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Ric Renner – FOXSportsSouthwest.com


Built Ford Tough!!


The good people at Ford put on an amazing show at Cowboys Stadium this past weekend… during the fall, we honor the “Built Ford Tough Player of the Week” in each classification… one kid represents for the entire state in each classification for his performances on-and-off the field…I had the honor of hosting the event with Neil Beasley… you wouldn’t believe the credentials on some of these kids… GPA’s like Scotty Young’s (Denton Ryan) at 4.5… and record setting seasons like Traylon Shead (Cayuga) and Nate Jeffrey (Caddo Mills)…both chased all-time rushing and TD records…I could go on all day about some of the off-the-field things these kids do… Honor Society, volunteers at their local church, Big Bro’s, student council, mentoring kids, etc… you name it…these kids do it…and remain in the top ten percent of their class!


Ford invited the kids to Jerry’s World for a night to remember… and much of the night was a surprise to the kids…some of them have never even been in a big city… The kids got a stadium tour, pictures with Cowboys Sack Attacker Jay Ratliff and Cheerleaders… complete with a banquet to honor the kids inside the Dallas Cowboys locker room… maybe one day these kids will play for the Cowboys and be in that same locker room.. Ford does so many great things in the community…This program is one that so many kids, parents, coaches, fans, etc. embrace… and should…Ford did it like they do everything… First Class!


In awe of these kids… I couldn’t help but thinking…. we are looking at future Heisman Trophy candidates and 1st round NFL Draft picks… and some may not play football at all… but, will definitely be leaders in our community… like Ford…..which just so happens to be # 1 in sales, again…


Congrats to “Built Ford Tough Player of the Year” Winners:


5A: Jeremy Johnson, QB, Tyler John Tyler — SMU Bound !

4A: Scotty Young, QB, Denton Ryan — Texas Tech Bound — (Top-5 in several passing Records)

3A: Darian “Stomp” Godfrey, QB, Gilmer — led school to State Championship — 41-3 record in 3 years

2A: Nate Jeffrey, RB, Caddo Mills — 2nd All-Time in State TD Record, broke Dad’s School Records

1A: Traylon Shead, RB, Cayuga — State’s second 10,000 yd rusher, All-Time TD Record, — Texas Bound… don’t be surprise if he wins the Heisman one day…and he’s smart…has to be…his dad is the principal!

Private: Johnny Catalano, QB, Trinity Christian Academy, Addison — 2300 yard rusher!


Honorable mention :


GPA’s : Elijah Hudson/Albany (95.6), Wes Brown/Edorado (97.8), B.J. Davis/Sudan (3.9), Jared Skipworth/Mulesshoe (3.6), Jarred Moylan/Eastland (99.5), Seth Crumpton/Henrietta (3.61), Josh Harrison/Sinton (3.8), Brian Bell/China Spring (3.9), Josh Dorman/Birdville (3.6), James Franklin (4.0), Jordan Baeza/El Paso Del Valle (3.81)


Best Names: “Stump” Godfrey/Gilmer, Layton Dworaczyk/Blanco, Vegas Hastings/Cisco, Ace Fierro/Smithville


Best Family Ties:  Brian Bell/China Spring (brother of Baylor Standout Shawn Bell…son of legendary high school coach) , Tyler Tannehill/Big Spring (brother of A&M standout Ryan), Matt Joeckel (Twin brother is going as a package deal to Texas A&M… one’s a QB, one’s a big OL)


Top Performances:


Scotty Young/Denton Ryan — 520 yds passing, 8 Tds (Tied State Rec) vs. McKinney

James Sims/Irving Mac — 25 carries, 377 yds, 7 Tds vs. South Grand Prairie

Sean Ballard/Plano West — 517 all-purpose yds vs. Mesquite Horn

Josh Dorman/Birdville — 553 yds passing, 7 Tds vs. Azle

James Franklin/Lake Dallas — threw 317 yds, 3 Tds, Ran 204 yds, 2 Tds vs. Denton Ryan

Luke Woodley/Highland Park — 448 yds passing, 5 Tds

Jordan Baeza/El Paso Del Valle — 396 yds passing, 8 Tds (tied State Rec) vs. Mtn View

Matt Santos/Poteet — 439 Yds, 5 Tds vs. Marion

Dominic Scott/Alpine — 478 yds, 6 Tds  vs. Clint

Jarred Moylan/Eastland — 461 yds passing, 6 Tds

Elijah Hudson/Albany — 369 yds rushing, 5 TDs on only 21 carries


And I want to thank one of the classiest coaches in the state, Randy Allen/Highland Park for being there for my bad jokes… and taking it all in !


Tony Parker is so Unlucky! 


How ’bout the Spurs’ point guard