Usually it is the offense that is putting up big numbers, but it was the defense’s turn this week.

Nic Costlow, a defensive end for Whitehouse, helped his Wildcats halt rival Chapel Hill. His effort earned him the American State Bank Player of the Week for Week 2 of the high school football season, said Tim Haugh, general manager of consumer finance for American State Bank.

In Whitehouse’s 52-42 win over rival Chapel Hill, Costlow put on a spectacular display on defense. Costlow ended the evening with 11 tackles, one for loss, a quarterback sack, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and a defensive touchdown.

Costlow also excels in the classroom, sporting a 3.5 GPA and is a member of the National Honor Society and Students for Jesus.

Costlow beat out some very good competition this week in the likes of Zach Tatman of Grace Community School, Geo McCollister of John Tyler, Issac Warren of John Tyler and Hunter Redmon of the Van Vandals.

“Nic is a very worthy recipient of this award,” said Adam Cook, head coach of the Wildcats. “He is a great young man and an excellent student. He is such a hard worker who is always looking for a challenge. And not only does he lead by example on the football field, but in the classroom as well. We can’t wait to see what he does in the future. To sum it all up, he is just a good all-around kid that comes from a good family.”

Haugh added, “Nic had a big impact in his team’s win. Coming up with big plays like he did will make you very popular at school, especially in a rivalry game such as Whitehouse/Chapel Hill. He just had an overall complete defensive game for the Wildcats.”

Each weekly winner (1 to 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 will be chosen as the American State Bank Player of the Year where they will be pledged a $10,000 scholarship to the college or university of their choice.

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