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Friday, September 4, 2015


This week the High School, Highlight takes us to the far east valley.  There you will find a high school called Poston Butte.  The football team is coached by the legendary Paul Moro.  Moro and his Poston Butte Broncos are led by quarterback Shavez Hawkins Jr.  He is in his second year under center.
The Broncos are coming off a 7-4 season last year and have high hopes for this season.  The season hasn't started the way they would like but they plan to change their 0-2 record starting tonight. 
With #2 Shavez Hawkins leading the offense they should be able to get their first win of the season.  Hawkins is a 5'10 165 pound junior who also plays safety.  He has only thrown a limited amount of passes this season but is completing them at 64%.  Hawkins is very impressive in the way he controls his offense.  In the season opener at Tolleson  he looked very impressive and kept plays alive with his feet. 
With his style of play and his dreadlocks one of his coaches started calling him SHII.  He is a small reminder of RGIII.  Although he is off to a much better 2015 season then the former Redskins starter. 
Hawkins was inspired by his dad, who played college football, to start playing football.  He has a goal of getting a full ride scholarship in either football or wrestling.  Hawkins has the talent and he also has the grades.  He has a 3.9 GPA and works just as hard in the classroom as on the field.
As for team goals,  he wants to do whatever it takes to help his team win a state championship.  When he is on the field he it's all about his teammates, or bothers as he calls them.  He is worried about his own stats.  He is worried about helping his team and the coaches get the victory.
I was fortunate to watch Hawkins and the rest of the Bronco's in action when they traveled to Tolleson.  Hawkins impressed so much that as I watched from the stands I told my self, "man I have to do a story on this kid."  I will leave you with a quote from him that he got from his dad, and defines the kind of quarterback he is.  "Hard work beats talent when talent doesn't work hard."    

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