WARREN, Pa. – In the biggest regular-season game of the season, Port Allegany’s Drew Evens came to play on both sides of the football, and that is why he is the Week 8 2022 YDL Sports Network D9and10Sports.com Player of the Week powered by the Allegheny Grille in Foxburg because of it.
Evens ran 19 times for 88 yards while going 4 of 11 passing for 40 yards. On defense, he had an interception and broke up at least two passes.
Evens’ best was saved for the final three minutes of the game.
He played a key role running the football during the game-winning TD drive that ended with 3:02 to play and then ran for the game-winning 2-point conversion. He helped seal the win with an interception with 1:48 to play then put the game away with a first-down carry with under a minute to play.
Additional players who need to be mentioned who had fantastic weeks – it should be kept in mind that stats are not the sole driver of the Player of the Week with such important factors including opponent, the importance of the game, clutch play, and others equally weighed – include Central Clarion’s Jase Ferguson (14 of 28 passing, 313 yards, 3 TDs; ran for a pair of 2-yard TDs), Brockway’s Alex Carlson (4 catches, 52 yards, 2 TDs; Returned an interception 83 yards for a TD), Otto-Eldred’s Andrew Schenfield (15 of 22 passing, 281 yards, 3 TDs), Union/A-C Valley’s Ryan Cooper (Returned an interception 42 yards for a TD; Returned a punt 46 yards for a TD; Caught a 60-yard TD pass), and St. Marys’ Charlie Coudriet (14 carries, 103 yards, 2 TDs; 11 of 19 passing, 1 TD).
Those players are joined on the Honor Roll by Cameron County’s Maddox Baughman (3 of 5 passing, 39 yards; 2 rushing TDs; Helped lead Cameron County back from a 5-point halftime deficit), Otto-Eldred’s Manning Splain (5 catches, 131 yards, 1 TD) and Max Splain (5 catches, 110 yards, 1 TD), Brockway’s Brayden Fox (12 of 14 passing, 147 yards, 2 TDs), Keystone’s Aidan Sell (14 carries, 165 yards, 2 TDs) and Kyle Nellis (5 carries, 102 yards, 2 TDs), Carter Chadsey (7 catches, 134 yards, 1 TD), Clearfield’s Brady Collins (11 carries, 134 yards, 1 TD; 1 catch, 24 yards, 1 TD), Griffin White (15 carries, 184 yards, 2 TDs), Brookville’s Jackson Zimmerman (25 carries, 79 yards, 3 TDs) and Noah Peterson (13 of 14 for 103 yards; 8 carries, 125 yards, 1 TD; Interception on defense), and Central Clarion’s Dawson Smail (5 catches, 107 yards, 2 TDs).
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Jim Kelly is the Hall of Fame quarterback of the Buffalo Bills who grew up in East Brady, Pa. and went to Miami (Fla). Kelly was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2002 after passing for over 45,000 yards as a pro, including two seasons in the USFL, with 320 career touchdown passes. He led the Bills to four straight AFC Titles. Kelly’s name on the award is being used with his permission.
2022 JIM KELLY DISTRICT 9 PLAYERS OF THE WEEK POWERED BY THE ALLEGHENY GRILLE
Week 1 – Cam-Ron Hays, DuBois
Week 2 – Dan McGarry, Curwensville
Week 3 – Alex Lukaschunis, St. Marys
Week 4 – Cam Wagner, Redbank Valley
Week 5 – Logan Mosier, St. Marys
Week 6 – Jackson Zimmerman, Brookville
Week 7 – Andrew Schenfield, Otto-Eldred
Week 8 – Drew Evens, Port Allegany