Mark Fossati didn’t need to take his helmet off for long Saturday. The St. Joseph Regional (Montvale, N.J.) junior running back and linebacker returned a fumble 63 yards for a touchdown, ran for 96 yards and two touchdowns, caught a touchdown pass, made nine tackles and kicked six extra points in a 42-7 playoff defeat of Red Bank (N.J.) Catholic.
St. Joseph Regional coach Tony Karcich said that Fossati has made a habit of making big plays.
"I've had great players, Division I guys, but I don't remember a kid who makes these types of plays game after game," Karcich said.
Karchich said Fossati has made the tackle on kickoffs 13 times this season, despite being the player kicking off. However, his biggest play came in a Thanksgiving defeat of Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, N.J.), when Fossati stopped a potential first down by Don Bosco quarterback Joe Germano, stripped him of the ball and ran 80-yards the other way for a touchdown.
For his effort, Fossati leads the American Family Insurance ALL-USA Performances of the Week. The rest of the top performances:
Drew Belcher, Reading, Mass.
Threw for 258 yards and a touchdown and ran for 103 yards and four touchdowns in Reading’s 42-6 Division II semifinal win Tuesday over Tewksbury.
Calen Campbell, Hoover, Ala.
Ran for five touchdowns in 44-20 defeat Friday of Clay-Chalkville (Pinson) in state 6A semifinal.
Mark Dodson Jr., Whitehaven (Memphis, Tenn.)
Ran for 318 yards and five touchdowns, including a game-winning conversion run in overtime of a 36-35 defeat of Maryville in the 6A state title game Saturday.
Riley Ferguson, Butler, Matthews, N.C.
Connected on 20 of 29 passes for 301 yards and five touchdown passes in a 56-28 defeat of Jack Britt (Fayetteville) on Saturday for the 4A state title.
Mack Leftwich, North Allegheny, Wexford, Pa.
Threw for 284 yards and five touchdowns and ran for a touchdown in a 56-6 state AAAA quarterfinal defeat Friday of McDowell (Erie).
T.J. Logan, Northern Guilford (Greensboro, N.C.)
Ran for a state-record 510 yards and eight touchdowns in a 64-26 defeat of Charlotte Catholic on Saturday to lead the Nighthawks to a third consecutive 3A state title.
Ja Juan Pollock, Manatee (Bradenton, Fla.)
Had four touchdown catches in a 51-0 defeat of Central (Fort Pierce) in state 7A quarterfinal Friday.
Deionte Thompson, West Orange-Stark (Orange, Texas)
Had two interceptions, returning one 73 yards for a touchdown in a 28-0 defeat of Lorena on Friday.
Chris Williams, De La Salle (Concord, Calif.)
Threw for four touchdowns in 52-7 defeat of James Logan (Union City) in North Coast Section final Saturday.
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