Big Lake Athlete of the Week: Anthony McPhee

Glades Day junior Anthony McPhee is this week’s Big Lake Athlete of the Week for his performance in the Gators playoff game against the First Baptist Academy Lions on Nov. 9.

McPhee had a total of 320 yards on offense and six touchdowns with 132 of those yards coming on the ground and 188 passing yards. The touchdowns were split evenly between running and passing with three each.

McPhee also returned an interception for another touchdown early in the first quarter, bringing his total touchdown count for the day to seven. It was an all-star performance by the quarterback and cornerback, and head coach Eric Pitts says that if McPhee is having a good day, then Gators are going to be tough to beat.

Lake Okeechobee News/Richard Marion
Glades Day junior Anthony McPhee sits on the sideline after running for a 43-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter of the regional quarterfinal on Nov. 9.

“He was on that night,” said Pitts. “He ran well, too. When they thought he was going to hand it off, he would take it back and run up the sideline. Whenever the Lions would get back into the game, McPhee would make a play for us and put us where we needed to be. He’s a big-time player.”

McPhee took some big hits from the Lions defense at times, but was still able to continue making clutch plays throughout the game.

“He would get hit and get right back up,” explained Pitts. “That’s some Brett Favre kind of stuff. After taking a hit as quarterback he’d have to get back up and play on defense against the Lions’ best wide receiver. He’s just a tough-minded guy and he gets better every week.”

This is McPhee’s second time being named Athlete of the Week. He also earned that title for his performance against the Jupiter Christian Eagles back on Oct. 5

In that game, Glades Day had a total of 200 yards on offense, with 81 yards coming from passing and 119 coming on the ground. The Gators put up six touchdowns against the Eagles, and McPhee had a hand in four of those scoring plays.

If you have someone you’d like to nominate for Big Lake Athlete of the Week, email Lake Okeechobee News sports reporter Richard Marion at rmarion@newszap.com.

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