GREENWOOD, SC – Emerald Vikings running back Osharmar Abercrombie admittedly said that he put a large amount of pressure on himself leading into the 2012 season. A four year starter, Abercrombie posted 20 touchdowns as a junior. The star running back expected touchdowns again in 2012.
On every carry.
“In the beginning of the year, I would try and break one every time I touched it,” Abercrombie said.
Abercrombie explained that a conversation with Emerald Head Coach Tim McMahon prior to a week six win against Walhalla turned things around.
“I told him that it looked like he was trying to score a touchdown every time he touched it, which was not realistic,” McMahon said. “Oshie (Abercrombie) put a lot of pressure on himself and I think felt like he had to carry us, which was unfair to him. I just told him he needs to simplify things and worry about the man in front of him on each play.”
That conversation has led to two consecutive monster performances for the senior ball carrier, who racked up 149 yards and three touchdowns against Walhalla, followed by a 333 yard, seven touchdown performance in the Vikings 62-59 win over Seneca.
“Instead of trying to break one every time, I’ve just been focusing on the guy in front of me,” Abercrombie. “After I figure out what I’m going to do to get past that guy, I move on to the next one.”
McMahon explained that Abercrombie’s outburst against Seneca was very telling of his determination as a player.
“It was definitely a great performance,” McMahon said. “Toward the end of the game, he (Abercrombie) was kind of starting to run out of gas, but he kept finding ways to find the end zone. That’s not only telling of his great talent as a player, but also how determined of an individual he is.”
Abercrombie’s continued new approach will be essential as the Vikings hope to move to 4-1 in Region play, as they face Daniel on Friday.
“We just need to keep doing what we are doing,” Abercrombie said. “Just keep working hard in practice, worrying about one game at a time, one play at a time. Just worry about one thing at a time.”