Dominique Posey's carries have been limited this year while the senior running back continued to recover from an ACL tear last season.
But as soon as the restrictions the Concord coaching staff had put up to keep Posey's legs fresh for conference play were lifted, the 5-foot-10, 170 pounder showed why he was named all-conference last season.
Posey rushed for 80 yards on 22 attempts and had 72 yards receiving and a touchdown on two passes.
"The offensive line did a good job blocking," he said. "I think I have the easy part - it was all them."
Although Posey is humble about his talent, Concord coach Glen Padgett said his tailback's toughness and vision on the field makes him crucial to the Spiders.
But Posey said he still has to put a lot of work into playing to the level he showed last season.
"I'm doing alright," he said. "I'm trying to take a step up this year. I can do better - a lot better."
Posey stepped up tremendously for the Spiders, especially during the second half of last season.
"He became a big time play-maker and a leader for our offense," said Padgett. "He was just doing a lot of things very well."
Posey ran for more than 800 yards and 15 touchdowns in 2009. The highlight of the season was his 210-yard, three-touchdown performance against Northwest Cabarrus in the first round of the state playoffs.
But his season came to a halt in the following game against Hibriten, when he tore his ACL.
The injury forced Posey to have reconstructive surgery on his knee in the offseason and have to undergo physical therapy to get back into playing shape. He wasn't able to practice until mid-way through summer workouts.
"I had to work hard to catch up," he said.
Padgett said he's been impressed with how Posey reacted to the injury.
"Those things aren't easy to come back from, especially at running back," said Padgett. "In college and the pros, it takes players a year or more to recover, but in high school you don't have that luxury."
That played a part in the Concord staff's decision to limit Posey's carries in the team's non-conference schedule. Posey didn't play the first game because of a dislocated shoulder, and he played mostly defense leading up to the Spiders' first conference game against Northwest Cabarrus.
Posey was limited to seven carries against Lexington and 12 against Hunter Huss.
He said he's fully healed from his injury, although he still suffers from soreness after games.
Padgett explained Posey does what his team needs for him to do to be successful - whether that is running the ball or catching a pass from quarterback BJ Beecher.
Padgett said Posey's style of play fits right into the Spiders' offense, which can't rely on running people over, but instead depends on a balanced attack.
"He's not blazing fast, but he's fast enough; he's not a big powerful back, but he's powerful enough," said Padgett. "He gives us the ability to do all the things necessary for our offense to be successful."
Posey agrees with his coach.
"I'm not big or fast, but I work harder than anybody," he said.
Posey describes his style on the field as "flashy," as he enjoys spinning and "juking" his opponents.
"I just think that's fun," he said.
Posey said the Spiders have played well so far this season, explaining that defense is the team's backbone.
In order for the offense to catch up, Posey said the team will have to keep working hard in practice.
"We're going against the best defense in the conference every day," he said.
"That should make us a lot better, and we'll be prepared to play any defense on Fridays."
Padgett has also seen the positives in the teams, although he admits he was disappointed with Concord's 8-7 loss to Hunter Huss.
But the team (4-2, 2-0 in SPC) proved that it could recover from a tough loss, shutting out Northwest Cabarrus 18-0 to open conference play. Concord defeated Robinson 35-14 Friday.
Posey and his teammates have high goals for Concord the rest of the year.
"We want to win a state championship," he said.