Stump's Seeking a State Title

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The past two seasons have been nothing short of remarkable for Gilmer QB Darian Godfrey. Known around East Texas as "Stump" Godfrey has put up staggering numbers in leading the Buckeyes to a combined 26-3 record the past two seasons. At 6'2 205 pounds and with a 4.6 forty yard dash Godfrey is the top dual threat QB's in East Texas.

As a sophomore Stump led the Buckeyes to a 14-1 record and a trip to the Class 3A Division 1 State Championship as he ran for over 600 yards and 7 touchdowns along with throwing for 2727 yards and 38 touchdowns against just 4 interceptions. Those sensational numbers earned Godfrey 15-3A Newcomer of the Year honors.

In 2008 Stump led GHS to a 12-2 record as he again threw up some eye popping stats throwing for 2930 yards and 34 touchdowns along with rushing for 919 yards and 21 touchdowns. Those big time numbers made Godfrey a first team all 17-3A selection and a second team all East Texas pick.

Godfrey who took over an experienced team as a sophomore has blossomed into a big time leader, "I think my leadership and ability to make things happen with both my arm and feet are my two biggest strengths," said Godfrey who really wants to work on his mechanics this off-season.

Stump who says he's being recruited as a QB is getting major interest from Oklahoma, TCU, Baylor, Houston, Arkansas and North Texas but Godfrey says he doesn't have any favorites at this time. Last summer he did camp at Texas and Oklahoma, but this summer he's not planning on attending any camps just being a part of the Gilmer off-season program.

After coming up short the past two years losing to the eventual state champions in back to back seasons, Godfrey is intent on taking the Buckeyes all the way. "Losing to Carthage last year was tough, it was a winnable game. The loss motivates us and with a veteran team I think we've got a shot to win state. Personal numbers don't mean too much, I just want to win games."

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