Pea Ridge senior Drew Winn ran away with the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette’s Athlete of the Week award for Week 1 of the football season.
Winn made the most of playing two games last week by rushing for 336 yards and seven touchdowns in the Blackhawks’ wins against Hamburg and Booneville.
Both games were played in a four-day span, making the feat even more remarkable. Winn had 170 yards and 4 touchdowns on 25 carries in a 50-30 win against Hamburg on Tuesday and 166 yards and 3 touchdowns on 24 carries during a 29-19 victory at Booneville on Friday.
Winn was among several other standouts from the past week, such as Springdale Har-Ber quarterback Grant Allen, Bentonville West quarterback Will Jarrett, Bentonville High receiver Kam’Ron Mays-Hunt breaking records or even defensive game-changers like the Springdale defensive line or Fayetteville’s Keondre Conley and Brayden Butler.
Here’s a look at other top performers from the past week:
GRANT ALLEN, SPRINGDALE HAR-BER, threw for a career-high 379 yards and six touchdowns in a 48-35 win at Fort Smith Southside.
BRAYDEN BUTLER, FAYETTEVILLE, had 10 tackles, including two sacks among four tackles for loss, and an interception in the end zone to help the Bulldogs’ win their opener.
DARIUS BOWERS, FAYETTEVILLE, completed 22-of-31 passes for 275 yards and two touchdowns. Also rushed for 61 yards in Fayetteville’s 22-17 win at Blue Springs, Mo.
KEONDRE CONLEY, FAYETTEVILLE, had a team-high 13 tackles, including 12 solo stops, and four tackles for loss for the Bulldogs.
JADEN CORNELIUS, SPRINGDALE HIGH, Junior receiver caught a pair of touchdown passes in Springdale’s 19-17 win against Conway.
LANDON ELLIS, SILOAM SPRINGS, completed 17 of 26 passes for 262 yards against Rogers.
JON FAULKENBERRY, GENTRY, Senior quarterback rushed for 121 yards and scored three touchdowns in the Piondeers’ 50-0 win against Lavaca.
TAYE GATEWOOD, FORT SMITH SOUTHSIDE, threw for 349 yards and three touchdowns in a loss to Springdale Har-Ber.
CODY GRAY, FAYETTEVILLE, had eight receptions for 84 yards in the Bulldogs’ win at Blue Springs.
LUKE GUMM, SILOAM SPRINGS, caught seven passes for 112 yards and had an 80-yard punt return against Rogers.
WILL JARRETT, BENTONVILLE WEST, accounted for nearly 400 yards and six touchdowns in a 49-13 win against Pryor, Okla. Was 13 of 19 passing for 320 yards and five touchdowns. Also ran for 43 yards and another score.
HUNTER LOYD, ROGERS, completed 17 of 27 passes for 310 yards in 34-33 win against Siloam Springs.
KAM’RON MAYS-HUNT, BENTONVILLE, caught 10 passes for 104 yards in the Tigers’ loss at Kansas City Rockhurst. He had his 135th career catch during the game, which set a school record.
COLIN MCWHORTER, ROGERS, caught 11 passes for 223 yards in 34-33 win against Siloam Springs.
KRIS MULINGA, FAYETTEVILLE, had six receptions for 114 yards, including a 75-yarder for the Fayetteville’s longest play in a 22-17 win at Blue Springs, Mo.
ISAIAH NICHOLS, SPRINGDALE HIGH, The University of Arkansas commit was a force in the middle of the defense and came up with several key plays in the Bulldogs’ 19-17 win against Conway.
CONNOR NOLAND, GREENWOOD, finished 19-of-28 passing for 214 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Bulldogs to a 34-7 win over Fort Smith Northside.
BROCK POUNDERS, SPRINGDALE HAR-BER, caught six passes for 178 yards and a 33-yard score against Southside.
COREY RAY, BOONEVILLE, rushed 17 times for 83 yards and three touchdowns in a losing effort against Pea Ridge.
TYRESE SOLOMON, FORT SMITH SOUTHSIDE, caught nine passes for 197 yards and two scores against Springdale Har-Ber.
BAILEY SOULE’, GRAVETTE, Senior scored a pair of touchdowns in the Lions’ 33-30 loss to Ozark.
KAIDEN THRAILKILL, SILOAM SPRINGS, rushed 30 times for 160 yards and three touchdowns for Panthers.
BRADEN UMBERSON, LINCOLN, caught the winning touchdown pass — a 22-yarder — and had two interceptions to help the Wolves open with a win against Westville, Okla.