By Gabby Ripka
In Byram’s homecoming game, Matt Weiler not only proved to his entire high school what a force he is on the field but attracted lots of attention from all of Lower Hudson Valley’s football fans. Out of six finalists for LoHud’s Player of The Week Award, Weiler totaled 2,918 votes, equivalent to 44.97% of the total votes in the poll – enough to beat strong competitors from White Plains High School such as Josiah Harris, and Lavonno Mitchell Jr. of Albertus Magnus. Weiler, a sophomore, earned his Player of the Week honors for his outstanding performance against a tough game against Harrison. In Byram’s first ever under the lights game, Weiler rushed 27 times for 208 yards and had three touchdowns. Weiler clearly did not have a problem playing in the spotlight. Going into the game Byram was the underdog, but Weiler and his team surely proved doubters wrong as they won by a whopping 21 points.
When asked about his performance, Weiler commented, “It’s an honor to win, but obviously this is just the start of my high school football career, as I am only a sophomore. I’m proud of my award but it is just going to push me to work that much harder and get better.” Weiler’s work ethic is what has paved the way for his success this season. As of October 2nd, he is Byram Varsity Football’s leading scorer with 11 touchdowns in just five games.
Weiler also added, “Even though this award was personal to me, it is a team award because I wouldn’t have been able to do this without my offensive line and the support of the rest of my team. I’m just happy our hard work is finally paying off.” Their work as a team has undoubtedly been paying off as Byram Hills football has advanced to 4-1 for the first time since playing in the Class A division.
When asked about Weiler’s accomplishment, his coach, Doug Carpenter, said, “It was great to see him have that success because he is such a great kid. One of the things I was most proud about was the next morning he was at the Junior Varsity football game supporting his friends. Matt is very humble and very talented, and if he continues to work hard he will be a special athlete at Byram Hills.”
This honor marks just the beginning of the numerous honors Weiler is expected to receive within the next three years. Among Weiler are other promising sophomores such as Steven Franco, Jack Tillinger, Ryan Abatemarco, Eli Ratzan, and Julian Carnevale. Byram football will definitely be exciting in the next few years, and Bobcat fans certainly have a lot to look forward to! Support the Boys’ Varsity Football Team as they look to go 5-1 tonight at Spring Valley!