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4th Down Magazine Big School Player of the Week sponsored by Crown Trophy of Harrisburg: Aidan Mencia

We have our first back-to-back Player of the Week champion of the season.

Waynesboro running back Aidan Mencia earned the honors for the second time in as many weeks, claiming 400 votes (giving him 1,474 the last two weeks) this time around to walk away with the title.

Mencia didn’t do it with eye-popping yardage totals once again. A week after missing out on 100 yards by four stripes (and adding three touchdowns), the Waynesboro faithful gave Mencia the repeat win against a field of 200-yard rushers.

The senior was still plenty deserving. He finished with 155 yards and two scores (one rushing, one receiving) on 23 carries to guide Waynesboro to a 28-3 win over East Pennsboro. He found pay dirt in the first half on Jaylan Bean’s 10-yard TD toss, then added icing on the cake with a 28-yard scamper in the fourth.

Mencia topped a tight field that included four 200-yard rushers this week, including second-place vote-getter Dillon Wakefield, of Big Spring, who had 342 votes. Mencia earned 28% of the 1,407 votes.

Mencia, part of the two-headed rushing attack with junior Mikel Holden, now has 107 totes, 848 stripes and nine rushing touchdowns on the year. He and Waynesboro (6-2, 4-1 Mid-Penn Colonial) finish out the regular season against Mechanicsburg and Northern, with all three teams battling for playoff spots.

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