Tyler Grace’s Jonny Spitzer Wins ETSN.fm + Dairy Queen Defensive Player of the Week
Tyler Grace Community ended up blowing out TAPPS Division II, District 2 rival Bullard Brook Hill, 55-14, but the winning side faced very tough push back from a potent offense for three quarters.
Grace forced three interceptions, a fumble and two consecutive misplayed Brook Hill kickoff return attempts. With two timely interceptions in the Cougars' win, senior defensive back Jonny Spitzer is the Week 7 ETSN.fm/Dairy Queen Defensive Player of the Week.
Spitzer allowed Grace to hang on to a 27-14 lead twice Friday. He ended a Brook Hill drive at the Grace 42-yard line and, five players later, after a Grace fumble at their own 13-yard line on a bad snap, picked off a Brook Hill heave to the back of the end zone.
A TAPPS second-team all-state selection as a junior, Spitzer turned in an offensive score on a six-yard run early in the third quarter to give the Cougars a 21-14 lead.
He wasn't the only Spitzer making plays. His little brother, sophomore linebacker Josh Spitzer, recovered a Grace squib kick midway through the fourth quarter which ultimately opened the Cougars' lead to 41-14. Josh Spitzer then set up his own offensive touchdown run with a fumble recovery at the 4:29 mark.
Jonny Spitzer follows John Tyler nose tackle Pierre Leonard for the weekly honor.
Grace (4-2, 2-1) will travel to Tyler All Saints (4-2, 2-1) for a 7 p.m. kickoff Friday.
ETSN.fm/Dairy Queen Defensive Players of the Week
- Week 7 (Oct. 9-11) -- Johnny Spitzer, DB, Tyler Grace Community
- Week 6 (Oct. 2-4) -- Pierre Leonard, DT, John Tyler
- Week 5 (Sept. 25-27) -- Jaylon Lane, DB, Nacogdoches
- Week 4 (Sept. 18-20) -- Hunter Redmond, LB, Van
- Week 3 (Sept. 11-13) — Kybrin Sheridan, DE, Longview
- Week 2 (Sept. 4-6) — Cody Melton, DB, Alba-Golden
- Week 1 (Aug. 28-30) — Bryston Gipson, DB, John Tyler