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Tuesday, July 16, 2024

4th Down Magazine Player of the Week (Class 6A-4A): Jeffrey Lougee

Jeffrey Lougee will be known more for his baseball accomplishments over the next three years — and more once he steps onto the Duke baseball field, where he’s committed to play beginning in 2025 — but his high school football career is off to a fine start.

The sophomore inspired the Mechanicsburg faithful following a comeback win over Red Land on Friday, hauling in a monster 6,009 votes to win our Big School Player of the Week honor for Week 3. Lougee and the Wildcats stormed back from a 14-0 deficit to beat the Patriots 27-17 and improve to 2-1.

Lougee scored three times on the ground in the comeback, outsourcing the Red Land offense by himself with touchdown sprints of 27, 30 and 70 yards. According to Hudl, the ‘Cats racked up 333 yards and four scores on 38 carries. Mechanicsburg’s passing attack was 1-of-8 for 34 yards and an interception.

Lougee, who is tasked with replacing the graduated dual-threat dynamo Micah Brubaker at QB, has had a fine season to date. Since a Week 1 loss to Carlisle, he’s led wins over Elizabethtown and now Red Land before this week’s non-division rivalry meeting with Northern (2-1). 

His big voting numbers edged out Shippensburg junior Erby Weller in an entertaining race to top honors. Weller, a WR/DB, picked up 5,498 votes. Lougee earned 44% of the vote, and combined the two snagged 85% of the vote. Not bad.

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