Brendan Douglas thought he might be done as a ball carrier, at least for the Irish.
The Aquinas star broke his left hand against Wilkinson County on Oct. 19, and when he returned, he was back to being dominant wherever he played. He even had 19 tackles in a game.
But he hadn’t been tasked with being the main running back – at least not until this past Friday. Against First Presbyterian, Douglas rushed for 300 yards and five touchdowns as the Irish won 42-14 in the regular-season finale.
With his big game, Douglas is The Augusta Chronicle Player of the Week.
“He’s an animal,” Irish coach Matt LeZotte said. “He’s been the best player on the field from freshman year to senior year.”
Douglas’ monster game was just the start of a memorable few days. He committed to Georgia Tech and has been selected to the GACA North/South All-Star Football Classic.
But Douglas, who’s rushed for almost 1,400 rushing yards, is focusing on ending his high school career with a state title.
He thinks the back-to-back losses to Lincoln County and Wilkinson County in October have fired up his team heading into the postseason – Aquinas is on a three-game winning streak.
“Those two losses gave us motivation to not lose again,” Douglas said.