D'IBERVILLE, MS (WLOX) - There's an 18 wheeler exploding through the running lanes for the D'Iberville Warriors. His name is Micah Bookerr, a 5-foot-7, 225 pound fullback.
Booke wears jersey number 18. That jersey is presented to a Warriors football player who displays a special character and dedication on and off the field. It was worn by the late Fred Dunbar who died on the football field on September 9, 2011.
Booker is proud to wear #18 and it was shining brightly on Friday. The 18 Wheeler ran over and through Biloxi defenders for 152 yards and two touchdowns in the Warriors 37-13 win.
Booker said, "I just run the ball hard. That's what coach really preaches to me everyday at practice. Just to run the ball hard. Try not to let everybody tackle you."
Coach Eric Collins wants to take full advantage of Booker's God-given talents.
"He's one of the bigger running backs around, "stated Collins. "He's our bell cow. He's the guy that we want to get the football to. He's a great kid, great character and those are the type of kids you want to have the ball in their hands."
The Warriors have two solid running backs in Ja'Quavis Foster and Kahlil McCray. Booker got his chance to carry the pigskin and responded in a big way on Friday. Now defensive teams must devise schemes to contain the "18 Wheeler."
Booker said, "Just to know that the other team sees me as a threat to their defense means that we're doing a good job on offense and that we're actually putting in work and practicing hard. We're getting better as a team and we'll continue to get better.
Coach Collins, Micah Booker and the Warriors go after another Region 4-6A victory Friday night at Ocean Springs.
Collins said, "Ocean Springs is certainly a good football team. They're fundamentally sound in all phases of the game. So, we're going to have to be at our very best to beat them."
The D'Iberville-Ocean Springs clash will be one of the featured games on the Friday Night Football Showdown.