The 49ers High School Player of the Week Award for week 3 goes to Michael Camacho of San Benito High School in Hollister, CA.
San Benito continued to steamroll ahead, adding another win to their perfect 3-0 start Friday night by defeating Los Gatos High School by a score of 35-14. There is no doubt their offense was on fire, recording over 330 yards on the ground, but the Haybalers’ vicious defense was the storyline of the game. Leading this furious group was senior defensive end and captain of the Haybalers, Michael Camacho.
Michael’s leadership is paramount to the San Benito squad. He was nominated by his teammates to be one of the five captains for the 2016 season.
“I think he really earned it because he is the hardest worker on this team, and his peers recognize and respect that about him,” praised San Benito head coach Bryan Smith.
Camacho’s work ethic doesn’t just shine on the field; his work in weight room is top-notch as well.
“He is extremely strong and comes prepared to work. He is a real leader in the weight room and really helps the groups he lifts with to stay focused and really put in that work to continue to grow and get stronger,” said Coach Smith.
Coach Smith had only the highest of praise for his senior defensive end both on and off the field.
In Friday night’s win over Los Gatos, Camacho had himself a night wreaking havoc all game long. The Los Gatos quarterback was under pressure all night and could not escape him. Camacho finished the night with three sacks, and nine total tackles. His head coach pointed out this is nothing out of the ordinary for the pass rusher; Camacho gets after it every week, which is one of the characteristics on which he prides himself.
“The thing is, it is week in and week out for Michael. His motor runs so high during games. His pursuit to the football is tremendous; his ability to get off of blocks is probably his biggest asset, and he just never takes a play off,” explained Coach Smith. “He plays for the love of the game.”
His “motor” and passion for the game are recognized by the entire coaching staff.
“Every time we watch him, whether it’s on Saturdays or Sundays on film, you see him going as fast and as hard as he possible every single play. That’s just the way he is.”
As fierce as Camacho is every single time he steps on the football field, he is that respectful and good natured off the field with everyone he comes in contact with, regardless of who that may be. Whether it is coaches, peers, teachers, family members of teammates after a game, Camacho is known for his warm personality and respectful nature.
In addition to football, Camacho is a state qualifier for San Benito High School in wrestling. His stellar wrestling career has The Citadel looking at him in hopes of him becoming a Bulldog after graduation.
“For an academy of that nature to reach out to him… that’s incredible. It’s great to see,” said coach.
He recently earned his Eagle Scout rank, which is the highest rank attainable in the Boy Scout program, completing an extensive project benefiting a local church. He also manages to find time to hold a job. On top of taking on all sorts of odds and ends jobs, he works at a local BBQ restaurant.
“He is more than deserving of an award of this nature, and I’m just happy to highlight him and his efforts, and the kind of kid he is,” insisted Coach Smith.
As the home school of the 49ers High School Player of the Week, San Benito will receive a $500 grant for their football program from the 49ers Foundation. As part of this award, Michael will receive two tickets to a 49ers home game where he will be recognized on the field. At the end of the season, Michael will be invited to the SAP Performance Facility to watch a closed practice where 49ers head coach, Chip Kelly, will officially present him with his award.
Congratulations Michael, keep up the great work!