Changing the game as a unit

Posted at 8:11 PM, Nov 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-04 21:19:25-05

Who changed the game this week?

That is the question we find ourselves asking each and every Monday here, and for the second-to-last time of the 2019 regular season, here is the Week 10 Friday Night Fever Gamechanger.

We are rewarding a group effort here for Week 10. The gamechanger is going to the running backs unit for the Rockport-Fulton Pirates.

We all know the Pirates have a great running game, and it was once again on full display in the district title game against Orange Grove last week. Joe Franks had six carries for 171 yards and a TD. Garrett Loudermilk had eight carries for 114 yards and two TDs; Ryan Wells had 10 carries for 107 yards and a TD and, lastly, Ty Klendor had one carry for 68 yards and, yes, another touchdown.

Do the math between those four and that is a grand total of 460 yards, averaging 18.4 yards per carry and a total of five touchdowns in route to a 59-8 district title-clinching victory.

Dominant. Excellent. Gamechanging.

Islanders ready for upcoming season

Ready or not, the 2019-2020 basketball season is here and the Islanders are ready for a big season. Coming off a season that saw the team finish 14-18 overall and with a 9-9 conference record, confidence is high entering this season.

And that has a lot to do with depth.

They are returning seven upper classmen with plenty of experience that they hope will provide a spark to a team that players think excel in all facets of the game.

“I think our major strength this year will be our athleticism,” said senior Jayshawn Talton Thomas. “We got a lot of guys that can jump, sprint, run -- do anything you need them to do athletically. A lot of our guys have been working on their shot over the summer, too, so we got -- I'd say … Don't be surprised if our last man on the bench hits a three, you know what I mean? Everyone can shoot it now.”

The most important thing for us is getting after people, putting pressure on the ball and killing plays on the backside so that we can create easy opportunities for ourselves on offense,” junior Myles Smith.