ESPNHS Football Players of the Week

After games of Oct. 6-Oct. 8

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.


Isiah Neely, Our Lady of Sacred Heart (Coraopolis, Pa.)

The 5-foot-9, 170-pound junior running back rushed 32 times for 370 yards and six touchdowns as the Chargers ruined homecoming for Riverview (Oakmont, Pa.) with a 41-21 triumph. Neely scored on runs of 9, 30, 13, 34, 53 and 43 yards and has 1,114 yards and 15 TDs in six games this season. The junior tailback has 604 yards in his past two weeks alone, and has been a bright spot for young program in the midst of its first winning streak in team history.


Cordell Crisp, Bald Knob (Bald Knob, Ark.)

The 6-foot-3, 195-pound junior quarterback passed for 553 yards and seven touchdowns in a 71-46 shootout victory over Corning (Corning, Ark.). He completed 23 of 43 passes. In six games this season, Crisp has passed for 2,277 yards and 26 scores. Last season, he passed for 534 yards and eight touchdowns in a 70-34 win over Harrisburg (Harrisburg, Ark.).


Chris Madden, St. Joseph (Kenosha, Wis.)

The 5-foot-8, 155-pound junior running back accounted for 423 total yards and rushed for seven touchdowns in a 67-46 shootout victory over Martin Luther (Greendale, Wis.). The win clinched a state playoff berth for the 6-2 record team now on a four-game win streak. Madden rushed for 388 yards on 35 carries with four of his seven rushing scores going for at least 35 yards.


Keon Hatcher, Owasso (Owasso, Okla.)

The 6-foot-2, 200-pound senior who has committed to Arkansas was the star player for Owasso when it upset FAB 50 No. 15 ranked Union (Tulsa, Okla.) 41-38. Hatcher hauled in the game-winning pass with 10 seconds left from quarterback Kason Key, but that was far from being his only big play. Earlier, he caught a 71-yard touchdown pass off a flanker reverse and finished with 12 catches for 234 yards. Owasso’s win broke a 94-game district win streak by Union that had lasted since 1997. It also was one reason why there is no Oklahoma team in the FAB 50 for the first time since 1999, when the FAB 50 format started. As a junior, Hatcher caught 76 passes for 1,075 yards and nine touchdowns.


D.J. Foster, Saguaro (Scottsdale, Ariz.)

Eight was enough for Foster as he reached the end zone eight times to lead Saguaro past Washington (Phoenix) 69-19. The 5-11, 190-pound senior only carried the ball eight times, but had 136 yards and five touchdowns. He added a score on a fumble return. As a junior for the 6-1 Sabercats, Foster earned ESPNHS Underclass All-American honors with 1,421 yards and 22 touchdowns rushing to go with 43 catches for 740 yards. The dual-threat talent has offers from Arizona State, Nebraska and Oregon, among others.