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Six Outstanding Student-Athletes Honored As Built Ford Tough High School Football Players of the Wee
Wednesday, November 17, 2010 • Posted November 17, 2010

* Class 5A: Jeff Calvert, QB, Colleyville Heritage High School

* Class 4A: Beau Nowell, QB, Mesquite Poteet High School

* Class 3A: Layton Lowry, RB. Argyle High School

* Class 2A: Jack Rhoades, QB-P, Cameron Yoe High School

* Class 1A: David Mora, RB-LB, Mason High School

* Private Schools: Jason Blades, RB-LB, Houston Second Baptist

PLANO, Texas (November 11, 2010) – Six great young Texas high school football stars have been recognized today as the Built Ford Tough Texas High School Football Players of the Week for Week 10.

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 for the Player of the Year Award and find out more about the program! Fans can also tune in to see these award winning players on the Built Ford Tough Player of the Week program airing Saturday November 13, 2010 at 8:30 a.m. on Fox Sports Southwest.

Following are capsule summaries on the Week 10 winners:

Class 5A: Jeff Calvert, Sr., QB, Heritage High School, Colleyville

With Colleyville Heritage on the cusp of the 5-A, Division II playoffs, quarterback Jeff Calvert saved his best performance for the regular-season finale. Calvert was a one-man wrecking crew, leading the Panthers to a 49-14 win over Haltom, accounting for six touchdowns (five passing, one rushing) and 418 yards in less than three quarters. He hit on 14 of 19 through the air for 373 yards and scoring tosses of 36, 14, 68, 55, and 8 yards and ran for a 20-yard score. That gives him season numbers of 1,966 passing yards and 19 TDs.

College football is on Jeff’s plate for next fall, but he’s also fully qualified in track (a regional qualifier in the 300 hurdles). A solid B+ student, he’s a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and a peer assistance leadership group.

In fact, as Coach Mike Fuller puts it, "leadership is Jeff’s strong suit. He’s the toughest QB I’ve ever coached. He’s a laid-back kid who his well-liked by his teammates. He has the amazing ability to put negatives behind him and push forward. Jeff inspires everyone around him."

Class 4A: Beau Nowell, Sr., Quarterback, Poteet High School, Mesquite

Mesquite Poteet quarterback Beau Nowell is at the center of one of the great feel-good stories in Texas football. The Pirates, losers of 18 straight dating back to 2008, came into the 2010 season as the unanimous pick to finish dead last in 15-4A. Led by the 5-10, 210-pound signal-caller, Poteet smacked Waxahachie 56-38 last week, completing a total turnaround. Nowell completed 16 of 24 for 355 yards and six TDs (19, 22, 41, 30, 45, and 24 yards) and rushed for a 20-yard score, breaking a 35-35 halftime tie. The now 8-2 Pirates take on Hutto in a bi-district game in Waco on Saturday.

An all-district third baseman and a solid B student, Nowell works in Poteet’s PALS program at school and volunteers at both a local nursing home and a retirement center, among his many community service projects.

"In this remarkable turnaround season, Beau has been the heart of our team," says veteran (but first year at Poteet) Coach Randy Jackson. "He didn’t decide he wanted to come back to football until last June, but he has been a tremendous competitor and leader. And he’s one of the toughest kids I’ve coached in my 20 years."

Class 3A: Layton Lowry, Sr., Running Back, Argyle High School

After missing half of the ’09 season with a knee injury, Layton Lowry came into 2010 on a mission. Consider it "mission accomplished." The 5-11, 205-pound Lowry played a major role in last week’s 56-45 victory over Sanger, which clinched the 9-3A district title for the Eagles. Ever the workhorse, he carried 31 times for a personal-best 301 yards and four TDs (4, 3, 89, and 1 yards), leading Argyle to its 20th straight win. Layton finished the regular season with 1,235 rushing yards and 17 TDs.

An all-district outfielder in baseball, Lowry is the proud owner of a 3.5 grade-point average and a place on the school honor roll. A member of both the FCA and Argyle’s student council, Layton also mentors elementary school children and is considered a great role model by most everyone in town.

"Layton has it all," says Coach Todd Rodgers. "He’s elusive, has good size and breakaway speed. Because he’s so compact, it’s tough for any one defender to bring him down. He’s our captain and a terrific leader."

Class 2A: Jack Rhoades, Sr., Quarterback-Punter, Yoe High School, Cameron

For Texas’ fourth-ranked (AP) Cameron Yoe, the road to the post-season starts with quarterback Jack Rhoades. In last week’s 48-14 pasting of Troy, Yoe’s 10th of the year, the 6-3, 175-pound signal-caller hit 22 of 27 passing for a whopping 407 yards and five TDs (he rushed for another). The aerial strikes covered 41, 41, 5, 33, and 47 yards. For the season, Rhoades has thrown for 2,311 yards and 33 scores. He has also punted 31 times for a tremendous 43.91-yard average.

President of Yoe’s FCA chapter, a member of the National Honor Society, and extremely active in the Catholic Church, Rhoades participates in the Read to Succeed program, mentoring elementary school youngsters. He coaches kids in both flag football and Little Dribblers’ basketball. A 3.81 GPA student, he’s also a basketball player (averaging a double-double) and track athlete (triple jump and 4 x 400 relay).

"Jack is not only a fine athlete, he’s a fine young man," says Coach Rick Rhoades, who also happens to be his dad. "He openly displays his great faith, leading a prayer session for both teams at midfield after every game. He’s a bright young man (1,960 on his SATs) and is anxious to help anyone around him who needs assistance."

Class 1A: David Mora, Jr., Running Back, Mason High School

According to the old adage, "Size matters." Don’t tell that to Mason running back David Mora. At 5-7 and 165 pounds, David might be diminutive but his numbers aren’t. In last week’s 13-7 win over Winters, the tireless Mora carried 52 times for 334 yards and the decisive touchdown. For the season, he has 2,543 rushing yards and 20 TDs, both single-season school records and, though he’s only a junior, he’s also the Punchers’ all-time career rushing leader with more than 4,100 yards.

An all-around star at Mason, David plays basketball, runs track (sprints, triple jump) and plays the trumpet in the high school band. He maintains an A-average in the classroom and is a member of Mason’s FCA chapter.

Coach Russell Joy thinks Mora’s upside is unlimited. "He seems to get better every week," says the coach. "He’s a shifty runner with a high football IQ. He doesn’t say much but when he does, it’s usually about his teammates. He’ll always deflect praise for the good of the team."

Class Private Schools: Jason Blades, Running Back-Linebacker, Second Baptist School, Houston

With a TAPPS DII playoff berth on the line and the battle raging through three overtimes, Houston Second Baptist’s game plan came down to one thing: give the ball to Jason Blades. He did not disappoint. When the dust cleared on the Eagles’ 43-41 win over Tomball Concordia, the tireless Blades had carried an amazing 54 times for 255 yards and five TDs. He also made 11 tackles on defense, playing for 120 snaps. "He never asks out," says Coach Mike Sneed, "though sometimes we need to drag him off the field."

A cross-country runner and swimmer (likely his college sport choice), Jason also shines in Second Baptist’s theater program. A 3.7 GPA student, who has attracted interest from schools like Johns Hopkins, he volunteers for Houston’s Star of Hope program, helping restock pantries to feed the homeless.

"You aren’t likely to meet many youngsters with Jason’s effervescent personality," says Coach Sneed. "That’s one reason his teammates elected him captain. He’s just a high-quality young man who’s extremely sensitive to his teammates’ needs. All of the kids look up to Jason as a role model."

Nominate Your Elite Student-Athletes at www.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.

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