Trent Easley led the Grand Saline Indians on the ground and through the air in a victory over the New Diana Eagles on Friday night in Diana.

For his efforts, Easley was named the "American State Bank Player of the Week" for Week 2, Tim Haugh of American State Bank announced on Tuesday.

In Grand Saline's 47-28 win over the New Diana Eagles, Easley led the way for the Indians offensively. The senior signal caller picked apart the Eagle defense in the air and on the ground by amassing 545 total yards and five TDs. Easley was 21 of 33 passing for 425 yards with five touchdown passes to three different Indian receivers. He also gained 120 yards on the ground on 22 carries.

Other players having standout games who received votes were John Tyler quarterback Bryson Smith, Van quarterback Garrett Moseley and Bishop Gorman do-it-all player Daniel Schmitt.

"Trent is a great kid who is a three-year starter at QB for our team," Grand Saline head coach and athletic director Michael Ridge said. "He's our captain, our leader and our go-to guy. With our style of offense, he does a lot of checks and really has to be accountable for the entire offense. He has worked extremely hard to get himself ready and I can't say enough about his leadership skills as he shows up at the school working out at 6 a.m. every day.

"Not only is he a good student (3.7 grade point average), he's just an all-around good athlete and good kid who is never in trouble. Plus, he already has an offer to play college football at Northeastern Oklahoma."

Haugh added, "Trent is off to a great start to the season. Through two games he has accounted for 868 total yards of offense and nine TDs in leading the Indians to a 2-0 start for the 2016 campaign. He is also the first player from Grand Saline to win this award. I look forward to meeting Trent as he sounds like a great young man and talented athlete."

The Indians play at Winona on Friday.

Each weekly winner (weeks 1-11) of the American State Bank Player of the Week award automatically receives an invitation to the end of the year banquet to recognize the weekly winners. One of those 11 weekly winners will be pledged a $10,000 scholarship to the college or university of their choice.

Only players nominated will be considered for this weekly award. To nominate a player, visit





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