Tilghman's McEwen excelling on both ends
by Mike Stunson
The Paducah Sun
October 8, 2015
Used with permission
Whether it be on the offensive end or the defense end, Paducah Tilghman's Sayveon McEwen did a lot despite barely getting his hands on the ball last Friday in the Blue Tornado's game against Trigg Country.
With Tilghman looking for a bounce-back win following its district loss to Caldwell County the previous week, McEwen needed only five rushes to go off for 142 yards and four touchdowns.
His impact on the defensive side of the ball didn't show for McEwen on the stat sheet. In the 50-0 win, he didn't allow any catches to Trigg's top receiver, Reggie Radford, while adding a sack out of the secondary. His all-around effort led the way to him winning the Paducah Sun Player of the Week.
It was the touchdowns that got the offense going, but McEwen said he takes more pride in his defense.
"Defense wins games and it sets the tone for my offense," he said. "I go in every week with the same mindset, and that's 'no fly zone.' I don't want anyone to catch the ball on me."
With Tilghman without its quarterback, Jesse Dunigan, due to a shoulder injury, McEwen knew he would have more responsibilities than normal.
New Tornado quarterback Dalton Ferrell only threw three passes, and with the big lead his running backs helped give him in the first quarter, he didn't need to throw anymore. McEwen ran for all four of his touchdowns in the first quarter.
"We have been trying to work Dalton in there but it's a lot of pressure for him to be in that situation, so of course everyone had to step up," McEwen said.
The do-it-all senior has a team-high 12 touchdowns on the year while being a lockdown defender out of the secondary after making it on the All-Purchase Team as a defensive back last season.
But in switching from wide receiver to wing back this year, McEwen has had to face a new challenge in learning a new style of Mike Rogers' Wing-T offense for his senior year.