After emerging as one of the area’s most explosive athletes over the last two years, Cuthbertson senior Emmitt Afam has added another bullet point on his already-impressive resume: running back.
In last week’s 38-32 win over Piedmont, Afam carried the ball 18 times for 159 yards and three touchdowns (including a 75-yarder) as the team’s tailback, while also catching four passes for 74 yards and another score.
Cavs coach Mike Roark said his staff started discussing the idea after Monroe held Afam to 17 yards on three catches by double-covering him while at the line as a receiver.
“We said, ‘Well, if we put him at tailback, they can’t double-cover him,’” said Roark, who added he plans on getting receiver Ryan Kendall some carries as well.
“We knew we wanted to try this. We were trying to figure out ways to get the ball to those guys in other situations.”
Eighteen carries is a sizeable load for even an experienced running back, but Roark said it only took Afam a week to ease his way into the role. The coach added a few plays into the game plan for West Stanly on Oct. 19, allowing Afam to getsome repetitions in the backfield. On the first play of the game, Afam ripped off a 35-yard sweep for a touchdown. It was one of only two carries, but that was enough.
“Going into the Piedmont game, he had some experience and we felt more comfortable doing it, and that’s what we did,” Roark said.