The football season only started four weeks ago, but one thing is for certain, Princeton has one of the most dynamic running back duos in the state.
The potent tandem of senior Jaydon Brooks and junior Christian Perris gives opposing defenses absolutely no time to relax and catch their breaths.
“We’re working, and we’re on the grind. It’s like nobody can tell us we’re not good,” Brooks said.
So far this season, Brooks, who is a wrecking ball of a runner, has rushed for 746 yards and eight touchdowns on 64 carries. He averages 248.7 yards per game and is second in the state in rushing yards.
“He’s (Brooks) a power runner, and whenever he’s running people over, it’s hard to stop him,” Perris said.
Perris is his speedy, shifty complement, with 467 yards and seven touchdowns. Perris averages 155.7 rushing yards per game and is currently 11th in the state in rushing yards.
“He (Perris) has speed and elusiveness. You cannot tackle this man one on one, it’s impossible. He’s just something different,” Brooks said.
Neither one of them pays attention to their stats. They just take it one game at a time and let the chips fall where they may, and importantly, they make sure to have fun out on the football field during Friday nights.
“We focus on the game, and we’ll worry about stats later,” Perris said.
The duo is as imposing as it gets. The only real question is for Princeton head coach Travis Gaster is how to share the football between the two.
However, there is no animosity between the two over who should get the touches.
They are more than happy to share the ball, and they celebrate each other’s success as both are outstanding, if not spectacular, with the football in their hand.
Brooks rushed for a career-high 403 yards and three touchdowns against Smithfield-Selma in Princeton’s season opener, while Perris ran for 218 yards and three touchdowns on just 12 carries against East Duplin.
“We just focus on ourselves. We run the ball and work hard in practice,” Perris said.
Princeton runs a wing-T offense, which is predicated on blocking and misdirection, and creates lanes for running backs, so both are quick to thank their offensive line and coaches for helping them have a successful season.
“Our o-line is doing an amazing job,” Brooks said. “We’ve just come together as a family, and we have each other’s backs.”
“They block and hard, so we run hard,” Perris added.
The Bulldogs still have seven games left to play, so Brooks and Perris, along with the rest of the team, are only going to get better as the season goes on.
And if that is, indeed, the case, then by season’s end, there should be no argument as to which football program has the best running back duo in the state.