CAMDEN – Naz’sir Oglesby showed on Saturday he can carry the ball. The senior Woodrow Wilson had 26 tots for 121 yards and scored two touchdowns in the Tigers’ 28-16 win over Timber Creek in their West Jersey Football League game.
Apparently he can dance too. But we will have to wait until December for that.
“I can dance. I do any type of dance you want,” Oglesby said. “The music goes up, I’m just dancing. I’ll do it after the championship game, when we’re here.
Wilson is 3-2 after handling Creek and has some tough games ahead. Holy Spirit, Pleasantville and Camden are yet to come. Negotiating these teams, as well as the playoffs, is a tall order, but he keeps working to fill it.
“Running on the track, lifting weights – here we do it all,” Oglesby said. “And then, at my own pace, I just do free work, stuff like that, here with my trainer. I gained so much confidence. Every week, I gain self-confidence.
And every week it seems to get better.
“Naz’sir Oglesby is the definition of Tiger Pride,” Wilson coach Brandon Bather said. “He’s there every day. There is no shortage of days. Here during the ski season, here during the summer. The kid works hard and you can see it is the definition of hard work that pays off. It is very important for the attack and for the stability of what we are going to be this year.
Two years ago, he saw Muheem McCargo help carry the Tigers to the Group 3 sectional and regional championships. Last year, he carried 74 times for 394 yards and two touchdowns in a season shortened to six games by the coronavirus pandemic.
This year he presented himself early in practice as the end product of all the hard work he put in and announced that fact with 22 carries for 194 yards and four touchdowns in a season opener. against West Deptford.
Saturday was his third 100-yard game in five outings this season.
“I just improved overall; just faster and harder, ”Oglesby said. “A better player overall, because my Wilson coaches make sure I am successful. I have been training throughout the offseason, and since the start of the season last year. We did an interview at Haddonfield (after an 8-6 win over Wilson last season), and I’ve continued to work ever since. Hard.”
His work is not limited to football either. Oglesby said he now envisions a career path based on something he enjoys in the classroom.
“I want to go to college and I want to study sports medicine,” he said. “I’m learning about it right now, in senior seminary, in school, and I like it. It would be my choice for now.
John A. Lewis is sports editor for the Burlington County Times, the Courier Post and the Daily Journal. Email him at [email protected] or follow him on Twitter @ JohnLewis19. Please consider supporting local journalism with a subscription.