Duncan earns Player of the Week honors
by LAVONTE YOUNG
ALPINE - Cardri Duncan earned The Daily Home Player of the Week honors for his performance against Verbena last Friday.

The junior running back rushed for 300 yards on 14 carries and scored two touchdowns in the Winterboro’s 36-14 win over Verbena.

“Everyone thinks we are horrible and we are just playing for pride,” Duncan said. “We have something to prove; we want to prove that Winterboro is not gone. I am trying my best to get the team up. The team has been off a game, so I decided to get us back up with the Verbena game. I see it worked, because they got hyped with me. Hard work pays off at the end.”

Duncan scored on runs of 78 and 30 yards against the Red Devils. His 30-yard touchdown put the Bulldogs up for good in the third quarter.

“The offensive line created massive whole for me to run through,” Duncan said. “I had to out run them a couple of times, but the line did their job.”

First year head coach Dave Nurnberg said Duncan creates excitement on the field, which gets the team going.

“One thing that he provides for us is a spark,” Nurnberg said.

“He gives us the emotional lift that we need some times, if we are behind or had a rough week in practice. He has the type of athleticism and personality that when he steps it up, others seem to follow. He can provide a spark on any side of the ball. The other night, he made a good play on defense that provided a spark for the defense. He had a lot of yards on the offensive side, but when the defense needed a boost, he made a play and got everyone hyped up about it.”

The season hasn’t gone like Duncan would have liked, but the Bulldogs (3-6,3-4) still have a chance to get in the postseason.

Winterboro is in a three-way tie with Talladega County Central and Wadley for fourth place in the region. Winterboro needs to win against Childersburg and for Wadley to lose in order to clinch a playoff berth. Duncan believes his team is ready for the challenge of taking on Childersburg.

“Everybody thinks it is going to be horrible, but I have a feeling that this is going to be a game that everybody wants to see,” Duncan said. “I am not trying to make us seem like we are cocky, but I believe that we are ready. We are just trying to work hard all week.”

Duncan has been playing football since the age of six. He admires the game of Ray Lewis and Reggie Bush. Against Wadley, Duncan did his best imitation of Lewis on the field.

“My memorable moment is when I stopped No. 34 from scoring to give them the lead in the fourth quarter,” Duncan said. “I hit him…and it was over then. We got back on offense and held the ball.”

Duncan will have to play like his idols and get help, if the Bulldogs are going to keep their goal of making the postseason alive.

Contact LaVonte Young at lyoung@dailyhome.com.
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