The 49ers High School Player of the Week Award for week 5 goes to Aldo Severson of Aragon High School.
The senior wide receiver, defensive back, and kicker Aldo Severson helped lead the Aragon Dons to a 42-7 Friday night victory over the Capuchino Mustangs. Multitalented does not begin to define all that this tri-position player represents. Add two-time Athlete of the Year, tri-athlete, team player, academic leader, and potential I.V. League student to the recipe, and you have scratched the surface of a good-natured, goal-oriented Aldo Severson.
"He is truly one of the greatest kids ever," said an enthusiastic Coach Sell, "He does everything except drive the team bus, but give him a Class C license, and he would be able to do that too."
As the Aragon Dons improved their record to 4-0 Friday night, Aldo Severson showed up as wide receiver and kicker to put two touchdowns on the board, and kick a successful point after each. In the first quarter, junior quarterback Nathaniel Blood connected with Severson for an 11 yard touchdown pass, putting the Dons up 14-0. Once again, expressing his versatile capabilities, Aldo followed running back Jordan Crisologo's 72 yard touchdown by rushing for a 2-point conversion. Severson's second touchdown came later in the game with a 48 yard pass from Blood, solidifying a concrete performance with 5 carries for 86 yards.
"Wide receiver can be a selfish position," said Sell, "but Aldo never fusses and makes it a team position by blocking when he isn't the one carrying the ball. He is genuinely a valuable member of the team."
It is not just his ability to catch and kick a football that stands out. Aldo's down-field blocking allowed running back Jordan Crisologo to gain a 67 yard run in the second half—once again showcasing all that lies behind a position and an all-star athlete. Severson and the Aragon Dons continued to power through all four quarters, scoring one last touchdown in the second half, and holding Capuchino with a final score of 42-7.
"Our team did great," expressed Severson, "Capuchino was our first big challenge of the season, and our offense and defense both executed well. My first touchdown was easy due to my teammates blocking, and my second, (touchdown), I was in disbelief as I broke the tackle and was still in the air and able to make it in for the score."
Severson's team effort and credibility are nothing new this season. He was recognized last year, as he became the first junior to receive the Andrew Dang Award. The award was created in memory of the late Aragon alumnus who painted the picture of the ultimate team-player through leadership, chemistry, and dedication of heart. These same extraordinary qualities are the foundation of what Aldo seeks to convey on the field, in the classroom, and amongst his peers. With a 3.8 GPA, and excelling in soccer, baseball, and football, Aldo Severson has a promising future ahead.
"I am aiming for a D1 scholarship, while remaining focused on the moment," said Severson, "It is important that I take what I have learned early in the season and continue to polish everything I do."
Aldo Severson and the Aragon Dons will continue to polish everything they do in week six as they take on the 2-2 Menlo-Atherton Bears, and seek to improve their record to 5-0.
As the home school of the 49ers High School Player of the Week, Aragon High School will receive a $500 grant for their football program. Severson will receive a 49ers hat and t-shirt, a certificate signed by 49er head coach Jim Harbaugh, two tickets to a 49ers home game and recognition on 49ers.com. At the end of the season, Aldo will be invited to the 49ers Training Facility in Santa Clara, CA to accept a trophy recognizing his achievements.