by Martin Barrett
Junior Receiver Adam Estrada has stepped up to take the pressure off National Recruit Marquawn McCraney. This season, Estrada has given the Pirate opponent’s defensive backs a real handful.
In the heartbreaking loss to Kennedy on September 9, Estrada led the team in receiving, with 5 catches totaling 104 yards, including a 53-yard touchdown strike to open the scoring for the Pirates.
Estrada has improved in every way this season as a player. He is faster and smarter on the field. The Junior says that it is due to a lot of hard work. According to Estrada, weight training and conditioning have been the backbone of his improvement. The coaches have worked hard with him.
“Adam is a guy who comes in every day and attacks our workouts and conditioning. He’s a guy who does what we ask him to do. He has been in the system for three years, so he is figuring out where he can pick and choose his spots to serve the team by getting open. It always makes it easier when you have a national recruit on the other side, but he has proven this season that he is a man that must be reckoned with also. He is clearly on the opposing team’s scouting report. He has put in the work to earn that respect. As his coach, I have 100% confidence he is going to get the job done no matter what,” said Receiver Coach TJ Jackson.
Estrada has definitely increased his speed. He joined the track team this past spring. Coach Jackson believes running track has helped him on the football field. “He is a 10.8 guy on the track, and he is translating that speed onto the field,” Jackson added.
In the game against the Interlake Saints, Estrada sped in for a timely interception. He also scored two touchdowns. One was an 18-yard reception, and another from the 8-yard line. He has drawn pressure off Marquawn McCraney and let the 4-star recruit have some breathing room to show his talent.