With the ever-churning legs of senior Toby Maddux, Trion has finished its first undefeated season in almost 50 years and the first region title since 2003. The Bulldogs are the #2 team in Class D1 going into the playoffs, and without a doubt, they will be leaning on the senior running back to carry them far into the playoffs.
Last week, Maddux rushed for 261 yards and 4 touchdowns on top of 54 yards receiving and another touchdown. The senior wasn’t done, and defensively he totaled 15 tackles as Trion clinched the region title over Darlington with a score of 42-14.
Maddux was named a standout on the website this week, and the community voted him to be the Player of the Week, following similar accolades from GHSF Daily.
Coach Sean Patrick was talking to GHSF Daily about his standout senior, “People rarely square him up, and he’s just hard to tackle. He definitely has the ability to play at the next level, and some college is going to get a heck of a player.”
The Preseason All-State running back has proven to be one of the best runners in the state rushing for 1646 yards and leading Class A DI. What stands out on film is the very fact that Maddux simply will not go down. Whether it’s his background as an All-State wrestler or what, Maddux just bounces off tackles showing incredible balance and core strength.
Another aspect of his game that is extremely underrated is his route running and versatility as a receiver. His skill level is very undervalued here but should be highlighted in the playoffs as a big advantage.
At 6′ and 190 lbs., Maddux has a solid frame to continue to add on weight and currently presents strong weight lifting numbers – most notably a 500 lbs. squat. Considering Maddux has a 3.83 GPA, you have to imagine that colleges will be watching the senior closely during this playoff run.
Trion will be an interesting program to follow. We were very high in the preseason, and the only media outlet in the state to rank them in the top 5 in Class A DI. Needless to say, we have not had to revise our rankings much, but the playoffs are a completely different climate. Tensions will be higher than ever, and talented defenses will be keying on the senior.
As always, with the competition increasing, more recruiting opportunities are created, especially for a senior looking to break into the ethos late in the process. We are convinced Maddux will make it happen, so be sure to follow @RecruitGeorgia on Twitter/X to hear the latest updates on Maddux and seniors all across the state.