Sipsey Valley QB Lewis’ exploits earn statewide acclaim
Wed. October 03, 2012 at 11:37 p.m. | By Brett Hudson
Sipsey Valley’s Garret Lewis was selected as player of the week by The Tuscaloosa News, AHSAA and ASWA after leading the Bears to a 54-47 win at Curry. (Photo by Jason Harless)
Sipsey Valley starting quarterback Garret Lewis has taken a lot on his shoulders. After starting as a true freshman in the program’s first season, he is putting together huge performances that are almost single-handedly pushing Sipsey Valley to wins.
Lewis did just that last Friday in a 54-47 win against Curry with a 10-for-16, 340-yard and four-touchdown performance through the air and 203 yards and the game-winning touchdown on the ground.
The performance got Lewis selected as the player of the week by The Tuscaloosa News, the Alabama High School Athletic Association and the Alabama Sports Writers Association.
"I was impressed with his performance, but I wasn’t surprised because I’ve always known he has that kind of talent," Sipsey Valley coach Antonio Ford said. "He’s progressively gotten better and better."
Lewis has gotten better on and off the field as he continues to carry the Bears program on his shoulders.
"He’s beginning to understand his role," Ford said. "All Garret wants to do, and all he knows to do, is to go out there and work hard and do his job. He’s starting to understand how he can impact people. We talk a lot about how you can have an effect on other people."
Lewis added, "I really didn’t know when the program first started. I was just out there playing. I understand now. I understand if I play good, the whole team is going to feed off of me. I have to be a leader for my team."
Lewis is the prototypical leader for the Bears (2-3).
"He’s an even-keeled guy," Ford said. "That’s one of the qualities of a great quarterback. He doesn’t get too high when he makes great plays and he doesn’t get too low when he isn’t having a great game."
Lewis’ low-key demeanor can make the vocal presence required of a leader difficult for him.
"It’s not a natural thing for him, but in meetings and he and I talking, we both know there’s a need for that," Ford said. "He’s really developed into a great leader for our football program."
Ford said Lewis’ leadership has made his life much easier.
Lewis improved himself over the summer and is now an extension of the coach on the field.
"The biggest thing is his understanding of what defenses are doing to him," Ford said. "He’s able to line up and look at defenses and understand how they’re attacking us. He can counterattack now. It’s like we’re thinking the same things on the field now."
Lewis added, "Over the offseason, I learned how to read coverages and blitzes and things like that. I’m watching a lot more film. I’m more prepared coming into the game. I feel like I know more of what’s going on."
Ford said he now has a much easier job on Friday nights and has fewer sleepless nights.
"It makes my job a lot easier," he said. "I can get to bed earlier now knowing he sees what I see."