The junior was 21-of-28 for 396 yards and 2 touchdown in Puyallup’s 44-17 win over Skyline.
Balzarini received 38.55% of the vote, beating out North Creek’s Rocco Traore who finished second with 31.96%. Eastlake’s Parker Barrysmith finished third with 13.39% and White River’s Payne Plaster finished fourth with 3.75%. There were over 69,000 votes tallied this week!
Here are the other athletes who were nominated for the week of Aug. 30-Sep. 5:
Parker Barrysmith, Eastlake (4A)
Passed for 199 yards and three touchdowns in the first half of a season-opening thrashing of short-manned Kentwood. (READ MORE)
Keegan Bishop, Liberty Christian (1B)
Completed 31 of 61 pass attempts for 698 passing yards in a 94-60 loss to Tri-Cities Prep, an unofficial stat count, per head coach Craig Lukins.
Talon Betts, Rochester (2A)
Ran for 187 yards on 17 carries and four total touchdowns, including when he took a kickoff 87 yards to the house in a 42-7 win over R.A. Long, per The Daily News.
Colton Bower, North Kitsap (2A)
Completed 20 of 33 pass attempts for 296 yards and three passing touchdowns and rushed 11 times for 50 yards and three more TDs on the ground.
Jason Brown, O’Dea (3A)
Turned 23 carries into 284 rushing yards and three touchdowns (of 21, 80 and 21 yards) in a 35-17 win over Union. (READ MORE)
Lincoln Castillo, North Kitsap (2A)
Caught 10 passes for 189 yards and two touchdowns in a 50-36 win over Central Kitsap.
Jordan Dwyer, Puyallup (4A)
Totaled 284 all-purpose yards, and had a receiving touchdown and returned a kickoff for a score. Also had two INTs on defense.
Jackson Esary, Kalama (2B)
Rushed for 115 yards and threw for 189 more and accounted for seven total touchdowns (two rushing, five passing) in a win over Woodland.
Halle Fenkner, Lakeside girls soccer
Fenkner scored three goals to lead Lakeside to an 8-1 win over Kamiak on Sept. 4.
Gavin Garcia, Tahoma (4A)
Accounted for 146 passing yards, 124 rushing yards and two touchdowns in a 56-12 win over Bonney Lake, per The News Tribune.
Geoffrey Glass, Toledo (2B)
Rushed for 165 yards and a touchdown in a 48-42 shootout win over Rainier.
Amari Goodfellow, Auburn (3A)
Threw for 229 yards on 16 of 30 heaves and accounted for a total of seven touchdowns in a blowout win over Stadium, The News Tribune.
Bo Hiemstra, Bellarmine (4A)
Hiemstra had 7 receptions for 128 yards and 2 touchdowns in Bellarmine’s win over Olympia.
Rico Jerez-Sosa, Evergreen of Seattle (2A)
How’s this for a junior season debut? Rushed for 377 yards and four rushing touchdowns on 22 carries and caught three passes, accruing 118 receiving yards and another touchdown in a 50-42 loss to Sultan.
Payton Hoyt, Tumwater (2A)
Rushed for 141 yards and four touchdowns in a blowout opener against Enumclaw.
Jake Kennedy, Capital (3A)
Rushed for 286 yards, accounting for all five of the Cougars’ touchdowns in a 37-20 win over White River.
Job Kralik, Eatonville (1A)
Caught three passes for 160 receiving yards and two touchdowns in a 56-0 win over Franklin Pierce.
Gabe Martin, Skyview (4A)
Turned 17 carries into 125 rushing yards and two touchdowns in a 27-0 win over neighboring rival Columbia River, per The Columbian.
Kennedy McGill, North Creek (4A)
Had a 17-for-19, 358-yard passing performance with five passing touchdowns and another on the ground on a 59-35 win over Lakewood.
Albert Kopec, Silas (3A)
Kopec had 3 sacks, 7 tackles, 2 forced fumbles in Silas’ 14-0 win over Mt. Rainier.
Tobias Merriweather, Union (4A)
Logged 142 receiving yards on five passes and scored twice — once on a screen pass he took 65 yards, and another on a 12-yard reverse run — to lead the Titans offensively in a 35-17 loss to O’Dea. (READ MORE)
Connor Newell, Liberty Christian (1B)
The exact yard total is unofficial, but he is believed to have caught 13 passes for a total of 500 receiving yards in a 94-60 loss to Tri-Cities Prep, per coach Craig Lukins.
Myles Newhouse, Sunnyside (4A)
Rushed for three touchdowns and caught a fourth, tallying 287 yards of offense to help Sunnyside beat rival 2A opponent Prosser, 34-23, per The Yakima Herald-Republic.
Trent Nobach, Arlington (3A)
The senior QB completed 22 of 28 pass attempts for 308 passing yards and four touchdowns in a win over Edmonds Woodway, Nobach’s first game back after suffering a broken collarbone in the spring.
Brayden Platt, Yelm (3A)
Took 16 carries and rushed for 107 yards and three touchdowns in a win over ranked Lincoln (Tacoma), per per The News Tribune.
Payne Plaster, White River (2A)
Logged 133 yards on 15 carries, including a 58-yard touchdown run and had an interception and two solo tackles in a loss to Capital.
Braeden Smith, Seattle Prep (3A)
Scored four touchdowns on the ground, including an 83-yard run, a 99-yard kick return and a 50-yard punt return in a win over Archbishop Murphy.
Ty Snider, Ridgefield (2A)
Two interceptions, including a 47-yard pick six and 66 receiving yards on three catches in a 45-0 win over Heritage.
Thor Stepina, Prairie (3A)
Gained 180 yards and scored four touchdowns on the ground in a 44-6 win at Washougal.
Andrew Thompson, Auburn Mountainview (3A)
Rushed for 187 yards and two touchdowns in a 46-14 debut against Kentridge, per The News Tribune.
Rocco Traore, North Creek (4A)
Accounted for three touchdowns on offense and a interception and five tackles on defense in a 59-35 win over Lakewood.
Camron Villarreal, Kiona Benton (1A)
Turned 31 carries into 186 yards and two touchdowns, per Evans Rankings.
William Wang, Bellevue (3A)
Took 14 carries for 110 yards and two touchdowns, all in the first half of a 51-13 win over Peninsula. (READ MORE)
Peyton Wing, Sumner (4A)
Scored three touchdowns, including a 65-yard run in a season-opening blowout of Emerald Ridge. Accounted for 204 rushing yards on 10 carries.
Kevin Wulff, Eatonville (1A)
Completed 7 of 10 passes for 254 yards, added 67 rushing yards and scored four total touchdowns — three passing, one rushing — in a 56-0 win over Franklin Pierce.
Wyatt Nef, Toledo (2B)
Nef had 216 yards of total offense and 4 touchdowns in Toledo’s 48-42 win over Rainier