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PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Gerhart helping Winters fight for playoff spot

By Brandon Ortega, bortega@ktxs.com
Published On: Dec 24 2013 02:13:43 PM CST
Updated On: Nov 06 2013 11:37:24 PM CST
WINTERS, Texas -

Chris Gerhart's five touchdown performance set the tone as Winters defeated Haskell 61-26 last Friday night. The Blizzards’ quarterback also helped the team inch one step closer towards a spot in the playoffs. It would be the first they’ve made the postseason since the fall of 2011.

“The thing about Chris is he's a good leader, he's even keeled,” says Winters' first-year head coach Stan Caffey. “He's never too up or too down, and he's just a real solid young man."

Looking beyond high school, Gerhart has already been accepted to Texas Tech where he plans on studying Sports Medicine. His interest in that field started about two years ago when he hurt his back during basketball season in his sophomore year.

“When I went to the doctors they wanted to get me back on the field as soon as possible and they showed a lot of care about the athletes” says Gerhart. “Going out there and trying to swing a bat at full speed and you just couldn't. Or trying to throw as hard as you can and you just felt so much pain and you just couldn’t perform 100 percent and that was really tough."

The senior recovered in time to help the Blizzards' baseball team reach the regional finals for the first time in school history.  

Gerhart, then a sophomore, hit the game winning home run in the team's second-round win over Tahoka in walk-off fashion.

The experience of struggling through rehab inspired Chris to support his teammates through their own injuries.

"I think he'll be real good.” says senior middle linebacker/offensive lineman Corey Pritchard. “He loves sports, baseball's his favorite. He'll be a real good trainer he likes kids and likes to work with them."

Winters will host Forsan on Friday at 7:30pm at Blizzard Stadium. The winner of the game will the third and final playoff spot in district 7-1A division one.

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