With schools back in session, that means it's time for the start of our Subway Scholar Athlete of the Week segment. At the end of the school year we'll pick our Scholar Athlete of the Year who will win a $5,000 scholarship from Subway.
Our first nominee has made a name for himself on the West Valley high school football team as someone his teammates can rely on.
Nine months ago, West Valley high's Austin Clark says he went through toughest moment of his athletic career, a 38-31 double overtime loss to Sutter in the northern section Division 2 championship.
"It was hard to go into a double overtime showdown and know you were that close to achieving something you wanted since you were a child," said Clark.
Clark says the loss has fueled his motivation heading into this season.
"When something hard hits you, you can either turn and run or you can embrace it and let it better you," said Clark.
With the two-way star leading the way, West Valley has a good chance of getting back to that section title game and reversing their fortune.
Last season, Clark was an Cal-Hi sports All-state 2nd team safety, registering 92 tackles and 4 interceptions.
He was also a focal point of the offense, rushing for 1,308 yards and 17 touchdowns.
"If you had 22 of those guys, you'd never lose a game. I'd like to gather up what his parents did right and share it with everyone else because that kid has really got it together," said Greg Grandell.
The same can be said for Clark's academics. He carries at 4.53 GPA.
"In order to be a champion you've got to be a champion in all aspects of your life, not just on the football field, not just in the classroom, but you know altogether," said Clark.
Austin Clark is a born leader. His coach says he possesses qualities that most high school student athletes never dream of. When he sets goals he achieves them and don't be surprised if at the end of the football season he's holding onto that section title trophy.