Posted On: 03/30/21 3:00 PM
There were some WR/TE’s that stepped up this week to have big games. Although not all of them were able to come out with a W, they still opened some eyes and had themselves a very big week. Here’s a look at the top 5 pass catchers of the week:
Owen Hawley Owen Hawley 6'3" | WR Newberg | 2021 State OR , 6’3″ 180lbs, Newberg HS (C/O ’21)
Hawley racked up 143 yards and 2 TD’s through the air to help Newberg blowout McMinnville 56-9. He sizes up with tremendous length and is a strider in the open field. He displayed active feet at the top of his route to get in and out of his routes quickly to generate separation. He tracked the ball well on about a 15 yard fade for a TD nd showed solid field awareness to stay in bounds. He also had a 60+ yard TD on a post where he showed a nice burst out of his cut and completely dusted the trailing DB’s to take it to the house.
Isaiah Rickard Isaiah Rickard 6'2" | LB Franklin | 2021 State OR , 6’2″ 200lbs, Franklin HS (C/O ’21)
Rickard hauled in 6 receptions for 65 yards and 2 TD’s to beat Roosevelt 23-8. He also contributed 2 INT’s on defense. The Western Oregon commit did a great job tracking the ball with body control to be able to adjust his body in different angles to make catches. He also did a good job securing the catch while anticipating immediate blind contact. he was a major factor in the Franklin win and looked like the most dominant player on the field.
Brady Hankins, 5’11” 160lbs, Corvallis HS (C/O ’21)
Hankins had a monster game with 4 TD’s to help Corvallis secure the win over South Albany 29-8. Hankins showed soft hands and solid body control as a pass catcher, and was just a touchdown machine all night. A solid nose for the endzone, Hankins clearly had a massive performance to lead Corvallis to a win.
Vandon Fessler Vandon Fessler 5'10" | DB Silverton | 2022 OR , 5’10″ 150lbs, Silverton HS (C/O ’22)
Fessler had a solid performance with 150 yards receiving and 1 TD to help Silverton get the victory over Central 35-0. His most impressive play of the night came on a corner route in double coverage where he leaped up and won a contested catch between two opponents inside the 5 yard line. He constantly found ways to get over the top of the Central defense and was a complete nightmare for the central secondary.
Dante Haven, 6’0″ 185lbs, Grants Pass HS (C/O ’21)
Haven had the best performance out of everyone, as he hauled in 8 receptions for 204 yards and 3 TD’s in the triple OT 56-55 loss to South Medford. Unfortunately, there is no updated game film against South Medford for Haven. In previous film, he shows a nice and physical run after the catch. However, his stat line this week proves he is a legitimate threat in the pass game.