BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The LHSAA playoffs begin Friday night and Week 10's WAFB Sportsline Player of the Week helped get Episcopal High a home game on regional TV against Newman. Senior running back TJ Wisham tied the school's record of five touchdowns in a come-from-behind win over rival Dunham in the last week of the regular season.
Wisham is the Sportsline area's leading rusher with more than 1,700 yards for the regular season. His 29 carries for 237 yards on a soggy night was the main reason the Knights took over in the second half after trailing 7-6. Wisham has been over the 200-yard mark three times this year.
The five touchdowns match the mark established by defensive coordinator Jimmy Williams, who was honored the same night by the NFL and apparently knew it was only a matter of time before number 23 would equal his lofty achievement.
"It's coach Jimmy's record, so it's very funny. He always jokes about they're start gonna pulling me when I get close to it, so I don't break it," said Wisham. "When you're seven yards deep and your hole is three yards, and you don't get at least five yards every carry, they're gonna look at you like something's wrong. We knew the job had to be done the second half. The offensive line started it off and we got the job done."
Wisham has a total 1,729 yards and 25 touchdowns for Episcopal this season.
"He's in a dance class and he'd be the first to tell you he's got moves like Jagger. He's got balance and a lot of that is the attributes of a good dancer being balanced and being focused. And that's the type of kid TJ is," said Episcopal head coach Travis Bourgeois