September 21, 2009

Godfrey puts on a show

With a thirty game home winning streak on the line, the Gilmer Buckeyes (4-0) had a tough task on their homecoming against a perennial 4-A power, the Kilgore Bulldogs (1-3).

Lead by quarterback Darian Godfrey, the Buckeyes have one of the most exciting and effective offenses in all of Texas high school football. But facing a team who over their last 173 games held opponents to an average of 15.1 points, Gilmer knew they needed to play well to win this game.

"Our defense played great. We were just horrible offensively," Gilmer coach Jeff Traylor stated about last year's game against Kilgore where his usually prolific offense only had 220 yards total offense and 4 turnovers.

Through the homecoming distractions and the thought of last year's loss on their minds, the usually stout Kilgore defense didn't seem to faze Godfrey and his offensive counterparts. After Kilgore took an early 7-6 lead, Gilmer showed why they are the #1 team in 3-A, scoring on all 10 of their next possessions with Darian "Stump" Godfrey leading the way.

Godfrey's main concern about this game was execution.

"They played the same defense they played last year. We just didn't execute last year. We practiced in the rain all week and executed. Then we came out here and got our receivers going in flow," said Godfrey following the game.

Putting up big numbers with the talent in the Gilmer program is nothing hard to come by and should be expected, but Godfrey had more on his mind than his stats.

"I came out and wanted to lead my team to a victory," said Godfrey. "That's what a quarterback should do is lead by example and lead by walk. And that's what I wanted to do in this game."

He did a little more than just lead. The Gilmer standout was 21-24 passing for 351 yards with 7 total touchdowns, three of which came on the ground.

Godfrey said he isn't too worried about recruiting right now during his final season as a Buckeye.

"I don't look into it that much so I couldn't tell you much about who is keeping in touch. I do like Kansas State, Baylor, Tulsa, and Purdue," said Godfrey. "I like Coach Briles at Baylor and the quarterbacks coach. We seemed to bond real well while I was down there."

When asked about the prospect of playing with his current teammates at Missouri, he said it wouldn't have much of an impact.

"The coaches want us to get to the next level, and I want to see them get to the next level. Wherever they go and wherever I go I'm going to always keep in touch with them and encourage them."

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