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Junior quarterback Ty Woodard has been making substantial leaps since he started here this year after transferring from Baltimore City College.
Woodard broke the school’s record for number of touchdowns scored in a single game with seven against Catonsville Sept. 17. The Lions won 48-35, the program’s first win over the Comets in 25 years.
Woodard recalls that his achievement and the victory meant a lot to not only his team, but his family as well.
“I got a text from the coach and the players, I was just happy. I didn’t really have to tell people [about the record] because they knew before I knew. My family was hype, you know, that’s a big deal,” he said.
Woodard’s family has been a big part of his life and has helped his football career get to where it is now. When his mom was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2009, he found comfort in sports.
“Times were hard, and I found that sports were my everything.” Woodard said.
But Woodard doesn’t see his family as just the one at home.
“The strongest part of the team is we are all one big family. We are all together. When we need to score, we all get together and go score,” he said.
Woodard’s optimism and confidence on the field are a great contribution to the team, senior running back Isaiah Stanford said.
“I hope to see my quarterback and guy I call my brother continue to play at the next level,” Stanford said.
Senior defensive end and linebacker Vernon McBride notes that the team confides in Woodard.
“He has brought a sense of comfort. On defense, it’s like we trust the offense to go put points on the board,” McBride said.
Woodard credits his offensive linemen with contributing to his success.
“I just trust into my linemen. I know that they’ll block,” Woodard said. “Even if the other guy is bigger, and stronger, and the fastest, I know that they’ll protect me.”
Head coach Daron Reid added that Woodard’s work ethic encourage the entire team to grow.
“He’s out there early in the morning throwing. We have captain’s practices, he shows up, he’s accountable,” Reid said. “He makes everyone push a little harder.”
As for professional role models, Woodard feels a connection with the Carolina Panthers’ quarterback Cam Newton as a player, but also as a person.
“I can just relate to his game, on and off the field. I wear the no. 1 jersey. And, he smiles on and off the field, he loves kids and I love kids. He just loves the game. The way he runs, I run. He throws, I throw. We’re very similar,” Woodard said.
Through it all, Woodard aims to maintain his humility as he works towards his goals.
“I’m going to keep it humble,” Woodard said. “I have been playing quarterback basically all my life. This is my dream position.”

Sports editors Patrick Fitzgerald and Daniel Krugman, associate editors Matt Ellis and Drew Persinger and staff writer Sam Harsel contributed to this report.

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