Willy Ivery got his hands on the hardware he won earlier this season.
Jonathan Toliver of Brian Toliver Ford was on hand Wednesday to present Ivery the Built Ford Tough Texas High School Football Player of the Week he won for the Nov. 2 game against Pine Tree.
Ivery won the Class 4A award for the entire state. In last week’s 70-48 win over Longview Pine Tree, the Wildcats were powered by his 11 carries for 247 yards and four TDs, three receptions for 64 yards and another TD, and a 53-yard kickoff return that set up still another score.
Toliver said, “We nominate the kids, Ford picks them. It was a pleasure to nominate Willy, he is very deserving.”
Ivery said, “This is a team award, I could not do anything without my teammates. The award goes to them. I also would like to thank the coaches for giving me the chance to get the plays to win this award. The award goes to everybody, you can’t win something like this by yourself.”
“We’re 8-2 and playing well. We won district, now we want to win state,” Ivery said.
Sulphur Springs head football coach Greg Owens said he was glad to see his speedy, junior running back/receiver honored with the award.
“Willy is a team guy, he won the award, but it really is for the whole team,” Owens said. “This is a big deal, this is a statewide award. It means from the week of the Pine Tree game, he got the award for being the best player in Class 4A.”
Owens said, “Willy is truly deserving and such a fine young man. This is just one more feather in his cap. He’s a great kid, he has done a great job for us. He has worked hard, he continues to mature as a person and an athlete. He is exceptional and very gifted. He has a knack of running football and he does it well.”
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