Rob Boyd learned how to hit opposing linemen at an early age.
“We have been preached to since the first grade to hit,” said Vian's senior offensive lineman. “I did Oklahoma drills until the first game my first grade year.”
Evidently, it paid off as Boyd was named to The Oklahoman's All-State football team.
Boyd, who has committed to the University of Tulsa, was a four-year starter on the offensive line for the Wolverines and two-year starter at both defensive and offensive tackle.
“He has been a dominating force for us the last two years,” Vian coach Brandon Tyler said. “He started for us every game since he was a freshman. We kind of knew then he was going to be something special.
“He's developed into an awesome football player. By far, he has been the best offensive lineman to come through Vian since I've been here. He's got great feet and can run well. He is just so strong that when he gets his hands on you it's pretty much over.
“He also shows great character off the field. He means a lot to our community and our team and school.”
Boyd, who is 6-4 and 305 pounds, will now take his talents to Tulsa, which has been recruiting him since his junior season.
“It was just a perfect fit,” Boyd said. “I love Coach (Bill) Blankenship and Coach (Denver) Johnson. They are great guys. They really pull for me and they really recruited me hard. There is no other place I would rather be.”
Vian was unbeaten and ranked No. 1 this season until the Wolverines were upset in the Class 2A semifinals by Davis.
Boyd said the Wolverines were emotionally drained from the win the previous week over two-time defending state champ Hennessey.
“We wanted Hennessey bad and we ended up getting them, but I wanted the gold ball more,” Boyd said.
Boyd, however, soon won't forget the loss to Davis.
“I don't think I ever will,” he said. “We came in with high hopes. We fully expected to be in Stillwater in December. We ended up one game short.
“We have nothing to hang our heads about. We had a great year. We were academic state champs, so it's kind of a consolation prize.”