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Hard Work Works
As the sun slowly starts to creep down on a hot day in May, sixty black helmets can be seen running in different groups around a practice in some kind of organized chaos. Players quickly follow the instructions bellowed by the coaches; running through different colored obstacles and catching footballs thrown to them. On this day one of those helmets is occupied by Porter Ridge High School football player Jordan Oakley.
Oakley currently leads the county with eight touchdown catches. Following a three touchdown performance versus E. E. Waddell High School in week four, Oakley was named Power 98â€™s Player of the Week. â€œ Hard work in the off-season is why Jordan (Oakley) is where he is today,â€ coach Blair Hardin said.
Oakley has been an integral part of the Pirates 6-0 start, the best in school history. A lesser known fact about Oakley is his versatility as a three year starter. â€œHe starts for us on offense, defense, and special teams. Jordan has been very productive on offense, made good plays in the secondary, and has been very effective on special teams as a returner,â€ added Hardin.
Oakley deflected praise for the award saying, â€œI think without the offensive linemen and our great coaching that I would not be where I am today. During the off-season I ran track and attended spring ball so that I would be in good shape for the season.â€
Oakley, only a junior, will still have another year to grow and mature. Hardin believes he will be able to keep up his current pace throughout the rest of the season and into the playoffs, â€œHe needs to continue being consistent and playing hard for his play to remain at a high level.â€
Written by: Jacob Bryant, PRHS Journalism student
Posted: Sep 30, 2010 by Ms. April Dawkins