Wednesday, September 28, 2011
ESPNHS Football Players of the Week
By By Mark Tennis & Doug Huff
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.