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This versatile Warrior is constantly on the go

Rondreas Truesdale of Indian Land is making a strong case that he's one of the area's best football players.

Truesdale - 5-foot-10, 170 pounds - is almost always on the field during a game, playing quarterback, running back, safety, cornerback, receiver, punt returner and kickoff returner.

In a 48-39 win against Blacksburg on Sept. 2, Truesdale had the best game of his career. His stat line: 23 carries, 347 yards rushing, one catch for 47 yards, nine tackles and a blocked extra point. He scored seven touchdowns on runs of 1, 8, 15, 50, 51, 67 and 76 yards.

"I don't know what happened," Truesdale said. "They were talking to me all game, saying No. 30 wasn't going to be able to do anything. The other team was talking a lot to me in the third quarter, and that's when I turned it on."

Truesdale followed that performance last week in the Warriors 48-0 win against North Central with 328 rushing yards on 23 carries, five touchdowns and seven tackles.

Last season the Warriors moved to Class AA and went 9-2, one of their best seasons ever. This year they are 5-0.

So far this year, Truesdale is averaging more than 14 yards a carry and has 1,202 yards rushing and 19 touchdowns. He also has 105 receiving yards and 29 tackles.

"Rondreas is very competitive, and he has a big motor that runs all the time," Warriors head coach Michael Mayer said. "He is one of the most competitive kids I have coached in my 20-plus years. ... He is a great athlete and he is always on, so I am glad we have him and don't have to stop him."

Truesdale also was voted track-and-field MVP and won the state title in the 110-meter hurdles; was most outstanding and recorded the most pins as a state runner-up in wrestling; has an ongoing chess rivalry with the school principal, which he usually wins; was junior class president; and has a 3.0 GPA.

Indian Land is heading into regional play in the next few weeks in one of the toughest divisions in the state, said Mayer. He plans to lean on Truesdale but will use junior Dalton McGirt at quarterback and spell Truesdale at running back with senior Trey Eaves, who has eight touchdowns and more than 500 yards rushing.

Truesdale has a scholarship offer from Army but also has gotten interest from Clemson, South Carolina, Wake Forest, Furman, Wofford, Presbyterian, Charleston Southern and Coastal Carolina.

"The biggest thing I am looking for is honesty," Truesdale said. "Clemson was real honest with me and I respected that a lot. They said they were looking for more of a power back and didn't want to waste my time until they were sure I was their guy."

Some coaches have said Truesdale may need to move to receiver, and although he said he would prefer to stay in the backfield, he will play wherever coaches have a spot for him. While Truesdale waits to make his college choice, he is focused on adding a state title to his resume.

Truesdale said each game will be tough, but the one the Warriors await most is Oct. 15 against Central-Pageland, S.C., which handed Indian Land one of its two losses last year.

"I have been thinking about them for a while and can't wait to see them again," Truesdale said. "We have an explosive offense, but don't forget about our defense. Each unit can pick the other one up, and both can carry us. We have a good team this year and we are eying a conference and state title."

"That is how I want to go out: With three state titles my senior year, in football, wrestling and track."

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