Coalfield Sports Week 1 DPOTW: Ridgeview’s Alijah Sproles

Ridgeview’s Alijah Sproles tackles Grundy’s Gabe Fiser (photo courtesy of Melissa Adams.

Alijah Sproles of Ridgeview had a game to remember against the Grundy Golden Wave in week one.  The junior linebacker had six tackles, five for a loss, and one sack in Ridgeview’s opening week win.

The outstanding performance did not go without notice as Sproles was voted the inaugural Defensive Player of the Week.

Sproles has the expression. “Give everything, earn everything,” written on his cleats, an expression not lost with his performance on field performance.  “I give my all every snap I’m on the field,” said Sproles.  “Playing middle linebacker is a dirty job. It takes a mean young man to play the position.”

Ridgeview’s Alijah Sproles

How does it feel to strap on the pads and lace up the cleats every Friday night for Dickenson County’s team?  “It’s an honor to step out on the field every Friday night. I take advantage of every minute I get playing the greatest sport ever created,” answered Sproles.

Sproles was jubilant to learn that he had won the vote.

“It feels pretty great!  It’s an honor to be supported by so many people around Dickenson County,” said Sproles.

By being named a player of the week, Sproles is qualified to be on the ballot for defensive player of the year at season’s end.  Upon learning this information, Sproles is up to the challenge to continue to work harder and continue to improve.  “It makes me want to push myself that much more, and strive harder each day at practice to be the best player I can be,” Sproles explained.

Alijah, coupled with his brother McKenzie, have been affectionately labeled “Legion of Boom” on social media.  Although stats from Friday night’s game with Shelby Valley, Kentucky were not immediately available, Alijah continued to create chaos on the gridiron.

A video from the Grundy performance is linked below.


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