Fort Worth All Saints offensive lineman Demetrius Knox has been named to the 2014 U.S. Army All-American Bowl, which will be played at San Antonio’s Alamodome on Jan. 4 and televised live on NBC. The game is one of the premier high school football showcases and features some of the top recruits in the country.
Knox, a senior, has started on varsity since he was a freshman.
“For offensive linemen, that’s not normal,” All Saints coach Aaron Beck said. “Normally you’re not starting on the offensive line as a freshman, but he’s done a great job. He’s one of those players who has really pushed himself to make himself a better player, a better student and a better teammate. He’s very protective of his teammates and those are the characteristics that you look for.”
For Beck, there is far more to Knox than his football accomplishments.
“There are a whole lot of good players out there, but character always separates kids into different classifications, and his character defines him more than his football. He’s deserving of this because of his play, his academics and how he carries himself and what a valuable member to our community he is.”
Martin has a busy bye
Arlington Martin has a well-deserved bye week after a non-district slate that included a scrimmage against Allen and games versus De-Soto, Skyline and South Grand Prairie. But with rival Arlington looming on the horizon, the Warriors won’t necessarily be relaxing this week.
“I think you attack the bye. I think you game plan for the bye just like you game plan for any other opponent,” coach Bob Wager said. “Our focus on the bye week is fundamentals and conditioning. That seems like a basic concept, but when you’re normally on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday scrambling to try to install a game plan from one week to the next, you want to do a great job on the fundamentals but you don’t have the luxury of time. So, first and foremost, that’s our primary focus right now is being successful in the bye week and accomplishing fundamental improvement.”
Martin took some lumps in its 46-7 opening loss to DeSoto, but the team responded with a big win over a solid Skyline team and a 30-7 domination of South Grand Prairie. The improvement over the first three weeks is a good sign for Wager.
“Of course everybody’s objective is to go 3-0, but when you go Allen, DeSoto, Skyline, South Grand Prairie, 2-1 is a win for us,” he said. “When you play really good people, they expose things that otherwise wouldn’t be exposed. So we were able to realize some of the areas that we need to improve upon. To come out of it 2-1, that’s a pretty good combination of things right there.”
Timberview finds offense
With a talented and experienced defense returning, Mansfield Timberview expected to lean on that defense while a young offense, returning only two starters, learned its way. With its 3-0 start, it would appear the young Wolves are ahead of schedule.
“I feel like they’re making the plays when we need to make them,” coach James Brown said. “Offensively, other than last Friday, I feel like we’re making big strides.”
Some of the most important strides have come from one of those two returning starters — quarterback Tevin Muse.
“I think Tevin has really come on and really taken control of this team on the offensive side,” Brown said. “I feel like he’s taken huge steps forward from where he was last year.”
Player of the Week
In the dfwvarsity.com fan vote for top performances from Sept. 12-14, Colleyville Heritage wide receiver/defensive back Jacob Sisk had the most online support, with 2,518 votes. More than 6,200 votes were cast for seven players. Visit the site Monday to see who’s in the running for this week’s games.
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