Bedford native Tyvis Powell talks ‘amazing feeling’ to be going to national championship game

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BEDFORD, Ohio– Ohio State defeated the #1-ranked Crimson Tide in the Sugar Bowl and #23, Tyvis Powell, of Bedford, is riding a high after the Buckeyes made college football history Thursday night.

“It was an amazing feeling waking up today, knowing that you are Sugar Bowl champs, that we overcome the odds because everyone was doubting us,” said Powell, Ohio State defender.

A win was solidified when Powell intercepted a ball on the last play of the game.

“The decision to run the ball at the end zone was me being selfish.  I looked up and saw the green grass.  I said I know they don’t care, so I’m gonna try and take it to the house,” laughed Powell.

“All I’m screaming is get down, get down.  But knowing him, I know exactly what he would come to the sideline and say, ‘I was going to house it; I was going to take it to the house!’ laughed Sean Williams, head football coach for the Bedford City School District.

Williams said he saw the same Powell Thursday night that played for him with the Bedford Bearcats.

“He was the first to go from Bedford to The Ohio State.  He’s making history for us, for our community, our schools,” said Williams.

“I’ve learned so much from Coach Urban Meyer.  Although he is a great coach, he’s a great mentor.  He teaches so many life lessons that you can’t get anywhere else,” said Powell.

Powell is currently a senior at The Ohio State, but is in his sophomore year with the football team.

Right now, his focus is when the Bucks play the Ducks come January 12.  “Oregon is a very high tempo team, so we have get prepared for that.  Watch the film, study the team, and then go out and execute on game day,” said Powell.

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