Six Outstanding Student Athletes Selected in Week 0-1 of “Built Ford Tough Texas High School Football Player of the Week”
- Class 5-A: Myles Garrett, Sr., DE, Arlington Martin
- Class 4-A: Dalvin Manns, Sr., QB, Longview Pine Tree
- Class 3-A: Harris Coleman, Sr., QB/K, Lorena
- Class 2-A: Josh Moylan, Sr., QB, Eastland
- Class 1-A: Bo Wimberly, Sr., QB/S/K, Stamford
- Private Schools: J. T. Granato, Jr., QB, Houston Kinkaid
In its eighth consecutive year, Ford Motor Company’s Player of the Week program is again honoring six outstanding student-athletes each week during the 2013 regular season, recognizing one player in each of the state’s six athletic classifications. The winners are chosen for athletic achievements on the field, as well as for outstanding scholarship and community involvement. These players are the embodiment of Ford’s Go Further commitment.
This week’s winning athletes join a long list of players recognized for their exceptional efforts. Previous Players of the Week include: The last two Heisman trophy winners, Johnny Manziel of Texas A&M and Washington Redskins starting quarterback Robert Griffin III, as well as Cincinnati Bengals running back Rex Burkhead, SMU starting quarterback Garrett Gilbert and University of Texas at Austin running back Johnathan Gray, the only two-time Built Ford Tough Texas HS Football Player of the Year.
Summaries of Week 0-1winners
Class 5-A: Myles Garrett, Sr., DE, Arlington Martin
When Arlington Martin was in danger of dropping to 0-2 last week, defensive end Myles Garrett took over, clearly living up to his All-America billing. Garrett, a five-star recruit according to most national analysts, caused total chaos last Friday, leading the Warriors over top ten-ranked Dallas Skyline, 27-24. Skyline simply had issues moving the ball at crucial moments. The 6-4, 250-pound Martin DE exerted his force everywhere, recording 4.5 sacks, six tackles for a loss plus blocking a PAT. Garrett, the one-man wrecking crew, kept the game close until QB Eric Walker and WR Kristian Levy hooked up for a 71-yard TD to clinch it. In two games, Myles has 5.5 sacks and 19 tackles.
Garrett’s stellar play is fueled by his dedication in the weight room, where he benches 350 pounds and runs a 4.6 40. That’s enough for schools such as UT, A&M, TCU, Oklahoma, Alabama, Ohio State and Florida State to put him on their recruiting radar. In January, he’ll compete in the Under Armour All-American Game. Myles, a B student, participates in the Warriors for Reading program (for elementary school children) and is on the team’s Leadership Council.
“Take God given ability and multiply it by a tremendous work ethic and that’s Myles,” raves Coach Bob Wager. “He’s humble and appreciative of his teammates and is the hardest working of them all. He can play nearly every position on the field. That’s why we use him at fullback and on special teams.”
CLASS 4-A: Dalvin Manns, Sr., Quarterback, Longview Pine Tree
No one around Longview can figure out what’s more surprising: (a) the Pine Tree Pirates are 2-0 or (b) Dalvin Manns is the quarterback and the Built Ford Tough 4-A Player of the Week for Weeks 0 and 1. Most figured that Pine Tree, winners of only three games the last two years, were ready to blossom with a great, big highly-recruited quarterback, Caleb Chumley. But when Chumley went down in pre-season, the coaching staff turned to the 6-2, 220-pound Manns, the third-stringer, coming back from a season away with an ACL tear. The results have been nothing if not spectacular. In Week 1’s 64-49 win over Center, former WR Manns hit on 24 of 40 for 502 yards and three TDs while running for 48 yards and four more scores. That followed an opening game 42-38 squeaker over Van, in which he completed 16 of 20 for 418 yards and five TDs. He also ran for a sixth score. All of this was complicated by the turmoil surrounding the one-game suspension of head coach Derek Fitzhenry before the Week 1 contest. But if the Pirates were worried about how this would affect their neophyte quarterback, they had nothing to worry about.
All of this has left the surprise quarterback quickly jumping onto recruiters’ radar screens. A basketball player with a solid 3.0 GPA, Dalvin takes part in the Pirates’ park cleaning activities and reads to elementary school youngsters.
“We knew Dalvin has a great arm and that he could be successful,” says Pine Tree’s passing game coordinator Jeremy Orsagh. “But what he has accomplished these two weeks has blown us away. He has stepped into a huge pair of shoes and done the job. We were worried about his mobility coming back from the ACL tear, but it hasn’t been an issue at all.”
CLASS 3-A: Harris Coleman, Sr., Quarterback, Lorena
It was one of those good old-fashioned Texas shootouts—142 points in 48 minutes. But thanks to quarterback Harris Coleman, Lorena had just enough firepower to pull out the 75-67 win over Salado last week. “It was a wild, wild one,” says Lorena Coach Ray Biles. “I knew it was over when we recovered that last onside kick!” Coleman ran the ball 36 times for 286 yards, scoring on runs of 12, 3 and 28 yards while completing five passes for another 83 yards. Toss in five 2-point conversions and three PATs for 31 total points and the Leopards needed every one of ‘em! Harris picked up right where he left off last year when he was named Built Ford Tough Player of the Week in Week 10. So, in effect he has won this award in consecutive weeks—42 weeks apart. No one has ever done that before!
At 6-1 and 210 pounds, Harris is built like a fullback. That’s why he’s hard to corral while operating Lorena’s spread option. An accurate place-kicker on the gridiron, it’s no surprise he’s also a standout soccer player. Undecided on college, Harris holds an A-average, placing him in the top 10% of his class. He also mentors and reads to local elementary school children and participates in his church youth group.
“Harris is one tough kid and a true team leader,” says Coach Biles. “He’s one of those kids you don’t have to worry about, on or off the field. He’s always encouraging his teammates to carry their level. Once Harris reaches the second level, look out! He’s gone!”
CLASS 2-A: Josh Moylan, Sr., Quarterback, Eastland
If the rest of the season is anything like the first two weeks, Eastland’s scoreboard operator will probably be demanding a raise. Led by senior quarterback Josh Moylan, the Mavericks are posting some big numbers. The Week 0 game, a 46-30 victory over 3-A Sweetwater, set the tone. The 6-1, 198-pound Moylan hit 21 of 37 passes for 293 yards and three TDs while rushing 15 times for 136 yards and three more scores. He followed that with a 367-yard, six-TD night in a 60-0 win over Jacksboro—in only three quarters of action. He’s already well on his way to surpassing last year’s totals of 2,434 passing yards and 26 TDs for the state regional finalists. The good news for Eastland opponents is that Josh is the last of the three super-quarterback Moylan brothers. His siblings, Jarred (a 2009 BFT Player of the Week) and Trent, preceded Josh at the Mavericks’ helm.
A three-sport athlete (basketball and track too), Josh is even better in the classroom where his 4.0 average places him among the top six in his graduating class. He’s also active in the youth group at the First Baptist Church and is a member of the FCA and Beta Club.
“I can’t say enough about Josh,” says Eastland Coach Brian Hulett. “He is the total leader, on the field, in school, and in the community. Obviously he comes from a great family which, I guess, is where it all starts. He’s just a super kid.”
CLASS 1-A: Bo Wimberly, Sr., Quarterback/Safety/Kicker, Stamford
For better or for worse, “Johnny Football” mania grips Texas college football. On the high school level, at least around Stamford, it’s “Johnny Bo” mania that excites the fans. That nickname belongs to the Bulldogs’ sensational quarterback-safety, Bo Wimberly, according to Coach Wayne Hutchinson of the defending Class 1-A Division I state champions. In Week Zero (August 31), Wimberly was a one-man wrecking crew as the Bulldogs stomped McCamey, 40-13. Bo rushed for 116 yards on 10 carries (11.6 yards per carry!), scored on runs of 2 and 6 yards and passed for 240 yards and three more scores—all to James Washington—in three quarters of action. Bo’s swashbuckling style is similar to that of Heisman Trophy (and Built Ford Tough Player of the Year) Manziel. Ironically, Bo isn’t the only athlete in his family. His stepbrother, Skyler Stone, was the BFT weekly winner during the 2009 season at Stamford.
At 5-11, 165 pounds, Bo is a four-sport athlete, excelling as sprinter on the 800-meter state-championship relay team and a left fielder on the baseball team in addition to football and basketball. He holds a solid B-average while holding a part-time job at Walmart. On Sundays, Bo plays guitar at the local Methodist church. He also is a member of FCA and reads to the Stamford elementary school children.
“Bo is a sharp kid; he makes our offense go,” says Coach Hutchinson. “He’s poised and very proficient under center. When the play breaks down he’ll beat you with his legs; his scrambling ability is uncanny. With Bo in there, we should be in the state title mix again.”
PRIVATE SCHOOLS: J. T. Granato, Jr., Quarterback, Houston Kinkaid
Just when you thought it was safe to schedule Houston Kinkaid again, along comes Coach Stephen Hill’s latest super quarterback to make you stop and think twice. Kinkaid rolled to the top of the SPC standings with Built Ford Tough Player of the Week Ford Childress (now at West Virginia) two years ago. Now the Falcons appear all the way back with Childress’s successor, junior J. T. Granato. The 6-3, 215-pounder played about half of the time last year (1,717 yards, 15 TDs) but is now the man in charge. In Week 1, he rallied Kinkaid from a 20-10 halftime deficit for a 39-38 overtime win over 3-A Bellville. He hit on 35 of 60 for 451 yards and 4 TDs, including the game-winner in the extra session. In the season opener, a 36-14 win over Houston St. Pius X, he threw for 436 yards and 4 more scores.
A former pitcher on the baseball team, Granato decided to focus entirely on football—and the classroom. His 3.5 GPA gets him in the mix among The Kinkaid School’s top scholars. But he also finds time to play the guitar and drums, compose music, volunteer for Habitat for Humanity, and send care packages to the troops in Afghanistan.
“J. T. is simply tremendous,” raves Coach Hill. “His teammates elected him captain before the season, the first time I’ve ever had anyone but a senior in that role. That shows how positive his relationship is with them. In three years, he has never missed a workout. His family even plans its vacations around his workout schedule. Rice made J.T. its first official offer of the Class of ’15. It won’t be his last.”
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Students recognized by Ford, Texas Ford Dealers and the Built Ford Tough Media Advisory Board as Players of the Week have excelled in three categories:
- Individual performance on the field, including significant game statistics
- Contribution to the team’s success through individual leadership abilities
- Performance off the field, including academic success and good community citizenship
Fans may nominate athletes to join this list at PlayeroftheWeek.com, as well as catch up with weekly winners, view video clips of players in action and get the latest program details.
Additionally, fans can catch all the action on Fox Sports Southwest. The network is again teaming with Ford and the Texas Ford Dealers to keep up with award winners through their weekly television show. Each week, television crews will travel to communities across Texas shining the spotlight on players who excel on the field, in the classroom and in their communities. The half-hour Built Ford Tough Texas High School Football Player of the Week program airs Saturday at 8:30 a.m. for 12 weeks beginning August 31.
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