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High school football: Older brothers made Edmond North's Brock Byford a nasty linebacker

The youngest of three Byfords wants to be the first to earn a Division I scholarship
by Ed Godfrey Published: August 9, 2012

EDMOND — Edmond North's Brock Byford credits his two older brothers for turning him into a nasty middle linebacker.

“They grew up beating on me,” he said. “I always kind of got beat up, but I think it made me tougher in the long run.”

Byford will be counted on to spearhead a Huskies defense this season that loses seven starters. Last year, Edmond North's stingy defense pitched four shutouts in leading the Huskies to a 9-3 record.

The Huskies held opponents to 18 or fewer points in 11 of the 12 games, losing 17-16 to Tulsa Union in the second round of the Class 6A playoffs. Even with the new faces, Byford thinks the Huskie defense can be just as good as last year.

“I think we can,” Byford said. “I think we got a lot of young guys who want to step up. I think we will be just as good or better. I think everybody is a head hunter on our defense.”

Edmond North football coach Jeremy Dombek admits the Huskies lost a lot of great defensive players to graduation, but having Byford back in the middle is a big plus.

“We want to play fast and play physical, and Brock does all those things,” Dombek said. “When he hits you, you know it. He is a punishing player. I just expect a huge year out of him.”

Byford added 10 pounds in the offseason and plans to lead Edmond North by example.

“I feel like I got a step up and be a leader and set the tempo for the defense,” Byford said. “Being an older guy, being a senior, you got to be a leader. I think I had an all-right year last year, but I think I only had about 85 tackles. This year I am looking to get 120, 125.”

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by Ed Godfrey
Copy Editor, Outdoors Editor, Rodeo, River Sports Reporter
Ed Godfrey was born in Muskogee and raised in Stigler. He has worked at The Oklahoman for 25 years. During that time, he has worked a myriad of beats for The Oklahoman including both the federal and county courthouse in Oklahoma City for more...
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