Athlete of the Week: Tushai Edwards, Johnsonville

JOHNSONVILLE - Tushai Edwards is plenty happy with the accomplishments of last year's football team.

"Considering we were a little 1A team trying to make it, and that was our goal at the beginning of the year is to make it to state, and we did accomplish that," he said of last year's deep playoff run.

But after falling one win shy of a state crown, he is more than ready to come back for more.

"I'm extra hungry, this is my senior year and I got to get it done," Edwards continued.

Though the outlook was iffy at the beginning of the year. Johnsonville lost 21 seniors from the 2012 squad, making Edwards even more of a go-to weapon than he was before.

"It was kind of rocky at times, but all of us came together as one team, and they listen to us since there are more experienced players in there, and they just go get it," Edwards said of their determination.

Those inexperienced starters have been able to stand out though, and help the triple option attack thrive.

"People are going to key in on Tushai, he's done extremely well, but we've had other people step up and take advantage of that, and not just one person," said Johnsonville head coach Lewis Lineberger.

"Evan Morris, he's improved big time," said Edwards. "Our other running backs have to. Marcus and Arkelious Williams, Craig Cokley, Donnie Hannah and all those boys."

The next test comes this Friday when he and the Flashes host Latta in a game with big region title implications.

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