Prime Time’s pick
RB Deon Silas, Sr., Steinbrenner
In four years on varsity, Silas has racked up yards in a variety of ways.
The all-purpose back can catch passes out the backfield. He can return kicks. He can even throw a pass when necessary.
But the biggest gains whenever he carries the ball. Silas has had at least one 100-yard rushing game every season in his high school career.
One thing was missing: a 200-yard performance.
That came last week.
Silas, an Iowa State commit, had a career night, rushing for 200 yards in a 57-0 win over Alonso.
He took advantage of every handoff, too.
After all, five of his 11 carries went for touchdowns.
QB Gabe Olds, Sr., Countryside
Last season, Olds served as the quarterbacking understudy to Kamrhen Simpkins.
To get on the field, Olds moved to receiver. He even spent time on defense.
The role was supposed to stay the same this season.
Then Simpkins transferred to Clearwater.
Finally, Olds had his shot. He competed for the starting spot and shared time with Garrett Rodriguez in the season opener against Dixie Hollins.
Last week, Olds took the bulk of the snaps at quarterback. He made the most of his opportunity, completing 12 of his 19 passes for 187 yards and two touchdowns. The dual-threat showed off his running ability, too. Olds finished with 78 yards rushing and added two more scores on the ground to help the Cougars remain undefeated with a 42-9 victory over Osceola.
Fans were impressed. Olds received roughly 50 percent of the votes (6,177). The next closest play was Clearwater lineman Tyler McManus, who had 35 percent (4,297 votes).