Football: National Players of the Week – Week 12
These honorees are chosen based on performances from games played from Nov. 7-Nov. 9 and they are based on the same regional breakdowns as our regional top 20 team rankings.
Ross Comis (Madonna, Weirton, W.Va.)
The 6-foot, 195-pound senior quarterback-safety accounted for 440 total offense yards and three TDs as the state’s No. 1 ranked Class A team won a regular season final showdown of unbeaten teams, 35-6, over host Clay Battelle (Blacksville, W.Va.).
The Blue Dons, last year’s state runnerup, enters the state playoffs this week with a 10-0 mark while the Cee-Bees dropped to 9-1.
Comis had 312 yards in he first half as Madonna roared to a 28-0 cushion at intermission. He ended with 254 rushing yards and a three-yard TD on 21 carries and completed 10 of 14 passes for 176 yards and two TDs of 30 and 73 yards. He also had an interception on defense, where he has started four years.
As a three-year standout at quarterback, Comis is a leading contender for the Kennedy Award given to the state’s Player of the Year. Last year, he had 3,223 total offense yards in 14 games; this year, he has rushed for 1,368 yards and scored 22 TDs and passed for 1,345 yards and 13 scores.
Darrel Williams (Ehret, Marrero, La.)
This 6-foot-1, 215-pound athlete who ran a 4.18 in the 20-yard shuttle at the Atlanta Nike Football Training Camp is leading Ehret to one of the nation’s top turnarounds this season.
Williams and the rest of the Patriots struggled last year in an 0-9 season, but after a 61-28 victory last week over West Jefferson of Harvey they were sitting pretty at 8-2 heading into the Class 5A state playoffs.
In that game, Williams carried 41 times for 301 yards and scored seven touchdowns. His TDs came on runs of 18, 6, 24, 4, 1, 11 and 10 yards.
For the season, Williams also went over the 2,000-yard mark and now has 2,036 yards and 27 TDs.
Several SEC schools offered him over the summer, but he has committed to Arizona State.
Tyus Mason (Valley, West Des Moines, Iowa)
In a Class 4A state quarterfinal, Mason broke loose for 470 yards rushing on 38 carries and scored five touchdowns to lead Valley to a stunning 63-20 win over previously unbeaten Ames.
According to the Des Moines Register, the Ames team was in line to break more than one offensive state record but in the end it was Mason who nearly broke the state mark for single game yards.
His total of 470 yards fell 14 short of the state record set earlier this year by Ben Wellman from Tri-Center of Neola. It should be noted that Mason probably could have broken the record but was on the sidelines for the final five minutes of the contest as determined by Valley head coach Gary Swenson.
Mason, who also is an outstanding point guard for the Tigers in basketball, scored on runs of 33, 37, 23, 57 and 16 yards.
Valley will play 12-0 Dowling Catholic, the No. 1 team in Iowa, in this week’s Class 4A state semifinals.
Jacob Lewis (Bishop McGuinness, Oklahoma City, Okla.)
Judging by the offers he has from Air Force and Navy and by what he did last week, Lewis may be one of the nation’s top option-style quarterbacks.
The 6-foot-2, 208-pound senior rampaged for 386 yards rushing on 28 carries and scored seven touchdowns to lead Bishop McGuinness past Deer Creek of Edmond 56-21. Lewis, who logged a 120.81 SPARQ Rating at the Dallas Nike SPARQ Combine, also threw a 47-yard touchdown pass.
With TD runs of 70, 67, 66 and 49 yards plus his other scores, Lewis helped the Irish beat a higher-ranked team. Although they still are only 6-4, they could be a team to watch in the Class 5A state playoffs. Bishop McGuinness starts those playoffs Friday at Ardmore.
Last year as a junior, Lewis passed for 2,437 yards and 28 TDs and he rushed for 1,483 yards plus 24 scores.
Austin Kafentzis (Jordan, Sandy, Utah)
As a sophomore, Kafentzis the voted the Mr. Football of Utah and he’s having another sensational season for the Beetdiggers.
In a 64-42 win last week over Pleasant Grove that advanced Jordan to the Class 5A state semifinals, the 6-foot-1, 200-pound junior completed 22 of 33 passes for 316 yards and one touchdown. As a rusher, though, he scored five times and had 30 carries for 126 yards.
According to the Deseret News, with still one year and possibly two more games to go this season, Kafentzis has 8,836 yards passing and 74 TDs for his career. He also has 4,785 yards and 73 TDs for his career as a rusher.
Last summer, Kafentzis committed to Wisconsin due to the family already having had a relationship to Wisconsin head coach Gary Andersen when Andersen was coaching at Utah State.