For the sixth consecutive year, Ford Motor Company is recognizing six outstanding student-athletes each week during the 2011 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.
CLASS 1-A: Tyler Wiatrek, Senior, Running Back/Linebacker/Punter, Falls City:
It was the stuff that defines coaching “genius.” With the score tied at 33, 35 yards from the end zone, and two seconds left in regulation last week, Falls City Coach Mark Kirchhoff dialed up his best play. Star running back Tyler Wiatrek would run a post pattern and, hopefully, quarterback Cameron Solo would manage to get him the ball. Wiatrek did it just like the coach drew it up, shaking the last defender at the goal line and catching the prayer, sealing Falls City’s 39-33 win over Pettus. For the night, Wiatrek wound up with 16 carries for 224 yards and three touchdowns and two receptions, both for TDs, and another 41 yards. He also managed nine solo tackles on defense.
As good as Tyler is on the field, he’s even better in the classroom. His perfect 4.0 GPA has earned him class valedictorian status. He also plays saxophone in the marching band and is a three-sport all-district choice in football, baseball, and basketball, and ran a leg on the regional qualifying mile relay. He’s active in his church youth group and the Future Farmers of America.
“Tyler has taken over our team leadership this year,” says Coach Kirchhoff. “Whether it’s making the game-winning play or simply supporting his teammates, he’s a pleasure to coach. I’m thankful for the opportunity to coach this humble young man.”
Nominate Your Elite Student-Athletes at playeroftheweek.com
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
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.
New this fall, Facebook and Twitter users will be able to post comments on the Texas Ford dealers Facebook page at www.Facebook.com/texasforddealers and follow discussion about the program on www.Twitter.com/txforddealers. Fans are encouraged to visit playeroftheweek.com and catch up on weekly winners, view video clips of players in action and get the latest program details.
Additionally, fans can keep up with award winners through a weekly television show. Ford and the 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 Ford High School Player of the Week program airs Saturday at 8:30 a.m.