‘Confidence’ aids Kinsaul

Published 12:02 am Wednesday, September 3, 2014

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Straughn senior quarterback Rollin Kinsaul accounted for four touchdowns Friday night. | Josh Dutton/Star-News

Straughn senior quarterback Rollin Kinsaul added one essential ingredient to his victory pot on Friday night — confidence.

Kinsaul accounted for four Tigers’ touchdowns — three rushing and one passing — during his team’s 46-28 win over Opp to earn The Star-News’ Player of the Week honors.

“I played a little more confident,” Kinsaul said. “The rest of it was my team, of course. We had aggressive play calling and Daryl George had a good game. Him and Brice Scott nearly had 100 yards. They did a lot of the work, and the offensive line, no doubt, did well, too.”

On Straughn’s first offensive possession, Kinsaul connected with Scott in the end zone from 4 yards with 9:41 left in the first quarter to end a five-play drive.

That first drive helped set the tone for the rest of the game, despite it going back and forth for a while, the senior said.

Kinsaul added that as the game went along, his game, along with the defense, got better.

“Our defense, I feel, played a lot better in the second half,” he said. “We did give a late touchdown, but all together, we played a lot better than the week before (against Brantley).

“A lot of it was handling adversity,” he said. “We really focused on that the past couple of weeks. I really think we handled it well. We scored, and then they came back and scored.”

One of the things Kinsaul said he was most proud of didn’t include how he played.

“We really didn’t have a lot of chit chatter to each other and being negative,” he said. “That’s what I was most proud of — that we all had positive vibes the whole game.”

Kinsaul then added a 7-yard touchdown rush with 3:30 left in the first quarter, then a 2-yard scamper with 11:03 in the second and scored his last touchdown on the ground from 19 yards with 3:48 left in the third. His unofficial stat totals for the game included going 11-of-14 for 148 yards and a touchdown in the air, and 84 yards on 15 carries and three scores on the ground.

Straughn will travel to play St. James this week to start Class 4A, Region 2 play.

Kinsaul said it’s got to be a team effort on Friday night in order for the Tigers to come out with a win.

“Coming off of that rivalry win, we can’t focus on it because St. James is a team we have to focus on and play hard, and play a good game against to win,” he said.

Kinsaul is the son of Benjie and Jan Kinsaul of the Straughn Community.

-Zack Maio contributed to this report.