INDIAN LAND — Since taking over quarterbacking duties for the Indian Land Warriors at the beginning of the 2010-11 regular season, Rondreas Truesdale has been a human highlight reel, demonstrating game breaking speed and instinctive big play ability on a weekly basis.
Following Friday evening's action being called early due to weather, Truesdale had the best game of his varsity career Saturday afternoon against the Blacksburg Wildcats, with 347 rushing yards, seven touchdowns and two key defensive plays en route to a 48-39 Warriors' victory.
"Varsity-wise, this is the best game I've ever had, I'm not going to sugar coat it," said Truesdale, who also had a 47 yard reception in the first quarter after lining up at wide receiver to make room for junior quarterback Dalton McGuirt.
"My teammates did what they needed to do to win today, and what else can I say about our offensive line? Betty White could've scored through the holes they created out there."
Blacksburg appeared on Friday to have the formula to give Indian Land a run for its money. A lost fumble by Warriors fullback DJ Moore in the opening minute translated into a 4-yard touchdown run by Blacksburg workhorse running back Ray Ellis, who finished with 145 yards on 33 carries with four total touchdowns.
Indian Land answered with McGuirt under center, who found Truesdale for a lengthy reception, which Truesdale converted for an 8yard touchdown. For Truesdale, it was only the beginning.
Truesdale proved to be unstoppable, galloping for a 67 yard touchdown run in the waning seconds of the third quarter. He followed with touchdown runs of 76, 51 and 50 yards (all in the fourth quarter) to put an explosive, back and forth game out of reach.
Out of breath after his jaw-dropping performance, Truesdale talked about the importance of physical conditioning as it pertains to his play style, especially in the early afternoon heat.
"In the first game of the season, I definitely hit a wall because I wasn't at the level I needed to be at," Truesdale said. "But since then I've dedicated myself to being in the best shape that I can be in, and looking back at this game, those extra hours really mattered, especially in the fourth quarter."