DENHAM SPRINGS – Senior running back Treveon Muse of Denham Springs High School may be the most soft-spoken leading rusher on a football team.
Just don’t mistake the reluctance to take center stage as a shortcoming.
A year removed from missing his entire junior year, Muse has returned with a vengeance where the 5-foot-10, 200-pounder has let his play speak for itself, leading Denham Springs (3-2) into Friday’s 7 p.m. homecoming matchup with Ferriday (3-2).
The game will be broadcast by 91.9-FM.
“Coming back made me think that I should be able to help out the team a lot after having to sit out,” said Muse, who has carried 90 times for 460 yards (5.1 per carry) and seven touchdowns. “I just give it my all every play to help the team out to achieve our goals.”
Muse played in a total of 10 games between his freshman and sophomore seasons, rushing 46 times for 236 yards with three touchdowns.
Muse thought he had positioned himself for an expanded role in 2017, looking forward to playing in coach Bill Conides’ offense where he would paired with Tyre Golmond, the school’s eventual career-leading rusher.
“I was looking forward to playing with Tyre at the same time,” Muse said. “I wanted to help open up the offense.”
However, that never transpired.
Muse went through the entire offseason and into the summer where before Denham Springs’ jamboree with Dutchtown, he learned he would be academically ineligible for the season.
“I let everyone down,” he said. “I was upset a lot of times thinking that I could have been a lot of help. I had a lot of support from my teammates. They always kept me motivated to keep going, to be able to be out there this year.”
Conides welcomed Muse to remain a part of the program, serve on the team’s scout team in practice and stand on the sideline with the team on Friday nights.
He did so, improving both as a player and student, intent on making amends for his absence on the game field on Fridays.
“As the season progressed you could see he was getting faster, getting more physical and his grades were improving,” Conides said. “Sometimes you have to take away what’s most important in life for the light bulb to go off. Tre got it and has literally taken the ball and run with it.”
The graduation of the fleet-footed Golmond, a threat to score once he stepped out of the locker room, signaled a philosophical shift in Conides’ offense from a spread approach to more of a power running game.
The Yellow Jackets couldn’t have been in better hands than with Muse, whose production has only been exceeded by his determination to be a viable part of an offense that’s averaged 34 points and generated more than 400 yards an outing.
“Tre’s been perfect for what we’re doing,” Conides said. “He’s a downhill runner. I told him to just get me four yards a play and for the most part, he’s been able to do that. I’m so proud of him. I haven’t seen a kid transform the way he has in all aspects of his life.”
After a modest outing in a season-opening win over Hammond, Muse’ impact was more profound in DSHS’s next two home games.
With the Yellow Jackets having to match Ponchatoula score for score in a game the Green Wave won 64-63, Muse rushed 30 times for 188 yards and three touchdowns. He also scored on a 26-yard screen play that tied the game at 56-56.
A week later, with DSHS battling back from a 16-point, second-half deficit, Muse gained 110 of his 133 yards in the final 24 minutes of play. He scored on a 12-yard run with 6:32 to play, extending the Yellow Jackets lead to 34-29 in a 37-29 victory, further silencing the observers who believed the void left by Golmond would be too great to fill.
“I heard that a lot,” Muse acknowledged. “I just kept it quiet, so they could see for themselves. It just hyped me up to keep doing what I was doing and to get better.”