When Douglas County starting running back Uriah West went down with a high ankle sprain a few weeks ago, all eyes looked towards Deon Rainey.
As a part-time starter and back-up to West, the speedy Rainey was naturally being looked at to carry the load.
Although Rainey has been fighting the injury bug himself, he has proved to be a capable replacement.
“I’ve been waiting for my opportunity,” Rainey said. “I definitely feel like I can get the job done.”
He proved that in the Tigers’ homecoming win over Tri-Cities with his first career 100-yard rushing game. Rainey had 122 yards and a touchdown on 23 carries.
Coming into tonight’s Senior Night game against Creekside, Rainey has rushed for 298 yards and three touchdowns on 61 carries. He played in the season opener against Lithia Springs with a leg injury, and they sat out the next three games.
With West, who has 1,074 yards rushing, out indefinitely, Rainey is getting the bulk of the offensive carries.
“He has done a great job for us,” Douglas County offensive coordinator Travis Smith said. “He has accepted the challenge. He went from about seven to eight carries a game to 20-plus. He is a tough kid and we do some other things with him in our scheme.”
West could be back to near full strength for the upcoming playoff next month, but in the meantime, the Tigers are riding Rainey in the running game.
“He is a home run waiting to happen with his speed,” Smith said. “We have some things that we need to fix on offense. We did some things in the Tri-Cities game to shoot ourselves in the foot. This time of the year, you have to protect the football.”