School: Union City
By the numbers: For the fourth time this season and third time in four weeks, Speed is The Messenger Player of the Week. However, this week’s honor is different from the others in that it took Speed essentially just one quarter to accumulate the stats required to gain the award. During Friday’s 55-16 shellacking of West Carroll — in which Union City clinched the Region 7-1A championship — Speed ran for touchdown scores of 32 and 18 yards and he connected with Brandon Easley (29 yards) and Jacob Worley (33) yards) on scoring tosses during the opening quarter. All totaled, Speed rushed for 48 yards on five carries and he was a near pefect 3-for-4 with 75 yards through the air. With the latest rushing total added, Speed has now run for 1,226 yards and 23 touchdowns on the season.
Sound bite: “Every week as this season has gone on, Colton has continued to get better as a quarterback with better meshes, better reads and better footwork in the pocket,” Union City head coach Darren Bowling said of Speed. “He’s done a good job of finding the open receivers when we’ve called on him to throw the ball and he’s developing every week into a better veer quarterback and one key is that he is unselfish. Against West Carroll, he could’ve padded his stats, but he dished the ball to his teammates and put it where it needed to go.”
HONORABLE MENTION: None.
School: Union City
Pos.: Defensive tackle
By the numbers: Maddox, the smallest in stature of Union City’s defensive front, was big on numbers during his team’s victory over West Carroll. While playing more than his senior and junior counterparts due to his being a sophomore and needing the game-time experience, Maddox made a team-high nine tackles, with one sack and a fumble forced.
Sound bite: “Trey’s an exciting player to watch,” Bowling said of Maddox. “He may be smaller than his teammates on the line and even the guys he is going to go up against on the opposing team, but he plays with so much heart and emotion that it evens out. He had a tremendous game on Friday and he is a player that I am looking forward to coaching over the next two years here at Union City.”
HONORABLE MENTION: Sam Curtis, SF junior tackle, posted a team-high 10 tackles during the Red Devils’ 36-6 loss to Gleason Friday evening; Hunter Allen, SF junior end, totaled eight stops during his team’s defeat on Friday; Jacob Wade, SF sophomore free safety, made seven takedowns during last week’s loss.