Highlighting the best high school football performances in the country for Thanksgiving week 2021

In partnership with SI All-American’s “Freak of the Week” feature, SBLive is highlighting the top high school football performances in the country from the past week.

Here are the performances that caught our eye for Thanksgiving week.

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(Top performances are listed in alphabetical order by state. Feature photo by Jimmy Jones.)


Demarcus Lacey, Pleasant Grove RB

Lacey rushed 19 times for 241 yards and three touchdowns to lead Pleasant Grove to a 47-17 win over Fairview in the 5A semifinals.

Earl Woods, Hueytown QB

Woods threw for 180 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 154 yards and two more TDs in a 44-16 win over Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa in the 6A semifinals.


Joe Himon, Pulaski Academy, RB 

The senior Northwestern commit totaled 366 yards of offense and four touchdowns in a 38-28 win at Greenbrier.

Hunter Houston, Greenwood, QB

The junior completed 30-of-47 passes for 368 yards and 4 touchdowns, while adding 95 more yards on the ground with another score, in the Bulldogs’ 45-35 win over Little Rock Parkview.


Elijaih Lux, Patrick Henry RB

Lux carried 28 times for 350 yards and four touchdowns in Friday’s win over University City in the San Diego Section Division 4 Championship game.

Jamai East, Vanden WR/DB

East dominated with three touchdown catches from Tre Dimes, a pick-six, and another interception in a 49-21 victory over Merced.


David Dallas, Trinity Christian QB 

Dallas threw for 339 yards and five touchdowns, including three to his brother Josh, in a 56-7 win over Darlington.

JaFredrick Perry, Warner Robins RB 

Perry rushed for nearly 300 yards and five touchdowns, including 71- and 66-yard TD runs in the third quarter, in a 49-21 win over Jones County.


Angelo LaRose, South

LaRose carried the ball 15 times for 189 yards and three touchdowns to lead South to a 50-6 win over Worcester North. His performance put him at 2,905 rushing yards for the season, which is a Massachusetts single-season state record.


Dante Dowdell, Picayune

Rushed for 292 yards and three touchdowns on 40 carries in a 32-28 win over Laurel.


Kevin Coleman, St. Mary’s, WR

Coleman did it all for St. Mary’s scoring four touchdowns in the game. He had one rushing touchdown, one receiving touchdown, one kick return for a touchdown, and one punt return for a touchdown. Coleman totaled 111 yards receiving in the 62-16 victory over Mexico. 

Jacob Coffey, Drexel, QB

Coffey did most of his damage on the ground as he has most of the year, running for 382 yards and six touchdowns, while adding one touchdown through the air in the 56-28 win over King City. 


Lamar Sperling, Archbishop Hoban RB 

Sperling had 270 yards rushing on 30 carries in a 31-24 win over Avon, giving the junior 1,290 yards rushing and 20 touchdowns in the playoffs alone. Heading into the Division II state championship game Thursday, he needs 187 yards rushing for a 3,000-yard season.


Khelil Deere, Eufaula, WR/DB

Deere caught five passes for 133 yards and three TDs while picking off four passes on defense in the Ironheads’ 31-14 win at previously undefeated Oklahoma Christian School in the 2A quarterfinals.


Dom Montiel, Marshfield QB

Montiel completed 28 of 44 passes for 439 yards and five touchdowns — giving him 50 for the season — to help the Pirates outslug Marist Catholic in the OSAA Class 4A championship game.


Ashton Dubose, San Antonio Brennan QB

Friday’s game against Austin Bowie saw Dubose complete 16 of 26 passes for 319 yards and six touchdowns in a 59-36 victory. He also ran for 78 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries to help Brennan become the last San Antonio-area team standing in the 6A playoffs.

Andrew Paul, Dallas Parish Episcopal RB

Paul ran for 439 yards and six rushing TDs, both career highs, on 33 carries in a 55-13 win over Dallas Bishop Lynch to help Dallas Parish Episcopal advance to the TAPPS Division I state semifinals.

Cale Hellums, Tomball QB

Hellums ran 38 times for 311 yards and three rushing TDs in a 35-21 win against Rockwall Heath on Friday to help Tomball advance to Round 4 of the Texas high school football playoffs for the first time since 1985.


Kevin Wulff, Eatonville (1A)

Completed 13 of 16 pass attempts for 323 yards, two passing touchdowns and three rushing scores in a 35-14 win over Lynden Christian.

William Wang, Bellevue (3A)

Rushed for 150 of his game-high 182 yards and three touchdowns in the first half of a 27-3 semifinal win over Marysville-Pilchuck.

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