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Football player of the week: Drummond sets school rushing record
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Flowery Branch coach Lee Shaw discusses fullback Daniel Drummond's performance against West Hall last Friday.


Flowery Branch fullback Daniel Drummond discusses his performance against West Hall last Friday.

There’s something about the West Hall High School football field that takes Flowery Branch fullback Daniel Drummond’s running game to another level

The former Spartan returned to West Hall for the first time since it was his home field, and dominated his former team, setting a new school record of 244 rushing yards and three touchdowns on just seven carries, all in the first half in Flowery Branch’s 55-7 win last Friday.

The win leaves the Falcons (5-1, 2-0 Region 7-AAA) and Gainesville as the only two undefeated teams in the subregion

“Coming to that field as a visitor after playing there for three years was definitely weird,” Drummond said. “A lot has changed just moving across the street.”

As a fullback, it’s a rare occasion that Drummond gets to run the football 15-20 times like a tailback or halfback would, meaning he must maximize each opportunity to pick up big yards. Such was the case last Friday, as he averaged 34.8 yards per carry and had two runs over 60 yards, one of which went 80 yards for a touchdown.

“It was definitely my best game of the season,” Drummond said. “The way we schemed against them and how we set up our blocks went perfectly.”

Despite only averaging 7.7 carries a game, Drummond leads all Flowery Branch rushers with 550 yards and five touchdowns this season.

Every carry Drummond can get is more preparation for what’s in store for the's fifth-ranked fullback in the upcoming year, as the 6-3, 230-pound senior committed to Georgia Tech in June with intentions of playing on offense.

But that hasn’t stopped Flowery Branch coach Lee Shaw from taking advantage of Drummond’s size and speed on both sides of the ball. This season, he has played primarily at defensive end, another position in which he has flourished.

“We’ve taken the approach that Daniel’s role is a defensive player first, and his role as a fullback is icing on the cake,” Shaw said. “We know that we need to be great defensively, and he knows his role defensively as well as he does offensively.”

Drummond’s role on defense will be even more important Friday when the Falcons play host to North Hall. The Trojans’ wing-T offense makes stopping the run a sure focus for the Falcons' defense.

“We’re going to play assignment football,” Drummond said. “I’m going to count on my teammates to do what they need to do, do what I have to do, and hopefully it will all work out.”

But that doesn’t mean Drummond won’t get the chance to make his own noise on offense for the second straight week.

“That’s the challenge now, to duplicate what I did Friday, and do it every single game,” he said. “It’s going to be a tough challenge.”

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