For the second time this spring the Lincoln Trojans celebrated signing day in their school auditorium where so many athletes had made commitments to play college football. This current group of signees brought the total to 9 this year for Lincoln. Jerell Gallon (Iowa Central JC), Ron Mills (Coffeyville JC), Aaron Davis (Dean JC) Kelvin Musgrove (Dean JC) and Rod Washington (Dean JC) all signed their letters of intent in front of a host of family members, classmates and teachers.
“We feel like that there’s always an opportunity for kids to play at the next level,… If a kid expresses an interest in playing college football, we here at Lincoln, will try and do what ever is necessary for them to succeed.” Head Coach Yusuf Shakir said after the ceremony. Shakir’s bunch has certainly jumped at the chance to play at the next level. With 3 players heading to Dean Junior College in Franklin, Massachusetts, the Trojan’s tradition of hard work will be represented well by Davis, Musgrove and Washington. When asked about heading off to college with his high school teammates Aaron Davis responded “We’re all like brothers. We’re going to go up there and continue to push each other hard.”
Lincoln’s top defensive player from the 2010 championship team, Ron Mills, was all smiles as he thanked his family and spoke about his choice to play at Coffeyville. “My cousin played there and he told me that it was a good school”, said Mills. Standout Jerrell Gallon based his decision on how much Iowa Central’s program resembled Lincoln’s. “One of the biggest reasons I chose to go to Iowa Central is because even though it’s up north, it still felt like home.”
On the 2nd day of spring football practices for the 2011 season, the East Gadsden Jaguars put a nice lid on a successful 2010 year, as standouts Adrian Williams and Adam Powell signed letters of intent to play college football at Livingstone College. Head Coach Corey Fuller recognized the parents and family members involved and went on to say “Having these two young men sign scholarships is like watching my own children…”
Powell (defensive end) and Williams (strong safety) started on the Jaguar defense and described the experience as both a “great opportunity” and a result of plenty of “hard work”. Fuller also spoke of the rewards of “doing things right” and the importance of representing Gadsden county at the next level.
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The players weren’t the only ones excited about the opportunity to play football at the collegiate level. “It is truly a blessing!”, exclaimed Michelle Powell, mother of Adam Powell, who was elated to know that her sons college tuition will be paid for. Adrian Williams was also thankful for his chance at Livingstone College “At first I really didn’t think it would happen, but I kept the faith and prayed on it.”
Only 2 weeks remain in the 2010 season and 4Quartersonline.com had a chance to check in on area first year head coach Ronnie Cottrell in preparation for his team’s crucial district match-up against the Rickards Raiders.
Coach Cottrell talks to us about the pivotal Thursday night contest and the recent string of victories the Cougars have put together after a rocky start. Along with their coach, we also get the thoughts of Cougar players #54 LB P Thomas, #14 WR M. Davis and #10 QB D. Andrews.
4quartersonline.com has exclusive interviews with Head Coaches Shane Boggs and Scott Klees from the Taylor County and Wakulla match-up. Also we listen to Florida High and FAMU High coaches Jerrod Hickman and Ira Reynolds thoughts about their week 1 contest.
The 2010 football season is in full swing. Watch as the Lincoln Trojans hit the field and listen to Head Coach Yusuf Shakir thoughts on this years team.
On Monday afternoon 4Quartersonline.com had a chance to head out to Madison County High School, where we met up with new Madison County Head Coach, Mike Coe. Watch as Coach Coe talks about Madison County football tradition, returning players and their supportive fans!
4Quartersonline.com made a visit out to Godby High School during the final practice before their annual “Blue and White” game to catch up with former Florida State and University of Alabama recruiting expert Ronnie Cottrell who is now the head football coach. Coach Cottrell speaks on the direction of the program after the departure of Shelton Crews, the importance of academic success and the key players who’ll return next fall!
4Q Exclusive: Rickards LB/RB Fred Griggs Signs Letter of Intent with St. Francis University (Joliet, IL)
The Rickards community added yet another reason to celebrate the success of their 2009 football season, as another senior committed to play football on the collegiate level. 4Q “BIG 11″ standout Fred Griggs signed a letter of intent with St. Francis University in Joliet, Illinois.
Surrounded by a host of classmates and teachers, Griggs spoke highly of his teammates, coaches and his family as he cited his reason for choosing St. Francis University. Griggs’ mother was all smiles as Fred wrote his name on the intent letters. She later stated that “Fred is very motivated. He works hard and he studies hard. He’s my son and he’s a good kid”.
PLAYER NAME POSITION SCHOOL COLLEGE Fred Griggs LB / RB Rickards St. Francis University
With his commitment to the University of St.Francis, Fred Griggs will join 3 other Rickards’ college commits, Brandon Denmark, Terry Johnson and Cameron Hudson. Head football coach Rudy Hubbard described Griggs as a leader and expressed his excitement about next years squad, saying that “everyone else had better watch out for us next season… it’s on!”.
|Antwan Matthews||DB / WR||East Gadsden||Jacksonville University|
|Bryan Robinson||DL||East Gadsden||Florida International|
|David Crumity||DB||Jefferson County||South Alabama|
|Marquise Dobson||WR / CB||Jefferson County||Georgia Military|
|Breyon Crumity||FB / OL||Jefferson County||Concordia College|
|Tavaris Thompson||DT||Jefferson County||Edward Waters|
|Jacarri Ross||OL /DL||Jefferson County||Edward Waters|
|Clint Trickett||QB||N. Florida Christian||Florida State|
|Drew Gentry||OL||N. Florida Christian||East Carolina|
|Mack Helms||DL / OL||Leon||East Carolina|
|John Holt||OL||Leon||Texas Southern|
|Cody Gibson||OL||Lincoln||South Carolina|
|Tony Moore||RB||Lincoln||Florida International|
|Jauan Davis||WR||Florida High||Samford|
|Josh Thomas||DB||Florida High||Florida State (P. Walk-On)|
|Tony Verduzco||NG||Florida High||Conord College|
|Devyn Hardy||DB||Florida High||South Florida (P. Walk-On)|
|Daniel Jones||DB||Florida High||Northwestern|
|Brandon Denmark||DE / WR||Rickards||Illinois|
|Terry Johnson||DB / QB||Rickards||Florida A&M|
|Jerico Lee||DL||Godby||Florida International|
|Mike Etheridge||TE/LB||Godby||Florida A&M|
|Mycheal Pool||WR||Chiles||Western Iowa CC|
Watch another round of our weekly show along with highlights of last Friday’s match-up between Wakulla and Florida High.
We’ve done it again! 4Quartersonline.com has found yet another way to bring you the action with our new show: Overtime! On this weeks show we have FAMU High Baby Rattler head coach Ira Reynolds. Listen to our discussion about standout athletes, break-downs of last weeks games and previews of next weeks match-ups! Like always we want to hear from you, so feel free to leave your comments.
Interview By Marc Adams
Interview By Marc Adams
Interview By Marc Adams