The playoffs are here, and the Player of the Week fan poll forges ahead as well. Here’s your chance to let us know who you thought was the Player of the Week in the first round of the high school football playoffs around the Oklahoma City area.
Pick one of the five selections from the poll below, or write in your own candidate in the comments section, where you can tell us why your choice deserves Player of the Week honors. There were a ton of good choices this week, some of whom couldn’t make it onto the poll, so sound off for your pick.
The results of the poll will appear in Wednesday’s Oklahoman. Voting ends at 5 p.m. Tuesday.
So cast your vote, discuss and debate the best performance from the opening round of the postseason:
Luke Davis, RB, Guthrie
Regardless of your feelings about the OSSAA’s ruling on Guthrie, you had to be impressed with Davis’ performance. He rushed for five touchdowns and 179 yards to carry the Bluejays through a rout of Durant and cap off one of the most tumultuous any high school football team could experience.
James Flanders, RB, Midwest City
In the face of a stiff Westmoore defense out to land a huge upset of the Bombers for the second straight year, Flanders turned in yet another workhorse effort, rushing for 195 yards and two touchdowns to push Midwest City to a 28-14 win.
Chris Golden, RB, Bridge Creek
On Oct. 20, the Bobcats were 2-6, barely hanging onto a postseason hope. But with two straight wins they were able to reach the postseason as a No. 4 seed, and Golden’s three-touchdown performance helped them knock off district champion Purcell 46-14.
Justice Hansen, QB, Edmond Santa Fe
Welcome to the big stage, Justice Hansen. The sophomore playing in his first postseason game threw for 374 yards and four touchdowns, completing 26 of 33 attempts. He also rushed for a score to lead the Wolves to their 10th win of the season and showing why he’s already becoming a known name on the recruiting circuit.
Blake Woodard, QB, Newcastle
After nearly pulling an upset of Bethany in the final week of the season, Newcastle showed why District 3A-3 is perhaps the toughest around, upsetting 3A-4 champ Perkins 35-28. Woodard threw for three touchdowns and rushed for another to keep the Racers alive.
Here are the results of this week’s poll:
Chris Golden, RB, Bridge Creek 42.69% (1,640 votes)
Justice Hansen, QB, Edmond Santa Fe 32.72% (1,257 votes)
Luke Davis, RB, Guthrie 18.48% (710 votes)
Blake Woodard, QB, Newcastle 4.22% (162 votes)
James Flanders, RB, Midwest City 1.9% (73 votes)
Total Votes: 3,842
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