West Rusk’s ship has taken on no water this football season – the Raiders and first-year coach Nick Harrison are 3-0 headed into Friday night’s game at Palestine Westwood – and Coltan Mills has been one big reason why.
For his performance last week in the Raiders’ home win over Harmony, Mills, a senior linebacker, has been chosen the Built Ford Tough Texas High School football player of the week for the state in the 3A classification.
Coltan had 27 tackles, a new school record, in the Raiders’ 48-22 win over Harmony. Nineteen of the 27 tackles were solo, and he also had four tackles for loss. On offense, Mills graded out at 94 percent on the offensive line, and had nine knockdowns.
The Raiders were to play at Westwood on Friday; see a story on how they did now online at kilgorenewsherald.com, and a preview of next Friday’s District 8-3A, Division I opener at Mineola Wednesday in Game Time Weekly.
Other players across the state honored this week with Coltan were Eric Rodriguez (quarterback for Fort Bend Travis, in 6A); Mikey Harrington (quarterback for The Colony, in 5A); Markeese Lawrence (wide receiver for Andrews, in 4A); Kevan Covarrubiaz (quarterback, Eldorado, in 2A), and Preston Stone (quarterback, Parish Episcopal School in Dallas, private schools).
The Built Ford Tough player of the week program is in its 14th year, and honors a player from each of those classifications every week of the 2019 regular season. Winners are chosen for their athletic achievements on the field, outstanding academic performance, and community involvement. These players are the embodiment of Ford’s Go Further commitment.
Nominate a student athlete at playeroftheweek.com. While there, check out video clips of players in action and follow them, as well, by using #FordPOTW.