It's going to be a tough act to follow for Fivay High running back Davion Sutton.
A season ago, Kyrie Rodriguez rushed for more than 1,000 yards and helped lead the Falcons to the Class 5A postseason. But Falcons Chris Taylor said if anyone is up to the task of replacing Fivay's arguably top weapon on the offensive side of the ball, it is Sutton.
"Davion is a physical downhill runner," Taylor said. "He's the type of kid who never misses a day in the weight room. I think as we progress, we're going to count on him more and more. We should be like how we were last year where the running back touches the ball 20 times a game. We as a coaching staff have told Javion that we want him to actually be stronger in the fourth quarter than he can be in the first quarter."
Sutton, as a sophomore, rushed for 235 yards on 28 carries, including big games against Ridgewood (11 carries, 95 yards) and Inverness Citrus (13 carries, 88 yards).
"Obviously he had to earn his starting position," Taylor said. "We've always had a very good quality stable of running backs. He's been growing very much. Between working out in the weight room and growing each year, he's really gotten a lot better in every aspect."
Reaching the playoffs last season for Fivay was a tremendous accomplishment for a second-year varsity football program, but the Falcoms are aiming to take new heights in 2012. One of those hurdles is reigning Class 5A-District 6 champion Pasco.
"I've been working hard and training hard all summer long," Sutton said. "I want to get a 1,000-yard season this year because coach (Chris Taylor) has had one every year and I don't want to be the only one who doesn't. This year's team, were focused on getting ahead. (Pasco) beat us in 2011 but we're focused on stopping them this year."