Three area high school football coaches will each receive a grant worth $2,000 from the U.S. Army and the Gene and Jerry Jones Family Charities.
On Monday, Cedar Hill's Joey McGuire, Highland Park's Randy Allen and South Garland's Keith Wright were named the U.S. Army/Dallas Cowboys coach of the week for weeks one through three of the high school season.
A news release from the Dallas Cowboys highlights each coaches contribution and what made their selection possible.
In Week One of high school football, Coach Joey McGuire and his #5 ranked Cedar Hill Longhorns defeated #4 ranked Denton Guyer in overtime 42-41. The Longhorn’s winning touchdown pass was dropped in the endzone forcing overtime. A failed extra point attempt by Denton Guyer allowed Cedar Hill to pull ahead on a nine-yard scoring run with an upright-splitting extra point.
In Week Two of high school football, Coach Randy Allen and his team survived to beat Sherman 43-42 in a wild win that closed on an intercepted two-point conversion on a fake extra point attempt. Coming back from a third quarter deficit, the Scots rallied to complete all of their later second-half possessions.
In Week Three of high school football, Coach Keith Wright and his team overcame four turnovers to come out victorious over inner-city rival Garland. Down at halftime, South Garland defense intercepted Garland two plays into the second-half and capitalized on the turnover with a touchdown. South Garland’s defense continued to put their offense on the board throughout the fourth quarter, sealing the win at 17-7.
“The U.S. Army is committed to supporting America’s youth and we’re glad to support community leaders like Coach McGuire, Coach Allen and Coach Wright in their efforts to contribute to the success of America’s youth,” said Lt. Col. Frances A. Hardison, U.S. Army Recruiting Battalion-Dallas commander. “These coaches and teams’ performances were truly Army Strong.”
For the 16th consecutive year, the Dallas Cowboys are recognizing excellence in high school football and are proud to team up with the U.S. Army to continue this effort in 2010. The U.S. Army/Dallas Cowboys Coach of the Week program pays tribute to 10 Dallas/Fort Worth area high school coaches throughout the regular high school football season.
Additionally, each “Coach of the Week” is scheduled to be recognized during an in-school presentation attended by a Dallas Cowboys cheerleader, Cowboys mascot ROWDY and U.S. Army soldiers.
The honoree also receives a one-of-a-kind framed certificate signed by Cowboys Head Coach Wade Phillips and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell along with an invitation to attend the Dallas Cowboys vs. Washington Redskins game on Dec. 19 to participate in an on-field recognition ceremony in front of fans at Cowboys Stadium.
“We are extremely proud to celebrate high school football coaches for the 16th consecutive year. We are equally proud to partner with the U.S. Army on this program which honors these great coaches who touch the lives of the youth in our community,” said Cowboys Executive Vice President Charlotte Anderson. ”Cowboys football is about competition on the field and making a difference in our community off the field with a teammate like the U.S. Army. We believe that honoring Coach McGuire, Coach Allen and Coach Wright is a way for us to say ‘Thank You’ for their commitment to shaping young football players into the very best that they can be.”
The Coach of the Week program is designed to aid and promote high school football and the development of youth football. The program gives high school coaches the recognition they deserve, and provides high schools financial assistance to maintain and upgrade their football programs. Over the last 15 years, the Coach of the Week program has provided more than 150 grants to area high schools.
For additional information on the program and to check the weekly “Coach of Week” award recipients, please visit the “Community” section of www.dallascowboys.com.