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Athlete of the Week - Chandler Binkley

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Chandler Binkley

Byron's Chandler Binkley is our newest honoree as the Tigers gear up for the 3-A state semifinals.

BYRON (WREX) — Last week's playoff game between Reed-Custer and Byron was a nail-biter.

"He came off the field after they scored with three minutes to go and said 'Coach we got this," said head coach Jeff Boyer.

Not only did Byron win the game, but Chandler Binkley had the game-winning touchdown catch with just nine seconds left in the contest.

"Nothing feels better than catching the game-winning touchdown pass in a quarterfinal game," said Binkley. "After that yeah I was a little teary-eyed, crying from happy emotions but it's something that will stick with me forever."

Being a senior on the team can bring all the emotions, as years of playing in a football-driven town all come down to pivotal playoff games.

"At this point at the same time, cherishing it at the same time, but also trying to get better because every game on out gets better, every team gets better," said Binkley. "But the love for the game and stuff is definitely something you got to enjoy while you're out here."

As a kid, it's always fun playing football in the snow with your buddies. Binkley and his teammates are hoping they get that chance in these next couple of weeks.

"We kind of talked about it as a team, we kind of wanted to play in the snow this week, last week we were hoping it was going to snow," said Binkley with a smile. "It didn't (snow) but Saturdays, if you're playing when it's cold out, you're doing something right."

Binkley can do it all on the field, an all-around talent for the Tigers.

"He's a great kid like I said, great runner, smart player," said Boyer. "Always going to do the right thing and we're lucky to have him."

Binkley has made lots of memories at Byron. He hopes to make a few more as he tries to help bring the Tigers a State championship before his high school career is over. Byron takes on IC Catholic in Elmhurst Saturday at 4 p.m.

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Sports Reporter

Sam Knox joined the 13 Sports Authority team in Spring of 2020 after graduating from Emerson College. Sam majored in Broadcast Journalism and minored in Sports Communication.

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