WAXAHACHIE — Byse Salik was first honored via social and print media for his dissection of the Ennis Lions' secondary in the Battle of 287. Then, on Tuesday, Oct. 3, he received the hardware.
In a special presentation before a team meeting Tuesday afternoon inside the Waxahachie Indian fieldhouse, Belinda Kelley, marketing director for Waxahachie Autoplex, presented Salik with his "Built Ford Tough" Player of the Week trophy.
In addition to his personal hardware, the Indian football program received a replica to display in the trophy case.
Salik finished the 42-28 win over Ennis on Friday, Sept. 15 with 409 yards on 25-of-35 passing and four touchdowns. He also ran for 24 yards.
"A solid B student, Bryse also runs track. He’s a youth leader at The Oaks Fellowship church, performing weekly service at the church all year and becoming heavily involved in its summer camp," the announcement issued by the Ford Motor Company reads.
In the release, third-year Waxahachie head football coach Jon Kitna stated, "His work ethic is amazing. Bryse is a true student of the game, and he refuses to be outworked by anyone, on the field, in the weight room, or in the film room. He’s just a good guy; he feeds teammates regularly and even houses them when it’s necessary. We coach him hard, and he handles it great."
Salik is in his second full season as the varsity signal caller. The 5-foot-11, 190-pound senior has not yet committed to a four-year university.
This year marks the 12th consecutive year for the Ford Motor Company to present the player of the week award. Six athletes from each of the 2A-6A and private school classifications are honored weekly during the high school football season.
According to the award announcement, players are chosen based on their on-field performance, leadership contributions, academic successes and good community citizenship.