Left tackle Jake Whitley and his teammates on the offensive line are like a swarm of bees.
In North Augusta’s high-paced attack, great conditioning and communication are imperative, and that cohesiveness helps the group protect the Yellow Jackets’ hive from invaders.
“We have to work as one,” Whitley said. “If one person is off, then the play is messed up. So in practice, that’s all we work on, getting the right blocks and working as one. On Friday nights it comes easy to us.”
It has come easy for the Yellow Jackets in recent years. In 2012, North Augusta scored at least 30 points in a game 10 times, going 9-4.
An All-Area pick, Whitley has the ability to record pancake blocks. With his strength, Whitley will deliver a stinger to opposing linemen, winning the play and protecting the players around him from attack.
Whitley isn’t going to be the one scoring touchdowns, but the senior isn’t too concerned about being the star in a highlight reel. Instead, he works for the good of the hive.
“I love watching the running backs run down the sideline after I make a big block,” Whitley said. “It can’t get much better than that.”