Victory seemed like a remote possibility when Auburn Mountainview (Washington) found itself down 35-14 against Lakes (Lakewood).
Mountainview’s senior quarterback Gresch Jensen didn’t let how the day began affect his confidence. The quarterback rallied his troops, filling the stat sheet in the process.
Jensen threw for 388 yards and six touchdowns. His final touchdown was a dart to Vaughn Daggs with 55.3 seconds left that proved to be the game-winner. Mountainview won 46-42.
For his efforts, Jensen leads American Family Insurance ALL-USA Performances of the Week.
The rest of the top performances:
Derek Hill, football, Gaylesville (Alabama).
Hill was all over the field Friday night in a 37-28 win over Woodview (Ala.). The junior recorded 13 tackles, two assists, forced two fumble, returning them both for touchdowns. The multi-purpose athlete also ran back a punt return 75 yards for a touchdown.
Shannon Richardson, girls volleyball, Harker (California)
Richardson, a senior captain, tallied 18 kills as Harker defeated Menlo (Atherton, Calif.) 3-0 to take over first place in the West Bay Athletic League.
Alex Fernandes, football, Vandegrift (Texas).
Fernandes proved to be the difference maker in a shootout. The Vipers found themselves down 28 points at one point, but the junior quarterback completed 19 of 25 passes for 344 yards and six touchdowns, leading Vandegrift past Vista Ridge, 63-55. The touchdowns thrown by Fernandes went for 24, 46, 73, 23, 18 and 48 yards.
Elijah Barnwell, football, Piscataway (New Jersey).
Barnwell ran for 227 yards and four touchdowns as Piscataway beat J.P. Stevens 48-14. Barnwell is just 14 yards away from carrying the torch as the all-time rusher in Piscataway history.
Keagan Smith, boys cross country, Huntley (Illinois)
Smith outpaced his competition by 10 seconds, winning the Peoria Central Invitational Class 3A boys race Saturday at Detweiller Park. Smith posted a time of 14:24.06.
Sara Carr, girls volleyball, Mountain Brook (Alabama).
Carr was consistent in 7 games last week, putting up impressive numbers in the process. She recorded 104 kills, 104 digs and 25 aces in seven matches last week. This performance was instrumental in leading her team to the Margaret Blalock Tournament title.
Indiana Mcalpine, football, Malibu (California).
The senior running back put forth a dominant performance as he rushed for 385 yards and three touchdowns in a 38-26 win over Verbum Dei.
Jacob Klemz, boys cross country, Hayden (Kansas).
Klemz managed to win his second straight city boys individual championship at Washburn Rural. His time of 16.20 is a Hayden school record.
Dain Rust, girls swimming, Cocoa Beach (Florida).
Rust broke a Cape Coast Conference record by .4 seconds, finishing the 100 breaststroke in a mere 59.30 seconds. The previous mark was set by Rockledge High’s Matt Holmes at 59.70 last year.
Malachi Stout, football, Kickapoo (Missouri).
The senior running back was instrumental as Kickapoo defeated Lebanon 49-21. He excelled on offense and special teams, rushing for 156 yards and three touchdowns. Stout also caught two passes for touchdowns and returned a punt 70 yards for another score, finishing with six total touchdowns on the night.