Grace Community quarterback Christopher Wilhelmi helped the Cougars celebrate homecoming with a big win Friday night.

His standout performance was rewarded on Tuesday as Wilhelmi earned the American State Bank Player of the Week for Week 9 of the high school football season, Tim Haugh, ASB Vice President of Consumer Lending, announced.

The 5-10 Wilhelmi threw for 308 yards and four touchdowns in the Cougars' 48-14 win over the Eagles. He connected on 17 of 19 passing attempts.

Others receiving votes this week were Overton quarterback Jacob Marshall and Whitehouse defensive back/wide receiver Kaleb Ford-Dement.

"Guys like him don't come along often," Grace coach Mike Maddox said. "Christopher is a real student of the game. He takes the initiative on what he thinks will work after watching film. Also, he is a very well-balanced young man emotionally, physically and spiritually and is a great representative of Grace Community School. He has worked very hard to come back from an MCL tear in the second scrimmage earlier this year; … he couldn't run for five weeks, but has really handled the injury way better than I did as his coach. He rehabbed very well and I am proud to see him getting back on track and being the player we all knew he could be."

Added Haugh, "Last season, Christopher came very close to winning this award several times. And then after speaking to coach Maddox after the scrimmage game when he got hurt, even though I don't know Christopher, I couldn't help to really feel bad for him. So to see him bounce back and earn this award is a great testimony to just how hard he has worked to come back and contribute to his teams' efforts and help them secure this win. Coach Maddox was very excited when I called him."

Grace has a huge TAPPS Division II District 2 football game against Bishop Gorman on Friday at Clyde-Perkins Stadium on the Grace campus.

The Cougars are 5-3 overall and 3-1 in district, while the Crusaders are 4-4 and 3-1.

Each weekly winner (weeks 1-11) of the American State Bank Player of the Week award automatically receives an invitation to the end of the year banquet to recognize the weekly winners. One of those 11 weekly winners will be pledged a $10,000 scholarship to the college or university of their choice.

Only players nominated will be considered for this weekly award. To nominate a player, visit






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