By Mark Maxwell
As the IHSA football playoffs are in full swing, teams are leaning on their big time players more than ever to show up big. Vashon Nutt did just that.
Nutt, senior running back from Homewood-Flossmoor, served as a one-man wrecking crew on Friday night as he scored four touchdowns and racked up 222 yards in his team's 49-14 win. Nutt’s offensive outburst was a key factor as the Vikings sent the Sandburg Eagles home for the season.
“I think I'm just plain fast,” said Nutt. “We take a lot of time putting in the schemes and executing them the best we can. I just play fast and have the mentality of getting into the end zone. We got one goal in mind and that is a state championship.”
Vikings’ coach Craig Buzea welcomed the offensive infusion to his locker room two years ago when Nutt relocated from California. The balanced runner relies on timing, blocking and his knowledge of the scheme to spring free for big gains.
“He came here from California two years ago. Last year was his first year with us and he played a key role,” said Buzea. “This year is obviously bigger with the type of offense we're running. We've got a little bit of a single wing thing going. He's our quarterback for that, which is sort of unknown now. He has stepped up and taken that role. He's done a great job despite the cold weather and all that. We always give him a hard time but the California kid has come through and he has been a great representative not only of our football program but our school as well. I think everybody should be proud of him.”