WINTERVILLE, N.C. (WITN) - South Central senior quarterback Justin Humphries is our newest WITN Pepsi Player of the Week!
We are just 17 days away from the start of the high school football season, and there are high expectations for the South Central football team. Last year, the Falcons went 11-1 in Andy Tew's fourth year as head coach.
Quarterback Justin Humphries played a key role in the team's success last season, and this year, Humphries will look to continue being one of the upper classmen leaders.
As a junior starting quarterback, Humphries helped lead the Falcons on a magical run. South Central rolled through an undefeated regular season before falling in the first round of the state playoffs to South View, 33-32.
"It's very important because guys on JV that are coming up and looking up at me and other seniors to step up and make plays, and then also be a leader in the locker room like [Andy Tew] says, so I've just got to take that responsibility and step up," Humphries said at practice Tuesday morning.
"He didn't have to be as verbal last year," said head coach Andy Tew. "This year, he is going to have to step up and he's going to have to be a verbal leader. That quarterback position is a lot of pressure on him. Whether he does a great job or not, they're either going to blame him or they are going to say he was the reason for success. We've talked to all of our quarterbacks about just shouldering that responsibility and don't let it effect how you play."
Despite missing the final few games of the season with an injury, Humphries still managed to throw for 1,125 yards and 12 touchdowns. He also ran for another 317 yards and two more scores. The dual-threat quarterback hopes a great season will help propel him to a college scholarship.
"For me to go to the next level, I want to play college football," added Humphries. I definitely want to play in the NFL. It's important to show out on the field and show people what I've got so they can looko at me and maybe take it to the next level."
For more on Humphries, check out the video above! (Feature airs Tuesday during WITN Sports at 6:20 p.m.)
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