The days of running the opposing teams’ offense in practice is what has molded Oconee County High School senior running back Jimmy Boswell.
Friday night, Boswell’s patience, hard work and individual talent paid off in a big way in the Warriors’ biggest game thus far.
In the Warriors’ 35-7 win over North Oconee High School, Boswell carried the ball 29 times for 184 yards and a touchdown. Statistically, Boswell had a good game.
His performance has made Boswell this week’s Oconee Physical Therapy & Sports Rehabilitation/Oconee Enterprise Athlete of the Week.
Boswell knows there’s more to it than him going out and breaking tackles on every single opposing defender. That’s not reality.
Those days in the shadows and the unheralded light helped teach him that. Today, instead of taking the credit, Boswell thanks his offensive line for creating the holes he runs through.
“I’ve seen it from both sides of the ball,” Boswell said. “I was on the scout team and didn’t really get many reps in the game because I was younger. Little do I know, that I’ve learned that it makes us better as a whole. That was just a building block for me. It built up my character and helped me become who I am now and knowing that those people before me set the bar. That bar is not set in stone. I must raise it so that does that who come after me can get it even higher.”
Boswell runs for his teammates and not himself. He now knows their sacrifice.
Making their sacrifice worthwhile is Boswell’s motivation now.
“There’s constant work,” Boswell said. “The work is throughout the entire team. Without the line, you couldn’t do anything. I’m thankful for them. It’s their work that they put in that shows out on the field. They’re the ones who build the holes. I just run through the holes and find the holes for them. Without them and the work we’ve put in since last January, coming before school in the morning and putting in the work. It’s all built all the moments throughout every single game.”
Oconee Physical Therapy & Sports Rehabilitation/Oconee Enterprise Athlete of the Week is chosen by the sports staff of The Oconee Enterprise. You are welcome to email nominations to email@example.com by Monday at 10 a.m.
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