On Monday evening against Lakewood, Rosewood’s Avante George provided the Eagles’ fans with the fireworks they have grown accustomed to over the past few seasons.
After catching the second-half kickoff, George maneuvered past multiple defenders, created some separation, and flew 85 yards to the end zone.
The play was a microcosm of the senior’s effect on those around him.
Whether it is through his catching, running, or scoring ability, George’s leadership on and off the field is always lifting up others.
“It’s been my dream to go play at the next level, and I’ve been working since I was five years old,” George said. “I’m always studying film of running backs and learning how to get better.
“I just fell in love with the game.”
George and working hard have always been synonymous, and his work ethic separates him from other players.
He was practically born with a football in his hands, and George said he always wanted to play high school football.
And during the past four seasons, George has become a vocal leader, and he is continually working to improving his craft alongside teammates who quickly became his best friends.
“I love it at Rosewood. A great coaching staff, a great community, and great teammates, everyone here is like family,” George said.
After learning from upperclassmen during his freshman and sophomore seasons, George made tremendous strides as a junior when he assumed a more prominent role on the team.
He naturally developed as a playmaker and communicator, and George helped lead the Eagles to a 9-3 record and the Carolina 1A Conference title. Rosewood also reached the third round of the N.C. High School Athletic Association 1A playoffs.
George, who plans on majoring in exercise science after high school, is someone Rosewood head coach Robert Britt can always count on to produce.
“You don’t have to worry about where he is going to be at when it’s time to practice, and he encourages others, and he’s one the kids can follow, so I’m just happy for from because he’s reaping success from years of hard work,” Britt said.
This year, George has taken on even more of a leadership role. The Eagles are currently 4-0, and George is having a monster season.
In four games, George has rushed for 744 yards and 10 touchdowns. He averages 186 yards per game and averaged nine yards a carry.
George is sixth in the state in rushing yards, according to maxpreps.com.
He is one of nine seniors the Eagles have on their roster. George and the other seniors have worked hard to establish a legacy at Rosewood.
And George and his teammates have eyes set on winning the first state title in school history.