Rhodes and his teammates dropped a 28-26 nailbiter to JUCO power Mt. San Antonio a few weeks ago, followed by a 52-50 win over Orange Coast, and a homecoming loss to Citrus in their most recent game.
"We came out flat in the second half against Orange Coast, but we got the W," Rhodes said. "I'm improving every week and getting more comfortable making plays. My confidence continues to go up.
"I'm making fast reads. In the Orange Coast game I had six tackles and a pass deflection. I had seven tackles against Citrus."
Known for his vicious hits, Rhodes laid out an unfortunate Orange Coast receiver who entered his zone.
"He ran a drag route and the quarterback threw the ball off his back shoulder," Rhodes explained, "and I threw my shoulder into the receiver. It took him awhile to get up.
"I want to keep making plays, and I want to really prepare to face that tight end," Rhodes said. "He's a big, strong guy and I'm ready to take on the challenge."
Rhodes prepped at Hahnville, a perennial Class 5A playoff program located on the outskirts of the metro New Orleans area.