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Crutchfield Ready To Put In Work At Fortius Project

Calhoun Academy's Riley Crutchfield has a new team to adjust to in 2017.

The former Vardaman High School center made his transfer to Calhoun Academy official in January, and with a new school comes new faces and new competition.

“My goals at the Academy are to become a better player and just to help my new team in any way they need me,” Crutchfield told SES Mississippi.

This focus on improvement has lead Crutchfield to enroll in the 2017 Fortius Project.

“I want to try to get my name out there so I can make it to the next level,” Crutchfield said. “But to succeed at the next level, I want to try and be the best at my position.”

Crutchfield was a part of a 2016 Vardaman team that made the playoffs for the first time since 2012. After ending that drought, Crutchfield looks forward to taking the lessons he learned with the Rams to the MAIS with Calhoun Academy.

“[Last season] proved that hard work does pay off,” Crutchfield said. “It taught me to never give up.”

Calhoun Academy went 5-5 in 2016 and missed out on a trip to the postseason. Crutchfield believes that although the Cougars lost some key men to graduation, his team can make strides to reach the playoffs again.

“We did lose some important factors,” Crutchfield said. “This year we are just going to have to work hard and play as a team, and we will go a long way. Potentially to a state championship.”

Crutchfield, however, is also looking forward to the potential to play at the collegiate level. One of the aspects that attracted Crutchfield to the Fortius Project was the fact that college coaches get to look at the participants and receive their results.

“That's really helpful,” Crutchfield said. “That's another way to get my name out there in the collegiate level.”

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