By Gary Lloyd
GARDENDALE — Oct. 24 is already circled on Nick Gibson’s calendar.
The Pinson Valley rising senior running back spoke at Jefferson and Shelby County High School Football Media Day about season expectations and playing Shades Valley the week before Halloween.
Gibson, a Mississippi State commitment, said he grew up playing peewee football with Shades Valley running back Keith Mixon, also an MSU commit. They were both in the backfield on the fields in East Lake.
“That’s my No. 1 game right now,” Gibson said.
He acknowledges people will come to see him and Mixon run, but he said the meaning of the game is for the Indians to come out with a win. The game, however, could go a long way in determining who wins the Mr. Football award for the 2014 season. Gibson was up for the award last season.
“It motivates me a lot,” he said.
Gibson said he’d like to rush for 2,500 yards and 30 touchdowns this season, though his main goals are to win a state championship and represent Pinson well.
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