Building a football program is a lot like building a house, but before the house is built, the foundation must be put down.
Luckily, Wayne Christian quarterback Devin Nixon is a builder.
Last season, Nixon and his teammates spent the season laying down a foundation. The Eagles went 4-3-1 for the first winning season in school history, and this season the Eagles are looking to build a house.
And in their season opener against Community Christian last Friday, the Eagles got to work building that house.
Wayne Christian dominated Community Christian 70-34, while Nixon completed five passes for 135 yards and two touchdowns. Nixon also rushed for 56 yards and two touchdowns.
For his strong performance and leadership, Nixon is this week’s Brian Allan State Farm Insurance Male Athlete of the Week.
“The biggest thing I learned from last year was that you to compete,” Nixon said. “We were a very good team, but we weren’t doing the things we needed to do to become the best team.
“That’s why I’m looking forward to this year because we’ve been working so hard.”
Last season’s starting quarterback, Addison Johnson, graduated, and Wayne Christian head coach Luis Miranda said Nixon was the natural choice to fill the open quarterback position.
Even though it is his first season as the starting quarterback, Nixon is a natural fit to lead the Eagles on and off the field.
“For my senior season, I just want to be a leader and be the best that I can be,” Nixon said. “I want to be a good role model and be a good example to the underclassmen.”
Nixon’s leadership has been a steady presence on the team and has helped guide the other players through the COVID-19 pandemic.
Nixon and his teammates know the season can end at any time because of the pandemic, so they are playing every game this season as if it were their last game.
“It’s a gift from God to be out here with my teammates and have a season this Fall,” Nixon said.
Nixon and the Eagles will continue building a house on the road tonight against Lawrence Academy.