TIGARD, Ore. (KOIN) — Mitchell Cross is the heart of the Tigard football team’s offense — and defense.
Cross, a senior, is involved in nearly every play as the center and as a linebacker.
“I find offense more challenging because I’m not the biggest offensive lineman,” he told KOIN 6 News. “Definitely guys bigger and stronger than me, but defense definitely comes the most natural. Get moving quick and hit some people and make some tackles. “
Far from crumbling under the weight of all that responsibility, head coach Craig Ruecker said Cross responds extremely well.
“Mitchell is the kind of kid that we would like all HS athletes to aspire to be,” Ruecker said. “He is a leader on the football team by his actions, not by his words, and that is the kind of leadership you’d like all the kids to have.”
Mitchell Cross is the KOIN 6 Athlete of the Week for September 7, 2018.