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Things come better to those who wait

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Byrd running back Louis Mills has had to wait for his turn in a crowded backfield, but is taking advantage of the opportunities he is finally getting this year.  Mills has fought through more than needing patience.  Friday night against Bastrop in Independence Stadium, Mills fumbled deep in Bastrop territory when Byrd was trailing 8-7.  But head coach Mike Suggs did not give up on Mills, who did not give up on himself.  Mills, our Rountree Ford Athlete of the Week, later busted a 93-yard touchdown run as Byrd rolled over one of the top teams in the state 63-8.

With Byrd having lost 1800 yard rusher Xavier Long to graduation, Mills is finally getting his chance.  Coach Suggs says he knew Mills had talent and in an effort to get him on the field the team toyed with playing Mills at linebacker.  But Suggs says Mills talent is much more suited to running back, which is proving true this season.  In the 12 minutes Mills played in the jamboree against Huntington he ran for 95 yards and three touchdowns.  In two games so far this season, Mills has a total of 15 carries for 167 yards.  He may not be getting a lot of touches, but it's easy to see Mills is making the most of those he does get.  If he finishes the season any where near as well as he's started, Byrd could be in for a very special year.

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