For those who have read my interviews in the past, you are all aware of Landmark Christian. Coach Goodpaster has gone way beyond the normal to make me feel like I belong when I cover his games. Everyone I met associated with the school, from the athletic director to one of the school secretaries, has been willing to get me any information I need while I am at the games. The players I have contacted have all agreed to the interview. In reading this interview and another, I have coming up with another Landmark Christian player will find out what a special season they had in 2022.
A big part of that season last year was Peyton May, who was second in the state with nine interceptions and, as a receiver, averaged over 15 yards per reception. Cincinnati Landmark, over the last 4 years, has turned into one of the top homeschool programs in the nation, and this season, expectations have never been higher!
Looking back on the 2022 season, who was the best team Cincinnati Landmark Christian faced? Can you explain why you picked the team you did?
Looking back, the best team we faced all season would have to be the Columbus Crusaders. The team gave us a good, hard-fought football game that was well-coached and well-disciplined.
Who was the best player you guys faced in 2022, and what team did he play for?
I believe the best player we have in the 2022 season will be Austin Albus. Albus played for the Illinois Crusaders. He was, without a doubt, the most difficult running back I’d ever faced.
Coach Goodpaster has told me you had nine picks last season; that is impressive. Can you tell the readers how you were able to accomplish this?
Thank you. I accomplished nine interceptions by studying a lot of film on my opponents and picking up on some of their tendencies. During the game, I trusted my coach’s game plan and film study, and when my opponents made a mistake, I could capitalize most of the time.
Along with free safety, you also play wide receiver. Which position do you enjoy the most, and which one do you think you are better at?
I enjoy both of them, as well as returning kicks. At receiver, the catches and touchdowns are nice, but I also enjoy getting my hands dirty and blocking downfield and in the run game. But the thing about playing defense is that I get to create my own opportunities to get my hands on the ball. I’m not sure which one I’m better at; however, I enjoy safety more.
How special was it going down to Texas and not only playing at AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys (my favorite team), but posting the win there?
Playing at the Cowboys stadium was extremely special, not only to me but also to my family, which is from Texas. Winning the game made it even more memorable and made the drive home easier for all of us. A pick-six in that stadium is something I’ll never forget.
You guys also played in the National Championship game in Florida and won it. How special was that?
It was my first time playing in a national championship game; I wouldn’t want to play it with any other team. Besides winning, I got to see how I measured up against some really good competition.
Another nice stadium you guys played at was Indiana Wesleyan. Can you tell the readers what that was like and just why you guys got to play there?
Indiana Wesleyan was a beautiful campus that I’ll never forget. It felt great to be playing in their stadium with college coaches watching. My team got to play because we hit a hot streak late in the season, improving our record and showing everyone that we belong.
Landmark Christian defeated all three of the OHSAA teams you played. Is it more meaningful to you all to beat those schools, or is it just another game?
Playing against those teams was more than just a game because they doubted us. I previously played for an OHSAA team and realized how much more meaningful it is.
What goals did you set for yourself before the season started, and did you achieve those goals?
My number one goal at the beginning of the season was to make the All-Division team. However, for the safety position, I made all the divisions in all three categories and all conferences. To achieve these goals, I never stopped working my hardest and trusting in my coaches.
Would you let the readers know which colleges are looking at you for football?
I have a handful of D2 and NAIA schools interested in me at this time. I am looking to having a big season and hope to have many opportunities to play beyond high school.
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