For Petaluma High's Teddy Scranton, academics come first

Ted Scranton is, arguably, the best football player at Petaluma High School — arguably only because many don't see Scranton's physical execution on both sides of the interior line.

As good as he is on the football field, Scranton is even better in the classroom.

Both the senior's academic and athletic achievements, along with his community service, will be acknowledged Feb. 21 when he is honored at the National Football Foundation Hall of Fame awards dinner. Scranton and Dustin Sloane of Sonoma Valley were the two Redwood Empire players selected for the prestigious award that is based on academic excellence, football performance and community service.

Scranton is well qualified for the honor by all three criteria.

As an athlete, he was Petaluma High's best lineman on both sides of the football, dominating front line play on offense, and leading the team defensively with his tackling and aggressive play. He is also an outstanding track athlete who qualified for the Redwood Empire Meet in the discus last season and has hopes of throwing his way to the state meet this spring.

Academically he has a 4.6 grade point average and a 4.8 GPA in the first semester of his senior year. He is vice present of the senior class.

He still finds time to help at a camp for elementary school kids at Valley Vista Elementary School, run in the Relay for Life and make a mission trip to help build housing in Mexico with the New Life Christian Fellowship.

As with many high achievers, Scranton says finding time for all his activities is no big deal.

"I feel like I'm very efficient with my time," he explained. "When I do my homework, that is the one thing I concentrate on. I try to do one thing, get it done and go on to something else."

He is appreciative of the award and accompanying $1,000 scholarship, but the real award was just the opportunity to play and enjoy the football season.

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