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November 13, 2013

County teams have underclassmen step up in 2013

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FAIRMONT — oooooo

Fairmont Senior’s offense looked like it was going to take a mighty blow when senior running back Noah Harmon went down with a knee injury with three weeks to go in the season. But the Polar Bears knew they had other guys to fill the void.

One of those players was sophomore Malik Boddy.

Boddy, who also plays corner back on defense and fields returns for Fairmont Senior, stepped in to play running back when Harmon was sidelined.

“He’s a great kid,” said coach J.L. Abbott. “He’s a real focused individual. He practices hard, and that carries over to Friday nights.”

The 5-foot-7, 155-pound sophomore came in and closed out the Buckhannon-Upshur game, in which Harmon was hurt, with 54 yards on just eight carries.

Since, Boddy has racked up 187 yards and scored three touchdowns in 2 1/2 games to close out the season, including a nine-carry, 81-yard, two-score performance to take down Lincoln. During that span he’s averaged 7.8 yards per carry.

“That’s all natural, all him,” Abbott said of Boddy’s running abilities. “He’s taken some pops and we were like, oh boy, but he popped right back up. He’s durable and we love coaching him. He’s seeing the field a lot more. We teach them to bounce it, bang or bend it. He’s starting to learn the banging and bending now.”

Boddy has 52 carries for 310 yards on the season heading into the playoffs, but he’s been a threat everywhere else on the field as well.

“He was content on just running the ball and returning,” Abbott said of his young stud. “We stuck him out at corner and he turned out to be pretty solid.”

Solid may be an understatement. Boddy led the team in interceptions, too.

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