Jacob Wetzel finds himself all over the field for the Walkersville Lions. He plays running back on offense and safety on defense. He also returns kickoffs and punts.
But Walkersville’s scouting report for its Frederick County heavyweight matchup against Linganore this past weekend indicated that the Lancers liked to go with a high, short kickoff. So the Lions coaches moved Wetzel into a receiving farther up the field. The opening kickoff didn’t go to Wetzel, but it didn’t matter – he knew from that play that he was into the game.
“I got pumped up because I trucked a guy and that got me going,” Wetzel said.
Indeed, Wetzel capped the opening drive with the first of his four touchdown runs. He finished with 197 yards on 20 carries and led Walkersville to a 40-10 victory, extending its winning streak to 19 games. For his efforts, Wetzel was named the DC Touchdown Club High School Football Player of the Week powered by Under Armour.
“He’s just a really great player on offense, defense and special teams,” Walkersville Coach Joe Polce said, noting that Wetzel also had six tackles on defense.
While Wetzel enjoys playing football, he plans to play baseball in college. He has accepted a scholarship offer to play for Old Dominion University.
“Nothing else is like football, the atmosphere is crazy,” Wetzel said. “But I love baseball too and I know I’ll be more successful in baseball.”
Other players considered for the Week 5 Player of the Week were:
Broadneck QB Shane Davis completed 23 of 37 passes for 313 yards and four touchdowns as the Bruins beat Northeast, 42-21.
H.D. Woodson RB Mychale Salahuddin rushed 19 times for 166 yards and two touchdowns as the Warriors beat Ballou, 27-13.
Howard RB Devin Dawkins rushed for two touchdowns in the first half as the Lions built a big lead and beat Wilde Lake, 34-13.
Dominion QB Thomas Jarman completed 15 of 20 passes for 330 yards and six touchdowns as the Titans beat Riverside, 56-7.
Wootton QB Grant Saylor completed 15 of 28 passes for 233 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 87 yards and two touchdown as the Patriots beat Whitman, 42-21.
Yorktown RB Tanner Wall threw a 38-yard touchdown pass, returned a kickoff 96 yards for a touchdown and returned an interception 36 yards for another score as the Patriots beat Chantilly, 42-21.
Oxon Hill WR Daniel George returned a kickoff 75 yards for a touchdown and returned a punt 50 yards for a touchdown as the Clippers beat Fairmont Heights, 47-0.
Freedom-Woodbridge QB A.J. Felton rushed 20 times for 152 yards and three touchdowns and completed 19 of 26 passes for 258 yards and three touchdowns as the Eagles improved to 5-0 by beating Hylton, 48-42.
St. Mary’s Ryken QB Kristian Marks threw four touchdown passes in the second half as the Knights rallied from a 24-point halftime deficit to beat St. Mary’s-Annapolis, 27-24.
Westlake QB Jalon Spencer passed for two touchdowns and rushed for a third in the second half as the Wolverines rallied from a 15-point halftime deficit to beat Thomas Stone, 19-15, to win the 301 Classic trophy.