Parkway, Sophie B. Wright Student-Athletes Nab Football Player 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.

Co-Offense: Aeron Burrell, Parkway – K/P – Junior

It’s not often that a game-winning kick is attempted from a long distance in the high school ranks. That can’t be said for Parkway’s Aeron Burrell, the nation’s top kicker for the Class of 2024.

The junior placekicker booted a 50-yard field goal as time expired to help lead his team past Haughton, 17-14. It’s the second time this season that Burrell has converted a 50-plus yard field goal as he set the Bossier Parish record against Red River with a 52-yard field goal.

In addition to his game-winning kick, Burrell was perfect in PAT attempts with two on the night.

Co-Offense: Edward McKinnis, Sophie B. Wright – QB – Senior

Sophie B. Wright is off to its best start in school history and a good deal of credit can be given to the performance of Edward McKinnis whose performance on Friday was nothing short of spectacular to help his team remain undefeated.

The senior quarterback was a threat on the ground as he ran 12 times for 152 yards and a score, while giving the defense fits through the air by completing 16 passes for a season-high 235 yards and three touchdowns. In all, McKinnis totaled 387 all-purpose yards and four touchdowns on the night.

Defense: Barrett Newman, Parkway – LB – Senior

In a game full of highlight-worthy moments, it was Barrett Newman who anchored a defensive effort that helped Parkway remain undefeated. The senior linebacker led the defense with 13.5 total tackles (8 solo and 11 assists), two tackles for a loss, a sack and a forced fumble.

Newman even contributed on the other side of the ball. In the fourth quarter, he ran the ball five times for 47 yards, picked up 3 first downs, and scored the game-tying touchdown.

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