Nigel Scales was selected The Daily Home Player of the Week for his performance in Talladega’s 20-10 win over county foe Munford on Friday night.
“It is an honor, it is truly an honor,” Scales said. “I give God all the glory. I give my O-line (offensive line) all the glory, they really helped me with this, for real. I think my skill players, too.”
In his third varsity start, Scales threw for 254 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. The sophomore threw 77- and 26-yard touchdown passes.
“I am comfortable throwing … to Chaztin Tanner and JQ Wilson on the deep ball because I know that they are going to go get it,” Scales said. “They make my plays better.”
In two games, Scales has 426 passing yards and three touchdowns. Talladega head coach Ted Darby is pleased with the way Scales has improved each week.
“We are blue-collar,” the coach said. “He is Player of the Week, but we look at it as the whole team as Player of the Week. That’s what we are about. He can’t do it without that offensive line, he can’t do it without his receivers, can’t do it without your running backs. On defense, you can’t do it without your defensive line, linebackers and secondary. We look at it as a team award, but it is well-deserving to Nigel Scales.”
Scales was the Tigers’ starting quarterback last fall, but he suffered a season-ending injury in the first game against Alexandria. Scales said sitting out helped him become a better player.
“Being out the rest of the season after the first game helped me,” Scales said. “It showed me how to work. Ashton (Duncan) really mentored me.”
Duncan, a senior a year ago, took over at QB after Scales went down and enjoyed a strong season while helping the Tigers reach the playoffs.
Talladega opens Class 4A, Region 4 play on the road at Childersburg on Friday at 7 p.m. Childersburg hasn’t allowed any points in two games this season and three straight overall in the regular season dating back to last year.
“I look forward to the challenge,” Scales said. “I feel that we are going to come out prepared, and they are going to be prepared. The best team is going to win, and hopefully, it is us.”
Darby said he needs Scales to continue progressing as a quarterback.
“He needs to get better at being a game manger, making great decisions and making great throws,” the coach said. “Just running the offense and putting us in good situations. He plays in the secondary for us as well. I just need him to put us in positions to be successful. “
Scales is part of talented sophomore group at Talladega. Two years ago as eighth-graders, the group went undefeated. Scales thinks his class a chance to accomplish a lot over the next few seasons.
“I feel my class can do some special things at Talladega,” Scales said. “They preached to us stay together, stay together, and all of us stayed together.”
Scales said he tries to model his game after Penn State quarterback Trace McSorley.
“I look up to him because he started his ninth-grade year and I started in my ninth-grade year,” Scales said. “He won state championships all four years, and I really look up to him.”