Junior wide receiver Tommy Hutsler of St. Pius X High School in Kansas City is a three-sport athlete — playing basketball in the winter and baseball in the spring.
St. Pius X football head coach Anthony Simone said both sports have contributed to Hutsler’s success on the football field.
His performance against Savannah High School on Oct. 20 earned him the honor of being named the KC Star’s high school football Player of the Week.
“Tommy learned how to grind and overcome last basketball season,” Simone said. “The team had a rough start, but they stayed focused and grinded to the Elite Eight. I also believe tracking the ball in center field has contributed to improving his ball skills on the football field.”
Hutsler caught the ball six times for 179 receiving yards and two touchdowns in St. Pius X’s 34-13 win over Savannah High School on Oct. 20.
Every week, The Star reaches out to high school football coaches in the Kansas City area for their Player of the Week nominations. The nominations are collected for a weekly poll, which is open from Wednesday to midnight Thursday. This week’s poll saw 85 votes.
Hutsler finished the regular season with 37 catches, 780 yards and 12 receiving touchdowns.
Simone said that Hutsler and the rest of the St. Pius X football team are excited to have the opportunity to fight together for another week.
St. Pius X is heading into the Class 3, District 8 playoffs with an 8-2 record. With a win against Northeast High School (1-7) at 7 p.m. Friday, they will fight together for at least one more week.
Other players nominated this week include:
Tillman Martin, Liberty North: 207 passing yards and four touchdowns in 43-12 win over Lee’s Summit West
Wesley Edison, Lawrence Free State: 211 rushing yards and two touchdowns, 172 passing yards and one touchdown in 35-21 loss to Olathe North
TJ Porter, Olathe North: 93 rushing yards and three touchdowns in 35-21 win over Lawrence Free State
Ace Bindel, Liberty: seven catches for 105 yards and a touchdown in 16-13 win over Blue Springs South
Bennett Hutchison, De Soto: 219 rushing yards and two touchdowns in 48-21 win over Basehor-Linwood
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