushed the team’s record to 4-0. Upton ended with 532 passing yards and five scores, including three touchdown tosses of 7, 45 and 56 yards in the come-from-behind fourth quarter rally. Upton, also an all-state baseball catcher, is not a one-game wonder. As a junior, he passed for 471 yards and six touchdowns in a game.

MIDWEST

Blake Gimbel, Marshalltown (Marshalltown, Iowa)
The 6-foot-4, 170-pound junior quarterback broke an Iowa state record by passing for 562 yards in a 63-41 shootout victory over Sioux City East (Sioux City, Iowa). He connected on 42 of 62 passes with five touchdown tosses to five different receivers. The 42 completions was one short of the state mark of 43. The yardage mark bettered the previous state record of 542 set in 2007 by D.J. Freesmeier of Central Lee (Donnellson, Iowa). Gimbel opened the season with 405 passing yards vs. Roosevelt (Sioux City, Iowa). He has now passed for 1,922 yards in five games and could threaten the state single season mark of 3,729 yards set in 2007 by current University of Iowa quarterback James Vandenberg of Keokuk (Keokuk, Iowa).

SOUTHWEST

Mike McHugh, Kirkwood (Kirkwood, Mo.)
The 6-2, 185-pound senior who plays wide receiver and defensive back shined on both sides of the ball to lead Kirkwood past Hazelwood Central (Florrisant, Mo.) 47-0. On offense, McHugh caught four passes for 214 yards and three touchdowns, including one scoring play of 93 yards. On defense, he sparked the shutout by picking off a pass and running it back 98 yards for another touchdown. McHugh, who has committed to Northwestern, has led Kirkwood to a 3-0 record and a top five ranking in the St. Louis Post-Distpatch large schools poll.

WEST

Steven Long, Lake Oswego (Lake Oswego, Ore.)
It was a statement win for Long and his team as the Lakers outlasted Skyline (Sammamish, Wash.) 54-46. Facing a team that has been a perennial power in the Northwest, Long dialed in long scoring runs of 73 and 75 yards as part of a seven-touchdown night. Three other touchdowns were from at least 30 yards out. When the dust settled, Skyline quarterback Max Browne had set a new school record with 459 passing yards, but Long had almost as many on the ground with 28 carries for 424 yards. Long rushed for 1,156 yards and 19 touchdowns last season at Sherwood (Sherwood, Ore.) and transferred to Lake Oswego for this season. The win propelled the Lakers into this week’s ESPNHS West Region Top 20 rankings.

ESPNHS Players of the Week

September, 15, 2011
9/15/11
12:27
PM ET
(After games of Sept. 8-11)

One player is chosen from each region of the country. The only other criteria is that no player will be chosen more than once during a season.

EAST

DeVante McFarlane, Half Hollow Hills West (Dix Hills, N.Y.)
Before McFarlane heads to upstate New York to rock the orange and blue of Syracuse, he has some business to take care of in his senior campaign for Half Hollow Hills West. In the team’s first game of the season last week against Smithtown West (Smithtown, N.Y.), a rousing 34-14 win, McFarlane accounted for five total touchdowns, four on the ground, and dashed for 277 yards on 17 carries while throwing for a score as well. The ever-versatile talent is known for his skills as a tailback, but played quarterback, wide receiver and multiple spots on defense in his junior season, and is again playing all over the field in his final high school effort. He scored 10 touchdowns and accrued over 1,000 all-purpose yards last season, and will clearly best those numbers with more efforts like the one against Smithtown West. His 92-yard scramble with 7:54 to go not only cemented the victory, but earned him some pub as the East's Player of the Week.

SOUTHEAST

Fredi Knighten, Pulaski Academy (Little Rock, Ark.)
The 5-foot-10, 165-pound senior quarterback/athlete accounted for 556 total offense yards and eight touchdowns in a 64-34 victory over Cabot (Cabot, Ark.). Knighten completed 24 of 28 passes for 456 yards and six touchdowns and rushed 12 times for 100 yards and two scores. As a junior, Knighten passed for 4,324 yards and 54 touchdowns and rushed for over 800 yards. The versatile talent is hoping to get Pulaski back to the Class 4A state championship and this time win it after a 61-40 loss in the final last year to Shiloh Christian (Springdale, Ark.). Last summer, Knighten and his team won a second straight Shootout of the South 7-on-7 title with a win in the final over Allen (Allen, Texas), which is the No. 1 team in Texas so far this season.

MIDWEST

Mitch Trubisky, Mentor (Mentor, Ohio)
The 6-foot-3, 195-pound junior quarterback accounted for a school record 553 total offense yards as the Cardinals defeated perennial power St. Ignatius (Cleveland) 38-24. Trubisky connected on 28 of 44 passes for 469 yards and three touchdowns and also rushed for 84 yards and two scores against the Wildcats. Overall, Mentor had what is believed to be a school record 608 total offense yards. In his previous game, Trubisky accounted for 424 all-purpose yards and five touchdowns when Mentor defeated Ursuline (Youngstown, Ohio) 38-27. Ursuline has won the last three Division V state titles.

SOUTHWEST

Baker Mayfield, Lake Travis (Austin, Texas)
In the same game in which the Texas career touchdown scoring record fell to Aledo’s Johnathan Gray (who broke the previous record of 148), Mayfield stole the show by leading Lake Travis to a 62-35 victory. The junior quarterback connected on 27 of 37 passes for 468 yards and six touchdowns. He also improved his season totals to 999 yards through the air with 12 touchdowns and no interceptions. Lake Travis avenged a loss to Aledo last season so the win cemented the Cavaliers’ status as the top 4A team in the state. The last two Lake Travis quarterbacks earned big-time scholarships, including Mr. Football USA winner Garrett Gilbert three years ago to Texas. He was followed by Michael Brewer, now at Texas Tech.

WEST

D.J. Martin, Stockdale (Bakersfield, Calif.)
The 2010 Cal-Hi Sports State Sophomore of the Year and ESPNHS Sophomore All-American started his season with an amazing performance as Stockdale raced past East Bakersfield 60-16. Martin, who rushed for 1,900 yards and 23 touchdowns last season, set a school record by the third quarter with 405 yards on just 13 carries. He scored on bursts of 61, 30 and 80 yards in the second quarter, then added another 80-yarder in the third quarter. Martin did not play in the fourth quarter and for part of the third. His effort was harder to believe when you find out he was sick with a virus for three days earlier in the week.

Inside the FAB 50: No. 1 team opens at last

September, 8, 2011
9/08/11
2:08
PM ET
GAME OF THE WEEK

No. 6 Mission Viejo (Mission Viejo, Calif.) 1-0 at No. 1 Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, N.J.) 0-0, Saturday

The Ironmen are 2-0 in games against California teams with both wins coming against De La Salle of Concord.

Mission Viejo has traveled for games before to Washington and Ohio and has never lost although one win against Moeller (Cincinnati, Ohio) in 2007 was later reversed to a forfeit loss.

While the Diablos are traveling across the country, they have already played once (35-6 win over Centennial of Bakersfield, Calif.) compared to this being Don Bosco Prep’s long-awaited season opener. First game miscues are common in all levels of high school football so the Ironmen being at home could be somewhat negated.

The Ironmen start out with a 35-game winning streak and are seeking their fifth straight state title. They should be superb on defense with ends Darius Hamilton and Mike Strizak along with Yuri Wright and Elijah Shoemate in the secondary. The team’s only apparent question mark is at quarterback due to the graduation of two-year starter Gary Nova.

Mission Viejo’s offense should provide a stern test for that Don Bosco Prep defense. The Diablos can throw with quarterback Alex Bridgford (four touchdown passes last week) and they can run with USC-bound running back Jahleel Pinner. There’s also a veteran, well-coached, big and physical offensive line. If the upset happens, it’s probably because the Mission Viejo linemen have won a majority of the battles up front against the Ironmen and their own quick, strong group of linemen.

PLAYER TO WATCH

Alex Ross, Jenks (Jenks, Okla.)

The standout running back should be anxious to get on the field this week as the Trojans held him out of their season opening 54-13 win over Bixby (Bixby, Okla.) so he could heal for this week’s big Backyard Brawl rivalry matchup against Union (Tulsa, Okla.).

Before the season opener, Ross sprained his ankle in the Trojan Preview and he was a game-time decision to play in the season opener before being held out. According to the Tulsa World News, his status for the game against the Redskins is questionable while Ross himself said “probably not” when asked if he would play this week. Head coach Allan Trimble sounded a little more optimistic, telling the local newspaper, “His ankle is still sore but I’m sure he’ll play.”

Last season, the University of Oklahoma commit rushed for 1,548 yards and 27 touchdowns while also recording seven sacks on defense.

After both teams won last week, Jenks was No. 13 while Tulsa Union was No. 29 in this week’s FAB 50.

UPSET ALERT

No. 42 Gilman (Baltimore) 2-0 vs. No. 11 Good Counsel (Olney, Md.) 1-0, Saturday at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Annapolis, Md.

This game is for bragging rights in Maryland as well as standing in the FAB 50 rankings. The top two teams in the state -- one ranked No. 1 in the Baltimore area and the other No. 1 in the Washington, D.C., area -- clash in the Patriot Classic.

Both teams are coming off impressive wins to boost their FAB 50 stock. Good Counsel debuted with a 24-17 double-overtime win over ranked Florida power Manatee (Bradenton, Fla.). Gilman won its second game 51-27 over Virginia power Oscar Smith (Chesapeake, Va.), which had lost only two regular season games since 2004.

The ranked teams also boast two of the top recruited athletes in the land in Good Counsel's 6-foot, 185-pound wide receiver-defensive back Stefon Diggs and Gilman's 5-foot-10, 180-pound running back-defensive back Cyrus Jones. Both impressed last weekend.

The two Maryland powers met last year with Gilman prevailing 28-7. The result could be the same this year, especially with Gilman having two games under its belt and outscoring both foes by 119-36.

Upset Alerts so far this season: 0-1

TEAM ON THE RISE?

Acadiana (Acadiana, La.)

The defending Class 5A state champion is back to No. 1 in Louisiana after last year's runnerup and this year’s preseason No. 1, West Monroe (West Monroe, La.), was upset in its opener by Byrd (Shreveport, La.).

Acadiana debuted with a 36-13 victory over city rival Northside (Lafayette, La.). The Rams led 28-7 at halftime and cruised to the victory. Jeff Brown was the main offensive weapon with 17 carries for 148 yards and two touchdowns.

Acadiana, which finished last season with an on-field record of 14-1, should face an early-season test this Friday in the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans. A win by Acadiana over state Class 4A No. 1 St. Paul (Covington, La.) could vault the Rams into the FAB 50 picture. St. Paul debuted with an impressive 38-7 win over preseason Class 4A state No. 1 Karr (New Orleans, La.).

ESPNHS Football Players of the Week

September, 8, 2011
9/08/11
1:56
PM ET
(After games of Sept. 1-5)

One player is chosen from each region of the country. The only other criteria is that no player will be chosen more than once during a season.

EAST

Cyrus Jones, Gilman (Baltimore)

In Gilman’s 51-27 blowout victory over state power Oscar Smith (Chesapeake, Va.) last Friday night in the annual I-95 Classic at Morgan State University, Jones averaged over 16 yards per carry for 194 yards and three touchdowns on the ground. He also entered the end zone as a receiver and tallied 10 tackles and a blocked extra point attempt, proving there is little he can’t do on the field. "This is definitely one of the more complete games I've ever played," Jones told ESPNU after the game. This versatile -- and undeclared -- talent showed off his skills this summer at Nike’s The Opening and at the Champion Gridiron Kings events and is ranked as the No. 4 overall athlete in the ESPNU 150 and the No. 34 player overall.

SOUTHEAST

Dillon Yazel, Hackett (Hackett, Ark.)

The 5-foot-11, 170-pound senior running back had a season-opening game to remember. He totaled 462 offensive yards and scored seven touchdowns in a 58-35 victory over Gore (Gore, Okla.). Yazel rushed 14 times for a school-record 415 yards and six touchdowns. He also landed two pass receptions for 47 yards and another score.

MIDWEST

Gehrig Dieter, Washington (South Bend, Ind.)

The 6-foot-3, 195-pound senior wide receiver etched his name into the national record book in a 63-10 rout of Elkhart Central (Elkhart, Ind.). Dieter amassed a record 437 reception yards on only 12 catches and scored three touchdowns of 90, 70 and 66 yards. The Panthers totaled 487 passing yards on 17 completions. Dieter also returned a pass interception 46 yards to score a fourth touchdown. In three games this season, the senior has 1,158 yards receiving and 11 touchdowns. The old single game national reception yardage mark of 421 yards was set in 2008 by J.D. Felice of Rose Bud, Ark.

SOUTHWEST

Marshall Williams, Flower Mound (Flower Mound, Texas)

There’s a reason that the 6-foot-5, 195-pound senior might not be too high yet on recruiting lists. It’s because he was a backup last year to Flower Mound’s Paul Millard, who passed for 4,491 yards and 47 touchdowns and signed a letter of intent with West Virginia. There’s also a reason why Williams might soon be moving up on recruiting lists. It’s because he has already passed for 944 yards and eight touchdowns (with just one interception) in his first two games. Williams completed 31 of 50 passes for 439 yards and four scores to lead Flower Mound past Boyd (McKinney, Texas) 44-36 last weekend. In his first outing, Williams connected on 21 of 43 for 505 yards and four scores. That came, however, in a 42-41 loss to Jesuit of Dallas.

WEST

Austin Bray, Kingsburg (Kingsburg, Calif.)

This senior quarterback is the younger brother of University of Tennessee sophomore starter Tyler Bray. The younger Bray, who is coming back from an injury last season, opened the season with 426 yards by completing 15 of 26 passes and throwing six touchdowns in a nail-biting 45-40 win over San Luis Obispo (San Luis Obispo, Calif.). Zach Bethel led the receivers with six catches for 211 yards and three of the touchdowns. Kingsburg has won two consecutive CIF Central Section Division III championships.

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