Each week throughout the 2021-2022 school year, Star Local Media will recognize one of the most outstanding student-athletes in its coverage area as Athlete of the Week.
Through nominations submitted by coaches, as well as athletic staff’s own research, entries will be reduced to five nominees each week. However, it will depend on a fan vote to decide who is named Athlete of the Week – readers have until 6 p.m. Monday to vote for one of the five-star athletes below.
(For matches played from September 27 to October 2)
Jacob Buniff, Hebron
The Hawks won a 48-34 victory over Flower Mound last week behind an offense that totaled 657 yards of attack. Buniff was responsible for the majority of that production, completing 26 of 30 passes for 425 yards and five touchdowns to go with an 82-yard rushing team.
Jack McAdams, Coppell
The Cowboys defense came out on top in the team’s second straight win in the District last week over Plano West, 34-7. McAdams totaled 13 tackles, including eight solos, as well as one interception and two forced fumbles to help Coppell go 2-0 in the district.
Alex Orji, Sachse
The Mustangs needed any production from Orji, who led his team to a 42-34 victory over North Garland. Sachse’s flagman had 200 yards and three touchdowns and nearly matched that rushing out with 176 rushing yards and one scoring.
Jadan Smith, McKinney North
Smith took on a monstrous charge for a shorthanded attack from the North in Thursday’s 45-38 win over West Mesquite and returned the production to match. The Bulldogs running back carried the ball 32 times for 209 yards and three touchdowns, as well as a 98-yard kickoff for a score, to help his team end a four-game losing streak.
Ashton Jeanty, Frisco Lone Star
The Rangers clinched a 42-6 victory over Reedy on Thursday, with the Electric Jeanty accounting for his team’s six touchdowns. The versatile player found the end zone four times out of the backfield as part of a rushed 197-yard effort to accompany four catches for 97 yards and two more touchdowns.
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