5th Quarter Player of the Week: Makai Stanley, Ashley High School


NEW HANOVER COUNTY (WWAY SPORTS) – We nominate them and you pick them. This week we stay in the state of New Hanover to show some love to a big back out of Ashley High School.

“It feels great to be recognized but I feel like the whole team should be recognized for this,” said Stanley.

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He’s right, the Screaming Eagles put on a show last Friday in their come back win over Fairmont 45 to 43. This big man made it all possible as more than half of those points came from him carrying the rock.

“I just really wanted to put on a show,” Stanley said. “We obviously had lost the week before I just wanted to come out of this the first home game with a win.”

Stanley was responsible for 4 touchdowns and accumulated more than 225 all-purpose yards against the Golden Tornadoes. He sits at 6’2″ and is definitely the thunder the lightning that is senior tail back Zach Williams.

“We give the ball to a lot of different people in a lot of different places,” Stanley said.

This is the first time opposing defenses have seen Stanley even though he’s a Junior. He transferred last season to Ashley from New Hanover because he lives closer to the high school. That transfer, however, forced him to be on the bench for a year.

“I run like I missed the game of football and I did really much. It really sucked for me to sit out last year I mean it really broke my heart. So I think I run with a lot of passion and force to make up for last year.”

He has found the end zone each game and has two 200 yard all-purpose performances, but don’t tell him that.

“I think I can do a lot better. Honestly and I feel like when I have a 200, 4 touchdown game, I’m going back to watch the film and I’m like naw I could have had eight touchdowns instead of 4. I mean you can always get better and I truly believe that.”

Stanley and the Screaming Eagles get a break this week as they’re on bye.