It's not surprising that “The Blind Side” is Jason Goff's favorite movie.
“I've seen the movie 100 times,” said Goff, the 6-6, 290-pound offensive tackle for Oklahoma Christian School. “When that movie came out, people finally understood what I did.”
Protecting the blind side of Saints quarterback Austin Brooks is what Goff does, and does well.
Goff anchors an OCS offensive line that has allowed just three quarterback sacks all season. He hasn't allowed any.
As a result, Brooks has been able to throw 49 touchdown passes, leading the Saints into the Class 2A state championship game against Davis at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in Stillwater.
“It's very comfortable back there in the pocket just seeing Jason up there on the line,” Brooks said. “He is huge.”
Goff, who has been a four-year starter on the offensive line, has dwarfed most of his combatants across the line of scrimmage.
“I am always the bigger man across the line,” he said. “I take a lot of pride in not letting Austin get sacked. You have to have the mindset of never letting the guy in front of you beat you. I absolutely enjoy putting someone on the ground.”
Turner said OCS' opponents often try to counter Goff's size with a quicker defense end or linebacker.
“They try to put a guy on him to speed rush him,” Turner said. “But that doesn't work because he has really good feet and technique. He can hold his own with those kids.”
Goff has grown three inches and gained 50 pounds since his freshman season. He has been getting attention from college recruiters since he was a sophomore.
“All of these colleges, they are looking for capable pass blockers,” OCS coach Derek Turner said. “He has got the ability. That blind side is an important deal.”
Tulsa, Utah State, and the Colorado School of Mines are among the schools on Goff's list of potential colleges.
Goff, who plans to be a doctor, is considering the school in Golden, Colo., because of its biomedical engineering program. He has a 3.8 GPA and is the senior class president at OCS.
“He is a really smart guy,” Brooks said. “He is doing most of the talking on the line, telling guys where to be.”
Goff's brother, Jared, is a 6-3, 180-pound starting outside linebacker for the Saints.
“The shortest person in my family is 5-10,” Goff said. “My dad is 6-5 and about 320 pounds. (Jared) is the skinny one.”
Goff also plays nose guard on the Saints' defense, alternating at the position with Palmer Rice, who is 5-6 and 170 pounds. They provide quite a contrast for the opposing center, as Goff uses his strength while Rice relies on his quickness.
“By the end of the game, the center wants to be carried off in a wheelchair he is so tired,” Goff said.
OCS pounded previously unbeaten Frederick, 55-32, Friday night to reach the state championship game for the first time since the school moved up from eight-man to 11-man football in 2001.
Goff and the Saints (13-1) on Saturday night will face a Davis defense that shut out Vian, 22-0, in the other Class 2A semifinal. Vian had been the highest scoring team in the state until that game.
“We are definitely ready for them,” Goff said. “I can't wait to play at Boone Pickens Stadium.”