Hubkey has flair for dramatics

first_imgROSAMOND – Cody Hubkey is a Rosamond High two-way football standout with a propensity for making big plays. Hubkey, a 6-foot-4, 210-pound senior tight end/defensive lineman, leads the team with eight touchdowns and is the Antelope Valley’s overall leader, averaging 28.32 yards per reception. He has four catches for 50 yards or more, including an 82-yarder in a 27-8 nonleague victory over Vasquez of Acton on Sept. 22. He is also sixth on the team with 43 tackles. His flair for the dramatic extends beyond the football field. “People think it’s kind of funny that the football players are in drama,” Hubkey said. “People stereotype us, and I really don’t like being stereotyped.” Hubkey was a first-team all-league lineman last season. He never played a skilled position in high school before this year, when coach Lon Boyett, who returned to the program after a 10-year hiatus, moved him to tight end. “We saw that he had good hands and we needed (a tight end),” Boyett said. “It’s his first year (at the position), so he’s had to learn to run patterns and release, and he’s done a great job.” Boyett believes tight end is Hubkey’s natural position. Boyett said Hubkey is a potential four-year college prospect, although he said he’ll probably have to add some bulk to his lean frame and will probably have to start out at a junior college. “He’s got good form and he’s a really good blocker,” Boyett said. But although football is Hubkey’s favorite extracurricular activity, it isn’t his only scholarship possibility. He said he hopes to impress colleges with his performance in “The Diviners.” He will also direct a school play in the spring. Hubkey has won over skeptics in the theatre arts department. Rosamond senior Jonathan “Bonesy” Robertson, who’s also involved in the school’s theatre arts program, feared having a “football jock” on stage would be a “catastrophe.” “He proved me wrong,” Robertson said. “He came on stage and he blew me away. “He was able to put his emotions on the stage. He wasn’t just the jock that I knew.” Hubkey’s football teammates have taken note of his ability to bring intensity and a light mood to the team. “He’s a very comedic guy, he’s always telling us jokes and making us laugh,” Rosamond senior receiver/defensive back Jesus Bautista said. “He makes it fun.” Hubkey said that other than memorization and performing before a crowd, the two disciplines don’t directly correlate. He said rewards for achieving success in both, however, are similar. “If you catch the ball and you say the line right, then you feel like you’ve got it done and that’s a good feeling,” Hubkey said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’Hubkey is also a rising star in Rosamond’s theatre arts department. He was named the school’s rookie actor of the year for his appearance in a Rosamond production of “Mr. Western,” and has a leading role in “The Diviners,” which will open on campus later this month. Hubkey and his defending High Desert League champion Rosamond teammates take center stage in a pivotal High Desert League showdown against Bishop at Bishop tonight at 7 p.m. Rosamond (7-2, 3-1) can win a share of its second consecutive league title for the first time since the late 1970s. Bishop (6-3, 4-0) is ranked No. 6 in the Southern Section’s East Valley Division poll. Rosamond is ranked No. 9. Rosamond senior running back Ricci Davis is involved in the school’s theatre arts program too, and also has a role in “The Diviners.” last_img

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