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 football
By Jeremy Balan
After Balboa hung around for the first half against Galileo, Nelson took over for the Lions, running for 251 yards and five touchdowns in the second half.
He finished with 349 yards and six touchdowns on 28 carries, averaging over 12 yards a carry, while playing nearly every down on defense for the Lions as a defensive back, as well as returning kicks and punts on special teams.
What was most impressive about Nelson’s performance wasn’t the 76 and 50 yard touchdown runs where he was simply faster than everyone else on the field, but the short runs that he would stretch out for extra yardage after first contact, always falling forward.
“This year he’s just so much stronger,” said Galileo head coach Mark Huynh. “In this game he really showed speed and how he can still take on the big hits and keep going.”
This is his second Player of the Week honor of the season and he appears to be the lone candidate for AAA Player of the Year, albeit still early in the league season.
We’re still working on getting some historical perspective on Nelson’s performance and where it ranks up against the City’s all-time performances (hopefully more on this later).
Honorable Mention: Jessica Nicerio, senior outside hitter, Washington girls volleyball
Nicerio has led the Eagles to a 3-0 record in AAA play and had a standout performance in Washington’s win over rival Lowell on Thursday.
She had 21 kills, eight digs and six aces in the win, and the Eagles sit atop the AAA standings in a three-way tie with Lincoln and Balboa.
“She is probably the best power hitter in the league,” Washington head coach Jennifer Gee said after the Eagles’ win over Lowell. “To be honest, whenever the ball was set for her, I knew we’d win the point.”
Honorable Mention: A.J. Lewis, senior wide receiver/defensive back, Riordan football
Football in many ways is the ultimate team sport, but it’s hard to see how Riordan could have upset St. Ignatius without Lewis.
He was a standout in every faced of the game. On special teams he took the opening kickoff 85 yards for a touchdown, on defense he returned an interception 55 yards for a touchdown and had a team-high nine tackles, and on offense he led a underwhelming Riordan attack with 61 yards on five receptions.
“A.J. Lewis is a big-time player,” said Riordan head coach Bryan Blake. “The kid makes big plays when everybody knows he has to make a big play. He’s a special kid.”