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Of the two, I like the second better, but for my tastes, the eyes are a little over the top. (Did I mention I am not a fan of selective color?) If it were my shot, I would process it similar to your first non-helmet shot and push the contrast really hard for that gritty look. But that is just me, what do I know?? :-)
Make the parents and the kid happy, they are the ones that need to like it, not me!