Dave Campbell's Texas Football, along with both Wranglers and Cavenders, is proud to give a weekly Player of the Week award to the most deserving high schooler in the state of Texas. Every Monday at noon, TexasFootball.com will announce ten candidates for that week's award, based on the previous week's on-field performance. Fans can vote online at TexasFootball.com's online poll, where you can see the current vote standings. Voting will close at noon each Friday, with the winner being announced shortly afterward. The award will be given every week through Week 13. Check this page every week to view the full list of ten candidates and the details of their most recent performance.
This season, each weekly winner will be automatically nominated for the Player of the Year award, presented with Cavenders, Wrangler and the Texas Bowl. Those candidates will be announced in Week 13, and voting for that award will continue until the end of the high school season.
WEEK 1 WINNER: Odessa RB Bradley Marquez
Bradley Marquez, Odessa's highly talented senior running back, showed exactly what he's capable of last week when healthy.
After missing a portion of last season with an injury and starting the year with a little bit of rust, Marquez exploded for 255 yards and three scores in a runaway victory over Lubbock Monterey. Sound impressive? That's because it ties the school's sixth-highest single-game output (Charles Hunter, 1983). Marquez, a Texas Tech pledge, started his damage immediately against Monterey, opening the game with a 74-yard touchdown run. This shouldn't come as a shock — back in 2008, Marquez ran for 236 yards against Monterey. But this last week's 255 set a career high and earn him the Week 1 Gridiron legends Player of the Week Award, presented by Cavenders and Wrangler.
But last night, Thursday, Marquez did something even more spectacular. Check back on Monday for a report on his performance.
WEEK 1 CANDIDATES
B.J. Allen, Tatum RB: Rushed for 286 yards, 3 TDs in a 47-41 win over Gilmer.
Mario Edwards, Denton Ryan DE: Had 15 tackles, 4 QB sacks, in a 42-17 win over Carrollton Newman Smith
Christian Hines, Corsicana WR: Had eight receptions for 242 yards, 4 TDs, in a 30-23 win over Kilgore.
Cayleb Jones, Austin High WR: Had 13 receptions for 178 yards, 4 TDs in a 66-63 overtime win over Belton.
Johnny Manziel, Kerrville Tivy QB: Completed 41 of 75 passes for 503 yards and 4 TDs in a 39-34 win over SA Madison.
Bradley Marquez, Odessa RB: Rushed for 255 yards, 3 TDs in a 48-25 win over Lubbock Monterey.
Joseph Schneider, The Woodlands QB: Passed for 214 yards, 4 TDs, and rushed for 184 yards, 2 TDs in a 46-39 win over Fort Bend Hightower.
David Wesley, Sachse RB: Had 19 rushes for 252 yards, 4 TDs in a 55-14 win over Arlington Sam Houston
Brandon Williams, Brookshire Royal RB: Rushed for 259 yards and 4 TDs in a 34-31 win over Giddings.
Lewis Williams, Klein Forest QB: Rushed for 274 yards, 4 TDs, and passed for 160 yards, 1 TD in a 42-13 win over Fort Bend Marshall.