Six Outstanding Student Athletes Selected in Week 8 of “Built Ford Tough Texas High School Football Player of the Week
- 5A - Greg Campbell, Sr., QB, Atascocita
- 4A - Xavier Turner, Sr., RB, Birdville
- 3A - Chandler Eiland, Jr., QB, Canton
- 2A - Travis Quintanilla, Sr., QB, Refugio
- 1A - Nick Williams, Sr., RB/DB, West Sabine
- Private - Jack Johnson, Jr., RB, Episcopal School of Dallas
PLANO, Texas, Oct. 30, 2013 – Six Texas high school football stars have been recognized during Week 8 of the “Built Ford Tough Texas High School Football Player of the Week” program.
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 8 Winners
CLASS 5-A: Greg Campbell, Sr., Quarterback, Humble Atascocita:
Not many pundits figured that Humble Atascocita would stand at 7-1 (5-1 in tough District 13-5A) heading into Week 9. But most of those pre-season swamis had no idea that former wide receiver Greg Campbell would make the move to quarterback so easily. Last week’s relatively rare 31-17 win over crosstown rival Kingwood provides the perfect example. Taking what the defense gave him, Greg ran 24 times for 235 yards and a pair of TDs while completing 10 of 16 passes for 157 yards and another score. The Eagles sprinted to a second-quarter 21-0 lead and were never headed. Campbell has now thrown for 1,608 yards (117 of 190 in the air) and 17 touchdowns and run for 820 yards (133 carries) and nine more scores. Not bad for a young man, who a year ago was busy catching 68 balls for 870 yards and 11 TDs.
A fine track athlete, Greg carries a solid B+ academic average, which has been getting better every year. He’s active in his church youth group and provides able assistance at Humble’s Punt, Pass, & Kick competition.
“It has been wonderful watching Greg grow at his new position,” says Coach Craig Stump. “He has always known the offense, but never from the quarterback’s perspective. He worked hard all spring and summer and that has paid off. He has a great demeanor for a quarterback, always calm, never rattled. We won a four-overtime game this year and another on the last drive of the game and that’s a great tribute to this fine young man.”
CLASS 4-A: Xavier Turner, Sr., Running Back, North Richland Hills Birdville:
Every coach would love to have a scoring machine like North Richland Hills Birdville’s Xavier Turner. The 6-0, 210-pounder just seems to wind up in the end zone, much to the chagrin of opposing coaches. In last week’s 64-30 pounding of Saginaw Chisholm, Turner put up his typical rushing numbers (17 carries for 232 yards) and only a slightly atypical seven touchdowns. That earned the Hawks their seventh win of the season and a 5-2 mark in District 6-4A with the playoffs just around the corner. For the year, Turner has churned out 1,846 yards on 190 carries, an average of 9.7 yards a pop, and an astounding 37 touchdowns (more than four per game). He has also caught 12 passes for 176 yards and another score.
An outstanding track athlete, Xavier has a solid B academic average. He’s active in both FCA as well as the youth group at the First Baptist Church of Colleyville. He’s on the radar of numerous top-shelf BCS schools.
“Xavier is not just the leader of our football team (he was elected captain unanimously), he’s the leader in our building,” says Coach Jim Skinner. “The teachers simply love him. He has a wonderful optimistic attitude. He never has a bad day. I wish every kid I come in contact with was just like him.”
CLASS 3-A: Chandler Eiland, Jr., Quarterback, Canton:
Oh what a difference your starting quarterback can make! When Canton quarterback Chandler Eiland missed the Eagles first three games (mononucleosis), they went 0-3. Now that the 6-1, 180-pound junior is back, Canton has reeled off three of four, including last week’s 49-35 triumph over Mineola, and is headed for the playoffs. The lanky Eiland completed 17 of 23 against the Yellowjackets, throwing for an amazing 440 yards and four touchdowns. He also rushed 13 times for 75 yards and three more scores. In his four games since coming back to the lineup, Chandler has completed 101 of 149 passes (a nifty 70%) for 1,422 yards and 15 TDs. Coach Robert Ivey is not the least bit embarrassed to call Eiland, “the best quarterback and best player in District 15-3A and maybe in all of East Texas!”
If anything, Chandler is better in the classroom than on the field. He owns a perfect 4.0 GPA and is a member of the Student Leadership Group, a district-wide organization. He’s active in the Eagle Buddies, which reads to elementary school youngsters every week, and he volunteers in maintaining youth athletic fields all over town. Though it’s unlikely he’ll return to the basketball team this winter, he will play baseball in the spring.
“We’ve got a very young team,” says Coach Ivey. “And though Chandler is only a junior, he’s a three-year starter—and an incredible leader. When the lights come on, he’s a fierce competitor. He doesn’t just want to win; he simply hates to lose. As he goes, so goes our team!”
CLASS 2-A: Travis Quintanilla, Sr., Quarterback, Refugio:
There’s good news for Refugio’s opponents. This is Travis Quintanilla’s last year. The 5-10, 170-pound senior quarterback, a two-time all-stater, has been terrorizing opponents for four years, which means that the Bobcats have been contending for a state crown every year. (Refugio’s 62-game regular-season winning streak ended in September.) In last week’s typical beat-down of Banquete (55-7), Travis completed 16 of 25 passes for 358 yards and four TDs before sitting down late in the third quarter with the clock running. That gives him 130 completions in 182 attempts in 2013, a 70% rate, for 2,450 yards and 27 TDs. Refugio, now 7-1 overall, will need to make another deep playoff run for Travis to match his 2012 totals of 4,005 yards and 57 TDs. But nothing about Quintanilla’s performance would surprise anyone. Rushing statistics? They’re virtually non-existent. “We don’t like to run him very often,” says protective Coach Jason Herring. And the #34 on his back, rather unusual for a quarterback, is a tribute to his uncle Anthony, now a Refugio wide-receivers coach, who wore that number in high school.
A two-time winner of the Built Ford Tough Player of the Week award (he won in Week 1 in 2012), Quintanilla also stars in basketball, track, and baseball. Travis sports an excellent 3.5 GPA and will likely look for a college that will enable him to play both football and baseball. He’s extremely active in the youth group at his Catholic church and frequently visits nursing homes to help brighten the residents’ day.
“Travis is the best athlete in every sport he plays,” says Coach Jason Herring. “Although he’s an extremely gifted athlete, he remains a good and humble young man. He’s been elected team captain twice and handles all of the leadership responsibilities.”
CLASS 1-A: Nick Williams, Sr., Running Back/Defensive Back, Pineland West Sabine:
Pineland West Sabine running back/defensive back Nick Williams offers perfect evidence of that old adage: “Good things come in small packages.” The diminutive Williams (5-6, 165 pounds) simply does it all for the Tigers who are, as usual, unbeaten (7-0, 3-0 in District 10-1A, Div. I) and highly-ranked. In last week’s smashing (60-21) victory over San Augustine, Williams carried 20 times for 220 yards, averaging 11 yards per carry, and scoring three times. He also caught three passes for 36 yards. Nick was even better when the rival Wolves had the ball. He made seven tackles, three of them behind the line of scrimmage, and made two key interceptions. Williams is on pace to surpass his 2012 numbers (1,004 rushing yards, 12 touchdowns) in this week’s match-up with Cushing.
A four-sport star—basketball, track, and baseball, too, Williams owns a 90% academic average. He’s extremely active in both the FCA at school and at his church, where he plays the drums. He participates in Tiger Give Back, a football team program which cleans up backyards and streets in Pineland several times a year.
“This is one humble, modest young man,” raves Coach Tod Stark. “He’s always giving credit to the people around him. He’s not very talkative so, as a result, when he speaks, everyone listens. If you had a son, you’d want him to be exactly like Nick. He’s a great role model.”
PRIVATE SCHOOLS: Jack Johnson, Jr., Running Back, Episcopal School of Dallas:
The Episcopal School of Dallas isn’t exactly what you call a football factory. Winning seasons have been few and far between. But with running back Jack Johnson leading the way, Episcopal is 6-3 in 2013 and preparing for their first-ever SPC Division I playoffs. With the season on the line last week and Tulsa (OK) Holland Hall within two points in the closing minutes, Johnson put the Eagles on his back one last time, helping them pull out a 56-48 win. A 5-11, 190-pound junior, Jack wound up his night with 34 carries for 285 yards and five TDs and added five catches for 73 yards and another score. That gave him 1,600 yards (9.3 yards per carry) and 25 TDs for the season. The scouting report on Johnson talks about his power, shiftiness, and speed. But according to Coach Clayton Sanders, it’s his intelligence, his knowledge of the game, and his great vision that make him special.
A soccer player for the Eagles, Johnson may be even better in the classroom than he is on the field, sporting a 4.1 GPA on a 4.0 scale in an all-honors program. Coach Sanders says that Jack is totally focused on continuing his career at Harvard. He also contributes more than 100 hours a year to community service projects, including a program which feeds the hungry. And just to balance his life, he’s the founder and president of Episcopal School’s a cappella singing ensemble.
“Jack is totally self-driven,” says Coach Sanders. “He constantly pushes himself—to get better and to win. That’s a trait that’s highly unusual for someone his age. He worked all spring on finishing games and that’s exactly what he’s done.”
Nominate Your Elite Student-Athletes at PlayeroftheWeek.com
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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