2023 GF Player of the Week Award Winners:
1. 2024 WR Alex Green, Hutto HS (Texas)
For the second time this season, the Gridiron Football Player of the Week is from outside of the state of Louisiana. Wide receiver Alex Green out of Hutto High School gets the nod after he had a monster game this past weekend.
Green had 16 receptions for 300 yards and six touchdowns in Hutto’s 52-31 win over Temple High School (Texas). If you took a glance at Green’s performance, you would think those are passing stats. That’s how rare those types of performances are at the wide receiver regardless of what level you are playing football.
2. 2024 RB/LB Damari Drake, Evangel Christian Academy (La.)
RB/LB Damari Drake is the fourth player from Evangel Christian Academy to be nominated for Gridiron Player of the Week as his teammates DE Gabriel Reliford and brothers QB Peyton Fulgham and WR Parker Fulgham (Week 4 Player of the Week).
Despite his team losing 38-28 to Division II Non-Select state runner-ups North DeSoto High School, Drake had one of the best performances of the year in the state of Louisiana. Not only did Drake rush for 108 yards with a touchdown on offense, he recorded 21 total tackles (14 solo) with an interception and a forced fumble.
3. 2024 WR Tyler Johnson, McKinley High School (La.)
McKinley High School has been one of the better stories out of the Baton Rouge area as they have found success this year and the last. Not only did the Panthers upset St. Michael 28-24, but their best player that night, wide receiver Tyler Johnson, played on one good ankle. Johnson caught six passes for 252 yards and three touchdowns along with the game-winning touchdown.
4. 2025 RB Chad Elzy, Ascension Catholic High School (La.)
Okay, how good is this kid? Chad Elzy, our Week Six Player of the Week, returns in the Top 10 after his 348-yard, five-touchdown performance last week. Although he does not qualify for getting Player of the Week due to him winning the previous week, he may have topped his performance from last week.
In only 8 carries, Elzy ran for 313 yards with six of his nine carries being a touchdown for the Ascension Catholic Bulldogs. For all we know, if Elzy has another game like this, we might just have to make him the Player of the Year for all I care. Elzy should be getting an extra look after this season as he is truly a diamond in the rough.
5 & 6. ATH Chase Lewis, Varnado High School
In the first game of the week that was played last Monday, Lewis had 46 yards of rushing with a touchdown, two receptions for 33 yards with a touchdown and a pick-six in Varnado’s 22-20 victory over West St. John. In the second game that was played on that Friday in a win over Cohen 28-22, Lewis had three receptions for 144 yards and two receiving touchdowns on offense and had nine tackles (five solo) on defense.
7. 2024 OLB Kolaj Cobbins, Destrehan High School (La.)
OLB Kolaj Cobbins is one of the best linebackers in America. Cobbins is a four-star prospect out of Destrehan High School in the New Orleans area who measures 6-3, 215 pounds and is committed to playing at LSU next season.
Last Thursday in Destrehan’s 38-7 victory over a talented Terrebonne High School team, Cobbins showed everyone why he is one of the best linebackers in the country. He collected 14 tackles (11 solo), three tackles for loss, one pass breakup, two quarterback hurries and a pick-six.
8. 2025 LB Humphrey Ned, Jennings High School (La.)
Southwest Louisiana has had a lot of fantastic performances as of late with the exceptional play of Lafayette Christian’s Ju’Juan Johnson and many others. This time linebacker Humphrey Ned out of Jennings High School will get the nod. Ned recorded 13 tackles (11 solo), three tackles for loss, two sacks and had an interception returned for a touchdown in his team’s 35-7 victory over South Beauregard.
9. 2024 RB/LB Kadin Kunz, Fredericksburg High School (Texas)
For the second time on this list, we have a Texan. Kadin Kunz of Fredericksburg High School in Texas put on a heck of a performance in his team’s win 28-22 victory over Somerset.
Kunz amassed 54 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries. However, his biggest impact was on the 13 tackles (six solo), a tackle for a loss and scored the game-winning touchdown when he recovered a fumble for a touchdown.
10. 2024 QB Peyton Floyd, Hewitt-Trusville High School (Ala.)
The final spot on the list goes to quarterback Peyton Floyd. Floyd is the starting quarterback at Hewitt-Trussville High School, which is one of the best football programs in the state of Alabama. In his team’s 55-27 victory over Vestavia Hills, Floyd completed 18 of his 23 for 169 yards and a touchdown and had 22 rushes for 257 yards and five touchdowns.
|Mason Hebert||Erath High School (La.)||RB, LB||25 Total Tackles, (22 Solos, 3 Assisted), TFL, FR||Erath 13, Kaplan 16||2025|
|MARQUAES “DINO” LAMBERT||Daphne High School (Ala.)||DT||5 solo tackles, 6 assisted tackles, 5 TFL, 2 sacks, 2 QB Hurries, 5 Big Hits, 1 Safety||DAPHNE 16 – FAIRHOPE 13||2025|
|David Beazley||Westminster Christian Academy (La.)||WR/CB||3 INTs (2 returned for TDs of 40 yards and 88 yards)||37-14 win over Beekman Charter||2025|
|Elijah Haven||The Dunham School (La.)||QB||Completed 19/27 passes for 216 yards and 2 TDs; 2 INTs; 22 carries for 57 yards and 4 TDs (273 total yards and 6 total TDs)||55-28 win over Episcopal||2027|
|Chris Helaire||Lafayette Christian Academy (La.)||DB||Set single game program record with 3 INTs||62-3 win over Teurlings Catholic||2025|
|Jackson Fields||Destrehan High School (La.)||QB||15-25, 322 yards, 3 TDs||38-7 Win over Terrebonne||2026|
|Jason Banks||De La Salle||RB||23 carries for 168 yards and 2 TDs; 1 catch for 3 yards||29-24 loss to Newman||2024|
|Hunter Holbrook||Marshall Academy (MS)||OL/DL||5 tackles, 4 pancake blocks, and 3 QB hurries||21-14 (OT) loss to Wilona Christian||2026|
|Hayden Benoit||Loreauville||QB||Completed 9/21 passes for 245 yards and 4 TDs to 1 INT plus 35 yards rushing||31-28 win over Franklin||2025|
|Dartavian Depass||Peabody Magnet||ATH||253 all-purpose yards; 140 rushing yards and 3 TDs||40-21 win over St. Mary||2024|
|Greg Manning||Benton||RB||22 carries for 186 yards and 3 TDs; 6 catches for 93 yards and 1 TD||49-8 win over Southwood||2024|
|Paul Mencke Jr.||Samuel Clemens (TX)||S||15 tackles, (5 solo), 1 INT, & 2 PBUs||24-17 win over Converse Judson||2024|
|EJ Crowell||Jackson High School (AL)||RB||(5 Total TDS), 6 carries for 113 yards and 3 TDs plus 2 receptions for 46 yards & 2 TDS||49-6 win over Satsuma||2027|
|Jacobi Jefferson||Salmen||RB||12 carries for 202 yards and 3 TDs||45-14 win over Hannan||2024|
|JT Lindsey||Alexandria||RB||24 carries for 191 yards and 2 TDs plus 1 catch for 6 yard TD||35-10 win over Ouachita||2025|
|Joe Nyein||Bonnabel||QB||Completed 10 of 20 passes for 242 yards and 4 TDs to 1 INT||33-20 win over East Jefferson||2024|
|Julian Price||Bonnabel||WR||4 catches for 137 yards & 3 TDs||33-20 win over East Jefferson||2024|
|Jacob Joseph||Cecilia||S||8 tackles (5 solo/3 TFLs), 1 Fumble Recovery||48-3 win over Beau Chene||2024|
|Korey Fontenot||Opelousas||WR||6 catches for 120 yards & 4 TDs, which is a school record||61-0 win over Livonia||2025|
|Henry Lee||East Jefferson||ATH||4 catches for 41 yards and 1 TD; 5 carries for 30 yards; 1 KR for a 78 yard TD||33-20 loss to Bonnabel||2024|
|Wyatt Gibbens||Southside||WR||4 catches for 137 yards and 2 TDs||38-14 win over Sulphur||2024|
|Abram Johnston||Parkview Baptist||QB||Completed 9 of 13 passes for 169 yards and 2 TDs plus 4 carries for 46 yards and 3 TDs||63-14 win over Broadmoor||2024|
|Kelby Hypolite||Breaux Bridge||QB/S||2 Passing TD’s, 1 INT returned 75 yds for Defensive TD, 2 PT Conversion Good, 1 Recovered Fumble, 13/109 Rushing, 11/20 Passing for 121 yds, 7 Solo Tackles, 2 Assists, 1 PBU.||46-36 win over Kinder||2024|
|Bryce Wilkerson||Thomas Jefferson Academy||RB||30 carries for 163 yards and 2 TDs; 10 yard receiving TD, and kickoff return for an 88 yard TD||26-24 win over Jefferson Rise Charter||2025|
|Nick Clark||Daphne (AL)||RB||18 carries for 151 yards and 1 TD plus 1 catch for 3 yards||16-13 win over Fairhope||2024|
|Preston Sentino||St. Michael||QB||Completed 13/20 passes for 177 yards and 3 TDs to 2 INTs; 17 carries for 101 yards and a two point conversion||30-24 loss to McKinley||2024|
|Barry Remo||Catholic High School (B.R.)||RB||20 carries for 240 yards and 3 TDs including 2 TD runs in the fourth quarter of 63 yards and 42 yards||42-38 win over Central||2024|
|Ju’Juan Johnson||Lafayette Christian Academy||QB||Completed 17 of 22 passes for 300 yards and 4 TDs||62-3 win over Teurlings Catholic||2024|
|Treanders Marzell||Lafayette Christian Academy||WR||9 catches for 111 yards and 3 TDs||62-3 win over Teurlings Catholic||2024|
|Jalen Noel||Lafayette Christian Academy||RB||6 carries for 120 yards and 2 TDs; 2 catches for 63 yards and 1 TD||62-3 win over Teurlings Catholic||2024|
|Chris Helaire||Lafayette Christian Academy||DB||Set program single game record with 3 INTs||62-3 win over Teurlings Catholic||2024|
|Caleb Cunningham||Choctow County (MS)||WR||5 catches for 220 yards and 3 TDs in first half||51-14 win over Mooreville||2025|