McEachern’s DeNard Ford has success against bigger players

How about McEachern’s DeNard Ford?

The 5-foot-5, 145-pounder plays cornerback and also serves as the team’s long snapper. “DeNard has great instinct, vertical jump and body control,” coach Kyle Hockman said. “He is a very smart player who never gets himself out of position. His toughness is probably the main factor for his success.” Ford has 5 interceptions.

Size isn’t everything in high school football. Here are some smaller players having success in the sport:

*Keyshawn Sibley, Redan: The 5-4 sophomore has six interceptions at defensive back and also returns punts.

*Jabril Young, Duluth: The 5-4, 140-pounder plays defensive back and tailback. He benches 270 lbs., runs the 40-yard dash in 4.4 seconds and has a 3.5 GPA.

*Ian Armstrong, Lakeside-DeKalb: The 5-6, 165-pound noseguard has a “motor that never stops,” according to his coach.

*Deion Sellers, Cedar Grove: The 5-6, 145-pounder plays tailback and also makes special appearances as “Wildcat Quarterback” to change the tempo. “Deion is considered one of the best players in my career at Cedar Grove,” coach Ray Bonner said.

*William Kennon, St. Pius: The 5-8, 160-pounder starts at offensive guard. “William has ‘grit’ … he’s not afraid of anything,” said coach Paul Standard. “He goes up against opponents who always outweigh him — sometimes by more than 140 pounds.”

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5 comments Add your comment


October 28th, 2010
5:00 pm

Love that Ford kid…he is a difference-maker on the field and plays the fade as well as any high school kid I’ve seen. Keep up the hard work, Speedy!

Cobb Co. football

October 28th, 2010
6:30 pm

“Speedy” is definitely the man! He is a great corner back and is rarely out of position. Mceachern’s Field goal team is second to none, and the kicker gets most of the credit. Even though St.Germain is an unbelievable kicker, all great field goals start with a great snap!! Keep up the good work and its great to see a deserving young man get some recognition.

Indian Chief

October 28th, 2010
7:05 pm

I have to agree with you guys. this kid had skills. I agree about how he plays the fade route. He has natural instincts and times his leap really well. Good hands and has the heart and desire to make a play! Keep up the good work Speedy!

Kyle Hockman

October 29th, 2010
1:23 pm

Too bad I’m an arrogant jerk.


October 29th, 2010
11:33 pm

hater…you are probably upset because he has never said hey to you or your kid is slow as hell and doesn’t play