Last week, Trey Crook won the honors after a tight contest with Holston's Seth Thomas. The two quarterbacks put on a show and made it awfully hard for the panel to choose who was better. This week, the panel had it pretty easy. One district runner put on a show all by himself and shows no signs of slowing down anytime this season.
So who won this week's POTW honors?
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If you're a Patrick Henry fan, you've got to be feeling pretty good about your team right now even after last Friday's defeat to John Battle. The Rebels started the season 3-0, the first time they've done that since 1998. While some will argue that their competition level in those first three games was low (those teams combine for a 2-12 record right now) it's still meaningful for the Rebels who had previously only won 5 games combined in the four years leading up to this season. The tides are turning down in Glade Spring and the fans and coaches there have a lot to look forward to. I just entered PH's roster into the Game Cast app and noticed the amount of youth on "Malibu" Mark Palmer's team is astounding. If my sources are accurate, PH only has 7 seniors. Combine that with 14 freshmen, 7 sophomores, and 14 juniors and you have a pretty young group. They're experienced though, many of the key players Palmer employs have had three and four years of varsity experience. Combine all this with a solid transfer junior quarterback, Zach Wright, and the Rebels have a lot to cheer about all of a sudden.
We're already approaching week 6 of high school football. Can you believe it? We must be having fun because time is flying by.
Two weeks ago the panel breezed to a unamious decision - Trey Skeens, all day.
Last week the panel struggled but at least two agreed - Elijah Onks.
This week there was a tie. A big tie. And I'm the tie breaker - lucky me.
The tied votes were between two quarterbacks who squared off in a single game. It's rare that a player of a losing team even makes the list, but this guy had to. This quarterback led his team with 273 yards passing, completed 50% of 24 pass attempts, and scored 4 total touchdowns including three through the air against a notable defense. A defense, I might add, that had allowed no more than 27 points all season, and that was to district power George Wythe. 39 is a large point total for a losing team and it certainly earned the panel's respect. But across the line of scrimmage, the other quarterback completed over 54% of his 11 attempts for 99 yards, 3 TD's through the air, and 2 more on the ground to lead his team to triumph.
So, who earned the honors?
For most of us high school sports fans, it's football season and football season only. I'm guilty of it, too. Even as a lifelong baseball fan, as soon as NFL and college football kickoff, America's favorite passtime quickly becomes my favorite naptime and all I do is eat and breathe football for five straight months. But, it is imperative that we are prudent toward other sports. While the boys of fall are smacking their pads together and soaking up all the media attention, athletes in other sports are also competing for playoff glory too and their efforts should not go underecognized.
Golf and cross-country are late in their respective seasons but volleyball is right smack in the middle and things appear to be getting mildly interesting. Unfortunately, I'm woefully behind on keeping track of the local volleyball teams partly due to the unavailability of the information online. Again, I live too far away from Bristol to justify a subscription to the BHC, so if it doesn't make it online, it likely doesn't make it on here. That being said, it's always hard to find results from volleyball tournaments even via print media and our teams have been involved in two: the Fort Chiswell and Northwood invitationals. I've looked for...