Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

November 8, 2012

Player of the week

Wilson’s legs lead Raiders

By BOB REDD
Bluefield Daily Telegraph

BRADSHAW — There is an old saying in football that you can’t teach speed. River View’s Jordan Wilson is a very speedy Raider and his speed, agility and help from teammates helped him rush for 184 yards, including a TD run of 76 yards against Westside. River View’s victory put the Raiders into the W.Va. Class AA playoffs and Wilson’s performance earned him Bluefield Daily Telegraph/Pocahontas Coal Association Player of the Week honors, the final award for the 2012 campaign.

“That was our first time ever beating Westside and I’d like to thank the line for blocking. They blocked really good. I don’t think I could have gotten anything without them in front of me. They opened up a lot of holes for me,” Wilson said. “We worked hard and I’m glad that we had a good game.”

River View’s season continues this week as Wilson and the black-and-purple clad Raiders travel North to Bridgeport. RVHS opened its doors three years ago and for the third time the team is headed to the football playoffs.

“It is pretty great to go back to the playoffs again since we’ve been there three years in a row,” Wilson said. “We worked hard during the summer and during the school year and it’s a good thing for the fans too.”

For the season Wilson, a sophomore, ran 173 times for 1,158 yards and 13 touchdowns, totals that led the River View team. He ran for two two-point conversions and caught nine passes for another 156 yards and a score. He caught one two-point conversion during the regular season.

Mitchell Estep is the head coach of the Raiders, he said Wilson is a  young man who let’s his work on the field speak for him.

“He’s a quiet player. Most of his abilities are about performance and he shows it on the field, not by what he says,” Estep said. “He’s a good kid who worked hard all summer, been in the weight program and  is getting better every week. The growth of his development has come on the last few weeks and has really made a difference in our games, along with the rest of our players. This is his second round of playoffs and he is just a sophomore, a veteran player as a sophomore.”

Wilson gave thanks to his coaches for aiding his development as a football player.

“They do a good job coaching me,” Wilson said. “They taught me what I needed to do and how I’m going to get there. They worked with me, lifting weights, getting out there, getting in better shape, getting used to all the different techniques we have to go over, pushing us to get better.”

Wilson has played on the gridiron since midget league his sixth grade year. Following that he played at Southside Middle School and for the past two years at River View. His father, Benny, was a member of the 1976 Big Creek Owls team that played for the Class AA state championship.

— Contact Bob Redd at bredd@bdtonline.com