When an injury to the offensive line left a gaping hole at center, the MacArthur Highlander coaching staff looked around and tried to find the right person to take that spot.
In stepped Jerry Beasley, and the Highlanders have been happy ever since.
"He stepped up in a way that honestly I didn't think he could do," Mac head coach Brett Manning said. "We wanted him to do that, but I wasn't sure that he had it in him to step up like he has and be that kind of leader. We knew he would be a good player, but he's a quiet kid, very shy. I underestimated his ability to take this on and lead."
Beasley jumped into the role and helped lead the Highlanders to a 28-14 win over Clinton in the first game of year, a game that was marked by the battles in the trenches.
For Beasley, it was just his time.
"It was my time to step up. The team was depending on me so I stepped in and got the job done," he said. "I like being the leader. I like showing the young guys what to do because back when I was a young guy we had the seniors show us what to do. It's nice to be able to pass on the tradition to them. It's a good experience."
With so many sophomores and juniors on the line, it's up to Beasley to be the rock in the middle.