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Vote early and often for this week’s American Chevrolet Small-School Athlete of the Week. The poll closes Tuesday at 10 p.m.
Here are the Week 5 candidates, in alphabetical order:
Blade House, Big Valley Christian: House made a punishing season debut after sitting out the first four games following his transfer from Turlock Christian, reminding his old team just what it lost in his move. House had eight tackles, two sacks, four carries for 42 yards, and a touchdown in the Lions’ 42-0 homecoming victory over the Eagles. To vote, click here.
Michael Kamps, Ripon Christian: Kamps had 186 yards and two touchdowns on 15 carries in a 35-7 victory at Denair. He averaged more than 12 yards per carry and highlighted the evening with a 94-yard scoring run as Ripon Christian handed the Coyotes their first loss of the season. To vote, click here.
Miguel Padilla, Hilmar: Padilla wasn’t fazed by the moment, as big as it was. With his starting kicker injured, Hilmar coach Frank Marques turned to Padilla, an undersized lineman, to attempt the game-winning field goal in overtime … at Escalon. Padilla obliged with a 33-yard boot, stroking one of the biggest kicks in the rivalry’s rich history. To vote, click here.
Tyler Vargas, Orestimba: After being held to a season-low two receptions against Mariposa, Vargas proved unstoppable in a 48-27 victory at Le Grand. The senior wide receiver had a season-high 11 catches for 172 yards and three touchdowns. He now has three games with 100 or more receiving yards. To vote, click here.
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