Kyle Bacus’ mild demeanor doesn’t make him the ideal candidate to be in the spotlight, especially individual attention for his football accomplishments.
North Hall’s senior running back keeps a pleasant smile, but is a young man of few words. With the football in his hands for the Trojans (2-0), it’s an entirely different story. He’s forceful, assertive and possesses a burst of speed that fits North Hall’s Wing-T offense nearly perfectly.
So modest, in fact, he doesn’t even attempt to feign basking in his own personal football glory. Although Bacus is incredibly well groomed in his demeanor, attention from the media for his running feats is the furthest thing from his mind.
“I just have to roll with it,” said Bacus on Monday, when accepting multiple Player of the Week awards from separate media outlets at the same time. “There’s not much I can do about it (added attention).”
Against Flowery Branch on Friday, Bacus ran for a 92-yard touchdown on his first carry, then 52-yard score on the Trojans’ third drive. He finished the game with 227 yards and three touchdowns in a 21-20 win against the Falcons.
For his efforts, he is The Times’ Football Player of the Week. Now for the year, Bacus has more than 400 yards and, for now, is on pace to join a long list of 1,000-yard backs the Trojans have produced since the early 2000s.
North Hall coach David Bishop, who has been on its staff for all the great backs in the last 15 years, said Bacus possesses a great first step.
“Kyle is the kind of player who does what he’s coached to do and does it at full speed,” said Bishop, who is North Hall’s third-year head coach.
Every big play for Bacus is used as a chance to deflect the praise back to his offensive linemen, who he has played with since moving to North Hall in the seventh grade from Adrian, Mich.
Bacus said over these five years, the last three of which he’s been a two-way starter, he’s become extremely close with his teammates.
“We work very hard as a team,” said Bacus, who is coming off of offseason shoulder surgery. “All the big plays are a product of it.”
Early in his senior season, Bacus has been limited by Bishop to playing just running back while he continues to fully heal from the injury sustained while participating in spring football.
While it’s an option to keep Bacus reserved strictly to the offensive side, Bishop plans to have his running back primed to get back to playing outside linebacker, too.
“Kyle had six or eight sacks last year, and a bunch of tackles behind the line of scrimmage,” Bishop said.
Bishop said it will be important to have Bacus available on defense, given junior defensive lineman Gabriel Adkins is sidelined with a knee injury, according to Bishop, while another lineman Christian Barbosa is awaiting results of an MRI.
This week, North Hall has a bye before facing Pickens on Sept. 9 at The Brickyard. The Trojans open Region 7-AAA play against Fannin County on Sept. 23 in Blue Ridge.