In its eighth consecutive year, Ford Motor Company’s Player of the Week program is again honoring six outstanding student-athletes each week during the 2013 regular season, recognizing one player in each of the state’s six athletic classifications. The winners are chosen for athletic achievements on the field, as well as for outstanding scholarship and community involvement. These players are the embodiment of Ford’s Go Further commitment.
This week’s winning athletes join a long list of players recognized for their exceptional efforts. Previous Players of the Week include: The last two Heisman trophy winners, Johnny Manziel of Texas A&M and Washington Redskins starting quarterback Robert Griffin III, as well as Cincinnati Bengals running back Rex Burkhead, SMU starting quarterback Garrett Gilbert and University of Texas at Austin running back Johnathan Gray, the only two-time Built Ford Tough Texas HS Football Player of the Year.
CLASS 2-A: Josh Moylan, Sr., Quarterback, Eastland
If the rest of the season is anything like the first two weeks, Eastland’s scoreboard operator will probably be demanding a raise. Led by senior quarterback Josh Moylan, the Mavericks are posting some big numbers. The Week 0 game, a 46-30 victory over 3-A Sweetwater, set the tone. The 6-1, 198-pound Moylan hit 21 of 37 passes for 293 yards and three TDs while rushing 15 times for 136 yards and three more scores. He followed that with a 367-yard, six-TD night in a 60-0 win over Jacksboro—in only three quarters of action. He’s already well on his way to surpassing last year’s totals of 2,434 passing yards and 26 TDs for the state regional finalists.
A three-sport athlete (basketball and track too), Josh is even better in the classroom where his 4.0 average places him among the top six in his graduating class. He’s also active in the youth group at the First Baptist Church and is a member of the FCA and Beta Club.
“I can’t say enough about Josh,” says Eastland Coach Brian Hulett. “He is the total leader, on the field, in school, and in the community. Obviously he comes from a great family which, I guess, is where it all starts. He’s just a super kid.”
CLASS 1-A: Bo Wimberly, Sr., Quarterback/Safety/Kicker, Stamford
For better or for worse, “Johnny Football” mania grips Texas college football. On the high school level, at least around Stamford, it’s “Johnny Bo” mania that excites the fans. That nickname belongs to the Bulldogs’ sensational quarterback-safety, Bo Wimberly, according to Coach Wayne Hutchinson of the defending Class 1-A Division I state champions. In Week Zero (August 31), Wimberly was a one-man wrecking crew as the Bulldogs stomped McCamey, 40-13. Bo rushed for 116 yards on 10 carries (11.6 yards per carry!), scored on runs of 2 and 6 yards and passed for 240 yards and three more scores—all to James Washington—in three quarters of action. Bo’s swashbuckling style is similar to that of Heisman Trophy (and Built Ford Tough Player of the Year) Manziel. Ironically, Bo isn’t the only athlete in his family. His stepbrother, Skyler Stone, was the BFT weekly winner during the 2009 season at Stamford.
At 5-11, 165 pounds, Bo is a four-sport athlete, excelling as sprinter on the 800-meter state-championship relay team and a left fielder on the baseball team in addition to football and basketball. He holds a solid B-average while holding a part-time job at Walmart. On Sundays, Bo plays guitar at the local Methodist church. He also is a member of FCA and reads to the Stamford elementary school children.
“Bo is a sharp kid; he makes our offense go,” says Coach Hutchinson. “He’s poised and very proficient under center. When the play breaks down he’ll beat you with his legs; his scrambling ability is uncanny. With Bo in there, we should be in the state title mix again.”
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