The three football teams in the Daily Sentinel circulation area that were on the gridiron during Week 1 had a rough time trying to get a “W”, but nevertheless they had players that stood out as they displayed their abilities on the field.
Cushing (0-1) senior running back Thomas Wallace went over the century mark on the night and Nacogdoches (0-1) junior defensive back Bobby Williams, Jr. kept his team in the game as the pair claimed The Daily Sentinel Offensive and Defensive Player of the Week honors, respectively.
Each week during football season, The Daily Sentinel will choose an offensive and defensive player from the football teams at Stephen F. Austin, along with Nacogdoches, Garrison and Cushing high schools and recognize them. Then, from those players honored, a Sentinel Offensive Player of the Week and Defensive Player of the Week will be recognized.
Sentinel Offensive POW — Despite his team falling to Chilton, 24-14, Wallace kept the Bearkats in the game, rushing for 120 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries in a non-district matchup.
Sentinel Defensive POW — Williams helped a much-improved Nacogdoches Dragon secondary with several key pass breakups and just falling short of recording 10 tackles on the night, as NHS (0-10) pulled ahead with less than two minutes remaining, only to fall to Kilgore, 17-14, at Dragon Stadium.
Xavier Gipson (SFA) — Gipson, a freshman receiver from Dallas, tied for the Lumberjack lead in receptions against Big 12 member Baylor, hauling in three passes against the Bears for 61 yards. His long of the night was a 34-yarder.
Quin Jones (SFA) — The standout senior linebacker from Abbeville, Miss. led all tacklers in the ’Jacks’ 56-17 loss at Baylor with 10 stops, including eight solo tackles. He also had one quarterback hit.
Nazavian Floyd (Nac) — The Dragon senior wide receiver led all receivers in the Dragons’ matchup against the Bulldogs with 56 yards. He was on the receiving end of two passes.
One of Floyd’s receptions was a 47-yard pickup early in the second quarter that helped the Dragons get out of a hole deep in their own end of the field.
Cade Willis (Cushing) — The Bearkat junior linebacker tallied 10 tackles on defense against Chilton, while picking up three tackles behind the line of scrimmage in the Bearkats’ season opener.
Garrison had a bye week.