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Anthony Rogers embracing new role at Pike Road

Story by Kamarri Darrington | CAScoreboard Writers Club

Photos by Thomas Stabler | CAScoreboard Photographer

PIKE ROAD – There’s no question who gets the ball in big moments for Pike Road this season.

After backing up running back Quinshon Judkins for the Class 5A state champions last season, sophomore back Anthony Rogers is now the big man on campus.

A few changes were made in the offseason. 

First, a new head coach in Ed Rigby. Second, there was a switch to the wing-T offense. Finally, Rogers switched numbers from No. 10 to No. 21. The reason?

“It’s a number I’ve been rocking since I started playing,” Rogers said. “Last year, I couldn’t pick the number because I was a freshman and we didn’t get first choice. No. 21 was already taken. I made sure I went back to my old number for this season.”

Last season, Rogers rushed for 1,139 yards and 18 touchdowns, caught 15 passes for 401 yards and six touchdowns, and had four kickoff return touchdowns. Rogers finished with 2,171 all-purpose yards and was a ASWA All-State Second Team selection. 

A couple of SEC schools have taken notice as Rogers has offers from Alabama and Georgia. 

“At first, I didn’t know I was going to be this good,” Rogers said. “It took me a few snaps to get adjusted, but now it’s just become normal to me. It’s been a big challenge, but it’s all up from here.”

In the final minute of Pike Road’s region opener with Wetumpka, the Patriots trailed 33-29 after giving up a 15-point lead. The Patriots lined up at their own 28-yard line, and everyone in the stadium knew who would be getting the ball.

It didn’t matter. 

After Rogers completed the 78-yard catch-and-run to the house, Pike Road took a 35-33 lead and eventually sealed its first win of the season.

“We called the same exact play, but to another player in Jordan King,” Rigby said. “Jordan switched it with Rogers and told him to run it. Once Rogers made the curve, I knew it was over. We’ve got one of the fastest dudes in the state of Alabama. You’re not catching him.”

Rogers finished his big night against Wetumpka with over 400 all-purpose yards in a win Pike Road desperately needed after an 0-2 start.

Just another night at the office for Pike Road’s rising star.

Thursday, Rogers will lead the Patriots into Montgomery’s Cramton Bowl to face Sidney Lanier. The Poets (1-1) took a 22-6 loss to Jeff Davis last Saturday.

“Coming back was nothing new to us,” Rogers said. “We were able to fight back. We haven’t scored first this year, so we know how to face adversity. This time, we got the W.”

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