Freer High School quarterback Daniel Marin is being recognized as one of the state’s best.

Six Texas high school football stars have been recognized in the fourth week of the 2017 Built Ford Tough Texas High School Football Player of the Week program.

Marin won the honor in Class 2A.
 
In its twelfth consecutive year, Ford Motor Company’s Player of the Week program is again honoring six outstanding student-athletes each week of the 2017 regular season, recognizing one player in each of the state’s six athletic classifications. The winners are chosen for athletic achievements on the field, as well as for outstanding scholarship and community involvement. These players are the embodiment of Ford’s Go Further commitment.

Class 2-A: Daniel Marin, Sr., Quarterback/Punter, Freer:
It was one of those situations that make coaches a little older and a little grayer. Freer had just scored in the second overtime to bring the Buckaroos within one point of rival Banquete. The choice: kick for a tie or go for two to win. Freer coach Gerry Carpentier didn’t hesitate. “It’s easy when you have Daniel Marin on your side,” the coach recalls.  The 5-7, 160-pound Marin had been the hot guy all night. He stayed hot. To win it, Marin had to hurdle two Bulldogs but when he landed in the end zone. The Buckaroos had an amazing 51-50 win, their third of the season. Marin wound up with 208 yards and four TDs (7, 54, 2 and 25 yards) on the ground and 175 passing yards that included a rally-starting (they had trailed 25-21) fourth-quarter TD. And, of course, there was that game-winning two-pointer.  The win boosted Freer to a 3-1 start with Premont coming to town for homecoming this week.
 
The holder of a sparkling 3.65 GPA, Marin is an honor-roll student who is taking college courses. Though he loves football, he’ll likely opt to play baseball at the next level after earning 2A District 1 defensive player of the year honors as a shortstop last spring.  In addition, he’s a greeter at the local elementary school and spends time reading to the youngsters.
 
“Daniel had a heckuva game,” said coach Carpentier. “Our opponents generally gear their defenses to try to stop him. But that doesn’t deter him; he refuses to be denied.  He’s a terrific leader, on and off the field, and he’s absolutely wonderful to coach.”

The other classification winners include:
Class 6-A: Maverick McIvor, Jr., Quarterback, San Angelo Central
Class 5-A: Colby Suits, Sr., Quarterback, North Forney
Class 4-A: Keaontay Ingram, Sr., Running Back, Carthage
Class 3-A: Judd Miller, Sr., Quarterback/Linebacker, Malakoff
Private Schools: Conor Kresta, Sr., Running Back/Linebacker/Punter, Shiner St. Paul