Thursday, September 19, 2013
North Augusta has plenty of weapons on offense, and on Friday, none was bigger than wide receiver Keyon West.
West hauled in 10 catches for 110 yards, consistently winning his one-on-one matchup on the outside. That performance earned him the honor of being this week’s Star player of the week.
“It just comes with a lot of preparation at practice,” West said. “We have four wide receivers, so anybody can get the ball at any time. You just have to catch your balls as they come.”
The other wideouts, Antuan Andrews, Dre Dunbar and Jaleel Bryant are all also capable of putting up those types of numbers. Due to North Augusta’s ability to spread teams out, while also boasting a two-headed power running game of Willie McCloud and Dashawn Barnes, teams must play honest on defense and can’t attempt to lock down one single player.
“Keyon is a confident guy, and, once he caught that first ball and felt like he was better than the guy across from him, we knew he was going to have a good game that night,” wide receivers coach Vic Radcliff said. “He just came to us and said ‘Coach, you’ve got to give me the rock.’ To prove it, they targeted him ten times and he made ten catches. We gave him the ball, and he had a good night for us.”
West displayed his elusiveness all night against Grovetown, dodging tacklers and oftentimes making them look silly. On one pass in particular, West was able to juke three defenders at once on the sideline and turn a small gain into a long reception.
“It just came to me as I was running the ball,” West said.
His coach also echoed West’s natural ability, though there was a little bit of help provided from the coaching staff.
“We naturally do drills that enhance his natural movement,” Radcliff joked. “We do them every day, and it’s good as a coach to see what we do at practice manifests itself in a game situation. All of his natural ability gets put to work here in practice, and we just make it better.”