This was, by far, the toughest week yet to select an Athlete of the Week.
Taylor runner Eli Ortiz won his fourth cross country race of the season last Friday, Delane Hornsby led the Ducks to victory in Caldwell with 232 rushing yards, and Granger's Ryan Pickett and Thrall's Matthew Jarosek also put together outstanding performances on the gridiron.
But for the second straight week, the honor goes to a Hutto football player; this time, quarterback Chase Griffin, who continues to put up gaudy numbers.
In only three quarters, Griffin completed 23 of 29 pass attempts for 498 yards and four touchdowns, and rushed for 61 yards and two more scores as the Hippos stayed unbeaten with a 63-28 rout of Connally last Friday.
"I had great practices [last] week finding the open guy," Griffin told Recruiting News Guru. "When you simplify the game plan, focusing on completions and taking what is there in practice, then the game becomes easy. That [Connally] game flowed well. My playmakers were making plays. As a whole, the offense was on the same page."
The junior also earned Player of the Week honors from the Austin American-Statesman for his performance. This season, Griffin has completed over 66 percent of his passes for 1,376 yards – third-most in the state – and 12 touchdowns.
"My biggest strength is snap-to-pass. I get the ball out quicker than anyone else," Griffin said. "I pride myself on my pre-snap reads. I have a checklist before each play that helps me know what I will do for each play with each game."
If you'd like to nominate an athlete from Taylor, Granger, Thrall or Hutto for this honor, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will announce a winner each Friday online, and in the Sunday edition of the Taylor Press.