COVINGTON, Ga. - Jerrol Hines had a feeling from the get-go that Friday night's season opener against crosstown rival Alcovy was going to be a special one - not just for the team, but for himself.
Newton routed its rival 45-0 last Friday in both teams' 2019 season opener. And while first-year head coach Camiel Grant, Jr. had no shortage of playmakers to heap praises upon last week, it was Hines, a senior, who supercharged the Rams' offense -- particularly in the first half -- in last week's game.
Hines had four catches for 104 yards. Two of those snags went for touchdowns in the first half. He tacked on a two-point conversion on the ground while also rushing for 21 yards on four carries.
It was a tone-setter for Newton's Game 1, if not for the season, and the all-around performance only seemed to cement Hines' all-encompassing role in the Rams' offense. It also netted him Covington News and Chick-fil-A Covington Player of the Week honors.
"I play every position," Hines said. "I'll go anywhere and line up on the field anywhere they want me to in order to help my team."
That's kind of been Hines' calling card throughout his high school career at Newton. And he doesn't mind foregoing "speciality" status to be sort of a wildcard type of player.
"My goals personally are really only to just help my team win," Hines said. "And I just want to be able to do whatever it takes to do that."