Senior * Red Lion Christian * Football
THE WEEK: Caught a 45-yard pass from Robert Richardson, then scored on a 6-yard run with 44 seconds left to give the Lions a 15-8 victory over Ferris. “Well, I really got to give props to the guys. We never gave up. We fought through a little adversity,” said Emerson of the come-from-behind victory.
THE FEELING: “It definitely feels good to come back and win. We have a lot of new guys, guys that haven’t played a snap of football, but it’s a new team and we’re really growing as a team,” said Emerson.
THE VERSATILITY: Emerson does it all for the 2-5 Lions. In addition to playing running back, he has eight interceptions as a safety, holds for PATs, has blocked a PAT and punted for a 43-yard average. When asked which position is his favorite, Emerson said “running back now because I get the ball.”
THE SEASON: With three games left, Emerson and his teammates face another challenge when they face Moyer Academy Friday and again in two weeks. “Well, we have a lot of injuries … but we’re really going to fight through and we’re going to have a hard week of practice,” said Emerson. “We’ve got to come out on Friday and win this game.”
THE COACH SAYS: David Needs, Red Lion’s head coach, is proud of his senior leader and how he has handled pressure this season. “For them to have won two games in this inaugural season with so little experience is a tribute to Ricky and the three or four other seniors who have played football before,” said Needs. “He is a remarkable athlete.”
THE CLASSROOM: Emerson’s favorite subject in school is English. When asked why, he said, “I understand it and it’s easy.”
THE FUTURE: “I do want to further my career in football,” said the senior captain. Emerson said he is being recruited by FCS and Division II schools. “I have been the head coach at Caravel and Mount Pleasant and he’s as good an athlete as anybody I’ve ever coached,” Needs said. “Ricky is that good. He can play at the next level.”
— Gianna Banner