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Washington's Jon Becktold Named High School Coach of the Week


The Arizona Cardinals Football Club and U.S. Army have named Phoenix Washington's Jon Becktold 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, Sports 620 AM anchor Paul Calvisi, NBC-12 sports reporter Bruce Cooper, 16-year Arizona high school football official Bob Ferreira, Cardinals radio analyst and Sports 620 AM talk show host Ron Wolfley, AIA Director of Media Marketing Brian Bolitho, former Arizona high school coach Emil Nasser, 1060 AM radio host Dan Manucci, and U.S. Army representative Sergeant James Minter.

Becktold and his Rams upset fifth-ranked Cottonwood Mingus 42-35 last Friday night in a game that featured five lead changes. The unranked Rams (3-3) had three Trevor Johnson touchdown receptions in addition to his 82-yard interception return for a touchdown with 1:40 left that proved to be the game winning points.

The award will be presented to Becktold and the Phoenix Washington High School football team on Friday, October 3 at a 7:20 a.m. pep rally at the school (2217 W. Glendale Avenue, Phoenix). The Rams host Notre Dame Prep on Friday night at 7 p.m.

The Cardinals 14-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.

2008 Winners
Week 1: Charlie Ragle, Chaparral H.S.
Week 2: Richard Taylor, Centennial H.S.
Week 3: Dennis Bene, Salpointe Catholic H.S.
Week 4: Jon Becktold, Phoenix Washington H.S.

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