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Hirschman Named Kelly-Moore Paints HS Player of the Week

Posted Nov 11, 2009

The 49ers Kelly-Moore High School Player of the Week Award for week 9 goes to Nick Hirschman from Los Gatos High School.

This past Friday the Los Gatos High Wildcats defeated the Chargers of Wilcox High 26-14.

After missing one game with a hairline fracture in his fibula, Senior Quarterback Nick Hirschman returned to the field Friday night, demonstrating the form that has secured his place at the University of Colorado next year.

Most people are impressed by Nick’s resilience with his quick return to the field following his recent injury, but even more impressive than that is how effectively he has thrown the football this season. Nick has thrown for 25 touchdowns in eight games and has zero interceptions. If he had thrown one interception a game this season, it would still be impressive given how many attempts he takes each game. The fact that this season’s Los Gatos football team has relied more heavily on the pass than the previous 27 consecutive teams Coach Butch Cattolico has taken to the playoffs means that opposing teams know that the Wildcats are going to pass and that they can’t really do anything about it.

Against Wilcox, Hirschman completed 16 of his 24 pass attempts, threw for three touchdowns, and of course had no interceptions. This win secures Los Gatos a spot in the post season and keeps them alive in the hunt for a league crown.

Beyond his on field accomplishments, Nick is described by Coach Cattolico as a “captain,” who “always puts the team first.”

Every week, Nick hosts “Lineman Dinners” for the offensive linemen. Through this, you get a sense that Nick understands that even though he is a fantastic football player, it takes every single person on the team to win games. His 3.8 grade point average shows that Nick is getting it done in the classroom as well.

For being a leader on the field, off the field and in the classroom, the 49ers honor Los Gatos High Quarterback Nick Hirschman as this week’s high school player of the week.

As the home school of the 49ers High School Player of the Week, Los Gatos High will receive a $500 gift certificate from Kelly-More to help beautify their campus. Hirschman will receive a 49ers hat and t-shirt, a certificate signed by 49ers Head Coach Mike Singletary, two tickets to a 49ers home game and recognition on 49ers.com. At the end of the season, Hirschman will be invited to the 49ers Training Facility to accept a trophy recognizing his achievement.

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