Statesboro is used to many different players racking up the rushing yards, but got some big production from a rather unlikely source last week.
Although Reid Pennington is one of the unquestioned leaders of the No. 5 Blue Devils, he usually spends most games distributing the ball to running backs from his slot behind center.
Last Friday, Statesboro’s offense opened up its normally conservative playbook, calling over a dozen option plays that left the final path of the ball in Pennington’s hands — which is exactly where it stayed six times as he rushed for 99 yards in a 34-0 win.
“I don’t think I’ve ever run it that much,” said Pennington. “I made my reads and (Evans) kept giving me room to get through the line.”
Pennington’s running display began after the Devils’ traditional offense yielded no points in their first two drives of the game. He went for 12 yards on his first run to get things going, then broke off a 46 yard romp to set up Statesboro’s first score and set the route in motion.
“I’ve really got to credit the rest of the offense,” said Pennington. “The line blocked well like they always do."