Nov 6 — Cody Lanier had set himself a goal of reaching the 1,000 yard mark before the start of the season.
On November 5 at Hornets Stadium, the junior running back from Pueblo County High School achieved that goal. And with ease.
He hit the milestone on his third postponement early in the second quarter and passed it by far with a 52-yard rush for a touchdown later in the quarter. This turned out to be the only score in the first half as Pueblo County led 7-0.
Lanier finished with 152 yards and helped Pueblo County win the South Central League title.
Reaching the milestone was not that surprising as Lanier is the back of the Hornets. He has played six 100-yard games this season and has been a model of consistency.
The only game he missed was last week against Centennial when he was forced to sit down with a concussion.
“I’ve set a goal of 1,000 yards before the season and it will be good to hit it,” Lanier said earlier this week. “I kind of like showing people what I can do. I work with guys a lot.
“The success I have had is due to my lineage and the good chemistry I have with them.”
Pueblo County head coach Monte Pinkerton expected big things from Lanier this season and he’s produced.
“I was expecting great things from him for the season and he has done a good job,” said Pinkerton. “He runs strong, lean forward and has good vision.
“But a lot of that comes from experience. He’s been able to adjust to the speed of college play. Plus, he’s good at building blocks and being patient rather than forcing action. . “
Lanier, 6 feet tall and 165 pounds, plays bigger than his height. He constantly crushes his opponents and uses that mentality to rack up extra yards. Prior to the Nov. 6 game, he had racked up 994 yards on 162 carries with 10 touchdowns. His longest scoring game was a 95 yards.
“My agility and the mentality of just crushing people,” Lanier said of his strengths as a runner.
Lanier is also pretty quick, clocking 4.65 seconds in the 40-yard dash earlier this year.
In fact, Lanier uses his speed for another sport, the spring running track. He competes in the 100 and 200-meter races.
Lanier has managed to avoid injuries and attributes his work in the weight room to his health.
“I do a lot of weightlifting outside of football,” he said. “I wish I could do weight training in the future. I thought about that.”
Lanier aspires to play college football, but just wants to end the season strong as Pueblo County heads to the playoffs.
He also became a two-way street over the season, playing linebacker in defense.
But his first love is offense.
“I like the offense better,” he admitted. “I’ve always enjoyed scoring touchdowns and making highlights.”
Pinkerton said Lanier is typical of the kind of player he enjoys coaching.
“(He’s) a good boy… really calm,” Pinkerton said. “He gets the job done, always shows up and gets things done.”
Senior sports journalist Jeff Letofsky can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter @jeffletofsky
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