Last year, Brandon Wilson only played in four games before a broken bone prematurely ended his season, but he flashed signs of becoming a star during that short stint on the field.
Wilson, who is equally adept as a track star, carried 57 times for 360 yards (with a long of 57 yards) and three TDs in limited action last fall. Just last weekend, Wilson finished 5th overall in the 100 in his division at the prestigious Texas Relays, an event that brings in competitors from all around.
"I know some coaches fudge with track numbers," said Calvary Baptist head coach Bo Meeks, "but Brandon runs a legitimate 4.45. I watched it with my own eyes. I've seen top-flight talent at Bastrop High (where Meeks served as offensive coordinator for several years) and Brandon is a special player. He is strong with great vision and he's growing right now. He's a hard worker with a 3.5 grade point average.
"Brandon is a football player who is also a track star. He can run on the track and has clocked some great times, but he's a football player. He's so strong. I've seen him squat 365 pounds for six reps. Just unbelievable strength. His injury is completely healed. He actually came back last year in Weeks 11 and 12, but we limited his action."
Wilson also has good hands catching the football out of the backfield: three catches for 113 yards and two TDs with a long of 76 yards. Last year's stats came against some good competition, as Calvary Baptist's first four games were against Farmerville (ended the regular season 9-1), 5A Airline (7-3), 3A Green Oaks and 3A Richwood.
"We want to spread the offense around this year and get all of these guys (CBA has a trio of talented backs) an adequate amount of touches," Meeks said. "We like to keep the game moving fast."
Meeks has an experienced squad that is primed for a big year.
"We have 19 starters coming back," he said, "and we have a chance to be good if we get mentally tougher. The road in 2A, of course, runs through Evangel Christian and John Curtis. We don't mind flying under the radar."
With players such as Wilson literally flying around the field, it's unclear how long CBA will be under the radar in 2010.