Wabash Head Football Coach Floyd McWhirt has been named the Colts/NFL Coach of the Week, a program presented by Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield.
McWhirt was selected after leading his Apaches to their school’s first 2-0 start since 1976. He has done this in only his first year as a head coach.
The 2011 season marks the twelfth year the Indianapolis Colts will be recognizing outstanding Indiana High School football coaches through the Colts/NFL Coach of the Week program, presented by Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield.
One didn’t know what to expect after the Wabash Apaches drummed Peru 37-0 last week, but for the first time in 35 years the Wabash football team has started 2-0. The offensive and defensive lines dominated, letting the skilled positions do their job, as Wabash knocked off Alexandria 21-7 Friday night.
The Apaches kicked off first, and it looked as if they would give up a score on the first Tigers possession, but Cody Beeks came up with a big interception on the 25 to stop the drive and give Wabash the ball. The Apaches could not mount anything on their first possession and were forced to punt. On the second Alexandria possession, Brian Abell recovered a fumble on the Tigers 20 yard line. Four plays later Tyler Brewer scored on a two yard run to give Wabash the lead 7-0. The bend but not break slogan was evident for the Apaches as Alexandria marched down the field to Wabash’s 8 but could not convert. The first quarter ended with a score of 7-0.
The two defenses battled early in the second quarter until Wabash mounted a drive, then scored with 19 seconds remaining on a tipped pass. Nate Price lofted the ball to the end zone which was tipped by Cody Beeks and caught by Tyler Brewer for a touchdown. The Apaches led 14-0 at the half.
There were only three possessions’ in the third quarter, two by Wabash and one by Alexandria with neither team being able to formulate a scoring drive which kept the game at 14-0 heading into the fourth quarter.
Alexandria would break the ice on their first possession of the fourth quarter, scoring on a 47 yard screen pass to make it 14-7 with 9:01 to go. After a stalled Wabash offensive attempt, Beeks nailed a 60 yard punt that pushed the Tigers deep back into their own territory. Alexandria could not move the ball and elected to punt with a little over four minutes left to play. The Apaches had the ball on their own 25 when
Brewer broke loose and raced 75 yards for a touchdown. The Apaches were then
able to run the clock out and celebrate their second win of the season.
The Coach of the Week program was designed to recognize high school coaches who transform, through their hard work and dedication to young people, the best available athletes into high potential football players.
All high school head coaches in the state of Indiana are eligible regardless of their school size, league or division. Coaches are evaluated on various factors
including the coach’s impact on his team, school and community, as well as
performance of the team. The honorees are selected by a panel of high school football media, former athletic directors and other football representatives from all regions of the state.
Each Monday, following a high school football game weekend, one head coach will be recognized and announced. Coach Caldwell will also announce each week’s winner in his weekly press conference.
At the conclusion of the high school football season, each winning coach will receive a framed certificate signed by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, Colts Head Coach Jim Caldwell, Colts Vice Chairman Bill Polian and Colts Youth Football Commissioner Mike Prior, as well as a $1,000 donation from the NFL Youth Football Fund. In addition, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield will contribute $1,000 for the school’s athletic fund.