Football: National Players of the Week – Week 11
These honorees are chosen based on performances from games played from Oct. 31-Nov. 2 and they are based on the same regional breakdowns as our regional top 20 team rankings.
Mark Pyles (Lebanon, Pa.)
Lebanon’s football team struggled to an 0-10 record last season, but with Pyles leading the way the Cedars are in the playoffs.
A 6-0, 200-pound senior quarterback who once was a freshman starter in the secondary, Pyles directed Lebanon to a 45-17 win last week over Elizabethtown. He completed 21 of 32 passes for 484 yards and six touchdowns and he rushed for a 15-yard score. He threw most of his passes toward teammate Jeremy De La Cruz, who had 10 catches for 175 yards and three scores.
For the season, Pyles has passed for 2,548 yards and 26 TDs and he’s also rushed for nearly 1,100 yards. On top of all that, he is No. 1 academically in his senior class with a 4.60 GPA.
Cade Willingham (South Side, Jackson, Tenn.)
The season came to an end for Willingham and his teammates despite a wild-and-wacky 70-52 win over Bolivar Central. But the sophomore quarterback made a name for himself in that finale.
Helping the Hawks survive a five-TD rushing performance by Bolivar Central’s Keyon Crisp, Willingham completed 22 of 40 passes for 453 yards and eight touchdowns. He also rushed 13 times for 76 more yards.
Beau Hoge (Highlands, Fort Thomas, Ky.)
Hoge is a versatile player for the Bluebirds and in last week’s game against Warren Central of Bowling Green he played quarterback as a replacement for injured starter Drew Houliston
The son of ESPN analyst and former NFL running back Merril Hoge, Beau led the way as Highlands survived one of the craziest games ever played in Kentucky with a 71-69 triumph.
Hoge completed 19 of 31 passes for 417 yards and four TDs. He directed an offense that amassed 626 yards.
Warren Central’s offense was even more unstoppable. With Highlands reportedly resting many starters for the playoffs, the Dragons piled up 918 yards for a two-team total of 1,544.
Ty Summers (Reagan, San Antonio, Texas)
One of the major reasons why Reagan is entering this week at 9-0 and has been among the top 20 teams in our Southwest Region rankings for many weeks has been the play of Summers.
The senior quarterback with a commitment to Rice had perhaps his best outing of the year so far in last week’s 49-35 victory over Churchill of San Antonio. Summers rushed 27 times for 288 yards and scored seven touchdowns. As a thrower, he had no TDs but went 12 of 20 for 216 yards.
Earlier in the season, Summers accounted for seven TDs in one game with two TD passes and five TD runs.
Jacob Eason (Lake Stevens, Wash.)
This 6-foot-5, 205-pound sophomore is a quarterback to watch from the Northwest and he now has a signature game to point to.
Eason led Lake Stevens to a stirring 53-49 comeback win last week over Edmonds-Woodway. He tossed the game-winning touchdown pass with 38 seconds left on a seven-yard score to Tevin Gray. For the game, Eason completed 37 of 50 passes for 507 yards and six TDs.
Jacob is the son of Tony Eason, a Notre Dame receiver from the 1980s and not the Tony Eason who once quarterbacked the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl. He has already been reported with a college offer from Oregon State.