Mitchell Kamm is in his first season with the Bethlehem Christian Academy football team, but he has already made a huge impact.
Through six games this season, the senior has rushed for more than 1,000 yards on just 99 carries. In addition to his 10-yard per carry average, Kamm has been a player who rarely comes off the field for BCA coach Lance Fendley. The senior is a standout on defense and special teams as well.
“He is a super kid,” Fendley said. “He is a product of hard work. He busts his tail in the weight room and the classroom and is a true leader for this team.”
In Friday’s region win against John Hancock Academy, Kamm rushed for 221 yards on 16 carries with three touchdowns.
“Not too many people rush for 1,000 yards in a season,” his coach said. “To already have done it in six games is really an accomplishment.”
Kamm has become the first 1,000-yard rusher in BCA football history. Barring injury, Kamm has a chance to establish a school record that will be tough to break.
“It is going to be tough for anyone to surpass what he is capable of doing by the time the season is over,” Fendley said.
Despite being in his first season with the BCA football program, Kamm immediately made an impression on his teammates and coaches.
Fendley said back during summer workouts that his new player was making a strong impression with his work ethic and that he believed the senior would have a true standout year on the football field.
During the team’s first game of the 2013 season, Kamm was pressed into service at quarteback after starter Dakota Parten was injured.
It was a tough spot to step into, but Kamm made the most of the opportunity.
This week the BCA Knights will face one of its toughest region foes when they host Curtis Baptist. The Crusaders have already defeated Frederica Academy, last year’s state champion. BCA was defeated in a lopsided loss in 2012 to the Crusaders and are looking to be more competitive this time when the teams clash.
“It’s going to take a big effort from Mitchell and everyone on our team,” Fendley said. “Our players have to play well and our coaches have to have a good game as well in putting our players in the right position to make plays. It’s going to be a challenge, but one we are looking forward to. In football, you want to go against the best competition and see where you are at.”
Standout players often have standout performances in games like this. Kamm has already shown what he is capable of doing on the football field.
It could very easily take his performance to another level this Friday. If so, it would add to an already impressive resume for the first-year player for the BCA football team.
Chris Bridges is sports editor of the Barrow Journal. Send comments about this column to him at firstname.lastname@example.org.