The regular season is officially over and last weekend we created our last top play video of the 2019 calendar year. Coming in 3rd place was Milton’s senior linebacker Christian Armistead.
The 6′ backer was gunning down field on special teams where he made contact with the North Forsyth returner, but the senior had bigger ideas than just a simple tackle. He quickly grappled his hands around the football, turned, twisted away until the ball was out of the North Forsyth player’s hands and firmly in his. With most of the players on the field in shock, Armistead was not, and quickly ran down field for a special teams score that put his team up 18-3 at the end of the 2nd quarter that really changed the momentum of the entire game.
With out a doubt last Friday’s play was one of the more exceptional of the 2019 season for Milton and easily one of the best we have seen across the state too. The Eagles season has been solid, they lost some vital seniors from last year’s state title team, and had to find their way in the early half of their schedule. We asked Armistead how the season has gone in his eyes.
“When the season started we knew we had a young team, but we really had to grow up quick in those first five games. Even though the outcome of some of those games didn’t go the way we wanted, I think we learned a lot about ourselves and helped us prefect our process, and now I think we’re really starting to heat up which is a lot of fun.”
Milton has rallied off 5 wins in a row going against their region rivals and have their first round opponent in Central Gwinnett this Friday. Their resurgence in the 2nd half of the season is a byproduct of seniors like Armistead stepping up their game, and making big plays wherever he is needed.
“The last few months I think I’ve improved in the way I prepare throughout the week. I used to just go through the motions throughout the week, but I realize how necessary committing to get 1% better everyday, and knowing the ins and outs of the gameplan.”
You might have realized that Amristead does not have any film attached at the top of this article, and if you check out his Hudl account, you will find there is no film uploaded either. To put bluntly, the senior is not pursuing a football career past the high school level, at least right now.
He explained, “I have had one or two schools send me basic mail but I haven’t actively pursued a career at the next level. I do not have any visits planned in the future.”
Any college that wants to pursue Armistead will have to see #8 for Milton up close and in person to get much of a feel of what type of player he is (this includes myself), but if it’s anything like the player he models his game after, then it might be worth it.
“I try to model my game after Kwon Alexander. I think his passion and presence in the passing game is what puts him above the rest.”
With the playoffs just about to kick off this Friday, that means any of these games could very well be the last for seniors like Armistead, so we asked what he enjoys most about playing high school football.
“My favorite part of playing on Friday nights is getting after it with my brothers and nothing is more electric than those 10 minutes before kickoff.”
The electricity will be pumping all of November, how far will Milton go and can they repeat as state champions? This time a year ago very few thought the Eagles would finish at the top of 7-A, and with one of the best defenses in the classification, anything can happen.
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