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Top Indy-Area Gridiron Performers for Week 7

Players of the Week


Sampson James, Avon: The junior running back had 32 carries for 214 yards and scoring runs of 30 and 2 yards in the Orioles’ 24-6 road win at Westfield. James should crack the 1,000-yard barrier this week against Zionsville. Through seven games, he has 943 yards at 7.1 per carry and 11 of his team’s 13 rushing touchdowns.


Tyler Watson, Tri-West: In his team’s 59-9 beating of North Montgomery, the senior – who’s also the Bruins’ leading tackler and one of the top basketball players in Class 3A – ran for a whopping 280 yards on just 11 carries, including a 72-yard score, and went 9-of-16 passing for 167 yards and two more TDs, one a 48-yarder to Logan Blake.


Michael Pitz, Franklin Central: Pitz tallied 273 yards and four touchdowns in 27 carries, including a 94-yard score, in the Flashes’ 42-14 triumph over Bloomington North. The senior has 738 yards and nine TDs this season, for a squad whose lone loss came against 5A No. 1 Roncalli in Week 2.


Andre Jones, Lutheran: The senior had a hand in all five Saints touchdowns in their 36-29 victory over Monrovia. Jones had 30 carries for 206 yards, including TDs of 23, 1, 6 and 15 yards, and went 5-of-9 passing for 97 yards and a 58-yard score to Trevor Russell.


Teams of the Week


Pike (3-4): Following a 46-28 beating of highly-ranked Lawrence Central two weeks prior, the Red Devils notched their second big upset of the season with a 28-20 road win over 6A No. 6 Center Grove. Jordan Garrett threw for 292 yards and four TDs, and ran for another 101 yards for Pike, which had been outscored 152-27 by the Trojans in their previous three meetings.


Ritter (6-1): The Raiders bounced back from a narrow loss to Triton Central with a 28-0 shutout of Beech Grove, as Ben Egenolf caught two touchdown passes from Diomoni Small. Up next, a Lucas Oil Stadium showdown with Scecina (6-1) for a guaranteed piece of the Indiana Crossroads Conference crown. 

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