Commentary

Goodwin runs Huntingtown's record to 7-0

Originally Published: October 21, 2009
By Mike Loveday | ESPNRISE.com

Greg Goodwin has been doing it all season for Huntingtown (Md.), but in a big conference game, Goodwin had one of his best games of the season, leading his team to a win and earning MDVarsity.com's Player of the Week.

Greg Goodwint
Mike LovedayGreg Goodwin has rushed for more than 2,000 yards this season.
In a 36-8 win over Patuxent, Goodwin rushed for 252 yards and four touchdowns.

"In a big game like this one he [Goodwin] played exceptionally hard. He was determined to have a good ball game," Huntingtown head coach Jerry Franks said. "It was a big game and it meant a lot to the schools. He was ready to go out and leave no doubt as to who the better team was."

Goodwin wasted no time putting his team in the driver's seat on Thursday - scoring on the first play of the game and scoring three of his four touchdowns in the first quarter.

Goodwin rushed for a 58-yard touchdown to get the scoring started and then scored what proved to be the game-winning touchdown on a six-yard scamper later in the frame. The 5-foot-8, 175-pound running back further sealed the win with a 54-yard touchdown later in the first followed by his fourth touchdown of the game, an 82-yard run in the second quarter.

The 252 rushing yards is Goodwin's third highest total of the season and the third straight week the senior has rushed for more than 250 yards.

Goodwin has rushed for 770 yards and nine touchdowns in Huntingtown's last three games, propelling him into second in the state in rushing with 1353 yards. Goodwin is also tied for the state lead in touchdowns this season with 20.

"He's a big part of it [our team and season]. He has the bulk of our offensive yards," Franks said. "The thing I really admire about Greg is that he's always out there and trying to do whatever he can to help us win. I've been very grateful for that."

Goodwin's season has started to garner him notice from several Division I-AA colleges. While he holds no offers, Franks said Towson and Richmond have started to show interest in Goodwin. According to Franks, Goodwin is receiving interest from five Division I-AA colleges.

Others that were considered

Jordan Maslanik, Jr., Bowie: Maslanik threw for 230 yards and three touchdowns as Bowie upset Eleanor Roosevelt, 19-8.

Steven St. Clair, Sr., John Carroll: St. Clair rushed for 135 yards and four touchdowns on 18 carries, completed two passes -- one for a 54-yard score -- and had nine tackles to lead John Carroll.

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