After each week I updated, who I think is in the running for Area Player of the Year, the same way that analysts debate who is in the running for the Heisman
Award after each week of college football.
There was no shortage of impressive performances or standout players this season.
When looking at the season stats or at the weekly box scores, though, two names stand above the rest.
Velma-Alma senior running back Dallen Mercer and Central High junior running back Kevin Harris were just on a different level. They both showed consistency, dependability and versatility throughout the season, and I have yet to hear a convincing argument as to why one of them shouldn’t be the Area Player of the Year.
Mercer finished one good run shy of 2,000 yards rushing (1,976), while Kevin Harris totaled 1,957 yards of offense (1,791 rushing, 149 receiving, 17 passing) and 228 points individually (20.7 points per game).
Nearly as impressive as those numbers was their toughness. There’s no question defenses were keying on the two players and both took a number of shots, but week-in, week-out, both players took the field and performed.
Greg Crews is sports editor of The Duncan Banner. He can be reached at 580-255-5354 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.