DQ Players of the Week: Martin was clutch for De Leon while Ricks did it all in Dublin

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When De Leon needed it most in its tough battle with Hico, Calvin Martin stepped up on both sides of the ball. || The Flash Today/RUSSELL HUFFMAN

DQ Football Player of the Week

Calvin Martin | Junior | WR/DB | De Leon
The Bearcats’ undefeated season was being threatened by a game HIco bunch that through the years has consistently delivered strong performances in match-ups a lot like this one. But playing at home, defending their newfound state ranking and with their eyes fixated on claiming a district championship a week after knocking off reigning champ and preseason favorite Crawford, the Bearcats would not be denied, and Martin was the primary reason why.Anthony Rangel topped 1,000 yards rushing for the season to give the Bearcats a 20-14 lead, and when Hico got the ball back Martin made sure they didn’t keep it long. He intercepted a pass to bring the Bearcat offense onto the field, then promptly put the game away with a touchdown on a reception from Kevin Yeager. De Leon would go on to get another take away with a Chris Cox interception that allowed the Bearcats to run out the clock in the 27-14 win.

DQ Volleyball Player of the Week

Jordyn Ricks | Sophomore | OH/Setter | Dublin 

Ricks and the Lady Lions won two more last week, and a victory over Bangs Tuesday was their fourth straight. That means a 5-1 record heading into their litmus test, a noon Saturday match at Comanche covered up in district title implications. If Comanche wins, the Maidens will be two games ahead of everybody. But if the Lady Lions can stay hot under sixth-year head coach Ryan Lewis, a win would mean a tie at the top of the league standings. Ricks has been significant in all Dublin’s district wins but took her play to another level last week when she flirted twice with posting a triple-double.Ricks accumulated 14 assists,and 10 digs for a double-double and added seven kills in a win over Early, then collected 16 assists and 16 digs with six kills in the victory over Breckenridge, which currently stands as the Lady Lion’s most significant win of the season as it has them in second place and one game back of the Maidens and dropped Breckenridge to third, two games back.



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