Primetime Players: Russell grades out as top lineman again; Dunn wins defensive awards

By BOBBY "BUTCH" BURNEY | News-Telegram Sports Editor

Sept. 10, 2007 - SSHS coaches handed out weekly awards for production and big plays today, and they went to the usual suspects.

The awards, which are stickers for helmets, are given out following Friday's game each week. On Friday, the Wildcats lost to Whitehouse, 38-22, but held a 22-18 halftime lead.

Senior linebacker Josh Dunn, who had 18 tackles and recovered a fumble, was the top award winner on defense, while left tackle Jake Russell and receivers DaQualin Evans, Chris Thompson, Shane McQueen and Jace Jackson were the top offensive winners.

Dunn was named the team's leading tackler and most productive, plus he caused and recovered a fumble. Nose guard Jamal Freeman was the defensive line's most productive player, while safety Johnny McSheffery, Tyler Francis and Rodney Evans each had sacks. Quentin Long and Bryant "Day Day" Jackson came up with interceptions.

Offensively, Russell again graded out as the top offensive lineman with an 83 percent rating. He also had at least three cut or cake blocks, as did Thompson.

McQueen, who caught a 75-yard TD pass from quarterback Tyrick Rollison, was named an offensive Primetime player along with Russell. DaQualin Evans and Jace Jackson each had two plays of more than 20 yards, while McQueen and Thompson had one each.

Punter Brittan Diamond also was recognized as the top special teams player after averaging 38.8 yards on five punts.

NOTES: Homecoming activities start today with the pep rally on the square scheduled for 7 p.m. There will also be a pep rally at the high school at 2:30 p.m. Thursday (school is out on Friday for Fall Festival). Homecoming activities on Friday will start at 6:40 p.m. at Gerald Prim Stadium.

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