Comebacks and district action highlight The Eagle's Week 5 football player of the week fan poll. Rudder's James Ayers and A&M Consolidated's Kerry Brooks helped lead their teams to comeback wins in their District 10-5A Division II opener.
Allen Academy junior Brent Tucker stood out on both sides of the ball in the Rams' final nondistrict tuneup. Burton's Demarcus Wilson and Anderson-Shiro's Zacarrius Haynes also had dominant showings in nondistrict action.
Nominees are selected by The Eagle sports staff based on coach submissions. Vote for your favorite player from now to 4 p.m. Monday.
James Ayers, Rudder, sr., RB
Ayers sparked Rudder's 56-50 comeback win against Montgomery, scoring three of his five touchdowns in the third quarter and finishing with 108 yards on 22 carries and two catches for 67 yards for 175 total yards.
Kerry Brooks, A&M Consolidated, sr., LB
Brooks came in as the wildcat quarterback in the second half and gave the Tigers a jolt on offense. He gained 89 yards on 20 carries and kept the Consol offense ahead of the chains and opened up the running game for Consol, which rolled up 24 second-half points in a 24-14 comeback win over the Hornets. Brooks also added a key interception late in the fourth quarter to help seal the victory.
Zacarrius Haynes, Anderson-Shiro, sr., RB/CB
Haynes had another big game, rushing for 291 yards and five touchdowns on 24 carries in the Owls' 46-10 win over Granger.
Brent Tucker, Allen Academy, jr., RB/LB
Tucker had two interceptions, returning one for a TD, and added nearly 300 total yards and three TDs on the offensive side of the ball in the Rams 56-19 win over BVCHEA.
Demarcus Wilson, Burton, jr., RB/DL
Wilson was part of Burton's stifling defense and intercepted a pass in the Panthers' 49-7 win over Iola. He also rushed for a team-best 171 yards and a TD on 21 carries.