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October 28, 2013

Allen Woodmore leads by example

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“I’d rather give the hit than take the hit,” Woodmore said.

Woodmore said he’s reached the point where he can tell just by the offense’s formation whether he’ll need to creep up to help stop a run or drift back to cover a deep pass.

“I try to watch the inside receiver and the tackle,” Woodmore said. “The tackle is the first read. He’ll tell you if it’s a run play or a pass play.

“You can see the whole field (as a safety). It’s easy to make reads.”

Even as a senior this year, Woodmore isn’t the loudest player on the team. But because of his work ethic and intensity, he still finds himself in a leadership position, which is something he said he enjoys.

“More people watch you, more people look up to you and watch what you do,” Woodmore said.

Football has always been part of Woodmore’s life. But before he joined McAlester’s inaugural team last spring, Woodmore had never played soccer before.

“It looked like it was fun, and I wanted to try it out,” Woodmore said.

Woodmore played forward for the Buffs’ soccer team. Though soccer demanded a level of conditioning he’d never experienced before, Woodmore said he still enjoyed the newfound sport.

Tallying five goals in his first season playing no doubt helped.

“I just remember I beat the defender, and it was me and the goalie one-on-one,” Woodmore said of his first goal. “The goalie came out too far, and I just kicked it to the left.”

After graduating high school, Woodmore said he plans to go to college, preferably at Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford. He wants to study pharmacology, he said, and some day work in a hospital.

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