Congratulations to Lafayette Stephens Jr., Tre’Michael Tutt, Anthony Means, Bishop Ozan, Darien Archie, Joel Soanes, and Jalen Hurts on signing their letter of intent to continue playing football in college.
Lafayette Stephens Jr. was a two year letterman at wide receiver for the falcons and will continue his football career at Southwestern University in Georgetown, TX. He plans to major in Engineering or Physical Training. He said the most influential person to help him achieve this goal of playing football at the next level “would have to be my dad because of the man he is today”. Mom and Dad are very proud; as mom describes him, “Anfernee has always been a hard working dedicated student/athlete. I believe he was blessed with being so successful because he had good teachers and coaches that planted good seeds in him. Mrs. Bartrip, his third grade teacher, taught him to be organized, and gave him confidence. His fourth grade teacher, Ms. Archey, said he would be a mathematician. His sixth grade teacher, Mr. “O”, showed him how to persevere, even in hard times. Coach Tiki Hardeman showed him the basics of sports (football and basketball). His 9th grade coach, Mr. Green, showed him how to improve his routes, and to overcome fear. His eleventh and twelfth grade coach, Coach Hurts, showed him how to succeed even when all odds were against him. Lastly, God has showed him how to have faith”. Stephens’ words of wisdom to his younger teammates is to “keep believing in yourself and overcome adversity. Build Character, stay focused and maintain an adequate GPA”.
Tre’Michael Tutt was a four year letterman at defensive back for the falcons and will continue his football career at Texas A&M Kingsville next year. Tre’Michael Tutt wants to major in business at Texas A&M Kingsvile. He says without the help and encouragement from his mother, he would not have achieved this goal. His mom said,”Trey, I’m so proud of the young man you have grown into ; from little league to varsity football. You have given 110% in everything that you participated in. Thank you for making me proud and being a hard worker, and being everything that your dad wanted you to be. You are my superstar #5, and I love you forever and forever.” Tutts advice to the underclassmen is “take care of your books. be a Leader and put in the extra work so that you can achieve your life time goal”.
Anthony Means was a two year letteman at wide receiver for the falcons and signed his National Letter of Intent to Texas A&M Commerce where he wants to major in business. He gives credit to two former classmates, team members, and friends, Jalen Hurts and Averion Hurts, Jr. for helping him learn the definition of hard work in order to achieve a goal. He would tell the underclassmen, “Keep your head up. Keep chasing your dreams. Never let anyone tell you that you can’t do it”. In mom’s words, “From the moment you were born, I knew the Lord had something in store for you. I pray that you continue to grow and mature into the man God has created you to be. Never give up, always strive and push for the best. May God Bless you and your future! Love you, Momma”.
Bishop Ozan played DB and WR for the falcons and will continue his education and football career at Howard Payne University in Brownwood, TX. While at HPU, he wants to major in Sports Medicine. This is a way to stay involved in athletics after college. With the help of Coach Hurts, his dad and his friend, Tre’Michael Tutt, he was able to focus on his goal to get a scholarship. He reached his goal by signing his National Letter of Intent. Ozan’s advice to his underclassmen is,”Work hard, even through the tough times, work through it. Love the sport and don’t let anyone stop you from reaching your dream”. His mom said “Bishop has always been an athletic person. Many thought he couldn’t do it because he’s small, but he proved them wrong. Success comes from the heart. We are so proud of him”.
Darien Archie played defensive end for the falcons and will continue his playing career at Blinn College next year. Darien Archie wants to be a recording artist and hopes to follow the plans at Blinn Jr. College. “Never give up” is his advice to the underclassmen. Because of Coach Jones and of course, his dad or “my ole man” as he put it, helped in the route to achieve his goals. His dad said, “I’m so proud of you. this is a great opportunity to fulfill your dreams. And remember, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Love you son”.
Joel Soanes played defensive end and Offensive Tackle for the falcons and signed his letter of Intent to Blinn college. He is undecided on a major, but will take the basics to get him started. With the support from his family and high school coaches, Soanes has reached one goal and more to come. He says, “Hard work and dedication,” will lead you on the right path to reach all of your goals. His mom said “this journey started with the Northside Jaguars at five years old. Now here we are with you committing to Blinn to further your education and football career. Baby Joel, yes you will always be my one and only baby boy. Your future is bright. It is time for you to show up and show out! Keep God first in everything you do and remember to pray about everything and worry about nothing”.
Jalen Hurts signed his National Letter of Intent to play for Alabama. He graduated in December and began classes at Alabama in January. His major is business. Jalen’s older brother, Averion, is his hero. He has learned a lot from Averion about the game of football and the quarterback position. His advice to underclassmen is “to set goals for themselves in life and do what it takes to achieve them”. Jalen has written down his goals and has them posted so that he can see them daily. He puts a lot of emphasis on academics. Class work and good grades come first. His mom says that Jalen takes time to mentor youth that look up to him and he doesn’t take it lightly. “I remember when we took his training wheels off his bike, he took off and never looked back as if he had been riding without training wheels all along. To this day, he still amazes me. It has been a joy to watch him grow into the young man that he is today. I am very proud!”.
Congratulations to all these young men and we all wish you the best of luck in your future endeavors.
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