Zachaeus Grant of Claxton takes home the WTOC Player of the Week plaque after helping the Tigers beat Country Day 54-0 last Friday night.
He was all over the field on offense and defense and has the Tigers poised for the post-season. Grant carried the ball just 6 times for 250 yards and scored on four of those carries on runs of 71, 80, 14, and 76 yards. He later intercepted a pass and returned it 41 yards for a score to set up Thursday night's showdown with Calvary Day for one of the playoff berths from region 3-A.
Grant, who is just a sophomore, says he feels lucky to be able to do these kind of things, "Out here is was homecoming and I tried to put on a show all the fans who were coming home. So, I did what I could do."
Coach Patrick Hendrix added, "Friday night, he made two runs that were really, really special. He made a couple of cuts and a couple of spin moves. He the kind of kid that can really tote the ball for you."
At what point in the game did you feel like, this is kind of special for me? "The first time I touched the ball, the first time I broke," said Grant. "The first time I broke I knew I couldn't be stopped. I just kept running hard the whole game and nobody hit me."
"Zachaeus is one that will say, coach give me the football," said Hendrix. "He's the kind of kid that wants the football. In some of our bigger games it's come down, like coach, give me the ball, tell them to give me a hole and I'll make something happen."
What do you like more, offense or defense? "I like both of them," said Grant. "I probably like offense better because if I go to college I'll be an offensive guy and not defense because of my size and stuff. So, I guess I go offense."
The Tigers face Calvary Day Thursday night at 7:00 in the Pecan Grove and you can see highlights that night on The News at 11 and also on the WTOC End Zone Friday night at 11:30.
Keynnard Campbell - Bible Baptist
Threw for 224 yards and 3 touchdowns, ran for
156 yards and 2 more TD in 54-6 win vs. Holly Hill
D. J. Mincey - Vidalia
7 of 9 passing for 131 yards and 4 touchdowns
and rushed 8 times for 71 yards in 42-7 win over Bryan County
Tyler Chisholm - Hilton Head Christian
16 carries for 81 yards and 2 touchdowns and
caught 2 passes for 79 yards and TD (then left game with injury) in 41-18 win
over Palmetto Christian
Jeremy Johnson - Screven County
Ran for 216 yards and 3 touchdowns, plus a
pair of 2-point conversions, in 41-20 win over Westside Augusta
Jamar Smith - Toombs County
Rushed for 302 yards and 4 touchdowns in 33-20 win at Long County