November 14, 2008

Rivals250 prospect a rare breed

Rockwall-Heath junior center Austin Woods is a rare specimen in the world of college football recruiting. The 6-foot-5, 275 pound prospect plays center for the Hawks and, unlike even a lot of centers at the high school level, he's actually played the position all of his life. No one has had to teach him how to snap out of the gun or reach a defensive tackle.

He is also pretty good at it as evidenced by the fact that running back Kendial Lawrence has already gained 2,000 yards this year, with much of it has come between the tackles and right behind the blocks of Woods. In fact, Lawrence rushed for an astonishing 365 yards on 39 carries last week to help propel to help lead Heath to a 31-24 overtime victory over Highland Park that secured a district title and undefeated regular season for the Hawks. It was easily the biggest win in the school's history.

"It was very emotional," said Woods. "You never expect to get that much. We were averaging about 200 a game with Kendial but getting nearly 400 yards was a special night."

In fact, Heath scored on consecutive plays in overtime, the first of which was called back for a penalty. The penalty pushed them back to the 22-yard line where Lawrence went right up the middle behind Woods one more time and scored anyway.

"We needed to give the defense a chance to stop them," said the member of the early Rivals250 to watch for the class of 2010. "We did the same thing versus Richardson Pearce. We scored in overtime, it got called back and we scored on the next play too."

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