Here are the candidates for SBLive’s Texas High School Athlete of the Week for Nov. 14th-20th as nominated by fans, readers and SBLive’s staff. Read through the nominees and cast your vote at the bottom of the page. Voting will conclude on Sunday, Nov. 27th, at 11:59 p.m. and the winner will be announced Monday, Nov. 28th. If you would like to nominate an athlete, please email email@example.com or tag us on Twitter or Instagram at @sblivetx.
THIS WEEK’S SBLIVE TEXAS ATHLETE OF THE WEEK NOMINEES (NOV. 14-20):
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Kinsley McPherson, Blum S/OH
McPherson was Blum’s points leader throughout its run to the 1A state championship and she was voted Class 1A MVP at the 2022 Texas (UIL) high school volleyball state tournament after finishing the weekend with 34 kills, 13 digs, two assists, a service ace and a .400 hitting percentage.
Rylee Wolf, Windthorst MH/OH
Wolf was voted Class 2A MVP at the 2022 Texas (UIL) high school volleyball state tournament after she logged 43 kills, 26 digs, two block assists and a .387 hitting percentage and served as a critical part of Windthorst’s offensive attack during the team’s run to the 2A state championship.
Rayanna Mauldin, Gunter MH
Mauldin tallied 27 kills, 19 digs, four block assists and a .443 hitting percentage and was voted Class 3A MVP at the 2022 Texas (UIL) high school volleyball state tournament for helping the Tigers claw their way to the 3A state title.
Jordyn Gove, Canyon Randall OH
Gove racked up 30 digs, 28 kills, three block assists, a service ace and a .412 hitting percentage in two state tournament games for Randall and was voted Class 4A MVP at the 2022 Texas (UIL) high school volleyball state tournament for her role in the Raiders’ run to the 4A state championship.
Morgan Howard, Colleyville Heritage S
Howard, a Louisiana Monroe commit, was voted Class 5A MVP at the 2022 Texas (UIL) high school volleyball state tournament after she tallied 88 assists, 21 digs, three kills, a pair of service aces and a block assist to lead the Panthers to the 5A state championship, their first UIL volleyball state title in school history.
Mackenzie Plante, Dripping Springs OH
Plante, a Tennessee Volunteers signee, recorded 25 kills, 16 digs, four aces, three block assists and a .379 hitting percentage and was voted Class 6A MVP at the 2022 Texas (UIL) high school volleyball state tournament after helping the Tigers win the 6A state title.
Mabrey Mettauer, The Woodlands QB
Mettauer accounted for more than 300 yards of total offense, rushing for 112 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries and throwing for 193 yards and four TDs on 14-of-18 passing to help lead the Highlanders to a 62-21 win against Klein Cain in the 6A DI playoffs.
Ashton Dubose, San Antonio Brennan QB
Dubose diced up Los Fresnos on defense in the Bears’ 42-7 road win in the 6A DI playoffs, completing 22 of 29 pass attempts for 374 yards and three TDs through the air and running six times for 60 yards and a rushing touchdown for Brennan.
Davion Wilson, Port Arthur Memorial QB
Wilson shined offensively for the Titans in a back-and-forth area round matchup against Frisco Wakeland in the 5A DI playoffs, leading his team to a dramatic 52-50 win over the Wolverines in 4OT to preserve Port Arthur Memorial’s postseason run. He threw for 357 yards and two touchdowns on 26-of-35 passing and also scrambled 21 times for 113 rushing yards and three touchdown runs.
Noah Booras, Georgetown QB
Booras was 20-of-24 passing for 385 yards and four touchdowns to power the Eagles to a decisive 55-22 victory against Magnolia West in the 5A DI playoffs.
Jayden Paluseo, Corpus Christi Flour Bluff QB
Paluseo completed 19 of 22 passes for 305 yards and four touchdowns, along with orchestrating a comeback and the game-winning score in a 49-42 win over Lockhart in the 5A DII playoffs. He also ran for 43 yards and a rushing touchdown on 11 carries.
Cade Tessier, Montgomery Lake Creek QB
Tessier ran for 136 yards and two rushing TDs on 12 carries and threw for 142 yards and two touchdowns on 11-of-16 passing, anchoring Lake Creek’s offense in a dominant 78-19 win over Leander Rouse in the 5A DII playoffs to help the Lions remain undefeated.
Braylan Drake, Cameron Yoe QB
Drake was an efficient passer during the Yoemens’ area round matchup against Oranfield in the 3A DI playoffs, leading Cameron Yoe to a convincing 42-19 victory. He ended the night with 190 yards and four touchdowns through the air after completing 20 of 27 pass attempts with an additional 9 rushing yards and a touchdown run on the ground.
JJ Acosta, Taft QB
Acosta accounted for all of his team’s four touchdowns to lead the Greyhounds to a 31-21 victory in a back-and-forth area round game against Rogers in the 3A DII playoffs. He threw for 273 yards and four TDs on 23-of-30 passing and also scrambled 15 times for 93 rushing yards.
Terry Bussey, Timpson QB
Bussey threw for 285 yards and two touchdowns on 10-of-17 passing and scrambled 12 times for 128 rushing yards and four touchdown runs, as the Bears routed Frankston in a 49-7 victory in the 2A DI playoffs.
Hudson White, Glen Rose QB
White starred for the Tigers on Thursday night, when he threw for 272 yards and six touchdowns on 10-of-13 passing in a blowout 63-12 win over Fort Stockton in the 4A DII playoffs. He also picked up 131 rushing yards and two touchdown runs on nine carries.
Kyle Bures-Guerrero, Ganado QB
Bures-Guerrero shredded Thorndale’s defense en route to a runaway 66-12 win for Ganado in the area round of the 2A DI playoffs. He ran for 165 yards and four rushing touchdowns on 14 carries and also completed 17 of 23 pass attempts for 215 yards and three TDs.
Kanon Gibson, Wink QB
Gibson got the job done on the ground and through the air offensively in Wink’s 35-19 victory against Santo in the 2A DII playoffs. He scrambled 20 times for 200 rushing yards and two touchdown runs and also threw for 122 yards and two TDs on 13-of-20 passing.
Jackson Arnold, Denton Guyer QB
Arnold, an Oklahoma Sooners commit, used an electric performance to lead Guyer to a 63-42 shootout win against Highland Park in an area round battle of unbeaten teams in the 6A DII playoffs. The Wildcats’ senior QB completed 19 of 21 passes for 223 yards and two touchdowns through the air and ran 16 times for 110 yards and four rushing TDs.
Chad Ragle, Midlothian QB
Ragle helped the Panthers stay undefeated after throwing 9 for 10 passing for 212 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions on 9-of-10 passing and rushing for 188 yards and four touchdowns on 21 carries in Midlothian’s 56-28 win over Amarillo in the 5A DI playoffs.
Kaden Brown, Midlothian Heritage QB
Brown helped Midlothian Heritage score 26 fourth-quarter points to rally and beat Crandall in a 45-37 comeback win in the 5A DII playoffs. He passed for 267 yards and three TDs while completing 16 for 21 pass attempts and rushed for 44 yards on 12 carries.
Kason English, Grandview QB
English ran for 135 of his team-high 137 rushing yards during the first half and scored three TDs on the ground. He also completed eight of nine passes, including his first five in a row, for 82 yards and a passing touchdown in the Zebras’ 48-14 win against Mineola in the 3A DI playoffs.
Walker Overman, Gunter QB
Overman helped the Tigers score on each of their final eight drives to seal a 48-7 victory against Jacksboro in their area round matchup in the 3A DII playoffs. He threw for 123 yards and two touchdowns on 5-of-8 passing to go along with nine carries for 56 rushing yards and a touchdown run.
Connor Cuff, Carthage QB
Carthage scored the 54 straight points to start their area round game against Van Alstyne, as the Bulldogs blew past the Panthers in a 61-30 win Friday in the 4A DII playoffs. Cuff completed 13 of 22 passes for 206 yards and two touchdowns.
Andon Mata, New London West Rusk QB
Mata finished the night with a 14-of-25 passing performance for 264 yards and three touchdowns, including the game-winning touchdown pass with 11 seconds remaining, as the Raiders muscled past Waskom for a 41-37 comeback win in the 3A DI playoffs.
Mason Notaro, Cuero QB
Notaro accounted for five total touchdowns and more than 300 yards of offense in the Gobblers’ 41-18 victory over Sealy in the 4A DII playoffs. He tallied 224 yards and two passing touchdowns through the air, as well as 78 yards and three rushing TDs in Cuero’s area round win.
Logan Jenkins, Collinsville QB
Jenkins had a huge night Friday operating with precision in the pocket by passing for 357 yards and seven TDs on an 18-of-28 completion rate to lead the Pirates offensively in a 51-14 win over McCamey in the 2A DII playoffs. He also rushed for 52 yards and a touchdown run on eight carries for Collinsville.
Sawyer Anderson, Dallas Parish Episcopal QB
Anderson demonstrated his pin-point accuracy during the Panthers’ 56-14 win against Dallas Bishop Lynch in their first game in the TAPPS Division I playoffs. He finished the night with 332 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions on 21-of-23 passing in Parish Episcopal’s regional playoff victory.
Luke Carney, Dallas Christian QB
Carney rumbled for 114 yards and a touchdown on the ground on five carries and completed four of six pass attempts for 151 yards and two passing TDs to power the Chargers to a lopsided 61-7 victory over Bullard Brook Hill in the TAPPS Division III playoffs.
Keldric Luster, McKinney QB
Luster, an SMU Mustangs commit, picked up 211 yards and four touchdowns through the air on 11-of-13 passing in the Lions’ 42-7 area round win over Dallas Jesuit in the 6A DII playoffs.
Harrison Rosar, Prosper QB
Rosar completed 18 of 28 passes for 319 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions in the Eagles’ 38-26 win over South Grand Prairie in the area round of the 6A DI playoffs Friday.
Jaylen Spriggs, Fort Worth All Saints QB
Spriggs threw for 163 yards and three touchdowns on 10-of-20 passing and added 27 rushing yards and a touchdown run on nine carries to lead All Saints to a 37-20 win over Argyle Liberty Christian in the TAPPS Division II playoffs on Friday.
Jake Wilson, Trophy Club Byron Nelson QB
Wilson accounted for 206 total yards and four TDs in Byron Nelson’s 35-28 win over El Paso Eastwood in the area round of the 6A DII area playoffs.
KJ Long, Abilene Wylie QB
Long threw for 250 yards and four TDs, including the game-winning score with 3 seconds left in the game, to lift the Bulldogs past Colleyville Heritage for a 50-40 win in the 5A DII playoffs.
Jack Kayser, Austin Westlake RB
Kayser paced the Chaparrals’ offense during a stellar night on the ground with 27 carries for 159 rushing yards and four touchdowns in a - victory — Westlake’s 52nd win in a row — against New Braunfels in the 6A DI playoffs.
Lloyd Avant, Humble Summer Creek RB
Avant racked up 167 yards and three rushing touchdowns on 29 carries to help the Bulldogs knock off previously unbeaten Alvin Shadow Creek for a 36-30 victory in the 6A DII playoffs.
Bryan Chavez, Brownsville Veterans RB
Chavez was a big reason why the Chargers found the end zone on all 11 of their offensive possessions and amassed more than 700 yards on the ground in a 74-59 shootout win over Victoria West in the 5A DI playoffs. He ended the game with 415 rushing yards and nine touchdown runs on 33 carries in the victory.
Re’Shaun Sanford, Harker Heights RB
Sanford, a Houston Cougars commit, torched Royse City’s defense to lead Harker Heights to a 38-17 victory over the Bulldogs in the 6A DII playoffs. He ran for 263 yards and three rushing TDs on 24 carries and also caught a 44-yard touchdown reception for the Knights.
Antoine Rashaw, Abilene RB
Rashaw helped Abilene roll to a lopsided win over Red Oak in the 5A DI playoffs Friday night, powering the Eagles to a 35-0 victory on the ground with 155 rushing yards and three touchdown runs on 20 carries.
Thomas ‘TJ’ Dement, Boerne RB
Dement put on a monster performance on the ground to lead the way for the Greyhounds and account for nearly half their yards offensively, as Boerne rolled to a 50-21 win over Pleasanton in the 4A DII playoffs. He ended a big night out of the backfield with 200 rushing yards and three touchdown runs on 18 carries.
Paxton Hancock, Centerville RB/LB
Hancock set the tone for the Tigers on both sides of the ball during a busy day offensively and defensively in Centerville’s 54-13 win against Honey Grove in the 2A DI playoffs. He tallied 233 rushing yards and two touchdown runs on 25 carries offensively and racked up 13 tackles (10 solo), two TFLs and two interceptions on defense.
Jacob Gonzales, San Antonio Harlan RB
Gonzales shined in the Hawks’ dominant 49-3 victory over Weslaco in the 6A DII playoffs with 27 carries for 165 yards and four rushing TDs.
Chase Bingmon, Terrell RB
211 total yards, 4 TD in a 49-16 win over Everman in a Class 5A Division II area playoff on Friday.
Major McBride, Pottsboro RB
McBride finished the night with 23 carries for three TDs and 163 of the Cardinals’ 202 rushing yards to go along with a 44-yard touchdown reception in Pottsboro’s 62-49 win against Whitney in the 3A DI playoffs.
Dejuan Lacy, North Crowley RB
Lacy cemented a 200-yard rushing performance by punching in the go-ahead touchdown run with 34 seconds left in the game, as the Panthers eked out a 49-42 win over El Paso Pebble Hills in the 6A DI playoffs. He ended the game with 200 yards and four rushing TDs on 31 carries for North Crowley.
Landon Thigpen, Godley RB
Thigpen put his team on his back and helped the Wildcats rally for a 41-40 come-from-behind win against the Seminole Indians in the 4A DII playoffs. He finished a career night for Godley with 336 rushing yards and three touchdown runs on 44 carries.
Greyson Ledbetter, Whitesboro RB
Ledbetter needed just six carries to tally 111 rushing yards and three touchdown runs for the Bearcats in a 65-15 blowout win over Dalhart in the 3A DI playoffs.
Brock Baker, Bells RB
Baker rumbled for 164 yards and four rushing TDs on 16 carries, as the Panthers jumped in front and built a big lead early on their way to a 50-25 victory against the Comanche Indians in the 3A DII playoffs.
Jason Tennyson, Malakoff RB
finished with 163 yards on 19 carries and two TDs as Malakoff rolled to a 55-10 win over Winnsboro.
Fabian Garcia, San Benito RB
32 carries, 313 yards, 4 TDs rushing
Peyton Brown, Tolar RB
293 yards, 5 TDs rushing
Nathan Adejokun, Melissa RB
179 total yards, 4 TD in a 42-38 win over Ennis in a Class 5A Division II area playoff on Friday.
Owen Allen, Southlake Carroll RB
14 carries for 149 yards, 5 TD in a 69-14 win over Wolfforth Frenship in a Class 6A Division II area playoff on Friday.
Taylor Tatum, Longview RB
227 yards, 4 TDs rushing
D.K. Smittick, Fort Worth Nolan RB
28 carries for 185 yards, 2 TD in a 38-24 win over San Antonio Antonian in a TAPPS Division I regional playoff on Saturday.
Jambres Dubar, Anna RB
34 carries for 191 yards, 2 TD in a 33-32 win over Stephenville in a Class 4A Division I area playoff on Friday.
Caden Durham, Duncanville RB
12 carries for 125 yards, 4 TD in a 41-0 win over Wylie in a Class 6A Division I area playoff on Friday.
Parker Polk, Grapevine RB
21 carries for 228 yards, 5 TD in a 38-21 win over Abilene Cooper in a Class 5A Division II area playoff on Friday.
Jarvis Reed, Mansfield Timberview RB
28 carries for 200 yards, 2 TD in a 35-17 win over Mont Belivieu Barbers Hill in a Class 5A Division I area playoff on Friday.
Tedrick Williams, South Oak Cliff RB
12 carries for 133 yards, 2 TD in a 42-37 win over Lovejoy in a Class 5A Division II area playoff on Saturday.
Garon Duncan, Dripping Springs WR
Duncan had a huge performance to highlight the Tigers’ wide receiver corps against San Antonio Brandeis, catching eight passes for 144 yards and all four of his team’s receiving TDs in a 56-28 win for Dripping Springs.
Ian Stelter, Brenham WR
Stelter snagged five catches for 102 receiving yards and all of Brenham’s three touchdown grabs, as the Cubs beat Belton 31-10 in the 5A DI playoffs.
Ashton Cartwright, Silsbee WR
Cartwright hauled in three receptions for 95 yards and two touchdown catches of 40 and 45 yards in Silsbee’s 34-0 rout of Smithville in the 4A DII playoffs. He also recorded a special teams score on a 72-yard kick return touchdown during the second half of the Tigers’ victory.
Railyn Adams, Newton WR
Adams pulled down four catches for 79 receiving yards and both of the Eagles’ two touchdown grabs and also ran for 30 yards and two rushing TDs on six carries to lead Newton offensively in a lopsided 65-8 win over New Boston in the 3A DII playoffs..
Diontay Ramon, Hawley WR
Ramon shined in the Bearcats’ blowout 72-26 win over Panhandle in the 2A DI playoffs, catching seven passes for 148 yards and two receiving touchdowns. He also had a tackle, sack and pass deflection for Hawley on the defensive side of the ball.
DEFENSIVE/SPECIAL TEAMS STARS
Cooper Clabo, Frisco Reedy S
Intercepted two passes and returned one for a touchdown in Frisco Reedy’s 30-27 win over Lancaster.
Jaaqwan Felton, Argyle DB
2 interceptions in 7-0 win over Wichita Falls Rider.
Wesley Huber, Aubrey LB/RB
10 solo tackles, 14 assists and 3 tackles for loss in Aubrey’s 43-41 win over Center in 4OT He also scored the game-winning TD in the fourth OT.
Alex Haralason, Fort Worth Christian DB
11 tackles, 2 sacks and 4 tackles for loss in 28-27 win over Midland Christian.
Brandon Booker, DeSoto LB
10 tackles, 1 TFL, 1 interception, 1 sack in 52-7 win over Rockwall-Heath.
Mark Cooper, Lewisville LB
7 tackles, 1 tackles for loss, 1 forced fumble and 1 interception in 10-0 win over Arlington Martin.
Hudson Lunsford, Plano Prestonwood LB
11 tackles, 1 sack, 1 tackle for loss in 49-0 win over Houston St. Pius X.
Carson Finney, Brock DB/WR
Finney was a factor on offense, defense and special teams during an incredible night for Brock in a 57-20 win over Muleshoe in the 3A DI playoffs on Thursday. He picked off three passes defensively — including a tipped, juggling interception over the top of a Mules’ wide receiver — and also scored by catching two touchdown passes as a receiver on offense, blocked an extra-point attempt and broke off punt returns of 36 and 29 yards that set up Eagles’ scores.