Gamers of the Week

Freshman Robert T. Alexander of St. Albans High School.

Robert T. Alexander is Gamer of the Week

Teays Physical Therapy Center, Inc. & the Putnam Herald are pleased to present this week’s male Gamer of the Week to Freshman Robert T. Alexander of St. Albans High School.

By Marcus Reynolds PT, DPT, CSCS

The St. Albans High School Red Dragons football team won a tug of war battle against the Ripley Vikings 37-34 in MSAC play. In front of a home crowd on homecoming night, the Dragons were victorious and improved their record to 2-2 on the year. One standout player that led the air-attack for the Dragons was freshman quarterback Robert ‘’R.T.’’ Alexander. Alexander torched the Vikings with 17-22 passing, 278 passing yards, and three touchdowns. The Dragons were efficient on the offensive and had just enough left in the bag on defense to stop Ripley from upsetting the Dragons on homecoming night.

When asked about who motivates him R.T. said, ”My father is the person who has motivated me throughout my life in sports. He made it to the NFL and he knows what it takes to get there. He has instilled mental strength and work ethic in me that I hope will lead me to the same heights he was able to reach.” When asked about his personal goals for the season R.T. replied, ‘’I’d like to throw for 2,000 passing yards and 30 touchdowns, but I’ve realized I have to put my personal goals aside for the betterment of the team. As the season has progressed I have decided that making the playoffs is my main goal. I believe if we can cut down on mistakes and keep our nose to the grindstone in practice, we can get there.’’ 

The Red Dragons football team’s confidence is soaring as they get into the meat of a challenging MSAC conference schedule. When head football coach Scott Tinsley was asked about his team’s play this year he replied, ‘‘Last game we showed a lot of determination and grit to pull out the win versus Ripley. Two things we have to improve upon is cutting down on self-penalties and stopping the run on defense. We can’t just give our opponents free yards if we expect to win games. We are playing a lot of young players on both sides of the ball that are out of position and making silly mistakes. I believe if we can improve upon these two areas we will be a tough team to beat.’’ When asked about his star quarterback’s play this year Coach Tinsley said, “R.T. is an amazing athlete as a freshman, and is adjusting well to the speed of the game on the high school level. He has grown quickly since coming from a run-heavy offense in middle school. He’s a very smart young man and he knows the offense inside and out. R.T. has a bright future here at St. Albans and we look forward to him leading our offense for the next three years.” Coach Tinsley and the Red Dragons aim to scorch their opponents during MSAC play and make their way into the playoffs by seasons end.

R.T. currently has a 3.8 GPA and is the son of former Mountaineer and NFL running back Robert Alexander and Rebecca Alexander. RT plans to also play for the reigning state champion St. Albans baseball team later in the spring. R.T. says he would like to continue playing football at the collegiate level at Alabama University but is unsure what his field of study will be.

Please look for other local high school athletes to be named in next week’s Male Gamer of the Week Sponsored by Teays Physical Therapy Center, Inc. & The Putnam Herald.

Marcus Reynolds PT, DPT, CSCS is a Doctor of Physical Therapy at the Teays Physical Therapy Center and assists with the Potential Plus Program.