It was the final week of the regular season Friday. Who finished strong?

These are just a few who did and have been nominated for Player of the Week.

Happy voting:

LB Eli Housel, Edgewood

Housel was extremely active in Edgewood’s 49-6 win over South Vermillion. He finished with 11 tackles (7 solo), including two for a loss. The Mustangs came into the game with two consecutive shutouts and held South Vermillion scoreless until the fourth quarter.

WR John Earl Rochell-Manns, North

Rochell-Manns helped fuel the Cougars comeback attempt versus Terre Haute South with 10 catches for 110 yards and two touchdowns. The first came in the midst of a 21-point run to match the Braves three unanswered touchdowns to start the game. His second came at the end of the game, to pull North within 10 points with more than 5 minutes remaining.

LB Sam Helm, South

Helm has been leading the county in tackles all year, and he had a career day Friday against Perry Meridian. He had 18 tackles (11 solo), including a sack. And the scary thing is he could have had more. He missed five tackles and still had an ultra-productive day.

QB Briar Martindale, Eastern Greene

In a 28-14 loss to Tecumseh, the Thunderbirds’ signal caller kept his team in the game with 140 yards rushing, including a 66-yard burst to answer the Braves’ first two scores. Martindale also produced 53 yards and a touchdown through the air.

RB Austin Hale, Linton

Hale led all rushers with 167 yards and four touchdowns in Linton’s 46-0 win against North Central (Farmersburg). He started the game with a 59-yard score and led the charge for a Miners squad that produced 389 yards on the ground and, defensively, held North Central to seven first downs.

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Herald-Times area Player of the Week

  • WR John Earl Rochell Manns (10 catches, 110 yards, 2 TDs vs. Terre Haute South) (54%, 952 Votes)
  • LB Sam Helm, South (18 tackles, 11 solo, 1 sack vs. Perry Meridian) (37%, 656 Votes)
  • QB Briar Martindale (140 yards rushing, 53 passing, 2 TDs vs. Tecumseh) (4%, 71 Votes)
  • LB Eli Housel, Edgewood (11 tackles, 7 solo, 2 TFL vs. S. Vermillion) (3%, 58 Votes)
  • RB Austin Hale, Linton (167 yards, 4 TDs vs. North Central) (1%, 17 Votes)

Total Voters: 1,754

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8 thoughts on “HT Player of the Week: Week 9

  1. John earl is a awesome player make big plays when the team needs him most! Very interesting to watch play , talented with lots of speed! Seems to me the young man is pro ready!

  2. “Knew then,” head coach Mo Moriarity said, “he has natural instincts for the football.” quote from the HT. He’s also a hard worker and deserving of this honor.

  3. Sam Helm had a hell of a defensive game. That’s pretty hard to get numbers like that, but John also had a great offensive game as a WR. Seen him play, he knows how to her open.

  4. Contrary to popular belief non of the comments listed above are me. I am john earls father. I didnt write any comments above. They are all genuine from other supporters and fans. Dont get me wrong I am proud of my son but i would not spam a board for exposure. I want his accolades earned genuinely. Hard work and dedication is a hell of a drug! Lets go cougars. Lets beat Martinsville and then get some payback!

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