Stone Bridge (Ashburn, VA) senior and Virginia Tech commit Jeron Gouveia has played every possible skill position on offense throughout his varsity football career, which began in his freshman year. That has not changed this season, as Gouveia has been able to make an impact from all over the field in 2007.
“I try to get on the field as much as possible,” Gouveia said. “I can play wide receiver, running back, quarterback or tight end. They’ll do whatever possible to get me the ball and make a big play. That works well for me and it helps our team because I can be a threat everywhere.
“I really just play safety on defense, but I do come up and support the line a lot. If I see the runner, I come up hard.”
In last week’s Group AAA, Division 5 state semifinal, Gouveia made the biggest impact at the running back position. He rushed for over 100 yards and three second-half scores in leading Stone Bridge to a 38-24 win over Phoebus. After a sour end to the first half, Gouveia and company roared back for 24 second half points.
“It was 14-14 towards the end of the first half,” Gouveia said. “Phoebus punted the ball and for some reason I went to get it even though it was a tough get. I muffed it and they got the ball on the 15. They ended up scoring right before halftime, so the score was 21-14 going in. Coach Thompson was pretty mad. I was bummed, but everyone had my back. When we came out in the second half, we kept pushing them and pushing them. I guess they got tired. We scored three times. We did dominate pretty well in the second half.”
Up next is the Group AAA, Division 5 state championship. Stone Bridge fell to Hampton two years ago in the final and this will be the last chance for Gouveia and the rest of the Stone Bridge seniors to taste state championship glory.
“Ever since I was a freshman in the program, some other seniors and I said we would be the first team to win state by the time we are seniors,” said Gouveia, whose team faces Potomac at noon at the University of Virginia. “Now it is ironic that we get the opportunity in our senior year. We get an opportunity to win state for Coach Thompson and the program. We lost two years ago, but I think we have a good chance.”
There is no question how much Gouveia wants to win.
“This is the biggest game of my career,” he said.
There is also no question about where Gouveia will play his college...
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