(After games of Sept. 29-Oct. 1)
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.
Mark Green, Quince Orchard (Gaithersburg, Md.)
Green, a sturdy senior tailback, rumbled for 271 yards on 38 carries, including the decisive game-winning score on a 19-yard run with just over three minutes left, to give his team a clutch 9-6 win against Seneca Valley (Germantown, Md.) and keep the Cougars undefeated. Just 11 months ago, Green topped the 200-yard mark against Seneca Valley and also scored the game-winner.
Joseph Yearby, Miami Central (Miami, Fla.)
The touted 5-foot-10, 195-pound sophomore running back put on a show as the Rockets rallied from behind to defeat the state’s top-ranked Class 8A team, Columbus (Miami, Fla.), 37-34 in a clash of unbeatens. Already on the college recruiting radar after his freshman season, Yearby scored the game-winning touchdown on a 3-yard burst with 22 seconds left in the game. He finished with 292 rushing yards and four scores and added a pass reception touchdown. In the game-winning, 12-play, 75-yard drive, he carried eight times, including two big third down conversions. In four games, the touted sophomore has rushed for 925 yards.
Jake Disterhaupt, Moose Lake/Willow River (Moose Lake, Minn.)
The 6-foot-1, 185-pound junior running back scored six touchdowns and accounted for 328 yards as the Rebels (5-0) extended their regular season win streak to 43 games with a 60-16 romp over previously unbeaten host Deer River (Deer River, Minn.). Disterhaupt rushed for 213 yards and four scores and added 115 receiving yards and two touchdowns. On the season, he has scored 17 touchdowns and rushed for 813 yards.
Dylan Sheffield, Wichita Falls (Wichita Falls, Texas)
Massive passing totals can often come in losing efforts, so the best aspect of Sheffield’s record-breaking 683-yard output on Friday is that it came in a pulsating 53-49 victory against Denton (Denton, Texas). Sheffield completed 35 of 50 passes for his 683 yards to surpass the previous Texas record of 634 set in 2009 by Mac Morse from J.J. Pearce (Richardson, Texas). With just 28 seconds left, Sheffield connected on his biggest pass of the night to teammate Chance Garey that went for an 81-yard touchdown. The huge play enabled the Coyotes to stun Denton after Denton had taken a 49-46 lead with 54 seconds remaining. Sheffield, who also ended with seven touchdown passes in the game, started for Wichita Falls as a junior and also is a pitcher for the baseball team. The national record of 764 yards passing for one game was set in 2000 by David Koral of Palisades (Pacific Palisades, Calif.).
Gabe Lumas, Kingman (Kingman, Ariz.)
It’s not often that a player from a team that just won its first game gets an honor such as this, but it’s even more rare what Lumas did to lead the Bulldogs past Flagstaff (Flagstaff, Ariz.) 48-21 Friday night in the Walkup Skydome. The senior cornerback, who also is one of the team’s top wide receivers, came up with seven interceptions. Lumas’ seven interceptions is reportedly tied for third on the all-time national list and is probably a state record, although no category exists in the Arizona Interscholastic Association record lists. The reported national record is nine, set in 1981 by Ken Goin of Broome (Spartanburg, S.C.). Lumas brought back the very first of his interceptions for a 38-yard touchdown and an early 7-0 lead for his team. He came up with three more picks in the first half and had three more in the second half. His interceptions also totaled 147 yards in returns and he had two catches in the same game for 60 yards and one score. Lumas had three interceptions for his entire junior season. He also caught 33 passes as a receiver.