• John Macon Gillespie

SES Reflections: Blake Comer

It was a banner year for the Smithville Seminole football program. In addition to being crowned division champions for the first time since 2009, they also advanced all the way to the North Half championship game. They fell in that game, but for senior quarterback Blake Comer that didn’t put a damper on what he and his teammates had accomplished.

“I just want everyone to remember this 2015 team and remember how we always played together and what we accomplished,” Comer explained.

Comer credited how he and his teammates played together this season as one of the main reasons that they were able to experience the success they had. That helped them to never quit playing, even when things became difficult.

“We always played as a team, basically like brothers,” He said. “No matter what the scoreboard said we never quit playing hard.”

With his football career now in the rearview, Comer will look ahead to baseball season. He calls baseball his favorite sport and his talent on the diamond is undeniable. He has batted .300 or better each season since his freshman season. As a junior last year he lead the team with 14 doubles. In addition to his offensive prowess, he was 7-1with 1.77 earned run average as a pitcher his sophomore season.

However, before his final baseball season gets cranked up for the Seminoles, he was able to reflect on the things that he has learned from football and the memories it has given him.

As a quarterback, he was a natural leader for his team. So with that role he was able to learn a couple of things that should prove valuable to him going forward.

“I learned how to encourage others while they are down and to bring them back up. Also to be a leader and to never give up,” He said when asked what he had learned from the sport.

Reflection is crucial once you come to the end of the road in anything in life. When you reflect you can think about things that you will miss from a particular experience, your best memories while doing it and also places you saw yourself improve. Each of those came to the surface while Comer looked back on his careers.

What will he miss most now that football is over?

“Playing for my hometown and the atmosphere on Friday nights,” He explained.

Redemption is the theme of his best memory from football.

“Beating Shaw in the second round this year because they beat us the year before in the playoffs,” He said, but he also told me the accomplishment he is most proud of is making first team all-state.

Finally, he told me he felt he improved the most in an area that is vital to the success of any quarterback, passing. The numbers back that up, even though they are not eye-popping. He was asked to be the stable leader of an offense that featured a dominant running game, keep in mind. His junior year he threw just two touchdowns while he improved that number to 12 his senior campaign.

Additionally, there is something to be said about him based on his favorite movie, “Chasing Mavericks.” That is a story of learning to overcome a big obstacle and the determination that can sometimes take.

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