A dangerous combination of power, speed and vision make Ridge Spring-Monetta High School’s Travious Wigfall a difficult matchup for anybody. The Dixie Hornets found that out the hard way Friday night, as Wigfall erupted for 129 rushing yards and scored a pair of touchdowns in the Trojans’ 24-0 road victory.
“He’s one of those guys that’s big enough to run through people,” Trojans head coach Heath Corley said of his senior. “But when he breaks away, you’re not going to catch him. He’s a big bonus for us, as versatile as he is.”
Wigfall led the charge in RS-M’s powerful rushing attack, which totaled 331 yards against Dixie. His 129 yards came on just 10 carries and included a touchdown run. Wigfall’s vision as a runner enables him to pick his spots, which has helped him post some gaudy statistics through Week Two; his totals so far (28 carries for 293 yards and two touchdowns) place him near the top of the area’s leading rushers.
“It’s the same thing we always get with Travious,” Corley said. “It’s always maximum effort. He understands the blocking scheme up front, so that helps him from a running back standpoint.”
Wigfall also showed his versatility by recording a 67-yard receiving touchdown. He caught a short pass, estimated by Corley to be about 12 or 13 yards, from quarterback Reggie Preston and outran the defense for the score.
“I caught it over somebody and just ran the rest of the way,” Wigfall said of his third receiving touchdown of the season. “I tried not to get caught.”
According to Corley, Wigfall presented a matchup problem on the play because a linebacker was on him in man coverage. His ability to also catch passes out of the backfield makes him a valuable asset to the RS-M offense, and his receiving stats are also among the area’s best at this point in the season.
“We can pick and choose where we put him, so that’s big for us with the matchups defensively that we want,” said Corley. “There’s very few linebackers or safeties that are going to be able to cover him, so we’re pretty blessed there.”
While few defensive players can match up with Wigfall one-on-one, the Trojans also benefit from his ability to keep opposing receivers in check when he plays in the secondary. Corley started him at weakside linebacker to begin the year before moving him to the defensive backfield out of necessity. Wigfall had prior experience in the position and has excelled in that role, too.
“The goal is just to help out the team as much as I can and get victories each week,” Wigfall said. “I just try to do anything I can.”
Wigfall filled up the defensive side of the stat sheet as well, breaking up multiple passes and recording tackles. For him, though, the biggest number was the one on the scoreboard at the end of the game. The 24-0 victory allowed RS-M to get back into the win column after a difficult defeat at the hands of Saluda.
“It felt pretty good to get back on top and come out with the win,” he said.
“Emotionally, it was huge. I was worried how we were going to come out, since we exerted so much energy against Saluda the week before,” Corley added. “The kids came out and, for the first half, kind of dominated the game.”
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