Motivated and inspired by Dalvon Martin, Seminary is playing its best football of the year right now. The senior running back has been away from the team and in the hospital since being involved in a car wreck on Sept. 17.
Martin is making progress every day on his road to recovery. Through it all, he remains fresh on his teammates’ minds.
Along with carrying his No. 2 jersey out to midfield for the opening coin toss every game, Seminary players write Martin’s names on their wristbands and other accessories to remember he’s there for them.
The running back room still may feel a little incomplete, but his fellow runners are moving forward with hopes of making him proud. In his three-game absence, it’s safe to say they’ve done just that.
Junior Jordan Barrett and sophomore Marquis Crosby are carrying the load at running back for the Bulldogs. The two are coming off nearly identical performances against Wesson last Friday, which happened to be Crosby’s birthday. Both players finished with 13 carries. Crosby had 138 yards and two touchdowns, and Barrett added 137 yards and a score. Behind their performance, Seminary beat Wesson, 41-20, for their fourth consecutive win.
Barrett and Crosby are our Sports601 Week 8 Covington County Co-Players of the Week.
“That’s a pretty good 1-2 punch for us right now,” said Seminary coach Brian Rials. “We rotate a lot of guys in and out, but those two have really stepped up and carried the load for us. We plan on riding them for a whole lot longer this year.”
Through eight games, they’ve combined to rush for 1300 yards and 18 total touchdowns. They’re two of the strongest players on the team, but Rials says they have different skill sets.
“Marquis is a little more shifty and faster, but Jordan is more of a power guy,” said Rials. “As small as he [Barrett] is, he’s like a little bowling ball in there.”
The chemistry is evident between the two. They have in fact been close friends for about three years now.
“I try my hardest to do my part and what I’m supposed to do,” said Barrett. “I know if I bring all my hard work to it, that man [Crosby] going to be right there.”
Added Crosby, “I just try to run the ball as hard as I can and see what happens.”
Crosby and Barrett will look to keep it rolling Friday night, as Seminary (5-3) plays host to Tylertown (3-5) in a critical Region 8-3A matchup.