Featured Player of the Week

Jack Wilton making a key stop on Porter Ridge QB. (Photo: Chris Summerville)

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This Week’s featured player is defensive linebacker Jack Wilton of the Sun Valley Spartans.  In Week 4 he was named the defensive player of the week.

The 6’2″ 190 pound middle linebacker is very active all over the field for the Spartans.  He also plays lacrosse in the spring and is a leader on the club.  After three games into the season he has accumulated 31 solo tackles, 15 assists for a total of 46 tackles.  He has one quarterback sack to his credit and picked up his second in the win over Olympic recently.

As the teams defensive leader he has set the tone and has played a huge role in the Spartans improvement this year on defense.  His 15.3 tackles per game not only leads the team, he has become the anchor of a solid defensive unit.  Last season the Spartans allowed Porter Ridge to score 41 points.  Recently, the defense allowed the Pirates only 21 points in their victory.  The defense is averaging 16 points per game this season.  With this week’s win over Olympic 40-6 this past Wednesday, the Spartans defense continues to reduce their points per game allowed.  Wilton and the defense will be challenged when they play the 4-0 Warriors this Friday night at home in a key conference match up for first place.

Even though the Spartans have a very potent offense led by QB Sam Howell, the defensive unit led by Jack Wilton will play a significant role and remain an integral factor if the Spartans who are currently 4-0 can continue their unbeaten streak.

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