A backup QB in Texas breaks loose for more than 600 passing yards in his first -- and possibly only -- start of the season.
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East Region Player of the Week
Dan Reed, Keystone (Knox, Pa.)
Reed did not outpass opposing QB Derek Buganza of Brockway (Brockway, Pa.), but his team won 56-40 and Reed had a stellar all-around game. Reed completed 19-of-32 passes for 331 yards and four touchdowns, and he rushed for 37 yards and one score. He came up big on defense as well with two interceptions. Buganza passed for 401 yards and five scores. Reed has 23 TDs passing and nine rushing this season.
Southeast Region Player of the Week
Robert Joseph, Northwestern (Rock Hill, S.C.)
The junior wide receiver caught 22 passes for 232 yards and two TDs in a 30-23 win over Gaffney (Gaffney, S.C.) that give Northwestern the Region 3-Class 4A title. Joseph's 34-yard reception for a score in the fourth quarter gave the Trojans a 30-16 lead that proved insurmountable. The big game pushed his season totals to 110 catches for 1,314 yards and 11 TDs.
Midwest Region Player of the Week
Caleb Watkins, Middletown (Middletown, Ohio)
The 6-foot-3, 210-pound senior quarterback accounted for 360 yards in leading the Middies to a 45-10 victory over Cincinnati Moeller (9-2), No. 41 in the ESPN FAB 50, in the first round of the Ohio Division 1 playoffs. Watkins rushed 18 times for 182 yards and two TDs and completed 13-of-19 passes for 178 yards and another score. He had 141 yards on 11 carries in the first half. Middletown (10-1), in the playoffs for the first time since 1990, lost only to league rival Cincinnati Colerain in the regular season.
Southwest Region Player of the Week
Mac Morse, J.J. Pearce (Richardson, Texas)
The junior quarterback, a solid backup to Caleb Lewis all season, got his first start against Newman-Smith (Carrollton, Texas) and -- although Newman-Smith posted a circus-like 70-56 win -- Morse completed 42-of-68 passes for 634 yards and four TDs. According to the Texas Football record book, no quarterback in state history had ever gone past 600 yards in a game. The previous record of 595 was set in 2006 by Alvaro Garcia of United (Laredo, Texas) against Reagan (San Antonio, Texas). Lewis missed the start with an injury but according to the Dallas Morning News will be back as a starter in this week's first playoff game.
West Region Player of the Week
Jeff Mathews, Camarillo (Camarillo, Calif.)
Mathews had six TD passes for the second straight game, this time in a 69-20 win over Hueneme (Oxnard, Calif.). Mathews also set a CIF Southern Section record with 594 yards passing against Hueneme. According to the Ventura Star, he completed 33-of-48 passes and surpassed the previous CIF Southern Section record of 564 yards set in 1996 by Doug Baughman of Bolsa Grande (Garden Grove, Calif.). Mathews led the Scorpions to their eighth win of the season and has passed for 2,566 yards and 31 touchdowns in nine games. The state record for yards passing in a game is 764, set in 2000 by David Koral of Palisades (Pacific Palisades, Calif.).