A record-setting performance by Santa Margarita's Johnny Stanton and a defensive showcase by Vista Murrieta's Su'a Cravens highlighted this week's performances among the members of the MaxPreps Player of the Year Watch.
Stanton broke a record held by current NFL quarterback Carson Palmer in a 55-0 win over Trabuco Hills. Meanwhile, Cravens scored touchdowns on offense, defense and special teams to lead Vista Murrieta to a 49-8 win over South (Anchorage, Alaska).
In Florida, Kelvin Taylor of Glades Day continues to inch closer to the 10,000-yard milestone, while Derrick Henry is closing in on Emmit Smith's career rushing totals.
MaxPreps National Player of the Year Watch
Jake Browning, Folsom (Calif.)
Browning guided Folsom to a 24-7 win over Roseville to put the
Bulldogs at 3-0. He completed 18 of 34 passes for 319 yards and two
touchdowns. He has completed 81 of 130 passes for 1,383 yards and 16
touchdowns.Tyrone Swoopes, Whitewright (Texas)
Prairiland was able to corral Swoopes in a 33-24 win. He finished with nine completions in 16 attempts for 136 yards and a touchdown while rushing for 86 yards on eight attempts with two rushing touchdowns.Su'a Cravens, Vista Murrieta (Murrieta, Calif.)
Besides returning an interception 88 yards for a touchdown and returning a blocked punt for a score, Cravens also caught a 10-yard touchdown pass in Vista Murrieta's 49-8 win over South (Anchorage, Alaska).Johnny Stanton, Santa Margarita (Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.)
Stanton rushed for 89 yards and two touchdowns and completed 17 of 21 passes for 324 yards and three scores in a 55-0 win over Trabuco Hills. Stanton passed Carson Palmer as the school's all-time record holder for total yards with 5,459.Kelvin Taylor, Glades Day (Belle Glade, Fla.)
Playing only one half in a 34-7 win over Highlands Christian, Taylor carried the ball 13 times for 194 yards with four touchdowns. He now has 508 yards and seven touchdowns on the season and has 9,901 yards rushing in his career.Jalen Hurd, Beech (Hendersonville, Tenn.)
Another big game for Hurd, who carried just 12 times for 296 yards and five touchdowns in a 56-0 win over Cookeville. He is averaging 14.8 yards per carry and has gained 1,230 yards on 83 carries with 17 touchdowns.Austin Kafentzis, Jordan (Sandy, Utah)
Jordan's super sophomore had his best passing game of the season in a 61-29 win over Kearns as he completed 20 of 32 passes for 373 yards and five touchdowns. He also rushed 14 times for 87 yards and a score. Kafentzis has exactly 1,000 yards passing while completing 63 of 101 attempts with 10 touchdowns. He has also gained 668 yards on 61 carries with 10 touchdowns.Derrick Henry, Yulee (Fla.)
Henry moved closer to Emmit Smith's career rushing mark by gaining 242 yards on just 15 carries in a 55-0 win over Potter's House Christian (Jacksonville, Fla.). Henry added four touchdowns to give him seven on the season. He has gained 578 yards on only 46 carries for a 12.6 average.Robert Nkemdiche, Grayson (Loganville, Ga.)
Grayson had the week off but will get back into the fray this week against Parkview with Nkemdiche leading the way.
Charlie High, Christian Academy of Knoxville (Tenn.)
has the Warriors off to a 4-0 start after a 27-19 win over Grace
Christian. His 313 yards passing in the win was his lowest total of the
season thus far, as he completed 23 of 30 passes for two touchdowns with
two interceptions. For the season, High has 112 completions in 141
attempts for 1,690 yards and 16 touchdowns.Max Browne, Skyline (Sammamish, Wash.)
In a 57-25 win over Cottonwood (Utah), Browne came up big as he completed 18 of 29 passes for 398 yards and three touchdowns. He also had a rushing touchdown. In two games, Browne has completed 42 of 64 passes for 698 yards and four scores.