Athlete of the Week: Gravette’s Austin O’Brien


Gravette senior running back Austin O’Brien filled up the statistics sheet even more than usual during a 40-7 win over Lincoln on Friday to earn ARPreps.com Athlete of the Week honors.

Photo by Randy Moll Gravette quarterback Tajae White hands the ball off to running back Austin O'Brien during play against Lincoln at Gravette on Friday, Sept. 22, 2017.
Photo by Randy Moll
Gravette quarterback Tajae White hands the ball off to running back Austin O’Brien during play against Lincoln at Gravette on Friday, Sept. 22, 2017.

O’Brien (6-foot, 190 pounds) rushed 14 times for 254 yards and 5 touchdowns. He also made four tackles on defense, and had a whopping 23 tackles during a game earlier this season.

It was O’Brien’s third, 100-plus yard game and he has 660 yards on 67 carries with seven touchdowns. That’s 9.9 yards per tote and 165 yards per game. He also has wrapped up 47 tackles this season.

GRANT ALLEN, SPRINGDALE HAR-BER Threw for 279 yards and four touchdowns on 16-of-19 passing in the Wildcats’ victory over Rogers Heritage.

DARIUS BOWERS, FAYETTEVILLE Completed 21 of 35 passes for 263 yards and a touchdown and ran for two more scores in the Bulldogs’ 32-27 loss at Bentonville High.

JAJUAN BOYD, SPRINGDALE HIGH Intercepted two passes and his first one led to a touchdown in a 44-7 victory over Rogers Heritage.

LANDON BROWN, SHILOH CHRISTIAN Threw for four touchdowns in a 35-0 win over Berryville.

LAYNE EVANS, ELKINS Caught six passes for 102 yards and two touchdowns in a 34-point win against Yellville-Summit.

LUKE GUMM, SILOAM SPRINGS Six receptions for 84 yards and three touchdowns in a second half of a win at Sheridan. Also kicked a field goal and four extra points.

HAYDEN HOLTGREWE, PEA RIDGE Caught 4 passes for 57 yards and a touchdown, returned a punt 34 yards for a touchdown and intercepted a pass in Friday’s 47-18 win over Gentry.

JADON JACKSON, BENTONVILLE WEST Seven receptions for 179 yards and a touchdown. Also rushed for a touchdown to beat Van Buren.

WILL JARRETT, BENTONVILLE WEST Completed 12 of 19 passes for 275 yards and a touchdown in a 43-28 win over Van Buren.

ANTHONY JOHNSON, PRAIRIE GROVE Had 10 carries for 131 yards and a touchdown and a 42-yard interception return for a touchdown to lead the Tigers to a win at Huntsville. He also had two receptions for 58 yards.

TYLER JOHNSON, BENTONVILLE HIGH Caught three passes for 105 yards, scoring a touchdown and setting up another, as the Tigers defeated Fayetteville for the 12th straight time during the regular season.

CHANCE JONES, ELKINS Rushed 15 times for 91 yards and three touchdown and an 81-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in a 46-12 win over Yellville-Summit.

JONATHAN LOPEZ, SPRINGDALE HIGH Rushed for 172 yards and three touchdowns on 23 carries in a 44-7 win over Rogers Heritage.

RYLEY MARTIN, BENTONVILLE HIGH
Recovered a Fayetteville fumble with 12 seconds remaining to preserve Bentonville’s 32-27 victory.

EASTON MILLER, BENTONVILLE HIGH Rushed 24 times for 108 yards and two touchdowns in the Tigers’ 32-27 victory over Fayetteville.

KRIS MULINGA, FAYETTEVILLE Caught 10 passes for 137 yards and a late score to pull the Bulldogs within 32-27 of Bentonville.

JAKOTA SAINSBURY, PEA RIDGE Completed 9 of 11 passes for 175 yards and 3 touchdowns in the Blackhawks’ 47-18 win over Gentry.

CALEB SALISBURY, VAN BUREN Making first start, finished 14 of 29 passing for 266 yards and 3 touchdowns in a losing effort against Bentonville West.

KAIDEN THRAILKILL, SILOAM SPRINGS Rushed 20 times for 149 yards in a 31-24 win at Sheridan.

HUNTER WOOD, SPRINGDALE HAR-BER Caught six passes for 120 yards and first career touchdown reception.

CALEB WILLIAMS, FARMINGTON
Had 27 carries for 222 yards and 4 touchdowns and has been named the NWA Touchdown Club Player of the Week.

PEYTON WRIGHT, GENTRY Caught 11 passes for 158 yards and 3 touchdowns in the Pioneers’ loss to Pea Ridge.

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