A football team’s offense consists of many parts, but there’s no doubt Noah Seaver is the engine of the 2018 Aynor Blue Jackets.
“It all starts with Noah Seaver,” coach Jason Allen said earlier this year. “He returns as our leader and starting running back. Noah had over 1,400 yards rushing in 2017.”
Although Seaver is expected to lead the team’s ground attack, don’t be surprised if the versatile senior lines up in the quarterback spot in the wildcat formation or plays linebacker when the defense needs a hand. The understated Seaver said that’s his greatest strength — a willingness to help where he’s needed.
“Just staying focused,” he said. “Doing what my coaches tell me to do.”
Last year, Seaver’s coaches told him to run and score, which he often did. The running back found the end zone more than 20 times.
Gaudy statistics aside, Seaver remains humble. He doesn’t see himself as any different than his peers.
“The way we were all raised, we’re all tight-knit,” he said. “We all have respect for each other and do our part.”
Seaver learned the game from his father, who played football at Gardner-Webb University.
In his three years on the varsity squad, Seaver said he’s become stronger and faster. He’s also grown to love watching the fans come out on Friday nights.
“The whole town will be here,” he said. “Everybody in Aynor is all-in on this football team. Everybody plays a role.”
Years ago, Seaver also played baseball, but he dedicated himself to the gridiron after a shoulder injury. He could easily walk away from baseball. Not football.
“That’s where my heart is,” he said.