Hunter McFarland, Sr., Mitchell
After losing 26 players to graduation, Mitchell needed to fill plenty of voids to make the playoffs for the eighth straight season.
Hunter McFarland has stepped up on defense.
The senior is enjoying the best season of his high school career. He has 53 tackles, more than he had in his previous two seasons combined.
McFarland also a nose for the ball — and the quarterback. He has forced three fumbles, recorded 3 ½ sacks and recovered two fumbles.
Against Hudson two weeks ago, McFarland finished with five tackles, two fumble recoveries, a sack and forced fumble to lead the Mustangs to a victory.
Fans were impressed. McFarland ended up with 52 percent of the votes (1,462) in the Pasco County football player of the week poll to beat out Zephyrhills Christian’s Jayce Nixon, who had 34 percent (955 votes).