Before the season started, Sioux City East head coach Bob Goodvin called Ronald Nash the best wide receiver in Iowa. But after Nash's senior year was slowed by an injury, he's off and running again, along with classmate Ronald Carter, who's the states tenth leading rusher in Class 4A.
Carter and Nash don't just share a first name. They also share a play making ability that has propelled the Black Raiders to a 4-1 start and a number-9 ranking in class 4A.
"Success is great, especially with all the adversity that we've gone through," says Nash. "It's great to succeed as a team after putting in all that work in the offseason. It's a great bond that we've built together and it's nice to see us get rewarded for it."
Carter has helped carry the Black Raiders to victories behind his 10 touchdowns and 8.7 yards per carry average, and believes he has shown significant improvements from his junior year.
"I think I'm a lot faster than last year," says Carter. "I think velocity helped a lot. I'm just quicker than last year and that really helps."
Meanwhile, Nash had to watch Carter from the sidelines for three of East's games after spraining his knee in the season opener against Heelan.
"Sitting out as a senior just kind of hurts your heart," said Nash. "Seeing your teammates out there, the ones you worked with all summer, it just kind of breaks your heart."
But now Nash is back, and made his return last week by returning the opening kickoff 92 yards in a 68-0 win over Council Bluffs T-J.
"My playing style has just gotten a lot faster, and I've just been able to make some more plays in the open field and my blocking has improved a lot," says Nash.
Carter and Nash already provide much of the Black Raiders' offensive production. But with talented quarterback Greg Kirwan sidelined for the season with a knee injury, it will land on the senior duo to pick up the slack.
"That just makes us want to play harder," says Carter. "You can't really replace Greg, but it helps us to just play harder for him."
"We just need to step up, be senior leaders, make plays, and do what we've been taught to do on a daily basis," adds Nash.
With a big matchup against #8 Indianola looming on Friday, East's Ronalds will look to continue to make plays the way they have through five games.
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