Athlete of the Week: Football stats don’t say it all for Daniel Kemp
By Bill Tamburrino
Sometimes the statistics speak for themselves but there are times when stats don’t tell the whole story.
Bulldog football’s Daniel Kemp had good stats against West Hills. Kemp had four tackles and three assists and was in on three sacks, which is about his season average in all categories. He had two tackles for losses and hit the quarterback twice, and made West Hills signal caller aware of his presence all night long.
Kemp was also pressed into action on the offense side of the ball. Daniel VanTol went down with an injury and Kemp had to return to his former starting position at left guard. But those stats and his play on offense don’t tell the whole story. Kemp had a bout with the flu and was ill for most of the week.
When asked what he thought when he was told that he would have to start on offense and defense, Kemp answered, “I knew that I had to do it for my teammates, my family. We are very close as a team this year and that is why we are enjoying the successes that we are. We don’t care who gets credit or who makes the tackles. We just care about our team and our brothers on the team.
Defense is Kemp’s favorite side of the ball but he is an offensive lineman and takes pride in his blocking. When asked if he would rather have a sack of a de-cleater (a block that knocks a defensive player on his back numbers), Kemp laughed and said, “I have never had a de-cleater. I guess I will have to get one next week to see what I like best.”
Kemp has been playing football for seven years. The game is in his blood.
“My dad (Todd) played in Minnesota.” Kemp said that his mom, Rosa, and dad have supported his entire playing career.
When asked if he is surprised by the Bulldogs’ success, Kemp said, “I try to be positive and hope for the best. We are a very close team and we worked very hard in the off season. Our coaches prepare us very well.”
Kemp’s position coaches are Gene Andrews and Phillip Skora.
“Coach Andrews is a great teacher and wants us to be successful. Coach Skora is very inspirational especially before games,” he said.
The flu could not beat or slow Daniel Kemp last week and neither could West Hills. For his efforts on both sides of the ball, Daniel Kemp has been named Ramona Sentinel Athlete of the Week.
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