2021 Michigan High School Football Player Of The Year Watch List Heading Into Week 8

<2021 Michigan High School Football Player Of The Year Watch List Heading Into Week 8>

Despite just two weeks left in the regular season, MLive’s watch list for the Michigan High School Football Player of the Year award continues to evolve. Two new player jump up into the watch list this week as running backs Ethan Clark of Clarkston and Christion Stokes of Harper Woods move up off the bubble after continued dominance on the football field.

Some of the mainstays on the watch list continue impress too, including Cephus Harris’ seven-touchdown game last week in a win over Grosse Pointe South.

Here is a look into how our Michigan High School Football Player of the Year watch list players did in Week 7 and what awaits them in Week 8 action.

Are we missing someone? Let us know by emailing japurcell@mlive.com with a player’s name and stats. Follow MLive for weekly Wednesday updates on how watch list players performed after each game.

Josh Burnham, LB/QB, Traverse City Central

6-4, 215

2022

Trending: Stable

Top 10 potential: High

Burnham did not play in Traverse City Central’s 56-7 blowout of Alpena last week. Hopefully he will be back in action as Central hosts Bloomfield Hills Brother Rice this Friday night.

CJ Carr, QB, Saline

6-1, 180

2024

Trending: Stable

Top 10 potential: High

In a 35-21 win over Temperance-Bedford, Carr was 16-for-28 passing for 326 yards and three touchdowns while also rushing for another score. The win secured a conference title and moved Saline to 7-0 in the season. Up next is a home matchup with Dexter.

Ethan Clark, RB, Clarkston

6-1, 195

2023

Trending: Up

Top 10 potential: Moderate

Clark’s stellar season continued against rival Lake Orion as he had 224 rushing yards and two touchdowns against Lake Orion. He also added two touchdown receptions on screen passes in the 50-22 win. Up next is an OAA crossover matchup with Birmingham Groves.

Antonio Gates Jr., WR, Dearborn Fordson

6-3, 185

2022

Trending: Up

Top 10 potential: High

In a pivotal 38-33 win over Livonia Churchill, Gates had one of his biggest games of the season at the receiver position, finishing with nine catches for 176 yards and two touchdowns. He will be back in action against rival Dearborn this week in a key road matchup.

Cephus Harris, RB, Clinton Township Chippewa Valley

5-9, 197

2022

Trending: Up

Top 10 potential: Very High

Harris went off in a 49-37 win over Grosse Pointe South, scoring a Chippewa Valley record seven touchdowns. His touchdown total ties him for fifth-most in the state record books for single-game scores. He had four rushing touchdowns, two receiving touchdowns and a 75-yard kick return touchdown. He finished with 226 rushing yards on 31 carries and 82 receiving yards. Up next is a MAC crossover against Utica.

Tyrell Henry, WR, Roseville, 2022

6-1, 170

2022

Trending: Up

Top 10 potential: Moderate

In a comfortable 35-6 win over Eastpointe last week, Henry had six receptions for 73 yards. He also kept his hot streak going on special teams as he returned a kickoff for a touchdown. Up next is a tough road matchup at 6-1 Port Huron.

Tyler Holtz, QB, DeWitt

5-11, 190

2022

Trending: Stable

Top 10 potential: High

In a 49-21 win over Lansing Everett week, Holtz completed 15 of his 26 passes for 220 yards and four touchdowns as DeWitt claimed the CAAC Blue ttile. Up next is a home matchup against Lansing Waverly.

Elijah Jackson-Anderson, ATH, Grand Blanc

5-11, 191

2022

Trending: Stable

Top 10 potential: Moderate

Jackson-Anderson was not needed much in a blowout win over Saginaw Heritage last week, but he still managed another touchdown reception. An important SVL Red matchup awaits this week as Grand Blanc hosts 6-1 Lapeer.

Will Johnson, WR/DB, Grosse Pointe South

6-2, 190

2022

Trending: Up

Top 10 potential: Moderate

Johnson looked every bit of a five-star recruit last week, despite South’s 49-37 loss to Chippewa Valley. He finished the game with six catches for 224 yards and three touchdowns. A trip to Warren Mott awaits this week.

Tim Kloska, RB, Grand Rapids West Catholic

6-0, 205

2023

Trending: Stable

Top 10 potential: High

In a tough 40-14 loss to unbeaten Hudsonville Unity Christian last week, Kloska was held in check for most of the game, but still managed to score on a four-yard plunge. Things don’t get much easier with a 6-1 Spring Lake team visiting on on Friday.

Robert Knapik, RB, Hemlock

5-9, 175

2022

Trending: Up

Top 10 potential: Moderate

In a 54-33 win over Carrollto, Knapik continued to put up big numbers by rushing for 178 yards and five touchdowns. Hemlock faces Saginaw Nouvel on the road this week.

Jordan Kwiatkowski, RB/LB, Sterling Heights Stevenson

6-1, 210

2022

Trending: Stable

Top 10 potential: High

In a tough 7-0 loss to Romeo, Kwiatkowski finished with 77 yards on 11 carries. It was the first rough offensive performance for Kwiatkowski and Stevenson this season. The Titans will look to get back on track this Friday against Utica Ford.

Tommy McIntosh, WR, DeWitt

6-5, 195

2022

Trending: Stable

Top 10 potential: High

DeWitt was in cruise control in a 49-21 win over Lansing Everett as McIntosh had no issue catching five passes for 69 yards and two touchdowns. DeWitt welcomes in Lansing Waverly this week.

Brayden McKenna, RB, Lapeer

5-11, 189

2022

Trending: Up

Top 10 potential: High

Lapeer ran its way to victory last week as it beat Midland Dow, 37-27. McKenna played a big role by rushing 35 times for 257 yards and four touchdowns. Up next is Lapeers biggest game of the year as it travels to face unbeaten Grand Blanc.

Dante Moore, QB, Detroit Martin Luther King

6-2, 180

2023

Trending: Up

Top 10 potential: Moderate

After two weeks off because of opponent forfeits, Moore exploded in his return to the gridiron in a 57-7 win over Detroit Renaissance. He was a perfect 11-for-11 passing to finish with 195 passing yards and five touchdowns. Moore will lok to lead King to a PSL title this Friday night as he looks to beat Detroit Cass Tech for the second time this season.

Jordan Ramsey, RB, Sterling Heights Stevenson

5-9, 185

2022

Trending: Stable

Top 10 potential: High

In a 7-0 loss to Romeo in a tough MAC Red defensive battle, Ramsey was held to just 13 rushing yards on 10 carries. However, he did manage three catches for 44 yards. He will look to bounce back aganist Utica Ford with week.

Christion Stokes, RB, Harper Woods

6-0, 180

2022

Trending: Up

Top 10 potential: Moderate

Stokes had a big game in a 32-21 win over Allen Park last week, accumulating 225 rushing yards and four touchdowns. The West Virginia commit has 1,330 rushing yards and 17 touchdowns this season. Up next is a tough matchup with undefeated Warren De La Salle.

Jake Rueff, RB, Lawton

5-11, 180

2022

Trending: Stable

Top 10 potential: High

In a blowout win over Galseburg-Augustana, Rueff had no issues in accumulating 17 carries for 120 yards and two touchdowns. Rueff now has 26 touchdowns on the year for the 7-0 Blue Devils. A home matchup against Schoolcraft is next.

Dillon Tatum, RB/DB, West Bloomfield

5-11, 190

2022

Trending: Stable

Top 10 potential: High

Tatum was a force on both sides of the football field in a 56-27 win over Southfield A&T. On offense, he piled up 106 yards and two TDs on 13 carries. On defense, he had 10 Tackles (8 solo) and two interceptions. So far this season, Tatum has 93 carries for 740 yards (7.96 average) with 13 touchdowns (long of 80). He has 43 tackles and three interceptions on defense. West Bloomfield hosts North Farmington on Friday.

Alex VanSumeren, DL/HB, Essexville Garber

6-3, 300

2022

Trending: Stable

Top 10 potential: Low

The Michigan State University commit helped power the Dukes to a 37-0 victory over archrival John Glenn in shutout fashion. He registered six tackles, with two tackles for loss and a sack. He also emphatically barreled through the line and swatted down a pass as it left the QB’s hand. He and the Dukes travel to Frankenmuth in Week 8 for a meeting with one of the state’s top-ranked teams.

DJ Voltz, QB, Carrollton

6-2, 160

2022

Trending: Stable

Top 10 potential: Moderate

Before he was ejected last in the first half for targeting in a 54-33 loss to Hemlock, Voltz ran 11 times for 58 yards and a 2-yard TD, completed all three of his passes for 60 yards and two TDs and made three tackles. A trip to Saginaw Michigan Lutheran Seminary is next.

Myles Walton, ATH, Muskegon

5-11, 185

2022

Trending: Stable

Top 10 potential: Moderate

In a 49-28 in over rival Mona Shores, Walton threw for 118 yards while also rushing for 88 yards. He also added an interception on defense. Muskegon squares off with Reeths-Puffer next.

Alex Watters, WR/RB, Lansing Catholic

6-0, 185

2022

Trending: Stable

Top 10 potential: High

Lansing Catholic had no issues in a 56-21 win over Charlotte last week as Watters was his usual dominant self with seven catches for 139 yards and four touchdowns. He will look to continue to lead the CAAC White champs in a home matchup with Fowlerville this week.

Nolan Ziegler, WR/S,LB, Grand Rapids Catholic Central

6-4, 206

2022

Trending: Up

Top 10 potential: Moderate

Ziegler did all his damage in the first half of a 51-0 win over Middleville Thornapple Kellogg last week as three of his four receptions were good for touchdowns. He finished with 69 yards receiving and added seven tackles on defense. Up next is an important OK Gold game at 6-1 Cedar Springs.

ON THE BUBBLE

Tag Bonnema, LB, Zeeland East, 2022

Cole Cabana, RB, Dexter, 2023

Jeremiah Caldwell, WR, Belleville, 202

Cole DiPiazza, RB, Allendale, 2022

Brady Drogosh, QB, Warren De La Salle, 2023

Jameel Gardner, WR, Detroit Cass Tech, 2022

Bobby Hoth, RB, Boyne City, 2022

Mark Konecny, QB, Mona Shores, 2022

Bryce Kurncz, WR, DeWitt, 2023

Cole Lindow, RB, Frankenmuth, 2022

Jaden Mangham, WR/DB, Birmingham Groves, 2022

Micah Miller, QB, Ortonville Brandon, 2022

Cole McElvany, QB/LB, Milan, 2022

Leeshaun Mumpfield, QB, Detroit Cass Tech, 2023

Parker Picot, QB, Rochester Adams, 2023

Christian Rapley, ATH, Belleville, 2022

Myles Rowser, S, Belleville, 2022

Caiden Sloan, RB, Macomb Dakota, 2022

Tay’shawn Trent, WR, Harper Woods, 2022

Bryce Underwood, QB, Belleville, 2025

Lynn Wyche-El, WR, Detroit Martin Luther King, 2022

Source : https://www.mlive.com/highschoolsports/2021/10/2021-michigan-high-school-football-player-of-the-year-watch-list-heading-into-week-8.html

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