Week 16 Player of the Week: Aledo RB Johnathan Gray
After every weekend of the Texas high school football season, visit this page to find out the candidates for the Player of the Week Award. This honor is awarded to the top performance of the week in Texas High school football. Voting will begin every Monday morning and close Friday at noon.
Week 16 Winner: Aledo RB Johnathan Gray
In a way, it's fitting that Aledo running back Johnathan Gray is the final Player of the Week for the 2009 high school football season.
Only a sophomore, Gray is a player we expect to see nominated for this honor numerous times in 2010 and 2011.
Gray finished a magnificent playoff run with 252 rushing yards and four touchdowns in a 35-21 state championship victory over Brenham in the Class 4A-Division II state championship game.
Gray was also nominated for Player of the Week after rushing for 185 yards in a state semifinal win over Denison.
As we think ahead to the 2010 season, Gray will enter as one of the state's top returning running backs. And that gives Aledo a leg up on its hopes of repeating as a state champion.
Week 16 Candidates:
Ronnell Sims, Abilene QB: Rushed for 223 yards and 3 TDs in a 28-17 win over Katy.
Malcome Kennedy, Cayuga QB: Rushed for 227 yards and 2 TDs and passed for 2 TDs in a 38-24 win over Albany.
KoKo Smith, Daingerfield RB: Rushed for 277 yards and 2 TDs in a 62-14 win over Bushland.
Jalen Claiborne, Carthage WR: Had 158 receiving yards and 1 TD in a 13-12 win over Graham.
Johnathan Gray, Aledo RB: Rushed for 252 yards and 4 TDs in a 35-21 win over Brenham.