High School Sports

February 7, 2014

Westwood celebrates football history

Four Redhawks honored as the program's first college scholarship players at a Friday signing ceremony.

Westwood celebrated another first on Friday when the school celebrated the first college signings in the second-year football program’s history.

Tyriek Bell, Anthony Friday, Vyncint Smith and Raymond Hall announced their college destinations on National Signing Day, but waited until Friday to have a public ceremony in the school gymnasium.

Bell, a tough strong safety, accepted a scholarship at Division II Tusculum, and defensive end Friday, wide receiver Smith and linebacker Hall went in a package deal to Limestone – a developing program which will join Tusculum and in-state Newberry in the South Atlantic Conference in 2014.

“Sure, you’d like to have all your kids sign at D-I schools, but I could not be prouder of these players because they are the first from Westwood to earn football scholarships,” said Redhawks coach Rodney Summers.

“They have earned the first spots on our Wall of Fame in the weight room. They have set the standard for all of the players to come in our program.”

But while there was a joyful mood at the ceremony, Summers admitted to being frustrated by the lack of interest by FBS and FCS programs in star running back Christian Brown who ran for 1,987 yards and 24 touchdowns and averaged 7.3 yards per carry last season

“The kids had a phenomenal season for us even though he didn’t become and offense only player until the fifth game of the season,” said Summers. “I don’t understand why he hasn’t had any interest from schools other than Tusculum and Limestone. It’s very disappointing to me.”

Summers said Brown has indicated he may attempt to make his way as a preferred walk-on at a bigger program.

“Things could change, of course, but I’ll support Christian’s decision if that’s the way he wants to go,” he said.

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