The win followed a 41-30 victory over North Paulding Sept. 6 – which sophomore Brian Herrien had a lot to do with.
Suffering a knee injury in the season opener, Herrien had not seen any playing time since that first half, but was able to recover in time for North.
At 6-foot-2, 205 pounds, Herrien is a fullback for the Jaguars and made a huge impact in game three. With 215 rushing yards on 21 carries, Herrien had three touchdowns and averaged just over 10 yards a carry on the night.
“I feel a little bit proud of myself and the way I played,” said Herrien.
According to head coach Rob Cleveland, Herrien’s most remarkable moment actually took place half the game.
“The entire second half against North, we challenged the team to give it all they had and Brian took that challenge to heart and carried the team on his shoulders and got the job done,” said Cleveland.
According to Cleveland, Herrien is a “phenomenal” talent and the program is lucky to have him for two more seasons.
As a “lead by example” type of player, Herrien is viewed as a leader by his peers even though this is his first season on the varsity squad.
“He doesn’t hoop and holler, he plays with his shoulder pads and runs well with the ball and blocks well when he doesn’t have the ball,” Cleveland said.