• October 21, 2016

Player Of The Week

PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Gatesville RB Thompson runs away with fan vote

Andy Zavoina | Herald
Gatesville running back Alex Thompson, middle, is joined by his father, Alex Thompson, left, as he receives the Freddys-KDHPressbox.com Player of the Week award from Terrence Casimier, Freddy’s Steakburger’s assistant manager.

The game is simple for Alex Thompson. 

Gatesville’s running back just wants to contribute to the team in any way he can and enjoy doing it.

So, after rushing for his second 250-yard game of the season and recording a pair of touchdowns during a District 13-4A, Division I-opening victory against Lampasas, the junior was not overly impressed with his personal statistics.

“The offensive line did its job,” Thompson said, “and it allowed me to do my job.

“I was just having fun.”

In addition to helping the Hornets produce a 56-42 win versus the Badgers, the performance earned Thompson the title of Freddy’s-KDH Player of the Week in equally impressive fashion.

Thompson, who rushed for 255 yards and touchdown runs measuring 47 and 54 yards, while averaging 17 yards per carry, garnered 62.4 percent of the vote to beat out a trio of strong competitors.

Although Gatesville head coach Kyle Cooper knows Thompson is a unique talent, he believes other factors play into his success, as well.

“Our offensive line and receivers are blocking well,” Cooper said. “Then, Alex is a special kid who is doing a great job.

“We are able to throw the ball around just enough to keep guys off of him.”

Harker Heights running back Jared Kaltenbaugh finished second in the poll, receiving 33.9 percent of the ballots. The senior returned an interception 52 yards for a touchdown as the Knights defeated Shoemaker 35-10, holding the Grey Wolves to just 65 rushing yards in the process.

Copperas Cove quarterback Caine Garner and Florence running back Edel Hernandez rounded out the nominees.

Garner, a senior, rushed for a game-high 89 yards and threw a pair of touchdowns, leading the Bulldawgs to a 38-3 road victory against previously unbeaten Ellison, while Hernandez ran for 191 yards on 30 carries as the Buffaloes beat Johnson City 22-14.

But the showings did not resonate with fans the way Thompson’s did.

Thompson broke free for a number of big plays against Lampasas, running for at least 10 yards on seven occasions, including five outbursts of 20 yards or more.

Once the game was over, though, Thompson was not concerned with his personal outing; rather, he wanted to focus on the team’s accomplishment.

“That game was about getting our confidence up,” Thompson said. “That got things rolling in district.”

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