Six Outstanding Student Athletes Selected in Week 10 of “Built Ford Tough Texas High School Football Player of the Week
- 5A - Jarrett Hildreth, Sr., QB, League City Clear Creek
- 4A - David Blough, Sr., QB, Carrollton Creekview
- 3A - Grayson Muehlstein, Sr., QB, Decatur
- 2A - JaQuan Hemphill, Jr., RB/QB/DB, Coleman
- 1A - Kolby Self, Sr., RB/DB, Forsan
- Private - Tristan Saint, Sr., QB/DB, Tyler Bishop T.K. Gorman
PLANO, Texas, Nov. 13, 2013 – Six Texas high school football stars have been recognized during Week 10 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 10 Winners
CLASS 5-A: Jarrett Hildreth, Sr., Quarterback, League City Clear Creek:
Even when the heat reached blast levels last weekend, Jarrett Hildreth remained one cool customer. His Clear Creek Wildcats had surrendered a 20-point lead in the second half against district rivals Clear Springs and wound up tied at 55 in regulation. It got worse. Clear Springs scored on its first OT possession to take a 62-55 lead. That’s when Jarrett took matters into his own hands. On the first play, the 6-2, 217-pounder tossed a 25-yard TD to Devon Smith, then won it by hitting tight end Landon Etzel for the two-point conversion and a thrilling 63-62 victory. The victory was Clear Creek’s first over their rivals in six tries and improved the Wildcats to 9-1 overall and a perfect 6-0 in District 24-5A. “Jarrett never cracked,” says Coach Darrell Warden. Hildreth was clutch all night, hitting on 26 of 39 passes for 399 yards and five TDs of 14, 30, 25, 42 and 25 yards and ran seven yards for another score. Next up for the Wildcats is a Class 5-A, Division II playoff date with Fort Bend Bush on Friday.
With a late season surge, Hildreth is quickly popping up on FBS recruiters’ radar screens, including those at Houston, UTSA and Baylor. For the season, he’s thrown for 2,480 yards and 26 TDs and run for 463 yards and five more scores. The holder of a solid B average, he was a unanimous all-district selection as a junior and gave up baseball and basketball to concentrate on football. Last spring, he attended several football combines that improved his stock with national analysts.
“Jarrett performed like a real veteran in a pressure-packed game,” raves Coach Warden. “It always helps when your best player is your hardest worker. That’s Jarrett. He loves football and he’s a fierce competitor. He simply hates to lose!”
CLASS 4-A: David Blough, Sr., Quarterback, Carrollton Creekview:
The mission was clear. For Carrollton Creekview, it was win or go home—for the fifth consecutive year. And with the Mustangs trailing North Forney 26-13 in the fourth quarter, “go home” was the likely outcome. But Creekview quarterback David Blough was determined not to let that happen. He led his team all the way back, even overcoming a late 29-27 deficit by throwing a 64-yard TD pass with three minutes to go to cement the victory—and this Thursday’s playoff date with Frisco Centennial. Blough, who had represented his school at the NIKE Elite 11 Quarterback Camp last summer, wound up the night with 14 of 26 passing for 338 yards and two touchdowns and 52 yards on 12 carries for two more scores in the 33-29 win. A classic drop-back passer operating out of Creekview’s I-formation, he wound up the season completing 112 of 205 for 1,504 yards and 13 TDs while rushing 92 times for 350 yards and six six-pointers.
David is extremely involved in a variety of religion-based organizations, including FCA, out-of-town church mission trips, Point Youth Ministry and the student organization, Young Life. Though he has participated in track and basketball in the past, he’ll be graduating from Creekview in January and taking his outstanding 3.95 GPA to Purdue in time for spring drills.
“David is absolutely the hardest worker in our program,” says Coach Jay Cline. “He’s a yes-sir, no-sir kind of kid who’s always the first to arrive and the last to leave. When you talk about him, the words that immediately pop into the conversation are high character, honesty, integrity, and leadership. He has helped transform our team. His teammates believe in him and follow him without doubt.”
CLASS 3-A: Grayson Muehlstein, Sr., Quarterback, Decatur:
If the Decatur’s regular season finale is any indication of the postseason, their fans might be in for a wild ride. The crazy second-half of a thrilling 56-53 victory over Sanger featured five lead changes and six TDs in the final eight minutes. And at the center of it all was the Eagles’ senior quarterback, Grayson Muehlstein. The TCU recruit was on fire, completing 24 of 35 passes for 399 yards and six TDs--all to classmate Cain Lowe--from 12, 42, 44, 34, 9 and 12 yards. The last score rallied the Eagles from a 53-49 deficit with 42 ticks left on the clock. “Grayson and Cain had a little chemistry going,” admits Coach Kyle Story. Just for good measure, the 6-4, 205-pounder led the Eagles with 109 yards rushing on 20 carries. Despite trailing 17-7 after one quarter, Grayson stayed calm, guiding Decatur to the come-from-behind win, improving to 7-3 overall and 3-1 in District 9-3A. The Eagles play 4-5 Irving Ranchview Friday in the Class 3-A, Division II bi-district playoffs.
Folks at TCU will be proud to know that Grayson is a straight-A student, earning a spot on Decatur’s honor roll. His 4.5 speed in the 40 is a big help to the sprint relay team in the spring. Grayson also is a member of FCA and is a teacher’s aide.
“Grayson looks the part of quarterback,” says Coach Story. “He’s deceptively fast for his size (6-4, 205), possesses a strong arm, and can make all the throws, long or intermediate, with touch. His work ethic is second to none; he even practices at full speed.”
CLASS 2-A: JaQuan Hemphill, Jr., Running Back/Quarterback/Defensive Back, Coleman:
When Coleman’s quarterback went down in the second quarter last week, Coach Brad Ballard knew exactly what to do. He turned the reigns over to his star running back, JaQuan Hemphill—and didn’t miss a beat. JaQuan led Coleman to a 44-14 victory over Colorado City, returning the opening kickoff 77 yards for a touchdown, rushing 25 times for 214 yards (an 8.8 yards per carry average) and three TDs, catching two passes for 52 yards and, by the way, completing six of eight passes for 83 yards in his first-ever appearance at QB. While that might be enough for some players, JaQuan wasn’t done. He made eight tackles on defense, intercepted a pass and forced a fumble. The records don’t indicate whether he tended to the snack stand at halftime. His rushing performance put him over the 1,000-yard barrier for the season (128 carries for 1,030 yards and 12 TDs). The Bluecats next face highly-ranked Crane, led by last week’s Built Ford Tough Player of the Week, Gunner Tatum, in the Bi-District playoff round on Friday.
A talented all-around athlete—he also participates in basketball, power lifting, and track, JaQuan sports an outstanding 3.6 GPA. He is heavily involved in a non-denominational group called The Cross, which performs community service in the area. He’s also a regular at Christian functions year round and frequently collects canned food for an area food bank.
“JaQuan really stepped up this year,” says Coach Brad Ballard. “Through his leadership, he has raised everyone’s intensity level. He’s got a great work ethic, never missing a summer workout nor skipping a Saturday morning health check after every game. He’s always asking how to improve himself on and off the field. He’s done a pretty good job of that!”
CLASS 1-A: Kolby Self, Sr., Running Back/Defensive Back/Kick Returner, Forsan:
Kolby Self was acting on a gut feeling. The Forsan senior running back hinted to Coach Jason Phillips that the best way to qualify for the postseason was to increase his workload last Friday. “Normally Kolby gets, at most, 15 to 20 carries a game. But he asked for more chances to carry the ball and that really paid off,” says the coach. In a win-or-go-home game, Kolby rushed a season-high 35 times for 313 yards and four TDs (61, 5, 5 and 82 yards), including the game-winner late in the fourth quarter, in a 38-35 win over Winters. With the Buffaloes trailing 35-31, Kolby took the pigskin on a sweep and raced 82 yards for the decisive six-pointer with 5:52 left. In nine games, the 5-10, 150-pounder has rushed for 1,038 yards on 151 attempts (nearly seven yards a try) and 12 TDs and has 10 receptions for 162 yards and two scores. The Buffaloes (4-6, 2-2 District 4-1A) embark on the postseason playing Windthorst in the Class 1-A, Division II bi-district round, with the winner advancing to meet Sundown in the area game.
A solid B+ student, Kolby is hoping college recruiters will take notice of his recent efforts. He’s already made a name for himself on the track, where he qualified for the last spring’s regional meet in the 100, 200 and sprint relay and starts in the backcourt for the basketball team. Additionally, Kolby is a member of the Cornerstone Church Youth Group in Big Spring and served as a teacher’s assistant at a local elementary school.
“Kolby was voted a team captain because he’s a role model for his teammates, especially the younger ones,” says Coach Phillips. “He’s a great all-around kid whose main attribute is his outstanding work ethic. He never misses a workout and he’s done everything we’ve asked him to do and that includes switching positions on both sides of the ball.”
PRIVATE SCHOOLS: Tristan Saint, Sr., Quarterback/Defensive Back, Tyler Bishop T. K. Gorman:
Tyler Bishop T. K. Gorman’s senior quarterback had one goal last week. With the playoffs out of reach thanks to a narrow early-season loss, he wanted to be the leader who produced the Crusaders’ first-ever .500 season in its eight years in TAPPS Division II. He left no doubt. The 6-0, 185-pound QB led Gorman to a 42-0 lead over Dallas Shelton early in the third quarter when the mercy rule kicked in. By then he had hit on 16 of 23 passes for 270 yards and three touchdowns and run 60 yards on seven carries for another score. The one-time freshman center wound up the season with 160 completions on 250 attempts for 2,822 yards and 26 touchdowns. He also ran 65 times for 439 yards and four more TDs. He leaves Gorman having virtually rewritten every mark in the passing record book.
Gorman may need a bunch of students just to replicate Tristan’s contributions to the school and community. A 3.6 GPA student who is also the catcher on the baseball team, Saint is a member of the student council and the homecoming committee. He’s a co-founder of the business club, a member of the Boys and Girls club, and works closely with Parents Anonymous a group that helps parents and children who need aid. Saint, too, comes from a single-parent household.
“Tristan’s organizational and leadership skills are amazing,” raves Coach Coby Gipson. “He’s always the leader in the weight room and he does a great job motivating his teammates. And whenever he walks the halls at school, he’s always on the alert for something that might damage the team’s image within the school. It’s no wonder that all 53 of his teammates voted him captain this season. You rarely see a unanimous vote.”
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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