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Reed, Hess push each other, pull Indians to new heights

December 16, 2007|By MARK KELLER

There was no question what opponents would have to do if they were to beat Berkeley Springs in 2007.

To beat the Indians, you'd have to stop running backs Cody Reed and Cody Hess.

The real question was: How do you do that?

Few teams found the answer to that question as the senior backfield duo combined for more than 2,800 rushing yards and 43 touchdowns in the regular season, leading the Indians to a 9-3 overall record and their first-ever home playoff game and playoff victory.

That production earned them The Herald-Mail's Co-Offensive Players of the Year honors.

"It was difficult for us to think of one without the other also," said Berkeley Springs coach Angelo Luvara. "I don't think coaches get the chance but once in a lifetime to have that kind of talent, so I consider myself lucky in that respect."

The relationship between Reed and Hess, who describe themselves as great friends, never suffered when one got more carries than the other.

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That's not to say, however, that there was not a competitive nature to their on-field relationship.

"We wanted to push each other to get better each game," Hess said. "I think between us it was a competition, but more than anything else, we wanted to win. That was more important than any stats."

The desire to win was what stood out most to Luvara, who knew that his two horses were the key to a successful season.

"They are the ultimate teammates," Luvara said. "They've never had a jealous bone in their bodies, and that's kind of hard to find in athletes sometimes.

"But for them, it was all about whether we won or didn't win. They had that attitude from day one."

Reed finished the regular season with a Tri-State best 1,526 rushing yards. His 10.3 yards per carry were second only to Boonsboro's Ryan McLean (10.8). Reed scored 21 touchdowns, second only to Hess, who had 22.

Hess had 1,300 yards in the regular season, third in the Tri-State and just one yard behind McLean for second.

It was the second straight year that both Reed and Hess topped the 1,000-yard mark, an accomplishment Luvara chalks up to a commitment to the weight room and studying by both players.

"Every year, they got bigger and stronger and faster. Reed had trouble hanging on to the ball. This year he only fumbled twice in almost 200 carries," Luvara said. "They had success, but they kept striving to be better."

Their season came to a bitter end when both players had to watch from the sidelines as Scott's Jordan Roberts ran wild against the Indians in a 54-20 playoff loss. Reed and Hess left the game with injuries on consecutive drives in the first quarter of that game.

"I was so upset that I couldn't get back in there to help them out," Hess said. "That hurt me pretty bad."

Both Reed and Hess hope to play at the college level next year. Luvara has sent tape of both players to numerous schools.

"They both can play at the next level. The talent is there, they're coachable ... there's no doubt in my mind they can play," Luvara said.

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