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Derek Gibney, jr., QB, Susquenita: Gibney started ‘Nita’s 35-21 home win over Line Mountain with touchdown runs of 29 and 1 yard in the first five minutes of the game. Then he added second-half TD passes of 24 yards (to Athan Robinson) and 19 (to Payton Garcia) to ice the game. He finished with 21 rushing yards on five carries and 229 passing yards on 14 of 24 passing (with two INTs).
Max Schlager, sr., RB, Trinity: The Shamrocks pulled off one of the biggest upsets of Week 5 thanks to Schlager. The senior ripped off an early 77-yard TD run and finished with two more scores of 1 and 13 yards. His night ended with 171 yards on the ground.
Alex Erby, jr., QB, Steel-High: The area’s best quarterback sliced up Big Spring for four touchdown passes (16, 29, 37 and 27 yards) and a fifth on the ground for 5 yards, finishing a 61-7 romp with 231 yards on 17 of 25 passing.
Tanner Newman, sr., WR/DB, Gettysburg: The Warriors gambled early and Newman cashed in. The senior caught a quick pass from Brady Heiser on a fake punt at Gettysburg’s own 33-yard line and raced to the end zone to spark a 14-0 win over Mechanicsburg.
Marquese Williams, sr., RB, Bishop McDevitt: He had scores of 11, 15, 3, 6 and then an electric 71 yards to lead the Crusaders to a comfortable 48-7 win over Cedar Cliff. Those five touchdowns accounted for nearly half of Williams’s 11 carries, which went for a total of 142 yards. He also added a 25-yard reception.
Tyshawn Russell, sr., WR, Bishop McDevitt: Russell caught four passes for 107 yards and touchdowns of 8 and 75 yards in the first half of McDevitt’s 48-7 win over the Colts. He might have had an even bigger night before a leg injury knocked him out for the rest of the game.
Marcus Quaker, jr., QB, West Perry: It was another big night for the Mustangs’ leader. Quaker, in a 51-8 romp of James Buchanan, ripped off 75 yards and two touchdowns on just two rushing attempts and was a tidy 10 of 13 for 168 yards and three TDs through the air.
Charlie Fortney, sr., WR/QB/DB, Lower Dauphin: It was a do-everything sort of day for the senior. In the Falcons’ 49-3 dismantling of Red Land, Fortney was 4 of 5 for 42 yards, a TD and an INT passing; had a carry for 8 yards; caught six passes for 98 yards and two scores of 34 and 5 yards; and recorded an interception.
Angel Cabrera, jr., RB/LB, Hershey: Cabrera had a breakout game for his first 100-yard performance of his career. The junior rushed 24 times for 180 yards and scored two touchdowns. And on defense he had six tackles in the Trojans’ 28-21 win over rival Milton Hershey.
Isaac Wilson, sr., WR/LB, Mifflin County: Logan Parks got the pick-6, but Wilson got his hands on a couple passes on defense as well. Wilson swiped two Palmyra pass attempts in a 14-0 win, added three tackles and then for good measure caught three passes at WR for 92 yards and a 72-yard TD to ice the game.
Trae Kater, sr., RB/DB, Shippensburg: A regular on this list, Kater had another quality performance with a 45-yard pick-6, 5 receiving yards on one catch and 58 rushing yards on 13 touches in the Greyhounds’ 27-13 win over Susquehanna Township. Hat tip to Erby Weller’s seven-catch, 124-yard, one-TD performance.
Branden Fetterhoff, sr., RB/DB, Upper Dauphin: Fetterhoff unleashed the best game of his high school career, rushing 14 times for 135 yards and three touchdowns. Fetterhoff’s outing, which featured TD runs of 48, 4 and 15 yards, sparked Upper Dauphin to a come-from-behind 41-20 victory over Newport.
Aidan Bingaman, so., QB/DB, Upper Dauphin: Bingaman completed 13 of his 17 pass attempts for 174 yards – he was picked off once – as the Trojans dealt Newport a 41-20 setback. Bingaman also orchestrated UD’s impressive offensive outing, as the Trojans totaled 522 yards – including 348 on the ground.
Ethan Grove, so., LB/TE, Newport: Grove stood out in two phases, leading the Buffaloes with 10 tackles from his linebacker spot. He also scored on special teams returning a blocked punt 10 yards to pull the Buffaloes within a single score (27-20) midway through the third quarter.