Vote for The Charlotte Observer HS football defensive player of the week (10.07.22)

Here are the nominees for The Charlotte Observer defensive player of the week. Polls close Friday and readers can vote as often as they want.

Note: Poll results may not be shown all week.

This week’s nominees

Keyaan Abdul-Rahim, Providence Day: 15 tackles, including three tackles for a loss and one pass broken up in Thursday’s 55-20 win over Charlotte Country Day.

Mason Avery, West Lincoln: in a 35-34 loss to Bunker Hill, Avery ran 23 times for 215 yards and four touchdowns. On defense, he had 12 tackles, one assist and two tackles for a loss. He also caught a pass for 19 yards.

Win Byerley, Myers Park: punted seven times for a 43.7 yard average in Thursday’s loss to Ardrey Kell. He has committed to Harvard.

Ben Cutter, East Lincoln: in Thursday’s 50-0 win over West Iredell, Cutter had 15 tackles, including one tackle for a loss.

Xavier Esquillien, Ardrey Kell: eight tackles, two for a loss, plus a sack, a forced fumble, three quarterback pressures and a receiving touchdown in a win at Myers Park Thursday.

Jason Hertz, Porter Ridge: In a 27-21 win over rival Marvin Ridge, Hertz had a tipped pass in overtime that led to an interception and the game-winning drive. He had four tackles and five quarterback pressures.

Logan McIlveen, Providence: in a 40-28 loss to Mooresville, McIlveen, a defensive back, had two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery.

David Sanders, Providence Day: Sophomore two-way lineman had the highest grade among his offensive line teammates in Thursday’s 55-20 win over Charlotte Country Day. On defense, he had four tackles, one pass breakup and three quarterback hurries.

Jack Smith, Pine Lake Prep: in a 21-10 win over Christ The King, the sophomore defensive tackle had eight tackles, four for a loss and three sacks.

Ben Watson, Newton-Conover: senior linebacker had 24 Tackles (14 solo, 10 assists) with one tackle for a loss, one sack and a fumble recovery in Thursday’s 28-20 win over East Burke.

Jay Wilson, Mooresville: In a 40-28 come-from-behind win over Providence, Wilson had a game-sealing interception, plus six tackles and three pass breakups.

Luke Wilson, East Burke: in a 28-20 loss to Newton-Conover, Wilson had a team-high 15 tackles.

Stephan Zayachkowsky, Porter Ridge: In a 27-21 win over Marvin Ridge, Zayachkowsky had an interception in overtime, 10 tackles plus 129 yards rushing and three scores.


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