Armstrong steps up as Vardaman’s go-to guy

Simply put, Vardaman offensive specialist Chris Armstrong goes beyond the call of duty.
The Rams’ running back/wide receiver/kick returner stands only 5-feet-5, 150 pounds, but has a tremendous heart, says his coach.
“Chris is a guy with great character and great heart,” said Vardaman head coach Justin Hollis. “He’s just a kid that you want on your team. He goes beyond your call of duty.
“He’s the go-to guy lately. I think of guys during a game who need to get the ball, and lately it’s been him.”
The junior scored both of the Rams’ touchdowns in a 13-7 overtime win over Coffeeville in Friday’s Class 1A state quarterfinals game. His first touchdown came on a 21-yard pass from Cody Jenkins in the opening quarter; his second was a 3-yard run in OT.
“He probably only played 12-15 plays at running back the other night,” Hollis said.
On the year, Armstrong has 65 carries for 570 yards and 10 TDs, while hauling in 21 catches for 280 yards and 4 TDs.
If the surname Armstrong sounds familiar in the Vardaman backfield, it’s because Chris Armstrong’s uncle, Odie Armstrong, was a former standout player at Vardaman during the late 90s and early part of this decade.
Chris Armstrong “comes from a football family here,” Hollis said. “He’s not quite as big as Odie was or is. He’s just got as big a heart as him, I tell you that.”

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