Thursday, September 5, 2013
One major reason for North Augusta’s rout of Midland Valley last Friday was its front seven. Of that group, no player shined quite like linebacker Jordan Blocker.
Blocker led the team with 10 tackles and a force fumble. On the year, he leads the team with 15 tackles.
For those reasons, he is the Star Player of the Week for Week One.
“It’s a great honor to be chosen as the Player of the Week,” Blocker said. “I can remember when I was a freshman and seeing it in the papers, and I always told myself I would get there.”
Against the Mustangs, which featured two dynamic players in the backfield, Blocker said that the game plan was simple.
“Just read my keys, have good alignment and contain the quarterback,” he said.
North Augusta High School head coach Dan Pippin said that Blocker is “a great program kid who has waited his turn.”
Blocker said, “I played under some of the best linebackers to come through North Augusta. Just learning how to be a leader. As they say, you have to follow before you can lead.”
Blocker joins defensive back Luke Smith, who was chosen for Week Zero, as the only recipients of the honor on the young season.
Scott Rodgers is the news editor at the North Augusta Star and has been with the paper since January 2013 after previously working at the Aiken Standard. He is a graduate of Alvernia University and currently attends Drexel University.