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Vote now: Bay Area News Group boys athlete of the week

Vote now: Bay Area News Group boys athlete of the week

Editor’s note: We prohibit the use of bots and any other artificial methods of voting. Suspicious activity could lead to the disqualification of candidates and a permanent suspension of the Athlete of the Week poll. No voting by email: Votes by email and after 5 p.m. Wednesday are not counted.

Welcome to the Bay Area News Group (Mercury News & East Bay Times) boys Athlete of the Week poll.

For the entire academic year, we will provide a list of candidates who stood out over the previous week and allow you, the reader, to vote for the winner.

This week, we consider performances from Sept. 4-9.

Polls close at 5 p.m. Wednesday.

Vote as many times as you’d like until then without using bots or any other artificial methods of voting.

Votes by email and after 5 p.m. Wednesday are not counted.

Scroll to the bottom for the poll.

Winners are announced each Friday online and in the print edition of the Mercury News and East Bay Times sports sections.

Candidates for future Athlete of the Week polls can be nominated at highschools@bayareanewsgroup.com.

We accept nominations until 11 a.m. each Monday.

We also review stats submitted to MaxPreps by coaches/team statisticians.

On to the nominees:

Jaxon Bell, Liberty football: The sophomore running back carried 14 times for 266 yards and six touchdowns as Liberty cruised to a 53-14 victory over Wood-Vacaville. The Lions, who lost by a point to Los Gatos a week earlier, improved to 2-1.

Kevin Conway, Mountain View football: The senior threw for four touchdowns, ran for another and passed for a two-point conversion to lead Mountain View to a 40-21 victory at home over Leigh. Conway finished 17 of 26 passes for 283 yards – 261 in the first half  — as Mountain View improved to 2-1.

Louis DeScioli, Leland water polo: In a thrilling 17-15 double-overtime victory over Santa Cruz, the sophomore finished with seven goals, three assists and two steals. He began this week with 23 goals, 21 steals and 13 assists for the 3-2 Chargers.

Isaiah Galli, Hayward football: The junior returned an interception for a touchdown for the second consecutive week — this time covering 101 yards — as Hayward rolled to a 48-12 rout of crosstown rival Tennyson. Hayward is 3-0.

Jack Lewis, Branham football: The junior was 16 of 22 passing for 353 yards and five touchdowns, leading the Bruins to a 55-26 victory at home over Soledad. Lewis also rushed for 69 yards and two touchdowns in five carries as Branham improved to 2-0.

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Mikey McGrath, Menlo School football: The senior ran for two touchdowns and passed for two more while leading Menlo School to a 51-6 victory at home over Watsonville. Finished 25 of 28 passing for 198 yards and rushed for 28 yards in six carries as Menlo improved to 3-0.

Quinn Rees, American water polo: In his team’s rout of Moreau Catholic, the junior filled the stat sheet with six goals, five assists and four steals as American improved to 5-3. Rees began this week with 23 goals and 15 assists on the season.

Jordan Snowden, Benicia football: The senior edge rusher finished with six tackles, a fumble recovery and was in on a fourth-down stop as Benicia held on to edge Maria Carrillo 22-19. The victory improved Benicia’s record to 1-1.

Brayden Turner, Monte Vista football: The junior completed 12 of 19 passes for 330 yards and five touchdowns — to five different receivers — as Monte Vista won a thriller at home over Bellarmine 40-30. The Mustangs are 3-0 heading into their game Friday at Amador Valley.

Erick Waugh, Hillsdale football: In a matchup between unbeaten teams, the senior threw for 314 yards on 18-of-32 passing and four touchdowns as Hillsdale defeated Woodside 28-12. The Knights improved to 3-0.