Ohio State verbal commitment DeVier Posey had a simple way to measure success for him and the Cincinnati LaSalle Lancers in their season-opening whipping of Covington Catholic, a defending state champion from Kentucky.
"We got the win - that's all I was worried about, so when I came in today I just wanted to do what I could do to help my team get a win, so I thought that if them taking me away meant other people being open, I'd take that sacrifice for a ‘W' any day," Posey said after LaSalle beat CovCath 34-7 at Nippert Stadium on the campus of the University of Cincinnati as part of the 10-game season-opening Skyline Chili Crosstown Showdown.
It was plain to see from the start the interstate invaders were overmatched.
LaSalle raced to a 20-0 first quarter lead punctuated by a pretty leaping touchdown reception by Posey.
After a play-action fake, quarterback Brendan Jones lofted a pass deep down the left sideline.
Posey, who lined up as the end split end near the left sideline, faked in then cut back toward the pilon, got a step on the lone man trying to cover him and made a twisting catch in the end zone.
The lanky Lancer had to stop and reach back for the ball, which was slightly underthrown, and yank it away from the defender to complete a 28-yard scoring play.
"I saw the corner – I thought he was gonna come up and jam me but then he blitzed – and then I saw the safety and I knew he didn't have an angle to me so all Brendan had to do was just put it up there and hopefully I can catch it," Posey said. "I pulled it in."
The pass was the second thrown to Posey on the day and the second to come on play action.
On LaSalle's second drive, Posey ran a post and made another catch on a ball thrown behind him.
He finished with game-highs of five catches for 71 yards as LaSalle battered a graduation-depleted CovCath.
The Lancers outgained the Colonels 368-172 in total yards with much of the damage coming from the running back duo of Tim Edmond (12 carries, 117 yards, two touchdowns) and Kendall Owens (14 carries, 63 yards, one touchdown).
With a healthy lead for all of the final three quarters, LaSalle attempted a total of just 18 passes versus 39 running attempts.
The Colonels tried at times to disrupt Posey by jamming him at the line but had little luck. When the Lancers wanted to go to him, they were generally able.
That was where the 10 pounds Posey added to his 6-3 frame in the offseason could be seen paying off.
"I worked really hard in the summer time and we had a really strenuous workout with our team, so I think we're in a lot better shape as a team, and I'm on the team so I am in a lot better shape too," said the 195-pounder said.
Aside from improving physically, Posey hopes to continue to grow mentally through his role as a team captain, an opportunity he is embracing despite having turned it down initially at the conclusion of last season.
"I think that was kind of my mentality last year and the mentality of the team. We were kinda selfish and we had a lot of people trying to get individual goals last year. This year our team is nothing like that. We have a lot more team goals this year. We're team-oriented and everybody loves each other. I love going to practice every day."
He rethought his initial rejection of captain duties and asked coach Tom Grippa for a reprieve that was granted.
"I really wanted to be a leader on this team," Posey said.
This fall he will juggle his senior year in the classroom and on the football field while also trying to fit in time to make it both to Ohio Stadium to see some of his future teammates and farther east to Athens, Ohio, where his brother, Julian, is a member of the Bobcats' football team.
He also keeps in touch with some of the other verbal members of the OSU class of 2008, including Jake Stoneburner and Mike Adams at Dublin (Ohio) Coffman, Garrett Goebel of Lombard (Il.) Montini Catholic and Michael Brewster of Edgewater Orlando (Fla.) Edgewater.
"I talked to Jake and Mike last night," he said. "They won. I talk to Goebel a lot. I talk to Mike Brewster. I talk to everybody, really."