Thursday, September 12, 2013
The North Augusta offense has roared out of the gates, scoring 45, 43 and 45 points in their three contests.
Against Greenbrier, no player was more successful than running back Dashawn Barnes.
Barnes carried the ball 10 times for 116 yards and three touchdowns. His 11.6 yards per carry was just behind fellow running back Willie McCloud’s 12.5.
The senior’s play earned him the honor of being this week’s Star Player of the Week.
“The previous week I was just slowing it down and trying to follow my blocks,” Barnes said. “I guess it paid off in the game.”
Having two high-caliber running backs is something that North Augusta is not accustomed to. The team has typically relied on a workhorse in the backfield. For running back coach Robert Morgan, it’s a welcomed change of pace.
“It’s great, it’s been a while since we have ran a two back offense,” Morgan said. “We soon will. What I like about Dashawn is that he works hard on the field and off the field. He’s an excellent player and I enjoy coaching him.”
When asked about sharing the load with McCloud, Barnes stated that he “works hard every day” to prove that he is up there with his teammate. He also pointed out that while McCloud is much more of a cut-and-run player, Barnes fancies himself as being able to run downhill with power.
“Last week I was trying not to run people over, so I guess that paid off too,” Barnes joked.
Barnes also credits his offensive line for opening up holes and giving him room to run.
“We have a friendship together and we work together as a team off the field and on the field,” he said.
Barnes follows defensive back Luke Smith and linebacker Jordan Blocker as players chosen for the honor.
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.