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|Spires eager for spring football drills|
Ever since the 2007 football season ended abruptly with a playoff loss to Copiah Academy, Allen Spires has been working toward the fall 2008 campaign. He is also getting ready for spring drills to start in two weeks.
Spires plays for Prairie View Academy in Bastrop.
He was one of the leading rushers in the Mississippi Private School Association league with over 2,000 yards.
Though he attends school in Bastrop, Spires has a close relationship with his grandfather, Sam Rubin of Monroe.
"He comes to every game," Spires said. "He even rides the bus with us. He doesn't miss a snap."
"He even comes up to watch the practices," Spires continued. "It gives him something to do."
"He's semiretired now," he added.
Spires broke his collarbone with four games remaining in the 2006 season and bounced back in a big way.
For the record in 2007, Spires had 2,006 yards rushing on 223 carries, scored 20 touchdowns and had a 9.0 yard per carry average.
He was a first team choice on All-District 3-2A and was the Offensive Most Valuable Player of the MPSA All-NELA team.
The 5-10, 150-lb. junior plays on both sides of the ball.
On defense he had 18 tackles, including three tackles for a loss and three interceptions.
"He broke a 40-yard run and beat us 12-7 in the last minute of play," said River Oaks coach Robert Hannah. The Mustangs played Prairie View in othe last games of the season.
"He's a great athlete. He's quick, he has good balance," Hannah said.
"He's well-balanced and he has great vision," said Prairie View coach Mark Hinton. "He goes both ways for us. He does a good job as cornerback. He has great vision down the field as a running back."
Spring drills are scheduled to start May 1 and Hinton said Spires would be ready.
Hinton said so far two schools have been looking at Spires: Southern Miss and South Arkansas.
Spires also plays baseball for Prairie View and runs track.
He's currently hitting over .400 and he also has 11 stolen bases.
"He's just a real good kid," Hinton said. "Every time he touches the football he runs just as hard as he can."
Prairie View finished the season 9-3. They were runner-up in their district.
"If someone offers me a scholarship I'll consider it," Spires said. "Right now I'm playing baseball and as soon as baseball is done we'll start spring drills. We lift weights and have agility drills during our p physical education class. I look forward to the spring drills."
Even though he plays in school in Bastrop, Spires does have a Monroe connection. Sam Rubin is his grandfather.
"He comes to every game," Spires said. "He even rides the bus with us. He doesn't miss a snap. He even comes up to watch the practices. It gives him something to do. He's semiretired now."