HS Football Week 7: Offensive Player of the Year Rankings

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Here are our current power rankings for Williamson County Offensive Player of the Year for 2017 in our Williamson County coverage area.

5. Darius James, running back, Fairview

Darius James has done it all for Fairview in its 5-2 start. James has rushed 75 times for 761 yards and 17 touchdowns, while catching 10 balls for another 184 yards and a score. James has also added 90 kickoff returns and 111 punt return yards. He’s compiled those numbers despite missing the first game of the season. Here are his latest highlights as posted to his Hudl page. 

4. Tai Carter, running back, Summit

Summit running back Tai Carter

Summit’s 6-1 start can greatly be attributed to Carter’s fantastic season. The senior has rushed 114 times for 926 yards and 12 scores in six games; he sat out the Spartans’ 47-0 win over White County with a minor injury.

3. Drew Martin, quarterback, BGA

BGA quarterback Drew Martin (courtesy of BGA).

BGA’s senior quarterback has been both consistent and extremely productive in leading the Wildcats to a 6-1 start. Through the air, Martin has hit on 70.3 percent of his 195 throws for 1,649 yards (8.5 per attempt), 17 touchdowns and three interceptions. Martin has added 46 rushes for 177 yards (3.8 per carry) and added six scores with just one fumble.

2. Carson Shacklett, quarterback, Brentwood

Brentwood quarterback Carson Shacklett.

Shacklett has done everything the Bruins could have possibly wanted him to do this year. First, he’s led Brentwood to a 6-1 start. Second, he’s been efficient with the football. Shacklett has completed 68.3 percent of his 142 throws for 1,517 yards (that’s 10.7 yards per attempt), 18 touchdowns and just three interceptions. Shacklett has also shown mobility, running 54 times for 179 yards and two scores.

1. Dontae Smith, running back, Spring Hill

Smith sat out last week with a minor injury, but it’s hard to justify moving him down based on that. The Georgia Tech commitment has rushed 102 times for 1,247 yards (12.2 yards per carry) and 16 touchdowns, the only negative being a pair of lost fumbles. He’s added seven kickoff returns for 134 more yards. You may watch highlights from his career on his Hudl page. 

High honorable mention:
Eric Stoxstill-Diggs, quarterback, Franklin Road Academy

Lance Wilhoite, wide receiver, Franklin Road Academy

Nicky Clifton, running back, Ensworth

Bubba Johnson, running back, Page

Disclaimer: In compiling this list, we considered players from our entire coverage area, which includes the following schools: Brentwood Academy, Battle Ground Academy, Brentwood High School, Centennial High School, Christ Presbyterian Academy, Ensworth, Fairview High School, Father Ryan High School, Franklin High School, Franklin Road Academy, Grace Christian Academy, Independence High School, Nolensville High School, Page High School, Ravenwood High School, Spring Hill High School, Summit High School. Although not all of these schools are within the boundaries of Williamson County, we know many of our parents have children at those schools and are interested in their sports programs; therefore, we consider all football players at these schools.