Six Outstanding Student Athletes Selected in Week 6 of Built Ford Tough Texas High School Football Player of the Week Program
- Class 6-A: Jamil Pittman, Sr., Wide Receiver/Defensive Back, Cedar Park
- Class 5-A: Craig Williams, Sr., Running Back, Crosby
- Class 4-A: Garrett Moseley, Sr., Quarterback, Van
- Class 3-A: Michael Bagwill, Jr., Quarterback, Farmersville
- Class 2-A: Quay Stokes, Quarterback/Free Safety, Hawley
- Private Schools: Max Schieferdecker, Sr., Quarterback, Irving Cistercian
In its twelfth consecutive year, Ford Motor Company’s Player of the Week program is again honoring six outstanding student-athletes each week of the 2017 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 remarkable players recognized for their exceptional efforts.
Week 6 Winners
Class 6-A: Jamil Pittman, Sr., Wide Receiver/Defensive Back, Cedar Park Vista Ridge
With Cedar Park Vista Ridge in desperate need of a big play last Friday, it was their two-way star Jamil Pittman to the rescue. The Rangers were clinging to a 28-21 lead in the intense Class 6A, District 25 game with Leander. Pittman grabbed a Leander pass and sprinted 68 yards to the house, expanding Vista Ridge’s lead to a manageable 35-21 edge. It was all the Rangers needed, as they hung on for the 35-28 victory, the team’s third straight. “That play changed the momentum of the game,” says Head Coach Rodney Vincent. Jamil excelled in every facet of the game, catching five passes for 135 yards (27 yards per reception) and two TDs of 24 and 43 yards. He also tossed a 45-yard score to Devin Walker. For the season, Jamil now has 23 receptions for 543 yards and five scores. Vista Ridge (4-2, 2-0 district) arrives at their bye week with an October 20 visit to Austin Vandegrift looming.
A solid B-student, Jamil is starting to get serious college looks. His most recent was an offer from Incarnate Word, an FCS program. In the spring, he competes for the track team in the long and triple jumps, and was on the sprint relay team that qualified for the regional meet. The team captain is a member of the leadership council that is active in a variety of community service projects and he’s involved in assisting local elementary school youngsters.
“Jamil works year-round at getting better on the field,” says Coach Vincent. “He puts in the extra time and that’s what separates him from others. He’s a great teammate who definitely makes a connection in the locker room. It’s a rare young man who starts for four years at a 6-A school but that’s Jamil.”
Class 5-A: Craig Williams, Sr., Running Back, Crosby
When you have Craig Williams’ talent, all you want to do is get out there and run. Injuries limited the 5-10, 175-pounder to just 44 carries in his junior year. It was frustrating. But the future Baylor Bear is back and healthy and feeling it in 2017, a great reason why Crosby is off to a 5-0 start, 3-0 in District 21-5A. Last week’s 63-45 victory over Kingwood Park is a typical example. Craig carried only 15 times but picked up 326 yards and scored a school-record seven touchdowns. In addition to a 75-yard run with a hook-and-lateral play, he ran in from 5, 2, 72, 4, 49, and 36 yards. For the season, he has 89 rushes for 905 yards (that’s 10.2 yards a pop) and 17 TDs. He also has caught 10 balls for 197 yards and two more TDs. Around Crosby, they call the elusive Williams “Sqwirl.” That may be the worst case of misspelling ever, but he earns the nickname all the time. The Cougars, whose goal of an undefeated district championship is still on the table, have now won 24 straight home games with Caney Creek paying a visit for homecoming this Friday.
When a running back is described as having “sprinter-speed,” it’s occasionally hard to define. But Craig has it; he finished third in the state meet in the 100 meters sprint, a year after finishing sixth in the 200 meters. A solid 3.1 GPA student, he helped less fortunate folks in the wake of Hurricane Harvey and works with elementary students every Friday. He’s also active with FCA and his church. Baylor won his services after he received more than 20 Power 5 conference offers.
“He’s just the kind of kid you want to build your program around,” says Crosby Coach Jeff Riordan. “He’s a great player and an even better person. Over my coaching career, I can’t think of very many kids who have it all. Craig is just fun to be around and he has the great ability to go with it! He’s one of the best players in our state.”
Class 4-A: Garrett Moseley, Sr., Quarterback, Van
In a good ol’ fashioned East Texas shootout, Van and Athens combined for 94 points (13 touchdowns) and more than 1,000 yards of offense. Usually in these games, where the offensive fireworks fill the air (not to mention spiraling pigskins), the quarterback makes the difference. This was no exception. Thanks to senior signal-caller Garrett Moseley, who had a hand in seven of Van’s eight touchdowns, the Vandals outlasted Athens, 56-38. Garrett was simply at his best, hitting on a pinpoint accurate 12 of 13 passes for 348 yards and five scores (27, 41, 60, 78 and 8 yards). And he ran six times for 37 yards and two more TDs. “Seven touchdowns is ridiculous, but we’re totally spoiled by Moseley,” raves Head Coach Jared Moffatt. Trailing 22-14 in the second quarter, the Vandals exploded for 42 unanswered points and a 56-22 edge early in the fourth quarter. That victory moved Van (6-0 overall, 2-0 district) to #6 in the Dave Campbell Texas Football rankings, and atop the Class 4A Division I, District 8 standings. For Garrett, it’s his second Built Ford Tough award; he won it in Week 3 last year.
A three-year starter, Garrett (5-1l 180 pounds) is a winner in the classroom, sporting a solid 3.85 GPA. Garrett is dialed in on football—he previously played basketball and baseball—but still runs a leg on the relay teams during spring track. So far Division II and III programs have taken notice. He’s also involved with his church’s youth group and reads to local elementary children on Fridays.
“Garrett is a humble young man who brings a fierce competitiveness and leadership qualities that have been a luxury to our team,” says Coach Moffatt. “We made a lot of big plays last week and Garrett led us to scores on seven of 40 plays from scrimmage. That’s phenomenal!”
Class 3-A: Michael Bagwill, Jr., Quarterback, Farmersville One of these days, Farmersville quarterback Michael Bagwill is going to cut things a little too close. Take last week’s heart-stopping 47-44 victory over Winnsboro. When Michael completed his last touchdown pass of the night, the clock read 0:02. It was hardly a “gimme.” Bagwill hit Robert Arqueros on a 17-yard slant to account for the winning score. It was the second time this season that Michael made lightning strike. A couple of weeks earlier, Farmersville trailed Caddo Mills by three when Bagwill hit on a go-ahead 28-yard score to Kobie Sheriff. There was a lot less pressure that time; there were 10 seconds still remaining! The junior quarterback put Winnsboro away by hitting on 17 of 22 passes for 286 yards and a pair of TDs. The final drive began with two minutes left, 84 yards away from the end zone. He also ran for two, including a 13-yard scamper that gave the Farmers a short-lived fourth-quarter lead. “That winning pass was amazing,” says Coach Sammy Burnett. “Michael was under heavy pressure, was forced to scramble, then simply stepped up and nailed it.”
A virtual one-man athletic department, Bagwill also excels at basketball, baseball, and track. A stellar 3.84 GPA student, he still finds time to participate in the FCA and in youth activities at the Bethlehem Baptist Church. He assists in community food and blood and helps with the Angel Tree Program.
“He’s a good football player who will be a winner in life,” says Coach Burnett. “He’s one of the most competitive people I’ve ever met. But he’s always on the lookout for the others. When things are going poorly, he takes the blame. When things go well, he is always certain to deflect attention. He’s exactly what you’d want your leader to be. When the game is on the line, you want the ball in his hands.”
Class 2-A: Quay Stokes, Quarterback/Free Safety, Hawley
About a month ago, the Hawley Bearcats’ season appeared to be in jeopardy. The team’s all-state quarterback Quay Stokes went down with a fractured ankle that required surgery and seven screws to piece together. The Bearcats dropped two of four contests during his absence. “So goes Quay, so goes our team,” says Head Coach Mitch Ables. Last Friday, Quay’s surprisingly early return coincided with Hawley’s impressive 28-0 shut out of Seymour to close out non-district play. Despite operating on a surgically repaired ankle, the senior signal-caller accounted for 332 yards of offense and all four touchdowns as Hawley improved to 4-2. Quay didn’t miss a beat hitting on 22 of 27 passes for 290 yards and two TDs (from 20 and 55 yards), while carrying the rock for 54 yards and scores from 2 and 9 yards. The game saw Quay, a Built Ford Tough Player of the Week
in 2016, surpass the 10,000-yard barrier and the 100th TD of his career. The Bearcats open the highly competitive Class 2A Division I, District 4, slate at Forsan this Friday.
Quay (6-0, 190 pounds) is just as strong in the classroom, where he holds a nifty 3.8 GPA and is a regular on the school’s honor roll. When he’s not leading his team to wins on the gridiron, Quay is a decorated basketball player and was the district’s co-MVP for baseball. Quay also finds time for FCA, the Hawley annual fall clean-up, and the Hodges First Baptist Church hospitality committee. He also reads to the Hawley elementary school children on Fridays and helps with youth recognition at pep rallies.
“You never have to worry about Quay taking care of business in the classroom; he’s a very special young man who was unanimously voted our team captain and with those leadership skills, it’s like having an extra coach on the field,” raves Coach Ables.
Private Schools: Max Schieferdecker, Sr., Quarterback, Irving Cistercian
It’s a toss-up. Who’s more concerned when Irving Cistercian’s senior quarterback Max Schieferdecker has the ball: The opposing defensive coordinator or the public-address announcer! The rangy 6-5, 205-pound Schieferdecker has the Hawks at 5-1 (4-1 in SPC district play), aiming for a return trip to the SPC 3A title game, which Cistercian lost to Fort Worth Country Day a year ago. If Max plays like he did last week, in a 48-19 pasting of Oklahoma City Casady, it could well happen again. Schieferdecker completed 25 of 39 passes for 342 yards and four TDs (including an 80-yarder and a 71-yarder). The Hawks have already avenged the 2016 title game loss with a 28-14 win over Country Day. Max is a threat from anywhere on the field. In a victory over Arlington Oakridge, for example, he tossed TDs from 58, 49, and 27 yards away. He’s the #2 passer among private school QBs in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, completing 109 passes for 1,643 yards and 18 TDs. At the halfway mark of the season, he’s more than halfway toward matching his 2016 total of 35 scoring aerials.
Not surprisingly, he’s a starter on Cistercian’s basketball team and plays baseball as well. His gridiron exploits match up well with his 3.9 GPA and his 34 score on the ACT. The result? Everyone in the Ivy League is pursuing his services. Max is extremely active in the Young Men’s Service League which, among other community services, provides tutoring for younger students.
“Max is an absolute joy to coach,” says Cistercian Head Coach James Burk. “He’s durable, he’s a leader and, needless to say, he’s smart on the field. He makes everyone around him better. I love to coach him. And I would hate to coach against him!”
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Students recognized by Ford Motor Company, Texas Ford dealers and the Built FordTough media advisory board as Players of the Week excel 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
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