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West Marion's Tre Pace earns Academy Sports and Outdoors Player of the Week


He certainly set the pace last Friday. West Marion running back Tre Pace accounted for 107 yards and five touchdowns for the Trojans against Perry Central last week. Maybe a little surprising, the senior running back touched the rock only 13 times, giving him an average of over eight yards a carry, and a score almost every other time he carries.

"I don't even be worried about my stats," said Pace, "People are like, 'Man, you scored five times!' I'm just playing ball man.

"Doing what I love."

Head Coach Brad Duncan feels the performance has been waiting in the wings for a while. "He got hurt in the summer with a hamstring, (and) suffered with that all freakin' summer," he said about his tailback, "Then he comes back, twisted ankle. So Tre's a kid who had over 1300 yards for us last year."

The injured-riddled Pace is with no shortage of help in the backfield. Teammates Vonnie Harrell and Cleve Lewis have both run the ball effectively in Pace's absence. "We've got some running backs, now, that are getting it done for us," said Duncan.

In fact, almost every game and every practice is a competition among the three. "When we're in the game, we kind of challenge each other; make each other work harder and harder," said Pace.

"He gets five, I try to get ten the next play. So it's good," said Harrell.

What's also good, as pointed out by Pace, Harrell, and Coach Duncan is the play in the trenches. "Those guys (offensive line) don't ever get noticed, don't ever get their names in the paper and stuff, but, heck, we've got close to 2,000 yards through seven games."

"I got to give a shout-out to them boys," said Pace, "because without them, (my night) wouldn't have been possible."

Pace may not have provided bulletin board-material for this Friday's game, when the Trojans meet a high-scoring Seminary team. But he may have hinted to everyone to expect a high-scoring affair from both sides.

"I don't know, they always say 'high-scoring games.'All I can say, their defense better be tight," he said with a little chuckle.


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