Thursday, September 1, 2011
ESPNHS Players of the Week
By Mark Tennis & Doug Huff
One player of the week is chosen from each region of the country. No player will be chosen more than once during a season.
(After games of Aug. 25-27)
David Sills, Red Lion Christian (Bear, Del.)
The freshman quarterback, who committed to USC as a seventh-grader, enjoyed a more than solid start to the season in guiding Red Lion Christian past defending Ohio Division V state champion Ursuline (Youngstown, Ohio) 54-18. Sills completed 17 of 21 passes against the host Fighting Irish for 221 yards and four scores. Red Lion Christian plays two more Ohio teams this season and also will meet teams from Virginia, Maryland, Florida and New Jersey. That could give the team and its quarterback more chances to impress.
Von Smith, West Oktibbeha (Maben, Miss.)
The junior quarterback recorded the third most prolific passing effort in state history with 532 yards in a 50-30 win over Montgomery County (Kilmichael, Miss.). Smith completed 20 of 23 passes with five going for touchdowns. The state mark is 562 yards. Smith's favorite receiver was senior wide receiver Dwight Quinn, who landed seven passes for 319 yards and four scores. Quinn’s yardage total is second in state history, just nine away from the record. Smith passed for more than 2,900 yards and 29 touchdowns as a sophomore.
Eric VanSwol, NorthPointe Christian (Grand Rapids, Mich.)
In his first-ever varsity start, VanSwol played only one half in a 61-13 romp of Bridgman (Bridgman, Mich.), but set a state record with seven touchdown passes. In addition to breaking the record for most touchdown passes in a half, VanSwol also tied the state mark for scoring passes in a game held by several players, including Wes Leonard of Fennville last season. VanSwol also completed 19 of 21 aerials for 348 yards in his two quarters of play.
Dorial Green-Beckham, Hillcrest (Springfield, Mo.)
Well, we’ll go ahead and get Green-Beckham chosen as a player of the week right off the bat. The freakishly-talented 6-foot-5, 220-pound wide receiver with sprinter’s speed showed an ESPNU national TV audience why he’s the No. 2 player in the ESPNU 150. He caught 18 passes for 284 yards and three touchdowns as Hillcrest defeat Seneca (Seneca, Mo.), 48-26. Green-Beckham achieved his career high for receptions in the game. Entering the season, Green-Beckham had career totals of 181 catches for 4,120 yards and 51 touchdowns.
Chad Chalich, Coeur d’Alene (Coeur d’Alene, Idaho)
In his first outing of the season, Chalich, who led Couer d’Alene to last year’s Class 5A state championship, completed 28 of 34 passes for 384 yards and three touchdowns in a 37-24 triumph over Rocky Mountain (Meridian, Idaho). The 6-foot-1, 185-pounder is not a national recruit like Eagle, Idaho’s Tanner Mangum. But while Mangum was out for most of last year with an injury, Chalich passed for 2,844 yards and 32 touchdowns and also ran for 541 yards and six more scores. Chalich also averaged 14 points per game last year for Coeur d’Alene’s basketball team.