Commentary

Regional Players of the Week

Updated: September 8, 2009, 1:59 PM ET
By Mark Tennis | ESPNRISE.com

A kicker with 67-yard range, a quarterback with six touchdown passes and a receiver with five touchdown catches highlight the ESPN RISE Regional Players of the Week.

East
Dan Scalo
Monroe-Woodbury (Central Valley, N.Y.)
After Monroe-Woodbury lost in last year's state final, Scalo had surgery on his throwing shoulder. If there were any doubts the senior would be even better this year, he erased them in a 64-34 victory over Binghamton (Binghamton, N.Y.). Scalo completed 8-of-9 passes for 247 yards and four touchdowns and ran for 181 yards and three scores on 19 carries. Monroe-Woodbury and Binghamton combined for more than 1,000 yards of offense in the game.

Southeast
Bo Bidgood
Lamar (Meridian, Miss.)
The senior wide receiver hauled in nine passes for 235 yards and five touchdowns and also ran for a touchdown in a 55-28 victory over Central Hinds (Raymond, Miss.). Lamar improved to 3-0 this season and the 55 points scored against Central Hinds were the first allowed this season by the Cougars, who blanked their first two opponents.

Midwest
Preston Brown
Northwest (Cincinnati, Ohio)
The senior running back-linebacker posted his second straight impressive effort this season. This past weekend, he ran for 249 yards and four touchdowns on only 13 carries in a 42-7 win over Amelia (Batavia, Ohio). The University of Cincinnati recruit opened the year with 191 rushing yards and five scores in a win over Finneytown (Cincinnati, Ohio).

Southwest
Scotty Young
Denton Ryan (Denton, Texas)

The prolific Young already has 12 touchdown passes through two games. The 6-foot-2, 180-pound senior tossed six scoring strikes in his first game and followed up by throwing for 367 yards and six more scores in a 64-36 win over Richardson Pearce (Richardson, Texas) this past weekend. Four of Young's touchdown passes went to junior wide receiver Bud Sasser. Young, who had 65 touchdown passes last year, has committed to Texas Tech.

West
Kip Smith
Legacy (Broomfield, Colo.)

The senior kicker boomed a 67-yard field at the end of the first half in Legacy's 28-7 victory over Mountain Range (Westminster, Colo.) last Friday. The kick broke the previous state record of 64 yards and was a yard shy of tying the reported national record of 68 set in 1985 by Dirk Borgognone of Reno (Reno, Nev.). Smith has committed to Minnesota and is an Under Armour All-American.