Six Outstanding Student Athletes Selected in Week 9 of “Built Ford Tough Texas High School Football Player of the Week
- 5A - Ty Summers, Sr., QB, San Antonio Reagan
- 4A - Kelton Moore, Sr., QB/S, Arlington Seguin
- 3A - Ian Sadler, Sr., QB/RB/WR/P/KR, Argyle
- 2A - Gunner Tatum, Sr., RB/LB, Crane
- 1A - John Leadon, Sr., QB, Mount Enterprise
- Private - Foster Sawyer, Sr., QB, Fort Worth All Saints' Episcopal
PLANO, Texas, Nov. 6, 2013 – Six Texas high school football stars have been recognized during Week 9 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 9 Winners
CLASS 5-A: Ty Summers, Sr., Quarterback, San Antonio Reagan:
At 9-0 (5-0 in District 26-5A), the San Antonio Reagan Rattlers are rolling. Quarterback Ty Summers has more than a little to do with that. Last weekend’s 49-35 win over San Antonio Churchill offers perfect evidence. With several running backs out due to injury, Reagan leaned a little more on their senior signal-caller. “Ty just decided to put the team on his shoulders,” raves Coach David Wetzel. Summers rushed for seven TDs (9, 3, 5, 30, 44, 75 and 31 yards) on a night when he carried 27 times for 288 yards (nearly 11 yards a pop). And just to keep the defense honest, he hit on 12 of 20 passes for 216 yards, giving him 504 of his team’s 608 yards from scrimmage. The 6-2, 215-pounder leads the perfect-to-date Rattlers with 1,421 rushing yards and 26 TDs and has passed for another 1,591 yards and 12 more scores heading into Friday’s regular season finale with Roosevelt and a shot at the district title.
Ty is a role model for student-athletes, maintaining a perfect A-average in demanding AP courses while balancing success on the field. That’s why this National Honor Society member chose to attend Rice next fall. He also plays baseball and runs track while remaining active in his church and the FCA.
“Ty is an awesome player but even more, he’s an outstanding person,” notes Coach Wetzel. “Most people take one look at this big guy and think he’s a linebacker. But he can really go on the field. Ty understands the big picture and realizes the expectations of playing quarterback and being a senior team leader.”
CLASS 4-A: Kelton Moore, Sr., Quarterback/Safety, Arlington Seguin:
When your quarterback rushes for 1,826 yards in nine games, good things are bound to happen. Arlington Seguin hadn’t sniffed the post-season since 2009, but with dual-threat QB Kelton Moore mastering the Cougars’ spread offense, Seguin will be in action on the November 14-16 weekend this year. The 6-0, 195-pound Moore got them there with a 400-yard night in a 51-37 win-and-in victory over Mansfield Lake Ridge. The senior carried 28 times for 223 yards and three TDs and hit on 18 of 22 passes (an 81% clip) for 177 yards and another score. The clinching TD came on a gutty 18-yard run on a fourth-and-three call. Moore’s 1,826 rushing yards lead the Fort Worth area, most unusual for a quarterback. He is responsible for 34 TDs.
An outstanding student with a 3.6 GPA, Kelton will likely return to basketball for the ’13-14 season. He skipped last year, knowing that he had to prepare for playing quarterback. Active in both the FCA and the youth group at the Word of Truth church, he has a solid offer from the University of Nevada and has generated considerable interest from several mid-level FBS schools.
“It was great to see Kelton come back from a serious high ankle sprain which really limited him last season. He’s a special kid who combines phenomenal talent with a humility that you rarely see. He’s mature beyond his years. The kids depend on him and, as a result, they don’t want to let him down. He’s that rare kid who you just want to pack up and take home.”
CLASS 3-A: Ian Sadler, Sr., Quarterback/RunningBack/WideReceiver/Punter/Kick Returner, Argyle:
Numbers don’t always tell the whole story. As he so often does, Ian Sadler proved that less is more, and that suits the fans of the Argyle Eagles just fine. Last weekend, the 5-11, 190-pound speedster took the opening kickoff 101 yards to the house and added two more back-breaking touchdowns to keep the Eagles (9-0, 3-0 in District 10) perfect with a 59-8 rout of Aubrey. Playing just over two quarters is common for the Texas Tech-bound, multi-talented senior, who returned a punt 58 yards for a TD and carried three times for 80 yards and another score when the Eagles took a 45-0 halftime lead. “Ian accepts playing half a game,” notes Coach Todd Rodgers, “because he knows this is a long-term investment in the program.” Heading into Friday’s regular season finale against district rival Celina, the Eagles average margin of victory is 44 points.
The reigning District 10 MVP (a second seems inevitable), Ian is an all-star in the classroom too, holding a solid 88% scholastic average. Ian gave up a potential soccer career when his football performance took off. But he remains a key participant on the track team, competing in sprint relays. He’s a student teacher’s aide at Argyle, was voted homecoming king, and is an active member of FCA.
“Ian is a tremendous leader!” raves Coach Rodgers. “It’s not often we have a two-year captain at Argyle but that just speaks volumes about his character. Though he’s sometimes frustrated by the lack of playing time because of lopsided scores, Ian stays motivated and remains the ultimate team player.”
CLASS 2-A: Gunner Tatum, Sr., Running Back/Linebacker, Crane:
Crane fans always know where to look for Gunner Tatum: He is wherever the action is, for all 48 minutes. The solid 6-0, 210-pounder is ready to go on every play. Last week’s come-from-behind 48-42 victory provided a perfect example. With the Golden Cranes’ unbeaten (9-0, 4-0) season on the line and trailing 28-21 going to the fourth period, Tatum scored four TDs to secure the victory. He wound up carrying the ball 42 times for a whopping 429 yards and five TDs. He also made 10 solo tackles from his spot at inside linebacker and even served as Crane’s deep snapper on kicking plays. How does he do it? “His off-season conditioning program was huge,” says Coach Naldo Esparza. The next test comes this Friday as Crane battles Sonora for the District 3-2A, Division II title.
Gunner wants to continue to play football at the next level. To accomplish that, he has built a 3.2 GPA, runs track, and will likely compete in power-lifting, where he has shown remarkable improvement. He works closely with cancer victims, helping make their dreams come true. And he is the state champion in Industrial Technology (metals) projects.
“Gunner and several of his teammates came to me after last season and wanted to change our offensive style,” says Coach Esparza. “They told me that they wanted to play a hard-hitting, in-the-trenches style. When I told them that they’d have to really ratchet up their off-season preparation, Gunner took the lead and got all of the kids to buy in. He’s not one of those vocal guys, but leads by his actions. He’s always easy-going and never cocky, just a great all-around kid."
CLASS 1-A: Josh Leadon, Sr., Quarterback/Safety, Mount Enterprise:
With a postseason bid on the line last Friday, there was just one option for Mount Enterprise: Put the ball in Josh Leadon’s hands. The senior signal-caller helped make quick work of Sabine Pass on the first play from scrimmage, darting untouched 65 yards for a touchdown. “It was a quarterback sweep and, when he took it all the way, I sure felt good about our chances of winning,” said Coach Scott Holzhauer. The former wide receiver’s three TDs and 285 rushing yards (on 18 carries) were enough to sew up the playoff-clinching 41-6 pasting in the regular-season finale. The 6-0, 170-pounder also scored on runs of 47 and 18 yards and returned a punt 85 yards for a score. Just for good measure he had a stellar night on defense with a pick-six score and nine tackles. The 4-6 Wildcats have a week off before entering the Class 1-A Division II playoffs.
For the last two years, Josh has earned all-district honors on both sides of the ball and that's piquing the interest of recruiters. He’s also a three-year starter on the basketball team and runs and jumps in several events for the track team. The holder of a B+ average while taking AP classes, Josh is involved in FCA and several other activities at school.
“Josh is a tremendous leader,” says Coach Holzhauer. “When our tailback went down with an injury two weeks ago, Josh asked for the ball on a regular basis. That just makes our offense go. He’s always been a hard working kid since his freshman year two-a-days. We’ll be sad to see him graduate.”
PRIVATE SCHOOLS: Foster Sawyer, Sr., Quarterback, Fort Worth All Saints’ Episcopal:
Thanks in large measure to quarterback Foster Sawyer, Fort Worth All Saints’ Episcopal stands one win away (vs. Houston Christian Friday night) from a second-straight SPC Small School state title. Sawyer’s arm (he hit 13 of 24 for 267 yards and six TDs) led the Saints to a 49-27 win over Houston St. John’s in last week’s semi-final, abetted by a 199-yard rushing night from Daniel Gresham. The win was Episcopal’s 21st straight, 10 of them this year, and brought Sawyer’s season totals to 160 of 244 attempts for 2,867 yards and 43 TDs—with only two interceptions! He also rushed 35 times for 186 yards and two more scores.
The folks at Texas Christian are thrilled that Foster will be spending his next four years as a Horned Frog. And why not? He’s got pro size (6-5½, 225 pounds), pro intelligence (3.5 GPA in a highly-competitive program), and a pro arm. He’s likely to skip basketball this season in order to spend his after-school hours preparing for his college experience on the TCU campus, just minutes from his current location. Foster remains highly active in his family’s Tara Sawyer Foundation, which honors his late sister. The Foundation hosts and sponsors an annual baseball/softball tournament (450 teams participated this year) whose proceeds enable local youths in crisis to play sports and helps adult athletes with special needs.
“Foster is an amazing kid—and an even better leader,” says Coach Aaron Beck. “We’ve got some major prospects (Kansas State, Louisville, Oklahoma State) and some kids who will be done after high school. But Foster manages the locker room and keeps his teammates on balance and very engaged. He connects with everyone, from the BCS prospects to the managers and trainers. And he lets me do something I’ve never done in 29 years of coaching: I let him call at least 60% of the plays.”
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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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