Donta Armstrong relishing role as Bruce Trojans’ leader

After starring at receiver for the Bruce Trojans the past few years, Donta Armstrong moved under center for his senior season and is relishing the challenge.

“It’s a whole new role for me, especially as a senior,” Donta said. “I have a lot more responsibility now. But I like that.”

Armstrong accounted for 14 touchdowns and well over 1,000 yards as a starting wide receiver.

“I really like playing receiver. I like quarterback, too,” Donta said. “I really like both. I like having the ball in my hands and making plays.”

When he entered the program as a freshman, Donta said he looked up to players like Wiley Maddox, J.B. Long and Deshawn Tillman. Now he’s filling that leadership role.

“It’s important for me to be a leader, to provide  encouragement, on and off the field,” Donta said. “I just try to be that top-notch senior.”

“I want to make everybody around me better,” Donta said. “That’s really the whole concept of this football team.”

Football wasn’t always Armstrong’s first love. Basketball was his first passion and he is still an All-Region performer for the Trojans’ basketball team.

“When I came in as a freshman I started liking football more and more,” Donta said. “Since that freshman year football became first in my mind.”

He explained he prefers football now because “football is more competitive, aggressive and the game speed is so much faster.”

Donta said he spends all week waiting for Friday night to arrive.

“Best part of Friday is just strapping those pads on and getting ready to play,” Donta said. “It’s a lot of fun to play in front of our fans and to try and prove people wrong that doubt us.”

Donta said he still feels the sting from last year’s loss in the North Half Championship.

“I want to go to state, because we were so close last year,” he said. “But if we don’t, I just want to give 100%. I want to leave knowing we gave everything we had.”