Sept. 10, 2012 — Two may seem like a small number, but for the 2012 Rowan County Vikings football team, the number two has made a big difference.
How you ask? Well for one thing, just two weeks back, the Vikings were winless and searching for an identity. Fast forward two weeks and the tables have turned for Head Coach Kyle Singleton and his crew, as the number two once again showed its value for Rowan.
Trailing by a touchdown, the Vikings had to score the final two touchdowns of the game in order to exit Paul Ousley Field with a victory Friday night, and that is exactly how the story unfolded.
The Rowan County Vikings made us hold our breath the last two weeks, and with two comeback victories Rowan brought its fans from the brink of cardiac arrest to a healthy pulse of hope for the rest of the season.
Simply stated, sophomore quarterback Justin Graham has officially left the adolescent stages of being a young quarterback to take control of his offense.
Silky smooth as Joe Namath’s legs after a slick application of Nair (reference to an old Nair commercial featuring the Hall of Fame quarterback), Graham’s abilities to escape the pocket and create havoc in the running game are beyond what many could have hoped for.
While Keontae Moore and Chris Baker are quite the duo themselves in the running game, it never hurts to have a third, and Graham has certainly taken up that mantle.
What’s perhaps more impressive has been his ability to utilize his abilities with his legs when he needs them, while keeping them sheathed when he doesn’t.
Once again, the Viking offense appears a force to be reckoned with, compiling two straight weeks with more than 300 yards on the ground. The concerns regarding the replacement of key offensive figures seem to have been laid to rest.
Now it is time to put your money where your mouth is, with this week being the official kickoff of district play. Hopefully two straight wins will become three, and if the Vikings perform to the level it has been, they should have no problem hitting the road in week five.
Grant Stevens can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone at 784-4116.