Bend RB Malakai Nutter voted the WaFd Bank Oregon High School Athlete of the Week

Congratulations to Bend running back Malakai Nutter for being voted SBLive’s WaFd Bank Oregon High School Athlete of the Week for Sep. 6-12!

The junior rushed for 231 yards and four touchdowns to power the Lava Bears to a 41-27 victory against South Medford.

Nutter received 35.12% of the vote, beating out Sprague’s Drew Rodriguez who finished second with 29.91%. Gladstone’s Tate Brechbiel finished third with 17.37% and Gresham’s Jaden Mitchell finished fourth with 3.93%. There were over 39,000 votes tallied this week!

We are currently accepting WaFd Bank Player of the Week nominations. If you would like to nominate an athlete, please email regan@scorebooklive.com or message us on Twitter or Instagram at @sbliveor.

Here are the other athletes who were nominated for the week of Sep. 6-12:

Kyron Albright, Beaverton football: Albright returned a kickoff 88 yards for a score and caught a 38-yard pass from Hunter Borter for another touchdown, helping the Beavers pull away from Aloha for a 41-18 win. 

Ben Augee, Tualatin boys soccer: Augee had two goals and an assist in the Timberwolves’ 3-1 victory against rival Tigard. (Story, photos

Tate Brechbiel, Gladstone football: Brechbiel rushed for more than 200 yards, including a 50-yarder that allowed the Gladiators to seal a 21-20 win over Astoria.

Jimmie Copeland, Eagle Point football: Copeland finished with 132 yards on six receptions, including a touchdown catch in the first quarter of the Eagles’ 24-7 victory against Springfield.

Hiro Diamond, Liberty football: Diamond accounted for seven touchdowns (four passing, three rushing) — including an 80-yard run on the Falcons’ first snap — in a 52-0 rout of Lincoln. Through two games this season, he has been responsible for 13 touchdowns. 

Mason Ebenal, Sunset football: Ebenal had three touchdowns — two receiving, one rushing — to help the Apollos roll past Southridge for a 45-7 win.

Cayden Eckel, Roseburg football: Eckel, a sophomore, ran for four touchdowns, all in the first half, to lead Roseburg on its way to a 37-7 rout of Mountain View.

Jake Fay, Barlow football: Fay’s monster game — 313 yards rushing, 14.2 yards per carry, two touchdowns — powered the Bruins to a 44-28 win over Central.

Ashton Foster, Dallas football: Foster was an efficient 13 of 16 for 171 yards and two touchdowns in the Dragons’ 34-6 victory at Wells.

Hudson Giertych, West Salem football: Giertych rushed for 157 yards and a touchdown in the Titans’ 42-20 win over Grants Pass. He had a blocked extra point in the first half.

Mark Hamper, West Linn football: Hamper had more than 150 yards receiving and three touchdown catches and intercepted an opponent’s pass for the second game in a row, helping the Lions cruise past North Medford for a 49-7 win. (Photos

Chase Harmon, West Linn football: Two starts, two big games for the first-year starting quarterback. In the Lions’ 49-7 victory against North Medford, Harmon passed for five touchdowns and around 350 yards. (Photos

Mizael Harris, La Salle Prep boys soccer: Harris had two goals in the Falcons’ season-opening 4-1 win over Corvallis in a showdown between two of the likely Class 5A title contenders.

Zeke Heaton, Mazama football: Heaton rushed for 247 yards and four touchdowns for the Vikings in their 42-14 win over Crater.

Kolby Johnson-Sallee, Dallas football: On offense, Johnson-Sallee had three catches for 46 yards and two touchdowns. On defense, he had six tackles, two tackles for loss and a sack. The Dragons defeated Wells, 34-6.

Caleb Lakeman, Tualatin boys cross country:Lakeman, a senior, turned in a 15:43.50 to finish in first place at the TRL preview. His brother, junior Aaron Lakeman, was second.

Logan Law, Milwaukie boys cross country: Law took first place at the NWOC Preview, recording a time of 15:53.91.

Jack Layne, Lake Oswego football: Layne passed for four touchdowns and ran for a fifth to drive the Lakers to a 48-20 win over Sherwood. (Video

Noemi Lundgren, Putnam girls cross country:Lundgren finished in first place (21:04.67) and helped the Kingsmen win the team championship at the NWOC Preview.

Olivia Maulding, La Salle Prep volleyball: The junior middle blocker had 13 kills, seven aces and four blocks in the Falcons’ 26-24, 30-32, 25-13, 25-18 victory over rival Wilsonville. (Story

Jaydon McBreen, Westview football: McBreen scored three touchdowns — two on interception returns — to power the Wildcats to a 49-16 win over Mountainside.

Jaden Mitchell, Gresham football: Mitchell scored three touchdowns, including an 86-yard kickoff return, to carry the Gophers to a season-opening 26-6 win over Nelson.

Dom Montiel, Marshfield football: Montiel passed for 422 yards and five touchdowns in the Pirates’ 57-6 win over Churchill.

Heath Nichol, Sweet Home football: Nichol passed for 245 yards and four touchdowns to lead his team to a 35-0 win over North Marion. He added 28 yards on five rushes. 

Charlie North, Franklin boys cross country: North won the PIL Preview with a time of 15:47.35.

Logan Person, Dallas football: Person had 173 yards from scrimmage on offense — 137 rushing, 36 receiving for two touchdowns — in the Dragons’ 34-6 rout of Wells. He recorded six tackles on defense.

Jae’Sean Pete, Grant football: The Generals lost 44-27 to Sheldon, but Pete did his part, piling up 273 yards and three touchdowns on 24 carries.

Ana Peters, Lake Oswego girls cross country: Peters, a freshman, ran to victory at the TRL Preview in a time of 18:32.77.

Logan Ready, McNary football: Ready booted a 43-yard field goal to give the Celtics an overtime win, 17-14, at Newberg.

Kaiya Robertson, Franklin girls cross country: Robertson edged Wells’ Charlotte Richman by less than a second to win the PIL Preview — 18:11.10 to 18:12.02.

Drew Rodriguez, Sprague football: Rodriguez had an interception return for a touchdown for the second game in a row on top of two touchdown catches, spearheading the Olympians’ 40-14 victory over Century.

Malik Ross, Tualatin football: Ross started the game with an 86-yard kickoff-return touchdown and sealed the 35-28 win over Silverton with a diving interception on the 1-yard line with 30 seconds left. He also had a 63-yard touchdown run. He finished with 131 yards on 14 carries and had two catches for 49 yards. (Story, photos

Daschel Smith, South Salem football: Smith passed for 287 yards and two fourth-quarter touchdowns as the Saxons came from behind to beat Lebanon, 29-20.

Brock Thomas, Sheldon football: Thomas passed for 275 yards, rushed for 120 and totaled five touchdowns for the second game in a row in the Irish’s 44-27 win over Grant.

Lucas Tuski, Marist Catholic football: Tuski ran the ball 13 times for 274 yards and four touchdowns, fueling the Spartans’ 42-6 victory at Tillamook. All four of Tuski’s scoring runs covered more than 25 yards.

Miles Williams, Clackamas football: Williams had a scoring catch and exceeded 100 yards through the air, returned a punt for a touchdown and made an interception at the end to seal a 38-30 victory for the Cavaliers against Washington power Camas.

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