Prep Sports: Danville's Ford named Advocate's male athlete of the year
Ford provided spark in three sports for Admirals
Tryston Ford drives to the basket during Danville¿s game against Mercer County last season. Ford, The Advocate-Messenger Male Athlete of the Year, was named the Advocate¿s Area Boys¿Basketball Player of the Year after averaging 18 points and three assists. (Clay Jackson / June 11, 2012)
He was an all-state football player, the area player of the year in basketball and qualified for the state track and field meet in four events.
“It’s worked out pretty good. It’s been a pretty good year to look back at,” Ford said.
Now Ford has one last honor to collect, being named The Advocate-Messenger 2012 Male Athlete of the Year.
His coaches said he is more than deserving.
“He was the main cog in everything we did,” Danville football coach Sam Harp said. “He kind of ignited us when we needed it.”
Danville track and field coach Chris Verhoven coach Ford a “quiet leader.”
“He had this way of leading without saying much. I’ve had strong leaders, but he’s right there at the top,” he said.
Ford did a little bit of everything for the Admirals in all three phases of the game.
He was named to the Associated Press all-state second team at defensive back, and coaches voted him the Class AA, District 7 player of the year after he intercepted a team-high four passes, returning two for touchdowns. He had 33 tackles and broke up 14 passes for the Admirals.
On offense, Ford rushed 95 times for 666 yards and 16 touchdowns, completed 16 passes for 280 yards and one TD and caught eight passes for 155 yards and two TDs. And on special teams, he had 78 kickoff or punt returns for 761 yards and one touchdown.
He scored 21 touchdowns and 134 points in all for the Admirals, who advanced to the second round of the Class AA playoffs.
Ford said he expected himself to have a big season on the gridiron.
“I felt like I finished my junior year of football really good, and I figured I was going to be playing a big role my senior year,” Ford said. “So I like challenges, and I figured I’d better step up to the challenge coach Harp gave me.”
Ford was also selected to play in the Kentucky National Guard Border Bowl. During that time, he also went back and forth from practices to play in basketball games as well.
Harp said the Admirals would not have been as successful with out Ford and his leadership.
“He was the fire that would ignite us offense, and the did the same with in the kicking game with punt returns,” Harp said. “I’ve always said Tryston could make you miss in a phone booth.”
Ford also knew he was going to be counted on to lead a young Danville basketball squad with a new coach in Andrew Zaheri.
“I knew I was the only one coming back that played any hard minutes last year, so I knew I was going to take a leadership role and get the younger guys involved,” Ford said.