Player of the Week: Luke Goforth

BLACKSBURG, Va. (WDBJ7) Two weeks ago, Blacksburg's Luke Goforth scored the Bruins' only touchdown against Lord Botetourt, but also threw two picks in his team's first regular season loss in more than two years.

Luke Goforth

"That game, we made some small mistakes that cost us in the end of the game," Goforth said. "But I feel like against Amherst, we came back, did our responsibilities and found a way to win the game."

Indeed, last week the Bruins' quarterback came back with another big-time performance, throwing for 167 yards and three passing touchdowns, while also running in a score in Blacksburg's 38-18 win over the Lancers.

Goforth says, "I was feeling pretty good. I thought as a team, we did all our individual jos as a team to win that football game. Defense did a great job holding them, stopping them in short-yard situations. Offensive line did a great job blocking. Wide receivers catching most everything I threw."

While this season is Goforth's first as the Bruins' QB1, he was second-team all state as a defensive back in 2018.

"He's not a guy that just kind of catches you when you're watching film and that kind of stuff," says Eddie Sloss, head coach for Blacksburg. "He's not a guy that you look at and say, 'OK, we need to stay away from number four.' But at the end of the day, he comes up with those stats, whether it's tackles or interceptions or pass break-ups. He's just a steady guy."

For Goforth, sports have literally been his way of life growing up.
His dad, Mike, is Virginia Tech's associate athletics director for sports medicine and has been with the Hokies since 1998.

His brother, Ethan, was signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates in June and played 20 games for their minor-league team in Bristol this season.

"It's been pretty cool just being there from Little League to now being able to watch him in the Dixie League World Series, and now he's playing minor league baseball professionally. It's pretty cool," said Goforth.

Sloss says, "I think being around the game and being around an older brother who was very competitive in sports and football and baseball, and I think he's just grown up to love to compete -- whether it's football baseball or basketball. He's just a competitor and he just loves it."