• October 1, 2016

Player Of The Week

PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Alejandro picked off a big victory for Knights

Amy Proctor | Herald
From left, Harker Heights cornerback coach Robert Hubbard, Freddy’s-KDHpressbox.com Player of the Week Pablo Alejandro, Freddy’s Frozen Custard and Steakburgers general manager Corrina Collier and Harker Heights head football coach Jerry Edwards participate in the award ceremony Saturday in Harker Heights.

Pablo Alejandro is just grateful for the chance to suit up for Harker Heights each Friday night. 

But on Sept. 15 at Leo Buckley Stadium, the Knight defense played stout against a high-powered passing offense in visiting Austin Vandegrift, and it was a big play made by Alejandro that ensured a 20-19 victory for the home squad.

On the final drive of the ballgame, Vandegrift had just recovered an onside kick and was driving to score either the game-winning touchdown or field goal.

On a third-and-18 at the Heights 25-yard line, Vipers quarterback Alex Fernandes attempted a deep pass down the left hash. Alejandro was able to undercut the intended receiver, however, and intercept the throw at the 3 to put the contest to bed.

For his efforts against Vandegrift, Alejandro was voted Freddy’s-KDHpressbox.com Player of the Week after earning 39 percent of the votes.

“First of all, I just want to thank God for giving me this opportunity to go on the field and show my talents,” the senior cornerback said. “It was a pretty good competition between the other nominees and me. I’m pretty happy.”

Alejandro said Knights head coach Jerry Edwards and the defensive staff emphasized strong secondary play leading up to the game against the Vipers.

“They didn’t really run the ball; it was a lot of passing,” Alejandro said. “We practiced that all through the week, and we showed out. Our secondary did our job, the D-line did their job and we came out of there with the win.

“At the end of the game, they were running a fast tempo — trying to score really quick. As they were setting up on that play, we felt like they were going to throw the ball. So, we got ready for it and when the ball came to me in the air, I just made a play on it.”

Edwards was not surprised it was Alejandro who made the game-winning interception.

“He’s a hard-working kid,” Edwards said. “He did a great job this summer and even into our 7-on-7 season, just making plays at the state tournament. He’s carried that over into two-a-days and into the season, and he’s made quite a few big plays for us over there at corner.”

Alejandro edged Ellison senior quarterback Carl Robinson III, who received 32 percent of the vote, for the award. Robinson threw four touchdowns in the third quarter of the Eagles’ 54-27 victory over Waco University, and he finished the game with 359 yards through the air.

Other nominees were Belton senior quarterback Peyton Mansell, Salado sophomore running back Trey Sheppard and Gatesville junior running back Alex Thompson.

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