Ken Seals a well-rounded success

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Ken Seals a well-rounded success

Whether you’re on the football field or off, the hurdles get a little more challenging with time. So far, Ken Seals has been clearing every obstacle with impressive ease.

Not only is he a straight-A student in the classroom at Azle Elementary School in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, Seals excels in Math and Science, he was a member of the All City Choir and he also won his age division’s 5K Run last May.

On the football field this past season, Seals was really something. “I think we were all really happy with the way the season went,” he said. “All of our guys were pretty excited and once we won the Super Bowl it was pretty emotional for all of us.”

Quarterbacking the 12U Azle Bulldogs, Seals led his team to a 9-0 record during the regular season. The Bulldogs barreled through league play, outscoring the opposition 396-28. Azle continued rolling through the playoffs and capped a perfect 11-0 season with a 36-12 win over Granbury Morris in the league Super Bowl.

Providing leadership as the Bulldogs’ QB was an important goal for Seals. “Sometimes it’s more about being the leader on the field,” Seals said. “It takes a lot of effort from me to try to get the guys up, get their spirits high. When we’re losing at halftime or not doing too well, I try to make sure we are ready to keep playing as well as we can.”

Thanks to Seals’ versatile skills at quarterback, Azle didn’t need to many pep talks during a stellar season. While winning all 11 games, the closest score was 28-8 and that came in the season opener.

Operating out of Pro-Set offense with a Max Protection package, Seals connected on 49 of 96 passes for 1,202 yards and 27 touchdowns. He threw only two interceptions.

On the ground, Seals ran 100 times for a whopping 1,520 yards and 21 touchdowns. The sixth grader also ran in 10 extra point conversions, showing he is a bona fide dual threat at quarterback.

“I think it was a cool experience being a two-dimensional team unlike all the other sixth grade teams, because it’s just all running for them,” Seals said. “I like passing the ball because I get to see the excitement on my receivers’ faces when they catch a pass or score on a long touchdown. I think it’s a really cool feeling, just to experience that. I like passing more than running, but I do take a lot of enjoyment out of running.”

Before the season, he placed third in his age group at NFA’s Duel of the Dozens showcase held in Massillon, Ohio. Seals has been attending NFA camps this past year. “They’ve helped with throwing mechanics, gaining weight, what to do if you get on the wrong track, everything,” he said. “I think it’s a really great program.”

Seals did very well at the Duel, but next year his goals will be higher. “I felt like I didn’t do the best that I could there,” Seals said. “I don’t feel like I really brought it all that day. It did help me, all the coaches and guys around me encouraging me and all of the compliments people were giving around me and saying how good I did and what they thought of me. I’m pretty difficult on myself, just making sure I get things right and am playing the best I can.”

 

 

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Scot Gregor is an award-winning sportswriter for the Chicago Daily Herald. In addition to writing about Big 10 and Notre Dame football, Gregor has also covered the White Sox, Bears, Blackhawks, Bulls and college basketball. He grew up in Pittsburgh and watched the Steelers rise to prominence in the 1970s. Gregor has a B.S. degree in Journalism from Ohio University

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