Belpre senior hopes to make football postseason

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Belpre’s Tojzae Reams is a standout football player and an All-Ohio track honoree for the Golden Eagles.

Times file photo Belpre’s Tojzae Reams is a standout football player and an All-Ohio track honoree for the Golden Eagles.

Tojzae Reams

Belpre

Year: senior

Age: 17

GPA: 3.3

Nickname: Golden Eagles football coach Greg Adams calls him “Reamsy”

Sports: football, basketball, track and field

Track highlights: D3 All-Ohio (8th in 40.77) in 300-meter hurdles (2017); state qualifier (finished 9th in 40.94) in 300-meter hurdles and in 4×400 relays (2016); state qualifier in 4–100 and the 4–200 relays (2015)

Football position: tailback (offense) and corner (defense)

College: undecided

Major: accounting

Family: Shavon Reams (mother), Vernon Reams (grandpa), Gavin (younger brother), Brinneth (younger sister), and Jensen (younger sister)

Question: What’s your take on the Golden Eagles (2-2) so far this season?

Answer: We’ve won two in a row, now, and I think we’re going to have a pretty good season. Everybody stepped up against Wahama last week. There were some nice hits, lots of scoring. We’re rolling, and winning is contagious.

Q: And you recovered a fumble after the opening kickoff, right?

A: (Laughs) Yeah, and that was a game-changer.

Q: It’s still early but can the Eagles make the playoffs, like they did a couple of years ago when you were a sophomore?

A: That’s our goal. A couple of years ago, that’s when I started carrying the ball more. That playoff game (vs. Harvest Prep) was close (21-19 Harvest Prep) and a lot of fun. I think I scored a couple of touchdowns (30-yard TD reception). That was my favorite game.

Q: By the way, what is your favorite sport?

A: I really like football a lot, but I’m better at track.

Q: Do you think you’d like to play college ball or run track?

A: Depends on what kind of offers I get. I’m tempted to play football…but we’ll see.

Q: What were you thinking standing on the podium (All-Ohio in the 300 hurdles) at the state track meet last spring?

A: (Laughs) That was so crazy, standing there and looking out at all the Belpre people who came to see me run in that one event. I had a lot of support.

Q: Has that been your career sports highlight at Belpre so far?

A: Oh, yeah. So far.

Q: The year before, you finished 9th in the 300 hurdles at state, and missed all-state by one place. That had to have hurt?

A: It was the most terrible feeling.

Q: No doubt, you’ll be wanting to repeat as an All-Ohioan in the hurdles again next spring (2018)?

A: I’ve been working out over the summer, and even now during the football season. That’s one of my goals. Another is to set the school record in the event, which I think is around 38 seconds.

Q: Who has been your sports inspiration?

A: There’s four people. My grandpa, Sam Petty (track teammate and relay leg), and my two best friends – Cade Dixon and Brice Ferrell. Sam was a senior when I was a freshman. He is now at Ohio State. I play Cade one-on-one in basketball a lot. Brice taught me more about track and training. He transferred to Parkersburg Catholic.

Q: Do you have any hobbies?

A: Just helping my grandpa and my mom. I’m constantly active.

Q: What’s your favorite NFL team?

A: (Laughs) The Detroit Lions.

Q: The Lions? Are you from Michigan?

A: (Laughs) No. I just liked Barry Sanders when he played for them.

And, of course, I’m also an Ohio State Buckeyes fan.

Ron Johnston, rjohnston@mariettatimes.com

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