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 3 winner: Grand Saline QB Josh Carpenter
Grand Saline backup quarterback Josh Carpenter made his first start of the season last Friday against Winona, and he made the most of the opportunity.
Carpenter passed for 443 yards and two touchdowns and also rushed for 112 yards and two more touchdowns in a 39-20 win over Winona.
For his efforts, Carpenter has been selected as this week’s Gridiron Legends Player of the Week, presented by Cavenders and Wrangler.
Carpenter got the start because of an ankle injury suffered by starter Taylor Phelps a week earlier against Lone Oak. Carpenter finished that game and saw Grand Saline fall to 0-3 on the season.
But with Carpenter leading the way against Winona, Grand Saline picked up its first win of the season. Carpenter threw TD passes of 86 and 45 yards and ran for scores of 3 and 44 yards.
Carpenter will be back under center this week when Grand Saline takes on Edgewood.
WEEK 3 CANDIDATES
Josh Carpenter, Grand Saline QB: Passed for 443 yards, 2 TDs, and rushed for 112 yards, 2 TDs in a 39-20 win over Winona.
Rex Dausin, SA Warren RB: Rushed for 305 yards, 4 TDs in a 48-0 win over SA Jay.
Trent Jackson, Cuero RB: Rushed for 385 yards, 4 TDs in a 34-21 win over Port Lavaca Calhoun.
Brennan Johnson, Lubbock Coronado QB: Passed for 420 yards, 5 TDs in a 46-42 win over Wichita Falls Rider.
Julius Johnson, Troup RB: Rushed for 408 yards, 4 TDs in a 38-31 win over Bullard.
Devonte McNeal, Quitman RB: Rushed for 340 yards, 4 TDs in a 39-38 loss to Eustace.
Zach Rainwater, Blue Ridge RB: Had 5 touches for 245 yards, 4 TDs in a 55-0 win over Savoy.
Chance Wallace, Canton QB: Passed for 390 yards, 7 TDs in a 70-7 win over Nevada Community.
Joseph Walton, Santa Fe RB: Rushed for 330 yards, 4 TDs in a 41-0 win over Houston St. Thomas.
Brandon Williams, Brookshire Royal RB: Rushed for 340 yards, 4 TDs in a 32-14 win over Hempstead.