Each week, we’ll take an in-depth look at our All-State preseason football team and let you know how a few of those athletes are faring as the season progresses. We'll highlight a blue-chipper (a first-team player), an OTP (other top player) and an under-the-radar pick (someone who didn't make the squad but is making a case to be on the team).
This week, the Arizona all-time rushing record falls, a running back leads his team to a big victory over a tough opponent and the quarterback of one of the nation's top teams helps keep a win streak alive.
Blue Chip: Casey Jahn, Northwest Christian, RB
Who else would it be? Jahn is now the state's all-time leading rusher after his muted (by his standards) 197 yards on 21 carries. The senior surpassed the record, set by Dwayne Thomas of Tombstone in 2005. The old record was 6,506; the new record (for now) is 6,513. Jahn also scored twice in the game.
OTP: Alex Howard, Williams Field, RB
Howard was named the Southeast Valley Offensive Player of the Week by The Arizona Republic after helping Williams Field take down Apache Junction. Howard needed only 11 carries to amass 230 yards, and he scored five touchdowns in his team's 58-14 win over Apache Junction.
Under the Radar: Blake Kemp, Hamilton, QB
Unbeaten opponent? No problem for the nation's No. 19 team in the POWERADE FAB 50. The senior Kemp made sure to keep Hamilton's streak intact with 245 passing yards and three touchdowns. He also added a fourth on the ground as Hamilton extended its winning streak to 47 games with a 35-10 win over Desert Vista.