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Cole Carpenter, Ryan, LB
Carpenter busted the game open in the second quarter when he halted a potential Flower Mound scoring drive with a school-record 98-yard interception return for a touchdown to give the Raiders a 28-0 lead instead of what could have been a 21-7 lead. The senior also added five tackles before exiting the game at halftime with most of Ryan’s starters.
Trey Dunlap, Ponder, RB
The junior running back helped lift the Lions to their first district win of the season in their season finale against Paradise. Dunlap was the featured contributor in the Lions’ running game, racking up 145 yards on the ground with two touchdowns. He started the game’s scoring with a 70-yard touchdown run in the first quarter.
Jerrod Heard, Guyer, QB
The Texas pledge ended any doubt as to how Thursday’s blowout of Fort Worth Brewer would turn out early in the game, accounting for the Wildcats’ first two scores of the game on a touchdown pass and a run. Later in the game he added a 57-yard touchdown run to finish with 186 rushing yards on just nine carries in one half of action.
Ian Sadler, Argyle, WR
Before state-ranked Celina could blink on Friday night, the Bobcats were in a 21-0 hole en route to a 63-13 Argyle rout. The Eagles’ hot start was thanks in large part to Sadler, who scored the Eagles’ first three touchdowns and four of the first five. He finished with 149 yards on 11 carries with three rushing scores and added a 17-yard touchdown pass from Brandon Boyzuick.
Brandon Simpson, Lake Dallas, RB
Simpson shifted roles a bit and became a primary rusher for the Falcons in their season-ending win over Azle. The senior carried the ball 19 times for 110 yards and two touchdowns to help Lake Dallas jump out to an early lead in his final game. He also added two catches for 42 yards in the 56-20 win.