Jeff Hurndon Photography / Union Grove running back Derrick Craine scored four touchdowns in the Wolverines’ subregion win over Mount Zion.
Each week the Henry Daily Herald will track the progress of potential high school football player of the year candidates throughout the season.
Here is an updated ranking of who’s in the running based on last week’s performances:
1T. Derrick Craine, Union Grove: The senior running back rushed for a season- and career-high 240 yards and four touchdowns on 20 carries in the Wolverines’ 42-7 victory over Mount Zion. Craine played only the first half and two series in the third quarter. On the season, he’s rushed for 1,048 yards and 13 touchdowns on 143 carries for a Wolverines that’s 6-1.
1T. Donovahn Jones, Dutchtown: The senior quarterback completed 19 of 24 passes for 203 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions in the Bulldogs’ 45-19 loss at No. 8-ranked Stockbridge. On the season, Jones is 79-for-115 passing (68.7 percent) for 1,342 yards, 13 touchdowns and four interceptions and has rushed for 575 yards and five touchdowns on 78 carries.
3. Keenan Wise, Locust Grove: Wise and the Wildcats were off last Friday. Locust Grove returns to action this week against Eagle’s Landing. On the season, Wise is 56-for-123 passing (45.5 percent) for 919 yards, 11 touchdowns and five interceptions and has rushed for 563 yards and eight touchdowns on 90 carries.
4. Cortez McDowell, Locust Grove: McDowell and the Wildcats were off last Friday. Locust Grove returns to action this week against Eagle’s Landing. On the season, McDowell 29 catches for 601 yards and eight touchdowns, has rushed for 179 yards and three touchdowns on 20 carries and has two interceptions on defense. The junior wide receiver/safety recently got his third scholarship offer, from North Carolina.
5. Dalton Etheridge, ELCA: Etheridge threw for 126 yards and a touchdown on 5-for-10 passing and rushed for 40 yards and two touchdowns in the Chargers’ 49-0 victory at Our Lady of Mercy. On the season, the junior quarterback is 48-for-72 passing (66.7 percent) for 885 yards, 11 touchdowns and one interception and has rushed for 335 yards and 9 touchdowns.