Crawford named QB Club Player of the WeekPublished 2:53pm Monday, October 21, 2013
The Montgomery Quarterback Club recognized Edgewood’s Josh Crawford as its private school Player of the Week Tuesday, giving the school its second quarterback to earn the distinction this season.
Last week versus Crenshaw Christian Academy, Crawford accounted for three of the Wildcats’ four touchdowns in the 28-14 win that secured a region title.
Earlier this season, starting quarterback Taylor Hawthorne, who is out with a knee injury, picked up the Player of the Week award for his four-score performance in the 49-18 bludgeoning of Evangel Christian.
One of his goals has been to earn the Club’s weekly honor, Crawford said, but never thought it would come at quarterback.
“This award means a lot to me,” he said. “It’s been one of my longtime goals, even last year. I was sad I didn’t get it last year. I worked real hard for this award.”
Stepping in for his teammate has not been easy, but Crawford said having Hawthorne and his other teammates there helps him.
“It’s a lot of pressure daily. Every day we’re working,” he said. “Taylor’s always there, he picks me up whenever I’m down.
“(My teammates) count on me a lot. I count on them. So, you just hold each other accountable and just work hard.”
Edgewood head coach Bobby Carr knows Crawford can handle any situation thrown at him because of the person he is.
“He’s not just a great athlete, he’s a great kid,” said Carr. “He has this ere about him and he brings a certain calmness when there needs to be and he brings a little tempo when there needs to be.
“For example, a week or two ago, things weren’t going right; our quarterback just went down. I was ranting and raving at practice and he just walks up to me and hugs me. I said, ‘Crawford, what the heck are you doing?’ And he said, ‘coach it looked like you just needed a hug.’ And I did.
As the Wildcats stare down four straight state championships with a somewhat depleted lineup, Crawford said his team needs to keep up the hard work.
“We just got to keep grinding,” he said. “Coach talked about that today. We got to keep grinding. Even though we have a lot of people injured, we just got to keep grinding so we can be there at the end.”