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Athlete of the Week January 9th: J.T. Truitt of Riverview

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Posted: Thursday, January 9, 2014 9:00 pm | Updated: 11:36 am, Fri Jan 10, 2014.

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Riverview Rams are having a phenomenal season in boy’s soccer. And thanks to J.T. Truitt, and a team-first mentality, the Rams are on the verge of their first district title in a decade.

After beating the Booker Tornadoes 4-0 Tuesday night, the Rams are 18-1 on the season. Truitt is one of the senior leaders on the team and he exemplifies the overall team concept.

"It started early when we had conditioning this summer. He was the one who was always here early, conditioned very hard over the summer. He was always the last to leave," says head coach Ed Stroop.

Truitt has been with this team and seen it grow into this polished form for 4 years. He is all about the team, and the team covenant. He is 3rd in goals scored, 3rd in total points, and he is 1st on the team in assists with 9. The big indicator that he doesn't mind who gets the goal, as long as the Rams win. "We've really bonded together as a team. The thing about soccer is that it's a team sport. You can have your individual athletes that do great things, but if you can't get them the ball then there is no way they can make an impact. So, this year we have really worked on moving the ball and focused on becoming a team," says Truitt.

The rams are vying for their first district title in 10 years, and they have a better chance because Truitt is a member of the Rams’ revitalized soccer program.

"We wanted to bring a program to Riverview, not just have a team. J.T. has been instrumental in the team buying into the program we are trying to develop here," says Stroop.

Congratulations to J.T. Truitt of Riverview High School. He is our ABC 7 Athlete of the Week.

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