– BY MICHAEL KNIGHT
Every Sunday, OKPreps will take a look at the best performances from the previous week. We’ll narrow it down to five candidates and open it up so you can vote for the “Fan’s Favorite” Player Of The Week. You can vote as many times as you want for your pick and the voting will end at Noon on Wednesday. The winner will be crowned on Wednesday afternoon. The staff selection for the Bravado Wireless Player Of The Week will be made every Monday with a video feature of the winner coming out on Tuesday. Here’s a look at this week’s candidates.
ANDREW CROW – RUNNING BACK/DEFENSIVE BACK
Rejoice Christian senior Andrew Crow might have set the unofficial record for being a candidate for Bravado Wireless Player Of The Week. Week in and week out, Crow has been one of the top players in the state and he has put up monster numbers in each game. The latest was their 33-14 win over Crossings Christian to punch their ticket to the semifinals. He had 227 yards and three touchdowns with an interception on defense.
CONNER CAREY – RUNNING BACK
Heritage Hall’s offense was at a completely different level on Friday night as they blew out Lincoln Christian 69-34. The Chargers have enjoyed the breakout season of senior running back Conner Carey and he was a standout once again with another big performance. Carey ran for 238 yards and four touchdowns as the Chargers put another opponent away early, and clinched their spot in their fourth title game in five years.
KADE DILLARD – QUARTERBACK
Similar to every candidate on this list, Kade Dillard and his Fairview squad enjoyed a runaway victory on Friday night. They blew out Commerce 54-21 and are now one win away from the state championship game. Dillard was outstanding in the win and did a little bit of everything. He threw for over 200 yards and added over 200 yards on the ground. He also accounted for seven total touchdowns with five passing and two rushing.
RABBIT TAYLOR – RUNNING BACK
Against one of the absolute toughest defenses in the state, Carl Albert senior running back Rabbit Taylor made it look easy. In their 37-20 runaway win over Collinsville, the senior running back ran for 315 yards on 31 carries and five touchdowns. The Titan standout ran for over 200 yards in the second half alone as he wore down the Cardinal defense all night until he could break several big runs to put the Titans back in the title game.
ZACH HALE – QUARTERBACK/DEFENSIVE BACK
Christian Heritage came into the playoffs as a four seed. Now they find themselves one win away from playing for the state championship. The biggest reason behind that has been the play of quarterback and defensive back Zach Hale. In their 39-22 win over Stroud, Hale was at it again. He threw for over 200 yards and four touchdowns and ran for 52 yards. On defense, he had 13 tackles, 1 fumble recovery and an interception.