Wednesday, October 19, 2011
ESPNHS Players of the Week
By Mark Tennis & Doug Huff
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.).