Fairhaven Running Back Is the Frontrunner for Super Bowl Player of the Week
It's been quite a few weeks for Justin Marques. After bulldozing his way through the Division 3 football playoffs with his Blue Devil teammates, Marques dominated his first career game at Gillette Stadium.
The junior running back racked up 228 yards and totaled four rushing touchdowns including a 49-yard touchdown run. Not bad for a kid who doesn't even have his driver's license ... yet. His demanding school and football schedule hasn't afforded him any time for driver's ed.
As if bringing the state title back to Fairhaven High School for the first time in 23 years isn't enough, the 16-year-old is now a finalist for Massachusetts Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association's Football Player of the Week. The honor is given to just one player across all division levels.
Fans have until Saturday, Dec. 9, at 11:59 p.m. to cast their vote for Marques. The competition is stiff. It includes Henry Hasselbeck, the son of former NFL quarterback Matt Hasselbeck.
However, Justin Marques certainly has a good chance of winning the honor. At the time of publication, Marques had earned more than 6,200 votes, while the next closest player had earned fewer than 2,000. Out of all seven choices, Marques is raking in nearly 75% of the voting.
Marques will be the first to tell you that he couldn't have accomplished anything over his years in Fairhaven without the toughness of the Blue Devils offensive line. It was a message he repeated time and time again to the media during Fairhaven's historic playoff run.
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