When Ruben Garnett looks at his ring and the trophy, he can smile about the good times and get determined about the future.
Perhaps no player was as important as Garnett was during Aquinas’ state championship run. He rushed for more than 1,900 yards, made tackles on defense and returned kicks and punts. He was player of the week twice and also player of the year.
Yet he’s still ready for more.
“I feel like I got a lot more pressure on me this year, but I’m just going to enjoy the game,” he said. “I seem to play my best when I’m having fun.”
Garnett’s season included the game-winning score in overtime against George Walton, the 284 rushing yards and interception against Lincoln County, and the 111 rushing yards in the 27-7 win against Calvary Day for the Class A private title. He rarely had a play off, but was still almost unstoppable.
While he helped the Irish win the program’s first state title, 2014 will be all about the attempt to repeat history. The three-star prospect acknowledged the pressure on him and his team, but is ready to go, especially when players like Justin Gibbs, Daniel Lindsey and Liam Welch are also back.
“People know we run the ball, but we might play-action pass and throw,” Garnett said. “It’s easy to switch it up – they don’t know what’s coming.”