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Vote for Week 7 Kalamazoo-area high school football Player of the Week

MLive - GrandRapids/Muskegon/Kalamazoo logo MLive - GrandRapids/Muskegon/Kalamazoo 10/14/2019 By Patrick Nothaft, mlive.com
a person wearing a green shirt: Mendon junior Jackson Crotser poses for a portrait during the MLive/Kalamazoo Gazette High School Football Media Day 2 at the Kalamazoo Gazette in downtown Kalamazoo, Michigan on Wednesday, July 31, 2019. © Emil Lippe | MLive.com/Emil Lippe | MLive.com/mlive.com/TNS Mendon junior Jackson Crotser poses for a portrait during the MLive/Kalamazoo Gazette High School Football Media Day 2 at the Kalamazoo Gazette in downtown Kalamazoo, Michigan on Wednesday, July 31, 2019.

KALAMAZOO, MI - Steady rains around the Kalamazoo area made for slick and soggy high school football fields on Friday night, but the conditions weren’t enough to slow down several of the region’s top athletes.

Whether it was quarterbacks slinging the ball around the field, running backs plowing through tackles or receivers waltzing into the end zone, there were plenty of outstanding performances from the Kalamazoo area in Week 7.

Follow along as we look at some of the Kalamazoo-area’s top performers from Friday, based on box scores submitted by prep coaches from around the region.

a close up of a baseball player wearing a helmet: Schoolcraft's Kobe Clark © Joel Bissell/Joel Bissell | MLive.com/mlive.com/TNS Schoolcraft's Kobe Clark

At the end of the story, place your vote for which player you find deserving of the Kalamazoo Gazette Player of the Week.

a group of people watching a football ball: Constantine's Hunter Bacheller (2) intercepts a pass intended for Schoolcraft's Jimmy Downs © Joel Bissell/Joel Bissell | MLive.com/mlive.com/TNS Constantine's Hunter Bacheller (2) intercepts a pass intended for Schoolcraft's Jimmy Downs

Readers have unlimited voting until 9 a.m. Friday, Oct. 18.

Logan Abraham, Allegan

a group of baseball players playing a game on the field: Otsego sophomore Ashton Atwater © Emil Lippe | MLive.com/Emil Lippe | MLive.com/mlive.com/TNS Otsego sophomore Ashton Atwater

The senior running back had another strong offensive game with 18 times for 149 yards, but he really shined on the defensive end against South Haven, tallying nine tackles, an interception and a fumble recovery in the Allegan's 12-8 win over the Rams.

a baseball player holding a bat on a field: Portage Northern senior Tyler Amos rushes up the field looking to score during Portage Central's home game against Portage Northern at McCamley Field in Portage, Michigan on Friday, September 13, 2019. © Emil Lippe | MLive.com/Emil Lippe | MLive.com/mlive.com/TNS Portage Northern senior Tyler Amos rushes up the field looking to score during Portage Central's home game against Portage Northern at McCamley Field in Portage, Michigan on Friday, September 13, 2019.

Tyler Amos, Portage Northern

The senior running back will be a top contender for another first team all-state nod, as he continued his terrific 2019 season with 226 yards and four touchdowns on just 14 carries in Friday's 47-0 win over Battle Creek Central. More importantly, the big game helped Northern move to 6-1 and clinch back-to-back playoff berths for the first time since the 2013 and 2014 seasons.

Ashton Atwater, Otsego

Plainwell stunned rival Otsego with a 42-21 win on Friday, but the Bulldogs' loss wasn't for lack of effort from Atwater, who carried 28 times for 197 yards and two touchdowns, while adding a 13-yard scoring catch from Owen Watson.

a person standing posing for the camera: Allegan senior Logan Abraham poses for a portrait during the MLive/Kalamazoo Gazette High School Football Media Day 2 at the Kalamazoo Gazette in downtown Kalamazoo, Michigan on Wednesday, July 31, 2019. © Emil Lippe | MLive.com/Emil Lippe | MLive.com/mlive.com/TNS Allegan senior Logan Abraham poses for a portrait during the MLive/Kalamazoo Gazette High School Football Media Day 2 at the Kalamazoo Gazette in downtown Kalamazoo, Michigan on Wednesday, July 31, 2019.

Hunter Bacheller, Constantine

The senior running back was a frequent end zone visitor in Friday's 40-6 win over Watervliet, scoring three touchdowns and finishing with 58 yards on just 12 carries. Hunter's first scoring run gave Constantine a 14-0 lead in the second quarter, and his final two end zone trips both covered one yard and helped seal the Falcons' fifth win of the season.

Chris Bontrager, White Pigeon

The Chiefs raced out to a 36-0 first-quarter lead over Eau Claire and finished with a 71-0 victory, thanks in large part to Bontrager, who tallied 130 yards and two touchdowns on just five carries. The win helped White Pigeon move to 6-1 and clinch a playoff berth for the second consecutive season.

Riley Cain, Sturgis

The junior receiver caught four passes for 87 yards, including a 14-yard touchdown in the Trojans' 40-24 loss to Dowagiac. Cain also contributed six tackles for Sturgis' defense.

Kobe Clark, Schoolcraft

The versatile running back continued is stellar senior season by carrying eight times for 100 yards and four touchdowns in Friday's 41-12 win over Coloma to move the Eagles to 7-0. Clark also caught two passes for 18 yards and returned a kickoff 60 yards to the end zone to make it a 35-6 game in the second quarter.

a group of baseball players playing a game of football: Paw Paw junior Kolby Hindenach © Emil Lippe | MLive.com/Emil Lippe | MLive.com/mlive.com/TNS Paw Paw junior Kolby Hindenach

Jackson Crotser, Mendon

The Hornets clinched their 13th consecutive playoff berth and 31st trip in the last 33 years thanks to a big game from the junior running back, who tallied 122 yards and three touchdowns on just five carries in Friday's 42-0 win over Bangor. Defensively, Crotser added five tackles, including three behind the line of scrimmage as part of a unit that allowed just 15 total yards.

Cayden Curry, Martin

The senior running back eclipsed the 200-yard mark for the second consecutive week, this time finishing with 216 yards on just 15 carries in Martin's 42-20 win over Vermontville Maple Valley. Curry ran for three scores, then added another through the air to Travis Thorne to help Martin move to 7-0 for the first time since 2006.

a person wearing a helmet: Portage Northern senior Tyler Amos celebrates after gaining yardage during Portage Central's home game against Portage Northern at McCamley Field in Portage, Michigan on Friday, September 13, 2019. © Emil Lippe | MLive.com/Emil Lippe | MLive.com/mlive.com/TNS Portage Northern senior Tyler Amos celebrates after gaining yardage during Portage Central's home game against Portage Northern at McCamley Field in Portage, Michigan on Friday, September 13, 2019.

Curry was also a star on defense, where he collected nine tackles and intercepted a Maple Valley pass.

Ernesto Escobedo, Climax-Scotts

The junior running back carried 15 times for 141 yards and two touchdowns in Saturday's 42-38 win over Battle Creek St. Philip to help Climax-Scotts move to 6-1 and secure the team's 17th consecutive playoff berth.

Escobedo's 15 and 53-yard touchdown runs provided the big plays for a Climax-Scotts' ground game that collected 453 yards.

Connor Gibson, Climax-Scotts

The senior running back exploded for three touchdowns and finished with 201 yards on 25 carries in Climax-Scotts' 42-38 win over Battle Creek St. Philip on Saturday. Gibson's first score tied the game at 6 with less than a minute left in the second quarter, and his final touchdown covered 40 yards and gave the Panthers a 36-22 lead midway through the fourth quarter.

Isaac Hall, Constantine

The junior running back help Constantine inch closer to its 20th playoff berth in 21 seasons by rushing for 128 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries in the Falcons' 40-6 win over Watervliet. Hall's touchdown run covered 13 yards and gave Constantine a 20-0 lead over the Panthers in the second quarter, and he now has a team-best 620 yards on 77 carries through seven games.

Josh Hansen, Allegan

The sophomore receiver had a breakout game against South Haven, catching four passes for 69 yards, including a 13-yard touchdown grab from Jayden Smith that gave Allegan a 12-8 second-quarter lead, which would end up being the final score. Defensively, Hansen made four tackles and broke up one pass.

Kolby Hindenach, Paw Paw

The junior running back churned his feet through sloppy conditions in a 35-6 win over Vicksburg, finishing the game with 211 yards and three touchdowns, including a pair of second-half scores that put the game out of reach and extended Paw Paw's perfect record to 7-0. Defensively, Hindenach also intercepted a Vicksburg pass and helped hold the Bulldogs to a season-low point output.

Parker Lawrence, Schoolcraft

When you have as many weapons as Schoolcraft's offense, opposing defenses can't account for everyone, and the senior wideout enjoyed a big day against an overwhelmed Coloma team by catching five passes for 98 yards, including a 54-yard touchdown grab to give the Eagles an 7-0 lead early in their 41-12 win.

Harrison Maynard, Lawton

The veteran running back continued his strong senior season by carrying 14 times for 156 yards and a touchdown in Lawton's 50-7 win over Fennville, marking the Blue Devils' first 7-0 start since 2013. Maynard also recovered a fumble as part of a Lawton defense that held Fennville to 170 total yards.

Parker Neel, Mattawan

The junior running back carried 14 times for 109 yards, including a 21-yard touchdown that gave Mattawan a 7-0 first-quarter lead over Benton Harbor and helped the Wildcats beat the Tigers 14-8.

Dustin Noble, Lawton

The senior quarterback did a little bit of everything in Friday's 50-7 win over Fennville, as he threw a 29-yard touchdown pass, ran for 93 yards and two more scores on 13 carries and caught a 23-yard pass from Connor DeVries.

Austin Rensi, Mendon

Now in his fourth year on the Hornets' varsity squad, Rensi is the latest in a long line of multi-year star running backs at Mendon, and he kept his memorable senior season going with 100 yards and three touchdowns on just six carries in Friday's 42-0 win over Bangor. More importantly, the big performance allowed Mendon to move to 6-1 and clinch its 13th consecutive playoff berth.

Christian Rooyakkers, Sturgis

The senior running back tallied 101 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries, but it wasn't enough to push Sturgis past Dowagiac in a 40-24 loss. Defensively, Rooyakkers also stood out with a team-high eight tackles.

Alex Thole, Schoolcraft

The junior quarterback was efficient as always, completing 8 of 11 passes for 127 yards, including a 54-yard touchdown to Parker Lawrence in Schoolcraft's 41-12 win over Coloma.

Brady Webb, Sturgis

The junior quarterback completed 10 of 20 passes for 186 yards and two touchdowns in Friday's 40-24 loss to Dowagiac. Webb's first touchdown covered 14 yards to Riley Cain and sparked an 18-0 Sturgis run, capped by his second scoring pass, a 38-yarder to Jaden Bodi, which made it a 28-24 game with 9:06 left in the fourth quarter.

Trevor Winkel, South Haven

The junior running back enjoyed a breakout game by rushing for 109 yards on 26 carries, including a 5-yard touchdown to give South Haven an 8-6 lead over Allegan in the first quarter, but it wasn’t quite enough, as the Tigers defeated the Rams 12-8.

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