Promising running back shows potential

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Promising running back shows potential

Jordan Mayer (number 17) runs the ball in a JV game against Green Run.

Jordan Mayer (number 17) runs the ball in a JV game against Green Run.

Jackson Ploeger

Jordan Mayer (number 17) runs the ball in a JV game against Green Run.

Jackson Ploeger

Jackson Ploeger

Jordan Mayer (number 17) runs the ball in a JV game against Green Run.

Alexis Cardenas, Staff Writer

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Jordan Mayer scored an impressive 25-yard touchdown in the final moments of the Bayside vs. Ocean Lakes game, stunning his fellow teammates.

The freshman was subbed in three minutes before the conclusion of the homecoming game. He took the field for the first time in a varsity game after completing an undefeated JV season with over 850 yards and five touchdowns. In just a few plays, he was able to run over 60 yards to score the final touchdown of the game with a concluding score of 48-10. 

“I felt accomplished, and the coaches and my teammates started going wild and jumping around,” said Jordan.

His passion for football began at five years old.

“Football was a way out of trouble for me at first, and now it’s a passion,” said Jordan. 

Since his career started, he worked to improve his speed and agility with running and weekly workouts. Jordan worked hard over the preseason to build up his strength in order to transition from middle school to high school ball. He knows the game just as well if not better than some of the upperclassmen.

“We used him a lot in in Varsity practice as a scout team [running back] to run our opponents plays and he always gave 100%,” said coach Joe Jones, “I believe Jordan has a great football future here at Ocean Lakes. I’m glad we have him.” 

He takes opportunities in practice getting reps with varsity very seriously and never hesitates to put all of his effort forward.

“Jordan is one of the toughest kids I’ve seen come through Ocean Lakes especially as a freshman,” said left guard Dawson Cox. “I can tell you he will be making a very strong impact on our team within the next few years.” 

Even during rough practices, many say he is very positive and wears a smile on his face. 

“I try to model for my teammates by pushing limits and always trying to improve,” said Jordan.