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Nampa (Idaho) standout Dante Avijan voted SBLive's National Athlete of the Week (Sept. 11-17)

Avijan received 88.2 percent of the votes, comfortably edging Arch Manning, Dante Moore in national fan poll

Nampa High School (Idaho) standout Dante Avjian was voted SBLive's National Athlete of the Week for Sept. 11-17, as decided by fans and readers. 

Avjian caught five receptions for 192 yards and two touchdowns in a 45-23 win over state powerhouse Kuna. He received 88.2 percent of the total vote, edging out national blue chips Arch Manning of Isadore Newman (La.) and Dante Moore of Detroit Martin Luther King (Mich.).

Here is the final vote tally and a list of nominees. Check back to the SBLive Sports homepage every week to vote for the top performers across the country. 

SBLive National High School Athlete of the Week candidates

Tate Allen, Fairfield (Iowa) football

If every barn-burning finish has a hero, Allen was Farifield's. He threw for 251 yards and a touchdown, as and ran for 106 rushing yards and two touchdowns in a 29-28 win over Knoxville.

Dante Avjian, Nampa (Idaho) football

Took five receptions for 192 yards and two touchdowns in a 45-23 win over Kuna.

Kaden Batieste, Natchez Cathedral (Mississippi) football

Finished with eight catches for 230 yards and two touchdowns in a 45-24 win over Pisgah.

Benji Bauer, Eisenhower (Pennsylvania) football

In a 46-34 win over Seneca, he ran the ball 21 times for 221 yards and five touchdowns. His five scores were a new school record.

Chase Brown, Flagstaff (Arizona) football

How's this for a varsity starting debut? The freshman completed 15 of 18 passes for 405 passing yards and six touchdowns and no turnovers in a 59-12 win over Rio Rico.

Ben Dredge, Madison (Idaho) football

Rushed for 235 yards, and had scoring runs of 74 and 72 yards as part of his three rushing touchdowns. He added two passing touchdowns in a win over Thunder Ridge.

Sincere Edwards, Wekiva (Florida) football

Central Florida pledge logged four sacks and nine total tackles — two for loss – in a 25-13 win over West Orange.

Kyler Finney, Winnsboro (Texas) football

Finney completed 21 of 28 passes for 543 yards and five touchdowns in a 54-28 win over New Boston.

Kirk Francis, Metro Christian (Oklahoma) football

Francis passed for 355 yards and five touchdowns in a 41-21 win after crossing the Arkansas border to take on Prairie Grove with a 75 percent completion percentage.

Dennis Gaines, East Poinsett County (Arkansas) football

The junior rushed for 326 yards on 13 carries with 3 touchdowns (77,63 and 56 yards) in a 36-6 victory over Corning.

Cayden Gibson, Arizona College Prep (Arizona) football

Recorded eight tackles, a school record six sacks and a pass deflection. He recorded the game-winning play, logging — you guessed it — a sack.

Thomas Gotkowski, Ben Davis (Indiana) football

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Gotkowski led the Giants past rival Warren Central behind three second-half touchdowns: a 51-yard run and TD passes of 33 and 68 yards. Finished with 469 total yards and five touchdowns.

Ben Hall, Southeastern (Alabama) football

Recorded five receptions for 295 yards and five touchdowns at receiver, then had six tackles, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery on defense to help fuel a 57-53 win over Holly Pond.

Justice Haynes, Buford (Georgia) football

No. 1 running back prospect in Georgia looked the part, recording 216 yards and three touchdowns in a win over Carver.

Chi Henry, Van Buren (Arkansas) football

The senior has sticky hands on either side of the ball. Caught six passes for 78 yards and a receiving touchdown, tying a school record (24) for career receiving touchdowns.

Josh Holst, Marengo (lllinois) football

How's this for a contribution? The senior quarterback accounted for 427 yards and eight total touchdowns in a 69-48 win over Johnsburg. He threw four touchdown passes and ran for four more.

Diore Hubbard, Gahanna Lincoln (Ohio) football

Led Gahanna to its first-ever win — in thrilling 22-20 fashion — over Pickerington Central rushing for 211 yards on 38 carries.

Trey Leckner, Glacier Peak (Washington) football

Unstoppable against Ferndale, and that's no exaggeration. The Washington State pledge scored a touchdown every time he caught the ball: five receptions for five touchdowns and 210 yards.

Arch Manning, Newman (Louisiana) football

The nation's No. 1 quarterback completed 22-of-37 passes for 370 yards and four touchdowns, while adding a 35-yard TD run, leading the Greenies to a thrilling 54-52 win over Benton.

Colt Michael, O'Fallon (Illinois) football

Senior Missouri Southern commit may as well have put a cape on. He completed 24 of 37 passes for 390 yards and three touchdowns in the Panthers' come-from-behind 32-31 win at Edwardsville.

Dante Moore, Detroit Martin Luther King (Michigan) football

Senior five-star quarterback Dante Moore came up big in Detroit King’s rivalry win over Cass Tech, 28-23, finishing 15-for-24 passing for 240 yards and three touchdowns. (Complete coverage here; stats here.)

Zane Palmer, Odessa (Missouri) football

In a shootout win over Oak Grove, 57-43, Palmer ran for seven touchdowns — four in the first half — on 32 carries, finishing with 364 yards.

Jaxon Potter, Santa Margarita (California) football

Tossed for 482 yards and five touchdowns and added 57 rushing yards and a touchdown on the ground in a 69-49 win over Los Alamitos.

Jamal Roberts, St. Mary's (Missouri) football

Missouri recruit had a career day with 238 rushing yards and five touchdowns, including a kickoff return, in a 56-20 road win at Lutheran-St. Charles. He scored on the opening kickoff, as well as three times in the third quarter.


Editor’s Note: Our Athlete of the Week feature and corresponding poll is intended to be fun, and we do not set limits on how many times a fan can vote during the competition. However, we do not allow votes that are generated by script, macro or other automated means. Athletes that receive votes generated by script, macro or other automated means will be disqualified.