East Texas Heavy Hitter

Published: Sep. 14, 2011 at 1:58 AM CDT
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VAN, TX (KLTV) - Tucked away, in a small East Texas town, You will find one of the biggest and baddest players in the country

"when I was up in Denton, we had some good players, some that went on to the NFL," said Van head coach Jared Moffatt, "But for Dalton, a kid at this level of high school, I don't know if I have seen somebody with that speed and power at this young age."

Van Linebacker Dalton Santos has a simple theory on football.

"I just think about knocking someone's head off, knocking them out, really obliterating them in the hole and just knock their head off," said Santos, "That is what you want, to know that they think that Santos is a hard hitter, he is going to come down here and hit you in the mouth."

"Dalton really unloads," said Moffatt, "He is coming with bad intentions."

Those bad intentions on the field, has led to enormous attention off of it.

ESPN has rated Santos as the #1 Linebacker in the country.

"It is a blessing to know, that you look up and to know that I have been doing something right," said Santos, "That I am making an impact here in little Van, Texas being #1, it is a great feeling.

Not so great, if you happen to be on the other side.

"A few weeks ago, he hit a guy, and he could not even stand up," said Santos's teammate Thomas Gable, "I was looking at him and I felt sorry for him, but he is against us, and it happens."

"I am glad he is on my team and not someone else's," said Moffatt, "I guarantee you."

"These guys, they love it, and that is what we are looking for right now, playing like we are big and doing things big," said Santos, "We got big plans and I think we are gong to fulfill them."

Next up for the Vandals, a road game against Crandall, a team Van beat in the playoffs last year.

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