Here are the candidates for SBLive’s Texas High School Athlete of the Week for Sept. 20-26 as nominated by fans, readers and SBLive’s staff. Read through the nominees and cast your vote at the bottom of the page. Voting will conclude on Sunday at 11:59 p.m and the winner will be announced Monday, Oct. 4 If you would like to nominate an athlete, please email email@example.com or tag us on Twitter or Instagram at @sblivetx.
THIS WEEK’S SBLIVE TEXAS ATHLETE OF THE WEEK NOMINEES:
Madison Blanco, Franklin (El Paso) girls volleyball
Blanco had 37 assists and 10 digs in a 3-2 win over Coronado.
Taryn Doiron, Bridge City girls volleyball
Doiron had 38 assists, 5 kills and 3 aces in a 3-1 win over Lumberton.
Kyler Maple, Morton Ranch volleyball
Maple had 40 digs and 23 serve receptions in a 3-1 loss to Mayde Creek.
Dylan Raiola, Burleson QB
In Friday’ game against Seguin, Raiola was 17-of-29 passing for 301 yards and two touchdown throws in a 41-28 win. Raiola also ran for 5 yards and a touchdown on two carries.
D’vonne Hmielewski, Sealy QB
Hmielewski threw for 319 yards and a touchdown in a 38-14 win against Bay City on Friday.
Austin Novosad, Dripping Springs QB
Novosad threw for 250 yards and seven touchdowns on 18-of-24 passing in a dominant 63-21 victory over Austin McCollum.
Keldric Luster, Frisco Liberty QB
Friday’s game against Lake Dallas saw Luster go 25-of-40 for 241 yards with a touchdown and an additional 180 yards and three rushing TDs on nine carries in a 41-24 win.
Cergio Perez, Garland QB
In Friday’s game against Garland Naaman Forest, Perez went 37-of-49 for 428 yards with five TDs in a 56-29 win.
Jake Strong, Justin Northwest QB
Strong completed 20 of 29 passes for 302 yards and six TDs in a 52-7 win over Fort Worth Arlington Heights on Saturday.
Braedyn Locke, Rockwall QB
Locke went 20-of-33 for 412 yards, three passing TDs and a rushing touchdown in a 79-71 double overtime loss to Rockwall Heath on Friday.
Josh Hoover, Rockwall Heath QB
Hoover was 16-of-26 passing for 365 yards and four TDs and he added 8 yards and a rushing score on two carries in a double overtime win over Rockwall.
Hunter Curl, McAllen QB
In Friday’ game against Brownsville Porter, Curl was 12-of-15 passing for 346 yards and four TD throws in a 42-28 win. Curl also ran for 54 yards and a touchdown.
John Mateer, Little Elm QB
Mateer threw for 249 yards and two TDs on 17-of-20 passing and ran for 150 yards and three rushing scores on 23 carries in Little Elm’s 59-56 overtime win over Prosper.
Alex Orji, Sachse QB
Orji was 12-of-20 for 251 yards and four passing TDs and also ran for 37 yards and two touchdowns on six carries in Sachse’s 65-28 win over Rowlett.
Austin Novosad, Dripping Springs QB
Weigman threw for 345 yards on 18-of-24 passing, ran for 94 yards and scored four total touchdowns in a 48-16 victory against Langham Creek.
Jacob Buniff, Carrollton Hebron QB
Buniff went 23-of-31 for 339 yards and two TDs in Hebron’s 29-18 win over Plano East.
Chris Lee, Azle QB
Lee threw for 339 yards and seven touchdowns on 17-of-23 passing in a 65-0 win over Saginaw.
Ricky Reyna, Mission Veterans QB
Reyna completed 18 of 35 passes for 316 yards and three TDs in Mission Vets’ 27-21 win over Edcouch-Elsa.
Jett Huff, College Station QB
Huff completed 16 of 19 passes for 200 yards and two TDs in a 35-6 win against New Caney.
Cade Klubnik, Austin Westlake QB
Klubnik tallied 248 yards and six touchdowns through the air on 18-of-24 passing in Westlake’s 63-6 victory over Mansfield Summit.
Tyler Fussell, Northwest Eaton QB
Fussell went 15-of-19 for 278 yards and two passing TDs and also ran for 73 yards and three rushing touchdowns on eight carries in a 42-21 win over Keller Fossil Ridge.
Kaden Anderson, Southlake Carroll QB
Anderson completed 13 of 17 pass attempts for 244 yards and three TDs and also ran for 66 yards on five carries in Carroll’s 68-7 win against Trophy Club Byron Nelson.
Jackson Arnold, Denton Guyer QB
Arnold was 22-of-29 passing for 296 yards and two touchdowns and he added 73 yards and a rushing score on 14 carries in a 44-26 win over McKinney.
Kaden Brown, Midlothian Heritage QB
In Friday’s game against Springtown, Brown went 9-of-17 for 237 yards with four passing TDs and also ran for 113 yards and a rushing score on nine carries in a 49-13 win.
Andrew Martinez, El Paso Eastwood QB
Martinez went 33-of-50 passing for 390 yards and four TDs in a 29-28 loss to El Paso Pebble Hills win.
Matt Allen, DeSoto QB
Allen threw for 363 yards and six touchdowns on 24-of-34 passing in a 56-26 win over Mansfield.
Zach Evans, Rockwall Heath RB
Evans rushed for 270 yards and six TDs on 21 carries in Heath’s 79-71 double-overtime win over Rockwall. (Zach Evans pictured in feature photo above by Andrew McCulloch)
Kalib Hicks, Denton Ryan RB
Hicks ran 20 times for 208 yards with two TDs in a 27-3 win over Frisco Wakeland on Thursday night.
Zach Hernandez, Rockwall RB
In a double-overtime loss against Rockwall Heath, Hernandez rushed 55 times for 260 yards and a touchdown.
Ryan Clark, Weatherford RB
Clark rushed 13 times for 206 yards and four TDs in a 47-16 win over Haltom.
Jadarain Price, Denison RB
Price rushed for 169 yards and two TDs on 20 carries in Denison’s 27-20 win against Rock Hill.
Kaleb Kenney, Duncanville RB
Kenney rushed 14 times for 123 yards and three touchdowns in a 76-0 victory against Waco Midway.
Damian Martinez, Lewisville RB
Martinez ran 13 times for 199 yards and four touchdowns in a 64-28 win over Plano West.
Zach Cagle, Austin Akins RB/DB
Cagle ran 29 times for 132 yards and five TDs, setting a new single-game school record, in a 44-27 win against Buda Hays on Thursday night.
Ollie Gordon, Euless Trinity RB
Gordon carried the ball 18 times for 246 yards and five touchdowns in Euless Trinity’s 48-0 win over Hurst Bell.
Brock Baker, Bells RB
Baker rushed for 201 yards and three TDs on 22 carries in a 37-29 win over Leonard.
AJ Newberry, South Grand Prairie RB
Newberry tallied 281 rushing yards and five TDs on 24 carries in a 46-28 victory over Arlington Bowie.
Ismail Mahdi, Plano East RB
Mahdi rushed 27 times for 174 yards and two touchdowns in a 29-18 loss to Carrollton Hebron.
Tristan Bittle, Arlington Martin RB
Bittle carried the ball eight times for 139 yards and a touchdown in a 65-17 win over Arlington.
Rueben Owens, El Campo RB
Owens toted the ball 18 times for 324 yards and four rushing TDs while also intercepting a pass on defense in El Campo’s 55-10 victory over Boerne Champion.
Re’Shaun Sanford, Killeen Harker Heights RB
Sanford ran for 162 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries and added 61 receiving yards in a 49-8 win against Killeen Ellison.
Jordan Richburg, Midlothian RB
Richburg rushed for 173 yards and two TDs on 15 carries in a 31-7 win over Birdville.
Owen Allen, Southlake Carroll RB
Allen carried the ball 16 times for 146 yards and four touchdowns in a 68-7 win over Trophy Club Byron Nelson.
Bryan Jackson, McKinney RB
Jackson ran for 136 yards and three touchdowns on 28 carries in a 44-26 loss to Denton Guyer.
Jaylon Burton, Denton Braswell RB
Burton rushed 43 times for 265 yards and three touchdowns in a 37-34 loss to McKinney Boyd.
Cedric Harden Jr, Cedar Hill QB
Harden Jr. threw for 86 yards and a touchdown on 5-of-9 passing and ran six times for 128 yards and three rushing TDs in a 36-0 win against Waco.
Jordan Hudson, Garland WR
Hudson caught 12 passes for 183 yards and three TDs in a 56-29 win against Garland Naaman Forest.
Jalen Hale, Longview WR
Hale caught four passes for 148 yards and three touchdowns in a win over West Mesquite.
Jordan Nabors, Rockwall Heath WR
Nabors recorded five receptions for 160 yards and a touchdown in a 79-71 win against Rockwall in double overtime.
Caden Marshall, Rockwall WR
Marshall tallied 10 catches for 258 yards and two TDs in a loss to Rockwall Heath in double overtime.
Cam Gladney, Sachse WR
Gladney caught four passes for 104 yards and two touchdowns in a 65-28 win over Rowlett.
Cobye Baldwin, Carrollton Hebron WR
Baldwin hauled in six passes for 120 yards and a touchdown in a 29-18 victory over Plano East.
Tyler Bailey, Prosper WR
Bailey caught six passes for 118 yards and a touchdown in a 59-56 overtime loss to Little Elm.
Christian Echazarreta, McAllen WR
Echazaretta caught seven passes for 310 yards and four TDs in a 42-28 win against Brownsville Porter.
Cemarion Chambliss, Mansfield Timberview WR
Chambliss tallied three receptions for 123 yards and a touchdown in a 56-14 win over Joshua.
Sean Sallis, Carrollton Creekview TE
Sallis caught seven passes for 162 yards and two TDs in a 42-26 loss to Grapevine.
Michael Dorsey, Plano WR
Dorsey snagged five passes for 134 yards and two TDs in Plano’s 35-13 loss to Coppell.
Yamil Oaxaca, El Paso Montwood WR
Oaxaca tallied five catches for 108 yards and three TDs in a 49-45 loss to El Paso Franklin.
David Clerk, Burleson Centennial WR
Clerk caught five passes for 144 yards and two touchdowns in a 47-26 loss to Mansfield Summit.
Jaden Platt, Northwest Eaton TE
Platt caught five passes for 124 yards and a touchdown in Eaton’s 42-21 win over Keller Fossil Ridge.
Jordan Whitefield, McKinney Boyd WR
Whitefield hauled in four receptions for 119 yards and a touchdown in Boyd’s 37-34 win over Denton Braswell.
Landon Samson, Southlake Carroll WR
Samson caught eight passes for 131 yards and three TDs in a 68-7 victory against Trophy Club Byron Nelson.
Jace Wyatt, Red Oak WR
Wyatt hauled in eight passes for 169 yards and three touchdowns in a 49-28 victory over Mansfield Legacy.
Randy Reece, South Oak Cliff WR
Reece had 10 catches for 153 yards and three TDs in a 55-0 win over Fort Worth Southwest.
Johntay Cook II, DeSoto WR
Cook caught five passes for 80 yards and four TDs in a 56-26 victory over Mansfield.
Phaizon Wilson, Lancaster WR
Wilson hauled in six receptions for 113 yards and two touchdowns in a 42-0 victory against Dallas Adams.
Amin White, Frisco Memorial CB
White intercepted two passes, his sixth and seventh picks of the season, in Memorial’s 38-22 win against Princeton.
Carter Brown, Pearland Dawson K/P
Brown scored 10 points in Dawson’s 40-0 win over Alief Hastings on Thursday by nailing four extra-point attempts and kicking two field goals, including a 51-yard kick to break his own school record.
Tay’Shawn Wilson, Katy Maybe Creek DB
Wilson intercepted a pass and blocked two FG attempts in a 49-13 loss to The Woodlands College Park.
Connor Been, Klein Cain LB
Been set new single-game school records with 22 tackles and five TFLs, as well as a pair of sacks and a pass deflection in Cain’s 42-14 win against over Klein.
Kamari Terrell, Killeen Shoemaker WR/DB
Terrell scored on a 77-yard kickoff return touchdown in Shoemaker’s 42-27 win against Killeen.