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Matt Valadez named Ford player of the week
STOCKDALE -- Ford Motor Company is proud to announce the winners of the 2013 Built Ford Tough Texas High School Football Player of the Week Award for Week 5 -- and among these talented student-athletes is Stockdale High School running back Matt Valadez.
Talk about instant offense. When Stockdale moved out to a 20-0 halftime lead against Natalia on Oct. 4, Coach Josh West decided to rest Valadez. But when the Mustangs scored to narrow the gap to 20-7, Valadez went back in the game. On the first play, he went 85 yards for a score. After another Natalia touchdown, it took only one play and 65 yards for Valadez to break it open again, producing a 40-13 Brahma victory.
Valadez ended the night with 420 rushing yards on 19 carries (more than 22 yards a pop) and scored five touchdowns for Stockdale. At the season’s midpoint, the tough-as-nails Valadez has rushed for 1,197 yards on 137 carries and has 14 touchdowns, rapidly approaching his 2012 totals of 1,518 yards and 16 touchdowns.
Valadez also plays basketball for the Brahmas and is a two-time qualifier for the state powerlifting competition. An outstanding student whose 3.875 GPA ranks him in the top quarter of his class, he’s active in both the National Honor Society and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, while also finding time to volunteer at a local nursing home where his mom is a nurse.
“Matt’s a unique kid,” Coach West said. “At 5-6 and 170 pounds, he’s not very big, but he’s as strong as a bull. Everyone in town admires him. Many of the young kids wear No. 8 jerseys in his honor and he signs them for anyone who asks. I’ve been here for eight years, the last three as athletic director. We always have votes on team captains. This year, out of 72 votes, Matt got 71 (all but his own). That speaks volumes.”
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