Sportlight: John Byrd

Running back John Byrd, ’16, has been bulldozing through linemen since his freshmen year. This year has been a little different for Byrd as he was recently named the ODAC Offensive Player of the Week for his performance against Shenandoah on November 1.

Byrd has helped lead the way in yardage this season since the first game of the season.

Despite the loss against John Hopkins, the season started well for Byrd as he carried the ball 8 times and accumulated 75 yards in the game.

Byrd was motivated by the loss against John Hopkins and knew that he had to step up to the challenge. In the first home game win against Averett University. In this game, he gained 56 rushing yards and was able to attain two touchdowns in the game, but Byrd’s successful season was just beginning.

In the next game against Sewanee, he nearly doubled his yardage by getting 110 yards. He plowed through the competition scoring a touchdown that led to the inevitable defeat of the Sewanee South Tigers 34 to 20. The Yellow Jackets faced a formidable opponent in Emory and Henry.

The game was exciting as the Yellow Jackets were able to electrify the field against Emory and Henry. In the game, Byrd wowed the crowd as he gained over 100 yards. Unfortunately, R-MC fell short of victory against Emory and Henry. Despite his success in the game, Byrd once again was determined to revive the Yellow Jackets and it would be done the following week against
Catholic University.

In the game against Catholic, it was time for Byrd to take the bull by the horns and lead his team and that is exactly what he did. Constantly getting better on the field, Byrd was able to rush 185 yards and again putting points on the scoreboard with two touchdowns. Byrd was the game leader for the Yellow Jackets against Catholic. The final score of the game, which was 42-21, speaks for itself as the Byrd and the Yellow Jackets blew through the Cardinals.

Stepping on the field against Shenandoah, no one suspected that Byrd would dominate the way he did. Byrd was ready to burn the competition and that is exactly what he did as he attained 219 yards and scored two touchdowns. On senior day, the Yellow Jackets faced Shenandoah and Byrd was able to gain 83 yards with 19 carries.

At senior game, Byrd surpassed the 1,000-yard mark for the season. So far this season Byrd has accumulated 1,016 yards this season, which placed him as the 11th 1,000 yard rusher in the program’s history and fifth in last eight years.

Byrd concluded his great season by trucking some linemen and getting a touchdown or two at Hampden Sydney. What better way to conclude the season? He was able to gain 146 yards and scored two touchdowns. Congratulations to Byrd and the rest of the R-MC football team and best of luck next season.

-Jordon Lee ’16, Junior Sports Editor

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