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High School Football Player of the Week | Boise, Idaho


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Help us pick the best of the best in the latest Idaho Statesman Football Player of the Week contest.

Polling stations close at noon on Wednesday. Check out all of the nominees and their accomplishments below.

You can vote multiple times. This is a fun way to show support for athletes, not science.

Nominations are submitted by area coaches or drawn from statistics reported to the Idaho Statesman.


Ikaika Ho, Colombia: Converted 30 carries to 236 yards and two touchdowns, including the game-winning score, in a 17-14 win over Fruitland.

Colton Frates, New Plymouth: Passed 17 of 26 for 344 yards and five touchdowns in a 41-38 win over Payette.

Dekker Hagler, Middleton: Led the Vikings to their first victory as a 5A program by going 21 of 33 for 361 yards and five touchdowns in a 36-34 win over Nampa.

Troy Wilkey, Rockies: Blocked a field goal and returned an interception (55 yards) and punt (68 yards) for touchdowns in the Grizzlies’ 30-7 win over Coeur d’Alene.

Jordan Blas, Marsing: Had four total touchdowns to lead the Huskies to a 35-12 win at Orofino. He threw for 142 yards and two touchdowns, and added two more rushing touchdowns.

Dahlton Bingham, Counsel: Found the end zone seven times in the Lumberjacks’ 40-14 win over Logos. He rushed for 310 yards and five touchdowns on nine carries; caught four passes for 98 yards and a TD; and returned an interception for a score.

Cole Luekenga, Kuna: Was 13 for 17 for 349 yards and three touchdowns in the Kavemen’s 48-35 win over Skyview.

Gabe Shaffer, Melba: Ran for 134 yards and two touchdowns on nine carries in the Mustangs’ 38-26 win over Elko, Nevada.

Kaelun Jones, Horseshoe Bend: Ran for 226 and four touchdowns in the Mustangs’ 66-14 conference win over Cascade.

Rylie Byington, Meridian: Ran for 127 yards on 15 carries and caught a 35-yard touchdown on fourth down in the Warriors’ 13-7 win over Mountain View.

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