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Italy’s Gared Wood tabbed Methodist Midlothian Player of the Week after 8 TD performance

Ellis County Sports report

Italy quarterback Gared Wood was quite literally born to lead the Gladiators. After a sophomore season primarily serving as a running back, the junior has moved behind center and is shining as the Gladiators QB1. 

Wood accounted for 8 total touchdowns against Itasca en route to being named the Methodist Midlothian Medical Center Player of the Week for Ellis County in week seven of the high school football season.

Wood completed 12-of-his-14 passes for 294 yards and 7 touchdowns in a 52-0 District 7-2A drubbing of the Wampus Cats on Friday. He added a team-high 11 carries for 87 yards and 1 touchdown. 

Senior wideout Dredick Owens pulled in 5 of Wood’s touchdown passes on a night where he finished with 6 catches for 188 yards. Eric Solis (1-37) and KT Cockran (1-16) caught the other two Wood touchdown passes. 

Wood’s performance improved the Gladiators to 4-3 on the season and 3-0 in 7-2A. Italy will clinch a postseason berth with its next win, which could come at home Friday against former Italy head coach Craig Horn and the Axtell Longhorns. 

Congratulations to all of the Methodist Midlothian Medical Center Players of the Week for the 2023 Ellis County high school football season:

• Week 1: Carter Rutenbar, QB, Midlothian Heritage

• Week 2: Jermy Jackson Jr., OLB/DE, Waxahachie

• Week 3: Reggie Moody Jr., QB, Red Oak


Methodist Midlothian Medical Center is the first community hospital in Midlothian. Conveniently located near U.S. Highway 287, our five-story medical center features a range of services, from emergency care and advanced surgery to labor and delivery and imaging. We’re here when and where you need us.

To find a doctor or view our services that range from emergency & trauma to maternity & newborn care to heart care in our state-of-the-art cath lab, visit: https://www.methodisthealthsystem.org/methodist-midlothian-medical-center/.

About Travis M. Smith

Travis M. Smith is the owner and content director of Ellis County Sports and has over a decade of award-winning sports coverage. He most recently served as the digital sports director for KBEC 1390AM/99.1FM. He is the former managing editor of the Waxahachie Daily Light, Midlothian Mirror and Glen Rose Reporter.

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