It doesn't take very long to figure out that Jermodd Garrett is a special football player.
"Football is a physical sport and my team looks up to me to make tackles and lead the team. So that's what I do," Linebacker Garrett said.
Making plays seems to be Jermodd's specialty. The senior star leads the area with more than 130 tackles, to go with around a dozen sacks.
If you ask Robert C. Byrd Head Football Coach Bruce Carey, he will tell you Garrett is much more than a play-maker.
"He's definitely a leader of the team. The kids respect him and he has done a good job for us," Coach Carey said. "He gets them fired up before the games and he keeps them fired up on the sideline."
"My favorite NFL player is Ray Lewis. He's a vocal leader, so I try to be more like him. It lifts me when I'm out there yelling," Garrett said.
The Eagles trailed Braxton County 21-10 at the half during last weekend's opening round contest of the 2012 high school football playoffs. That was Jermodd's cue to step up as a leader, and guide his team the only way he knew how.
"We went back our there and I told the defense, this is not going to be my last senior game and we're going to get this done. We got everybody to rally, made a couple of fourth down stops by calling plays and just got things done," Garrett said.
Next up for the Eagles is Bluefield and a chance for RCB to march on to the state semifinals.