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Bruins’ Reid plays big

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LHS defensive ends likes to deliver hits

 

 Lancaster High School senior defensive end Quay “Big Country” Reid is hoping to deliver in – to no surprise – a big way in his final season with the LHS blue and gold.

Reid, at 6-3, 235 pounds, is excited about the new campaign.

“I think we’re going to be way better this season,” said Reid. “We’re all on the same page and everybody’s trying to be a leader.

“We push each other better,” Reid said. “We’re more committed this year.”

Reid, in his third season on the LHS varsity and second as a starter, has done his part.

“Country has worked hard in the weight room to get bigger and stronger,” said Bruins’ defensive coordinator Ricky Brown. “This is his third season and he’s progressed real well.

“He’s put on about 20 pounds over the last few years and he’s learned the technique we need to be successful,” Brown said. “We’re counting on him to play well. He’s a senior and he has the ability. He has range, moves well from sideline to sideline and gets to the football.”

Reid’s weight room work includes a 290-pound bench, 450-pound squat and 455-pound dead lift.

“Country’s has put in the work, but he also has a good attitude,” LHS head coach Bennie McMurray said. “Both have helped him develop into a good football player.”

Reid, a three-year letterman, appreciates being labeled “a good football player,” but quickly adds there’s room to improve.

“You might be doing everything right, but you always want to improve,” he said. “You can always step it up and get better. That’s what our coaches tell us, we can always improve.”

Reid contributed last week in the Bruins’ 22-12 win over county rival Andrew Jackson, posting two unassisted tackles, a tackle for loss, three first hits, two assists and two pressure passers.

The bulk of those numbers came in the first half before Reid injured an ankle and spent the better part of the second half on the LHS sideline at Volunteer Stadium.

“That was a fun game and a good win for us, but we can play better and we have to get our special teams right,” he said.

Tonight, the Bruins open their 2013 home schedule facing Class AAAA non-region foe Ridge View High School in a 7:30 clash.

“I think it’s going to be competitive,” Reid said. “Ridge View is a tempo team and they don’t huddle much. We have to keep pace. We have to know our keys, play hard and get to the football.”

Reid’s play includes making his presence felt.

“I like defense because I like to hit,” he said. “I like to give the pain instead of receiving it. Defense is about hitting and stopping others.”

Then, there’s the catchy nickname which might cause one to stop and ponder.

“Coach McMurray gave me that name,” Reid said. “He gave it to me my first year at camp. I came to Lancaster from Great Falls where we lived out in the country and he  started calling me ‘Big Country’ and it’s been with me since.

“I like it and now that’s what everybody calls me.”