Senior Will Black has been playing football at FPD since the second grade, and for as long as he can remember, he has always wanted to win.
“I’m extremely competitive in all that I do. Everything is a competition. Answering questions in class is competition to me. I’m just competitive nature, it’s just in me,” says Black.
So much a part of him that the linebacker carries a 4.0 GPA in the classroom and is a second-year captain on the field, two responsibilities Will takes very seriously.
FPD Head Coach Greg Moore says, “We have a thing we say here,’Whatever you do off the field, usually shows up on the field.’ He’s a 4.0 GPA and has his life right as far as his priorities, his relationship with his Lord, and the position of him being a senior leader, and I think all of that is leading to a lot of blessings in his life, and that’s great to see.”
Last Friday night, Will had a monster of a game versus Pace Academy, racking up 24 tackles including 14 solos and 10 assists, while causing 2 fumbles along with snagging an interception. All in a day’s work for Number 6, but he says his main concern every time he steps on the gridiron is to quarterback the defense to a win, and he doesn’t mind getting a little in your face.
“I lift people up when they do good, but I’m also telling them when they do wrong to fix it. If they do something stupid, I’m the first one to tell them they can’t do that again. But if they do something good, I’m the first to pat them on the helmet or the back and tell them, ‘Good play,'” says Black.
And despite the individual recognition for his efforts, Will says his focus for the Vikings first will remain the same.
Black says, “For the team, I want us to go further into the playoffs than we did last year so we can continue to make a better name for FPD in the GHSA.”
Will and his teammates face a tough challenge this Friday night when they travel on the road to face Lincoln County.