House Makes EndZone Home
Photo courtesy of Brian Lentz, Tate County Preps
After rushing for nearly 150 yards per game in a shortened season as a junior, the expectations were high for Deondre House entering 2018.
Likewise for Senatobia, who finished 7-6 last season but ran through division play 5-0 before claiming their first round playoff meeting against Rosa Fort. They had won six straight games before their season came to a close against Louisville.
“Well, we kind of got off to a slow start earlier in the season,” House told SES Mississippi. “After our bye week, we started getting back in the groove.”
Following a loss at Shannon on September 14th, the Warriors stood at 1-4 five weeks into the season. However, since regrouping in the off week that would follow, they have reeled off five straight wins.
In the meantime, House, who also started slow - totaled just 52 rushing yards through two games - has also heated as well. However, his breakthrough came in week three when he rushed for 225 yards and three scores in a blowout win over Independence. During the current five game winning streak he’s rushed for 813 yards and 11 touchdowns. On the season he’s totaled 1,306 yards and 15 scores, to go with six 100-yard performances - including one game over 200 yards and another over 300 yards.
“Just the way we practice. Focusing more and having a lot energy,” House noted of what got the Warriors going after the bye week. “For me, I’d say the work I put in this offseason helped get me going.”
Last Friday Senatobia took down their final divisional challenger - Corinth - to end their regular season. The thrilling 39-38 win gave them a division title and meant a second straight season without a division loss in the regular season.
The win also propelled the Warriors into the playoffs to face the fourth overall seed from region 4-4A, New Hope Trojans.
“We all know that we have to prepare the right way each week,” House noted. “I think if we come out of the gate on whoever we’re playing and match their intensity we’ll be fine.”
“We have to make plays and execute offensively and defensively. We have to make stops and keep our opponent from scoring.”
For House, this will be his final attempt to make a run at the gold ball.
“I just want to prove a lot of people wrong,” He explained. “There are a lot of people who don’t believe in us.”
And there’s no doubt that House is playing his best ball of the season at the right time. Heading into last week’s matchup against a stout Corinth defense, House needed 36 yards to reach the 1,000-yard mark on the year. In a record-breaking performance, he averaged 14.9 yards per carry on 23 carries and finished with a season-high 342 yards and tied for a season-high with three rushing scores.
“We had a really good week of practice and we felt very confident going into that game,” House said. “My offensive line did a really good job of blocking and creating running lanes.”
“I rushed for 303 against them last year, so I wanted to do the same. And I knew the school record was 327, so that kind of gave me a boost.”
The Warriors host New Hope Friday night to kick off the first round of the 4A playoffs.