Lance Goodman a senior with the Grove Ridgerunners has recently signed a letter of intent with Bacone College out of Muskogee Oklahoma to play football with the Warriors.

Goodman will be joining the team as a fullback and between his athletic and academic scholarships will have all his college expenses paid for.

Goodman started playing football because of his grandfather Alfred Goodman in the first grade in Fairland and continued their until he transferred to Grove in the eight grade.

He has moved around over the year playing center, tight end, defensive line, safety and fullback before finding his niche.

His love for the sport stems from the comradery he feels playing in such a close-knit team environment.

He had travel to the U.S. Army all American combine and the national underclassman combine during his time playing high school football.

Goodman plays to study Criminal Justice eventually hoping to join the U.S. Marshal Service after completing his four-year degree.

“Dad said I can’t be a street grunt,” said Goodman “I want to bust down doors.”

Goodman’s mom Angie took some time to speak at his signing to talk about him and their family.

“We do everything as a family together and we are excited for Lance and the opportunities he’s been given,” said Angie Goodman.

“He is a great young man, who works at the YMCA and coaches kids football.”

Angie Goodman explained one of the reasons he and his family liked Bacone was, “Coach at Bacone said he can play football but he’s going to graduate.”