W-M RB Duhon wants playoff run

Gerron Duhon has proven to be a versatile weapon for Washington-Marion. The junior-to-be has made an impact on both sides of the ball. One of Duhon’s goals this season is to help the Charging Indians end a four-year streak with a losing record.

As a sophomore, Gerron Duhon played a number of roles for Washington-Marion — lining up at running back, receiver, cornerback and safety.

Opponents may have had a hard time finding him, but he quickly caught the eye of college recruiters. He has five offers heading into his junior season.

W-M’s last winning season came in 2012. Duhon is confident that streak will end with this year’s team being led by a strong junior class.

“It helps a lot that we played a lot as sophomores,” he said. “Now there is nothing to be scared of. At first we were a little nervous but we won’t be that way any more as upperclassmen.”

Duhon quickly shook off any nerves, totaling 178 yards of offense and scoring a touchdown in a Week 2 loss to Sulphur last season. Later in the year, he had a game with 129 rushing yards. He finished the season with more than 700 combined yards rushing and receiving and more than 50 tackles on defense.

He said he enjoys moving around the field.

“To me it is fun because we can exploit matchups that way,” he said. “I think I run the ball better than anything else, but I play wherever coach asks me to.

“At running back, I like breaking tackles and making people miss. At receiver, I like running routes and making defenders move, getting them off their marks. On defense, I am a coverage guy, someone the quarterbacks try to stay away from.”

This summer Duhon has been active on the 7-on-7 and college camp circuits.

“I have enjoyed it,” he said. “I get to play against the best competition. I have been trying to work on my agility so I can be better at making people miss in addition to running through tackles.”

The Charging Indians will be a new district this year, moving down from Class 4A to 3A. Duhon said he has been hearing an earful from members of a new crosstown rival.

“We play Lake Charles College Prep in Week 9, and they have been talking a lot of trash,” he said. “I’m not much of a talker.”

Duhon, who says he sports a 4.2 grade-point average, is a fan of the written word.

“I have enjoyed English classes the most,” he said. “I feel like I am a good writer.”

Through two years of high school, Duhon says he has a near-perfect record in the classroom, making one B.

“I can’t bring Bs home, my mom and dad will get all over me,” he said. “It has always been that way.”

With no eligibility concerns, Duhon has attracted the attention of a handful of colleges including Grambling State, McNeese State, Southeastern Louisiana, Texas-San Antonio and Tulane, and says he has received offers.

He said he is more concerned with getting W-M back on track than dealing with the attention from recruiters.

“I try not to think about the recruiting,” he said. “I don’t want to let that make me lose sight of what is right in front of me. I want the team to have a winning season to end this losing streak.”

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