QUITMAN, Ga. (WTXL) - For the Brooks County Trojans, senior Deon Fountain is the guy.
"We really need him to carry this team, tote the load, and make sure we're functioning extremely well," said head coach Maurice Freeman. "He's got big shoulders to fill, he's got a big bucket to carry, and if he can do that, we'll be very successful."
So far, he's carrying to load just fine, leading the team in rushing and receiving, and being the leader this Trojan squad needs.
"He's going to come out and he's going to do the best, and he's going to outrun everybody, outwork everybody, he's going to work hard in the weight room," said Freeman. "He doesn't talk a lot, I wish he would talk a lot more, but he doesn't talk a lot, he's just going to work."
"I try to lead by example because I'm not much of a vocal leader," laughed Fountain. "I try to lead by example."
That work ethic has earned Fountain a scholarship to Coastal Carolina, and he's cruising through his senior year with a 3.4 GPA.
"When I was growing up here, there was a lot of talented athletes who came through here, but a lot of them didn't really go too far because of their grades.," he said. "My parents, my friends and family really push it on me to keep my grades up and be a positive role model."
A positive role model who's looking to roll through the next couple of weeks, and end up back in Atlanta.
"It's just leaving no doubt really. No doubt, and we have no regrets throughout this season," he said. "We have lost some, we won some, but I feel like we have a strong team, we're young. A lot of young kids are stepping up. I believe we'll go out and do what we have to do."
Do what they have to do, with Fountain leading the way.