Benton’s Walters, Kennedy’s Batiste Earn Football Players of the Week Honors

by Hunter Bower // Owner

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This week’s GeauxPreps Football Players of the Week honors are presented by and are being awarded to three deserving student-athletes who served as game changers for their respective schools.

Offense: Gray Walters, Benton – QB – Senior

Walters threw for 515 yards and eight touchdowns on 22 completions to lift Benton to a convincing 63-28 over previously-ranked C.E. Byrd last week. The 515 yards and eight touchdowns are career-highs as he completed 22 of 32 passes. He tied the Bossier Parish record for most touchdowns in one game and has thrown for over 1,110 yards in five games.

Defense: Deshaun Batiste, John F. Kennedy – DE – Senior

Batiste was relentless against a Class 5A opponent in Live Oak as he collected 11 total tackles (nine solo, two assists) and was responsible for nine tackles that resulted in a loss of yards. However, the returning all-state selection was most effective behind the offensive line of scrimmage where he sacked the quarterback seven times for a total of 41 yards. The senior defensive ends play helped Kennedy take home the 37-27 win over Live Oak.

2022 Football Players of the Week presented by

September 6 – Offense: D’Wanye Winfield, Lutcher; Defense: Sam Farmer IV, Wossman

September 12 – Offense: Landon Graves, Ouachita Christian; Defense: St. Mary’s Ben Bienvenu

September 19 – Offense: Caylon Davis, Patterson; Defense: Dy’Traevous Lively, Westgate

September 27 – Offense: Aeron Burrell, Parkway; Edward McKinnis, Sophie B. Wright; Defense: Barrett Newman, Parkway

October 4 – Offense: Gray Walters, Benton; Defense: