Running back Michael Ford of Leesville High School (Leesville, LA) was named the U.S. Army All-American Bowl Player of the Week for the week ending November 22.

Ford rushed for 299 yards and scored all three of the Wampus Cats’ touchdowns in a tough 21-19 loss to Zachary High School.

Ford was not the only high school player to put up outstanding numbers this weekend.

Other U.S. Army All-American Bowl Player of the Week Nominees included wide receiver Andre Debose of Seminole High School (Sanford, Fla), who had a terrific performance in a win over DeLand High School (Fla) with 186 rushing yards and two scores as well as two touchdown receptions.  

Quarterback Garrett Gilbert of Lake Travis High School (Austin, Texas) and running back Washaun Ealey of Emanuel County Institute (Twin City, Ga) also put together impressive games.

Gilbert threw for 290 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for three more touchdowns in a 38-12 win over Cibolo Steele High School, while Ealey ran for 255 yards and scored four touchdowns in a 33-21 second-round victory over Clinch County High School.

“The Army is proud to recognize Michael Ford who, like the American Soldier, finds the inner strength to never give up until the mission is completed,” said Colonel David Lee, Deputy Chief of Staff, G-7, Strategic Communications, Marketing and Outreach, U.S. Army Accessions Command. “The strength to succeed, to be a leader, is a highly-valued characteristic of every Army strong Soldier. Ford’s efforts clearly echo that strength.”

The U.S. Army All-American Bowl Player of the Week was designed to recognize the nation’s top performance of the week. The winner will be announced each Monday throughout the season and noted on

The U.S. Army All-American Bowl is the premier high school football game in the country, annually setting new attendance records every January at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.

The game, which features the best high school football players in the nation, has helped launch the careers of Reggie Bush, Vince Young, Adrian Peterson, Tim Tebow and many other college and NFL stars since the first game in 2001.

The game also crowns the U.S. Army Player of the Year during Bowl Week in San Antonio.

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