Vote now: 4th Down Magazine Player of the Week Presented by Crown Trophy in Lemoyne (Week 12)
By 4th Down staff:
Welcome to 4th Down Magazine's vote for the Week 12 Player of the Week presented by Crown Trophy in Lemoyne.
The nominees for the week are listed below in alphabetical order. Vote for the player with the most impressive performance.
The poll will remain open until Tuesday at 11 p.m. The winner will be announced on Wednesday and presented with a plaque created by Crown Trophy.
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Adam Burkhart, RB-LB, Central Dauphin: Not the typical rushing yardage for a POTW nominee (91 yards), but when you score three times (on 19 carries) against Manheim Township in a 27-0 D3 Class 6A quarterfinal win, you get a nod. His TD runs were from 14, 1 and 12 yards. Burkhart added two tackles (1 TFL) and a QB hurry.
Naeem Cross, QB, Milton Hershey: In a 14-6 D3 Class 4A quarterfinal win over Susquehanna Township that saw all the points scored in six minutes in the second quarter, Cross provided the game-winning 3-yard plunge and finished with 19 carries for 113 stripes. Also was 2-of-5 for 48 yards passing.
Chase Diehl, QB, Bishop McDevitt: Diehl was responsible for four total TDs (3 pass, 1 rush) in the Crusaders’ 49-14 D3 Class 4A win against West Perry. His TD tosses went to three different receivers for 10, 14 and 12 yards, and he ran for a 51-yard score. Totaled 182 passing yards (12-of-20) and ran six times for 83 yards.
Isaiah Edwards, RB-WR, State College: Seven carries led to 41 yards and two TDs in the Little Lions’ PIAA Class 6A subregional 55-20 win over McDowell, but it was Edwards’ 85-yard kickoff return in the first half that was most important. That score turned a 20-13 game into an eventual blowout.
Adam Houser, RB-DB, Shippensburg: The standout senior at least made sure his final game — a 22-6 loss to York in the D3 Class 5A quarters — was a good one. Houser, the career rushing leader at Ship, carried the ball 20 times for 130 yards (and caught a 10-yard pass) and gave the Greyhounds a 6-0 lead on a 4-yard run in the second quarter.
Daulton Leedy, QB, Tri-Valley: Leedy had a huge Saturday, rushing for two TDs and throwing two more as the Bulldogs downed Williams Valley 28-21 in the D11 Class 1A championship game. Leedy threw for 183 yards just in the first half, connecting for scores of 62 and 38 yards. Also ran in an 8-yard and 65-yard score as the Bulldogs won their first district crown since 2009.
Jose Lopez, RB, Middletown: Yeah, Lopez is on this list after a monster 19-carry, 211-yard performance that stomped Wyomissing 41-6 in the D3 Class 3A semis. Lopez scored four times on the ground and a fifth time through the air, responsible for the game’s first four TDs. Those scores came from 48, 5, 51 (reception), 2 and 80 yards.
Jahmir Plant, RB-DB, Harrisburg: It was Plant’s 2-yard run early in the first quarter that sparked Harrisburg’s 36-12 beating of Wilson in the D3 Class 6A quarterfinals. From there, Plant ripped through the Bulldogs’ defense for 25 carries and 152 stripes (6.1 ypc). Plant also had one of Harrisburg’s two INTs.
C.J. Reyes-Diggs, RB, Bishop McDevitt: Against his former team, Reyes-Diggs ran for 223 yards and a pair of scores in the Crusaders’ 49-14 D3 Class 4A quarterfinal win over West Perry. He scored on runs of 21 and 74 yards in the first half and needed just 11 total carries.
Bobby Whalen, WR-DB-KR, Cedar Cliff: Whalen’s versatility was on full display in Friday’s D3 Class 5A win over Warwick 33-23. Along with several big kickoff returns, the senior ran eight times for 49 yards and two scores (7 and 3 yards) and caught eight balls for 96 yards. Helped the Colts D hold Warwick’s talented pass game to just 12-of-25 passing for 172 yards.
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