All Cory Warford has done since the first day he strapped on a helmet, giving 100 percent, is the way that Warlord has approached the game of football and life since he was a kid.
During practice on Tuesday, Warford lowered his shoulder and slammed into a defensive back, knocking the wind out of him.
“That’s how I’ve been since I was little,” he said. “You have to play like you practice and coach stresses that all the time.”
Warford recalled one time when he played youth football that his own teammate needed a shoulder brace because he hit him so hard in practice.
“I play as hard as I can every down,” he said. “First quarter, fourth quarter, it doesn’t matter. I am going hard very play.”
Even with last year’s disappointing loss to Southern in the state playoffs, optimism is still there for Warford and the Eagles to beat their nemesis.
“Sure we lost a lot (with) losing all of those seniors last year, but we have kids coming up through the ranks that are stepping up and filling some big holes,” Warford said. “We know Southern lost a number of kids, too, but they also have kids stepping up and filling the holes.”
Warford has been going to games since he was a kid and that was something he has used to be motivated to wear the blue jersey with pride.
“Growing up, I was looking up to the players no matter what year they were, I just wanted to be out on the field with them,” he said.
An example of how much pride is taken by the kids in blue came for Warford following his eighth grade football season.
“It didn’t go so well and after it ended, I was in the weight room working on getting ready to play as a freshman for the high school football team,” he said. “It’s a big tradition here and I love playing with the Eagle pride.”
Warford made the team as a freshman on special teams and got in on some defensive plays. He started as a linebacker and running back as a sophomore.
Warford said he looked up to former Eagles Luke Erdman and Hukill.
“Joey hit the hole hard every down and Luke has one of the best work ethics around, doing everything he could to help the team.”
Warford noted that he loves to work out and he was pushed in the weight room by Erdman to get better every time.