August 27, 2010

Boddie, Gilmer open big

The 2010 Texas high school football season got underway across the state Thursday night including a lopsided win for the Gilmer Buckeyes and University of Houston verbal commitment Michael Boddie over Atlanta in the opening game of the Trinity Mother Frances Football Classic in Tyler.

Things got started on the wrong foot for the Rabbits of Atlanta when they fumbled the opening kick-off over to the Buckeyes at their own nine yard line to open the game. They Buckeyes promptly punched it in for game's opening score and went on to out pace the Rabbits 63-28.

At 6-foot-6 and 270 pounds it wasn't hard to spot Boddie upon entering the stadium, he was easily the largest player on the field which enabled him to impose his will on the defenders lined up across from him the whole night. Despite the obvious mismatch, Boddie as always was humble about the victory.

"Well, we practiced hard all week," said Boddie following the game. "The coaches got us prepared well and it was a really fun game. We came out here and did our thing and put up some big points. Now it's on to next week."

The business like approach for Boddie and the Buckeyes can be expected coming off last season's 3A state championship. The loss of a large number of seniors from last years magical run has clearly thrust Boddie into the leadership role for the team. From representing the team at the coin toss to offering encouraging words to the second string late in the evening's game Boddie is one of the clear leaders on the team.

One of the offensive stars of the night for the Buckeyes was current Tulsa commit Gus Johnson who rattled off 167 yards on the ground on only seven carries and also pitched in time on the defense as well at rush linebacker. Johnson was very hard to bring down on the night, often making it past the first two and three attempts to bring him down.

"Gus is a freak back there," said Boddie of his teammate. "He has always been that way since he was young and he will always be that way. I am just glad I get to block for him."

The Buckeyes now shift their focus to next Friday's match-up at home with Tatum, one that was already being talked about by the spectators on hand at Thursday's game. Boddie knows too what next week's game will mean.

"Next week we get Tatum at home," he said. "For us it's just another step in a 16 game path. All of our focus now shifts to next week. There will be 8,000 people in 5,000 seats and we will give them the best we've got."

Boddie also admitted that although he has given his verbal commitment to Houston, other teams have not completely backed off of their recruitment of him.

"I am still hearing from some schools," he said. "Purdue has really been making a push on me lately and I still hear from the other schools I have offers from, but I am stil with Houston 100 percent. That's who I gave my commitment to."

The Buckeyes also had a few players that the recruiting fanatics will want to keep an eye on. 2012 athlete Darrion Pollard is used in a number of roles including slot receiver and returning kicks and punts. 2012 cornerback Trey Webb was solid in run support on the night and saw plety of action at receiver for the Buckeyes too, but admittedly with little passing attack from Atlanta it was hard to get a feel for his coverage skills. The best looking prospect from the Buckeyes underclassmen was clearly 2013 cornerback Trey Washington who was easily the best defensive back on the field despite his youth. His run support was excellent and showed a knack for making some really big hits.
One more name that definitely deserves mentioning as far as recruiting is 2013 Atlanta running back Corion Webster who racked up 200 yards rushing on the night including touchdown runs of 73, 81 and 67 yards. He showed some impressive break away speed once he got i the open field. He already stands at six foot and despite his weight in the program being listed at 145 pounds, he was clearly much closer to 180 pounds.

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