James Island isn't off to an ideal start, but it's definitely not the end for them yet. They haven't had a game since August 31 when they had a huge first win over Oceanside 32-31, but rest assured when they get on the field next, their competition has something to worry about.
A big threat and factor to James Island's first win was WR AJ Ladson. A senior with a versatile skill set, he knows he is a leader on the team and wants to prove it on and off the field.
And he sure did, in his last game he had his best stat line to date with 19 carries for 156 yards and 2 touchdowns. GridironCircuit's Bri Lewerke caught up with AJ to talk about his team, coaches, and his future in football.
Bri Lewerke: James Island has started the season off a little rocky, with a 1-2 start. What do you and your team need to do to bounce back for the rest of the season?
AJ Ladson: Most definitely play as a team, as a unit. Intense practices because perfect practice makes the team play perfect we have to execute more on both sides of the ball
BL: What’s your team chemistry like? And tell me about playing under coach Allred
AL: Good chemistry as of right now. The younger guys come to us (seniors) for help we always give them pointers so they can get better. Coach Allred outstanding coach helps me and Jermaine get better each day he's always open for our feedback and things to work on
BL: That’s great, what do you see as your biggest strengths and weaknesses as a player?
AJ: My weakness for me is decision making trusting my gut feeling, I always go into practice trying to better myself. My strengths are my speed, explosiveness, and power.
BL: When did you know that football was it for you? Did you grow up playing other sports?
AL: In elementary school, I love football and yes I did but football was the main
BL: Is there a player in college or NFL that you looked up to growing up as a young football player? If so, who and why?
AL: Adrian Peterson and Chris Johnson I like how they run the football speed and power
BL: Who do you think will is or will be your toughest competition for the rest of the season? Whether individual player or team
AL: Fort Dorchester just because they have so many athlete all around
BL: What's your biggest football accomplishment so far and why?
AL: I rushed for 159 with 2 TD's my last game firs game with many more to come because it was my first real stats
BL: Who is your biggest role model and what's the best advice they've given you?
AL: Coach Vinson and the best advice is one cut and go!
BL: Have you been deciding on where you will attend college? What will ultimately go into that decision, and do you know what you plan on studying?
AL: No not yet I'm being patience and let God make work and architecture studies
BL: Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
AL: Playing college ball getting ready for the next level after that
BL: Who do you think is winning the super bowl this year and why?
AL: I don't know, lot's of good teams