Sexton football star Goodman headed to Eastern Illinois

Sexton football star Goodman headed to Eastern Illinois


Sexton football star Goodman headed to Eastern Illinois


Sexton football standout Anthony Goodman signed with Eastern Illinois of the Football Championship Subdivision’s Ohio Valley Conference on Friday.

Goodman was named Division 3-4 honorable mention as a running back in his senior season after running for 1,551 yards and 19 touchdowns while leading Sexton to the Division 4 district finals.

Rushing for almost eight yards per carry, Goodman was also one of the most versatile players in the mid-Michigan area during his varsity career for the Big Reds and will begin in the fall with the Panthers on defense.

“They want me to come in and play corner. I might get a shot at playing a little bit of special teams, kick return, punt return if I have to fight for a spot,” Goodman said. “It gives me a leg up with football smarts. It’s good to know both sides of the ball. …

“I’m real excited and I’m really happy to get out to Eastern Illinois and see what they have in store for me.”

Goodman was both a cornerback and a return man while representing Sexton in the 32nd Annual Michigan High School All-Star Game on Jun. 30 at Alma College.

Goodman, who chose a scholarship from Eastern Illinois over a preferred walk-on opportunity at Eastern Michigan, needed a qualifying ACT score in order to sign and became a late qualifier once he got his score.

“With his ability, people still wanted him and that’s why he was able to get a scholarship and we’re really proud of him,” Sexton coach Dan Boggan said.

“It’s a real big relief. It took a lot of stress off my shoulders and put a lot of joy in my heart — me and my family,” Goodman said. “I’m just glad I get to go to school for free, everything’s paid for and no money has to come out of my parents’ pocket. I just plan on going to school, taking care of business and getting my bachelor’s.”

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