Nov 19, 2012 7:33 PM by Andrew Masuda
For the second time in three weeks, a junior earns the Friday Night Highlights Player of the Week award. The Week 12 honor goes to Mission Prep running back Patrick Laird.
The junior combined for 3 touchdowns and 205 yards of total offense in Mission Prep's 49-14 win on the road over Flintridge Prep. Laird carried the ball 11 times for 178 yards and 2 rushing touchdowns. He also caught a 27 yard touchdown pass from quarterback Tyler Baty.
Laird helped the Royals earn a spot in the Northeast Division semifinals. The Royals host Salesian Friday night.
This week's runners-up were Lompoc's Nikko Hayes and Atascadero's Jonathan Torres.
FNH Player of the Week in 2012
Week 0 - Alex Elterman, Templeton - 289 passing yards, 3 TD passes; 95 yards rushing
Week 1- Tyler Baty, Mission - 276 passing yards, 4 TD in upset 47-14 win over #1 Rio Hondo
Week 2 - Josh Jeter, Paso Robles - 191 rushing yards and 2 TD in 49-7 win at Santa Ynez
Week 3 - Elijah Holt, Arroyo Grande - 8 carries, 126 rushing yards, 3 TD in 35-7 win at Cabrillo
Week 4 - Bryce Moses, Cabrillo - 300 rushing yards, 4 TD in 55-20 win against Santa Maria
Week 5 - Scotty Cusack, St. Joseph - 159 total yards of offense, 2 TD in 22-10 win at Righetti
Week 6 - Nick Hill, San Luis Obispo - 3 interceptions, including a pick-six returned 50 yards to seal the win in a 35-21 win at Pioneer Valley
Week 7 - Dan Beavers, Morro Bay - 2 interceptions returned for TDs, touchdown catch and a touchdown pass in Morro Bay's 38-8 win over Santa Ynez
Week 8 - Grant Alton, Arroyo Grande - 17 Tackles, 2 interceptions and 2 sacks, plus 1 catch on offense
Week 9 - Scotty Cusack, St. Joseph - 240 total yards of offense and 5 Tds in St. Joseph's 49-16 win over Pioneer Valley to clinch share of Pac 7 League title
Week 10- Derek Viles, Morro Bay- 246 yards rushing, 25 carries and 2 touchdowns in the Pirates' 48-24 win over rival Templeton
Week 11 - Ethan Hicks, Atascadero - 94 yards on 15 carries and 2 touchdowns in Atascadero's 26-7 upset win at Palmdale in the first round of the CIF playoffs
Week 12 - Patrick Laird, Mission Prep - 11 carries, 178 yards and 2 touchdowns to go with a 27 yard touchdown catch in Mission's 49-14 win over Flintridge Prep in the CIF Quarterfinals