Kaiiron Richards was always ready.
The Grant High School senior has logged time this season at linebacker and on special teams, including holding for kicks. He wanted more, eager to take on any task. Richards avoids no challenges. He rather enjoys his Advanced Placement courses in physics and accounting.
Last Friday, with leading touchdown man Ference Lang out because of a tender ankle, Richards got his shot - and 13 carries.
He rushed for 124 yards and five touchdowns to spark a 62-0 rout of River City in a Sac-Joaquin Section Division II playoff win. Grant moved to 12-0 - and Richards moved into the realm of proven Pacer.
Richards is The Bee's Prep Football Player of the Week, as voted on by fans and followers on sacbee.com.
"I'm just so excited, so proud of what we did and what I did," Richards said after the game, all grins and soaked from a night of rain.
Richards entered with 65 rushing yards on the season and no scores. Lang is expected back tonight against St. Mary's of Stockton, but Richards will be a factor. Someway, somehow.
- Joe Davidson