Thursday, September 26, 2013
This year, the Jackets bounced back from last year’s loss to Sumter, and with their defensive line, keeping it tight was the priority.
Brandon Thomas pulled his weight this week as defensive end, with nine tackles against the Gamecocks. Thomas has been named the Star Player of the Week.
“I worked hard all this week preparing for Sumter,” Thomas said. “The game plan was to go out hard, stay focused, keep containment. We wanted to make sure their quarterback didn’t get any yards.”
Thomas has played varsity since 10th grade and became a starter during his junior year. According to Thomas, he is constantly improving and knows there are even greater things to come.
“This is definitely my best year so far, but I’m pretty sure I can do much better,” Thomas said.
Head coach Dan Pippin said that Thomas came out that night with the right mind-set to get the win.
“He’s a great athlete, he’s been playing and getting better,” Pippin said. “He had one of those games where he dominated and felt like he could have.”
Defensive end coach Brent Croft said that Thomas does his part on and off the field to assist with the team dynamic.
“He keeps it very entertaining,” Croft said. “He is 100 percent full speed most of the time. He keeps it light. He always wants to joke around and keep everyone’s spirits up. If anyone’s down, he tries to pick him up and keep everything rolling.”
Croft said in Friday’s game, Thomas was there to hold his position and secured the field. “He did what he was supposed to,” Croft said. “He played his position and he played it right. He kept everything contained inside. He made tackles when he was supposed to, stayed low, took on blocks and did everything he was asked.”
Heather Wright is a reporter for the North Augusta Star. She is a North Augusta resident and earned a communications degree from USC Aiken.