Tuesday, February 4, 2014
- by B.B. Branton
You are an 8-year-old playing catch with your dad in the
backyard dreaming of making that final pass for
a winning touchdown .. You're Joe Montana to Dwight Clark or Tom Brady
to Wes Welker.
As a kid growing up, you dream of these moments. "Ice Water in
Your Veins" moments.
Fast forward 10 years to this past November and Boyd
Buchanan senior quarterback Jim Cardwell is that 8-year -old turned 18 as he faced
possibly his last Ice Water in Your Veins moment.
Overtime … trailing by seven …District Title on the line ... Cardwell’s Bucs faced fourth
and goal from the Silverdale 9.
A dramatic touchdown pass and catch with sophomore Jack
Keebler in the back of the end zone pulled the host Bucs within one.
Go for one and force a second overtime or go for the win.
“We didn’t walk on the field to tie Silverdale, we were
there to beat Silverdale,” said Cardwell in a phone conversation Tuesday.
“We had a run option play called, but noticed the defense
was not covering (running back) Austin Jackson. So we changed the call to “Bubble
Bear”. I hit Austin with a swing pass and he dove into the end zone for the 22-21 win
in a fantastic finish.”
For the past four years, two-time all-state quarterback
Cardwell led the Bucs to many dramatic wins on Friday nights – 37-16 record and
four straight district titles plus playoffs – and now is ready to try his hand
at the next level on Saturdays as a punt returner and slot receiver.
“I will be a preferred walk-on at Middle Tennessee State in
the fall and look forward to facing the challenges of competing at the Division
I level,” stated Cardwell who will enroll in summer school so as to work out
with the team.
"Jim Cardwell epitomizes the Want and Desire of
a small school high school football player,” said Boyd-Buchanan head coach
“Never has a day passed that he wasn't working to make
himself and others around him better. Boyd Buchanan School is proud that Jim
will be representing our School at MTSU next fall".
Cardwell had a positive experience while competing in three
summer football camps at MTSU and also looks forward to taking courses in the
school’s strong business school.
“Another reason I chose MTSU is that the team plays an
attractive schedule including furture trips to Minnesota and Illinois from the
Big 10, plus Vanderbilt, U. of Memphis and Marshal and also has competed in
bowl games three of last five years,” said Cardwell.
While Cardwell is switching positions (QB to slot receiver)
and changes levels of play - high school to big time Saturday football - his
drive, determination and football smarts will help prepare him for the next
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