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Blake Torok-Both wants his hands on the ball as much as possible, even when his team has a big lead and coach Joe Lobo decides to keep him on the sidelines. - Don Bodger/file
Blake Torok-Both wants his hands on the ball as much as possible, even when his team has a big lead and coach Joe Lobo decides to keep him on the sidelines.
— image credit: Don Bodger/file

Since the Big Bang Theory is Blake Torok-Both’s favourite TV show, he thought he might as well go out with a bang.

Playing in what was likely his final home game for the Cowichan Midget Bulldogs football team, Torok-Both scored five touchdowns. His goal is to head into Canadian Interuniversity Sport football and then to coach someday.

Not surprisingly, Torok-Both, 17, a Grade 12 student at Cowichan Secondary School, lists B.C. Lions’ star running back Andrew Harris, who played in Nanaimo with the Vancouver Island Raiders, as one of his role models.

Joe Lobo, dad Bret Torok-Both, Trevor Slater and Doug (Opie) Williams have all been instrumental in his development, according to Blake Torok-Both, since he first started to patrol the McAdam Park field.

His dad’s right foot (you’ll have to ask him about that) and the sweet succulent feeling of success are motivating factors for Torok-Both.

As for his best asset as an athlete, Torok-Both indicates he’s “never willing to back down from any challenge.’’

His biggest challenge as an athlete has been overcoming failures.

Torok-Both offers this training tip to young athletes: “Always be willing to take in new information such as techniques.’’

Away from the football field, Torok-Both likes to spend time sleeping and eating.

His ideal meal is a lovely medium rare steak with perogies and Caesar salad.

And just to show he has a sentimental side, Torok-Both considers The Lion King as his favourite movie.

Torok-Both’s pet peeve is holes in socks and most people don’t know he’s slightly colourblind.

His favourite school subject is physics.

The world’s greatest invention according to Torok-Both is the football helmet. “Without one, I probably wouldn’t live,’’ he quipped.

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