Rose leads NCA Generals in multiple sportsBy ROBBIE ROBERTSON,
Whether it’s football or baseball, there’s one thing for certain about Newton County Academy’s Braxton Rose.
He likes to hit and that’s one reason why Rose is the first member of the Newton County Appeal’s 2017 Elite 11.
Rose led a potent rushing attack for the Generals last year with 743 yards on 160 carries and nine touchdowns. He also had eight catches for 11 yards and three touchdowns. He was named the Generals’ Best Offensive Back and was an All-district selection.
“He ran the ball really hard for us last year,” NCA coach Rob Roberts said. “And he played really good defense. He plays linebacker for us and will be our captain on the field. He knows where everybody is supposed to be and will call the defense for us. He knows the game and studies it. He’s an outstanding ball player and will give you 100 percent. You know you can count on him. I imagine he’s going to get the ball a lot more this year, probably more than he wants.”
On defense, he was the Generals’ leader on the field, calling the defense from his middle linebacker position. He registered 64 tackles to lead the Generals and also had two interceptions. As a sophomore, Rose had 71 tackles, which was third best on the NCA defense.
“He’s one of those kids that likes to hit,” Roberts said. “And it doesn’t matter what side of the ball he’s on, he’s going to hit you. On offense, he doesn’t mind lowering his head on you. When he breaks through the line on offense, he’s looking to punish somebody. On defense, he will stick his head in there and punish a running back. He just likes to hit.”
But perhaps the best thing that Roberts can say about Rose has nothing to do with athletics.
“He’s just a good kid,” Roberts said. “He’s in the honor system and in a lot of school activities. He’s at the top of his class and makes really good grades. He’s one of those kids that you will never hear the teacher complaining about him. He doesn’t say a word. He never says anything on the football field either
On the diamond, Rose was a force for the Generals. He hit .386 with 23 RBIs and 47 runs scored. On the mound, he was the Generals’ ace with a 7-2 record and a 1.52 ERA in 64.2 innings pitched. He struck out 102 batters and walked only 24. As a sophomore, Rose was just as effective at the plate, hitting .375 with 28 runs scored and 24 RBIs. On the mound, he was 5-4 as a sophomore with a 1.91 ERA with 87 strikeouts and 18 walks in 55 innings pitched.
“He is a good athlete at everything he does,” NCA baseball coach Kelly Alderman said. “He works hard at everything he does. He will be a good high school football player but I think he has a good opportunity to play college baseball. I have clocked him at 87-88 on the radar gun and I think he has thrown harder than that at times. If he was able to gain 4-5 miles and hour, who knows where he could go. He is a good player and a good all around kid. He’s a great kid to coach.”