It’s not easy being an offensive lineman in front of Gatesville quarterback Cole Edmiston.
But they can’t say Edmiston’s passing ability and mobility make the Hornets’ offense boring, either.
“My coaches are telling me all the time, ‘Don’t panic when plays break down, especially a pass play; You can do it with your feet.’ That’s what I try to do,” Edmiston said. “If the pass play isn’t there, I know I can always come down to running the ball and getting what I can get and I take pride in that.”
“It makes it hard on (the offensive linemen) because they’re pass-blocking and then everything breaks down and I just take off running,” he added. “Sometimes I have a little signal, like, ‘Go,’ and they just move up field and I’m going to follow them. It’s tough on them, but they adapt.”
Edmiston completed nine of 15 passes for 117 yards and a touchdown, ran 13 times for 107 yards and three touchdowns in Gatesville’s win over Lampasas and received 589 votes (74 percent) to win the KDHpressbox.com Player of the Week honor for Oct. 7-13.
With a team chemistry that goes back to their grade-school days and Edmiston’s play-making abilities, the Hornets are 6-0 overall and 1-0 in district after their 38-13 win over the Badgers on Friday.
“Some of the linemen that have played up there for two or three years, they know if I haven’t thrown the ball (by a certain point), I’m going to be running,” Edmiston said.
As District 8-3A’s second-leading passer, Edmiston’s arms often overshadow his legs. But, the signal-caller, who won his second Player of the Week award, is also the district’s fifth-leading rusher, behind a pair of Liberty Hill backs, teammate Jake Kee and Burnet’s Trenton Hafley.
“I think they (the offensive linemen) know it’s always alive, know there’s always a possibility for a big play when he’s got the ball in his hands,” said Gatesville coach Kyle Cooper.
Killeen senior reciever DeVarri McCray finished second with 178 votes; Salado junior quarterback Ryan Simmons finished third and Temple sophomore receiver Chad President finished fourth.
McCray had seven receptions for 115 yards and touchdown grabs of 39 and 47 yards; and was named Mr. Roo during halftime of Killeen’s 38-6 win over Shoemaker.
Simmons was 13-of-26 passing for 295 yards and three touchdowns and ran for 46 yards and a score in Salado’s 41-22 win over Florence, the Eagles first win of the season. President caught four passes for 180 yards and two touchdowns in Temple’s 50-44 win over Belton.