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Little Hawk's Derby named KWWL Athlete of the Week

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IOWA CITY (KWWL)- Eight of ten for 197 yards and two touchdowns.

The numbers may not jump off the page, but quarterback A.J. Derby once again showed he'll do whatever it takes to win as City High blew out cross-town rival West High 49-10 a week ago.

"He just raises everybody's level of confidence because what he can do out there and then the other thing is he's a great team guy. The kids relate to him well one through 50," said head coach Dan Sabers.

"Last week our line played great. Ellis and Nick and Prybil ran hard through the holes and i feel like the passing game just came from that, and it worked out great," said Derby.

For a guy that's thrown for seven scores and run for four in just four games, there's no question the talent's there, but it's the way he's grown as a leader that has his teammates believing this could be a special season for the Little Hawks.

"His run pass combination that he can bring, he also comes and helps out on defense, does whaterver he's asked and does everything and works hard," said Little Hawk wideout John Chelf.

"He doesn't treat people differently. He treats everybody the same and they respect that of him.  Not only do they look at him as a leader but they respect him as a leader as well," said Sabers. 

"I try to be the best leader i can. I try to support everyone, make everyone around me better.  I feel like I do that but I can always be better leading," said Derby. 

For all the success the senior quarterback has had on offense, he may be most proud of what he does on the other side of the football.

"It's a big deal, I come from a defensive family and City High is known for its defense so it's up there.  It's a pretty high priority on our team, on my list."

For all the individual accolades, there's only one number Derby will tell you he cares about.

"I feel like we have a great shot at going 14-0 and running the table."

Online Reporter:  Jason Epner

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