The first week of the OHSAA playoffs saw some great performances turned in by some great players in Southwest Ohio.
During the playoffs, the format for selecting the First Star Logistics Player of the Week changes as we place offensive and defensive players together in one vote.
Seven players have been selected for you to vote on for their performances in helping their teams advance to the next round of the playoffs.
Matthew Luebbe – Elder HS
The senior quarterback was named Co-Athlete of the Year in the Greater Catholic League South early in the week then led the Panthers to an impressive 42-17 first-round win over Lakota West doing what he does best by passing for 188 yards and two touchdowns while also adding 103 yards rushing and two scores. Luebbe and the Panthers will take on St Xavier at Mason High School on Friday night. The game is a GCL rematch from Week Six that saw the Panthers win 31-28 over the Bombers.
Kellen Newman – St Xavier HS
The Bombers have been a pass first offense all season, but Newman turned in a career high performance rushing for 172 yards on 22 carries and two touchdowns in the Bombers 48-20 first-round win over Mason. For the season Newman has rushed for 831 yards and nine touchdowns. Newman and the Bombers will play GCL rival Elder in a Week Six rematch that saw the Panthers win 31-28. The game will be played at Mason High School.
Evan Prater – Wyoming HS
The senior quarterback enjoyed another big game going 8-of-11 for 88 yards and a touchdown passing while also rushing 17 times for 217 yards and five touchdowns in a first-round 49-18 win over Milton-Union. For the season Prater has thrown for 1,537 yards and 20 touchdowns while also rushing for 1,208 and 19 touchdowns. The Cowboys will play Indian Hill in a Week Ten rematch at Princeton High School on Saturday night.
Alex Lindberg – Indian Hill
The senior safety posted two tackles but changed the game with three interceptions that included two 17-yard touchdown returns to help the Braves to a 61-32 first round win over Kenton. This was Lindberg’s biggest game of the season advancing Indian Hill to a Week Ten rematch against rival Wyoming at Princeton High School on Saturday night.
Corey Kiner – Roger Bacon HS
The junior running back rushed for 290 yards on 21 carries and six touchdowns in the Spartans 42-21 first-round playoff win over Waynesville. Kiner has 2,024 yards rushing and 39 touchdowns on the season. Roger Bacon will play Valley View on Saturday night at Lakota West High School.
Robie Glass – Springfield Shawnee HS
The senior played both ways in a 34-18 first-round playoff win over Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy. On the night, Glass rushed for 189 yards and three touchdowns while also posting 5.5 tackles on defense. Glass is one of the more under the radar prospects in Ohio. The Braves will play West Jefferson at London High School on Saturday night.
Deshawn Pace – Colerain HS
Having already given Cincinnati his verbal pledge, Pace is a player who can beat you on both sides of the ball. Against Princeton, Pace played both ways posting two interceptions to go with a tackle while also rushing for 74 yards. The Cardinals will play Greater Miami Conference rival Fairfield in a Week Ten rematch that saw Pace and the Cardinals win 16-10 in overtime.