Western Branch RB Shimique Blizzard (Photo: Lance Hinton/recruit757)
Rising sophomore Shimique Blizzard sees bright days ahead
by Andy Hilton, recruit757
Just a few weeks ago, Western Branch running back Shimique Blizzard (2023 RB 5-8 175) made an appearance at the recruit757 Clash of the Titans.
Blizzard made a strong showing, along with several Bruin teammates including newly arriving linebacker Desmond Cook (2022 TE/LB 6-0 210). Cook is the son of new head coach Rashad Cook, who played his high school ball at Western Branch and has now come home to lead the football program.
There’s a lot of new energy at Western Branch.
At the August 2 Clash of the Titans, Cook was one of several standouts at the linebacker position. The linebacker position group and the running back position group were two at the Clash that were won by 757 athletes. Devante Cooper of Great Bridge and Jermond Simon-Davenport of Phoebus took home the MVP awards.
One of Blizzard’s current Twitter quotes is “Delete that old version of me in yo head. It expired.”
That’s indicative of the chip on Blizzard’s shoulder. He’s ready to hit the field again to prove himself in more than a camp situation.
Unfortunately, that opportunity has to wait.
There’s new blood at Western Branch. The delayed season gives Coach Cook and his Bruins six more month to prepare to hit the field.
The strength of the Western Branch football program is in their youth. The Clash of the Titans performances by Shimique Blizzard and Desmond Cook are just a preview of what’s to come.
– Andy Hilton