High School Sports

Sep 14, 2012 12:13 PM by Mike Maharrey

Henry Clay: Thunder And Lightning

Henry Clay will hit you with speed.

A flash of lightning.

Then they'll hit you with speed.

A flash of lightning.

They'll follow that up with another dose of speed.

A flash of lightning.

And then...



Anthony "Bam" Lindsey that is.

The 6-foot-1, 285 senior serves as the thunder to the the Blue Devils' lightning.

"I guess when I was little, my Granny gave me the nickname Bam. I used to get into a lot of stuff -- you know, the Flintstones."

Lindsey still gets into stuff - mostly opposing team backfields. He punches holes through offensive lines leading the way for Blue Devil ballcarriers. And the fullback has also rumbled for 52 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 14 carries through his first four games.

Lindsey, along with his three speedy cohorts, make up a four-headed monster running attack, averaging better than 280 yards per game.

Elijah "Flash" Bell, Davion "Superman" Jackson, and Dearion Jones (aka Black Mamba) are the lightening bolts in the Blue Devil backfield. Bell leads the way with 681 yards on 45 carries. The junior has six rushing touchdowns. Fellow junior, Jackson, has 209 yards on 33 carries with three touchdowns. Jones, the youngster of the group, carried the ball 22 times in four games. The sophomore picked up 153 yards and a pair of scores.

And you can't leave quarterback Rhoman James out of the equation. He's rushed 29 times and scored a pair of running TDs.

With that many guys vying for the ball, you might think conflict would arise.

Not so.

"I don't think we have too much competition in the backfield. Most of us get equal carries," Jackson said.

Watching these guys interact, it becomes readily apparent that the running backs form a tight-knit group. The teasing and joking comes easily.

"I got a lot of experience watching these dudes right here. He's not that fast," Jones says, pointing at Bell with a broad grin. "But he's real fast," he says, gesturing at Jackson.

The four backs give opposing defenses plenty to worry about.

"We got speed and thunder," Bell said.

And just to add another little twist to the mix, Lindsey can throw the ball. The big man played quarterback as a freshman.

"I actually had a passing touchdown this year. We was at Belfry and Rhoman had gotten hurt. So coached called on me, and I stepped up and made the big play."

Henry Clay (2-2) lost their first two games, but the Blue Devils will take a two game win-streak into Friday's matchup with George Rogers Clark.


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