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Athlete of the Week – Will Gustafson

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FREEPORT (WREX) — Aquin quarterback Will Gustafson either ran or passed for every touchdown the Bulldogs scored on Saturday, starting the season with a win.

"I'm obviously super happy that we're back on the field and we get somewhat of a season," said Gustafson. "Six weeks is better than none. I'm happy with our performance, getting back to playing and everything. We haven't played in so many days so those kinks and everything showed in our first week but next week we'll be back at it."

Will has left his coach in awe several times over the course of his career, doing it all on the field.

"He's talented, he's one of the, if not the best high school football players I've ever been around just in terms of how he impacts the game," said head coach Broc Kundert. "You know he's returned a kick back for touchdown, as a sophomore he was our leading tackler, last year he goes 1,000 yard rushing, almost 2,000 passing. You know those are video game numbers for a high school kid."

Beyond his talent shines Will's character.

"He's the kid that's taking the water bottles to the guys that are in and he's the kid that's getting everybody pumped up on the sidelines," said Kundert. "So those kids those guys that he was talking about that don't get to play much are enjoying the moments when they do get to play, and that's just a testament to his character."

Besides the big plays and big wins, it's the relationships that Will has built that will stick with him forever.

"Just how close I've become with all of my teammates and my coaches. My coaches have been father figures to me you know," said Gustafson. "So I'm definitely going to miss that. I'm going to miss the love of the game for football, playing Friday nights, Saturday mornings. It's going to be hard when the season's over but I'm enjoying it as it is right now."

Will Gustafson, enjoying the last ride, while performing at a high level.

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Sam Knox

Sam joined the WREX news team in the Spring of 2020.

He graduated from Emerson College in May of 2020, just two days before moving to Rockford to take the job at WREX as a Weekend Sports Anchor/Reporter. He majored in Broadcast Journalism with a minor in Sports Communication.

Sam is originally from Sturbridge, Massachusetts, and has been an avid sports fan his whole life. He played basketball and baseball in high school, and he went on to play collegiate baseball at Emerson.

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