Early into Jacir Savoy’s junior football season, opponents might be learning something new about the West Catholic standout.
Perhaps the only thing harder than being tackled by him is trying to tackle the 5-foot-7, 170-pounder.
In a win against rival Conwell-Egan last week, Savoy, who earned second-team All-Catholic honors last season as a defensive back, rushed for 139 yards and four touchdowns on just 16 carries (8.7 per attempt).
That performance is why Savoy is my City Player of the Week for Week 4 (Catholic, Public, and Inter-Ac Leagues).
“Once I get the ball in my hands, I feel different,” the now-full-time running back said. “When I’m running, I just see six [points]. It’s like I zone out. I just see the touchdown.”
Last week, Savoy saw six — four times — and helped the Burrs (2-2) avenge last season’s loss to the Eagles (1-3). That loss also snapped West Catholic’s 43-game winning streak in Catholic League regular-season games (2006-15), according to TedSilary.com.
Despite it being his first time at defensive back, last year, Savoy earned a reputation as one of the PCL’s surest tacklers. He finished with 89 solo tackles and two interceptions.
This season, however, the speedster’s skill set is needed on offense.
“I like getting to the outside and I like making moves,” he said, smiling. “I like dancing, making people look silly, and I like scoring.”
Savoy is also used in the return game and as a slot receiver, similar to his favorite NFL player Tavon Austin, a 5-8, 179-pound receiver for the Los Angeles Rams.
Savoy’s preference is to play offense, but he said he’s up for whatever his coach, Brian Fluck, needs.
Next week, his versatile repertoire figures to be on display as the Burrs take on PCL Blue Division foe Lansdale Catholic.
College coaches have yet to make serious inquiries, Savoy said. But if they have questions about his size, he has the answers.
“Like they say,” he said, “don’t judge a book by its cover.”
Later, he added: “If you don’t believe me, you can come out and watch. I’m not going to let you down. Best believe I’m not going to let you down. I won’t let my family down. I’ll come out and ball and play my game. That’s all I want to do is play ball, just play ball.”
Five top performances
Ben Franklin senior quarterback Cameron Carter threw for 123 yards and three scores and rushed for 120 more yards with three more ground tallies in Franklin’s 62-0 win against Prep Charter.
Simon Gratz senior quarterback Amir Gillis threw for two touchdowns, returned a fumble for another score and also forced a fumble in Gratz’s come-from-behind victory against Frankford.
La Salle senior Octavious Carter rushed for 125 yards and three scores on just nine carries (14 yards per) in the Explorers’ rout of Archbishop Carroll.
Lansdale Catholic senior Matt Casee rushed for 183 yards and a score on 26 carries in the Crusaders’ narrow victory over Bonner-Prendie.
Archbishop Ryan quarterback Jahlil Sanders threw for 104 yards and a score and added 153 more yards and another TD on 16 carries in a rivalry win against Father Judge.