Written by Corbett Smith
Defensive player of the week: Rowlett's Tyler Chase
What he did: For the second straight week, Chase came up with a big interception. Last week, Chase ended South Garland's comeback hopes with an interception with seconds remaining. Late in the first half of Rowlett's 22-11 win over Garland on Thursday, Chase jumped a pass in the flat intended for Ja'Taveon Green and returned it 72 yards for a score. The win improved Rowlett to 6-1 overall, 4-0 in District 10-5A.
Who he is: A 5-11, 175-pound senior safety
The stats: A 72-yard interception return for a score, eight tackles, two passes deflected and a forced fumble.
He said it: "We want to win every district game, because Rowlett's never been outright district champion. That's what we want to do this year."
Coach said it: "That was a huge play for us. ... He was pretty much all over the field." - Kiff Hardin
Did you know? Chase was named All-District 10-4A last season as an outside linebacker. He also plays baseball, batting .379 while playing center field last season. Chase had the game-winning two-run single in the bottom of the seventh inning in Game 2 of Rowlett's bi-district playoff series against Lake Highlands.
Honorable mention Player School Cl. Pos. Notable Josh Alderete TC Byron Nelson So. DB 2 interceptions Hayden Baker Dallas Christian So. FS 4 interceptions, 10 tackles Jake Blount Flower Mound Marcus Jr. LB Fumble recovery, sack Braedon Bollinger Birdville Sr. DB 90-yard interception return TD Carston Bossow Argyle Jr. LB 7 tackles, 4 sacks, forced fumble, fum. rec. Chris Burton Fort Worth Country Day Jr. DB 2 interceptions Randy Castaneda Rockwall Christian Sr. LB 19 solo tackles, sack, 2 forced fum., fum. rec. Cedric Collins Skyline Fr. DB 3 INTs, including 45-yard INT return TD Skylar Holley Crandall Sr. LB 21 tackles, 2 forced fumbles, tackle for loss Austin Laudenslager McKinney North Sr. DB Game-sealing interception Daniel Martin Denton Ryan Sr. DB 6 tackles, tackle for loss, fumble rec., INT LaDarrell McNeil A. Maceo Smith Jr. FS 10 tackles, 4 tackles for loss, 2 sacks De'Amonte Miles Spruce Jr. DB 50-yard interception return TD Quaylin Morgan North Dallas Sr. DL 70-yard interception return TD Edward Paris Mansfield Timberview So. DB 2 interceptions Blake Poston Highland Park Sr. DB Blocked punt, blocked FG Garrett Reeves Lake Highlands Jr. DL Game-clinching fumble recovery Tanner Rice Coppell Sr. DE 3 sacks, 4 tackles for loss, 6 solo tackles Zach Rosser Lake Dallas Sr. DT 9 tackles, 5 tackles for loss, 2 sacks Qualon Sheppard South Oak Cliff Sr. DB Interception, 4 assists, tackle for loss, 2 sacks