Brummett, Payton don't mind sharing spotlight

Friday, October 3, 2014
Berryville's Aiden Brummett has run for 419 yards and seven touchdowns through four games this season, and combines with fellow senior Deonte Payton to give the Bobcats a potent backfield tandem. (Charles Chappell/

Running backs Aiden Brummett and Deonte Payton waited until their senior year to get significant playing time in the Berryville backfield, only to discover they would have to share the leading role. But neither is complaining.

Coach Lee Atkins says he told the two seniors that whoever is hot will get the football, and Brummett and Payton have been a solid combination through the Bobcats' first four games this season.

Brummett leads Berryville (2-2, 0-1) with 419 yards and seven touchdowns, while Payton has run for 279 yards and three touchdowns.

"When one of us is lagging, then the other one picks the other up," Payton said.

Berryville's offense has been built around the running game this season, and Brummett said he and Payton recognize their responsibility.

"A lot of our offensive production comes from the backfield," Brummett said. "If we don't play well then it shows."

The two running backs have high hopes for the rest of the season.

"It feels good that we have put more effort into our game than we did the last couple of years," Payton said. "But it's our last year so it's kind of scary and we want to do the best we can and accomplish as much as we can."

On Friday, Brummett and Payton will lead the Bobcats against Gentry on Homecoming Night at Ronnie Clark Stadium.

"It's our homecoming and me and Deonte are going to pour it on Gentry," Brummett said.

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