Ford Motor Company is proud to announce the winners of the 2016 Built Ford Tough Texas High School Football Player of the Week trophy for week 4 – among these winners is Belton High School’s Peyton Mansell. These six Built Ford Tough gridiron heroes are honored for their performance on the field and their leadership off the field. Each week of the regular high school football season will see a new winner in the sport’s six classifications, all with hopes of ultimately becoming the Built Ford Tough Texas High School Football Player of the Year.
Week 4 winners:
- Class 6-A: Peyton Mansell, Sr., Quarterback, Belton High School
- Class 5-A: Spencer Sanders, Jr., Quarterback, Ryan High School
- Class 4-A: Omar Silva, Sr., Running Back/Defensive Back, Port Isabel High School
- Class 3-A: Kaden Cordell, Jr., Quarterback/Safety, Sonora High School
- Class 2-A: Mark Adams, Sr., Running Back/Defensive Back, New Deal High School
- Private Schools: Grant Gunnell, Soph., Quarterback, St. Pius X High School
Week Four Winners
Class 6-A: Peyton Mansell, Sr., Quarterback, Belton:
Game planning at Belton is fairly easy. The offensive coordinator figures out how to get the ball in the hands of quarterback Peyton Mansell—and then it’s game time. Take last Thursday’s road trip to Round Rock. Mansell’s Tigers were down 11 in the second quarter when he took over. A pair of rushing TDs gave Belton the halftime lead and jump-started his 509-yard, six TD performance that produced a 41-34 victory. With the score tied at 34-34 late in the game, the 6-2, 200-pound Mansell capped a 54-yard march with a one-yard score with just 19 seconds to go. The Iowa-bound signal-caller went 25 of 36 for 304 passing yards and two TDs, while rushing for 205 yards and four scores, meaning that he had a hand in all of Belton’s TDs. He also punted for a 40.1-yard average and booted six touchbacks on special teams.
Peyton—yes, he’s named for the future Hall of Fame QB—also shines in the classroom with a sparkling 3.8 GPA and runs the anchor leg on Belton’s sprint relay in track. He comes by his athletic ability from both sides of the family. His parents were outstanding athletes at USMA West Point—dad in hockey, mom in basketball. Mansell is a volunteer coach with the Belton Tigers Youth Football program, a peer mentor to middle school students and a member of both FCA and his church youth group.
“Peyton’s name says ‘quarterback,’” says Coach Bob Shipley, “but he’s just an all-around, all-American—a fine citizen, leader, teammate and friend. Last week he just willed us to win, affecting every phase of the game he played.”