CARTHAGE Carthage senior running back Wayne Timpson is proving that you can come home again.
After a spending his junior season last year with General Brown, Timpson returned to the Comets program in a big way with a stellar performance last weekend in the teams 34-13 road victory over Class A National foe Oswego. Timpson rushed for 206 yards and three touchdowns on 30 carries against the Buccaneers.
I just think that ultimately working hard at practice and we had a good week, Timpson said about his teams performance. As a team we came together, we did what we were told and it worked out in the end.
Timpson compiled 221 yards and three touchdowns on 44 carries with a touchdown reception in the 2011 season with the Lions. He was a member of Carthage in the 2010 season as a sophomore. Timpson said he is glad to be back in familiar territory, but that his time in Dexter was worthwhile.
I learned a lot at General Brown, said Timpson, who averaged 6.8 yards in the season opener against Oswego. But to come back to my home as a senior to play football its something to look forward to.
While some players have a period of adjustment, Carthage head coach Sam Millich said Timpson is handling the transition.
I think hes dealing very well with it, said Millich, entering his 13th year as head coach of the Comets.
Millich, who is 62-40 overall with the Comets, said the fact that Timpson was with the Carthage program two years ago has help ease him back into the system.
I think it has been easier, said Millich, who has guided the Comets to four straight season-opening wins. This is where he started as a sophomore on the varsity. I think that hes developed relationships over here, so I think there is a comfort zone for him.
Timpson also credited his previous time in Carthage in helping him be productive this early.
I know the offense and Im a little more comfortable in how we do things around here, Timpson said.
Millich said he appreciates his running backs dedication and what he brings to the squad.
He brings a level of hard work and work ethic, Millich said. Wayne has had to work very hard for everything hes got.
The Comets are trying to reach the Section 3 Class A playoffs for the first time since 2009. Millich said this years team has a great shot to get back to the postseason.
I absolutely think we can get back to the playoffs, Millich said. We got a real big test (tonight) at Whitesboro. We know that. We know whats at stake.
Timpson also believes that the Comets can get back to playing the playoffs.
Weve got a team full of guys that have an extremely high potential, Timpson said. We are a playoff caliber team.
Carthage faces an early test in their playoff quest on the road against perennial Section 3 Class A title contender Whitesboro at 7 p.m. Timpson knows that the Comets will have to come out strong.
Its going to be a big game for sure, he said. Weve prepared hard this week and Im sure Whitesboro has. Were just looking forward to going out there and playing our game and coming out with a W.