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Vote: Who should be SBLive's Texas Defensive High School Football Player of the Week? (10/7/2023)

We want to hear from you: Who had the best defensive effort across the Lone Star State in Week 7?
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Texas high school football Week 7 is officially in the books.

Each week throughout the season, SBLive is taking a look at the top high school football performers across the Lone Star State. We gathered the best of the best, separated offense from defense, and now it’s your turn to cast your vote on a winner.

Here are SBLive’s Texas Defensive Football Player of the Week nominees for October 5-7. Scroll down to read about this week’s list and cast your vote in the poll below. Voting remains open until Sunday, October 15, 2023 at 11:59 p.m. Central time.

Know of a performance worthy of recognition we may have missed? Let us know who we missed. Drop a note to or @SBLiveTX on Twitter and Instagram and back it up with stats.


Matthew Carrillo, sr., Alice

Carrillo had a 54-yard interception return and a forced fumble in a 40-14 victory over Tuloso-Midway.

Da’Cameron Ford, jr., Westfield

Ford returned an interception 75 yards for a touchdown in a 42-28 victory over Nimitz. It was one of four interceptions and six total takeaways for the Westfield defense.

Mikah Gonzales, jr., New Braunfels

Gonzales tallied 16 total tackles and two quarterback hurries in a 27-14 loss to Steele.

Rickey Green, sr., Texas City

Green had a 95-yard pick-six and a late fumble recovery that helped seal Texas City’s 15-7 win over Fort Bend Marshall.

Adam Hill, sr., Albany

Hill recorded two sacks, four quarterback hurries and eight total tackles in a 41-0 shutout of Miles.

Alex January, sr., Duncanville

January, a four-star Texas commit, had a pair of first-half sacks as Duncanville routed Waxahachie, 44-10.

Brody Johnson, sr., Redwater

Johnson picked off two passes in Redwater’s 32-16 win over Pattonville Prairiland.

Sam Mattingly, sr., Magnolia West

Mattingly had 17 total tackles in a 44-14 loss to Magnolia. The senior is committed to Stanford.

CJ Miller, sr., Anna

Miller notched 20 total tackles (two for loss) as Anna blanked Mabank, 35-0.

Brendon Ross, sr., Rockwall

Ross had 13 tackles in a 63-37 rout of Royse City.

-- Bob Lundeberg | @sblivesports