1. Braydon Stone, Grace Community: In a game the Cougars had to win to qualify for the playoffs, Stone made sure with four rushing touchdowns (56, 66, 21, 10) to finish with 196 yards rushing overall. Stone also tossed a 28-yard TD pass to Cole Reed as the Cougars enter the playoffs with a 5-5 record.
2. Andrew Samples, Atlanta: In a 56-49 win over Spring Hill, Atlanta’s QB was unstoppable with 306 yards passing and four touchdowns to go with 165 yards rushing and four scores in helping Atlanta secure a playoff spot and enter the postseason with a 5-5 record.
3. Aaron Brown, Gilmer: In a 37-22 win over Pittsburg, Brown accounted for five touchdowns. He rushed for three scores (5, 5, 23) as part of 119 yards on the ground and passed for two (20, 13) as part of 218 through the air as the Buckeyes enter the playoffs with an 8-2 record.
1. Xavius Fulton, Athens: In a 49-42 win over Brownsboro, Fulton did a little bit of everything for the Hornets. The running back carried 12 times for 100 yards and a touchdown while also hauling in an 85-yard TD reception. As a kickoff/punt returner, Fulton combined for 84 yards on three returns while also intercepting a pass on defense. All of it led to Athens (3-7) winning its season finale in dramatic fashion on a last-second TD run by Nathan Sims.
2. Ladarius Wickware, Tyler Lee: In a 34-30 win over John Tyler, Wickware carried 22 times for 110 bruising yards and two touchdowns (37, 8). He was one half of Lee’s rushing attack with QB Chance Amie accounting for 194 yards on the ground and three scores (48, 16, 75) as Lee finished its season at 6-4.
3. Briant Mumphrey, Kilgore: In a 56-25 win over Bullard, Mumphrey led the Bulldogs with 19 carries for 134 yards and four touchdowns as Kilgore enters the playoffs at 7-3.
1. Jaquaylon Hart, Malakoff: In a 75-0 win over Elkhart, which set a new scoring record for Malakoff, the Tigers receiver caught two TD passes (54, 60) and also ran for a 39-yard touchdown as Malakoff enters the playoffs with a 9-1 record.
2. Ke’Andre Street, John Tyler: In a 34-30 loss to Tyler Lee, Street led all players with five catches for 114 yards, highlighted by a 30-yard TD catch in the fourth quarter as JT finished its season at 5-5.
3. Jay Price, Carlisle: In a 20-7 loss to undefeated San Augustine, Price broke the school record for receptions in a season thanks to Price grabbing seven passes for 66 yards. He enters the playoffs with 50 catches for 664 yards.
1. Harmony: In a 33-6 win over Lone Oak, Harmony produced the first perfect season in school history. A late touchdown denied Harmony its fourth straight shutout, but it did not damper a defensive performance in which the Eagles produced two interceptions (Collin Jones/Trent Hart) and had eight tackles for loss, led by Drew McNeel, who finished with 10 tackles overall. Also, Easton Blackstone forced a fumble and Konrad Eichelman returned a punt 65 yards for a score. Harmony enters the playoffs at 10-0.
2. Sulphur Springs: In a 19-7 win over Hallsville, the Wildcats forced six turnovers, four of them interceptions, and nearly produced a shutout, save for a TD run with 2:08 remaining. Sulphur Springs enters the playoffs with a 5-5 record.
3. Longview: In a 61-3 win over Mesquite, the Lobos gave up a field goal early before blanking Mesquite the rest of the way. Jalen Carr had two interceptions with Tainique Taylor also adding a pick to give the Lobos a 9-1 record entering the playoffs.