December 3, 2014 Louisville, KY (Analyzed Sports)
The Biggest Part of The Male Bulldogs
The Male Bulldogs ended their season a couple of weeks ago after a heartbreaking overtime loss against the Trinity Shamrocks. The Final score of the game on November 14th was 38-31 Trinity after Overtime, causing the Bulldogs to be eliminated in the 2nd round of the Class 6A Russell Athletic/KHSAA Commonwealth Gridiron Bowl Playoffs. Still Male finished the year with an undefeated regular season and Champs of the Class 6A District 4.
While players on offense like starting quarterback Davis Mattingly, starting running back Ellis Cain, and receivers Keron Wakefield and Zackery Smith received a lot of the attention, the biggest part of the Male Bulldogs offense was offensive tackle Isaiah Arnold. Isaiah, who is also known as “Big Zay”, stands at 6 ft. 4 and weighs nearly 360 lbs. He is a force to be reckoned with for opposing defenders and it showed as he was named to the KHSAA Super District Offensive Team. The good thing for Isaiah Arnold and the Bulldogs is that he is only a junior, so Analyzed Sports talked with him discuss his future with the Bulldogs.
Analyzed Sports: What was the key to the team going undefeated in the regular season?
Isaiah: I think the key to the team going undefeated was staying humble and hungry since we fell short last year.
Analyzed Sports: How did it feel to be named to the Super District Offensive First Team?
Isaiah: It felt good to have my hard work recognized, it made me really happy.
Analyzed Sports: What are your plans during the off-season?
Isaiah: I plan on working out with my trainers, going to camps, and working hard with my teammates over the off-season.
Analyzed Sports: A lot of people underestimate the offensive tackle position but how do you feel about your role on the team?
Isaiah: I feel I have one of the most important jobs as an offensive tackle. If I let up a sack then the whole play is busted, nothing works without the lineman.
Analyzed Sports: Male will lose a great senior class, with that said what does the team need to do to have an even better season next year?
Isaiah: Next year we need to have the mindset that we haven’t done anything good ever, as if we are the underdogs. Staying humble and dissatisfied about the lost to Trinity will help us do great things next year.
Isaiah Arnold has a chance to be one of the best offensive linemen to come out of the city of Louisville. He already has the desire to be great and has gained notoriety from scouts in the state. Arnold doesn’t allow opponents to get to the quarterback in pass protection, as he was part of an offensive line that didn’t give defenders a single sack against them. Still Arnold will have to keep continuing to develop on his game and being more involved as a leader, especially if Male is going to be even close to the team they were this season.