DeJhon Edwards goes to the barber every two weeks or so and has something shaved into his head.
It was the Mountain Pointe Pride logo a few weeks ago, and now it is “It’s go time.”
“I kind of get ideas in my head and I put it on paper,” Edwards said. “It takes about 45 minutes, but it is worth it.”
The Mountain Pointe senior already knows what he wants carved into the side of his head a month from now.
“A trophy,” he said.
It would be about the time the Pride, should they still be alive in the postseason, would be preparing for the state title game. Mountain Pointe (8-1) enters the final week of the regular season as the top seed in Division I with a road game at Westwood (1-8) on Friday.
While the Pride is hardly guaranteed to still be playing the last weekend in November, it takes players like Edwards to get there.
The 6-foot, 168-pounder is one of the better athletes on the team but doesn’t get the ball all that often because of superstars like Garette Craig, Jalen Brown and Thomas Warren.
Edwards, along with players like Kyle Spight, David Jakpor and others, define a team because they are able to put aside personal goals for the bigger picture. They treat every play as if it is the one that is going to win the game even though some of the other players are probably going to be more visible.
“He’s not our first option obviously, but when he gets the ball in his hands he can do some things,” Pride coach Norris Vaughan said. “He’s come along way.”
Edwards admits he’d like the ball more, but who doesn’t? What he does do, is run each play like he is getting the ball. As the Z, which is a hybrid position in the Pride offense, he is called on to do a little bit of everything.
“We ask him to run, catch and block,” Vaughan said. “He’s a kid who never played football until high school. He’s learned a lot and improved every year.”
Edwards, who had the game-winning catch for the Pride in the overtime win over Chandler, said he understands his role and does whatever he can to help.
“Winning is more important than stats,” he said. “It’s a team game. It’s a big turnaround from last year and everything has been pretty good this year.”
Edwards has 11 rushes for 59 yards and a touchdown, and ranks third on the team with nine catches for 124 yards and a touchdown on the year.
He knows he could probably play a bigger role on many of the other teams in the East Valley, but wouldn’t trade it for what Mountain Pointe has brewing his final year of high school.
“I do feel if I played somewhere else I could get (the ball more), but I wouldn’t have the love or family we have here,” Edwards said. “We are having a special season and I am doing everything I can to help us win.”
A win this week over Westwood most likely sets Mountain Pointe up for two home playoff games. It’s the perfect scenario for any senior.
“We are trying to get that No. 1 seed so we can play at home,” he said. “If we get it then we have a better chance of winning and that’s all that matters right now.”
If nothing else, it might give him an idea for his next hair design:
“Home sweet home.”
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