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Lancaster High School senior defensive lineman Darius Truesdale knows only one way to play – hard.
The three-year starter in the Bruins’ defense is known for his consistent contribution to the LHS stop unit.
“It’s all about his hard work and dedication,” said LHS defensive coordinator Ricky Brown. “He’s a hard worker and has a desire to be good.
“It’s about his desire to play well,” Brown said. “He goes about his business and goes to work each day.”
Truesdale, a 5-11, 232-pounder, is coming off a stellar game in the Bruins’ loss to Region III-AAAA foe Northwestern, racking up 42 defensive points. Truesdale’s effort included 9.5 tackles with four unassisted tackles, a half sack and three first hits.
“He had a heck of a game last Friday night,” Brown said. “He actually help shut down Northwestern’s running game that night.”
The No. 1 Trojans were limited to 65 yards on the ground.
“He played well,” said LHS coach Bennie McMurray. “That’s typical of his style of play. Darius gives you all he’s got whether it’s in practice, or in the game. He’s going to give it the max out there.”
Truesdale ranks among the LHS defensive points leaders this season.
Earlier this season, he was saluted for his play, earning the Tri-County Football Coaches Association Division I Defensive Lineman of the Week for his play in the Bruins’ 19-7 road win over Central High School of Pageland in week three.
Truesdale posted 15 tackles, including two sacks, a tackle for loss, a solo tackle, three first hits and eight assists.
“Darius is a returning player on our defense and you expect veteran players to give you that kind of effort,” McMurray said. “He’s certainly getting the most out of his senior season.”
Truesdale said his defensive play comes natural.
“I like to hit people and pursue the football,” Truesdale said. “It’s intense and you can use your hands to throw people around. I’m undersized and I can use my speed to beat people off the ball.”
Truesdale noted he’s not happy with the Bruins’ 2-3 record, but he knows there’s plenty of football to be played.
“It can be better,” he said of the LHS season. “We have to keep playing hard and get more turnovers. When you get down, you just have to keep fighting and playing hard.”
Truesdale is confident about the Bruins in their game at 4-1 Nation Ford in Fort Mill tonight.
“The scheme we have set up is a good one,” he said. “We just need to execute it.
“We have to play every game like it’s the first week,” he said. “Every week is a new week.”
It doesn’t hurt having a seasoned player helping to make plays.
“He’s fun to coach,” Brown said. “Darius is all about total effort.”