Lufkin's Demontrai Lewis wins defensive player of the year award

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Junior defensive end Demontrai Lewis was a standout player for the Panthers this season and Wednesday he was honored with the Right Guard player of the year award.

Lewis is a leader for the panthers and he may be deaf, but that doesn't stop him from working hard on the field or being a great example for his teammates.

"Not only is he a role model for the younger kids he is a role model for all the players," said
Lufkin Interim athletic director Todd Quick. "The people that know him see what a giving person and that is what we strive for with all these kids."

His teammates are the only ones he inspires, Lewis' interpreter Rene Heintschel says his daily work ethic is amazing the see.

"Watching him play football is something, if you haven't seen him you are missing a show," said Heintschel. "Practice, game, in the class room it doesn't matter what he is doing it's not 100 percent, it's 150 percent on everything he does and he is my hero."

Lewis received a trophy Wednesday in front of his teammates and peers and Right Guard also donated $2500 in his name to Lufkin High School. Through his interpreter Ms. Heintschel Lewis said he wouldn't have made it this far without a lot of help from his family.

"All my life I have worked hard and my family has supported me and encouraged me," Lewis signed.  "I have worked hard for them and now I am getting an award for the first time so I want to tell them thank you very much for everything. I love my family."

Lewis and the Panthers were right back at work just moments after the presentation. Lewis says he wants to make it to state his senior year and it starts right now in the off season.

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