It is often the case that the best player on the field is the biggest, the fastest or the strongest. Our player of the week, Cisco Lobo RB Mason Reed is certainly all those things. But what the people of Cisco and even die-hard Lobo fans might not know is that even as a junior, he's up there with the team's hardest workers and most passionate leaders. In fact, Reed is one of the few players in the Big Country who could snag the award literally every week.
Reed's abilities were on display this weekend in the house of district rival Coleman, when down at halftime, Reed led the Loboes to victory rushing for 196 yards, 3 scores and forcing a second half shutout with 14 tackles.
"When we went into the locker room at half we were shocked," team mate Spencer Gassett told KTXS on Tuesday, "Mason stepped up and led us in that second half."
He certainly did, despite an electric home crowd at Hufford Field, Reed was able to be effective on both sides of the ball, leading the Loboes as a scoring threat and on defense.
"He has matured so much, he has become a leader. He led the team in this win." Coach Brent West told us of his dominant running back.
Reed is the center-piece of a team who are the champions-elect in district 4-2A DII, defending 2A runner-ups and are ranked number 6 in the state. The weight of such expectations were put on his shoulders just a year on from senior running back Hayden Lewis' departure. It is a weight that he has carried well.
"This year is a lot better because I'm getting a lot more playing time," Reed explained, "I know that if we don't keep pushing we're going to slip down. But I
think if we stick together, we will keep going and get back to Cowboys
It is clear Reed believes in himself and has the belief of his team mates and coaching staff. The expectation of a State Championship is palpable in the stands at Cisco games and on the field. With a running back/linebacker like Mason Reed running the show, the Loboes have a pretty good shot.