Regional Players of the Week
Two quarterbacks put up eye-popping stats, while an Indiana running back went wild in leading his team to a playoff victory.
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East Region Player of the Week
Turner Baty, New Canaan (Conn.)
A 6-foot-3, 205-pound quarterback, Baty played last year at Menlo-Atherton (Atherton, Calif.) and actually began his senior season vying for a starting job at ESPN RISE FAB 50 No. 1 St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.). After arriving in Connecticut, it didn't take long for Baty to earn the starter's role and then to show what he's capable of. In undefeated New Canaan's 42-7 win over Wilton (Conn.), Baty completed 21 of 33 passes for 383 yards and six touchdowns. Over the last three weeks, he has passed for 1,110 yards and 11 scores with just one interception. Baty actually played for St. Thomas Aquinas in its first game on Aug. 29 and did not make his first start for the Rams until Oct. 9.
Southeast Region Player of the Week
Anthony Carrothers, Independence (Charlotte, N.C.)
He's only 5-foot-8, but in the last three years Carrothers has been a giant in North Carolina prep football. He had one of his best games last Friday with 439 yards and four touchdowns through the air as the Patriots overwhelmed Myers Park (Charlotte, N.C.), 76-31. Carrothers added another score on the ground while three of his teammates went past 100 yards in receiving. This week, Carrothers and the FAB 50-ranked and unbeaten Patriots face a major showdown with FAB 50-ranked and unbeaten Butler (Matthews, N.C.).
Midwest Region Player of the Week
D'Angelo Roberts, Bloomington North (Bloomington, Ind.)
The Cougars' running back had a game to remember in the Class 5A state playoffs. He rushed 35 times for 421 yards and five touchdowns, including the final two scores of the game in a come-from-behind 49-42 victory over Whiteland (Ind.). Roberts scored on runs of 70, 55, 40, 7 and 3 yards. The Cougars trailed 28-14 at halftime and 35-28 entering the fourth quarter. Roberts scored the final two TDs to rally North from a 42-35 deficit. The 5-10, 175-pound junior has gone past 2,000 yards rushing for the season and is reportedly gaining recruiting attention from several Big Ten colleges, including Indiana, Illinois and Michigan State.
Southwest Region Player of the Week
Blake Bell, Bishop Carroll (Wichita, Kan.)
It's time for the playoffs to begin, and Bell certainly seems warmed up. Bell, an Elite 11 QB who's bound for Oklahoma, led Bishop Carroll to a 61-35 win last Friday over Liberal (Kan.). Bell accounted for nine total touchdowns, five throwing and four on the ground.
West Region Player of the Week
Austin Denton, Marysville-Pilchuck (Marysville, Wash.)
Going over 200 yards in rushing for a game is old news for Denton, but in last Friday's 49-28 victory over Oak Harbor (Gig Harbor, Wash.) he he bumped up his output to 323 yards and three scores on 20 carries.. Denton, a 5-10, 205-pounder, has led Marysville-Pilchuck to a 9-0 record on the season. He will enter the state playoffs with eight 200-yard outings for the season and has 1,919 yards and 19 touchdowns. He is within shouting distance of the state single-season record of 2,676 yards set in 1997 by Matthias Wilson of Ferndale (Wash.).