Shane Stafford has won the KDHPressbox.com Player of the Week award before in his athletic career at Belton.
But the senior has never won it following a playoff win by the Tiger football team.
That is because before Saturday, Belton hadn’t won a playoff game since 2009, when Stafford was in seventh grade.
Stafford and the 2014 Tigers changed that with a 50-27 win against Garland in a Class 6A bi-district playoff game.
Stafford completed 19 of 28 passes for 322 yards and four touchdowns.
Now, after receiving 868 votes, Stafford is the Player of the Week.
“It’s pretty awesome,” Stafford said.
“There’s a lot of people well deserving of it. But there’s a lot of people around me that are doing what they can to make sure I get that. They’re voting quite often.
“It’s just awesome to have that honor.”
Stafford got out to an early lead in the voting and never relinquished it to beat out runner-up Raven Ringo of Killeen.
Ringo received 363 votes after averaging 11.3 points per game to help the Lady Kangaroos place third in the Austin Bowie Be-YOU-tiful Classic.
Also nominated were Copperas Cove quarterback Manny Harris, who passed for 359 yards and four touchdowns in his final game as a Bulldawg against Rockwall, and Gatesville junior golfer Zane Washburn, who finished second individually to help the Hornets win the Killeen Invitational.
Although Stafford was happy to receive the individual honor of Player of the Week, he was most happy to share the moment — and the Tigers’ playoff win — with his teammates and the Belton community, which is buzzing with excitement over the Tiger’s first trip to the area round in five years.
“Even though I’m up for Player of the Week, there’s a whole lot of people behind the things that I accomplished on Friday,” Stafford said. “We all did it as a team — everybody had to catch it, run the right routes and stuff.”