Week 9 SportsDayHS offensive player of the week: Celina RB Gabe Gayton


Celina RB Gabe Gayton

What he did: Gayton rushed for 207 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries as Celina beat a 6-1 Carter team 55-13 in a District 7-4A-I game Friday at Bobcat Stadium in Celina.

The stats: Gayton’s touchdown runs went for 75 and 4 yards, the former giving Celina 20-0 lead in the first quarter. He sparked a Celina offense that had 399 total yards. Carter had allowed 36 points combined in its four previous games.

Who is he: A 5-foot-10, 195-pound senior running back. Gayton has rushed for 874 yards and 13 touchdowns on 103 carries this season. He rushed for 1,620 yards and 17 touchdowns in 2021, helping Celina advance to the Class 4A Division II state semifinals. He has received recruiting interest from several colleges including Navy, West Virginia Wesleyan. Hendrix (Ark.), Waldorf (Iowa) and Hastings (Neb.). Gayton has helped Celina – ranked No. 2 in The Dallas Morning News Class 4A/3A area poll and No. 6 in the Associated Press 4A Division I state poll – to a 7-1 record, 4-0 in 7-4A-I.

Celina RB Gabe Gayton(Courtesy photo)

He said it: “The big 75-yard run was my favorite play. Everybody did their job. Kaden Mitchell threw a great block and the o-line did a great job to set it up. … During track season I focused on breathing with inhaling and exhaling better and on my stride. I worked on ankle mobility and I think that has made me faster. … It’s helped that I’ve had fresh legs this year and that’s because of the job other backs like Logan Gutierrez and Harrison Williams have done. Part of me wants to be the one always running the ball, but you need to have the right mindset and our coaches and players have been great when it’s time for me to tap out for a play.”

Coach said it: “My favorite play from Gabe against Carter was the 75-yard touchdown run, especially how he pulled away. … He used to primarily be a power runner and defenders could run him down, but that’s not happening this year. That’s because of the work he put in during track season. … He is such a great leader this season and he sets a great example. He’s always there before the rest of the team for workouts at 6 a.m.” – Celina coach Bill Elliott.

Did you know? Gayton started playing football in third grade when he was living in Erie, Pa. Gayton and his brother Tikayl lived in multiple foster homes in Olean, NY, before they were taken in by Stephanie Reisdorph in 2018. Reisdorph adopted them on March 5, 2020 before moving to Celina to live with her sister later that year. … Gayton’s favorite course in school is college-prep math, especially geometry. After his football playing days have concluded he would like to have a career either in sports business, coaching or teaching. He wants to also run a company that helps underprivileged kids have better access to athletic facilities and work with trainers for free. … Gayton’s favorite hobby is fishing, especially for bass and catfish. … His favorite meal is wagyu steak with creamed spinach and lemonade. … Gayton’s favorite athletes are former Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch and New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley. He watched Barkley on television many times when he lived in New York and Barkley played for Penn State.

Player School Pos. Class Notable
Jackson Arnold Denton Guyer QB Sr. 418 total yards, 5 TD, 0 INT in a 49-7 win over Allen on Thursday.
Jagger Bale Wylie QB So. 263 total yards, 5 TD, 1 INT in a 35-14 win over Garland Naaman Forest on Friday.
Ishaqq Bills Frisco Emerson QB So. 30 carries for 173 yards, 1 TD in a 24-20 win over Lake Dallas on Friday.
Coco Brown Denton RB Sr. 38 carries for 219 yards, 4 TD in a 38-35 win over Frisco Memorial on Thursday.
Kyson Brown Lancaster RB Sr. 8 carries for 193 yards, 3 TD in a 68-7 win over West Mesquite on Friday.
Evan Bullock Anna QB Sr. 17 for 27 passing for 374 yards, 5 TD,1 INT in a 41-7 win over Nevada Community on Friday.
Drelon Burton Arlington RB Jr. 27 carries for 186 yards, 3 TD in a 31-7 win over Arlington Lamar on Friday.
Luke Carney Dallas Christian QB So. 394 total yards, 5 TD, 0 INT in a 62-14 win over Bullard Brook Hill on Friday.
Armand Cleavers Mesquite RB Jr. 36 carries for 220 yards, 2 TD in a 49-28 win over North Forney on Friday.
Carson Cox The Colony QB So. 21 for 39 passing for 422 yards, 5 TD, 0 INT in a 58-34 win over Azle on Friday.
Yale Erdman Flower Mound QB Sr. 261 total yards, 5 TD, 1 INT in a 51-41 win over Plano on Friday.
Landon Farris Argyle RB Sr. 20 carries for 153 yards, 2 TD in a 35-10 win over Frisco Independence on Friday.
Jayden Hart Keller RB Sr. 22 carries for 242 yards, 4 TD in a 47-21 win over Keller Fossil Ridge on Friday.
Freddy Joya Lewisville K Sr. 31-yard field goal with 0:24 remaining in a 17-14 win over Flower Mound Marcus on Friday.
Asten Kirby Pilot Point WR Sr. 8 receptions for 235 yards, 3 TD in a 35-28 loss to Boyd on Friday.
Dennis Moody Frisco Reedy RB Sr. 25 carries for 213 yards 1 TD in a 29-7 win over Frisco on Friday.
Noah Normand Birdville QB So. 296 total yards, 4 TD, 1 INT in a 34-30 win over Richland on Friday.
Jaylon Robinson Red Oak QB Sr. 303 total yards, 6 TD, 1 INT in a 59-28 win over Killeen on Thursday.
Ryan Shackleton McKinney Boyd QB Sr. 404 total yards, 6 TD, 0 INT in a 55-46 win over Little Elm on Friday.
A.J. Sibley Plano Prestonwood Christian RB Sr. 25 carries for 292 yards, 5 TD in a 57-17 win over Bishop Lynch on Friday.

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