Good running backs have all types of attributes that make them dynamic at that respective position.
Some are fast, some are quick, and some are strong.
However, one attribute that they all have is dependability. Meaning, when the game is on the line or their team needs a big play, more times than not they come through.
The week four TIMES NEWS Player of the Week Deonte St. Hill proved against Panther Valley last Friday night that he is certainly that.
With the Olympians up just one score, St. Hill rushed for both of his touchdowns in the second half and most of his 219 yards rushing as well, to help JT destroy the Panthers for a 49-20 Anthracite Football League win.
St. Hill also caught a 24-yard touchdown pass to add to his resume' on the evening. His performance against PV earned the senior rusher TIMES NEWS Player of thre Week honors.
"Deonte had a huge third quarter for us last week," said Thorpe coach Mark Rosenberger. "He has great vision and with that vision he makes big plays. He can make that one cut and then he accelerates and his feet do the rest for him. He's gained a lot of experience over the last few years and he's really broken out over the last couple games."
Last week against Panther Valley, the Panthers started to key heavily on Thorpe quarterback Ryan Saunders, who had a big first half. St. Hill knew his number was going to be called to offset the Panthers defensive attack and he was most certainly ready and willing.
"We saw that they were keying on Ryan, so we went back to playing smashmouth football," said St. Hill. "That's what we converted to and our lineman did a great job of opening up holes. Then I was able to make some plays to help our team."
St. Hill isn't just a playmaker on the offensive side of the ball, he also serves as Thorpe's hardest hitter on defense. Despite being undersized, St. Hill still packs quite a punch.
"Deonte is consistently the hardest hitter on our team," said Rosenberger. "It doesn't matter if it's on defense when he's making a tackle or on offense making a block or pass protecting. If he gets the chance to "lay the wood" on somebody he's going to. He's just a tough kid."
The Olympians as a team, have shown vast improvement this season and it looks like they're back on the right path towards being the successful program that they were in the mid and late 2000's. St. Hill believes that as well and expressed his determination to get back to the "old" Jim Thorpe football tradition that people were accustomed to.
"We preached all summer were going to bring the old tradition back," said St. Hill. "The intensity has been up at practice and we've been working extremely hard. We just need to keep working and gettin better."a