Jordan Joiner, RB, Trophy Club Nelson
His night: Joiner carried the ball 20 times for just 61 yards, but scored all three touchdowns, including a 23-yarder in overtime that capped Nelson’s 21-20 upset victory over Euless Trinity.
His story: Joiner is a junior in his first season as a varsity player. He began the season in a backup role behind senior Bryson Davis. Though he’s seen action in most of Nelson’s games this year, he was thrust into the feature role after Davis was injured in Week 6. On the season, Joiner now has 120 yards rushing on 42 carries.
His goals: Joiner said he just wanted to work hard and take advantage of his opportunities when they present themselves.
Most memorable moment: Joiner said beating Trinity this past week was the highlight of his football career thus far.
His favorite player: Joiner looks up to Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell because of the way Bell runs with patience and waits for the hole to open before bursting through.
He said: “I knew I had to step up since Bryson was out. Coach wanted me to step up and become a leader that night and run with passion and run hard. My dad told me to run and not be nervous, treat it like any other 6A team.
“I was pretty excited when I scored the first touchdown, but the other two came out of nowhere, especially the overtime one. I was just trying to run hard for my team.”
Coach Travis Pride said: “He’s a guy we trust. Sometimes when your No. 1 goes down, you think you’re in trouble, but then sometimes you think, ‘Yeah, we’ll be fine.’ We felt comfortable with him all week. Jordan had an opportunity to step up and be the guy and he did it. When he had an opportunity, sometimes he’d run it and just get one yard. Then sometimes he’d lower a shoulder and drag us out a hard-fought three or four. I think he did everything with his opportunity that we asked of him and he certainly will be in the rotation.
“He’s what I’d consider a pretty good downhill runner. He’s got some scat potential in him, in terms of some jitterbug where he can get back and forth in a hole. One of the things I like and saw Friday night was when he saw a small crease, he just lowered his pad level and was willing to go get us three or four yards.”
Notable: Joiner didn’t play pee-wee football and started as a seventh-grader.