PLAINS, TX (KCBD) - A Plains High School football player is being honored as a Built Ford Tough Texas High School Football player of the Week.
Josh Brock, quarter back for the Plains football team is one of six outstanding student-athletes being honored for week 3.
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. Go to www.playeroftheweek.com to nominate your favorite player and find out more about the program! Fans can also tune in to see these award winning players on the Built Ford Tough
Following are capsule summaries on the Week 3 winners:
Class 1A: Josh Brock, Senor Quarterback, Plains High School
If nothing else, Josh Brock is a competitor. Last week, for example, he ran the Cowboys' Split-T offense to, well, a tee, running 18 times for 230 yards. That's 12.5 yards per carry. He added 61 passing yards as Plains improved to 4-0 with a 42-27 victory over Forsan.
Competitiveness runs in the family. Josh's brother, Tim, plays basketball for Colorado State (Pueblo). Josh also plays basketball, plus he sprints and pole vaults for the Plains track team. An honor roll straight-A student (both of his parents are teachers), he gives selflessly, spending last summer on a church mission to Africa where he helped build a health clinic.
"His leadership and public service really set him apart," says Coach Tom Harvey. "Josh is that guy who always gets the team to follow and that's good for us because it's always in a positive direction. His great ball-handling really opens up our game, but that goes back to his intelligence and competitiveness!"
Class 5A: Bradley Marquez, Senior Running Back, Odessa High School
What do you do the week after setting school records with 380 yards and six touchdowns? If you're Odessa running back Bradley Marquez, you simply do it again! The 6-0, 185-pound speedster ran for another 380 yards (29 carries) and six scores (four in the final quarter) in the 3-1 Bronchos' come-from-behind 40-27 win over San Angelo Central. The TD scampers covered 9, 9, 47, 59, 20, and 3 yards. He has now scored Odessa's last 11 touchdowns, leaving him just 91 yards shy of Odessa's career rushing mark of 3,463, a figure he could hit this Friday against Amarillo.
An all-district shortstop and outfielder, Bradley owns a lofty 3.5 grade point average, reads to elementary school youngsters, and is active in his church youth group. He's planning on joining Tommy Tuberville at Texas Tech next fall after evaluating a passel of FBS offers.
"His work ethic, dedication, and commitment all make him a great captain," says Coach Ron King. "His teammates see him talk the talk and then he goes out and walks the walk. He's a great runner and receiver, but he's not afraid to stick his nose in there and block. He takes pride in getting dirty and willing his team to win!"
Class 4A: Joseph Walton, Senior Running Back, Santa Fe High School
When Santa Fe won six games in '09, they more than matched the total wins for the three previous seasons. Now the Indians are 4-0 and running back Joseph Walton is a major reason. The 5-10, 185-pound senior racked up 330 yards on only 17 carries (including four touchdowns) in last week's 41-0 blowout of Houston St. Thomas as the Santa Fe renaissance continues. That raised his season numbers to 707 yards and eight scores as the feature back in the Indians pro-style offense.
An all-district football player whose 2010 baseball season was limited by a severe hamstring injury, Walton has also run track for the Indians. He's a solid B student who looks ready to take his game to the next level.
"He's a very physical back who looks for contact but who has the speed to run away from it," says Coach Jay Buckner. "A quiet young man, he leads by his actions. You can't believe how positive the atmosphere has become at school. And while Joseph is making a major contribution, he always wants you to know that winning is a total team effort."
Class 3A: Trent Jackson, Junior Running Back, Cuero High School
Cuero High School conquered two opponents last week: Port Lavaca Calhoun and Mother Nature. Despite a driving rainstorm and an amped-up Calhoun defense, the 5-11, 190-pound junior slogged his way to 385 yards (23 carries) and four TDs, including runs of 81, 78, 71, and 51 yards. The latter, with 7:37 on the clock, broke a 21-21 tie as the Gobblers evened their record at 2-2. That's why he's considered a major prospect in the Class of 2012.
A three-year starter in football, Jackson also competes in track. As a freshman, he ran a leg on Cuero's 3-A champion 4 x 100 relay team. His 87.7% academic average puts him in the top third of his class and he's also heavily involved in his church youth group.
"Trent always has a huge smile on his face," says Coach Rick Owens. "Though all the attention he's getting could go to his head, it sure hasn't. He can do a little of everything. He can be a power or speed runner and can juke his way around the field. Best of all, he's a vocal leader and a really good teammate."
Class 2A: Josh Carpenter, Senior Quarterback-Wide Receiver. Grand Saline High School
When his quarterback (and son) Taylor Phelps couldn't go last week against Winona, Grand Saline coach Kenny Phelps did the next best thing. He summoned wide receiver Josh Carpenter, made him his quarterback, and watched the 5-10, 165-pound senior light up the scoreboard. Carpenter completed 22 of 44 passes for a whopping 443 yards and two TDs, and added 112 rushing yards (12 carries) for two more scores, as the Indians won their first of the year, 37-20. He'll be back at QB this week against Edgewood but, as Coach Phelps says, "After that, he'll gladly play wherever we need him."
Carpenter, a solid B+ student, is a member of the Indians' track team and qualified for the state meet in the pole vault as a sophomore. He's also active with the Future Farmers of America, participating in cattle shows.
"What a terrific young man he is," says Coach Phelps. "Josh has really grown up this year and has become one of our leaders. He has worked really hard to get where he is and he has the maturity to go out and do the job from any position on the field."
Class Private Schools: Dakota Eddins, Senior Quarterback, Monsignor Kelly Catholic High School, Beaumont
Dakota is putting the fight back in the Fightin' Bulldogs. Coming off a so-so 4-6 season, Coach Mike Long turned the offense over to the rangy 6-3, 180-pound Eddins—and, so far, he has delivered. The Bulldogs downed 3-A Liberty, 42-35 last week, raising their season mark to 3-1. Eddins hit on 23 of 29 passes for a whopping 429 yards and four scores, raising his per-game passing numbers to 282.3 yards per game. His nine TD passes leave him just one off his 2009 total.
A former basketball player (a broken ankle ended his hoops career), Eddins owns a nifty 3.6 grade point average and appears headed for a career at one of several interested FBS colleges.
"What a tremendous competitor he is," raves Coach Long. "He's not loud; he simply leads by example. And his confidence rubs off on the whole team."
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:
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 www.PlayeroftheWeek.com.
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