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duPont Manual rising above, playing championship caliber football; Photo: Scott Utterback/Courier Journal

’26 RB and his team are performing ‘out of this world’

Gerian Traynor is a 5’11,” 155-pound sophomore (’26) running back performing spectacularly for a team which knows a little something about dealing with adversity. Still, the Crimsons sit 5-0, with quality wins over Central Hardin, South Warren, and Taft High School (OH) and with a pivotal, upcoming matchup with Christian Academy-Louisville (CAL). Tryanor gained 157-yards and scored three (3) rushing TD’s Friday night in its winner over one of the premier, 5A programs in Kentucky. Truth is, he’s been doing it all year.

HB Lyon, Scouting Director, KPGFootball

This article isn’t about Coach Stoner and the indictment with which he is dealing. We wish him the best and caution against rushing to judgment until Coach Stoner has had his constitutionally protected opportunity to address the pending charges.

This article is about a football team which is dealing with adversity. This article is about a football RB who is rising above the off-field issues.

Traynor

This article is about a team sitting at 5-0, thanks in large part to its plucky, slightly undersized, sophomore running back who has all the heart, courage, and talent one would ever hope to be possessed by any young person his age. This article is about ’26 RB Gerian Traynor.

One of our favorite all-time poets around the office, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, wrote a poem entitled, The Rainy Day. Some of the stanzas in particular, and the entire poem as a whole, seem apropos to the present situation we are describing today.

In that poem Longfellow famously penned,…

Be still, sad heart! and cease repining;
Behind the clouds is the sun still shining;
Thy fate is the common fate of all,
Into each life some rain must fall,
Some days must be dark and dreary.

Emphasis added.

The point here is an important one. It is common to all of us to encounter some rain in our lives. Our athletic lives will prove no different.

The Crimsons might tell you its program is presently encountering its fair share. We are sure there have been times the clouds have seemed dark and unyielding.

Into each life some rain must fall,/Some days must be dark and dreary

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Still, the boys have overcome. The boys have flourished. The boys are on track and winning.

Traynor is rising. Friday night, the diminutive (5’11,” 155-pounds) back gained 157-yards rushing and scored three (3) TD’s in duPont Manual’s 38-35 win over South Warren. Traynor led his team in scoring on a night the Crimsons would need every one of his 18-points.

Looking at the season, as a whole, with the Crimsons sitting 5-0, Traynor has been “doing his thing” all year. Traynor has gained 491-yards rushing in five (5)-games, scored eight (8) rushing TD’s, and has led his team scoring 9.6 points per outing.

The Crimsons have a real challenge this coming Friday. They will travel, cross-town, to play one of Kentucky’s very top teams regardless of that team’s being classified as “3A.”

CAL is 4-1. Its only blemish was 14-12 cliffhanger it dropped to Lexington Christian-Academy. CAL has beaten Owensboro (5A), Ryle (6A), North Hardin (6A), and a tough 6A, Indiana opponent in New Albany High.

If you think it will “shake up” CAL to have to play 6A duPont Manual, you better rethink it

Author’s editorial commentary

If you think it will “shake up” CAL to have to play 6A duPont Manual, you better rethink it. If you think the Crimsons will be “shaken up” by the hostile environment awaiting them on CAL’s campus, you might rethink that too.

Heck, for all the Crimson care, it might as well rain. They seem to perform very well dealing with that particular element.

This is Fletcher W. Long, reporting for KPGFootball, reminding you to PLAY THROUGH THE WHISTLE!

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