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Roanoke Rapids Defensive Guard a Leader On and Off the Field

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ROANOKE RAPIDS — This week's winner of the Extra Effort Award is Roanoke Rapids senior defensive guard Brian Biggerstaff.

Biggerstaff loves to play football, and he loves to play for the 3-0 Yellow Jackets.

"I'll look back on this 20 years from now and this will be the highlight of my high school career probably, playing football. I will never forgot all of these people I've been playing with," he says.

Biggerstaff, an all-conference performer as a junior, anchors an offensive line that has opened up huge holes this season.

Coach Tim Bennett says Biggerstaff has made himself a player.

"What Brian brings to this team is great leadership, hard work. Every time this summer we had the weight room open, he was in there. He's really made himself a good football player by studying and working on his technique and fundamentals. You never hear anything out of Brian except he's going to give you great effort."

Biggerstaff, a B-plus student, also makes the extra effort in the classroom.

"He has so much perseverance. I think that's one of the things I like most about him," says teacher Cathy Aycock. "He does his homework, he's very polite. He listens to other students well and I've just seen that come out so much in class. It's nice to see that in a young man." Tom Suiter's Extra Effort Award airs each Wednesday during WRAL's 6:00 News.

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