Each year, after the regular season, coaches come together to recognize players within their district. In District 8-5A, the Offensive Newcomer Award recognizes new players in their first year of varsity for their excellence on the field. Out of nine teams in the district, one player from Porter High School stood out. That player was Joshua Evans-Pickens, the Offensive Newcomer of the Year for the 2020-2021 football season.
"Receiving this acknowledgment as a sophomore means a lot to me because it tells me that my hard work is paying off and if I keep working hard I might just have a chance to be good at the next level," Josh said.
Evans-Pickens finished off the season with 140 carries for a total of 1,208 rushing yards and 16 rushing touchdowns. He also finished with ten catches for 103 receiving yards and two receiving touchdowns. Overall, he averaged 8.6 yards per carry this season.
While receiving this honor, he was also nominated for the Courier Sports of Montgomery player of the week four times this season. Evans-Pickens refused to let defenders slow him down.
"We have talked for years about being explosive and 'never going down easy,"' his father said. "Joshua does a great job of keeping his balance and fighting for yards after contact."
He has always had a go-getter type of attitude. He was a playmaker in every game. During his game against Magnolia West, he was able to score a rushing touchdown within the last six seconds of the game. He would go into every game with the 'it's just another game' mentality. It had to be done, and he was willing to rack up the points.
"Going into games, I tried not to think about my high stats because I feel like I play better when I have something to prove," Josh said. "It keeps me from getting comfortable so that I can keep working hard to prove how good I am."