We’re past the halfway point of the high school regular season. With that, here’s the pecking order thus far for our Player of the Year in Rutherford County.
5. Trey Knox, wide receiver, Blackman
Knox’s numbers–24 catches, 368 yards, four touchdowns, and 20 rushing yards on five carries–may not jump off the page as much as some others. But the truth is that Knox is one of America’s most talented receivers, and, the Blaze have played with leads that have held numbers down. On talent alone, Knox ranks higher, but in weighing that along with production from other players, we’ll slot him here this week. Rivals rates him the No. 14 junior in America.
4. Woodi Washington, defensive back, Oakland
Washington also doesn’t have huge stats–eight solo tackles, two assists, two interceptions. But he’s also not a guy you want to throw on (as Blackman discovered last week) and that fact holds the stats down. Rivals ranks Washington as America’s No. 245 player in the junior class. (Photo courtesy of Rajayna Riley.)
3. Jeron Rooks, running back, Oakland
Oakland’s been a team led more by overall balance than individual superstar power, but somebody has to get credit for the Patriots’ success. On offense, that credit may go more to Rooks than to any other player. The senior has rushed 61 times for 624 yards (10.2 per carry) and four touchdowns, and caught 13 passes for 306 and three touchdowns more. (Photo courtesy of Rajayna Riley.)
2. Master Teague, running back, Blackman
Teague has been every bit the standout we expected. The senior has run 76 times for 724 yards and 11 scores, and caught five balls for 83 yards and another touchdown. Teague will be heading to Ohio State on football scholarship next year.
1. Lelan Wilhoite, running back, Siegel
It’s likely that no other player in Rutherford County has more responsible for his team’s success than has Lelan Wilhoite. The senior has 1,011 rushing yards on 110 carries, 16 catches for 120 more, and 12 total touchdowns for a 3-3 team. Those numbers have been complied despite Wilhoite missing last week’s game with a minor ailment.