2 Valley Football Players Garner State-Wide Awards

Two local high school football stars have been recognized today by a group of Texas auto dealers as Texas High School Football Players of the Week for Week 2.

The Texas High School Football Player of the Week program honors one student-athlete in six of the state TMs athletic classifications every week during the high school football regular season for his accomplishments on and off the field. Go to to nominate your favorite player and find out more about the program!

Following are capsule summaries on the Week 2 winners:

Class 5A: Louie Gonzalez, Senior QB, PSJA Memorial HS

When last week TMs shootout in the Valley finally ended, Alamo PSJA quarterback Louie Gonzalez was standing tall. The Wolverines TM QB threw his sixth TD pass with five seconds remaining to clinch Memorial TMs wild 65-58 victory over La Joya Palmview. The 6-1, 185-pound gunslinger accounted for 531 of Memorial TMs 722 total yards and all nine TDs, throwing for 438 yards and six scores, and running for 93 yards and three more TDs.

Top performances are rather routine for Gonzalez. A three-year starter in both football and basketball, he won all-district honors in both. Despite a challenging academic schedule that includes a full list of advanced placement courses, he maintains a 92% academic average, and he TMs fully involved in numerous church activities.

Louie is a quiet, dignified person, says Coach Gus Cavazos. He leads by example. His father is a coach who played quarterback in college, so Louie has been around the game most of his life. On the field he simply goes about his business. He TMs the whole package.

Class 1A: A. J. Garza, Junior QB, La Villa HS

What a difference a year has made for A. J. Garza. After splitting time under center as a sophomore, he has taken control this season and has the Cardinals (3-0) off to their best start in five years. Case in point: Last week TMs 38-27 victory over Brownsville St. Joseph. With La Villa trailing late in the third quarter, Garza hit for two scores, including an 80-yarder to receiver Brandon Aline with 6:21 left, giving the Cardinals a lead they would not relinquish. He wound up completing 25 of 30 for 525 yards and three TDs.

A virtual one-man athletic department, A. J. plays baseball (an all-area pitcher-third baseman), basketball, and track (discus thrower and sprinter). His 99% academic average ranks him #1 in La Villa TMs Class of 2012, thus drawing attention from some of the nation TMs top schools.

All of the kids around school try to emulate A. J. He TMs really well-liked, says Coach Eugene Garza (no relation). He TMs great at reading coverages and audibles whenever he sees something. A. J. works really hard and whatever he accomplishes will never surprise me. He TMs that kind of person.

Nominate Your Elite Student-Athletes at

Students recognized as theTexas High School Football Player of the Week have excelled in three categories:

  • Individual performance on the field, including significant game statistics
  • Contribution to the team TMs success through individual leadership abilities
  • Performance off the field, including academic success and good community citizenship
  • Texas high school football coaches, athletic directors and fans are invited to nominate players each week. To nominate student-athletes for this award or for additional information on the nomination process, visit