Nov 12, 2012 9:24 PM by Andrew Masuda
For his career effort in an epic upset, Atascadero High running back Ethan Hicks is selected as the Week 11 Friday Night Highlights Player of the Week.
The sophomore scored his first two touchdowns of the season and rushed for a season-best 94 yards on 15 carries in Atascadero's upset win at #1 seeded Palmdale last Friday.
Hicks scored a 5 yard touchdown run in the third quarter to give the Greyhounds a 14-7 lead. Later he scored on a 26 yard run to give the Hounds a commanding 20-7 lead over previously undefeated Palmdale. The Hounds, who entered the postseason at 4-6 overall and were the #16 seed, stunned the top seed 26-7 to advance into the second round of CIF. Atascadero hosts Canyon on Friday, the same team that eliminated San Luis Obispo in the first round 42-9.
FNH Player of the Week in 2012
Week 0 - Alex Elterman, Templeton - 289 passing yards, 3 TD passes; 95 yards rushing
Week 1- Tyler Baty, Mission - 276 passing yards, 4 TD in upset 47-14 win over #1 Rio Hondo
Week 2 - Josh Jeter, Paso Robles - 191 rushing yards and 2 TD in 49-7 win at Santa Ynez
Week 3 - Elijah Holt, Arroyo Grande - 8 carries, 126 rushing yards, 3 TD in 35-7 win at Cabrillo
Week 4 - Bryce Moses, Cabrillo - 300 rushing yards, 4 TD in 55-20 win against Santa Maria
Week 5 - Scotty Cusack, St. Joseph - 159 total yards of offense, 2 TD in 22-10 win at Righetti
Week 6 - Nick Hill, San Luis Obispo - 3 interceptions, including a pick-six returned 50 yards to seal the win in a 35-21 win at Pioneer Valley
Week 7 - Dan Beavers, Morro Bay - 2 interceptions returned for TDs, touchdown catch and a touchdown pass in Morro Bay's 38-8 win over Santa Ynez
Week 8 - Grant Alton, Arroyo Grande - 17 Tackles, 2 interceptions and 2 sacks, plus 1 catch on offense
Week 9 - Scotty Cusack, St. Joseph - 240 total yards of offense and 5 Tds in St. Joseph's 49-16 win over Pioneer Valley to clinch share of Pac 7 League title
Week 10- Derek Viles, Morro Bay- 246 yards rushing, 25 carries and 2 touchdowns in the Pirates' 48-24 win over rival Templeton
Week 11 - Ethan Hicks, Atascadero - 94 yards on 15 carries and 2 touchdowns in Atascadero's 26-7 upset win at Palmdale in the first round of the CIF playoffs