(After games of Oct. 20-Oct. 22)
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.
Dane Brown, Franklin Regional (Murrysville, Pa.)
Promising junior running back who has had a breakout season so far rushed for 226 yards on 21 carries and scored three touchdowns to help his undefeated Franklin Regional (Murrysville, Pa.) team move into sole possession of first-place in the WPIAL Class AAA Keystone Conference. The junior enters this week’s game against Greensburg Salem (Greensburg, Pa.) with 1,482 yards on the ground and 26 touchdowns with nearly 12 yards per carry on the season.
Shuler Bentley, Byrnes (Duncan, S.C.)
The 6-foot-1, 180-pound sophomore quarterback had a first-half to remember in a 65-0 blowout rout of Hillcrest (Simpsonville, S.C.). He completed 21-of-31 passes for 288 yards and six touchdowns -- all with eight minutes left in the half -- as the Rebels led 42-0 at intermission. The six-TD effort was two short of the state record. After the opening game series came up empty, Bentley tossed for four touchdowns on nine plays, including three in a row, as the Rebels led 28-0 after a quarter. Shuler is the son of Rebels' offensive coordinator and athletic director Bobby Bentley, a former head coach who guided Byrnes to four straight state titles and numerous national rankings in the 2000s.
Ian Woodworth, Marist (Chicago)
The 6-foot, 165-pound junior quarterback recorded his second straight eye-opening passing effort in a wild 56-51 victory over Joliet Catholic (Joliet, Ill.). He completed 35-of-45 passes for 557 yards and four touchdowns and rushed for a fifth score. A week earlier, in another shootout -- a 64-63 double-overtime win over Carmel (Mundelein, Ill.) -- he completed 33-of-51 aerials for 452 yards and eight TDs. His two-game totals entering this weekend are 1,009 passing yards and 12 scores. On the season, Woodworth also has passed for 2,598 yards and 28 touchdowns.
Jerame Littell, Stillwater (Stillwater, Okla.)
One week after Littell helped Stillwater to a big win against region-ranked Owasso (Owasso, Okla.), the 6-foot-4, 195-pound senior quarterback passed for seven touchdowns to lead the Pioneers past Enid (Enid, Okla.) 52-28. Littell, regarded as one of the top quarterbacks in the state, completed 15-of-25 passes for 288 yards. He also increased his season totals to 2,627 yards and 31 touchdowns. Littell has surpassed several Stillwater passing totals that were once set by Matt Holliday, currently playing in the World Series for the St. Louis Cardinals.
Jake LaCoste, West Albany (Albany, Ore.)
Just a sophomore, LaCoste put his name atop the all-time best single-game list for Oregon running backs by rushing for 508 yards on 39 carries and scoring five touchdowns as his team beat Silverton (Silverton, Ore.) 35-21. Despite missing the final 11 minutes of the game with a bruised knee and going against an opponent that like West Albany also was among the top 10 in the Class 5A state rankings, LaCoste broke the previous state record of 481 yards set in 1998 by Joel Williams of North Douglas (Drain, Ore.). LaCoste is following the path of older brother Anthony, who is now playing at Air Force. Anthony rushed for 6,419 yards and scored 87 touchdowns during his years at West Albany. Jake already has 1,589 yards and 17 scores this year so with two years to go it looks like older brother’s records will be beaten by younger brother.