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The Drive For Five - Week 12 Mr. Football Award Power Rankings

Football   | Jeff Dullack

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The Hungry Howie’s Mr. Football Award Final Four will be decided this week by our STATE CHAMPS! experts and analysts. Find out which four players made the Final Four at 9:00 am on the STATE CHAMPS! High School Sports Show on Fox Sports Detroit.

PLEASE NOTE: These rankings are only MY opinion and are only representative on how I see the Mr. Football Award Rankings at this time.

 

1. Cody White – Walled Lake Western

Everyone is now well aware of what kind of impact White is capable of making on offense, but let’s not forget just how good White is on defense as well. Along with recording a touchdown run from 16-yards out in Western’s round two win over Pinckney, White also tallied an interception and has been a difference maker for the Warriors

2. Kalil Pimpleton – Muskegon

East Grand Rapids did a good job of containing Pimpleton on offense on Friday night, but the Virginia Tech commit still managed to rush for 74 yards on just six carries and along with 24 yards receiving on three catches as the Big Reds went on to win a district title. Pimpleton’s lone touchdown on the night came on a 68-yard run, which then extended Muskegon’s lead to 21-10 in the third quarter.

3. Donovan Peoples-Jones – Detroit Cass Tech

Peoples-Jones didn’t find the end zone in Cass Tech’s round two win over Dearborn on Friday night, but still made big plays in the passing game and running game to put the Technicians in scoring position. But much like White, what Peoples-Jones has done on defense can’t go overlooked, constantly making big plays as a part of a star studded secondary for Cass Tech.

4. Ambry Thomas – Detroit King

I’ve cited the importance of the postseason in past weeks and Thomas’ performance in Saturday’s win over Oak Park as King again moved on in the playoffs proved to be enough to move him into the Top Four. Thomas recorded touchdown catches of nine yards and 48 yards to go along with over 110 yards receiving yards on six catches and also tallied an interception on the defensive side of the ball to lead the way for King.

5 (Tie). Tariq Reid – Davison

There is no doubt in my mind that Reid will head into the 2017 Mr. Football Award Race as the favorite, considering his impressive 2016 season, rushing for over 2,000 yards. However, what dropped Reid out of the 2016 Top four, in my opinion, is the fact that the Cardinals are now out of the Division 1 playoffs after losing to Clarkston, in a game where Davison had trouble getting its dominant rushing attack going.

5 (Tie). Josh Ross – Orchard Lake St. Mary’s

I don’t usually do ties in my rankings, but we can’t look past just how impressive of a season Ross has had in 2016. Ross was dominant throughout the regular season, specifically on defense, where he recorded 61 unassisted tackles and 43 assisted tackles to go along with 17 tackles for loss. Ross and the Eaglets are in line for another run to Ford Field as St. Mary’s will look to claim a third straight D-3 title.