It is hard to believe that Terrance Wilson could accomplish much more than he did as a freshman for the Batesburg-Leesville Panthers.
But, the sophomore who posted 1,691 all-purpose yards in 2012, said he came into this season with the goal of increasing his output to help the Panthers to victory.
“I felt like I needed to produce more. (In the offeseason) I worked hard and focused on getting better. My goals were, I wanted to pass 1,000 (rushing) yards this season, and get more than 20 touchdowns this season,” he said.
With his expanded role in the offense at running back, Wilson is well on the way to achieving his goals.
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He has 21 touchdowns and 1,457 all-purpose yards. He is close to doubling his rushing yardage — from 463 last year to 753 in eight games this season.
In rushing and receiving, Wilson averages a first down on every touch. On kick return duty, he has posted 542 yards — an average of 33.9 yards per return — and has scored four touchdowns.
“He’s a very good practice player most of the time, and he’s intent on learning more and more of the game,” coach Jerry Brown said. “He’s accepting a greater role in our offense as the year goes on.”
Wilson is the team’s leading scorer, and with Rickey Smith and Jac’Quiel Chandler, has helped the Panthers outscore opponents 291-181.
“I still have to work to get better, like on my blocking and just a lot of things, but I feel pretty good, about what I’m doing so far,” Wilson said.
The Panthers (6-2 overall, 3-0 in Region 2-2A) are on a five-game winning streak with two games remaining.
“Terrance and those guys on offense have made progress, but to tell you the truth, the defensive improvements have really added more to our team output,” Brown said.
He said a disciplined defense, led by Isaiah Cullum and Axavier Small, has made certain the Panthers’ offense gets its hands on the ball often.
And putting the ball in Wilson’s hands almost always produces good things for Batesburg-Leesville.