The Arizona Cardinals Football Club and U.S. Army have named Perry High School's Preston Jones as the Cards "High School Coach-of-the-Week."
The Cards and U.S. Army "Coach-of-the-Week" award is selected by a local sports panel consisting of Cardinals Director of Community Relations Luis Zendejas, Community Relations Coordinator Sheldon Meeks, NBC-12 sports reporter Bruce Cooper, 16-year Arizona high school football official Bob Ferreira, AIA Director of Media Marketing Brian Bolitho, Channel 3 sports anchor Brad Cesmat, 1060 AM radio host Dan Manucci, and U.S. Army representative Sergeant Richard Meyer.
Jones guided his Pumas to a 23-17 win over third-ranked (5A-II) and previously unbeaten Marcos De Niza High School last week. Running back Cedric Simmons carried the ball 12 times for 117 rushing yards and one touchdown in the win.
The award will be presented to Jones and the Perry High School football team next week at the school (4301 E. Guadalupe Road, Gilbert) prior to their October 22 game at Skyline High School. Perry High School is on fall break this week.
The Cardinals 16-year "Coach-of-the-Week" program presents a selected high school coach with a certificate signed by Cardinals President William V. Bidwill and Head Coach Ken Whisenhunt. Cardinals Charities provides t-shirts for team members and awards the school $2,000 to support its football program.
A Cardinals player or alumnus, team mascot Big Red, and Community Relations Coordinator Sheldon Meeks will present the award.
Week 1: Chad DeGrenier, Cactus Shadows H.S.
Week 2: Eddy Zubey, St. Mary's H.S.
Week 3: Pete Wahlheim, Highland H.S.
Week 4: Larry Fetkenhier, Cactus H.S.
Week 5: Tommy Brittain, Tempe Prep Academy
Week 6: Preston Jones, Perry H.S.