, a 5-foot-7, 150-pound running back for West (Shawnee Mission, Kan.)
was one of the state's top players throughout the season, as he led his team to a 6A title by rushing for over 2,000 yards, including 273 in the state championship victory over Hutchinson.
On Saturday night, Sterbach came up big again, albeit in a completely different setting.
According to the Kansas City Star
, Sterbach was on his way from from the Kansas Shrine Bowl when his family stopped at a gas station in Topeka. Sterbach remained in the car while his parents and uncle entered the gas station. He was then approached by two armed robbers.
The men demanded money and then Sterbach's cell phone. That's when Sterbach wrestled the knife away from the first assailant, but not before getting stabbed in the thigh.
Sterbach then successfully defended himself until the attackers fled.
Sterbach walked into the convenience store at the gas station, where his family saw him still holding the knife. He later went to the hospital to receive stitches for the two-inch gash in his leg that he suffered.
Hopefully, Sterbach recovers to full health. Even though the recent graduate won't play football in college, it would be great for him to return to his top form that allowed him to put together the impressive highlight reel below.