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September 13, 2013

UR ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: Young Bulldog shines in Week 2

MILLEDGEVILLE — In the midst of many great performances in last week’s 28-7 victory over Glascock County, Georgia Military Prep School’s Jai Boyd put together a performance to gain the attention of the entire community being voted as the first Athlete of the Week for this fall.

Boyd carried the football six times on Friday night for 92 yards and two touchdowns, and accumulated 11 tackles to help hold Glascock to only one score the entire contest.

“I really want to thank my offensive line, my mom, my stepdad, and all the credit goes to the coaches who pushed me this summer,” he said.

For the sophomore prep star, last week’s performance began months ago during pre-season training.

“I tried not to miss a day in the weight room,” Boyd said. “I went every day I could go and pushed myself to the limit.”

After seeing substantial playing time at the end of last season, Boyd realized his potential and made a decision to live up to it in the spring and over the summer.

“I think Jai took this summer a lot more seriously maybe than he did the last, just simply because he came on at the end of last year and started a few ball games at linebacker for us last year,” Steven Simpson, head coach, said. “He sort of realized going into the season that he had the potential to play a lot, and play an important role.”

On Friday night, the off-season work paid off for the Boyd and the Bulldogs, as they picked up their first win of the fall.

“He took on a leadership role in the weight room, even as a sophomore. You know, Friday night that came out and we saw where he had developed his skills and he was able to take advantage of some things that the other team was doing,” Simpson said. “Where some of our other backs were taken out of the scenario by the other team’s game plan, Jai was able to step up and fill a void that we needed and supply some big yards and some big situations.”

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