Dillon Gilbert Opens Lanes for Owasso Rushers

GTR Sports Writer

MIKE MOGUIN for Owasso Rambler
TOP LINEMAN: Dillon Gilbert is a key part of Owasso’s offensive line.

Dillon Gilbert is one of many reasons why the Owasso Rams are unbeaten and ranked No. 1 in Class 6AI. 
Gilbert, a 6’4″ 285-pound senior, plays right tackle for the Rams, often opening lanes for the likes of quarterback Austin Havens, wide receivers Jaray Austin, Kelan Carney, Trey Goins, Ronnie Thomas and Cole Adams.  
Owasso was 3-0 at mid-September after wins against Edmond Santa Fe, Fayetteville (Ark.) and Broken Arrow, which the Rams beat 32-6 on Sept. 11. 
“I feel really good. I don’t think we can do any better,” Gilbert said. “A win is a win in my book. I don’t care what the score is.”
Gilbert made some key blocks for Owasso, helping his team to 426 yards against the Tigers, who were ranked second heading into the game. He was pleased with his performance.
“I feel like I did pretty well,” Gilbert said. “Even if I do good and somebody else doesn’t, or if I don’t do good and somebody else does, it’s a team effort. It doesn’t matter just how I do.”
In order to keep the momentum going and to keep the wins coming, Gilbert says, “We’re just going to keep going strong. We don’t care where we’re ranked.” 
Gilbert, who has been in Owasso all his life, has played football since third grade. He alternated between offensive line and defensive line in little leagues, but has been solely on offense in high school. 
Gilbert says that what he likes about playing o-line is “just being able to dominate people against their will without them being able to do anything about it.” When asked if dominating makes it all better, he cheerfully said, “oh yeah.”
In the 2020 VYPE Pigskin Preview, Gilbert is listed as among the top 100 players in the state. The publication states, “with strength and reach, the Owasso senior keeps running lanes open while protecting the quarterback in the passing game.”
But he begs to offer. “I feel like it’s what all of our o-line does. It’s not just me. I don’t think I should take all the recognition for it,” he said. 
The other offensive linemen are Hudson Moseby, a 6’2″, 275-pound senior at left tackle; Logan Ledbetter, a 5’11”, 290-pound senior at left guard; Carter Davis, a 6’0″, 265-pound senior at center; and Grayson Isaac, a 6’2″, 290-pound senior at left guard. 
Most football players have role models in the NFL and NCAA Division-I to look up to and emulate. That’s not the case with Gilbert. 
“To be honest, I don’t watch much football. I just play it,” he said.
Gilbert made an announcement on Twitter back on July 7 that he’ll be playing college football at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo.
“I just like the coaches. It’s a great life plan. It sets you up for life,” Gilbert said. 
He chose Air Force over offers from New Mexico, University of Central Oklahoma and some D-II schools.
After an off week, he finished September playing Union in its District 6AI-2 opener. 
In October, the Rams play at Norman North (Oct. 2), host Edmond North (Oct. 9), followed by road games at Southmoore (Oct. 15) and Mustang (Oct. 23) and another home game against Moore (Oct. 30). The Rams will wrap their regular season hosting Putnam City (Nov. 6). 

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