KTXS/ATFCU Player of the Week: Sophomore Anson quarterback captures honor


ANSON, Texas - When the first KTXS Game of the Week was selected, it was known that Anson quarterback Drew Hagler would play a big role in the story.

The sophomore was making his first start on varsity, and with his father being the Tigers' head coach there was a lot of interest in how he would play.

Hagler scored five touchdowns on offense and intercepted two passes on defense to help Anson beat Hamlin 35-14, and win the season's first Abilene Teacher's Federal Credit Union Player of the Week award.

"It felt awesome because a lot of my family came to watch because it was my first game," said Hagler. "They all said I did really good. I was glad they got to come out to watch the game."

His coach and dad, Chris Hagler, admitted he doesn't get anxious before games, but that changed on Friday.

"It made me a little nervous as a father. Not really as a coach because I know he's been busting his tail, he's been coached up, and he knows what to do."

Drew Hagler proved that by throwing for 157 yards, including a 76-yard touchdown, and rushing for 190 yards and four scores.

He opened the game with a 47-yard TD run on 4th down and 2.

"The line had great blocks, the receivers had great blocks, and the running back did, too," said Drew Hagler. "It was a team thing. I couldn't have done it without any of them."

Chris Hagler confessed he didn't realize how successful his was son was playing until he watched the film on Saturday morning.

"Watching that and grading him on film, he did some things that were uncharacteristic as a sophomore," said Chris Hagler. "That's because of all the coaches he's had up to this point that have been around him."

Drew Hagler said his relationship with his dad and coach is positive, and something he appreciates.

"I get to be with my coach pretty much the entire time, but also be with my dad pretty much the entire time. We don't like to talk about football at the house. If I had any questions, I ask them [at school] and then he father-son at the house."

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