A familiar face has been in a new place for the Park Crossing Thunderbirds this year, but he’s quickly made himself at home.
Kavaris Thomas moved from his starting cornerback role to starting running back, and has eclipsed the 100-yard mark in both games at his new position.
“Our first game against St. James, it looked kind of weird that I was on the other side of the ball,” Thomas said. “But my offensive line came up big for me and helped me get a lot of big gains on the ground.”
The 6-foot, 199-pound senior ran for 111 yards against St. James in Game 1, and followed up with a 151-yard performance against Sidney Lanier last week.
With wide receiver Jahod Booker, a Memphis commit, out with a shoulder injury, the Thunderbirds will need another big performance against Dothan at Cramton Bowl on Thursday.
“We couldn’t run the ball (against Dothan last year), that was the whole problem. Hopefully this year we’ll be more effective running the football,” Park Crossing coach Smitty Grider said. “They’ve got a good football team, they’ve got a lot of quality athletes and they’ve got a pretty good scheme. We’ve got to really be ready to play on Thursday night if we want to win that game and start the region play off right.”
The Thunderbirds blew a halftime lead to Dothan on the road last year and suffered their first loss in school history. Thomas is confident this year’s matchup will have a better result.
“We couldn’t run the ball at all. They had a great defensive line, we couldn’t really do anything. And the lightning delays messed us up a lot too,” Thomas said. “I’m just going to go out with a lot of confidence. My offensive line, they’ve stepped up real big. I’m just going to run behind them and make it work.”