Jaylon Hannah won the award, but he does not want the credit.
After rushing for nearly 200 yards and helping Copperas Cove earn a decisive win against visiting El Paso Franklin, the senior received 44 percent of the vote and was named Freddy’s-KDHpressbox.com Player of the Week.
While Hannah is grateful for the honor, he feels certain it was not earned alone.
“I feel like the whole team is being recognized,” Hannah said. “It feels good to receive this award, but I couldn’t have done it without the offensive line and fullbacks.
“The whole team had my back and played a role.”
Hannah exploded for a game-high 199 yards in the 42-10 victory, producing a pair of long touchdown runs in the process.
Leading 7-3 in the second quarter, Hannah increased the Bulldawgs’ advantage to double digits with a 77-yard run into the end zone before recording a 79-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter.
When recalling the game, however, individual statistics were the last thing on Hannah’s mind.
“I just remember how good the offensive line was playing that night,” he said. “The fullbacks, receivers, quarterbacks; everybody contributed, and the defense did their job to stop the ball and get the offense back on the field. Then, we did our jobs to score.”
Hannah beat out some impressive competition en route to obtaining the accolade.
Ellison senior quarterback Carl Robinson III was second in the poll with 31 percent of the vote after accounting for six touchdowns, including five passing, and throwing for 343 yards in a 42-35 victory against Montgomery. Gatesville junior quarterback Jett Truss received 24.1 percent of the vote on the heels of a four-touchdown showing in a 38-35 win at Waco University.
Rounding out the nominees were Salado running back Jake Harvey, who carried the ball 16 times for 117 yards and three touchdowns in a 28-9 victory against Austin Hyde Park, and Belton running back Davion Peoples, who delivered a 142-yard, three-touchdown outing in a 70-35 win against Round Rock Stony Point.
Knowing the level of competition he was facing makes the award especially meaningful to Hannah.
“That just gives me a lot of confidence in myself and my team,” he said.
Although being named Player of the Week is an accomplishment Hannah prefers to share with the rest of the Bulldawgs, knowing the community displayed its support by voting for him is something he personally cherishes.
“It just makes me appreciate them even more,” Hannah said. “The fact they were there for me, voted for me and cared for me means a lot.”