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BUFORD – Tonight at Indian Land High School’s Reservation marks the start of the end of a Buford High football legacy for a while.
When BHS senior running back Evan Flynn takes the field with his Jackets’ teammates to battle rival Indian Land High, it will mark the beginning of the end of the Flynn football family run at BHS.
It began with his uncle, Bo, and followed with his dad. Scott, and then another uncle, Stephen, and then his older brother, Gavin.
“It runs in the blood and makes me one of the last Flynns at Buford High for a while,” Evan Flynn said. “It makes me want to play harder and give it my best.”
Flynn has plenty of chances to give it his best shot.
In the Jackets’ new I-formation offense, he’s a running back, slot receiver and can handle the back-up quarterback duties when summoned.
On defense, he handles the outside linebacker chores. He’s also on all the Jackets’ special teams.
“He never leaves the field,” Buford High head coach Tripp Watts said.
“There’s two times I come off the field,” Flynn said. “That’s halftime and at the end of the game.”
Flynn welcomes the challenge.
“He’s a gamer and he wants the ball,” said Buford High School assistant coach Eric Funderburk, who also coaches Flynn in baseball. “He likes to be the center of attention and he likes to have the ball in his hand.
“It’s like that in football and baseball. No matter what the situation is on the field, Evan wants to compete and he won’t shy away.”
Flynn’s play last season was rewarded as he was named the Jackets’ Best Offensive Back and earned all-region honors.
“Evan wants the ball and he makes plays,” Watts said. “He plays hard and gets after it. He wants to help the team.”
This season, he’s boosting the Buford offense in a new attack, Watts’ I-formation instead of the Jackets’ old Wing-T.
“I like our new offense,” Flynn said. “The Wing-T worked and it was hard to stop, but this is something new and gives more people the opportunity to get the ball.”
Flynn likes having the ball.
“I like offense and I like running the football,” he said. “I like to get some touchdowns.”
Flynn is also looking forward to facing the rival Warriors.
“They’ve always been our rival and when we play them, we get pumped up,” Flynn said.
As the Flynn era winds down tonight, Watts is hoping others, especially younger players, take notice.
“Evan is one of those players who you want to mold your younger players after,” Watts said. “He’s one of those guys who gives it all he has all the time.”