Last week, Giles opened Three Rivers District play against improved Auburn and Spartans junior Brett Whitlow was the show, leading Giles to a 6th consecutive win.
Brett Whitlow rushed for 281 yards in a late September win over Graham, but topped that last Friday night, by scooting for a whopping 303 yards and 6 big touchdowns against Auburn. Whitlow also made 5 extra points, accounting for 41 points in a 49 to 14 win that helped the Spartans stay unbeaten.
Brett Whitlow, FFE Player of the Week said, "I just came to play just like everybody else. It wasn't anything special. Everything just happened to fall into place. The line blocked like they were supposed to and the backs just did what they were supposed to. I just wanna go out there every Friday and get a win. It's not about stats. It's about us as a team. We're all brothers out here."
Jeff williams, Giles Head Coach said, "We challenged the offensive line early in the week and told them that we gotta start improving a little bit better up front. We're not where we want to be on the offensive line right now and we challenged them last week and emphasized that going into the game Friday night. Things opened up pretty good for him as you can see by how well he ran the football and the holes he had in there Friday night."
The single wing has always relied on that blocking, leading to three state titles in Pearisburg. But the program has also seen its share of big play backs along the way, and Whitlow is the latest in a long line.
Jeff said, "You look all the way back to 1980 when Leon King was our tailback. We've got a great tradition of running backs here at our school, playing the single wing tailback or fullback or whatever. A lot of the kids understand when they come into the program that they are a pretty good running back and one of these days it's gonna be my turn to haul the mail for this football program and some of them just seem to step right up every year just like Ian graduated last year and we got Brett who stepped up and is doing some great things for us."
Brett said, "Me and a couple of buddies, we work hard in the offseason, trying to get better because giles has a great tradition of backs and stuff so we try to compare ourselves to them and see where we're at."