Spectacular performances in a Vermont final and a reversal of fortunes in a Cleveland rivalry highlight this week's regional players of the week.
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East Region Player of the Week
Max Librizzi, Essex (Essex Junction, Vt.)
State championships are beginning to be decided around the country and the first spectacular performance in a state final was the one turned in by Librizzi in the Division I state final Friday night in Vermont. The 6-foot-5 senior led Essex to a 48-14 victory over Rutland (Rutland, Vt.) by completing 23-of-30 passes for 404 yards and three touchdowns. Librizzi also scored on a 4-yard run. With this performance, Librizzi may go down as one of the top quarterbacks ever from Vermont. He led Essex to an 11-0 record and finished with 3,335 yards and 45 touchdowns. He reportedly does not have college offers, but with totals like that and with his size, there still could be time for him to gather interest.
Southeast Region Player of the Week
Jarvis Bridge, Coral Gables (Coral Gables, Fla.)
The super-quick 5-foot-9, 170-pound senior rushed for 332 yards and four touchdowns in a 44-6 win over Miami Southwest (Miami, Fla.) for the state playoff-bound Cavaliers. Bridge and his team open the Class 6A playoffs next week against FAB 50-ranked Miami Northwestern (Miami, Fla.). He's been one of the most dynamic running backs in South Florida and earlier in the season he set a Miami-Dade County record by scoring five touchdowns in one half. According to The Miami Herald, Bridge broke the previous record of four that was held by former Coral Gables star and current San Francisco 49ers standout Frank Gore. Bridge's total of 332 yards, however, is not better than Gore's school-record of 419, which is also a Dade County record.
Midwest Region Player of the Week
Latwan Anderson, Glenville (Cleveland, Ohio)
The 5-foot-11, 185-pound senior safety/running back sparked the Tarblooders to a 30-13 rout of defending Ohio Division I champion and FAB 50 No. 6 St. Ignatius (Cleveland, Ohio) in the Division I regional semifinals. The loss ended a 25-game winning streak for the Wildcats. Anderson, who played his junior season at nearby St. Edward (Lakewood, Ohio), intercepted four passes and returned them 196 yards, just 50 shy of the St. Ignatius team total for offense. With 4:31 left to play in the third quarter and Glenville leading 23-14, St. Ignatius was threatening at the Glenville 9-yard-line. Anderson came up big again with another interception and ran it back 99 yards for a score. Glenville's only loss this season was 14-13 in the opener to St. Ignatius. Anderson is one of the top recruits in the Midwest and has offers from the likes of West Virginia, Ohio State, Cincinnati, Michigan State and Miami.
Southwest Region Player of the Week
Jarman Johnson, Pilot Point (Pilot Point, Texas)
It was a night of breaking family records for Johnson in Pilot Point's 59-42 victory last Friday over Boyd (Boyd, Texas) in the Class 2A Division I Region II bi-district round. According to The Dallas Morning-News, the 5-foot-8, 165-pound senior rushed for 383 yards and scored six touchdowns and Pilot Point improved to 11-0. Johnson also pushed his season rushing total to 2,234 yards. He eclipsed the school single-game rushing record held by his cousin, Jarail Johnson, and broke the single-season school record held by another cousin, Keith Johnson.
West Region Player of the Week
Jackson Cummings, Rocklin (Rocklin, Calif.)
A versatile athlete who has started since his sophomore year in football and basketball, Cummings racked up a season-high 337 yards rushing on 28 carries and scored six touchdowns to lead Rocklin past Roseville (Roseville, Calif.), 51-27. Cummings has helped the Thunder to a 10-0 record with 1,607 yards rushing and 26 touchdowns. Rocklin just moved into the Top 20 in the CalHiSports.com state rankings and will start the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division II playoffs on Friday as the No. 2 seed. Cummings and his team could face FAB 50-ranked Grant (Sacramento, Calif.) in the semifinals. Last March, Cummings started at point guard for the Rocklin basketball team that played in the CIF Division II state championship.