By Jeremy Balan
Every Monday, we will be selecting a player of the week who shows extraordinary effort and performance on the field or court in the prior week. We will be taking nominations from coaches, athletic directors and fans. Please send potential players of the week to contact@SanFranPreps.com.
SanFranPreps.com Player of the Week: Quincy Nelson, senior running back, Galileo
In football’s opening week, the standout performer undoubtedly was Galileo senior running back Quincy Nelson.
Nelson not only had a game-high 206 yards and three touchdowns on 23 carries in the Lions 41-20 win over Mills of Millbrae on Friday, but he also had a sack and several tackles at safety, kicked an extra point and took a few snaps at quarterback. Nelson also had an interception on a Mills two-point conversion attempt.
Nelson and Galileo will have a considerably tougher challenge this week, when they take on Sequoia of Redwood City on Friday. The Cherokee routed Branham of San Jose 44-0 in their opener.
Honorable Mention: Fauris Franco, junior forward/goalkeeper, Gateway
Gateway’s boys soccer team has had quite a start to the 2010 season and a lot of that has to do with the play of junior Fauris Franco.
Franco, who began the season as the team’s starting goalkeeper, had three goals and an assist last week, in the Gators’ two wins over Bentley of Lafayette and Urban.
He leads the Gators with seven goals in four games and Gateway is 3-1 on the season, outscoring opponents by a margin of 15-7.
Honorable Mention: Sean Murphy, senior quarterback, Sacred Heart Cathedral
Senior quarterback Sean Murphy, in his first varsity start under center, was one of the key factors in the Fightin’ Irish’s opening-week win over Terra Nova of Pacifica on Friday.
Murphy passed for 278 yards on 18-of-27 passing and had 55 rushing yards, to go along with four total touchdowns.
Murphy will look to continue his early-season success on the road against Justin Sienna of Napa on Friday.