(After games of Nov. 17-19)
One player is chosen from each region of the country. The only other criteria is that no player will be chosen more than once during a season.
Pete Coughlin, Upper St. Clair (Upper St. Clair, Pa.)
In a game that featured as many as eight Division I commits between the two rosters, Upper St. Clair upset POWERADE FAB 50 No. 13 and previously unbeaten Central Catholic (Pittsburgh) 28-14 thanks to an unlikely star performance among so many proven stars on the field. With starting quarterback Dakota Conwell out of the crucial WPIAL AAAA playoff battle due to injury, first-time starter Coughlin, a junior, finished with 209 yards rushing on 21 carries, including an epic 73-yard dash that turned the momentum of the game. He also threw a clutch 25-yard touchdown pass that sealed the pivotal win and put his team into a rematch of last year's AAAA final with North Allegheny (Wexford, Pa) next Saturday. Reports suggest that Coughlin was so nervous during the tense game that he got sick early in the first half, but it didn't show on the field.
Rayshawn Jenkins, Admiral Farragut (St. Petersburg, Fla.)
This 6-foot-1, 190-pound senior was used at tailback for the first time this season and responded with 356 yards and three touchdowns on 14 carries as the 10-1 Bluejackets handed Evangelical Christian (Fort Myers, Fla.) its first loss with a 48-24 victory in the Class 2A state playoffs. He scored on runs of 76, 50 and 80 yards. Jenkins, who has committed to the University of Miami and participated in Champion Gridiron Kings last summer, normally plays wide receiver and defensive back. But this isn’t the first time that Jenkins has dominated Evangelical Christian in the postseason as a running back — he ran for 249 yards in a playoff win last year.
Leo Musso, Waunakee (Waunakee, Wis.)
This 5-foot-11, 195-pound senior workhorse running back led the Warriors to their third straight Division 2 state title and their 36th straight win in a 45-0 rout of Waterford (Waterford, Wis.). Musso rushed 27 times for 181 yards and four touchdowns to break the previous D-2 state title game record and he tied the all-division state final standard. Musso scored on runs of 28, 41, 4 and 27 yards. He already has been selected first team All-Class, All-State by the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association. Prior to this season, Musso showcased his considerable athleticism by earning the top SPARQ rating (120.27) at the Nike SPARQ Combine in Chicago last March.
Trent Hosick, Staley (Kansas City, Mo.)
In probably the wildest game in the nation this week and one of the wildest in Missouri state playoff history, Hosick paced the unbeaten Falcons to a 76-70 win in four overtimes over Lee’s Summit West (Lee’s Summit, Mo.) in the Class 5 state semifinals. The 6-foot-2, 220-pound junior, who could be the top junior quarterback prospect in the state, rushed 40 times for 261 yards and scored six touchdowns. He also completed 6-of-10 passes for 110 yards and one score. For the season, Hosick has rushed for 1,963 yards and 27 touchdowns and has passed for 1,331 yards and 10 TDs. With the win, Hosick’s team advanced to this weekend’s Show-Me Bowl for the Class 5 championship against Kirkwood (Kirkwood, Mo.) at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis.
Chase Hansen, Lone Peak (Highland, Utah)
Playing on the same Rice-Eccles Stadium turf in which he’ll play in college for the University of Utah, this 6-foot-4, 210-pound senior quarterback concluded a fantastic season by leading the Knights past Fremont (Plain City, Utah) 41-21 in the Class 5A state championship game. Hansen passed for 242 yards and three touchdowns and also rushed for 233 yards plus two more scores. Hansen also pushed his final season totals to 3,066 yards and 35 touchdowns through the air. As a runner, he ended with 1,404 yards and scored 16 times. With the win, Lone Peak won its first state title, completed a 14-0 season and gave the team a chance to finish in the final POWERADE FAB 50 national rankings.