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Player of the Week: Eagles are in Goode hands
SENIOR LINEBACKER AND HIS TEAM MADE A POINT AGAINST GLEN ALLEN
BY TAFT COGHILL JR.
When Cody Goode transferred to Fredericksburg Christian School from Caroline in 2011, his primary goal was to attract college recruiters.
Goode reclassified so he’d have an extra year of high school, with hopes that he’d grow taller and college coaches wouldn’t shy away.
Goode was named Patriot Conference defensive player of the year as a junior, but he didn’t land the scholarship offer he covets.
But after a sterling performance in the Eagles’ 9–7 breakthrough win over Glen Allen on Friday, the senior linebacker’s email was buzzing.
He recorded 15 tackles (three for loss) and a sack as FCS earned a victory in its first-ever regular-season game against a public school.
Goode also played fullback and helped kill the clock on the game-clinching drive. His efforts earned him Free Lance-Star player of the week honors.
“My height is the one negative for a lot of college coaches,” Goode said. “I just have to keep performing and hope one coach believes in me. You can’t let that bother you. You just have to keep putting in the work, and hopefully one coach will see that I can actually play.”
Goode (5-foot-10, 235 pounds) converted from the defensive line this season. He dropped 30 pounds since April when he was told he would be switched to linebacker.
After his performance against Group AAA Glen Allen, he received congratulatory emails from coaches at Richmond and Liberty.
Eagles coach Tim Coleman said college coaches have requested film of Goode, offensive lineman A.J. Addison and defensive back Aaron Alexander from the Glen Allen game. They want to see how the trio performed against a public school.
“I thought all three had pretty good games,” Coleman said.
Coleman was particularly impressed with Goode. When starting fullback Hunter Griffis went down with cramps in the third quarter, Goode stepped in. He also didn’t miss a snap on defense. Goode credited the defensive line with occupying blockers and allowing him to “scrap and make tackles.”
Said Coleman: “He had a super game, no doubt about it. What made the performance even better was the contributions he made on the offensive side of the ball.”
Coleman wasn’t surprised. He said that ever since Goode enrolled at FCS, he was willing to put in the extra work to become a standout player.
He said Goode has evolved into a leader for the Eagles. He wasn’t intimidated when Glen Allen players scoffed at FCS before the game because they thought the unknown private school would be an easy team to defeat.
But with his play, Goode let it be known that the Eagles are no pushovers.
“I think what makes Cody special is his motor,” Coleman said. “As a coach, you don’t always get the chance to coach a kid that gives you everything he has on every play. But that’s what he does. He gives you everything he has on every play.”
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This season’s Free Lance–Star football players of the week:
Week 1: Javonte Latney, Massaponax RB
Week 2: Tyus White, Brooke Point WR
Week 3: Kwesie Dadzie, North Stafford RB
Week 4: Cody Goode, FCS LB