Sports

Player to watch: Hannibal's Damien French

By Mat Mikesell, Hannibal Courier-Post Sports Editor
Posted: Aug. 20, 2019 10:14 am

Damien French


School: Hannibal


Year: Junior


Position: Running back


Height: 6-2


Weight: 200


The stats: Ran for team-high 1,390 yards and 21 touchdowns on 186 carries. Averaged 7.4 yards per carry and 105.7 yards per game.


Why watch: French was a welcome surprise to the Pirates backfield last season that was needing someone to step up. French did that in the season opener by rushing for 75 yards and two touchdowns on 11 carries in the loss to Jefferson City Helias.


However, he won’t surprise anyone this season as he and Daylan Reading will split carries in the backfield. But French’s size and strength should allow him to shoulder the load for Hannibal this season.

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