PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Jared Wiley completed 20 of 39 passes for 366 yards and four touchdowns as the Wildcats won an epic game over their nearby rival, the Belton Tigers, 58-55, in triple overtime. Wiley, who is committed to Texas as a tight end, moved to quarterback this season, and has the Wildcats sitting at 5-0 overall and 3-0 in District 12-6A.
Zane Russell completed 19 of 29 passes for 501 yards with three touchdowns. He also rushed six times for 73 yards and a touchdown. Russell threw to seven different receivers on the night against Houston Austin High School, a team that was picked third in the district in all the pre-season predictions.
“Zane is the ultimate Texas High School Student-Athlete. He is a leader both on and off the field. He is an exemplary student in the classroom and his character is impeccable. He is a tremendous team player who is always positive in all situations. He will represent this award in a way that would make you extremely proud.” – Head Coach Jim Holley
In a battle between last year’s 4A state champs (Carthage Division I and Pleasant Grove Division II), Capps completed 21 of 30 passes for 432 yards and three touchdowns. He threw a touchdown pass and a 2-point conversion pass to tie the game with 6:28 to play, and then drove Carthage 70 yards in the final two minutes for the game-winning touchdown.
Preston Johnson was a pure workhorse on both sides of the ball in the Trojans’ 48-34 district win over previously undefeated Groesbeck. Johnson carried 24 times for 214 yards and four touchdowns on offense. On defense, he made 11 tackles, one tackle for loss, one sack and one forced fumble.
Sabastion Porter was the standout player for the Bulldogs, leading Garrison to a 49-35 win over Linden-Kildare. Porter rushed the ball 32 times for 276 yards and five touchdowns. Porter also had a kickoff return for 40 yards. He has 1,112 yards and 18 touchdowns on the season.
“Sabastion is a work horse for the Bulldogs. He plays both sides of the ball, and all special teams. He is a selfless leader of this team, one of our captains and has the respect of everyone on the team. If he speaks on the field or in the locker room, everyone listens. His greatest attribute is that he wants everyone to be successful.” – Head Coach Larry Prince
In a 48-24 win over previously unbeaten Fort Worth Nolan, Crawford rushed 17 times for 175 yards and five touchdowns. He started the season at cornerback, but after an 0-2 start, he was moved to running back. Bishop Lynch has won all three games since.