Wednesday, December 4, 2013
SEE YA: Waterville linebacker David Bailey chases after Gardiner running back Alonzo Connor during a game Saturday in Waterville. Connor finished with 172 yards and five touchdowns on 26 carries.
Staff file photo by Joe Phelan
Watching Alonzo Connor’s dominant performance against Waterville on Saturday, I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a more subdued athlete.
A junior running back at Gardiner Area High School, Connor was spectacular in leading Gardiner to a 32-20 win in a Pine Tree Conference Class B football game. He rushed 26 times for 172 yards and scored all five of Gardiner’s touchdowns.
He was especially big in the fourth quarter, when he rushed for 98 yards and two touchdowns. The Tigers gave Connor the ball on 10 consecutive plays in the fourth and he took the game over.
And not once did he pump his fist, jump up and down or smack helmets with a teammate. After his two fourth quarter touchdowns, he handed the ball to the official, slumped his shoulders and jogged off the field.
Maybe he was just exhausted from his heavy workload. Maybe he isn’t always robotic. But in a sport where a simple tackle can warrant a Super Bowl-like celebration, it was refreshing to watch someone do his job and not make a spectacle of himself.
You’ve heard the old saying, act like you’ve been there before. Connor certainly did Saturday.Tweet
Gary Hawkins has worked at the Kennebec Journal since 1980. His primary beats are baseball, boys basketball, girls and boys soccer and golf.