Star player of the week: West
Senior wide receiver Keyon West is the Star Player of the Week for his performance against Laurens High School in the first round of the playoffs.
West caught nine passes for 150 yards and two touchdowns.
“It was a big game,” West said. “Trib (Reece) trusted me to make plays, so that’s what I did. We were in a rhythm and made plays together.”
The Jackets’ leading receiver, with over 1,000 yards on the season, West was excited to secure a win in the playoffs for his team.
“It’s exciting and important to win the first home playoff game,” he said. “We’ve got another big game this week. Hopefully we can win that one and keep practicing. I want to be practicing on Thanksgiving.”
West’s position coach, Vic Radcliff Jr., called him a “hard worker.”
“Keyon, he works really hard at practice,” Radcliff said. “That translates into the games, and, as you can tell, his quarterback has confidence in him. So, Trib believes whenever he targets Keyon it will turn into something positive for us.”
During the victory over Laurens, West faced bracket coverage, with a defensive back and a safety providing coverage. He was still able to come through for his quarterback.
“They had a safety over the top almost every down,” Radcliff said. “He’s good enough to where, if you give him enough room to catch a football, he’ll make it happen. Trib is a good quarterback and has tremendous confidence in throwing to Keyon. We’re confident as a coaching staff that we can throw the ball his way and something good will happen.”
Radcliff said West is able to lead by example, on Friday nights and all week during practice.
“Anytime I need somebody to demonstrate a drill, I can get him,” he said. “We have a lot of young guys, so it’s good to have guys like Keyon, who work hard. Not only does he work hard on the field, he’s a good example for our young guys.”
T.J. Lundeen is a reporter for the North Augusta Star. Follow him on Twitter @lundeentj for more updates.