PLANO – Six Texas high school football stars have been recognized in the fifth week of the 2017 Built Ford Tough Texas High School Football Player of the Week program.
In its 12th consecutive year, Ford Motor Company's Player of the Week program is again honoring six outstanding student-athletes each week of the 2017 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, Bishop Lynch High School junior Warren Walls was selected from the private schools classification.
Little more than a year ago, Warren Walls of Dallas Bishop Lynch played in the first football game of his life. Now, with slightly more than a dozen games under his belt, his coach, ex-NFLer Chuck Faucette, sees the 6-4, 220-pound junior following in the footsteps of a Chris Long or a J.J. Watt.
Though Walls can line up anywhere on the defensive front, he's most often lined up right over the center. Bishop Dunne learned all about that in last week's rematch of the state TAPPS Division I championship game.
Bishop Dunne went through three centers in its attempt to shut Walls down.
Bishop Lynch pulled away for an unexpected 51-10 rout. Warren wound up with 11 tackles, five tackles for loss, three sacks, one quarterback hurry and one forced fumble. Not incidentally, a big Walls hit ended the night for Dunne's starting quarterback. Faucette couldn't believe it when this big young man showed up on his doorstep as a transfer sophomore last year, asking for a chance to play football. He'd always been too busy, working on his family's Christmas tree farm.
The youngster knew nothing, but made an instant impact at practice, smashing tackling dummies (and teammates). When asked where he learned that technique, he told the coach, "At the farm, when we saw the trees, we tackle them to complete the cut-down."
Offensive coordinators realize that when you prepare for Bishop Lynch, you'd better account for Walls.
A solid 3.0 GPA student, Warren is an All-American high school wrestler who competed in the national tournament a year ago. In addition to his work on the farm, Warren volunteered in a hurricane relief program, working for Mattress Mack to deliver assistance to those in need. He also volunteers at a Dallas food bank.
"Obviously his wrestling background helped him make the adjustment for football," says Coach Faucette. "He's tremendously aggressive, he hustles and he has a great motor. He always comes to practice with a smile. He wants to learn and he always wants to get better. His body gives him the opportunity to get bigger, and if he keeps progressing, he'll be recruited by everyone."
– Press release provided by Ford Communications