Rising Star: Edwards lives childhood dream at Derby
Derby sophomore embraces role in Panther offense
WICHITA, Kan. (Catch it Kansas) -If you’re watching the Derby Panther offense on Friday nights, you’ll want to find number two, if you’re too late, chances are he’s already in the end zone.
“He makes people miss, he makes our play call look good and he is always making one or two people miss, but he is a very talented running back,” stated Derby Head Coach Brandon Clark
Dylan Edwards is the next up in a long line of Derby running backs to dominate at the prep level. Most have to wait until they’re upperclassmen to see field, Edwards took the reigns early and has run with them ever since.
“I felt no pressure at all, because I knew if I did the work before the season then the outcome would be great,” shared Edwards.
That work started at the end of last year following the Panthers championship run. Edwards was the backup then, but after a conversation with his coach, Edwards knew it was his time.
“We had that conversation last year, we knew last year that he was going to be the man and it was time for him to start thinking like the man,” added Clark.
The results have done all of the talking, as Edwards is coming off of a three-score game against Maize south. According to the Derby Informer, his latest performance took him over the one thousand yard mark.
While he’s embracing his role in the Panther offense, Edwards' dream of being the starter at Derby high started years ago.
“Since a kid, I have been wanting to put on the green jersey for the high school and that is all I’ve been doing I just love to play football. It comes easy to me,” Edwards smiled.
He says it’s important for him to be that same role model he had when he was growing up. He’s often at Derby junior football games on Saturdays and has quickly become a fan favorite
“All of the kids are talking about Dylan Edwards, they want to be like Dylan Edwards, so he is already an idol to a lot of those kids and he plays that role really well,” Clark beamed.
Edwards' motivation comes from watching those before him, and remembers how they treated him. He spoke about the relationship he was able to form with former Derby star Tre Washington and how he looks forward to helping players following him.
“I’ve been wanting this for so long, I was one of the little kids that looked up to the high schoolers and me treating them right, I know they will do the same when they get to this level,” he said.
While the Panthers are set to begin a playoff run this week, Edwards knows he isn’t going at it alone, and says he couldn’t make the plays he does without his teammates.
“There’s the comradery, the family, we do everything off the field together so it is just one big family. I know that on the field they’ve got my back and I’ve got theirs,” he explained.
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