Monday, November 4, 2019

Lycoming Football Game 8 Player of the Week - Sr OL Cody Botts

Lycoming Vs Misericordia

It was just an amazing game. One of the best coached and played games I have had the privilege to witness as a Warrior fan. I don't know what changed. There was a different spirit with this team that defeated a very good Misericordia club. Even after the game, there was something different, a maturity that I did not recognize. Yes, as Coach Clark said to his players after the game, "I'm not taking away from FDU-Florham (who we defeated last week), but you just beat a very good team."

One reason is because of the offensive line. Check the numbers. The Warriors team rushed for 342 net yards and five touchdowns. There were 10 players that were included in that total. Yes, sophomore quarterback Elijah Shemory had almost 1/3 of that total with 114 net yards and four touchdowns. But Lycoming had two freshman (Joey Guida and Nick Breiner) a sophomore (Chase Cramer) and a senior (Keith Batkowski) all with 40 yards or more rushing. Lycoming used "fresh horses" throughout the game. And get this, the Warriors averaged 6.2 yards rushing per carry! Oh, and WE NEVER, YES NEVER PUNTED THE BALL. Not once! Never a three and out in the whole game! Unbelievable.

Well, it is time we recognize the other champions of those figures (not taking away from the running game tallent). The ones who are never or are very seldom recognized. You know, those guys, "they are" the offensive line. Is there anyone who works harder at a job that get so little attention? I don't think so. You could probable give the Game 8 Player of the Week to almost any of the offensive lineman. So I ask the coaching staff who should be the one offensive lineman should look at for POTW? And the answer was loud and clear. Senior offensive lineman and team captain Cody Botts. So we looked at over 2,000 photos and it we very clear he was the one we should pick.

Today we honor and thank Cody Botts as the player representing the unsung heroes of the "down and dirty battlers" for the Warrior rushing game. The players who allows ZERO sacs of the quarterback. This game that was I believe, historic for this 2019 football team in many ways. A maturing offesnise line. A maturing of a good football team. It was obvious that the offensive line made great strides over the past few weeks and we noticed! Congratulations team captain and Game 8 Player of the Week Cody Botts. All the best from

Please Note: You can win only one POW each season.

2018: CoSIDA Academic All-District … started all 11 games at left tackle … helped team average 22.9 points and 297.9 yards of total offense per game … helped team rush for 100 yards five times including a 200-yard game and pass for 200 five times, including one 300-yard game … a member of the MAC Academic Honor Roll.

2017: CoSIDA Academic All-District … started all 10 games at left tackle … helped the team rush for 100 yards five times and pass for 200 four times, including one 300-yard game … a member of the MAC Academic Honor Roll.

2016: Played in three games as an offensive lineman on the junior varsity team … a member of the MAC Academic Honor Roll.

High School: A three-year letterwinner and one-year captain in football as an offensive and defensive lineman at Mifflinburg ... a second team all-conference pick as a senior and the team’s offensive lineman of the year ... posted 23 tackles and a sack as a senior … also captain of the basketball team.

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- Game 1 - Elijah Shemory
- Game 2 - Stephen Toczylousky
- Game 3 - Austin Rowley
- Game 4 - Duane Boone
- Game 5 - Jeff Coplin
- Game 6 - Joey Guida
Game 7 - Keith Batkowski
- Game 8 - Cody Botts

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