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The program is entering its second year after first being introduced in 2012 by Pro Football Hall of Famer and former Denver Bronco Shannon Sharpe.
The award highlights achievements in and out of the classroom of student-athletes across the country.
Of the 10 finalists across the country for the award, Napier, a senior, is the only one from Texas.
Paris High golf coach Randall Lewis nominated and recommended Napier.
“I was honored to even just be nominated for this award, and I am overwhelmed that I was chosen as one of the finalists. I owe Coach Lewis a huge thank you for thinking to nominate me,” Napier said.
“I would like to thank my mom and dad and the rest of my family for always supporting me in everything I do,” Napier added.
“I also want to thank Mrs. Sandra Strom, Mr. Sims Norment, and principal Gary Preston for their help with my nomination. I appreciate all that Paris High and the Paris community have allowed me to achieve.”
Napier has participated in numerous community service projects including the American Junior Golf Association “Birdies for Charity,” a program that raises money for underprivileged kids.
He also participates in ServeNow and Impact Paris, which provides free sports camps and free medical and dental care for underprivileged children.
Each of the finalists will receive an all-expense paid trip to the 2014 U.S. Army All-American Bowl and participate in various activities. The winner of the Award for Excellence will be announced during the bowl’s awards ceremony on Jan. 3, 2014.
“Never have I worked with a finer, more well-rounded person,” Lewis said. “He exudes the type of character and leadership qualities the Army would hope to find in their best Officer Candidates. As an athlete, he has the leadership abilities and work ethic necessary to become such an elite athlete as honored in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.”
Napier recently signed a letter of intent to play golf next year at Arkansas State University, a NCAA Division I school in Jonesboro, Ark.
Paris High School will recognize Tanner at a Dec. 12 ceremony that will feature an appearance by NFL Hall of Famer Mike Haynes.
Commerce – Coming into Thursday’s playoff game, the Paris Wildcats were flying high. They had won their third straight District title and they had won 17 District games in a row. Led by their sophomore quarterback Quez Allen, the Wildcats were looking to build on last years playoff run.
From the very first play, though, Paris seemed out of sync, leading to an eventual 22-7 victory for Crandall.
With the win, Crandall improved to 5-5, and Paris fell to 6-5.
The very first play of the game for Paris resulted in a fumble. It was the first of five turnovers the Wildcats would commit. Four of those turnovers were fumbles and Crandall capitalized. They didn’t score a lot of points but they scored enough to end the Wildcats’ season.
Taking advantage of the Paris miscues Crandall would enjoy a 22-0 lead at halftime. Paris had two first downs at the break and three fumbles. That was the type of game it was for first year head coach Steven Hohenberger and crew.
“I didn’t have them ready,” Coach Hohenberger said after the loss. “I didn’t do the right things. We didn’t start fast. When things went against us a little bit, we may have panicked a little bit.”
Defensively the team played pretty well as they consistently dropped the Crandall runners behind the line of scrimmage. There were two big plays the defense allowed to the Pirates – a 60 yard pass play and a 77 yard touchdown run. Those two plays provided the bulk of the Crandall offense. The problem was the offense had a hard time holding onto the ball.
Quez Allen finished the night five for 12 with three yards passing. The frustration set in for Allen as he drew two game misconduct pennalties in the fourth quarter. The two of them caused him to be ejected from the game.
The sophomore quarterback scored Paris’ only touchdown on a 4-yard run midway through the third quarter.
After the game, coach Hohenberger said, “I’m proud of them and I’m honored to be a part of the journey with them; to overcome some things. I hope they can use this game in life and learn from it.”
The Wildcats finished the season as District 13-3A champions and for the first time in their history they won the district title three years in a row.
Paris Wildcat football will take on Crandall in bi-district play tonight. at 8:00 p.m. at Texas A&M-Commerce Memorial Stadium. Tickets will be sold at gate only. General Admission: Adults $6 / Students $4. Paris will be the home team.
For those of you who cannot attend, the game will be carried live on KBUS 101.9fm. Tune in as pre-game coverage begins at 7:30 p.m. with Collins Knighton and Robert High. Also, live on web at easttexasradio.com Click on KBUS 101.9fm listen live button.