Reeds Spring football

Reeds Spring's Seth Stamps and the Wolves are at Hollister on Friday.

REEDS SPRING — Seth Stamps enters Reeds Spring’s Week Six trip to Hollister having not cracked the 100-yard rushing mark for the season, much less a game.

Stamps’ rushing totals through five games include 14 carries for 73 yards, to go along with four receptions for 80 yards and a pair of touchdowns. He has five TDs overall.

The starting halfback is off his pace from a year ago, when he carried the ball 53 times for 472 yards and five touchdowns.

Of course, Stamps knew this was about what he signed up for in the Wolves’ veer option offense in which the fullback is the feature back.

“We’re not usual, I guess you could say, with a stereotypical halfback,” Stamps said. “We block a lot more. We’re going to block for (the quarterback and fullback) and they’re going to block for us.

"I think my blocking is coming along good. Our running game has been great.”

Entering Friday’s game, Reeds Spring’s top four rushers all are averaging at least five yards a carry. Fullback Kelly Newton tops the group with 70 carries for 710 yards (10.1 avg.), quarterback Blake Gronvold has 47 carries for 235 yards (5.0 avg.), halfback Austin Staugaard has 17 carries for 128 yards (7.5 avg.) and Stamps is averaging 5.2 yards a carry.

Reeds Spring’s ‘backs have begun holding onto the ball better in recent weeks, after the Wolves were guilty of four turnovers in both Weeks One and Two.

Spreading the wealth has allowed Stamps to stay relatively fresh while starting on both sides of the ball. As a defensive back, he is second on the Wolves prior to Friday with 27.5 tackles. He had 27 solo stops.

Stamps produced two tackles for a loss in last week’s rout of Springfield Central.

He enjoys being on the field the great majority of the time.

“It’s fun to bond with everybody,” Stamps said. “We have a great atmosphere on both sides of the ball. We all like to go hard and get things done.”

Both of Stamps’ touchdown catches from Gronvold came versus Central.

“It was awesome getting to the end zone with all my brothers cheering me on,” he said. “That’s the best part of it all, everybody being there with me.”

 Gronvold has three scoring strikes overall. The junior southpaw brings a .611 completion percentage to Hollister.

“Blake is doing amazing,” Stamps said. “I give a lot of credit to him. He has to remember a lot and we’ve put in new plays. We’re feeling comfortable passing the ball now that he has experience.”

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