by Andy Hilton, recruit757
Now that we’re into the playoffs, we have a special edition of the Freedom Ford Player of the Week, for just a few weeks more. Consider it a special edition! The playoff’s started last Friday night, and while we had some great opening round performances, two stood out in the eyes of the fans. Those two players will face off in a Division 6 Semifinal game this week.
Marcus Smith of Oscar Smith High School was forced to carry the load for the Tigers in the second half against Bayside. That’s when the Tigers pulled away and won the game convincingly, 35-12. Marcus carried the ball only 14 times but tallied 180 yards and a touchdown, more than enough to keep the Marlins off balance, and spelling teammate Deshawn McClease when he was sidelined with a shoulder injury.
Kwamane Bowens of Salem High School was pressed into duty as a quarterback in the second half of the SunDevils game against Grassfield. With Bucky Hodges out for the game and backup Torrance Brown injured as well, Freshman Jarrell Lightbody played QB in the first half. Coach Robert Jackson decided to change things up after the SunDevils were trailing 7-6 at halftime. Bowens made the switch from wide receiver midgame and tallied 104 rushing yards and TD from the QB spot, plus had 33 passing yards while completing two out of three attempts.
This week, both Kwamane and Marcus are co-players of the week! While there are no award presentations for the postseason, both players will be acknowledged on the front page of recruit757.com.
Thank you to Freedom Ford for their support of local high school football throughout the season and into the playoffs. Their partnership allows us to do great things for the football athletes of The 757.
– Andy Hilton
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