Week 6: Five players to watch on the gridiron tonight

Adams Central’s Ryan Tester stiff arms a Heritage player during a punt return in September 15’s game.

As we do each week, we take a look at five players who may have the biggest impact on their games this Friday night.

Here are the players to keep on watch in Week 6:

Ryan Tester, Adams Central vs. South Adams

Tester just does everything for Adams Central and his continued growth has made him one of the primary weapons for a team full of weapons. Just last week against Heritage, Tester hauled in a touchdown reception easily over his shoulder, outpacing his defender by several feet. Tester gets comfortable and has seen so may big moments in his career that he will be a valuable piece in Friday night’s county rivalry. He is critical defensively as a guy who can get into the backfield or step back into pass defense perfectly.

Colton Bollenbacher, South Adams at Adams Central

One of the more underrated two-way players in the ACAC, Bollenbacher has been a real pest for Starfire opponents this season and will come into one of the area’s greatest rivalry games looking to make an impact. He has made 24 tackles on defense but has three interceptions, making him a guy to avoid when throwing in a low throwing conference. Offensively, he has been the primary ball carrying option for South Adams with two games of over 100 yards rushing and 430 total rushing yards with six touchdowns while also having a receiving touchdown.

Avery Cook, Concordia vs. South Side

While Concordia has yet to get into the win column, Cook has been a perfect Wide Receiver One for a Cadets team who has had no issue putting the ball down the field. Cook is averaging 120.4 yards receiving per game and is one of the top yardage receivers in Northeast Indiana because of it. Cook has 602 total yards on 42 catches with eight touchdowns. How will he bounce back from a week where he had just two receptions for 12 yards and the Cadets were kept out of the end zone last Friday against Luers?

Brennan Gaff, Churubusco vs. Fremont

Busco, despite being 1-4 overall, are in an interesting spot in the NECC Small Division, still just one game back of first place. Gaff has been sensational on defense with 15.2 tackles per game (solo and assists) this season. 35 of those tackles have been solo for the senior to go with two interceptions and two pass deflections. Due to injuries, Fremont’s offense has changed a bit the last couple of weeks so to pick up an important divisional win, Gaff will lead the way.

Dylan Krehl, East Noble at Norwell

While the top of the NE8 is contested in New Haven, East Noble will need to reset themselves as they visit a traditional power who is down this season. But the Knights have to eye last week being a hiccup and not let the other Knights of Norwell get the best of them. Krehl has done a lot of everything through 5 weeks for East Noble and leads them in tackles with 46 (36 being solo) with a sack as well. The two-way player is also tied for second in rushing with 232 yards while taking in five touchdowns.

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