Athlete of the Week: Eli Mastey

Bonduel senior ran for 17 TDs this season

Contributed Photo Bonduel High School running back Eli Mastey rushed for 1,168 rushing yards in the Bears’ regular season.

Athlete: Eli Mastey

Sport: Football

School: Bonduel High School

Position: Running back

Year: Senior

Eli Mastey tallied 1,168 rushing yards and scored a team-high 17 touchdowns for Bonduel in the regular season. The senior, who played all four years at Bonduel, averaged nearly 9 yards per carry and rushed for over 100 yards in five of seven conference games. Mastey also recorded 48 tackles, two sacks and one forced fumble on the season.

Q Where did your interest in football begin?

A It began growing up playing football on the playground at school with my friends, and I eventually started to play tackle football in fifth grade.

Q What’s your favorite part about playing the game?

A My relationship with my teammates and coaches. It makes playing it more special.

Q How does it feel making the postseason your final year?

A Great, as a senior I know this is my last chance to show what we have here. I have been blessed to play football with these guys all my career.

Q What athlete do you look up to and why?

A When I was younger I always looked up to Jason Witten (Dallas Cowboys) because I used to be a tight end. Now I enjoy watching Sean Lee (Cowboys) and Luke Kuechly (Carolina Panthers) because I like to watch linebackers play.

Q Do you have any pregame rituals?

A No, I’m always calm before the storm.

Q What’s your favorite part of growing up in Bonduel?

A I wouldn’t have wanted to grow up anywhere else. Its always fun even if there is nothing to do.

Q What’s your favorite thing to do in your free time?

A Work out for sports, work at home on the farm and hang out with my girlfriend.

Q Who is your favorite sports team?

A The Dallas Cowboys, because I grew up with my family being fans and I enjoy watching football.

Q Favorite movie?

A “Friday Night Lights”

Q Do you have a favorite quote or verse?

A Favorite personal quote: “The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary.” — Vince Lombardi; favorite team quote: “Talent wins games. but teamwork and intelligence win championships.”