by Mark Clements
November 18, 2010 – After and 0-5 start to the 2010 season, many would have written off the Westlake High School football as district contenders.
But something sparked within the Rams leading them to win their next five games – all five district games.
One of these sparks came with the increased intensity of the Westlake High defense. In that five game span, the Rams gave up over 20 points, just one time in the 55-54 shootout with Crowley.
One of the key cogs to this defense is 6’2” 200 pound senior Tyler Stoddard.
The free safety said that shootout with Crowley was actually one of his favorite games of the year.
“Eunice and Crowly were just the biggest games,” Stoddard said. “We needed to win those games to win district.”With good size, 4.6 speed, and some good numbers in the weight room – bench: 235, squat: 450, clean: 225 – Stoddard is hoping to bring his talents to the next level.
A three sport athlete in high school, playing catcher for the baseball team and running hurdles in track, Stoddard has all ready committed to Southeastern University to play football at the collegiate level.
“I like the coaches and the program and everything about it,” he said of his future school.
Stoddard made the rounds before making a decision, though. The young athlete has attended football camps at Tulane, ULM, Northwestern State and Southeastern.
While Stoddard said he has been a long time New Orleans Saints fan, he said he looks up and models his game after one of the best in the business.
“I like Troy Polamalu,” Stoddard said. “I like how he runs for the ball and hits people hard.”