Louisville, KY November 19, 2014 (Analyzed Sports)
The Athletic Bruins Quarterback
The Bruins of Ballard High School got off to a slow start this season. They began the season with a 3-3 record, with their 3rd loss being an embarrassing 50-13 loss to the Male Bulldogs. However after the losing to Male, the Bruins turned their season completely around and that loss would be the final one of their season. The Bruins finished the regular season with a record of seven wins and three losses, they also went undefeated in the KHSAA 6A Football District 5. After the Male loss the Bruins offense averaged nearly 35 points per game, which some of that has to do with their starting quarterback Kenshawn Washington.
In the modern day era of football, the traditional pocket passing quarterback has been overshadowed by other quarterbacks who have the ability to run the football as well. Ballard’s Kenshawn Washington is definitely a running quarterback who possesses the strength and quickness of a halfback. Washington is a 6 ft. 4 220 lb quarterback, who could lead the Bruins to a state title. Analyzed Sports interviewed Washington to ask him a few questions about the Bruins season.
Analyzed Sports: What do you think the key was to the team turning this season around?
Washington: The key to turning the season around was playing as a team and not individuals. Once we found that out we have been on a roll ever since.
Analyzed Sports: What do you think you have improved on the most as a quarterback since the beginning of the season?
Washington: To me I have improved my way of thinking (decision-making). Instead of forcing a pass I have learned to pick up those yards with my feet.
Analyzed Sports: What will the team have to do to increase its chances of advancing to the next round?
Washington: To advance to the next round we just need to stay sound on both offense and defense.
Analyzed Sports: What has been the best part of playing high school football for the Ballard Bruins?
Washington: The best part of playing for Ballard is building lifetime friends and becoming a well nit team but I don’t really consider us a team, we’re more of a family
Analyzed Sports: What aspects of your game do you need to continue to work on to take it to the next level?
Washington: I need to work on my passing once I become a more efficient passer I will be even more dangerous to defend.
Washington also has been doing his share of work in the classroom, currently holding a GPA of 3.6. He will have to use that intelligence and his decision-making to help the Bruins advance even further into the 6A Russell Athletic/ KHSAA Common Wealth Gridiron Bowl Playoffs. The Bruins will be playing against the Butler Bears at Ballard this Friday at 7:30 pm. The game Friday will be the first meeting of the two teams this season.