It's not very often a player this young plays the game of footbal with such maturity.
But Chris Barnwell of Savannah Christian burst on the scene a year ago, rushing for over 1,500 yards as a a freshman. When the Raiders opened the season Friday night against Calvary, Barnwell picked up right where he left off, rushing for 177 yards and 4 touchdowns to lead the Raiders to a 42-7 victory. He enjoyed the game thanks to a little help from his friends.
"It was a pretty good night," said Barnwell. "But none of it would have been possible without my offensive line. The offensive line, they came through, they blocked excellent, excellent blocking up front by the offensive line. If it wasn't for them, I wouldn't have it."
"We expect great things from him," said Coach Donald Chumley. "He's that kind of a back. He's a guy who can go the distance at any time. He's also a guy who runs extremely hard. He works at it and that's what's real pleasing as a coach when you have a guy with all that talent and yet he still works as hard as anyone you've got."
The start was good, but you have to remember Barnwell is just a sophomore and he has a simple philosphy when he gets the ball. "I'm looking for green grass because green grass means yards and yards mean touchdowns," said Barnwell.
With that kind of start, it's hard to think that it could improve, but Barnwell has the talent to go even further, "Yes, most definitely. I was definitely looking for this this season." Chumley adds, "In his case, as long as he continues to work hard, and he sets his mind to it like he has now, he can do anything he wants. College is definitely in his future, barring injury. Right now, he's just a sophomore and we're going to give him a little time before that happens."
Barnwell was selected over Franklin Green of Jenkins, Daryl Wright of Effingham County, Malcolm Eady of Swainsboro and Washaun Ealey of ECI for the honor.