November 14, 2006
Albany -- Deerfield Senior Paul Reese has been at times a one-man wrecking crew for the Knights football team this year, and broke the schools regular season rushing record in his final home game last week.
Head coach Allen Lowe says, "Nerada Kelson actually had 1,547 and Paul had 1,553. So it wasn't by much, but he broke it by 5 or 6 yards."
Reese says he was totally unaware of his record-breaking performance.
"It's playoff time," says Reese. "We're definitely starting to play together, and get better as a team, and that's more important."
The senior has also been a steadying influence on the Defensive side of the ball in recent weeks.
Lowe says, "We knew in the beginning of the year he'd have to be in the secondary in cruchtime at the end of the year as well, but you try and go through the first few days and develop depth. He's very capable of playing well on both sides."
Reese adds, "In the beginning of the year I didn't play much defense, but in the middle of the year I started playing more. I've been getting used to that, getting in better shape."
The Knights will go on the road to face Riverside Military in the opening round of the playoffs Friday night, and Reese has high hopes for his final trip to the postseason.
"This is our last shot," says the senior, "so we just want to give it our best shot."
Reese was named to the GISA All-state team last year as a junior.