Lake Area Offensive Player of the Week
Devaunte Dickens Sr RB Grand Rapids Christian: He ran for 227 yards and three TDs on 24 carries in GR Christian’s 52-42 win over South Christian.
Lake Area Defensive Player of the Week
Cole DeVries Sr LB Hudsonville Unity Christian: He stopped Zeeland West’s overtime, two-point conversion attempt at the one-yard line, giving Unity Christian a 24-22 win, maybe the biggest in program history. Zeeland West had won 28 consecutive regular season games.
Lake Area Small School Player of the Week
Blake Dunn Sr QB Saugatuck: The state’s premier four-sport athlete carried the ball seven times for 262 yards and four TDs, including scores of 49, 52, 53 and 60 yards. Saugatuck shut out Martin to improve to 4-0.
Lake Area Northern Michigan Player of the Week:
Griffin Kelly Jr RB Frankort: In the Panthers’ 38-8 win against Mancelona, Kelly was all over the field. He caught a 75-yard TD and tied a state-record with a 99-yard rushing TD. The only other Lake Area player to score on a run that long was this week’s Northern Michigan Player of the Week, Saugatuck’s Blake Dunn last season against Decatur.
Lake Area Coach of the Week
Kyle Jewett, Reeths-Puffer: Trailing 39-36 with the ball on Mona Shore’s first yard line and five seconds to play, Jewett chose to go for the win and not the tie. Thanks to the effort of R-P’s line and running back Theo Stevenson, that choice paid off as the Rockets improved to 3-1.