ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB) - “After my eighth-grade year, I knew football was it for me.”
For most, sports can just be a hobby. For Peabody running back Arthur Lavalais, football is his happy place.
“It’s a way out for me,” Lavalais said. “In the area we live in, with all the drugs, there’s just a lot of ways you can do the wrong things. Football keeps me distracted from the streets,” Lavalais added.
Distractions are common when you’re a high school student, but Lavalais keeps his head on straight when he’s on the football field and in the classroom by maintaining a 4.0 GPA.
“He means a lot to this team,” head coach Marvin Hall said. “He shows tremendous leadership on the field and in the classroom. I can’t say enough about this young man,” Hall added.
In last week’s win over Leesville, 'King Arthur' finished with 285 yards and 6 rushing touchdowns.
Lavalais has been the glue in this new and improved team, leading the Warhorses to their first winning season since 2016.
“If I mess up, I still go 100%,” Lavalais said. “I always go 100%,” he added.
With quarterback Tyriq Miles, the competitive spirit never dies.
“He’s been a great friend to me,” Miles said. “I like to surround myself with people who have the same nature like me, and he does,” he added.
Lavalais lives by the motto "pain is temporary and pride is forever", which helps him continue to strive for the top.
For that, he’s this week’s ACA Athlete of the Week.
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