For several area players, this past Friday was a big night on the football field. Four players had offensive production some team totals could not match.
Gilbert running back Jakayus Leaphart rushed for 287 yards and five touchdowns on 27 carries in leading the Indians to victory.
Charles Mallory of C.A. Johnson, Logan Bailey of Chapin and Robert Barrow of Ben Lippen all had banner performances at quarterback.
Bailey rushed for 190 yards and three touchdowns, and completed 21 passes for 301 yards and two touchdowns.
Mallory posted 504 total yards, with 386 yards passing, 186 yards rushing, and five touchdowns to guide the Green Hornets to a win against Lewisville.
And, in leading Ben Lippen to a 56-34 win at Calhoun County, Barrow put up 345 yards and four touchdowns passing, and rushed for 108 yards and two touchdowns.
They are The State’s co-offensive players of the week.
“It’s probably one of the best nights I’ve had in my career, and it was a lot of fun,” said Barrow, who has 33 touchdowns and more than 2,500 yards passing this season. “But I try not to pay attention to the stats, because if I have a lot of yards and we lose, it doesn’t matter.”
C.A. Johnson coach Jerry Jackson said Mallory’s big night was attributable, in part, to changes on the Green Hornets’ offensive line.
“We changed the way we work with them on blocking schemes, and it created some more opportunities for him,” Jackson said.
“Our offense is like a triple-option, and when he has that option and he reads it right, he can come up with a big game running or passing. This week, he just came up big on both.”
None of these players is a stranger to the top of the stats charts.
“My offensive line has been giving me time all season, and my wide receivers have made some ridiculous plays,” Barrow said.
“Robert does a great job of doing what he’s supposed to do. Whatever the defense is giving him, he takes advantage of it,” Falcons’ coach Derek White said.
“He takes control. He’s our Peyton Manning out there, and he’s, honestly, the best passing quarterback I’ve ever coached,” White said.
Leaphart, a North-South All-Star, is one of the area’s leading rushers week after week, averaging 162 yards per game.
Bailey is the driving force of Chapin’s offense, and his rushing game has become more prominent in the absence of injured back Chandler Engel. Bailey has 27 combined touchdowns and more than 1,500 passing yards this season.