BLITZ: Who are the OTH Player of the Year candidates at midway point?

Carroll quarterback Jeff Becker awaits a snap during a September 4 game against North Side.

We will cross into the second half of the regular season following Friday’s games, a feat hard to fathom after the uncertainty surrounding the pandemic.

Blitz is plenty thankful that every local program (that has enough players) has been able to get quality time on the gridiron.

Through the first four weeks, several players have separated themselves from the pack in this furry wild invalid’s mind and are firmly in the conversation for Outside the Huddle 2020 Football Player of the Year honors.

What does the list look like? Let’s check it out:

JAMES ARNOLD, SENIOR, SOUTH ADAMS

When all is said and done, the records that Arnold will have set at South Adams may never be touched.

Despite not seeing much action in the second half of games through the first four weeks, the senior quarterback has still thrown for 1,072 yards, 17 TDs and a .735 percent completion percentage.

A true pocket passer, Arnold continues to assault opposing defenses, helped with an absolute treasure trove of weapons around him.

Through the first month, Arnold’s QB rating sits at 148.9.

JEFF BECKER, JUNIOR, CARROLL

With 19 total touchdowns (16 passing, three rushing), Becker has outscored six SAC TEAMS through four weeks.

Think about that folks.

No defense has come close to slowing down the dual-threat stud, who is on track to break the SAC record for career passing yards. He has not thrown an interception so far this year in 98 attempts and already has amassed 1,458 yards of total offense.

GREG BOLT, JUNIOR, COLUMBIA CITY

When it comes to discussing the best quarterbacks in northeast Indiana, Bolt and his coach Brett Fox refuse to allow the junior at Columbia City go unnoticed.

Bolt has led the Columbia City offense to an average of nearly 40 points per game thus far and a perfect 4-0 record.

The junior has thrown for 833 yards and 13 touchdowns with just a pair of INTs. Bolt has become a significant running threat in 2020 as well. He has rushed for nearly 400 yards and six TDs through four games.

VINNY FIACABLE, SENIOR, BISHOP DWENGER

The Indiana University commitment showed just how versatile he can be in last week’s one-point loss to Homestead in triple OT.

The lineman saw action on both sides of the ball, picked off a pass from his defensive line spot and scored a touchdown on a goal-line rush.

As a primary space eater on D and a road grater on O, Vinny’s name isn’t called much up in the press box, but as last Friday can attest, even a 6-foot-4, 305-pound beast finds ways to garner attention.

LUKE PALMER, SENIOR, HOMESTEAD

Despite missing Week 1 due to quarantine, Palmer has separated himself in just three weeks as the Spartans’ top overall defender and one of the best linebackers in the northern half of the state.

Manning the middle spot in Homestead’s defense, Palmer is averaging 12.7 tackles per game to go with nine TFL and 1.5 sacks. The senior even has a trio of pass breakups, a testament to his ability to drop in coverage.

Palmer has OTH’s attention through his play early on. He should have yours as well.

DUCE TAYLOR, SENIOR, NORTH SIDE

Taylor may not just be the SAC MVP, but the most important single player to a team in the entire area.

Duce already has games of five TD passes and six TD passes this season, and has tossed just a single INT. He is averaging close to 17.8 yards per completion and has been an electrifying force all season long for the North Side offense.

Taylor has a true sense of the game and makes the impossible possible. With Duce behind center, the Legends are capable of beating anyone in the region.

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