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On season’s first play, linebacker completely takes over

Cameron Smith
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It's not easy for sophomores to make an impact at the varsity level in Texas. After all, most Texas football programs are ridiculously deep with talent, giving them a chance to add further seasoning to up and coming talented players.

Evidently someone forgot to tell La Porte (Texas) High running back and linebacker Hoza Scott. The young starter took over his team's first game of the season on the first play, and he did so on the defensive side. That's some trick.

As you can see in the video above, on the first snap of La Porte's 31-0 rout of Clements (Texas) High, Scott came in on a blitz from his linebacker position. Somehow, Scott went ocmpletely unnoticed by the Clements offensive line, probably because his blitz came in too quickly for the line to even notice.

With a clear shot on the quarterback, Clements' passer Clayton Holgorson -- yes, he is related to new West Virginia coach Dana Holgorson (it's his nephew) had no time to figure out where to get rid of the ball. By the time Holgorson tried to throw a pass away, Scott was already on top of him, snatching up the ball as it left the Clements quarterback's hand and strolling right into the end zone.

Incredibly, because of La Porte's physical defense, that touchdown turned out to be the game winner. Just five seconds into the season, La Porte was already good enough to be 1-0 thanks to an incredibly dominant one-man play.

"[There is] a little bit of youth and inexperience, so something to overcome early, but I think we'll be alright with it," La Porte coach Jeff LaReau told the Houston Chronicle of his team's early season prospects.

If La Porte's other young talent is half as promising as Scott, it would seem the squad is in fine shape, indeed.

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