- Class 5-A: Jonmichael Rosales, Sr., QB, Los Fresnos
- Class 4-A: Michael Richardson, Sr., QB, Marble Falls
- Class 3-A: Jadon Boatright, Sr., CB/RB, Liberty Hill
- Class 2-A: Clint Lesley, Sr., QB, Clyde
- Class 1-A: Hagen Hutchinson, Sr., QB/S, Stamford
- Private Schools: Corey Robinson, Sr., WR, San Antonio Christian
PLANO, Texas -- September 26, 2012 – Six Texas high school football stars are being recognized as the Built Ford Tough Texas High School Football Players of the Week for Week 3.
These athletes join a long list of players recognized for outstanding efforts on and off the field. They are now among the likes of Heisman Trophy winner and Washington Redskins starting quarterback Robert Griffin III and Atlanta Falcons running back Quizz Rodgers. Other past winners include Texas A&M starting quarterback Johnny Manziel, Nebraska's Big 10 Player of the Year candidate Rex Burkhead, SMU's starting quarterback Garrett Gilbert, and the nation's most-watched freshman running back Johnathan Gray of UT, the only two-time Built Ford Tough Texas HS Football Player of the Year.
This is the seventh consecutive year that Ford Motor Company is recognizing six outstanding student-athletes each week during the 2012 season. The Built Ford Tough Texas High School Football Player of the Week program honors one student-athlete in six of the state’s athletic classifications every week during the high school football regular season for his accomplishments on and off the field.
Following are capsule summaries on the Week 3 winners
CLASS 5-A: Jonmichael Rosales, Sr., Quarterback, Los Fresnos:
After a so-so start to his 2012 season, Jonmichael Rosales of Los Fresnos was due for a breakout game. Unfortunately for Brownsville Riviera, Jonmichael picked last week for his turnaround. In the opening District 32-5A road game, Rosales torched the Raiders 48-20, completing 14 of 18 passes for 378 yards and four TDs (16, 77, 46, and 6 yards), three of them to his favorite target, Brandon Colon. Rosales rallied the Falcons from an early 17-13 deficit by scoring 35 of the game’s final 38 points, putting an exclamation point on a signature evening.
Jonmichael is serious about continuing his football career in college, with a bunch of Ivy League schools inquiring about his availability. A straight A student, he also won all-district honors in baseball last spring as a pitcher and first baseman. He also stays busy in various community projects around Los Fresnos.
Los Fresnos Coach Clint Finley dubs his QB a true leader. “Jonmichael is like having an extra coach on the field,” says Finley. “He’s a true student of the game. He invariably makes good decisions and has the knack of getting the team out of bad plays with sound judgment. It’s a relief to know he’s in charge, running the show.”
CLASS 4-A: Michael Richardson, Sr., Quarterback, Marble Falls:
Last Sunday, the Tampa Bay Bucs, the St. Louis Rams, the Jacksonville Jaguars, the San Diego Chargers, and the Chicago Bears combined for 675 passing yards. Last Thursday, Marble Falls senior QB Michael Richardson beat the five teams’ combined yardage by 49! In one of those instant classic games, the 6-1, 193-pound Richardson completed 35 of 45 passes for a Texas state record 724 yards and seven touchdowns (he also ran for one) as the Mustangs edged Boerne Champion, 62-55. Champion’s Kyle Poeske, the Ford Player of the Week in Weeks 0-1, threw for 595 yards, fourth best in Texas history, but came up just short. “We had a couple of 600+ yards games when I was at Southlake Carroll,” said first-year Mustangs Coach Todd Dodge, “but I’ve never seen anything like this.” Six of Marble Falls’ TD drives consumed six plays or less, but it was Richardson’s one rushing TD that gave the Mustangs just enough to hold on against the previously unbeaten Chargers. The old state pass yardage mark (683) was held by Wichita Falls’ Dylan Sheffield, a Ford Player of the Week in 2011.
A stellar 3.8 GPA student, Richardson runs track and participates in the Elementary Mustang program, which mentors local elementary school students. Through four games this season, he has thrown for 20 touchdowns and only one interception.
“It is so much fun to coach this young man,” says Dodge, who spent the last six years at FBS North Texas and Pitt. “He knows he has to lead and his style is to encourage everyone around him. He has an amazing work ethic, eating lunch at the field house instead of the cafeteria, just so he can watch more video and learn to be better. When you realize this was only his fourth game in our offense, it’s amazing how far he has come.”
CLASS 3-A: Jadon Boatright, Sr., Cornerback/Running Back, Liberty Hill:
After a shaky start on defense last week, Jadon Boatright of Liberty Hill turned it on full blast. The result was a superb two-way performance that turned a 28-28 first-quarter tie into a 76-35 blowout for the Panthers over Rochdale. First he ran for two huge TDs of 66 and 58 yards. More important, on defense, he turned the secondary into a no-fly zone. He picked off four—count ‘em—four passes, returning two of those for TDs as well.
The New Mexico Lobos are anxiously awaiting his arrival on campus as a football player and track athlete. Last spring he qualified for two events at the state meet, placing third in the triple jump. He also earned all-district honors as an outfielder in baseball. A solid B student, Jadon also finds time to mentor and read to Liberty Hill’s elementary school students.
“Jadon isn’t afraid to hit, has quick feet, and rarely comes off the field,” raves Coach Jerry Vance. “He’s quite an athlete around here, possessing so many positives. If he messes up on defense, for instance, he wants to make up for it instantly on offense. He’s simply a delight to coach.”
CLASS 2-A: Clint Lesley, Sr., Quarterback, Clyde:
If the virtue of patience ever required a case in point, Clyde senior quarterback Clint Lesley provides it. The 6-0, 155-pound signal-caller lost a heated battle for the starting job in pre-season training. But when his predecessor went down with a practice ankle injury in Week 2, the then 0-2 Bulldogs turned to Lesley, who has delivered big time. He has two straight wins under his belt including last week’s 50-14 pasting of Lamesa. Clint hit on 22 of 38 (eight more were dropped, says Coach Rocky Smart) for a walloping 446 yards and five TDs. Nine of the receptions went to WR Jon Seabourn who was not responsible for any of the drops.
Lesley, a guard on the Bulldogs’ basketball team and the leftfielder for the baseball team, owns a 3.8 GPA, which puts him in the top 15% of his class. He’s involved in considerable charity work, the most recent of which was a walk benefitting Alzheimer’s Disease research just last week.
“Clint is meeting every challenge we give him,” says Coach Smart, now in his first year back at his alma mater. “He is rapidly learning our new offense, with a great sense of anticipation. He’s so smart that he’s able to dissect the defense. And he’s so accurate that we’re not afraid to have him sling the ball—on any down! We’re playing to his strength and that’s really working out.”
CLASS 1-A: Hagen Hutchinson, Sr., Quarterback/Safety, Stamford:
When the season opened, the big question around Stamford revolved around the health of QB/S Hagen Hutchinson. Would he regain the form that made him a Built Ford Tough Player of the Week in 2011 following off-season labrum surgery? Question answered. Though his shoulder strength is only around 90%, according to Coach (and Hagen’s dad) Wayne Hutchinson, the old zip was back last weekend against Colorado City. In leading the Bulldogs, the 2011 state finalists, to a 34-14 win, Hagen hit on 27 of 37 passes for 351 yards and four TDs (14, 12, 28, and 44 yards). And running Stamford’s spread offense, he also ran 12 times for 113 yards and a five-yard score. Just for good measure, he added five tackles on defense.
The 6-2, 183-pound Hutchinson is one of those increasingly rare five-sport athletes. He was last year’s district MVP in football and basketball, a six-handicap golfer, ran a leg on Stamford’s state title 800-meter relay team, and plays baseball. He also owns a perfect 4.0 GPA, is a member of the National Honor Society, and participates in the PALS mentoring program for elementary school students.
“I’m obviously very proud of my son,” says Coach Hutchinson. “He’s extremely respectful, but the moment he puts that helmet on, he becomes a fierce competitor. He’s a student of the game and pays close attention to detail. He won’t lead by words but by example.”
PRIVATE SCHOOLS: Corey Robinson, Sr., Wide Receiver, San Antonio Christian:
Just when it looked like San Antonio Christian might be in danger of falling to 0-3, Coach Bryan Marmion dialed up Corey Robinson’s number (it’s 88!). The rangy 6-5, 190-pound Robinson answered the call big time—catching nine passes for 229 yards and three scores, helping the Lions to their first win of the year, a classic 49-42 victory over 2-A Blanco. Double-covered on virtually every play, Robinson told the coach he’d make the play and, in fact, he made the game-winning catch falling out of the end zone with 1:30 remaining. His previous score had knotted the game. “It was a back and forth game all the way, replete with lots of big plays,” says Marmion. “And Corey made the biggest of all.”
Robinson owns a 4.4 GPA (on a 4.0 scale, with a bunch of AP and honors courses). He has served on mission trips (most recently to Costa Rica), feeds the homeless in the local Church Under McBridge program and works at a local orphanage. Though he has played basketball for SA Christian in the past, he’ll like forego that this year. The son of San Antonio Spurs and NBA immortal David Robinson, Craig is planning to graduate in December, in time to join spring practice at Notre Dame.
So badly does Corey want to win, every time the coach looks around, Robinson is practicing with the scout team—hoping to make his team better. “Despite the recruiting rush for his services, he has always kept completed focused,” says Marmion. “We almost have to order him to skip the scout team and take a blow every once in a while. He’s just a tremendous kid.”
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Students recognized by Ford, the Texas Ford dealers and the Built Ford Tough Media Advisory Board as the Built Ford Tough Texas High School Football Player 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 and Performance off the field, including academic success and good community citizenship.
Texas high school football coaches, athletic directors and fans are invited to nominate players each week. To nominate student-athletes for this award or for additional information on the nomination process, visit PlayeroftheWeek.com
Additionally, fans can keep up with award winners through a weekly television show. Ford and Texas Ford Dealers are teaming up with Fox Sports Southwest to send television crews into communities across the state to shine 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 Saturdays at 8:30 a.m.
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