Published Wed, Sep 26, 2012 3:52 pm
Updated Fri, Sep 28, 2012 1:51 pm
The wild and wonderful state of West Virginia has featured plenty of good talent and stellar performances so far in 2012. Some players have gone so far and above the call of duty on Friday nights that they have received consideration for our Player of the Year award. After the release of the watch list last week, Gridiron Glory is bringing you profiles of the potential candidates. The list will be trimmed down to a "Super Six" later in the year with voting opening up to fans prior to our season finale.
Tyler Bolen: By Sarah Rachul
Tyler Bolen leads Parkersburg South as the senior quarterback. This is a position he's familiar with, as he has been starting on the team since his sophomore year. Bolen takes his job as a quarterback seriously and spent most of his summer working to improve his game by attending numerous camps and hitting the gym to build up his arm strength. His hard work and perseverance has been a major part of building Parkersburg South into a passing team this year.
For 110 of his passes thrown, 56 have been completed. Out of his 882 total yards, there have been 6 touchdowns and only 2 interceptions. Bolen has contributed to the scores by scoring 3 rushing touchdowns and has also added 64 yards on the ground. Parkersburg South is currently 3-2 for the season and Tyler Bolen has been a big part of each of those wins. There is no doubt that he will continue working above and beyond to be the best quarterback he can be for his team.
Jordan Quiocho: By Seth Austin
With all the weapons the Parkersburg South Patriots’ offense has, it’s easy to leave out running back Jordan Quiocho. With the reigns being handed to senior three-year starting quarterback Tyler Bolen, the Patriots’ passing game has been brought to the forefront. Even still, Quiocho manages to be a force for the Pats. South head coach Jon Bolen says Quiocho is his team’s Tavon Austin (wide receiver for the West Virginia Mountaineers) and he designs plays to get the ball into Quiocho’s hands. The senior tailback is leading the team in rushing with 363 yards and two touchdowns. He is averaging 7.1 yards per carry on 51 rushing attempts. He also has hauled in five passes averaging 21.2 yards per reception with one receiving touchdown. With South airing the ball out early in the game with Bolen, Quiocho utilizes his speed and versatility late in games to wear out an already tired defense. His big-play ability makes him a dangerous threat for the Patriots as they make a push for the playoff and definitely includes him amongst Player of the Year candidates.
Braxton Johnson: By Rusty Brumbaugh
Braxton Johnson has been a jack-of-all-trades for the Parkersburg South Patriots this year. In the first five games of the season been a force on the ground with 162 yards and 3 touchdowns with an average of 8.1 yards per carry. He is also the leading receiver with 316 yards, 5 receiving touchdowns and an average of 13.7 yards per reception. He has 25 tackles on the season as a cornerback and safety. He also is the punter on the team with 10 punts for a combined 321 yards and an average of 32.1 yards per punt. If Braxton continues with these numbers at the end of the season he will finish with 956 rushing and receiving yards combined, 50 tackles, and 642 yards from punting. This handyman continues to be an answer for the Parkersburg South Patriots and has really helped take the heat off of quarterback Tyler Bolen this year. Johnson has the skillset and versatility to strive for these Patriots so continue to expect great things from him for the rest of the season and for him to be in the running for Player of the Year when it’s all said and done.
Adam Lindamood: By Steve Uhlmann
The Lindamood brothers have been a big part of the Parkersburg Big Reds offense the past decade, and in 2012 it has been the youngest of the three who has been making waves.
Adam Lindamood has paced the Big Reds on the ground at running back, gaining 502 yards on 66 carries in five games for an average of 7.6 yards per carry. Lindamood also has a knack for carrying the team into the end zone, as evident by his eight scored touchdowns.
But the biggest thing he is able to bring to the table is his big play ability. He reeled off touchdown runs of 97 and 72 yards last week at St. Albans. With him on the field, the Big Reds are never out of scoring position.
Lindamood also helps anchor the Big Reds defense at linebacker. His 32 tackles rank third on the team. His nose for finding the ball behind the line of scrimmage is also impeccable, as he ranks second on the team with four sacks and 6.5 tackles for loss.