Senior quarterback and football captain Jalin Pitchford, recently was awarded the Bear Sports Network Most Valuable Player Award for the Downriver League at the end of the 2020 football season.
Bear Sports Network is a page popular on Twitter; downriver athletes. According to Pitchford, the BSN MVP Award is an award given to the most valuable player as claimed by Bear Sports Network.
The account recently tweeted, “Dude is a stud, and is one of the main reasons Wyandotte was able to do what they did on offense this season.”
The senior believes that the 2020 football season was just like any season except the players had to wear masks. The team had a COVID-19 outbreak during the season causing the Bears to miss two weeks of practice and two games, but Pitchford continued to play his hardest and work harder on and off the field.
“This year was by far the best season I had individually and that was expected due to it being my last ride,” Pitchford said.
The team could only participate in seven of their nine games due to a COVID-19 outbreak among the team, and the Wyandotte Bears overall record was 6-3. In total, Pitchford had 825 passing yards and 333 rushing yards this year.
“The main thing we had to focus on was to stay positive and know that we wanted to play again. The two week break just gave us the drive to really want to get back on the field and finish what we had started,” Pitchford said.
Pitchford has been playing football since the third grade along with most of the other players on Wyandotte’s football team. Being awarded BSN MVP is definitely going to help him remember his last high school football season with the friends he grew up with. Unfortunately, the seniors on the football team are going their separate ways next year.
“Jalin and I have been friends for so long and football is one of the things that brings us together,” teammate Logan McGraw said. “It is going to suck not playing with him in the future.”
Athletes tend to have a special person who motivates them to succeed. For Pitchford, Coach George Filipiak is someone who pushes him to perform his best and continue to work hard.
“I have spent so much time in the weight room with Coach Flip that he is 100 percent, without a doubt, my favorite person at the high school,” Pitchford said.
According to the young athlete, Filipiak has been training and working with Pitchford since he was in sixth grade, but his coach is not the only thing that he is motivated by; Pitchford appreciates when others comment on his performance.
Pitchford has also earned the responsibility of being team captain. He believes that winning this award shows that his work ethic and ability does not go unnoticed.
The young man has not yet decided where he wants to attend college. Pitchford has offers from Eastern Michigan University, Central Michigan University, Miami University in Ohio, Buffalo University, Alabama State University, Illinois State University, Austin Peay University, Columbia University, Cornell University, Dartmouth University, Bowling Green State University, University of Pennsylvania, Missouri State University, and Dayton University.