This season the valley has numerous running backs that we as fans will miss once they graduate come May. Guys with pure speed like Peoria's Keegan Herring or Red Mountain's Channing Trotter, or guys who will try and flat out truck you if they get the chance like Matt Clapp from PV or Gilbert's Bobby Ili, not to mention the guys who can do both like Centennials Terry Longbons or Sunnyside's Xavier Smith. However, valley high school football fans need not worry, the underclassmen running around on Friday nights will do their best to replace these guys next season.
that list is Jermaine Williams of
Maryvale high school. Jermaine is a
stud of an athlete and is very fast for a guy of his size. He was named to Street and Smith's
preseason top 50 juniors in the country.
He will be heavily recruited next season. Centennial's Tim House is sharing the backfield
right now with Longbons, however House and his abilities have not gone
unnoticed. To this point in the
season House has 1231 yards rushing, a whopping 12 yards per carry and a total
of 18 touchdowns. Glyndon Bolasky from Sabino is having a
great junior season, rushing for 1388 yards and 16 scores and is averaging 9.3
yards a carry. Dobson's Marcus Richmond at one point during the
season was leading the East Valley in rushing. At 6'2 and over 200 pounds expect
to hear his name often next season.
Super fast back Sherrod
It's not easy replacing an all state back but
Hamilton's Cody Engelbrecht is
quickly making a name for himself this season, averaging over 8 yards a carry
and scoring more than 10 touchdowns for a Hamilton team that is trying to repeat
as state champions. Plus, next
season the state of
Yes, of course, we will miss this years seniors and yes it will be very hard to duplicate what these young men have done in their careers. Rest assured there will be plenty of talented young men carrying the ball next season.