AOY 8-Man Football: Kade Kress

DREW NASH • TIMES-NEWS PHOTO ILLUSTRATION Hagerman quarterback and linebacker Kade Kress is the eight man football player of the year.

HAGERMAN -- Throw out stats, records and the fact that Hagerman recently won its second state championship in three years. If you had a chance to watch now two-time Times-News Eight-Man Player of the Year Kade Kress play, it would be abundantly clear why he's been bestowed so many athletic awards.

He's built like a tank, fast and throws the ball as far and as accurately as anyone in the region, irrespective of level.

But you still wouldn't know much about Kade Kress.

“I think I have lot more passion for coaching than playing,” said Kade, son of Pirates head coach Mark. “I enjoy the preparation and strategy.”

You'd think the weight room or field was his haven. Try home, in front of the video screen, with his dad.

“We will argue about defensive converges, what we should go with,” Kade Kress said. “I'll bring up a defense early in the week, and a couple days later he will have the same idea. We both think the same, whether I think it first or he thinks it first.”

In 2013 he threw for 3,280 yards and 48 touchdowns, rushed for 1,260 yards and 18 touchdowns, and had 133 tackles at the linebacker position.

If Kade Kress were a few inches taller, he'd be a surefire Divsion I quarterback. As he stands 5-foot-9, it stands that Kress, who made an unofficial visit to Boise State last week as an athlete, may never play football again.

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He'll see what shape he's in after serving a two-year mission.

“I might end up in Brazil and lose 30 pounds, or Hawaii and gain 50 pounds,” Kade Kress said.

There's a few things his father has rarely, if ever, had to argue with his son about — grades, leadership, community service.

Kade Kress, state winner of the Wendy’s High School Heisman, is an Eagle Scout, a 4.0 student, student body president, youth action and church group leader. He's mentored less fortunate peers at Hagerman high, protecting them from bullies.

“I wasn't trying to be known as the best player,” Kade Kress said. “I was trying to be a good sport, the one who when I'd knock you over would pick you back up.”

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