Jeremiah Sawyer leads huge season opener as Tyner routs Central [photos]

Staff photo by Patrick MacCoon / Tyner's Jeremiah Batiste stiff-arms a defender to the ground during the Rams' home win against Central on Friday night.

As Tyner junior running back Jeremiah Sawyer exploded on a jet sweep and weaved his way through three defenders for a 72-yard score, all he could see and think about was one thing.

With a great purpose and a heavy heart, Sawyer rumbled for 170 yards and three touchdowns on just seven carries to highlight the Rams' season-opening 67-10 pummeling of Central at home Friday night. Class 2A's fourth-ranked Rams totaled 616 yards of offense.

"I saw my brother every time I touched the ball," Sawyer said. "I lost my big brother (Malik Brewer) a couple of months ago. It's been a really emotional time. My dedication is to him. That's what wakes me up in the morning and makes me work harder."