GATESVILLE — His game-winning kick appeared to float through the uprights with ease. His win in the polls seemed almost as easy.
Less than a week after delivering a 35-yard field goal in overtime to help Gatesville complete a rally from a 13-point, fourth-quarter deficit to beat Monahans 37-34 in the regional round of the Class 3A, Division II playoffs, Gatesville kicker Sebastian Corrales earned the KDHpressbox.com Player of the Week award by a landslide.
The senior received 72.8 percent of the vote for his performance.
“The fans are awesome,” he said. “You see their support everywhere, and that atmosphere makes you determined to do greater in the games because we are not just playing for us, we are playing for the whole community.”
Gatesville’s fan base turned out to support Corrales, who received 409 of the 562 votes cast. For the season, Corrales made 11 of 12 field goals and 61 of 66 extra points.
“He is just an ice-water-in-the-veins type of kid,” Gatesville head coach Kyle Cooper said. “He’s meant a lot to us. It is nice to know he is there when he is needed. Obviously, (kicking) is a big part of the game, and the further you go, the more important it is.”
Trailing 34-21 entering the fourth quarter against Monahans, Hornets quarterback Cole Edmiston delivered two touchdown passes to Matthew Wallace to make up the difference and set up Corrales’ game-winning field goal on Gatesville’s first possession in overtime.
“It is not just me, it goes back to the team and how hard they fought,” Corrales said. “Without them, I couldn’t have done it, so I give the thanks to them.”
Corrales earned the award over several other worthy nominees. Accumulating 119 total votes, Copperas Cove senior guard Shawnte’ Goff finished second with 21.2 percent of the vote.
The Lady Bulldawgs starter scored a team-high 21 points in an 84-57 home victory against Waco La Vega before leading her team to a second-place finish at the Lorena tournament.
In three tournament games, Goff averaged 18 points, including a 26-point showing against China Spring, adding 12 rebounds, six steals, two blocks and two assists in the 65-55 victory.
Also nominated, Shoemaker junior guard Shane Johnson averaged 17.4 points per game, while leading the Grey Wolves to a consolation championship at the Mansfield ISD Tournament before helping his team defeat Pflugerville Hendrickson on Monday.
Ellison point guard Kenesha Saygo rounded out the nominations after producing an average of 12 points per game as she helped the Lady Eagles win the Polk-Key City Championship.
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