ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB) - Emotions were high at Buckeye last Friday night for the Peabody football team as head coach Benny Vault was at the hospital with his wife who's battling cancer. The Warhorses fought on in his absence Week 8 to a 48-14 victory over their District 3-3A foes thanks in large part to a four touchdown performance from senior Jamar Washington our Athlete of the Week.
"I just want to thank my linemen for being there and putting their bodies aside and making those great blocks and the coaches trusting me to be a playmaker,” said Washington. “It just feels that it's my job, when I have the ball in my hands, that I have to make a play."
You can't pin him to a position because he can do it all. Jamar Washington is simply an athlete. While he stands just 5'6" and weighs 165lbs, he can go from the backfield to the endzone in the blink of an eye. Washington doesn't see a ton of touches every week, but when he does get the pigskin he makes the most of it. He carried the ball just seven times for 115 yards and four scores against the Panthers last week.
"What sets him apart in my mind is Jamar is extremely strong and extremely fast,” explained Peabody offensive coordinator Chad Harkins. “Jamar is a 4.4 (seconds), 40 (yards) guy. I think he ran a 4.38 at the Monroe camp. He benched 275lbs five times at the beginning of the year. That's just something that you don't find in a guy that's as small as him, that type of strength. He's hard to tackle."
They call him "Mr. Electricity" because of his ability to spark big plays and the Warhorses will need another big game from Jamar Washington as they try to claim sole possession of second place in their district hosting the Jena Giants Friday in our Game of the Week.