It's better to be lucky than good, but Mineola cornerback Noah Sneed was both Friday at home against a larger Wills Point school.

Sneed picked off Wills Point three times in the Yellowjackets' 35-17 win to take + Dairy Queen Defensive Player of the Week honors ahead of very solid Week 4 field.

Think about it. The junior corner killed three drives that could have elevated the final score to 35-31, and he forced the opposition to work around him with less preferred passes and the running game.

While other East Texas teams are still sending their stats in, Sneed will crack the statistics leader board when it is updated Tuesday evening with four interceptions on the season. He might have taken the overall lead within the region.

That would be fitting for Mineola (4-0). The team held onto its No. 1 spot in the Associated Press' state-wide Class 3A poll and has several other plays that will jump up in statistical categories.

Quarterback Jeremiah Crawford and running back Chantz Perkins will remain on the rushing leaders list. Both have averaged more than 100 yards per game on the ground.

Crawford has also thrown for more than 100 yards in each game.

Sneed's defensive teammates Cameron Sorenson and Kourtland Sinches will remain on the overall tackle leaders list with 51 and 46, respectively.

With those numbers, the Yellowjackets avenged all three non-district losses suffered last season and put together a more convincing victory against Wills Point from Class 4A Division I. The team was 1-3 at this point last season and did not lose again until the Class 3A Division I state championship game.

Mineola will close its non-district schedule Friday on the road at Omaha Paul Pewitt. Queen Defensive Players of the Week