Above photo by Russell Marwitz/True To The Cru
After a 13-3 first-round win over Trinity to begin the playoffs, it is now time to recognize our Players of the Week presented by Montgomery Chiropractic.
Aphonso Thomas earned the Offensive Player of the Week honor after the running back tallied 118 rushing yards, 70 of which came in the fourth quarter, on 26 carries. The number of rushing attempts tied his season-high, and Saturday’s victory also marked the Tyler, Texas native’s second 100-plus yard rushing game of the season. He also scored the only touchdown for either team in the game, crossing the goal line from 17 yards out on a fourth-and-one play to seal the 13-3 win. He earned 59 percent of the vote.
Linebacker Akeem Jackson was voted as the Defensive Player of the Week, following a season-high performance that saw him post 11 tackles, four of which were solo. The senior added 2.5 tackles for loss for eight yards and a sack in the 13-3 victory. Jackson tallied 59 percent of the vote.
On special teams, Jefferson Fritz earned the weekly honor of Special Teams Player of the Week. The senior, both the punter and a punt returner, punted the ball five times on Saturday, for an average of 39.6 yards per punt. Four of those five punts were downed inside the 20-yard line. As a returner, he ran back four of Trinity’s punts for a total of 42 yards. His longest return was up the sideline and into opposing territory for 23 yards. Fritz earned 57 percent of the vote.