SNEADS, Fla- Sneads Junior running back Tre Keys is one of the top rushers in the state through 6 games, and he's got some lofty goals for the rest of the year.
Tre Keys knows how to run the football. Through the first five games of this, his junior season, Keys rushed for nearly 1,098 yards on just 107 carries. That's an average of 10.2 yards per carry. He's also scored 16 touchdowns this year.
"Things are working out for him," Sneads Head Coach Don Dowling said. "He's seeing the hole, and the holes are opening up for him and he's able to get through them. Once he gets out there he's got a good burst of speed."
Keys has been running the ball since he can remember and he credits his dad with giving him the idea that led to his running style.
"He used to always make me get on the computer and look up running backs just to get better," Keys said. "Barry Sanders was the most favorite one that I liked. I look up to him and try to use his running style when I run. I try to jab step, hit the whole hard, and bounce and stuff."
Keys wears number 20 just like his favorite back, and every Friday night he tries to do that number proud. Even though he makes some great plays in the open field, Keys knows he isn't racking up this yards on his own.
"I couldn't ask for a better line. They get the job done. They go where they're supposed to go. And they give me a big hole to run through. I give most of the credit to them, because it it wasn't for them I wouldn't be nothing without them," Keys added.
Along with their team goals the Pirates also have a goal to get Tre Keys over the two thousand yard mark.
1,200 yards down, 800 more to go.
In a loss to Blountstown in Sneads' last game Keys was held to just 78 yards rushing after averaging 219 yards a game during the first five games of the year. The Pirates will be back in action this week against Baker at home Friday Night.
In a loss to Blountstown last week Keys was held to just 80 yards rushing, so his season total is 1,180 yards. Arnold's Andre Allen leads the state with 1,227 yards rushing. Wewahitchka's Theryl Brown is 4th with 1,162 yards.