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December 7, 2013

Price is 2013 News Player of the Year

Price named News Player of the Year

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Tonawanda News — "I didn't know if I'd hurt my neck again. But I worked hard in the offseason and tried to get back in shape and it worked out," Price said. "Playing football is my life. I didn't want it to end."

And so the hard work began back in August, preparing for the season. The expectations in Kenmore were ratcheted up a bit for the Blue Devils, and most of the pressure fell on the shoulders of Price.

Ken West struggled early on in the year, losing to Lancaster and eventual Section VI Class AA champion Jamestown to start the season. That's when Price changed his team's fortunes, simply by being himself.

"He has an effect on everybody on the football team. … He's not a real flamboyant type of kid, he just does — he's a doer. He just goes out and performs," Harris said. "We were in a bad place at 0-2 and a lot of people didn't know what kind of football team we had. But I knew and the team knew. I don't lie to the guys, I tell them what's expected of them based on the type of talent we have. To have a guy like Alex with such a positive attitude when we're sitting there at 0-2, it really helped."

All Price did from there is lead the Blue Devils on a six-game win streak, which included wins over AA runner up Frontier, a 42-0 blowout over rival Kenmore East and a first-round playoff victory over Lancaster to avenge the early-season defeat.

Price accounted for 17 total touchdowns during the streak (14 rushing), showcasing his speed, versatility and big-play ability every step of the way. He said he's a field general when he gets the ball in his hands because of his vision and elusiveness, and it's tough to argue.

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