PELL CITY – Victory Christian’s Shawn Traywick earned The Daily Home Player of the Week honors with his performance in the Lions’ 49-17 win over Holy Spirit last Friday.
The junior running back rushed for 300 yards and scored five touchdowns. He had touchdown runs of 53, 47, 40, 45 and 20 yards. Traywick credits his offensive linemen and the fans the honor. This is his second time earning the Player of the Week honor. He earned the honor last season in the opening week for his performance against Alabama School for the Deaf.
“It was great, and sometimes I didn’t do so great, but I made up for it with touchdown runs,” Traywick said. “The offensive line did a good job of blocking. Austin Cody, Tanner Love and Peyton Barber did a good job of blocking and making a good hole for me to run through.”
First-year head coach Mark Sanders implemented a strength and conditioning program, which seemed to pay off in the second half of the season-opener.
“The hard work we put in made a difference in the game,” Traywick said. “The running that we do after practice made us in better shape than the other team.”
Sanders said several of the plays that Traywick made Friday night were due to his natural ability.
“Honestly, he made our offensive line better than we actually played,” Sanders said. “It was a lot of plays that we got lucky on. He made some excellent jukes and cuts. He really owned the field. Our blocking was OK at times at times it wasn’t. We didn’t stay on guys long enough, but Shawn really picked up the slack for us.”
Victory Christian’s 32-point victory was their largest margin of victory since the 2010 season.
“It felt good blowing out someone instead of being blown out,” Traywick said. “Winning makes you feel better about the team. It lets you know that you can actually win games instead of going out there thinking you are going to lose.”
The Lions will spend this week correcting their mistakes from last week before turning their attention to their Class 1A Region 5 foe, Appalachian. Traywick said he has several areas to improve on.
“I need to work on running to the outside,” Traywick said. “I kept cutting to the inside when I have the foot speed to get to the outside.”
Being a motivator is a strength of Sanders, according to Traywick. He said he is elated to have the former Alabama offensive lineman as his head coach.
“Coach Sanders is a good influence on the team and he is a great leader,” Traywick said. “He motivates us to do more than we thought we could do.”
After going 1-39 over the last four seasons, Traywick believes the Lions have what it takes to make the postseason.
“I want to make it to the first round of the playoffs,” Traywick said. “We have to work harder and get stronger. We have to be more open-minded to winning .
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