Zachary Mell saved his best for last, and that earned him Week 10 4th Down Magazine Mid-Penn Conference Player of the Week honors.
Mell, a senior lineman for Big Spring, had arguably his best performance of the season when the Bulldogs needed it most. His 12-tackle, two-sack performance against Middletown helped Big Spring clinch a District 3 Class 4A playoff berth with a 21-7 victory.
It’s not often a defensive showing of this sort earns POTW odds, but Mell, who has 84 tackles and seven sacks this season, deserves it. Bulldog Nation handed him 3,633 votes this week, easily beating second-place Caiden Pines of Cumberland Valley (2,640 votes). There were 7,343 total votes cast this week.
Mell and No. 10 Big Spring (6-4) are back in the playoffs for the first time in two years and play No. 7 Elco in the first round Friday at 7 p.m.