WHY HE WAS SELECTED:
Nico Medrano, a senior wide receiver, had six catches for 91 yards, and returned a kickoff 98 yards for a touchdown, to lead the 4-0 Foxes to a 34-21 win at Morris.
Medrano talked to Record sports editor Joshua Welge about his big night, and his team's success. Here is an edited version of the transcript:
Welge: How big of a win was that for you guys? Winning at Morris seems significant.
Medrano: Definitely the win at Morris was a great win for us. I feel like we were more prepared and had the more athletic kids. Our whole week of practice went pretty smooth, and we got our game plan down. The hard work and the time we put in paid off.
Welge: Your kick return was a big play. What happened there?
Medrano: It was a close game. I knew I had to do something.
Welge: Have you ever scored on a kick return before?
Medrano: Last year I did, I think it was against Sterling. You see that hole open up, that is your go time.
Welge: Do you feel like, at 4-0, you guys have surprised some people?
Medrano: Definitely. A lot of people that I like to call naysayers, people that talk about what they think but don't know, they didn't know about our team and what we can do, and the work that we've been putting in for years. We have created a brotherhood.
Welge: How dynamic is this offense? It seems like you have a lot of guys who can make plays.
Medrano: We are a quick offense, we make plays when we really need them. Our running backs like Jacob Brooks are really shifty guys, Toran Harris is an athletic player, Brandon Lee a four-year veteran, he has the experience, Brock Grimaldi is a great slot receiver, Brady Fisher is a big guy. We have playmakers.
Welge: What about your quarterback, Josh Beetham – what do you like about him?
Medrano: He is good in the pocket, he knows when the pressure is coming and how to escape the pressure. His play-action calls are good, RPOs [run-pass options] are good, his reads are great. He has a lot of potential.
Welge: You have a boxing background, training with your dad. How does that help in football?
Medrano: It helps with my mental toughness, and it helps with my conditioning. When you're in the fourth quarter and you're tired, you have to keep throwing those punches. The game is on the line, you have to give it all you got.
Welge: What's going on with your recruiting?
Medrano: I have an offer from Minnesota State. Right now I'm waiting on more options. I'm talking to some DII and DI schools.