If you have been following the Land-Grant Holy Land Elite '15 MVP of the Week award all season, this shouldn't come to much of a surprise, but Joe Burrow once again rolled past a number of his future teammates to win our most valuable player award.
Tallying up 88% of your votes after accounting for well over 400 yards of total offense in a 52-20 Division III Regional final win, Burrow defeated soon-to-be Buckeyes Torrance Gibson, Jerome Baker, Denzel Ward, and Joshua Alabi to walk away with his 12th MVP of the year.
Burrow, Gibson, and a few of the other class of 2015 commits were back at it over the weekend. Who stood out enough on the turf to be named MVP this week? The poll is open. Let your voice be heard. Without further ado, here are your five nominees:
After trailing Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary 17-7 at halftime, Burrow rallied his Athens High teammates to a huge comeback victory over the Irish in the second half. In the 34-31 come from behind win, Joe completed 32 of his 44 passing attempts for 322 yards and four touchdowns, including the game winner with less than two minutes left to play.
With the win, Burrow will have the chance suit up on his future stomping grounds pretty soon, as the perfect 14-0 Bulldogs will take on Toledo Central Catholic Thursday evening at 7:30 in the Division III State Championship game.
In the Florida Class 5A regional final on Friday night, Gibson only needed a little over a half of action to lead American Heritage one step closer to having a chance to repeat as state champions by destroying Island Coast by a final score of 56-8.
Gibson completed three of eight passing attempts for 104 yards, which included a 72 yard touchdown pass. On the ground, the shifty play maker toted the rock five times for 44 more yards. American Heritage will continue their championship dreams on Friday when they play Orlando Bishop Moore in the state semifinal.
Playing both offense and defense, Baker once again had a big role in a Cleveland Benedictine win. Baker saw action for the Bengals in a matter of different ways all night in the 40-12 blowout victory over Steubenville on Friday. While the Big Red did a decent job at containing him, they couldn't keep Baker from blocking an extra point, which was one of his top plays of the night.
The future Buckeye linebacker will have a chance to play on the Ohio Stadium turf on Friday morning when Cleveland Benedictine takes on Kettering Archbishop Alter in the Division IV state title game at 10 a.m. ET.
Just like Burrow and Baker, Denzel Ward will have the opportunity to play at the Horseshoe later this week after Nordonia's 52-14 victory over Mayfield on Friday. In the big win, Ward caught just two passes, but turned them into 135 yards, including a spectacular 91-yard touchdown.
Ward and the Knights will go up against arguably their toughest competition of the season in the Division II state title game on Friday Night at 8 p.m. In their first championship game since 2002, Nordonia will face a feisty Cincinnati LaSalle squad, who is fresh off an impressive 48-13 win over Olentangy.
Taking on one of Florida's top teams in Booker T. Washington, Dean and Cocoa didn't have enough in the tank on Friday to knock off the Miami powerhouse, falling 14-12 in the Class 4A semifinal. In his final game on the high school level, Dean didn't put up eye popping numbers, but played a solid ball game, finishing with two catches for 25 yards on offense. Also playing on the Cocoa defense, Dean and co. held Booker T. Washington, the fourth ranked team in country, to just 14 points.