Congrats to Frankston QB Ozzie Buckner and Grace RB Kade Clayton for being named the Built Ford Tough Player of the Week for Class 2A and TAPPS:
CLASS 2-A: Ozzie Buckner, Soph., Quarterback, Frankston:
Frankston opened its season with a big, experienced quarterback—who promptly went down with a shoulder injury three possessions into the opener. Enter inexperienced sophomore Ozzie Buckner, who has taken the reins and run with them. In last week's 48-8 win over Union Grove, the 5-10, 160-pounder did it all, completing 8 of 12 passes for 207 yards and two touchdowns and rushing nine times for 167 yards and two more scores (92 and 42 yards). Blessed with a great backfield partner in running back Caleb Williams, Buckner is making Frankston's spread offense his own. "He's getting better and better every week," says Coach Matt Nally who, like his QB, is in his first season. Ozzie's timing couldn't be better; the win over Union Grove came in the Indians' District 10-2A Division II opener.
An outstanding student with a 3.07 GPA in a schedule packed with honors courses, Ozzie is Frankston's starting varsity point guard and he also plays baseball. He finds time to be an active member of both the FCA and his church youth group.
"Ozzie is just a super kid," raves Coach Nally. "Although he has survived numerous challenges in his young life, he's a phenomenal leader for a 15-year-old. He has really helped build school spirit here and finds time to assist others, including coaching and encouraging our junior high school quarterbacks."
PRIVATE SCHOOLS: Kade Clayton, Jr., Running Back, Tyler Grace Community:
After banging up his wrist in Grace Community's only loss this season, Kade Clayton gets taped and padded up on game nights and virtually plays one-handed. The Cougars' opponents would hate to see a fully healthy Clayton. In last week's 48-7 win over Cedar Hill Trinity Christian, the 6-0, 175-pound junior averaged nearly 22 yards per carry, piling up 325 yards on only 15 attempts and scoring five TDs. He also caught a pass for another score. The victory raised Grace Community's season totals to 4-1 and 1-1 in the district.
If you think those totals are impressive, Kade is even more impressive on the track, winning state championships in both the 100 and 300-meter hurdles last spring. A stellar 3.4 GPA student, Clayton is active in his FCA chapter, works for the Salvation Army Food Bank, and volunteers at the Azelway Boys Ranch.
"Kade's a tremendous worker," says Coach Mike Maddox, "which probably derives from his effort in track. There's no other sport where the athletes are totally self-motivated. He's a fun kid who gets totally serious when he competes. He always takes the opportunity to credit offensive line, but it's his work ethic, on the field, on the track, in the classroom, in the weight room, and in the community that is most impressive."
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