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Week 6 SportsDayHS defensive player of the week: Lake Dallas DB Xinjin Gomez

Gomez made 11 total tackles and blocked a would-be go ahead field goal in a 54-48 overtime win over Frisco Memorial on Friday night to improve to 6–0.

Lake Dallas DB Xinjin (Zen-jun) Gomez

What he did: Tied 48-48 in overtime with Frisco Memorial, Gomez blocked what would have been a go-ahead field goal. Memorial’s kicker had made several field goals, including a 50-yard kick, on the night. A Memorial interception that Lake Dallas returned for a game-winning touchdown followed that play. The senior also made 11 tackles, nine of them solo.

The stats: Gomez has made 27 solo tackles and nine assisted tackles this season. Along with three interceptions, Gomez has posted two pass break ups and a blocked kick. As a junior last season, Gomez made 58 solo tackles and 29 assisted tackles with two interceptions, six pass breakups and one blocked punt.

Who he is: A 5-foot-10, 155-pound team captain for Lake Dallas this season. The senior from Denton has played football since he was in kindergarten and is a three-year letterman.

Lake Dallas DB Xinjin Gomez
Lake Dallas DB Xinjin Gomez(Contributed photo)

He said it: It was probably the best game I’ve ever played in, in my life. ... My coach told me to go block that kick and as soon as I got off the line, I had a good start. And I saw the kicker kind of go in a little slow, so I was like ‘Oh yeah, I’m gonna block this.’ ... I just dove and it hit my arm, and that was it. ... This group is really fun to play with.

Coach said it: “He is as tough as nails (physically and emotionally) and refuses to step down from any situation on the field. I mean whether it is taking on the opposing team’s running back in an open field situation or scooping up a fumble recovery knowing he now has to take on those would-be tacklers as well, he really enjoys those types of underappreciated moments that at times go by unseen,” Lake Dallas assistant football coach Samuel Garrison said.

Did you know? Gomez grew up playing quarterback, but started transitioning to defense in middle school. He enjoys playing Madden.

PlayerSchoolPos.ClassNotable
Tosta EmoryRockwallCBSr.31-yard INT return for a TD in 37-34 win over Mesquite Horn
Enow EttaColleyville Covenant ChristianDLSr.13 tackles, 3 sacks, 3 TFL, 57-yard fumble recovery for a TD in 38-14 win over McKinney Christian
Devin HardyFrisco ReedyCBJr.INT returned for 46-yard TD in 38-7 win over Frisco Centennial
Justus HenryFrisco ReedyDEJr.Blocked FG returned for 70 yards in 38-7 win over Frisco Centennial
Wesley HuberAubreyLBSr.8 tackles (5 solo), TFL, INT in 63-6 win over Gainesville
Garcia JohnsonLewisvilleLBSr.7 tackles (6 solo), TFL in 38-3 win over Coppell
Mason JohnsonLewisvilleDTSr.5 tackles (4 solo), TFL, sack, 5 pressures in 38-3 win over Coppell
Elijah KnottFrisco IndependenceSJr.8 tackles, PBU in 44-10 win over Denton
Eli KochLake DallasCBSr.Returned a 49-yard INT for a game-winning TD in 54-48 overtime win over Frisco Memorial
Sylvester LopezBishop DunneSSr.6 tackles (5 solo), TFL, sack, PBU, INT, TD in 72-12 win over DasCHE
Alex MannFort Worth ChristianOLBSr.17 tackles (9 solo) 4 TFL, sack in 35-24 win over Dallas Christian
Tamaje MaxieSeagovilleSSo.Ended Hillcrest’s last scoring attempt with an INT in 34-28 win
MJ MosesFor Worth Temple ChristianDTJr. Safety, sack, FF, fumble return for a TD in 44-7 win over Fort Worth Mercy Culture Prep
Jayrn ParksWilmer-HutchinsLBSr.19 tackles (16 solo), 3 TFL in 27-21 win over Frisco Panther Creek
Ivan PeñaDenton GuyerDESr.7 tackles (5 solo), 2 TFL, 2 sacks, 2 pressures, FF resulting in a defensive TD in 56-7 win over McKinney Boyd
Tommy RossleyHighland ParkILBSr.15 tackles (13 solo), 3 TFL, sack, pressure in 35-28 win over Jesuit
Wesley ScottLake HighlandsSSr.63-yard pick-six in 57-14 win over Irving Nimitz
Erik SpringRoyse CitySSr.Game-sealing INT with 1:13 left in game in 28-14 win over North Forney
Josh ThornhillBishop LynchCBSr.INT with 3:37 to go in game in 41-38 win over Fort Worth Nolan
Colin WanekPlanoLBSr.15 tackles (12 solo), TFL in 30-17 win over Plano West

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