With the first week of the playoffs, two players stood out and were honored as the WAFB Sportsline Players of the Week.
The play-calling for 25th-seed Loranger in Friday night's playoff upset over No. 8 Lakeshore was huge if you ask Evan Johnson. The first Sportsline Player of the Week got the ball in a variety of ways from pitchouts, to reverses to conventional handoffs, but after 136 yards and three touchdowns on just seven carries it's clear why.
Johnson simply played as the Wolves quarterback when they lost to the same team in the regular season. In Friday night's game, he also played receiver, hauling in two more touchdowns and 110 yards from DJ Hookfin, and his favorite play wasn't even a touchdown.
"My favorite play was the flea-flicker at the beginning of the game," said Johnson. "Showing them something new they weren't ready for. Our offensive coordinator, coach Spencer, he was just ready, he was just ready to go. We were all ready to go."
The second Sportsline Player of the Week was three years old the last time the Gators won a playoff game.
Nathan Taylor is No. 2 for St Amant, and thanks to his three rushing touchdowns and 141 yards, the Gators were able to move on with a come-from-behind win over Covington.
Taylor scored the game's last three touchdowns to wipe out a 21-17 Lions lead, the biggest a 52-yard punt return that blew it open.
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