Coquille RB Gunner Yates voted the WaFd Bank Oregon High School Athlete of the Week

Congratulations to Coquille running back Gunner Yates for being voted SBLive’s WaFd Bank Oregon High School Athlete of the Week for Nov. 22-28!

The senior ran for an OSAA title game record 388 yards and five touchdowns, including a 74-yard score that gave the Red Devils the lead for good, in a 38-28 win over Kennedy in the 2A championship game. (STORY, PHOTOS)

Yates received 54.76% of the vote, beating out Jesuit’s Jacob Hutchinson, who finished second with 37.72%. Marshfield’s Mason Pederson finished third with 2.54% and Marshfield’s Dom Montiel finished fourth with 2.5%. There were over 102,000 votes tallied this week!

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Here are the other athletes who were nominated for the week of Nov. 22-28:

Riley Cantu, Kennedy football: Cantu did all he could for the Trojans in the 2A championship game, throwing for 266 yards and three touchdowns. Coquille won, 38-28. (STORY, PHOTOS)

Ryan Cary, Marist Catholic football: Cary turned in two of the biggest plays in the 4A championship game. He scored on an 82-yard kickoff return in the second quarter and a 42-yard reception on the final play of the first half before the Spartans fell to Marshfield, 49-34. (STORY, PHOTOS)

Vandon Fessler, Silverton football: Fessler had 10 receptions for 145 yards (including a 25-yard touchdown) in the Foxes’ 5A title-clinching 26-20 victory against Thurston. (STORY, PHOTOS)

Kellen Hale, Tualatin football: Hale had nine tackles and made an interception on West Linn’s second possession to lead the Timberwolves’ defense in their 35-13 semifinal win. (STORY, PHOTOS)

Vaun Halstead, Thurston football: Halstead led the Colts with 11 tackles, including 4.5 tackles for loss, to lead a defense that held Silverton (which averaged more than 420 yards entering the game) to 216 yards of total offense in the 5A final. Thurston came up short in a 26-20 loss, however. (STORY, PHOTOS)

Jacob Hutchinson, Jesuit football: Hutchinson passed for 269 yards and three touchdowns in the Crusaders’ 35-28 semifinal loss to Central Catholic. After passing for 11 touchdowns in eight regular-season games, he threw for nine scores in four playoff games. (STORY, PHOTOS)

Jordan King, Central Catholic football: King had three interceptions in the Rams’ 35-28 semifinal win over Jesuit, including a game-sealing takeaway with about two minutes remaining. He returned his second interception 14 yards for a third-quarter touchdown. (STORY, PHOTOS)

Conley Martin, Adrian football: Martin ran for 211 yards and three touchdowns and passed for 57 yards and another score, leading the Antelopes to a 46-38 victory over Powder Valley in the 1A title game.

Dom Montiel, Marshfield football: Montiel passed for 439 yards and five touchdowns — giving him 50 for the season — to lead the Pirates to a 4A title-clinching 49-34 victory against Marist Catholic. He also rushed 13 times for 121 yards, giving him 560 yards of total offense. (STORY, PHOTOS)

Juri Moros, South Umpqua football: Moros accounted for all of the Lancers’ points in the 3A final, kicking field goals of 34, 23 and 36 yards in a 14-9 loss to Siuslaw. (STORY, PHOTOS)

Mason Pederson, Marshfield football: In the Pirates’ 49-34 win over Marist Catholic in the 4A final, Pederson caught nine passes for 203 yards and three touchdowns. (STORY, PHOTOS)

Braydon Thornton, Siuslaw football: Thornton finished with seven catches for 117 yards — including a 34-yard touchdown — as the Vikings defeated South Umpqua 14-9 for the 3A title. (STORY, PHOTOS)

Jack Wagner, Tualatin football: Wagner intercepted a pass on the first snap, and the second of his two touchdown runs staked the Timberwolves to a 28-0 lead midway through the second quarter of their eventual 35-13 semifinal victory against West Linn. (STORY, PHOTOS)

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