Whether it's luck from a four-leaf clover or not, Demetre Cook has been in the right place at the right time all season for the Harker Heights defense.
This week, with a big boost from Facebook, Cook's opportunistic tendencies found him honored as the KDHpressbox.com Player of the Week for Sept. 19-25. Coming through with seven tackles to go along with a blocked punt and scoring his second touchdown of the season off another blocked punt, Cook and his defensive brethren helped Heights (2-2, 1-0 in District 12-5A) to a 30-6 win last Saturday over rival Shoemaker.
"It was pretty cool," Cook said of his recovered blocked punt for a touchdown. "... I could have gone for the block, but I saw Tyler Babb coming through the gap, and sure enough he blocked it, and I caught it (on the bounce) and dragged it into my hands, and then all I saw was turf in front of me and I walked right into the end zone basically."
In what turned into a back-and-forth battle between Cook and Killeen tailback Jaquail Haskins, who ran for a career-high 265 yards and four scores in a win over Del Valle, the Knights defensive back turned to social media to gain the voting edge.
"During class (this week), I kept updating (KDHpressbox.com) to see what I was down by, but then I put it on Facebook, and told people to start voting, and then I got up (on Tuesday)," Cook said. "But then overnight, I checked and I was losing again and I got mad, so I posted it up on Facebook again."
Thanks to his Facebook pleading, Cook edged Haskins by a mere 30 votes (161 to 131) of the 348 total.
"I started freaking out a little bit," Cook said of his initial reaction to winning. "I was just happy the whole day, and then I came to the field house and was like, 'Do I get a trophy or something?' and (the coaches) were like, 'Nah, you get a big pat on the back.'"
Actually, Cook will receive a framed certificate for his efforts.