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 5 Winner: Josh Gatling, McAllen Rowe
McAllen Rowe quarterback Josh Gatling had an amazing game last Friday against rival McAllen, finishing with 310 rushing yards, 85 passing yards and six total TDs.
The Warriors needed everything Gatling gave them to escape with a 55-53 win. It was Rowe’s first win of the season and improved the Warriors to 1-1 in District 30-5A competition. It was also the first win for Rowe’s new coach, Paul Reyes.
Gatling’s biggest play came on a third-and-20 in the fourth quarter. Gatling took the snap and burst through the middle of the McAllen defense for a 68-yard TD run. That was Rowe’s final touchdown of the night and gave the Warriors a 55-46 lead.
McAllen actually scored the game’s first two touchdowns to take a 14-0 lead. But Gatling scored three consecutive touchdowns to give Rowe its first lead, 21-14.
McAllen Rowe returns to action tonight with a key 30-5A game against Donna.
WEEK 5 CANDIDATES
Jonathan Aldridge, Whitehouse WR: Had 225 receiving yards, 2 TDs in a 49-14 win over Hallsville.
Jakari Delasbour, Dayton: Had almost 400 all-purpose yards, 4 TDs in a 52-23 win over Galena Park.
Josh Gatling, McAllen Rowe QB: Rushed for 310 yards, 5 TDs in a 55-53 win over McAllen.
Derrick Lair, Alief Taylor RB: Rushed for 339 yards, 3 TDs in a 41-0 win over Aldine MacArthur.
Paul Millard, Flower Mound QB: Passed for 495 yards, 5 TDs in a 52-49 win over Flower Mound Marcus.
Ryan Owens, Brownsboro QB: Passed for 357 yards, 6 TDs in a 59-55 loss to Van Alstyne.
Rey Rodriguez, CC Ray QB: Passed for 314 yards, 6 TDs in a 60-20 win over CC King.
Dalton Stogner, Highland Park WR: Had 206 receiving yards, 4 TDs in a 63-12 win over Wylie East.
Danzel Williams, Arlington Martin RB: Rushed for 248 yards, 5 TDs in a 62-35 win over Arlington.
Dorian Williams, Fort Bend Elkins RB: Rushed for 238 yards, 3 TDs in a 45-33 win over Fort Bend Hightower.