Football season is upon us Rhea County, and, same as you all, I am more than ready to be back under those Friday night lights.
As a preview of sorts for the upcoming season, we’re focusing on individual players to give you a rare look under the winged helmets and Kelly green jerseys we see every game. I hope you all enjoy hearing from these guys as much as I did.
Our first Eagle in the spotlight needs little introduction. Last season, Christian Simon burst onto the scene with over 1334 yards – that’s over 111 yards per game.
Christian Simon #22
Height / Weight: 5’9, 170 lbs
In 2016, Simon played wingback for the Eagles, splitting carries with now-departed Eddie Davis and all-time rushing leader Cody Bice.
This season, to facilitate the move to the “Wing-Gun” offense, the coaches moved Simon to fullback where he will replace two-year starter Mason Stephenson.
Some might be scared to switch positions so late, but not Christian Simon.
He said it did not take long to get used to the plays, and he is excited to help the team in any way possible. Simon also has some lofty goals for his first season as Rhea County’s feature back.
“Last season, I hit over one thousand yards total. It would be incredible if I could double that.”
He also said that he is shooting for four touchdowns every game, but he made sure to let everyone know how that would happen.
“My blockers are a lot of help. The line is working hard this summer, and I know they will be able to help us move the ball.”
With the Eagles’ brutal schedule this season of five 6A teams, four 5A teams, and the back-to-back 2A runner up, Simon admitted that it would be tough, but that fans can rest assured.
The Eagles will “play their hearts out” each and every game.
On a more personal note, Simon looks forward to playing region foe Walker Valley, and would like to send a shout out to fellow senior running back A. J. Velasco.