NDP wide receiver Jake Smith was named Arizona Cardianls and Wells Fargo "High School Player-of-the-Week" for September 11-15. Smith led the Saints to a 54-28 victory over St. Mary's Catholic High School on Sept. 8 afer combining for 350 all-purpose yards. He caught six passes for 277 yards and four touchdowns to go along with 26 rushing yards and 47 return yards in the win.
Smith was given a glass trophy with the statistics acknowledging the award at presentation ceremony on Thursday, Sept. 14 by representatives from the team, Cardinals Cheerleaders and Cardinals team mascot Big Red at Notre Dame Prep.
The Cardinals 15-year "Player-of-the-Week" award presented by Wells Fargo is selected by a local sports panel consisting of Cardinals Senior Director of Community Relations Luis Zendejas, former high school football coach Kelly Epley, NBC 12 News sports anchor Bruce Cooper, high school play-by-play announcer Michael Carotenuto, and Arizona Republic/azcentral.comwriters Richard Obert, Scott Bordow and Richard Morin.
Surrounded by his family, friends and teachers, Smith was encouraged to give an impromptu speech. "I just want to thank my teammates, because without them, I wouldn't be here receiving this award," he said. He is the first NDP Saint to earn AZ Cardinals "Player-of-the-Week."
Congratulations to Jake and his family. Go, Saints!