Will Buck has made a habit of dropping ballcarriers for a loss.
The Capital Christian two-way lineman has 19 tackles behind the line of scrimmage, and he recorded five sacks on Friday in a 56-14 victory at Natomas to secure at least a share of the Golden Empire League championship.
Buck is The Bee’s Prep of the Week, as voted through a poll on sacbee.com.
The 6-foot-1, 250-pound junior also plays center and guard on the offensive line, and he played a role in D’Marcus Ross rushing for 157 yards and four touchdowns. Ross, in fact, has had four games in which he has scored four times on the ground.
Buck is also a 4.0 student.
“Great kid, a team leader on and off the field,” Capital Christian coach Casey Taylor said. “He works hard. He’s a big part of what we’re trying to do here, leading that charge, every day being the best example.”
Buck comes from a family of Wills. His father, Will Buck, was a tank driver in the military. And Buck’s 12-year-old brother also goes by Will.
“It’s like the George Foreman thing, and we love it,” Taylor said in reference to the former heavyweight boxing champion whose five sons are named George.
Buck – the Cougars’ two-way star – has been mentored on defense by position coach Jerry DeLoach, who played defensive line in the NFL, and on offense by renowned line coach Dave Hoskins. Buck will be one to watch when Capital Christian competes in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division V playoffs as the defending champion.
The Cougars (6-3, 4-0), whose only in-state loss was to Grant in September, host Mesa Verde (2-6, 0-4) in Friday’s regular-season finale.