POW 10: Canyon High School's Rowdy Vaughn
Staying positive after five straight losses isn’t an easy task. But the Canyon Eagles remained resilient – partially thanks to one stand-out senior.
"He has been one of the reasons we've been able to hold this thing together because of his leadership and his toughness and his determination to be a Canyon Eagle," said Canyon Head Football Coach Blake Bryant of senior runningback/safety Rowdy Vaughn.
Vaughn had 243 rushing yards and four touchdowns in Canyon's 42-30 win over Caprock on Friday.
"My lineman performed the best they had all year long," said Vaughn. "That's the only reason I had a good game is because they did a phenomenal job. And they wanted to perform for me so I just wanted to return the favor I guess."
But Vaughn can do more than run.
"Rowdy is our best football player," said Bryant. "And he plays both sides of the ball. So when we have him, we're a better football team. He's always been a great leader, a hard worker - but the thing that sets him apart from a lot of people is his competitive spirit. When it's time to compete, he knows how to do it."
It was a tough week in Canyon, after the loss of two members of the community to cancer.
Nine-year old Tatum Schulte, as well as Debbie Crenshaw a teacher and assistant volleyball coach at Canyon, passed last week.
"It was a rough week, but it was also an inspiring week because of how the families, the Crenshaws and the Schultes handled themselves," said Bryant. "And if you weren't inspired by them, then you don't have a heartbeat. And it affected our football team, and we were determined to go out Friday night and play really hard and represent them well."
Vaughn hopes to carry the momentum from the week into what could be his final game as a Canyon Eagle.
It's a bittersweet moment," said Vaughn "It just makes you want to play that much harder. It's your last one."
Canyon faces Plainview at Kimbrough on Friday, November 10 at 7 PM.